Monday, December 10, 2007

Dhyana Gita 9: Yoga of Meditation

  1. Synthesis of the four paths: Meditation, Knowledge, Action and Devotion -- these are the four paths leading to God [13(24-25)].

  2. Steadiness of Posture: The Yogi who sits in a steady posture in solitude and worships Me with a fixed mind, attains the supreme peace and bliss of Mine [6(10),6(11-15)].

  3. Restraints and regulations:

    1. Practice and dispassion: Restraint of the supremely fickle mind is impossible without practice of dispassion [6(33-36)].
    2. The fire of self-control: Some offer the objects as oblations in the fire of senses and others offer senses and oblations in the fire of self-control [4(26,27)].
    3. Temperate food, sleep and recreation: He alone who is temperate in his food , sleep and recreation, can accomplish Yoga [6(16,17)].
    4. Equality of happiness and sorrow: The yogi who regards cold and heat, pleasure and pain, friend and foe alike, finds God to be quite in his vicinity [6(7-9)].
    5. Disgust: Let your mind feel disgusted for what is heard (or seen) and what is to be heard (or seen), and remains steady in Samadhi [2(52-53)].

  4. Equality of inhalation and exhalation: A steady gaze at the middle of the eye-brows, equality of Prana and Apana, Restraints and Regulations, and Passionate devotion for the Lord -- these are the means of Liberation [5(27-28)].

  5. Withdrawal, concentration and meditation: Through utter disgust (for the world) we should gradually turn our mind away from desires and make it steady in the Atman [6(23-26)].

  6. The Lamp of Samadhi: He may be called a Yogi, whose mind remains steady in the Atman like a lamp undisturbed by the wind [6(19)].

  7. Vision of the Atman: Realization of the Atman [6(20)].

  8. Bliss is Brahman:

    1. The supreme bliss which a Yogi attains through the vision of the Atman, cannot be dislodged from him even by a stupendous sorrow [6(21,22)].
    2. The supreme Bliss enjoyed by a Yogi means Self-realization [6(27,28)].

  9. Attainment of the bliss of Brahman everywhere: Brahman hovers about one who has experienced the bliss of Aman within [5(24-26)].

  10. Vision of God everywhere: Such a Yogi experiences the Vision of Equality in both the ways [6(29-32)].

  11. Combination of Yoga and Devotion: A yogi is superior to a man of knowledge as well a man of action; and a Yogi full of devotion is superior to all other Yogis [6(46,47)].

Om Tat Sat!