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What is meditation? In this article we will see some high level details about what is meditation, some definitions and reference on meditation.

 Meditation Means

  • In ashtanga yoga, meditation comes as seventh limb called dhyanawhat is meditation
  • Dhyana means worship, or profound and abstract religious meditation. It is perfect contemplation.
  • I would say, it is being with one self not as a part but as a true witness
  • It involves witnessary mode of awareness on whatever you practice
    • being it observing breathing
    • Chanting mantra
    • Dynamism involving dance
  • Like seeing the other side of you without getting impacted
  • Dhyana is the stage to be prepared by gradually developing the physical strength by doing yoga asanas
  • Meditation is the key to samadhi

I started my meditation journey at the age of 13 years and learnt Transcendental meditation by one of disciples of Mahirishi mahesh Yogi. Since then my spiritual journey took off to whole new level. I then learnt reiki, sri Sri yoga, Patanjali and Hatha yoga. I would say meditation is a must for every age group and at least 15 min meditation will make our mind calm and peaceful.


What International Yoga Journal says

Dhyana is a term used for the seventh anga (limb or level) in the eight-step Yoga practice of Sage Patanjali. This state is penultimate to Samadhi or “absorption.” Unfortunately, the word dhyana is usually translated as meditation, implying a state of abiding calm. Let us briefly see what dhyana is. Earlier to practicing dhyana, the relevant steps of Yoga, namely, Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, and Dharana should be practiced. The details of these steps are explained in many books dealing with the aphorisms of Sage Patanjali. Yama is to abstain from violence, falsehood, theft, sensory overactivity, and acquisitiveness. Niyama is practicing purity, contentment, austerity, study of scriptures, and surrendering to a higher principle. The next two steps of asana and pranayama are well known with body postures and breathing facilitating proper gross and subtle fluid flow (blood, lymphatic, chi, and pranic flow) in the body. While practicing asana, concentration on a particular principle (e.g. infinite void) is recommended. While practicing pranayama, one should be in a state of dharana (one pointed attention). Pursuing the above limbs of Yoga, the practitioner realizes the changes in the physical and mental makeup. Pratyahara is stopping the flow of information from outside by turning the mind inward. Dharana is maintaining a single focus in the mind’s eye. Dhyana has many components; it is usually translated as meditation, which does not carry the full import of dhyana. Here, an attempt is made to present the distinction between dhyana and meditation.

What is meditation in Sanskrit

Tapas (Sanskrit “sitting in solace and contemplating”) refers to spiritual practices including deep meditation, reasoned self-discipline and effort to achieve self-realization, often involving solitude, hermitism or asceticism;

In the Vedas literature of Hinduism, fusion words based on tapas are widely used to expound several spiritual concepts that develop through heat or inner energy, such as meditation, any process to reach special observations and insights, the spiritual ecstasy of a yoginor tāpasa (a vṛddhi derivative meaning “a practitioner of austerities, an ascetic”), even warmth of sexual intimacy.In certain contexts, the term is also used to mean penance, suffering, austerity, pious activity, as well as misery.The word tapasvinī for example, means a female devotee or pious woman, “an ascetic, someone practicing austerities”, or in some contexts it can mean poor, miserable woman.


What is Meditation by Great Masters

What is meditation by srila prabhupadaSrila Prabhupada, Founder acharya iskcon says

  • Stopping all nonsense activities for the moment
  • How to? Prabhupada further explains
  • By performing devotional service for pleasing krishna, we can avoid non sense activities

Mahirishi Mahesh Yogi says

  • Transcendental meditation is something that can be Image result for meditation quote maharishi mahesh yogidefined as a means to do what one wants to do in a better way, a right way, for maximum results.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the founder of art of Living founder and is a god sent peace keeper.

  • Faith is the subject of Head
  • Devotion is the subject of heart
  • And Meditation connects both



  • Body Awareness
    • Physical and mental
  • Mantra meditation
    • Vocal and mental
  • Mindful meditation
    • Observing breath
    • Counting
  • Creative Visualization
    • Imagination of scene
    • Be with a smell, feel and sound
  • Chakra meditation
    • Balancing
    • Colour
    • beej mantra chanting
  • Dynamic meditation, inspiration from Osho
    • walking
    • Dancing

Some references on meditation