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What is Concentration?
1.1 Where to Concentrate?
1.2 Aids to Concentration
1.3. ANTARMUKHA AND BAHIRMUKHA VRITTIS 7
1.3 Antarmukha and Bahirmukha Vrittis
1.3.1 Antarmukha-Vritti
1.3.2 Bahirmukha-Vritti
1.4 Know the Ways of Mind
1.5 Reduce Mind-Wandering
1.6 Tap All Powers
Practice of Concentration
2.1 Attention
2.2. CONCENTRATION IN EVERY WALK OF LIFE 23
2.2 Concentration in Every Walk of Life
2.3 Gist of Yoga of Concentration
2.4 Exercises in Concentration
2.5 Concentration on a Chair
2.6. CONCENTRATION ON ANAHATA SOUNDS 31
2.6 Concentration on Anahata Sounds
2.6.1 Practise Sadhana
2.7 Trataka or Gazing
Preliminaries for Meditation
3.1 What Is Meditation?
3.2 Necessity for Meditation
3.3 Fruits of Meditation
3.4 Brahmamuhurta-Best Time for Medita-
3.5 Meditation Room
3.6 Places for Meditation
3.6.1 Important Places for Meditation
3.7 Cave-Life for Meditation
3.8 How to Meditate
3.8.1 Preparation for Meditation
3.8.2 How to Meditate
3.8.3 Process of Meditation
3.8.4 General Hints
3.8.5 Images
3.8.6 Practical Guidance
3.8.7 Bodily Health
3.8.8 Meditative Posture
3.8.9 Preliminary Requisites
3.9 When and Where to Meditate
3.10. REQUISITES FOR MEDITATION 55
3.10 Requisites for Meditation
3.10.1 Requisites
3.11 Qualifications for Practising Meditation
3.12. HOW MANY HOURS TO MEDITATE 61
3.12 How Many Hours to Meditate
3.12.1 Three Sittings for Meditation
3.13 Aids to Meditation
3.13.1 Asanas for Meditation
3.13.2 Padmasana
3.13.3 Siddhasana
3.13.4 Svastikasana
3.13.5 Sukhasana
3.13.6 Benefits of Asanas
3.14 Regularity in Meditation
Practice of Meditation
4.1 Practical Aspect of Meditation
4.2 Real Rest in Meditation
4.3 Visualisation
4.4 Yoga of Meditation
4.5 Seclusion and Meditation
4.6 Reach the Highest Peak
4.7 Errors in Meditation
4.8 Instructions on Meditation
4.8.1 Passionate Man
4.8.2 Vairagya Necessary
4.8.3 Vigilance
4.8.4 Viparita Bhavana
4.8.5 Reaction
4.8.6 Twenty Hints on Meditation
4.9 Exercises in Meditation
4.10 The State of Meditation
5.1 Selection for Meditation
5.1.1 Meditation in Different Paths
5.2.5 Meditation on Divine Songs
5.2.6 Meditation on Gita Slokas
5.3 Saguna Meditation
5.3.1 Meditation on Ishta Devatas
5.3.2 Meditation on Virat Purusha
5.3.3 Meditation on Gayatri
5.4 Nirguna Maditation
5.4.1 Meditation on Ideas
5.4.2 Vedantic Contemplation
5.4.3 Vedantic Meditation
5.4.4 Meditation on Om
5.4.5 Meditation on ”Soham”
5.4.6 Meditation on Mahavakyas
5.4.7 Negative Meditation
5.4.8 Positive Meditation
5.5 Saguna and Nirguna Meditation Compared
5.6 Meditation and Action
Obstacles in Meditation
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Physical Obstacles in Meditation
6.2.1 Aimless Wandering
6.2.2 Cessation of Sadhana
6.2.3 Deha-Adhyasa
6.2.4 Diseases
6.2.5 Discussing Too Much
6.2.6 Environments
6.2.7 Evil Company
6.2.8 Fault-Finding
6.2.9 Habit of Self-Justification
6.2.10 Impulses
6.2.11 Impure and Immoderate Food
6.2.12 Irregularity in Sadhana
6.2.13 Jerks
6.2.14 Lack of Brahmacharya
6.2.15 Ojas
6.2.16 Lack of Yama and Niyama
6.2.17 Lingual Diarrhoea
6.2.18 Need for a Preceptor
6.2.19 Overeating, etc
6.2.20 Poor Health
6.2.21 So-called Friends
6.2.22 Social Nature
6.2.23 Tandri-Alasya-Nidra
6.2.24 Vulgar Pleasures
6.2.25 Wealth
6.3 Mental Obstacles
6.3.1 Anger
6.3.2 Backbiting
6.3.3 Depression
6.3.4 Doubt (Samsaya)
6.3.5 Dreams
6.3.6 Evil Thoughts
6.3.14 Hatred
6.3.15 Impatience
6.3.16 Independent Nature
6.3.17 Jealousy
6.3.18 Lower Nature
6.3.19 Manorajya
6.3.20 Memory
6.3.21 Mental Talking
6.3.22 Moha
6.3.23 Obstacles in Yoga
6.3.24 Other Obstacles
6.3.25 Prejudice, Intolerance and Bigotry
6.3.26 Rajas and Tamas
6.3.27 Sankalpas
6.3.28 Tamas or Inertia
6.3.29 Three Obstacles
6.3.30 Trishna and Vasana
6.3.31 Vikshepa
6.3.32 Vishayasakti
6.4. HIGHER OBSTACLES IN MEDITATION 167
6.4 Higher Obstacles in Meditation
Experiences in Meditation
7.1 Various Experiences in Meditation
7.2 Anahata Sounds
7.2.1 Ten Kinds of Sounds
7.3 Lights in Meditation
7.3.1 Triangle (Light) in the Face
7.3.2 Light from Sushumna
7.3.3 Forms in the Lights
7.3.4 Dazzling Lights
7.4 Mystic Experiences of Sadhakas
7.4.1 Uddalak’s Experence
7.5 In the Hours of Meditation
7.6 Vision of God
7.7 Feeling of Separation
7.7.1 Astral Journey
7.7.2 Materialisation
7.8 Cosmic Consciousness
7.9 Blissful Experience
7.10 Mind Moves
7.11 Bhuta-Ganas
7.12 Glimpses of the Self
7.13 Jyotirmaya Darshan
Appendix A
Appendix
A.1 Concentration Tests
A.2 Story of Arjuna
A.3 Suka Deva
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