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PREKSHA AND ANUPREKSHA DHYAN, LESHYA

DHYANA
PREKSHA - (concentration of perception)

ANUPREKSHA - (concentration of contemplation)

TEJOLESHYA (bioelectrical energy, KUNDALINI,TEJOLABDHI)

Leshya (atomic splendor, radiance, COLOURS) Dhyana - Color


Meditation

Handbook of Preksha (concentration on PERCEPTION)

Meditation

MEDITATION Posture:

You may select a posture of meditation in which you can


sit comfortably and steadily for a long period.
The posture of meditation may be

• full lotus-posture
• half lotus-posture
• simple cross-legged posture
• diamond-posture (Vajrasan).

Mudras : Position of the Hands

There are two alternatives:


One position is called Jnana Mudra.

• Keep your right hand on the right knee and left


hand on the left knee, keeping the palms turned up.
Let the tip of the index finger touch the tip of the
thumb with a slight pressure between them. Keep
the other fingers straight.

The alternative position is called Brahma Mudra.

• Keep both the hands on your lap one above the


other by keeping the palms upturned. Let the left
palm remain under the right one.

Keep your eyes softly closed.


Recitation of Arham:

Start the meditation session with the repeated recitation


of the mantra Arham.

• Exhale fully, then inhale completely. By slow


exhalation begin the intonation of the mantra.
Concentrating your mind on the navel, produce the
sound "A" for about two seconds. While
concentrating your mind on the Centre of Bliss,
situated near the heart, produce the sound "Rha"
for about four seconds. And lastly taking your mind
upward from throat to the Centre of Knowledge,
situated at the top of the head, produce the sound
"mmm" for about six seconds.
• Inhale deeply again and repeat the same
exercise 9 times.

Visualize that the sound waves are criss-crossing and


weaving an oval-shaped web of armor all around you,
protecting yourself from the evil effects of the external
vibrations.
Recitation of the Mahaprana Dhvani:
Alternatively start meditation with the repeated
recitation of the Mahaprana Dhvani.

• Exhale fully, then inhale deeply as long as you


can. By slow exhalation, produce the sound "mmm"
through the nostrils like buzzing of a bee, while
concentrating your mind on the Centre of
Knowledge situated on the top of the head and
keeping the mouth closed.
• Inhale deeply again and repeat the same
exercise 9 times.

The Aphorism of the Aim:


"Sampikkhae Appagamappaenam"
Perceive and realize the deepest and highest levels of your
consciousness by your conscious mind.
See yourself through yourself.
For perception and realization of the self, practice preksha
meditation.
Resolve for Meditation:
"I am practicing preksha meditation for the purification of my
mind (psyche)".
(Repeat 3 times)

Psychic Centres

According to the system of Preksha Meditation, psychic


centres are junctions between self, psyche, and body.

The psychic centres consist on subatomic psychic


particles and are connected with the endocrine system.
The endocrine system influences all our actions and
reactions via hormones.
There are many of psychic centres all over the body,
Preksha Meditation gives special relevance to thirteen of
them:
Endocrine
# Psychic Centres Location
System
1 Centre of Energy Bottom of Spinal Cord Gonads
2 Centre of Health 6 inch above Centre of Energy Gonads
Centre of Bio-
3 Navel Adrenals
Electricity
4 Centre of Bliss Near Heart Thymus
5 Centre of Purity Throat Thyroid
6 Centre of Celibacy At The Tip Of The Tongue Taste
7 Centre of Vital Energy At The Tip Of The Nose Smell
8 Centre of Vision Eyes Vision
9 Centre of Vigilance Ears Hearing
10 Centre of Intuition Middle of Eyebrows Pituitary
Centre of
11 Centre of Forehead Pineal
Enlightenment
Top Of The Forehead At The Hair
12 Centre of Peace Hypothalamus
Line
13 Centre of Wisdom Top of Head Cerebral Cortex
Perception of psychic centres concentrates the mind on a
psychic level (see also: psychic colours and colour
meditation).
Focusing on the psyche liberates the soul from
attachments.
Managing the psychic centres helps us to transform
spiritual aims into action by refining negative impulses.

The second step of Preksha meditation is the practice of


internal trip, antaryatra, through the spinal cord.

• Take your mind to the lower end of the spinal cord,


called the Centre of Energy.
• Allow your mind to go upward inside your spinal cord
up to the top of the head called the Centre of
Knowledge.
• Again allow it to come back through the same path to
the Centre of Energy.
• Again and again repeat the same process.
• Let your mind continuously undertake the trip inside
the spinal cord and perceive the subtle vibrations of
the vital energy, taking place inside the spinal cord,
or whatever sensation you get there.
• Simply perceive them without any reaction.
Concentrate your entire consciousness on the spinal
cord.

You may synchronize your internal trip with the process of


breathing. During exhalation, undertake the upward trip
and during inhalation, undertake the downward trip. Use
deep concentration and complete awareness.
Practice the internal trip through the spinal cord.
Allow your mind to rise and fall inside the spinal cord just
like mercury rising and falling inside the instrument used
for measuring blood pressure.

The third step of preksha meditation is

Perception Of Breathing

• Regulate your breathing; make it slow, deep and


rhythmic.
• Let the vibrations of each breath reach your navel.
• Allow your abdominal muscles to expand during
inhalation and contract during exhalation.
• Now concentrate your mind fully on your navel. Practice
deep, slow and rhythmic breathing, by allowing each
breath to take the same time. Perceive each inhalation
and exhalation through the expansion and contraction of
the abdominal muscles accompanying each inhalation and
exhalation respectively.
• Continuing the slow, deep and rhythmic breathing, now
shift your attention from the navel and focus it inside the
nostrils at the junction of both the nostrils. Perceive each
incoming and outgoing breath. Remain fully aware of
each and every breath.
Continuously practice slow, long and rhythmic breathing -
inhale and exhale each breath while remaining fully
aware of it.
• Fully occupy your mind in perception of breathing.

If you are distracted by any thought, do not try to stop it


forcefully, but also perceive it, and then again start perceiving
your breath.
If the distraction is frequent, you may hold your breath for a
few seconds without causing any discomfort.
Maintain the continuity of the awareness of breathing.
Merely perceive it without like and dislike.
Perception Of Alternate Breathing

In the practice of breathing through alternate nostrils,


you have to inhale through one nostril and exhale
through the other, then inhale through the same and
exhale through the other.

Try to accomplish the alternation by exercising your will-


power.
But in the beginning you may make use of finger and
thumb of the right hand by placing the right thumb
against the right nostril and the ring finger of the right
hand against the left nostril and resting the middle and
index fingers on the forehead.
Now, remove alternately the thumb and ring finger for
opening the path of breath through the right and the left
nostril respectively.

The third step of preksha meditation is perception of breathing


through alternate nostrils.

• Regulate your breathing; make it slow, deep and


rhythmic.
• Concentrate your mind inside your nostrils, practice
breathing through alternate nostrils.
• Inhale through the right nostril and exhale through the
left one.
• Now inhale through the left nostril and exhale through
the right one; this completes one cycle.
• Repeat the same exercise again and again continuing the
rhythmic breathing.
• Perceive each inhalation and exhalation by concentrating
the mind in alternate nostrils.
• Let your mind and breath go hand in hand.
• No thinking, no memory of the past, no imagination of
future.
• Simply perceive.

Continuously the mind and breath should accompany each


other.

While you are breathing in, let your attention follow the
breath inside.
While you are breathing out, let your attention follow it
outside.

Now, practice the perception of breathing through alternate


nostrils together with holding the breath intermittently.
Concentrate your mind inside the nostrils.

• Inhale through the right nostril and hold the breath


inside,
• exhale through the left nostril and hold the breath
outside;
• again inhale through the left nostril and hold the breath
inside and exhale through the right nostril and hold the
breath outside.

In this way, practice holding of breath four times during one


complete cycle.
Continuously remain aware of each exhalation and inhalation.
You may hold the breath only for a few seconds without
causing any discomfort.
Repeat the same exercise for several rounds.
Let the mind and breath go hand in hand.

The fourth step of Preksha meditation is perception of


bright white colour on the Centre of Enlightenment.

• Concentrate your mind on the Centre of


Enlightenment, situated in the middle of your
forehead.
• Allow your mind to penetrate inside and perceive
bright white colour there. You may visualise as if the
bright white light of the full moon is spreading
throughout the portion or visualise the bright white
colour of the snow or any other white thing.
• Practice concentrated visualisation of bright white
colour on the centre of enlightenment.
• Perceiving the bright white colour, experience
through auto-suggestion that all your passions &
emotions are being pacified.
• All your excitations are subsiding.
• Your anger is waning away.
• Now allow your mind to spread throughout the whole
portion of your forehead and perceive the bright
white colour there.
• Visualise that the particles of bright white light are
permeating the whole portion of the forehead,
covering the emotional area in the frontal lobe of
your brain.
• Continuously perceive bright white colour and
experience complete tranquillity, complete mental
peace and bliss.

Conclude the meditation session with two or three long


breaths.

The Aphorisms Of Wisdom


Appana Sachchamesejja, mettim bhuesu kappae.
ahamsu vijjacharanam pamokkham
Search truth yourself and befriend all living beings.
For emancipation from sufferings, practice knowledge and
conduct.
[3 times]

The Aphorism Of Taking Refuge


arahante saranam pavvajjami
siddhe saranam pavvajjami
sahu saranam pavvajjami
kevali pannattam dhammam saranam pavvajjami
I seek refuge in the adorable ones.
I seek refuge in the emancipated ones.
I seek refuge in the saints.
I seek refuge in the religion propounded by the
omniscient ones.

• Now adopt the posture of obeisance, that is kneel


and bow, pay obeisance to truth.
• With folded hands first inhale fully and then during
exhalation, pronounce

The Aphorism of Faith

Vande Sachcham
I pay my obeisance to Truth

by bowing down to ground.


Repeat it three times.

Meditation session concludes.


AWARENESS OF WHOLE BODY

Introduction to be given prior to the exercise:

The practice of the perception of body consists in


concentrating the mind on each part of the body,
one by one and perceiving the sensations and
vibrations taking place in each part.
Of course, here the perception does not mean the
visual perception, but the mental one.
The sensations may be superficial sensations of the
skin such as the contact with your clothes warmth
or coolness, itching and perspiration etc, or they
may be the sensations of pain, numbness, tingling
etc. felt in the muscles or the vibrations of the
electrical impulses in the nervous system or any
other type of vibrations.
Starting from the surface you have to penetrate
deeply inside and try to become aware of the
internal and subtle vibrations.
Remain completely equanimous towards the
sensations; try to keep your mind free from like or
dislike.

A third step of preksha meditation is perception of body.


• Concentrate your mind on the big toe of your right foot.
Allow it to spread and permeate throughout the whole
portion of the toe. Perceive the sensations and vibrations
taking place in that region. Become aware of them,
experience them without any like or dislike; use deep
concentration and remain fully alert.
• Now shift your attention to each part of right limb one by
one. I shall now indicate the name of the part of your
body on which you have to concentrate your mind and
perceive it: The other toes, the sole, the heel, the ankle,
the upper part of the foot, the calf-muscles, the knee, the
thigh, upto the hip-joint. Perceive the whole part,
experience the sensations and vibrations taking place in
each part. Maintain equanimity.
• In the same way practice perception of all the parts of
your left limb.
Thus the trip of the lower body is completed.
• Now, start the trip of the middle body from the waist
upto the neck.
Concentrating your mind on each part one by one--
perceive the waist, the navel, the abdomen including the
big intestine, the small intestine, the kidney, the spleen,
the liver, the pancreas, the duodenum, the stomach and
the diaphragm. Then the whole portion of the chest
including the lungs, the heart, the ribs, the throat and
the vocal cords. Concentrate your mind and perceive.
• Then practice the perception of the whole portion of the
back including the spine, the spinal cord and the neck.
• Now concentrate on the whole portion of the right hand
and arm including the thumb, the finger, the palm, the
wrist, the lower arm, the elbow, the upper arm and the
shoulder. Perceive each part one by one. In the same way
concentrate on the left hand and arm.
The trip of the middle body is completed.
• Now we come to the upper body.
Concentrate your mind on each part from the chin upto
the head. The chin, the lips, the inner portion of the
mouth including the tongue, the teeth, the palate, the
cheeks, the nose, the right ear, all the three parts---the
outer, the middle and the inner, the right temple, in the
same way the left ear and the left temple, the right eye,
the left eye, the forehead and the head. Perceive each
part one by one. During the perception of the tongue
allow your tongue to remain hanging freely, without
touching anywhere inside the mouth.
• While perceiving the head, perceive all parts of your
brain -
the front, the back, the right, the left, the outer and the
inner. Allow your mind to permeate throughout the brain.
The trip of the upper body is completed.
• Now practice the perception of body as a whole.
You may stand up slowly and carefully, keeping your eyes
closed. Allow your mind to travel from the big toes to the
head and from the head to the big toes, rather speedily.
Passing through each part of the body, perceive the
vibrations throughout the body. Experience a tingling
sensation in each and every muscle, skin, nerve and cell
produced by the contact of your conscious mind. You may
also practice the holding of breath for a while
intermittently.
Get yourself completely absorbed in the perception of
body.
• Now allow your mind to travel throughout the body rather
slowly. If you experience pain or any other peculiar
sensation, you may stop there for a while and perceive it
with equanimity without any like or dislike.

Introduction to be given prior to the exercise:

The practice of perception of the psychic centres is a


process of harmonising the chemical messengers,
produced by the centre which regulate our emotions
and passions. The technique consists in
concentrating the mind on each centre and
perceiving the subtle vibrations of the vital energy
taking place in the centre.

A third step of preksha meditation is perception of


body.
# Psychic Endocrine Glands Location
Centres
1. Centre of Energy Gonads Bottom end of the
spinal cord
2. Centre of Health Gonads Lower abdomen
3. Centre of Bio- Adrenal, Pancreas, Islets Navel
electricity of Langerhans
4. Centre of Bliss Thymus Near the heart
5. Centre of Purity Thyroid,Parathyroid Adam's apple -
throat
6. Centre of Sense organ of Taste Tongue (Tip)
Celibacy
7. Centre of Vital Sense organ of Smell Nose (Tip)
Energy
8. Centre of Vision Sense of sight Eyes
9. Centre of Sense of Hearing Ear
Vigilance
10. Centre of Pituitary Middle of the
Intuituion eyebrows
11. Centre of Pineal Centre of the
Enlightenment forehead
12. Centre of Peace Hypothalamus Front part of the
head
13. Centre of Cerebral Cortex Top of the head
Wisdom

1. Centre of Energy:
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of Energy,
situated at the lower end of the spinal cord and
perceive the subtle vibrations of the vital energy
taking place in the centre.
Focus your full attention on it.
The breath will be calm and slow.
Remain fully conscious of the Centre.
Use deep concentration.
2. Centre of Health:
Now concentrate your mind on the Centre of
Health situated in the lower abdomen, below the
navel.
Just as the beam of a torch light extends in a
straight line, in the same way entering from the
front, allow the beam of the light of your mind to
extend in a straight line, up to the spinal cord at
the back, and perceive the subtle vibrations of
the vital energy taking place inside the whole
portion of the Centre.
3. Centre of Bio-Electricity:
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of Bio-
electricity situated in your navel.
Just as the beam of a torch light extends in a
straight line, in the same way entering from the
navel, allow the beam of the light of your mind to
extend in a straight line up to the spinal cord at
the back.
Perceive the subtle vibrations taking place inside
the Centre.
Make use of such deep concentration that the
breath is held by itself.
4. Centre of Bliss:
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of Bliss,
situated near the heart, in the middle of the
chest, the pit near the lungs. Just as the beam of
a torch light extends in a straight line, in the
same way entering from the front allow the beam
of the light of your mind to extend in a straight
line up to the spinal cord at the back and perceive
the subtle vibrations of the vital energy taking
place inside the Centre, You may hold your breath
for a while intermittently.
5. Centre of Purity :
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of Purity
situated in the middle of the throat. Just as the
beam of torch light extends in a straight line, in
the same way entering from the front, allow the
beam of the light of your mind to extend in a
straight line up to the spinal cord at the back and
perceive the subtle vibrations of the vital energy
taking place inside the Centre.
You may hold your breath intermittently for a
while.
6. Centre of Celibacy:
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of Celibacy
situated on the tip of the tongue.
Keep your tongue hanging freely inside the
mouth, without touching the walls of the mouth.
Perceive the subtle vibrations of the vital energy
taking place at the Centre.
7. Centre of Vital Energy
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of Vital
Energy, situated on the tip of the nose and
perceive the subtle vibrations taking place at the
Centre.
8. Centre of Vigilance:
Concentrate your mind on the centre of vigilance
situated inside the ears.
Focus your attention on all the three parts of the
ears - the outer, the middle and the inner regions
and perceive the subtle vibrations of the vital
energy taking place at the Centre.
9. Centre of Vision :
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of Vision
situated inside your eyes. Allow your mind to
penetrate inside up to the back portion of your
brain and perceive the subtle vibrations of the
vital energy taking place inside the centre.
10. Centre of Intuition :
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of Intuition
situated in the middle of the eye-brows and allow
the light of your mind to penetrate inside up to
the back portion from the front of your brain and
extend up to the wall of the head; and perceive
the subtle vibrations of the vital energy taking
place inside the centre.
Use deep concentration and remain alert.
11. Centre of Enlightenment :
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of
Enlightenment, situated in the middle of your
forehead and allow the light of your mind to
penetrate inside up to back portion from the front
and extend up to the back wall of the head, and
perceive the subtle vibrations of the vital energy
taking place at the centre.
12. Centre of Peace:
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of Peace
situated in the front portion of your head.
Just as the light from a lamp spreads in all
directions, in the same way allow your mind to
penetrate inside the Centre from the top and
spread in all directions in the Centre.
Perceive the subtle vibrations of the vital energy
taking place at the centre.
13. Centre of Knowledge:
Concentrate your mind on the Centre of
Knowledge situated on the top of the head.
Just as the light from a lamp spreads in all
directions, in the same way allow your mind to
penetrate inside the Centre, from the top and
allow it to spread all around.
Perceive the subtle vibrations of the vital energy
taking place at the centre.

• Now perceive all the psychic centres by speedily


taking your mind from one to other. Those who can
do this exercise in standing posture should do so.

1. First take your mind to Centre of Energy


and then successively take it to the Centre of
Health, Centre of Bio-Electricity, Centre of Bliss
and so on up to the Centre of Knowledge and then
back to the Centre of Energy via the spinal cord,
thus completing a circuit.
2. In the same way continue perceiving each
Centre in the circuit.
3. Let this trip on the psychic centres take
place in a quick rotation.

Introduction to be given prior to the exercise:

Our body is surrounded by a coloured envelope


known as aura.
The colours of the aura undergo continuous changes
in accordance with the changes in our attitude and
emotional pattern.
In fact, there is close relation between the aura and
our attitudes and emotions.
We can purify the aura by the purity in our attitudes
and emotions, and the latter can be gauged through
the former.
In the present exercise, we have to use our power of
visualisation of a particular colour at a particular
psychic centre.
Then again, with the mental projection, we have to
visualise the same colour as spreading all around us
and permeating the whole aura around us.
Lastly, we have to make use of the technique of
auto-suggestion to bring about the change in our
attitude or emotional pattern.
Deep concentration and alertness are of course to
be maintained throughout the exercise.

A third step of preksha meditation is perception of body.


1.With your mind's eye visualise that everything around you,
including the air itself, is coloured bright emerald green.

• Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale visualise


that you are breathing long streams of bright green air.
Repeat the breathing exercise several times, each time
inhaling bright green air.
• Now concentrate your mind on the psychic Centre of Bliss
situated in the middle of the chest near the heart; try to
visualise bright green colour in that region.
• Perceive bright green light and visualise that the bright
green radiations are spreading in the psychic centre
covering the whole portion up to the back.
• If the light does not appear or vanishes after appearance,
do not be disappointed. Intensify your effort for
sustained visualisation.
• Now visualise that the particles or radiations of bright
green light are emanating from the Centre of Bliss and
spreading all around permeating the whole body and the
aura. Practice sustained visualisation with deep
concentration.
• Now using auto-suggestion realise:
"My emotional pattern is being purified; my mind is being
purged of all the negative attitudes".

2.
With your mind's eye visualise that everything around you,
including the air itself, is coloured bright blue like peacock's
neck.
• Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale, visualise
that you are breathing long streams of bright blue air.
Repeat the breathing exercise several times, each time
inhaling bright blue air.
• Now concentrate your mind on the psychic Centre of
Purity, situated in the middle of the throat and try to
visualise bright blue colour in that region.
• Perceive bright blue light and visualise that the blue
radiations are spreading in the psychic centre covering
the whole portion up to the back.
• If the light does not appear or vanishes after appearance,
do not be disappointed. Intensify your effort for
sustained visualisation.
• Now visualise that the particles or radiations of bright
blue light are emanating from the Centre of Purity and
spreading all around, permeating the whole body and the
aura. Practice sustained visualisation with deep
concentration.
• Now using autosuggestion, realise

"My sexual impulses are being under my conscious


control."

3.
With your mind's eye visualise that everything around you,
including the air itself, is coloured bright red like the colour of
the rising sun.

• Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale, visualise


that you are breathing long streams of bright red air.
Repeat the breathing exercise several times, each time
inhaling bright red air.
• Now concentrate your mind on the psychic Centre of
Intuition situated in the middle of both the eye-brows and
try to visualise bright red colour.
• Perceive bright red light and visualise that the bright red
radiations are spreading in the psychic centre covering
the whole portion up to the back.
• If the light does not appear or vanishes after appearance,
do not be disappointed. Intensify your effort for
sustained visualisation.
• Now visualise that the particles or radiations of bright
red light are emanating from the Centre of Intuition and
spreading all around, permeating the whole body and the
aura. Practice sustained visualisation with deep
concentration.
• Now using autosuggestion realise:

"My intuition power is developing."

4.
With your mind's eye visualise that everything around you,
including the air itself is coloured bright yellow like sunflower.

• Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale, visualise


that you are breathing long streams of bright yellow air.
Repeat the breathing exercise several times each time
inhaling bright yellow air.
• Now concentrate your mind on the psychic Centre of
Knowledge situated on the top of the head and try to
visualise bright yellow colour.
• Perceive bright yellow light and visualise that the bright
yellow radiations are spreading in the psychic centre
covering the whole portion of the brain.
• If the light does not appear or vanishes after appearance,
do not be disappointed. Intensify your effort for
sustained visualisation.
• Now visualise that the particles or radiations of bright
yellow light are emanating from the Centre of Knowledge
and spreading all around, permeating the whole body and
the aura. Practice sustained visualisation with deep
concentration.
• Now using autosuggestion realise:
• "My perceptive capacity is increasing."

5.
Now with your mind's eye visualise that everything around
you, including the air itself is coloured bright white like the full
moon.

• Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale, visualise


that you are breathing long streams of bright while air.
Repeat the breathing exercise several times, each time
inhaling bright white air.
• Now concentrate your mind on the psychic Centre of
Enlightenment, situated in the middle of your forehead
and visualise bright white colour.
• Perceive bright white light and visualise that the bright
white radiations are spreading on the psychic centre,
covering the whole portion up to the back.
• If the, light does not appear or vanishes after
appearance, do not be disappointed. Intensify your effort
for sustained visualisation.
• Now visualise that the particles or radiations of bright
white colour are emanating from the Centre of
Enlightenment and spreading all around, permeating the
whole body and the aura. Practice sustained visualisation
with deep concentration.
• Now using autosuggestion realise:

"My anger is waning away. My passions and emotions are


being pacified. I am feeling complete tranquillity of mind.

1. Posture:

You may select a posture of meditation in which you


can sit comfortably and steadily for a long period.
The posture of meditation may be full lotus-posture,
half lotus-posture, simple cross-legged posture or
diamond posture (Vajrasan).

2. Mudras: Position of the hands

There are two alternatives,

one position is called Jnana Mudra.


Keep your right hand on the right knee and left hand
on the left knee.
Keeping the palms turned up, let the tip of the index
finger touch the tip of the thumb with a slight
pressure between them. Keep the other fingers
straight.

The alternate position is called Brahma Mudra.


Keep both the hands on your lap one above the other
by keeping the palms up-turned.
Let the left palm remain under the right one. Keep
your eyes softly closed.

3. Recitation of the Mahaprana Dhvani:


Let us start meditation with the repeated recitation
of the Mahaprana Dhvani.
All of you should join in the repetition of Mahaprana
Dhvani.
Exhale fully, then inhale deeply as long as you can.
By slow exhalation, produce the sound mmm....
through the nostrils like the buzzing of a bee, while
concentrating your mind on the Centre of Knowledge
situated on the top of the head and keeping the
mouth closed.
Inhale deeply again and repeat the same exercise 9
times.

4. Kayotsarga:

Keep your body steady, relaxed and free from


tension.
Keep your spine and neck straight but without
stiffness.
Relax all the muscles of your body.
Let your body become limp.

Kayotsarga has two implications -

• complete relaxation of the body and


• self-awareness.

For achieving complete relaxation of the body,


mentally divide it into several parts and concentrate
your mind on each part of the body one by one from
feet to head.
Allow your mind to spread in the whole part; allow it
to undertake a trip in the whole part.
Use the technique of auto-suggestion to relax the
whole part and experience the resulting relaxation.
Experience that each and every muscle, each and
every nerve has become relaxed.
And in the same way, attain the relaxation of the
whole body.
Use deep concentration and remain completely alert.

Practice Kayotsarga.
The success of the exercise depends upon the deep
relaxation of the body.

5. With your mind's eye, visualise that everything around


you, including the air itself, is coloured bright rosy pink.

Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale,


visualise that you are breathing long streams of
bright pink air. Repeat the breathing exercise several
times, each time inhaling bright pink air. Visualise
that bright pink air is entering into your lungs with
each inhalation.

6. Concentrate your full attention on the Centre of Bliss


situated near the heart and recite nine times loudly:

My fearlessness is increasing. My instinct of


fear is diminishing.

Now repeat the same sentences mentally 9 times:

My fearlessness is increasing. My instinct of


fear is diminishing.

7. Contemplate on the high moral value of this virtue on


the following line:

Fear withers even the developed abilities and


does not permit the latent ones to be
developed.
I must, therefore, strive to attain the virtue of
fearlessness.
Everybody tries to frighten one who is afraid.
Fear makes one a coward.

A coward does neither attract respect nor


sympathy.

I firmly resolve to attain fearlessness to develop


latent inner strength.
Undoubtedly I will attain freedom from fear.

8. Conclude the meditation session with recitation of


Mahaprana Dhvani.

1. Posture
2. Recitation of the Mahaprana Dhvani
3. Kayotsarga
4. With your mind's eye visualise that everything
around you, including the air itself, is coloured bright
white.
Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale,
visualise that you are breathing long streams of
bright white air.
Visualise that bright white air is entering into your
lungs with each inhalation.
5. Concentrate your full attention on the entire
forehead region and recite nine times loudly:

Everybody is my friend.
I will practice amity with everybody.

Now repeat the same sentences mentally 9 times:

Everybody is my friend.
I will practice amity with everybody.

6. Contemplate on the merit of this virtue on the


following line:

Feeling of enmity generates fear which, in turn, weakens


the body and mind.
Therefore, I must develop the virtue of amity.
Whenever one indulges in the feeling of enmity, his
happiness is destroyed.
To perpetuate one's own happiness one must develop the
virtue of universal amity.

7. Conclude the meditation session with recitation of


Mahaprana Dhvani.

1. Posture
2. Recitation of the Mahaprana Dhavani
3. Kayotsarga
4. With your mind's eye visualise that every thing around
you, including the air itself, is coloured bright blue like
peacock's neck.
Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale, visualise
that you are breathing long streams of bright blue air.
Repeat the breathing exercise several times, each time
inhaling bright blue air.
Visualise that bright blue air is entering into your lungs
with each inhalation.
5. Concentrate your full attention on the Centre of
Enlightenment situated in the middle of your forehead
and recite 9 times loudly:

My forbearance is being reinforced.


My equanimity is increasing.

Now repeat the same sentences mentally 9 times:

My forbearance is being reinforced.


My equanimity is increasing.

6. Contemplate on the desirability of acquiring this virtue on


the following lines:

The physical discomfort resulting from seasonal changes -


sensations produced by disease.

Mental sensations such as sensations of pleasure and pain -


sensations of comfort and discomfort, and emotional sensations
such as opposing views, opposing nature, opposing taste - all
these affect me, but I should not be swayed by them.

If I permit their influence to overwhelm me, it would inhibit my


abilities.
Less I am affected, greater would be my strength.
That is why development of forbearance is the key to my
success in life.
7. Conclude the meditation session with recitation of
Mahaprana Dhvani.

Introduction to be given prior to the exercise :


Kayotsarga may be practiced either standing or sitting or
lying down.
For beginners, it is advisable to adopt lying down
posture.

In standing posture, you have to stand straight with the


spine and neck in the straight line but without stiffness.
Keep your feet parallel to each other with a distance of
about 10 cms. between them.
Let your arms hang down loosely from the shoulder-
joints, close to your body with the palms open facing
inwards and fingers straight and pointing down.

In sitting posture, you may select a posture of meditation


in which you can sit comfortably and steadily for a long
period.
The posture of meditation may be full lotus-posture, half
lotus-posture, simple cross-legged posture or diamond
posture (Vajrasan).

Mudras : Position of Hand

There are two alternatives, one position is called Jnana-


Mudra.

Keep your right hand on the right knee and left


hand on the left knee, keeping the palms turned up.
Let the tip of the index finger touch the tip of the
thumb with a slight pressure between them.
Keep the other fingers straight.

The alternate position is called Brahma-Mudra.

Keep both the hands on your lap, one above the


other, by keeping the palms up turned.
Let the left palm remain under the right one.

In lying down posture,

lie down on your back on a blanket with your legs slightly


apart keeping a distance of about 25-30 cms. between
your heels.

Keep your hands along side your body with a


distance of about 15 cms. between the palms and
the trunk.
Allow your palms to remain open and tuned up.

Be alert when practicing kayotsarga in lying down posture.

First of all see that there is ample space for lying down.

Before starting the actual exercise, stand up and


make a resolve for practice of Kayotsarga.

During the exercise of relaxation you have to practice Mula


Bandh,

that is contraction of the muscles of your rectum -


and relaxing them.

Kayotsarga has two implications:

Complete relaxation of the body and self-awareness.

Complete steadiness of the body is of course


essential throughout the exercise.

First step

With folded hands repeat.

I practice Kayotsarga to relieve myself of physical,


mental and emotional tension.

Fix the duration of the exercise for 45 minutes.


On completion of this duration, I shall pronounce

Om Shanti

[3 times].

Second Step

Stand straight with the spine and neck in straight line but
without stiffness.
Keep your feet parallel to each other with a distance of
about 10 cms. between them.
Let your arms hang down loosely from shoulder-joints
close to your body with the palms open, facing inwards
and fingers straight and pointing down.
Taking a deep breath stretch your hand above your head
and standing on your toes, create tension by stretching
your body fully upward and experience the condition of
tension.
Exhale, bring your hands down and relax, and experience
the condition of relaxation.
Experience the condition of tension and relaxation
alternately three times by repeating the exercise.

Third Step

Now lie down on your back and repeat the exercise which
you did in the standing position and experience the
condition of tension and relaxation alternately three
times by repeating the exercise.
Simultaneously practice Mula Bandh.

Now spread out your legs slightly apart keeping the


distance of about 25-30 cms. between your heels.
Keep your hands alongside your body with a distance of
about 15 cms. between the palm and trunk.
Allow your palms to remain open and turned up.
Keep your eyes softly closed.
Now keep your body completely motionless.
This is very essential.
Slow down the breath, keeping the body completely
steady and motionless.

Now try to experience that each part of your body


including your limbs are becoming as heavy as lead. ... [1
minute]

Now experience that each part of your body is becoming


as light as cotton... [2 minutes]

Starting with the big toe of your right foot concentrate


your mind on it.
Allow your mind to spread throughout the big toe.
Suggest to the muscles and nerves to relax
'Relax....Relax....Relax.....'
Experience that they are relaxing.
Experience that they have become relaxed.
In the same way attain relaxation of the other part of the
right leg - the other toes, sole, heel, ankle, upper part of
the foot, calf muscles, knee, thigh, upto the hip-joint.
In the same way relax the left limb upto the hip-joint.
Experience that the whole of the lower portion of the
body has become completely relaxed.

Now achieve the relaxation of the middle portion of the


body from the waist upto the neck.
Concentrate your mind on each part one by one, starting
with the lower abdomen, relax the front, the back, the
right side, the left side, the outside and the inside of your
lower abdomen.
Now through your navel, enter the abdominal cavity and
relax the large intestine, the small intestine, the kidneys,
the spleen, the liver, the pancreas, the stomach and the
diaphragm.
Use auto-suggestion and achieve relaxation.
Then concentrate your mind on the chest and relax the
entire ribcage beginning with the lowest rib, relax each
and every rib in turn.
Relax the right ribs and the left ribs.
Now enter the chest and relax the right lung, the left lung
and the heart by autosuggestion

(Those who have got any heart trouble should pause here
for a few minutes and by autosuggestion, slow down the
heart to remove stress.)

Then concentrate your mind on both the hands and arms


one by one, starting from the thumb, the fingers, the
palms, the wrist, the lower arm, the elbow, the upper arm
and the shoulder.
Now achieve the relaxation of the neck muscles in the
front and in the back.

Experience that the whole of middle portion of your body


has become completely relaxed.

Now achieve the relaxation of the upper portion of the


body from throat upto the head.

Now we come to a little more difficult part of the exercise. So


far you were relaxing large muscles which respond quickly to
your suggestion. But now we have to relax a large number of
small and tiny muscles which are difficult to relax.

First unclench your teeth and unlock your jaws and let
your tongue go limp.
Keep your lips softly closed.
Now relax all the facial muscles beginning with the chin,
the lips, the inner portion of the mouth including the
teeth, the gums, the palate and the tongue, vocal cords;
then the cheeks, the nose, the ears and the temples, both
the eyes, the forehead and the scalp.
Through autosuggestion achieve relaxation.

Experience that the whole of your upper portion of the


body has become completely relaxed.

Again allow your mind to travel from the head upto the
feet and from the feet upto the head, this time rather
quickly and see that there is no tension anywhere in the
body.

Experience lightness in every part of the body.

The whole body from the feet upto the head has become
completely relaxed.

Remain completely aware of each and every part of the


body.

Now experience that your body is surrounded by a flow of


bright white light.
Allow your body to flow in the white stream.
Allow your body to let go.
Experience that your, body is floating like a straw.

Experience complete detachment to the body.

Experience peace in each and every point of your


consciousness.

Fourth Step

Allow your muscles and nerves to come back to the


normal state of working by allowing your mind and vital
energy to go over each part of the body from head to the
feet and using slow and deep breathing.
Actually experience each part of the body is becoming
active.
Conclude the exercise by three long breaths.

Om Shanti
Come back slowly to the posture of sitting.
Repeat the aphorism of taking refuge ... [3 times]

Repeat

Vande Sachcham ... [3 times].

1. Perception of rhythmic breathing

• [2 min] practice Mahaprana Dhwani ....


• [5 min] practice Kayotsarga ....
• practiceperception of rhythmic breathing

o [5 min] Perception on the navel ....
o [5 min] Perception in the nostrils....
• [3 min] Mahaprana Dhwani ....

2. Perception of Psychic Centres

• [2 min] practice mahaprana dhvani ....


• [5 min] practice Kayotsarga ....
• practice perception of green colour at the psychic Centre
of Vigilance.

All the three parts of the ears.

• [5 min] right ear ....


• [5 min] left ear ....

• [3 min] Mahaprana Dhwani ....

3. Contemplation through suggestion

• [2 min] practice Mahaprana Dhwani ....


• [2 min] practice Kayotsarga ....
• Contemplation of freedom from drug addiction.

[10 min} Contemplate:

1. I am becoming free from drug addiction.


2. Alcohol / smoking are extremely harmful.
3. It damages liver and the lungs.
4. It increases the probability of heart disease
and cancer.
5. Smoking has an injurious effect on the
respiratory tract.
6. All these drugs and intoxicants are really very
bad things. Now I shall never touch them.
7. I resolve firmly that I will never do smoking /
drinking.
8. Now I have become free from the addiction to
drug /smoking / drinking. ....

• [3 min] Mahaprana Dhwani ....

Shades of Passion (LESHYAs):


Spiritual Uplift and Conservation of Natural Resources
Introduction:

The word 'Leshya' (shades of passion) can be explained as


an aura around an individual reflecting the innermost
disposition which one assumes under a given set of
circumstances as well as disposition itself. In view of the
Jain theory of karma, it is the mental disposition or feeling
that influences the soul. Thus the concept of shades of
passion is closely related to the Jain theory of karma.
Further, shades of passion bring about facial and physical
expressions. Thus the total personality of an individual is
shaped by the kind of mental dispositions and inclinations
that one sustains and which are primarily reflected on the
face. The reflection of different kinds of dispositions or
emotional states is a matter of common knowledge to
almost every one of us. When a person gets very angry, or
when he/she is engrossed in a mournful state or when
he/she gets emotionally thrilled with joy, the aura and the
very look on his/her face changes, and we can read his/her
prevailing mental state just from the features of his/her
face. The predominance of a particular feeling or
disposition - good or bad - fashions the total personality
of an individual. The prevailing atmosphere as well plays
a significant role in molding one's disposition and, in turn,
one's personality. An atmosphere of trust and goodwill
produced by the presence of a great soul induces a sense
of optimism and joy in all. It leads to spiritual uplift. Such
spiritual advancement of a person can be deciphered on
the basis of the knowledge of shades of passion. Almost
all yoga-systems including Patanjali and Buddhist systems
have recognized the theory of LESHYAs - shades of
passion.

Six Kinds of Shades of Passion:

Jain scriptures describe six shades of passion (colors).


They are, in order of decreasing intensity, black (dark,
KRISHNA), blue (NEEL), grey (the color of a pigeon,
KAAPOT), yellow (color of sunlight, PEET or TEJOLESHYA),
light pink (color of lotus, PADMA), and white (crystal
clear, SHUKLA). Obviously, the first three represent
undesirable dispositions that result from bad intentions
or inclinations. They have an adverse influence on the
individual's spirit, causing the influx of painful (PAAP)
karma. They also lead to detrimental impact on one's
animate and inanimate environment. Obviously, the worst
shade of passion is the black one as it involves the most
intense emotions and passions (KASHAAYs) of anger,
pride, intrigue and greed. An individual having this shade
of passion has total disregard for his/her own spiritual
well-being and for the welfare of his/her environment -
living and nonliving. The last three shades of passion
result from mild passions - good intentions and design. In
this sense, they are auspicious. The most auspicious
shade of passion is white (SHUKLA). At its highest stage,
it embodies the complete absence of passion and is
achieved by those who are in the state of spiritual
meditation (SHUKLA DHYAAN).

Evidently, each one of the six shades of passion has a


variety of gradations. Further, the six shades of passion
are related to the four kinds of meditations described in
the Jain scriptures. Those who possess black, blue or grey
shade of passion indulge in sorrowful (AARTA) and
inclement (RAUDRA) kinds of meditation, while those who
harbor a yellow, light pink or white shade of passion
practice righteous (DHARM) and spiritual (SHUKA) kinds
of meditation.(2)
Lesya dhyana is perception of psychic colours. In this
practice, we perceive a specific colour on a specific
psychic centre. Since, for a successful meditational
session, actual appearance of the desired colour is
essential, it is necessary to know fully about the quality of
various colours. First of all, all colours are divided in two
categories:

1. bright or shining colours which emit or reflect most


of the light falling on it, and
2. dark and gloomy colours which do not emit, do not
reflect much, but absorb most of the light.

Dull and gloomy black, blue and grey are inauspicious, but
bright black etc. are not so.
Similarly bright red, yellow and white are auspicious, but
dark and dull red, etc. and not so.
In lesya dhyana, the following five bright colours are
visualised:

1. Green colour as of emerald.


2. Blue colour as of peacock's neck.
3. Red colour as of rising sun.
4. Yellow colour as of sun-flower or gold.
5. White colour as of full moon or snow.

To bring about the actual appearance of the desired


colour, it is essential to concentrate and actually see the
colour mentally. Visualization is the key to this technique.
Once it is sustained and intensified, the mind will project
the colour. Actual or coloured cellophane paper wrapped
on the lighted bulbs are useful. When one looks at a
source of coloured light with open and unwinking eyes for
a few moments, he will visualize it with closed eyes.
For actual appearance of colour, steadiness and
concentration of mind is essential. Concentration here
means intensified and sustained visualization of a single
colour. As mental steadiness increases and visualization
is intensified, the desired colour is produced. At this
stage the experience is real and not imaginary.
The following table shows the psychic centres, colours to
be visualized and what is to be experienced by intense
willing:
Psychic Centres Colours to Intense willing and
be experience
visualized
1 Centre of Bliss Ananda Emerald Freedom from
Kendra Green psychological
faults and
negative
attitudes.
2 Centre of Visuddhi Peacock- Self-control of
purity Kendra neck blue urges and
impulses.
3 Centre of Darsana Rising sun Awakening of
intuition Kendra red intuition – bliss.
4 Centre of Jnana Golden Acuity of
wisdom / Kendra / yellow perception –
Centre of vision Caksusa clarity of thought.
Kendra
5 Centre of Jyoti Full moon Tranquillity,
enlightenment Kendra white subsidence of
anger and other
states of agitation
and excitation.

Chart of lesya –
Lesya Color Kendra Glands

Krishna Black Shakti+Swasthya+ Adrenal &


Tejas sex organs
Neela Blue Shakti+Swasthya+ Adrenal &
Tejas sex organs
Kapota Grey Shakti+Swasthya+ Adrenal &
Tejas sex organs
Tejas Red Darshan kendra Pituitory
Padma Yellow Center of knowledgge
Top of head

Sukla White Center Pineal


of
enlightenment

Exercise:

1. With your mind's eye visualize that every thing


around you, including the air.
It is coloured bright green.
2. Take a deep breath and as you slowly inhale,
visualize that you are breathing long streams of
green air.
Repeat the breathing exercise several times, each
time inhaling green air.
Continue this for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Focus your attention on Ananda Kendra (Psychic


Centre for Bliss) located near the heart and visualize
bright green light radiating from this centre.
Your full attention should be used for visualization of
green light.
If the light does not appear or vanish after
appearance, do not be disappointed.
Intensify your effort for sustained visualization.
In case, there is a distraction and your attention
wanders. Return it gently but firmly to the
visualization of colour. (Continue this for two to
three minutes)
4. Now visualize that the green light radiating from the
Ananda Kendra fills up the space all around you.
The air that surrounds you is thoroughly permeated
with green radiation.
5. Visualizing this, repeat to yourself mentally the
following words three times: "I realize that 1 am free
from my psychological faults and negative attitudes".
(2 to 3 minutes)
6. The above exercise, (steps 3 to 5) by substituting
blue colour for green and Visuddhi Kendra (Psychic
Centre for Purity) for Ananda Kendra. In the end
repeat mentally to yourself the following words "I
realize that my sexual impulses are being brought
under my conscious control." (2 to 3 minutes)

7. Repeat the exercise (from 1 to 5) with the following


changes:
1. Colour - Red, (Rising sun)
2. Centre - Darsana Kendra (Psychic Centre of
Intuition).
3. Words to be mentally repeated: "I realize that
my intuition is developing".
8. Repeat the exercise (from 1 to 5) with the following
changes:
1. Colour - Yellow (Sun flower)
2. Centre - Jnana Kendra (Psychic Centre for
Knowledge).
3. Words to be mentally repeated: "I realize that
my perceptive capacity is increasing."
9. Repeat the exercise (from 1 to 5) with the following
changes:
10.
1. Colour -White (Full moon).
2. Centre - Jyoti Kendra (psychic Centre for
Enlightenment).
3. Words to be mentally repeated: "I realize that
my passions (anger etc.) and emotions (fear
etc.) are brought under my conscious control."

Anupreksha
contemplating upon the perceptions experienced during
meditation.

Anu: afterwards
Preksha: to perceive carefully and profoundly

Anupreksha is contemplation on an ethical value and the


technique to integrate it into the own ethical canon. Those
value imbibing exercises are coupled with breath control,
concentration on psychic centres and colour imagination.
After religious meditation, four anupreksha are generally
practised:

1. Anupreksha of solitariness
2. Anupreksha of the transitoriness of life
3. Anupreksha of helplessness
4. Anupreksha of cycle of birth and death.

Anupreksha is a technique of meditation used for


transformative purpose. The word anupreksha is made up two
sub words. Anu+Preksha. Anu means after. Preksha means
seeing. So anupreksha would mean the attempt after see.
Seeing should not be confined to the physical seeing but
Knowing. I know that 'I want to be stress free or I know that "I
must give up anxiety" or I know "I need to be healthy" & so
on. There are many accomplishments one need to achieve, or
many transformations are demanded in life. Different people
have different habits, and now these habits have to be changed.
How to change them? Habits don't change because they are
working from a deeper level of subconscious, and our
resolution is resolving around the shallow conscious
level of mind. Unless our resolutions reach the deeper level of
mind, the habits acquired by the mind will not change. It is
very necessary therefore to take support of Anupreksha i.e.
Bhavna. Anupreksha opens the doors of subconsicous &
sends a message to it. In this one uses the power of word,
autosuggestion, sound, visualization, reiteration & bring about
a change There are many components used in Anupreksha-
colours, sound, bhavna, thought process etc. This is also auto-
suggestion in a way.
Spiritual Basis of Anuprekshas
One side of Preksha- dhyana is -to watch, only watch. Watch without
imposing any thought. The second side of Preksha-dhyana is-to
contemplate, to think. Contemplation is a great means to attain Truth.
Thought is never wasted; it is only wasted when it is not concentrated
on a single object. We can know Truth only through thought. Many
researches about great facts of life have been conducted through
thought - dhyana (Vicar- dhyana). The process of thought is a very
powerful process of knowing the truth. It is called 'vichay- dhyana'
according to Jain definition. It means thought oriented- dhyana,
contemplation orienteddhyana; in which thought is more focused.
Scattered and fragmented thoughts cannot become dhyana. When the
thoughts become directed toward single direction, they become dhyana.
Meditation encompasses both thoughtlessness & thoughtfull state. Both
are aa-in the context of only watching (darshan), it is thoughtless
dhyana. The thoughts flowing in a single direction become 'vicar-
dhyanaa'. Anupreksha is vicar dhyana. Anupreksha means to think
over what was seen during dhyana. We saw that there were vibrations
in certain parts of the body. The atoms were under going metabolism
(chayaapchaya). The basis of this knowing is-preksha. As we see we
apprehend the reality. Now we think, contemplate, ponder, the true
nature of the body. There is a constant receiving and discarding of
atoms going on. They are formed and distorted from the body, the
matter cannot be permanent; it also means that the body is 'anitya-
dharma' (transitory nature). Thinking and reflecting about this
momentary nature is anupreksha. Preksha and anupreksha should be
exercised simultaneously. First watch and then think about its results,
and contemplate/reflect. The aim of prekshadhyana is to perceive the
truth by practicing proper way to see and to think. Anupreksha is also
used as a process of preksha- dhyana, to do away with false
conceptions and false imaginations. Why has 'anu' been used before
'preksha'? Anupreksha is to watch the truth-not by your own
perceptions/ prejudices, instinct or imagination, but watching the
reality.
1.'Satyam prati anupreksha' i.e. anupreksha of truth. There are many
eternal truths or realities of life. Here are few to contemplate on
2. Anitya Anupreksha (anupreksha oftransitoriness)-all this is about
to be left sooner or later. Its nature is devastation and destruction. It is
subject to Metabolism (chaya upchaya). It is fleeting, not permanent
and momentary. It has many states/stages.
Like the body, Anupreksha of other things can also be exercised.
3. Asharan Anupreksha (anupreksha of no shelter/refugee)-no one-
family, wealth or matter - can be a refuge or shelter. One must search
the way of being refuge or protected within oneself.
4. Sansar Anupreksha (Anupreksha of World)-Living being is
trapped between life and death. He is born to die. Sometimes he is born
as an animal, and sometimes as a human being, this cycle ofchange is
eternal.
5. Ekatva Anupreksha (Anupreksha of Lonliness)-man is born alone
and would die alone. Experience and grief-all these are subjective.
6. Anyatva Anupreksha (Anupreksha of Difference)-enjoyment of
material things and passion (Kam) are different from me and I am
different from them. Matter is different from me and I am different
from matter. The experience ofthe difference from the other.

7. Ashouch Anupreksha (Anupreksha of Impurity)-this body is not


pure. It perpetually secretes different kinds of secretion like saliva, pus,
mucous, & more (vikar). This is enhances a state of detachment. We
must neither hate or dislike its impurity not stay attached to its outer
looks. Thus asouch Anupreksha is promoted.

Acharya Mahapragya
In the practice of Anupreksha we repeat some thoughts in mind again
and again. Two things are important-repetition of thoughts and stability
of thoughts. Keep repeating one thing again and again, it will turn into
reality, and we shall start acting accordingly. We are what we think.
We can sit in the boat of Contemplation and reach any remote shore.
There is no such shore where we cannot reach after sitting in the boat
of contemplation, this is what Acharya Mahapragya meant by his
quote. We can transform any thing any where. In the field on
Ayurveda, we have a similar example to relate. A person who is
familiar with Ayurved knows the difference between the power of
'ashtputi' abhrak (8 layered mica) and 'sahastraputi' abhrak (thousand
layered). The more the 'putis', intense shall be the power. There is a
great importance of puti, while preparing medicines. In the same way,
ifwe perform any work by adding the repetition of Contemplation, then
no other thought will cause any barrier in it. This is the healer of the
self & that of the other. Anupreksha can be conveyed to others. Others
can be influenced by it. Pacifying others difficulties, curing illness,
transforming others heart, changing their thoughts-all this can be done
by exercising Anupreksha. Ifwe think about it from the viewpoint of
spiritual practice (sadhna), we can achieve forbearance, fearlessness,
sweetness etc.
Experiment of Atma-sanshan
The use of 'Atma-sanshan' has always been important in Indian
literature, and many experiments related to it can be known. There is a
reference in Vedic literature, the great Yogis repeated the following
thoughts with perseverance. -"let
speech always be flashing in my mouth. Let pran (Life-force) always
be flowing in my nerves. Let there always be power to see in my eyes.
Let there always be power to hear in my ears." Through this process
they kept nurturing their brains & body.
Using this power of thought the old Rishis (saints) used to increase
their powers or safe guard their potentials, this is Atma-sanshan (self
hypnotism). They used to save their powers and could live till the age
of hundred years.
We do use similar powers in our daily life, some times positively &
some times negatively. Take the incidence of inferiority complex. A
man having inferiority complex weakens all his powers. Here the
person constantly sends a negative message to the self. Therefore the
use of Atma sanshan is very effective. To keep your powers informed,
to awaken them and to live it is one of the types of Atma-sanshan. To
be unconscious of one's powers, to become uninterested, and to be
enveloped in inferiority complex, is another type of Atma-sanshan.
Both have their own separate effects

Process of Chitt Shudhi (Mind Purification)


No impurities are accumulated on the Consciouness of a person who
practices anupreksha along with preksha- dhyana, and neither does his
conscious get into unconscious. It is therefore necessary to practice
Anupreksha.

USES of anupreksha
Physical Relaxation ,Behavioral change, Desired change on Reduced
metabolism,developing positive habits, Sufficient blood & Pran Vayu
circulation, Nervous system, Emotional stability, Preksha meditation,
Colour Meditation, Purifying negative Thoughts, controlling automatic
organs & Balancing Automatic nervous system Change in the glandular
secretion, Positive Thinking