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Favourable inner climate facilitates dhyana

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

To pursue dhyana process in right earnest, we need to prepare ourselves well by

creating a favourable inner climate. That calls for being aware of certain

inescapable realities. First, it is important to understand that dhyana does not

call for trying hard to concentrate. But following the process, however, with

time, concentration power does develop. The process does not warrant trying to

forcefully stop our thoughts immediately when the process is taken up. Here it

needs to be appreciated that mind is invariably loaded with a huge crowd of

thoughts, difficult to be restrained to one’s asking. The inlaid thoughts will

continue to knock us from within. So, one is bound to be confronted with

distraction, and even more during dhyana. Following withdrawal of senses

from the outer world, the thought impressions dwelling in our subconscious

memory come into active play. So, as you begin, you are bound to be flooded

with thoughts, and therefore, needs to be accepted as a necessary part of the

process. We just need to train our minds to remain disengaged from them. It is

pertinent to note here that you get affected only when you pay attention to

something. But following the process in right earnest, it does eventually drive

away all inconsequential thought impressions out of our reckoning, that

otherwise keep repeatedly chasing us from within.

Second, the process does not call for having any religious or spiritual belief

either. Even atheist and agnostics can pursue the process and draw benefit as

the process is all about securing orderly functioning of mind. Religious or

spiritual belief does, however, help invoke one’s emotions, which in turn,

induces a sense of love towards our desired destination. That helps pursue the

process with relative ease.

Third, it needs to be appreciated that we are all born imperfect, and therefore,

fallible. Our impressionable minds usually get caught up in the tempting

influences of the glare and glitter of the seeming world, often illusionary.

Following which, we are tempted to make it our dream destination. In the

process, unmindfully, we often make undesirable choices, and evidently to one’s

detriment. The impressions thereof, remain in our minds, often bringing in a

sense of guilt. For, at the base level remains the ideal on which life stands,

which reminds us of our own fault line. It would be, however, desirable not to

carry any sense of guilt for some wrong done earlier. That happened in the past,

which has now become inconsequential. Better try to ensure that the mistakes

do not recur through repeated auto suggestion. Otherwise, you may fall into a

guilt trap, which may otherwise add to your negative imprints, already

overloaded from before. Consequently, it may retard your efforts.

Fourth, it needs to be appreciated that we live in a transitory world, which is

subject to continued change. We, therefore, need to accept the inevitable and

accordingly be prepared to wilfully adjust to the callings of varying

circumstances. And as no movement is possible without meeting resistance, the

process will face challenges in the way. Without getting unnerved, one would

need to continue the efforts. We are very much empowered to intelligently deal

with the challenges coming our way. We just need to be alert enough to

consciously invoke our indwelling empowerment tool - the faculty of

discriminate intelligence - well in time and put them to use. This may help

intelligently negotiate with challenges coming our way with relative ease and


Before we begin dhyana process, one needs to firm up the mind and make a

resolve to pursue it in right earnest. Second, have faith in one’s own self, and

induce a sense of love towards what you are pursuing. It will not simply

motivate you to carry forward the task in right earnest, but also make you put in

your whole. Unless you love doing what you intend to, you may fail to put in

qualitative effort, nor would you enjoy it.

Having, thus, created favourable inner climate, it is time now to have a detailed

look at the eight-fold path. First in line, comes Yama. This calls for consciously

keeping away from all unseemly conducts - negative and immoral in nature.

Then comes Niyama, which calls for submitting oneself to a moral discipline, as

guided by our societal conduct norms, Guru, and the scriptures. In this context,

it is pertinent to note that unless the intent is pure, and the means adopted are

right, one would lack the spirit necessary to carry forward the process in right


Continued ……….

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