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What is Meditation According to Vedanta?
19 Oct

What is Meditation According to Vedanta?

Today “meditation” is very popular in the East and the West part. A form of spiritual meditation once restricted to a small number of reasonably qualified aspirants is now followed by large numbers of people and applied to a wide variety of human situations. 

There are various types of meditation now present all over the world are divided into two broad groups: secular and religious. To the former group belong all forms of concentration practiced for the sake of health. It has been scientifically proof that certain types of meditation relax the body, reduce blood pressure and mental tension, and cure psychosomatic disorders. 

The group of meditations called Upasana in Vedantic literature, which aims at spiritual illumination. There are two types of Vedantic Meditation: Sakara and Nirakara. In the first type, meditation is done on a form of the deity known as the aspirant’s Chosen Ideal of God, or Ista Devata. In the second type, followed in the path of knowledge, meditation is done on a non-anthropomorphic object like light or space or some attribute of Qualified (saguna) Brahman.

According to Vedanta  Meditation defined as, “ With the light of the self, we can see external objects and movements of thoughts, but if we want to look at God, we must focus this light inward. And this is what meditation means.”



 

 

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