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Meditation & Its Practices: A Definitive Guide to Techniques and Traditions of Meditation in Yoga and Vedanta

Meditation & Its Practices: A Definitive Guide to Techniques and Traditions of Meditation in Yoga and Vedanta

by Swami Adiswarananda

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The complete sourcebook for exploring Hinduism's two most time-honored traditions of meditation. Meditation is a subject of universal interest, practiced by seekers of all traditions on the quest for serenity, peace, and blessedness. Among the many traditions of meditation in Hinduism, Yoga and Vedanta have passed the test of time, proving as vital today as they were throughout the ages in helping seekers overcome the maladies of life and attain the greatest spiritual fulfillment. In one comprehensive volume, Meditation&Its Practices illuminates the principles of the Yoga and Vedanta meditation traditions, the meaning of meditation, its goal of Self-Knowledge, the methods by which concentration is developed, and the ways of achieving self-control. Defining key concepts in clear terms, this complete guidebook covers every aspect of this ancient spiritual practice, including:

  • Goals and Benefits of Meditation
  • Objects of Meditation
  • Methods of Concentration
  • Posture, Physical Condition, Eating Habits, and Spiritual Exercises
  • Mystical Experiences and Realizations
  • Obstacles in Meditation and Ways of Overcoming Them

Drawing on both classic and contemporary sources, this comprehensive sourcebook outlines the scientific, psychological, and spiritual elements of Yoga and Vedanta meditation, the results of which lead not to the seeker's dreams and visions but to the transformation of his or her character.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594734021
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/29/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Swami Adiswarananda (1925–2007), former senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India, was Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York.

Table of Contents


Part One The Process of Meditation
1. The Meaning of Meditation
2. The Meditative State
3. The Goal of Meditation
4. The Benefits of Meditation
5. Meditation in the System of Yoga
6. Meditation in Vedanta
7. The Sacred Texts on Meditation
8. The Three Key Factors in All Meditation

Part Two Objects of Meditation
9. Objects of Meditation in Yoga and Vedanta
10. Meditation on a Divine Form
11. Meditation on a Divine Incarnation
12. Meditation on the Lord as Inmost Self and Supreme Teacher
13. Meditation on Virata Purusha, the Cosmic Person
14. Meditation on the Sacred Word Om
15. Meditation on the Gayatri Mantra
16. Meditation on the Great Vedic Sayings
17. Meditation on a Sacred Text, Word, or Mystic Syllable

Part Three Centers of Consciousness
18. The Centers for Meditation
19. Dualism, Nondualism, and the Centers

Part Four Methods of Concentration
20. Withdrawal and Concentration of Mind
21. Posture
22. Time and Place, Spiritual Vibrations, and Geographical Directions
23. Physical Condition, Eating Habits, and Exercise
24. Self-Analysis
25. Mystic Worship
26. Japa, or Repetition of a Sacred Word
27. Pranayama, or Control of Breath

Part Five Progress in Meditation
28. Milestones of Progress
29. Mystical Experiences and Realizations
30. The Transformation of Character
31. The Sacred Texts on Progress in Meditation

Part Six Obstacles in Meditation
32. Obstacles in Meditation and Ways of Overcoming Them


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