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Focus Meditation-Concentration-Contemplation


In the process of meditation, Focus is the first stage, Concentration is the second stage, Contemplation is the third stage, and Meditation (Dhyana) is the fourth stage. Concentration of vision, subtilization of thought, and contemplation are indeed useful, for the primary level of meditation! [Through the practice of all these, control (regulation) of thought, contemplation, and regulation of method, would be caused through Sensory Meditation. Ascent Meditation, along with this, would be somewhat in addition, and different to this].


To keep the body – head, vertically, perpendicular to earth, so also, to keep the view, at ninety degrees angle, to the body – is meditation related, primary. If so, although it is seen, externally, to be able to keep the body in the lower part of neck, like that… in the middle portion of the back, it, may not be like that, in complete state. PadmAsana (Lotus Pose) is recommended; however, not everyone’s body is suitable for this. So, until meditation reaches the stage of concentration, it is enough if one could practice in the state prior to SukhAsana (Easy Pose) and switchover to a comfortable position [either SukhAsana, PadmAsana, Ardha PadmAsana (Half Lotus Pose), or VajrAsana (Thunderbolt or Zen pose)] thereafter. We feel that back is straight but, there will be some bent in it at least to some extent. For that very reason, one should try to keep the neck portion vertical, and the middle of the crown of the head at ninety degrees.

Focus Meditation

This is the first stage of Meditation. In this stage, the individual simply tries to focus on the specific object she/he has chosen without any well-defined degree of concentration but, tries not to wander off his mind to other thoughts.

Concentration Meditation (Concentration of the (Vision) Mind - Thought)

In the practice of Dhyana-Mano-Prasthan, another stage is, concentration of the vision. For one who practices, this is somewhat easy only. If an attempt is made, anybody can indeed do. Even so, there would be some hard work, for the attempt, and the steadiness of fixation of the vision. If one follows it, uninterruptedly, there would be result. By means of this, there is a chance for possibility of steadiness of Citta (Intellect possessive Mind, itself, is 'citta'!). Because of this, with the decrease, of thoughts, steadiness can be obtained, to mind. Thereby usefulness would be caused to the concentration of thoughts. Because of this, with decrease, of thoughts, steadiness can be obtained, to mind. Thereby usefulness can be caused to the concentration of thoughts. With that, opportunity appears, for the regulation of thoughts, and their control. ['Control of thoughts' means it is not inaction. It is purely to have keen (precise) power of deliberation].

As the name indicates, during this stage, one is expected to concentrate on any single object (photograph of parents or Guruji or any other object). It is normal to get numerous thoughts during this stage, probably more than one expects and experiences in the daily life. All the events that occur in the daily life repeat at an enormous speed within those few minutes (like a recorded cassette), and make the practice real difficult. However, a continuous practice makes it easier to concentrate and overcome (depending on dedication and practice) this hurdle. Concentration of the mind is of two types, corporeal (physical/objective) concentration, and incorporeal (subjective) concentration.

All the events that occur in the daily life repeat at an enormous speed within those few minutes (like a recorded cassette), and make the practice real difficult.

CORPOREAL CONCENTRATION: Keeping an object in front and seeing only that object with eyes completely, and concentrating the mind only on that is what that should happen in corporeal concentration of the mind.

INCORPOREAL CONCENTRATION: To be able to see the object with mind by closing the eyes is incorporeal concentration of the mind. That means to keep the shape of the object in mind steadily and be able to see it with mind without seeing it with eyes.

In the attempt of concentration of vision, as beginning for it, view should be kept on the sight (shape) of the object and the center point of the object. Sitting in the yogasana method, view should be completely kept, on the objective sight that is present in the front. In the beginning of this, seeing at the entire shape, the time interval, of closing, the eyelids, should be increased (look at first then, stare in the object). Firstly, towards the object, by seeing its entire area, gradually, by considering, the center of that object, as point, by bringing, its sight, into micro (subtle) state, in that state, by gradually closing the eyelids, finally, by closing them completely, one should be able to see that micro-point form of that object, as feeling, in the mind.

In the attempt of concentration of vision, as beginning for it, view should be kept on the sight (shape) of the object and the center point of the object.

Upon practice, one can realize that the thoughts are minimized (unnecessary thoughts get eliminated and the useful thoughts exist) and be able to concentrate for few moments. In the final stage of concentration of vision, before the invisibility of feeling itself, the influence of sensory (senses) decreases. So the 'consciousness', 'memory' related feeling, of external circumstances, sensorium mind and the density of their existence, decreases. All the thoughts, which are present naturally, come to one place through this process. When one concentrates thoughts to one point through, the entire energy starts from there.

If the concentration of the mind can be completed both in corporeal and incorporeal methods, and if the result related to it can be caused to reach experience, feeling then it is the first step for the contemplation meditation.

Mind – Concentration – Peacefulness (Along With Mind, Concentration Happens Even for Human: ‘No Self – No Mind, Vice-Versa’)

In meditation, only when one considers concentrating the mind, ‘the mind of at that point of time’ appears. If that mind is made to remain in that state only, then concentration is caused for that. If movement is caused, thought would be caused. If that thought continues like that only then, there would be no chance for concentration. So, even if one thinks that she/he is in meditation, internal movement, thoughts, feelings of memories indeed keep continuing. With that, there would be no chance for complete peace of meditation. If so, for that point of time, there would be ‘Trans’ peacefulness in the experience. Instead, without imagining the mind elsewhere if the feeling that ‘that is from within her/him only’ is strengthened, with decrease of speed of movement and instability for sensory mind, there would be possibility to concentrate.

In the dedication of meditation, mind to try to fix its concentration on some or the other shape is primary. To identify that which is present at that point of time is its task. Usually if one sees a shape without changing the sight so also if one remembers the same thought repeatedly, the physical form identification so also their quality and quantity relating to thought after sometime, would not be visible, felt same as those that present in the beginning only. There would be chance for their previous visibility with change of view only. So, in meditation, with the concentration of sight if the concentration of the mind on the shape (form) is continued with dedication, the characteristic feature of its visibility undergoing change in us only, at a certain state the feeling that there is nothing at all would be caused. Gradually, complete nihility may be felt. This itself may be labeled as, ‘the ‘characteristic feature of transcendency’. In that state devoid of thought, and shape, with the feeling of nihility, some unknown peaceful, experience, impression would be caused. In this way, the state in which there is nothing in ‘repose’ (rest) to be caused, to mind which has constant movement of thought, itself is peacefulness.

If this state is, habituated to mind, if not at the level caused at the time of meditation but, when one is not in meditation also, some peacefulness would be in experience for mind, human. If so, at certain time and occasion, the intensity of at that point of time’s conditions, by disrupting the repose of mind there may be impediment for peacefulness. Even so, that condition would be based in accordance with the level of dedication of meditation.

The state in which externality is not known only is the concentration of the mind! That itself should be considered as meditation. But, at the time of meditation, if the individual who practices knows his own state to himself, since that which makes-known is mind only, if the mind is in the job of making-known something even in meditation then, for sure, it wouldn’t have fixed concentration, would it! Remembering her/his experience at the time of meditation also, to tell the same afterwards means, it has to be considered that mind is with human being only and with sensory incitation only.

Through meditation, the person, who practices, experiences peacefulness at the place of concentration of mind, thereafter as the mind enters into her/him, there is no chance for the continuation of that experience. When the mind of concentration changes as external sensory mind thereafter, that what is felt is, indeed feeling of memory only!

Along with mind, since concentration happens even for human, human as ‘self’, and separately mind – since both of them are invisible only, those two anytime, anywhere are present at the same place. If so, the external and internal peacefulness caused in meditation with the concentration of ‘self’, along with that of the mind is only for that point of time. In this context, there is necessity to understand human (self) and mind as two. ‘No self – no mind, vice-versa’. ‘The awareness of the Life Force is the self consciousness’.

Benefits of Concentration

  1. Decrease in number of thoughts
  2. Decrease in intensity of thoughts
  3. Decrease in rotation of thoughts
  4. Elimination of unwanted thoughts
  5. Limited mental peace and stability (Peacefulness of mind, distant from the pressure one experiences in the daily life, is acquired in this)

Contemplation Meditation

The stage in which one can concentrate only on a single thought is called contemplation. There will be indirectly, the characteristic of meditation, in this. As discussed earlier, it is usual to get many thoughts during the stage of concentration. In spite of this, one is ought to concentrate on (repeat) any single thought (subject/matter) which one wishes to concentrate upon.

'Contemplation', means, to fix steadily, the thought, on some or the other point [The stage in which one can concentrate only on a single thought (subject)]. In this stage, only repetition of thought, but, not its subtilization. As the practice continues, as retention, with centralized view, the micro state of the visibility, related feeling, thought, upon which one is concentrating, gradually, becomes invisible, and the qualities of "Trans" appear [The orderly development of this itself, is the gesture of meditation]. Practice should be continued, until one is able to maintain the concentration on a single thought, like that. In the final stage, before the invisibility of the feeling (thought) itself, the influence of sensory (senses), decreases. Therefore, the 'consciousness', 'memory', related feeling, of the external circumstances, sensorium mind and the density of their existence, decreases. In this stage of Contemplation, one concentrates her/his mind only on one of the thoughts. In the stage of this contemplation, by concentrating on one thought, if one practices like that only, to some extent, next, that mind itself would slip into the state of meditation.

On successfully concentrating upon a single thought for a long time, gradually, there would be subtilization of that thought and finally, even that single thought would vanish and the mind would be ready, for meditation, in appropriate way.

Note: In the practice of concentration and contemplation, that what has to be happened, principally, primarily, is regulation, self-control of senses.

'Control of thoughts' means it is not inaction. It is purely to have keen (precise) power of deliberation

Benefits of Contemplation

  1. Further decreases in thoughts; concentrating on any single thought
  2. The influence of sensory decreases further
  3. Memory, related to external circumstances, sensorium mind, and density of their existence decreases
  4. Unison of 'thought' and 'Citta'.

In this aforementioned order, Asana - Pranayama - Focus Meditation - Concentration of the Mind (Vision)-Thought, and - Contemplation, with the completion of these stages, the practice of Dhyanaprasthan, starts. As a matter of fact, all these stages of previous state, of meditation, are indeed parts in meditation. Even so, principally, they except for cooperating, in making the body, and the feeling of neurons (mind), ready for dedication to meditation they are, not complete meditation. Even so, in the path of practice of Dhyana-Mano-Prasthan, this method is, inevitable.

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