Telepathy

Swami Vivekananda says –

…”There is a continuity of mind, as the yogis call it. The mind is universal.
Your mind, my mind, all these little minds, are fragments of that universal mind,
little waves in the ocean;
and on account of this continuity, we can convey our thoughts directly to one another.”
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DHARANA – POWER OF THOUGHT

Dharana is concentration.

Concentration is our main faculty we use when learning or reading and when we are in a receptive listening mode. We use this faculty called dharana to help us focus upon important personal interests in everyday life. We also use it to deliberately programme our own mind and so develop its ’grooves’   of opinions and attitudes as well as conditioning our responses to external surroundings and   conditions.

Developing concentration through yoga techniques aims to achieve pin-point concentration or  ekagrata upon any particular selected focus. It is believed that if we can concentrate, we can  succeed in using mental powers to the full.  Concentration is mind power.

It is obvious that if you keep your thoughts upon success, you will most likely succeed.

If you concentrate upon failure you will do doubt succeed in failing. If you concentrate upon power, you

will become powerful.

If you concentrate upon love, you will become loving and so on.

Each of us attracts circumstances by the power of our mind’s concentration.

 A definite aim will ensure that concentrated thought will bear fruit. So you must take care that the  direction of your mind’s power is truly in accordance with your own welfare and deeper spiritual   interests as well of that of others. This requires a choice of desired human traits, characteristics,  talents, virtues, and ambitions we wish to incorporate in our ideal self image. We must seek to  become the person we wish to be if we are to make the most of the years of life experience we have  available. This is our first exercise in dharana – creating our plan for our own character building.

Stillness of the mind is a necessary preparation to allow concentrated and purposeful thought. It may seem to be a simple aim, to still the mind, but in fact this is usually very difficult. Our thoughts are        notoriously difficult to control with their general hyper-activity often likened to a monkey in continual movement. However, with practise, we can learn to subdue this activity.

Concentration is then used as the tool to programme our mind. There are certain methods and   techniques employed for this purpose. Conscious effort of thought is required to build mental ‘muscle-power’ or strong mindedness, just as effort is needed to build physical fitness. There are any interesting mental exercises to strengthen the mind employed in yoga as well as in other   schools of mind training. It is usual that only a chela or serious student who has formulated a clear spiritual purpose is given the key to deeper concentration.

Concentration can also be used as a tuning-in device similar to tuning the radio. This analogy holds true in meditation when we wish attunement to ‘receive’ inspiration or intuitive guidance.

Mind power is also built up through dharana  for use in meditation when it can be directed towards a higher sphere much as a rocket fuel supplies energy for lift off.

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Intuition

Refreshing our interpretation of the word ‘intuition’ offers a simple reminder that it means learning from within rather than without.

Intuition is the faculty within us that encourages us toward what we consider to be right action, feelings and thoughts.  Intuition teaches us and helps us to be true to ourselves and to live according to our aspirations and highest aims.  It tends to develop as a dominant faculty particularly with females and has a vast potential to aid all of us in the art of living. But in order to be aware and receptive to this inner guiding voice, we must be sensitive to it and learning to trust it takes a little practice.

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Yoga and the Mind – Raja Yoga

Yoga is well known to involve personal undertakings regarding self culture of body, emotions and mind. In concert these represents our whole outer personality. The purpose aims at excellence – a concept determined by the individual’s perception of the ideal.

Once we understand and can govern the personality we are better able to demonstrate the deeper expressions of our soul. As we further aspire to spiritual understanding we open our consciousness to the limitless spheres beyond – the Universal Consciousness or God.

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Insight and Intuition

Individual life is only satisfying when we understand our own nature and our place in the scheme of things. So ‘Know thyself !’ remains a classical directive to assist us in the art of living.

Vision of any material goal in life differs widely with each person according to his desires, needs  and any previous experiences. But the spiritual goal remains the same for us all, not only by the fact of our inevitable shared future fate of leaving the physical world, but because of the shared natural urge within us to be aware of our Creator and a higher purpose to life.

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Dharana is Concentration

Concentration is our main faculty we use when learning or reading and when we are in a receptive listening mode. We use this faculty called dharana to help us focus upon important personal interests in everyday life. We also use it to deliberately programme our own mind and so develop its ’grooves’ of opinions and attitudes as well as conditioning our responses to external surroundings and conditions.

Developing concentration through yoga techniques aims to achieve pin-point concentration or ekagrata upon any particular selected focus. It is believed that if one can concentrate, one can succeed in using mental powers to the full.  Concentration is mind power.

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