Concentration

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THE PRACTICE OF CONCENTRATION


Fix the mind on some object, within the body or without.

Keep it there, steadily, for some time.
This is concentration.
Practice this daily.

Ethical perfection is a matter of paramount importance.

You can concentrate internally on any of the seven centres of spiritual energy.
A man who is filled with passion and fantastic desires
can hardly concentrate at all, even for a second.
His mind jumps around like a monkey.

Sit in the lotus pose.

Gaze gently at the tip of the nose.
Practice this for one minute in the beginning, gradually increasing it to half an hour.
This steadies the mind and develops the power of concentration.
Keep this up even as you walk about.

Or, sit in the lotus pose, fixing the mind between the eyebrows.

Do this gently for half a minute.
Gradually increase to half an hour or more.
This removes tossing of the mind and develops concentration.
Select either of these methods.

If you want to increase your power of concentration,

you will have to reduce your worldly activities.
You will have to observe the vow of
silence every day for two hours or more.

When the mind runs from an object, bring it back again and again.

When concentration is deep and intense, the senses cannot operate.
He who practises concentration for three hours a day will have tremendous psychic power and will power.

You should steadily direct your gaze towards the tip of the nose (nasikagra
drsti) and keep the mind fixed on the self only.

In chapter five, verse 25 of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says:
“Having made the mind abide in the self, let him not think of anything.”
Another gaze is gazing between the eyebrows.
Do not strain the eyes; practise gently.

When you practise concentration on the end of the nose,

you will experience various sorts of fragrance.
When you concentrate on the ajna cakra (eyebrow centre),
you will experience divya jyoti (divine light).
This will give you encouragement.
It will push you up the spiritual path and convince you of
the existence of transcendental things.
Do not stop your sadhana (practice) now.

Swami Sivananda


THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION

If you focus the rays of the sun through a lens, they can burn cotton or a piece of paper; but the scattered rays cannot do this. If you want to talk to a man at a distance, you make a funnel of your hand and speak; the sound waves are collected at one point and then directed towards the man. He can hear your speech very clearly. When water is converted into steam and the steam is concentrated at a point, the railway engine moves. The steam in the cooking vessels moves the lid and produces a put-put sound. All these are instances of concentrated waves. Even so, if you collect the dissipated rays of the mind and focus them at a point, you will have wonderful concentration. The concentrated mind will serve is a potent search-light to find out the treasures of the soul and attain the supreme wealth of atman, eternal bliss, immortality and perennial joy.

Therefore practice concentration and meditation regularly.

Kumbhaka (retention of breath) helps concentration. It checks the velocity of the mind and makes it move in smaller circles and ultimately curbs all its wanderings. Trataka (gazing) is a potent aid to concentration. Fix the mind on the candle flame, or a black dot, or sivalinga (symbol of Siva), or saligrama (symbol of Vishnu).

Brahmacarya (celibacy) helps concentration.  Without brahmacarya you cannot have definite progress. Satvic (pure) food is another aid to concentration.
Seclusion, mouna (silence), satsanga (holy company), asana (yoga posture), japa (repetition of God’s name), practice of yama, niyama, fasting, moderation in diet, non-mixing with persons, little talking, little walking, little exertion – are all aids to concentration.

The mind can be controlled by continuous practice. You must always keep it occupied in divine contemplation. If you slacken your efforts, idle thoughts will at once occur. Continuous practice only can bring the mind under control.

If you wish to attain success in yoga you will have to abandon all worldly enjoyments. You will have to practise brahmacarya and tapas (austerity).  These will help you in the attainment of concentration and samadhi (superconsciousness).

Swami Sivananda

Path/Religion : Hinduism

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