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Meditation

Science and Practice

Yoga, contrary to the popular perception, is not merely a system of physical culture. It is, in fact, a uniquely Indian discipline aiming to bring about the 'union' of an individual spirit with the Universal Spirit: the....read below

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Yoga, contrary to the popular perception, is not merely a system of physical culture. It is, in fact, a uniquely Indian discipline aiming to bring about the 'union' of an individual spirit with the Universal Spirit: the Cosmic Consciousness -- through what in Yoga is known as samadhi, a state of profound meditation. Patanjali's Yoga-sutram, written sometime around the second century bc, is the first, systematic, at once authoritative presentation of Yoga: in both its theoretical and practical aspects.

Professor N. C. Panda, who has had a lifetime involvement with the science and practice of Yoga, here outlines the eight limbs of Patanjala Yoga, with added emphasis on meditation -- in all its three stages: dharana, dhyana, and samadhi; and how this ancient system of bodily and mental control is found to have a strong scientific basis. Offered in three parts, his book focuses, in Part 1, on the practice of meditation, with detailed guidelines concerning the relevant yogic postures, yogic breathing and breath-control. Part 2 presents Patanjali's classical yogic theories, showing how these are validated: both theoretically and experimentally, by modern science. In Part 3, the author explains, in pure scientific terms, the physical, psychic, therapeutic and spiritual benefits surfacing from the practice of meditation.

Though based on the principles of classical yoga, Professor Panda's book is truly a brilliant effort to treat Yoga as an advanced science. Including a comprehensive glossary of Sanskrit technical terms and numerous illustrations, it is invaluable to medical scientists/researchers/anyone interested in Yogic Meditation and how it can give a holistic, healthy and creative life.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Paperback
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602126
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602123
  • Edition : 2nd Impression
  • Year : 2008
  • Pages : xvi, 336 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 30 Figures; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Figures

PART-1
PRACTICE OF MEDITATION

1. Preparation for Meditation

Preparation for Traditional Meditation
Preparation for Non-traditional Meditation

2. Asanas for Meditation

Siddhasana
Siddha Yoni Asana
Padmasana
Svastikasana
Vajrasana
Sukhasana
Shavasana

3. Mudras and Bandhas for Pranayama, Pratyahara and Meditation

Mudras
Bandhas 

4. Pranayama Before Meditation

Preliminary Notes

5. Pratyahara Preparatory to Meditation

Techniques of Pratyahara
Use of Olfactory Concentration for Pratyahara
Use of Visual Concentration for Pratyahara 
Use of Auditory Concentration for Pratyahara 
Concentration on the Anahata Dhvani for Pratyahara
Use of Mantra-japa for Pratyahara

6. The Practice of Meditation

Practice of Dharana 
Practice of Dhyana
Practice of Samadhi 
Total Absorption and Unification

PART-2
THEORY OF MEDITATION

7. What is Meditation?

Mind in a Whirl
The Form of the Whirling Mind
The Formless in its own Form

8. The Four-fold Existence of the Self

The Waking State
The Dream State
The State of Deep Sleep
The Fourth State
The Seed-bed of the Whirls of Mind
Hindrances to Yoga
Practice and Dispassionateness

9. Tanha : Unquenched Thirst

Darwinian Motto
Rat Race in Modern Life
Three Types of Desire
A Lotus Leaf in Water

10. The Six-fold Enemy
11. Yama : The Five Great Vows

Non-violence
Truthfulness
Non-stealing
Brahmacarya
Aparigraha

12. Niyama : The Performance of  Five Prescriptive Duties

Cleanliness (Shauca)
Contentment (Santosha)
Austerity (Tapah)
Kriyayogah
Studies of Scriptures of the Self (Svadhyaya)
Surrender to God (Ishvara-pranidhanam)

13. Vitalisation and Withdrawal

Pranayama
Withdrawal of Senses (Pratyahara)

14. The Tripod of Meditation

Dharana
Dhyanam
Samadhi
Samyama

15. Equanimity : Contradictions Dissolved

Pairs of Opposites
Stay in Brahman
Karmayogi
Buddhiyoga

16. Universal Love

Maitri
Karuna
Mudita
Upeksha 

17. A Dedicated Life is Yoga

Work for God
Dedicate Your Life
Enjoy Self-denial
Make Your Life an Offering
In Constant Communion

18. A Yogi's Vision -- All in One, One in All
19. The Root of Evil
20. A Flame Without Flicker
21. Yoga for Peace
23. A Middle Path in Yoga

The Middle of the Pendulum
The Food and Drink of a Yogi

PART-3
BENEFITS FROM MEDITATION

24. Psychosomatic and Somatopsychic Effects

Cartesian Dilemma
Vedantic Concept of Mind
Phychosomatic Effects
Somato-psychic Effects
The Source of Stimulus for the Cerebral Cortex
Holistic Constitution   

25. Physiopathology of Stress Disorders

Divisions of the Nervous System
Spinal Cord
The Cerebral Cortex of the Brain
Three Divisions of the Cerebral Cortex
Psychic Centre
Left and Right Cerebral Hemispheres
The Secretary of the Executive Head
The Limbic System
Brain Stem
Paul MacLean's Concept of Reptilian Brain
Transmission of Signals Through Synaptic Junctions
Neurotransmitters 
Psychogenic Control of Endocrine Glands
Psychosomatic Pathology
General Adaptation Syndrome
Pathogenesis of Stressful Disorders
Psychopathology
Individual Susceptibility to Stress
Role of Emotion in the Etiology of Psychosomatic Diseases
Role of Meditation in the Prevention of Stress-diseases 

26. Meditation on Psychophysiology and Psychopathology

The Yogi's Control of Autonomic Functions
Biofeedback
Yoga Recognised as a Topic of Psychology
Meditation as a Tool for Fighting Stress

27. Meditation and Psychoimmunology

The Military Force of the Body System
The Superconscious Protector
Meditation Influences the Immune System 

28. Meditation on Specific Organs and Functions

Diabetes Mellitus
Hyperacidity and Peptic Ulcer
Hormonal Deficiency and Imbalance
High Cholesterol  Level and Atherosclerosis
Viral Hepatitis
Cancer
Bone-fracture 

29. Meditation for the Retardation of Geriatric Processes

Retardation of Ageing
How does Yoga Retard Ageing?
Meditational Technique for Delaying Senility

30. Meditation for the Promotion of Mental and Spiritual Health

Mental Health 
Senile Dementia 
Spiritual Health   

Glossary 
Bibliography
Index

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