Dhyana & Prarthana: Why Meditation is not Praying

Dhyana or Meditation and Prarthana or Prayer are never the same. Prarthana is a concept in which you declare yourself to be weak as well as helpless and, therefore, you seek help from someone else - earthlings or God(s). Dhyana or Meditation is where you accept that for all the pains in life you alone are accountable, that you alone can clean the mess you create. Meditation is about seeking solutions from within. You must be a theist to pray, but even an atheist can meditate.

The Mind is a mystery which even modern science is yet to comprehend fully.

According to Rishis the mind, even though emanates from the body, is neither the body nor the brain. Mana or Mind is that which helps us understand the world outside. It is that intangible component in this body that makes tangible known. It plays a crucial role in our physical existence.

According to Rishis the mind, even though emanates from the body, is neither the body nor the brain. Mana or Mind is that which helps us understand the world outside. It is that intangible component in this body that makes tangible known. It plays a crucial role in our physical existence.

All that aspirations, aspersions, likes, dislikes, love, hate, ambitions and the like, are all of the minds. When people consider themselves to be their mind, they are obsessively attached to the desires of the mind and when the desires fail to fructify, they suffer pain. So, if your life is replete with pain, that is only because you consider yourself to be the mind. To find that happiness, it is crucial to know your own true self – Atman. And that self is best known and realized through Dhyana.

Dhyana is a Vedic Sanskrit word which comprises of two words, namely: Dhya meaning focus and Yana implying mechanism. So Dhyana is literally a mechanism that helps us to focus. But focus on what? Most meditation practitioners suggest Meditation as a mechanism to destress the mind, but the proponents of “mysticism” suggest that it is something to achieve Shakti or power or a way to achieve God(s) or even Goddesses. So, is there any truth behind such claims?

Dhyana is a Vedic Sanskrit word which comprises of two words, namely: Dhya meaning focus and Yana implying mechanism. So Dhyana is literally a mechanism that helps us to focus. But focus on what? Most meditation practitioners suggest Meditation as a mechanism to destress the mind, but the proponents of “mysticism” suggest that it is something to achieve Shakti or power or a way to achieve God(s) or even Goddesses. So, is there any truth behind such claims?

Dhyana or Meditation and Prarthana or Prayer are never the same. Prarthana is a concept in which you declare yourself to be weak as well as helpless and, therefore, you seek help from someone else – earthlings or God(s). Dhyana or Meditation is where you accept that for all the pains in life you alone are accountable, that you alone can clean the mess you create. Meditation is about seeking solutions from within. You must be a theist to pray, but even an atheist can meditate.

Dhyana or Meditation and Prarthana or Prayer are never the same. Prarthana is a concept in which you declare yourself to be weak as well as helpless and, therefore, you seek help from someone else – earthlings or God(s). Dhyana or Meditation is where you accept that for all the pains in life you alone are accountable, that you alone can clean the mess you create. Meditation is about seeking solutions from within. You must be a theist to pray, but even an atheist can meditate.

May 8, 2019

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