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Meditation Objectives

 

By George A. Boyd © 2005

People take up meditation with different aims. Depending on which objective you are trying to accomplish through meditation, you may select from targeted techniques that will allow you to realize these aims. These are summarized below:

Purpose

Types of Meditation

(1) Sensory enhancement and greater self awareness Vipassana, mindfulness, Zen
(2) Relaxation and stress reduction Relaxing into the Self, Watching the Breath and other Pranayama techniques, Hatha Yoga
(3) Character reformation Introspection, monitoring thoughts, words and deeds, prayer, Dharma Yoga
(4) Personal insight and self understanding Reflection and disidentification, Jnana Yoga techniques (chords one through four), contemplation of each vehicle of consciousness of the Conscious, Subconscious and Metaconscious minds and their centers
(5) Personal empowerment Contemplation of the will, study of martial arts, self-discipline through pursuit of a life passion (e.g., athletic, artistic, scientific, business success), centering techniques that allow you to gain union with the Self
(6) Psychic sensitivity Contemplation of the attentional principle (Purusa Dhyan), Raja Yoga, contemplation of the centers of the astral body and the vehicle of consciousness on the Psychic Realm
(7) Achievement of personal dreams Self-hypnosis, affirmation, prayer, self-discipline and study
(8) Gaining wisdom and spiritual discernment Jnana Yoga techniques (chords five through seven), contemplation of each vehicle of consciousness of the Superconscious mind and its centers, contemplating the ensouling entity (Atma Dhyan)
(9) Awakening the abilities or powers (siddhis) of the Superconscious mind Contemplation of each vehicle of consciousness of the Superconscious mind and its centers, Kundalini Yoga, Agni Yoga
(10) Awakening the spiritual heart and traveling back to its Source Contemplation of the spirit (Surat Dhyan), Nada Yoga
(11) Unfolding the spiritual evolutionary potentials of the ensouling entity and its vehicles of consciousness Mantra Yoga (using a transformational mantra), Guru Kripa Yoga or Light Immersion, and in specific bands of the Great Continuum of Consciousness, Kriya Yoga (Cosmic and Supracosmic), and Nada Yoga (Transcendental)
(12) Gaining union of the attention with the Divine (Ishta Devata Laya Yoga) Chanting, ecstatic breathing, Kundalini Yoga
(13) Gaining union of the spirit with the Divine Nada Yoga, contemplation of the guide upon the Nadamic path (Guru Dhyan meditation)
(14) Gaining union of the ensouling entity with the Divine Mantra Yoga (using a transformational mantra), Guru Kripa Yoga or Light Immersion, and in specific bands of the Great Continuum of Consciousness, Kriya Yoga (Cosmic and Supracosmic) and Nada Yoga (Transcendental)

Purpose (1) through (7) are meditation objectives of the personal zone. We highlight these meditations in the Stress Reduction Workshop and the Introduction to Meditation Workshop.

Purpose (8) though (14) are meditations of the transpersonal zone. We teach these meditations in the Accelerated Meditation Program, the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation, the Satsang Program Home Study Course, and the Mudrashram® Advanced Course in Meditation.

In two programs, we teach both personal and transpersonal zone meditations: the Accelerated Meditation Program and the Mudrashram® Master Course in Meditation. These provide the broadest instruction in meditation, and are suggested for those who wish to gain a strong foundation in the many uses of meditation.

We recognize that you may approach meditation for different purposes. For this reason, the Integral meditation system we teach includes instruction into techniques that allow you to accomplish those aims that are important to you. Moreover, understanding the particular objective you wish to accomplish will enable you to identify what to target in a meditation consultation.

We encourage you to study these purposes of meditation and to identify those that are relevant for your own life and goals. Then you may begin to acquire the attentional skills to permit you to accomplish them.

 

 

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