Skip to main content

Dhyana blocks mentations

There is a lady who has been doing dhyana for quite some time. Everyday without fail she would write to me seeking my blessings, so that she can move ahead in dhyana. Recently, I got a mail from her asking if I could help her find a camera that got lost recently. Such emails, especially from those who have been long practicing, set me thinking.
Why do people do dhyana ? Most of the people who come to me either want to pass an exam, some of them desire a better job or relationship and the rest have a heart trouble or a factory that is about to shut.
I know this because I keep getting your emails and as I read them, I wonder if I am really a Yoga Guru or a consultant to whom people come for solutions to their various problems.
It is foolish to think that dhyana would make you immortal or help you recover a business loss or make your ailing heart hale and hearty. The creation is based on certain laws, and neither you nor me, not even the trinity can violate those laws. If you want to make your life better in any way, then focus on social activities, not dhyana. If you direct a fair percentage of your income and time to charitable activities, your physical life will improve automatically.
Everything in creation is a combination of the five elements, including your body. You are tied to this creation with those five elements through specific centres in the body called chakras. When you sit for dhyana, you get plenty of thoughts—about business, friends, physical health, maybe even a scene from the last movie you saw. The thoughts that come to you during dhyana indicate the chakra or sense with which you are tied to creation. That thought will keep coming back to you and when that thought comes, only the lower regions of brain (that control the five senses) will be active. That is, the brain will function at a normal level only and no matter how ‘high’ a state you think you have reached, you would be simply entertaining yourself or daydreaming.
You can have only five kinds of thoughts, relating to the five senses. In dhyana you block those thoughts, because those are your vrittis and yoga, in the words of Patanjali, is chitt vritti nirodh (blocking the vrittis of mind). Once that happens, the lower thoughts get converted into higher thoughts. Then those higher thoughts are blocked and they get converted into super higher thoughts.
What are super higher thoughts? For instance, during the day you saw someone breaking the leg of a dog and while sitting for dhyana, the incident generates anger in you and you think that you should have intervened and prevented that from happening.
That is a super high thought, but that too is a disturbance in your dhyana. So after a stage, even the super higher thoughts are blocked to reach a state of thoughtlessness.
This journey has to be treaded step by step and to ascend the steps you have to improve your karmas, only then the thought of dhyana and yoga will come to you and you can reach a thoughtless stage. Thereafter, the state of dhyana comes.
The article was published in newindianexpress.


Popular posts from this blog


There are two bean shaped organs in the body, one to the left and the other to the right in the pelvic region, and their function is filtration of the fluids of the body. The residue after filtration is then expelled from the body as urine. I am referring to the kidneys. Kidneys assume greater significance in our lives, given that are body is 60-70% water. And this water needs to be regulated constantly.
The kidneys are so fine an organ that they remove all the solids from the water. Certain solids which are heavy and cannot be expelled completely, get calcified. This leads to kidney stones. When the kidney stones grow in size, they block the top of the kidney or are pushed into the urethra thereby blocking it. Early symptoms are pain. And this pain need not be limited to the lower back area, and may even be experienced in the lower chest area.  This is because when the kidneys gasp for prana, they can put pressure on any nerve in the body. Another symptom is weight gain. When kidneys …


The British punctured our roots, killed cows and poisoned our minds, and left behind generations of ‘brown Englishmen’, writes Yogi Ashwini Macaulay in his infamous ‘Minute’ in 1835 changed the course of how Bharat (or India as we call it now) would be perceived by its countrymen. He planned to uproot the Indian culture through English education. He advocated education for a selected class and wanted to create eminent clerks to serve the lower cadres in British administration, “Brown Englishmen”. The fact that most of us find it perfectly normal to address him, who ravaged our culture, as “Lord” Macaulay and find the idea of cow, which nourishes us, being our mother or goddess absurd, is a direct indicator of the fact that Macaulay succeeded in brainwashing us. A brainwash to the extent that no matter what we write here or whatever stats we share, the Brown Englishmen, even if they make it through the end of this article, would still not find anything wrong in killing cows or eating bee…

Yoga for Eyes and Ears

Yoga was conceived millennia ago; it is a science which has stood the test of time, survived invasions from races across the globe. Yoga has survived because it is shashwat (eternal), what it was, it will remain. Invaders and plunderers can destroy all the records, but they cannot destroy Yoga for it is a blessing straight from the Creator. The gyan of Yoga is handed down from the Guru to the shishya, the reason its theories are being rediscovered by modern scientists. As per Yoga, it is possible to maintain vision in the eyes along with good hearing abilities till the last. We have occipital lobes at the back and temporal lobes in the front of our brain, sides of the brain, right behind the temples. These two are directly connected to the sight and hearing abilities. Actually when you hear, it is not the eardrum that is resonating, it’s the lobe and when you are seeing, it is not the retina, but the lobe which is responsible for the vision. If your lobes are healthy, then the hearing …