Highest attainment

Dhyana or meditation is a spiritual upasana that demands continuous effort of the mind. The mind has to be in one-pointed concentration, as it is when one threads a needle or a hunter’s aim is fixed on the target. The famous verse in the Gita, “When there is no breeze, the lamp is steady and does not sway in any direction,” illustrates the yogi’s mind in meditation, said Sri R. Rajagopala Sarma in a discourse. But the human mind is always restless and it is difficult to bring it under control. It is suggested that one selects a convenient sitting posture and begins to observe how one’s breathing takes place uninterruptedly and with precision and how this keeps one alive. This helps to withdraw the mind from straying elsewhere. The body and mind are thus kept in one position for a temporary period of time.

The aim of dyana yoga is not any tangible reward, but transforming one’s nature. ‘Let a man lift himself by himself,’ explains Krishna. Dyana yoga helps to shift the focus of one’s mind that is normally attached to worldly matters towards perceiving the atma within. This is the ‘yogananda’ or ‘atmananda,’ where by yogabhyasa, only the atma is perceived by the mind. This experience is much unlike worldly happiness since the same mind that is attracted by the senses tries to insulate itself from them and unite with the atma without any swaying. It cannot be explained or taught by anyone. It has to be felt by each individual, though realised souls claim that it is a rich experience of a rare kind of happiness or bliss with no trace of sorrow.

There is nothing further to be attained by one than this state of supreme bliss. He has achieved the purpose of his life.

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