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Yog factor: Preksha Meditation

Posted on 24 Aug 2009 | IBNS

Preksha Meditation aims to develop the internal consciousness beyond the senses. It helps to develop that consciousness, which is, linked to the word 'only,' that consciousness to which involves nothing else: 'only listening,' 'only seeing,' 'only tasting.'

'Once the practice of 'onliness' is established there will be no room left for attachments and aversions to arise. Where 'onliness' is absent, attachment and aversion exist. The 'onliness' is the purest form of knowing. It is the super or higher consciousness. One of its results is intuition. The power gives us is the ability to know the ultimate truth, without the help of senses and mind,' said yoga expert Acharya Mahapragya .

What is Preksha Meditation?
Preksha Meditation is a combination of ancient wisdom, modern science and self-realization. It is a technique of meditation for attitudinal change, behavioral modification and integrated development of personality.

Preksha Meditation was started in 1970 by the untiring efforts of Acharya Tulsi and Acharya Mahapragya. Acharya Mahapragya researched and experimented for twenty years to rediscover the process of meditation, which was practiced by Lord Mahavira in 599B.C.

Preksha Meditation is for everyone, irrespective of his or her race, religion language, colour, sex and belief. Thousands of successful camps and seminars at national and international level have been organized to inculcate the unique method-'Preksha Meditation'. More than 550,000 people around the world, with different cultural backgrounds and religions, have benefited from its regular practice. Amongst them there are people from all walks of life including scientists, doctors and teachers.

What is the end result of this unique experience?
Preksha Meditation leads to a life which is balanced, blissful and full of peace; free from stress and enlightened in all respects. It helps to connect with the soul at its most profound level. Besides, it endows a boon of good health. In many cases, participants have experienced vast relief from medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.

Meaning of Preksha Meditation
The word Preksha is derived from the root 'iksha', which means 'to see'. When the prefix 'pra' is added, it becomes pra + iksha = Preksha, which means 'to perceive carefully and profoundly'. The mind is the instrument of 'thinking' as well as 'perception'. The term meditation is usually defined as the 'concentration of thinking on a particular subject for a length of time'; when it is linked with Preksha, it gives the meaning 'concentration of perception and not of thought'. A thought can relate to the past and to the future but perception is strictly linked with the phenomena of the present. Perception means blanking out the past, closing the future and focusing only on the present.

Purpose of Preksha Meditation

The purpose of Preksha Meditation is 'to see yourself through your self'. Here seeing does not mean external vision but careful concentration on subtle consciousness through mental insight. In other words, purifying the psyche and to realize the consciousness is the purpose of Preksha Meditation.

Constituents of Preksha Meditation

Relaxation (Kayotsarga)

Internal Trip (Antar Yatra)

Perception of Deep Breathing/ Alternate Breathing (Deergha/Samavritti Shvas Preksha)

Perception of Body (Shareer Preksha)

Perception of Psychic Centres (Chaitanya Kendra Preksha)

Perception of Psychic Colours (Leshya Dhyan)

Contemplation (Anupreksha)

Therapeutic Thinking (Bhavana)

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