Sivananda Says

WORK WORK WORK

Do not talk of Vedanta and Brahman, work, work, work. There is too much talk and vedantic gossiping, enough of tall talk and gossiping. Give up lecturing and pedantry, become a practical vedantin. Be good to others, even at the point of a bayonet. Show your strength and courage now. Develop a soft heart, that can melt at the sufferings of others, this will lead you to the realisation of unity. I want fiery young men -brave, dispassionate and wise, with iron will and ferroconcrete body and nerves, who can pulverise the Himalayas, who can sip the waters of the ocean, who can devour death like a pickle, who can swim across the ocean, who can uproot mount Everest, who can swallow the ball of fire. – Thus sayeth Sivananda

WHAT IS CONCENTRATION?

Once a Sanskrit scholar approached Kabir and asked him, “O Kabir, what are you doing now?”. Kabir replied, “O Pundit, I am detaching the mind from worldly objects and attaching it to the lotus-feet of the Lord”. This is concentration.

Concentration or Dharana is centering the mind on one single thought. Vedantins try to fix the mind on the Atman. This is their Dharana. Hatha Yogins and Raja Yogins concentrate their mind on the six Chakras (energy centres). Bhaktas concentrate on their Ishta Devata (tutelary diety). Concentration is a great necessity for all aspirants.

During concentration, the various rays of the mind are collected and focussed on the object of concentration. There will be no tossing of the mind. One idea occupies the mind. The whole energy of the mind is concentrated on that one idea. The senses become still. They do not function. When there is deep concentration, there is no consciousness of the body and surroundings.

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