Meditation is given the utmost importance at Shri Shaktidarshan Yogashram. Why is it so? Also, what is meditation?

According to Sage Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga, there are eight different limbs of Yoga, namely, yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. The first four limbs are mostly related to the physical body; prathyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi are related to the subtle or the psychic body within the physical body. Only a special activity like meditation has the capability to enable a person to experience the vibrations of his psychic body and to take him inwards towards the atman or self.

Since the ultimate objective of every human being happens to be realisation of the Self, we give special importance to meditation at our Ashram. It is difficult to define and explain what meditation is. This is because meditation is an internal activity that engages us constantly. One can understand this only through experience. Man has been breathing ever since his birth and this action of breathing constantly facilitates the process of meditation within him. We try to consciously observe this process for attaining the vision or realisation of the Self. Meditation is a process which occurs by itself. At our Ashram, methods and techniques are taught, to facilitate this process and to experience it.

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