The more one allows the mind to soak in the sublimely abstract, the more one is able in a Promethean way to direct the flow of consciousness through concentrated thought."

— The Aquarian Almanac

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August 22, 2015  Theme for the Week: Dharana: Concentration

“Men of sound judgement are freed from mental agitation and perfected in self-mastery by restraining the flight of mind and fixing it in inward meditation.”

—Valmiki

“This , then, remains: Remember to retire into this little territory of thy own, and above all do not distract or strain thyself, but be free.”

—Marcus Aurelius

August 23, 2015   Theme for the Week: Dharana: Concentration

” Concentration, or yoga, is the hindering of the modifications of the thinking principle .”

 — Patanjali

“Spiritual culture is attained through concentration. It must be continued daily and every moment to be of use.”

 — H.P. Blavatsky

I've been meditating for quite a while and I know that concentration is very important. I read a lot about it and try different methods and sometimes I succeed. But for some reason I cannot keep that concentration with the next meditation. Am I doing something wrong perhaps or should I just keep trying...?

From day to day the circulation of the elementals, gunas, qualities, emotions, thought patterns etc. change and flow.  These things effect meditation, or at least the take off and landing part.  It seems to me that the object of meditation is to transcend the personal nature so that we can freeze it, so to speak, and reach up to our  higher nature where there is freedom from the shifting currents of the persona.

So I suppose the answer to your question is yes...... keep trying.  That is what the Teachers say, the only failure is the unwillingness to keep trying.

Hi Rodeweeks:

Do you know the differences in terms of methods, conditions, or states of mind between the times that you do succeed and the times you do not?  Those are the things that I would look at. 

Mr. Rodeweeks,-  It is my opinion that all actions follow thought, so let one guide their concentration upon their thoughts and the thinking principle.  Soon we'll see what Alex had mentioned, and from there, sever notional connection between the thoughts and thinker from the observing consciousness.  This, one can try to do at every moment- waking or sleeping- only when rigid concentration and stern mindfulness is kept.  We mustn't believe that meditations should be an isolated event/activity, they must be a constant practice, so I've read. 

A letter Mr. WQ Judge has written, included a profound method of meditation found in almost every Upanisad of the Veda;

"I am not separate from anything. “I am that which is.” That is, I am Brahma, and Brahma is everything. But being in an illusionary world, I am surrounded by certain appearances that seem to make me separate. So I will proceed to mentally state and accept that I am all these illusions. I am my friends,—and then I went to them in general and in particular. I am my enemies; then I felt them all. I am the poor and the wicked; I am the ignorant. Those moments of intellectual gloom are the moments when I am influenced by those ignorant ones who are myself. All this in my nation. But there are many nations, and to those I go in mind; I feel and I am them all, with what they hold of superstition or of wisdom or evil. All, all is myself. Unwisely, I was then about to stop, but the whole is Brahma, so I went to the Devas and Asuras; the elemental world, that too is myself. After pursuing this course a while, I found it easier to return to a contemplation of all men as myself. It is a good method and ought to be pursued, for it is a step toward getting into contemplation of the All. I tried last night to reach up to Brahma, but darkness is about his pavilion."

Godspeed, Sir!

This is from the footnote on page 1 of the Voice of the Silence.

"Dharana is the intense and perfect concentration of the mind upon some one interior object, accompanied by complete abstraction from everything pertaining to the external Universe, or the world of the senses."

August 24,  2015  Theme of the Week: Dharana: Concentration

“The revelation of Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is a mental phase of the will which can be cultivated by practice; the fixed attention, or concentration, in certain directions capable of effecting desired results.”

— Robert Crosbie

To branch off of this line from Crosbie, I'd like to include a few words of wisdom from a wise fellow;

"True Occultism, whose Teachings are expounded in the Secret Doctrine, does not recognize direct or indirect, conscious or unconscious contacting of forces which are not of white or beneficent magic.  It  demands rigid self-discipline of life, the complete sub-dual of our selfish and animal propensities, the unequivocal denial to countenance in ourselves or in others any non-pure or non-moral aspects of life, much less of impure and immoral ones.  The Road to the Masters is the Road of Purity- all other roads are false.... the students, to obtain real results, should earnestly, zealously and devotedly attempt to live the necessary life of Purity, of Self-Abnegation and Brotherliness."
[B.P. Wadia] 

Good one back at you.

August 25,  2015     Theme for the Week: Dharana: Concentration

“Thought is best when the mind is gathered into herself and none of these things trouble her — neither sound, nor sight, nor pain, nor pleasure, when she has a little as possible to do with the body and has no bodily sense or feeling, but is aspiring after Being.”

— Plato

“Will and Desire lie at the doors of Meditation and Concentration.”

— W.Q. Judge

August 26, 2015     Theme of the Week:  Dharana: Concentration

 “Being wholly absorbed in the divinity, the soul is one with it, conjoining as it were, centre with centre.”

— Plotinus

” He who would hear the voice of Nada, the ‘Soundless Sound’ and comprehend it, he has to learn the nature of Dharana.”

— The Voice of the Silence

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Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on August 27, 2015 at 2:59pm

August 27, 2015 Theme for the Week: Dharana: Concentration

“When there is concentration, one attains eternal silence in the process of acting, though because of insight, one attains eternal activity within the realm of silence.”

— Hui-Ssu

“This is the paradox that both the capacity to think deeply and the capacity to withdraw from thinking are needed to attain this goal.”

— Paul Brunton

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on August 28, 2015 at 9:58am

This story about young archers being trained by a Master says a great deal about Dharana:

http://www.universaltheosophy.com/inspirational/stories/the-eye-of-...

Don't miss it.

Permalink Reply by Kristan Stratos on August 31, 2015 at 4:36pm

Nice one!

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on August 28, 2015 at 10:14am

August 28, 2015 Theme for the Week: Dharana: Concentration

“The greatest happiness for the thinking man is to have fathomed the fathomable, and to quietly revere the unfathomable.”

— Wolfgang Goethe