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  Dharana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dharana can be translated as "holding steady", and it is the initial step of deep meditation, where the object being meditated upon is held in the mind without consciousness wavering from it.
The difference between Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi is that in the former, the object of meditation, the meditator, and the act of meditation itself remain separate.
Yama - Niyama - Asana - Pranayama - Pratyahara - Dharana - Dhyana - Samadhi
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 Where do I learn how to meditate?/relaxation techniques?/How to heal my inner self?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Dharana means to be able to focus at will the mind and to maintain it focused for long periods of time upon any object, even if this object does not spontaneously catch our curiosity.
In a similar way, dharana must be maintained a certain period of time: only after that concentration starts the process of resonance with the corresponding cosmic energy and the consequent transfer of that energy into your being.
Mental concentration (dharana) is a modality of starting a process of resonance and attuning with the subtle cosmic energies of which the object of concentration is just a visible manifestation.
www.cancereducation.org /self-help_resources/healing_is_a_progressive_process/meditation_relaxation_and_healing_the_inner_self.php   (5019 words)

 The Philosophy, Psychology and Practice of Yoga
Dharana means holding the mind fixed at one point, at one place, and keeping it held for a sufficient length of time.
Dharana is concentration; Dhyana is meditation; and Samadhi is trance.
Thus, Dharana is actually calculated upon the basis of a steady fixation of the mind or a steady focussing of the mind upon one point.
www.yoga-age.com /modern/philosophy/phylosophy16.html   (3902 words)

 Returning to the Self:
Dharana or concentration is the fifth of these eight limbs; the next is called dhyana, or meditation, and the eighth and final limb is samadhi, or enlightenment.
Dharana is the ability to bring all the mind's attention toward one thing; this ability is the foundation for the next limb or practice, dhyana or meditation, presented in the second verse of Chapter III of the Sutra.
Dharana is the intermittent focus of the mind on one thing while dhyana is the constant flow of the mind toward one object.
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 Dharana means concentration and is the first stage of meditation. Sacred Word Trust
Dharana is the first stage of meditation, the attempt to focus the mind on one thing.
According to the saints the effort at dharana (yogic concentration) is powerfully assisted by practicing the purifying austerities, along with meditation technique.
Finally, dharana is powerfully aided by the emergence of the "supernormal peception of a divine object [within]" and "a radiant perception free of sorrow." (Yoga-Sutras, 1:35-36) By becoming able to concentrate on these divine appearances within, the mind becomes easily stabilized.
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 Dhyana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
According to the Hindu Yoga Sutra dhyana is one of the eight methods of Yoga, (the other seven methods are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, and Samadhi).
In the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali, the stage of meditation preceding dhyāna is called dharana.
Dhyana is distinct from Dharana in that the meditator becomes one with the object of meditation and is able to maintain this oneness for 144 inhalations and expirations.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dhyana   (527 words)

 YOGA POINT - Dharana
The study of Dharana is the study of concentration of mind.
When Dharana is practised for half an hour or so, the stage is experienced only for a few minutes, the other moments spent in controlling the wandering mind.
Dharana is the stage of high concentration of the mind.
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 Articles: Iyengar and The Yoga Tradition: 5. The integration of the other limbs of the eight-limbed path into Asana
Dharana is more than simple concentration in the sense of stupidly staring at a certain point.
Whereas in Dharana the attention still shifts between different aspects of the place which is contemplated, in Dhyana the place is perceived in its wholeness, by itself and in relation to itself.
Dharana, fixing the attention upon the sources of the pose, means more than just to feel specific points.
www.iyengar-yoga.com /articles/yogatradition/trad5.html   (4133 words)

 Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 3.1-3.3: Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi, rungs #6, #7, and #8
The last three rungs of Yoga: Dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi are the final three rungs of Yoga.
Dharana: Concentration is the process of holding or fixing the attention of mind onto one object or place.
3.1 Concentration (dharana) is the process of holding or fixing the attention of mind onto one object or place, and is the sixth of the eight rungs.
www.swamij.com /yoga-sutras-30103.htm   (1068 words)

 From Pratyahara to Dharana
Dharana is like the first depths where you go in maybe ten to twelve feet over your head.
Hridayakasha dharana comes when the mind and the emotions have become stable and steady, and when we have attained some degree of mastery within and without ourselves.
Dharana means 'to bind, to focus, to hold the mind at one point'.
www.yogamag.net /archives/1999/5sept99/pratdhar.shtml   (2067 words)

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Goraknath mentions dharana in the 67th verse of his work, where he clearly states that there is a close connection and interdependence between dharana on the one hand and the asanas, pranayama and pratyahara (control over the senses) on the other.
Dharana is one of the most important yogic processes.
The process of dharana requires peace and stability and further develops one's mental abilities and qualities necessary for reaching dhyana, which is a higher stage of dharana.
www.yoga.org.mk /images/magazine/2003_4/sod_2_e.htm   (813 words)

 Dharana or Concentration
This is the stage of Dharana or concentration of the whole of one's psychic being (Chitta).
Hence, the first step in Yoga is not Pratyahara or Dharana, but a psychological disentanglement, or a stock-taking as people do in business, and a striking of the balance-sheet of the inner world.
Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi are considered as the internal and true Yoga, while everything else is an external accessory to it.
www.swami-krishnananda.org /yoga/yoga_11.html   (3219 words)

 Dharana - the Yoga of Concentration by Charles MacInerney
For this reason, Dharana is attempted only After the senses (and thus desires) have been brought under control through the practice of Pratyahara.
For a person who has mastered Dharana it is not enough to avoid the trap of pursuing Desires, for this still leaves them adrift in life without direction.
Once Dharana has been mastered and the mind has been focussed to a single point, that point is placed squarely and unwaveringly upon God.
www.yogateacher.com /text/yoga/essays/dharana.html   (1185 words)

 Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Dhyana, meditation, worship, religious meditation, contemplation, dharana, Yoga Sutra, yoga as a ...
During dharana the mind is moving in one direction like a quiet river-nothing else is happening.
Dharana must precede dhyana, because the mind needs focusing on a particular object before a connection can be made.
Dharana is the contact, and dhyana is the connection.
www.holistic-online.com /Yoga/yoga_ashtanga_dhyana.htm   (331 words)

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dharana is concentration or fixity on an inner conception or external object of meditation.
"as organs get finer, perceptions get finer..." success in dharana enables the yogi to repel the onslaught of the restless ego consciousness and accompanying sensual and habitual fetters, and to thus remain longer in the higher states of divine consciousness during and after meditation.

dharana is concentration or fixity on an inner conception or external object of meditation.
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 Yahooyoga: Dharana:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Dharana is the sixth stage of Ashtanga Yoga.
Dharana means keeping the mind steady and concentrated.
The word AUM being too vast and too abstract, he unifies his senses, will intellect, mind and reason by focusing on the name of the Lord and adding the word AUM with one pointed devotion and so experiences the feeling and meaning of the Mantra.
www.yahooyoga.com /yyh1500.php   (845 words)

 Everyday Yoga - Blog
The process is the same as Dharana, concentrating on a single object but in Dharana the intent is to exclude distraction by concentrating where in Dhyana the intent is to understand or comprehend the object through concentration.
Dharana is the sixth limb of Yoga and is generally known as concentration.
Dharana is that same kind of focus but it is focused on a single object and it is voluntary instead of unintentional.
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 Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Dharana, meditation, receptive concentration, Yoga Sutra, yoga as a mind-body therapy, yoga as an ...
Dharana is the sixth limb of Ashtanga Yoga.
This is not the forced concentration of, for example, solving a difficult mathematics problem; rather dharana is a form of meditation which could be called receptive concentration.
This is what happens in dharana: we create the conditions for the mind to focus its attention in one direction instead of going out in many different directions.
www.holistic-online.com /Yoga/yoga_ashtanga_dharana.htm   (454 words)

 Heart of Yoga, Chapter 12
Dharana: from dhr = to hold - it is "the condition in which the mind focuses and concentrates exclusively on one point.
"Pratyahara occurs automatically in a state of dharana or dhyana or samadhi, and is the result of these states." It is mentioned first in the Yoga Sutras not because it occurs first, but because it is to do with the senses and thus more external than dharana.
The senses may be involved in dharana etc. but are focused entirely on the object of your meditation.
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 [1]Yoga-Paths: Sidhis - Supernatural Powers SIDHIS - SUPERNATURAL POWERS Christian Pluym (
DHARANA is keeping your mind on a certain object.
Dharana, concentration, is achieved when the mind gets concentrated on a certain object, and stays in that condition.
Dharana, dhijana and samadhi follow one after another, all of them directed on one object.
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 RAJA YOGA Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
RAJA YOGA Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana
The Yoga Sutras are built on a foundation of Samkhya philosophy and the Bhagavad Gita.
Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi), they are not bound by time or succession.
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 Dharana Biography
The electronic music formation DHARANA was founded in 1982 in German town Schweinfurt by the two schoolmates Klaus-Ulrich Merkle and Ulrich Wößner; both have learned playing piano in their youth.
DHARANA took their name from an album by German band Between which had the title "Dharana".
From 1994 to 1996 DHARANA played 10 live concerts and in 1995 released their first CD Gallery Of Flavours recorded from May 1994 to May 1995.
www.dharana.de /htm/biograph.htm   (689 words)

 Satyananda Yoga in Greece
The text comprises 112 different dharanas, or techniques of concentration, which can be easily incorporated into ones daily life.
Although Dharana is a practice intended for an adept, whose mind is steady and controlled, the techniques contained within this book provide a way even for the aspirant with a distracted mind to gradually develop concentration and meditation.
This book is the result of an in-depth study of Dharana in relation to the tantric view of meditation, substantiated by the personal experience of the author.
www.satyanandashram.gr /english/books.htm   (505 words)

 The Complete Practice of Yoga
The sixth limb of yoga according to the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali is Dharana.
With Dharana the yogic practice shifts to one of the subtlest levels, the level of the mind.
Sutra 3.1, can be translated as, “Dharana is the binding of the mind to one thing.” With dharana we train the mind to completely fuse all its power and attention to one thing like the breath, the body posture, a sensation, an idea, a sound or an object.
www.freedomyoga.com /complete_practice_of_yogaPart7Dharana.htm   (858 words)

 Yoga Sutras: Chapter 3
Thus dharana, dhyana (the seventh limb), and samadhi (the eighth limb) taken together compose samyama (which is the dominant theme of Vibhuti Pada) and as such chapter three acts as a continuation of chapter two.
Dharana may also be utilized upon listening to the eternal sound (as in sabda or nada yoga), visualizing mystic diagrams (yantras), or other such combinations of concentrative practices such as utilizing mantras, visualizations, breath, etc (sometimes called laya yoga and/or prana vidya).
Dharana is useful in the beginning only, in order to gather together the wandering outward flowing energy and consciousness and bring it back within to the heart (yam, niyam, asana, pranayama, the breath, and pratyhara all are synchronized and combine in one dharana).
www.rainbowbody.net /HeartMind/Yogasutra3.htm   (15807 words)

 Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, samadhi, Yoga Sutra, Dhyana, meditation, dharana, pratyahara, pranayama, asanas, yoga as a ...
There are various stages of samadhi, depending upon whether one is identified with the object while yet conscious of the object, or whether one has transcended the object of meditation and is resting in the experience of being, without conceptual support or without support of any aspect of Consciousness.
Pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi cannot be practiced.
In order to experience dharana and dhyana, the mind must first be in a particular condition.
www.holistic-online.com /Yoga/yoga_ashtanga_samadhi.htm   (491 words)

 dharana --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Sanskrit Dharana, in the Yoga system of Indian philosophy, the sixth of the eight stages intended to lead the aspirant to samadhi (“self-collectedness”), the state of perfect concentration.
In dharana, the mind concentrates its attention on a single external object.
Sufficient prolongation of dharana results in a deeper state of concentration, dhyana (Sanskrit: “concentrated meditation”),...
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 Books: Meditation
Dharana Darshan includes as yet unpublished classic meditation practices derived from the Upanishads, the Tantras and other traditional yogic texts.
The core of the book is Swami Niranjanananda's adaptation of the complex upanishadic akasha (space) dharanas for modern practitioners, including chidakasha, hridayakasha, daharakasha and vyoma panchaka dharanas, along with advanced stages of the classic ajapa japa and trataka practices.
This work is the result of an in-depth study of dharana in relation to the tantric view of meditation, substantiated by the personal experience of the author.
www.yogavision.net /pubs/med.htm   (1553 words)

At the very beginning of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes yoga as “the cessation of fluctuations in the mind.” Without discipline and practice, the mind constantly wanders around, and as it floats about from thought to thought our emotions and energies are pulled along with it.
Dharana is the practice of training the mind to concentrate and focus, so that we may avoid such frustration.
External objects should be auspicious and associated with purity.” When using the technique of repeating a word with each breath, or with each inhale and with each exhale, it is important that this word have qualities that reflect the direction you would like to move — in both your yoga practice and in your life.
www.yogawithamey.com /dharana.html   (729 words)

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