Preksha Meditation

Acharya Mahapragya, India

Jain monk, spiritual head and discoverer of Preksha meditation

(Submitted by The Office of Acharya Mahapragya)

The first preparative step to meditation begins with the practice of one-pointedness. Our senses are attracted to external subjects. We need to redirect them inwards. This process the Jain agamas (Scriptures) call Pratisanlinta ; its practice helps in increasing concentration and reducing instability.

When the senses experience the outer world, they communicate with their subjects. Then the mind becomes fickle, and sometimes gets carried away by the senses as, by itself, it cannot communicate directly with the outer world.

So, whatever raw material is presented by the senses is concretised by the mind.

The wavering nature of mind
The wavering nature of mind is highly dependent on the instability of the senses. In meditation, we are asked to close our eyes so that we can no longer communicate with the colourful fantasies of the outer world. By shutting our ears, we shut out all noise. Our communication with the outer world is broken. The cessation of the five senses from their subjects is in order to prevent an increase in the restlessness of the mind.

To stabilise the restless mind, it has to be fixed on a single point, in order to enable concentration. Normally, in meditation, this point of concentration is one's breath. As the mind focuses on one object, our powers of concentration increase. As a result, our sensory perceptions are managed more effectively. Then, neither the senses nor the mind create problems.

Transforming our inner world
The best principle for the solution of internal problems is to thoroughly employ the senses. Preksha dhyan (a Jain meditation technique) is nothing more than an expression of the art of seeing, listening, tasting, smelling and feeling. A balanced management of the senses results in art. Sketching lines stylishly results in an artistic picture. The lines, taken individually, aren't attractive in themselves, but the combination results in a beautiful picture. We, too, can transform our inner world into a very beautiful world.

The ugliness of our inner world emerges in our behaviour, because of our lop-sided management of the senses. So, the important thing is to not let the mind wander, and to practice concentration for stabilisation. The problem, however, is, that most of us don't know how to harmonise our thoughts. Our flow of thoughts is continuous. With Preksha dhyan , we learn the art of regulating our thoughts in the right direction.

A world beyond our senses
We often ask, "Why should we restrain our senses? Why should we try to make our mind stable? Life goes on anyway." We should ask, instead, "Do we wish to remain on the level of sensual consciousness? Or do we want to reach the world that lies beyond the senses?"
Most people do not experience the world beyond the senses and those who have, cannot describe it. The experience of the extrasensory world is vastly different from that of sensual consciousness.

The aim of Preksha dhyan is to develop the consciousness beyond the senses. Once the first experience of extrasensory perception sprouts in a person, she will visualise a whole new world.

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1 comment

Submitted by Amit on Sun, 01/02/2011 - 10:31.

Lovely article... many thanks for this presentation...

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