By Yogi Ashwini
When we talk of meditation, dhyaan, we are actually talking about hypnosis; the two words are synonyms, for those who understand both. The human race today is on the verge of extinction only due to its myopic vision of creation, limiting to oneself only — the self-destructing philosophy of I, me and myself.… All this is leading to a low level of consciousness and vice versa, a vicious circle.
The practice of dhyaan is a clear exit route from this, but dhyaan comes with preconditions. Patanjali said — yam, niyam, aasan, pranayam, pratyahar, dhaarna, dhyaan. I have given an equation that would lead to the state of dhyaan…, an exit route to all present-day maladies: seva, or service, leads to good karmas, which leads to dhyaan, which leads to gyaan, and on to vairagya, which leads to reality and bliss.
In the present yug, there is no other way. If you attempt dhyaan otherwise, without the preconditions, you will only be doing meditation or a self-hypnosis and just fooling yourself. You will give it up after a while as thoughts will never leave you and you will get frustrated, dhyaan will never happen. Aseeker should look for preconditions whenever he wants to venture on this path: (a) Dhyaan should be a sadhana, not abusiness. (b) There should be aliving guru, to give you the vision and experience of shakti. (c) The guru should exude the glow and health that you have been promised. (d) The purpose of dhyaan should be evolution and nothing else, free of any commercial activity.