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Yoga helped to change Vishvanath's life

Vishvanath's yoga experience
Last Friday I walked out of California State Prison - Solano with tears of joy running down my face and into the arms of my loving family. After deep hugs and tears all around we drove to a nearby park. I just wanted to get away from the prison as soon as possible. I was afraid the guards would come back out, tell me it was a mistake, and drag me back inside. My father, my sister, mom, my two nieces and I spent more time hugging and crying together there and then decided to go to the The Black Bear Restaurant for breakfast. I had tomato, lettuce, avocado, and cheese wrapped up in a tortilla. Oh, and french fries, a whole bunch of them, and they were the best fries I have ever tasted in my life. I just couldn't stop eating those fries. Food is great.

Ludhiana Dharma Maha Sammelan news published in The Tribune

Two-day yoga conference concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 3
“With spiritual progress, the mind grows in magnitude. The mind increases its periphery until it finally merges in the Supreme Entity.” This was stated by the spiritual head of Ananda Marga Pracharaka Samgha (AMPS) Vishwadevananda Avadhuta during a two days meditation conference which concluded here today.

He said during the course of spiritual progress, a spiritual aspirant would develop many faculties or attributes, but one must always be vigilant that these faculties do not divert one from the chosen path, from the cherished goal.

Large number of people from all over India attended the conference. After the afternoon meditation, followers took out a procession in the city with banner and placards.

In the evening, the Renaissance Artists and Writers Association (RAWA) presented a colourful cultural programme based on “prabhata samgita” composed by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.

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The yoga sutras of Patanjali: dharana

Dharana is the sixth limb of ashtanga yoga. It involves deep meditation where the object being focused on is held in the mind without consciousness wavering from it. Dharana means “holding steady”, “collection” or “concentration” of the mind

The basic idea is to hold the concentration or focus of attention in one direction. When the body has been prepared by asanas, the mind has been calmed by pranayama and the senses have been brought under control by pratyahara, the “seeker” reaches the sixth stage. dharana. Here, the mind has to be stilled in order to achieve this state of complete absorption.

The objective in dharana is to steady the mind by intently focusing on one particular activity of the mind. The more deep the focus, the easier other activities of the mind fall away. Now we can reach our greater potential for inner healing.

As the practitioner becomes more advanced, consciousness of the act of meditation disappears, and only the consciousness of being exists.

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