Gita Daily, Devotion expands meditation to include emotion and action,29 April 2014

Published on Apr 29, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 06, Text 47
By His Grace Chaitanya Charan Das

Devotion expands meditation to include emotion and action
Many people think that meditation is primarily a way to still the agitated mind. So, they think that any object such as a candle or a spot on the wall can serve as a focus for meditation.

For beginners, the Bhagavad-gita sanctions the use of such points, specifying the space between the eyebrows (05.27) and the tip of the nose (06.13). But as yogis go beyond external postures, the next verse (06.14) urges them to cultivate inner qualities such as freedom from fear and sexual desire, and commensurately endorses a more exalted focus for meditation: Krishna.

And the chapter concludes by declaring (06.47) that Krishna is the object of meditation for the topmost yogis. Significantly, these yogis meditate on him not just by passive contemplation, but by active reciprocation that includes emotion and action.

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