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Practice and Efficacy of Sri Ramchandra’s Rajayoga
outer perceptions and enable us to arrive at the true nature of things as they are in the Ultimate.
Thus we are enabled to explore the Heart Region which is counseled as the initial place of meditation for embodied beings.
We have spoken about the need to concentrate on the Highest Personality or the Ultimate in order to arrive at that condition which is our real goal. It is clear, however, that we have to distinguish between concentration and meditation. The original distinction in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is between dharana and dhyana. They are the two stages of the increasing absorption in the Ultimate. Meditation is the natural manner of keeping one’s attention on the Supreme Personality. During this period every abhyasi experiences the influx of lot of everyday thoughts and feelings. These have the nature of interfering with our constant attention, and effort seems to be demanded to check the influx of these wayward thoughts (called citta- vrttis), both from our past and from outside. The need to throw out all these thoughts is also felt

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