Four Questions About Dhyana

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna and Arjuna on battlefield]“A yogi is greater than the ascetic, greater than the empiricist and greater than the fruitive worker. Therefore, O Arjuna, in all circumstances, be a yogi.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 6.46)

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तपस्विभ्यो ऽधिको योगी
ज्ञानिभ्यो ऽपि मतो ऽधिकः
कर्मिभ्यश् चाधिको योगी
तस्माद् योगी भवार्जुन

tapasvibhyo ‘dhiko yogī
jñānibhyo ‘pi mato ‘dhikaḥ
karmibhyaś cādhiko yogī
tasmād yogī bhavārjuna

1. What is the need for dhyana?

It is an aspect of yoga, which is the linking of the individual soul with the Supreme Soul. As Shri Krishna advises in the Bhagavad-gita, a person should strive to be a yogi. They do not need to change their occupation. A person can be a yogi anywhere, and it will be the best thing for them.

In the systematic analysis, dhyana is one aspect of yoga. There are eight legs, collectively known as ashtanga-yoga. Dhyana is concentration…

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