Jangama Dhyana

Definition - What does Jangama Dhyana mean?

Jangama dhyana is a form of yogic meditation in which the focus is on a point between the eyebrows. The term comes from the Sanskrit, jangama, meaning “eternal existence,” and dhyana, meaning “meditation.”

In general, dhyana is the seventh of Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga and is a refined meditative practice that requires deep mental concentration. The yogi only reaches this step after passing through the six prior stages: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara and dharana. Dhyana leads to the final stage, samadhi (enlightenment).

Yogapedia explains Jangama Dhyana

Although jangama dhyana is ancient in origin, the term was coined more recently in the 20th century by Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj who traveled extensively, offering instructional programs on meditation and this specific technique. According to Shivabalayogi, to reach jangama dhyana, the yogi sits with the eyes closed, then concentrates on the spot between the eyebrows without moving the eyes or eyelids. The yogi continues to focus the attention on that spot without repeating any mantra or imagining anything.

In jangama dhyana, the mind becomes quiet as fewer and fewer thoughts appear until, eventually, the yogi experiences centeredness and mental clarity. As the meditation goes deeper, the yogi experiences only consciousness of existence and may thereby achieve Self-realization.

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