Dharana Darshan: A Panoramic View of Yogic, Tantric and Upanishadic Practices of Concentration and Visualization

Dharana Darshan: A Panoramic View of Yogic, Tantric and Upanishadic Practices of Concentration and Visualization

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Item Code: IDE202
Author: Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
Publisher: Yoga Publications Trust
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9788186336304
Pages: 450 (B & W Illus: 48)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.4"
Weight 570 gm

 

From the Jacket:

 

Dharana Darshan is a practical and informative text on the yogic, tantric and upanishadic practices of concentration and visualization, as taught by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. These practices, which traditionally have never been taught except through direct transmission from guru to disciple, represent an advanced level of teaching and are intended to meet a need expressed by many serious practitioners for more guidance into the deeper dimensions of meditation. The book includes an introduction to the theory of dharana and detailed class transcripts of the techniques.

Dharana Darshan is a central textbook for all Bihar Yoga Bharati Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses.

 

About the Author

Swami Niranjanananda was born in Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgrah) in 1960. Guided from birth by his guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, he came at the age of four to live with him at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger where he received training in yogic and spiritual sciences through yoga nidra. In 1971 he was initiated into Dashnami sannyasa, and thereafter for eleven years he lived overseas, mastering skills in varied areas, acquiring an understanding of different cultures and helping establish Satyananda Yoga ashrams and centers in Europe, Australia, North and South America.

At the behest of his guru, he returned to India in 1983 to guide the activities of Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda Math and the Yoga Research Foundation at Ganga Darshan. In 1990 he was initiated as a paramahamsa sannyasin and in 1995 anointed spiritual preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He established Bihar Yoga Bharati, the first university of yoga, in 1994 and the Yoga Publication Trust in 2000 in Munger. He also initiated a children's yoga movement, Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal, in 1995. In addition to steering the activities at Munger, he travelled extensively to guide seekers around the world till 2009, when he received the command to embark on a new phase of sannyasa life.

Author of many classic book on yoga, tantra and the Upanishad, Swami Niranjan is a magnetic source of wisdom on all aspects of yogic philosophy, practice and lifestyle. He ably combines tradition with modernity as he continues to nature and spread his guru's mission form his base at Munger.

 

CONTENTS

 

Introduction to Dharana
1. Importance of Concentration 3
2. Relaxation and Concentration 11
3. Meditative Process 17
4. Psychic Symbol 25
5. Visualization 32
6. Obstacles in Dharana 38
7. Yogic, Tantric and Upanishadic Dharanas

 

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Yogic and Tantric Dharana
8. Kaya Sthairyam 57
9. Chakra Shuddhi 63
10. Ajanpa Dharana 73
  One: Frontal Passage Rotation 81
  Two: Spinal Passage Rotation 87
  Three: Frontal Passage Rotation with Ujjayi and Khechari 95
  Four: Spinal Passage Rotation with Ujjayi and Khechari 101
  Five: Arohan-Awarohan Rotation 107
  Six: Ida-Pingala Elliptical Rotation 115
  Seven: Pingala-Ida Elliptical Rotation 121
  Eight: Ida-Pingala Spinal Rotation 127
  Nine: Pingala-Ida Spinal Rotation 137
  Ten: Opening the Granthis 145
11. Trataka 156
  One: Bahya Drishti 165
  Two: Bahya-Antar Drishti 172
  Three: Antar Drishti 185
  Four: Shoonya Drishti 192
Upanishadic Dharana
12. Bahyakasha Dharana 201
13. Antarakasha Dharana 205
14. Chidakasha Dharana 209
15. Ajna Chakra Dharana 218
16. Hridayakasha Dharana 227
17. Daharakasha Dharana 238
  One: Panchatattwa Dharana (A) 243
  Two: Panchatattwa Dharana (B) 254
  Three: Chakra Dharana (A) 269
  Four: Chakra Dharana (B) 277
  Five: Chakra Dharana (C) 284
  Six: Panchakosha Dharana 290
  Seven: Panchaprana Dharana 303
18. Laya Dharana 312
  One: Mooladhara and Vishuddhi Drishti 319
  Two: Loka Drishti 333
19. Vyoma Panchaka Dharana 340
  One: Guna Rahita Akasha 341
  Two: Paramakasha 357
  Three: Mahakasha 364
  Four: Tattwakasha 369
  Five: Suryakasha 387
20. Nadanusandhana Dharana 401
Glossary 430

 

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