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Dhāraṇā, aka: Dharaṇa, Dhāraṇa, Dharana; 8 Definition(s)

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Dhāraṇa (धारण) is another name (synonym) for stambha, a Sanskrit technical term referring to “pillar”. These synonyms are defined in texts such as Mayamata (verse 15.2), Mānasāra (verse 15.2-3), Kāśyapaśilpa (verse 8.2) and Īśānaśivagurudevapaddati (Kriya, verses 31.19-20). The term is used throughout vāstuśāstra literature, which represents a branch of ancient Indian science, dealing with architecture and construction.

Added: 17.Mar.2017 | Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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Dhāraṇā (धारणा).—A form of Yoga in which the mind is controlled; dhyāna; seeing in himself, the characteristic of Siddhi; the time and place for doing it; not near fire, forest, river-bed, burial place, Caitya; the performer should not be hungry, careworn or be anxious; else the doer becomes mad, deaf and dumb or blind; hence pure Dhāraṇā is required; one engaged in this Yoga could take curds and Yava paste; enables Vāyu to go up and stand in its place; other branches of; thinking. of the upper worlds, mountains and oceans in his heart; eating mud from dried beans; 1000 pots of water for bath;1 the dharma of the Yoga destroys sins;2 800 times in the head;3 Dhāraṇa Agne1yī a special form of samādhi practised by Sati, the daughter of Dakṣa.4

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 2. 42-3; III. 4. 26; 22. 75; Vāyu-purāṇa 11. 22-64; Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 7. 75-8.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 76, 93.
  • 3) Ib. 12. 17; 19. 41; 104. 24.
  • 4) Ib. 30. 54.
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Dhāraṇā (धारणा, “contemplation”) is a Sanskrit word referring to “your thoughts”. It is one of the eight brances of yoga, also known as the eightfold-path (aṣṭānga). Also see the fifth section of the Varāha-upaniṣad.

In yoga philosophy, this is the stage just before medition; the goal is to become aware of nothing but the object on which you are concentrating;

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As Ballāla notes, Dhāraṇā (धारणा) can mean both fixing of the mind on a single object and fixing of the breath. (The two are linked: Vyāsa in his commentary to Yogasūtra 2.52 states that mental Dhāraṇā is brought about through breath-control; cf. Haṭhapradīpikā 4.23.)

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Dharana: Sanskrit word that means "holding" or "concentration." Refers to the yogic discipline of concentration on an object or symbol.

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Dhāraṇā, (f.) (to dhāraṇa) 1. memory Miln.79.—2. the earth (“the upholder, ” cp. dharaṇī) J.VI, 180. (Page 341)

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Dharaṇa, (adj.) bearing, holding, comprising VvA.104 (suvaṇṇassa pañcadasa° nikkha holding, i.e. worth or equal to 15 parts of gold).—f. —ī bearing, i.e. pregnant with Sn.26 (of cows: godharaṇiyo paveniyo=gabbhiniyo SnA 39). As n. the Earth J.V, 311; VI, 526; Miln.34; dharaṇī-ruha N. of a tree J.VI, 482, 497; Miln.376. (Page 340)

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Dhāraṇa, (nt.) (cp. Sk. dhāraṇa, to dhāreti) 1. wearing, in mālā° (etc.) D.I, 5=A.II, 210=Pug.58; KhA 37; cīvara° A.II, 104=Pug.45.—2. maintaining, sustaining, keeping up Miln.320 (āyu° bhojana).—3. bearing in mind, remembrance Vin.IV, 305; M.II, 175 (dhamma°). (Page 341)

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dharaṇa : (nt.) a weight comprising about 2/5 of an ounce.

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See Varana.

Added: 11.Apr.2009 | Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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