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Dhyana, aka: Dhyāna; 5 Definition(s)

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Dhyana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purāṇa

Dhyāna (ध्यान).—A dharma of the yoga, kills unrighteous qualities;1 described by Kṛṣṇa to Uddhava.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 76 and 93; 104. 25.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 14. 32-46.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Yoga (school of philosophy)

Dhyāna (ध्यान, “meditation”) is a Sanskrit word referring to one of the eight brances of yoga, also known as the eightfold-path (aṣṭānga). Also see the fifth section of the Varāha-upaniṣad.

Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga
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Yoga refers to the Ancient Indian school of philosophy combining the physical, mental and spiritual.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Dhyāna can refer to either meditation or meditative states. Equivalent terms are "Chán" in modern Chinese, "Zen" in Japanese, "Seon" in Korean, "Thien" in Vietnamese, and "Samten" in Tibetan.

As a meditative state, dhyāna is characterized by profound stillness and concentration. It is discussed in the Pāli canon (and the parallel agamas) and post-canonical Theravāda Buddhist literature, and in other literature. There has been little scientific study of the states so far.

Dhyāna in Sanskrit (Devanagari: ध्यान) or jhāna (झान) in Pāli;

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Dhyāna (ध्यान, “concentration of mind”).—In the Jaina tradition dhyāna generally means “concentrating the mind” on some object or mental image. According to them our thoughts, and their instrument, the mind, are restless, and their regulation and concentration is called dhyāna.

Jainism describes four kinds of dhyāna:

  1. ārta-dhyāna (the concentration of the mind on fulfilling worldly desires),
  2. raudra-dhyāna (the concentration of thoughts on violent activities),
  3. dharma-dhyāna (the concentration of the mind on auspicious thoughts, or on the well-being of one’s self as well as the well-being of others),
  4. śukla-dhyāna (here the mind gradually shortens it fields of concentration and at last becomes nirvikalpa, steady and motionless)

The author of the Jñānārṇava, in addition, elaborately expounds the process of dhyāna by classifying into:

  1. piṇḍastha (comprises the five forms of dhāraṇā, or ‘contemplation’),
  2. padastha (contemplation by means of certain mantric syllables),
  3. rūpastha (meditating on the divine qualities and extraordinary powers of the arahants),
  4. rūpātīta (meditation on the attributes of siddhātman.)
Source: Google Books: Yoga in Jainism

Dhyāna (ध्यान).—What is meant by ‘meditation’ (dhyāna)? Concentrating of thoughts on one object for a maximum of one Indian-hour by an ascetic with perfect body structure (uttama-sahanana-śarira) is called meditation. An ascetic with perfect body structure can meditate properly for a maximum period of an Indian-hour (48 minutes approx). An Indian-hour is equal to two ghadī. A ghadī equals 24 minutes.

The four types of meditation are:

  1. ārta-dhyāna (pan based or mournful),
  2. raudra-dhyāna (cruel),
  3. dharmya-dhyāna (virtuous),
  4. śukla-dhyāna (the pure).

What are the benefits of meditation (dhyāna)? It annihilates all karmas bonded with the soul. A correct meditation for an intra-Indian-hour (antaramuhūrta) can destroy all obscuring karmas and enable the practitioner to become an omniscient. What are the essential components for a proper meditation (dhyāna)? The four things, namely: the one who meditates, the process of meditation, the object of meditation and the period of meditation are the four components of the proper meditation.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Influx of karmas

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