Welcome to Dhyanavidya Meditation School!

Meditation is NOT a religious practice.   Just as water quenches the thirst of everyone, food alleviates the hunger for everyone, paracetamol heals the headache for everyone, Meditation works for everyone regardless of caste, creed, religious beliefs, skin tone or gender.

Dhyanavidya (The Knowledge of Meditation)

Welcome to Dhyanavidya Meditation School. 

This is  a webschool setup with the intention of imparting basic comprehensive knowledge about the principles and practice of meditation.  If you are serious about learning mediation from scratch, you can start here. If you are already a meditator, you can still  benefit from this website by developing an understanding of the bigger background picture that is common to all system of meditations.  We endeavour to teach meditation through a series of  simple lessons so that a serious student can start practicing  meditation in  a short span of time. 

Meditation is both an art and a science at the same time. Like in the case of all forms of art, perfection and mastery comes from practice and practice alone. A sound understanding of the principles behind the practice, no doubt, will have a synergistic effect on the practice. Then the student will be able to commence the practice of meditation on a firm footing. 

Meditation is NOT a religious practice. Just as water quenches the thirst of everyone, food alleviates the hunger for everyone, paracetamol heals the headache for everyone, Meditation works for everyone regardless of caste, creed, religious beliefs, skin tone or gender.

Here are some of the  quotes on meditation that have come down to us from the distant past to present times.

“Our neurological findings have shown that different types of meditations and prayer affect different parts of the brain in different ways, and each one appears to have a beneficial effect on our neurological functioning and physical and emotional health. Some techniques increase blood flow to the frontal, parietal, temporal, and limbic areas of the brain, while others decrease metabolic activity in these areas. Intensive meditation may also trigger an unusual form of neural activity – deafferentation – in which one part of the brain ignores the information being sent to it by other parts. When this happens, we radically alter our everyday perception of the world. 

By manipulating our breath, body, awareness, feelings, and thoughts, we can decrease tension and stress. We can evoke or suppress specific emotions and focus our thoughts on ways that biologically influence other parts of the brain.  From a neuroscientific perspective, this is astonishing because it upsets the traditional view that we cannot voluntarily influence nonconscious areas of the brain. Only human beings can think themselves into happiness or despair, without any influence from the outside world. Thus, the more we engage in spiritual practices, the more control we gain over our body, mind and fate” (Taken from the book “How GOD Changes Your Brain – Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist” , written by Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, published by Ballantine Books, New York (2009))

“If every eight year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation” – Dalai Lama (Born in AD 1935)

yogaś citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ” (Yoga is the neutralization of  the whirlpools of the mind-stuff” – Patanjali in Yoga Sutra (Circa B.C.E 200)

“Let go of your mind, and then be mindful; close your ears and listen” – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (AD 1207-1273)
Even a little practice of meditation will free one from dire fears and colossal sufferings. —Bhagavad Gita

“A Meditation is well done, if all you did was fight distraction” -St.Teresa of Avila (AD 1515 – 1582)

“Practice Meditation.You will find that you are carrying within your heart, a portable paradise: – Yogananda Paramahansa (AD 1893 – 1952)

“Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.” – Khalil Gibran (AD 1883-1931)

“Most people live on the surface of life. But it is by deep-sea diving in the ocean of thought that you receive the pearls of knowledge” – Yogananda Pramahansa (AD 1893 – 1952)

“If you wonder what you were doing in the past, look at your body; to know what will happen to you in the future, look at your mind” – Dalai Lama (Born in AD 1935)

“Meditation is just to be, not doing anything – no action, no thought, no emotion. You just are. And it is a sheer delight. From where does this delight come when you are not doing anything? It comes from nowhere, or, it comes from everywhere. It is uncaused, because the existence is made of the stuff called joy. It needs no cause, no reason. If you are unhappy you have a reason to be unhappy; if you are happy you are simply happy – there is no reason for it. Your mind tries to find a reason because it cannot believe in the uncaused, because it cannot control the uncaused – with the uncaused the mind simply becomes impotent. So the mind goes on finding some reason or other. But I would like to tell you that whenever you are happy, you are happy for no reason at all, whenever you are unhappy, you have some reason to be unhappy – because happiness is just the stuff you are made of. It is your very being, it is your innermost core. Joy is your innermost core.” – Osho (AD 1931-1990)

“Let your eyes be turned to him and you will have light” –  (King David (BCE 907-837) in Torah, Psalms 34:5 )
“We can actually accelerate the process through meditation, through the ability to find stillness through loving actions, through compassion and sharing, through understanding the nature of the creative process in the universe and having a sense of connection to it. So, that’s conscious evolution”. – Deepak Chopra (Born in 1946)