The Russian Doll of Hinduism in Ten Sanskrit Terms
Dhyana is meditation. It is the direct means through which the Atman is consciously linked with the Brahman. The mind is habitually concerned with thinking, and in thinking we are concerned with all the myriad events going on in the world: the personal as well as the political. The mind is turned outwards; it is scattered in a thousand thoughts chasing each other without cease. In dhyana we guide that mind away from its activity and turn it to look inwards, to silence. There it can discover the Atman, the pure spirit untouched by thought. Though there are many techniques of meditation, they all finally have this one aim: calming the mind, so that we may discover that part of ourselves that lies beneath the crust of selfhood, and establish ourselves more and more in the sense of harmony that comes from within.