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Teachings On Contemplation From Hindu Scriptures

A collection of some of the important teachings on contemplation from Hindu scriptures.

By self-dedication one obtains consecration, by consecration one obtains grace; by grace one obtains faith, and by faith is truth obtained. (Yajur Veda, 19.30)

My ears are turned (to hear him), my eyes (to see him); this light that is placed in the heart (seeks to know him); my mind—the receptacle of distant (objects)—hastens (towards him). What shall I declare (him)? How shall I comprehend (him)? (Rig Veda, 6.9.6)

Terracotta plaque belonging to 200 BCE at Chandraketugarh, West Bengal - part of Gangarashtra Civilization

His form is not within the field of vision; nobody sees him (this Self ) with the eye. He is revealed by the intuition of the higher mind (free from occupation with sense objects), which resides in the heart and controls all thinking. Those who know this become immortal. (Katha Upanishad, 2.3.9)

When the well-controlled mind rests in the Self alone, free from longing for objects, then is one said to have attained yoga. (Bhagavadgita, 6.18)