Hindi word for meditation is DHYANA; the connotation is very different.
By meditation, one thing is meant in English; by DHYANA something else
is meant. So first we must understand the basic difference between these
two words. Meditation is not a right translation, because by meditation
thinking is implied. When we say someone is meditating, it means
someone is thinking about something. In meditation an object is implied.
In dhyan, no-object is a basic condition. By dhyan is meant a
meditative mood without any object.
Objects must cease, mind
must become just a pure mirror - a mirroring, not mirroring anything -
just a mirror without any object in it, a pure mirror. By dhyan, this
purity of the mind is indicated.
So first, no object should be
in the mind. Mind must remain alone without thinking about anything -
with no thought, just a consciousness, just an awareness, just an
This alertness without any object is meditation." ~ osho
|Purple Zafu Meditation Cushion|