Sthuladhyāna

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sthuladhyana, SthuladhyAna, Sthuladhyaana


Sthuladhyāna literally means ‘gross meditation’.

Haṭhayogic works like the Gheranda Samhitā[1] describe this sthula-dhyāna. It is meditation on the chosen deity in the heart. The heart has to be imagined as a sea of nectar in which there is a beautiful island of precious stones, full of flowers and fruits giving trees. In the midst of it, there is a platform with a throne on which the deity is seated. The form of the deity including the dress and the ornaments is also described in such works.


References

  1. Gheranda Samhitā 6.2 to 14
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore