Vardhaman Mahavir (599 BC – 527 BC) described the process of Preksha Dhayan at that time and this system continued to be followed by his followers till today. But today Preksha Meditation also describing the theories of modern medical science and dated back only 40 years.
Preksha Dhayan (See deep) is an education of life. Preksha is deep perception with the conscious mind. It is not merely thinking but the deep perception by our awake brain, this perception would not have any component of like and dislike, pain and pleasure. It rather means pure seeing, feeling or observation. It is a concentration of perception and not of thought. This deep feeling perception is the hallmark of Preksha. With our eyes, we can see objects and movements. Preksha is feeling or perceiving with the eyes closed. It is the inner consciousness which does the job of perception.
Main Part of Preksha Dhayan
Kayotsarg (Relaxation with Self Awareness): Kayotsarg is the crux of Preksha Meditation system. All the other Preksha Meditation techniques revolve around it. This is the freedom from all unhappiness. It literally means conscious total relation of body and mind.
Antaryatra (Internal Trip): It is the second step of Preksha Dhayan. In the practice of Antaryatra, the conscious mind travels from center of energy to center of knowledge.
Shwas Preksha (Deep and Rhythmic Breathing): Deep inhalation with slow and complete exhalation. It increases our vitality and promotes relaxation.
Sharir Preksha (Process to know the body): Re-establish to improve physical and mental health we need re-establish contact with our body and improve our thought processes. Sharir Preksha re-establish this contact.
Chaitanya Kendra Preksha (Chakras): It percepts the 5 main Kendra of our body and opens the door to a higher level of consciousness which will give us a sense of wisdom.
Anupreksha (Transmutation of Personality): Changes negative attributes of one’s personality to positive. It’s a process of becoming what you want to become.
Some Other Parts of Preksha Dhayan
Dhwani: Chanting mantras.
HRE (Health Rejuvenating Exercise): A complete exercise package for the whole body from head to toe.
Mudra (Yoga for the Fingers): Different hand positions that invoke states of exercise and energy.
Asanas: Physical postures specially designed to attain complete health.
Pranayam: Art of breathing control that helps to calm the spirit during meditation.
Benefits of Preksha Dhayan
• Strengthens Immune System.
• Sustains Optimal Health.
• Removes Tension.
• Improves mental balance.
• Develops patience and tolerance power.
• Transformation of negative emotions into positive.
• Increases working efficiency, creativity, detachment and good qualities.
• Change of habits and attitudes.