Meditation (dhyana) is defined by the sage Patanjali as an unbroken flow of thought towards the spiritual Ideal. It is often likened to the pouring of oil, in a continuous stream, from one vessel to another. By the continuous practice of meditation, the eternal union of the Atman (Soul) and Brahman (God) is realized, and one's true nature is perceived as eternal Existence/Knowledge/Bliss.
"In deep meditation the sense-organs stop functioning; the mind does not look outward. It is like closing the gate of the outer court in a house. There are five objects of the senses: form, taste, smell, touch, and sound. They are all left outside.
At the beginning of meditation the objects of the senses appear before the aspirant. But when the meditation becomes deep, they no longer bother him."
Sri Ramakrishna, Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, pg. 745
"This power of meditation separates ourselves from the body, and then the soul knows itself as it is--the unborn, the deathless, and birthless being. No more is there any misery, no more births upon the earth, no more evolution."
Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works, Vol.4, pg. 249
"That self-existent One is far removed from the organs. The organs or instruments see outward, but the self-existing One, the Self, is seen inward. You must remember the qualification that is required: the desire to know this Self by turning the eyes inward. All these beautiful things that we see in nature are very good, but that is not the way to see God. We must learn how to turn the eyes inward."
Swami Vivekananda, Complete Works, Vol.2, pg. 411
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