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The Doctrine And Practice Of Yoga A.P. Mukerji

The Doctrine And Practice Of Yoga

A.P. Mukerji

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CONCENTRATION.Concentration signifies the state of being at a centre (_con_ and_centrum_). Applied to thought, it is the act of bringing the mind to asingle point. Each human being must practise concentration _subjectively_and _objectively_. In other words, each human being aims with more orless precision at concentration on a point _within_ and a point _without_his own world. Concentration without is illustrated when you devote allyour attention upon Nature, such as learning a trade, a profession, ascience, an art or some form of business. This is _Evolution_, outgoingor positive mental energy. I shall call this _Objective Concentration_.Concentration within implies the withdrawing of attention from theexternal world and the placing of mind on God, Spirit, Heaven,Religion, Peace, Nirvana, Eternity, etc. This is _Involution_,_i.e._, incoming or negative energy.When _Objective Concentration_ alone is practised, you develop into ahard-headed, practical man of the world or a successful man of business.You are keen and shrewd. The world is a very matter-of-fact thing toyou. You cannot think of anything else beyond money-making and pleasuresand worldly affairs. You are a worldling of the world, very clever,rich, and a master along your own lines. But spiritually you are animbecile, worse than a baby. This is the _Objective Mind_--the deepestimmersed in matter, literally made of the dust. It is the brain ofworldly wisdom, common sense, prudence, methodical arrangement, order,discipline, classification, the skill and knowledge of the expert in any