iii. 2. Dhyana
3.2 Uninterrupted Meditation
Dhyana is sustained Dhāranā. After mastering the ability to remain focused on one point without any interruption, one then develops the ability to enter into an uninterrupted current of focus. It is said that when one enters into Deep Dhyana then one is truly meditating. For instance, one sets aside a particular time frame for meditation, say One-Hour. At the end of the session it felt like you were only participating in this for just 5 minutes—it’s then that you know you’ve been truly meditating. If, on the other hand, the whole experience seems so laborious—unending—then you are certainly not in the “current”, but rather, fighting against it.
This is pure merging with the Non-Dual Mind Itself; the discursive-thought process is now cessated. This is also known as Dhyana—when the “process” of transcending all conflicting thought patterns is effectively administered within the mind of the yogin. Technically Patañjali states that this meditative (Dhyana) process effectively stifles the mind fluctuations (vrtti) of the lower body-consciousness, thereby empowering the Pure and Unimpeded Primordial (Amala) Consciousness to shine through. One can also say that paravrtti, or the turning-about from all the former lower-mind fluctuations, occurs during this junction. It’s all beyond measured-time as well, as the yogin—centered in Deep Dhyana—flows now in the Primordial Mind current that transcends Time and Space. This is what’s authentically known as “Now”. Not a “now” that is just an isolated interval between past and future, but the Eternal-Now of Suchness.