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  • Writer's picturePremanandhan Narayanan

The Illusion of Perception and the Importance of Personal Investigation in Raja Yoga Meditation

Our perception can be influenced by optical illusions, which can make objects appear larger or smaller than they actually are. The example of the two lines of equal length and the two tables of the same size kept at different angles shows how our eyes can be deceived by such illusions.

Simply knowing about an illusion does not necessarily help us overcome it. The phrase "knowing is half the battle" is said to be inaccurate in this context because understanding an optical illusion does not automatically correct our perception.

The importance of Raja Yoga meditation is that it involves practices such as Amirtha vela meditation, studying Vani, following Shrimath and doing seva. Simply hearing about these practices and adopting them superficially is not enough. Instead, individuals must personally try to understand the benefits of meditation and engage in the practices with sincerity.

Blindly following the views of others without personal investigation, as this can lead to misunderstandings and incorrect beliefs about the practice of Raja Yoga meditation. By engaging in the practice with dedication and openness, individuals can experience the true benefits of meditation and cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

The importance of being aware of optical illusions and avoiding the trap of superficial understanding when it comes to practices such as Raja Yoga meditation. By engaging in these practices with sincerity and personal investigation, individuals can cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, leading to greater clarity and contentment in their lives.


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