concentration

A Quote by Bhagavad Gita on concentration, peace, thought, and thinking

For him who has no concentration, there is no tranquility.

Bhagavad Gita

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A Quote by Swami Sivananda on meditation, lasting happiness, absolute peace, calm, mind, and concentration

To achieve that state of lasting happiness and absolute peace, we must first know how to calm the mind, to concentrate and go beyond the mind. By turning the mind's concentration inward, upon the self, we can deepen that experience of perfect concentration. This is the state of Meditation.

Swami Sivananda

Source: Meditation (Dhyana)

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A Quote by Ajahn Sumedho on mindfulness, concentration, and buddhism

Some people do not know the difference between "mindfulness" and "concentration." They concentrate on what they're doing, thinking that is being mindful. . . . We can concentrate on what we are doing, but if we are not mindful at the same time, with the ability to reflect on the moment, then if somebody interferes with our concentration, we may blow up, get carried away by anger at being frustrated. If we are mindful, we are aware of the tendency to first concentrate and then to feel anger when something interferes with that concentration. With mindfulness we can concentrate when it is appropriate to do so and not concentrate when it is appropriate not to do so.

Ajahn Sumedho

Source: http://lotusinthemud.typepad.com/sujatin/2008/09/mindfulness-and.html

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, buddhism, quiescence, life, death, stillness, inertia, passivity, sensitivity, sympatheticism, will, distractions, concentration, thinking, irrelevancies, and spirit

Aimed at as something terminal or ultimate or absolute, quiescence is, from the standpoint of life, a form of death, a stillness and inertia, an impassivity. Life is infinite sensitivity to all things, the quicksilver sympatheticism of everything that belongs in the natural cosmos. The mind and will do close out or exclude extraneous distractions as a means to their powers of self-concentration ("Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies," Buckminster Fuller). But Buddhism makes this quiescence not a means but an end in itself, incompatible as it may be with the very life of spirit and of will. Taken as a mere exercise or tonic, it has an utterly different value of course.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Buddha Saying on journey, focus, concentration, travels, and enlightenment

When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the way. 

Buddha Saying

Source: Buddhist saying

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A Quote by Giovanni Ribisi on do, doing, focus, concentrate, and concentration

Do what you're doing while you're doing it.

Giovanni Ribisi

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A Quote by Walter Russell on meditate, meditation, god, thinking, thought, awareness, material, body, concentration, ecstasy, cosmic, concentrate, know, light, divine, and invisible

To meditate is to become one with God. It means to STOP THINKING and thus get out of the awareness of body. One can be aware of his body and of material things only while, and because, one is thinking.
… To concentrate is to think very hard and focus your thoughts to a point. To meditate is just the opposite – it means to expand one’s thoughts into space until one stops thinking and steps into the still Light of KNOWING.
Thinking is sensing, and sensing is vibratory motion. Conversely, meditation is becoming still in order to talk with God. When I say “talk with God” I mean become inspired with His Light of all-knowing. One talks with God in timeless Light. Inspiration comes in flashes of still Light – invisible Light.
If you want to know anything whatsoever, just desire to know it, then stop thinking. Try to get into a state of universal ecstasy or inner joyousness, which is a state of consciousness like unto the God-Mind. Void your mind of thoughts, thought forms and ideas. Become perfectly blank insofar as idea and form are concerned.
In that manner, you become transformed from man as an individual unit of mankind, and become all Soul – the universal Soul. In that manner you make the transition from the state of sensing some things materially to knowing all things cosmically.

Walter Russell

Source: Message of the Divine Iliad Vol. 2 (Divine Iliad)

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A Quote by Swami Sai Premananda on concentration, witnessing, meditation, and spirituality

In meditation, you are not supposed to “concentrate” on the things that arise in the mind. Rather, you are supposed to “bear witness” to the things that arise in the mind. Now bearing witness means what? It means to stand aside and observe, become aware, and examine: “Yes this is there. That is there. This is happening. That is going on.” This is very important because it lays the foundation for the actual inner spiritual work that the meditation will provoke. Meditation is the foundation for deeper spiritual evolution.

Swami Sai Premananda

Source: Principles of Higher Living: The Western Experience Upon the Shores of Eastern Wisdom

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A Quote by Rasa on secret, concentration, disciplined, love, truth, and fly

Concentration is well disciplined when it follows  with the path of love. For it is this path which leads to the mansion of truth. Allow your concentration to fly...for with love there is no closed doors.

Rasa

Source: Testament of Will, Green 14

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A Quote by Ayya Khema on ego, concentration, and mindfulness

As long as we have practiced neither concentration nor mindfulness, the ego takes itself for granted and remains its usual normal size, as big as the people around one will allow. 

Ayya Khema

Source: Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, Revised: Meditations on the Buddhist Path, Pages: 166

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