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Lavacards.com - India's No.1 Online Greeting Cards Service Provider has brought beautifully designed electronic greeting cards made in flash, animated with music, color and quotes forrepparttar festival of Diwali which is going to be celebrated from November 9th to November 14th, 2004.

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Written by Manoj Dash, BHMS,Ph.D.

General. The word ‘meditation' is by now fairly well known though it conveys different meanings to different people. A dictionary definition1 shows thatrepparttar word is derived fromrepparttar 113235 Latin (meditate-meditari), meaning ‘to survey, observe, contemplate'. In order to understand meditation, this paper presentsrepparttar 113236 Eastern and Western perspectives along withrepparttar 113237 differences and common features. Western perspectives. Interest in meditation began inrepparttar 113238 West withrepparttar 113239 introduction ofrepparttar 113240 technique, Transcendental Meditation which is derived from principles in traditional yoga texts, but has been modified for contemporary practice2. Meditation was described based on physiological studies as a state of ‘alertful rest'3,4, and a strategy to controlrepparttar 113241 level of arousal5. Practitioners of meditation were also interested inrepparttar 113242 possibility of meditation giving them special powers (siddhis), to controlrepparttar 113243 involuntary functions such as body temperature regulation6 or levitation7. No single technique has been described. According to one description8, there are two main forms. The more common form has been called concentrative, involving focusing on a single, unchanging stimulus. The less common form of meditation has been called ‘opening up', in whichrepparttar 113244 practitioner of meditation attempts to broaden awareness to include all forms of sensations. Many scientists believe that despite mystical and spiritual connotations, there is nothing unique aboutrepparttar 113245 meditative state9, which is comparable to resting or relaxing. To understandrepparttar 113246 Western perspective of meditation, it is important to understandrepparttar 113247 historical background of meditation and contemplation inrepparttar 113248 West. This is closely linked with Christian contemplative prayer which dates back torepparttar 113249 4th century (approximately). Atrepparttar 113250 time ofrepparttar 113251 Reformation contemplative prayer declined or disappeared among Protestants, and went into long decline inrepparttar 113252 Catholic countries. Underrepparttar 113253 influence of rationalism,repparttar 113254 mystic direct experience of God became suspect. Byrepparttar 113255 19th centuryrepparttar 113256 contemplative prayer tradition had almost disappeared except amongrepparttar 113257 cloistered Catholic religious orders, and it was marginalized even there. Christian contemplative practice began to revive amongrepparttar 113258 Benedictines and other monastic orders. Duringrepparttar 113259 mid-20th century interest in contemplative practices increased, withrepparttar 113260 most popular writer onrepparttar 113261 subject beingrepparttar 113262 Cistercian monk Thomas Merton10. Lectio divina, translated as sacred reading, was likely brought torepparttar 113263 Western Christian Church from Egypt, Syria, and Palestine inrepparttar 113264 early fifth century. It was recommended for both lay persons and monastics inrepparttar 113265 early Christian centuries. Lectio divina as it is traditionally taught, has four parts or elements:

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