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dharana (dhä·räˑ·n),

n mental concentration, one of the eight limbs or paths of Patanjali's yoga aimed at self-realization and self-knowledge. Concentration is here defined as calming the mind by focusing its attention on an object. See also yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dhyana, and samadhi.
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Similarly, two months ago, TLYR leader Khadim Rizvi also severely bashed Parliament for secretly introducing amendment in blasphemy laws during his three-week long dharana in Islamabad.
The prime minister said the police force had to deal with a host of issues as well, like dharana, law and order and so on.
These include external practices of Yamas (social codes), Niyama (personal code), Asana (postures), Pranayama (control of breath) and Pratyahra (withdrawal of senses) as well as the internal practices of Dharana (concentration), Dhayana (mediation) and Samadhi (deep meditation).
Tenders are invited for Construction of 33 kv sub station building and boundary wall at dharana (r/w)
Dharana (concentration) - exercising intellectual control over mind (emotions)
Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses from the objects of perception), dharana (binding the mind to a single thought space), dhyana (effortless flow of a single thought), and samadhi (merging of the knower with the object of meditation) are the components of meditation described by Patanjali.
Contract workers sat on dharana in July 2006 which continued till May 12, 2008 with the help of JAMU and other informal groups.
Dharana es una via practica para sostener la no distraccion mental, es un conjunto de metodos o ensenanzas practicas cuyo proposito es dirigir la mente a un estado consciente de no distraccion sostenida, indicado en el sanscrito nistariga upadesa (Vijnanabhairava, verso 139, en Lakshman Joo, 2002).
sistematizou o yoga em oitos passos, a saber: 1) yama, as abstinencias (nao violencia, veracidade, honestidade, nao perversao do sexo, desapego); 2) niyama, as regras de vida (pureza, harmonia, serenidade, alegria, estudo); 3) asanas, as posicoes do corpo; 4) pranayama, o controle da respiracao; 5) pratyahara, o controle das percepcoes sensoriais organicas; 6) dharana, a concentracao; 7) dhyana, a meditacao; e 8) samadhi, a identificacao.
3a, the clause ning japasamadhi n dharana-dhyanapurwa 'of murmured prayers, of meditation and, most importantly, of concentration on and visualization of the deity', could be more correctly rendered as 'of murmured prayers and absorption, preceded by fixation and visualization [of the deity]'; purwa here denotes chronological precedence of dharana and dhyana over samadhi, which in Old Javanese texts is invariably understood to be the final stage of yoga.
The ninth chapter is a called, "Prathyhara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.
In the Tantric or Smarta context, the ritual of visualization can be described by dharana (concentration) and dhyana (meditation).