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Meditation with a Special Devotion to God - 3. Meditating with Name or Adorable Form of God -- Discourse
This discourse elaborates on how to develop engrossment using the symbolic name of God, specifically Om, and provides an alternative way of focusing on a luminous figurehead representing God based on authentic scriptural tenets. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda explains why it is imperative that the verbal thought process leads us to connecting the symbol with the idea (herein the idea is Iśwara, symbol is Om). When the contemplator ruminates and repeats the Om mentally with the idea that it represents God, a deeper significance of Iśwara reveals. As an alternative method, His Holiness explains how to scan a luminous figure in the center of the heart and then maintain focus on the smiling countenance of an adorable image of God to bring about calmness. His Holiness explains how to remove distraction by meditating on one principle, and rounds up the discourse by expounding on aphorisms 44 and 45 of Chapter 2 as the fruit of Iśwara samāpatti.