The Seventh Limb of Yoga

DHYANA (Devotion, meditation):

Dhyana is uninterrupted meditation without an object. The intention of meditation is heightened awareness and oneness with the universe. How do you tell the difference between concentration and meditation? If there is awareness of distraction, you are only concentrating and not meditating. The calm achieved in meditation spills over into all aspects of your life.

As you fine-tune your concentration and become more aware of the nature of reality you perceive that the world is unreal. The mind becomes clearer. Unhappiness and fear, even the fear of death, vanishes. This state of freedom is the intention of Yoga. Meditation becomes your tool to see things clearly and perceive reality beyond the illusions that cloud your mind.