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The sixth limb of Patañjali's aṣṭāṅga-yoga (‘eight-limbed yoga’), as outlined in his Yoga Sūtra (2.28–55; 3.1–8). There, and elsewhere, the term designates the discipline of concentrating the mind on a single object and continuously returning to it in the attempt to achieve one-pointedness (ekāgratā). The object of attention may be material, verbal, or a mental. For bhaktas it usually takes the form of a visualized deity.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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