This book offers the student of meditation a concise and thorough analysis of the theory and practice of meditation. The physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits are outlined in a clear manner. Misconceptions about meditation are clarified, and there is a discussion of the differences between meditation and concentration, contemplation, and prayer. There is an excellent step-by-step guide on how to meditate using chakras (energy centers in the body), mantras (subtle vibrations), yantras (geometric forms), light, and the breath. The system presented here is based on the ancient teachings of Tantra, Vedanta, and Samkhya philosophies and has been handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years. Accompanying audio CDs that systematically lead the practitioner through various phases of the meditation are also available.