From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sthuladhyana, SthuladhyAna, Sthuladhyaana

Sthuladhyāna literally means ‘gross meditation’.

Haṭhayogic works like the Gheranda Samhitā[1] describe this sthula-dhyāna. It is meditation on the chosen deity in the heart. The heart has to be imagined as a sea of nectar in which there is a beautiful island of precious stones, full of flowers and fruits giving trees. In the midst of it, there is a platform with a throne on which the deity is seated. The form of the deity including the dress and the ornaments is also described in such works.


  1. Gheranda Samhitā 6.2 to 14
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore