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Vicara means the way mind maintains attention toward any object.
It first referred to hinduist yoga, later to buddhist meditation.
In these practices, the mind catches a mental object (see : vitakka), then cultivate consciousness of it.Vicara eventually become one of the five factors of the first jhana. The mind is the term most commonly used to describe the higher functions of the human brain, particularly those of which humans are subjectively conscious, such as personality, thought, reason, memory, intelligence and emotion. ... Look up Attention in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Attention is the cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one thing while ignoring other things. ... Hatha Yoga posture Yoga is a form of mysticism that developed on the Indian subcontinent in the Hindu cultural context. ... Meditation usually refers to a state in which the body is consciously relaxed and the mind is allowed to become calm and focused. ... Vitakka (pāli) , both in hinduist yoga and buddhist meditation , means the action of taking care of any object : God, ones body, the Self, a color, any sensation. ... Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. ... Dhyāna means meditation in Sanskrit. ...

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Cetasikas by Nina van Gorkom first edition published in 1999 by Zolag (3440 words)
Vicara is not the same reality as vitakka, Vitakka directs the citta to the object and vicara keeps the citta occupied with the object, "anchored" on it.
Sustained thought (vicara) is the act of keeping the mind anchored, in the sense that it is subtle with the individual essence of continued pressure, like the ringing of the bell..
Vicara which is more subtle than vitakka still accompanies the jhanacitta of the second stage of jhana.
Vicara at AllExperts (277 words)
Vicara means the way mind maintains attention toward any object.
Vicara is focusing on an object, and holding it in consciousness, to meditate on it - Like meditating over a candle flame.
Vicara eventually become one of the five factors of the first jhana.
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