Prayer and Meditation Practices

Adhyatma Yoga Meditation Practices

1.BREATHING: Focus the mind on the navel. Take a deep breath in relaxation and, as you breathe in, imagine that you are drawing the breath up from the navel, so that you end the breath by thinking of the space between the eyebrows. Take 21 breaths in this way. When...

Texts for meditation

OM. O my mind find rest in the most blessed peace which is always within thee, and follow not after that which is transient. OM OM. As the bud opens to the dew, so does my inner being to receive the light of Truth. OM. OM. I know that perfect, Infinite Spirit Who is...

Sitting on the hilltop under the blue sky.

Sit reasonably upright.  Now think of yourselves as sitting on top of a hill, on a seat on top of a hill, with nothing round you, just under the blue sky and emptiness in front of you.  In your lap you have a cloth full of little pebbles.  Now you are sitting there. ...

Walking physically on water means nothing

The empirical joy and spiritual freedom are obtainable only through one means and that means is Jnana. We may call it meditation, but it is something more than meditation. The first is withdrawal of the mind from the sense-objects, EKAGRATA; this can be done by...

A short text for your daily meditation.

Sit down quietly, cast off all your worries, and if they still invade you—if you find that your mind is still troublesome and is not obedient—breathe deeply, consciously and rhythmically and if you can also put on your breath the Holy Name OM it will help you very...

You will reap what you have sown

‘ All is one.’ ‘All is Brahman.’ ‘Duality or appearance has no independent existence.’ The thesis can be proved intellectually; but it is not the reasoning which carries a real conviction in such vital matters. It is the realizing of the Truth through discipline,...

I am a temple of God

If you begin your day with a short concentration on any theme related to the spiritual truth, then you will find that you will be guarding yourself against many moral pit-falls and spiritual slips. A concentrated mind is like a horse which you can ride to perfection...

A verse for meditation

OM.  He Who is bliss eternal, light, all-pervasive, the support of names and forms, Whom the mind does not cognize but Who cognizes the mind; That am I, pure and transcendental. OM.

A practice from ten to fifteen minutes

Here is a practice, which should be done for from ten to fifteen minutes. You will find no tangible results in fourteen days, but later you will have control over your mind and be able to practise virtue. It is not an active mind which is good, but a tranquil mind, a...

Begin the day with a meditation or prayer.

Begin the day with a meditation or prayer. Sit if possible on the floor, with legs crossed and hands loosely clasped, and say the following prayer, concentrating on its meaning. Then let the mind rest on it for a few moments, in medition. "May Brahman (God), who is...

Improve your constructive thinking.

Sit in the meditative posture with the spinal column and the neck in a straight line. Breathe in and out deeply twenty-one times, imagining, as you inhale, that you are drawing the word OM (pronounced OHM) up from the navel to the crown of the head. The object of this...

No other thought – only the blue sky

A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Sit and think of the blue sky overhead. No other thought - only the blue sky. Imagine the blue sky and be absorbed in this thought. After a few days, think of radiant light filling that sky. Think that shanti, spiritual peace - not what is called...

He who shines in the sun

There are two ways by means of which each and everyone of us can have access to and can improve the inner mental light; one is the inner silence and the other is the lifting up of the mind from the smaller and narrower conditions into higher and higher conditions....

Outline of Yoga Practice and use of the syllable Om

The stages of the path are set out clearly by Shankara many times in his Gita commentary, which is closely followed by his commentary on the Chapter of the Self. (They may very well have been written about the same time, in view of the fact that some unusual citations...

How to Pray

This is the procedure of an ordinary prayer. It is different from meditation, from the deep prayer in the form of ‘ So-Ham ’ or ‘ I am Shiva ’ which is called ahangraha. 1. A prayer begins with a deep sense and expression of one’s humility, incapacity for serious...

Line of Light meditation practice

Spiritual training at the outset can look unrealistic. It says: ‘Do this!’ or ‘Don’t do that!’, but a bare command can defeat its own purpose. It is like the King in Alice in Wonderland, who angrily tells the trembling witness: ‘Give your evidence. And don’t be...

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