This Maya is a cloud, and from this cloud falls the rain of sansara says Shri Vidyaranya

‘Mayamegho jagan niram varshatvesha yatha tatha Chidaskashasya no hanir na va labha iti sthitih’ (“Panchadashi” 8.75.) Shri Vidyaranya says: “This Maya is a cloud, and from this cloud falls the rain of sansara. It may rain slow or fast or in gales or in drizzles, Chit, just like the blue sky, has no gain and …

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A yogi might be directed to make bhavana on the Good Samaritan story

Men of the world try to help suffering as their feelings dictate, supplemented with a little bit of reason, and perhaps tradition. But until there is a considerable power of meditation, it is often found that the acts do not have the expected results. Bhavana practice is meditation and practice of action together, not just …

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Contemplation means voluntary concentration of the mental energy on the shining element in our spirit

The word Yogi is used in many senses: two are prominent: one is to be equiminded, to be satisfied through knowledge; and the other is to be wholly and solely devoted to the contemplation of the spiritual truth. There are certain things, which we can obtain by physical exertion, but other things we obtain by …

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Meditation verses from the Yoga Sutras with commentary by Shri Shanakara Archarya

(1) If you are cut off (say in solitary confinement) and the need is great, devote several hours a day to the basic practice of disentangling Seer from Seen (e.g. 11.35), When this is established and comes of its own accord sometimes, practise giving up thoughts (1.18) in meditation. The yoga then takes over (1.50) …

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In both Yoga and Zen a time of crisis is a good basis for meditation

In both Yoga and Zen a time of crisis is a good basis. A tragic bereavement, bankruptcy, public disgrace, ingratitude or even hostility from those who have been helped – these are the times when there is detachment from the world. These are practices that Dr Shastri recommended; they are well proven and reliable, and …

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Alternation of concentration and relaxation in meditation

It is not necessary to stress that on entering into Meditation, we do so mentally entering the presence of the Spiritual Focus we have chosen, and when concluding we give thanks for the grace received. We know that all spiritual practices in this tradition of Yoga, which includes our Meditations, are not done for ourselves …

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