The progress and order of the states of mind of the meditation Yoga

The progress and order of the states of mind of the meditation Yoga is as follows: 1 Agitation. The mind is moved by desires, by objective influences. Money, rest, sex-pleasures, name, lassitude, etc., enter the soul like the scorpions entering a cave. By prayer, by service of the Guru, by vigilance, by study, these influences …

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When we meditate, we take an idea, and it has a two-fold benefit

A few hints on meditation. The texts of meditation are ideas, not thoughts, because thoughts arise spontaneously and are not governed by any visible law. Ideas are set and fixed, and they are like seeds planted in the mind. When we meditate, we take an idea, and it has a two-fold benefit:  (1) it comes …

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We should guard our lips as the gates of the palace of a king are guarded. We can never be too careful

A holy text (“Vivekachudamani” 367) : “The first door to Yoga (here Yoga means liberation) is control of the speech…” (We should guard our lips as the gates of the palace of a king are guarded. We can never be too careful. One of the sayings of Hazrat Ali is: “You will often regret what …

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In the morning, usually your mind is like a blank paper. Deep sleep has stilled it, and rajas and tamas have fallen out of it.

In the morning, usually your mind is like a blank paper. Deep sleep has stilled it, and rajas and tamas have fallen out of it. The morning verily is the best time for remembrance of the Lord, for meditation, for study, and for spiritual reflection. In the morning, write on the mind. “I am Brahman. …

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It is spiritual living to think consciously and to direct the mind towards a particular goal.

Some of the functions of the mind are mechanical, but there are some which are volitional. As in the case of our nerves, which are sympathetic and otherwise (involuntary and voluntary) , such is the case with our mind also. The mechanical functions of the mind are planted by nature with a special purpose, and …

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The earth meditates , the ether meditates, the mountains meditate, the water meditates, all meditate

The best phase of consciousness is called dnyana or meditation. There is a verse from the “Chandogya” (7.6.); this is a very eloquent verse: “The earth meditates , the ether meditates, the mountains meditate, the water meditates, all meditate.” And when the whole world and every object is meditating, should man allow his mind to …

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Meditation on OM

Swami Rama Tirtha made OM his main method for realization. He said, ‘For one moment throw overboard all your attachments and anxieties, and chant OM. You will find yourself transformed into light.’ The practice of the eighth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita presents mainly meditations on the Lord felt as within the body. First the …

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Swami Rama Tirtha made a list of samadhi-meditations on Knowledge

 Swami Rama Tirtha on Samadhi Swami Rama Tirtha made a list of samadhi-meditations on Knowledge. In some of these there may still be a shadowy knowing process, and known object, but they are no longer real. He calls them vikalpa, which means a theoretical and illusory construct. Shankara uses a pair of terms: `with-vikalpa’ (sa-vikalpa) …

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After a successful Advaita Vedanta experience the world is no longer what it was

Advaita – The World As Unreal Though there are some resemblances, when the yogi comes out of Patanjali meditation, the world is as real as it was before. After a successful Advaita Vedanta experience, however, described above, the world is no longer what it was. Knowledge has arisen and though there is a world, it …

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In Patanjali, Samadhi is based on the experienced fact of the reality of the world

Patanjali – The World Is Real There are different forms of samadhi. Patanjali lists nine and they are all based on the experienced fact of the reality of the world and its causes and effects. So, when the state of meditation, with its exaltation and freedom ends, the meditator comes back to a real world. …

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Unexamined ideas and habits, will often raise objections to Yoga practice

Objections Swami Mangalnath’s advice is to bring the mind to serenity at the heart centre for 2 hours a day. The mind will probably object: “But I’ll have to cut my television time!” Sometimes beginners feel that even an hour’s meditation a day is wasted. There may be a temporary exaltation but it is soon …

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Daily practice is the key to changing the sanskara-s at the root of the mind

Practice Programme You have to set up your own discipline, and daily practice is the key to changing the sanskara-s at the root of the mind. Learn to meditate on the desired characteristics as already achieved. Characteristics of advantage in purely worldly achievements could also be cultivated, but such achievements are fundamentally illusory, and often …

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Do not think: “I must not be impatient”, but to meditate on patience as achieved

Yoga Methods The method in yoga is not to think: “I must not be impatient”, but to meditate on patience as achieved. Meditate in wide concepts: on patience, calm, and serenity. With each meditation, sanskara-s are being laid down. For a time we see no improvement. But we must try to understand the dynamics of …

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In the West we often think the basic nature is there and cannot be changed

 Changing the nature There is quite some difference between the popularly held views in the East and in the West on this question. In the West we often think that it is impossible; the basic nature is there and cannot be changed. All one can do is to try to develop means of adapting to …

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Practice makes perfect, but one has to be a perfect practiser, or at any rate on the right lines

Practice makes Perfect  Practice makes perfect, but one has to be a perfect practiser, or at any rate on the right lines. People take up this type of practice for a time; they struggle with it for a bit and then give up. And this is because the method is not understood. In Yogic psychology, …

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Before we have got any definite results, we are not sure what we are trying for

 Long Waves And Short Waves The same thing happens when we take up anything new which requires practice. Before we have got any definite results, we are not sure what we are trying for, and we find that the mind wanders off occasionally. Why am I doing this? Suppose I am not suited for this? …

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The Supreme Self called Paramatman, within each living being, is always in the peace and clarity of samadhi

Concentration and meditation It is often recommended, that before we begin a study the Holy Truth, we should bring the mind to the central line of the body, and one of the ways of doing it is to isolate the point in the centre of the chest: just below where the ribs meet. This is …

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The body reflects the mind, as the mind reflects levels deeper than itself

It has been an axiom for thousands of years in the Eastern traditions that the body reflects the mind, as the mind reflects levels deeper than itself. Rodin’s ‘Thinker’ is here side by side with the 8th Century clay figure of a Chinese Lohan or Buddhist saint. Both of them have been thinking, but what …

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A normal man can never get satisfaction unless he attains spiritual conviction

A normal man, when his character and intelligence are rightly and naturally developed, can never get satisfaction unless he attains spiritual conviction. Take as an example, the control of our actions. When small children stand naked, we tell them: ” If you stand naked like that, the Thunderman will come down and steal away your …

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An old lady who every day used to take her little grandson to pray at a Buddhist altar

There is a story about an old lady who every day used to take her little grandson to pray at a Buddhist altar. One day the boy noticed the candlesticks on the altar, which were in the form of a crane and a tortoise. He opened his eyes very wide and asked: ” Granny, why …

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I had expected to receive personal instruction suited to my own temperament

A girl began inner training under a Zen abbess for whom she had conceived a great reverence. After a period of probation, she was told by a senior disciple that she would now be given instructions on how to meditate. “I have never done meditation at all”, she said anxiously. “These practices will be ones …

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His own nature is no-nature, such has transcended vain words.

A VERSE FROM  HAKUIN’S `SONG OF MEDITATION WITH A COMMENTARY BY A MODERN ZEN MASTER, AMAKUKI SESSAN (Translated from the Japanese by T. L. ) How much more he who turns within And confirms directly his own nature, That his own nature is no-nature, Such has transcended vain words. These four phrases make clear the confirmatory …

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To change the roots of the mind, namely the latent dynamic sanskara-impressions, needs sustained effort

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 nervous. I’ll have you executed if you’re nervous!’ There …

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A man used to complain to his Teacher that he couldn’t meditate

A man used to complain to his Teacher that he couldn’t meditate. “I can’t hold my thought on it for long-I start thinking what we will be having for breakfast, or some argument we’ve had in the family, or whether I shall be transferred at work.” One day the Teacher suddenly blazed up and shouted, …

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His form of meditation was on the self as infinite shining space

THE KING of a small state in the south of India used to meditate every day on himself as a servant of God. He limited the satisfaction of his desires to what he thought appropriate to a servant, and practised a servant’s simplicity of life. After some years, this practice produced in him extraordinary energy …

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Prolonged stillness in meditation brings about expansion of the mind

Prolonged stillness in meditation brings about expansion of the mind. When the meditator comes out of it, his mind becomes aware of what he is to do now in the cosmic purpose. He sees with greater or less clarity according to the detachment from personal associations.Without expansion and inspiration, thought is likely to become derivative …

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I bow to Him who dwells beyond the darkness, Who shines as the sun

“Narayana is beyond the Avyakta; From the Avyakta the Mundane Egg is born …” An ancient verse quoted in Shri Shankaracharya’s Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita. “In the beginning there was nothing here whatsoever. By death indeed all this was covered . ………” (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.2.1). “In the beginning God created the heaven and the …

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There is a third world, the world of pure light and pure peace

There are two worlds, the external world extended and divided by time and space, and the inner world, the world of thoughts, emotions, ideals, volition, imagination; and there is yet a third world, the world of pure light and pure peace. The third world is a world of the spirit, and the other two worlds …

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One of the real secrets of meditation is the emptying of the mind

Only an empty vessel can be filled. Nor is it only an emptying, but a purifying, a polishing, a refining and, finally, a merging with the divine Being of God. In meditation the soul is returning voluntarily and consciously to its Source, its Real Nature—identity with God; and it should be as eager as a …

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Those who embark upon a spiritual path always have criticisms levelled at them

Those who embark upon a spiritual path always have the criticisms levelled at them that they do not practise what they preach. Buddha had this, and so had Christ and Shankara. Most opposition comes from near relations, friends and dear ones. Why? Because they felt that they owned you and do not like to have …

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Man is born to transcend his apparent nature

The practice of worship is, in its beginning, a triumph over egoism, and its culmination is the transcendence of the worshipper. One can almost hear an astute listener thinking :           “ Transcendence ! Surely worship should be considered as an offering to the Lord, and not as something by which you enrich yourself ! Good …

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Meditation: time, place, posture, method

Is meditation an invasion of pleasant thoughts which takes place during a visit to some beautiful garden or during idle moments, or is it, as described in the Dictionary, “to think quietly” and “reflect”? References are made nowadays to meditation in these connections, and yet others confuse it with prayer. In the mystic sense meditation …

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