How To Use Realization of the Supreme Self for Yoga Practice

How To Use Realization of the Supreme Self for Yoga Practice

You have to know enough theory for a working basis; there is no need to read the subtleties of the intellectual background yet.

THEORY
1. Read

https://www.tlayt.org/bhagavad-gita-means-literally-sung-by-the-lord/
https://www.tlayt.org/the-two-traditions-in-the-bhagavad-gita/
https://www.tlayt.org/translation-of-verses-from-the-bhagavad-gita-by-trevor-leggett/
https://www.tlayt.org/the-setting-of-the-bhagavad-gita/
https://www.tlayt.org/arjuna-reinforces-his-refusal-to-fight-in-the-bhagavad-gita/
https://www.tlayt.org/final-knowledge-is-already-there-but-not-recognized/

2. Read
a) Chapter II, Supreme Self
https://www.tlayt.org/the-supreme-self-bhagavad-gita-chapter-2/
https://www.tlayt.org/karma-yoga-the-yoga-of-action/
b) Chapter III, Yoga-s of the Self
https://www.tlayt.org/yoga-of-the-self-bhagavad-gita-chapter-3/
c) Chapter IV, Action and Arjuna’s Disbelief
https://www.tlayt.org/arjunas-disbelief/
d) Chapter V, Knowledge
https://www.tlayt.org/arjunas-disbelief/
e) Chapter VI, Meditation and the Thinker, East and West
https://www.tlayt.org/formal-meditation-posture/
https://www.tlayt.org/meditation-bhagavad-gita-chapter-6/
https://www.tlayt.org/whats-the-use-of-trying/

MEDITATION PRACTICE
1.The teaching given in the Bhagavad Gita is for crisis.

These are pointers for practice:
https://www.tlayt.org/adhyatma-yoga-is-based-on-transcendental-experience/
https://www.tlayt.org/mistakes-are-not-forward-steps/
https://www.tlayt.org/brahmin-warrior-businessman-and-server/
https://www.tlayt.org/yoga-action-begins-with-following-traditional-instructions/
https://www.tlayt.org/free-from-all-restrictions/
https://www.tlayt.org/the-bhagavad-gita-is-a-teaching-for-crisis/
https://www.tlayt.org/the-idea-of-reincarnation-contains-hints-at-wider-truths/
https://www.tlayt.org/another-causality-underlying-the-causality-of-the-world/

2. Establish a daily rhythm of study, meditation, self-discipline and devotion as explained in the readings.

The following is an outline:
Make a firm resolve to do the Yoga practices faithfully for six weeks to give them a fair trial.

Get up one hour earlier to create space for the practices.
Set apart a quiet place to do the meditation and study without fail at the same place and time.

Wash hands and feet and sit as described in here:
https://www.tlayt.org/formal-meditation-posture/
Read a holy text for five minutes.

Take several deep breaths and consciously relax the body remaining upright. Make a reverence to Truth.
Choose one meditation text from Chapters 9 or 10 the six week period and focus on it for twenty minutes.
https://www.tlayt.org/glories-bhagavad-gita-chapters-9-10/

Now practice the Line of Light for fifteen minutes:
https://www.tlayt.org/samskara-impressions-are-latent-and-dynamic/

For fifteen minutes, visualise an incident from an avatar’s life as given here:
https://www.tlayt.org/worship-for-sceptics/

Repeat OM audibly twenty seven times as described by Swami Rama Tirtha
https://www.tlayt.org/yoga-power-bhagavad-gita-chapter-8/

DAILY LIFE PRACTICE
As practice develops you will find that these will be helpful, especially the line of light section.
Once the Line of Light has been established in the meditation period, it can be maintained during the day,
at first at quiet moments, and then even in disturbance.

It gives many advantages both physical and mental.
https://www.tlayt.org/krishna-speaks-of-reincarnation/
https://www.tlayt.org/sankaras-presentation-of-the-bhagavad-gita-paths/
https://www.tlayt.org/sankara-analyses-cases-of-illusion/
https://www.tlayt.org/bhagavad-gita-contradictory-doctrines/
https://www.tlayt.org/complete-independence-of-the-opposites/
https://www.tlayt.org/worship-for-sceptics/
https://www.tlayt.org/samskara-impressions-are-latent-and-dynamic/
https://www.tlayt.org/karma-yoga-action/
https://www.tlayt.org/samadhi-of-karma-yoga/
https://www.tlayt.org/sattva-suddhi-purity-of-being/
https://www.tlayt.org/i-am-brahman/
https://www.tlayt.org/samnyasa-throwing-off-action/
https://www.tlayt.org/jnana-nistha-knowledge-stance/
https://www.tlayt.org/freedom-is-not-the-same-as-the-idea-of-freedom/
https://www.tlayt.org/the-self-shines-in-its-own-glory/

Evenness of mind in daily actions is central:
https://www.tlayt.org/yoga-of-the-self-bhagavad-gita-chapter-3/
Independence of circumstances is equally important, appearing in nearly every Gita chapter.
https://www.tlayt.org/complete-independence-of-the-opposites/

Swami Rama Tirtha says:

“Do not think that you are weak or dull.
In you is seated the Lord, in your mind dwells the Lord, in your heart is abiding the Lord himself.”
“Never think yourself to be maltreated, downtrodden or fallen.
Feel, feel your divinity, live your divinity; all else is darkness.”

 

 

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