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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Commentary by Swami Satchidananda

The Third Book of the Four Books of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is almost completely filled with the coded methodology of Samyama upon the Chakras. Its aim is the Creation of Psychic Powers. However, the last part of the book says in III 38, These powers are obstacles to Enlightenment or Nirbija Samadhi, but are Psychic powers or Siddhis in worldly pursuits, and in III 51, By Non Attachment even to Siddhis, the seed of bondage is destroyed and thus follows Kaivalya, Independence or Enlightenment.

Yoga And The Art Of Healing

Well, he will say if he is judicious, I admit this, but we must have a certain frame of reference. It is quite clear that chakras are nerve centers and nadis represent nerve strands. Why should we deny this Knowing this does make it easier. However convincing these words may sound, they contain the seed of the greatest error in yoga foundering through thought. In other words, the dangerous supposition that the essential can be fathomed by thought, that it is nothing but, that with a little effort of our conceptual intellect we can descend to the very depths of our soul, to the foundation of the universe. Certainly this trend of thought is logical, but what good is logic when yoga wisdom is beyond logic This phrase has discredited yoga with the intellectuals. But let us look at our lives. Is life always logical Where is the logic of the scientist who analyzes natural laws six days a week and on the seventh goes to church to pray to a God who has no place in his logical system of...

Guru yoga Tibetan devotional practice

The point of guru yoga, in other words, is to become one with the greater reality (call it God, spirit, or Buddha nature) by first merging with the mind and heart of an enlightened master. (In the Tibetan tradition, the wisdom mind of the guru, which is said to resemble the vastness of the sky, is ultimately identical with being itself.)

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Translation and Commentary by Swami Satchidananda

The education of the emotions is encompassed in the statement from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - the father of Raja Yoga from the second century AD - The conscious self mastery of nonattachment towards those things heard about or seen. The ability to stop and start attachment, at will.

What is Meditation and What the Hell is Yoga for that Matter

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yog which literally means yolk . The connotation is union - union with God (who ), union with our deepest self and the union of all parts of ourselves. Pantanjali, in the Yoga Sutras, described Yoga as the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind . The more we meditate, the more we understand what he meant. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna described Yoga as the spiritual path. Every yogic practice he mentioned is universal to the mystic path (the path of direct experience and realization) of every religion. Therefore, Yoga, in its purest sense, is not a set of Indian practices for better health, fitness and maybe some spirituality. Yoga is THE spiritual path. Just because the word is in Sanskrit, this does not mean that it must only be associated with cultures affiliated with Sanskrit. Only the symbols and emphases vary in the various cultural and individual manifestations of the one path - Yoga. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna mentions Karma Yoga,...

Classical yoga The path of blissful union

When you think of yoga, do you picture people twisting and stretching their bodies into challenging poses Even if you practice hatha yoga yourself, what you may not know is that such poses are just one component of the traditional path of classical yoga, which includes breath control and meditation. (For a comprehensive introduction to yoga, check out Yoga For Dummies by Georg Feuerstein and Larry Payne, published by Wiley.) The practitioner of classical yoga aims to withdraw from the material world, which is considered illusory, and merge with the formless but ultimate reality of consciousness. After preparing the body with asanas (the familiar hatha yoga poses), cultivating refined energy states through various breathing practices, and excluding all external distractions, the yogi focuses on an intermediate object, such as a mantra (repetition of a meaningful word or phrase) or

Daytime Dream Yoga

With daytime dream yoga, we enter into the training of ultimate bodhichitta the cultivation of contemplative insight into the nature of reality, with special emphasis on primordial consciousness. Gyatrul Rinpoche, a senior lama of the Nyingma order and one of my primary mentors, first instructed me in dream yoga in 1990. The practice of dream yoga begins during the daytime, where we examine the dreamlike nature of waking experience. Let's start with a meditation that can open up this avenue of exploration. In preparation for the nighttime practice of dream yoga, as you are falling asleep each night, do so with a strong resolve. Think Tonight, I am going to pay attention to my dreams. I am going to remember them. May they be vivid. As 1 wake up, before I move, I am going to go back into the dream. As you wake up, you may emerge directly from a dream. Before you move your body, go back into the dream and maybe, if you are really delicate and can bring a butterfly wing touch to your...

Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra, or the yoga of waking sleep, consists of a complex series of exercises designed to induce the sophronic state. Caycedo developed the technique while studying with some of the greatest yoga masters in India at the time. Which exercises are used depends on the subject. Some, like focussing your awareness on each body part, are extremely pleasurable. Yoga nidra helps people tune in to their own body. Here is an example of a yoga nidra exercise, based on an excerpt from Dennis Boyes' excellent work,

For Further Contemplation

There are many different techniques for recognizing the dream state and thereby opening the doors to the practice of dream yoga. Some of those in the Tibetan tradition involve visualization. As one falls asleep, something is visualized at the heart or throat Here are some techniques you might try that can fad litate lucid dreaming. As you fall asleep, the sleeping lion posture, that in which the Buddha passed away, can be conducive to this practice. This entails lying down on your right side, resting your right cheek in your right hand, with your left arm along your left leg. Buddhist coniemplatives recommend this pose not only for dream yoga but also for falling asleep m general. You might assume this position, then bring your awareness into your body. You are like a submarine running smoothly beneath the turbulence of all the waves and froth on the sea's surface, from down in the quiet of the body you simply don't attend to all the cares, emotions, thoughts, memories, and so on....

The Purification Of The Nadis

After the broad outline of the evolution of the whole organism through asanas given in Part One, we come to the vata element in all its aspects. Only he can grasp the deepest sense of pranayama who is open-minded enough to view each concept in three dimensions gross (physical), subtle (mental), and abstract (spiritual) or dynamic, static, and abstract. When he recognizes the interrelation of these aspects, he may come to that cognition which converts the wisdom of yoga into revelation. This may sound rather violent, but do not forget that the main characteristic of yoga is not violence but perseverance, not compulsion but patience. However, there is a limit beyond which perseverance becomes pigheadedness and patience apathy. The yogi has to recognize and respect these limits. This is one of the most difficult tasks in his whole career. Proof take one of the more difficult asana and try to hold it longer than your physical forces can naturally allow. The signs of violence and undue...

Foreword by B K S Iyengar

The Hatha yoga pradipika of Svatmarama is one of the most important yoga texts, and Hans-Ulrich Rieker's translation and commentary have long been valuable to yoga students as a complement to their practice and study. Hatha yoga, or hatha vidya (the science of hatha yoga) is commonly misunderstood and misrepresented as being simply a physical culture, divorced from spiritual goals. Hans-Ulrich Rieker shows the error of this idea by explaining the changes which take place, through the practice of hatha yoga, in the practitioner's body, mind and self. He makes the reader aware of the subjective transformation that occurs as the consciousness penetrates inwards towards the Self, and as the Self diffuses outwards. He shows that hatha yoga is not just physical exercise, but an integrated science leading towards spiritual evolution. We are caught up in emotions like lust (kama), anger (krodha), greed (lobha), infatuation (moha), pride (ynadha) and malice (matsarya). Hatha yoga helps us to...

Exploring the Nature of Consciousness

12 Daytime Dream Yoga 13 Nighttime Dream Yoga Dream yoga Following the Four Applications of Mindfulness we will delve into an array of practices that provide a strong foundation for empathy the Four Immeasurables of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. These skillful means are a perfect complement to the wisdom practices of the Four Applications of Mindfulness. You will find that mindfulness and loving-kindness enhance each other. From there we will explore daytime and nighttime dream yoga before arriving finally at the pinnacle of the Buddhist teachings, Dzogchen, usually translated To sum up, part I of this book explains three methods for developing meditative quiescence mindfulness of breathing, settling the mind in its natural state, and cultivating awareness of simply being aware. Part II addresses the Four Applications of Mindfulness of the body, feelings, the mind, and phenomena at large. These are the fundamental Buddhist teachings on the cultivation of...

An Introductory and Preliminary Discourse

Buddhism is universally known as the Teaching of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni who lived in the 6th century B C. He was a very skillful teacher, teaching something of relevance to all the needs, inclinations and capacities. Therefore, his teaching is vast and profound. Broadly speaking, it is classified into two major vehicles the Lesser Vehicle and the Greater Vehicle. The former is further classified into two the Hearers' Vehicle and the Solitary Realizers' Vehicle. Similarly, the Greater Vehicle is also classified into two the Perfection Vehicle and the Tantric or Vajra Vehicle.2 In order to attain the remarkable qualities of Buddha's body, speech and mind, we should study and practise the paths and grounds of the Perfection Vehicle and also the exclusive paths of Highest Yoga Tantra. The Perfection Vehicle exclusively presents five paths and ten to eleven grounds leading to supreme enlightenment. It is the state free of all defilements with their imprints and is also blossomed...

The Way Of Life Of A Yogi

This sloka belongs to the highest form of raja yoga (to be discussed in Part Four), and is rather premature here it may be an interpolation by an impatient student of Swatmarama. (57b) The brahmacharin who, observing moderate diet, renouncing the fruits of his actions, practices hatha yoga will become a siddha in the span of one year. A brahmacharin is a yogi who observes complete celibacy. Here the question of celibacy becomes acute. How compulsory is it for a yogi At this point I cannot give a decisive answer but should say that most of the yoga masters I have known were happy householders, while I have met brahmacharins, on the other hand, who did not distinguish themselves by higher knowledge. It is not as important to withhold potency as it is to know how to manage it and, above all, how to transform it into spiritual Yoga, says my guru, is economy of forces, not repression of nature. This statement may seem very comforting to some students, but economy needs closer definition,...

Translators Note

In Indian philosophy it is generally understood that hatha yoga is one distinct path to liberation and raja yoga another. Hatha Yoga Pradipika shows a rare and fruitful combination of the two paths hatha and raja. The slokas of this ancient classical text are presented in an extremely terse and often highly symbolic language, which makes them practically unintelligible without commentary. It is therefore very fortunate that Hans-Ulrich Rieker has given us in his commentaries the benefit of his experiences and knowledge acquired in the course of many years of intensive training with native teachers. He is a highly accomplished yogi but is always aware of the Western student's problems. Thus his translation and commentaries make Hatha Yoga Pradipika truly a vade mecum for the serious student of yoga. This is a faithful translation of the original German text, das klassische Yoga-Lehrbuch Indiens. It is complete with all the valuable and elucidating commentaries except for a few passages...

The Shakti

Everything so far has really been only preparation. Everything essential has been accomplished, except the most essential the raising of kundalini. To be sure, the yogi is now capable ot going into deep meditation he can put his body into a deathlike state and he can fan or quench the inner fire. He has complete control over the functions of his body. All in all, he is master of hatha yoga. But what of it He is still only an insignificant apprentice of raja yoga. We have already seen that it is not the bodily functions and their control that count. Decisive is the degree of total perfection--physical, mental, and spiritual. Mastery of hatha yoga is only a preliminary to the mastery of raja yoga. This final chapter of the third stage of training is concerned with the last, though the most magnificent of all physical phenomena the guiding of the kundalini serpent through the various chakras to its highest goal, the sahasrara. Note, however, that it does not bring in the all-important...

Figure

We should not take this as a qualitative characteristic. Rather one should say just as nonviolence is the leitmotiv of all other principles, and moderation the guideline to all other qualities, so also is siddhasana the foundation of all other requirements for the inner vision of raja yoga (without making them superfluous, however). (40) The yogi who meditates on the atman and eats moderately achieves the yoga siddhis after he has practiced siddhasana for 12 years. * The secret teaching is that there should be a space of four inches between the chin and the breast Sri Nivasa lyangar. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika of Yoga Swami Svatmarama (translation with commentary) (Adyar, 1949), p. 22. -Trans. This is the first step to raja yoga. In the previous padmasana we created the essential physical conditions. The spinal column was straightened and the bow of the nadis was drawn (as my guru termed it), so that the real yoga could now begin. But even when we have achieved this posture it is like...

Mind And Breath

These rather unusual assertions must be investigated further, for they are the core of raja yoga. It is not by accident that the German word Atem (breath), and the Sanskrit term atman (the self) have the same root. In our understanding, to cease breathing means to die. In yoga teaching it may mean death but does not necessarily. Certainly, consciousness in a general sense disappears along with breath, but what really happens after that we do not know. Unconsciousness is a meaningless term. Do we really know whether dying and being dead arethe same thing, whether so-called unconsciousness does not encompass innumerable subconscious states These are just a few problems relating to consciousness. We can become conscious only of events that reflect states, never of states. We are unable to grasp with our conscious mind a state that is not reflected by an event. These countless elements of consciousness are united into the living total personality through prana, which has its source in...

Nada The Inner Sound

It is the dissolution of image and concept (laya) in a spontaneous experience which has from time immemorial been considered the highest spiritual process. It is also the goal of the highest yoga, and all paths of yoga culminate in laya. (69) All yoga practices contain four stages introduction aram-bha . transition ghata , attainment paricaya , and perfection nishpatti . This is valid for yoga in general, for the individual systems as shown by the division of our text, as well as for each specific practice in fact for all things in life. There is great psychological insight in this sentence. May we learn that the third step, the attainment, is not the last. In order not to underestimate the value of this practice, we must remember an earlier practice that related to the physical aspect of sound, the audible sound in bhramari kumbhaka. (Part Two, 67) After the nadis were purified, the sound of a humming bee was produced. This happened, and the sound grew to a rumbling roar that made...

Kumbhaka

Or, staling it more modestly he who succeeds in uniting the two main currents in the body will thereby eliminate the causes of premature old age. The most significant of these causes is the lack of utilization of the body's natural regenerative powers. Here, two limited main currents arecombined that complement each other together they accomplish what they cannot do singly. Prana and apana are knotted in the navel area (nabhi granthi), creating an aggregate that gives youthful strength to the aging yogi. This is the first step in raja yoga. * This is to be done alternately with both nostrils, drawing in through the one and expelling through the other. Pancham Sinh, Hatha Yoga Pradipika (translation with commentary) (Allahabad, 1915), p. 21 What is the special benefit of this kumbhaka, apart from its therapeutic influence on kapha The heart rhythm does not function by itself. It is the pacemaker of all other bodily functions. In yoga it is sometimes necessary to change certain rhythms,...

The Mudras

(1) Just as Ananta the lord of the serpents the infinite one with seven heads supports the whole universe with its mountains and woods, even so is kundalini the mainstay of all yoga practices. The leitmotiv is majestically clear here. We are entering into the inner sanctum of the secret temple. Now the preparatory work is completed things are called by their real names, and yet-- this master, who now sees with open eyes what is at stake, suddenly becomes aware that he is still only a student. The master of pranayama is a lesser master, for he still has to prove himself. He does not even suspect yet that some day he will have to forget all that he has learned in the course of many years he does not suspect that all these wonderful experiences are dangerous reefs that imperil his way to the highest abstract knowledge. If he knew all this now he would be troubled by doubts or would try to reach what he is not yet capable of finding. Nature does not make any leaps neither does yoga. Now...

The Generation Stage

The generation stage is defined as a yoga classified as being a meditation newly contrived or visualized to accord with any of the aspects of death, intermediate state or rebirth. It is also a factor for ripening one's mental continuum by its resultant state, the completion stage, and it does not arise through the actual meditational practice of the winds entering, abiding and dissolving into the central psychic channel. Synonyms generation stage, imputed stage, contrived yoga and yoga of the first stage. the intermediate and rebirth into paths for realizing the three kayas or bodies of an enlightened person. On this stage practitioners are making best use of their imaginative power (mos pa) and skills to practise a deity yoga. This yoga not only accords with the aspects of death, the intermediate state and rebirth but also the aspects of the three resultant bodies of an enlightened person. Briefly speaking, this practice involves meditating on the stages of the...

The Asanas

(l7b) Asanas are spoken of first, being the first stage of hatha yoga. So one should practice the asanas, which give the yogi strength, keep him in good health, and make his limbs supple. Our concern is not yet with raja yoga and its mysteries. Let us first concentrate on strength, health, and lithencss of body. Much of this will be of direct help in raja yoga.

The Dissolution

(31-33) The yogi who does not inhale or exhale and whose senses have become passive, whose mind does not register anything no longer experiences subjective inclinations' has reached laya yoga dissolution'. When mental and physical activities have entirely ceased there results the indescribable state of laya yoga which only the yogi can experience, When subjective views have been suspended avidya ignorance , which is used to control the indriyas senses , dissolves, and the power of cognition jnanashakti dissolves into Brahman becomes one with the Absolute .

Publishers Note

In many Tantras and works of highly realised masters, Guhyasamaja is described as 'the supreme and king of all Tantras'. Thus we are extremely pleased to publish this edition of The Paths and Grounds of Guhyasamaja According to Arya Nagarjuna. Guhyasamaja is studied and practised in all the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, with the Gelugpa tradition placing particular emphasis upon it. It is an essential part of Highest Yoga Tantra, and studying it undoubtedly facilitates understanding of other Tantras of the same class. It should be noted that Tantra is a swift but risky path to enlightenment. It is extremely profound, is codified in a special terminology, and is dependent upon the explanation, advice and personal guidance of a qualified teacher. We therefore strongly advise that only practitioners who have received the Guhyasamaja Empowerment or an empowerment into another Highest Yoga Tantra should make use of this book. It is our sincere hope that this work will be of inestimable...

The Prerequisites

(1) Reverence to Siva the Lord of Yoga, who taught his wife Parvati hatha wisdom as the first step to the pinnacle of raja yoga. (2) Having thus solemnly saluted his master. Yogi Svatmarama now presents hatha vidya vidya wisdom solely and exclusively for the attainment of raja yoga. Now it can begin--and it begins with an admonition. The classical commentary, at times so tediously wordy, here has an important message solely for the attainment of raja yoga indicates two delimitations. The lower level indicates that hatha yoga is not being taught for its own sake, for the achievement of physical fitness and worldly power, but is a method to prepare the student for the rigors of raja yoga. One does not necessarily have to believe such things. You may put this down to the fabulous imagination of the East, and say so. The yogi does not resent your doubts, and they will not in any way impede the objective study of the wisdom of yoga. In fact, the text gives warning against striving...

Introduction to the Integrative Tuning Approach

The meditation manual which you are about to read may be considered unique by many people. This work revolves around the Integrative Tuning (IT) approach to meditation training, sometimes known as Monkey fusion depending on mood. In IT, we are tuning ourselves on every level of being in preparation for deep meditation. This is not a specific technique being taught here. You will definitely learn some techniques in this program. However, IT is an approach that is compatible with all spiritual and stress reduction techniques. Therefore, IT is for the beginning student of meditation Yoga who wishes to learn a technique as well as the advanced student who has already found a compatible practice. Just because IT has a neat sounding name, that does not make the approach a new invention. All the material has been around for thousands of years. Furthermore, there are other teachers who present similar approaches, to one degree or another, for entering deep states of inner communion. Despite...

Breathing Preliminaries Two Fundamental Breaths

There are two basic breaths that are prominent in the meditation and Yoga world. Most meditators and yogis use one or the other. The basic breath of the Taoists and Yogis begins with controlled deep breathing with the diaphragm. The basic breath of Theravada (pronounced Tair-uh-vah'-dah) Buddhism begins with watching your natural breathing pattern until it deepens on its own from mindfulness. Some people like to argue that THEIR method is the better one, but don't be fooled. Both of these approaches take you to a deeper place. See which one works for you under varying conditions.

There Is No Need To Be Paranoid

For those of you who can't wait for my next book in the Undoing Yourself Series, may I advise the study of Tantra Yoga, hypnosis, (see Steven Heller's Monsters and Magical Sticks There's No Such Thing As Hypnosis ) operant conditioning techniques, and Magic as elucidated by Israel Regardie's classic work The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic, and if you're really brave Crowley's Gems From The Equinox, introduced by Israel Regardie. Of course the source for these books is-Falcon Press.

Book Two Chapter Two Preparatory Practices

Here the author presents the preparatory conditions and training necessary for someone to approach the mahamudra practice. He discusses the general conditions necessary for entering the Buddhist path and the need for the teacher to assess the spiritual maturity of the students in giving appropriate teaching, whether of the sudden-path or gradual-path variety. He discusses the uncommon or extraordinary preliminaries meditation on imperman-ence, taking refuge and arousing the enlightened attitude, making offerings of a mandala of the universe, purification by meditation on Vajrasattva, and attunement to the lineage mind through the guru yoga. Here Tashi Namgyal just refers to each of these practices, stressing their importance and benefits, but without expounding them in detail. (Readers interested in more exposition can refer to several contemporary translations Jamgon Kongtrul, Torch of Certainty, trans. Judith Hanson Khetsun Sangpo, Tantric Practice in Nying-ma, trans. Jeffrey...

Imaging a Meditating Brain A Commentary

A 15O-H2O PET study of meditation and the resting state of normal consciousness. Human Brain Mapping 1999 7 98-105. This technique measures cerebral blood flow. The descriptions do not make clear how the 45-minute tape corresponds to the minutes allotted for each of the eight PET scans and for each of the four meditative stages. Yoga Nidra meditation does not mean sleep. It refers to a fully conscious state of relaxation. 3. H. Herzog, V. Lele, T. Kuwert, et al. Changed pattern of regional glucose metabolism during Yoga meditative relaxation. Neuropsychobiology 1990-1991 23 182-187. This technique measures cerebral metabolism. The average metabolic increases in several frontal regions during meditation, (when expressed in percent) were +0.5 (inferior), +2.74 (intermediate), and +0.07 (superior). The average metabolic decreases in three posterior regions during meditation were 1.52 (temporo-occipital), 9.95 (occipital), and 6.3 (superior parietal).

Meditators Have Lower Blood Pressure

In a pioneering study published in the British medical journal Lancet (Patel, 1973), 20 hypertension patients were taught yoga, breath meditation, muscle relaxation, and meditation concentration. At the end of 12 months their systolic blood pressure had fallen from 159.1 to 138.7 an average of over 20 points In another study, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (Stone and DeLeo, 1976), 14 subjects with moderate hypertension were taught a Buddhist meditation that involved counting their breaths for set periods each day for six months. At the end of this time, their systolic blood pressure had dropped an average of 15 points.

Brief Outline of Zen History

Embedded in the word Zen is the story of how it evolved over the centuries. Its meditative techniques stemmed from ancient yoga practices. At that time, in India, the Sanskrit word for meditation was dhyana. This evolved into the phrase Ch'an-Na, then into the Chinese word Ch'an. Later, Buddhist monks transplanted this Ch'an form of meditation to Japan, where the Japanese pronounced it Zen.3 Zen, then, stands for the school of Buddhism that emphasized meditation and that evolved further as it spread from India, to China, and to Japan. Zazen is its system of meditation. In China, many early Buddhists were uncomfortable with the various practices of Indian Buddhism. To them, its expansive abstractions were incidental to Buddha's central message. The Chan school of reformers was especially iconoclastic. They simplified the advanced yoga practices, deemphasized scriptural studies, and gave up esoteric practices.6 Knowing well the hazards of the proliferating intellect, Chan teachers...

Meditation Retreat Centers

Also, meditation and yoga magazines such as Tricycle and Yoga Journal usually contain advertisements and listings for retreats and retreat centers.There's also the Internet, where you'll even find a website completely devoted to retreat centers www.retreatfinder.com.

Foreword by Lopon Tenzin Namdak

Here in this present volume by the translator John Myrdhin Reynolds, who is not only a scholar of Buddhism and Tibetan, but a long time practitioner of Dzogchen, there will be found translations into English, in a clear and concise fashion, of some selected texts of the oral tradition from Zhang-zhung. These translated texts include, not only the biographies or hagiographies (rnam-thar) of the principal early masters in the lineages of transmission, but also the very words that the enlightened master Ponchen Tapihritsa addressed to his disciple, Nangzher Lodpo, when they first met at the Darok Lake in Northern Tibet. This is followed by translations of the Guru Yoga for Tapihritsa and other preliminary practices for entering into the gateway of this ancient tradition of Dzogchen. These latter texts are taken from the sNyan-brgyud rgyal-ba phyag-khrid, which was composed by another master in the lineage, Druchen Gyalwa Yungdrung, the Abbot of Yeru Wansakha monastery, who flourished in...

Sensual Desire kamacchanda

This first hindrance thus coincides in meaning with the canker (asava), flood (ogha), and bond (yoga) of sensuality, with the fetter of sensual lust (kamaragasamyojana), and with the clinging to sense pleasures (kamupadana). Sensual desire is a form of the root-defilement of greed (lobha). The Visuddhimagga explains greed in terms of the four defining categories commonly found in the commen

Responses of the Nucleus Accumbens in Human Subjects

One recent study describes an increase in DA in the ventral striatum during Yoga Nidra meditation.11 This occurred in association with increased theta EEG activity and with subjective reports of a decreased desire for action. How are such findings to be interpreted This is not clear when you consider how intricate the connections are between the ventral and dorsal striatum, the frontal cortex, amygdala, and thalamus, as well as the reports of the other human studies just cited above. In a separate study, subjects who received unexpected monetary rewards during an effortful task also released more DA into the ventral striatum.12

The Traditions of Bonpo Dzogchen

This fourth major cycle of Dzogchen, together with the above three, is included within the four-year training program of study and practice in the Meditation School (sgrub-grwa) at Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu. It is said that in the eleventh century, the Bonpo master Lungton Lhanyen (Lung-ston lha-gnyan) actually met Tsewang Rigdzin (Tse-dbang rig-'dzin) in person in the guise of an Indian sadhu. The latter revealed to him the Dzogchen teachings he had received from his father Dranpa Namkha (Dran-pa nam-mkha', eighth century). Having acquired the power of long life (tshe dbang) by virtue of his yoga practice, Tsewang Rigdzin is said to have lived for centuries. Some of these texts, such as the Nam-mkha' 'phrul-mdzod present Dzogchen in a much more systematic and intellectual manner comparable to the Dzogchen Semde (sems-sde) class of the Nyingmapas.

Pranotthana Kundalini

The July-August 1980 issue of Yoga Journal featured an interview with Yogi Amrit Desai on Kripalu Yoga. Yogi Amrit Desai and his guru Swami Kripal-vanandji (Bapuji) had experienced spontaneous Yoga postures and dance-like mudras during meditation. All movements were carried out by the Life Force --- and in addition to the movements, the practitioner and those immediately present were pervaded by very deep ecstasy, a shower of bliss, and an overwhelming flow of energy. From that experience of Life Energy Yogi Amrit Desai developed Kripalu Yoga which is the middle path between Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga. The Yogi made an important designation concerning the Energy Flow --- the Energy Flow is Readers are urged to read tnis article in the July-August 1980 issue of Yoga Journal so they may understand more about the Life Energy in one's body. And the interviewer, Virginia Lee, assistant editor of Yoga Journal reportedly experienced Kundalini also about seven years ago.

The Biography ofLopon Tenzin Namdak

While in New Delhi, the Lopon was also befriended by Dr. Lokesh Chandra of the International Academy of Indian Culture and their collaboration led to the publication, by way of photo offset, of a text made from a block -print at Menri. It was an anthology or collection of texts from the Zhang-zhung snyan-rgyud. 10 Published in New Delhi in 1968, the book was entitled History and Doctrine ofBon-po Nispanna-Yoga. 11

This fear held in the base chakra relates to many health problems in the legs knees hips lower spine and head

We can release some stress, pain and fear through yoga, dance and meditation, the preliminary techniques to Energy Enhancement techniques. The cure of stress is to release the blockages of fear in the chakras, to learn the techniques of Enlightenment, through all the techniques of Energy Enhancement, itself. It says in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Enlightenment comes through practise and non-attachment. We have had the practice, now let's get to the non-attachment needed in relationships, and the relationships are governed by the second chakra.

Introduction to the Practice of Dzogchen

How do we practice Dzogzchen First we must practice Guru Yoga. 9 But Guru Yoga visualization is something created by our minds. Mind creates this object. The same is the case with the white Tibetan letter A. So, although we begin with such practices, they do not represent the principal practice. That involves entering into a state beyond the mind and we call that state Rigpa. Fixating on some object like the white letter A is only an aid to discovering Rigpa.

Notes to Chapter Seven The Practice of Dzogchen

Lung-bon) Lha-gnyan, b. 1088, is said to have met in person the sage Tsewang Rigdzin (Tshe-dbang reg-'dzin), who was disguised as a Hindu sadhu. Tsewang Rigdzin was the son of Dranpa Namkha (eighth century) and he was said to have realized the power of long life (tshe dbang) through his yoga practice and so he was still alive in the eleventh century. The cycle of Dzogchen teachings he transmitted to Lung-ton Lha-nyen is known as the Ye-khri mtha' sel, the removing of extreme (views) with regard to the Primordial State. 8. On Guru Yoga practice combined with Dzogchen, see Appendix One in Reynolds, The Oral Tradition from Zhang-zhung (2005).

E Vajrayana Initiation

e Vajrayana tutelary deities can be divided into four classes of ascending power or efficacy in bringing about the transformation from an unenlightened mode of existence to an enlightened and sacred mode of existence (i) the kriya class, (2) the charya class, (3) the yoga class, and (4) the anuttarayoga class. Initiation is the introduction of a disciple into the sacred universe of the tutelary deity of one of these classes of tantra. e kriya class refers to a group of tutelary deities and practices primarily concerned with externalized rituals and practices. Kriya means 'action,' 'ritual,' 'ceremony.' e tutelary deities who belong to this class are associated with practices that are, by and large, external and ritualistic. Practices associated with the kriya class of tantra often involve vegetarianism, regular and even ritual bathing, and ritual offering. e third class, the yoga class of tutelary deities, is associ ated with a combination of practices belonging to the kriya and...

How can you enter the alpha state

A metronome or the steady beat of a drum are both excellent stimuli for inducing the alpha state. Yoga, Zen meditation and some occult techniques achieve the same effect concentrating on a point in the body or on a mandala, emptying the mind, adopting a certain breathing rhythm, concentrating on a Zen 'koan' (a kind of spiritual riddle), staring at a tarot card, etc., are all techniques you can use to enter the alpha state. them rediscover the benefits of spiritual practices like meditation or yoga, acting as a bridge between two worlds, that of our modern, technological society, and the world of the ancient sages, with their highly developed understanding of inner processes and the subconscious mind.

The Integration of Those Three Functions

For the person who does not retain and pursue traces of the past, who does not anticipate the future and who allows present perception to rest naturally in its own state, all cognition blends into one without past or future, which is called 'one aggregation, one essenceIn this the gnostic yoga of timelessness, by allowing reflective thought processes to run down naturally, samsara and nirvana are integrated in nonduality. Dwelling in past memories is thereby, eliminated, attention to the future is precluded and analysis of the present naturally fades away. That is 'the gnostic yoga of timelessness'. Through experiences of this timeless yoga in the unitary empty light of gnosis, fourfold view, meditation, conduct and fruition arise in singular spontaneity

Early Buddhism The roots of mindfulness meditation

The historical Buddha was a Hindu prince who, according to the traditional account, renounced his luxurious life to find answers to the mystery of suffering, old age, and death. After practicing asceticism and yoga for many years, he decided that rejecting the world and mortifying the flesh would not lead to the understanding he sought. Instead, he sat down under a tree and began looking deeply into his own mind. After seven days and nights of intensive meditation, he woke up to the nature of existence hence the name Buddha, or the awakened one.

Caycedos Dynamic Relaxation

In order for sophrological therapy to be effective, subjects must first be completely relaxed. The same is true for autogenic training and yoga nidra. Caycedo had the idea of developing a series of what he called dynamic relaxation exercises. He collected techniques from various eastern sources (yoga, Zen Buddhism, etc.), evaluated their effectiveness by measuring results on an EEG (electroencephalogram) and then organized the best of them into a three-step method. Why did he turn to the east for inspiration Simply because eastern philosophies seem more oriented towards exploring the workings of the inner mind than those developed here in the west - the separation of mind and body is so deeply engraved in our culture that, despite an overwhelming amount of research showing the fundamental link between the two, many people still cannot understand how physical exercise, for example, can have an impact on the way they think or feel. Respecting the order in which human faculties evolved,...

Applications of dynamic relaxation

In addition to improving athletic performance, these same exercises, based on traditional yoga and other oriental methods, are highly conducive for the development of paranormal faculties. Orientals are familiar with the 'special powers' demonstrated by yogis at various stages in their training, regarding them as signs of progress.

The formula Form Spirit Form

It will greatly help you to follow your inner guidance in daily life. Remember what it feels like. Intuitive living begins with receiving intuitive hunches and acting on them. Just like Karma Yoga, the process becomes more refined until you are just following the movement of spirit into form.

Avoid Spiritual Materialism

When you have truly accomplished this surrendering process, you have permission to do whatever you wish without repercussion (Caution Do not assume that you have accomplished this already after tasting some of God's power in meditation. There are too many destructive half-baked gurus out there who have made this assumption about themselves. It is best not to become one of them. ). This is because you are acting exactly in accordance with Spirit's dictates, from the center of being. When you accomplish this, you will probably appear like a hypocrite according to other people's false belief systems of what spiritual means. When you stop caring about APPEARING to follow your principles, then you are one step closer to the perfection of Karma Yoga.

Meditation Reduces Cholesterol Levels

Twenty-three subjects with hypercholesterolemia (just a fancy word for very high cholesterol ) were divided into two groups 12 who practiced Transcendental Meditation for 13 months, and 11 who did not. Paired comparisons showed that the meditators' cholesterol dropped nearly 30 points, from an average of 254 at the start of the period to 225 at the end. By contrast, the control group's cholesterol dropped only 5 points, from 259 to 254. Another study, of 40 female medical students who practiced TM and yoga, reported that their average total cholesterol decreased from 196 to 165.

Healing With Lifeforce

Master Pan Yu synthesized Tao, Buddhism and Zen to develop a unique system. He established the Sing Lon Pai Institute. His system is unique in that he doesn't care about opening up the Governor and the Conception Channels. He teaches his students to open up three channels in the front part of the body that run up to the head. There is some similarity to Kundalini Yoga in that the three channels he opens up might correspond to the sushumna, ida and pingala of the Yoga system. Nevertheless, when these three routes are open, the power is so great that all the other meridians are eventually forced open.

The Chakras on the human body

Through this method of pushing spiritual energy through blockages, and the more powerful methods - The Seven Step Process of Level 2 of EE, these blockages in the chakras can be overcome and energy made to flow correctly in the central spinal channel. This is a secret of Kriya Yoga taught only orally by Gurus to their most advanced disciples. It is the Kriya Yoga of Lahira Mahasaya taught by Paramahamsa Yogananda. It is the Taoist circulation of the five elements. The world has changed. More is required now.

Goals Of Addressing Anger In Depressed Individuals

Other experts have described the use of hypnotically based strategies, but these have been more general in nature (a) visualization strategies such as the Golden Healing Light for reducing stress and healing hurt and angry feelings (Middleton-Moz, Tener, & Todd, 2004), (b) physical relaxation to interrupt the escalation of angry feelings (Lynch, 2004 Nay, 2004), and (c) self-hypnosis, directed imagery, yoga, and breathing exercises to generate calmness and develop perspective (Jones, 2004). Such focusing strategies can help restore a sense of personal control and an ability to detach (dissociate) from angry feelings as well as depressive ruminations.

Monks and Clicks Habituation

But earlier studies of Raja Yoga meditators45 and of TM meditators6 had reported that no alpha blocking occurred after stimuli were repeated. These other reports of no alpha blocking during other forms of meditation raised two important possibilities. Perhaps sensory stimuli did not get in to block alpha waves during yogic meditation, because the sensate messages had stopped somewhere below the cortical level (if not lower).7 Perhaps, on the other hand, the particular Zen monks Hirai had studied were deploying their attention in a different way. Perhaps they were in a special meditative mode that enabled sensate messages from the outside environment still to register, but thereafter not to go on to be reacted to emotionally. It will turn out subsequently, in part VI, that the first of these possibilities does afford a plausible explanation for the sensate loss during the internal absorption of samadhi. In contrast, the second mechanism may be relevant to those more advanced levels of...

Disturbances to Meditation

If you find yourself afflicted by drowsiness, go to practice in a high place where the air is fresh, or to an open space, or if you are inside, open the window and let more light into the room. If this is not sufficient, go to some place where there is a strong wind. If we find that we are still disturbed, we can wash our head and face, as well as our hands and feet. The cold water will refresh us. Also, changing the site of practice may help. Try practicing without any back support or pillow. Get up and move about and do some deep breathing and yoga exercises.

Relevant Changes in Other Styles of Meditation

Twenty experienced meditators in the Sahaja Yoga tradition were studied during rest and meditation using a sixty-two-channel EEG.8 When assessed by conventional linear analysis, EEG power increased over the midline frontal and central regions in the theta-1 (4-6 cps), theta-2 (6-8 cps), and alpha-1 (8-10 cps) frequency bands. When other calculations were used for nonlinear complexity, the data suggested that these theta-2 and alpha-1 activities reflected less complex neuronal dynamics. In contrast, the faster beta-3 frequencies (22-30 cps) were associated with more complex neuronal dynamics. The authors suggested that when we focus attention internally, our irrelevant networks'' are being switched off.''

Preliminary Techniques

As well as teaching these preliminary techniques of Hatha Yoga, Pranayama Techniques, Tantra, Reiki, Healing, Dance, and Meditation, we also recommend Tai Chi, Aikido, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Osteopathy, Herbalism, Ayurveda, Psychotherapy and many more. They can all take you a long way, but all are limited.

Detoxification Reactions

Migun Thermatic Jade Massage Beds offers a short video and a brochure explaining improvement reactions from use of their healing beds. Symptoms may include runny nose, nausea, swelling, rash, joint pain, dizziness and headaches. These are signs that the body is detoxifying. Meditation and Yoga sometimes produce similar improvement reactions . Know that your body and mind are purifying and becoming healthier.

Old Man Basking in the Sun 89 Final Dissolution as Resolution

In this final dissolution, or disappearance, even the body of light dissolves, and even those who have not realized the celestial fortress in this lifetime, although knowing the reflexive release of positive and negative projection in the moment, are released into the ground of being. This is the moment of climax of the yoga of Cutting Through. The child clear light merges with the mother clear light. The samsaric illusion of corporeality dissolves and the buddha-fields of nirvana arisen in the bardo of reality (chonyi bardo) likewise revert to their source. There is no further emanation and of course, no rebirth. 'Death' is reversion to the gnostic source.

Tuning in to your body

Duffy in James Joyce's novel Ulysses, most of us live a short distance from our bodies. The following meditation, which has counterparts in yoga and Buddhism, helps reestablish contact with the body by drawing attention gently from one part to another. Because it cultivates awareness and also relaxes the muscles and internal organs, it makes a great preamble to more formal meditation practice. Allow at least 20 minutes to complete. (For complete audio instructions, listen to Track 3 on the CD.)

Alleviation Of Diverse Pains

Out by concentrating exclusively on relaxing the body during exhalations in places which are not affected by the cramp. This has proven very helpful for getting rid of cramps without changing the position during yoga practice and for continuing swimming with a cramp. Lymph drainage massage is good for prevention.

Chapter Twenty Seven e Preliminary Prattices

e term for these preliminaries in Tibetan is ngon-dro, which literally means 'going before.' Hence these practices go before serious practice. ere are four specific preliminary practices common to all the Vajrayana traditions (i) refuge, (2) confession, (3) preceptor yoga, and (4) mandala offering. Each has to be performed one hundred thousand times. In addition to these four, certain traditions require the performance of prostrations, Preceptor Yoga. e third preliminary is called preceptor yoga. e preceptor (guru or lama) is an accomplished master who bestows tantric initiations and special spiritual attainments. Although it is quite common for those not conversant with the Tibetan tradition to refer to any Tibetan monk as a lama, in the Tibetan tradition this term is reserved for such qualified masters, while ordinary monks are referred to simply as gelong (bhikshui). e term yoga means 'yoking together,' connecting or identifying. e purpose of preceptor yoga is to establish a close...

Transforming The Sperm Power

D I am very interested in your description about transforming sperm power into Chi Energy (Prana) because an Indian college graduate who practised Yoga on his own without a teacher accidentally awakened his Kundalini power and aside from a tremendous wealth of personal experience on Kundalini, he also described that he can actually see his sperms going up the spine into the brain, being transformed into golden nectar which flow back down and nourish the whole body. His name is Gopi Krishna. The two most important books written by him are -

Meditation Relieved My Constipation Anxietv Heart Problem

Chinese medicine and Chi Kung (Chinese Tao Esoteric Synthesis) are true and valid disciplines as old as Chinese history itself. When I was in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, I had met numerous Masters proficient in Chi Kung, and I was convinced that Chi Kung is real and useful although it had not yet been subjected to scientific studies. Recently, psychologists and doctors have been studying Yoga and Meditation and have found it useful in treating hypertension, anxiety and heart problems. My contention is that Chi Kung will do just that and even more.

Integration Bottom up and Top Down

Chakras go in pairs. Freeing one will free the other. Base to Crown. Second to Throat. Solar Plexus to Heart Center. The Earth - Kundalini Chakra to the Soul Chakra and higher chakras above the Head. The solution to the problem is to Free all the body of all the blockages by really wanting to do it By not having bad thoughts, by not doing things which will lead to evil and then doing those things which will lead to good. This also is seen in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali As the Yamas (Things to do) and the Niyamas (Things not to do). See also the Ascending and Descending forces symbolised in the Swastika and the Altar Pillars in St Peters in Rome.

Chakras communicate together along the spine

Hatha Yoga Asana Hatha Yoga is a preliminary practise to Energy Enhancement and works on each of the Chakras in turn. that 20 of imperfection. Some people are very flexible but are held back by not yet having worked on the communication aspect of the chakras. Perhaps their higher chakras have not yet come to full functioning. Hatha yoga is a good start. I prefer Yoga to Massage, Rolfing, Feldenkreis, Aromatherapy, Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Herbalism, Iridology, etc, etc, because it is something we can do for ourselves. When things are done to us we cannot maintain the progress given to us and soon slip back to our previous state. Energy Enhancement techniques begin with Hatha yoga. Not just working on parts of the body, the chakras, but also boosting the positive Energy in them with pranayama techniques, chanting and Mantra Yoga which are far more powerful than physical yoga alone. All of the techniques above are helpful to get over major blockages. Energy Enhancement also can use...

Walk the Path of Devotion

In Hinduism, there is a way of practice called bhakti yoga. This is the way of devotion to a realized person or enlightened being. While yoga practices might prescribe meditation on the lotus of the heart or on the realization that atman is Brahman (God immanent is God transcendent, or the God within is the God without), many people find it difficult to simply sit and meditate on something so abstract. It is much easier to devote yourself to some enlightened person to imagine what it would be like to be with such a person or to even be that person. Most of us need human examples to follow, so this practice is a natural one for many people. Perhaps that is why it is found in many religious traditions all around the world. The oldest teachings of Buddhism do not involve any form of bhakti, but emphasize one's own direct experience (such as the breath). But later Buddhism also developed this kind of practice. One might focus on some sage or bodhisattva (one who is dedicated to saving...

Book Two Chapter Four Guiding Meditators on the Path Insight

The meditations described here establish one's mind and all emerging appearances to be empty and groundless, vivid and unceasing. They have the general tone of the second yoga of mah mudr , Simplicity or Nondiscrimination (see Chapter 9). They will be followed up in Chapter Five by the advanced insight meditations of spontaneous coemergence, which have the general tone of the third yoga, One Flavor.

Preface to the First Edition

New York city, the Lopon gave three further talks, at which I was again the facilitator as I had been in Europe. Towards the end of the month, at the invitation of the Dzogchen Community of Conway, known as Tsegyalar, the Lopon gave a weekend seminar at Amherst College in western Massachusetts. In November, I met up with the Lopon in San Francisco where, again at the invitation of the Dzogchen Community, he gave a two-day seminar on Guru Yoga practice. After that he went to Coos Bay, Oregon, where for eight days he held a retreat on the Dzogchen teachings. I have included only transcripts directly related to the Lopon's teachings on Dzogchen, and to where the views of Sutra and Tantra are contrasted with that of Dzogchen. The Lopon's teachings on Guru Yoga, the Rite of the Guardians, specific Tan-trie teachings such as the practice of Zhang-zhung Meri, and so on, as well as the Dzogchen teachings from specific texts of the

Gross form Gross and Subtle Form Subtle Form Breath of Life Spirit

You may even encounter spontaneous movement and spontaneous breath exercises. They may resemble Chi Gong, Tai Chi, Yoga stretching, slapping, humming, sounds, singing, etc . Some say that this is only a cleansing process, i.e. the clearing of blockages. However, there is more.

Old Man Basking in the Sun 16 The Point of Realizing Absence

In the yoga of enchanting illusion, the play of gnostic vision, empty experience arises as evanescent, uncrystallizing, display, and convinced of absence in the moment of its inception, without the least urge to control, to cultivate or reject, we remain open, at ease, carefree and detached.

Why try and live to a great age

The great mystics from India, who practise yoga, and the Taoist masters in china all exude great life and vitality energy you would normally expect from someone half their chronological age. These people are not trying to cling to life or even fear death. On the contrary they welcome death when it eventually comes because it represents their next stage in life. For them life never ends there is no death and so no fear. (It is unimportant whether you believe this or

Right Attitude

Nisarga means natural. The basic translation of his name was Mr. Natural . He was this 80-year old cigarette-smoking man. He had a little cigarette stand. He was kind of a combination like Krishnamurti and Fritz Perls. He would put you on the hot seat when you came in and ask you about your spiritual life.

The Position of the Chinese Tripitaka in World Buddhism

At about the same time, Mahayana scriptures tending towards 'eternal-reality' idealism, such as the Srimaladeve-Simhanada Sutra and the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, had begun to be found, followed by sutras such as the Lankavatara Sutra. Along with this development, the Asters and Yogacaryas of the Sravastivada school accepted the mind-only aspect of the Mahayana school. They compiled a number of Sastras of the Yogacara Vijnanavada and eventually flourished as a great Mahayana school in their own right. Then, at about the fifth century there was a further development of esoteric Yoga from the school of eternal-reality idealism. If one tried to follow the course of development of Buddhism as outlined above, one would have no difficulty tracing the evolution of the vast diversity of scriptures and doctrines held sacred by the many schools. Of the late Madhyamika works, i.e. works produced by the disciples of Nagarjuna after the rise of the Yogacara system, only the...

Spiritual Bypassing Tims Story

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, wrote Jung, in order to avoid facing their own souls. They will practice Indian yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen of diet, learn theosophy by heart, or mechanically repeat mystic texts from the literature of the whole world all because they cannot get on with themselves and have

Five Ways To Progress

TAgain, sire, a cock, even though he is being attacked with clods of earth, sticks, clubs and cudgels, does not give up his own domain even so, sire, while the yogi, the earnest student of yoga, is engaged in robe-making or repairing buildings, or in any of his practices and duties or in reciting (the Patimokkha) or making others recite it, he should not give up reasoned consideration. For this, sire, is a yogi's own domain, that is to say reasoned consideration. This, sire, is the fifth quality of the cock that must be adopted. And this too, sire, was said by the Lord, the deva above devas And what is a monk's own pasture, his native beat It is the four applications of mindfulness. '

Dzogchen as the Highest Teaching

The text we have here is entitled the Theg-pa'i rim-pa mngon du bshad-pa'i mdo rgyud, The Sutra and Tantra of the Clear Explanation of the Nine Successive Ways. This text is from the collection of Central Treasures, or U-Ter (dbu-gter), so-called because they were found at Samye Monastery and at other places in central Tibet. 3 It deals with the view of Dzogchen, contrasting it with the views found in Madhyamaka, Yogachara and Tantra. But a direct introduction is necessary because, even though it is near at hand, due to our obscurations, we do not recognize it. We get this direct introduction from a master who has had his own personal experience of the Natural State. He knows what it is and can point it out to us. This makes for clarity and understanding and dispels disturbances. The Dzogchen teachings were transmitted from the Dharmakaya Kuntu Zangpo down to the master Tapihritsa who, in the eighth century, transmitted them to his disciple Gyerpung Nangzher Lodpo (Gyer-spungs...

Pouring Chi Energy Into Me

G I can see that all Yoga schools and Chinese Chi Kung work on the sperm and the sperm must be transformed to Chi Energy or Pranic Energy. The only way for a human being to get much much power is that he knows how to transfoa the sperm power. The Chinese say the Chi goes through the acupuncture meridians and the Yogi say that the prana goes through the nadis. I see that they are actually talking about the same thing. However, the Yoga teachers might have the Pranic Energy in then own body, but no maharajis had the power to give the Chi from his body into my body. One teacher raised his palm over my arm and I could feel the heat from his hand but he never gave me energy. When I practised Yoga, or when I practised the Pa-Kua-Chun, I never felt the energy go to different parts of my body until I met Master Chia. When I net Master Chia,I saw that he is unlike the other masters. He would put his finger on certain points of my body and I actually felt something inside my body. I actually...

How Shall I Invoke Thee Many And Joyful Are The Ways

Perform a frenzied Erisian dance, whirling like a crazy dervish until you don't know which way is which, stand on your head for an hour, indulge in extended sexual practice or tantra (prolonged sexual activity is perhaps the simplest and most pleasurable way to alter consciousness), or have sex with an unusual person under unusual circumstances. Throw yourself into an extreme emotional state (terror, devotion, or anger), drum until you become the beat, give your ear to dissonant music, or stare at a cubist painting until you understand it. Hold your breath or try Kriya Yoga techniques. Laugh for the sake of laughter and nothing else (listen to the song I Love to Laugh on the Mary Poppins soundtrack for a couple of hours). Talk gibberish or practice Socratic dialectic with yourself.

Thats right its Stress

As we have seen in earlier releases the advanced techniques of meditation, yoga, and martial arts all require that we breathe properly. Although the brain only accounts for about two to three per cent of our body's weight, it is thought to need at least 25 per cent of our oxygen intake. As you know from a previous release oxygenating the blood is a key factor in the physical and mental disciplines from the east and regular exercise is one way to achieve this.

The Ultimate Techniques On 15 DVDs

I have experience of many forms of meditation and practices for self improvement including Transcendental Meditation (TM) 12 years, Kriya Yoga 9 years, Sushila Buddhi Dharma (SUBUD) 7 years, and more recently the Sedona Method and the Course in Miracles. The Energy Enhancement programme encapsulates and expands all of these systems, it is complete and no

Spinning stretching and sitting

As the health benefits of meditation are more widely accepted and acknowledged, health clubs, spas, and resorts may increasingly include meditation classes and workshops alongside aerobics, spinning, weight-training, and hatha yoga. After all, meditation enhances your enjoyment of life at every level and what better time to enjoy life than on a vacation

Posture

If you study Hatha Yoga or other Eastern traditions, you know their instructors teach Western people to sit in a lotus posture or a half-lotus posture, or variations of these. These postures are fine if you have a body that comes from that part of the world or if you are quite flexible. For Asians to sit in that posture is very easy, very relaxing. They can sit that way without any tension and without any discomfort, but for Westerners these postures are very difficult because we have a different type of body. It is actually very painful to sit that way for most Westerners. Many Westerners spend a few years thinking they are

My Early Experience

G After the military, I attended the Bronx Community College studying psychology. I began trying to analyse myself by studying Freudian psychoanalysis. This led me to begin reading Confucius and others to improve my life. I studied Lao-Tse as well as the Buddhist scriptures. Then I began studying Transcendental Meditation with a mantra under an American teacher. I then began reading and corresponding with the Kriya Yoga Temple in California under Swami Yogananda. From this stage, went to Bhakti Yoga which was situated in a temple in Brooklyn, New York. At the Hare Krishna Center, I began to chant the mantra daily for a couple of hours.

Rapture and bliss

When your concentration deepens (but sometimes before), you may begin to have nonordinary physical experiences known as rapture. Perhaps the most common form of rapture involves the pleasurable movement of subtle (or not-so-subtle) energy through the body. As it moves, this energy encounters areas of tightness and contraction that open and release in response. The energetic releases can take the form of vibrations, trembling, or sudden or repetitive spontaneous movements known in the yoga tradition as kriyas. For example, you might feel spasms going up your spine or involuntary movements of your arms or head.

Miracles

Miracles are possible in Buddhism, even though the Buddha discouraged all display of miraculous or parapsychological powers as offering proof of spiritual attainment. He was first and foremost a pragmatist, a patient compassionate pragmatist. A story that is told of his response to a noted ascetic whose path he crossed on one of his journeys nicely illustrates his down-to-earth reaction to any extremes of yogic behavior. Encountering an ascetic practitioner of yoga at a river crossing, he entered into conversation as he often did when traveling, and was told that the yogin had achieved such mastery over his physical body that he could now cross the river walking on the water. The Buddha's comment was to the effect that such a feat, though remarkable, seemed a rather useless expenditure of physical and psychological energy, since

Wisdom

This is done is through the cultivation of good conduct and specifically through the cultivation of mental development. Otherwise, anyone can read in a book the explanation of the Four Noble Truths and so forth and yet this is not the same as attaining wisdom. As the Buddha Himself said, it is through failing to understand the Four Noble Truths and dependent origination that we have all run on in this cycle of birth and death. Obviously when He said this, He meant something deeper than simply failure to be acquainted intellectually with these items of doctrine. Understanding here has to be taken in the sense of Right Understanding, direct understanding, in the sense of seeing. This is perhaps why so frequently the language of seeing is used to describe the attainment of wisdom. We speak in terms of seeing the Truth, of seeing things as they really are. Because the attainment of wisdom is not an intellectual or academic exercise. It is seeing, understanding these truths directly. When...

Zen School

One of the greatest advantages of the half, or full-lotus sitting posture is that when the hands and feet are brought together in one point with the hands resting on the heels of the feet, pulse, blood pressure, metabolism, and other vital functions are at their quietest. It should be noted, however, that though these physiological functions are greatly quieted, the Zen meditator does not sink into a trance state, unresponsive to the world around him. Rather, electroencephalographic studies have shown that one doing concentrated Zen meditation responds immediately to external stimuli and, in fact, responds each time the same stimulus is repeated, whereas most people lose awareness of such repeated stimuli. Moreover, while the response appears each time on the EEG of one doing zazen, it also very quickly disappears. It can be said, then, that the person seriously practicing Zen meditation is fully aware of what is happening in the world around him yet does not cling to this awareness....

Basic Assumptions

Appeasement of the gods may alleviate that suffering and bring relief from capricious fate, and such undoubtedly was the belief of the common people but for those with a superior karmic destiny the practice of personal moral discipline and social virtue would lead through a series of rebirths to the attainment of liberation from samsara into nirvana, or, in the case of Hindus, release (moksba) into union with the godhead. For those with the best karma and with the capacity to practice meditation and techniques of yoga, a path was defined through which the succession of rebirths leading to nirvana could be radically reduced. 'Liberation', synonymous with happiness, whatever the method, is thus the purpose of life. Dzogchen assumes a stance not only outside and beyond the innumerable schools of Buddhism and Hinduism that provide methods of attaining that release, but by default beyond all religious systems whatsoever, including the Judeo-Christian and Muslim, and all secular systems of...

The Three Treasures

This is why I am such a fan of (Taijjiquan or Tal Chi). You learn to be aware of your body and how nature intended you to move your body around naturally. Armed with this knowledge other more strenuous physical activity is much more effective and less damaging to the joints etc. However yoga is good, so too is the western technique called Alexander Technique . Your local library will have books on this subject and can probably put you in touch with a teacher.

Biofeedback Programs

If your doctor cannot recommend you a meditation S relaxation teacher, you can probably find one by looking up the Yellow Pages of your local telephone directory under meditation, yoga or biofeedback. The National Directory in this book, or one of the new age magazines, such as New Age, Yoga Journal, etc. can probably supply you with some names and addresses. Go and talk to one or more of these teachers and programs, and then report back to your doctor or nurse who has agreed to be your counsellor in clinical meditation s relaxation. Some counsellors might agree to supervise you as you study and practise according Co Dr. Herbert Benson's book Relaxation Response or Dr. Norman Shealy's book Biogenics, 90 days to self-health, etc., without requiring that you join a formal meditation program.

Future Goals

G By my coming here (with Master Chia) for one year, I accomplished what it might have taken me five, six,or seven years of work. Chi Kung is the number one spiritual practice. This Chi Kung leads to the highest level of immortality. I am going to continue practising what Master Chia taught me. He has many more formulae and levels that I can continue to advance on. I feel that my body alchemy is changing to a more spiritual body. When .death arrivesiif I am fortunate enough, I might not have to accept another physical body. My Yoga teacher explained that there are 8,400,000 Species on this planet and the human form of life is very rare. The human form is the only form in which yoy can find out

Qigong or Chi Kung

The common denominator in all eastern cults is the stress they place on the importance of breathing. Ancient tomes on yoga state that Life is in the breath and they also believe that the body absorbs life force (Qi or Prana) from the air. Western scientists have discovered that flares in the skin will glow more brightly when subjects breath in pure oxygen indeed this effect is more marked if ionised air is used. One explanation of this phenomena is that surplus electrons from oxygen may provide fuel for our energy field.

The Swastika

Depending upon which way around the limbs are, it shows movement in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. This refers to Circulation of energy around the body. One of the most profound secrets of Yoga Kriya, Reiki and Taoism, which forms part of the first Level into Energy Enhancement.

Pranayama Ham Sah

There are diverse esoteric systems for transmuting the seminal entity into sexual energy. Certainly, the most powerful one (the Arcanum A.Z.F.) has to be performed by a man and a woman - we are talking specifically about the Sahaja Maithuna, sexual yoga, White Tantra elsewhere we will give all the details for that practice. Now, for the moment we are going to explain an exercise that can be practiced by single people as well as by those who are married. I am going to tell you the technique just now please pay attention

Meditation

Once we have realized the Dzogchen view, then the next question is how to practice. We need to practice because this is how we can develop the view, make it more concrete, and remove all doubts. In any session of practice, we begin with Guru Yoga we have explained how to do Guru Yoga in some detail elsewhere. Then we dissolve the visualization and all thoughts created by the Guru Yoga practice. 8 Even this discursive thought, the Guru Yoga visualization, cannot stand on its own and it dissolves. We just let everything be and keep in this Natural State for as long as possible. Very soon other discursive thoughts arise and disturb us, but if we just relax and let them go, they will self-liberate. At the same time, we look and see who it is that sees this thought. We just allow the thought to dissolve and we come back to the source. If we lose energy, not during the session but afterwards, then we need to do exercises and other practices to increase our energy. If we lose strength or...

The Kundalini Method

C When I was in my twenties, I heard about Master Meugi (Wonderful Fortune) in Singapore. I quit my job and flew over to Singapore to study with him. He taught me a form of Kunda-lini Yoga. He also taught me the Buddhist Palm which can be used to shake out blockages to the flow of life-force in the internal organs. He also taught me how to drive away the wet, sick, and cold energy from the patient's body system.He passed his life-force from his finger to my crown and my forehead and asked me to concentrate on my crown and my forehead. It felt very hot. Master Meugi's method produced extreme heat. I had to drink a lot of water and fruit juices, otherwise I would be constipated and unable to sleep well. I felt the power (life-force) all concentrated in myu head. I feel that Master Meugi's method is very powerful, so powerful that it could be dangerous- Later on, I combined the Kundalini, method with the Tao method to cool the body system better, making the intense heat less harmful.

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