What is Meditation?

What is Meditation?
I have been participating in the Chopra Center’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge with Deepak Chopra. This is not my first experience with him and I dare say it will not be my last.
The first go around the focus was on LOVE, love of self and love of others. I was sad when it was over because it had become an integral part of my day and I felt such peace & tranquility as a result of doing the practices. I certainly need to focus on what I learned during the challenge!
This time the focus is on ABUNDANCE. Each day we have a centering thought to focus upon. For example, Day 2’s thought is, “I create my personal abundance from an infinite source.”. The mantra for that day was Aham Brahmasmi (Sanskrit)
The core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.(English)

 

Deepak Defines Meditation – Everyone thinks that the purpose of meditation is to handle stress, to tune out, to get away from it all. While that’s partially true, the real purpose of meditation is actually to tune in, not to get away from it all, but to get in touch with it all. Not to just de-stress, but to find that peace within, the peace that spiritual traditions talk about that passes all understanding. So, meditation is a way to get in the space between your thoughts. You have a thought here, a thought here, and there’s little space between every thought.

According to wisdom traditions, this space between the thought is the window, is the corridor, is the vortex to the infinite mind – the mystery that some people call the spirit or God. We don’t have to use those terms, but it’s your core consciousness. And the more we learn about this space between thoughts, we find certain things to be true of it:

  • It’s a field of infinite possibilities – infinite possibilities, pure potentiality.
  • Everything is connected to everything else.
  • It’s a space of infinite creativity, infinite imagination.
  • It is a place where there is something called observer effect, or the power of intention, which means intention is very powerful when brought to this space and it orchestrates its own fulfillment – what people call the law of attraction – so those are wonderful qualities of your own spirit.

In meditation, we get into this space so we find ourselves infinite possibilities, infinite correlation, infinite creativity, infinite imagination, and infinite power of intention. That’s what meditation is really about. One of the benefits is how good you feel when you have finished.

Where to Meditate

If you are doing guided meditations, you can plug in, close your eyes, and go within in any safe place you choose where you will not be disturbed. Once you become accustomed to meditating, you can do it anywhere and I do mean anywhere. I have gone into meditation of public transportation. The people around me may think I am asleep, but I am fully aware fo my surroundings, while going deeper into myself. People have commented to me that there is a peace about me that they couldn’t put their finger on until they saw me meditate.

When to Meditate

Morning and evening coincide with our body’s quieter rhythms. Our body knows how to be still; we just have to give it opportunity. Studies show that routines begun in the morning last the longest, but any time you look forward to meditating is the right time. This goes along with the Ayurvedic medicinal philosophy of our body’s rhythms. My experience is that I need to be up for at least a half hour to an hour before I can meditate. Some people do it upon rising in the morning. I think it is important to discover your own bodies rhythms.

Body Position

Being comfortable is most important. It is preferable to sit up straight on the floor or on a chair to help cultivate alertness, but if you are ill or need to lie down, that is fine. The mind has been conditioned to sleep when the body is lying down so you may feel sleepier. Your hands can relax on your lap, palms up or any way that you feel most open.

Thoughts

Thoughts will inevitably drift in and dance around your mind, but that’s normal. Don’t try to do anything with them – let them be. If you find yourself thinking about what’s passing through your mind, just return to focusing your awareness on the mantra or your breath – you will soon slip into the space between thoughts. I have also been instructed by others who have been meditating for a long time that when thoughts occur we are to simply observe them & let them pass. Do not dwell on the thought or try to come to a resolution regarding the thought. Let it pass like a cloud in the sky.

Breath

When we pay attention to our breath, we are in the present moment. In an unforced, natural rhythm, allow your breath to flow in and out, easily and effortlessly. It is important to use proper breathing. For instance, does your diaphram fill with air or are you shallow breathing with your chest. It took me a little bit to remind myself to breath as babies do, with the diaphram.

Meditation Length

The effects of meditation are cumulative, and setting aside as little as 15 minutes a day to retreat and rejuvenate is beneficial. Many schools of meditation prescribe 30 minutes of meditation twice a day, and as your meditation practice evolves, you can extend your time. It’s better to spend just a few minutes meditating every day rather than meditating for an hour a week. I have found that once I get into a deep meditation I am loathe for it to end! It feels so good to sit in nothingness sometimes, especially when you have a busy, hectic life.

The Five Things That Can Happen During Meditation

During meditation, five things can happen:

  1. We can experience thoughts.
  2. We can mentally repeat the mantra.
  3. We can have thoughts and repeat the mantra at the same time. If this happens to you, place greater attention on the mantra.
  4. Our thoughts and the mantra can cancel each other out, and we can slip into that place of stillness between our thoughts, the “gap.”
  5. We can fall asleep. If you fall asleep, when you awaken and if time permits, allow yourself about five or ten minutes to complete your meditation.

Sources: Me and http://www.chopra.com/meditationtips#whatis

MoolaMantra

Om
Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma
Purushothama Paramatma
Sri Bhagavathi Sametha
Sri Bhagavathe Namaha

Translation: 
Oh Divine Force, Spirit of All Creation, 
Highest Personality,
Divine Presence, manifest in every living being.
Supreme Soul manifested as the Divine Mother
and as the Divine Father.

The Peace which passeth understanding.

This mantra evokes the living God, asking protection and freedom from all sorrow and suffering. It is a prayer that adores the great creator and liberator, who out of love and compassion manifests, to protect us, in an earthly form. This Moolamantra has given great peace and joy to people all over the world, who have chanted, or even listened to it. It has the power to transport ones mind to the state of causeless love and limitless joy. The calmness that the mantra can give is to be experienced, not spoken about. Dear reader, here is the key with which any door to spiritual treasure could be opened. A tool which can be used to achieve all desires. A medicine which cures all ills. The nectar that can set man free! All auspiciousness and serenity is yours simply by chanting or listening to this magnificent Moolamantra.

Whenever you chant the Moolamantra even without knowing the meaning of it, that itself carries power. But when you know the meaning and chant with that feeling in your heart then the energy would flow million times more powerful. Therefore it is essential to know the meaning of the Mantra when you use it.

The Mantra is like calling a name. Just like when you call a person he comes and makes you feel his presence, the same manner when you chant this mantra, the supreme energy manifests everywhere around you. As the Universe is Omnipresent, the supreme energy can manifest anywhere and any time. It is also very important to know that the invocation with all humility, respect and with great necessity makes the presence stronger.

Simplified meaning of the moola mantra 

 Om – We are calling on the highest energy, of all there is

Sat – The formless

Chit – Consciousness of the universe

Ananda- Pure love, bliss and joy

Para brahma –The supreme creator

Purushothama -Who has incarnated in human form to help guide mankind

Paramatma -Who comes to me in my heart, and becomes my inner voice whenever I ask

Sri Bhagavati – The divine mother, the power aspect of creation

Same tha- Together within

Sri Bhagavate -The Father of creation which is unchangeable and permanent

Namaha- I thank you and acknowledge this presance in my life. I ask for your guidance at all times

(the above simpilified version was supplied by Felicity Barrington of Canada)

 Full Meaning

Om Om has 100 different meanings. It is said ‘In the beginning was the Supreme word and the word created every thing. That word is Om’. If you are meditating in silence deeply, you can hear the sound Om within. The whole creation emerged from the sound Om. It is the primordial sound or the Universal sound by which the whole universe vibrates. Om also means inviting the higher energy. This divine sound has the power to create, sustain and destroy, giving life and movement to all that exist.
Sat Chit Ananda
Sat The all penetrating existence that is formless, shapeless, omnipresent, attribute less, and quality less aspect of the Universe. It is the Un manifest. It is experienced as emptiness of the Universe. We could say it is the body of the Universe that is static. Every thing that has a form and that can be sensed, evolved out of this Un manifest. It is so subtle that it is beyond all perceptions. It can only be seen when it has become gross and has taken form. We are in the Universe and the Universe is in us. We are the effect and Universe is the cause and the cause manifests itself as the effect.
Chit The Pure Consciousness of the Universe that is infinite, omni-present manifesting power of the Universe. Out of this is evolved everything that we call Dynamic energy or force. It can manifest in any form or shape. It is the consciousness manifesting as motion, as gravitation, as magnetism, etc. It is also manifesting as the actions of the body, as thought force. It is the Supreme Spirit.
Ananda Bliss, love and friendship nature of the Universe. When you experience either the Supreme Energy in this Creation (Sat) and become one with the Existence or experience the aspect of Pure Consciousness (Chit), you enter into a state of Divine Bliss and eternal happiness (Ananda). This is the primordial characteristic of the Universe, which is the greatest and most profound state of ecstasy that you can ever experience when you relate with your higher Consciousness.
Parabrahma The Supreme Being in his Absolute aspect; one who is beyond space and time. It is the essence of the Universe that is with form and without form. It is the Supreme creator.
Purushothama This has different meanings. Purusha means soul and Uthama means the supreme, the Supreme spirit. It also means the supreme energy of force guiding us from the highest world. Purusha also means Man, and Purushothama is the energy that incarnates as an Avatar to help and guide Mankind and relate closely to the beloved Creation.
Paramatma The supreme inner energy that is immanent in every creature and in all beings, living and non-living. It’s the indweller or the Antaryamin who resides formless or in any form desired. It’s the force that can come to you whenever you want and wherever you want to guide and help you.
Sri Bhagavathi The female aspect, which is characterized as the Supreme Intelligence in action, the Power (The Shakti). It is referred to the Mother Earth (Divine Mother) aspect of the creation.
Sametha Together or in communion with.
Sri Bhagavathe The Male aspect of the Creation, which is unchangeable and permanent.
Namaha Salutations or prostrations to the Universe that is Om and also has the qualities of Sat Chit Ananda, that is omnipresent, unchangeable and changeable at the same time, the supreme spirit in a human form and formless, the indweller that can guide and help in the feminine and masculine forms with the supreme intelligence. I seek your presence and guidance all the time.

 

Tantric Japa Yoga

reblogged: https://www.facebook.com/notes/shajesh-tantra-master/tantric-japa-yoga/449941095594

According to the yogis, there are two nerve currents in the spinal column, called pingala and ida, and a hollow canal called sushumna running through the spinal cord. at the lower end of the hollow canal is what the yogis call the “lotus of the kundalini”. They describe it as triangular in form, in which, in the symbolical language of the yogis, there is a power called the kundalini, coiled up. When the kundalini awakes, it tries to force a passage through this hollow canal, and it rises step by step, as it were, layer of the mind becomes open and all the different visions and wonderful powers come to the yogi. When it reaches the brain, the yogi is perfectly detached from the body and mind; the soul finds itself free. We know that the spinal cord in composed in a peculiar manner. if we take the figure eight horizontally(∞)there is 2 part which are connected in the middle. suppose you add eight after eight, piled one on top of the other, that will represent the spinal cord. The left is the ida, the right pingala, and that hollow canal which runs through the centre of the spinal cord is the sushumna. Where the spinal cord ends in some of the lumbar vertebrae, a fine fibre issues downwards, and the canal runs up even within that fibre, only much finer. The canal is closed at the lower end, which is situated near what is called the sacral plexus, which, according to modern physiology, is triangular in form. The different plexuses that have their centres in the spinal canal can very well stand for the different “lotuses” of the yogi

Tantric japa yoga start with gayatri japa of activation of internal power first. Activation of internal power centers by gayatri japa yoga.The master of gayatri japa yoga know that words are uttered by different parts of the mouth such as, throat (larynx), tongue, teeth, lips and the root of the tougue.during speech, the nerve-fibers of the particular part of the mouth from which sound emits stretch up to different part of the body and put pressure on the corresponding glands. If particular glands of the person concerted are diseased or dysfunctional, he starts stammering while uttering the specific words. There are many large and small, visible and invisible glands in the body. Yogis know that some specific energies lie hidden in these glands, shat chakaras(six energy centre) related to the sushumana are quite well known but there are several other such glands in the body. His utterance of different words has its impact on different glands and such impact stimulates the energy of these glands. Mantra has been composed on this basis. There are twenty-four letters in gayatri mantra, which are related to twenty-four such glands located in the body, which, on getting stimulated, activate and awaken the power of righteous wisdom. By uttering gayatri mantra the sitar (some thing make musical)of the subtle(sooksham (spiritual body) )body of the sadhak(person who doing japa) stars playing, tinkling at twenty four points, creating sound waves which impact important elements of the invisible world. It is this impact, which becomes more and more pronounced and tangible through gayatri japa yoga.

The flow of sound of these twenty-four letters of the gayatri mantra is of deep significance. The experts of the science of sound know the power hidden in sound and the results, which can be achieved by its subtle vibrations. Sound is synonymous with Brahma(universal energy). It is Brahma from whom the original first creative vibration issues fort resulting in 108-time chating of OM. Just as the pendulum of a clock keeps on moving by swinging to and fro, in the same way the sound waves of OM create vibrations which regulate this creation. And this vibrations respectively flow in this current. It is further divided into branches and sub branches which are known as BEEJA_MANTRA. The letters, words and clauses of gayatri mantra have been seen by a seer vision and emanate from the unified field of creative energy, arranged in a specific and special sequence and inter-relationship. Chanted with sincere devotion, they plug the sadhaks soul into the supreme and inexhaustible fount of spiritual energy.

The vibrations of a specific sound spread in the ether and attract atoms of similar type and return to their origin within few moments, duly charged with appropriate energy which exercises curative impact in the appropriate area. This is how mantras accomplish miraculous effects. The chanting of gayatri mantra activates the network of nerves in the mouth and stimulates specific glands. No sooner do they get stimulated, a vedic symphony is created which spreads in the ether, takes a round of the entire universe, coming back to the source with its energy augmented manifold, capable of fulfilling the desired purpose. Gayatri sadhana. Thus, become a spiritual as well as a material boon for the sadhak.

Gayatri activates the twenty-four divine qualities . With their growth, varied accomplishments.(siddhis) and prosperity start manifesting in the life of the person. Most of the people think that some god or goddess is bestowing these gifts because they are unable to see and understand the working of these subtle divine energies and the transformations flowing therefrom. Once they understand that transformations are taking place as a result of their own sadhana they would realise that it is not by way of some unexpected gift from somewhere but is the result of a well organized scientific process of spiritual growth.

Tantric japa yoga starts with Gayatri mantra chanting. And the most remarkable result of gayatri japa that the eternal energy of body and mind is the basic source of the origin and functioning of the miraculous living laboratory existing in a human being.

By gayatri mantra, chanting and meditations will make happy and healthy state of the mind and body as melodious tunes produced by the divine vina . This mantra sound loses its order and become unclear in the negative states of tension, anger,sickness,etc.

Tantric japa yoga is not based on blind faith but has a solid scientific basis.

Japa means the repetition of a mantra. A mantra is a sound structure of one or more syllables which represents a particular aspect of the divine vibration. Concentrated mental repetition of a mantra produces vibrations within the individuals entire system, which are in tune with the divine vibration.