Hanuman Asana - Om Hanumate Namah

Hanuman Jayanti

From the point of view of yoga, today we celebrate the birth of Bhagwan Hanuman ji and look at the greatest soul who through the power of his Bhakti became the next Brahma in line in the next cosmic creation. If we look for the greatest master of Bhakti yoga, we will realise that there are more than one interpretations available for Hanuman ji.

As “Hanuman,” he is the one without any doubt (anuman) as to the existence of Ram (God).

As Anjaniputra, he is the one who comes accidentally into this world, but by his efforts ascends to the greater heights of spiritual evolution.

As Vayuputra he is the breath body in us and can help the lower self (Sita) that is lost to ignorance to reunite with its true companion, the inner soul (Ram). As Veeranjaneya, he is the source of courage and confidence for many a timid heart.

As Bajarangbali, he is strong in both devotion and physical strength. He is an ocean of virtues and friend of the pure hearted. He loves the ascetic qualities in man because only those who are detached and mentally free from the luxuries of life and desires of their bodies can truly concentrate on the divine and attain Him.

In the macrocosm Ram represents the Supreme Self and Hanuman as his devotee, the individual Self. Within in the microcosm of the embodied Self (jiva), Ram represents the embodied Self, who is caught in the cycle of births and deaths (Samsara). Sita represents the physical Self or mind and the body complex (Kshetra). Ravana with his ten heads represents the ego with ten senses which have fallen into evil ways. Hanuman ji represents, the breath. When ego and the senses carry away the mind and body and put them to wrong use, with the help of breath the embodied soul restrains the senses, silences the ego, regains the control of the mind and body and stabilises them in the contemplation of God.

Here are 2 important mantras for Bhagwan hanuman ji

  • ॐ हनुमते नमः |
  • Om Hanumate Namah
  • ॐ आञ्जनेयाय विद्महे वायुपुत्राय धीमहि।
    तन्नो हनुमत् प्रचोदयात्॥
  • Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe Vayuputraya Dhimahi।
    Tanno Hanumat Prachodayat॥

May the power of the maha mantra “Om Namah Shivay” lead you to success in yoga…

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Yoga of the Lunar Eclipse

Important: some dos and donts for lunar eclipse (To my students I will send you more detailed personalized ritual details)

Dos and Don’ts for Lunar Eclipse: Following the Ancient Rituals and Purifying the Self

During a lunar or solar eclipse, certain regions of the world are affected, and to honor this event, we must follow the prescribed rituals as laid out in the scriptures. Our esteemed gurus advocate for embracing the sanctity of the occasion and abiding by the following practices:

The Shikshãpatri, a revered text, commands us to stop all activities at the time of the eclipse and chant the name of God in a purified state. After the eclipse, householders must bathe with their clothes on and then donate according to their means.
The Purãnas tells the story of how the eclipse came into existence, narrating how during the churning of the ocean by the gods and demons, the nectar of immortality was produced, and a demon named Rãhu, disguising himself as a god, drank it. Thus, when God beheaded Rãhu, he became a planet, and during certain times of the year, he holds the sun and moon by his mouth (Grahan), causing solar and lunar eclipses.

The rules to follow before, during, and after an eclipse are as follows:
Before the eclipse, one must not eat for 12 hours before the solar eclipse begins and for 9 hours before the lunar eclipse begins. During this period, one must not offer meals to God, but one can perform arti, pray, and sing devotional songs. If the solar eclipse occurs before sunrise, one may see the eclipse only after the sun has risen, and in this case, one must not eat after sunset the previous night.

During the eclipse, one must sit in one place, chant the name of God, and sing devotional songs. One must also observe a waterless fast while the eclipse is in progress.

After the eclipse, one must bathe immediately with clothes on and preferably with cold water. The Satsangijivan recommends offering donations according to one’s income, as this expresses one’s joy at the release of the Sun and/or Moon god from Rãhu’s grasp. Sadhus rejoice by performing puja.

To remain pure during the eclipse, one must get rid of extra cooked food, and not touch anything such as clothes, food, personal items, etc. After the eclipse, one must not touch anyone, and if one has touched anything by mistake, it must be purified by washing or by sprinkling water over it.

It is crucial to take a bath after an eclipse as darkness during the eclipse symbolizes impurity. Once the eclipse is over, light returns to the earth, and to rejoice, one must cleanse the impurity that darkness brought, worship God, and offer donations to express happiness.

We must also remember that we are all engulfed by an eclipse in the form of mãy, and purifying ourselves on this occasion will enable us to transcend this illusory world and reach the ultimate goal of yoga. Let us embrace the sacredness of the lunar eclipse and follow these ancient rituals to purify ourselves and connect with the divine.

Maha Mantra Om Namah Shivay “The Maha Panchakshari Mantra”

Maha Mantra Om Namah Shivay “The Maha Panchakshari Mantra”

The Power of Maha Mantra Om Namah Shivay

The Maha Mantra Om Namah Shivay, also known as “The Maha Panchakshari Mantra,” holds profound significance in Vedic spirituality, serving as a pathway to enlightenment and liberation from worldly entanglements.

Unlocking Spiritual Awakening

Many attribute divine qualities to this five-letter mantra, believing in its potency to transcend negative karma and offer salvation from worldly sufferings, including the depths of hell. It serves as a beacon of light guiding seekers towards spiritual awakening and moksha.

Harnessing Cosmic Energy

Chanting Om Namah Shivay generates powerful energy waves that elevate human intelligence to its zenith. Through meditation, the rhythmic recitation of this mantra instills harmony, concentration, and inner strength, facilitating a profound connection with the divine.

Embracing the Divine Essence

According to Rig Veda, Bhagwan Shiv ji embodies the essence of Maharudra, the supreme being who consoles and uplifts souls from despair. Yogis, through sincere devotion to Sachidanand, experience a transcendental journey, traversing through higher dimensions of reality and attaining profound spiritual insights.

The Essence of the Mantra

The mantra “ॐ नमः शिवाय” translates to “Adoration to Bhagwan Shiv ji,” encapsulating reverence towards the divine. It underscores Bhagwan Shiv ji’s role as the god of yogis, time, and bestower of moksha. The repetition of this mantra signifies a journey from the end to a new beginning, leading practitioners towards Shiva-consciousness.

Deciphering the Mantra’s Components

Om Namah Shivay comprises the Panchakshari mantra, excluding Omkar, the primary cosmic vibration. Each syllable – NA, MA, SHI, VA, YA – represents one of the five essential elements of the materialistic world, symbolizing a holistic connection with the universe.

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Na: Earth Element (Prithvi Tattva)

Representing the essence of stability and grounding, Na symbolizes the earth element (Prithvi Tattva) within the Om Namah Shivay mantra. This element forms the foundational basis of existence, providing a sense of rootedness and strength.

Ma: Water Element (Jal Tattva)

Ma embodies the fluidity and adaptability of the water element (Jal Tattva) within the mantra. Just as water flows and shapes itself according to its surroundings, Ma symbolizes the essence of emotional fluidity and purification.

Si: Fire Element (Agni Tattva)

Si ignites the transformative and purifying qualities of the fire element (Agni Tattva) within the mantra. Like flames that cleanse and purify, Si represents the inner fire that fuels spiritual growth and purification of the soul.

Va: Air Element (Vayu Tattva)

Va encompasses the dynamic and expansive nature of the air element (Vayu Tattva) within the mantra. Reflecting the qualities of movement and freedom, Va signifies the breath of life and the expansive nature of consciousness.

Ya: Space Element (Akasha Tattva)

Ya encompasses the vastness and boundlessness of the space element (Akasha Tattva) within the mantra. Just as space accommodates all phenomena, Ya symbolizes the infinite potential and expansiveness of the universe.

Embracing the Transcendental Changes

Chanting the Om Namah Shivay mantra initiates transcendent alterations within the practitioner’s body, leading to profound spiritual evolution. Yogis worldwide immerse themselves in the auspicious vibrations of this mantra, elevating their abilities to unprecedented levels.

Connecting with the Divine Essence

The Om Namah Shivay mantra serves as a conduit for aligning with the primary nature of existence, known as Prakriti or sublime energy flow. Through sincere chanting, practitioners establish a profound connection with Goddess Shakti, ultimately leading them to Bhagwan Shiv ji himself.

Unveiling the Supreme God of Gods

Bhagwan Shiv ji, known as Yogeshwara Shiv and Mahadev, stands as the epitome of divinity, devoid of any beginning or end. As the immortal and unconquerable deity, Shiv embodies infinite transformation and supreme knowledge, guiding devotees towards eternal bliss.

Delving into the Benefits

Attainment of Moksha and Thought Stabilization

Chanting Om Namah Shivay not only grants liberation but also stabilizes thoughts and enhances neural connectivity, fostering inner harmony and mental clarity.

Lightness of Being and Sense Control

The mantra instills a sense of lightness and inner peace, enabling practitioners to control their senses and transcend sensory pleasures, leading to emotional balance and inner tranquility.

Calming the Mind and Elevating Happiness

By invoking Lord Shiva’s presence, the mantra cools the mind and increases the production of the happiness chemical, fostering a sense of serenity, joy, and contentment.

Transformation and Metabolic Enhancement

Om Namah Shivay induces positive energy, reducing aggression and fostering physiological and psychological changes, including enhanced metabolism and reduced toxicity.

Health Benefits and Spiritual Purity

Enhanced Blood Circulation and Emotional Healing

The mantra improves blood circulation, stabilizes heartbeat, and purifies the rationalizing process, leading to physical and emotional healing and resilience.

Spreading Positivity and Invoking Spiritual Growth

By establishing the presence of Shiva and Shakti within the home, chanting Om Namah Shivay spreads positivity, fosters moral values, and invokes the law of attraction.

Liberation from Sins and Connection with the Supreme Consciousness

The mantra serves as a vehicle for liberation from past sins and connects practitioners with the simplicity and guiltless nature of Lord Shiva, facilitating a profound connection with the supreme consciousness. ॐ नमः शिवाय mantra chanting brings transcendental changes to the body of the chanter. Yogis all around the world are busy in chanting the auspicious mantra through which they have increased their abilities to infinite levels.

It means that those particular yogis have connected themselves with the primary nature of their existence which is Prakriti or sublime energy flow. Goddess Shakti resides in that energy flow and takes you to the Shiva. It is a remarkable ancient science of Yogis based on logistic realities. If chanted correctly, mantra helps the chanter to get connected with Bhagwan shiv ji. Connecting to Shiva means going to self-healing mode. It is the ultimate state of the eternal blissfulness.

Yogeshwara Shiv is Mahadev, in simple terms supreme god of gods. The one who doesn’t have any start and end. Everything emerges from him and in the end, gets dissolve in him. Therefore, Shiva is unique; there is no one like Shiv, the immortal one, Unconquerable, the greatest Aghor, infinite, omniscient, greatest transformer, Adi Purusha.

The benefits of chanting Om Namah Shivay

The Mantra is Moksha Giver and stabilizes your thoughts – The Chanting of Om Namah Shivay is not just moksha giving mantra; It also enlightens, our inner thoughts process and improves blood circulation on the neurons. In medical term, this concept is called neuroplasticity .

Mantra makes you feel Light – Lord Shiva is highly auspicious, When someone chants Om Namah Shivay, At that moment he becomes AGHORI. Ghor means extreme and, AGhor (Not Ghor) means the one who is not extreme. That’s how Shiva makes you feel light inside your heart. A significant vibration originates in the subconsciousness part of the mind which gives the feeling of internal ecstasy. Om Namah Shivay mantra benefits that the Continuous repetition of the divine mantra is the way toward perennial joy.

Om Namah Shivay helps in controlling Senses and anxieties Neelkantham is Vairagya founder (Means founder of Dispassion). Shiva Kaam Bhasmam (Destroyer of eroticism ) makes you qualify to control your senses and nerves. The deity of eroticism (Kaam Dev) will not influence you.

Om Namah Shivay gives calmness to your mind Shiva holds moon crescent on his head. It impacts chanter body When somebody starts Om Namah Shivaay chanting. It cools his/her mind and helps them to get peace of mind, persistence, and calmness especially when everything is going against you.

Om Namah Shivay increases the happiness chemical which is known as GABA chemical. Lack of Gaba chemical reduces the natural sleep within humans. People who lack such chemical always feel exhausts. The frontal area of the human brain is in the Orbito prefrontal cortex which is responsible for making decisions, problem-solving and awakening the consciousness gets charged.

Students get the immense benefit of improving memory power after the Om Namah Shivaya chanting. Therefore if your kid is suffering from low memory power, advice them to chant the mantra for 15 mins every day. Chanting Om Namah Shivay mantra gives you eternal joy and the great Bhagwan shiv ji becomes your protector, Every kind of panic, stress, depression, insanity starts fading slowly, when you begin Om Namah Shivay chanting. Himself becomes the protector of the chanter.

Om Namah Shivay mantra makes you free from your animal passion and rude behavior. It grows positive energy in you which improves your body metabolism and reduces the toxicity of the body. You will start feeling the reduction in your aggression and anger. These changes will require 25-30 days. You require to practice mantra with high reverence on Shiv at least two times daily. Slowly – Slowly Internal and external Changes start appearing It activates the inactive neurons of the brain cell. Your body and skin start getting glow and shine by tightening up your pores automatically in a natural way. Om Namah Shivaya is a powerful maha-mantra.

The Continuous 108-time repetition is more beneficial to get Siddhis and It is helpful in awakening Kundalini Yoga Shakti.

Health Benefits of Om Namah Shivay
•improves your blood circulation and stabilizes heartbeat.
•Mantra can even enhance your blood purification system.
•Chanting the mantra also purifies your rationalizing process which improves your physiological as well as intellectual well-being.
•It also heals your sorrows, emotional pain and takes you out of the darkness and show the positivity of life.
•It also reduces the chances of heart strokes and organ failure.

It spreads positivity in your house Worshipping Shiva in the home brings happiness into the family. Shiva & Shakti both get established in that house. You start understanding others problem and becomes ever ready to give helping hand to others. Moreover that, Moral values will start growing in the kids. Positive vibes will get emitting from that house and from the people living in that house. Chanting Om Namah Shivaya makes the law of attraction works better in your favor.

The Power of Om Namah Shivaya is that it can free you from your past sins. The Mantra helps you to invoke [ AtmyaGyan – Atman ] What most of the people don’t know is that almighty Shiva is known for his simplicity and guiltless nature. This mantra helps you to get connected with supreme consciousness. Every substance including deities is the manifestation of Shiva’s energy. Chanting Om Namah Shivay is like worshipping the primary elements of nature means invoking your inner Shiva.

by Yogi Atma Prabha

108 the symbol of infinity

Importance of 108

Welcome to the sacred knowledge about the importance of 108. The mala, consisting of 108 beads, holds great importance in the practice of yoga and meditation. Although there are numerous explanations for the number 108, none are superior or inferior to the others.

108 is a Harshad number, a number that is divisible by the sum of its digits. The Sanskrit term for Harshad is “great joy.”
In mortals, there are said to be 108 earthly desires and 108 lies. The chakras, energy intersections in the body, have 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra, and the path to self-realization lies in Sushumna, one of the energy lines leading to the crown chakra.

The Sri Yantra, which has 108 points, as well as the human body, has 54 intersections where three lines meet, each having shiva and shakti aspects.

There are 108 human delusions or forms of ignorance, and 108 marmas in the subtle body. When reciting mantras on the mala, it is essential to remember the mantra with sincerity, devotion, feeling, and full attention.

In the practice of counting the number of repetitions of the mala, 100 beads are counted as completed, with the remaining 8 beads being offered to god and guru and used to cover errors or omissions.

Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, present, and future. The numbers 1, 0, and 8 have symbolic meanings, with 1 representing higher truth, 0 representing emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 representing infinity or eternity.

The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the earth, while the average distance of the moon from the earth is 108 times the diameter of the moon.

Lastly, 108 is believed to refer to the number of Hindu deities, with each having 108 names. It is also said that there are 108 paths to god, and 108 styles of meditation. Let the knowledge of 108 inspire your spiritual practice and guide you on your journey toward self-realization.

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The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra reads:
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात्

om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
urvārukamiva bandhanānmṛtyor mukṣīya maamṛtāt

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, believed to originate from Rigveda, stands as a powerful chant renowned for its healing properties. Devotees chant this mantra to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva, the omniscient three-eyed deity, for protection from ailments, death, and suffering.

Decoding the The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

The mantra commences with the sacred syllable “Om,” symbolizing the universe and divinity. “Tryambakam” extols Lord Shiva as the three-eyed deity, while “Yajamahe” expresses worship and reverence.

Exploring Symbolism in the The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

“Sugandhim” alludes to the Lord’s fragrant nature, signifying purity and auspiciousness. “Pushthivardhanam” portrays Lord Shiva as the nurturing gardener, fostering growth and prosperity among all creations.

Symbolic Comparisons

“Urvārukamiva” metaphorically compares the Lord’s protective powers to a cucumber sheltered by its robust vine. “Bandhanān” denotes being bound down, while “Mṛtyormukṣīya” signifies liberation from the bonds of death.

Seeking Divine Blessings

The concluding line, “Māmṛtāt,” holds multiple interpretations. It may seek protection from death while embracing immortality or request the bestowal of life-rejuvenating nectar for vitality and longevity.

The origin of this secret mantra is steeped in mythology, with Rishi Markandeya being the only one in the world who knew it. Legend has it that the Moon was once in trouble and cursed by King Daksha. Rishi Markandeya gave the Mahamritryunjaya Mantra to Sati, Daksha’s daughter, for the Moon’s well-being.
The mantra is also known as the Rudra mantra, symbolizing the furious aspect of Lord Shiva. The Tryambakam mantra alludes to Shiva’s three eyes and is sometimes called the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra, as it forms a part of the life-restoring practice given to the primordial sage Sukracharya.

The Mahamritryunjaya Mantra is a potent tool for seekers of yoga and spirituality. It has found its place in the Vedas and holds within it the essence of the divine. So let us invoke the blessings of the three-eyed Lord Shiva and elevate our consciousness to new heights.

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, a sacred and powerful invocation to Bhagwan Shiv, holds profound significance in spirituality. Believed to bestow longevity, immortality, and protection against untimely death, this mantra is revered for its immense benefits to mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

The Practice of Japa: Reconnecting with the Divine

When chanted, the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra infuses the practitioner with divine energy and guidance, facilitating a profound connection with the true nature of consciousness. This transformative practice, known as Japa, involves the rhythmic repetition of the mantra, fostering heightened concentration, and expanded awareness.

Utilizing the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra can be incorporated into various spiritual practices to harness its healing and rejuvenating properties. Whether applied during the application of Vibhuti over different parts of the body or integrated into Japa or Homa (havan) rituals, this mantra serves as a potent tool for manifesting desired outcomes and fostering spiritual growth.

Contrasting with the Gayatri Mantra

While the Gayatri Mantra primarily serves to purify and guide spiritually, the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra offers a distinct focus on healing, rejuvenation, and nurturing the practitioner’s well-being. Its resonance with the divine essence of Lord Shiva enriches the spiritual journey, offering solace, strength, and profound transformation.

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What does Siddhartha mean

सिद्धार्थ – that’s how we write SIDDHARTHA in Hindi/Sanskrit through the Devanagari script. Following is how this powerful name came into existence.


Noun: सिद्धार्थ (siddhā-rtha)

  • “He who has fulfilled the object (of his coming)”
  • Name of the great Buddha from shakya clan (Siddhartha).
  • One of the names for Bhagwan Shiv among his sahastra naam

Adjective सिद्धार्थ (siddhā-rtha)

  • One who has accomplished an aim or object, successful, prosperous
  • Leading to the goal, efficient, efficacious
  • One whose aim or intention is known

” was the original name of Buddha and a name which is formed of two words “Sidh” whose meaning is “perfect” and “Artha” whose meaning is “purpose” both are from the language of Sanskrit and combined they mean “the one who perfects ( sidh ) his purpose ( artha )”.

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“Sidh” whose meaning is that which “achieves” and that which is “perfect” then expands and becomes “Siddha” whose meaning is “perfected” and “supernatural” and this is then seen in “Siddhanta” whose meaning is “the end ( anta ) of perfection ( siddha )”.

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“Sidh” also becomes “Siddhi” whose meaning is “perfection” “skill” and “art” and this is seen in the “Asta Siddhis” which are the “eight ( asta ) perfections ( siddhi )” yogis who can become “larger than a planet” and “smaller than an atom”.

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“Siddha” whose meaning is “perfection” can be seen in this verse from the Gita where “Siddhaye” and “Siddhanam” are translated as “perfection” the Gita spoken over 5000 years ago, long before the appearance of Buddha and the language of Pali.

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“Out of the many thousands among men, one may endeavour for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.” Gita 7.3

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“Sidh” expresses that which “binds one ( si ) to the motion ( h ) of light ( d )” as in the “light of the soul” as in the “light of illumination” while its secondary meanings of “beatitude” and “perfection” are an expression of mystical and spiritual states.

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As it journeys to other languages “Sidh” is seen throughout Europe as “Sidus” a word from Latin whose meanings are “star” “group of stars” and “constellation” and “Sidereal” whose meaning is “starry” “astral” and that which belongs to the “constellations”.

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Around the early 17th century Gallileo wrote his “Sidereus Nuncius” whose meaning was the “message from the stars” a message which announced his “clusters ( si ) of light ( d )” all of which move around the satellites of Jupiter thus proving the rotation of planets around the stars.

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“Sidh” expresses the nature of Sanskrit, which expresses the nature of the Vedas, which expresses the nature of the divine, and this can be seen in words such as “Consider” whose meaning is to “observe ( con ) the stars ( sidus )” and also “Desire” which means to “long for ( de ) the stars ( sidus )”.

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These words from the Ancient language of Sanskrit go back in time over 5000 years, long before the 2500 year old date for Panini, long before the 3500 year old date for the stone tablets of Armana, long before the 4000 year old date for the disappearance of Sarasvati, and long before Buddhism and the language of Pali.

Post courtesy: James Robinson Cooper

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The higher stages of meditation

Everyone says they do meditation, but what is this thing called meditation?

Meditation, it’s not sitting in a posture, it is actually trying to concentrate on a particular thing. It could be your guru who you love a lot. Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, for the mind to acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content.

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way ; for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training.

Meditation has many benefits as it affects you physiologically, psychologically and also spiritually. It means a person who meditates, not only has a good sharp mind, with a great will power but the person is also physiologically sound with all the bodily functions working in harmony. By quoting spiritually, a person develops a knack of forgiving anyone for the mistakes, a person become enlightened. This level of enlightenment can only be achieved if a person meditates.

A person can do Breath awareness meditation, Mantra meditation. When you inhale breath, try to feel it, and then try to feel the way it exhales from the body. In the whole process of inhaling and exhaling, thoughts will come in the mind. Just acknowledge the thoughts and smile on it and then try to focus again on the breath. It will improve one’s concentration and patience.

Another simple technique is to close your eyes and try to see the image of guru or god. The whole purpose is to concentrate on the image. Random thoughts will definitely bother you but just smile on it. Meditation is something which can be done anytime and anywhere. It is not about closing eyes and sitting. It can be done by opening your eyes. But by closing eyes it becomes easier for the person to concentrate while cutting all the distractions. A relaxed peaceful mind can do wonders and this can only be achieved if we meditate!