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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!

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Important things to know before selecting a yoga course

Things are the most important factors to know for anyone before taking up any yoga course…

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– How authentic is the teacher?

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This can be seen by reading his/her history, asking about their family/guru lineage, the traditions they follow and then doing your own conclusive research about what’s been shared with you…

– What subject is being taught?

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There are various subjects which have such important relevance. So much so, that without their knowledge you can’t even be considered to be practicing yoga, but there is lack of awareness about them in the west due to the limited knowledge even today. This doesn’t let a person fully grow in yoga, as they aren’t aware of these subjects. These subjects can add depth to your existing yoga and might be very important for not just your own growth but might have a direct impact on the evolution of your students Incase you’re an existing teacher…

– Can this subject be found in the original transcriptions and scripts of yoga or is it a filtered or toned down or a deviated subject given to you? Authenticity of text is important as these are time and character tested methodology. They are accepted as universal truths because they can be applied to anyone, from any region, at any time!

Adding to that, I would also say it’s important that whose commentary is being taught. Try to avoid as less change of wording in the manual as possible, the more hands it has passed the more away from Subject of yoga it became! All texts existed predominantly in Sanskrit, then were translated to Hindi or other local language, then to English, then to your local language and then someone added their own colour to it, in the end it ended up being just the shadow of what existed.

I would like to say the “best teacher and course” is a subjective matter and indeed in this aspect there can’t be a single best! However having said that, we are talking about yoga and when we talk of yoga guiding a person or giving guidelines to person so that they can have access to the best quality of teachings is the most fundamental aspect and we have to be responsible and truthful about!

Even though today it does act as a parameter of quality of a teaching but the past graduates testimonials also doesn’t speak much. For example if I have zero knowledge of yoga and only 1% of authentic knowledge was provided to me, I will consider that as wholesome 100% and write very nicely about the school and the teacher. This is totally misleading and I can vouch that some leading names have do not teach authentically.

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Now the question about whether the question of if the teacher is from India, this is directly relevant to the question of which course to take, even today there are many families in India who have been following and practicing yoga for over 1000 generations and this can not be replaced even with a lifetime of studies as many things in yoga come from real life situation experience after applying the wisdom of the books applied generation after generation. However I would also say that many Indians have compromised for the sake of money, this is why it becomes important to check their guru/family lineage.

Let me at this point also talk of moral and ethical issues, as an indian you would never go for yoga alliance for the reason that no American association can verify and certify an indian cultural practice and those who’ve done the certification of the alliances are simply in it for the money, as a matter of fact there is no body which can measure if you have achieved yoga, so measuring or certifying it becomes impossible. Adding to that there is literally only one certification body in the world recognised by any government and that is authorised by the ministry of yoga in India and is not yoga alliance America or even the Indian chapter of yoga alliance…

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Chakras

The Chakra System – A valuable read

The chakras are beyond the physical body or the sthula sharira. They are part of the linga sharira. The energy field or emf encompassing the body. The linga sharira is a consequence of our absorption of light energy . We are nothing but energy. Some of it light energy ! Without the sun rays we are nothing. We can be bioluminescent as well. This is sensed not only by our eyes but the EMF emitted by our own brains! As we absorb the energy and transform it to suit different frequencies in the body we transform how we feel. Humans are very visual. We can see 3D in color naturally. Elephants, on the other hand, have better ears than eyes. They can hear us 3 KM away and smell us 10 km away. Due to the quantum nature of energy.

The Chakras - Defining the Redefined
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The mula is red in color. The R in VIBGYOR or the visible light spectrum or the Sa in the 7 notes in nada yoga. The ancients discovered how we are impacted by light and sound of different frequencies. The mula is red in color red has more energy than other colors and frequencies of vibrating photons. Red represents shakti or energy residing at the Muladhara. The note Sa is a vibrational energy that works on the Muladhara. The svadisthana chakra present below the navel is represented by Orange the color the O in VIBGYOR and is representative of the self. It is where the energy flows from. Thought may occur in the mind , it is talking to yourself. It can be tuned for neuro-linguistic programming! Anahata.! But the voice energy or ahata starts flowing from the svadisthana. Not from the brain. Something modern science is still discovering. With music, a focused mind, and controlled breath, the individual can, according to Nāda yoga, “listen in on” their own Anahata, their own “inner sound”, OM is pronounced as Aauuummmmm as ahata. But Om the Anahata version is the vibration of the universe. The primal energy! Something we feel 24/7. Without this vibrational energy, there would no be cell replication or reproduction or life as we know it! To concentrate on this inner sound as a support for meditation is very helpful to tame the mind, and when it has been clearly recognized, used for self-centeredness in outer life as well.

So the 7 chakras in the linga sharira corespond to lights of different color and sounds of diferent notes and frequencies representing the EMF or energy fields we create close to nerve plexus or ganglions or centers in the body where neurons from diferent areas of body converge around the meru dhandha or spinal chord. Charkras are not from the sthula sharira or gross body that we can see and feel , they are from the subtle or linga sharira , the temple of shiva, They can only be sensed by the energy waves or emf created by our brain which is an antena that receives energy and a transponder that radiates this energy. It is transcedant. Beyond the physical sense. Beyond our sense organs. It takes practice to develop this ability. We are so blinded by noise of the outside world and so immeresed in it we cannot sense the energy in selves. The ancients discovered that by focusing on certain colors and tunes we can transform the energy in the body. Like our guru shiva or neelakantha the blue throated one, blue standing for the color of the vishudda chakra. The color of truth, of creativity ,dance and art. Like shiva our guru of natya yoga, nada yoga, hatha yoga, mantra yoga and ayurveda. It is our shiva nature. formles and shapeless that can be impacted by the frequency and amplitude of the energy we can generate. IT IS THE SECRET.

 CHAKRANAMESTONE
1st RootMuladharaGarnet
2nd NavelsvadhistanaCarnelian
3rd Solar PlexusManipurAcitrine
4th HeartAnahataGreen Onyx
5th ThroatVishuddhaLapis Lazuli
6th Third EyeAjnaAmethyst
7th crownSahasrarahyaline quartz

Glory to our ancestors who discovered these aphorisms of nature based on observation and experience. They did not use sthetoscopes or microscopes . They established this knowledge of tantra based on experience. Jai guru mahadeva. Shiva is our guru of tantra. The chakras are spirutal aids in the sadhana. It is the science of energy transformation. Kundalini ! Practice hatha yoga or mantra yoga. Discover the world within. The world of Parashakti , or radiant inner energy !

Har Har Mahadeva !

Source: Source : Cultofshiva