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Understanding

Ayurveda

 

 

MEDITATION

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To a self-realized individual, to a yogi, the world of thoughts is not real.  Thoughts are seen as the possessions of others.  In order to recruit the mind to a way in which matters of truth are subsidized by an ultimate reality measure, and so that actions will flow from the heart with no     perturbation from the mind, the mind must be cultivated in a concerted way.  The mind, in order to lend a given harmony to the daily life and therefore to be available for its full actuation in life's endeavors, must be understood and approached as an invaluable tool for self-realization.  The ancient rishis undertook a study of yogic science, and through the practice of austerities and an undying inquiry after ultimate truth, they found a way to refurbish the mind on a daily basis for its greatest attributes in the giving of knowledge of self and of universal truth.  The mind is found to be capable of recruitment to a plane whose domain is beyond the world of thoughts.  It is through meditation that the yogi can relax the mind and implement its greatest capabilities for the realization of sTym! satyam, universal truth.  

 

In order to accomplish the act of meditation, there should be found a quiet place to allow deep  concentration.  A yogic sitting posture on a carpet is recommended, whereby the limbs are drawn in and relaxed.  The eyes are closed, and the mind should make a journey throughout the body, concentrating so as to relax each and every muscle from the top of the head to the very toes.  Once this exercise has been accomplished, then a given mantra can be mentally recited, repeatedly and incessantly so.  This mantra will blot out the thought processes, which enforce the perceptions of life's daily activities and duties with all of the concomitant resistances and problems.  Instead of thinking, one fills the minds with a pre-thought out truth, a mantra.  As thoughts arise to interfere with the mantra as it sounds in the mind, those thoughts must be quelled and observed with a certain detachment, taken as not real in the face and force of the mantra.  For the meaning of the mantra is enforced also by the powerful, one-to-one correlation between the sounds of the Sanskrit and their concise meaning in relation to universal truth.  These sounds place the awareness of the meditator at the threshold of deeper realization of truth, and which truth is beyond the description of words, anyway.  To thus use the tool of the language of Sanskrit to transcend the challenges of emotional attachments and figuring out problems from minute to minute in a busy life, and to give the say to the wisdom of the higher plane of reality which is concisely addressed by the Sanskrit mantra, is a deed whose redeeming value in the life of any individual cannot be measured or even described.  As one practices meditation every day, one develops a knack for it, and more of what these brief instructions intend to demonstrate will naturally unfold and bless the mind, the life and the happiness of the one who undertakes the meditation.  Please persist and scientifically observe the peace and calm which are attained through the daily use of meditation.

                         

There are listed below three mantras for use in meditation:

     ` nm> izvay  om namah s`ivaaya  

       Om salutations unto Lord Shiva       

         

                                                    

     Ay< AaTma نز  ayam aatmaa Brahma 

      This self is Brahman                                   

         

                                                    

     ` tTst!   om tat sat                         

      Om that is existence                                

        

                                                   

                                       

 

         

         

                                 

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