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INTRODUCTION TO GNOSTIC MEDITATION. The Steps of Meditation. Ethics (Yama & Niyama) Posture (Asana) Breath (Pranayama) Silence (Pratyahara) Concentration (Dharana) Meditation (Dhyana) Ecstasy (Samadhi). The most common ethics are summarized in the most basic of Buddhist vows :

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the steps of meditation
The Steps of Meditation

Ethics (Yama & Niyama)

Posture (Asana)

Breath (Pranayama)

Silence (Pratyahara)

Concentration (Dharana)

Meditation (Dhyana)

Ecstasy (Samadhi)

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The most common ethics are summarized in the most basic of Buddhist vows:

To abstain from killing any creature.

To abstain from stealing.

To abstain from sexual misconduct.

To abstain from false speech. (lying, gossip, sarcasm, criticism, etc)

To abstain from intoxicants. (alcohol, drugs, etc)

craving and aversion

When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly.

When people see some things as good, other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.

Difficult and easy support each other.

Long and short define each other.

High and low depend on each other.

Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything.

Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go.

She has but doesn’t possess, acts but doesn’t expect.

When her work is done, she forgets it. That is why it lasts forever. -Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching

Craving and Aversion
states of consciousness

Ekasia– Animalistic desires

Pistis – Opinions, Beliefs

Dianoia – Self remembering, self observation

Nous – Awakened consciousness

States of consciousness
obstacles

Laziness: as activity

Laziness: as procrastination

Laziness: as despondency

Obstacles
faults

Forgetfulness – Need mindfulness

Excitement and Stupor – various techniques

Excitement: Impatience – contemplate pride

Faults
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