Meditation Ananda Marga Yoga. 1- Knowing the Mind. The mind is the instrument to be utilized during the practice of meditation. Knowing how it works and its potential is the first step in the practice of meditation. Thinking Only one object at a time.
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Meditation Ananda Marga Yoga
1- Knowing the Mind • The mind is the instrument to be utilized during the practice of meditation. Knowing how it works and its potential is thefirst step in the practice of meditation.
Thinking Only one object at a time. Fast moving from one thought to another. Functions of the Mind: Remembering Recollection of previous thoughts.
Layers of the Mind • Crude mind: Conscious mind • Subtle mind: Subconscious mind • Causal mind: Supramental mind Subliminal mind Subtle causal
Conscious mind: Crude mind • Sensing: Eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin. • Desire (attraction or aversion) • Acting: Hands, feet, vocal cord, sexual and excretory organs. • Activates basic instincts: hunger, sleep, sex and fear.
Subtle Mind: Subconscious Mind: • Deep thinking: • Memory: - Cerebral memory - Extra-cerebral memory • Experience pain and pleasure • Dreaming
Meditation Is Practiced at the Subconscious Layer of the Mind • Meditation develops the potential of the deeper layers of the mind.
Causal Mind: Supramental Mind • Creative insight • Intuition: Para-normal phenomena The seed of samskaras (potential reactions) find first expression here
Causal Mind: Subliminal Mind It can grasp the total existence of the objective world. -Discrimination -Non-attachment
Causal Mind: Subtle Causal Mind • The feeling of “I” is latent. • Intense attraction for the Supreme Consciousness.
Pure Consciousness: Atman • The Spiritual Self Beyond duality, change, pain and pleasure. The realm of pure peace
Atman Subtle Causal Subliminal Causal Supramental Causal Subconscious Subtle The Mind Conscious Crude
First Step: Mind Withdrawal
Posture: • Weight on the base • Back straight • Shoulders relaxed • Chest open
Breathing: Abdominal Gentle Deep
Ideation “I Exist” (Here and Now)
The relation between body and mind is very close. Understanding this link is essential for a successful practice of meditation.
Cakra or Plexus • It is a collection of gland and sub-glands located at specific nerve centers. • These sub-glands influence the mental propensities (emotions) attached to each cakra. • Cakras are sub-stations of the mind.
Cakras are located at the intersecting points of the three subtle energy channels which run along the spinal chord .
Conscious Mind Subconscious Mind Supramental Mind Subliminal Mind Subtle Causal Mind Mind Controlling Point Seat of Consciousness Muladhara Cakra Svadhistana Cakra Manipura Cakra Anahata Cakra Vishuddha Cakra Ajina Cakra Sahasrara Cakra Mental correlation: Layers of the Mind(kosas)
Psycho-spiritual longing Psychic longing Physical longing Spiritual longing Indifference Lack of common sense Indulgence Lack of confidence Helplessness Cruelty Shyness Sadistic tendency Envy Staticity Melancholia Peevishness Yearning for acquisition Infatuation, blind attachment Hatred, revulsion fear Mental Propensities (instincts and emotions)
Hope Worry Endeavor Attachment Vanity Conscience Nervous break down Ego Avarice Hypocrisy Argumentativeness Repentance Sa, Rs, Pa, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni. Sound of creation Kundalini rising Practication Expression of Mundane knowledge Welfare in subtle sphere Performing noble actions Surrender to the Supreme Repulsive expression Sweet expression Mundane knowledge Spiritual knowledge Mental Propensities
Yoga Postures (Asanas) • Physical benefits • Keep the body healthy • Cure specific diseases
Yoga Postures (Asanas) • Psychic benefits • Balance emotions and moods by regulating the hormonal secretion
Second Step: Ideation • Meditation is concentrated thinking. • Ideation is the specific thought to be concentrated on during meditation.
Ideation “I feel infinite love and peace all around me”
We are what we eat. • Food Habits Directly Influence the Mind. • A Balanced Diet Is Condition for a Balanced Mind.
Food Classification • Static: harmful for body or mind, may or may not be harmful to the other. • Mutative: beneficial for body but is neutral to mind, or vice versa. • Subtle: beneficial for both, body and mind.
Health reasons for a vegetarian diet: • Human anatomy and physiology are naturally develop for vegetarian diet. • Meat consumption brings a great deal of diseases to human organism.
Humanitarian reasons: • Animal life has existential value in itself. • Animals don’t give their life willingly, they undergo fear and pain before being slaughtered. • It is possible to be more healthy without causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
Spiritual reasons: • To maintain the own existence without taken other’s brings peace of mind. • To feel compassion and respect for any form of life expands our mind beyond our limited individual self.
Fasting: • Purifies body and mind • Eliminates toxins • Rest for digestive system • Mental strength and concentration
Water Drinking: • “The body is composed of 80% of fluids” • Balance liquids in the body • Eliminates toxins • Keeps the system cool • Prevents diseases
Third Step:Chanting the Mantra “Baba Nam Kevalam” Love Is All There Is
Yogic Ethics Meditation affects every aspect of our lives.
Yama: Principles of harmony with the environment Niyama: Principles of harmony with the self The Ethics of Love
Yama • Ahimsa: not inflicting pain or hurt on anybody by thought, word or action. • Satya: proper action of mind and the right use of words with the spirit of welfare. • Asteya: not to take possession of what belongs to others. • Brahmacarya:cosmic feeling for each and every object. • Aparigraha:not indulge in amenities that are superfluous for the preservation of life.
Niyama • Shaoca: purity of body, mind and environment. • Santosa: state of proper ease or containment. • Tapah:shoulder sorrows and miseries of others to make them happy. Service. • Svadhyaya: clear understanding of any spiritual subject. • Iishvara Pranidhana:establish oneself in the Cosmic Idea.
Golden Rule Proper adjustment according to: Time Place Person
Fourth Step • Review of previous steps: • Mind withdrawal • Ideation • Mantra
Life is God-given desire for self-preservation with the simultaneous urge to expand into perfection.