Samadhi

Still the waves of the mind and hold it steady in nirvikalpa samadhi (unconditioned state of superconsciousness). This needs constant, protracted practice of meditation. There may be breaks in the meditation in the beginning but practice makes you perfect. Later you will be able to remain absorbed in meditation for long periods. You can merge…

Philosophy of Om

The sound produced in the flowing of the river Ganges, the sound that is heard at a distance, the sound that proceeds from the bustle of the market, that is produced by the fly-wheel when it is set in motion, that is caused when it rains, or there is a conflagration, or thunder – it…

Sivananda Gita – 5

I constantly meditate on the following: Prajnanam Brahman, aham brahmasmi, tat tvam asi, ayam atma brahman. Satyam jnanam anantam brahman, santam sivam advaitam. Aham         atma      Gudakesa.        Aham      atma      nirvikarah       sarvavyapi svabhavatah. Brahma satyam jagan mitya jivo brahmaiva na parah. Akarta, abhokta, asanga, saksi, ajo nityah sasvatoyam purano. Jyotisamapi tat jyotih. To raise the fallen, to…

Importance of Om

Brahman is the highest of all. Om is his name. Om is also your real name. It covers the three fold experiences of man. From Om this sense world has been projected. The world exists in Om and dissolves in Om. Om is the greatest of all mantras (mystic formula). Om bestows direct liberation. All…

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Listen to the Mystic Sound

Sit in padma asana or siddha asana. Practice your mudra by closing the ears with the thumbs. Hear the internal sound through the right ear. The sound which you will hear will make you deaf to all external sounds. Having overcome all obstacles you will enter the turiya state within fifteen days. In the beginning…

Withdraw the Mind

Pratyahara is abstraction or withdrawal of the senses. From it starts the real inner spiritual life and the external world is shut out. Yama, niyama, asana, pranayama – all prepare the aspirant for the practice of pratyahara. The mind is rendered calm by the practice of brahmacarya (celibacy) and aparigraha (non-covetousness). Asana and pranayama squeeze…

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini shakti is the coiled up, dormant, cosmic power that underlies all organic and inorganic matter. It is the primordial energy that lies at the basal centre (muladhara chakra) in a dormant, potential state. Kundalini yoga treats of Kundalini shakti, the seven chakras (centres of spiritual energy), and the arousing of this sleeping kundalini. Nadis…

Regular Japa

Never do japa (repetition of God’s name) in a hurried manner. Do it slowly with one-pointedness of mind and single-minded devotion. Pronounce the mantra distinctly and without mistakes. Do not repeat it too quickly or too slowly. Do not use the index finger while telling the beads. Use the thumb, the middle and the ring…