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Swami Sivananda eBooksA Call to LiberationA Great Guru and His Ideal DiscipleA Guide to Noble LivingA Message to New InitiatesA. libro sobre Kundalini Yoga es tal vez la más vital de todas sus obras,. Atman. Efectuad Sadhana Kundalini Science of brain breathing by Swami Sivananda . It would seem altogether superfluous to try to introduce Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati to a reading public, thirsting for spiritual regeneration. From his lovely.
It shows the way to remove diseases, to keep up sound health and attain longevity. Ayurveda was in vogue in India since very early times. The Ayurvedic and Siddha systems have played a very important and vital part in the sphere of public health. Their popularity is due to their availability, cheapness and efficacy.
Here is a beautiful ideal of Charaka: "Not for self, not for the fulfilment of any earthly desire of gain, but solely for the good of suffering humanity should you treat your patients and so excel all. Those who sell the treatment of disease as merchandise gather the dust and neglect the gold.
Her greatest gift to the world is the gift of the spiritual science of Self-perfection. Next to it we should place this Science of Life, the Ayurveda, as a precious gift to be carefully developed and broadcast to all nations.
That is why he edited and published a health Journal "Ambrosia". That is why he went over to Malaya to serve the poor in the plantations there. And, strangely enough, that is why, he renounced the world and embraced the Holy Order of Sannyasa. He was a healer of the body and the soul. This truth is reflected in the Ashram which he has established in Rishikesh. Sri Swamiji wanted that all systems of healing should flourish. He had equal love and admiration for all systems of healing.
He wanted that the best of all the systems should be brought out and utilised in the service of Man. Tushnimbhuta Avastha Stabdha Avastha Avyaktam Valediction..
Various Experiences in Meditation 2. Anahata Sounds 3. Lights in Meditation 4. Mystic Experiences of Sadhakas 5. In the Hours of Meditation 6. Vision of God 7. Feelings of Separation 8. Cosmic Consciousness 9. Blissful Experience Mind Moves Bhuta-Ganas xjcjri. What Is Concentration?
Once a Sanskrit scholar approached Kabir and asked him, O Kabir, what are you doing nowf Kabir replied, 0 Pandit, I am detaching the mind from worldly objects and attaching it to the Lotui-Feet of the Lord.
This is concentration. Right conduct, posture, Pranayama and abstraction from sensual objects will pave a long way in achiev ing rapid success in concentration. Concentration is tht sixth step in the Yogic Ladder. There can be eoncentratlon without something upon which the mlfid may rest.
A definite purpose, interest, attention Will bring success in concentration. T it senses draw you out and perturb your peace Of Blind, Zf your mind is restless, you cannot make any progress. When the rays of the mind are col lected by practice, the mind becomes concentrated and you get Ananda from within. Silence the bub bling thoughts and calm the emotions. You should have patience, adamantine will and untiring persistence. You must be very regular in your practices.
A welltrained mind can be fixed at will upon any object either inside or outside to the exclusion of all other thoughts. Everybody possesses, some ability to concentrate on some lines. But for spiritual progress concentra tion should be developed to a very high degree.
How long can it take?
You should not fight or wrestle with the mind. Celibacy, Pranayama, reduction of wants and activities, renunciation o f sensual objects, solitude, silence, discipline o f the senses, annihilation o f lust, greed, anger, non-mixing with undesirable persons, giving up of newspaperreading and visiting cinemas, all increase the power of concentration, Concentration is the only way to get rid o f worldly miseries and tribulations.
The practitioner will have very good health and a cheerful mental vision. He can get the penetrative insight. He cam do any work with greater efficiency.
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Concentration purifies and calms the surging emotions, strengthen the current of thought and clarifies the ideas. Purify the mind through Yama and Niyama. Concentration without purity is of no use. Concentration can be done only if you are free from all distractions.
Concentrate anything that appeals to you as good Or anything which the mind likes best. The mind should be trained to concentrate on gross objects in the begin ning, and later on you can successfully concentrate on subtle objects and abstract ideas.
Regularity in the practice is of paramount importance. Subtle forms: Sit before the picture of your Ishta Devata and close your eyes. Keep a mental picture of your Ishta Devata at the space between the two eyebrows or in the heart.
Concentrate on Muladhara, Anahata, Ajna or any other internal Chakra. Concentrate on the Divine qualities such as love, mercy, or any other abstract idea. Where to Concentrate? Concentrate gently either on the lotus of the lieart ' Anahata Chakra or on the space between the two eyebrows Ajna Chakra or Trikuti , or on the tip of the nose.
Close your eyes. The scat of the mind is Ajna Chakra. The mind an be controlled easily if you concentrate on the Trikuti. Bhaktas should concentrate on the heart. Yogis and Vedantins should concentrate on Ajna Chakra.
Some Vedantins concentrate- here. Some Yogis concentrate on the tip of the nose Nasikagra Drishti. Stick to one centreof concentration. Cling to it tenaciously. I f you concentrate on the heart stick to it.
Never change it. Guru will select a centre for concentration, if you are a student of faith. I f you are a man o f self-reliance, you can select a centre for yourself, Bhrumadhya-Drishti is fixing ones eyes bet ween the eyebrows.
This region is Ajna Chakra. Sit ih Padmasana or Siddhasana in your meditation room and practise this gaze gently from half a minute to half an hour. There must not be the least violence in this practice. Gradually increase the period. This Yogic Kriya removes Vikshepa or the tossing of mind and develops concentration.
You can select yourself either this gaze or the Nasal Gaze.
The gaze is fixed at the tip of the nose. Even when you walk in the street, keep the nasal gaze. A Raja Yogi concentrates on the Trikuti Ajna Chakra, the space between the two eyebrows which is the seat of the mind in the waking state. You can easily control the mind if you can concentrate on this region. Light is seen during concentration in this region very quickly even in a days practice, by some persons. He who wants to meditate on Virat and he who wants to help the world should select this region for Ms concentration.
A Bhakta or a devotee should concentrate on the heart, the seat of emotion and feeling. He who concentrates on the heart gets great Ananda. He who wants to get Ananda should con centrate on the heart. A Hatha Yogi fixes his mind on the Sushumna Nadi, the middle path in the spinal canal, and on a specified centre, viz. Some Yogis ignore the lower Chakras and fix their mind on the Ajna Chakra only. Their theory is that by controlling the Ajna Chakra all the lower Chakras can be automatically controlled.
When you concentrate on a Chakra, a thread-like connection is formed in the beginning between the mind and the Chakra centre of spiritual energy.
Then the Yogi ascends along the Sushumna from Chakra to Chakra. The ascent is made gradually by patient efforts. Even a mere shaking of the opening of the Sushumna causes a great deal of Ananda bliss. You become intoxicated.
You will entirely forget the world. Great Vairagya comes in. You will behold various visions. You will witness the splendid Antarjyotis. This is termed Unmani Avastha.
You will get different Siddhis, different types of Ananda and different kinds of knowledge by controlling and operating on diffe rent Chakras: I f you have conquered the Muladhara Chakra, you have conquered the earthplane already. I f you have conquered the Manipura Chakra, you have conquered fire. Fire will not bum you. Panchadharana five kinds of Dharana will help you to conquer the five elements.
Learn them under a Guru who is an adept Yogi. Aids to Concentration Concentration or Dharana is centering the mind on one single thought. During concentration the mind becomes calm, serene and steady. The various rays o f the mind are collected and focussed on the object of meditation. The mind is centred on the Lakshya. There will be no tossing of the mind. One idea occu pies the mind.
The whole energy of the mind is con centrated on that one idea. The senses become still. They do not function.
When there is deep concen tration, there is no consciousness of the body and surroundings. He who has good concentration ean visualise the picture o f the Lord very clearly within the twinkling of the eye. Manorajya building castles in the air is not concentration. It is wild jumping of the mind in the air. Do not mistake Manorajya for concentration or meditation. Check this habit of the mind through introspection and self-analysis.
Twelve such Dhyanas will be Samadhi 25 minutes and 28 seconds. This is according to Kurma Purana. Concentration may also be directed on the mental image of God. The practice of concentration and the practice of Pranayama are interdependent. I f you practise Pra nayama you will get concentration. Naturally Prana yama follows the practice of concentration.
There are different practices according to different tempe raments. For some the practice of Pranayama will be easy to start with; for others the practice of con centration will be easy to begin with. When there is deep concentration you will ex perience great joy and spiritual intoxication. You will forget the body and the surroundings. A ll the Prana will be taken up to your head. Pranayama or control of breath removes the veil of Rajas and Tamas that envelop Sattva. It purifies the nerves Nadis.
It makes the mind firm and steady and thereby renders it fit for concentra tion. The dross of the mind is cleansed by Prana yama just as the dross of gold is got rid of by melting. When you study a book with profound interest, you do not hear if a man shouts and calls you by your name.
You do not see a person when he stands in front of you. You do not smell the sweet fragrance of flowers that are placed on the table by your side. This is concentration or one-pointedness of mind. The mind is fixed firmly on one thing.
It is easy to concentrate the mind on a worldly object, because the, mind takes interest in it naturally through force of habit. The grooves are already cut in the brain.
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You will have to train the mind gradually by daily practice of meditation on God, or cm the Self within. The mind will not move now to external objects as it experiences immense joy from the practice of concentration. A goldsmith converts 10 carat gold into pure gold by adding acids and burning it several times in the crucible.
Even so, you will have to purify your sensuous mind through concentration, reflection on the word of your spiritual preceptor and Upanishadic sentences or meditation, Japa or silent repetition of the name of the Lord. Beginners will get jerks in meditation. Jerks of head, feet, hands, arms, forearms and trunk may take place. Timid persons are unnecessarily alarmed on this score.
It is nothing.
Meditation brings on changes in the cells of brain, nerves, etc. Old cells are replaced by new Vigorous cells. They are filled with Sattva. New grooves, new channels for Sattvic thought-currfents, new avenues are formed in the brain and mind. The muscles are therefore agi tated a bit.
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Be courageous and bold. Courage is an important virtue and qualification for aspirants. Cultivate this positive quality. Sit in a proper posture. Shut your eyes. Ima gine that there is nothing but God everywhere. Kavyas in Sanskrit and higher Vedantic books cannot be understood without a preliminary knowledge of Laghu and Siddhanta Kaumudis and Tarka-Sangraha.
Even so, meditation on Nirguna, Nirakara abstract Brahman is impossible without a preliminary practice of concentration on a con crete form in the beginning. More concentration means more energy. Concentration opens the inner chambers of love or the realm of eternity.The concentration, when continued, leads to the state of Dhyana or meditation, when the prac titioner tends to forget even that physical frame.
The curative effects of frestr juicy fruits are astonishing. He describes how a hatha yogi, raja yogi, jnana yogi and a bhakta approach sadhana and how they achieve self-realization.
I f you get headaehe or pain by concentrating on the Trikuti the space between the two eyebrows by turning the eyes upwards, give up the practice at once.
Gist of Yoga of Concentration It is very difficult to say where concentration ends and meditation begins. Then your will will grow strong.