Tada drashtuh svarupe avasthanam. Yoga is the mastery of the activities of the mind-field. Then the seer rests in its true nature. What do I want? Who Seeks Self-Realization? Why Should I Meditate? Who benefits from meditation? Who is the witness? Three Aspirations Wake Up!
Meditation as a Whole or a Part? May your body be still and comfortable May your head, neck and trunk be aligned What is more important than where we are standing on the path is the direction we are looking. Our approach to meditation is neither exclusively cultivating one-pointedness of mind, nor exclusively promoting insight or mindfulness. Rather, these are emphasized as companion practices. Meditations on attitudes of friendliness or lovingness, compassion or mercy, gladness or goodwill, and acceptance or neutrality are most important, and are seen as preliminary practices to stabilize the mind in preparation for the subtler meditations Yoga Sutras 1.
We practice breath regulation and breath meditation for their immediate benefits, and as a foundation for the advanced practices. We employ the classical approaches of raja, jnana, karma, and bhakti Yoga, as well as hatha, kriya, kundalini, laya, mantra, nada, siddha, and tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the direct experience of the absolute.
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Meditation chart : Practical outline explains the entire process of meditation in one easy to read table of three columns and six stages. There is also a page of detailed descriptions.The Sri Vidya Shrine reflects our deep commitment to group spiritual practice and stewardship of sacred space for all who seek to experience their full potential. Group spiritual practice has been a cornerstone of the Himalayan Tradition for thousands of years.
The shrines of the Tradition have served as sanctuaries for aspirants seeking to immerse themselves in a spiritually-awakened sacred space that is ideally suited to meditation and group spiritual practice. Rooted in the Himalayan Tradition, the Sri Vidya Shrine is a sacred space dedicated to meditative practice, open to seekers from all spiritual traditions.
The Sri Vidya Shrine in Honesdale is located about feet behind the HI Retreat Center, on the former site of the yajna shala sacred space for tantric fire ceremonies where group spiritual practices has been undertaken since The sacred architecture of the Sri Vidya Shrine is inspired by the ancient shrines of the Himalayan Tradition, and houses two key spaces: the Sanctuary and Meditation Hall.
Another element that draws its inspiration from many ancient shrines is the parikrama circumambulation path that rings the Shrine. At the threshold of the Shrine area, you cross a decorative archway, and find yourself at the juncture of the parikrama path and the main entrance to the Shrine. Many seekers enjoy taking one or three clockwise circumambulations around the Shrine to quiet the mind and draw it inwards before entering the Shrine.
To the right of the Shrine is the havan kund ceremonial fire pit for tantric practices of sacred fire. The havan kund and its canopy are the same structures that sat on the site of the Shrine, until being shifted intact to their new location!
The Sanctuary is the heart of the Shrine. It is a space that is traditionally referred to as the garbha griha. This space is open for a limited period each day, for a brief darshan. The Sri Vidya Shrine in Honesdale is a vision that has taken decades of hard work and spiritual commitment to manifest.
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Study Online Premium Multimedia Content. Year Long Meditation is a global group practice from the Himalayan Institute. Need Help?Swami Rama of the Himalayas - November 13, While Swami Rama founded many worldly organizations, his greatest gift to humanity was in his bringing the depths of the wisdom of the ancient sages to the modern seeker in highly accessible ways.
He did this through his writings and his lectures, and most importantly through his individual presence when training students one at a time. Swami Rama dropped the body on the evening of November 13, Although naming no individual person as successor of the lineage, he is succeeded by many people who each serve others in his or her own way. Unfortunately, it is sad to say that there has been significant politics in the years since Swami Rama left the body, and at least two people falsely claim to be the SOLE successor of Swami Rama.
Please also see the separate article relating to Swami Rama as holding the post of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. He would start an organization to disseminate the teachings of the Himalayan masters, the people of the organization would either change or abandon the teachings, and Swami Rama would then renounce that organization.
This has happened in Asia, Europe, and North America, and possibly other places. I personally know of at least seven such instances. I do not mention the names of the organizations that Swami Rama dropped, because that would sound too negative towards them, and most still claim affiliation with Swami Rama.
New people have come to these organizations, and most of their students are probably not aware of this history. It is not my place to reveal those organization names here. RITUALS: Swami Rama often taught us through his books, lectures, and personal guidance that our tradition is a purely meditative tradition of the Himalayas, and that we perform no external rituals; our practices are purely internal.
However, during the years since Swami Rama left the body institutions or groups founded by or related to Swami Rama have increasingly started performing external rituals under the guidance of Hindu pandits, priests.
He never asked to be followed or worshipped, or for any change in culture, or for or any conversion of religion. Rather, he encouraged self-awareness through practices of yoga meditation and contemplation, with an attitude of self-reliance.
The job of the external teacher, he taught me, is to find the teacher within. KNOWING YOURSELF: Swamiji taught that one should "know yourself at all levels," explaining that "After visiting hundreds of countries I have discovered that all over the world there is one great problem, and that problem is that the human being has not yet understood himself or herself, and tries, instead, to understand God and others.
He writes, "You really do not need to know many things, but you definitely need to practice what you know. It is a sad thing to tell you, but I have not really learned anything new since I grew up.
That which I learned in my childhood is what I have been practicing. That balance of depth and simplicity is one of the most beneficial and loving gifts of Swami Rama to humanity, his many students, and to me personally.
This balance has been a major source of inspiration since Swami Rama instructed me to pass on the teachings to others as a representative of the Himalayan tradition. Swami Rama makes some amazing demonstrations of self-regulation to show that one can control one's bodily functions, including the so-called involuntary muscles. Briefly outlines the demonstrations of mind control done in research setting by Swami Rama.
Describes Swami Rama moving an object with his mind, and creating a photo image with energy through his hand. Included moving of objects with only mind, regulating mind at will on eeg, changing temperatures, significantly changing heart rate with mind alone, and stopping blood flow in the heart. Founded by Swami Rama:. In the links below in the box there is an index of most of his books, and also a list of some specific recommendations.
It was created by Swami Jnaneshvara in after having led six one-month residential training programs at Swami Rama's Ashram in Rishikesh, India, at the instruction of Swami Rama. Click here for other files on the Downloads page. There are four "sets" of lectures available, each having video tapes. There are also five individual video tapes. This is a total of nearly 40 videos, totaling over 50 hours of teachings there are others that have not been published.To browse Academia.
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Sri Vidya is an ancient tradition practiced in India from time immemorial to attain the Ultimate Reality or Self Realization. It is the devotion and meditation of Mother Goddess Sri Lalitha who is the form of auspicious wisdom, power and wealth, embodiment of love, compassion and prosperity. Sri Vidya begins with the external worship of the idol which has four dimensions of name, form, sound and meaning.
Soon after it turns as the adoration of Maha Meru, a three dimensional model of the Universe and then traverse the two dimensional Sri Chakra veneration. Later on it results in one dimensional meditation as the merger of the male and female energies within.
The eventual aim is to attain the dimensionless state. The path explained here is based on the Samayachara tradition of Sri Vidya and there are yet other branches like Kowlachara, Vamachara and Misrachara etc. Sri Vidya is a Holistic lifestyle. It becomes possible to face life successfully only when all the above eight are all well coordinated.
Sri Vidya Healing is a gentle and subtle, yet effective system of healing using ancient techniques originating from Samayachara Sri Vidya, Yoga and Ayurveda.
When the devotee worships the Mother Goddess in Sri Chakra, he can feel all the happenings in his worldly, happening to his advantage. This chakra represents the Saguna and Nirguna aspects. There are nine enclosures in the Sri Chakra and the seventh enclosure which has eight triangles is known as Sarva Rogahara Chakra meaning the remover of all diseases. The healing power of Sri Chakra is embedded in this summit.
It is a mystical and powerful energy geometry which has 18 marmas which multiply as through a secret formula. The marma has thus been called the Seat of Life or Jiva-sthana. The 24 Sandhis The intersections of two lines is called Sandhi; and there are are 24 such Sandhis. These intersections as well have a certain significance.
The meeting of two lines represents union of Shiva and Shakthi. According to Bavanopanishad the same sandhis and marmas are also available inhuman body. Activation of Marma points on the body, using Sri Vidya techniquesenhances the flow of Prana life energyresulting in a state of increased clarity, balanced and relaxation.
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Sri Vidya Healing is beneficial for almost everyone,whether in excellent health, or experiencing a physical or psychological challenge.Kodanda maikshava makhanda mishum cha poushpamChakrabhja pasa sruni kanchana vamsa naalam,Bhibrana mashta vidha bahubir arka varnam, Dyayedwarim madana gopa vilasa vesham. Afterwards we have to meditate on the form of Krishna, who holds the unbreakable Kodanda bow, the arrow made of flowers, the holy wheel, the conch, the rope, the goad and the flute made of gold in his eight hands.
He is of the red color of the rising sun god, and has taken on the form of the God of love, who is a cowherder. This is considered as the mantra of the eight handed Madana Gopala Sundari.Esoteric Meaning of Sri Vidya [Part -1]
Other references of Gopala Sundari is found in Krishna Karnaamrutham:. Lavanya veecheerachithanga bhoosham, Bhooshaa padaropitha puya barhaam, Karunya darala kadaksha maalaam, Baalaam bhaje vallava vamsa lakshmin.
This is a rare prayer addressed to Gopala Sundari, the feminine aspect of Krishna. Another shloka addresses:. Maalabarha manogna kunthala bharam vanya prasoonokshithaam, Shailyadrava kliptha chithra thilakaam sasvan manohaarineem, Leela venu ravamyathaika rasikaam lavanya Lakshmi mayeem, Baalaam bala thamala neela vapusham vande param devathaam.
This is another prayer addressed to Bala Gopala Sundari. While another shloka states:. Kodandam masrunam sugandhi vishikham chakrabja pasangusam,Haimim venulathaam karaischa dadhatham sindhoora unjarunam,Kandharpadhika Sundaram smitha mukham gopangana veshtitham,Gopalam sathatham bhajami varadam trilokya raksha manim. Who is reddish like saffron, who is prettier than the God of love, who has an ever smiling face, who is surrounded by Gopi lasses, who is a protection for the three worlds, and one who gives boons to those who ask.
This prayer is addressed to Bala Gopala Sundari. He had been given the special title of Leela Sukhar, as he was immersed in Krishna, in the same way that Sukawas was immersed in Brahman. He was born in Kerala in a village called Parur, during the period — AD. He was quite learned in Vyakarana, alankara and other Sanskrit kavya aspects. He was born as a Saiva and he had during his final years embraced Sannyasa inTekkola Math near Thrissoor.
But my mind always dwells on the green colored Krishna, ever with a smiling face. Some times Lalita is seen in the form of Krishna. There are innumerable forms of Devi described in the Vedas, Agamas and Puranas. No other deity in the Hindu pantheon has such countless forms. She, being the universal mother with boundless mercy, manifests in a number of forms to enable one to meditate on any of the forms that one likes to visualize.There is little question of the power of an accurately constructed Shri Yantra.
There are hundreds of yantra designs related to deities, principles, and planets. Used in ceremonies and rituals, yantra designs can be found on paper or bark, or created from flower petals, ash, and rice.
Once charged, the yantra is viewed as a sacred object. Vedic traditions, specifically the Shri Vidya school of tantra, regard the design as the representation of the universe as well as the body of the goddess related to the feminine principle of shakti or energy. Every line, triangle, and lotus petal symbolizes a specific type of shakti. The outer square represents the earth element. In Vedic sacred geometry, the square corresponds to the earth.
The outside square represents mundane emotions, such as anger, fear, and worldly desires. The yogi meditates on the outer square to defeat these disturbing energies. The T-shape structures in the square are considered the gates of the four directions, and the entry points of the yantra.
Next are three circles representing the past, present, and future. Within is the first ring of sixteen lotus petals representing complete fulfillment of all hopes and desires. Specifically, the petals represent the ten organs of perception and action tongue, nose, mouth, skin, eyes, ears, feet, hands, arms, and the reproductive organsand the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space.
The sixteenth petal represents the mind, which gathers and interprets information from the perceptions of the interactivity of the elements. Next is an eight-petal lotus. Each petal governs a specific activity: speech, grasping, motion, excretion, enjoyment, revulsion, attraction, and equanimity. Within the inner lotus is the first set of interlocked triangles. Those that point upward represent the masculine principle, downward represent the feminine.
These triangles also represent qualities and Shaktis. Starting at the lowermost outer triangle and moving in a counterclockwise circle, they are agitation, pursuit, attraction, delight, delusion, immobility, release, control, pleasure, intoxication, an accomplishment of desire, luxury, mantra, and the destruction of duality. The next circle has the same sequence and direction, starting from the lowest triangle and moving counterclockwise.
The first triangle is the giver of all accomplishments. Next is the giver of wealth. The third is the energy of activities that please all. Fourth is the bringer of all blessings. The fifth is the granter of all desires. Next is the remover of all suffering. The seventh is considered the appeaser of death.