Meditation is deﬁnitely of current interest
Editorials in magazines and newspapersconcern themselves with current eventsand tendencies. Can there then at all bean editorial in a periodical about yogaand meditation - isn’t yoga timeless?The answer to that is, that at all timesthe original, the artistic and effectual,the genuine and deep, is threatened bymisunderstanding, by dilution, bynegligence and fear; these creep inwhen something becomes fashionable.Time and again throughout historyan original mystical tradition has beenwatered down by people who wantsomething to cling to, rather than wakeup and expand their consciousness andget to know themselves. Through thesensationalism and misunderstandingof such people, the precious becomesinaccessible for the many. Theso-called “easy” solutions, wherebyone makes up things instead of learning more than one knows already,narrows the scope and blurs the picture.Euphoria is easy to bring about, andexplanations and mythologies canalways be invented - but profound peace, inner strength, and a knowledgeof one’s own being, is something quitedifferent.
Action creates change
Action creates change
, was a politicalslogan of the 70’s, but the expression isvalid inwardly as well. When you act,you also change. If you want to growand discover more about yourself, thendreaming and making plans is not the best solution, if they are notimmediately followed up by action.I came by this insight when, for a period of my life, I decided only tomake those plans that I meant to carryout. That resolution cleansed my mindand had an unbelievable effect on myability to act.Real meditation in itself is also anact. It does not build upon dreams or fantasies, but leads to a place wheredeep calmness, tolerance and a keenawareness reign. There is no talk of ideals or beautiful thoughts here, but of experience. The paradox, however, isthat such a meditation rubs off on lifeand becomes the starting point for outward strength and action.If one avoids taking part in life’smany activities and believes that todream and produce thoughts for anexternal purpose is to meditate, thenone easily ends up in a no-man’s land,where nothing happens apart fromone’s own imaginary and conceptualworld (and then it doesn’t matter if these thoughts are shared with others).Certainly there is something calledcreative visualisation, and apparently itcan bring about results - at least in theshort run. But what is there to compareit with, if one hasn’t experienced theessence of meditation?
Meditation or hypnosis, transformation or manipulation - howto distinguish between a real experience and imagination?
You can not pull at the grass to make it grow 6
Conference in Paris: “Invent Tomorrow’s Education”. Yogacan increase the quality of children’s and young people’sschooling.
The Twilight Hour 8
Did we have a living meditation tradition in the North?Did grandmother meditate? Maybe, without knowing it wasmeditation - she called it something else.
A yoga pose for the whole body. A bit about the beneficialeffects of the pose on the blood pressure, the thyroid gland,asthma...
Yoga, Tantra and Meditation in daily Life 19
Swami Janakananda's book in a revised and extended edition.
For increased body awareness and inner harmony.Experiences from a weekend course at Håå Course Center.
Håå Course Center in Southern Sweden 21
is for those wishing to do a little extra for themselves -and learn yoga and meditation under the bestpossible conditions.
Yoga shop 22
Neti pots, tapes, books...