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Swami Veda Bharati
May 26th, 2010 SRSG, Rishikesh
Golden Nuggets To understand the process of Japa. understand different layers of the mind Japa begins when the mantra becomes pure thought in the mind .
Section 1 .Understanding the Mind .
Mind . pranamaya (vital body) and reaches Atman / Purusha (Spiritual self) Mind has the highest frequency vibration of all the energy fields . closest of the form of Prakriti (matter) What is the function of Mind? • Mind is the link between consciousness and the physical personality • Through Mind one goes beyond annamaya (anatomical body).The subtlest energy field in the Universe What is Mind? • It is a shakti kshetra (energy field). a field of energy.
Entire mind field Ahamkara .Active mind Buddhi .Faculty of wisdom Citta . like an ocean • Mind fills the entire Universe • Mind is a wave in the mind-ocean of the Universe Mind is the most agile and the speediest .That by which we identify our being Characteristics of Mind • Mind has no size and no form of its own • It takes the form of whatever is presented to it by way of the senses • Mind is vast and deep.Mind is a wave in the vast ocean of the mind of the Universe Understanding Meditation requires understanding the nature of mind that consists of: • • • • Manas .
Ekagra (one-pointed) and Nirodha (fully controlled) States You will know how to receive knowledge from Within . Mudha (state of stupefaction) and Vikshipta (distracted from meditative state) states • At Deeper Level .Mind operates differently at each level and layer Understanding the Practices of Meditation requires understanding the different levels and layers of the mind • At Surface Level – Active in the Kshipta (disturbed state opposite of one pointed).
Section 2 – Process of Japa .
and Anandamaya (blissful) koshas (sheath) are all interlinked States of annamaya and pranamaya are being fed into mind at all times Any kind of tension . Manomaya (emotional/mental). Pranamaya (organic). 3. 4. Practice Khechari mudra to avoid moving tongue whilst doing Japa .physical body or Prana (life force) body. Remember any jerk in breath jerks the Mind 2. gets transmitted into the Mind Learn prayatna shaithilya (Relaxation of effort ) to settle your Mind in your Japa.Relaxation of effort (Prayatna Shaithilya) is a MUST for Japa 1. Vijnanamaya (intellectual/discriminative). Annamaya (physical).
without interruption & pause To do one mala of a Mantra in shorter time 1. lineage) Slow your breath and make it dirgha (long). learn to relax muscles and nerves as taught in the Yogi Parampara (tradition.Breath is to be long. 3. subtle. sukshma (subtle). nairantarya (continuous) and without virama (pause) Let Mantra thought come like a wave and become pure thought in the mind 2. This is only the beginning of Japa .
Layers and Levels When you get deep into the layers of the mind field. the Mantreshvaras (lords of mantras) send their grace into your meditation By the anugraha (grace) of the Lords of Mantras. the Japa will deepen . Let the thought not be interrupted by other thoughts • • Understand the Mind – Nature. Let the thought not turn into words on the tongue 2.Make Japa deep and subtle To deepen your Japa • Increase the duration of Mantra thought coming like a wave 1.
where the knowledge is received wordlessly The wordless knowledge is received as the knowledge of the Vedas was received Relaxation of effort MUST be there at all levels of the practice of yoga . rather you will not do After much abhyasa (practice). finally you reach a point where mauna (silence).At each layer of the mind the Spandanam is higher frequency Journey in Japa • • • • • • Doing the Japa at the shallow layer of Mind as a conscious thought As Mind’s vibrations become more ajiram (agile. a high frequency As you take your Japa into yet deeper layers of the mind you will do more Japa in shorter period of time. most high frequency). the brain waves slow down At each deeper layer the Mantra becomes a faster vibration. free of decay) and javishtham (speediest.
Section 3 – Practical lesson .
the tongue lock with your mantra Continue to feel the slow. gentle breaths. 5. your posture. 8. without a break. feeling the stream of energy on the sushumna path from the nasagra 7. Bring your attention to yourself. Cont/d…. your asana. with your breaths Merge your left and right nostril-breaths into the sushumna stream Let the mantra continue. 3. 4. 2. . 6. jerk in your nostrils Let there be no break in the flow of your mantra thought.How to reduce the time taken for doing long mantras? 1/3 We will practice with the mantra ‘Akhanda-mandalakaram vyaptam yena characaram. your back. smooth. observe your breath and establish diaphragmatic breathing Feel the flow of breaths in your nostrils Establish khechari mudra. sound. tat-padam darsitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah’ 1. all in perfect order Relax all parts of your body Bring your mind’s attention to your breathing. 9.
all at once. the entire pada. The same way that the entire mantra is coming as a single wave. No words. the entire quarter as a single thought 15. Remember ‘tasmai sri-gurave namah’. the entire pada. Let only the mantra thought arise. Remember the entire half of the verse ‘Akhanda-mandalakaram vyaptam yena characaram’ . No words. and remember 14. but the complete mantra thought all at once 12. the same wave Cont/d…. Same wave. the entire quarter/order. remember just ‘Akhanda-mandalakaram’. Ignore the breath flow 11. Remember ‘vyaptam yena characaram’. Think that as a thought over and over. Let that become the wave. go into your mind. 13.How to reduce the time taken for doing long mantras? 2/3 10. Remember ‘tat-padam darhsitam yena’. only the thought 16. Remember. remember. without a break. . only the thought 17. Following the sushumna path. Not word by word.
22. thought flashing 21. by usual procedure. come back to your personal diksha-mantra. Having completed the desired number of japa. as a thought flashing. The entire thought. like a wave 20. complete mantra.How to reduce the time taken for doing long mantras? 3/3 18. Come to the sushumna breath. Keeping the mantra in the mind. Let the entire ‘Akhanda-mandalakaram’. with the same mantra thought. Same wave. open your eyes A blockage would mean that you got tensed. Remember ‘tat-padam darsitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah’ 19. be remembered as a thought in the mind. have broken your breaths and brought the mantra to your tongue Change the whole situation in you May Gurudeva and God bless you .
Feeling in the shallows? Contemplate the Ocean. .Swami Veda Bharati .
vital energy Pranamaya kosha .Silence Mudha – State of stupefaction • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Nairantarya .Anatomical body.The blissful sheath Annamaya kosha .Vital body. the organic sheath Prayatna shaithilya – Relaxation of efforts Purusha – Spiritual self Shakti kshetra . the physical sheath Anugraha – Grace Atman – Individual spirit Dirgha .without interruption Nirodha .Glossary • • • • • • • • • • • Abhyasa – Practice Ajiram – Agile. free of decay Anandamaya kosha .One-pointed attention Javishtham – Speediest. lineage Prakriti .Fully controlled state Parampara – Tradition.Long Ekagra state .Disturbed state opposite of one pointed Manomaya kosha – The metal or emotional sheath Mantreshvaras – Lords of Mantras Mauna .Pause .Matter Prana – Life Force. most high frequency Khechari mudra .Energy field Sukshma – Subtle Vijnanamaya kosha – The intellectual or discriminative sheath Vikshipta – Distracted from meditative state Virama .Tuck the tongue Kshipta .
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