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RAJA YOGAMEDITATION STEP STEP BY The'RajaYogaMeditation Step by Step' coursewill help you in learning how to meditate, it presentsa structure.Within this frameworkeach one is given guidelines how to on meditate creativelv and succesfullv. Of courseevery structurehas it's limits and it is never absolute.The wonderfulthing process aboutRaja Yogais that it is a creative which is individual and uniquefor everyone. RajaYogaenables everyone havetheir own experiences the self and God. to on Nonetheless, goodto havea certainstructureto guideand assistyou. We will buildup it's the structurein 4lessons.step by step. * Oneof the first questions you can ask yourself, evenbeforeyou start meditating, is: WHY DO I WANT TO MEDITATE? What is your personalreasonin wanting to learn meditation? What is it you want to throughmeditation? achieve In the coursewe will take time to experiment with the material. this way it will not be In just theory,but an experience well. So let's take a minuteto think about this question: as Whv do lwant to meditate?

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(Teacher:Takea minute of silence, then ask a few of the students what thet reasonsare, After asking the students you can give some suggestions, such as:) your power of concentration, Reasons meditate to can be: to becomepeaceful, improve to to reduce stressand anxiety,to buildup innerstrength.Or maybeyou feel depressed from time to time and want to know what is the reasonfor that and what the solutionmight be. Maybeyou would like to get to know your own feelingsa little better,to find out who you reallyare. Or maybeit's a relationship with Godthat you want Your reasons wanting to meditatewill probably for changefrom time to time. When you havedeeper insightinto yourself,therewill be different thingsyou will want to know. And 'Why do I want to meditate?', you from time to time when you ask yourselfthis question you understand reasons,other perspectives. will notice other answers,other The more your goal is, the more powerfulyour why it is that you are doingsomething, the clearer motivation be and the moredirectedwill your effortsbe in reaching will that goal. BALANCE: OUTSIDE/ INSIDE (mafte (spiritualityl for ts One of the most importantreasons meditation to restorethe balancebetweenthe in insideand outsideworld. Most of us are ratherout of balance this respect.

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WHAT IS MEDITATION? * lnnef dialogue I lnner healing * Recharging the battery of the soul through connection with the Highest Source of spitituat energy INNER IALOGUE D Meditation an innerdialogue, conversation is a with yourself.In our liveswe spendquitea lot of time talkingto others.When we are lookingfor answersto a question, tend to we ask others:"What would you do if vou were me?" But, of course,the other personis not you and in the end you will have to decidefor yourself. The moreyou get to know yourself,the more you find out about what it is you reallywant. That'swhy an innerdialogue so important. a conversation, relais lt's a you reallyare. tionship, with the one whom

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During these inner conversations you get to know yourself: your deep desires,youl strengths, talentsand qualities. alsoyour weaknesses But become visible,lt,s imoortant to your personality. lot has happened the soulduring learnto look at all theseaspects of A to the courseof time. There are lots of inner patterns,ideas and misunderstandings that, play consciously unconsciously, a role in our lives.ldeasaboutour role,status,religion, or colour,creedand culturehave dictatedour livesto a great extent. Theseconceptshave madeus'body-conscious', developing us inferiority superiority in or complexes, intolerance, fear,insensitivity, disappointment loneliness, thesetypes of experiences and All have led us away from who we reallyare: the original, complete individual, that is. the eternal sout.

You can readbooks,arguewith othersor follow one courseafter the other,but in the end you will only find your realself in the silence meditation. no-onecan tell you exactly of For who you are. You can only experience this for yourself.That,s why it,s so imDortant to take time for this.

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INNER EALING H Havinga silentconversation with yourselfis very healing,In fact the word ,meditation, comes from the Latin 'mederi' which means'to heal'. Meditationliterallymakes vou 'whole' again. When we don't know ourselves, we feel lost: Who am l? Where am I y g o i n g ? h a t s h o u l dl b e d o i n g ? h o c a n I t r u s t ? W h a t i s t r u e a n d w h a t i s f a l s e ? o u r W W ' h e a r t ' m a ye l ly o u o n et h i n gb u t y o u r ' h e a d ' t e l l y o u s s o m e t h i n e l s e .W h a t e v eIr t h o u g h t t g was right yesterday, longerfeelsright today. no

No-onecan solve these questionsfor you exceptyou yourself.your own experience is more powerfulthan anythingelse.That's why RajaYoga pays so much attentionto the experience meditation. of That's where the answerslie. When you begin to experience yourselfas a spiritualpersonality, others may try to undermineyou, but no-one can destroy this innerreality. RECHARGING BATTERY THE But meditationis especially yourselfwith inner strength.This can be about recharging achieved connecting by with the Highest poweris very Source spiritual of energy.Spiritual just about every problemwe have in Lack of spiritualenergyis the reasonfor essential,

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Firstof all there is the mind. In the mind all our thoughts,feelings, emotions and experienmanifest. ces become * So look insidefor a minute. What do you see?lminute of silence)

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* Now, let's practice the four questions, I sit relaxed...in silence... and disconnectmyself from the things around me... the next ten minutesor so are for me alone... to know myself,., to be with myself,,. I don't have to think about otherc... I don't need to worry about the things I still have to do... I ask myself: Who am l?,., who am lreally?..- automaticallymy mind focusses towards the one lreally am... the soul,., the incorporeallight in the centre of my forehead.-. the soul who is eterthe nal... the spiritualself... the soul who is imperishable.,. eternalpoint of light. my whole identity... what I am is inside this tiny lnsideI, the soul, lie all my experiences.,, point of living light... this is who I really am,.. immortal... eternal... I let these thoughts penetratemy mind.., lam immortal.., living light,.. incorporcal... lam not matter... I am not this body-.-and I ask myself: Whatis my form?... I am a point,.. very small, but so powerful... a point of spiritualught... I shine like a staL.- like a pure, clear star of light... I visualisemyselt as this stat.., and I rcalise that l, the soul, control my body frcm within this point in the centre of my forehead,,.I am a point, radiatinglight... and I ask myself: Whatare the originalqualitiesof l, the soul?.,. my originalguality is of pure divinepeace... peace is my originalnature-.- the closer I get to myself, the deeper I go into my original peace...peace, my o ginal strength..- I am no longer distracted by a the things around me..- peace and silence,..peace is such a great power.., the power of my true self... the power to be stable under all conditions... I allow this feeling of pure peace... the peace of my originalnature to flow through me... peace belongsto me... peace is me... and when I am close to my real self, I notice how strong I am... I have strength,.. the power to be myself wheneverI want.., beyond influences...I am completelyinside... very quiet.,. vety peaceful...at one with myself,.. peace and silence. ln sitence I experiencea leeling of love.-. love for who I really am... understandingof of myself..-acceptance myself... respect for my originaleternalbeing... when I seemyself in this way, love emerges,.,and confidence..,and I ask myself: Wheredo I come from?... I realise that my originalhome is far, very tar away lrom this world of sound and matter... it is the world of eternal peace... the world of light.,. of silence.-.the wo d beyond of stillnessand peace... this is my silent, eternalhome... this is whereI come from... the world of silent peace and light... peace and light. Om Shanti.
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with eyesopen.You will find in the long run that it It is alsoimportant learnto meditate to during your daily activities. will be much easierto keep up a meditativeconsciousness you can focus your eyes on the posterof the Supreme meditating Soul who, like Whilst us, is alsoa star of light. Om Shanti.

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WHY A CONNECTION WTH THE SUPREME SOUL? * Power: Recharging the baftety of the soul * Expeience of being etenal and impeishable * Purification

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PEAC E God is alsothe Sourceof Peace. What is peace?Peaceis freedom;free from the desires that createconflictin the self and with others.Selfishness, expressed througha varietyof desires,createsseparationand disharmony.God's being is harmony, becauseHe is complete; beyondneeds,and thereforenaturally beyondany desire Peace contentment. be at one with your own self, that is. to know your eternalself is To and to experience value and uniqueness. peacefulbeing is stable, becauseno its A negative influence the powerto disturbhim. A positive has self-awareness naturally brings peace and stability the soul. to

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