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If our mind is noisy, disturbed, hypersensitive, reactive, opinionated, critical, or just constantly busy, we cannot silence it. If we are addicted to sensory sources of stimulation and entertainment, we are not even in control of our minds and so cannot focus them in for stability in meditation. First, we must set in motion forces to take the mind from its disturbed (rajasic) or dull (tamasic) state to its natural clear quality (sattva). Mantra is the practice for changing the nature of the mind from tamas and rajas to sattva. At the same time, it provides us the focus and energy for going beyond the mind. Mantras prepare the mind for deeper Yoga practices. The other branches of Yoga are (Jnana) knowledge, (Bhakti) devotion, and (Karma) Service. Mantra = Yoga. Mantra is the common link for all 8 steps of Yoga in calming the mind necessary to access the higher Self. 1.Yama,2. niyama: Non -violence and truthfulness are mantras themselves. reminding ourselves to guide our lives. 3. Asanas performed while repeating the appropriate mantras bring a greater energy and awareness into the bones, muscles, joints and nerves, and help us transcend body consciousness. The 12 names of the Sun are chanted during Surya Salutations. 4. Pranayama practiced with soham can draw deeper cosmic prana into us for increasing vitality and awareness. 5. Pratyahara is turning senses inwards with bijas to know subconscious drives. 6. Dharana is placing bija mantras in various outer locations like body parts of a deity or inner locations like the chakras. 7. Dhyana is flowing meditation on the sound or meaning of a mantra. 8. Samadhi is the state of oneness with the object of absorption and bliss. Guided meditations, sacred sounds and music and graceful dance are some of the best means. In the final stages, mantras drop away, merging into a blissful calm.
First steps. Divinity within will not allow the mind to dwell on negative thoughts and emotions, fears, desires, jealousy and hatred, or to be controlled and distracted by external influences. With the mantra, we have a tool for redirecting the energy of the mind within so that we can reclaim our inner composure. Mantras can help us break up deep-seated mental and emotional patterns, conditioning and traumas even from previous lives. In the beginning, mantras promote sattva guna to create the proper balance in the mind, removing toxins from the body, and neutralizing the residual energies of rajas and tamas or agitation and inertia from the subconscious. The second stage consists of going beyond the mind-body complex and all of its conditioning, even that of sattva guna, to pure awareness. Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion is chanting, singing the Divine mantras like Namah Sivaya or the Hare Krishna. Devotion develops into love of the divine. Jnana Yoga, the Yoga of knowledge, focuses on Self-revealing mantras like Sooo-oo-ham. Om is the mantra of Self. Karma Yoga is performance of rituals, like pujas and yajnas. Mantras empower and sanctify them. Service (seva) to others is best done repeating a mantra. Hatha Yoga uses pranic mantras like Hum to arouse the Kundalini and awaken, and heal the chakras. Kundalini or Tantra Yoga is to move energy of vibrations coherently by placing Sanskrit letters in the petals on the body. Nada Yoga Nada is the inner power behind the mantra. The outer mantra works to awaken the inner. Then the nada assumes the form of mantra, and repeats it, which is held in our inner sound current. This yoga is listening to the music within; like a bell, a drum, a flute, the ocean etc, which are in the intelligence of space. The main insight in all mantra paths is that reality consists of vibrations of energy in space and time. Consciousness spins the space, time and matter (a form of energy). It alone is the state of pure calm of unity.
the inner Sun that disperses the outer world of duality and opens us up to the inner world of unity. Her Soma is the secret light of darkness which reveals a deeper truth.Divine Feminine We need to focus on the abundance of the universe. The enchantment of divine love and bliss is the Soma of delight. our absorption in transient worldly pleasures. beyond any body or personhood. Her vision steers us through the mayhem of personal. In surrendering to her benign support. Her overwhelming state is one of passion. a subtle intoxication beyond the limitations of our dualistic thoughts and emotions. with the greater intoxicated state of nirvana. Graciousness allows us to experience love. The Divine Feminine does not wield the forces of destruction and death against us. the state of . which is there for everyone alike. she softens all pain. to chasten or correct us like a harsh teacher. Connect with the Inner Soma The Goddess’ force releases the Soma. peace. providing both compassion for our suffering and granting us the courage to overcome it. sheer delight and rejuvenation. psychological and physical samsara (material world). contentment and happiness. Gratitude resonates with love and compassion transforming our lives and relationships. The Goddess replaces the intoxication of samsara. eventually melting it into bliss. paving the way for our soul’s liberation into timeless realms. which our hearts absorb. Shakti initiates an inner inebriation. Learning to appreciate our existence unfolds the Soma of gratitude. coloring our relationships with divine love. opening up the windows of the heart to channel the nectar of divinity. a complete immersion in eternal bliss. Focusing the light of love on our inner world creates the space for real transformation. enthusiasm. Her very glance annihilates all negativity and turbulence. This inner awareness transcends our primeval impulses of conflict and assertion which contradict our true nature of peace. My own spiritual journey drew me to the auspicious circumstance of being able to lure the Mother Goddess’ gentle grace that can take one beyond all suffering. beauty and bliss synchronizing our gentle rhythms with our deeper consciousness. we unravel the depths of a higher consciousness. This higher conscious state filters through our thoughts and actions. which satiates our soul stirrings. releasing all illusion. When this flow becomes steadfast. Once we appreciate and savor this Soma. Instead Kali is the benevolent savior at the very moment of misfortune. The mysterious power of the Dark Goddess Kali became my guiding force. dissolving the ultimate fear surrounding death itself. granting us a mysterious inner light. where we realize the value of everything in the universe. She prepares our sacred vessel to receive Shiva’s beatitude as the healing balm of meditative stillness. Understanding our true nature and taking responsibility for all our actions allows us to transform the darkness of our worldly desires into the light of bliss. the eternal nectar of immortality. In honoring our true nature we learn to respect and cherish all life. hurt and blame. it manifests as dhyana. Gratitude and graciousness are at the core of sacred healing. The Yoga Shakti does not carry the ordinary Soma or the beauty of a full Moon. but rather the mystic Soma of the dark Moon.
The power and passion of her call draws Shiva into her life – how can He not hearken to the cry of a Tantrika’s heart? That she may not always see Him or sense His presence is another samsaric saga. But Shiva will continue to play with the heart of the Yogini. Being present and aware within our own bodies is cultivating the art of divining our inner essence. reflecting a benevolent approach to our personal misgivings. enticing her into His cosmic play in His own time. The spiritual practice of turning within oneself. the Yogini’s mind beckons Shiva to come to her. perception and sensitivity we connect with our higher selves. we can follow a simple mantra meditation. . In consecrating our being through yogic practices. thoughts and triggered reactions.meditative bliss. passions and conflict with empathy. Ending exhalation with a quick silent repetition of the mantra Hum adds zest to the fire in hastening its mystical alchemy – Om Hrim Hum! Mantras carry the potency of Soma in their vibratory fields. allows us to connect with our deeper realities. Silently repeat the mantra OM during a deep inhalation to draw the flow of Soma from the outer universe into the heart. Communing with this sacred voice we are guided to the ultimate truth of the soul’s reality.Resting in this beatific state. making us tolerant to all worldly situations. being calmly aware of our senses. Then silently repeat the mantra Hrim on exhalation to energize the Soma to revitalize the heart. Looking within ourselves with compassion allows us to address our internal struggles. hidden within our own deeper awareness. Empathizing with ourselves we bring the flow of loving kindness to our inner beings. our bodily energies open up to their subtle essences and lead us to our deeper self where we access the revered wisdom deep within ourselves. Tantra We have. wonderful Gods and Goddesses in embryo who have but one intention: to bring the sacred back into our lives. To connect with this inner Soma. honing the subtle nuances of our intuitive voice. In trusting our profound insight. we fail to see the divine that is ever around us. Tantra expands horizons about masculine Self and feminine World into a living experience of the eternal time with infinite space. Being caught up in the whirlpool of mundane existence revolving in our creaturely consciousness.
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