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So(ul) to Spe k

The practice of
meditation
re-opens the gates
of consciousness
to the universal
rhythms of life. It
steeps the mind
in those rhythms,
allowing the
impurities of the
mind to dissolve
in the light of
awareness.
The Rhythm of Life
The Universe is in perfect rhythm. Mother Nature always flows in an infinitely
intelligent, harmonizing and natural rhythm. Because our existence arises within
that larger, harmonized context, we always have those larger, universal rhythms
available to us. They are our own, true nature, the very source of our own existence.

If you could look within your body, you would see trillions of cells, all functioning
in perfect harmony. If you could split the hard stuff of matter and see the atom, you
would see the rhythm of infinite space dancing within each tiny particle. All of life
moves in eternal rhythm. Our soul, our Spirit, is one with the eternal dance of that
celestial rhythm.

Our mind is not so harmonious however, and we are identified with our mind. So
the rhythm of our life becomes increasingly elusive, unfamiliar, shrouded in the
ignorance and illusions of our conditioned mind.

Restoring the Natural Rhythm of Earth


Through Individual and
Collective Meditation SRI SHUDDHAANANDAA BRAHMACHARI

The practice of meditation re-opens the gates of consciousness to the universal


rhythms of life. It steeps the mind in those rhythms, allowing the impurities of the
mind to dissolve in the light of awareness. Meditation allows the natural rhythm
and harmonies of life to manifest more readily.

When you are one with the universal rhythm, your breath is rhythmic. Your
body-mind-soul is in perfect balance. You are untouched by the apparent ups and
downs of life and the constant flow of change. You become calm, composed and
serene.

The more removed we are from our Spirit, which is inseparable from the source of
all life, the more we deviate from the primary, innate intelligence that seamlessly
moves life forward in harmony. Global warming is nothing but the manifestation of
the loss of rhythm in the collective consciousness of humanity. People all over the
world have abused Mother Nature for sensual and material gratification for too
long. The natural balance of Mother Earth’s rhythm has been lost. It is human beings
who distort that natural balance. It is humans alone who can restore it.

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So(ul) to Spe k
No Waste, No Want We need to wake up, to realize the
wisdom of “No waste, No want,” and
Spend time outside often, meditating
on the beauty of the natural world, its
Human beings are essentially seekers of
to discover ever new ways to practice it harmonies, and its rhythms. Allow
happiness. Yet, in our pursuit of
in our daily living. Developing new those harmonies to amplify and
happiness we have drifted towards the patterns and behaviors that heal the resonate in your body. Feel them as
periphery. We have abandoned the environment, cultivating our awareness your own. Nature and all of its
Center, the essence of our being that is of life’s boundless gifts and the ways we harmonies are in you. They gave birth
naturally in harmony, for externals. can be in deeper service to them, are to you. Know that you are connected to
Humankind has become greedy, lost in acts of love for life. They give us joy. the inexhaustible source of the cosmos
the illusion that happiness comes from They cleanse and heal the earth with in your own heart. Gradually, all
more and more material possessions. positive vibrations, while warding off external forms come home to the one
We thought that by mastering nature the negative impact of a polluted thread running through the garland of
outside we would be happy. The environment. life. Prayer, meditation and natural
damage that has been done is a direct
beauty will bless you with the growing
result of our individual and collective
illusions.
Your Heart Beats awareness and experience of oneness
and peace.
with the Rhythm of
Humanity has to move from the
periphery back to the Center again. the Universe Feel the Beautiful
The fountain of happiness and peace Feel blessed that you were given a
lies in the balance of the inner and the human body, a human mind, a life in Rhythm of Your Life
outer world, in living harmoniously which to grow and learn, and most
importantly, a heart. Your heart is a
Flowing through
within the larger rhythms of nature.
center of the world, a center of the Each Breath
Each and every one of us can take outer Universe. Bring the whole of the Spend some time in silence each day.
action to save water, electricity, gas, and Universe through the center of your Find a quiet, peaceful place, preferably

Human beings are essentially seekers of happiness.


Yet, in our pursuit of happiness we
have drifted towards the periphery.
We have abandoned the Center, the essence of our
being that is naturally in harmony, for externals.

other resources to ease the misuse of heart. Feel the whole Universe from a place where you can be aware of the
Nature’s abundant gifts. But we need to that center. When your heart is open, beauty of Nature. Sit comfortably erect.
take an inner journey as well. Most of you feel for everybody, for every being. Relax your body from head to foot,
us lack adequate respect, consciousness, Then your heart beats, not only with focusing on relaxing each body part.
and appreciation for our Mother’s gifts. blood, but with the rhythm of the Then take a few deep breaths. Inhale
We might mean well, but who among Universe, with the rhythm of divine deeply and exhale deeply. Breathe
us does not have unexamined areas of ecstasy. consciously, withdrawing from external
unconsciousness? perceptions. Watch the flow of

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universal energy, prana, moving in and Come out of meditation gradually,
out through your nostrils. You are bringing your mind to the body. Relax,
consciously connected with the bring your consciousness back to the
vishwa-prana, the universal life force beauty of Nature and feel all is well in
that sustains all life. Feel the beautiful your life. Bless everything around you
rhythm of your life flowing through the when you open your eyes. Celebrate
breath. and be joyful for the gift of meditation
and your union with all that is.
Thoughts will come and go to take you
away from your concentration. Don’t
condemn your thoughts. Don’t
condemn yourself. Just relax. Bring
your focus back to your breath and
keep breathing. Let your thoughts go
into the rising and falling of the breath,
into the delicate and soothing rhythm
of the air passing through your nostrils.
You will experience lightness in your
body, calmness of mind, and peace in
your heart.
So(ul) to Spe k
Join with Others in and breathing exercises, meditate
together, and pray for peace and
Collective Meditation healing in our world. “Whenever two
In the frantically paced, imbalanced or more are gathered” in the Divine
society in which we live, we all need name, Divine energies are amplified
greater access to positive energies. We and reinforced.
all need to strengthen our inner life and
personal relationship with the Divine. You can start a small group with your
We need a safe forum for personal spouse, your family, or a friend. Soon
discovery, spiritual support, and another friend may want to join you.
sharing. Beginning with relaxation and
That is why I encourage forming breathing exercises harmonizes you
groups to learn yoga, practice relaxation within your own body-mind-soul and
with one another. Collective prayer and
meditation purifies both the inner and
outer environment. It fills the ether
with vibrations of peace and happiness.
Conversations flow more naturally, they
foster personal discovery, spiritual
support and sharing. Everyone in the Nature celebrates continually, without Individual and collective meditation
group can then share gratitude, insights rhyme, without reason, through the and prayers can work miracles.
and inspirations, or problems. universal rhythm of the seasons, Becoming contemplative of the purpose
through every life form, through every of human birth, we move towards the
One of the purposes of such groups is
physical manifestation. We humans peace of our Spirit. May we all offer
to grow in spiritual friendship. Most
often miss the joy and celebration that ourselves more completely to the
psychosomatic diseases are emotionally
life is, because we have too many other rhythm of the Universe. May we pray
induced; the result of feelings of
distractions and priorities. What we are for it to manifest more fully in our own
isolation and separation. Today, we
missing is our own soul’s peace and heart and in all hearts.
have so little time to listen, to connect
harmony, the dance of our own Spirit,
with one another. Far too many people Let the love and the warmth of our
the music of our own heart.
suffer with emotional imbalances and hearts for Mother Earth and all her
depression as a result. Meditation Alone and joining with others, let us beings expand our awareness of her
groups create opportunities for trust, invoke the abundant, regenerative infinite glory. Let our small sacrifices
sharing, and growth through mutual energies that are all around us. Let us reduce the various perils we face today
support. create ripples of joy and celebration such as global warming. No small effort
that nourish our world. What is more is in vain, whether individual or
There is no need to wait. We can wake
important than arousing our awareness collective. Joining together in prayer
up now to the dance of consciousness
of all the ways that life supports us? and meditation, we replenish and
and learn the art of celebration. We are
What is more important than honoring amplify the natural balance and rhythm
not alone. Together we can make a
the gifts of Nature? of our Mother Earth.
difference!

One of the purposes of such groups


is to grow in spiritual friendship.
Most psychosomatic diseases are emotionally induced;
the result of feelings of isolation and separation.
Today, we have so little time to listen, to connect with one another.

Sri Sri Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari informally called “Baba” is a renowned speaker and philosopher.
He has authored several books, including the biography of his spiritual master Baba Lokenath - The Incredible
Life of a Himalayan Yogi; Words of Pure Bliss and others. “Making Your Mind Your Best Friend” represents his
core teachings and will soon be available in the United States. Baba has worked relentlessly for the emancipation
of women and children in the slums of Kolkata and the remote villages of West Bengal. He founded Lokenath
Divine Life Mission (LDLM) in 1985. More than 200,000 patients are treated each year at the Mission’s
outdoor medical clinics & mobile medical vans. The Mission is also leading West Bengal in forming Farmers’
Clubs to promote eco-friendly agricultural and village development. Baba was a delegate at the Millennium Peace Summit of Religious
and Spiritual Leaders of the World organized by the United Nations in August 2000; and he was a presenter at the World Parliament
of Religions in Montserrat (Spain) in 2004. www.babalokenath.org, www.feelinghearts.org

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