Friday, December 18, 2009

Mind And Control Of The Mind

Mind is made up of subtle matter, it is a subtle force. When Prana, or Life Energy, vibrates on mind, mind generates thoughts.

Mind is composed from impressions, thoughts, desires and cravings. The seed of mind is egoism.

The Mind assumes the form of any object it itensely thinks of. As you think, so you become. This is the immutable psychological law.

Conscious mind operates through the brain in the waking state. Subconcious mind is Chitta, and there all impressions are imbedded.

Mind is the dividing wall between soul and body, he is the "commander in chief", and the senses are soldiers.

Mind is possible to control through Abhyasa or practice, and Vairagya or dispassion.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Samadhi

Samadhi or Enlightenment is a superconscious state. In that state, union with God or Supreme Being is attained.

The state os Samadhi cannot be described by any means or language. To know what is this state, person must experience this state through direct intiutive cognition.

We can say that this state is all-blissful joy and peace, but the person must feel this oneself.

In Samadhi, the meditator loses his identity and becomes identical with Supreme Self. In this state, meditator and meditated become one.

This experience arises when the ego and mind are dissolved, but samadhi is not a "stone-like" inert state, as many foolish peoples think, it is a magnificient experience of unity and oneness, experience beyond the senses, where seer and sight become one.

Samadhi is the property and birthright of every human being.

There are basically two kinds of Samadhi, and that is Savikalpa and Nirvikalpa Samadhi.

In Savikalpa Samadhi or Samadhi's, there is a triad: the knower, knowledge and knowable. This Samadhi is possible when there is one-pointedness of the mind. There is only partial inhibition of the mind, and the Samskaras or Mind impressions are not burnt.

Nirvikalpa Samadhi is a condition of perfect awareness. In this state, there is a complete inhibition of all mental functions, and Samskaras or Mind impressions are totally burnt. When the Yogi is perfectly established in Nirvikalpa Samadhi, then the seed of rebirth or reincarnation can be totally burnt. Through Nirvikapla Samadhi Yogi attains immortality, the highest or transcendental wisdom and eternal bliss. In this samadhi, the mind, intellect and the senses entirely cease to function. All affections like ignorance, egoism, likes and dislikes, clinging to life mundane, are destroyed. The three Gunas or qualities of the Mind entirely cease to act, and the Yogi is attained Kaivalya, or supreme independence or freedom. The past and the future are blended into the present, and everything is "now" and "here". Time and space are transcended. All sorrows have ceased, all miseries have disappeared. There is eternal freedom.

This state is like ocean without waves. The Yogi experience the exalted state of limitless joy and Immeasurable Peace.

This experience is stupendous, grand and glorious.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mantra

The word mantra consist from two Sanskrit words: the first ‘man’ means ‘continual or constant thinking’. The second ‘tra’ means ‘free’. Mantra is a process where you free yourself from worries or doubts, but not from consciousness. The purpose of the mantra is to liberate you from constrictive limitations of mind thought. Through Mantra practice, we can fix the mind upon peace, tranquility, serenity, and equanimity, enabling as to reach deeper into consciousness.

Mantra is mystical sound heard mystically by the sages in their deep states of Samadhi. The sages are passed these words to their disciples. When these disciples chant these words, they go into the higher states of consciousness experienced by their guru.

The efficiency of the mantra is dependent from the spiritual awareness of the guru who gave the mantra, the sound vibration innate within the mantra itself, and the student’s ability to concentrate.

There are four main types of mantra. They are:

1. Vedic mantras
2. Upanishadic mantras
3. Tantric mantras
4. Puranic mantras

Vedic mantras are mantras found in Vedas, the basic ancient scriptures of India, Upanishadic mantras are found in Upanishads, Tantric mantras are found in Tantric texts, and the Puranic mantras are found in the Puranas.

Each main division of mantra are divided into three subdivisions. These are sattvic, rajasic and tamasic. Sattvic mantras have power to produce wisdom, illumination, compassion, or any major attribute of God-consciousness, Rajasic mantras are chanted to produce children, wealth, worldly success, and similar, and Tamasic mantras are used to invoke lower forces from the astral planes. Tamasic mantras are like ‘words of power’ which are used to invoke power through ceremony.

The meaning of mantra is in finding some degree of peace. Mantra produce stirring within the soul of the practicant, which brings positive feelings which produce constructive thinking.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Yogic Diet

In Yoga, there is a three kinds of food, and that is Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic. Sattvic foods are foods like milk, barley, dates, fruits, vegetables, wheat, butter, honey, almonds, etc. These foods brings the mind to pure and calm state. Rajasic foods are foods like fish, eggs, meat, chilliee, etc. These foods brings passion. Tamasic foods are foods like beef, wine, garlic, onions, etc. These foods fill the mind with anger, darkness, and inertia. The practicant of Yoga should take Sattvic foods.

The diet must be moderate and well-balanced, not rich. Moderate diet is when you fill the half of stomach with food, quarter of stomach with water, and allow the remaining part of stomach for expansion of gas. Well-balanced diet is one in which the different principles of diet, like proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, etc., exist in proper proportions.

Simple, natural, non-stimulating, tissue-building, energy-producing, non-alcoholic foods and drinks keep the mind calm and pure.

Eating of meat is ruinous and deleterious to health. Eating of meat produces tapeworm and diseases of the kidneys. Control of mind is very difficult for those who eat meat. For example, note how the meat-eating tiger is ferocious, and how the cow and elephant, that live on vegetable food, are mild and graceful.

To be successful in diet, you should not overload your stomach, not be a slave of food and drink, not crave for any particular diet, and not make a fuss about diet. The key to success is taking a simple, natural diet.
 
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