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Lesson 190 -
Sambhavi During Meditation? (Audio)
Date: Mon May 17, 2004 0:36pm
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Q: I know you do not
instruct developing sambhavi during meditation. I have got it pretty well
developed in spinal breathing, and now it is happening in meditation without
any effort. Is this okay?
A: Yes, this is how it
should happen. Meditation is a much more delicate process than spinal
breathing, so we use our spinal breathing sessions to do our development
work with mudras and bandhas. We make a habit of sambhavi during spinal
breathing, so we don't even have to think about it. With the habit in place,
as soon as we sit and close our eyes, they go toward the point between the
eyebrows. Then we begin our spinal breathing with attention going up and
down in the spinal nerve and the eyes automatically continue to favor that
direction toward our slightly furrowed brow. When ecstatic conductivity
comes up, then we have great pleasure coursing through the whole nervous
system as a direct result of sambhavi, and it becomes a habit of ecstasy we
do very naturally.
In meditation, the process of favoring the mantra
is easy but delicate, and so we are stingy with our attention, not
volunteering it for developing or doing other practices while we are
meditating. While we are meditating, we just meditate. Even so, if we have
developed good yoga habits during spinal breathing, things will occur during
meditation without our attention being used to sustain them, and we can let
them be there.
Siddhasana is a good example of this. Once we
have the habit of siddhasana, it takes no attention or effort to sit in it,
even as it is naturally energizing whatever practice we may be doing while
we are sitting in it, including meditation.
Sambhavi becomes like
that too. In fact, once sambhavi becomes a habit, tied in with the pleasure
of ecstatic conductivity between the third eye and the root, then it becomes
a natural part of all our practices, including meditation. Let's not fool
ourselves on this though. If we find ourselves favoring the development of
the "sambhavi habit" with our attention during meditation, then we should
easily come back to the mantra. That is always the procedure. When we notice
our attention has gone off to anything else during meditation, then we
easily come back to the mantra. This does not preclude automatic habits
developed in our spinal breathing sessions from naturally arising in
meditation. In this way, over time, we find non-distracting habits of
siddhasana, mulabandha, sambhavi, kechari and other mudras and bandhas
occurring naturally during meditation. This is how it happens. Always follow
the procedure of meditation, easily favoring the mantra over whatever else
that draws the attention, and the rest will happen naturally.
This is how our inner
silence and rising ecstatic energies come to blend in the dance of divine
lovemaking. The persistent nudging of our nervous system in these ways
through yoga leads to a transformation of our experience of life to unending
The guru is in you.
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Note: For detailed instructions on the
procedure of deep meditation, see the
AYP Deep Meditation book.
For detailed instructions on
sambhavi mudra, see the AYP Asanas, Mudras and
Bandhas book. Also see
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