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Lesson 148 -
Why Practices Twice a Day? (Audio)
Date: Tue Mar 23, 2004 4:49pm
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Q: What is the importance of doing practices two times daily?
A: When we do practices, we coax our nervous system into a different style
of functioning -- sustaining deep silence (pure bliss consciousness). And in
later stages when kundalini is active, ecstatic bliss. To stabilize all this
we go out and are active in the world every day. There is fading of the
higher functioning during activity as we work it into daily living. The
fading happens over 5-10 hours. Then we can do practices again and
re-establish the higher style of functioning again, to be faded in activity
again. This cycle can be done twice a day by doing practices morning and
early evening. It provides for the most purification and growth possible
during waking hours for people with active lives.
Doing practices once a day is much slower - it is only one daily cycle of
cultivating and fading, instead of two. And it is too much fading before
reinforcement of the higher style of functioning happens again the next day.
Twice daily practice is a matter of effectiveness and efficiency.
With twice daily practice over time, the fading of ecstatic bliss in
activity becomes less and less, and the higher style of functioning of the
nervous system becomes steady and unshakable 24 hours a day. This is the
fruit of the process -- enlightenment in daily activity, and all night too.
It is the ongoing cycle of practices and activity that produces this result.
During retreats, where responsibilities are suspended, more than two
routines of practices per day can be undertaken, alternating with meals,
light activity, and satsangs (spiritual gatherings). Three or four cycles of
practice can be done in this kind of environment. Maybe more for diehard
yogis and yoginis. It is a matter of self-pacing for comfort and
effectiveness. Then one can go very deep over a period of days, weeks, or
months in retreat. This introduces another cycle between retreats that lasts
a much longer period of time (weeks or months), superimposed over the twice
daily cycle of practices we continue with in our regular life when we are
back in the world. Retreats accelerate progress in this way. But retreats
are not a substitute for long term twice daily practices at home. What we do
every day over the long term is what will make the most difference in the
All of this is designed for maximum progress, making the best use of our
nervous system's natural abilities for enlightenment and the time we have
available to do the job.
You are in charge of your journey. These are tried and true principles of
unfoldment you can use as you see fit to travel home to enlightenment.
The guru is in you.
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instructions on building a practice routine with self-pacing, and on
increasing practices during retreats, see the
AYP Eight Limbs of Yoga book and the
AYP Retreats Book.
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