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Lesson 59 -
Some Mantra Particulars (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
59.1 - Is
I AM (AYAM) an English or Sanskrit Word? (Audio)
Linear vs. Circular Mantra (Audio)
59.3 - Source of the I AM (AYAM) Mantra (Audio)
59.4 - OM
vs I AM (AYAM) Mantra for Beginning Meditators
"Bija" Mantras versus AYP "I AM" (AYAM) Mantra
Date: Tue Dec 30, 2003 2:22pm
New Visitors: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the archive,
as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
I have some questions about the I AM mantra. What if I have been given a
mantra from someone else for meditation? Does I AM have the same effect as
OM? Can I use I AM for chanting? Can I use it during the day while I am at
work? Can I use it as I go to sleep at night? You said don't use I AM during
pranayama. What about using a mantra such as So-Ham with the breath during
pranayama? Besides morning and evening, can I meditate using I AM in the
middle of the day too?
A: If you are following
another teaching or tradition, and it is going well, stick with that. That
goes for any other mantra you have been given as well. In that case, just
consider these lessons to be "food for thought." There is no wish here to
interfere with existing systems of practice. These lessons are designed to
present an "open system" of integrated spiritual practices that can be used
by anyone to the degree desired. Beginners can start from scratch at the
beginning and go all the way through with these lessons. Experienced
practitioners can tap in anywhere and pick up a few pointers. Like that.
If you have decided to use these lessons as the
primary source for your practice, then you would do best to discontinue any
overlapping practices and follow the lessons precisely. There are only so
many things a person can do at once. You can see there are plenty of
practices here to digest. Yahoo willing, there will be many more advanced
yoga practices coming. Keep it simple and go one step at a time. If this is
going to be your primary source, there will be more than enough to do. We
will leave no stone unturned.
The I AM mantra is
similar to OM, but not exactly the same, so the effects are somewhat
different. I AM has both linear and circular qualities contained within it,
while OM is circular. "I" is the linear quality in I AM. "AM" is the
circular quality in I AM. So you can see I AM has something extra. What is
that something extra? It is a polarity. OM is well known to be the sound of
kundalini moving through the body, the nervous system becoming enlivened as
sexual essences circulate higher up and a new biology emerges. Many can hear
it. OM is the sound of Mother Nature in us, and she is ecstatic bliss. Ahhh...
OM is mother. But where is father? As we become
enlightened, a divine romance occurs in us, a joining. In the I AM mantra,
"I" is the father vibration, and "AM" is the mother vibration. Recall that
yoga means "to join." This happens on many levels in many ways. In
meditation, we are refining the vibrations of the mantra every day to
stillness, to silence, to pure bliss consciousness, over and over again.
Using I AM as mantra, we are cultivating pure bliss consciousness fully
through the nervous system, permeating the natural polarity that exists
within us. We are enlivening both divine masculine and divine feminine
qualities within us at the same time. This has a direct relationship to the
dynamics in the spinal nerve, and to the dynamics of kundalini. More on that
later. The thing to understand here is that I AM has some special
characteristics. This may sound theoretical, but it becomes very
experiential in time. As your experience advances, you will find that the
vibrational quality of the mantra has a direct correspondence with inner
ecstatic experiences that constitute a consummation of polarities going on
in the nervous system. It is a complex, but automatic, process we stimulate
with our daily practice.
Continue to be relaxed
and easy in your meditations. All this theory means nothing compared to the
simple process of meditation. Forget the meanings when you meditate. If all
this meaning comes up in meditation, just treat it like any other thoughts.
Easily go back to the mantra. Just meditate every day, and everything will
come naturally. In time, you will experience inside what has been mentioned
Chanting I AM is not recommended if you are using
it in your daily meditation. The reason is that we use the mantra for going
inward to stillness of mind and body. Chanting is an outside activity. We
want the habit with the mantra to be going in. In time, you will think the
mantra once and be gone into pure bliss consciousness. Your nervous system
will become habituated to dive into the meditative state at the drop of a
hat - a wonderful ability to have in this hectic world. If you love to
chant, find something else to use. Chanting has its own benefits and is
wonderful, especially in groups. Stick with using the I AM mantra for going
in with the simple but powerful procedure of meditation. If you like to use
I AM at bedtime as you go to sleep, that's okay, but keep it inside. Keep in
mind it can be very stimulating for some people, especially as we further
awaken kundalini. That could keep you awake. Of course, it is okay to use I
AM in regular conversation. That is fine. That is on the level of meaning.
Meditation is beyond verbal meaning, on levels of inner refinement of the
vibration of thought where there is much more power.
Thinking the mantra during the day while in
activity is not recommended. When you are in the world, be in the world.
When you are in meditation, be in meditation. Your activity will stabilize
pure bliss consciousness in your nervous system. That will happen naturally
if you meditate twice a day. In general, keep meditation and activity
separate. Both have their purpose. Likewise, we don't deliberately use the
mantra while we are doing pranayama, or vise versa.
The reason we don't use
the mantra in pranayama is because we are already building many other habits
of practice relating to spinal breathing. Spinal breathing is an advanced
practice, and becomes more advanced as we add on the other things that we do
during pranayama. There are breathing mantras like So-Ham that people use
during pranayama. That is fine as a beginning practice when the attention is
not going up and down the spinal nerve and also building the other habits
that are necessary for advanced yoga practice. Because we begin with spinal
breathing in these lessons, we skip the beginning practice of breathing
mantra. Instead, we do pranayama first and meditation second. In these
lessons we don't do both at the same time.
Twice a day is the
formula for meditation. If morning and mid afternoon are best for you rather
than morning and early evening, then do it. Take a good rest when coming out
so activity will be smooth. Meditation three times a day may make you
cranky. If you have a weekend or holiday, and are removed from
responsibilities, you can try three meditations for a day or two. But keep
in mind you are using a powerful practice that releases
obstructions/impurities in your nervous system. If they come out too fast,
it can be uncomfortable. That is why we rest after meditation, and then go
and be active to stabilize the pure bliss consciousness in our nervous
system. Find your steady pattern, and make it a routine. Regularity in
practice over time is how to progress. Short intense practice for a day here
and there won't make much difference. It is what you do day in and day out
for months and years that will make the difference. Then the silence of pure
bliss consciousness will come up and permeate every part of your life.
The guru is in you.
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