Advanced Yoga Practices
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Lesson 79 -
Mantra Reminders (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
79.1 - Rhythm of Mantra Repetition (Audio)
79.2 - More on Mantra Repetition (Audio)
79.3 - Favoring Stillness Instead of the Mantra
During Deep Meditation? (Audio)
79.4 - Confirming the Subtle Vibration of the Mantra in Deep Meditation (Audio)
Picking Up the Mantra as a Feeling Beyond Thinking (Audio)
Recognizing When to Pick Up the Mantra during Deep Meditation (Audio)
Favoring versus Listening for the Mantra During Deep Meditation (Audio)
Date: Sun Jan 11, 2004 4:21pm
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Q: I tried this out, the mantra kinda turns, for
me, into something less sharp in my mind, something mores like AHHHHH
MMMMMMM...and seems to work naturally with the in-breath and
out-breath...without making it that way intentionally. Sometimes it gets
meanings attached to it too.
This is a curious experiment for me. I am not new
to mantra meditations, having done several kinds of meditation for many
years. I never did experience much. I'm told this lack of experience is
attributed to "bad karmas." Your comments would be welcome.
A: It is okay for the mantra to change, lengthen,
shorten, etc, if it does so naturally during meditation. If meanings get
attached to it, that is okay too. We just easily favor the procedure. We
always easily come back to the original I AM. But there is a trick to that,
mentioned in the lessons. You may be very settled and the mantra may be a
very unclear pronunciation, very fuzzy. We will know that is it, and that is
what we come back to, not forcing a clear pronunciation when it is naturally
fuzzy. It is the easiest level to come back to, because that is where our
attention left off. So we are starting a deeper cycle coming back to it that
way, coming back to where it is, instead of trying to force it to a clear
Remember, losing the mantra again and again is
the game. We can't make ourselves lose it. It goes by itself. This is the
mind's natural ability to become still. We just keep creating the right
condition with the procedure for using the mantra. The mind does the rest.
At first, the experience of a quieting mind and nervous system may be subtle
-- a little silence, some peaceful feelings, some relaxation. We take that
into activity with us after meditation. Gradually it can become profound
feelings of deep bliss in meditation. This is pure bliss consciousness
taking up residence in our nervous system. And this goes with us into
activity too. This is the path.
On the breathing, if you find the mantra going
with the breath, just favor the procedure for using the mantra. Don't push
the breath awareness out or hang onto it. Treat it just the same as thoughts
that come up. As was covered in detail in previous lessons, trying to have
the attention on both mantra and breath divides the mind, and takes away
from the effectiveness of simple meditation. If it comes, okay, but it is
not to be done deliberately as dual practice. It is not the approach in
Maybe some of the other advanced yoga practices,
in addition to meditation, will help open things up for you. All karma will
dissolve eventually. No effective practice you do to enter the infinite is
lost. You obviously have strong bhakti, or why meditate all these years? The
curtain shall part, and what you find in there will be good. In time, your
divine inside will be blossoming outside.
The guru is in you.
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