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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Jan 25, 2007
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      ARTICLE is at this link:
      http://www.swamij.com/how-to-use-swamij-com.htm

      PICTURES AND LINKS: The article from which the following comes has
      several useful pictures and links. Since the text newsletter format
      does not allow for inclusion of the pictures, please click on the
      link for the article to see these important pictures.

      AUDIO is at this link (audio also linked on article page):
      http://www.swamij.com/Sounds/how-to-use-swami-j-com.mp3


      HOW TO USE THE SWAMIJ.COM SITE
      Swami Jnaneshvara

      It may seem odd to have instructions on how to use a website, but the
      need comes from the common statement of people that while they love
      the articles on the website, they don't know where to get started. By
      understanding the way the site is intentionally designed, it might be
      easier to use.

      The subject of Yoga is vast, having both tremendous depth and
      breadth, while also having in inherent simplicity. For one who yearns
      for the highest direct experience of the spiritual mountain, it seems
      inescapable that there is a need to understand not only the most
      basic or entry level instructions, but also the nature of the whole
      journey, as well as the subtler, finer, deeper nuances of the
      practices along the way. To serve those people with that degree of
      longing is the purpose of this website, and that is why the distinct,
      yet synchronous approaches are used.

      In general, there are three types of articles on the website. The
      three approaches work together throughout the site (scroll down for
      more info).

      1) Linear or Sequential
      2) Matrix or Random
      3) Supporting Topics

      In addition to these three approaches for the articles, you'll also
      note that there are quite a few pictures or graphics throughout the
      site. Some of these are used in several different pages, as the point
      being made by a particular graphic may relate to different topic
      articles.


      LINEAR OR SEQUENTIAL LEARNING

      One style of teaching and learning presents information or
      instructions to you in a systematic, step-by-step approach. It is
      very logical and easier for the mind to follow (which does not mean
      that the material itself is easy). Much of our learning in
      traditional schools presents educational material in such a linear
      way, studying course after course.

      On the website, you'll find many articles that present the systematic
      process of meditation in such a sequential way. From beginning
      meditation to the highest pinnacle of direct experience, the articles
      walk you through the process. There are many different articles that
      incorporate this same approach.

      So, why so many articles that say the same thing? It is extremely
      useful to have different perspectives. There are different ways of
      saying something similar, wherein each description adds new insight
      about the underlying process.

      Following are a few examples of this approach from the website. There
      are others on the site, but these few will give you the idea. You
      might want to go to each page for a moment to get the idea, then use
      the Back button on your browser so you can look at the others.

      EXAMPLES of Linear or Sequential Learning Pages:

      A One-Line Short Course
      http://www.swamij.com/oneline-yoga-meditation-summary.htm

      Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Meditation
      http://www.swamij.com/bia-table.htm

      Yoga Meditation Described in 16 Parts
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-meditation.htm

      Five Sheaths or Koshas
      http://www.swamij.com/koshas.htm


      MATRIX OR RANDOM LEARNING

      Another style of teaching and learning presents a very broad and deep
      overview so that the whole of the subject can be seen in one glance.
      This approach allows you to enter into the material wherever you
      want, and then take a journey, much as you might if wandering through
      a vast forest.

      The website attempts to take full advantage of the ability to move
      around material through extensive hyperlinks. Unlike a book that has
      sequential, numbered chapters and pages, a website can allow you to
      easily move wherever you want, following your own intuition about
      what's next.

      Notice that the Homepage of the website is designed in this way.
      While it can be intimidating at first glance, it allows you to be
      able to jump in anywhere. It is what I like to call "playing" in the
      teachings.

      Following are a few examples of this approach from the website. You
      might want to go to each page for a moment to get the idea, then use
      the Back button on your browser so you can look at the others. Notice
      the many hyperlinks that you can intuitively follow.

      EXAMPLES of Matrix or Random Learning Pages:

      Homepage
      http://www.swamij.com/index.htm

      Yoga Sutras
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras.htm

      Yoga
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga.htm

      Meditation Index
      http://www.swamij.com/index-yoga-meditation-meditation.htm


      SUPPORTING TOPICS

      While some articles are sequential, outlining the systematic process
      of the inner journey, and others provide the vast overview with lots
      of hyperlinks, some individual topics require lengthy articles to
      describe that one process.

      It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, many of
      the subjects of Yoga cannot be captured with a picture. Thus, we are
      stuck with needing thousands of words. A single article may have one
      single principle or point that it is trying to make. Once you
      understand that, the thousand words are not so important. In other
      words, the thousand words may be just a means to get a single "aha"
      or insight.

      Referring to these articles as "support" topics means that they help
      to clarify or expand upon the sequential articles. By understanding
      the supporting topics individually, the systematic process itself can
      be more easily understood. For example, breath training is a stage of
      the systematic process, and the lengthy descriptions of breath are
      the support.

      Following are a few examples of supporting topics from the website.
      While there are many on the site, these few will give you the idea.
      It would be useful to click on a link below, make a quick scan of
      that page, use the Back button on your browser, and then look at the
      other links as well.

      EXAMPLES of Supporting Topic Learning Pages:

      Diaphragmatic Breathing
      http://www.swamij.com/diaphragmatic-breathing.htm

      Yoga Nidra
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm

      Om Mantra
      http://www.swamij.com/om.htm

      Bindu
      http://www.swamij.com/bindu.htm


      NATURALLY BLENDING ALL THREE APPROACHES

      If you've clicked through the links above, you have probably already
      noticed how each approach stands alone, and yet, integrates with the
      others. If you'll keep these three approaches in mind when going
      through the website, you'll have an increasing understanding of the
      simplicity of the site, even though it may have looked complicated in
      the beginning.

      In many articles, you'll notice a blending of the three approaches.
      An article on a specific topic may also have many hyperlinks to other
      pages. This allows you to move around the site, as said above, like
      wandering through a forest. That same topical article may also touch
      on the systematic process of the inner journey, putting that specific
      topic in context.

      1) Linear or Sequential
      2) Matrix or Random
      3) Supporting Topics

      While it is true that the most important part of life is
      enlightenment (or whatever you want to call it), the journey of life
      should be pleasant. That is also true with our studies and practices
      of meditation, contemplation, prayer, and mantra. Therefore, please,
      I invite you to engage this website in the spirit of "play." Have
      fun. Enjoy life. Enjoy your journeys through this website.
      Yet, "remember" at the same time, while you play.


      INTEGRATING PICTURES AND GRAPHICS

      Following are a few examples of pictures or graphics that are used in
      the site. Notice how each of them contains a blending of describing
      the sequence of the inner journey, as well as containing a topic unto
      itself.

      EXAMPLES: Please go to the article and scroll down to see the
      pictures:
      http://www.swamij.com/how-to-use-swamij-com.htm