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Yoga Meditation Visualized (7-minute video)

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    YOGA MEDITATION VISUALIZED Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati http://SwamiJ.com VIDEO (7 minutes): http://swamij.com/videos/yoga-meditation-visualized.wmv TRANSCRIPT:
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29, 2007
      Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati

      VIDEO (7 minutes):


      The goal of Yoga is Yoga itself, union itself, of the little self and
      the True Self, a process of awakening to the preexisting union that
      is called Yoga. Yoga has to do with the realization through direct
      experience of the center of consciousness, the preexisting union
      between Atman and Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, and Shiva and
      Shakti, or the realization of Purusha standing alone as separate from


      Yoga, Sankhya, Vedanta, and Tantra view the human as manifesting
      outward step-by-step, where the subtler consciousness projects
      evermore outward, and then gradually forgets those subtler levels.
      Genesis also explains this outward movement when seen through the eye
      of the Yogi or mystic.


      Yoga is complete unto itself. In Yoga, each level of our being is
      trained independently, while also being trained to flow together. The
      systematic processes deal one-by-one with our actions in the world,
      senses, body, breath, and both the conscious and unconscious aspects
      of mind.


      Yoga or "Union" is attained by first training, balancing, and
      purifying each of the aspects of our being individually, and then
      systematically receding attention inward through those levels,
      expanding so as to experience the state of Union, Yoga, Samadhi, or


      The Yoga practices with Body and Breath bring health benefits and
      balance in life. However, many people stop at the Breath, and are
      unwilling to explore or train the Mind. It is like building a wall
      between the Yogic stages of Breath and Mind. Some sincere seekers
      delay out of fear. Others incorrectly believe that Yoga is only about
      physical fitness. The key for the sincere seeker of the highest joy
      of Yoga is to be gentle and loving towards yourself, and persist with
      all levels of Yoga, including directly dealing with the Mind itself.


      Mindfulness of the emotional and mental processes of the Conscious
      mind is very stabilizing. In Yoga, this includes meditation and
      contemplation on attitudes of friendliness, lovingness, compassion,
      and acceptance. It means cultivating non-harming, truthfulness, non-
      stealing, remembering of truth, and non-possessiveness. However, many
      stop at this level of mind, and effectively build a wall between the
      Conscious and Unconscious, not willing to explore the depths of the
      Unconscious. Many get stuck here by thinking the goal of meditation
      is only a calm mind. For Union, Yoga, Samadhi, or Turiya, the streams
      of thoughts in the Active Unconscious mind need to be encountered,
      explored, and only then transcended.


      By allowing the Active Unconscious to come forward and be witnessed
      in a neutral way, the thought patterns colored with intense
      attraction and aversion gradually weaken, allowing a greater peace
      and freedom of mind. This is one of the most direct ways to deal with
      the purifying, centering, or balancing of troublesome thoughts.
      However, few go beyond the boundary between the Active Unconscious
      and the Latent Unconscious. The Active Unconscious has alluring
      visions and sounds. Only the most dedicated Yogis and Yoginis are
      willing to completely transcend sensory experience of both external
      and internal objects, and to pursue the formless Latent level out of
      which the Active arises.


      To be fully aware of the Latent Unconscious is a very deep state, and
      an aspect of advanced meditation. Authentic Yoga Nidra reaches this
      Latent Unconscious level with practice. It is underneath, beyond, or
      prior to the pictures and words of the Active Unconscious. It is the
      ground out of which those emerge. All sensory experiences such as
      sights and sounds have been left behind, whether of external worldly
      objects or inner images. To consciously rest in the awareness of the
      Latent Unconscious is to be filled with bliss. However, there comes a
      point where individuation itself is the final wall, and even the
      bliss needs to be transcended. Even for the experienced practitioner
      this can be a great obstacle. It is beyond the mind in the
      conventional sense of mind, so the mind can no longer be an aid. Body
      and breath cannot help. It is only surrender that finally helps.


      Whether you call it Grace, God, Guru, Shaktipat, or some other name,
      the greatest help of all finally comes from within to remove the
      final barrier of ignorance (Avidya). This final stage is a process
      that has been called piercing the pearl of wisdom or Bindu. A Yogi or
      Yogini does not debate whether the Realization is called Yoga, Self,
      Atman, Soul, or God, etc., but rather, lives "in" the world while not
      being "of" the world.

      The Realized Yogini or Yogi lives like a lotus flower. The lotus is
      both "in" the world, yet not "of" the world. It grows in the soil and
      water of the world, yet rises above it at the same time. It goes
      outward, called Adhyasa, but it is not blinded by Avidya or Ignorance
      of its true nature.

      Om, shanti, shanti, shanti
      Om, peace, peace, peace

      Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
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