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Bindu and the Three Streams of Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra

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    From the extensive article: http://www.swamij.com/bindu.htm BINDU AND THE THREE STREAMS OF YOGA, VEDANTA, AND TANTRA (Summary of the article) Swami Jnaneshvara
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      From the extensive article:
      http://www.swamij.com/bindu.htm

      BINDU AND THE THREE STREAMS
      OF YOGA, VEDANTA, AND TANTRA
      (Summary of the article)
      Swami Jnaneshvara

      EXPERIENCES COLLAPSE INTO THE BINDU: There is a stage of Advanced
      Meditation in which all experiences collapse, so to speak, into a
      point from which all experiences arose in the first place. It is near
      the end of the mind itself, after which one travels beyond or
      transcends the mind and its contents. It is the doorway to the
      Absolute or Truth (by whatever name you call it). The Bindu is an
      actual, directly experienced reality.

      BINDU IS THE CONVERGENCE: The Bindu, Mustard Seed, Dot and Point are
      widely used symbols. The Bindu is the convergence point of the
      highest principles and practices of Raja Yoga as codified in the Yoga
      Sutras, Advaita Vedanta as summarized in the Mandukya Upanishad, and
      the highest Tantra, which is Samaya (Internal) Tantra and Sri Vidya.

      1) YOGA: Meditation on OM Mantra is recommended in the Yoga Sutras
      (1.23-1.29) as a direct means of removing the obstacles to Self-
      Realization and to that Realization itself. The Bindu at the top of
      the OM symbolizes Turiya, the Absolute Reality, Purusha or Pure
      Consciousness that is to be realized.

      2) VEDANTA: Contemplation on the four levels symbolized by OM Mantra
      is at the very heart of Vedanta practice leading to Self-Realization,
      the pinnacle of which is outlined in the Mandukya Upanishad. Here
      again, the Bindu at the top of the OM symbolizes Turiya, the Absolute
      Reality, Purusha or Pure Consciousness that is to be realized.

      3) TANTRA: Meditation in Tantra is on the convergence of all
      energies, with the highest of those inner practices being in Samaya
      Tantra and Sri Vidya, which is represented by the Sri Yantra. The
      Bindu at the center of the Sri Yantra symbolizes the final union of
      Shiva and Shakti (the static and active), the Absolute Reality that
      is to be realized.

      BINDU ALLOWS PRACTICES TO BE SEEN AS COMPATIBLE: It is extremely
      useful to have a means of holding in mind all of the many practices
      of the various aspects of Yoga and Meditation, as well as of
      Contemplation, Prayer, and Mantra. By seeing that each of these leads
      towards the Bindu, the different practices can be held as compatible
      and parallel with one another, rather than contradictory or of
      uncertain relation.

      CONSCIOUSLY, INTENTIONALLY REMEMBER THE BINDU: One of the most
      beautiful aspects of this focus on Bindu is that all people can do
      this, whether or not you have absolutely or finally decided on your
      own conceptions of the nature of yourself, your Self, the universe,
      God, Absolute or Truth, etc. If you already have your own concepts,
      you can use your awareness of the existence of Bindu as a guiding
      light. Or, if not, you can focus on the practices and processes that
      are leading towards the Bindu, and then allow your own direct
      experience of whatever is discovered beyond the Bindu to speak for
      itself. Both ways work quite well when remembering that the practices
      along the way all converge on the point called Bindu, which leads to
      That beyond.

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