17345Re: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Jul 16, 2010WOW1 Thank you for all of your thoughts and infromation you have sent to me. I will need to read it a couple of times, then contemplate it, and then just be with it. Interesting points and thoughts, thank you!Sincerely, Greg."Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats!":Henry Louis Mencken (1880 - 1956).
--- On Mon, 7/12/10, medit8ionsociety <email@example.com> wrote:
From: medit8ionsociety <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
Date: Monday, July 12, 2010, 5:34 PMGreg Brown <browntrout@...> wrote:
Ashtanga Yoga is another way to say Raja Yoga, which
is another way to say the Yoga of Meditation. Here's
a summary of it by the Swami Sivananda from his
Raja Yoga book. Enjoy! :
Patanjali's Raja Yoga is generally termed the Ashtanga
Yoga or the Yoga of Eight Limbs, through the practice
of which freedom is achieved. These eight limbs are:
1. Yama or Eternal Vows:
* Ahimsa (non-violence)
* Satya (truth)
* Asteya (non-stealing)
* Brahmacharya (continence) and
* Aparigraha (non-avariciousness);
2. Niyama or Observances:
* Saucha (purity)
* Santosha (contentment)
* Tapas (austerities)
* Svadhyaya (study) and
* Ishvarapranidhana (surrender to God);
3. Asana (firm, comfortable meditative posture);
4. Pranayama (the regulation of the Vital Force);
5. Pratyahara (abstraction of the senses and mind from objects);
6. Dharana (concentration);
7. Dhyana (meditation); and
8. Samadhi (superconscious state or trance)
These eight limbs have been scientifically arranged
and dealt with. They are the natural steps in the
ladder which takes man from his human to the real
divine nature. From the gross to the subtle, all
the chords that bind the Purusha to Prakriti are
cut asunder. This snapping of the ties releases the
Purusha to enjoy his Independence, Kaivalya Moksha.
This is the goal of Raja Yoga.
Yama and Niyama purify the individual's actions
and make them more Sattvic. Tamas and Rajas which
are the pillars of Samsara are pulled down through
the practice of the Ten Canons of Yama and Niyama.
Inner purity is increased. The individual's nature
itself is made Sattvic. Asana gives the individual
control over the Rajasic impulses; and at the same
time it forms the foundation of the grand structure
of Antaranga Sadhana, or the Inner Yoga-process.
Pranayama brings the aspirant face to face with
the Life-Principle. Control of this Life-Principle
gives him an insight into its motive force. He is
made aware of the fact that it is desire that
sustains the life-force. Desire is the cause of
externalization of the mind. Desire is the bed
of Vrittis. Vrittis together form the mind, and
it is the mind that links Purusha with Prakriti.
The mind or the Chitta is the subtlest form of
Prakriti's manifestations. If mind is to be
destroyed, Vrittis are to be eradicated. If
Vrittis are to be eradicated, desire is to be
rooted out. The Yogi than rapidly withdraws all
the rays of the mind from their external propulsion
(Pratyahara). To find the root of the mind, the
Seed-Desire, he needs the light of the whole mind.
At the same time, prevention of the externalization
of the mind breaks the vicious circle, as desire
is deprived of its active manifestation. This
concentrated beam of light is then directed
towards the root of the mind itself (Dharana);
and the mind is held in check. Now the consciousness
which had so long been flowing outward collects
itself and flows back into its source - the Purusha
within, which is Dhyana. The link with Prakriti
is gone. The Purusha experiences the transcendental
state of independence - Kaivalya - in Nirvikalpa
Samadhi. Now ignorance is destroyed. The Purusha
realizes that it was only His consciousness that
gave Prakriti its power to please Him, to give Him
joy, to delude Him, and to bind Him. He enjoys the
bliss of His own nature and remains for ever
independent and blissful. All thought ceases once
for all in Nirvikalpa Samadhi. The seeds of Desire
and Vasanas and Samskaras are fried in toto; this
is Nirbija Samadhi. The Yogi in this supreme state
loses all external consciousness, all awareness of
duality and multiplicity; he loses even the I-idea
(Asmita) in Asamprajnata Samadhi. That is the Supreme
State where the Seer (Purusha) is established in His own Svarupa.
Do not imagine that you are an Uttama Adhikari and
that you have only to sit in meditation and enter
into Samadhi. You will have a terrible downfall.
Even after years of practice you will find you have
not progressed an inch forward, because there are
deep within you lurking desires and cravings, evil
Vrittis which are far beyond your reach. Be humble.
Make a searching analysis of your heart and mind.
Even if you are really a first-class aspirant,
think you are an aspirant of the lowest class and
practice the eightfold Sadhana prescribed by Raja Yoga.
The more time you spend in the first two steps,
viz., Yama and Niyama, the less will be the time
needed to attain perfection in meditation. It is
the preparation that takes very long. But do not
wait for perfection in Yama and Niyama, in order
to take up the higher practices of Asana, Pranayama
and meditation. Try to get established in Yama and
Niyama, and at the same time practice Asana,
Pranayama and meditation as much as you can. The
two must go hand in hand. Then success will be
rapid. You will soon enter into Nirvikalpa Samadhi
and attain Kaivalya Moksha. What that supreme s
tate is no one has described, and no words can
describe. Practice, O bold aspirant, and realize
it for yourself. May you shine as a Yogi in this very birth!
> --- On Sat, 7/10/10, sean tremblay <bethjams9@...> wrote:
> From: sean tremblay <bethjams9@...>
> Subject: Re: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
> To: email@example.com
> Date: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 4:23 PM
> Amen I have tons of bad habits and I love Ashtanga!
> --- On Fri, 7/9/10, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroup s.com> wrote:
> From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroup s.com>
> Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
> To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
> Date: Friday, July 9, 2010, 11:20 PM
> Anyone Can Practice Yoga
> "You need not think, `I have all these bad
> habitsâ€"smoking, drinking, eating meatâ€"so I
> am unfit for practicing Yoga.' Even with all
> these habits, if you start Yoga, you can
> slowly get out of the unhealthy habits.
> Sometimes people ask me, `Should I stop
> smoking, should I stop drinking before I
> come to practice Yoga?' I say, `No, it is
> not necessary.' If I say, `Yes, you must
> stop before you come to Yoga,' it's like a
> doctor asking you to get rid of all your
> diseases before you take the medicine. So
> nobody is disqualified from Yoga practice.
> The great scripture of Yoga, Hatha Yoga
> Pradipika, says, `Be one young, old, sick
> or very sick, if one practices Yoga, one
> will become healthy and happy.'
> "God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
> For more by and about Swami Satchidananda:
> http://www.YogaAndP eace.org
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