> This esoteric wisdom from Sri Swami Sivananda just arrived and seems
> to fit. Enjoy!
> SIVANANDA DAILY READING FOR 30 AUGUST
> DEVELOP YOUR PERCEPTION
> Organs deteriorate if you do not use them properly - just as hands
> and legs are atrophied by disuse and are developed by muscular
> exercise, etc. There is intimate connection between sight and memory,
> and between hearing and memory.
> He who has acute sight, keen perception, good powers of observation
> and hearing - he will have a good memory. In the internal astral body
> there are counterparts of these. They are called astral senses. A
> yogi hears through astral ears and sees through astral eyes. Thus he
> can hear sounds from distant lands, he can see objects in distant
> localities. This is called clairvoyance and clairaudience.
> Generally people are very careless. They have no wish to learn higher
> things and have a fund of knowledge. Keep a watch very close to the
> ear; hear the sound attentively. On the second day put the watch a
> little further away. Listen to the tick-tick sound. Every day
> increase the distance, training yourself to hear the sound. Then plug
> one ear with the index finger of your hand. Train the ears
> Here is another exercise. Close both ears through yonimudra; try to
> hear the anahata sounds that emanate from the heart lotus.
if the thumbs are pushed to much the
throbing of the veins is mistaken for
the inner sound; which are NOT the
> You will
> hear ten varieties of sounds, such as: flute, mridanga, veena, conch,
> bells, thunder, humming of a bee, drum, etc. Allow the organ of
> hearing (ear) to shift from one sound to another and carefully
> differentiate the various sounds. Eventually fix the ear on one
> sound. Try the gross sounds first and then go to the subtle sounds.
> There is another exercise. Fix the ears on the pranava dhvani (Om
> sound) that emanates from a river, ocean or the wind. It will be
> heard like 'bhum' or a long 'Om'. Train your ears to hear this sound.
> Do this exercise at 4 a.m. or at 9 p.m. when the noise of the town
> has died down.
> Keep your ears keen. Differentiate the sounds of various kinds of
> birds, beasts, children, factories, motor cars, aeroplanes, cycles,
> shrieks, yells, snores, sobbing, crying, laughing, mocking, joking,
> The mind may be there, the instrument may be perfect, but if the mind
> is not functioning perfectly, you cannot see or hear properly.
> Perception is possible only when the mind is linked with the external
> instrument (ear, eye, etc.).