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    Meditation is also known as astanga yoga, the 8-limbed path of yoga. The eight limbs of astanga yoga are: yama (self-restraint), niyama (religious observances
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      Meditation is also known as astanga yoga, the 8-limbed path of yoga.
      The eight limbs of astanga yoga are: yama (self-restraint), niyama
      (religious observances or canons), asana (posture), pranayama
      (restraint of breath), pratyahara (control of the senses), dharana
      (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (super-conscious
      state). When we are on the path, we may ask or answer questions that
      deal with any or all of these topics. The opportunity to share
      something beneficial about one aspect opens the door to uncovering a
      truth applicable to all of them. If a seeker asks a question that
      relates to lets say, controlling the appetite, a teacher may discuss
      how desires inevitably cause suffering, which is applicable on all of
      the levels/limbs, and thus be giving 8 "answers" simultaneously. This
      can be done with a scriptual quote, a parable, a smile, a miracle, or
      even a joke - in many and any ways. So, we may come to meditation
      class and find a "beginner" student asking about something like how
      to learn to be patient, while another so-called advanced student is
      asking how to astral travel, and the teacher answers in a way that
      helps rip the veil of ignorance from both, but on the surface seems
      to be having a discussion about a football teams' need for a middle
      linebacker. The ultimate meditation teacher is within you now
      and always. The life you are leading is your lesson, and the world
      you are in is your classroom. Be a good student. Pay attention. Don't
      talk in class. Witness your life and the answer you seek will present
      itself, sometimes in the form of a physical teacher and classroom,
      sometimes with an intellectual concept, and most commonly with the
      very common. There are 4 qualities a student should bring to class.
      The first is being able to discriminate between the eternal and the
      temporary, the infinite and the finite. Secondly, dispassion relative
      to likes and dislikes. Third, Self control in the form of mental,
      emotional, and physical control from unrighteous actions and the
      ability to be one-pointed, focused and undistractable. The last
      quality is to have a burning desire to be liberated. Just as a child
      brings their pencils and notebooks to school, be ever prepared for
      the class that is your life by having these four attributes. To learn
      more about this, read, go to meditation class, pray, and so on. And
      perhaps the best thing you can do is to not just talk about it, but
      actually to meditate.
      Now, as far as this lesson is concerned, the great Saint, Swami
      Sivananda, used to say much more and much better by simply saying "Be
      good, do good", and the not so well know Kir Li Molari would have
      said "Words! Words! Words". But, I hope this has given you something
      beneficial.
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