Re: mantra question
- Dear Paul,<br>Durga is one of the forms of the
female divine energy, the Mother of the Universe, and I
believe that this mantra is thought to be one that allows
the practitioner to connect with Her. Durga is also
known as Kali and is associated with the death of
impurities and what is called our animal nature. Things like
anger, greed, hate, lust and so on. It is often
expressed that we must first recognize and then eliminate
these negative aspects of our personality if we are to
progress spiritually. By repeating this mantra, we turn
our effort over to the Higher Power and let it do
what is needed and appropriate. It is very hard to
recognize our shortcomings, and far easier to do so in
others. A "Guru" can see within ourselves what is not
easily apparent to us and it is often said that the Guru
is the representative of Durga. So, it is common in
the East to go to a Guru and work with them on our
spiritual cleansing. One is often then given a Mantra that
is repeated constantly and is intended to put us in
the position of allowing "Thy will be done" to occur.
Mantra is a wonderful method to become pure. When we
scrub things, the friction is what makes them clean.
Perhaps the negativity you described is the cleansing
process, and thus, a "good" thing. I hope this has helped.
- --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@y..., "Lora_T" <candlelady123@j...>
>I have never meditated ever... i appreciate any help you can giveme.... I am so glad for
> this meditation group...Thanks for starting it.. Lora THi Lora,
I would suggest visitng the website for the meditation society
http://www.meditationsociety.com/. There are lots of techniques
listed there. Try a few different ones until you find one that is
easy to follow. Perhaps the first thing to try is to just sit in a
quiet place, close your eyes, and focus on the sound and feeling of
breath. Just breathe natually. Notice your thoughts, but don't hang
onto them. Just watch them come and go. Watch and listen.
I hope this helps. Meditation can seem difficult when you are first
starting out (and even after you have been doing it a while for that
matter). Just try it and be patient and perserve. The hardest part is
the actual committment to sit down and do it. Just sitting quietly
and watching your breath is more beneficial than you may imagine.