Raja Yoga: The Royal Path to Meditation

Considered as the royal path to meditation, raja yoga is practiced for one single purpose – to bring the mind and emotions of an individual into a harmonious state, then opening the ultimate door to an ultimate meditation. This practice was first made popular by Patanjali when he included this royal form of yoga in his sutras. The raja yoga basically is a form of Ashtanga yoga or the eight limbs yoga. In what sense? Well, it is considered as such for the reason that it involves eight different aspects needed to reach the ultimate meditation path, which every human being in this changing world is entitled to attend to. It is this path which allows the individuals to attain …

The 5 Divine Sheaths of the subtle human body.

he trend of 5-faced photographs and images of Gayatri is seen, so that those who take recourse to the spiritual practice of this MahaMantra, ask a pertinent question as to what we should do in future? Mantra chanting, meditation, eulogies to God, reading religious texts, sacrificial fire rites etc. are preliminary practices. As a result of this, the preliminary goal of purification of the body and concentration of the mind is achieved. Yet there are more milestones to be reached. For its attainment spiritual seekers should look out for necessary information and then imbibe alertness, steadfastness and capability, to walk on that path. If a spiritual seeker remembers all this always, then know for sure that the aim behind creating …

Yoga Meditation

There are so many forms and systems of yoga meditation that are being popularized in many parts of the world today, many of which have been developed based on experience, scientific research and study, others from mental speculation. Some may see some results and experience some benefits, yet others may end up frustrated. Learning the real meaning of Yoga Meditation and tracing its authoritative source is deemed to guide yoga meditation practitioners from being misled and help them attain the real benefits and goals of yoga meditation. Yoga Meditation means controlling the mind and material senses by focusing on the energy within the body. As such, it can be understood that controlling the mind is very difficult as the mind …

Yoga – meaning

Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” meaning “to yoke.” yoga is a group of primordial religious practice where its roots can be traced in India. Among the six institutions of philosophy in Hindu, this is most of the time paired with Samkhya which is considered to be the oldest of the theoretical systems in the country. This ancient spiritual custom is also central to Buddhism and Jainism as well as with other established faiths. There are actually four major paths of this primordial religious practice namely Karma (action), Jnana (knowledge), Bhakti (devotion) and Raja (meditation). Karma is founded on the teachings of the holy book of Hinduism, Bhagavad Gita which presents a summary of the process. This classification of yoga …

Hypnosis-The Relationship between Yoga, Meditation, and Self-Hypnosis

Though no one knows the exact origin of yoga, meditation and self-hypnosis, one thing is certain, that they are more than thousands of years old. Eminent scholars are of the opinion that the origins and practice of yoga and meditation can be traced to the Indus Valley civilization. In spite of the fact that these practices give the practitioner a sense of well being and peace it was not in vogue until recently. Though yoga and meditation are often linked together they are also different. Meditation is thought to have been practiced all over the world for a very long time. Self-hypnosis is also thought to have existed in the world for a long time. These alternate methods of healing …

How To Practice Meditation

Meditation is the most important practice for calming the mind. A calm mind can lead to a healthy, happy and successful life. It can cure diseases and speed up healing processes. We describe the simple technique below called prana-dharana. Prana in Sanskrit stands for the air that we breathe. It is the most basic act of life which starts from birth and goes on till death. But generally, we are not aware of the breath till our attention is drawn close to it. Dharana means its awareness. Prana-dharana means applying the mind to the flow of air when we breathe. The method is as described below: Sit in a posture suitable for meditation. The common postures are Siddhasana, Padmasana and …

How To Meditate With A Mantra

These days whenever a politician repeats a promise over and over again commentators say that this promise has become a “mantra” for that politician. For the journalists, the word “mantra” means a meaningless phrase that is repeated endlessly. For yogis however, a mantra is a word or collection of words, which has the power of liberating a human being from all limitations. How can the repetition of a word or a few words have the capacity to bring about such miraculous results? It is all based on a simple psychological principle, “as you think, so you become.” If you someone tells you “You’re stupid,” that’s of course a bad insult and will hurt you. However if you start to think …

Importance Of Controlling Your Mind

Since ancient times, the human philosophers have realized the importance of the mind in governing the human affairs. They knew that a person’s external circumstances were the result of his internal thoughts. They were aware that if the person thinks of riches, he would have riches, while if the thoughts are of poverty, success and failure would produce the corresponding effects in the person’s circumstances. Today, modern science has acknowledged the truth of these findings. Hence, it becomes crucial for a person to control his mind. Yoga has specific techniques which deal with the science of mind control. We will study the nature of the mind as is recognized by yoga in this chapter. Shankaracharya has defined the mind in …

Dru Yoga

Dru Yoga is a potent and graceful form on yoga. It is based on directed breathing, soft flowing movements and visualization. Its foundations were set in ancient yogic tradition. Dru Yoga works on the body, spirit and mind. It improves flexibility and strength, creates core stability, builds a heightened sense of positive thinking, is deeply relaxing and rejuvenates your entire being. Dru Yoga was designed to be practiced by people of all different fitness levels, different abilities and all age groups. This is a style of yoga that can quickly be picked up or you can learn more about it over your lifetime. Dru Meditation If it has been one of your goals to learn how to meditate in order …

Dhyana

Almost everyone has experienced the fact that when one starts concentrating his mind on any immediate object or an idea, the mind starts wandering. It is very difficult to keep the mind busy with a single thought. The ancient sages too encountered the same problems. Arjuna, in Gita had mentioned that controlling the mind is an impossible thing on earth. Hence, he was advised by Krishna that though mind control is difficult, it can be made silent and steady by regular practice of vairagya and abhyasa. However, he has warned that yoga is very difficult for people whose minds are not steady and controlled. Pantanjali, in Yoga Sutra has emphasized these two qualities to achieve mind control. Hence ,these are …

Dru Yoga

Dru Yoga is a potent and graceful form on yoga. It is based on directed breathing, soft flowing movements and visualization. Its foundations were set in ancient yogic tradition. Dru Yoga works on the body, spirit and mind. It improves flexibility and strength, creates core stability, builds a heightened sense of positive thinking, is deeply relaxing and rejuvenates your entire being. Dru Yoga was designed to be practiced by people of all different fitness levels, different abilities and all age groups. This is a style of yoga that can quickly be picked up or you can learn more about it over your lifetime. Dru Meditation If it has been one of your goals to learn how to meditate in order …

Dhyana Yoga (meditation) for soul awakening.

A human life is a priceless gift of God. The Lord does not have a greater gift than this to give his beloved creatures. Its specialties and potentials are so extraordinary that its results can only amaze us. This gift has been given to us to fulfill divine goals. But it is our ill-fate that we have forgotten our divine nature, God’s gift and the goal/ importance of a human life. Neither do we know our divine potential, nor the Lord’s goal, wisdom or meditation. We are straying far away in this dark, gloomy world. This forgetfulness is strange. People generally forget objects and also what they have read, heard etc. A person whom we had known in the past …

Dhyana – one of the sub practices of abhyasa

Almost everyone has experienced the fact that when one starts concentrating his mind on any immediate object or an idea, the mind starts wandering. It is very difficult to keep the mind busy with a single thought. The ancient sages too encountered the same problems. Arjuna, in Gita had mentioned that controlling the mind is an impossible thing on earth. Hence, he was advised by Krishna that though mind control is difficult, it can be made silent and steady by regular practice of vairagya and abhyasa. However, he has warned that yoga is very difficult for people whose minds are not steady and controlled. Pantanjali, in Yoga Sutra has emphasized these two qualities to achieve mind control. Hence ,these are …