Life is a Billion Breath Package – 2

We can correlate the frequency of our mind and breathe. Scientists today have assigned names for the mental states which are as follows:

  • Delta Wave – Less than 4 Cycles per second (CPS). It’s a deep meditative state and also experienced in deep sleep state. Our body recharges itself in this state, life force is acquired and our immune system strengthened. At this deep meditative state the breath is almost suspended and this is the difference between this and deep sleep state. We would see in the later chapters as to why continuous sleeping cannot increase our life span and why after longer periods of sleep we feel tired.
  • Theta Wave – 4 to 7 Cycles per second (CPS). It is the dreaming state and the yoga Nidra happens at this state. During this state the subconscious mind is active for any programming.
  • Alpha Wave – 8 to 13 Cycles per second (CPS). This is a mild meditative state or a conscious state which is tension or anxiety free.
  • Beta Wave – >13 Cycles per second (CPS). This is our normal wake up state in our worldly life. They say that the Joy center in our brain works at 17.65 Hz and below.

So today scientists say that lower the mental frequency, healthier it is for the human being. This is what Sage Patanjali told in his Yoga Sutra as definition for Yoga itself as“Yoga Chitta vrtti nirodah!, That which removes the vibrations of the mind is called Yoga”.

I would encourage you to visit http://www.bevolution.org. They have been working on the impact of electro-magnetic pollution on human life and they state that above 33Hz panic, anxiety and nervousness start. They have classified few more states like High Beta, Hyper Beta state, Ultra Beta states. Normal exposures to electricity which is at 50Hz disconnect our mind from our higher mental states. The state of electro-stress starts at this stage. This means we are permanently in the state of electro-stress. Using Cordless DECT phone in our home invites an electro-stress of 100Hz shock waves being sent to brain continuously. The impact of Bluetooth, 3G and Wi-Fi services are also highlighted which results in hormonal disturbances, stress related disorders, cancers and other diseases.

So we are in some sort of a trap of electromagnetic pollution and it is important to protect our health and the health of our family. This book gives some secrets and techniques to quickly gain back our health but most importantly understand the nature of things within us.

We generally tend have a tendency to take things for granted that are simple and free. We are both ignorant and indifferent to the fundamental activity – breathing that is an inseparable part of us. Our ability to drive ourselves to the edge without an internal credit management for this current account of breath drives our risks higher of being “liquidated” earlier than budgeted.

Breathing is simple and air around us is free (so far) but we tend to ignore the effects of managing the same beneficially. I just want to wish you that “May every moment of yours be a breath-taking moment, so that you conserve your breath for longer and healthier life”.

Life is a billion breath package and how much have you used up so far? 🙂

Reference

Know thy Nature by Raguram Gopalan, http://ragsgopalan.blogspot.com

Power of Suggestions

You should have a clear understanding of suggestions and their effects upon the mind. You should be careful in the use of suggestion. Never give wrong suggestion which will have destructive results to anybody. You will be doing a great harm and a disservice to them. Think well before you speak. Teachers and professors should have a thorough knowledge of the Science of Suggestion and Auto-suggestion. Then they can educate and elevate students in an efficient manner. In India, when children cry out in houses, parents frighten them by saying: “Look here, Ram! The one-eyed man has come. Keep quiet. Or I will hand you over to this man.” Ghost has come” and suggestions of this sort are very destructive. The child becomes timid. The minds of children are elastic, tender and pliable. Samskaras (Impressions) are indelibly impressed at this age. Changing or obliterating the Samskaras becomes impossible when they grow. When the child grows into a man, he manifests timidity. Parents should infuse courage into the minds of their children. They should say: “Here is a lion. See the lion in this picture. Roar like a lion. Be courageous. See the picture of Shivaji, Arjuna or Clive. Become chivalrous.” In the West, teachers show the pictures of battlefields to children and say: “Look here, James! See this picture of Napoleon. Look at his cavalry. Won’t you like to become a Commander-in-Chief of the army or a Brigadier-General?” They infuse courage into the minds of children from their very childhood. When they grow, these Samskaras get strengthened by additional external stimuli.

Doctors should have a thorough knowledge of the science of suggestion. Sincere, sympathetic doctors are very rare. Doctors who have no knowledge of suggestion do more harm than good. They kill patients sometimes by unnecessarily frightening them. If there is a little cough of an ordinary nature, the doctor says: “Now, my friend, you have got T.B. You must go to Bhowali or Switzerland or Vienna. You must go in for a course of tuberculin injections.” Poor patient is frightened. There is not at all any sign of consumption. The case is an ordinary one. It is simple catarrh of the chest from exposure to chills. The patient actually develops phthisis by fright and worry owing to the wrong destructive suggestion of the doctor. The doctor ought to have told him: “Oh, it is nothing. It is simple cold. You will be all right by tomorrow. Take a purgative and inhale a little oil of eucalyptus. Adjust your diet. It is better you fast today.” Such a doctor is God Himself. He must be adored. A doctor may say now: “Well, sir, if I say so, I will lose my practice. I cannot pull on in this world.” This is a mistake. Truth always gains victory. People will run to you as you are sympathetic and kind. You will have a roaring practice.

There is healing by suggestion. This is a drugless treatment. This is suggestive therapeutics. By good and powerful suggestion, you can cure any disease. You will have to learn this science and practise it. All doctors of Homoeopathic, Allopathic, Ayurvedic and Unani systems should know this science. They can combine this system along with their own systems. They will have a roaring practice by this happy combination.

Do not be easily influenced by the suggestions of others. Have your own sense of individuality. A strong suggestion, though it does not influence the subject immediately, will operate in due course. It will never go in vain. We all live in a world of suggestions. Our character is daily modified unconsciously by association with others. We unconsciously imitate the actions of those whom we admire. We daily absorb the suggestions of those with whom we come in daily contact. We are acted upon by these suggestions. A man of weak mind yields to the suggestions of a man of strong mind.

The servant is always under the influence of the suggestions of his master. The wife is under the influence of the suggestions of her husband or vice versa. The patient is under the influence of the suggestions of the doctor. The student is under the influence of the teacher. Custom is nothing but the product of suggestion. The dress that you put on, the manners, the behaviour and even the food that you eat are all the outcome of suggestions only. Nature suggests in various ways. The running rivers, the shining sun, fragrant flowers, the growing trees, are all incessantly sending you suggestions.

All the prophets of yore were hypnotists. They knew the science of suggestion fully well. Their words had tremendous powers. Every word they uttered had magic power and a peculiar charm. All the hearers remained spell-bound. A spiritual preacher produces a sort of hypnosis in the minds of others. The hearers come under the influence of his suggestions. There is power in every word that is spoken. Mark here the power in the words. If anyone calls another idiot or “fool,” he is thrown into a state of fury immediately. Fight ensues. If you address anyone as Lord” or “King” or “Sir,” he is immensely pleased. So always remember to give and take wise suggestions.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

7 States of Consciousness – Part 2

3. Dreaming State (Continued…)

The highest therapy: Gradually, the intensity of the coloring attenuates, eventually allowing the thought pattern to remain in latent, seed form (until it is dispensed with entirely). It is because of this process of attenuating that the Yogi says that Yoga Meditation is the highest of all therapies. The coloring gradually attenuates…

coloring

Taijasa is not the “spiritual” realm: This level of Taijasa (U of OM) has often been confused as being the “spiritual” realm, failing to note that it is only the second of four levels of consciousness in AUM (or third of the seven). If one is not familiar with this, it can seem that there are only two realms (a Gross and Spiritual) with a Transition between them. One can easily get caught in a trap of pursuing the actions, beings, and objects of the Subtle realm, not recognizing that they are merely a level to move through, not a place to go and stay. Journeys in these subtle realms are no more useful in the journey of Self-realization than journeys to a thousand cities in our external world, though some such journeying is sometimes needed so as to learn the lesson that the journeying is not needed. The article Realization Beyond the Gross and Subtle describes how it can seem that there are only two levels of Gross and Subtler.

Seeking the Subtle is a distraction: Patanjali, author of Yoga science describes many siddhis (powers) that come to the Yogi through practices. Some say that the Yogi is seeking these powers intentionally. However, Patanjali actually mentions these on the foundation of Non-Attachment (Vairagya) and Discrimination (Viveka), such that the seeker will abandon these powers when they come (Yoga Sutra 3.38). In other words, seeking of the breadth of the Subtle realm is a distraction on the journey to enlightenment; with Discriminative Wisdom and Non-Attachment, one is better off to let go of these allurements.

Witnessing and going beyond: At the same time that the Yogi observes and lets go of the Subtle realm, there is also a beauty in witnessing as one moves forward in the journey. We can surely enjoy the scenery along the way, though it may be best, the Yogis remind us, to move on to the Realization of the Absolute, which is not subject to death, decay, or decomposition.

Awareness of the transition: In the practice of remembering the OM Mantra, one allows the awareness and feeling associated with the “A” to transition into the awareness and feeling associated with the “U”.

Three types of awareness with “U”: In the practice of remembering the AUM, when awareness is on “U” of the OM, you cultivate and train yourself to have a simultaneous awareness of:

  • the Dreaming state,
  • the Unconscious processing level of the mind, and
  • the Subtle realm of the universe (Dreaming, Unconscious, and Subtle are all at the same level).

The awareness of these three operating at the same level of reality is allowed to become clearer through practice over time.

4. Aladani / Transition State

Transition between Dreaming and Deep Sleep: There is a transition stage between Dreaming (U of OM) and Deep Sleep (M of OM) states. The name of this transition stage of consciousness is Aladani. Aladani does not just refer to the personal experience between Dreaming and Deep Sleep. Rather, it is the name of that transition level of consciousness itself.

Aladani

This transition is not normally experienced consciously: This is a state that one normally does not experience consciously. This state is very subtle. It is a transition, but is the transition whereby the latent, formless facts or impressions start to stir, and end up taking form in the Unconscious mind, that part normally only accessed when one is having dreams while in the Dream state of sleep. One may sometimes consciously experience the transition between Dreaming and Waking, either while in bed at sleeping time or at Meditation time. This might be experienced as very beautiful or very horrifying, depending on the nature of the thought patterns. However, the transition at Aladani is very different from the Waking to Dreaming transition.

Thoughts in their formless form: Here, in the Aladani transition, the thought patterns that are in their unmanifest, formless, latent form start to stir. This is literally the beginnings of the enlivening of latent Samskaras, the source of our Karma (the word Karma literally means “actions”). It is a process that one is not normally conscious of. Once again, it is very important to note that this is not the same as the process whereby Unconscious active mental process springs forward through Unmani into the Waking or Conscious state; this is happening at a deeper level.

Beyond the Gross and Subtle: As attractive as the Gross and Subtle realm can be, these levels beyond Taijasa (the Dream State or Subtle realm) can be even more alluring and distracting. As one touches on this transition phase from which the Subtle realm and Subtle thoughts are born, one starts to see the way in which both the subtle and material realm are manifested and can be manipulated.

Aladani and Aladin’s lamp: Notice the similarity between the names of the level of consciousness called Aladani and the story of Aladin’s lamp, wherein there was a genie. The genie was in latent form, but by rubbing the lamp, a transition process begins whereby the genie comes forth to fulfill any wishes. Between the stage of the genie being inside the lamp, and being fully formed, the transition of the genie is that of smoke that changes and solidifies into form.

Moving past this transition level: For one truly on the path of Self-realization, this is a level to be acknowledged and moved past, allowing the stirrings to fall back to rest so that the Absolute can be experienced.

5. Deep Sleep State

“M” represents Deep Sleep: The Deep Sleep state of consciousness is represented by the “M” of the AUM. The name of this level of consciousness is Prajna. Prajna does not just mean Deep Sleep. Rather, it is the name of that level of consciousness in which one experiences Deep Sleep.

Deep Sleep

Impressions are stored in their latent form: The Deep Sleep state is the level where deep impressions are stored in their latent form. It contains the roots of our habit patterns, the Samskaras that are the driving force behind Karma (actions). Those wants, wishes, desires, attractions, and aversions that play themselves out in dreams, or turn into actions and speech in the external world have their root in this level of consciousness. Those impressions are like seeds, lying there waiting for water and fertilizer to awaken them, so they may grow in the fields of Dreaming or Waking.

Prajna is supreme knowledge: “Pra” means “Supreme” and “Jna” comes from “Jnana,” which means “Knowledge”. Thus, Prajna is the level of consciousness that is of Supreme Knowledge. How odd it is, that the domain of Deep Sleep, where there seems to be nothing going on, is called the place of Supreme Knowledge.

Prior to the creation of thoughts and emotions: However, Prajna is the place, the level that is deeper than, or prior to the creation of thoughts and emotions, whether in the Dream level or the Waking level.

Prior to the manifestation of Gross and Subtle: It is also the domain that is deeper than, or prior to creation or manifestation of the objects and activities within both the Subtle and Gross realms. (The phrase “prior to” is not meaning in the sense of time. Rather, it is that out of which the next thing emerges. A metaphor sometimes used is the way that a pot comes out of clay. Here, the clay is always there. Out of the clay emerges the pot, and although the clay never goes away, the pot will go away, and merge back into the clay from which it came.)

Reference

Yogic Conscious Deep Sleep by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati at http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm

Ocean of Consciousness!

AUM

One of the profound insights that one begins to get is the way in which 1) the levels of personal consciousness, 2) the stages of the mental process, and 3) the levels of the universe parallel one another. One comes to see that these three are functioning at the same levels of reality, which are none other than the levels of consciousness themselves. It is approximately like this:

Waking = Conscious = Gross = Vaishvaanara (A of OM Mantra)
Dreaming = Unconscious = Subtle = Taijasa (U of OM Mantra)
Deep Sleep = Subconscious = Causal = Prajna (M of OM Mantra)
Turiya = Consciousness Itself, permeating and being All (Silence of OM Mantra)

States of Consciousness

One of the other elegant and awesome insights is the way in which our own personality, mental and emotional processes operate:

Latent impressions begin to stir: We come to see, in direct experience of Yoga Meditation and Contemplation, how it is that there are latent impressions in the deep unconscious (the place of Deep Sleep), and how it is that consciousness drifts over these latent impressions, causing them to stir from the Causal level.

These impressions arise into internal action: Then we see the way these impressions then arise into action internally in the Unconscious (the Active Unconscious associated with unseen mental processes and the Dreaming Sleep level), forming many invisible thought processes, normally only experienced in dreams (this is similar to what psychology calls “primary process”).

These stirrings come forward into the conscious: Then we see the intriguing way in which those stirrings in the Unconscious (U of OM) come forward into the Conscious, Waking state of reality (A of OM), along with the way in which the indriyas, the senses (jnanendriyas of smelling, tasting, seeing, touching, and hearing) and means of expression (karmendriyas of eliminating, procreating, moving, grasping, and speaking) come into play so as to relate to the external world.

We can observe the four functions of mind: We come to see how the four functions of mind interact within these levels (A, U, and M of OM), including Manas (sensory-motor mind), Chitta (storehouse of impressions), Ahamkara (I-maker or ego), and Buddhi (which knows, decides, judges, and discriminates).

Seeing all the levels permeated by consciousness: Most importantly, we come to see the way in which all of these levels are both permeated by, and are the manifestation of consciousness itself:

In Waking state (A of OM Mantra), there is consciousness.
In Dreaming state (U of OM Mantra) there is consciousness.
In Deep Sleep (M of OM Mantra), there is consciousness.
In active thinking (A of OM Mantra), there is consciousness.
In unconscious process (U of OM Mantra), there is consciousness.
In the latent storehouse (M of OM Mantra), there is consciousness.

Who we really are, is the consciousness itself: We come to see that who we really are, is the consciousness itself, not the forms which arise. We declare with conviction, what the sages have said all along, “I am not my thoughts! I am That I Am!

Ocean of Consciousness

Consciousness at three levels: That reality or presence of existence itself, that is in the three levels of bed of the river, flow of the river, and surface of the river.

  • Subconscious: Our Subconscious wants, wishes, desires, attractions, and aversions (samskaras) are like those stones that form the bed of the river (M of OM)
  • Unconscious: When consciousness moves across them, they come to life in the the flow of the Unconscious (U of OM), like the flow of the river, and
  • Conscious: Some burst forth into the Conscious mind (A of OM), resulting in actions, speech, and conscious thoughts, like the action on the surface of the river.

Going beyond the three levels: Through practice, one gradually attains the ability to go beyond, or deeper than the various levels and thinking processes, to the direct experience of the source of the consciousness, symbolized by the Silence after the “A,” “U,” “M,” of the OM.

The practice begins simply, is practiced sincerely and faithfully, and expands over time, with ever-increasing insights about the underlying truths contained in, and suggested by the OM. Meditation on OM (AUM) as an object of concentration, and Contemplation on its meaning work together in guiding one towards Self-realization.

Reference: Yogic Conscious Deep Sleep by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati at http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm

7 States of Consciousness in OM

Seven states or levels of consciousness are given below…

Seven Levels of Consciousness

  • Three states of consciousness: Each of the three sounds of AUM (A, U, and M) symbolizes specific states of consciousness.
  • Fourth state of consciousness: After those three parts of the OM, there is a Silence, the Fourth, which relates to consciousness or awareness itself.
  • Three transition states: Between these four states of Consciousness there are three transition states.

These levels exist universally

It is important to be aware of the fact that these levels of consciousness are realities that exist universally, regardless of whether or not one uses the OM Mantra or the visual OM symbol in any way. In either case, the underlying principles are extremely useful for all seekers in purifying or clearing the mind, and seeking the direct experience of deeper truths.

Meaning of the symbol

Not only does the sound vibration of the AUM/OM represent the four levels of consciousness, so too does the visual symbol.

OM

  • The lower curve represents the Gross, Conscious, Waking state level, called Vaishvanara. (A of OM Mantra)
  • The center curve represents the Subtle, Unconscious, and Dreaming level, called Taijasa. (U of OM Mantra)
  • The upper curve represents the Causal, Subconscious, and Deep Sleep level, called Prajna. (M of OM Mantra)
  • The dot, point, or bindu represents the fourth state, the absolute consciousness, which encompasses, permeates, and is the other three, and is called Turiya. (Silence after A, U, and M of OM Mantra)
  • The arc below the dot symbolizes the separateness of this fourth state, standing above, though ever remaining part of the other three. Piercing the bindu finally allows one to attain the highest experience, and this comes after following the process of Kundalini Awakening.

Reference

Yogic Conscious Deep Sleep by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati at http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm

Yoga Nidra and Meditation

In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gradually allow the layers of the unconscious and subconscious to come forward, expanding the Waking state with one-pointed concentration and non-attachment to the streams of impressions flowing in the field of mind.

Waking state

In Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state of consciousness, and go to the Deep Sleep state of consciousness, yet, paradoxically, remain fully awake. It is an extremely relaxing state in which samskaras of attachment and aversion, the driving force behind karma, are attenuated in strength.

Deep Sleep State

Reverie that is experienced between the Waking and Dreaming states, such as when you sometimes wake up in the morning with a pleasant half-here and half-there feeling, is not Yoga Nidra. This reverie is often the goal of relaxation and visualization exercises, but Yoga Nidra is far deeper.

Transition

Yoga Nidra brings access to the to latent, or subconscious level of mind, that is underneath even the processing, fantasizing, imaging level of mind. It is the doorway to the causal level of reality, out of which springs the subtle, psychic, astral plane of reality, which in turn brings forth the gross level.

Deep Sleep

Meditation and Yoga Nidra work together, as companion practices, through which you purify the deepest levels of the mind, and expand the conscious state to include what was previously unconscious. Finally, the expansion includes the realization of the pure consciousness that permeates all of the levels.

Meditation

Seven Levels: The OM Mantra is a roadmap for sadhana, spiritual practices (written as either AUM or OM). It is not for the person who seeks only the shallow waters of spiritual life, but rather for those who strive to realize in direct experience the depth of the Absolute Reality. There are four main levels of consciousness outlined in the OM Mantra, along with three transition levels, which is a total of seven levels. Each of these is experienced on the inner journey of meditation and contemplation.

AUM

Universal Realities: It is important to be aware of the fact that these levels of consciousness are realities that exist universally, regardless of whether or not one uses the OM Mantra or the visual OM symbol in any way. In either case, the underlying principles are extremely useful for all seekers in purifying or clearing the mind, and seeking the direct experience of deeper truths.

Seven Levels of Consciousness

Symbolism of the Oms in the Meditation hall at Abhyasa Ashram: 

  • Oms on the printed cloth on the wall: Vaishvanara, the gross realm of the waking state and the conscious mind.
  • Shadow of the brass Om: Taijasa, the subtle realm of the dreaming state and the active unconscious mind.
  • Brass Om: Prajna, the causal plane, the deep dreamless sleep state and the latent unconscious, the domain of samskaras that are the driving force of karma or actions.
  • Lingam: Shiva lingam is the primary ground for manifestation. It is hiranyagarbha, literally the golden womb. On the inner journey it is experienced as the bindu that is pierced, transitioning to the realization of the Absolute Reality, Brahman, Shiva that is one and the same with Shakti (which is symbolized by the light, below).
  • Light: Turiya, the fourth state of pure consciousness, Atman, Shakti, which projects outward through the deep impressions of the causal (the brass Om), manifesting in/as the subtle (the shadow) and, in turn, in/as the gross (the Oms on the wall cloth).

Om Hall

Reference

Yogic Conscious Deep Sleep by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati at http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm

What is Reiki?

Reiki Energy

A natural, simple, safe, effective healing system that uses spiritually guided universal energy – the kind that permeates our entire universe and all living things. This energy is channeled through the hands of the practitioner into the body and aura of the receiver. This ancient healing method has been used for thousands of years and was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui.

Reiki is a Japanese term meaning universal energy, or spiritually guided energy. It can be sent to someone who is not physically present and can also be used on plants and animals. Reiki opens the mind and spirit to the causes of disease and pain and the necessity for taking responsibility for one’s fragile life. It heals on all levels:

* physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual
* to help return the body to its natural state.