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Guide map to meditation – Swami Rama

You really do not need to know many things, but you definitely need to practice what you know.

—The Art of Joyful Living, pp. 47

“The point is that you don’t need much external information;
you already have true knowledge within.
You need to learn how to apply the knowledge that you have.
You are taught: “Be good, be nice, be gentle, be loving.”
You have all been taught that, but you should learn
to practice, understand, and to apply that knowledge to yourself.
You need to understand how you function,
and the process that results in your actions.” More...

Soham mantra meditation tutorial video

Breath is a bridge between the body and the mind. When trying to meditate it is common to experience tension in the muscles and noisy thoughts in the mind.

The nervous system is the arbiter between the tense body and the noisy mind. One of the best ways to regulate that nervous system, and in turn the body and mind, is through the breath. This has been known by the Yogis for thousands of years, and has also come to be widely known in recent years by the modern medical and psychological community.

Soham mantra has been called the universal mantra because of the fact that its vibration is already a part of the breath, and everybody breathes. Sooooo... is the sound of inhalation, and Hummmm... is the sound of exhalation.

Access creative genius with a quiet mind

Slence ur mindYour mind has a natural ability to be quiet. When it becomes quiet, you are in touch with your genius.

Albert Einstein said the ideas that led him to the theory of relativity came during moments of quiet reflection. Mozart heard sonatas and symphonies resonating through the silent reaches of his mind. All he had to do was write them down. We know that Isaac Newton came up with laws of motion and gravity while relaxing under an apple tree. Whether he actually got hit in the head by that apple or not, no one knows, but there is no doubt that his quiet mind yielded a treasure of knowledge.

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Mantra for life

Mantras have long been used for multifarious purposes. They work on the subtle energies and create a positive consciousness. Like all good things, there is potential for abuse here as well. If used in tantra, especially the kind practiced in Bengal, there are also mantras to remove an enemy or attract a person, etc. Scary, but reports of efficacy are as varied as there are people who have been given these so called 'powerful mantras' to direct their lives as per their will. Understandably, it is the easiest way to exhort money or following from desparate people, who don't know any better.

Used in the positive sense, Mantras help us immensely. This is experiential wisdom :-) 

Mantras are like seeds. A seed holds the entire tree within it in potential form. If you sow the seed, it sprouts and matures into a full-grown tree on its own accord in due course. The seed and the tree are one and the same -- they exist as one packet of energy. 
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Mindfulness Meditation - Buddha within

Meditation has answers for all mental troubles. But not just that. Meditation has been essential to Indian spirituality, and has many variations too. For instance, Raman Maharishi, the sage of Arunachala advocated meditating on the simple question 'who am I'. Mantra meditation is most widely practiced in India. Especially by members of Gayatri Parivar, headquarterd in Shanti kunj, Haridwar, India. The Gayatri Parivar has popularised meditataion on Gayatri mantra for not only spiritual gains, but health benefits too.

Lotus therapy: Mindful Meditation - Buddha's legacy

There is also a Mindless meditation, where the idea is to empty the mind of all impressions, and connect with the true self within.  Patnjali's suggested ideal: Yogashcha Chitta-vrutti nirodhashcha.

The latest to catch on is Mindfulness meditation. Not a new concept though, to those already familiar with Indian spirituality... More...

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