Brain Functions A Balanced Meditation: Personal or Impersonal ? Relationship is the essence of a Complete Meditation. Inner connectedness. Connecting with others. Connecting with the Personal Godhead. Harmony , not Withdrawal .
“ Arjuna inquired: Which are considered to be more perfect, those who are always properly engaged in Your devotional service, or those who worship the impersonal Brahman, the unmanifest?” What is Complete Meditation? The Bhagavad Gita 12.1 arjuna uvaca evam satata-yukta ye bhaktas tvam paryupasate ye capy aksaram avyaktam tesam ke yoga-vittamah
“ The Blessed Lord said: He who fix their minds on My personal form, and are always engaged in worshiping Me with great and transcendental faith, are considered by Me to be most perfect.” What is Complete Meditation? The Bhagavad Gita 12.2 sri-bhagavan uvaca mayy avesya mano ye mam nitya-yukta upasate sraddhaya parayopetas te me yuktatama matah
Brain Functions 15 Hz to 40 Hz 8 Hz to 14 Hz 5 Hz to 8 Hz 1.5 Hz to 4 Hz Beta Alertness Concentration Cognition Alpha Relaxation Visualization Creativity Theta Meditation Intuition Memory Delta Detached awareness Healing Deep Sleep
Neuroscience has not yet fully understood how Consciousness is related to these mental states. But there is a consensus that Consciousness is at a deeper level than these states of mental activity. So what is Complete Meditation ?
“ There is something operative in the human being which transcends matter.” J.B. Rhine, Mind and the New World Physical Mental Intellectual False ego SOUL The Bhagavad Gita What is Complete Meditation?
What is Complete Meditation? Vaikhari External senses Madhyama Mental level of thought Pashyanti Beyond discrete classification Para Absolute, Transcendent Vedic Theory of Vaak “ Speech”
Ordinary consciousness: Id, Ego, Superego. "The Drama of Me”. Constant mental commentary. What is Complete Meditation? Reduce random thought patterns. Concentration. Awareness.
What is Complete Meditation? Is Meditation related to Self-hypnosis ? Nope. In hypnosis one does not try to maintain an awareness of the here-and-now , or stay conscious of the process. Instead one essentially enters a sort of semi-conscious trance . Meditation deepens the experience of the Here & Now . Spiritual growth is ultimately about altered traits , not altered states .
What is Complete Meditation? Is Meditation a form of Relaxation ? Meditation attempts to transcend the thought-process . Relaxation usually does not. Meditation is an active process where the meditation subject remains fully aware of what the awareness is doing . Relaxation is passive . Relaxation may – or may not – be a by-product of Meditation.
What is Complete Meditation? What is the difference between Meditation and Thinking ? Constant thought-activity, specially of random nature, can sap vital energy . Meditation attempts to transcend this crude level of thought activity. Through regular practice one becomes aware that they are not their thoughts but that there is an awareness that exists independent of thought . You are not the Mind.
What is Complete Meditation? What is the difference between Meditation and Concentration ? Meditation begins with concentration. After an initial period of concentration , thought activity decreases and keeping the awareness focused becomes more spontaneous . The Object of Meditation makes all the difference. Meditation is a quest for the ideal Refuge. That Refuge must be the Object of Meditation.
What is Complete Meditation? Guidelines for Meditation It should be done every day, preferably at the same time. It should preferably be done before a meal rather than after a meal. The best attitude is not to have any expectations when practicing. Failure to experience silence, peace of mind, mental clarity, bliss, or other promoted benefit of meditation is not in itself a sign of incorrect practice or that one can't concentrate properly or concentrate enough to be good at meditation. Whether one experiences peace or bliss is not what is important. What is generally considered important in meditation is that one is regular with their meditation -every day- and that one makes a reasonable effort, but not strain , to remain with the object of concentration during the practice. With regular practice one inevitably acquires an increased understanding of and proficiency with the particular meditation technique.
Transcendental Knowledge (jnana) Transcendental Action (karma) Transcendental Love (bhakti) Pure Love of Godhead (para-bhakti) What is Complete Meditation?
The Bhagavad Gita 6.47 yoginam api sarvesam mad-gatenantar-atmana sraddhavan bhajate yo mam sa me yuktatamo matah “ And of all yogis, he who always abides in Me with great faith, worshiping Me in transcendental loving service, is most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all.” What is Complete Meditation?
The Bhagavad Gita 8.8 abhyasa-yoga-yuktena cetasa nanya-gamina paramam purusam divyam yati parthanucintayan “ He who meditates on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, his mind constantly engaged in remembering Me, undeviated from the path, he, O Partha [Arjuna], is sure to reach Me.” What is Complete Meditation?