Class 1 introduction, layers of mind, mantra

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Class 1 introduction, layers of mind, mantra

  1. 1. Meditation 1 class stPresented by Dada Rainjitananda www.pathofbliss.com
  2. 2. What is the requisite for meditation…  The only requisite for practicing meditation is…  … to have a human structure…  …body and mind. www.pathofbliss.com
  3. 3. Body and Mind The brain The mind www.pathofbliss.com
  4. 4. Body  Release tensions  Be flexible  Be strong  Maintain the the spinal chord straight  Be able to remain still to meditate  Balance hormonal secretion of endocrine glands www.pathofbliss.com
  5. 5. Preparing the Body  Exercise – the yoga postures (Asanas)  The best diet –> lacto-vegetarian www.pathofbliss.com
  6. 6. The position for meditation  Padmasana – the lotus pose www.pathofbliss.com
  7. 7. Step by Step to the Lotus - 1  Ankle-knee pose  Practice daily www.pathofbliss.com
  8. 8. Step by Step to the Lotus - 2  Practice on both sides  Alternating the legs www.pathofbliss.com
  9. 9. Step by Step to the Lotus - 3  Half-Lotus  A step before full lotus www.pathofbliss.com
  10. 10. Step by Step to the Lotus - 4  Full Lotus  Make sure you don’t force your knees  Be cautious when doing the lotus  Take your time to prepare  Don’t rush www.pathofbliss.com
  11. 11. The Mind www.pathofbliss.com
  12. 12. The Thought Process  Close your eyes and try to think of nothing  It is not easy  The mind exists because it thinks  Our meditation is not to think of nothing. www.pathofbliss.com
  13. 13. The Thought Process  Close your eyes and try not to think of a red car  The mention of the “red car” makes the mind think of it.  A negative suggestion is not our way of meditating. www.pathofbliss.com
  14. 14. You are what you think. www.pathofbliss.com
  15. 15. The Human Potential  Human beings are utilizing only a fraction of the mental potential  Modern civilization has emphasized external life, technology and mastery over nature www.pathofbliss.com
  16. 16. The Human Potential  But today we see a lot of interest on psychic powers, spiritual disciplines, mind expanding drugs, hypnosis, meditation, dreams and creativity www.pathofbliss.com
  17. 17. The Human Being  Body, Mind and “Spirit”  The most external layer is the physical body.  From body to “spirit” there exists the mind. www.pathofbliss.com
  18. 18. The Layers of the Mind  In Yoga the mind has been divided in 5 layers from the densest to the subtlest.  The higher layers contain vast reservoirs of energy and knowledge. www.pathofbliss.com
  19. 19. The Layers of the Mind  In each succeeding layer there is a more joyful and expanded awareness.  The higher layers exert a subtle influence over the lower ones. www.pathofbliss.com
  20. 20. Infinite Consciousness  Beyond all the five layers of one ’s individual mind is the realm of Infinite Cosmic Consciousness  It is a state of perfect peace, the pure Self within.  When one attains this state, even for a moment, one’s entire existence is flooded with inexpressible joy. www.pathofbliss.com
  21. 21. The Five Layers of the Mind  All layers need to be developed  There are practices to perfect each one www.pathofbliss.com
  22. 22. The First Layer of the Mind  The conscious mind  Crude mental sphere  Controls external actions www.pathofbliss.com
  23. 23. Conscious  1. Sensing,  2. Desiring,  3. Acting www.pathofbliss.com
  24. 24. The First Layer of the Mind  Sensing the stimulus from the external world  Desire or aversion depending on the stimulus  Acting to materialize that desire or aversion. www.pathofbliss.com
  25. 25. The Second Layer of the Mind  Subconscious  Recollection, contemplation  Memory (holding experiences), deep thought  Dreaming www.pathofbliss.com
  26. 26. Subconscious www.pathofbliss.com
  27. 27. The Third Layer of the Mind  Supramental sphere  Intuition  Storehouse of experiences  Creativity  Intuitional dreams  Paranormal phenomena www.pathofbliss.com
  28. 28. The Fourth Layer of the Mind  Subliminal Sphere  Conscience (discrimination)  Non-attachment www.pathofbliss.com
  29. 29. The Fifth Layer of the Mind  Causal mind  Yearning for the infinite  The golden layer www.pathofbliss.com
  30. 30. Calming the mind www.pathofbliss.com
  31. 31. Brain Waves  Beta waves  Alpha waves www.pathofbliss.com
  32. 32. The “Mantra”  Man – mind  Tra – liberates  The idea (word) that liberates the mind www.pathofbliss.com
  33. 33. The “Sanskrit” language  The human body’s eternal song  The sounds emanating from the subtle energy centers – “Cakras” form…  …the fifty letters of the Sanskrit Alphabet www.pathofbliss.com
  34. 34. Mantras  Personal mantras  Universal mantras  The mantra we use  Baba Nam Kevalam www.pathofbliss.com
  35. 35. Baba Nam Kevalam  All is the Supreme Consciousness  Love is all there is www.pathofbliss.com
  36. 36. Let us meditate now  Baba Nam Kevalam  Meditate by chanting the mantra, first aloud and then silently within.  Ideate that everything around you and within you is an expression of the Supreme Consciousness.  Do it daily. www.pathofbliss.com

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