Yoga and Meditation
There are seven major Chakras, or centers of psychoactive energy, in
the human body. These Chakras are the energy centers which are situated
throughout the body to keep the body balanced. The word 'chakra' comes
from the Sanskrit word, which means 'wheel'. These chakras are wheels
of energy, which are continuously rotating all the time. If these
chakra rotate incorrectly, then the body becomes 'imbalanced' and
blockages occur which restrict the flow of energy. Each of the seven
chakras plays vital functional roles in our physical body. Each of the
seven chakras has several spiritual qualities. Thus, through regular
meditation, we become automatically very dynamic, creative, and
confident and at the same time very humble, loving and compassionate.
It is a process, which starts to develop by itself when the Kundalini
rises and starts to nourish our chakras.
When Reiki healing is given to these chakras become balanced and
unblocks the energy flow. These seven chakras may be listed either
top-down or bottom-up.
The root/base or Mooladhara Chakra
The first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the
Kundalini. The color of this chakra is red and the element is earth.
The positive quality of this chakra is creative/awakened kundalini and
the negative one is uncreative/not grounded kundalini.
The hara/sacral or the swadishthan chakra
The second chakra
is the chakra of creativity, pure attention and pure knowledge. The
color of this chakra is orange and the element is water. The positive
quality of this chakra is that one is sexually happy and the negative
one is sexually unhappiness.
The solar plexus or the manipur chakra
The third chakra is
the one that gives us the sense of generosity, complete satisfaction
and contentment. The color of this chakra is yellow and the element is
fire. The positive quality of this chakra is pleasure and the negative
one is envy/jealousy.
The heart chakra or the anahat chakra
The fourth chakra, the
chakra of the heart, is the place where resides our Spirit, our true
Self, which is eternally pure. All our worries, doubts and fears are
destroyed when the heart chakra is fully enlightened by the Kundalini.
The color of this chakra is green and the element is air. The positive
quality of this chakra is love and the negative one is fear.
The throat chakra or the vishuddhi chakra
The fifth chakra is
the chakra of diplomacy, of pure relationships with others. The
Vishuddhi is the chakras, which gives us the connection with the whole,
and make us feel our oneness and the fact that we are all part and
parcel of the whole. The color of this chakra is blue and the element
is space. The positive quality of this chakra is god/effective
communicator and the negative one is prone to cold and cough.
The Ajna or the third eye chakra
The sixth chakra is the
chakra of forgiveness and compassion. The color of this chakra is
indigo and the element is space. The positive quality of this chakra is
intuitional awareness and the negative one is anger craving for power.
It is the narrow gate, which opens the way for our consciousness to
ascend to its final destination, which is the seventh center.
The Sahasrara or the crown Chakra
This is the topmost center
chakra. The crown chakra is related to the brain, and especially the
pituitary and pineal glands. The color of this chakra is violet and the
element is space. The positive quality of this chakra is intelligence
and the negative quality is less intelligence.
Embracing Reiki is a commitment to your on growth for mental
peace and towards spirituality. As you progress through levels, you can
help yourself, others and the whole world community as a whole. The
potential of this energy and the work you can do with the help of this
energy is endless.
In an effort to
simplify and clarify the complex
philosophies and teachings of Yoga, we can summarize the wisdom of yoga
in six principles:
1. Proper exercise
2. Proper diet
3. Proper breathing
4. Proper relaxation
6. Positive thinking
Yoga is designed to enable people to begin from their present
state of consciousness and move forward into a state of well being
wholeness and enlightenment.
There are mainly TEN kinds of yoga…
KARMA YOGA - Karma refers to the universal principle
of cause and effect. Karma yoga meditation is consciously surrendering
the lord your selfish motives. You have to start living for the god,
the higher self, and the soul not for your false ego. One has to
dedicate one's actions, words, thoughts and feelings to god. One has to
stop working, speaking, acting in a way that is to reward one's
BHAKTI YOGA - Bhakti yoga, or devotional yoga, is
the most natural path. Meditation is done by visualizing, thinking and
feeling that the Lord is sitting or standing before the person. In this
form of yoga there is awareness of relationship. The devotee is aware
of the Lord and of his own being, and of the relationship between the
Lord and the devotee. This continuous flow of love and life force
brings about a super conscious state of awareness.
MANTRA YOGA - Mantras are words, phrases that are
chanted thoughtfully and with growing attention. The mantram may create
an opportunity for old thoughts and feelings, old fears and guilts, to
be released. By this yoga the mind and emotions are transcended and the
super conscious is clearly revealed and experienced. There are
thousands of mantrams, which are mainly from the ancient Sanskrit
language. In whisper chanting of the mantra the prana, the life force
in the body, is balanced and harmonized, preparing the way for a deeper
state of serenity - and of the balance of mind and emotions.
chanting easily dissolves and the life force moves even deeper within
as you enter mental chanting. Mental chanting is practiced as long as
thoughts are occurring to the mind. Whenever the mind is distracted,
the mantram is simply chanted in the same area of the mind where the
distraction is happening. Chanting becomes a pleasure, Peace and gentle
joy to fill your mind. In order to be sure a mantram is right for you,
get a mantram only from a Guru or Master who is qualified to teach and
TANTRA YOGA - A tantra devotee sits calmly and
purifies mind and heart of wayward thoughts and desires. The devotee
then senses the life force within his or her, through imagination and
feeling, directs the life force to rise up the spine, from the tail
into the neck and then into the forehead. The word tantra means
expansion. Tantra yoga is not concerned with sexuality, but with the
creative force and transmuting this energy into higher channels. In
this devotion they are freed from destructive habits and enter
enlightenment. The person becomes aware that the life force within each
person is truly divine; it is from the Lord. The spirit in each one is
LAYA YOGA - There are five main energy centers in
your spine and two in your head. The laya yoga meditator knows exactly
how to locate these centers. When these centers are found, they
function very much like doorways to different realms of higher
consciousness. Through laya yoga meditation in the heart center you
overcome selfishness and self-centeredness. You become able to deal
with your fears and worries and other problems because of the
tremendous strength and insight you gain from the heart expansion.
Over-stimulation of a
center could cause pain, confusion, or intense
desires. So, it is not wise to concentrate on these centers or meditate
on any of them without the help of a teacher. On the other hand, most
people live on only three levels of consciousness - the material,
sensual, and egoic without ever opening the seven centers (charkas),
which bring higher consciousness. Laya yoga, with a qualified teacher,
is an extremely worthwhile endeavor.
RAJA YOGA - Raja yoga meditation is generally based
on directing one's life force to bring the mind and emotions so into
balance that the attention may be easily focused on the object of
meditation or to the Lord directly. When the energy is balanced
throughout the brain and body and easily moving forward in the area of
the third eye, your mind becomes very calm. Raja means royal or kingly.
Raja yoga, particularly, requires a teacher because it is easy to
strain yourself. This state usually gives you a very pleasant sense of
well being and your mind seems filled with a velvety darkness.
JNANA YOGA - Jnana means wisdom. Jnana yoga is the
path of wisdom. The person meditates patiently to release all thoughts
and feelings until the luminous glow of the soul dawns in the mind and
heart is allowed to do a work of transformation and enlightenment
within the meditator. Remember never to meditate in a passive way. This
state of consciousness is one of alertness, an amazing application of
awareness. You can also discard worry, doubt, or fear, and become
established in the light of your inner self.
HATHA YOGA - It's a superb means of exercising,
stretching, and freeing the body so it can be a healthy, long-lived,
and vital instrument of the mind and soul. Through hatha yoga one can
become extremely clear-minded and can concentrate well. It is also a
main method for spiritual realization. One's clear mind and pure,
healthy body enable one to meditate easily. Normally the one with the
calm mind focuses awareness at the ajna center half an inch above where
the eyebrows join and directs awareness to move through that center
into a super-conscious state.
KUNDALINI YOGA - Kundalini yoga generally involves a
combination of raja, hatha, tantra, mantra and laya yogas. But
sometimes it is considered as a distinct yoga. Its principal goal is
the stimulation of the spiritual life force at the base of the spine
called Kundalini so that it will rise easily from the lower centers
(lower charkas) of your being into the spiritual centers in your head
(crown chakra) where higher consciousness is perceived, experienced.
KRIYA YOGA - Kriya means to do, to make an effort or
to transform. Basically kriya yoga is a blend of raja, jnana and bhakti
yoga. Kriya yoga is practiced daily with a self-disciplined mind and
body, introspection, and devotion to God.Kriya yoga is practiced
directing life force to move up and down the spine, transforming the
mediator's state of being until spiritual realization occurs. This
technique is usually conveyed privately through initiation from a Guru
or longtime practitioner of this method.
The path here is one of greater consciousness, not magic.
It all depends on your ability to be attentive and sensitize yourself
to super consciousness in order to get success.
Artwork by Dalyn (2003)
There is a perfect saying "When you have pain
and suffering, you have to run someplace for relief. But there is no
doctor for mental, spiritual anguish. No doctor can put these
afflictions under a microscope and look at them. The only cure is
The aim of meditation is to clear away the adventitious defilements so
that we can experience ourselves -- more deeply and more truly - in our
primordial purity, clarity, and freedom of mind. Meditation helps us to
cut through the agonizing clutter of superficial mental turmoil to
allow us to experience more spacious and joyful states of mind. If you
want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your
potential, who you really are. Meditation is the route to that knowing.
Meditation is the highest virtue. Meditation is the foremost austerity.
Meditation is the greatest purity. Meditation is present wherever
meditation is practiced. It is common in Hinduism, Buddhism, and
Christianity, as well as in other religions.
We cannot come to meditation in the hopes that it will give us what we
need or what we want. Meditation is an activity. Close your eyes and
feel and see that place that is beyond name and form. Meditation is a
very sacred place. Everything we see in front of us is an illusion; it
is a veil covering that which is beyond. You must have both the pain
and the pleasure. You must learn to enjoy the pain. Learn to love it.
There is something beyond the name; there is something beyond the form.
Try to respect the form. Respect the name and do everything selflessly,
for the Self.
We would all love to be in that state like a child, where there is no
fear, no anxiety, no worry about who's going to say what to you or how
you are supposed to act and react. Meditation is not magic, and it
isn't a belief or a religion. It is simply a technology - a set of
simple techniques that use what you have (your mind, senses, and body)
to create a communication between you and your mind, and between your
mind and your body. Meditation is a time to be with yourself.
Meditation is a time to connect with your breath, a time to be present
to the life force in your body, a time to talk to your higher self.
Daily meditation cleans your mind, to help you focus your energy, avoid
mistakes, stay healthy, and become more kind and prayerful. It is an
opportunity to create stillness within yourself and to rejuvenate and
relax yourself so you can handle stress.
Time and places to meditate
Any place that is
neither too hot nor too cold and
where you can sit quietly for a while without any kind of disturbance
is perfect to meditate. The place should be clean also. Sit in a
comfortable position; make sure that the spine is erect and reasonable
straight. The early morning hours between 4 to 8 am is the best time to
meditate but some people like to meditate before going to bed. It is
also ok as it helps to clear away all the worries of the day. Never
meditate after having a big meal. How long you can meditate it all
depends on the kind of meditation, which you are doing as they work on
different aspects of the mind and body, so the time varies with the
technique. Start with what is comfortable for you. Even you can
meditate only for five minutes. After some time you can increase it to
Diet for Meditation
It is better to have
light meals to get good and
healthy mind. Many practitioners have become vegetarian, choosing the
lightest diet that allows the mind to be calm and focused. Avoiding
drugs, other than those prescribed by a doctor is also recommended, as
drugs may imbalance your body and mind.
Clothes for Meditation
You can dress in any way you like. In which you find yourself
comfortable and non-restrictive. The first thing is comfort. Some
meditations use physical activity, and many people like to do some yoga
or similar exercises to prepare, so you should dress in a way that will
allow you to relax and freely do any exercises. Choose clothing that is
clean, fresh, and often light in color and composition.
Many meditations use sounds or mantras, sometimes words that
represent big thoughts (Love, Truth, God), and sometimes just simple
sounds. The words come from many traditions, and can be in many
languages. Even if the words and language of a mantra is unfamiliar to
you, they are not about chanting to something, or some god that you
don't know. Chanting is an energetic act that changes your brain,
stimulates hormonal balance, and engages you in a special type of
communication with your own mind, about truth and clarity.
Many meditations also use the breath (pranayam), perhaps simply
bringing your attentions to the flow of your breath, or by consciously
using specific patterns of breath. Feeling the depth, rate, and pattern
of breath can change them as well. Be sure to follow the instructions
for using the breath in a meditation carefully, and check with an
instructor if you have questions. Begin with short times and gradually
increase them as you get used to the changes they cause. If you feel
dizzy, stop and make sure you are using the proper technique. Breath
meditations create a lot of change and it is important to feel
comfortable and balanced with these changes.
Higher consciousness is found through an increase in consciousness.
If you've developed a habit of being numb in the brain or in general
sensitivity, all the tendencies involved in this habit have to be
patiently turned around. Let all the thoughts simply come and go. Just
let go of the thoughts, as you stay with the flow and sensations of
Basically meditation helps us in many ways. It provides an outlet for
tension and withheld emotions as well as being a great energy-booster!
Creates an inner balance and stillness. Experience one's own center of
stillness, silence and relaxed awareness. A gentle yet effective way to
release all the accumulated stress of your day.
Kashmir Shaivism is another feature of my spirituality. To explain it
better, please see
Kashmir Monistic Shaivism by Prof. M. L. Kokiloo.
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