Tuesday, May 24, 2016

UNDERSTANDING MEDITATION - MEDITATION-2 -ACCEPT YOUR PEOPLE WHOLEHEARTEDLY



WHAT IS MEDITATION?





MEDITATION is the broom with which you sweep and clean your mind.

UNDERSTANDING MEDITATION is - as simple as this.

Mind is like your home - which on its own, accumulates a lot of dust, dirt, spider webs and insect hideouts if you are careless in its maintenance and cleanliness.

Unlike the home, which we do sweep and clean periodically, we don’t sweep our minds periodically and we don’t know how to. We allow a lot of psychological dust and dirt to accumulate inside our minds involuntarily and voluntarily.

All of our problems and suffering can MOSTLY be traced to this psychological dirt and dust sitting inside our minds. Until we clean the minds and continue to keep them clean, we continue to suffer.

MEDITATION is the only broom, I repeat, which effectively cleans the dirt and dust inside our minds.

Ancient Indian sage-scientists had prescribed countless meditations, each for cleaning a specific type of dust and dirt. Some meditations can clean out a number of types of dust and dirt from the minds.

Meditation not only cleans away the dirt and dust but strengthens the mind, makes it healthy, and, most surprisingly, passes on the health and strength of the mind to our physical body also.

Meditation is thus a panacea for many of our ills. Patanjali Yogasutras is almost wholly – either (i)  preparation for Meditation, or (ii) Meditation itself, or, (iii) going far beyond the ordinary frontiers of mind through higher levels of meditation. My book has explained all these in great detail.

The Meditations I am giving here are also intended to gradually make your minds clean, free of the dirt, dust and spider webs in the mind, which are making you suffer.

In the last Meditation (No.1), the intention was that you must accept yourself, especially physically, in toto. This Meditation, you must repeat periodically. Your physical body, the place where you are born, your parents, your sex, your colour, everything that you see about yourself – is a God’s gift. Accept it totally and gratefully. Don’t curse any of your God’s gifts for any reason, especially by comparison with others.

You are unique in this world. There was never another person like you in the past and there will never be another person like you in the future. Be proud of it. Be grateful for it. Make full use of yourself.

Most importantly, Meditate!

Apart from all other Goals, make daily Meditation an important, daily goal of your life. You may avoid food or sleep, rarely, but don’t avoid Meditation. You won’t regret this decision. You will thank God that you decided to Meditate daily.

Now, here is the second Meditation :




MEDITATION-2


As always, wash your face and become fresh. It is not essential but is recommended as good.

Make your mind fresh and peaceful.

Close your eyes. Breath slowly; inhale and exhale deeply and peacefully a few times.

There is no need to retain the air inside or outside your lungs. Just inhale and exhale in a relaxed manner.

While breathing, keep your attention on your breathing process.

Upto this, the procedure is common for most Meditations.

After breathing a few times, with closed eyes, within your mind, explore yourself for any angers, irritations, hatreds, jealousies that may be lurking in your mind against – your spouse, your parents, your children, your brothers, sisters, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

Love and friendship is the antidote for all of your angers, hatreds and Jealousies.

Understand that you are the creator of your negativities, not the others.

Understand that, if you develop love and friendship toward them, your angers, hatreds and jealousies  will evaporate like mist under the Sun’s rays.

Understand that, you are the first sufferer of your negativities, especially towards those around you.

Understand that love and friendship feelings can give you lots of beautiful alternatives to improve your world all around you.

Understand that love and friendship within you are great gifts within you that you can distribute to all those around you.

Understand that these two gifts will improve your own health and happiness almost instantly and over a period of time.

Feel and experience these feelings and sensations within you. Be with them and silently express them to all those around you.

Understand that your positive feelings are irrespective of and in spite of all the negativities that may be in others around you.

·        Thou shalt be positive and friendly, even of others are not.

·        Thou shalt not criticize others around you.

·        Thou shalt be friendly.

·        Thou shalt express appreciation, friendliness and love to others periodically – whenever appropriate

This is your firm, irrevocable resolve and decision in accepting love and friendship as your innate qualities wherever you go.

Now, Accept these qualities totally, be in that state for 5-10 minutes, and then…..

Slowly, smilingly, open your eyes.

Look at all people around you right now, smile at them in a friendly manner with open eyes, and come out of this Meditation.

Wishing you a wonderful day.


Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavanthu


Sd/-


(V.Vijayamohan)
24.05.2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

START YOUR MEDITATIONS - EASY, RELAXED - ACCEPT YOUR PHYSICAL BODY




MEDITATIONS



Meditations are an essential part of Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali. I have prescribed a number of Meditations, in line with Patanjali’s sutras in my Book “COMPREHENSIVE TREATISE ON ASHTANGA YOGA”.

This Book is about 736 pages A4 size and I have sent it to Many Ramakrishna Missions, University Vice Chancellors, University Libraries, general libraries and many eminent persons associated with Yoga in some way or other.

I have received excellent Feedback from some of them and hope to receive some much more feedback from the others in the days to come.

I am giving the extract of one such letter from a greatly revered Swamiji of Ramakrishna Mission here :

 “No doubt, it is a best SELF HELP BOOK  of all time.

“This Brilliant treatise reflecting your deep study on yoga will greatly facilitate the learning and spreading of yoga in a secured way in the backdrop of International yoga day started by our prime minister last year.

“We express our heartfelt satisfaction for your hard work for publishing this most useful book for the mankind….             (and so on… )”

Another revered Swamiji of another R K Mission has said –

“it is your remarkable achievement to write such a big book without any mistake in the English language and with elaborate explanation and that too within 4 years!

“I congratulate you for this painstaking work which will bring illumination to thousands of yoga Sadhakas. May you merge in the supreme experience of yoga and become the eternal inspiration to your students.”

Yet another revered Swamiji of another RK Mission has said –

we record our appreciation on your bringing out a marvellous work on Patanjali Yogasutras. Imbibing the teachings of Great Maharishi Patanjali by one and all is the need of the hour today and in this direction your master work will help the society in right understanding and practicing the philosophy of Yoga….”

Some other Swamijis took the initiative to personally phone up, discuss at length, bless and congratulate me and my work. Some vice chancellors also phoned up personally and discussed and praised my book wholeheartedly.

By Eeswara’s Grace, such appreciations are coming on from all corners.

While the writing of this large treatise took over 4 years for me, my wife and my sister in law were of great help in getting it printed, packed and sent to the appropriate , eminent yoga enthusiasts and practitioners and libraries. I express my sincere gratitude to them for all the help they are rendering to me.

I have not yet opened my book for sales as I am expecting more feedback from some more eminent Yoga practitioners. Hopefully, this book will be available for sale within about a month or so, after that. In the mean time, it is available at most of the District, state and university Libraries for your study.

I will start publishing some excerpts from my book in this Blog, from now onwards. Also, in addition to the meditations prescribed in my book, I will also give here easy meditations which readers can practice on a daily basis. These are easy and strictly in line with what Patanjali wants you to do. They are an excellent way of living our life, as you can understand from them. And, that is what Patanjali Yogasutras is mostly about.

On Jun,21st this year, the world is going to celebrate the second International Yoga Day. In connection with that, I will give you some easy meditations on Yoga, strictly in the spirit of Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali.

Kindly practice them. Your age, sex, religion, region, health condition, profession, none of these are an obstacle and hindrance to your practicing these meditations.

Asanas involving all Body parts are no doubt a very good starting point for yoga. But, the ultimate joy lies in Meditations. So, practice these without any hesitation.

You can do these meditations practically anywhere, anytime, but in a sitting posture.

Read the meditation first. Understand it well. Then do it, preferably with closed eyes. This only means, that you do it sitting in a reasonably secure place – at your home, in a park, in your office (Lunch time) and so on.  You can do many of these meditations while traveling in a Bus, train or plane also.

This means, your sitting Posture or Asana also is not important. Sit in a comfortable posture, on the floor preferably or on a chair. If you know any sitting Asana, sit in that Asana comfortably. Otherwise, sit in the way, you feel comfortable.

Surely, you are not going to and you must not attempt these meditations walking on a road, or driving a car or two-wheeler.

Try to be a little fresh by washing your face. Otherwise, keep your mind fresh. Even that is mostly enough. Now, the Meditation :

Meditation-1

Keep your mind fresh and peaceful.

Close your eyes. Breath slowly; inhale and exhale deeply and peacefully a few times.

There is no need to retain the air inside or outside your lungs. Just inhale and exhale in a relaxed manner.

While breathing, keep your attention on your breathing process.

After breathing a few times, with closed eyes, within your mind, express your total, unconditional acceptance of your body, howsoever it is, and express your gratitude to the almighty, or to the nature for it.

Accept your colour, sex, age, your health condition and everything about your body happily, peacefully and totally. Now on, you must not have any regrets about your body.

This is your God-given body and you must keep it happy, healthy and peaceful. While you will make all efforts to keep it so, you will not regret any present health conditions or any other aspect of your body. You will not compare your body with that of anybody else.

This is your firm, irrevocable resolve and decision in accepting your body.
Smile at yourself. Accept yourself totally, be in that state for a few minutes, say, 5 minutes at least and then…..

Slowly , smilingly, open your eyes. Now, look at your body, again accept it with open eyes, and come out of this Meditation.


Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavanthu
Sd/-
(v.vijayamohan)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MY BOOK : COMPREHENSIVE TREATISE ON PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS : THANK RAMAKRISHNA MISSION SWAMIJIS FOR BLESSINGS

COMPREHENSIVE TREATISE

ON

PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS





My first Book ‘COMPREHENSIVE TREATISE ON PATANJALI YOGASUTRAS’ stands published in April, 2016.

It is comprehensive; and it is a treatise.

It has about 740 pages in A4 size. I haven't seen a more comprehensive treatise on Patanjali Yoga Sutras even in the Biggest (Connemara) Library at Chennai.

I have tried my best to incorporate the traditional wisdom on Patanjali Yoga sutras completely in this book, in easily understandable form.

Since Yoga is a practical science, I have incorporated practical exercises under most Sutras and clarified what Patanjali wants us to do, in our practice of Yoga. This is new and most useful feature, for all practitioners of Yoga. These exercises open up new vistas of experiment for Yoga practitioners to scale new heights in Yoga.

I have also incorporated a Daily routine, which is easy to practice for all people, is extremely flexible and is very effective. You can do it at your Home. That is the purpose of the Book.

I want to bring the science of Yoga completely away from the caves and forests into the safe precincts of everybody’s home. You and your spouse must be able to practice Yoga in your spare time.

I have explained all the concepts of Yoga used by Patanjali in detail. You don’t need to read the whole book at one go. Read one or two sutras per day. Practice the exercises and then move forward. But, if you can read more and practice more, please do.

Thus, this book is now a complete, comprehensive, theoretical and practical treatise. It is also a step by step guide.

I assure you, I am not a mere Theoretician. I practice Yoga. I intend to practice Yoga till my last breath. My wife, my children all practice Yoga.

I have undergone intense training at the age of eleven. Thereafter, I went to many famous and revered Gurus and underwent many of their trainings.

I read. I think. I practice. I explore. I experiment. I read all  ancient writings on Yoga and explore them. Finally, I write my blog. After that, I research. The process is unending almost, to achieve a level of perfection that I am satisfied with. I however admit that, after all this, something more always remains.

After 4-5 years of research, came this, fairly large, but easy to read, understand and practice Book on Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga. Serious practitioners of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga must, must read this Book. They will.

Whoever reads, won’t be disappointed at all. I am sure of that. And, I welcome all of their views, suggestions, criticisms, good and bad both, to make future editions of this book much more purposeful for Yoga practitioners.

If someone is daunted by  the moderate size of this Book, how will he scale the heights of Ashtanga Yoga? We all need reasonable patience to practice and succeed in Yoga. Age is not a criterion. Caste, religion, sex etc are immaterial. Your Patience is the only key to all Yoga and all Joy in life.

I have sent complimentary copies to many famous Yoga Ashramas and Yoga Gurus, apart from many Big Libraries and university Libraries.

I have received excellent responses, especially, from many Ramakrishna Mission Swamijis.

Swamijis of Madurai, Bengaluru and a few other Ashramas spoke personally and congratulated me for what one Swamiji characterized as a Life Time Achievement. Chennai, Mysuru, Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Bhopal and many other Ashramas blessed my effort by letters, Email and other means.

More and more congratulations and blessings are pouring in from people who matter in Yoga.

For instance, Swami Parisuddhananda of Puri Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama has written to me as follows :

“we thankfully acknowledge the receipt of this presentation copy of the Book, COMPREHENSIVE TREATISE ON PATANJALI YOGASUTRAS written by you.

“No doubt, it is a best self help book of all time.

“This brilliant treatise reflecting your deep study on yoga will greatly facilitate the learning and spreading of yoga in a secured way in the backdrop of International Yoga day started by our Prime Minister last year.

“We express our heartfelt satisfaction for your hard work for publishing this most useful book for the mankind.

“May Sri Ramkrishna Deva bestow his blessings on you for a long peaceful spiritual life!

“with best wishes,…..”


The telephonic conversations with Madurai and Bengaluru Swamijis was also on similar lines.

I am grateful to you, My most revered Swamijis    of Ramakrishna Mission, for your kind blessings.

With your Blessings, I will certainly continue to produce more books on Yoga in their pristine purity and clarity so that world may adopt Yoga in a most useful, purposeful and constructive way.

The vice chancellor of Dravidian University also phoned up personally and spoke and encouraged my efforts on publishing this book, at length. I thank him profusely for his encouragement.

Dear Readers, let me assure you, Yoga is the best contribution of India to the world. Know Yoga, practice it, and remain joyful in your life. 

I have not yet opened this book for sales. I am waiting for some more blessings from some more great personalities. Therefore, it will involve some more time for opening it to sales. 

However, I remain open to any respected  publishers and distributors to come forward for taking the responsibility to publish / sell and distribute this book in future.

In the mean time, for readers’ benefit, I will start posting  extracts of the book. I will also post methods of meditation , one in each post, so that you can practice the same.

I seek your blessings also for my efforts.

Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavanthu

Sd/-
(V.Vijayamohan)