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Meditation Links on the Web

on March 26, 2012

Meditate and become a..!

This is a post “archive” for related links, sites, You Tube videos, Scrib downloads, and book listings on the topic of meditation.

The archive will  be compartmentalized into the 5 categories (as explained in the previous post on meditation), and continually uploaded with relevant links:-

5 levels of MEDITATION

(i) Passive meditations (So-hum) – ie. following the natural breath (eg. Vipassana)

(ii) Dynamic  meditation with mind & concentration  (Jyotish-Light) – ie. mental concentration, visualization, prayer, purification (eg. Jyotish light visualisation)

(iii) Yoga of breath control & mantras (Retention) – controlling the breath and stilling thoughts (eg. Kriya & Mantra Yoga)

(iv) Inquiry based (Who am I? via Neti Neti – eg. I am not body, mind or intellect or bliss) – eg. Who am I? & introverting mind into the Heart

(v) Abidance as THAT (from effort to the matured, pure understanding and spontaneous transcendence)

What is Meditation?

Below are  some introductory links and you tube videos on the subject of mediation, followed by the 5 category archive.

Wikipedia Definition of Meditation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation

Can group meditation help?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPCVzminCFY&feature=share

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-rantteBSM

How to Meditate?

YOU TUBE

Spiritual Reality Power of Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWttCv0p6WQ&feature=related

Guided videos 1-5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0rSmxsVHPE

One moment mediation (smiling meditation!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6eFFCi12v8&feature=share

Bliss coded sound meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_a-Yh5FTaE&feature=related

Meditation music

http://www.rootlight.com/free-meditation-music-healing-the-healer.htm

Meditation 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DrNQJt43rA&feature=share

Kundalini Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JYueTqWmyo&feature=related

Chakra Cleansing Meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGmQI6k_g4M&feature=related

SOME WEB SITES

http://www.buddhanet.net/l_med.htm

http://www.yoga-mind-control.com/indian-masters-on-meditation.html (India)

http://www.artofliving.org/meditation (Art of Living – India)

http://www.tm.org/ (Transcendental Meditation Group – Maharishi Yogi)

http://www.how-to-meditate.org/ (Buddhist)

http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22 (Mindful meditation)

http://www.meditationcenter.com/ (General)

http://www.meditationsociety.com/links.html

http://www.project-meditation.org/

http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com/

http://www.meditationsociety.com/ (USA)

OTHERS

http://www.freemeditations.com/related_sites.html, http://www.noetic.org/meditation-bibliography/meditation-links/,

http://www.spiritualguidedmeditation.com/http://www.meditationhome.com/,

http://www.mastermeditation.com/http://www.learningmeditation.com/,

http://www.best-healing-meditation-online.com/

ARCHIVE ON MEDITATION TECHNIQUES (to be uploaded)

(i) Passive meditations

Vipassana – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vipassan%C4%81 & http://www.vipassanadhura.com/howto.htm & http://www.dhamma.org/

QUOTATION by Sai Baba: “With each breath, you are averring Soham (That I am). Not only you, every being avers it. It is a fact which you have ignored so long. Believe it now. When you watch your breath and meditate on that grand truth, slowly the “I” and “That” will merge and Soham will be transformed into OM. the primal sound (Pranava) which the Vedas proclaim as the symbol of Nirakara Parabrahman (Formless Supreme Reality). That Om is Swaswarupa (your own natural state) – the Reality behind all this relative unreality.

So-Hum – http://www.scribd.com/doc/50021035/24/So-Hum-Mantra-Meditation

(ii) Dynamic meditation

Visualisation techniques – www.phylliskrystal.com

http://www.soulfulliving.com/creative_visualization.htm, http://www.aplacefortheheart.co.uk/frame.php?sp=/meditations/onlinemeditations.htm

Chakra Meditation – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WRvnwsOuhA

3rd eye meditation – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1t6NCeC8_M&feature=share (St Germain 7th Ray)

Inner Smile Meditation (Tao) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7jXd6Qt1DM&feature=related

JYOTISH LIGHT MEDITATION (in book Dhyana Vahini by Sai Baba) – QUOTATION by Sai Baba (Mediation on Light or Jyotish)

“As regards the technique of Dhyana (meditation), different teachers and trainers give different forms of advice. But I shall give you now the most universal and the most effective form of mediation. This is the first step in spiritual discipline. Set aside for this at first a few minutes everyday and later go on extending the time as and when you feel the bliss that you shall get. Let it be in the hours before dawn. This is preferable, because the body is refreshed after sleep and teh peregrinations of daytime will not yet have impinged on you.

Have a lamp or a candle with a steady and straight flame before you. Sit in Padamsa (lotus posture) or any other comfortable posture in front of the candle. Look at the flame steadily for some time and, closing your eyes, try to feel the flame inside you, between the eyebrows. Let i slide down into the lotus of your heart, illumining the path. When it enters the heart, imagine that the petals of the lotus opens out one by one, bathing every thought, feeling and emotion in light, and so removing darkness from them. There is no space for darkness to hide. The light of the flame becomes wider and brighter. Let it pervade all your limbs. Now those limbs can no longer indulge in dark, suspicious and wicked activities; they have become instruments of light and love. As the light reaches up to the tongue, falsehood vanishes from it. Let it rise up to the eyes and the ears and destroy all the dark desires that infest them and lead you to perverse sights and puerile conversation.

Let your head be surcharged with light and all wicked thoughts flee therefrom. Imagine that the light is shining in you more and more intensely. Let it shine all around you and let it spread from you, in ever widening circles, taking in your loved ones, your kith and kin, your friends and companions, your enemies and rivals, strangers, all living beings, the entire world.

Since the light illumine all your senses everyday deeply and systematically, a time will come when you can no longer relish dark and evil sights, yearn for dark and sinister tales, crave for base, harmful, deadening toxic food and drink, handle dirty demeaning things, approach places of ill-fame and injury or frame evil designs against anyone at any time. Stay on inn that thrill of witnessing the Light everywhere. If you are adoring God in any form now, try to visualise that form in the all-pervasive Light. For Light is God, god is Light.

Practice this mediation regularly everyday as I have advised. At other times, repeat the Name of god (any Name fragrant with any of His many majesties), always taking care to be conscious of His might, mercy and munificence.

Do no get discouraged if you are not able to concentrate long from the very beginning. When you learn to ride a bicycle, you do not learn the art of balancing immediately. You push the cycle along to an open field and hop and skip, learning now to one side and now to another. You even fall with the cycle upon you on many an attempt before you are able to ride with skill and to never more worry about the balance. Then automatically you are able to make necessary adjustments to correct the balance. After getting this skilled, you can ride through narrow streets and lanes and do not need an open field. You can negotiate your vehicle through most crowded thoroughfares. So, too, practice will equip you with the concentration that will sustain you in the densest surroundings and the most difficult situations. Hence, do not get up suddenly and start moving about, resuming your avocations. Loosen the limbs slowly, deliberately, before you enter upon your usual duties.”

ANOTHER QUOTE BY SAI BABA:-

“You sit in Meditation for 10 minutes after the evening bhajan session; so far so good. But, let me ask, when you rise after the 10 minutes and move about, do you see everyone in a clearer light as endowed with Divinity? If not, Meditation is a waste of time. Do you love more, do you talk less, do you serve others more earnestly? These are the signs of success in Mediation. Your progress must be authenticated by your character and behaviour. Meditation must transmute your attitude towards beings and things, else it is a hoax. Even a boulder will, through the action of the Sun and rain, heat and cold, disintegrate into mud and become food for the tree. Even the hardest heart can be softened so that the Divine can sprout therein.”

(iii) Yoga of breath control or mantras (Kriyas)

Kriya – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriya_Yoga & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahavatar_Babaji

Mantra – http://www.scribd.com/doc/42220663/Mantra

(iv) Inquiry based – contemplation

“Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.”- Bhagavad Gita

(v) Peaceful Abidance as THAT – samadhi

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON MEDITATION:-

The YOGA OF MEDITATION – Chapter VI from the Bhagvad Gita – Song of God

(from the http://www.sriramakrishna.org/welcome.html) – dialogue between the Lord Krishna & His disciple Arjuna

Sri Krishna to Arjuna:

He who does the task dictated by duty, Caring nothing for the fruits of the action, He is the Yogi, A true sannyasin (monk Yogi).

But he who follows his vow to the letter by mere refraining:

Ligting no fire at the ritual offering, Making excuse for avoidance of labour, He is no Yogi, No true sannyasin.

For he must understand that what has been called yoga is really sannyasa, since nobody can practice yoga of action who is anxious about his future, or the results of his actions.

Let him, who would climb in meditation to heights of the highest Union with Brahman, take for his path the Yoga of action:

For when he nears that height of oneness, his acts will fall from him, his path will be tranquil.

For when a man loses attachment to sense objects and action, when he renounces lustful activity and anxious lusts, then he is said to have climbed to the height of union with Brahman.

What is a man’s will, And how shall he use it?

Let him put forth its power to uncover the Atman (True Self), Not hide the Atman:

Man’s will is the only friend of the Atman:

He is also the Atman’s enemy.

For when a man is self-controlled, his will is the Atman’s friend. But the will of an uncontrolled man is hostile to the Atman, like an enemy.

That serene one, absorbed in the Atman, masters his will; he knows no disquiet in heat and cold, in pain and pleasure, in honour and dishonour.

Mastered the senses

For when a man’s heart has reached fulfillment through knowledge and personal experience of the truth of Brahman, he is never again moved by the things of the senses. Earth, stone and gold all seem all alike to one who has mastered one’s senses. Such a yogi is said to have achieved union with Brahman.

He who regards with an eye that is equal, friends and comrades, the foe and the kinsmen, the vile and wicked, the men who judge him, and those who belong to neither faction: He is the greatest.

Meditation Practice

The Yogi should retire into a solitary place, and live alone. He must exercise control over his mind and body. He must free himself from the hopes and possessions of this world. He should mediate on the Atman unceasingly.

The place where he sits should be firm, neither too high nor too low, and situated in a clean spot. He should first cover it with sacred grass, then with a deer skin; then lay a cloth over these. (note the choice of material is traditional, but not important for the spiritual aspirant of to-day. Any convenient seat will do). As he sits there, he is to hold the senses and imagination in check, and keep the mind concentrated upon its object. If he practices meditataion in this manner, his heart will become pure.

His posture must be motionless, with the body, head and neck held erect, and the vision indrawn, as if gazing at the tip of the nose. He must not look about him.

So, with his heart serene and fearless, Firm in the vow of renunciation, Holding the mind from its restless roaming, Now let him struggle to reach my oneness; ever absorbed, his eyes on me always, His prize, His purpose.

If a Yogi has perfect control over his mind, and struggles continually in this way to unite himself with Brahman, he will come at last to the crowning peace of Nirvana, the peace that is in me.

Yoga is not for the man who overeats, or for him who fasts excessively. It is not for him who sleeps too much, or for the keeper of exaggerated vigils. Let a man be moderate in his eating and his recreation, moderately active, moderate in sleep and in wakefulness. He will find that yoga takes away all his unhappiness.

When can a man be said to have achieved union with Brahman? When his mind is under perfect control and freed from all desires, so that he becomes absorbed in the Atman, and nothing else. “The light of a lamp does not flicker in a windless place”: that is the simile which describes the yogi of one-pointed mind, who mediates upon the Atman. When, through the practice of Yoga, the mind becomes still, he realises the Atman. It satisfies him entirely. Then he knows that infinite happiness which can be realised by the purified heart but is beyond the grasp of the senses. He stands firm in this realisation. Because of it, he can never again wander from the inmost truth of his being.

Now that he holds it, he knows this treasure above all others: Faith so certain shall never be shaken by the heaviest sorrow.

To achieve this certainty is to know the real meaning of the word Yoga. It is the breaking of contact with pain. You must practice this yoga resolutely, without losing heart. renounce all your desires, for ever. They spring from willfulness.

Use your discrimination to restrain the whole pack of scattering senses.

Patiently, little by little, a man must free himself from all mental distractions, with the aid of the intelligent will. He must fix his mind upon the Atman, and never think of anything else. No matter where the restless and unquiet mind wanders, it must be drawn back and made to submit to the Atman only.

Utterly quiet, made clean of passion, the mind of the Yogi knows Brahman; his bliss is the highest. Released of evil, his mind is constant in contemplation: The way is easy, Brahman has touched him, That bliss is boundless.

His heart is with Brahman, his eye in all things sees only Brahman, equally present, knows his own Atman, In every creature, And all creation within that Atman.

That Yogi sees me in all things, and all things within me. He never loses sight  of me, not of I of him. He is established in union with me, and worships me devoutly in all beings. That Yogi abides in me, no matter what his mode of life.

Who burns with the bliss, and suffers the sorrow of every creature within his own heart, Making his own each bliss and each sorrow: Him I hold highest of all Yogis.

Arjuna to Krishna:

Krishna, you describe this yoga as a life of union with Brahman. But I do not see how this can be permanent. The mind is so very restless.

Restless man’s mind is, so strongly shaken in the grip of the senses: gross and grown hard with stubborn desire for what is worldly. How shall he tame it? Truly, I think the wind is no wilder.

Krishna to Arjuna:

Yes, Arjuna, the mind is restless, no doubt, and hard to subdue. But it can be brought under control by constant practice, and by the exercise of dispassion. Certainly, if a man has no control over his ego, he will find this yoga difficult to master. But a self-controlled man can master it, if he struggles hard, and uses the right means.

“Your duty is to abandon. Abandon all your plans, even the best ones. Abandon all the theories you cherish, the doctrines you hold dear, the systems of knowledge that have cluttered your brain, the preferences you have accumulated, the pursuit of fame, fortune, scholarship, superiority. These are all material, objective. Enter into the objective world after becoming aware of the Atma. Then you will realise that all is the play of the Atma.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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