Wednesday, December 30, 2009



The sixth energy center is sometimes known as the third eye. Located in the forehead, Ajna, as it is known in Sanskrit, is the center of insight and intuition. When this center is open, you have a deep sense of connection to your inner voice and feel guided in your choices. When it is blocked, there is a sense of self-doubt and distrust. The opening of this chakra is usually associated with a clear sense of connection to one’s dharma or purpose in life.
The Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life governs the sixth chakra. You have within you a wise voice guiding you to express the highest aspects of your nature. Listen to this inner still voice, which is guiding you to manifest your full potential. Quiet the internal turbulence that is filled with the voices of others so you can identify the sound of your own soul. It has only one desire—for you to remember your essential nature as a spark of the divine.
The color of the sixth energy center is indigo. It is associated with extrasensory perceptual abilities such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, and remote viewing. The sense is inner sound, independent of outside vibrations.
The mantra to awaken the sixth chakra is Sham.

Monday, December 21, 2009



The throat chakra, called Vishuddha in Sanskrit, is the center of expression. When it is open and flowing, you have the confidence that you are capable of communicating your needs. When the fifth chakra is obstructed, a person will often feel that he is not being heard. To feel alive and empowered, it is important that this energy center is clear. Energy blockages in this area are often associated with thyroid problems or chronic neck pain.

The Law of Detachment governs the throat chakra. An open fifth chakra enables you to express your truth without concern for censors or critics. This does not mean you say things that are intentionally hurtful or insensitive. On the contrary, people with open centers of communication are skillful in expressing their needs in ways that are life-supporting. Anxiety over how people will react to your views does not arise when energy is flowing freely through the chakra of expression.

The Law of Detachment reminds you that you can choose your words and actions, but you cannot control the response to your words and actions. When your intentions are clear and your heart is open, you will spontaneously demonstrate right speech, trusting that the universe will handle the details.

The color of the fifth energy center is blue. It is associated with the elements of ether or space and the sense of hearing.

The mantra to open the fifth chakra is Hum.

Sunday, December 20, 2009



The fourth chakra represents the unifying energy of love and compassion. Known as Anahata, the heart chakra is dedicated to overcoming separation and division. When the heart center is blocked, there is a sense of alienation from others. When the heart center is open and flowing, you feel connected at a deep level to all beings in your life.

The Law of Giving and Receiving governs the heart chakra. Love can take many different forms at different stages of life. The love of a child for his mother is different from a mother's love for her child. A friend's love is different from a passionate lover's love or the love of a student for his teacher. The common thread in each of these expressions of love is the impulse to unify—to overcome separation. This is the nature of the heart. The Law of Giving and Receiving as expressed through the fourth chakra establishes the principle that the heart is the organ that circulates love. The relationship between the physical heart and the emotional heart is more than metaphorical. Studies have shown that in patients with recent heart attacks, men who believe that their spouses love them suffer fewer complications and have better outcomes then men who are in conflicted marriages. People who perceive the world as hostile have a higher risk of premature heart attacks than those who feel the world is a nurturing place. Just the simple act of a cardiac nurse calling to check on the well-being of patients recently discharged from a coronary care unit can reduce the risk of rehospitalization.

Every act of giving is simultaneously an act of receiving. Each time you welcome a gift into your life you are providing the opportunity for someone to give. Just as a healthy physical heart receives blood from the periphery which it then oxygenates and pumps back out, your emotional heart stays healthy by receiving and giving love in all its forms.

The color of the fourth energy center is green. When flowing, it is the green of nourishment; when congested, it can be green with envy. It is associated with the element of air and the sense of touch.

The mantra that awakens the fourth chakra is Yum.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009



The third chakra, Manipura, is localized in your solar plexus. It is the seat of your power in the world. When this center is open and flowing, you are capable of translating your intentions and desires into manifestation. When it is blocked, you feel frustrated and ineffectual.
The seeds of intentions and desires reside in your personal soul. Nourishing the seeds you wish to germinate with your attention will lead to their full expression. The Law of Intention and Desire governs the third chakra. It is important to be clear about your intentions so you are not surprised when they bear fruit. The process of manifesting your desires is first to bring them into consciousness, then expand your awareness through meditation, then release your intentions and detach from the outcome.
You can control your actions, but you cannot control the fruit of your actions. Keep your life energy flowing freely through your third chakra and the light and heat of your intentions will radiate to the world.
The color for the third energy center is yellow like the sun. It is associated with the element of fire and the sense of sight.
The mantra to clear and enliven the third chakra is Ram.

Monday, December 14, 2009



The second chakra, called Svadhisthana, is associated with creativity in all its expressions. It is located in the area of your sexual organs, and the energy of this center can be used for biological reproduction. When channeled into higher energy centers, it fuels the creative force that enables you to paint a beautiful picture, write a novel, play music, build a business, or create a life of love and abundance.

The Law of Least Effort is lively in the second chakra. When your vital energy is flowing through your center or creativity, you cocreate your life.

The solution to every problem is rarely on the level of the problem. Rather, it comes from a deeper domain of creativity. Creativity is the process of taking the same raw material and creating different contexts and relationships between the components. When a painter creates a masterpiece of art, she weaves the pigments in a way that results in a unique creation. When a composer creates a new piece of music, he is using the same notes in a new relationship with each other, resulting in the emergence of something that did not exist before. A novelist creates a new relationship between letters and words, enabling a story to manifest that had not previously existed.

When you are aligned with your creative juices, the expressions that emerge arise effortlessly. The second chakra utilizes the raw material of the root chakra to create the world anew each day.

The color for the second energy center is orange. It is associated with the element of water and the sense of taste.

The mantra for the second chakra is Vam.

Saturday, December 5, 2009




The root chakra, known in Sanskrit as Muladhara, is located at the base of the spine. It governs your most basic survival needs. When energy is flowing freely through this center, you have confidence that you can meet your core needs without struggle. When there is blockage in this area, you will tend to experience anxiety and worry.

The Law of Karma governs the first energy center. On the physical plane, every action you perform results in a corresponding reaction. To maximize the possibility that your actions generate evolutionary reactions, you can use your body as a choice-determining instrument. Consider the possibilities in front of you and listen to the signals from your body. These sensations generating from the root chakra are either comfortable or uncomfortable. Your body evaluates every possible decision in terms of its likelihood to meet your needs for safety or increase the level of threat you experience. The first chakra, which connects you with the earth, provides essential information as to the potential nourishment or toxicity that is available to you as a result of the actions you are taking. Keeping energy open and flowing in this source chakra is the key to both physical and emotional abundance.

The color for this energy center is red. It is associated with the element earth and the sense of smell.

The mantra for the first chakra is Lam.

Monday, November 30, 2009



A different type of meditation involves intoning mantras aloud to create a healing resonance in the mind and body. There are mantras associated with each of the seven energy centers in the body, known as chakras. The chakras are major junction points between consciousness and the body, and each one is associated with a specific vibration. Envisioned by the ancient seers as wheels or vortices of life force, they sometimes have been associated with major neural networks or hormonal systems.





Sacral Plexus

Adrenal glands


Lumbar Plexus

Reproductive glands

Solar Plexus
Pancreas (insulin)
Cardiac Plexus
Thymus gland
Cervical Plexus
Thyroid gland
Carotid Plexus
Pituitary gland


Cerebral Cortex
Pineal gland

Each center identifies a core human need. When the center is open, the energy that flows through the chakra allows you to meet those needs more effortlessly. If there is a blockage in one area of the body/mind system, energy becomes stagnant and your intentions are more difficult to actualize. You can activate each center by putting your attention in the location of the chakra and sounding the associated mantra aloud.
To begin this meditation, sit comfortably with your spine upright. Close your eyes and visualize the site of the energy center you wish to focus on. Take a deep breath, and on the inhalation, chant the mantra in one long syllable. Feel the sensations in your body and notice the sense of alert calm in your mind after each mantra. Envision energy flowing effortlessly from the base of your spine through the different energy centers and rising up through the top of your head. Notice how you feel in the meditation and how it affects you when you return to your active life.

Monday, November 23, 2009

2012 (FACTS ABOUT 2012)


What is the importance of 2012?

The winter solstice of 2012 heralds the end of an old era and the beginning of something new. It marks the end of one 26,000 year astrological cycle and the beginning of a new one. It is also the start of a twenty year transition. New higher energy has already started to come into Earth in preparation for the anticipated changes, and massive light will be pouring down to you in that year. Lady Gaia, the vast angel in charge of Earth, has decreed that Earth and all on her must rise in consciousness, so if you are ready, you will have an extraordinary opportunity for spiritual growth, a chance unique to these times. You have been prepared for this for hundreds of years.

Why is this shift taking place in 2012?

Every 26,000 years, or 25,920 years to be exact, there is a rare and extraordinary astrological alignment between Earth, the sun and the Milky Way when time stands still for a moment. This is known as a cosmic moment, a time of the unknown and miraculous, when things beyond human comprehension may happen. Concurrently the planets Neptune, Pluto and Uranus are configured to interact. The expected acceleration in spirituality may take place slowly to your human perception, but in cosmic terms it will be very fast.

Ancient Sanskrit writings describe this cosmic moment as the pause between the out-breath and in-breath of Brahma, or God. An astrologer told me that Neptune represents higher spirituality, Pluto transformation and Uranus change, and that as these energies work together it will cause a massive impact on the planet. This offers the potential for a huge shift in consciousness and we are called on to use these high energies wisely.

What will the angels be doing at the winter solstice of 2012?

The angels will be congregating to help you accept the new energy which will be available then. They ask you to prepare yourself. Set aside time for prayer and meditation or, if this is difficult for you, simply light a candle and ask the divine forces to help you. You may prefer to walk quietly in nature, but please recognize the importance of this day for your spiritual growth and that of everyone on your planet.

What is going to happen at the winter solstice of 2012?

The current projection is that some people will move into the fourth dimension, while a few, who are ready, will ascend. Others who could do so will stay to act as beacons of light to guide those on Earth who are waking up at this time. The angels do not anticipate a sudden or dramatic change. It is simply that the cosmic moment and the energies available will offer an extraordinary chance for enlightenment. It is expected that millions of souls will avail themselves of this unique spiritual opportunity.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

ANGER MANAGEMENT (Pant like a Dog)


(Pant like a Dog)

IT is difficult to work with anger directly because it may be deeply repressed. So work indirectly. Running will help much anger and much fear to evaporate. When you are running for a long time and breathing deeply, the mind stops functioning and the body takes over.

And a small exercise will be very helpful. Whenever somebody is not going to below the stomach, below the belly, is somehow superficial, he can walk and pant like a dog. He can let his tongue be out and hang down, and go around just like a dog and pant.

The whole passage will become open. Whenever somebody has some block there, panting can be very significant. If he pants for half an hour, his anger will flow very beautifully. His whole body will become involved in it.

So you can try this in your room sometimes. You can use a mirror and bark and growl at it. Within three weeks you will feel things going very very deeply. Once anger is relaxed, gone, you will feel free.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009



WHEN you feel angry, there is no need to be angry against someone; just be angry. Let it be a meditation. Close the room, sit by yourself, and let the anger come up as much as it can. If you feel like beating, beat a pillow.

Do whatsoever you want to do; the pillow will never object. If you want to kill the pillow, have a knife and kill it! It helps, it helps tremendously. One can never imagine how helpful a pillow can be. Just beat it, bite it, and throw it. If you are against somebody in particular, write their name on the pillow or stick a picture on it.

You will feel ridiculous, foolish, but anger is ridiculous; you cannot do anything about it. So let it be and enjoy it like an energy phenomenon. It is an energy phenomenon. If you are not hurting anybody there is nothing wrong in it. When you try this you will see that the idea of hurting somebody by and by disappears.

    Make it a daily practice – just twenty minutes every morning. Then watch the whole day. You will be calmer, because the energy that becomes anger has been thrown out; the energy that becomes a poison is thrown out of the system. Do this for at least two weeks, and after one week you will be surprised to find that whatsoever the situation, anger is not coming up. Just give it a try.

Sunday, November 15, 2009




FOR sixty minutes every day, just forget about the world. Let the world disappear from you, and you disappear from the world. Take an about-turn, a one hundred and eighty degree turn, and just look inside. In the beginning, you will see only clouds. Don't be worried about them; those clouds are created by your repressions. You will come across anger, hatred, greed, and all kinds of black holes. You have repressed them, so they are there. And your so-called religions have taught you to repress them, so they are there like wounds. You have been hiding them.

That's why Osho meditation's emphasis is first on catharsis. Unless you go through great catharsis you will have to pass through many clouds. It will be tiring, and you may be so impatient that you may turn back into the world. And you will say, "There is nothing. There is no lotus and no fragrance; there is only stinking, rubbish."

You know it. When you close your eyes and you start moving in, what do you come across? You don't come across those beautiful lands Buddhas talk about. You come across hells, agonies, repressed there, waiting for you. Anger of many lives accumulating. It is all a mess there, so one wants to remain outside. One wants to go to the movie, to the club, to meet people and gossip. One wants to remain occupied till one is tired and falls asleep. That's the way you are living, that's your style of life.

So when one starts looking in, naturally one is very much puzzled. Buddhas say that there is great benediction, great fragrance, you come across lotus flowers blooming - and such fragrance that it is eternal. And the colour of the flowers remains the same; it is not a changing phenomenon. They talk about this paradise; they talk about this kingdom of God that is within you. And when you go in, you only come across hell.

You see not Buddha lands but Adolf Hitler concentration camps. Naturally, you start thinking that this is all nonsense, it is better to remain outside. And why go on playing with your wounds? - It hurts too. And pus starts oozing out of the wounds and it is dirty.

But catharsis helps. If you cathart, if you go through chaotic meditations, you throw all these clouds outside, all these darknesses outside, then mindfulness becomes easier.

That is the reason why to emphasize first chaotic meditations and then silent meditations, first active meditations, then passive meditations. You can move into passivity only when all that is there like junk has been thrown out. Anger has been thrown out, greed has been thrown out…layer upon layer, and these things are there. But once you have thrown them out, you can easily slip in. There is nothing to hinder.

And suddenly the bright light of the Buddhaland. And suddenly you are in a totally different world - the world of the Lotus Law, the world of Dhamma, the world of Tao.

Friday, November 13, 2009



Mandala Mediation

THIS is another powerful, cathartic technique that creates a circle of energy that results in a natural centering.Mandala is a Sanskrit word, which means, “Circle”. There are four stages of 15 minutes each.

First Stage: 15 minutes

With open eyes run on the spot, starting slowly and gradually, getting faster and faster. Bring your knees up as high as possible. Breathing deeply and evenly will move the energy within. Forget the mind and forget the body. Keep going.

Second Stage: 15 minutes

Sit with your eyes closed and mouth open and loose. Gently rotate your body from the waist, like a reed blowing in the wind. Feel the wind blowing you from side to side, back and forth, around and around. This will bring your awakened energies to the navel centre.

Third Stage: 15 minutes

Lie on your back, open your eyes and, with the head still, rotate them in a clock-wise direction. Sweep them fully around in the sockets as if you are following the second hand of a vast clock, but as fast as possible. It is important that the mouth remains open and the jaw relaxed, with the breath soft and even. This will bring your centered energies to the third eye.

Fourth Stage: 15 minutes

Close your eyes and be still.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009





If you feel pain, be attentive to it, don't do anything. Attention is the great sword - it cuts everything. You simply pay attention to the pain.

For example, you are sitting silently in the last part of the meditation, unmoving, and you feel many problems in the body. You feel that the leg is going dead, there is some itching in the hand, and you feel that ants are creeping on the body. Many times you have looked and there are no ants. The creeping is inside, not outside. What should you do? You feel the leg is going dead? – be watchful, just give your total attention to it. You feel itching? - don't scratch. That will not help. You just give your attention. Don't even open your eyes. Just give your attention inwardly, and just wait and watch. Within seconds, the itching will have disappeared. Whatsoever happens if you feel pain, severe pain in the stomach or in the head. It happens because in meditation the whole body changes. It changes its chemistry. New things start happening and the body is in a chaos. Sometimes the stomach will be affected, because in the stomach you have suppressed many emotions, and they are all stirred. Sometimes you will feel like vomiting, nauseous. Sometimes you will feel a severe pain in the head because the meditation is changing the inner structure of your brain. Passing through meditation, you are really in a chaos. Soon, things will settle. But for the time being, everything will be unsettled.

So what are you to do? You simply see the pain in the head, watch it. You be a watcher. You just forget that you are a doer, and by and by, everything will subside, and will subside so beautifully and so gracefully that you cannot believe unless you know it. Not only does the pain disappear from the head - because the energy which was creating pain, if watched, disappears – the same energy becomes pleasure. The energy is the same.

Pain or pleasures are two dimensions of the same energy. If you can remain silently sitting and paying attention to distractions, all distractions disappear. And when all distractions disappear, you will suddenly become aware that the whole body has disappeared.

If unpleasant physical symptoms - aches and pains or nausea – persist beyond three or four days of daily mediation, there is no need to be a masochist – seek medical advice. This applies to all meditation techniques. Have fun!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009




First Stage: 10 minutes.

Breathe chaotically through the nose, concentrating always on the exhalation. The body will take care of the inhalation. Do this as fast and as hard as you possibly can - and then a little harder, until you literally become the breathing. Use your natural body movements to help you to build up your energy. Feel it building up, but don't let go during the first sage.

Second Stage: 10 minutes.

Explode! Let go of everything that needs to be thrown out. Go totally mad, scream, shout, cry, jump, shake, dance, sing, laugh, and throw yourself around. Hold nothing back; keep your whole body moving. A little acting often helps to get you started. Never allow your mind to interfere with what is happening. Be total.

Third Stage: 10 minutes.

With raised arms, jump up and down shouting the mantra 'HOO! HOO! HOO!' as deeply as possible. Each time you land, on the flats of your feet, let the sound hammer deep into the Root Chakra(at the base of the Spine). Give all you have, exhaust yourself totally.

Fourth Stage: 15 minutes.

Stop! Freeze where you are in whatever position you find yourself. Don't arrange the body in any way. A cough, a movement, anything will dissipate the energy flow and the' effort will be lost. Be a witness to everything that is happening to you.

Fifth Stage: 15 minutes.

Celebrate and rejoice with music and dance, expressing your gratitude towards the whole. Carry your happiness with you throughout the day.

If your mediation space prevents you from making a noise, you can do this silent alternative: Rather than throwing out the sounds, let the catharsis in the second stage take place entirely through bodily movements. In the third stage the sound 'HOO' can be hammered silently inside and the fifth stage can become an expressive dance.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Dynamic Meditation

-the daily morning mediation

WHEN the sleep is broken, the whole nature becomes alive; the night has gone, the darkness is no more, the sun is coming up, and everything becomes conscious and alert. This is a meditation in which you have to be continuously alert, conscious, and aware, whatsoever you do. Remain a witness. Don't get lost.

It is easy to get lost. While you are breathing you can forget. You can become one with the breathing so much that you can forget the witness. But then you miss the point. Breathe as fast, as deep as possible, bring your total energy to it, but still remain a witness. Observe what is happening, as if you are just a spectator, as if the whole thing is happening to somebody else, as if the whole thing is happening in the body and the consciousness is just centered and looking. This witnessing has to be carried in all the three steps. And when everything stops, and in the fourth step you have become completely inactive, frozen, then this alertness will come to its peak.

The Dynamic Meditation lasts one hour and is in five stages. It can be done alone, but the energy will be more powerful if it is done in a group. It is an individual experiences so you should remain oblivious of others around you and keep your eyes closed throughout, preferably using a blindfold. It is best to have an empty stomach and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

                                                    To be continued…

Saturday, November 7, 2009




WAKE up at five o'clock before the sunrise and for half an hour just sing, hum, moan, groan. These sounds need not be meaningful; they have to be existential, not meaningful. You should enjoy them, that's all - that is the meaning. You should sway. Let it be praise for the rising sun and stop only when the sun has risen.
That will keep a certain rhythm in you the whole day. You will be attuned from the very morning and you will see that the day has a different quality; you are more loving, more caring, more compassionate, friendlier - less violent, less angry, less ambitious, less egoistic.

This is the whole art of meditation: how to be deep in action, how to renounce thinking, and how to convert the energy that was moving into thinking into awareness.

Thursday, November 5, 2009




JUST fifteen minutes before the sun rises, when the sky is becoming a little lighter, just wait and watch as one waits for a beloved: so tense, so deeply awaiting, so helpful and excited - and yet silent. And just let the sun rise and go on watching. No need to stare; you can blink your eyes. Have the feeling that simultaneously inside something is also rising.
When the sun comes on the horizon, start feeling that it is just near the navel. It comes up over there; and here, inside the navel, it comes up, comes up, slowly. The sun is rising there, and here an inner point of light is rising. Just ten minutes will do. Then close your eyes. When you first see the sun with open eyes it creates a negative, so when you close your eyes, you can see the sun dazzling
And this is going to change you tremendously.

Sunday, November 1, 2009



The Golden Light Meditation

THIS is a simple method of transforming your energy and leading it upwards. The process is to be done at least twice a day. The best time is early in the morning, just before you get up from your bed. The moment you feel you are alert, awake, do it for twenty minutes..Do it then and there, immediately, because when you are coming out of sleep you are very, very delicate, receptive. When you are coming out of sleepy you are very fresh and the impact will go very deep. When you are just coming out of sleep you are less in the mind than ever, hence, some gaps are there through which the method will penetrate into your innermost core. And early in the-morning when you-are awakening and when the whole earth is awakening, there is a great tide of awakening energy all over the world – use that tide, don't miss that opportunity.

All ancient religions used to pray early in the morning when the sun rose, because the rising of the sun is the rising of all the energies in existence. In that moment you can simply ride on the rising energy wave; it will be easier. By the evening, it will be difficult, energies will be falling back; and then you will be fighting against the current. In the morning you will be going with the current. You simply lie down as you are lying down in your bed, on your back. Keep your eyes closed. When you breathe in, just visualize great light entering through your head into your body, as if a sun has risen just close to your head. You are just hollow, and the golden light is pouring into your head, and going, going, deep. And going out through your toes. When you breathe in, do it with this visualization. That golden light will help. It will cleanse your whole body and will make it absolutely full of creativity. This is male energy.

And when you breathe out visualize another thing: darkness entering through your toes, a great dark river entering through your toes, coming up and going out from the head. Do slow, deep breathing so you can visualize. This is feminine energy. It will soothe you. It will make you receptive, it will calm you, it will give you rest. Go very slowly, and just out of sleep you can have very deep and slow breaths, because the body is rested, relaxed. The second best time is when you are going back to sleep, in the night. Lie down on the bed, relax for a few minutes. When you start feeling that now you are wavering between sleep and waking, just in that middle. Start the process again. Do it for twenty minutes. If you fall asleep doing it, it is the best, because the impact will remain in the subconscious and will go on working.

If you do this simple method for three months, you will be surprised – there is no need to repress, transformation has started happening.

Saturday, October 31, 2009




Laughter, movement and Catharsis

Laughing Meditation

EVERY morning upon waking, before opening your eyes, stretch like a cat. Stretch every fibre of your body. After three or four minutes, with eyes still closed, begin to laugh. For five minutes just laugh. At first you will be doing it, but soon the sound of your attempt will cause genuine laughter. Lose yourself in Laughter. It may take several days before it really happens, for we are so unaccustomed to the phenomenon. But before long it will be spontaneous and will change the whole nature of your day.

For those who have difficulty laughing totally or who feel their laughter is false, Spiritual Gurus have suggested this simple technique.

In the morning, early, before you have eaten anything, drink almost a bucketful of water – lukewarm with salt in it. Go on drinking it and do it fast, otherwise you will not be able to drink much. Then just bend down and gargle so the water will flow back. It will be a vomiting of the water - and it will clean your passage. Nothing else is needed. There is a block in the passage so that whenever you want to laugh, that stops it.

In Yoga, this is a necessary procedure to be followed. They call it a 'necessary purification'. It purifies tremendously, and it gives a very clean passage – all the blocks dissolve. You will enjoy it and you will feel the cleanness all day. The laughter and the tears, and even your speaking, will come from the very deep center.

Do it for ten days and you will have the best laugh around!

To Be Continued in Next Post…



Be Loose and Natural

ONE can be obsessed with meditation. And obsession is the problem: you were obsessed with money and now you are obsessed with meditation. Money is not the problem, obsession is the problem. You were obsessed with the market, now you are obsessed with God. The market is not the problem but obsession. One should be loose and natural and not obsessed with anything, neither mind nor meditation. Only then, unoccupied, unobsessed, when you are simply flowing, the ultimate happens to you.

Thursday, October 29, 2009



Creating a space for meditation

IF you can create a special place - a small temple or a corner in the home where you can meditate every day - then don't use that comer for any other purpose, because every purpose has its own vibration. Use that comer only for meditation and nothing else. Then the comer will become charged and it will wait for you every day. The comer will be helpful to you; the milieu will create a particular vibration, a particular atmosphere in which you can go deeper and deeper more easily. That's the reason why temples, churches and mosques were created - just to have a place that existed only for prayer and meditation.

If you can choose a regular hour to meditate, that's also very helpful because your body, your mind, is a mechanism. If you take lunch at a particular hour every day, your body starts crying for food at that time. Sometimes you can even play tricks on it. If you take your lunch at one o'clock and the clock says that it is now one o'clock, you will be hungry -even if the clock s not right and it is only eleven or twelve. You look at the clock, it says one o'clock, and suddenly you feel hunger within. Your body is a mechanism.
Your mind is also a mechanism. Meditate every day in the same place, at the same time, and you will create a hunger for meditation within your body and mind. Every day at that particular time your body and mind will ask you to go into meditation. It will be helpful. A space is created in you which will become a hunger, a thirst.
In the beginning it is very good. Unless you come to the point where meditation has become natural and you can meditate anywhere, in any place, at any time - up to that moment, use these mechanical resources of the body and the mind as a help.
It gives you a climate: you put off the light, you have certain incense burning in the room, you have certain clothes, a certain height, certain softness, you have certain type of rug, and you have a certain posture. This all helps but this does not cause it. If somebody else follows it, this may become a hindrance. One has to find one's own ritual. A ritual is simply to help you to be at ease and wait. And when you are at ease and waiting, the thing happens; lust like sleep, God comes to you. Just like love, God comes to you. You cannot will it, you cannot force it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009




There is no need to do many meditations because you can do confusing things, contradictory things, and then pain will arise. Choose two meditations and stick to them. In fact one should choose one; that would be the best. It is better to repeat one that suits you, many times. Then it will go deeper and deeper. You try many things - one day one thing, another day another thing. And you invent your own, so you can create much confusion. In the book of Tantra there are one hundred and twelve meditations. You can go crazy. You are already crazy!

Meditations are not fun. They can sometimes be dangerous. You are playing with a subtle, a very subtle mechanism of the mind. Sometimes a small thing that you were not aware you were doing can become dangerous. So never try to invent, and don't make yow own hotchpotch meditation. Choose two and just try them for a few weeks.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009



Choosing a Meditation

From the very beginning find something which appeals to you.
Meditation should not be a forced effort. If it is forced, it is doomed from the very beginning. A forced thing will never make you natural. There is no need to create unnecessary conflict. This is to be understood because mind has a natural capacity to meditate if you give it objects which are appealing to it.
If you are body oriented, there are ways you can reach towards God through the body because the body also belongs to God. If you feel you are heart oriented, then prayer. If you feel you are intellect oriented, then meditation.
Body heart mind - all meditations move in the same way. They start from the body; they move through the heart, they reach to the mind and then they go beyond.
Always remember whatsoever you enjoy can go deep in you; only that can go deep in you. Enjoying it simply means it fits with you. The rhythm of it falls in tune with you: there is a subtle harmony between you and the method. Once you enjoy a method then don't become greedy; go into that method as much as you can. You and do it once or, if possible, twice a day. The more you do it, the more you will enjoy it. Only drop a method when the joy has disappeared; then its work is finished. Search for another method. No method can lead you to very end. On the journey you will have to change trains many times. A certain method takes you to a certain state. Beyond that it is of no more use, it is spent.
So two things have to be remembered: when you are enjoying a method go into it as deeply as possible, but never become addicted to it because one day you will have to drop it too. If you become too much addicted to it then it is like a drug; you can't leave it. You no more enjoy it – it is not giving you anything – but it has become a habit. Then one can continue it, but one is moving in circles; it can't lead beyond that.
So let joy be the criterion. If joy is there, continue, the last bit of joy go on. It has to be squeezed totally. No juice should be left behind. . .not even a single drop. And then be capable of dropping it. Choose some other method that again brings the joy. Many times a person has to change. It varies with different people but it is very rare that one method will do the whole journey.



Meditation is not concentration

MEDITATION is not concentration. In concentration there is a self concentrating and there is an object being concentrated upon. There is duality. In meditation there is nobody inside and nothing outside. It is not concentration. There is no division between the in and the out. The in goes on flowing into the out, the out goes on flowing into the in. The demarcation, the boundary, the border, no longer exists. The in is out, the out is in; it is a non-dual consciousness. Concentration is a dual consciousness: that's why concentration creates tiredness; that's why when you concentrate you feel exhausted. And you cannot concentrate for twenty-four hours; you will have to take holidays to rest. Concentration can never become your nature. Meditation does not tire, meditation does not exhaust you. Meditation can become a twenty-four hour thing - day in, day out, year in, year our. It can become eternity. It is relaxation itself.
Concentration is an act, a willed act. Meditation is a state of no will, a state of inaction. It is relaxation. One has simply dropped into one's own being, and that being is the same as the being of all. In concentration the mind functions out of a conclusion: you are doing something. Concentration comes out of the past. In mediation there is no conclusion behind it. You are not doing anything in particular, you are simply being. It has no past to it, it is uncontaminated by the past. It has no future to it; it is pure of all future. It is what Lao Tzu has called wei-wu-wei action through inaction. It is what Zen masters have been saying: Sitting silently doing nothing, the spring comes and the grass grows by itself. Remember, 'by itself' - nothing is being done. You are not pulling the grass upwards; the spring comes and the grass grows by itself. That state - when you allow life to go on its own way, when you don't want to direct it, when you don't want to give any control to it, when you are not manipulating, when you are not enforcing any discipline on it - that state of pure undisciplined spontaneity, is what meditation is.
Meditation is in the present, pure present. Meditation is immediacy. You cannot meditate, you can be in meditation. You cannot be in concentration, but you can concentrate. Concentration is human, meditation is divine.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


What is meditation?

Meditation is a state of no-mind. Meditation is a state of pure consciousness with no content. Ordinarily, your consciousness is too full of rubbish, just like a mirror covered with dust. The mind is a constant traffic: thoughts are moving, desires are moving, memories are moving, ambitions are moving- it is a constant traffic! Day in, day out. Even when you are asleep the mind is functioning, it is dreaming. It is still thinking; it is still in worries and anxieties. It is preparing for the next day; an underground preparation is going on.

This is the state of no meditation. Just the opposite is meditation. Then there is no traffic and thinking has ceased, no thoughts move, no desire stirs. You are utterly silent - that silence is meditation. And in that silence truth is known, and never otherwise. Meditation is a state of no-mind. And you cannot find meditation through the Mind, because mind will perpetuate itself. You can find Meditation only by putting the mind aside, by being cool, indifferent, unidentified with the mind; by seeing the mind pass, but not getting identified with it, not thinking that I am it. Meditation is the awareness that I am not the mind. When the awareness goes deeper and deeper in you, slowly slowly, a few moments arrive – moments of silence, moments of pure space, moments of transparency, moments when nothing stirs in you and everything is still. In those still moments you will know who you are, and you will know the mystery of this existence.

The first thing is to know what Meditation is. Everything else follows. Nobody can say to you that you should do Meditation; someone can only explain to you what it is. If you understand that, you will be in meditation; there is no should to it. If you don't understand that, you will not be in meditation.

A day comes, a day of great blessings, when meditation becomes your natural state.

Mind is something unnatural; it never becomes your natural state. But meditation is a natural-state which we have lost. It is a paradise lost, but the paradise can be regained. Look into the child's eyes, look and you will see tremendous silence, innocence. Each child comes with a meditative state, but he has to be initiated into the ways of the society-he has to be taught how to think, how to calculate, how to reason, how to argue; he has to be taught words, language, concepts. And, slowly slowly, he loses contact with his own innocence. He becomes contaminated, polluted by the society. He becomes an efficient mechanism; he is no more a man.

All that is needed is to regain that space once more. You have known it before, so when for the first time you know meditation, you will be surprised-because a great feeling will arise in you as if you have known it before. And that feeling is true: you have known it before. You have forgotten. The diamond is lost in piles of rubbish. But if you can uncover it, you will find the diamond again-it is yours.

It cannot really be lost: it can only be forgotten. We are born as meditators, and then we learn the ways of the mind. But our real nature remains hidden somewhere deep down like an undercurrent. Any day, a little digging, and you will find the source still flowing, the source of fresh waters. And the greatest joy in life is to find it.

Sunday, October 4, 2009




Warrior A

In this part of the Warrior sequence in Dynamic yoga, the arms are held straight up, like a warrior's sword, in the prayer position. Take on the spirit of the warrior and make your body so strong that no one can push you over. This posture helps to loosen any stiffness in the neck and reduces fat around the hips. Hold the pose for five to eight breaths, and then repeat on the left.

1 With feet very wide apart and toes pointing forward, place your hands on your hips. Inhaling, turn the entire body 90° to the right. Turn the left foot inward to allow the left hip to move forward and the right hip to move back.

2 Continue inhaling as you reach out with your arms to the sides and then up to the ceiling. Place the palms of your hands together above your head in the prayer position. Gaze forward.

3 Exhaling bend your right knee 90° so that it is positioned above the center of your right ankle. Draw down the back of your body while lifting the perineum to engage Mula Bandha. Push the outside of the left heel and the base of the big right toe into the mat. Gaze up at your thumbs. Hold the full pose for five to eight breaths. Inhale to return to step 1, and repeat on the other side. Then jump back to the top of the mat and prepare to jump out to the side ready to flow into the next pose.

Saturday, October 3, 2009




Forward Bend to Side

In Sanskrit parsva means "to the side," while uttana means "intense stretch." The pressure of your hands on the back while they are in the reverse prayer position helps straighten the spine. This Dynamic yoga pose also releases tension in the shoulders and opens up the chest, allowing you to stretch deeply over the forward leg. This, in turn, stretches the hamstring of the forward leg. Hold the pose for five to eight breaths, and then repeat on the left side of the body.

1 With feet wide apart and toes pointing forward, place your hands on your hips. Inhaling, turn the right foot and the pelvis to face the end of the mat. The left foot will turn in to accommodate the pelvic rotation.

2 Exhaling, place the hands together in the inverted prayer position, resting the little fingers on the spine. Keep the shoulders drawn down the back.


If you find it difficult to bring the palms of your hands together behind your back, place the backs of your hands on your lower back.

3 Inhaling, lift up the sternum, stretch both sides of your body, and slightly arch the lower back. Gaze toward open the ceiling. Do not overarch the back.

4 Exhaling fold forward over your right leg into the full pose. Gaze toward the big toe. Hold for five to eight breaths. Inhale to return to step 1, and repeat on the other side. Then jump back to the top of the mat and out to the side for the next pose.




Half Moon

The shape of the body in this Dynamic yoga pose resembles the outline of a half moon, and in Sanskrit ardha means "half" and Chandra means "moon." This asana is excellent for improving your balance and concentration, and it also tones the lower back muscles. If you find it difficult to balance, place your back against a wall for stability. Hold the pose for five to eight breaths on the right side of the body, and then repeat on the left.

1 With feet wide apart and toes pointing forward, place your hands on your hips. Inhaling, turn the right foot out 90° and the left slightly inward. Extend arms, palms facing downward. Gaze at your right middle finger.

2 Exhaling, bend your right knee and place the right fingertips on the floor in front and a little to the outside of the right foot. Shift more weight onto the right foot and rest the left arm on the torso. Gaze down at your right hand.

3 Continue exhaling as you shift all the weight onto the right foot and lift the left leg until it is parallel to the floor. Raise the left arm and point toward the ceiling. Extend the spine and the back of the neck. Hold for five to eight breaths. Inhale to return to step 1, and repeat on the other side. Jump out to the side ready for the next pose.


If you are unable to reach the floor with your right hand without bending your right leg, place your hand on a block and keep the standing leg straight. Align your right wrist with your shoulder, and your left arm with your right. Gaze up at your left thumb.

Friday, October 2, 2009




Extended Side Angle

This is a good pose to practice both Mula
and Uddiyana Bandha: toward the end of the exhale, contract the perineum and draw your navel to the spine. Utthita parsvakonsanana also releases the neck and shoulders, and trims the waist. Hold the full pose for five to eight breaths, and then repeat on the left side.

1 With the feet wide apart and the toes pointing forward, place your hands on your hips. Inhaling, turn the right foot out 90° and turn the left foot slightly inward. Extend the arms out to the sides and parallel to the floor with the palms facing downward. Gaze at your right middle finger.

2 Exhaling, bend your right knee so it is directly over the right ankle and forms a 90° angle with the right thigh. Place your right hand, palm down, on the floor to the outside of your right foot. Rest your left hand on your hip. Gaze at the ceiling.

3 Continue exhaling as you extend your left arm over the left ear into the full pose. Stretch out through your fingertips to elongate the arm and create a straight line from the outer edge of the left foot through to the fingers. Firm the buttocks to draw in the sacrum. Turn your head toward your armpit and gaze at the center of your left palm. Hold the pose for five to eight breaths. Inhale to return to step 1, and repeat on the other side. Then jump back to the top of the mat and prepare to jump out to the side ready for the next pose.




Warrior B

This posture forms part of the sequence of Warrior poses. These poses are named after Virabhadra, a legendary Hindu warrior. Practicing this particular Dynamic yoga variation helps to develop strength and endurance, alleviates stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and helps to improve flexibility in the knee and hip joints. Hold the pose for five to eight breaths, and then repeat on the other side.

With your feet wide apart, place your hands on your hips. Inhaling, turn the right foot out 90° and turn the left foot slightly inward. Extend the arms out with the palms facing downward. Turn your head to gaze at the middle finger on your right hand.

Exhaling bend your right knee so that it is over the right ankle and forms a 90° angle with your right thigh. Draw down the torso, while lifting the perineum to engage Mula Bandha. Press down the outer edge of your left foot and maintain a healthy arch. Hold the full pose for five to eight breaths. Inhale to return to step 1, and repeat on the other side. Then, jump back to the top of the mat and prepare to jump out to the side ready to flow into the next pose in your program.