According to the holy books,“Faith moves mountains,”. If we have great faith in a deity, Saint, thought or an object our wishes are fulfilled through their agency. In France there is a small village named Lourdes where there is a small lake. It is believed that a dip in this water cures incurable diseases like cancer, leprosy, paralysis and many other serious maladies. Eminent doctors have vouchsafed for the genuineness of the cures and have always expressed great wonder and astonishment. Once, a woman suffering from paralysis was taken there on a stretcher. It was cold day. Her attendants after offering prayers to the Deity dipped the patient in the cold water of the lake. Oh! The Wonder! The woman got completely cured and went home on her feet. Such miracles are happening at Lourdes even today.
Everything about us, in this material universe has its origin,in our thoughts. The thought takes its form. Every castle, every statue, every painting, every piece of mechanism-in short, everything-has its birth in someone’s mind and thoughts.
Meditation with OM can be done by following these 5 stages :
The yogic tradition has described three aspects of awareness through meditation:
In the Chandogyopanishad it is stated that the five tattvas have evolved from the mind,the mind has evolved from prana and prana has evolved from pure consciousness. Thus the tattvas are present in every form of creation. In the physical body, they manifest as chitta shakti, prana shakti and atma shakti, which act on the body and mind through energy channels or nadis and the breath or swara.
Ajna Chakra is a point where the higher intelligence, the non-manifestation and the manifested intelligence, are both experienced at the same level. Therefore, the yogic traditions have called ajna chaltra the seat of intuition, the seat of the guru or the seat of the sixth sense. The five senses belong to the manifest dimension, the manifest experience. The sixth sense or the intuitive experience is the transcendental manifestation of the supreme intelligence. It is here that we have to focus our creativity, willpower and desire to either be a receiver of or a receptacle for the manifest or non manifest experiences.
Trataka is one of the most direct, simple and effective techniques for attaining concentration of mind. It can be practiced by everyone and its benefits are enormous. The word trataka means ‘steady gazing’. The practice of trataka involves gazing at a point or object without winking or blinking the eyes. It is a method of focusing the eyes, and in turn the mind, on one point and forgetting everything else. The object can be either external, in which case the practice is called bahir trataka (outer gazing) or internal, in which case the practice is called antar trataka (inner gazing).
Imagine the rush of energy that you experience when you are excited. Try to feel the channels through which the energy flows out during such experiences. At first this may seem incomprehensible, but these energy flows may be traced when you focus. Modern science explains this process in terms of nerve impulses, but the ancient seers perceived it as energy and consciousness flowing through interconnected channels in our body called nadis, which form an energy network.The word nadi means ‘flow’. Thus nadis are subtle flows of energy, just as electricity, radio waves and laser beams are subtle flows. Nadis relate to the energy in our body and should not be confused with nerves, which relate to the physical body. Nadis are pathways of pranic, mental and spiritual currents, which form a matrix throughout the physical body. They provide energy to every cell, and every organ through their vast network, carrying prana back and forth in every direction.
Tantra has been derived from the combination of two Sanskrit words: tanoti or expansion and trayatz’ or liberation. This implies that tantra is the method to expand our mind and liberate the dormant potential energy present in us. In order to understand tantra we have to comprehend exactly what is meant by expansion of mind and liberation of energy.Shiva and Shakti play a major part in tantra.
We all have read about various versions of meditation. Each version has its own benefits. For example Transcendental Meditation is done to recharge the nervous system, chakra meditation is done to cleanse the chakras. But let’s talk about a different type of meditation called colour meditation. Colour meditation is generally considered helpful in maintaining inner calm and in understanding the subtle working of the vital energies of the human body. It is essential to remember that colour meditation is directed toward emotions, and so it is necessary to understand the meaning of the colors.
New studies conducted by American Scientists have shown the benefits of controlled breaths. (something known to Yogis for centuries)Dr. Richard brown, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia university and co-author of “The healing power of the breath ” says Controlled breathing can change the body’s autonomic response of nervous system which controls many unconscious processes.“An initiative to tell you about the techniques that were taught by Himalayan/vedic shamans to control breathing patterns and how each pattern is an exercise in its own way,has been taken. Each breathing exercise enhances a particular Subconscious capability.