Definition of Meditation as recieved by me in my Meditative state
Meditation is not an action! Neither is it sitting in a particular posture with your eyes closed! Nor is it taking God’s name!
It is purely watching with an effortless awareness of your current self, and while in this process, developing and nurturing the unconditional and absolute willingness to discard everything that is in-between through active and positive contemplation to merge with intuitive awareness into your true self!
Frequently Asked Questions
Not at all. Anyone is welcome to practice meditation. To be in peace is everyone’s birthright. People long to be in peace. Meditation is a spiritual technique that connects you to your inner world of peace and tranquility.
Not at all. Meditation can be done by one and all; from a child to an elderly man. You do not need to possess any experience to practice meditation. Instead, you need to have a yearning for peace and love.
Any age is a good age to start meditation. The earlier the better. Meditation activates the pineal gland. The pineal gland is responsible for regulating sleep and wake up cycles and is indirectly responsible for a good metabolic activity. It also helps one to tune one’s biological clock to nature to live healthy.
When children learn to meditate, they develop the ability to fine tune their intuitive capabilities which are naturally sharp when they are young. The pineal gland controls the emotional quotient thereby allowing the child to cross over adolescence without any disturbance. This means their growth hormones will get the required boost along with their intelligence being intact and their emotions in balance to handle life’s challenges.
You do not have to be Yoga practitioner to learn meditation. But practicing Yoga helps you to gain better control over your senses and your mind. Your body and mind develop the capacity to remain still which is essential to learn meditation.
There are specific Yoga techniques which help in a meditative state quickly. Please read on in the FAQs to know more
Meditation is not an activity. We have simplified the process of learning to achieve a meditative state. There are ancient Indian techniques in our Shastras (Spiritual texts) which reveal powerful ways of reaching the Meditative state easily. The challenge is to stay in that state. Our techniques are simple which even a child can understand. By adopting the process, you can over a period of time, enjoy long durations of quietness within which will help you experience a blissful union with your inner self.
Meditation is not an activity but the result of a process which starts with quietening the mind’s chatter. The process than takes you into deeper levels of your consciousness where mental activities or thoughts cease to exist. It is here that you get in touch with your innermost core. You are in pure awareness, the blissful sheath or Anandamaya Kosha welcomes you to attain a blissful union with your Consciousness, your Soul.
Affirmatively yes! During meditation, new habit altering brain changes take place. According to Herbert Benson M.D., Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, thus summarises the result of his extensive research reported in Your Maximum Mind (New York: Random house , 1987) – you develop ‘circuits’ and channels’ of thought in your brain. These are physical pathways which control the way you think, the way you act, and often the way you feel. Many times, these pathways or habits become so fixed that they turn into what I call ‘wiring’. In other words, the circuits of channels become so deeply ingrained that it seems almost impossible to transform them.
“Scientific research has shown that electrical activity between the left and right sides of the brain becomes coordinated during certain kinds of meditation or prayer”, he explains. “Through these processes, the mind definitely becomes more capable of being altered and having its capacities maximised.
Robert Ornstein, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, the number of possible connections in the brain is greater than the number of atoms in the universe. Therefore, Dr Benson believes, the brain’s potential for forming new pathways and thus new habits of thought and behaviour – seems to be practically unlimited.
At ARHA YOGA, we teach precise techniques which are precisely meant for bringing about a mental, psychological as well as a Spiritual transformation in a person. This process prepares a person to automatically seek to attain a meditative state.
At ARHA YOGA, we teach parts from Yoga as distinctly enumerated in the Tantra Shastra, particularly related to silencing thought waves and attaining the meditative state. Tantra means technology. It is using the technology to manifest energy and scientifically spread it through energy pathways, all over the body and to the brain to silence unwanted brain waves that manifest into disturbing thoughts.
Not all thoughts are. But specifically those that biased, prejudiced and are supported by emotions that are volatile causing anger, frustration and agitation. Also, emotions that are low in energy that cause one to experience depressive states can interfere with achieving a meditative state.
Our techniques through ARHA YOGA help you in separating emotions from thoughts and nullifying the thoughts. They are teach you how not to entertain specific thoughts than can disturb your peace within. By practicing these techniques, you can attain a meditative state.
Absolutely! We at ARHA YOGA teach you how to change your perception of looking at your environment. These practical suggestions are powerful. This knowledge comes from the Spiritual verses from the Vedantic texts. This knowledge contains techniques which help in empowering us to transform our thought process in such a way that we remain totally unaffected by our environment. Our emotions also remain under our control because of which we can remain calm and composed.
Though this method is followed traditionally and is by far the most preferred one, anyone can be initiated through a possibility of an eye to eye contact using modern day technology. Therefore, an online session can also be used to initiate a person and also teach further lessons.
All of it depends ultimately on the power of the Guru to connect with the Shishya’s (pupil’s) Ajna chakra to pass energy.
The place you choose for meditation should be clean, free of dust and pollution, not noisy and well ventilated. There should be no bathroom or toilet in the close vicinity of the place you choose for meditation. It should be a practice to meditate in the same place everyday.
Our biorhythm is primarily maintained by a healthy lifestyle where the body and mind experience harmony. When the biorhythms are calm and settled, our energy in the body supports all the internal organs. There is a harmony and balance that bring peace and tranquility within. Even our emotions are friendly and support our sattvic thought process. This is the right environment to enjoy a meditate state.
Absolutely there are very simple yer powerful vegetarian diets that support a high PRANIC body and which help one to attain a meditative state quickly. These diets very gently calm the mind while they rejuvenate brain and nerve cells. Also, they energise the reproductive fluids that help in transporting the Prana from the Swadishtana Chakra to the highest of Spiritual centre, the Bindu Visarga. The bliss so experienced is unparalleled.
The clothing one should wear should be cotton only as it is very friendly to the energies in our body and is non reactive. Moreover, cotton breathes well, is cooling and also allows for exchange of energies from the environment without reacting to it.
An ideal posture would be in Padmasana of Siddhasana. These asanas lock up energy at the Swadishtana chakra and direct it upwards to help in increasing the supply of Prana to the higher centers. This enables one to reach a powerful meditative state very successfully. For people who cannot sit in these postures, it is recommended that you sit on a chair or any comfortable place and keep your spine erect.
Yes there is. North is a preferred direction to increase your vibrations as it signifies growth and stability in your meditative practice. East is the natural direction of the earth’s movement and you can align your energies with the Cosmic force. You may decide which is most preferable to you.
In India, these directions are determined based on the kinds of Sadhaka (Spiritual practices) to attain certain powers. Certain male and female Gods and Goddesses have assigned polarities to harness their energies.
Modern scientists are trying their best to find out the technial happenings behind meditation or relaxation processes. Though the results of these processes have been told implicitly since ages by Indian masters, the diagnosis of these things coupled with buzz words, huge numbers, comparisons etc..by modern scientists makes it very captivating……….So here is an interesting piece of information from GTWA.
“Through meditation…you can set the stage for important and habit-altering brain change.”. Herbert Benson M.D., Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, thus summarizes the result of his extensive research reported in Your Maximum Mind (New York: Random house , 1987)
“Over the years” he writes, “you develop ‘circuits’ and channels’ of thought in your brain. These are physical pathways which control the way you think, the way you act, and often the way you feel. Many times, these pathways or habits become so fixed that they turn into what I call ‘wiring’. In other words, the circuits of channels become so deeply ingrained that it seems almost impossible to transform them.