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Swami Saradananda's Blog Posts Tagged 'meditation' (12)

Self-Study

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For me, the new year began with a determined effort to engage in an intensive study of the spiritual teachings of yoga. If you feel that you are ready to take the next step in your inner work, please join me. I will be posting exerpts from my series of talks. And you may feel inspired to take my e-course: www.flyingmountainyoga.org/text/e-course.shtml

"From self-study, you are able to connect with higher…

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Added by Swami Saradananda on February 1, 2012 at 4:52pm — No Comments

APANA MUDRA

Join the tips of your middle and ring fingers to the tip of your thumb. This mudra may help you to eliminate impurities from your body: excreta, urine, sweat. It particularly works with your kidneys, problems with gas in the digestive system, constipation and piles, and diseases related to your mouth, nose, ears and eyes. There are indications that can enhance the health of your teeth, and perhaps help you to control diabetes.



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Added by Swami Saradananda on July 22, 2011 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

Dhyana mudra

Rest your hands in your lap with the right hand on top of your left with both palms upward. Bring the tips of the two thumbs together gently.



This mudra brings increased power to your meditation and you in attaining self-realization. Extensive practice is said to create a powerful aura around your face, which is… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on June 23, 2011 at 6:04pm — 1 Comment

Anger as a result of meditataion

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I had an interesting question today, so I thought I'd share the answer:



Ques: twice after meditation I found myself very angry and I tried to express it in a safe way but did bite my husband's head off. Any thoughts on the matter. (from Judy in New Zealand)



S.S. ans:
Yes, I do have very definite thoughts on the matter. Anger seems to be a VERY common reaction to meditation. People are usually confused by it, as you expect medtation to make you… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on September 27, 2010 at 3:26pm — 4 Comments

Relationships and Cooperation between Chakras

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I'm working on a chapter for my book that looks at how the chakras inter-relate and work with each other. Actually, the independent actions and particular characteristics of the various chakras can only be separated intellectually. The function of each chakra intricately blends…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on September 26, 2010 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Santosha - Contentment

OM



I find that people often misunderstand the yoga principle of santosha (contentment), believing that it means giving up their will to change. I get students who say, “I don’t want to be content, because if I am content then I won’t get anywhere in my job. I need to want something. I've got to be on the cutting edge in my… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on August 31, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments

Tools for meditation: Mandala-Yantra

Mystical diagrams, stylized geometric projections of the world…



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Added by Swami Saradananda on July 24, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Yantras and Mandalas

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I'm just getting ready for my talk on Friday at the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington. The topic "Yantras, visual tools that help you to enhance your meditation practice.



Yantras help you to transform your patterns of mind into habits of thought that will bring about the results that you desire. You can use yantras to bring about deep healing.…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on July 19, 2010 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

Nadanusandhana

OM

This is a wonderful practice combining mudras and mantras that I plan to teach at the "Spiritual Retreat" that I will be leading in Bad Meinberg 1-6 August


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Sit in any meditative position and close your eyes.

“Aaa” chanting…



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Added by Swami Saradananda on July 4, 2010 at 11:51am — No Comments

Mudras (continued)

Mudras are hand positions that seal the psychic energies into specific channels. They are powerful spiritual tools that can enable you to receive and transmit energy more efficiently. Mudras aid you in the purification of your physical, mental and psychic bodies. Perhaps the best known mudra is “Namaskar” , which… Continue

Added by Swami Saradananda on July 2, 2010 at 11:37am — No Comments

Tools for Meditation: mudras

Your body is a subtle and powerful antenna that is continually receiving energy and also transmitting it. Mantra, mudra and mandala are three types of powerful spiritual tools that assist you in purifying your physical, mental and psychic bodies.



With regular practice, these methods sharpen and expand your spiritual wisdom. They help you to…

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Added by Swami Saradananda on June 29, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Thinking about Ishwara-pranidhana

OM



Recently, I've been working with the principle of "ishwara-pranidhana". The last of Patanjali's niyamas is usually translated as "self-surrender" or "surrender to the Lord". This is a hard one for many modern yogis, many of whom don't seem to be inclined to surrender to anyone or any…
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Added by Swami Saradananda on June 8, 2010 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

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