The Tree of knowledge
Art of Sahaj Samadhi meditation
A great opportunity to learn to calm our mind through meditation is at our doorstep: Swami Vishnupada, a senior teacher of the Art of Living organization, is conducting three-day meditation courses (2hrs 30mins daily) and blessing programs in various places in Mauritius. The experience of meditation can take us beyond the usual mental stress and emotional agitation to a calm, centred place. Sahaj Samadhi Meditation is a graceful and effortless meditation. Everyone has experienced a meditative state in moments of deep joy, or when completely engrossed in an activity, when just for a moment the mind becomes so light and at ease. While we have such moments at times, we are unable to repeat them at will. The Sahaj Samadhi course teaches you how to achieve that. It is a meditation technique which is designed to self-heal and improve general body health and mind state. These meditation techniques almost instantly alleviates the practitioner from stress related problems.
Sahaj is a Sanskrit word that means natural or effortless. Samadhi is a deep, blissful, meditative state. Sahaj Samadhi meditation is a natural, effortless system of meditation. Regular practice of the technique can totally transform the quality of one’s life, by culturing the system to maintain the peace, energy, and expanded awareness of meditation throughout the day. These meditation techniques combined with yogic practices can ensure good health and a calm mind. Meditation allows the conscious mind to settle deeply into the Self, giving it rest. When the mind settles down, it lets go of all tension, making one healthy and focused.
How does Sahaj Samadhi meditation work?
The participant is given a mantra which allows the experience of meditation to be deeper. When the mind and the nervous system are allowed to repose a few moments in profound silence, the blocks that suffocate our progress gradually dissolve.
Why should we repose in the Self? How is this going to help in our day-to-day life?
When a river is calm, its reflection is clearer. When the mind is calm, there is greater clarity in the field of expression. Our powers of observation, perception and expression improve. As a result we are able to communicate effectively and clearly.
Why do I need a mantra?
In Sanskrit, a mantra is described as, “Manana trayate iti mantra”. Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free you from worries.
“Meditating is the delicate art of doing nothing – letting go of everything and being who you are”
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
* What is meditation?
Sri Sri: It’s very simple. When the mind becomes free from agitation, becomes calm and serene and is at peace, meditation happens. By doing meditation, you can turn your body into a power-house by generating an inner source of energy.
* What are the benefits of meditation?
Sri Sri: You don’t get blood pressure and health problems. The mind becomes clear, intuition develops, obstacles and negative influences due to the planets will be removed and problems become smaller before coming to you. Mental peace, happiness and plenty of other benefits are there.
* Why is meditation so boring?
Sri Sri: In the beginning it may be boring, but that will change. Stay on. Go step by step. Meditation is resting in yourself, becoming the seer from being the seen.
* What is the distinction between sleep and meditation?
Sri Sri: One is vertical, another is horizontal. For now, just think that much. But tomorrow when you sit for meditation don’t think about it. You’ll neither be able to meditate nor be able to sleep. Now is the time.
* I always go to the sleep while meditating. Does it happen with everybody? What experience do they have? How to solve this?
Sri Sri: Don’t worry about the experiences of others. Be with your own experience and the experience varies from time to time. So don’t worry.
* Is there any maximum limit as to how much we can meditate?
Sri Sri: Do only as much as necessary. There is no need to do too much. Meditation is like taking a bath. To wash the mind, you need meditation and once the mind is clean.
* Why do I lose my concentration when I meditate?
Sri Sri: Concentration is not meditation. Meditation is de-concentration, letting go. Meditation calms the mind. It feels good.
* What is equanimity? What is the significance of silence?
Sri Sri: Brain has two sides. The left side is logic and the right side is music. Both are needed to make one whole. If only music is there the brain won’t function properly. If there is only mathematical and logical mind, there will be no feelings and we will be deprived of the finer aspects of life. So, both are needed. When you are endowed with both, then it becomes a satsang. Good song is a satsang. Don’t think about what there is in singing, or whom to sing about or why? Just sing, open your mouth and sing along or sing from the heart.
We observe silence only during mourning. But here it’s different. It is not like the silence of mourning. In mourning, we can’t stand silence for more than two minutes. Here it’s inner silence, a joyful silence. Before you go into silence, don’t keep any troubles in the mind, put it in the basket. We are here to calm the mind and when mind is silenced you experience true peace.
* But in our daily lives, we also have to handle paying bills, parking vehicles and other mundane things. How can we do this with the same calm mind without getting irritated or perturbed?
Sri Sri: You take a shower in the morning to clean your body. After that you do all the daily activities. You don’t have to keep on taking a shower throughout the day. It is like that. You meditate and calm your mind, then go on with other activities. It is not easy to keep yourself undisturbed but that will happen as you keep doing the practices regularly. Then it will become easy.
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Sahaj Samadhi Meditation
29-31 January – 18h00-20h30
AOL Centre, Wooton, Curepipe
02-04 February – 18h00-20h30
Triamkeswar Mandir Hall, Rose Belle
Call/SMS: 768-7385, 794-5156
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