“In the beginning of meditation, lights of various colours, such as red, white, blue, green, a mixture of red and green lights, etc., appear in front of the forehead. They are Tanmatric lights. Every Tattva has its own hue. Prithvi Tattva has yellow colour. Apas Tattva has white colour. Agni has red colour. Vayu has green colour. Akasa had blue colour. The coloured lights are due to these Tattvas only.
Sometimes a big sun or moon, or lightninglike flashes appear in front of the forehead during meditation. Do not mind these appearances. Shun them. Try to dive deep into the source of these lights.
Sometimes Devas, Rishis, Nitya Siddhas will appear in meditation. Receive them with honour. Bow to them. Get advice from them. They appear before you to help and give you encouragement.
In the beginning of meditation and concentration you will see in the centre of the forehead a resplendent, flashing light. This will last for half or one minute and then disappear. The light will flash either from above or sideways. Sometimes a sun of 6 inches or 8 inches in diameter with or without rays will be seen. You will see the form of your Guru or Upasya-Murty also.
When you get glimpses of the Self, when you see the blazing light, when you get some other extraordinary spiritual experiences, do not fall back in terror. Do not give up the Sad-hana. Do not mistake them for a phantom. Be brave. March boldly with joy” says Swami Sivananda in one of his articles on Meditation.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE IN MEDITATION?
Everyone, who has ever tried to meditate knows how difficult it is to bring this dragon of mind under one’s slight control, what to talk of experiences. Majority of the first timers in meditation are so bogged down by this phenomenon called mind that they think it’s better to go fishing or listen to a soothing piece of music rather than sit in lotus posture on a meditation mat to tame this invisible nuisance-creator – The Mind.
Mind’s ways are peculiar and who understands that better than the eastern mystics and Yogis who not only deeply studied the patterns of the erratic mind but also discovered wonderful ways to bring this mind to its legitimate stature of a Servant!
This 3 Hr programme on Dharana gives you clearer understanding of the techniques you can use to control your mind better.
Can’t Concentrate BUT YOU CAN Meditate!
In fact There are two diagonally opposite methodologies adopted by the eastern Masters to tame the devil – One has its roots in Yoga and the other in Tantra. Although there are stark differences in these two yet somewhere Tantra has liberally and successfully integrated the static and dynamic ways of meditation and therefore Dharana is synonymous with ‘Meditation’ in Tantric scriptures.
A common student of Patanjali Yoga knows a sequence that places concentration before meditation. This translates to – If you can’t concentrate you can never be able to meditate. This is perfectly true but since ways of minds are innumerable hence there are other ways to meditate for sure. Did you hear me saying ‘You can surely skip practice of concentration to be able to enter meditation?’ Yes! This is exactly the point.
Dharana – Using the Power of Mind!
‘Mind over matter’ is a very common phrase. A strong and controlled mind is capable of healing chronic and life threatening diseases. But this same mind, when not in control can become the biggest obstacle when one tries to practice meditation. A Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner knows how delicately the mind is placed in the cosmological map of existence that is the 36 Tattvas. The mind is the origin of Jnanendriyas (Sense organs) , which further form the karmendriya (Action organs), from which originate the Tanmatras (Subtle organs) and finally the Panch Mahabhutas (material elements) are formed. The mind itself originates from Buddhi (Intellect) and if we trace the map towards its origin, we come to know about Ahankara (Ego), Pakriti(Nature), Purusha (Individual soul) Maya(Illusion), the five Kanchukas( the five limitations) and the five Shuddha Tattvas (Pure Elements) and reach right till the Shiva Tattva (Pure Consciousness). The mind has the capability to move in any direction, but we mostly find it attracted towards material side as it becomes stronger when it enters into the cycle of formation. While moving towards the Pure Consciousness makes the mind lose its identity and is certainly not an easy journey for it. When you have control over your mind and can focus and concentrate on anything you wish for long period of time, it means you have perfected the practice of Dharana. The Dharana in itself converts into meditation, triggering the journey towards Pure Consciousness. You will be given practices to calm the continuous chatter of mind and perfect your concentration in the Dharana Workshop. So that the art of keep mind over matter is achieved.
Dharana Workshop & Its Contents
Since the practice of concentration is not possible unless the activity involved is of interest you would be given some utterly simple but effective ‘Active-Handles’ to gain the firm grip over your mind and loads of useful information on how mind works that you would love to put to test.
It is Knowledge cum Practical Workshop by our beloved Master Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath. Following are the contents in brief –
- What is mind – A Master or Slave
- Brief introduction to Nadis & their impact on Mind
- How Prana Fuels the mind – Useful tips on it!
- Replacing Control with Awareness
- Emotion as an Active Handle
- Perfection before Manifestation
- Practicing Dharana in daily life
- Takeaway Practices
Duration & Mode of Delivery
It is a 3 Hour LIVE Interactive Workshop taken on Skype Session by Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath.
More info & How to register?
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