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Vipassana Meditation. Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living. This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind.

It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one's thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Home - Science on Religion. Human Self. Dharma Dew. Mindfulness: more than a fad, less than a revolution. Meditation is simply about being yourself, and knowing something about who that is. - Jon Kabat-Zinn.

(The following post is a selection of ideas and links to add some texture and critical apparatus to help people better engage with the growing mindfulness phenomenon. It is by no means an exhaustive account, and was written mostly to make sense of how mindfulness connects with RSA’s work, past and present, which I refer to at the end. While one can and should distinguish between mindfulness meditation and meditation in general, Kabat Zinn’s statement captures why RSA’s Social Brain centre is interested – mindfulness is a form of practice that helps to cultivate self-knowledge.)

A colleague recently remarked that mindfulness was ‘on the way out’. This statement struck me as absurd, but it was also interesting. Mindfulness is no passing fad. Mindfulness is a thing you feel, a thing you do, and a thing you learn to feel and do. So when people say ‘mindfulness’ they can mean 1. RSA Present. How to Improve Your Self Awareness. Self awareness: the mental ability to recognize who and what you are - namely that you are distinctly separate from other people and your environment.

This knowledge enables you to consciously realize your own personality, feelings and desires - allowing you to have abstract thoughts about who you are, and things you have done in the past or will do in the future. Humans have a high capacity for self awareness - though we are discovering that more animals qualify for self awareness too. It's especially helpful in lucid dreaming; converting the passive dreamer into a consciously thinking individual, with the power to explore and manipulate their dream world at will.

To be habitually self aware in waking life means to be more self aware in your dreams. This will produce many more lucid dreams because you'll be able to recognize when you are dreaming (that it is a separate place from waking reality). "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. " ~ Anais Nin Observation Of course! Left Hand of Darkness. Ple. Celebrations. The Existential Buddhist. Secular Buddhist Association. Ethos of Us. Behaviours Extend to Others. International Mevlana Foundation. Welcome to the International Mevlana Foundation website International Mevlana Foundation has been founded in Istanbul in 1996 with moral support of late Celâleddin Bâkır Çelebi. The purpose of the fund is to conduct researches about the great thinker, scholar and poet Mevlâna Celâleddin-i Rûmi, his works and thoughts and carry them over to the coming generations all around the world.

Come close... closer... even closer! How long will this hindrance last? If you are me and I am you, What is this separation between you and me? We are the light of God, we are God‛s mirror. So why do we struggle with ourselves and with one another? Hz. International Mevlana Foundation offers consulting service for Mevlana and Mevlevi gatherings, programs, books and artistic works to denote the thoughts and teachings of Hz. Pineal power. The pineal gland is the key to psychedelic enlightenment. The pineal gland, located in the centre of the brain, is about a quarter of an inch in size, reddish-gray, and weighs about one-tenth of a gram. Unlike other parts of the brain which come in pairs, the pineal gland is singular. Its location in the center of the brain and presence in other species indicates it is an older part of humanity's evolutionary brain system.

The pineal gland is present in all lower vertebrae. In other species, like birds, reptiles and frogs, the pineal gland is called the parietal eye or "third-eye" as its functions closely resemble that of an actual eye. Directly affected by the light taken in through the eyes, the pineal regulates sleep, menstrual cycles, mating seasons, hibernation, seasonal flight patterns and many other "instinctual" behaviors.*1 Tryptamine trippiness According to Dr Strassman, the pineal gland may not only play an important role in death, but also in birth, possibly even in rebirth... Virtual Mosque. Spiritual Succor. WORLD VIEWS. Muladhara to bindu. Attunement. Satsang: Advaita Spiritual Teacher - Nirmala - Free Ebooks.

10,000 Monks and 10 Things You May Not Know About Buddhist Monks in Thailand — Portrait and travel photographer based in Guangzhou, China. This mass of serenely patient, seated figures immediately absorbed my camera's attention. So much so, that I completely forgot about the purpose of the event. Failing to realise that there were thousands of devotees also gathering like an opposing team and with just as much military order along the opposite direction.

These two columns were separated by a platform where the oldest and most respected monks sat ready to lead the ceremony and the chanting. White-clad local dignitaries were seated opposite the monks and beyond them the people respectfully gathered - ready with their alms and offerings. A huge spiritual stand-off was in place. People had brought along boxes or bags of food offerings. Many of the people had dressed in white and waited kneeling and with their hands folded in respect. After the ceremonies had ended, all those thousands of monks stood up and streamed by the pious spectators to collect their alms. The Chakra System. Kinds of Kundalini Risings | According to Traditional Kundalini Science, Kundalini Shakti constantly strives to attain a lasting Oneness experience by elevating to Bindu, the pinnacle where she can reside in union with Pure Consciousness.

For her ascent, there are six routes, the Shakti nadis, through which she is able to elevate. The Shakti nadis are: Susumna, Vajra, Chitrini, Brahma, Saraswati, and Lakshmi. The most common risings are through Susumna, Vajra, Saraswati nadis. There are also various energy center (chakra) levels in these routes at which she might act or take up residence in the course of her efforts until she can go higher. The kind of rising a person gets depends on the vitality and dynamics occurring in their subtle body at the time of the initial Kundalini release. This, along with their individual nature based on the pattern of past karmas they carry, determines the types of experiences they have. Non-ordinary experiences can occur at any level.

Names of Kundalini Risings No Rising. Kundalini Yoga - Theory. Chapter Two Yoga Nadis Nadis are the astral tubes made up of astral matter that carry psychic currents. The Sanskrit term ‘Nadi’ comes from the root ‘Nad’ which means ‘motion’. It is through these Nadis (Sukshma, subtle passages), that the vital force or Pranic current moves or flows. Since they are made up of subtle matter they cannot be seen by the naked physical eyes and you cannot make any test-tube experiments in the physical plane.

These Yoga Nadis are not the ordinary nerves, arteries and veins that are known to the Vaidya Shastra (Anatomy and Physiology). The body is filled with innumerable Nadis that cannot be counted. Nadis play a vital part in this Yoga. The subtle lines, Yoga Nadis, have influence in the physical body. Whenever there is an interlacing of several nerves, arteries and veins, that centre is called “Plexus.” All the Nadis spring from the Kanda.

Again Ida, Pingala and Sushumna are the most important of the above 14 Nadis, and Sushumna is the chief. Spinal Column. Signs of a Kundalini Rising | Individual experiences of Kundalini process vary considerably, but the basic signs of a Kundalini rising that a person might experience include: - feeling different, not fitting in - a deep dissatisfaction or a yearning for inner development - inner sensations of light, sound, current, or heat - a heightened inner or outer awareness; increased sensitivity - feelings of energy flowing or vibrating within - special abilities, capacities, and talents - non-ordinary phenomena; altered states - spontaneous bodily movements or breathing patterns - emotional fluctuations; psychological issues coming forward - atypical sensations or sensitivities - an interest in spiritual growth or in metaphysics or the esoteric - compassion and a desire to help others - a sense that something non-ordinary, transformative, or holy is happening within - personal development, and optimally, spiritual transformation and realization.

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. A World of Yoga. Tantra. For Tantric Buddhism, see Vajrayana. For the texts classified as Tantras, see Tantras. Tantra[note 1] is the name given by recent scholars to a style of meditation and ritual which arose in India no later than the 5th century AD.[1] Definitions[edit] Several definitions of Tantra exist. Traditional[edit] The Tantric tradition offers various definitions of tantra. One comes from the Kāmikā-tantra: Because it elaborates (tan) copious and profound matters, especially relating to the principles of reality (tattva) and sacred mantras, and because it provides liberation (tra), it is called a tantra.[2] A second, very similar to the first, comes from Swami Satyananda.

Tantra embodies two sanskrit words: tanoti (expands) and trayoti (liberates)... Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar[note 2] describes a tantric individual and a tantric cult: A person who, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, aspires for spiritual expansion or does something concrete, is a Tantric. Scholastic[edit] Western[edit] History[edit]

SHARANYA: (R)evolutionary Shakta Tantra. Tantra in practice. Click here to skip to this page's main content. Hello! Open Library is participating in our eBook lending program. Browse the growing lending library of over 200,000 eBooks! Site Search Full Text Search? Log in / Sign Up One web page for every book. Tantra in practice Close Tantra in practice David Gordon White, editor. Published 2000 by Princeton University Press in Princeton, NJ . Edition Notes Includes bibliographical references and index. Classifications The Physical Object ID Numbers Read Borrow Physical copy, local WorldCat Buy Alibris Amazon AbeBooks Biblio.com Book Depository Powells Lists You could add Tantra in practice to a list if you log in.

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