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Yoga Sutras: Subtle Attainments

Posted in meditation, psychonautics, Uncategorized, yoga on January 9, 2011 by ewakening

The subtler attainments come with birth or are attained through herbs (ausadhi), mantra, austerities (tapas) or concentration (samadhi).

— Patanjali, Yoga Sutras, 4.1


Yoga Sutras, 1.12-1.14

Posted in brain control, meditation, yoga on January 2, 2011 by ewakening

One’s turbulent thought patterns are controlled and eventually mastered through practice and non-attachment. Practice means selecting the right actions and applying the right efforts to bring a stable advanced state. When such practice is done consistently and with devotion, it becomes a firmly rooted, solid foundation for further attainments.

— Patanjali, Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.14

Yoga Sutras, 1.2

Posted in meditation, yoga on December 26, 2010 by ewakening

Yoga is the restraint of the chaotic fluctuations of the mind which obscure one’s innate Adeptship from oneself.

— Patanjali, Yoga Sutras, 1.2

Universal Body of Krsna

Posted in enlightenment, krishna, transformation, yoga on August 29, 2010 by ewakening

The vast manifestation of the phenomenal material world as a whole is the mask-body (persona) of the formless Pure Energy, Transcendent Reality of Spirit, wherein the universal resultant past, present and future of material time is experienced.

Persons who have realized it have studied that the planets known as Pātāla constitute the bottoms of the feet of the universal Lord, and the heels and the toes are the Rasātala planets. The ankles are the Mahātala planets, and His shanks constitute the Talātala planets.

The knees of the universal form are the planetary system of the name Sutala, and the two thighs are the Vitala and Atala planetary systems. The hips are Mahītala, and outer space is the depression of His navel.

The chest of the Original Personality of the gigantic form is the luminary planetary system, His neck is the Mahar planets, His mouth is the Janas planets, and His forehead is the Tapas planetary system. The topmost planetary system, known as Satyaloka, is the head of He who has one thousand heads.

His arms are the demigods headed by Indra, the ten directional sides are His ears, and physical sound is His sense of hearing. His nostrils are the two Aśvinī-kumāras, and material fragrance is His sense of smell. His mouth is the blazing fire.

The sphere of outer space constitutes His eyepits, and the eyeball is the sun as the power of seeing. His eyelids are both the day and night, and in the movements of His eyebrows, the Brahmā and similar supreme personalities reside. His palate is the director of water, Varuṇa, and the essence of taste of everything is His tongue.

The Vedic hymns are the cerebral passage of the Lord, and His jaws of teeth are Yama, god of death, who punishes the sinners. The art of affection is His set of teeth, and the most alluring illusory material energy is His smile. This great ocean of material creation is but the casting of His glance over us.

Modesty is the upper portion of His lips, hankering is His chin, religion is the breast of the Lord, and irreligion is His back. Brahmājī and the Mitra-varunas, who generate all living beings in the material world, are His genitals. The ocean is His waist, and the hills and mountains are the stacks of His bones.

The rivers are the veins of the gigantic body, the trees are the hairs of His body, and the omnipotent air is His breath. The passing ages are His movements, and His activities are the reactions of the three modes of material nature.

The clouds which carry water are the hairs on His head, the terminations of days or nights are His dress, and the supreme cause of material creation is His intelligence. His mind is the moon, the reservoir of all changes. The principle of matter is the consciousness of the omnipresent Lord, and Rudradeva is His ego.

Varieties of birds are indications of His masterful artistic sense. Manu, the father of mankind, is the emblem of His standard intelligence, and humanity is His residence. The celestial species of human beings, like the Gandharvas, Vidyādharas, Cāraṇas and angels, all represent His musical rhythm, and the demoniac soldiers are representations of His wonderful prowess.

I have thus explained to you the gross material gigantic conception of the Personality of Godhead. One who seriously desires liberation concentrates his mind on this form of the Lord, because there is nothing more than this in the material world.

One should concentrate his mind upon the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who alone distributes Himself in so many manifestations just as ordinary persons create thousands of manifestations in dreams. One must concentrate the mind on Him, the only all-blissful Absolute Truth.

Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 2 Chapter 1, “First Steps in God Realization”

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2

Posted in enlightenment, yoga on December 21, 2009 by ewakening

The wise say that the truth of reality is known as Brahman, Paramatma, or Bhagavan — the highest, unmanifest cosmic Consciousness. Sages who with wisdom and non-attachment delve deeply into this will see within themselves and this conciousness in pure devotion what they have read in the scriptures. For all types of human, regardless of station, the highest form of practice is found in devotion to God. With this devotion as a focal point for the mind, the Lord within is unveiled to one.

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto I Ch. 2, vv. 11-14.

Petros class: Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Posted in meditation, yoga on December 11, 2009 by ewakening

Petros will be giving a one-hour class introducing Raja Yoga (a.k.a. the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) on Friday, 11 December 2009 at Alpha Books (4532 N. 7th St. Phoenix).

The Yoga Sutras may be read at:

Recession boosts ashram attendance

Posted in meditation, seva, spirituality, yoga on July 19, 2009 by ewakening

kirtan1smA New York Times story recently described how yoga retreats and meditation programs across the United States are experiencing, in some cases, greatly increased numbers of short and long term visitors who come seeking refuge from the troubled economy or who have found that signing up for a work-exchange program is a cost effective way to spend some time between jobs while also building up their spiritual energies.

Full story at link

Photo: Devotees join in kirtan signing at New Vrindaban ashram in Pennsylvania.