How Do We Meditate, Part 1

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How Do We Meditate, Part 1

“Meditation is a long journey, a pilgrimage into the mind itself.” In Gurudeva’s approach we start meditation with the physical body then get more and more subtle, withdrawing energy into the spine then not utilizing mental activity. Everything we meditate on is actual experience, not something the mind has created. We experience something that’s always there, awareness aware of itself. Gurudeva’s mystical Natha Language of Shum. Awareness is the witness consciousness of the soul, ‘niif.’ In the nature of our form of meditation there is a continuity (nalif) from one day to the next.

Path to Siva, Lesson 47.


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Path to Siva Commentary, What Is Meditation?

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What Is Meditation? Path to Siva Commentary, Lesson 46

Meditation is the study of awareness, of yourself and of the universe, experiencing the soul. The purpose of meditation is to separate awareness from what it is aware of, to separate awareness from consciousness. You will be able to live in the eternal now. Utilize the shumif perspective and acquire the tools to flow awareness from one state of consciousness to another.

Path to Siva, Lesson 46

Master Course Trilogy, Merging with Siva, Lesson 34.

Shumif Perspective: “One of four perspectives, the meditative viewpoint of being awareness flowing from one area of the inner mind to another, the mind itself being stationary. In Saiva Siddhanta, it includes the deeper meditative practices. It is an advaitic or monistic viewpoint.”


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Path to Siva Commentary, What Is Japa?

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What Is Japa? Path to Siva Commentary, Lesson 45

Japa links Siddhanta with Vedanta, being a monist and a theist at the same time. Quieting the mind, Aum Saravanabhava. Repetition of the Panchakshara Mantra, Aum Namah Sivaya “…connects you with millions of Siva’s devotees.” Distinguish between intellectual learning and actual experience or realization. Two syllable mantra-Si Va. What is the difference between reality as himself and himself as reality?

Master Course Trilogy, Merging with Siva, Lesson 155.

Master Course Trilogy, Living with Siva, Lesson 109. C.R. Self and Samadhi,

Chapter 3: Merging into the Self God.


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Path to Siva: What Is Yoga?

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What is Yoga, Path to Siva Commentary, Lesson 44

Gurudeva stresses the importance of cultivating devotion to Siva incorporating the yamas and the niyamas, performing atmartha puja. Through meditation and devotion, step outside of ahamkara (ego). Sit without moving and breathe. You are awareness. You have the power to move into that state of consciousness where peace and bliss always exist.

Path to Siva, Lesson 44.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Yoga’s Forgotten Foundation.


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What Is Sadhana?

“Sadhana is practiced…wherever a pure, serene atmosphere can be found.” Achieve steadiness, control of emotions through abhyasa-regular consistent practice with devotion, yoga-the restraint of mental activities and vairaghya-dispassion. Like the growth of a kauri tree, it’s a slow process; check it every few years, see the progress.

Path to Siva, Lesson 43

Nartana Ritau – A Season For Planning

Bodhinatha describes Nartana Ritau, one of three seasons as created by Gurudeva. Each season corresponds to a book of the Master Course Trilogy. Nartana Ritau-Dancing with Siva-philosophy, begins on the Tamil New Year and is a time for planning.


What Is Sadhana?

Nartana Ritau – A Season For Planning

How Do We Use Affirmations?

What Is Our Code of Conduct – Niyama.

Having a positive concept allows us to identify with our inner, spiritual nature so that we truly feel we are a divine being on a perfect path, identifying with the soul. Three keys in terms of affirmation: concentrate on meaning, visualization and feeling. Beholding, remolding the subconscious through Vasana Daha Tantra. The goal is to sit in meditation with a mind that has no thoughts without effort.

Path to Siva, Lesson 42


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What Are Our Five Core Practices?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas – Commentaries on Path to Siva
What Are Our Five Core Practices?

The pancha nitya karmas are spiritual practices for all Hindus: worship, holy days, pilgrimage, dharma and rites of passage. Three forms of worship: the temple, home shrine and on pilgrimage. Daily spiritual practice. Mitigating karma by worship. On pilgrimage, in powerful temples with maximum effort in worship and one pointed attention, karmas accumulating for many past lives can be eliminated.

Path to Siva, Lesson 41.

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What Is Our Core of Conduct – Niyamas

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas – Commentaries on Path to Siva
What Is Our Code of Conduct – Niyama.

In Patanjali’s comments on the niyamas he speaks on religious action, kriya, bringing about samadhi and attenuating the kleshas. We think we have to be detached from that which we are attracted to but we also need to overcome aversion. It’s easier to be finite, to have a past and a future than to be infinite, without past and future, so, we’re clinging to life. The kleshas are the root source of karma. Quiet mental activity produced by the kleshas through meditation and achieve santosha, peace of mind. “Men of discrimination see sorrow in all experience.”

Path to Siva, Lesson 40, Niyamas.

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Four Great Tamil Saints — How We Look At Astrology

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

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Who Are the Four Great Tamil Saints? Path to Siva, Lesson 39 (January 17,2018)

Our saints have sung that Siva is within us, and we are within Siva.” Having devotion to Siva, having Siva in your heart, offers protection during difficult astrological times. Choose good days for major events in your life and for compatability in major partnerships. Siva is a compassionate God and the way He set up astrology was compassionate; it goes back and forth between positive and negative periods.

Path To Siva, Lesson 39.

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