Fennel Seeds For Dry Cough

Last month I had a terrible dry cough after exposure to some cold Colorado winds while taking nature walks.  I would break out into a coughing episode anytime anywhere which was quite embarrassing. I tried cough suppressant but after I stopped taking them the choking coughs returned.  eventually I realized I was taking too much of ginger and other heating spices in my food and decided to chew on 1/2 a teaspoon of fennel/saunf seeds followed by some water.  My dry choking coughs stopped immediately after just one dose.  I continued with some fennel tea and also chewing 1/4 tsp of fennel seeds after each meal and the cough disappeared in 2-3 days.

NOTE: Honey is extremely heating in nature and is great for coughs only if you have a lot of phlegm.

Oil Pulling Therapy for a Myriad of Diseases

Yesterday I started “Oil Pulling”. I had read about this therapy before, but it wasn’t until my sister persuaded me to give it a try that I started. She and her family recently began this therapy. The first day wasn’t fun, but today was relatively easier.  I shall share any results in a future post. I used my cold pressed unfiltered sesame oil that I purchased from King Soopers.

According to http://www.oilpulling.com/:

Dr. (med.) Karach said the oilpulling(oil-pulling) heals totally “head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. oil-pulling also heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.”

It also describes the correct method:

Step 1: First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of sunflower or sesame oil (or whatever oil you have chosen) into your mouth. We don’t recommend doing this process at any other time. Children can also do this with less quantity of oil provided they have control and practice not to swallow the oil.

(Selection and Questions on choosing the right oil Read Here )

Step 2:
Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (don’t tilt your head back to gargle though). You’ll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Keep swishing.If your jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you’re putting too much into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you’ll feel very comfortable. Pretty soon. There is no right way or wrong way to swish and pull oil. Don’t focus on doing it right. Do it with very natural movement. Do this gently, not vigorously, in a relaxed way for about 20 minutes. If you have the unbearable urge to swallow and if it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon won’t be bothersome at all, just like brushing your teeth.   When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it may become whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used. Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 20 minutes is a general rule of thumb, but you can experiment with this.  If you spit out before 20 minutes. start again, the process is to make the oil swish enough time in your mouth so that it becomes a white thick substance which is an indication of process completion.
Step 3:
As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, Spit the oil out, then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. ( Just use normal table salt). Salt water rinsing isn’t  absolutely necessary, but is very helpful as an antimicrobial and to soothe any inflammation and proven to be effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left out in the mouth.

You can do the oil pulling every morning if you like, or several times a week. Because oil pulling method can be detoxifying, you might want to take a break sometimes. One immediate benefit everyone gets is, whiter teeth, clean mouth . There’s no rule about frequency – judge according to your own experience.

Pl. understand that this process works better in the morning. Don’t try to do this any time of the day. If for some reason it is absolutely not possible for you to practice this method in the morning, you can do this on an empty stomach at any time of the day. Empty stomach means the food is digested completely. Ideally after three or four hours of you taking any food. ( Lot depends on the food you are eating).

The website also lists the diseases that have responded to oil pulling therapy.  You can read about them here: http://www.oilpulling.com/diseasescured.htm

 

 

Anti-Aging and Healing- The Mighty Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is the best antidote for vata or the air related disorders like arthritis, anxiety, depression, insomnia, constipation, gas, bloating, cold feet and hands, impatience, restlessness, nervousness, racing mind,  feeling spaced out, frazzled, all over the place, finding it hard to focus or sit still, aging, wrinkles, dry eyes and old age related conditions. Sesame oil is known as the king of oils in Ayurveda.  It is an important ingredient of many Ayurvedic preparations as it has the ability to penetrate deep into the tissues and is very rich in antioxidants and minerals.photo

The use of sesame oil is what helped me begin my healing journey. A decade ago I suffered from terrible anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, nervous energy etc. At the time when I first learned about the benefits of sesame oil, I had the toasted sesame oil variety in my pantry. Although the cold pressed oil is recommended over the toasted sesame (which I realized later), it still helped me tremendously.  Toasted sesame oil has a very strong flavor and smell and can make you feel nauseous.  Cold pressed on the other hand is healthier and easier to use. After some learning and reading I quickly switched to cold pressed sesame oil.Sesame oil will help calm the nerves and relax you. It will mellow you out. If you suffer from anxiety disorders massaging scalp, will help tremendously. If you suffer from cold hands and feet, massaging them vigorously with sesame oil will help increase the pitta factor in your body and bring immense warmth. Night time is the best time for this as sesame oil can relax you and help you get deep sleep. Sesame oil is rich in antioxidants.  It is a great moisturizer for the skin. It fights wrinkles and aging. Gently massaging sesame oil on acne will help dry it out within a few days.  It is antibacterial, anti viral, anti-inflammatory. Dab a few drops to coat the inside of your nostrils to protect from cold and flu viruses. Touch wood, but I haven’t had the flu in 15 years and I never get the flu shot. (Great :( now I’m afraid I’m going to pay for bragging). But I am also careful what I eat and how I eat based on the principles of Ayurveda.  I include herbs and rasayans based on my body type. For example I never drink cold, iced beverages in winter. I sip warm water throughout the day and also begin my day with medium hot water.  It aids in proper digestion and assimilation of food.  But my body type is pitta so I have to strike a balance between the two humors through a careful selection of what I cook and how I cook it.  Even during the summer time I consume room temperature or cool foods only. Ice/cold beverages wreak havoc on your digestive system. And in Ayurveda, majority of diseases stem from poor digestion.

If you have a vata constitution, suffer from vata disorders or live in a cold dry climate make sure to include sesame oil in your diet and also use for massaging the face, body and hair. Leave it on for at lest 30 minutes to an hour; the longer the better. You can leave it on the scalp overnight and shampoo off the next day.  Don’t overdo it. (I’m guilty, but that’s how you really learn-through trial and error). Everything in moderation only- ease into it starting with small doses.  Drizzle sesame oil in you soups, dals, breads, rice or any preparations for that matter just before you eat. This will also prevent gas, bloating, cramps, and indigestion. Don’t consume more than a teaspoon/day or you’ll feel like you have a burning fever.

Before you proceed:

  • Find out your body type
  • Follow other measures to make sure you aren’t negating your healing efforts through contradictory habits and patterns.  For example: massaging with sesame oil and then eating a bowl of ice cream or having a cold salad or shake.
  • If you suffer from deep rooted/chronic diseases, seek guidance and treatment from an experienced Ayurveda practitioner. Ayurveda treatment involves several pronged approach which consists of prevention, treatment at the root, cleansing, dietary restrictions etc.

The above is based on my own experience with sesame oil.  You can learn more about other benefits of sesame by clicking below:

According to http://naturalsociety.com/12-health-benefits-of-sesame-seeds-sesame-oil/

  • Promote Healthy, Beautiful Skin – Sesame seeds are full of zinc, an essential      mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also      helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to      sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders.
  • Great      for High-Protein Vegetarian Diet – Sesame seeds offer 4.7 grams of      protein per ounce, giving them a perfect place in a high-protein      vegetarian diet.
  • Sesame      Seed Oil for Oral Health – One of the most prominent benefits of      sesame seeds and sesame oil revolves around removing dental plaque and      boosting oral health. By engaging in an activity known as oil pulling,      which involves swishing oil around in your mouth, you can boost oral      health and even whiten your teeth. One study showcases      the oil pulling benefits on the oral level, where oil pulling with sesame      oil was shown to reduce the amount of streptococcus mutants in both teeth      plaque and mouth saliva, and boost overall health. (Click the next link to      find out what oil pulling is and learn of oil      pulling benefits).
  • Helps      Prevent Diabetes – Thanks to magnesium and other nutrients, sesame      seeds, and especially sesame oil, has been shown to combat diabetes. One      study, published      in 2011 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found      that sesame oil “improved the effectiveness of the oral antidiabetic drug glibenclamide in      type 2 diabetic patients”. Another study concluded      that “substitution of sesame oil as the sole edible oil has an additive      effect in further lowering BP and plasma glucose in hypertensive      diabetics”.
  • Reduces      Blood Pressure – As the above study concludes, sesame oil has been shown      to lower blood pressure in hypertensive diabetics. Additionally, magnesium      has been shown      to help lower blood pressure – and sesame seeds are loaded with      magnesium.
  • Promotes      Heart Health – Further adding to the health benefits of sesame      seeds, sesame seed oil can boost heart health by preventing      atherosclerotic lesions. An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound      known as sesamol, which also harnesses anti-atherogenic properties, is thought      to be one reason for the beneficial effects. According to      GreenMedInfo, sesamol has been shown to “possess over two dozen      beneficial pharmacologically active properties, many of which may      contribute to improving cardiovascular health”.
  • Protects      Against DNA Damage from Radiation – Sesamol, a compound found in      sesame seeds and sesame oil, has been shown in      some studies to protect against DNA damaged caused by radiation. Further,      sesamol has been shown      to extend life in mice treated with radiation, partly by preventing      damage to the intestines and the spleen.
  • Prevents      Cancer – Not only do sesame seeds contain an anti-cancer compound      called phytate, but the magnesium in sesame seeds also harness      anti-cancer properties. One      study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition      found that the risk of colorectal tumors decreased by 13% and the risk of      colorectal cancer decreased by 12% for every 100 mg of magnesium taken in.
  • Boosts      Bone Health – In addition to promoting healthy skin, zinc      has also been shown to boost bone mineral density and bone health as a      whole. One study, published in      the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found a correlation      between zinc deficiency and osteoporosis in the hip and spine area. What’s      more, sesame seeds are a great source of calcium – a known trace mineral      that is essential for bone health and preventing related conditions.
  • Boosting      Digestive Health, Relieving Constipation – Sesame seeds are rich in      fiber, which is known to pave way for a healthy digestive system and a      healthy colon.
  • Provides      Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis – A mineral that is important for      anti-inflammatory and antioxidant enzyme systems, copper is known for      reducing pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Additionally, this      mineral helps provide strength to blood vessels, bones, and joints.
  • Promotes      Respiratory Health, Prevents Asthma – Thanks to the magnesium, sesame      seeds are able to prevent asthma by and other respiratory disorders by      preventing airway spasms.

Read more:

http://naturalsociety.com/12-health-benefits-of-sesame-seeds-sesame-oil/#ixzz2rRZ77orN

http://www.youthingstrategies.com/

The Violet Flame

FotoSketcher - purple flowerThe Violet Flame meditation is an effective tool for healing physical and emotional wounds, healing traumatic experiences from this life or a past life, and cleansing your aura. It can be used whenever you feel low energy, sad, anxious or any such negative emotions. Regular practice of the violet flame meditation makes one feel vibrant and buoyant.

This meditation is believed to transmute negative dense energy into positive high vibration frequency. It is believed that the atoms of our physical and spiritual bodies get clogged with dense negative energy which resides in the space around the nucleus, which in turn slows down the vibration of the electrons.  This can manifest as sickness/disease.  This meditation helps transmute this negative energy into positive energy. In India this negative energy that clogs our spiritual body is referred to as sanskar or impressions or past life memories, wounds or trauma that is left behind in our psyche and has accumulated over several life times.  Pranayam is recommended to help get rid of these impressions so one may rise above them instead of being held back by them and getting stuck in a rut.

“Negative thoughts and feelings create an excess of acid within the body that is too much for our bodies to detoxify. This causes the breakdown of our physical energy systems, disease and illness. The Violet Flame can help heal our bodies on a physical level by removing the negative energy that creates the acidic conditions. It goes to work on the deeper causes on the mental, emotional, causal, psychic and spiritual levels.  On the atomic level, vibration is the speed at which electrons orbit around the nucleus of the atom. Violet Flame Meditation actually changes our vibratory rate, working on the atomic level. When the atoms of our bodies are imbued with negativity, we vibrate slower, at a lower vibration, which causes us to resonate with MORE negativity and actually attract it. We become more dense and coarse, with less light shining within.”

From http://www.wellbeingalignment.com/violet-flame-meditation.html

I was introduced to the violet flame meditation through a fellow blogger over a year ago; prior to that I had never heard of it.  I went online and did as much reading on it as possible.  I found that the methods aren’t all consistent, but the idea behind it is the same. After much reading I finally came up with a good understanding of this meditation.  At first I underestimated this mediation, but after putting it into practice I found it to be one of the most powerful visualization meditation techniques ever.

After regular weeks of practice I started noticing that I could sense inner vibrations merely after repeating the decree a few times.  The meditation begins with saying a payer asking for protection.  It could be prayer to Archangel Michael or depending on your religious beliefs whoever you choose. Ask to be protected during the meditation as it can attract negative entities since negative entities will tend to draw energy from your light. Visualize a tube of bright white light surrounding you and going out several feet around and above and below you. Maybe it fills the entire room around you.

Next ask Saint Germaine, Archangel Zadkiel, Lady Amethyst and Lady Portia to guide you and assist you through the violet flame meditation. The above are considered to be angels of the seventh ray which is the violet ray. Saint Germain is credited for bringing the violet flame meditation to the masses. Continue by repeating a decree out loud.  There are many decrees, but I choose the classic decree:

I am a being of violet fire

I am the purity God desires 

Visualize a violet fire (flames and crackling fire sounds) rising from below you and slowly enveloping you in a 6 ft. radius all around.  The flame is cool and does not hurt you, but helps burn away the negativity. (Some visualize a violet light emanating form the heart and spreading to surround their entire being while others visualize it pouring in through the crown.)

Repeat out loud for about five minutes and ask that the violet flame help transmute your negative energy to positive energy. Something along the lines of:

I ask the violet flame to transmute any and all heavy dense negative energy that is present in my atoms and transmute it to positive energy.  I ask that this transmutation occur in my physical body, my emotional body and my mental body, at all levels, in all dimensions and across all lifetimes the past, present and future.  (Say this out loud).

Visualize the crackling violet flame working on your body at an atomic level. Feel the flames. Do this for several minutes.

Once you are done, visualize the flames getting smaller. Then thank the violet flame and the angels of the seventh ray.  Visualize any excess energy being flushed out through your feet and into the ground.

The violet flame meditation is extremely powerful which you will realize with regular practice.  Although it has been stated that it doesn’t have any side effects, I would strongly recommend one begin and end this meditation with ample grounding techniques especially if you suffer from any ailments above the heart chakra like vertigo, dizziness, headaches etc.  Practice while seated in a chair with your feet touching the ground. If you practice while lying down you will fall asleep without getting a chance to flush out the excess energy that this generates. Maybe not immediately but over some time you might wake up one morning feeling top heavy, spaced out or with a migraine or vertigo.

I have included some links below:

Violet Flame Miracles and Benefits

http://www.violetflamemiracles.com/benefits.htm

The pdf to the Violet flame Meditation.  I found this a couple of years ago, but can’t remember where.

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2013 in review

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Happy New Year 2014!!!

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How to Attract the Things you Want

Originally posted on Karen Kubicko:

What do you want in your life? 

“Use whatever excuse you can to vibrate in harmony with those things you’ve been saying you want.

And when you do, those things that are a vibrational equivalent flow into your experience in abundance.

Not because you deserve it, not because you’ve earned it, but because it’s the natural consequence of the Law of Attraction.

That which is like unto itself is drawn.”

an awesome quote by Esther and Abraham Hicks

Like Attracts LikeOnce you understand that we are all really just vibrating energy and that like attracts like, life gets easier.

Look at an atom, it is a measurement of its vibration thus we are all made of atoms vibrating. Our aura is another energy field that is located in, through and around us. Everything has a vibration.

What you are emanating in a vibration comes to you. Our thoughts are vibrations.

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The Smiling Buddha Mudra for Negative Emotions like Depression, Worry, Fear, Anger, Impatience

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Sit comfortably on a chair or cross legged with your spine straight.

Bend you arms and place your elbows close to your body.

Maintain a 30 degree angle between the forearm and upper arm. Your forearms should be parallel to each other.

Now bend the little and ring fingers of both hands and press them down with the thumbs.

The index finger and middle finger are straight (comfortably straight for you not forced) and pointing upwards.

Close your eyes and focus your attention on the third eye region.

You may mentally chant Sa, Ta, Na, Ma (Infinity, Life, Death, Rebirth/Light)

Practice regularly for 10 minutes

This mudra opens the flow of energy to the heart and helps fight negative emotions like depression, worry, fear, anger, impatience

 

Debt Removal Ganesh Prayer

A Very Auspicious Diwali to everyone and a Happy New Year 2014!!! 

On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, prayers are offered to Lord Ganesh, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera to seek blessings of Wealth and prosperity.

Below I am sharing a prayer to Lord Ganesh for debt removal.

According to this prayer-

“Whoever reads this debt removal prayer daily for one year

Will undoubtedly become debt free

And in wealth will become equivalent to Lord Kubera, the Lord of Wealth”

Meditate on the form and qualities of Lord Ganesh while chanting this:

Sindoora varnam, dwibhujam Ganesam,

Lambodaram Padma dalay nivishtam,

Brahamadi devai pari sevya maanam,

Sidhair yutam tam Prana maami devam

I salute Lord Ganesh, who is of red color,

Who has two hands, who has a big paunch,

Who sits on a lotus flower.

Who is served by the likes of Lord Brahma and other devas,

And who is saluted by the most eminent sages.

Stotram/Prayer 

1. Srushtayadou brahmanaa samyak poojitah phala sidhi yay,

Sadaiva Parvati putra runa naasam karotu may.

Let the son of Goddess Parvati, by worshipping whom,

Lord Brahma got the power of creation, destroy all my debts.

2. Tripurasya vadhaat poorvam Shambhunaa samya garchitah,

Sadaiva Parvati putra runa naasam karotu may.

Let the son of Goddess Parvati, worshipped by Lord Shiva,

Before destroying the impious Tripuras, destroy all my debts.

3. Hiranya kasypaadeenaam vadhaarthe Vishun naarchita,

Sadaiva Parvati putra runa naasam karotu may.

Let the son of Goddess Parvati, worshipped by Lord Vishnu,

before killing Hiranya Kasipu, destroy all my debts.

4. Mahishasya vadhe devyaa Gana Natha Prapoojita,

Sadaiva Parvati putra runa nasam karotu may.

Let the son of Goddess Parvati, who was worshipped as Lord of Ganas,

By the goddess before killing Mahishasura, destroy all my debts.

5. Taarakasya vadhaath poorvam, kumarena prapoojitha,

Sadaiva Paarvathi putra runa nasam karotu may.

Let the son of Goddess Parvathi, worshipped by Lord Kartikeya,

Before killing Tarakasura, destroy all my debts.

6. Bhaaskarena Ganeshastu poojithash chavi sidhi ye,

Sadaiva Paarvati putra runa nasam karotu may.

Let the son of Goddess Parvati worshipped as Ganesa,

By sun god to for his radiance, destroy all my debts.

7. Shashinaa kaanti siddhiyartham poojito Gana Naayaka,

Sadaiva Paarvati putra runa naasam karo tu may.

Let the son of Goddess Parvati, worshipped as Lord of Ganas,

By the moon god to increase his light, destroy all my debts.

8. Paalanaaya cha tapasaa Viswamitrena poojitha,

Sadaiva Paarvati putra runa nasam karotu may.

Let the son of Goddess Parvati, who was worshipped by Viswamitra,

for protection of his penance/tapasya, destroy all my debts.

9. Idam thvrun haram stotram, teevra daridrya nashanam,

Eka vaaram pa thay nityam varsham ekam samaahita,

Daaridryam daarunam tyaktwa, Kubera samatam vrajet

Phadantoyam mahamantra Sardh pancha dasha aakshara

whoever reads this debt removal prayer daily for one year

Will undoubtedly become debt free

And in wealth will become equivalent to Lord Kubera, the Lord of Wealth

Followed by repetitions fo this mantra:

Aum Ganesh Rinam Siddhi

Varenyam Hum Nam Phat 

Repeat once for internal purification or

21 times

One who chants the above mantra 1000 times daily for 6 months becomes very dear to Ganesh.

The devotee is blessed with wealth equivalent to that of Lord Kubera, the Lord of Wealth and is blessed with wisdom and knowledge equivalent to that of Brihastpati-The Guru of the Gods/Devas

RInharta Stotra

Do You Want to Experience the Bliss of Samadhi Without the Union of Shakti and Shiva

samadhi-3bDo you want to experience the bliss of Samadhi without the union of Shakti and Shiva? A state of altered consciousness in which you experience the presence of and a  connection to a higher energy. Where you experience a sense of unity and oneness with every living organism. And all you feel is utter joy?

You can very quickly and effectively experience a sliver of this bliss through Bhavana Samadhi. Again I want to be very clear.  You are not attaining Samadhi, you are experiencing it briefly.

Previously I had shared my experience of immense bliss and a feeling of union of my mind and spirit with the Supreme Spirit. You can read more about it in the article-The Unstruck Sound which I just updated after I came upon some very interesting information recently.

Below is an abbreviated description from that article based upon my first hand experience of divine bliss.

“In the summer of 2007, I experienced spontaneous bliss. Words cannot begin to describe the feeling. Emotions of intense love and compassion flooded every fiber of my being. I felt a connection to every living organism and the presence of a force bigger and stronger became intelligible. Intense bliss took over. The hollowness of the material world at once became clear. The esoteric finally made sense. The only thing I remember that led to this state of ecstasy was that I was in a meditative state (not sitting and meditating, but going around my daily activities while meditating and preventing any thoughts from arising in my mind (chitta vrittii nirodh-preventing the rise of thoughts (vrittis) in the mind (chitta).”

If the mind can be thought free for a few hours you can experience this Samadhi. For me it lasted 3 days.

This type of bliss or Samadhi is called Bhavana Samadhi and can be achieved through meditation that involves ceasing of thoughts; just a form of meditation in which thought forms (vrittis) are not allowed to arise in the mind (chitta). You don’t have to be sitting for this meditation. You could be going around doing your daily activities. If you can sustain this for a few hours (anywhere between 1-4 hours, depending on the spirituality quotient of the practitioner) you WILL experience bliss or Samadhi. This type of Samadhi called Dhyan or Bhavana Samadhi is different from the Samadhi that one experiences from rigorous practice of Kundalini Yoga. During such Samadhi bliss is experienced through the union of the Kundali Shakti (the serpent power) with Shiva. Such a practitioner is bestowed with various psychic powers called siddhis (like ability to fly, walk on water, make oneself large or small or invisible etc). This siddha (perfected being) also has control over his own death. Meaning he can choose his time and day of when he wants to leave his physical body. But this process of raising the Kundalini Shakti up to the crown chakra using yogic methods can be very dangerous for the practitioner. (Some people were reported to have gone mad, so please approach this method with caution and under the guidance of a qualified guru). The results are permanent while in the former (Bhavan Samadhi) it is temporary.

When I experienced Bhavana Samadhi (bliss through meditation) a few years ago I had a lot of questions that went unanswered. I knew I had experienced something extraordinary, but not sure exactly what it was. Finally (6 years later) I came across an article by Swami Sivananda that helped answer my questions and finally help me understand what I had experienced. I have shared that resource below:

By Swami Sivananda:

“ In the first place, there are two main lines of Yoga, namely, Dhyana or Bhavana Yoga and Kundalini Yoga; and there is a marked difference between the two. The first class of Yoga is that in which ecstasy (Samadhi) is obtained by intellective processes (Kriya-Jnana) of meditation and the like, with the aid, it may be, of auxiliary processes of Mantra or Hatha Yoga (other than the rousing of Kundalini) and by detachment from the world; the second stands apart as that portion of Hatha Yoga in which, though intellective processes are not neglected, the creative and sustaining Sakti/energy of the whole body is actually and truly united with the Lord Consciousness. The Yogin makes Her introduce him to Her Lord, and enjoys the bliss of union through her. Though it is he who arouses Her, it is She who gives knowledge or Jnana, for She is Herself that. The Dhyana Yogin gains what acquaintance with the Supreme state his own meditative powers can give him and knows not the enjoyment of union with Siva in and through the fundamental Body-power. The two forms of Yoga differ both as to method and result. The Hatha Yogin regards his Yoga and its fruit as the highest; the Jnana Yogin may think similarly of his own. Kundalini is so renowned that many seek to know her. Having studied the theory of this Yoga, one may ask: “Can one get on without it?” The answer is: “It depends upon what you are looking for”. If you want to rouse Kundalini Sakti, to enjoy the bliss of union of Siva and Sakti through Her and to gain the accompanying powers (Siddhis), it is obvious that this end can be achieved only by the Kundalini Yoga. In that case, there are some risks incurred. But if Liberation is sought without desire for union through Kundalini, then, such Yoga is not necessary; for, Liberation may be obtained by Pure Jnana Yoga through detachment, the exercise and then the stilling of the mind, without any rousing of the central Bodily-power at all.

Instead of setting out in and from the world to unite with Siva, the Jnana Yogin, to attain this result, detaches himself from the world. The one is the path of enjoyment and the other of asceticism.

Samadhi may also be obtained on the path of devotion (Bhakti) as on that of knowledge. Indeed, the highest devotion (Para Bhakti) is not different from Knowledge. Both are Realisation. But, whilst Liberation (Mukti) is attainable by either method, there are other marked differences between the

two. A Dhyana Yogin should not neglect his body, knowing that as he is both mind and matter, each reacts, the one upon the other. Neglect or mere mortification of the body is more apt to produce disordered imagination than a true spiritual experience. He is not concerned, however, with the

body in the sense that the Hatha Yogin is. It is possible to be a successful Dhyana Yogin and yet to be weak in body and health, sick and short-lived. His body, and not he himself, determines when he shall die. He cannot die at will. When he is in Samadhi, Kundalini Sakti is still sleeping in the Muladhara, and none of the physical symptoms and psychical bliss or powers (Siddhis) described as accompanying Her rousing are observed in his case. The ecstasy which he calls “Liberation while yet living” (Jivanmukti) is not a state like that of real Liberation. He may be still subject to a suffering body from which he escapes only at death, when if at all, he is liberated. His ecstasy is in the nature of a meditation which passes into the Void (Bhavana-samadhi) effected through negation of all thought-form (Chitta-Vritti) and detachment from the world—a comparatively negative process (I like to call it a passive process~pardon the interjection from Yachna Yoga) in which the positive act of raising the Central Power of the body takes no part. By his effort, the mind which is a product of Kundalini as Prakriti Sakti, together with its worldly desires, is stilled so that the veil produced by mental functioning is removed from Consciousness. In Laya

Yoga, Kundalini Herself, when roused by the Yogin (for such rousing is his act and part), achieves for him this illumination.”

As simple as it sounds, it is not easy, but it is not impossible either. Below are a few tips to help along the way. You can come up with your own. 

Pick a day when you know you have more control over your day.

Depending on your schedule, you might want to pick a day that is not very hectic or demanding of your time and energy and attention. Any regular day that involves spending passive/laid back time with your family will do.

First and foremost rule number one and the most important-Do not engage in any internal conversations with yourself.

Be clear on your intent. What you want to accomplish. You want to experience bliss. But in order for that to happen one has to be thought free. So be in the moment. You can only talk about and think about what you are doing at that time. Your mind and attention should be focused only on the task at hand. No multitasking, No ‘mutithinking’. So if you are brushing your teeth, you should focus entirely just on that act. Observe your movements, and don’t let the mind space out and think about other things. Same thing applies if you were cooking or talking to someone. You can only focus on that one and only person, or the topic at the time. You have to cultivate the will power and determination to not get ‘carried away’ by a chain of thoughts.

Be in the moment and that’s it. Each time you space out, don’t get angry because even though it may feel like it, you are NOT starting from scratch. You don’t lose it all. But you become more aware of how often and how quickly you space out. So if you can keep yourself from spacing out you are on the right path.

Be around positive people and avoid the company of negative people. No negative thoughts and words.

Slow down your physical movements. Make them more deliberate. Slow down your breathing. Take your time; Just slow and natural belly breathing. No raspy, jerky or choreographed deep breathing. Only silky smooth, slow breaths.

Check for tense spots every now and then to make sure your energy is flowing freely. The jaw should not be tight or clenched. Tip of tongue on the fleshy palate behind the front teeth, mouth closed and upper and lower jaws slightly separated.

Good Luck!

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