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finding a safe dark place..

February 19, 2012

Last week, I discovered an incredibly heavy and dark space in meditation. Until that point, I had convinced myself that spaciousness was bright and luminous and sparkling white. Being wrong is a wonderful place to grow from. I perked right up and paid attention to the new sensations. Thanks to the tip from a wise woman, I have now been exploring what is called “the Cave of Brahman” in my sitting practice. It is literally in the center of the skull and is a quiet abode away from the monkey mind stuff in the frontal lobes of the brain.

Upon researching this dark cave, I came across an extensive article on Kriya Yoga (as mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita) in an online journal called Health Dimensions. While enjoying the detailed excerpt below, I was amazed at how skilled some writers are at including many facets of a three thousand year old tradition in a sweet and succinct fashion. Below are a few poetic lines. Read on for the full article “Mastering the Mind by Mastering the Breath”.

The Bhagavad Gita offers a solution to this eternal struggle between the mind and the Soul by making several references to Kriya Yoga – the yoga of action. “Offering the inhaling breath into the exhaling breath, the yogi neutralizes both breaths; thus he releases prana from the heart and brings life force under his control”. (Bhagavad Gita IV: 29) The interpretation is that the yogi arrests decay in the body by securing an additional supply of prana through quieting the action of the lungs and heart; he also arrests mutations of growth in the body by control of apana (eliminating current). Thus neutralising decay and growth, the yogi learns life-force control

Chapter 2, verse 65 in the Bhagavad Gita translates as: “When you gain self-control and self awareness by mastering the breath with meditation, you will feel divine bliss and all your sorrows will perish”. The minds and intellects of contented people are firmly established in the Self. With the help of Kriya yoga inhalation, by magnetizing the spine, one will discover the Self in the pituitary. The soul becomes the conductor of the mind and the senses – and life is established in wisdom, free from attachment and delusion.

Some may experience life as a pilgrimage; others see it as a vacation, yet its true purpose is to fulfill the cherished goal – Self-Realisation.

We are always creating and re-creating moments of our existence on earth and, if we choose to wisely direct our innate powers of creation, we then co-create with the universe that which the soul desires and seeks to experience for its evolution on earth and the journey back home.

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