Meditation: Subtler Practices for Yogic Well-Being
Facilitator : Prof. R S Bhogal
Dates: 29th and 30th Aug 2020
Time: 4:30 pm to 7:15 pm (Indian time)
The medium of the course: English
Duration of Course: 2 hours and 30 mints (excluding 15 min pause) per session
Total number of sessions: 2
Medium: Zoom meeting
Fees: INR 2000/-
“Yoga Meditation is the inwardly experiential process of transcendence that culminates into Absoluteness (Kaivalya), through states of Samadhi.”
“The felt sense of absoluteness” is verily the yogic Well-being that alone is the ultimate antidote to all existential maladies, as well as, spells a total self-worth and existential well-being in life & living.
“Tadaivaarthamatranirbhasam swarupashoonyamive Samadhih”: Patanjala Yoga Sutra: III: 3
“Samadhi is the culmination of meditation into a state when the meaning of the object of meditation shines forth with full comprehensiveness, devoid, as if, of form and nature of the object” (Patanjala Yoga Sutra: III: 3).
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“Na tasya Rogo Na Jara Na Mrityuh Praptasya Yogagnimaya Shariram”
“The person, attaining the body full of the fire of Yoga, will not have disease, old age and (untimely) death.” (Shvetashwatar Upanishad)
In Antaranga Yoga, in the scheme of Ashtanga Yoga, has three components viz. Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi which are considered a continuum, whereby all these practices are mutually interpenetrated and overlapping, essentially. Expressly, when practiced this manner, they unfold all our latent psychophysiological and transcendental/spiritual potentials. Continuity, amongst these components, is often overlooked, resulting into a disparate approach to these practices. This is far from the fact! While the word concentration denotes “doing” phenomenon, the stages of Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi are essentially “happening” ones, even though ‘yogic concentration (Samapatti)’ at the abstract awareness level ‘is expected from a meditation practitioner at these stages. Prerequisites of these practices include the consciously experienced effects of Pratyahara and other preceding practices of Bahiranga Yoga:
“Asanena samayuktah pranayamena samyutah
Prayaharena samyukto dharanashcha samabhyaset”
Antaranga Yoga indicates our journey into ‘Inward mode of Knowing’ (experiencing & transcending phenomenon) once ‘Outward Mode of Knowing’ (deliberate knowing phenomenon) of Bahiranga Yoga is accomplished.
It is aptly stated in Viveka Chudamani (477):
“Tatasthita bodhayanti guruvah shrutavo yatha
Prajnayaiva taret vidvanam ishwaranugrihitaya”
Simply acquiring the knowledge from masters and scriptures is akin to ‘merely sitting at the sea side’. Deeper insight, gained at the subjective and experiential level, would alone help the wise to transcend towards authentic effects of the yoga practice. Thus, it is clear that the authentic impact of yoga practices lies in its subjectively experiential phenomenon. Through this workshop, the facilitator intends to facilitate & expedite the experiential phenomenon, so as to help the participants to gain authentic effects of Yoga Meditation, as claimed for in ancient yogic scriptures.
Need of the Samadhi oriented Subtler Meditative Practices:
What we refer to, popularly, as techniques of meditation are factually the Dharana techniques. At times, on practical grounds, a big gap is felt by the meditator, between Dharana and an actual state of Dhyana (meditation), as techniques of Dharana does not often lead one to meditation. Samadhi oriented meditation practices often prove to be quite helpful, in leading us into the process and state of meditation. Thus, with the help of Samadhi oriented subtler meditational practices, a high probability is created for Sadhaka to get led into meditation, expeditiously. As per P.Y.S., Samapatti & Dharana lead one into the stage of pratyaya which is a prerequisite for the stage of meditation. Pratyaya is an ‘intangibly abstract & blissful’ experiential phenomenon. When Pratyaya is continued for a while, there happens meditation. Samadhi oriented subtler meditational practices help prolong the stage of Pratyaya, thereby facilitating an early happening of meditation.
- Understanding concept and nature of experiential phenomena of Yoga, in general, and that of meditation, in particular.
- Infusing experiential phenomena into the techniques of Pratyahara, Samapattiand Dharana, being practiced, in this workshop.
- Understanding and practicing Samadhioriented subtler meditation techniques.
- Infusing experiential inputs into the techniques of Samprajnat Yoga Pradesh.
- Interactive sessions for a better understanding of the concept and practice of meditation towards a maximum benefits from the workshop.
i) Understanding the relevance of Yogic Life Styleand Yogic Well-being for the modern man.
ii) Understanding concept and practice of select scriptural meditational techniques for helping us to achieve a yogic response pattern so that we remain un-flinched, serene yet fully wakeful & alert, amidst all existential chaos around.
iii) Introduction to the practical stages of meditation for overcoming traumatic incidences in life, particularly under the current pandemic environment.
iv) Preparing oneself for Meditative experience, through understanding basic tenets from Samkhya, PYSand Upanishads.
v) Practices from Vasishtha Samhita, Siddhasiddhantapaddhati, Patanjala Yoga Sutra, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Shiva Samhita etc.
vi) Preparing oneself for Meditative experience, through practices from Upanishadicand Tantra literature: Breathing Awareness Techniques and Kriya Yoga and other techniques towards preparing one for Dharana
vii) Andriya (sense) Pratyahara, Bahir-lakshya, Pancha Kosha Dharana, Pancha Bhoota Pralaya Dharana, Akasha Dharana along with Chakra and Bija Mantra,leading to Dhyana
viii) Instant Meditation Techniques during busy hours.
i) Yoga Meditation is found to help gain sufficient awareness of realities around, enabling us to have a sense of responsibility and Emotional Intelligence that, in turn, enable us to do our duties/tasks diligently. As a result, one can feel upward mobility in his/her professional and familial lives.
ii) Inclination towards subtler experiences, courage and sense of initiative and a ‘proactive service spirit’ are enhanced, as per qualitative research findings.
iii) It has been found to be as a useful measure in preventing exacerbation in certain cases of borderline schizophrenia, as well as, mental & physical traumas, if given in consultation with psychiatrists.
iv) Yoga Meditation has been found to be a ‘First Aid’ measure for all Non-Clinical Anxiety &
v) Non Clinical Depression and thus may help prevent Clinical phase of these psychogenic conditions.
vi) Shiva Samhita says,“…………Sadyah shrama vinashay Swayam yogi vicakshanah,” the participants would know the technique through which a practitioner can get rid of all types of tiredness any fears within a short period of time.
vii) Clinical observations have evidenced that the Absolute Joy, accruing from YogaMeditation, has ameliorating effects in the conditions of insomnia, migraine, tension headache, body ache, hypertension, diabetes anxiety and almost all Stress Related Emotional Disorders. It has proved to be a preventive measure for common ailments too.
viii) Quick Meditation Practices are beneficial for one’s professional life.
Prof. R. S. Bhogal is Joint Dir. Research at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, with more than thirty years of research and teaching experience. Formerly, Principal of Yoga College of Kaivalyadhama (Lonavla), he is Editor-in-Chief of Yoga Mimamsa (a biannual scientific Journal) of Kaivalyadhama, and is author of seven books, including
i) Psycho-physiology of Traditional Yoga (in Korean)
ii) Yoga and Modern Psychology (in English and German)
iii) Yoga and Mental Health and Beyond (published in English, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese & Korean languages)
iv) Yoga-Psychology & Beyond (English).
Prof. Bhogal is credited with a large number of scientific papers and is a recipient of many National & International awards and accolades. Widely travelled for spreading the message of classical meditation in many cities across Asia, America and Europe, he is meditation expert of International repute
YOGA MEDITATION: EASY TRADITIONAL PRACTICES
29. 08. 2020
4.30 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. (Break: 5.45 p.m.-5.55 p.m.)
6. 00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. (Interaction : 7.00 p.m.-7.30 p.m.
Concept of Subtler Meditation Practice, Yogic Lifestyle & Yogic Well-being : Traditional & psycho-physiological perspectives: 10 min.
Chakra Dharana, using Omkar, leading to meditative states: 15 min.
Introduction & practice of techniques: Yogic Eye Closure, Breathing Awareness (two variants), Thought Awareness, Body Awareness, Feeling Awareness, Mind Awareness and Self Awareness leading to Dharana & Dhyana. Role of Kriya Yoga & Kapalabhati to the above mentioned techniques, along with practical sessions:40 min.
Aindriya (sense) Pratyahara & Ananta Samapatti practices with Chakra (Vyapini & Brahma Shikhar) leading to Classical method of Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita ( Practice in supine & seated postures):30 min.
Subtler practices of Bhramari Pranayama & Omkar leading to Meditation: 20 min. Revisit of the journey from Effulgent Akasha Dharana to Meditation. with Bija Mantra & Chakras leading to meditation: 20 min.
Classical mode of Practice of Omkar/Amin/Aamen, followed by Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita:15 min
30. 08. 2020
4.30 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. (Break:5.45 p.m.- 5.55 p.m.)
6: 00 a.m. to 7: 00 p.m. (Interaction:7.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.)
Fourfold path of subtler practices, leading towards Samadhi: I .Five Basic Elements, .tip of the Nose, Heart, Ajna Chakra etc. ii. Tanmatra iii. Five Jnanendriyas iv. Watching the Self, leading to meditation(seated):20 min
Shodus Adhar Pratyahara (two Adharas viz. i Moon in Bhrumadhya ii. Bundle of light in forehead.), followed by Sense Pratyahara leading to Meditation:20 min.
Pratyahara of Vasishtha Samhita, followed by Bahirlakshya Dharana culminating into Yoga Meditation along with Six Chakras followed by Vyapini Chakra & Brahma Shikhar (Supine): Transcending all traumas, mental disturbances: 40 min
Pancha Bhoot Pralaya Dharana leading to Meditation: Practice of Dharana with Bija Mantras Aing, Hrim, Shring, before the practice of Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita (Practical Session): 40min.
Pancha Kosha Dharana followed by guidance for Instant Meditation Techniques. Finally, important points of recapitulation for daily practice.20 min.
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