Meditation: The Art of Calming the Mind

Facilitator: Prof. R. S. Bhogal 

Medium of Communication: English

Day: Saturday and Sunday

Duration of Each Session: 2 days, 3 hours session (with 15 minutes of pause)  

Dates: 1st and 2nd May 2021

Time: 16:30 to 19:30 pm (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT) 

Fees: 2,100/- INR

Medium: Online Class (Zoom meeting)

Yoga Vasishtha defines Yoga as,
“Manoprashamanopayah yogoityabhidhiyate”
The means of calming down the mind is known as Yoga

Mind, remains perhaps the most enigmatic phenomenon-unfathomable, perennially edgy, uniquely elusive, least researched and understood, most talked about and yet most relevant.

Yogic and Modern Perspectives of Dynamics of Mind:

The cartesian theory says that volitional acts of the body are the cause of the volitional acts of the mind. This Mind-body dualism of Rene Descartes has been summarily rejected by Ryle (1949), who thought that there may not necessarily be any reasoning and complex intellectual operations involved behind a skilful act. Ryle further asserts that the working of the mind may be better conceptualized as the action of the body which might pertain to propensities and dispositions. 

The Citta Concept of Yoga fits well with the Rylean concept of Mind (BG: II: 62, 63). Citta is considered as a storehouse of all Samskaras i.e. enduring deep-rooted impressions which are known to moderate our thoughts, actions and behavioural patterns that, in turn, have implications for our future well-being. Thus, both Rylean and Yogic views advocate moderating the dynamics of mind, towards human wellness & well-being. 

Mind According to Kathopanishad:

Kathopanishad conceives the human body as a chariot with its five horses likened to the five senses; the reign, tied to the horses, as mind, as well as, the operator of the chariot as buddhi (intellect) and the owner of the chariot as the Atman (soul). Thus, the mind is considered as the medium for operating all human activities. If calmed down and controlled adequately, the mind can become a good medium for Buddhi to control and employ the senses, towards accomplishing a task successfully. Thus, even though the mind is considered a perennially disturbed entity, yet it is the mind only, through which a task can be executed, including the practice of Yoga. All yoga practices, including mantras, would strengthen the Buddhi with sattva guna. Empowered with sattva guna the buddhi becomes stable and starts taking proper decisions. By virtue of getting enriched with sattva guna, the buddhi establishes a liaison with the Atman. Thus, we are said to be dictated by the divine wish and, in the process, achieve a psycho-physiologically balanced state.

How Yoga Pre-empts and Treats Stress, Anxiety and Emotional Disorders?

  • ABHYASA leads to Psycho-spiritual-physiological  Comprehensive Awareness directly.

  • VAIRAGYA (i.e. non-attachment) creates background preparation for Comprehensive Freedom.

  • AMURTA BHAVA Neutral State of Attention, indicated by Abstract Awareness, is the bed-rock of Samapattis, Dharana and Dhyana. In the process, Citta-Prana Interaction is restored to its best, making us transcend all existential disorders. Yoga practices try to bring these internal sensations to the field of our comprehensive awareness. The ensuing sensory feedback phenomenon brings a conscious control on all our internal activities and thus comprehensive healing takes place, leaving the mind calm, composed and tranquil.

Outline of the Workshop

  • Understanding of Modern and Yogic views of the mind for calming and controlling it effectively.
  • Practical understanding of the nature of the Dhyana practices, along with their easy ways of practice, for evidencing ecstatic Absolute Joy, for getting rid of disturbing state of mind instantly. Some quick-fire meditation techniques would also be shared in the workshop.
  • Brief understanding of Nine Chakras and practical ways to experience the associated altered states of awareness.
  • Significance of Ajna Chakra, Sahasrara Chakra, Vyapini Chakra and Brahma Shikhar, as well as, sharing practical ways in tapping these Chakras, in achieving the ability to gain and maintain the calm and composed state of mind.
  • Insight into all the three Breathing Awareness Techniques. Selected practices from Shodus Aadhar, simple breathing oriented Pratyahara and Dharana Practices from Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, living traditions from Himalayan Ashrams, as well as, basic tenets and down-to-earth stages of the practical Dhyana, from Upanishads.
  • Practical tips for making the Dhyana a success, every time we practice it.

Benefits of Meditation (i.e. Dhyana) for the Canalizing Calm and Composed Mind

  • As per Kathopanishad  (I: 4: 2), our journey of transcending the worldly miseries should start from Cidakasha. Meditation techniques, based on this premise, would enrich us in accessing the ecstatic state of Prasada at Will, even during trying times in our professional and family lives.
  • In case of disturbed states of mind, fraught with anxiety, depression and other psychosomatic disorders, the occurrence of frequent mental tensions due to hormonal imbalance, there is a sure remedy in meditative techniques, selected for your benefits.
  • Quick techniques of meditation would help in maintaining a calm and composed disposition, irrespective of the nature of happenings around.
  • Frequent experience of absolute Joy, experienced from traditional Dhyana techniques, would cleanse your samskaras (enduring psycho-physiological impressions), freeing you from many complexes an easy way, coupled with enhanced general awareness and perceptual clarity, It helps fulfil all your ambition in a most enjoyable way paving way for your long-desired inward delight.      

About the Facilitator:

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 biennial 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 (in English, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese & Korean)
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 sympathetic and ready-to-help disposition.

Advance Meditation Workshops, Advance Meditation Courses
Prof. R. S. Bhogal
Facilitator

Please note that the practices and their sequence are subject to change, as per the circumstances and flow of the session

1. 05. 2021

Lecture: 16.30 to 17.30

1

i. Modern & Yogic concept of mind in the context of Karma Samskar: How Dhyana helps

ii. Dhyana Process: Basic tenets from Hatha Yoga & Patanjala Yoga: Simple explanation.

iii. Dhyana: Preparation: mental, dietary; preparatory practices: 15 min.

2

Understanding  Pratyahara, Samapatti  Dharana & Dhyana as a continuum culminating into Samadhi

Three Breathing Awareness Technique – leading to Sense Pratyahara – Chakra Arousal Technique through  Subtler Omkar/Ameen/Amen: 25 min.

3

Practical tips for entering into the state of Dhyana, through Pratyahara & Dharana: 10 min.  

Kriya Yoga:  Tapah, Swadhyaya, Ishwara Pranidhana:  (practical session) leading to Meditation in supine posture: 25 min.

4

17.40 to 18.00: Followed by Interactive session

1. 05. 2021

Lecture: 18.15 to 19.15

1

Antah-karana (mind-intellect-ego)

Dharana: leading to Pratyahara followed by Prakriti-Laya Darana and meditative state: 15 min.

2

Concept of Chakras: How to transcend Chakras, followed by Panch-vidh Akasha

Dharana:  followed by Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita: Feeling Vyapini Chakra & Brahma Shikhar through  Bahyakasha, Antarakasha and Cidakasha, during Supine Meditation: 20 min.

3

Kriya Yoga Practice followed by Agni Purana Dharana & Lakshya Traya Dharana; followed by Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita: 25 min.

4

19.15 to 19.30: Followed by Interactive Session/Quick Meditation Techniques

2. 05. 2021

Lecture: 16.30 to 17.30

1

Pratyahara of Vasishtha Samhita, followed by selected practices from the Shodus Adhar and Antarlakshya, leading to seated Meditation: 25 min.

2

Practice of quick meditation techniques for calming down the mind, followed by Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita (Practical Session):45min.

3

17.40 to 18.00: Followed by Interactive Session

2. 05. 2021

Lecture: 18.15 to 19.15

1

Interactive session; Recap. Of the Dhyana Practices (Practical Tips for quick techniques)  and Meditation practice incorporating the tips (seated): 35 min.

2

Panch-kosh Pratyahara, followed by Amrita Dharana along with subtler Omkar leading to Supine  Meditation: 25 min.

3

19.15 to 19.30: Followed by Interactive session/Quick Meditation Techniques

Recording: Recordings will be provided for duration of 7 days, post-workshop. Please be mindful that we are sharing the recording/s in a good faith to support you in your practices or study. Please honor its intellectual property rights by not downloading it on your device or forward it to any other person

Participation Certificate: At the end of the workshop you will get a certification of participation. Please register with the name you would like to receive a certificate with. 

Registration

Requirement

Zoom app downloaded on your tab, smartphone or PC / Laptop with internet connection.

Fees

Standard Fees
INR 2,100/- 
USD 30

Support Fees
INR 3,100/-
USD 45

Date and Timings

Dates: 1st and 2nd May 2021

Time: 16:30 to 19:30 pm (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT) 

No refund will be available for this Workshop.

Please pay and book your spot through the link above. We will send you email instructions with credentials post registration.

Query for this workshop? Please email us – onlineworkshops@kdham.com

Standard Fees

  Rs. 2,100/- 

$30

Support Fees

Rs. 3,100/- 

$45

Your kind gesture will help us support poor patients, education for needy, gaushala, organic farming, herb plantation and yoga research at Kaivalyadhama.

Basic Fees   

Rs. 2,100/- 

Support Fees

Rs. 3,100/- 

Basic Fees 

$30

Support Fees

$45

No refund will be available for this Workshop.

Please pay and book your spot through the link above. We will send you email instructions with credentials post registration.

Query for this workshop? Please email us – onlineworkshops@kdham.com