Samyama for Health, Harmony and Success
Facilitator: Prof. R. S. Bhogal
Medium of Communication: English
Duration of Program: 2.15 hours session each day (with 15 minutes of pause after the first hour)
Dates: 26th, 27th and 28th Dec 2020 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
Time: 4:30 pm to 7:15 pm (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT)
Fees: 3100/- INR
Medium: Zoom meeting
What is Samyama?
Comprehensive Channelization of Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi, as a unified state of consciousness, a forerunner to realization of the Ultimate Reality, is Samyama.
“Trayamekatra samyamah” (P.Y.S. III: 4): Coherence of Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi, on the same object, is Samyama.
Need of the Samyama in Life & Living for the Modern Man
Quest for knowing the Ultimate Reality (Ritambhara Prajna) is considered as the innate nature & need of man, as per the Yogic Science & Philosophy. Mankind has realized, through its long past, the Eternal State of Happiness can be achieved only and only through knowing the Ultimate Reality. The more we are nearer realities, happier we become. Sooner we understood this yogic wisdom, the better off would the Humanity be!
Metaphysically speaking, more the reality perception is, the more would be existential well-being. Physiologically too, the more we become aware of our psycho-physiological phenomena the better would be Sensory Feedback, resulting into a better healing taking place within the body-brain level. Samyama is the stellar practice mode of yoga, mentioned in Vibhuti Pada of Patanjala Yoga Sutra (P.Y.S.).
Scientific & Philosophical Bases of Dhyana
1) Researches done by burrow (1950) and certain experiments, conducted by Swami Kuvalayananda in 1956, point out: Yoga Meditation has the element of Absolute-Deep-Serene Joy inbuilt, which, according to Bhagwat Gita (II: 65) removes all existential miseries. This joy referred to as Prasada (Transcendental Joy) is the very source of such powers which can well be applied to regaining and maintaining Health, Harmony and Success in one’s life & living.
2) It has also been hypothesized (Rajapurkar, 2003) that regular yoga & meditation may liberate in the cerebro-spinal fluid some ‘neurotransmitter’, and ‘endorphin’ or an ‘opoid’, which, if lighter than cerebro-spinal fluid, will travel upwards along the ‘central canal’ of the spinal cord and reach the ‘lateral ventricles’ of the brain. These chemicals on reaching the thalamus and hypothalamus may produce ‘extra sensory perception’ leading to Ananda or Bliss.
3) Interestingly, Vibhutis, the ‘supernormal’ powers, as they are often termed, are considered as natural bye products of one’s yogic journey and are considered sure sign of success into Antaranga Yoga, as per Patanjala Yoga. Being Vibhutis, the use of Samyama is permissible for Health, Harmony and Success, while its misuse is normally not possible. Patanjali has cautioned against getting indulged in such powers lest these tend to block one’s progress into higher stages of consciousness in the path towards Kaivalya.
Mechanism of Samyama Practice, using Kriya Shakti, Iccha Shakti & Jnana Shakti
1) During the preliminary phases of meditation, certain sensitive responses are felt, within the whole body. This abstract awareness, when persisted with, creates an ascending pranic flow.
2) One may “feel”, subjectively, as ‘moving through higher Chakras (Ajna Chakra, Sahasrara Chakra, Vyapini Chakra)’, until one subjectively ‘feels’ as moving towards Brahma Shikhar. When an extreme ‘bliss’ (Prasada) is felt then one may feel ‘descending flow of ‘prana’ through the whole body.
3) At this stage, one may ‘feel’ like directing the descending flow on the desired part of the body or through the whole body for healing purposes. Feeling of the “desired successes” or the “desired harmony”, likewise, may also be ‘attempted’ during the ‘felt’ sense of descending flow.
Outline of the Work-Shop
- What are Classical Yoga and Dhyana? Scriptural and Psycho-Physiological Understanding for practicing Dhyana.
- Concepts of Pratyahara, Samapatti, Dharana & Dhyana as per Patanjala Yoga Sutra (PYS) and Shiva Samhita.
- Understanding the concept & relevance of Samyama for practical purposes
- Preparing oneself for Meditative experience, through practices from Upanishadic and Tantra literature: Breathing Awareness Techniques, Sagarbha Pranayama and Kriya Yoga and other techniques towards preparing one for Dharana
- Ancient techniques of Pratyahara & Dharana from Vasishtha Samhita, Siddhasiddhantapaddhati, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and other scriptures, leading to Dhyana
- Panch-vidh Akash Dharana leading to Dhyana, Shiva Samhita Meditation: Concept & practice, with discussion
- Antar-lakshya & Pancha Kosha Dharana leading to Dhyana (as per the concept of Manasah sthitinibandhani found in PYS (I: 35)
- Monitoring the process of Dhyana through energy centers (Chakras), as a preparation for Samyama practice experience
- Instant Meditation Techniques & tips for daily practice of Samyama
Benefits of the Practice
- As per Bhagwat Gita (II: 65), “the Absolute Joy (Prasada) destroys all miseries and makes the intellect stable.” The work-shop would lead you towards Absolute Joy for tackling your own problems effectively, through Samyama.
- Clinical observations have evidenced that the Absolute Joy, accruing from Yoga Meditation, 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. Employing Samyama would further help in tackling all such maladies.
- As 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 almost instantly.
- One can learn to use Samyama for tackling psychophysiological problems with advantage, through the training of attention. Samyama helps one become enriched with purposefulness in life & living, as well as, a rare inward peace, harmony & success in one’s life related endeavors.
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 of International repute.
SAMYAMA for HEALTH, HARMONY & SUCCESS
Practices are subject to change/modifications, as per the need felt during the course of the Work-shop
Conceptual understanding and examples of Samyama in Patanjala Yoga Sutra(PYS)
Introduction & practice of techniques: Yogic Eye Closure, Breathing Awareness (three 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
Subtler practice of Omkar leading to Meditation: 20 min.
-> Revisit of the journey from Effulgent Akasha Dharana to Meditation. with Bija Mantra & Chakras leading to meditation
Chakra Dharana, using Omkar, leading to meditative states: 15 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)
Classical mode of Practice of Omkar/Amin/Aamen, followed by Supine Meditation of Shiva Samhita
i. Systematic understanding of the meditation process and tackling difficulties
ii. Subtler tips with actual practical experiences along with interaction
Reasoning, basic tenets and practical tips for sure-fire happening of meditation solving difficulties following the Self-Practice by participants
Dhyana leading to Sahasrara Cakra: Practical methods
Dhayana leading to Vyapini Cakra: Practical methods
Dhyana leading to Brahma Shikhar: Practical methods.
-> Technique to experience effects associated with different Chakras followed by Samyama technique
-> Practice of Samyama for channelizing Prana energy for Health & Healing: Practical session
Pancha Bhoot Pralaya Dharana leading to Self Practice of Meditation leading to Self Practice of Samyama for Health & Healing 40min.
Lakshya Traya Dharana culminating into Yoga Meditation along with Six Chakras followed by Vyapini Chakra & Brahma Shikhar (Supine)
-> Transcending all traumas, mental disturbances and achieving Health though Samyama: Practical Session
-> Practice of Samyama for achieving Harmony at home, work place and with one’s living environment.
Pancha Kosha Dharana followed by practice of Samyama for achieving Success
-> Finally, important points of recapitulation towards daily practice
Instructions to Learners registering for the workshop: Please be seated in peaceful place with your yoga mate.
Recordings will be available for 7 days post workshop.
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 certificate with. Please note that we will not change the name on your certificate after it will be issued to you. Thank you.
Zoom app downloaded on your tab, smartphone or PC / Laptop with internet connection.
Rs. 3,100/- INR
Date and Timings
Date: 26th, 27th and 28th Dec 2020
Time: 4:30 pm to 7:15 pm (Indian time; +5:30 hrs GMT)