Simple Process of meditation
The bed of silence becomes deeper and more expansive. Visualise and feel an ocean of silence with gentle soft waves of OM on it. Now merge into complete silence and reach the stage of Ajapá (no repetition). This silence is the source of Creativity, Power, Knowledge and Bliss. Remain in this state for a while.
· From this deep ocean of silence in the heart region, let one OM emerge as an audible sound which diffuses into the entire body and the space all around. Enjoy the beautiful vibrations.
· Blink the eyes slowly, gently open the eyes and come out of meditation.
· Try to touch this state of deep rest and inner silence several times in the day whenever you have some free time.
THE SCIENCE OF EMOTIONS' CULTURE
A. Harnessing the "Right Brain"
Brain researchers have found that the right lobe of the brain is the seat of emotions, creativity, etc. which we have been calling as the “heart”. The “head” representing the intellect has its abode in the left lobe of the brain. Modern science has helped to develop the left brain but the right one is grossly neglected. This lopsided growth is at the base of most of the modern aliments and increasing unrest and decreasing quality of life. Thus, harnessing the right brain has become very necessary.
Bhakti yoga or the Yoga of devotion aims to fill this need. This science of emotions' culture develops the right brain, purifies the emotions and elevates man to experience ecstatic bliss of Divinity.
Bhakti Lahari audio cassettes of sVyasa consist of Prayers, Slokas, Námávalis, Bhajans, Chants, etc. These devotional songs harness the emotional personality through the science of emotion culture by invoking, amplifying and diffusing the emotions. Through release of emotional suppressions you can acheive better health, harmonious growth of head and heart, and great bliss.
B. Physiology of Emotions
In thinking, changes are confined predominently to the skull region. When any thought persists, it intensifies, triggering the centres of emotions in the right brain and limbic cortex. This discharges nerve impulses that activate the sympathetic nervous system and also releases hormones that are transmitted through the blood stream. This in turn sets off a series of chain reactions resulting in wide- spread physiological changes.
The emotions are thus, felt all over the body such as tears in the eyes, choking in the throat, rushing of blood to the face, goose-flesh, etc. At their termination the nervous system slowly returns to normal. The changes due to emotions or feelings are more intense and lasting compared to mere thinking.
C. Káma, Prema and Bhakti
Love is one of the most powerful emotions manifest in all beings. At its grossest level, it projects itself as lust. This Káma is insatiable and energy-sapping. Its effect is like a tempest after sunset. Selfishness reigns supreme in this. But Prema (pure love) is elevating. Its gentle spring always remains fresh. Featured by Tyága (sacrifice), the lover finds his happiness in that of his beloved. “Tat Sukha Sukhitvam” is the formula, says Nárada. Much greater is the bliss of Prema compared to the joy of Káma.
Bhakti is Prema (love) with total surrender. With the “Saranágati” of himself and his ego at the feet of the Lord, man merges himself into his Lord culminating in sáksatkára. In this state, the Bhakta experiences an ecstatic bliss.