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Lesson 190 - Sambhavi During Meditation?  (Audio)

From: Yogani
Date: Mon May 17, 2004 0:36pm

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Q: I know you do not instruct developing sambhavi during meditation. I have got it pretty well developed in spinal breathing, and now it is happening in meditation without any effort. Is this okay?

A: Yes, this is how it should happen. Meditation is a much more delicate process than spinal breathing, so we use our spinal breathing sessions to do our development work with mudras and bandhas. We make a habit of sambhavi during spinal breathing, so we don't even have to think about it. With the habit in place, as soon as we sit and close our eyes, they go toward the point between the eyebrows. Then we begin our spinal breathing with attention going up and down in the spinal nerve and the eyes automatically continue to favor that direction toward our slightly furrowed brow. When ecstatic conductivity comes up, then we have great pleasure coursing through the whole nervous system as a direct result of sambhavi, and it becomes a habit of ecstasy we do very naturally.

In meditation, the process of favoring the mantra is easy but delicate, and so we are stingy with our attention, not volunteering it for developing or doing other practices while we are meditating. While we are meditating, we just meditate. Even so, if we have developed good yoga habits during spinal breathing, things will occur during meditation without our attention being used to sustain them, and we can let them be there.

Siddhasana is a good example of this. Once we have the habit of siddhasana, it takes no attention or effort to sit in it, even as it is naturally energizing whatever practice we may be doing while we are sitting in it, including meditation.

Sambhavi becomes like that too. In fact, once sambhavi becomes a habit, tied in with the pleasure of ecstatic conductivity between the third eye and the root, then it becomes a natural part of all our practices, including meditation. Let's not fool ourselves on this though. If we find ourselves favoring the development of the "sambhavi habit" with our attention during meditation, then we should easily come back to the mantra. That is always the procedure. When we notice our attention has gone off to anything else during meditation, then we easily come back to the mantra. This does not preclude automatic habits developed in our spinal breathing sessions from naturally arising in meditation. In this way, over time, we find non-distracting habits of siddhasana, mulabandha, sambhavi, kechari and other mudras and bandhas occurring naturally during meditation. This is how it happens. Always follow the procedure of meditation, easily favoring the mantra over whatever else that draws the attention, and the rest will happen naturally.

This is how our inner silence and rising ecstatic energies come to blend in the dance of divine lovemaking. The persistent nudging of our nervous system in these ways through yoga leads to a transformation of our experience of life to unending ecstatic bliss.

Enjoy!

The guru is in you.


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Note: For detailed instructions on the procedure of deep meditation, see the AYP Deep Meditation book.  For detailed instructions on sambhavi mudra, see the AYP Asanas, Mudras and Bandhas book. Also see AYP Plus.

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