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Lesson 225 -
Clearing the Clouds (Audio)
Date: Tue Aug 17, 2004 11:38am
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Q: I am impressed with your simplicity in explaining complicated subject
like Yoga and meditation. I started practicing the pranayama -spinal
breathing for approximately 10 mins followed by 15 to 20 mins of meditation
using mantra and about 10 mins rest, twice a day from August 9, 2004. On
August 11 evening, I had wonderful feelings, free mind with lot of
creativity and energy for the first time in my life. I am very sorry to say
this incident never repeated till today even though there is no change in my
routine. What could be wrong?
A: It is wonderful that you have had such a clear experience in your early
days of meditation. The variation in experience does not mean anything is
wrong. It is not unusual for experiences to change over time as we proceed
with long term daily meditation. As impurities become gradually less in our
nervous system, the experience will become gradually clearer.
Think of it as
a slowly clearing cloudy sky. Even on a cloudy day we might see the sun
shining through occasionally. Then, over time, as the clouds become less and
less, the sun is visible more of the time. Eventually it is all sun. That is
how pure bliss consciousness comes up in a purifying nervous system.
Remember to keep your attention on regular daily practices, rather than on
the ups and downs of experiences. The practices will keep our journey going
steadily forward. Experiences will vary according to how purification is
progressing in our nervous system at any given time.
Also keep in mind that we get used to rising pure bliss consciousness very
fast, and the contrast will not be noticed as much after a few days of more
clarity. Then we become eager for the next level of clarity. The ups and
downs and the plateaus in experience are a normal part of the journey - the
scenery, if you will. This is also true when ecstatic experiences arise.
There is always more. Once we have glimpsed the divine coming from within we
are hungrier for God.
Keep up practices over the long term, and your experiences will become
gradually clearer as your nervous system becomes pure, eventually giving you
the experience of ecstatic bliss all the time.
I wish you all success on your chosen spiritual path.
The guru is in you.
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