AYP Home

Home   Main Lessons   Tantra Lessons   Support Forums   Interviews   Videos   Books-eBooks-AudioBooks
Topic Index    Site Search    Links Section    Testimonials   
AYP Survey    Traffic    Downloads    Contact

 








Events & Training


AYP Retreats
Worldwide Listing


Weekly Global
Meditation and
Healing Samyama


Local Contacts
Meditation Groups,
Training & Retreats


Key L
essons

Lesson Tweets

Start Lessons Here

Desire - Bhakti

Deep Meditation

Self-Pacing

Spinal Breathing
Pranayama


Chakras

Mulabandha

Sambhavi Mudra

Asanas - Postures

Siddhasana

Yoni Mudra
Kumbhaka


Uddiyana - Nauli

Navi Kriya

Kechari Mudra

Chin Pump
Jalandhara


Samyama & Siddhi

Spinal Bastrika
Pranayama


Heart Breathing

Yoga Nidra
Cosmic Samyama


Mantra Enhancements

Solar Centering

Tantra

Brahmacharya

Vajroli Mudra

Whole Body Mudra

Yogic Diet

Fasting

Addictions

Hallucinogens

Shatkarmas

Amaroli

Nectar Cycle

Kundalini Assistance

Sensitivity Issues

Spirits & Entities

Shaktipat

Self-Inquiry
Jnana-Advaita


End of Suffering

Karma Yoga

Dare to Dream

Evolution of Action

Prayer & Healing

Yoga for Children

Ayurveda

Summary of Practices

Time Management

Modifications to
Baseline System


Teaching

Retreats

Enlightenment
Milestones


Freedom

More Resources

Alternate AYP Website

Support Forums

AYP Survey

audioicon1.jpg (812 bytes)
AYP on Radio & TV

Yoga FAQ

Sanskrit Glossary

AYP Books & Audio

Downloads

AYP Books Flyer

Extended Booklist

International
Translations


Press Releases

Articles & Media

Promotional
Materials


Website Statistics

AYP-Related Websites

Social Networks

Volunteer

Donate
                        

Advanced Yoga Practices
Main Lessons
Previous  |  Next  >

Note: For the complete lessons, with additions, see the AYP Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Books.

Lesson 358 - Can I Trust the Mantra?

From: Yogani
Date: August 26, 2009

New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the web archive, as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why This Discussion?"



Q: I am quoting from Lesson 355 on the finer points of deep meditation procedure, a sentence there that has triggered my question:

"Or we may be in stillness, barely aware we have gone off the mantra. In that case we favor the mantra as stillness itself. That last one may seem to be a paradox favoring something in nothing"

It seems to me that I am handing over everything to the mantra, giving all power and control to the mantra. Extremely put it means kind of making the mantra to be my God. Can the mantra be my God? And it is at the base of an essential question: Can I trust the mantra?


A: The mantra is a vehicle for systematically opening awareness to your inner silence, your Self. The process is quite mechanical. This does not mean you cannot make any part of the process sacred, your chosen ideal, including the mantra. However, ultimately, bhakti will expand to the Self, which is also God, your essential nature, and the essential nature of all that is. That relationship is according to each individual's inclinations, and, therefore, no one else can define what it will be for you.

So what more can I tell you about the mantra? Not much more than has been said in the AYP writings already. It is what it is. How you regard it is your own inner process.

Can you trust the mantra and deep meditation, the simple procedure that refines the mantra repeatedly into your own stillness? I can only tell you what it has been for me, and others will do the same. In my case the experience goes back nearly four decades, but it does not take that long to develop a sense of what is true. In your heart you will know.

It is really your own Self you are asking about. Can you trust your own Self? We all come to it gradually over time. It is a slow surrender to who and what we are. Unbounded pure bliss consciousness!

The guru is in you.

Note: For detailed instructions on deep meditation, see the Deep Meditation book.

Previous  | 
Next  >

Direct Downloads

eBooks - PDF, EPUB
and MOBI-KINDLE


FREE eBooks with
MP3 AudioBooks


SAVE  with Bundled
Multi-Title Downloads


Preview AYP Books
(PDF Books Flyer)

Easy Lessons

Advanced Yoga Practices Book



Adventure Novel



Enlightenment Series


Deep Meditation Book


Spinal Breathing Pranayama Book


Tantra Book


Asanas, Mudras & Bandhas Book


Samyama Book


Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli Book


Self-Inquiry Book


Bhakti and Karma Yoga Book


Eight Limbs of Yoga Book


Eight Limbs of Yoga Book



Questions & Answers


                                     

        

      © 2003-present    (see copyright notice)


Additional Translations of AYP
 

AYP Home  Main Lessons  Tantra Lessons  Support Forums  Topic Index  Interviews  Videos  Site Search  Links Section  Testimonials  AYP Survey  Traffic  Books  Downloads  Contact