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with additions, see the AYP
Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living Books.
Lesson 369 -
Alternate Approach to Mantra
Date: November 12, 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
Over the years, many have undertaken enhancements to the I AM (AYAM) mantra
provided in the lessons, with mostly good results.
However, from time to time, some imbalances have been reported. Sometimes
this has been due to the particular matrix of obstructions in the
practitioners nervous system, leading to various kinds of energy friction
and its associated symptoms. For that we have self-pacing, grounding,
and additional methods that we have been discussing in recent lessons. Other
times, the mantra enhancement itself may be contributing to the imbalance.
The mantra enhancements were originally structured to be quite
aggressive for enhancing purification and opening in the nervous system. In
most cases, self-pacing and grounding have been sufficient to handle any
excesses. In some cases,
it has been become clear that a
more balanced alternate approach to mantra enhancements
might be useful.
With that in mind, we are offering an alternate path of mantra
enhancements in this lesson. The destination (the third enhancement)
remains the same. Only the steps to get there are
being modified and offered as an alternate approach.
This does not necessarily replace the previous
mantra enhancements. They remain valid, and those who are using them with
good results may continue to do so without undue concern. If there is a
desire to shift over "midstream" from an original mantra enhancement to the
alternate track, this can be done according to the practitioners
inclination and need.
There is no exactly correct mantra, or progression of mantra enhancement. If
the mantra we are using is providing good results for us in daily activity,
then that is the right mantra for us. The important thing is that we
maintain good consistency in daily practice, and only change our mantra as
and when it is necessary according to our bhakti and practical need. This
will hopefully be at intervals of months or years, not days or weeks.
Rushing mantra enhancements will do more to
contribute to an unstable path than any particular mantra will.
In the AYP lessons, we are dealing with causes and
effects observed in a growing community of self-directed
practitioners. We rely on traditional sources, but,
in the end, it is the experience of the community of practitioners that
determines actions we take to enhance and fine-tune the practices in the AYP
system, to improve overall results. The past few
lessons have been presented in that spirit, as is this one. The objective is
to provide as many effective tools as may be needed by the discerning
The alternate mantra enhancements include:
Base Mantra: ...I AM...
(No change from original in
Alternate: SHREE I AM
(Lesson 116 original: SHREE
SHREE I AM I AM)
SHREE I AM I AM NAMAH NAMAH
(Lesson 186 orig: SHREE OM
SHREE OM I AM I AM NAMAH)
SHREE OM SHREE OM I AM I
AM NAMAH NAMAH (audio)
(No change from original in Lesson 188 addition)
What we are accomplishing with this alternate path of
mantra enhancements is a more balanced
progression with respect to purification in the upper and lower
regions of the neurobiology. We have slowed down
the addition of upper region mantra components (SHREE
and OM), while speeding up the addition of the lower
region component (NAMAH). The end result is a smoother progression
going from the I AM (AYAM) mantra through the
first and second enhancements, leading to the unaltered third enhancement.
Keep in mind that it will not be to our benefit to try
and breeze through all the mantra enhancements in a few months. It would be
like going from first gear into fifth gear in a car before we have allowed
ourselves time to build up enough momentum to keep from stalling the car in
the higher gear. Patience and daily practice over the long term are the keys
to human spiritual transformation, not how fast we can take on more advanced
yoga practices. Less can lead to more over the long term, while more can
lead to less over the short term.
For those who are inclined to utilize this alternate progression
of mantra enhancements, the instructions in the above mentioned
mantra enhancement lessons remain the same. It is only the mantra itself
that may be replaced with the corresponding
All of the characteristics of mantra enhancements
are unchanged: The equivalent of an up-shift
in gear, making a bigger footprint in the mind
with additional mantra syllables, making a wider sweep through inner
obstructions in the mind and nervous system, going
slower into pure bliss consciousness, and coming
out slower. This leads to the cultivation of more abiding inner silence in
daily activity, and all the good that it brings
into our life, which is why we are
As discussed in the previous lesson, the solar centering enhancement can be
taken on instead of a mantra enhancement at any
step along the way, assuming we are well settled
in with our present mantra. The solar centering
enhancement can bring more stabilization and radiance to whatever
mantra we are using.
As is the case with all the practices in the AYP lessons, we always
self-pace for good progress with comfort. If we find ourselves
getting ahead of ourselves at any time, there will
be no harm done if we act to correct the
situation. We just back off to our last
stable platform of practice, and proceed
comfortably from there. All things in good time.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on deep meditation
procedure, see the
Deep Meditation book.