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Lesson 137 -
Getting Both Feet into Paradise (Audio)
Date: Wed Mar 10, 2004 4:54pm
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: I am ready to start meditation again so I can feel what I did in the
past. It started when I was in school. I always strived for something but
till now I didn't know what. I started meditation back then. I always tried
to meditate in shava asana because it is mentioned that the asana is a
position in which you can sit or lay without straining your body for
It is around 5 years back when one day I felt the light. I can't explain
what it is... but next day my whole family told me that in night I was up in
the air and that is at least 3 feet above my bed and my body is glowing.
From that day I have been searching about what happened to me. I continued
doing meditation and after this it happened various times that I feel like I
am weightless and I feel a strange sensation in my third eye area. After
that because of studies, job and marriage, I left meditation and it is now
around 3 years later but still sometimes I have a smell of flowers and
sometimes I can't guess the smell but it is very pleasant. Sometimes I hear
ringing bells inside and sometimes I here a sound of hreem which is like
hreeeeeeeeeeeemmm. Please help me out or at least tell me how to proceed as
I am not meditating now and want to start it again.
A: Thank you for writing and sharing. You can go to the beginning of the
messages on the web and the lessons go step-by-step through instructions on
meditation, pranayama and then into combining with physical practices
(bandhas, mudras, asanas, kumbhaka). There is also discussion on the "Why?"
that comes up in us, and using that to increase bhakti - desire for the
divine. There is not much on philosophy or theory in the lessons. The focus
is on practices and on dealing with the different kinds of experiences that
come as a result.
Your experiences of inner light, weightlessness, sweet fragrances, inner
sounds, etc., are all symptoms of some good purification in your nervous
system. Of course the greatest "symptom" to have is unending divine joy.
You will have good success once you begin practices again. Keep in mind that
symptoms of purification are not the practices themselves, and that further
progress is a function of practices, not focusing excessively on any
particular experience, even the miraculous. This comes right from
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, and is good practical advice for anyone on the path
of yoga having any sort of experiences.
Shava asana (corpse pose) is a wonderful posture which is usually done at
the end of an asana routine, and it can also be done at the end of sitting
practices of meditation, pranayama, etc. It is not traditionally done during
meditation, and there are a variety of reasons for this. Recommendations on
easy ways to sit during meditation are given in the lessons. You will see
how the seat evolves as practices advance.
If your desire to meditate is strong, you will find the time to make a daily
routine of practice. It only takes 20-30 minutes twice a day starting out.
Managing the time is covered in the lessons also.
If you decide to go back to your previous practices, or have a teacher or
guru who will be assisting you, then just regard the lessons as "food for
It seems you have had one foot nearly in paradise already. Maybe now is the
time to get both feet in. I wish you all success as you travel your chosen
The guru is in you.
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