Advanced Yoga Practices
For the Original Internet Lessons with additions,
the Expanded and Interactive Internet Lessons, AYP Online Books, Audiobooks
and more, see AYP Plus.
Alternate Approach to Mantra
AYP Plus Additions:
- Going Beyond the Third Mantra Enhancement (Audio)
- Does OM in an AYP Mantra Enhancement Lead to Dissociation and Withdrawal? (Audio)
November 12, 2009
New Visitors: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the 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
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
cases, it has been become
clear that a
more balanced alternate approach to
might be useful.
With that in mind, we are offering an alternate
path of mantra enhancements in this lesson. The destination (the third
the same. Only the steps to get there are being modified and offered as an
This does not
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
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
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 self-directed practitioner.
The alternate mantra enhancements include:
from original in
SHREE I AM NAMAH
SHREE SHREE I AM I AM)
SHREE SHREE I AM I AM NAMAH NAMAH
SHREE OM SHREE OM I AM I AM NAMAH)
SHREE OM SHREE OM I AM I AM NAMAH NAMAH
(No change from original in
Lesson 188 addition)
Note: "I AM" is
pronounced the same as "AYAM" - for the sound not for meaning.
What we are
accomplishing with this alternate path
of mantra enhancements
is a more balanced progression with respect to purification in the upper and
of the neurobiology. We have slowed down the addition of upper
mantra components (SHREE and OM), while speeding up the addition of the
component (NAMAH). The end result is a smoother progression
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 alternate.
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
we are meditating.
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
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
to our last stable platform of practice,
and proceed comfortably
from there. All things in good time.
The guru is in you.
See this complete instructional lesson and all the expanded and interactive AYP Plus lessons at:
Related Lessons Topic Path
Discuss this Lesson in the AYP Plus Support Forum
For detailed instructions on deep meditation
procedure, see the
Deep Meditation book,
and AYP Plus.