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Posted - Nov 28 2012 :  09:30:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit yogani's Homepage  Get a Link to this Message
Hi All:

After all this time, MP3 audio clips have finally been added in the online lessons where the base mantra and enhancements are introduced. You can find them here:

Base Mantra (I AM): Lesson 13

Mantra Enhancements (alternate approach): Lesson 369

The original mantra enhancement lessons are linked in Lesson 369, and audio clips can be found in those lessons as well.

It should be emphasized that mantra pronunciation is a starting point for our meditation and it should not be clung to during our sittings, or analyzed too much during or outside meditation.

The purpose of a mantra in deep meditation is to naturally bring our attention to stillness. In doing so, the mantra will be lost and easily favored again when we realize we have not been thinking it. Part of this process can be changes in pronunciation, rhythm and clarity of the mantra, all which are perfectly normal during the process of meditation. The experience of the mantra during meditation will change according to the process of purification that is occurring within us. Subjective experiences of "shallow" or "deep" during meditation are not an indicator of the progress of our meditation. How we feel outside meditation in normal daily activity is the best measure of our meditation. Over time with daily practice we will notice symptoms of "abiding inner silence" coming up in our life -- more peace, creativity and energy.

While meditating, as we go back to the mantra when we realize we are off it, we easily pick it up where we left off, which may not be a clear pronunciation, rhythm, etc. It can become very faint and fuzzy. So these audio clips are not representative of what the mantra will be at all times during our meditation -- only a starting point. Once we start, it is our unique process of purification and opening occurring, utilizing the specific procedure of meditation with the mantra at whatever level of manifestation it may be in our awareness at the moment. We remain very easy about it, starting the process and then letting it go with the simple procedure that naturally allows our attention to settle inward.

One of the reasons I held off for so long on including audio clips in the online lessons for the base mantra and enhancements (I AM has been in the Deep Meditation audiobook from the beginning) has been to avoid tempting people to fixate too much on a sound coming from outside. It has always been about encouraging everyone to engage their own internal process of deep meditation with the procedure provided. So once you are clear about your starting point with the mantra, let it go inward naturally and avoid digging the mantra up for mental analysis too often, during or after meditation. As we have said time and again, over-analysis can be a detriment to our practice and results -- "analysis paralysis."

Most are doing very well with the written instructions. For those who need some extra clarity on mantra pronunciation, the audio clips are offered. And if anyone has been using different pronunciations than in the audio clips, not to worry about it. The most important thing is results in daily activity. If life is getting better, you have got the right mantra.

All the best on your continuing path. Practice wisely, and enjoy!

The guru is in you.

PS: If you have been to any of the referenced lessons recently, you might have to refresh the page in your browser to get the current version with the audio clips.

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