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How To Meditate With Yantra ?

May 4th, 2013

The key to the most powerful meditation on Yantra is very simple -
- do not analyze it, do not try to figure it out, LET IT COME TO YOU.

In meditation practices Yantra serves as a visual aid for mind concentration - dhāraṇā- sixth limb of Eightfold Yoga Path, Raja Yoga - as presented in Yoga Sutras by Patanjali.

Practicing meditation with Yantra is leading to realization of abstract principle. It helps the mind to transcend and go beyond the form into formless nature of the True Self. Yantra serves as a bridge that takes the practitioner from the illusionary world of form into a Realm of Divine Abstraction..

The point in the meddle of the drawing is called Bindu - the symbol of Supreme Consciousness. As stated in Tantric Scriptures - “Black Bindu on a white background forms the most precise and powerful Yantra - one who is satisfied with this point needs no more explanation or definition.”

Practicing meditation with yantra painting created with higher intention helps one to awaken that intention or qualities within oneself. When the energy is invoked in a particular yantra, it becomes a symbolic representative of the intention. When the practitioner abandons his analytical, critical mind - the energy of the Yantra empowers energetic pathways and chakra centers.

The essence of Yantra is universal because it is composed of archetypal forms that are common to all existing phenomena. The very process of meditating with yantra is an archetypal activity that encodes the genes, so that divine revelations unfold themselves during the process. Thus, one moves from concrete reality to abstract truth.

Yantra is used to withdraw consciousness from the outer world, so that spiritual seeker can transcend the normal framework of the mind and immerse into the altered, higher state of consciousness known as turiya, satori experience or revelation.

As the geometrical representation of Divinity Itself, yantra provides a focal point that is a “window into the Absolute”. When the mind is fully concentrated on a single, simple object like yantra, mental chatter ceases, the mind becomes still.. Eventually, all objects are dropped, and the mind rests in emptiness and silence.

In the most advanced stage of yoga practices, it is possible to attain “perfect union with God” by single pointed concentration on yantra..

Awakening

April 29th, 2013

Awakening

MEDITATING IN THE SANDALWOOD PALACE

Imagine -
- you are going through the Mystical Sandalwood Palace at the fresh and young morning of the early Sunrise..
Ocean is all around you -
- the water is still, gently reflecting the sparkling rays of the rising Sun..

The air is fresh, crisp, and transparent with the slightest hue of the milky mist at the horizon -
- where the sea meets with the sky..
You are inhaling the deliciousness of fresh blooming flowers and the rich, gentle moisture of the warm, salty waters around you..

You know where to go -
- You go inside..
thorough the open arched ways,
gentle fountains surround you..

They meet-
- and continue together -
going up the stairs -
all the way up..

on the very top of the Palace..
their lips touch..

- THAT INSTANT!!!

How unbelievably ecstatic it is to be a cloud -
so honest
and still in it’s continuous movement,
allowing the sun rays to shine through..
- how weightless..
is it how it feels to have no worries?..
to flow in the open skies..
how orgasmic it is to dissolve into the thing air and merge with the blue and empty sky..

- THAT INSTANT!!!

I am the Sky!!
- how vast -
- how free of boundaries..
how all encompassing..
Everyone abides in me -
as me..

THERE IS ONLY ME !

WHEN IT IS SO ECSTATIC IT CANNOT GET ANY STRONGER..
WHEN YOU CANNOT TAKE IT ANY MORE..
IT GETS STRONGER -
ENDLESSLY..
AGAIN -
- AND AGAIN..

WHAT IS YOGA ? Dr. Svami Purna - Balanced Yoga.

February 12th, 2013

WHAT IS YOGA ? Dr. Svami Purna - Balanced Yoga.

Yoga is not a religion, political movement, sect or dogma.
It is the way of bringing harmony within diversity. It respects all cultures, traditions and nations. It nurtures the higher instincts of humanity - compassion, cooperation and peace.

It is said that man was made in the image of his Creator - healthy, happy vibrant and wise - living positively and constantly striving to uplift himself. To be healthy in the body and mind and to be full of vitality are normal attributes of human life. They are man’s birthright. There is little doubt, however, that man has drifted off his intended course. The human mode of living today reflects an attitude which accepts disease and suffering, whether physical, mental or psychological as unavoidable and normal. Negative conditioning, habits and thoughts have thus shortened man’s life-expectancy..

Thousands of years ago high being and sages created the system of yoga, a scientific method whereby one is able to develop physically, mentally and psychologically into a more complete human being. The term “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuk” meaning”union” or “yoke”. It implies harmony and balance between all aspects of creation, the impulses and inclinations of the ever-wavering ming being brought under the discriminating yoke of the Higher Self.

Although there are many different forms of yoga practice, the most accessible method for the Western students is that form which takes the physical body as the starting point.

In the West,  the word “Yoga”  has often been defined incorrectly. Many associate Yoga with the  practice of Yoga positions (asanas) and the  physical nature of the practice. Yoga, in the traditional sense, has a much broader meaning and encompasses much more than exercise, a religion or a dogma. It is a scientific method developed centuries ago that one can follow to grow physically, psychologically and mentally into a more complete human being. The term, Yoga, literally means: union, harmony, completeness, poise, wholeness. Through Yoga, an individual can harness the various aspects of one’s self to create a dynamic vehicle for evolution and transformation. As one transforms, a balance and wholeness evolve in all aspects of life bringing one into harmony with nature and the environment. Yoga brings evenness of mind- a peace that is ever the same- that leads to fulfillment and strength of character; and, ultimately, to revelation of the inner, immortal Self.
This is Hatha Yoga.
The syllable “ha” and “tha” signify respectively the sun and the moon, the flux of positive and negative energies. Balance of these energies results in perfect health, imbalance - in disease. Hatha Yoga is thus a complete system of physical maintenance, although physical exercises alone do not constitute Hatha Yoga - that would simply be gymnastics..

Hatha Yoga consists of purposefully directed bodily exercises combined with the guidance of the life-force into all parts of the body - each muscle, joint, gland and nerve fibre - making the body into a conscious and obedient instrument. The combined action of postures with breath control will eliminate poisons and toxins as well as will vitalize the body, strengthening the whole nervous system. You will begin to feel energetic, yet relaxed. Free from tension, you will be able to cope more easily with the constantly increasing demands of modern living.

However, there is more to Hatha Yoga that a feeling of physical fitness. By stimulating endocrine activity (being a major component in “manufacturing” emotions), Hatha Yoga becomes a valuable aid in the regulation and stabilization of emotion. If practiced conscientiously, it will raise your mind as well as your emotions, will raise your consciousness and bring your into harmony with the whole of nature.

The word “Hatha” is also translates as “Force” - that tremendous force which you can harness to help overcome many negative manifestations both around you and within you..

Hatha Yoga is not ego indulging show, no fanatic asceticism, torture or fancy gymnastics. It is a profound and enjoyable scientific tool which can help you achieve balance of body, mind and purify the heart.

Patanjali compiled material from centuries of diverse oral traditions into a single text called The Yoga Sutras (the EightFold Path). These texts form the basis of yoga philosophy. The text concentrates upon Raja Yoga, meaning royal or majestic, finest or most refined yoga which is concerned principally with controlling the mind through meditation unlike the more recently developed Hatha Yoga (more common in the West), which more fully developed the practice of asanas (physical postures) and pranayama (breath control). The Yoga Sutras concentrate on the psychological and spiritual aspects of yoga. Patanjali says that Yoga practice is the means to still the mind, thereby allowing the inner self, our true ruler, to find liberation:  “Yoga is when the Self rests in its own being, in our original nature which is pure awareness."

How Are Yantra Yoga Sessions Constructed

February 12th, 2013

Sessions are so constructed that each combines physical movements (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and various relaxation methods with practical concentration and guided meditation exercises, some ideas to contemplate, simple relaxation techniques and practices including visual objects and Yantras.

There is a guiding thought, subject or principle for each session such as Gratitude, Compassion, Grounding or Patience that is developed by related exercises, postures or actual Yantra to the help bring forth that quality. Physical health is always addressed through a series of movements that can increase flexibility or help relieve pain or develop strength.  

The selected practices are always balanced so that the whole being may benefit.

Yantra In Tantra Yoga

February 11th, 2013

Meditation with Yantra are essential in Tantric practices.
It enables one to get in contact with the energy patterns associated with the “diety” - which, in fact, is a symbolic representation, a metaphor of a particular state of awareness.

Yantra practices are usually closely related with mantra. Yantra painting is the form or the body of the “diety” - whereas the mantra is the mind, spirit, The Name..

Using the faculties of sight together with hearing and other sensations is Tantra.
Engaging all senses with the intention to reach the Highest, The Absolute is Tantra.
One subtly receives information / energy transmission from the forms, colors, sounds, smells, etc. Tantra enables the type of learning that goes beyond rational understanding to really feeling and knowing Truth directly.

On the very basic level, meditating with Yantra is simply easier than the meditation on abstract concepts.. By concentrating on Yantra created with the particular awareness, intention and/or spiritual attitude that it symbolizes, one strengthens that attitude within oneself. Daily concentration on, for a example, Courage or Aspiration Yantra creates a “reference point“ and makes it that much easier to follow and embrace same quality, opening the door to the direct experience of Higher Awareness.

Meditation on Yantra helps one awaken Higher Awareness within oneself.
Yantra is an Invocation. It invokes, initiates and aims toward restoring the connection to that which we all have deep within The Heart - The Source, The Bliss, The Stillness, The Awareness of Perfect Oneness. It aims to removing the “blocks” - false believes and limitations - to the Awareness of Love’s presence, which is everyone’s natural inheritance..

Meditation on the Yantra helps one to invoke and awaken true knowledge in oneself. Yantra becomes a symbolic representation of state or awareness in form - when the practitioner abandons his or her analytical, critical “egoic” nature - and identifies with the High Awareness - the energy flows / circulated in the higher centers. Every such painting or Yantra becomes the dwelling place, the reference point of True Knowledge.

Why Am I Painting Yantras And What Was At The Beginning - The Story Of Victoria....

February 9th, 2013

Why Am I Painting Yantras And What Was At The Beginning - The Story Of Victoria....

I closed my eyes and the bright and colorful circular image appeared.. That was my first vivid vision of an abstract Yantra painting. It was on the 15-th day of March, 2010 - in India, during Kumb Mela.. My body was immersed in the cold waters of Ganga, the current was very strong. I knew - I will be painting again upon my return to Miami. The first geometrical Yantra drawing appeared one year later, in 2011 - during one of the particularly intense meditation practice..

As far as my story goes - I grew up painting. Studied Fine Art and the History of Art while in High School. Graduated from University with the Bachelor of Art in Psychology of Unconscious and Eastern Philosophy. Worked for Art Galleries and private collectors. After moving to Florida - received my second degree in Interior Design from Miami Art Institute. Worked with exquisite Designer in Palm Beach who trained me mercilessly - beyond everything else - to draw. My hand became incredibly fluent and precise with any kind of fine free-hand-drawing creations.. What a gift!
One morning in 2006 I woke up and the world was never the same.. I went deep within.. I went traveling the world.. It was a time for me to prepare for what was to come..

PurnaYantra.com is inspired, supported and continuously guided by my Guru - Sri Svami Purna. His presence in my life is a precious treasure, which has transformed my life beyond my wildest imagination..

The inspiration for Purna Yantra is the Purity of the Heart - the place of utter acceptance and deep recognition that no-one and no-thing exists separately from One-Self, inherent knowledge that we all carry deep in the Soul Center of The Heart.

Yantra is an ancient form of Tantric Art and an incredibly powerful tool for meditation. It carries an enormous energy, capable of facilitating deep transformation through nurturing and healing on the unconscious levels - the levels of the cause..

At first, practicing meditation with Yantra helps the mind to find the balance, to relax and be still. On the higher levels of awareness Yantra serves as a bridge : from the level of perception - to pure knowledge, from the level of form - to formlessness..

I recognize - my purpose as an artist is to serve - to be an instrument of bringing the healing and inspiration of Transformative Yantra Art into the modern world.

Circular shapes of Yantras has a lot in common with Mandala and Aripana.
Aripana is a circular painting representing the Cosmos, which serves as a tool to connect the individual with his or her Eternal Nature. The Art of Yantra and Aripana is a continuation of a spiritual practice, a visual expression and extension of meditation.

Creation of Yantra is conceptually driven by sensual and raw balance - that which you cannot see but you feel, by that, which is immutable and cannot be apprehended by the intellect - only by subtle senses and intuition.. It invites you to attune, vibrate and catalyze your Inner Self..

The Art of abstract Yantra and abstract thinking have a lot in common. This magnificent line from A Course in Miracles brings it all home - “..Divine Abstraction takes joy in sharing.. “ - Chapter 4, VII, 5:4. PurnaYantra is born to share joy and abundance, to inspire and empower, to elevate the Spirit and purify the Heart.

I enjoy seeing a viewer pause in our hectic world and fuse with that moment of timelessness, the moment of stillness and sincere openness.. Purna Yantra invites you to return to the contemplation and the essential - the universe of color, light and the depth of the ancient memories of our true nature..

With love and gratitude -
VICTORIA

SHAKTI - Tantric Goddess of Bliss

February 9th, 2013

SHAKTI - Tantric Goddess of Bliss

A tantric verse about the Goddess says - "Her form is solidified bliss."

I love the implications of that statement, especially if you take the non-dual Tantric view that when the verse refers to the form of the Goddess, it's also talking about you and me!

Surely, one of the great recognitions of Tantra is the realization that our bodies and the world itself are made of Shakti, the Goddess's energy. Which means that behind all the suffering, behind the confusion, behind the strange inequalities of this world is nothing but --- BLISS.

And that every moment of joy is a glimpse of the blissfulness and indeed is our true form.






By Sally Kempton -
- an author, a meditation teacher, and a workshop / retreat leader, who thrives in the subtle current where the inner and outer worlds meet.
www.sallykempton.com

What Is Yantra ?

January 6th, 2013

What Is Yantra ?

Yantra is the Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity and essential in Tantra Yoga practices.

Sanskrit word Yantra is defined in many ways :

It comes from the root "YAM" which means "support or hold." To hold is to obtain, to keep, or to maintain the essence of an object, a thought, or a concept. In a more general way, YANTRA means "tool”. "YAM" is also energy, medium. Which makes Yantra a “storehouse for energy”.

The syllable TRA comes from TRANA or “liberation from bondage.” So Yantra is that which preserves the essence and liberates !!

The word YAM also means Yama, the Lord of Death, and TRA means attaining trana, or freedom, then yantra is that which gives liberation from the cycle of birth and death -  moksha (liberation).

Yantra is used to get in contact with the energy patterns associated with certain intentions and contemplation states - as a symbolic representation of a particular experience or energy which relates to a particular state of higher awareness. This makes Yantra a reflection of the Divine.

Yantra is a geometric design or painting for visual meditation. It is also a visual representation of vibrational frequencies - is the sound vibration of the cosmic Om seen as a visual diagram.

Though two dimensional, Yantras are conceived of as having depth and full dimension. Yantras may be drawn or painted on any material, out of any substance. There is no parallel for the term in English but Yantra may be summarized as a two-dimensional diagram in which visualized energies are concentrated or simply a field of energy. With its mantra a Yantra is a complex of stored imagery of sight and sound and psychic and mystical content.         

Agni - The Greatest Purifier -

November 28th, 2012

Agni - The Greatest Purifier -

SURRENDERING TO AGNI - THE FIRE WITHIN -

AGNI YANTRA TRANSMITS THE ENERGY OF PURIFICATION AND BALANCING OF AGNI - INNER FIRE -

MEDITATION ON CLEARING AND PROCESSING EMOTIONS,

PURIFICATION OF THAT WHICH DOES NOT SERVE THE HIGHEST - OLD PATTERNS, BELIEFS, IDEAS, ENERGETIC STRUCTURES..


The word AGNI is Sanskrit for "fire" - the great purifier.
Agni is symbolic for digesting food as well as digesting and processing emotions, thoughts, memories and past impressions..

Agni has three forms: fire, lightning and the Sun.

Agni is one of the most important of the Vedic gods. He is the god of fire, the messenger of the gods, the acceptor of offerings and sacrifice.
Agni is in everyone's hearth - he is the vital spark of life, and so a part of him is in all living things - he is the fire which consumes food in peoples' stomachs, as well as the fire which consumes the offerings to the gods. He is the fire of the sun, in the lightening bolt, and in the smoke column which holds up the heavens. The stars are sparks from his flame.


LEGENDS -

Agni is the eldest son of Brahma. In Vishnu Purana, Agni (Abhimani) the fire god is said to have sprung from the mouth of the Virat Purusha, the Cosmic Man.

His wife is Svāhā - Her name chanted, indicating the end of the mantra. In the Tibetan language, "svaha" is translated as "so be it". Whenever fire ceremonies are performed, svāhā is chanted. Etymologically, the term is probably from su "well" and the root ah "to call".
Svaha was originally a nymph and became immortal after marrying Agni. She is thought to preside over burnt offerings. It is said that the gods to whom offerings are being made through Vedic Fire Ceremony - Yagna refuse the offerings unless the word 'svaha' is chanted.

Agni had three sons of surpassing brilliancy: Pavaka, Pavamana, and Suchi, the personifications of the three fires that produced our earth and humanity. All these three names indicate purity. Agni, his three sons, and their 45 sons constitute the mystic 49 fires of the Puranas.

His three sons, according to the Vayu Purana, stand for three different aspects of Agni (fire): Pavaka is the electric fire, Pavamana the fire produced by friction, and Suchi the solar fire. Interpreted on the cosmic and human planes, these three fires are "Spirit, Soul, and Body. They are said to have been cursed by the sage Vasishtha to be born again and again.

Agni is also said to be the son of ten mothers who are all sisters - these are the ten fingers of man.
When Agni is described in form, he sometimes has two faces which are smeared with butter. He has seven fiery tongues and sharpened, golden teeth. He is red in color, with black eyes and wild, black hair. He has seven arms and three legs, and seven rays of light emanate from his body. He either rides on a ram, or on a chariot, pulled by goats or sometimes parrots.

Agni loves all his worshipers equally, and so is loved in turn by all of them. He visits everyone's hearth, no matter if they are rich or poor. He is the mediator between the gods and mankind. He is a great consumer of Soma..
The proper offering to Agni is ghee, which is clarified butter.
Agni also had the power to impart immortality on mortals, as well as remove all sins at the time of one's death.


AGNI IN AYURVEDA -

Agni or the “digestive fire,” is one of the most important principles in the ancient science of Ayurveda. It refers broadly to our ability to process all aspects of life, including food, experiences, memories, and sensory impressions. Agni is responsible for absorbing the nutrients and essential elements the body needs while burning off waste products (agni is the root of the English word “ignite”).

If our agni is strong, we’re able to digest food efficiently and easily assimilate our daily experiences. On the other hand, if agni is weak, our body won’t digest well, creating toxic residue or ama that lodges deep in our cells.

According to ayurvedic teaching, strong agni leads to excellent health and well-being, while the accumulation of ama results in the slow deterioration of the body and—ultimately—disease. The inability to metabolize emotions produces just as much toxic residue as undigested food. In fact, pent-up anger, long-held sadness, and lingering guilt are more debilitating for most people than problems with physical digestion.

Bindu

November 2nd, 2012

MEDITATING IN NOBLE SILENCE

THE MOST POWERFUL YANTRA IS BINDU ITSELF..

BINDU -
THE POINT IN THE CENTER OF EVERY YANTRA -
THE POINT OF FOCUSING AND CONCENTRATION -

BINDU -
SUPREME SYMBOL OF HIGHEST AWARENESS -
THE ESSENCE OF THE ULTIMATE UNION

- THE GATEWAY INTO REALITY,
- THE BRIDGE TO CROSS OVER FROM FORM TO FORMLESSNESS..

 

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