SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

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SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

RELAXATION & DEEP MEDITATION
by Swami Amar Jyoti

In hatha yoga we do shavasana, the “dead body pose,” to attain deep relaxation. This is actually the best pose for meditation, but we do not generally recommend it because the majority will fall asleep. Done properly, shavasana allows you to transcend the body and soar high into the astral dimension. The main purpose of shavasana is to get the greatest rest in the shortest period of time. That is because this pose restores prana, which in yogic language is the main regulator in the body. Prana has been divided into five functions that maintain the balance of the whole-body machinery. In Sanskrit these are called prana, apana, udana, vyana, samana. These functions include growth, movement, circulation, assimilation, elimination, expression, expansiveness and more. When the prana is balanced in a smooth, restful way, not only does the body function well but it also gives peace of mind. Likewise, any imbalance in prana or the nervous system will cause restlessness, tiresomeness and mental disturbance.

The best pose for meditation is the lotus or an erect seated posture. This will help you remain alert, not drowsy. In the beginning of meditation, you try to relax, try to be peaceful, try to achieve stillness, but in deep meditation it happens. Your trying and efforts are over. You are carried away by higher cosmic laws that relieve you of physical and mental bondage. As your meditation deepens, this world becomes flimsy and immaterial, a dream illusion of changing phenomena. Your whole conception of time and space changes. What I mean by deep meditation is when you are not conscious of the physical world at all. Then you become your astral body. In the astral plane you are a witness. You are aware of the You behind all those physical laws, waves and dreams. In yogic language, you reach the causal body, which is nothing else but the ego, the sense of “I” consciousness.

Normally we try to conquer or dominate nature to make it do something for us, which is ego. Just allow things to happen for you. Then it is not ego in the sense; it is subtle ego. That is, you want that subtle sense of enjoyment as a witness, an observer. If you have no interest, why should you observe? You cannot express yourself if you are not the ego. Egolessness transcends both positive and negative; it becomes neutralized and then merges. That transcendence in Sanskrit is called turiya. Sages have said, “Thou art That.” This Realization is beyond thoughts and words. Only then can you say, “I am That,” because that is already You. You are unbound, beyond time and space.

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