Practising passive meditation regularly with enthusiasm, takes one spontaneously into active meditation over time. As the mind learns to dive deeper into its own depths it relaxes. And over time one finds oneself in a spontaneously meditative state, even while doing mundane tasks.
The SWAN meditation – short for strengths, weaknesses, ambitions and needs – helps us to do just that. The technique allows us to develop a continuous awareness of the most influential factors of our lives. By practicing the SWAN technique, we learn to see things for what they truly are rather than what we desire them to be.
The Kleshas are obstacles to our spiritual progress. By understanding the five Kleshas, learning to reduce their stranglehold on life and destroying them, we can reduce pain and suffering, and finally get a glimpse of Atman – the inner self.
The following text is a description of Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta – The Pali text named “Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone.” The text details the first and one of the most important exhortations given by Buddha to a young Rahula, his son.
Gautama’s Buddha worked ceaselessly for the good of mankind, and was renowned for his ten great virtues: “Itipi So Bhagava Araham Sammasambuddho Vijja-Carana Sampanno Sugato Lokovidu AnuttaroPurisa Damma-Sarathi Sattha Deva-Manussanam Buddho Bhagavathi”
In Shavasana we relax our body and mind, developing our awareness from a point of absolute stillness.This gives rise to the suppressed impressions within our subconscious mind, thereby relieving stress, tension, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia.
Raja Yoga was compiled by Patanjali, a contemporary of Buddha. It is a straightforward path which omits all religious and ritualistic discussions and ideologies. It is concerned only with accessing the higher dimensions of our own consciousness. “Raja” means King and Raja yoga is considered the king of all yogas. It is also known as Ashtanga Yoga, or the yoga of eight limbs.