At the Meditation Camp – A metallic ball was tied on a pole with a long line and the ball was moved from one end to another like a pendulum. The participants had to observe the moving pendulum of ball. As the ball moves, they move their head (or eyes) too, to look at the ball as if their eyes are connected to the ball. The motion of the pendulum slows down and stops moving after some longer minutes. Then staring at the point (at the ball) begins. Why this trick is used for meditation was my question.
“When I am driving, my car is in motion. In the mean time I, all of a sudden kick the brake. What result do you see?” This was the question of Yoga and Meditation teacher. Some topsy-turvy type of result we may see in such case.
“So, our eyes are on motion, our minds are on full motion. To kick the brake plate all of a sudden is to expect some chaotic result. That’s why we try to bring eyes and mind from motion state to stillness in a slower process by using this trick so that no chaotic aftermath of it we get as result. This trick is used in practicing Meditation. For Yoga, there are some warm up type of exercises before getting into it. We find such activities are necessary for beginners to smooth start.
Yoga means linking, connection, add, Meeting point. It means union, unity of body and mind, it means confluence of two (or more) streams. Yoga means fixing broken things, broken mind, broken system of our body.
People practice different types of Yoga in different ways. Good Yoga is the yoga which is done in a better way, results better. Main point to mention here is- yoga is not done after meal. So, in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before meal (it is long hours after lunch) are the right time for practicing yoga. In another sense of yoga, meeting point of two different pole night and day are morning and evening. Yoga also means meeting point. So, morning and evening are better time for practicing yoga and Meditation. A trained Meditation teacher explained these points to participants at the locally organized Meditation Camp where some of our friends and me had visited the Yoga teachers to collect some ideas about the Yoga and Meditation.
We (few of my friends and me) were curious how Meditation is taught at the local Meditation Camp by some trained Gurus what made us visit the camp. We were there for last few days observing the teachers’ and participants’ activities. Meditation means a type of training to mind but this training can be done by different ways. There the teachers gave an exercise to the participants to tame their eyes instead of their mind, which is new to me. A metallic ball was tied on a pole with a long line and the ball was moved from one end to another like a pendulum. The participants had to observe the moving pendulum of ball, as the ball moves their head moves too, to look at the ball.
It was interesting. Participants were sitting on their cushion on the ground, if possible on lotus pose or what pose might be comfortable to him/her.
Staring means looking at a fixed point or at the candle flame. This practice is done to improve concentration power. But I did not find such type of staring there at the Meditation Camp. Metallic ball was moving to and fro like a pray and a participant’s eyes were chasing the ball as a hunter does. The pray was neither caught nor was left free (not being chased). It was a type of staring but I couldn’t term the practice as Staring. Besides, discovered some more interesting dimensions of Meditation at the Camp and I shall be adding here in my convenient times.
Cure oneself is a program of Self Healing Therapy. Overcoming form depression, anxiety and sadness is based on self effort. Give it a try. It is the truth that you are yourself the greatest healer you will come to find.
Lie down on bed or at any comfortable place, Shavasana, look around and then close your eyes slowly. Both hands in Gyan Mudra (forefinger tip touching thumb, other fingers straight – this posture of hand is called Gyan Mudra), take deep, long and full breaths slowly, leave slowly. Think that pain is natural and it remains with us but the suffering is our choice. Let them come and go. Slowly your sufferings will go and fade away. Think positively, live positive, enjoy energized life fully. Exercise regularly as suggested in prior posts. If possible – watch rising sun. Final thing – wear smile on your face permanently and if you have time, try to laugh 10 minutes every day with free feel. If you can do this regularly, you will be healing yourself. This exercise will help you even when you feel solitary, lonely, away from family and friends, feel isolated and forlorn. Later, when you learn this therapy by practice and experience, negative factors cannot disturb/hurt you. Happy and Cheerful life! to you all.
Meditation is a process to receive cosmic energy. Tratak (Gaze) helps us in different ways to improve our memory power, eyesight, visionary power as well. This process is also used for Kundalini Awakening. There are many energy centres in our body, seven are important. Let us know them by their colour as VIBGYOR, same as of a rainbow. R or red is at the base of spine, V or Violet is at the top of head. There is I or indigo at forehead- between two eyes and nose. Blue at neck, green on chest, yellow at naval point, orange is between base and naval point. These energy centers and called Kundalini. These energy centres have their own name, but now we may know them by their colour. Awakening of Kundalini means to have choices. Example- pain is natural and unavoidable element of life. But the suffering is certainly elective. We can choose whether to suffer or not. If we choose to suffer, it leads to sadness, further depression and anxiety. Or believe that this mood of sadness (suffering) will pass. Then look for sign that it is ending. You will start to feel the truth of it and find easy to remain positive, not to suffer or suffer least. I came to know why this Tratak is practiced by most of the Yogis, Yogins, Monks in saffron and white. We also can practice this at home and avail it’s good result.
Do you sometimes look for the thing you already have with you? Once I was looking for my pen I was writing with just before. There was no pen in my right hand, I did check my shirt’s pocket, pants pockets, my back pack, book shelves; everywhere wherever it possibly could be. I spent around half an hour to search the pen. I got tired, I did not find. Meanwhile my mom appeared there and asked me- what are you looking for? I replied her – My red inked pen. She yonder and replied- what’s that in your hand? I saw the pen was in my left hand.
Not only once, but many times I have searched the thing that I already have with me. The important things that we very often search outside are – peace, happiness/pleasure and carefree state which we already have with us. We search outside, so we never find it and we live void of peace, happiness/pleasure and carefree state in lives. I don’t suggest anybody to bother oneself much. Peace, happiness/pleasure and carefree state of mind are inside us but covered with cloud of ignorance. Rays of awareness removes the cloud and you will discover the leverage of what you were searching for. It depends upon SEARCHING.
Tratak way of Meditation is a tool for improvement in life. Through Tratak, by means of its way of concentration, steady mind, effect of words or speech (what you speak must be good/healing/sympathetic to others) and effect of vision (as we practice staring at candle flame or at one’s own reflection on the mirror or at brilliant star(planet) in the sky etc. ) we can achieve our goal. Our goal should be ideologically philanthropic, benevolent in meaning or it must be positive. If the goal is influenced by negative cause(s), it’s effect(s) will be resulting havoc to oneself. You will be knowing some mysterious ideas. We can attain the state of Mental peace and pleasure by its regular practice. Boiling of mind will stop, slowly mind will calm down which is a symptom of firmness to go ahead. Memory power, eye sight, visionary power will be improved and you can even foresee the things or incidents. In conclusion- Tratak is a better tool for improving our life.
This is very vast subject to study and too complex to be understood by common brain. Though I would like to say that Causes and Effects exist together, everywhere. Reason and result stay together. You taste an apple, yummy!, That’s the effect, cause is it’s root, under the soil. The soil must be fertile, irrigation system must be managed, fertilizers/medicines must be applied. You saw a knotty papaya, you did not like even to taste it. The fruit (result) is poor because the environment under soil (reason) is poor.
I got a printout, spelling of a word was wrong. I used a correction pen and fixed it. Again I clicked on print button. Got another printout. Checked that, alas! The same wrong spelling? I tried many times, every times I tried got the same result. I tried to correct it in physical form. After long time only I realized that I should correct it in non-physical form, that is in computer. When programming is wrong, of course output will be wrong. We are in physical form, to correct it we need to correct non-physical form of us. You know what that is. And also you know how this is possible.
Cause and effect : there is balance in between the two. You cannot expect small effect of big cause. Neither could we expect big effect of small cause, nor cause implemented in a pen could have effect on a book. The topic is very vast but more interesting too.
For restive mind we practice calming exercises. These exercises help us in many ways. As in Tratak (watching) exercise we (1) close our eyes and watch our breath which is to widen the way to know oneself/to understand oneself. We (2) open our eyes and watch a candle flame OR we can watch our own reflection on the mirror- is to widen the way to understand/know other than oneself. And we (3) watch a bright star (planet) at clear night sky strengthens our future realizing sense. We can realize or sense some usual or unusual happening which is yet to be happen. It will help us to knock at the right door, as it helps us to take right decision. We will never knock at the wrong door; no chance. What we need to do is – continue the exercise and do with the right way of doing it. Sometime, meanwhile you may feel hallucination during exercise, let it come and go. We must not be derailed, have to do means have to accomplish.
For relaxing body we need movement exercise as it is mentioned earlier and then for restive mind we need calming exercise. By its nature mind is restive. There are some processes to calm it. In yoga there is Hatth yoga Tratak exercise. This exercise includes breathing exercises. And Tratak is watching exercise. (1) close your eyes and watch your breath – is watching inside; (2) open your eyes and watch a candle flame or watch your reflection on the mirror – is watching near exercise and (3) watch a bright star (planet) at clear night sky – is watching far exercise. There are some other watching exercises according to the distance and comfort. In Hatth we can even control our breath accordingly while watching air come and go; in Buddhist way, we just watch incoming and outgoing breath air but we do not control breathing. These are calming exercises, but do you think that these exercises are stronger enough to calm our stressed mind? My answer is – we should mix calming exercise with our environment to make it stronger than our restive and stressed mind which enables us go further making our mind calm.