MINDFULNESS AND CONCENTRATIVE MEDITATION

Saturday, December 02, 2017

This article is authored by Dr. L. Gandhi Bhaskar Patrudu, MBBS, MD (Physiology), MA (Psychology), M.Sc (Biotechnology), Dip in Yoga. He is an Assistant professor of Physiology.

Recently I got some insights about the use of mindfulness and concentrative meditation in our daily lives.  In this article I want to share these insights.  In mindfulness there is some duality. You are centered on your true state (consciousness) and witness everything which is not you (emotions, thoughts etc). But in deep concentration or Samadhi there is no duality.  You lose awareness of you being separate from the thing you are concentrating upon. Everything vanishes and you experience unity.  When we become very mindful of a task, for example when we are playing or doing an important task, the process of mindfulness prevents us from getting fully involved in the task and the efficiency of the task will be greatly reduced.

Mindfulness has to be employed only when we need to detach. Suffering is caused due to false identification of oneself with what we actually are not. We are one universal consciousness, but we often identify ourselves habitually with body, mind or emotions. When we want to get rid of bad emotions or racing thoughts, mindfulness is very useful.  For example, when one is very much identified with feelings of sadness or other negative emotions, it produces suffering because of the false identification .Then center yourself on the fact that you are not the body or the mind or the emotions and that you are consciousness and that consciousness cannot be affected / injured by any adverse circumstances. By centering yourselves on the fact that you are pure consciousness and just witnessing the negative emotions, you become detached from getting identified with the negative emotions and they don’t affect you adversely.

Deep concentration/Samadhi involves losing the consciousness of self or sense of “I” ness in the task. When we work, we have to find the pace of work at which we become completely unaware of ourselves, becoming completely immersed in the task at hand.  Then we will be experiencing the bliss of Samadhi even while doing ordinary work; even the most boring work suddenly becomes enjoyable. At the point of losing oneself in the task, great insights can occur.  Some of the greatest discoveries or forms of art were made when the scientist or the artist has immersed himself so deeply in the task that he has become unaware of himself. This is the principle of karma yoga. Even through work one can attain higher states of consciousness when one knows how to work.

But this process of becoming oneself immersed to the extent of becoming unaware of himself in the task   can be disadvantageous if it becomes a one-sided habit without the simultaneous culture of the habit of detachment through mindfulness or other techniques.  Because of the habit of deep concentration, one will often find himself becoming deeply immersed in things which are irrelevant to him. When  something is interesting, for example a movie that we like,  we become so deeply immersed that many times we become unaware of ourselves or surroundings and this state of immersion brought about by the movie is what that produces the blissful  state or enjoyment .  This is the reason why we become so completely involved in something interesting that it becomes very difficult to even stop the time killing task and switch to the fruitful task which we actually want to do. To enjoy the fruitful task like studying or writing or research or whatever, we have to find a pace of work at which we become completely immersed to the extent of losing self awareness. Too fast pace of work can cause awareness of yourself doing the work. Too slow pace can cause intrusion of thoughts irrelevant to the work at hand. Hence finding the right pace at which one can become completely absorbed is important.

While doing activities that you are likely to get absorbed into, but don’t want to get absorbed into, intermittently become your selves mindful that you are doing the task. For example when you watch a movie and don’t want to get involved so deep that hours and hours pass by without notice, during watching the movie, intermittently become mindful for a minute or two. This breaks down the deepness of concentration. And you can prevent being a victim of unavoidable attachment.

You become or get what you deeply concentrate upon. This is what Patanjali says, that samyama (deep concentration) on anything produces the corresponding qualities.  Samyama on lightness produces lightness in the practioner. Use this principle to your advantage. Whenever you are caught in negative habits, feeling guilty about the bad habit is like doing Samyama on the bad habit. Instead, focus on the good qualities or habits and you get that good qualities or habits very easily.

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UCCHISHTA GANAPATI SAHASRANAMA

Monday, November 13, 2017

This Ucchiṣṭa Gaṇapati Sahasranāma Stotraṃ is translated into vernacular languages by Shri. Krishna Vallapareddy. Shri. Krishna Vallapareddy is an experienced Ucchiṣṭa Ganapati upāsaka, who has done extensive sādhana with puraścaraṇa for the 9 lettered, 11 lettered and the 37 lettered mantra of Ucchiṣṭa Ganapati. We can expect more inputs from him on Ucchiṣṭa Ganapati.

Downloadable versions in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu are available at the end of this article. 

Ucchiṣṭa Ganapati Sahasranāma - Bhairava Prokta (Mantra Maharnava Version)

Prologue

               There are many ways to propitiate GOD or Brahman and one of them, is to recite the ...Read More

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UCCHISHTA GANAPATI KAVACHAM

Thursday, October 19, 2017

This Ucchiṣṭa Gaṇeśa Sahasranāma Kavacahm is translated into English with IAST font and also in Sanskrit by Shri. Krishna Vallapareddy. He has also provided meaning at the end of Kavacahm. Shri. Krishna Vallapareddy is an experienced Ucchiṣṭa Ganapati upāsaka, who has done extensive sādhana with puraścaraṇa for the 9 lettered, 11 lettered and the 37 lettered mantra of Ucchiṣṭa Ganapati. We can expect more inputs from him on Ucchiṣṭa Ganapati.

Downloadable versions in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu are available at the end of this article. 

Prologue:

There are many people facing extreme difficulties in today's challenging world. Even those who are pious, honest and hardworking, face difficulties from rogue elements in the society and encounter unfortunate circumstances, where they're forced into seeking the assistance of the divine, to mitigate their problems. During those difficult times, we offer prayers at places of worship such as temples etc. and also perform various rituals at holy places seeking the services of priests and in some cases spending money on services offered by some tantriks, gurus etc. If the Karmic baggage is heavy, we often don't get any results from all the above and we tend to lose hope and even faith in GOD.

The Supreme Parabrahman, the all-encompassing Universal Super-Consciousness that is indescribable, devolves into various forms to fulfill the purpose of creation, sustenance, transformation, dissolution and recreation of the universe. These higher forms of the Brahman have been called by various names and one such name is Gaṇeṣa. Lord Gaṇeṣa is depicted as the spiritual entity capable of dissolving all obstacles and paving the success for fulfilment of all objectives. There are various Vedic mantras to invoke the blessings of Lord Gaṇeṣa for fulfilment of wishes. Most of them are available in the devotional books and websites and are often used at all temples and rituals to ensure success.

 If all our efforts to mitigate our difficulties fail through normal course of actions and even after invoking the Vedic mantras and following the prescribed rituals and prayers, then we can resort to invoking some of the most powerful prayers, hidden in the most esoteric and secretive documents, such as the Rudrayāmalam and other tantric texts. These mantras have been kept a secret to prevent their misuse and often cursed, to protect against their misuse. Often, they are given only to a select eligible few by an esteemed guru, for general good to help the needy. One such prayer or mantra, that is considered a secret among the best kept secrets, is the ...Read More

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UCCHISHTA GANESHA SAHASRANAMA STOTRAM

Monday, October 09, 2017

This Ucchiṣṭa Gaṇeśa Sahasranāma Stotraṃ is translated into English with IAST font by Shri. Krishna Vallapareddy. This Sahasranāma is from Ucchista Gaṇeśa Kalpa related to Śrī Vidyā. He says, “According to Shiva, all that is needed is faith for reciting this Sahasranāma. No bath or any pūjā rituals necessary and can be recited anywhere, anytime. It removes negative forces and bestows great victory.”

Ucchiṣṭa Gaṇeśa Sahasranāma Stotraṃ

oṃ asya śrīmaducchiṣṭa gaṇeśa sahasranāma stotra maṃtrasya śrī bhairavaṛṣiḥ gāyatrī chaṃdaḥ śrīmahāgaṇapatirdevatā | gaṃ bījaṃ | hrīṃ śaktiḥ kurukuru kīlakaṃ |mama dharmārtha kāma mokṣa siddhyarthaṃ jape viniyogaḥ

oṃ hrīṃ śrīṃ klīṃ gaṇādhyakṣo glauṃ gaṃ gaṇapatirguṇī

guṇāḍhyo nirguṇogoptā gajavaktro vibhāvasuḥ II 1.

viśveśvaro vibhādīpto dīpano dhīvarodhanī

sadā śāṃto jagattrātā viśvāvarto vibhākaraḥ II 2

viśraṃbhī vijayovaidyo vārāṃ nidhiranuttamaḥ

aṇimāvibhavaḥ śreṣṭho jyeṣṭho gādhāprayo guruḥ II 3

sṛṣṭikartā jagadbhartā viśvabhartā jagannidhiḥ

patiḥ pīta vibhūṣāṃko raktākṣolohitāṃbaraḥ II 4

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SHIVA IN CONVERSATION WITH SHAKTI - AN OVERVIEW

Friday, June 23, 2017

Shakti: My Lord! You have taught me 64 tantras several yugas ago. The universe that you have created billions of years ago is undergoing constant changes. Is there anything you would like to teach me, which is more relevant to the present time period, I mean kālapuruṣa ………..

Shakti: Then what is the difference between mind and intellect?

Shiva: Mind is explained as “saṁkalpa-vikalpātmākaṁ manaḥ संकल्प-विकल्पात्माकं ...Read More

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GURUJI SPEAKS - AN OVERVIEW

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Guru Pūrṇimā this year (2017) falls on July 08/09. Full moon tithi begins at 07.31 hours Indian Standard Time on July 08 and ends at 09.20 hours IST on July 09. Therefore, Guru pūrṇimā can be celebrated either on July 08th evening or July 09th morning before 09.20 hours IST.

A series of articles titled GURUJI SPEAKS have been published in the year 2013. Some snippets ...Read More

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SRI SUKTAM - Part 12 (Concluding Part)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In the original Khilasūkta, there are 29 verses, out of which we have discussed 16 verses so far. These 16 verses are the main part of Śrī Sūktam. Now the balance of 13 verses are being discussed. These verses do not form part of homa procedure of Śrī Sūktam.

पद्मानने पद्मविपद्मपत्रे पद्मदलायदाक्षि।

विश्वप्रिये विष्णुमनोनुकूले ...Read More

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AVADHŪTA GĪTĀ - 7

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bhagavān Dattātreya continues:  

Upaniṣad-s explain how māyā projects objects as different things from Brahman (It is the māyā that makes us to think that the objects we see are real and different from Brahman; the fact is that everything is Brahman, hence It is called Omnipresent or all pervasive). Brahman is not divisible (hence omnipresent) and hence, there cannot be any comparison for a non-dual Brahman (comparison is possible only if more than one object is present). It is free from actions ...Read More

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PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS - 10

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Samādhi is attained through the mind that is free from all kinds of thought processes or desires. If the mind has traces of thought processes or desires, they will disturb samādhi after sometime. First ten or fifteen minutes of samādhi is important. Thoughts, if any, compromise the quality of samādhi during this time. (Different types of samādhi-s are discussed in GURUJI SPEAKS). Patañjali speaks about dharmamegha samādhi ...Read More

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Ashwatthama – The Saptarishi of 8th Manvantara

Sunday, July 30, 2017

(This article is published by Santosh Kumar Raja)

In Indian mythology, I think there is no other name that evokes more curiosity, mystery and mixed feelings than that of Ashwatthama. If you punch in “Ashwatthama” in google or any other search engine, you will get umpteen sites, videos, TV channel programs and legends about Ashwatthama each describing a different aspect. But ...Read More

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DAKSHINA KALI MANTRA JAPA

Friday, December 23, 2016

Śrī Dakṣiṇakālī Mahā Mantraḥ || श्री दक्षिणकाली महा मन्त्रः॥

1. Ṛṣyādi nyāsaḥ ऋष्यादि न्यासः

अस्य श्री दक्षिणकाली महामन्त्रस्य। भैरव ऋषिः। उष्णिक् छन्दः। दक्षिणकालिका देवता॥

asya śrī dakṣiṇakālī mahāmantrasya | bhairava ṛṣiḥ । (open the right palm and touch the top of the forehead | uṣṇik chandaḥ (right palm on the mouth) । dakṣiṇakālikā devatā || (right palm on the heart ...Read More

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Theory And Practice of Kundalini Meditation - Introduction

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kuṇḍalinī is not just a force, but Parāśakti Herself in Her subtlest form. It is one of the quickest methods to liberation. Even without practicing kuṇḍalinī, She ascends to higher chakras depending upon one’s level of love (the highest form of devotion) for Her. Ascension of kuṇḍalinī is directly related to the purity level of one’s mind. Yoga Cūḍāmaṇi Upaniṣad talks abou90t the importance of kuṇḍalinī. Verse 37 says, “Kuṇḍalinī rests in the passage of Brahman. If one goes through this passage, Brahman is attained.” Passage of Brahman that is referred here ...Read More

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ATMA BODHA - THE EPILOGUE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Śaṃkarācārya who had authored many works on dvaita or dualism such as Saundaryalaharī, etc. had also authored Supreme Advaita Scriptures or non-dualistic Scriptures like Ātmabodhaḥ, Tattvabodhaḥ, Vivekacūḍamaṇi, etc. What is the need for Śaṃkarācārya to author both dualistic and non-dualistic Scriptures? He was a loka Guru (Guru for the world) and he had the dual responsibility of developing bhakti (devotion) and at the same time, leading elevated souls to the path of ...Read More

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Maha Shodashi Mantra Explained

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mahāṣoḍaśī mantra is formulated like this.

First line:  om - śrīṁ - hrīṁ - klīṁ - aiṁ - sauḥ (ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ऐं सौः)

Place śrī bīja, then place māyā bīja, then kāma bīja, then vāgbhava bīja and finally parā bīja. Thus the first line of this mantra is formed.

There is a common doubt whether to include ॐ in the beginning or not. Any mantra should start with ॐ. Kulārṇava Tantra (XV.57) says that not beginning a mantra without ॐ causes impurity of birth. Further, Chāndogya Upaniṣad begins by saying “om iti etat akṣaram udgītham upāsīta ॐ ...Read More

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Will You Come Back Guruji - Part 1

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Part 1

Guruji in the horizon is a short story about a rustic boy ultimately transforming into a Spiritual Guru. The story will be published as a series, containing a number of parts. Here is part 1:

It is yet another day.  I always like the dawn - the creeks of birds, misty leaves and the redness of the dawn. Red stands for compassion.  I used to wonder how the sun being so red at the time of dawn gradually turns white.  I live near river Cauvery. It is good to walk on the sandy river bed.  The tiny sand grains acupressure my feet and I used to enjoy this.  The river was flowing with the rustic sound that changes every minute.  In ...Read More

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SHIVA PANCHAKSHARI MANTRA JAPA

Saturday, December 17, 2016

श्री शिवपञ्चाक्षरी महामन्त्रः Śrī Śivapañcākṣarī Mahāmantraḥ

 1. Ṛṣyādi nyāsaḥ ऋष्यादि न्यासः 

अस्य श्री शिवपञ्चाक्षरी महामन्त्रस्य। वामेदेव ऋषिः। पङ्क्तिछन्दः। सांबपरमेश्वरो देवता॥

asya śrī śivapañcākṣarī mahāmantrasya । Vāmedeva ṛṣiḥ|(open the right palm and touch the top of the forehead)| paṅktichandaḥ (right palm on the mouth)| sāṁbaparameśvaro ...Read More

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Spiritual Journey - 20

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Avadhūta and Paramahaṁsa are essentially jīvanmukta-s. After evolving into a jīvanmukta, one decides how he or she pursues his or her life, till he or she becomes videhamukta (mokṣa – after death). Only a yogi can evolve into a jīvanmukta. A perfect yogi is the one, who has realized the Self within. He is shaped into a yogi by his Guru, without whom, imparting higher spiritual knowledge and practice is not possible. All Advaita Scriptures ultimately convey that Brahman is within and what is within, pervades the entire universe. This essence is conveyed to his disciples by a Guru. There are hundreds of Scriptures in Advaita such as Upaniṣad-s, Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Vāsiṣṭha, Pañcadaśi, etc. Each of these Scriptures reveal Brahman ...Read More

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ŚRĪ DURGĀ SAPTAŚLOKĪ

Saturday, December 03, 2016

श्री दुर्गा सप्तश्लोकी Śrī Durgā Saptaślokī

Śrī Durgā Saptaślokī consist of seven verses, which is considered as the essence of Śrī Durgā Saptaśatī, also known as Śrī Devī Māhātmyam consisting of 700 verses. It is said that Śrī Durgā Saptaślokī should be chanted daily, three times. It is also said that proper recitation of this removes, poverty, ailments, fear and mental afflictions.

ज्ञानिनामपि चेतांसि देवी भगवति हि सा।

बलादाकृष्य मोहाय ...Read More

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MANTRA RĀJA PADA STOTRAM

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

श्री मन्त्रराज पद स्तोत्रम्॥ Śrī Mantrarāja Pada Stotram ||

Śrī Mantrarāja Pada Stotram is one of the powerful mantras. It cures serious diseases and ailments. It also gives knowledge, wealth and all types of auspiciousness. It is said that this hymn should be recited, first with mantra rāja mantra which is given below (commencing with om ugraṁ vīraṁ mahāviṣṇuṁ).  There are highlighted words in each of the first ten verses. If we place these words one after another, we will get mantra rāja mantra. There are eleven verses in this hymn and one verse for phalaśruti. There is a YouTube clipping at the end of this article for correct ...Read More

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Kundalini Meditation - Video (for Turiya and Turyatita Stages of Meditation)

Friday, August 01, 2014

This audio is on kundalini meditation for turiya and turyātīta stages. Duration of this audio is 30 minutes. 

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Mahaganpati Mantra Japa

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mahaganapati Mantra Japa

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Chakra Cleansing and Energisation

Monday, June 13, 2016

This is another audio in YouTube for cleansing and energising psychic chakras. Duration of this audio is 15 minutes. This is different from YouTube audio uploaded for kundalini meditation which includes turya and turyātītā stages. This audio is meant for practicing cleansing and energizing chakras.

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