Self-Realization in the Tradition
Goal of Practices
The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality.
Three Streams of Practice
This Self-Realization comes through the three streams of Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand. (Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra)
We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute. (Bindu, Tradition, Convergence)
Money, Sex,Fame, Health, Self and Yoga
Everybody wants happiness. However, we usually seek it in ways that are dependent on external stimulus, as if an outer cause leads to an inner effect of happiness. Surely this process of stimulus-response works to some degree; we have all experienced this in different ways, where getting what we want seems to make us feel good, and not getting what we want seems to make us feel bad. However, what if we knew how to be happy without any stimulus whatsoever? What if you could just rest in the deepest feeling of joy, regardless of the external circumstances? (more...)
Revealing the Self beyond the Mind
Now, at this auspicious time, and after having done prior preparation, we seek the self-existent wholeness called Yoga. That wholeness is realized through the mastery and integration of the activities of the many levels of the mind-field. From that the seer, the true Self is revealed and stands alone in its authentic, eternal nature.
At other times, when that mastery and integration of mind is not present, the seer or Self appears to take on the forms of the countless thought patterns in the mind-field. Those interfering thought patterns are one of five kinds (correct, incorrect, fantasy, sleep, or memory), and are either colored or not-colored (colored with five colorings: clouding over of truth, I-am-ness, attachment, aversion, and/or fear).
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Approaches to Meditation
The approach of meditation of the Himalayan Masters is neither exclusively cultivating one-pointedness of mind, nor exclusively promoting insight or mindfulness. Rather, these are emphasized as companion practices. Meditations on attitudes of friendliness or lovingness, compassion or mercy, gladness or goodwill, and acceptance or neutrality are most important, but are seen as preliminary practices to stabilize the mind in preparation for the subtler meditations. (Yoga Sutras 1.33-1.39)
The Four-Part Self
The whole universe is the four-part syllable Om (Aum; A-U-M-Silence). Everything that was, is, or will be is, in truth Om. That which transcends time, space, and causation is also Om. All of this, everywhere, is in truth Brahman, the Absolute Reality. This individual Self, Atman, is of the same essence as the Absolute Reality, Brahman. This Atman or Self has four aspects through which it operates. (Om Mantra, Mandukya Upanishad)
The first (A) aspect of Atman is the Self operating in the Waking state, the Gross world, Vaishvanara, in which consciousness is turned outward so as to experience the objects of the external world.
The second (U) is the Self operating in the Dreaming state, the Subtle realm, Taijasa, in which consciousness is turned inward so as to experience the objects of the inner realm.
The third (M) is the Self
operating in the Deep Sleep state, the Causal plane, Prajna, in which
any desire for Gross or Subtle objects has receded or merged into the
ground out of which they arose. Here, one is filled with the experience
of bliss, and can also find the way to clearer knowledge of the two
This fourth state of Turiya cannot be experienced through the senses or known by comparison, deductive reasoning or inference; it is indescribable, incomprehensible, and unthinkable with the mind. This is Pure Consciousness itself. This is the real Self. It is within the cessation of all phenomena. It is serene, tranquil, filled with bliss, and is one without second. This is the real or true Self that is to be realized.
There is something between you and the Absolute Reality, and that is the mind. It is explored and witnessed as Manas (the mind as importer and exporter), Chitta (the storehouse of memory or karma), Ahamkara (the I-maker), and Buddhi (intelligence), along with the ten instruments of cognition and action, the Indriyas. (Four Functions of Mind, Indriyas)
Those four functions of mind and ten instruments are explored at the Gross and Subtle levels where they operate, and then allowed to merge back into the Causal plane, where the formless is encountered, experienced, and also transcended so as to reveal the Self, the state of Turiya.
The Self and the Absolute
Affirming Three Aspirations
Lead me from the unreal
to the Real
Asatoma Sat Gamaya
The Light that Removes Obstacles
On the absolute reality
and its planes,
Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah
Freedom through the One in Three Cities
We Meditate on the
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Meditation on Tripura
Om, we meditate on that
great, beautiful one
Om, Maha Tripura Sundari Dimahi
The Secret of Shiva and Shakti*
Shiva and Shakti are one
and the same.
She is in every thing.
See Her in all things.
She is the one in the three worlds.
Shiva and Shakti are one
and the same.
Om, shanti, shanti,
* Shiva is the universal
latent or masculine energy,
Remembering that “I am”
Oh mind, sing the sound So Ham
Soham Japalehe Manawa
I am that I am, that I am, that I am.