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The phrase "Center of Consciousness" simply means that core of our being which we each intuit as being our deepest true nature. This may be thought of this as Soul, Spirit, Self, or any other name which matches one's personal preference. Two commonly used words are Atman for the true Self, or Purusha for pure consciousness.
Yoga meditation has to do with systematically thinning out the clutter over this Center of Consciousness, so that we may experience the deepest aspect of our being, and strive to become free from all pain, misery, and suffering.
However one conceptualizes this Center of Consciousness is okay, though it may be beyond conceptualization. The name that one uses to refer to this center is also not important for one to benefit from the practices. There is plenty of room for all people to practice yoga meditation.
Imagine a light bulb with a lampshade over it. The nature of the lampshade determines how the light looks in the room, although the light coming directly out of the bulb is exactly the same, regardless of the lampshade.
Imagine that your light bulb was covered by several lampshades, not just one. Each of the lampshades adds a new layer of filtering which makes the light look different. The lampshades would all work together to change the color and density of the light.
Humans are constructed the same way according to yoga. We are like a light bulb (consciousness) covered with several layers, levels, or lampshades. The lampshades, or sheaths are called koshas.
The yogis speak of five sheaths or koshas:
The task of sadhana (spiritual practices) is to gradually know ourselves at each of these levels, and to go ever deeper with awareness, until we have gone past all of the lampshades, sheaths, or koshas, and experienced the center of consciousness.
To do this, we work with each level or kosha, not repressing or denying it, but making it strong and flexible. We make a friend out of each level of our being, all the way to the center.
The ancients used the metaphor of a painting on a Canvas, as a map to describe how we may return to the direct experience of our True Self. Our True Self is just behind the Canvas, on which we paint countless false identities.
Where it is located: We come to see in direct experience that the Truth we were seeking is behind all of the other layers:
The way to get there: However, we also come to see that the only way to get to the Truth or Self that is behind the painting is to go through all the layers of the painting, so that we can first find the Canvas. (See the article on the Self behind the Canvas)
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presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of
the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and
beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. 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.
This Self-Realization comes through 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.
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