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Yoga meditation deals with all Levels...

Yoga meditation is the art and science of systematically 
observing, accepting, understanding, and training 
each of the levels of our being, 
such that we may coordinate and integrate 
those aspects of ourselves, 
and dwell in the direct experience 
of the center of consciousness.

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Contents of this page: 
Know Yourself at All Levels 
"Levels" and "Aspects" within those levels 
Travel inward, through the levels 

To know your Self
know your self at ALL levels.

Know Yourself at All Levels 

To know yourself at all levels means to direct or train your attention to gradually, systematically move inward, going from outer to inner, from gross to subtle.

Here are levels of our being in yoga science and philosophy:

  • Senses
  • Body
  • Breath
  • Conscious Mind
  • Unconscious Mind
  • Subconscious or Latent Mind
  • Center of Consciousness

See also the Index page on Levels: 
Levels of consciousness and practice 

"Levels" and "Aspects" within those levels 

Think of how the edge of a mountain might look when the layers of sedimentary rock are exposed. As your eyes look up and down, or vertically, you are looking through the layers of the rock. Imagine your attention drawn to just one of those layers of rock, and that you are examining that level of rock, looking left and right, along the contour lines of that layer. 

This is the way in which the words "aspects" and "levels" are being used to describe knowing yourself on all levels through meditation (including both seated meditation and meditation in action). 

For example at the level of the body, there are many ways to survey the body, or to learn about the body (which is like exploring horizontally in the mountain metaphor). There are many different ways to work with making the body strong and flexible, as there are many yoga postures which work with the body in different ways. Again, these are like moving along that same contour line of the sedimentary rock.

During a meditation session, one may first explore the body (like exploring horizontally in one level of the rocks), and then shift to exploring the various aspects of the breath (which is like going one level deeper in the mountain, vertically, so as to explore that stratified level)

The same is true of the level of senses. One may explore the senses individually, or collectively, within that one level (moving horizontally within that level). 

The same is also true of the level of mind, where there are many currents and cross-currents of thoughts, emotions, sensations, images, and impressions. One explores "horizontally" within that level, after having prepared, and having moved through the (vertically) shallower levels. 

In yoga, there are many different practices. This can be confusing at times to students. However, this is simplified greatly by coming to see the very reasonable way in which yoga teaches us to journey through each of those few levels, so that we may understand and go beyond each of the levels to the center of consciousness. 

Travel inward, through the levels 

The simplicity comes in seeing that there really are not so many levels to explore (though there may be many subtleties within each level). 

We need not know everything there is to know about each level (horizontally). If we know that level well enough to allow it to be still, balanced, and not an obstacle, then our attention can shift to the next deeper level (vertically). In this way, we eventually move through the levels in our meditations. 

When we are willing to observe a particular level, then we come to accept it as it is, from which greater understanding comes, and which allows us to train ourselves at that level. Then we have the ability to gently let it go during meditation, traveling our attention to the next deeper level. Eventually, we come to the still, silent center of peace, happiness, and bliss.


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This site is devoted to 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 Absolute.





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