So last week I explained how Sanskrit Mantra works with regards to the spiritual tradition of the Sanskrit language and also the creative power behind it as well. This week, I’d like to go into a more nuts and bolts approach to how Sanskrit Mantra effects our bodies and our spiritual nature. First, I’d like to say that, I will only be touching this topic in a very general way, as really to go into depth on the subject would look more like a book than [...]
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Sound is the creative force of the universe and beyond. Through sound we shape our world, the world we experience on the outside and the world that feels more hidden, on the inside. (Though they are one and the same – this is how we experience things – separate.) Through sound in the form of speech we communicate our ideas, thoughts, and create our lives. Think about it…. have you ever chosen where to live without talking about it first? – putting your ideal place to [...]
Time is one of the subjects that can get people crazy. It can seem, in this world, we don’t have enough of it…..or too much of it…. or it’s not treating us kindly.. or or. As I said it gets people crazy. But really time is our great friend. Especially in the world of spiritual development through Sanskrit Mantra and Meditation.
Many people ask me – Can I chant for others? And my answer is a resounding “Yes”. Chanting for others is the best way to chant. It benefits the person(s) you are chanting for and also benefits you. There are a few ways you can go about chanting for others. Maybe you have a particular someone in mind who needs some help – a friend maybe or partner, or maybe someone you just met that is in some difficulty or a family member. Sit quietly where [...]
Malas are a great tool in Mantra Yoga. They help you keep count of your repetitions. But that’s not all, there is a lot associated with malas, with their care and upkeep and their significance in your practice. A mala is a string of 108 beads of either wood, seeds, pearls or semi-precious / precious stones. It has a 109 th bead which is called the Meru bead which sits at the head of the mala. It is said to be that bead that retains all [...]
Meditation Box of Karma Lodro Rabsel, a 31 year old Scottish monk, who is currently on the Isle of Arran doing a four year Kagyu Buddhist retreat. When we start a spiritual path, it is natural that we go looking for people to help us. We look for teachers and others who are further ahead of us. We hope that this teacher or that teacher will take our problems away -will heal our pain and fix our lives, or at least set us in the right [...]
The student/teacher spiritual relationship is one of the most rewarding, challenging, delicate and precarious relationships that we can encounter in our lifetime. Primarily, because it is not a normal relationship, in one sense. Depending on how advanced the teacher is, there is tremendous faith needed from both the student and the teacher. Faith that the teacher has something to teach you, as..
So far we have discussed how to use Sanskrit Mantras as spiritual disciplines by themselves. Today, I thought we could talk about using them in Meditation, doing two disciplines at the same time. Sanskrit Mantra has been used in Meditation for millennia. It has a different feel though from normal recitations. First, we sit ready for meditation. I think about 10 minutes...
Whenever we sit down to meditate or do our Mantra practice, what goes through our minds? Do we sit with the intention to just feel a little better – or do we sit with the intention of becoming enlightened – radically transforming our lives and everyone’s around us? Our intention in practice is paramount. I remember about 13 years ago, I was sitting in a hall with a group of about sixty seekers. We were listening to a Swami talk about the spiritual path. He was [...]
One of the most helpful tools one can use on their spiritual path is a Spiritual Diary. Simply, it is a discipline of writing down your meditation experiences and feelings of that day. You can choose your diary in whatever form you like, whether it’s your computer or tablet or a book. But personally I feel, a really beautiful book, that is...