MEDITATION

Meditation, Stars, Yoga and Ayurveda

Astrology is more concerned with Subtle Astral Body than the Gross Physical Body. Inner Astrology is more significant than the Outer Astrology. It forms the basis for many empowering practices like Internal-Trip (of body), Meditation, Contemplation or visualising, Yog and breathing techniques from farthest point at Centre of Energy or Root Chakra (Saturn is 1426.73 million km from Sun) to nearest point at Gyan Kendra or Sahasrara Chakra (Mercury is 57.91 million km from Sun). Sun is soul at Centre of Intuition located between both eye-brows. Awakened Kundalini (serpent power) opens chakras by above practice. It awakens energy of our inner Pranic Sun.  Astral Form reflects our astrology which helps project soul’s karma into material world.

Planets and signs exist within us as main energy factors behind astral body. Inner body chart reflects life pattern of soul composed of 7 chakras as part of Inner Zodiac and Solar System. Outer solar system is reflection of Inner Solar System and light of physical work is visible reflection of deeper light of consciousness.

Negative Planetary influences can be altered or corrected with expert tools like Meditation, Yog, Pranayama, Visualizing, Mantras, rituals, charity and service. Karmic Expert Astrological Therapies include assessments and timings connected to them.

Astrology and three Bodies: Astrology similarly considers the role of all three bodies. It starts out with an examination of our physical health concerns & then extends to all main factors of our well-being – career, relationship, creativity and spirituality – bringing in the roles of the astral and causal bodies as well. Each of these different concerns is denoted by specific houses in the birth chart. These houses along with their planetary significators are examined with precise rules of delineation and interpretation for determining their results. Astrology is primarily an astral science mainly concerned with the subtle or astral body i.e. our body of the stars. As the astral body mediates between physical and the causal, it can help us understand the other two bodies as well.

The Ascendant, Moon and Sun are each closely examined in Astrology to help us understand how our three bodies – Physical, Subtle and Causal are functioning in this life. When all three are harmoniously placed, our lives are likely to unfold in the best possible manner on all levels.

Yog and three Bodies: Yoga in the Vedic system is a science of meditation aimed at Self-realization realization or union with the Divine as its ultimate goal. Yoga or spiritual practice of any genuine type is the main concern of the soul or the causal body, the immortal part of our nature, whose intentions go beyond physical or psychological well-being to our eternal welfare.

Yoga begins with the balancing and clearing of the physical body through various asanas or yoga postures in order to provide the foundation of health necessary to support its deeper practices. Yoga interfaces with Ayurveda and its healing aspects. At physical level, Yoga uses pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (control of the senses), and dharana (concentration of the mind) for working on the subtle or astral body. Through developing more prana and through focusing the mind as in the practice of mantra, Yoga can help us change the energy pattern of the subtle body. Such yogic approaches are important remedial measures in Astrology because they help to bring harmonious planetary energies into our minds.

Dhyana (Meditation) and Samadhi (absorption) are the main yogic tools for developing the causal body and are the most important aspects of traditional Yoga. Yoga leads us from the physical to the subtle and then to the causal in order to discover our true Self and the Higher- Being behind all three bodies. In this regard the ultimate concern of Yoga is to take us to a condition of consciousness beyond all three bodies.

Yog: Yog is a Link between self or Soul and the Supreme Divine an Ayurveda is also concerned with our Link with Divine Self and its relation with nature or external world. Our Karma is vital factor for living a happy and purposeful life as it relates to past, present and also future events of life. In a way a complete system of our wellbeing exists in Yoga, Meditation or spirituality and Astrology. It takes care of all three human bodies – the physical, the astral and the causal. Ayurveda primarily concerned with physical body considered with Kapha Dosha and other two bodies are also conserved when these impact the physical body. The Astral body relates to Pitta Dosha wherein change in internal energy is the basis of treatment. Out of eight limbs of Yoga the Postures, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharna and Mantras change the energy pattern of the astral or subtle body. The Causal body related to Vata Dosha which has pranic healing as its basis of treatment. Meditation (Dhyana) and Samadhi bring about changes in the causal body. However, overall Ayurvedic treatment involves in-depth changes by way of all eight limbs of Yoga and particularly Pranayama and Meditation. Ayurveda provides physical vitality and Astrology provides right Karmic actions. Both Ayurveda and Astrology lead us to Yoga which takes us further from physical to astral (subtle) and from subtle to causal stage of our bodies in discovering our true-self and higher-being beyond all three bodies. It provides spiritual intent taking us beyond time and space. All together provide for balanced and harmonious living for achieving the ultimate goal of life.

Technology exists within to remain healthy without medication. Simple – Life-style, exercise or postures of Yoga, meditation and proper diet lesser than your appetite. It does not need any time to adopt this technology but simply modify the ways of your living. Life style means right posture when working, sitting, lying etc. It also means right breathing and right or positive thinking.

Stress, tension, depression, fatigueless, disturbances and imbalances are mainly caused by 5 vices – desires, anger, greed, attachment and ego. These cause elemental imbalance in our body.

Yog a Union, natural living has minimum scope of diseases, our body and everything in this universe are composed of same 5 elements – fire, air, space, earth and water. Original composition and %age extent of these elements in our body for its healthy functioning is the one at the time of birth. Variations in these elements causes disease called Dasha in Ayurveda. 3 Doshas – vatta (wind), pitta (bile)and kapha (phlegm) due to imbalance of these elements and imbalance of hormones. Yoga (postures), Meditation (concentration or focus) and other Nature’s therapies restore the balance and health is restored. Looks simple, let’s understand. There are Yoga Chakras or Psychic Centres which are vital for hormonal functioning and our health. These are 13 Psychic Centres out of which Centres of Bliss, Intuition & Enlightenment are significant here. Pituitary gland at the Centre of Intuition influences most other Centres. When we focus our brain during Meditation and Yoga for required changes, we get the required results.  Space, Sun, Moon & other planets / stars have a direct bearing on the functioning of our body as seen from five elements and planets in relation to our Fingers and Psychic Centres.  

When there is imbalance in our body of hormones or secretions from glands, that results in disorder or diseases (dis-ease). To restore the balance, there is necessity for practice of Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation and other Alternate Therapies. In fact, good health is the result of balanced behaviour of man and its environment i.e. smooth process of give and take between the nature and the man. Our creation or birth as Jiva is as a result of the fusion or combination of Conscience (soul) and Prakrati (Nature). Nature means 5 elements Air, Space (Sky or Environment), Earth, Water and Fire. After this fusion of Soul and Nature there is creation of Mind or Intellect which all these three together produce Jiva or Human-beings.

Further, on this aspect, we need to remember its 5 essential aspects i.e. Parmatama (Supreme), Jivatama (Living beings), Prakriti (Nature), Kaal (Time) and Karma (Actions). A healthy mind needs healthy body for a healthy conscious or soul. The healthy individuals make a healthy family, society and a healthy environment. For mental health, the balance between psychological, biological and practical activity is essential. Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation provide effective remedy for imbalance or disorder in any of the above areas.

Simplest way of balancing the five essential elements constituting human body may be realized from just start of Yoga Practice which begins and ends with a Prayer as a sacred work. Every Prayer will begin and end with Holy Exclamation ॐ (OM) which appear at the beginning and end of reading of the holy Vedas. When the resounding exclamatory sound ॐ (OM) is uttered, it wards off all evils and obstacles. It is Akash Tatwa (Sky, Space or Environment) one of the five essential elements of nature constituting human body. This Akash Tatwa is ruled by Jupiter Planet signifying Jeeva or Life Force – Breath. It also denotes Paradise (Swargs) as against Earth (Prithvi) where we live and the underworld Pataal or the world under earth where demons live supposedly. This sound helps in hearing problems besides all matters connected with ‘Vata (Air & Ether)’ disorders discussed in coming pages. It helps in awakening of Kundalini which moves upwards passing through various Chakras towards self-enlightenment.

Meditation, Contemplation and Kundalini Awakening involve all our sense feelings from the tip of the toes to the crown of our head. It is practiced by looking within through Concentration, Perception, Contemplation, Meditative Awareness and other ways for a length of time. Entire activities take place within our body of space and time which we become more aware as Meditative Awareness deepens.

Meditative Awareness: We can easily turn our senses both inwards or outwards and connect with various objects, and there is time and space for both the modes. Initially, our attention is turned outside wherein ears are fully open hearing external sounds like music, traffic noise and conversations. In meditative awareness, attention is turned completely inwards and ears will be listening internal sounds, wherein sense of hearing is used in connecting with inner or subtle sound.

Breath Awareness is necessary in every form of Meditation. Breath means vitality and life-force which remains intimately connected with emotions and state of mind. Breath prevails over all the five senses without which none of the senses can function. In fact, breath is and principal carrier or vehicle of life-force or vitality in the body.

Being in touch with breath opens up the possibilities of Meditation and Meditative Awareness. Focus your awareness at the joint of upper lip (key area) with bridge of both nostrils feeling the touch of air / Prana as it enters and exits from the body, where mind sets naturally because breath itself is natural focus for the attention of the mind. At this centre of awareness of touch and feeling, feel the air entering and leaving, flow of life force and all its movements within the body. Without any effort, this centre will naturally expand to bring in touch with the entire energy field of our body from the tip of your toes to the crown of our head. If you can hold the inhaled breath for longer period to your capacity, it provides deep relaxation to body and mind based on your breathing system and subtle energy system that carries life-force throughout the body.

Simply observe incoming and outgoing breath as it is without making any efforts, jerks or changes. When inhaling-exhaling feel expansion-contraction of muscles of stomach. During inhale feel enlivening-fulfilling energy, light and life from mother-nature. During exhale feel emptying or cleansing of toxins and everything you do not need in the body and feel free and relaxed. During inhale the Breath and Conscious/ Chitta together move from upside to downwards and during exhale both Breath and Conscious/ Chitta move from downside to upwards. Ensure that you are continuously in touch with the flow of breath at the joint of upper lip (key area) with bridge of both nostrils.

In next phase, shift your focus of attention upwards to the Centre of Intuition (Ajna Chakra) between both eyebrows which is the seat of Being. It will enlighten the vision of the entire body and bathe the entire body in the divine light of Being, following instructions from the intellect. All types of Orders, Commands and suggestions originate from this Ajna Chakra. In practical life, Instructions from Intellect at Ajna Chakra bring every big success as against external instructions without roots within.

Kundalini Awakening: All the subtle powers of consciousness and life force at work in the higher centres come into physical manifestation through the channel of the coccygeal (Centre of Energy or Moola Chakra). — Mother nature in the coccyx is calm and controlled, bringing health, beauty and peace to the kingdom. At the command of Yogi in deep meditation, the creative force turns inward and flows back to its source in the thousand-petal lotus (Crown Chakra or Sahasrara Kendra). Yoga refers to this power flowing from the coccyx to Spirit as the Awakened Kundalini.                                                                                             

The power of Kundalini is a psych-spiritual energy dormant in the body capable of getting yogi at new levels of consciousness. In Kundalini Yoga, entire emphasis is on Yoga Chakras or Centres of Energy Transformation, wherein entire attention is upon basic functions of Breath.  The Kundalini Shakti leads to Enlightenment. It is a form of primal energy (Shakti) whose awakening results in supernormal powers. Its concept as figure of a coiled female serpent goddess of subtle substance, residing in a first subtle centre (out of seven) near the base of spine. Yoga techniques of Kundalini Meditation awaken it by lifting like the head of serpent upwards to the seventh centre or ‘thousands-petal lotus’ at the crown of the head (Sahasrar chakra). It is a liquid fire or liquid light with sensational effects. First Yogi will feel heat at the bottom or root of the spine. Then it moves up and activates each of the seven yoga chakras as the energy moves up from root or Mooladhara-chakra a psychic channel parallel to the spinal column. In the process that may last for a few minutes or may happen like a thunderbolt, lower part of the body turns cold as Kundalini rises towards the brain. The yogi may shake even violently, feel pain, turn hot and cold, hear mysterious sounds and see illuminations. It awakens the psychology and physiology of the practitioner who will be altogether transformed feeling the electric current running along the spine. Aim is to raise the energy to the crown chakra where it unites with Shiva. The yogi will try to prevent the energy from falling below to root chakra (Mooladhara chakra) where there is risk of inflating ego and other animal tendencies. By mastering the flow of energy upwards, the yogi is able to bring the energy to lodge permanently in crown chakra. Due to inherent dangers, this awakening of kundalini is after body is prepared with in-depth practice of Kriyas, Pranayama, Pranic Healing and Meditation.

Energy Centre of Mooladhara Chakra represents Karma and Karma is represented by Saturn. The process of raising of past Karma upward through exhalation is achieved through Kundalini Awakening (Jagaran) also known as Kundalini Yoga. In this process of awakened inhaling-exhaling, first spinal chord and its vertebras are cleaned. The physical location of Centre of Enlightenment (Agya Chakra) is at the centre of our forehead, just above the seat of Soul or Shiva at the Centre of Intuition between our eyes and connected to Sahasrara chakra at crown of the head. It is believed that Kundalini (the energy field) travels from the first Chakra Centre of Energy (Muladhara Chakra), situated at the base of our spine and travels to 2nd, 3rd, 4th…..Centres (Chakra) to reach the Sahasrara Chakra at the crown or top of the head. Here it meets with the Supreme Consciousness – Shiva while remaining connected to Centre of Intuition (Ajna Chakra) between both eye-brows and Centre of Enlightenment (Jyoti Kendra) at the centre of forehead in this process in the path of Kundalini.

With further practice, Kendas or Chakras start getting cleaned step-by-step in time of duration depending on each individual’s level of awareness of inhaling-exhaling. When all Yoga Chakras are cleaned one feels exalted and enlightened as Kundalini has awakened to its optimum level.   

Breathing Techniques or Pranayama, Yog and Meditation are the main components for Kundalini Awakening. Each kriya consists of rapid, repetitive movements coordinated with a designated breathing method. It is awakened thinking and practice that cleans-up from within resulting in attainment of physical, mental and spiritual development. During Meditation, the focussed thoughts penetrates within us by way of visualisation on our five senses which takes concrete shape with its continued deliberations. It makes us fearless, courageous, social, gentle, noble and overall healthy by way of such focussed and determined thinking.

The first part of this Kundalini Awakening process is raising upwards and neutralizing of past Karma (Papa-Karma) through exhalation. Here Jeeva (Jupiter) entered from Centre of Vital Force or Prana Kendra (Nostrils) by awakened inhaling into the Body (Mars), indicates self-efforts (Sadhana) leading to extraordinary spiritual attainment of Soul (Sun) at Anahat (Heart) Chakra through Mind (Moon) at Swadhisthana Chakra (Sacral Centre). Jeeva moved from Body (Mars) at Manipur Chakra (Solar Plexis) penetrates into Shakti (Mool) Kendra which is the seat of accumulated Karmas and lifts up the Papa-Karma relating to ‘Rinanubandha’ (bondage of debts). Here Soul (Sun) and Mind (Moon) inter-linking to Karma, the Jeeva contemplates on clearing bondage “Rinabandha Karma” the Vasanas (Venus) through Visudhi Kendra by awakened exhaling.

In the second part, the Pranayama (itself a Karma) and Pranic Healing by Internal Trip (Antar-Yatra Meditation) from Centre of Energy (Mooladhara Chakra) to Sahasrara Chakra (Gyan Kendra) with awakened inhaling-exhaling, clears our past Karmas by balancing our emotional imbalances that lead to self-realization and salvation of Soul (Sun) by Jeeva (Jupiter). Here Punya-Karma is lifted-up through Spinal & Astral Tubes to Sahasrara Chakra. Other yogic processes including Meditation also help in Kundalini-Awakening. In these processes first spinal chord and its vertebras are cleaned and with further practice all Kendas (Circles) start getting cleaned step-by-step in time of duration depending on each individual’s level of awareness of inhaling-exhaling and other yogic practices. When all Kendras are cleaning up, one feels exalted and enlightened as Kundalini has awakened to its optimum level. It is a stage where the enlightened one is free from any confusions of life and has a clear understanding of the entire cosmic operations. He is capable of clearly visualising future time with the help past experience to perform and advise best karma in the present. He always feels easy and comfortable in conducting himself in life with the energy gained through awakened and conscious practice of Yoga and Meditation.      

Ultimate aim is linking of Jeeva (Life Force Prana) to the Supreme Soul (Atma): Karma or accumulated deeds is a cause for taking this birth so as its remaining balance is cleared. It remains linked to Intellect (Budhi), Desires (Bhoga or Vasnas) and the Soul. Besides Karma, another cause for taking this birth is the condition on Jeeva from the Soul that it can enjoy Bliss or Darshan (association) of the Soul only after clearing or satisfying the balance of Desires (Vasnas) linked to the Soul. So, Jeeva comes on this earth through Human Body to satisfy this condition of the Soul. Therefore, this birth is for two activities – one by Karma and another by Jeeva so as Soul is liberated from the bondage of Karma and Desires (Vasnas), which in turn ensures liberation from the cycle birth, death and rebirth. Karma is clearing past accumulated deeds and Jeeva is clearing balance of Desires linked to the Soul. Both Karma and Jeeva become the basis of taking this birth. On this earth, both Karma and Jeeva are identified by the Human Body and their activities are performed through the medium of Human Body. The Human Body is represented by Deha, Ego or Ahankara.

For perceiving and performing the activities of the Human Body, it gets Manah (Mind) illuminated by Soul (Sun gives light or knowledge to Moon). Mind is always in confusion due to its two resultant factors or Nodes. Upper Node (Rahu) always creates Maya-Moha (illusions) and lower Node (Ketu) shows opposite path of Moksha (Detachment or Liberation).

Our Karma represented by Saturn is assisted by Yoga. The Jeeva or Life Force Prana represented by Jupiter is assisted by Pranayama. The Soul represented by Sun, Mind represented by Mind, Deha or Ego represented by Mars, Budhi (Intellect) represented by Mercury and other areas of life are assisted by Meditation. Karma and Jeeva can achieve their aim only with a sound Deha or physical body.

Ayurveda as a Science: Ayurveda is the foremost of the four Upavedas or `secondary Vedas” through which a true Vedic life can be properly lived. Astrology or Jyotish is the foremost of the six Vedangas or `limbs of the Veda’. It is said to be the `eye of the Veda’ through which all Vedic knowledge can be properly applied.

Ayurveda and Astrology are closely intertwined not only with each other but with all other Vedic sciences, including the great wisdom traditions of Yoga and Vedanta and their profound paths of Self-realization and God-realization.

The Vedas themselves are ancient mantric texts of great profundity and mystery, deriving from the meditative insights of the great Himalayan seers or rishis over five thousand years ago.The Vedas derive from a yogic approach to reality. They were said to have been directly perceived from the Cosmic Mind in the state of Samadhi or inner unity between the seer and the seen. This affords them an insight and an authority that goes beyond our ordinary knowledge edge sources born of the mere brain, senses and human mind.’

The central message of the Vedas is that the universe dwells within our own consciousness, which extends beyond all time and space. We are the entire universe, which is the expression of our own deeper Self.

The Vedic mantra, which is the basis of all Vedic texts, is a special code of vibratory or sound-based knowledge, inherent in cosmic space. It contains the keys to cosmic law or dharma, the underlying truth principles that sustain the cosmic order. These dharmas are not just physical laws but ethical and spiritual principles, the most notable of which is the law of karma. Through these Vedic mantras we can understand our individual dharma, our social dharma and, ultimately, all the dharmas in the universe.

Vedic knowledge is perhaps the ultimate science because it can unlock all the secrets of nature, bridging the internal to the external, and unraveling the parallel processes of cosmogenesis and the development of individual life. Vedic mantras show how the forces of nature from the elements to the stars work within us as physical and psychological forces. Through this special insight taught by the Vedas, we can reintegrate ourselves into the conscious universe, realizing our existence as a single organic being of love, light and bliss.