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Q: Is there a time of day which is better for meditation?

M: Yes, meditation in the early morning upon arising is the best time because the mind is then free of thoughts, cares and worries.

But all these rules regarding hours of meditation etc, are only for beginners. There will come a time when you will say, "I have given up meditation," because then you will have realized that the idea implies duality: the person who meditates, and the object of meditation; you will perceive the standpoint of the true Self which does not need to meditate.

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yes well said sir.

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Q: What about practicing in a group or alone?

M: The latter is advisable for beginners, but we must learn to advance to the point where we create our own mental solitude, then it will not matter where we are. We must learn to find solitude (mentally) in the midst of society; we should not give up our meditation because we are among people, but carry it on even then. Just do not be ostentatious about it -- do it secretly. Do not make an exhibition of the fact that you are meditating.

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #528 on: June 01, 2012, 01:26:01 PM »
Q: It is said that the yogi should sit on a deerskin, as this prevents the loss of magnetism during meditation.

M: It is not necessary. The earth will not rob you of the effects of your meditation because you do not happen to use a deerskin.

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #529 on: June 01, 2012, 01:51:40 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Talking about deer-skin or rather tiger's-skin one Western devotee asked Sri Bhagavan, 'Is it true that sitting on such skins would
help meditation?  Sri Bhagavan replied: Not necessarily. Then the Western devotee started talking about killing tigers and other
animals in India, (those days such hunting and killing were not banned). Then he repeated the question: Why are you then sitting
on a tiger skin?  Sri Bhagavan replied: I  AM SITTING ON THE TRUTH!.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #530 on: June 01, 2012, 01:57:47 PM »
well said sir.

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #531 on: June 04, 2012, 01:45:50 AM »
Q: How can we overcome discomforts of the body, such as mosquito bites, when sitting for meditation?

M: You wish to gain concentration? Then never mind what happens to the body. Maintain the same train of thought and effort, and the bodily discomfort will pass away. Do not think of the discomfort but keep the mind firm on your meditation. If you are not strong enough to endure the mosquitoes, how can you hope to gain realization? It is like waiting for the waves of the ocean to subside before you enter to bathe! Be strong and keep up constant effort.

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #532 on: June 04, 2012, 11:30:52 AM »
Dear prasanth,

A related conversation of a devotee had with Sri Bhagavan is as follows:

Devotee: If a mosquito bites me, should I swat it or ignore it?

Maharshi: Just because you swat it, you will not get moksha. Or because you swat it you will go to hell.
                If you are in true meditation, you shall not notice the mosquito either biting or simply sitting on your elbow!

Arunachala Siva.
 

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #533 on: June 04, 2012, 12:22:55 PM »
yes sir, bhagavan proved this when he was staying in patala lingam

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #534 on: June 05, 2012, 01:58:26 AM »
Q: How are lust and anger to be overcome?

M: By dhyana (meditation); by the holding onto a single thought and discarding all other thoughts.

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #535 on: June 06, 2012, 01:33:37 AM »
One obstacle to be overcome in meditation is laya (temporary stillness). Hence the teacher who gave out the Bhagavad Gita said, "Practice moderation in sleep." Fakirs who tried to do without sleep altogether went to unnecessary ascetic extremes. Excessive sleep may be caused by over-eating or overexertion, so moderate these things too. Deep sleep is not possible in daytime, as the sun's rays have a peculiar effect that prevents it; so if you doze in the daytime it is very easy to turn that into meditation, as it is close to it.

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #536 on: June 07, 2012, 09:39:16 PM »
With regard to sleep, the moment you wake up, be alert and begin to think of God (Self). Stay alert throughout the day, i.e. practice the presence of God. The second obstacle to meditation is the mind turning to external objects. When that is overcome, a further obstacle is forgetting that one is there to practice meditation. Then the fourth obstacle arises: the mind working internally.

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« Reply #537 on: June 08, 2012, 08:01:47 PM »
If it is difficult to control the mind, use the breath, or have satsang (association with the wise) when the mind will come under control spontaneously. Such is the greatness of satsang.

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #538 on: June 11, 2012, 01:31:37 AM »
Q: What path do you advise? We need your grace.

M: Be still, do not think, and know that I AM.

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Re: Daily Message From AHAM (The Association of Happiness for All Mankind)
« Reply #539 on: June 12, 2012, 11:51:29 AM »
Q: Should I meditate with the eyes open or closed?

M: You can meditate with the eyes open or shut, whichever suits you best. It differs with different people. Seeing is when the mind looks through the eyes, but if it is not looking because it is focused within, it does not see even if the eyes are open. It is the same with sounds. If you pay attention to them, you will hear them, but if you persistently focus only on the Self within, you won't hear them.