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Jyoti

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Meditation about Om
« on: July 01, 2011, 08:44:36 PM »
What are Bhagavans teachings about Om?
What is the correct way to use Om in meditation?

Subramanian.R

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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2011, 12:39:52 PM »


Dear Jyoti,

Sri Bhagavan has also said that Om can be meditated upon for
orientation of the mind. He has not dealt with it in detail in any
of His conversations.



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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2011, 07:56:40 PM »
couple of days back doctors in banglore declared that Chanting Of Om Manta And Yoga therapy can remove many disorders.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Om-Yoga-therapy-to-remove-all-disorders/articleshow/9056009.cms

Yoga is no longer a traditional fitness workout. The National Institute of Mental Healthand Neuro-Sciences (Nimhans) not only has a 45-minute yoga package to treat psychiatric disorders like depression and schizophrenia, but has started comparing its curative effects with general medicine.

Doctors at Nimhans say their studies reveal evidence of biological changes in the body brought about by yoga. They prescribe yoga therapy along with medication in major ailments, while using yoga therapy alone for less serious disorders.

Nimhans is currently doing rigorous clinical trials on the impact of yoga in treatment. Doctors are also measuring biological parameters in patients after yoga therapy. This project has been taken up as the scientific community has still not accepted the role of yoga despite even mainstream doctors prescribing it with allopathic treatment.

"In all our investigations, there is a high degree of evidence that yoga in different forms does have a curative effect in diseases like depression, memory loss in elderly persons, schizophrenia and others. We worked out specific protocols for yoga for specific neurological problems. The degree of improvement is comparable to that of medicine," said programme director, Advanced Centre for Yoga, Nimhans, Dr B N Gangadhar.

Benefits of yoga

Nimhans worked out 12 hypothetical leads, and for some, experts have found evidence.

* Yoga reduces cortisol levels (cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland. It's released in response to stress and low level of blood glucocorticoids)

* Yoga increases brain derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF). The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the nerve growth factor family. Expression of this gene is reduced in patients suffering from Alzheimer's and Huntington. It may regulate stress response

* Yoga helps reduce TNF alfa (tumour necrosis factor)

"We found that chanting of `Om' reduces activity of sensors which have become hyperactive in patients suffering from depression. About 35-40 patients come to our centre every day. We've developed a 45-minute package that should be practised daily. We found certain biological parameters also change with yoga practice. It's not merely faith in a traditional therapy; it's much more than faith," Dr B N Gangadhar said.

Case study

The yoga university ( Bangalore and Jigani) recently found evidence that it can reduce sugar levels and help control it in a case of juvenile onset diabetes Type 1 of 14-year-old Rakshith S. He suffered very high sugar levels and severe glaucoma for 18 months but now his sugar level has stabilized thanks to 21 days of intensive yoga therapy. It's a matter of pride for Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samstha University.

Rakshith was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 12 after complaints of giddiness and tiredness and being very hungry most of the time. In September 2009, he was diagnosed with fasting blood sugar level of 340 mg/dl and post-prandial blood sugar level of 525 mg/dl.

"Doctors asked me to take insulin. I used to inject it. Despite using high doses, blood sugar level didn't come to normal," he said.

When he came to SVYASA, his insulin dosage was 24 units in the morning and 24 in the evening. A holistic approach that included asanas, pranayama, suddhi kriyas or detox methods, meditation and sattvic food was put in place. But Rakshith had glaucoma in which the intraocular pressure rises, so he couldn't do all the asanas.

His therapist Rupali Ashok Zamvar said: "We saw tremendous improvement and stability in his sugar level after therapy. His insulin dosage was gradually reduced. We gave him instant relaxation, quick relaxation and deep relaxation techniques. Diet also played a major role."

Treatment training

Dr R Nagarathna: Yoga expert

The department of AYUSH launched a country-wide Stop Diabetes campaign. In it, we train yoga practitioners to treat diabetes patients. Extensive research over 20 years reveal that blood sugar reduces with yoga and good cholestrol increases. It has a calming effect on body and mind. We have seen improvements in those suffering from hypertension, obesity, heart diseases and cancer.

 

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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2011, 08:35:01 PM »


Dear Jyoti,

What you have written is for maintaining good health
and to follow some yogic practices.  Good health, ok.
But yogic practices are in no way concerned with
Self realization, says Sri Bhagavan.



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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2011, 08:42:16 PM »


Dear Jyoti,

What you have written is for maintaining good health
and to follow some yogic practices.  Good health, ok.
But yogic practices are in no way concerned with
Self realization, says Sri Bhagavan.



Arunachala Siva.


I have not posted this article, prasanth_ramana_maharshi has done.  ;)

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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2011, 12:39:29 PM »


Dear prasanth,

Sorry, I did not address it to you.  The comments as
observed by Sri Bhagavan, may be kindly gone through
by you.



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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2011, 04:24:01 PM »
Bhagavan said that even OM is second to chanting I-I..., I-I....

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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2011, 04:49:55 PM »


Dear amiatall,

Excellent. I was about to mention that in my post. But it will confuse people, who have not
read thoroughly the teachings of Sri Bhagavan. So I had kept quiet.



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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2011, 04:51:30 PM »
What is 'I' in Sanskrit, aham?
Can this not lead to more egoism?

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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2011, 05:13:56 PM »


Dear Jyoti,

In Sanskrit, I is Aham,

But when someone contemplates I, I,  it does not mean egoism.  Because, I-thought is  only
ego. And not pure I.

I is pure mind or ego. This pure mind takes you to the Self and it also merges in the Self.

Like the stick that  is used for stirring funeral pure also gets thrown down on the pure and
burnt.



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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2011, 06:01:33 PM »
What is 'I' in Sanskrit, aham?
Can this not lead to more egoism?

Yes, to many it appears this way.
I I.... I I.... I I.... ..... ....

Since you are attending one pointedly to the first name of God it will only lead you to less egoism.
Why OM, the ground sound of all manifestation is second to this 'I'-'I'? Because you refer to yourself as 'I' and not as 'OM' or 'Siva' or whatever, thus it makes you more inward-bent and leads you directly to the source. Indeed a very powerful mantra.

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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2011, 06:06:55 PM »


Dear amiatall,

Excellent. I was about to mention that in my post. But it will confuse people, who have not
read thoroughly the teachings of Sri Bhagavan. So I had kept quiet.



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Dear Subramanian.R,

Somehow it came out naturally and instantly, couldn't even think about it  ;D

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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2011, 06:33:23 AM »
For doing japa with 'I': is it better to use Sanskrit or one's own native language?

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Re: Meditation about Om
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2011, 03:12:54 PM »


Dear Jyoti,

Though Sri Bhagavan has not said about language
restrictions, it is better to use one's native tongue.
He says in Who am I? "Even if you contemplate Nan-
Nan, it shall take you to that place i.e Source."



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