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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Advanced (in) Yoga & Meditation Practice?

Someone asked how do we know that we are advancing in our yoga and meditation practice?

In a simple terms, the state of our mind should be reflected in our daily life.

When we find that we are a happier person in life, less selfishness, less complaints, less craving and aversion, less fear and worry, are becoming more humble, positive, compassionate, patient, tolerant and forgiving, and we have stronger self-control and are developing non-attachment towards the body, the mind, the intellect and the ego, and are able to remain calm and at peace most of the time, then know that we are advancing in yoga and meditation practice, even though we are not strong and flexible physically to perform such and such asanas, and are not experiencing "transcendental" state in meditation.

In contrast, if we find that we are more unhappy in life, more selfishness, more complaints, more craving and aversion, more fear and worry, are becoming more arrogant, negative, angry, hating, impatient, intolerant and unforgiving, and we have no self-control over our own thoughts, actions and speech, and are attached strongly to the body, the mind, the intellect and the ego, and are agitated and being emotionally and mentally disturbed most of the time having no peacefulness, then know that we are moving away from yoga and meditation practice, even though physically we are strong and flexible to perform such and such asanas, and are experiencing "transcendental" state in meditation. But know that this is also part of the path and part of the purification process. It is not something "bad" if we are aware of it.

Meditate with a pure mind upon purity, we evolve towards purity. Meditate with an impure mind upon impurity, we evolve towards impurity. And thus, purification of the mind is the most important fundamental practice before any other spiritual practice. When the mind is pure, we'll know that purification of the mind is not just the fundamental practice but it is the only practice and the entire practice.

Only when we are beyond the mind and all states of the mind, then we will not be affected nor disturbed nor influenced by any states of the mind.

May all be happy.

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