Kalari Namaskar Asana 30° - The weaker leg is exercised more than the stronger leg, symbolically eualizing both legs. The pose streamlines body shape and induces lightness on the feet, attempting to symbolically replicate the weightlessness of consciousness.

 

 

SPIRITUAL YOGA EXPERIENCE (SYE)

 

Realization of consciousness is spiritual experience.

 

Consciousness means being aware.

 

We are aware when we are present.

 

We become present when we are detached and still and balanced.

 

Awareness and balance detachment and stillness and the present are inherent characteristics of consciousness. And it is inborn therefore we have the capacity for SYE regardless of whether we are criminal or law-abiding.

 

There are no conditions adherences or beliefs attached to SYE. And what impact SYE has on us is unique therefore if we profess anything afterwards it will be pretentious. We may document/record the event in our own words and we may compare notes but it would be unfair to assume that our experience is original. Each person’s experience is original despite that the method is common. We may impart method but not the experience because it may inadvertently compromise the other person’s originality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parvatasana/Mountain pose (flexor) - The heels are raised and lowered alternately while keeping the knees straight. The weaker leg is kept strong and firm, to match with the stronger leg. The pose strengthens the achilles tendon, calves, arches & toes, distributing body weight. 

 

 

1 Alignment with the present (Method)

 

The yogi (anyone who practices yoga) drinks water.

 

It performs limbering exercises, which loosens the joints and gets the breathing going.

 

It sits cross-legged on a yoga mat, not necessarily in padmasana pose (lotus pose).

 

The tips of the index finger and thumb of each hand are joined and the hands are placed on the knees.

 

With eyes closed the yogi meditates on breathing rhythm for about 5 minutes. (The yogi leans back against the wall because otherwise the stress of sitting in pose disturbs quality of meditation.)

 

After making sure that meditation is holding steady the yogi focuses exclusively on the ending of exhalation of breath.

 

The yogi stays in a state of meditation for about 10 minutes.

 

The yogi does not rise immediately when the session is ended. It remains in place as it was and feels the resonance of the session flowing through the head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Padmasana/lotus pose - The yogi meditates on the ending of exhalation. At every exhalation the yogi is aligned with the present. The alignment is rhythmic because of the duality of breathing rhythm. But after being in meditation for a while the alignment becomes seamless. If the yogi pauses and introspects it will find that thought is in a 'flow of alignment' with the present whereas at the start it was in a 'rhythm of alignment'. How and when it happened is hard to tell. The breathing continues being in dual rhythm mode but thought is in flow, symbolizing detachment of thought from the body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shalabasana/locust pose (extensor) - While in pose the left arm supports more weight than the stronger right arm, symbolically equalizing both arms. 

 

Effect

 

We can measure the past and future but the present cannot be pinpointed. The yogi was in alignment with the present at every exhalation during the meditation. The alignment was at rhythmic intervals therefore the yogi was rhythmically aligned with the present. However, after the session ended the resonance of the present was a seamless flow, and without gaps.

 

A good comparison is the ticking of a clock. At every tick the clock is aligned with the present hence it is aligned at rhythmic intervals. If the clock were aligned without intervals it would emit a continuous beep.

 

Interpretation

 

The present is one of the elementary characteristics of consciousness. Therefore we are conscious when we are aligned with the present. Consciousness may be found only in the present but not in the past or future. The past is a memory and the future is speculation whereas the present is actual. Previously the self had possessed thought consequently it was absent – thought cannot align with the present when it is possessed by self. But when self was eclipsed thought became free and it became one with consciousness. And it was only after transforming into conscious that thought was enabled to feel the flow of the present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nataraj asana/dancer's pose (extensor) - The yogi holds pose for longer duration on weaker leg, matching it to the stronger leg. Differently from the counterbalance of two unequal sides Natarajasana develops aligned balance, symbolically replicating the unshakeable balance of consciousness.

 

 

2 Facial Asana 1 (FA 1) (Method)

 

Stand in front of a mirror and observe the mouth-line. It is not horizontal. One side is slanted down.

 

Pull back the mouth-line into a full smile and balance it horizontally, with effort. Redo a few times till it becomes familiar. Ensure the teeth are joined but not clenching. Keep the lips closed.

 

Hold the pose with easy breathing rhythm. After a while, when the pose becomes strenuous, relax it slightly without disturbing the horizontal alignment.

 

Lie down flat on a bed or mat, without a pillow, keeping the neck straight. Close the eyes and breathe rhythmically.

 

Feel the effect of FA 1 on the mind and body after silencing thought.

 

Stay in pose for about five minutes.

 

Effect

 

It was as if a wall that separated the lobes of the brain gave way, after which sensations flowed across the divide seamlessly. By inference the wedge that separated thought from conscious was removed consequently there was a seamless flow. Afterwards, when I bestirred and sat up I was in a state of reverie. I felt distant from the everyday things around me. And the clarity of sensitivity was such that it was like feeling in stereo mode what had until then been in mono. As if the pose had enabled access to an underused section of the brain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vriksh asana/tree pose - The yogi holds pose longer on weaker leg, equalizing it with the stronger leg. As a result counterbalance is replaced with aligned balance, symbolically mimicking the seamless balance of consciousness.

 

 

3 Facial Asana 2 (FA 2) (Method)

 

Induce FA 1.

 

Lie down flat on a bed or mat, without a pillow, keeping the neck straight. Close the eyes and breathe rhythmically.

 

Keep the eyes closed and focus on the two sides of the face, from within.

 

We discover that one side is composed while the other side is reactive. This is a universal anatomical condition. The muscles, mouth-line forehead and eyebrow on the left side react corresponding to the thought process but the right side is composed, still.

 

Focus exclusively on the composed side of the face.

 

The reactive side relaxes and becomes composed like the other side.

 

The two sides of the face and brain are aligned into a state of oneness.

 

Stay in pose for about 10 minutes and experience the oneness of thought and consciousness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kandavasana (extensor) - While in pose the yogi raises the stronger leg off the floor, thrusting more weight on the weaker leg. When strength is equalized it leaves behind a resonance of aligned balance and when the brain is similarly aligned during shavasana the outline of the template of consciousness becomes embedded in mind & body.

 

 

Effect/Interpretation

 

FA 1 eclipses the self, which is the demarcation that separated thought from consciousness and as a result the two features flow into each other, producing a state of oneness. Thought is consciousness but self had possession of thought which was the reason it became alienated from consciousness. By analogy East Germany was alienated from West Germany when it was possessed but after the demarcation was broken down the two sides became one.

 

FA 2 isolates consciousness from self so completely that we are enabled to study and feel the characteristics of consciousness with clarity ever afterwards. It is as yet the most advanced method of meditation and it is on par with meditation on the present. FA 2 cleans out any residue or resonance the self left behind in thought, leaving thought looking like consciousness. FA 2 is so advanced it produces instant experience of consciousness. And it is a spotlight with which we discover the unpleasant characteristics of the self, like seeing ourselves from outside the body. And after having seen inward from outside, we next turn our focus outward. We become so focused outward that we fail to notice when everything that was within is gone, leaving nothing behind to betray the presence of the yogi. We would have become a set of characteristics without identity of a claimant, an owner.

 

Consciousness is not relative to the features of DD, which are: time & space, past & future, left & right, night & day, pain & joy and life & death. When thought aligns with consciousness it accesses the features of AD, which are: stillness, detachment, balance, the present, awareness and selflessness. FA and yoga are processes that resolve the conflicting dualities of the body and mind. The inequalities arising from favoring one side over the other are treated and healed with patience and creative effort, making the mind & body similar to consciousness symbolically if not actually. We cannot forestall death, yet nothing stops us from trying to emulate consciousness.

 

After we become expert at FA and yoga we are prepared to explore the depths of consciousness and find many more extra-natural features. In yoga with consciousness we will find phenomena like peace and inner beauty and agelessness and selflessness. And when we become selfless conscious it will be like a makeover took place after which our previous avatar becomes a distant memory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shavasana - It is the soul of yoga and it is rich with symbolism. Before proceeding into meditation proper the yogi opens its eyes and performs eye asana, during which there is emphasis of effort on the weaker right eye. As a result the eyes and eyelids and eye muscles become strong and coordinated. Eye asana is followed by tongue asana, which preserves sense of taste and keeps the voice in good condition.

 

After pranayama-in-shavasana the yogi progresses into the meditation stage, during which it aligns with consciousness by means of FA 2. Staying focused takes a lifetime to learn, if ever, which is the reason shavasana is easiest to perform but difficult to master.

 

Shavasana symbolizes selfless conscious. The yogi (thought) detaches from self and the body after which it does not have identity or image, symbolizing what happens to us after we lose the body. The paradox is strange: we work our butts off to attain ageless health while all the time the focus was to detach from the body!

 

Consciousness fulfills the mind and body after the self seeps out. Acknowledging the presence of consciousness is understanding. Sharing the mind and body with consciousness is generosity.

Becoming still and silent within is mimicry of consciousness. And love of consciousness is the beginning of wisdom.

 

 

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