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Yoga: Yes You Can Be Enligthened

If you are reading this then you are ready to learn secrets of yoga that have been kept for thousands of years, not so much because they were locked away, but because getting to the core of them was too hard. Too many books to read, too many different schools and practices.

I am creating a new bookclub (chapter by chapter exploration) of the book Samadhi.  See the bottom of this article for the book club I did on his pranayama book.

I wish I was

It is possible to attain the highest freedom

It is possible to attain the highest freedom, click on the book to read with me

free from thoughts, and that nothing woul bother me, I wish I was what people say is enlightened, a state of flow, or Samadhi, but life has a way to give us experiences so that we learn what we need to learn when we are ready.

 

And so it seems we are ready because Gregor Maehle has written a book called Samadhi so that we all can learn how the “yogis” do get to it, to freedom.

And I say yogis because there are tons of meditation methods out there, but the book deals with the specifics of how yogis do it.

What I like about the book is that Gregor uses a mix of personal experience and vast research.

And just like I did with his Pranayama book I invite you to go over the book with me  (see the chapters of the pranayama book below)

The proposal is to learn how to achieve higher states through yoga.

So we are at the intro and there are a few things that called my attentio

If you can sit for 3 hours in full concentration…

“This is a practical text” [page 1]

If you can seat for 3 hours concentrating in one object  (tall order) then you get to the GOAL of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

These Sutras have 196 sentences and 100 have to do with this state, but he only gets to that point, from there on, he says you will achieve freedom, but there is no explanation.

And so we will be dipping our toes together with Maehle to see how to go beyond that.

He claims to have attained some of the higher states.

It Is Our Duty To Get To That State

There is no more time because the world is in a state of constant fighting and anger and wars.

That is how teachers see it now, and we are blessed to have access to all of these techniques, but it depends on where our minds are at

Do not let anyone challenge you by saying “who are you to experience these states?”  We are all children of the Divine and, as such we deserve to let go of unworthiness and experience Samadhi”  [some paraphrasing page 4]

Read the book with me and tell me what you think

Read the book with me and tell me what you think

In Which of the Five Stages of The Mind Are You?

Because yoga is so focused on asana we tend not to look into what is deeper than that, and what gifts it brings.

See where you stand with respect to the stages of the mind as per “Vyasa” who did an in-depth interpretation of the Sutras and created an enormous amount of written work:

1)  Kshipta, Wild. Out of Control. Raving

“This mind can only concentrate by thinking of destroying its enemies” [page 9]

I imagine this could be an alcoholic person who is not aware of the addiction and is hurting friends and family. I doubt anyone in this stage would get to this post.

2)  Mudha, Infatuated or Materialistic

“Makes assessments of others on whether they have an attractive body or an impressive bank account or obsesses about genetic progeny” [10]

I see someone here who would make money their god, and live only for it, and for status and prestige and to be recognized as very worthy.  Striving to be liked and loved all the time.

3) Vikshipta, Confused or Oscillating

Finally one we can work with.  A confused mind can be quieted by a daily practice of yoga as a whole, with sitting, with some pranayama, with meditation.

4) Ekagra, Single Pointed

This is the state where we can sit for 3 hours fully concentrated in one object, and the culmination of the yoga sutras, or where Patanjali says that from there on you will achieve the full enlightenment, which takes us to the fifth

5) Nirodha Mind

This is hard to understand, it can be experienced but hard to describe as per all teachers who reach the level.

Take the Upanishads…

“This mind is reabsorbed into the heart once its work is done” [12]


If you are anything like me…

You probably find youMeditationself somewhere between the 2nd,  3rd stage and maybe, 4th stage.

Practicing, [Here is Portable Yoga, a 30′ asana practice] observing the mind, working towards liberation in day to day activities, when you work, when you pray, when you meditate, even if for short periods of time.

 

I’m not sure I’ll get to 3 hours of full concentration.  It would require a very special set of circumstances which is difficult for us westerners because a life dedicated to yoga is something not many of us can afford.

But we can slowly build up.  Do what we can.  Take the first steps.

The Promise And What It Takes

Yes we can attain this blissful state, but the paradox is that we can’t expect it, or look for it.

We can do the work necessary, and surrender to the Divine.

There is nothing religious here.  There is just a person like you or me interested in the yogic techniques that bring freedom.

Are you reading the book? What do you think so far? Any insights? Let me know.

Interview:

Claudia and Gregor talk about YOGA Meditation on The Yoga Podcast

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