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1. The philosophy of meditation

1. The philosophy of meditation

Posted by on Dec 4, 2010 in Explanation of meditation | 0 comments

So the first part of the program will be theoretical, I’ll be speaking about the philosophy of meditation. And then the second part will be practical, we’ll actually do meditation. Before I begin, I would like to offer my obeisances to my spiritual masters. They taught me this mediation many years ago. Since that time, I’ve applied it to my life on a...

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2. Who am I?

2. Who am I?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2010 in Explanation of meditation | 0 comments

Now, so far I’ve referred a lot to ourselves. I sit down, we receive the benefit. And this brings us to the next topic. This is the topic of identity. I talked about this last night but we’ll go over it again for those who weren’t here, and also it’s good to hear this many times. In the Vedas it says that this is a very important topic. And it comes...

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3. How to meditate

3. How to meditate

Posted by on Dec 4, 2010 in Explanation of meditation | 0 comments

So our mantra will be GAURANGA NITAI-GAUR. All right, let’s practice saying that now. Everybody ready? We’re going to practice saying that. First I will say it and then you repeat. Like this. OK. Ready? GAU-RA-ANG-GA NI-TAI-GAUR (audience repeats twice) All right, very good. At this point you may ask, “Well, exactly, what is a mantra?” Of course, a...

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4. Maha-mantra

4. Maha-mantra

Posted by on Dec 4, 2010 in Explanation of meditation | 0 comments

OK. The next mantra we’re going to learn is on the other card. This is known as the maha-mantra. The word “maha” means great. And “mantra” means mind deliverer. And mantra actually has the power to deliver our minds from the material realm to the spiritual realm. And of all mantras this is the greatest one. This is the mantra that Lord Gauranga...

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5. Japa meditation

5. Japa meditation

Posted by on Dec 4, 2010 in Explanation of meditation | 0 comments

If everyone will take your beads, we’re going to learn a meditation called japa meditation, and sometimes it’s called japa yoga. You’ll notice one bead is different than all the rest. It’s bigger, it sticks up, it has a tassel on it. This is called the head bead. We do not chant the maha-mantra on the head bead. This is an indicator bead that lets...

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6. Sankirtan meditation

6. Sankirtan meditation

Posted by on Dec 4, 2010 in Explanation of meditation | 0 comments

The third meditation we’re going to learn is called sankirtan. Sankirtan means congregational chanting: two or more people come together and chant the mantras. Normally it’s done with the accompaniment of a musical instrument, but it doesn’t have to. Tonight we’ll use guitar. It’s done in a method called shravanam-kirtanam. ‘Shravanam’ means...

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7. Meditation – Questions

7. Meditation – Questions

Posted by on Dec 4, 2010 in Explanation of meditation | 0 comments

Question 1: Can I chant the mantra silently in my mind so I don’t attract the attention of others? Answer: Yeah, you can do that. But you should also find a time and a place where you can chant out loud. See. In other words, your prescribed number of rounds on your beads should be out loud. And, certainly, kirtan has to be out loud. And also a lot of...

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