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Karma, reincarnation and meditation

Karma and reincarnation

(Excerpt from “Meditation and Mantras” by Swami Vishnudevananda)

Meditation unleashes immense potential. We gain mastery of the mind by bringing a halt to its incessant chatter and teaching it to focus in a concentrated manner. Awareness of thought patterns helps to give the power to project thoughts to others. Yet one must be very careful always to send only vibrant, positive, loving and healing energy. For a complete understanding of why this is so, consider the subjects of Karma and reincarnation.

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The eight steps of Raja Yoga

The eight steps of Raja Yoga

(Excerpt from “Meditation and Mantras” by Swami Vishnudevananda)

The blueprint for this base is found in the ashtanga, or eight limbs, of Raja Yoga. These eight progressive steps are yama (abstentions), niyama (observances), asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (superconscious state). The first five steps form the basis for concentration.

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Healthy eating and meditation

Healthy eating and meditation

(Excerpt from “Meditation and Mantras” by Swami Vishnudevananda)

What is consumed by the human body correlates directly to the efficiency with which the brain functions. Recent studies show that certain red food colouring creates hyperactivity in children, and that refined sugar can cause emotional instability. These are just two examples of substances that are often heedlessly consumed without understanding their effect on the body and mind. A person who meditates regularly must be particularly aware of these substances, for even on a day by day basis, diet affects the quality of meditation.

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Thought-waves and Thought-transference

Thought-waves and Thought-transference

(Excerpt from “Thought Power” by Swami Sivananda)

What is this world, after all? It is nothing but the materialisation of the thought-forms of Hiranyagarbha or God. You have got waves of heat and light and electricity in science. There are also thought-waves in Yoga. Thought has tremendous power. Everybody is experiencing the power of thought unconsciously to a greater or lesser degree. Great Yogins like Jnanadev, Bhartrihari and Patanjali used to send and receive messages to and from distant persons through mind-telepathy (mental radio) and thought-transference. Telepathy was the first wireless telegraph and telephone service ever known to the world.

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Thoughts Are Finer Forces

Thoughts Are Finer Forces

(Excerpt from “Thought Power” by Swami Sivananda)

Thought is a finer force. This is supplied to us by food. If you read Chhandogya Upanishad – the dialogue between Uddalaka and Svetaketu – you will understand this point well. If the food is pure, thought also becomes pure. He who has pure thoughts speaks very powerfully and produces deep impression on the minds of the hearers by his speech. He influences thousands of persons through his pure thoughts. A pure thought is sharper than the edge of a razor. Entertain always pure, sublime thoughts. Thought-culture is an exact science.

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The Ether of Space Registers Thoughts

The Ether of Space Registers Thoughts

(Excerpt from “Thought Power” by Swami Sivananda)

You can move the world through thought-force. Thought has great power. It can be transmitted from one man to another man. The powerful thoughts of great sages and Rishis of yore are still recorded in the Akasa (Akasic records). Yogins who have clairvoyant vision can perceive those thought-images. They can read them. You are surrounded by an ocean of thought. You are floating in the ocean of thought. You are absorbing certain thoughts and repelling some in the thought-world. Everyone has his own thought-world.

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The Medium Through Which Thoughts Travel

The Medium Through Which Thoughts Travel

(Excerpt from “Thought Power” by Swami Sivananda)

If we throw a piece of stone in a tank or a pool of water, it will produce a succession of concentric waves travelling all around from the affected place. The light of a candle will similarly give rise to waves of ethereal vibrations travelling in all directions from the candle. In the same manner, when a thought, whether good or evil, crosses the mind of a person, it gives rise to vibrations in the Manas or mental atmosphere, which travel far and wide in all directions.

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Thought excels light in speed

Thought excels light in speed

(Excerpt from “Thought Power” by Swami Sivananda)

While light travels at the rate of 1,86,000 miles per second, thoughts virtually travel in no time.
Thought is finer than ether, the medium of electricity. In broadcasting, a singer sings beautiful songs at Calcutta. You can hear them nicely through the radio set in your own house at Delhi. All messages are received through the wireless.

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Meditation to strengthen the mind

Meditation to strengthen the mind

Overreaction to words and jumping to conclusions are weakness of the mind. The vrittis, the thought waves, must be restrained, not only during meditation, but at all times. One must be particularly wary of praise, for this too is verbal delusion and the ego is ever ready to pounce on any opportunity to see itself as better or different from others. (Excerpt from “Vishnudevananda Upadesa” by Swami Vishnudevananda)

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