❖ DAY THREE ❖
Awareness is defined as the state of being aware, or having conscious knowledge.
How conscious are we in our day to day life?
How conscious are we of what we put in our bodies?
How conscious are we with what we say, or do?
The path of self realizations happens when we have the Awareness. In the Buddhist tradition this is called cultivating the Inner Witness. The observer.
One of the benefits of meditation, is the ability of just simply becoming aware of our thoughts as they pass through our mind, like clouds. A daily meditation practice allows one to cultivate detachment with thoughts. Have you ever wondered who is the one thinking these thoughts? Who is that voice that asks that question inside?
Awareness is powerful.
One of the steps in healing destructive patterns is to first become aware that they exist. Only then, can you move into creating conscious actions towards bringing those patterns to harmony.
Welcome to Day 3!
I hope you are starting to have a rhythm of your daily sadhana. Doing the meditation practice daily is like planting a seed in our hearts, a seed that carries the intention of the flowering of our consciousness. When we cultivate that intention daily by making the conscious effort to take some time out, to sit down, and breathe, we are watering these seeds, and you can guarantee that there is a fruit awaiting for you to harvest as your efforts deepen. If meditation makes you realize that you have so many thoughts in a minute, then it means you are doing a great job already! Awareness is starting to arise from within you. Keep going, and I will see you at the end of the week.
Please write your insights on Awareness and what you are learning so far.
I wanted to share this simple exercise of spending the day practicing being conscious of what you consume, whether it is food, or news, conversations, movies, tv series, anything that we consume with our five senses. And see how you do by the time you lay down to bed and start to reflect on your day.
I AM THAT. THAT I AM.
I bow, I bow again and again to Anjani’s son, Hanuman
Jaya Seeyaa Raama,
Jai Jai Hanumaan
Victory to Sita and Ram, Victory to Hanuman
Victory over the darkness of suffering…
Jaya Bajrangbalee, Baba Hanuman
Victory to the one with the body of a thunderbolt
My Baba, Hanuman.
Sankata Mochan kripaa nidhaan
You are home of all Grace.
Destroy all my problems, calamities and sufferings.
In the Yoga tradition of India, Mantra carries the vibrational power of that which you are meditating upon. It is not necessary to understand the literal meaning of the mantra per se, although it would benefit the logical mind to assimilate its meaning, but ultimately, we recite mantras to experience the vibration of each sound and syllable.
In the Ramayana, one of sacred texts of India, one Being is revered as the Son of the God of Wind and his name is Hanuman.
Hanuman is pure devotion, humility and strength – He is the perfect being.
Maharaj-ji said, "Hanuman is the breath of Ram," the breath of God. God is not far away from us but as close as our breath. Symbolically Hanuman represents the breath, our constant companion and aid along the spiritual path. He is the son of the wind, (Vayu) the very essence of prana (vital energy) itself. Whenever we need increased power and vitality Hanuman is there for us. Our breath and prana for it is breath that serves the divine within us all.
Therefore, Hanuman is also called Pranadeva, or the God of Breath or Life.