Posted by Sudarsha at 1/19/2007 03:36:00 PM This is what I learned to do: After TM/before sidhi
At the top of the head think/feel OM At the eyebrow level, between the eyes think/feel Bhur At the throat level, think/feel Bhuvah At the heart level think/feel svah At the solar plexus level think/feel tat savitur -> We were to do this moving our attention/awareness down the spine. (More detailed, exacting instruction I did not, unfortunately, record in my notes; not do I recall ever asking or being given any kind of explanation what this was for, what it was supposed to do/accomplish.) I was told to go to one of the skin boys for checking. He had to tell me over and over what the mantras were. I had at the time a vague notion that this was something familiar. It turned out to be the beginning of the Gayatri Mantra. I do not remember how many times this was to be done before progressing to the sidhi program. Since I learned this on an ATR (Advanced Teaching and Rounding, I think), I left for home almost immediately thereafter. I had been doing the sidhi program for some time and felt increasingly exhausted and dull from morning meditation to evening meditation. I wanted to sleep all the time and could barely function without a lot of effort, very difficult effort. The addition of the A of E increased the dullness of the sidhi program and added something I still find difficult to describe despite the sparce notes from this time in my journals. I simply felt awful. Dutifully, month after month I wrote my A of E experience evaluation and sent it off to wherever we were to send these things. I am unable to find the list of questions we were to answer and apparently did not keep copies of the pleading letters I sent. I felt so bad I was pleading month after month for some kind of help, any kind of assistance. Needless to say, there was no response. I now recall a Sufi teaching lession I learned some years later: I have sent you a thousand letters and you have not answered one; but that too is an answer. After about 6-months of this (apparently if you are dull, exhausted, feel wretched and afraid that you will be cut off like the errant son of some stuffy and heartless aristocrat), you keep doing the same thing again and again expecting better results. The Gayatri: Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonah: Prachodayat English translation: Throughout all realms of experience That essential nature illuminating existence is the adorable One. May all beings perceive through subtle and meditative intellect the magnificent brilliance of enlightened awareness. http://www.xs4all.nl/~dham/gayatri_mantra.html Wow, I wasn't on those early courses, but sure sounds exotic; Thanks for the free information- as I didn't even have to travel to France this time for those secrets... One thing that stands out- Some of these 'Kriya' methods attributed to Yogananda- seems true. So, is Yogananda also guilty of some kind of crime for teaching his techniques in the West also. Let's not be wimps and cry babies- Ya, know what they say... 'Girls just wanna have fun'... R.G. --------------------------------- Check out the all-new Yahoo! Mail beta - Fire up a more powerful email and get things done faster.