By Gary Weber

Advanced compliment for Happiness past Thought

“Husband, father, scientist, army officer, and senior government in and academia, Gary Weber has led a whole and winning, worldly lifestyles. all through all of this, Gary has relentlessly pursued a course of perform and inquiry so one can comprehend existence and attain enlightenment. it truly is infrequent to discover person who has reached this target, and rarer nonetheless to discover any such one that has been so immersed in worldly existence.

“With this booklet, Gary has effectively built-in his profound cognizance with conventional non-dualistic teachings, in addition to insights from Zen Buddhism and smooth mind study, right into a functional direction that makes use of yoga’s time-tested practices of asana, pranayama, chanting, and meditation to illumine a route to enlightenment for the trendy reader.”

—Gary Kraftsow, writer of Yoga for wellbeing and Yoga for Transformation

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This may involve bending your knees in forward bends, resting your knees on the ground in upward dog, shortening your stance, etc. You will find that many factors impact what is possible for you to do while maintaining the integrity of the sequence. When you are in your mind, straining, and have lost the ease and flow of your breath—that isn’t it. When you are in a meditative stillness without physical straining and are within the ease and flow of your breath—that’s it. Develop some proficiency in the individual postures and in the entire flows before moving on to the more meditative aspects.

My own turning of the page occurred while doing an asana sequence using a meditative inquiry and affirmation. Physical postures (asanas) are what most in the West think of when they hear the word “yoga”. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the historical codification of the principles of yoga, has 195 verses (sutras) but only 5 of them even mention the word “asana”. As Patanjali stated in Chapter 1, Verse 2, “yogas chitta vritti nirodaha”. This is often translated as “yoga is the stilling of the modifications of the mind”.

He rushed up the hillside to see the sage, who was now in his late twenties, and still called by his given name, Venkataraman. Ganapati Muni fell at his feet, clasped them in his hands and said that despite all his efforts, he still did not understand what spiritual practice (tapas) was. He begged Venkataraman to tell him the nature of true spiritual practice. Ramana looked at him silently for about fifteen minutes and then said only two sentences, the last of which was “When a mantra is repeated, if one watches the Source from which the mantra sound is produced the mind is absorbed in That; that is tapas (spiritual practice)”.

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