How the Gunas feature in Meditation


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What is your meditation experience like? Have you ever felt sleepy, dull, held in a state of ignorance or darkness during the meditation?  Or have you felt like you want to continue to be active in the meditation in order to drive away everything that is creating imbalance?  Or maybe you felt a deep peace, love and harmony coming naturally to you and you want to stay in it?  These different qualities when they appear in our space, are qualities of Nature.  Our essential nature is pure Consciousness,  beyond all of these but it becomes associated with these qualities through the ego, through the mind and through the relationship with the senses and the elements.  

We experience what we call gunas, qualities or modes of operation and they feature in every aspect of our being, activity, energy and so we need to learn to understand them.    The guna or quality of balance, of light, of joy, of understanding is called sattva so we may say it’s a sattvic quality.  And this drive to do or to act is a rajas quality.  It’s called rajoguna.   And that quality that holds us down in dullness, slothfulness, inertia, sleepiness, laziness is called tamas.  It can feature in the mental, emotional and physical space.

The wise ones have seen these clearly in how they feature in our conscious being.  And they strive for the sattvic quality – the quality of light and harmony and peace and balance.  But you will find in our meditation that we get caught up in the tamasic.  Why?  Because it’s the veiling power of Nature.  Nature has veiled the consciousness for the play of life.  We call that play of life maya. Even though all of these energy experiences are happening in the consciousness, our pure consciousness remains untouched.  

In meditation you’ll find sometimes there is laziness or sleepiness, dullness, ignorance, lack of understanding and we need to consciously apply the rajas power at every level to hold the tamas in suppression or get rid of the tamas.  And we need to let the sattvic quality come into the space.  Our intention is going to do that.  

So the meditation today is going to be a dynamic practice with the pranayama, so we can look at the gunas and the balance we’re going to create.

Here is the link to that dynamic meditation with Sri Vasudeva on Day 18 of this 21 days series.

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Levels of Consciousness


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When you look at human beings, you will see different levels of consciousness manifesting and different usage of the brain capacity. When the brain is being used fully and in the light, we call that expression sattvic; it is full of sattvic qualities – peacefulness, harmony, unity, compassion, kindness, selflessness.

When there is darkness, ignorance, we see tamasic behaviour.

We can see degrees of processing:
– in the dark when the intellect is being used in ignorance, we see tamas
– in varying degrees of light, the desire is there to transform things for selfish reasons; we see the rajas;
-and ultimately in the light, intellect is used for unselfish reasons and we see satva.
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Contemplate the Temporary Nature of Life


pexels-photo-95684.jpegThings disappear around you: people, the body, pets, plants, go back to nature.  What do you call a changing experience, if not dream-like? So why do we give so much attention to what is changing around us, as the reality?

Why is it that we do not contemplate the temporary nature of life around us? It is so changing, it is so unpredictable. That is the Maya;  we are held in this false reality. We are so gripped by it that we do not even think.

When things around you don’t working out, or when you feel that you are not happy even though you get all the things that you want, do you see the false nature? That which you thought would make you happy doesn’t anymore. The achievement that you thought would fulfill you, didn’t.  It is innate to our being to search for that which is real. That is why we say we are on an evolutionary journey; waking up is our destiny.

I am inviting you to observe the dream-like nature of life, its transitory nature, and let your desire be strong to wake up to that which you really are; your reality. Hold that desire strongly that you may wake up to that which is real, and let that beautiful prayer from the Upanishad resonate within your being.

Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya; Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya; Mrtyor Maa Amrtam Gamaya; Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.” Lead me from the illusion of the unreal to the real, may the veiling power be removed so the Light may be revealed, lead me from the idea that I die to the consciousness of my immortality. Sri Vasudeva Day 1 Forty Days 2017