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The Steps of Meditation

Updated on October 4, 2008

Importance of an Ethical Base

First purify your mind and your heart by means of the practice of a just conduct and then dedicate yourself to the practice of concentration. Concentration without purity of mind and heart makes no sense.

Some foolish and impatient students choose concentration immediately, without submitting in any way to a preliminary ethical training. This is a serious mistake.

Some occultists have concentration, but not a good character. That is the reason why they cannot attain any progress on the spiritual path.

Self-knowledge of the Being

There are two main aspects, two decisive factors in our studies. One, is the Remembrance of One-Self, the other, the relaxation of the body. To remember one-self, ones own Profound Inner Being and to relax in profound meditation: thus the new advents in us, thus, little by little, we self-explore ourselves...

Concentration and Silence

Silence is a determinant factor in the work of concentration. The Law of Silence is the basis of all elemental teaching, since it enables a virgin space for an inner creation. Universal Gnosticism teaches that if we want to achieve the development of something real in our psyche, we should learn to isolate ourselves in our intimacy, by means of the inner silence and the saving of energies.

Watch the Silence in the silence of your mind and Pray to your Father who is in secret and you will find the Peace of Concentration.

Making ourselves conscious of what we already know.

We need to study Gnosis profoundly. For that there are the books, the conferences, etc.; but a simple reading of the works is not enough, brethren, we need to go farther...

When we, by means of mediation try to know the intimate sense of that that we have stored in the memory, then such knowledge passes to the superior parts of the intellectual center, and if we try to be even more conscious of the teachings, finally it will occur that such a knowledge will definitely be absorbed by the emotional center.

Concentration

When different forces or potencies of a psychical or physical order coincide in one same point of a given space, we denominate it concentration.

If you concentrate the rays of the Sun by means of a lens, they can burn a cotton piece or a piece of paper. But the same dispersed rays cannot dot it. In the same manner, if you gather the dispersed rays of your mind and you focus them towards a point, you will have a wonderful concentration. The concentrated mind will serve you as a potent lighthouse to discover the treasures of the soul.

Resistance as the secret weapon of the Ego

Resistance is the opposing force. Resistance is the secret weapon of the Ego.

Resistance is the psychic force of the ego opposite to the apprehension of consciousness of all our psychological defects.

Resistance acts on a defense mechanism that tries to omit unpleasant psychological errors, so that one doesn't have consciousness of them and one continues in psychological slavery.

With resistance desires grow and the yearnings of unity diminish.

Superlative Analysis of the "I."

It is from the different events of the existence from where we can extract the psychic material necessary for the awakening of consciousness. The best didactics for the dissolution of the "I," is found in the practical life intensely lived. Coexistence is a wonderful mirror where the "I" can be contemplated full-length.

In the relationship with our fellow men, the defects hidden in the depths of the subconscious appear spontaneously, jump out, because the subconscious betrays us and if we are in a state of alert perception, then, we see them such as they are in themselves. The best joy for the Gnostic is to celebrate the discovery of any of their defects. Discovered defect, dead defect. When we discover any defect, we should see it in a scene like one who is watching a movie, but without judging or condemning...

Hence, analyzing each one of our defects, we are comprehending them; and a defect that we are comprehending, should be eliminated with the help of the Divine Mother Kundalini. It is obvious that one will have to supplicate to her; one will have to beg her to eliminate the defect that one is comprehending...

An Arduous Task for the Beginner

For the neophyte, the practice of concentration results, at the beginning, tiresome and disheartening. One has to go opening new layers of the mind and the brain. But after some months of practice, one will develop a great interest in concentration and one will enjoy a new type of happiness: the happiness of concentration or Ananda.

The vital point of concentration is to attract the mind towards the same object time and time again, limiting its movements at the beginning to a small radius. That is the main objective. In this way the moment will arrive in which the mind stays in a single point. Concentration can only be gotten when one is free of all distraction.

Phases of Meditation:

Asana: Asana is the posture of the physical body. Different postures exist for the meditation exercise, such as for example: star of five tips position, dead man's position, lotus posture, semi-lotus, siddhasana or perfect posture (that consists in closing in a magnetic circle the thumb with the index finger, supporting the back of the hand on the knee); vajrasana or diamond posture (like the Inca and Japanese sit, with the hands supported in the thighs and with the trunk of the body resting on the heels) etc. The important thing, indifferent of any "Asana" or posture that one has adopted, is to maintain the spinal column straight.

Pranayama: Science of the control of the breathing. "Prana" is the life, result of the electro-sexual force. Prana palpitates in each atom, as in each Sun. Prana is the vital air. Yama: "That refers to the perfection of the ethics." "Pranayama" is the art of learning how to breathe.

Pratyara: "Pratiahara". Abstraction of the senses. It is to learn how to withdraw the mind from the senses to open the way for the Conscience. However, one of the rules of Pratyara is to reach the invisible or abstract by means of the visible or concrete, what in fact means that we should concentrate the attention on a point normally known by the Sensorial Mind and to remain there until one goes knowing the dual nature of thoughts and sentiments, transcending then that fight of the opposites.

Dharana: When separating the Sensual Mind the concentration emerges spontaneously, this is the state of Dharana. Dharana is not the result of a determined desire. Dharana emerges from the bottom of the Conscience like a mediator between the absolute and the relative.

Dyana: "Dhiana" is Meditation. In that state the Conscience has the capacity to know in any direction.

Shamadi: A profound state of Meditation. In such a state the Conscience is dissolved like a drop amidst the Great Ocean and participates of the plurality of the Universe.

In Your Meditation Today

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    Tis 

    10 years ago

    Some of your content has come straight from Sivananda's book on Concentration and Meditation, some of it from Samael...I dunno whether you know that or not. Sivananda gave misleading advice, preaching celibacy and things like that, whereas Samael gave an exceptional teaching...

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    topstuff 

    10 years ago

    I have no experience of meditation but i can say without fullfiling its requirements as mentioned here it cannt be achieved.

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    Rochelle Frank 

    10 years ago from California Gold Country

    I have had some experience with this--- which led to the most spiritual insights of my life.

    I have not been as consistant as I should have been, but the deep experiences have continued to influence my tihnking.

    Thanks for the jog.

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    Tatjana-Mihaela 

    10 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

    Vow, St.James, I adore this topic. You touched my soul again. One suggestion: for purification of heart it is good to meditate on light in the heart...wich is becoming bigger and bigger with every breath we take. Nice regards.

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