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Novice Meditator Experience

I received the following question:

I have been meditating with your Surya Ram technique for about 6 weeks and love it. Early on I started often feeling a great sense of bliss, joy, contentment that I feel as an emotion and state of being. It is accompanied by a very pleasurable feeling in my body, especially in my hands and arms, or generally as a sense of warm energy on my skin. It’s very wonderful and I always hope that I will experience it. I don’t always attain this state, but it does happen with some regularity… more in the morning than in the evening. Is this a normal experience? I’m wondering what it is, exactly too. Am I connecting with my inner true being, or is it just deep relaxation (which I had never really felt before) or maybe both? Thank you.

To which I replied:

It is good to hear from you. Yes, your experience is very good. You are transcending, which is the natural result of this meditation. All life gravitates back to Oneness, back to the Transcendent. Through proper meditation, the entire physiology rests back into that beautiful foundation. Warm regards.

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Mars!

I have become increasingly fascinated with engineering over the years. Back in college as a physics major, my classmates and I used to think physics was ‘above it all’, and in many ways it is. But engineering really brings things to the here and now. It is very impressive what engineers have accomplished. The application of the fundamentals of physics is astounding. With just basic classical Newtonian physics, so much is accomplished. And now another launch to Mars. Wow!

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Life: Looking Forward, Looking Back

“A person who only laments the past is a coward, whereas a person who can change the future is a true hero.”
~ Jackie Chan in Dragon Blade

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
~ Soren Kierkegaard

Forward, forward, always forward. Life is funny. Even the Bhagavad Gita states that the course of action is unfathomable. Yet, so many attempt to fathom it before we move forward, and judge it looking backward. Actually, I do not believe life can ever be understood by looking backward, though 20/20 hindsight certainly has its advantages.

In The Golden Frog, the idea of memory was addressed. Memory is more about perspective than knowledge. This world is the world of perspective. That is why it is called relativity. Yet we cling to our perspectives as truth and look for the Truth in everything. As Dylan sings in the song “Love Minus Zero”:

“In the dime stores and bus stations
People talk of situations
Read books, repeat quotations
Draw conclusions on the wall
Some speak of the future
My love she speaks softly
She knows there’s no success like failure
And that failure’s no success at all”

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Stressed Vegetables (Veggies)

When veggies get ‘stressed,’ they become toxic. Different things can stress different veggies. For example, celery as it gets older gets stressed. Potatoes kept in the light become stressed; sometimes you can even see the sprouts growing out of them. Many veggies become stressed when they are reheated leftovers or overcooked. I believe we are all quite able to tell when our veggies are stressed. If we just pay attention, we can feel it. It’s sort of like the blog I just wrote about the Microbiome (gut bacteria).

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