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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Microbiome

The population of bacteria within the gut is known as a microbiome. Of course, there are microbiomes throughout the entire physiology, but here we are focusing on the microbiome in the digestive system – predominantly the gut. Oftentimes when we eat, we feel like we’re eating for ourselves. However, an interesting approach is to eat for your entire population, i.e., yourself along with your microbiome. When you’re doing this, you can even feel into the entire microbiome within your gut. You may feel like that’s just your imagination, but interestingly enough, that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you’re putting attention onto the entire population, yourself along with your microbiome. In so doing, you become attentive to the greater dynamic of your digestive process.

Ayurveda has recognized for thousands of years that the health of the digestive system is a major determining factor to the health of the entire physiology. Even body builders say that it’s all about digestion. Scientists now believe not only that this is true, but also that autoimmune diseases are rooted in a microbiome imbalance.

I don’t think it’s really all that hard once you feel into the microbiome and put your attention on it. Next time you eat, why not try it out? You may find that how well a meal sits with you is largely determined by how well it fits with your microbiome.

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Is It a Rocket?

Have you ever noticed a jet stream that looked like it was going straight up? Have you wondered if it might be a rocket? Due to the curvature of the earth, a plane coming in your direction just appears to be going striaght up. If the earth was flat, the jet would look more like a point getting closer rather than a jet stream line going straight up. Just imagine you were a tiny point standing on a tennis ball and looking at another point circling the ball and coming in your direction. It would like like it is going straight up, not straight at you. Our world is smaller than we may think! Using the same sort of logic with respect to shadows, the ancient Greeks figured out not only that the world was round, but also with simple trigonometry they calculated the diameter of the earth.

By the way, today (March 20, 2018) is the equinox. The sun rises due east, goes directly over head, and sets due west.

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Arthritis… A Chinese Medicine Perspective

Someone was told by a Chinese doctor that they had arthritis. The person was confused, claiming their joints always felt fine, so the doctor explained the following:

Arthritis is poison (toxins, ama) in the body. It starts in the soft tissues… skin, muscle, etc. Over time, it goes deeper and deeper until it gets into the bone. Clearing toxins clears arthritis. Of course, when too advanced, it will not likely be reversed.

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Four Minute Workout

Our resident chiropractor, whom some affectionately call “Dr. Muscles,” shared the following 4-minute workout with me. It is consistent with the sort of things Maharishi said about not doing intense exercise (“Why do you want to breathe like a horse?”) and also what I have been told by a number of Chinese healing arts practitioners.

It consists of four exercises. The second set of 10 reps is quite similar to the arm swinging exercise Dr. Kuai taught us. In the video below, Zach Bush alternates which arm goes up while the other goes down. It is also fine to have both go up and down together as is shown in other videos about this routine.

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Advanced Techniques (Phase 2) – Guardians of Truth

We recently finished the Advanced Techniques (Phase 2) instruction for the Ashram Group. Just as with Phase 1, it was a great learning experience, not only for the participants but also for me. The Advanced Techniques are subtle and how to teach them is therefore subtle. The results were great, and confirmed that as wonderful as Phase 1 is, Phase 2 is still another quantum leap forward. Refining the words used and slight adjustments in the method of teaching prepare us to make the next Phase 2 instruction with the Mount Soma staff fantastic. Then I’m really looking forward to sharing it with the group, in the Phase 2 Course this summer.

You are becoming guardians of truth, and what defines that is your experience. I’m not your guardian of Truth. What you see as me is just a piece of flesh. Words are of the flesh. I speak through this piece of flesh to help you go to a place that lies beyond flesh. You see? Does that make sense? Don’t let flesh define me or you. Don’t let the literal interpretation of words that come out of this flesh define Truth. Words merely reach for Truth. They can at best only enliven the Truth within you. But they must not become a rulebook that you conform to in order to try to know Truth.

These are beautiful words. Please hear them in the way they are intended.

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