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Marks of Spiritual Progress

Swami Veda Bharati holds the prestigious title of Mahamandaleshwara in the Swami order of monks.  He was also the Chancellor of HIHT University, Dehradun, which was established by Master Swami Rama. He authored approximately 18 books on Indian spirituality including a 1500 page comprehensive commentary on two of the four chapters of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras. Before taking the vows of Swamihood in 1992, Swami Veda Bharati was known as Dr. Usharbudh Arya.

Yoga is not merely a matter of learning a system or a technique; it is something in which your whole personality is reconstituted.

A meditation that is an escape from life's problems is not meditation.  A meditation that solves life's problems by itself, a meditation that is not self-centered, is the true meditation — self-aware yet not self-centered. The non-self-centered meditation has certain features to it.  It is dedicated entirely to the will of God, and to the grace of the guru lineage.  

To learn how to calm down, how to be still, how not to keep wavering, how to sit long in meditation. One cannot sit in meditation long.  Why not? Because one cannot settle on anything in life for long. The spine is not straight because the pranic energy is not flowing straight.

There are two paths: from inside outwards, and from outside inwards.  The two are one and the same.  Being aware of your spiritual being.  And that spiritual being, that Atman, that Self, is ever steady.

Spine straight, shoulders relaxed, face calm.  Even the movement of the hand made with awareness Not like the leaves of a tree in a storm.  To learn to move and to sit with that awareness.  There is disturbance, because, you have not permitted the effects of that meditation to permeate your body, to make your prana stream flow steady.

In the beginning, whenever one is trying to change a habit, it becomes an effort!

Whatever you do repeatedly becomes your habit.  And a sattvic habit will evoke from inside you your sattvic divine nature

Be aware that you are looking.  Be aware that you are reading/breathing. Be aware that you are moving.  Be aware that you are breathing.  Be aware that you are feeling, sensing, observing.  Be aware that you are sitting, or reclining, or lying down, or kneeling, or standing.  That is spiritual practice.

As a candle flame, dipak flame, in a windless, breezeless spot burns steadily, that is how the yogi's body remains steady. When the mind is performing certain acts, interior mental acts, with the higher mind as a witness, observing the lower mind — at all times, even in sleep, the higher mind is observing that the lower mind is resting in sleep — then you are on the path.

Two or three minute meditations, every two and a half hours, or every three hours.  Before falling asleep, before starting your hatha practice, before breakfast, before leaving your room, before going for a walk, upon returning from a walk, repeatedly, 2-minute, 3-minute meditations, undertaken many times in the day, help you to break down the process of imprinting from the outside. The imprints from the outside become weaker, and the samskara and the nirodha samskara, the imprint of internal control becomes more deeply etched.

Meditation, starting with breath awareness in nostrils.  Resolve in your mind that again and again throughout the day, that you will bring the mind to this calm state.

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