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Living Ahimsa Meditation

As a weary bird flies hither and thither and comes to rest on its perch where it is tethered, so does the mind come to rest at last in its own Self.
--Chandogya Upanishad

Living Ahimsa Meditation is a profound practice for witnessing consciousness. In this practice we cultivate awareness, strengthen inner harmony and discover that everything is God. Based on the most ancient form of meditation called Japa (a Sanskrit word that infers putting an end to the cycles of birth), this potent practice helps us to attain a deep state of serenity and peacefulness, whilst reconciling our karmas and dissolving those we have outgrown. Living Ahimsa Meditation is an effective means of cultivating a state of absolute awareness.

Meditation is a primary practice for easing daily stress and tension. As a dedicated practice, the Living Ahimsa Meditation enlightens spirit whilst exploring and expanding the mind and its inner pathways of consciousness. Meditation is pure concentration; that is, it directs the mind to stillness. The Sanskrit word for meditation is “dhyanam” meaning to “discern”. The Upanishads says, "meditation reveals the mind." Living Ahimsa Meditation as a practice is greater than an expression of the will and should not be viewed as a practice that is separate from your normal, daily activities. Over the last few centuries, many schools of meditation have arisen. However, we must understand that meditation in not an exercise of will. Once we start our practice, we will find that it is a continuum of harmony that flows throughout each and every moment of our days. This awareness of harmony is not confined to the times of our sittings. After some time with your practice, you will find clarity and peace of mind and gain more ease and wisdom in your transactions. The highest goal of meditation is to bring the mind to its tether of reprieve. In so doing, it surpasses perceptions, thoughts, machinations and even our dream state. Ultimately, to attain inner harmony, we must move beyond the state of habituation and common perceptions based in the sense organs. We move above sights and sounds, beyond the elements, beyond even the grasp of intelligence, into the realm of pure consciousness which the Rishis (Hindu Sages) call anandam, "the abiding joy and complete fullness."

In Living Ahimsa Meditation we recite mantras to evoke our sonic energies to awaken the buddhi, higher mind. This meditation brings the mind to a pivotal point within the buddhi where you can effortlessly take pause, and enter the silence. The Rishis recognized that repetition (both audible and inaudible form) of Sanskrit mantras is a proficient way to promote unobstructed awareness. Stillness of being comes from the development of our awareness; the more aware we become of each and every moment, the more inner harmony we are likely to harvest. Our stillness heals the mind by eliminating fear, grief, anger, depression and other negative emotions which are based in false beliefs and habituations. Living Ahimsa Meditation clarifies our perception and validates reality and a shared sense of harmony. Practicing this meditation twice daily, once in the morning and then again in the evening, will secure a pillar of harmony in your life.

The Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya
(My reverence unto Shiva- the dissolver of ignorance and false perceptions)

The Mudra: Hand Posture for Living Ahimsa Meditation
Hold the Japa Beads (Mala consisting of 108 beads) in your right hand, between your thumb, mid and ring fingers. The right hand enhances solar force helping to transform the mind, thoughts, and emotions into positive energy of rasa, joy. Essentially, solar energy burns ama, toxic waste, from the organism. Support each bead with the mid and ring fingers while you use your thumb to move the bead by pulling the thumb toward your heart. As we learn in Living Ahimsa education, the thumb represents the element of Space, mid finger the Fire element, and ring finger, the Water element. As these three fingers touch upon the beads, they help to shift the mind into its state of awareness by instigating its intrinsic elements.
(Use your Japa Beads for the dedicated purpose of your meditation. Store them on your altar or in a serene space after use. Do not wear them.)

The Process: In reciting the mantra, you are creating a continuum of sound vibration that invokes awareness which flows from the mudra to mantra and back again to the sound of the mantra. The vibrational field created by reciting the mantra keeps the mind in stillness. Your audible sound becomes connected in infinite circuitry - a circle of beads set in the numerological cosmic force of 108 to fortify energy while dispersing karma. The Rishis inform that 108 repetitions of the mantra firmly plant its vibration into the brain.

The Practice: Sit in a comfortable and serene space. Practice three rounds of the Mala (consisting of 108 recitations of the mantra) in each sitting. In the first round, we are looking to entrain mental faculty with the sound and vibration of the mantra. Recite the mantra audibly at a leisurely pace. Keep the Mala hand relaxed.
(I recommend practicing this first step for a month or so, before progressing to the next round.)
In the second round, recite the mantra, but this time, observe a brief and coordinated pause in between each recitation of the mantra. For example, Om Namah Shivaya- Pause- Om Namah Shivaya- Pause- Om Namah Shivaya-Pause...
(I recommend practicing the first and second rounds together for two months, or so before proceeding to the final step).

In the final round, recite the mantra internally (quietly, or inaudibly). You may find it difficult to keep the fingers moving on the beads. In this case, continue to hold the beads lightly while resting the hands in your lap. You are now in a state of meditation. Allow thoughts to flow, do not engage them. It is natural for the mind to have thoughts, do not wrangle with them. Let them be. If you find yourself engaging thoughts, resume the active recitation and mudra with your beads. Sit in your stillness for some time.
(By now your efforts in practice would have yielded ease in transitioning from one step to the next. Henceforth, you are to practice all three rounds, one after the other, in seamless effort.)

Om Namah Shivaya

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