How to hear during silence.

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” -Ram Dass

What was meditation and Buddhist guru Ram Dass really implying?

The general goal of mindfulness and self-discovery is to quiet the endless parade of thoughts that march through our minds almost incessantly.

Self-discovery is extremely important when there is lack of grounding due to several events that during our lives, we have to face and react unexpectedly.

Also self-discovery provides support to develop resilience skills in order to deal with emotional trauma (when applicable) sometimes caused during childhood. Unfortunately it remains in the subconscious until another trauma or stressful routine triggers the mind and hence its resistance to deal with it.

Most of our errant thoughts are rooted in the past and future – thoughts of fear, fantasy, frustration, envy and regret.

Rarely are we completely rooted in the present moment. So when we learn how to control a phantom mind, through at least 15 minutes daily doing meditation, there will be multiple benefits that extend from the crown of our head all the way to our feet.

We connect with our breath and learn how to use it as a resource to pace the mind. People have gotten used to constantly talking, listening to television or music, or making noise in other ways. Creating noise just for the sake of noise will never let us understand the beauty of silence or appreciate the world around us.

Take 2 minutes and do nothing but listen, without talking or having any background noise, and you may be amazed at what you hear.

The sound of birds singing, insects buzzing, and all of the other noises that are going on are often overlooked because they are not clearly heard.

If you go into nature and you are silent you will find that nature can be quite noisy in a natural and appealing way.

The importance of silence is also a factor in relationships, because if you are always talking then you are not hearing what your partner is saying.

It is better to be silent and practice situational awareness, only speaking when this is necessary, so that you can truly hear what others are trying to tell you. Instead of standing in front of the person talking and instead of being present the mind is wondering somewhere else.

Last but not least;

“Meditate and let the light of the heart engulf you “ -G.C

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

Learn About Your Five Layers of Being.

Have you participated in a yoga class, and your teacher guides you (during the integration process) to scan yourself seated in sukhasana pose?

During my teacher’s training I could not understand this. I even felt some kind of reactivity to the subject; what I didn’t know (back then) about, was the kind of amazing inner tool for self-transformation and empowerment I had been introduced.

First ask yourself the following two questions:

   Have you exercised your subtle body yet? Or your causal body?

The great Spiritual Masters throughout the ages have taught that we are not just what we see reflected in the mirror.

The enlightened teachers from all ages and cultures have taught us that we are much more than just our physical body and that our Being is composed of multiple layers or dimensions.

We posses as human beings the potential to have experiences outside of the known physical layer of reality.

Although these experiences are not always easy to prove, there is a mounting preponderance of evidence that we do in fact have an astral or energetic body, and furthermore that all humans are interconnected in a complex field of Consciousness outside the bounds of space-time.

Hence, this wouldn’t be a better explanation to the physical lightness sensation of someone extremely relaxed while in savasana (final part of a yoga class) or during a reiki therapy (which targets the overall wellness and balance of our energetic body).

According to the yoga tradition, every one of us has five bodies, each made of increasingly finer grades of energy. And if we intend to live a fully balanced, healthy life, it tells us, all our bodies need to be kept in good condition.

Yoga teaches us, that every one of us has five bodies, each made of increasingly finer grades of energy.

Exactly and indeed, energy.

The five progressively subtler bodies that compose our personality are described in a yoga classic called the Taittiriya Upanishad:

Human beings consist of a material body built from the food they eat.

Those who care for this body are nourished by the universe itself.


Also inside there is another body made of life energy. It fills the physical body and takes its shape. 

Those who treat this vital force as divine experience excellent health and longevity because this energy is the source of physical life.


Within the vital force is yet another body, this one made of thought energy. 

It fills the two denser bodies and has the same shape. 

Those who understand and control the mental body become able to fully control their fears.


Deeper still lies another body comprised of intellect. 

It permeates the three denser bodies and assumes the same form. 

Those who establish their awarenes on their intellect,  free themselves from unhealthy thoughts and actions, and develop the self-control necessary to achieve their goals.


Hidden inside it is yet a subtler body, composed of pure joy.

 It pervades the other bodies and shares the same shape. 

It is experienced as happiness, delight, and bliss.


In other words it’s a Samadhi Yoga experience.

Samadhi is blissful.

The above structure is called koshas, or “sheaths,” in Sanskrit, because each fits in the next like a sword in a scabbard. 

Only the densest is made of matter as we know it; the other four are energy states invisible to the physical eye, though we can easily sense their presence inside us when we pay close attention. 

Since the inner bodies are the source of our well-being during life and are the vehicles we travel in after death, India’s ancient yogis developed specific exercises to strengthen and tone each one in turn.


Your First Body is your physical.

 Annamaya kosha in yoga,
maya means “made of” 

anna means “food” or “physical matter

 Your Second Body is the organizing field that holds your material body together. 

This is the life energy that governs your biological processes, from breathing to digestion to the circulation of your blood. 

It’s called chi in Chinese medicine and prana in yoga. 

Acupuncture and homeopathy don’t directly affect your physical body; they work on the vital force that activates and sustains it.

Orthodox physicians in the West recognized the importance of the vital force up till the 19th century, but with the development of sulfa drugs and antibiotics, their attention shifted from the energy states underlying human biology to focus exclusively on the physical body itself.

The second, and energy body is called the prana-maya kosha in yoga. 

When it ceases to function your physical body can no longer operate. 

Your heart and lungs stop working and your cells begin to disintegrate. 

In Western culture we strongly identify with our material body, yet without prana supporting and directing it, it can’t survive more than a few minutes.


Yoga devotes an entire class of practices called pranayama to replenishing the vitality of the pranamaya kosha.

Breathing Exercises like:

Diaphragmatic

Complete yogic breath Ujjayi

Alternate nostril breathing

JUST BREATHE!

Are specifically designed to enhance the proper functioning of your second sheath.

In addition, getting plenty of fresh air and sunlight is essential for maintaining the health of the vital force. 

Yoga texts explain that the sun is the ultimate source of prana.

Furthermore, is also explained that fresh whole foods are a major source of prana.

 Your Third Body

Manomaya kosha which is body made of thought processes.

Hence your mental body, which responsible for our sensory and motor activities and our day-to-day awareness when we’re functioning “on automatic.

It processes input from our five senses and responds reflexively. 

When we move through life passively, reacting to our environment rather than actively shaping it, our awareness is focused here. 

Many people, and most animals, routinely operate at this level.

In the West we associate our routine mental state with the brain, but according to yoga the entire nervous system (including the brain) merely mediates the activity of the manomaya kosha, expressing the commands of this higher energy state through the physical body.

Visualize a patient in a coma, and you will be able to have a clear sense of what the mental body. 

Their second sheath is still operating so their heart continues to pump and their lungs expand and contract.

 But the person has no awareness of the external world and no ability to take action because the activity of the mental body has shut down. 

The pranamaya kohsa operates from the moment of our first breath to our last.

Manomaya kosha shuts down temporarily on a daily basis, regenerating itself during the state of deep sleep.


The health of the manomaya kosha is tremendously enhanced through the practice of mantra meditation. 

This soothes and balances this inner body, and helps release “knots” of energy tied up in mental complexes and obsessive thoughts. 

Yogis who spend a great deal of time in meditation often have very little need for sleep, in part because their mental vehicles are functioning optimally, like a car that’s just had a tune-up.

The mental body “feeds” on the sense impressions we offer it.

If we supply our third sheath with a continual stream of violent TV shows and video games, for example, it begins to crave increasingly aggressive forms of stimulation, and may become more agitated and less sensitive to the suffering of others.

If we “stuff” it with too much work or too much play we may experience a form of mental “indigestion,” leaving us feeling exhausted. A harmonious environment, interesting professional challenges, and fun and supportive relationships offer an ideal diet for the mind.

A daily session of pratyahara, or sensory withdrawal, leading into meditation provides an excellent inner tune-up.

The practice of blindfolded yoga also provides a great inner tune-up to manomaya kosha.

Your Fourth Body

Subtler still is the vijnanamaya kosha (vijnana means “the power of judgment or discernment”).

It’s often translated as “intellect,” but the real meaning is broader, encompassing all the functions of the higher mind, including conscience and will.

This is the part during the integration of the class when I guide the student to evolve in wisdom throughout their higher state of consciousness by setting their class intention. Which ultimately is the reason that brings them to their yoga mat at least twice or three times a week, embracing their journey for a higher self.

It may be easier to understand the distinction between the third sheath or mental body and the fourth sheath or intellectual body by taking a look at those in whom the vijnanamaya kosha is underdeveloped.


One such type is someone who doesn’t seem to be in control of her (his) life, who is constantly reacting to circumstances rather than making a decision and responding proactively.

This kind of person has a hard time making up her or his mind, thinking genuinely or being creative. Hence there is very little willpower and is continually the victim of her or his own poor judgment.

Another example of a deficient fourth sheath is someone without strong personal ethics.

He may attend religious services and speak piously about moral values, but when the opportunity arises to benefit himself at the expense of others, he doesn’t hesitate to act.

His ability to discern between right and wrong is weak; conscience is a platitude rather than a living experience for him.

An activated fourth sheath is what distinguishes human beings from animals.

Only humans have the ability to direct their own lives, free from the promptings of instinct, and to make moral choices.

The sages considered the development of a healthy vijnanamaya kosha so important that they placed the exercises for it at the very beginning of the yoga system.

These are the yamas and niyamas, commitments every yoga student is asked to make:

Not to

• harm

• lie

• steal

• overindulge or desire more than you actually need; instead you are asked to be content, pure, self-disciplined, studious, and devoted.

Jnana yoga also works with this kosha.

This is the path of the intellect in which you are advised to study spiritual truths, contemplate them deeply, and finally incorporate them into the very core of your personality.

On this path your spiritual understanding becomes the “food” with which you nourish your intellect.

As your meditation practice deepens over the months and years, your ability to connect with inner guidance is enhanced.

You begin to experience the events in your life, even the painful ones, in a calm and objective manner.

Your yogic lifestyle, contemplation, and meditation lead to clarity of judgment, greater intuitive insight, and increased willpower as your vijnanamaya kosha grows stronger and more balanced.


Your Fifth Body

In the vast majority of humans, the fifth sheath is totally underdeveloped.

This is the anandamaya kosha, the subtlemost body which is experienced as ananda (spiritual bliss).

Generally only saints, sages, and genuine mystics have done the inner work necessary to make ananda a living part of their daily experience, and most people are hardly even aware that this level of consciousness exists within themselves.

The anandamaya kosha is extremely important in yoga because it’s the final and thinnest veil standing between our ordinary awareness and our higher Self.

Many individuals who’ve had near-death experiences (NDE) have reported experiencing a brilliant white light radiating all-embracing wisdom and unconditional love. A peaceful feeling from that white light that could make the way back to a grounding state hard to embrace. It’s the utmost connection to the Divine.

This is the experience of the anandamaya kosha.

Saints and mystics purify their minds so that they can have this experience throughout life, not just for a fleeting moment at death.

Another example from the tantric tradition, spirit is often symbolized as Shiva, the transcendent Lord who is ever immersed in divine consciousness.

Matter/energy is called Shakti, the Supreme Goddess whose divine body is this entire universe.

It’s said that they love each other with unspeakable intensity.

Their supreme love is experienced in the anandamaya kosha, where spirit and matter passionately embrace.

We can awaken our bliss sheath through three practices:

1. Seva, selfless service.

This opens our heart to our innate unity with other beings.

2. Bhakti yoga, devotion to God.

This opens our heart to our unity with the all-pervading Divine Being.

3. Samadhi, intensely focused meditation, which opens our heart to our own divine being.

I was certified as a yoga teacher from Samadhi Yoga Institute (Samadhi’s Method) which provides a flexible and creative yoga teaching somatic format.

As result the magical transformation that takes place into a human being when opening the heart to his or her divine being is an experience that stimulates a lot of inner resilience, and as previously explained it is a structured subtle work as result of body scanning our Five Layers Of Being.


Always remember that you are a multidimensional creature. Your awareness manifests on many different planes.

Yoga introduces you to yourself and trains you to live fully and gracefully at every level of your being.

From the hatha postures that strengthen and tone your physical body to the breathing exercises that balance and vitalize your life force, from the meditation practice that quiets and clears your mind to the self-study and selfless love that open up an inner world of knowledge and unity, yoga is a holistic system that develops and integrates every part of your personality.

By getting to know your five bodies and the inner Self (whose awareness illumines them all), you can experience the health and fulfillment of an enlightened life.

If you still find hard to resonate with the above description of the koshas, see yourself as an onion with only five layers, having each layer a different and important ingredient that will improve your cooking with a much better taste (your higher self).

Experiencing Your Five Sheaths

The five sheaths are not theoretical constructs. They are real parts of your being that you can actually experience.

The following eight-step exercise will help you get a fuller sense of these inner dimensions of your personality.


Sit comfortably with your head, neck, and trunk in a straight line.

Sit upright softening your face.

You’ll feel both alert and relaxed.

Close your eyes, withdrawing your awareness from the sights and sounds around you.

Bring your full attention to your physical body.

Be aware of your head and shoulders, chest and waist, back and abdomen, arms and legs.

This is your annamaya kosha.

Bring your full attention to the point between your nostrils and feel yourself breathe.

Gradually your breath will flow more slowly, smoothly, and quietly.

Be aware of the energy pulsing through your body. It’s making your heart beat, your lungs expand and contract, the blood course through your veins, your stomach gurgle.

The force orchestrating this movement—not your physical body itself—is your prana-maya kosha.

Allow your awareness into your brain. Pay attention to the part of your awareness that’s regulating your sensory input and motor output.

This is the part of you that notices your nose is itching and orders your hand to scratch it.

It notes that you’re uncomfortable sitting in one position for so long and wants you to move your legs.

It generates the reflexive mental chatter that continually fires through your mind.

This is your manomaya kosha.

Lift your awareness higher inside your skull.

Sense the part of your awareness that consciously made the decision to participate in this exercise and right now is commanding you to sit still and complete it.

It recognizes the value of expanding your self-awareness and compels you to get up early in the morning to do your yoga postures and meditation, even though lazing in bed might be more pleasant.

This is your vijnanamaya kosha.

Center your awareness in your heart. Relax deeply; keep breathing smoothly and evenly.

Now, taking as much time as you need, allow yourself to settle into a state of complete tranquility.

Buried deep in that inner peace is a sense of purest happiness.

This is not an emotional euphoria, though as you leave this state it may pour out of you as a sense of great joy and gratitude.

It is a space of perfect contentment, perfect attunement, and abiding stillness.

There is no sense of lack, or fear, or desire.

This is your anandamaya kosha.

Now simply be aware of your own awareness. The pure consciousness that is having this experience lies beyond this experience.

It is your true inner Self, your immortal being.

Rest in your own being for as long as you can hold your attention there.

Allow your attention to your breath.

Breathe slowly, smoothly, and evenly. Open your eyes.

Take a moment to relax and absorb this experience before you get up.

From Death to Birth—and Beyond

In many yoga texts you’ll find the five sheaths grouped into three.

The physical body and vital force are called the sthula sharira, the “gross body.”

The mental body and intellect are called the sukshma sharira, the “subtle” or “astral body.”

The bliss sheath is called the karana sharira, the “causal body.”

These are recognized in many different spiritual traditions.

We’re all spiritual beings with a spiritual support system on the Other Side that oversees and helps guide our lives from the moment we’re born to the moment we leave our physical bodies and return to Spirit.

Not knowing this fact is a severe handicap, as the Universe is designed to care for and nurture all its creatures and help make our life’s journey easier and more successful.

When we learn how to connect with our angelic guides, our lives naturally fall into a pattern of ease and flow during which we grow our souls, fulfill our life’s purpose, and make our time on Earth endlessly entertaining. 

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

How To Pick A Battle Carefully.

And old Cherokee told his grandson,

“My son there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.”

The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?

The old man quietly replied…

“THE ONE YOU FEED”

Hence the warrior is not someone who fights, for no one has the right to take another life. The warrior within (the Good from the above tale), is the one who sacrifices or even surrenders (him/herself) for the good of others.

In order to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”

Last but not least;

Life will keep bringing you the same test, over and over, again until you pass it!

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

The Best Journey Within…

Hello there beautiful Souls, have you visualized your physical body thru an imaginary lens?

Well gently close your eyes, and bring your attention to your breath, bring your tongue towards the roof of your mouth behind the front teeth, begin to inhale thru your nose and when you exhale, begin to activate relaxation within. Now bring your attention to your forehead. Visualize your physical vehicle.

See your physical body as a product of this material dimension. It is created on earth using elements like carbon, hydrogen and calcium. It is vulnerable, it has limitations and a finite lifespan.

Your higher self has chosen to inhabit it to have experiences that the Spirit world does not offer. It is not the real you. What you see in the mirror is only a vehicle. The real you is perfect, limitless and eternal. It is connected to everyone and everything you see. The ability to contact your Guides and their knowledge is omnipresent, but you must do your part to access their wisdom.

How do we access their wisdom? Becoming receptive to this guidance which is your birthright, we are delivered to this life guarded by a celestial energetic team of Guides that includes a guardian angel, a departed loved one (some cases two), Archangel Michael is assigned to protect humanity, so we have this energy available to us when we need to connect to it and some people might have 2 archangels assigned for guidance and protection based on their Soul’s contract or life’s purpose.

The higher our calling the larger the team will be. Meditation, sitting in silence, and asking to receive advice during the dream state are all ways to establish contact with your higher self and Guides. Also thru meditation you can find your life’s purpose and Highest Potential.

What is Highest Potential?

Before going to this explanation I want to address something to make you think.

God sends power in humble packages; on the back of fool little children always, there’s no way to conceal it. 

Because they look harmless. 

Think about humbleness, and it’s congruency with power…at least for a minute.

Our highest potential is manifested when we act every moment (we recognize a choice is present), towards the best potential option (available) within the circumstances as an outcome.

Embrace this process, have no fear to sitting in silence enjoy that darkness as is the only way you will be able to see the light. For assistance in how to meditate go to this website menu and click on meditation benefits.

Last but not least;

Don’t be discouraged by the earthy distractions placed between you and your Guides. Practice developing this sacred relationship. You will find that life becomes much easier when you have daily communication with your Guides.

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

Give Without Expectation…

Hey there Beautiful Souls,

Have you ever been able to give without expectations?

Allow me share this with you. When you spread light and love to others, it should be done without any conditions attached to the act.

And why is that?

Because attachment is the root of suffering. We are all made of the same energy, so the good that you give out is essentially given to yourself. In other terms when you help others, you help yourself.

So my point here is that the joy of giving will always be your reward. Remember that energy is constantly flowing, and by lovingly giving unconditionally you will be able to increase the flow and bring it into a higher vibration of being which in turn assists everyone.

Giving is part of our Soul, hence when you are not able to give without conditions, your ego will develop issues of scarcity and the need to feel acknowledged.

When you give selflessly from the heart, you increase the energies of abundance and gratitude throughout your sphere of influence.

Life is not a competition…

We are here to help each other instead of allowing ourselves get lost into an EGO trip, that will trigger inner scarcity leaving behind struggles ultimately delaying your journey towards a higher self.

Focus in ways that you can give without expectations allow yourself to pay forward all the good things (that you already have) without consciously thinking about it and you will be able to see that the best rewards reaped are from acts that you didn’t even realized you had sown.

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

Life is a Gift.

Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s life better if you never know it.

Do not think about what can happen in a month.

Do not think about what can happen in a year.

Set your gaze on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be and to be all that you can be.

Namaste 🙏🏼

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

The Mind As Your Best Instrument 🧠

Hey there beautiful Souls,

Have you heard the word Mantra?

I remember during my Yoga’s Teachers Training when the Samadhi Yoga Institute director, mentioned that to me and I even got scared wondering about What is she talking about?

Well based on Deepak Chopra, (the New Age Wellness Guru), this word consists of two parts.

‘ Man’ means mind in Sanskrit

‘ tra’ means instrument

So mantra is no other that “the instrument of the mind.”

Very powerful words, sound or vibrations that can be used for meditation.

Meditation is a practice to train the mind as such to elevate our levels or dimension of consciousness. It promotes relaxation of mind and body, develops compassion, patience, love, concentration and generosity.

Meditation Benefits

Meditation many a times involves repeating a mantra with closed eyes. Mantras for meditation are chosen based on its suitability to the meditator. Some schools provide their students a personal mantra based on their time and birth date’s information.

Transcendental meditation is the purest form of meditation that creates a powerful state of awareness by thought process or mind control, having a personal mantra as a key.

Meditation has a calming effect on an individual and imparts peace and tranquility.

Mantras provide the mind something to focus on. Mantras resonate and create a sensation with the body.

The subtle vibrations in turn resonate a positive energy within self and the surrounding.

Repetitive chanting of mantras plays a major role in de-cluttering the mind.

Meditation with mantras is a powerful way to penetrate the silence of mind and create harmony. The mental vibrations allow the mind to experience deep awareness and lead to the field of pure consciousness.

Mantras help us disconnect from the thoughts and worries in our mind and slip them into the gaps between these thoughts.

Chanting of spiritual mantras holds the key to transforming an individual.

How mantras activate a sense of mindfulness:

They certainly bring us back into the present moment, silences mental turbulence, reduces anxiety and creates clarity of thoughts.

I recommend to choose a mantra that is easy to remember, that fits your belief system, and makes you feel at peace.

Also affirmations can work as mantras, if feeling discomfort with Sanskrit chanting.

However mantras are sacred prayers that can be chanted for inner peace and calmness all through the life.

As such can assist us while embracing any type of heartbreak or grieving process.

Each mantra induces some specific vibrations in the mind.

Which means that all mantras do not work equally well.

Keep in mind that there are different mantras used for the purpose of specific objectives.

Mantras for your choice:

I Am that I Am: 

This mantra has its place in the Hebrew Bible. The most famous lines in the Torah that was God’s answer to Moses, when the later asked what his name was.

Om or Aum: 

This mantra represents the most elemental sound of universal consciousness. This mantra has been used by people for thousands of years for expansion of their divine awareness.

Om Mani Padme Hum: 

O radiant jewel in the lotus of my heart, please shine brightly. May may my heart have the strength to feel compassion for all sentient beings.

This is a Tibetan Buddhist mantra. It is said that all the teachings of Buddha are incorporated in this mantra.

Heart of Perfect Wisdom:

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

May I be blessed to experience the beyond and have a taste of the state of enlightenment. In this state of emptiness may I find wisdom and compassion.

This is very helpful during transition, letting go and moving on.

Gayatri Mantra: 

Om bhur bhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah pracodayat.

I like and chant the Gayatri Mantra while my practitioners are laying down in relaxation mode during savasana supported by Tibetan or Crystal bowls healing sounds.

Actually, Gayatri is recited by a spiritual aspirant to remember the higher purpose of life, also as invocation or prayer to God to lift our consciousness upwards.

Shiva Mantra: 

Om namah shivaya.

is a love song, to ourselves. A love song we sing to our own deepest inner nature. In this mantra we recognize that we are the source, like a hologram, a piece of god that also represents the whole.

In the Siddha yoga lineage (from which this chant comes) it is considered to be the king of all mantras.

The intelligent field of conscious energy of which the universe is made, and concentrates into the dense form we know of as matter, is represented by the god Shiva. Shiva is the totality. To us in the western culture would be our Supreme source or God.

Ganesh Mantra: 

Om gam ganapataye namaha.

is a devotional chant believed to ensure success, especially when starting or seeking a new job or endeavor.

When needing inner peace and happiness:

Shanti Mantra: 

Om saha naavavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha veeryam karavaavahai tejasvi aavadheetamastu maa vidvishaavahai om.

Shanti mantra is often recited before and after Hindu religious rituals. In yoga, a simple “om shanti” or “om shanti, shanti, shanti” may be recited as a greeting or parting salutation and for the purpose of removing distractions and focusing the mind.

Shanti mantra is also a prayer or chant for peace, particularly as found in the ancient scriptures known as the Upanishads. The term comes from the Sanskrit, shanti, meaning “peace”; and mantra, meaning “incantation,” “prayer” or “song of praise.”

Mantra for Happiness:

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu.

May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.

A Ho’oponopono, ancient Hawaiian mantra.

I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you: 

Mantra tips:

• Chanting the selected mantra minimum of 108 times.

• Find a mala beads 📿 to count your mantras, very similar to praying the rosary within the catholic religion.

There are many others you can try too.

Indeed, a mantra should resonate within your mind and soul.

The above list are just a few but are the most popular.

Try them and soon you’ll be able to find the one mantra that will become a part of your life.

Also the practice of Pranayamas ( breathing exercises) at the beginning of your meditation, help you prepare your mind for the mantra chanting. Click at below link for further information.

BREATH IS LIFE

Last but not least;

“Quiet the mind and the Soul will speak.”

Namaste 🙏🏼

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CAHP; CCR; CCHP; CACR; SGC; MRT.

Jesus Also Walked Through The Light Of Yoga…

“Be still, and know that I am God.” 

These are the words( from the bible) that brings to my mind, what you need to embrace while practicing Garudasana or Eagle pose in order to improve overall balance and mental concentration.

Be Still.


He was there in the wilderness… and was within the wild beasts, comes to my mind when thinking about Jesus.

Actually, where lies the purpose or goal to the science of Yoga, which not only means union it promotes the quest for the true and highest self, hence the activation of the Christ consciousness within a heart cleaned from darkness and sheltered by light.

How do we still the phantom of our mind, from a turbulence of thoughts and a restlessness of our body that prevent from finding what we are, what we are here for?

Through the practice of yoga and meditation you will be able to answer the following questions?

Who I am?

Why am I here?

How do I realize the truth regards my Dharma or Life’s purpose?

To whom am I grateful to?

Meditation Benefits

Let us go back to Christmas Eve.

Are we truly honoring the arrival of the true inner divine light, within the chamber of our hearts?

The birth of the anointed, the Master of unconditional love and forgiveness.

The birth of eternal resilience.

RESILIENCY/ MANIFESTO

When we hear…

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God…”

Is not hard to experience a visualization of Jesus serving to humanity, sharing his light through his ministry’s teachings.

Who was Jesus?

One of the most influential human beings of all times?

The founder of Christianity?

A messiah or savior sent by God to redeem humanity of its sins?

What were His teachings?

Is our knowledge of Jesus limited to what is recorded in the Bible?

What has modern historical research to say about what Jesus did and taught?

Have there been other spiritual masters in India whose teachings are similar to those of Jesus?

If so, what light can they shed on the teachings of Jesus? and I personally think this would be an interesting part to analyze.

How To Find The True Kingdom…

With the discovery of many new source documents in the Sinai Desert and near the Dead Sea, and with the advent of modern methods of textual analysis by scholars who are independent of institutional bias, today most Biblical scholars will agree that the books of the Bible’s New Testament are written at several levels of authenticity:

• What were likely the actual words of Jesus, quoted in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but recorded several decades afterwards.


• What were likely interpolations – words attributed to Jesus by unknown sources.


• What was said about Jesus or about his teachings by others, for example, Paul in his “letters,” which make up most of the rest of the New Testament, and which served as the basis for early Church dogma.

Within Christianity and in the popular understanding of Jesus and his teaching, how much have these interpolations and early Church dogma distorted or obscured the actual words and teachings of Jesus?

What do the actual words of Jesus say about who Jesus was and what his teachings were?

What do the actual words of Jesus not say?

To resolve and clarify these questions are a prerequisite to making comparisons between the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of the Gnostics and other mystics, such as those of the Yoga Siddhas.

Previous attempts by some, including Swami Prabhavananda’s The Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta, and Paramahansa Yogananda’s The Second Coming of Christ made comparisons with Christianity’s dogma reflected in the King James version of the Bible.

They did not consider the work of biblical historians who have suggested numerous inaccuracies in this English version of the Bible, in comparison with the original Greek.

They do not take into consideration the many findings that modern critical historical research has brought to light.

Yogananda interpreted who Jesus was, by distinguishing “Jesus” the person from “Christ” the state of “consciousness,” which he had attained.

Most of his interpretation was based upon statements allegedly made by Jesus, for example, the “I am” statements, in the Gospel of John, which most critical scholars now consider to be interpolations and words not spoken by Jesus.

This present work presents a comparison between the teachings of the Yoga Siddhas, with those of the teachings that are considered now to be the most authentic teachings of Jesus, based upon the results of modern, critical, historical research.

Others have attempted to compare what Jesus did with what other saints, prophets and sages have done.

Some have speculated that Jesus went to India or Tibet, where he was initiated into their sacred traditions.

Holger Kersten, for example, in his Jesus Lived in India, assembled many arguments, based upon very little evidence that Jesus not only went to India prior to his crucifixion, but returned there and died in Kashmir.

He concluded however, that we really do not know what Jesus did. But this as we will see, modern historical scholars have been able to form a broad consensus about what Jesus taught, but history provides little evidence of what Jesus actually did.

Nothing is recorded about the so called “missing years” of Jesus between the recorded incidents in the temple in Jerusalem, when, at the age of twelve, he spoke authoritatively to the scribes and Pharisees, and his appearance at the age of 30, when he begins his mission, by the Sea of Galilee.

Therefore, we must look elsewhere to understand the influences that transformed Jesus, the carpenter’s son from Nazareth, into the Messiah, or savior of the Jewish people, and the Christ, revered by millions ever since.

But there are other sources, which by comparison with what Jesus said and taught and how he lived, clearly indicate what those influences were.

Examples include the writings of the Gnostics, discovered at Nag Hammadi, in the Sinai, in 1945, the Jewish Essenes, discovered at Qumram in 1948 and thousands of ancient documents which trace the development of early Christianity, and which portray its competing divisions.

Several scholars have studied the Yoga Siddhas of India: Eliade, Briggs, Zvelebil, Ganapathy, White, Govindan, Feuerstein, in particular.

A critical edition of the most important work of the Tamil Yoga Siddhas, the Tirumandiram, by the Siddha Tirumular (written between the 2nd century B.C. and the fourth century C.E.) was produced by the Tamil scholar Suba Annamalai in 2000, from thirteen existing manuscripts.

A new English language translation and commentary of this critical edition of the Tirumandiram is currently being prepared by a team of scholars lead by Dr. T.N. Ganapathy.

Most recently, the research of the Yoga Siddha Research Centre in Chennai, India, lead by Dr. T.N. Ganapathy, has brought out a series of books providing, for the first time, translation and commentary of the Yoga Siddhas, or “perfected” yogis of South India, who were contemporaries of Jesus.

Their teachings and miraculous powers were remarkably similar to those of Jesus.

This makes possible an intriguing comparison between the teachings and miracles of Jesus and those of the Yoga Siddhas.

The writings of the South India Yoga Siddhas have been largely ignored until recently.

They were not well preserved by the orthodox institutions because of the Siddhas’ severe condemnation of the caste system, excessive emphasis on temple worship and scriptures, and the authority of the Brahmins, the priestly caste, which monopolized religious affairs in India.

The writings of the Siddhas were in the vernacular language of the people rather than Sanskrit.

Knowledge of Sanskrit was limited for the most part to the Brahmin caste, whose priests and scholars dominated the religious and educational systems.

The Siddhas condemned this monopoly of the Brahmins, and taught that the Lord could only be known by Jnana Yoga, wisdom born of self-knowledge, meditation and other spiritual practices, particularly through Kundalini Yoga.

Many in the orthodox caste, the Brahmins, reacted by burning the writings of the Siddhas and sought to prejudice popular opinion against the Siddhas by ridiculing them.

The writings of the Siddhas were written in what is referred to as a “twilight language,” which deliberately obscures its deeper meaning to all but Yoga initiates.

This great gap in scholarly understanding of the Siddhas writings, however, has recently begun to be filled by a series of books, produced by a team of leading scholars working for the Yoga Siddha Research Centre in Chennai, India. The Centre has collected, preserved, transcribed and begun to translate thousands of palm leaf manuscripts written by the Yoga Siddhas, which had been all but forgotten in several manuscript libraries of southern India.

 

Remarkable Similarities

Even a cursory comparison of the teachings of Jesus and those of the Siddhas by anyone familiar with the two reveals remarkable similarities:

• Jesus taught in parables, metaphor, paradox, and parody, conveying profound teachings in a way that illiterate listeners could easily understand and remember.

He was an iconoclast, who sought to move His listeners to realize the spirit, not merely the letter of the Jewish law and worship practices.

The Yoga Siddhas taught in the form of poems, in the vernacular language of the illiterate people, in a way that they could easily understand, memorize and recall.

Several layers of meaning could be attributed to both the teachings of Jesus and the Siddhas.

The deepest layers could be understood only by the initiate, who had been taught by a spiritual master how to access the inner reality through such practices as meditation and silence.

• Jesus severely condemned the Pharisees and the merchants in the temple, physically assaulting their shops.

When challenged by the Pharisees on what authority did he speak, he replied: “I shall destroy this temple, and within three days, raise it up!” His resurrection from the cross proved His point, that the real temple is within oneself.

The Yoga Siddhas also condemned emphasis on temple worship and idol worship.

Nowhere in any of their writings do they sing in praise of any of the popular Hindu deities or images of God.

They taught that the human body is the true temple of God and it is only through a process of inner purification that one can come to know the Lord.

• Neither Jesus nor the Siddhas intended to create a new religion.

They taught that God is present in the world. They taught how to realize God through self discipline and self awareness, and through our connection to others.

• Jesus taught forgiveness of sins or transgressions. One of his most important parables, that of the prodigal son, exemplifies this.


The Siddhas taught how to “detach” from the influence of samskaras (subconscious tendencies), which collectively are referred to as karma (the consequences of actions, words and thoughts).

FORGIVENESSES and dispassion are synonymous at a deep level of understanding, and central to both the teachings of Jesus and such Siddhas as Patanjali.

• Jesus repeatedly referred to himself modestly as the “son of man,” but later, the writers of the Gospels, as well as Paul referred to him as “son of God.”

The Siddhas distinguished, the “lower self,” the body-mind-personality, held together by egoism (asmita), from the higher self, pure consciousness, incarnated as an individual soul, but bound by many imperfections.

• In what scholars consider to be the most authentic parts of the New Testament, the three synoptic Gospels, Mark, Matthew and Luke, Jesus says little about himself and when He does, it is always modestly.

The Siddhas also have little to say about themselves in their writings.

They spoke of freeing themselves from ignorance, egoism and delusion.

Consequently, they enjoyed an expanded consciousness and became instruments of the Divine, working “miracles.”

• Jesus taught that the Lord, whom he referred to as the Father, not only existed, but that He loves you.

He also taught that to know Him, one must overcome egoism and attachment to the things of this world.


The Siddhas also taught that by a progressive process of self study, discipline and purification, one can realize the Lord.

They did not fear the Lord. They loved Him.

To them, God was Love and Love was God.

Surrender to the Lord was the means of their progressive transformation. They realized the Lord as Absolute Being, Consciousness and Bliss within themselves.

• Jesus repeatedly emphasized that “the Kingdom of Heaven is within you.”

The theme of Jesus’ teachings in the synoptic gospels as well as the Gospel of St Thomas is “the Kingdom of Heaven.”

But in the Epistles of Paul, as well as the Gospel of John, which are considered by the vast majority of reputable scholars to contain only interpolations (statements put into the mouth of Jesus by unknown sources) the theme is Jesus himself, his mission and his person.

The Siddhas repeatedly taught that the Lord was to be found within oneself, as Absolute Being, Consciousness and Bliss, and that this state could only be realized through the cultivation of samadhi (God consciousness).

This is not a creation of the mind.

It is the realization of the Divine Witness within, and the cultivation of a divine life, from the perspective of this God consciousness.

They taught that the Lord is, unlike our soul, unaffected by desires and karma.

Being one with everything, the Siddhas retained no more inclination to be of special personage.

The Siddhas rarely spoke of their person, and they never encouraged the worship of their person, but rather of that omnipresent Reality within them.

• Jesus used the metaphor of Light to represent consciousness of his true identity; “when thine eye is single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Luke 11.34).

The Siddhas referred to the Supreme Being as all pervasive light or as the supreme grace light.

They referred to the Supreme Being as Shiva Shakti (Conscious Energy), and taught that it could be realized within oneself as the sublime, divine kundalini light energy within the subtle body.

• Jesus was reported to have ascended bodily into heaven 40 days after he rose from the dead. During these 40 days he appeared to his disciples. Doubting Thomas verified his corporeal nature by touching his hands.

The body of Jesus was not buried.

The Siddhas sing repeatedly of their total surrender to the Lord, a surrender, which includes the very cells of their physical body, which creates a transformation begetting immortality.

• Jesus was reportedly opposed and crucified by those who ruled the temple founded by David in Jerusalem – the priests and Pharisees.

They saw him as a threat to their privileged position.

Jesus sought to liberate the Jews not from the Romans, but from their spiritual ignorance, fear, and domination by the priests.

He taught them through his parables, and initiated chosen disciples into how to know God by turning within, in esoteric practices.

The Siddhas have been opposed to this day by the vested interests of Hinduism, the Brahmins, who control the temples and serve as intermediaries between the common person and the “gods” of the Hindu pantheon.

The Siddhas are condemned and ridiculed as “miracle workers,” fakirs and worse, by the Brahmins, who fear their popular appeal among the masses.

The Siddhas and other yogic adepts initiate the most qualified students into the esoteric practices of Kundalini Yoga and meditation.

• Jesus emphasized love and the inner experience or communion with God, rather than the law of the Old Testament.


The Siddhas rejected the Vedic scripture’s emphasis on external fire sacrifice and ritual; they emphasized the inner path to the Lord through love and Yoga.

• Jesus performed many miracles as a result of his powers, or siddhis and this is the main reason of this writing.

Jesus was a Yogi!

So did the Siddhas.

The ordinary person dissipates their energy through the senses, attracted by desires.

When one realizes the Presence of the Lord within, one gains access to unlimited power and consciousness.

Unmanifest and potential, it is known as kundalini.

When it is awakened, one becomes an instrument of the Divine, hence the Ceista

• Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness in meditation and prayer, and as a result acquired great powers.


The Siddhas performed similar tapas (penance) with resulting siddhis (powers).

Even the number 40 is of particular significance with regard to a period of practice of penance in the yogic tradition.

• Both the Siddhas and Jesus exhibited great social concern.

Jesus left John the Baptist, and returned to the urban areas and consorted with tax collectors and other disreputable types.

Are you like the Fisherman?

He encouraged counter-cultural movements against established tradition.

The Siddhas sought to show the path to the Lord to everyone, by teaching what one must do, especially through Yoga and hygienic living standards and medicine, and also what one must avoid.

• Jesus accepted Mary Magdalene as a disciple when he allowed her to wash and to anoint his feet with spikenard oil.

He initiated his most worthy disciples, like Thomas, into esoteric teachings, which enabled them to realize the Supreme Being, beyond the creator God.

The Siddhas showed their surrender to their Gurus by washing, anointing or touching their feet.

They initiated their disciples into advanced techniques of Yoga to expand their consciousness and bring about Self realization.

• Jesus was not merely a teacher or rabbi to his disciples, but a God-man, who remained an enigma to all of his direct disciples.

They struggled to comprehend his teachings, his parables, and referred to him variously as a prophet or the Messiah, the anointed one who would deliver them from the yoke of Roman tyranny.

Their confusion lead to the formation of a multiplicity of sects in early Christianity, until the fourth century C.E., when the Church, in alliance with the Roman emperor, seeking to unify Christianity and the Roman Empire, defined Christian dogma and creeds, and declared as heretics those who did not adhere to its dogma.

The Siddhas were Gurus (dispellers of darkness) who showed the path to the Lord, and were also revered as ones who embodied divinity.

They extolled the authority of one’s own inner spiritual experience, rather than the authority of the Vedas (scriptures).

For this reason, the orthodox condemned them.

The Siddhas continue to be an enigma for most Hindus.

In this work we will explore and compare these and other areas, which will shed great light on the questions:

“Who was Jesus?”

“How can I best understand His teachings?”

 

Why Should Christians Study Yoga?

1. The short answer is that the study and practice of Yoga will make a Christian a better Christian.

2. Also, because it will provide valuable spiritual experience, mental peace, energy and good health, all essential in realizing the goals of both persons of faith and rationalists.

Just as the Buddha was not a Buddhist, Jesus was not a Christian.

The Buddha was certainly a yogi, who undertook to find the cause of human suffering, and the remedy for it, through philosophical enquiry.

Who am I?

Where have I come from and where am I going?

Why is there evil?

What is there after this life?

In that way Yoga can be considered to be the practical side of all religions.

It contains no dogma, no limiting beliefs.

It is not a religion.

It may be considered to be an “open philosophy” for it accepts various approaches to Truth.

It is widely recognized to be one of the six main systems of philosophy in India.

As such it fits perfectly into Pope John Paul II’s recommendation that Christians study philosophy, including the Eastern philosophies, in order to become better Christians.

His Papal Encyclical “On the Relationship between Faith and Reason” (Fides Et Ratio) provides the long answer to the above question.

In it Pope John Paul II argues that:

“In both East and West, we may trace a journey which has led humanity down the centuries to meet and engage truth more and more deeply.

It is a journey which has unfolded—as it must—within the horizon of personal self-consciousness:

“the more human beings know reality and the world, the more they know themselves in their uniqueness, with the question of the meaning of things and of their very existence becoming ever more pressing.”

This is why all that is the object of our knowledge becomes a part of our life.

The admonition “Know yourself” was carved on the temple portal at Delphi, as testimony to a basic truth to be adopted as a minimal norm by those who seek to set themselves apart from the rest of creation as “human beings,” that is, as those who “know themselves.””

Yoga is a means to “know thyself.

“From the grossest to the most subtle levels, Yoga gives us the means to reach the highest and most ethereal subtleties of material substance.

Yoga can take us beyond the grasp of our senses, the thoughts of our mind, and even beyond our most subtle consciousness to the Force-Love beyond it.

Yoga examines the fundamental principles and laws of the cosmos, their purpose and their demand on divine evolution.

It examines how the principle of grace works in life through the physical instrument, through the mind, the physical nervous system and vital organs.

Yoga can teach us how to embrace the suffering of our life and to overcome it.

In other words through Yoga we embrace the activation of resilience’s skills.

When there is resilience, relapsing into darkness and emotional pain becomes history, because we learn to let go without attachment, forgiveness becomes easier and our soul embraces healing.

The Siddhas were neither pessimistic nor illusionist.

They saw the world as a mixture of division, darkness, limitation, desire, struggle, pain and splendor, beauty and truth.

They recognized the mind as an instrument of the soul imprisoned in it.

The view “I am” is a force of creative power possessed by the soul to lift it from this prison.

The profound realization of “I am” is a powerful means to knowing ourselves truly as children of God.

According to the Siddhas, we share consciousness with God. But rare is the person who understands and imbibes this Truth.

God is behind all that exists as the Eternal Witness. But that Supreme Consciousness can perfectly express itself in this manifest world only in one who has integrally harmonized Truth within itself.

What or who is a Siddha?

A Siddha is one who has done so, drawing body and soul into a new identification with absolute perfection.

This occurs only after having discarded all identification with the mind’s imperfect state of physical manifestation and consciousness.

A Siddha has surrendered to the Supreme Consciousness at all levels, from the spiritual to the physical. Jesus could be identified as one such a being.

He stepped out of the imperfect human form to enter a new Consciousness and Being.

Yoga teaches that the imperfect reality of human existence is seen only by the mind, the limited mind of desire, division, darkness, struggle, and pain.

And to overcome it, the mind itself must reach a psychic aspiration towards perfection lying beyond itself.

The mind of a man must seek union with an Ideal of perfection and harmonize itself totally with it.

This process requires complete surrender to the Supreme Being, Consciousness and Bliss.

 

Faith and Reason by Ronald H. Nash is a book that also addresses:

1. Christians who are interested in comparing Eastern spiritual teachings with those of Christianity.

2. Students of spiritual Yoga, otherwise known as Classical Yoga and Tantra, as well students and practitioners of meditation and other spiritual disciplines.

3. Serious Biblical students, including those interested in the question

“What did Jesus really teach, before the formation of Christian dogma?”

The objectives of this book are to:

1. Demonstrate that what Jesus taught, for example through his parables and sayings, was amazingly similar to what the Yoga masters, the Siddhas, taught.

2. To explore the implications of these parallel teachings for those seeking to apply them in their own life, not so much to know about God, as to how to know God through higher states of consciousness.

3. To show how the discoveries of ancient manuscripts, and their analysis by independent critical scholars using scientific methods, provide much insight into the original teachings of Jesus.

4. To demonstrate why the “sayings” of Jesus, circulated orally during the first decades following his crucifixion before being recorded, are probably the most authentic source of his teachings that we have available today.

These are limited to a few dozen parables, aphorisms and sharp retorts, which were repeated in the oral tradition for two or three decades before they were eventually recorded by the anonymous writers of the Gospels.

5. To show how the original teachings of Jesus, as recorded in his “sayings” and parables, became obscured once Christianity was defined in terms of dogmas and creeds.

6. To explore the question “Who was Jesus?” based upon those statements that many modern critical scholars have concluded are the most authentic.

7. To explore the questions “Where is the Kingdom of God?” and “How may I reach it?” based upon those statements that many modern critical scholars have concluded are the most authentic.

8. To explore the question “Why are the teachings of Jesus so contrary to ordinary human nature?”

Last but not least;

“Seek for your inner light and you shall find it…Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Namaste 🙏🏻

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; CAI; CCR; CACR; SGC.

References;

The Holy Bible ( New and Old Testaments).

The Second Coming of Christ.

The Resurrection of the Christ Within You; Paramahansa Yogananda; (Self Realization Fellowship, 2004).

The Yoga Of Jesus; Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels;(Self Realization Fellowship, 2007).

http://www.jesusandyoga.net

Faith and Reason; Searching for a Rational Faith; Ronal H. Nash (Harper Collins, 1994).