What is a Mantra?
The definition of Mantra is
Mananat Trayate Iti Mantrah
The repetition of which protects or liberates one is called a Mantra (one of many possible translations)
Traditionally Mantra's are the ones commonly chanted by priests. But most saints say that the most powerful mantra is just chanting the name of your Ishta Deva.
Sri Swami ...
This is an interesting question. It would be best to first clarify a few points you make before answering your questions.
A Human is identified in terms of 3 Bodies, 3 States and 5 Koshas or Sheaths. An Atman/soul covered by three bodies, Which are Karana sharira (Causal body), Sukshma sarira (Subtle body) and Sthula sharira (the Gross body).
The answer to your question is: yes, it is possible to to separate the soul or jivatma from the body. Even one can enter another body through this process:
When the bonds of the mind caused by action have been loosened, one may enter the body of another by knowledge of how the nerve-currents function. [PYS - 3.37]
But from your question it seems you have ...
Which are the nine gates being referred here? Are these ears, nose, mouth, eyes etc?
Yes the Nine gates referred here ae our bodily organs like ear , nose , mouth etc. within Pancala kingdom (5 senses ).
It's said that a jiva accepts a material body by virtue of his own desires. Accepting two hands, two legs, and so on, the living entity fully enjoys the ...
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Chapter 8):
There are three or four varieties of renunciation. Afflicted with miseries at home, one may put on the ochre cloth of a monk; but that renunciation doesn't last long. Again, a man out of work puts on an ochre wearing-cloth and goes off to Benares. After three months he writes home: 'I ...
The main ancient source of information on Hindu meditation techniques is Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, a very (and I mean very) short work which you can read here. Some people might call the Yoga Sutras scripture, but as far as the major scriptures of Hinduism go, I know of two places where meditative techniques are discussed:
1) Chapter 6 of the Bhagavad Gita (...
Your enquiry is about Brahma Muhurta or Amrit Vela. The scriptural ref. can be found in one of the ancient text called Ashtanga Hridaya , which is an Ayurvedic text The author is called Vagbhata .The approximate best time to wake up or Brahma Muhurta is mentioned there.
Pratahkalotthana (Wakeup Time).
ब्राहमे मुहुर्त उत्थिष्ठेत स्वस्थो रक्षार्थमायुष: in ...
There are yogis who go without sleep. This is an elevated state that is learned by years of meditation. They have learned to have complete control over their minds and bodies.
Reference Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms. Chapters I and II. Especially I 10-15. and II 55.
The three states you reference and the fourth state (Turiya) are in the Mandukya Upanishad ...
The power of the Gayatri mantra is explained in the Brahma Sutras, the Chandogya Upanishad and the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad (V.xiv.1.) says (Swami Madhavananda translator):
'Bhumi' (the earth), 'Antariksa' (sky) and 'Dyaus' (heaven) make eight syllables, and the first foot of the Gayatri has eight syllables. So the above three ...
From the book Who am I. His technique name is Self inquiry.
Que:10. How will the mind become quiescent?
Ramana: By the inquiry ‘Who am I?’. The thought ‘who am I?’ will destroy all other thoughts, and like the
stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise
Ques:11. What ...
Shavasana is the most famous way of meditating while lying down. The only restriction is that one may not lie in left or right side. The posture has to be facing the sky:
To perform Shavasana, lie on the back with the legs spread as wide as the yoga mat and arms relaxed to the side. The eyes are closed and the breath is deep with the use deergha (long) ...
Power of Gayatri Mantram is explained in Chapter XXVI- On the narration of Sâvitrî- THE NINTH BOOK of DEVI BHAGAVATAM.
Nârâyana said :-- O Muni! The King As’vapati reigned in Bhadrades’a,
rendering his enemies powerless and making his friends painless. He
had a queen very religious; her name was Mâlatî; She was like a second
Laksmî. She was barren; ...
Beejas or Seeds are important single lettered or monosyllabic mantras especially in the tantric or agama tradition. They are extensively used in rituals, processes, and both for internal and external worship. Each mantra or beeja has specific energies contained in it. Once chanted properly the inherent power can be utilized by the sadhaka.
Specific beejas ...
But I have observed that it is difficult to maintain concentration in lying posture due to sleepiness as compared to the sitting posture.
You don't need to worry about this. In fact, you can use such condition as meditation as well! From VijnAnaBhairava Tantra-
When sleep has not yet fully appeared i.e. when one is about
to fall asleep, and all the ...
A mind becomes thoughtless during SamAdhi in the true sense. Because at that time everything is merged into one. So, what is there then to fix your mind upon?
So, then, how can scriptures straightaway recommend in having a thoughtless mind? When it has to come at the very last stage of SAdhana?
For spiritual aspirant who is practicing meditation, two ...
DhyAna Lakshana (sign of meditation) is mentioned very briefly in the following verse by Lord Shiva:
yathA nimilane kAle prapancha naiva pasyati | Tathaiva
unmilanehapi syAdetad dhyAnasya lakshanam ||
Just like the person, who has his eyes closed, can not see the
outer world, in a similar manner, a person who is engrossed in meditation,
Hindus can focus on anything that is considered as good. I have given below some examples.
विशोका वा ज्योतिष्मती ॥३६॥
Or (by the meditation on) the Effulgent Light, which is beyond all sorrow.
This is another sort of concentration. Think of the lotus of the
heart, with petals downwards, and running through it, the Sushumna;
take in the ...
Swami Vivekananda said (Complete Works V7 p 62, also here under Inspired Talks, Sunday July 21 - http://cwsv.belurmath.org/volume_7/vol_7_frame.htm):
Repeating the ॐ(Aum) continually is the only true worship. It is not a word, it is God Himself.
The Vedas say that the Om (pronounced AUM, and better represented as AUM) is the sound (vibration) that was ...
Unfortunately not all the common meditation techniques can be traced back to scriptures. It is because meditation simply means concentrating the mind on a certain object so that it gets absorbed only in that object and becomes devoid of all other thoughts:
tatra pratyayaikatānatā dhyānam [PYS - 3.2]
pratayāntaranirmuktaḥ pratayo dhyānamucyate [Agni Pu....
Moksha is attained when we exhaust our physical karma. But after this world there is astral and causal each having its own karmas
see more here
Also, there are those who after attaining moksha and being free of earthly cycle of birth and death, choose to take human birth again in ...
The third-eye is related to the Ajna Chakra, intuition and awareness. These two answers might provide some insight:
Q: What is the meaning of the opening of the third eye and what do I
feel when I experience this happening?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: It is intuition, don’t think there is an eye
opening like this and something is popping up from your ...
Not sure if he did it regularly, but on the night before Arjuna slayed Jayadratha, Krishna went into a state of yoga and meditation:
"Sanjaya said, 'Then lord Kesava, of eyes like lotus-petals, having entered the unrivalled mansion of Arjuna, touched water, and spread (for Arjuna) on the auspicious and even floor an excellent bed of Kusa blades that ...
Keep on practicing and eventually no noise will disturb you. As Krishna says:
karmaṇy akarma yaḥ paśyed
akarmaṇi ca karma yaḥ
sa buddhimān manuṣyeṣu
sa yuktaḥ kṛtsna-karma-kṛt [Bhagavad Gita 4.18]
Meaning:- He who finds rest in midst of activity, and activity in rest, he is the wise amidst men, he is the Yogi, he is the doer of all work.
How does a person know that the constant buzzing sound in the ear is due to the meditation or if it is Tinnitus?
When disease or disorder is possible, is better to consult a doctor.
When you go with yoga techniques, in some point you will need a qualified guru (how to find a good guru is another question by itself).
Is it possible that one can start ...
According to Adi Sankaracharya commentary on this verse, Jijnashu is one who wants to know the reality of the lord and Jnani is one who already have intellectual knowledge and aspires of liberation.
7.16 Again, O Arjuna, foremost of the Bharata dynasty, caturvidhah, four classes; of janah, people; who are eminent among human beings and are pious in ...
The contemplation on the question "Who am I?" is definitely a spiritual exercise and a form of meditation. It is much popular in today's time due to Ramana Maharishi (Just search for example on Google this - "Ramana Maharshi Who am I").
But, in Hindu scriptures too we find references to it.
For example, in YogaVAshishta RAmAyana, the teacher (Rishi ...
Swami Sivananda had mentioned the different lights one sees in meditation.
Meditation / Experiences in Meditation / Lights in Meditation:
Various kinds of lights manifest during meditation owing to concentration. In the beginning, a bright white light, the size of a pin's point will appear in the forehead in the Trikuti, the space between the two ...
Mantra recitation might be said to be the mother of meditation. With the recitation of a mantra, the mind promptly concentrates on a solitary thought expediting transcendence (consciousness past the mind). By presenting the mantra, smooth meditation is upgraded even while doing ordinary tasks.
When we meet a higher conscious being as a saint, yogi, or even ...
I upvoted SwamiVishwananda's answer, but not 100% convinced. ॐ is more of a sound vibration than a mantra.
Hence, I would extend it to below 2 mantras from Bhagavad Gita:
1. Gayatri Mantra
ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।
भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥
Meaning: We meditate on the glory of that being who has produced this ...