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  1. The taboo of enlightenment

    One of the functions of satsang or vigil or meditation or deep prayer would be exactly that-raw presence.
  2. The taboo of enlightenment

    That’s It. It’s absolute simplicity because it is beyond the universe, beyond the world of objects. The space without objects would be an analogy. It’s not the ordinary simplicity which is in the universe of objects. Are you guys familiar with the idea of turning the consciousness back on itself? Here the witness, mindfulness, presence, or the awareness of the objects of consciousness (including mind and body), are only a door towards the pure awareness, or consciousness without an object. One can go there by different techniques, like asking a question “Who am I?” or “To whom do these thoughts appear?”, and then trying not to answer with words but to feel the “subject”, which is emptiness and fullness, void, infinity, stillness, silence, transcendence, beyond, absolute, infinite completeness, unconditional love, etc. So, the three stages are: -identification with the person or body and mind -identification with the witness -identification with the pure consciousness (known by identity, no subject and object) There are levels of depth in this movement from the witness towards the pure awareness or pure being (satchidananda). We may also call them levels of subtleness, or levels of discerning the pure subjectivity.
  3. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    Lullaby of Queen Madalasa Madalasa says to her crying infant son: You are pure, enlightened, and spotless. Leave the illusion of the world and wake up from this deep slumber of delusion. My child, you are ever pure! You do not have a name. A name is only an imaginary superimposition on you. This body made of five elements is not you nor do you belong to it. This being so, what can be a reason for your crying ? The essence of the universe does not cry in reality. All is a maya of words, oh Prince! Please understand this. The various qualities you seem to have are are just your imaginations, they belong to the elements that make the senses (and have nothing to do with you). You are in the body which is like a jacket that gets worn out day by day. Do not have the wrong notion that you are the body. This body is like a jacket that you are tied to, for the frutification of the good and bad karmas. The deluded look at objects of enjoyments as giving happiness by removing the unhappiness. The wise clearly see that the same object which gives happiness now will become a source of unhappiness.
  4. New yogi member

    Thanks for the welcome Daniel. @Cleansox Well, I’m interested in all of them, since they are all interrelated. However, I’m mostly interested in the transcendent aspect. I reduced over the years reading, thinking, talking, activities of the mind. Now I meditate, contemplate, I watch nature, chop wood-carry water as they say. Now, the reason why I came to the Internet forum, which I consider a not very sattvic medium, is that I want to help a friend who is a noob in Qigong or gentle Tai Chi. So, I tried to help him with Hatha yoga, but he is very stubborn, doesn’t want to do it as he is afraid of heart energy going up. When I try to help someone, I usually ask a lot of questions, about diet, daily routine, I inspect the posture, breathing, energy in the nose and sinuses, I try to determine a psychological type, yin and yang energies, and a ask a lot of other questions. I noticed immediately that my friend has a mostly tamasic (inert, lethargic) temperament, with a chest sinking a bit, which goes together often. Now, for a yogi that’s a no brainer, I give them backbends, chest openers, pranayama with large expansion of the chest, Kapalabhati pranayama etc. On the level of the mind, I suggest some values, affirmations, attitudes that I think they miss, which are yang in nature. I also introduce some meditation right at the beginning as a taste of what’s to come later and a kind of an incentive. I tried to explain to my friend that both yin and yang have their positive and negative aspects, that not all yang is bad, but he is still reluctant to try my suggestions. So, now I’m trying to help him in Qigong way, but I don’t now how, and I’ve just started my Taoist-TCM studies, so I’m a noob too. The thing is that I find Qigong an excellent tool to treat people with destructive yang, but not people with bad yin. How do I straighten his posture if he doesn’t want to stretch up or back, which a logical thing to do? How do I heal his chest energy which we call prana vayu(wind) in yoga without my yogic toolkit? I tried a standing Tai Chi pose, and I find it excellent for meditation. I understood it immediately, almost all the elements are yin. I was able to enter a mini-samadhi in the pauses after exhalation almost the first time I did it. I breathed Ujjayi with full chest expansion and large volume, as I did it during my asana practice, will try with abdominal breathing some other time, but abdominal breathing is very familiar to me as a yogi. The only thing that I didn’t get is if I should engage the muscles of the legs and gluteus a bit.
  5. New yogi member

    Thanks guys, I’m at the moment interested in comparing Yoga and Chi Gong, or Tai Chi, I see a lot of similarities, but also some differences. I’ve been practicing Yoga for couple of decades, together with the study of different philosophies and related areas.
  6. New yogi member

    Hi everyone, I’m a yogi, and I’m interested in discussing various topics like yoga, energy, Chi Hong, breathing, posture, philosophy etc.