Classical Silent Mantra Meditation

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    bhaktajan Active Member

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    Classical Silent Mantra Meditation

    Classic old-time 20 min Silent Meditation:

    1 - Sit alone quietly, eyes closed, wait a moment . . . then

    2 - Silently repeat a short mantra(mono-syllabic is Okay) or prayer-mantra.

    3 - Repeat step #2 for 20 minutes*.

    4 - At finish, direct attention to any points of discomfort in the body. End.


    *During step #2-3, the mind will wander away from the task of the mantra repeatition. When that happens, simple return to repeating the mantra.
     
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    A Mantra is meant for repetition during sitting-silent meditation [if recited aloud, there is no difference except that the environs can benefit too].

    The mantra is a tool for focusing the minds wandering tendency.
    The practice of mantra usage is aprt and parcel of 'devotionals' ---not attempts at magic.

    If the meaning of each word of each mantra were known as well as one's native tongue, then it would be clear WHY to repeat a mantra.

    Practice yoga & meditation ... and naturally one will have a mantra to recite as part of the "meditation" discipline.

    By recitation of a mantra:
    1 - The mind stops "jumping from thought-to-thought" [this takes repeated practice]---and thus, the mind becomes 'mind-full' while being 'without any particular though-in-mind' ---when the above yogic practice is near-perfected, this state becomes a state of conscious awareness without focusing on any thoughts: non-thought-filled awarness [aka, being in the zone]. The sense of being an individual conscious soul is all that is left whenever the mantra stops being repeated . . . then the mind's thoghts & the body's stimulai kick back in ---and one returns to the hustle & bustle state of regular walking/talking/work life. The empty state of no-thoughts while being fully aware and thus, temporarily without desires [ergo, thoughts] is a blissfull state. Why? Because it is without anxiety regarding loss and distress or gain or impositions of any kind.

    This state that is attained through practiced sitting meditation is a means to know Brahman-Realisation. The Soul is made of Brahman (consciousness) and when the Mind stops pre-occuping itself with thinking about desires and plans et al ---it can sense itself.

    2 - After "Brahman"-Realisation is steady in it's understanding and ramifications (ie: A sample of Brahman selected from any place and time and distance is NO different from any other sampling; IOW Brahman is absolute in all regards.) So, since the soul is a part and parcel of brahman ---each soul in You & I & all Creatures is the same brahman ---except that each point of light (an individual soul) is indivisable and each soul is its own insoluble POV. Each soul is an individual entities all onto its own; each soul is part and parcel of Param-atma, the Supreme Soul. God the personage is the Supreme Soul with a name fame form personality paraphenalia entourage and pastimes in a place Eternal transcendental (no influence of passing time, ie: Creation/maintainance/dissolution) to the material manifest cosmos the we souls in this material world see and enjoy during each life time as time goes by.

    3 - After the above is understood 'as absolute' and that all lessons are learnt by disciplic chain of succession, we engage in the lessons taught by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita. That even in the most ghastly circumstances, perform your duty and seek no reward beyond your lot in life as a means of transcending the mundane world ---as a devotional penence to The Supreme Personality of Godhead, from whom all personality arises to engage the souls in pastimes ... either in timeless heaven or in the temporal material world of repeated births and death.

    the maha-mantra:

    hare krishna hare krishna
    krishna krishna hare hare
    hare rama hare rama
    rama rama hare hare
     
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    PLEASE NOTE:
    Mantras are not a 'requisition forms',
    Mantras are not incantations ---Mantras are not for fullfilling base desires or whimsical wonder-lusts ---Mantras are prayers to focus the attention away from external stimulai and thus meant to bring the meditator in union with the soul ['soul' rather than the gross-level body & material elements].
     
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    pohaikawahine Elder Member

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    welcome bhaktajan - thank you for the lessons - poh
     
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    one that is popular in jewish meditation is "Ribbono shel 'olam" - "Master of the universe".

    b'shalom

    bananabrain
     
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    mein Lieber,
    Ikh zorg zikh eybig vegen dir.
     
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    bhaktajan Active Member

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    Translation from the Yiddish:
    "My friend, for you, I always worry".
     
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    Thanks for this!
     
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    I must admit that I appreciate the thanks ...because I indeed made an effort to POST THIS as data from known sources ---rather than attempting to word things in any provocative fancy prose.

    The data in my OP is as the title says "Classical Silent Mantra Meditation"
    This was culled first hand over the years and succinctly presented ... culled from seizen sitting meditation and Hindu sitting meditation as classically performed. Nothing added here by me.
     
  10. Namaste Jesus

    Namaste Jesus Praise the Lord and Enjoy the Chai Staff Member

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    Reciting mantras is not a regular practice of mine. Unless you count the Lords' Prayer. Although, I don't recite it as such. However, I have been known to recite "Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti" during those times the world felt like it was closing in on me. Really does help clear the head of all the baggage our earthly existence affords.
     
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    Lol, had a preacher once ...she said she didn't understand all these books and classes on meditation.... Just sit down and shut up! How hard is that?
     
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    So Ham has been the easiest mantra for me
     
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    bhaktajan Active Member

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    The Lord's Prayer is a Mantra. IMO elongated mantras are better to focus the mind's attention.

    The orthodox Sanskrit mantra [esp mono-syllabic words] is 99% of the time a "Name of the Lord" ---but multi-word mantras are 100% traditional [usl these are invocations to the Lord]
     
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    Aside from the religious ties ---a mantra meditation session is akin to any type of "ZEN" like exercise. In meditation it is the mind that directly is doing the exercise to get into a ZEN-Zone ---devoid of any 'particular thinking [concentrated focus of attention]'.

    Strict clear Attention on nothing specific ---just "Attention" standing on its own ... attending.
     
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    Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine Junior Moderator, Intro Staff Member

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    I enjoy concentrating on a (mostly) universal "mantra": :kitty: purrs. Whether they are remembered purrs or purrs that are happening atm, I concentrate on them. I find it's easier to focus on them rather than any other. :oops:

    Phyllis Sidhe_Uaine
     
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    Namaste Jesus Praise the Lord and Enjoy the Chai Staff Member

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    Many is the time I've left the world behind while listening to a kitty's purrrrrr.....

    lotusCAT.jpg
     
  17. wil

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    Kittha purrha
     
  18. Bhaktajan II

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    In this story told by a Catholic Cardinal about the passing of his own grandmother, he says,
    "She repeated her prayer like a mantra" [1:30 mark]

    Published on Jul 27, 2018
    Panchita Espitia was a formidable woman, not afraid of rattlesnakes underfoot on the Texas ranches of her youth or of death itself. Her grandson, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, learned this near the end of her life, when he realized some spiritual lessons can only be passed down by our elders. Bishop Ramirez came to StoryCorps to remember his abuelita.




    BTW, this is the best way to die.
    Because the MEANTION OF THE name, fame, form, personality,
    paraphernalia, entourage & pastimes of the Lord are all absolute.
     
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    Reminder:

    Zazen (literally "seated meditation") is a meditative discipline that is typically the primary practice of the Zen Buddhist tradition.
    The aim of zazen is just sitting, that is, suspending all judgmental thinking and letting words, ideas, images and thoughts pass by without getting involved in them. The student begins by focusing on the breath at the hara/tanden[13] with mindfulness of breath (ānāpānasmṛti) exercises such as counting breath (sūsokukan 数息観) or just watching it (zuisokukan 随息観). Mantras are also sometimes used in place of counting.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zazen
     
  20. Mrs Malaprop

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    Good stuff. There is also the breath, of course.
     

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