“Meditation does something no other technique can do. It introduces you to yourself on all levels, and finally leads you to the center of consciousness within.” – Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas
“You all want to know that reality or truth which is eternal; you want to experience that state of peace and equilibrium that is your essential nature. And yet the mind and personality prevent you from experiencing that finest level of yourself – the Center of Consciousness within. If you want to know your true Self, you should understand that it is neither your mind nor your personality. If you remove all the coverings and veils of your personality, one by one, you will find the real Light within. In meditation, you don’t eliminate any aspect of yourself or your ego, but you learn to go inside to this Source and this Light. You are fully equipped to know yourself; you have all the means and tools to do so. You cannot honestly say, “I am not capable of knowing myself.” from The Art of Joyful Living by Swami Rama.
A mantra is a sound, a syllable, or a set of sounds. It is known not by its meaning, but by its vibrations. It provides a focus for the mind and helps one become aware of his or her own internal states. It is a way to understand one’s self and to coordinate one’s external and internal worlds.
Meditation and Its Practice by Swami Rama. This is a basic, clear, easy to understand book about meditation which would enable a reader to begin the practice on their own.
Meditation taught by Swami Rama – outlined by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
Mantra initiation in the Himalayan Tradition
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