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How to Reach Samadhi
In the state of samadhi, the mind is perfectly still and at peace. How do we allow this state to emerge in us? Pandit Tigunait explains how the first step is to train our mind to concentrate on a single object, and then how concentration leads to meditation and samadhi.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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The Real Meaning of Meditation
What is meditation? How does it work? Can meditation help us achieve genuine peace and happiness in today’s hectic, often chaotic world? Swami Rama explains the various aspects of meditation: how to turn inward, how to cultivate stillness, how to pay attention, and how to tell that we are making progress.
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Swami Rama
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Meditation: More Than Mental Concentration
Is meditation simply focusing the mind on an object—a mantra, yantra, or image? Is this what brings lasting transformation? Pandit Tigunait explains that meditation is a complete science of self-knowledge requiring much more than mental concentration, and why we need persistent self-study and a conducive lifestyle to make meditation truly transformative.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Do You Meditate?
Meditation leads to the simple pleasure of knowing one’s self. In this engaging story, Rolf Sovik relates how his teacher, Swami Rama, first inspired him to meditate, and how over the next 30 years taught and guided him, and countless others, the systematic method of meditation that leads to deeper experience of inner life—the highest knowledge.
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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How Japa Leads to Meditation
Is mantra meditation the same thing as doing japa (mantra repetition) using a mala? Pandit Tigunait explains how they differ and how using a mala builds a foundation for meditation, training our mind to focus without fighting with our mental habit patterns.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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How Mindfulness Deepens Meditation
Learn how practicing mindfulness throughout the day can help you deepen your meditation. The mind’s habit of thinking about 30 different things in 5 minutes during the day can make it difficult to concentrate on a single thing—the mantra—in meditation. Pandit Tigunait suggests ways to become more mentally and spiritually focused in our daily life to overcome this problem.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Effortless Effort: The Key to Meditation
How can we deepen our meditation? When we try hard to focus on our mantra, our effort has the opposite effect. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how effort creates tension, which unsettles the mind, while effortless effort—the relaxed awareness of peacefully flowing breath—draws the mind tranquilly inward and quiets it for meditation.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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How to Contain a Roaming Mind
Is it possible to stop the mind from thinking during meditation? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains that trying to arrest the mind—to command it to stop thinking—is a self-defeating approach arising from a misinterpretation of the Yoga Sutra. He describes, in contrast, how yoga’s yamas and niyamas (restraints and observances) can help us contain the mind in its home in a gentle, loving way that allows it naturally to become still.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Meditation: Joy in the Heart of Silence
Why practice meditation? What does it give us? Meditation—learning to love the silence within—brings the highest of all joys, says Swami Rama. It leads us to the inner source of peace, happiness, and bliss. He highlights five immense benefits of meditation, including freedom from stress, which we gain if we practice this simple technique with patience.
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Swami Rama
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Meditation, Contemplation & Spiritual Awareness
What is the difference between meditation and contemplation, and why do we need both to gain the highest spiritual awareness? Extraordinary powers of concentration can be achieved through meditation, says Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, but meditation alone won’t bring lasting transformation. He explains why we need contemplation, or self-study, to channel the mental energy from meditation in a spiritually enlightening direction, and he offers a contemplation exercise for doing this.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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How Meditation Practice Bears Fruit
Do you wonder if your meditation practice is getting you anywhere? How long does it take for practice to bear fruit? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait explains how inward exploration is different from external forms of study, where progress is tangible and easily quantifiable. Meditation requires a different approach, but it’s well worth the effort. If done faithfully, it will reward you with delightful results, all in its own time.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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What Meditation Is—and Isn’t
What is meditation? Is it different from contemplation and concentration? How does meditation relate to religion? Swami Rama clears away common misconceptions about meditation and explains exactly what it is and what it’s for. Meditation, he says, gives us what religion and philosophy do not—a way to know ourselves on all levels and to experience the higher levels of consciousness.
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Swami Rama