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June 27
2014

anu
india

Question

Hello

Since I suffer from backache I can’t sit for long. Can I do the hong-sau meditation lying down? I wont fall asleep.

Thanks

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Anu, The Hong-Sau technique of meditation can be done anywhere, any time, and in any position. However, meditation is much more effective if it is done, if at all possible, in an up-right sitting position, with a tall spine, and an open chest (heart chakra).

It is not merely a matter of not falling asleep. It is a matter of how energy flows in the body. When you are lying down, your energy (prana) naturally spreads out all over your body; and it becomes much more difficult to send the energy inward and upward toward the spiritual eye.

Esha
India

Question

Good evening

I’ve never tried to sit properly and meditate but after doing a fast during the Maha shivaratri celebration, and singing bhajans the whole night without food and sleep, a strange thing happened. I went into a meditative state and for one week my third eye was tingling. There was strong energy flowing all over my body. I felt I was falling fast into a deep abyss between my eyebrows and my breath would stop and chest and body would start expanding, as if air was filling the body. Why did this happen ?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Esha,

From what you’ve described it seems that you have experienced an awakening of your inner prana (life force) or the kundalini energy.

The increased focus of your awareness through the fasting, devotional chanting (bhajans), and lack of sleep, seems to have stimulated these experiences that you have mentioned.

Diderik Finne
United States

Question

When I practice meditation, I feel a pressure on my skull. The pressure is in a ring that passes through my third eye and circles around the top of my head. It feels almost like a metal band that is being tightened. Normally the pressure is not uncomfortable, but when I go deep into meditation the constriction becomes painful. Is this sensation normal? Does anyone else have the same problem? Does it mean anything? Is there anything I can do about it?

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Diderik,

We can have different sensations in different phases of our meditative practice. With regard to pressure in the skull, I have found from personal experience and from working with other people, that pressure in the skull most often happens due to physical or mental tension. This pressure can go on for a period of time.

Bee
Australia

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I’ve only been doing meditation focusing on the spiritual eye for a week or so, but can feel rapid progress. When I am completely centered on the eye, the base of my spine feels electric, I hear a popping noise and can feel a huge wave of energy rising up.

However, I have scoliosis (two curves in my spine) and when the above happens I automatically become nervous, thinking of my spine not raising the kundalini through it’s middle.

Should I be nervous?

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Bee,

When you meditate and experience the rising of energy, this means that your energy goes up in the astral (energy) spine. The astral spine is not the backbone (those knobs that can be felt along the back), but runs more or less through the center of the body. The shape of the physical spine can influence how energy flows in the astral spine, but does not dictate everything. You can counteract most or all of that influence, through a strong visualization of a straight astral spine.

Nandini
India

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Dear Minister,

We would like to place the pictures of Babaji and Paramhansa Yogananda in our home.

What is the ideal location and direction for placing the same?

Also, is there anything specific other than location and direction that we need to know before we place it?

Regards,

Nandini

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nandini,

According to the yogic teachings, one should have a meditation room or a special space set aside for meditation. When we meditate the best directions to face are:

East or North, in order to align our energy with the magnetic flow of universal energy. Therefore the altar should be placed at those places. You can hang the pictures on the East or North wall of that room. So when you meditate, you are facing these sacred pictures.

sanjay mehta
india

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I have done a basic course of Ananda in Mumbai last year, but I have not yet learned to observe the breath as in the Hong Sau technique. I want to learn to observe the breath. I am very eager to learn it and I have also purchased the CDs for that. Please give me some practical steps or methods to watch the breath.

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

Answer

Dear Sanjay,

Congratulations on taking your first steps towards meditating deeply. As the Hong Sau CD mentions, once you prepare for meditation after sitting upright with palms up at the junction of the thighs and abdomen, tense and relax the body with the double breath three times. With the last exhalation of tensing and relaxing, simply allow your gaze to turn towards the point between the eyebrows and observe the inhalation and exhalation at that point. You needn’t try to control it or change it. Simply watch it and use the mantra as directed. As the breath begins to slow of it’s own accord, become absorbed in the peace between the inhalation and exhalation at the point between the eyebrows. Continue this practice with full concentration on the breath at the point between the eyebrows and relax into the peace between the inhalation and exhalation. This technique is very helpful for concentration, interiorization of consciousness, and absorption into the kutastha chaitanya or spiritual eye.

Adam
Australia

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I decided to try meditation for the first time. I did the method of relaxing my whole body then counted down from 100. That’s when I first noticed the numbness enveloping my entire body, even my breathing felt numb as if I weren’t even breathing. Then the tingling sensation, at first only slight in my legs then my entire body, it felt like I was going to explode out of my body. Just as I got the sensation of leaving my body I panicked and I severed the connection. Terrifying, any advice?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Adam,

We are sorry to hear of your unhappy experience the first time you tried to meditate. It is important for you to try again, but this time, be sure to pray for help and guidance from the Great Ones and to use the exact methods they suggest for beginning meditation.

Lisa Sen
INDIA

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My heartfelt pronam to all.

I have been practicing meditation for 13 years. But I never had any vision nor heard any sound. Only occasionally I feel a throbbing sensation near my heart. Also, I can concentrate only for sometime during the entire course of meditation and more often than not my mind keeps wandering. I cannot understand whether I am progressing in my meditation or whether the process of meditation I follow is right. (I meditate the form of my Ishtam in the heart center).

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

Answer

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for your question regarding your meditation progress. I must start by saying I am not familiar with the technique of meditation you are practicing. With that said, meditation should help us to experience peace and calmness initially and as we progress more love, joy and wisdom. Yoganandaji said, the spiritual path is not a circus. We should not be attached to seeing or hearing various phenomena in our meditations.

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