Next Step in Meditation

Question

I am feeling a strong sensation between eyebrows during meditation and remains mostly throughout the day even if am not doing meditation. Don’t know what to do next...please guide me about how my future journey should be.

—Ravi, India

Answer

Dear Ravi,

That you are drawn to concentrate at the point between the eyebrows is very encouraging spiritually. First let me offer a little information about what this point is. The point between the eyebrows is the seat of ecstasy and of spiritual vision in the body. It is the 6th Chakra or Ajna chakra. Gazing at that point it is possible to see the Spiritual Eye. When the Spiritual Eye is beheld clearly, it is a golden circle of light surrounding a field of deep blue. In the center of this blue field is a white star with five points. When the Spiritual Eye is beheld imperfectly, it is seen as a dim violet light with a faint circle around it, and an even fainter dot in the center.

Yogananda, whose teachings we follow at Ananda, suggested that we keep our attention at the point between the eyebrows throughout our meditation and also throughout our day in order to stimulate this center. It seems that you have been guided to do just that! Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda and a direct disciple of Yogananda explained how we should do this in the book Awaken to Superconsciousness. “To concentrate at the point between the eyebrows, look upward – not crossing your eyes, but converging them slightly as though you were gazing at your thumbnail outstretched above you. The important thing is that your attention, not your eyes, be focused on that point in the forehead. Don’t try forcibly to bring your eyes to a focus, but gaze mentally at that point, and let the Spiritual Eye draw you into itself.”

You awareness of this point between the eyebrows is a wonderful start on the spiritual journey and I encourage in your desire to go further. You might want to explore titles available through Ananda Publications in India www.anandapublications.com. There is Lessons in Meditation by Jyotish Novak which is a series of seven lessons guiding you through Yogananda’s foundation meditation and energization techniques. Awaken to Superconsciousness by Swami Kriyananda, which I quoted from above, is an excellent introduction to the foundation principles of the spiritual path and also includes guided meditations. The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda is the next step after Lessons in Meditation and takes you deeper into philosophy, hatha yoga practices, healing techniques, diet, and meditation techniques. Another resource is https://academy.anandaindiaonline.org for online courses on these topics.

If you find your spiritual life growing and flowering as you explore this material there is so much more for you available at Ananda Sangha.

Many blessings on your spiritual journey,
Nayaswami Mukti