Social Balance and Personal Integrity

Namaskar,

Wishing you all the best in another week with the Yoga and Meditation society. In Tuesday’s meditation session we were happy for some new members to join our space. After briefly getting to know each other, we picked up from where we left off last week, mantra chanting. Using the mantra “Baba Nam Kevalam*”, our voices and a guitar, we shared 15 minutes of mantra chanting then sat for 15 minutes of collective meditation.

In my spiritual journey mantra chanting has been a most valuable tool. It has enhanced my clarity and concentration in meditation and uplifted my overall wellbeing. It inspires me to have a space to share this powerful practice with others.

So many benefits to mantra chanting it’s overwhelming to list all. Though I will mention one thing: it allows one to withdraw from the excessive preoccupation with our physical bodies and other material concerns. This process of withdrawal soothes the restless mind and provides a spiritual space that enhances individual or collective meditation. We will continue to chant in our upcoming sessions.

In our session, after our collective meditation, some key aspects of practical yoga philosophy were introduced. Yama and Niyama: social balance and personal integrity. These ethical codes of guidance help us to bring harmony and understanding, which we find through meditation, into every moment of our lives.

The first principle of Yama, Ahimsa, means action performed without the intention of harming anyone or anything by thought word or deed. We will reflect deeper on this point in next Tuesday’s session. The video below will give you some more information about this which you may like to watch in preparation for or to supplement the upcoming classes.

Even though next week is reading week, we will go ahead with our meditation session as it will provide everyone with clear head-space for more effective study. Hope you can join.

Om Shanti,
Dada Paramasukha

*Baba Nam Kevalam: Everything is an expression of one infinite, loving consciousness,

Flows Of The Mind

Namaskar,

Hoping everyone is well. Have you done any meditation this week? Even just 5 minutes of meditation in the morning with a steady mind can help you set a clear, conscience pace for the day. And you will notice the mind is more steady in the morning since the momentum of the days thoughts have yet to have an effect.

It can be difficult to find a quiet place for meditation in a city like London. But with consistent practice, you begin to gain control over your mental space and distractions from the environment will no longer disrupt your meditation.

Control over ones mental flows, internal and external, enable one to live to their highest capacity and potential. In yoga philosophy, control over these internal and external flows of mind are know as “Yama” and “Niyama”. They are the first 2 limbs of the 8 limb practice known as “Ashtaunga Yoga”. Ashtaunga Yoga is often identified as an exercise, though in its classic sense it is a way of life to be practiced which leads to the highest goal of spiritual attainment, oneness with cosmic consciousness.

In next Tuesday’s session we will briefly explore the classic yoga concepts of Yama and Niyama. We will also share mantra chanting (Kiirtan) and meditation as we did last week. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Om Shanti,

Dada Paramasukha

Introduction to Meditation

Namaskar* everybody,

Hope everyone is doing well getting settled into the fresh new academic year. For those that didn’t come to the meditation session this past Tuesday, we look forward to seeing you next week. And for those who joined, thanks for your lovely presence.

Meditation is a great way to relieve whatever stresses or anxieties you might be going through while adjusting to a new academic routine. It will also help you strengthen your concentration abilities for more effective study habits. Furthermore it can be a way to create clear head space in a world of ever increasing distractions and complications. So many wonderful aspects of such a simple practice!

This week we were in room 07 of the Chadwick building. We cleared out a space by putting desks and chairs aside, removed our shoes and sat on the ground comfortably. But it’s okay for anyone who wants to join to use a chair if necessary. When I first started meditation, I couldn’t sit cross-legged on the ground for 5 minutes!

First we introduced ourselves as it was the first time we shared space together. Then we did some internal exploration, practicing some simple meditation exercises: sharing quiet space, listening to our surroundings, concentration on breathe, counting our breathes, easy peasy lemon-squeezy.

As we only have 1 hour for the session, time zooms by. But next week we will go a bit deeper in the short time we have in our collective meditation space. I’ll introduce the concept of mantra and we can even do some mantra chanting. I’ll bring a guitar to add some melody and rhythm. Mantra chanting is a great pre-meditation technique to clear head space of mental clutter and prepare the mind for more effective concentration. We will explore the technique of mantra chanting next week.

If you’re interested to follow up with deeper study on meditation and spiritual teachings, check out our Facebook page. One of my colleagues who runs a meditation retreat centre in Siberia, is consistently uploading excellent YouTube videos with simple spiritual concepts clearly explained in detail. We’ll share videos relevant to the discussions held in our sessions.

Our meditation space is open to all. Full of acceptance, void of judgment. Open for discussion, introspection and analysis. So if you are new to meditation or a seasoned swami (holy person), come join us to create an oasis of mental calm, clarity and peace. We’re just getting started!

See you next Tuesday.

Best wishes,
Dada Paramasukha

*Namaskar is a Sanskrit greeting. It means: I salute the divinity in you with all the sweetness of my mind and the warmth of my heart 😉