[Advaita-l] Meditation (dhyAna), knowledge (jnAna) etc. in Sankara's advaita

Shrinivas Gadkari sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 3 02:27:39 CDT 2008

Thanks for sharing your experiences with meditation. 
I am no expert on this topic. However, here are some thoughts 
that might be useful in general:
1. Whether we like it or not there exists a chakra system in
our body.
2. A normal person (without too much or with no sAdhanA) 
typically operates from the level of mulAdhAra and svAdhisThAna
3. Make not mistake about this: Retaining the ability to
operate from the level of these two chakra-s is VERY important
for smooth functioning of our vyAvahArika life.
4. When we venture into sAdhanA (without guru), we start exploring
the realm of operation from higher chakra-s. In this process we
tend to WEAKEN our connection with the lower chakra-s.
If we operate in our vyavahArika life from the level of
higher chakra-s some amount of chaos/ failures are bound
to happen
5. Hence the necessity of guru and guru bhakti.
This is not to discourage meditation. Just be careful and if possible
keep bhakti ongoing.
[Advaita-l] Meditation (dhyAna), knowledge (jnAna) etc. in Sankara's advaita
I see a very good conversation going on, and I don't want to butt in.
However, I feel compelled to ask for some advice reg. the type of meditation I've been doing lately, because I don't know where else to turn. Brahman Satya, Jagat Mithya...this is the basis of my meditation. What I do is, I try to see the falsity (mithyatva) of all that comes into my mind (which indirectly makes the seer alone true, satya). 
Results vary on each occasion, when I do this. Sometimes, I am bored and abandon practice. Sometimes, I experience hypnagogic images, and once I experienced sleep paralysis. Last week, I experienced lucid dreaming. But since then, there has been no experience at all. This, in short, has been my experience in meditation.
Any ideas/insights on all this?


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