To achieve Moksha in this lifetime is the only reason you have a human body, and as His Divinity Brahmanda Saraswati once said: "to waste a human life by not achieving Moksha is like selling diamonds for the price of spinach!"
When we get a human life, we have gone through hundreds or thousands of non-human lives to pave the way by living lives which only serve to balance a small amount of karma. With a human life, we can either live it unconsciously like an animal and just balance a small amount of karma, or we can utilize our free-will and greatly increase the balancing of karma. The main objective for a human life is to balance sufficient karma that we experience Moksha. So, we are always looking for ways to balance more karma. Hence the Moksha Advanced Course is offered to you.
Lord Krishna said to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita (chapter 2 verse 48): "yogastha kuru karmani" or "established in union with Me, perform action." This is exactly the definition of Moksha. But what does it mean to be established in union with Krishna? And, how is that even possible?
Proper mantra meditation is composed of two simultaneous practices:
- Dharana - this is the technique of effortlessly thinking the mantra. The mantra is very special - it is the sound vibration that will balance all negative karmic traces with which it comes into contact.
- Dhyana - this is the technique of identifying with the Silent Witness that is always there, deep in the mind. The experience will be a state of timeless bliss in which you are not thinking the mantra. No, your conscious thinking mind is doing that. You are simply the Silent Witness of the process of Dharana.
Dhyana is the key to "successful" meditation. That is meditation which leads to Cosmic Consciousness (Moksha Level 1) and beyond. With Dharana only, you are actually just engaging in something akin to "positive thinking" and you will never achieve Moksha.
The human mind exists on three levels, as illustrated in the image below:
There are also 3 levels of karmic traces. Just meditating in the conscious thinking mind is only affecting the top 10% of the karmic traces. Yes, you will notice good benefits from this type of superficial meditation because every day you will be balancing the tips of the karmic traces that are actually manifesting in your life. Your health will improve as you clip off the tops of the negative health karmic traces, and your prosperity may improve as you clip off the tips of the negative financial karmic traces. You will notice improvements in your relationships as you balance the superficial levels of the negative relationship karmic traces. You will even enjoy greater support of Nature, but not at a significant level.
Basically you will not make very much progress toward Moksha. If you keep up this type of meditation every day, you will only keep the weeds in check. It is like cutting off the weeds in the lawn at the ground level. They appear to be gone until the next few days pass and they are back again! Obviously you know, in the business of weed control, that you must pull up the weed by its root or somehow kill the root of the weed. In meditation, it is the same with karmic traces. Unless you think the mantra in the pranamaya kosha mind (the subconscious mind), you will not balance these deeper root levels of karmic traces. But if you do, you will still not be able to make lasting, building progress because the karmic traces will come back from their deep roots in the manomaya kosha mind.
So, ultimately, to reach Moksha, which arises spontaneously when enough karmic traces are balanced at the level of the manomaya kosha, you must think the mantra (Dharana) in the manomaya kosha mind (the unconscious mind). If you have been meditating for more than 7 years and are not experiencing Cosmic Consciousness, you have not been thinking the mantra in the manomaya kosha mind for enough of your time of meditation. If you think the mantra from the level of the manomaya kosha mind for 3 to 7 years, you will balance significant deep rooted karmic traces to begin experiencing witnessing of your life 24x7.
The process of meditation (Dharana) is like a snow plow, clearing the road ahead for the vehicle to continue to make progress on the road. When you begin meditation, karmic traces on the level of the anamaya kosha are balanced and that clears the way for the mind to transcend to the pranamaya kosha for the practice of Dharana. Dhyana is the driver of that snow plow. If you do not incorporate Dhyana into your meditation practice, you will not take advantage of this opening to transcend to pranamaya kosha. Instead you will just continue to balance superfical karmic traces day after day, year after year.
Have you noticed that your mind is not becoming clear of thoughts during meditation? Your mind is still thinking away as always, day after day. Maybe it is a little bit better but still there are thoughts throughout meditation. Why? These thoughts are coming from karmic traces in the pranamaya kosha that are not even being touched by the mantra. All progress stops, there is no witnessing of sleep, no lucid dreams, no witnessing during the day - for the most part.
You could continue like this until the body dies, then what? No Moksha for you and yet another human life will come again someday. Unless you are witnessing for several hours almost every day and night, you will not achieve Moksha on the death of the body.
Dhyana is not difficult to learn. It has actually been a part of your meditation from day one. "This is very important that we start with half a minute of silence." This means to find the silence that is deep in the mind and connect with that silence. This silence is your connection to the Silent Witness. Connect with the Silent Witness and you have effectively transcended to a more subtle level. Then when you think the mantra, it will be from that more subtle level and you will realize that your mind is thinking the mantra and you are just witnessing from the timeless, eternal NOW. But most important, your Dharana is now balancing deeper levels of karmic traces.
The interesting thing about the Silent Witness is there is a "Silent Witness" at each level, starting with pranamaya kosha. When you connect with the Silent Witness at the pranamaya kosha level, your Dharana will be balancing the karmic traces at the pranamaya kosha level. Then you will soon clear the way to experience and identify with the Silent Witness at the manomaya kosha level. There you will balance the deep roots of karmic traces and soon Cosmic Consciousness will dawn. As you continue to the vijñanamaya kosha, Moksha Level 2 (God Consciousness will come. Then at the level of anandamaya kosha, you will experience Moksha Level 3 (Unity Consciousness).
Then something magical happens as you transcend anandamaya kosha and enter the eternal omnipresent field of the Absolute and identify with the Silent Witness that exists in your Eternal Absolute Being and Brahman Consciousness will arise spontaneously (Moksha Level 4). But there is still a deeper level of the Silent Witness, which we call the Divine Silent Witness. This is the ultimate realization of who you really are. This is Krishna, who is the Divine Silent Witness of all. Moksha Level 5 arises spontaneously as you identify yourself as the Divine Silent Witness.
Connect with your Silent Witness, identify with that Silent Witness as who you really are, and the Silent Witness will lead you to deeper and deeper levels of your own Self. This is the fundamental instruction of Krishna for how to achieve Moksha.
Moksha is at the same time the most simple and natural way to live and the most difficult transition that anyone can make. Our universe has been around for over 150 trillion years and we have incarnated again and again to accomplish this one task - achieve Moksha - yet this accomplishment has eluded most of us so far.
Those like Eckhart Tolle who suddenly switch into Moksha for no apparent reason and without any preliminary training, find it difficult to explain to us how to live in the state of Moksha, yet they describe Moksha very well. For it is to them such a simple thing. Eckhart said: "The beginning of freedom (Moksha) is the realization that you are not the possessing entity - the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken."
Now the question arises: "how do I watch the thinker?" This becomes our immediate challenge. We must somehow to distance ourself from the conscious thinking mind and become the "watcher." This has to be a genuine experience, not just a mood-making "oh, I am not the body, I am the silent witness" when in reality we continue being trapped in physical life and the conscious thinking mind. The ego is very good at taking the stated goal and thinking its way to it. But thinking about riding the tiger is not the same as riding the tiger.
First, we must connect with the Silent Witness and this is easiest during meditation. Then when we have this experience again and again, we spontaneously find ourself connected with the Silent Witness for some time after meditation. In the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, verse 48, Krishna tells Arjuna "yogasta kuru karmani", which means "established in the Silent Witness, perform action." We can achieve this state of witnessing the activity of the entire life from the perspective of the Silent Witness by taking a few sequential steps:
- find the silence that is already there in your mind and connect with that silence. This silence is your connection with the Silent Witness. Know this Silent Witness to be your True Self and view the life from this perspective. This is yogasta.
- perform action while remaining established in that Silent Witness - this is kuru karmani. To achieve this step we have several sub-steps:
- first we practice acting while established in silence by starting the mantra in the physical mind and watching it from the silent part of the mind. Thinking the mantra is the simplest form of activity because the mantra has no meaning, just a sound, and the only moving part is the conscious thinking mind - the body is completely still.
- when we have achieved the above step 1, we are ready to add some complication to the practice, we challenge the mind to remain established in Being while performing action. We add the practice of samyama on a yoga sutra to the meditation. The sutra is still a very simple thought but it has meaning so this is one complication. Also samyama has the component of timing. With step 2 we create a stronger ability to witness this more complicated activity of the mind.
- we add more sutras to the program and with each sutra we complicate the activity further. Now we have to also keep track of which sutra we are supposed to be performing samyama on. Also we have to count how many times to perform samyama on each sutra and to complicate things further, some sutras may have a different number of repetitions than others.
- at first we have some audio cues to tell us which sutra to perform samyama on, then we remove those audio cues and the complexity of the activity increases even more as the conscious thinking mind has to keep track of which sutra and switch to the next one at the right time with only its internal clock to rely upon.
- until this step, the body has been silent and only the mind is active. Now we add a special sutra that causes the body to become active - the flying sutra. In the previous steps we have cultivated the ability to sit in padma asana (lotus posture) and this is very important for the flying sutra because the flying sutra causes the pranamaya kosha to fly up, like a piece of cotton fiber being lifted into the air by the slightest breeze. When the pranamaya kosha lifts up, it is locked in the posture of padma asana to the anamaya kosha so the physical body is lifted up as well. This adds a further complication to our process of remaining established in the silent mind and witnessing what is a now very gross activity of the physical body hoping up into the air and the falling back down. With each hop our ability to remain established in Being and performing action is strengthened.
- by this time we are noticing that when we lay down to sleep, the silent mind is there witnessing the process of the physical body sleeping.This is an ideal time to introduce another practice to strengthen the ability of our silent mind to stay away and alert and witness the activity of our sleeping physical body and the active prana body. So we introduce the practice of astral projection and begin to explore the world of the pranamaya kosha with that body while the anamaya kosha is sleeping.
- Soon after we become able to operate the prana body independently while the physical body is sleeping, we discover that our witnessing has taken a deeper level and we are able to have lucid dreams. Some additional practices are introduced during waking state to take advantage of this deeper level of witnessing and the witnessing is further strengthened.
- Finally we realize we are living in the now and witnessing our entire physical life from that spacious consciousness of pure Being and in time we are able to maintain this witnessing through all extremes of physical activity - Moksha Level 1 has been achieved.
- Once we can routinely achieve lucid dreams, we learn how to collapse the dream and enter consciously into the Celestial Realms in our manomaya kosha.
- Awakening into Supreme Light of Supreme Love for a deeper connection to Krishna
The Moksha Advanced Course is your opportunity to make a significant leap toward achieving the goal of human existence. If you do not know Transcendental Meditation or Atmavedi Meditation, you will receive instruction in this fundamental technique of meditation. During this course you have deep experiences from longer meditations with others in a group, you will receive additional techniques, based on your needs, such as the Bliss Technique, Esoteric Mahamantra, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Lucid Dreaming, and Awakening into Supreme Light of Supreme Love.
The Ideal Environment for Spiritual Development
The ideal environment for this process of growth and training is on a focused course where the entire attention is devoted to these extraordinary processes. This is actually necessary to have the environmental support so that your full attention can be devoted to the meditation and spiritual practices. With no concerns about daily life duties, this course is your spiritual development vacation! You will make maximum progress toward achieving Moksha and bring home with you an array of practices that will serve you well.
To achieve all 10 of the above sub-steps may not be possible on one 10-day course, but you will definitely make excellent progress. We all progress at our own pace with the development of the subtle bodies. The value of this course is in the personal attention you will receive. Your specific practices will be customized to your needs and current level of development. So you can retake this course again and again and achieve even more progress each time.
During this course you will be establishing new habits and routines that you will take home with you to continue your development. Everything is included in the course tuition, including private room lodging, wholesome vegetarian food and personalized course instruction by Visvamitra.
Experiences On the Course
Experiences on the course are wonderful! Here are links to a few of these experiences:
Pranic Energy Lifestyle Transition
This is an optional program you can add to your Moksha Advanced Course and achieve independence from physical food. You can take this instruction to any level, from just a basic understanding of what Pranic Energy Lifestyle is, to actually taking a dry fast (where you abstain from all food and water for 12 to 48 hours), which can serve as the catalyst for the Pranic Energy Lifestyle Transition.
To understand this process of transitioning to a Pranic Energy Lifestyle, we need to understand that everyone has two energy engines, symbolized by the images below:
1) pranic energy engine
and 2) physical food engine (or commonly the digestive system).
We all are aware of the Food Engine – if we don’t eat food, we will literally starve to death! Yes, this is true if the Prana Engine is not fully active. In everyone there is a Prana Engine, but for most people it can only supply about 10% of the energy required to keep the body vital and healthy. The other 90% of the energy must be supplied by the Food Engine.
What is Prana? Our bodies and everything that is alive has a connection with the Prana Field. Prana is also known by the name of Chi or Life Force Energy or Orgone. When a live being loses connection with the Prana Field, the being dies. Prana is not a physical energy but it is vital and real nonetheless.
It is possible to reverse the percentages so that the Prana Engine provides 90% or more of energy needed and the Food Engine 10% or less. We call this the Pranic Energy Transition.
Once the Pranic Energy Transition occurs, the individual spontaneously adopts a lifestyle where all maintenance energy required by the body comes from the Prana field. When this transition takes place, the individual may occasionally eat physical food, one or two bites only, in a social setting with individuals who still have a dependence on food. In the early days of this transition there may be occasions where the body needs a certain food and the individual will take some food. Eventually, the caloric intake will be reduced by 90% and on most days, there will be no food required. Occasionally, once or twice a week, one may eat a light meal.
The pranic energy lifestyle is known by the name "breatharian" in popular media. This first arose to the general public in the 1980's but has been known and practiced by those at higher Levels of Consciousness for thousands of years. This lifestyle is viewed as "impossible" by modern science and skeptics abound. There are some who pretend to live this lifestyle and that has also been championed by the skeptics. Most people initially react with skepticism to the Pranic Energy Lifestyle and dismiss it as "impossible". If you have some curiosity about this lifestyle, it may be good to do some research and see if you can come to believe it is possible.
With the Pranic Energy Lifestyle Transition Virtual Vitara and accompanying pranayama technique, you will experience the following benefits:
- Freedom from all dependencies including food
- Healthiest lifestyle imaginable
- Maximize body potential while detoxing all that’s not needed anymore
- Boosted and Expanded awareness
- Increased level of Energy and Vitality
- Blissful sleep and feeling of freshness after waking up
The transition to a Pranic Energy Lifestyle is a natural process orchestrated by the intelligence of your body when you consciously initiate the process. For most people the transition will take some time to complete and the process will continue in phases. After your first Workshop, you may find that:
- You may thrive on a diet of only raw fruits and some raw vegetables (Prana Engine is at 60-70%). Or
- you may feel satisfied with a diet of only raw fruits, nuts, and raw or cooked vegetables and sprouted grains (Prana Engine is at 40-60%). You may or may not desire dairy products. Or
- you may not need to eat meat, poultry and fish, and feel satisfied on a vegetarian or vegan diet (Prana Engine is at 25-40%). Or
- you may eliminate meat and poultry from your diet and feel satisfied on a diet of occasional fish and mostly vegetarian with dairy and eggs diet (Prana Engine is 20-25%).
As you can see, these changes in diet are based on your Prana Engine increasing in percentage. To increase your Prana Engine percentage, you will be given a special Pranic Energy Lifestyle Virtual Vitara and Pranayama Technique that will work to gradually increase your Prana Engine. This technique takes 7 to 14 minutes a day to practice
Special discount for couples!
Couples received a special discount so now both of you can come to the Moksha Advanced Course for just a few dollars more than a single registration. Rooms generally have one queen-size bed. Look for the Couples Registration.
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