May 06, 2016

Dhyana Or Meditation Techniques, Silence Yoga, Mouna Yoga, Stages In Meditation; Meditation, Kundalini Awakening, and Samadhi Process; Different types of Samadhis

Q: What is meditation? What are the stages in meditation? Are there any different techniques?
A: Mouna! Just be quiet, still, or silent!
"In Silence, Know the Knower."
"In Silence, Know Thyself"
"In Silence, The Supreme Sound is Heard."
"Be still and know that I am (Aham is/Supreme Sound/Self is) God."

Practice SILENCE, Silence Yoga, Mouna Yoga, Silent Meditation, Meditation on Silence, Focus on Silence, Concentration on Silence, Do Nothing Yoga, Akriya Yoga, No Activity Yoga, No-Thought Yoga, No-Mind Yoga, Amanska Yoga, Mind-Less Yoga, Thought-Less Yoga, Meditate on Thought-lessness, Shoonya Yoga, Shunya Yoga, Akinchan Yoga, Nothing Yoga, Yoga of Nothingness, Void Yoga, Silence Kundalini Yoga, etc.


A) Twilight Consciousness or Absolute Silence: This stage is similar to the one when you are going from wakefulness to sleep or arising from sleep to wakefulness--the intervening state. This is a brief state of indescribable silence as there are no other thoughts apart from just awareness. You can remember it only when you are out of it. This state does not last longer, either you progress to the next stage, come back to the thinking state when you started meditation, or go to sleep. People get frightened at this stage as the mind starts getting concentrated/focused/silent.

B) Takeover or LetGo: This is a stage when the higher Power/a powerful force in you awakens and takes over the control of your body, in which you will have glimpses of the inner Reality. In other words, Prana enters Sushumna or Kundalini awakens. This happens very quickly and the meditator progresses to the next step in a fraction of a second.

C) Intense Spiritual Experience or Samadhi (Sambodhi): This is the stage when you are experiencing something which you had never experienced before. The experiences will be very, very intense. During these experiences, you will be aware of only the experience, and after the experience, you will find yourself to be meditating. However, based on the type of experience (e.g., jerks, jolts, body shakes, etc. ), you may regain your body consciousness and become aware of yourself and the surroundings.

You will experience one of the 2 types of Intense Spiritual Experiences/Samadhis:

1. Jnana Samadhi: Intense Experiences giving an insight and knowledge into your true/real/higher/spiritual nature and the true cosmic nature/cosmic reality.

Jnana Samadhi is also called Nirvikalpa/Nirvichara/Nirvitarka/Asamprajnata Samadhi, etc. These experiences/Samadhis give you true/real SPIRITual knowledge. These Samadhis help you get a direct experiential knowledge about your real Self, Spirit, Soul, Atma, etc. In these experiences, you will not have body consciousness.

In Jnana Samadhi, your spiritual body/senses/mind/consciousness are awakened and start functioning. It is a myth that people with one Nirvikalpa Samadhi experience get enlightened. It is a myth that people can get enlightened instantly with one Kundalini awakening/Samadhi. So if you come across any guru/person who says he/she got enlightened with one experience (usually a long experience, with a variety of twists and enlightening insights/knowledge, seeing and talking to God, with secrets revealed by some divine being/guru, becoming the cosmos/everyone/everything, met God who granted some miraculous powers, etc), that guru/person is #1 FAKE or a Good Hallucinator.

2. Kriya Samadhi: Intense Spiritual Experiences giving an insight into and knowledge about your spiritual nervous system, spiritual nerve currents, awakening of your spiritual body, workings of Kundalini and Prana and their functions, etc.

Kriya Samadhi is also called Savikalpa/Savichara/Savitarka/Samprajnata Samadhi, etc. 
These experiences/Samadhis will start the process of loosening the knots of the spiritual heart:

These Samadhis will strengthen your spiritual nervous system and start awakening your spiritual body. In these experiences, you will regain your body consciousness (because you would have gone into a momentary Absolute Silence mode) due to body movements, jerks, shakes, and other Kundalini Kriyas (pranayama, bandha, asana, etc).

During Kriya Samadhi, your body starts performing Kriyas (yogic asana/pranayama and other physical and breathing activities) spontaneously/involuntarily/uncontrollably/without your will. These kriyas are called Kunalini Kriyas/Shakti Kriyas (activities of Kundalini Shakti) or Swabhavika Kriyas/Sahaja Kriyas (natural activities of Kundalini Shakti). Most meditators/spiritual people will have their first REAL Kundalini awakening with a Kriya Samadhi.

If such Kriyas are lesser than 5 seconds or so, then you may not be able to control them, but if they are of longer duration, then you will be able to control them over a period of time. The intensity of these Kriyas will lessen after a couple of experiences. Many Kriyas will stop.

The Kriya Samadhi can happen anytime in the beginning, even when not meditating. This is because as soon as you achieve a momentary silence anytime, you will experience them (when you are relaxing, when you are going to sleep, when you are sitting and travelling, etc.).

Kriya Samadhis are not physical symptoms like tremors, which are due to nervous weakness and neurological conditions. Only ignorant people will think that these are due to underlying medical condition. Difference between shaking/tremors/convulsion/seizure and Kundalini experiences are mentioned in the comment section of the following link:

As I said, only ignorant people will take shaking, jerks, and other Kriya Samadhi experiences as medical symptoms (tremors, etc) and start thinking that there's something wrong with them and start seeking advice from fake Kriya gurus, fake meditation/spiritual teachers, money-making Kundalini/Chakra/Shaktipat/Pranic/Energy fake healers/QUACKS, ignorant/deluded internet forum advisors/experts, or medical service providers.

I have seen real Kundalini awakened people asking ignorant gurus/internet forum advsiors/experts (who have never had/will never have a real Kundalini awakeningquestions about their real Kundalini experiences and getting nonsense answers/advice.

Secret: Samadhi (unconscious/breathless) happening for hours, days, months, years is a MYTH. Samadhi doesn't mean sitting like a stone, deadwood, crocodile, chameleon, etc.  There will be storm (1000s of Kundalini awakenings/Samadhis) before the calm (Enlightenment, Self-realization, Loosening of all the knots of the spiritual heart).

[NOTE: There are no stages in Samadhi. You can have Kriya Samadhi today, Jnana Samadhi tomorrow, Kriya Samadhi day after tomorrow. THE OBJECTIVE OF ALL SAMADHIS/KUNDALINI AWAKENINGS IS TO LOOSEN THE KNOTS OF THE SPIRITUAL HEART. The link to spiritual heart and heart knots is given above.]

Warning: Nowadays, Sahaja Samadhi has become famous. People/gurus will say that they are always in Sahaja Samadhi (Pure state, BE state, I AM state, I am I AM, BEING/JUST BE, living in the present, and other nonsense state). Getting into Samadhi at will or naturally without one's will due to Kundalini awakening is called Sahaja Samadhi. Any Kriya Samadhi/Jnana Samadhi without meditating is also Sahaja Samadhi.

After loosening all the knots of the spiritual heart (result of 1000s of Kundalini awakenings), slipping into Jnana Samahi (no-body consciousness state) naturally/at will/without one's will is also called as Sahaja Samadhi.

ANY GURU/PERSON THAT SAYS HE IS IN SAHAJA SAMADHI IS A FAKE. In Samadhi, you can't talk or walk. Only when Kundalini drops/Samadhi ends, you can talk or walk.


Q: Which is the best meditation technique?
A: After following a number of meditation practices and having had many experiences, I have realized that a single meditation technique cannot suit all; one size can't fit all, all the time. It would be a folly to say that a particular technique is best for all. There is no point in listing meditation techniques that can give you an experience, but whatever technique you are following should lead to these 3 stages:
1. Twilight Consciousness or Absolute Silence,
2. Takeover or LetGo, and
3. Intense Spiritual Experience or Samadhi.

The Samadhi/Intense Spiritual Experiences should be similar to one of these:

Q: How do I know that I am progressing in meditation?
A: No matter what type of meditation technique you practice, whether you really meditated or not or whether you are progressing in your spiritual practice (Sadhana) or not will be known by the experiences you will have in meditation. In fact, meditation cannot be done, it should happen. Your effort ends in stilling the mind or emptying the mind of all thoughts and then you just have to wait in silence for awakening of the higher Power. If you have had any meditation/Kundalini experiences listed in the above link, then know for sure you have progressed/progressing in meditation.

Q: Which Meditation technique do you practice and why?
A: I practice Silence because silence is the first stage as listed above in the meditation process that everyone has to go through for a spiritual awakening. Silence is the simplest, easiest, and the best method which gives no side effects and has no dangers involved.

Silence needs no effort—it is only activities that need effort.

Silence has no reaction because there is no action; action has reaction. SILENCE GIVES NO KARMIC REACTION.

To succeed in spirituality, one should "take the opposite route" (Vipareeta Bhaavana). All the time, a person is indulged in physical and/or mental activities. It is only SILENCE that is the opposite of any activity. When Kundalini is sleeping, there are no spiritual experiences. When Kundalini awakens, there are spiritual experiences. These are the opposites. When Kundalini is sleeping, you are able to do all your activities, but when Kundalini awakens, Kundalini will do all the activities and you will just be a witness to its activities.

Matter is gross and spirit/consciousness is subtle. These are the opposites. The gross outer world is experienced through the active physical body, senses, and mind. The subtle inner world is experienced through Pure Mind or Chit (consciousness) when the body, senses and mind are inactive/silent.

During meditation, when all the physical and mental activities become SILENT, the spiritual and super-conscious activities begin.

Speech (activity) is Silvern, Silence is Golden.

Q: How exactly can I know what Absolute Silence is?
A: Before going to actual sleep in the night or anytime, observe how you are going to sleep. It is your activity every night, again and again for many years. It is your routine every night. So it must be easier to observe your sleeping process. If you do this, you will realize that you indeed have to go through a brief period of Absolute Silence before you sleep. This is the SILENCE which you have to practice during meditation for Kunalini/Spiritual awakening or Samadhi.

Q: If I practice this, won't I lose my sleep by just thinking or observing?
A: It is the technique I follow sometimes. Of course, it should not be done every night as a meditation practice. I do this when I am very tired and am going to fall dead asleep as soon as I hit the bed.

Do not practice this seriously to the point of losing sleep over it. In meditation, always meditate casually, without being too serious about it. You need to casually observe the sleeping process and not with the intention of having Self-realization instantly. Over-observation/over-focusing/over-concentration/mental over-activity/hyper-thinking and losing sleep due to such activities/meditations may cause obsessive compulsive disorder and other psychological/psychiatric problems.

Q: Any other tips?

A: When you are sitting and meditating, try to sleep in meditation (of course without sleeping) or remember your sleep state. This would make the mind a little silent because of the habit of the mind. Remembering sleep leads to silence. Silence (without sleeping) leads to spiritual experience. Self-realization, after all, is remembering your true nature (of course not by thinking or your intelligence but through direct Samadhi experience).

If you still cannot be silent, then does feeling the breath on your upper lip and imitating sleep make you silent? If yes, you can do it but keep in mind that your objective is not to feel the breath or sleep but TO BECOME SILENT.

Without SILENCE, you cannot progress in meditation or spirituality. Meditation is cessation of physical and mental activities, and spirituality is knowing directly your spiritual existence through direct meditation/Kundalini experiences.

Every individual is unique, and you need to devise your own methods and means to achieve SILENCE during meditation for spiritual awakening, making sure that such technique does not harm you either physically or mentally.

If you cannot be silent even after trying your best, then find out what are those thoughts that do not allow you to be silent. Take care of/fix such disturbing thoughts and their causes. The thoughts that come to your mind when you try to be silent are due to your Vasanas and Samskaras (physical and mental conditioning, habits and tendencies), which reveal a lot about how you lived, how you are living, and where you will end up if you continued to live the way you lived and you are living.

When practicing meditation and spirituality, you need to lessen your physical and mental activities as much as possible during your waking period.

Moderate nutritious vegetarian food, good sleep, no sex (at least during meditation/spiritual Sadhana/practice until you experience a single meditation/Kundalini experience), peaceful activities of daily living, harmonious relationships with people and the environment, coming to terms with your past and the present, etc., during your spiritual practice will help you gain mental calmness, which in turn will result in silent meditation, consequently raising your Kundalini, ending in an intense spiritual experience/Samadhi—this will be the beginning of a spiritual life.

You need not necessarily follow one type of meditation technique all the time. According to your mood, surrounding, and circumstances, you can practice different types, again the objective being silencing your mind to have an Intense spiritual experience.

There is no harm in silence. IT IS JUST THAT THE MIND DOES NOT WANT TO BE SILENT. Silence is the mind's enemy.

Everything will be difficult initially, but that's life!

Caution: If you feel any of the instruction above is adversely affecting you, then do not follow it. Devise your own technique. One must follow a meditation technique that is best suited for his/her body and temperament keeping in mind that Silence is a stage (however brief) that one has to go through to have real meditation/spiritual/Kundalini experiences. There is nothing called The Best Meditation Technique or an Universal Meditation Technique.

Words of a Jnaani:
Bhaav bina Bhakti nahi
Bhakti bina Dhyan nahi
Dhyan bina Gyan nahi
Translation: Without a spiritually-inclined mind, you cannot have devotion/dedication toward spirituality.
Without devotion/dedication toward spirituality, you cannot do spiritual meditation.
Without spiritual meditation, you cannot have spiritual experiences which lead to Self-realization.

When a person is interested/indulging in enjoying the worldly objects, pleasures, achievements, ego satisfaction (kama-kanchana-kirti), Kundalini will be looking downward or sleeping. However, when the person gets disinterested in them (worldly objects, pleasures, etc., detached from worldly affairs) for a longer period of time and practices meditation, then Kundalini will surely awaken/start looking upward giving real spiritual/meditation/Kundalini experiences.

"Know Thyself and All Else Will Reveal Itself."

To know why people do not know what Absolute Silence, LetGo, or Samadhi is or to know why people do not progress in meditation or have meditation experiences, click:

For dangers involved in dangerous meditation techniques, click:

To know about myths surrounding Kundalini and what Kundalini is, click:

WARNING: It's okay if you don’t meet a Brahmajnani (Self-realized seer) or realize yourself in this life, but never ever meet or follow a BHRAMjnaani (fake guru who will make you delusional).  If you do, then you will suffer your entire life.
SHUBHAMASTU – Let Good Happen to You!


Achintya Idam said...

Meaning of Dhyana or meditation:

Dhi = Thought/intellect/intelligence
Yana = Vehicle/mode/method of arriving or going, journey/travel/marching toward/forward (in spirituality transcending)

Dhi + Yana = Dhyana. Transcending thought/mind/intellect/intelligence is Dhyana.
The journey beyond the mind and intellect is Dhyana.

When you achieve Dhayna or transcend the activities of the mind/intellect, you will experience a momentary Mouna (silence) or Swabhavika Kumbhaka (natural cessation of breath), or you will momentarily become Amanaska (without the activities of the mind/intellect).

Practice Mouna Yoga, Dhyana Yoga, or Amanaska Yoga because these will result in Samadhi (intense spiritual experience). The following are some Samadhi experiences:

Shubhamastu = Let Good Happen To You!

Achintya Idam said...

You have a SPIRITUAL BODY/MIND/CONSCIOUSNESS!!! This is your real "I," Self, BE+ING.
You can directly experience your spiritual body in meditation within a short period of time. You just need to practice silence for 1 hour a day!!!
If you have any one of the following experiences, then know for sure you will definitely succeed in experiencing your true Supernatural Spiritual Self in this very life.

Shubhamastu = Let Good Happen To You!