What is Mahāsāra Meditation?
Although you’ve heard of the inner peace that meditation promises to deliver, few people have experienced it to any significant degree. The question is why? The Mahāsāra School of Meditation teaches a practice system that is simple yet extremely powerful, and which is more subtle than just learning how to watch your breath or your thoughts. In the Essence of Meditation course, you’ll receive profound teachings that’ll grant access to your own inner awareness. Throughout the course, you’ll progress through a series of highly nuanced and targeted practices that’ll enable you to easily sidestep obstacles and attain deep states of awareness.
Mahāsāra Meditation is based on ancient yogic teachings that have been practiced since 400 C.E. The teachings draw from elements found in Patañjali’s Yoga Sutra, the Shaiva Tantra traditions, and the great 20th-century sage Sri Ramana Maharshi. That said, Mahāsāra Meditation does not require adherence to any spiritual or religious beliefs. The course is designed with a Western, secular audience in mind, meaning that the meditation techniques are effective without having to accept any philosophical or belief system. On the other hand, there is plenty of room within the rich yogic traditions behind Mahāsāra Meditation to develop a spiritual life if you are so inclined.
How is Mahāsāra Meditation Practiced?
Mahāsāra Meditation is based on three limbs of practice: right understanding, right method, and right inner feeling. Under right understanding, we establish a conceptual foundation that will allow the practice to take root and blossom. Under right method, we learn a simple and beautiful meditation technique. Under right inner feeling, we learn how our emotions can deepen our practice.
Mahāsāra Meditation is practiced by sitting comfortably and receiving a mantra. A great deal of emphasis is placed on how to properly understand and repeat the mantra.
Why mantra? Put simply, we experience the natural peace and bliss of our own deepest awareness when our thought stream calms down. Since our thoughts are essentially sound vibrations, we use sound itself to gently absorb and quiet them down. When we work with a mantra, we do not practice forceful concentration or fight against our thoughts. We simply allow the vibration of the mantra to gently still our mind, revealing the deep reservoir of peace and bliss at the heart of our being.
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What You Will Learn
In Mahāsāra Meditation’s Essence of Meditation course, you’ll learn, among other things, how to:
- Set up an effective meditation space
- Establish proper posture, alignment, and breath
- Manage physical pains and discomforts while you are meditating
- Establish a strong conceptual foundation that will allow your meditation to significantly deepen
- Work with our thoughts in a positive and non-combative way
- Understand the difference between concentrative and so-called effortless approaches to meditation
- Understand the difference between guided meditations/visualizations and meditation proper
- Properly repeat a mantra
- Meditate without a mantra, if that is your preference
- The secret behind the power of attention
- Determine what the proper target of meditation should be
- Establishing the right bhava (feeling) that will allow your meditation to become heartfelt and expansive
- Integrate your formal meditation session with the rest of your daily life
- Overcome perceived “dry-spells” and the feeling of lack of progress
- Avoid common hindrances that can adversely affect your meditation practice and more
I invite you to transform your life through the sublime practice of meditation.