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Dhyana Yoga Meditation for Soul Awakening.

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A human life is a priceless gift of God. The Lord does not have a greater gift than this to give his beloved creatures. Its specialties and potentials are so extraordinary that its results can only amaze us. This gift has been given to us to fulfill divine goals. But it is our ill-fated that we have forgotten our divine nature, God’s gift and the goal/ importance of a human life. Neither do we know our divine potential, nor the Lord’s goal, wisdom or meditation. We are straying far away in this dark, gloomy world. This forgetfulness is strange. People generally forget objects and also what they have read, heard etc. A person whom we had known in the past is now a stranger for us since we have forgotten him. But it is rare to find a person who forgets himself. We think ourselves to be a body with name and form. We desire what our mind desires, we look upon the body’s needs as our own need. The body and mind are the 2 wheels of the chariot of our life. But we have totally forgotten that we are the soul and not the body. No doubt we hear time and again that the body is different from the soul. But it is very rare that someone actually experiences this fact. And even if we experience it, it is in a very hazy manner. If we understand true reality and the difference between the life-force and peripherals that manifests in our consciousness, we will give prime importance to soul well-being. We would give only that much importance to material objects as is required. Today we are walking with feet devoid of shoes and decorate our cars with frills of gold. We are dying of hunger and give clarified butter to vehicles. WE means the soul and vehicle mean body or mind. The Lord is serving his servants. It is indeed strange that he has forgotten his responsibility.

ATTAINING THE SOUL’S GOAL

The goal of life is to attain self-fulfillment. This self-fulfilled state can only be at the level of divinity. In order to attain God, the mind should get concentrated on him. Before constructing important buildings, their maps, plans, and models are designed. An engineer, architect etc. will build buildings based on these models. An image of God with his qualities, activities, and nature is carried out for the purpose of meditation. As a result of one experiences nearness, oneness and a sense of merging with God. This is the true nature of meditation.

The goal of true meditation is to regain our lost memory regarding our real nature. If someone happens to regain it, it is definitely akin to a man coming out of a very scary dream. It is only then that one experiences a condition akin to a child being lost in a massive crowd or like that of a man who has lost the memory of his identity. Those undergoing such anguish, experience a great loss and they hurt their near and dear ones. Since we have lost our memory (that we are the mighty soul and not the body), our condition is as demeaning as a baby lion being brought up in a family of goats. As a result, we are giving pain to our true nature, which is divinity.

The goal of Yoga of meditation is to overcome the loss of memory i.e. to awaken to the fact that we are the soul and not the body. In that one remembers God and one experiences one’s soul nature. The memory of the union of a living being (Jiva) and God (Brahman) is re-activated and one experiences, that this very Divine Power contact was broken by us, is, in reality, our Divine Mother and Benefactor. Not only this but like the proverbial wish-fulfilling cow (Kamadhenu), it is so powerful that by drinking its nectarine milk, we attain divinity. By sitting in the shade of a wish-fulfilling tree (Kalpavriksha) one can attain anything. After contacting, coming close to that Divine Centre, one does not lack anything and thus we can overcome all types of poverty. Thus Yoga of Meditation helps us attain this goal.

CONCENTRATION

It is not something great to attain Divine Powers. It should be protected from any type of wastage and should never be misused. The benefits of attaining Divine Powers are encountered when they are gathered in a safe place and that they are utilized only for sacred tasks.

As a result of heat, a lot of water of the oceans gets converted to steam. So much steams rises into the atmosphere from cooking gas, fire etc. All this goes to waste. But in an engine, a little bit of water is converted to steam. This steam is not allowed to stay in the atmosphere and is in fact collected in a tank. Later its energy flow passes out of a small hole and reaches the piston. As a result of this small process, the engine of a train starts functioning. Not only does it move but it runs at a great speed. Its movement is so powerful that it tugs along with it many other compartments at a high speed.

If tons of gunpowder are spread out on the ground and lit with a match-stick, it will show a little light for a flash of a moment and then get burnt to ashes. This is a total wastage and is of no use to us. But if it is enclosed in a small area of a gun and by pressing the trigger a little, sparks of fire touch the gunpowder, this infinitesimal gunpowder gives amazing results. The bullet runs at a mammoth speed to its target. Wherever it lands, it topples that object. One can thus clearly note the difference between just lighting up tons of gunpowder with a matchstick and on the other hand, lighting up a minute amount of gunpowder in a gun.

The rays of sunlight are scattered all over the earth. Daily the sun rises and then sets in the evening. This sunlight can give only a little heat and light to us. But if a few sun rays are concentrated on paper using a special lens, the paper starts burning. If it is thrown in a huge jungle, a forest fire ensues which destroys that entire area to ashes.

During Draupadiís Swayamvar (choosing you to own groom), the condition for getting married to her was that the prospective bridegroom should pierce the eye of a bird placed at a distance with an arrow. Dronacharya was helping his students to master this art. Before his students aimed an arrow, Dronacharya would ask them as to what they were seeing. On an average, the students would say that are seeing a bird on the tree. As a result, Dronacharya would declare that such students would never succeed. When it was Arjunís turn, he answered that I can only see the bird’s eye and nothing else. Thus Dronacharya declared that Arjun would definitely succeed. Truly at the Swayamvara ceremony of Draupadi, Arjun pierced the eye of the bird with one single arrow and thus got married to Draupadi.

It is said that a flying creature called a buzzing bee catches hold of a caterpillar and continues to buzz in front of it. As a result of continuously hearing the buzz of the bee and visualizing the bee’s form, the mental state of the caterpillar becomes that of a bee. The caterpillar starts thinking itself to be a buzzing bee. As a result, the body of the caterpillar takes the shape of a buzzing bee instead of a grown up butterfly. Zoologists may doubt this but it is a definite fact that whenever man concentrates/ focuses his mind on a particular name and form, his mind too takes up the name, form, and characteristics of that object. As a result of focusing her mind on beauty and youth, a prostitute regains her beauty to a great extent at an advanced age too. On the other hand, many young men and women look aged because their minds are all the time thinking of hardships and dire circumstances. All this is a result of focusing one’s mind on a particular good/ bad thought. This could be intentional or unintentional.

Spiritual concentration means to stop the mind from straying away from its center and that after focusing one’s Divine Powers at one central focal point, one should utilize the same for sacred endeavors only. This is called control of mind or focusing of the psyche in spiritual texts. A lot of discussion takes place regarding Yoga of Meditation. It should be surmised as an art of concentrating one’s mind. When we hear about it, its success seems mediocre but in reality, it is a great achievement. When one master this art, man by focusing his scattered conscious energy in one place, utilizes it for some sacred purpose and thus attains amazing success.

Water is filled in dams. But when it is ejected from a small opening, a stream of it flows at breakneck speed because of water pressure generated by the dam. This flow has extraordinary energy. Its influence aids the movement of wheels of many machines and as a result, these machines start moving. The construction of huge electric powerhouses takes place near gigantic dams. It is very expensive to generate electricity using engines and machines but hydroelectricity is cheaply operated near dams. Near smaller waterfalls, you have water mills. The resultant energy is not due to the stream of water but it is due to its concentration. By focusing a widespread area in a smaller area, you generate power.

The aim of Yoga of Meditation is to concentrate mental thought scattering in one small area of thought. The more an individual succeeds in concentrating his mind, the more his psyche will radiate with power. Like an arrow of the word, it is easy for him to attain his goal. If spirituality is his aim, he will advance spiritually and his psyche will radiate with Ridhi-Sidhi or what are called Divine Powers. If the aim is material progress, we will attain this goal too. In whichever appropriate direction this energy is used, it will reap good dividends.

Concentration/ focusing means overcoming the wasteful scattering of the thought waves of our mind. By obstructing the water flow of a small stream, a dam is created and thus a small pond, the lake is created. Then artificial streams are created from this lake which gives water to far off arid regions. If this stream were not converted into a dam, it would have lashed at the shores and caused wasteful flooding in surrounding regions. This would lead to material destruction in that region. One should not look at the thought flow in our mind as less important when compared to a hydroelectricity generator. The power of an electricity powerhouse is limited and can transmit electricity to a very limited region in its vicinity. But this cannot be said about the mind. Its potential of today can be augmented infinite fold in the future. Its area of influence which is today limited to the family and friends will in future encompass the entire world.

Generally, people of great authority like scientists, philosophers, artists, scholars, sculptors, authors, managers, leaders etc are like ordinary laymen. Their body is very ordinary and their minds lack a magical wand. Whatever difference one perceives in them along with the miracle of their greatness, is a result of their inner special qualities which in turn are related to the focusing capacity of their mind and their steadfastness in reaching the desired goal. Everybody possesses an infinite amount of intellectual energy. To the extent that weak brained individuals to have a lot of radiance. The difference only is this that some have activated this radiance and the rest have not done so. Even a very wise person is like a dead corpse when he is in deep sleep. But on waking up, he manifests his intellectual brilliance. This holds true for the brain too. Due to certain circumstances, the intellectual powers of some people remains latent and thus look weak intellectually. But if their intellect is activated with effort, not only will they be as brilliant as otherwise people but sometimes they will march ahead of them too.

Everyone knows that many threads unite together to form a strong rope and many broomsticks join together to form a broom. Many drops of water constitute a jugful of water. This example is given to accept the fact that by obstructing the wayward scattering of the intellect, one can focus/ concentrate oneís thought waves at a focal point. One can easily understand that wayward scattering of thoughts in various directions diminishes our mental prowess and that if these thoughts are concentrated at one single point, it will give us miraculous mental strength.

By advancing mental concentration, great scientists, Yogis, philosophers etc. enter the deep ocean called the mind and thus collect priceless jewels. Those who just float on the surface of the sea, attain nothing but those who dive deep into it, attain priceless materials. Superficial thinking is like a wayward blade of grass moving aimlessly here and there. On the other hand focusing one’s thought waves at a single point in the psyche via meditation gives miraculous results.

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What Should be the Duration of Your Gym Workout?

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When you’re just starting in the gym, there might be confusion regarding the amount of time which you should spend in the gym. Rather than mimicking someone else, it is a good idea to look at the type of workout which you are following. Once you are able to look at the type of workout, it will become easier for you to understand the duration of the workout as well.

We will today share with you the details of 3 different workouts and how much time you should spend when you’re doing those workouts.

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1 Aerobic sessions:
When you’re undertaking aerobic sessions, you should ideally be spending 60 minutes in the gym. When you are able to spend 60 minutes in the gym, it will become much easier for the body to get accustomed to various exercises. Even if you’re undertaking the gym workouts for the 1st time, the body will not be under a lot of strain. That is why you have to stick to the 60-minute mark when you are opting for the aerobics class.

2 High-intensity interval training:
High-intensity interval training as the name itself suggests, is pretty high in intensity. Before undertaking these workouts, you should be fit and you should have at least some workout experience. A single session of such a workout can last for 10 minutes at max. You have to repeat this 3 times a week. In addition to that, most of the trainers will also advise you to undertake cardio sessions 3 times a week as well. These cardio sessions will be 45 minutes each. Thus, when you’re undergoing high-intensity interval training, the actual time of the workout is on the lower side.

3 Strength training:
When you are opting for normal strength training, the workout duration will last from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. A lot will be dependent on the exact sets which you are opting for. Your personal trainer will be able to advise you the exact time depending on the type of exercise which you are indulging in on that day.

Thus, when it comes to the duration of your gym workout, it is important to keep these few factors in mind. Only once you are able to do that, it will become much easier for you to plan your work out in the right way and to ensure that you are not overdoing it.

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3 Exercises Which You Should Master

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Some of the exercises are known as functional exercises. This is because they help you with various other exercises. Moreover, these muscles are necessary for many other exercises. That is why you have to 1st to study and learn the functional exercises. This will ensure that you are able to increase your stamina easily as well. We will today share with you 3 such functional exercises which you should always learn on a regular basis.

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1 Deadlift:
Deadlift will help you in strengthening the muscles throughout the body. You have to always ensure that you are practicing Deadlift under the supervision of a personal trainer. Also, at the start, you have to start with a small amount of weight. Only when your body becomes accustomed to that much amount of it, you have to progress towards larger weight options.





2 Squats:
Scots help you in strengthening the lower part of your body. They also help you in toning the hips as well as thighs. Also, the muscles which you build with the help of squats will help you in a wide variety of other exercises. They will also help you in improving your posture. In addition to that, if you plan on undertaking high-intensity interval training in the future, it is important to learn how to attain the proper posture and squats. You have to also understand that with the help of squats, you will be able to increase your stamina significantly. Squats are pretty easy to perform. You have to just place your legs apart and you have to pretend that you are sitting backward while remaining stationary. You have to thereafter again attain the standing position. You have to do the exercise in repetitions of 10.

3 Chin up:
Chin up, on the other hand, helps you in making the upper part of your body more stronger. You have to use a bar in order to pull yourself up. You have to continue pulling yourself up until your chin is above the bar. It all points in time, when you’re in the air your legs should be crossed. You have to repeat this exercise in sets of 10. This exercise again will increase the weight which you can lift.

Thus, when you’re looking to learn the functional exercises, these are the 3 which you should definitely look at. With the help of these functional exercises, you will be able to increase your core strength as well.

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3 Tips to Tone Your Hips

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Hips are one of the most difficult parts of the body to tone. That is why many women often look for various exercises which can help them in toning the hips. You need to keep in mind that rather than trying out each and every exercise which you come across, it is a good idea to actually choose the exercises carefully. When you are able to do that, it will become easier for you to tone your hips.

We will today share with you a few simple tips which you can follow in order to tone your abs.

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1 Lying side leg raise:
This is the classic exercise which will focus on your hips. You have to lay on your side with your legs outwards. You have to ensure that your hip is in a steady position. While raising the like, you have to ensure that the body does not move forward or backward. You have to raise the top leg towards the sky. You have to thereafter alternate the position to raise the other leg. When you’re doing this exercise on a regular basis, you can be sure that not only the hip shape would improve but also the thighs would get toned as well. You have to do it will repetitions for each leg.





2 Horse stance:
Horse stance is actually adopted often in martial arts. Increasingly, it is being used in normal workout regimes as well. 1st of all, you have to stand wide legged. Thereafter, you have to get in the squatting position. Once you are able to do that, you will be able to attain the horse stance posture. You have to remain in this posture for a long period of time. As long as you are able to hold the balance, you have to remain in this posture. You will notice that after a while, the thigh muscle start burning. This is an indication that the toning of the hips and thighs is underway. You need to keep in mind that when you suffer from the burning sensation, it is good to take a break for a few minutes before repeating the exercise.

3 Sumo walks:
Sumo walks are not for the fainthearted. You have to attend the sumo position and you have to walk from side to side. You have to take the big steps in order to complete your work.

Thus, when you’re looking for exercises to tone your hips, these are the 3 which you have to keep in mind. With the help of these 3 exercises, it will become easier for you to tone your hips.

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