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Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:18

Monthly Meditation – Moon in Leo


leomoon blogAs a reminder, this month’s meditation will be held Sunday, July 22nd at the Birla Wellness Center in Chénéville. Come and celebrate the Moon in Leo. The new moon just reappeared again and entered its crescent phase. This is a very potent time in our meditation to seek integration and achieve fulfillment. In addition, as there are no aspects impeding the enthusiasm associated with this emotionally capable sign, the green lights are on to initiate new projects regardless the theme.
We are holding a monthly meditation here at our center, provided to help support yours, as well as our continued spiritual growth. The progress you are likely to make during this upcoming year, ushered in part through the group meditation, will improve if you maintain your focus and dedication to meditate consistently throughout the coming months. Consequently, as we are living in tumultuous times, this would be a great time to initiate a spiritual meditation practice – if you haven’t done so already.
    
Mark this date in your calendar. These monthly meditations can become, a special, and memorable occasions to share some time with like-minded individuals, and to recharge your spiritual batteries, helping you instill greater peace of mind in the midst of a hectic life. You can return home, better equipped to face daily challenges in a more serene manner.

If you cannot take part in person at our center in Chénéville, you can still join us in meditation from the comfort of your home. Though not ideal, in terms of the benefits gained from participating in a group meditation, synchronizing your home meditation with that of ours here at the center provides a fellowship whereby we are all together on a similar spiritual quest.

Please note that our group meditations are free. To reserve your place and/or your room, call us toll free 866.428.3799.

Next Meditations at the Birla Center

Friday, August 31 - Blue (full) Moon
Monday, September 29 - Harvest (full) Moon
Saturday, October 29 - Full Moon
Wednesday, November 28 - Full moon and lunar eclipse
Friday, December 21 - Winter solstice and Christmas meditation

Paramahamsa Yogananda blogWhat Is Meditation?

Meditation is the science of reuniting the soul with your essence, the Source, the Infinite Spirit, with God. By meditating regularly and deeply, you will awaken your soul — the immortal, blissful divine consciousness at the innermost core of your being.
Yoga meditation is the time-proven way of unlocking our soul’s infinite potential. It is the direct means of freeing the attention from life’s distractions, stilling the turbulent and restless thoughts that keep us from knowing our real Self — the wondrous divine being that we really are. Through the discipline of meditation, we learn to concentrate within, discovering our center of unshakable peace and joy.

Why Meditate?

As you progress in meditation, gradually you experience an ever-increasing inner peace and joy that comes from the soul. In the most exalted states, your soul realizes its complete oneness with God. This is the goal of meditation — ecstatic, superconscious, blissful divine communion, which is called Samadhi.

Paramahansa Yogananda taught a system of powerful meditation techniques as part of the science of Kriya Yoga. These techniques are available through the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons. Anyone wishing to learn and benefit from the highest techniques of meditation will find these lessons to be an invaluable resource and lifelong support.

If you have not yet enrolled for the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, you will find on this article some basic instructions on how to meditate, which you can use right away to begin experiencing the peace and divine consciousness that meditation brings.

From the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda:
“Even though you may be able to do everything else but meditate, you will never find joy to equal that which comes when the thoughts are silent and your mind is tuned to the peace of God.”— Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons
Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation are multiple. Through regular practice, subtle transformations take place in one’s body, mind, and inmost consciousness. Some of these benefits are experienced right away; others unfold progressively and may take more time to become apparent.

  • Inner peace is one of the first fruits of meditation. Along with that come greater clarity, understanding, and guidance from within.
  • Meditation brings objectivity and intuitive knowledge of how to address the problems that arise in the course of daily life. It improves one’s concentration and efficiency, and one’s attitude toward work.
  • It brings greater harmony and joy to relationships and family life, awakening the capacity to give — and receive — unconditional love.
  • It harmonizes the life forces in the body, removing harmful stress and promoting health and vitality.
  • Most importantly, it helps to attune one’s consciousness to the Divine, bestowing an unshakable inward happiness and security amidst all circumstances of life.

These results come with sincere effort and by mobilizing the will to continue striving until one finds the ultimate goal in life — ever new bliss and union with God through Self-realization.

How to meditate

Find a quiet, peaceful place where you can be secluded and undisturbed during meditation. Create your own sanctuary exclusively for your meditation practice.

Sit on a straight chair or cross legged on a firm surface — cover that with a woolen blanket and/or a silk cloth. This insulates your seat from the downward pull of subtle earth currents.

Instructions on Posture for Effective Meditation

Sit straight with the feet resting flat on the floor. Hold spine erect, abdomen in, chest out, shoulders back, chin parallel to the ground. Those persons whose legs are supple may prefer to meditate sitting cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, or on a firm bed.

The hands, with palms upturned, should rest on the legs at the juncture of the thighs and the abdominal region to prevent the body from bending forward.

If the correct posture has been assumed, the body will be stable yet relaxed, so that it is easily possible to remain completely still, without moving a muscle.

Now, close your eyes and gently lift your gaze upward, without straining, to the point between the eyebrows — the seat of concentration, and of the spiritual eye of divine perception.


A Beginner’s Meditation, ss taught by Paramahansa Yogananda

1) Prayer  

After you are established in the meditation posture, begin by offering God a prayer from your heart, expressing your devotion and asking His blessings on your meditation.

2) Tense and Relax to Remove All Stress  

  • Inhale, tensing the whole body and clenching the fists.  
  • Relax all the body parts at once and, as you do so, expel the breath through the mouth in a double exhalation, "huh, huh."

Repeat this practice three to six times.
Then forget the breath. Let it flow in and out naturally, of its own accord, as in ordinary breathing.

3) Focus Attention at the Spiritual Eye  

With the eyelids half closed (or completely closed, if this is more comfortable to you), look upward, focusing the gaze and the attention as though looking out through a point between the eyebrows. (A person deep in concentration often "knits" his brows at this spot.) Do not cross the eyes or strain them; the upward gaze comes naturally when one is relaxed and calmly concentrated.

What is important is fixing the whole attention at the point between the eyebrows. This is the Christ Consciousness center, the seat of the single eye spoken of by Jesus: "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light" (Matthew 6:22).

When the purpose of meditation is fulfilled, the follower finds his consciousness automatically concentrated at the spiritual eye, and he experiences, according to his inner spiritual capacity, a state of joyous divine union with Spirit.

4) Pray Deeply to God in the Language of Your Own Heart

Whether you see the light of the spiritual eye or not, however, you should continue to concentrate at the Christ Consciousness center between the eyebrows, praying deeply to God and His great saints. In the language of your heart invoke Their presence and Their blessings.

A good practice is to take an affirmation or a prayer from the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, or from Paramahansa Yogananda's Whispers from Eternity or Metaphysical Meditations, and spiritualize it with your own devotional yearning.

Silently chant and pray to God, keeping the attention at the point between the eyebrows, until you feel God's response as calm, deep peace and inner joy.

5) Daily Practice as Preparation for the Deeper Techniques

The meditation period should last at least thirty minutes in the morning and thirty minutes at night. The longer you sit, enjoying the state of meditative calm, the faster you will progress spiritually. Carry into your daily activities the calmness you feel in meditation; that calmness will help you to bring harmony and happiness into every department of your life.

Through daily practice of the foregoing instructions, you can prepare yourself for the practice of the deeper techniques of concentration and meditation that are given in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons. These scientific techniques will enable you to dive ever more deeply in the great ocean of God's presence. We all exist at this very moment in that ocean of Spirit; but only by steadfast, devoted, scientific meditation may we consciously perceive that we are individualized soul waves on the vast ocean of God's bliss.

For your inspiration, here are some extracts about meditation drawn from Metaphysical Meditations by Paramahansa Yogananda.

“Meditation is the science of God realization. It is the most practical science in the world. Most people would want to meditate if they understood its value and experienced its beneficial effects. The ultimate object of meditation is to attain conscious awareness of God, and the soul’s eternal oneness with Him. What achievement could be more purposeful and useful than to harness limited human faculties to the omnipresence and omnipotence of the Creator? God realization bestows on the meditator the blessings of the Lord’s peace, love, joy, power, and wisdom.”

“Meditation utilizes concentration in its highest form. Concentration consists in freeing the attention from distractions and in focusing it on any thought in which one may be interested. Meditation is that special form of concentration in which the attention has been liberated from restlessness and is focused on God. Meditation, therefore, is concentration used to know God....

“The first proof of God’s presence is an ineffable peace. This evolves into joy humanly inconceivable. Once you have touched the Source of truth and life, all nature will respond to you.”

“Finding God within, you will find Him without, in all people and all conditions.”

We invite you to come to experience meditation as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, Saturday, July 21 from 13:30 to 15:00, at the workshop, "Meditate and live better" to be held as part of Greet & Meet Saturdays at the Birla Wellness Center of Cheneville. For reservation, visit our website by cliking HERE, or cal at 1-866-428-3799

May your meditation bring you peace and divine joy to reconnect to your source.

Namaste


Source: Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship

moon meditation blogAs a reminder, this month’s meditation will be held Wednesday, June 20th at the Birla Wellness Center in Chénéville. Come and celebrate the Summer Solstice and Mother Earth. Vishnu is one of the gods of the Hindu trinity whose role is to preserve and protect the universe. The Summer Solstice is a very important time to invoke Vishnu to help and preserve Mother Earth.

Astronomically when the phase of the moon is new, it is in conjunction with the sun and invisible from earth. It is shortly after the phase of the new moon, when it again reappears, that it enters its crescent phase. Astrologically speaking, during the time of the new moon both it and the Sun occupy the same zodiac sign. During the upcoming meditation, the Sun and Moon will both be in Gemini.

During this time emotions run deep as they are infused with solar power; our often nebulous, subconscious feelings can rise to the surface of our conscious awareness whereby they can be observed objectively and with greater detachment. As a result, we can learn much about ourselves. Meditating and doing a little self-reflection during the dark night phase of the moon allows us the opportunity to be more in touch with our unconscious feelings and motivations. It is a favorable time for self-discovery.

The new moon also signals the potential for new beginnings – a time to plant new seeds of inspiration, which we can continue to nurture throughout the month. It is also a time to give new life to past dreams and promises that we have made to ourselves though, perhaps as a result of other pressing responsibilities, they have been overlooked or forgotten over the past busy month.

A new moon meditation offers the occasion for us to get back on track and to remind us of our essential spiritual needs. During this dark phase of the moon, great insight can be generated.  Consequently, whatever is revealed during meditation or brought to light in situations during the day, it would be helpful to take note of these observations in a diary or journal. Accordingly, the new moon offers hope for a new cycle of creativity.

If you cannot take part in person at our center in Chénéville, you can still join us in meditation from the comfort of your home. Though not ideal, in terms of the benefits gained from participating in a group meditation, synchronizing your home meditation with that of ours here at the center provides a fellowship whereby we are all together on a similar spiritual quest.

Please note that our group meditations are free. To reserve your place and/or your room, call us toll free 866.428.3799.

Next Meditations at the Birla Center

Sunday, July 22 - Sun in Leo
Friday, August 31 - Blue (full) Moon
Monday, September 29 -  Harvest (full) Moon
Saturday, October 29 -  Full Moon
Wednesday, November 28 - Full moon and lunar eclipse
Friday, December 21 - Winter solstice and Christmas meditation

solstice blogThe Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year where nature is in full bloom. On Wednesday, June 20th, the Birla Center will be holding its monthly meditation at its healing center in Chénéville. Come and celebrate Mother Earth.

Vishnu is one of the gods of the Hindu trinity whose role is to preserve and protect the universe. The Summer Solstice is a very important time to invoke Vishnu to help and preserve Mother Earth. This New Moon in Gemini will also be a good time to meditate in order to remain peaceful and reflective, especially with our loved ones at this time.

We are holding a monthly meditation here at our center, provided to help support yours, as well as our continued spiritual growth. The progress you are likely to make during this upcoming year, ushered in part through the group meditation, will improve if you maintain your focus and dedication to meditate consistently throughout the coming months. Consequently, as we are living in tumultuous times, this would be a great time to initiate a spiritual meditation practice – if you haven’t done so already.

Mark this date in your calendar. These monthly meditations can become, a special, and memorable occasions to share some time with like-minded individuals, and to recharge your spiritual batteries, helping you instill greater peace of mind in the midst of a hectic life. You can return home, better equipped to face daily challenges in a more serene manner.

If you cannot take part in person at our center in Chénéville, you can still join us in meditation from the comfort of your home. Though not ideal, in terms of the benefits gained from participating in a group meditation, synchronizing your home meditation with that of ours here at the center provides a fellowship whereby we are all together on a similar spiritual quest.

Please note that our group meditations are free. To reserve your place and/or your room, call us toll free 866.428.3799.

Next Meditations at the Birla Center

Sunday, July 22  - Sun in Leo
Friday, August 31 - Blue (full) Moon
Monday, September 29 - Harvest (full) Moon
Saturday, October 29 - Full Moon
Wednesday, November 28 - Full moon and lunar eclipse
Friday, December 21 - Winter solstice and Christmas meditation

paramahansa2 blogThe Birla Center will be holding its next monthly meditation on Saturday, May 5th at its retreat center in Chénéville. Come and celebrate the full Moon in Libra. It is a very auspicious time to embark upon cultivating healing powers, intuition, and, above all, integration of body, mind and soul. Referred to as Guru Poornima in the Indian panchang (ephemeris), traditionally, this full moon provides the opportunity to connect with your teachers, gurus and “guardian angels” in order to seek their blessings. In turn, the students offer them their love, devotion and commitment, as a sign of loyalty, in the form of gifts to God to attract all-round prosperity. The practice of meditating on the full Moon brings fulfillment in all respects of our life.

We are holding a monthly meditation here at our center, provided to help support yours, as well as our continued spiritual growth. The progress you are likely to make during this upcoming year, ushered in part through the group meditation, will improve if you maintain your focus and dedication to meditate consistently throughout the coming months. Consequently, as we are living in tumultuous times, this would be a great time to initiate a spiritual meditation practice – if you haven’t done so already.

Mark this date in your calendar. These monthly meditations can become, a special, and memorable occasions to share some time with like-minded individuals, and to recharge your spiritual batteries, helping you instill greater peace of mind in the midst of a hectic life. You can return home, better equipped to face daily challenges in a more serene manner.

If you cannot take part in person at our center in Chénéville, you can still join us in meditation from the comfort of your home. Though not ideal, in terms of the benefits gained from participating in a group meditation, synchronizing your home meditation with that of ours here at the center provides a fellowship whereby we are all together on a similar spiritual quest.

Please note that our group meditations are free. To reserve your place and/or your room, call us toll free 866.428.3799.

Next Meditations at the Birla Center

Wednesday, June 20 - Summer’s Solstice
Sunday, July 22  -  Sun in Leo
Friday, August 31 -  Blue (full) Moon
Saturday, September 29 -  Harvest (full) Moon
Monday, October 29  - Full Moon
Wednesday, November 28 - Full moon and lunar eclipse
Friday, December 21 - Winter solstice and Christmas meditation

Thursday, 12 April 2012 17:00

Vedic Palmistry Course Series

 

suryaThe Sun: How to Cultivate Magnetism and Success

According to Western mythology, the Sun is Apollo, the God of light. In Sanskrit, the Sun is referred to as Surya—"that which shines forth with unceasing rays of light." In Greek mythology, the Sun is referred to as sol, which translates as soul. The Sun is the center of our solar system.

In the hand, the mount of Sun is the manifestation of solar brilliance. In its positive form, it is dynamically charged with soul energy and knows no limits. It helps stimulate our initiative and restores vitality. When we activate our Sun energy related to our heart chakra, we can be a great source of light and inspiration for anyone who comes within our magnetic range. Just as the physical Sun is an immense and powerfully radiating body of heat and light, in astrology and palmistry, its force is associated with power and magnetism. It is further associated with the qualities of courage, conviction and self-reliance.

The Sun is associated with God the Father, the Creator of whom our soul is a part. To the extent that Sun energy is positively developed in the hand, we are able to connect with our soul attributes. As we become free from attachments and expectations that potentially could interrupt the flow of our Sun energy, we are able to express unlimited joy, and to manifest qualities of brilliance, creativity, and unconditional love.

In this course, we will cover the following:

  • How to connect with our heart in order to realize and manifest our passion.
  • Discovering potential stumbling blocks that could prevent us from having faith, belief or conviction in our abilities.
  • Learning to demonstrate greater success by developing Sun qualities such as courage, focus and self-reliance.
  • Becoming more committed to achieving goals that reflect the generous, charismatic and magnanimous nature of Sun.
  • Case studies showing various expressions of Sun energy, including how expectations may hinder our relationships and our ability to express unconditional love. We will also study cases of individuals who have used their charisma negatively in order to manipulate others as well as cases of individuals lacking self-image who consequently shy away from social interactions and what they have done to overcome their inhibitions.
  • Helping to reinforce the positive minor lines on the Sun mount itself, reflecting the blossoming of attributes connected with the area.

Registration is open for the Sun course which begins April 21. You can also elect to take the course online, which includes videos, PowerPoint presentations, and assignments.

This course is currently offered in French. However, let us know if you would be interested in taking this course in English.

Weekend Course Dates (Spring 2012):
Courses will be held between 10 am and 4 pm on the following dates:

April 21-22
May 26-27
June 16 and 17

Cost: $487.50, plus taxes
Required reading: Introduction to Hast Jyotish ($49.95)

Where: Les Suites Labelle, 1205 Labelle, Montreal, Qc

 

Call Now to register: 1-866-428-3799


The Birla College is recognized by the Federal and Provincial Governments as an accredited education institution. Canadian residents are eligible for tax rebates for courses taken.

Sunday, 11 March 2012 20:40

Monthly Meditation– Guru Poornima

paramahansa blogThe Birla Center will be holding its next monthly meditation on Friday, April 6th at its retreat center in Chénéville. Come and celebrate the full Moon in Virgo. It is a very auspicious time to embark upon cultivating healing powers, intuition, and, above all, integration of body, mind and soul. Referred to as Guru Poornima in the Indian panchang (ephemeris), traditionally, this full moon provides the opportunity to connect with your teachers, gurus and “guardian angels” in order to seek their blessings. In turn, the students offer them their love, devotion and commitment, as a sign of loyalty, in the form of gifts to God to attract all-round prosperity. The practice of meditating on the full Moon brings fulfillment in all respects of our life.

We are holding a monthly meditation here at our center, provided to help support yours, as well as our continued spiritual growth. The progress you are likely to make during this upcoming year, ushered in part through the group meditation, will improve if you maintain your focus and dedication to meditate consistently throughout the coming months. Consequently, as we are living in tumultuous times, this would be a great time to initiate a spiritual meditation practice – if you haven’t done so already.

Mark this date in your calendar. These monthly meditations can become, a special, and memorable occasions to share some time with like-minded individuals, and to recharge your spiritual batteries, helping you instill greater peace of mind in the midst of a hectic life. You can return home, better equipped to face daily challenges in a more serene manner.

If you cannot take part in person at our center in Chénéville, you can still join us in meditation from the comfort of your home. Though not ideal, in terms of the benefits gained from participating in a group meditation, synchronizing your home meditation with that of ours here at the center provides a fellowship whereby we are all together on a similar spiritual quest.

Please note that our group meditations are free. To reserve your place and/or your room, call us toll free 866.428.3799.

Next Meditations at the Birla Center
Sunday, May 20:New Moon in Taurus and Solar Eclipse
Wednesday, June 20: Summer’s Solstice

purpose life blogPeople are always faced with the same two existential questions:

1. Who am I?
2. What is my purpose in life?

Strangely, since grade school, we ponder the second question and are encouraged to choose our path in life as soon as possible. However, if we are not able to answer the first question, it might be quite difficult to answer the second one. It is not surprising, then, to witness such high rates of school dropouts or people who have worked in the same company for years going through depressions or burnouts. Why is this so? To a great extent, it is because we do not become builders just by building houses. First, we must have the seed of a builder deep inside of us that just needs to grow. If we put rabbit’s ears on a cat and we feed it carrots, the cat will never become a rabbit. This seems quite obvious and yet, how can we truly choose our life purpose if, like the “dressed up” cat, we essentially do not know  who we are? To cite another analogy, can we make an omelet without eggs? No matter how much will power we have, we do need eggs in order to make one.

If we decide to cook an omelet, the first thing to do is to make sure we have the ingredients. If we are missing eggs, and it’s impossible to get any, of course we would not let ourselves starve. We would cook a meal with whatever else we have in the refrigerator. The following day, if we still feel like having an omelet, we will make the necessary arrangements. We will go shopping for eggs in order to satisfy our craving. This analogy can be applied to our own life purpose. Unfortunately, there are an awful lot of people who are trying to make omelets without eggs and who find that, at the end of the day, omelets are not that tasty…

Instead of asking a child, “what do you want to do in life?”, maybe we should ask the child what he wants to become. To do is easy; to  be, however, is a bit more demanding.

So where does palmistry fit in all this? Simple. Through palmistry, we can help you determine what you have in your own “refrigerator” so that you can decide what you are going to cook or to make sure that you have the necessary ingredients to cook that meal.

No one can tell you what you want to become. However, if you  are aware  of your fundamental makeup, your life purpose can be made clear. Discovering  what you want to do with your life is like trying to put together a puzzle, yet by having all the pieces, you can make appropriate life decisions. If you are told, “you have a long tail, big eyes, pointy teeth, a shiny fur and you go Meow, do you need to be told what you are? No, you can figure it out on your own.

That is exactly what Vedic palmistry and astrology can do for you. We will share with you the elements of your makeup: your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Then, it will be up to you to decide what you want to do with  this information, and what you still need to  do in order to become what you have decided to be - and how to do it. The best part is that you will know exactly, who you are today. You will have a complete “grocery list”.

Now , some may say, “I don’t need someone to tell me those things. I have lots of friends and even without them, I  already know who I am…”

Really? Too often we lack the necessary perceptivity and discernment to be sure of the reliability of our observations, especially when they pertain to us. It is like trying to read a book with our nose glued to a page. We can distinguish a few words, even a few sentences, but the entire meaning of the book eludes us and, after a while, we just give up. Our ability to perceive reality is often skewed by our wrong perception of the world, including how we perceive ourselves.

You think that your perception is clear and flawless? Try this little test. Watch the video below and come back for the rest of the article.

Still convinced that your perception of the world is clear? If so, go ahead with your purpose and see it through.

If you are not entirely convinced, give palmistry a try. It can help you to clarify your perception by giving you a clearer picture of yourself. As a result, you will be able to make better-informed decisions as to what you want to become; it will be easier and well defined as to what you need to do to achieve this goal.

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