Sit down comfortably, spine erect, head straight, hands either on the knees or in the front, wherever comfortable. Gently close your eyes, adjust yourself, make yourself comfortable. Try to maintain one position for at least 15 to 20 minutes but if at any time you feel the need to move the body you are free to move quietly, slowly and silently so as not to disturb your own state of concentration and awareness. Have a complete awareness of the body.
Now, lets practice Param akasha dharana. Para means super, akasha means space and param akasha has been described as the deep dark space which is being illuminated by starlight.
Internalize your attention. Withdraw your mind from the external environment and focus yourself initially in chidakasha, the space in front of the closed eyes, the space of chitta. Have a complete awareness of chidakasha.
While holding the awareness in chidakasha, become aware of your whole body internally. Observe areas of comfort and discomfort in the body. Tension and relaxation. Move your attention from one part of the body to the next. Observe the whole body.
Gradually move away from the experience of the physical body. Disassociate yourself from the experiences of the body. Say to yourself mentally, “I am not the body nor am I the experiencer of the states of the body.” Withdraw yourself completely from the body. Do not identify with the body and with the experiences of the body. Even if you definitely itch try not to identify yourself with it.
I am not the body nor do I identify with the experiences of the body whether they be of comfort and discomfort, pleasure or pain, relaxation or tension, happiness or sorrow.
Just like a driver sitting in the car observes the whole car, in the same way, you have to observe your body. It’s a vehicle. Disassociate yourself completely from the body. Expand your consciousness which is normally contained in the body outwards. Be aware of the space, the param akasha, and focus at one point in param akasha in front of the closed eyes in chidakasha on an image, on the symbol of a tiny twinkling star.
Fix your attention on the symbol of a star. Dark space, the space representing consciousness and a point of light, a twinkling starlight, representing the luminous nature of consciousness.
Do not identify with the body at all. No matter how much discomfort you may feel or pain you may feel, do not identify with the body. Remind yourself, again and again, “I am not this body nor am I the experiences related with the body and am not affected by the physical experiences of pain and pleasure, comfort and discomfort.”
Observe the mind and gradually disassociate yourself from the mind and mental experiences. Disassociate yourself from thoughts, desires, feelings, sensations. Say to yourself mentally, “I am not the mind nor am I the experiences of the mind.” Be aware of the space, expanding awareness merging with space.
Be aware of the luminosity of a twinkling star in the distance and take that image, the symbol of the star, down into your body to the level of swadhisthana and fix it there.
Now you are not concentrating in chidakasha but on swadhisthana and the symbol of the twinkling star in the dark space, param akasha.
Do not identify with the body nor with the mind. Do not identify with either physical or mental experience. Be aware of the expansive nature of space within, which is expanding. Keeping the attention fixed on the symbol of the star we will be chanting short OMs. With each OM feel the vibrations beginning from the star symbol in swadhisthana and gradually expanding outwards, pervading the whole param akasha.
With each chanting, you have to feel the vibrations expanding and filling up the entire param akasha, maintaining the awareness fixed on the symbol of a twinkling star. Do not identify with the body nor the mind nor with any of the physical and mental experiences, just remain aware of the symbol, space, and the vibration. We begin.
Om Om Om Om Om…
Slowly begin to identify with the external world, the environment, the sounds, the sensations, the body. Chant Om three times.
Hari Om Tat Sat…
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