Monthly Archives: November 2010

Walking with eyes unfocused

A particularly intransigent problem in the practice of Yoga is that of retention of power; the fleeting contact that one gains with the Higher Power during meditation seems to dissipate within a few minutes after meditation, after which one finds oneself uncomfortably thrust back into the ugly daily persona – an amalgam of anxiety, impatience, ambition and what not.   The way out of this dilemma is to embrace a daily regimen of  control over conversation, food, television and computer usage and other activities which “externalize” the consciousness.  The exercise discussed in this article “walking with eyes unfocused” can also extend the retention of consciousness.

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Perception of Time changes with the concentration of consciousness

The subjective perception of Time is a well-known phenomenon studied by neuroscientists and psychologists.  They have discovered that as people get older, the years seem to be fly by much quickly [9].  Time slows down amidst a crisis or accident when we become painfully aware of every thought and feeling [10].  It slows down when we are exasperated and eagerly waiting for something to happen (“Are we there yet...?”) but, in sharp constrast, it zips by when we are engrossed in study.  Scientists have also discovered the Kappa effect by which a faster journey over more distance appears more time-consuming than a slower journey over less distance.  Psychedelic drugs like LSD are said to drastically impair the linear conception of time, making time go backwards and even out of sequence[6].  Centuries earlier, St Augustine of Hippo commented that when we measure time, we are actually measuring the mental memory of the past event or interval of time [5].

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Similarities between Sumerian Anki and Vedic Agni by Jean-Yves Lung

A previous article examined whether the notion of Kundalini may have existed in ancient Greek and other cultures.  In consonance with that theme, this article by Jean-Yves Lung probes the similarities between the Vedic god Agni and the Sumerian god Enki.   Jean-Yves Lung is a teacher-researcher living in Auroville since 1993.  He teaches French, History and Sanskrit.  This article originally appeared in June 2009 issue of Ritam, a bi-annual journal published by Sri Aurobindo International Institute for Educaitional Research (SAIIER)

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Identifying the celestial quality in music

One sometimes chances upon those seemingly divine pieces of music which seem to mystically inundate the heart and transport the soul into a reverie.  It is as if their vibrations were suffused with some enchanting je ne sais quoi.   This can happen even if the song happens to be sung in some alien language.  The reason this exaltation occurs, according to the Mother Mirra Alfassa, is that there are certain universal associations of sounds which, when present in any devotional music, can magically open the doorway to the soul.

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Kundalini in ancient Greek and other non-Indian cultures

Thomas McEvilley has done a systematic study of the correspondence between ancient Greek and Indian philosophy in his 2001 book The Shape of Ancient Thought. This post summarizes his discovery of the Kundalini concept in Greek and other ancient non-Indian cultures.   The manner in which these concepts were divined or disseminated through various ancient cultures is a matter of contention, which I shall not pursue here.

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