On the week of September 18th Swami Mukundananda conducted classes on Yoga at the Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir in Riverside, California. He will be at the Hindu Temple in Pasadena on Sunday September 25th at 676 Rosemead Blvd from 4 PM until 6 PM and at the Sindhu Center in Norwalk Monday the 26th at 14117 Clarkdale Ave from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM.
The Swami is a world-renowned teacher of spirituality, yoga and meditation. He received his degrees in engineering and management from two world famous institutes in India, IIT and IIM. A short while after landing a top corporate job he renounced his professional career to advance on the path of spiritual quest. Swamiji is the senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and the founder of Jagaduru Kripaluji Yog (JKYog).
For further information e-mail [email protected] and the web site is www.jkyog.org the followinging is an excerpt from the meditation he gave at the Mandir in Riverside to an audience with eyes closed and stretched out on the mats.
“Lets say that God came into you dream and he was coming to your house. Reach a deeper and deeper stage of relaxation. First your awareness to your feet. Loosen the muscles of your feet. Bring your awareness to the legs. Be conscious of your legs. Consciously relax the legs muscles. Allow the leg muscles to loosen up. Loosen your hip. Relax the hips. Be conscious of your stomach. Relax all of the stomach muscles. Relax you chest muscles and loosen your chest. Consciously ask your chest muscles to relax. Relax your shoulders and consciously use shoulders. Relax your arms and hands and mentally ask the arms and hands to loosen up. Relax the neck slowly and relax your face. Loosen all of the face muscles. Loosen the muscles around the eyes and relax your forehead. Relax the temple and now your whole body is relaxed. Mentally you will remain awake. You will remain alert. Make the transition. Mentally you will be awake. You will have some sensation in the body and think of your body becoming very heavy. Visualize the body weight increasing. Visualize the body sinking into the ground. Create the belief that there are weights hanging from below that are pulling your body into the ground. Now reverse the sensation. Think your body becoming lighter and visualize your body weight decreasing and slowly your body has become weightless. Visualize you body’s light like a piece of paper in the wind. Imagine it like a dry leaf. Now think there is a mirror in front of you that you can see your body. See yourself in the mirror
And see that your body has become transparent. You can see inside your skeletal frame. In the mirror the bones of the body. See all of the body, all of them, the kidneys, the gallbladder, the pancreas, the organs and the heart, the thyroid are functioning. Keep visualizing the blood flowing in your entire body going on. Speak to the body as your friend. See it functioning until the end of my life and attain the goal of life. Create that mentally golden because your body is in good health. Strive to increase that golden health of your body.
Now we will make a transition. You will leave your body right here and in your body is the mind you and you go to your house. You are in your house. God has said he will come so prepare your house to greet him. God will be your guest for as long as you invite him. Go outside to your doorstep in your drawing room cover the sofa. With silken sheets. Now with your family members stand outside your door in the driveway to welcome God. The whole family and you are outside waiting. Now you see a cloud coming down from heaven and the cloud is thinning out. You are eager to see Krishna with his light blue complexion and a crown on his head. Throw flower petals up in the air so that they fall down on the divine power.
In this way the swami takes us through greeting God and our house is our body which we prepare to greet him from. We bring him gifts of food and drink in his honor just as we do for his representations here on earth and in his temple. Eventually he awakens us from our dream of greeting God but the memory is still with. How do we describe this all knowing and all seeing God who created the universe? Swami Mukundananda tells a story of St. Augustine who wrote many books about God during his lifetime. One day he was walking along a beach and he saw a young boy emptying seawater into a boat. He asked him what he hoped to accomplish. The boy replied that he was going to put the whole ocean into the boat. St. Augustine thought for a moment and then told him, “The Ocean is very big and the boat is very small how can this be?” And the boy answered, “How do you think that with mere words in your books you can actually capture the essence of God?”
vIDEO OF THE SWAMI PREPARING THE PARTICIPANTS FOR MEDITATION