"To the illuminated mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Faculty 10: Meditation
GayatriIlluminate the intellect (f10) AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA, TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT. Also known as the “Guru Mantra ” or “the Mother of the Vedas”, the Gayatri speaks from the heavens and yet connects us to the earth. According to the Bhagavat Gita, a Hindu epic whose name alone means: Song of God, the Gayatri Mantra shares space with Avatars. In this ultimate comparison, Lord Krishna announces to Arjuna - "Among all the mantras, I am the Gayatri". Like a strand of Rudraksha Beads, each sound is intricately threaded to bring about an esoteric state of awareness. Consisting of 24 syllables -- the Gayatri is a vigorous and pervasive mantra that permeates every aspect of our being. Organized in a poetical meter of three distinct lines with eight syllables each – the Gayatri literally breathes. Recite the Gayatri and rejoice the Sun-- “Tat, that one who’s Eternal wisdom glows in the dark. Like the bell of a jellyfish in the deep sea – expanding and contracting in rhythmic waves -- the sounds of this ancient mantra illuminate our hearts. Listen to the Gayatri:
Heart Guard MudraHeart Guard Mudra is a humble gesture that speaks to the Anahata or Heart Chakra (In Sanskrit the word anahata means “unhurt” and is thought to be aligned with the sound of the celestial realm). A variation of Western Prayer (f4), the Heart Guard Mudra names the webbings of the fingers as a pivotal junction between the palm of the hand (as the root) and the finger stems (as individuated branches). When the hands intertwine in this integrated configuration they create a powerful field of awareness. As a shield to external influences -- Heart Guard Mudra provides the focus needed to see through the eyes of the felt sense. Lesson learned is one of perception: the power of touch is an elucidating force of nature.
In Practice:Muse: Glisten like a snowflake enlightened by the moon. Rest the ears and eyes and take a break from all the noise. Come home within. Gaze gently upon the heart and listen attentively to silence…
- Begin with Namaste Friction & Namaste Push Pull, 2 minutes.
- Place hands in a spontaneous manner on the heart. Take a few moments to simply notice the expression of breath there.
- Now, create Western Prayer Mudra (f4) and briskly friction the heels of the hands for 1 minute, breath naturally.
- Come to a still point. Now, close the eyes and separate the heels of the hands and pull the base of the thumbs apart (while maintaining the integration of the finger stems).
- Place Heart Guard Mudra on the Sea of Tranquility (the breast plate). Take in a deep breath and then sigh (s.oftening i.nward g.enerates h.ealing). Continue to breathe naturally and feel the heart beating. 3 minutes.
- Release the mudra—return hands (palms open) onto knees. Breathe deep and steady. And ask the following question: How would it feel to hear wisdom speak from the heart? What would this look like as a painting -- what colors are most prominent?
- Ly down into a relaxing pose and allow time to “be” with this idea of knowing– even if that means you fall asleep. 3 minutes