Meditation and the Bhagavad Gita part 1

 

Meditation blends perfectly with one of the greatest yogic scriptures of all time – The Bhagavad Gita. The Gita is a success manual for life and its’ teachings are appropriate for you regardless of what religion you follow.

There are a couple of ways that you can use the Gita in meditation. The simple method is to ask for guidance for your day. You begin by holding the Gita with a sense of honouring the teachings inside, and then you randomly pick any page and sloka (or verse) of the Gita. Read the verse aloud (three times if you up to it) and then quietly contemplate on the meaning of the verse in your daily meditation.

You may find insights come to you as you sit in silence. Ponder these insights and then let those thoughts go and allow yourself to slip back into stillness again. As another insightful thought arises repeat the same process. You will soon discover how reading a sacred text can enhance both your life and your meditation.

If you can read the Sanskrit of the verses phonetically first then that’s great! But don’t worry if you find that challenging because you can just read the English version instead.  However the 3-part book series – the Dru Bhagavad Gita has an appendix at the back that explains how to pronounce the words in Sanskrit so they may help. You can also access some Gita sloka audio recordings from the ebook version of the Dru Bhagavad Gita.

What you read of course also guides your consciousness so as a seeker of truth or even as someone who wants to live a good life, it is important to choose high input for the mind.  When you read the Gita you will recognize a lot of truths that can guide you in your day and help you make good (satvic) choices.

For example chapter five versus 27 and 28 can be used as guidance to calm and center the mind and emotions.  These versus instruct you in how to use a potent stress relieving technique – equal ratio breathing. This technique is particularly good for overcoming frustration and anger.

Shutting out all external sense objects, focusing the attention between the two eyebrows, equalizing the in-breath and the out-breath, thus controlling the mind, senses and intellect, the sage whose highest aim is freedom and from whom desire and anger have departed is forever free.’

Sounds pretty good really. But the best thing to do is to try it for yourself.

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