The ‘commanding circle’ (short video)

The Jangama meditation technique that is taught by Shiva Rudra Balayogi (Babaji) is one of the most ancient techniques of meditation.

The instruction is to concentrate the mind and sight inbetween the eyebrows and just watch there.

As Babaji says,

‘As long as the eyeballs are moving parallelly it gives a jerk to the mind also, making it to spin. So naturally, without harming the health of the brain, when the eyeballs can come together, it can hold the mind and it can totally silence the mind. So that is why this point between the eyebrows is also known as ‘agna chakra’ – ‘commanding circle’. When you are able to keep the mind here (inbetween eyebrows), you become the commander of the mind. Means you can hold, without thinking anything, hold on to the silence of the mind. That’s when you realise mind is trying to watch itself. In other words, you are trying to watch yourself.’

Thus all unnecessary, negative imaginations that take us away from peace can be washed away once and for all. Eventually, through dedicated practice, we become the commander, the master of the mind. We can be quiet in the mind when we want to be quiet. We wouldn’t be constantly sucked into our imaginations and becoming a victim of those imaginations.

Watch Babaji talk about the ‘commanding circle’ below.
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Encouraging children into meditation (video)

Nowadays, with so much exposure to the outside world through gadgets and advancements in technology, it can be an added challenge for parents to bring up their children.

As Babaji says, slowly we can recommend a daily practice of meditation to prevent the mind going into stress, getting confused and becoming rebellious.

We can teach the child about concentration. If we understand the essence of concentration we can be a champion in any field; sports, academic work, whatever it is. We can become like a genius in the world.

Furthermore, there will be no confusion. We can sort out our problems, and if they can’t be sorted out, we can graciously accept. We can think of what we really need, without becoming greedy. We can thus become peaceful and act with good character and culture.

As Babaji also mentions, children observe our actions closely – they watch very carefully what we do more than what we say. Therefore as we meditate ourselves that will serve as a great example to our children also.

Watch Babaji talk about encouraging children into meditation and spirituality below.
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Meditation is acceptance (short video)

Watching in meditation is when we just accept whatever is there. We don’t bother whatever comes up. No brooding about why something is there, why it is not there. If we can just accept, then the mind starts to recede and become quiet. This is the purpose of meditation; to become quiet in the mind.

In the same way, in our daily lives also, if we can accept a result that comes without going into brooding, our mind can recede and become quiet.

Watch Babaji talk about Meditation as acceptance in the short video below.
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Rectify yourself, no need to reprimand

When we realise we have done something wrong, we can rectify ourselves rather than reprimand ourselves.

Meditation Master Babaji says,

You don’t have to lose temper with yourself. Simply you need to correct yourself – rectify your mistakes – then you rise above that level. That is what is important. 

These two have a thin edge of difference. Simply reprimanding yourself like taking a cane and hitting yourself has no meaning sometimes. So the mind may not change, it may go into a depression, or any such thing, ‘Oh, why I did do it like that.’ Instead, ‘Oh, that was a bit wrong, I need to correct that, now let me present myself in a better way.’ Like that if you think. And then simply rectify your fault, that is what is needed. You don’t have to be ashamed, and you don’t have to lose your peace, or composure, anything. Simply you just try to understand, ‘Oh, that was not proper. So let me rectify myself. Next time I will not behave like this.’ Like that if you think, that is better and more positive.

Through meditation we can cool the mind down and rectify ourselves of our mistakes. When problems happen in our lives, we can deal with them in a more mature, composed way.

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Peace descends

Meditation Master Shiva Rudra Balayogi (Babaji) says,

“If you look into your mind, the constant cravings of the mind is the basic reason for unhappiness, tension or fear, so many things arise. The mind never accepts or stops into one thing. It constantly goes into cravings. Before achieving something there is anxiousness, then once you achieve it the anxiousness of losing it happens and the mind then tries to look into something else. That is when this imagination of the mind gives rise to this stress.”

In meditation we can overcome these cravings of the mind. Through the technique of watching, the mind becomes purified of its acquired habits and peace starts to descend. We can be the master of this mind rather than dancing to its tunes.

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We must be alert during meditation (short video)

When we sit for meditation we must make sure we are alert. If we fall asleep then we won’t be getting the benefits of meditation.

Make sure you take sufficient rest before sitting for meditation. Traditionally the early morning hours have been recommended; you get up, wash, sit for meditation then go about your daily activities. However, if your schedule doesn’t permit this, any time of day is fine. Just make sure to leave an hour or two after a meal otherwise we are likely to get sleepy.

When we can be alert and practice the technique properly, i.e. focus our mind and sight just to watch inbetween the eyebrows, then the mind can be purified of its habits, enabling control of our mind and peace to descend.

So we must be alert – otherwise, as Meditation Master Babaji says, if we could have just slept in meditation, we would all be Self-realized Yogis by now!

Watch Babaji talk on meditation and sleep below (click image)

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Only the mind can control itself

Meditation Master Babaji speaks about how control of the mind only really comes when the mind becomes quiet.

“It is recommended that in the meditation you be gentle, relaxed – skillfully you have to bring it to a stillness. That means by watching. Slightest bit you give up that control or your watchfulness, mindfulness, then it slips and it starts beginning its own story – it spins and spins and goes into a big story, creativity. All these things happen. So you cannot afford to lose temper at that time. It might be irritating sometimes, but you should not feel irritated because you will do more damage to your consciousness. If you feel irritated, if you lose temper, if you get angry, you might feel like banging your head; “Meditation is not happening, it’s not coming -millions of thoughts. Oh, God, how to stop this?” Nothing else can stop it. Only the mind has to stop itself.”

“Only the mind can control itself. No other means is possible, no other way, no other instrument, no other machinery, no other medicine. Nothing can control the mind. It will always be there. Only the mind itself has to become quiet. This is what you have to eventually realize in meditation. ‘Oh, it’s me who is troublesome, I have to become quiet.’ The day you realize that meditation will become easy.”

Watch the full video below on how to control the mind through meditation. (click image)

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The real symptoms of change while meditating (short video)

Good and bad situations come and go in life. Even when we adopt a meditation practice, these can occur in our lives in the same way. However, the important difference is we will be able to maintain peace in the mind. Instead of getting upset, hurt, we can remain positive and level-headed; we have the ability to sort out the problems that come in a better way. When the mind becomes quiet in meditation it comes under our control. Then we can be the master of this mind.

To follow the technique properly from the master is an important thing. ‘Just watch’ is the technique taught since time ancient times. If we can do that, then the mind can stop and be at peace.

Click on the image below to watch Babaji talk about the real symptoms of change when we meditate.

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You can be your best friend or your worst enemy

The mind when it becomes purified of its thoughts and imaginations, it becomes pure consciousness. Until then, these imaginations appear constantly in the mind, and we become either our best friend or our worst enemy.

When we don’t want to harm ourselves in any way, we want to achieve the truth of our own existence, then we are our best friend – we are really wise.

But if we entertain extreme anger, greediness, jealousy we are the first casualty of such imaginations. We have lost our wisdom.

This all stems from our own imaginations.

As Meditation Master Babaji says,

“You have to overcome this imagination, stop and once for all get rid of this imagination to know what the truth is. So, that is why Adi Shankara also tells, “When you come face to face in your consciousness, …” Here it has been mentioned as consciousness not as mind, because when there is no imagination, no thoughts or visions are there, it is pure consciousness. So, “you come face to face in your consciousness, and when that consciousness is not into any type of imagination, know that existence as the truth.” The rest is all imagined. We imagine, and we lose temper. We imagine, and we become greedy. We imagine, and we become jealous. We imagine, we lose peace. We imagine, we become unhappy. Like that, we imagine and become everything, which is not necessary. That is how our own mind tricks ourselves; the mind tricks itself. “

Through patience and dedicated practice of meditation we can overcome these imaginations and experience that real inner peace.

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Improving ourselves and becoming more mature through meditation

If we practice meditation, it means we are concentrating on improving ourselves and making ourselves more mature.

The mind can be kept non-violent and restrained so we don’t lose control and act in an immature way.

We can then be in a better position to help others if our own mind is under our control. As Babaji says, ‘If you can’t help others, at least don’t hinder them’.

Not to hinder others also is a great achievement – we may be hindering or bothering others without realizing it due to our habitual nature.

This habitual nature is what we can purify and overcome through the regular practice of meditation. A mature person always thinks of a larger cause – for the betterment of the other, the society and the world.

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