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Hatha means absolute stillness in mind and body.uttanasana


A disturbed mind will become pleasant after true hatha practice. Hatha is not a physical action alone. When just the thought of an asana makes you still and meditative, then you have become an adhikari, or a true practioner. A true practioner can reach this state in an asana regardless of time or context.

 

Asana is accomplished when;

  • You are aware of your asana
  • You’re comfortable
  • You are still in the asana
  • Your whole being is involved in the asana
  • External glow develops on your face
  • Others notice chinhas-signs (changes) in you

 

Taken from Panditjis writting on Asana and Prana

 
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--An article written by Pandit Dabral and taken from "Yajna" a publication by The Association of Himalayan Mediation Societies International - Swami Veda Baharati, Spiritual Guide.

fire ceremony

Fire, agni, is a primordial force in life, that which brings life and zeal. Agni also symbolizes purification, the burning of all our samskaras, all of our negativities. Fire is that which makes us as pure as hold. Fire symbolizes that your path of meditation is the path of fire, the path of shining. You are entering the path of fire. That is why we perform the fire ceremony. 

A lot of people say, "I don't care about rituals," but when understood properly, rituals are the source from which you can learn that your entire life is a ritual. Everything you do from morning until evening is a ritual, and the way you perform the rituals of you life is an art.

So when we do something in the name of the Divine, we make it very sacred. But at the same time, make everything that you do for yourself also divine - so that you are aware of the divine at all times. 

And when you do perform your meditation or fire ceremony rituals, Vysas teaches us that you will be visited by sages and saints. So, just as you clean your house properly when you are expecting guests, so should your meditation seat and havana-kunda remain forever ready, because you do not know when which sage or saint is coming to visit.  It is not because you are sitting there that you need to make the seat properly prepared, but for the sages and saints who will come. That is one principle - sauca, purification.

 

 
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In Jan 2010 Pandit Dabral led a 3 Day retreat in Alberta where he gave extensive lectures on the Bhagavad Gita. Below is an excerpt from a talk he did addressing decision making for the spiritual seeker.
Pandit in India
Pandit Dabral in The Himalayas of India
Shreya and Preya.

"There are two principals written in the Bhagavad Gita that we are presented with each time we have a decision to make.
These two principals are called Shreya and Preya.

Shreya is defined as that which is beneficial and Preya is that which is pleasant.
Every time that you want to take a certain path your Karma will present you with something that is Preya and something that is Shreya.
The wisdom says that the beneficial is not always pleasant and the pleasant is not always beneficial. As humans we always look for the pleasant and pay little attention to its benefit. Shreya is always beneficial but it may be very difficult, very hard, or very harsh. A seeker, one who is serious on the path of self realization, path of self discovery, path of balance, path of Yoga, whatever you want to call it - Always should choose Shreya because it is beneficial.

So in life when there are opportunities and you have to select or choose something -
Take Your Time.
Meditate.
Contemplate.
What is it that you are looking for? what it is that you have in front of you?
And then Ask Your Self
Is this what the spiritual seeker, yoga student, should do?
Is this conducive to my path?
Is this going to help me? to lead me to the final goal?

That is how you will choose.
Rather than choosing based on attraction, on something that may look colourful and pleasurable, ask yourself the above questions.

Those who have chosen path of Preya will find themselves at a dead end. On the path of Shreya, they will have many difficulties, but they end up at some goal where they will be rewarded in the end.

In Living in the Himalayan Masters, Swamiji says (Swami Rama) that when his master was giving him the final teachings he created two aspects to test him; A big fire, and huge pile of very expensive and attractive Gems. Then his master said, "before I give you the final touch, I want you to choose if you want to go through the fire, or if you want to go through the path of gems. So Swami Rama sat for a moment, and reflected all the teachings that was given, and he choose to go through the fire, knowing this was the path of Shreya and not the pleasant way of Preya with riches and gems.

When you find yourself faced with the next decision, remember to
Take your Time and ask yourself, Is this conducive to my path?
Which option is Shreya and which is Preya?"

-- Pandit Dabral

Namaste.