Meditate on your Spiritual Name

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For those of you who have been keepin up, I was recently granted the Spiritual Name, of Krishan Singh. Upon receipt of the Spiritual Name one is told to meditate on this name in order to gain deeper understanding of its meaning, including the more subtle meanings.

The other day while meditating on the name, an image came to mind. It was the image of a being floating near to me, one leg was up in easy posture, while the other was facing down towards the earth. I felt at peace with this vision.

Now me being the intellectual type, I figure I could track down some insights to the name Krishan by searching for the name. I came across this page on Guru Har Krishan.

Upon seeing the image there I was immediately drawn into the entry.

I found this line to be of much interest:

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Particularly, the local Muslim population was much impressed with the purely humanitarian deeds of the Guru Sahib and nicknamed him Bala Pir (child prophet).

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People that cross social and religious barriers in the interest of healing and Spirit are grand indeed.
This note was also interesting, as I love walking sticks and used to have a great stick collection as a child

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The Guru was always carrying a stick with him.

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Now I am not specifically versed in the process of Spiritual Name giving, but I am lead to believe that I am tied into the energy of Guru Har Krishan.

I look forward to becoming closer to this energy. Meditate upon it I will.
Krishan Singh

Yoga Class for Your Electro-Magnetic Field

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Spirits Awaken Kundalini Yoga Class

Begins: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 at 11:30 AM

Ends: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 at 12:30 PM

Entry fee: Free to co-workers

Location:

2820 Walton Commons dr

Suite 123

Madison, WI 53718

U.S.A

This yoga class is going to focus on the electromagnetic field that surrounds our upper body. It is going to be a great set that will work out the shoulders, your heart and your electromagnetic field, (or your aura.)

This is a fun set that is straight forward to achieve, but does wonders for your body.

This set prepares the body for deep meditation and is good for people that tend to be challenged with focusing their minds. Let’s face it, given the pace of the world these days lots of people find it challenging to focus the mind and simply be.

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Dalai Lama to visit Madison WI

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Dalia Lama Public Lecture

Begins: Fri, 04 May 2007 at 2:30 PM

Ends: Fri, 04 May 2007 at 5:00 PM

Entry fee: $21 – $23

Location:

601 West Dayton

Madison, WI 53715

USA

Link: Public Lecture Information on the Dalai Lama’s visit to Madison

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is coming to give a public lecture at the Kohl Center in Madison Wisconsin!

It’s actually a coincidence of sorts, the public lectur is actually right before the Lake Geneva Yoga Conference. I get to pack in a whole weekend of spiritual activity.

The people of Madison, and Wisconsin for that matter, are fortunate to live in a spiritual hub such as this.

Tickets are limited to 4 per person. I am not actually certain of the ending time of the lecture it more than likely depends on the material to be covered.

I highly recommend coming to the lecture. His wisdom is absolutely remarkable. One of my favoriate books, which is authored by him, The Art of Happiness, has great life insights.

I am very pleased to have already purchased tickets, I will be attending with two close friends of mine, one is my future bride the other an old friend.

Buddhism deals well with the concept of non-attachment, and as such this is classified into the Raja Yoga and science of yoga sections of this website. Non-attachment is of key importance for Yoga.

I’ll be sure to update this site with some good tid bits from the lecture.

Sat Nam

PS: I studied the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle way in college, thanks John Dunn, it was a facinating study that helped support my spiritual journey.

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Yoga Conference in Lake Geneva WI!

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There is a great Yoga Conference coming to Lake Geneva Wisconsin sponsored by the Yoga Journal.  I am extremely excited to attend as this will be my first conference.

I’ll be attending one full day plus an all day intensive, (the conference is a little expensive if you ask me.)

I am super excited because I get to take more yoga classes with Gurumukh.  The first class that I experience from her truly inspired me to deepen my study.

She will be guiding Sadhana practices, and I’ll be in attendance for at least one of those.  I am also signed up for two of her classes on Saturday.

The all day intensive is a class I am super stoked for.  It’s on the 8 Limbs of Yoga.  I hope to make use of the experience to deepen my current work on the 8 Limbs of Yoga, and add perspective on how one may follow the limbs.  I’ll work to add this knowledge to my future teachings on the subject.

This line of work falls into the study of Raja Yoga.

What good is knowledge if one cannot share with others.

Anyway, if you are going to the Yoga Conference I’ll see ya there!

Sat Nam

Krishan Singh

Spiritual Name- Krishan Singh

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This week marks an exciting path in my spiritual journey in this life time, for it is this week that I received my Kundalini Yoga Spiritual Name. To be given a spiritual name demonstrates a certain level of committment to the path, as well as recognition of some level of progression I belive.

The practice of spiritual name giving originated in the Americas by Yogi Bhajan. Yogi Bhajan passed this method down so that others in this coming Age of Aquarius could receive thier formal spiritual names.

Here is the note I received with the presentation of my name:

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Spiritual name for Hershel Reese Miller: Krishan Singh.

Sat Nam, my dear brother in Divine,

Your request for a spiritual name has been gratefully received.

You have been blessed to live as Krishan Singh, which means the Lion of God who performs his duties as a devotional service in praise of God, and who walks with grace and courage throughout his life.

Krishan means one who performs his duties as a devotional service in praise of God. Singh means the Lion of God who walks with grace and courage throughout his life. Singh is a name that Yogi Bhajan gave to all men. He taught that every man has the potential to attain a true state of grace and courage, to be a great lion-warrior for God, and he encouraged each man to manifest that potential.

Receiving the name Krishan Singh means that you have the potential to act as your higher consciousness guides you, with the grace and courage of a Lion of God.

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WOW, I most certainly am blessed.

There is so much deeper meaning within the definition of the name Krishan. As one who performs duties as a devotional service in the praise of God, there is a large amount of Bahkti Yoga involved. Bahkti means devotion, there is an entire chapter in the Bhagavad Gita on Bahkti Yoga. What is so interesting about this is that performing duties is a means of following ones dharma. Following ones dharma is important for the evolution of the soul. And since this service is done in the praise of God, one may interpret this to mean that the fruit of ones labor, or following the dharma in this case, is given up, sacrificed (which means made sacred) to the Lord. A proper practice of non-attatchment through Bahkti Yoga and while following ones dharma is truly a blessing.

To walk this life, with grace and courage from a state of higher consciousness is beyond words to describe.
Sat Nam

Krishan Singh


Madison, Wisconsin a Yoga Haven

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I’m pleased to relay that the Yoga Journal, has recently proclaimed Madison, WI to be a Yoga Haven.

They reported on several yoga centers:

  • Main Street Yoga
  • Mound Street Yoga Center
  • Perfect Knot Yoga and Massage
  • Well Within

The list is similar to the list I put together on Yoga in Madison, WI.  I had not heard of Well Within before, so thanks for that one!  And I had spaced out on Main Street Yoga, so I’ve added them both to my list.

They missed Lisa’s Yoga Room and her schedule.

The University of Wisconsin also regularly offers Mini Courses on Yoga.

I suspect that yogins are drawn to Madison, WI because of the great energy that this city has.  The vibrant student life, beautiful lakes, wonderful green spaces and rather libral views found in Madison make it very conducive to Yogic living.  Throw in some organic farming and environmental consciousness and you have one thriving place, heck there is even a local publication dedicated to sustainable living.

Now if we take a step up from this view, we would consider that this is simply an outward manifestation of the energetic system that surrounds this part of the Earth.  We are in the “Heartland” and in the future I hope to dig up information about how the magnetic field in this part of the country helps to faciliate this energy.

This field nurtures a more inclusive perspective on things, which will be very helpful as we transition into the Age of Aquarius.  (Watch the space of religion from now till 2012, we’ll see some interesting things indeed.)

Education is a cornerstone to the culture here in Madison.  In time yogic and esoteric education provided in Madison WI will help to pull some of the brightest, and lightest, people to this area for learning and holistic living.

I’m happy to be fortunate to have been born and raised in Madison.  In return I’ll see what I can do to help with the Raising of Consciousness from Madison.

May your Spirits Awaken!

H~

Kriya for Good Fortune

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Spirits Awaken Kundalini Yoga Class

Begins: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 at 11:30 AM

Ends: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 at 12:30 PM

Entry fee: No charge

Location:

2820 Walton Commons dr

Suite 123

Madison, WI 53718

USA

This is one of my favorite Kriyas, okay I say that about nearly all of them, but this one is soo cool.

In this class we will be focusing on brining good fortune to ourselves. This is an excellent supplemental activity for the law of attraction.

We are all meant to have an abundance of the things we need in life. A secret is to not get attached to things. Focus on attracting them, but without attachment.

I love this yoga set because, well it works. A stead weekly, or 40 day practice will bring good fortune upon you. (Okay I’ve only done this one for a weeks time, but I’ll put it on my 40 day kriya list.)

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras- The 8 Limbs of Yoga

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The Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali represent an excellent analysis on how one may obtain Union with the Divine. Patanjali sets forth the foundation upon which true Raja Yoga may be practiced. The steps, or 8 means of Yoga truly illustrate how one may achieve their goal. (I always have a challenge with the concept of acheiving a goal in Yoga, for one must practice detatchment and not be motivated by the fruits of their labor.)

In order to further my personal, and soul understanding of the Yoga Sutras I read:

The Light of the Soul

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Alice Bailey.

I found this text established proper foundation, and provided sound understandings of the Yoga Sutras. I supplemented this analysis with a perspective from:

The Tree of Yoga

by B.K.S Iyengar

For those of you with strong mental attributes, I would suggest the light of the soul. For those who would like a very simple practical approach to the Yoga Sutras, I would suggest The Tree of Yoga. For those who enjoy multiple perspectives I recommend both.

In this article I’ll provide an overview on the limbs of Yoga as well as the subjects presented by both authors, then add a little perspective of my own and from outside sources. I’ll be adding a little Christ Love and Buddha Wisdom as well.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras- The Steps to Union

By following the 8 means of Yoga one is able to achieve Samadhi, or Union. Patanjali presents them to us in a somewhat linear fashion, however, as with many Spiritual journeys one may find that within one step lies the secrets of achieving the others.

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

  1. Yamas – Commandments
  2. Nijama – Rules
  3. Asana – posture or pose
  4. Pranayama – Life Force Energy Control
  5. Pratyahara – Abstration
  6. Dharana – Attention
  7. Dhyana – Meditation
  8. Samadhi – Union

(6 out of 8 from memory with a few mis-spellings the first time, not bad, but always opportunity to learn, which is why we write things)

The 8 Steps to Union Overview

(Overview taken from The Light of the Soul, noted above)

Yamas – Commandments

  1. Harmlessness
  2. Truth to all beings
  3. Abstention from theft
  4. Abstention from incontinence
  5. Abstention from avarice

Nijamas- Rules

  1. Internal and external purification
  2. Contentment
  3. Fiery Aspiration
  4. Spiritual reading (good on ya for visiting)
  5. Devotion to Ishvara

(The Ten Commandments)

The Yamas and the Nijamas are curiously related to the Ten Commandments. The masses of humanity may thank the Christ and Moses for education upon these first two steps of Yoga. The following was noted from The Holy Bible, Exodus 20, King James Version.

  1. I am the Lord thy God (Devotion to Ishvara)
  2. Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Devotion to Ishvara)
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (Devotion to Ishvara, possibly Truth to all beings, when we consider a broader perspective of the Word)
  4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy (Spiritual Reading, Fiery Aspiration)
  5. Honour thy father and they mother (If we take a Macro perspective of the Father and the Mother, we see devotion to Ishvara)
  6. Thou shall not kill (Harmlessness)
  7. Thou shall not commite adultery (Abstention from incontinence)
  8. Thou shall not steal (Abstention from theft)
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbour (Harmlessness, Truth to all beings)
  10. Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s house (Abstention from avarice, Contentment)

No keepin up with the Jones’ ;-)

Might i suggest that following these 10 commandments supports internal and external purification. These commandments, or rules provide a foundation in life upon which deeper understandings, and proximity to the Divine may be achieved.
(The Four Noble Truths)

It is interesting to bring a Buddhist perspective into our discussion as well. Lord Buddha, gave humanity The Four Noble Truths:

  1. Suffering exists
  2. The cause of suffering is desire
  3. By ceasing desire we cease suffering
  4. The Noble 8 Foldpath is the way

I propose that when the Commandments, or Rules above are followed it builds a foundation of decreased suffering.

I’ve seen it written that we are due for the revealing of a 5th truth in the relatively near future. That should prove exciting indeed.

Asana- posture, or pose this provides the traditional Western perspective on what Yoga is all about. Hatha Yoga in particular is very popular in the West and well noted from the various Asanas which make up the practice. This step or means of achieving yoga supports purification of the system, and works to integrate the Mind, Body, Spirit interchange.

I’ve seen it written that Hatha Yoga was provided to humans during the Lemurian days. I’ve seen that Laya Yoga was provided during the Atlantean era. (Based on my readings on the Laya Yoga of old, it seems most similar to Kundalini Yoga) And that the Yoga that must not lead the way for human consciousness development is Raja Yoga.

Weather or not these sayings are true, do not matter. What matters most is that each is a part of another, and that with proper understanding of the whole, within each one may find the whole. That is to say, that within One, one may find the Whole.

Prior to reading the book listed above by Mr. Iyengar, I must admit I was not aware of the wholeness to be achieved through masterful implementation of Asana alone. Perfected Asana can encompass the means of Yoga to follow and thus work towards the goal of Union.

In my practice I’ve found that Kundalini Yoga provides an approach that integrates these steps of Yoga nicely. Thus both practices can be made into the Kingly Science of the Soul that is Raja Yoga.

Right Asana is key to this approach.


Pranayama- Life Force Energy Control (typically breath control) prana is life force energy, and yama is conrol, thus life force energy control. This is a broader subject than the typical representation of breath control. However, for the purpose of practice to a certain point of development, the focus is on breath control. So using the breath to guide the mind, the body and the soul through the asana. Pranayama is the name given to the practices in which one retains inhalation and or exhalation of the breath. It is also the name for specific types of breat, such as the Breath of Fire, in Kundalini.

I came to Kundalini first in this life time. I really appreciated its benefits and its use of pranayama is profound. Therefore, I believe the Kundalini Yoga system to support this means, or limb of Yoga most appropriately. That being said, its also written that only after mastery of asana should retention of the breath be practiced.

For this limb of Yoga I feel that ones soul will guide them to the expression of Yoga that best fits them. Should you be looking to enhance your pranayama practice, I suggest integrating Kundalini Yoga into your practice.

But what about the other forms of life force energy control. I suspect those should be left for between a Master and a student. It is enough to know that pranayama has additional means and practice.

Pratyahara- Abstraction in studying the text this term took some time for me to understand, now my understanding is better than where it started, but could probably use some strengthening. Abstraction is the withdrawl of the senses. This process reduces the minds tendancy to continually be grasping at thought forms.
My perspective is that the point of abstraction lies within the head of the yogin. That this point within the head is developed between the triangular interplay between the 6th chakra, the crown chakra and the center at the rear of the head. My current thinking is that the point of abstraction is closely related to the “Cave” a concept presented by William Meader in Shine Forth.

This is a Universal into an Individual process. Many of the previous steps focus on the individual preparation./p>

The Kundalini Yoga defitnition of Pratyahara, as noted in Guidelines for Sadhana (Daily Practice) Published by the Kundalini Research Institute, is, “…In this method you inject the universal mind into the individual mind by a concentration process.

This would naturally lead us to the next limb or step.

Dharana – Concentration once the withdrawl of the senese is achieved concentration must be nurtured.

“Concentration is the fixing of the chitta (mind stuff) upon a particular object “

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Light of the Soul.

I interpret this to mean that as it is fixated no additional thought forms are given attention, just the thought form of the particular object.
Patanjali provides many examples of things that can be a “particular object” such as the 1st chakra, or elephant.

Though not noted in the Yoga Sutras, I suspect a particular object could be a specific Asana. And that one pointed concentration on an Asana, can support this step to Union.

Dhyana – Meditation this is the process of prolonged concentration. To achieve concentration is realatively a straight forward task, to prolong that concentration, well that is True meditation.

One finds that the balance of what most call meditation is truly just abstration, mixed in with a few moments of concentration from time to time. Consistent, concentration, which is not easy, now that’s solid meditation. This leads to “…the restraining of the mind from its thought form making tendancies…”

That one always trips me up, the restraining of the mind from thought form making tendancies, so here I am using the mind to create thought forms in order to gain understanding of this information. And that very system which I am trying to understand tells me to restrain the thought forms. Not an easy task.

Again I would propose that through concentrated meditation one may take an Asana as the seed of an object.

Concentrated meditation, without a particular object “seedless” well that’s Samadhi.

Samadhi- Union Contemplation is another word for Samadhi. Samadhi is the typical word used to describe a Yogin who has achieved their goal of Union. I would propose that there are various levels of Union and that for the vast majority, Union, in this case relates to the personality ego in relation to the Soul. The Union between Soul and pure Spirit is achievable, as humanity has witnessed in the Christ, but not common at this stage of evolution.
Patanjali provided this frame work thousands of years ago and its applications are as relevant as ever. Given the shifts in consciousness available to humanity at this time, these steps will become more and more important for the soul education and nurturing we all require as humans.>

In reviewing this article, I found that the Ten Commandments and the Yoga Sutras would benefit from a comparrison to another path, that of the Middle Way.

(Noble 8 Fold Path)

We find many similarities between the Yoga Sutras and the Noble 8 Fold Path as set down from the Buddha, source. I’ve added some initial thinking based on the Limbs of Yoga.
Wisdom

     

  1. Right view (Abstraction)
  2. Right intention (Contentment, Fiery Aspiration)

Ethical Conduct

     

  1. Right speech (Truth)
  2. Right action (Asanas, Harmlessness)
  3. Right livelihood (Yamas and Nijamas, Pranayama from the perspective of life force energy control)

Mental Discipline (or Samadhi)

     

  1. Right effort (Fiery Aspiration, spiritual reading, Devotion to Ishvara)
  2. Right mindfulness (Abstraction, Concentration, Meditation)
  3. Right concentration (Concentration)

It’s very interesting that there is a strong Buddhist and Christian intermingling amongst the 8 Steps to Yoga. It’s almost like these teachings were put in place in order to reinforce specific aspects of the path to Union. ;-)

I hope you’ve found this information to be valuable. It has certainly helped me to group key concepts on this journey. Please add to the comments, and further this work!
I’ll leave you with this inspirational quote taken from The Master Yogi-

“Take my yoke upon you,… for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”

Yoga Definition

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Yoga means union.

Yoga is also translated as Yoke, or to Yoke.

This union is viewed typically as an individual’s union with the Universal.

And thus we have the naming for our practice.