Get to the important stuff with these words of wisdom from Sri Dharma Mittra. From one of the greatest gurus of our time, these inspirational quotes will set anyone up for a great day.
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If you could, keep watching your breathing all the time. As soon as you stop watching, it goes out of control.
Breathing prepares you for meditation. It calms the mind and improves concentration.
Samadhi is concentration very deep.
Alternate-nostril Breathing is the main breathing.
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This is why you are doing the Bandhas – to force the energy (Kundalini) up.
Pain attracts your attention. Today, you take a pill. That’s why the healing takes longer. Attention attracts Prana, and then you get healed very quickly.
I like that Om symbol. You keep drawing that Om in darkness. You can get very detailed. I don’t see it, I am using imagination.
I like meditation without seed. You are aware of sound and thoughts come and go, but you don’t get involved with them. The Self is established in this now. You are here beyond time – you watch.
“Oh, I can’t meditate; I can’t stop thinking.” The mind is thinking. The Self is action-less. Who is full of doubts: the mind. You are like a computer. If you don’t know, add the software. Who gets enlightened: the mind. The Real, Real Self doesn’t need any enlightenment. “Oh, I am a woman.” You are not a woman, but the body is. Who doesn’t understand: the mind.
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All religions have a big book that is a Kriya (purifying action) to purify the mind and heart.
There are impurities at all levels.
Watermelon is a very good purifier. If you don’t want to go through the watermelon, be careful what you eat.
Before you teach a Kriya to anyone else, you should do it yourself. Use your common sense and check it out.
If you see yourself everywhere, that is a sign of Self-realization.
When I first wake up in the morning, I spend a little while just sitting in that nothingness — in that void, and then the bliss comes.
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This Infinite Being that’s everywhere, that’s us, too.
If you don’t want to do that (the pose just called), do whatever you want.
Some Yogis consider Pranayama to be the most important practice.
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The entrance to Sushumna Nadi only opens when we are keeping the Ethical Rules.
Sexual energy is spiritual energy, just a little distorted.
When the Guru says practice (Uddiyana Bandha), you do it. It is not pleasant.
Bandhas are muscular contractions combined with your inner attitude.
If you are teaching, watch out! Do your personal stuff at home.
Students today know many things, but knowledge is not realization.
Raising psychic forces (Kundalini) without keeping the Ethical Rules can be unsafe, like taking drugs.
The Chakras control organs and glands near them.
Nadis are conduits of energy intelligence.
Consciousness moves betweens Chakras based on your deeds from the past. Until you arrive at Ajna Chakra, you are always moving between them.
Every time you are holding the breath, your attention should go here (Trikuti – the 3rd Eye Point).
Intelligence itself can be perceived. That’s how you know you are not it.
Some knowledge brings some levels of bliss. Everything needs the Self.
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Knowledge of G-d is impossible, because knowledge is already Maya (illusion).
Self-realization is the subtlest manifestation of consciousness.
The calmer you are, the more craving free you are.
What is the Self inside? It’s the same as G-d. It doesn’t involve any enjoyment because there is no personal self there.
By realizing what you really are, that triggers the highest senses of perception.
Anandamayakosha is the one that’s touching G-d cheek to cheek.
These are the layers you need to negate constantly (the Koshas).
I know the Self is beyond the gods, but I still bow to them and respect them. Who is bowing: the lower mind and the senses.
Some mantras can wake up your latent psychic powers.
I like the mantras that are like devotional songs. The emotions turn into spiritual bliss.
The mantra forces the mind to concentrate on one thing.
A Sannyasi (a renunciate) uses most of his energy towards Self-realization.
The mind is desiring, not you.
Sometimes it’s intuition, sometimes it’s your personal thing.
The other self is your worst enemy.
Habits from the past cause you to do things you don’t want to do.
When you are self-controlled, you like yourself.
Remember, everybody passes through the same thing.
It’s the body and mind that pass through experience. Don’t lose your control. Yogis stand supreme whether dealing with something pleasant or unpleasant.
When you have fortitude, you stand supreme under any conditions.
It’s good to be like that. To sit on a wool blanket with charged beads around your neck feeling like you’re sitting in the lap of the Guru. The Self is happy from that, but I see no difference if you do that or just sit on the floor.
When you have a little Self Knowledge, you are a king among men. This is very rare. The rest are all lost in duality, lost in their ego.
Sorrow belongs to the mind, the body and the personal self.
Be a witness of body and mind activities.
You need senses of perception to experience Samadhi.
Love is infinite.
In reality, everything is perfect.
Transcribed and Edited by Adam Frei
Legendary yoga teacher Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. Sri Dharma is the model and creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, has released two DVD’s to date – Maha Sadhana Levels I and II. Sri Dharma continues to disseminate the complete traditional science of yoga through daily classes, workshops and his Life of a Yogi Teacher Trainings at the Dharma Yoga New York Center and around the world. For more information on all things Dharma Yoga, please visit: www.dharmayogacenter.com
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