Please join us at the home of Kim & Angela Bothwell in Paso Robles for Group Meditation, Community and Food! This is a monthly event where we practice a very powerful form of Bija-Mantra Meditation. Arrive on time & bring a dish to share. Avoid caffeine, alcohol & drugs beforehand as these interfere with clear meditation experiences. (Medications ok)
Experience a Rare Technique Not Offered Anywhere on the Central Coast The Meditation we teach and practice uses Sanskrit Bija mantras. Among all the thousands of Mantras there are one-syllable mantras known as “seeds”. These tiny, powerful mantras are called Bija. The power of these seed sounds is extraordinary. There are tales in the Puranas (ancient Hindu texts) about beings who rose to tremendous spiritual heights simply by working with a few Bija mantras. They have no literal translation. But they have certain esoteric powers and are defined by the experience and energy they produce. Usually these powers are associated with activating a spiritual center within our subtle body or in building our capacity to embody a particular spiritual principle. The energy contained in a mantra is beyond one’s imagination.
Bija mantra is given by initiation through a 5,000 year old Sanskrit Puja Ceremony and the first mantra we teach is the Heart Mantra. This mantra corresponds to the Heart Center (Chakra) and is a mantra that is found in both Vedic and Tibetan Buddhist practices. It opens the heart center, accesses the divine feminine principle, and clears karma from the heart. It is also known as the seed sound for the “illusion of this reality.” With practice, this mantra dispels the illusion (veil of Maya/dream state) in which we are all trapped and reveals the reality of this universe “as it is.” Over time, the veil is lifted and the illusion disappears showing the meditator the universe in its true form. This is a mantra of purification and transformation that dispels ignorance. According to some sources, it is one of the most important of all mantras, regarded as supreme, and is the feminine, tantric equivalent of “Om.” It awakens us powerfully at a heart level and connects us to divine forces of love. Why do we need more heart opening? The importance of the heart center cannot be understated. It is the seat of the self: The seat of pure consciousness, the seat of God within us. This is where we realize knowledge and bliss. When self-realization dawns it happens in the heart center. By clearing karma from the heart and activating this chakra, we will eventually obtain the final result where we are able to infinitely enjoy the supreme bliss of our real self. Quite simply, the heart is the doorway to God. Bija mantra opens that door even wider.
What are Sanskrit Mantras?
In Sanskrit the word Mantra means, “to free from the mind.” Mantras are formidable, they are ancient, and they work. They are tools of spiritual power, both tangible and wieldable that have been passed down through generations for thousands of years. In Hinduism, Vedic practices and most Buddhist techniques, mantra is viewed as a necessity for spiritual advancement and high attainment. In “The Kalachakra Tantra” the Dalai Lama states that, “Without depending on mantra, Buddhahood cannot be attained.” Why Sanskrit? Well, Sanskrit is the root of most Western languages. Known as the Mother of tongues it is also called Deva Lingua, which means “Language of the Gods”. It’s a potent, energy-based language that relates directly to our spiritual physiology. So how does it work?
1) Mantras work to spiritually expand us. As energy-based sounds, the letters of mantras correspond directly to the chakras (energy centers) in our subtle-spiritual body. They increase the ability of our chakras to hold spiritual charge. This is just like increasing the wattage on a light bulb. The incredible, mystical potential of our chakras lies mostly dormant, but through mantra, the chakras become energized and are able to use the tremendous energy available through Kundalini, which travels upwards from the base of the spine. This Kundalini Shakti also lies mostly dormant. Even when it does move, it often gives us only brief spiritual experiences and passes by unprepared chakras. Using mantras prepares the chakras and infuses Prana (life force) into the entire spiritual body. We are shifted from an “energy potential” state towards the natural process of developing higher states of consciousness.
2) Mantras make our mind, body and environment more coherent. We are really a collection of states of consciousness comprised of the dense physical body, the subtle energy bodies, as well the vibrations of other organisms nearby that may affect us. When you use a mantra, a particular spiritual frequency is produced which corresponds to a higher state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the vibration of the mantra begins to override all the other smaller vibrations. These eventually become absorbed by the mantra. The length of time it takes for this to happen varies from person to person. But with regular use, the awesome spiritual wave of the mantra stills the smaller vibrations. The body, mind and environment get into tune with the energy of the mantra. A change occurs on all levels. The person becomes coherent in a way that did not exist prior to mantra use. And this in turn, also effects the environment in proximity to person using the mantra.
3) Mantra clears karma and quiets the mind Mantras help to clear karma. Many types of karma can be affected including: Past life, genetic/physical-body, present actions, and planetary influences. Dedicated use of a mantra will dig into subconscious crystallized thought forms that are stored in the body, transforming the body into a repository of peace. Our inner condition is changed and we are re-tuned by the mantra. Grace and Dharma are cultivated by the mantra. So when karmic vibrations reach us, the effects of that karma are very different from what they might have been. As karma clears in layers and we begin to develop a strong inner witness, the mind becomes quiet. Wisdom dawns from our regular immersion in the silence of the mantra. We become more identified with God-Source and less affected by both inner and outer chaos.
The Puja Ceremony & Mantra Initiation
Mantras are believed by some to have power irrespective of a teacher who may pass them on to you. In other words, they can be successfully undertaken without an initiation. However, for some mantras, the power has been made difficult to unleash without help. The Shiva Sutras say that a Mantra without Shakti is like a word without power. In Fulfillment Meditation, a 5,000-year old Sanskrit Puja is performed to empower the mantra with Shakti energy. This activates it in such a way that practicing it will gain results quickly. Puja means Ceremony and the ceremony itself contains great spiritual potency. It is connected to an ancient lineage of Enlightened Masters and as each name is recited, blessings pour out to the student and to the mantra to spiritually charge it. The sequence of the names of each Master describes the process of materialization of the Universe and all of its secrets, thus subliminally passing on to the new student gifts that will appear in their lives for years to come.
At the completion of the Puja, the student receives the activated mantra and goes into deep meditation spontaneously. The mind goes directly to the infinite. There is no effort involved and no repeated chanting of the mantra. The very first experience of this meditation brings the mind directly into God / Source as if the new student has been doing the practice all their life. The procedure never fails and every student who receives a mantra through this ceremony has successful, real meditation. The only difference to that of an experienced, advanced meditator has to do with clarity and understanding. The microscope of the mind has fathomed the subtlest aspects of its inner universe, yet the meditator may not yet be conscious of what has happened. This is natural. The field of the mind is infinite and subtle. With practice comes clarity. And this is why we will meditate in a group every month and have ongoing discussions to better understand the experience.
For the Puja Please bring:
1) 3 fresh flowers with the stems. If using roses remove the thorns!