GENERAL POINTSThe instructions in the following are to be used as and when necessary -- we talk only on what he is talking -- only that part of the point that is useful or applicable to his situation should be used. Checkers should be careful to mention negative aspects as little as possible.
"If during the period of 2 minutes of silence, at the end of meditation, there is some sensation in the body, some movement anywhere in the body, in the heart or head, or some pressure somewhere, then let the mind continue to feel it. Be with it innocently , as it is, even if it increases or decreases in intensity. This is the time to _not_ open the eyes until the sensation has significantly diminished or faded away. Usually it happens after 2 or 3 minutes. But in case the sensation is strong and shows no si gn of diminishing or dissolving then the only thing to do is to continue with it in the same innocent and easy way.
"Maybe at any time during meditation you feel sleepy, don't try to be alert in order to think the mantra. If sleep comes, let it come. Sleep either sitting or if it seems to be too strong lie down in bed and sleep. Maybe in 5, 10 minutes or half an hour -- whenever you are awake, it will be good to sit and meditate, even for 5 or 10 minutes because this rest has revitalized the nervous system and it's now ready for much clearer experiences of finer states of the mantra. Always if we fall asleep during medit ation, we meditate immediately after waking up."
"One piece of information which it will be good to have is that _if_ ("if" is very important here), if at all, at any time it happens that during meditation we suddenly feel that any particular thought is overpowering and at that time it is not possible to pick up the mantra, then we don't try to pick up the mantra by force against the thought, just let the mind be easy, without trying to pick up the mantra. In this easy state the mind will naturally be drawn to some physical sensation in the body. This physical sensation born of the release of some deep stress in that area is causing that powerful thought. As the attention is innocently drawn to the physical sensation, the process of release of stress is facilitated, causing the release to be more thorough and at the same time more smooth and easy."
"As the sensation begins to diminish it will cease to grip the mind and naturally the mind will begin to entertain other thoughts. When the thoughts start coming in this is the indication that the sensation is no longer dominating and this is the time to start the mantra."
"It is an important principle to note, that at any time that the mind is capable of thinking any thought it is capable of thinking the mantra. Another point of importance to remember is that to allow the mind to continue feeling any faint sensation at the time the mind is capable of thinking thoughts and therefore capable of thinking the mantra is not the process of Transcendental Meditation and has the effect of making the mind lazy and weakening the system."
"When we feel that we gain more energy in daily life it is important not to spend more energy than we gain. Take it easy, and always take time to meditate regularly. What has been experienced in different parts of the world is this: When a man starts to me ditate, within two or three days or weeks he begins to feel so fresh and full of energy that naturally he cannot resist entertaining greater activity. This is also due to the reason that he enjoys his activity more. This is the natural results of meditatio n, but there should be a limit of the increase of activity. If one increases activity more than the proportion of the increase of energy, then it will be naturally inevitable that one gathers fatigue.
"Regularity in meditation is of utmost importance and we always start with half a minute of silence and end with two minutes of silence."
"20 minutes is the usual time of each sitting of meditation. But if for any reason your initiator has advised you for longer or shorter periods of meditation it is better to go by this advice."
"We take it easy, we don't try to associate the mantra with the heartbeat or breath or tick tick of the clock. Only that we are not concerned with this heartbeat.... Mantra is our concern. If heartbeat comes along we don't mind. Neither we try to maintain the heartbeat with the mantra nor we try to forget about it. Mantra is all our concern. Innocently we favor the mantra. As when we are walking on a road if someone is found walking by our side we just don't mind."
" It doesn't matter, sometimes it happens. You don't have to worry much about it. If something wrong has been eaten, the effect of that will only last for 2 or 3 days and then you will have good meditation. What you have to do is just be regular in practice. It won't be good to stop for 2 or 3 days. Keep on meditating without effort, just not minding at this time whether the meditation is good or not."
"Remaining ill will spoil the meditation more than the use of medicine. The advice is to choose the lesser evil. If we have to choose between illness or medicine, it is more useful to decide for medicine and against sickness. The effect of medicine, even if it overshadows clear meditations, is, in the final analysis, useful even in the cause of meditation."
J.Pregnant women may meditate as much as is comfortable in their daily routine.
K.With reference to point number 29A:
If after 10 minutes meditation some difficulty arises and we need to return to point number 24 to give a further period of 3-4 minutes of meditation, then continue also to point number 27,if time allows, so that the meditator finishes with 10 minutes of easy, comfortable meditation.
"When we meditate at home, we don't open and close the eyes many times before starting the mantra."
M.Shaking, etc. (expressions of release of stress)
"These are all expressions of the release of stress. Because meditation is a natural process, naturally the body twists and turns in a manner which is favorable to the release of some specific stress. The way to meet with this situation is to 1) take it as it comes. Never do we try to physically resist the movement. If the movements become violent and seem to be going out of hand, then instead of physically trying to stop them, we can open the eyes so that our awareness comes out. With this the movements will naturally become less violent and stop. Opening the eyes is one thing we do from our side.
N.In case during checking we feel that man may be shy to say "no" to any point, just at that moment it will be good to verify his quote "yes" by asking him "How did you feel?" or "How is it?", so he has a chance to elaborate on that "yes" just so we can see that his quote "yes" is genuine and not out of shyness.
O.To be used in advising a man how to handle pain or pressure at home.
"Sometimes it may happen that a person complains of pressure in the forehead, back of the head, or pain in the temples, or pain in the neck, appearing during meditation. This may be due to 2 different reasons:
"If at any time during meditation we become aware that the head is tilted forward and is not erect, it may be better to very slowly and easily bring the head back to an upright position. In case it is uncomfortable to bring it upright then leave it the way it is and continue to enjoy meditation.
Jai Guru Dev
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