Be a Yogi, mind steady, alone but not lonely, with no desire
Controlled in mind body, with no possessions to acquire 6.10
Sit firm and relaxed in a clean spot neither too low or high
Covered in cloth, skin or grass dry 6.11
Mind focused on one thought, senses pulled in
Well seated, practice Yoga moving into Self within 6.12
Head, neck and body erect, still and firm
Gaze unseeing on nose tip, move attention within 6.13
Sitting serene, fearless and desire less in vow
Thoughts on Me and reaching out to me in the Now 6.14
With senses controlled and mind balanced
The Yogi reached me in peace and bliss liberated 6.15
Hope you are not the kind who gets upset about Yogi Bear from the Net meditating in bliss. If you do, get over it! I thanks the artist.
Animals don’t need guidance from Krishna on meditation. Humans do. Animals are always in the Now and in bliss. They do what Nature prompts them to. They do not ‘think’ as we do, tying oneself into knots, burying oneself and others in confusion and grief.
Do watch an animal relax. Watch your dog or cat relax. Even in the height of relaxation, it seems alert. Within a moment, it can spring into action. Unlike with human beings, there seems very little time lag for an animal to move from inaction to action. It’s almost as if animals are in the highest for of meditation, Yoga Nidra.
Yoga Nidra, as i briefly described in an earlier post, is being aware in deep sleep, being conscious in the unconscious state. Is it possible? Ask your dog!
Krishna says alone not lonely. What does he mean?
We’re all used to situations where many may surround us and yet, we do not connect with any of them. We call this networking. Flitting from person to person, lips smiling, eyes cold and calculating. brain furiously active, heart buried and cold, those of us active in business revel in these sad gatherings. Alcohol lubricates the otherwise dead spirit. Every one is lonely though not alone.
Here, Krishna advises us to be alone but not lonely. All by yourself, yet connected to the Universe, is only possible when we move within. In the depths of one’s own Self, one discovers oneself and others too. As Krishna says in a later chapter, we move from loneliness of I to We, aloneness and from demonic to divine nature.
In his Yoga Sutra, Patanjali defines meditation as focusing the mind on one thought and asana, the posture as firm and comfortable. In these verses, Krishna defines the posture in the same way and adds that the head, neck and spine should be erect and in one line. This is essential to any meditation, allowing the energy to flow from the bottom of the spine through the spinal passage to the crown of the head.
Krishna asks us to keep our gaze fixed on the root of the nose, unseeing. This is the Third Eye point, the seat of inner wisdom, called the Ajna Chakra. We had talked about this earlier. Ajna is our browsing center, allowing us to connect to the Net of Collective Consciousness, without the need for any external bandwidth.
These are simple instructions to meditate. Senses controlled, mind balances, seated firmly and relaxed with spine erect, focused on the Third Eye, look within, Krishna says, and you will find Me.