Authentic yoga brings about everything spontaneously from deep within, from the Self. The yoga tradition says that the contemplation of the Pranava, Om, is the contemplation of our own true nature. It is the knowledge of our own Self. The best aspect of all this is that everything happens naturally and spontaneously at just the right time, simply through the Om breath. When the breath and Om are perfectly merged it is the major force of inner transformation-transmutation. The Om breath is the inner secret of the yogi.
Om was first perceived by the ancient yogis of prehistory and is not the exclusive property of any religion or philosophy. It is not a sectarian mantra; it belongs to all without distinction or exclusion. Nor was it invented by those primal sages. Rather, it is swayambhu–self-begotten, self-existent and self-sufficient. It arises spontaneously within, from the Self. It does not have to be artificially implanted or empowered in us by any kind of initiation. This mantra is going on in every one of us, but as long as we are outward-turned we do not become aware of it. It is only during meditation, when we enter into our own depths, that we become aware of Om, which has always been active within us.
The japa (repetition) and meditation of Om are not exclusively Hindu practices, but are also part of the Jain and Buddhist traditions. They are also indicated in the Bible. This should be no surprise since Moses was an initiate of the Egyptian religion which was rooted in Indian philosophy, as was proved by Apollonius of Tyana at the time of Jesus. Like Apollonius, Jesus himself lived and studied in India, and the Christian scriptures reflect this. As stated in the main body of this book, the Nath Yogis, one of the oldest and most respected of monastic orders, claim that Jesus (Isha Natha) was a great adept of their order.
“This is the bridge to immortality.…May you be successful in crossing over to the farther shore beyond darkness” (Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.5, 6).
Articles on Om Yoga Meditation
- Om Yoga at a Glance — A brief summary of what Om Yoga is and how to practice it.
- Om Yoga: Its Theory and Practice — An in-depth book on the rationale of Om Yoga meditation, its practice, points for successful meditation, and much more.
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- How to Be a Yogi — This is not a book about the technique of Yoga, but about that without which the successful practice of yoga is impossible: the Yoga Life. Yoga is not just a practice or a philosophy; it is an entire way of life. Without this understanding and without commitment to the Yoga Life there is simply no need to give yoga a second thought. And by yoga I mean the quest for liberation of the spirit, for Yoga is an eternal science intended to reveal and manifest the Eternal. By Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri)
- Foundations of Yoga — The basis of all Yoga practice are the “Ten Commandments of Yoga”–the principles of Yama and Niyama outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. This booklet considers the various aspects of each principle as well as the spiritual power which is developed through each one. By Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri)
- A Yogi and a Philosopher — This article is Akshay Kumar Bannrjea’s introduction to the Philosophy of Gorakhnath. It compares the viewpoint Yogi with the philosopher. A Philosopher advances in the path of rational logic, a Yogi advances in the path of moral and psychical self-discipline. Discover more by reading this fascinating analysis.
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- Twelve Pointers For Maintaining Brahmacharya — Brahmacharya (Continence; self-restraint on all levels; discipline; dwelling in Brahman) is essential for the aspiring yogi. These tips help in reaching this ideal. By Abbot George Burke.