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" Only after rising above egocentric awareness, can one find the universe within. Only then can one learn to love all and exclude none. One who does not love one’s fellow beings, cannot love God at all. "

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2 Minute Meditation

Swami Veda Bharati suggests going every 2-3 hours into a state of inner silence (meditative state) for just 2 minutes.

How to reach this inner state of silence?

  1. Sit comfortably (If sitting is not possible, stand comfortably - be practical).
     
  2. If possible, relax all musculature and joints in one breath. The most proficient can do so, but do not struggle. With your awareness, quickly and systematically relax your whole body.
     
  3. Relax your forehead.
     
  4. Feel the touch of the breath in the nostrils.
     
  5. Breathe slowly, gently, smoothly.
     
  6. Let there be no sound, jerks, or pauses.
     
  7. Eliminate the pauses between the breaths. As soon as one breath is completed, begin to feel the next breath flow.
     
  8. Use one of the four thoughts below. Let the chosen thought flow with each breath, not on the lips, not on the tongue, not in the vocal cards, but only as a thought in your mind.
    • Your personal mantra
    • In the absence of a personal mantra, exhale "ham" and inhale "so". Let there be no break in the chain of "ham so", "so ham" thought flow.
    • Choose a name of a dinivity you prefer in accordance with your tradition.
    • If you do not believe in the above three, then count 1 with the exhalation and 2 with the inhalation. There are many ways of counting breaths; this is the simplest.
       
  9. After whatever number of above observations of the breath and single repeated thought, observe how the breath, mind, and the word thought are flowing as a single stream.
     
  10. The entire mind becomes an even flowing stream.
     
  11. Without breaking the stream and its operation, slowly open your eyes.
     
  12. Resolve in your mind that you will calm the mind in this way many times in the day.
     
  13. Whatever you do with the mind repeatedly becomes the mind's habit. At present, disturbance is the mind's habit. Later calmness and peace will become the mind's nature.

Thoughts may arise during the meditation. Do not be angry with yourself because of thoughts arising. Be gentle to yourself, and bring your awareness back to your object of concentration.

Even at home you can do this. A good possiblity to integrate the 2 minute meditation into a daily schedule is doing them every time before you begin doing a new activity and after finishing an activity. You can also use otherwise wasted time, like waiting for paying in a store, sitting in a taxi, waiting for a bus, during a television commercial. Be creative, it is just 2 minutes.

(This Two Minute Meditation is also found in the Ashram Handbook for Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama)