The veil that separates us from God is the lower mind, which created the ego. This veil obscures the truth and was created by our attachments to experiences which then form psychic impressions called samskaras. The mind is a sensory organ picking up sensory impressions from the outside world, which then gives rise to the ego. These impressions are often carried over from lifetime to lifetime in a mental continuum, which causes karma and prevents us from living in the here and now because we are experiencing life from some past experiences which colour the current reality. The good news is that this veil can be dissolved. Patanjali outlines several methods for removing this veil in the first book or Pada of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Below are just some of the methods Patanjali recommends:
Japa or mantra repetition involves repeating a mantra over and over again which burns out all other thoughts just like a magnifying glass burning the ground once it is focused. Japa practice makes the mind less dense and eventually dissolves the samskaras due to want of nourishment. The mind also becomes the thing it focuses on, so focusing on a higher vibration like a mantra will enable the mind to take on that energy elevating us to higher levels of consciousness.
Pranayama, especially Kapalabhati or the advanced form Bhastrika actually dissolves the samskaras and therefore, the ego. This is one of the most powerful and effective means for achieving God Realization because it is the breath that controls the mind and it is a lot easier to control the breath than it is to control the mind. Bhastrika also breaks up the granthis or psychological “knots” formed from samskaras that cause pain or disease in the body. Whenever there is a blockage in the flows of prana, illness may be the result.
Bhakti Yoga or devotion to God is one of the easiest Yoga paths to follow as we simply give up everything for God and put all our energy and concentration on a image of God. In Bhakti Yoga, we focus on actions alone and dedicate ourselves to the service of God. “The Sanskrit word bhakti comes from the root bhaj, which means “to adore or worship God.” Bhakti yoga has been called “love for love's sake” and “union through love and devotion.”
Finally, Patanjali says we can meditate on anything as long as it is uplifting, but he suggests we stick with a method and and practice it consistently to steady the mind in addition to practicing non-attachment because it is essentially are attachments to things and experiences that form a veil preventing us from experiencing our true divine nature. In short, although we created this veil that obscures the truth, we can also destroy it. We are in control and we can undo our karma, destroy our egos, reclaim our divine heritage, and become masters of our own destiny with regular intense practice of a meditation technique and by cultivating non-attachment.Reblogged 2 months ago from spiritualnetworks.com