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How to Perform Zen Meditation for Connecting With Higher Сonsciousness?

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Buddhist practice differs from other meditative practices due to the absence of unique techniques because some of the lessons are borrowed from Hindu schools of philosophy. Zen meditation, i.e. contemplation, at first seems pretty simple, although it is based on a hundred concepts and therefore requires both practical and theoretical training. In the primary state of your mind, according to the Buddhists, we are not able to concentrate on specific objects and explore deeper layers of consciousness.

What’s The Purpose Of Zen Meditation?

In terms of Buddhist tradition, the main purpose of meditation is to turn your attention within and to look inside yourself. At the same time, the task of a person is to discipline the mind, which can not clearly recognize things and stay focused on a certain object because of emotions or past experience. Only meditation can abstract the consciousness and show how full of superfluous thoughts and illusions our mind is.

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Buddhists believe that the modern human mind is impure. It creates an inner illusion, i.e., the ignorance of life. One can overcome such a problem either by gaining wisdom (Prajna) or by understanding the process of achieving Samadhi (the concentrated mind).

It is possible to acquire a concentrated mind only if you have a moral lifestyle, which should definitely include relaxation and observation of the world. Therefore, meditation is so necessary for every person seeking to understand the truth and the Supreme Essence. Relaxation practices reveal our inner nature and develop our intuition.

The concentrated mind is the result of correct meditation based on the ability to analyze and calm your mind.

From a scientific point of view, I can also say that Zen practices contribute to the proper tuning of the human brain. Such meditations can increase the number of alpha waves, which opens up access to the subconscious mind. The stable performance of Buddhist exercises establishes a strong connection between your soul and body, which increases your ability to self-healing. But the main benefit of Zen meditation is, of course, achieving comprehensive peace and a sense of harmony.

Preparation For Zen Meditation

There are three stages of Buddhist meditation:

1. Shruti (study).

It is the understanding of the basics of practice. It is achieved by listening to the senior masters and reading the relevant literature.

2. Vicara (thinking).

It is necessary to discuss the information you get from studying. You should think about new knowledge and figure out how to use it in practice for your life situations.

3. Bhavana.

It is a meditation itself.

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Even when the first two stages are mastered, you should keep in mind that Buddhists put forward a number of conditions for each meditator.

A meditator should have a safe and peaceful home, which is not isolated from the social environment but provides hours of contemplation without mental strain.

Also, a meditator must abandon his constant desire for luxury, so beginners should not do anything with an external orientation (shopping, cinema, etc.).

A meditator should use special asanas that are designed to discipline the body during Zen meditation. It is necessary to be able to control your physical shell, then you will be able to control the movements of your mind. The choice of the specific position of the body is individual, but it is necessary to observe important principles:

1. The back should always be straight;

2. Beginners should avoid heavy physical activity during meditation;

3. Beginners should not constrain or compress the breathing.

You can meditate sitting on a pillow with crossed legs or on a solid chair with parallel feet, as well as practice Zen meditation during a leisurely walk. It is also worth paying attention to the position of the hands. You can put the right palm over the left hand, hidden under your clothes. The internal sides of your palms turn up and the thumbs slightly touching. It is also permissible to place the right hand on top palm down, expressing humility. Another option is to keep your hands on the respective knees.

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Zen meditation does not imply eye closure because it does not increase the concentration of the mind. You can slightly lower your eyelids, darken the room and look down, capturing the tip of your nose. Keep your mouth closed during meditation. But pay attention to your teeth – do not clench them. Hold your breath slowly through your nose.

Objects Of Zen Meditation

It is very important to find a perfect object for your Zen meditation. Otherwise, the whole practice can go wrong. Buddhists have two categories of the Zen meditation objects:

1. Things that affect the nature of the inner body.

This kind of objects can be attributed to your breath or mind. Meditation on the nature of mind is considered to be the highest goal for many practitioners. As for the concentration on exhalation breaths, it easily holds the mind’s attention at one point, if you synchronize the movement of breathing with movements inside your mind. Sometimes you can concentrate on lifting and lowering your chest in the breathing process.

2. Things that affect the outer shell.

This includes sound objects and objects of specific shapes. In the first case, there is a concentration on some mantra, and in the second — a mental image of something, for example, a light point or a divine silhouette. Many Buddhists use a Buddha portrait or figure for meditation. But you should remember that after making a choice, you can not drastically change the object of your practice.

Try not to indulge yourself when choosing an object. Do not create attachments. If you feel anger, it’s better to create a calming mental picture of the landscapes.

It’s important not to allow yourself to fall asleep during Zen because the nap interferes with clarity and care of consciousness.

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Concentration on things should be accompanied by awareness and active power of the mind, otherwise, all energy will dissipate, and will not go in a particular direction. Also, you should keep in mind that, by building a mental image of the object, you should move away from your thoughts and words. Just keep the picture in your mind, that’s all.

Zen Meditation For Beginners

Zen meditation is a kind of Buddhist techniques for achieving higher forms of consciousness. It is subject to the General rules of the tradition and thus has its own nuances. The word “Zen” in Sanskrit represents meditation.

If I tried to describe the methodology of Zen meditation in just a few words, I would say: “Sit and do nothing”. This seems a simple statement, but regular classes can cause drowsiness, to withdraw into a dream world, i.e. your mind will try to turn you away from the true purpose of your practice. If you observe some tricks, you can avoid unnecessary thoughts and achieve the desired results faster:

  • You can sit anywhere, but the object for your contemplation should not distract or excite you. It is best to look at the trees, sky, walls — any static and unchanging things.
  • Don’t look too closely at the objects. The diffused look relaxes a lot more than long-term focus.
  • When meditation has already begun, there is no need to change breathing. Let it flow in a natural rhythm.
  • Don’t move your body unless it is necessary. Any body movement leads to shifts in your mind because it is based on the same kind of energy.

The correct practice of simple Zen meditation is not accompanied by visions or visual sensations that indicate excess tension. Zen meditation is like taking a shower that cleanses the mind in a state of inner peace and outer equanimity. It is important to note that such meditation is the main goal itself, but not a tool for achieving something.

Zen Meditation On Koan

In some Buddhist schools, it is customary to divide two types of Zen meditation. I’ve already described the standard concentrated awareness. But there is also the second type of Zen meditation – it is a meditation on a koan. Koan is a question or a problem that you can’t solve by logic and simple reasoning. In fact, I’m talking about the practice of going beyond the standard limits of your mind and establishing contact with the enlightened consciousness of a deeper level.

As a rule, the koans deal with certain aspects of the understanding of Buddhism, they are paradoxical. In the process of such meditation, you should not think intellectually. You should be aware of your own ignorance and go in search of the truth within yourself. There are also personal koans — mysteries of everyday life without final decisions. In this case, your task is to change your personality and your point of view on the issue.

When you learn the basic techniques of Zen meditation, you can move on to the synthesis of daily activities and relaxing settings. By simple sitting practice, you can learn to control your emotions and thoughts. But then you need to develop the ability to transfer your calmness into external actions.

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Physical work in the garden or in the kitchen is quite convenient to combine with Zen meditation for an hour or even longer.

Equally effective is the practice of Zen meditation while walking, for example, in combination with a walk along the waterfront. For doing this, try to adjust your breathing to the steps, and then gradually increase the exhale by one step. You can combine dynamic meditation with exercise on account of breathing.

Possible problem

I’ve noticed that beginners in Buddhist practices tend to face two kinds of difficulties.

1. The mind gets distracted.

Loss of attention is a protest of your mind, which by nature should be scattered in a variety of thoughts.

2. The mind loses its clarity and energy.

This problem is related to the standing of the mind in the object of concentration. This obstacle is difficult to recognize because it resembles real meditation. When you think that your mind acquires stability, the probability of drowning increases. Immersion of the mind in the object causes a pleasant sensation, but with vigilance fades away. In this state, it is dangerous to continue the practice, because it leads to the development of laziness.

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During Zen meditation people go through several stages:

  1. they feel that they have too many thoughts;
  2. then they notice long breaks in a thought process;
  3. and finally, they reduce anxiety and increase concentration.

In order to avoid defects of practice in time, it is necessary to attract the power of remembrance in time, which immediately warns you about the appearance of thoughts, and stay in a vigilant awareness of anxiety.

For getting rid of the distraction you can lower the object of your focus, as well as make the room darker. If you feel that your mind is drowning in the object, it is necessary to do the opposite: to make the lighting of the room brighter and to raise the object higher.

If you perform Zen meditation without blunders, you will reach success in your practice. At first, you will notice changes in your body, as you took control of your vital energy. The feeling of lightness is accompanied by the strongest experience of happiness. Harmony of the mind and the body is the most important result of any Buddhist practices.


Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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What Is Your Fear Archetype And How Is It Holding You Back?

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Fear impacts all of us, and very often holds us back from pursuing the things we really want. If you are one of those people who let their biggest dreams fade away just because you are too afraid to pursue them, this article is for you! We are going to dig deeper and find out what this fear that holds you back looks like. You will learn what your fear archetype is and what you can actually do about it.

Destructive Power Of Fear

Fear is one of the basic human instincts that is supposed to protect us and make us act faster in dangerous situations. But at the same time, fear also inhibits and hinders our self-expression and progress. It is fear that can prevent us from living the life that we dream of and from expressing our full potential. So it turns out that this instinct of self-preservation can ruin our lives.

Everyone’s fear manifests itself in different ways, and people deal with it differently. Ruth Soukup, entrepreneur, and author of “Do It Scared” discovered seven fear archetypes and came up with the best ways to overcome each of them.

Which one describes yours the best? Read on!

7 Fear Archetypes

Fear Archetype #1: Procrastinator

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Also known as a perfectionist who tends to postpone things or not start them at all, because they are afraid to do everything imperfectly or make a mistake. And since it doesn’t work out perfectly in most cases, these people prefer not to take on a failed idea or project at all.

This archetype may manifest itself as:

  • fear of commitment;
  • fear of getting started.

Procrastinators tend to be indecisive when they need to act quickly. Usually, they prefer to plan everything in detail, do research, the organization of the process is more important than the actions themselves. As a result, they have many incomplete and unmanifested ideas and plans and rarely get anything done.

Are you a Procrastinator?

You can consider yourself a procrastinator if you:

  • never feel like things are done or ready if you like to plan things way in advance;
  • research tends to be more important than the action itself;
  • have trouble committing or saying yes to things that are outside of your comfort zone.

What can you do?

  • Get out of their comfort zone and say “Yes” more often to everything new, even if it is not planned.
  • Set a deadline for when your planning and researching period will end and when you’ll actually get started.
  • Realize that the problem with ‘perfect’ is that nothing will ever be good enough.
  • Set realistic standards and work towards doing your best.

Fear Archetype #2: The Rule Follower

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Such people are dedicated to following the distinct rules and guidelines set by those around them. They’re obsessed with always trying to make the right decision, despite its potential effect on their own success.

The rule followers are very afraid of changes.

They tend to see the world in black and white and feel anxious anytime they sense themselves or other people stepping outside the norms of acceptable behavior. They may also be overly concerned with making sure other people are making good decisions.

The rule followers may avoid taking risks, especially when they are not sure whether there is a “right” path to follow, and their fear of authority may prevent them from coloring outside the lines of trusting their own judgment.

Are you the Rule Follower?

You can consider yourself the rule follower if you:

  • like knowing there is an established protocol to follow;
  • strongly prefer for things to be done the “right” way;
  • spend time worrying about regulations and things not being done correctly.

What can you do?

  • get out of the dual perception of the world, stop seeing everything as “either right or wrong”;
  • realize the fact that an unknown path can lead to something new and beautiful;
  • practice self-compassion;
  • realize that it’s OK to make mistakes – this is necessary for your personal growth;
  • define your own set of guiding principles instead of always leaning on others or outside factors.

Fear Archetype #3: The People Pleaser

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The desire to please everyone arises from a deep fear of being rejected by others. Such people care about what others think of them, and they are very afraid of public condemnation. The worst thing for such people is to be ridiculed or rejected by someone.

The people pleasers are afraid of being judged which also manifests itself as the fear of letting people down and the fear of what other people might say. Essentially, the People Pleaser’s biggest concern can often be summed up as the fear of how others may react.

Usually, they pay a lot of attention to their appearance and care a lot about their reputation and status symbols such as a nice car, home, or designer labels.

Are you the People Pleaser?

You can consider yourself the people pleaser if you:

  • have a hard time saying no, setting limits, and establishing healthy boundaries;
  • are overcommitted;
  • allow other people’s priorities and requests to override your own goals and dreams;
  • are often worried about looking foolish or being judged;
  • worry about letting other people down;
  • struggle to disagree when others share an opinion.

What can you do?

  • spend more time alone and learn to hear yourself first;
  • stop saying “yes” when you want to say “no”;
  • learn to set your boundaries when communicating with people;
  • realize that you can’t pour from an empty cup, meaning that when you’re in tune with your own wants and desires, you become a better friend, partner, and family member;
  • remind yourself that you deserve to be prioritized, just as much as other people in your life.

Fear Archetype #4: Outcast

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This is the opposite of those who try to please. Such people, on the contrary, try to be as different as possible, to show their individuality and the fact that they do not care about the opinion of others.

Behind all this is a huge fear of rejection or a fear of trusting other people. This fear archetype manifests itself by rejecting others before they have a chance to be rejected.

While to outside observers, the Outcast often appears to be fearless, inwardly he often believes other people can’t be counted on or trusted and he tends to view even the mildest slight or dismissal as confirmation of that belief, which in turn causes the Outcast to reject others even more frequently.

Are you an Outcast?

You can consider yourself an Outcast if you:

  • struggle to ask for help;
  • don’t trust others;
  • keep your distance from other people;
  • push people away and do not let them get too close;
  • tend to think “I don’t need anyone, I’m on my own”.

What can you do?

  • work on your self-esteem;
  • don’t be afraid to ask for help and express your feelings;
  • take the time to ask yourself if you are focusing on the worst-case scenario and what some other alternatives may be;
  • give others a chance;
  • look for evidence that you can trust others and know that if things don’t go well you are already experienced at ending a situation.

Fear Archetype #5: The Self-Doubter

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This fear archetype is dominated by the fear of not being good enough. Those who self-doubt tend to feel insecure about themselves and their capabilities. Therefore, they can find it difficult to put themselves out there.

The Self-Doubter often judges others to mask his own fears and insecurities.

Such people may also struggle with feelings of intense jealousy toward someone who is doing the things they wish they could do. This jealousy may manifest itself in the form of sarcasm, gossip, or criticism.

These people are very insecure about themselves. In fact, they are afraid of themselves and their self-expression. Here there is a fear of the opinions of others, and the fear of not being good enough or not qualified enough.

Doubts prevent such people from starting something new. They doubt and criticize themselves and often envy those who succeed.

Are you the Self-Doubter?

You can consider yourself as the Self-Doubter if you:

  • avoid trying new things or taking risks because you don’t believe in yourself or your abilities;
  • often feel jealous;
  • frequently struggle with feeling unworthy or unqualified;
  • tend to be hypercritical of yourself and others.

What can you do?

  • start doing what you’ve always wanted to do and dreamed of, even if it seems scary;
  • step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while and take note of the outcome.

Fear Archetype #6: The Excuse Maker

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This fear archetype struggles most with the fear of taking responsibility. It can also manifest itself as the fear of being held accountable, or the fear of being found at fault.

Instead of stepping up to lead every once in a while, the Excuse Maker finds himself taking a backseat to avoid accountability. They prefer to let others make decisions for them avoiding personal responsibility.

Such people are terrified of having the finger pointed in their direction. Therefore they always look for someone or something to blame for why they can’t do something.

Are you the Excuse Maker?

You can consider yourself as the Excuse Maker if you:

  • tend to shift blame and avoid responsibility;
  • get nervous at the idea of being in charge;
  • feel uncomfortable with making a final decision, for fear of being blamed for an unfavorable outcome;
  • are prone to blame any current struggles on other people or circumstances.
  • often have an explanation for why you are not able to do something.

What can you do?

  • start with setting small daily goals and stick with them;
  • try the S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) goal model to help create measurable and realistic goals;
  • break down each of your goals – then you will be able to bring structure and trackability to them.

Fear Archetype #7: The Pessimist

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This fear archetype struggles with the fear of adversity and hardship. Such people often feel victimized due to past or current trauma or difficulties. They can tend to look at hardships as stop signs or a reason to give up.

This fear archetype struggles most with the fear of adversity, which often manifests itself as the fear of pain.

Pessimists are easily waylaid by any challenging circumstances that come their way. This is due to the fact that they are very afraid of adversity and hardship. In difficult situations, they feel like they lack control over them.

In any challenging situation, the Pessimist only sees obstacles and troubles but never sees the opportunities for growth and perseverance. Any problem they face in life is a legitimate reason to give up or to not try at all.

Are you the Pessimist?

You can consider yourself as the Pessimist if you:

  • get stuck in bitterness toward other people or unfair circumstances;
  • struggle to face your circumstances head-on instead of preferring to hide to avoid additional pain;
  • fear of adversity and hardship;
  • tend to feel like there is no real solution for your problem and therefore would rather not try to solve it at all;
  • tend to look at hardships as stop signs or a reason to give up.

What can you do?

  • learn to look at hardships as stepping stones or lessons, instead of roadblocks;
  • see obstacles as an opportunity for growth and perseverance;
  • stop hiding trying to avoid pain;
  • get rid of victim mentality;
  • when something tough gets thrown your way, take a moment to step back and evaluate the situation;
  • when facing a challenge or problem, think about the lesson it might be teaching you, or how you can make the outcome more favorable.

The Bottom Line

Each of us can manifest all these archetypes, but some of them you may find particularly pronounced.

Did you recognize yourself in these fear archetypes? Well… Identifying the type of fear is the first step to overcoming it!


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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Powerful Death Conquering Mantra That Works Miracles

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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is also known as Death Conquering Mantra, or the Tryambakam Mantra is a verse of the Rigveda. This mantra literally works wonders – stops the development of serious illnesses, rejuvenates the aging body, relieves depression, and anxiety. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra helps in the most hopeless cases when nothing else could help.

During the uncertain times of 2020 we all are looking for hope, relief, and protection. That’s why I decided to write this article! It comes time when we all are looking for a miracle. And this powerful mantra can help you with this!

In this article, I will share with you what Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is, its meaning, benefits, and give you very important recommendations on how to practice it.

The Origin

According to one of the Indian legends, the Mrityunjaya mantra is associated with the name of Markandeya, a sage who wrote the Markandeya Purana. Markandeya was destined to die when he reached the age of 16, but thanks to his sincere love and devotion to Lord Shiva, he received this incredibly powerful mantra and was able to avoid his death.

Now let me share with you this beautiful story.

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In ancient times, when people had a strong connection with the gods and they could appear to them in the flesh, a righteous couple lived in the forest: Mrikandu Rishi and his wife Marudmati. They had no children and performed long austerities in the hope of gaining virtue and giving birth to a child.

One day their prayers were so strong that Lord Shiva himself stood before them. After listening to the request of the couple, he gave them a choice of either a righteous son, but with a short life on Earth or a child of low intelligence but with a long life. Mrikandu Rishi chose the former and was blessed with Markandeya, an exemplary son, destined to die at the age of sixteen years old.

Markandeya grew up to be a great devotee of Shiva and on the day of his destined death, he continued his worship of Shiva in his aniconic form of Shivalingam. The messengers of Yama, the god of death, were unable to take away his life because of his great devotion and continual worship of Shiva.

Then Yama himself came in person to take away Markandeya’s life and sprung his noose around the young sage’s neck. By accident or fate, the noose mistakenly landed around the Shivalingam, and out of it, Shiva emerged in all his fury attacking Yama for his act of aggression.

After defeating Yama in the battle to the point of death, Shiva then revived him, under the condition that the devout youth would live forever. For this act, Shiva was thereafter also known as Kalantaka (“Ender of Death”).

The other Gods were worried that Yama’s death would disrupt the order of the Universe, and they begged Shiva to restore their underground ruler to life. Shiva agreed but said that it was Markandeya’s devotion that protected him, and therefore he blesses Him with eternal youth and gave this young yogi a healing mantra.

So Markandeya remained a 16-year-old Saint forever, and the Mahamrityunjaya mantra became a magical elixir for those who are devoted to God and crave spiritual and physical healing.

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is also known as the “Death Conquering Mantra”. It is one of the most ancient and powerful mantras of the Vedic era, which has come down to us through the millennia.

The power of this mantra is very great, life-giving, and healing. It can protect against incurable diseases, accidents of all kinds, various influences, both from outside and from within, helps to purify the subtle and physical body if it is chanted with sincerity and faith.

It is called the Great mantra that grants long life, peace, stability, well-being, satisfaction, and even immortality.

Shukracharya received this mantra from Lord Shiva as a reward for austerity. Its great power made him even able to revive the dead.

The Effect Of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

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In India, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra is considered one of the most powerful and important mantras.

It is recommended to chant these sacred words in the following cases:

  • severe illness;
  • difficult life circumstances;
  • in the face of danger;
  • in other situations that require the intervention of the Higher powers.

But the main effect of this mantra is a huge internal change that a person experiences. The Sacred words chanted repeatedly in order to get healing or get rid of physical problems, actively affect the soul. It leads to a big boost in spiritual development and the evolution of the soul.

The regular practice of Mahamrityunjaya mantra will help you to realize your true purpose in this life — the elevation of the spiritual principle.

Having come into contact with death, a person begins to realize the meaning of Eternity. Things that he hadn’t thought about before will come to the forefront of his thoughts and reflections. This is the kind of awareness and self-realization Mahamrityunjaya mantra practice brings.

It is recommended to chant this mantra when a child is born and it is chanted annually on the birthday. It is believed that the recitation of this sacred formula gives a person eternal life.

Swami Sivananda recommended that everyone devote a significant amount of time to practicing the Mahamrityunjaya mantra on their birthday. He said that such a practice brings:

To prevent diseases, the mantra should be practiced daily for 2-3 months. Chant or listen to the death conquering mantra 108 times in one session.

However, we should not forget that the Higher powers do not help a person who has impure intentions. You must purify your soul from any evil, forgive insults, correct your attitude to the world and people. Only in this case will the Mahamrityunjaya mantra bring the desired effect.

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

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Now let me share with you this powerful mantra:

OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra in Sanskrit:

ॐ त्र्य॑म्बकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं॑ पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम् ।
उ॒र्वा॒रु॒कमि॑व॒ बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर्मुक्षीय॒ मा ऽमृता॑त् ।

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra Meaning

“We worship the three-eyed One, who is fragrant and who nourishes all.
Like the fruit falls off from the bondage of the stem, may we be liberated from death, from mortality.”

Translation

Word-by-word meaning of the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is as follows:

ॐ – OM – represents a combination of the three pure sounds that signify the holy body, speech, and mind.

त्र्यम्बकम् – tryambakam – the three-eyed one (accusative case)

त्रि – tri – “three”

अम्बक – ambaka – “eye”

यजामहे – yajāmahe – “we worship, we sacrifice”

सुगन्धिम् – sugandhim – “the fragrant, the virtuous, the supreme being”

पुष्टिवर्धनम् – puṣṭi + vardhanam – “the bestower of nourishment, wealth, perfection”, literally “him who possesses the growth of nourishment”

पुष्टि – puṣṭi – “nourishment, increase, wealth, perfection”

वर्धन – vardhana = “increase, growth”

उर्वारुकम् – urvārukam – “fruit”

इव – iva = “as”

बन्धनान् bandhanān – “from bondage, from the stalk/stem”

मृत्यो – mṛtyoḥ – “from death”

मुक्षीय – mukṣīya – “may I be freed/released”

मा ऽमृतात् – mā ‘mṛtāt – “not (mā) from immortality (amṛtāt)”

How To Practice Mahamrityunjaya Mantra?

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra can be recited on three levels:

  • physical;
  • energetical;
  • mental.

Physical Level

On the physical level, the mantra is pronounced in a loud voice so that the body starts vibrating. Internal vibrations are created by the chant activate every cell of the body. The vibration of the sacred words destroys the energy blocks in the body, neutralizing the negative energy stored in the memory of cells. The cells that have the disease recorded in their memory become clean and healthy again.

Most of the negative programs that cause internal diseases are recorded in the memory of cells from childhood. These programs affect the subconscious mind of the person, causing mental pain and blocks. Over time, the program of destruction takes the form of a disease. Mahamrityunjaya mantra destroys these pathological structures and literally frees the body from blocks, so healing occurs.

Energy Level

The energy level of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra practice is the repetition of sacred words in a whisper. This practice is called Japa.

Whispered words have an effect on the energy structure of a person, changing the energy background.

The energy structure of a person is organized by the chakras — 7 energy centers. Whispered words open the chakras, freeing them from blocks. As a result, the energy can function freely along the chakra column, creating a reserve of energy resources inside the body.

Mental Level

The mental level Mahamrityunjaya mantra practice acts on the subconscious mind of a person, in which the fixed mental blocks are stored. Scientists have long proven that diseases have roots in the human psyche. Mahamrityunjaya mantra removes mental blocks, thereby freeing the body from the cause of diseases. It helps a person to free himself from:

  • obsessive stereotypes;
  • destructive programs of the subconscious mind;
  • psychological blocks and clamps.

By freeing itself from the causes of diseases, the body activates its defenses for self-healing and renewal.

It is recommended to start chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra with a loud recitation of the sacred words, and then switch to whispering and chanting in the mind. It should be chanted 108 times for maximum benefit.

The Bottom Line

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is an incredibly powerful mantra that is beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health. This beautiful mantra bestows longevity and immortality. Swami Satyananda Saraswati recommended the Mahamrityunjay Mantra to everyone. If you do this with concentration, pure heart, and intentions, then health and well-being will be guaranteed!


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The Power Of Aloneness: 50 Wise Solitude Quotes

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For many people, aloneness is a negative state of being. Society perceives aloneness as if being by one’s self is not volitional, or a choice we make, but rather an imposed state where a person is not socially engaged in the way that is somehow expected. Even further, sometimes it may even imply that there is something actually wrong or defective with a person who remains alone.

Therefore for most people learning to be alone may be initially scared. However, once mastered, it serves as the cornerstone for your development and growth as a human being. There’s so much to be gained from learning to rely upon — and more importantly, to trust — your own inner voice as the best source for your own guidance. Being alone allows us to drop our “social guard,” thus giving us the freedom to be introspective, to think for ourselves.

In this article, we have collected 50 solitude quotes about the power of aloneness. We hope that these wise solitude quotes will inspire you to learn and practice aloneness for your inner growth and personal development!

Here they are 50 solitude quotes to inspire your introspection and self-awareness!

50 Solitude Quotes

#1

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“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” – Wayne W. Dyer

#2

“When you don’t need a person at all, when you are totally sufficient unto yourself when you can be alone and tremendously happy and ecstatic, then love is possible. But then, too, you cannot be certain whether the other’s love is real or not – you can be certain about only one thing: whether your love is real. How can you be certain about the other? But then there is no need. This continuous anxiety about whether the other’s love is real or not simply shows one thing: that your love is not real. Otherwise, who bothers? Why be worried about it? Enjoy it while it lasts, be together while you can be together! It is a fiction, but you need fiction.” – Osho

#3

“Solitude is where one discovers one is not alone.” ― Marty Rubin

#4

“If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is…an opportunity to get to know YOU, to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but YOU for your happiness…you will realize that a little loneliness goes a LONG way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful YOU.” ― Mandy Hale

#5

“And you should not let yourself be confused in your solitude by the fact that there is something in you that wants to move out of it.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

#6

“In many cultures, solitude is recognized as an opportunity to journey inward; in our culture, spending time alone is often considered unhealthy because we tend to believe that meaning in life is found only through relationship with other people. But to be fully human, we need relationship not only with other people but with the nonhuman world, with our own inner depths – and with Something Greater. For me, that nonmaterial Presence is mysterious and sacred. It can be experienced, but not defined. And I’ve learned that in coming into a deeper relationship with my self, I develop the capacity to connect more deeply with others.” – Robert Kull

#7

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” – Albert Einstein

#8

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“Aloneness is a gift. A beautiful gift to the human soul. True and consistent satisfaction comes from the bond you form with yourself. Nobody else is constant.” ― Mohadesa Najumi

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#9

“Unless meditation is achieved, love remains a misery. Once you have learned how to live alone, once you have learned how to enjoy your simple existence, for no reason at all, then there is a possibility of solving the second, more complicated problem of two persons being together. Only two meditators can live in love – and then love will not be a koan. But then it will not be a relationship, either, in the sense that you understand it. It will be simply a state of love, not a state of relationship.” – Osho

#10

“You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.” ― Amit Ray

#11

“Whenever you feel sad, sit by the side of a tree, by the side of the river, by the side of a rock, and just relax into your sadness without any fear. The more you relax, the more you will become acquainted with the beauties of sadness. Then sadness will start changing its form; it will become a silent joy, uncaused by anybody outside you. That will not be shallow happiness, which can be taken away very easily. And getting deeper into your aloneness, one day you will find not only joy – joy is only midway. Happiness is very superficial, depends on others; joy is in the middles, does not depend on anyone. But going deeper you will come to the state of bliss – that’s what I call enlightenment.” – Osho

#12

“An experienced loner does not fall for the same trick twice.” ― Wataru Watari

#13

“… all humans are frightened of their own solitude. Yet only in solitude can man learn to know himself, learn to handle his own eternity of aloneness. And love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.” ― Han Suyin

#14

“Aloneness seems to be the heart of discipline […] You cannot develop yourself properly unless you give up your need for companionship. Once you give up your search for companionship, you can make friends with your loneliness. At that point, you become a genuine practitioner.” ― Chögyam Trungpa

#15

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“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” ― Bell Hooks

#16

“I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.” ― Roman Payne

#17

“A friendship where you’re always trying to be considerate of the other person, always worrying about what they think, always responding to every single text, always seeking their approval and then finally connecting with them, isn’t friendship at all.” ― Wataru Watari

#18

“It is only the mind which does not belong that can be alone. And aloneness is not something to be cultivated. You see this? When you see all this, you are out, and no governor or president is going to invite you to dinner. Out of that aloneness there is humility. It is this aloneness that knows love—not power. The ambitious man, religious or ordinary, will never know what love is. So, if one sees all this, then one has this quality of total living and therefore total action. This comes through self-knowledge.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti

#19

“Man is neither totally an individual being, nor totally a social animal. He needs aloneness just as much as he needs togetherness. He needs cleanings just as much as he adds information, makes new connections, new people. We call that mind’s cleanliness, meditation.” ― Saroj Aryal

#20

“There comes a time or two in life when you should face isolation. No, you have to. Constantly being accompanied, having someone by your side always and forever — that is far more abnormal and creepy. I’m positive you can only learn and feel certain things when you’re alone. If there are lessons to gain from having friends, then so also are there lessons from not having friends. These two things are two sides of the same coin and should be treated as equally valuable.” ― Wataru Watari

#21

“Love is its own reward. We do not have to worry about what other people think about us. We can never feel alone or isolated when we understand that it is impossible for love to leave our side. Love is all around us.” ― Donna Goddard

#22

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“Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone, to experience, appreciate, and love yourself.” ― Robert Tew

#23

“Never be afraid to spend time in your own company getting to know yourself better. That’s where true happiness is found.”

#24

“Self-examination requires time alone spent in thoughtful study. We naturally fear aloneness, which reluctance can stifle attaining self-knowledge. In her 1942 memoir titled ‘West with the Night’, Beryl Marham spoke eloquently why we must overcome our fear of aloneness and conduct a search for our inner authenticity. “You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself. You learn to watch other people, but you never watch yourself because you strive against loneliness. If you read a book, or shuffle a deck of cards, or care for a dog, you are avoiding yourself. The abhorrence of loneliness is as natural as wanting to live at all. If it were otherwise, men would never have bothered to make the alphabet, nor to have fashioned words out of what were only animal sounds, nor to have crossed continents – each man to see what the other looked like.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster

#25

“Solitude is the richness of self.” – May Sarton

#26

“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.” – Deepak Chopra

#27

“In solitude is healing. Speak to your soul. Listen to your heart. Sometimes in the absence of noise, we find the answers.” – Dodinsky

#28

“In solitude, the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” – Laurence Sterne

#29

“Loneliness is a journey we have to walk alone. Our inner disconnection cannot be resolved by external connections.”
Yong Kang Chan

#30

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“Solitude is dangerous. It’s addicting. Once you see how peaceful it is, you don’t want to deal with people.”

#31

“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” – Oscar Wilde

#32

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps the perfect sweetness and independence of solitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

#33

“Solitude is creativity’s best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls.” – Naomi Judd

#34

“An introvert’s desire for solitude is more than just a preference. It is crucial to our health and happiness.” – Michaela Chung

#35

“Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.” – Albert Einstein

#36

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“Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.” – Aristotle

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#37

“Those who fly solo have the strongest wings.”

#38

“The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” – Thomas A. Edison

#39

“Solitude is independence. I’m not anti-social. I’m pro-solitude.” – Beth Buelow

#40

“Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Becuase solitude is an achievement.” – Alice Koller

#41

“There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.” ― Mandy Hale

#42

“Loneliness is the poverty of self. Solitude is the richness of self.” – May Sarton

#43

“A man can be himself so long as he is alone. If he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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#44

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“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth.” – Robert Anton Wilson

#45

“Spend some time alone every day.” – Dalai Lama

#46

“There’s a magic to being alone.” – Skip Prichard

#47

“It is better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

#48

“Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

#49

“People would rather live in a community with unreasonable claims, than face loneliness with their truth.” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana

#50

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“If you make friends with yourself, you’ll never be alone.” – Maxwell Maltz

We hope you are inspired by these solitude quotes as much as we are!

Please feel free to share our collection of solitude quotes on your Social media to inspire others!

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