“Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.” ~Amit Ray, Meditation
“We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love.” ~ Amit Ray, Meditation
“Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.” – Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ~ Amit Ray, OM Chanting and Meditation
“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.” ~ Amit Ray, OM Chanting and Meditation
“Meditate, Visualize and Create your own reality and the universe will simply reflect back to you.” – Amit Ray
“Every day, bring some flowers to your life. Every day bring some blessings in someone’s life.” – Amit Ray
“Looking beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” ~ Amit Ray, Meditation
“Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.” ~ Amit Ray, Meditation
“Be the radiator of peace. Go to the center of your inner being and radiate peace in every direction. Our wings are small but the ripples of the heart are infinite.” – Amit Ray, Compassion
“Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the mental layers, one after another.” ~ Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana
“Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth.” – Amit Ray
“Life is a collection of moments. Mindfulness is beautification of the moments.” – Amit Ray, Mindfulness
“Be true to your spiritual experiments. Don’t be carried away by false beliefs. Don’t be the victim of religious institutes.” ~ Amit Ray, Meditation
“God is a living phenomenon. Respect the God that is flowing in your breath, in your heart and in the whole Universe.” ~ Amit Ray, Meditation
“Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.” – Amit Ray, Nonviolence – The Transforming Power
“Your thoughts are your message to the world. Just as the rays are the messages of the Sun.” ~ Amit Ray, Meditation
“To realize truth, you must cross all boundaries of all religions and all prophets” – Amit Ray, Meditation
“Yoga is bringing suppleness in body, calmness in mind, kindness in heart and awareness in life.” – Amit Ray, Yoga the Science of Well-being
“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” – Amit Ray, Meditation
“Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.” – Amit Ray, Yoga the Science of Well-being
“When you touch the celestial in your heart, you will realize that the beauty of your soul is so pure, so vast and so devastating that you have no option but to merge with it. You have no option but to feel the rhythm of the universe in the rhythm of your heart.” – Amit Ray, Meditation Insights
“When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley.” ― Amit Ray
“Every moment is auspicious. There is always some magic in it.” ― Amit Ray
“Learn to live in the light of your soul. Life deserves full expression.” – Amit Ray, Meditation
“Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air,new lights and new truths to enter.” – Amit Ray
“Peace is the music of every soul. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music.” – Amit Ray
“Compassion makes you strong, caring and creative. It creates a different attitude, a level of maturity and understanding, where you do something which makes you stand out of crowd.” – Amit Ray
“Divinity means radiating peace, bliss and beauty in the world. Divinity means overcoming the limitations of nature in new ways.” – Amit Ray
“May the Higher Self bring peace, bliss and happiness to your life.” – Amit Ray
Viraja River is a spiritual concept of ancient India. Sri Amit Ray explained how one can transcended the flow of time or arrow of time and enter into the zone of timelessness. He explained it, in the light of modern spirituality and modern quantum physics and modern cosmology.
From my childhood, I hard many stories about the Viraja River. My mother use to say, if one's mind is in perfect equilibrium and emerged into the deep cosmic God consciousness, one would cross the Viraja river even while living in this world. Later I realized the Viraja river can be crossed in deep samadhi especially through deep Om viraja kriya meditation. Through special deep meditation Om Prana Kriya and Om Viraja Kriya meditation one can cross the cosmic mystical Viraja River.
Modern Physics and the Viraja River
Recently, I was reading some articles on how quantum computing can reverse the arrow of time published in the Journal of Physical Review. Viraja River is the ancient concept of Timeless Universe. The researchers of the quantum physics said that the the arrow of time is not an absolute concept; it strongly depends on the choice of initial conditions — so it’s relative. Viraja River is the river of timelessness because time does not exist at the other bank of the cosmic river.
Modern physics suggests that we can look at the entire history of the universe as a single four-dimensional thing. If you were to stand outside the universe—outside both space and time—and look at your own life, you would see your birth, your death and every moment in between laid out as distinct points. From this angle, time does not flow, but is static and fixed.
Viraja River is the boundary between the material dimension of time and the spiritual dimension of timelessness. In deep meditation or after death the souls that exist on the material side of the Viraja are eternally conditioned, and the souls on the spiritual side are eternally liberated. Crossing Viraja river is going outside both time and space. On the other side of the Viraja river is the zone of eternal bliss and light.
To cross the Viraja River - the river of light, joy and timeless you don't need die. Through deep meditation you can cross the Viraja river while you are alive. -- Amit Ray
Power of Nimitta for Deep Meditation
Sri Amit Ray tells us the importance of Nimitta in Meditation for Spiritual Awakening.
Nimittas are the fundamentals for deep meditation. Many of my students, researchers and spiritual seekers requested me to explain nimittas in a very simplistic term. The purpose of this article is to explain nimittas in a meaningful way so that anyone can understand and practice it for their deep meditation.
What is Nimitta?
The word "nimitta" means "sign", "direction" or "signal." Nimitta refers to the mental images, feelings, fragrances, sounds or tests that spontaneously appear when mind is sufficiently relaxed and focused. Nimitta arises from soul as ego vanishes. It cannot be created or captured by conscious effort or ego. In meditation nimitta gives you the direction in which to move. Nimitta vary from person to person. Some people perceive it as images and lights. Some people notice it through sensations and feelings. In Deep Om meditation nimitta may arises like a blissful and sweet anahata sound. In Vipassana meditation it may arises peace like a blissful oneness with the cosmos.
Examples of Nimitta
Nimitta can be the images like a bright star, a cluster of gems, a chariot wheel, white wispy smoke, full moon disk, sun's disk, a cloud or a lotus flower. It can be a soft or rough touch like that of silk-cotton. It can be a pressure or feelings of blissfulness in the center of your forehead. Nimitta can be a flower, a lighted tree, a lighted swan or a lighted bird.
How Nimiita is Different from Objects of Meditation
You should not be confused nimitta with objects of meditation. Nimitta is different from objects of meditation. Objects of meditation may need concentrated effort but nimitta is a spontaneous phenomenon. Objects of meditation are created by the mind and auto-suggestion. Objects of meditations can be right or wrong. Objects of meditations may have side effects. Objects of meditations are classified in four groups: virtues objects, non-virtues objects, auspicious objects and in-auspicious objects. They are follows:
Auspicious Objects of Meditation
For example, Visuddhimagga discusses 40 subjects of meditation at length. They are required at some specific point in the journey of meditation. Among these 40 subjects the following twelve: body awareness, breathing awareness, feeling awareness, thought awareness, loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, infinite space, infinite consciousness, infinite nothingness, neither perception-nor-non-perception are considered as virtues and auspicious objects.
In-auspicious Objects of Meditation
Similarly, if a person concentrate on the image of a prophet or person who had diseases is considered as an in-auspicious object of meditation, because that concentration may invoke and spread more such diseases in the environment. But if you show deep compassion, prayer and love for a person who is suffering, then it can be the most auspicious meditation.
However, Nimitta is mostly auspicious and virtuous because it arises from the soul and it work as a guide and shows the path that exactly required for you.
Types of Nimitta
There are three types of nimittas based on the stages of the meditation. They are: incremental nimtta, breakthrough nimitta and transformational nimitta.
1. Incremental Nimitta
The first type is the incremental nimtta,which refers to the perception of the object at the initial stages of meditation. Here, the sign is usually short lived and the sign varies frequently. They varies based on type of meditation and duration of meditation. They are not steady, ego can easily visualized and quickly manipulate them. They can be increasingly noisy if you are not focused. They can be unsteady and unclear image or sign. You can develop incremental nimitta through practice.
2. Breakthrough Nimitta
When the mind reaches a certain degree of concentration and with relaxation the ego diminishes, a clear image or sign called the breakthrough (uggaha) nimitta arises. This is a meaningful change in the way you do meditation and gives you something demonstrably new and tangible. There will be meaningful change in your environment and attitude and inner feelings. Meditation will not be just boring repetition of some rituals. It will establish bridge between earthly existence and higher spiritual dimensions. This is a kind of effortless meditation where mind becomes established in its object with awareness, peace and joy.
3. Transformational Nimitta
These are full deep absorptions in higher levels. These nimittas can transform the DNA and the way you live and work. Transformational nimitta is exceedingly rare. It requires consistent practice. Through transformational nimitta, you can reach highest levels of compassion, equanimity, morality and motivation. You will develop new visions and inspirations for the humanity. You will build ever-stronger, trust-based relationships with your people and around the world. Here, you will realize the mysterious beyond the mind.
Nimitta and Breathing Awareness Meditation
Now, I will explain nimitta in breath awareness meditation. Notice the in-breaths and out-breaths. Just notice the sensations in the triangular area above the upper lip and top of the nose. You may feel the breath at the rim of the nostrils, or just inside the nose. Focus your attention nowhere else other than the place normally touched by the flow of air. This point is known as the anapana spot or breathing point. Thus in breathing in and out, noticing as air touches the nose or the lip develop air perception mindfulness. Take the rope of mindfulness and the understanding of impermanence to transcend the mind.
If your mind wanders off, just bring it right back to the breath. If it wanders off again, bring it back again. Your all experiences are impermanent in nature. This understanding will lead to detachment and further insights into the deeper realities. You are not required to make any deep effort to know the breathing point, because that very intentional effort is a hindrance because it makes the mind busy. Just relax at the breathing point. It should be an effortless awareness. Nimitta arises when you allow your attention to fall effortlessly on the breathing point like an autumn leaf falling on a lake of still water.
It can be images like a cloud, a moon disk, a flower or some pleasant sensations of bliss. Just notice it, do not intentionally change its shape, size, color or appearance. Do not move your mind from the breath to the nimitta. Just relax at the anapana spot.
How to Identify the False Nimittas
There are two types of nimittas: false nimittas and true nimittas. False nimittas are created by the mind and auto-suggestions and also by the external persons, organizations or environments. You can identify a false nimitta by its impact on your behavior and attitude. False nimtta makes people dependent on something external like people, techniques or organization. It may create addiction to feelings, sensations and ideologies. If you are irritated and too much reactive after meditation, it can be the effect of false nimittas.
Benefits of Positive Nimitta
Meditation on positive nimitta or true nimitta will improve your alertness, awareness, resilience, creativity and equanimity. Your mindset will change from negative mindset to positive mindset and from fixed mindset to growth mindset. You will feel more relaxed, responsive and creative. You will have a deeper understandings about reality, sufferings, impermanence, interconnectedness and the reality around the world. You will attract more abundance, more love, more good health and more happiness in your life. You may feel being deeply connected, the harmonious exchange of energy with all that is around you, and the appreciation of beauty of life.Read more ..
Deep Om Meditation for success and positive energy is a systematic seven step OM meditation program. OM meditation is not a mechanical process. It is interacting with the living cosmic phenomenon. It enhances happiness, mental clarity and positive energy in life. This Deep Om Meditation techniques are revealed to Sri Amit Ray, is a simple, easy and effortless meditation technique which can be practiced almost any time during the day that will take you beyond highs and lows of life to truly embody the spiritual light that you are. These seven Om meditation techniques combines time-tested ancient techniques along with modern science-backed practices.
The Om mantra is actually a deeply secret code well hidden in our DNA. Even those who chant it daily often do not understand and grasp these hidden coded mysteries. Om mantra needs proper initiation, without which it may not work. Once decoded with proper training, mantra initiation, the mysteries would reveal to anyone, regardless of religion, ethnicity, caste, creed, race, gender or lifestyle.
Connection with Cosmic OM
In this Skype class, you will be initiated into Dr. Ray's teachings and practices of cosmic OM, where you will learn how to awaken and uncover your self-effulgent inner Sun and absorb its luminosity and Energy in your being. You will learn how to find your inner Guru (inner guide) and become a beacon of light, energy, healing, creativity, and blessings in the world.
Transform your Unconscious Patterns
These Om meditation technique enables you to modify unconscious patterns often deeply rooted in personality and behavior. While even irregular practice gives release to stress, regular meditation may bring profound insight and change within reach. Meditation is a practice to refine your experience and to open a new dimension to your lives. It is a means to tap into a deep source of positive energy and joy.
Deep OM Meditation
You will be led through a guided meditation technique which will easily and effortlessly take you into deep meditation, even if you have never meditated before. This unique Meditation technique offers a path of deepest relaxation and spiritual development on an individual and collective level, where you will be made aware of your inner Self, learn to manifest the light in your life and live in the light so you become a beacon of Light in the World.
Harmonizing the Brain Centers
Deep Om Meditation can harmonize and reprogram your brains centers, awaken the inner Guide and connect you with the cosmic intelligence. Through this technique, your three brain areas can be gracefully synchronized, optimized, and balanced to work more effectively. You will also learn techniques to take control over your fearful amygdala brain, pacify your emotional brain and cultivate the power of your pre-frontal brain that is the most evolved part of your brain that you have been gifted on the way to evolution to a human being.
Om Meditation for Chakra Balancing
Om has countless harmonics, each constitutes a unique quality of consciousness. Om mantra is the simple way to balance your chakras. Through systematic practice will know to harmonize your earthly being with the energy matrix that exists within and around you. Life energy is the link between the mind and the physical body. Huge chunk of the mind operates unconsciously, not aware about the flow of the subtle energies. These Om mantra based chakra balancing techniques removes the emotional distress and other problems of life. This Om meditation eliminates excessive self-doubt, irrational fear, or clouded thought processes from the mind. Om meditation improves creativity and immunity.
Om Meditation and Karma
Om meditation is the ancient art of karma clearing, and for that you need proper training. In deep Om meditation, the effect of krama disappears. Every individual consciousness is the field-of-patterns. In deep om meditation, individual consciousness merged with the cosmic consciousness. In the absence of doer, karma lost its power to manifest.
Om Meditation and the Field of Pure Potential
Field of pure potential is the field of all possibilities and infinite creativity. For success and fulfillment in life, you need to access the field of pure potential. Om meditation will give you freedom from the chattering mind. When the chattering mind stops you will have the access to the manifestation source.
Om Meditation and Positive Energy
Om is the positive vibration of the universe. By proper deep meditation on Om, you access the positive vibration of the universe. Proper Om chanting and meditations attracts positive energies in life. You become more loving, cheerful, optimistic, courteous, generous, decisive and live. Deep Om meditation will change your mindset from fixed mindset to growth mindset. When you radiates positive energies, you will be happy and naturally you will draw others in and make people feel at ease and joyful.
About the Skype Om Meditation Class:
Who Can Attend the Class?
Anyone interested in spiritual awakening, health, wellness and meditation in general is welcome to attend. People of all ages and all walks of life can attend this meditation workshop. People with specific mental or physical problems should consult their physicians.
Online Deep Om Meditation Skype Class:
If you are interested for Skype Online OM Meditation you can register here. This Skype based Deep Om meditation of Dr. Ray consists of two sessions. They are typically 45 mins to 60 mins long each. Each Skype session will be held on individual basis, based on mutually agreed date and time depending on your specific needs.
During the online meditation session you will have a chance for guided Om meditation and will be able to discuss meditation and meditation techniques as well as being given appropriate meditation guidance, advice and mentoring. People of all ages and all walks of life can attend this online deep OM meditation class.Read more ..
The Four Immeasurable Virtues: Maitri, Karuna, Mudita, and Upeksha
Sri Amit Ray talks about the four immeasurable Brahmaviharas. They are the four Immeasurable Virtues: Maitri, Karuna, Mudita and Upeksha. Brahmaviharas means divine abiding. Dr. Ray talks about the nature of Brahmaviharas and the importance of Brahmaviharas. He also discusses how these four virtues increases our emotional intelligence and happiness in life. The four Immeasurable divine virtues are explained in details.
Purpose of yoga and meditation is to get a permanent blessed and peaceful state of mind. Being able to control our emotions is key to our happiness as well as our relationships. Though there is nothing inherently wrong with any kind of emotion, some of them can lead to major amounts of distress when left unchecked. By changing our thoughts, we would not change the situation, however, we would change the way it affects our life.
Four Immeasurable Brahmaviharas and Patanjali's Yoga Sutra
These four virtues are mentioned in the teachings of Buddha, Patanjali's yoga sutra and Upanishads. They are the four types of attitudes towards people and society. The yoga sutra (1.33) states that blessed state of mind is developed through meeting happy people with friendliness, those who are suffering with compassion, those who are virtuous with delight, and indifference or neutrality towards those we perceive as wicked or evil.
Four Immeasurable Brahmaviharas as Taught by Buddha
The Buddha taught the four great virtues, known as the four "Brahmaviharas". The word Brahmavihara is Pali, and comes from two words. First, there is the word brahma. In the Buddha’s time, a brahma was a deity who lived in a heavenly realm. The word vihara means abode or dwelling. Hence, the word Brahmavihara means dwelling in the realm of blessedness. They are mindfulness practices that protect the mind from falling into habitual patterns of reactivity with the cultivation of our best intentions
Leadership from Inner Being: Overcoming the Blind Spots
Sri Amit Ray explains the concept of leadership from inner being. He also describes how to overcome the blind spots in leadership and decision making processes.
Leadership begins with a simple human gesture and that is to inspire others, and to inspire others you must feel integrated, harmonious and whole. When you are disconnected with your Inner Being, you don't feel solid and whole in yourself. When you are connected with your Inner Being, you feel integrated, harmonious and whole.
Here, by inner dimensions I mean inner strength, inner vision - the expanded consciousness beyond the small ego which considers him or her self separate from the rest. On the Physical body level we have emotional blockages. When you are connected with your Inner Being, you feel integrated, harmonious and whole. When you operate from your Inner Being you can overcome the mundane emotional blockages that drags you down. Through meditation, mindfulness and positive mindset we can get connection with our Inner Being. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are the examples of leadership from Inner Being.
Authentic Leadership and Inner Dimensions:
We can consistently inspire others when we are authentic - authentic to ourselves and authentic to others. Authenticity is the single most important principle of leadership. Authenticity comes from our deeper inner dimensions. It comes from our core values, principles, and life experiences.
To be a good leader you must be authentic to your current state of development as well as to your potential state of development. In cryptography, authenticity means messages that received by A are actually sent by B - there is no noise, error or loss of information. In leadership, authenticity means what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. There should not be any contradiction, confusion or doubt. Today's best leaders are authentic leaders. They are connected with their inner being, which guides them in their daily actions and enables them to earn the trust of their subordinates, peers, and shareholders.
A leadership style is a leader's style of providing direction, implementing plans, and motivating people. It is said that, Sanskrit literature identifies ten types of leaders. They are; Visionary, Missionary, Coaching, Democratic, Autocratic, Pacesetting, Commanding, Bureaucratic, Laissez-faire, and Servant type. Depending on the situation and challenges, often, it is necessary to use more than one leadership style.
Although, the core values of leadership remain the same, these old ways of leadership may not be valid in modern digital age. Research revealed that leadership in digital age requires four characteristics; Humbleness, Adaptability, Visionary and Engaging style. In addition, agile leaders of modern age exhibits three key behaviors; Hyper-awareness, Informed Decisions and Super-Execution Speed. This fast-changing era is propelled by technology-driven transformation and it requires deep transformation and deep inner stability and this stability comes when you are connected with your Inner Being.
Leaders as Change Agent:
Leadership is not only influencing the followers, but also providing clear directions in changing circumstances. Effective leaders must be comfortable with change; they must practice and teach agility and resilience. In changing circumstances leaders must identifies their blind spots. Emotional blockages are the primary ares of blind spots in leadership. Bringing about positive change is never easy. It requires abandoning old habits and patterns and trying new approaches.
Leaders and change agents aspiring to take leadership need to connect to the source, the inner being from which they operate. Leadership is a process, an intimate expression of who we are. There are four types of changes; incremental, strategic, anticipatory and reactive. Reactive changes are forced changes as responses to external events while anticipatory changes are anticipations of future events and a more proactive approach. Communication is vital to reach an understanding of the change initiative. Authentic communication comes from the inner being.
Blind Spots and Leadership:
Normally, when one thinks of the term “blind spot” our mind immediately goes to driving a car. Blind spot is the area that we can’t see in either our rear-view or side-view mirrors. Automobile blind spot is a metaphor in leadership. In leadership, blind spot is the psychological obstruction of our views about reality. Our biased views, unchallenged assumptions create the blind spots. We often don't want to see the ground realities. There is a blind spot in leadership theory, in the social sciences as well as in our everyday social experience. You can overcome those blind spots when your thoughts, words and actions originates from your inner being.Read more ..