Daily Teachings

Daily Teachings of Sri Amit Ray

The Daily Teachings of Sri Amit Ray are a compilation of 365 days of inspiration and enlightenment. The teachings listed here highlight how meditation, yoga and compassion can bring greater joy, happiness and abundance into our lives. The teachings cover how to improve every interaction you have in the world. The teachings are mainly form his books on meditation, yoga, compassion, peace and enlightenment.

Vipassana Meditation and Emotional Intelligence Guidance

Vipassana Meditation and Emotional Intelligence are interlinked subjects. This course teaches integrated meditation techniques that combines time-tested ancient Vipassana meditation techniques along with modern science-backed practices that are proven for leadership, creativity, emotion control,  developing grey matter in the brain, improving focus, concentration and memory, and resist the shortening of telomeres in your gene which enhances health and longevity.

The study of modern mindfulness meditation and emotional intelligence has deep root in the ancient Vipassana meditation techniques. This class explores emotional intelligence from its root. 

Vipassana Meditation and Emotional Intelligence Training

Vipassana Meditation and Emotional Intelligence  Program: 

This online Skype workshop will teach you the core Vipassana meditation techniques and its relation with emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. 

Self-awareness, Self-regulation and Self-confidence are the key components of emotional intelligence and your ability to understand other people, what motivates them and how to work cooperatively and harmoniously with them are the essence of emotional intelligence.  Vipassana meditation is the time-tested and the most ancient way for developing Self-awareness,  Self-regulation, Adaptability, Empathy, Witnessing and Social Skills.

Emotional intelligence gives you,  peace, tranquility, workplace efficiency, and the ability for joyful living in modern stress-oriented life.  Vipassana meditation is the backbone of developing strong emotional intelligence. 

"Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the mental layers, one after another." -- Amit Ray

What you will learn?

  • Vipassana Meditation and Emotional Intelligence QuotesTechniques to control your emotions and use it in a positive way
  • Core Vipassana meditation and emotional intelligence techniques
  • Vipassana meditation techniques for positive-mindset and mental clarity
  • Techniques for physical and mental health, stress-relief, and personal development.
  • Discover areas of opportunity for growth in emotional intelligence
  • Develop skills to motivate yourself and others
  • Neuroscience of Vipassana Meditation and Emotional Intelligence

Emotional learning is very different from learning other subjects like physics, chemistry or geography. The part of the brain that controls emotions (the amygdala) is very different in structure and function than the part of the brain that deals with reasoning and intellect (the neocortex). Our emotional reactions and habits are very strong and build over time. Vipassan meditation is the best way to unlearn old habits from basal ganglia area of the brain and strengthen the neocortex of the brain. 

Who can attend?

Anyone interested in health, wellness, emotion control, positive mindset and meditation in general is welcome to attend. People of all ages and all walks of life can attend the class. People with specific mental or physical problems should consult their physicians.

Duration:

This  online Skype meditation session is about one hour long. During the online meditation session you will learn Vipassana meditation and discuss different techniques and receive the guidance appropriate for you. You also receive advice and mentoring specific to your need. 

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Shiva Shambhavi Meditation for Inner Peace

Shiva Shambhavi Meditation Technique

Shiva Shambhavi Meditation is a special meditation technique of Sri Amit Ray.  It is a guided meditation class on the eve of Mahashivratri. Shiva is the all-pervading cosmic consciousness. Shambhavi is the energy aspect of that consciousness. This meditation class is a life-changing experience, designed for those seeking a deep spirituality, inner awakening, positive transformation, deepest relaxation, self-inquiry, empowerment, mental clarity and peace.

Shiva Shambhavi Meditation by Sri Amit Ray

These special meditation techniques, revealed to Dr. Amit Ray and Banani Ray, are very simple, easy and effortless meditation and inner awakening technique which can be practiced almost any time during the day that will take you beyond meditative highs and lows to truly embody the spiritual light that you are.

Shambhavi Meditation Program:

Shiva means auspiciousness, peace, beauty and truth. On the eve of Mahashivratri you can feel the presence of the auspiciousness within you. Shambhavi is the creative energy of Shiva. This Shambhavi energy can guide you to achieve the ultimate objectives of life.

Program Structure:

You will know the followings:

  1. Concept of Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
  2. Purpose of the Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
  3. Techniques of Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
  4. How to do Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
  5. When to do Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
  6. How long to do Shiva Shambhavi Meditation
  7. Shiva Shambhavi Guided Meditation
  8. Shambhavi Meditation and Krama Clearing
  9. How to overcome problems and obstacles of life with meditation

This meditation class consist of following two meditation sessions:

1. Shiva Shambhavi Meditation by Dr. Amit Ray 
2. Gangadhar Meditation by respected Banani Ray

This meditation program is an adventure into the deeper aspects of your consciousness. You will be initiated into the teachings and practices where you will learn how to awaken and uncover your self-effulgent inner guide and absorb its luminosity and Energy in your being. You will learn how to find your inner guide and become a beacon of light, energy, healing, creativity, and blessings in the world.

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Rediscover Your True Self - Transform the Darkness into Light

Rediscover Your True Self - Transform the Darkness into Light

You are, inherently, whole and pure. Stress, strain, conflict, and other hurtful experiences may have covered your naturally intact core, but you can recover it.  You can work from your inner resources and uncover your true Self and you can transform your darkness into light. Dr. Amit Ray here explains the power of Cosmic Self meditation for higher alignment with the pure Cosmic Self for happy and fulfilling life.  

Rediscover Your True Self  Transform the Darkness into Light by Sri Amit Ray

Power of Self-completing:

Self-completing means finding the light within and thereby aligning with the cosmic light. Meditation on cosmic Self, is the best way to align with the cosmos. Individual self is incomplete without its deep connection with the cosmic Self.  Our Cosmic Self meditation techniques aim to reunify the individual with cosmos.  Fulfillment comes when you free yourself from the artifices and regain original naturalness.

Once you rediscover your simplest and purest Self, your operations within the material world become effortless. You become harmonize with the cosmos. 

"Individual self is incomplete without its deep connection with the cosmic Self.  Cosmic Self meditation techniques aim to reunify the individual with cosmos." -- Amit Ray

Union with the cosmic Self

Union with the cosmic Self is not reserved for an elite of spiritual seekers. You don't need to renounce the worldly life and isolating into unnecessary complexity. Self-completion lies right in front of your nose. The attitude with which you carry out your activities in daily life can turn anything from serving tea to sweeping the yard, into an act of fulfillment. Recognizing the presence of cosmic Self in everything, and operating in consciousness with this realization, is the essence of our cosmic Self meditation. You will realize that you are complete as you experience  the present moment.

Connecting the Energy Points with the Cosmos

The internal meditation process requires a firing process, which consists of moving vital energy through the human energetic metabolism. You energy points are distributed across the body some are blocked and some are open. There are 114 energy points and 72000 energy channels in human body.  There are energy points under the soles of the feet, in the palms of the hands, and at the crown of the head. They serve to expel old vital energy, and absorb fresh refined energy into the body.  A human being is healthy when pure vital energy runs fluidly through all energetic structures. Vital energy flow supplies the body and its organs with balanced sun and moon energies. “As within, so without” applies to everything, because everything is informed by the same underlying Truth.

"Life is not a discrete phenomena. It is a part of an intelligent cosmic field.
It is a cosmic dance." -- Amit Ray

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Power of Nimitta for Deep Meditation

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. 

"Nimitta  may appear at the  the breathing point itself when your awareness is centered there. It may appear in your forehead area or in-front of your eyes." -- Amit Ray

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.

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Om Inner Science Meditation Workshop

Om Inner Science Meditation is a seven step integrated meditation program. These seven Om meditation techniques combines time-tested ancient techniques along with modern science-backed practices that are proven for developing grey matter in the brain, improving focus, concentration and memory, and resist the shortening of telomeres in your gene which enhances health and longevity. This meditation technique is based on the traditional meditation technique and the modern findings of Neuroscience and Epigenetics that helps to build and maintain a healthy, whole, and fulfilling life.

Om Inner Science Meditation

Om Inner Science Meditation

"You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower." -- Amit Ray

Science of Om meditation is deep. It is linked to the ancient wisdom as well as the knowledge of modern neuroscience, genetics and positive psychology.   Om meditation is deeply linked to creativity, efficiency and well-being. 

Purpose of this Om Meditation Program:

  1. To connect with the Higher Self
  2. To bring peace and harmony in life
  3. To reduce stress, strain and anxiety of life
  4. To improve focus, concentration and efficiency in life
  5. To remove the negative energies of life and bring positive energies in life
  6. To bring balance in the chakras and harmony in the psychic energies of life
  7. To attract prosperity and success in life
  8. To gain social, occupational, financial, environmental and intellectual well-being in life

About the Om Inner Science Meditation:

The workshop will teach the Om meditation techniques called Om Inner Science Meditation, which is an easy-to-practice and effective integrated Om scientific meditation technique developed by Dr. Amit Ray and Banani Ray that was evolved from their long experience in meditation practices as well as meditation teaching.

The technique combines time-tested ancient techniques along with modern science-backed practices that are proven for developing grey matter in the brain, improving focus, concentration and memory, and resist the shortening of telomeres in your gene which enhances health and longevity. 

This is a one-to-one energy transmission (shaktipat) meditation through Skype. 

The process has two phases: 

  • The first phase is Om Mantra Initiation and Energy transmission. 
  • The second phase is Om Mantra Inner Science Guided Meditation.  

Om Inner Science Meditation - Cosmic Flower Om Chanting - Amit Ray

What you will learn?

  • Om meditation initiation and power transmission for inner peace, inner strength, and inner vision
  • Om meditation techniques for positive-mindset and mental clarity
  • Om inner science meditation techniques for physical and mental health, stress-relief, and personal development.
  • Om meditation techniques helpful for stress reduction, emotional intelligence, concentration and mind power.

Who can attend?

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. 

 

Format of the Meditation Program:

The program will be in two phases. The first phase is Om Mantra Initiation and Shaktipat - Energy Transmission. The second phase is Om Mantra Inner Science Guided Meditation. 

 Online Meditation Skype Class:

If you are interested for Skype Online OM Meditation you can register here.  Skype meditation sessions  of Dr. Ray are typically 45 mins to 60 mins long. During the online meditation session you will have a chance to discuss meditation and meditative techniques as well as being given appropriate meditation guidance, advice and mentoring.  Anyone interested in spiritual awakening, health, wellness and meditation in general is welcome to attend the online Skype class. 

People of all ages and all walks of life can attend these online meditation classes. Skype classes will be held on individual basis based on mutually agreed date and time depending on your specific needs.  

 

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Mindfulness Growth Mindset and Neuroscience for Success

Mindfulness, growth mindset and neuroscience are three deeply interlinked subjects. Mindfulness and growth mindset is often considered as the major source of contentment and happiness in life. Life may try to knock you down but if you are persistent with your passions and cultivate resilience, grit, tenacity and endurance success will come. Mindfulness improves resilience, grit, personal strength, and organizing and structuring skills of life. This article gives an overview of  mindfulness, growth mindset and neuroscience for success. 

Mindfulness and Success Quotes

Resilience is your ability to deal with the ups and downs in life and bounce back from them. Grit is your motivational drive that keeps you on a difficult task over a sustained period of time. Growth mindset is a mindset that perceives challenges as an opportunity to learn and evolve rather than an obstacle to overcome. We are constantly evolving as we are interacting with the world. Mindfulness and growth mindset drives our evolution faster and on right tracks [1].

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is noticing what’s happening right now with your thoughts, in your body, and in the environment without judgement. You can practice mindfulness anytime – when you’re in the shower, planning your day, or washing the dishes. And every time you practice, you make a small shift toward more courage, calm, clarity, and perseverance. To be an mindful person you need to exhibit witnessing and non-judging qualities on a consistent basis. 

Witnessing:

Witnessing and self-distancing are the best tools for effective mindfulness. By practicing  witnessing, you can distance yourself from your mental tendencies. Your thoughts, emotions, and mental problems are transformed, by their merging in the silence and peace of the witness. You can sit for 10 to 15 minutes of mindfulness meditation. Turn your attention to the contents of your mind; the internal chatter and the images arising and dissolving  in your mind. You can label your thoughts and images. Always maintain an attitude of a detached and kind observer.

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Mindful Leadership: A Journey to Self-discovery and Empowerment

Mindful Leadership A Journey of Self-discovery and EmpowermentSelf-discovery and empowerment are two powerful components of mindful leadership. Through empowerment you can achieve your greatest potential. Through self-discovery you become aware of your true potential, values, character, and motives. Mindfulness strengthens these two powerful tools of leadership and management.  

The sacred spirit or life force energy is within us and around us. You can tap into the power of the universe, draw it in and use it to awaken our inner capacity for value based mindful leadership. We are not separated isolated beings, we are part of One Energy, connected to the vast universe.  Mindfulness is  our capacity to be touched by nature and beauty of the moment. Through mindfulness, we learn to see the wonder in small things—from a new leaf to a child’s smile.

Mindful Leadership and Self-Discovery

Self has many layers. Knowing the self is the beginning of mindfulness. What are my thoughts now? What are my feelings now? What is my experience now?  Who am I? What are my dreams, and strengths? Experiencing these powers of the truth with minute to minute honesty with self is the core practice of mindfulness.

Mindfulness Meditation for Corporate LeadershipMindfulness creates a positive mood, integrity, inner peace, inner strength, determination, and a warm heart. Researchers have identified that mindfulness enhances strengths, such as self-compassion, emotional intelligence, learned optimism, the relaxation response, self-esteem, distress tolerance, self-regulation, resilience, and executive functions.

Self-discovery is trying to discover who you are, your true potential, your purpose in life, and your core principles of life. It gives you the deeper sense of yourself and your unique role in the world. Self-discovery is a journey form unconsciousness  to consciousness. As you are mindful about your true values and potentials, you will build up a great confidence and inner strength.

"Self has many layers. Knowing the self is the beginning of mindfulness." - Amit Ray

Mindful Leadership and Empowerment

Mindfulness based empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights. Good leaders are characterized by their ability to empower themselves and their team members to achieve maximum success. Empowerment is gaining control over your own life. It is a process that fosters power in people for use in their own lives, their communities, and their society.

Mindful Leadership and EmpowermentMindful leaders have a more optimistic view of the ability to get good work from the team members. This belief makes them more likely to implement empowerment. Based on the recent studies of neuroscience, we can say that the brain takes its shape from what the mind rests upon. If you keep resting your mind on less-empowerment like self-criticism, worries, grumbling about others, hurts, and stress, then your brain will be shaped into greater reactivity, vulnerability to anxiety and depressed mood, a narrow focus on threats and losses, and inclinations toward anger, sadness, and guilt.

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Mindful Leadership and Emotional Stability

Mindful Leadership and Emotional Stability

The art of mindful leadership with emotional stability are discussed here. Leadership requires emotional stability - a clam, clear and decisive mind. All the time, you don’t have to have all the answers but your positive energy, confidence, responsibility, emotional stability and passion are very important for success. 

A mindful leader is someone who embodies leadership presence by cultivating insights, focus, clarity, creativity and compassion for the benefits of self and others.  Mindfulness is often defined as 'non-judgmental, moment to moment awareness'.

Emotional stability refers to a person's ability to remain stable and balanced during crisis. Emotions happen too quickly and outside the rational mind. But mindfulness gives you the total control of how you will react. All good leaders require a number of mindfulness skill to help them positively interact with employees or team members.

"In every bend of time there is some surprise, joy and beauty. Mindfulness is the light to discover it". — Amit Ray

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Meditation and Oxygen Consumption of the Brain

"Meditation is the artwork to awaken the divinity within you." - Amit Ray

Divinity is the state of being connected with the source. It is the state when our heart is full with love, compassion, and caring. It is the state when our mind is full with joy, equanimity, peacefulness, and happiness. It is the state when we are relaxed, energetic, focused, joyful, creative, clear and compassionate. Om meditation is the best way to awaken our divinity. During Om meditation the brainwaves of the entire brain get synchronized. Om meditation has seven powerful steps. Each step is unique. 

For good meditation we need the best circulation of blood in the brain. Scientists have explored meditation from different angles. Here we examined how meditation is linked to the oxygen consumption in the brain.

Oxygen is vital to brain growth and healing.  Brain cells are very sensitive to decrease in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well very long without it. A continuous uninterrupted supply of oxygen to the brain is essential in order to maintain its metabolic functions and to prevent brain cell damage.  Meditation slows down the heart rate, decreases respiratory rate and this helps to calm the body and relax the mind.

Meditation and Oxygen Consumption in the brain By Dr. Amit Ray

Brain and Oxygen Consumption

Human brain comprises only about 2.5 percent of the body weight but it utilizes about 20 percent of the body's total oxygen consumption. The gray matter of the brain consumes as much as 94 percent of cerebral oxygen, while the white matter, which makes up fully 60 percent of the brain's mass, consumes only 6 percent. Oxygen consumption is lowest in the spinal cord and increases through the medulla, midbrain, thalamus, cerebellum, and cerebral cortex. 

When you are stressful, oxygen consumption is high and when you are relaxed and peaceful, oxygen consumption is low. Complex thought and intense concentration require more energy than repetitive mental processes, because the firing of neurons requires extra blood, oxygen and glucose.

Meditation and Brain Oxygen

Meditation is the state of inner peace and inner silence. This happens in a completely natural and effortless way.  Meditation is also the state of deep relaxation with awareness. Meditation decreases the stress hormones (blood lactate and cortisol) and increases melatonin and serotonin, which are the happiness and well-being hormones. 

Proper meditation maintains a critical balance between the three: 1) oxygen level 2) the level of carbon dioxide and 3) nitric oxide levels for better blood circulation in the brain. 

Remember that the carbon dioxide and nitric oxide open up blood vessels in the brain so you can get proper oxygen levels in your brain. Nitric oxide helps dilate blood vessels in your lungs so that you can get good circulation there for exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.  Meditation helps to attain alpha and theta brain waves on a regular basis, which helps to improve memory, increase focus and concentration.

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Maitri, Karuna, Mudita, and Upeksha - The Four Immeasurable Brahmaviharas

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.

Maitri-Karuna-Mudita-Upeksha-The Four Immeasurable Brahmaviharas

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. We all have the potential to abide in loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. When we know how to do this, these capacities become an inner wealth, more valuable than any external wealth. 

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Leadership from Inner Being: Overcoming the Blind Spots

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.

Leadership from Inner Being By Sri Amit Ray

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. 

Leadership Styles:

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:

Connection with Inner BeingNormally, 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.

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How Your Belief and Intelligence Can Bring You Success

How Your Belief and Intelligence Can Bring You Success

It is often said that belief is the death of intelligence. Sri Amit Ray explains how belief and intelligence can work together for success. He says why you need to transcend your limiting belief systems and develop strong self-belief by reprogramming your subconscious mind. He discussed how you can change your point of view in order to change your core negative beliefs.

Beliefs Intelligence and Success

Nature of Beliefs:

Generally, belief means an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.  For example, we never ponder whether or not the sun will rise. We simply assume the sun will rise.  Self-belief or self-confidence are thought to be the way that you feel about your skills, abilities, looks and behaviors.

Types of Beliefs:

There are two types of beliefs; positive beliefs and negative beliefs. Positive beliefs are the beliefs that gives you energy, motivation and happiness for short term as well as for long term. Self-belief is an example of positive belief. Negative beliefs are the beliefs that drags you down and makes you dependent on something other than your self. Blind faiths are the examples of negative belief. 

Beliefs are driven by very human hopes and dreams and fears. Your beliefs can be a prison system you’ve created for yourself. But the door is not locked. You can come out of that. It never was and you can get escape from your limiting ideas about reality any time you want to open that door. 

Power of Self-Beliefs and Self-Confidence:

What is important is developing belief in yourself.  Self-belief makes you confident, relax, creative and think clearly. Test and experience your own beliefs again and again.  If you believe in yourself, you’ll feel motivated to take positive action and you will remain motivated for longer periods of time. You won’t be upset by mistakes or setbacks. If you believe that you can or you can’t, you’re right. If you don’t think it’s possible forget about success, you can’t even get started.  The only thing standing between you and your success is your inner story - that continuously telling you as to why you can’t achieve it.  

Intelligence and Blind Beliefs:

Intelligence is necessary in life but intelligence alone is not enough to be a successful person.  Self belief and positive-mindset are essential elements of success.  Blind faith, while still practiced, is not a practical approach to resolving the problems of modern life.  In fact blind faith is detrimental to life. It gives a very narrow view of problems and issues. When your beliefs meet reality, reality wins every time if they’re not in sync. Researchers observed that there is a negative relationship between intelligence and religious belief.  Blind belief system often actively deny evidence to fit what they already believe. 

Belief and Intelligence and Success:

Success in life depends on how to meet the challenges in the world of emotions or how we become more creative, how we identify and solve real life problems or how we make better decisions.  The people who achieved great success in life mastered a few fundamental and universal truths better than anyone else. They can easily separate the signal from the noise. Truth must be earned by each individual. It can’t be bought or cheated or even learned without personal dedication and hard work. If you want to get good at anything you have to learn to see your strengths and  weaknesses accurately. If you don’t start with the truth you can’t possibly get anything else right. 

Humans are fear driven animals. We constantly imagine terrible tragedies in order to try to react ahead of them. But the problem is that you spend your whole life reacting to imaginary events instead of the one real one. That is the path to suffering and pain. Positive mindset is the path of success and happiness.

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How Om Meditation Improves Creativity

Om Meditation and Creativity

Creativity needs relaxed, spacious, sharp, and clear mindset. Om meditation makes our mind spacious, relaxed, sharp and clear. 

Creativity is essential for success in every endeavor of life. Being creative will help you to stand out from the crowd. Om meditation will show you a way for new thinking. It can give you the ability to challenge the status quo and redefine the boundaries.  

Om meditation provides us the capacity to come out of the autopilot mode. It helps us to find the hidden patterns in chaos. It helps us to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate new solutions for complex problems. 

 Om Meditation and Creativity

Om meditation is not just a technique. It is a set of ancient tools that connect you with the higher dimensions. As you get your connection to the higher source, your creativity increases. Creativity is to create something new with original ideas to resolve complex problems. Often creative solutions are different from the traditions. The journey of creativity is not linear. Often you need to change the line of your thoughts and for that you need insights and visions. 

In the modern volatile and complex environment sometimes plans do not work as devised. What will you do? The ability to adapt, the ability to pivot, is crucial in every sphere of modern life.  Here, "pivoting" refers to the ability to completely change course when something isn't working out. A successful pivoting lies in your ability to execute your new plans with as much insight and passion as you had for the original. Om meditation improves your power of pivoting and adaptability. 

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Deep OM Meditation for Success and Positive Energy

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. 

Deep Om Meditation class by Sri Amit Ray

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. 

"Field of pure potential has the power to manifest in new ways.  Through deep Om meditation, you can have access to the field of pure potential." -- Amit Ray 

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.  

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Day 9: Art of Non-doership and Self-Distancing

Surrendering doership is an important yoga practice. You have the right to do your duty, but the results are not dependent on your efforts. There are numerous factors that come into play in determining the results. The witnessing power within you is your true self and your doership feeling is the ego. Mindfulness  is the art of non-doership and self-distancing from the ego. Ego has two components attachment and aversion. Self-distancing is creating distance from the ego and it is becoming a distant observer of what’s happening.

Self-distancing and non-doership

When you use more first-person words "I or me" you become more in self-immersion mode and in reactive mindset. When you use more non-first-person words like "you, they, she, he, others" you become more in self-distancing mode and mostly in procative mindset and ego-decentered mind with wiser and less biased judgments. 

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Day 2 – Daily Teachings Gaining the Winning Edge

Everyone has the fire, but the champions know how and when to ignite the spark. – Amit Ray

Every one has the fireIn this competitive world gaining the winning edge is important. Gaining the winning edge is a habit and it can be cultivated gradually. Meditation brings out the best of you. It brings the concentration, confidence, control and commitment in life. Proper meditation removes the common distractions of anxiety, mistakes, fatigue, and negative thoughts. It gives the mental quality to focus on the task in hand. It gives the tough attitude to win – the ability to except situations and make them work in your favor.  It does not allow people to get frustrated when pressure and mistakes happen. Meditation brings enthusiasm and persistency.

Day 1 – Daily Teachings on Meditation

Meditation Art“Meditation works in many layers and in many ways in our personality.  Meditation works in our genes, in our DNA. Meditation releases blocked energy from the physical, mental and emotional bodies. Meditation is a creative art. Great paintings, great sculptures and great discoveries of science are the products of deep meditation. Meditation has tremendous influence to develop creativity. Through meditation one can visualize, imagine and plan details of anything and can implement that in life. Scope of meditation is huge, starting from disease cure, business planning, creative arts to the ultimate enlightenment.” – Excerpt from the book “Meditation: Insights and Inspirations” Amit Ray (This material is copyrighted, and published by permission from Inner Light Publishers)

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