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    Re: Jnana Yoga for beginners?

    Thanks, but visualizing and chanting are working fine for me. I chant mantra and visualize the image of Shiva

    I do understand it perfectly. Brahma satyam jagat mithya jivo brahmaiva na parah....
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    Namaste Indiaspirituality,

    Thanks. Also, how do you focus on the mantra? Do you focus on the "words", or on "the way I'm saying it in my mind"?


    Thanks. Also, I need firstly to be convinced...
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    Namaste Indiaspirituality,
    Yes I tried. Although not for 45 min. I meditated for 30 min. Also, another problem is that the sound of Om in my mind is very low. Like sometimes I can hear the outside...
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    Namaste Indiaspirituality,

    I would like to ask what do you mean by "Om will backfire"? I chant it without really thinking about it. I just chant and focus on the "black" or the Sanskrit symbol Om....
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    Namaste Yajvan-ji, Namaste Indiaspirituality,

    Thanks for your answers.
    That I am not the body is obvious even when interacting with the outside world. Mind however is different. It is very...
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    Also, I forgot to ask: What do I envision in my mind when I chant a mantra? For example if I am chanting Om Namah Shivaya, do I envision ॐ नमः शिवाय in my mind, or what?
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    Namaste Yajvan-ji,

    Thanks again for your help. And btw, I have a question regarding the pre-requisite of: discriminating between what is eternal/unchanging and what is transient/changing:
    How...
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    Namaste Yajvan-ji,

    I appreciate your comments, and your caring. I will certainly keep what you said in mind.


    Namaste Indiaspirituality,

    So I can do both? I can go for Bhakti and Advaita...
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    Namaste Indiaspirituality,

    Thanks that really helped, and I know what to do now.

    I have read the Gita, some introductory books of Advaita, read Advaita: a philosophical reconstruction, Dennis...
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    Namaste,
    I want to thank people for trying to help me.

    The pre-requisites are
    1. Discriminate the real/eternal (brahman) from the unreal/temporary (mithya)
    I mostly reflect this on Lord...
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    Namaste Indiasprituality,

    I know that Advaita is not for beginners, but everyone has to start somewhere, right?
    I also have read the conditions for being an Advaitin. I also, have to say, that...
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    Namaste!

    Sorry for the delayed posting, I posted earlier, though I don't know why it didn't come through.
    I am quite familiar with the general idea of Advaita. I've read some Upanishads and some...
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    Also, I forgot to add:
    Unfortunately, I can't get a guru. They are just not available in my country. I think I would even have a problem seeking a self-realized guru in India, much less in other...
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    Namaste Indiaspirituality,
    Thank you for your answer.

    No I haven't taken a course, but I've read some books about Advaita and read some Upanishads. I'm quite familiar with the idea the Advaita...
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    Jnana Yoga for beginners?

    Namaste!

    I have never done any yogic or meditational excercises, and I plan to start now! I know it's a long shot to immediately start Jnana Yoga, so I'm asking how to begin? Perhaps first some...
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