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October 16, 2011
2:36 pm
prince zion
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I understand that meditating with a group is a powerful tool for growing with your meditation. I have not had an easy time syncing up with the Sahaja Yogis in my area….I heard they were very busy or out of town….I would love to have help and a community to work with….I will keep in contact with the yogis here….and….if there is anything else I can do….traveling to other towns is not something I feel I can do right now….What if I Meditate Sahaja yoga style…with a group of friendly Buddhists……would this benefit us….

October 17, 2011
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Dear friend,

yes, you are right, it is much better to meditate with a group of Sahaja yogis, than to meditate alone.

With regard to Buddhist meditation, here is the thing. There were studies conducted about the brain function and brainvawe activities during different mental states and meditation techniques, and it turns out that during sahaja yoga meditation, the brain activity is very different and in some ways opposite to brain activity during the kind of Buddhist meditation that was studied there. It might be due to the difference in the method of meditation whereby in Sahaja yoga it is achieved spontaneously and it directed towards thoughtless state, or mental silence (lack of mental activity), whereas some other, including some of the Buddhist meditation techniques are trying to achieve meditation through some kinds of mental activity (focusing, visualization, etc.), and so they are in a very different mental state. So it might be even more difficult to achive spontaneous thoughtless awareness that we call meditation in Sahaja Yoga, if you are doing it with people who are doing different “meditation”, than if you did it alone at home.

This might not apply to all meditation techniques, but since it applies to quite a few, I would suggest to not mix Sahaja yoga with other techniques, or the practice of sahaja yoga together with people who are practicing some other techniques.

Hope this helps,

Mar’yana

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