Part 1 Foundation chapters are intended to give an overall understanding of the basic concepts that one is ideally required to understand before commencing the practice of Meditation. Meditation is considered here in the context of its highest purpose – Self Realisation. It is, therefore, important to understand what is self realisation and why is it important for us. A discussion of this nature would naturally require a much larger canvas and a much comprehensive introduction, especially for beginners. Part 1 is, nevertheless, only a small baby step when considering the vastness of the topic . Additional readings will be, no doubt, helpful. A separate list of recommended books will be provided at the end of each chapter in Part 1. The learning outcome of this section is to familiarise with all necessary basic concepts to start meditation with a purpose and to inspire the student for further explorations and self-studies.
The overall methodology used here for teaching meditation is by first introducing and defining the existential problem that humanity faces today. Thereafter the solution to the problem is introduced as provided by the ancient sages of India. Although modern men are largely unaware of these important issues plaguing humanity, our ancestors have studied these issues for millennia and have provided time-tested solutions. It is not just the ancient Indian sages, the ancient Greeks, the ancient Egyptians, the ancient Chineese and the ancient Meso Americans too had held these invaluable knowledge. This knowledge truly belongs to the entire humanity, beyond the limiting boundaries of cast, creed, race or nation.
There is no need for us to find new solutions, which will be like re-inventing the wheel. All that we need to do is to approach this ancient treasure of knowledge with an open mind. We should, however, examine whether the knowledge they so gracially preserved and passed on to us make sense to us in the light of our present day scientific knowledge available to us. We can take them as potentially valid premises and conduct our own subjective and persona explorations. We have, therefore, tried to incorporate both ancient knowledge and modern scientific knowledge in this section, in order to help grasping these concepts within a meaningful and logical framework. A strong foundational understanding on a logical foundation will speed up the students progress in their practice.
Many examples are used in these lessons to convey the concepts. They are to be taken merely as broad indicators or pointers to familiarise with an idea. They should be discarded once the idea is understood in its essence.
As part of this foundation, we are introducing 4 unique topics which will help the students immensely in building a strong logical basis upon which the student can build their practice. These 4 unique topics are the following:
- The Seven Hermetic Principles – This will help the students to understand the nature of the world we live in. We can test these principles with our own direct experiences and observations. These 7 ancient principles are the 7 golden keys with which we will be able to understand many of the baffling phenomena that we commonly observe in our life.
- An introduction to Quantum Mechanics – This will help the students to give a scientific grounding to the concepts introduced. Infact, understanding the quantum behaviour of matter will be a major game changer for a serious student of meditation.
- Thirty Two Principles of Creation in Tantra – This will help the student to appreciate the overall picture of creation and help developing an individual relationship with the creative forces in Nature. It must be noted that a personal relationship with the creative force is an extremely important aspect for a successful practice.
- Conscious Living – This will give great insights into some of the most supportive practices in our day to day life. This has immense practical value in translating theory into practice that we can adopt in our everyday life.
Questions asked by the students and the answers given to those questions will be grdually added to the FAQ section, as and when they happen.
Welcome to the class. Enjoy them!