Rotating Circles Illusion and Meditation
The circles appear
to move, but are actually stationary.
Focus on any of the small black circles (in the center) and the motion stops!
(Gazing at this picture is not literally being suggested as a
A picture is worth a thousand words!
Meditation is similar to this picture. Meditation in action is also
Train the mind to be one-pointed and the inner obstacles come to rest!
See also: Yoga Sutras 1.30-1.32 on
Yoga Sutras 1.33-1.39
for some objects on which to meditate,
the Online Trataka/Gazing Meditation,
and other Interactive
(Scroll down to center
the picture in the frame and to read the three sutras.)
1.30: Nine kinds of
distractions come that are obstacles encountered
on the path, and are physical illness, tendency of the mind to not work
efficiently, doubt or indecision, lack of attention to pursuing the
means of samadhi, laziness in mind and body, failure to regulate the
desire for worldly objects, incorrect assumptions or thinking, failing
to attain stages of the practice, and instability in maintaining a level
of practice once attained.
1.31: From these
obstacles, there are four other consequences that also arise, and these
are: 1) mental or physical pain, 2) sadness or dejection, 3)
restlessness, shakiness, or anxiety, and 4) irregularities in the
exhalation and inhalation of breath.
1.32: To prevent or deal
with these nine obstacle and their four consequences, the recommendation
is to make the mind one-pointed, training it how to focus on a single
principle or object.
is devoted to presenting the ancient Self-Realization
path of the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in
simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not
compromising quality or depth. The goal of our sadhana
or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the
Realization in direct experience of the center of
consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is
one and the same with the Absolute Reality. This
Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the
Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita
Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya
Tantra, the three of which complement one another like
fingers on a hand. We employ the classical approaches of
Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha,
Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra
Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer
finally converge into a unified force directed towards
the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called
bindu, leading to the Absolute.