Sankalpa shakti is a prerequisite for entering the subtle realms within. Without it, one cannot tread the path of bhakti. Bhakti means compassion plus devotion. When the seeker equips himself with these two exquisite qualities, he is fully prepared to tread the path.
Firm faith develops  in the company of the sages,  by contemplating on the ātman,  and by practicing the systematic method of meditation, described below:
- First learn to sit still, keeping head, neck, and trunk in a straight line, yet remain relaxed.
- Second, practice withdrawing the senses from the objects of the world by fixing the attention on the flow of breath. make the mind aware that the breath and the mind are like two sides of the same coin; they are inseparable, twin laws of life. It has been proven scientifically that when the mind is agitated, the inhalation and exhalation also become agitated, and jerks, shallowness and several other inconsistencies appear in the flow of the breath.
- The next step is to realize the nearness of the self within. This is accomplished by gearing the mind and its modification one-pointendly yo the individual self [ātman] only. Upāsanā (literally, “to be near”) means to be constantly aware of the self within. This is the prime goal of that sādhanā which leads the seeker to the highest state of attainment.
Upāsanā, or devotion, has two aspects–external and internal. In external worship, objects such as flowers and fruits are used and rituals, such as the fire ceremony, are performed. In the internal worship, the mind and its modifications are made one-pointed and inward. Then as the Yoga Sutras say, tadā drashtuh sva-rupa avasthānam–the seer is established in his own nature.
~ Swami Rama from introduction to the text Tripura Rahasya
From the book Shakti Sadhana, written by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
(bold text, and format is done by Swami Ma Tri to emphasis beauty of this fragment)
In this short text Swami Rama eloquent shows us the simplicity of the totality of our practice. It includes Yoga, Vedanta and Samaya Tantra, but without naming them or seeing them as different. This is one practice, one tradition, and one goal, it cannot be divided. They work together without them being separate…
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Yoga Meditation, Contemplation, and Devotion for Self-realization
This site is an offering to those who deeply long to experience Pure Consciousness that is known as Divine Mother or Tripura (‘Tri’ means three, and ‘pura’ means city); She is the one that lives in the three cities of Waking, Dreaming and Deep Sleep. Temporary leaving behind the three cities and residing only in Pure Consciousness is called Self-realization. Another name for this realization is Yoga; the union of the individual self with the universal Self; the union of Atman with Brahman, or Shiva with Shakti; or the dis-union of Purusha and Prakriti. Some might think of Tripura as an anthropomorphic being but She is not, She is the Non-dual Reality in which all appearing manifestation seems to exist. All that is, is the Non-dual Reality.
On this site the teachings of Yoga, Vedanta, and Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra are offered to guide you in learning to meditate directly on Tripura by using modern ways of communication such as through animations, while preserving the ancient wisdom. These teaching have been given to us by an ancient lineage of meditation masters, lovingly called the Tradition of the Himalayan masters. These practices lead us to a space of stillness and silence where Yoga meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer converge into deep devotion and constant awareness of Tripura. At the end of the journey when all efforts are exhausted, grace will dawn. This is known as shaktipata, through which the final barrier is removed, which is the piercing of the bindu, and leads to the direct experience of Non-dual Reality. This finally reveals an unimaginable Joy from knowing the Non-dual Reality or Pure Consciousness!
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