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In a basic way, Nirvana means "cessation."

What does Paranirvana mean?

Mahaparanirvana?
8 years ago
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#6490
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Nirvana is cessation. Para means "beyond," so Paranirvana is beyond Nirvana, and Maha means "great," signifying "the great beyond Nirvana."

What matters is the consciousness, not so much you bodily position. However, sleeping on one's stomach is not so great for the spine, since the pressure on the cervical vertebrae can produce back pain, neck problems, and even headaches. It is also better for your breathing to sleep either on your left side (as taught in Ayurvedic traditions) or back. Samael Aun Weor explained that the dorsal decubitus position, such as with the statue of Chac Mool, is conducive towards astral projection when in full concentration and relaxation.

When you think of astral projecting, don't let any other daydreams, preoccupations, worries or ideas enter your mind. Just focus on falling asleep and remembering your Being; don't think of other things. Concentrate on being aware!

Single-pointed concentration is the ability to focus on the object of meditation without getting lost in thoughts and contrary ideas. It means to simply look at, with your spiritual sight, on a given object, whether it is through retrospection meditation on the day, focusing on a given event and the egos that manifested, or a holy and religious figure. You just focus on that object and do not let your mind take you off to other things. This is the challenge!

Regarding your question of mantras, yes, that is what it means to concentrate on the mantra. Pronounce it, feel its energy and vibration, and don't think of anything else than what you're doing!

Single-pointed concentration is developed the more we meditate and work in self-observation, remembering our Being and never falling into unconsciousness of the psyche in our daily life.

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

8 years ago
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#6259
I am wondering, if a person sleeps on his/her stomach always, every time they sleep, is this an obstacle for achieving astral projection?

Some people sleep with the stomach on the bed with their legs and knee bones on the bed, the whole body facing down.

Is position of the body very important or is it just being aware of that moment inbetween vigil and sleep, no matter what way the body is resting?

Thank you.
8 years ago
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#6260
It is said in our meditation methods that we need to get to a point when we think of only one thing and this would be the single-pointed mind.

"Think of only one thing." I remember reading. Can you explain this?

What are some examples of this? Is thinking of only one thing actually thinking of only one object?

For example, if I were to meditate about a certain object, that object can be looked at in so many ways. Am I single pointed if I have the object in mind as a simple idea or when it is a complex idea as long as I am not distracted from the object of meditation? (a complex idea with all of its attributes and my memory/perceptions of it)

Also, is my mind single pointed if I meditate on a prayer or mantra and my mind never is distracted by anything else other than the prayer or mantra? (one subject without any distractions)

-What do you meditate about that leads to single-pointedness?

Thank you.
8 years ago
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#6490
Accepted Answer
Nirvana is cessation. Para means "beyond," so Paranirvana is beyond Nirvana, and Maha means "great," signifying "the great beyond Nirvana."

What matters is the consciousness, not so much you bodily position. However, sleeping on one's stomach is not so great for the spine, since the pressure on the cervical vertebrae can produce back pain, neck problems, and even headaches. It is also better for your breathing to sleep either on your left side (as taught in Ayurvedic traditions) or back. Samael Aun Weor explained that the dorsal decubitus position, such as with the statue of Chac Mool, is conducive towards astral projection when in full concentration and relaxation.

When you think of astral projecting, don't let any other daydreams, preoccupations, worries or ideas enter your mind. Just focus on falling asleep and remembering your Being; don't think of other things. Concentrate on being aware!

Single-pointed concentration is the ability to focus on the object of meditation without getting lost in thoughts and contrary ideas. It means to simply look at, with your spiritual sight, on a given object, whether it is through retrospection meditation on the day, focusing on a given event and the egos that manifested, or a holy and religious figure. You just focus on that object and do not let your mind take you off to other things. This is the challenge!

Regarding your question of mantras, yes, that is what it means to concentrate on the mantra. Pronounce it, feel its energy and vibration, and don't think of anything else than what you're doing!

Single-pointed concentration is developed the more we meditate and work in self-observation, remembering our Being and never falling into unconsciousness of the psyche in our daily life.

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

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