A Path to Self-Realization
This is A Path to Self-Realization is a listing of all the pages in the section. Pieter Schoonheim Samara is the only person that I have found that talks about a Daily Sadhana as a Path to Self-Realization. He has given this site many writings on the experience of Self-realization.
Hearing - Remberance - Abiding
Sravana – Manana – Niddhidyasana means Hearing – Rememberance – Abiding in the Self. These are terms mentioned in Vedanta, the Sikh Dharma, Buddhism and by Christ Himself as requisits. Yogi Bhajan calls these together "Pradupati" – which is explained in the article "Sadhana – Aradhana – Pradupati". Sravana (Vedanta term), Sunia (Sikh term) and Hearing (of Christ) mean the same thing. The Excerpts are basically an introduction to texts that one may want to later obtain to read in their entirety. This page has all the PDFs on it.
The Heart of the Ribhu Gita
"The ego or separate soul is a concept. God, the world, the mind desires, action, sorrow and all other things are all concepts". Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, a famous Sage of modern India, attributed unique value to this lucid exposition of Supreme Truth. He often referred to it in his talks with devotees and seekers, and he is reported to have said that if one repeatedly read Chapter 26 of the Ribhu Gita one could pass spontaneously into samadhi, or the natural state of Self-realization.
The Ribhu Gita, literally "Ribhu's Song", is Part Six of the Shiva Rahasya, a legendary mystical text of India. The whole of the Ribhu Gita is said to represent the teaching given to the Sage Ribhu by God himself in the form of Lord Shiva, the formless aspect of the Divine activity, in whom all beings and things are always already absorbed. The Sage in turn gave the teaching to his reluctant disciple Nidagha.
A-Buddha a discourse by the 6th Zen Patriach
The document, here employed, in abbreviated form, presents the teaching of Hsi Yun, one of the Ch'an (or Zen) masters who lived about 840 A.D. His teaching is reported by P'ei Hsiu, an official and scholar who became a student under Hsi Yun. It gives a more or less sympathetic disclosure of Ch'an philosophy. First it defends the doctrine with which we are now familiar, that universal mind alone is real. This result is then used to explain why one must abandon seeking for anything; universal mind is realized by the cessation of all seeking and by leaving behind the analytic discriminations it uses and trusts. This step is achieved in a flash of sudden awakening.
The Ascension of the Christ
The Ascension is the fulfillment of Christ's statement that he would have to go to the Father before the Advocate, the Holy Spirit (Akal Purkh) would be able to come into the hearts of the Apostles (12) and Disciples (75) and others that came to the retreat he set up for them. Part of this is that, while he was physically with everyone, it was really like the time of the Garden of Eden, in which you had God physically in your presence "and the Word was made Flesh." You might recall that Christ is supposed to be Adam as he was before being extricated from the Garden. Thus, from one perspective the coming of Christ was purposefully to return mankind to the consciousness of the ever present Garden that Christ lived.
Sadhana - Aradhana - Pradhupati
Yoga has 2 aspects: the aspect of yoking, where through an ardent daily practice, the individual unit of consciousness (you) is yoked to / joined with the Universal Consciousness; and Union, where the apparent separate self is realized to have always been the Universal Consciousness, the True Self of all. As you continue your daily sadhana, something new will begin to emerge, which Yogi Bhajan calls Aradhana.
and the PDF File.
Results of Paying Attention
The purpose of practicing one's Sadhana and occasional KY sets every day is that the various energy flashes in the body begin to balance out and normalize. At first you feel these radiances in different parts of the body, but gradually, and especially if you remember to wait for some time between KY exercises and the at the end of sets to allow the energy in the body to complete its chemical electric cycle, watching through the body to seal the remembrance that awareness brings to the energy flowing through the nerves, you begin to become aware of yourself as a an expanding field of self-radiant consciousness which supersedes the identity with the mind of thoughts, emotions and impressions and body of sensations and emotions.
Inward Focus Neutral Mind
This page is about Inward Focus - Neutral Mind. What it is and what it means. I consider this article, as having one of the most important pieces of information, that I have ever found. I have looked for this for over 50 years. Looking, for an understanding of what inward gazing is about. What a person first sees wtihin. It always seemed to me, that there should be more than what I saw within. What that 'more' was, I didn't know. I did not get it. And no one has ever talked about it, until now. This is what you should be doing after every kriya sequence or chants, such as the Long Ek Ong Kars. Guru Rattana - Awareness and paying attention
The Role of the Teacher
This page holds a summary of notes for teachers. And they are by Yogi Bhajan. Your experience goes right into your heart. No words can replace that experience. Your consciousness will not accept just words. Your mind may accept the words or it may not. The purpose of all our effort is simply to extend your awareness in your consciousness, so you can have a broader horizon of grace and of knowing the Truth. When you have this foundation in experience and a base of positive habits, then you can smoothly plan your life to any extent you like. You can radiate creativity and infinity in all aspects of your dally life.
What is Yoga? What is Kundalini Yoga?
What is Yoga, What is Kundalini Yoga
Two aspects of yoga, Universal Consciousness
and the Realization of Union
combined with how the daily practice of Sadhana
can bring to you to this state.
What is Yoga, What is Kundalini Yoga pg2
Nature of Awareness with the sense of being the "I" - the seer and what that means.
What is Yoga, What is Kundalini Yoga pg3
It starts out with the beginning of sensory awareness
that flows into body and mind. The beginning of the experience of Union
What is Yoga, What is Kundalini Yoga pg4
Starts out with breath repetition
(Simran) with its main intent and focus of "applied awareness".
What is Yoga, What is Kundalini Yoga pg5
It starts out with Yoga of Union, Will, Sound, and Turya, the Fourth State.
What is Yoga, What is Kundalini Yoga pg6
Starts out with focusing mechanism
of the waking consciousness.
What is Yoga? What is Kundalini Yoga? the PDF File.
There are 2 basic Paths in Kundalini Yoga, one is the Path of Laya or Radiance, which is what most people know about, and the other is the Path of Pratyahar or Inward Withdrawal. In this case Yogi Bhajan uses these terms to describe whole Paths versus their specific meaning.-, , for example a Laya Yoga Kriya or Pratyahar, as one of the 8 limbs of Raja Yoga (what the ancient yogis called Ashtanga Yoga).
In Sanjam, which is the main component of the Path of Pratyahar (Dissolution), there is the balance, where you hold also equally on the exhale. Also on the inhale, you need to remember to stretch the spine and bring the shoulders back and come into neck lock, the way I described. When you stretch the spine in this way, it automatically aids in holding attention at the base of the spine. When you inhale (following the channel down) and hold, you expand the energy in the pranic center which is 8 vertebra down. The radiance spreads through the body, expanding through the heart from there, while you hold.
When you stretch the spine in this way, it automatically aids in holding attention at the base of the spine........
......this is the experience of the "Ik Tar" - the One Star Spirituality.
Kundalini Yoga is a practice of the Paths of Radiance and Inward-Withdrawal, combined with study that elicits Remembrance of your True Being.
As one develops a proper practice of Kundalini Yoga, in particular the breathing, rhythm of movement, use of sound, and adherence to the practice of the active and the passive aspects of each yoga exercise, kriya and set, gradually the sustainable voltage increases, deepens, penetrates and radiates; and in and through that process you experience a space-like clarity and grounding, like the force of a graviton, a sense of the mind becoming inward bent, dwelling and pondering in consideration of a deepening stillness which is at the core of your being, the pulsing recollection of your Self.
Pieter Samara is a Kundalini Yoga teacher in Thailand and he has written extensively about his experiences on the way to Self-Realization. He has given a lot of PDFs to this website and this section is mostly his writings. How Yogi Bhajan helped him understand his experiences.
On my 21st birthday, Feb 11, 1971, I was in Paris waiting for my fiancé, when I had an extraordinary experience that has stayed with me ever since, becoming steadily deeper and more pervasive, abiding as the substratum or Ground of Being.
The Spiritual Path Of Rijk Pieter Schoonheim Samara is continued on this page. How the daily practice of Sadhana can help bring Self Realiztion and these types of spiritual experiences to anyone.