Lesson 8

Lesson Video

Notes

The Soma invocation remains the same:

Note: These lines are suggestions only. Feel free to let come what comes for you, provided you are reading the 9th Mandala and getting a feeling for it by now. Use lines you relate to. Also, ellipsis, “…”, means pause and feel.

“Soma, Soma, Soma, flow in a sweet and exhilarating stream, sweet for Indra, Vayu, Varuna, Mitra, the Ashwins, Vishnu, Pushan, Aryaman, Bhaga, and all the Devas…. Indu, flow for Indra…
Soma Pavamana, purify us, with thy purifying streams…
Soma, give us brightness…strength…and intelligence
Soma, Soma, Soma, bring us wealth of a thousand radiances.
Soma Pavamana, give us all good things, and make us happy…. Soma, Soma, Soma…”
Soma, where light is perpetual, in the world in which the sun is placed, in that immortal, imperishable world place me, Pavamana: flow, Indu, for Indra.
(Feel your relationship with Soma.)

Video contains:

  • Discussion of experiences:
    • Our personal abundance benefits all.
  • Soma as source of delight and happiness.
  • Create your own Soma invocations.
  • The secret world of the devas. Discussion to clarify re: the devas beyond symbolism and mythology.
  • The inner meaning and roles of Indra.
    • Indra as God-mind.
    • Indra as intelligence of wholeness.
    • Brahman, the supreme value of wholeness.
    • Indra the smasher of Vritra, barriers to evolution.
    • Indra, deva of rain.
  • Agni, deva of fire
    • Delivers sacrifices to the devas.
    • Digests food and delivers products of digestion to devas.
    • Digests experience and delivers products to devas.
    • The light of intelligence that apprehends the meaning of the hymns and delivers that to the devas.
  • Vayu and Varuna and all the devas assist.
  • New early morning meditation technique for health and healing.
  • New bedtime meditation to develop witnessing during sleep and perception of the devas.

 

Instructions for new early morning meditation

Practice before rising for optimal health and rejuvenation and to deepen meditation.

  1. Lie on your back.
  2. Pulse hard mulabandha 3 x with Soma, Soma, Soma. Relax: Aham Brahmasmi.
  3. Repeat a number of times until you start to feel an effervescent energy of Soma.
  4. Hard mulabandha and hold: “Flow, Indu, for Indra in a sweet and exhilarating stream. Soma, Soma, Soma.”
  5. Just be, mindfully feel your breath. Feel your whole body breathing a super subtle breath.
  6. Effortlessly witness the subtle energies to be in the body. They may spontaneously roam to find any weak spots. Perhaps in the heart, head, gut, glands, anywhere. Just witness in a fully relaxed state. Allow the Soma and subtle energy to do its healing. If you dose, fine.
  7. Repeat steps 2 – 6 as you like. Practice from 10 minutes to 30 minutes max.

 

Instructions for new bedtime meditation

Practice this technique to enliven your perception of the devas and witnessing during sleep.

  1. Sit up in bed.
  2. Meditate for 10 minutes with closed eyes on the darkness (or light) in front of you (about one arm’s length).
  3. If your mind strays into thoughts, return your attention to looking (rather than hearing with a mantra) to the darkness or light. After a while, you may begin to see light, as if your “eyes” are adjusting to a dark room.
  4. After 10 minutes, lay down and drift into sleep.

This meditation helps open the third eye, which will help you perceive the devas as well as other celestial beings. It also helps enliven pure awareness, which may persist during sleep. Finally, you may find you start to have more “visionary” and spiritual dreams.

 

The Secret World of the Devas

Don’t miss this! This explains a lot that will help make sense of the devas and the primary meditation technique we use in this course.

Secret World of the Devas

Secret World of the Devas

Bonus video

Audio meditation

The following meditation is extracted from the video of the lesson. It is just the meditation portion. Please watch the video before using the audio meditation, as there is essential instruction in the video that is not included in the meditation. This is true for all lessons in the course. The audio meditation is intended to give you convenient access to the meditation for the lesson so you can use it as a guided meditation daily until you are ready for the next lesson.

Homework

  • Continue to read from the Ninth Mandala of the Rig Veda (See the PDF in Lesson 3) and meditate daily at least once, or better yet twice if you can. Note that I’ve begun adding verses from the 10th Mandala as well. You may read these if you like and compare the difference in feeling.
  • Feel and express gratitude and appreciation for all the innumerable blessings in your life! Gratitude feeds the Devas!