Lesson 4

Lesson video

In this lesson’s video:

  • Ajayan guides the meditation with samyama.
  • Discusses experiences.
  • Discusses in more depth the significance of samyama on loving kindness (maitri), compassion (karuna), and empathetic joy (mudita). Also distinguishes between metta meditation and samyama on these qualities.

Lesson Audio meditation

Notes

Re: samyama on loving kindness, compassion, and empathetic joy, you first need to evoke the feeling, so you can do samyama on it. How you evoke that feeling is up to you. Whatever works best for you is best. Here are some options:

  • Think of someone you love and recall their lovable qualities; likewise, think of someone in suffering (for compassion), or someone who is successful in their life-supporting work (for empathetic joy).
  • Wish “may all beings be happy” (for loving kindness); wish “may all beings be free from suffering” (for compassion; wish “may all beings be successful in their dharma (life-supporting duty and work)” (for empathetic joy).
  • Simply think of the quality: “loving kindness”; “compassion”; “empathetic joy.”  If you are at a subtle level, this often works. But don’t make the words a mantra; they are only to evoke the feeling.

Once the feeling fills your heart, then do samyama on it. This means simply allowing it to fill your consciousness to the exclusion of all else, even the thought of self. Let your awareness merge in that feeling of loving kindness, etc. In effect, you become that feeling. Of course only do samyama on one feeling at a time.

Homework

In this video, you will learn a combination of three highly effective mudras: khechari, shambhavi, and vajroli/sahajoli. When performed together, they profoundly deepen the state of absorption and bliss.

Length: 12 minutes 23 seconds

Bonus (optional)

Here is an interesting video of a Buddhist monk in a remote Himalayan monastery who is filmed levitating. It is an excerpt from a full-length documentary.