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Book of Vladimir Antonov "Spiritual Practices (Training Aid)"

Factors that determine success at initial stage of spiritual work are energy and self-discipline, cultivating the ability to make efforts and super-efforts on the spiritual Path

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Contents

God and Us

Stages of the Spiritual Path

Multidimensionality of the Universe

The "Creation" and the "End of the World"

Where Should We Seek God?

Hell and Paradise

How Can We Fall in Love with God?

God — and Divine Teachers

God versus Pagan "Deities"

Spiritual Heart as the Organ of Love

"Babaji's Formula"

Truth

Simplicity

Love

Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)

Abandonment of the Lower Self for the Sake of Merging with the Higher Self

Practice of the Straight Path

Preliminary Methods

Initial Methods

Ethic Self-Correction

Impressions as Food for the Soul

Initial Control of Emotions

Self-Discipline and Energy

Hygienic Advice

Hatha Yoga

Visualization

Basic Methods

General Information

"Cross of Buddha"

Warm-Up

Relaxation Asanas

Pranayamas

Psycho-Physical Exercises

Shavasana

Latihan. Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Cleansing of Chakras. Opening Up of Spiritual Heart

Going out from the Body

Development of Chakras. Dantyans

Work with Meridians. Sushumna, Chitrini, Zhen-Mo, "Microcosmic Orbit" and the Middle Meridian

The "Cocoon"

"Bubbles of Perception"

Development of "Power in Subtlety" (Correct "Crystallization" of Consciousness)

Winter Swimming

Meditative Running

The Highest Methods

Their Aim and Scheme of Work

Pranava. "Birth" and "Maturing" in the Holy Spirit

Driving Out Demons

"Total Reciprocity" (Nirodhi)

Baptism of Fire. Merging with Fiery Divine "Mahadouble"

The "Root"

"Raising of Kundalini"

Entering the Abode of the Creator

Conclusion

Bibliography

Self-Discipline and Energy

The initial stage of spiritual work is not sattva yet. It is still rajas. And among the most important factors that determine success at this stage are energy and self-discipline, cultivating the ability to make efforts and super-efforts on the spiritual Path.

These qualities can be perfectly developed by engaging in various dynamic sport activities, of which especially great are those that connect one with living nature (hiking, mountain climbing etc.). Practicing oriental martial arts would also be very good for that purpose. But it is important to emphasize, that this practice should in no way lead to growth of aggressiveness, brutality and rudeness. Another important thing to understand is that the techniques of martial arts per se cannot lead an adept to spiritual heights: this can be achieved only by working with chakras and through mastering the art of meditation, which are integral parts of training in the best schools of this orientation.

In any specific kind of study at this stage — be it karate, hiking or else — both instructors and students should pay their principal attention to increasing the level of their morality, which is based on causing no unnecessary harm to any living beings (see [7-17] for details).

It would be appropriate for everyone to start thinking about and to make right decisions regarding their service according to karma yoga principles and change professional occupation, if necessary, or start studying in order to acquire a new profession.

 

 
 

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