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

"Shavasana" is relaxation of body and mind in the position of lying on the back.

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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

Shavasana

Shavasana

All sessions involving work with chakras and meridians should be followed by a relaxation exercise called "Shavasana". It allows one to rest from bioenergetic work, which can be very tiring, as well as to get rid of bioenergetic defects that have not been eliminated yet.

"Shavasana" is relaxation of body and mind in the position of lying on the back.

We need to lie on the back and make sure that we feel comfortable. Nothing should distract us. Then we begin to relax the body starting with the toes. We may imagine a surface perpendicular to the axis of the body — like a glass wall — and move it through the body from the toes to the head; behind this surface no tension remains. We lose any sensation of those parts of the body behind the surface. Alienate them, saying mentally: "This is not mine, this is not mine!…" If we regain sensation of any part of the body move the plane through this section once again. After the surface has passed the head you may experience the following states:

The first state: consciousness (self-awareness) vanishes. You fall in something resembling a deep sleep, but this is not a sleep. Consciousness is regained in about 18-20 minutes. You feel thoroughly rested, as if after a long deep sleep. This is quite a blissful state. You do not have to stand up abruptly, just enjoy it.

The second state: consciousness remains, but absolute peace comes down. You may scan the entire body with an "inner sight". You may enter the inner space of your body from below and see light and dark regions. Gray or black colors mean disorders on one of energetic planes, which correspond to the manifest or still latent stages of diseases. Try to gather all dark stuff in heaps as if with a rake and throw it outside the body.

When doing shavasana we may also experience involuntary going out from the material body: we may suddenly become aware of ourselves being in our usual form but in an unusual position — for example, soaring above the floor or standing on the head and so on. There is nothing to worry about, though: once we feel like getting back into the body — we will find ourselves there right away. But under no circumstances one should encourage oneself to perform such exits: these are still exits into a coarse space dimension — into the so-called "astral plane". One should learn how to exit immediately into the highest spatial dimensions, but the methods for doing this are different.

Children under the age of 12 must not be taught shavasana: having realized that they are out of the body they do not always want to get back into it.

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All these exercises should be practiced regularly: it is impossible to get the full effect from them after only one session.

 
 
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"Shavasana" is relaxation of body and mind in the position of lying on the back