Category Archives: Thoughts

~Superconscious Chanting~

Superconscious chanting is a form of chanting of which it is said that the vibrations of the chanting, especially of the cosmic vibration “Aum” or “Om,” are converted internally into realization, and as such they are established in the superconscious, subconscious and conscious minds. This is considered by many to be a very deep and accomplished experience, and one which may take many years of practice.

Superconscious chanting allows for the spiritual experience of the deeper truths. Once a chant has brought about a response from the superconscious, some describe it as having been spiritualized.

~Sthitaprajna~

Sthitaprajna is a Sanskrit term that means “contented,” “calm” and “firm in judgment and wisdom.” It is a combination of two words: sthita, meaning “existing,” “being” and “firmly resolved to,” and prajna, meaning “wise,” “clever” and “intelligent.”

In the Bhagavad Gita, sthitaprajna refers to a man of steady wisdom. The yogi is described in Sloka 55 as a sthitaprajna when he “renounces completely all the desires of the mind, when he is fully satisfied with his mind fixed in Atman.”

~Divya Chakshu~

According to Hindu scriptures, Divya Chakshu is the divine, psychic eye, otherwise known as the third eye. In the Upanishads, it is said that the human body has ten gates – nine for the external world (two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, mouth, anus & genitals) and a tenth for the inner realms of divine consciousness (the third eye). The Divya Chakshu is thought to be a portal to intuitive wisdom and higher realms of consciousness.

~Bija~

Bija is a Sanskrit term that literally translates to “seed.” In yoga, this word can be used in a number of ways. Firstly, bija is a metaphor for the starting point or origin of all creation. It’s the seed from which everything originated.

Another common use of the term is to refer to bija mantras. These are seed mantras — one syllable sounds which have no literal meaning, but connect to spiritual principles or energies. It is believed that these seeds have the potential to accelerate physical, emotional and spiritual growth and transformation.

~Yantra~

Yantra is a mystical diagram used in the Indian religions and philosophy for worship. It is used to help in meditation and for the benefits of its purported occult powers based on Tantric texts and Hindu astrology. It is a type of mandala, which is a spiritual symbol representing the universe.

In classical Sanskrit, the word, yantra, means “instrument,” “apparatus” or “contrivance.” It is derived from the root word, yam, meaning “to support” or “to sustain the essence of an object/concept.”

~Jai~

Jai is a Hindi word, directly translated as ‘victory’. Derived from the Sanskrit word jaya, Jai is the modern Indian pronunciation, used as ‘hail to’ someone, or to indicate praise and admiration. The word jaya has ancient roots, appearing in Vedic literature such as in Atharvaveda and in post-Vedic literature such as the Mahabharatat.

Jai can be used either as a prefix to a person or deities’ name as a mark of respect, or alone as an exclamation equivalent to “victory to all that is good.” Jai may also be used as a parting comment in everyday communication, similar to wishing someone godspeed in English.