Hindu Trinity Meditation: Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma
Find a comfortable sitting position. No lotus positions necessary; however, it is recommended to sit up straight to allow any energy in the spine to move freely, as well as aiding in keeping one awake.
Breathe in softly and deeply, especially at first, until your mind settles down and the breath becomes more subtle. Breathe through your nose if possible.
As you breathe in, focus the breathe into your Third Eye. Concentrate on a spot in the middle of your forehead, just above the bridge of your nose. With that indrawing breath silently chant, Shiva.
You are withdrawing your breath from the world, withdrawing your interest from all those pursuits that you thought would bring you happiness. Or from those things that caused your fear and distaste. You are withdrawing the tendrils of the mind, like a turtle withdraws its legs. All that you need is making your eye be single, focusing on the one "I" that we all are.
Then, as you breathe in through your Third Eye, bring the breath and awareness down your spine into the middle of your chest, your heart area. Hold your breathe for a few counts without straining, chanting silently, Vishnu.
He who preserves all that is good and beautiful, who comes into the world out of compassion. Who embodies Love. Here is where your Beloved dwells. All your Happiness awaits here.
Now let the movement of the breath and awareness return and go outward down through your pelvis area, your genitals, chanting silently, Brahm, or Brahma. Letting the breath disappear as it leaves out your base of the spine and into the Earth below you.
Here is the Creator creating out of the place of love with nothing to gain, save for the pure joy of expression. Everywhere and everything is but the expression of Brahm.
And as the outward breath disappears into the Earth, in the moment of no breath, holding that breathlessness gently, silently chant, OM (AUM).
Then repeat the process again.
If your mind is particularly active, you might want to do this meditation for the full time of meditation session. Twenty minutes is a good amount, twice a day; especially for those just beginning or who have responsibilities to fulfill. Remember, no straining. Straining is what the mind does and we want the Peace of God to come through. You may also just do this meditation for a partial time of your sitting. Do this meditation, then do other practices that enhance each of the parts.
For example, with the Shiva aspect, review everything you think brings you happiness or pain, all those things, persons, events that you identify with, and with each one firmly in your mind say, "Not this, not this;" or in Sanskrit, "Neti-neti." Shiva is no thing, and thus he can be in all things. That is what you are. You are a nothing. Do whatever practice that you know that brings you to the Silence of Being, of Nothingness.
Then move into the Vishnu part of Love and Compassion, of crying for the Beloved. Perhaps you might send love out to all suffering beings or to those you might be having problems with, and see a radiant light shine upon them. Or you may just chant a Holy Name of an aspect of God, or your teacher; or cry inwardly: “My lord, my God, my Love, my All.” If you want to feel alive, then you must resonate with All That Is. And All That Is is Love; for all things are connected by the gravity of Love. And Vishnu is that. And you are that.
Then on the latter aspect, the Brahma phase, allow the mind, with tight reigns like a horse leaving the stables, to meditate on some creative idea or what is needed to be done, some goal or idea. As a Waldorf teacher, I have found this highly efficient. Instead of hours of preparation for class, like an arrow that is drawn back into the Silence of Being, my mind just brings forth my lesson plan in matter of minutes. When there is nothing to be gained, but only expressed, then fear disappears and the Creator is allowed to be creative through you, his creation.
Then end the meditation in the hum of the Om, or chant it internally. I prefer to chant it aloud as I want to bring the internal practice into the world. Home is where the Om is. Send forth the vibration that vibrates in all things throughout the universe, and be home wherever you are.
Practice this Hindu Trinity meditation daily and the Three will become One in you.
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