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Shavasana: Definition Inner meaning by Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993
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Glossary of words in hinduism spirituality (A ~ L)

Maya - concept of maya (illusion) as advocated by adi shankaracharya

Meditation - meaning and practicing Meditation Yoga in hinduism

Moksha - what does Moksha Salvation stands for in hinduism

Mrityu - concept of death rebirth reincarnation beginning of new Life

Mukti Liberation

Nirvikalpa Samadhi - reaching the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi - how?

Parmanand - stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi - experiencing bliss ananda

Prarabdha Karma

Punarjanma - concept of rebirth - relationship between body and soul


Sanatana Purusha - beginning less existence of almighty creator god

Self Realization

Shavasana - yogic posture of shavasana in Meditation - the death pose

Shiva Lingam

Shraddha - absolute Faith in God - necessity on the path of spirituality

Shruti - meaning of shruti in hinduism - mode of cosmic communication

Siddhi - meaning of siddhi - how can we acquire a siddhi as in Spirituality


Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa

Sukkha - Definition happiness sukha - relationship with Karma

Svadhyaya - study of the inner self practised in isolation - mauna stage

Tapasvi - who is a tapasvi - meaning of tapas - practicing austerities

Tej - role ambrosia tejas plays in the field of Spirituality - what this tej

Tyaagi - Importance of being a tyaagi forsaker on the path of spirituality

Upanishads - treatises commentaries by Sages of different era

Vedanta - end of vedas vedanta signifies importance of Bhagavad Gita

Vedas - words of god veda not composed by Humans dictated by god

Yoga - meaning Meditation in hinduism Yoga entails deeper meaning

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Shavasana the dead pose

Shavasana: shavasan is that yogic posture practicing which one is able to still his hyper active brain, control thought process by gaining absolute control over one's breathing. In practice very few people breathe correctly. Most inhale air through their mouth instead of nostrils and suck it into stomach. Air is supposed to be inhaled into the chest to keep your body hale and hearty.

Without proper oxygen intake the whole body structure tends to malfunction. You frequently fall ill, leading to Heart Strokes and failures. Exercising helps the body to gain fresh oxygen into the blood stream and expel out impure waste air. Shavasana is the highest form of yogic exercise, which helps one to promote self to highest level of Spiritual evolution.

Did you know ... You can establish contact with the creator by establishing absolute control over Shavasana. Mahavira did it. Gautama Buddha learnt it though later in Life. Jesus Christ came to India to learn it. Prophet Mohammed practiced it while hidden in caves. Without gaining control over breathing process through shavasana ... one cannot Realize God. It is an absolute must.

The importance of learning the correct rhythm of Shavasana is evident in the fact ... while trying to establish contact with the Almighty Creator you may pronounce "OM" innumerable times, the results being always nil.

Every Spiritual syllable or mantra needs to be pronounced after attaining a certain level of Spiritual upliftment. Understanding the literal meaning of a word does no good. We have to delve deeper to learn the Cosmic Truths, the hidden meanings. Once the meaning is clear, chanting a mantra makes it resonate all over the Cosmos resulting in invocation of the deity it is meant for. Chanting of "OM" brings us near to God Almighty.

Chanting of any mantra when done in shavasana pose brings multifold results. The chanting is done not by the body but by atman the soul within. For an Atman to work in unison with the body, it requires stillness of the body. No tension ... Absolute Calm.

Shavasana can be properly learnt from any Yogic Teacher adept in Yoga (Meditation). Most Indian Saints are well versed in spiritual practices and yogic exercises form a part of their daily curriculum.

One can easily locate the right guru (The Spiritual Teacher) for purpose of learning shava asana. Shavasana is best practiced in early morning hours before getting up from the bed or in the night while going to sleep. One can always by practicing shavasana make his body go to deep sleep enabling atman the soul within to play its part. During mid-day rest after meal also one can practice shavasana.

Shava asana is a pose to be practiced whenever body is under tension. Shavasana completely releases all tensions within the body giving the body a new vigor. One must daily practice shavasana posture. It not only helps elevate one on Spiritual plane but also improves the quality of Daily Life.


My Experience:

When I was in 8th standard, my Father found me sleeping in my room in a disheveled posture. Though I was having a sound sleep, when I got up he insisted on teaching me a posture in which one can have an absolutely sound sleep. (I used to have severe head-aches, perhaps that was the reason of his wanting to teach me this art.)

He taught me shavasana, a form of Yogic Exercise. In this Asana, one by one all parts of the body are to be presumed drop dead. A stage comes when complete body gets stilled. One can distinctly hear the breathing of the self. Now it is very possible to invoke those mighty powers whom we call deities, Man Gods and The Creator himself.

My Father when he taught me this very special art was not aware of what gems of Yoga he was disseminating to me. It was only later when I looked at my Father ... a person of the materialistic World ... I realized that the full potential of this art "Shavasana" had been utilized only by me in the whole family.

Initially when I practiced this art, I fell asleep ... a deep sleep very invigorating and refreshing. As I lay down to sleep, I tried to keep awake and concentrate on opening a dialogue with an imaginary God on matters of which I wanted the solution. Many queries getting solved one by one. I felt ecstatic at times when I got up in the morning. I gained control over my senses and mind to a stage when I could take myself (I as an Atman, The Soul Within in its primitive pure form) out from the body at night ... travel all over the Cosmos.

The best part I liked doing was rotating round and round over 400KV electricity cable lines ... one factor, which confirmed that atman the soul within can never be a slave of any Worldly Manifestations. Even electricity was something to be enjoyed. The Mind waves always travel at frequency higher than that of electricity. In the night Working in Zero Gravity, pursuing fighter planes and space objects while in sub-conscious state was becoming exhilarating day by day.

My intuition told me I was not practicing a prohibited form of Yoga. I was practicing Yoga in its highest form. By Yoga is meant invoking pure thoughts through a Body conditioned perfect by Yogic Exercises.

This practice of shavasana unknowingly was awakening my Kundalini. Kundalini is that aspect of a manifested body which when awakened brings about the changes in the physical body.

All the bliss, Ecstasy is felt owing to Kundalini awakening. The awakening of Kundalini results in secretions within the brain leading to opening up of dormant energy sources within the brain.

The higher we proceed on the path of Practicing "Shavasana"... More advanced are our Spiritual gains. Shavasana can be best practiced by one who is truthful in all acts of his Life. Apart from Truthfulness, celibacy is also required to be practiced in right earnestness. Only then can we hope of getting the desired results.

By: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani"

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