The Isthalinga Meditation — Route to Third Eye Awakening
The Isthalinga Meditation Program In India
Let Us Walk the Path to Third Eye Awakening with Isthalinga Meditation Program at Shwaasa Yoga Center. Reach the pinnacle of human existence and deliver yourself towards complete liberation for achieving heightened spiritual and physical powers and experiences under the esteemed guidance of the great yoga luminary Shwaasa Guru Sri Vachananand Swamiji.
The Concept And Meaning Of ‘Isthalinga’
The word “Linga” or “Isthalinga” in simple words stands for ‘an outline, a shape, or a form’. It is a sacred piece of an object formed of light granite hued slate stone. The stone has the immense power to create electricity when activated. It is the most vital element for conducting an effective practice of ‘Isthalinga Meditation’. In order to keep the power of the stone contained, a paste composed of special ingredients is caked on the layer of the stone.
The color of this adhesive is indigo, ultramarine, or mid-night blue, representing the color of the creator, Lord Shiva. The shape of Isthalinga holds exacts resemblance with that of Lord Shiva’s Third Eye located right between his eyebrows. The purpose of this Isthalinga is to activate the Third Eye Chakra, also known as the Agneya Chakra through the method of Isthalinga Meditation for spiritual awakening and achieving the highest power of the invaluable cosmic intelligence. The hue of the coated paste and the color of the Agneya Chakra (Third Eye) located between the eyebrows react with each other owing to the similarity of their form and composition. This reaction creates a surge of electromagnetic waves activating the pineal gland that is situated in the third cavity of the brain (the cerebral aqueduct), a gland which remains dormant otherwise for a lifetime.
Isthalinga can be made in various forms. Some people create Isthalinga from mud wherein they create and resurrect the Isthalinga from the same or a fresh mold of mud as part of the Isthalinga Meditation process. At Shwaasa, our Guru makes the use of specific herbs on the Ishta Isthalinga for enhanced and more focused meditation practice.
Isthalinga Meditation requires the use of consistent and intense concentration on an object, akin to the technique of Trataka Meditation. Usually, a candle light, an oil lamp, or camphor is used during the practice.
Relation Between Isthalinga Meditation And Pineal Gland
A human being, complex as he is, is blessed with a great legacy ‘Sense’ – the sense of being, the sense of touch, taste, smell, and listening. Each of these senses is transmitted through specific channels, interplayed by individual glands in a human body. The sense of being, the sense of thought are transmitted by the pineal gland in our body. Sited in the third cavity of the brain, the capacity and function of this gland has been a unique object of research and discussion for Scientologists and Gurus since ages. Scientists agree that the pineal gland is a precise representation of the Third Eye (akin to the third eye of Lord Shiva). However, it is completely dormant and inactive. And, it remains so throughout a lifetime, if not tapped. In addition to this reality, the experts also assert that owing to its cosmic composition, it is more than capable of growth and can be activated to its full potential. When activated, the ability of thought, intuition, analysis, prediction reaches the level of infinity and celestial intelligence is attained to its full potential, inaccessible by most humans. Even though the activation of this gland is not easily reachable by an ordinary human being, it is possible through a dedicated and inert process of Isthalinga Meditation. The entire method of Isthalinga Meditation is aimed at developing the pineal gland by performing Trataka Technique on the Isthalinga in the hand. When the pineal gland which is the gland of celestial intelligence awakens, the man reaches the height of their consciousness where the entire cosmic falls in sync with their existence. The ‘third eye’ which is a demonstration of the Agneya Chakra on the forehead is the root of spiritual awakening and can only be established by bringing the pineal gland into motion from its dormant state.
Established Advantages Of The Isthalinga Meditation Course At Shwaasa
While the majestic benefits of Isthalinga Meditation are hard to put into mere words, the science behind Isthalinga Meditation goes beyond the ordinary interpretations and its benefits are just as eternal. Here is a small glimpse of what you shall experience and reap while undergoing the Isthalinga Meditation program at Shwaasa Yoga Center:
Vachanand Swamiji’s Isthalinga Meditation – ‘A Hymn To The Third Eye’
Swamiji has always believed in making nature a part of all the processes and practices he does as well as teaches. He believes in being close to Mother Earth and encourages his students to include as much nature as they can during their meditation.
Isthalinga Meditation technique aims at stirring the inactive pineal gland in most feasible and effective manner. The method is scientific and highly powerful. It has the capacity to alter a basic human nature into a divine being.
While most of the Isthalingas are made from mud, Swamiji developed a unique technique. He has introduced the concept of Isthalingas made from various special herbs. When you concentrate on the Isthalinga on your hand, you are benefitted by the herbs. Also, when you close your eyes and finally visualize the Isthalinga on your Third Eye chakra, you feel a special sensation, which the other Isthalinga meditation practitioners don’t. The power of the special herbs is so wonderful that you feel ecstatic, even though you are doing nothing but your usual Third Eye or Ajna Meditation.
The Isthalinga Meditation Program With Swamiji
The salient objective of Isthalinga Meditation Program at Shwaasa is to lead towards the awakening of the dormant pineal gland through a highly meticulous, evolved, and a definitive process of Isthalinga Meditation. The aim is to help the students transcend: from humane to divinity.
As the Agneya Chakra and the Pineal Gland activate, you shall also experience the awakening of Kundalini Energy lying inside you. Our Guru Swami Vachanandaji takes each student through a highly transformative journey through a series of transcendental experiences during the tenure of the program.
While undergoing the Isthalinga Meditation Program with Swamiji, the journey of each student spans in three demonstrated processes – Kala, being the first stage; Bindi being the second, and Nada, being the third. During the ‘Kala’ stage, we shall take you through the practice of worshipping the Ishta-Isthalinga which is coated with a specially formulated paste fused with specific herbs prepared by the Guru himself. This formulation takes you towards more enhanced and heightened experiences during the worship.
During the second stage, through the Trataka technique, gazing at the core of the Isthalinga shall be practiced through a series of pre-modulated steps. At this stage, Bindu (speck of light) is located at the Isthalinga wherein electromagnetic waves are generated. These waves collide with the Pineal Gland and the Brow Chakra in the body. By the conclusion of the program, you shall experience a ray of light surging through the entire body. You feel luminous and radiant from deep within. You feel reborn and closest to the divine.
The Isthalinga Mediation Program Outcomes At Shwaasa
The complex nature of a human being cannot be defined or saved by commodities or technology. It is only possible through an eternal route of self-realization and psychical awakening. Only then can he lead a life in a complete sense unmarred by flaws or mediocrity. The Isthalinga Meditation Program at Shwaasa Yoga Center leads towards activating the ‘light of divinity’ for the complete insurgence of the body’s internal strength and demeanor.
Reach the point of perfection, truth, and divinity within the self.
Maintain boundless peace, tranquility, and wisdom with the ability to conquer and deal with any kind of situation time throws at you.
Witness the divine light surge and activate the Third Eye Chakra (Agneya Chakra) as observed in the Isthalinga during the practice.
Unearth the epitome of cosmic intelligence dormant inside you.
Yoga tradition states that there are several routes leading to spiritual knowledge and self-realization. Isthalinga Meditation is the strongest of all. Open the door to immense spiritual and psychical powers while leading towards mental, physical, and spiritual awakening representing the divine union and immortality.
Guided Isthalinga Meditation
- Sit comfortably in your favorite meditative posture, with your head, neck and back straight
- Gently close your eyes
- Withdraw your mind from all places to the awareness of your self
- Be aware of the space that your body is occupying, which is the temple of divinity, and nothing else
- Be aware of this moment in time, and nothing else
- Relax the seat of your mind, relax your forehead, relax your eyebrows and eyes, relax your nostrils, relax your cheeks, relax your jaws, relax the corners of your mouth, relax your chin, relax your throat center, relax your neck muscles, relax your shoulders, relax your shoulder joints, relax your upper arms, relax your elbows, relax your lower arms (forearms), relax your wrists, relax your hands, relax your fingers, relax your finger joints, relax your finger tips, relax your finger tips in reverse order to your shoulders, relax your shoulders, relax your throat center, relax your chest, relax your spiritual heart center, relax your stomach, relax your navel center, relax your abdominal region, relax your hips, relax your thigh joints, relax your thigh muscles, relax your knees, relax your calf muscles, relax your ankles, relax your feet, relax your toes, relax the tip of your toes, breathe as though your breath is flowing through your entire body, repeat 4 times, relax your toes, relax your feet, relax your ankles, relax your calf muscles, relax your knees, relax your thigh muscles, relax your thigh joints, relax your hips, relax your abdominal region, relax your navel center, relax your stomach, relax your spiritual heart center, relax your chest, relax your throat center, relax your shoulders, relax your shoulder joints, relax your upper arms, relax your elbows, relax your lower arms (forearms), relax your wrists, relax your hands, relax your fingers, relax your finger joints, relax your finger tips, relax your finger tips in reverse order to your shoulders, relax your shoulders, relax your throat center, relax your chin, relax your jaws, relax the corners of your mouth, relax your cheeks, relax your nostrils, relax your eyes, relax your eyebrows, relax your forehead, relax the seat of your mind
- Breathe as though your breath is flowing through your entire body, repeat 4 times
- Once again make sure that your spine and neck are straight, your limbs relaxed
- Gently bring your attention to your breathing
1) Observe the flow of your breath, do not alter your breath, just observe the flow of your breath
2) As you observe the flow of your breath, your breath will slow down
3) Establish diaphragmatic breathing
4) Observe the gentle rise and fall of your stomach and navel region, observe how the area gently contracts as you exhale and expands as you inhale
5) Observe the movement with the gentle rythm of your breathing
- Having established diaphragmatic breathing, now do nadi shodhanam (alternate nostril breathing)
- Now again become aware of your diaphragmatic breathing
- Now observe the path of your breath from your navel to your nostrils and from the nostrils to your navel
1) Breathe smoothly, gently and without any break between the inhale and the exhale
2) There should be no jerking, no pause and no sound in your breathing
3) The length of each inhale and exhale should be the same
- Now bring your awareness to your nostrils and feel the flow and the touch of your breath in your nostrils
- Let your breath flow slowly, smoothly and freely
- Let your mantra arise in your mind
- Now maintain the flow of your mantra along with the flow of your breath and feel the flow and the touch of your breath and the mantra in your nostrils
- There should be no break, no pause and no sound between the mantra and your breath
- Now observe how your breath, your mantra and your mind are flowing together in a single stream
- Now bring your awareness of the mantra to your ajna chakra (third eye chakra)
- Maintaining the awareness of the flow of your mantra in your ajna chakra now gently open your eyes, allowing the state to continue even with opened eyes
- Now slowly place your Ishtalinga on the palm of your left hand, raising it so that it comes in line with the center of your eyebrows (ajna chakra)
- With half closed eyes now observe your face in the Ishtalinga, which should be reflected in the coating of the Ishtalinga
- Now fix your attention upon the ajna chakra which is reflected in the Ishtalinga
- Now begin to concentrate upon the ajna chakra reflection on the Ishtalinga with the same continuous awareness of the mantra
- Let your concentration go deeper and deeper
- The concentrated gaze accompanied by the mantra on the Ishtalinga reveals the inner light known as pranalinga or jyotirlinga
- The gaze on the inner light leads you to the realization of your innermost light which is called the bhavalinga
- Now gently close your eyes
- Now slowly, with full awareness of the mantra bring your left palm with the Ishtalinga down and make the bhairavi linga mudra by placing your left palm with the Ishtalinga above your right palm, so that the palms of both hands are facing up and resting in your lap
- Now let your mind settle in the ajna chakra and establish the Ishtalinga in the ajna chakra
- Now feel as though the mantra is arising from within the Ishtalinga
- Let the mantra appear within the Ishtalinga
- Now again feel the flow of your breath in your nostrils and let the mind continue to remember the mantra, keeping the flow of the mantra in your mind as long as you wish
- Now continue to maintain the same awareness of the mantra flow
- Now gently bring your left palm with the Ishtalinga to the center of your eyebrows
- Now gently open your eyes
- Now surrender your meditation to the Ishtalinga and the guru lineage
- Let the Ishtalinga remain in your ajna chakra while your eyes remain open…