Everyone wants to be happy. At least consciously. The
problem is in the subconscious. Subconsciously some of us may not be ready to
give up our suffering. Some of us are so used to feeling miserable that we
don't know who we'd be if we stopped feeling sorry for ourselves. What would we
have to talk about if we quit complaining? Dr. Donald Curtis used to call it
the Plom syndrome. Poor little old me is a pretty common self-image in our
society. It doesn't lend itself to happiness. Some people's self-image is so
tied up with feeling victimized or feeling unworthy that they can't even
imagine what it would be like to be happy. Yet happiness is the birthright of
every human being.
The true nature of the sou is joy. Happiness goes way beyond pleasure or enjoyment. Happiness is an inner state of being. It comes when we are in touch with the permanent part of ourselves, the god within us, that is always in bliss. The essential nature of God is described by Vedanta philosophy as Sat, Chit, Anand truth knowledge, and bliss. Happiness is not dependent upon any outside person, event, or thing. We are each responsible for our own happiness. It is how I personally choose tot relate to a person, event, or thing, the kind of thought-feeling, or emotion that I choose to hold about it, that determines my happiness or unhappiness. I can't blame anyone else for how we feel about there own life.
Sit in easy pose, on either wool or cotton padding of some
sort. Some people use sheepskins, others prefer a folded blanket. Your
foundation should be solid so you can sit still. you can chant sitting in a
chair or even lying in bed if your physical condition requires it. Be sure to
keep your spine as straight as you can. The sequence begins with seven minutes
of chanting long Ek Ong Kars. This mantra opens all the chakras. See the things
to do section to be changed to your choice of melodies, with or without musical
accompani of all the mantras. Try them until you find one that suits parative
length of syllables and maintain the same rhythm as they would be spoken if you
were simply reciting them in a monotone without any music.
This attention to rhythm preserves the 'Naad,'' which is the inner sound, the power, of the syllables. This is very important. Not every tape that has been produced is flawless in this regard but as the scriptures say, 'Mantram Siddyam, Siddhyam Paarameshwara.' He who Masters Mantra, Master God the best judge of which morning sadhana tape works best for you. One of the many advantages to group sadhana is that you can just surrender to the process, as someone else leads the exercises and the chanting. Or, you can lead it and do I your way!