(1) First sit with a straight back in a quiet, relaxing environment. Don’t lie down because you don’t want to confuse your mind, you’re not taking a nap; meditation is very different than the relaxation of sleep. Instead of resting, while mediating you are fully alert and conscious. Don’t eat before meditating because the digestive process interferes with mediation (digestion is also a brain thing). Set aside enough time every day for meditating because just like exercise when you do it consistently the effects are most noticeable. Keep your eyes half-open without focusing on anything or close them. Breathe deeply and slowly from your abdomen rather than your chest inhaling for count of 3, exhaling for count of 6, repeat over and over for 5 minutes then try to increase to 15 to 20 minutes. Relax every muscle in your body. Focus your attention on one word while letting your mind rest on the flow of your breath. (2) Mahamantra meditation technique makes your mind sthira. Sthira means firm or rooted. The mind is all the time oscillating with thoughts. This meditation makes your mind still by making it enter into the zone of no-mind. It is like a jumping board to enter into Infinity, to merge with Existence or God. It is an ancient Tibetan – Buddhist technique. This meditation should be done on an empty stomach, either alone or as a group. Total duration is 30 minutes. You may use the audiocassette to aid you in the meditation. Mahamantra Meditation Part 1: Sit cross-legged in a comfortable position on the floor. Your head, neck and spine should be in a straight line. Those of you who are not able to sit on the floor may sit on a chair. Feel relaxed and close your eyes. Even after we close our eyes, we see forms and images from behind the eyelids. To counter this, imagine that your eyeballs have become as hard as stones, then the images will die. Keep your lips together and produce the sound ‘Mmmm…’ from inside. If you were to put your face inside an empty aluminum vessel and make a humming sound, the sound generated will be similar to this. Note that this is not ‘Humm…’ or ‘Omm…’, it is simply keeping your lips together and producing ‘Mmmm…’ sound. The humming should be as lengthy as possible between breathes; it should be as deep as possible (from the navel center) and as loud as possible. There is no need to make an effort to take in deep breaths, the body itself will take breaths when needed. Don’t become tense, just do it in a relaxed manner. Immerse your whole being and energy into creating this vibration. Try to minimize the gap between the humming sounds. After some time, you will feel that the humming continues without your effort and that you have become simply a listener! At the end of 20 minutes, stop the humming (if you are playing the cassette, you will hear ‘Stop!’, and you stop as you are, abruptly). Mahamantra Meditation Part 2: After stopping the humming, remain silent and inactive for 10 minutes in a blissful mood with a smiling face. (The cassette will play music for these 10 minutes). During this time, the Energy created by the 20 minutes of humming will enter all the corners of your being and cleanse it. If any thought comes to your mind let it come. Simply watch your mind and don’t resist any thought.