Sun and Moon, Odic and Actinic

From CHAKRA Course

IDA & PINGALA

Odic and Actinic Forces

There are two basic forces in the universe: Odic and Actinic. Odic is magnetic and is the force of collective energies that make up things such as trees, chairs, tables, houses and the physical body. It is the material world and is dense and heavy. The aura surrounding the physical body and the forces of nature which govern life on the planet earth are odic forces.

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Brahma Muhurta

There is a very special time of the day, each day that is recognized as the “Creators Hour”, which takes place in the early morning hours right before the sun rises. Exactly one hour and thirty-six minutes before sunrise.

This special time of the day is known as Brahma Muhurta, which translates as the auspicious time of Brahma and “muhurta”, which is a forty-eight minute time period. During this time there are two muhurta’s, one beginning an hour and thirty-six minutes before sunrise and the second ending forty-eight minutes before sunrise. Since the time of sunrises varies throughout the year and according to geographic location, so does the timing of Brahma Muhurta vary.

For example, if the sunrise is scheduled to take place at 7:00 am, then the Brahma Muhurta begins at 5:24 am. If sunrise scheduled for 6 am, then Brahma Muhurta begins at 4:24 am.

In the Hatha Yoga tradition, the popular asana routine, the Sun Salutation is designed especially for this ritual. Many yoga practitioners first learn this simple, traditional set of postures at the beginning of their tutelage. Through practicing these postures with a pranayama routine one learns to calm the mind and prepare for the practice of meditation.

According to Ayurveda science, the Brahma Muhurta occurs during the dosa of Vata, which are the morning hours between 2:00 am and 6:00am. The Vata hours are considered the best time to meditate with the mind at its most still, quiet state and conducive to deep meditation.

Meditation & YOGA

 

When we consider the ancient spiritual science of Yoga, the science of uniting (yoga is a verb) we learn the process of being without expectations nor attachments through applying the eight departments of this ancient science. It is the intention behind one’s actions that determine the success of meditation, the ability to bend forward or stretch up high.

This is why the intentions behind actions are so important in the practice of Yoga.  It is the intention that unites, not the actions nor the abilities.

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Intensity

It was a quiet moment in the car as we traveled down the busy, afternoon highway. The silence provided an opportunity for me to drop deep, inside myself. Meditative and contemplative, sitting in the passenger side, I was free from the concern of cars, direction or speed.

In this expanded space, I heard a voice quietly say to me, “Intensity”. The word echoed through my mind and drifted by as it dropped seeds of awareness. I repeated the words and spoke out softly in a whisper, “hmmm, intensity”.

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