Sahaj Marg, which means "Easy Path", is a
system of practical training in spirituality offered by Shri Ram Chandra
Mission. It is essentially a remodelled and simplified version of Yoga
(Yoga of the Mind). According to this system, God is simple and also,
therefore, the way to reach him must be simple. It believes that one can
reailise God within oneself by proper meditation under the guidance of a
Guru. There are no dos and don'ts. The most unique feature of Sahaj Marg
is Pranahuti (transmission). As power, through and speech can be
transmitted, so too, can spiritually, it believes. This is disciples.
The practice consists of mediation sessions in the morning, cleansing
(in which all negative thoughts are purged through meditation) in the
evening and prayers at night.
what you gain: Right attitude, freedom from stress, peace of
mind, work-life balance and normal daily schedule.
Nature is replete with various rhythms and cycles-day
follows night, night follows day and seasons come and go. Similarly,
there are biological rhythms are in sync, we feel a sense of harmony and
well-bring. When stress or illness throws them out of order, we
experience discomfort and discontent and feel harmonises the rhythms of
the body and emotions and brings them in tune with the rhythms of
nature. The breath connects the body and mind.
What you gain: Reduced levels of stress, freedom from depression
and anxiety, normal sleep patterns, increased health, well-being and
peace of mind and increased fulfillment at work.
Under the Vippassana system of meditation, each
individual is required to attend a 10-days residential course (at
Vipassana Centres across the country), which is free of cost. The
programme starts with the individual signing a form agreeing to finish
the course and follow the guidelines. For the first nine days, everyone
is required to maintain complete silence and follow a strict schedule
involving meditation. During this course of the programme, participants
are required to abstain from alcohol, stealing, lying, and sexual
activity. Trainers sit with the participants to help them concentrate
and meditate. Participants break their silence on the 10th day. The
programme teaches people to control their thoughts and look into their
inner, selves. The result, therefore, is the cleansing of the mind and
an inner, deeper perspective of oneself.
What you gain: Vipassana helps people get in touch with their
inner selves and exercise self-control. It also helps people attain
higher concentration levels.