Aryeh Kaplan's Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide PDF

By Aryeh Kaplan

Scholars of mediation are typically shocked to find Jewish mediation culture exists and that it was once an actual and crucial a part of mainstream Judaism until eventually the eighteenth century.

Jewish Meditation is a step by step advent to meditation and the Jewish perform of meditation particularly. This functional advisor covers such themes as mantra meditation, contemplation, and visualization inside a Jewish context. It indicates us how you can use meditative options to reinforce prayer utilizing the normal liturgy--the Amidah and the Shema. via uncomplicated workouts and transparent motives of idea, Rabbi Kaplan offers us the instruments to boost our religious strength via an authentically Jewish meditative perform.

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This is very m uch like a child playing w ith her teddy bear. W hen the child is restless or unhappy, she is cheered up by her teddy bear. T hen she once again becomes interested in other things. However, there is always something to come back to— h er teddy bear. That is your breath. You slide down, and then you have to walk around and climb the stairs back up the slide, and then you can slide down again. Going down the slide is similar to riding the breath out. W hen you finish your ride, there’s a gap, and you breathe in, which is like climbing back up the slide.

Everything falls into place, into its real place. You find that you fit perfecdy into the jigsaw puzzle o f the awakened world. There is no struggle or artificiality involved. The situation feels good and precise— almost ideal. Your breath is constantly going in and out. You can feel yourself inhaling and exhaling through your m outh and your nostrils. Just pay attention to your breath, your natural breath. It m ight be rough or deep if you had to run to get to the meditation hall. O r your breathing might be quite shallow.

I can’t tell you exactly how you should make decisions, because its a very personal thing. I can tell you what I do my­ self. I wouldn’t suggest that you mimic or copy me, particu­ larly, but you m ight find m y approach helpful. W hen I have to make a decision, I look closely at what is occurring right now, at the very point when I have to make up my mind. T h e idea is to approach looking at the situation with a complete fresh­ ness o f mind. After that, consideration and responsibility come into play.

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