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The term laya means dissolution, melting of all karmic conditioning and limitations that have accrued as result of various occurrences and incidents which took place in the course of one's entire lifetime. It is derived from the root li, meaing "to become dissolved" or "vanish" but also to "to cling" and "to remain sticking." This dual connotation of the verbal root li is preserved in the word laya The barriers of a preconditioned life become gradually dissolved, until the soul sees the enlightening world of freedom and salvation (Kaivalya). Laya means to absorb or to dissolve. The word Yoga means unity or reconciliation. One can say that the whole phrase may be interpreted as: the yoga of absorbing dissolution in God's Spirit.
Laya-Yoga makes meditative "absorption" or "dissolution"(laya) its focus. The laya-yogins seek to meditatively dissolve themselves by clinging solely to the transcendental Self. They endeavor to transcend all memory traces and sensory experiences by dissolving the microcosm, the mind, into the transcendental Being-Consciousness-Bliss. Their goal is to progressively dismantle their inner universe by way of intense contemplation, until only the singular transcendental Reality, the Self, remains.
The laya-yogins are concerned with transcending karmic patterns within their own mind to the point at which their inner cosmos becomes dissolved. In this endeavor they utilize many practices and concepts from Tantra-Yoga, which also can be found in Hatha-Yoga, especially the model of the subtle body with its psycho energetic centers and currents. Central to Laya-Yoga moreover, is the important notion of Kundalini-shakti, the serpent power, which represents the universal life force as manifested in the human body. The arousal and manipulation of this tremendous force also is the principle objective of the hatha-yogin. In fact, Laya-Yoga can be understood as the higher, meditative phase of Hatha-Yoga.
Laya Yoga is a practical art of meditation and contemplation based on the ancient knowledge relating to chakras (energy centres).
Laya Yoga is such a form of yoga in which Unity: the Highest Unification, also known as samadhi, is attained in the process of laya, additionally referred to as fana by Sufis, or nirvana by Buddhists. One can say that laya means a deep concentration (attentiveness, focusing), which brings about a gradual dissolution and absorption of the structures of material ego in an utterly pure power of the Highest Consciousness.
Laya is a process of gradual absorption of basic energies that generate our material form so that Consciousness (Chittam) becomes released (liberated, redeemed) from all phenomena that are not spiritual, or where the divine enlightening power of Pure Spirit is concealed inside. One can say that consciousness that is absorbed in concentration on God and submerged in God, becomes progressively so preoccupied with it that everything that does not represent spirituality discards it and becomes annihilated. What remains is the imperishable existence of the Eternal Spirit, the real substance and essence of a human being.
Dikshan: initiation into Laya Yoga means that a bond has been established between a human spirit clad in a body and the Eternal, the Highest and the Holiest Spirit of God, Brahman, that remains bodiless. The energy of initiation is a transmission of power from The Holy Spirit and reconciliation with God in the Holy Spirit. It facilitates concentration on the Spirit and Truth, as well as genuinely pious and inspired prayer. One can say that initiation is always an introduction in the Holy Spirit undergone for the practice of spiritual dissolution in God.
The Eternal Spiritual School, also called "Brotherhood of Mystery" or "The Path of Absorption" has been founded on the teachings and practices of Laya Yoga, transmitted in ancient times by Lord Shiva to his disciples and devotees named chela. Chohan (Lord) Shiva founded a total of twelve lines of yoga transmission, which constitute complete and comprehensive teaching and training systems in all stages of man's route of spiritual development. Laya Yoga is a transmission line watched over by great Mahatmas from Ashram located in the Himavanti Valley. We even label it as "The Light of Himavanti".
The succession line, i.e. the spiritual tradition from which Laya Yoga originated, is also called Himavanti, or, in more accurate terms, Himavanti Confraternity Brotherhood (HCB). The seven-stage path (marga) of spiritual growth that causes one to dissolve in an infinite grace of the ocean of compassion of the highest God is a basis for the entire spirituality represented by successions of Gurus (Spiritual Leaders), who in turn pass on one of the most ancient and esoteric forms of Yoga teaching. Traditionally, in the lead of the entire transmission line as well as its forms appear: Guru Shiva (The Merciful One), more familiar in his numerous emanations as the Venerable Father, Babaji, and his spouse, known as Devi Parvati (Daughter of the Mountain, i.e. the venerable Mahatma Himavant). Acharyas: those ordained in the process of spiritual transmission to play the part of messengers or apostles of the succession line belonging the Vedic Laya Yoga, constitute the groundwork of yoga teachings.
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