Learn Deep Meditation
Some Reasons for Meditation
- Relief from stress
- Emotional turmoil
- Confusion, mental fog/dullness
- Sense that there is more to life
- Desire to connect to something greater
What is Neelakantha Meditation?
Neelakantha Meditation, as taught in Blue Throat yoga, is a seated, closed-eyed meditation practice that is easy, natural and a highly effective, householder practice. It is easy and natural because it uses the natural tendencies of the mind to help navigate attention inward. It is also has no harsh concentration techniques nor complicated visualizations/methods one has to memorize.
Neelakantha Meditation is also a highly effective, householder practice. There are meditation practices that assist one with “giving up” the world and practices that assist one with “being in” the world. This practice works well for those who want to “be-in” the world: work as the world defines it, raise a family, engage in community, and enjoy worldly things. Performed regularly and over time, this practice transforms one’s attitude and awareness thereby embracing the world in a more joyful and productive way. Individual growth is accelerated, long held stresses are released and one has more energy and intelligence to accomplish and assist in their day-to-day tasks.
The practice itself is ancient and is grounded and rooted in the mystical teachings of Kashmir Shaivism. Kashmir Shaivism is widely held as the highest body of esoteric teachings that has come forth to date. It is a living practice, which means that the teachings and practices are not to be found in any book or video but have been carefully handed down from teacher to student to maintain the integrity of the wisdom.
A Formal Process of Learning
Learning Neelakantha Meditation has the benefit of “individualized formal instruction”. It wants an individual to “succeed” so it is taught very carefully and precisely. Depending on the individual, this material can be organized and learned over the weekend or spread out during the week. It usually consists of 8-10 learning hours to learn it correctly and to have a solid foundation for practicing.
Formal Instruction Criteria
- Key Characteristics of Neelakantha Meditation
- Heart seed Mantra: Hrdaya Bija Mantra
- Precision of the practice
- Relationship of Consciousness to the Individual
- Values of Consciousness
- Spectrum of Reality and relation to activity
- States of Consciousness
- Inward and outward currents
- Unity of body/mind
- Process of purification
- Structure of Awareness
- Turiya State
- Self-sufficiency and Adult Spirituality
- Common misunderstandings and myths around meditation
Neelakantha Meditation teaches self-sufficiency. Once you have the practice, you don’t need any one to lead you. As your practice deepens, it is quite normal to have questions or want more clarity. Blue Throat Yoga is here to help support you—should you need it… this practice offers 18 months of free support. This includes live teleseminars with Paul Muller-Ortega and the guiding group, access to a library of resources including pre-recorded teleseminars, transcripts with translation and commentary, and an audio FAQs. This is a library that is always expanding! In addition you will be invited to local monthly meditation groups on Oahu where you can ask questions or deepen your understanding.
“Where you choose to place your attention matters deeply. Turn your attention to what is fundamentally powerful for the growth of your life in a positive way. Turn it towards your own intelligence, compassion, love and creativity.” –Paul Muller-Ortega
Professor Paul Muller-Ortega, Ph.D., is recognized internationally as one of the world’s most highly respected and renowned academic scholars in the field of Indian Religion and Hindu Tantra. He is the founder of Blue Throat Yoga, which teaches the elegant Svatantra philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism, along with the practice of Neelakantha Meditation.
For nearly fifty years, Paul has been a pioneer in the technology of Consciousness, lecturing and teaching about meditation and Indian philosophy to hundreds of thousands of people in North and South America, Europe, and India. Through his books, articles, essays, commentaries, and translations, Paul has earned a reputation for his unparalleled scholarly authenticity and for being a charismatic teacher with a remarkable capacity to convey esoteric truths and teachings. Paul’s teachings are highly accessible, relevant, and comprehensible to the Western mind.
Paul Muller-Ortega is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Triadic Heart of Shiva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta on the Non-Dual Shaivism of Kashmir, (State University of New York Press, 1989), in which he examines the “Heart” as the mystical core of Consciousness. He is also one of the co-authors of Meditation Revolution, as well as numerous scholarly articles on aspects of Tantric Studies.
Professor Paul Muller-Ortega earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Yale University in 1971. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, where he studied Sanskrit, Indian Religions, and Asian Philosophy and Culture. For twenty-five years he was a Professor of Religion at Michigan State and then the University of Rochester, and was known for his passionate and innovative teaching style and enrolled-to-capacity classes.
Paul Muller-Ortega has been a meditation practitioner and teacher for nearly fifty years. He has formally studied with several of the greatest meditation masters of our time, and subsequently has organized and taught hundreds of meditation seminars, disseminating potent practices of meditation to thousands of individuals. With this rare combination of training, experience, skill, spiritual practice, and profound insight, Paul teaches his students to abide in the heart of Consciousness: a journey that is inspiring, life changing and enlightening.