What do we really mean when we talk of Enlightenment? Self-realization is that knowledge and experience of the true self, beyond illusion and identification with material phenomena, personality, emotional and mental identification. But you need to come to your senses to realize this and then capitalize upon this self-realization.

Receive a simple meditation technique, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda — and learn how to sit comfortably and how to create a regular practice. SRF was founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda to encourage meditation and disseminate Kriya Yoga, a definite scientific technique for attaining a direct personal experience of God.

Through poetry, meditation, and the enlightened gaze of people like Ramana, we sense this inexpressible reality at the core of our being. While hedonia may be generated on a rapid timescale, with moment-by-moment predictions being fulfilled or violated, eudaimonia may operate on a slower timescale, with conscious processing of one's situation and life satisfaction.

Using the sacrificial fire as a metaphor for interior spiritual practice, the next verse urges us to kindle the fire of asceticism (tapas) through one-pointedness of mind. Because of the longstanding connection in Indian religious history between the great god Shiva and the practice of yoga, the archeologist Sir John Marshall believed that the figure on the seal was the earliest known image of Shiva.

You will have to conquer death through pranayama and pratyahara before you leave the body because that exalted state of meditation requires you to be in the breathless state which means you begin to meditate when you no longer breathe for periods of time.