Why is it called Karman Yoga Meditation?
Etymology - The root of the Sanskrit word कर्मन् (karman) means action, and in this case particularly ‘to perform a spiritual action’.
Spiritual action, in Karman Meditation is Soul Food.
- Karman Meditation is the ultimate meditation because it is one’s daily soul food, it is a mind conditioning regime, it is a body strengthening regime (which is the reason why Shaolin monks do it every day).
- The Chakras
Each movement in the meditation regime is finely crafted over almost two thousand years to have the maximum healing, empowering and nurturing effect. We work with Universal Energy all the time. Every second, we are aware of the Universal Life force all around us, within us. Prana is what it is all about. The energy flow rises with the kundalini as the chakras are each empowered, one by one.
- The Aura
Aura is a western word for soul body, that is who we are, souls. Regular Karman Meditation makes sure that we always look our best. We radiate our best foot forward and we invite just the best of energies in that way. No negative spiritual or soul energy wants to be around (or in) you when you are radiating all positive, all health and all beauty.
- The Meridians
A meridian is the energy path of the energy flow through the body. There are 12 main meridians (6 Yin, 6 Yang), each meridian links with a chakra and vital organs.
The classic regime of fourteen moves and their corresponding spiritual and mental exercises are the original foundation of all later developments. From this foundation, hundreds of different regimes developed, for various purposes.
Short explanation of Karman Meditation
- Karman Meditation is a regime of physical movements, breathing exercises, mental exercises and meditations choreographed into a 20-30 minute psychonoumatic symphony. (psyche=soul, nous=mind, soma=body)
- Related to ancient Hatha Yoga and Yijin Jing (which is the foundation of ChiGong / Shaolin QiGong and many similar regimes).
- Karman Meditation has a track record proven to be of great benefit to people who lead otherwise sedentary lives, and is held in high esteem by Wayists all over the world.
- As with all other things, there are no promises of magic, superpowers, or instant enlightenment associated with Karman Meditation, but the physical, soul and mental health benefits are numerous.
- Karman Meditation improves circulation, muscle tone, bone density, lung capacity, spiritual energy, sexual energy, tendon health, skin tone, mind clarity and physical energy, improves resistance to disease, decreases stress and blood pressure - but it will not help you to break bricks with your head, knock rows of people over, or become a martial arts specialist.
History ... why and where did Karman Meditation start?
Karman Meditation is so old, it is difficult to get the facts on exactly where and when it was started and by whom. We do however entertain ourselves with the imperfect history that is available to us.
Karman Meditation started in the 1st century in Kashmir, in Northern India in Wayist and Buddhist monasteries. It soon became well known for its positive effects on people’s live and Kings started paying monasteries to conduct workshops for their executive staff.
By the 5th century, an Indian monk with blue eyes traveled to China where he taught Karman Meditation along with Wayist Buddhist spirituality that later became known as Zen in Japan, and Chen in China.
The monk was known to the Chinese as Bodhidharma. He had a peculiar, colorful personality: a man of few words with an unruly beard, lots of body hair, a sharp tongue, a vile temper, exceptionally obstinate and very, very deep spirituality. He was affectionately known as the “Blue eyed barbarian foreigner”. His unlikely temperament was also part of his fame, he was known as a rude and to-the-point person who had little use for words. He exhibited and taught disdain for words, saying that meditation and soul effort is where we learn Truth, not from Scriptures and sermons. You can see how this gave birth to Zen and Chen Buddhism.
Bodhidarma taught Karman Meditation to the Shaolin monks in northern China because he was appalled at their lack of physical and spiritual conditioning. Today, the Chinese version of Karman Meditation is used for training in martial arts.
Karman Meditation is steeped in the history of the East.
It has its roots in ancient Gandahara, from where it spread to in Buddhist and Hindu monasteries of SW China and North Eastern India and Nepal.
In later China, stripped of its religious/spiritual connotations (for political reasons of the time), it took the name Yi Jin Jing, which denotes a muscle and tendon exercise regime. This allowed devotees to do their meditations without fear of reprisal from authorities that did not approve of its underlying spiritual philosophy.
Karman Meditation started with twelve basic movement (excluding the opening and closing movements) that are still popular all over the world.
Regular practitioners of Karman Meditation sometimes add additional movements to their repertoire for additional psychonousomatic (soul, mind and body) benefits.
Open Eyes, No Eyelids Meditation
An anecdote on the side. Chinese tradition has it that once, Bodhidarma fell asleep during a 6-day meditation. He was so angry at his failing that he cut off his eylids to prevent that from happening again. The point of this anecdotal story is that Karman Meditation is performed with open eyes, for several physiological and spiritual reasons. This story lead to Bodhidarma being depicted in art with unusually wide eyes. Cute :-)
Wayists have had almost 1,500 years to perfect Karman Meditation. Each move, and hand position, each small detail has particular benefits and purpose. Today, Karman Meditation is becoming popular all over the world.