This is an excellent video of Master Sheng Yen. He is a Buddhist who reminds me of Swami Chidananda.
A vast range of planes can be experienced, some beautiful and regenerating, some grey and dull, some really noxious. It depends a great deal on the quality of consciousness in which you cross the threshold. If you fall asleep drunk after eating sausages and watching horror videos, for instance, your sleep may not be too refreshing or enlightening because you are likely to be attracted to unclear areas of the astral sphere. It is part of the process of transformation to find those evening activities and foods that allow you to be directed towards higher realms at night.
Most teaching fails from too much information, not too little.
– Tim Ferriss
Names and forms are reality or Brahman at a symbolic or indirect level. What they are at a visible or perceptive level is only Maya or a relative appearance. We must take name and form, not as they appear to be, but for what they intimate, not for their practical reality but for their spiritual aesthetic. This is the Vedic way of ritual and meditation. Pg 157.
“Paroksha priya hi devah,” meaning that the Gods or sages prefer what is paroksha, what is cryptic, symbolic, indirect or intuitive, while they dislike pratyaksha, whit is direct, evident, obvious or based upon the senses. Pg 169.
Vedic Yoga by David Frawley.
All yield to the mysterious power of persevering effort. It is all conquering force, because it is a direct application of Divine Mother’s presence in us. Nothing can stand before it. Everything yields to it, provided we persevere with utmost regularity.
The more you know, the less you need.
If a conversation gets boring or you feel the energy dipping, then attack, criticise and the energy will go up.