A christian version of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya pranayama Yoga from the 13th century!

The following article should be a huge step forward in gnosticism for any seeker because it reveals a direct method to accomplish enlightenement within the christian and therewith western tradition!

Since Sodarshan Chakra Kriya stems from the fairly new religion of Sikhism but is claimed to have roots thousands of years ago it dawned upon me for quite a while that there should also be other sources for this Meditation. Someone asked if this is really a version of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, but I have to clarify that it is not, because SCK did not even exist then. I just want to point out that it is a predecessor which includes equal principles and also seemes to work.

I found (surprisingly in a book dedicated to condemn prana exercises), a quote of another source and added following Wikipedia information for your understanding:

Omphaloskepsis is contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation.
The word comes from Greek omphalos (navel) + skepsis (act of looking, examination).
Actual use of the practice as an aid to contemplation of basic principles of the cosmos and human nature is found in the practice of yoga of Hinduism and sometimes in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Some consider the navel to be “a powerful chakra of the body”.

In the Book Sikhism and Tantrik Yoga (which you can download for free here), I read in page 32 following information which seems to have been hidden for 800 years and (as far as I know) is here released for the first time on the internet !

The science of breath known as pranayam in Yoga, and embryonic respiration in Taoism, is involved in the mystical meditations of Sufis called dhikr (zikr) and Simrin of Sikhism, called svas svas Nam japna, and has been found even in some practices of Christian mystics. But this involvement of the science of breath in various systems has nothing to do with Yoga asanas, and Yoga techniques. They are the natural outcome of a continuous disciplined mediation.1

The Hesychastic monks to whom Yoga was unknown developed through their meditations similar techniques. Summarizing the essential Hesychastic prayer, Father Irenee Hausherr says:

“It comprises of two fold exercises, omphaloskespsis and

  • indefinite repetition of the Prayer of Jesus: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.
  • By sitting in darkness,
  • bowing the head,
  • fixing the eyes on the center of the abdomen (navel)
  • trying to discover the place of the heart,
  • by repeating this exercise indefatigably and always accompanying it with the same invocation, in harmony with the rhythm of respiration, which is retarded as much as possible, one will, if one
  • perseveres day and night in this mental prayer,

end by finding what one sought, the place of the heart, and with it and in it, all kinds of wonders and knowledge.”2

Jean Gouillard quotes a 13th century Christian monk Nicephorus, who says, “As for you,

  • sit down, compose your mind,
  • introduce it—your mind, I say—into your nostrils; This is the road that the breath takes to reach the heart.
  • Push it, force it to descend into your heart at the same time as the inhaled air.
  • When it is there, you will see what joy will follow; you will have nothing to regret.”3