The beginner’s Sodarshan Chakra Kriya course

The advantage of this meditation in opposition to other spiritual disciplines is that
* the entire information can be found on one single page, meaning that in opposition to most esoteric directions, nothing is held back;
* everything is free, meaning that you can’t easily put a value-tag on this method by buying your way into it, but have to earn the respect for it by working for it.
* and since this Yoga-exercise is about 10 times stronger than common meditations, it will yield results within short times of daily practice already.

No one can take this Kriya (exercise) ever away again from someone who did learn it, because even in most adverse circumstances, when you lost everything (such as in prison or being stranded on an island for example) you can continue to evolve on this path for life!

If you know someone who never did meditate at all and even is hesitant to try,
my recommendation is to tune them in very very slowly

by first advising them to simply
* observe thoughts coming and going
for just one minute weekly (or as often as they can)

a month later
* to observe the breath for 2 minutes daily (or as often as they can)

and in the third month for 3 minutes daily
* to count from 1 to 16 repeatedly (because SCK has 16 repetitions)

The slow progress isgood not to antagonise people before they did set a foot into the door of spirituality,
and and the modifications are to avoid the boredom of repetition without significant results.

Then without increasing the time beyond 3 minutes,
* tell them the posture of SCK,
* a week later the left & right nostril breathing
* and one more week later to pump the belly 3 times more each time,
until they accomplished 16 x 3 pumps.

This way they will have slowly grown into the preparations for SCK within a few months,
and can continue with this beginner’s course as described below.


The main reason for doing Sodarshan Chakra Kriya in opposition to other spiritual disciplines is the belief that your internal imbalances and misconceptions are the root of all your problems.
SCK does mentally cleanse your personality from the aspects which cloud your true soul.
In order to see the value of a regular practice, read my bio>karmic disappointments to see how long lasting life’s frustrations can be if you don’t meditate on a daily basis.

But that exactly makes it very difficult to pursue, because ones residual self image (as Morpheus calls it in the Matrix) does use every trick available to the mind, not to let go of the ego.

Ambition as well as aspiration needs a combination of two strengths or virtues:
Long term persistence, and the willingness to overcome unpleasant phases.
Depending on someones worldview and experiences one can either subscribe to a safe but slow path (which requires 28 years of faith),
or a short, but painful one of quickly punching through the process.
The choice is similar to choosing whether you pull of a plaster slowly or rip it of quickly.

I herewith try to accommodate people of both kinds. Should your aspiration be to  fully master SCK without giving up half way, you do well not floating around like me for two decades and every once in a while try again to force 2.5 hours into my life until the profound crises of unpleasant self-realisations made me give it up – only to later start from scratch again.

1.) learning Sodarshan Chakra Kriya

Start with short, light physical exercises:
Go to this site: https://thilo.bandcamp.com/album/sodarshan-chakra-kriya
– play the track (no need to buy anything, just use them online),
– whenever you hear the wind sound, breath in,
then hold your breath
– and pump the belly to those beats until the next breathing sound occurs.
– continue this until your belly-muscles are exhausted and write down which track you stopped.
Next day(s):
– Because the beats are gradually slowing down, continue with the track where you left of, until you find the track which is slow enough for you to pump your belly along with them.

Should you prefer to practice in silence, I did wrote an instruction for you here, which helps you count with fingers instead of Rythms.

On each step you self-certify yourself with a Tarot-card. If you want you may buy yourself a deck so that you get a sense of a physical accomplishment.

2.) Next:
Incorporate the original instructions whilst pumping your belly to the beats:
Use the following bold paragraph as a cheat-sheet (copy & print) until you know it by heart.

MUDRA AND BREATH: a) Block off the right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale slowly and deeply through the left nostril and hold the breath.
Mentally chant ‘Wahe Guru” 16 times, while pumping the navel point 3 times with each repetition (once on ”Waa”, once on ”hey”, and once on ”Guru”) for a total of 48 pumps.

b) Unblock the right nostril and use the right index or pinkie finger to block the left nostril. Exhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril. Continue, inhaling left nostril, exhaling right.

TO END: Inhale and hold 5-10 seconds. Exhale.
Then stretch and shake the body for about 1 minute to circulate the energy.

As soon as you manage to do 7 of those breathing cycles in a row, you moved out of ground zero, and therewith can claim the card #0
Congratulations,
You now are able to do Sodarshan Chakra Kriya!

Many of you will be content to practice 1-3 times per week, which is good to do for quite a while.

And at a later point, one day,
when you read in my bio the still ongoing series about “karmic dissapointments”
you may understand why a daily practice can spare you
many decades of the pains of ignorance & worldly trial and errors.

For those people are the next steps about

2.) growing into a daily practice

[Original instruction:] POSITION: Sit with a straight spine
(either with legs crossed or sitting on a chair with feet flat on the ground)

Eyes are focused at the tip of the nose, or closed if you prefer.

Yogi Bhajan

Step 3:
Get yourself a timer and do once weekly 3 minutes of SCK .
Each of the following 3 months you can claim one of those 3 cards of the magician:


Within the next month you may claim the second card The High Priestess, by practicing twice weekly.

(One is the male number, hence the magician was male, and two is the female number hence it is about the priestess.)

Beginners may take a month for each of those steps,
and intermediate practitioners can do one after another day by day.

Tip :
If you encounter difficult circumstances (because you are a guest somewhere for example), are surrounded by people and have no timer at hand, just do it discreetly on a toilet lid for 7 breathing cycles.
That makes approximately 3 minutes and nobody will notice your absence for such a short time.

{Original comment from Y.B.:}

The tragedy of life is when the subconscious releases garbage into the conscious mind.

This kriya invokes the Kundalini to give you the necessary vitality and intuition to combat the negative effects of the subconscious mind.

In general: only move on to next steps if you are certain that you are up to it. If you are not sure, just repeat an exercise until you feel ready to move on.

Then try to do SCK three times weekly (this is the last step in which you can set fixed weekdays for your practice).
You then may claim the card Empress.

Meditation for focus and mental purification
{Original comment from Y.B. :}

Here is a meditation that makes use of prana to cleanse mental garbage and purify the mind.

Of all the 20 types of yoga, including Kundalini yoga, this is the highest kriya.

This is a very powerful meditation for prosperity. 
It will give you a new start.

Once you are able to do SCK 4x weekly, you may claim the Emperor

{Original comment from Y.B. :}

It is the simplest kriya, but at the same time the hardest. 

It cuts through all darkness and all barriers of the neurotic or psychotic nature.

When a person is in a very bad state, techniques imposed form the outside will not work. The pressure has to be stimulated from within.

Once you are capable to do SCK 5x weekly, The Hierophant is your card.

{Original comment from Y.B. :} 

There is no time, no place, no space, and no condition attached to this meditation.

Each garbage pit has its own time to clear.

If you are going to clean your own garbage, you must estimate and clean it as fast as you can, or as slow as you want.

You have to decide how much time you have to dean up your garbage pit.

If you do SCK 6x weekly, you still can take Sundays of and still claim the card Lovers

If you want to know more about SCK or have questions, please read the archive of SCK articles including practical instructions on how to keep count or about the theory behind it here.

Now you should be able to practice SCK (for just 3 minutes) daily and therewith can claim The Chariot

Just to inspire you to know that this is possible: Even though I do come from an unspiritual and non-meditating family, I want to point out that I personally did all steps I am propagating above (but it took me long until I succeded).

So if I was able to do it, you know that you can do it too – as long as you long enough for clearing your imbalances and misconceptions.

Once you are able to do SCK daily, you are on the slow and save path which you are always able to fall back onto, whenever your practice fails.

Advantage of this path is that it cleanses your soul smoothly, working in the background, so it does not interfere with your worldly ambitions.

To create your personal safety-net:
1.) Write down when you did start doing SCK
(I use a spreadsheet to list my required vs the completed meditation times).
2.) Easy rule of thumb for when you dropped it for a while:
Since the time you started, your meditation-time should have increased by 6 minutes yearly or one minute more every two months .
{example: after 5 years you should be able to do half an hour of meditation daily.)

This pace will take you 24-25 years to build it up to the Dasvand of a tenth of a day, and an another 3 years to do the 1000 days of 2.5 hours – a 28 year cycle of a Saturn return after which your karmic lesson of life will be revealed to you.
(Saturn is the outermost planet of our solar system and it takes 28 years for it to surround our sun. Hence it shows us our outermost limits and duties.)

This may seem very long, but if you believe in a larger cycle of your soul (such as reincarnation for example), a 28 year cleansing is a mere drop against the ocean of aeons, such as
* our current Mayan calendar cycle, which lasts until the year 4772,
* the 25,000 year cycles of the astrological ages,
* or the 432,000 year Indian Yuga Cycle we are currently in (which comprises 4,320,000 years altogether!)

All you have to do to claim the Aeon or the card
the Judgement, is for you to start a meditation diary with the times you did meditate and possible insights you had afterwards.

3.) If you ever fell behind this plan, don’t throw it away, but use the intermediate course to catch up to the point where you should be.
This way I even did manage to jump back on the waggon after having failed to practice regularly for 20 years !
Apart from that you may use this system to implement all kinds of other unpleasant activities into your life.

To give something back:
Share your experiences in the comments,
so that others can learn from you and you can learn from others.

When you are ready to move on, notify me here,
and I will post the intermediate steps for you.

#bhakti, #meditation, #meditation-course, #prana, #sodarshan-chakra-kriya, #yoga, #yoga-course, #yogi-bhajan

3 spirituelle Tugenden: Durchhalten, verlangsamen, ausbalancieren

Durchhalten

Als ich einmal ein zehn-Tages Kurs Vipassana in Frankreich mitgemacht habe, hatte ich das Glück dem Gründer selbst, Goenka, zuhören zu dürfen, der sagte:

“Die meisten spirituellen Anfänger wechseln ihre Richtung oft,
aber wer Öl finden will, kann nicht mal hier 10m und dort 100m bohren,
sondern muss an der selben Stelle sehr tief bohren, um welches zu finden.”

Die Meisten glauben, dass sie mehr Probleme lösen könnten, wenn sie schnell denken, aber Yogis nennen solches mentales Umherspringen einen “Affengeist”.

Verlangsamen

Yogi Bhajan hat gelehrt, dass Yogis es schaffen ihren Atem auf einmal pro Minute zu verlangsamen, also werden wir beim Atem anfangen, der das Bewusstsein mit dem Unterbewusstsein verbindet: Du kannst sowohl freiwillig gesteuert atmen, als auch in Deinem Schlaf, und auch Dein Unterbewusstsein steuert Deinen Atem durch Deine Gefühle.

Ausbalancieren

Jupiter-aspekte sind :

  • der Zeigefinger,
  • die Farbe blau,
  • das Hals Chakra,
  • Spiritualität,
  • und Qualitäten wie die Erweiterung der Karriere, des Körpers und der Aura.

Es kann mit dem geistigen Aspekt des Holzelements in der traditionellen chinesischen Medizin verglichen werden, der HUN heisst.

Und das linke Nasenloch wird der emotionalen Mondseite einer Person zugeordnet.
Daher bringt der Zeigefinger am linken Nasenloch spirituelles Bewusstsein in Deine Emotionen.

Und das ist, wie Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Deinen emotionalen Müll aufräumt.

Danach kannst Du zur Mittelstufe weiter fortschreiten.

#3ho, #kurs, #meditation, #sodarshan-chakra-kriya, #yoga, #yogi-bhajan

2 key virtues: persistence and deceleration

persistance

I once had the luck of participating in a 10-day Vipassana course in France
under the personal guidance of its founder Goenka , who said:

Most spiritual beginners change their discipline ever so often,
but if one wants to find oil, it is futile to drill 10 m here and 100m there.
One has to drill very deep at the same place in order to find it.”

deceleration

Most people think that by thinking fast they could solve more issues, but yogis did call such mental jumping around “a monkey mind”. The transformation is beautifully displayed in the card above which does contain so much symbolism, that it would fill an entire article by itself.

Yogi Bhajan taught that Yogis could manage to breath only once per minute, so we will start only on the breath, which also connects the subconscious to the consciousness: You can breath voluntarily, but also breath in sleep and your breath is affected by your subconscious emotions.

#3ho, #course, #meditation-yoga, #sodarshan-chakra-kriya, #yogi-bhajan

The difference between fasionable wellnes yoga and authentic personality work

Prashant Iyengar (son of the founder of Iyengar yoga):
The 18 Maha Kriyas of Yogasana    Chapter 6     (2013)

In modern pseudo-yog feelings of beatitude, solace and sense of well-being have become essential features. Bliss, beatitude, tranquility, transcendence are all on the surface mind or peripheral mind. It is only the temporal mind which gets a sense of wellbeing or a “top of the world” feeling. This mind generated by neurons of the brain is but a tip of the iceberg.


Essential Yog works on, if I may say so, ‘mineral mind’, which is ad the ocean-depth of our minds. When the water of a lake is crystal-clear, our gaze reaches down to its basin, its floor-depth, we hardly notice the water. Similarly this mind is just the surface – the tip; there are yet greater depths of mind (why not see the bottom of the ice-berg, why always the tip?), which in this context I refer to our ‘mineral mind’ or ‘mineral consciousness’.

We pay a premium today for mineral water, because it is extracted from mountains and deep valleys and is rich in the nutrients of this earth. Similarly the submerged mind, the mind at bottom of the embodiment/citta also comes as a premium; it is not sighted easily but has to be mined from deep within.


Modern Yog is but a neat consumer package. “Feel fine” is the goal of the pseudo yog, but wheter one feels fine or not is not important as to ‘become and be fine’. The essential bliss in the mind is not a naked mind perception or sensation; like in scientific evaluations, the naked-eye perceptions are hardly consideration worthy or much less than those analyses of findings conducted with strong probes and/or scopes. Similarly here, the pseudo yog’s naked faculty feelings are worthy of neglect.[…]


In the material plane of life one hardly gets the chance to exercice and explore the more sensitive, philosophical and/or meditative states of mind. They remain neclected. But in yogic pursuits the mind gets a deep philosophical exploration and develops trance potentials too.


 

#authenticity, #iyengar, #spirituality, #superficiality, #yoga

Keys to understanding the universe #2 : left, up, down, right

In the first chapter meditation was explained as bringing one to the middle (medi),
the center point of a cross, to see all perspectives
So what are the horizontal and vertical directions?

2a.) The principle of up and down movements

In the Emerald Tablets, Hermes Trismegistus,
(a combination of the Greek god Hermes and the ancient Egyptian god Thoth), said:

That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing
And as all things have been & arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.
The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
It ascends from the earth to the heaven & again it descends to the earth & receives the force of things superior & inferior.
By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world
& thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtle thing & penetrates every solid thing.

Those are wisdoms which often are used in alchemy  or occultism (which is nothing dark as such, but simply means “hidden”). Alchemy is more about inner transformations than outer ones, so this cryptic text also describes the workings of “qi” (the body life-force in Chinese Medicine) or “prana” (the breath-life force in Indian Ayurveda).

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are vertical relations of upper, middle and lower body, called the 3 Dantians – upper, middle and lower body. This is sometimes reflected in Chinese pictures where below is a swamp, in the middle an ox working its way up and in the top a pearl (of enlightenment).

The energy is internally purified by “separating the subtle from the gross“. This is exactly what the intestines do – to separate the useful food from the useless stools.

The ability to separate valuable thoughts from non-applicable information without even being able to explain it intellectually is called intuition (meaning the ability to give tuition to oneself). This ability is called Viveka in Indian terms – the ability to discriminate – a term which in the West unfortunately has mostly a negative connotation.
And because this ability resides in the intestines, it is called the “gut-feeling”.

The reasons why women are born with a better access to their intuition is because the heart, where thoughts reside is a bag full of blood,
and the only part below the diaphragm
(the surface of the water above which the intellect and below which the intuition can be found),
which also is a bag full of blood, is the uterus.
Hence in old days when hysterectomy was performed, side effects could have been for a woman to become hysterically.
In later years the access depends on how much the intuition was shined upon or dismissed by rational dismissal. Hence the gender gap becomes more irrelevant later.

This is why in Sodarshan Chakra Kriya one has to hold the breath (and therewith thoughts) and then pump the belly whilst gearing to the higher self by silently chanting the mantra “god” (Wahe Guru). Since thinking seems to manifest to me similar to hearing, I “hear” a thought mantra. Once in 24 years only I was blissed to hear that mantra not within my brain but from the belly.

2b.) The left-right-center relationship

Whenever you see a lateral relationship, there is usually a concern about the right interaction with the world (in opposite to the vertical concern about the higher self).
This usually results in strong ethics, as it is promoted in one of the oldest religions, called  Zoroastrianism, as can be seen by the wings on its main symbol, the Farahavar:

Those wings are likely better known from ancient Egypt, and knowledge from it is in occult work, Rosicrucianism or Magic mixed together with the ancient Kabbalah, as one can see in the picture below.

In the Jewish Kabbalah there are vertically 3 pillars: Left judgement, right mercy, and in the middle the neutral clarity, which is the highest spiritual goal in order to see the world for what it truly is.

Surprisingly, severity is the female side and mercy the male aspect. This can be better understood if one contemplates upon the yin and yang qualities, because yin is descending and “knocking down” and yang ascending and merciful uplifting.
So those principles should preferably be detatched from genders.

At this site, Chhinnamasta, the goddess which conveys spiritual self-realization and the awakening of the kundalini – spiritual energy  is described through the Nadis (Indian medicinal channels):

The three streams of blood can be understood by the Nadi system in our body. These three streams are Naadis: lateral ones are the Ida and Pinglaa (left and right) Naadis; the central one is the Susumnaa Naadi. Head is the cortex and brain, the seat of desires. Susumnaa Naadi rises through the brain which receives nourishment from central stream of blood. Spirit (Kundalini goddess) rises to the top of the head through the roof of the mouth; severed head represents severed mind- Amanska, a state of paucity of mental functions conducive to higher states of consciousness, whose destination is Parasiva (absolute reality). The Naadis break through the grantha(knot) in the Chakras and lift off the head, the seat of human consciousness. Chhinmastaa represents Susumnaa Nadi, Varnini, the Pingalaa Naadi, and Daakini, the Ida Naadi.

Similarly in Chinese Medicine there are left-right-relationships which are seen in the pulse diagnosis where the left side reflects the blood whilst the right side the (ener)qi.
(Interestingly the blood side is the cooling side, because the Qi is warming).

In an alchemistical text ascribed to Marsilio Ficino three suns are described: black, white, and red, corresponding to the three most used alchemical color stages;

Also in the Bhagavad Gita chapter 14 tose three aspects are seen as Gunas:
The dull (black) aspect is called Tamas (ignorance), the heated (red) one Rajas (passion) and he pure one Sattva (purity) are summed up as follows:

Purity, Passion and Ignorance are the Qualities which the Law of nature bringeth forth.
[…]
Purity, being luminous, strong and invulnerable, binds one by its yearning for happiness and illumination.
Passion, engendered by thirst for pleasure and attachment, binds the soul through its fondness for activity.
But Ignorance, the product of darkness, stupefies the senses in all embodied beings, binding them by chains of folly, indolence and lethargy.

Purity brings happiness, Passion commotion, and Ignorance, which obscures wisdom, leads to a life of failure.
[…]
Purity prevails when Passion and Ignorance are overcome;
Passion, when Purity and Ignorance are overcome;
and Ignorance when it overcomes Purity and Passion.

When the light of knowledge gleams forth from all the gates of the body, then be sure that Purity prevails.
[…]
the impulse to act and the beginning of action itself are all due to the dominance of Passion.
Darkness, stagnation, folly and infatuation are the result of the dominance of Ignorance
[…]
When Purity prevails, the soul on quitting the body passes on to the pure regions where live those who know the Highest.
When Passion prevails, the soul is reborn among those who love activity;
when Ignorance rules, it enters the wombs of the ignorant.

They say the fruit of a meritorious action is spotless and full of purity;
the outcome of Passion is misery,
and of Ignorance darkness.

Purity engenders Wisdom,
Passion avarice,
and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.

When Purity is in the ascendant, the man evolves;
when Passion, he neither evolves nor degenerates;
when Ignorance, he is lost.
[…]
By what signs can he who has transcended the Qualities be recognized?
[…]
He who shuns not the Quality which is present, and longs not for that which is absent; He who maintains an attitude of indifference, who is not disturbed by the Qualities, who realises that it is only they who act, and remains calm; Who accepts pain and pleasure as it comes, is centred in his Self, to whom a piece of clay or stone or gold are the same, who neither likes nor dislikes, who is steadfast, indifferent alike to praise or censure; Who looks equally upon honour and dishonour, loves friends and foes alike, abandons all initiative, such is he who transcends the Qualities. And he who serves Me and only Me, with unfaltering devotion, shall overcome the Qualities, and become One with the Eternal. For I am the Home of the Spirit, the continual Source of immortality, of eternal Righteousness and of infinite Joy.”

Those 3 aspects and colors black, white, red are found in the last century German- (and later also Nazi-) flag, the brothers Grimm fairy tale of Snow White when a queen sits sewing at an open window during a winter snowfall when she pricks her finger with her needle, causing three drops of red blood to drip onto the freshly fallen white snow on the black windowsill. Then, she says to herself, “How I wish that I had a daughter that had skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony.”
So you see that the rajas dogma “one has to”, just as the tamas rule “one may not”, are build deep into the German nation.

The concept of the dualistic enslaved satan for example is depicted in red and black colours whilst the angelic wise god-principle is portrayed in white. (“weiss”= white in German, “weis” relates to wise or knowing) Hence we probably have old tales about “fair” women which later was misunderstood for white skinned people being superior.

The satanic principle, which by superstitious people taken as a literal person, is rather a depiction of the tragic turmoil between the choleric-fiery red and dumb-lazy black side, just as the consumption of fiery drugs, such as cocaine or hard alcohol do, which initially give you a feeling of strength through assertiveness, but later have to be payed for with bad and sometimes long lasting physical or emotional hangovers.
The center path of neutral and divine wisdom is depicted as white – the color of the divine or saints for example. 

And here is a brilliant article about the same aspect in Kashmir Shaivism: the 3 godesses: Para, Apara and Parapara.

There are two ways to reach that neutral wisdom:
Either by total dedication towards the divine,
or by ways to energetically rebalance oneself,
which I will write about in the next articles.

< previous chapter #1 about reflection, contemplation and meditation

#central-channel, #christianity, #emerald-tablets, #hinduism, #ida, #judaism, #naadis, #pinglaa, #shaivinism, #spirituality, #susumnaa

The lesser known history of Yogi Bhajan part 5 – his biggest mistake: religion

You may be firm with the psychological term “alter-ego”, but there is an aspect I see which seems not to be recognised too often:

The alter-ego of any winner are the losers s/he did need in order to succeed.
Same applies to anyone claiming the astrological sun-aspect for themselves (which is often taught in 3HO. (This did suit the “american dream” or “reinventing” oneself and “help yourself then god will help you”.)
However, when there is an overbearing and ever gloating member in your circle of friends or your family you usually end up being the one pushed down the gutter of marginalisation for not being able to live up to it. And this is why there are quite a few frustrated enemies of 3HO out there who were used, pushed aside, or their realm (like the Sikh religion for example) was claimed by 3HO.

But you may be surprised that not the dark sides of Yogi Bhajan are adressed here, but a huge lost opportunity which did nullify much of what could have been accomplished.
It is about what was written in this previously reblogged article, or Turning Yogis into Khalsa Sikhs (as found on thefullwiki.org): 

Yogi Bhajan in his own words:

Religion has done the worst. What religion has done is to create the mental coercive state of slaves. Religion didn’t do something to free somebody. It didn’t say: “Go ahead and be!

So he exactly saw and knew what kind of disasters were and are created in the names of religion – from crusades up to todays terrorism, from the Israel-Palestine-conflict up to the plenty of wars which today are held in the disguise in religion – he knew it and saw it clearly! Yet he continued to precede to contribute towards this problem. This in my eyes is terrible and like someone without even the excuse of having another belief or being in ignorance continues to damage people all for the sake of his own benefit.

It’s like some of the senior 3HO teachers recognising how our earth is destructed but still continue to create huge ecological footprints by flying over to India in the morning, lecturing there, and flying back in the same evening in order to avoid a jetlag. Do they really think that a Westerners lectures on yoga are the only valuable ones in India?

Harbhajan Singh Khalsa (Yogi Bhajan) btw, used his extensive flights around the globe (all as a first class VIP with special treatments) to excuse the fact that he – despite knowing all those health-promoting yoga-exercises: – got a heart disease which made him – the teacher of prana – require a protective respirator.
(And I don’t say this out of spite, but simply to scale his fruits with the many healthclaims of Kundalini-Yoga practicioners.)

When I came to the United States and I became a Sikh and all that, religion was forced on us. You know I am very anti-religion and I studied all the religions. I know all the loopholes. And I have studied every religion.

So by the “country of the free” he felt pushed into a position in which the US-laws of “religious freedom” would give him most power (to become a Minister), and also the freedom (to also get green-cards of foreigners). He opportunistically “used the force” – and here is how he did it:

“I said to myself, ‘Why we have to be Sikhs? What nonsense is this? Forget it!’ Then I looked at myself and said, ‘Wait a minute. There is one way to do it: Give them Baanaa (Distinctive and Gracious Attire). Give them Baanee (Songs of Self-counsel and Inspiration). Give them Seva (A Culture of Service). Give them Simran (Remembrance of the Self in Totality). Put them out in the market. And if by self-awareness they can survive, they will automatically become intuitive.’

“I took a very calculated risk. I said, ‘No Sikhs. I don’t want to have Sikhs. Sikhs for what?’ But I said, ‘If they can stand under 250 million Americans, totally living differently, dealing differently, not saying “Hello” but saying “Sat Nam”, let us see what happens.’

“Well, some people came out really great. And it’s true if you get into yourself in totality, you will have reality.” 

“Calculated risk” are the keywords here: It seems that he knew the tricks of giving Americans what they liked in order to make them oblivious for the fact that he threw them out of the frying pan of orthodox Christianity into the fire of breath (and the next religion.

He therewith did miss the probably biggest opportunity to loosen spirituality from its religious chains and therewith really create a “new age” just as it is done in Auroville for example.

Facts are that:

  • Original Sikhism as such does not promote yoga – something many orthodox Sikhs are now angered about when they are overflooded by 3HO instead of Sikh websites;
  • Sikhism also does not call to wear all white – their rule actually is to wear white underwear which is why traditional Sikhs wear all kinds of coloured clothes and turbans.
  • Kundalini Yoga first was mentioned first around the year 700 and therewith is by no means thousands of years old; (source: https://youtu.be/Zwzt9XtSq5Q )
    Yes, the vedic or tantric roots are, but that should be distinguished properly in order to avoid confusion.
  • What Yogi Bhajan taught is NOT traditional Kundalini Yoga, but a mixture of Yoga he learned from his Hindu-Yoga teacher or mere Tantric teachings – teachings which originally was not at all connected to the overly rigid lifestyle he did attach to it. (source: http://yogamag.net/archives/2007/cmar07/tamin.shtml )
    In fact there is no other source to his kriyas than Yogi Bhajan’s. Something which should make one suspicious about the originality of such exercises.

What first started as a cultural imposition on behalf of Yogi Bhajan, did end as a cultural appropriation by non-indian members of their self-created Sikh-branch.

Step back for a second and look how many white Western people, how many black members and how many Indian Sikhs  are in 3HO. I only so far saw 3 not-all-white people and no Indian whatsoever. (And I am saying this being white myself, btw.)
Doesn’t that make you suspicious that no single Indian Sikh ever joined 3HO?

I saw him coming over to Great Britain, holding a lecture in two original Sikh Gurdwaras and since I drove them around in London for a week, I did what 3HO did – rushed into the religious ceremony – us white dressed paler than pale people standing out – then waiting until he held his speech – and then leaving in the midst of this ceremony in a fashion which might be common in India but considered to be respectless in the West.

He then would could sit in an separate room with religious leaders whilst the common Indian Sikhs ate down in the hall (where I also ate out of embarrassment of 3HO’s elitism.

If I was cynical I even could draw a comparison to a German national leader in my grandfathers times who also came from another nation, was dark haired, used ancient Indian wisdom and spirituality to worldly enforce changes, and denied half of is own past in order to lead people who were not of his liking.

But a nicer comparison would be that to Einstein, Heisenberg and Bohr which at the same time discussed the uncertainty relations. Einstein could not endorse it because he said: “That God would choose to play dice with the world is something I cannot believe.”
And therewith Einstein held back science as much as Yogi Bhajan held back the human spiritual liberation by not having been ready to disassociate spiritual self-realization from religion.

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Recently a huge doubt came up when I did watch the above recommended discourse about Kundalini Yoga and it was said that the Kundalini energy would connect one to one lineage by uncoiling. It then dawned upon me that there is something else going on which we as practitioners of his ways are sucked into without even being aware of it:
We are “tuned in” (by the means of the “tuning in” with “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo”) to the Sikh lineage, which undoubtedly acts as a constructive mind-calmer, but also sets us of into the direction of his lineage which by birth never was ours to begin with.

This made the tune-out song “may the longtime sun shine upon you…” seem like one of those Tibetan monks chanting under the black sun in the Third Reich.

Maybe – only maybe – my tremendous troubles which came up when doing Sodarshan Chakra Kriya were (& are) not all related to my own bad Karma being washed out, but partly due to the fact that

  • just like in this game where a child is blindfolded, spinned around –

we are actually set into a total different direction than the biography we were on beforehand.

I am not certain whether a Guru-worship will give the Guru power beyond his death, but most certainly people are conditioned to experience visions of the saints and teachers of the lineage they were conditioned to. Hence abrahamic saints may see Jesus, followers of  Yogananda may have contact with Mahavatar and Hindus may have visions of one their thousands of sub-divisions of the OM.

So I did ask a senior yoga practitioner from the before mentioned Auroville if this could mean trouble,
and I want to share the wise answer from this seasoned man with you below: (If anyone wants to be connected to JV from Auroville just contact me, and I will forward your mail or comment to him).

“In my opinion, spirituality needs to be distinguished from religion. Though religion may be rooted in spirituality, it diverged form the core axioms, principles and goals of spirituality. For example, One-ness is a core axiom of spatiality but religion are divisive.
Yoga is essentially a practice-based approach to spirituality, the goals being Self-realization and Union with the One. At a more understandable level, it is the alignment and integration of the 5 koshas (sheaths) of Human Being.
Anna-maya Kosha ( physical or food-based sheath)
Prana-maya Kosha ( Energy sheath)
Mano-maya Kosha (mind)
Gnana-maya Kosha (wisdom)
Ananda-maya Kosha (Bliss)
Kundalini Yoga is one branch of Yoga. Once you make some progress, who you were in the past doesn’t matter because you are moving towards One-ness. So, in my opinion, Yoga is open to all. Familial, social, religious and cultural conditioning will be of no consequence as you proceed in your journey.”

JV from Auroville

This gave me great comfort and reminded me
of Adyashanti’s analogy in his talk “the welcome mat” that

“Religions are like welcome mats which should guide us as into our own home,
but unfortunately most people get stuck on worshipping the mat itself
instead of entering through it into the realm of their own divine self.”
Adyashanti

And in the book “Trailanga Swami and Shankari Mataji” in the preface (p.9) is a quote from a kriyayogi about the woman – who supposedly influenced Paramhansa, Ramakrishnadev and Vivekanda:

Shankari Ma in my opinion is not a follower of Bhakti Yoga, but is trying to solve the problem of life through complete surrender of the self to the Guru, not blindly, but with a rationalistic analysis of the problems of our lifes in its various aspects, believing that religion is an individual problem.

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The lesser known history of Yogi Bhajan part 4 – his dark sides

Now that I did prepare you gently by showing you some discrepancies in Yogi Bhajan’s teachings with this article: https://www.academia.edu/4343215/From_Maharaj_to_Mahan_Tantric_The_Construction_of_Yogi_Bhajan_s_Kundalini_Yoga ,
I want to move on to the by far the most difficult part to convey to excited followers of any teacher they revere.

Yes it is beautiful to have ones heart opened by given inspirations, but just as the saying goes that “love makes blind”, so does unconditional Guru-worship which raises a normal human being to a god-like level.

Spirituality is not all about love and excitement – something I can not relate to in many esoteric groups – to me it is about neutrality – the middle path between the negative and positive mind, or as it is taught in the Kabbalah – the middle pillar.

So in order to make balance to my promoting of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings, I will also add a few sources, which indicate that his alter ego by no means was all perfect.

Whilst I myself am not at all in the #meToo spirit, where any accusation, even when made a generation later, equals a verdict up to the point that many careers were destroyed before any legal judgment was passed;
I merely provide the facts of my researches here and will tell you afterwards how I feel about them.

For brevity’s sake I simply provide links so that people who are offended may skip them, and others who are inclined to research may follow up.

  1. There is a compilation of pages about the dark sides of 3HO which I had to pull from the internet archive, because the page now focusses on making money:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20130817111858/http://rickross.com/groups/3ho.html
  2. An equal compilation can be found on www.wackoWorldOfYogiBhajan.net
    (the website name says all about the angle they are coming from)
  3. A forum of a very disappointed former student of Yogi Bhajan who did dedicate 30 years of his life to him: http://www.gurmukhyoga.com/forum/index.php
  4. Another “dis-appointed” student (who “dissed” his “appointment” with 3HO):
    http://lukeford.net/blog/?p=8602

In those 4 sources you will find accusations of Yogi Bhajan and 3HO having participated or silently condoned corruption, sexual misconducts and many other things.

Here is how another student of his who still follows his teachings deals with it
(I urge you to click the youtube button and read the comments there to see how many others also have those problems):

 

And now – as promised my personal intake on it:

My first encounter was when I read some of his teachings, started to practice them, and it was clear to me that this guy was spiritually very gifted and shared great insights.

Then – just as I was doing 2.5 hours of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya daily, I had personal contact with Yogi Bhajan 24 years ago and this was my impression:

He was extremely authoritarian and did cultivate a guru-worship which I didn’t like, but due to his unapproachable aggressive-deflective aura I realised instantly that there was no way to confront him about it in any way, because he made certain that he always had the upper hand the last word and was right in any conversation.

So even when he did flatter me for “becoming an incredible healer and a saint”, I was in doubt whether he just wanted to suck me into his cult-like structure.

The most honest thing I heard him say was “If you do 2.5 hours of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya then there is nothing I can teach you anymore!”, because it was the only time he made himself redundant and bowed to the Kriya which he also said would have been told to do  by his teacher.

His dominant nature which then merciful fed (the one he just beforehand put down) some compliments was the ideal material to become a cult-leader, because it invokes the Stockholm-syndrome in which people (especially the ones searching for themselves) feel appreciated mostly by the forces which suppressed them beforehand.

To sum up what does indicate to me that some of those accusations may bear some truth:

  • He certainly was a root-chakra guy with all the dominance involved, so sexual allegations would not surprise me, especially since he himself said that “no man and woman should be left alone in a room”.
  • When Jesus said that “you shall know them by their fruits”, I must say that I was exploited a few times by his follower -student-turned Gurus:
    • the one who passed on SCK to me sucked $2000 out of me at times when I was totally broke and had nothing and did continue this for decades.
      That Kabbalist from NYC also was a heavy womaniser and did commit adultery.
    • altogether I payed a fortune for very expensive 3HO seminars and treatments – a bit too much to leave the impression that spirituality would have been the priority. And all my requests of them employing me in order to get a US-greencard were ignored – I was too uncontrollable to them (hence Y.B. did name me “Amar” which means “free spirit”).
    • and sarcastically it was his people and himself who destroyed my new and frail practice of SCK by making me work for them for a fortnight day and night without me even being able to finish my meals, so that afterwards when they left all that was left was a bunch of tremendous anger and no motivation to continue to do kriyas.
      Y.B. on his second meeting waving me jovially into his room to have a private talk did not do the trick anymore. I simply walked away from him, because I knew that I never could have expressed my frustration to someone who wipes away anything he doesn’t want to hear.
  • Yogi Bhajan got many herbs from our Chinese Medical Pharmacy (which I did grind myself) and never payed – just as hardly any of the teachers who came flying over for a few days (regardless of environmental impact) did of course never declare any of that cash money so it seemed to me that they felt entitled to live above the law for the sake of their higher cause.
  • Once they visited the British head of 3HO to solve a some private and business issues; me, who was just beginning to stretch my head into the realm of spirituality could literally sense a spiritual war between the 3HO-Sikhs and the director of our college, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, taking place: They walked into hour College of Chinese Medicine and with their “Kundalini Stare” literally took over the place, making it their home, so that the Buddhist monk did flee from his premises to visit a retreat. Students who studied Chinese medicine but not Kundalini-Yoga were puzzled about their fierceness and I personally was sucked straight into this invisible war by having to choose a side – something which was not at all in line with my understanding of all-embracing spirituality.
    Hence I started to drink lots of alcohol in order to numb and put a lid on myself.

All teachings are energetically tainted by the energy of the guru – which is the reason why the 3HO leaders are so unyielding stern and hard – they simply invested and suffered half their life to live up to the calvinistic pleasure-condemming demands that all they have left now is their reputation to be senior students “who knew the master” – something they would never destroy by tainting their only source of glamorous wisdom.

And on a personal note:

In the midst whilst writing this article I suddenly became unpleasantly dizzy – nearly stopped, but deemed it important to follow Yogi Bhajan’s own words:
“If you are depressed – press back”.
Now, the next moring I felt very liberated, because I did realise that what he did with me was an energetic violation – not as spectacular as the sexual violations focussed on in the current zeitgeist, nevertheless a deep hidden trauma (of which we all have tons and don’t even know it).

Ironically what Bhajan said came true for himself too:
It is the aquarian age everything will come out – so also do his dark sides he did gloss over with overconfidence and his self-created role as a religious leader.

“All the clever tricks you use, the countless little tricks
– not even one will go along with you.

Surrender yourself and walk the way of Spirit’s Will.
Naanak – be with what is already written.”

-Japji Sahib, Pauree 1, Guru Nanak

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