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  • sitting bull 1:01 on 2017-04-26 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , faith, persevearance, self-develoment,   

    my realtime progress 

    (Deutsche Video-playlist unten!)

    Since people once in a while ask me about my first 1000 days, I sum them up here.
    However, the detailed path is actually described on the right margin of this blog, step, by step.

    • In 1994 in the first 2 months I succeeded to build  up SCK up to 2 1/2 hours
    • From then on I failed hundreds of times for about 15 years
    • And when I realised that I would be capable of doing half already if I only had done 1 second more each day (on average – which makes it a minute more every 2 months,
    • I went for 120 days each of 3,11,22,31 &62 minutes which each took me a year (5 years alltogether)
    • And to build up to 2 1/2 hours I did the legendary 1000 days
    • Whilst keeping up the 2.5 hours I give myself a year  to adjust my occasionally unhealthy lifestyle to the Kriya
    • And then I want to Sodarshan Chakra Kriya (SCK) perfectly for 1000 days

    However, I would like to point out that my intention is not to display my life for judgemental fence sitters who don’t do SCK themselves,
    but my main reason for putting myself in the open with all my difficulties is, so that people like you who reads this right now might get inspired to also join me in practicing SCK yourself (just a tiny bit every day) ❤

    Below is a statistics of every 10 days (early years are estimated but the rise in the second half is logged correct)
    Green is the theoretical virtual build up of a second more daily,
    and blue is my reality.

      

    Update in June 2018:
    For nearly a year I did do SCK irregularly and sometimes long, sometimes short, which was necessary to let go of a too dogmatic “going through the motions” only.
    Instead I did focus a lot on the coherence between my aspirations and my lifestyle so that instead of the hardship of a daily Kriya I had to honestly admit to myself my faults and relinquish nearly all worldly pleasures. This at the moment takes all my energy so that I do build up SCK from scratch literally by the minute so that once I reach 2.5 hours again I hopefully can do it without my neanderthal-lifestyle inhibiting me from a spiritual progress.

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    • Anonymous 11:47 on 2014-11-21 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      I wish you thé best on your practice of sck!
      I did It myself a few years ago. Thank you for sharing your experience. I feel also that It is better to build It slowly.
      I wanted to share some information about this kriya. Gurudev singh master of sat Nam rasayan told us last year during the annual retreat of snr that yogi bhajan said sck Works only if you do It with devotion. Something actually quite rare with westerners. He then told that one way to instill that attitude in the practitioner is to havé him listen to the Narayan shabad while practicing sck. Hope this helps. Have a good sadhana. With love Fateh.

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      • Thilo 17:32 on 2014-11-26 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your valuable input, Fateh.
        I thought for a week about devotion and listening whilst doing SCK. Here are my conclusions:
        In the last months I had extensive discussions with agnostics as well as strong believers of different religions and slowly liberated god from the image of an authoritarian grandpa.
        At the same time I became increasingly aware that meditation is not merely a process of calming our brainwaves, but of tuning into the cosmic threat of energy. So now when I think of god or in this case waheguru I think of a huge cosmic body of which we are a tiny cell of.
        This way our western ego does not interfere with devotion – it is all of serving the cosmic body in the best possible way, meaning to find out what we are in order to fulfill our purpose as an atom or a cell. Every cell in this case is of equal value.

        This insight even made me tune in before doing SCK – however, whilst the ma Adi Mantra & Ong Namo have undoubtedly values, I believe that anyone of any religion could tune into by praying to the god of their heart. More important than residing some mantras is in my opinion the mental attitude which comes with it. So someone who tunes into the universe to fulfill ones purpose probably could get more out of tuning in than someone who mindlessly chants a mantra.

        The same applies to me to listening to the Narayan shabad. Regardless of its beauty or aesthetic value I feel that listening to something external whilst doing an exercise which is designed to internalize the mantra of god into ones belly and subconsciousness.
        Therefore I personally find it of much more value to keep alert whether I bring a humble attitude towards meditation, rather than to play the right mantra in the background.

        There are 2 possibilities for us to evolve:
        1. To change our energy with energetic work like Qi Gong or Yoga for example;
        2. To elevate our mind via contemplation, reflection, honesty and right actions.
        The first one suits easterners more who devotedly submit to cosmic energies,
        the latter one works well with westerners path of building up an I whilst reducing the ego.

        Both paths are in my opinion valuable and necessary in order to evolve holistically.
        The first path alone makes you healthy but does not make you wise,
        the second path alone makes you a good person, but still trapped in ancient raw energetic dilemmas.

        Therefore I will take your advice into consideration to keep an eye on my devotion to serve the cosmic organism rather than my ego but I prefer to do SCK in stillness not to be carried outwards.

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      • sitting bull 23:33 on 2018-06-03 Permalink | Reply

        Second reply 3 years later:
        Meanwhile (after having done 120 days of 2.5 hours without any significant results,
        it slowly did sink in that my attitude seems to be the reason why I am spiritually stuck.

        So I did remember this comment and contemplated a long time upon the meaning of devotion.
        This was very difficult for me, because I was educated into a Christian dogma of having to devote myself to a Christian authoritative Father-figure and I simply could not wrap my head around it.

        Trying to totally dedicate myself to the divine I asked JV an Indian who did Prana Yoga since 30 years who told me:

        “God is centric to Religion and not necessarily to Spirituality. Organized religion is a power structure and invented many concepts such as sin, hell and many types of God. BTW, Agnostics is also a very ancient form of Hinduism.
        Yoga, as I know doesn’t mandate belief in any religion or God.
        But, many Gurus and Swamis mixed religion and Yoga.
        You don’t have to be believer in Hinduism or any God to practice Yoga ( or pursue Spiritual Progress).”

        So I am studying masters of Self-realisation and dedicate myself anew to another 1000 days of SCK but beforehand am adjusting my lifestyle to cut out the most extreme distorting substances, such as cigarettes and alcohol and am building my morning sadhana up from scratch again. You will see my progress on the right hand side of this blog.

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  • sitting bull 23:58 on 2014-12-13 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , gnostic, omphaloskespsis, ,   

    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
  1. Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu were already familiar with methodical respiration, and a Chou dynasty inscription attests the practice of a respiratory technique in the sixth century B.C. Mircea Eliade: Yoga, p 62
  2. For Sufi practices, see: Kashf-ul Mahjub and Writings of Dara Shikoh on medieval saints, notably Mian Mir in Safinat-ul-Aulia, and Sakinat-ul-Auliya.
  3. Quoted by Mircea Eliade in Yoga f.n. p 63

So what is the important takeway?

  • One doesn’t need Sodarshan Chakra Kriya (referenced in italic) to accomplish the task if one observes following principles:
  • One has to dedicate the Kriya to the divine (which the Adi Mantra and “Wahe Guru” pumps serve well as). However I asume that the mere repetition of the mantras only does half the trick – a mental application and dedication towards the divine in humbleness seems essential.
  • slowing down the breath (retarding it) helps – the Yogi level is once per minute.
  • Focus on your belly –  mentally either by looking at it, or by thinking the mantra whilst pumping your belly. Chanting “Guru” enhances the Solarplexus Fire element.
  • Search for your heart (which is accomplished in SCK via chanting “Wa” – the wind element mantra related to the heart chakra. I personally feel that one should also ultimately open ones heart in a loving way. I also want to point out that in that time medical obductions came in fashion half a millennium later, so should have been no knowledge about the physical location of the heart – which likely made it easier for people to find out the energetic location of the heart by contemplation, because the mind was free of physical preconceptions.
  • Also crucial elements are sitting in the dark (closed eyes or focussed on ones nose just 1/10th open),
  • bowing the head (described in Hinduism, the oldest religion as Jalandhar Bhanda
  • repeating the mantra (regardless if western or eastern) constantly

The difference seems to be that the christian prayer works if done constantly day and night and Sodarshan Chakra Kriya works within 2 1/2 hours daily, probably due to the fact that it was refined in technique, since it is 200 years younger.
(The christian meditation is 800 years old and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is 600 years old.

This is a strong indication on how the entire system from Yogi Bhajan was devised:
He seems to have developed to such an extend that he was able to improvise new Kriyas like a skilled Jazz musician out of the Siri Guru Grant Sahib in conjunction with his Yoga knowledge.

This should be good news for anyone who was interested in applying this Sikh Yoga Kriya to ones own faith. If that exercise is interchangeable it should also work for any faith on the planet if those principles are carefully studied and applied.

I for myself will stick to Sodarshan Chakra Kriya until I am absolutely certain what I am doing, but I will use this christian version of it or my own approach to god to tune into the divine. This way I stay independent of any conditioning of a specific religion.

Update:
Instead of the repetition of the Prayer of Jesus: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.‘ Someone suggested to

  • breath in heavily (with an inner resistance), and meanwhile think
    Domine Jesu Christe”
  • and then breath out (also in this kind of loud way) and think
    “miserere me !”

This reinforces the prana in the breathing and also brings ascending soundcurrents when breathing in and descending sounds when exhaling.

 
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