My week with Yogi Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan

Coincidentally, just as I was at my peek of doing SCK for 2.5 hours daily, Yogi Bhajan (YB) came over to London and because someone stepped back from putting up some of his 3HO-organisation, I did fill that gap and let two members stay at my apartment.

My young energy was still uncontrolled and very chaotic at the time, so (even with the help of two friends) I had to clean my place for the entire day nonstop  until very late at night and I was still very tired when I had to pick up their bodyguards from the airport the next morning.

Because he had a VIP ticket to get through customs earlier, he came out of the gateways ahead of anyone else,  and was surrounded by a bunch of white dressed people in turbans. Since in my eyes all souls are of equal value, I was a bit puzzled that a spiritual leader would ensure and allow for having privileges which state that he was more worth than a common man.

Being very tired, I drove back with three of his bodyguards into the center – like in trance, One 3HO member did tell me that life is a stage, so it would be about playing a role, so I took that advice and pretended to have relaxed control about everything, even though I hardly could focus on the traffic.
About half an hour into the ride, one of them did point out to me that we were driving into the wrong direction – instead of back into London, we were already half way towards Brighton!

The next morning, I made a huge German breakfast for my 2 guests (which, to their shock did include not only many kinds of cheese, but I purposely did include also a few kinds of sausages to make a point that not everyone who does yoga is a perfect vegetarian). Just as we were finished, the organisers called and told us that YB had cooked, so even though we just had eaten big-time, they wanted to rush out in order to experience his cooking. From then on I refrained from the “bed and breakfast” service.

At this meal, coincidentally I sat next to YB and when I was about to rush away again to make place for one of their team he did call me back with paternal love, which to me was very flattering at the time. With hindsight I would say that the strong authority he did emanate was probably the secret to his charismatic success in building up a strong follower-ship. To him, coming from the Indian tradition of unconditional surrender to spiritual teachers, he of course took it for granted to receive the same kind of devotion he did give to his merciless teacher.

He had a ring onto which a diamond was elevated by a metal spiral, and when I remarked that this was a great idea, he replied that he had ‘many great ideas’, which as a European seemed like bragging to me – yet to Americans such statements of self-confidence are probably seen as an effective self-promotion.

The good thing is that in the consultation later he told me that at one point his teacher had him do SCK, so I knew that this Kriya is not invented by him and therefore, whenever I felt grumpy towards him, I could separate the teachings from the teacher himself by considering him to be a postman for valuable information. Remember this in case you ever disagree with teachers (or this blog as a matter): Don’t drop your practice or believe in the path only because the delivery-man was not to your liking.

I will tell you now everything he told me, so that you also may benefit from his advice:

Yogi Bhajan’s consultation

When entering YB’s room for a consultation later, he (who was 8 years older than my parents) had such a non-penetrable aura that I did not dare to confront him on his guru-like status and ask him why he did allow (or even further) that his entire bunch did constantly worship him.

Still being embarrassed about my driving disaster, I asked him what to do against the chaos in my life he recommended me to massage my ears under the shower.
{Over the years I found out that, when washing my hands, also washing my ears with cold water is as calming and refreshing as doing it under the shower and it can be done multiple times throughout the day.}

Someone made me tell him, that I currently do 2 1/2 hours of SCK at the time and in a reflex he instantly burst out something, which in my impression was that this was not targeted towards me personally, but to motivate anyone who does SCK:

If you do SCK for 2,5 hours daily, there is nothing I [meaning any Guru] can teach you anymore.

Probably because at the time I was studying Chinese Medicine, he also said: “He is a simple student and will become a great healer and a saint.”, which struck me as a a bit of a sales-pitch on his behalf to keep me going.  All I can say so far is that I did not become a great healer and am far away from being a saint, but after having read Yogananda’s autobiography of a yogi it dawned upon me that Indians have a very different understanding of saints than Westerners do – more as a person who manifests divine powers, rather  than Christians who associate a saint with someone who is ethically perfect and doing benevolent deeds.

It seems to me that flowery exaggeration is a part of the cultural vocabulary of the Indian language, and me, coming from the plain German culture took quite a few things too literal, like when he said to someone else about me: ‘He is a sage. He was born wise!’, or when he described the superhuman powers of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya.
However, such promises do have quite a longterm effect, because since 3 decades I am now hoping to get enlightened by the means of SCK.
Slowly it dawns upon me that enlightenment probably doesn’t come with a big bang but gradually and less spectacular than I did anticipate – similar to the wisdom of old age, only much faster and without the need of physical sufferings.

He must have noticed that I was not the type of getting up early, because without him asking, he also did recommend to me to meditate before sunrise something I at the time despised.
However, I have to admit, that it’s ten-times easier to meditate in the mornings before the yang of the day rises, because this early are not many internal and external thoughts around, which could an empty mindedness.
But since the morning is the worst time for busy workers to do it, I want to reassure you that this also works at any other time in the day, especially since there is “no time and space attached” to SCK.

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He also did say that I would need protection and did recommend Rahke Rakhanar.
At the time and for decades later I did not want any protection, because it insinuates a discrimination against “lesser” or “evil” people, which is the opposite of what I would call unconditional love.

The 3HO dress-code

Y.B. did also recommend me to wear a turban, so I tried it for the week whilst he was there. When doing SCK without wearing a turban my energy did rise to my third eye point between my eyebrows, but when wearing one, it rose to the crown chakra on the top of my head.

I know that YB (in one of the rare occasions when he was lenient and compromising) supposedly did allow for people to wear anything white on the head, but I would add – if you want the full benefits, go for a real tightly wrapped turban, and if this is too much for you just leave it.
I did experiment a lot with wearing other white stuff but never felt anything from it – neither btw from wearing white clothes. Sikhs originally only are required to wear white underwear but not white everywhere, and all-white for me personally does not work and neither suit me. Some people thrive on the role of displaying Sikhism with a turban, but others nearly get beat up for it on the streets.
My rule of thumb is: If you really are a sincere Sikh a turban will strengthen you, but if you can’t relate to religion, then better don’t play this role, because you will end up being attacked for being a hypocrite.

The impressions 3HO left behind their environment.

At times I felt really embarrassed when we (who all where white Westerners, dressed in white and were wearing white turbans) were ordered to go to a gurdwara (the Sikh-church), to take part in their worship – but only to the point in which YB did preach – and afterwards got up instantly in the middle of the ceremony to leave or eat in a special room only for VIP people whilst the crowd was eating in the hall downstairs.
I then usually went to to eat with the community and did ask them about their perception of YB. They deemed him as just another pujari (priest) but not like something equivalent to an archbishop, which his visits with many religious leaders did insinuate.

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On a subtle level I did notice YB on one hand occasionally very subtly smiling about me,  when I did follow his recommendation to wear a turban or when I was funny, but interestingly he always instantly stopped to smile, whenever he realised that I did catch him being pleased. I think it was probably a good intention to nip any potentially arising egotism of mine in the bud.

However, just before the end of his stay, because I hit my finger and could hardly wrap a turban, and also because I didn’t want to be someone who just puts on a show for him him, I stopped wearing a turban and all white clothes.
I found it too tedious to wrap it all up only for the meditation session anyway, because I would not have worn it outside.

The tipping point for my faith in 3HO

When I am in admiration of a cause or person I do give everything I can, and so it was with YB and 3HO. I did everything for them, took out all the time for them, and also donated to YB for his consultation, despite the fact that I drove them around for a week and did put them up for free.

Ironically it was actually YB himself, and his huge demands for the 3HO organisation, which made me loose my daily routine of doing 2.5 hours of SCK, because for the time of their stay I was constantly in demand of driving them around.

At one point, in the middle of me still eating, he  demanded that we all get up right now and when I continued to enjoy my food he reprehended me by mocking my epicurean humming and told me of harshly, which then was a breaking point for me.
As I did follow him just a few minutes later, he made sure that he had started the public lecture already before I drove down in the car had the chance to arrive.
You may say that this was oversensitive of me, but looking in the look he gave me when I arrived in that hall I perceived it as one of those subtle power-games and him rubbing in the consequences of my non- compliance in order to drive through a point.

Now I am going to tell you something few of you do consciously experience:

The rare occasion to witness a spiritual war first hand

After he was gone, I found out that part of the reason for him coming was that there was at that time a power-struggle between his top British disciple, who was the deputy head of our college, and the director, who was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, who supposedly did embezzle some money to be sent to Vietnamese people in need.

Unfortunately neither side was prepared to open-heartedly talk to each other:
When questioning the monk, he only replied that it would be “his way not to talk about it”, and made certain that he was gone to a retreat when Yogi Bhajan came.
But on the other hand I did not sense a compassionate approach on behalf of 3HO either.

3HO surely was a total dedicated bunch who like a busy swarm of bees did shoot through the London Academy of Chinese Medicine, so the many students who did not primarily follow 3HO teachings (or did not even know about YB) felt overpowered by them claiming the place for themselves with their “Kundalini-stare” (as Gurusant Singh calls it). Someone described it like this:
With their Kundalini-Yoga they build up a tremendous amount of will-power, 
but then they don’t know what to do with it.
And indeed, it seemed to be all about strengthening their own group just for the sake of it.

Because both sides did like me, and at the time, I could literally feel being dragged into a spiritual war of both sides, like (the 3HO member and) deputy head of our college “scanning” me at one point for loyalty and then ordering me to clear out the Buddhist monk’s desk, so that the monk perceived it as if I took sides against him and said that I now would be with “the Kundalini-people”.
Not wanting to take sides, this led to me literally “putting my head down” and stay below their spiritual level by going to the pub to drink with fellow students and co-workers, to “ground” me and keep in synch with the common people.

This is something you on your spiritual path have to watch out for – sometimes it is not you having no spiritual discipline, but adverse circumstances may sabotage your internal evolution:
In order to satisfy your karmic need for harmony you at times may sacrifice your evolution, because by preserving your dignity and keeping to walk upright, you might ending up becoming crucified as Jesus did when he did not hide his light under a bushel.

It is very easy at those occasions to hide behind ignorance, because hardly anyone will see that you did.
However – even though it will be initially gratifying to play it safe –
you should not for long pretend to be dumber than you are, because in the long run your ‘playing it safe’ will weaken your character and turn you to a cowardly fence-sitter who will end up merely walking in other people’s footsteps.

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A month later YB came once more and waved me into his room where he was lying on his bed, because he still was very strong, yet did need to lie a lot in his bed often already.

But I did not enter his room and didn’t even want to talk to him anymore, because the only way I would have opened my heart to him again would have been if we could have talked about my issues with him.
Yet I knew that any criticism would have been dismissed harshly by him. Maybe that’s why he gave me the name “Amar“, because that means something like “free spirit” – probably with a connotation of “untameable”.

 

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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.

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Keys to understanding the universe #1 : reflection, contemplation, meditation

<- To ease you into this series you may read the introduction about openness.

Whilst life is a mystery to us, it is merely the result of complex interleaving of multiple factors – most of them rooted in very deep subconscious decisions we my have made long time ago – so deep in fact that in the end we resort to a worldview of “fate” or hope for divine “mercy” of an external authoritative presence.

You can observe such mysterious changes in personality when you
1.) first consciously change your behaviour as a consequence,
(which can happen hundreds of times back and forth until it manifests in step 2)
2.) and when the decision is final, someone just does something subconsciously without even talking about it anymore.
It can be a relieve of a large burden,
but when accompanied by bitterness can drive one into psychological or physical pathologies.
This is the time when the character is formed.

Changes in character are difficult to accomplish consciously, yet there are ways to entangle the situation we manoeuvred ourselves into,
and the striking similarities between the different teachings from east and west suggest that there are root-principles, which when followed can guide someone out of this mystery of our ignorance.

If you look at an iceberg to see the relationship between the visible consciousness above the water …

… and the much larger invisible subconscious part under water.
So it is clear that the root-work has to be done in the realm of the subconsciousness.

As “all roads lead to Rome” there is not only one path to “one truth”, but there are as many truths as we are humans on this planet, so before commenting on yours being the best, please read the entire series first, so that you can comment on the article which describes a way closest to yours.

1.) The principle of reflection, contemplation and meditation

Action is the yang principle of the sun: to simply shine and literally radiate.
Reflection is the yin principle of the moon: to reflect what happened. This is the realm of therapy and a good therapist enables the patient or client to reflect upon themselves to guide the intellectual thoughts deeper into the realm of contemplation.

A hermit was once asked why he would live in solitude,
but instead of answering he took the traveller to a well, through in a stone, and asked him what he would see.
The wanderer replied “I see ripples upon the water“,
and when the waves calmed down he asked him again, so the visitor replied:
“I see a reflection of myself“.
So the hermit told him: “As soon as the waves of the mind calm down, you see yourself.” ( One of the most important Greek aphorisms is: “know thyself“)

Whilst reflection is a passive way, contemplation is a chosen activity to decide willfully to stay with a specific theme of choice with patience  for a long time. Both ways serve as a mediator between the consciousness and the subconsciousness and both ways are interwoven because one can not force thoughts but has to attract them in order to reflect upon them.

One hinderance in a good reflection an entire picture is the hinderance in sight, because if you are in a tunnel, all you get is a literal “tunnel-vision”, so the way to see as many perspectives as possible in traffic is to stand in the middle of a crossroad.

“Medi” means “in the middle” in latin. Hence the word “medicine” refers to being healthy when being in ones centre, and “meditation” is the art of centring oneself in order to be able to see as many perspectives as possible and therewith see the world “as it is” and not as we construct it to be out of our ignorance.

This also explains the symbol of the cross, which by no means is only used in Christianity, but also by Rosicrucians for example. Whilst the physical centre is in the belly, in other directions, it is considered the heart, which even in ancient Egypt was called “the second brain”.

Gregg Braden  does emphasize a lot on the heart-brain connection, and the loss of it is the root of most external and internal suffering in this world.
Compassion (as was propagated by most religions before they became fossilized) is a good method to reclaim it,
and Buddhists like Thích Nhất Hạnh or the Dalai Lama put a great emphasis on it.

For rational inclined people meditation is the most difficult concept to grasp, and will seem for quite a while as a waste of time, so to beginners it is usually sold as being relaxing or empowering one to become more efficient. Whilst both is true, it does much more, just as serveing as a “time-box” for example, in which one puts all their internal turmoils in order to be able not to be disturbed by them in daily life.

The easiest way to start to meditate is to sit down for a minute and observe the breath, because one can breath consciously as well as subconsciously, so it serves as an intermediator between both worlds.
Meanwhile one can also let the thoughts run out by simply not putting more oil in the flames, so when in meditation thoughts of the next shopping come up, simply don’t follow it up by compiling a grocery-list, but postpone that thought for later and move back to the focus on this moment.

As for the length: If you increase your meditation time (in a spreadsheet for example) by only 1 second more daily, it mounts up to 7-8 minutes in the first month, 5-6 minutes per week in the second month, and as the time increases you will automatically grow into a more regular mediation practice in order not to have to catch up too much until you can do a minute more daily every two months.
To avoid those complicated calculations, you can strive to meditate for as long as you like on the first month, in the second month try to do it weekly, and from the third month on to do go for 2 minutes daily, increasing the time by 1 minute every two months, or by 6 minutes every year.

The easiest time to meditate is before dawn, the second best after dusk and the most difficult one is amongst non-meditators. And to meditate a little daily is more valuable then to do lots only once in a while, because your character is tuned up by it consistently.

Meditation, contemplation and reflection were and are done intuitively in natural cultures and are pushed into marginalisation by our first world agenda to constantly prioritise efficiency in order to maximise profits (which then usually end up to serve merely as a compensations for our lost holistic happiness of being connected with everything).

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Sodarshan Chakra Kriya

My words are in italic – the rest is from Yogi Bhajan. Since this is a lot of text I do mark the significant information bold so that you afterwards have a good overview of the necessary steps to undertake:

Meditation for focus and mental purification

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.
TIME: Suggested length for this kriya is 31 or 62 minutes a day. The ideal is to start at 31 minutes, but you can begin with 11 minutes, then build up to 31, then 40, and eventually 62.

* 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.

COMMENTS: If you can do this meditation for 62 minutes to start with, then build up to the point where you can do it 2 1/2 hours a day (1/10 of the day), it will give you the following: ”Nao nidhi, athara sidhi,” which are the nine precious virtues and 18 occult powers. In these 27 total virtues of the world lies the entire universe.

When practiced for 2 1/2 hours every day, it will make you a perfect superhuman. It purifies the subconscious and takes care of the human life. It will make you extremely intuitive. It brings together all 27 facets of life and makes a human saintly, successful, and qualified. This meditation also gives one pranic power. This kriya never fails. It can give one inner happiness, and bring one to a state of ecstasy in life.

(as taught by Yogi Bhajan on December 1990)
This basic instruction is what I worked with on my own for 24 years and I still follow it.
Whilst this should be sufficient, f
or your benefit to get the most complete version in one place,
I will always add new findings below here.
Feel free to post links which lead to more valuable information.

More comments from Yogi Bhajan fount at 3HO.org:
“This is one of the greatest meditations you can practice. It has considerable transformational powers. The personal identity is rebuilt, giving the individual a new perspective on the Self. It retrains the mind. According to the tantra shastras, it can purify your past karma and the subconscious impulses that may block you from fulfilling you. It balances all the 27 facets of life and mental projection, and gives you the pranic power of health and healing. It establishes inner happiness and a state of flow and ecstasy in life. It opens your inner universe to relate, co-create, and complete the external universe.

This meditation balances the Teacher aspect of the mind. It acts on all the other aspects like a mirror to reveal their true nature and adds corrections. You act as a human being not just a human doing. If the Teacher aspect is too strong, you risk a spiritual ego, which becomes too attached to the ability to detach and to be “above” normal struggles. When the Teacher aspect is too weak, you can misuse your spiritual and teaching position for personal advantage. When balanced, the Teacher aspect is impersonally personal. It starts with absolute awareness and a neutral assessment from that awareness.

The Teacher uses intuition to know directly what is real and what is a diversion. You respond from the Neutral Mind beyond the positives and negatives. You are clear about the purpose and the laws of each action. A complete Teacher is not an instructor. The Teacher is the expression of Infinity for the benefit of all. You master non-attachment so that you are simultaneously in all your activities and not of them.Treat the practice with reverence and increase your depth, dimensions, caliber, and happiness.”

More Yogi Bhajan Quotes from Sahej.com/Sodarshan.html

Yogi Bhajan said in Gurdwara on Sunday, December 22nd, 2002:
“Now, most powerful and beautiful is Sodarshan Chakra Kriya. I thought that I have taught for so many years, now people are ready for it. We didn’t start teaching it the first day. For me (I do not know about anyone else) it took 30 years to be able to control my left and right nostrils without holding them with my fingers. And I still do that sometimes when I feel very weak – I use my hand and fingers. Somebody can say, “Switching nostrils is not needed since the air coming through the right nostril and the left nostril meets.” We shall not take any responsibility for such wrong practices! What the hell is one creating? Disturbing the pituitary, the master command gland? These kinds of jokes will end by themselves, but it will be dangerous for those who practice it wrong. There is nothing in the teachings which are not clearly stated and which have not worked accurately”

And another Yogi Bhajan Quote from Sahej.com:

The Teachings are the Teachings, and have no one’s personality in them. I never edit them; you should not edit them. It is a Golden Chain. My own prayer is that you can perfect what it is, and go with it. It is a funny thing. It is a three thousand year old proven path – it’s not going to stop. Why do you want to add or subtract something – to satisfy your ego or convince students? It is very deceitful on the part of a teacher to teach teachings to please people. So honestly give people what we have. Teach like me. Teach exactly as it is. If you are not going to teach Kundalini Yoga purely, then don’t teach it at all. With Kundalini Yoga you are dealing with the life force of the atom. Don’t play with the pranic energy”

This is how the Siri Singh Sahib (Yogi Bhajan) keeps track of the counting.
Inhale (blocking the right nostril with the right thumb, other fingers held straight up in the air). And then I hold, and then I count ’16’ – – how? One. two. three — counts with the pinkie finger, moving it slightly three times. Four. Five, six — moves the ring finger three times. Seven, eight, nine — moves the middle or Saturn finger three times. Ten. eleven, twelve: — moves the index finger three times Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen — moves the thumb slightly for three beats. Sixteen — brings the index finger over to block off the left nostril, as he releases the right thumb from the right nostril. Then Exhale through right nostril.
You are open to try what works for you.

— above were unaltered teachings of Yogi Bhajan

A nice comment from Ravi Singh:
A young disciple asked Buddha: How long will it take me to burn through all of my karma. Buddha said, Can you imagine a block of marble 1 mile square? Now imagine that once a year a dove flies over the top of the marble trailing a silk scarf. How long do you think it would take to wear that block of marble down to nothing? Thats what each of us is up against with regard to the load of karmic debt we carry.

So Darshan Chakra Kriya is like 100 workmen with electric sanders working day and night on that
metaphorical marble. So Darshan Chakra Kriya is the most important and powerful meditation in Kundalini Yoga. This meditation will very quickly and effectively help you clarify and resolve the core issues in your life and very directly begin to transform your life in ways in ways you may not even be able to imagine!


Here are additional informations I gathered verbally from the 3HO comunity (so I strongly assume that the following is also from Yogi Bhajan):
• 40 days of daily meditation and all skin-cells have changed, (which has to do with the aura)
• 90 days and all blood-cells have changed (blood is related to emotions)
• 120 days the bone-cells have changed and you have changed permanent
by stamping each cell with your spiritual intention.
• 1000 days of meditation changes a monkey to a saint.

From the Hindu Tradition (one of the sources for Sikhism) I gathered:
The Jalandhar Bandha is a yoga position in which the neck is to be bent a little for achieving this bandh. But it should not be bent much. It is to be pressed onto the depression just as a spring is pressed with a little force.
It has been described in Hathapradeepika in the third chapter:
“The chin is to be pressed on the chest (heart) after contracting the throat. This bandh eliminates old age and death. The contracted veins in the throat ensure that the liquid from the skies is received here. Hence, the bandh has been appropriately known as Jalandhar Bandh, which means that it destroys any pain in the throat.
… Who practices this bandh for six months will, no doubt, achieve siddha status.”

I also want to emphasize that I read that this exercise should be done with eyes focussing on the tip of the nose. This will definitely be the hardest part of the entire exercise.
I realized that it is futile to force it, but instead constructive to relax into a forceful non-resistant state of mind which allows the eyes to drift within. I did set myself from time to time a second short timer repeating itself which reminded me often to focus on the nose again.
It has literally to do with a state of relaxed focus.

My personal tips out of experience for you (and believe me I did resist those revelations long) are:

  • Meditating before sunrise is literally 10 times easier than in the day: If you can do 11 minutes in daytime you could be able to do 62 minutes in the morning.
  • For men it is useful not to loose sperm to often – in chinese medicine it is the seat of the willpower, called Jing – and the longer it was able to build up the easier is the focussing on the eye. This comes because there runs a major meridian, called Dumai, up the spine which connects the preheavenly Qi (our constitution stored in the Kidneys and in the center in between, called the Ming Men) to the brain – in fact this is the essence of Kundalini Yoga to bring that Kundalini-Snakelike-energy up like a Cobra – hence pictures in chinese Restaurants of a bull at the bottom running through the mud, walking up a path and on top a perl ( the pituitary gland of the third eye).

My personal recommendation for you to do this exercise
1. Build it up over a 2-3 week period increasing 1 “Wahe Guru” each time & do it properly ( sit straight and focus on the tip of the nose ) from the start.
(It took me 2 weeks to be able to hold the breath over more than one cycle – then suddenly I had a break through and was able to meditate for as long as I could).

You may try at this point to increase it as fast as possible, but in the likely case that it overwhelms you as it did me for 20 years. So to save you this painful time (of crisis and diseases), instead of dropping it alltogether, go for the 1000 day plan which will transform your life forever gently but much faster.
and do following meditations DAILY.

2. Go for 40 days  just 3 minutes ( Jesus also went for 40 days into the desert)
3. extend the 40 days to 90 days of daily meditation
(If you fail: Simply start again. Meanwhile you can slowly build up to 10 minutes if you wish
This took me an entire year because I failed a few times after around 55 days)
4. Stay with the daily practice f and extend 3 min. to 120 days (once you have done 90 days it is easy to add the last 30 days).
Now you earned your 3 Minute-level, so you can go on to the next step:
5. Another 120 days of 11 minutes of Sodarchan Chakra Kriya ( meanwhile build up to 21 minutes in your own time )
Yet again – if you fail: No worries; just start again with this 11-minute-step.
6. 120 days of 22 Minutes (meanwhile build up to half an hour). On failing: repeat this step.
7. 120 days of 31 minutes ( intermediate- meanwhile build up to an hour).
If you don’t succeed at first … try again (and again and again … took me 3 years alltogether)
8. 120 days of 62 minutes (the length was measured in heartbeats not minutes)
9. Now you can slowly build up to 1/10th of the day.
10. 120 days of a tenth of the day. (which is 144 minutes),
11. 120 days of 2 ½ hours  (If you fail a day then, Yogi Bhajan said not to worry.)!

Addendum: meanwhile I did complete this program and had a crisis because I was not as enlightened as I was hoping for.
After having loosened up my practice and having looked for other spiritual ways for a year I think the only way is to continue, because I can not judge this kriya before I have done 1000 days of 2.5 hours of it. 
Since this is scary, I give myself a little break first.
You can watch my realtime progress on the right side of this page.

 

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Step 0: How to enter the world of meditation

This is a realtime course of my experiences which I pass on to you here.

The first month was merely for you to get aquainted with the entire information on the SCK Page.
In the second month the practice starts by getting to know the process of meditation and  slowly build up the exercise.
Easiest to choose a safe place and time when no one will disturb you and to switch of the phone, if possible the doorbell, and also your computer in order not to get any temptation to jump up.

a.) Sitting: Sit with a straight spine (either with legs crossed or sitting on a chair with feet flat on the ground)
A straight spine is not to pull up your shoulders, but to imagine that you are a string puppet which is pulled up by your head so that your spine is straight whilst your shoulders can relax. The neck is to be bent a a little only – not much. It is to be pressed onto the depression just as a spring is pressed with a little force.
b.) Exercising:

  • 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”
once, while pumping the navel point 3 times with each repetition
(once on ”Waa”, once on ”hey”, and once on ”Guru”).

  • 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.

Next: Build this up to 16 repetitions within 2-3 weeks.
How to build up is: The next time you meditate do this twice,
the third time, three times etc… and by the 16th time meditating you should have build up your breath to be able to mentally chant 16 times “Wa-He-Guru” whilst pumping the belly as described above.

On the 17th time repeat this  entire procedure (with all the 48 bely pumps (16x”Wa”+”He”+”Guru”) once,
on the next time twice, etc… until you are capable to do this entire procedure 7 times in a row without a break.

Since this only takes 1-3 minutes each time, you may now use this opportunity to get aquainted with the general process of meditation. So straight after this exercise…

c.) Now meditate a little bit:
Look at the watch before you sit and then just observe your breath and the incoming thoughts, but do not attach to any of them – just let them pass through you. Whenever a thought comes up don’t put oil into its flame by continuing to obsess about it, but let it pass and get back to it after this exercise.

When you feel impatient you may stop & take a look at your watch to see how big your patience is right now.

What you learn here is to let go of everything you attach to.
If you are bored, be grateful that it is still easy, because soon it will get really hard.

I also would recommend to research spirituality and read about Sodarshan Chakra Kriya,  and download the free audios which I especially created to guide beginners and help advanced meditators to slow down their breath.

There are a few more articles in this blog – just surf through the tags or categories – and then read up in the web about meditation in general.

How long should I meditate?
Because patience is a real difficulty in the beginning there is a simple rule of thumb: If you would add a virtual second more each day you would meditate 1 minute more each 2 months and 2,5 hours after 25 years. Depending on your state of mind and aspiration you are likely to find your level somewhere in between.

Once you meditate more often you can try to meditate 3 minutes daily for 40 days every day.

#meditation, #sodarshan-chakra-kriya

1000 days of daily meditation transform a monkey into a saint

This blog is dedicated to the Kundalini-Yoga-Meditation Sodarshan Chakra Kriya
in order to inspire others to join my 1000-day-quest to do do this meditation daily.

Here is the quest you are happy to join: http://www.pledgebank.com/1000daysodarshan

It is my strong believe that doing this exercise will transform anyones life significantly forever,
which is why I will not only collect all information I can find,
but also create forums for you to join and comunicate with each other
so that we can inspire each other by letting us know the difficulties we encounter and the benefits we reap.

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