Keys to understanding the universe #3: hidden breathing techniques

First of all thanks to JV Avadhanulu for introducing me to Vivekanda and his wisdoms,
and to David Cook for providing half of the content of this article.
In the previous article the horizontal and lateral movements in our body were explained.
and this article is based on those theories.

Knowledge of spiritual principles is often used (by false Gurus) to impress spiritual beginners, but of no real use if it is not clear how to apply them.
Since there is enough written on Zen, Qi Gong, Tai Qi, martial arts, dietary approaches and health advices, this article focusses on hidden and deeper principles which, when applied in combination and with perseverance, can facilitate an ultrafast growth towards an expanded mind.
So here are instructions on how to implement those 2 principles in exercises,
and the following instructions will then reveal another third secret:


3a.) Practical application of the principle of up and down movements

How how to descend and ascend the energy (as described in ancient texts) is brilliantly explained by Christopher Wallis in this following video:

Note that in ancient Tantric and Kundalini texts the Kundalini is compared to a snake not due to it correlating to the spine, but to a coil (the sleeping position of a snake), which uncoils when the breathing exercise is done.

The tremendous value of the Kundalini energy – not only for spiritual, but also physical wellbeing – can be seen even in the west today in the snake symbols which in old days suggested a holistic health.
It’s ironic that this is the symbol  of the pharmacy – the branch of medicine which is least concerned with holistic health and which causes as much harm as benefits by patenting extracted chemicals and thereby ignoring the properties of the entire plant for the sake of greed.

The Kundalini-snake-like pharmacy symbol much longer was known already as the Caduceus staff of Hermes Trismegistos as mentioned in the first article.


3b.) The application of the principle of the middle path or neutrality
the balance between extremes.

In the Ginans, which are devotional hymns or poems recited by Shia Ismaili Muslims.
One is mentioned on this site here, and another one sates:

NAR NAKALA(N)K KEREE VAAT KOIK JAANNE RE
When the breath arises from (in the state of enlightenment) 
the region of the navel inside the body, perform rythmic 
inhaling and exhaling of air which leads to spiritual joy and salvation.
 
Friends through activation of the nerve (or force) channels inglaa,
pinglaa and sukhmanaa focus your concentration and awareness; 
this will kill all the desires of the (lower) mind.
 
Consider the nerve curvature ('va(n)k naadd') as the true centre
(between the two eye brows). Focus the vision of your two eyes
(the moon and the sun) upon it regularly.
 
If you maintain your awareness in this manner, then your ordinary 
consciousness will burst into supra-consciousness (divinity). 
When this happens you will feel the awareness of divinity in every 
hair of your body and nobody can forget this.

The last promise of supra-consciousness alone should be reason enough for any open minded person to pursue this path until succeeding in order to leave the pain of materialistic misconceptions behind.

Just as in the Kabbalah, here we clearly also have the
3 pilars: iglaa, pinglaa & sukhmanaa (the central one),
and the dualistic sun & moon (yin& yang) aspect which are to be balanced.
How this is exactly accomplished is written below:

The left-right-center relationship

There are several ways to practice yoga to accomplish that. One is an exercise called “the joyous mind”,
and here is a great article explaining this 3-pillar relation to the body from a Hindu perspective:

* The left pillar relating to the Ida Nadi (moon channel)
* The middle pillar relating to the Shushumna Nadi (center channel)
* And the right pillar relating to the Pingala Nadi (sun channel)

This is the middle pillar which in islam is also called the sukhmanaa
and in this article western medicine article is referred to the vagus nerve
(but western medicine usually misses out the energetic and spiritual aspects)
David Cook also added:

In the introduction of the book “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali” by BKS Ivengar, he talks about asanas (positions), actions and effects, “To advanced students, a teacher teaches a whole asana in relationship to what is happening in a single action. At this subtlest level, when we are able to observe … and adjust the flow of energy in ida, pingala, susumna (the three principal nadis, or energy channels) the macrocosmic order of nature is perceived in even the smallest aspects”.
In the very extensive glossary at the back, nadis are described as “channels through which energy flows in the subtle body”, and goes on to list 17 other named channels besides these three we are speaking of. Susumna is also listed as the “Nadi which controls the central nervous system”.

And whilst I was researching the different methods and going to other yoga-seminars for comparison, I found out a hidden and nowhere mentioned secret principle:


3c.) The breath ratio of 1:4:2

Kriya Yoga works with this breathing ratio, and Tantra which is much older than Yoga (and btw not primarily focussed on sex only); also stated in the Sharada Tilaka Tanta the 1:4:2 ratio:

Inhale through the left nosril (concentrating on the left side of the spine) for 16 counts. Hold the breath for 64 counts guiding energy into the central channel of the spine (shushumna). Exhale through the right nostril for 32 counts.
It states that this can be done with or without a mantra recited mentally.

( 16:64:32 does boil down to a ratio of 1:4:2 when reduced to its smallest denominator).

Whilst Christopher Wallis did not mention this ratio in his video-speech above, he mentioned that the most important part is the one where the in-breath and outbreath meet – the holding of the breath, which is given the longest time in the 1:4:2 ratio.

Many thanks go out to JV Adhanulu, who passed on this instruction from the Indian Yogi Vivekanda to me over a decade ago and therewith introduced me to Indian originals:

Slowly fill the lungs with breath through the Ida, the left nostril, and at the same time concentrate the mind on the nerve current. You are, as it were, sending the nerve current down the spinal column, and striking violently on the last plexus, the basic lotus which is triangular in form, the seat of the Kundalini. Then hold the current there for some time. Imagine that you are slowly drawing that nerve current with the breath through the other side, the Pingala, then slowly throw it out through the right nostril. This you will find a little difficult to practise. The easiest way is to stop the right nostril with the thumb, and then slowly draw in the breath through the left; then close both nostrils with thumb and forefinger, and imagine that you are sending that current down, and striking the base of the Sushumna; then take the thumb off, and let the breath out through the right nostril. Next inhale slowly through that nostril, keeping the other closed by the forefinger, then close both, as before. […] Here it is well to begin with four seconds, and slowly increase. Draw in four seconds, hold in sixteen seconds, then throw out in eight seconds.
This makes one Pranayama

Vivekanda’s 4:16:8 breath ratio also boils both down to a 1:4:2 ratio.

Why 1:4:2 ? It sounds counter-intuitive to breath out longer than to breath in, but here are some of the reasons:

As mentioned in the last article: in the Kabblah the Sun is numerological seen as a one (the initial yang impulse) – “the word which was in the beginning”,
and the moon as the receptive yin which reflects the suns light, hence a two,
so the air is taken in one beat and breathed out in two beats.
(Remember the Emerald Tablets: “The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.” So the breath in is an act of creation (sun), the wind carries it in its belly with 1 beat, the earth digests it there with 4 beats, and the reflective moon is its mother (hence 2 beats breath out).

We also know that it usually takes much longer to digest the fast action which happened firsthand – hence a longer outbreath.

The reason for the 4 beats of holding the energy in the neutral middle pillar has many reasons, one being that
4 is also the path the path of the solar energy to our planet earth which takes the 4 steps: 1. Sun -> 2. Mercury ->  3. Venus-> 4. Earth/Moon.
So the entire macrocosm is internalised into the own microcosm. (This is btw half of  the order how the energy moves throughout the day, so your setting yourself up for the day when doing this as an exercise)

There is also a psychological fact by drawing down the divine impulse through our breath, and before in a contemplated way releasing it, holding it for double the time of a moon-reflection which :

  • 1 beat in-breath: something worldly happened (breath in)
  • holding the breath contemplation upon the worldly in-breath (2 beats)
    • then an echo of this reflective 2 beats, making it 4 beats holding the breath,
    • which then creates a reflection on the reflector:
      (who am I – the one who reflects ?) This is very important when the divine starts to merge with the self in self-realisation.
    • and the “echo” also has a meta effect and transforms the breather in the breathed one, or the “doer” into an effortless “be-er”.
  • 2 beats out-breath:
    I see both sides of that coin of contemplation, moving someone beyond dualism.

Japanese people might have an inherent sense for this echo, because foreigners who learn their language often are recognised for not upholding the pause after the short yang exclamation-like Japanese sentences.

In rhetoric there is also a dynamic of 1. thesis 2.synthesis and 3.antithesis, so the trinity of this breathing pattern affirms its validity on a subconscious level.

This, by the way is the mathematics of the pyramid: 3 sides over a plane with 4 corners or sides, giving rise to the assumption that one of its functions is to harness and transform sun power -> hence the name “Pyra-mid” (fire in the middle). Medi-tation in combination with a prana-exercise to direct the fire to the central channel, does just that and therewith is an internal recreation of the pyramids – another indication that the mysteries of the universe can be solved from within.

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To sum it up (look at the Emerald Tablets from the last article):

The breathing pattern goes through a path similar to the first astrological symbol of Aries (if that was overlaid over a body):

  1. beat: Breath enters through the left nostril … (the sun is its father)
  2. … (4 beats :the breath goes down to the belly see below) …
  3.               … the breath finally exits through the right nostril (2 beats mother moon).

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… 2. the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.” …
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So the biggest transformative work happens when holding the breath for 4 beats (preferably in the belly), because it digests anything that happened and also reflects on our reaction to our digestion: hence it dissolves the aspect of literal “re-actions” and therewith Karma. Hence chanting also should be done out of the belly to be more effective.

You may implement those breathing techniques in your spiritual practice to refine it.

<previous article: #2 left, up, down, right                      Next article: #4: The right posture>

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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.

#christianity, #gnostic, #omphaloskespsis, #pranayama, #sodarshan-chakra-kriya

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.

 

#kundalini-yoga, #meditation, #pranayama, #sodarshan-chakra-kriya

Some ancient roots of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya

Everyone believes in something – I do believe in a Pranayama Kundalini-Yoga-Exercise called Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, because it promises to balance out the entire energy.

On further research some people who are not in alignment with Yogi Bhajan’s teachings and 3HO-organization seriously doubted that this Meditation; which I put (since the last 4 and for the 4 years) all my efforts into;
would not be an authentic ancient yogic exercise, but a made up Kriya from Yogi Bhajan.

This was worse for me than having personal patience issues with the meditation (and believe me I was challenged many times to practice consistently). Over the last 20 years my entire spiritual focus was on trying and failing and trying again to accomplish SCK; and for the last thousand days I  did already build the Kriya up to over an hour.
I did even sacrifice my entire social-life and career in order to be able to complete Sodarshan Chakra Kriya. And suddenly it turns out to potentially be as fake as weapons of mass-destruction in Iraq or our entire money system? I was really worried that I had directed my entire life into Yogi Bhajan’s personal invention.

So I sat back and contemplated what to do:
The first step was to continue my 1000 days, because I always would be able to drop it at a later stage, but I would not be able to reclaim the 68 days I already did, if I stopped it now.
I also remembered that this exercise had some strong benefits for me – so even if it was all made up, there definitely was something valuable in it.

So whilst I continued to do practice daily, I did mail to a bunch of people who run other Sodarshan-Chakra-Kriya websites, someone repied that SCK would be referenced in the Sri Granth Sahib, so I did searched an online version for a simple part of the instruction – the phrase “left nostril” and found the following: at srigranth.org :

  • The breath is drawn in through the left nostril;
  • it is held in the central channel of the Sukhmanaa,
  • and exhaled through the right nostril,
  • repeating the Lord’s Name sixteen times

Considering that “Wahe Guru” ist the Sikh name for God, this comes close to Yogi Bhajan’s instruction:
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.

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.

Simultaneous to my findings Sat Avtar Kaur found in mrsikhnet.com:
Here is a meditation described in Siri Guru Granth Sahib on page 1106 by Bhagat Jai Dev ji that was taught by SSS Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi ji on August 1991. I just realized that only two shabads are in Siri Guru Granth Sahib by Bhagat Jai Dev and one of these two was him sharing his experience of this meditation.
I looked up which shabads he refers to
So far I can see following lines which somehow correlate with SCK:
On page 526:
ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਗੋਬਿੰਦੇਤਿ ਜਪਿ ਨਰ ਸਕਲ ਸਿਧਿ ਪਦੰ ॥
गोबिंद गोबिंदेति जपि नर सकल सिधि पदं ॥
Gobinḝ gobinḝėṯ jap nar sakal siḝẖ paḝaʼn.
Meditate on the Lord of the Universe, the Lord of the Universe, O man; He is the source of all the spiritual powers of the Siddhas.
And as mentioned above on page 1106:
ਚੰਦ ਸਤ ਭੇਦਿਆ ਨਾਦ ਸਤ ਪੂਰਿਆ ਸੂਰ ਸਤ ਖੋੜਸਾ ਦਤ੝ ਕੀਆ ॥
चंद सत भेदिआ नाद सत पूरिआ सूर सत खोड़सा दतढ़ कीआ ॥
Cẖanḝ saṯ bẖėḝiĝ nĝḝ saṯ pūriĝ sūr saṯ kẖoṛsĝ ḝaṯ kīĝ.
The breath is drawn in through the left nostril; it is held in the central channel of the Sukhmanaa, and exhaled through the right nostril, repeating the Lord’s Name sixteen times.

So it seems that this is the proof that Sodarshan Chakra Kriya has some roots at least in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Having just seen more verses I assume that yogis either wrote those verses or took several texts spread out in the SGGS in order to fuse them together to entire Yoga-Kriyas or sets.

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Some sources I spontaneously found were:

Page 905, Line 7
“The Yogi draws the breath upwards, and opens the Tenth Gate.
He practices inner cleansing and the six rituals of purification.
But without the Lord’s Name, the breath he draws is useless.”
Guru Nanak Dev
This is a clear reference to the Mantra “Wahe Guru” as well as the necessary believe in god which I will tackle in another article.

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Page 333, Line 3
ultat pavan chakar khat bhayday surat sunn anraagee.
“I turned my breath inwards, and pierced through the six chakras of the body, and my awareness was centered on the Primal Void of the Absolute Lord.” – Bhakta Kabir –
Relates to: Holding the breath, pumping the belly & mentally chanting “Wahe Guru”.

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Page 991, Line 16
soor sar sos lai som sar pokh lai jugat kar marat so san-banDh keejai.
“Heat up the sun energy of the right nostril, and cool down the moon energy of the left nostril; practicing this breath-control, bring them into perfect balance.”
Guru Nanak Dev
The thumb is correlates to the thumb which heats up and the index finger to the Jupiter (and as it seems the Jupiter cooles down the left moon nostril).

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Page 359, Line 8
man motee jay gahnaa hovai pa-un hovai soot Dhaaree.
“If the pearl of the mind is strung like a jewel on the thread of the breath,…”
Guru Nanak Dev
This could be a reference to pumping the belly, hence directing the mind down the threat of the breath.

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The following quotes also emphasize on the importance of breath and a dedication to the divine. I saw Sikhs fighting amongst Kundalini-students because former focus on the believe in god and latter in the technique of the practice. It seems that both are essential for a spiritual sucess:

Page 969,
“Joining the two channels of the breath, I have lit the furnace, and I drink in the supreme, sublime essence.” – Bhakta Kabir –

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Page 972
“The mind, the master of the breath, abides in the state of supreme bliss. There is no death, no re-birth, and no aging for me now. || 1 |
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| Turning away from materialism, I have found intuitive support. I have entered into the sky of the mind, and opened the Tenth Gate. The chakras of the coiled Kundalini energy have been opened, and I have met my Sovereign Lord King without fear.”

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Page 1123, Line 13
ree kalvaar gavaar moodh mat ulto pavan firaava-o.
“You barbaric brute, with your primitive intellect – reverse your breath and turn it inward.” – Bhakta Kabir –

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Page 1365, Line 8
kabeer maa-i-aa dolnee pavan jhakolanhaar.
“Kabeer, Maya is the butter-churn, and the breath is the churning-stick.”
Bhakta Kabir

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 I also wrote an article about a fascinating 800 year old source – 200 years older than the Siri Guru Grant Sahib, where a christian gnostic version of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya is described here.

This means that you now have the choice to modify Sodarshan Chakra Kriya to your own believe if you understand its principles – this is what Yogi Bhajan or some Sikhs have done – they altered ancient Pranayama Techniques to implement it in their believe system. So even Jews, Muslims or any Religion whatsoever should be able to utilize this knowledge. Contact me if you want to work it out for your own religion and I will do my best to help with my experience.

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When asking Ravi Singh & Ana Brett that according to the tantra shastras, Sodarshan Chakakra Kriya can purify your past karma and the subconscious impulses that may block you from fulfilling one, they mailed me:

“In the Sharada Tilaka Tanta a proto-version of So Darshan Chakra Kriya is described:
Inhale through the left nosril (concentrating on the left side of the spine) for 16 counts. Hold the breath for 64 counts guiding energy into the central channel of the spine (shushumna). Exhale through the right nostril for 32 counts.
It states that this can be done with or without a mantra recited mentally.”

Since in Kriya Yoga one also should breath in 4 beats, hold the breath for 16 beats and breath out 8 beats, it seems that one yogi secret is the ratio of breathing in to holding to breathing out being: 1:4:2.
Hence I will try breathing in thinking 4x “wahe guru” (which is 12 beats),
pump 16x as instructed while holding the breath (48 beats)

  • the pumping seems equilvalent to guiding energy to the spine)

and breath out thinking 8 times “wahe guru” (not pumping my stomach on the breaths).
This then is equivalent to a 1:4:2 ratio.

I know one should not add anything to the kriya, so I won’t recommend it to others,
I just experiment with it in order to see if I can find the common breathing ratio.

 

 

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