Experiences in Dhyan

Here are a few things which may help you be more at ease with your Dhyan and the experiences which you will get while you engage in your spiritual practices. There is always a Guru (Guru is energy so can be in any form, physical, astral, anything) to guide through this phase but with so much misleading information on the internet, this is just to bring clarity and sense. If someone needs to read this, it will remain available.kundaliniDoing Dhyan or having experiences while doing it is nothing special. It is natural and not an achievement. If you create labels for yourself like- I am a ‘yogini’, ‘sadhak’, ‘kriyavan’ etc. you are falling even subtly into the trap of ego. This ego will be colored by ‘spirituality‘ thus even more difficult to get out of.

Do not expect anything to happen during Dhyan. Once you start expecting, you will feel the mental/ emotional response of achievement and disappointment. Anyways these experiences are as fleeting as the manifested Universe. There is no point in remembering and reliving them. If you think that you are controlling your pran or controlling your kundalini or whatever, your own thoughts are going to magnify your experience. Whatever you think of you will manifest. Do not think of anything. You are trying to manifest the Ultimate, you cannot think of That as it has no attributes. If you put labels in your thought processes you will never realise the Ultimate.

And stop thinking of Kundalini. It is over-hyped. It is the restriction on your self. It holds back the force of self-realisation, it is a lock. The first lock in a series of locks. It is the basic energy holding you to this manifested universe. If you have to break the ego you have to break this kundalini, not desire it! The lock of the kundalini is under the control of Devi Mahamaya. It is by her blessings that it will be opened. Thus Devi is often visualised as a compassionate benevolent protective mother. She is the Mother as She has created this illusion of ‘jivatma’/soul and the playground Universe. Visualising her as ever helpful, ever generous and protective helps. As you visualise you manifest.kundaliniAs your Dhyan deepens you will have ‘paranormal’ experiences, you might even doubt your vision and other senses. You might hear voices, see things, feel things, get strange disconnected from reality thoughts. This can happen even when you are doing your regular daily activities. So just be careful especially if you drive, you might lose your sense of coordination. These are random things and will eventually resolve as your body balances out the energy.

Now this is important, as you progress more deeply into your own self, try to limit physical contact. Interactions with others might also reduce, they will continue on superficial levels of course. Try to eat satvik food, cook something for yourself everyday, even a cup of tea! It might help if you wash your clothes separately, not with the general family’s clothes.

Remember you have activated the force of self realization. You are not your body and neither your physical environment. You might face strange responses from your family/friends. You are actively dissociating from them internally. Your physical body may act strange e.g. you will stop feeling hungry or thirsty, as your Dhyan generates enough pran for your sustenance. But consciously remember to eat, drink and sleep adequately. Yes, you are not attached to your body, but your body is the tool. You will attain reality only with the support of this body, so always take good care of its health. And the vehicle is only useful till you reach your destination, so do not get attached to your body/vehicle.

During this no-hunger phase do some fire related yagnyas/homa of whichever mantra which appeals to you. This will help in maintaining the digestive fire and create appetite. Or you can give Surya arghya every day at sunrise. After you Realise Yourself at the final step of your journey at the Dwadashant, you will have 2 choices, one is to simply discard the vehicle. The vehicle has served its purpose you have reached your destination. Or second option is to continue in the vehicle and function in the manifested Universe with full Awareness. This is Your Ultimate Self bring kind to the other mortals. If You choose the second option, you are going to need the body, so take care of it. Then you will be a Guru, guiding others on their journey to Moksh.

Now the idea is to have no desires and no thoughts. You have to discard everything related to the manifested universe and this is difficult as this creation is all you consciously know. Your mind consciously knows only these things, thus silencing the mind is necessary. So your foundation has to be strong, the more strongly you discard all evident and subtle desires during your initial phases, the easier it will be later after the locks on self-realization open.f3Now Siddhis. As the force of pran and then later the force of self realisation moves upward in the brahmanadi, at each point you will be shown an aspect of Yourself. (remember the 33 koti/classes of gods each occupying one segment of your vertebral column). Each of these ‘deities’ energies will offer you gifts, these abilities are called Siddhi. Siddhis are available only for that one life as they are not carried forward into next lives. Engaging in Siddhis will slow down your journey. If you get fascinated by these Siddhis and use them with a sense of self/ego, you get caught in the trap of ego. The higher up you get caught the more tightly and subtly you get entangled. You will require even more lives to resolve this subtle ego- trap.

Some might justify that they are using the Siddhis to help other people and do good. But this is self-delusion. You have started on your journey to experience yourself, first complete what you have set out to do. Helping people can be done later, first experience what you have to! Unless you know the Ultimate how can you help others in their journey?

Be very clear about what you think yourself to be at the deepest levels. Whatever you think of yourself to be deeply, a king, teacher, leader whatever, this entire Dhyan process will augment this thought. So be very very careful of your thoughts.

This path to self realisation is for everyone and still is extremely personal. Each one has a different experience depending on what his past expectations and studies have been. If you have followed the Devi Mahatmya, (you might see events described in it) or the Bhagwat Gita (you might perform the entire battle of Kurukshetra) or the Vignyan Bhairav tantra (you might experience the 108 ways of self realization) or anything else you will experience things differently. However one thought should be uppermost, ‘I am the Parabrahma, I have no attributes and no limits. I Am.”

Finally trust yourself and do not discuss what you experience with others. If you have doubts or questions, ask Yourself, before sleeping at night ask your subconscious self that question, it will be shown to you in your dreams.

Always, you are the Parabrahma, you cannot be defined by anything of this manifested Universe. All ideas, all words, all concepts are of Mahamaya, the creative force of the Parabrahma, these cannot be used to define ‘Parabrahma’. That is why it is called Para = beyond/other/higher, Brahma = knowledge/existence/absolute etc.

“Om Yoham-asmi brahma-aham-asmi | aham-eva-aham-maam juhomi svaahaa ||”

(Om, I am That, I am Brahma, I Am what I Am, I worship Myself, I offer Myself to My Ultimate Consciousness!)

 

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Kundalini myths!

On the internet, there are sites which describe ‘Kundalini rise’ as gentle, pleasant, floating on clouds, agreeable sensations in the body, seeing clouds of lights, etc. This is not unlocking Kundalini, this is flow of prana in the body which may be enhanced by spiritual practice.q1When the physical body dies, the self-identity/jivatma leaves this shell through any of the 16000 nadis available for its exit. When Moksha is achieved it leaves the physical body through the Brahmanadi, thus ‘dies’ as it gains its final Identity i.e. Parabrahma.

Are you, the Real You, prepared to leave this body? The answer of this question is very important. As long as you are attached to things connected to your identity your Kundalini lock will remain firmly locked. Things like, “I have to pack my son’s tiffin. I have a presentation tomorrow. I have to go the gym. I am cooking dinner. I am watching my favourite TV show”, are all expressions of the ego and a lock on your kundalini. ‘I am doing sadhana to wake my Kundalini’, is also an expression of your personal self-identity, thus linked to the Kundalini-lock.

However when you do your Dhyan, you sit on your Asan, and take 108 breaths you are focussing on the mantras, either Om/ Soham/ Hamsa. As your Dhyan deepens your identity of Amit, Riya, Ajit etc becomes irrelevant. Your mind stills allowing you a merest glimpse of your supreme self. This tiny glimpse is the start of the unlocking process. Your only work is to sit on your asan, breathe 108 times with the mantra and sit for as long as you can every day without breaks (1/2/3 times a day). This is it! You do not have to do any ‘activation yoga’, ‘kundalini exercises’ nothing. Regular spiritual practice is Dhyan. It is as simple as that. But do you have it in you to sit for about 30mins? Not everyone can do it because you are up against your own mind which does not like sitting still.

There are 2 distinct phases during the Dhyan. Initially pran is used to clean out the brahmanadi and then after it is cleaned out till the top, the energy of self identification is let loose from its locks. During this first pran phase you will sense several things happening, sensations like ants walking on your back, tingling along the body, sounds, sensations, tastes, smells, voices, whatever. This is quite normal as you are now remembering how to sense everything directly at the third eye/hrudaya itself. (Amrit sukta happens). As you become more aware of your third eye, the opening of that branch of the Sushumna which lies here opens. Then later the lower opening guarded by the kundalini also opens.

This kundalini lock has till now limited your sense of personality to just the Bhu-lok, the first Vhyariti (Gayatri mantra). Once it opens and the energy starts rising in your brahmanandi, you are no longer confined to the lowermost Bhu-lok. Your personality gains its aspects of the Bhuvah-Lok, Swah-Lok, Mahah-Lok, Janah-Lok and Tapah-Lok as the energy ascends and each of the 6 locks of the Shatchakra are successively opened. The last Sahasara when accessed allows the personality to add the attributes of the Satyam-lok. After this is also crossed the Ultimate is achieved.

All this happens inside the hyper dimensions of your energy geometry, which is seen as the Shrichakra in 2-dimensions and Mahameru in the 3-D.

Now you manifest what you think. You have been thinking about this Experience throughout your lives. You have been following different spiritual practice. So each of you will experience the same energy in different ways depending on your personal desires, thought patterns and prior conditioning. These conditionings have to be removed because they are in the realm of the manifested. These are blockages. E.g. If you have been deeply reading the Ramayan, you will find in your Dhyan scenes being replayed from the Ramayan and the final face of your ego will be seen as Ravan. If you have been practicing using the Bhagwat Gita as your base, your final encounter with your ego will be seen as the battle with Duryodhan. If you read the Vishnu puran, your ego can appear as Hiranyaksh or Hiranyakashyap. If you read the Devi Mahatmya, your ego can take the form of Mahishasur.

As the energy courses through your brahmanadi and the locking mechanisms at the chakras, you will sense this movement during Dhyan. You might feel that your body is leaning down, moving, disoriented, it might feel like a roller-coaster ride, or a rolling sensation. You will feel the movement. Don’t get agitated and get up from your asan if this happens, continue with your breath /mantra /focus. This is very normal. You will also lose awareness of your body and position of your body parts. You will see the denizens of the other dimensions. You will hear sounds of the chakras, buzzing, chirping, tinklings, deep bells, waterfalls so loud that you will feel you have gone deaf, lights so blinding that you will feel you have gone blind, mumbling sounds, beej mantras, the Gayatri mantra, oh so many things! But always remember these are also distractions, you are supposed to just breathe/mantra/focus.

These experiences are not to be discussed or relived. Forget them. These are internal, personal to you alone and not for others.

Kundalini is so hyped up that it seems if you can get it to rise you have attained Moksh! Nothing can be further than the truth. Opening the kundalini is just the first step, after that there are so many many things. And you can fail at every micro-inch in this path. So be eternally vigilant and continue your regular Dhyan.q3So is it worth doing the complicated exercises to unlock the kundalini? I would say no. Not unless you have an enlightened Guru sitting in front of you guiding you. (If you have such a Guru you won’t need to read blogs on this topic)

Kundalini is just maybe 1% of the job at hand. The major part is controlling your desires, silencing your mind and removing the subtle conditioning your soul is tied to. If you are successful in doing this, the unlocking and energy movement will happen on its own.

See you will die at some point of time, it is reality. If you are able to clean yourself out and gain a high spiritual level you will exit the body through some high energy nadi. This will assure you a higher realm/Lok. If you have managed to focus your mind and remove all desires completely you will be allowed to exit via the highest high tension nadi, the Brahmanadi. Moksh!

In energy terms, what we are attempting to gain through Dhyan is, when we leave the body we leave it through the Brahmanadi and thus gain Moksh.

Suppose you have to climb Mt.Everest. You will prepare and exercise regularly. You know your final objective but you will focus on your daily practice. You know that if you prepare well you will ascend on your first attempt. You will spend hours preparing. You will not waste time wishing for magical ways to fly you to the top. You know you have to prepare rigorously. Mind, body and soul, all will be needed to attempt this climb. Even if you make practice climbs you know that this is not an assurance that you will succeed on the final climb. So you are alert and vigilant every step of the way. This ascent to Moksh is something similar. Kundalini is a very minor practice climb, if you are successful here doesn’t mean you will be finally successful. In fact it may instil a strange ego and casualness towards the final climb.

Kundalini is the lock which limits self-identity to the Bhu-lok. The other chakra-locks limit the self-identity to their corresponding Lok-s. If you are unable to negotiate and transcend all of them and get trapped somewhere you will be again dragged back to the starting point, with even more subtle karmic baggage. So it would be be better if all locks open at once after the path is fully prepared till the top of the brahamarandhra, so that energy can ascend in one smooth continuous flow. But as you think so will it manifest. If in your past lives you have intended hard that the ‘kundalini wakes’, and your present karma allows, it will wake. If you have desired ‘mystical experiences’, they will be shown.

So do not think about anything, do not expect, do not feel disappointed, let things happen naturally. You just do your Dhyan.

You want a healthy body, so you will need to go to the gym, work out daily! Reading about how muscles work will not make your body muscular.

So practice and practice, to start with daily sit for 30mins in Dhyan. It will take care of everything naturally.

 

long road final(I have received a question in the contact me section on the posture for doing Dhyan. Ideally the back and the neck and the head should be straight, not rigid, just relaxed and straight, have mentioned this in my post on Dhyan. However there are genuine medical problems so here are some ways you can make your body comfortable, you can but try with full intention the rest is upto Her. You focus on what you can do.

  • If you cannot fold your legs in the yogic posture, you can sit in a chair but ensure that your back, neck, head is relaxed but straight.
  • If you cannot fold your fingers in the Mudra it is ok, just place your hands in your lap, be comfortable.
  • And finally if you cannot keep your back/neck straight but still you deeply desire to do Dhyan, it is also ok. Sit using a back rest or use whichever type of chair/recline to make your body comfortable.
  • If you cannot sit at all for medical reasons, final option is to lie down in a flat surface in the Shavasan pose.
  • Just don’t don’t go to sleep doing Dhyan, be mindful of every breath you take and the mantra you are mentally reciting and focus on the third eye. Even this much with full intention will work.)

 

Counting on your fingertips!

Your hands are very important, you use them to touch, feel, express, work, write, pray and for everything. You also sense the energy of your food, people your touch, stuff you pick up with your hands. The energy chakras in your palms and fingertips are directly connected to the main energy vertices along your spine at the heart chakra. Be very aware of your hands fingers and palms. Look at your palms, the lines and softness/hardness of your palms, see your fingers, how they taper, your nails and look at them, feel them. Sometime when you are relaxed hold objects in your hands, close your eyes and actively try to sense their energies, You will get a sense of light, dark, slime, clearness, weight or maybe a flash of color from these objects. This is a good way of exercising your energy-sense!pexels-photo-1697912.jpegI had written a post on Dhyan. Here your fingers play a very important role. You need to count 108 repetitions your chosen Mantra during the process of Dhyan. You count these 108 using your fingers and the segments on them. This is how you count on your fingers. Refer to the diagram below.

  • When you do your first mantra count, you will have your left thumb placed on the ‘1’ position and your right thumb placed on the “1-10′ position.
  • When you repeat it the second time, your left thumb will move to ‘2’, right thumb will remain steady on ‘1-10’. Thus you will count to 10.
  • When you have to count 11, your left thumb will touch ‘1’ again and your right thumb will move and touch ’11-20′. So you count the ‘units’ with your left thumb and the ‘tens’ with your right.
  • When you reach 100, your left thumb will be on ’10’ and the right thumb on ’90-100′.
  • Now shift the right thumb to the ‘gnyan mudra’ by touching it to ’70-80′ again. And continue counting 8 more counts of your mantra with your left thumb.
  • You will complete 108 with the left thumb also coming into gnyan mudra at ‘8’ of your left hand. Thus you have counted to 108.

both palmsNow your fingertips are very important. Modern science has shown that the fingertips are a huge collection of nerve endings and extra sensitive. But our ancients with infinitely more knowledge and understanding of energy knew that the fingertips and their energy chakras/vertices can be used to balance the vital energy/pran looping throughout the body. The energy diagram of the body is at your fingertips!

There are 5 elements/Tattvas, Prithvi/Earth, Aapa/Water, Tej/Fire, Vayu/Air and Akash/Space. Our body is composed of these in various proportions. If these are balanced then the body is healthy and bright. These can be accessed and regulated most easily through fingers! This is the reason why astrological remedies in terms of gemstones are worn in the specific fingers.

Mudras are used for harnessing the power of the raw Tattvas and are very powerful if used with the right intention and the associated Mantra. These are made by touching your fingertips with each other in specific ways. This in the picture below is the Gnyan Mudra most commonly used during meditation. gyan-mudra.jpgSo here are a few basics.

The thumb/Angushta represents Tej, the conscious energy of fire, the index finger/Tarjani is Vayu the conscious energy of air, the middle finger/Madhyama is Akash the conscious energy of space, the ring finger/Anamika is Prithvi, the conscious energy of earth and the little finger is the Aapah, the conscious energy of water. These are Conscious energies of the 5 elements/Tattva, you can interact with them. (These fingers/segments are also linked to your Antahkaran, the inner self, will write about it in my next post.)

Now the 4 fingers, index, middle, ring and little have 3 segments each. The lowest segment is used to reduce the quantum of its Tattva energy, the middle segment to bring it to an equilibrium with the energies of Tej, and the topmost finger to increase the quantum of its specific tattva energy. To do this you will need to touch your thumb/Tej to the segment you wish to use/regulate. The energy of Tej provides the necessary intention which activates these other 4 conscious Tattva energies.

So when you count 108 using the fingertips, you touch your thumb to all the segments of your fingers (except 2 segments, middle and lower, on the middle finger). And this is not just touching them randomly. You are on your Asan, focussing at your third eye, breathing deeply, in a yogic posture/Yogasan and reciting a mantra with your breath, and consciously touching the fingers together several times. The pattern that your thumb traces counting every 10 units is the spiral in the shape of the ‘golden mean’. This has a very powerful effect on the energies of your body and balances you on the deepest level. During Dhyan there are only 3 mantras possible, So-hum, Ham-sa and pure Om which flow and merge with your breathing. The power of the mantra merges with the conscious energies of the Tattva and increases the quality of the its energy. Ultimately the body becomes ‘lighter’. (No other word can describe it, the body feels like its lighter than light!))

One thing to remember. The lower and middle segments of the Middle/Akash finger are not touched/linked/charged with the thumb/Tej. This middle finger/Madhyama is very important. It is linked to Akash, the source of all the 5 tattvas. You increase its quantum by touching the top segment with your thumb but you should not attempt to balance/reduce it by touching the thumb to the middle/lower segments. It can cause problems.

So learn the counting system and use your fingers to count. If doing full-fledged Dhyan is not possible for you. Then at least do a regular mantra-jaap, choose a mantra of your choice, Gayatri or Mahamrutyunjai or Navavarna, or even a single OM is an extremely powerful Mantra. Mantras are Sanskrit no other language. Do a regular mantra-jaap counting on your fingers. You will see a difference in your own self, (physical, emotional, spiritual) within 21 days.

 

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How to do Dhyan

I have written about doing Dhyan as the first step towards self-realization or Moksh. I have put up a small 10min audio on youtube here. However it seems that I will have to write a proper post on it detailing the process. So here goes this technical jargon heavy post.drop-of-water-drip-flower-plant-40752.jpegDhyan is not ‘meditation’ , it manipulates the movement of pran/vital energy in your body, specifically it manipulates the pran and the apan.

There are 2 steps in Dhyan, first is more of a Pranayam phase and the second is the actual Dhyan. Dhyan is a Sanskrit word so has lots of meanings but at the simplest it means focus.

The physical requirements will be

  1. A silent dark room, no sound and no light, pitch dark. In modern cities it may not be possible, so manage the best you can with curtains and closing the windows etc. Do not use ear-plugs or eye masks. You should be alone in the room.
  2. Your asan, this is a four layered mat, have written about it in detail in this post. This asan is the foundation of all your spiritual practice and energy work. As the 4-layered mat may not be available at least use a wool blanket with a piece of silk. It should be about 3ft X 5ft in size. It should be set up facing the east or north east or north.

Your preparation will be to get ready by going to the toilet, having a bath/washing hands, legs, face/sprinkling Ganga-jal on yourself as per what is available. Then wear loose fitting cotton clothes. Men should ideally wear a dhoti and women a sari, but it may be too much. So men can tie a cotton lungi around their waist and women can use a light coloured loose cotton nightie (but then don’t wear this for sleeping!). You should be barelegged, no socks/shoes. Do not eat a heavy meal for about 2hrs before Dhyan else your energies will be engaged in digestion and you will derive limited benefit. A small snack or tea is ok.

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  • Now sit on your Asan with all your body parts/dress tucked inside the mat.
  • Fold your legs in the Padmasan or Siddhasan (or if cannot do either then at least Ardhpadmasan). You need to perfect only one of these yogic postures. You are doing Sadhana/spiritual exercise not physical exercise.

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ardh padmasana Ardhpadmasan

Siddhasana Siddhasan

  • Your hands should either be in the Gnyan mudra or the Bhairav Mudra.

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  • Now first put your hands in Namaskar position and think of your Guru or favourite deity. Request help and guidance.

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  • Recite Om aloud, three or more times as you feel. The sound should come from your belly and resonate inside your body. Drag the ‘mmm’ part of Om.
  • Now stretch your body in the Mahamudra. First stretch out the right leg, fold the left leg inwards, with your left heel touching the joint of your legs and inhale. Bend down in the Mahamudra posture and count to 12. Straighten up and exhale. Then similarly stretch out your left leg, fold in your right leg and inhale, bend down and count to 12, straighten your back and exhale. Repeat this three times for each leg. Remember while doing the Mahamudra, your legs should not stretch outside the mat/asan. Thats why you need a 5ftX3ft asan.

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  • Now settle back in your chosen yogasan posture and set your hands in your chosen mudra.
  • (If you can do the Mool Bandh, start doing it now onwards, it is optional but if you can do it, it would help. I have written a detailed post on all the five Mudra/Bandha mentioned in this post, do read it)
  • Your neck should be very slightly lowered. (The young woman in the Padmansan posture above is doing it perfectly, try to copy her neck angle. This is called the Jalandhar Mudra. There are some sites/images where they show the neck literally drooping, that is incorrect.)
  • Deep breathe a few times, and relax. Remember when you breathe in and out your abdomen should also move not just your chest.
  • Now breathe in, focus your attention on your (greenish colored) Anahnata chakra/energy vertex in the center of your chest, and breathe out in a sharp exhale. This fixes your Dhyan posture in the energy sense.
  • (If you know how to do the Khechari mudra, start doing it now onwards. It is optional, but would help if you can do it.)
  • Now focus your complete attention on the Third eye chakra, Ajnya chakra, in the center of your eyebrows. You will now be focussing your entire concentration here, do not waver from this point.
  • Now breathe in and in your mind recite the sound ‘so’. Breathe out and in your mind recite the sound ‘hum’. This is one set of ‘so-hum‘. This set will be recited in your mind 108 times on 108 breaths.
  • (You can also mentally recite one single ‘Om’ as you breathe in and one single ‘Om’ as your breathe out.)
  • (Or you can mentally recite ‘ham’ as you breathe out and ‘sa’ as you breathe in.
  • (There are just these 3 options Soham, Om or Hamsa, as the Dhyan mantra. These are the safest, mildest and yet the most powerful.) (Do read these posts on Soham for details.)
  • To keep count of the mantra, you can use a Jaap-mala of Rudraksh. But better would be to learn to count on your fingers.

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  • This is how you count on your fingers. Refer to the diagram above. When you do your first ‘so-hum’ set, you will have your left thumb placed on the ‘1’ position and your right thumb placed on the “1-10′ position. When you do your second repetition, your left thumb will move to ‘2’, right thumb will remain steady on ‘1-10’. Thus you will count to 10. When you have to count to 11, your left thumb will touch ‘1’ again and your right thumb will move and touch ’11-20′. So you count the ‘units’ with your left thumb and the ‘tens’ with your right. So when you reach 100, your left thumb will be on ’10’ and the right thumb on ’90-100′. Now shift the right thumb to ‘gnyan mudra’ by touching it to ’70-80′ again. And continue counting 8 more ‘so-hum’ with your left thumb. You will complete 108 with the left thumb also coming into gnyan mudra at ‘8’. Thus you have counted 108 breaths – 108 ‘so-hum’ and your pranayam phase is complete. (Initially you might finish this phase in 20 mins, it will later extend and will keep on extending, till you will sit for hours!)
  • After the pranayam phase, you are supposed to do the Yoni mudra. (Do it only if you have been taught by a competent Guru). However just in brief to generate interest, first inhale then shut both your ears tight with both your thumbs tightly, place your little fingers below the lips, ring fingers above the lips, close both nostrils with your middle fingers tightly and press the index fingers to the point slightly above where the inner edge of your eyes meets the nose. You have inhaled and you are retaining breath. Start retaining breath for 12 counts to begin with. You might see darkness, colored clouds, burst of light at your third eye or whatever it is. Observe it maximum to the count of 20 no more. Take away your hands, keep them in their mudra position again, exhale and continue. (Yonimudra is to be done ONLY once a day, no more. If you sit for Dhyan 3 times a day do the Yonimudra only once not thrice. In my opinion, this is the most dangerous mudra in all of Yog, so be very very careful doing it)
  • After you finish the pranayam phase (and yonimudra if applicable), you will now continue sitting in this pose and attitude of ‘attentive relaxation’ (no other way to describe it!) for some time till you feel your body getting stiff. During this phase you will not recite any mantra in your mind or think of anything. Try to be blank as possible concentrating at your third eye.
  • Then you should perform the Mahamudra again, right leg stretched out first, stretching your back for 12 counts, then with the left leg stretched out. 3 sets.
  • After you finish the Mahamudra, again sit in relaxed attention for as long as you can. Do not recite any mantras in your mind and do not think of anything, focus on your third eye.
  • When you feel that it is time, you will open your eyes, think of your Guru/favourite deity, feel gratefulness and love for the Parabrahma (your own higher self) and slowly get up. (Release your Khecharimudra and Moolbandh if you have been doing them.)
  • Do not eat anything heavy for 30 mins at least after this and do not go to sleep for 30mins after this either.

This was just the bare-bones on how to actually do the Dhyan. There are several points here where you move the energy/pran in specific ways. I have described it a bit in the audio, may write on it in a later post.

This is based on one of the techniques given in the Vignyan Bhairav tantra, and have written more about some of the experiences during Dhyan in this post.

 

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