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.)

 

Spirituality in the horoscope

2.jpgNothing is secret in your horoscope. So how do you check out the spiritual level of a horoscope. If its spiritual quotient is high the client is more likely to listen and work on himself and get out of the problems he is having. Each and every house contributes to spiritual progress like this…

1st house – This house should have benefics or at least benefic aspects. This will ensure that the will of the personality is strong enough to overcome all distractions and obstacles. In addition the ascendant owner should be placed well, if he is in the company of malefics or in the dushamsthans, he will grant ill-health and problems. The ascendant owner is the most important planet in your current manifested life so analyse him well.

2nd house – The family environment gives the basic spiritual background and a routine for faith/religion, like daily prayers etc. Also we can see from here if a person tends to cheat in his financial dealings or lies when he speaks. Charity is also seen from here. These are tiny things but honest, generous and true behaviour supports spirituality. Benefic influences here help.

3rd house – This is the house of courage and all planets perform well here. Often we start on a spiritual practice but then falter, forget and get bored. A strong 3rd house will grant determination to continue. Activities like Yog, or skills connected to spiritual practices are seen from here. Also short journeys to pilgrimage places.

4th house – This is the house of emotional stability and confort. If the mind is not disturbed by emotions the aspirant can progress faster. The place where the Sadhana will be performed is also important, a silent stable and energy-rich place helps. Rhythmic activities like breathing, pran-movement etc are linked to this house.

5th house – This is divine intelligence, discrimination and wisdom. You may practice but the success is granted here. Realising the fruits of mantra, tantra, yantra, dhayna, jaap etc is all to be seen from here. It also shows the spiritual progress that you have made in your past life and the merit you have with you now.

6th house – There are always distractions in the path of the aspirant. These are his ‘enemies’. Having a malefic in the 6th house is ideal, removing a thorn with a thorn works here.

7th house – This is the house of relationship. What is spiritual progress really? You are searching for that perfect relationship with yourself. In terms of energy the Kundalini has to reach Paramshiva, perfect union. The 7th house is also this balanced partnership and gains from it!Spirituality 8th house – The house of secrets. A strong 8th house will encourage the aspirant to practice his sadhana in secret, using secret techniques and away from the public eye. The movement of prana and kundalini in the secret routes of the body are the domain of the 8th house. He will also undergo agonies and disappointments here, but it will finally gain the Bliss of Samadhi.

9th house – This is where you access the merit of your past lives and use it (potential seen from the 5th house). Long pilgrimages, learnings, worship, blessings from all the ones ‘senior’ to you. The deep teachings you will receive from your Guru. And after you gain your own experiences, it will represent the teachings that you will pass on to your students.

  • In this modern world, there is a ‘money price tag’ on knowledge. This is wrong. The only qualification for learning esoteric/spiritual knowledge is having a deep desire for it. If you have a deep heart-felt desire to learn, the Universe will send you a Teacher. If you are at the basic levels you will be taught basic foundations, if you have reached higher levels you will be taught deep stuff. But if you desire it, you will be taught it! And after learning, a feeling of gratitude is expected from you. If you remain ungrateful the lesson taught will not be fruitful for you.
  • And then the second part, if you know something and if you meet someone who genuinely desires to learn it, you must teach it.

10th house – This is the house of action and social recognition. If it is strong with benefics, the summary of the spiritual progress (from 1st house to the 9th house) will be used for social service, upliftment of the society and deeds (even misdeeds if malefic influences predominate). Some Gurus have huge followings and thus they have big names in the society. If malefics influence they might get put in jail too, infamy!

11th house – This is the house of gains. Here malefic/benefic planets thrive and give luck. So in a spiritual sense if the social recognition (10th house) gets converted into ego, donations, wealth or the pomp and show of religious authority then there is a good chance that this will ruin the entire scope of the chart. Then again as sadhana increases, siddhis will be offered to you, other beings will try to meet you etc, all acting as a trap perhaps! The last test.

12th house – The real house of Moksh. It will pull you away from them illusions of manifested reality and show you your huge self. Ketu associated here in some way will help. This house needs to be strong with aspects from benefics, so that the promise of spirituality of the chart culminates in Realisation.

Now this was a very very basic outline of the spiritual potential of all the houses. Details are to be seen from the divisional charts, D-9, and D-20. The more significant planets in spiritual context are of course Ketu, Venus and Jupiter. Then next the house owners of the 5th and 9th house are also significant and their placement and power to give results needs to be examined. All the planets will contribute in one way or the other so try and see patterns in the chart. Just a couple of examples for you to think on..

  • e.g. – Ascendant lord with Ketu esp in 1st, 5th, 9th (Dharma trikon) – will grant detachment from the ‘foundations’ of the manifested life. There will be nil ego and such a person is best suited for spiritual practice. He may be a failure in the physical life though with little sense of self, is out of place in social activities, a door-mat!
  • e.g. Analyse the dynamics of the Moksh trikon to get a sense of the energies of the moment of physical death. If the soul is able to access and exit via the Brahmanadi at the moment of death he has achieved Moksh. If the 8th, 12th and 4th houses are strong they can provide this opportunity. A Rahu or even a Mars in the 8th, or the owner of the 8th well placed, exchange of houses between the 12th and the 4th house owners.

Finally as timing is important too, look out for the periods/sub-periods of the house owners of the 1st, 5th and 9th houses primarily and the their synergy with the periods of Ketu, Jupiter and Venus. These periods will allow faster progress.

Generally you will not get a direct question from your client regarding ‘spirituality’, but this analysis is important as it gives you cues on what kind of a person is sitting in front of you and how you should counsel him.

 

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As you wake up in the morning

The early morning when you wake up is a very valuable time and should be used very wisely. This is a very brief period when you wake up, those few minutes when you are half awake and till you get fully awake.pexels-photo-290348-e1546372898424.jpegMost important is to wake up naturally or if you need to use an alarm use the gentlest and most soothing tone you can, ‘drops of water’ type of tone. A screeching loud alarm jerks you awake causing trauma on the sub-conscious levels.

1.You can increase the flow of pran/vital energy in your body in this half awake/asleep state. Our body is electromagnetic and we live in a an ocean of this pran energy called Hiranyagarbha or Samashthi pran. You can easily increase your energy levels by this simple exercise as you wake up in the morning or as you lie in bed in the night.

  • Lie flat on your back, spine and neck straight.
  • Put both palms on your navel.
  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Visualise yourself floating in an ocean of sparkly gold silver light. Breathe in this light through your nose.
  • As you exhale through your mouth visualise the negative stuff leaving your body as wisps of blackness.
  • Do at least 12 breaths, slow abdominal breathing. Do not force yourself. This will take you 2-3 minutes.
  • Wake up completely and get up to a new day.

2. You can power an intention. This will help your intention to manifest more quickly and easily as you are powering it with the energies of the awake and astral selves as well as tapping into the unknown depths of the universal energies found at the boundary of awakeness and sleep.

  • Think of your intention. You can intend health/happiness. You can ask for answers for something that is deeply troubling you. The ‘Why’ of something you deeply want to know. etc
  • Lie flat on your back, spine and neck straight. Put both palms on your heart.
  • In that half awake/asleep state focus gently on your third eye.
  • Think of your intention as gently yet deeply as possible. Do not force yourself, be as gentle as possible.
  • Breathe slowly/deeply, abdominal breathing for 12 breaths.
  • Wake up and get up from the bed.

pexels-photo-289368.jpeg3. You can do a small awareness exercise. I have written about it here. This helps the movement of pran/vital energy to every part of your body. As you become more aware of your own physical self you use all the energies available in these 2-3 minutes to consciously heal and energise every part of your body.

4. Or you can do this very minor routine. You can try this in the morning just as you open your eyes. This helps you energise your hands/your activities that you will do in the day, your mind/the thoughts you will think during the day and the support you will get from your environment and your inner self.

5. You can also do a small chakra healing on yourself if you have 10 minutes to yourself as you wake up. Lie flat on your back, spine and neck straight.

  • You keep your left hand on your third eye and your right hand, first on the muladhar (the joint of your legs), the swadhisthana (below your navel), the manipur (the navel), the anahata (the heart) and the vishuddhi (the throat) chakras for 12 breaths each.
  • While you do this just focus on your breathing, breathe deeply and slowly. Visualise silver-gold light entering in with each inhalation and blackness moving out with every exhalation.

6. Balance your naadis. The body has its energy channels/naadis through which pran/vital energy moves powered by the energy vertices/chakras. Doing a basic pranayam (which is very easy), for only 12 breaths as you wake up (or sleep) balances the two main naadis Ida and Pingala. This helps your energy body to regain balance. Sit up in bed, neck and back straight. Right hand dominant people to breathe in first through the left nostril and left handed persons should breathe in first through the right nostril. 12 breaths will take you 2-3 minutes.food-sugar-lighting-milk.jpgThe part is also the whole. As you consciously plant your seed of intention and energy you are starting on something new and reinforcing it every day. In this in-between state, the mind is silent, you do not have self-doubts, no self-criticism and you are leaving things in the care of your higher self. Trust yourself and it will manifest.

You get these few minutes of half awake/asleep state right before you drop off to sleep too so you can do one of these exercises again as you sleep. It will give you more energy overall and help you in several ways, tiny ways which will aggregate and manifest in your physical life. You can easily give yourself these few minutes, in a whole day of 24hrs. These are your own few minutes which you are investing in your own health and happiness. Still not convinced? Then try out any one of these exercises for 21 days and evaluate for yourself if they work for you or not.

 

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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. There are 2 steps in Dhyan, first is more of a Pranayam phase and the second is the actual Dhyan.

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, please read it. 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 3ftX5ft in size. It should be set up facing the east or north east.

Your preparation will be to get ready by going to the toilet, having a bath/washing hands, legs, face/sprinkling Ganga-jal on yourself, and wearing loose fitting cotton clothes. Men should ideally wear a dhoti and women a sari, but it may be too much to do. So men can tie a cotton lungi 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 Ardhpadmasan or Siddhasan,

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

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  • Recite Om, 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 yonimudra. In this, 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 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 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.)
  • After you finish the pranayam phase (and yonimudra), 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.
  • 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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Himalaya..

The biggest source of energy is naturally the Sun. Forests and Oceans are biggest sources of prana (vital life force) available to us on the earth. Forest is a huge collection of lifeforms in harmony together. Similarly the ocean is also a huge collection of diverse life forms living in harmony together. Thus these are huge sources of prana energy.

We need not air but prana to live. If you know how to extract prana directly from the environment you wont need to breathe or eat or drink. Then technically you would be immortal as life is not measured in minutes it is actually measured in the number of breaths you have been allotted. Most real sadhus you will see spend most of their time in dhyan slowing/stopping their breath and will rarely talk so as to conserve the precious breaths.

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Back to the forests, there is a reason why all the Indian sages went to the Himalayas for doing Sadhana.

  1. Pine forests – All living things have prana, and trees growing together have a humungous amount of energy in their combined aura. And they are very generous. If you are feeling low, hug a pretty pine tree and ask for help. You can close your eyes and focus into the tree too. It is a very different experience. Normally I would not recommend peeping into any other life forms “life”, but a well formed healthy pine tree is a experience I would certainly want everyone to feel. It teaches.
  2. Overloaded with energy – Formed as a sea bed and now more than 8km up in the sky, best of both worlds. It has a very potent mix of energies and all very very available.
  3. Fractured rocks – It is quite possible to find yourself a dark, energy rich crevice where only the required amount of air can get in, ideal for Dhyan or anything else you have in mind. Recently I went to a place Kasaar, Almoda, Uttarakhand where there is a temple of a goddess, Devi. It is just a hole in the ground which has such geyser of energy coming out of it, I just shut up and soaked it in. The utterly clueless pujaris had put a white marble statue of Devi Durga in front of that hole in the cliff and were praying to that. So I went out of the tiny temple and put my palms and forehead on the rocks, I saw Saraswati, that too in red garments playing her veena. The energy was music, divine music. This place is a must visit.
  4. Water – Water flows through the fractured rocks and through everywhere unlike the Western ghats (solid lava rocks, water flows above them), so the mountain is feels a curious mix of solid and liquid
  5. The energies of the Earth are very close to the surface here, though so high up in the sky the crust is quite thin. It is again a very different energy mix.
  6. The wind in continuous motion again full of energies
  7. And there are places in these mountains where dimensions intersect, here are the other entities like naga, yaksha, gandharva etc also reside.
  8. Apart from these, the regular fresh air, silence, no people around to mix their aura into everything etc which even a average person can also appreciate.
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Try to visit forests near where you live, the more the wilderness the better it will be from an energy point of view. In India, the high energy locations are traditionally used by building temples over them and by the priests and people continuously doing pujas/saying mantras over them. But if you live outside India, you may not have such markers as temples, so sense if the air feels “light” or “dark”, or “heavy”. Close your eyes and get a feel of the place before trying energy manipulation there. Individual hillocks in a mountain range also have individual auras. If you are able to see the auras, most of the areas in the Himalayan ranges are silver, gold, blue, white, purple. I have seen very rarely orange red energies here.

But the Himalaya, are just so awesome. Do try to visit and live in the Himalayas as much as you can afford, on your vacations, trekking, adventure, anything. But do come here to experience how living conscious energy actually feels like.

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