WHAT IS BHUTA SHUDDI MEDITATION ?INNER YOGA-57
MEANING OF BHUTA SHUDDI;-
1-Bhuta Shuddi,means Purifying the Chakras. In the Bhuta Shuddhi practice below, you are moving attention systematically upward, one chakra at a time, from the Root Chakra to the Crown Chakra. Then you reverse the process, moving attention downward one chakra at a time. Attention is focused on the location, while the mantra is remembered in the mind. BHUTA SHUDDI
2-Attention is also directed to be mindful of the expression and cognitive sense that is associated with that chakra . In doing the practice, you might at some point naturally experience sound or light, which is associated with the chakra. The sound and light are not visualized or imagined, as it is more preferred to experience them directly, as they are, than to create false impressions of them.
3-The lengthy descriptions might make these exercises sound difficult or complex. They are not. They are really quite simple and straightforward; it just takes understanding what to do, and this comes by reading and experimenting. Then, the insights come.
1-Chakras, meaning "wheel", are psychic centers that lie along the axis of the spine as consciousness potentials. They are usually represented as lotuses. The chakras are not materially real and are to be understood as situated, not in the gross body, but in the subtle or etheric body.
2-When kundalini is struck, she awakens, uncoils and begin to rise upwards like a fiery serpent, breaking upon each chakra as she ascends, until the Shakti merges with Shiva in sahasrara chakra.
3-As kundalini reaches each chakra, that lotus opens and lift its flower; and as soon as she leaves for a higher chakra, the lotus closes its petals and hangs down, symbolizing the activation of the energies of the chakra and their assimilation to kundalini. The dynamization of kundalini when it passes from one chakra to another is an unfoldment of spiritual consciousness stage by stage and is said to enable the acquirement of yogic powers called siddhis.
4-The increasing number of lotus petals, in ascending order, may be taken to indicate the rising energy or vibration-frequencies of the respective chakras, each functioning as a transformer of energies from one potency to another. Each of the 50 petals of the first 6 chakras are associated with one of the letter of the Sanskrit alphabet.
5-Each of the chakras, according to the Tantras, corresponds to one of the elements of which the known world is compounded. Muladhara represents solidity; Svadhisthana, liquidity; Manipura, the gaseous; Anahata, the aerial; Vishuddha, the etheric, or space. One can see the whole process as a progressive transformation of the elements, with an increase of volatility. Each of the elements of the first five chakras are associated with a sound: Lam, Vam, Ram, Yam, Ham.
6-This ascent through the chakras can be viewed as an upward journey through the self which refines and subtilizes the energy that is the kundalini, until at the sixth chakra, the Ajna, center of command, a qualitative change has taken place. The chakras are centers of transformation of psychic or mental energy into spiritual energy.
BHUTA SHUDDI MEDITATION
Sit comfortably, with your head, neck and trunk aligned, with your eyes closed, as if prepared for your regular Meditation.
1-ROOT (Muladhara )CHAKRA:-
Bring your attention to the perineum( below the pelvic diaphragm and between the legs), the flat space between the anus and the genital area. Take several seconds to allow your attention to find the space, and to get settled into it.
Allow the mantra Lang to arise repeatedly in your mind field, silently. Allow it to repeat at its own natural speed. You may find that it comes 5-10 times and wants to pause, or you might find it wants to come continuously. If it pauses, allow it to return in its own time. The mantra may move quickly or slowly. In any case, keep your attention on that space; this is very important. That space might be tiny, such as a pinpoint, or it might be several inches across. Follow your own inclination about the size of the space.
Allow your mind to naturally be aware of earth, solidity, or form, while remaining aware of Lang . That awareness may come a little or a lot; either way is okay.
1-3-Indriyas of Elimination and Smell:
Allow to come through your mind field the awareness of the karmendriya of elimination (which operates throughout the body), and the jnanendriya of smell, while remaining aware of Lang (best to become familiar with the nature of the indriyas). Gradually, over time with the practice, it becomes more clear how it is that the indriyas operate from these centers, along with the five elements. You may or may not also find that colors and sounds naturally come to the inner field of mind.
2-SACRAL (Svadhistana )CHAKRA:-
When you move your attention upwards towards the second chakra, be mindful of the transition, of the motion of attention and the nature of the shift of energetic, emotional, and mental experience. Allow your attention to naturally find the location of the second chakra. Your own attention will find, and settle into that space.
2-1-It is important to note that the actual chakra is in the back, along the subtle spine called sushumna, although we usually experience it in the front. Allow the attention to rest where it naturally falls, probably in the front, but be mindful from time to time that the chakra is actually in the back. Gradually attention will find this central stream running up and down through all of the chakras (sushumna is actually subtler than the chakras).
Allow the mantra Vang to arise and repeat itself, at its own speed, naturally coming and going. Hold your attention in the space, whether a pinpoint or a few inches across.
Allow the awareness of water to arise, and come to see how this has to do with allowing forms of flow or fluidity, whether relating to energy, physical, emotional, or mental. Remain aware of Vang .
2-4-Indriyas of Procreation and Taste:
Explore the awareness of the karmendriya of procreation and the jnanendriya of tasting, while remaining aware of Vang (once again, become familiar with the indriyas). Again, colors or sounds may or may not come and go.
3-SOLAR PLEXUS (Manipura)CHAKRA ;-
3-1-Be aware of the transition as you move to the third chakra, at the navel center, which is also actually along the sushumna channel.
Allow the mantra Rang to arise and repeat itself, at its natural speed. Keep attention in the space, whatever size at which it is experienced.
Be aware of the element of fire, and the many ways in which it operates throughout the gross and subtle body from this center. Remain aware of Rang .
3-4-Indriyas of Motion and Sight: Be aware of the karmendriya of motion, and how motion itself happens in so many physical, energetic, and mental ways. Be aware of the jnanendriya of seeing, which you will easily see as related to fire and motion. Colors and sounds may or may not come and go. Remain aware of Rang .
4-HEART (Anahata)CHAKRA :-
4-1-Observe the transition as you move your attention to the fourth chakra, the space between the Cheast. Allow attention to become well seated there.
4-2-Mantra Yang :
Remember the vibration of the mantra Yang , allowing it to repeat at its own speed, while being mindful of the feeling it generates.
Be aware of the element of air, and notice how that feels with the mantra. Remain aware of Yang.
4-4-Indriyas of Holding and Touching:
Notice how the element of air relates to the karmendriya of holding or grasping, whether physically, energetically, mentally, or emotionally. Observe how these relate to the jnanendriya of touching, and how that touching is very subtle in addition to being a physical phenomenon. Colors and sounds may come and go. Remain aware of Yang .
5-THROAT (Visshuda )CHAKRA :-
5-1-Bring your attention to the space at the throat, the fifth chakra, which is the point of emergence of space (which allows air, fire, water, and earth to then emerge).
In that space, be aware of the nature of space itself, allowing the mantra Hang to arise and repeat itself.
Notice the mantra Hang reverberating(re-echo) many times through the seemingly empty space in the inner world (a space that is really not empty, but is of potential).
5-4-Indriyas of Speaking and Hearing:
Awareness of the karmendriya of speech (actually, communication of any subtle form) is allowed to be there, experiencing how that vibrates through space, while continuing to remain aware of Hang .The jnanendriya of hearing is allowed to come, also seeing how it naturally aligns with space, speech, and the vibration of mantra. Notice the fine, subtle feelings, which come with the experience. Colors or sounds are allowed to come and go, if they happen to arise.
6-THIRD EYE (Ajna) CHAKRA :-
6-1-Gently, with full awareness, transition awareness to the seat of mind at the space between the eyebrows, Ajna Chakra.
Allow the mantra Ong to arise and repeat itself, over and over, as slow waves of mantra, or as vibrations repeating so fast that the many OMs merge into a continuous vibration.
6-3-Beyond the Elements:
Be aware of how mind has no elements, but is the source out of which space, air, fire, water, and earth emerge. Remain aware of Ong .
6-4-Beyond the Indriyas:
Be aware of how this space, this mind, itself, does no actions, but is the driving force of all of the karmendriyas of speech, holding, moving, procreating, and eliminating. Remain aware of OM. Be aware of how this chakra, this mind, has no senses itself, but is the recipient of all of the information coming from hearing, touching, seeing, tasting, and smelling, whether the source of this input is the sensations from the external world, coming through the physical instruments, or coming from the inner world of memories or subtle experience, presenting on the mental screen through the subtle senses.
6-5-Gradually, come to see how OM mantra is experienced as the source or map of manifestation itself. Many senses, images, or impressions may come and go, but they are let go, as attention rests in the knowing beyond all senses, in the Ajna Chakra and the vibration of OM.
7-CROWN(Sahasrara) CHAKRA :-
7-1-Allow attention to move to the Crown Chakra, which is the doorway to pure consciousness itself.
7-2-Silence after OM Mantra:
The “mantra” (in its subtler, silent form) is that silence (not mere quiet) out of which the rest have emerged. It is experienced as the silence after a single OM, merging into objectless, sense-less awareness. Allow attention to rest in that pure stillness, the emptiness that is not empty, which contains, and is, the pure potential for manifestation, which has not manifested.
7-3-No Elements and No Indriyas:
Awareness here has no element (bhutas), no cognitive sense (jnanendriyas), no active means of expression (karmendriyas), as it is the doorway to pure consciousness itself. Experience how this is the source out of which mind emerges, after which emerge the five elements, the five cognitive senses, and the five means of expression. Continue to be aware of the silence after OM.
RETURNING THROUGH THE CHAKRAS;-
1-Reverse the process, moving attention downward one chakra at a time, from the Crown Chakra to the Root Chakra. Attention is focused on the location, while the mantra is remembered in the mind.
2-Ajna Chakra: Briefly bring your attention back to the sixth chakra, allowing the vibration of Ong to return, which starts the journey of attention back into the body and world. A few seconds, 30 seconds, or maybe a minute should be comfortable, though it may be longer if you wish.
3-Visshuda Chakra: Bring your attention down to the fifth chakra, the throat, remembering Hang, as you enter into the realm of space, hearing, and speaking. Again, a few seconds or a minute is good.
4-Anahata Chakra: Transition to the fourth chakra, the heart, as you allow the mantra Yang to arise, remembering the element of air. Awareness of holding and touching may or may not arise.
5-Manipura Chakra: Be aware of the third chakra, the navel center, and the vibration of Rang, along with the element of fire, with awareness of motion and seeing coming or not coming.
6-Svadhistana Chakra: Bring your attention to the second chakra, and allow the vibration of the mantra Vang to arise and repeat itself, remembering the element of water, with awareness of procreation and tasting coming or not coming.
7-Muladhara Chakra: Transition attention back to the first chakra, at the perineum, allowing the mantra Lang to come.
1-After completing the Bhuta Shuddhi practice (above), you might want to continue with your regular Meditation, benefiting from the balancing qualities of the practice. One useful practice to do next is to simply breathe up and down the spine, as if you are inhaling from the base of the spine (first chakra) up to the crown of the head (Crown Chakra), and exhaling down to the base of the spine. 2-You may want to inhale and exhale with Soham Mantra . Then continue with your regular Meditation, such as in the heart or eyebrow chakras. Inside of that space, it is useful to be mindful of the ever-existent Bindu, which, although not yet experienced, will one day be found and pierced, so as to experience That beyond.