WHAT ARE THE NINE BREATHING TECHNIQUES OF MEDITATION IN VIGYAN BHAIRAV TANTRA? PART-03-VIGYAN BHAIR
THE EIGHTH BREATHING TECHNIQUE OF MEDITATION;-
1-LORD SHIVA REPLIES;-
''With utmost devotion, center on the two junctions of breath and know the knower''.
Observe the breathing process with devotion as it comes inwards and outwards.
2-There is a slight difference in the techniques ; slight modifications. But though the differences are slight in the techniques, for you they may be great. A single word makes a great difference. With utmost devotion, center on the two junctions of breath .
3-The incoming breath has one junction where it turns, the outgoing breath has another junction where it turns. With these two turnings .. and we have discussed these turnings; a slight difference is made: that is, slight in the technique, but for the seeker it may be great.
4-Only one condition is added ,With utmost devotion, and the whole technique becomes different. In the first form of it there was no question of devotion, just a scientific technique. You do it, and it works. But there are persons who cannot do such dry, scientific techniques.
5-Those who are heart-oriented, those who belong to the world of devotion/bhakti, for them a slight difference has been made: With utmost devotion, center on the two junctions of breath and know the knower.
6-If you are a bhakt ,then try this: With utmost devotion, with faith, love, trust ..enter on the two junctions of breath and know the knower.
7-How to do this?You may be devout of LORD SHIVA,SRI KRISHANA ; But how can you have devotion about yourself, about this junction of breathing?But that depends…. Tantra says that the body is the temple. Your body is the temple of the divine, the abode of the divine, so do not treat your body as an object.
8-It is sacred, it is holy. And while you are taking a breath in, it is not only you who is taking the breath, it is the divine within you. You are eating, you are moving or walking… look at it in this way: it is not you, but the divine moving in you. Then the whole thing becomes absolutely devotional.
9- It is said about many saints that they love their bodies. They treat their bodies as if their bodies belong to their beloveds. You can treat your body in this way or you can treat it just like a mechanism ... that again is an attitude. You can treat it with guilt, sin; you can treat it as something dirty; you can treat it as something miraculous, as a miracle; you can treat it as the abode of the divine. It depends on you.
10-If you can treat your body as a temple, then this technique will be helpful ..WITH UTMOST BHAKTI/ DEVOTION… Try it. While you are eating, try it. Do not think that YOU are eating. Think that it is the divine in you who is eating, and look at the change. You are eating the same thing, you are the same, but immediately everything becomes different.
11-You are giving the food to the divine. You are taking a bath ..a very ordinary, trivial thing ..but change the attitude: feel that you are giving a bath to the divine in you. Then this technique will be easy: With utmost devotion, center on the two junctions of breath and know the knower.
THE NINTH BREATHING TECHNIQUE OF MEDITATION;-
1-LORD SHIVA REPLIES;-
'' Lie down as dead. enraged in wrath, stay so. or stare without moving an eyelash. or suck something and become the sucking. ''
2-lie down as dead.when you try it: suddenly you have gone dead. Leave the body;Do not move it, because you are dead. Just imagine that you are dead. You cannot move the body, you cannot move the eyes, you cannot cry, you cannot scream, you cannot do anything, you are just dead. And then feel how it feels. But do not deceive. You can deceive .. you can slightly move the body but do't move. If some mosquito is there, then treat the body as if it is dead.
3-It is one of the most used techniques. Raman Maharshi attained his enlightenment through this technique, but it was not a technique used by him in his life. In his life it suddenly happened, spontaneously. But he must have persisted with this in some past life, because nothing happens spontaneously. Everything has a causal link, a causality.
4-Suddenly one night Raman Maharshi felt ...he was just young, fourteen or fifteen at the time ... that he was going to die. And it was so certain in his mind that death had taken over. He couldn’t move his body, he felt as if he was paralyzed. Then he felt a sudden choking, and he knew that now the heart was going to stop.
5-He could not even cry and say to another, “I am going to die.” Sometimes it happens in some nightmare ..you cannot cry, you cannot move. Even when you become awake for a few moments you cannot do anything. That happened. He had absolute power over his consciousness, but no power over his body. He knew he was there, that he was present, conscious, alert, but he felt he was going to die.
6- And the knowledge became so certain that there was no other possibility, so he just gave up. He closed his eyes and remained there, just waiting to die; he waited there just to die. By and by the body became stiff. The body died, but then it became a problem.
7-He knew that the body had died, but he was there and he knew it. He knew that he was alive and that the body had died. Then he came back. In the morning the body became okay but the same man never returned .. because he had known death. He had known a different realm, a different dimension of consciousness. He escaped from the house. That death experience changed him completely. He became one of the very few enlightened persons of this age. This is the technique.
8-This happened spontaneously to Raman Maharshi, but it is not going to happen spontaneously to us. But try it. In some life it may become spontaneous. It may happen while you are trying it. And if it is not going to happen, the effort is never wasted. It is in you; it remains in you as a seed. Sometime, when the time is ripe and the rains will fall, it will sprout. Every spontaneity is just like this. The seed was sown some time ago, but the time was not ripe; there were no rains. In another life the time becomes ripe.
9-You are more mature, more experienced, more frustrated with the world — then suddenly, in a certain situation, there are rains and the seed explodes. Lie down as dead. enraged in wrath, stay so. Of course, while you are dying it will not be a happy moment. It is not going to be so blissful while you are feeling that you are dead. Fear will take you, anger may come in the mind, or frustration, sadness, sorrow, anguish… anything. It will differ from individual to individual.
10-The sutra says: enraged in wrath, stay so. If you feel enraged, stay so. If you feel sad, stay so. If you feel anxiety, fear, stay so. You are dead and you cannot do anything, so stay so. Whatsoever is in the mind, the body is dead and you cannot do anything, so stay. That staying is beautiful. If you can stay for a few minutes, suddenly you will feel that everything has changed. But we start moving. If there is some emotion in the mind, the body begins to move. That is why we call it “emotion” ..it creates motion in the body.
11-If you are angry, suddenly your body begins to move. If you are sad, your body begins to move.Feel dead and do not allow emotions to move your body. Let them be there, but you STAY SO .. fixed, dead. Whatsoever is there… no movement. Stay.. No movement. or stare without moving an eyelash. or suck something and become the sucking.
12- lie down as dead. It was the method of one Baba.
For years together he was staring just at the ceiling of his room. For years together he was just lying dead on the floor, staring at the ceiling without moving an eyelash, without moving his eyes. He would lie down for hours together, just staring, not doing anything. Staring with the eyes is good, because you become fixed again in the third eye. And once you are fixed in the third eye, even if you want to move the eyelids you cannot; they become fixed.
13-That Baba attained through this staring, and you can say, “How with these small exercises…?” But for three years he was staring at the ceiling not doing anything. Three years is a long time. Do it for three minutes and you will feel as if you have been lying there for three years.
14-Three minutes will become very, very long. It will look as if time is not passing and as if the clock has stopped.That Baba stared and stared and stared. By and by thoughts ceased, movement ceased, and he became just a consciousness, he became just a staring. Then he remained silent for his whole life. He became so silent inside by this staring that it became impossible for him to formulate words again.That staring, that constant staring had stopped his mind completely.
15-Or stare without moving an eyelash. or suck something and become the sucking. These are slight modifications. Anything will do… you are dead .. it is enough. enraged in wrath, stay so. Even this part can become one technique. You are in anger: lie down, remain in the anger. Do not move from it, do not do anything, just remain still.
16-Krishnamurti goes on talking about this. His whole technique depends on this single thing: enraged in wrath, stay so. If you are angry then be angry, and remain angry. Do not move. If you can stay so, anger will go and you will come out a different man.
17-If you are in anxiety, do not do anything. Remain there, stay there. The anxiety will go; you will come out a different man. And once you have looked at anxiety without being moved by it, you will be the master. Or stare without moving an eyelash.
18-or suck something and become the sucking.NOTE
Here bholenath is enlightening us about our innermost union at HEART CHAKRA.We can get the clear meaning through unique symbol, Caduceus,.
THE SYMBOL OF CADUCEUS;-
1-The image of serpents wrapped around a staff is a familiar one in the medical field, decorating pharmaceutical packaging and hospitals alike. Snakes bites are generally bad news, and so the animal might seem ill-fitting as the symbol of the medical profession, but the ancient emblem actually has a quite a story behind it.
2-It is a known fact that every symbol has a unique meaning. In that case this unique symbol, Caduceus, which is used, in various forms and modifications, by many medical organizations have a deeper meaning.
3-The story of this medical symbol started way back in 1400 BC, travelled through time, has undergone many changes, misconceptions and has finally reached the present state.
4-If you observe closely there are two symbols that are used to represent medicine (as seen in Figure ) .One is the Caduceus, and the other is the Rod of Asclepius. Caduceus is a symbol with a short staff entwined by two serpents or two snakes entwined around a rod.While the Rod of Asclepius is the one with a single snake.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BOTH CADUCEUS?
THE SYMBOL OF MEDICINE;-
1-A staff or rod with a snake curled around it. This is the Rod of Aesculapius (also called Asklepios), the ancient mythical god of medicine. Asklepios may have been a real person who was renowned for his gentle remedies and humane treatment of the mentally ill.
2-Today, the staff of Aesculapius is a commonly used . It is the symbol of the American Medical Association (AMA) and many other medical societies.
3-The snake has been a powerful symbol of healing itself.Have you ever wondered why is a snake, which is a symbol of destruction used ironically as a symbol of healing?
4-The answer lies deep sown.The snake's ability to change from a lethargic stage to one of rapid activity symbolized the power to convalesc(recover one's health and strength)from an illness.
5-The other reasons why serpent has been used is the shedding of the skin that indicated longevity and immortality.
THE SYMBOL OF GOD & KUNDALINI AWAKENING
A similar symbol, the caduceus, was the staff of the Greek god Hermes. The caduceus is usually depicted with two snakes and a pair of wings and is often used mistakenly as a symbol of medicine.The similarity between both these symbols is the
MEANING OF THE SYMBOL OF SNAKE;-
1-Ancient Greeks believed snakes have healing power. Snakes represented regeneration (relate to ecdysis or molting of skin in snakes), a symbol of life and death (snakes venom were used both as a medicine and poison) and wisdom.
2-They used a species of non-venomous snake called Aesculapian snake in their healing temple (Asclepieia). Hygieia (goddess of health and hygiene) and Panacea (goddess of healing), two daughters of Asclepius, have snakes in their sculptures.
MEANING OF STAFF;-
1-According to some historians the staff was later added in the symbol by Asklepian cults. Some believe staff represents determination (doctor’s role in life-death decision).
Caduceus is the symbol of Hermes the Greek god of border and transition.
2-Later Romans adopted him as their god of commerce and negotiation and named him Mercury. So Caduceus is the symbol of both Hermes and Mercury. It represents a staff entwined by TWO snakes and a pair of wings at the top.
3-Hermes was later taken as the god of Alchemy. Alchemists believed in the elixir of life. They were also involved with medical practice at that time. So this can be an association between Caduceus and medicine.
MEANING OF KUNDALINI AWAKENING;-
Caduceus represents a staff entwined by TWO snakes and a pair of wings at the top.A staff is spinal cord &TWO snakes are our left & right channels;named as ida & pingla.Wings at the top is the symbol of CROWN CHKRA.
CO-RELATION OF NINTH TECHNIQUE & CADUCEUS (KUNDALINI AWAKENING AT HEART CHAKRA );-
1-Our pingla is like male snake & our ida is female snake. It appears to show the snakes winding themselves into a coil, just as our friends up top are.The pingla begins to court the ida by bumping his chin on the
back of her head and crawling over her.
2-Our both ..left & right channels,inside can make union at nipples simultaneously.its not the matter that outwardly you are pingla or ida (male or female).Although, its easy for idas because female are mothers,they prefer heart than mind, naturally. So ,we should meditate as two channels,in criss cross position are licking ,sucking each other mouth..you should watch them as witness only .
3-THE KEY POINT;-
Before applying this technique ,practice of SARP MUDRA is essential to purify the mind .Except it ,watch yourself as two snakes of the caduceus;as many times as you can.See the figure of human spine,which looks alike two hooded snake;one at root chakra & other at crown chakra..
THE NINTH TECHNIQUE;-
''or suck something and become the sucking. ''
1-This last one is physical and easy to do, because sucking is the first thing a child has to do.Sucking is the first act of
life.When the child is born, he begins to cry. You may not have tried to penetrate into why there is this crying. He is not really crying ...it appears to us that he is crying ..he is just sucking air. And if the child cannot cry, within a few minutes he will be dead, because crying is the first effort to suck air.
2- The child was not breathing while he was in the womb. He was alive without breathing. He was doing the same which yogis are doing underground. He was just getting prana without breathing ...pure prana from the mother. That is why the love between the child and the mother is an altogether different thing from other loves, because the purest prana ...energy .. joins both. Now this can never happen again.
3-There was a subtle pranic relationship. The mother was giving her prana to the child, and the child was not breathing at all. When he is born, he is thrown out of the mother into an unknown world. Now the prana, the energy, will not reach him so easily. He has to breathe himself.
4-The first cry is an effort to suck, and then he will suck the milk from the mother’s breast. These are the first basic acts which you have done. Whatsoever YOU have done comes later ...these are the first life acts. They can be practiced also.
5-This sutra says: Or suck something and become the sucking. Suck something — just suck the air, but forget the air and become the sucking. What does this mean? You are sucking something; you are the sucker, not the sucking. You are standing behind and sucking. This sutra says, do not stand behind, move in the act and become the sucking.
6-Try anything that will work. You are running ...become the running, do not be the runner. Become the running and forget the runner. Feel that there is no runner inside, just the process of running. You are the process, a river-like process running. Nobody is there inside.
7-You will have to try it with many things; then you will find out what is right for you. You are drinking water, the cold water is going in .. become the drinking. Do not drink the water. Forget the water, forget yourself and your thirst, just become the drinking ... the very process.
8-If you become the sucking, what will happen?
If you can become the sucking, immediately you will become innocent, like a first-day, newly-born child .. because that is the first process.
9-It is basic; it is natural, because the breast of the mother was the first acquaintance with the universe.. The first contact with the universe has a magnetic force which comes from our unconscious. That was the first thing with which you came in contact, and that gives you food, instant vitality, love & everything.CONTD.