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 spontaneou