WHAT IS THE ROLE OF BREATH? NAME THE NINE ACTIVITIES TO COMPLETE THE EVOLUTION OF WHOLE CIRCLE?
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF BREATH?-
1-The breath is the most important thing. With it life starts and with it life ends. It is the most mysterious thing; without it there is no possibility of life.
Life seems just a shadow of breath. When breath disappears, life disappears.
So this phenomenon of breathing has to be understood.Every child born is not really alive until he breathes. He has just a few moments left. If he breathes after the birth, in those few moments life enters. If he does not breathe he will remain dead.
2-Those first few moments of life are the most important. The doctors, the parents, all become concerned when a child is born. Will he breathe? Will he cry and start breathing? Or will he remain dead?The child cannot breathe
on his own. To expect that is impossible because the child does not know how to breathe, nobody has taught him. This is going to be his significant first act, so this cannot be his act.If God does it -- okay; if God is not willing -- finished.
3-The whole has to breathe in him, that's why those few moments are full with suspense, doubt, apprehension, fear -- because both possibilities are still open.It is up to the whole.Only prayer can be done. We can only wait in
deep prayer. If the whole moves into the child, the child becomes alive,
otherwise not.This first breath is taken by the whole. And if the first breath is taken by the whole then everything else which depends on breathing cannot be your act. If you think you are breathing then you have taken a very wrong step. And because of this wrong step ego will be created. Ego is accumulated ignorance.
4-You missed. You have not been breathing, the whole has breathed into you, but you have taken it as if you are breathing.The first act of breath bridges
you with the whole, makes you one with the whole, and all that follows will not be your activity; all that is going to happen after this first breath till you die, till the last breath, is going to be the activity of the whole. The whole will live
within you.You can think that you are doing all those things -- then you live in ignorance. If you become aware that the whole is doing everything, you are being possessed by the whole, breathed by it, you are just a hollow bamboo, a flute, the sound comes from the whole, the whole life comes from it -- then you live a life of enlightenment.
5-This is the only difference between ignorance and enlightenment.
One step in error, that: "I have done it!" -- and the whole journey goes wrong. One step right, that: "The whole has been doing it in me, I am not the doer, I am just the field of his play, a flute of his songs, a reed, nothing more, an emptiness in which he flows, moves, lives!" -- then you live a totally different life, a life of light and bliss.
6-If life starts with breath, and death also, and everything is between these two, then yoga, tantra, and all sciences of inner alchemy, cannot neglect
breathing.Yoga calls it breathing prana. Prana means the very
vitality of your being.It is not just air coming and going through your lungs. Yoga says the air is just the outer layer of it. Hidden deep in that layer is
vitality.So breathing has two parts. One: the body of breathing, made up of oxygen, nitrogen and so on, and, two: the spirit of breathing, made up of vitality, God himself.
7-It is like your body is there, and you, your consciousness, is hidden deep down in your body. The body is a protection, a vehicle. The body is the visible vehicle for the non-visible you. And the same is the case with every breath. The breath itself is just the outer layer; hidden deep in it is life itself.
Once you discover that God himself is hidden in breath, you have come to know yourself. That's why there is so much insistence and so much search in yoga, and tantra about breathing.
8-If you simply go on breathing and thinking that this is just air coming in and going out you will never be able to penetrate the mystery of it. And you will remain completely oblivious of yourself. Then you will remain rooted in the body. You will never be able to know that which goes beyond the body, that which is within but yet beyond, that which is hidden in the body but not obstructed by the body, not limited by the body... A beyond within.In each
breath that life has to be discovered.
9-Yoga calls those methods pranayama. The word pranayama means expansion of life. One has to expand life to infinity in each breath.
Buddha has called his own methods of discovering the innermost core of breath anapana-sati yoga: the yoga, the science, of incoming and outgoing breath; and Buddha has said no other yoga is needed. If you can deeply watch your own breathing, and watch so meditatively that anything that is hidden in the breath does not remain hidden but becomes revealed, you will come to know all.That looks simple, but it is difficult.Sitting, walking, standing, whatsoever you are doing, go on doing these things, but let your consciousness be aware of the breath coming in, going out. Go on looking at your own breath -- one day with the very continuous hammering on the breath, the temple opens.
THE ASPECT OF BREATH AT THE TIME OF DEATH;-
1-There are five levels of ‘life’ leaving the body. they are called as sammana, praana, udaana, apaana and vyana, in the same sequence. When a person is declared dead by the doctor, the sequence of the life leaving the body is given as BELOW..
21 to 24 minutes. Samaana is responsible for maintaining the temperature of the body.
2-PRAANA ; – 48 to 68 minutes.
2-UDAANA ;– 6 to 12 hours. A life can be revived by some Tantrik process before the Udaana leaves the body. Once Udaana leaves the body, revival is extremely difficult.
4- APAANA ;– 8 to 18 hours.
11 to 14 days for a normal person and 45 to 90 days for an extremely spiritual powerful being. Vyaana is the preservative element of the Praana.
1-When a body is brought to the cremation ground, generally it’s the time when Udaana is in the process of leaving. When the body is cremated Udaana also is released. This is the time the soul is in an extremely confused state. Obviously, the area surrounding a cremation ground would be crowded by many such ‘lives’ or ‘entities’ and they would certainly cause interference in the lives of the people staying there.Such entities can be dealt by many techniques.
2-One of the easiest ways to remove such entities is by the use of aromas by burning a few herbs or camphor.Take a normal copper plate and buy good quality camphor. Daily, at the dusk keep the copper plate at the Brahmasthana and burn three – four flakes of camphor on the copper plate. Burning camphor purifies the homes and drive away evil spirits and negative energy. Burning Camphor can also bring prosperity and abundance of wealth to your family.
WHAT ARE THE NINE ACTIVITIES OF WHOLE CIRCLE?
1-Actually the God is hidden in the temple of the breath. Suddenly one day you become aware that it is not just air. If for you it is just air, you have a scientific mind but you don't have the awareness which can reveal the innermost core of it. Then you can analyze and come to know how much oxygen is needed, how much hydrogen, how much nitrogen, how much carbon dioxide, and you can go on playing with the body of the breath -- but
you missed the innermost real phenomenon.That's why, if a man is dead, you can give him, pump into him, the right proportion of oxygen, but he will not be
alive.Unless God breathes in it, unless it contains the innermost consciousness of the whole, it is a dead breath. Oxygen will pass through the lungs -- nothing will happen.
2-Breath is the first action -- and it is not your action.The second action is thirst and that too is not your action. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. You can't try to feel thirsty.. that is impossible ;It happens deep inside you. God breathes in you, God feels thirsty in you .
After the child has taken his first breath the second phenomenon will arise in him -- and now there is going to be a chain, and the whole chain has to be
understood.Thirst will arise. Then hunger will arise. Then there will be a need for physical activity. Then Kama will arise.Then there will be a need for mental activity.Then love will arise.Then there will be a need for aesthetic activity: poetry, painting, music.... And then the ninth, the last, arises: the need for spiritual activity -- meditation, samadhi.These are nine activities...
1-Breath 2-Thirst 3-Hunger4-Physical activity 5- Kama 6-Mental activity 7-Love/Pain 8-Aesthetic activity 9-Meditation, samadhi
3-And this is the beauty of the whole phenomenon -- that the ninth is again the first, because the ninth again pays attention to breath. The circle is complete. First is breath, ninth is again breath; that's why no spiritual science
can neglect breathing. Mohammedans and Christians may be having different conceptions of God, Hindus again different, Jains,Buddhism...but nobody can neglect breathing. Breathing is first and breathing is going to be last. Spiritual activity is coming back again to the first breath, to the original purity.We can
discuss all these phenomena, because that is our whole life.
4-First is breath, second thirst, third hunger. There are people who finish at the third, who think: eat, drink, be merry is all. Their life is not complete; they cannot feel fulfillment because the circle is not complete. Fulfillment means that you have completed the circle, the last has joined with the first -- then
there is fulfillment.People who you find fulfilled are a circle, not a line. A line is always incomplete. All desires move in a line, that's why no desire can ever be complete, because no desire moves in a circle. It is linear. It always
moves, but is always incomplete.Wherever you stop -- you are hanging. The thing is not complete; something is missing. You can become rich, you can become very powerful, but it will not be contentment. Contentment is only when your life energy becomes a circle.
5- You can watch how the whole existence moves in a circle. The seasons move in a circle, the stars move in a circle, suns and planets move in a circle, the whole moves circularly, as a wheel. In life, in existence, nothing is linear. Everything is circular. And if you want to live a life of the whole you have to follow the ways of the whole: move like seasons, move like stars. Become a
circle mean come back to the original source.Breath, thirst, hunger -- these are the first three steps. If you move only up to the third you have not entered
the temple, you will be on the steps.The fourth is physical activity. There are
people who go up to the fourth. To them, physical activity becomes a sort of meditation.In fact everything can become a sort of meditation, because in everything there are two dimensions -- just as there are in the first breath: the outer and the inner.
6-Very few people are clinging to the second stage -- thirst, very.There have been a few sects in the world who have tried to remain thirsty for long periods,just like fasting, to bridge a direct line with the original source, particularly in deserts.More often than that, hunger has been used. In all the religions of the world there are trends, sects which use fasting.That's why
fasting has been used. To fast is to try to discover in hunger the other dimension. Fasting means an effort to move into the desire of hunger and to come to know that; the divine. That's why fasting became so important in
so many religions. It can give you a glimpse.If you fast long the glimpse is possible. But I am not in support of it because you are not making the whole circle. You are jumping, not moving gracefully. From the third, hunger, you are trying to reach the first. It will be a small circle, not the whole compass of life.
7-It will not be very comprehensive ,not be very rich.That's why people who have attained to any spirituality by fasting you will always find a little
stupid. The reason is deep.They are trying to find a short-cut. Beware of short-cuts. Life doesn't like short-cuts because then you can move to the source without growing. You bribe, you don't grow. From hunger you can jump -- that means without knowing the whole complexity of life, the life of kama, love, aesthetic activity. You remain impoverished because chose a
short-cut.You try to bribe existence and reach home before their time. One can reach, but one will reach without growing, without maturity. A certain type of childishness you will find in them. Purity, but not enlightenment.
8-The fourth is physical activity. You can move from the fourth again -- from any point you can move to the source, you can drop out of the journey of the
total circle.Physical activity has been used by hatha yoga. Hatha yoga developed a total science out of it: how to move just by physical activity, by
sheer physical force, to the source.Hatha yogis are powerful people, they have control over their bodies -- nobody can claim that much control. They can lie down underneath the earth for months, even for years.Many cases
with hatha yogis are known: they can take any sort of poison and it will not mix in their system. It will go in their stomach and they will throw it in the urine, but it will not mix anywhere. X-rays have been taken and it seems miraculous that the poison passes through not mixing with anything in the body.There seems to be a subtle protection around the blood.
9-By sheer willpower, by sheer physical force, hatha yogis have attained many things. But nothing of spirituality, of real growth. If you look in their faces you will find them almost dead. If you look in their eyes you will not find
the glimmer of intelligence, understanding.Physical activity can sometimes also give you a feeling, a glimpse. Running fast, completely absorbed in running so that the whole energy has become running, suddenly you can have glimpses of the original being.That's why so many people become
attracted to athletics. It gives glimpses.There are reports that people on the front in war sometimes attain to glimpses of the origin.
10-That may be one of the causes of the attraction of war, because in violence, in deep violence, your physical capacity is used to the utmost. And when the physical capacity is used to the utmost suddenly you relax -- back
to the first state. You become like a child.This has been the experience with many soldiers.When they are doing so much physical activity the whole energy is absorbed, they cannot be cunning.That's why soldiers can follow any type of order -- even foolish orders. If you tell them to jump and die, they will die, because they have been trained to follow; they will not give a second thought to it. They are just like children.
11-Hatha yogis have been doing many sorts of tricks like force people for four, five days to sit for hours together upto sixteen hours, you are not even allowed to go to the washroom; you have to sit; only allowed at particular times.Six hours you will have been accumulating urine in the bladder... It is sheer willpower, and painful but you have been holding it .It is a sort of hatha yoga -- for up to twelve hours, and then suddenly you are allowed to go. The bladder relaxes, and you have a beautiful pleasant feeling all around the body inside and out.This is an old trick.And physical activity is used even more often than hunger.
12-With too much physical activity you have to use will.For example go on working for twelve hours until you fall -- not that you stop, you fall down, you cannot do anything more, you see yourself falling; but cannot do anything, the legs won't move, they wobble, and you are just a watcher and then you fall to the ground. That falling would give a beautiful glimpse.And this is the
rule: whenever the whole takes possession of you and your ego is no more functioning, the whole functions; then you have a beautiful feeling; but these beautiful feelings are not the goals. They are just toys to play with, or the chocolates on the path of spirituality. You can enjoy them but don't cling to them, they cannot be food, they are not nourishing.
13-After the fourth is the fifth, Kama.The fifth is the most dangerous because the most potential.But again the circle is not complete because you
have jumped from the middle.If you really move deep in Kama you will have glimpses of samadhi. Just between the physical activity and kama the
circle is half complete.And there is more danger now because one can take kama as the total, as the all, as the goal. It can give you a few glimpses only and really happens when you allow it to happen.If you become possessed by it ; then energy is doing something and when you are just a spectator at the most, then there happens a deep blissful state.That is dangerous because you can mistake it as the goal.Many people have mistaken it for the goal. 14-Tantra has used the fifth to bridge the gap because the gap can be
bridged very easily. But still it is not complete.If you move beyond Kama then a different type of activity i.e. intelligence arises in you.You can observe
that a sort of genius is released.All over history, people who have attained to great mental activity; you will find always bachelors.Or they are not much interested in Kama .The reason is their whole energy has been absorbed by their mental activity.
15-But that too is lopsided(with one side lower than the other). No need to drop Kama . Use all that God has given to you but make it a step to move
further.If you go beyond Kama only then for the first time your intelligence starts functioning well. You have great insight into things. Many people cling to that state. They become theologians, philosophers, thinkers, scientists, and they think the goal is achieved.The goal is not yet achieved.When you
go beyond the sixth, mental activity, then love is born. Then your heart starts functioning.
16-Love arises and that same energy starts moving. The same energy that took the first breath, was hungry, thirsty, became sensual, became mental now becomes the energy of the heart. But love also is not the goal.
You can remain in love, it is a beautiful phenomenon.But love is deeply connected with pain and then the actual transformation begins.You have gone far enough -- it is the seventh step. Just a little more and the circle will
be complete.People who are of the heart will look to you to be very evolved: you will have a different feeling of their being, their quality will be different. If you come near them you will feel a magnetic force; they will have a field of energy, they can pull you in. Near them your own heart starts functioning. They are very evolved people -- but still the evolution is not complete.
17-If you go beyond love and pain then real aesthetic activity starts. Then for the first time you have the capacity to feel music,look around the revealed beauty of nature is , listen to the harmony of the universe, the symphony of the stars. Then everything starts to become more and more beautiful. Layers and layers of beauty are revealed. Your eyes have a penetrating force. Wherever you look you go deep. Even in rocks you feel flowers blossoming. But this too is not the end. Many cling to this, and there is much temptation because this is just the last step. The goal is just in front of you. And it always happens when the goal is just in front of you one relaxes, feeling that one has arrived.
18-But unless you become the goal you have not arrived. The temple may be just in front of you but unless you have become one with the god of the
temple you have not arrived.That is the last.These aesthetic people, become great mystics. One step more -- and that step is the spiritual.This ninth step
is again the first, the circle is complete. Again you start breathing but not like
a child, like a sage.A child breathes unconsciously. He does not know what is happening. God has entered in him but he does not know, he has not heard the footsteps; he was so fast asleep in the womb, so deep in darkness, he has not seen anything;because not even alive, he was unconscious.
19-A child breathes in unconsciousness. A sage breathes consciously. He is again a child, a rebirth has happened. Now he breathes but he is aware. How to breathe consciously is the yog of mahrshi Patanjali, anapansa-sati yoga
OF Gautam Buddha ,and the way of Tao.One observes and relaxes into oneself and looks at the breathing, follows it, moment to moment: incoming, outgoing; and there are beautiful happenings. When you follow the breathing you immediately become calm and quiet. The tranquility is such that you have never known before. If you watch the breathing even for a few seconds, you will feel you are settling somewhere. A centering happens.
20-The breathing goes down. Then there is a gap the breathing stops -- a very small interval. In that gap there is no breathing ...you are only the
watcher. In that moment suddenly you know yourself.These are the
techniques of Vigyana Bhairava Tantra, The Book of Secrets. They were told to devi Parvati. When the breathing goes on and goes out of you, then again there is very subtle gap. Breathing stops. The object has disappeared. Only consciousness ...Only you... Only the seer, the witness. Again suddenly you are elated. This goes on. By and by breathing becomes an outer phenomenon. You know that you are, Whether breathing goes on or stops makes no difference. Then you come to know that you are eternal, deathless.
21-Such a man while dying will see his breath has left him and will be aware, watching it. He will die watchfully, and one who dies watching, never dies. He has come to know the deathlessness. Through breathing he has discovered the vital principle of life. Breathing was just the outer layer of it, the outer shell, now he has come to know the content. Breathing was just the container. The circle is complete.One should go to the last point from where
no more going is possible. Let the circle have a natural ending. Don't try to find any short-cut. Then you will be rich like Sri Krishna, Buddha and many . Otherwise you can move somewhere from the middle -- but then you will not be rich.
22-Don't be clever with life. You cannot be cunning with life: all short-cuts are cunning. Let life have its own natural course. You follow it, you don't force it.
And always remember that whatsoever is done is done by the whole, you are not the doer. If you can remember that, then breath is his thirst, is his hunger, is his kama, is his loveand pain , is his whatsoever happens is his, death is his. And you remain completely pure and innocent out of it.The whole goes
on doing, you are not the doer. This is the surrendering the ego that '' I am not the doer''. This is the whole message of the Gita ...Let the whole do, don't come in because you are the only barrier. If you come in you commit sin.
23-This is main definition of sin: If you say: "I breathe," this is a sin. If you say: "I love", this is a sin. If you say he breathes this is virtue. If you say he loves, this is virtue. And this is not only a saying, you have to feel it in its totality. Then you are unburdened. Then wings grow on you, you can fly. Then the gravitation cannot affect you. The gravitation can affect only the ego.
If he is the doer, then why be worried? Then you are not in any hurry to reach anywhere, then you have no private goal, then his goal is yours, and wherever he is going he is always right because there cannot be any wrong
for the whole. The whole alone is.This is the circle : from unconscious breath, to conscious breath.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER TO GET EVOLVE?
1-The emphasis goes on water not rocks, because water is flowing,
and water has no shape of its own.Whatsoever shape is given by the whole, the water takes it. It does not carry its own mind. If you put it in a glass it becomes of that shape. If you put it in a bottle it takes that shape. It does not resist .It is non-violent, non-aggressive. It has no mind of its own.
But a rock has a mind of its own. If you want to force it, it will resist. You will have to to cut it, fight it, much fight will be needed -- only then will you be able to give it shape. It has its own mind. Water is mindless. These are symbols.
2-Be like water, don't be like a rock, so that you can complete the circle.If God is hungry within you -- eat..If feels sleepy within you -- sleep.. Move with the God, you don't come in the way. Let things, the whole, have its own course. You simply follow it. Even to say follow it is not good because even a
follower has some resistance.You simply be one with it.There is nothing
weaker than water but none is superior to it in overcoming the hard, for which there is no substitute. All the qualities of water have very symbolic meaning... it is soft, has no form of its own.
3-A man should be like water, with no form, no mind, no ideology. If you are a Hindu or a Mohammedan you are like a rock. You don't have any ideology, you are like water. If you are a communist or a socialist or a fascist you are like a rock. People with ideologies are dead. They have a certain belief -- a form. And they are resistant. A person who has no belief, no ideology, no form, then flowing -- like water. Wherever he moves, whatsoever situation comes, he responds. He responds always in the present. A man of ideology is never in the present: he has to look to the ideology. He reacts, he does not respond. He has already a mind.
4-If you ask any question with a normal person ; the answer is adopted.He has not to think about it. In fact he is not answering you at all. He is just giving a ready-made answer, which is learnt it by heart. It is not a conscious
phenomenon. He repeats like a parrot. A man who is really conscious is responsive. He has no answers. When the question arises he responds to the question -- and the answer is created. In fact he is as much surprised by the answer as you will be surprised. He never knew it. Because there was no situation like this before. He is like water which is soft.
5-Except it water is always flowing "low-wards," finding, seeking low places, valleys. Never try to go upwards, because then there is fight, because all are going upwards.People try for foreign settlement because everybody is going there; and competition, jealousy, fight, struggle also going on. Move to the valley where nobody is going. Don't be like fire, be like water.Fire moves
upwards, water moves "low-wards," it always goes towards the ocean, the lowest place in the world. It seeks the low. If it can find a still lower place it immediately starts moving.Because the lower you move, the less competition, the less violence, the less aggression -- and you are not fighting with anybody;and if you fight with anybody one thing is certain: you cannot live yourself. The whole energy becomes fight.
6-Fighters never live their lives.They don't have any time,space, and any energy to live their life. They are always fighting others. They end fighting.Water is very non-political.Be like water. Move,find the lowest place
where nobody is to compete, because nobody wants to go there. Then you can relax and be yourself. And that is the glory .. be yourself then you will
become a god.Because you are a god, it just has to be discovered. You already have it within you, you just need time, space, relaxation, leisure to know yourself.When you are not a fighter, not in any competition... this is called renunciation.
7-Not that you go to the Himalayas -- because those who go to the Himalayas, they are seeking the peaks. And even in the Himalayas there is much competition. Gurus are in much competition: because somebody has more followers than you there is trouble; or someone has made a bigger ashram than you -- then there is trouble. Even in the Himalayas there
is politics.The old sannyasins, are really spiritual politicians.They are moving high in the skies which is their heaven.But for a sadhak , the lowest place in the world is his heaven, where he can be himself, nobody bothers him and he doesn't bother anybody.
8-This is renunciation. You can live in the world, then there is no problem, if you just know not to be a competitor, because competition is for the ego. For your real being, no competition is needed; you are already that highest, so
don't bother for height. Only people with inferiority complexes, try to reach
the heights.To hide that inferiority they fight to go high.The longing for superiority belongs to the inferior man. A superior man doesn't bother.A superior man can afford to be inferior because it makes no difference.
Water has that quality of going low. And there is nothing weaker than water and yet none is superior to it in overcoming the hard.
9-Go and see a waterfall. The rocks are so hard and the water so soft but rocks have been disappearing by and by. They have become sand already.Water overcomes.The water is cutting the rocks continuously.
Weakness also has a subtle strength in it and you can be observant.
It is natural -- the feminine principle wins. And it is good that the hard is defeated and the soft wins because that is the only possibility for God to win
in the world.There is nothing weaker than water but none is superior to it in overcoming the hard, for which there is no substitute. That weakness overcomes strength and gentleness overcomes rigidity, no one does not know; no one can put into practice.
10-It is very difficult to know it ;to understand is possible. Knowledge is too gross. If you go to know it, you will miss it. But you can understand it -- if you
watch life.No one can put into practice because to practice such a deep
is impossible.You can know it as an understanding, you can live it, you
cannot practice it ,because it is gross. Even meditate means to practice;You can be it, but you cannot practice it.You can live prayers, but can't pray.
Prayer is the way of living, not separate.If you understand, you live it. If you know, then you have to practice it, because knowledge does not transform.
All knowledge finally becomes technology because just by knowing, nothing happens. First you know, then you ask: "How to do it?"
11-All science by and by is reduced to technology. Religion never becomes a technology, cannot become one, because it is not knowledge. You understand.... The very understanding is transforming; you are transfigured, transmuted .You see, you watch, you understand a certain thing -- the very thing has changed your quality of being. Now you live differently. No practice is possible. Practice of little things is possible, great things cannot be practiced. Prayer is a great thing. Love is a great thing -- there can be no "Know-how" about it. Meditation is the last, the pinnacle. You can become God., but you cannot practice. And you can become because you already are -- just a little understanding.... You are standing in the dark; just a little light, a little illumination, and everything changes.
12-Who moves lowest is the sage, and who takes on himself the whole responsibility of the whole darkness of the world, becomes like Sri Krishna and preserves the world. The world is not preserved by politicians, the
world is preserved by very few people of crystal purity, of childlike innocence -
but they feel responsible. Because they are aware.The more aware you become the more responsible you become, the more you feel, the more you become a help -- not that you start serving people, but your whole life becomes a service. Not that you are doing something for them out of any obligation ;you are simply fulfilling your own awareness.