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Kundalini Yoga in the West

Before Yogi Bhajan came to the West in 1969, Kundalini yoga was a secret science taught only to a few selected students. The significance of the open sharing of this technology is monumental and revolutionary. For the first time in known history, the democratization of spirituality is possible. Everyone can wake up and stay awake. And we can get a yoga set and meditation to do so over the Internet Most of what was available when I discovered Kundalini yoga in 1976 was in the form of hand written notes. I kept thinking someone else was going to put them all together. However, destiny decided that I would be blessed with an enthusiastic student who would help me assemble four manuals from the early notes. These four books are still classics and are available on our website http www.yogatech.com The first and the most popular worldwide is Transitions to a Heart-Centered World. The next was Relax and Renew, followed by Sexuality and Spirituality. Introduction to Kundalini Yoga adds some...

Chapter Two Kundalini Yogatheory Yoga Nadis

Nadis are the astral tubes made up of astral matter that carry psychic currents. The Sanskrit term 'Nadi' comes from the root 'Nad which means 'motion'. It is through these Nadis (Sukshma, subtle passages), that the vital force or Pranic current moves or flows. Since they are made up of subtle matter they cannot be seen by the naked physical eyes and you cannot make any test-tube experiments in the physical plane. These Yoga Nadis are not the ordinary nerves, arteries and veins that are known to the Vaidya Shastra (Anatomy and Physiology). Yoga Nadis are quite different from these. Nadis play a vital part in this Yoga. Kundalini when awakened, will pass through Sushumna Nadi and this is possible only when the Nadis are pure. Therefore, the first step in Kundalini Yoga is the purification of Nadis. A detailed knowledge of the Nadis and Chakras, is absolutely essential. Their location, functions, nature, etc., should be thoroughly studied. The subtle lines, Yoga Nadis, have influence in...

The Place For Yoga Sadhana

Places of cool or temperate climate are required for Yoga Abhyasa as you will get easily exhausted in hot place. You must select such a place where you can comfortably stay all through the year in winter, summer and rainy season. You must stick to one place throughout Sadhana period. Select a beautiful and pleasant spot where there is no disturbance, on the banks of a river, lake or sea or top of a hill where there is a nice spring and grove of trees and where milk and articles of food are easily procurable. You should select such a place where there are some other Yogic practitioners. When you see others who are devoted to Yogic practices you will diligently apply yourself to your practices. You can consult them in times of difficulties. Do not wander here and there in search of a place where you will get all conveniences. Do not change your place very often when you find some inconvenience. You must put up with it. Every place has some advantage and disadvantage. Find out a place...

The Importance Of Kundalini Yoga

In Kundalini Yoga the creating and sustaining Sakti of the whole body is actually and truly united with Lord Siva. The Yogi goads Her to introduce him to Her Lord. The rousing of Kundalini Sakti and Her Union with Lord Siva effects the state of Samadhi (Ecstatic union) and spiritual Anubhava (experience). It is She who gives Knowledge or Jnana, for She is Herself That. Kundalini Herself, when awakened by the Yogins, achieves for them the Jnana (illumination). Kundalini can be awakened by various means and these different methods are called by different names, viz., Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, etc. The practitioner of this Kundalini Yoga claims, that it is higher than any other process and that Samadhi attained thereby is more perfect. The reason that they allege, is this In Dhyana Yoga, ecstasy takes place through detachment from the world and mental concentration leading the variety of mental operation (Vritti) of the uprising of pure consciousness unhindered by the limitations of the...

Kundalini Yoga is About

Below is a brief explanation of each of these concepts and guidelines on how to focus your attention during your practice of Kundalini Yoga to maximize your transformation. The practice of Kundalini yoga creates changes in all aspects of our being. Consistent practice of Kundalini yoga wakes us up and keeps us awake. that we can actually create a different reality by altering our thoughts, words and actions. Self-empowerment comes from consciously participating in creating our own life. Guidlines for Practicing Kundalini Yoga The purpose of Kundalini Yoga is to activate all parts of our body, so that it can function optimally. Kundalini yoga is not a competitive sport. Change is guaranteed when we practice Kundalini yoga. All we have to do is to DO IT. Choose any aspect of the above guidelines and bring your attention to it during your practice of Kundalini Yoga. Definitely do not try to do all or even several at once. Enjoy your process-how you change, what you create and how your...

The Navel Chakra and Kundalini Yoga

Yogi Bhajan teaches that the seat of the Kundalini is in the navel center. Reflecting on my experience over the last 22 years of practicing Kundalini Yoga (preceded by 8 years of Hatha yoga), I have often had an intuitive urge to return to the navel center. The answer to the question at hand, whether it is about me or a student, is often strengthen your navel center.

Eastern Methods or Yoga Mind before Heart

NOWDAYS, when we speak about concentration and other occult practices, the Eastern tradition or Yoga often involuntarily comes to mind. But the methods of inner progress and acquisition of subtle powers (and as the crown of them all, the realization of man's true being or Self) have their followers in countries outside of India and other 'exotic' Eastern lands. From the many existing branches of Yoga we will examine only those which use concentration as their motive power. We may find a perfect parallel to our own study in the mental Yoga called Raja-Yoga (i.e. Royal Yoga). Its object is to attain perfect control of the mind which then sometimes acquires what to laymen are wonderful qualities and powers. On these are based all the tricks and phenomena of the lowest type of Indian occultists such as fakirs and others, many of whom are not even occultists and are merely more or less able showmen. Anyway, in Raja-Yoga the mind and its functions are put before another power in man which...

Fast Path In Your Face Yoga

In the yogic scriptures it is said that Kundalini yoga is 16 times more powerful than Hatha yoga. On the one hand, that seems to be good news. The Catch 22 is-- How do we make such quick progress We are confronted with our issues 16 times faster Kundalini yoga is In your face yoga. Spirituality can be a rough ride. A lot of things get better and some things certainly seem to get worse No spiritual journey is a free lunch. We are obliged to deal with our issues in order to set ourselves free.

Rd Chakra Yoga and making and breaking Habits

The ability to make and break habits is associated with the navel center or third chakra. When our navel center is strong we have the will to make decisions and to keep them. There are many navel exercises and sets. Many of these can be found in my manual Transitions to a Heart-Centered World. Breath of fire is a great navel breath as is 4 part energizing breath. You will find the instructions for the 4-part breath on the Yoga Technology website Do this 3-5 minute exercise 3 or more times a day, especially at moments when you are being pulled to a compulsive, addictive behavior. (Remember the navel center is 2-3 inches below the navel.)

Miscellaneous Exercises Laya Yoga

For Laya Yoga, Sambhavi Mudra is an effective method, in which one intently concentrates on any one of the Shat Chakras. Trataka exercise plays a vital part in getting success in Laya. In due course of practice, the Yogin gets established in Samadhi. He becomes a Jivanmukta.

Bhakti Yogaclasses Of Worship

At the lowest rung of the ladder of Bhakti Yoga comes the worship of elements and departed spirits. This is the lowest form of worship. Next comes the worship of Rishis, Devas and Pitris. The faith of each is shaped according to his own nature. The man consists of that which his faith is, he is even that. The third class includes those followers who worship Avataras like Sri Rama, Krishna, Narasimha. The above four classes of Bhaktas have the Saguna form of worship. Next comes the class of Bhaktas who do Nirguna Upasana on Brahman devoid of attributes. This is the highest form of worship that is suitable for the intelligent people who have strong will and bold understanding. This is known as Ahamgraha Upasana or Jnana Yoga Sadhana. Namdev, Ramdas, Tulsidas and others were a few blessed souls to whom God gave His Darshan. These Bhaktas were Yoga-Bhrashtas. They came into this world with a great asset of spiritual Samskaras. They worshipped God in several births with sincere devotion....

Winning Friends by Practice of Yoga

Win friends and influence people This Dale Carnagie principle is but a leaf out of the ancient Indian volume on psycho-spiritual science. Practice Yoga the entire world will worship you. You will unconsciously attract to yourself every living being even gods will be at your beck and call. Even among wild beasts and bloody brutes you will win friends. Serve all love all. Unfold your inner powers through the practice of Raja Yoga, through the control and conquest of thought power. Through the practice of Yoga, you can make the whole humanity and all living beings members of your own family. Through the practice of Yoga you can overcome all difficulties and can eradicate all weaknesses. Through the practice of Yoga pain can be transmuted into bliss, death into immortality, sorrow into joy, failure into success and sickness into perfect health. Therefore, practice Yoga diligently.

Practice Of Yoga Asanas

The practice of Yoga Asanas helps to prevent disease and maintain a high standard of health, vigour and vitality. It cures many diseases. 9. Lakhs of people have derived real benefit from the practice of Yoga Asanas. 10. Even in Europe and America, many have taken to the practice of Yoga Asanas. 11. Several Schools of Yoga in the West and India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Denmark, Holland, show a record to prove the therapeutic value of the Asanas. 12. I have written several books on Yoga Asanas 1. Yoga Asanas, 2. Hatha Yoga, 3. Yogic Home Exercises, 4. Radiant Health Through Yoga, 5. Practical Guide to Students of Yoga and a number of other books like 1. Easy Steps to Yoga, 2. Yoga in Daily Life, 3. Practical Lessons in Yoga, etc., contain lessons in Yoga Asanas and Pranayama. 14. Even women can practise it with great advantage to themselves. Irrespective of age, all can join in the practice of Yoga Asanas. 15. The benefit of Yoga Asanas should be made available to every family...

Practise Yoga To Prolong Life

The practice of Yoga lessens and prevents the decay of tissues, by increasing the life-force, and fills the system with abundant energy. By the practice of Yoga the blood is charged with abundant oxygen. The brain and spinal centres are rejuvenated. By the practice of Yoga, the accumulation of venous blood is stopped. The body is filled with abundant energy. The brain-centres and the spinal cord are strengthened and renovated. Memory is improved. Intellect is sharpened. Intuition is developed. How can one who does not know his own body hope to achieve success in Yoga First have a strong, firm and healthy body through the practice of Hatha Yoga and then take to Raja Yoga. There are detailed practices in Yoga for cleansing of the food-tube (Dhauti) and the stomach, as simple and effective as cleansing of the teeth. There are methods in Yoga (Trataka) for strengthening the eyesight and cleansing the nose. People who suffer from overweight, constipation or dyspepsia will specially find...

Qualifications For The Student Of Jnana Yoga

For the aspirant in the Jnana-Yogic path, you have the Four Means of Salvation, Sadhana-Chatushtaya, in Vedantic preliminary practice. One of the four means is Shatsampat (six-fold virtues). Of these six virtues, Sama, Dama and Samadhana are really Yogic practices to control the mind. Sama represents the Chitta-Vritti-Nirodha of Raja Yogis by Vasana-Tyaga, Dama corresponds to Pratyahara. Samadhana is Ekagrata of Yogis. Yoga and Jnana are the two wings of the Hamsa bird (Moksha).

Yogakundalini Upanishad Introduction

The Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad is the eighty-sixth among the 108 Upanishads. It forms part of the Krishna Yajurveda. It deals with an exposition of Hatha and Lambika Yogas. It concludes with an account of the non-qualified Brahman. The Non-dual Brahman is the quest of all seekers. Though grouped among the minor Upanishads, the Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad is a very important work on Kundalini Yoga. It begins with an analysis of the nature of Chitta. It maintains that Samskaras and Vasanas on the one hand, and Prana, on the other, constitute the causes for the existence of Chitta. If Vasanas are controlled, Prana is automatically controlled. If Prana is controlled, the Vasanas are automatically controlled. The Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad presents methods for the control of Prana. The Yogic student does not deal with Vasanas. He concerns himself with the techniques of controlling the Prana. The three methods given in the Yoga-Kundalini Upanishad for the control of Prana are Mitahara, Asana and...

Acknowledgment Of Yoga

The technology of Kundalini Yoga and White Tantric Yoga was brought to the West from India by the grace of the Siri Singh Sahib, Harbhajan Singh KhalsaYogiji (Yogi Bhajan).The teachings in this manual are entirely his gift. We wish to gratefully acknowledge his gift and inspiration to serve our highest human potential. Any errors or omissions in this manual are entirely the fault of the Editors and the Illustrator and by no means reflect upon the perfection and comprehensiveness of the teachings. The yoga sets in this manual are classes taught by Yogi Bhajan and are available on audio and video tapes. Although every effort has been made to communicate the technology of these classes accurately, nothing replaces the experience of doing Kundalini Yoga with the Master, Yogi Bhajan. We suggest that you enhance your yoga experience by collecting video tapes of one or more of your favorite sets from this manual. There is something about doing Kundalini Yoga in the presence of the Master,...

Yoga And Its Consummation

Yoga is the art of uniting the individual soul with the Supreme Soul, of uniting the Kundalini Sakti lying dormant in the Muladhara Chakra with Siva in the Sahasrara Chakra. By convention, all practices that help the attainment of this goal are also called Yoga. When do we regard a particular part or organ of the body as perfectly healthy When we are not made aware of that organ. The ear is in perfect health when we are not aware that that organ exists if there is pain we are conscious of its presence. In order to transcend the five sheaths, therefore, they must all be free from afflictions. Yoga helps you to do that. The purificatory Kriyas of Hatha Yoga and Asanas ensure health of the body and free it from ailments. Pranayama revitalises the vital sheath. Pratyahara (withdrawal of the rays of the mind and restraining them from flowing outwards) and Dharana (concentration) strengthen the mind. Meditation brings about a happy blending of the intellect and intuition and the Yogi's...

The Goal of Kundalini Yoga

The goal of Kundalini yoga and all spiritual technologies is to create a conscious connection with the Divine. Yoga means union. The union is between our physical reality and god- consciousness, universal energies and our soul. The practice of Kundalini yoga removes our blocks and resistances, raises our energy to higher frequencies and opens our awareness to expanded realities. If we train ourselves to focus our attention on our goal of union, we can facilitate our transformation. The goal of this lesson is to set out guidelines on how we can train ourselves to pay If a male-dominated mindset pervades our being, it will also determine how we carry out our spiritual practice. It is legitimate to do yoga and meditate to achieve certain results. Specific meditations and kriyas produce specific effects. However, we must avoid turning our practice into a bargaining tool. If we do a particular meditation to buy results, our prayers become begging sessions to a bigger than life daddy...

Advantages Of Bhakti Yoga Sadhana

The practices of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga are not suited to the majority of men in this age, while they have always an irresistible charm for such practices because of their apparent concreteness and promise of speedy rewards. A vast majority of persons have no good physique and robust constitution. They are weaklings. In this age, children beget children. There are baby mothers. Devotion or Bhakti Yoga is, therefore, easy and safe. Any man can repeat the Name of

The Glory Of Jnana Yoga

A Hatha Yogi starts his Sadhana with the body and Prana. A Raja Yogi starts his spiritual practice with the mind. A Jnana Yogi starts his spiritual Sadhana with the Buddhi and Will. To be more accurate a Jnana Yogi starts directly with Brahman. He repeats constantly Aham Brahmasmi. He who is attempting to fix the mind on Brahman is really doing the highest Karma Yoga, highest Yajna, highest duty and highest charity. He need not visit Tirthas. He need not distribute charity.

Chapter Three Yoga Sadhana How To Awaken The Kundalini

One should become perfectly desireless and should be full of Vairagya before attempting to awaken Kundalini. It can be awakened only when a man rises above Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada and other impurities. Kundalini can be awakened through rising above desires of the senses. The Yogi, who has got a pure heart and a mind free from passions and desires will be benefited by awakening Kundalini. If a man with a lot of impurities in the mind awakens the Sakti by sheer force through Asanas, Pranayamas and Mudras, he will break his legs and stumble down. He will not be able to ascend the Yogic ladder. This is the chief reason for people going out of the way or getting some bodily infirmities. There is nothing wrong in the Yoga. People must have purity first then a thorough knowledge of the Sadhana, a proper guide, and a steady, gradual practice. When Kundalini is awakened there are many temptations on the way, and a Sadhaka without purity will not have the strength to resist. Awakening...

Mantrayoga

Some schools advocate practising a mantra with the aid of instrumental music and dancing. Certainly very remarkable effects are obtained in the way of magic powers whether great spiritual results are equally common is a doubtful point. Persons wishing to study them may remember that the Sahara desert is within three days of London and no doubt the Sidi Aissawa would be glad to accept pupils. This discussion of the parallel science of mantra-yoga has led us far indeed from the subject of Pranayama.

Kundalini Yoga

The Yogin who works for liberation does so through Kundalini Yoga which gives both enjoyment and liberation. At every centre to which he rouses Kundalini he experiences special form of bliss and gains special powers. Carrying Her to Siva at his cerebral centre, he enjoys the Supreme bliss which in its nature is that of Liberation and which when established in permanence is Liberation itself on the loosening of spirit and body. When awakened, Kundalini Sakti ceases to be a static power which sustains the world-consciousness, the content of which is held only so long as she sleeps and when once set in movement Kundalini is drawn to that other static centre in the Thousand-petalled Lotus (Sahasrara) to attain union with the Siva Consciousness or the consciousness of ecstasy beyond the world of forms. When Kundalini sleeps man is awake to this world. When she wakes he sleeps i.e. loses all consciousness of the world and enters the causal body. In Yoga he passes beyond to formless...

Yogaii

Yoga is primarily a process of self-culture. Its aim is the attainment of spiritual perfection or Self-realisation. The process of Yoga pertains to the control of the physical organs, the breath, the mind and the senses. Practice of Yoga bestows a rich and full life. It is, in fact, the science of living a pure and healthy life. Practice of self-restraint, mental equipoise, truthfulness, compassion, purity and selflessness constitutes the process of Yoga. Practice of Asana, Pranayama, Bandha and Mudra also constitutes the process of Yoga. This is the process of Yoga.

Hints On Yoga

Brahmacharya is very very essential Even in dreams you must be free from lustful thoughts. It requires long practice and careful watch over the mind and Indriyas. Foolish people hastily jump up to the higher courses in Yoga in vain without having this important item which is very useful for spiritual Sadhana. That man in whom the sex-idea is deep-rooted can never dream of understanding Yoga and Vedanta even in one hundred births. After attaining perfection in Yoga, one can enter world if he is not affected even a bit by unfavourable, hostile currents of the world. There is no harm if you mix with congenial company which is also devoted to Yoga Abhyasa. You can discuss various philosophical points. You can be in the company of higher spiritual personages who enter into Samadhi. Many persons enter the world before perfection in Yoga to demonstrate their minor powers in the name of Loka Sangraha and for fame. They have been reduced to a level worse than a worldly man. When you do Karma...

What Is Yoga

The word 'Yoga' comes from a Sanskrit root 'Yuj' which means to join. In its spiritual sense it is that process by which the identity of the Jivatma and Paramatma is realised by the Yogins. The human soul is brought into conscious communion with God. Yoga is restraining the mental modifications. Yoga is that inhibition of the functions of the mind which leads to abidance of the spirit in his real nature. The inhibition of these functions of the mind is by Abhyasa and Vairagya (Yoga Sutras). Yoga is the Science that teaches the method of joining the human spirit with God. Yoga is the Divine Science which disentangles the Jiva from the phenomenal world of sense-objects and links him with the Ananta Ananda (Infinite Bliss), Parama Shanti (Supreme Peace), joy of an Akhanda character and Power that are inherent attributes of the Absolute. Yoga gives Mukti through Asamprajnata Samadhi by destroying all the Sankalpas of all antecedent mental functions. No Samadhi is possible without...

Lambika Yoga

Practice of Khechari Mudra is Lambika Yoga. The technique of the Mudra is explained below. He who practises this Mudra will have neither hunger nor thirst. He can walk in the sky. This Yoga is beset with difficulties. This is a very difficult Yoga. It has to be learnt under a developed Yogi Guru who has practised this Yoga for a long time and attained full success. Khechari Mudra, Yoni Mudra or Shanmukhi Mudra, Sambhavi Mudra, Asvini Mudra, Maha Mudra and Yoga Mudra are the important Mudras. Among these Mudras, Khechari Mudra is the foremost. It is the king of the Mudras. Mudra means a seal. It puts a seal to the mind and Prana. Mind and Prana come under the control of a Yogi.

Baseline and Ongoing Process

Although silent meditation may seem simple, its mastery is not. Students take years and even lifetimes to perfect it. Fortunately, there are Kundalini yoga techniques that facilitate the process and speed up our progress. The purpose of this Kundalini Yoga Training Course is to share this technology. Our first step is to simply practice mindful silent meditation and watch our results. It is important to monitor your experiences so you have a baseline of comparison as we add the Kundalini exercises to the process.

Sat Nam the Seed of Truth Stress Reduction

Mantras are sounds that connect us with different levels of intelligence. SAT NAM is the most basic mantra used in Kundalini yoga. (pronounced like but mom) SAT means the truth. NAM means name, identity, to identify with or to call upon. SAT NAM can be translated as Truth is God's Name. Truth is my (your, our) identity. It is used as a greeting to acknowledge the Truth in each one of us and as a personal mantra to express or tune into one's infinite identity. The science of breathing is called pranayama. Pranayama is an integral part of Kundalini yoga and meditation. In this lesson we will offer a few basics that will help you begin to be aware of your breath and to integrate conscious breathing into your daily life and yogic practice. Kundalini yoga links the breath with a mantra. The most basic mantra is SAT NAM. Our goal is to mentally link SAT to every inhale and NAM to every exhale. In this way the breath and the The simplest and most basic meditation in Kundalini yoga is...

The Awakening Process

The practice of Kundalini yoga incorporates these 3 principles. (1) Activation takes place with the practice of asanas or yoga exercises. When it is properly functioning, the release of the energy of the Kundalini is facilitated. The power of the exercises is enhanced with the breath and the internal recitation of mantras. The exercises strengthen the nervous system, stimulate the glands to secrete, loosen up the muscles and align the skeleton. The body is the temple of the Soul.

The Spiritual Reality

All these functions of the psychological apparatus are, however, confined to what is called the waking state. The human being seems to be passing from this state to others, such as dream and deep sleep. Though we have some sort of an awareness in dream, we are bereft of all consciousness in deep sleep. Yet, we know that we do exist in the state of sleep. This means that we can exist without doing anything, even without thinking. The condition of deep sleep is a paradox for psychology and is the crux of the Yoga analysis. It is strange that in sleep we do not know even our own selves, and still we know that we do exist then. An experience, pure and simple, of the nature of consciousness alone, is the constituent of deep sleep, notwithstanding that we are not aware of it due to a peculiar difficulty in which we seem to get involved there. In deep sleep, we have consciousness not associated with objects, and hence we remain oblivious of everything external. There is, at the same time,...

Therapy and Group Healing

Kundalini yoga is a powerful tool that helps us unleash our vital energy. Regular practice unblocks and transmutes energy that is being held as stress, pain, anger and fear. Combined with the meditations, the breathing, movement and positions help clear our psyche, cleanse our subconscious and balance our emotional energy. However, the dynamics of the healing process often require outside support and interaction as well. I used to believe that I could just do Kundalini yoga and meditate and everything would be taken care of over time. Kundalini yoga and meditation does much to purge us of the emotional charges of past traumas. However, to achieve lasting empowerment and inner peace, we must look at and consciously resolve our inner wounds. Kundalini yoga and meditation help us become aware of our wounds and give us the strength and perspective to consciously deal with them. Our individual process is a very personal part of the empowerment game. However, as we practice Kundalini yoga...

Stay Tuned In and Listen

Your most important job is to stay present. Answers will come if you stay tuned and listen. Healing will happen as you release your resistance to change. Gifts will appear as you align with your soul. The energy will teach you. The experience will awaken you. Enjoy your unfoldment. Kundalini yoga allows you to savor your life and live to the fullest. What a gift

From Anger to Forgiveness

I personally found that simply identifying a situation that made me angry as a child allowed me to become calmer in my daily activities. I discovered that my fidgety agitation and tendency of my mind to jump from one activity to another was linked to the expectation of over responsibility as the oldest child. The combination of the revelation of this understanding, sharing with a friend who was also working with the book and the practice of Kundalini yoga catapulted me to a more peaceful state of consciousness.

Depth Psychology

Another result which spontaneously follows from Avidya is Asmita or the sense of being. This sense is the consciousness of one's individuality and personality, the ego, Ahamkara, or self-affirmation. Forgetfulness of universality ends in an assertion of individuality. The wrong notion that the individual is organically separated from the universe and the consequent self-assertion (Asmita), the bifurcating attitude of likes and dislikes in regard to things (Raga-Dvesha) and a longing to preserve one's body by all means (Abhinivesa) are the graduated effects of Avidya, which follow from it in a logical sequence. We do not know Universal Being. We know only the particular and the individual. We love and hate objects. We cling to life and fear death. The first mistake is to think, 'I am not the Universal' the second to affirm, 'I am the particular' the third to like certain things and to dislike others the fourth to strive for perpetuating individuality by the instinct for...

Chakras Physical Wisdom And Healing

Kundalini Yoga opens, maintains, and develops the chakra system in the subtle body. It is the fastest and most potent approach discovered by the ancient sages. These techniques were closely guarded secrets. Yogi Bhajan, under the blessing of Guru Ram Das, has made all these techniques openly available without restriction. He said, The Age of Aquarius is dawning and every person has the opportunity to elevate themselves through sadhana, techniques, and commitment. The old ways will quickly change in this fast, electronic age of light. I am just a postman for those souls that have earned the destiny to elevate themselves.

Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation for Evolutionary Change

Yoga recognizes that if we want to make changes in our lives, we have to change ourselves. Yoga operates from the principle that our inner reality creates our outer reality. We have to alter our vibrational frequency so that we attract at a different level. Our frequency has to match what we want to manifest. And equally important, we have to clear our subconscious programming so it does not sabotage our conscious intent. For in fact, it is the programming in our subconscious mind that creates our reality. Kirtin Kriya, often referred to as SA TA NA MA meditation, is the most important meditation in Kundalini Yoga. It was one of the first meditations taught by Yogi Bhajan and remains today as a foundation meditation recommended for every student of Kundalini yoga. Yogi Bhajan says that if you can do only one meditation, this is it. It does everything for you in the order that you need. It is your teacher. And as you practice it, you will come to realize that it is your best friend....

More Kundalini Meditations For Physical Wisdom

Meditation is the mindful direction of your awareness. It can be active, passive, ecstatic, serious, quiet, loud, in retreat, or during daily activities. Not all meditations do the same thing. It is like climbing a mountain. All paths lead to the top, but some paths develop leg strength (straight up the north wall), some develop aesthetic sense (the gradual path along the fields of flowers), and some enhance interpersonal skills (the path that crosses all the way stations and camps). All meditations will develop self-mastery and will engage aspects of the mind so you can live from your soul and awareness. Each meditation has its own signature and distinct effects. That is the power and vastness of Kundalini Yoga in the Raja Yoga tradition of Guru Ram Das. There are entire schools of practice based on one or two meditations. Kundalini is the compilation of effective meditations from all authentic endeavors across many times and cultures. Its diversity is both challenging and useful....

Stop Searching and Doing

When I asked my yoga class to STOP doing whatever they thought they were doing to get what they thought they wanted, the whole room became silent. This dictum short-circuits the mind. For a moment the mind stops because it does not know what to do. At this moment, the infinite channel is available to us. For a second, we seize a glimpse of the infinite. This dictum also helps us identify what our minds are doing and why they are doing it. Once identified, we can choose to focus our mind in other ways. We can actually interact with universal energies in a receptive, accepting and co-creative manner.

Healing Expansion and Evolution

Yogi Bhajan often requests that his classes chant this mantra along with the CD recorded by Gurunam Singh. He asked that we chant to this CD to help heal the traumatic emotions created by the shock of the events of 9 11. He often plays this CD in his home. This recording (and the other CDs by Gurunam) are especially powerful because they combine the science of Kabbalah with the technology of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Mata Mandir has recorded his own version of this mantra on his Self Healing CD - part of his Yoga of Sound series. Listen to the Real Audio (tm) sound clips before making up your mind. (Real Audio player required.) Then click on any of the pictures to go to the Yoga Technology online store. These recordings are especially powerful because Gurunam has combined the science of Kabbalah with the mantras of Kundalini yoga in producing the CD's ALCHEMY OF LOVE RELATIONSHIPS I was on the Yoga Technology site last night and came across the Ra Ma Da Sa CD by...

Devotion Completes Sadhana

We always begin our morning practice of KY and meditation by chanting ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO, which opens us up the infinite vibration within us. We attune and balance our body and mind with Kundalini yoga and meditation. We consolidate and anchor our transformed vibration with deep relaxation.

Opening Up to Experiences

(5) We also become aware of how our subconscious fears create our reality. This is why we need meditation and mantras. Mantras penetrate to the subconscious mind and clear the programs that we cannot consciously access. If we could, our naive affirmations would work. How many of us have repeated some form of I attract the perfect partner into my life, and then actually met our Romeo or Juliet Or repeated prosperity affirmations and won the lottery Life is not that simple. Life is a complex, rich and elegant game and hard work. Fortunately if we have the effective tools like Kundalini Yoga and meditation, life can also be fun, rewarding and empowering.

The Path of Manifestation

Spiritual practices have traditionally focused on raising energy from lower to higher frequencies and from the lower to the higher chakras. Many spiritual disciplines concentrate only on the upper chakras and totally ignore (or try to ignore) the lower chakras. Some spiritual paths still condemn the body and the lower chakras, which they consider as bad. I knew one woman who would practice only third eye meditations. She even refused to do yoga or any practice that got her in touch with her body. She also lost her husband (He lost interest in her.) I personally found this out over twenty years ago when I first started practicing Kundalini Yoga and meditation for six to seven hours everyday. I was definitely succeeding in raising my energy. The problem was that I was so ungrounded and out of my body that people had to look up to the ceiling to talk to me. I couldn't figure out why I just wanted to hide. The basic problem was that my personal practice was incomplete. I was raising my...

Soparshan Chakra Kriya

Of all the twenty types of yoga, including Kundalini Yoga, this is the highest kriya. This meditation cuts through all darkness. The name, Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, means the Kriya for Perfect Purification of the Chakras. It will give you a new start. It is the simplest kriya, but at the same time the hardest. It cuts through all barriers of the neurotic or psychotic inside nature. When a person is in a very bad state, techniques imposed from the outside will not work. The pressure has to be stimulated from within. The tragedy of life is when the subconscious releases garbage into the conscious mind. This kriya invokes the Kundalini energy to give you the necessary vitality and intuition to combat the negative effects of the unchanneled subconscious mind.

Our Inner Journey Tuning In

One of the goals of yoga is to balance the five tattvas. The tattvas are the elements that make up our human existence and indeed all life - AIR, WATER, FIRE, EARTH AND ETHER. The practice of Kundalini yoga will automatically facilitate our alignment. However, the actual performance of the exercises or asanas is only half of our practice. The other half is the development of our awareness. We must practice focusing our mind on what we are feeling, thinking and experiencing in order to cultivate a deeper experience of reality and ourselves. It is through our mental focus that we develop our sensitivities to energies. It is through our attention that are able to participate in the process of our own alignment, healing and relaxation. It is by listening that we hear the voice of our soul, our intuition and receive the answers to our prayers. I practiced Hatha and then Kundalini yoga for many years before I realized that I must sit still and be with what was going on with my thoughts,...

Befriending Your Body

Experiencing unity and wholeness requires the mastery of the five elements or tattvas - earth, water, fire, air and ether. Kundalini yoga is a science designed to achieve this alignment. Each astrological sign embodies the energy of one of the first 4 elements. The energy of the element is abundantly available when the Sun is in a particular element. When the Sun is joined by other planets in that element, it is even more abundantly available. This is the time to tune into and take advantage of these universal powers. ATTENTION AND KUNDALINI YOGA The practice of Kundalini yoga gives us a perfect opportunity to develop a loving relationship with our bodies. While we do the exercises we pay attention to the effect that each exercise is having on the body. Our goal is to activate various parts of the body. We are creating alignment and stimulating an optimal functioning. We are not punishing, jerking around or beating up our body. We want to stretch and strengthen, not strain or hurt....

Earth the First Chakra and Intuition

One of the most commonly marked goals of Kundalini Yoga is to sharpen your intuition. There are many ways to do this and we will cover them over time. In this lesson, I want to give you a few pointers on how to do this by balancing and aligning with the earth element. There are five elements or tattvas - air, water, earth, fire and ether. One of the goals of yoga is to balance and integrate all five elements of our being. Practice of the techniques and postures goes a long way to achieving this goal. However, performance of techniques is only half of the story. We must also cultivate a conscious awareness of the shifts that are taking place. The mechanics are the masculine aspect of the practice. The awareness is the feminine aspect of the practice. At the end of each newsletter is a meditation or yoga set that deals with the element of the month. The exercise series at the end of the last newsletter The Earth Taurus Connection helps cultivate the power of the first chakra and a...

Dharana Or Concentration

Now comes Yoga in its essential essence, and now also begins the last stroke that the Yogi deals, which decides his fate. This is the stage of Dharana or concentration of the whole of one's psychic being (Chitta). A perennial flow of Dharana is called Dhyana or meditation. If Dharana is the drop,. Dhyana is the river. Many concentrations make a meditation. Qualitatively they are non-different, but functionally there is a distinction between them. In his work, 'Concentration and Meditation', Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has explained the subject in great detail. It was pointed out that worry and grief constitute an obstacle in the practice of Yoga. As a matter of fact, Patanjali specially mentions these as some of the central opposing powers in the field of Yoga. Unfortunately, life is always beset with sorrow and if we are to search for a man free from vexation of every kind, we would, perhaps, not find one. Yet, Yoga cannot be successful if mental stress is to pursue man like a...

Asana Or Posture

Asana is the third rung in the ladder of the practice of Yoga. If the Yamas and Niyamas are the foundation of Yoga, Asana may be regarded as its threshold. 'Asana', literally, means a seat. Here 'seat' does not mean a cushion or some such thing that is spread on the ground. Asana is a pose of the body or the posture which it assumes at the commencement of the practice. It is called a 'seat', because it is a posture of sitting and not standing. While there exist many Asanas, such as the 'Sirsha', etc., there is only one set of postures which can be taken as aids in meditation. A sitting posture is Asana, because to stand and meditate may lead to a falling down of the body, and lying down may induce sleep. The sitting posture is therefore the most conducive to concentration of mind. That there are many other Asanas like Sirsha, Sarvanga, etc., need not deter us from a choice of the Asana for meditation. The Hatha Yoga prescribes several postures for different purposes. These Asanas of...

With the Millet Tofu Diet by Devinderjit Kaur

Due to popular demand, we are sending you the first version of the Millet Diet as written up by Devinderjit Kaur or Peggy Sue of the Kundalini Yoga List. If you have We would also like to suggest Ravi Singh's Fat Free Yoga video which contains four 17 minutes sets that are fairly easy to do. Other health related information and meditations to release addictions can be found in my book Relax and Renew

Connect with your Body

The breath is the perfect tool to help us connect with our bodies. Use the breath to consciously open up energy in your body, to feel the different parts of the body and to stimulate activity. As a culture we are too often in our minds and not in our bodies. One of our goals is to use Kundalini yoga and meditation to help us re-establish a vital connection with our bodies. We are often out of our bodies because it is uncomfortable to be in them. We are going to use Kundalini yoga to cultivate feeling comfortable in our bodies. Our end goal is to enjoy being in our physical form

The Aim Of Objective Analysis

There is the vast universe, and we know it with our senses. We live in a world of fivefold objects. The senses are incapable of knowing anything more than these element. The internal organ, as informed and influenced by the objects, deals with them in certain manners, and this is life. While our psychological reactions constitute our personal life, the adjustment we make with others is our social life. The Yoga is primarily concerned with the personal life of man in relation to the universe, and not the social life, for, in the social environment, one's real personality is rarely revealed. Yoga is essentially a study of self by self, which initially looks like an individual affair, a process of Self-investigation (Atma-Vichara) and Self-realization (Atma-Sakshatkara). But this is not the whole truth. The Self envisaged here is a consciousness of gradual integration of reality, and it finally encompasses all experience and the whole universe in its being. While the psychology of Yoga...

Unconsciousness is Dangerous

Periodically we get asked if the practice of Kundalini yoga is dangerous. First, many of the people who advance this opinion are not talking about KY as taught by Yogi Bhajan. When you hear an opinion about KY investigate if the person has actually practiced KY as taught by Yogi Bhajan. They often have not and are talking about spontaneous Kundalini awakenings of someone who has never practiced KY. Second, spreading fear and negativity perpetuates the current paradigm and system. you receive 1000 or 10,000 volts, there could be negative reactions. We practice Kundalini yoga to avoid these situations. Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is the yoga of consciousness. We systematically train our mind and attune our body to hold higher frequencies of energy associated with Kundalini and consciousness energy. People in the past who have not strengthened their nervous system or prepared their bodies and psyches to hold these vibrations have had problems. The evolution of consciousness...

Pranayama Or Regulation Of The Vital Energy

The Prana is characterized by the property of Rajas or restlessness. One cannot make it keep quiet even with effort. The body which is of the nature of Tamas is made to move by the Rajas of the Prana. The Prana incites the senses to activity. Because of its Rajasic nature, it does not allow either the body or the mind to remain in peace. Such a distractedness is definitely not desirable, and Yoga requires stability and fixity in Sattva. So, something has to be done with the Prana else, it would become a hindrance to internal tranquillity. The Yoga system has evolved a technique by which the Prana is made to assist in the practice of Yoga, and this is called Pranayama. As is the case with Asanas, the methods of Pranayama in Hatha Yoga are manifold. But the Yoga of meditation does not require one to practice many forms of Pranayama. Just as there is one Dhyana-Asana, there is one method of Pranayama, by which to purify the Nadis or nerve-channels and to regulate the Prana in Yoga. The...

Psychological Presuppositions

It is necessary, at the outset, to clear certain misconceptions in regard to Yoga, prevalent especially among some sections in the West. Yoga is not magic or a feat of any kind, physical or mental. Yoga is based on a sound philosophy and deep psychology. It is an educational process by which the human mind is trained to become more and more natural and weaned from the unnatural conditions of life. Yoga has particular concern with psychology, and, as a study of the 'self', it transcends both general and abnormal psychology, and leads one to the supernormal level of life. In Yoga we study ourselves, while in our colleges we are told to study objects. Not the study of things but a study of the very structure of the student is required by the system of Yoga, for the known is not totally independent of the knower. There are certain ways in which the psychological instruments begin to function in relation to objects. The ego, intellect and mind perform the functions of arrogation,...

The Biochemistry of Love

The good news is that there is something that we can consciously do to cultivate this connection. Yoga and meditation were designed to cultivate the inner connection with our soul. Meditation is medication for the soul. In a very real way meditation is a medication because it changes the biochemistry of our body and brain. All life experiences are dependent upon our biochemistry. There are many ways to change our biochemistry. They include diet, physical activity and exposure to light. We can also change our biochemistry with nutritional supplements, herbs and chemical medication. The good news is that we do not have to become dependent upon chemical medication to deal with depression. The good news is that we can also change our biochemistry through yoga and meditation. Yogi Bhajan has given us Kundalini yoga and specific meditations to change the biochemistry of our bodies and brains. These practices promote pleasurable states of being - joy and bliss. We feel happy for no apparent...

Dhyana Or Meditation

The pinnacle of Yoga is the absorption of the mind in the object of its concentration. The whole technique borders upon an attunement of the subjective consciousness, in its wholeness, to the structure of the object of concentration. Normally, the object is severed from consciousness so that it exists as an independent, material something, totally incapable of reconciliation with the nature of consciousness. However, under the scheme of the Samkhya, it does not appear that in the perception of an object the consciousness stands entirely independent of the influence exerted by the object upon itself or, on the other hand, the attachment and the relationship which it wishes to project, for some extraneous reason, in regard to the object itself. According to the Samkhya system, the object is totally independent of the subject which is consciousness, the object being a mode of Prakriti and the consciousness being the Purusha manifest through an individuality when it is engaged in an act...

The Moral Restraints

The painful functions create pain not only to oneself but to others as well, because we have a tendency to transfer our pain to others. A personal affair becomes a social problem and the personal ego becomes a social assertiveness. One's likes and dislikes may seriously affect others in society. The Yoga psychology takes this fact into consideration. Hence, before contemplating any method to frees the mind from its painful functions, it has first to be weaned from society and brought back home from its meanderings outside. Like a thief who is first arrested and then suitably dealt with, the mind has to be made to turn away from the tangle of the external world, and then analyzed thoroughly. Social suffering is the impact of these psychological complexities mutually set up by the different individuals through various kinds of interaction. Social tension is the collision produced by individualistic psychological entanglements. This is the reason for everyone's unhappiness in the world....

Pratyahara Or Abstraction

We are still in the outer court of Yoga. Asana and Pranayama form the exterior of Yoga proper. The internal limbs are further onwards, which form its inner court. Pratyahara or the withdrawal of the sense-powers is where this inner circle begins. As Asana is a help in Pranayama, so is Pranayama a help in Pratyahara. Asana is steady physical posture Pranayama is the harmony or regularization of the energy within by proper manipulation of the breath. Pratyahara is the withdrawal of the powers of the senses from their respective objects. Pratyahara means 'abstraction' or 'bringing back'. As the rider on a horse would control its movements by operating the reins which he holds in his hands, the Yogi controls the senses by the practice of Pratyahara. To gain an understanding of the reason behind Pratyahara, we have to go back to our first lesson in Yoga. Why should we restrain the senses at all, would be the question. Yoga is the technique of the realization of the universal. The...

Where is the Navel Center

When we pump our navel energy or move from our navel center we are actually pumping and moving from a center where thousands of nerves come together. Each person can find this center in their own body by doing the Kundalini yoga exercises given by Yogi Bhajan. As you practice the exercises, the nerve endings will be stimulated and the energy will coalesce at this point. Practice of any of the martial arts will also help you find and align this center of gravity in your body. There are different schools of thought about the location of the navel center. I thought that all the martial arts taught that this center, called the don tien, was 2-3 inches below the physical navel. However, several years ago I studied with a Chi Gong master who taught that it was right at the umbilicus. The man was certainly a master of chi and his techniques worked. Kundalini yoga has been taught using both locations. It all seems to work. Individual practice will help you find and cultivate your power...

Cultivating Awareness

Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. Our goal is to cultivate greater and greater awareness of our own identity and our relationship with our body, others, our environment and the universe. The practice of Kundalini yoga opens our consciousness so we are able to receive more information and be more present and alert. Simply doing Kundalini yoga facilitates greater awareness. Optimal practice includes silent, doing nothing (passive) periods between exercises, and after tuning in (active) where we pay attention. We sit and sometimes lie down and bring our attention to what is happening without trying to influence it in any way. For maximum benefit, we cultivate awareness by monitoring our energy, how we feel, the sensations in our body and subtle changes that are taking place.

Peace Of Mind And Selfcontrol

What are we to do when we are in the midst of these opposing forces Many methods are prescribed, but the first one mentioned in the Yoga texts is what the patient does when he falls ill. He does not start analyzing his body, but goes to the doctor. It is better for the student to go to the Guru and take the advice of his superior wisdom. Ekatattva-Abhyasa is a famous recipe of Patanjali. Ekatattva means 'one reality', 'one objective', 'one target'. Abhyasa is 'practice'. So, his prescription is repeated resort to one concept, one truth. In practice, the student is to take only one item at a time. This term, Ekatattva-Abhyasa, is a broad one, meaning many things. What is the one reality Teachers have given many definitions. Patanjali does not offer to define it. Let not the one reality come first. It is better that the Guru comes instead. Concentration on reality comes later, because it is like the taking of the medicine, and the medicine is yet to be prescribed. Let no one define...

Opening the Heart Center

We were instructed to get up at 3 00am, take a cold shower and do 2 1 2 hours of Kundalini yoga and meditation. And then there was the rest of the program, which included seva (selfless service), devotional chanting, and teaching, setting up restaurants and ashrams. Who had time for love We were exhausted

Lesson

WELCOME TO KUNDALINI YOGA Welcome to Kundalini yoga. Thank you for joining us. We have over 4000 students in our virtual Kundalini Yoga class, and growing every day We also have over 1300 participants in our KY discussion group, which is where you can ask questions and share your experiences. Many Kundalini Yoga teachers participate in this discussion group and are there to answer your questions. Many of our students share their experiences, so we can all learn from each other. You can join our discussion group You are indeed blessed to find the powerful technology of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Even modest practice of thirty minutes a day will create significant changes in your life. You may feel more energized, more relaxed and more alive all at the same time Your presence will become more magnetic and you will attract things to you that you previously had to run after.

Physical Wisdom

The ancient yogis and sages who developed Kundalini Yoga had a deep respect for the Creator of this human body. They knew, in their profound devotion and worship, that so perfect a Creator could only have created perfection in design, function and potential. Based on this respect, they sought knowledge of the totality of the human being. They researched the human ability to maintain good health, increase vitality, open consciousness and expand the experience of the excellence of human life. Their research gave them a great understanding of the nervous system, glandular system, organ system, energy system, and brain. They learned how blood, nerves, muscles, organs, and glands all work together. They investigated the seen and the unseen, and the inter-relationships between the physical and the subtle. From this research they developed Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini Yoga is a highly evolved technology based on a thorough understanding of the ecology of the human body, how the breath affects...

First Lecture

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. It is my will to explain the subject of Yoga in clear language, without resort to jargon or the enunciation of fantastic hypotheses, in order that this great science may be thoroughly understood as of universal importance. There is more nonsense talked and written about Yoga than about anything else in the world. Most of this nonsense, which is fostered by charlatans, is based upon the idea that there is something mysterious and Oriental about it. There isn't. Do not look to me for obelisks and odalisques, rahat loucoum, bul-buls, or any other tinsel imagery of the Yoga-mongers. I am neat but not gaudy. There is nothing mysterious or Oriental about anything, as everybody knows who has spent a little time intelligently in the continents of Asia and Africa. I propose to invoke the most remote and elusive of all Gods to throw clear light upon the subject -- the light of common sense. We must then begin the study of Yoga by looking at the...

Our Inner Journey

I remember my first attempt at meditation which must have been about 1973-4. I had been practicing hatha yoga daily for 3-4 years. I decided I would sit still for a few minutes after my asanas. Wow. What an effort that was to actually sit still for the eternity of three minutes I certainly wasn't still and my mind certainly wasn't silent. But I did sit there for three minutes and that was a great accomplishment for me at that time.

Second Lecture

The conclusion of our researches last week was that the ultimate Yoga which gives emancipation, which destroys the sense of separateness which is the root of Desire, is to be made by the concentration of every element of one's being, and annihilating it by intimate combustion with the universe itself. When I first undertook the investigation of Yoga, I was fortunately equipped with a very sound training in the fundamental principles of modern science. I saw immediately that if we were to put any common sense into the business (science is nothing but instructed common sense), the first thing to do was to make a comparative study of the different systems of mysticism. It was immediately apparent that the results all over the world were identical. They were masked by sectarian theories. The methods all over the world were identical this was masked by religious prejudice and local custom. But in their quiddity -- identical This simple principle proved quite sufficient to disentangle the...

Third Lecture

It might be as well, before altogether leaving the subject of yama, to enumerate a few of the practical conclusions which follow from our premise that nothing which might weaken or destroy the beauty and harmony of the mind must be permitted. Social existence of any kind renders any serious Yoga absolutely out of the question domestic life is completely incompatible with even elementary practices. No doubt many of you will say, 'That's all very well for him let him speak for himself as for me, I manage my home and my business so that everything runs on ball bearings'. Echo answers Until you actually start the practice of Yoga, you cannot possibly imagine what constitutes a disturbance. You most of you think that you can sit perfectly still you tell me what artists' models can do for over thirty-five minutes. They don't. You do not hear the ticking of the clock perhaps you do not even know whether a typewriter is going in the room for all I know, you could sleep peacefully through an...

Infinite Experiences

The practice of Kundalini yoga will open you up to lots of new experiences. You may feel tingling in your body. You may have experiences related to cleansing of your physical body and subconscious mind. Your awareness will expand and you will be aware of more thoughts, insights, feelings and sensations.

Divine Addicts

I propose getting high on Kundalini Yoga and using this addictive power to hold on to the experience. This sounds easy, but this reorientation is a challenge too. Holding on to the feeling can be as challenging as breaking an addiction. What we are doing is breaking an old habit and creating a new one. We are training our mind to reorient our focus. We are reversing an energy pattern that has been in place for a long time. We are challenging an old belief system and creating a new one. The trick is to patiently train yourself and to keep up until you are addicted to God. You can cultivate an addiction to God with any Kundalini yoga set, breathing exercise or meditation. The important point is to do something to change your energy and then to focus on the feeling and satisfaction that you have created. Have fun feeling good and please share your results with us.

The Observances

Apart from the Yamas, there is another set of prescriptions of Yoga to every student, and these are the Niyamas, personal observances or vows. We should not, as far as possible, allow ourselves to fall ill, physically or mentally, because illness is a hindrance to Yoga. Saucha or purity of conduct, internally and externally, is a Niyama. The lesson supposed to be imparted by the images of the three monkeys, one of them closing the eyes, another the ears and the third the mouth, is to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. One should not even convey evil by way of news, because this is to become the vehicle of the movement of evil from place to place. One should not commit evil even by giving expression to it in speech, by seeing it or thinking it. All this is internal purity. But external purity is not unimportant. People there are who think that Yogis remain unclean in body. It is wrong to imagine that in advanced stages of Yoga one should not put on clothes or take bath. That...

Fourth Lecture

The Technical Practices of Yoga On the terrasse of the Caf des Deux Magots it was once necessary to proclaim the entire doctrine of Yoga in the fewest possible words 'with a shout, and with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God'. St. Paul's First Epistle to the Thessalonians, the Fourth Chapter and the Sixteenth Verse. I did so. The first two of these instructions comprise the whole of the technique of Yoga. The last two are of a sublimity which it would be improper to expound in this present elementary stage. Let me digress for a moment, and brush away one misunderstanding which is certain to occur to every Anglo-Saxon mind. About the worst inheritance of the emasculate school of mystics is the abominable confusion of thought which arises from the idea that bodily functions and appetites have some moral implications. This is a confusion of the planes. There is no true discrimination between good and evil. The only question that arises is that of convenience in respect...

Cultivating the Zone

How do we do get into the Zone How do we stop our minds' manipulation and control trips Stopping the mind comes at very advanced stages of meditation. In fact, Yogi Bhajan says that the mind always produces 1000 thoughts per wink of the eye. Stopping that is out of my league. I like to approach the task from the perspective of changing channels. Kundalini Yoga and meditation help us change channels.

Brainwave Meditation

We practice Kundalini yoga and meditation to change our brainwaves so that we can be mentally and emotionally balanced. The meditation below specifically changes our brainwaves. With consistent practice, you will notice that we do not unconsciously react, things in life do not bother you so much and you will feel more stable and neutral in your life situations.

Exercise

The diet recommends brisk walking daily and a half-hour of aerobic activity three times per week. I admit that at first I did not do this. As my bulk has lessened and my energy improved, moving my body became less of a chore and much more fun. I am enjoying taking walks more often now and have even started taking some dance classes. And of course yoga My favorite yoga video is 'Fat Free Yoga' by Ravi Singh, available through Yoga Technology This video has yoga sets designed especially for people who want to lose weight. I initially adapted yoga postures to my very round body by separating my legs in some of the forward bending poses and adding extra support under my hips when raising my legs while laying on my back. Also easy pose was easier if I sat on my cushion. I keep my cushion handy while I do the yoga sets for extra support as needed. It has been rewarding to watch my body change and feel myself move further into the poses.

How to Tune In

Tuning in opens the channel in our mind that receives the highest spiritual frequencies. The mantra that we use is ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO. Although this mantra is used specifically for tuning in before practicing Kundalini yoga, it can be chanted at other times. You can chant it during the day, simply to reconnect with your higher self. You can do it alone as a preparation for silent meditation. Or you can chant it as a meditation for as long as you like. When I taught history and philosophy at International University in San Diego, I also taught a Kundalini yoga class. The students made up their own harmonic version of this mantra and chanted it walking around the campus. Chant at least 3 times, inhaling deeply through the nose before each sequence. The purpose of chanting is to Tune In. So do it as many times as it takes for you to feel that you are connected to the place and frequency that you need to be in to practice Kundalini yoga. Chanting this mantra is not a ritual. It...

August1991

There are no set times for these exercises. Do them as long as the children have attention span to participate in them. (Adults doing this set can do each exercise for 3-5 minutes.) When teaching yoga to children, invoke their imaginations. Create a story or ask them to pretend to be animals-whatever it takes to create an imaginary environment in which the children can participate with enthusiasm and abandonment. When the Mughals conquered India, they destroyed the entire literature of yoga, because they so feared the capacity of yoga to make people unconquerable.

Focus and Attention

The spine is where you will feel the flow of energy. Notice which parts of the spine feel warm or even hot and where there are no feelings or numbness. This information will indicate where your energy is flowing and where it is not. For the Kundalini to flow, the whole spine must be open. Kundalini is our vital, creative energy that flows through us all the time. The amount that flows through us determines our aliveness and awareness. The goal of practicing Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is to GRADUALLY increase the flow of energy. Many people who practice Kundalini yoga do not experience huge rushes of uncontrollable energy. Rather they experience a gradual expansion of consciousness and increase in vitality that evolves over time.

Getting Started

She said, I set the kitchen timer for 5 minutes, ran into the bedroom, did 5 minutes of yoga and stopped when the timer went off. She was delighted with her success and the immediate impact of her glorious 5 minutes Sadhana. I was impressed too Five minutes I was humbled. It takes me two hours. A great way to start is to do the 4 Part Breath Meditation one or two times a day. You will feel the effects of this powerful pranayama exercise and want more.

Mantra for Tuning In

ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO is the mantra we use in Kundalini yoga to tune us to the frequency of our higher self or inner master. We begin each practice of Kundalini yoga with this mantra. This sacred mantra opens us to our spiritual channel. It also links us to all the spiritual masters who perfected this sacred science. By establishing a link with the Masters of Kundalini yoga, we are protected as we practice this sacred technology, as well as guided in our practice. The transmission of information and consciousness to students from Master teachers who have preceded us is referred to as the GOLDEN CHAIN. Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, who is the first to openly share this technology with the world, is a living connection to the golden chain. Connecting with the Master is of additional importance to those of you who are learning and practicing Kundalini yoga on your own. By chanting ONG NA MO GURU DEV NA MO, you can be guided in your practice. Actually once you chant the mantra...

Feel Good

My most powerful driving force is to feel good. Almost everything I do is in one way or another related to the fact that I want to feel good all the time. This does not mean that I do, but it does mean that I do the best I can to cultivate a state of well being. Admittedly, it is a continual, lifetime task. I must be vigilant at all times. But feeling good is so important to me that it is worth all the time and effort. I do yoga everyday to feel good. And what I eat is mostly (not all) determined by how I will feel after I eat.

Introduction To The Third Edition

Method of Investigation The method is unique and difficult to explain. Many have heard of the word clairvoyance (clear-seeing), connoting the cognition of sights and sounds not perceived by ordinary people. In India the term Yoga is sometimes related to faculties that are beyond ordinary cognition. It is stated in Indian Yoga that one who has trained himself can make himself infinitesimally small at will . This does not mean that he undergoes a diminution in bodily size, but only that, relatively. his conception of himself can be so minimized that objects which normally are small appear to him as large. The two investigators had been trained by their Eastern Gurus or Teachers to exercise this unique faculty of Yoga, so that when they observed a chemical atom it appeared to their vision as highly magnified.

The Gradational Ascent Of The Mind

Purity of mind leads to perfection in Yoga. Regulate your conduct when you deal with others. Have no feeling of jealousy towards others. Be compassionate. Do not hate sinners. Be kind to all. Success in Yoga will be rapid if you put your maximum energy in your Yogic practice. You must have a keen longing for liberation and intense Vairagya also. You must be sincere and earnest. Intense and constant meditation is necessary for entering into Samadhi.

Proof For The Existence Of Mind

One is that it is Manas which renders all knowledge through senses possible. It is called Sarva Karma Vishaya Yoga. Sense-knowledge is the product of the connection between the mind and the sensory organs. That is why there is no simultaneity of the knowledge of the impressions received through the various sensory organs. People say, My mind was elsewhere. I did not see that. The impossibility of this simultaneity of knowledge through various sensory organs is an indication of the existence of the mind.

Experiences On Awakening Of Kundalini

When you get divine intoxication, when you develop power of oration, know that Kundalini has awakened. When you involuntarily perform different Asanas or poses of Yoga without the least pain or fatigue, know that Kundalini has become active. When you compose beautiful sublime hymns and poetry involuntarily, know that Kundalini has become active.

Theory of Quabbalistic Mysticism

I have already pointed out several times that the interpretations of Oriental books on yoga, tantra and other spiritual fields is insufficient, and I have emphasized that nearly al writers who translated these works from an Oriental language into a language of the Occident did not consider the fact that the contents of these writings are to be understood symbolically. A true hermetic finds it easy to tell a symbolic language from an intellectual one. He will never translate Oriental writings literally and will always beable to comprehend the true sense of the teachings, especially of the

Thoughts Electricity and Philosophy

The world's most extraordinary book of practical philosophical idealism of India is Yoga-Vasishtha. The gist of this work is this The non-dual Brahman or the immortal soul alone exists. This universe as universe is not. Knowledge of the Self alone will free one from this round of births and deaths. Extinction of thoughts and Vasanas is Moksha. Expansion of mind alone is Sankalpa. Sankalpa or thought, through its power of differentiation generates this universe. This world is a play of the mind. This world does not exist in the three periods of time. Extinction of Sankalpas is Moksha. Annihilate this little 'I', Vasanas, Sankalpas, thoughts. Meditate on the Self and become a Jivanmukta.

Necessity For A Yogic Guru

In olden days the aspirants were required to live with the Guru for a number of years, so that the Guru could study the students thoroughly. The food during practice, what to practise and how, whether the students are qualified for the path of Yoga, and the temperament of the aspirants and other important items have to be considered and judged by the Guru. It is the Guru that should decide whether the aspirants are of Uttamai, Madhyama or Adhama type and fix different kinds of exercises. Sadhana differs according to the nature, capacity and qualifications of the aspirants. After understanding the theory of Yoga, you will have to learn the practice from an experienced Yogic Guru. So long as there is the world, there are books on Yoga and teachers also. You will have to search for them with Sraddha, faith, devotion and earnestness. You can get easy lessons from the Guru and practise them at home also in the initial stages of practice. When you advance a bit, for advanced and difficult...

The Magic Quabbalistic Word Tetragrammaton

I refrain from quoting any further analogous relations of number four and point out once more that the quabbalist adhering to my teachings and explanations may apply the key word four in all cases where the realization or the expression of legality is concerned. There is no doubt that in the quabbalah number four is also indicating the material plane. Not only the hermetic science of the West uses number four as a basis the same also finds expression in the wisdom of the East. For instance in Kundalini yoga, the Muladhara Chakra, the roughest center of human resuscitation, is symbolized by a square, in one corner of which an elephant is symbolized as the greatest and strongest animal in the world. By this it is pointed out, in a veiled way, that number four is the idea which serves as the starting point for a yogi's personal development. I devoted a special chapter to the Muladhara Chakra in my book Initiation Into Hermetics. This I mention again only to make the quabbalist remember...

Principles of Chaos Magick

One of the keys to magical ability is the ability to enter Altered States of Consciousness at will. We tend to draw a distinct line between 'ordinary consciousness' and 'altered states', where in fact we move between different states of consciousness - such as daydreams, 'autopilot' (where we carry out actions without cognition) and varying degrees of attention, all the time. However, as far as magick is concerned, the willed entry into intense altered states can be divided into two poles of 'Physiological Gnosis' - Inhibitory states, and Excitatory states. The former includes physically 'passive' techniques such as meditation, yoga, scrying, contemplation and sensory deprivation while the latter includes chanting, drumming, dance, emotional and sexual arousal.

The World Fellowship Of Faiths

How is it possible for the representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Yoga, Buddhism, Confucianism, Mohammedanism, Bahaism, Theosophy, Spiritualism, New Thought, Swedenborgianism, Quakerism, Humanism, Agnosticism, Atheism, and the rest, to discuss religion at all For in every discussion there must be some common basis on which all parties are agreed, from which the discussion can start and to which it can return.

Vrittiits Nature And Function

According to Raja Yoga of Maharshi Patanjali, Pramana (right notion or right proof), Viparyaya (misconception), Vikalpa (fancy or imagination), Nidra (sleep) and Smriti (memory) are the five mental Vrittis or mental functions. If these five mental functions are suppressed, the suppression of desires and other functions will follow.

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

Enochian Magick

However, it is not enough to simply draw the pentagram or hexagram in the air. Your physical actions must always be accompanied by appropriate mental activities. One of the most effective mental methods of consecrating a circle is to imagine a powerful psycho -physical force, like a mist, emanating from your body. Let it swirl around the atmosphere of the drele. Let it gradually forro a protective spherical shell or wall around you ata distance equal to the circumference of the circle. This mental projection should accompany.your tracing of pentagrams and or hexagrams to banish all foreign elements and influences from your cirde. A method used in Tibetan Yoga, which is quite effective, is to imagine millions of tiny rays of light emanating from your subtle body outward in all directions. The length of each ray is equal to the radius of your circle. At the end of each ray you must imagine the head of a fierce demon (a 'wrathful' deity) facing outward and snarling with protective power....

Important Qualifications Of A Sadhaka

When the whole vitality is sapped from the body one cannot do any rigid Sadhana. Youth is the best period for Yoga Abhyasa. This is the first and the foremost qualification of a Sadhaka there must be vigour and vitality. One who has a calm mind, who has faith in the words of his Guru and Sastras, who is moderate in eating and sleeping and who has the intense longing for deliverance from the Samsara-Chakra is a qualified person for the practice of Yoga.

How To Acquire Good Samskaras

Try to acquire some good spiritual Samskaras in this birth at least, if you are not able to devote all your time in spiritual pursuit. Do some kind of meditation for a short time at least daily, say for half an hour in the morning and evening. Have a meditation room. Make some kind of Japa of any Mantra. Study the Gita regularly. Have Satsanga. Visit Rishikesh, Nasik, Varanasi, Haridwar, Prayag once a year for a week's stay. Have the Darshana of Mahatmas. By doing so, you will acquire some spiritual Samskaras which will be a valuable spiritual asset for a new, good life. You will have a very good birth. You will be placed in suitable environments in the next birth for unfolding the Divinity that is lurking in your heart, for practice of Yoga. All opportunities and facilities will be given to you by God, through His grace (Isvara-Kripa) for your spiritual Sadhana. Even by a little systematic spiritual practice (Yogabhyasa and Vedantic Sadhana), you can change your mentality, your old...

Summary Of The Previous Lessons

Aspirants must have all the Sattvic qualities and should be quite free from impurities. Satsanga, seclusion, dietetic discipline, good manners, good character, Brahmacharya, Vairagya, etc., form the strong foundation of Yogic life. The help of a Guru, who has already trodden the path, is absolutely necessary for quick progress in the spiritual path. Places of cool, temperate climate are required for Yoga Abhyasa.

How To Eradicate Ahankara

You cannot, all at once, eradicate Ahankara altogether. You can easily give up wife, children, money, anger. But it is extremely difficult to give up Ahankara. Try to minimise it little by little. Remove one anna of Ahankara within three months. Within four years, you will be able to root it out completely. You will have to remove it either by self-sacrifice through Karma Yoga or self-surrender through Bhakti or self-denial through Vedantic Atma-Vichara.

Importance Of Sattva Guna

An ordinary worldly-minded man can hardly hear the inner voice of Atman. He cannot get pure thoughts or Vichara (enquiry into Self) also. Every Sattvic (pure) thought emanates from Sattvic Buddhi (pure intellect). In the case of worldlings, all thoughts proceed from the mind only. He who does Nishkama Karma Yoga (selfless service) and has purity of the mind, begins to entertain thoughts of God and meditation. Generally, the mind raises various sorts of curious, fantastic thoughts. It deludes all. It may pretend to do Vichara also. But, when it comes to actual practice, it will do nothing. If there is a serious determination in you to concentrate and, if you put it into actual practice for months steadily and, if the longing for Darshana of God or Self-realisation becomes keen and acute, then alone think that all these kinds of thoughts proceed from your Sattvic Buddhi only.

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