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Swami Ramdev Philosophy of Practice

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A seeker desirous of awakening his kundalini should practise daily and methodically :

  • bhastrikå prånåyåma for 5 minutes
  • kapålabhåti for 30 minutes
  • båhya prånåyåma 11-21 times
  • anuloma-viloma for 30 minutes

with perseverance, rhythm, absorption, faith and sincerity.

 

In the beginning, when one feels tired one can take rest in between. If one meditates on OM with each breath while doing pråƒåyåma, the goal will be achieved sooner. After anuloma-viloma one must do bhråmari and udgμitha for 5 minutes each, meditating upon the divine radiance.

In the end one must go on inward journey by concentrating the mind along with pråƒa (life-breath). Thus, by meditating upon ëOÀKÅRAí [OMKARA] along with pråƒa one can reach the highest firmament of yoga.

 

 

Although various procedures of pråƒåyåma are described in
scriptures and each pråƒåyåma has its special significance, yet all the
pråƒåyåmas cannot be practised daily. Therefore, with the grace of my
preceptors and on the basis of my own experience, I have condensed
within eight procedures the whole process of pråƒayama in a distinct
scientific method and spiritual way. The benefits which accrue from
the complete practice of this pråƒåyåma are briefly listed below:

  • The three do¶asñvåta, pitta and kaphañbecome balanced.
  • The digestive system becomes completely balanced and all stomach ailments are cured.
  • All the diseases of heart, lungs and brain are cured.
  • From the common disorders like obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, constipation, flatulence, acidity, respiratory troubles, allergy, migraine, blood pressure, kidney ailments, all sexual diseases of male and female, etc to the incurable diseases like cancer are cured.
  • High immunity is developed.
  • One can protect oneself from hereditary diabetes, heart disease, etc.
  • It gives protection against falling and greying of hair, wrinkles on face, poor eyesight, weak memory, etc,. i.e., old age will be delayed and one will live longer.
  • There will be radiance, glow, lustre and serenity on your face.
  • Spiritual power (kunOEalin∂ jågaraƒa) will be attained through purification, penetration and awakening of cakras (energy centres).
  • With the mind getting very stabilized, serene, cheerful and enthusiastic, one will get rid of diseases like depression, etc.
  • One will start going into dhyåna (meditation) automatically and one will develop the capacity of practising meditation for hours together.
  • All the diseases of the gross and the subtle body and the flaws like lust, anger, greed, delusion, egoism, etc. are eradicated.
  • Negative thinking is eliminated, and one who practises pråƒåyåma is always full of positive thinking, energy and self confidence.

 

First procedure : Bhastrikå Pråƒåyåma

Sitting in a convenient meditative pose and filling the breath inside
up to diaphragm through both the nostrils and then breathing it out
gently is called bhastrikμa pråƒåyåma.
The noble resolution (‹iva saΔkalpa) during bhastrikå
While filling the breath inside during bhastrikå pråƒåyåma one
should think (resolve) in his mind whatever is noble and pure in the
Universe, such as divine power, energy, sanctity, serenity and bliss,
is instilling into my body along with pråƒa. I am getting suffused
with divine powers. The pråƒåyåma done with this divine resolution
is essentially beneficial.
The duration of bhastrikå
There should be inhalation of 2½ seconds and exhalation of 2½
seconds in a rhythmic flow. Thus by doing it non-stop, one can do
bhastrikå pråƒåyåma 12 times in one minute. One should do it for
5 minutes in one sitting. In the beginning one may have to take rest
in between. It takes about a week to develop the practice of this
pråƒåyåma for 5 minutes non-stop.
Healthy persons and slightly sick persons should practise bhastrikå
for 5 minutes daily. Those who are suffering from cancer, lung
fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, MS, SLE and other incurable diseases
should do this pråƒåyåma for 10 minutes. Thus bhastrikå is done
12 times in one minute and 60 times in 5 minutes. If done in two
sittings in incurable diseases like cancer this pråƒyåma is best done
120 times. Normally pråƒåyåma is best done empty stomach. If
for some reason one is not able to do pråƒåyåma in the morning it
can also be done 5 hours after mid-day meals. If persons suffering
from incurable diseases practise pråƒåyåma both in the morning and
evening, they will soon benefit more.
Special precautions
ı Those who are suffering from high B.P. and heart disease,
should not practise bhastrikå at vigorous speed.
ı We should not inflate our stomach while filling the breath inside
during this pråƒåyåma. If you fill in the breath up to diaphragm
it will inflate the chest up to ribs, not the stomach. The name of
diaphragmatic deep breathing only is bhastrikå.
ı Practise it at a slow pace in summer season.
ı Those whose both nostrils are not properly open due to excess of
cough or sinus problems, etc, should first close the right nostril
and do recaka and pμuraka with left nostril. Then they should
close the left nostril and do recaka and pμuraka with the right
nostril at slow, medium or vigorous speed as per their capacity.
Then in the end, they should do bhastrikå pråƒåyåma using
both iOEa end piΔgalå energy channels. One must practise this
pråƒåyåma for 5 minutes daily. Keep your eyes closed while
doing this pråƒåyåma and meditate on ‘OM’ in your mind with
each inhalation and exhalation.
Benefits
ı All kapha diseases like colds, catarrh, allergy, tuberculosis,
asthma, chronic catarrh, sinusitis, etc, are cured. Lungs become
strong and by getting purified air heart and mind also become
healthy.
ı All the throat diseases like thyroid and tonsilitis are cured.
ı The three do¶as become balanced. Blood is purified and toxins
and foreign matter are expelled from the body.
ı Pråƒa and mind get stabilized. This is helpful in pråƒa- elevation
and awakening of serpent power (kuƒOEalin∂ jågaraƒa)

 

Second Procedure : Kapålabhåti Pråƒåyåma

Kapåla means ‘brain, forehead’, and bhati means ‘glow, radiance,
lustre, luminosity, etc.’ The pråƒayåma which gives glow, radiance,
lustre to the brain or forehead is called kapålabhåti. The procedure
of this pråƒåyåma is a bit different from bhastrikå. In recaka and
pμuraka in the bhastrikå pråƒμayåma, equal pressure is exerted on
inhalation and exhalation, while in kapμalabhμati the whole attention
is on recaka, i.e. exhaling vigorously. No effort is made to breathe
in, the air that is breathed in naturally is allowed to be inhaled; the
whole emphasis is on throwing the air outside. While doing this there
is naturally contraction and expansion of abdomen and special force
is exerted on mulådhåra (pelvic plexus), svådhi¶¢håna (hypogastric
plexus) and maƒipμura cakra (solar plexus).

The noble resolution (‹iva saΔkalpa) during kμapalabhμati
While doing kapålabhåti pråƒåyåma one should resolve in mind that
with the air exhaled by him all the diseases and disorders of the body
are being thrown out, being eradicated. The recaka (exhalation)
procedure should be performed with the feeling that he is expelling
all the physical diseases and disorders as well as the mental flaws
and distortions like lust, anger, greed, delusion, envy, attachment,
aversion, etc. With this resolution of eradication of diseases and
disorders while exhaling, one gets a lot of benefit.
Duration of Kapålabhåti pråƒåyåma
The breath should be exhaled in a rhythmic flow once in a second
and should be held up effortlessly. If done non-stop kapålabhåti
pråƒåyåma is done 60 times in one minute or 300 times in 5
minutes. Very sick and weak persons get tired in 2-3 minutes in the
beginning, but in 10-15 days every person becomes capable of doing
kapålabhåti non- stop for 5 minutes. Kapålabhåti must be done for
5 minutes in one sitting. One cannot get full benefit if it is done
for a lesser time. With the increase in capacity after a long practice
as well as with the maturity of experience one can do kapålabhåti
pråƒåyåma up to 15 minutes. A healthy and even slightly sick person
should do kapålabhåti for 15 minutes. In three rounds in 15 minutes
kapålabhåti is done 900 times.
Persons suffering from incurable diseases like cancer, AIDS, hepatitis,
leucoderma, vitiligo, psoriasis, excessive obesity, infertility, cysts/
nodules in uterus, ovary, breast or any where in the body, MS and
SLE should do kapålabhåti for half an hour. It would be better if
such incurable patients do kapålabhåti for half an hour both in the
morning and evening. For healthy and slightly sick persons once a
day is sufficient.
Benefits
ı It increases glow, radiance, lustre and beauty of the face and
brain.
ı All kapha disorders like asthma, respiratory diseases, allergy,
sinusitis etc are cured.
ı All the diseases of heart, lungs and brain are cured.
ı Obesity, diabetes, flatulence, constipation, acidity and kidney
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and prostate diseases are definitely cured.
ı With the regular practice of this pråƒåyåma for about 5 minutes
daily, an obstinate disease like constipation is cured. Diabetes
can be regulated without any medicine and the weight due
to abdominal fat can be reduced by 4-6 kgs in one month.
Blockages in the arteries of heart are removed.
ı The mind remains stabilized, serene and cheerful. Negative
thinking disappears and one gets rid of depression.
ı The cakras are cleansed and a divine energy starts circulating
in all the cakras, right from mulådhåra cakra (pelvic plexus) to
sahasråra cakra (cerebral gland).
ı This pråƒåyåma especially improve the health of stomach,
pancreas, liver, spleen, intestines, prostate and kidneys. Even
if one does not get much benefit by doing many åsanas for
stomach disorders, he can be benefited more than all the åsanas
by doing only this pråƒåyåma. This is the best pråƒåyåma for
giving strength to weak intestines.

 

Third procedure : Bμahya Pråƒåyåma (with three bandhas) :

Method:
ı Sit properly in siddhåsana or padmåsana and throw the breath
out, as much as you can, in one go.
ı After throwing the breath out, apply mμulabandha, udd∂yåna
bandha and jålandhara bandha, and hold the breath out as much
as you can.
ı When you feel like breathing in, take the breath while relaxing
the bandhas slowly.
ı After taking in the breath, throw it out again as before, without
holding it up.
The noble resolution (‹iva saΔkalpa) during båhya pråƒåyåma
Like kapålabhåti, in this pråƒåyåma also all the disorders and do¶as
are being expelled while breathing out, this is what we should say
to ourselves. We should know it for certain that the stronger is our
power of thinking, the sooner will disappear all our afflictions. If our
mind is inspired by a noble resolution, all our mental and physical
diseases will be eradicated and we will be benefited all over.

Duration of båhya pråƒåyåma
Filling in the breath effortlessly in 3-5 seconds, throwing it out
effortlessly in 3-5 seconds, holding it out for 10-15 seconds, and
again filling it in 3-5 seconds and doing båhya pråƒåyåma by
exhaling it, in this way båhya pråƒåyåma is completed in about 20-
25 seconds. It is better if two båhya pråƒåyåmas are done non-stop
one after the other. If in the beginning one has to take 1-2 normal
breaths between two prånåyåmas, one may take them. Normally one
can easily do båhya pråƒåyåma 5 times in 2 minutes, and that is
generally sufficient. Persons suffering from rectal prolapse, piles,
fissure, fistula, vaginal prolapse, excessive urination, scanty urination
and venereal diseases can practise it up to 11 times. Seekers desirous
of awakening kuƒOEalin∂ and of being μurdhvaretå (with upward
movement of semen) may practise it maximum 21 times.
Benefits
It is a harmless pråƒåyåma. It dispels the unstability of mind. It
improves the digestive power and is beneficial in stomach ailments.
It makes the intellect sharp and subtle. It cleanses the body. By
promoting the upward movement of semen, it removes the sexual
disorders like nocturnal emissions, quick ejaculation, etc. In båhya
pråƒåyåma all the organs in the abdomen are strained a lot and slight
pain is felt in the weak or diseased part of the abdomen in the beginning.
Therefore, for giving some relaxation and therapy to the abdomen
this pråƒåyåma should be done by applying the three bandhas.

 

Fourth procedure: Ujjåy∂ Pråƒåyåma

In this pråƒåyåma we contract the throat while doing the pμuraka
(inhaling) and when we breathe in by contracting the throat, we
make a sound like snoring. We sit in a meditative pose and breathe
in through both the nostrils. With some contraction of the throat we
feet the friction of air in the throat. There should not be any friction
of air in the nose. A sound is produced with the friction in the throat.
In the beginning we should practise only pμuraka- recaka (inhalingexhaling)
without applying kumbhaka (holding in). After the pμuraka
we should practise the kumbhaka gradually as long as the pμuraka,
and after practising for some days we should double the duration of
kumbhaka. If the kumbhaka is to be done for more than 10 seconds,
we should apply jålandhara- bandha and mμulabandha as well. In this
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pråƒåyåma we should always do the recaka (exhaling) with the left
nostril and keep the right nostril closed.
Benefits
This pråƒåyåma is beneficial for those who suffer from colds, cough
and catarrh throughout the year, for those who suffer from thyroid
problems, snoring, sleep apnoea, heart disease, asthma, lungs
diseases, for those who suffer from throat problems like tonsilitis,
thyroid glands, etc, and for those who suffer from insomnia, mental
stress, hypertension, dyspepsia, rheumatism, dropsy, tuberculosis,
fever, spleen disorders, etc. It should be practised regularly to keep
the throat fit, healthy and melodious. It is an excellent pråƒåyåma
for awakening kuƒOEalin∂, ajapå- japa, meditation, etc. It also rectifies
the lispy (defective) speech of children.

 

Fifth procedure: Anuloma- Viloma Pråƒåyåma Method of

closing the alternate nostrils
Raise your right hand and with its thumb close the right nostril
(piΔgalå nåOE∂) and while closing the left nostril use the ring finger
and middle finger of the right hand. The palm of the hand should not
be in front of the nose; it should instead be held away to the right
side. (Vide Illustrations Nos. 2 and 3 at the outset).
Since iOEå nåOE∂ (left nostril) represents moon, lunar power, coolness
and calmness, anuloma- viloma pråƒåyåma is started from the left
nostril for cleansing the nåOE∂ (energy channel). Closing the right
nostril with the right hand thumb, we should gently fill the breath
inside through the left nostril. When the inhalation is complete, we
should close the left nostril with the ring finger and middle finger
of the right hand and exhale completely through the right nostril.
The rate of inhalation-exhalation should gradually be increased
from medium to vigorous. Inhale vigorously with full force and then
exhale. Make the rate of inhaling and exhaling slow, medium or fast
according to your capacity. If you do pμuraka (inhaling) and recaka
(exhaling) at a fast rate, there is a loud sound of breathing. After
you have exhaled completely, keeping the left nostril closed, fill in
complete breath through the right nostril and exhale it through the
left nostril. Thus, one set is completed. You have to do this procedure
non-stop, i.e. inhaling through the left nostril and exhaling through
the right nostril, and then inhaling through the right nostril and
exhaling through the left nostril. One starts feeling tired by repeating
this series for one minute. When you feel tired, take some rest and
begin the pråƒåyåma again when you feel better. Thus you can begin
this pråƒåyåma by doing for 3 minutes and go up to 10 minutes.
After practising regularly for a few days the capacity of a learner
starts increasing, and in about a week he can do this pråƒåyåma nonstop
up to five minutes.
With the constant practice of anuloma- viloma the energy lying in
the mμulådhåra cakra (pelvic plexus) starts awakening. Vedas call it
being μurdhvaretas (one with an upward movement of semen), and
in the language of modern yoga it is known as ‘kuƒOEalin∂ jågaraƒa’
(awakening of serpent energy). While doing this pråƒåyåma
one should chant and meditate upon ‘OM’ in his mind with each
inhalation-exhalation. By doing so, the mind gets situated in the
sublime state of dhyåna (meditation).
The noble resolution (‹iva saΔkalpa) during anuloma viloma
While doing this pråƒåyåma, you should think in your mind that with
the friction and churning of breath in iOEå and piΔgalå nåOE∂s, su¶umƒå
nåOE∂ is getting awakened. From the eight cakras right up to the
sahasråra cakra (cerebral gland) a celestial light is moving upward.
My whole body is aglow with a celestial light. As per illustration
No. 16, one should meditate upon a celestial light, illumination
and energy inside and outside the body, and realise ‘o≈ kha≈
brahma’. One should think that God, the controller of universe, is
suffusing him with divine energy and divine knowledge. Initiate
yourself into the discipline of ‘‹aktipåta’. Guru (preceptor) is only
a catalyst for attaining ‹akti (energy); he only connects you to
divine vibrations. In fact, ‘‹aktipåta’ (instilling of energy) is done
by OM, the Supreme Lord, the limitless ocean of energy. Thus,
by practising this anuloma-viloma pråƒåyåma, by getting suffused
with divine vibrations, one will be blessed with a lot of physical,
mental and spiritual benefit. A light will stir up automatically
from mulådhåra cakra (pelvic plexus), kuƒOEalin∂ will awaken, you
will become ‘μurdhvareta’ (one with upward movement of semen)
and will find yourself automatically suffused with divine energy.
Duration of anuloma- viloma pråƒåyåma
Filling in the breath with a rhythmic flow for about 2½ seconds
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through the left nostril, and without holding it up, throwing the
breath out gently through the right nostril in about 2½ seconds, and
immediately after throwing it out through the right nostril, filling in
the breath effortlessly through the right nostril in 2½ seconds, and
without holding it up, throwing it out in a rhythmic flow through the
left nostril in about 2½ seconds. this procedure should be done nonstop
for about 5 minutes. although it may be a bit tiresome in the
beginning. Don’t use too much of force and don’t raise the elbow too
high while doing anuloma-viloma ñ this will enable you gradually in
5-7 days to practise anuloma-viloma for 5 minutes at a stretch.
One set of anuloma-viloma pråƒåyåma will be performed in 10
seconds, i.e., 6 times in one minute. In a sitting of 5 minutes anulomaviloma
is performed about 30 times, and if a healthy person or a person
suffering from light common ailments does it for the prescribed
duration of 15 minutes, it will be performed about 90 times. Persons
suffering from incurable diseases like cancer, leucoderma / vitiligo,
psoriasis, muscular dystrophy, SLE, infertility, HIV, AIDS, kidney
diseases, etc. should practise anuloma-viloma pråƒåyåma up to 30
minutes. When the practice gets perfected anulom-viloma prμa§nμayμama
can be done for 15 minutes or even half an hour at a stretch.
Benefits
ı This pråƒåyåma cleanses seventy-two crore, seventy-two lakh,
ten thousand, two hundred ten nåOE∂s (energy channels). With the
cleansing of all the nåOE∂s the body becomes completely healthy,
radiant and strong.
ı All the våta diseases like arthritis, rheumatism, gout,
Parkinson’s Disease, nervous debility, etc., all pitta diseases
like urinary diseases, tissue diseases, spermatorrhea, emissions,
hyperacidity, heart burn, skin rashes etc., all kapha diseases like
colds, catarrh, chronic rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, cough, tonsils,
etc., are cured. All the three do¶as are pacified.
ı Blockages in the arteries of heart are removed. With the regular
practice of this pråƒåyåma, almost 30-40% blockages are removed
in 3-4 months. We have tried it on a number of patients.
ı All disorders of cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, etc are
removed.
ı Negative thinking is transformed into increasingly positive
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thinking. One starts attaining bliss, zest and fearlessness.
ı In short, this pråƒåyåma purifies the body, the mind, the thoughts
and the dispositions. All the diseases of the body are cured, and the
mind is cleansed and gets absorbed in the meditation of ‘o≈kåra’.
By doing this pråƒåyåma 250-500 times, the serpent power
(kuƒOEalin∂ ‹akti) which lies with head downward in the pelvic
plexus (mμulådhåra cakra) holds its head upward, and the process of
kuƒOEalin∂- awakening sets in.
N.B.
To know more about it and the precautions related to it, please refer
to the chapter ‘Ways of kundalini- awakening and precautions’.

 

Sixth Procedure: Bhråmar∂ Pråƒåyåma

Inhale completely, press lightly at the root of the nose near the eyes
with the middle fingers of both hands, keep the mind centred on the
medullary plexus (åj¤å- cakra). Close both the ears completely with
thumbs. (Vide Illustration No.4 at the outset). Now, humming like a
bee and resonating ‘OM’, breathe out. Repeat this procedure.
The noble resolution (‹iva saΔkalpa) during bhråmar∂ pråƒåyåma
This pråƒåyåma should be done by identifying your consciousness
with divine consciousness and God’s existence. One should have in
one’s mind this divine resolution or thought that God’s compassion,
peace and bliss is raining on him. God is enriching him with pure
intellect (ætambharå praj¤å) by dispelling all his ignorance with His
divine light illumining his åj¤å cakra (medullary plexus). Thus by
doing this pråƒåyåma with pure intentions one feels a nebula of light
in his åj¤a – cakra and starts going into meditation automatically.
Duration of bhråmar∂ pråƒåyåma
Inhaling for 3-5 seconds, and closing the ears, eyes, etc, as per
the procedure, breathing it out in 15-20 seconds, makes one set of
bhråmar∂ pråƒåyåma. After completing one set, one should again
breathe in for 3-5 seconds with a rhythmic flow, and humming like
a bee breathe it out in 15-20 seconds according to procedure. Thus,
everybody should do bhråmar∂ pråƒåyåma at least 5-7 times nonstop,
which will take about 3 minutes. Those who are suffering from
cancer, depression, Parkinson’s Disease, migraine, heart disease and
some other incurable disease or who are desirous of fathoming the
depths of yoga can do bhråmar∂ pråƒåyåma 11-21 times.
Benefits
It dispels the instability/ fickleness of mind and is beneficial in
mental tension, agitation, high B.P, heart disease, etc. It is very
useful for meditation.

 

Seventh procedure : Udg∂tha Pråƒåyåma

Inhale for 3-5 seconds in a rhythmic flow, and breathe it out in about
15-20 seconds while chanting the sacred word ‘OM’ methodically.
After one chanting is complete one should again breathe deep inside
for 3-5 seconds in a rhythmic flow and breathe it out in 15-20 seconds
chanting ‘OM’. Thus, everybody must do udg∂tha pråƒåyåma about
7 times in about 3 minutes. Those who are suffering from incurable
diseases and the learners (sådhakas) desirous of fathoming the
depths of meditation can do udg∂tha pråƒåyåma for 5-10 minutes
or even longer. Both bhråmar∂ and udg∂tha are gentle and effortless
pråƒåyåmas. Therefore, if a sådhaka practises them for longer
duration there is no possibility of any sort of harm.

 

Eighth Procedure : Praƒava Pråƒåyåma

After doing all the aforesaid pråƒåyåmas, concentrate your mind on
inhalation and exhalation, and meditate upon udg∂tha (OM) with
your pråƒa. God has made poles in the shape of ‘O≈kåra’. This
piƒOEa (body) and this brahmåƒOEa (universe) ñ both are in the form of
‘O≈kåra’. ‘O≈kåra’ is not a particular person or figure; it is a divine
power which is controlling and regulating the whole universe. Turn
yourself into a spectator (=Soul) and while inhaling deeply and
exhaling subtly your respiration rate should be so subtle that you
do not feel like hearing the sound of your breath, and even if one
puts a cotton swab before your nose it should not shake or quiver.
Gradually increase the practice and try to breathe in and breathe
out once in one minute. Thus, try to look at the breath inside. In
the beginning the friction of breath will be felt on the tip of nose.
Gradually you shall be able to feel the touch of breath deep inside
you. Thus, by chanting ‘O≈kåra’ with every breath as a spectator
(=Soul), one starts going into meditation automatically. Your mind
will become highly one-pointed, absorbed in and identified with
‘O≈kåra’. Along with ‘praƒava’ the great Gåyatr∂ mantra from the
Vedas should be chanted and recited, imbibing its meaning. Thus,
through meditation a seeker can become identified with Brahman,
the very essence of Existence, Consciousness and Bliss, and can
attain the unique divine ecstasy of samådhi. Even while going to
bed one should meditate into sleep, By doing this his sleep will be
blessed with yoga; he will get rid of nightmares and will have a
quick and sound sleep.
Duration of praƒava pråƒåyåma
When as a spectator (=Soul) we concentrate our mind on the
rhythmic flow of breaths, the pråƒa gets subtle automatically, and
we inhale once in 10-20 seconds and exhale in 10-20 seconds.
Through long practice a yogi takes one breath in one minute. After
bhastrikå, kapålabhåti, båhya pråƒåyåma, anuloma-viloma, bhråmar∂
and udg∂tha, this praƒava pråƒåyåma is done, which is another
form of vipa‹yanå or prek¶å dhyåna. It is completely meditationbased.
Everybody must do this meditation-based pråƒåyåma. Yogis
practising samådhi do this penance of breathing accompanied with
meditation of praƒava for hours together, according to the availability
of time. There is no sound of breathing in this procedure, i.e., this
soundless penance takes a seeker into the deep silence within, where
his senses merge in the mind, the mind in the pråƒa and the pråna
in the Soul, and through Soul a seeker realizes the universal Soul,
supreme Soul and Brahman. It is the path which has pråƒåyåma as its
starting point from where it gradually and spontaneously leads from
the constant practice of pråƒåyåma to pratyåhåra (withdrawal), from
the constant practice of pratyåhåra to dhåraƒå (concentration), from
the firm and constant practice of dhåraƒå to dhyåna (meditation), and
from the constant practice of dhyåna to samådhi (absorption). With
this pråƒa-sådhanå (prånåyåma), there is a union of dhåraƒa, dhyåna
and samådhi, and sa≈yama is attained (trayamekatra sa≈yama¨).
From sa≈yama a sådhaka attains praj¤åloka, which gives him selfhealing,
which ultimately blesses him with the experience of selfrealization.
He is encompassed by a dazzling aura which works as
an impenetrable armour to protect the sådhaka (seeker) from all
diseases, disorders and polluting influences.



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