Tuning In Mantra
We live in a sea of energy. Energy vibrates. There's a particular vibratory frequency corresponding to every sound in the universe. By vibrating a particular combination of sounds you tune in the various levels of intelligence or consciousness. Consciously or unconsciously, purposely or at random, you personally choose the programs that play on the screen of your mind by the thoughts you think vibrate, and the words you speak vibrate. Mantras are combinations of syllables consciously constructed to connect with specific levels of intelligence. Using a mantra is like dialing a phone number. If you want to talk with your friend in Florida, you don't call the San Diego Zoo. The knowledge of the meaning and power of sounds and the use of the sound current is contained in the ancient technology of Mantra Yoga. it is a major factor in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. We've already said that Kundalini yoga is a sacred science. It is a spiritual practice. "Spirituality" is contagious. You have to get it from someone who's got it. That's why we start each class by 'tuning in' to the wavelength of the teachers who've got it" so we can receive their vibration. the mantra we use to accomplish this is ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO. These code letters not only invoke the blessing of your own highest self, but they open the protective link between you and the long line of Spiritual Masters who have preceded us on the path. This transmitting of higher consciousness from Master to disciple which has been going on for thousands of years is sometimes called the "golden chain."
ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO is chanted vibrated to assure the purest inner guidance for your the practice of Kundalini Yoga.
Here's how to turn the dial of your mind and switch to the channel that will give you the clearest reception for the technology of Kundalini Yoga, and the elevated consciousness vibration that comes with it. I'm going to explain this in great detail because it's really important that you get started correctly from the very beginning. Sit with your spine straight.
Preferably sit crosslegged on the floor. In yogic terms, this cross-legged position is called Sukh Asan which translates as "easy pose", though it may not be easy for you. If you can't sit on the floor,
you can sit on a chair, just make sure that both feet are planted firmly on the floor with weight equally balanced. Keep your spine straight. Place the palms of your hands flat together at the center of your chest, fingers pointing upward at a very slight angle outward. The sides of your thumbs press lightly but firmly at the center of the sternum. This pressure stimulates a nerve ending that goes up to the brain, we call it her "mind nerve". This mudra is called "prayer Pose".
Not only does it make you look saintly but it helps concentration.
Being able to concentrate, being one-pointed, and able to keep your attention focused is not only useful for meditation it also comes in handy for baking a cake, writing a symphony, or riding a bicycle. Successful completion of any job requires us to corral and harness the multitude of scattered thought fragments flying widely about in our untrained minds. keep the palms pressed firmly together. The palms contain nerve endings corresponding to the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Pressing them together helps to balance the logical hemisphere of the brain with the creative, intuitive hemisphere. This balance is important for successful concentration. Pull your chin back slightly, to help straighten the spine, allowing freer movement of the Kundalini energy upwards.
ONG - means the creator the one who created you.
NAMO means reverent greetings, salutations.
GURU is the giver of technology, the teacher. Teacher, the one who gets rid of ignorance.
GU-darkness RU-light, that which dispels darkness.
DEV- means transparent
1, There is nothing more powerful than a meditation on your breath.
2, Chanting is not singing.
3, To make any mantra more effective, chant from your navel point.
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How to breathe.
We give our children piano lessons, we eagerly encourage them to walk and talk, but how many of us train them to breathe? Did your parents teach you? The good news is that we are born with enough built-in breathing skills to keep us alive. The bad news is that until we learn to breathe consciously, we're only "half alive". We're like champion racing cars that never get out of first gear.
Some of the most profound truths, the secrets of the universe, are contained in the most simple basic facts of life. Breathing is one of these secrets. It is so fundamental, it seems so natural and effortless, we usually take it for granted. We don't realize its tremendous significance and potential power. It is well known that you can go without food for weeks. You can survive without water for days. But a very few minutes without breath and you're dead. We all know this, so what's the point?
The point is that your entire future, you're life itself, totally depends upon whether or not you receive your next inhalation. Nothing is more important to you than that next inhalation. Yet there is absolutely no guarantee that you're going to get it. Your guaranteed life expectancy is literally only one breath! All your wealth, all your possessions, all your relationships, power, prestige, hopes, and plans are useless unless you are breathing. That is why the first principle in Kundalini Yoga is,
Each breath is given to you. "You" are not breathing, something is breathing in you. Think about it. From the moment you were born, up to this very moment in time, twenty-four hours every day, seven days a week 365 days a year no holidays, no vacations, no time off, whether you are awake or asleep, conscious or unconscious, something breathes in you, keeping you alive.
Breath is the delicate thread that links you, the creature, to the one who created this entire universe (including you and me). Each inhalation you receive is a reminder, a reaffirmation of that divine presence in you. In the Orient, it is said that when a child is born, the life span is already predetermined, premeasured, preordained, and predestined not by years, but by the number of breaths allotted. Therefore, we can conclude, and rightfully so if you breathe slower, you will live longer, You will also live healthier. A slower rate of breathing is much easier on the nervous system, metabolism, and digestion.
The rat and the rhythm of the breath are intimately connected to our mental and emotional states. In fact, just as the emotions and the mind youse the breath to vary, by consciously controlling the breath, we calm the mind and cool down our emotional energy. The average rate of breathing for most people is about fifteen times per minute. When the rate of breathing increases, or if it becomes rapid and irregular, the mind also becomes disturbed and erratic. We already know this instinctively. In a movie, when we hear someone gasping, breathing heavily, even if can't see them, we feel the tension, we assume they're upset. When we want to know if the baby is asleep, we listen for slow even breathing.
Prana and the air,
Yes, breath is life, but it isn't the air we breathe that keeps us alive. It is the subtle essence of the breath, carried to us by air, that contains our life energy. This life energy is called prana. The prana that we receive with each breath is the same energy that was released when scientists split the atom. It is nothing new. For thousands of years, the yogis have worked with prana. Yogic breathing exercises are called pranayama. Prana is the basic building block of the universe. It is given to us with each inhalation. What could be more powerful? When a person dies, the body still contains air. But the prana, the divine life force, has been withdrawn.