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Pranayama – 1

 

 

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PART 1
The techniques of pranayama have a special place within the yogic techniques aiming at the control of the sexual energy. Pranayama is a highly effective technique that amplifies the solar, masculine, Yang energy.

Pranayama is an effective method of increasing your Yang energy, as well as of sublimating the sexual energy to more refined forms of energy, in a controlled and conscious manner.

WHAT IS PRANA?
The translation of the term Pranayama is most often “the control of the breath”. Nonetheless, there is a deeper meaning to this term. Prana is the vital force, and Yama refers to its control.

Consequently, pranayama refers to that discipline integrated as a fundamental stage in the yogic practice, which studies the origin and nature of this mysterious and invisible force, that is prana.

However, prana is more than merely the breath of a being. It is the fundament of all movement, the root of both organic and inorganic life.

Any manifestation or expression of a movement, life, or mind is in fact a manifestation of the prana, which makes it possible.

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Under different forms and in different ways, prana is the ultimate generalization of all forces of nature. Prana is a subtle reality and consequently one cannot see, weight, measure or touch it through any of the instruments human mind has ever produced and invented.

Prana can be perceived and controlled by a human being with the mind. If you can purify and control your body, mind and nadis, you will also control your desires and thoughts and it will be easier to control the manifestations of prana in your being.

Prana is the ultimate cause of all manifested forces of nature. It expresses as any force, powers, energies manifested in the universe, both physical and subtle. All movement in the universe is only specific manifestations of prana.

The vital forces and the mind are but two aspects of prana, reflected in the human being. Moreover, prana manifests within the beings as the different physical, mental and psychic processes. Prana animates, sustains, and energizes the body of all living organisms.

The fine movements of the nerves in a living body and the powers of the mind are in fact only another specific manifestation of the prana. Any desire, any thought represents a particular expression of the prana, modulated precisely in a range of frequency.

The activity of the five senses is also an expression of prana vibrating on a certain frequency. The breath represents only one manifestation of the prana in your body.

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WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRANA (THE VITAL ENERGY), THE MENTAL ENERGY AND THE SEXUAL ENERGY?
The center or the “deposit” of the pranic energies is Muladhara chakra. Ida and Pingala are the two nadis placed on both sides of the central channel, Sushumna nadi.

In persons that do not practice any spiritual exercises, whose energy is lying dormant in Muladhara chakra, the energy circulates through the two secondary “spinal” nadis: Ida and Pingala. Usually, the energy does not flow through Sushumna nadi, as the entrance to this nadi is normally closed.

As long as a person does not perceive and understand correctly the flow of energy through Ida and Pingala and as long as the energy is not “forced” through Sushumna nadi, that person will not have control over the mind and the prana.

 


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Pranayama – 2

 

 

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PART 2
The control of the pranic currents of energy, their direction through Sushumna nadi grants the practitioner the capacity of controlling the mind and thoughts.

Through the control of the mind, prana, and also through the purification of the nadis, the practitioner may easily sublimate the sexual energy.

Pranayama teaches us the perfect control over the mind and thoughts, and consequently the control of the currents of energy that flow through the nadis.

The thoughts and desires are pranic manifestations that are more subtle than the currents of energy flowing through the nadis. Through the control of the breath we may achieve the control of the subtle currents of energy, and of the nadis.

Controlling the nadis, we may then control our thoughts and desires, and the control of our thoughts and desires is crucial in controlling our minds.

The control of the mind and of the prana is an essential condition for sublimating the energies from the vital and sexual levels to the levels of volition, affection, mind, and spirit.

We may assimilate the example of the breath in a living organism to the wheel of a car. The network of the nadis, the mind, thoughts and wishes may be compared to the finest devices of a sophisticated machinery.

Whenever the wheel turns to right or left, the whole car turns that direction. This is a good analogy for exemplifying the relationship between breath and the other bodily functions.

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The most “obvious” proof for the presence of the prana in the process of breathing is the movement of the lungs in the process of breathing. If this function ceases, all other functions of the body cease as well.

You can control your inner forces and energies through the control of the prana. The focus and direction of the prana is a necessity for the balance of the energy, including even techniques for the direction of the excessive prana to other areas lacking is known by the name of pranayama.

Any imbalance in the prana, be it excessive or lacking facilitates the appearance of all kinds of diseases and affections. An even distribution of the prana in the body usually guarantees the slowing down of the aging and degenerative processes.

The purification of the nadis is compulsory for having a healthy body, and a clear mind. You may easily obtain this purification of the body, mind and nadis through pranayama.

It is also important that you are aware of the fact that all impurities present in the physical, mental and ethereal bodies makes the processes of transmuting and sublimating the vital energy more difficult.

The sexual energy is a huge force of the human being. The sexual potential is in fact the deposit of an immense reserve of energy. A person should transform this energy and then sublimate the resulting energy to the superior level.

One should preserve the sexual energy and convert it into refined forms of energy for spiritual purposes, instead of wasting it through ejaculation.

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Once the tensions, obsessions, and stresses originated in the various imbalances of the prana are released, the mind is freed from its strongest attachment.

It is very important to know that mind, prana and sexual energy are in close connection and interaction, influencing one another.

The control of prana-vayu leads to the purification and the control of sexual energy and of the mind. Likewise, when the sexual energy is under control the mind and the prana can be easily controlled.

The seed, the sperm is spread all through the organism, in a subtle way. Influencing sexual desires, thoughts, and actions meant to satisfy one’s libido determines the prana to transform into seed and be located at the level of the sexual organs.

 


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Other recommendations: after choosing a pleasant place (in you decide to practice outdoors), set a mat on the floor or on the grass, or rock. On this mat place a blanket, or a clean piece of cloth made of cotton or wool.

Sit on it, facing North, or East, choosing a position you feel comfortable in. The best position is the one in which you may stay for a long time, without any discomfort.

Remember that your spine should be straight, upward and relaxed at the same time. Contract your anal muscles, and perform a slight abdominal retraction, as in the case of Uddiyana Bandha.

Your chest, neck and head should be as much as possible on an imaginary straight line.

Always practice pranayama on an empty stomach, this means at least two hours after you had a meal. Do not practice pranayama when you are ill, except the cases in which it is a remedy.

Do not practice pranayama when physically or mentally tired. If you desire remarkable and quick results, practice pranayama constantly four times a day: in the morning, at noon, in the evening and at midnight. Especially during this intense practice period, eat and drink regularly.

SIMPLE PRANAYAMA TECHNIQUES
Note: it is compulsory to always practice these techniques after the asanas and to perform the complete yogic relaxation afterwards.

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1. DEEP BREATHS
Sit in the pose you chose for the practice of pranayama (be it Sukhasana, or Vajrasana, or another upright position you are comfortable in).

In the beginning breathe in and out several times, to ventilate the air that might have been stagnating in the respiratory tracts.

After several such ventilation breaths, exhale the air through the mouth, trying to empty the lungs. Maintain the retention of the breath with the empty lungs (apnea) without forcing yourself.

Inhale through the nose filling your lungs with air as much as possible. Hold your breath with your lungs filled with air, but do not force yourself to hold your breath for too long.

In time, you will manage to hold your breath for longer intervals of time, but in the beginning it is compulsory that your body accommodates with the energetic level brought about by the practice of pranayama.

Exhale through the mouth, avoiding the explosive, “massive” elimination of the air. Do every step in a controlled and calm manner. Take a few breaths in your own rhythm, and then try again another deep breath, as shown above.

Focus: during this technique, while exhaling you will eliminate also the toxic energies that disturb your vital balance. While inhaling, perceive the beneficial pranic energies that impregnate and revitalize you.

While holding the breath with the lungs filled with air, perceive the impregnation of the whole body with pure, beneficial energy.

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This technique has even more powerful effects if the pranic currents of energy are visualized as bright-white fluxes of energy radiating in your entire body.

If you want to benefit from this technique in purposes of healing, during the retention with the lungs filled with air, you have to focus the pranic energy on the disordered areas, visualizing the currents of white energy eliminating the tensions from that particular area.

Perform this technique 20 times in one session. Perform one session in the morning, one at noon, one in the evening and one at midnight, increasing the number of breaths with two per week.

Beneficial effects: this technique helps you obtain a greater vitality, and leads to a process of purification of the organism. The mind is calm and focused. The health is restored.

 

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Pranayama – 6

 

 

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2. THE PURIFYING BREATH
Sit in the pose you chose for the pranayama (be it Sukhasana, or Vajrasana, or another upright position you are comfortable in).

In the beginning breathe in and out several times, to ventilate the air that might have been stagnating in the respiratory tracts.

After several such ventilation breaths, exhale the air through the mouth, trying to empty the lungs. Keep the retention of the breath with the empty lungs (apnea) without forcing yourself.

Cover the right nostril with the right thumb, and inhale slowly, as gently as possible through the left nostril. It is highly important that you make no noise while inhaling.

Take in as much air as you can, as this will oxygenate your organism. Cover the left nostril with the ring and small right fingers, and exhale slowly and gently through the right nostril, without making any noise.

Your breath should be calm, equal and slow, so that even if you have a small thread of water close to your nostril, it should not move.

After you exhaled, inhale slowly, as indicated above, through the same (right) nostril and exhale through the left nostril.

This is one complete cycle of this pranayama technique. Breathe relaxed several times, before you are ready to perform another cycle.

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Focus: while inhaling, visualize firmly how you take in the pranic energy from the universe, filling your body with strength, purity, holiness, force, love, virtue, wisdom.

When exhaling, visualize how you eliminate the tensions, weaknesses, vice, impurities and stresses. You may even work mentally the mantra AUM all this while.

Perform such 12 cycles during one session, taking breaks after each cycle, four times a day in the morning, at noon, in the evening, and at midnight.

If the practice of pranayama is systematic and consistent, in a few months’ time you will notice a purification of the nadis, of the entire body, as well as mental purification and enhanced capacity of concentration.

Effects: this pranayama technique grants the purification of the nadis, body, and mind, especially when practiced for several months in a row.

The external signs of this purification are: calm, tranquil force radiating from the whole of your personality, a clear mind, and sweet voice.

The harshness of the face and rough lines disappear. This pranayama technique brings harmony to our minds and makes us capable of approaching superior pranayama techniques.

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Any person, man or woman may practice this technique with remarkable results, without exposing to the slightest risk (as long as it is practiced correctly).

The purity of the body and of the subtle structures facilitates the ascension of the erotic energies to the upper levels of consciousness. The main purpose in pranayama is to gain the control over the inner vital forces and of the mind.

 

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Pranayama – 3

 

 

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PART 3
A man focused on sexual continence controls and transforms the sexual energy into subtler, psychosomatic energy that spreads through the body.

This process stops the physical forming and manifestation of the sperm. Pranayama helps the sublimation of the sexual energy and its transformation into psychosomatic energy that spreads through the body, helping the access to elevated states of consciousness.

This process of control of the prana, mind and sexual energy ultimately leads to the awakening of the fundamental energy, Kundalini Shakti and its rising to the upper chakras.

THE RESPIRATORY PROCESS
A healthy person breathes in and out about 21,600 times a day. Regular breath comes out of the body at about 16 widths of fingers from the body.

During walking, sleep, sexual intercourse, etc, one may perceive breath at about 20, 24 and respectively 30 widths of fingers. Violent physical exercises make this distance about 96 widths of fingers.

When this distance of the breath out of the body stays in the regular limit, that person will benefit of a long and healthy life. If the breath goes beyond that distance, the person in question will life less.

Minerals, vegetal bodies, and animals are made of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen. Of all these, the most important is the oxygen. Usually, the air we inhale has 21% oxygen. The air we exhale has only 12% oxygen.

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Usually we use only 1/6 of our lungs’ capacity. And especially the upper parts of the lungs are left unused. Pranayama may help develop the maximum capacity of the lungs activating areas that are usually inactive.

Activating the lungs to their maximum capacity may help a person gain immense vitality and force, as well as excellent health.

The great majority of the people breathe irregularly, and we may add even erratic/chaotic.

The breath is different in the case of men, women, young and old. Irregularities in the diet generate irregularities in the process of breathing.

Fear, anxiety, tension, passion, violent emotions, diseases, troubles of all kinds, lead to a superficial, erratic breath. These things affect directly the breath, determining an abnormal flow of the prana.

The unbalanced prance energy will circulate through the nadis and will determine chaotic lung movements, which in their turn will influence the breath changing it into an irregular process.

Consequently, an irregular breath is the sign of an unbalanced activity of the energies. A person with regular prana circulation is safe from any diseases. Diseases are in fact energy unbalances manifested at the level of the physical body.

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The control of the prana through the nadis will make the breath and the lungs’ movements regular and under control. Moreover, if the breath becomes regular, the flow of prana circulating through the nadis will become regular.

Pranayama gives us the tools to normalize and to control the breath in order to reach physical, energetic, and subtle purification.

Such purification leads to mental control and balance of the energies from each level of manifestation: vital, sexual, volitional, affective, intuitive, mental and spiritual.

 


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Pranayama – 4

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THE PRACTICE OF PRANAYAMA AND THE RULES ONE SHOULD OBSERVE
First of all, pay close attention to the place in which you are about to practice pranayama, to your diet and to the behavior you need to have in order to obtain the promised effects of this technique.

The place should be nice, pleasant, even, and neither too high nor too low. Do not go into the wilderness, as you might get anxious because of this.

Also, chose a place that is protected, so that you will not have to deal with wild animals. Also avoid the bank of a river, or a crowded area, or a waterfall, or a windy place.

All these places might prove frightful, or induce a state of anxiety that is not desirable when attempting to practice pranayama.

Pranayama is a practice for the quiet mind. Consequently, the place should be pleasant to the eye and relaxing for the mind.

If possible, you may also practice pranayama in a special ventilated, room, destined for this practice alone. Keep this room always clean, pure, holly, without dust, dirt, smoke, or various insects.

When entering that room, clear any negative, disturbing thoughts and always wear clean clothes. This spiritual atmosphere that we created inside this room will help us in our spiritual practice and will automatically elevate our inner energetic vibration.

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Such a purified environment will have the power to calm your mind, to influence it in a beneficial manner, and to direct our energy towards refined, elevated aspects of the universe.

The food should be pure, natural and nutritious. You should eat it not too warm, neither too cold, hot, spicy, sour, bitter, or sweet. Eat slowly, chewing each bite until it becomes almost liquid.

Also do not eat too much, as you should fill your stomach half with food, a quarter with water and the remaining quarter should stay empty. This is the correct way of eating according to the rules of the yogic system.

As an important rule, do not leave the stomach without any food for more than 3 or 4 hours, because if there is nothing in the stomach to nourish the gastric fire amplified through the pranayama, this will affect your health.

Consequently, if you decide to begin your pranayama practice, you should also consider eating nutritious meals every 3 or 4 hours.

Behavior: avoid feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, lethargy, dizziness, and too much or too little sleep. Be consistent and methodic in organizing your work, practice and rest.

Avoid futile discussions, the company of perverted people. Avoid also walk a lot and too many exhausting physical exercises, to keep in good shape.

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Practice simultaneously and rigorously the sexual continence during the time when you prepare for the awakening, increasing and control of the sexual energy through pranayama.

In case you find it impossible to abstain from ejaculation (in men’s case) and “normal” orgasm (in women’s case), you should definitely try a period of sexual abstinence.

If these rules are not observed thoroughly, the practice of pranayama is dangerous and you will know failure in your attempts. In such a case, instead of helping you, the practice of pranayama is quite dangerous.


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Anahata Chakra


Love your fellows with kindness and transfiguration. Find in each of them those qualities that truly deserve to be loved and admired.

Think of the others before thinking about yourself at least 7 times a day and thus you will feel that the love you give them comes back to you, infinitely.

Location: the fourth energy center, Anahata Chakra is located in the physical body in the area of the cardiac plexus.

Represents: compassion, emotional tranquility, detachment and unconditional love.

Symbolical representation: the consciousness of love and empathic communion with other beings, abnegation, self-giving.

On the psychic level: endless and everlasting love for your fellows, compassion, altruism, empathy, acceptance, self-giving.

On the physical level: it coordinates the activity of the circulatory system, respiratory system and immune system.

Specific reactions in the case of energetical disturbance: the person in which the energies characteristic to Anahata Chakra are disturbed will suffer because of dramatic, even tragic situations. Such people will have problems with the thymus, the endocrine gland corresponding to this center of force.

Characteristic element: the subtle energies of air.

Sense organ: skin.

Sense: tactile sense.

“The person concentrating and meditating on Anahata Chakra may easily have out of body experiences, he or she may easily “fly” to another realms, into paradise-like universes or into another person’s body, experiencing the other person’s states. Such a person becomes the instrument of the divine cosmic love and obtains all the other divine qualities.”

From a mundane perspective, a person with awakened Anahata Chakra will have a well-developed artistic sense, mastering art, poetry, or prose.

In a human being the awakening of Anahata Chakra allows the experience of sublime states of love as well as the intimate, mysterious communion with the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Let us remember the wonderful vision of Sundar Singh: “And I began to pray: “O, Lord, You who are everywhere,You who are the water of my life, have mercy on me and fill me up with your Holy Spirit and with your love, so that nothing else could get inside of me ever again.

 

I want only You inside my heart, for ever and ever. I do not want blessings, I want You, only You. I do not want the world, I do not want the vanities, I do not want its glory, I do not want the sky. I want You.

Because for me you are the sky. In you I found my peace and tranquility of my heart. My heart is for you, not for any other beings. Therefore, my heart can find its peace only in you, Father, the one who seeded in me this thirst for peace and You.

Tear from my heart all that is against you will, come and dwell inside of me and lead my heart to wherever you desire.

When I got up, what did my eyes see? A being made of rays of light, of a beauty beyond all words was standing in front of me.

Although that being of light did not say a word, although I was not able to look properly at it because the tears filling my eyes were hindering my sight, a wave of love was coming from that being and a divine light was filling my soul.

I recognized immediately the Lord. I came from the rock and I fell before Him. He had the key to open the gate of my heart and to fill it up with His love. I could see nothing in me, nor around me. I could see only Him.

Obviously, the heart of man is the temple and throne of God. When the Lord picks up a heart to come into, the heavenly sky and kingdom get to life inside that man’s heart.”

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IT IS YOU I WANT, ONLY YOU
Other great mystics reveal to us their experiences:

“But God where is? It is in missing Him. Where there is nothing but consuming love. In the very point in which love burns and is not consumed. This is where the “sight” of God is. And in this space, all in flames, occurs the mysterious meeting beyond mind, between the beloved God and a soul in love with Him. In the heart.”

Saint Simon tells us about this encounter:
“I am speechless at the sight of His beauty and kindness and when I see how the Creator opens up His arms and comes upon me and reveals His infinite Glory to me.

 

Thinking how fast can someone reach to His heights, I immediately find Him splendid and shining radiantly from my heart. His light appears from outside and all of a sudden we find Him inside of us, from which He springs forcefully like a burning fire.”

One of the most elevating Christian spiritual practices is the isihast prayer, the prayer of the heart, which implies that the practitioner repeats Jesus’ name constantly and without stopping.

The repetition of the prayer “Lord, Jesus Christ have mercy on me!” leads to experiences impossible to describe, an announcement on earth of the happiness awaiting us in the other world. Such bliss is saved for those who seek God in the simplicity of their loving heart.

“I felt that the prayer was now getting down from lips to my heart; it seemed to me that my heart was repeating the words of the prayer with every pulsation, with every beat, all by itself.

 

I no longer repeated the words with my lips. All I did now was to listen carefully to the sound of my heart. It seemed that my eyes were sinking inside my heart. Then I felt a slight pain and an overwhelming love.

This love was for Jesus Christ. I felt that if I only saw Him, I would fall at His feet I would hold them in my arms and I would kiss them thousands of times.

I would thank Him for the gift of love He has given me. Then I felt in my chest such a beneficial warmth that one could not possibly tell or describe.”

“With my eyes closed, focusing all the forces of my imagination, I would look upon my spiritual heart. In the beginning I felt I was getting confused, but after a while I began to realize my heart and its movements and through my breath I was able to insert in it and then to take out of it the prayer of Jesus, as the saints teach us.

 

Inhaling, I would look with my spirit in my heart saying: “Lord Jesus Christ” and exhaling the air I would say: “have mercy on me”. I began with one hour of prayer per day, then gradually I increased the number of hours to several hours and finally to the whole day.

It took me about three weeks until I felt some pain in my heart and then a very pleasant warmth and an unimaginable joy. This joy gives me the desire to continue to pray.

I felt a burning and overwhelming love for Jesus and for all of God’s creatures. My eyes were in tears. My weak thoughts were clear now and my mind seemed to see things clearly. My soul was praising the Lord ceaselessly and my heart was lost in a sea of joy.”

Rumi: “Love is the only constant in this universe. Love comes from the infinite and is eternal.”

The deepest and most uplifting feeling a person can experience is love. Love is ours, and yet it does not belong to us. It comes from God without ever having left Him. It is eternal and eternally creative.

What do we understand through love? What do we experience through love? Each of us sees and understands according to the awakening of their souls.

There is no tenderer path leading to God than love. Silent and tumultuous, passionate and candid, bright and invisible, uttered and unspoken, yet always in bloom, love is what keeps us alive.

Tomorrow when you wake up, look at the things around, the trees, the stones, the animals, the people and see this love everywhere. Wake up 30 minutes earlier tomorrow. Wash up and come back to your room.

Sit in a meditation pose and relax the whole body. For seven minutes, focus on the Yantra of the Great Cosmic Power Bhuwaneshwari and perceive the expansion of the heart chakra, Anahata Chakra.

Close your eyes and focus on Anahata Chakra, breathe deeply 21 times and direct the energy into the heart center. You will gradually perceive the activation of Anahata Chakra.

Now open your eyes and look at the world as if you were in Anahata Chakra. You may even imagine that you have a gigantic eye in Anahata Chakra, looking at the world through it. You will feel you soul opened and happy that it can comprise the whole world.

You will also perceive a gigantic sphere of force, filled with love and radiating love in Anahata Chakra. Close you eyes again and stay like this for a while.

Become aware of the fundament of all things in the universe: love. Come back gradually, open your eyes and go to your daily routine, remembering to look at the world through your heart.

 

Placed at the level of the cardiac plexus, it corresponds to the empathic, affective, elevated states of universal love and compassion.

The subtle corresponding element is air, vayu tattva. Anahata Chakra has 12 directions or energetical channels of vibrations of the cosmic energies. The yogi who activates his Anahata Chakra 100% will become the instrument of manifestation of the divine love. At this level there is also the reflexion of the essential Supreme Self, under the form of the individual soul.

Anahata Chakra marks the meeting place between the energies of the first three centres of force and the energies of the three superior centres of force.

We live our lives in a constant, perpetual rush. We carry inside of us “synthesis” of experiences. We carry past loves marked by victories and loses.

However, when we mention love and we recall the feeling, all things become bright because of a mysterious, special and alive radiance.

THE MAGIC OF SIMPLICITY
It is possible, even very likely, that you do not recall what happened three years ago, on January 7, but you definitely remember the moment when you met your lover or when you decided to be together.

Before your eyes, the images begin to follow one after the other. These moments are those that touched you most deeply, sometimes they made you cry, other times they made you smile.

If you experienced a great, exceptional love, you undoubtedly felt you are a beautiful, powerful person, with a special mission meant only for you to fulfil.

After a time, after this love came through your being and destroyed the last remains of the ego, you felt a stronger and better person, although apparently without any ground for it. And your love became more intense, more conscious and more elevating.

Love is constructive and creative, and it unites and elevates those who experience the feeling. It is a regenerative principle and it transforms boredom, scepticism or loneliness. The works of art, poetry music, all these have love as an unseen ingredient.

Love is real, just as real as we are. Love is not a sterile intellectual concept, but it is a mysterious magic of our whole being. As long as even the existence and growth of a single spade of grass are not the work of accident and chance, the fact that in the universe exists a person who loves you is more than meaningful.

We are here, on earth, mostly to manifest the divine love for those people who deserve it and above all, to manifest our love for God.

Few people know that the easiest way to be transformed into a better person is through love. Love is the only valid parameter to measure the value and importance of all things. Shared love is the destiny we all have to fulfil, when we deserve it.

Loving is the easiest and most natural way of living ones life.

Each person feels the need to love, even before having the chance to do it. If a person experiences a state of pure and overwhelming love, sooner or later this love will attract a similar love in return.

“Trust and transfiguration are the virtues of love.”

“What is love if not the desire to surpass ones limits, of getting out from ones inner limitations?”

“Love is the greatest of all human happiness, because it is the supreme effort a person attempts to escape the inner loneliness.”

“Love is charming and delightful: it gives us the sense of our existence in its real variety and value. In love everything changes, all things become meaningful. Through transfiguration, a mysterious divine paradise emerges from nothing.”

 

 


“Even when we do not suspect it, love is the supreme law of the universe. It is a mysterious law that governs and rules every existing thing, from the lifeless atom to the union as a couple of two persons. All our thoughts and actions go to it as to a divine centre of irresistible attraction.”

Love is what gives people the power to dream and follow their dreams. Love gives birth to the mysterious aspiration of self-knowledge.

If you feel you no longer have this wonderful feeling of love towards a person, or something really important in your life, then it can only mean two things: either you were never able to love, or that you forgot to look inside of you, where this love is still present.

Love knows that the things of the mind are flicker and are subject to change. Therefore, overwhelming, pure love turns even the most pitiful person into a winner.

Love is…just like this. You just perceive it, in your moments of joy and happiness, through your loved one. However, love does not need that.

Love does not rule over anything and does not want to be ruled. Above all, love offers something, and it requires nothing in return. Sit is divine simplicity in action and living.

Love is an earthly reflexion of heavenly love, and therefore it does not have any boundaries or limits.

If there is love, it is everywhere. And if there is love, it will exists from now on, for ever.

Love is the ineffable, overwhelming, and divine feeling that makes us feel we grow in our consciousness that makes us feel we are one with the infinite. Love is mostly manifested through the sublime aspiration of becoming united with the “object” of our love, with the person we love dearly and deeply.

The emergence, persistence, and development of this feeling in the sphere of each individual is intimately connected to the formation and crystallization of ones personality.

The yogis have always considered the feeling of love as extraordinarily important and often characterized it as an essential value-criterion of the degree of a human beings spiritual state of elevation.

It is a measure of the fact that in the most intimately individual part of a person, he or she who loves has the possibility of acquiring the qualities of love itself, that is infinity and divinity. Consequently, true, genuine love is a very simple modality of overcoming or transcending ones ego.

“The most beautiful love one can experience is the love of God. He is our eternal lover and our souls are his beloveds, and when the soul meets the greatest lover in the whole universe, then the divine love begins.” (Paramahansa Yogananda)

“Oh, Lord, when I dwell in the house of my mortal consciousness, I think I love my parents and friends; I imagine I love my birds, animals, and possessions. Now, after I entered the temple of omniscience, I know you are all I love, manifested in the shapes of my parents, friends and all creatures and things. By loving you, my heart knew how to love everyone. Being loyal to you, I am loyal to all of them. And I love everything.” (Paramahansa Yogananda)

For a better understanding of the Anahata chakra, we introduce to you the explanations of the following terms:

Harmony – concordance, accord, matching the component elements of a whole. Philosophical category that expresses the adherence of the parts, the coherence of the interior and exterior, the unity of the form and content, the unity of the contraries. Harmony is often considered as foundation, attribute, or effect of the beauty.

Transfiguration – procedure of inner alchemy that makes possible the resonance with subtle divine energies from the macrocosm. Through transfiguration, the elements of the exterior reality, distilled by the noble vision, imagination, and power of expression of the person capable of transfiguring are transformed into a new, elevated, spiritual reality, source of a form of ecstasy.

Through the example of artistic expression, the transfiguration represents the proof of the active and creative role of consciousness. The sublime artistic expression, capable of recreating the reality with new, and deeper valences brought the art the name of magic mirror of reality. Transfiguration plays an important part in sexual continence and in the art of divine lovemaking.

Empathy – resonance that is awakened and amplified through the yogic practice, allowing a superior psychic and affective communication with other people, or sometimes with beings from the unseen worlds.

Generally speaking, we all know that a mother knows intuitively her babys needs and feelings. This apparently mysterious connection such as between the mother and her child is naturally related to the fact that initially the child is one with the mother.

Empathy is an intuitive modality of knowing the others, because it ensures a form of affective communication and immediate, sentimental transposition, making possible the identification with other persons, in various situations of life.

Through certain psychological techniques and best through certain yoga techniques, a person can normalize and improve his or her experiences and perceptions. A powerful, beneficial, positive emotional experience “charges” the person in question with positive energy, stimulates the mind, and euphorically “colours” the soul.

The study in the field of psychosomatic confirms the fact that disturbing, negative emotions cause various heart, liver, and/or brain diseases, and in the same time they deeply affect the consciousness of the physical body.

Svadhishthana Chakra

 

The second center of force, Svadhishthana is located in the area above the sexual organs. It represents sensorial consciousness, erotism, imagination, and is associated with the creative potential energy.

On the psychic level this center of force determines: desires, imagination, hallucinations, sensuality, need of having a family. On a physical level it controls the assimilation, procreation, lymphatic system, and menstrual secretions.

The yoghic literature notes that the improper activation of Svadhishthana chakra may have as effect an aspiration of the psychic “downwards”, causing agitation and mental confusion.

People influenced mainly by Svadhishthana chakra are quite impressionable, have an active and vivid imagination, as well as the aptitude of verbalizing their perceptions, which makes them excellent in the professions involving guiding and healing.

The main idea corresponding to the second chakra is “respect each other”. It applies to any interactions we have with other people and to any new life-form.

From a spiritual point of view, each relationship we develop from the most formal to the most intimate has the role of helping us become more aware and to evolve spiritually.

The energies specific to the second chakra symbolize on the physical level all our relationships understood as being essentially spiritual messengers.

Through this interaction we discover as in a mirror, our own qualities and faults and we have the opportunity to enhance the good and eliminate the bad.

The energy characteristic to the first chakra represented by the group mentality is divided in polarities at the level of the second center. The polarity is male-female, man-woman.

Understanding this polarity equals with understanding the message transmitted by this second level. The existence of the dualistic energies ensure us that we are “attracted” in certain relationships in order to understand ourselves.

The opposites attract – this is a well-known law and this law determines us to assimilate from the people we have relationships with the very qualities they have, but we lack.

The challenge of this second chakra is learning to interact on a conscious level with the others, and this interaction represents a great support in our spiritual development.

Passing the limit of group choices, which we mentioned in a previous article as being related to the first chakra, now we need to learn to make the difference between positive and negative choices.

The choice is itself a process of creation. At this level, creativity is a form of evolution. The creative energy needs to be allowed to manifest freely and completely at this level, because this creativity pulls us up from routine, and limitations.

One of the lessons we need to learn is that choice is a creative act of our spiritual power and the responsibility of our actions is entirely ours.

THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU IS YOUR MIRROR
Our inner power will never grow if we allow ourselves be seduced by temptations of money, fashion, uncontrolled erotism.

At this stage, a spread imbalance is the phenomena of mimesis, a proof that even though the person has overcome the first limit, that particular person does not have yet the inner strength required to plainly manifest his or her own individuality or qualities. All manifestations related to fashion, money, high-life affairs are connected to this level.

If we truly desire the control over our life, we do not need to go outwardly, but we need to direct our attention inside our own being. The sufferings and discontentments that we have to put up to never occur due to unfavorable social, external circumstances, but to our own thoughts and attitudes.

At this level we need to discover our genuine inner motives, the ones that make us act and react one way or the other.

At this point, our journey to perfection requires that we approach our relationships in a superior manner. We need to make choices in which we need to transcend duality.

As long as we focus on controlling other people, we maintain conflicts within ourselves. Seeing ourselves and the others closely united, we will gain a different idea about life.

Another characteristic of this center of force is the need of having a family. Unlike the first center of force, where essential was the fight for survival of the individual and of the group, here the stress is laid upon perpetuating the species.

At this level, the creative sexual desire comes forth. Here, sexuality is a way of expression, indicating an facility in relating to people around us.

The more open, the more profound is our attitude towards sexuality, the greater is our possibility of evolving spiritually. The control of the sexual energy is imposed at this level in order to be able to move forth.

For a better understanding of what the control of the sexual energy implies, we invite you to read from our site about transmutation, sublimation, orgasm and sexual continence.

“The person who concentrates intensely and meditates profoundly on this chakra and its corresponding energies never fears water. This person gains great psychic powers, great imagination, intuitive knowledge, and a perfect control over the sexual function and the senses.

 

Such a person will also know easily the astral worlds. Limiting passion, anger, attachment, vanity, jealousy, and other psychic impurities are easily and completely eliminated. Such a person’s body will regenerate and will know immortality.” (Swami Sivananda)

Muladhara Chakra

 

MULADHARA CHAKRA
Location: at the base of the spine, in the area between anus and sex.

Symbolical representation: a four petals lotus flower, symbolizing the four nadis or energetical channels coming from here.

Represents: the objective consciousness, the concrete, terrestrial consciousness.

Controlled psychic function: the will to survive, controls the survival instinct, the inner state of safety, self-confidence on a physical level, desire for material possessions, the chosen profession or job, the feeling of security, the belonging to a group and the group (family) identity.

Essential fears: fear of physical survival; abandon from the part of the group, losing the physical order, fear of being attacked or aggressed.

Characteristic reactions in cases of energetical disturbances: fear or runaway.

The element resonating with: subtle energies of earth.

Sensorial organ: nose.

Sense: smell.

Characteristic color: clay-yellow.

THE GROUP TEACHES THE INDIVIDUAL HOW TO SURVIVE
On the level of the first chakra, we learn that we belong to a group, to a community, and that we are in close connection to it. On a physical level, this is expressed through feelings such as: stability, safety, survival.

When we are born, our life depends on the group we belong to, on our family. Being a part of the group is a necessity on this level, because our fundamental needs of survival (food, shelter, clothing) are provided by the group.

At this level there is a difficulty in interpreting symbolically, of perceiving the real significance of the events in our lives.

Generally, the human being does not manifest as a conscious being, with a will of his or her own. This sense of identity is developed later on, on stages, from childhood to adulthood.

Life begins with the belonging to the consciousness of a group from which we assimilate a system of values, transmitted from one generation to another, but from whom we also take the preconceived ideas, fears, and weaknesses.

The interaction with a group teaches us to share our experiences with other people.

ALL IS ONE
This behavior guide is at the basis of the educational process of children during their first years of life, leading to the emergence of the feeling of belonging.

The group we belong to gives us our first lessons of life. It represents the world as secure or dangerous, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, a place to take or a place to give. And the group is the one providing the first information concerning the reality itself.

We inherit from our group the attitude towards other groups, as well as a system of beliefs that are a mixture of truth and fiction.

Many of these beliefs have an authentic value, representing the various aspects of the fundamental truth synthesized by the expression: “All is one.”

The process of the spiritual development challenges us to keep only the positive group influences, and to discard all the rest.

Our spiritual force grows when we become capable of seeing beyond the inherent contradictions to group teachings and to reach a deeper level of truth.

Every time we make a step towards the symbolic consciousness, we bring a positive influence on our energetical and biological systems.


YOU HAVE THE FORCE OF THE CHOICE
Each of the group beliefs direct a certain degree of our energy in an act of creation, and thus has a direct consequence upon ourselves.

When we share a belief with other groups, we take part in the physical and energetical events created by these groups. This is the symbolic and creative expression of the sacred truth at this level: “All is one.”

The negative part is that the individualities involved in a negative group of action rarely accept their responsibility and their personal role in the action.

The unwritten laws of the group claim that the leaders of the group should take on the responsibility, not the followers.

Owing to this “power” of the beliefs, be they good or bad, it is difficult to be in harmony with the group all the time. We are taught to make the choices that meet the group’s approval, and to adopt the same attitudes and social manners.

Symbolically, this adaptation reflects the union of the individual will with the will of the entire group. It is a powerful feeling of belonging to a family or a group in which there is a deep harmony on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

Such a union gives us power as long as we continue to make choices according to the general tendencies of the group. In the same time, we have an inner tendency to explore our own creative abilities, to develop our inner individual force.

This desire is behind all our attempts of becoming “conscious”. The universal human travel towards perfection requires that we become aware of our power and that we find the best suitable way of using this power.

Becoming aware of the responsibility hiding behind a choice represents the essence of this travel.

Considering the things from this perspective, the evaluation of our personal beliefs and the separation of those that no longer sustain our spiritual evolution is an extreme challenge, and very painful as well.

Change is the very nature of life. It is the only constant of life. Inner and outer change happens all the time. Inner transformation infers giving up to certain beliefs and reinforcing others.

The first beliefs we need to analyze are the beliefs of the group we belong to. They were formed in a great span of time and are crucial. Our spiritual growth follows the structure of our energetical system.

The evaluation of our beliefs is a spiritual necessity. The moments of crisis in our lives underline the fact that we need to free ourselves from those beliefs that no longer sustain our spiritual development.

These points in which we need to choose between evolving and stagnating are our foremost trials. Each new crossroad means entering a new cycle of change, and change inevitably means leaving that which is familiar and known and heading for a new stage of our lives.

The great majority of people get stuck in between two worlds: one that they need to break free from and the other in which they are afraid to step.

We wish to become more conscious, but in the same time this requires becoming responsible or ourselves – for our health, career, attitudes, thoughts. Once we accept this fact, we will never be able to avoid the consequences of our personal choices.

BEYOND THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE
The energetical predominance at this level is the sign of an excessive preoccupation of not getting hurt by the others.

The person feels more and more fear of being attacked, or on the contrary, has a strong tendency of attacking others, according to the polarity on which this imbalance manifests itself.

The fear involved here is often intense, irrational, associated to the types hunter-hunted. The primitive societies preoccupied mainly with hunting, in which the main issue was the survival in their natural environment reflect the predominance of the unilateral activation of Muladhara chakra.

Moreover, this activation is reflected in all social circumstances in which the law is temporarily suspended or destroyed or, on the contrary, it is applied excessively and rigidly.

The deities corresponding to Muladhara chakra are Brahma and Dakini and the symbolic animal is the elephant.

Prana Mudra

 

 

Respecting an initiatory, traditional element, characteristic to Prana Mudra, we recommend that you practice this exercise only when you are completely alone in the room.

This does not mean that you cannot share this technique with some other people, it simply means that it is better if you perform it secretly.

The asana-s can be practiced together with other people, without diminishing or affecting their effects in any way. However, the Prana Mudra should be performed in secret.

The yogic texts are categorical regarding Prana Mudra and they assert clearly that any presence, including that of your lover is a disturbing element, preventing us from perceiving the secret effect of the technique, as well as its profound and spiritual sense of this complex pranayama technique.

The recommendations and the urge to secrecy go even further regarding Prana Mudra, as not even the results obtained after its practice should not be shared with anyone, except for ones trusted and trustworthy guru.

More than any other technique, Prana Mudra is a genuine dialogue with ourselves, done in the intimacy of our own being. The maximum emotional intensity that can be triggered by Prana Mudra performed in solitude.

THE AURA BECOMES SHINY AND BRIGHT
Prana Mudra is a valuable exercise of breathing, whose numerous benefits had been confirmed by the greatest yogis of India. This exercise enhances the capacity of awareness and control of the subtle energies.

Through intense activation of the subtle energies of the fire, our aura becomes larger, purer and brighter. Moreover, due to the focus in the chest area occurs a powerful process of awakening of the soul and revelation of our divine nature.

The plus of energy of the pranic forces activated by this type of breathing, associated with the magnetic force irradiating from the fingers generate an unusual state, characterized at the same time by an effervescent dynamism and inner state of focus, and the balance of these two apparently contradicting tendencies leads to the desire to interiorize.

This natural tendency is so intense, that some people have said that Prana Mudra awakens the faith in God. This technique is also included in the category of the mudras- symbolic gestures, expressions and apparently simple physical attitudes that trigger remarkable effects.


Before approaching the first part of the exercise, we suggest you to have a close look at the pictures in order to understand properly both the final position and the intermediary stages.

You will understand that Prana Mudra is a special pranayama exercise, combined with movements of the arms and hands. You can do Prana Mudra from Padmasana (The Lotus Pose), Siddhasana (The Perfect Pose), or Vajrasana (The Lightning Pose). People who cannot perform any of these asanas, due to health reasons, we recommend to practice it sitting on a chair.

THE FIRST STAGE – RETENTION ON VOID
The hands are oriented towards the abdomen, as if they irradiate towards this area. The spine should be perfectly straight.


 

Exhale all the air from the lungs, performing in the last phase of the exhalation a contraction of the abdominal muscles. This contraction is associated with Mula Bandha. Before inhaling, stay in retention for several seconds.

THE SECOND STAGE – THE DIAPHRAGMATIC STAGE
Relax the abdominal muscles, cease to do Mula Bandha, decontracting the perineal area, and start to inhale slowly. The air enters the lungs and the diaphragm comes down, pressing the lower abdomen.

THE THIRD STAGE – THE “RIB” STAGE
While the diaphragm becomes flat, the hands climb towards the solar plexus (Manipura Chakra). The inhalation follows its own course, the lungs are filled with air, and the elbows are spread from the trunk in order to allow the thorax to open harmoniously and fully.

The fingers are no longer oriented towards the body, but they are parallel with the thorax and continue to go upwards in front of the chest, until the lungs will be filled with air.


 

At the end of this phase, the hands are close to the clavicle, the elbows are not close to the trunk and the arms are parallel to the floor. The fingers are oriented towards the body.


 

THE FOURTH STAGE – THE “CLAVICLE” STAGE
After the diaphragm has become flat, and the thorax is completely open, you can inhale a certain quantity of air in the upper part of the lungs, by lifting the shoulders.

The inhalation is complete when the hands pass before the throat and the face and go away from the body until the arms are wide open, and the palms are facing up, as if to capture the sun-rays. At this time, the muscles are relaxed, and the lungs are completely filled with air.


 

THE FIFTH STAGE – THE RETENTION WITH THE LUNGS FILLED WITH AIR
Stand still and retain the breath for as long as possible, without forcing ourselves, in a state of transfigured inwardness.


 

Increase the duration of the retention progressively, without forcing it, while the organism becomes used to the longer retentions. This is the most important stage of the exercise because it requires a certain mental attitude, which we will describe later on.

THE SIXTH STAGE – THE EXHALATION
The exhalation requires the same gestures as in the case of the inhalation, only in the reverse order. Empty your lungs in their upper part, then the thorax, and then the abdominal area. The hands go down slowly, so that at the end of the exhalation they are oriented again towards the abdomen, which has to be contracted in order to eliminate the final residues of air.