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Kundalini, Chakras, and Vrittis

All energy is lodged in this first chakra, the house of the Shakti and there are four fundamental vrittis, or human desires associated with this chakra which are-

Dharma
Artha
Kama
Moksha

The first chakra is not the “lowest” chakra, it is actually the seat of our spiritual longing for both liberation and Dharmic action. According to Tantra, we are meant to quench our thirst for spirituality, for dharma and for joy, these are our natural state.

“There is no fulfillment without the body. Hence obtaining the wealth of the body, engage thyself in works of merit.” –Kularnava Tantra

Certain vrittis are more psychologically challenging than the four primary ones located in the Muladhara chakra. But there are also positive ones, including hope, effort, discernment, and perhaps the most important of all, the love vritti located in the heart chakra.

The human capability for awakening spiritual knowledge is the famous para vritti located in the ajina, or eyebrow chakra.

The Tantric science of kundalini, chakras, and vrittis—and how these esoteric, inner expressions are awakened, balanced and alchemically tuned by hatha yoga and meditation is complex. But the heart of this science is reflected in both the coiled labyrinth of the earth and the coiled kundalini of the body.

Our spiritual practice, our yoga, helps us uncoil and liberate the kundalini labyrinth and thereby free us from its containment in the earth chamber of the first chakra.

“The rush of bliss that ensues upon the meeting of the Pair, the Supreme Shakti and the Self (Shiva) above, is the real Congress. All else is mere copulation.” –Kularnava Tantra

By K. Nagori

These three are my everyday struggle. I’m afraidof so many things that you won’t even imagine possible. Im afraid of failing, disappointing myself and others, of embarrassment, public speeches, standing up for myself, showing off my skills and what I’m worth and so on… The list just goes on and on. I guess it is all related to low self esteem but I’m happy to say that it’s been improving recently although I’m still quite ashamed and afraid of many things one should never be afraid of. Did you know that I haven’t told any of my friends (there are 3 exceptions!) that I created this page? I’m just… Ashamed? I guess I’ll have to get that Yogi Bhajans quote printed out… #yogibhajan #osho #empowerment #iyengar #lightonyoga #ytt #yoga #yogalife #yogalifestyle #yogaeverydamnday #beginneryoga2015 #yogalove #yogachallenge #december #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #feminist #vinyasa #vinyasaflow #shakti #woman #feminine #womanhood #empower #sacred #medicine #meditation #selflove #confidence #selfconfidence #selfesteem

As in the west there are various systems of magic, so in the east are there various systems of Yoga, each of which purports to lead the aspirant from the realm of Maya to that of truth in Samadhi. The most important of these are:
1) Gnana Yoga- Union by Knowledge
2) Raja Yoga- Union by Will
3) Bhakta Yoga- Union by Love
4) Hatha Yoga- Union by Courage
5) Mantra Yoga- Union through Speech
6) Karma Yoga- Union through Work

-excerpt from an antique book on Yoga I own.

The picture is the symbol for a Bodhisattva.

Hatha Yoga- Balancing Energies

Hatha yoga, coupled with ayurveda, regulates the heat of the body, and it is the heat of the body that prevents and wards off disease and all health problems. Therefore, Hatha yoga combined with Ayurveda, which balance the energies of the entire body, should be practiced throughout one’s lifetime for health and well-being.

From the hatha yoga’s perspective, it is the heat that destroy germs. It also relaxes the muscle tissue and harmonizes the central and sympathetic nervous system.

Hatha yoga and ayurveda working together, also produce heat in the body. There is a formula for increasing the heat of the body in winter and reducing it in summer. When people are discouraged or depressed, the heat of the body goes down. When they are angry and excited, the heat of the body goes up. This is an unregulated heat, guided by emotion. When we eat certain foods, the heat of the body goes up. Other foods make the heat of the body flutuate. This fluctuation has its corresponding effects on the moods and emotions.

It is the regulation and balance of this heat that hatha yoga and ayurveda seek for a healthy and productive life. Acupuncture and massage are also a part of hatha yoga, a part of the same science of ha and tha. Acupuncture, which also works directly on the nervous system, is a refinement of it, as is moving the pranas of the body through tai chi chuan. Hatha yoga does not end with the hatha yoga asanas. All the rest are part of it, as are hot and cold baths, mineral baths, hot sand and proper foods.

When ida and pingala are balanced, the sushumna is activated. Hatha yoga balances the ida and the pingala because it balances the entire body. When the ida and the pingala are balanced, the devotee is very present. He or she is not conscious of the past, not conscious of the future. Many take the activation of the sushumna as the cultivation of kundalini. Sushumna is the spiritual force. It is also the healing force, the primal energy, not only within the physical body, but the astral and mental bodies as well. All self-healings are done through the sushumna current. It is neither hot nor cold. It is of itself, unto itself, ever present. It gives the all-pervading feeling of the now consciousness. It is raja yoga practice that awakens the Kundalini and guides its journey through the chakras. The kundalini permanently alters consciousness by slowly expanding it into superconscious realms. It is the hot fire that burns cold, that cuts through the force centers which the sushumna holds together and energizes.

A great peace pervades the seeker, a feeling of being in the now truely, happiness, content—but there is no altering of consciousness.

Through the sushumna current, the energy continually flows down through the top of the head to the base of the spine. We could say the sushumna is the purusha force, the soul force. It is where the jiva lives in the physical body.

By K.Nagori

CAN LSD BE USED AS A HELP IN MEDITATION?

LSD can be used as a help, but the help is very dangerous; it is not so easy. If you use a mantra, even that can become difficult to throw, but if you use acid, LSD it will be even more difficult to throw.

The moment you are on an LSD trip you are not in control. Chemistry takes control and you are not the master, and once you are not the master it is difficult to regain that position. The chemical is not the slave now, you are the slave. Now how to control it is not going to be your choice. Once you take LSD as a help you are making a slave of the master and your whole body chemistry will be affected by it.

Your body will begin to crave LSD. Now the craving will not just be of the mind as it is when you get attached to a mantra. When you use acid as a help, the craving becomes part of the body; the LSD goes to the very cells of the body. It changes them. Your inner chemical structure becomes different.

Then all the body cells begin to crave acid and it will be difficult to drop it.

LSD can be used to bring you to meditation only if your body has been prepared for it. So if you ask if it can be used in the West, I will say that it is not for the West at all. It can be used only in the East - if the body is totally prepared for it. Yoga has used it, tantra has used it, there are schools of tantra and yoga that have used LSD as a help, but then they prepare your body first. There is a long process of purification of the body. Your body becomes so pure and you become such a great master of it that even chemistry cannot become your master now. So yoga allows it, but in a very specific way.

First your body must be purified chemically. Then you will be in such control of the body that even your body chemistry can be controlled. For example, there are certain yogic exercises: if you take poison, through a particular yogic exercise you can order your blood not to mix with it and the poison will pass through the body and come out in the urine without having mixed with the blood at all. If you can do this, if you can control your body chemistry, then you can use anything, because you have remained the master.

In tantra, particularly in “leftist” tantra, they use alcohol to help meditation. It looks absurd; it is not.

The seeker will take alcohol in a particular quantity and then will try to be alert. Consciousness must not be lost. By and by the quantity of alcohol will be raised, but the consciousness must remain alert. The person has taken alcohol, it has been absorbed in the body, but the mind remains above it; consciousness is not lost. Then the quantity of alcohol is raised higher and higher. Through this practice a point comes when any amount of alcohol can be given and the mind remains alert. Only then can LSD be a help.

In the West there are no practices to purify the body or to increase consciousness through changes in body chemistry. Acid is taken without any preparation in the West. It is not going to help; rather, on the contrary, it may destroy the whole mind.

There are many problems. Once you have been on an LSD trip you have a glimpse of something you have never known, something you have never felt. If you begin to practice meditation it is a long process, but LSD is not a process. You take it and the process is over; then the body begins to work.

Meditation is a long process - you have to do it for years, only then will the results be forthcoming.

And when you have experienced a shortcut, it will be difficult to follow a long process. The mind will crave to return to using the drugs. So it is difficult to meditate once you have known a glimpse through chemistry; to undertake something that is a long process will be difficult. Meditation needs more stamina, more trust, more waiting, and it will be difficult because now you can compare.

Secondly, any method is bad if you are not in control all the time. When you are meditating you can stop at any moment. If you want to stop, you can stop this very moment; you can come out of it. You cannot stop an LSD trip: once you have taken LSD you have to complete the circle. Now you are not the master.

Anything that makes a slave of you is ultimately not going to help spiritually, because spirituality basically means to be the master of oneself. So I wouldn’t suggest shortcuts. I am not against LSD, I may sometimes be for it, but then a long preliminary preparation is necessary. Then you will be the master. But then LSD is not a shortcut. It will take even longer than meditation. Hatha yoga takes years to prepare a body - twenty years, twenty-five years, then a body is ready; now you can use any chemical help and it will not be destructive to your being. But then the process is far longer.

Then LSD can be used; I am in favor of it then. If you are prepared to take twenty years to prepare the body in order to take LSD, then it is not destructive. But the same thing can be done in two years with meditation. Because the body is more gross, mastery is more difficult. The mind is more subtle so mastery is easier. The body is further away from your being, so there is a greater gap; with the mind the gap is shorter.

In India the primitive method to prepare the body to be ready for meditation was hatha yoga. It took so long a time to prepare the body that sometimes hatha yoga had to invent methods to prolong life so that hatha yoga could be continued. It was such a long process that sixty years might not be enough, seventy years might not be enough. And there is a problem: if the mastery is not achieved in this life then in the next life you have to begin from abc because you have a new body. The whole effort has been lost. You do not have a new mind in your next life, the old mind continues, so whatever is attained through the mind remains with you, but whatever is attained through the body is lost with every death. So hatha yoga had to invent methods to prolong life for two hundred to three hundred years so that mastery could be attained.

If the mastery is of the mind then you can change the body, but the preparedness of the body belongs to the body alone. Hatha yoga invented many methods so that the process could be completed, but then even greater methods were discovered: how to control the mind directly - raja yoga. With these methods the body can be a little helpful, but there is no need to be too concerned with it. So hatha yoga adepts have said that LSD can be used, but raja yoga cannot say LSD can be used, because raja yoga has no methodology to prepare the body. Direct meditation is used.

Sometimes it happens - only sometimes, rarely - that if you have a glimpse through LSD and do not become addicted to it, that glimpse may become a thirst in you to seek something further. So to try it once is good, but it becomes difficult to know where to stop and how to stop. The first trip is good, to be on it once is good; you become aware of a different world and then you begin to seek, you begin to search, because of it - but then it becomes difficult to stop. This is the problem. If you can stop, then to take LSD once is good. But that “if” is a great one.

Mulla Nasruddin used to say that he never took more than one glass of wine. Many friends objected to his statement because they had seen him taking one glass after another. He said, “The second glass is taken by the first; ‘I’ take only one. The second is taken by the first and the third by the second. Then I am not the master. I am master only for the first, so how can I say that I take more than one? 'I’ take only one - always only one!”

With the first you are the master; with the second you are not. The first will try to take a second, and then it will go on continuously; then it is no longer in your hands. To begin anything is easy because you are the master, but to end anything is difficult because then you are not the master.

So I am not against LSD, and if I am against it, it is conditional. This is the condition: if you can remain the master, then okay. Use anything, but remain the master. And if you cannot remain the master, then do not enter into a dangerous road at all. Do not enter at all; it will be better.

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LOTUS FLOWER  MEDITATION 

A visualization practice using the lotus flower symbol involves bringing your attention to your root chakra, located at the base of your spine.

Imagine a seed there. Proceed to imagine a stalk growing upwards through the chakra line, root-sacral-solar-heart-throat-third eye-crown.

Upon reaching the crown chakra, located approximately 2 inches above your head, imagine the lotus flower opening and receiving the Sun’s energy from above.

This energy comes into the lotus, down the stalk, and then roots into the Earth.

Allow five minutes to complete this guided visualization. Afterwards you should feel connected to the earth below and spirit above.

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YOGA Vocab (German)!

I got this little book auf Deutsch about Hatha yoga. Here are some words I found:

* die Stellungen: positions
* die Atemübungen: breathing exercises
* üben: to practice, train, or exercise
* die Körperpflege: body care or personal hygiene
* die Hemmung: inhibition 
* die Ausgeglichenheit: tranquilty, comfort
* der Anschein: appearance
* die Gleichgewitchsstörung: vertigo
* die Keime: germs
* die Glieder: limbs
* die Wechselwirkung: interdependency 
* die Wirksamkeit: efficacy 
* vermindern: to reduce
* Begrussung der Sonne: sun salutation
* Geschmeidigkeitsübung: (Is this a flexibility exercise?)
* Stellung der Schlange: (I think this is cobra pose)
* die Hüfte: hip

The #7DayYogaChallenge Week of Videos

Want to take a 7 Day Yoga Challenge for yourself? Here are 15 minute videos for each day of the week to get you started and keep you on track. Repeat the week as often as you’d like and take pictures to document your progress. Enjoy!

Monday - Morning Vinyasa Yoga Routine

Tuesday - Heart Opening Hatha Yoga Routine

Wednesday - Power Yoga Workout

Thursday - Twist & Rinse Vinyasa Yoga Routine

Friday - Feel Good Hip Opening Hatha Yoga Routine

Saturday - Strong & Balanced Power Yoga Routine

Sunday - Slow Stretch Restorative Yoga Routine

-SB