From lectures and conversations, by Yogi Bhajan
I have recognized, with the blessing of my Master, that it is possible to be healthy, to be happy, and to be holy while living in this society. And you must have energy so that your dead computer may live and pass on the signal to you and compute all what you want to do in this society. And we call it, in the olden science, the Kundalini, which has been blocked in Muladhara, the lowest of all chakras or lotuses.
These are all imaginary things. Great big books have been written on them, and these books also misled me for many years. Still I learned about it; and all these chakras, (or circles as we call them in English) have put us in so many circles that we do not come out of it, and we reach nowhere. There is a way we should set our computer to be in direct contact with Him, the Biggest Computer; and things must then work automatically. And that can't work until the Kundalini, the spiritual nerve, breaks through the blockage at Muladhara, and thus, travels up and reaches the stage that you may have Superconsciousness in Consciousness.
It is to generate the pressure of the prana and mix it with the apana, and thus, when the two join together, you generate in the pranic center. And with this heat of the prana, you put a pressure or charge on the Kundalini, the soul nerve, three and a half circles coiled (kundal means" the coil in the curl of the hair of the beloved; it does not mean snake or serpent), on muladhara, and thus awaken it, so that it may pierce through the imaginary chakras and pass ultimately through jalandhara Bandha (Neck Lock - the final blockage in the spine before the energy reaches the head).
Now, let me define a few terms. Prana is life force. It is the life force of the atom. Apana is elimination or the eliminating force. These are two forces, positive and negative in us which are governed by pingala and ida that is, right and left. When we join these two energies under the power and the science of Kundalini Yoga, we mix the prana with apana and bring, under that pressure, the Kundalini up. And when it passes through the central nerve or Sushumana it reaches the higher chakras or lotuses; and thus man can easily look into the future. His psychic power gets enlightened. He can know his total surroundings and he is a blessed being.
After one inhales the prana deep (down to the navel point) and pulls the apana with root lock (up to the navel point); prana and apana mix at the navel center. This is known as Nabhi Chakra or Fourth Vertebra. Heat is felt during the Kundalini awakening and that heat is the filament of the Sushumana or center spinal channel being lit by the joining of prana and apana. Below the Nabhi chakra, the energy leaves the navel and goes to the rectum (or lower center) and then in rises. This is called Reserve Channels. It relates to your Astral Body.
Then, there are six more chakras through which the Kundalini must rise; and it will happen all at once. And once you have raised it, that's it. But the hardest job is to keep it up. To keep the channels clean and clear.
From the rectum to the vocal cord is known as the silver cord. From the neck to the top of the head is the passage. From the third eye to the pineal gland is the gold cord. To make the energy rise in these cords and passages, you must put a pressure.
You live in California? You know how we take out the oil form the ground? Put a pressure and the oil will come out. It is a staircase of energy.
1. Mul bandh brings apana, eliminating force to the navel or fourth vertebra, the central seat of the Kundalini.
2. Diaphragm lock takes it up to neck.
The pineal gland or seat of the soul, does not work when the tenth gate (top of the head) is sealed. But if pineal will secrete (when the Kundalini heat comes) your pituitary will act as radar, keeping the mind from negativity.
Yes, Kundalini Yoga is known as nerve of the soul. And this is to be awakened. And soul is to be awakened. And when soul gets awakened, there remains nothing. What else?
In the practical reality, these chakras are imaginary and nothing else. This Kundalini is just a Kundalini and nothing else. And it is not very important. These pranas and apanas are just there. Everything is set in us. We lack nothing. We use these terms simply to make the process clear so we can get on. It is very simple. After getting myself into the darkness for yours together, I found if I would have know the first day that it was so easy, I could have saved myself a lot of hassle. When I found the Kundalini really can come up like this, I was astonished! It was a surprise to me. I said "that's all there is to the Kundalini?" And my Master said, "yes".
All it is, is creating the prana in that cavity, and mixing it with apana, and taking it down (as we give pressure to the oil), and bringing the oil up is Kundalini. That's it. That is the greatest truth. Truth is bitter, I know, So I cannot speak all the truth. But I speak indirectly and directly truth, because I cannot speak something beyond truth. I have realized the truth, and the fact is that you cannot breathe by your will. It is the God in you which breathes. Without that you do not breathe. Now what is this breath business? I tell you.
And it is a good information to the medical people. Under the eighth vertebra there is a cavity. We call it prana center. Good? In that prana center, with the breathing up to the tip of the tongue and on to the ida and pingala which adjust the temperature of the body, we breathe pranic energy. Pranic energy is the life force of the atom. If fifty years ago, I would have come and talked to you about atomic energy, you would have said, go away - - we don't understand you. When I talk pranic energy, don't feel that I am talking something mystic. It is practical. This pranic energy is the life of the atom. We store it here (8th vertebra down). We know certain actions through which we inhale with this pranic energy. And when we inhale with this pranic energy, our pranic center gets awaked. The pranic center supplies the pranic energy to the pranic nerve. And the pranic nerve supplies the pranic energy to the muscles, which is responsible for the beat of the heart and that of the diaphragm. We call it "U" muscle, because it is shaped like the letter "U" And then this "U" muscle is responsible for all this life current in you which is automatic, beyond your control. You know what these Yogis do? They create pranic energy reservoirs in that cavity. And, thus, live on that reserve. This is what they do. They make that cavity active with certain exercises. And, thus, they know how to control the pranic energy or prana-vayu, the life current. That's one part of it.
The second is apana, which eliminates everything. It has got a connection with the Muladhara Chakra. That is where that Kundalini power lies. Now, when the pranic energy is in you, then second part is that you can circulate it through your body. You can feel it and make people feel it. And then we teach people how to do it. It is a scientific thing which has not nothing to do with mystics, or something which I can't explain. It is so simple, it is practical. And, thus, we circulate it.
And in the circulation, we time it to go with the spinal cord. And then we make it hit the Muladhara. And, thus, we pierce through that bind or blockage before that Kundalini power. The moment we do it, she has no option but to come up. And the moment she comes up, you stand blessed. Then you will see; the computer will work. That's all.
Is it difficult? There is no secret about it. In twenty, thirty days, if you honestly practice it about one hour, two hours each day, you can be through with it. And this is what I did.
Two cautions: You must practice neck lock. Pull the neck straight in, keeping the spine and neck absolutely straight with no bend the neck. The higher flood of circulation will cause the cells of the cells of the brain to expand because of the higher circulation of blood to that region and people shall go mad, half-mad or die. Because the lock was not there!!
And when you do yoga, please, for God's sake, remember, you are playing with the energy which is the life force of the atom. You can well understand what you are doing. I'm giving you 2 word of warning. The prana has been described in the Shastra (Yogic Scriptures) as that which makes the atom live. Our voltage here in the wall socket is 110? And you touch it without insulation? Do you? Then how come you can play with the pranic energy?
The fact remains that without having the Kundalini awakened, your soul is not awakened. And if you soul is awakened, what else you need? And if you will get into the action to awaken the Kundalini, the nerve of the soul, and thus this car of yours will he driven or chauffeured by the soul and not by the negative ego, then you have found God in you. And I shall be the greatest man on earth, if I shall be privileged to touch the dust of your feet, if you had that state. Otherwise, you are a nut, and nothing else.
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