Amrit pan can be described as an upright form of vipareeta karani mudra'. Concerning vipareeta karani mudra, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika says: "The secretion of the moon (bindu) is called amrit. It is normally consumed by the fire of the sun (manipura chakra). It (lows downwards and leads to ageing of the body. There is a wonderful technique which can reverse this process (called vipareeta karani mudra)." (3:77-78) Both vipareeta karani mudra and amrit pan are concerned with reversing this process by redirecting the nectar upwards from manipura towards bindu via the lalana chakra. The same psychic pathway is utilized in both kriyas: In vipareeta karani mudra, however, the body is inverted, while in amrit pan it remains upright.
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