In the initial phase of the four (yantras) Jor open hold, directed hold, closed hold and contracted hold,m inhale in four counts extending your arms over \ottr head and crossing your legs; exhale in four counts extending your arms back and lowering your forehead to the ground.
In the Flaming Lotus Pose for open hold; in the Arched Lotus Pose for directed hold, in the Entwined Lotus Pose for closed hold with the union of the upper and lower prams, in the Swinging Lotus Pose for contracted hold: the initial phase consists of an inhalation in four counts extending your arms over your head and crossing your legs in the vajra posture, and of an exhalation in four counts extending your arms straight behind your back and lowering your forehead to the ground before you. The final phase consists of an inhalation in four counts extending your arms over your head and your legs straight forward, and of an exhalation in four counts grasping the outer sides of your feet and pulling them, bringing your forehead to your knees.
In the initial phase of the quick exhalation, inhaling in four counts lie down on your back and extend your arms over your head; exhaling in four counts, extend your arms by your sides and raise your crossed legs.
In the Jumping Lotus Pose for quick exhalation, the initial phase consists of an inhalation in four counts, lying down on your back and c;,rhJUARV OP THE INITIAL and flnal PHASES: T$[y SfVtn LolUStS jjjig extending your arms over your head, and of an exhalation in four counts extending your arms by your sides and raising your crossed le^s.
In the initial phase oj the empty hold[ in one complete exhalation place your hands on the ground and straighten your arms, then raise yourself up on your knees and the palms oj your hands.
In the Snaking Lotus Pose for empty hold, the initial phase consists of an exhalation in four counts lowering your hands to the ground, then straightening your arms and raising yourself onto your knees and the palms of your hands.
In all the final phases inhale in one cycle extending your arms over your head and your legs straight forward; exhale m one cycle lowering your jorehead to your knees and pulling the outer sides of your jcet; m the final phase oj the empty hold inhale in one cycle lowering your hands to the ground by your sides and raising your torso, and exhale in one cycle letting your crossed legs drop to their former position.
In all the final phases inhale in four counts extending your arms over your head and your legs straight forward and exhale in four counts bringing your forehead to your knees and grasping the outer sides of your feet and pulling them. However, in the final phase of the yentra for empty hold, inhaling in four counts bring your hands to your sides and raise your torso, and exhaling in four counts drop back onto the ground with your legs crossed.
It is very important to apply all (the movements) on the basis of the seven breathing phases.
Summary of the Initial and Final Phasps- ta, c
In all the lotus positions it is necessary and extremely important to the method of the seven breathing phases. ° ^^ ^
Leant from the mouth of a lineage-holding master all the specific instructions on the practice.
Exhaustive and detailed instructions on the specific points that have no been clarified here must be learned orally from a master or teacher who is a holder of the transmission of the secret methods. This is the advice of the great master Vairocana.
The Signs and Resultant Qualities of the Practice
The signs and resultant (jualities of the practice are of three kinds.
Three kinds of signs and resultant qualities of Yantra practice are described: the resultant qualities of the three secret aspects, the three ripenings, and the obtainment of the three powers.
I.The Resultant Qualities of the Three Secret
As the outer secret sign, the body levitates, pleasure and heat blaze\ one obtains the swift gait and has less attachment to food and clothes, and the five elements do not present material hindrances.
As the outer secret sign, the body is able to levitate, heat and the sensation of pleasure increase, one can journey vast distances in short time traveling with a very rapid gait,305 there is less attachment to food and clothes etc., and the five elements - earth, water, fire, air and space - no longer present any material hindrance.306
As the inner sign, thoughts of emotions cease, one no longer feels the flow of the breathing, everything that appears seems like a magical illusion and one is liberated from the limits of attachment.
As the inner sign, all thoughts of emotions, like having attachment to oneself and hatred towards others, gradually cease; the flow of the
352 The Signs and Ri-si mam Qualm if s or run Practice inhalation and exhalation remains latent30 and is not felt; one experiences a sensation of unreality similar to a magical illusion due to the absence of self-nature in everything one perceives,308 and becomes completely free from the limits of dualism and ot attachment.
As the secret sign, one abides in the unaltered nature of mind, the state of authentic wisdom; this is the vajra like contemplation known as 'bliss, clarity, and non thought'.
As the secret sign, one abides in the unaltered nature of mind, in the state ot authentic wisdom called 'bliss, clarity, and non thought' that is the vajra like contemplation.w
2. The Three Ripenings
Three kinds of ripening manifest: as the resultant quality of the ripening of the channels, human beings, riches and foods etc. fall like rain, and in particular one attracts Mother-Ddkinis.*11
By means of the ripening of the channels, all ones wishes, starting from the desire for people, riches and foods, are fulfilled like rain falling. In particular one acquires the spontaneous capacity to attract Dakinis.
As the resultant quality of the ripening of the prdna, one is able to sit on the tip of a stalk, one's body becomes as light as cotton flock, and one's gait becomes as swift as a bird's.
By means of the ripening of the prdna, one attains the capacity to sit on rhe tip ot a stalk, ones body becomes as light as cotton flock and one can walk so fast as to seem to fly.
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/li the resultant quality of the ripening of the thigh\ one becomes able to leave one's footprint in rockf not to sink in water and not to hunt in fire; internally; pleasure blazes like fire.
B)r means of the ripening of the thigle, placing ones foot on rock, one can leave one s footprint in the rock, f one goes in water one does not sink, and one is not burnt by fire. Furthermore» internally the sensation of pleasure develops like a blazing fire,
The it one obtains the three powers: by means of power over the channels, by directing one s gaze at a person one is able to terrorize them, to make them faint and paralyze them.
Thus one obtains the three powers. Attaining power over the channels, by staring at a person one is able to frighten or terrorize them, ro make them lose their senses or to stun them, to immobilize them or take away all their courage.
By means of power over the prdna, pleasure and heat blaze even without meditating, and one attains the capacity to fly in the sky like a birdI
Obtaining power over the prdtta, even without practicing, the sensation of pleasure and heat develop spontaneously, and one becomes able to hover in the sky and fly like a bird*
B\ means of power over the thigle, marks and signs develop in one's body cm attains the ability to resurrect the dead and to show wondrous displays and manifestations of numdahs.
Obtaining power over the thigle, numerous positive marks and signs manifest in the physical body, one becomes able to bring the dead back to life, to show infinite magical displays and to make diverse tnandalas appear miraculously.
In this wayt by becoming familiar with the methods of prdna all the resultant qualities will manifest.
By practicing and mastering the profound methods of prdna, the yogin will spontaneously and effortlessly obtain all positive qualities.
Thu third and concluding part comprises three sections: overcoming hindrances, the final advice and the conclusion.
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