[QUOTE=Melchizedek;75124]Well there are two ways I have done it.
The first describes a methodology I used and leads to self realization proper.
The other method is not self realization proper but a bit of a parlor trick.
A sneek peek.
[B]One Method for Self Realization proper[/B]
It is essentially of course Chitta vritti Nirodha.
Mental quiescense after kriya. Over the course of time.
The activity was thus . . .
Yogasana for one hour by well trained and devoted teacher.
The pace was slow, with emphasis on deep breathing.
Then I took physical exercise for an hour.
The physical exercise is not necessary but the excersize
does confer the boon of detoxification.
Then I Sat in the Sauna for as long as I could stand it
without negative effects. I educated myself about sauna
therapy to avoid too much danger. I started with about
15 minutes and I worked my way up from there.
[I]End AM session[/I]
The Dietary rule was one of moderation.
The morning asana, traditional western exercise,
and sauna sessions were for systemic detoxification.
Which allowed for prolonged lying or sitting without the
burden of physical discomfort which can, and does agitate the mind.
"It’s at night when the majic happens."
First I studied some teachings…
Then. The Evening session focused on advanced asana,
and exploring mudra and bandha, as those things were
not taught in the moring class I attended. I don’t like
holding my breath so I gave that up but I kept those
teachings in mind.
[I]Then in the tranquility that followed the session.
I lay down with a bit of a grin, with eyes closed, and
concentrated (did dharana) on the space about six inches
infront of and between the eyebrows
The gazing lasted between 30 minutes and an hour.
One day . . . I began seeing phenomena in that space
between the brows. This phenomena is recorded in various scriptures.
And as Patanjali said "those dharanas which bring extraordinary
experiences cause perseverance of the mind.
These Phenomena are in part - the proverbial carrot on the stick.[/I]
Then one morning the mind was so quiet and still
that the clouds parted and my own self came pouring
through the veil and I was sat, chit, ananda.
Meaning a wave of joy, the likes of which one doesn’t
forget, came and sat on me.
Then it was over. I was so excited the mind
got agitated, and it was lost - but not lost.
[B]The Parlor Trick[/B]
You won’t experience the bliss but if you do it right
you will get to see yourself.
This is what worked for me. Or how I did it.
The minute mechanics of it, how it works - i don’t know.
Find a comfortable seat. I use what I think some
call vajra, or vira I don’t know. I sit on my heels.
Left heel under the left cheek, Right Heel under the right Cheek.
Or if i’m limber I root on the seam (perineum) left foot
on the left side, right foot on the right side.
Sitting then I do outer trataka. I find a hole in the wall,
or make one with a thumbtack, thats level with my gaze as
I “stare between the brows”
My head is about two feet from the wall.
I don’t worry about thoughts comming and going,
I just concentrate on fixing my gaze and let the thougts go, or come.
I’m putting some energy into it. I’m trying to stare
a hole [I]through[/I] that wall. I’m trying to "cut through it"
I"m trying to move through it. I’m trying to make it catch on fire.
I’m just tell my self that I’m going to keep staring until the
tears come to my eyes. I’m not blinking and if I do blink -
well I keep on staring.
The eyes start to water.
Once they start to water I close them.
Take a breath, because I’m fixing to hold it.
I hold the breath the entire time I’m doing the techniques.
So you can see, if you do it right it doesn’t take long at all to push through.
Suck the guts “a little” in as in Uddiyana.
And here’s the trick…
Apply [I]shankmukhi mudra.[/I] Thumbs on the ears,
index Fingers on the eyes, middle fingers plugging the nose,
and the pinkies on the mouth. Close all the gates you can
without strain - ala ashwini mudra.
I’m holding the breath, a slight uddiyana,
fingers over the gates of the head, the ashwini
mudra is slight. I’m trying to make it all still.
Then I do the inner gaze as i did the outter.
I’m trying to cut through the mind. Pull through
the mind. Move forward. Just as I did the outter
fixing, i do the inner. If it clicks with you what I’m saying.
“cutting through, moving forward, pulling towards” then
I think you’ll get it.
If your perceptive you’ll see the different layers of your
being, and you keep going IN.
And if you did it right, or ‘good enough’ you will see a
luminous cloud, and if you can "cut through the luminous cloud"
you will see the inner mind, and inside the mind is the self.
Just as described.
“Like an unflickering candle flame, self luminous.”
and you will know what the thelemesits mean when
they say “every man and woman is a star.”
And you will know that you are the lord - of your
own house. Your own house being your body.
And hopefully you will give up the notion of being the
Head of this Universe. A job of course handled by the Lord.
Who is called by some Ishvara, or "the lord of Hosts,"
or the King of Kings.
And this goes to all, please post your experiences
It’s quite easy once you practice it and get the
technical aspects down.
There may be a couple sticking points that trip you
up so ask and I will try to answer.
[I]Finger pressure on the eyes is important.[/I]
The right pressure helps you “cut through.” You may not
even need to pull with the mind at all, if the finger pressure is right.
This is simply what worked for me.
There are many ways to skin a cat.
I have not scientificaly gone through and
determined which steps are necesary or superfulous.
But I would try it the way i described before getting creative.[/QUOTE]
NIce job sharing and explaining your method.
Please pardon the reflow of text this site does
not deal with graphics inserted in a post very well it
tends to loose text.
Parlor trick in Kriya Circles it is a little different technique
but called Yoni or Jyoti Mudra depends on the school.
This is a graphice representation of that which has been
experienced, by the time this is experienced one
is already in a different state of awareness.
Usually a disk shape in the darkness is seen it can be dark red with spokes
then it becomes lighter in color then it turns gold white and yellow.
The the initial stages described below.
Initial Stages seeing the Star the outer ring continues to expand like
a big bang of sorts ever expanding from nothing outwards
until the orb and the 5 pointed white star are observed.
Once the orb and the star are observed by focusing
on the star it grows
larger untils the orb and the star are all then
only the star then an intuitive leap
or rather one is pulled into the star.
Once one enters the star there is brilliant light and then one
can see in panoramic vision and beholds a body of this appearance
below for lack of a better term a body of light that and has yet another
a much different state of awareness:
Apologies these are very crude representations.
I have also experienced leaning out of the body wearing the subtle body
looking at the meat suit this is not the same.
The subtle body has a greyish blue color to it and like this one is youthful
in appearance without hair. The subtle body has a joyful happy relieved
emotion about it, unencumbered, light hearted and laughing at the prank of flesh.
The golden body in the Orb depicted has a completely different kind of
It is my belief that neither body are the Atman but perishable
because this mind can relate the experience.
More experienced peoples thoughts welcome.