Depending on the Bible that you read and due to translational issues, there are many different interpretations of Matthew 6 22. Some translations say when thine eye is single, some say when thine eye is good, open, healthy etc. To me it all means the same thing. Jesus is saying when the consciousness is placed in the spiritual eye (Ajna Chakra, Pineal Gland) through yogic methods, you experience GOD Consciousness. When the consciousness goes through the brainstem and you are seeing the world through your two physical eyes, you experience body consciousness.
When you are a child, the pineal gland controls the endocrine system and you are closer to GOD because of this. After puberty, the pituitary gland takes over control of the endocrine system. With this the pleasure creating center that was dominated by oral stimulation (survival) drops down to the genital area (procreation). You lose touch of happiness coming from being and begin to seek your happiness in obtaining. As Jesus said, you must become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven.
I still occasionally sun gaze. I like to do 5 or 10 minutes in the morning at sunrise for maximum protection of the ozone layer. Satyananda says that he never knew anybody that practiced sun gazing that didn't get cataracts and so didn't recommend it. I try to follow Satyananda's teachings as much as possible and so it is better to do trataka on a candle flame, your eyes in the mirror or your lovers eyes. I am still attracted to the fact that HRM's pineal gland was 2.5 times the size of a normal persons.
In Revelation 1 12 Jesus revealed himself to his disciple John:
And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
John saw something like this:
The 7 golden candlesticks are the 7 chakras that the yogis talk about. The metaphor of the tongue appearing as a sword is interesting being that the tongue is used like a sword in Kechari to cut open the Tenth Gate. I know that the idea of your tongue breaking through the Tenth Gate sounds strange, incredible, and may bring out feelings of apprehension. When my Vishuddha opened and my tongue expanded, it felt like my tongue was having an Incredible Hulk type experience where his muscle expand so much that they rip apart the clothes he is wearing. I could feel some pain signals but they were more than overwhelmed by feelings of blissful energy. I instinctively knew that something profound was happening to me. Believe me when I say that when this happens to you, and it will because this is your destiny, you will be in a state of complete ecstasy wanting more.
Here is another passage from The Bible that describes the Sushumna, Sahasrara, Chakras, and the Ida and Pingala Nadis – Zecharia 4 2:
*He asked me, “What do you see?”
I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps. Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”
Occasionally I will read the internet to see the interpretations of The Bible from ministers and priests. I don't understand how someone could dedicate their life to The Divine, be altruistic and yet be so clueless about the true meaning of The Bible and Jesus' Teachings. Jesus was one of the Greatest Yogis to have ever lived. But when you deify him and ignore his teachings it undermines the whole purpose of his life. How anyone can think Jesus' dialogue in Matthew 11 29 is anything but a reference to Yoga is beyond me:
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Another interpretation - Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves.
The word yoke means join. The word yoga means join. Revelations 5 10
The Lion (Jesus) of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
John 14 12 Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done and even greater works.
From the Gospel According to Thomas:
Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, "These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom." (referring to Kechari reaching the Amrita)
And if you make the male and female one, so that the male is no longer male and the female no longer female, and when you put eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in the place of a hand, and a foot in the place of a foot, and an image in the place of an image, then you will enter [the Kingdom!"] (referring to Kechari, Shambhavi, and Meditation)
Simon Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life."
Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven."
What do you think Jesus meant by a female “making” herself male? I think you know what I believe Jesus is referring to.
I am grateful for you as well. I didn't know what to do with my tongue after I made it to Kechari Stage 2. I had spent a few weeks pushing on things in my nasal pharynx area wondering where I'm suppose to press to shut off my senses. I didn't like sticking my tongue into the turbinate areas because they were too sensitive. It wasn't until I started surfing Michael Beloved's site from the link that you sent me, and found the ebook on Lahiri's letters to his disciples that I learned what to do after Kechari Stage 2.
There is a sticking point above the holes in the nose and it will go beyond that - gradually. Don't force it; if you do so you can injure yourself. It will do its work after higher Kriya.
This is some advanced instruction for khechari mudra----
"There is a sticking point above the holes in the nose and it (the tongue) will go beyond that – gradually. " "It (khechari mudra) will do its work after higher Kriya."]
It was your expression of gratitude for my posts that helped me progress in my path. I guess you could say you helped yourself as well. It's the strangest thing when you start seeking, synchronicity happens. The Divine works in mysterious ways.
The importance to practice pranayama with balanced nadis (Ida and Pingala) cannot be overstated. As Jesus said in the Gospel of Thomas, "If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move Away,' and it will move away." You should start practice with rounds of Nadi Shodhana to balance the nadis. A walking Nadi Shodhana meditation before you sit is a good idea. For me they seem to balance quicker when I get my heart and lymph system pumping. Practice different pranayama exercises and see what works best for you to open your nadis. Practice and experiment. Yukteswar said that you will learn far more from practicing than you can ever learn in a book. The books, tapes, lectures are important but they are like a road map. To get to your destination you have to travel the path.
After balancing your Nadis, practice a few Mula Bandhas followed by some Maha Bandhas to turn your Kundalini on.
The pranayama my yoga teacher teaches is two rounds of about 100 to 200 breath of fires followed by 6 rounds of Nadi Shodhana, emphasis on the Kumbhakas. After Breath of Fire spend time just sitting in Siddhasana with the breath suspended as long as you can. Don't hold your breath because the carbon dioxide stream will be disrupted by the pressure, just suspend your breath. When I would do this I would feel drunk with prana. Your body will tell you when you need to take a breath. Take an inhale and then hold it as long as you can. Exhale, hold it as long as you can. (make sure you are in Kechari as far as you can go) Do this about 4 times. I've never read this exercise in a book. We do this at the beginning of each session of asanas. And if he teaches it this way, Sivananda teaches it this way. He has the greatest reverence for Sivananda. There is nothing special about me. Sivananda says that when you have developed your Kechari far enough, the breath stops. This stillness along with uddiyana bandha is what allows the combination of prana and apana to join samana in the stomach region and ignite your Kundalini.
How Satyananda became a Sannyasin is an amazing story. After 3 years of living at the ashram he got tired of it and so called a friend in New Delhi. The friend offered to give him a job and sent him money to buy clothing and a ticket to New Delhi. When Satyananda presented himself in front of Sivananda, Sivananda asked him what he thought he was doing. I'm leaving to New Delhi tomorrow said Satyananda. And Sivananda said no you aren't. You're taking the vows of a Sannyasin tomorrow. And Satyananda said but I've got a job, bought clothes, here's my suitcase. I'm going to be an editor and write about Yoga. You can leave for New Delhi tomorrow if you want said Sivananda, but if you get on a train, it will not go. If you get on a bus, it will not start. If you get on a horse, it will not move. Your destiny is to become a Sannyasin. And so Satyananda become Satyananda the next day – Truth in Bliss (sat means truth (what is) – ananda means bliss)
Satyananda says his Kriya 6 and 7 from the book Kundalini Tantra (Maha Bandha) are the heart of Kriya Yoga. But if in your sadhana you sit and roll off 20 Maha Bandhas without first balancing out your nadis (opening up the flow in both nostrils), you are spinning your wheels. Your Sadhana will be ineffectual. And believe me I'm no fan of Nadi Shodhana or anoloma veloma (alternate nostril breathing has several different names). I remember reading Motoyama's book Theories of the Chakras and in it he said he would wake up at 4 in the morning and practice alternate nostril breathing for an hour. I thought there is no way I'm doing that. That would make for one boring hour.
Fast forward one and a half years later and that's exactly what I do. Satyananda recommends doing this as an exercise to open the Third Eye. As I stated earlier I like to do it in a walking meditation. In The Teachings of Swami Satyananda Series, Satyananda says the proper ratio is 1:6:4:4. Page 444 Volume 5:
Now when you have perfected the coordination between the breathing and the bandhas, (Nadi Shodhana in conjunction with Maha Bandha) then the third point comes – the ratio. This is very important because it is directly linked with the right and left hemispheres of the brain and with the sympathetic and para sympathetic nervous systems. There has to be a ratio in pranayama not so much for the sake of oxygenation but in order to influence the brain, the nervous system, and the heart and so forth.
The ideal ratio which will completely put the mind under control so that it can't move is 1:6:4:4, but you cannot do this right from the beginning. You must start with the minimum ratio, which is 1:2. Retention you may adjust, but the ratio of inhalation and exhalation has to be one to two. Later you can increase it to 1:3, 1:4, 1:5, 1:6.
In many satsangs Satyananda stresses the use of mantra and how important it is and so I try to incorporate mantra into my practice whenever I can. You are suppose to stick to one mantra (the one your guru gives you), but I've been playing around with several. I have found that Om Mani Padme Hum is perfect for a walking meditation. As Satyananda says the ideal count is 1 for inhalation, 6 kumbhaka, 4 exhalation, 4 kumbhaka. I can't inhale quick enough on one step so I do 2:6:4:4. (I could easily inhale on 1 count if I was in a sitting practice with Maha Bandha which is what he recommends) So basically I am taking two steps on the inhalation chanting Om Mani and then holding the kumbhaka chanting Padme Hum Om Mani Padme Hum for six steps. Finally the entire mantra for four steps for the exhalation and four steps for the exhalation kumbhaka. So basically I say the mantra 4 times with each cycle of breath and try to give the Tenth Gate a little push of the tongue each time I say Om. The top of the nasal septum is nice to rub but I tend to focus on the tissue under the tenth gate. This tissue is so much more sensitive and so naturally your focus goes there. It seems like that there is a lot going on but you get into a rhythm and it is quite easy.
I have noticed that my nasal turbinate areas have opened quite a bit over the last two months. Before when I would raise my tongue to the Tenth Gate, I would have to slowly let the breath open them up. Now I can go straight to the Tenth Gate. I might have purified my system enough to allow this to happen. Either that or I just stretched them out. Maybe a little bit of both because they certainly dilate when you practice Nadi Shodhana.
I wouldn't advocate doing this for an hour until you have achieved stage 3 of Kechari (internal Nadi Shodhana), but it is a good idea to do a walking meditation with your fingers for 5 minutes or so before you sit down for pranayama to balance out your nadis.
Satyananda wrote that your meditation will be a good one if you balance out your nadis first. Earlier I read that he said the left nostril open is the best time to meditate because then the Ida or Lunar force is predominate. Maybe one teaching was just for meditation only and no pranayama before meditation.
Maha Bandhas or Satyananda's Kriya 6 and 7 are the most important exercises but you have to have your Nadis balanced (Ida and Pingala) for them to be effective. (I know that I'm being repetitive but this is that important) And you have to be able to create a good vacuum with Uddiyana and hold it. Satyananda says shoot for 90 seconds. I can't come close to that but I've found that how long I hold it is a function of how tight my vacuum is. To still the tissue, I go all the way. I would rather hold the tightest Uddiyana that I can for 30 seconds than a weak one for 60 seconds. I like to pump out 30 breath of fires before going into Kriya 7. This decarbonates the blood and allows you to hold Maha Bandha longer. Experimenting with a tight Maha Bandha and then going into Satyananda's Kriya 6 is how I activated my Kundalini.
I'm sorely lacking on the Nauli front. I perform my Sadhana when I wake up. After eating I just don't want to practice Uddiyana. The first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is the best time to do pranayama. In the afternoon and evening I just like to slip my tongue up the open nadi and be. I'm starting to hear ringing in my ears all the time now. Lahiri talks about this in his 108 pieces of advice - #75. Animals are enchanted by music; if man is not attracted by the sound of OM, then he is an ass. To me it sounds more like a constant ringing than OM.
When I cover my ears to confirm that the sound is coming from inside, it takes me out of the breathless state. I have no idea how physiologically the eustachean tubes or the ears could play a role in the breathless state.
This is not the first time that I've experienced this though. My yoga instructor adjusts my head and neck in Savasana after each yoga session. He then holds my head and prays over me. I noticed when he does this I start fighting the breath to stay in the breathless state. I told him that he is stealing energy from me because he takes me out of the breathless state, he disagreed. I have noticed many times doing Maha Bandha that my ears pop. At first I thought that the ears allow some sort of air transfer but an intelligent friend told me that that would be impossible unless I had a hole in my ear drum. And so I am perplexed as to why covering the ears takes me out of the breathless state.
This is the best picture that shows both the secret spot and the G-spot tissue. The secret spot is the top part of the nasal septum (the thin strip of skin between the two nostril openings). As soon as I made it into Kechari Stage 2, I felt electricity flowing through the septum stinging my tongue. It felt like sticking your tongue on top of a 9 volt battery. You can see from the pictures in my profile how the Uvula was burning up the Frenulum underneath my tongue. The white tissue was hard like a scab. Keep in mind that my Kundalini was already activated and so other people might have different experiences.
The top (Secret Spot) of the Nasal Septum is the most sensitive but I couldn't reach it until two moths after I had achieved Kechari Stage 2 and spent 5+ hours a day with the tongue resting on the bottom of the Nasal Septum. This eventually caused me to go into a trance and my Vishuddha opened up which I described in an earlier post. The G-Spot tissue is on the back top part of the nasal pharynx area known as the Pharyngeal Tonsils (several of the photos on my profile show them). In this picture it looks like it is on the top the of pharynx but this subject has their head down like in Jalahandra Bandha. When your tongue reaches it, you will know because it feels different than the rest of the tissue in the pharynx. As I've stated before you can only get a poor man's ration of the Amrita from Kechari Stage 2. Lahiri would have his disciples do 10 hours of pranayama to make it to Samadhi and I haven't done anything like this yet. I believe such an effort would get the Amrita flowing through the Pharyngeal Tonsils.
Earlier in this post I described how I balance my Nadis (Nadi Shodhana). They dilate after a minute or two of doing this but you would not know this unless you can make it to Kechari Stage 3 (Tongue up the turbinate areas). I simply stick my tongue up one nostril and breathe in then switch nostrils and exhale. Whenever I walk any where, I am practicing Nadi Shodhana. Beginners will have to start out by using their fingers. You can tell they are balanced when both nostrils are flowing freely.
If you haven't made it to Kechari Stage 2 yet, none of this is accessible to you and you should focus on doing 1,000 to 2,000 Talabyas a day. It only takes 2 minutes to rattle off 100 of them and they can be done anywhere. I did them in my car, in the elevator, walking to the gym, just about any time I was alone. The first few times you do them, the underside of your tongue will get sore but after you do them for a week or so your tongue will become acclimated to them and start forming a callous underneath it. This should be cut by lifting the tongue like in the first part of Talabya and looking in the mirror. The second part of Talabya is essential for achieving Kechari Stage 2. The whipping part gives the tongue the ability to curl and slide up behind the Uvula.
I recommend oil pulling to keep your mouth clean (oilpulling.com). I use coconut oil.
I hope I clarified things for you.