Breath and desire manifestation -II

centersLet us talk about the three most important centers of the being: the center of existence which connects the child to the mother in the womb, “I AM”, therefore I exist. The heart center, “I feel” and the thinking center, “I think”. The Jnana marg or the path of knowledge comes from the “I think” center and the Bhakti marg or the path of devotion is seen mostly among beings centered in the “ I feel” or the heart center. Today,we think so much that we have lost the capacity to feel. So, as the scriptures say, be a child again! When I tell friends to get into the feeling, they get into thinking of the feeling! Now, let me mention a simple method how you can get to the center of consciousness and be a child again.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Asana, or a still body. The best and the easiest asana is Shavasana or the dead man’s pose where you sleep on a mat legs apart so that the thighs do not touch each other, arms away from the body and palms up.
    Asana for a still body
    Asana for a still body

    You could also sit on a chair without touching your back to the chair rest and knees at a ninety degree angle with the thighs.Use any insulator like a mat under the feet. A still body causes all the karmendriyas or action organs to stop functioning and hence the brain relaxes. This is the first requirement. The body must remain absolutely still but not tensed……just relax.

  2. Pranayama , or breath awareness. I am not referring to the alternate nostril breathing, known as nadi shodhana but simple relaxed dual nostril breathing, with awareness of each  inhale and exhale. As discussed in the previous post, breath is the vital link between the body and the mind. The Manomaya kosha being more subtler than the Pranamaya kosha, awareness of each breath becomes very important. Here I will recommend the simple method of Satyananda Saraswatiji with minor modifications : imagine a hollow glass tube within your body from the navel to the throat under the skin. sitImagine two voids at these end points of the glass tube, one at the throat and the other at the navel. Now, on every inhale imagine/visualize a glowing light ball moving from the throat to the navel inside the tube. On every exhale imagine/visualize a glowing light ball moving from the navel to the throat inside the tube. At each end the light ball enters the void as you automatically pause between every inhale and exhale.

To improve awareness, add a reverse number countdown to the breath. Start with a number like 27 or 54 or higher. e.g. On every inhale say mentally ,”I am breathing in 54” as you visualize the glow from the throat to the navel. On exhale say mentally ,”I am breathing out 54” as you visualize the glow from the navel to the throat. Then change 54 to 53,52,51 with every breath till you reach 1. If you miss the count go back to 54 and start again. Do not suppress any thoughts but only be aware of every breath you take.

If you have followed all the steps, when you reach the number 1 , i.e “I am breathing out 1”, you will be at the center of consciousness. It is here that you perform affirmation and visualization and get into the feeling of the wish fulfilled, until you fall asleep.

Now, what will you do when you wake and find that the wish is not yet fulfilled? LET GO. This is a vital step where most people fail. They get so attached to the fruits of the desire , that fear of failure gets to them and is manifested!! I am not implying that you do nothing. During the activity of the conscious mind, act and feel as if your desire is already manifested, having full faith in the infinite supreme intelligence of the universe. An act it will, in proportion to your faith! The scriptures say ,”As you believe,so it shall be done unto you”.  e.g. you are seeking a job and you visualize reading an appointment letter and get into the feeling…..the universe acts, you get an sms,whatsapp,email from a source, which exactly matches your desire, then YOU ACT. Don’t sit and keep visualizing after the universe has acted. It is now your time to act! So, to sum it up, feeling is the secret and no amount of thinking will help. Now, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so try it out yourselves, with small desires first, the one you have not tried before and created mental blocks. The day is not far away when you can create images at will,and then you will have the “key”.

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Breath and success

Breath and Success
 
How often do we ask ourselves, “ Am I timing it right ?”, “ Is this the right time?”, “Should I do it now?”, and , because we do not know the answer we resort to other occult methods like numerology,astrology,tarot etc. Now, what if I tell you that the right answer is always within you, and that one only needs to know the way. Most scriptures say , “ The kingdom of heaven is within you” or “ Yat bramhande tat pinde i.e. The universe exists within you.” So, what is in the macrocosm, is within the microcosm of the body. So, if we find a way to synchronize our individual consciousness with the universal consciousness, we will always get it right!
As discussed earlier, even though the human body has some 72,000 nadis (psychic energy channels), three of them namely Ida (left), Pingala (right) and Sushumna (central) are considered to be the most important. The Ida nadi is connected with the left nostril and the Pingala with the right nostril. The Sushumna , central channel, runs through the spine. All the three nadis merge at the eyebrow centre, which is the location of the third eye or the Ajna chakra.
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Brain hemisphere dominance
The ancient seers found out that, at any given time, only one of the channels is dominant, resulting is dominance of either the left or the right nostril breath. When the Ida nadi or the lunar channel is dominant, the flow through the left nostril is dominant and the right nostril is congested. Conversely, when the Pingala nadi or the Solar channel is dominant the flow through the right nostril is dominant and the left nostril is congested. During changeover, the Sushumna runs briefly for about four minutes. You can verify this yourself by blocking one nostril and breathing through the other for 4-5 inhales and exhales. Surprised? This is a very significant learning : at any given time, only half your brain is in operation and that too only with around 10-15 percent usage! Both these brain hemispheres , referred to as right and left brain have distinctly different functions. The left brain is the linear, logical brain concerned with action and the externalization of senses. It is called the objective brain. The right brain is the creative brain and deals with intuition, desire and the internalization of senses and is the subjective brain. Each person has to check for himself and find the running/dominant nostril.
cross.jpgIt is observed that this nostril dominance lasts for 60 to 80 minutes followed by dual nostril dominance for 4 minutes.Then the congested nostril takes over.Thus, the alternate nostril flow continues throughout the day and night. The sequence is L-R-L-R ……. Changing every 60 minutes or so. What modern neurologists have discovered (what the seers knew thousands of years ago) is that, left nostril flow is connected with the Parasympathetic nervous system and with the right brain for creative dominance. Right nostril flow is connected with the Sympathetic nervous system and left brain for logical dominance. The dual nostril dominance is connected with the Cerebrospinal nervous system.
Now, it is very beneficial to carry out creative activities during left nostril dominance and physical action during right nostril dominance. For this, it is very critical to know the dominant nostril and hence brain dominance at the time of sunrise.The nostrils are directly connected with lunar cycles and we need to understand the lunar day called Tithi and the lunar month. As the moon takes 28.5 days for one revolution around the earth, a lunar date will not correspond with a solar date. During the bright half or the Shukla paksha for the waxing moon, the left nostril operates for nine days on lunar tithis 1,2,3,7,8,9,13,14,15 and the right nostril operates for six days on lunar dates 4,5,6,10,11 and 12. The sequence is LLLRRRLLLRRRLLL.   During the dark half or the Krishna paksha for the waning moon,  the right nostril operates for nine days on lunar tithis 1,2,3,7,8,9,13,14,15 and the left nostril operates for six days on lunar dates 4,5,6,10,11 and 12. The sequence is RRRLLLRRRLLLRRR.
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Lunar phase (Tithi) and nostril dominance for Swara Calendar
        So, we need to synchronize our breath with this lunar rhythm to take advantage of this great universal energy. These being lunar days, calculation of the dominating nostril at sunrise cannot be done without referring to an almanac.
        To calculate this rythm accurately, the following data is needed: your current location, sunrise time for that location, lunar day or tithi, rotation of the earth and the moon, together with the nostril dominance sequence.When the Lunar nadi/Left nostril runs on Lunar days ( Mon,Wed,Thu,Fri) and the Solar nadi/Right nostril runs on Solar days (Sun,Tue,Sat) at Sunrise, these days are considered to be very  auspicious days because of the synchronization of the universal rythm with the individual consciousness. So, for success and right timing, when on a given day, the left nadi is auspicious do all your work related to that nadi, when the left breath is running. Similar method can be used for days when the right nadi is auspicious.What do we do on other days? On the other days, it is best to perform Left nostril (right brain) activities on Mon,Wed,Thu and Fri when the left nostril is running and to perform Right nostril (left brain) activities on Sun,Tue and Sat when the right nostril is running during the day.
        Now, the choice is with you to control your destiny! Quoting from Shri. Johari, “Doing the right thing at the right moment makes one unique – a genius, whereas, doing the right thing at the wrong time makes one stupid”. 
This secret along with all the complicated algorithms is now available in the form of an free android app called “destiny control” from the Google store. You can download it for free and use your own breath for success. A monthly Swara Calendar is also included to schedule events. If you practice purification and breath awareness, you can go one step further : you can change nostril dominance with the mind!!