Breath and desire manifestation – I

Now we come to the very important topic of desire manifestation. Now, you may ask, why have desires at all? Why not be desire-less and live a peaceful life. Well, two things come to my mind, meditation cannot be done on an empty and hungry stomach worrying about paying EMI’s  and if all you decide to renounce, what will you renounce? Desire or rather unfulfilled desire is one of the primary causes of rebirth. Of Course you need sense and action organs to chase these desires and in the process, you create karmas, because of your sense of doership. Now, we have to use the mind to fulfill all worldly desires and transcend it to realize the true self. It is very important to keep in mind the following criteria before we proceed to manifestation:

  1. Worldly desires will manifest only because of the joy you will feel after fulfillment.
  2. Do not seek for the ego i.e comparing your lack of it with another.
  3. Do not seek against the will of another nor should it cause harm to others.
  4. Believe that you can have it or be it.
  5. Do not ever condemn what you are trying to seek.

Since we have to use the mind for manifestation, let us recall the mind and the levels of consciousness. It is important to understand this very well as the secret lies in the gap! The conscious mind , when we are awake, externalizes our senses and we move to the periphery of the circle, being constantly subject to the inputs from them. This represents what you want  and what you know.states

The sub-conscious mind is infinite and represents what you are! So, no amount of using the conscious mind and thinking will fulfill your desires. You may say , “ I am a millionaire” for several lives but you will continue to be what you are. During the Swapna state, the senses are internalized. As already mentioned, there is an interstitial gap between these two states which is God or super-consciousness. Now, with these basics, let me proceed to steps in desire manifestation. I am greatly influenced by Neville Goddard ( 1905-1972 ) in this method and am using yoga to reach the state which western authors refer to as the center of consciousness.

First let us start with you:

  1. Know definitely what you want : you may be surprised that majority of the people do not know what they want and what it is that they are seeking! And by chance , even if they knew what they wanted, their object of desire changes every day or week! What you want is your vision or desire. This is known as “thinking of”. e.g. I want wealth. I want happiness. Now, the unconditioned pure consciousness , I AM (AHAM)  is conditioned with the desire for wealth. So, now we say, “I AM aware of wealth”.
  2. Now that you know what you desire, step two is to determine what action indicates the fulfillment of your desire. e.g. playing with snow in Switzerland, driving the car I love, opening my new house door, receiving the award , hugging my beloved,signing the agreement, receiving the cheque  and so on.
  3. Having finalized the action you will perform when your desire is fulfilled, enact the same in your imagination i.e use all your senses, in imagination, as you are performing the action “here and now”. e.g. You hear your colleague say , “well done” or you see the ocean view from the veranda, or you touch the snow and feel the cold sensation. It is important to imagine and feel it happening “now” in time and “here” in space and see it as you would, in action. Do not travel to the place of action but shrink the space in between and feel it happening now and not in the future. This is important because the universe can only exist in the eternal now and your mind can be only in the past or the future!
  4. In this final stage, just before going to bed, remove the pillow for spine alignment and get into the feeling of the wish fulfilled in your imagination. Use a sankalpa or affirmation like , “ Thank you mother for…..” , “ I am happy for ……”, “ The infinite intelligence of the Universe has…….”, “ Thank you lord for……”. Keep on affirming the sentence in your mind as you visualize and feel your self in action performing the act ,which implies wish fulfillment. Do this till it is very vivid and real in your imagination. So, vivid that you can almost touch it! We will later discuss the method or sadhana to achieve this state of awareness in dream state. Now,

I AM

I AM aware of wealth.

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I AM wealthy.

              I am using wealth frequently as it is the number one desire today. The blank third line above is the most important. You cannot move from step I AM or from step I AM aware of wealth  to I AM wealthy, without completing line three. And, the most important line three is I AM aware of being wealthy. Un less you can feel different from what you already are, you will continue to remain as you are. No amount of thinking or wish-full thinking or positive thinking will help you unless you can change the way you feel .You will be not be able to feel differently unless you put your conscious mind to sleep and remain aware. The detailed method follows.

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Breath and life span

Breath and life span


Ancient seers measured life by the number the breaths (inhale plus exhale) we take.  On an average a normal human being breathes at a rate of 15 breaths per minute or 21,600 breaths per day. Now, the maximum life span allocated to an individual is:


15 breaths/min x 60 mins x 24 hours x 365 days x 120 years = 9,46,080,000 breaths.


The total number of breaths allocated to each individual is fixed, however, the rate at which these breaths are consumed varies dramatically from individual to individual. Because of the stress associated with unfulfilled desires of the modern materialistic world, humans always breathe at a much higher rate. As the mind is more subtler, stress immediately affects the breathing rate. This causes breathing to be shallow and the number of breaths allocated are consumed at a much faster rate. When a human being is under stress, along with the reduced time of each breathing cycle, the space up to where the breath is projected from the nostril increases e.g. fear causes quick shallow breathing and one can feel the breath reach up to the navel. This dramatically reduces the lifespan of humans in the modern age. So, the first way to increase life is to spend time alone with the senses internalized , and take deep long rhythmic breaths to relax the mind.
You need not learn any advanced  technique just yet. Just sit or lie on the ground with the spine straight and take deep long breaths without using force, but with full awareness of every breath. The best time for this is before sunrise, at the junction of day and night,called the Sandhi Kala.  As you proceed with this breathing, the time span of  each breath continuously increases and after a some time you will achieve a rate of 5-6 breaths per minute or even lesser. Now, you will feel completely relaxed and closer to the center.
It is very difficult to remain aware of the breath while doing work, as the mind along with the senses, being externalized, continuously distracts the individual. This method of breath awareness is the first dharana or method mentioned in the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and was also used by the  Buddha in the form of Anapanasati yoga.
PRANA VAYU.jpg          As the Manomaya Kosha or the mental body is more subtle than the breath or the Pranamaya Kosha , breathing alone is not sufficient. This breathing must be accompanied with mind awareness for faster results. It seems too simple a method to be just aware of every inhale and exhale. Try it for thirty minutes and see the results. Very few people are relaxed and aware enough to focus on each breath for more than 3-4 minutes. So, the secret to a long life is deep,long rhythmic breathing and with awareness, liberation.
Now more on breath. Even though we feel only the air we breathe, this is at a gross level. Air is just the medium through which Maha-prana or cosmic consciousness enters the human being. The Prana Shakti or life force, at the individual level assumes the five sheaths from the physical sheath to the bliss sheath , which is closest to the spirit or the supreme self. Now, the Pranamaya Kosha or the vital energy sheath divides into sub-pranas:
  1. Prana , functions in the thoracic region
  2. Apana , functions below the navel
  3. Samana , located between the heart and navel
  4. Udana , functions in the throat and face region
  5. Vyana , pervades the whole body
              One of the keys is to retain this middle breath between inhale and exhale and lengthen the retention time though various techniques.
illustration-showing-the-nadis-and-chakras-e1354813761199.jpgThe universal prana which is now individualized is spread through the entire body by 72,000 subtle channels called nadis. Out these 72,000 nadis, 10 are important. They are:
Ida ,Pingala, Sushumna, Gandhari ,Hastijihva ,Poosha ,Yashaswini, Alambusha ,Kuhu and Shankhini. Now Ida ,Pingala, Sushumna the negative, positive and neutral channels,are the most significant. Ida is the negative or female channel responsible for cooling and relaxation. Pingala is the positive or male channel which energizes the body. Ida is related to the conscious mind, Pingala to the sub-conscious and Sushumna to the un-conscious mind.
Ida runs on the left side of the spine, Pingala on the right and Sushumna in the center. All these three nadis join together at the level of the third eye and then proceed together as one.

Breath Basics

Every living being breathes. So, all these words in my blog are for living beings, and especially for living beings with awareness : humans! Breathe does not discriminate on divisions created by humans for their selfish motives : race,religion,caste,color or creed.So, these words for all who can read and who live on this mother earth under the same Sun and Moon.
You are alive because you breathe! The most significant factor to note is that the breath does not need you, it goes on despite of you : right from birth to death, from childhood, adolescence, married life, old age and the various events,circumstances, emotions and feelings that the body and mind experiences, there is one unchanging constant : breath. This is because breathing is an autonomous process.So, breath is the the most important factor to any human being and yet the least explored. People have conquered the moon and mars but are yet to discover the potential of this phenomenon within you, the very cause of your existence, which gives you a name. You breathe and you have a name, you stop and you are a dead body without a name.
We know so little of this magnificent resource because we spend very little time with our own Self. We are forever surrounded by things and people being a slave to our senses : the very senses which are powered by breath. The only time we are centered within is when we are in the state of deep sleep, but alas this centering is without awareness.
i do.jpgThe breath is the vital link between the body and the mind. So, we can use breath for fulfillment of worldly desires as well as for realization of the self and liberation. For all worldly desires we use the mind and for self realization the mind is transcended. This is very important to know at the very start of this journey. Self realization does not need the mind and senses, because it the very Self (absolute consciousness) that powers the mind and the senses. We are so much driven by our unending desires that we are never centered in the SELF , and are forever on the periphery/circumference with I DO, I OWN, I HAVE, I FEEL and so on.

kosha.jpgBefore we go to use breath, we must know some fundamentals about the human being. The human body is just one layer of sheath called the Annamaya Kosha or the food body. There is a subtler sheath called the Pranamaya Kosha or the pranic body responsible for physiological functions like digestion. A more subtler dimension is the Manomaya Kosha or the mental body in charge of the mental and emotional processes. Now Prana or breath becomes the link between the body and the mind. Following the mental body is an even subtler sheath called the Vijnanamaya Kosha or the intuitive body responsible for psychic and causal aspects. The fifth and the subtlest sheath is the Anandamaya Kosha or the bliss body for transcendental awareness. These sheaths are directly related to the different states of the mind or the psychological aspect.
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      So, we now come to the four states mind. In the attached picture the white area represents the infinite substratum called super consciousness or God consciousness which is the basis for the other states. The conscious state of mind is when you are awake. In wakeful awareness most humans are slaves of their senses.  Sub-conscious mind or the dream state is followed by deep sleep. These layers correspond to the Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta frequencies of the brain. The most important point to note is that there exists a gap between each state, where you are one with HIM. HIM, your true SELF.

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Now, let us put this all together! The food body and the pranic body are associated with the conscious state of mind and form the Stula sharira or the gross body. The mental body and the intuitive body are associated with the dream state or the sub-conscious mind and form the Sukshma sharira or the astral body. Finally the unconscious and superconscious psychological dimensions of the bliss body and form the causal and cosmic body.