PRACTICES OF ANTAHA KARAN
To perform practices for the realization of Antah Karana is the second step for the attainment of Yoga. Different practices are practised are practised for the relization of the following aims :-
Establishment or identification of different gross body organs in the
THE ORDER OF THE DIFFERENT PRACTICES
(1) Activation of BRAHMA Flame :- When the prana of the physical body pierce AUM, then light is first experienced. It is dim to start with but gradually becomes clear. For activating it practise the following :-
i) Sit in an easy posture facing east. Keep the body straight and light a butter lamp and gaze on its flame. The breathing should be normal and Manas, intellect and chita, should be merged into the flame. The vision will be as given below :-
When the three parts in the Jyoti clear up and a shining dot at its base becomes visible, close your eyes and visualize the centre of eyebrows. Such a figure or form will be again visible in different colour but finally it merges into white light. It should be done for atleast 7-21 days.
ii) Perform the four practices of Antaha Karana and contemplate the external butter oil flame at your Agnya, and visualize the above mentioned luminous spot and strike with Tankore of prana at the lower end of the flame. Practise it repeatedly. Visualize the flame and give the Tankore of prana. When the flame disappears then open the eyes and visualize the flame again. After a few days the outside flame will not be needed and the Branma flame will be visualized.
iii) Examine the Brahma flame on all sides and gradually it will also be clearly visible like the external flame. Visualize it as long as possible. Kumbhaka, i. e. holding of breathing makes it clear for pranas. Kindle the flame when three portions become visible into the flame, it is a sure sign of its complete activity.
iv) Divide the flame in three parts :-
a) External layer.
b) Central layer.
c) Inner layer.
The inner layer is blue and clear like the sky. The luminous Brahma point is situated in its lower end. It is very small but extremely radiant. Search this point, the storehouse of prana will make it quickly visible. It will have the following shape :-
This point is extremely radiant even in white light. There are three small forms or particles above it. These will be visible only in deep meditaion. This Brahma flame can be visible in two forms.
1. When visualized by inner eyes it is a flame of white colour surrounded over by dim light, some part of the flame has a dim dark covering. If the Apana is not purified the dark point can be seen revolving in this flame. Void out the apana completely and gather prana by pranayam. Repeat it many times and the flame will become clear.
2. By collecting pure pranas and by directing the sublte body towards the flame, it will be visible as given in the diagram.
(2) Antaha Flame or the flame of Prana
The light of Antaha-Karan radiates due to the Prana of the physical body. Pour more and more prana particles into it. The increase in the intensityof light of the Antaha Karana depends upon the Tankore of Prana. Hence practice it daily, Merger of the sense organs, Pranas, Subtle Body, Manas, Intellect, and Chita is accomplished in this flame by the following practices.
1. SENSE ORGANS
Sit in an easy posture and perform the four practices of Antah-Karan. Draw the Prana from every organ of the gross body and direct it into Sushumna. Mooladhar, Navel, Heart, Vishuddhi, and Agnya Chakras are used for it. When the Pranas are drawn from the gross body the body parts become loose. Merge these Pranas into the particles of the Pranas generated by the air and make them enter in the Antah-Karan. The japa of AUM, hearing of Anhad sound and pressure on the eyes should be continuously done. The practice of drinking nectar has greatest importance at this stage. Give the tankore of the Pranas on the flame again and again the external Sense organs start merging in the flame. If these start merging then 9 centres inside the flame start contracting. It is a proof of the success of the practice.
2. Sacrificial offering of the Prana practices
The four practices should be perfected : Remain hungry for one to two days. This helps in generation of Prana and offers easy directional control over them. The Apana is thrown out of the body completely. The flame is visualized and the practice is done as follows :-
It should be done after the bath, before sun rise on a full moon day or the eighth of moon or on a Sunday. Sit in an easy posture, breath in through the mouth and nose, close the eyes and perceive the light. If the dark particles are visible then increase the time of holding the breath and breathe in and out with force. Keep on viewing the light. A crescentic form will become visible in this light with the two circles at two ends. In fact the crescent is the mouth and two circles are the eyes. When this becomes clearly visible the nose can also be appreciated above it. Sometimes flames can be seen coming out of the mouth. In the beginning these flames are in the form of a stream. The eyes and nose are not visible because of this fire stream. Merge your Prana into this fire stream which means the unison of the Prana of the physical body with Prana of the Antah-Karan. Thus the the sacrificial offering of the Prana. Repeatedly collect your Prana and give Tankore in this fire. Sometimes, during this process seed alphabets become visible. Observe the upward going top of the flame which further increases, it the practices are done correctly. The point where this flame ends should be kept in mind for it is the opening of the Brahma Nadi.
(ii) Offerings with the Japa of Mantra; The nine spots in the Brahma flame represent nine planets and are connected with the following portion of the Gayatri Mantra.
AUM, Apo, Jyoti, Raso, Amritam, Braham, Bhoor, Bhuva, Swah, Rom.
First activate the inner light and when the nine spots in the Brahma flame become visible then do the japa on each point. Repeat many times in a day. After some time, the Mantra AUM, Apo, Jyoti, Raso, Amritam, Braham, Bhoor, Bhuva, Swah, Roma becomes automatically audible - a sign of successful practice. After this the Sadhaka should mentally analyze his own achievements and critically view his modifications of Manas.
(iii) The nine spots in Brahm flame are in fact the spots of Ida, Pingla, Sushumma, Vajra Chitra, Brahma nadi, Moon and Varuna. Sit in an easy posture and activate all the Nadis. Fill in the abdomen by breathing in, contract the abdominal wall forcefully and repeat it many times. This activates Sushumna. By Tankore of Prana on the Mooladhar activate the Brahm Nadi, Chitra and Vajra. The sun and the moon are activated by revolving the prana on both sides of the Agnya and Varuna Deva is activated automatically by collecting the Prana at the Agnya.
Now activate the Brahma flame. Give tankore by Prana at all the nine spots of the Nadis throughout the body separately. The intensity of the flame light increases. Practise it for 7-21 days.
3. PRACTICES OF SUBTLE BODY : The subtle body has an important background in theAntah-Karan. To recognize everything absorb energy from them and reduction of one's own size into smallest dimensions is the job of the subtle body. The subtle body when reaches the Antah-Karan, after entering through the orifice, carries along with it the Manas, Intellect, Chit and Ego also.
The subtle body carry the collected form of Manas, intellect and chita into the Brahma Gate. The modifications of Antaha Karan are Satwik. Repeated entry into Antah-Karan increase the Satvik attributes, activate the subtle body and touch the Manas Chakra and along with the pure Prana enter the Brahma Gate. Daily practice of this discipline quietens the manas and brings peace.
After entering, the subtle body finds everything new - now what to do ? The directions are sent from the physical body by a pledge that the subtle body has to perform such and such an activity. The state of the subtle body while receiving orders can be understood by the following diagram.
The subtle body can visualize a very radiant particle in the Brahma Dot. It emits light & its knowledge is very essential - for it is stable. The subtle body after recognizing this point assumes its seat and from here the subtle body can be directed any where. This small point of the size of the tip of the needle emanates light, which is unblemished, cool and bestows bliss.
First perform the practices. Take the subtle body and Manas Chakra along with it and visualize the Brahma Dot. Give Tankore of prana again and again. By the grace of the Master you will have visions of many Deities in it and they appear as if they were coming out and merging back into it. This Brahma flame is the point of the God manifesting and merging back into the unmanifest. The light of Brahma Flame is in fact from Brahma Point or dot. The Prana particles cause an increase in its intensity.
When one visualizes the divine forms merging into the Brahma flame and one gets the orders of the Master then the Sadhaka should get ready to offer the subtle body also as an offering into this Brahma flame. It should be done in the following way :-
Sit in the presence of the Master. The mind and the body should be calm and quiet. It should be an auspicious day and it would be better, if one is fasting for one or two days. Generate the prana at the navel and establish then in Agnya. Hear the Anhad sound and drink nectar, fix the chin on the chest, apply a little or more pressure on the eyes and close the openings of nose, mouth, ears and the Rectum. Hold the Breath with full force and quickly direct the subtle body along with Manas chakra to visualize the Brahma Dot in the lower portion of the Brahma flame. Order the subtle body to merge into the flame and the subtle body does it, without any delay. This should be practiced for 21-41 day.
: 1) If the practice is done by the Master also, along with disciple the
prana of the Master, disciple and subtle body become one.
Shantih Shantih Shantih