The 14th Kriya in this series of 20 Tantric Kriyas
A Chakra चक्र is a “wheel of energy”, or a center of spiritual power. The most widely known Chakras run along the spinal cord and into the brain. They are actually in the energy or astral body, as opposed to the physical body. The physical body has “nerve ganglia” or clusters of neural bodies where the chakras are located.
Bhedan or Bhedana भेड़ना means to pierce or penetrate. This kriya is a process to pierce or penetrate each Chakra to see its light within you.
To begin, try to see the “light” in the Ajña Chakra between the eyebrows. When that becomes easy, try to see the light in another Chakra. When this is successful, the light in the Ajña will change, because this is where we “see” a reflection of the light from the other Chakras, like the mirror in a periscope. You can mentally say the name of each Chakra as you try to see its light.
This practice is similar to visualised movement through the figure 8 psychic passages of Arohan-Awarohan, however this process has a little variation added to it. You begin the inhalation and movement of consciousness at Muladhara Chakra as normal, but then you end the exhalation at the Svadhisthana Chakra. You start the next inhalation at Svadhisthana Chakra and move to Muladhara and through the other Chakras, ending again at Svadhisthana. From there on this is the process.
I’ll try to make the movement of consciousness through the Chakras quite clear.
Sit in a comfortable seated pose for you where the spine can be erect. If you can sit cross-legged as in easy Sukhasana, Siddhasana or Padmasana, it closes circuits of energy moving in the body.
Close the eyes and breathe in Ujjayi with the tongue curled back into the throat in Amritpan Khechari Mudra.
Inhale and draw the energy up the front Arohan passage
1) Inhale up the front passage way from Muladhara > Svadhisthana > Manipura > Anahata> Vishuddhi
2) Exhale from Vishuddhi to Bindu > Ajña > down the front of the head to Vishuddhi > and across to descend down the back to Anahata > Manipura > Svadhisthana
3) Inhale down the back from Svadhisthana to Muladhara > up the front to Svadhisthana > Manipura > Anahata >Vishuddhi
4) Exhale to Bindu > Ajña > Vishuddhi > and down the back to Anahata >Manipura > Svadhisthana
5) Repeat 3 and 4 now for 59 times. (Well that number of repetitions is for some, but more likely you will be interested in repeating this process 11 times, which is an easier version).
You can read about this Kriya on page 155 in Letters from the Yoga Masters. I have recorded this Kriya for you here on the SOYA youtube site to make it easier for you to practice. I hope you enjoy the variation in this technique.
Remember, if you have all the time in the world, classically these Kriyas are practiced progressively… Kriya 1 for 1 week, then Kriya 1 and 2 for the next week, then Kriya 1, 2 and 3 for the next week, and so on until all 20 Kriyas are done in one sitting. This can be quite a challenge to find the time to do this, so practicing one at a time or a few at a time is just fine.
Marion Mugs McConnell is the author of Letters from the Yoga Masters: Teachings Revealed through Correspondence from Paramhhansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Swami Sivananda, and Others, published by North Atlantic Books copyright © 2016 ISBN 978-1-62317-035-6. This is an excerpt of the book, and reprinted by permission of North Atlantic Books. All photos are used with permission.