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Lesson 273 - Importance of Cultivating Inner Silence
Date: Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:43 pm
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Q: I wanted to write to you and tell you of my on going research into
traditional yogic practices.
I have been working with the Kriya yoga tradition in its varying forms for a
number of years, and as you know it is virtually identical to the methods
you espouse, except for minor variations. Originally, I started off using a
methodology in which celestial prana was brought in through the crown of the
head from the upper chakras and Divine Consciousness and directed down
sushumna to the Kanda at the base of the spine on the in breath, it was held
for a short time while the mantra Om Mani Padme Aum was chanted; then on the
out breath, it was brought back up to the centre of the head, held and the
same mantra was used. The whole process was done while practicing
alternative nostril breathing. Twelve to eighteen basic kriyas were performed,
then one went into meditation upon the Sound Current in the centre of the
head, with Aum being chanted on the out breath for about one hour, some
As a result of such a practice, profound bliss and spiritual states that
were preliminary to Samadhi were experienced; these practices took place in
an environment of profound celibacy and life force control in which my
attention remained rooted within Divine Consciousness, resting in Bliss
Consciousness. I must say, that my life at that time was one of profound joy
and bliss, rising ecstasy and conductivity was on going, all of my
faculties, intellectual, intuitive, physical, were enhanced.
Of course, I got greedy, my ego whispered in the background that there must
be even more effective methods, that I was missing out! Ha ha, typical of
the ego! All the while, direct intuitive awareness of Divine Consciousness
allowed me to see the folly of such a fear based loop, and I saw that I had
all that I needed, and just needed to continue with what I was doing.
Yet in time, distractions took place, and I fell out of my heightened union
and eventually eroded my vibration and began to attune to the whispers of
lower mind, of striving from the level of ego to look for more effective
methods, as if there is some magic secret.
So I went on to practice so many different methods, spending countless hours
researching and spending thousands of dollars over the years. More recently,
I have been working with the methods you teach (root to brow) but with
positive retention (retain inhalation on the in breath) while none on the
out breath. For the reasons you ascribe, heightened pranic flow, but with no
alternate nostril breathing. Apparently, more than I could handle. Then I
decided to work in the same way but with the crown. The psychic congestion
and detox were more heightened and exaggerated than with just the brow.
The result was a heaviness, and unhappiness that I could not shake; it was
like I was cut off from Bliss Consciousness and could not rest in our
I have recently dropped positive Kumbhaka and have moved on to deep neutral
retention (three second retention on both the in and the outer breath) while
spinal breathing. I speculate that this has the same heightening effect of
pranic flow, but the breath is balanced, hence the psychic consciousness is
balanced also. I practiced this a few days ago with alternative nostril
breathing and within two breaths the heavy energy and low affect (emotional
state) had lifted and I was able to brake through into the inner lightness
of contact (resting) within Bliss Consciousness. I now speculate deep
neutral breathing in combination with alternate nostril breathing (known to
balance Ida and Pingala and ones psychic consciousness and energetic bodies)
maybe the most effective way of handling a heightened flow of energetic
forces flowing through our various metaphysical anatomies!
Would you please comment and give your advice?
There is one other thing I would like to get you advice on! I, in
conjunction with my spiritual practice, I have been attempting to work with
my partner in Tantric practices. In retaining my seed, and avoiding
ejaculation, I am finding it difficult, with time to build stamina. What
seems to be happening, is over time an increased sensitivity accrues due to
I feel perhaps, I am not transmuting and lifting the sexual energies
effectively enough, thus a damming effect energetically, resulting in
heightened sensitivity which is just exponential due to no release or
ineffective redirection. I suspect with my new solo practices, my ability to
transmute and redirect maybe re-established, as I have noticed in the past
(a couple of years ago) it was profound, so much so, tuning into the sexual
state needed to be a conscious decision. Could you make any suggestions, do
you have any further methods that may help that remain unpublished? With my
sexual practices, I am attempting to move beyond the need of ejaculation and
into profound spiritual states just like in meditation. Unfortunately, my
current methods are not working. Many thanks for your assistance and service
A: Yes, there are similarities between kriya yoga and AYP, particularly in
the core principles and practices for awakening ecstatic conductivity in a
balanced way. Keep in mind that we make a distinction in AYP between
awakening ecstatic conductivity and cultivating inner silence -- pure bliss
consciousness. For the
latter, we use deep meditation, which does not come from kriya yoga, but
from mantra yoga. This is a huge difference between AYP and kriya yoga.
While traditional kriya yoga uses mantras in spinal breathing, AYP does not,
switching the meditation process to be with a single mantra ("I AM") in a
separate practice done right after spinal breathing. In this way ecstatic
conductivity and inner silence are cultivated separately, which is
appropriate because it is not possible to fully cultivate both at the same
time! So we have departed far from kriya yoga in that one stroke, and the
results are quite different.
As you know, other aspects of AYP come from still other ancient traditions
of yoga, so AYP cannot be called (nor does it claim to be) kriya yoga,
mantra yoga, or any other singular approach. It is a systematic integration
of multiple yogic methods.
You did not mention separate session deep meditation in the description of
your practices, and the experiences you mention seem to indicate it is not
there. When cultivated correctly in deep meditation, inner silence is not an
experience that comes and goes like so many inner energy experiences do.
Inner silence, rather than being a "high" experience, is an "underneath"
experience -- under all the rest of whatever we may experience in life.
Inner silence is unending stillness in the nervous system -- behind mind,
body and emotions. So if we truly have been cultivating inner silence in
deep meditation, then when the hurricanes of inner energy come, there will
be a foundation in our awareness that is unmoved by all that. This also
includes the currents that we call "ego" which we no longer will see as our
primary sense of self as inner silence comes up within us. Rather, what
happens is, over time, our inner silence gradually comes out to inhabit all
the energy movements, including the ego current. This is the joining of
inner silence and ecstatic conductivity, which yields a stable enlightenment
that is unshakable, ecstatic and ever moving outward in waves of divine
While it appears you have done a lot with pranayama, perhaps you should take
a look at adding deep meditation as a separate practice to cover the inner
silence cultivation aspect.
Also, on the pranayama side, as you will know from reading the lessons on
"crown opening" (see the topic index on the website for these), in AYP we do
not encourage practices at the crown in the beginning and intermediate
stages of our yoga journey. Your experiences of resulting instability from
crown practices are common -- there have been many others who have come to
AYP to verify the hazards of beginning at the crown. It just does not work
for stable long-term growth. This is why all AYP pranayama practices are
root to third eye. It is only at the very end that direct opening the crown
is discussed, and then with reservations. The crown is opened "by proxy"
with all of the AYP pranayama practices in a safe and progressive way, so
the need for direct practice at the crown is all but eliminated. This is
certainly the case in the beginning and intermediate stages. Even advanced
practitioners should take note of the "big red flag" that AYP raises on
direct practices at the crown.
So, bottom line -- It appears you have not been enough into deep meditation,
too much into direct crown practices (I recommend "none"), and perhaps have
been muddying up your spinal breathing with too many other things, including
premature kumbhaka, which can only make more mess if piled in there too
soon. In the AYP lessons, all of this is laid out more or less sequentially
in the series practices, with strong emphasis on "self-pacing" when ramping
up on a practice or taking on a new practice. It all takes time -- a
step-by-step buildup over many months and years, with temporary slow- downs
in practices as necessary during peak purification periods, which we all
will experience from time to time.
On the tantra side, the "sensitivity" you describe becomes an inward- going
process as we progress with sitting practices and engage in holdback and
blocking in tantric practice. This too takes time. It is not a process that
can be completed overnight by power of will. It is no coincidence that our
progress in tantra depends very much on our progress in sitting practices.
Getting sitting practices such as deep meditation and spinal breathing in
the right balance will do wonders for tantra -- it does not work so well
going the other way. Again, inner silence cultivated in deep meditation is
the primary ingredient. The importance of pure bliss consciousness cannot be
overemphasized. This may be your "missing link."
A new AYP tantra lesson has just gone up which offers more detail (a real
case study) on how the process of tantra can unfold with a partner, with
emphasis on developing understanding that can lead to more confidence in
self-directed practice. AYP
Lesson T46 - Dialog on Tantra Practice
Wishing you all the best on your path. Practice wisely, and enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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