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Lesson 205 -
More on Kechari (Audio)
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205.1 - A Doctor's Inquiry on Kechari: Small Snips vs.
Large Cut (Audio)
Strong Bhakti, Kechari and Anatomy Concerns (Audio)
On Pursuing Higher Stages of Kechari Mudra
Date: Fri Jun 4, 2004 3:51pm
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Q: Namaste: I want to
request you to provide a picture with the different stages of kechari
clearly shown. Your verbal description of kechari mudra is very elaborate;
still a picture would make it more easier to understand (after all a picture
is worth a 1000 words!)
Someone who underwent
the cutting of the frenum told me that he had difficulty speaking clearly
when the tongue became very long - is this true in your experience? He also
said that elements (the five elements in the body) became unbalanced (not
sure what exactly it means other than it does not sound very nice)
Your description of kechari mudra is superb and
unparalleled compared to what I have come across so far. I am very grateful
A: Yes, a picture is worth 1,000 words, and for
kechari they have been hard to come by. Illustrations for kechari stages
1-4 are provided with Lesson108.
Very gradual tiny snipping (I prefer that
description to "cutting") does not lengthen the tongue. It only gradually
frees it from being tethered to the floor of the mouth, so it is able to go
back and up. In the lesson on kechari, I pointed out that the tongue is
already long enough to accomplish all the stages of kechari, and how you can
measure that for yourself.
Milking, or stretching
of the tongue does lengthen it, but I don't regard it as the best means to
achieve kechari, and have only engaged in it to a modest degree myself.
There are stories about yogis who have lengthened their tongues to the
extent that they can touch the point between their eyebrows from the
outside. It is not necessary. It is only another version of extremism in
yoga, which I am not for.
I first entered stage 2
kechari 20 years ago, and have never found any difficulty with speech,
swallowing, or anything else physical because of it. I won't say it was
completely easy all the time either. It does rearrange the inner energies
substantially, and perhaps that is what your friend is referring to about
the elements. But it is a natural rearrangement that leads to much more
enlightenment in life, and that is why we are doing yoga, right?
As with all yoga practices, some self-pacing may
be required from time to time to keep temporary energy imbalances associated
with purification in the nervous system from becoming too extreme. Kechari
is no different in that respect. In time, the energies readjust at
progressively higher levels of functioning, which correspond to higher
levels of spiritual experience. Then we can stay in kechari throughout our
sitting practices, and beyond, with nothing but waves of whole-body ecstatic
bliss coming from it. Who would avoid kechari when it gets to be like that?
Kechari is a long journey with many challenges
and rewards along the way, and it requires a lot of bhakti to undertake and
carry through. It is well worth the effort. It is an important aspect of our
journey to enlightenment. Can we do without kechari? Perhaps. I can't really
say for sure, as I am one of those who chose to go the way of kechari, and
I don't know where I would have ended up without it. Certainly with far less
spiritual transformation than I have experienced.
Kechari is one of those natural spiritual
abilities we all have. When the time is right, it happens.
The guru is in you.
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