Phase Exercises

It must be clear that prana rotation in the complete circuit as given below cannot be attempted without preparatory preliminary stages of practices. The reader is referred to a previous book, "Yoga Sutra of Sage Patanjali -- Exposition and Practices", especially phases 5 and 6 in Book V rearranged, for a step-by-step approach leading a sincere student to the point where he can attempt what follows. The numbering of the chakras/centres is in accord with the diagram in the appendix showing the force centres. Bindu is a dimensionless point but is shown in the diagrams. Remember always to keep the flame of self-remembrance in the mind's eye constantly -- this flame is the symbol of the Divine Fragment within, in whose presence you are practising. Ask for guidance and help, and practise the entire pathway with full veneration. So we begin: Rotate prana anticlockwise in muladhara (1) for 1 normal breath, go over to swadhisthana (2) and rotate clockwise in (2) for 1 normal breath, and return to (1); repeat this procedure for 24 normal breaths (2 minutes), -- take 1 normal breath to reach manipura (4) and rotate anticlockwise in manipura for 12 normal breaths (one minute),-- take 1 normal breath to reach anahata (5) and rotate clockwise (two rotations, left and right halves) in anahata for 12 normal breaths (one minute),-- take 1 normal breath to reach vishuddhi (6) and rotate clockwise (two rotations, posterior and anterior halves) in vishuddhi for 12 normal breaths (one minute),-- take 1 normal breath to reach taluka (0) and rotate anticlockwise in taluka for 12 normal breaths (one minute), -- take 1 normal breath to reach sahasrara (8) and rotate anticlockwise in sahasrara for 12 normal breaths (one minute); then-- proceed to bindu (9) in one normal breath and rotate clockwise in bindu for 12 normal breaths (one minute),-- proceed to ajna (7) in one normal breath and rotate clockwise in ajna for 12 normal breaths (one minute),-- proceed to vishuddhi (6) (via bindu, sahasrara and taluka) in 1 normal breath and rotate clockwise (a single rotation only) in vishuddhi for 12 normal breaths (one minute), -- proceed to anahata (5) in 1 normal breath and rotate clockwise (a single rotation only) in anahata for 12 normal breaths (one minute), 
-- proceed to kundali (3) in 1 normal breath and rotate clockwise in kundali for 12 normal breaths (one minute), and -- come down to muladhara-swadhisthana (12) in 1 normal breath.  This completes one full cycle of the pathway requiring about 13 minutes. It may be performed not more than twice a week. After three months of practice, the time for completion of one circuit should be brought down to 12 normal breaths or one minute: one breath to cover (12), one breath each to reach and complete each of the centres in order on the upward and downward journeys, ending at (12) again. The entire circuit is to be practised in this manner for an additional three months. This much is to
be done consciously. Thereafter, much will depend on the individual's determination to increase further the speed of traversing the circuit. But only the divine grace of Ishvara will make it happen! Sutra II(52), which says, "Through this, that which veils the Light is gradually removed," must be experienced and is most essential. Nothing should be practised unless inner vision and luminosity has set in.

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