Monthly Kriya or Meditation
Kriya to Strengthen the Immune System II
Spring is here – but it can also bring allergies! Many people have reactions to the increase in pollen: a stuffy nose, red eyes, headaches and more! To help combat these allergies, it is of paramount importance to boost our immune systems. If we can keep our immune system strong, we can cope better with allergies. Spring is a great time to do a cleanse, and we will see a renewal of energy by choosing this time of year to do this. Cleansing primarily involves supporting the liver. The liver loves sulphur-rich foods – beets, carrots, parsley, coriander, black salt. Increasing our water intake and decreasing our consumption of processed foods will keep us radiant and strong throughout the entire spring.
Yogi Bhajan taught a lovely yoga set for the immune system. If you are feeling like you need a boost, consider doing this kriya for 40 days.
1. Swimming through the Pranic Ocean. Sit in easy pose and move the arms like you are swimming. As one arm extends, the other draws back with the elbow along your side. Do not punch. Create a smooth, circular swimming motion that moves the shoulders, ribcage and back muscles. Create a powerful Breath of Fire through the open mouth in rhythm with the arms. Keep the back molars together so that the breath sounds like a powerful, pulsing hiss. 13 minutes.
2. Back Platform Pose. Keep your body straight, especially your knees. Let your neck relax backwards but do not let it hyper-extend. This puts pressure on the parathyroid. 2 minutes.
3. Maintain the posture and begin to breathe strongly through circled lips. Puff in and out using the diaphragm to drive the breath. This is not a Breath of Fire from the navel, it is a ‘pancreas’ breath that is focused near the sternum and diaphragm. 2 minutes.
4. Corpse Pose. Take a nap. 17 minutes.
5. Remain resting in Corpse Pose and begin listening to Liv Singh’s Har Har Mukanday with the affirmation. Repeat the affirmations with Yogi Bhajan. Then stretch, twist, and move your shoulders. Wake up dancing. 3 minutes.
6. Come into a sitting position and dance while sitting. This spreads the energy equally to all parts of the body. 1.5 minutes.
Healing with Sat Nam Wahe Guru
Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
January 19, 1976
Many are the names of God but God is One. God is One, therefore meditate on God. Meditate and meditate and meditate and you will have the power of the prayer. There will be abundance. Not only abundance in things but abundance in happiness and abundance in joy. The things will not go wrong. Those feet who walk for meditation shall not walk to the hospital. Those feet who take away the garbage from the Guru shall not have garbage and clouds on their families. Those who do charity in the name of the house of God and Guru, they shall not suffer from any separation. This is the way of the earth. It is a matter of consciousness.
Those who were kind when they could have been unkind – the nature, the God, the universe shall be kind to them. Those who forgave those who were totally unforgiveable, the Divine Essence will forgive them for many lives. It doesn’t matter how wrong something is, but it does matter that it should not remain wrong. It is necessary to connect with the elevated One. Feel that you are great and think that the great is around you. Then you will never fall short of anything. It’s not a miracle.
– Sit nicely with the spine straight.
– Place the hands in Venus lock at the diaphragm, pointing away from the body.
– Venus lock: For men, place the palms facing each other. Interlace the fingers with the left little finger on the bottom. Put the left thumb tip just above the base of the thumb on the webbing between the thumb and index finger of the right hand. The tip of the right thumb presses the fleshy mound at the base of the left thumb. Reverse the entire sequence of alternating the fingers for women.
– Position the right thumb over the left, then tuck it into the hole separating the two hands. The left thumb continues to rest in the nook between the thumb and first finger of the right hand. (Reverse the position for women.)
– Inhale the four stroke breath. (Each portion of the inhale fill ¼ of the lungs. Each stroke is thought to be one finger-length long, traveling from the tip of the nose to the brow point.) With the inhale, vibrate SA (Infinity) TA (Life) NA (Death) MA (Rebirth). The inhale should last 4-5 seconds.
– Hold the breath for 16 mental vibrations of Wahe Guru, in a gently pulsating rhythm (loud then soft, loud then soft, etc). This will take 16–20 seconds.
– Exhale with the four part breath and SA-TA-NA-MA is once again mentally vibrated.
– Look down towards the ground to begin this meditation. However, as the meditation progresses, the focus is normally lost.
This is a very powerful meditation. It should always be practiced with someone stationed to observe the meditator. Sometimes when you are into it, you may lose all sense of time, space, body, everything. It may be no big thing. But just to make sure you remember to breathe, have your husband, wife or a good friend consciously in attendance. When finished, you can easily switch roles. In either position, you are exactly a part of the meditation, so meditate with your eyes open as you watch your fellow being.
For a normal healthy yogi, 11 minutes is a maximum time to begin practice of this meditation. Adding one or two minutes per sitting is okay once you feel you have sufficiently practiced. You can gradually build up to 31 minutes.
When Yogiji taught this meditation, he had us try to breathe through the left nostril (without blocking the right) on both the inhale and the exhale. When you want healing to take place within yourself, breathe through the left nostril. When you want to heal others, focus on the right.
If you can perfect this meditation, you can perfect the power of prayer. It also says in the yogic scriptures that the practitioner shall conquer sickness and shall become a spiritual healer.