What’s Antarmukhi?, and Q/A On Ojas Pranayama
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Q/A On Ojas Pranayama
Answers to the questions on Ojas Pranayama from the last Webinar:
It’s only in the first step of this Pranayama that the exhalation is through the mouth. All other breathing is through the nose. However, it is okay to breathe through the mouth if necessary.
It is okay to use Ujjayi breath during this Pranayama as long as you can keep the breath and mind relaxed. Otherwise, focus on taking deep breaths.
In steps 1 & 3, the focus is on making the exhalations longer and steadier.
In step 2, the focus is on contraction, expansion, and relaxation.
A recommended time to practice Ojas Pranayama is just before the asana practice, or after the asana practice but before the savasana (corpse pose). However, this Pranayama can be practiced anytime on its own or with other Pranayamas as you see fit.
This Pranayama is a part of the Ojas Kriya
Here is the link for the instructions for Ojas Pranayama
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Krishanji, please explain what is meant by being Antarmukhi? How is it practiced?
Once, King Abhaya has asked Sage Anidra a similar question, to which Sage Andra had replied,
” Abhaya, the five organs of the five senses are located on the face (mukha). Through the five organs, the five senses project outward. The outward projection of the five senses serves as a vehicle for the mind to travel outward to perceive and experience the outer, which is greatly influenced by the previous samskaras. The samskaras are the impressions of the actions and unfulfilled desires of past lives. The mind carries the samskaras with it from one life to the next. The five senses and the mind remain pulled outward because the outer is alluring, though it contains both pleasure and pain. The mind, wanting to achieve satisfaction, keeps running after pleasures despite the sufferings it endures. The pleasures give an appearance of inherent satisfaction that doesn’t exist. Therefore, the mind, in a quest for fulfillment, remains in the cycle of birth and death.
Abhaya, after many cycles of birth and death, a rare one recognizes the mirages in the outer. He, with the grace of his Guru combined with self-effort, manages to pull the five senses and mind back to the inner-being and keep them there. Such a rare one is called Antarmukhi. His mind and five senses get turned inward.
Abhaya, though many strive to attain the state of Antarmukhi, only two kinds of people attain it, which I will talk about another day.”
Saying so, Sage Anidra became silent. Abhaya wanted to know more, but he knew that Sage Anidra preferred to speak very little at a time. So, he too remained silent.
Shortly after, Anidra played a song on his flute, which meant:
O, virtuous man!
herein lies your struggle.
You want to know
that cannot be known.
You want to see
that cannot be shown.
Practices may bind you
Knowledge may charm you
Causing mirages within mirages
O, noble man!
there is a simpler way.
Remember the Lord!
Sing His name.
His boundless glories,
again and again acclaim.
Surely, you will know,
that needs to be known.
Lord Govind will show you,
that needs to be shown.