What’s Antarmukhi?, and Q/A On Ojas Pranayama

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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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Being Antarmukhi

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.

Be aware!
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.



Sage Anidra’s Cow and Overcoming Aversion

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Sage Anidra’s Cow 

All animals are divine and deserve to be treated with love and respect. They are made up of the same 5 elements and Divine life as humans. They are born as animals for a variety of reasons including the progressive cycle of birth and death, nature loves variety and diversity, one’s karma, or seldom by personal choice. A few rare highly evolved souls choose to be born as animals. For them, it is a way of doing tapas or experiencing an animal life while still remaining in their spiritual wisdom. For some, it is a way of exhausting their remaining karma as the animals are privileged to exhaust their karma without accumulating more. Such rare souls can communicate with other highly evolved souls and also have the power to bless.
Sage Anidra’s cow, Ma Bhagvati, was such a rare being. She could communicate with all other residents of the ashram and was a mother-like figure to them.
King Abhaya had formed a close bond with her. 

Overcoming Aversion

Once Abhaya asked Ma Bhagvati,” O Ma! In this world, which is filled with opposites, it is so easy to develop likes and dislikes. Kindly instruct me how can I transcend the two and be free from aversion?”
 Ma Bhagvati answered.” Abhaya, I share with you the wisdom which Anidra had given me a long time ago. With the practice of this wisdom, I remain free from aversion. Today I will speak to you about aversion only. 
Having temporary likes and dislikes is natural, but when dislikes get deep-rooted, they turn into aversion, and if the aversion persists, it turns into hate. A person who hates can never be happy.
Abhaya, you may not like certain foods but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are bad or wrong foods. You may not like certain colors but it doesn’t mean they are bad or wrong colors. Similarly, you may not like certain people but that doesn’t mean they are bad or wrong people. When you see them as bad or wrong, you begin to dislike them which gradually can turn into aversion and hate.  You may not get along with certain people and may not want to be with them, but you don’t have to have an aversion toward them. 
Abhaya, when you see negativity in someone, separate the negativity from that person. See the negativity like a garment that that person is wearing.  This would limit your judgments to the garment only. Even further, see your judgments pertaining to the garment as your judgments only. Don’t see them as right. Otherwise, judgments can find a permanent place in your mind.
Don’t see yourself better than others. Instead, be grateful that you have been given the ability to think or do better.  Some apple trees of the same breed may be bigger and taller than the others because they were planted earlier, They, however, cannot be considered better. With time, the smaller trees will also become bigger and taller. Similarly, we all are of the same breed. Some are ahead of the others. They are just ahead, not any better. 
Have compassion for people who are behind you. With compassion, help them repair or change their garments without losing respect for the wearer of the garments.
Through this unconditional and continuous compassion, you will be able to see beyond people’s actions and forms. You will begin to see life in them. Honor that life. The more you will honor life in people, the more life will unveil itself.
This is when you begin to see the divinity in life.  You begin to see God. Wit time, you see nothing but God. The scenery and the seer, and the garments and the wearer of the garments, they all become God. They were always God, but now you begin to see It. 
Dear Abhaya, through continuous practice of this precious wisdom now I see only beauty and perfection. I am content and happy even as a cow. How does it matter whether I am a cow or a sage or a king? It matters only when you have preferences. Your preferences are your bondage. But when it all becomes God, there is no room for preferences. You can not have preferences when there is only one. You become free.
Abhaya, you too can see God! You too can become free!”