Dharmas or Yogas of Naropa
for those who cannot recognize and abide in the natural
state because of their age-old habitual tendencies and inability
to fully relax their minds, the root dharmas or yogas of naropa are
taught. these dharmas facilitate the natural or mahamudra state
as they purify the subtle body that sustains the mahamudra state.
they can be classified as the yogas of inner fire or tummo,
luminosity or radiant light, and illusory body.
the yoga of inner fire or tummo is a form of inner
alchemy or kundalini yoga that works by sublimating and circulating
the sexual liquid fire and other fluids in one's body. this purifies
and fortifies the channels, winds, and drops in the subtle body,
thus promoting a pervading state of bliss and wellbeing and
creating the energetic basis or "immortal" subtle body that will
sustain the mind of luminosity. there is a set of complex yoga
movements and breathing techniques to facilitate the awakening
and circulation of kundalini; once sexual energy has been fully
sublimated, these exercises are not needed any longer, only
concentration and relaxation may suffice to activate the fire of
tummo and cultivate bliss, and one can also enhance the
experience by practicing "self-intercourse" and
intercourse with other bodies, subtle or gross.
the yoga of luminosity is a set of practices that lead to
the experience of luminosity itself, which is a deep state of samadhi.
luminosity or radiant light is a sublime experience of mahamudra
fuelled by the bliss and emptiness that occur when the winds
fully absorb in the central channel. during this samadhi one goes
through the blissful experience of death or complete surrender
to the guru. this can only happen when there is true devotion
or bhakti and one can finally drop the ego.
the illusory body yogas work at stabilizing the
state of luminosity / mahamudra through additional purification
and building up of the subtle body that holds the mind of
luminosity. this body can manifest in lucid dreaming and other
"out-of-body experiences" (which are nothing but illusions, as
the mind is neither only inside nor only outside the physical body;
rather than astral "travel" it is more like becoming aware of
the mind's dimensions...). lucid dreaming can also contribute to the
realization of mahamudra as the subtle vision perceives more
clearly than the waking state eye the flowing, wave-like, and
ever changing nature of reality (which is mind itself: the
concept of "vision" is also an illusion; more than an "eye in here"
that can see an "object out there" it is rather the
realization that mind is everywhere...)
please note that there are other ways to classify the dharmas
or yogas of naropa as well as other, subsidiary or branch practices.
on kechari mudra
kechari mudra, in which the tongue points upward behind
the soft palate, is a very effective technique to increase bliss
because the frenulum linguae, a membrane below the tongue,
is elongated. similar bliss-inducing states can be attained by
stretching tissues of legs and other parts of the body through
asanas. however, kechari mudra seems to be particularly
intense, as it also can enhance the energetic "switch" between
head channels and the rest of the body, as in the microcosmic
orbit of taoism or the arohan avarohan circulation. most
importantly, it can also aid as a "bliss switch" when the melted
bliss fluids--gross and subtle--descend through the central channel
and other channels between the head and the rest of the body.
however, one must be extremely careful about the advice of
gradually cutting the sublingual frenum in order to liberate the
tongue for further reach back and up the throat. this extra care
especially applies to practitioners who have already created the
energetic switch head-body with their tongue and who are
currently practicing. in such individuals, even the tiniest cut in
the membrane below the tongue might create a tremendous leak
of vitality and subtle energies which might result in premature
ageing, among other things. so, really, the cut of the frenulum
linguae is only adviced to those who have not yet created the
lingual energetic switch, and perhaps also to practitioners who
for some reason have completely brought their practice to a halt
and for whom spontaneous circulation of energies and fluids through
the tongue switch has been interrupted. much safer, and certainly
much more blissful, is to bring the tongue back by gradual
elongation of the membrane--a sort of asana for the tongue.
tibetan yoga on youtube
a number of videos depicting, with varying degrees of
authenticity, tibetan yoga--tsa lung, trulkhor, tummo
exercises--are now available on youtube. please be aware
that there is much more to these exercises than what can
be perceived on screen and that without receiving proper
guidance one can easily injure body and mind.
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