Ungali Pranayamam extended original version
How to Do It
Sit like a yogi straight and simple, with the spine
erect. The hands are in gyan mudra. (A) Inhale breaking the breath into 1
5 equal segments. On the exhale, break the breath into 15 more waves. Now
add the panj shabad form of Sat Nam with the breath:
This mantra is done mentally with the breath. One cycle of Sa-Ta-Na-Ma takes about 30 seconds. Continue in this cycle for 3 minutes. Now inhale, exhale and relax. Enjoy the conscious state. Practice this meditation up to 31 minutes, but build up gradually from 3 minutes by adding one minute per day.
What It Will Do for You
This is a powerful meditation in the ancient technology
of pranayam. It has not been taught openly before and should be practiced
very properly. When you begin the breath, take a deep exhale and then start
inhaling. If someone does the meditation without preparing the nerves slowly,
then after 31 minutes he may just faint. Someone should normally stand by
you for this meditation in case you overdo it. He must give you water immediately
if a faint comes on.
In the old writings, this type of broken breath is called a 16 finger breath. It is a good example of how knowledge gets confused and lost. Fifteen strokes on a single inhale or exhale is called 16! The old civilizations computed things with different numerological understanding. Most writings are symbolic and coded, or the symbols mean different things from their contemporary use. We are fortunate to have a teacher who practically experienced and mastered all this knowledge to lead us through the pitfalls without error. In the end analysis, all talk is worthless. It is only the exact practice that gives growth and results.
When mentally hearing these basic sounds of the mantra, do not feel that you know them. Instead, create a sound to be listened to by your inner most potential and guiding Self. Ask how the inner Self likes it and reacts to it. These sounds and rhythm communicate in the language of the inner Self and will give a definate result. The body is made to do yoga. The postures and angles create certain pressures to stimulate reactions in the brain to get into the experience of the unlimited Self by the extension and alteration of the thought patterns.
Yogi Bhajan says, “The whole body has been made
to adjust to all the complications of postures and positions which can activate
the brain’s thoughts, extension, and performance so that man can experience
what he wants to know and that is the unknown of himself.” This kriya
is the “simran pranayam in which you have the authority to expand your
consciousness and your ability and your brain cells. You can start making
a hole in the f ive sections of the brain, right and left sides, so that the
central channel can look over all that is seen by you.” So, this meditation
activates the central nerve channel of the brain, the pituitary, pineal, and
fontenal areas to coordinate and transcend the individual functioning of the
ten regions of the left and right brains. It is also excellent to reduce body
weight when accompanied by an appropriate greens diet.