Breathe. That is right Breathe. Everything becomes clearer. It is the path to enlightenment. It floats on the breath. Your breath is your connection to the divine and universal energy. It is what lets in the energy and by breathing out connects you with the divine.
There are three main breaths and today I will present an overview of the first sutra.
Osho recommends to try each breath experience and find the one you are most in tune with and use it. Most people are naturally drawn to one form of the breath so it is not a right or wrong, good or bad choice, it is which one feels most natural to you. Also you aren’t trying to change the way you breathe as much as you are trying to be aware of the breath. Buddha achieved Buddhahood by practicing one simple mediation and that was to simply be aware of the breath; the coming and going of Parma. Each Sutra has the same purpose. Breath is the life force or Parma. When we are born we take a deep breath in and our body comes alive. Throughout our lives we breathe. It is something we can do and be totally unaware or we can be aware of our breath. In Tantra the cycle of breath is representation of life. The outgoing breath is a death and the incoming breath is a rebirth. To quote Osho “The gap between the two is of a very short duration, but keen, sincere observation and attention will make you feel the gap. If you can feel the gap, Shiva says, The Beneficence. Then nothing else is needed. You are blessed, you have known; the thing has happened.”
This is a completely simple technique that it seems almost something a fool would point out. It is non-intellectual. However, it represents a complete truth of our life cycle. We are born, we die, and the space before we are born is an unknown as is the space after our death. We can believe what we like, but there is never any certainty in that belief because we can’t know. We can only believe.
The first Sutra is as follows:
Radiant one, this experience may dawn between two breaths. After the breath comes in(down) and just before turning up(out)—the beneficence
This is the sutra I use for my own personal work. I am not saying it is the best. It is just the one I respond to most closely and innately understand. It is also a technique I was familiar with through Hatha yoga. However, I didn’t understand the philosophy behind it or that it had any meaning at all. I often teach this at the beginning of the massage and explain the philosophy behind it.
Another point to understand is the pause in the breath no matter how slight is a time when the body is neither working or thinking. The breath stops, the heart stops and the mind stops. Each of those brief pauses add up in our practice of a Sutra or meditation and over time that is where the benefit of the Sutra resides in the rest and calm received from being aware of the pause. That is the complete lesson. It is to be aware and to extend that awareness to feeling the breath come in through the nose into the lungs turn and come back out and up through the nose.
*A practical note: All of these conscious breathing techniques use the nose and lungs. Breath in through the nose—pause—breath out—pause. I explain it that way. The nose is connected to our lungs so we use it to breathe. The mouth is connected to our stomach so we use it to eat with. You can tell a lot about a person based on their breath. The higher up it is in the body the more tension and trauma they’re storing. I always encourage people to breathe deep into the body, into the center of the body. The more we breathe into the center of our body the more centered we are in our life.
This is a link to the Osho book. http://www.oshorajneesh.com/download/osho-books/Tantra/Vigyan_Bhairav_Tantra_Volume_1.pdf
Another book I recommend is The Compound Effect Darren Hardy http://www.thecompoundeffect.com/downloads/The_Compound_Effect_CH1.pdf