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Tri Sikhi Brahmana Upanishad

Tri-Sikhi means three tufts. Tri-Sikhi Brahmana Upanishad literally means the Upanishad about the Brahmin with three tufts. It is the forty-fourth Upanishad among 108 Upanishads and found attached to Sukla Yajur Veda. A Brahmin of three tufts once went to Adithya-Loka (the world of Sun) and asked the Sun God four questions. What is the body?What is life?What is the prime cause?What is Atman (Self)?
He replied that all of them are Lord Siva only. He is the Supreme Being, absolute bliss, pure and eternal. He is the indivisible-one-essence but appears as divided like a molten mass of iron appears in different forms. He appears as many because he is tinged with illusion and existence.


From Brahman, Avyakta (Void) came into existence. From Avyakta,Mahat (Masses) came into existence. From Mahat, Agamkara (Self-consciousness) came into existence. Out of Agamkara, five Tanmatra-s (Sabta, Sparsa, Ruba, Rasa and Ganta) came.From Tanmatra-s, Pancha Mahabhuta-s (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether) cam…

Hamsa Upanishad – Hamsa Vidya: Chakras and Kundalini

Chakras



Muladhara chakra is in the lower end of the Spinal Column.  There resides the power Kundalini Coiled up. There are two nerve currents, Ida and Pingala, along the spinal column and hollow canal, Susumna, in the middle. When the kundalini awakes, it goes up through Susumna, step by step through various energy centres called chakras and finally reaches the brain centre or Sahasrara.

S.No
Chakra
Location at spinal column
1
Muladhara
At the base of spinal Column or Perineum
2
Swathistana
Base of penis
3
Manipura
Navel
4
Anahata
Chest
5
Vishuddha
Throat
6
Ajna
Between the eye brows
7
Sahasrara
Top of the head

The technique given in this Upanishad is  Kundalini Yoga technique involving hatha yoga and Pranayama.

The first step is Press the anus. That means the yogi should establish Mula-bandha. Contraction of muscles around perineum in the male or Cervix in the female is called Mula-bandha or Perineal Lock.

The second step is Force the vital air upward. The Yogi should do Uddiyana bandha and Mula-bandha concurrently. By doing so the vital airs, Prana and Apana will go upward. Uddiyana bandha is contraction of the lower abdomen.

The third step is Circumambulate the Swathistana thrice. This means make Nauli Chalana thrice as if rounding the chakra thrice.

The next step is reach Manipura, go beyond Anahata and hold the Prana under control in Visuddhi. Hold the Prana under control in Visuddhi means perform Jalandhra Bandha. The neck lock. It is evident that the steps indirectly meant Maha bandha. Maha bandha is combination of three bandhas.


The next step is reaching Anja, meditate on tri matra turya at Sahasrara. Meditate on “A”, “U” and “M” as Turya. Turya Means ‘fourth’ state of consciousness. The four states of consciousness are wakeful, dream, deep sleep and Turya or being with Self. This meditation will be correctly understood when we study the other Upanishads later.

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