Practice: Meditation on Hrim and Breathing
Last week we
meditated on the light of a candle flame seen ij our third eye,
directly at the center and slightly above the two brows. Now we
shall meditate on “him.” A word first used by Jain sails in 850
B.C., the time of Parshvanath, one of the twenty-four Prophets of
the Jain teaching. Along with this word there is technique which
is used to raise energy along the spine to the top of the head.
When we do this, we experience pleasant vibrations and good
feelings in our nerves and in the cells of our brain. With this
experiencve of vibrations, our mind becomes in tune with the
higher energy, the energy of universal consciousness, which is the
meaning of the word “him.” We begin to move into the realm of our
Higher Self and expand our consciousness.
In our spine we
have many blocks which have kept us from experiencing our full
energy. Our slumbering dor man energy. Everybody has energy but
it is slumbering. The lion is asleep. If it is awake, then no
one can oppose it, but when the lion is sleeping, a mouse can play
on its belly. The people who did great things were just like us,
but they awakened their energy. When the energy is awakened, then
you become a master in your field. If you are an artist, then you
paint beautifully. If you are a composer, then you compose
beautiful harmonies and melodies. If you are a poet,
beautifulverses will come. If you are a person with awareness,
then human insight increases. All this energy lies dormant,
waiting within us. So now we want to stir that energy and bring
it to our use.
To start, sit
comfortably, either in the lotus pose, in a chair, or in the
posture selected by you earlier. The main beauty of the lotus
posture is that the spine remains very straight, but it is not
compulsory for meditation. Begin to feel your breath. As you
inhale, go along with your breath For this work, you must yoke
your ego consciousness and For this Work, you must yoke your ego
consciousness and gradually limit the mind’s constant activity.
Yoga means to Yoke. Here you yoke your mind to focus on the
breath. As you inhale, let the breath go very deep to the
voicebox, to the heart, to the navel, to the pelvis, and to the
very last point of the vertebrae. Let the incoming breath go as
far as you have spinal nerves. As you exhale, watch your breath
and go along with it. Your ego consciousness will become very
busy with you breath. Go and come as the breath goes and comes.
Engage your ego for this task as you would use an employee in you
Now begin to count
the breaths. As you inhale, mentally count one and as you exhale,
count two. Then inhale while counting three and exhale on four.
When you finish counting to four, begin again starting at one as
Now practice this
for four or five minutes: first just watching your breath cme and
go, then counting your breaths.
In this way you
become in tune with your life force and you begin seeing your
inner world. Your senses, which are always busy and racing,
occupied with unwanted things, stop when you feel you breath and
do this counting. It keeps your mind busy because if it leaves
the work, you miss the count.
Now we come to the
vibrations of “him”. It is important that we learn to pronounce
this world accurately because if we do not, later it will
gradually change more and more and we will be saying a different
word with at entirely different meaning.
The “h” in “hrim” is not like
an English “h” which is very soft and often hardly pronounced at
all. In Sanskrit “h” is a much heavier sound, like “hub.” When
you speak it, you contract your stomach muscles and feel a throb
in the area of your navel. The sudden contraction in the navel
and the exhalation helps to lift your energy up ward.
The energy we
speak of is called “Kundalim” energy or “coiled” energy.
According to the Eastern teaching and tradition, at the base of
the spine near our sexual organs we have coiled energy. When this
energy is used for generation, it gives momentary joy and
pleasure. The teaching is that it should be lifted upward instead
of always letting it go downward and out through the sex organs.
The “hub” sound at the beginning of “him” gives this energy an
upward thrust and helps to lift it. The “hub” is like a
propellant for this energy.
As we inhale to
begin this technique, we feel our breath touching five spots of
energy energy centers in our body First we feel it at the throat,
and then we feel it move to the heart the navel, the pelvis, and
the very base of the spine, In each spot we feel it for only one
or two passing seconds and then we move on. The inhalation is one
smooth flow; our awareness stops briefly at each spot. We may do
the inhalation to a mental count of ten. When the breath reaches
the bottom of our vertebrae, we hold the breath for a few
seconds. Then we begin “Hrim.” As we make this sound, we feel
the energy coming up along the spine. The “hub” sound gets the
flow of energy started and we feel the vibrations of “r” and “I”
briefly as the energy moves toward the top of the head. Then as
it rises toward the head and brain, we feel the humming vibrations
of the “m-m-m” sound, especially at the top of the crown of the
head. The breath passes out through the nostrils, touching the
third eye between our brows.
The humming of the
“m” is a sound like the gentle buzzing of a bee. For this reason,
this technique is sometimes given the name “Buzzing of the Bee.”
In your mind’s eye you can visualize your brain and the top of
your head as a beautiful white lotus flower with innumerable
petals. As the energy is raised along the spine to the head the
flower opens and the sound becomes that of a gentle bee hovering
in the air above the nectar of this sweet flower. In this wayyou
can feel and see your own energy as it is lifted. Feel the
vibrations as if giving a massage to the brain nerves. It feels
very nice. Now practice is doing "hrim” aloud several times.
You can begin to
feel calmness and peace. Eventually, as your practice continues
over days or weeks, there comes a calm moment when you lose track
of your ego-self. You don’t know where you are. In that moment
the inner door opens and you are universal. Ego consciousness
drops away and that higher intelligence which has been hidden in
revealed. Meditation is the means to see this and go higher. You
realize the oneness of yourself and the universe, of your energy
and universal energy. The desire for happiness and repulsion to
unhappiness is the same in all people as it is in you.
Experiencing this oneness, this unit of universal consciousness
through meditation, we can change our life and make it more
positive and thoughtful, Now, burdened by the ego, we only think
in ego terms. We see everything in relation to our benefit and
our need. Lifting our energy and going higher, we see
differently. We see the good in others, not just what they can do
for us. It is this clearer vision which can bring peace to us and
through us to mankind.
universal sight, creativity surges out. When the ego and the
small self leave, the power of creativity comes forth. Any
creative act or performance is only appealing when the actor or
musician forgets his or her ego and becomes “lost” in the
performance, intoxicated in the Higher Self. Otherwise, it may
please our ears but it can never touch our soul. All great
scientists and artists were in touch with the flow of this
creative energy when they made their finest discoveries and
designed their masterpieces. In the same way, you must “lose”
yourself in order to find your true Higher Self.
This week, sit in
a good posture in a place where it is comfortable and quiet and
where there is some fresh air. Watch your breath and then count
your breaths—one, two, three, four. Then do the “hrim” exercise
three times. Afterward you any sit quietly in meditation or you
may focus on the light of the candle flame at your third eye… You
will see that your meditation will become very pleasant because
the energy has been lifted upward. Your energy is going the crown
center at the top of your head and you become very peaceful.
say “hrim” out loud when you are meditating, right?
my wife and I meditate together?
You can do it
together. That is beautiful.
do we knowwhen to start?
It is a good
question. Take about two seconds to touch “inhale” and then both
of you can inhale while mentally counting to ten and then holding
the breath for a four count together. At first you may have
different timing but soon you will synchronize your pace.
beneficial to try to inhale as long as possible and exhale as long
Yes, but one thing
should be remembered: tension should not be created. Increase the
depth of your breathing slowly and the lungs will become strong
gradually and naturally.
curious about something, When you meditate yourself, do you use
many different techniques or is there one you do all the time?
use the techniques we teach in meditating with you, but the aim is
to make your entire life a continuing meditation. So whether I
sit for meditation or not, I am always in a meditative mood. I am
always in tune with meditation. At first, for two or three years,
we must practice, but ultimately we become aware even when we eat
and drink and talk. We are always there in our center. This is
the ultimate goal, to feel and be one with all. And we learn the
lessons of life, that in whatever we do we should be positive and
nothing we do should become negative or harmful to ourselves or
many times a day should we practice?
Two times if it is
possible. If it is not possible, once everyday
first we are to feel the breath and then count it. And then we do
“Hrim” three times. Does that take most of the twenty-four
No. You do a little
breathing and counting and then pause and do “hrim.” Then you sit
for meditation. This practice is conducive to meditation.
meditate on the flame?
Yes, the flame or you
may choose the point of light at the third eye.