Yogic scriptures tell us of the four stages of the mind: normal awareness, the dream state, total mental rest, and total awareness. Mastery of this meditation enables the practitioner to master these four levels of the mind. It can create a mental equilibrium so that our expression will be consistent with our intention.
Posture: Sit in easy pose.
Mudra: Elbows are relaxed at the sides, palms flat, fingers spread gently (not wide), thumb spread back easily. Touch the ring fingers together. The right little finger goes under the left little finger at 90 degrees to it, but not touching it.
Eyes: Close the eyes.
Mantra: The mantra is SAA TAA NAA MAA.
Close your eyes and chant Saa-Taa-Naa-Maa in the traditional manner of Kirtan Kriya: Focus at your brow point, using the "L"form of meditation. Imagine that there is a constant flow of energy from the Crown Chakra at the top center of your head down into your head and out your Third Eye Point to Infinity. For example, as you chant "Saa," the "S" sound begins at the top of your head and the "aa" ends at the brow point as it is projected to Infinity. The "L" shape follows the energy pathway called the Golden Cord, the connection between the pineal and pituitary glands.
As you chant "Saa," tense the tips of your thumbs and the tips of your two Jupiter (index) fingers. As you chant "Taa," tense the tips of your thumbs and the tips of your two Saturn (middle) fingers. As you chant "Naa," tense the tips of your thumbs and the tips of your two Sun (ring) fingers . As you chant "Maa," tense the tips of your thumbs and the tips of your two Mercury (pinkie) fingers. Keep your hands still, they do not move as the fingertips are tensed. One complete cycle of Saa-Taa-Naa-Maa takes almost five seconds. Let your breath adjust itself.
Time: Continue for 11 - 31 minutes.
Comments: You may find that it is difficult to exactly stimulate the correct fingers. Be patient with yourself, because this is a process of consciously developing control of the neural pathways between the brain and the fingers in coordination with the mantra. The intention is to tense the fingertips and the expression is how precisely and well the fingertips respond. Stay with it and you will find deep peace of mind.
© 3HO. This kriya is courtesy of YB Teachings, LLC. Used with permission.