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Meditation for Developing Your Human Kindness


Also known as Bandhu Dya Kriya, taught on 10-27-75

Bandhu means "brother or comrade;" Dya means "kindness;" and Kriya means "action."

You must have sufficient practice of this kriya before you attempt to do it for more than eleven minutes. After one week of practice, you can add one minute to your practice. Thereafter, each week you can add one more minute, up to a total time of thirty-one minutes. Under no other circumstances may you do this kriya for more than eleven minutes.

"This most ancient kriya is a total energy. The magnetic field is totally interlocked into the psyche of the self. The aura is totally messed up (re-arranged) and totally projected. The breath, the praana, is controlled by the rhythmic eight (strokes) and then it is projected out as sound. It lacks nothing.

"It is a very secret and selective kriya. Give it a lot of reverence and do it with a lot of love and devotion. Anything which deals with praana is related to the Praanpathi, the one who gives you the praana, which sustains your life. Do it with a lot of reverence, very calmly.

"I have to share with you these great and secret kriyas and I do this in good faith. But that does not mean that you can betray that faith. Teach it (Bandhu Dya Kriya) a maximum of eleven minutes, then in a week add one minute (as stated above). It feels good, but don't overdo and lose touch with your environment. It makes a person beyond excellent. It expands you in time and space and everything (in ordinary life) may start to look little to you. It gives one the capacity to rise above time and space."

Mudra: Rest your elbows alongside your rib cage. Place your hands in front of your chest, palms facing upward, with the two Mercury (pinkie) fingers touching and the outside part of the base of the palms touching. Keep the Sun (ring) fingers and the Jupiter (index) fingers straight and the thumbs pulled back. Touch the tips of the Saturn (middle) fingers so that they form a triangle. The mudra is held before the heart center in a comfortable, prayerful position, but it does not touch the chest.

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with your spine straight, chin in and chest lifted. Place your hands in the mudra.

Breath: Inhale through the nose in eight strokes (break the inhalation into eight equal segments with a slight pause separating each part so that there is a distinct beginning and end to each segment. In other words, you are inhaling in eight separate "sniffs." Each stroke is about one "nose length." You can feel the breath travel the length of the nose from the nostrils to the eyebrows. Each count of a stroke is about one second, so the eight stroke inhalation takes about eight seconds).

Exhale completely and totally with a whistle through the puckered lips. Continue for 11 minutes, no longer unless you follow the instructions above.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

This meditation can be found in Praana, Praanee, Praanayam, available through KRI.