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Lesson T61 - Kechari Stimulation and the Ladder of Chakras  (Audio)

From: Yogani
Date: Feb 5, 2009

New Visitors: It is recommended you read from the beginning of this tantra yoga archive, as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "What is tantra yoga?"

Q: As my practice with the AYP techniques has advanced, I have found kechari mudra (putting the tongue up into the nasal pharynx) to be sexually stimulating, to the point where I enjoy doing it just for that. I read in a yoga book that this kind of stimulation is a block to spiritual progress, and can take us back down to lower chakras, a lower birth in the next life, etc. It said that getting to the higher chakras, #6 (ajna) and #7 (sahasrar), is the only way to avoid a fall back into ignorance. Yet, the connection I find in kechari between my genitals, throat, tongue, nasal pharynx and head seems so natural and ecstatic, and I don't want to stop it. Is this wrong? Am I risking a fall?

A: This is a very good experience with kechari mudra (see Lesson 108), indicating the natural advancement of ecstatic conductivity in your nervous system. It is a "second puberty," and it will gradually evolve to become a far more ecstatically blissful and radiant presence in your life, moving beyond being purely sexual. If you came to the present condition through the practice of deep meditation, spinal breathing pranayama and other practices we have covered in the lessons, then you have nothing to be concerned about. This is because you have laid a foundation of inner silence and ecstatic conductivity that is stable and abiding in the whole-body, not short-lived and narrowed in on one particular part of the spiritual anatomy. In fact, it is unlikely that the kind of ecstatic connection you described can be achieved without an integration of effective yoga practices being well-established in the daily routine. In that sense, your experience is self-validating, and progressive.

It is a natural aspect of tantric sexual development, where sexual essences and functioning are going higher in the overall process of purification and opening. Just continue to favor the principles of tantra we have covered in the lessons as you continue forward. The preservation and cultivation of sexual energy is equally applicable in this situation with a highly stimulating kechari mudra as with any other form of sexual activity we might be engaged in according to our personal preferences. In the case of kechari practice, remember to self-pace as necessary, so as not to overdo.

The yoga writings you mentioned are referring to the classical "ladder of chakras" approach to enlightenment, which is transcended by the cultivation of inner silence. Then the ladder no longer applies. Maybe it never did. Enlightenment is not about "achieving" chakra levels. It is about cultivating inner silence. Then the chakras take care of themselves, which we find occurring with the natural rise of ecstatic conductivity. Under these circumstances, there is no ecstatic practice at any level that can take us backwards. Many "chakra-based" teachings do not take rising inner silence into account, missing the role of meditation in the overall process. Lacking that, there will be a tendency to turn spiritual development into a hierarchy, or ladder of steps going up the chakras that the aspirant must climb one level at a time, with much attention on controlling the inner mechanics going rung to rung. It is like trying to drive a car while keeping our head under the hood supervising all the equipment there. It may suit the need of the mind, but it is a faulty model that does not correspond to the reality of human spiritual transformation, and it will not produce significant progress.

For those who meditate, all inventions of the mind are overridden by the effects of rising inner silence. That is a good thing, especially when we are navigating through the exotic realms of sexuality and whole-body ecstatic awakening. In the end, all that remains is abiding inner silence, ecstatic bliss, and outpouring divine love. Then all of life is seen to be stillness in action.

Just some food for thought.

The guru is in you.

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Note: For instructions on kechari mudra, see the Asanas, Mudras and Bandas book.  For detailed instructions on the methods of tantra in relation to the broad scope of yoga practices and the enlightenment process, see the AYP Tantra book. Also see AYP Plus.

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