Operating SKY Haven

Abiding by Swami Kripalu’s Standards 

The following is meant to provide more understanding of the purpose and operation of SKY Haven. Everything in this statement is a version of Kripalu’s own words minimally modified to apply to SKY Haven. The word ‘saint’ has been retained, as Swami Kripalu considered anyone doing this sadhana to be a saint.

The place should be beautiful so that everyone can get divine inspiration.

The main saint who resides there may live in solitude and should not have to go out. That person’s word should be final on everything. The board should work as per the orders of that saint. No one person on this board should have all the power; everyone must give cooperative selfless service.

Anyone who creates a dispute or causes trouble shall be immediately relieved of their position and/or evicted from the property. In this group there must be complete cooperation and selfless service. The owner of the land will keep the management of the physical property in their hands, but may accept cooperative help from other members.

It must be run only with a spiritual purpose, and not to amass wealth, which would create politics and make it into a commercial enterprise. Only unpleasantness would result, and no one would be happy and at peace. If peace and happiness are desired, and if we are to give peace and happiness to others, then only selfless service can be of use.

I am not supposed to have to think about any of this, but I have given this outline as Swami Kripalu gave it.

Jaya Bhagavan,
Durga Ma

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The Fourth Chakra

“Doctors are the discoverers of physiological functions. Yogis are the discoverers of the chakras … Just as modern science gives importance to the sense organs and their functions, likewise the ancient science of yoga gives importance to prana and its various functions in the chakras.” — Swami Kripalu, The Science of Meditation  

The fourth chakra is located in the region of the heart, has twelve petals, twelve vibrational sound frequencies identified by specific Sanskrit syllables, and is associated with respiration. Its mystical diagram is the hexagon, the color is emerald (or gold), the sense organ is the skin, the sense faculty is touch, the element is air (vayu, the air of the breath), the elemental color is smoky.

The first three chakras were in the created world, the Brahma Loka, and associated with the material plane, but now we are moving on to subtler things, and subtler affairs. This brings us to the meaning of the word, anahata, the name of the fourth chakra. 

Anahata means ‘unstruck’. What is being referred to here is the breathless state. The word anahata is made up of ana (breath, respiration) and ahata (an action happening without the normal attributes). The normal attribute of breath is breathing. So anahata fully defined means, breath without its normal attribute. The breathless state is just what it says—your body stops breathing. The fourth charka is the home base region of prana. Even in this state in which one is not breathing, life continues uninterrupted because prana is uninterrupted. It is prana, Life Energy, that keeps us alive, not the process of pumping air.

When you first experience the breathless state, you will become aware of it when your body starts breathing again. You will be a little surprised, but not alarmed, and definitely inspired (pun definitely intended here). I have mentioned this state before in the context of the need for absolute privacy and a secure place for the practice of Surrender Meditation. You really don’t want your meditation to be interrupted in this state because it is not good for the nervous system. But more to the point, you will not reach this state if there is any chance that your meditation will be disturbed. If you do not lock your door because you feel certain that no one in the house will walk in on you, lock it anyway, because subconsciously you will know that this possibility does exist. So lock your door.

Piercing the Brahmagranthi

In a previous post we took up the third chakra and talked briefly about the Brahmagranthi. Now we move into the Vishnu Loka, the world of Sustainment of Life. The Brahmabranthi, an obstacle to kundalini rising up the central channel, the sushumna, must be dealt with in order for the energy to be able to move on to the fourth chakra.

Anahata means ‘unstruck, produced otherwise than by striking’, like the eardrum is struck for a sound to be heard. When kundalini pierces the Brahmagranthi, you will hear it directly, not with your ears. When this happens, you will simultaneously hear it directly and feel it subtly within the body in the area of the diaphragm. It will be a loud sound as if it were in the room with you, like a very deep drum has been struck.

Aches and Attainments

When the fourth chakra is contracted, or aches, you feel lonely, separate from others, an outsider. When it is open and expanded, you love everyone regardless of other considerations, regardless of what others may do or feel towards you, and regardless of emotions you feel that are contrary to this state of unconditional love.

When the fourth chakra has been evolved by kundalini, you attain the gifts of prophesy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and levitation, and have contact with the adepts.

Durga Ma

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On Music & Dance

When the best dancer is dancing, a whole crowd can find themselves drawn into concentration. Music and dance are so integral to yoga that without them yoga is incomplete. I dance and sing constantly in my meditation room. This isn’t simply art, but a form of meditation.” — Swami Kripalu 

From the Writings of Swami Shri Kripalvanandaji

“To perform every action artfully is yoga.”

Music holds a very high place in the practice of yoga. I would even say that without music, it is impossible to attain to the Lord, for the Lord himself is music. In India we say, “Nada Brahma” which means “Sound is God”. It is just like the place in the Bible where it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.” If we live a musical life, we can say that we are living a life of sadhana, a spiritual life. Music is the greatest intoxicant in the world. When one is totally intoxicated by music he goes into samadhi.

There is another aspect of music, and that is dancing. Dance purifies the body, and music purifies the mind. If we use music for its purest purpose, it will not fail to bring us the highest results. In spiritual life in India, there are two main manifestations of God that are worshipped: that of Lord Shiva, and that of Lord Krishna. Both are great musicians and master dancers. My experience shows me that those who do not know how to sing and dance will never reach God, for in deep meditation when prana begins to effortlessly rise, music and dance are born from within. This is not the result of conscious intention; it is simply an expression of prana. So, dance is a part of meditation and does not disturb it.

Swami Kripalu Mudra, Music & Dance
Swami Kripalu
Music, Mudra & Dance

This spontaneous dance has two phases: external and internal. At first the dance has external movements. Gradually these movements cease until there is complete stillness, externally. Yet the dance continues inside.

The spontaneous dance that I went into outside my Rajeshvari meditation room was like what used to happen to me many years ago in the earlier stages of yoga. Then it stopped and I moved into another stage. On this occasion, behind Rajeshvari, I started by doing some hand mudras, and all of a sudden, after many years of absence, the dance started to come to me again spontaneously, automatically. There was a difference, however, between what happened in the past and this: before, the dance was very fast; this time it was very slow and rhythmic. When this dance happens, it stretches all the nerves so much that after five minutes you are ready to collapse. Yet I, at the age of 65, was able to dance constantly for over half an hour! This kind of music and dance is the very highest kind of sadhana; the very highest method of purification of mind and body.

— Swami Kripalu, “On Music and Dance”

Mudras (energy seals) occur when the awakened energy grows strong, expressing as the sustained holding of postures or repetitive motions that either build prana (life energy) or express it in free flowing dance-like movements and hand gestures. — Swami Kripalu

Please visit the Foundation for Natural Meditation for more of Swami Kripalu’s books and writings.

Durga Ma

Phoenix Metaphysical Institute
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