2013-11-25 20:15:09 UTC
So, Laya Yoga is similar to MMYs Night Technique, apparently no longer taught, but which was one of the main components of MMYs series of 'advanced techniques'. Dream yoga is very popular in Tibetan Buddhism (see my recent post to this forum concerning lucid dreaming).
The purport of the passage is:
By resting your bija at the navel chakra or at the heart chakra, the subtle currents from your istadevata will permeate your entire being. For example, my istadevata is Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning. By resting the bija portion of her name, that is, 'sring', at the navel chakra, my intelligence will grow by leaps and bounds, right while I'm sleeping. Then, when I awake in the morning I will feel refreshed and full of knowledge. It's that simple!
Most TMers only repeat the bija portion of their mantra when they are meditating. However, according to Swami Sivananda Radha, a bija mantra may be repeated during the first portions of sleep. For example, when I practice MMYs secret Night Technique I often fall asleep with the bija portion of my mantra still in mind as I fall into asleep. When practicing the Night Technique Satyanand advised me to be aware of the area just above my abdomen, (heart chakra) and to put your attention there and let it rest.
My take on this technique is to be aware of my bija mantra at the heart chakra while in a sitting position and to gently fall into sleep as I form the corpse pose at the end of the day. So, all you have to do is be aware of the chakra of the heart, start the bija just like any other thought, then just babysit your bija for a few minutes, right on at your heart area. You just set it, and then forget it. This technique was confirmed to me by Vaj in a posting to FFL in 2005. It sure beats counting sheep!
Yogi Bhajan says that "Kundalini energy is technically explained as being sparked during yogic breathing when prana and apana blends at the 3rd chakra (naval center) at which point it initially drops down to the 1st and 2nd chakras before traveling up to the spine to the higher centers of the brain to activate the golden cord - the connection between the pituitary and pineal glands - and penetrate the 7 chakras." Go figure.
'Kundalini Yoga for the West'
by Swami Sivananda Radha
(1979; 2nd ed. 1996)
pp. 13, 15
by Swami Sivananda
Divine Life Society, 1935
'Realities of the Dreaming Mind: The Practice of Dream Yoga'
by Swami Sivananda Radha
Timeless Books, 2004
'The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga'
by Sir John Woodroffe (Arthur Avalon)
"Yes. That's why I suspect they may be teaching it. If you want to witness deep sleep, rest your awareness in your heart center or feel your mantra there gently and go to sleep."
Subject: Re: The new night technique?
Newsgroup: Yahoo! FairfieldLife
Date: Thu Dec 29, 2005 11:10 am