RAISING THE KUNDALINI & PUTTING ON A BANDHAN - Before and after meditation
The practice of raising our Kundalini and putting ourselves in Bandhan is an important step in readying ourselves for meditation or workshop or any other activity in life.
We use these simple steps to help bring our system into balance and to cover ourselves with a protective aura both before and after meditation.
The key thing to remember is that although we may not feel anything (in the early stages) whilst we are completing the procedure, it has a real effect on our subtle body.
Raising the Kundalini
It is our Kundalini energy, raising up the spine which takes our Attention higher into the state of 'Thoughtless Awareness'. This exercise helps to strengthen, steady and establish the Attention in the highest energy center, the Sahasrara Chakra.
Raising our own Kundalini, at the beginning and end of every meditation, helps to settle our subtle system into a more balanced state.
Begin with the left hand at the front at the level of the abdomen, palm facing towards the body. Whilst rotating the right hand around the left hand, move the left hand up the front of the body and over the head and tie a knot at the top to symbolically keep our Attention up there. Use this movement three times and on the third time tie three knots over the top of your head.
(1) Place the left hand in front of your lower abdomen, palm facing the body
(2) Raise the left hand up slowly, moving from the base of your torso to the top of your head. While the left hand is rising, the right hand rotates around it clockwise, (up from within, and then down without).
(3) Until both hands are above the head. Then use both hands to tie a knot.
(4) Repeat this three times, once for each channel. The third time, tie the knot three times
Putting on a Bandhan
A simple exercise to protect our subtle body, and preserve our state of meditation, is to put on a bandhan. This exercise should be done before and after meditation, just after raising the Kundalini (as above).
(A) Hold the left hand out on your lap (palm upwards) at the level of the waist with the fingers pointing towards the photography of Shri Mataji
(B) And slowly raise your right hand, starting at the level of the left hip, over the top of your head and down the right side of your body to the right hip.
(C) Then raise the right hand up the right channel, over your head where the Kundalini is flowing, and down the left side.
This movement should be done seven times (once for every Chakra in the subtle system)