Jalandhara Bhanda and the directions top vs bottom

excerpt from https://sodarshanchakrakriya.com/2018/06/28/keys-to-understanding-the-universe-2-left-up-down-right/

In the Emerald Tablets, Hermes Trismegistus,
(a combination of the Greek god Hermes and the ancient Egyptian god Thoth), said:

That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing
And as all things have been & arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse.
The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
It ascends from the earth to the heaven & again it descends to the earth & receives the force of things superior & inferior.
By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world
& thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtle thing & penetrates every solid thing.

Those are wisdoms which often are used in alchemy  or occultism (which is nothing dark as such, but simply means “hidden”). Alchemy is more about inner transformations than outer ones, so this cryptic text also describes the workings of “qi” (the body life-force in Chinese Medicine) or “prana” (the breath-life force in Indian Ayurveda).

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are vertical relations of upper, middle and lower body, called the 3 Dantians – upper, middle and lower body. This is sometimes reflected in Chinese pictures where below is a swamp, in the middle an ox working its way up and in the top a pearl (of enlightenment).

The energy is internally purified by “separating the subtle from the gross“. This is exactly what the intestines do – to separate the useful food from the useless stools.

The ability to separate valuable thoughts from non-applicable information without even being able to explain it intellectually is called intuition (meaning the ability to give tuition to oneself). This ability is called Viveka in Indian terms – the ability to discriminate – a term which in the West unfortunately has mostly a negative connotation.
And because this ability resides in the intestines, it is called the “gut-feeling”.

The reasons why women are born with a better access to their intuition is because the heart, where thoughts reside is a bag full of blood,
and the only part below the diaphragm
(the surface of the water above which the intellect and below which the intuition can be found),
which also is a bag full of blood, is the uterus.
Hence in old days when hysterectomy was performed, side effects could have been for a woman to become hysterically.
In later years the access depends on how much the intuition was shined upon or dismissed by rational dismissal. Hence the gender gap becomes more irrelevant later.

This is why in Sodarshan Chakra Kriya one has to hold the breath (and therewith thoughts) and then pump the belly whilst gearing to the higher self by silently chanting the mantra “god” (Wahe Guru). Since thinking seems to manifest to me similar to hearing, I “hear” a thought mantra. Once in 24 years only I was blissed to hear that mantra not within my brain but from the belly.

Sitting upright is only half of the story to bring the energy up – the other half is to contain it in order for it not to be lost on the way. There are 3 Bhandas which bind the energy:

* the Mula Bandha (root-lock),
* the Uddiyana Bandha (belly drawn in), and the
* Jalandhara Bandha (neck lock)

The bottom both Bhandas are already dealt with in Sodarshan Chakra Kriya the belly pumping, which does force one to 1. close the anus, and 2. sucks the belly in.
So you don’t have to worry about those two anymore.

The third one, however, is the Jalandhara Bhanda, which was recommended to add in a subtle sidnote stating “neck slightly bent“.
Don’t force yourself upright and bend the neck forward, rather imagine yourself being a string pupped, hung up from the back of your head so that the spine is pulled upward and the head does tilt slightly forward.
Here is a nice explanation of what it accomplishes:

In the third chapter of the Hathapradeepika it is described:

The Jalandhara Bandha

69. Contract the throat and press the chin firmly against the chest. This is called Jalandhara Bandha, which destroys old age and death.

70. It stops the opening (hole) of the group of Nadis, through which the juice from the sky (from the Soma or Chandra in the brain) falls down. It is, therefore, called the Jalandhara Bandha — the destroyer of a host of diseases of thhhhe throat.

71. In Jalandhara Bandha, the indications of a perfect contraction of throat are, that the nectar does not fall into the fire (the Surya situated in the navel), and the air is not disturbed.

72. The two Nadis should be stopped firmly by contracting the throat. This is called the middle circuit or center (Madhya Chakra), and it stops the 16 adharas (i.e., vital parts).

(Note.–The sixteen vital parts mentioned by renowned Yogis are the (1) thumbs, (2) ankles, (3) knees, (5) the prepuce, (6) organs of generation, (7) the navel, (8) the heart, (9) the neck, (10) the throat, (11) the palate, (12) the nose, (13) the middle of the eyebrows, (14) the forehead, (15) the head and (16) the Brahmarandra.)

73. By drawing up the mulasthana (anus), Uddiyana Bandha should be performed. The flow of the air should be directed to the Susumna, by closing the Ida and the Pingala.

74. The Prana becomes calm and latent by this means, and thus there is no death, old age, disease, etc.

75. These three Bandhas are the best of all and have been practiced by the masters. Of all the means of success in Hatha Yoga, they are known to the Yogis as the chief ones.

76. The whole of the nectar, possessing divine qualities, which exudes from the Soma (Chandra) is devoured by the Surya; and, owing to this, the body becomes old.

77. To remedy this, the opening of the Surya is avoided by excellent means. It is to be learnt best by instructions from a guru; but not by even a million discussions.

Source: https://www.santosha.com/philosophy/hathayoga-pradipika-chapter3.html

Today practice with Jalandhara Bhanda:

POSITION: Sit with a straight spine, neck slightly bend (either with legs crossed or sitting on a chair with feet flat on the ground)
TODAY NEW: With a slight necklock.
Eyes are focused at the tip of the nose, or closed if you prefer.

MUDRA AND BREATH:
a) Block off the right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale slowly and deeply through the left nostril and hold the breath.
Mentally chant ‘Wahe Guru” 16 times, while pumping the navel point 3 times with each repetition (once on ”Waa”, once on ”hey”, and once on ”Guru”) for a total of 48 pumps.
b) Unblock the right nostril and use the right index or pinkie finger to block the left nostril. Exhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril. Continue, inhaling left nostril, exhaling right.

Today you practice again normally for 3 minutes and thereafter a slow yogic breath (which you are not expected to do perfectly).

https://sodarshanchakrakriya.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/sodarchanchakrakriya_week_03_of_12.mp3

If you manage to do one slow breath you will get a taste for the trance yogis experience.

TO END: Inhale and hold 5-10 seconds. Exhale. Then stretch and shake the body for about 1 minute to circulate the energy.
TIME: Suggested length for this kriya is 31 or 62 minutes a day. The ideal is to start at 31 minutes, but you can begin with 11 minutes, then build up to 31, then 40, and eventually 62.

Original instruction from Yogi Bhajan 1990

Whilst you do this, you may implement all of Yogi Bhajan’s rules from previous lesson. (if you forgot them, feel free to go back to the other tips from Yogi Bhajan).
Only because I don’t follow them, does not mean that they might not be beneficial for you. That’s why I did not to deprive you of that information.

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