Sunday, 21 August 2011

Taal: How to enter into Samadhi

Please read these articles for background information:

Taal: Introduction to rhythmic breathing
Taal: Method and Advantages

It is an extremely useful technique. 

TAAL mostly consists of:

1.        Making your breathing synchronized with rhythm.
2.        Feedback loop. [Amplifying sound/touch ]
3.        Using Prana/chi/life force energy concept.

All of these components are equally important. If you ask me the most important part---it seems to be the second one----that is, feedback; it is similar to biofeedback. What I actually tried was---listening my breathing. I incorporated this by closing my ears and then making my inhalations and exhalations in such a way that they were quite audible to me. This made a world of difference in the breathing process I was practicing. Clearly enough it amplified the feedback, especially the one which my ears (in turn brain) were getting, in form of sound.

So---in an ordinary breathing practice, you just try to breathe smoothly in and out or forcibly in and out. In case of Taal, you concentrate on inhalation and exhalation sounds by closing your ears with the help of your fingers. It helps you listen your own inhalations and exhalations.

You are then, very much able to find, whether your breathing is smooth or disrupted. You have more power to monitor your breathing.

Life force energy is the energy which is the key behind all the movements and which is subtler than all the energies. Yogis suggest that though all the bodily movements are caused by this Prana---the movement of lungs i. e. contraction and expansion, which respectively causes exhalation and inhalation, is one of the movements which can be consciously manipulated very easily for our advantage. So the point where Prana acts on our lungs pretty much becomes the point where our mind concentrates on breathe. This becomes a point where we start to control the flow of Prana and this in turn increases our psychic energy and awareness.

So more you reinforce the attention on breathing, more Prana you are regulating.

[ Buddha-The Gautama or Shakyamuni Buddha, attained nirvana with the practice of Anapana-sati---that is simply concentrating on your breathing 24 hours a day; after having tried various other meditation techniques for 6 years during his search for truth---so this practice has been given much importance in Buddhism but unlike our practices it does not manipulate breathing and only aims at concentrating on breathing so as to become conscious of each and every inhalation and exhalation, which in turns gives you power over Prana.

Indian Yogis had discovered many techniques much before Buddha to control Prana and some of the best techniques I have practiced in last few years. They also utilize the fact that Prana is behind the movement of lungs]

A word of caution:
Please note that the following has to be practiced only and only if you are free from heart condition and breathing ailments

When you continue to focus on breathing for long enough, you accumulate a lot of life force energy and if you start holding your breath for gradually longer span of time, you would find that you start getting blissful. If you hold it for enough long you would listen sounds of bursting of cloud very loudly and if you concentrate on this sound while you hold your breath you would reach highest state of consciousness called Samadhi.

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