The Gita: Srimad Bhagwadgita: श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता : Chapter 2:04-2:05

|| परमपूज्य, प्रातःस्मरणीय पं. श्री मुरलीधर जी मिश्र ||

I, Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath bow down at the lotus feet of my first Guru, my revered father Pandit Shri Murli Dhar ji Mishra,  Vidya Guru Kaul Shiromani Shri Shivanand Nath ji, Yoga Guru Paramhamsa Shri Balendu Giri ji Maharaj, Tantra Guru Shri Shri Anta Devji Maharaj, Vama Guru Shri Kaleshwaranand Ji Maharaj and all the compassionate Masters, divine souls of Gurumandala..  I pray for their love, support and guidance always..


अर्जुन उवाच ।

Arjuna uvaacha|

कथं भीष्ममहं सङ्ख्ये द्रोणं च मधुसूदन ।

इषुभिः प्रतियोत्स्यामि पूजार्हावरिसूदन ॥ २-४॥

Katham Bheeshmaham samkhye dronam cha madhusoodana|

Ishubhih pratiyotsyaami poojaarhaavarisoodan || 2-4 ||

गुरूनहत्वा हि महानुभावान्, श्रेयो भोक्तुं भैक्ष्यमपीह लोके ।

हत्वार्थकामांस्तु गुरूनिहैव, भुञ्जीय भोगान् रुधिरप्रदिग्धान् ॥ २-५॥

Guroonhatvaa hi mahaanubhaavaan,
shreyo bhoktum bhaikshyamapeeha loke |

hatvaarthakaamaanstu guroonihaiva,
bhunjeeya bhogaan rudhirapradigdhaan || 2-5 ||

Arjuna says –

“O Madhusoodan, how can I shoot arrows in battle on men like Bheeshma and Dronaacharya, who are worthy of my worship, O destroyer of enemies? |2-4|

It would be better to live by begging in this world, than to enjoy life by killing these noble elders, who are my Gurus. If we kill them, the wealth and pleasures we enjoy will be tainted with blood. |2-5|

A Guru’s behaviour has been so beautifully depicted in the last chapter where Arjuna kept speaking his mind and heart out while Krishna patiently listened to him. A Guru must listen to each and every disciple when one is confronted with a tough-turbulent-unfavourable-critical situations, be it in their life or in their spiritual journey. This interaction that a disciple or seeker makes is so very crucial for the teacher to assess and direct him/her in the right direction. Krishna has been listening to Arjuna so patiently to fairly and accurately assess his issues, his emotional energies and his motivation. After listening his long ‘speech’ Krishna says just two sentences and then stops. (These two sentences impregnated with Gurus spiritual energy have already started working on Arjuna, we will see that in a while)

But you see, how pathetic situation it is for the modern disciples now a days! They are never listened to. The modern Gurus come.. take Daksina from them in advance, give Mantra / Kriyas / Mudras / processes etc. to other hundreds (sometimes even thousands) of seekers (along with them) in one go and then… typical ‘fly-by-night’ and vanish (laughs). In most of these grand initiation ceremonies the expectant disciples aren’t given any opportunity to talk to the Teacher / Guru. And after so called deeksha/teaching ceremony there’s no chance! I have not been able to understand this that in the absence of such an individual exchange with a person how Gurus are able to assess the exact situation (dis-ease) of every person present in their large congregations and then give them appropriate spiritual method (medicine).. I just bow down to the prowess of such exalted Gurus! तेभ्यः गुरुभ्यः नमः | Although I still wish they are able to see this clear message of Gita.

Krishna has disappointed or baffled Arjuna by seemingly ignoring his earlier detailed ‘confused submission’ regarding the repercussions of this battle by simply asking him to get up and act. These words have already started stirring Arjuna because earlier he was saying धार्तराष्ट्रा रणे हन्युस्तन्मे क्षेमतरं भवेत् – It is better for me to be killed by Kauravas. But now he is contemplating a different line – हत्वार्थकामांस्तु गुरूनिहैव, भुञ्जीय भोगान् रुधिरप्रदिग्धान् – If we kill them, the wealth and pleasures we enjoy will be tainted with blood in response to Shree Krishna’s call for action. No doubt Arjuna is still confused but it is wonderful to see that Masters two sentences have begun to work almost instantly. Spiritually this can be equated with kind of Shaktipaata – the descent of divine energy. Socially speaking the same role is played by the inspiring energy-packed on-screen dialogues by actors. Have you not seen people picking up many such movie dialogues (irrespective of positive or negative) and quoting / repeating them so passionately? It is the energy of your words that matters!

In these verses Arjuna presents his confusion but if you notice he is psychologically defending himself as well. You may not see it directly but can sense it if you just recall what Krishna had said to Arjuna in the two sentences he spoke – Krishna says “क्लैब्यं मा स्म गमः पार्थ नैतत्त्वय्युपपद्यते”. He has charged him of un-MAN-liness (cowardice). This is ‘the biggest insult’ for a true warrior (kshatriya). Therefore in these shlokas (verses) Arjuna is giving reasons why he is not taking up this fight. His earlier emotional tone was loaded with ‘mamataa‘ (belonging)’ and now here comes another hue the ‘Respect/Reverence’.

He states that Bheeshma and Dronacharya are worthy of his respect. Bheeshma was the true embodiment of chastity and remained a lifelong celibate to fulfill the vow that he had made. Let’s empathise with Arjuna for sometime understanding the true personality of Bheeshma –

Some people argue that Bheeshma was on the wrong. For them it is better to know that Bheeshma was an enlightened soul. He was a great devotee of Shri Krishna, the knower of the Absolute Truth, embodiment of chivalry and generosity whose actions were never against the principles of dharma. His profound character and insight is beyond the comprehension of mundane reasoning. Even though he may have fought on the side of the Kauravas but when Yudhishthir bowed to him before the war he said thus, “Putra! I am obliged to fight on the side of unrighteousness but I give you the boon that you will be victorious.”

|| The Entrance of Hanumat Niketan at Civil Lines, Prayagraj – Celebrating Bheeshma ||

In fact Bheeshma already knew that the Pandavas are on the right. He also saw it clearly that the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna was on their side. How such an enlightened man could not see the evident? He knew that Pandavas would never lose. He is just playing his role by taking the side of adharma (unrighteousness). He showed us that even the most powerful forces can not affect an unholiness win in a holy war. Bheeshma, a true bhakta (devotee) is part of Krishna’s leela (divine pastimes) and he offered the biggest sacrifice of laying down his life at the service of Truth. What more evidence you want than this!

In the last days of his life, as he lay on the bed of arrows for six months, he meditated on that very fond vision of Krishna (that he had seen in Vrindavan) offers this prayer to Lord:

युधि तुरग रजो विधूम्र विवूक, कच लुलित श्रम वार्यलङ्कतास्ये।
मम निशित शरैर्विभिद्य मान, त्वचि विलसत्कवचे स्तु कृष्ण आत्मा।।

Yudi turag rajo vidhomra vivooka, kach lulit shram vaaryalanktaasye|
mam nishit sharairvibhidya maan, twachi vilasat-kavache stu krishna aatma||

In the battlefield, Krishna’s locks were covered with white dust raisen by the hooves of the horses. His beautiful face was further beautified with sweat beads due to his physical effort in driving the chariot. These were the natural ornaments enhancing the beauty of my Lord. The dents of my sharp arrows on his armours intensified the decorations of divinity in Him. Let my mind meditate unto that Shri Krishna.

Such a persona Bheeshma was and he was standing on the opposite side! Now you know the reason why.

Another person was Arjuna’s warfare Guru, Dronacharya. Drona was a genius in his field and it was from him that Arjuna had mastered the art and science of archery.  Kripacharya was another respectable person on the side of Kauravas, whom Arjuna had always held in high regards. To treat such men as enemies here seems abominable to the noble-minded Arjuna.

In Hindu tradition even arguing with elders is considered improper, then how could Arjua ever think of attacking these respected persons with weapons? All this being true his statement also implies, “O Krishna, you please do not doubt my manliness and courage.  I am all out to fight but my moral duty, is to respect my teachers and to show compassion to the sons of Dhritarashtra.”

Arjuna is directionless in his thinking, lost all his senses for he says that he would prefer to live by begging than commit this heinous act of killing loved and respected ones. He further believes that his conscience will not allow him to enjoy any of the fruits of his such action in this world. It is so unlike a Kshatriya who is ready to live by begging – In hindi there’s a saying which can be translated in english – “A lion will die of starvation but can not eat grass!” The lion in Arjuna is dreaming of surviving on grass.. almost an impossibility!

Arjun out of his pity mixed compassion feels that, if he did kill his own people, the victory shall taint all that is won, with their blood and his conscience wouldn’t let him enjoy the kingdom. This is so real situation. Arjuna’s plight is a very extraordinary one.

I remember how I had also come across an old lady who shared her story.. how she had lost the grip of her 7 year old grandson’s tiny hands at a crossing, just for 2 seconds, only to see him getting crushed under a speeding bus. Now that is the memory which haunts her.. Decades after she continues to blame herself for the mishap even when that was not her fault. In waking, in dream.. always!  Such incidents even if these happen unintentionally become continuous source of horror and agony. We can discuss  ignorance of Arjuna but It is not easy to be in the place of Arjuna!

Arjuna is confused but; Conviction to confusion is also the journey.. If you are convinced about any skewed / unhelpful idea / philosophy / point of view then for sure you can not be convinced through your odd, brief encounter with the Truth howsoever powerful that be. A Master is someone who wishes to correct you but even he can not overpower your ‘free-will’ that easily. In this stage all he can do is to give ‘your’ understanding a severe jolt only to confuse you. Masters are good at it. There are so many stories of Gurus who pushed their disciples to unexpected horrifying situations only rescue them later. Almost every such disciple emerges back with a greater and deeper understanding of truth after such a dramatic encounter with unobvious. Confusion is a virtue for this state of mind creates an opportunity for re-orienting one’s understanding.

You are blessed if you are confused and a Master is watching you over! The kind of turmoil Arjuna is in only Master like Krishna’s grace can lift him up from this deep depression. Let’s pray for it!

– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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Will you be my Guru AD?

Master AD,

i am Roye Vicktarie, f 38 n had been till currently doing a mantra practice that my Guroo gave me 5 years back. as a stout learner during these years i read many spirited books, watched vidoes and attended some interesting other workshops around spiritual growth. i tried to do every thing i learnt and practice routinely. 5 year it seem is long time, it is, and i still feel there is a lot to gain, feel as something very deep is missed out, as if i have not been given full support from my Guroo side. i practice mantra of shaakti and other body breath work and chakra practices that i learnt later. i also keep trying to do indian goddess mantras on my own but no help. can u help me and be my Guroo?

god bless… Roye


Beloved Roye,

You are definitely a curious and energetic soul seemingly very much ‘always in action’ type.. it is definitely great virtue to have as a practitioner. Any teacher would love to have students like you.

You ask “Can u help me?” and in return I also have a question. Please contemplate over my question for at least a week.. may be even more and then only answer me. Do not scurry through the process of contemplation please. Now my question “When so many teachers collectively could not help you achieve what you yearn for then what gives you conviction that this one person in me can help you to reach the Light, crossing your ocean of darkness and doubt; also will you be able to drop all other practices without any sense of loss and enthusiastically engage in only as much as is asked?

Your Wish is Supreme

|| Guru is none other than God personified ||


Roye, in true spiritual traditions a spiritual teacher is not just a teacher he/she is a Master or Guroo as you call. In eastern traditions the Guru is considered to be equal to God. And God can surely help those who approach him with respect and wish to be helped. Something more… One’s Guru need not only be respected but respected to the point of worship as God. Now you would argue how can an ordinary person in blood and flesh be God. Right?

Well, let me try to explain and I give you a simple example. In most of the countries we have a concept of Government. A government works through people in position of power and governance. In fact if you try to search Government physically you will never find it but then every person who serves the government (Concept of Power) is a touch point of a government. Isn’t it? The same way Masters live among us with a great mission of God that is of bringing great transformation and light of Truth in humanity. Thus he becomes the God personified. A Master or Guru is indeed a touch point of that invisible (A Power governing everything in this Cosmos) entity, God!

How shall you serve God then? Disciples in authentic spiritual traditions serve their Masters with greatest of Faith and unwavering devotion.  Only such a disciple is then given an insight, processes of spiritual awakening that leads one to self-realization, enlightenment and God.  The guru can guide only such disciples in their advanced Sadhana.  In fact it is a true that Guru’s blessings and grace are the only reason for disciple’s success in Sadhana. It is a blessing, sheer unfoldment of previous good karmas to get a realized, enlightened master for one’s spiritual guidance for the very grace of such a Master itself is sufficient to bring about unimaginable transformation in one. How to find such a Guru?

“When a disciple is ready the Master appears.” REALLY?

Ask me and I will say “Only when the divine grace descends upon a person he/she becomes a true seeker and a true seeker sooner or later but shall always find a true Master.”

Seeking is really a very strange phenomenon. It is not the search because search begins with a presumption of finding some predetermined thing rather it is about creating a deep sense of ‘not-knowing’, emptying yourself. You can seek the God only if you do not know the God as yet.. but if you are seeking a God you already know (may be his/her form.. his abode.. his characteristics etc.) then what you find at the end is your imagination fructified. Does that mean you can not seek? Yes and No. YES, you can begin with the Attitude of service, empathy, acceptance for life situations, unshakable discipline, high energies coupled with childlike curiosity and enthusiasm and fearlessness.. these are desirable virtues in the seeker but I can tell you (it contains the NO part) even these prerequisites are not achievable without the divine grace. Then what can you do?

You will have to begin somewhere.. and the answer is “You should get rid of the sense of having ‘knowledge’ completely, focus on subjective experiences for learning and pray hard in your own ways for the descent of that divine grace. The divine grace should also not be preconceived, as known through books or people but through your own experience. Gradually things will start changing for better.”

Most people say this “When a disciple is ready the Master appears.” but before you start believing in this statement  you should fairly look at your own behaviour in this regard. Would you accept any stranger walking in your life as your Guru? Certainly not. Then it means even if your Master appears then also you will not be able to recognize him.

People say… these days it is very difficult to find realized and True Masters as there are many bogus Gurus with unbelievable publicity around themTo know who is an enlightened Guru and who is not is almost impossible for a beginner for he is not only ignorant but too innocent person.

I say, it is easy for a seeker to recognize a Guru but it is not happening this way because in the name of seeking there are mostly bogus, full of knowledge and shrewd people out there. There are reasons for me to say this. Normally people go to the Gurus brimming with knowledge, peculiar ego and pretend that they are seeking the Truth or God but all they want is validation of their own ways of life, thinking and gratification of their ego. These people are not in the search of God rather they have come for gaining health, position, counseling for messy relationships, busting stress, miracle cures, subject knowledge and shortcuts for mental peace etc. In fact for all these things you don’t need a Guru – even for knowledge you don’t need a Guru. If someone wishes to be helped by a Guru allow him to take away all your knowledge instead. But who allows that? If a Guru speaks the language that pokes their ego, exposes their insincerity and hidden drivers they are not able to walk with him. It is not easy to take any person (especially when he is working for your spiritual growth) as Guru. The True Guru always remains the guide and benedictor. What to talk of seekers even for the seasoned disciples he is mostly a bitter pill, a medicine… not easy to swallow.

So the saying should be further extended “As a disciple gets ready the Guru appears… As the Guru appears the hell breaks and so very often than not the disciple disappears.”


You ask me if I can be your Guru.. Well, I do not claim to be a Guru. Nor I have placed any such adjective before my name declaring myself Guru, Sadguru or VishwaGuru. I am a teacher an Acharya and you can choose to study with me as a student whenever you feel like. My suggestion, You must test a teacher as much as you want before accepting him/her as your Guru. A very common example here in India we give is of Swami Vivekanand. Vivekananda did put so many questions to Ramakrishna. Not one or two questions but he kept asking for few years before he took Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa as his guru. It is interesting to note that it was only through these test conversations with Ramakrishna Paramhamsa that he learnt how to choose a Guru. This testing phase is not for Guru only but be aware that your Guru is also testing you throughout and even he has all the rights to reject you. You should be ready for that too.

However once you decide and accept one person as your guru it will not be correct on your part to suspect him or doubt him later. You are suspecting and blaming your Guru of lack of support without even letting him know this so I suggest you to go back to your present Guru and share your issues, request for his help. You should reach out to him.. it is your duty to go to him. He is not obliged to be at your service. Speak with him, I am sure he will help you out. If he gives up or you give up upon him then you are welcome here. Dear Roye! The relationship between the Guru and his/her disciple is the most sacred and unique one and you can not break it just on imagined suspicion. Also one thing that I noticed – you have not been stable during these 5 years, you have shown no faith in the teachings and methods of your Guru. You say you did many workshops, took other mantras, mixed other practices with what your Guru gave you. This is sin! The biggest blunder!!

Roye, You have all the potential to grow and progress spiritually albeit patience, perseverance, focus and wholehearted trust on yourself and your Teacher are few extra things that you probably need are your unwavering Faith, total surrender, Prayers, Attitude of service (of master and others), Perseverance, Purity, Respect for path, Intensity in practices, Dedication to the path, Persuasion with master, Contemplation, Self-Observation, Enquiry (seeking), Satsanga (spending time in the company of Master). This will lead you in your Sadhana towards fulfillment and with that someday you shall gain Self-realisation. Continue your Sadhana with focussed mind, without any breaks for a substantial period, without mixing other self-learnt, self-chosen practices. Have absolute faith in your Guru. The God in your Guru will never disappoint you.


-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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“There is a universal framework for deepening the meditation, generally kept secret and untold. Finer points that impact your performance & are extremely useful in deepening your understanding about the whole process of stilling & transcending the mind. The same system also allows you to see where you stand, where you are going & to know about those little things that you can do to transcend the mind effortlessly.”

Dr. Nitin, a practising Anesthetist from Delhi and a very sincere Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner has asked a question on his experiences during his chosen meditation / dharana practice. His question has prompted Acharya ji to give all of you a detailed account of what’s all is there in this simple and silent activity called meditation. Read further.

– Ma Shakti


I know, it has been time since we connected here. So, I will speak for long and enough to give out elaborate understanding of the process and stages of meditation and role of ‘Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Level -I’ practices, especially the awareness and mantras, in ensuring preparedness for sure success on the journey of individuals on the path of sadhana to achieve the state of Shiva-Shakti consciousness. Let’s discuss.


We have hundreds of sadhakas who despite being responsible otherwise find a particular (early morning practice) Meditation cumbersome. Some find it’s timing to be a challenge and others feel they are unable to get the technique right, while others don’t try at all. Such is not the challenge only with us, every teacher is bound to be majorly surrounded with ‘marghat vairagis’ and ‘sukhaakaankshis’.. Yug Prabhaav! (Smiles) anyways..

If you start the meditation with an inappropriate attitude and sloth toward the process of meditation or kind of sublime dislike towards the object of meditation.. means you are doing it but not liking it, then it’s not going to work for you. You have already created a roadblock and on such road your ride is definitely going to be too bumpy to handle. Finally you are going to head nowhere like this. Meditation is like your beloved, an utterly dear old friend that you yearn to spend time with. Will you not be willing to drop everything else if you were to meet your beloved? I know you would. So program yourself to love the process and delight in meditation. You must think ‘WOW! Fantastic!! So beautiful!!!


In general most of the beginners & meditation enthusiasts do not pay much attention to these two extremely important factors that govern the quality of every meditation practice – The place of Meditation and Time of practice.

There are clear guidelines for how your meditation place should be in terms of comfort, aesthetics, acoustics and ambiance but the more crucial aspect of it is – keeping its purity and sanctity. The general rules about choosing the right place for meditation should be followed unless specifically told by your Master for example certain tantric processes and meditative practices are done on the bed itself. In such cases follow your teacher’s words. In general if you are not initiated and wish to meditate the you should use that designated place only the purpose of meditation and nothing else. Also you should refrain from entering that place when you are not feeling reasonable calm and enthusiastic about the practice.

A more general question is sometimes asked is “Where” (which city, place or region on earth) should one choose to set up his meditation room (cave?). Some teachers use some weird logic of Earth’s rotation and the latitude of the place to declare which place on earth is “the best place to meditate”. They declare that being seated in lotus posture at Latitude 11 Degrees North (From Equator) yields the best result of your meditation efforts. I do not generally engage in evaluating/commenting on other point of views especially when they come from people who belong to my own fraternity of Spiritual teachers but then I must tell you such things are propagated to serve some hidden agendas probably just to prove the uniqueness of their ashrams etc.


In fact places having conducive energies and supportive environment for meditation are those spots where Siddhas have meditated in the past, places that experienced meditator(s) chose, certain shrines and all the teerthas, mountains, banks of rivers, lakes, ocean, places where nature is abundant and uncontaminated. The best one is the place that your Guru suggests you even if that does not find its place in the listing anywhere. However when you don’t have regular access to such places make a place for yourself. Only regular practice of meditation at one single spot each day makes it a energetic place to meditate.

Timings of ‘when’ you should sit for meditation are definitely important. The meditation/chanting/kriya practices can be put in various categories and depending on its hue and color the appropriate time is given out by the Teachers. There are four sandhyas during every 24 hours of cycle. Sandhyas are the points where the collective cosmic energies have intense influence – The forces of grace and gravitation, Light and Darkness and in special transits giving a boost to individual efforts. Two sandhyas (One muhoorta around sunrise and one in evening) out of these four can be used freely by everyone irrespective of their status of initiation.

In our tradition of Gurus we use two sets of muhoortas for Tattva Shakti Vigyaan initiates. One set comprises of – Vishnu & Dyumadgadyuti in the morning and another – vasu, vaaraah and vishwedevaah (in the evening) for the beginners in meditation. In later stages we use agni, vidhaatra, kand, satmukhi etc. and even certain parvas/sandhi/sankrantis as well. Those who are initiated they should consult their Guru/Teacher about the timings to follow in meditation. A teacher may suggest any Velaa depending on the tradition and His/Her own experience. Most of the Gurus choose to give Brahm Velaa or Amrit Vela a time of around 90 minutes before dawn.


Yes, the directions faced during meditation should be East or North unless specified by your teacher. There are certain meditational practices that require one to face unconventional directions like west and even south. In fact the directions are decided based on the tattvic hue of the practice and facing a particular direction helps the practitioner as energies of that particular tattvas are enhanced during meditation / Japa and Dharana.

Most practitioners do not pay much attention to the choice of direction during their sleep but mind you ‘deep-sleep is unconscious samadhi‘ and therefore it is equivalent to a spiritual meditation practice. So, without an iota of doubt a meditator should always sleep with his feet facing (if not exactly then approximately) West or North for not doing this creates a turmoil in your pranamaya kosha. [Just a mention – when a practitioner becomes energetically strong an immunity to energy disturbances and negativity is achieved at advanced stages later] A spiritual practitioner is more vulnerable for his/her stagnant Tamasik energies are now receding and moving towards sattwa. Therefore he/she is more sensitive to the minutest of energy disturbances. If a spiritual practitioner does not take these directions in his/her sleep there are nadis that start getting impacted and thus he/she may even feel certain adverse health symptoms. Certain Nadis like Vajra Nadi, Amrit Varshini Nadi, Bhrikuti Dhyaan Nadi, Karn-Bhedna NadiMoordha Nadi are impacted. There is impact on Granthis too specifically the Brahm Granthi is impacted more this way.

Let me describe the extent of devastation – for instance let’s assume Bhrikuti Dhyaan Nadi is getting impacted during sleep. This is the nadi that physically connects the Gandhari Nadi and Hastjihva Nadi to major chakras. Gandhari is the nadi that flows in the right eye and works under the control of Pingala Nadi maintaining the temperature in the minor chakras near both the eyes due to its hot nature. Hastjihva on the other hand is the supplier of life-force to the nerves surrounding the eyes. This too is situated near the left eye and works under the control of sushumnaa nadi. Isn’t it creating eye-sight related issues? Yet another example – If lets say karn-bhedan nadi  is impacted then auditory levels of hearing will be attenuated. Initially it will cause temporary loss of hearing but if corrective steps are not taken in time it may lead to permanent damage. There are in the same way many nadis in your feet that are so very important for a spiritual seeker to be able to receive the initiation well. Like Muktabheda Nadi that is activated during the blessing of one’s Guru. It gets activated as soon as the Guru makes the varad mudra  to bless a disciple. The Vaikunth Nadi is also one which becomes activated upon receiving the blessings of your Guru/ a Master. Incidentally this nadi is also activated when a girl becomes a mother and having issues with this nadi will create problems in conception/motherhood.

So if you should always maintain a proper direction during your sleep.


People keep and cherish the gifts of their love whole life. Whatever Gross Object is chosen for meditation (visualized images, sensation, breath, energy, mantra, or attitudes, etc.), the process moves inward through stages (Gross, Subtle, Bliss, I-ness, Objectless). All methods of meditation work but different schools, traditions, teachers, lineages, religions, or paths repeatedly use certain techniques only. So follow the instructions as told to you by your teacher, use the object of meditation as prescribed in the tradition.

In case you following a specific tradition/lineage it is strictly advised to follow the instructions of your teachers. Ask your teacher if you are being recommended any sort of meditation/dharana/contemplative processes or kriyas. If not then stay patient.. the practice of meditation shall definitely come your way. Just wait.. love and cherish what you have been given.. Ghalib says..

Ashiqui sabr-talab aur tamanna betaab
Dil ka kya rang karoon khoone-jigar hone tak

Curiosity and desires are good  but when coupled with impatience and jiffy they rob you off the beauty of this delicate and fragrant (Gul-faam) relationship of yours with your practices. Don’t compare your practices with others for they may be just enthusiasts who don’t seem to care what they do, when they do, how they do and where they do in the name of meditation. I know such people around you bring about biggest distractions.

Beloved Nitin, I shall share more in my next post. For the time being I would like to assure you that you should not feel anxious as of now. It is ok to experience what you are experiencing however we would discuss about it in more detail during our satsang next time.

Enough for today..

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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How to pronounce a beeja Mantra?

Acharya Ji I have a question about pronouncing the mantra. Please pardon me if I am not making any sense.  This question came to my thought, I was wondering, we pronounce OM or Aum not Oang, so why some other mantras (by the same logic) are pronounced differently. For example Hung instead Hum, Joong instead of Joom so on and so forth. Is it ok to pronounce “Hummm” instead of “Hang”? I understand sometime the language conversion kills the meaning of Sanskrit & Hindi words. 

– Ekta G. , New Jersey, USA


Beloved Ekta,

Good you asked. Through your question doubts of many shall be cleared and yes you are right the language conversion kills the meaning of Sanskrit and Hindi words.

If you remember during our deeksha itself Ma Shakti & I had spoken about the importance of maintaining the purity of pronunciation during your chant and even that time we had told you that all over India, from the Himalayan lineages to South Indian lineages there are only slight differences especially while dealing with anuswaar.  And that our Vidyaa Guru lineage follows a particular way of pronouncing this bindu.

One must remember that through different times and ages, the mantras have been taught in different lineages entirely in the oral tradition. There were no printed books yet you can see that essentially there are not much of differences in pronunciations of mantras from one part of the country to another. However it can not be ignored that there are some differences in the Mantras in different regions even in letters as well. For example in Batuk Bhairav Mantra the usage of Bam ( बं ) instead of Vam (वं) , Another example is of the variation of the whole mantra including syllables. Look at these two variations –

Aum Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaay| (ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय | )

Aum Namo Bhagbate Baasudevaayo| ॐ नमो भगबते बासुदेवायो |)

While most of Vishnu devotees shall argue that the second mantra is not correct but if you happen to be in Orissa or Bengal and chant the first version you would be objected to by the priests and teachers.

So in a nutshell there are differences, if not in all mantras then in some. It exists does among the recensions in the different regions. Now the question comes whether it is OK to have such slight differences or not? If you recall your initiation phase we did tell you that that the consequences would be unfortunate even if you chant the mantra wrongly and even if one syllable of a mantra goes wrong. Right? Then how are we to accept that the same mantra in the different recensions even slightly? If you take the original mantras the ones told by your Guru then what about other variations? And why your Guru through his/her Lineage chose a particular variation for you?

This anomaly can be answered and resolved only if one takes it humbly and with the spirit of learning. You know that there are many medicines to cure an ailment. Now if your doctor has prescribed you one particular medicine and then you say “what is the harm if the I take a different medicine (other than what you physician has prescribed)?” Does that make sense? No! And probably if one chooses to do so may be risking his health. Right? Similarly, if you chant a mantra with its syllables or pronunciations changed, you will suffer an adverse consequence. The rule that the medicine as prescribed mustn’t be changed applies to the patient, not to the doctor. The patient cannot and should not, on his own, change the medicine that his physician has prescribed. But the doctor can! (Smiles) Doctor knows the best which one medicine will be work to to treat a particular ailment. So inherently and logically there is nothing wrong if your doctor gives a substitute or replaces one medicine for another. Even in case of two patients being treated for the the same illness the doctor may choose the same medicine, altogether different medicine or make small changes/additions etc. in the ingredients according to differences in patient’s nature of physiology. This is the very reason every Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner has a unique mantra for himself/herself.

Here is another variation: In case a student after his Initiation / sadhana / comes into contact with other Guru/enlightened person and learns that his way of chanting is not the same as they teach. And he changes a particular pronunciation of a mantra/ beeja mantra, do the shaastraas approve of this or shaastraas ask the student to refer back to Guru about the change?

It is true that the sages/Gurus in different lineages have introduced slight changes in the different mantric recensions, but when they come from these enlightened people these do not produce any adverse effects. Even the the changes as incorporated by these seers yield the expected benefic results. You must know that the Gurumandala  has given a particular way to chant a mantra only for the benefit of disciples. In Vedic traditions there are clearly defined rules in this regard in the Pratisakhyas. But the ground rule is – Follow the way of your Master. Everything else is immaterial. One interesting fact you must know about the way mantras are pronounced in our Guru Lineage – The way we treat/pronounce anuswaara (that little dot above the letters) creates 70-80 times more impact on practitioners energies. It has been measured using Aura-Mapping equipments. So many places in scriptures you find the same sentiments being echoed –

  1. Mantra Moolam Guru Vaakyam
  2. Guru Upaaya (Shiva Sutra)

Finally – The syllables and pronunciations/recensions of the mantras in the different Guru lineages do not vary to any considerable degree nor are they unrelated to one another. On the whole they work on the same centers in your being and sound similar. Even when the letters vary there is not much difference for there is a kinship of those letters (altered) in the pashanti vaak. You will realize that as you progress.

Ekta, Pronouncing a mantra as one’s Guru initiates is the final word. If you are not able to recall the original sounds get in touch with Ma Shakti or me.


-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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Celebrate Now – Let ‘Today’ come when it wishes to! – Acharya Agyaatadarshan

Respected Acharya ji,

How do I attain more equanimity, freedom from this cycle of anxiety, fear and sadness, be be more intuitive. I also find that due to Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practices my rising energy levels have risen which gets me involved in more mundane activities and impacting my Sadhana time. Probably the solution is also within me. I have to prioritize and continue with Sadhana. Looking forward to Ma’s Swar Vigyan session next week.

Just to add I am not looking for any miracles or ‘experiences’ as such but looking more stability and equanimity in my responses and reactions to situations and relationships.

– M.


Beloved M,

Although the ground rule in spiritual endeavours is to engage in practices without expectation but its okay to fix some sort term goals with your Sadhana. I also, in particular appreciate the fact that you are not running after those ‘trance’ experiences and glimpses (though they are also very much possible within the framework of Tantric practices).

Coming to your particular issues following need to be checked and contemplative/ corrective measures should be taken almost immediately –

Have I accepted ‘my’ TRUTH?

Teachers argue about it and infer that ‘Truth’ is one but my take is different. I say truth is relative. Your truth can always be different from other’s truth and it shall continue to be till both reach the same ultimate truth. You may be failing in your own eyes but succeeding in someone else’s and it is true other way round as well.

A preacher’s 8 year old boy inquired, “Daddy, I notice every Sunday morning when you first come out to preach, you sit up on the platform and bow your head. What are you doing?”

The father explained, “I’m asking the Lord almighty to give me a good sermon.”

The little boy said, “Then why doesn’t He?”

Accepting the truth definitely wants us to be more open, aware and looking around. I am sure you do so and that’s what probably sets positive tides in your thoughts.

Lao Tzu’s TRUTH – Those who die without being forgotten get longevity.

My TRUTH – I, as I see myself; You as I see you are definitely mortal but our presence will continue to exist even when I and You don’t.

Am I missing on opportunities of relishing and spreading joy? Am I laughing out loud minimum 25 times a day?

There are different ways of reminding people about How they should live each moment. Teachers, motivators, Scriptures, Books alike, they all will give you words and concepts but Mother Divine gives us real practical situations to learn. Each dream days or our life is full of Her love and affection only if we recognize that this framework of dream of 28000 odd days is universal and applies to us. We want to save others, without having even slightest of surety that we will be ‘here’ to do it.. What a laughable thing!

First tip is laugh on every opportunity.

Have you heard this?

Once a guy dies and is sent to hell. You should know that only Guys land in Hell never a girl. All the ladies are sent to Heaven anyways – The beautiful and voluptuous one’s are working in Indra-darbaar and not so lucky ones are in the heaven’s kitchen cooking the most delicious cuisines for devatas.

So this man dies and reaches hell. Satan meets him and shows him doors to three rooms. He tells the guy that everyone who comes here is given choices so he must choose one room to spend eternity in. The man is shown the first room. In the first room, people are standing in muck and dirt up to their necks. The man says, ‘No, let me see the next room before I make my choice.’ In the second room, people are standing in dirt up to their noses. Frightened man says no again. Finally Satan opens the last room. People there are standing with muck and dirt up to their knees, drinking coffee and eating pastries. The man is thrilled and immediately jumps to says, ‘I pick this room.’ Satan says Ok and starts to leave, and this man goes in. He picks a cup and starts pouring some coffee. On the way out Satan yells, ‘OK, coffee break’s over. Everyone back on your heads!’

TRUTH of Lao Tzu – As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.

My TRUTH – If wise people don’t laugh, it’s better to be otherwise.

Do you dream of Realizing the Truth SOME-day?

Life is a suffering. Masters say… In our dreams we jumped off Her lap to arrive here on earth to experience many more dreams. She keeps showing our real place by displaying Her grandeur in so very grand celestial bodies, natural disasters, infiniteness of space. Look at Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn and you shall be filled with amazement and awe. It seems like magic.. soooo huge bodies floating in the infiniteness of space.. just think where from they come? Wait! another question is where have we come from? Deep down we are yearning and craving to go back to Her and no matter how much we stretch these dreams within dreams, these will end one day for sure and we shall be back to Mother..

Without remembrance of the source where each one of us belongs, our life will be collection of only:

Mourndays, Tearzdays, Waste-a-days, Thrashdays, Frightdays, Shatterdays and Shundays

Didn’t like it? No problem.

Lets count again –

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

But hold on! Take a tip.

Even these Seven days WITHOUT Her presence make one ‘WEAK’!

Lao Tzu’s Truth – Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

My TRUTH – Diseases and Sufferings in our loved one’s life are the Mother’s way of making us dream the horrible things but it is also with a purpose of reminding us; that, we don’t miss an opportunity to celebrate our moments of normalcy. We can start our celebrations NOW, let the moments come in future and be surprised at it!

If you could see something of value and relevance in the answer it is only coincident for I don’t wish to give you a feeling of having all the answers to your all the questions. Give me liberty and expect me to present you what you expect the least exactly as life does to you. Hey! Sadhana is no different. (laughs)

No fears… Stay rooted in your Sadhana. No worries.. Learn more. No anxiety.. Do more. No sadness… Feel more. Stability.. What?… Live more..

Blessings from Masters

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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With permission of our beloved master, Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath we are placing the excerpts of the discourse that he delivered on the topic of Saundarya Lahari Sadhana for the benefit of the seekers on the path of Shiva-Shakti sadhana. Read on..


….Having done Guruvandana lets focus on our next shloka. Today’s shloka of Saundarya Lahari is the second shloka of the text, establishing the supremacy of Shakti that rules over the cosmic play. Lets chant and be immersed in Her gracefield.

तनीयांसं पांसुं तव चरण पङ्केरुहभवं
विरिञ्चिः संचिन्वन् विरचयति लोकानविकलम्।
वहत्येनं शौरिः कथमपि सहस्रेण शिरसां
हरः संक्षुद्यैनं भजति भसितोद्धूलनविधिम्॥

tanīyāṁsaṁ pāṁsuṁ tava caraṇa paṅkeruhabhavaṃ
viriñciḥ saṁcinvan viracayati lokānavikalam|
vahatyeanaṁ śauriḥ kathamapi sahasreṇa śirasāṁ
haraḥ saṁkṣudyainaṁ bhajati bhasitoddhūlanavidhim||

The meaning of the verse is as below –

The universe is created by Brahma (Viranchi) with the tiny and minute dust particles collected from Thy feet. And then this created universe is held and sustained arduously by Vishnu (Shaurih) on his thousand headed hood and Shiva (Harah), once he reduces this creation to ashes besmears that ash on his body with so much love and reverence.

The constituent elements of this cosmos are nothing more than few dust particles from Devi’s feet! Why feet? Because Brahma the creator approaches the Supreme Creator (Devi herself) upon her command but only in complete submission. Also feet have been associated with the special reverence for God and Guru. In Vidya Tradition Guru Lineages a disciple doesn’t worship the Guru directly but Gurupaduka (Gurus’ feet). Even Devi embodied in Bindu of SriChakra is approached that way. The feet of a sthiti-prajna, enlightened person are the point of refuge for the learners, disciples and grace-seekers.


….Only few minute particles from Devi’s feet have such an enormous capacity embedded in them that these can multiply and occupy this whole space as planets, stars and ever expanding galaxies. These dust particles are representative of the entire band of sublime energies that make up and run this grand galactic play at a macro level. These dust particles not only create the external world but may also be the metaphorical representation of the individualized souls. The game of creation doesn’t end here, not only this level of manifestation where we are… ; Brahma (the agency of creation deputed by Mother) in fact creates 14 levels of Existence – 7 Below us and 6 Above!

Everything visible, invisible, yet to become visible in future; perceivable or not, imaginable or beyond can be created out of few dust particles from Her feet. Seems like hyperbole but not at all so. As a human (a contracted Shiva-Shakti incarnation) we have infinite possibilities. Right? Then what could be the possibilities and powers of the unbound infinite consciousness (Shiva-in-Shakti)?? Beyond description and beyond imagination..

These discrete energies such as Fire, Earth, Water, Indra, Yama, vayu are continuously engaged in their respective duties and that is what makes them respectworthy. They are worshipped as Gods and Goddesses but they are just the fearful servants of the Mother. Being the incharge of their limited territories (such as Varuna over water, Agni over Fire etc.) having limited powers, these energies continue to discharge their duties once assigned, even in the absence of any further commands from Devi just out of fear of Her; for they know that the wrath of Devi is the cause of ultimate destruction (mahapralaya) of this prakriti. And how does Devi preside over the activities in such infinitely expanded? Because She is omnipresent! In Kathopanishad the same sentiments have been expressed referring that cosmic Shakti as Brahman. Shakti indeed is Brahman of Shaivite philosophy! The cause of existence of such demi-gods, elements and energies is in the Mother’s happiness. And what do you think as cause of OUR existence?? (smiles)


….Further,  Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra (or Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati) are not be taken as any separate gods or Goddesses but as the manifestation of Devi as Trinity responsible for different phases of universe.. these symbolizing the triadic cycle of evolution, sustenance and dissolution. Mother is present in as the ruler of all the triads  and even beyond – Ichhaa, Gyana and Kriya, Para, Parapara and Apara, Jagrit, Swapna and Sushupti, Prarabdha, Kriyamana and Sanchit, past, present and future, Sat, Raja and Tama, the three letters of Omkara (ॐ) aa, u and m.. Shakti triad for scientists would probably be gravitational, magnetic and electrical fields and forces. I personally feel scientists would someday discover a new type of energy to complete the triad of Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy and… I see it as a possibility for a itself says we humans are still using only miniscule portions of our own mental capacities.

All the triads emerge from Devi – The Aadi Shakti.  Out of her compassion, from time to time Ma Bhagwati, that independent energy principle manifests herself in various forms out of her own free-will that guide, reshape, and protect her own creation.


….Shakti is particularly felt in some places, beings, objects and people. Temples, places of worship, Shakti-Peethas, Pyramids, Yantras, Mantras, Revolutionary and transformational ideas, Geysers, Fountains, Sun, Moon, Ocean, Great Scientists, painters, Poets, Musicians, Inventors, Yogis, Gurus, Healers, people with superhuman capacities… all such points of her intense presence are revered, praised by the gyaanis and sadhakas and also the materialists, scientists and rationalists etc. for Her intense presence not only transforms the situations, elevates the consciousness but also creates an unmatched sense of awe that isn’t felt anywhere else. But that doesn’t mean other places in the universe are devoid of her presence or she is less present in the places where we aren’t able to experience her manifestations. In fact science tells us that the entire universe is filled with matter (gross) or with energy(subtle) vibrations that can be felt distinctly.

Here, we live on this small this planet earth and there we see moon, planets, stars, sun and galaxies.. these objects we experience so vividly but what about the huge space in between? Is is really void? What we call as void, now scientists tell us that it is filled myriad of mysterious things; some known such as gravitational or electromagnetic fields and other like dark matter, black holes… Scientists feel their helplessness in saying that they have no idea of where on any point of this empty space a big bang or collapse of this grand celestial structure can start.. So much Power and infinite possibilities in this empty looking space!! Therefore never mistake this perceived emptiness as nothingness – Shakti is probably sleeping there and thus She has much more deeper and mysterious presence in that void. Now can you imagine of a place which is not ruled by Shakti?


….Shaivites and Shakta literature has a treatise by the name of ‘Spanda Karika’ and it beautifully explains how the Shakti starts from a Bindu (Srishti), keeps expanding while giving an illusion of stability (Sthiti) and finally reaches a state that leads to the total collapse (samhara) known as annihilation.  In fact Shakti is never in ‘sthiti’ or non-expansive process. Only that the expansion of the universe shall stop at some point of time and then inward movement shall begin – the contraction to its original state of Bindu, a point. A point that scientists propose as a condensed (time/space) matrix where so called Big Bang happens – Shakti rules and oversees the process of involution as well as Maha-Pralaya-Saakshini.

You come here and greet each other saying ‘Shivoham!’ that means I am Shiva. If you are Shiva then what is your mind, intellect, this body, world and cosmos? This is the Shakti of Shiva. This world is creation of and is reflected in your consciousness – the Shiva. But why should we worship or have reverence for this Shakti? Will praising this Shakti shall anyway reward the Shiva in you? Well.. unless you start seeing this scenic, engaging, seemingly real experience as play of Shakti you can not become aware of what you are at the core. By identifying with Shakti – the power of consciousness, the Mother as the creator of this illusion or ‘Dream of Reality’ you not only gain access to the creative, dynamic and mobilizing aspect of Shakti but also recognize its unmoving core. Shakti means movement but movement of what and with respect to what? Shakti is the movement of consciousness and it moves with respect to itself, the consciousness only. That reference is also Shakti. Your consciousness – The Shiva, The Brahman of Ishopanishad :

Tadaijati Tannaijati Tad-doore tadwantike
Tadantarsya Sarvasya tadu sarvasya baahyatah||5||

That moves (Shakti), that moves not (Shiva). That is far and the same is near. That is within all this and That also is outside all this.


….Using tantric etymology we can actually derive ‘Kamakala mantra’ from the first word ‘Taniyaamsum’ of this shloka. The mandala or yantra for this shloka is a Shakti Triangle. In fact in Brahmi lipi letter ई was written as a triangle only. The more detailed description of this kamakala mantra shall find mention in shloka number 19 of Saundarya Lahari that starts with ‘Mukham Bindum Kritvaa..’

(Draws The Yantra of this shloka)

This Yantra is to be drawn on Gold plate. The beeja mantra that is written in the core is devi pranava but this is not the only beeja that can be used here. Your teacher can give you another suitable beeja mantra to be inscribed here. Worship and chanting of associated beeja Mantra or Shloka is done facing Ishana (North-East) direction. For gaining material affluence and access to secret vidyas the Shloka is to be chanted 1000 times everyday for 15 consecutive day.

If one wishes to acquire the wisdom of all the Vedas then as directed by Guru one has to chant 2000 shlokas everyday for 54 consecutive days. The Naivedyam is always critical in sakaama sadhana. For this verse the naivedyam is Urad Daal ke aate ke meethe Pue (Sweet Puris made of flour of black lentils).

In Tantric system Mother’s four charan (stages/variations) are remembered that are – Shukla (white), Rakta (Blood red), Mishra (Mixed or multi) and Nirvaan (Beyond all colours). Shukla represents Sattva, Rakta – Rajas, Mishra – Tamas and Nirvaan is transcendental form or swaroopa. The Shukla & Rakta charan are located in two petals of Agnyaa (third eye) chakra. Mishra charan is worshipped in Anahat (heart) chakra and Nirvana charan is located in Sahasraar (crown) chakra.

The deities to be meditated in respective chakras are : Agnyaa Chakra – Brahma and Vishnu, Anahata – Rudra and Sahasrara – SadaSHiva. So it must be understood that every Kaamya Prayoga can be aimed at any of the above charans of Devi and you therefore must consult your Guru/Teacher before attempting any kaamya prayogas.


Question asked by a disciple – Do multiple Lokas really exist?

Yes! Do you think it is just a story or imagination? If you thought it is just a belief then in fact every religion has it. How did that happen that Seers of every religion experienced and described multiple levels of simultaneous existence in this cosmic fabric? Our scriptures describe 14 lokas in all as 1.Satyaloka, 2.Tapoloka, 3.Janahloka, 4.Maharloka, 5.Suvahloka, 6.Bhuvarloka  7.Bhuloka, 8.Atala, 9.Vitala, 10.Sutal, 11. Talaatala, 12.Mahaatala, 13.Rasatala and 14.Paataala. Islam, at least Shias also say there are 7 heavens..  1.Rafi’, 2.Qaydum, 3.Marum, 4.Arfalun, 5.Hay’oun, 6.Arous and 7.Ajma’. Jainism also has a similar concept of Multiple Heavens and 7 Narakas called Prabha.. from Ratna prabha to Dhuma Prabha and then finally to Mahaatama Prabha. Judaism (the forefathers of christianity and Islam) has 7 heavens too. Even scientists like Isaac Newton have hypothesized the concept of Multiverse. In his work Opticks he openly endorses the possibility of simultaneous existence of universes within the universe. It is like dreams within a dream. But what Goddess’s dreams becomes real so they are real Lokas. Now you don’t have to come up with the argument of ‘How dreams of Goddess become real?’ Whatever real things in your life you have created have been in the form of an idea, a dream.. may be even a day-dream and you have attained almost all the dreams in your life so far. Hence if your dreams can be realized (of course in a limited way) then… Why not Goddess’s?

Further, some of these levels (some lower and some higher) or Lokas can be sensed and contacted by you in altered states of consciousness. There exist multiple techniques within the framework of Tantra to contact the entities and beings of these Lokas. In fact modes of such contact and connect exist in every part of world in almost every religion.

Interesting detour for your inquisitive thirsty mind? (Smiles)

Let’s thank to Gurumandala for their blessings upon us and thus close for the day.

Blessings from the Masters to you all..


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4-7-8 Breathing Exercise in the light of Authentic Yoga Pranayamas

Hi Acharya,

I have started doing 4-7-8 breathing exercise. I have chronic anxiety + IBS issues from last 7 years. I started this practice just before 6 days and feeling some great changes in my body.

I am doing it 4 times a day, mor, eve and 2 random times when feel panic. Doing it 8 times in one session.

My question is that what is your opinion and review on this breathing exercise? IS it safe? Any long term side effects like people get from doing nadi shuddhi sometimes?

Please I will highly appreciate your answer in this regard as I could not find any side effects content related to this specific breathing exercise on internet including your website.

Best Regards.
Nasir Aftikhar


Beloved Nasir,

Your questions is about my review / opinion on this specific process ‘4-7-8 Breathing’ therefore I feel it is necessary to detail this process a bit for other readers.

The ‘4-7-8 Breathing Exercise’ (being taught by a popular western wellness teacher) is a process that involves inhaling through both the nostrils for 4 counts, holding for 7 counts and exhaling through the mouth for 8 counts (while keeping the tip of tongue touching the base of frontal upper teeth). 

At the outset let me clarify that my review / opinion on this technique shall be based on the experience gained through putting into practice what had been made available to me through my revered Gurus and also the authentic ancient books on the subject of Yoga.

It is to be kept in mind that inhalation and exhalation from mouth is discouraged invariably in the Yogic breathing processes (except few such as kaki mudra, Sheetali pranayama etc.) for there are more benefits if we use nostrils in pranayama. Also there are inherent issues with the process of inhaling through the mouth. After all nose is an organ that has been designed and designated to handle air-flow for obvious reasons such as moisturising the air, filtering the air and also stimulating the left and right brain lobes alternatively by virtue of changing swaras. But since someone is teaching such a technique and that many people are engaging in it does require a fair review.

This particular technique ‘4-7-8 Breathing’ especially keeping the basics mentioned in the ancient authentic books of Yoga and Pranayama seems a self-discovered technique instead. The closet resembling process finding mention in Yogic texts (that involves mouth exhalation) is ‘Simha Asana’. There are no pranayama even close to this technique but the closest authentic pranayama that can be linked to this is ‘Bhramari’ however in that also neither we hold nor do we use mouth-exhalation.

However this breathing 4-7-8 or 2-4-7 (or whatever be the ratio) technique seems to be borrowing a lot from a naturally occurring process – ‘yawning’ or ‘sighing’ but more closer to sighing. In fact sighing is defined as to emit a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or similar emotions. This process is about voluntarily imitating that instinctive body response and I am sure it can help. It can help release stress and anxiety naturally but as I can see excessive, forced and repeated sighing more than a few times in a row would rather create a pro-response rather than acting as a  reliever of stress, anxiety, grief etc. In that case you shall start feeling stressed, anxious, sad and even suffer from insomnia. You may have noticed it that teacher himself warns to not exceed 4 such cycles in one go. Why? The reason is exactly as stated above.

Although the teacher recommends this technique to be used multiple times spread over the day but I beg to differ. In my fair opinion this type of breathing can be done only and only at times when you are stressed, anxious or sad not at other times. It is going to work only if it is done at opportune times nor otherwise. Unless you are perennially depressed or have certain kind of anxiety disorder using it multiple times during the day is not recommended.

I don’t see this way of breathing as panacea to all the mental issues one may suffer from. Instead my recommendation would be belly-breathing, simha-asana, bhramari, ujjai and elongated ‘chanting of aaaaa.. or ahhhh… while exhalation’ should do the trick for you without having to suffer from any negative side-effects. To control your responses and emotions such as anger, craving etc. in day to day life the “awareness exercise” that is taught in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan initiation is also much better than anything else.

Hope this suffices.

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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