Nectar of Youth and Immortality

People have been in search of the nectar of immortality since time immemorial. The truth is that the nectar of immortality resides within each one of us. This nectar flows from the moon (in the hollow above the uvula/soft palate) and drops into the sun (stomach).

According to the Shiva Samhita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gherand Samhita, the sun resides at the navel chakra and the moon resides at the root of the palate. The sun (stomach) consumes the nectar of immortality that drips from the moon. This is the cause of aging, disease and death in human beings.

Practice of Jalandhar Bandha, Viparitkarni /sarvangasana/shoulder stand and practice of khechari mudra can help a yogi slow down the loss of this nectar.

Jalandhar Bandha: This is also referred to as the chinlock. Jalandhar Bandha involves the constriction of the vessels in the neck/vishuddhi chakra by placing the chin on the throat cavity.

  1. To begin with one should be seated in easy pose (sukhasan), lotus pose (padma asan) or siddhasan.
  2. Keep the spine straight and place your palms on your knees in gyan mudra (tip of thumb touching tip of index finger, other three fingers pointing away).
  3. Inhale and exhale deeply a few times.
  4. Now inhale and this time hold your breath.
  5. Bring your chin down and place it in the throat cavity. Hold the breath and this position for few seconds or for as long is comfortable.
  6. Bring the chin back up and then slowly exhale.
  7. Repeat a few times.

Viparitkarni Asan: Practicing Viparitkarni asan (viparit means opposite) one can prevent this nectar from being consumed by the stomach. This is better known today as the Shoulder Stand or Sarvangasana. One should practice it per one’s capacity and slowly try to increase the duration.

According to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika:

“The practice of Viparitkarni for 6 months destroys wrinkles, grey hair, and old age. He who practices it for 3 hours daily conquers death”

Khechari Mudra is more complex and should be learned under the guidance of a qualified guru only. It involves elongating the tongue by cutting and stretching it until it reaches the middle of the eyebrows. The yogi is then able to drink the nectar everyday by simply turning his tongue back and placing it into the skull cavity (the hollow above the uvula).

 According to the yogic texts:

 When the yogi can drink nectar just by placing the tip of his tongue on his palate he is freed from the practice of all yoga. He is freed from disease, old age, death and obtains several powers. He does not feel hunger, thirst, fatigue or sleepiness. He is never reborn.”

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nick eleven
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 11:06:20

    Hello Yachna, just discovered your site, and really like it!! Have you ever met someone who practices the shoulder stand for hours a day?

    Reply

    • yachna
      Dec 26, 2012 @ 11:59:49

      Thankyou Nick. Although I haven’t met such a person, I’m prettysure they exist. Yogis who dedicate their life to spiritual evolution or who are looking to acquire certain siddhis or powers or not unheard of in India. Most likely you will not find such yogis on the world wide web 🙂

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      • nick eleven
        Dec 26, 2012 @ 18:17:42

        Thanks!
        I’ve been practicing for many years, but I never increased the amount of time of the asanas, just the dhyanam and pranayam. After finding your website, I’ve increased the time a little, and notice deeper feelings of relaxation.

  2. Salim Lalani
    Mar 26, 2016 @ 20:09:23

    Very True.I practiced it. Really Really Excellent. T hanks Yachna.

    Reply

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