The key centre for human self-realisation and consciousness evolution is right inside your head. With this post, I would like to invite you to become more aware of the relevant human organs and body systems: your respiratory system, your nervous system, endocrine system (glands), your CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) and energy system (pranayama kosha).
1 | The secret Talu Chakra & the Pons
The Talu Chakra, also called Lalana Chakra, is located at the backside of the palate and at the end of the spine (base of the skull) where the Vagus nerve and other cranial nerves join the Atlas (C1, the first cervical vertebra). As far as subtle energies and spiritual powers (Kundalini Shakti) are concerned, they move up from the Muladhara chakra (root chakra) along the spine (Sushumna channel), and the Talu chakra is a crucial gate which must be prepared and activated before the upward traveling energies can pass it and move further to reach the Third eye (Ajna chakra) and beyond. The Talu Chakra plays also a significant role when it comes to the flow of the “Elixir of Life”, or Amrit. Just read on, I’m going to describe this in more detail.
Next to the Talu chakra, is the Pons, which is a portion of the brain stem. It is located above the medulla oblongata and the Atlas (C1 vertebra). The pons relays signals from the forebrain to the cerebellum, that deal primarily with sleep, respiration, swallowing, bladder control, hearing, equilibrium, taste, eye movement, facial expressions and posture. It contains some motor and sensory pathways (ref. Farrell & Dempsey 2013). In short: The pons is a structure of the brain that is vital to the autonomic, sensory and motor functions of the human body. It is an integral part of the functionality of the human nervous system and overall survival. It is from the pons where the trigeminal nerve arises – the largest and most complex of the 12 cranial nerves.
“The various sections of the brain are all interrelated with the nervous system via the cerebrospinal fluid, which is the agent responsive to electrical discharges. It seems to act as a conductor of energy on the brain and spine. The crown chakra, as well as the pineal gland, pons and midbrain probably have more to do with conscious perception than is currently believed.”
– The Chakras & the Human Energy Fields by Shafica Karagulla & Dora van Gelder-Kunz
“The sixty-four petals of the Lalana chakra are the homes of the powerful sixty-four (chatu-shashti) yoginis whose worship is said to grant the eight superhuman powers (siddhis). Many gurus who exhibit magical abilities are usually stuck at this centre and cannot rise above.”
– Swami Sivapriyananda (1939-1997) in Secret Power Of Tantrik Breathing
2 | The Importance of our Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
The primary function of CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) is to cushion the brain within the skull as well as to bathe the entire central nervous system and the spine. It circulates nutrients and chemicals filtered from the blood and removes waste products from the brain. It provides mechanical and immunological protection to the brain. CSF is produced and secreted by the choroid plexus, a special tissue that has many blood vessels and that lines the small cavities or chambers (ventricles) in the brain. Water and fluids naturally store information, broadcast and amplify subtle energetic charge (ref. Dr. Masaru Emoto). Equally, the CSF is a transmitter of information and a carrier of energies, therefore has a significant role in our embodiment of consciousness and divine spirit.
Osteopathic Practitioners see that there is a subtle movement of the cranial bones, the nervous tissue, the brain itself and the fluctuating cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). The founder of Osteopathy, Dr. Still, believed that the CSF is the highest known element in the body.
“Dr. Still envisioned the cerebral spinal fluid as an intermediary in the movement of divine intelligence, a channeling of creation into embryological segments and irrigating them with life, giving form and function and order and intelligence to our existence.”
– Dr. W.G. Sutherland (1873–1954), osteopathic physician
“Fluids come together and the ‘I Am’ appears.”
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897 – 1981), yogic master
Connection between Breathing & the CSF:
“Recent research has illustrated the influence of respiration on cerebrospinal fluid movement (using magnetic resonance spin labeling). The research allowed doctors to visualize CSF movement induced by respiratory excursions during deep inhalation and exhalation to a degree before unseen. Additional research has shown significant CSF flow exclusively with respiratory inspiration. In particular, during forced breathing, high CSF flow was elicited during every inspiration, whereas breath-holding suppressed it.”
– Dr. Mauro Zappaterra, MD, Scientist, Author, Researcher
Connection between the CSF & the ‘Cave of Brahma’:
Water is essential to life and one of the primary carriers of life force energy and consciousness. The CSF plays an important role in our spiritual evolution, as it is the medium through which the Kundalini Shakti awakens and travels up through the spine and to the brain. Once it has reached the brain, it is in the third ventricle, the “Cave of Brahma”, or according to Daoist practices the “Crystal Palace”, where the Kundalini resonates and pulses in and through the cerebrospinal fluid that flows there.
The Cave of Brahma is a complex of alchemy, wisdom and higher sense perception. Regardless of your beliefs, you have instincts or hunches commonly described as your intuition or sixth sense. And the Clairs – Clairvoyance (seeing), clairsentience (sensing), clairaudience (hearing) and claircognizance (knowing) – are located in the Cave of Brahma. The Cave of Brahma is not a physical but a higher dimensional reality. It is our spiritual connection and link to the all that is.
“Any damage to this area of the brain will affect our perceptual relationship to the world. When we have peak or traumatic events many of us can experience time slowing down or standing still. Whenever this happens the Cave of Brahma is involved.”
– Dr. Kumar, MD & Integrative health practitioner
3 | The Elixir of Life & the Khechari Mudra
Throughout ancient scriptures, religious and occult texts, we find references to a divine food and special nectar – an “Elixir of Life”. It is also called “manna”, “nectar”, “soma” or “amrita”. On the physiological level, Amrit is considered to be a fluid produced by the body. It flows from the centre of the head to the back of the throat and can be experienced during deep meditation. Ultimately, the Elixir of Life refers to one’s inner spiritual sustenance, a state of high consciousness as revealed by genuine yogic masters and mystics.
In Greek Mythology, Ambrosia was the nectar of Gods, especially those who lived on Mount Olympus. It conferred longevity and immortality.
“Fountain” or “water of life” are expressions found throughout the Bible. For example: “And he said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
– Revelation 21:6 ESV; and
“For in them (the Spiritually Wise, i.e. initiates) is the Spring of Understanding, the Fountain of Wisdom, and the River of Knowledge.”
– 2Esdras or 4Ezra 14:47
Tales of a “Fountain of Youth” have been recounted around the world for thousands of years. The miraculous waters known as the fountain of youth is a myth that can be found in the folklore of most ethnic cultures in Europe and the Middle East. (ref. Douglas T. Peck, “Misconceptions and Myths Related to the Fountain of Youth and Juan Ponce de Leon’s 1513 Exploration Voyage”)
Specific yoga practices like the Khechari Mudra can stimulate and direct the flow of Amrit from Talu chakra to Vishuddha chakra.
This mudra is an unusual and advanced Pranayama practice: the tongue is rolled up to the back of the throat – stimulating the Talu Chakra or Lalana Chakra – and eventually inserted into the nasal cavity behind the palette (while the eyes turn inwards towards the third eye centre / point between the eyebrows). The use of the tongue works like a Bandha (lock) to prevent energy being dispersed and helps to facilitate a stream of life energy (prana / chi) in both directions, up and downwards.
The nectar flow usually results from a perfectly well-aligned spine and when there is enough cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure built up in the spinal canal. The liquid will eventually drip into the back of the mouth cavity and can feel like intensified saliva or mucus production.
The first time I experienced this flow was in a Himalayan cave in Northern India. I had not applied the Khechari Mudra though, but just sat in mediation and went up what felt like the inner staircase to heaven. (Note: despite similarities, every individual will have a unique experience when the time has come).
Benefits of Amrit:
- Amrit permeates the entire body, strengthens the immune system and makes the body resistant to toxins.
- According to Hatha Yoga, if one practices Kechari mudra the process of degeneration of the body can be reversed and thirst, hunger, decay and death be overcome.
- The nectar has anti-aging properties as it is associated with the release of hormones from the pituitary gland into the bloodstream.
- It clears the energetic pathways of the Sushumna channel (spine) and energises body and mind.
- Helps the practitioner to attain samadhi or the super-conscious state.
“This Kundalini moving brainwards, and helped by the union of nerves in the tip of the tongue and the “little tongue,” and certain centers in the nasal cavity, brings about the secretion of a fluid with union of the Life Energy and Cosmic Energy.
This secretion of nectar and union of energies do not involve any loss, but mean immense spiritual realization.
It draws energy from the cerebrum and medulla by connecting the tip of the big tongue with the little tongue (uvula). The divine life-current draws the prana from the senses into the spine and draws it up through the chakras to Vaishnavara (Universal Spirit), uniting the consciousness with spirit. The entire body is thereby spiritualized and energized. As a result, a perceptible glow may emanate from the body.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
All of the above is ancient and still relevant knowledge, but does not get taught at schools, unfortunately. By nature, we hold supreme equipment in our bodies. All of the above as well as an immune system that thrives if respected and supported in holistic, organic ways…
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