The only beautiful thing which makes you human is compassion. Think about vengeance, lies, truth, God, greatness, think of anything, if you take compassion out of it, everything becomes bitter. Compassion is a value of life, it is power, it is God and meditation, it is truth. Compassion gives you the strength to go through suffering and yet, feel no pain. There is absolutely no grace without compassion.
How to practice The Compassion Kriya:
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with your spine straight.
Mudra: Cross the Saturn Fingers (middle fingers) over the Jupiter fingers (index fingers) of each hand. Place thumbs on mounds of Mercury, which is just at the base of the pinkie. (When Yogi Bhajan demonstrated he had his left hand over his right hand.)
Mantra: Sing with a lyrical version of Rakhay Rakhanahaar.
Rakhay rakhanhaar aap ubaariun
Gur kee pairee paa-eh kaaj savaariun
Hoaa aap dayaal manho na visaariun
Saadh janaa kai sung bhavjal taariun
Saakat nindak dusht khin maa-eh bidaariun
Tis saahib kee tayk naanak manai maa-eh
Jis simrat sukh ho-eh saglay dookh jaa-eh
Rakhay Rakhanhaar is a mantra of protection against all negative forces, inner and outer, which are blocking us from moving on our true path. It cuts like a sword through every opposing vibration, thought, word and action. The mantra helps you when you are physically weak or have limited wealth. It is a victory song which allows us to be guided by God`s graceful and merciful hand. Chanting the mantra helps against fluctuations of the mind.
Movement: On the first line of the mantra, bring the hands up and press the left hand over the right, press over your heart center.
On the second line of the mantra, lower the arms so the wrists rest on the knees.
Continue alternating in this way, but keep the hands at the chest for the last line that repeats twice. Then briefly lower and raise them again for the first line.
Briefly lower the hands and then repeat.
Time: Continue for 31 minutes. (You can also do this Compassion Kriya for even shorter periods, start with what is comfertable for you. Remember that this a practice that will help you and not intimidate you with starting with 31 full minutes of practice. Start where you are and work yourself up to longer minutes after a while and when you feel for it.
Originally taught by Yogi Bhajan on July 11, 1986.
Resources: I have made a library of yoga exercises for you, you can click on the link and try some of the Kundalini meditations and kriyas below.
Do you want to learn about Yogic words in Sanskrit? I have made a glossary of 108 Yogic terms here that you can take a look at.
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Tiaga Nihal Kaur.
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