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The nine cleansing breaths

Then you perform the nine breaths to clean the vital winds and channels commonly known as taming or training of breath, thereby breathing through each nostril three times while closing the other nostril with your finger. There are a total of six exhalations. In the last three exhalations, you breathe through both nostrils. This expels the spent air in the lungs, as well as any remaining emotional defilements or impurities from the body, which makes you feel cleansed and purified.

 

In the Buddhist system, the three main channels are Rasana, which is on the right, Lalana, who is on the left, and Avadhuti, who is in the center. In the Hindu system they are referred to as Pingala, Ida and Sushumna. The Avadhuti or central canal is visualized exactly in the middle of the body, not in the spine, but in front of it. These psychic channels (Nadi) are potential paths for the movements of psychic energy; they are subtle structures, not rough physical anatomy. Therefore, they become real through their visualization or imagination, and our vital winds are moved through them. Thus, in both the Buddhist and Bönpo Tantras, there are a number of different systems for visualizing these three most important psychic channels. Which visualization the practitioner uses depends on how and where one moves these psychic energies or winds.

 

One visualizes the central channel, which is located in the middle of the body, starting at the secret center, about four fingers below the navel, to the opening or hole at the top of the head, in a deep azure color like the bright one, clear sky. This channel is just like the shaft of an arrow and has the diameter of a finger. In general, this central channel has the four characteristics of straight, shiny, hollow and in the color blue.

 

In parallel, there are two smaller channels on both sides that are like straws. The right channel is white in color as crystal and the left channel is red in color as of powdered coral. They symbolize the cool moonlike white male energy and the fiery sun-like feminine energy. In the Tantra system, the moon symbolizes semen, the male element, because it is white, and the sun symbolizes menstrual blood, the feminine element, because it is red. This is a contrast to the symbolism in Western astrology. The two lateral channels open at the Kunda or junction of the three channels below the navel in the central channel and this point is similar to the Tibetan letter CHA.

 

These three channels extend up to the physical heart and then run down the spine through the neck. So far, they ran parallel to the central channel. Now they go inside the skull and make a bow over the meninges of the brain. The two side channels then go to the nostrils where they stop. Within the skull, the central channel widens a bit to the opening at the top of the head so that it resembles a horn or a flower. So he is compared with a blue flower called Gentiana stipitala Edjew., which flowers in the fall. The mouth or upper end of the central canal is at the opening on the apex of the skull. This is called the Brahma opening.

 

With the right hand, close the right nostril with your own ring finger and breathe in the fresh clean air through the left nostril and the left channel during the visualization, so that you absorb luminous green wisdom air sustained by the left nostril and left channel. You hold your breath a little. Then close the left nostril with the ring finger of the right hand from below and open the right nostril, blowing out the stale polluted air from the right nostril and the right canal. One visualizes how this stale air is excreted as the light of bluish-gray smoke, which is the polluted residue of the negative feelings of desire and attachment.

 

Then you change the nostrils and the hands and do exactly the opposite. With the left hand, close the left nostril with your own ring finger and inhale the fresh clean air through the right nostril and the right channel during visualization by soaking up the glowing green wisdom air. You hold your breath a little. Then close the right nostril with the ring finger of the left hand from below and open the left nostril, blowing out the stale polluted air from the left nostril and left channel. On visualizes how this stale air is excreted as the light of reddish-gray smoke that is the polluted residue of the negative feelings of anger and jealousy.

 

Then we breathe in the clean glowing wisdom air through both nostrils simultaneously, and at the same time as the spent polluted air leaves us, we visualize it as black-gray smoke that carries the remnants of the dirty negative emotions of ignorance. These negative emotions or Kleshas are actually a mixture of the two main passions, anger and attachment, expressed through ignorance, confusion, indecision and confusion. One visualizes how one leaves this stale air through the opening at the top of the head.

 

In any case, the inhalation will be slow and careful, while the purging of the perturbations will be made a little stronger. The white moon channel, where the remnants of clinging accumulate, is on the right, while the red sun channel, where the remnants of rage accumulate, is on the left.

 

So, as we exhale the spent air three times from the white lunar channel, we should know that each time we expel the negative energy, we have the following four characteristics:

 

1. Attachment and obstacles that are usually associated with the past;

2. Wind diseases, that is, diseases caused by lack of vitality or imbalance in the Vayu or wind body fluid;

3. The color of the blue-gray smoke and

4. Disorders of male ghosts.

 

Next, as we exhale the spent air from the red solar channel on the left side three times, we should know that every time we expel the negative energy, we also have four features associated with it:

 

1. Anger and obstacles related to the future;

2. Diseases caused by an imbalance in the Pitta or bile body juice;

3. The color of red-gray smoke and

4. Disorders of female spirits.

 

Finally, you breathe in and out through both nostrils three times. Here the fresh wisdom air goes into the central channel and the used air is expelled with emphasis from the top of the head (actually both nostrils). This negative energy of confusion also has four characteristics:

 

1. Ignorance or confusion, as well as obstacles related to the present;

2. Diseases caused by an imbalance in the Kapha or the mucous body fluid;

3. The color of the black-gray smoke and

4. Disturbances by the Nagas or subterranean spirits.