Vigyan Bhairav Tantra (Yukti Verses - Verses 24 - 36)

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In the body of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Bhairava articulates 112 yuktis, or yoga meditation practices, for opening to the divine mysteries within everyday experience.

The practices begin in verse 24 and continue to verse 135. The wide variety of techniques allow each individual to find their doorway into wonder, astonishment, and delight.

Verse 24

The One Who is Intimate to All Beings replies,

Beloved, your questions require the answers that come
Through direct living experience.

The way of experience begins with a breath,
Such as the breath you are breathing now.

Awakening into luminous reality
May dawn in the momentary throb
Between any two breaths.

Exhaling, breath is released and flows out.
There is a pulse as it turns to flow in.
In that turn, you are empty.
Enter that emptiness as the source of all life.

Inhaling, breath flows in, filling, nourishing.
Just as it turns to flow out,
There is a flash of pure joy -
Life is renewed.

Verse 25

Radiant One,

The life essence carries on its play
Through the pulsing rhythm
Of outward and inward movement.
There is the ceaseless throb, the rhythm of life —
Terrifying in its eternity, exquisite in
its constancy.

The inhalation, the return movement of breath,
Sustains life.

The outgoing breath
Purifies life.

These are the two poles
Between which respiration goes on
unceasingly.
Between them is every delight you
could desire.

Even when the senses are turned
outward,
Your attention on the external world,
Attend also to the inner throb,
The pulsing of the creative impulse
within you.

Verse 26

Enter these turning points,
Where the rhythms of life transform
Into each other.

Breath flows in, filling, filling,
In this moment, drink eternity.

Breath flows out, emptying, emptying,
Offering itself to infinity.

Cherishing these moments,
Mind dissolves into heart,
Heart dissolves into space,
Body becomes a vibrating field,
Pulsating between fullness and
emptiness.

Verse 27

At the end of the exhale,
Breath surrenders to quietude.
For a moment you hang in the balance —
Suspended
In the fertile spaciousness
That is the source of breath.

At the end of the inhale,
Filled with the song of the breath,
There is a moment when you are
simply
Holding the tender mystery.


In these interludes,
Experience opens into exquisite
vastness
With no beginning and no end.
Embrace this infinity without reservation.
You are its vessel.

Verse 28

Follow the path of the life force
As she flashes upward like lightening
Through your body.

Attend simultaneously
To the perineum, that bright place
Between the legs,
To the crown of the skull,
And to that shining star-place
Above the head.

Notice this living current
Becoming ever more subtle as she
rises,
Radiant as the morning sun,
Until she streams outward from the
top of the head
Into all- embracing gratitude.

Thus become intimate with the life
of all beings.

Verse 29

Trace the river of life that flows
through you,

The luxuriously rising energies,
Gradually touching each of the centers
Along the spine.
Savour every shimmer of colour along the way.

Enter each area tenderly,
Loving as you go,
Finally, gently,
Dissolving in the crown of the head.

Then above,
In the space above the head,
The great dawn.

Verse 30

Let your attention glide
Through the centres of awareness
along the spine
with adoring intent.

There is a song to each area of the body.
Resonating in sweet vortices,
Long rhythmic vowels and hums,

Ah… and … eee… ommmmm… hummmmm…

Resounding on and on.

Find the harmonies
Emanating from the circulation of
life energies.

Listen to these as sounds,
Then more subtly, as an underlying
hum.
Eventually as most subtle feeling.
Then diving more deeply,
Dissolve into freedom.

Verse 31

Rest the attention easily in the forehead,
In the eye that is made of light
Cherish the delicate energies glowing there.

Allow attention to inquire upwards,
into the
Radiant space above the head.

The small self enters delicious omnipresence.
This it remembers and knows as its truth.

Gradually the luminosity of that truth
Fills the body to overflowing
As it rises through the crown of the head
Into a shower of light

Verse 32

The senses declare an outrageous world -
Sounds and scents, ravishing colours and shapes,
Ever - changing skies, iridescent reflections -

All these beautiful surfaces
Decorating vibrant emptiness.

The god of love is courting you,
Light as a feather.

Every perception is an invitation into revelation.
Hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, touching —
Ways of knowing creation,
Transmissions of electric realisation.
The deepest reality is always right here.

Encircled by splendour, in the centre of the sphere,
Meditate where the body thrills
To currents of intimate communion.
Follow your senses to the end and beyond
Into the heart of space.

Verse 33

The journey begins here,
With whatever is capturing your attention.

Are you gazing at the patterns on some wall?
Are you daydreaming about a celebrity?

Is there someone you love and long to cling to,
Disappear into, a soul who is a chalice for
Beauty to pour into the world?

Whatever your focus,
Give your whole being.
Gradually, step by step,
The infinity from which you both
have emerged
Will encompass you with blessing.

Verse 34

Inside the skull there is a place
Where the essences of creation play
and mingle —
The ecstatic light of awareness
And the awareness of that light.

The divine feminine and masculine
Sport with one another in that place.
The light of their love- play illumines all space.

Rest in that light
Ever present, and gradually
Awaken into the steady joy of
That which is always everywhere.

Verse 35

There is a current of love- energy that
flows
Between Earth below and Sun above.

The central channel of your spine is riverbed.
The streaming is as delicate and powerful
As the tingling touch of lovers.

Entering here,
Radiance arches between above and
below.

Your whole attention resting in the
subtle,
Vibrating in the centre of the spinal
column,
Tracing this current between Earth
and Sun,
Become magnetism relating all the worlds.

Verse 36

Lift your hands, and with a gesture,
Turn aside all the forces of the outer
world.
Attend to the vibrancy within.

Let the fingers lightly touch and
bless
Eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth,
All the entrances to the head.
Invite attention to be within the
skin, and
Cherish the quiet shimmer of vital
energies.

When you notice an inner gateway,
Enter with love, as one coming
home.

As the surge of light - substance rises
Follow it up into the space between
the eyebrows,
Where it breaks out as an orgasm of
light.

~ Extract from the “The Radiance Sutra”, poetically translated by Lorin Roche