Vigyan Bhairav Tantra (Yukti Verses - Verses 24 - 36)
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.
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.
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
The inhalation, the return movement of breath,
The outgoing breath
These are the two poles
Between which respiration goes on
Between them is every delight you
Even when the senses are turned
Your attention on the external world,
Attend also to the inner throb,
The pulsing of the creative impulse
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
At the end of the exhale,
Breath surrenders to quietude.
For a moment you hang in the balance —
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
Holding the tender mystery.
In these interludes,
Experience opens into exquisite
With no beginning and no end.
Embrace this infinity without reservation.
You are its vessel.
Follow the path of the life force
As she flashes upward like lightening
Through your body.
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
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.
Trace the river of life that flows
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,
Dissolving in the crown of the head.
In the space above the head,
The great dawn.
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…