Svadhisthana Chakra(3)

– Rajen Vakil Let us continue exploring the deeper meaning behind the symbolic representation of the Svadhisthana Chakra. The author of the Sat-Chakra Nirupana, Purnananda Swami, says that, besides the muladhara, there is another lotus situated inside the Sushumna, at the root of the genitals. This lotus and its petals are vermilion in color. In […]

Dreams

– Rajen Vakil Let us delve into the world of dreams this week before we go back to speaking about the chakras. Dreams have a significant place in the life of an aspirant. It takes years of dedicated and intense practice in our waking lives to gain the ability to work with our dreams. As […]

Muladhara 5

– Rajen Vakil In the last article, we touched briefly upon Kundalini Shakti. Some cosmological background is required here for a deeper understanding. The story goes that Lord Shiva wanted to create the universe, but he didn’t do it himself. Instead, he created Shakti and gave her the task of creating the worlds. Shakti involved […]

Muladhara 4

– Rajen Vakil Let us continue studying the Muladhara Chakra. We have seen that every element or tattva manifests the form, color and action of its particular vibration. The yellow square within the chakra represents its vibration of the earth element. Yellow is also the color of the adrenal glands. So there is a significant […]

Muladhara(2)

– Rajen Vakil Color: The primary color of Muladhara is red. This is the color connected with our primal needs, such as sleep, eating, drinking, survival and later, sex. Red is the color of raw energy. When we stimulate this area through the Ashwini mudra, we activate our vital energy, which is very helpful when […]

Muladhara Chakra

– Rajen Vakil Muladhara, the first chakra, is called the root and basis of existence. Mula means root and adhara, the basis. I must say that I’ve taken some latitude in interpreting the meaning of the word Mula as root. Sage Patanjali says in Sutra 2-13 of the Yogasutra: “So long as the roots (or […]

The Chakras

– Rajen Vakil Last week, we examined how the chakras are minor brains that have multiple connections running through our body-brain system. We saw that in the physical body they are connected to the endocrine glands and certain nerve plexuses, which reveal their location. We also saw that each chakra has an inner sphere — […]

Introduction To Chakras

– Rajen Vakil Let us study the chakras. Many writers have talked of more than seven chakras, including my teacher, Mr. Tavaria. However, for our present study and understanding, we will assume there are seven chakras. For information on the chakras, we will refer to three very powerful texts on Hatha Yoga: Gherunda Samhita, the […]

The Young Krishna

– Rajen Vakil Let us study the image of Bala Krishna or the baby Krishna sucking his toe. This symbol of the newly born cosmic child evokes intense emotions and never ceases to amaze me, filled as it is with deep esoteric meaning. In the Shrimad Bhagvad, the scene of the baby Krishna sucking his […]

A Look at Energy

– Rajen Vakil Each process of life, every act, whether it is physical or mental, requires energy. Therefore, as students of spirituality, we must understand the right use of energy. We have four lower centers, each working with energy. Each center gives us the capacity to enjoy life in different ways. The intellectual center allows […]

The Raja Star

– Rajen Vakil Today, I would like to share something that may seem absolutely farfetched. But instead of stating it directly, I will flashback to a conversation I had with Mr. Tavaria many years ago. Mr. Tavaria was very keen to take me to Gaumukha, the point in the Himalayas where the river Ganga begins […]

Daydreaming

– Rajen Vakil Daydreaming can be defined as a kind of mind wandering, indulging in make-believe fantasies that usually just glorify ourselves.  Many studies have been conducted on daydreaming, and the results have been quite similar. According to one study, nearly 47% of people spend a considerable amount of time daydreaming. Studies have also shown […]

Ganga Saptami

– Rajen Vakil Today is the seventh day of the brighter half of the month of Vaisakha. This is the day the River Ganga descended to earth from the heavens. The story of the descent of Ganga begins from the king of the Ikshvaku dynasty called Sagar. King Sagar did penance for the birth of […]

The Awakening

– Rajen Vakil Buddha Purnima is the night of the full moon, when Gautama Siddhartha attained enlightenment. He became the Buddha then and began to preach his sermons, which included details of the four noble truths. This is the beautiful story of his enlightenment. Six years earlier, Gautama had left his home in the middle […]

Consciousness, Attention and Will

– Rajen Vakil Humans possess three fundamental faculties: consciousness, attention, and will. Throughout the centuries, from philosophers to yogis to scientists, everyone has tried to define consciousness. Yet, consciousness still remains one of the most esoteric and mystical aspects of our lives. According to the dictionary, consciousness refers to something that allows us to become […]

Inner Silence

– Rajen Vakil The theory we hear so often is that humans evolved from the apes. But we must still ask ourselves the question, Have we really evolved? Though our physical forms have evolved, if we could look into our minds, we would that see we are still not very different from a monkey, chattering […]

The Awakening

– Rajen Vakil Buddha Purnima is the night of the full moon, when Gautama Siddhartha attained enlightenment. He became the Buddha then and began to preach his sermons, which included details of the four noble truths. This is the beautiful story of his enlightenment. Six years earlier, Gautama had left his home in the middle […]

Ganga Saptami

– Rajen Vakil Today is the seventh day of the brighter half of the month of Vaisakha. This is the day the River Ganga descended to earth from the heavens. The story of the descent of Ganga begins from the king of the Ikshvaku dynasty called Sagar. King Sagar did penance for the birth of […]

Daydreaming

– Rajen Vakil Daydreaming can be defined as a kind of mind wandering, indulging in make-believe fantasies that usually just glorify ourselves.  Many studies have been conducted on daydreaming, and the results have been quite similar. According to one study, nearly 47% of people spend a considerable amount of time daydreaming. Studies have also shown […]

The Four States Of Human Consciousness

– Rajen Vakil Today, let us study the four states of human consciousness and their relationship to different kinds or levels of attention. This is not a simple exercise, but it is an important one, given how many things—large and small—pull at our attention right now, causing us distraction and stress. By examining our consciousness […]

About Us

Yogi Sri Soli Tavaria founded the 3 Step Breathing. His disciple Rajen Vakil followed this teaching and continues the journey of 3 step rhythmic breathing today. Vakil has established that the essence of a healthy and balanced life is found in proper breathing:3 Step Rhythmic Breathing. He’s also introduced a simple breathing exercise routine in […]

Cleansing

“Refining” means to cleanse– a process that filters out impurities. Impurities are the negative emotions that impede our progress. The main obstacles to our mental and physical evolution are the emotional granthis or knots that have formed in the astral body. The astral body is ‘a body of fine energies or pranas which have the […]