Knowledge of the Universe
Taught by Yogi Bhajan on April 1, 1998
This is a wonderful exercise to power up and purify your Intuition instrument!
It is from a most marvelous manual called
"PRAANA, PRAANEE, PRAANAYAM,
Exploring the Breath Technology of Kindalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan,"
Compiled by Harijot Kaur Khalsa.
Published by Kundalini Research Institute, Espanola, NM 87532.
Copyright 2006. Used with
To begin, please first Sit Straight and Tune In. To learn how, please click here.
1. Sit in Easy Pose (an easy cross-legged position) and make a lotus of your hands.
(This is a kind of "mudra," which is a special hand position to move the body's subtle energies
in a certain way to gain a specific effect. This particular mudra is called Lotus Mudra. SGK)
Lotus Mudra is done by touching the base of the palms together, touching the tips of the Mercury (little)
fingers together, and touching the tips of the thumbs together. The other fingers gently curve and the mudra looks like
an open flower.
Place the mudra at the center of your chest, the heart center. The eyes are nine-tenths closed, looking
at the tip of the nose. Concentrate and settle down, holding the position in silence for 2-3 minutes.
Then begin to whisper the "Pavan Guru" mantra.
To hear a sample of this mantra "Pavan Guru" being sung by Guru Shabd Singh, please click
that tiny arrow on the left side of the bar below. It is to the right of that tiny speaker icon.
(A "mantra" is a word or a phrase that has a certain very subtle, but very powerful vibratory rate,
which has an effect on the creative energies--"tattwas." The mantra is usually repeated over and over again to affect
the workings of these creating essences. SGK)
So, please whisper this mantra along with Guru Shabad Singh Khalsa singing it on his CD "Pavan
Pavan." (Or you can chant it in a monotone, or make up your own tune for it.--SGK) Hold the position
steady for 25 minutes (or less, such as 11 minutes if instructed to do so. SGK)
Pawan, Pawan, Pawan, Pawan, Par Paraa, Pawan Guroo,
Pawan Guroo, Wha-hay Guroo, Wha-hay Guroo, Pawan Guroo.*
"Use the force of the breath with the power of the navel... Open up the chakras (the seven areas
along the spine, each with spinning "wheel-like" energy processors) with Praana, Apaana and Udyaana... Concentrate and take advantage of this time to experience the kriya (exercise)... Meditate..."
Inhale deeply and relax your body. Relax the hands down and come into a good meditative posture.
(Suggested posture is Easy Pose, chin in, chest out, and hands in Gyan Mudra--the tip of the pointer finger is pressed
against or just under the tip of the thumb, making a circle of those fingers. The other three fingers are relaxed.
Do this with both hands, and with the backs of the hands comfortably resting on the thighs or knees.
2. Immediately begin long, slow, deep breathing. Recharge yourself with a long, deep, slow breath with you will do consciously, paying attention to the process of
filling yourself with as much breath as possible on the inhalation and fully emptying your lungs on the exhalation.
"Make the breath powerful: powrful and strong. Don't forget about Breath of Fire.
It guarantees your health." Yogi Bhajan.
Inhale deeply, hold the breath 10 seconds while you pump the navel point as powerfully as you can.
(To "pump your navel," use your belly muscles to pull your navel back towards your spine, then release it.
These pumping movements are done in quick succession.) Exhale. Repeat this breath sequence two more
times and then relax.
*From the jacket of Guru Shabad Singh's tape of "Pavan Pavan":
Pran Bhand Mantra. "This mantra can conquer death. It can give you the experience
of deathlessness... Who so ever recites this mantra becomes absolutely divine God in action. Pavan is 'May the
Force be with you.' Any woman who chants this with the beat of the navel (navel pumping) shall see change... Whoever
chants this mantra will be given the seat of the Guru (that which changes dark to light), the Guru is in you. It personifies
you as a Guru." Yogi Bhajan.
Click here to get a video on YouTube where this mantra is sung for 8 1/2 minutes, although the mudra and procedure
are different. It appears be taped at the European Yoga Festival in France, with Guru Dass Kaur leading it.
Click here to get this mantra timed so that it corresponds to our 11 minutes of chanting! It was put
together for us by Stephanie Brail from the YouTube video cited above! Thanks!