Amrit Pan (Quaffing The Nectar) | Rationale of Amrit Pan

Amrit pan can be described as an upright form of vipareeta karani mudra’. Concerning vipareeta karani mudra, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika says: “The secretion of the moon (bindu) is called amrit. It is normally consumed by the fire of the sun (manipura chakra). It (lows downwards and leads to ageing of the body. There is a wonderful technique which can reverse this process (called vipareeta karani mudra).” (3:77-78) Both vipareeta karani mudra and amrit pan are concerned with reversing this process by redirecting the nectar upwards from manipura towards bindu via the lalana chakra. The same psychic pathway is utilized in both kriyas: In vipareeta karani mudra, however, the body is inverted, while in amrit pan it remains upright.

Subsidiary practices

To do amrit pan you should know the following subsidiary techniques:

  1. Ujjayi pranayama
  2. Khechari mudra

 

Sitting position

You should sit in padmasana, siddhasana or siddha yoni asana. If these are impossible or uncomfortable, sit in any other suitable meditative asana.

Preferably you should sit in the same pose that was used for the previous kriya – shambhavi. That is, you should proceed from one kriya to the next without changing your physical position and without stopping the sequence of practice.

Technique

Remain in a comfortable sitting asana.

Keep the eyes closed.

Hold the back straight and the head upright as shown above.

Do khechari mudra, pressing the tongue firmly but not forcefully against the back of the palate.

Fix your awareness at manipura chakra in the spine.

Exhale deeply.

Round 1 starts here.

Try to feel the manipura chakra.

Then inhale with ujjayi and imagine that you are drawing fluid upwards from the manipura, through anahata to vishuddhi.

You should feel as though the fluid is being injected upwards by the force of ujjayi inhalation.

Inhalation should end when your awareness reaches vishuddhi.

Hold your breath for a short duration and fix your awareness at vishuddhi.

Feel the fluid or nectar become ice cold.

Then exhale with ujjayi and feel the cool nectar being injected along the nectar passage from vishuddhi to the lalana chakra.

Synchronize the flow of nectar with the exhalation.

When your awareness reaches the lalana you should feel the breath and nectar disperse and evaporate.

Remember: the lalana is located where the tip of the tongue presses the palate.

Immediately your awareness should return directly to the manipura chakra.

This is the end of the first round.

Start the second round.

After fixing the awareness at manipura for a short period with breath retention, breathe in and ascend to vishuddhi.

Do 9 complete rounds.

Breathing

You should practise ujjayi pranayama throughout. Hold the breath while fixing awareness at the manipura chakra. Inhale from manipura to vishuddhi. Hold the breath while fixing awareness at the vishuddhi chakra. Breathe out from vishuddhi to the lalana chakra through the nectar passage.

Awareness

Be aware of the ujjayi breathing and the flow of nectar.

Number of rounds

Do 9 rounds. This should take about 5 minutes.

 

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