The Sanskrit word amrit means ‘nectar’ and pan means ‘quaffing’, ‘drinking’ or ‘sipping’. Amrit pan can therefore be translated as ‘quaffing the nectar’. It is the thirteenth kriya and comes immediately after shambhavi.
Amrit is the divine fluid which brings immortality. It is called ‘the elixir of life’, ‘the nectar of the gods’, ‘the nectar of immortality’ and ‘ambrosia’. Amrit is symbolized in different ways in all world religions. In the Vedas it is called soma – the intoxicating fluid of bliss. In Christianity and Tantra it is symbolized by wine. Many poets have endlessly praised the ‘sweet wine’ that brings unspeakable happiness; they are referring to amrit which comes not from grapes, but from spiritual evolution. Christ said: “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)
The amrit cascades down from the bindu to the vishuddhi chakra. It is stored in a small chakra called the lalana chakra located in the throat. In the Bible it says: “But God clave a hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived . . .” (Judges 15:19) The verse is describing not water, but amrit emerging from the lalana chakra. This leads to spiritual awakening and bliss as described, “… and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived . . .”
The lalana is located at the palate at the top and back of the mouth. It is the area which is pressed by the tongue during khechari mudra. This storehouse of amrit can be awakened through yogic practices, including kriya yoga; amrit pan is directly concerned with stimulating it and producing a copious flow of amrit.
The nectar passage
The lalana chakra is connected to vishuddhi chakra by a psychic pathway (nadi) called the nectar passage. It starts at the vishuddhi chakra in the spine at the back of the neck, and goes directly to the lalana chakra in the palate, where it ends. This pathway is clearly shown in the accompanying figure.