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Tantra Prana Darshana: The Swerving Tantric Technique Of Prana-Vayu, Or Life-Breath

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Author: Acharya Subhojit Dasgupta

In a Tantra workshop, the Tantra teacher's first purpose of teaching his pupil the intricacies of Tantra Prana Darshana is to help him or her understand that the act of inhalation and exhalation creates a circle of breath within.

The second purpose of this tantra exercise is to help the pupil comprehend that inhalation and exhalation do not constitute two but one single breath. The breath that comes in also goes out, creating a single internal curve - the incoming breath becomes outgoing. Your Tantra teacher will place great emphasis on this fact.

For this Tantra exercise, you must sit in Padmasana (Lotus position) with your back straight. As you close your eyes, start by inhaling and exhaling effortlessly, feeling the breath entering and exiting your being. As you continue this Tantra exercise for nine cycles, you will feel the sensation of a circle of breath created within your body.

If you stop your breath for a brief moment during this Tantra exercise, you will find that your mind stops suddenly - it cannot function. Your breath is now in intricate symbiosis with your mind, and the connection between the mind and body is snapped for this moment.

Only a breath-in-motion is joined with the mind and body… a motionless breath is disconnected, and this is when breath curves. You are not joined with the breath and that is the moment you actually become aware of who you really are. You realize the 'I'.

During my Tantra workshops, I often ask my pupils to try a variation of Tantra Prana Darshana. They do the same technique of circular breathing, but just sitting, doing nothing. No movement at all. I then explain that if they are able to observe their breath curving without any movement of the mind, Tantra says they have entered into themselves.

This is because Tantra makes your breath leave you to move in a different direction. It was with you when it was coming in, and it will be with you again when it goes out. However, it is not with you at the point of the curving, and you are not with it. In this moment, the breath becomes separate from you, and you are separate from it.

By being be aware of this curving of the prana-vayu, you become a realized soul through Tantra.

Copyright (C) Subhojit Dasgupta.

About the author: Acharya Subhojit Dasgupta is a Tantra Teacher with an in-depth knowledge of traditional Indian sciences and Sanskrit literature. Visit his tantra online guide at for Tantra Lessons, kriyas and mudras from this young Tantra Master.

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