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Khechari Mudra

Q: What is Khechari Mudra ?

A: ‘Kham’ means sky and ‘Char’ means to move. ‘Khechari’ thus means to move in the sky. The sky may be an outside one or the one that is inside human body. It is said that a yogi who has mastered Khechari Mudra can move anywhere in the sky. That’s why it is given the name ‘Khechari Mudra’.

Q: Which other siddhis can one obtain besides moving in the sky with the practice of  ‘Khechari Mudra' ?

A: With Khechari Mudra, a yogi can be blessed with some other siddhis such as knowledge of the past, present and future; ‘doordarshan’ (ability to perceive things far-off) and ‘doorshravan’ (ability to hear sound far-off) as well as Nirvikalpa Samadhi (The highest spiritual state in which all thoughts, attributes and description subsides).

Q: How does one perform Khechari Mudra ?

A: First, one has to lengthen one's tongue and for that one has to resort to friction or ‘dohan’. After the tongue has been elongated by such practices, one has to invert the tongue upside down and touch the top of the mouth known as ‘talu pradesh' (nasal cavity at the base of the palate). In this position the mind becomes easily focused and one loses body consciousness and ultimately enters into the Samadhi.

The process of lengthening the tongue is an extremely painful process so I do not advise all the aspirants to perform Khechari Mudra. The concentration of mind, the state of losing body consciousness and ultimately entering into Samadhi can be achieved by other means as well. Meditation, japa or other methods are less difficult or painful so a spiritual aspirant should take recourse to such methods.

Q: What should an aspirant with a long tongue do in order to progress on the path of Yoga?

A: An aspirant, who is blessed with a long tongue should thank god and try wholeheartedly for the attainment of Samadhi by means of Khechari Mudra. He should regularly sit in meditation and perform Khechari Mudra primarily to achieve the ultimate goal of life.

Today's Quote

From the solemn gloom of the temple, children run out to sit in the dust, God watches them play and forgets the priest.
- Rabindranath Tagore