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So Darshan Chakra Kriya


This is an extremely powerful meditation, that when done regularly may cure a terrific amount in your psyche and emotions!  It takes a little while to get all the parts working together, but once you’ve got it down, it’s really, really worth it!


To do it, please:


  • Sit straight and tune in. (Please click the underlined text to learn how!)
  • Focus your eyes at the tip of your nose.
  • Open your right hand and use your right thumb to block your right nostril.
  • Inhale deeply through your left nostril.
  • As you hold your breath in, do a combination of pumping your navel (pulling it in and releasing it) in combination with mentally chanting “Wahey Guru”* 16 times on one in-held breath.  There are two different ways to do this.  You choose:
    • Easier Method:  Pull your navel all the way in with each full mental recitation of the mantra Whahey Guru, and then release your navel.  Do this for a total of 16 times on each in-held breath.
    • More challenging Method: When your full breath is held in, pull your navel in 1/3 while you mentally say “Wha;” then 1/3 more in when you say “Hey;” then pull your navel all the way in when you say “Guru.”  With your same breath still held in, release the navel and begin again.  Do this process 16 times on each in-held breath.  Honestly, with practice, it can be done quite well! 
    • A Tip for Counting Your 16 repetitions:  On your left hand, on your first navel pump/mantra, put the tip of your thumb on the tip of your little finger.  At the next navel pump/mantra put the tip of your thumb to the middle segment of your little finger.  At the third pump/mantra put your thumb to the bottom finger segment, and on the fourth pump/mantra, put your  thumb on the pad on your palm just below that finger. That makes 4 repetitions.  Then continue counting down the 4 parts of your ring finger all the way down as before, then all the way down the middle finger, and finally all the way down your pointer finger.  Since you are counting 4 times on each of 4 fingers, you are counting 16 repetitions (4x4=16). 
  • For the exhale: with the little finger of the right hand, close your left nostril and exhale through your right nostril.
  • Then inhale as described above through your left nostril, and continue the kind of navel pumping that you choose associated with the mantra for 16 times on each in-held breath.  Then exhale again through your right nostril.
  • And continue in this way for your choice of 3 min, 11 min., 31 min., or 62 min.  Doing this for any of these lengths of time daily, especially 62 minutes will bring you great support and change for the best as you work into this Kriya!  You can choose to do it for 40 days to change a habit or 1,000 days to master it!
  • When you have finished your time, inhale completely through both nostrils.  Hold the breath in while you shake every bit of your body, leaving nothing un-shook!  Then exhale.  Repeat this a second time, and relax!  You’ve done it!

*Whahey Guru--you might translate this as "Wow God!" or the great ecstasy of that which changes dark to light.


Explanation from Amandeep Singh

sudarshan chakra kriya:

yogi ji refereed to it as the mother of all is one of the many kriyas which are mentioned in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.

it cuts the karma of the past present and future

sudarshan is the weapon of vishnu which he uses to destroy this kriya cuts and destroy our negative karmas of the past present and future

it clears the path so that one can understand the power of the present moment , it brings one to the here and now...jivan mukti in the here and now

yogi amandeep singh



About SoDarshan Chakra Kriya

From the book “The 21 Stages of Meditation” by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD, Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan,” Kundalini Research Institute, Espanola, NM, 2012, pp. 350-351.

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The effects of this meditation are many. 

First it clears our subconscious so that we get out of our own way.

Second it uses a sample of the formless infinity in the mantra, Whaa-hay Guroo, which is a seed that balances the gunas[1], the qualities that give birth to form and experience.  This mantra is a conscious pulsation of the Infinite in finite form.  It brings us to a neutral stillness, the state of shuniya, where there is total balance and nothing baits us into reaction.  In this state we begin to see the subtle, the creativity of the creation, in all things. 

Third, by pulsing the mantra 16 times as we keep the mahaband[2] engaged, we energize all the chakras[3].  If we are balanced in one chakra but unable to flow appropriately in all the chakras, we can experience power and openness, but never become truly elevated.  This meditation guides the seed of shuniya through every chakra.

Fourth, we flow with the sound current into yoga, into merger.  Throughout the meditation there are moments when we sense, hear, feel and merge into the pulse of Being itself—the infinite pulse.  It is in everything that exists.  It is the heartbeat, the pulse of God.  It is the core of creation.  As we sit in stillness with this pulse everything happens; all is done.  We sit in the lap of the Divine Mother, the Adi Shakti.  There seems to be nothing to do for everything is enacted before even thought has taken form.

Fifth, we become intuitive.

The benefits of this stage are many.  Yogi Bhajan said this gives us the essence of meditation and the experience of yoga.

 “This is one kriya where they didn’t give any explanation except one line: whosoever knows and perfects Sodarshan Chakra Kriya shall be complete.  They shall realize themselves as God and a human, and human and God.  They recorded that line about this experience.  The symbol for this kriya is simply Infinity.”
“Yoga means nothing but union with your own vital energy inside.  It is when you can understand and you are united with the Infinite spirit of creative God.  That’s all yoga is.  A simple science, though now we have got so many different brands and games we manufacture about it.  But fact is, it is what it is.”
“Of all the twenty two types of yoga, including Kundalini Yoga, this is the highest kriya.  This meditation cuts through all darkness.  The name, Sodarshan Chakra Kriya means the Kriya for Perfect Purifications of the Chakras.  It will give you a new start.  It is the simplest kriya, but at the same time it is the hardest.”
“It cuts through all barriers of the neurotic or psychotic inside nature.  When a person is in a very bad state, techniques imposed from the outside will not work.  The pressure has to be stimulated from within.  The tragedy of life is when the subconscious releases garbage into the conscious mind.  This kriya invokes the kundalini energy to give you the necessary vitality and intuition to combat the negative effects of the unchanneled subconscious mind.”

In essence, it retrains the mind to give room for the Infinite within the Self.  The tantra writings, known as the Shastras, speak in terms of purification, mental refinement and spiritual distillation.  When we are flowing, unblocked and transcend our own mental play, then a new depth and dimension arises.  We realize our co-creativity with the universe, within and without.

When we hear the infinite pulse everywhere, within and without, we sample a taste of reality beyond form; we take a sip of the divine beyond mind and the senses.  When this sip flows into our senses, body and mind, it is ecstasy:

“Everything else is just candy in the mind.  If you can transcend the mind, forget it![4]  Nothing compares.  Once that sweetness of the divine starts, then all these tastes you sought and fought for, they look shallow.  Once you get to that taste you realize that divine is within us.  These meditations help charge you for your own experience.”

Prepare to go on this final step of the journey.  Prepare to sit, meditate and allow the sacred space to prevail in our consciousness.  There is nothing to do.  There is everything to be: the doer, witness, receiver and servant all at once, with each pulse.

[1] Gunas—Raja, Tamas, Sattvic.  These are the major “mechanisms” or “actions” that mold formless energy or consciousness into what is created.

[2] Mahabandh—Great Lock.  That is to pull up on the sex organs, pull in the navel and pull the neck back a bit to keep the spine straight.

[3]Chakras—literally “circles.”  Normally we refer to seven chakras or energy processing centers along the spine—at the anus, sex organs, solar plexus, heart center, throat, third eye, and crown of the head.  And Yogi Bhajan said that our aura around the body is our eighth chakra.

[4] “Forget it!”  Yogi Bhajan often used this phrase to mean “incomparable, nothing else can come close!”