Khechari Mudra

Kechari Mudra

The K(h)echari Mudra is a yoga position in which the tongue is placed back and up the nasal cavity. It is believed to have many positive effects but ordinarily cannot be achieved without cutting the frenulum linguae, or lower tendon of the tongue, so that the tongue can actually extend back and up into the root of the nasal cavity. This is not something to be done lightly and was never recommended in Divine Light Mission as it was claimed that with continual practice it could be achieved and the Divine Nectar could then be drunk. I have never heard of any follower of Prem Rawat's achieving this and he made it redundant in 1987 when he defined the 4th technique, no longer to be called the Divine Nectar, to be the nabho mudra as it only requires turning the underside of the tongue up; press it against the hard palate; extend the tip of the tongue back towards the soft palate. Michio Kushi taught a similar technique in The Book of Do-In.

These positions are considered by some to be amongst the deepest esoteric, spiritual knowledge known to man and by others to be complete nonsense. It is unlikely that Rawat ever learnt (and certainly never practised) any of the yoga on which the meditation techniques his father taught were based. He has disparaged other theories as riff-raff, admits he cannot understand kundalini or chakras and says the basic meditation techniques he teaches are Raj Yoga, "the King of all Yogas", The Yoga of all the yogas. The Knowledge of all the knowledges.

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Prem Rawat's "Knowledge" has three parts: regularly listening to his speeches, doing voluntary work for organisations serving him or donating money and daily meditation correctly practicing the four techniques he recommends. The techniques are so simple it's hard to see how they could be practiced incorrectly. First technique ("Divine Light") involves sticking your thumb and middle finger on your eyeballs (NB: with eyes closed) and your index finger between your eyebrows. Second technique: ("Heavenly Music") poking your thumbs into your ears and listening. Third technique: ("Holy Name") thinking about your breathing (NB: continue to breathe). Fourth technique: ("Nectar") curling your tongue backwards and tasting. Rawat's father taught slightly different techniques but either way it's difficult to see how these could produce the benefits claimed for them especially as Rawat claims His Knowledge is the only method of attaining real happiness and love in this life.