Pancha Kriyas

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Pancha Kriya involves five powerful cleansing processes to remove toxins and impurities from the system.

Just like how we take a shower everyday to clean the external parts of our body, pancha kriya is a process which cleanses the internal organs of our body, keeping it cool. These techniques not only cleanse our body, but bring peace and balance to our mind and lightness and bliss to our being.

During programs, Paramahamsa Nithyananda insists that all the participants do pancha kriya every day so that the heat created during the kriyas and energy darshans can be removed and so that the body is able to hold the energy permanently.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says, “You just need to keep you stomach clean and light. Nothing else. You just need to carry your body gracefully. Nothing else!” Pancha kriya is a technique embodying purification. Once you complete pancha kriya, you will feel the whole body is pure. Pancha kriya cleanses the body and the Haritaki powder is said to activate the non-mechanical parts of the brain.

Our morning Pancha Kriya is not just taking bath, it is detoxification process, decalcification process. Applying Vibhooti and Kumkum is decalcification, taking the Jala Basti, Neti, all that Kriyas is detoxification. Detoxification, decalcification put together is Pancha Kriya. - HH Paramahamsa Nithyananda


Scriptural references, from sampradayas

“Early morning if you do Yoga and then take bath in cold water, come and sit and do the Guru puja, listen to these great truths, straight away it settles down in your inner space. Yoga simply happens in your inner space. You need just prepared body. Nothing else.” – Paramahamsa Nithyananda Paramashivam

The Pancha Kriya forms your essential routine. Your daily ritual when done with spirit, become spiritual. Just as an athlete or a Yogi, prepares his body every single day with steady practice to expand the limits of his body, a seeker too does Pancha Kriyas to support his/her body, when the body gets flooded with the intense energy during the initiation by the Master, who Himself is the source of the Cosmic energies.

As per the ancient vedic science of health and wellbeing – the Ayurveda, our body is based on the principles of the 3 doshas. Doshas are the biological energies made up of the 5 elements of Water, Air, Space, Fire, Earth, that make up every human body-mind system, which perform different physiological, hormonal functions in the body. The 3 doshas are vata, pitta and kapha doshas. The Pancha kriya is a powerful way to keep these doshas in balance, by releasing out the impurities stored inside our system for years.

The Five Cleansing Processes

Eye Cleansing with Eye Pot

Eyes are the most used organs of our body. We perceive our world with our eyes, and they also are the most overused especially in the 21st century where we are constantly looking into our laptops, cell phones and TV screens. The eyes lack energy and release heat, crying for relief and cooling.

The eye cleansing process removes external dust particles, body heat and secretions of the eyes that irritate the eyes and come in the way of normal movement of the eyelids. This process helps remove itching, eye strain and burning eyes. It cools the eyes and body very powerfully, energizes the eyes and improves the vision. It even reduces eye bags.

Instructions - Fill the cup with lukewarm water. Tilt your head down, position the cup snugly against your eye, and then tilt your head back so your eye (and the cup) are facing upwards. Blink several times and move your eyes in a circular pattern to help get the water fully in your eye.

Jala Neti

Neti process helps to clean the whole respiratory tract from nose to lungs. It cleanses the breathing process, removing all blockages from our breathing. This allows us to inhale, exhale deeply, absorbing deep Prana, the life-force.

Neti has subtle effects on the pineal and pituitary glands that control the hormonal system. This has a harmonizing effect on emotional behavior. Neti affects the psychic center known as Ajna Chakra, the third eye i.e. the cosmic browsing center, which helps in awakening higher states of meditation. It helps to stimulate better powers of visualization and concentration and gives a feeling of lightness and clarity to the mind.

Instructions - Fill your Neti Pot with lukewarm clean water and add a pinch of crystal salt to it. Now, keeping your body in a straight posture, tilt your head a little forward, and bend it to the left, to insert the water neti tube slightly into your right nostril. Gently pour the water with slight movement of your hand holding the Neti pot. Allow your mouth to slightly remain open to breathe. You will now feel the water flowing from your right nasal track up to your head, and pouring out from your left nostril. You can occasionally stop to sneeze out the mucus that begins to release out from your whole respiratory tract. People who do the Jala Neti (water Neti) daily have a smooth outflow of water from the other nostril, indicating a clean and healthy respiratory system.

Enema – A Clean Stomach is All You Need

90% of our problems are related to our digestive system.By keeping your stomach clean, you will become Enlightened. You don’t need any other practice. You do not need big pranayamas, puja, yoga, etc. Your body’s sickness, it has nothing to do with your mind, I tell you. You might have practiced controlling anger and lust for 35 years. If your stomach is upset, a little bit of food which does not suit your stomach is enough, all your 35 year practice is in the air. You will be screaming.

Whole thing boils down to your body’s hormonal situation, your body’s chemical space, balancing your chemicals.”

Enema is a foolproof way to keep your stomach clean and cool. Enema is a great way to stimulate bowel movement, and clean the intestines. Our stomach region is directly connected to our worries. It stores our thoughts, and root-patterns that limit us from experiencing the real jewels of our creative, potential energy. Enema, by clearing these residual matters helps us to experience optimum health. It keeps the navel center healthy, and worry-free, and cools the digestive system, the fire energy, ‘jatharagni’ that is responsible for digesting food.

When in imbalance, we experience indigestion, ulcers, allergies, to even chronic diseases. When we take plain water enema, it removes all the fecal matter completely. All the physical, mental, emotional disturbances are caused by toxins absorbed from this residual faecal matters that are not removed by natural means. The energy flow in the body happens without any blockage. This also helps you to come out of many chronic diseases and skin allergies. Instructions - Fill the enema container with clean water. With steady pressure, gently insert enema tip into rectum with a slight side-to-side movement, with tip pointing toward navel. Insertion may be easier if person receiving enema bears down, as if having a bowel movement. This helps relax the muscles around the anus. Do not force the enema tip into rectum as this can cause injury. You may even oil the enema tip for smooth insertion. It is not necessary to empty the enema container completely, as it contains more liquid than needed. Remove enema tip from rectum and wait until urge to evacuate is strong. – Do this Daily Early Morning. Repeat, when you need to clean the stomach.

Haritaki Powder/ Kadukkai Podi

“The oxygen level in the blood increases to 300%. The whole stomach gets cleansed. That is one thing. The main thing is the whole blood becomes pure. 300% oxygen means equivalent to 2 hours of Pranayama.

The laziness, sleep comes down. Feels like as if you have done 2 hours of Pranayama. So do not miss Kadukkai podi in powder. Somehow swallow and drink the water. It is a ‘Sarvaroga Nivarini’. Your blood pressure, diabetes everything becomes normal.

Your whole ulcer gets healed. The stomach has subtle small ulcers. The whole ulcer gets healed. Mouth ulcer, stomach ulcer, gets healed.

If you have mouth smell, take Kadukkai podi for three days, it will be healed. Mouth smells only because of stomach ulcers and the heat. You may be from any background, Kadukkai podi is the healer of all diseases. Kadukkai podi increases your longevity. The power of the Kadukkai podi – it just makes you young.”

Every day before going to bed take 1 tbsp of Haritaki powder. Take the raw powder into the mouth. You can even use your finger and brush it all over your mouth, like brushing. Please take it gently and allow it to fully mix with your saliva. Then, simply drink water, and gargle down the water. While Haritaki has its unique taste during intake, within few minutes, you will enjoy the nectarine sweet flavor.

Sutra Neti

Sutra Neti a rubber string is inserted through the nostril, so that the nasal passage can be massaged. In order to practice sutra neti, the steps given below need to be followed.

  • 1. Join the male end of 1 string with the female end of the other and hold the joint in your left hand.
  • 2. Place the male end of rubber string in front of your left nose nostril, holding it horizontally
  • 3. Push this rubber string along the side of your nose, till you can feel it touch the back of your throat.
  • 4. Once you feel the touch in the throat, guide it by swallowing it until one full length of the string goes in. Remember to hold the joint outside in your left hand. Never allow the joint to get into the nose.
  • 5. Now push the female end of the rubber string into the right nose nostril and follow the same procedure.
  • 6. Insert your index finger through the mouth to catch the string at the back of the throat and pull both of them out of the mouth.
  • 7. Join the two ends and hold the joint with the right hand.
  • 8. Pull both end of the joints back and forth and ensure a gentle massaging motion so that it cleans the nasal passage. Do for 20 to 30 times.
  • 9. Once done split the joint in the left hand and pull the right hand end allowing the other joint to get inside the mouth and coming out of the right nostril.
  • 10. You can remove 1 joint and you will be left with 1 string passing through both nostrils.
  • 11. Do the same massaging again for 10 to 15 times.
  • 12. Remove the string through one of the nostrils.
  • 13. Goggle the mouth and clean the nostrils by blowing out any residue.

When to do? Once every day in the morning