Here is an article/email that I wrote a while back that discusses how the Five Tibetan Rites are only the initial steps to a whole Personal Development System. It was originally published at Jerry Watt’s website.
Five Tibetan Rites:
Only The Beginning
I wonder if you may have noticed something in the story, especially the 1946 edition.
It seems to me that the story alludes and gives instruction on, not just the 5 Rites, but on
an entire system of development.
Peter Kelder didn’t name the book the 5 Rites, that was Kilham I believe that renamed his
The 5 Rites are only the beginning. Bradford even mentions that he has only given enough
for now. As the group progress further, he sends letters outlining more advanced steps.
Also, when dealing with the 5 Rites, Bradford alludes to doing 50 repetitions. He limits it to
21 for the beginners and for those just seeking increased vitality, but two times, he
mentions doing rites 50 reps.
The student that chose to advance further was probably instructed to gradually build his
practice to 21 reps in the morn and 21 in the evening as per the instructions in the book.
The aspiring student was then given the choice to advance in the same fashion to a limit of
50 reps each in the morn and evening.
“After several months it can be increased to 20 revolutions. Later to 30, 40, and eventually,
after many months, to 50.”
When referring to a class performing the 4th Rite:
“I explained that I could not do it at first, either; that I couldn’t do it a bit better than any of
them; but that I could perform the Rite 50 times in succession now without feeling the
slightest strain on nerves or muscles; and in order to convince them I did it right before
In that last example, there is no way that he could have performed the rite 50 times without
any “strain on nerves or muscles” if he had only limited himself to 21 previously. He must
have been practicing 50 for a long time to get his muscles to a point where it was nothing to
The 21 number is probably given to the beginners. The ones just looking for a little more
vitality, If that is all they seek, then yes, 21 is enough and nothing further is necessary.
But, he also makes a call to those that seek something more. That was why he only gave
the 6th Rite to certain students.
Later, in the letters to come, he gave certain extracurricular activities, such as the hair
growth remedy and the “me-me-me” exercise. These were all optional exercises.
But, he also gave other advice that seemed like more or less instructions, such as partaking
of egg yolks. He even emphasized this point: “By all means and before all else eat raw egg
yolks once a day, every day.”
Then, he also gave pretty stern instruction on chewing food slowly and not mixing starch
and meat, etc.
All these instructions, along with the rites, seem to be part of developing discipline for the
sake of the mind, body, and soul. This was the beginning and these are the only things
given in the 1939 edition.
Later, the 1946 edition includes further instruction as his students developed, they received
more advanced practices. By the time they received it, they were probably well disciplined in
their practices and needed more.
So, he gave them the Mantram Rite to learn how to harness their subconscious mind. While
others usually instruct you to simply suppress your subconscious thoughts, Bradford
advised to use them. What you resist, persists. So don’t try to block those random
thoughts, just attach something to them that will help you. That way, everytime you have a
song or something replaying in your head, it is an opportunity to use your subconscious to
fulfill your goals.
Next, he gave instructions on how to prepare for AUM. Being disciplined in their eating and
Rites practices, it would be nothing to adopt the habits that Bradford laid out.
Once they had accomplished the prerequisites, they could now use AUM, slowly increasing
the number of usages. He states 3 or 4 at a time, then, no more than 10 to begin, but
alludes to more being possible as the student advances. He also states the student should
repeat the Rite about an hour later. It would seem that the student could increase slowly in
the same manner as the 5 Rites to a possible max of 50, but this is not specifically stated.
Even further, once the student has a certain proficiency with AUM alone, he is given
instruction on how to incorporate wishes into the AUM Rite. From this point, he can achieve
whatever desire he places in the AUM Rite.
No further instruction is given, but they are simply told that: “even though most of you
have made gratifying accomplishments, these are as nothing in comparison to the thrilling
things that are just a short distance ahead of you.”