There are thousands of Five Rites practitioners and hundreds of Five Rites teachers across the globe.
There are quite a few things that are, unfortunately, overlooked by would-be practitioners of the Five Tibetan Rites (as well as many self-proclaimed teachers of the art) that leave most of these ‘youth seekers’ with nothing but sore bones and muscles.
This series of articles is to bring awareness to some serious points which are overlooked, even by the best of us. (In fact, many of these things were brought to my attention by my ‘Master’.)
A handful of readers will already recognize these things, which is fantastic. While others will learn something new although it is written clearly in the text.
Everything in this article can be verified by reviewing the 1939 and/or 1946 versions of The Eye Of Revelation. I will even site the actual passages from the text (using the 1946 edition).
So let’s begin, shall we:
Fact #1: Grow Younger In Bed!!!
This is chosen as the first factoid because so many people complain about pains in their backs, necks, joints, etc.
You see, one of the biggest problems is that most people practice the Five Rites on either the floor or a thin yoga mat and there have been many horror stories all over the web about injuries from doing the Five Rites.
The Eye Of Revelation clearly outlines that a the Five Rites (except for Rite 1) should be done either in bed or on the floor with a ‘prayer rug’ or blanket folded several times!
Most Yoga Mats are not even a good 1/2-inch thick, while the ‘prayer rugs’ described in The Eye Of Revelation are “fairly thick” and made of “wool and a kind of vegetable fiber”.
Now, most of us do not have these types of ‘prayer rugs’, but the exercises can be done in bed!
Once my Master pointed this out to me, a light bulb came on. Many of my students felt pain, especially on the 2nd Rite due to the hard floor on their spine.
After switching to small mattresses (got some cheap at IKEA) and thick blankets (folded several times), these same students experienced a tremendous change and could now do the Rites pain free and made advances much quicker than before.
So, if you are one of the many people suffering from pain during the Five Rites, you can experiment with this immediately and see a vast improvement instantly.
As promised, here is the excerpt from the book:
“one first lies flat on his back on the floor or on
the bed. If practiced on the floor one should use a rug or
blanket under him, folded several times in order that the
body will not come into contact with the cold floor. The
Lamas have what in English might be called a ‘prayer rug’.
It is about two feet wide and fully six feet long. It is fairly
thick and is made from wool and a kind of vegetable fibre.”
(These articles are a preview of the upcoming super commentary on the Five Rites, “Youthing Magic – The Five Tibetan Rites Decoded”.)