Nectar Of Immortality

By Rudra Shivananda

 

Shiva-Goraksha-Babaji

One of the most hidden treasures of yogic knowledge is that of Soma or Amrita – the nectar of immortality and bliss. There are lots of misinformation and confusion on this subject and unfortunately very little in the way of clarity because of the sacredness of the knowledge. It is sacred because of its profound effect and mysterious because it cannot be experienced without the proper consciousness.

In the ancient Vedic scriptures, it appears that Soma is the substance that is offered to the gods – however its description is couched in mystery and no clear information is given on how to manufacture that Soma. This has not stopped the experiments or claims that the extract from this moon plant or other will yield the fabled nectar. Disappointment seems to follow all such claims.

There are numerous passages where Soma is associated with the word suta (meaning pressed or squeezed) and there are verses which say that the god Indra became intoxicated after drinking the Soma and was able to destroy the cosmic serpent that was wrapped around the cosmic egg. However, in the Rig Veda 10.85.3, it is also said, “Those priests may regard Soma as a creeper which is crushed for getting its juice for use in the ritual. But to the seers, Soma is not something to be drunk.” Therefore there seems to be multiple meanings for Soma even within the Vedas.

In the later mythical stories, a stronger hint is given for the manufacture of this nectar. There is the story of the churning of the great universal ocean of milk by means of the cosmic serpent wrapped around a sacred mountain – this imagery would now evoke the raising of the potential energy called Kundalini in the astral spine. We may then suspect that the nectar is something that is produced by the raising of this Kundalini energy, which is the result of certain yogic and tantric practices.

This becomes even clearer when we consult the early medieval text from the Mahayogi, Shiva-Goraksha-Babaji:

Who seal bindu by jewel of Kechari
Even embraced by heavenly damsels
Their essence does not fall to waste
Instead they immortal soma taste

The later yogic texts all subscribe to the identification of Soma as a substance secreted by the yogi’s body as a result of perfecting certain practices and attaining a higher consciousness. The practice most often cited is that of Kechari Mudra which stimulate the production and retention of the nectar. It is not possible to go into detail to talk about this advanced technique which is described in various texts of Hatha and Kriya Yogas because there are also lots of mistaken lore about it. My advice is to only practice this mudra after proper initiation and verbal instruction.

It is necessary to understand that the texts all say that the nectar can only be attained through the Kechari mudra. However, the majority only focus on the physical attainment of lengthening their tongues but neglect to practice the stilling of the mind. The Kechari stops the movement of prana or life-force energy in the side channels and enables it to move into the central channel. When the prana moves properly in the central channel, the mind stills and the practitioner enters into a heightened state of awareness. Even then, the nectar is not produced unless the Kundalini rises in the central channel and that can only happen if there is sufficient sexual essence or prana to fuel its passage. A period of celibacy is required for such an endeavor.

You might now be rather bemused by the technicalities involved and that is good because it is my goal only to caution against the premature practice of this Kechari mudra for the sake of tasting the Soma. I will also caution against trying to find this nectar through experimenting with drugs or plants – that is also doomed to failure and can also lead to negative karmic effects.

So, what am I trying say? Persevere in your spiritual practice and the Soma will be secreted when the right conditions are present. It is a by-product of higher consciousness and not something to be desired after for its own sake.

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