Khanda Manda

Khanda Manda Yoga is said to be one of the most terrifying and difficult sadhana of all Aghora sadhanas. The practitioner of Khanda Manda Yoga cuts off her/his own limbs with a sharp cleaver, and throws them into a roaring fire while chanting a specific mantra. After twelve hours, these limbs re-emerge from the fire and rejoin the body. Most sadhus can do Eka Khanda Yoga that implies cutting of one part of a single limb, like a toe, a finger or a foot or hand. Few can do Teen Khanda Yoga, signifying three parts, like the foot, the lower leg, and the thigh. However, there are very few sadhaks who can perform the Nava Khanda Yoga, using nine body parts, including the head. The severe stage of Khanda Manda Yoga comes after the Nava Khanda Yoga, which is called the Agni Khanda Yoga, in which a guru heats the fire tong red-hot, and then inserts it under the disciple’s skin at the nape of the neck, running them down parallel to the spinal cord. A yogi who has reached the absolute point of spirituality does not even flinch when this happens.

Benefits of Khanda Manda Yoga

The benefits of the physical Khanda Manda Yoga are many, including imperviousness to any weapon, and even physical immortality. The evolvement of Khanda Manda Yoga was to abolish the love for body. One can only perform Khanda Manda Yoga, once one has developed certain objectivity about the body. Khanda Manda Yoga is possible once the sadhak have full control over Kundalini Shakti. However, the mental Khanda Manda Yoga is somewhat different; it has to be done with thought.

The true khandana is absolute and permanent destruction of false personality, which is composed of all the desires, tastes, aversions, and everything that have accumulated over millions of births. Only when all the imperfect projections are eliminated can one be able to see what is real. The other side of khandana is mandana, and the true mandana is projection of an everlasting form, construction of a true character. Mental khandana and mandana make up the real Khanda Manda Yoga. External and internal khandana are the two ways of performing Khanda Manda Yoga.

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