ARE BREATHING SCIENCE & ASTROLOGY LIKE THE TWO ENDS OF THE SAME STICK? BREATHING SCIENCE -09
RELATION OF BREATHING SCIENCE & ASTROLOGY;-
12 FACTS;- 1-The Shiva Swarodaya tells how the breath relates to planetary, solar and lunar movements, and it also has some connection with astrology. The Shiva Swarodaya also states that astrology without the science of swara is useless. 2-Astrology discussedthe influence of four fundamental
elements which affect a person's life and character. These are the cosmic elements. 3-Swara yoga talks about the same elements, but says they manifest in the body and can be detected by analyzing the body processes and breath.
4-In astrology the elements represent particular levels of vibration and influence at the cosmic level. 5-In swarayoga these elements and vibrations are seen to be present within the individual structure. So we do not have to look into the universe because the macrocosm is mirrored in the microcosm.
6-Swara yoga and astrology are like the two ends of the same stick. In India, the calculations of the Hindu astrological system are so precise that the exact time of the swara can be predicted.
7-In the Hindu system there are nine main periods in the day over which a planet presides, and these periods are divided and subdivided until you reach the exact second of the swara, the moment of inhalation and exhalation. 8-Astrology is based on the planets and swara yoga on the breath.
9-By becoming aware of the swara and tattwas, we also become aware of those cosmic influences which affect our health and destiny, and can therefore make better use of good opportunities and find ways to ameliorate (make something bad better)our malefic influences. 10-Thus the yogic texts say that regulation of the breath and pranayama help to destroy the bonds of worldly existence.
11-Some scientists have observed certain relationships between cosmic events and individual experiences, social and cultural events. We can assume that the brain and CNS are receptive to the force fields of planetary and stellar radiations and movements, and some scientists are investigating this interaction .
12- Today man is looking into the sky to understand himself better, but to the swara yogi there is no difference between cosmic and atomic events. It is not necessary to understand astrophysics, because everyone has the capacity to close their eyes, look into the dark space of their consciousness and experience the worlds within.
WEEKDAYS & SWARA:-
1-Each swara is auspicious on a particular weekday. And one can have the advantage of the Lord of the day as well as that of the swara by choosing this combination.
2-The swaras with respect to the weekdays on which they are auspicious:
IDA ( Lunar) > PINGALA(Solar)
Good in bright half > Good in dark half
Wednesday > Sunday
Thursday > Tuesday
Friday > Saturday
ZODIACAL SIGN & SWARA:-
The twelve signs of the zodiac can be grouped under the two swara
IDA > PINGALA;-
1-Taurus > Aries
3-Virgo > Leo
4-Scorpio > Libra
6-Pisces > Aquarius
DIRECTIONS & SWARA:-
The swaras are also given directions. Ida represents North and East and Pingala-West and South. This is useful to answer queries of missing persons and fixing time to start journeys, both of which involve directions.
PLANETS & SWARA:-
1-Pingala represents all male planets like Sun, Mars, and Saturn (though Saturn is a eunuch, being a malefic, it is considered here), while Ida represents all female planets like Moon, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter.
2-It will not be out of place here to refer to a view held by Hindu palmistry. Hindu palmistry postulates(demand, claim) that while both the hands are valuable in reading palms, the left hand shows your prarabdha (destiny)- what you are born with, while the right hand is supposed to indicate what you make of your life- how you have made or marred your chances.
3-There seems to be some truth in this view. At one level, while both the hands have all the planets and signs in the palm, at another level, the right hand predominantly shows the workings of the male planets, and the left hand the workings of the female planets. Remember? That the left hemisphere controls the right hand and right breath, while the right hemisphere controls the left nostril and left hand, because of a crossing of commissures(a connecting band of nerve tissue in the brain or spinal cord).
4-If you pause for a while and think, you realize that the male planets are assigned the right hand and right breath (and hence the left hemisphere), while the female planets are assigned the left hand and left breath (and hence the right hemisphere).
5-The male planets i.e. Sun, Mars and Saturn, are the natural malefics, which give more scope for freewill (remember malefics in Upachaya houses or 3,6,10,11?). The right swara or the solar breath, is like the solar hora (surya hora) and the left swara like the chandra hora.
6-Again the left swara, left hand and right hemisphere, represent the Lunar swara, the female planets. These are Moon, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, the only planets that have the possibility of being natural benefics in a chart. While Jupiter and Venus are natural benefics unconditionally, Moon and Mercury are conditional benefics, Moon depending on its fullness and Mercury depending on the company or influences.
7-Thus at one level it is true that the right hand shows what you have made of your life through your efforts, like the malefics in 3,6,10,11 would. But at another level, the influence of all the planets and signs are seen in both the hands. Actually Swara sastra, Samudrika sastra and Jyotish sastra, all indicate the same in different ways. A study of one sastra enhances our understanding of the other.
THE MONTHS INFLUENCING SWARAS;-
1-Different months are characterized by different swara
patterns. During the monthly cycle, one swara usually
predominates and particular predicaments (embarrassing situation)coincide with the excessive
flow of one swara.
2-It is said that pingala should flow predominantly during the months corresponding to the zodiac signs of ,
Aries, Gemini, Leo ,Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius; and
ida should predominate in themonths of Pisces, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn; or pingala should flow
during the first six months and ida during the last
six. "When the swara flows in this manner there
are great comforts."
3-It should be kept in mind that the months of the
Hindu zodiac divisions are based on the
lunar calendar, and therefore the zodiac signs occur at slightly different times than the solar calendar
of 364 1/4 days. Nevertheless, it was found on
this basis that there is a natural tendency
for one swara to predominate during the months of
4-When it flows against the proper rhythms there are
external difficulties, but when the correct swara
predominates, circumstances are both smooth and
5-Charts of the swara cycle were also compared to the
individual biorhythm(a cyclic pattern of physical, emotional, or mental activity believed to occur in a person's life) charts. It was found that there were
days when the energy level was exactly
between the peak and low phases. Such
days are called 'caution days' for
physical, emotional and intellectual activity.
6-That is, such activity does not usually
prosper on those days.Correspond-ingly,
there is a marked tendency for
sushumna to flow for extended periods
during this time,suggesting that it
would be appropriate to do spiritual practice.
CAN WE MAKE PREDICTIONS ?
1-Through recognizing the active element in the breath, you
can come to know the future. There are a number of
astrologers in India who can usually make reliable offhand
predictions. For example, if a student asks, "Sir, will 1 pass
or fail?" he will first check the day and then feel his breath.
If it is positive, he will say, "Yes," and if it is negative, "No."
2-This is how some people have misused the science, but
this is not its purpose. It is not the science which is at fault but
the person's motives. So we should be careful of such people
and remember the true purpose of this science.
THE TRUE PURPOSE OF PRANA SADHANA ;-
1-To have atma anubhuti, experience of the universal
spirit, is the destiny of man. In order to have that
experience, the part of the mind which functions and
perceives the external world through the senses has to be
2-The mind has to become so concentrated and
one-pointed that it is completely still without the
minutest fluctuation or wavering. The moment the mind
stops, the breath too is suspended. The consciousness and
prana can then slip out of the individual range of experience.
3-It is a difficult process because one is faced with many
obstacles which lure the mind away from its point of
focus.The obstacles have to be overcome if progress is to
be made in this very life. But is it possible for everybody
to experience and understand their own atma - the true Self? Yoga and tantra say yes.
4-Even the Bhagavad Gita gives assurance that
everybody has the right to realize the highest experience
of life. But the problem is that we do not make enough
effort.To do any practice takes time, and we have to fight with the mind.
5-Sometimes we are inspired for a month or two and
concentration becomes very keen, but again inspiration
dies and the battery becomes flat. Then other obstacles
come like disease, laziness, fulfilment of worldly desires
and samskaras, etc.
6-According to Hatha Yoga Pradipika If the Nadis are full of impurities Maruta (prana) does not travel along the middle path. No one can then attain the state of unmani ..
(Unmani – emancipation from the thralldom ( the state of being a thrall/ bondage )of Maya (Illusion), and absorption in the contemplation of Truth (the Divine essence)
7-It is only when the whole group of Nadis which are ordinarily full of impurities, gets purified that the yogi becomes capable of properly regulating prana.