WHAT IS THE MYSTERY OF BRAHMARANDHRA,THE DASAMADVARA?-SRI VIDHYA SADHANA-18
MEANING OF BRAHMARANDHRA;- 13 FACTS;- 1-On top of the head, there is a spot known as Brahmarandhra. When a child is born, there is a tender spot where the bone does not form till the child grows to a certain age. Randhra is a Sanskrit word, but it is in common usage in other Indian languages too. Randhra means a passage, like a small hole or a tunnel. This is the space in the body through which life descends into the fetus. 2-Sanskrit "“Brahmarandhra” means the hole of Brahman. It is the dwelling house of the human soul. This is also known as “Dasamadvara,” the tenth opening or the tenth door. The hollow place in the crown of the head known as anterior fontanelle in the new-born child is the Brahmarandhra. 3-This is between the two parietal and occipital bones. This portion is very soft in a baby. When the child grows, it gets obliterated (destroy utterly) by the growth of the bones of the head. Brahma created the physical body and entered (Pravishat) the body to give illumination inside through this Brahmarandhra. 4-ACCORDING TO Kathopanishad)“A hundred and one are the nerves of the heart. Of them one (Sushumna) has gone out piercing the head; going up through it, one attains immortality” ." 5-Dvādaśānta (Sanskrit: द्वादशान्त) or the Brahmarandhra, meaning – having an end or limit of twelve, it is the twelve fingers’ breath, the 12th centre (or śhakti in an individual) identified by some with the pituitary gland, there being six centers in the brain and six below the brain. 6-This term refers to – A) Externally to the place where the breath dies away, B) Internally to the crown of the skull and known as brahmarandhra, C Above the skull to the dvādaśānta which is twelve fingers breadth away from the brahmarandhra, and when no longer identified with the body but with the all-pervading Shiva it is the Cosmic dvādaśānta, a wheel with a thousand spokes, eternally present. 7-Dvādaśānta is like the triśūla signifying three kinds of energy – of the will, of knowledge and of activity. The initial extremity (ādi-koti) is the heart (whence the breath rises) but the final extremity (anta-koti) is the dvādaśānta (where the breath finally dies away or rests). 8-ACCORDING TO the Devyā-yāmala- tantra, the subtle breath composed of sound rising from the former’s heart moves through a series of centers to rest in the dvādaśānta which is the terminal point where the suśumnā ends and the central pathway of the three paths. 9-The ānavopāya ('atomic') method utilises the creative functions of Shiva and raises the sādhaka to śhaktopāya ('method of power') that employs the cognitive (connected with conscious mental processes)functions of the Lord. 10-ACCORDING TO Vijñānabhirava:- यथा तथा यत्र तत्र द्वादशान्ते मनः क्षिपेत् | प्रतिक्षणं क्षीणवृत्तेर्वैलक्षण्यं दिनैर्भवेत् || This statement means that the ānavopāya involves fixation of the mind again and again at ūrdhava dvādaśānta or bāhya dvādaśānta or āntara dvādaśānta which is the incomparable and ineffabler (extreme to be expressed in words) state of Bhairava (an aspect of Shiva). This text had earlier in shloka 28 explained that meditation on prāṇaśhakti arising from the muladhara chakra getting subtler and subtler dissolves in dvādaśānta to manifest Bhairava. 11- In some of the Upanishads, it is stated that; this is the most important part. It is very suitable for Nirguna Dhyana (abstract Meditation). When the Yogi separates himself from the physical body at the time of death, this Brahmarandhra bursts open and Prana comes out through this opening (Kapala Moksha). 12-When the apāna remains in the dvādaśānta, it is known as the external kumbhaka (retention of breath as in a pot). When the prāṇa moves up to the nose-tip it is known as rechaka and when it moves up to the extent of the dvādaśānta it is called external-rechaka. 13-The apāna moving inwards without the prāṇa is the internal-kumbhaka, and the apāna rising in the dvādaśānta attaining internal expansion is the internal-pūraka. According to Yoga Vasiśtha, the one who knows (experienced) these kumbhakas becomes liberated from the cycle of birth and rebirth; dvādśānta represents the highest seat of God in the body, the seat of the vibrating Self. BRAHMARANDHRA & SWAMI VIVEKANANDA;- 09 FACTS;- 1-Brahma Randhra is the soft spot that can be experienced on the head of a newborn baby and this is the hole through which the liberated soul escapes to reach God. Swami Vivekananda reached God through such path as witnessed by the disciples. 2-In this portion there are three nerves. The left nerve is called as ‘Ida’ or ‘Chandra Nadi’ or the nerve of moon. On the right side the nerve is called as ‘Pingala’ or ‘Surya Nadi’ or the nerve of Sun. In the center lies ‘Brahma Nadi’, which is the nerve of God. This is a representative model of a spiritual concept. 3-The central nerve ends in ‘Brahma Randhra’ through which a liberated soul leaves the body. When this hole undergoes internal rupture, blood flows through the nose and this was witnessed just after the death of Swami Vivekananda. 4-Shri Parama Hamsa told that the sage Nara is born as Vivekananda and his name was also Narendra. The same sage Nara was born as Arjuna and Arjuna was born as the hunter (Kannappa). 5-The first birth of the sage Nara represents the nerve of moon or the plane of mind, which always doubts a concept (Sankalpa and Vikalpa). Mind is born from moon as per Veda. This state represents Arjuna, who doubted Krishna as God. He was oscillating between Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna. 6-His next birth represents the nerve of Sun. Sun is related to intelligence or determination. Sun is also the source of energy. Therefore, the hunter was fixed in the energetic form called as Lord Shiva. At the end the hunter removed both the eyes and entered into the third eye, which represents the knowledge of absolute God (Nirguna Brahman), who is without any medium. 7-The absolute God is unimaginable even to logic and intelligence. The hunter went to the world of Lord Shiva and became the follower of absolute God. He was born as Vivekananda in the third birth.The third eye or the central third nerve (Brahma Nadi) represents the absolute God without medium. Hence he was born as the follower of absolute God. 8-He was considering Parama Hamsa as Master only and not as God in human form.This treatment can be seen in the birth of Arjuna also who addressed Krishna as his Master only and not as God in BhagwatGita. 9-Shri Parama Hamsa was a strong believer of Mother Kali, who represents the creation. Without the creation, no medium is available because any medium is only a part of the creation. Parama Hamsa was thus giving stress on the medium through the worship of Kali. Finally Swami Vivekananda realized the Supersoul in Parama Hamsa also and thus was liberated. SIGNIFICANCE OF BRAHMARANDHRA;- 09 FACTS;- 1-The life process has the awareness to keep its options open as to whether this body is capable of sustaining it or not. So it keeps that trapdoor open for a certain period so that just in case it finds the body unsuitable for its existence, it will leave and it does not want to leave from any other passage in the body; it wants to leave the way it came. 2-A good guest always comes through the front door and goes out the front door. If he comes through the front door and goes out the back, that means your house has been swept clean ..Even when you leave one day, if you leave consciously through whichever part of the body, it is fine. But if you can leave through the Brahmarandhra, it is the best way to leave. 3-There are many medical cases where stillbirth happens though by all medical parameters, the fetus is healthy and everything is fine. This is simply because the life within is still choosing. If a being enters into a fetus and finds it unsuitable as it evolves to become a baby, it leaves. That is why one door is kept open. 4-This is the reason why in Indian culture, so many precautions were taken to create a different kind of atmosphere around a pregnant woman. We are giving that up nowadays, but this used to be done hoping that something better than who you are comes into your womb. 5-So a pregnant woman used to be kept in a certain state of comfort and wellbeing. With the right kind of incense, sounds and foods, everything was done so that her body is in a state that it welcomes the right kind of being. 6-Just like the planet earth attains energy and activities on the 2 Poles, so too our body has 2 Poles. The North Pole is Sahasrar Kamal within the Brahmarandhra (center of the particular brain). The South Pole is the Mooladahr Chakra of Kundalini or perhaps Divine Serpent Power center on the base of Sushumna (near the particular genitals). 7- According to Native indian Mythology, Lord Vishnu sleeps on Lord Shesha (1000 hooded serpent) within the Ksheersagar (ocean of nectar). This Ksheersagar is it will always be the intense white ocean of love inside our brain. Sahasrar Kamal is that atom which as opposed to being round like other sheaths is compared to serrated(zigzag) teeth of the cog-wheel. These teeth are than the petals of a lotus. 8-The central point of energy lies in this atomic Person of polish lineage. This Vishnu Pole or perhaps Sahasrar Kamal (1000 petalled lotus within the brain) is the extremely basis of attainment associated with sensory and extrasensory knowledge concerning the innumerable conscious and unconscious units in the brain. 9-This region is the central point of almost all spiritual practices like relaxation / trance / self-reflection and Yoga of devotion alongwith committment, soul power and Sidhis attained as a result of strong power of Sankalps(a solemn vow, determination, or will. ... A sankalpa is a tool meant to harness the will, and to focus and harmonize mind and body). BRAHMARANDHRA &YOG SADHANA 19 FACTS;- 1-The human body (Microcosm) is said to be a small sample of the cosmos (Macrocosm). The entire body of a big tree is hidden in a tiny seed. In a small sperm lies the cast of the entire human body. The manner in which the mutual attraction and activities of the planets of the solar system are executed, can be seen albeit(though)at a micro level within the atomic family represented by electrons, neutrons etc. 2-In the same way the entire cosmos can be seen in a microform within this small human body. Whatever is visible / invisible in this gigantic cosmos is present within this tiny human body. All the special characteristics of earth too are found in the human body. 3-All the energies, special qualities and glories of earth are found in the point of balance i.e. the North and South Poles. From here all movements /activities of earth are controlled. As a result this earth is an active ball and a playground for all creatures. If the North / South Poles lose their balance or they undergo some change, the entire earth will look like something totally different. 4-Further this minor fist blow(strike with the fist) can induce earth to dash into other stars, galaxies etc. and thus get powdered to pulp(crush into a soft, wet, shapeless mass). .. The cause is very clear.In that the 2 Poles control all the movements of earth. It is their energy centers that induce our earth to dance to its tunes like a puppet. All earthly activities are given the necessary capacity and inspiration to function aptly. The 2 Poles are the central points of earth's activities and energy centers. 5-The North Pole is based on the central point in the head . Down the middle of the head is the subtle 1000 petalled lotus and is called the Sahasrar Chakra. Within it dwells divine strength or Shiva. It ends here that Kundalini or perhaps Divine Serpent Power rises on the South Pole to merge into Shiva within the North Pole. 6-From this area almost all bodily movements are controlled as a puppeteer seated powering a curtain, controls his puppets via mere little finger movements. It is generally known as the region of the particular soul etc. All energies and it is sub-categories that create movements in this particular gigantic cosmos are found situated across the Sahasrar. 7-Brahmarandhra is an “Antenna”.There are 114 chakras in the body, of which two are outside the physical body. If a dimension beyond our physicality becomes a continuously active process within us, then after some time, these two chakras which are generally dormant, become active. If they become active, then we have an antenna on our head; giving a certain perspective of life . 8-This is also always keeping us on the edge ..on the threshold of life and beyond. It is the intention of a yogi to always keep himself on the threshold, so that any moment he wishes to, he will step out consciously.They do not want to die unconsciously anywhere. 9-When we keep ourself on the threshold, it is safe. Tightrope walking is safe if we are balanced. For someone who is not balanced, it looks very risky but actually, it is safer than driving on the streets, because with tightrope walking,only we are responsible while on the street, it may be anyone . 10-A tightrope is much safer if we know how to do it. Once we have balance, sitting on the threshold is very safe. There is no risk to it. There is no chance of accidentally falling off, but it gives us the freedom ..if things go wrong we can just step out, but we should not go unconsciously. 11-It may be scaring for many that they are on the threshold. If we feel some sensations in our body, it is alright or we are in right path . Either we can just continue to do our sadhana, to transform this energy into a bigger possibility. There is a need to understand, you will feel some sensation in whichever part of your body you focus your mind on. You can experiment and see. 12-For example focus at the tip of your little finger and see, you will feel so much sensation. And there are also many physiological jerk and, rotations happening here and there in the body , especially if you take stress. These shouldn’t be mistaken because some great process is happening within us. 13-Sri Kṛiṣhaṇa is actually present everywhere. The Vaiṣṇava, therefore, marks his body with temples of Viṣṇu: he first marks a tilaka temple on the abdomen, then on the chest, then between the collarbones, then on the forehead, and gradually he marks the top of the head, the brahma-randhra. 14-The thirteen temples of tilaka marked on the body of a Vaiṣṇava are known as follows:-- On the forehead is the temple of Lord Keśava, on the belly is the temple of Lord Nārāyaṇa, on the chest is the temple of Lord Mādhava, and on the throat, between the two collarbones, is the temple of Lord Govinda. On the right side of the waist is the temple of Lord Viṣṇu, on the right arm the temple of Lord Madhusūdana, and on the right side of the collarbone the temple of Lord Trivikrama. 15-As part of devotional service, Vaiṣṇavas protect the body for the service of the Lord, but those who are gross materialists accept the body as the self. They worship the body by the yogic process of meditation on the different bodily parts, such as maṇipūraka, dahara and hṛdaya, gradually rising to the brahma-randhra, on the top of the head. 16-The first-class yogī who has attained perfection in the practice of the yoga system ultimately passes through the brahma-randhra to any one of the planets in either the material or spiritual worlds. How a yogī can transfer himself to another planet is vividly described in the Second Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. 17-ACCORDING TO Sri Isopanisad..the highest development of one's spiritual sense is described in the mantra. One should give up the material body, which will be turned to ashes, and allow the air of life to merge into the eternal reservoir of air. 18-The living being's activities are performed within the body through the movements of different kinds of air, known in summary as prāṇa-vāyu. The yogīs generally study how to control the airs of the body. The soul is supposed to rise from one circle of air to another until it rises to the brahma-randhra, the highest circle. From that point the perfect yogī can transfer himself to any planet he likes. 19-The process is to give up one material body and then enter into another. But the highest perfection of such changes occurs only when the living entity is able to give up the material body altogether, as suggested in this mantra, and enter into the spiritual atmosphere, where he can develop a completely different type of body—a spiritual body, which never has to meet death or change.