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WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF KURMA NADI IN MEDITATION & SAMADHI?--A QUICK LOOK AT THE Y0GA  NADIS,


WHAT IS PRANA?-

04 FACTS;- 1-Prana is the sum total of all energy that is manifested in the universe. It is the vital force, Sukshma. Breath is the external manifestation of Prana. By exercising control over this gross breath, you can control the subtle Prana inside. Control of Prana means control of mind. Mind cannot operate without the help of Prana. It is the Sukshma Prana that is intimately connected with the mind.

2-Prana is the sum total of all latent forces which are hidden in men and which lie everywhere around us. Heat, light, electricity, magnetism are all the manifestations of Prana. Prana is related to mind; through mind to the will; through will to the individual soul, and through this to the Supreme Being.

3-The seat of Prana is the heart. Prana is one; but it has many functions to do. Hence it assumes five names according to the different functions it performs, viz., Prana, Apana, Samana, Udana and Vyana. According to the different functions they perform, they occupy certain places in the body.

Hatha Yogins consider that Prana Tattva is superior to Manas Tattva (mind), as Prana is present even when mind is absent during deep sleep. Hence Prana plays a more vital part than mind.

4-If you know how to control the little waves of Prana working through mind, then the secret of subjugating the universal Prana will be known to you. The Yogin who becomes an expert in the knowledge of this secret, will have no fear from any power, because he has mastery over all manifestations of

power in the Universe.What is commonly known as Power of Personality is nothing more than the natural capacity of a person to wield his Prana.

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THE TYPES OF PRANA;-

As we know, there are five types of prana vayus which govern the functioning of the body, they are

1-A QUICK LOOK AT THE FIVE VAYUS...

Vayu>>Area of Body>>Function

1-1-Prana>>Chest, head>>Governs intake, inspiration, propulsion, forward momentum

1-2--Apana>>Pelvis>>Governs elimination, downward and outward movement

1-3-Samana>>Navel>>Governs assimilation, discernment, inner absorption, consolidation

1-4-Udana>>Throat>>Governs growth, speech, expression, ascension, upward movement

1-5-Vyana>>Whole body>>Governs circulation on all levels, expansiveness, pervasiveness

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2-There are also five sub-pranas, or upa-pranas:

1-Naga, 2-Krkara, 3-Devadatta, 4-Dhanamjaya 5- Kurma.

2-1-Naga relieves pressure of the abdomen by burping.

2-2-Krkara prevents substances from passing up the nasal passages and down the throat by making one sneeze or cough.

2-3-Devadatta causes yawning and induces sleep.

2-4-Dhanamjaya produces phlegm, nourishes the body, remains in it even after death and sometimes inflates a corpse.

2-5-Kurma controls the movement of eye lids and regulates the intensity of light to be seen by controlling the size of iris. The movement of eyes reflects the movement of mind. It is often noticed that in a yoga class, after following the teacher’s instruction to close the eyes, students’ eyelids and eyeballs are continuously wobbling, which indicates their mind are very busy. By stilling the eyes, thoughts can be stilled.

WHAT ARE YOGA NADIS ?-

08 FACTS;- 1-Nadis are the astral tubes made up of astral matter that carry psychic currents. The Sanskrit term ‘Nadi’ comes from the root ‘Nad’ which means ‘motion’. It is through these Nadis (Sukshma, subtle passages), that the vital force or Pranic current moves or flows. Since they are made up of subtle matter they cannot be seen by the naked physical eyes and you cannot make any test-tube experiments in the physical plane.

2-These Yoga Nadis are not the ordinary nerves, arteries and veins that are known to the Vaidya Shastra (Anatomy and Physiology). Yoga Nadis are

quite different from these.The body is filled with innumerable Nadis that cannot be counted. Different authors state the number of Nadis in different ways, i.e., from 72,000 to 3,50,000. When you turn your attention to the internal structure of the body, you are struck with awe and wonder. Because the architect is the Divine Lord Himself who is assisted by skilled engineers and masons—Maya, Prakriti, Visva Karma, etc.

3-Nadis play a vital part in this Yoga. Kundalini when awakened, will pass through Sushumna Nadi and this is possible only when the Nadis are pure. Therefore, the first step in Kundalini Yoga is the purification of Nadis. A detailed knowledge of the Nadis and Chakras, is absolutely essential. Their location, functions, nature, etc., should be thoroughly studied.

4-The subtle lines, Yoga Nadis, have influence in the physical body. All the subtle (Sukshma) Prana, Nadis and Chakras have gross manifestation and operation in the physical body. The gross nerves and plexuses have close relationship with the subtle ones.Since the physical centres have close relationship with the astral centres, the vibrations that are produced in the physical centres by prescribed methods, have the desired effects in the astral centres.

5-Whenever there is an interlacing of several nerves, arteries and veins, that centre is called “Plexus.” The physical material plexuses that are known to the Vaidya Shastra are:— Pampiniform, Cervical, Brachial, Coccygeal, Lumbar, Sacral, Cardiac, Esophageal, Hepatic Pharyngeal, Pulmonary, Ligual Prostatic Plexus, etc. Similarly there are plexuses or centres of vital forces in the Sukshma Nadis. They are known as ‘Padma’ (lotus) or Chakras.

6-All the Nadis spring from the Kanda. It is in the junction where the Sushumna Nadi is connected with the Muladhara Chakra. Some say, that this Kanda is 12 inches above the anus. Out of the innumerable Nadis 14 are said to be important. They are:—

6-1. Sushumna 6-2. Ida 6-3. Pingala 6-4. Gandhari 6-5. Hastajihva 6-6. Kuhu 6-7. Saraswati