NAMAN TO ADIGURU SHANKARA,
NAMAN TO SRI GANESHA ,
NAMAN TO MA DASMAHAVIDYA,
NAMAN TO POSITIVE & NEGATIVE ENERGIES,
NAMAN TO DAKSHINAMURTI SHIVA,
11 FACTS TO INTRODUCE THIS BOOK ...
BASICS OF SWAR YOG;-
1-Ida and pingala nadis are responsible for our existence in this world. Yogis and sages have seen and realized this.
The entire universe is comprised of two forces, consciousness and energy, which are interdependent and opposite, yet complementary. The universe hangs as a kind of web of interacting energies, suspended and functioning within the framework of tensions developed by this fundamental polarity.
2- Wherever one looks, within nature, within the body and within the mind, this polarity can be seen as light and dark, positive and negative, male and female and so on. At every level, these two great principles are at work, creating and motivating the universe. . .
3-When this cosmic polarity of prana and consciousness manifests in the microcosmic unit of the human body, it takes the form of chitta shakti and prana shakti, which correspond to ida nadi and pingala nadi.
4-These two mental and physical channels within the body apply to all levels of being from gross to subtle, forming the basis for every perception, activity and experience. They represent two distinct forces within the human environment - the ebb and flow of human existence.
5-Pingala regulates energy in the body, and ida regulates consciousness. These two nadis nourish the two hemispheres of our brain, which then control each and every activity of the body and mind. When the right nostril flows more freely, representing the activity of pingala, our left hemisphere is dominant and we are extroverted, active, physically fitter and we feel warmer because our metabolism is in a dynamic state - exhibiting the solar qualities of our nature.
6-When the left nostril flows more freely, representing the activity of ida, our right hemisphere is dominant and we become more introverted, passive, fitter for mental and artistic work, and we feel colder because our metabolism slows down - exhibiting the lunar side of our nature.
7-The purpose of yoga is to awaken and balance ida and pingala, to enable pranic energy to flow and illumine the dark and sleepy areas of consciousness so that we wake up and realize our full potential as human beings.
8-Scientific research supports the physiological concepts of swara yoga, and provides insight into some of the mechanisms by which the effects of pranayama practices are mediated.
9-The left hemisphere predominantly deals with logical, verbal, mathematical and analytical thinking, guiding our actions in the outer world of pingala, while the right hemisphere governs intuitive, integrative thinking that recognizes patterns in the world around us, leading us into the inner world and deeper understanding of ida.
10-We can conclude that scientific research findings so far support the yogic concept of ida and pingala as the two main lines on the switchboard of our mind that handle very specific aspects of our perception, thinking, emotions and behaviour. In the integrated evolution of human beings, the right hemisphere or ida, the mental energy domain, takes care of music and art awareness, three-dimensional perception, creativity and imagination, insight and intuition.
11-The left side, the domain of vital energy or pingala, takes care of written and spoken language, dealing with numbers and abstract problems, rational decision-making, accurate judgement and discrimination. To live life fully and evolve in a harmonious way we need both kinds of abilities. Therefore, achieving and maintaining balance between the right and left brain, between ida and pingala, has very real implications in our daily life, in the way we function, interact, grow and evolve. And here swara yoga does come in the picture.
While attempting this book, care has been taken to avoid ambiguity, by expressing everything in simple language.I am grateful to Prakhar ji, because of him, it is online today. I am not a scholar, only a simple bhakt, so it is requested to overlook my mistakes.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO 'MOTHER SHAKTI'.....