THE MYSTERY OF YOGA AND THE BOUQUET OF SIDHIS
Yoga means the union of the individual soul with the cosmic soul who is otherwise called God. When numbers are added up its value increases manifold. Man is a descendent of apes. In the Adam Age he was like this only. In New Guinea even today there are some Adivasis (Aborigines) who have the culture of Adam’s era. The males/females are stark naked. For food they depend on animal flesh, roots, fruits etc. They run miles away from so called civilized men and hence their language too is not evolved. They can utter only a few words and they mainly communicate by sign language and gestures. But from the bodily viewpoint they are more powerful because they can tolerate intense heat, cold rain etc. In a certain manner even man follows the culture of Adam’s era. He is well versed in eating, procreating and manifesting greed, attachment etc. He detests imbibing human values that augment the glory of all mankind.
The glories of greatness and ethics is always conjoined to God. When man unites with God via faith he definitely rises above the culture of Adam’s era. Just as when husband-wife cooperate with one another so as to make their home heavenly in the same way when man unites with God he becomes divine. Hence greatness of Yogic practise is eulogized and those understanding the importance of soul upliftment walk on this path.
Yoga is classified in 2 ways. The first is external Yoga and the second internal Yoga. External Yoga is that in which bodily exercises are given importance. This external Yoga encompasses posture, breathing exercises, Bandha, Mudras, chanting of Mantras, Yajna, worship of God, pilgrimages, singing God’s name etc. Another name for this external Yoga is Kriya Yoga. One of its branches is called Hatha Yoga. Here external bodily activities are emphasized upon. Emphasis is laid on its mode and rules. Its results depend on how aptly it was made use of. Kriya Yoga influences our health, radiance, intellectual sharpness etc. Some control of the mind also takes place.
The second class is internal Yoga. Here the scattered mind and vital force are concentrated and focused. Vile psychic imprints have to be purified and our thinking has to be made high. There are many types of meditations. All of them come under the flagship of internal Yoga.
Generally in meditation one pours one’s loving devotion towards an imaginary image of God and one tries to experience it as very close to oneself. Further experiences involve Naad Yoga (sound), Soham (that I am) spiritual practise, drinking of Soma juice via Khechri Mudra etc. Internal Yoga also involves Chakravedhan (journey through the 6 Chakras), Kundalini awakening, Granthi Vedhan etc. because over here one’s thought waves are given a proper focused direction. In it there is no need of Kriya Yoga which involves bodily exercises.
Kriya Yoga is limited to the energy and ordinary extrasensory potential of the gross body. The sense organs are gross in nature. It is counted as a bodily part. Its power too is gross only. The subtilization of sensory potentials does only this much that without any other paraphernalia and with the help of any other sense organ the intellectual nerves of the brain solve certain gross problems. For eg. If one is blind one can utilize the sense organ of touch and with the fingers know of the presence of objects, letters etc. (i.e. in Braille). Within Suprapsycho Sciences, hearing distant sounds, seeing distant objects, telepathy are looked upon as extrasensory perception (ESP). All this is a play of the intellect. The difference only is this that in comparison to direct mediums one attains the potential of identifying and catching waves of heat, sound and light. This can come under material benefit and success. Although this is looked upon as spiritual yet it is not true. The activities of God are very extraordinary and mysterious. God cannot be understood by our material apparatus. According to the great scientist Albert Einstein, Particle Physics is yet very crippled and lame. It cannot give us information of the cosmic divine power i.e. God. There is a cosmic consciousness that rules over our entire cosmos. This consciousness can be called God, Brahman, all pervasive cosmic soul etc. The entire family of Ridhi-Sidhi (divine powers) is a mere glimpse of God.
According to the materialistic scholar and philosopher Sir Jams Jeans all materialistic events in the world are apt. That which we call an accident is actually the above mentioned. Its creator is definitely a great calculator, very powerful and an invisible power. It should be called God. This world cannot be an inert machine because every object, creature, living being etc. of the world has consciousness inherent in them and that they are always active. When the individual consciousness works in tandem with the cosmic consciousness (God) it is called Yoga.
There is a description in the Ashwamedha Parva of Mahabharat that there are divine saints (Sidhas) who with their divine eye can see the giving up of the body, its taking up a fresh new body and entering the body of another species. People with strong will power are capable of establishing goodwill and cooperation of subtle bodied souls with human beings. One of the characteristics of realized-seer saints is that they can contact the subtle world.
It is a divine power to “tie up” time which is a result of Kundalini awakening. Yogi Changdev during the times of Saint Janneshwar was 400 years old due to the power of Yogic penance. Later as per the advice of Saint Jnaneshwar he gave up his mortal coil. Our subtle bodied revered preceptor who lives in the tough terrain of the lofty Himalayas is beyond the limits of time and space.
The great saint Tailang Swami at the age of 280 years had given up his mortal coil in Varanasi according to the Indian calendar on Paush Shukla Ekadashi Vikram Samvat 1944. He was born in Vikram Samvat 1644 in the household of a Brahmin landlord. In the Pushkar region he had taken Sanyas initiation from Bhagirath Swami. His preceptor had named him Ganapati Swami but he was well known as Tailang Swami. He was a great spiritual aspirant, Yogi and server of all beings. Many miraculous events are associated with him. Even Swami Vivekanand had mentioned his name and he was alive during Swami Dayanandji’s life too. By attaining the highest spiritual goal of Yoga he attained many divine powers too. Once Tailang Swami performed austerities in the jungles of Nepal. The King of Nepal had come hunting there along with his army. A tiger saved its life when attacked by the King. But the army chief followed the tiger. The tiger entered the hermitage of Tailang Swami. It placed its head at the feet of the Swamiji and sat down quietly. Swamiji started fondling the tiger. When the army chief and the King saw this scene they were wonderstruck.
This incidence is related not for idle curiosity but for the fact that via spiritual powers generated from austerities one can actually change the direction of the flow of the subtle world. Also one can to a an extent ward off one’s ill fate and become a medium for letting those events occur which were otherwise not destined to take place. It is said that the demi-gods have the power to bless and cure. But in fact a Yogi, saint etc. of high spiritual stature too can accomplish this. If you connect an inactive wire to another wire in which electric current flows the former too will become active. Hence if one conjoins to the divine power of demi-gods then that person too attains those powers and thus enters the storehouse of divine powers that belongs to God. This entrance into the region of divine powers is not superficial but is a kind of partnership. If there is a shop with many business partners each one can take goods from it. Definitely partnership gives you this right but if you are just a lay devotee and have not merged deeply into God, he only has the right to beg for things from God.
External Yoga or Kriya Yoga involves only the external world that is visible. It can grow, shift, raise or decrease things. It can also sometimes hide or manifest things but does not have the power to enter the recesses of another’s psyche. It is easy to lead anyone to his downfall. This is easily accomplished by criminals, gamblers, looters etc. But it is a totally different story when it involves materially and spiritually uplifting others. It is the word arrows that reach the target on dot. If you throw a pile of mud it can go anywhere and that too at a long distance. There is no control over it. Only apt hands can measure true control of things. It is entirely their decision as to in what direction and how high someone is to be uplifted. Such a person knows exactly how to dive deep into an oil well and measure it according to their capability. A small jump can be executed by anybody but it is possible only for gigantic rockets to rise high into the sky and even cross over the atmospheric covering of the earth so as to enter interstellar space. The relationship of the individual soul uniting with God via Yoga is proof of all the divine powers that manifest (like Ridhi-Sidhi). Great Sidhas are no doubt divine men. Their grace full of discrimination (Viveka) can either spiritually uplift someone or even bestow the blessing of material well being. Only such divine saints can reach great heights of divine powers.
Like the visible world there is a hidden subtle world and we sometimes get a glimpse of it in the dream state or in Nirvikalpa Samadhi (thought free trance). Scriptural scholars call it the other world. They are subtle in nature. They are invisible. There is no world of this sort in our stars and galaxies. That means that there is no Shiv Loka, heaven, hell, Brhama Loka over there as described in our scriptures. Because all the 7 worlds are invisible in the cosmos. They cannot be seen by our gross eyes. In these subtle invisible worlds one finds demi-gods, Pitrus, Sidhas, spiritually liberated ones etc. These worlds are not materialistic but are at the divine emotional level. Those living in these worlds are full of bliss, enthusiasm, peace, vigour etc. Those divine aides (Parshads) of God dwell in these subtle worlds. At an appropriate time these aides manifest on earth when God himself incarnates as a great saint, prophet, uplifter of all etc. Their invisible body remains only as long as their specific task is to be executed and they later become invisible and subtle as before. This group of aides is not small. In comparison to the number of creatures living in this gross material world, the number of beings residing in these subtle, invisible worlds is not less. Just as amongst worldly men there are very capable and radiant people so too in the subtle, invisible world there are classes of souls with divine glories. These divine glories are not just stored by these great souls but that they generously donate it to other souls who are imbued with apt credentials.
Narsinh Mehta wanted wealth for spiritual purposes. Some mendicants approached him and said that some village folks had asked them (mendicants) to approach Narsinh. We are going to Dwarka. Please keep Rs. 700/00 with you and give us a bill of exchange so that we do not face danger of getting looted on the way and that in the city of Dwarka we can get back our cash. Narsinh thinking that this was some sort of help from God accepted the cash. He wrote the bill of exchange in the name of his beloved friend Lord Shri Krishna. In Dwarka Lord Krishna disguised as a businessman accepted the bill of exchange and gave the mendicants Rs. 700/00. In reality it is God who propels great spiritual aspirants via their pure hearts to overcome the sorrow of those in need.
Yogiraj Maharshi Aurobindo said that the departed soul of Swami Vivekanand gave him many inspiring thoughts. In 1901 the soul of Paramhans Ramkrishna inspired him to perform spiritual practices for cosmic welfare. The Divine Mother too had come to reside in Pondicherry with him due to a divine inspiration of God. Socrates always maintained that a Dayman dwelt in his psyche and inspired him to carry out various tasks. He always gave credit to the Dayman for all the tasks carried out by him.
The great Theosophist C.W. Leadbeater always researched into the movements of the invisible world. He said that ancestral souls protected innocent children and pious souls and bestows many beneficial blessings on them. Once there was a great inferno in a room. Hence the room got totally burnt. But one particular child continually slept in it and yet was saved. A divine power kept protecting him and thus the fire could not burn the child. In 1959 a well known journalist and writer called Bernard Hutton wrote about a particular incident in his book called “Holding Hands”. He had lost his eyesight and the doctors could not help him. Hutton had heard that Dr. Lang’s departing soul making Mr. Chapman a medium performed eye operations and thus many blind people had regained their eyesight. So Hutton went there. Dr. Lang by entering the psyche of Chapman operated Hutton and thus Hutton regained his eyesight.
The above description shows us that a spiritual aspirant of internal Yoga makes his soul so light, clean and penetrative that he easily enters the invisible world. Despite having a gross body a master of internal Yoga can keep in touch with the invisible world via his subtle and casual bodies. As per their needs they contact divine powers. They make this contact very deep and easily imbibe those divine blessings. The first leg of Yoga practise is purification of the soul. As a result very easily such a person gets the blessings of Sidhas which further helps him to uplift himself and work for cosmic welfare. When water becomes steam it can move freely in the atmosphere. Later it can condense as clouds and pour down as rain in any area of earth. Similarly Yogis never stray away from God. They walk in the footsteps of great saints who have experienced Yoga (union with God). Thus it is not that they themselves only become self fulfilled but that they can bestow this extraordinary experience to others too. The fruits of Kundalini awakening has its basis in this. Instead of divine powers (Ridhi-Sidhi) just activating our idle curiousity it should inspire us to fulfil the supreme goal of human life.
THE FIVE FACES OF KUNDALINI I.E. THE FIVE STREAMS OF DIVINE ENERGY
Colloquially all creatures are called living beings. Because they have Prana (vital force) they are called Pranis too. But it is not so simple. Material scientists do not accept that a creature has life force. They say life is a body which is an admixture of chemicals plus 5 elements. When the 5 elements dissociate from one another that creature becomes extinct. They opine that there is nothing like a soul principle in this world. Man is just a walking, moving, speaking tree.
But the above ideology does not pass the test of spiritual science. They look upon the individual soul as a part manifestation of God. The vital force is different from it. Vital force or Prana is the life force. He who has internal fortitude and external bravery is called one imbued with vital force. The vital force spoken of over here is actually the spirit. Spirit means radiance. Radiance includes understanding, honesty, responsibility and valiant character. In spiritual terms these qualities of glory are called vital force fire. No doubt vile and wicked men too have daring and bravery. But they can never be called valiant. At the most they can be called vile and wicked.
To be imbued with vital force is to gain the highest benefits of human life. People follow and praise only those who possess this glory. Such men are called saints who not only uplift themselves spiritually but help others raise their spiritual stature. They are seated in that boat which helps them cross the river called this world and help innumerous other souls too to follow in their footsteps.
Vital force is a conscious power. It can be called live electricity. With electrical power many factories are at work. The city blinks with light and with its energy many material comforts are produced. One is amazed to note that with the help of ordinary bodies, this vital force electricity can carry out impossible tasks.
It is difficult to count the total number of living beings dwelling on earth. Because there are innumerable creatures living on land, air and sea. In fertile lands there are very tiny creatures. In one drop of water there are innumerable bacteria etc. Who will count their total number? Because its number is beyond our imagination. One can say that all these are living beings. But here we will discuss those living beings who manifest intense spiritual lustre and it is not found even in ordinary laymen. Only he can jump high enough who possesses such nerves, muscles, imagination and thinking process which manifest intense electrical power of a very high grade. Such people harbour extraordinary thoughts and they attain extraordinary success on the basis of their own spiritual power by making extraordinary schemes. Only such people experience self fulfilment. Those who see and hear about them call them exalted.
Amongst living creatures only those with intense vital force are special and great. They are seen very rarely and whenever they are seen they mesmerize the eyes of all with their spiritual light. Many become theistic followers of theirs. The number of people who follow in their footsteps are by no means less. Maybe not a royal path but at least they leave behind a footpath so that those walking on it can reach their spiritual goal. Such people experience self glory and in the eyes of others they abound in divine powers. In the annals of history one finds description of gigantic tasks carried out by such holy men full of intense vital force. Amongst great men they are given the title of Supermen.
If in one pan of a weighing scale you place the body, brain, family, wealth etc i.e. united with our lives and in the other pan you place divine radiance, definitely the latter pan will go down because of its greater weightage. They are called crown jewels amongst men. They are called human gods because for ideals and ethics they are willing to lay down their lives for it. Their actions are ideals for the laymen to follow. The young boy Gandhi on seeing the drama of King Harishchandra vowed that he would become as great as this King. And in the end everyone saw that Gandhiji’s vow was fulfilled. Gandhiji who imbibed truth and non violence truly became another stalwart like King Harishchandra.
In order to attain such an intense vital force one should study holy scriptures, associate with great saints, reflect deeply on spiritual truths so as to imbibe soul force and create an apt mental state. Also in order to create spiritual power and radiance there is the Yogic breathing exercise of Pranayam. But above all these modes is Kundalini awakening. It can also be awakened by meditating on the sun. It is not enough to look upon the sun merely as a source of material energy. Because at the soul level it is also synonymous with God and by not looking upon it as merely a ball of fire that gives us heat we should realize that it can imbue us with intense vital force in our psyche. In reality this is a fact. If the radiance of God Savita can be imbibed through spiritual practise, austerities, faith and intense power of yearning then the spiritual aspirant shall never lose hope.
This conscious electricity of our vital force is present in every pore of the cosmos. Via a strong resolve man can imbibe it in as much measure as he is capable of imbibing. Because one can imbibe only that much according to one’s spiritual credentials (Paatrata). There is a lot of water in all rivers. None can stop us from taking as much water as we want. Yet we can take only that much water according to the size of the vessel we possess. If there is no vessel then we cannot take even a drop of water despite the fact that we intensely desire to take water from the river.
Amongst all galaxies and planets the sun is the most brilliant. This light is not like that of a bulb. Because the sun with its own light energy makes others radiant. The moon too shines because of sunlight. We are able to see other stars and planets in the universe because of sunlight. It is sunlight that gives light to trees, plants etc. It is because of sunlight that buds bloom into flowers. In Prashnopanishad Nachiketa was given a detailed version of the importance of the vital force and he was also taught the 5 sciences of vital forces fire related to it.
In the same way the vital force aspect and energy aspect of Gayatri super power is Kundalini (Divine Serpent Power). Fundamentally both are one. The principle of electricity is only one. It is just that –ve and +ve are its two aspects. The life force is one but the body and vital force are its 2 aspects. Gayatri and Kundalini are not separate because both these streams mutually complement one another. It is said that : Kundalini is the mouth source of vital force empowered Gayatri. It is Gayatri that is the great science of vital force. Only those who know this science are said to be true knowers of the Vedas.
- Yogachudamani Upanishad
Five powerful demi-gods are united to the life force so as to fulfill all its tasks. Because they are latent they appear to be dead ad thus cannot be utilized. As a result a living being becomes weak and impoverished. But if these powerful aides are activated, if its power is aptly utilized then man instead of remaining ordinary will become extraordinary. He will get an opportunity to uplift his demeaned state and live a life of radiant glory.
In the Kapil Tantra the description of the 5 elements has been symbolized as the 5 demi-gods :
Vishnu is the chief of space. The chief of fire is Maheshwari power. Shiva is the chief of earth and Ganesh is the chief of water. Sun is the chief of wind. In this manner the 5 gods are chieftain powers of the 5 elements of our body.
The 5 Pranas (vital forces) are said to be the 5 demi-gods too. In the Tantraniv it is said that :
This living being has 5 demi-gods. Because it has vital force it is Shiva too. This Kundalini aide possesses divine energy. Its form is like radiant lightning.
In the subtle body of a human being these 5 Pranas (vital forces) are in the form of : 1) Prana 2) Udaan 3) Apan 4) Vyan 5) Samaan. It has 5 aides called 1) Devadatta 2) Vrikal 3) Kurma 4) Naag 5) Dhananjay. These are 5 covering layers of our consciousness. Its admixture constitutes one’s personality. Based on the high-low nature of its stature and balance a person’s maturity and special characteristics radiate.
According to the modern Gestalt psychology the personality of an individual is classified in 5 ways. Psychiatrist Dr. Frederic Pearls says that if the 5 coverings of our personality are examined and opened up in a scientific way, the immaturity of our character can be overcome and instead it can be purified. The 5 coverings are : 1) cliché layer 2) synthetic layer 3) impulse layer 4) impulsive or death layer 5) explosive or life layer. The cliché layer which commences in an immature manner, on attaining maturity takes the form of an explosive energy. As a result such an individual starts leading an independent, faithful, active and apt life. The 5 energy coverings described by Gestalt are none other than the 5 sheaths (Pancha Koshas) of our subtle body.
Just as the visible objects of our cosmos are made up of the 5 elements in the same way the all pervasive consciousness harbours the vital force. This cosmos is made up of the 5 conscious powers. The human body too is its micro aspect. That which is in the macro(cosmos) is found in the micro (human body). The 5 vital forces found in the cosmos are present in the human body too. It is present in a latent seed state. A seed harbours an entire tree. But the tree cannot be seen clearly in the seed. The sperm of a man and the ovum of a female unites to form a human body. Yet if you even use a microscope and examine the sperm and ovum you can never visualize a human baby in it. In the same way regarding the 5-fold activities of Savitri power it cannot be said as to what is its direct nature and result. Despite this, on incarnating in this body of divine power, the results that accrue can give us an understanding of its power and authority.
The 5 glories are 1) might 2) wealth 3) knowledge 4) wisdom and 5) dexterity. In this manner there are other types of 5 contexts. The 5 chief warriors of Mahabharat war were the 5 Pandavas. In Ram’s army the 5 chiefs were Angad, Hanuman, Nal, Neel and Jambavant. There are 5 organs of knowledge. Many such 5 fold aspects are the 5 organs of action, 5 jewels, 5 nectars, 5 cow materials, 5-fold almanac of Hindus etc. The Pancheekaran of Vedant Philosophy is very famous.
In Kundalini awakening the 5 sheaths are dealt with and these are food, vital force, mind, knowledge and bliss sheaths.
In Mahayog Vijnana Kundalini awakening is synonymous with the awakening of the above 5 sheaths. “When the Kundalini is awakened the 5 sheaths radiate with spiritual light.”
The body is made up of 5 elements. Its Satvik consciousness manifests in 5 ways. 1) mind 2) intellect 3) will power 4) psyche and 5) ego.
The 5 Pranas which are also called vital force emerge from the Rajas principle of the 5 elements. Based on them the 5 organs of knowledge take responsibility of their corresponding 5 objects. From the Tamas principle of the 5 elements the human gross body is created. It can be seen as 1) juices 2) blood 3) flesh 4) bones 5) marrow. The 5 special organs of action are also a product of the above mentioned Tamas principle.
When in scientific parlance we talk of the 5 vital forces and the 5 sheaths, it is obvious that their chief representatives pervade the microcosm and the macrocosm.
Even material science talks of 5 chief powers. 1) great power 2) lesser power 3) gravitational force 4) electromagnetic force and 5) anti matter. The cosmic particles are of 5 types. 1) neutrino 2) quarks 3) pulsars 4) photons 5) laptons. According to the Quantum Wave Theory all forces move as waves. There are 5 cosmic rays viz. 1) sonic 2) ultrasonic 3) infrasonic 4) hypersonic and 5) supersonic. There are 5 covering layers of earth 1) lithosphere 2) hydrosphere 3) biosphere 4) pedosphere 5) atmosphere. Over these is the ionosphere that goes as far as 1600 miles. That too has 5 more coverings viz. 1) endosphere 2) troposphere 3) stratosphere 4) ozonosphere and 5)exosphere.
The 5 powers are such that they are active in the material life area. These are bioelectricity, biomagnetism, radiation, creation, reproduction and immunity. Bioelectricity is further of 5 types viz. plexus electricity, neuronal electricity, cellular electricity, conduction electricity and facio-occular electricity. All these in the spiritual arena are called Varchas, Ojas, Tejas, Brahmavarchas and Manas.
There are 5 chief organs that oversee the brain muscle center and these are cortical nuclei, thalamus, hypothalamus, medulla, and spinal cord. The juices that keep the brain active are 5 in number and they are called neuro-humoral secretions. These are dopamine, endorphin, ceratonin, encephalin and GABA. When the balance of these is broken, the brain function gets distorted. The 5 hormonal glands which correspond to the 5 sheaths are pineal, thyroid, adrenal, gonads and pituitary. When we will talk of the 6 Chakras we will also talk of the thymus gland. Thus there are many cosmic and individual bodily classifications which bring about subtle movements. These 5 chief energy groups can be called the 5 faces of Savitri and the 5 sheaths of Kundalini. If even a few of them are balanced properly via apt control then it is like the 5 demi-gods of the 5 worlds showering flowers on such a person who is full of divine powers. The result of Kundalini awakening is full of such special benefits.
THE BODY OF VITAL FORCE POWER IS THIS HUMAN BODY SKELETON
It is not less amazing that the Kundalini power (Divine Serpent Power) with 3 ½ rounds dwells in the human body in the form of total vital force fire. This human skeleton can be called the incomparable artistic skill of its creator i.e. God. In it an infinite storehouse of power is found albeit in a latent state. In the gross, subtle and casual bodies one finds activity, thoughts, emotions, divine intellect and faith. By activating them man can become God i.e. from a lowly being to a superman status.
This body is made up of 5 elements is the most extraordinary powerful storehouse of energy in the entire cosmos. While elaborating on his equation E=-mc2 Einstein says that one atom gives you energy of the value of 3,50,000 calories. And the human body is created from gross, subtle and invisible particles that span the entire cosmos. One can never fully imagine the infinite powerhouse present in a human body with an average weight of 60 kgs. (which is visible to the gross eyes) and the divine subtle and casual body. Because the human body is an infinite storehouse of divine power it is called “Jyotisham Jyotihi”. Hence the Rishis command us all to activate this human body and utilize it for world welfare.
One can only be wonderstruck when we see various bodily organs carrying out various tasks. Take the eg. of our heart. The blood flow is not like that of a river but is very much like that of a water pump which moves in jerks. The heartbeats number 72/min. and in a second it is 5 to 6 times. From that heartbeat manifest infinite electrical waves which can be measured by an Electrocardiogram or a Bundle Cardiogram. The heart rests for a very short span of 0.83 secs.
Like the heart the lungs too do not get time to rest for one’s entire life. They inhale and exhale 20 to 30 density inch of air. The breathing per minute is approx 18 to 20 times. They inhale oxygen and exhale unwanted gases. The air bags are thousands in number. If they are arranged in a straight line, they will measure 55 times the height of mankind.
The kidneys which are tobacco brown in colour are of the shape of bean seeds and they weigh 150 grams. Each kidney is 4 inch long, 2 ½ inch wide and 2 inch thick. Just as lungs clean up our bodily air so too the kidneys clear up the water content in our body. Through the urine they throw away unwanted elements from our body. It has more than 10 lakhs of tubelets. If all these are arranged in one single row then like an equinox line one can circumambulate it. In 1 hour the kidneys purify so much blood that it is twice the weight of the entire body.
The broad duty of the stomach is to digest food but this function is very intricate and special. This small bag (stomach) can be called a room of juices. One can only call it a juggler’s act because it has so many digestive juices and these correspondingly execute many tasks of digestion. In the same way the eye like a camera and a transducer or sound filter in the form of ears only be called amazing.
The skin is like a protective covering of our body and it acts as a shield. If the skin of a human being is spread out, it takes up 250 square foot of area. In 1 square inch of skin there is 72 foot long nerve cells and 12 foot long blood vessels. The skin pores throw out 1 pound of sweat and also takes responsibility of the function of respiration. Man inhales air not only from the lungs but also from skin pores. If the nerves of our skin are placed in a straight line, its length will be 450 miles. The melanin pigment of our skin gives skin colours like fair, dark, yellow etc.
Ordinarily the thickness of the skin is 0.3 to 3 mms but based on function, activity and utility its thickness is different in different parts of the body. The thinnest is on the eyes of the measure of 0.5mm and thickest is in our mouth measuring 6mm. In our skin there are infinite hair follicles whose number is 3 crores on the basis of the number of hair. On the basis of anatomy the human skin has 6 coverings and its functions are varied.
The famous scientist Dr. Logan Clandering has called it an exciting and mysterious creation. He says that the skin is just not an inactive covering of our body but is definitely an active organ. The chief function of the skin is touch. Apart from this, this thin covering has such special functions that if it is unravelled and evolved then it can perform the functions of taste, smell, hearing, seeing etc. and can give us an introduction to its extrasensory potential. Time and again we get examples of the special quality of the skin in which the skin smells, sees objects, hears sounds and tastes food. The skin of blind people becomes so sensitive that they do not bother about their lack of eyesight.
The creation of the human brain is even more extraordinary. Enclosed in a box of 26 sq-inches with a weight of 3 pounds the brain harbours knowledge of the past, present and future albeit in a latent state. In it lies the seed form of all divine powers. The human brain has 14 crore cells and 14 arab, 5 lakh nerves which swims in yellow and white fluid in the form of grey and white matter. This brain is the director of bodily functions like breathing, digestion, muscular movement etc. Apart from this the great ocean of form, taste, smell, touch and sound always flows around mankind and the turbulences in it hits the brain. The brain understands, recognizes, classifies all this and then it gives its decision. In the box called the brain one finds new and old thoughts, gathered knowledge wealth, the present birth and imprints of previous births, happy/ sad experiences etc. All this has been proved by scientists.
When the function and formation of both endocrine and exocrine glands were found out scientists called them miraculous boxes. These glands not only help in the formation of the human body but that it mysteriously influences the conscious and unconscious part of the brain.
The living cells of our body are looked upon as the smallest unit of our body. If one notes minutely, our body constitutes a mighty ocean of these living cells. Sixty-five percent of it is water and the cell contains cytoplasm, protoplasm and the nucleus. In their creation is utilized carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus etc. According to human anatomists our body has 6,00,00,00,00, 000 cells. According to scientists it is impossible to measure with material apparatus the admixture of energy of these cells and the elements that take part in the production of these cells.
In the center of the cytoplasm of the cell is a nucleus. In every nucleus there are 24 pairs of chromosomes and they are made up of units called genes. Every cell has 5,000 to 1,20,000 pairs of genes. These genes are made up of RNA and DNA. This is the peak of subtility. The cast and mould of a lineage is found in these genes. The special qualities of innumerable generations is found in these genes and at appropriate times it manifests these qualities.
Visibly it seems as though a father and mother procreates a child and hence the child should resemble them only. But this widespread belief gets a jolt many a times because the genes of a baby are made up of many qualities of not only his parents but innumerable generation of ancestors before them and thus the baby manifests some peculiar qualities.
One can only be amazed when one realizes the life force that makes up a human being. Just as it is amazing that a seed is converted to a shoot, then to a plant and later into a gigantic tree in the same way a living being has to make even more intense an endeavour during its infancy. The sperm is so tiny that 1000 brothers of it can sit on the tip of a needle. During copulation there is so much electricity generated in the genital organs that due to its instigation a sperm sets off to find its partner i.e. the ovum. For this the sperm has to move so fast that a Cheetah’s run seems slower in comparison to it. A sperm while in search of an ovum has to run such a long distance due to the imbalance of its shape that it can be compared to one man circumambulating our entire earth.
There are so many mysteries in our body that a majority of them are yet hidden from our understanding.
What are the functions of hormones, chromosomes, living cells and their amazing capability, sub conscious mind, emotional sensitivity, extrasensory potential, self propelled life style, influential divine light, chemical matter and divine power storehouse in the form of fire of life force? We know only a little bit about all this. But on what basis is it created? Man knows nothing about this. By saying that the subtle body directs all these functions we remain silent.
Regarding the human body Lord Herbert says that. “Whosoever gives importance to the study of anatomy can never remain an atheist.” Such a person by accepting fully the Lord’s power as a skillful painter full of creativity will aptly utilize the gross and subtle body to attain one’s spiritual goal.
THE OCEAN OF CONSCIOUSNESS ENSNARED IN THE BAG OF SIX CHAKRAS
That aspect of human anatomy discussed previously is of the ordinary type and it has been studied and understood using technical apparatus. This is the gross aspect of our body. After making a pathological analysis surgeons operate the broken organs.
Over and above this when we talk of the conscious aspect of the human body then it definitely is both gross and subtle. It is so gross that as soon as the life force departs the gross body falls flat and that body which just a moment before was walking and talking is now rotting away. And simultaneously the body is so subtle that all its small /big units are joined to the cosmic consciousness. There is something present in this cosmos which they imbibe as per their capability and throw it away too. Because the individual soul is a part of the cosmic soul, the former accepts energy from it and contributes to it in its own capacity. Whenever there is a discussion of Kundalini Shakti (Divine Serpent Power) there is also a description of this very subtle conscious center.
There are innumerable centers in the human body which abound in life force and vital force energy. These are sensitive spots and their total number is 700. When there is an imbalance of vital force energy in these sensitive areas, health too deteriorates and thus such a person falls prey to many diseases. In the medical field these sensitive spots are given a lot of importance. In fact the basis of Acupuncture and Acupressure methods to cure various diseases in China and Japan are these sensitive spots.
The famous scientist K. Carlfried in his book “The Vital Centres of Man” writes that nerve fibres are more concentrated in these sensitive spots and not only are they related to one another but are also related to their center. Apart from sensitive spots there are 7 other chief centers in our body in which the infinite wealth of vital force energy and extrasensory potential are found albeit in a latent state. These 7 centers are called Chakras or plexuses. In these Chakras the knowledge fibres (nerves) are agitated in great measure. The Chakras are present at the region where our gross and subtle bodies unite.
The famous psychologist of Europe, Paracelsus, has called these bodily subtle centers as “astrum” (stars) and says that these are storehouses of power. According to him through the medium of these centers energy of galaxies and other parts of the cosmos enter our body.
Yogic scholars call Chakras as lotus too for eg. heart lotus, navel lotus, scalp lotus etc. In the English language this lotus is called plexus and according to Japanese Zen Budhism they are called “Cusos”. In Chinese Tao philosophy the Chakras are the union of cosmic male and female energy i.e. “Yang and Yin”.
The description of the make up of that subtle body given by Sir John Woodroffe in “Power as Reality” and in “Shakti evam Shaakta”, V. G. Rele in “The Mysterious Kundalini”, Vol. 2of “History of Indian Philosophy by Shri Dasgupta, “Tibetan Book of Great Liberation” by Evans Vantage and “Mythology of the Soul” by H.G. Bense, is in reality that which was put forward by Tantra and Yoga by Indian Rishis and philosophers. Kundalini’s Ida and Pingala, Sushumna, Merudand and the 2 centres Mooladhar-Sahasrar described in scriptures like Yoga Kundalyupanishad, Yogarnav Tantra, Dhyan Bindu Upanishad, Mahanirvan Tantra, Shatchakra Nirupanam, Kularnav Tantra, Sharada Tilak etc. can be elucidated in a scientific language in a very limited manner.
Scientists term Sushumna as an electric dipole. Its lower part called cada equina is full of –ve electricity and the upper half called cerebrum has +ve electricity. The state of cada equina and Mooladhar Chakra is one only. In the same way the “ascending reticular activating system” present in the cerebrum is equivalent to the Sahasrar Chakra of Yoga. In a rare situation when the flow is from the bottom to the top, it is said to journey from the seed of passion to that of Brahman and it is fulfilled in the Devyaan Marg of the Merudand. Symbolically these parts are given various names but in reality they are present as subtle electromagnetic waves. Scientists tell us that on an average there is an electric pressure of 1 lakh volt/cm in our body. Like other creatures this leaks from the genitals, skin, and breath in that order and thus gets destroyed. Only man has been blessed by God with the power of raising his soul force which has fallen in the pit of downfall. The leakage can be stopped by man and via Yogic practices of journeying from one Chakra (plexus) to another, the Sahasrar Kamal can be activated in the head region and thus can augment one’s divine light.
As mentioned before there are totally 6 Chakras. The seventh which is Sahasrar is called a 1000-petalled lotus. Over here we will give a brief outline of the connection of the anatomy of the human body to its corresponding Chakras.
Mooladhar Chakra is situated in the lower half of the Sushumna (the central canal of the spinal chord) in the carksijial area of the Merudand corresponding to the central area of the anus and genital organ of the perineum. Over here the bunch of sacral nerve roots that emerge from cada equina create the sacral and perineal plexus. The electrical flow in these nerve bunches make eddies that manifest energy like cyclones. This very subtle electrical flow is called Mooladhar Shakti and its main function is reproduction and procreation. The Kundalini Shakti (Divine Serpent Power) sleeps here with a 3 ½ round twining. This flow is experienced by Yogis as a lotus of 4 petals and these 4 are symbols of ultimate bliss, natural bliss, Yogic bliss and various valour. Here there is a vibration of Shabda Brahman (sound) and the word that emanates from it is “Lum”. The Tanmatra of this Chakra is smell and the element is earth.
When you travel upwards on the spinal chord (Merudand) the next Chakra is Svadishthan. It is situated 4 fingers above Mooladhar i.e. in the hypogastrium. The plexus over here is made up of the nerve bunches of Sushumna and the sympathetic ganglion that are situated on either side of the Sushumna. The internal organ conjoined to it is the adrenal gland and it secretes the adrenal hormone. When this adrenalin is active it has the capacity to overcome mental turmoil and other obstacles. Its main function is excretion and emission. But when it is activated it increases vigour and vim. All mental distortions like lethargy, indolence, distrust, indiscipline etc. are destroyed. Over here there is a lotus with 6 petals. Its seed mantra is “Vum”. The Tanmatra of this Chakra is Rasa (juice) and its element is water. Mooladhar and Svadhishthan Chakras come under one group and its union (focal point) is called Rudragranthi.
The third Chakra is Manipur. From the anatomical viewpoint it is found in the navel region i.e. the lumbar region of the Merudand. Over here is the solar plexus which is formed due to the union of sympathetic ganglion and a bunch of vagus nerve bundles. The gland conjoined to this is the pancreas which makes enzymes apart from hormones. When this Chakra is activated one’s vigour and will power augments. Its main function is to help digestion. Our mental distortions decrease and one is inclined to follow the spiritual path. This lotus situated in the navel has 10 petals. Its seed mantra is “Rum”. Its Tanmantra is form (visible) and its element is fire. If you activate it, the 3 fires of the body are ignited and it thus helps in the upward journey. The extraordinary energy of this Chakra was measured by Japan’s Dr. Hiroshima Motoyama with his Chakra machine and he plotted a graph on its basis. Tibetans call it Manipadma. The fourth Chakra is Anahat which is situated behind the heart in the cardiac plexus. Over here the sympathetic ganglion chain, Sushumna and vagus nerve unite to form a mesh and thus supplies energy to the entire heart region. This lotus has 12 petals. The root source of pacemaker’s energy is over here. This is also called the center of sensitive emotions. This Chakra is the source of artistic skills, ecstatic experiences and delicate emotions. When it is activated, emotions like generous hearted service, spirituality, steadfastness and a sense of “world is a single united family” abounds. The thymus gland is conjoined to it. Its main function is to harbour the vital force (Prana) and utilize it aptly. The seed mantra of this Chakra is “Yum”. This is the focal point of Shabda Brahman or Anaahat Naad (divine sound). Its Tanmantra is sound and element is air. Anaahat and Manipur Chakras put together form the Soorya Khand and Vishnu Granthi.
In the throat is the Vishudhi Chakra. The thyroid gland and the pharyngeal and laryngeal glands situated behind it are conjoined to the Vishudhi Chakra. On activating this Chakra seeds of extrasensory potential sprout forth. This Chakra by influencing the sub conscious mind and psychic center activates the right half of the brain called “Silent Area”. The lotus over here has 16 petals and its seed mantra is “Hum”. Its Tanmantra is touch and space is its element. The last Chakra is called Ajna which by uniting with the Vishudhi Chakra makes up the Chandra Group and Brahma Granthi. Its seed mantra is “Aum” and its element is mind. It has 2 petals and is the union of pituitary and pineal glands. At the focal point between the eyebrows are situated these glands and it controls all bodily functions. On activating it our divine sight is opened up. When the limbic system and hypothalamus are activated, all the brain coverings are opened up. Thus the individual soul becomes capable of uniting with the cosmic soul (God).
Sahasrar is the final station of the great journey of Kundalini awakening which is present in the central region of the brain i.e. in the internal capsule and reticular activating system. Thousands of sparks get emitted from it and hence it is called Sahasrar. It is also called Brahmalok and Brahmarandhra. The Ajna Chakra is united to it in the form of a creative center. Sahasrar is the Northern Pole which on uniting with the cosmic soul attains bliss of Brahman. Activating Sahasrar means activating the centers of Grey Matter in the brain. Sushumna nerve which rises from the base called Mooladhar Chakra takes along with it the Ida (Ganga) and Pingala (Yamuna) nerves i.e. left to right and then from right to left. Ida which is on the left side is called Chandra Naadi and has –ve electrical impulses. Pingala is on the right side and is called Surya Naadi which has a +ve electrical impulse. It has 2 points of union which by uniting to Sushumna as Sarawati makes a 3-fold union at the Mooladhar and Ajna Chakras. Ida and Pingala nerves represent the parasympathetic and sympathetic nerves system.
In reality it is impossible to describe Kundalini Shakti (Divine Serpent Power) in anatomical terms. What we have given above is the experience of great thinkers (Maneeshis). Kundalini Shakti has many names like Divine Serpent Power, life force, fire of life etc. Divine energy attained from Kundalini awakening and activation of the 6 Chakras gives man divine powers.
THIS DIVINE BODY IS THE VAULT OF STOREHOUSE OF SEVEN JEWELS
Generally while discussing Kundalini Shakti (Divine Serpent Power) we talk of 6 Chakras but in reality they are 7 in number. Sahasrar or the 1000-petalled lotus is the pinnacle of all Chakras. Because it is in the brain it is considered a chief. It is labeled extraordinary because there are 5 Chakras in the Merudanad (spinal chord), the Ajna Chakra between the eyebrows and then the Sahasrar in the head region.
The 7 Lokas (worlds) are described. Their names are Bhooha, Bhuvaha, Svaha, Mahaha, Janaha, Tapaha, Satyam. Even in the Islamic scriptures it is said that God resides in the 7th heaven. Since ancient times a similar description is given in the Christian religion too. The planet Earth is one yet 7 classes of creatures reside on it viz. sand, stone, trees, herbs, minerals, water.
One should note that the 7 worlds can never be found in the inter stellar space of our material universe. They are neither there up in the sky nor below our planet Earth. In reality they are present in human consciousness. Because the macrocosm (universe) is present in the microcosm (human psyche). Hence instead of straying away in the external world these 7 Lokas should be looked for within i.e. in our consciousness. Thus one can contact these worlds.
According to Ayurvedic medicine the body has 7 minerals and they are blood, skin, juices, flesh, bones, marrow and semen. Although these are visibly separate, yet they are tightly interwoven within. All these 7 put together constitutes our gross body. When the 7-fold aspects of the individual is discussed, it includes length, breadth, height (the 3-fold aspect i.e. holography), special orientation (time-space) and the fifth is anti matter. It is the fifth aspect which corresponds to the subtle body that harbours extrasensory potential. The sixth aspect is the thinking process and the seventh is divine sentiments. The first 4 aspects are inert and the remaining three are aspects of consciousness.
Before killing Vali Lord Ram displayed his divine prowess to Sugreeva by uprooting 7 trees simultaneously with one arrow only. In reality these 7 trees correspond to the 7 Chakras of our subtle body. Because Abhimanyu had not awakened these 7 Chakras in an apt manner he could not come out of the Chakravyuha net laid down by the Kauravas despite the fact that he had attained divine wisdom while yet in his mother Uttara’s womb. Kundalini Shakti (Divine Serpent Power) is so valuable that it has been locked in the 7 Chakras of our subtle body which are the locks of a divine vault.
When we talk of the 7 Chakras (plexuses) they are situated in this order from the base of the spine viz. 1. Mooladhar 2. Svadhishthan 3. Manipoor 4. Anaahat 5. Vishudhi 6. Ajna 7. Sahasrar. Along with the Ajna Chakra at certain places they mention a Bindu Chakra too. Thus Sahasrar (Brahmarandhra) is considered the ultimate station in the form of a 1000-petalled lotus or the 1000-headed serpent. In reality together with this there are only 7 Chakras wherein the Sahasrar rules over the lower 6 Chakras. It is very much similar to the pituitary gland being the chief of all endocrine glands. These 6 Chakras can be said to be both separately situated and also as related to one another just as seasons of a single year are related to one another. They are also called stones of 6 miles and that the 7th one instead of being a stone is a sacred temple.
A certain sect of Yogis call these Chakras as 7 bodies i.e. 1. Physical body 2. Etheric body 3. Astral body 4. Mental body 5. Spiritual body 6. Cosmic body 7. Divine body. The physical body can be seen with our gross eyes. The organs within the body can be perceived by touching them or via other means.
The second body is that in which thoughts are born. Here one experiences likes/ dislikes, respect/ insult, one’s own / aliens, contentment / discontentment, union / separation and other such sweet/ bitter experiences. This is the etheric body which the Theosophists label as etheric double. They think it is synonymous with the Prana Kosha or the vital sheath. But in actuality it has a more widespread boundary. This is seen and measured as ‘Biofluxes’. Leadbeater had discussed this through “Man-Visible-Invisible”. It is also called the Ideosphere.
The third body is related to thoughts, logic, intellect, and divine intellect. It is related to social behaviour, civilized behaviour, ideology, liking, culture etc. In the mental body there is ecstatic experience of artistic skills and in it manifest delicate emotions. This is the world of sensitivity. In this body resides compassion, generosity, ideals etc. The fourth body is the mental body in which glory manifests and our daring and valour matures over here. It is on this basis that man authors his future. If it is aptly utilized man reaches the pinnacle of his life and if its distorted, it leads to his downfall.
The fifth body is the spiritual body and is a storehouse of extrasensory potential. The sub conscious mind is within its jurisdiction. In the sixth body are created Rishis, men of austerities, Yogis, men of self-control etc. In the seventh body the difference based on “mine and yours” is overcome. Over here is awakened the sentiment of “world as one single family” and that “all beings are a part of my very soul”. Here one experiences one’s soul and the body of Brahman. This is the area of heaven and spiritual liberation.
In the Shiva Purana there is a strange legend about Shiva’s son Skand or Kartikeya’s birth. Lord Shiva felt that he needed to beget a valiant son who would overcome the demons and establish the reign of demi-gods. Thus he accepted the prayer of the demi-gods. Shivaji’s semen manifested as fire. Parvati, his consort, was unable to bear this fire and hence Vaishwanar took the form of a female and imbibed this semen in the form of fire in her womb. When Skand was born he manifested so much divine brilliance that there was a problem as to who would rear and nourish him. Parvatiji did not have any experience. Hence this task was taken up by the 6 Kritikas (Pleiades Stars). They reared and nourished Skand. Skand manifested 6 mouths so as to drink milk from the 6 Kritikas. Hence Kartikeya is also called Shadanan (6-headed). As soon as he gained might he attacked the demons and by gaining victory over them he asked the demi-gods to take over the reins.
This Skand incarnation should be looked upon as the group of the 6 Chakras (plexuses) related to Kundalini Shakti along with its influence. Shiva’s Retas (semen) is nothing but Kundalini fire power and in order to imbibe it the inner Vaishwanar is invoked. The 6 Chakras as the 6 Kritikas give milk and by becoming a valiant soul in the intense arena of the soul, a realized spiritual aspirant who has activated his Kundalini power utilizes it for pious spiritual goals.
These 6 Chakras present in the subtle part of the Merudand can be compared to powerhouses of electricity and also transformers. Its function is to attract energy in the subtle world and thus nourish the gross, subtle and casual bodies.
According to Tantra Science the chief powers of the world are classified in 7 ways: Parashakti, Jnanshakti, Icchashakti, Kriyashakti, Kundalinishakti, Matrishakti and Guhyashakti. The union of all these are called “Grand Unification of Farsus” and material research is being conducted in this field.
In spiritual science one finds a description of 7 worlds, oceans, mountains, continents etc. It cannot be correlated to Geography. Because in reality it is a description of the spiritual arena along with its creation and potential. These 7 are the vault of jewels and in it one finds all that which man requires in his gross and subtle life.
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