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Life Force Energy
Prana and Pranayama

What Is Prana?

What makes any motion possible: the blink of an eye, the budding of a flower, the splitting of atoms, or the fall of a meteor? Thousands of years ago, the yogis living in the Himalayas' shadow, the inherent quality of the motion in the creation, and they called it prana. One may roughly translate the word prana as energy or vital force. Neither definition offers the precise equivalent of the Sanskrit term that emerged from the higher states of contemplation. The word prana assumes the quality of livingness. From the yogic point of view, the entire cosmos is alive, throbbing with prana.

Prana is ever-present in every aspect of creation. The prana within every created object gives existence and material form, whether it is a planet, an asteroid, a blade of grass, or a tree. If there were no prana, there would be no existence. If prana were withdrawn from the universe, there would be total disintegration. All-beings, whether living to non-living, exist due to prana. Every manifestation in creation forms part of a never-ending matrix of energy particles arranged in different densities, combinations, and variations. The universal principle of prana may be in a static or dynamic state, but it is behind every plane's existence, from the highest to the lowest.

Play of Prana and Chitta

What Is Prana?

What makes any motion possible: the blink of an eye, the budding of a flower, the splitting of atoms, or the fall of a meteor? Thousands of years ago, the yogis living in the Himalayas' shadow, the inherent quality of the motion in the creation, and they called prana. One may roughly translate the word prana is energy or vital force. Neither definition offers the precise equivalent of the Sanskrit term that emerged from the higher states of contemplation. The word prana assumes the quality of livingness. From the yogic point of view, the entire cosmos is alive, throbbing with prana.

Prana is ever-present in every aspect of creation. The prana within every created object gives existence and material form, whether it is a planet, an asteroid, a blade of grass, or a tree. If there were no prana, there would be no existence. If prana were withdrawn from the universe, there would be total disintegration. All beings, whether living to non-living, exist due to prana. Every manifestation in creation forms part of a never-ending matrix of energy particles arranged in different densities, combinations, and variations. The universal principle of prana may be in a static or dynamic state, but it is behind every plane's existence, from the highest to the lowest.

Play of Prana and Chitta

Both prana and consciousness must be present for life to exist. Chitta's conscious experience, which takes one closer to the conscious experience, is prana, and that which motivates prana is vasana, inherent desire. So, prana and vasana are the two supports of consciousness. A living being is called a prani, one who has prana and thus consciousness. It is not that consciousness is the cause of existence and prana; now is prana the cause of consciousness. They are two aspects of existence that determine the nature of everything.

Consciousness is being, awareness, and knowledge; prana is becoming manifestation through motion. Consciousness is a dormant experience, whereas Prana is the active principle of manifest energy. They are the two internal principles that are the basis of the macro cosmos and the microcosmos. Everything is a combination of prana and Chitta. The entire universe, creation, and existence are a play of consciousness and energy. The life force and mental force permeate every atom and cell of the universe, though remaining at different degrees of separation. 

Kriya and Pranayama Practices

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Benefits of Pranayama

Pranayama initiates a process in the physical body where energy molecules and mental forces, which interact with one another in life and consciousness, are transformed. When the molecules of the mind are transformed, higher qualities such as love, compassion, and unity arise. Matter is energy, and therefore, the physical body can be transformed into energy. The physical body is not merely a bundle of bones, marrow, nerves, and mucus. One must re-analyze and redefine what the body is and to what extent its transformation can be affected.

Can this body be turned into light particles? This question must be considered in terms of science, not belief. The physical body can indeed be transformed. If the molecules can undergo a state of metamorphosis, how is that achieved?

The answer is that the body becomes extremely subtle and pure through yoga and is accordingly transformed. Pranayama is a key method mentioned in yogic texts, stating that one can transform and transcend any impurities through pranayama, bringing about intrinsic transformation.

Pranayama, a practice within the broader scope of yoga, focuses on breath control and regulation. By cultivating awareness of and mastery over the breath, practitioners aim to balance the flow of vital energy, or prana, within their bodies. This balance leads to a harmonious relationship between the physical and subtle aspects of the body, facilitating transformation at the molecular level.

When prana flows freely throughout the body, it can stimulate the transformation of matter into energy. This process is thought to purify the body and mind, allowing for the emergence of higher qualities such as love, compassion, and unity. This transformation is not a mere metaphor; it is believed that through dedicated practice and mastery of pranayama, the body can undergo profound changes, even becoming akin to light particles.

Research has shown that practices such as pranayama can positively impact the autonomic nervous system, regulate cortisol levels, and enhance cognitive function, among other benefits. While these effects may not directly equate to a complete transformation of the body into light particles, they do demonstrate that the practice of pranayama can significantly impact our physical and mental states.

In summary, pranayama is a powerful tool for facilitating transformation within the body and mind. Through the regulation of breath and the flow of vital energy, practitioners can purify their bodies and minds, allowing for the emergence of higher qualities and a deeper connection to their true selves. While the full extent of this transformation may be a matter of interpretation, pranayama's potential for positive change is undeniable.

  • Awakening of vital energy

  • Physical benefits 

  • Respiratory system

  • Digestive and eliminatory system

  • Cardiac system

  • Endocrine system 

  • Nervous system

  • Greater concentration 

  • Experience of higher consciousness 

  • Karmic Clearing

  • Purification of Nadis and Chakra system

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