Prana is identified with VITALITY, the faculty of being alive and the cause of life. It is also known as REIKI in Japanese language. Having emanated from Aakasa, it pervades the entire space that exists within the confines of human comprehension. It pervades each and every nook and corner of all the living as well as non-living beings. In other words, space is defined by the range and extent of Prana as Prana and space co-exist. Prana and space are never mutually exclusive. They define and describe each other.
Prana is essentially Spandana i.e. subtle modulation. It’s continuous propagation in all directions assures continuity of creation and ensures continuity of the cause of life. Prana is the Pranava i.e. OMKARA. It is the Omkara that ensures life, causes life to exist. Prana alone is congealed to create gross bodies of living beings. It is the Prana alone that ensures continuity of all vital functions within the gross body of all living beings. If free flow of Prana into the body is obstructed on account of any reason / factor, Pranic equilibrium in the body is disrupted and the affected organ / part of the body malfunctions as diseased. For the purpose of eradicating the disease, Pranic equilibrium must be restored to the level of normalcy in that organ / part of the body. Once the equilibrium is restored, disease automatically vanishes altogether. For restoring the equilibrium, additional Prana must be provided through natural means to the adversely affected target area / organ.
Obstructions that disrupt the equilibrium are the subtle Spandana that emanate from Karma-s performed, whether Sattvika, Rajasika or Tamasika. Let us address these as the KARMIC SPANDANA. If the Karma accomplished is the attached one i.e. beleagured with the passion / desire to enjoy proceeds of the Karma, it’s Spandana remains embedded in the subtle body of Jivatma, constituting Sancita Karma i.e. stored / saved Karma that turns into Prarabdha Karma on maturity i.e. Karma that is poised to deliver proceeds in a conducive ambience.
If the Karma performed is qualified with the virtue of desire- / passion-lessness for the proceeds, the Karmic Spandana thus generated, vanishes into thin eternity and Jivatma remains free from it’s baggage / burden. Desire / passion for proceeds creates another form of subtle Spandana that is anchored to the Karmic Spandana which then, causes it’s retention in the subtle body as Sancita Karma. Let us address these as TAINTED KARMA-s. As life moves on, more and more such tainted Karma-s are stockpiled and the subtle body of Jivatma is saddled with more and more baggage thereof. These Karmic Spandana that are tainted too, obstruct and ultimately disrupt continuous flow of Prana into the subtle and gross bodies of Jivatma.
Depending on the order / intensity of the obstruction / disruption, proportionate symptoms manifest within the gross body in terms of severity as well as location within the body. Karmic Spandana tainted through Sattvika, Rajasika, Tamasika Guna-s or a spectrum of these, bring about corresponding manifests within the gross body as their proceeds. Sattvika Karma-s bring about pleasure alongwith less severe disruptions in health while Rajasika & Tamasika Karma-s cause less pleasant and more severe disruptions / diseases within the gross body.
When the gross body is diseased as a consequence of obstruction in the Pranic flow causing disruption in the Pranic equilibrium and symptoms of disease manifest within the gross body, what does a physician do ? Every physician merely grapples with the gross symptoms, then proceeds with the symptomatic cure of the disease through surgery or medicines. It is impossible for a physician to rectify the root-cause of any disease i.e. obstruction in the Pranic flow or disruption in the ‘Pranic’ equilibrium.
Through the means of gross knowledge and gross clinical instruments, physician cannot even access the root-cause area, leave alone remedying it for the better. It thus, leads to the inevitable proceed of relapse of disease or some other more complicated clinical emergency. Pranic-flow & -equilibrium can be restored / mollified only by channelising into the subtle body, a Spandana that is subtler than the Karmic Spandana, ameliorative in nature. Spandana that is created through the pursuit of PRANAYAMA is the one that is subtler than Karmic Spandana and purifying in nature. Pranayamic Spandana penetrates into the Karmic Spandana, implodes and then dissolves Sancita Karma before it is transformed into Prarabdha, only to create some more proceed. Once the Spandana causing Pranic disruption is dissolved through Pranayamic Spandana, there can be NO relapse of the disease or further complications.
IT IS NOW ESTABLISHED THAT PRANAYAMA ERADICATES DISEASES AT THE ROOT-CAUSE LEVEL, PERMANENTLY.
Pursuit of Pranayama leaves one healthy & purified of entire Karma-s in absolute terms, subtly as well as grossly. That is how Pranayama consolidates another organ of Astangayoga i.e. SAUCA. Spandana that destroys / dissolves Sancita Karma are also engendered through the pursuit of Bhaktiyoga as well as Samkhyayoga, albeit at a pace much slower than that of the Pranayama. Pursuit of Sva-Dharmayoga (precise name of the Karmayoga) too, generates the same purifying Spandana only if Sva-Dharma is accomplished in the spirit of utter sacrifice / renunciation. Then only it qualifies to be a Yoga. Once the subtle and gross bodies are purified of entire Sancita Karma-s and cosmic shackles destroyed, then Jivatma is amply eligible to attain ultimate liberation.
PRANAYAMA IS THE FASTEST WAY TO ATTAIN ULTIMATE LIBERATION, EXTENDED BY SANATANA DHARMA. NO OTHER FAITH IN THE WORLD OFFERS SUCH A WAY TO THE ULTIMATE PEACE.
Vasudeva Sri Krsna in His legendary exposition on the Sva-Dharmayoga known as Bhagvadgita underscored the same cosmic reality as under –
Apane Juhvyati Pranam Praneapanam Tathapare I
Pranapangati Ruddhva Pranayamparayanah II IV/29 II
Apare Niyatahara Prananpranesu Juhvyati I
Sarveapyete Yajnavido Yajnaksapitakalmasah II IV/30 II
Other ascetics offer sacrifice, exhalation into inhalation and inhalation into exhalation encumbering flow of inhalation and exhalation, remain in cataleptic state, halting entire breathing. Still others who have restrained their diet and breathing through Pranayama, sacrifice their vital airs into the vital airs, themselves. All these have their sins incinerated by sacrifice, are adept in sacrificial worship.
Herein the Supreme Deity, Mahayogesvara Sri Krsna has profoundly adored those through the tribute of ‘PRANAYAMA-PARAYANA’ i.e. dedicated unto the Tapa of Pranayama.
Self-Respect, Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence etc. are all various aspects of the Prana alone. Including personality development, perfect body language too !!! Once one is Pranayama-Parayana, all these attributes swarm over spontaneously within no time, without even resorting to any other path / technique whatsoever.
All other vanities viz. Kama i.e. desire / lust, Krodha i.e. anger / revenge, Lobha i.e. greed / covetousness, Moha i.e. delusion / delirium and Ahamkara i.e. egoic sense are also effectively dissolved through the regular pursuit of Pranayama. Thus, one is resolutely poised on the sacrosanct path of Brahmacarya too. Through the regular pursuit of Pranayama, one is enabled to experience flow of Prana through his / her Nadi-s and Cakra-s while growing younger every moment of every day of his / her life.
All Yogic postures / pursuits bunched together cannot stand upto / match the merits of Pranayama.
Tapa of Pranayama is the Tapa of the highest order, known to humanity. It is the surest, fastest, faith-neutral and the most benign way to purify oneself, be rendered eligible to attain the supreme accolade – MOKSA THAT IS THE ULTIMATE SALVATION.