Breath and success

Breath and Success
 
How often do we ask ourselves, “ Am I timing it right ?”, “ Is this the right time?”, “Should I do it now?”, and , because we do not know the answer we resort to other occult methods like numerology,astrology,tarot etc. Now, what if I tell you that the right answer is always within you, and that one only needs to know the way. Most scriptures say , “ The kingdom of heaven is within you” or “ Yat bramhande tat pinde i.e. The universe exists within you.” So, what is in the macrocosm, is within the microcosm of the body. So, if we find a way to synchronize our individual consciousness with the universal consciousness, we will always get it right!
As discussed earlier, even though the human body has some 72,000 nadis (psychic energy channels), three of them namely Ida (left), Pingala (right) and Sushumna (central) are considered to be the most important. The Ida nadi is connected with the left nostril and the Pingala with the right nostril. The Sushumna , central channel, runs through the spine. All the three nadis merge at the eyebrow centre, which is the location of the third eye or the Ajna chakra.
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Brain hemisphere dominance
The ancient seers found out that, at any given time, only one of the channels is dominant, resulting is dominance of either the left or the right nostril breath. When the Ida nadi or the lunar channel is dominant, the flow through the left nostril is dominant and the right nostril is congested. Conversely, when the Pingala nadi or the Solar channel is dominant the flow through the right nostril is dominant and the left nostril is congested. During changeover, the Sushumna runs briefly for about four minutes. You can verify this yourself by blocking one nostril and breathing through the other for 4-5 inhales and exhales. Surprised? This is a very significant learning : at any given time, only half your brain is in operation and that too only with around 10-15 percent usage! Both these brain hemispheres , referred to as right and left brain have distinctly different functions. The left brain is the linear, logical brain concerned with action and the externalization of senses. It is called the objective brain. The right brain is the creative brain and deals with intuition, desire and the internalization of senses and is the subjective brain. Each person has to check for himself and find the running/dominant nostril.
cross.jpgIt is observed that this nostril dominance lasts for 60 to 80 minutes followed by dual nostril dominance for 4 minutes.Then the congested nostril takes over.Thus, the alternate nostril flow continues throughout the day and night. The sequence is L-R-L-R ……. Changing every 60 minutes or so. What modern neurologists have discovered (what the seers knew thousands of years ago) is that, left nostril flow is connected with the Parasympathetic nervous system and with the right brain for creative dominance. Right nostril flow is connected with the Sympathetic nervous system and left brain for logical dominance. The dual nostril dominance is connected with the Cerebrospinal nervous system.
Now, it is very beneficial to carry out creative activities during left nostril dominance and physical action during right nostril dominance. For this, it is very critical to know the dominant nostril and hence brain dominance at the time of sunrise.The nostrils are directly connected with lunar cycles and we need to understand the lunar day called Tithi and the lunar month. As the moon takes 28.5 days for one revolution around the earth, a lunar date will not correspond with a solar date. During the bright half or the Shukla paksha for the waxing moon, the left nostril operates for nine days on lunar tithis 1,2,3,7,8,9,13,14,15 and the right nostril operates for six days on lunar dates 4,5,6,10,11 and 12. The sequence is LLLRRRLLLRRRLLL.   During the dark half or the Krishna paksha for the waning moon,  the right nostril operates for nine days on lunar tithis 1,2,3,7,8,9,13,14,15 and the left nostril operates for six days on lunar dates 4,5,6,10,11 and 12. The sequence is RRRLLLRRRLLLRRR.
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Lunar phase (Tithi) and nostril dominance for Swara Calendar
        So, we need to synchronize our breath with this lunar rhythm to take advantage of this great universal energy. These being lunar days, calculation of the dominating nostril at sunrise cannot be done without referring to an almanac.
        To calculate this rythm accurately, the following data is needed: your current location, sunrise time for that location, lunar day or tithi, rotation of the earth and the moon, together with the nostril dominance sequence.When the Lunar nadi/Left nostril runs on Lunar days ( Mon,Wed,Thu,Fri) and the Solar nadi/Right nostril runs on Solar days (Sun,Tue,Sat) at Sunrise, these days are considered to be very  auspicious days because of the synchronization of the universal rythm with the individual consciousness. So, for success and right timing, when on a given day, the left nadi is auspicious do all your work related to that nadi, when the left breath is running. Similar method can be used for days when the right nadi is auspicious.What do we do on other days? On the other days, it is best to perform Left nostril (right brain) activities on Mon,Wed,Thu and Fri when the left nostril is running and to perform Right nostril (left brain) activities on Sun,Tue and Sat when the right nostril is running during the day.
        Now, the choice is with you to control your destiny! Quoting from Shri. Johari, “Doing the right thing at the right moment makes one unique – a genius, whereas, doing the right thing at the wrong time makes one stupid”. 
This secret along with all the complicated algorithms is now available in the form of an free android app called “destiny control” from the Google store. You can download it for free and use your own breath for success. A monthly Swara Calendar is also included to schedule events. If you practice purification and breath awareness, you can go one step further : you can change nostril dominance with the mind!!
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Breath and life span

Breath and life span


Ancient seers measured life by the number the breaths (inhale plus exhale) we take.  On an average a normal human being breathes at a rate of 15 breaths per minute or 21,600 breaths per day. Now, the maximum life span allocated to an individual is:


15 breaths/min x 60 mins x 24 hours x 365 days x 120 years = 9,46,080,000 breaths.


The total number of breaths allocated to each individual is fixed, however, the rate at which these breaths are consumed varies dramatically from individual to individual. Because of the stress associated with unfulfilled desires of the modern materialistic world, humans always breathe at a much higher rate. As the mind is more subtler, stress immediately affects the breathing rate. This causes breathing to be shallow and the number of breaths allocated are consumed at a much faster rate. When a human being is under stress, along with the reduced time of each breathing cycle, the space up to where the breath is projected from the nostril increases e.g. fear causes quick shallow breathing and one can feel the breath reach up to the navel. This dramatically reduces the lifespan of humans in the modern age. So, the first way to increase life is to spend time alone with the senses internalized , and take deep long rhythmic breaths to relax the mind.
You need not learn any advanced  technique just yet. Just sit or lie on the ground with the spine straight and take deep long breaths without using force, but with full awareness of every breath. The best time for this is before sunrise, at the junction of day and night,called the Sandhi Kala.  As you proceed with this breathing, the time span of  each breath continuously increases and after a some time you will achieve a rate of 5-6 breaths per minute or even lesser. Now, you will feel completely relaxed and closer to the center.
It is very difficult to remain aware of the breath while doing work, as the mind along with the senses, being externalized, continuously distracts the individual. This method of breath awareness is the first dharana or method mentioned in the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra and was also used by the  Buddha in the form of Anapanasati yoga.
PRANA VAYU.jpg          As the Manomaya Kosha or the mental body is more subtle than the breath or the Pranamaya Kosha , breathing alone is not sufficient. This breathing must be accompanied with mind awareness for faster results. It seems too simple a method to be just aware of every inhale and exhale. Try it for thirty minutes and see the results. Very few people are relaxed and aware enough to focus on each breath for more than 3-4 minutes. So, the secret to a long life is deep,long rhythmic breathing and with awareness, liberation.
Now more on breath. Even though we feel only the air we breathe, this is at a gross level. Air is just the medium through which Maha-prana or cosmic consciousness enters the human being. The Prana Shakti or life force, at the individual level assumes the five sheaths from the physical sheath to the bliss sheath , which is closest to the spirit or the supreme self. Now, the Pranamaya Kosha or the vital energy sheath divides into sub-pranas:
  1. Prana , functions in the thoracic region
  2. Apana , functions below the navel
  3. Samana , located between the heart and navel
  4. Udana , functions in the throat and face region
  5. Vyana , pervades the whole body
              One of the keys is to retain this middle breath between inhale and exhale and lengthen the retention time though various techniques.
illustration-showing-the-nadis-and-chakras-e1354813761199.jpgThe universal prana which is now individualized is spread through the entire body by 72,000 subtle channels called nadis. Out these 72,000 nadis, 10 are important. They are:
Ida ,Pingala, Sushumna, Gandhari ,Hastijihva ,Poosha ,Yashaswini, Alambusha ,Kuhu and Shankhini. Now Ida ,Pingala, Sushumna the negative, positive and neutral channels,are the most significant. Ida is the negative or female channel responsible for cooling and relaxation. Pingala is the positive or male channel which energizes the body. Ida is related to the conscious mind, Pingala to the sub-conscious and Sushumna to the un-conscious mind.
Ida runs on the left side of the spine, Pingala on the right and Sushumna in the center. All these three nadis join together at the level of the third eye and then proceed together as one.