Hatha Yoga - Samadhi

Srinivasaraghava Sridharan{S Sridharan was until recently the Managing Trustee, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai.  During his long association with KYM, he had the privilege of learning the nuances of Yoga Sastra directly under Yogi TKV Desikachar.  Sridharan is now an expert Yogi and a Yogic teacher.  In this series on Yogasutra, Yogi S Sridharan elucidates every aspect of YOGA.}

Ida Pingala and Sushumna Nadi“There are 72 thousand “Nadi-s” in this cage (body). Sushumna alone is the power that is related to Shambu. All others (Nadi-s) are useless.” (IV.18)

This body is a cave which is made up of nerves and bones. In this cave there are 72000 Nadi-s, which are the inlets of air. Sushumna is the middle Nadi. It is the auspicious (Shambhavi) power. One who bestows pleasant (Sham) things to his devotees is called ‘Shambu’. That which is related to Shambu is Shambhavi. Since Sushumna leads a person to ‘Shambu’ by the practice of meditation, it is called ‘Shambhavi’. ‘Shambu’ refers to ‘Atman’ (the soul), because Atman is always happy and pleasant. Sushumna is the place where ‘Atman’ manifests himself. It also leads to the realization of the ‘Atman’ by practice of meditation. And hence Shambhavi is Sushumna. The rest (of the Nadi-s) like Ida and Pingala is useless, because they do not bestow benefits that are similar to that which has been stated above (with regard to Sushumna).

“When the breath by virtue of practice awakens Kundalini with the help of gastric fire, then it enters Sushumna without being restrained.”(IV.19)

Since mastery over the breath has been attained by practice, now with the help of gastric fire Kundalini has to be awakened. Then being unrestrained the breath should be made to enter Sushumna which is also known as ‘Sarasvati’. This implies that to make the breath enter Sushumna one has to practice (a lot).

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Srinivasaraghava Sridharan

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Published On : Mar 29, 2012

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