Advaita : Some Basic Explanations - 6

Ravisankar S. Mayavaram miinalochanii at YAHOO.COM
Mon Mar 11 18:34:31 CST 2002

Respected Sri H. B. Dave

Let me first thank you for this series.

> "The Final Frontier - Letters to Gargi", By H.B. Dave, being
> published.

If possible, can you give theme/details of your book.

> In Yoga, three Nadis ({\skt naa.dii}), -- paths of movements of
> Kundalini
> ({\skt ku.n.dalinii}) the nerve energy -- are defined to be existing
> in the
> Merudanda ({\skt meruda.n.da}) -- wrongly translated as the Spinal
> cord, it
> really means nerve signals on frequency plane --  of a person :

Merudanda and these naadi-s are initimately connected to the spine of
the body. For instance, kriya yoga uses this connection for moving the
praNa by the power of will along sushumna. Practice of few kriya-s
correctly -- leads to mental calmness, and gives the ability to
meditate - the results are there and undeniable.  The link between
physical spine and merudanda on which chakra-s are located, I think, is
taken for granted in yoga.  The traditional praNayama done during
sandhya can also be done as kriya praNayama and one can link it with
movement of praNa along sushumna. I believe (my belief) that is the
best way to do praNayama.

Hence, I do not completely agree with the statement about "wrong
translation."  This has some link in osteopathic medicine also. I
recently heard a reference to work by Sutherland on "primary
respiration"  (in the audiobook Spontaneous Healing -- in the context
of Dr. Fulford's healing techniques). I personally believe that
movement of praaNa is closely linked to health and disease (incorrect

> [Ida {\skt i.daa}] -- supposed to be on the left side of the
> Merudanda;
> the low frequency components of the EEG, Delta/Theta waves;
> associated
> colours : black, brown, deep red;
> [Pingala {\skt pi"ngalaa}] -- supposed to be on the right hand side
> of the
> Merudanda; the high frequency components of EEG, Beta waves;
> associated
> colours : yellow, orange and bright red;
> [Sushumna {\skt su.sum.naa}] -- supposed to be in the middle of the
> Merudanda;
> the mid-frequeency components of EEG; Alpha waves; associated colours
> :
> blue, green and violet;

> Merudanda means a {\skt da.nda) - a stick, measuring rod, by which
> you

naaDi-s are not compeletely one side of  sushumna. For iDa starts at
the left side  of muulaadhaara and  but ends up finally on the right
nostril. And pingala starts at the right side and ends up in the left
nostril. They cross each other every chakra. (this I write from

>         {\skt catvaari vaak parimitaa ... ...}

There is good discussion on this subject in saubhAgya bhAskara -- a
commentary on lalitAsahasranAma. I am sure you are aware of this. In
any case - the discussion is under the name "paraa".

> Sanskrit, as used in Vedas, is special in this respect, it can
> communicate
> at {\skt vaikharii madhyamaa} or {\skt pa"syantii} levels, by a
> special
> process known as Vashat {\skt} (no English word
> available,
> as Western science does not know about this process.)
> I think Tamil should also have similar property, but I can not say
> with force, I do not know Tamil at all (unfortunately). Both
> languages
> are product of the same process of language generation, pre-Vedic.
> May be some day, someone ... ...

Can you elaborate -- to the extent possible -- on this principle of
vaShaTkAra. That will help us to at least think about it. The notion
"pre-Vedic", is it not a by product of western thinking?

Some Tamil traditions think Tamil was coeval with Sanskrit, and  both
emanated from the drum of shiva.

Thank you.


ambaaL daasan


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