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Natures Finer Forces

Natures Finer Forces

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Rama Prasad: Nature's Finer Forces & The Science of Breath (Pranayama Yoga)
The Science of Breath & the Philosophy of theTatwas
 (Translated from the Sanskrit with 15 Introductory & Explanatory Essays on Nature’sFiner Forces)by
Rama Prasad
 The Theosophical Publishing Society, London (1890)
~ Contents ~Part One
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rama Prasad: Nature's Finer Forces & The Science of Breath (Pranayama Yoga)
 
 
Part Two:
 
 
GlossaryPreface ~
 A word of explanation is necessary with regard to the book now offered to the public. Inthe 9th and 10th volumes of the theosophist I wrote certain Essays on “Nature’s FinerForces”. The subject of these essays interested the readers of the Theosophist so much thatI was asked to issue the series of Essays in book form. I found that in order to make a book they must be almost entirely rearranged, and perhaps rewritten. I was, however, not equalto the task of rewriting what I had once written. I therefore determined to publish atranslation of the book in Sanskrit on the
Science of the Breath and the Philosophy of theTatwas
. As, however, without these Essays the book would have been quite unintelligible,I decided to add them to the book by way of an illustrative introduction. This accordinglyhas been done. The Essays in the theosophist have been reprinted with certain additions,modifications, and corrections. Besides, I have written seven more Essays in order to makethe explanations more complete and authoritative. Thus there are altogether 15introductory and explanatory Essays.I was confirmed in this course by one more consideration. The book contains a good dealmore than the essays touched upon, and I thought it better to lay all of it before the public.The book is sure to throw a good deal of light upon the scientific researches of the ancientAryans of India, and it will leave no doubt in a candid mind that the religion of ancientIndia had a scientific basis. It is chiefly for this reason that I have drawn my illustrations of the Tatwic Law from the Upanishads.There is a good deal in the book that can only be shown to be true by long and diligentexperiment. Those who are devoted to the pursuit of truth without prejudice will no doubtbe ready to wait before they form any opinion about such portions of the book. Others it isuseless to reason with.To the former class of students I have to say one word more. From my own experience I
 
Rama Prasad: Nature's Finer Forces & The Science of Breath (Pranayama Yoga)
can tell them that the more they study the book, the more wisdom they are sure to find init, and let me hope that ere long I shall have a goodly number of colleagues, who will withme try their best to explain and illustrate the book still better, and more thoroughly.Rama PrasadMerut (India)5 November 1889
Nature’s Finer Forces
 
& Their Influence on Human Life & Destiny
I. The Tatwas ~
 The
tatwas
are the five modifications of the great Breath. Acting upon
 prakriti,
this Greatbreath throws it into five states, having distinct vibratory motions, and performing differentfunctions. The first outcome of the Evolutionary State of 
 parabrahma
is the
akasa tatwa
.After this come in order the
vayu
, the
taijas
, the
apas
and the
 prithivi
. They are variouslyknown as
mahabhutas
. The word
akasa
is generally translated into English by the wordether. Unfortunately, however, sound is not known to be the distinguishing quality of ether in modern English Science. Some few might also have the idea that the modernmedium of light is the same as
akasa
. This, I believe, is a mistake. The luminiferous etheris the subtle
taijas tatwa
, and not the
akasa
. All the five subtle
tatwas
might no doubt becalled ethers, but to use it for the word
akasa
, without any distinguishing epithet, ismisleading. We might call
akasa
the sonoriferous ether, the
vayu
the tangiferous ether,
apas
the gustiferous ether, and
 prithivi
the odoriferous ether. Just as there exists in theuniverse the luminiferous ether, an element of refined mater without which it has beenfound that the phenomena of light find no adequate explanation, so do there exist the fourremaining ethers, elements of refined matter, without which it will be found that thephenomena of sound, touch, taste and smell find no adequate explanation.The luminiferous ether is supposed by Modern Science to be Matter in a most refined state.It is the vibrations of this element that are said to constitute light. The vibrations are said totake place at right angles to the direction of the wave. Nearly the same is the description of 

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