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etymologically means www. moon. theist or atheist. which explains how the movement of prana can be controlled by manipulation of the breath. Quite a few have also ventured to develop inner experience through the use of drugs.com +91-261-6596725 . Swar vigyan is the ancient science of pranic body rhythms. through the awareness or observation.mayafree. Many people say that only those who are perfected can have inner experience. which is the inherent energy principle of the Swar. means sound or musical note. and spiritual problems so that they could get rid of their problems by using this divine knowledge of Swar vigyan. to understand the nature of the universe and effects of the elements on body and mind by observing the different patterns of breath.Swar Vigyan The Science of Brain Breathing’ The word SWAR in Sanskrit. all can have that experience. Swar Vigyan is an ancient science which involves the systematic study of the breath flow through the nostrils (or swar) in relation to the prevailing phases of the moon. in Swar vigyan. with the physical and mental conditions of the individual and then taking the appropriate action according to these subtle relations. Perfect or imperfect. For thousands of years mankind has been attempting to penetrate into the realm of inner experience. Although we think of 'pranayama' when we think of techniques associated with the breath. It was used for those who had mental. it also means the continuous flow of air through one nostril. many systems of swar have been devised. then control or manipulation of the flow of breath in the nostrils. This ancient divine knowledge was available only for sadhaks. seasons. The swar vigyan practices related to breathe were used understand the governing forces of life. So Swar Vigyan is the science which is about the realization of cosmic consciousness. others about bhakti yoga.com ishwar@mayafree. planets. emotional. but swar vigyan says it is the right of everybody. Every thinking person has tried his level best to accomplish this great task. Recently modern science has taken great interest in electromagnetic fields and the behavior of bio-energy. Some talk about karma yoga. Thus there are many different ways and means to have the inner experience. raja yoga. high born or low born. physical. time of day. Therefore. Through the knowledge of swar vigyan one can become free from all kinds of negative influences of one's destiny and can achieve heightened awareness. etc. it is the association of the breath in relation to the activities or phases or positions of the sun. time of day and direction. gyana yoga kundalini yoga. and from time to time man has been experimenting with the various paths.

Pingala 3. By sustaining oneself purely on the breath. It aims at directly awakening the highest human potential. Then the consciousness is able to ascend to the heavens where eternal life is experienced by the body and soul. rather than on coarse food.‘sound of one’s own breath ‘. and here only 3 of them. Swar vigyan. store and control prana. which involves a different aspect of the breath. For example. When you understand this. There are 72. It involves many aspects of the breathing process. which need to be understood before the practice can be applied correctly.Therefore. however. and therefore the effects of swar vigyan are also very subtle. In other systems a similar understanding of the swar of the breath is also expressed. you can predict forthcoming events or cure your illnesses. Gross or physical body (Sthula sarira). www. which is the visible. palpable. in Taoism it states that. the cosmic deities or forces can be seen operating in the physical body. one’s entire being will be purified and strengthened. one can realize the breath as being the medium of the cosmic life force. Swar vigyan may therefore be said to involve the practices of pranayama. But we generally deal with the principal ten or fourteen only.” Swar vigyan not only helps those who believe in a supreme reality. Swar vigyan is a path which leads to total experience and awakening of the entire being. man has three bodies or forms.mayafree. The breath has so much importance in human existence that the ancient rishis or seers evolved a complete science around it just from studying the simple process of respiration. but in fact it is a much more extensive and precise science. The physical act of breathing is said to have a very subtle influence on the level of consciousness. but also those who do not have faith and who will also be surprised to discover many truths pertaining to this reality.com ishwar@mayafree. should not be confused with pranayama. Ida 2. Swar and Nadis : This science is based on the nadis or the swars. body. Through the practice of swar . “If one meditates upon the breath. According to the scriptures. swar vigyan enables the state of union to be reached by means of one’s own breath. 1. Although both deal with prana. You have to know about the movement of prana in the body and its relationship with the mind. There are a number of things concerning swar vigyan. Prana manifests in different ways and has particular effects on each organ and part of the system. Sushumna Yogic view of the human body. whereas pranayama involves techniques to redirect. swar vigyan emphasizes the analysis of the breath and the significance of different pranic rhythms. They are: 1.com +91-261-6596725 .000 nadis in the astral or energetic body.

tomorrow. Subtle body or Astral body (Sukshma sarira). When we understand these primordial elements. we begin to see the interdependent and interconnected nature of the universe. it is the astral body that shows signs and symptoms of any influence.mayafree. the human body too. the acids and enzymes of the body reflect the element of Fire.Dreamless sleep (Sushupti) Transcending these three states of experience. our psychic instrument. As the five elements cycle and recycle.Dream (Swapna) 3. Our physical body reflects the element Earth and Water its fluid. the ever-blissful which is transcendental. is made of the five elements. NADIS www. So while the nadis are in the subtle body. billions of atoms traveling throughout the universe become absorbed into billions of life forms. Each of the five elements is contained within another and thus the five elements exist with in us as the three doshas (humors). the Self or Incorporeal spirit (Asarira atman) which is the Divine spark. Casual body -. Like everything else. which is comprised of the thoughts. the state of Transcendent Reality.com +91-261-6596725 . feelings. corresponding to the Atman. The astral body is somewhat like a template for the physical body. intellect and ego (or ahamkara). This form lasts until liberation. there is the Turiya state.our prakriti. corresponding to them. The casual body takes a physical body as a vehicle for each life. or Antahkarana. So more than the physical body.2. This ever-changing cycle of the five elements goes on for a very long time. there are the three states of experience. the element of Air is the breath and Prana and Space is the vibration of our very existence. Beyond these three is the eternal Atman. What was once a part of the earth goes into the plants and what was a part of the plants yesterday goes into the animal body today and the same will go into the human body.com ishwar@mayafree. each has a unique configuration. Diseases first start manifesting in the subtle body and take some time to reach a gross level.Waking (Jagrat) 2. long enough for it to seem like an eternity. It is said that our entire body is totally renewed every seven years. which is composed of mind. 3. This is our true individual constitution or nature . The Astral body has within it. that part of the Whole. that animates the physical body. Though every one of us has the same 5 elements within. Most things at one level have a corresponding manifestation at the other level. The five elements aid it in this process. as the Mandukya Upanishad tells us. impulses etc that animate the gross body. there are nerves in the physical or gross body. Casual body (karana sarira). The Nadis actually exist in the subtle or energetic body. The five elements continuously transmute into each other to create the mineral. Corresponding to these three bodies and the real self. which is the seed body that is the cause and seed of next birth. plant and animal kingdoms. We were discussing the three bodies earlier. Gross body . Subtle body . 1. This is brief background of the sukshma sarira (astral body).

any channel through which anything flows is a Nadi. IDA .mayafree. controls all the mental processes and is ruled by the Moon. there are ten main channels that are connected with the ten openings of the body. which cover the whole body and through them the inherent rhythm of activity in the different organs is maintained. Manovaha Nadis: through which the mental force (Manas Shakti) flows NADIS /\ Gross Subtle \ Pranavaha /\ (Pran-shakti) /\ Vital energy Mentalenergy (Manashakti) Manovaha These two kinds of forces flow through every part of our body via the Nadis. channels for the flow of consciousness.000) such channels. tubes etc. 2. Pranavaha Nadis: through which the pranic force (vital force) or prana shakti flows. The concept of Nadis is based on the understanding that they are channels. cords. nerves. `STREAM'.It is connected with the left nostril. There are two types of Nadis: 1. www. Thus in a way. Ida is like nectar and gives strength and nourishment to the soul and the body. Ida which is feminine represents Goddess Parvati.com +91-261-6596725 . These nadis also correspond to the acupuncture meridians of the Chinese.The word Nadi comes from the Sanskrit root meaning `MOVEMENT'. In the Rigveda it has been used to mean. Of these ten. GROSS: like blood vessels.com ishwar@mayafree. Within this network of Nadis. According to the Tantras there are seventy two thousand (there are variant schools like the Tibetan school of Astro Medicine that speaks of 84. Thus the word Nadi literally means `FLOW'. three are most important because they control the flow of Prana and consciousness within all the other Nadis of the body. 2. Subtle Nadis are again of two types: 1. SUBTLE: invisible channels of subtle energy.

It is good for difficult jobs. Ida Nadi that is flowing and when the right nostril is flowing. The Sushumna is supposed to be destructive for most purposes and all under takings should be avoided during its flow.Gandhari in left eye . Whatever the duration of this “rise of swar” is. It is good for Yogic practices. it is the lunar energy. if your left nostril is flowing freely now.It is connected to the Brahmarandhra at a gross (sthula) level.which is connected with the right nostril. logic. 9) Kuhu in genital . 3) Sushmna in central canal . it is your right hemisphere that is dominant now. the solar energy or Pingala nadi flows. 2) Pingala in right nostril . 5) Hastijiwha in right eye. Thus by ascertaining which Swar is rising. Pingala is responsible for the growth of the body.Sushumna (Central canal) . 6) Pusha in right ear . controls all the vital processes and is ruled by the Sun. 4).com +91-261-6596725 . Pingala is masculine and represents Lord Siva. when one nostril is dominating the opposite hemisphere is dominant For instance. They also say that in children it is every one-hour. SWAR AND IT'S RISE: www. If you observe your nostrils you will find that generally one is flowing freely and the other is blocked. scientific researchers have also found that there is a correspondence or connection between the nostrils and brain hemispheres. while the right hemisphere controls artistic work. "DURATION OF “SWAR RHYTHM” Researchers who have studied the circadian rhythm say that the nostrils alternate in dominance every 1 to 2 hours. The subtle nadi of Sushumna corresponds to the gross nadi of the central canal in the spinal cord. Prana shakti (pranic force) . through which spiritual force flows and is known as Saraswati. one can ascertain the dominant hemisphere and do activities that fall under that hemisphere's function so as to go along with the flow of the current. 8) Alambusha in mouth . Sushumna is also called as soonya swar. All 10 Nadis are : 1) Ida in left nostril. The nostrils thus provide us a key to tune our behaviour according to the energy available in our body.Pingala (right nostril) .mayafree. emotions etc. When the left nostril is open. The left hemisphere for instance. We have already studied that each hemisphere is concerned with a particular mode of functioning. In other words. controls the functions of analysis. It destroys all actions and is hence inauspicious to start any activity.Moon Atma Shakti (spiritual force) .Sun Manas shakti (mental force) Ida (left nostril) . SUSHUMNA . 7) Yashaswini in left ear.Rahu / Ketu axis. maths etc. Ida and Pingala function in the body alternatively and not simultaneously.PINGALA . 10) Shankhini in anus. The Kundalini ascends through the Sushumna when it awakens.com ishwar@mayafree.

maintenance and re-absorption of the universe are all seen as the exhalation. nostrils are the windows to the state of our body and mind. Swar shastra also gives various breathing techniques and meditations for each element (Panchabhutas) as related to the Chakras and a wealth of much more varied and interesting information. The solar and lunar forces that work at a macrocosmic level are reflected at a microcosmic level in man as his Pingala nadi and Ida nadi. When the period of one nostril is over. Japan has also tried to prove that imbalance in nadis (which roughly correspond to the acupuncture meridians) is related to disease states. Investigations have shown that when the right nostril is flowing.Hiroshi Motoyama.mayafree. this is reflected in our breath. rhythm. rate. Thus the Nadis control the brain and events of life and consciousness. By controlling the speed. It is said that anything can be predicted. The emanation. This principle of equivalence of the microcosm and macrocosm is a very important principle that all occult sciences share as a fundamental law.com ishwar@mayafree. divination and answering almost any question. retention and inhalation. achieved and attained by one who is adept in this science. Thus research only reaffirms the Tantric-Yogic theory that the nostrils and the flow of breath have many neurological and psychic connections whose functions are not yet appreciated by Modern Science. the Supreme Being. animals. All of nature has a rhythm. Now close the second nostril and breathe through the first. A person who practices this science of swar is called a Swar yogi and he can control the Prana through Pingala and mind through Ida. a natural rhythm that it goes by. All existence is governed by a single principle. length and duration of the breath. which can do more than alleviating disease. one can control his inner functions like brain hemisphere functioning etc. Swarodaya Sastra also gives many more details of the 5 elements (Panchabhutas) and based on the swar. The solar and lunar forces are the two great forces that affect Nature. to do whatever he wants any time. minerals and even the mighty oceans follow the order of solar and lunar influences. the left hemisphere of the brain is activated.. automatically the breathing passes on to the other nostril for almost an equal time. This change of nostrils is periodic.com +91-261-6596725 . When the left nostril is flowing.The act of breathing is called “Swar” while the switching over from one nostril to another reflects the “Rise of breath” in that nostril or “Udaya” meaning “rise”. METHOD OF KNOWING THE SWAR 1. The nostrils are switches. sex of the child. Plants. By consciously changing the dominant nostril to the other.) Close one nostril and breathe through the other. one cycle of breath or Swar of Maheswar. a detailed art of prediction of diseases. Thus the name Svarodaya (Swar + Udaya) Shastra for this ancient science. The one that is unobstructed is the dominant nostril. the right hemisphere is activated. Thus the nostrils are switches. Dr. Exhalation itself is the microcosmic parallel of emanation of the universe while inhalation is the microcosmic equivalent of re-absorption of the universe into the Supreme Being. the source from which everything is born and into which everything returns. This is at a macrocosmic level. As the Yogis have said. At a microcosmic level. It is performed with a fixed periodic rhythm through the left and right nostril alternately. by altering the ratio of inhalation to www.

which will unite the ida and pingala nadis and lead to the awakening of the sushumna. The right hemisphere. Once the physiological connection and the functioning of the brain with the nadis is understood. logical and mathematical intellect. if your right nostril is active and you want to change into left. it is easy to understand that both the nadis have different effects on our body and mind.mayafree. Pressure on the arm pit by hand Put pressure under the armpit of the active side with opposite hand. and it stimulates creative. If both faculties can be used together and reason and creativity can be combined. and both the nadis can be used together. All the psychic phenomena such as clairvoyance. The ancient rishis and saints were not familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the body as it is understood today. If both hemispheres of the brain. telepathy.realisation. nadis are closely connected with the neuro-endocrine function of the body. governed by the flow of breath through the right nostril. Put pressure by your left hand on your right armpit by the thumb and other four finger. It is a www. By practicing swara vigyan we are transforming our material mind into subtle consciousness and experiencing our being beyond the realm of elements. We can experience our deeper psychic being through the practice of swara . as it is not developed by the limited mind of some individuals. but they were worthy of being called true scientists.exhalation. Therefore. by stopping breath. artistic and musical abilities. The left brain hemisphere or PINGALA nadi. analytical. The real purpose of swara is self. By practicing swara vigyan one can become aware of subtle changes which take place all the time in the body and mind. which we experience when we breathe. only half of the brain is being used at any given time. then all these forces can be combined for creative and productive work in all dimensions of life. They were experts in manipulating the subtle forces in our body through the swara (breath). is responsible for the rational. Benefit swara vigyan : Swara vigyan is the science of becoming aware of the subtle vibrations of the elements. Each of the brain hemispheres is active at different times. Therefore. The science of swara is unique in itself. as also the experience of intuition and psychic perception. then it is possible to understand all underlying phenomena of situation in any dimension.com ishwar@mayafree. Verily SWAR is lord MAHE `SWAR' himself! Ish + swar = Ishwar Method to Change the Swar 3. and findings suggest that the pineal is the psychic gland connected with Ajana Chakra.com +91-261-6596725 . Thus it is responsible for psychic and extra sensory perception. which are intangible to the external sense receptors. altered states of Consciousness and even the ultimate goal of liberation itself. etc are controlled and guided by the pineal gland. pre cognition. It has been suggested that left nostril dominance stimulates the Pineal gland. we can activate or tone down neurological and mental processes so as to achieve heightened awareness. is responsible for experiences. governed by the IDA nadi. By knowing and becoming aware of these patterns. Swar will change within 20 minutes Some applications of swar in our daily lives. Swar influences our mental patterns. For ex. a sadhaka can experience consciousness behind these subtle changes and understand the dual nature of the universe.

Astrology .Hatha yoga. purify and balance the nadis. The glorious and valuable science of swara vigyan should be utilised by all sadhakas. we can understand the ayurvedic composition of our body . swar vigyan enables the state of union to be reached by means of one's breath.com ishwar@mayafree. which was gifted to worthy recipients by the divine. Indra Swarodaya and others which existed long before many of the spiritual systems and religions developed. which can be easily applied to our daily lives and it helps to understand life.yogic astrology and yoga vastu 3. www.com +91-261-6596725 . We can also understand the mind and the governing forces of our life. Swara Chintamani.mayafree. Swar vigyan emphasizes the analysis of the breath and the significance of different pranic rhythms and understanding their effect on body and mind. The different patterns of the breath either in right. Jesus Chirst. Upanishads. Along with other practices the addition of swar vigyan practices will help to lead a healthy and harmonious life with full awareness. Brief history and scientific prospective of swar vigyan: Swar vigyan (the science of the breath) is an ancient science existing from before the Vedic period more than 10.science. Yoga . Ayurveda By practising swar vigyan. It is a science.000 years ago. The importance of breathing practices in spiritual life and in understanding inner and outer life is mentioned in all the great texts and spiritual systems such as Budhhism. swar means 'the sound of one's own breath'. Therefore. such as Shiva Swarodaya. can be found in these ancient Swar vigyan texts Swar vigyan. By becoming aware of the breathing patterns. however. should not confused with pranayama. Shankaracharya. Once this understanding takes place. Sound creates vibrations. left or both nostrils can influence our worldly affairs.vatta. We can use this science to bring out the divine in us. The practice of swar vigyan makes one realize that the breath is a cosmic life force. Swar vigyan is the union of three important sciences: 1 . Raja yoga. Swar helps in the practical understanding of all the spiritual sciences such as the Vedas. 2. Gorakhnath. Swar will show how these aspects can be changed to make life harmonious and healthy. the breathing pattern can be altered at will to make our life harmonious and balanced. Whatever practices there are. Rishi Gherand and others. to improve the quality of their lives and to hasten the process of human evolution. swar vigyan is the science of understanding the union of different vibrations of breath that alters our psycho-physiological activity. Although both deal with breath and prana. Swar harmony: Etymologically. pitta and kapha. Therefore. Upanishads and by many great saints such as Kabir. It also influences the spiritual aspect of life. Yoga and Ayurveda. Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Detailed explanations of all kinds can be found in the Swar vigyan texts. Gyan Swarodaya. Matsyendranath. Pranayamas are used to strengthen. jnana yoga and Kundalini yoga. either positively or negatively. for the welfare of humanity. Bhagavad Gita. Christianity. we can understand the effect that it has on our body and mind.

analytical. The left brain hemisphere or PINGALA nadi. and fuel regulation are associated with the nasal cycle. Depression is the result of emotional blockage. and that blockages in the ida nadi lead to depression. When a child takes birth. as also the experience of intuition and psychic perception. deals with the interaction between cosmic rhythm and individual pranic patterns in each person. the left brain hemisphere is active. which are intangible to the external sense receptors. Different rhythms create specific physical. and emotional patterns and alter the state of consciousness at all levels ie conscious. creates an archetype of the whole life of a person. The ancient concept of dual nature of our personality that is symbolized as Ardhanariishwar . which are responsible for reincarnation and for experiences on a different astral plane. subconscious and unconscious. During the flow of Pingala or the right nostril. is responsible for the rational. and from then until he dies. cardiovascular function. Dominance by the left nostril improves the functioning of the immune system. the arrangement of the cosmic energies . It has been suggested that left nostril dominance stimulates the Pineal gland. constellations etc. is responsible for experiences.the planets. the science of breath. the right brain hemisphere becomes active. Similarly. artistic and musical abilities. logical and mathematical intellect. but from the cosmos. the first thing through which he starts life is breath.mayafree. which are experienced in daily life. and the left nostril is connected with right brain hemisphere.half Siva and half Shakti . Studies have indicated that the performance efficiencies of verbal and spatial tasks during both phases of the nasal cycle demonstrated that verbal efficiency is greater while the subjects were breathing primarily in the right and that spatial skills were enhanced during left nostril dominance. Studies have also shown that schizophrenia is associated with greater left cerebral hemisphere dysfunction and that depression and the other affective disorders are associated with greater right hemisphere dysfunction. This also justifies the theory that blockages in the pingala nadi lead to schizophrenia. governed by the IDA nadi. Applications of swar vigyan in our daily lives : Swar vigyan influences our mental patterns. Thus it is responsible for psychic and extra sensory perception. because it activates certain elements.com +91-261-6596725 . The linking force between the individual body pinda and the cosmic body brahmanda is breath. which emanates not from the mothers womb. Swar vigyan justifies this concept as it states that the left nadi provides nectar and strength for the body. The right nostril is connected with the left hemisphere. mental. where the nasal cycle is connected with the brain hemispheres. governed by the flow of breath through the right nostril. which is controlled by the Ida nadi.also finds place in Swar vigyan. and it stimulates creative. The breath is a cosmic energy. and findings suggest that the pineal is the www. Modern research on the ancient concepts of swar vigyan: Different laboratories suggest a close relationship of the brain rhythm with the nasal cycle.com ishwar@mayafree. the last breath of ones life activates elements. and the different functions of nadi. which are dominant in ones life. he breathes continuously. Swar vigyan places emphasis on the first breath of life. The right hemisphere.Swar vigyan. and during the flow of Ida or left nostril dominance. At the moment one starts to breathe. It has been suggested that the pituitary hormonal secretions. This supports the theory of contralateral dominance in the nostril hemisphere relationship.

which can be used in daily life to save the vital force and to avoid negative influences in daily life.mayafree. Therefore. only half of the brain is being used at any given time.com ishwar@mayafree. telepathy. Therefore. All the psychic phenomena such as clairvoyance. If both faculties can be used together and reason and creativity can be combined. etc are controlled and guided by the pineal gland. and both the nadis can be used together. then it is possible to understand all underlying phenomena of situation in any dimension.com +91-261-6596725 . There are some important applications of swar vigyan. : www.psychic gland connected with Ajana Chakra. Once the physiological connection and the functioning of the brain with the nadis is understood. If both hemispheres of the brain. nadis are closely connected with the neuro-endocrine function of the body. then all these forces can be combined for creative and productive work in all dimensions of life. pre cognition. it is easy to understand that both the nadis have different effects on our body and mind. Each of the brain hemispheres is active at different times.

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