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Kundalini

Kundalini

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Important work to understand the theory and practice of Kundalini yoga .
Important work to understand the theory and practice of Kundalini yoga .

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This is situated between the anus and the root of the reproductory organ. It is like the shape
ofaneggandiscoveredwithmembranes.ThisisjustabovetheMuladharaChakra.AlltheNadisof
thebodyspringfromthisKanda.ItisinthejunctionwhereSushumnaisconnectedwithMuladhara
Chakra. The four petals of the Muladhara Chakra are on the sides of this Kanda and the junction is
called Granthi-Sthana, where the influence of Maya is very strong. In some Upanishads you will
find that Kanda is 9 digits above the genitals.

Kanda is a centre of the astral body from where Yoga Nadis, subtle channels, spring and
carry the Sukshma Prana (vital energy) to the different parts of the body. Corresponding to this
centre, you have ‘Cauda equina’ in the gross physical body. The spinal cord extending from the
brain to the end of the vertebral column tapers off into a fine silken thread. Before its termination it
gives off innumerable fibres, crowded into a bunch of nerves. This bunch of nerves is ‘Cauda
equina’ in the gross body. The astral centre of ‘Cauda equina’ is Kanda.

SPINAL CORD

The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord, the cerebro-spinal
centre or axis. The continuation of the Medulla oblongata or the Bulb is a connecting medium
between the brain and the spinal cord. The centre in the Medulla oblongata is closely connected
withtheinvoluntaryfunctionsofbreathingandswallowing.Thespinalcordextendsfromthetopof
the spinal canal to the second vertebra of the coccygeal region where it tapers off into a fine silken
thread, called Filum terminale.

The spinal cord is a column of very soft grey and white brain-matter. The white matter is
arranged on the sides of the grey matter. The white matter is of medullated nerves while the grey is
ofnerve-cellsandfibres.Thisisnottightlyfittedwiththespinalcanal,butsuspendedordropped,as
it were, into the spinal canal just like the brain in the cranial cavity. This is nourished by the
membranes. Spinal cord and brain float in the cerebro-spinal fluid. The fluid prevents, therefore,
any injury done to them. Further the spinal cord is protected by a covering of fatty tissue. It is
divided into two symmetrical halves by an anterior and posterior fissure. In the centre there is a
minute canal, called canalis centralis. Brahmanadi runs along this canal from the Muladhara to
Sahasrara Chakra. It is through this Nadi, Kundalini, when awakened, passes to Brahmarandhra.

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KUNDALINI YOGA—THEORY

Thespinalcordisnotdividedorseparatedfromthebrain.Itiscontinuouswiththebrain.All
the cranial and spinal nerves are connected with this cord. Every nerve of the body is connected
with this. The organs of reproduction, micturition, digestion, blood-circulation, respiration are all
controlled by this spinal cord. Spinal cord opens out into the fourth ventricle of the brain in the
medulla oblongata. From the fourth ventricle it runs along the third, then the fifth ventricle of the
brain and finally it reaches the crown of the head, Sahasrara Chakra.

Spinal Cord

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KUNDALINI YOGA

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