Nadi Literally Means | Prana | Indian Philosophy

Nadi literally means 'flow or current'.

In the ancient texts it is written that there are seventy two thousand nadis in the psychic body of man. These are visible like currents of light to a person who has developed psychic vision. In recent times the word nadi has been translated as nerve, but actually nadis are not nerves as we known them, for they are composed of astral matter. Like the chakras they are not located in the physical body, though nerves

of the physical body can be considered as their corresponding physical manifestations. All the nadis are subordinate to sushumna. Sushumna nadi runs within the spinal cord. even ida and pingala. pingala and sushumna. and of these. Nadis are the subtle channels along which the vital forces of prana flow. It is silvery in colour. Emanating . from mooladhara chakra at the bottom to ajna chakra at the top. fourteen are more important. Out of the large number of nadis in the psychic body. three are most important. These three are ida.

up to the right of ajna. River 11. finally ending on the left side of ajna chakra. Sex 5. Metal 7. Ida and pingala are the pathways of the two polar opposites of life force flowing within us.from the left side of mooladhara and passing through each chakra in turn in a curving path. Colour 8. Planet Chandra Nadi (Ida) Tamasic Left nostril Cold Female Mental Silver Blue Negative Parasympathetic Yamuna Moon Surya Nadi (Pingala) Rajasic Right nostril Hot Male Physical Gold Red Positive Sympathetic Ganges Sun Ida is negative. 1. Temperatu re 4. Breath 3. Pingala is fiery red in colour. is pingala nadi. These force currents in ida. Sl Quality no. while pingala is positive and called the sun (surya) nadi. Guna 2. pingala and sushumna operate alternately and the current that is flowing at any particular time can be . Nerves 10. and also called the moon (chandra) nadi. is ida nadi. Quality 6. Emanating from the right side of mooladhara and passing in an opposite manner to that of ida. Energy 9. It is blue in color.

Likewise. the digestive process may be inefficient. When the flow is greater in the right nostril. If pingala flows at night. When the right nostril is flowing. It the left nostril has a greater flow of air.. If the flow is equal. However. For example. the mind is introverted. may be undertaken. digest food and so on. causing indigestion.determined by noting the flow of breath in the nostrils. it is possible to alter the flow voluntarily by using willpower and certain yogic techniques. . such as padadirasana and pranayama. All our activities are influenced by the flow of these nadis which alternate approximately every hour. then pingala is predominant. any kind of mental work. then sushumna is ruling If you watch your breath you will find that it is usually flowing more in one nostril than the other. mental energy is dominant. if ida flows at the time of taking food. Ida nadi also flows mainly during sleep. etc. When the left nostril (ida) is flowing. thinking concentration. allowing the individual to do physical work. the person is very restless and finds it difficult to sleep. The mind is extroverted and the body generates more heat. then ida nadi is predominant. then vital energy is more active.

the sympathetic and parasympathetic. In a day the flow of air through the left nostril should predominate for about twelve hours and through the right nostril for the other twelve hours. responsible for the stimulation and acceleration of activities concerned with the external environment and the deceleration of the organs which tend to . Also the prime aim of hatha yoga is to bring about a balance of flow between the prana in ida and pingala. sushumna. the two nadis correspond roughly to the two halves of the autonomic nervous system . (ha = sun. and the mind controlled. if ida flows. When these two nadis are purified and balanc ed. There is a science known as swara yoga which deals in great detail with the changing flows of the nadis. it is possible to direct the flow of prana to pingala nadi thereby gaining the necesssary energy.if there is work to be done but one feels sleepy. To do this the body is purified by the six techniques known as the shatkarmas. tha = moon). We should have an even balance between these flows. begins to flow. Pingala coincides with the sympathetic nerves. If pingala flows. so that we are neither too mentally. Sushumna must be flowing if there is to be success in meditation. the body will be restless. In human physiology. nor too physically orientated. When sushumna flows. the mind will tend to think too much. the most important nadi. kundalini rises through the chakras.

Concentration is necessary and once the practitioner is able to concentrate on the psychic centres . and slow the respiration so that the individual becomes introverted. The sympathetic nerves speed up the heart. ears. The descriptions given in the previous text are according to the traditions of yoga and the experience of present day yogis. The flow of prana in ida and pingala is completely involuntary and unconscious until yogic practices control it. constrict the blood vessels. dilate the blood vessels.utilize a lot of energy internally. for they reduce the heartbeat.s/he will find themselves will on the way to spiritual discovery. The primary necessity in this science of kundalini yoga is sensitivity in order to locate these chakras and visualize their symbols on the psychic plane. etc. and intensify the efficiency of the eyes. increase the respiration rate. The parasympathetic nerves directly oppose the sympathetic nerves.the chakras . . It is hoped that the spiritual aspirant may find the information useful on his own path.

which is closely associated with the ego. and the genital organ. namely the two eyes. The ego does not actually reside in the physical body.Nadis are the specific channels where the ego or ahamkara flows in subtle human body. because it is not a physical element. Most of the Nadis begin or terminate at these Doors. the two nostrils. which are the sense organs. The Prana moves with the breaths and enkindles the . Following the numerology. There are around 72.000 Nadis in a human body that act as conduits for prana.000 means 7 + 2 = 9. signifying the Nine Doors through which prana can enter or leave the body. the two ears. Nadis are considered as the ethereal nerves in Kundalini meditation form and is the carrier of the ego. 72. the anus. the mouth.

and they almost occupy the same space. The Nadis meet and connect with one another at delicate plexuses called Chakras. the mind and the senses. It deals with appetites for food and other enjoyments of materialistic life. on the subtle level there prevails a Nadi. relax and also decreases the appetite. The Chakras exist only in the subtle body and are detectable only to the enlightened mind. The left nostril is called Yamuna and works more efficiently than the right nostril. and Sushumna Nadi or the 'fire channel'. The Chakras have various shapes and colors. The right nostril is related to the Surya Nadi. the person runs a great risk of exciting the . the Chandra Nadi causes them to cool down. Control of the Nadis enables an individual to control the ego. The right nostril is known as Ganga. resulting the body to cool down.. Sushumna is closely associated with the spine and spinal cord. Of these thousands of Nadis three are most important are the Surya Nadi or the 'sun channel'. the Chandra Nadi or the 'moon channel'. and the left nostril to the Chandra Nadi. Thus the opposite effect is produced. When the Surya Nadi heats things up. These Chakras are often used as a seat of meditation. It works more efficiently than the left nostril.body's fire and the mind is carried out through these Doors by prana so that it can experience the realistic world. While meditating directly on Chakras. On the physical level there is a physical body. thus influencing one another.

any reaction on the either part can affect the other one.nerves and Nadis in the area. one shall merely inflame the nerves in the perineum and intensify the force of Apana that is the downward-moving form of prana. which throws things out. which expresses. Apana in the pelvic region. but it is very difficult to locate this Chakra. and Udana. and so on. The Mooladhara Chakra is at the perineum. Samana. Prana and Chakras are closely related. Each of these forms appears in a different part of the body. When Kundalini Shakti begins to awake. which assimilates. There are five varieties of prana in the body. namely the Apana. Vyana that circulates and distributes. Udana is in the head. a tremendous rush of energy is released. . If meditated without knowing about these elements. Any obstruction to the free flow of these five pranas causes imbalance and disease. especially in speech.

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