Prana, the Vital Power
Scriptural Verses from the Upanishads
In the scriptures of India, the Sanskrit term prana, often translated as “breath,” is considered the vital power of the Supreme Self that manifests everything in the universe and permeates all created things. This vital power is what gives rise to and sustains the incoming and outgoing rhythm of our physical breathing. The great sages of the Upanishads teach that by paying close attention to our breath, especially through a steady practice of meditation, we connect with prana. This vital power, in turn, leads our mind into the luminous space of the Self, which is the Heart and essence of our being.
You are invited to read and reflect on the following quotations about prana from the Upanishads. The wisdom imparted by the sages can enrich your understanding and practice of Gurumayi’s Message for 2017 and her teaching for this month of November:
Recognize the power of your breath.
The beautiful image here evokes peace in me. I imagine that the water is descending from the infinite and flowing into the infinite—transmitting the Guru’s teachings to me.
Contemplating both the artwork and the verse from the Mundaka Upanishad
, I feel that Lord Shiva himself is within me in the form of my own breath and that it is he—my inner Self—who is carrying out my daily activities.
Through this experience, my mind is more peaceful, as I am now aware of the connection between my spiritual life and worldly life. I see that, in both realms, everything is performed by the power of prana shakti
a Siddha Yogi from Dombivli, India