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.
As I sit quietly and become aware of my breath, I feel enlivened and humbled by this never-ending cycle I am gifted with. Each inhalation leads me to my heart; each exhalation connects me to all living beings.
a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA
These verses from the Upanishads
on the significance of prana
are like a beautifully woven tapestry; each teaching is a revealing thread adding clarity and true understanding to my experience of Gurumayi’s Message for 2017.
Reading the verses has also helped my meditation practice. I now become easily aware of my breath as it leads me to a place of stillness within.
a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA