• November 2017
  • November 2017
 

Prana, the Vital Power
Scriptural Verses from the Upanishads

A Verse from the Taittiriya Upanishad
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This verse touched me deeply. It articulates what I experienced when my father died.
 
It dawned on me at that time how similar the first and the last breaths are. I could see that there’s only a thin veil between life and death. The palpable silence that descended on me as my father departed "into Breath" was so profound that I didn't want to move. I wanted to merge into silence.
 
This experience remained present and sustained me over the next weeks—with my breath serving as the immediate connection to the silence within.

 

a Siddha Yogi from Geelong, Australia

Recently, I read Swami Muktananda’s book I Am That and started using the Hamsa mantra in meditation. As a result—even though I have had breathing-related disorders for most of my life—my breathing has become more natural and relaxed. I now breathe effortlessly from my diaphragm where I had held fear from past injuries.
 
Reading this verse from the Taittiriya Upanishad helped me understand how breathing with awareness helps my life flow easefully. When I meditate now, I will remember that my breath is a gift from God.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA