Understanding Gita – 89

Chapter 4 – JnanaYoga

Shloka 29

TEXT 29

apāne juhvati prāṇaṁ
prāṇe ‘pānaṁ tathāpare
prāṇāpāna-gatī ruddhvā
prāṇāyāma-parāyaṇāḥ
apare niyatāhārāḥ
prāṇān prāṇeṣu juhvati

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Others offer apaana(air going downwards in the body) to prana(air going outward), and vice versa. By checking the movement of praana-apaana, some are inclined to do praanayama(trance induced by stopping the movement of air).Others by controlled eating, sacrifice prana(outgoing air) to the prana(outgoing air).

Ways of performing yajnas continued here –

  • praanayama – regulating the breathing by merging downward going air with the outward going air. In other words regulating inhalation and exhalation, and reaching the no inhalation-exhalation stage(kumbaka – capacity to hold your breath for long).
  • Controlled eating – reducing the amount of food gradually so that the indriyas are weakened.

Swamiji  body and mana are together because of prana. They are separated at death, deep sleep and pranayama. When we do pranayama, we become so sookshma(subtle) that the mind let goes its hold on the body. When the mind does that our whole perspective changes. Right now we are working for the body, in the sense everything is done w.r.t body. Once the perspective changes we’ll work through the body. Using our body to express ourselves. Making the body work for us.
Do pranayama regularly and one day by God’s grace it will click.

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