The Relation of Oxygen and Age


In the eternal cosmos of the physical body the abstract of life is moving like waves in the sea of consciousness. Eternal consciousness or the globally accepted power of consciousness is the 'Praan'. It is not just breathing but that abstract which helps all the physical and mental activities in a physical living body. 'Praan' is eternal and the inspiration to all. This is why all worship it. It is the 'sun', the 'moon' and also 'Brahm'.

At the beginning of cosmos all five basic elements, population of that time and all living or non-living forms got shelter through the living powers from the sky. And at the time of holocaust they all due to unavailability of the living power would get assimilated back into the sky as original source of it all.
These all abstracts are so fully merged in the 'praan' and are also boosted by it. Divine gods, humans, animals all breathe with the help of 'Praan' and so it is righteously termed as age and this is the reason why it is also termed as 'Sarvayush' or total age. Due to living in the house of this physical body and also being the owner of it 'Praan' is also termed to be the men of the house. Life is only till 'Praan' resides in it.

As it could be heard and accepted it is also greeted with - 'Vaayo twam pratyakshm Brahmaasi (Rigveda)' meaning, 'O' the breath of 'Praan' you are the 'Brahm' as 'Praan' is the reason behind this existence of world. The knowledge of 'Mantra' and five follicles 'Panchkosh' is based on 'Praan' only. 'Praan' is also considered as an ascetic. The visionary ascetics did not attain the abstracts of ascetics on the basis of their physical attributes but on the basis of 'Praan'. This is one more reason why 'Praan' is known by the names of these ascetics. For example restraining senses is termed as 'Grits' and the divine entity of love 'Kaamdev' is known as 'Mad' and both of these happen with the help of life energy or 'Praan' and so the ascetic was known as 'Gritsmad'.  'Visham mitram yasy asau Vishwamitram' refers that with the adherence of the 'Praan' all the world becomes friendly and so was named as 'Vishwamitra'. Similarly 'Vamdev', 'Atri', 'Vashisth' etc. names are revered to the ascetics. In this physical world 'Praan' is the ruler -'kayanagarmadhye tu maarut: kshitipaalak:|' meaning all divine gods, humans and animals are all living due to 'Praan'. It is life and it has a very important science related to it and the same could be experienced through devotion to yoga. One who could awaken its sleeping 'Praan' would be showered with conscious-energy resources from all directions.

In a human body on the basis of superannuation working distinction 'Praanvayu' has been categorized in 10 different names-
Praanoapaan: Satanaschodaanvyanau
Ch Vayav:|
Naag: Kurmoath Krukro Devdutto
Dhananjay:|| (Goraskhsanhita)
Meaning, 'Praan','Apaan', 'Saman', 'Udaan', 'Vyaan', 'Naag', 'Kurm', 'Krukar', 'Devdutt' and 'Dhananjay' etc. are 10 names of 'Praan'. Exhaling, inhaling, to propagate it with mouth and nose, digesting consumed food and to diversify it, food into stool, water into sweat and urine, juices into semen is what 'Praanvayu' does. It exists from heart to nose in the upper human body. The higher senses are dependent on it. To excrete, urinate and to secrete semen from the testicles or to carry it to the uterus is the work of 'Apaanvayu' along with all work around waist, knees and thighs. 'Samaanvayu' is based in between the navel and the heart and the juicesextracted during digestion are distributed to all body parts by it. 'Udaanvayu'is based from throat and head. To keep the physique lifted is its work and it also forms a relation in between the individual 'Praan' with holistic or whole 'Praan'. It is responsible for the minuscule body to leave at the time of death and as per the attributes of the minuscule body to enter in life form. Ascetics using this only could travel metaphysically. 'Vyaanvayu' is mainly stationed over the 'Muladhaar Chakra' and is responsible for travelling through all minuscule channels and infuses blood to all body parts. The various 'vayus' work as 'Naagvayu' for sneezing etc, 'Kurmvayu' for contractions, 'Krukarvayu' for thirst and cravings, 'Devduttvayu' for sleep and somnolence, and 'Dhananjayvayu' for nutrition. The one who could move 'Praan' as per its control could control his body, senses and mind. To control 'Praan' is also called as 'Praanayaam' and it helps humans in attaining a healthy and ailment less long life and thus could gain victory over senses. Mind has a close connection with the 'Praan' and to control or curb mind is a very hard work, but by restraining 'Praan' one could easily restrain over mind and so 'Praanayaam' plays an important role in life. Minuscule 'Praan' is distributed amongst many channels 'nadi' out of which 15 are primary - (1) Sushumna,  (2) Ida, (3)Pingla, (4) Gaandhari, (5) Hastijivha, (6) Pusha, (7) Yashshivini, (8) Shura, (9) Kuhu, (10) Saraswati, (11) Vaaruni, (12) Alambusha, (13) Vishwodari, (14) Shankhini and (15) Chitra.

'Sushumna', 'Ida' and 'Pingla' are three primary channels or 'nadis' and 'Shushumna' is of higher importance out of these three. This channel is like a minuscule tube which goes through the spinal cord from around the anus upto the mind, around the same place to its left starts the 'Ida' channel and to it right lies the 'Pingla' channel both leading up to the nostrils where around the core they all merge with each other. Sushumna is also known as 'Saraswati', Ida as 'Ganga' and Pingla as 'Yamuna'. The point around anus where they all gets diversified is also known as 'Mukt Triveni'. Ida is called as 'Chandranadi' and Pingla as 'Suryanadi'. When the left nostril is exhaling in force it is known as Ida or 'chandraswar' and if it going out of the right nostril with force then it is known as Pingla or 'Suryswar' and when both the nostrils are exhaling in rhythm then it is known as 'Shushumnaswar'.

The swar in a healthy human beginning from the dawn keeps moving from one swar to another at the interval of 2.5 'ghadis' and so in one full day the exhaling keeps going on through each nostril for about 12 times. In ailment or common cold one gets immediate relief by changing the swar or exhaling. When the 'Chadraswar' is working one should concentrate on permanent work requiring little efforts or management, drinking milk or water, passing urine, travel or chanting are preferred. And when 'Suryswar' is working one should indulge in hard tasks involving higher efforts, adventurous journeys, hard work, eating, excretion, bathing and sleeping etc. are suggested.

When both the swar's are working or changing frequently then one should indulge in yoga or holistic religious work. If 'Shushumnaswar' is not working then one should do 'Praanyaam' before meditation. Normally 'Praanayaam' is a physical process of inhaling and exhaling breaths which empowers the lungs and improves blood circulation and thus leading to long life and complete health. As per the physical sciences lungs are those organs which oxygenates the blood in the body which in turn reaching all parts of body helps in detoxifying physique by carrying out carbonic gases through exhaling. If this process is happening properly it guarantees the strength of lungs and blood purification keeps going on.

It has been observed that most people are not used to deep breathing, they are used to shallow breathing only in which only one fourth of the lungs are used and the remaining three fourth is almost never comes into use. Lungs have around 7 crore and 30 lakh sponge brackets as similar to that of a beehive. In shallow breathing only 2 crores out of them are used and the remaining 5 crore and 30 lakh stay inactive and as a result of this inactivity they start accumulating dirt and dust which then leads to dangerous diseases like Tuberculosis, Cough, Bronchitis etc.

And hence, inactivity of lungs affects the proper blood purification process and untimely death awaits and in this situation the importance of 'Praanayaam' comes into play for long life. Many diseases could simply be cured by following 'Praanayaam' easily. By gaining this knowledge of 'Praanvayu' one could help the mankind and himself to stay healthy and live a happy long life. This is the reason why 'Praanayaam' has been included in daily life style across all rituals as a necessary religious activity. Many mental ailments like seizures, tension, disappointment, fear and lust could be easily resolved with 'Praanayaam'. Not just this much but to increase many a brain functions like memory, sharpness, sensual predicaments, farsightedness or vision, acute observation, beliefs, consciousness and intellect could be raised many folds leading to a happy long life.

'Praanayaam' is not just inhaling or exhaling of breath but it is just its beginning, there are many 'Praanayaams' where one does not need to inhale or exhale even,  as they primarily depend on attraction and reflection of 'Praanvayu'. Conserving 'Praanvayu' leads to trance and as a result man could control time and thus live a healthy and happy long life and could denounce life as easily. Body and mind works with the power of life only and one who could control its 'Praanvayu' could control all functions of its body and mind and becomes resourceful. All such legislations come under 'Pranayam' and it has been explained so well as -
Praanayaamayrdhdyoshaan
Dharannabhisch Kilivshm|
Pratyaharenn Sansargaan
Dhyanenanischraan Gunnan||
Meaning 'Samyak Praanayaam' could cure physical ailments, 'Kumbhak' clears all physical and mental issues, 'Dharna' clears one of all sins, 'Pratyahar' helps in restraining senses and 'Dhyaan' lead to the knowledge of Brahm above which there is nothing but just eternal bliss.