Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 20 Oct 2011 09:07 and updated at 20 Oct 2011 09:07


Taittariya 1.5.3: Maha is Brahman (i.e. Aum), for by Brahman Aum(), indeed, are all the Vedas nourished. Bhuh, indeed, is Prana; Bhuvah is Apana; Suvah is Vyana; Maha is food; for by food, indeed, are all the vital forces nourished. These, then, that are four, are (each) fourfold. The Vyahritis are divided into four groups of four (each). He who knows these knows Brahman. All the gods carry presents to him.
Taittariya 1.7.1: The Earth, Sky, Heaven, the primary quarters, and the intermediate quarters; fire, air, the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars; water, herbs, trees, Sky, and Virat these relate to natural factors. Then follow the individual ones: Prana, Vyana, Apana, Udana and Samana; the eye, the ear, the mind, speech and sense of touch; skin, flesh, muscles, bones and marrow. Having imagined these thus, the seer said, All this is constituted by five factors; one fills up the (outer) fivefold ones by the (individual) fivefold ones.
Taittariya As compared with this self made of the essence of food, as said before, there is another inner self which is made of air. By that is this one filled. This Self is also of the human form. Its human form takes after the human form of that (earlier one). Of this, Prana is the head, Vyana is the southern side, Apana is the northern side, space is the self, the Earth is the tail that stabilises. Pertaining to that is this (following) verse:
Prashna 3.6: This self (i.e. the subtle body) is surely in the heart. There are a hundred and one of the (chief) nerves. Each of them has a hundred (division). Each branch is divided into seventy two thousand sub branches. Among them moves Vyana.
Prashna 3.8: The Sun is indeed the external Prana. It rises up favouring this Prana in the eye. That deity, that is in the Earth, favours by attracting Apana in a human being. The space (i.e. air), that is within, is Samana. The (common) air is Vyana.
Prashna 4.3: It is the fires (i.e. the functions resembling fire) of Prana that really keep awake in this City of the body. That which is this Apana really resembles the Garhapatya fire, Vyana resembles the fire, Anvaharyapacana. Since the Ahavaniya fire is obtained from Garhapatya, which is the former s source of extraction, therefore Prana conforms to Ahavaniya (because of its issuing out of Apana).

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