The body is filled with innumerable Nadis that cannot be counted. Tantric wisdom state that there are 72, Nadis in the human body, 14 are principal nadis out. Within the human body there is a subtle and perfect network of 72, Nādīs that distribute this life force throughout the whole body. On the physical level the. From it 72, nadis are said to be spread throughout the body, each branching off into another 72, They move in every direction and have countless outlets .

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The word nadi is derived from Sanskrit nad meaning hollow stalk, sound vibration and resonance. Nadis are tubular organs of the subtle body through which energy flows. Nadis are ducts, channels which carry air, water, blood, nutrients and other substances throughout the body. They 7200 our arteries, bronchioles, veins, capillaries and so on. In our so called subtle and spiritual bodies, which cannot be weighed or measured, they channel cosmic, vital, seminal and other energies as well as sensations, consciousness and spiritual nadia.

From the Atma dwelling in the heart, and the size of a thumb, radiate nadis. From each of these nadis emanate subtler nadis, each of which branches off into another 72, They are called different names according to their functions. Nadikas are small nadis and nadichakras are ganglia or plexuses in all three bodies. It is said in the Varahopanisad that the nasis penetrate the body 7200 the soles of the feet to the crown of the head.

In them is prana, the breath of life, and in that life abides Atma, which is the abode of Shakti, creatrix of the animate and inanimate worlds. All nadis originate from one of two centres; the Kandasthana – a little below the navel, and the Heart. Though yoga texts agree about their starting points, they vary about where some of them end.

Twelve digits above the anus and the genital organs and just below the navel, there is an egg-shaped bulb called the kanda. From it 72, nadis are said to be spread throughout the body, each branching off into another 72, They move in nadix direction and have countless outlets nais functions. The Siva Samhita mentionsnadis of which 14 are stated to be important.

Nadis, the Channels of Life force Energy

The three most vital are Sushumna, Ida, Pingala. A slightly different angle: As wireless mediums, the subtle energy tubes nadis are not physical nerves or arteries, and the vortexes chakras are not physical nerve plexuses.

If you dissected a corpse, you would not locate one nadi or chakra anywhere, because they are composed of non-physical substance.

In fact, even under an electron microscope they are undetectable. Yet these subtle energy tubes and centres nadsi the very breath of life to your body. Without them, your heart would not beat and lungs would not move.

Because they are not readily discernable for scientific investigation, their existence is rejected by Western medicine.

Less Known Facts About Nadis (The Nervous System)

However, the nadi system is the essence of Chinese acupuncture and Ayurvedic medicine. Why are nadis and chakras discounted as myth? Consider a man who never saw a radio or television. If you told him these instruments could pick up signals originating many miles away, he would laugh at you.

No wire transmits the signal, yet invisible electromagnetic waves carry it. Similarly, your body is akin to a radio that receives pranic energy.


A healthy body receives these energy waves as a clear, nadks radio. An unhealthy body is an old dilapidated radio that distorts the signal.

Prana, in its capacity of the life force in breath, takes five separate forms. These five vital forces pancha prana breathe life into your body: Seated in the heart anahata chakrait governs respiration, swallowing, and movements of the gullet. Prana resides in the eyes and ears, operates in the heart and lungs, and moves in and out of your nose. Seated in the anus muladhara chakra it governs excretion and the kidneys, bladder, genitals, colon and rectum. It is responsible for flatulence, ejaculation, conception, childbirth, defecation and urination.

It regulates the sense of smell, makes the body stable, and its range of influence is from the navel to the rectum. Seated in the navel manipura chakrait maintains digestive fire and regulates stomach, liver, pancreas and intestine.

Samana carries the grosser product of food to Nadi for excretion, and brings the subtler material to the extremities. The word samana means “equaliser”. By nafis Samana, you gain charisma and a powerful aura.

It is said in the scriptures that “seven lights” proceed from Samana. Seated in the throat above the larynx vishudda chakrait regulates falling asleep, controls all automatic functions in the head and maintains body heat. Udana is responsible for speech, music and humming. At the time of death Udana separates the astral body from the physical body. By controlling Udana, levitation can occur.

Udana is responsible for “kundalini” rising up your spine. All- pervading and moving through all the nadis, it controls the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems, directs voluntary and invountary movements of muscles, joints, tendons and fascia, and keeps the body upright through unconscious reflexes.

Vyana is responsible for blood flow and lymph detoxification, sweating and coordination of all systems. The word Vyana means “pervading one”. Ida, Pingala and Sushumna are the important ones.

Sushumna is the most important of all. It is said that at the time of death, yogis and saints consciously leave through the brahmarandhra. Since the aperture is in the spiritual or causal body karana sarira it cannot be seen or measured. Its function is cooling tamasinertia. Its function is burning rajasaction.

It carries the essence of food. Its function is Agni, Fire sattvaillumination. Its function is the evacuation of urine. These 4 ‘central’ nadis are. Pranayama is said to be the union of Prana and Apana. It is of three kinds-expiration, inspiration and retention. They are associated with the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet for the right performance of Pranayama.

Pranava OM only is said to be Pranayama. Sitting in Padmasana Lotus-posture the person should meditate that there is, at the tip of his nose, Devi Gayatri, a girl of red complexion, surrounded by numberless rays of the image of the moon and mounted on Hamsa Swan having a mace in her hand. She is the visible symbol of the letter A. The letter U has as its visible symbol Savitri, a young lady of white colour having a disc in her hand, riding on an eagle Garuda.

The letter M has as its visible symbol Sarasvati, an aged woman of black colour, riding on a bull, having a trident in her hand. He should meditate that the single letter, the supreme light-the Pranava OM is the origin or source of these letters-A, U and M. Drawing up the air through Ida left nostril for the space of 16 Matras, he should meditate on the letter A during that time; retaining the inspired air for the space of 64 Matras he should meditate on the letter U during that time; he should then exhale the inspired air for the space of 32 Matras, meditating on the letter M during that time.


He should practise thus in the above order again and again. Having become firm in the posture and having preserved perfect self-control, the Yogi should, in order to clear away the impurities of the Sushumna, sit in Padmasana, and having inhaled the air through the left nostril, should retain it as long as he can and should exhale through the right. Then drawing it again through the right and having retained it, he should exhale it through the left, in the order that he should draw it through the same nostril by which he had exhaled it before and had retained it.

To those who practise it according to these rules, through the right and left nostrils, the Nadis become purified within three months. He should practise cessation of breath at sunrise, at midday, at sunset and at mid-night, slowly, 80 times a day, for 4 weeks.

THE NADIS & Their Functions – The Visuality

In the early stage, perspiration is produced; in the middle stage the tremor of the body; and in the last stage, levitation in the air. These results ensue out of the repression of the breath, while sitting in the Badis posture.

When perspiration arises with effort, one should rub his body well. By this, the body becomes firm and light. In the early course of practice, food with milk and ghee is excellent. One, sticking to this rule, becomes firm in his practice and gets no Taapa burning sensation in the body.

As lions, elephants and tigers are gradually tamed, so also the breath, when rigidly managed, comes under control. By the practice of Pranayama, the purification of the Nadis, the brightening of the gastric fire, hearing distinctly of spiritual sounds and good health result. When the nervous centres have become purified through the regular practice of Pranayama, the air easily forces its way up through the mouth of the Sushumna, which is in the middle.

By the contraction of the muscles naxis the neck and by the contraction of the one below, viz. Sushumna Nadi is between Ida and Pingala. The Prana which alternates ordinarily between Ida and Pingala, is restrained by long Kumbhaka; then along with the soul, its attendant, it will enter the Sushumna, the central Nadi, at one of three places where it yields space for entrance through such restraint of breath, and in the navel, by the Sarasvati Nadi, on the west.

After such nadie it is that the Yogi becomes dead to the world, being in that state called Samadhi. Drawing up the Apana and forcing down the Prana from the throat, the Yogi, free from old age, becomes a youth of sixteen. Through the practice of Pranayama chronic diseases, that defy Allopathic, Homeopathic, Ayurvedic and Unani doctors, will be rooted out.

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