Breath Masters Mind
Want, lust, anger, greed, possessiveness, pride, jealousy and ego are all impurities of the mind. These become obstacles to knowledge, to ceaseless unhappiness and a source of sorrow. Ramana Maharishi writes ‘chitha sodakam, mukti sodakam’ to convey: a clean mind is the tool for realization. Actions do not bind us if we function with inner purity: without likes and dislikes by ‘I-Me-Myself’. Such actions are then expressions of inner divinity. One prescription given to seekers is ‘Mastering Mind through Yogic Breathing” orPranayama). For eons sages have used it to improve physical, physiological and psychological performance of a mortal. Exercises that are able to control breath have the ability to control the Mind in Limbic Brain, at Will.
There are various types of pranayama. All have a deep impact on the physical and psychological performance of the human body through activation of the master glands (pituitary, pineal) and the Limbic System at the base of the brain. This area includes the Hypothalamus, Septal Nuclei, and Amygdala, Hippocampus, and Cingulate gyrus. Together they influence Emotion, Memory, Sex, Language, Dreams, Hallucinations, and the Unconscious Mind (Consciousness in Heaven).
The limbic system is connected to two autonomic nervous systems: the parasympathetic (Ida) and the sympathetic (pingala). Both are connected to the pituitary, pineal and the limbic systems of the brain. They autonomically control respiration [pranaya]; excretion [apanaya]; circulation [vyanaya]; digestion/assimilation [samanaya]; assist in metaphysical expansion [udanaya] and help in experiencing a growth into Infinity [brahmane].
Through willful breath control master endocrine glands are made to release ‘releasing factored hormones’ (hypophysiotropic or hypothalamic hormones) from thehypothalamus-pituitary axis) that play important regulating roles on all systemic endocrine glandular activities. This integration of the nervous and endocrine systems regulates all brain and physiological processes of the human body.