Ancient Indian Science of Prana

What is Prana?

We have heard about Yoga and Pranayama. Prana is a Sanskrit word and the translation in English is still not apt or possible in a single word or a bunch of statements. Prana is mostly translated in English as ‘Life Force’ and many also refer Oxygen as Prana.

I am not a Sanskrit scholar to give translation. However, by reading different texts, I tried to grasp what the ancients mean by Prana. Prana means Energy and my Explanation for the same is as below:

Light is a source of Energy as we say. But Light contains Photon which are particle in nature. Science also says that Photon contains quantum of Energy. By this, Photon carries Energy is the understanding.

In a similar sense, Oxygen is a matter(gas) but it in-turn will carry Energy(assume). The Matter is of Four State as identified(solid,liquid,gas,plasma) and these are all the manifestations of Energy and in-turn will carry Energy as well. A Photon is a manifestation of Energy and it in turn will carry Energy.

We intake air,Water and Food. We also have Vision, Sound, Taste and Smell has Inputs. The Energy from Air, Water and Food will be referred to as Prana.  In other sense, If we breathe Pure air, we intake more Prana and if the air is impure and polluted, the prana will be less. Same with  contaminated and polluted water and food. In that sense, Vegetarian Food will have more Prana than non-vegetarian food.

Air(Oxygen),Water and Food are important for our survival. Lets see How it works,

We drink Water(Prana) and it forms the blood and We eat food(Prana) which gets mixed in the blood and We breathe Oxygen(Prana) which burns the Food and supplies Energy as well as revitalizes the Body. There is a Channel for the Prana Flow in the Body. These Channels are called as Nadis.

What are Nadis?
Nadis are the nostrils, esophagus and Blood vessels. These are the channels in which the prana(Energy) flows.
There are two nostrils called as Ida and Pingala and the connecting point of the two nadis is called sushumna. If there are any blocks in the nostrils, the flow of Energy may get hindered and hence techniques like Pranayamana are of help.
Just like sushumna is a connecting Point for two nostrils, there are in total 72,000 connecting points in the blood vessels as well which are called as Chakras.

What are Chakras?
Chakras are the junction points for the Energy flow. If we connect two pipes for the flow of water and in case there is a block or hold in the junction, the flow or speed of water might get reduced. In a similar way, if there is any blockage in the blood vessel connecting points, the flow of prana could get affected. Pranayamana technique will be effective in the nostril and esophagus and it cannot be as effective in the blood vessels. Precaution is needed to maintain the blood(which carries prana) and this can be done by taking hygienic food which doesn’t contain any cholesterol and other junk. A fresh green vegetable has more prana than the dead meat. A fruit has more prana than the cooked food. A Fruit Juice has more prana than tea or coffee.

Seven Chakras and its Significance:
Of the 72,000 connecting points in the nadis(blood vessels) the Seven are the main Chakras. This number as such 72,000 may be associated with the heart beat(72 times) and the pulse rate(about 72 times). These are the termed as Main chakras as they are in line with the nervous system of the spinal cord. Hence whatever you think(mind), you will likely to spend the energy on that thought. For example, if you think about eating ice cream, you will use your energy thinking about icecream and focus on them to start an action with or without conscious. You may satisfy the thought by buying an ice cream and even if you don’t buy it now, you would have this thought pending which can affect your other routine works and in spending enough energy on them or concentrating.

The Seven Chakras will correspond to the endocrine glands in the human body and if there is any thought in the mind, the brain will command the endocrine glands to produce hormones. If the Mind is in fear, the brain would command the adrenal glands to secrete androgen and you would likely to spend your energy on fear and survival. This is True because when there is someone coming to kill you with a knife and we are hiding under a bed, we feel a sudden rise in Energy level in the body and there will be heavy breathe to supply more prana for the exhausting energy.

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Indian Humanic Railway System

Indian Railway System is not Robotic; it’s Humanic!!

Local Trains which are supposed to arrive at 10:40AM may arrive any time between 10:30AM to 10:50AM.
It motivates the people to be in time before 10mins and everyone is happy when the train arrives at 10:40AM time.

Track Crossing to reach the opposite platform is mostly preferred by people since its easy and also quick.
The Train driver usually have a watch when nearing station and blew the horn to alert the crossing people.

People also take their cycles alone with them in train. For Instance, people from Avadi take their cycle in Train Luggage Compartment and reach Perambur to drive their cycle to their work place. People who bought new Bike from Chennai also use Luggage Compartment to take home.

Cycle and Bike Stands are near to Railway and Bus stations and help people to park their vehicles. People leave their Vehicles during the morning and take Home evening after their working shift gets over. People also have their Monthly pass issued from the Cycle Stand Owners.

There are different class of travel which includes Air Conditioned Sleeper, Air Conditioned Setter, Second Class and Unreserved.The Unreserved Class usually have Full Utilization of Space. There is a long queue awaiting at 9:00PM for the 10:00PM Train.

The Train is bought slowly backwards to the platform from station shed around 9:30PM.
Its always thrill to get into the slowing moving train and to catch the seat. There are fights, quarrels and shouting when the whole mass enters into the Unreserved Compartment. Slowly the scene gets calm as the train leaves the station around 10:00PM. People sleep under the seat, above the luggage shelf and anywhere if a space is available.
It is so enjoyable to travel with thrill and excitement.

Train Track

Train Track

Broken Train

Broken Train

Railway Platform

Railway Platform

Train Reaching Station

Train Reaching Station

Express Train

Express Train

Houses View -From Station

Houses View -From Station

Avadi Station

Avadi Station

People in Tracks

People in Tracks

Passengers Waiting

Passengers Waiting

Train @ Station

Train @ Station

Station Stand

Station Stand

City View from Train

City View from Train

Chennai Central

Chennai Central

Southern Railway

Southern Railway

Calm Station

Calm Station

Auto Service

Auto Service

Train the Hero

Train the Hero

Train @ Tracks

Train @ Tracks

Car Park

Car Park

Road near Station

Road near Station

Park Town Station

Park Town Station

Auto Bay Chennai

Auto Bay Chennai

Road View- Station

Road View- Station

Retail Life in India

The Retail  in India – The System have Life in it and it doesn’t mean spending money to unknown seller.

Tea Shop: The Tea Shops are Souls of India and they are found everywhere and in each Street of India. Almost all the People go to tea shop for a cup of  tea and other items sold here include butter biscuit, cigars, bajji, bonda, samosa. People working in Office usually maintain a friendly relationship with the Local Tea Seller and enjoys a cup of tea and samosa with co-workers.

Grocery Shopping: Family buy from Individual Retail Guys shop(We call them “Anachi Kadai” in Tamil) or from a local Super Market.The Shopping is done  usually in the First Week of the Month in Credit or Account and the Payment is usually made the Next Month.Suppose they are in need of vegetable or some Grocery like Salt or Sugar,then they send the Boy Child in the family to buy from the corner street shop.

Apparel Shopping: The Cloths are bought only during festival times such as Dewali, Pongal where the Shops offer discounts. Other Times the sales are low or moderate. People are not interest to wear quality clothes as they stay usually in Home while back from Office. There are a few Outings or Tour and many times going to relative marriage is the Outing to the family. Woman usually try to wear the Best collection they have during these times.

Indian Retail Gaints: The Small Individual Seller Shop are mostly shopped by people compared to retail multiplex and Branded Shops. Recently the Business magnets turn to concentrate on retailing and continue to expand their Brands in different cities.  The Retail gaints in India include Pantaloon-Big Bazaar, Relaince-Reliance Mart,Relaince Fresh,Tata-Landmark, Titan,WestLand,Indian Oil-Bunk. Some Comparatively Small Players include Birla-More,Nilgiris,UniverCell Mobiles,Hotel Saravanaa Bhavan.

Outside Players: International Sellers such as Bata,McDonalds, KFC, Reebok, Colors of Benetton,Louis Phillipe are popular in India. Rich People may Shop at these Brands and other middle class and poor people usually avoid them and sometime may try to have a look into the shop and come back. A Few Middle class would buy just for the Brand Name.

Petrol Bunk

Petrol Bunk

Retail Bank

Retail Bank

Saravana Store

Big Bazaar

Big Bazaar

Brand Shop

Brand Shop

Shop inside Multiplex

Shop inside Multiplex

Show Room

Show Room

Food Court

Food Court

KFC in Chennai

KFC in Chennai

MultiPlex

MultiPlex

Star Promotions

Star Promotions

Pooja for New Shop

Pooja for New Shop

Shops @ Beach

Shops @ Beach

sclupture Shop

sclupture Shop

Sclupture Shop

Sclupture Shop

Tourist Street

Tourist Street

Sclupture Shop

Sclupture Shop

Artistic Culture Shop

Artistic Culture Shop

Chat Shop in Street

Chat Shop in Street

Chat Shop

Chat Shop

Chat Street with Shops

Chat Street with Shops

Cool Drink Shop

Cool Drink Shop

Shop Inside Railway

Shop Inside Railway

Multiplex

Multiplex

Local Bakery

Local Bakery

 Grocery Shop

Grocery Shop

Tourist Street

Tourist Street

Furniture Mart

Furniture Mart

Container in Street

Container in Street

Coconut Shop

Coconut Shop

Grocery Shop

Grocery Shop

Cycle Stand

Cycle Stand

Corner Complex

Corner Complex

Fish Seller

Fish Seller

Town Shops

Town Shops

Shoe Shop

Shoe Shop

Reebok-Levis

Reebok-Levis

Van Heusen

Van Heusen

Louis Phillippe

Louis Phillippe

Shopping Centre

Shopping Centre

British

Argument between British and Indian

British: we have spoiled your mother land over 300 years

Indian: ha ah ha!!! We have spoiled your mother tongue.