According to the ‘Yogic’ science there are 72000 nadis in our body. The most important is the Sushumna nadi which is red in colour and the Ida and Pingala nadis which are white in colour. There is an invisible power hidden in the form of a seed called ‘Kundalini Shakti’ in each one of us in the Mooladhara Chakra at the base of our spinal cord where the Sushumna Nadi, Ida and Pingala Nadis exists in a triangular shape.
The very end of the base of the spinal cord is called the Mooladhara and the position on top of the head is called Sahasrara.
When activated by meditation the Sushumna Nadi rises from the Mooladhara and with regular practice of Meditation rises up to the Sahasrara.
When a child upon birth takes its first breath both Ida and Pingala Nadis get activated and start working and continue till death, but the Sushumna Nadi is in a dormant State.
In a normal person only the Ida ‘Surya’ Nadi and Pin- gala ‘Chandra’ Nadi are in a working mode.
The Sushumna Nadi is activated only with Dhyana Shakti (Meditative power). While the Ida and Pingala Nadis rise from the Mooladhara chakra to the Ajna chakra only, the Sushumna Nadi with the divine energy availed from the cosmic energy during meditation rises upwards through the Swadhishthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddhi, Ajna Chakras and reaches the Sahasrara Chakra.
The state of utmost Bliss one experiences during the rise of Sushumna Nadi during intense meditation is called – Brahmananda Sachidananda.
When the Sushumna Nadi while passing through each of the energy junctions or chakras reaches the Ajna Chakra (the point between the eyebrows) called the ‘Third eye’ awakens the eye of Perception. When the Kundalini Shakti enters the Agna Chakra through the Sushumna Nadi” Spiritual Perception is awakened.
Regular practice of Sushumna Kriya Yoga Meditation helps in Third eye perfection. This phenomenon is also known as the Triveni Sangamam or the Mukti Sangamam. The breath through the right nostril is the Ganga, the breath through the left nostril is the Yamuna and the rising Sushumna Nadi through the middle is the mystical Saraswati. The ignorance that engulfs will be cleared and with regular meditation it will leads us to the Divine Truth and transform us into enlightened beings, one with God.
The Significance of The Consecration Of The Naga Deity In Temples
The consecration of Naga deities made out of stone in India is done under the Neem, Aswatha and Bel trees. Generally, people perceive them as Sarpa Devatas (Divine Snakes) and are worshipped. But the truth is that they represent the Ida, Pingala and the Sushumna Nadis. On more careful examination there is a thin channel that passes through the two snakes (Ida and Pingala) and merges at their hoods.
This is the Sushumna Nadi which is very subtle and thinner than a strand of hair. The custom of consecration of Naga deities in the temples was to create a deeper understanding about the dormant Spiritual faculties inside the human being that are to be awakened.
The Kundalini Shakti is also represented as the Serpent Power. The meaning of Kundala is that which is coiled up. The Serpent Power was also called ‘Bhujangi’ The three coils of the Serpent Energy signify the three states of Mind (Waking, Dreaming and Deep Sleep). In India the Serpent stands for immortality as it renews its life by obtaining new skin from time to time.
Kundalini Shakti is also known as immortal energy. Most of the Gods and Goddesses are represented with the Five Hooded Snake at their head region. This represents the Awakened Kundalini Shakti having reached Sahasrara or the Brahma Randhra region. During the practice of Sushumna Kriya Yoga Meditation and when the Kundalini Shakti rises through the Sushumna Nadi one can experience varied Spiritual Manifestations of one’s self and with regular and intense Meditation we can feel the effects of Sushumna Nadi on each Chakra leading to state of Divine Bliss.