In the scriptures of India, the Sanskrit term prana, often translated as “breath,” is considered the vital power of the Supreme Self that manifests everything in the universe and permeates all created things. This vital power is what gives rise to and sustains the incoming and outgoing rhythm of our physical breathing. The great sages of the Upanishads teach that by paying close attention to our breath, especially through a steady practice of meditation, we connect with prana. This vital power, in turn, leads our mind into the luminous space of the Self, which is the Heart and essence of our being.
When I was reading each of these scriptural verses, I became increasingly aware of my breath. It seemed to become slower and deeper. As I read each verse in turn, I felt a growing connection to the profound peace and love that lay within. I felt more prepared to start my day knowing I had once again aligned to my Truth.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the gift of these verses and the Siddha Yoga path website.
Reading these verses has connected me with my breath. When I’ve completed my reading, I feel as if I am coming out of my daily meditation practice. There is a deep silence within, and I can hear the sacred sound the breath makes in my inhalation and exhalation. I am in absolute bliss.
This verse helps me to lead my mind to the Self.
Some years ago, I experienced that the breath is the treasure of my life. Over time I have been making the effort, again and again, to bring my attention to that simple, essential, and always-available link to the Self, with the intention of developing a constant awareness of the breath. Acting from this divine source, with the support of a regular practice of meditation, I experience a fountain of happiness in the midst of my life.
As I finish reading these five sacred verses, I find myself in a state of bliss. Oh joyful path, the path of the breath!
California, United States
Reading these verses, I feel that my Beloved has been right here all along as my breath!
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As I sit quietly and become aware of my breath, I feel enlivened and humbled by this never-ending cycle I am gifted with. Each inhalation leads me to my heart; each exhalation connects me to all living beings.
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