The True Meaning of Pranaam
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The life force flowing inside our body towards the brain and spinal cord is called PRAN. The life force flowing in the outward direction from the brain and spinal cord is called APAN. When you bend your head forward so that chin approaches your chest while clasping your hands and you curve your body forward (in the typical Pranaam posture) then this allows you to feel your entire body from the toes of the feet to top of the head. This posture allows you to feel your body more and more. This posture also permits meeting of the pran and apan life currents within the body. This is called PRANAAM. Pranaam is the highest Pranayama. Therefore pranaam and pranayama both literally have the same meaning.
When pran and apan meet each other this is the highest, balanced state. This is when you are tuned with yourself and this is also referred to as YOGASTHA. When the prophet Krishna was teaching Arjuna he entered into the Yogastha state and then he assisted Arjuna to attain that same state. Once this was achieved then communication between the two was correct and comprehensible. Many times when we call someone on the telephone we say ‘Pranaam’ to one another but we are unaware of its true meaning. Pranaam indicates that one should be in a meditative pose. When you speak to someone in meditative pose and the listener is also in that condition then proper communication is established. If one of the persons is not in meditative pose then miscommunication occurs and it goes in the wrong direction and illusion may appear.
In summary, Pranaam and Yogastha have the same meaning and they may also be referred to as the highest Pranayama. This is called Kriyayoga practice. All are one.
Each of the above has the same meaning but ‘Illusion’ tells a different meaning. When you open the dictionary you will never be able to find these definitions because dictionaries are written by unrealized masters. If Vedavyasa, Jesus, St. Paul, St. John, Kabir or Nanakji wrote the dictionary they would have written the same meaning as given above. Therefore, we should never rely on the meaning of the dictionary. Simply practice the presence of God and you will know the true meaning of everything.
- Swami Shree Yogi Satyam
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