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Thirty Minor Upanishads 16 As already pointed out, the Sushumnā nādi is between Idā and Piṅgalā. If Prāṇa which alternates ordinarily between Idā and Piṅgalā is restrained by long kumbhaka, then it along with the soul, its attendant will enter the Sushumnā (central nādi) at one of the three places where it yields space for entrance through such restraint of breath and in the navel, from the Sarasvaṭī nādi on the west. After such entry it is that the yogin becomes dead to the world, being in the state called trance. 17 Through such and other methods of Prāṇāyāma prescribed in this passage and the subsequent ones, chronic diseases that defy European doctors will be rooted out. 18 He becomes an Ūrḍhva-rēṭas—his vital energy goes up. 19 There are six centres of energy in the body (mūlāḍhāra, sacral plexus, etc.), which are presided over by six sakṭis (goddesses of energy). 20 This twelfth centre is identified by some with the pituitary body in the head, there being six centres in the brain besides the six below the brain. 21 Lit., binding the air up the throat. 22 These correspond severally to the several directions and the ḍevaṭās presiding over them, corresponding respectively to east, south-east, south, southwest, west, north-west, north, and north-east. 23 The fourteen worlds, lokas and ṭalas are referred to; the order in ṭalas seems to be wrong, Ṭalaṭala should be in the middle. 24 Some texts leave the words "and yoga". 25 These relate to the Gāyaṭrī manṭras depending upon sound. 26 According to Bhāgavaṭa, he is one of the minor incarnations of 223 of 318

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