Duration: 3:29 min

The mystical Koorma Nadi – key to experience life beyond body


So this breath, or what conducts the breath, in yoga we call this the Koorma Nadi. You know what’s Koorma? Not kurma. No I saw some tongues. Koorma means a turtle or a tortoise. An amphibious creature, it’s in the water but it can also venture out. So you can become an amphibious creature if you master this Koorma Nadi. That means you’re in the body but you can be little outside the physical nature because this is your desire. Your desire is not to leave the physical for good. You want to be rooted in the physical but you want to have a taste of what is beyond. This is human desire, always. So Koorma Nadi, this breath is referred to as Koorma Nadi because if you use it properly, you can become like an amphibious creature. That you can be in the body but you can venture outside. This is like a rope. Let’s say we pull out your breath right now. If I take away your breath, what will happen? You and your body will fall apart. Right now in your experience, you are the body sitting here. But this rice and chinta taku and gomakura, everything is gathered up here and sitting here. Yes or no? Yes? It’s food that you’ve eaten. Is this an accumulation? Do you understand this is an accumulation? What you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you, isn’t it? Whatever you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you. So the moment, if I pull the breath away, then you and what you have gathered will fall apart. You and your body will fall apart. Or in other words it’s the breath or the Koorma Nadi which ties you and your body together. When we say Koorma Nadi, we’re not just talking about the passage of air. Right now you’re incapable of experiencing the breath. In the sense, see right now if you watch, you think you’re watching the breath? No. You’re only noticing the sensations caused by the passage of breath. You’re not capable of knowing the breath itself. So the breath, or what sets up this pattern, what directs this pattern, that we are calling as Koorma Nadi. If you have some mastery over that, you become an amphibious creature. That is, you are rooted in the physical but you can venture out. If this much freedom arises in human life, suddenly you know there is another possibility. That there is something beyond physical nature. Whatever you are going through within this physical cocoon is not everything. You know, on a completely different dimension of life. If this one thing you know, if you have a moment of experience beyond your physicality, death is not an issue, isn’t it?

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