Meditation on the exhalation point: rechaka / nasagra drishti
I found a correlation between GV25 and the last breath we take in a lifetime. There is a saying going around yoga classes in the West, that a lifetime is a measurement of so many breaths, that we are given X amount of breaths from the moment of our first breath to our last. Pranayama is promoted as a health-giving, rejuvinating activity, which it is, prolonging and enhancing life in the body. It is also promoted as a way to de-stress, calm down the mind. This is how rechaka ("exhalation") and nasagra drishti (gazing on the tip of the nose or 12 inches out from the tip of the nose) is taught in the West.
"Control of breath ( pranayama ) may be internal or external. The internal is as follows: Naham (the idea I am not the body) is rechaka (exhalation), Koham (Who am I?) is puraka (inhalation), Soham (I am He) is kumbhaka (retention of breath). Doing this, the breath becomes automatically controlled. External pranayama is for one not endowed with the strength to control the mind. There is no way so sure as control of mind."
And we see this reflected in acupuncture also...
GV25 素髎 (sù liáo)
"White Crevice / Bone-Hole" The needle point at the tip of the nose...
The needle is pointing towards the nasal cavity.
|Dark Room Enlightenment: Lesser, Greater, and Greatest Kan & Li by Mantak Chia (link)|
“Prana, having flown out, will again be absorbed in the heart having run back 12 digits. Similarly will Apana be absorbed in the heart, having issued out of the heart and running back 12 digits to it. Apana being the moon, will cool the whole body in its passage. But Prana being the sun, will generate heat in the system and cook or digest everything in it. Will pains arise in one who has reached that supreme state, where the Kalas (rays) of Apana the moon, are drowned by Prana the sun? Will rebirth arise in one who has reached that powerful seat, when the Kalas of Prana, the sun, are devoured by Apana the moon? These will arrest at once the seven births of those who reach that neutral state where they find Apana Vayu consumed by Prana and vice versa. I eulogise that Chidatma, who is in that intermediate state, where Prana and Apana are absorbed in one another. I meditate ceaselessly upon that Chidatma, who is in the Akasa, directly in front, at the end of my nose, where Prana and Apana both become extinct. Thus it is through this path of Prana’s control, that I attained the supreme and immaculate Tattva, devoid of pains.”
Chinese Lunar General 鬼 Gui
GV25 鬼 Gui "Ghost" [UttaraBhadrapada]
Arabian Manazil أَلْذِّرَاعْ ʾAdh-Dhirā‘