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.
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“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‘
The "cave" of the soul state before mahasamadhi
"When you go into the ocean there is no “I” nor “you” nor “me” there is no sense of “Oh, I’ll be forever in heaven.” Certainly there is going to be a state. You’re going to go into a state of bliss but it’s like merging into light."
"Do you think that you’re going to be floating in heaven eternally? Which form can remain eternally in existence? None! All names and forms are creations in time and space. They don’t belong to the timeless. The timeless is beyond name and form. Nothing! Nothing! No form can stand in that. In the void is a repository of all names and forms and the creation, philosophy or cosmology is that life is a series of cycles. Everything at a certain time merges into the void and remains as seed in the void. It means that everything is in nothing and at the appointed time it comes out back like a big bang. It comes out of the nothing. So everything is in the nothing and nothing has everything. So there’s nothing like absolute nothing. The void simply means that all names and forms, all time based things have gone into rest only to come again.
All of life is an eternal movement of cycles. Creation and disillusion, creation and disillusion -- like a pendulum -- creation and disillusion, creation and disillusion, creation and disillusion. So this is that everything that is born must die. That’s the philosophy of the Bhagavat Gita. Everything that is born must die that is everything that is created must dissolve and we know from science that the earth has a life span, one day the earth is going to disappear. The sun, which is the nearest star that too has a life span, so many billions of years maybe, but it is going to disappear as well and the whole galaxy has a life span. This is what the scientist will tell you. So not only do we as human beings have a life span, all created things have a life span. So after creation, in the normal life cycle of anything, anything that has been created has a life cycle."
Deity or consciousness for UttaraBhadrapada: AhirBudhyana
In the Ahirbudhnya-saṃhitā Ahirbudhnya says that after undergoing a long course of penance he received from Saṃkarṣaṇa true knowledge and that this true knowledge was the science of Sudarśana, which is the support of all things in the world. The ultimate reality is the beginningless, endless and eternal reality, which is devoid of all names and forms, beyond all speech and mind, the omnipotent whole which is absolutely changeless. From this eternal and unchangeable reality there springs a spontaneous idea or desire (saṃkalpa). This Idea is not limited by time, space or substance. Brahman is of the nature of intuition, of pure and infinite bliss (niḥsīma-sukhānubhava-lakṣaṇa), and He resides everywhere and in all beings. He is like the waveless sea. He has none of the worldly qualities which we find in mundane things. He is absolutely self-realized and complete in Himself, and cannot be defined by any expressions such as “this” or “such.” He is devoid of all that is evil or bad and the abode of all that is blissful and good.