GV26 人中 (rén zhōng)
Its consciousness is Pushan, nourisher, the protective deity, the nourishing form of the Sun God (one of the 12 Adityas). Sri Aurobindo (Vedic Hymns) writes that "Savitri becomes Pushan". It has the power of nourishment symbolized by milk (kshiradyapani shakti).
क्षीर kshira means "milk" and I think this must be an allusion to क्षीरधि kshiradhi the cosmic "ocean of milk" that was churned by the gods/devas (our virtuous tendencies) and demons/asuras (our body-attached tendencies). This ocean is ancient scriptural poetry representing cosmic consciousness, that formless, I-less state that holds all forms in potentiality.
|Pushan, a Sun god (one of the Adityas)|
There is an interesting story related to the life-between-life stage in this realm concerning Revati. Seeking a suitable husband, Revati is taken by her father Kakudmi to Brahma in Brahma-loka, the highest of the heavens (link). During their short stay there an enormous amount of time has passed on Earth (four yugas). I see this as another stage in the reincarnation process.
In the story Revati ends up marrying Balarama, the avataur of Shesha. Shesha rules over the deepest patala, the most gross body plane of all. Balarama represents the redeeming aspect of Shesha. He is the elder of Krishna. Krishna, as an incarnation of Vishnu is already associated with Shesha who provides the hood of seven heads. Shesha is also associated with Ashlesha nakshatra, that represents ego's intense identification as "I am the physical body". The seven heads are likely the seven chakras within the subtle body.
|Vishnu and Shesha|
This is a guess but at this stage perhaps the future mother for the soul is pregnant and the new body is a fetus, like "a fish swimming in the sea" (one of Revati's symbols) in the womb-ocean of the mother, listening to her heartbeating like a "drum" (the other symbol. Prash Trivedi writes that Pushan "is always portrayed as standing at the beginning of all paths and beginnings…This is the reason why he became popular as the deity connected with safe travel. Consequently this nakshatra relates to all kinds of travelling - physical, mental, astral or causal." All of this connects with the idea of the reincarnating soul about to travel through the womb and into a new human life journey. Even the idea of nourishment by milk relates to breastfeeding. And Pushan, as one of the Aditya/Sun powers is referred to in Rig Veda as "the mighty bringer of increase" (4-003-07). Its name is said to be derived from Sanskrit verb, pūṣyati, which means "cause to thrive" (Wikipedia). Just as the Sun's rays cause plants to grow, life force is growing the unborn child. All of this is not the best evidence, but it does link well to this point. If so, then Revati people would have a lot of "pregnancy" energy - things related to pregnancy, which is procreative power related to growth of things.
[to be continued]
GV26 人中 (rén zhōng)
"Shuigou is also know as 人中 Renzhong (“Human Center”). The name of the point describes the location and appearance of the point in the philtrum, the ditch or trough below the nose. This point is where Qi and Breath, moving through Du Mai, enter the mouth to connect with Ren Mai. DU 26 is a very strong point, famous for its ability to revive someone even if they appear to be dead. It is used as revival point in cases of shock, fainting and heart attack. Like many revival points, it can also be used to knock someone out. A hard strike to DU 26 with one knuckle or a chop can cause unconsciousness."
人 means "human" and 中 means "middle", combined they mean "water trough" which could refer to the shape of the philtrum at that acupuncture point, but may also refer to the sushumna nadi. I'm just guessing. Google translate tells me it simply means "human" or "person" and this certain matches my idea of Revati as a stage in which the soul is becoming involved in the human experience again. Another meaning is "middle of the person".
The only esoteric correlation I could find for this point* comes from phrenology, an old science of "face reading" in which the shape of the philtrum is a measure of one's vitality and indicates all kinds of health factors. Apparently there is research being done using neuroscience in facial anthropometry, which is the new name for it (link).
If a soul is worried about the new life or having self-doubts this is the acu-point to deal with it:
This point seems to be the other side of GV28 (not sure).
Chinese Lunar General 井 Jing
|GV26 井Jing "Well or Pit" [Revati]|
...more to follow...
*See also my post on Ashwini and the anapana point used in Buddhist Vipassana meditation to focus the mind on the breath.