Significance of Sushumna Nadi in kundalini Activation Process

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Sushumna Nadi

Kundalini is the original source of all life, but you are cut off from it in so many ways. Then you become an outsider to yourself and you do not know how to come back home. This coming back is the science of yoga. As far as human transformation is concerned, kundalini yoga is the subtlest science. - Osho

Sushumna Nadi is present along with the core of the spinal cord.  The central canal of the spinal cord in the human anatomy is termed as canalis centralis. The Sushumna Nadi passes through this canal according to yoga. Like the spinal cord, this nadi also extends from coccygeal region to the head, the location of the crown chakra.

All the six chakras right from Muladhara to the Ajna exists in between this nadi, where the sahasara is on the tip of it. This red color is the philosophical representation of this nadi. There are also other philosophical aspects concerned with it which are not going to discuss here.

Sushumna Nadi has an important role in proper kundalini arousal. It is because the proper kundalini arousal results only when this divine energy passes through it. So, various asanas have to be practiced prior to the kundalini activation process. This helps to remove the blockages present within this nadi.

If the spiritual power gets activated without any purification process, then this may lead this divine energy to pass through another channel results in severe physiological and psychological problems. These anomalies are termed as the kundalini syndrome. Mostly in these cases, this mystical energy passes through Ida or the Pingala nadi.

Pranayama is a breathing process developed by the ancient sages for the purpose of kundalini arousal. When it is practiced meticulously the blockages in the channels get removed. When the pranic energy flows through this channel the mind of the aspirant becomes steady.

Sushumna Nadi is represented with the sattvic qualities and it responsible for the qualities like virtue and righteousness. It is said that it connects the mind and soul of a person. The kundalini energy ascends through the Sushumna Nadi reaching the Ajna chakra and then to the Sahasrara. This energy descends through the Ida and Pingala Nadi.

Role of Sushumna Nadi in meditation

It is known that the kundalini energy should be passed through the Sushumna Nadi. In ordinary person, the Sushumna Nadi is mostly inactive. The Ida and Pingala Nadi alternatively takes control of the circulation of the prana throughout the body.

The Sushumna Nadi becomes potent at the time of early morning and in the evening where day and night intersect. This time is approximately around 4:00 am to 6:00 am in the morning and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the evening. That is the approximately the period of two hours before sunrise and after the sunset in the near-equatorial zone.

The morning is considered as the most appropriate time for meditation and the period is termed as the Brahma-muhurta. The beginners of the meditation practitioners are advised to practice meditation at this time where the flow of prana through the Sushumna Nadi becomes active. This makes the aspirant concentrate with ease, free from distractions of the mind results in better progress in the practices. The yogis or advanced practitioners can meditate at any time as they are consciously able to control the flow of the prana in the Sushumna Nadi.

When the Sushumna Nadi becomes active the concentration of the mind becomes stronger and thus results in the powerful meditation. Any blockages present in the Sushumna Nadi can be noticed at the time of meditation as the power of meditation becomes feeble or greatly lesser.

The alteration in the power of meditation can also be due to some other cases. The blockages present in the Sushumna Nadi need not be a materialistic one but might be a psychic one. (Read also How to Practice Kundalini Meditation?)

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