Our eyes can distinguish up to one million color surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man(2) and yet cannot perceive the location of the Supreme Power that dwells within.
Our hearing is so sensitive it can distinguish between hundreds of thousands of different sounds (2) and yet it cannot hear the ‘Anhad Naad’ (1) that goes on without intermission within.
Our brain is more complex than the most powerful computer and has over 100 billion nerve cells (2) and yet it is unable to comprehend the All-pervading Reality.
In one square inch of our hand we have nine feet of blood vessels, 600 pain sensors, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors and 75 pressure sensors(2) and yet it does not know the art of doing reverential salutations at the feet of the Perfect Master.
Will someone please introduce the materialistic human body to the spiritual human body as described in the scriptures and the texts on the subject of yoga?
The human body that we are trying to understand in terms of the science of Yoga has to be viewed from a different angle. Lord Krishna explains in Bhagavad-Gita,
Idam Shariram Kaunteyas Kshetramitya Abhidhyiyate,
Etadyo vetti tam prahu kshetrajna iti tadvidah(Chapter 13/1)
The Lord says that this body is the Field; one who realize the truth related to it, is referred to as Knower of the Field.
The soul knows the body; the body ordinarily does not know the soul. Special efforts will have to be made; the various part of the body needs to be tuned to realize the soul. One gets the fruits as per the seeds sown, in the regulated time needed for germination of the seed and subsequent growth of the sapling as a full-blown tree. Similarly the fruits of actions appear at the right time. Thus, the body is called the field, for it provides space for the results of the karmas (actions) fructify. If we understand this basic principle, we come to know the secret of human body in terms of yoga. The spiritual substance is a great mystery and through yoga, one is able to demystify it.
A basic knowledge of the body-structure is essential for the study of Yoga. The body is constructed of three parts:
- The Physical Body
- The Astral Body
- The Causal Body
The latter two are directly related to the study of spirituality/yoga. The Physical Body has its functions and limitations.
The important parts of the body are Cells, Tissue, (Group of Cells designated to perform a specific function) Organ, Nervous System containing Brain, Cerebellum, Cerebrum, Spine, Coccyx, Mind, Glandular System, Digestive System, Excretory System, Respiratory System, and the Circulatory System.
The study of the secrets of physiology and anatomy is needed to have a perfect understanding of the formations of various Asanas. This process involves tremendous self-discipline. All distracting activities need to be given up. The final objective of yoga is to unravel the mystery of human life and experience the secrets of human body. This is no ordinary secret and this is no ordinary effort. Only the bravest of the brave reach up to the final post. Majority of the people falter at the hurdles and are unable to cross them.
(1) The Eternal Divine Music that goes on within the Inner World of a human being.