Image: Vasant Lad, M.A.Sc.; Textbook of Ayurveda: Fundamental Principles; © 2002.

Update 21 August, 2020:


In Vedic science the "physical body" is only the densest part of an energetic body that extends 3.5 feet around the "physical body", eventually merging with the Universal Mind present ubiquitously. Life and all the material world is an expression of Divine Consciousness.

Prana is the etheric life force that animates and moves through our bodies.

Emotion is energy in motion. It is the feeling of the prana moving.

One's breath moves the prana.

In Vedic science Truth is directly accessible by tuning one's energy to the Universal Mind that exists in all creation.

In Western science one's body is a physical machine with a central processor in the brain. All consciousness is a product of brain activity.

In the West each physical body is existentially separate from others. Knowledge is only available through sensory experience and truth can only be grasped at.

In Vedic science one feels the movement of the prana, sees and hears the information present in the movement of that prana, the emotion, and through refinement learns to differentiate the Truth of the Universal Mind from the grasping of the individual mind.

In Western science there is only the individual mind, locked away in its own cage from others, capable only of gathering information through the 5 sense organs.

In Western science emotion is the feeling of endocrine hormones pulsing through the blood.

To the average Westerner emotions are scary and are to be kept in check by one's will power.

"Compose yourself child!"

By adulthood the average Westerner's prana is blocked up due to the holding of the breath, holding done in order to stop the feeling of unpleasant emotion.

When the breath is held, the prana cannot flow freely. The body becomes partitioned by the blocks, losing it's natural holistic fluidity and natural attunement to the Universal Mind.

Like sexuality, Western understanding of emotion is immature.

Western medical science would take a quantum leap forward if it would acknowledge prana.

Feeling the movement of prana requires surrender to the feeling of the movement of the life force which sometimes feels vulnerizing.

The Westerner tries to control everything .

So the Westerner stays a prisoner of his own willpower, his attempt to block the prana so as not to feel what he doesn't want to feel, and ends up feeling like a machine separate from others, denying himself his natural birthright of unity with the Universal Mind and with all creation.

If you and I are just machines, separate from one another, then some machines must be superior to others. It's basic logic right?