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What is the meaning of this sloka

"praanaaya swaahaa,
apaanaaya swaahaa,
vyaanaaya swaahaa,
udaanaaya swaahaa,
samaanaaya swaahaa,
brahmane swaahaa"?

Asked by Obama, 16 Dec '08 11:44 am
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Thank U for this fantastic Qn.
We have three equipments: the Body, Mind, Intellect which is controlled and regulated by the Life, the Spirit. Everyone of us have the five elements. they are; Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana and Samana; they are contolled by the five Prana Indriyas and the five karma Indriyas. That's why, when we take our food, we offer these reverentially to the five Prana Indriyas, viz; Prana to Samana and also to the Controller of these i.e. Brahman. So, it is lastly offered to Brahmanima Swaha. The intention is that when U offer these, they are distributed to the five Karma Indriyas and Ur system is then well equipped. Two things are v essential in this: One: Firm Belief; Second: right thru, the Belief in the Lord who is the total Controller of these.
Answered by krishnaswamy thattai renganathaiyengar, 16 Dec '08 12:00 pm

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PS: When offering food to God or even a brahmin before he starts eating food is supposed to chant " Om pranaya swaha, om apanaaya swaha, om vyanaya swaha, om udanaya swaha, om samanaya swaha" ( the same 5 pranas we discussed above) with the intention that he is offering the food to the Life energy- the God within him! Such should be the state of mind when the enlightened ones eat the food. They take it just to sustain the life within them!

Also ayurveda considers life to be a union of body, mind and soul.Each of the Pranas must exist in dynamic equilibrium to each other in order to maintain the body's prakruti, the original balance of the individual body nature which is unique to each of us. A disturbance in any one of these causes imbalance and malfunction, resulting in the manifestation of disease in that particular region where that "Prana" functions.

The summary of the functions of the 5 Pranas is given below.

Prana (Head) the main life force � breathing
Udana (Th ...more
Answered by RK PANDEY, 16 Dec '08 11:53 am

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