Getting started with yoga on 21 This kind of thinking is found frequently in the early Upanisads where the various sensory and vital faculties of the individual are referred to as gods (deva) who have their equivalents in the wider cosmos. Hence, breath (prana) is the individual (adhyatmic) manifestation whilst wind (vayu) is the cosmic (adhidaivic) one. Similarly, the eye (caksus) and the sun (surya) represent individual and cosmic manifestations of the same force. The two main styles of Hindu temple reflect two of the most frequently encountered models of the person. The nagara temples, found principally in northern India, have a vertical emphasis which echoes the idea that the human being has, within his or her body, access to all the different planes or worlds (loka) that constitute this universe. With regard to the model of the human being represented in nagara temples, we find a representation in terms of a vertical structure taken from the idea of cakras (centres of subtle energy located at various points along the spine). Each cakra represents a plane of existence (loka) and its condition reflects a person s access to or attunement with the energies associated with that particular plane. Getting started with yoga 2016.
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