…I used to visit a homeopath to treat a recurring problem. She would diagnose the cause by checking my pulse, also known as Nadi Pariksha (pulse examination). Surprisingly, she would point out the right causes, simply by examining the energy flow in the nadis.
In ancient Indian medicine, Nadis are the channels or energy pathways that carry Prana or life force throughout the body and they connect at special energy points called chakras. The Sanskrit term ‘Nadi’ comes from the root ‘Nad,’ which means motion, flow, or vibration. Just how veins and arteries are important for the healthy functioning of our physical body, Nadis weave through our physical nerves as well as the subtle circuitry (yoga nadis) of the mind, of the self, of the consciousness matrix that supports our physical presence from invisible dimensions of existence.
Prana needs to flow freely through the system to be healthy; when it becomes weak or congested, it leads to poor mental and physical health. Often painful life experiences lead to blockages and ultimately health woes, so opening up these channels is important for our overall well-being. The body is filled with innumerable Nadis that cannot be counted.
Tantric wisdom states that there are 72,000 Nadis in the human body; 14 are principal nadis of which Sushumna, Ida and Pingala are considered to be most important. Nadis are energy channels that carry prana life force throughout our body Nadis are energy channels that carry prana throughout our body
The video below will give you a better understanding of nadis and its functioning in our body.
While Pingala, associated with energy of the sun, represents the masculine aspect of our personality and is often shown as red. It controls the sympathetic nervous system, and stimulates activities and planning of body and mind. Pingala nadi is responsible for the logical, rational and analytical intellect. Pingala is also the Yang element in Chinese philosophy. When Pingala is overused, due to the hustle and bustle of city life, we can have difficulty sleeping, concentrating or we can become anxious, irritable, and impulsive. Ida and Pingala start and end to the left and to the right of the Sushumna respectively, moving in spirals like the DNA helix, crossing at each chakra or energy portal.
Anahata Menon, shamanic healer and mystic at Anahata Foundation, explained, “It is the interaction between these two distinct yet complementary energy channels that controls our mental processes, intuition and the activity that takes place between the left and right hemisphere of our brain. The sacred union between the male (solar or day) and female (lunar or night) aspects of our spiritual nature forms the basis of most evolutionary esoteric paths.”
Sushumna is the central channel of energy in the human body that runs from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and carries Kundalini energy, the primal evolutionary force within, upwards as it is awakened through the practice of Yoga and meditation. Sushumna nadi only opens and flows freely when Ida and Pingala nadis are balanced and clear, thus the purification of all three nadis are important for the overall health, wellness of the body and mind, and one can also experience spiritual growth.
Anahata said, “However, as a spiritualist, even though I personally enjoy all the technicalities of ancient wisdom and esoteric arts, I don’t obsess over them. If our spiritual urge or intent is aligned to infinite expansion of awareness, potentials and consciousness, to love, to higher principles of freedom and balance for the highest good of all, then any sincere spiritual practice, be it yoga or plant spirit medicine, drum medicine or reiki, should support this process effectively.
As humanity makes a big shift of consciousness from the Collective Mind to the Collective Heart, I believe that the subtle technologies of our physical and etheric bodies will unlock or reveal themselves to us and spontaneously restore or repair themselves to a state of optimum balance and health.”
To determine the flow of current at any particular time note the flow of breath in the nostrils. It the left nostril has a greater flow of air, then ida nadi is predominant. When the flow is greater in the right nostril, then pingala is predominant. If the flow is equal, then sushumna is ruling. Hatha Yoga is a yoga technique that focuses on bringing this balance.
Meditation, Pranayam, breath work and sound (nada or swara yoga) healing are different paths that one can explore to achieve this balance as well. surya namaskara is a common sequence of hatha yoga asanas Surya namaskara is a common sequence of Hatha yoga asanas. Even traditional Chinese medicine recognise the importance of nadis or better known as, meridians, and work with a similar system of subtle energy meridians like in acupuncture, acupressure and body works.
Ancient wisdom, be it Indian Ayurveda, Yoga or Chinese meridians, the purpose is of self-realization and this knowledge provides deeper understanding of the inner landscapes that can be used to transform our lives!
The Five Rites are a form of simple stretches that among many things stimulate the gland of the body to increase in vitality and stamina. The Rites are not rigorous exercises. The Five Rites are simple postures that activate the body's nervous system on the etheric level to restore optimal health. The glands are key components in the nervous system. George Crile shows in "The Phenomena of Life" (TPOL) how the glands govern the bodies electrical systems:
"It is at once clear that there is within the organism an energy-controlling system which is activated by the special senses primarily. Theoretically, this system would consist of the special senses, the brain, the adrenal-sympathetic system and the thyroid gland." Ruth Drown suggests that the glands are conductors of ether or vital force. A very interesting book called "Hindu Secret of Virility and Rejuvenation" (HSOVR) published by The Basic Science Fellowship suggested the idea that each rite triggers a gland and stimulates it in a gentle manner.
Dr Drown's observations combined with this idea led to the conclusion that these rites develop the glands and thus the body's ability to receive the vital force, or ether that is constantly descending into the brain and through the entire body via the glandular system as electricity.
The Five Rites as given by Peter Kelder do not refer to ether, glands, or chakras but simply to Vortexes. The connection of the vortexes to the glands is no mere coincidence; this is an ancient borderland science. The glands and the nerve plexus are the physical manifestations of the chakras. I imagine the colorful wheels depicted in mythology are descriptions of the fields viewed through highly developed senses that can perceive the ether. Rudolf Steiner describes such sense development. That the glands are radiating energy we know from the radio-electric interpretation of life as developed by George Crile, "Evolution probably seized upon the factors that have the power of shifting the amount of radiation toward the short wave field, hence increasing the amount of electricity generated. Thus, an increase in the electrical charge up increases the muscular and glandular activity of the animal." The Five Rites seem to enhance the ability to shift the amount of short wave radiation toward the short wave field. We see a glimpse of the etheric/electric transmutation taking place within the Vortex. The Five Rites stimulate the entire "energy-controlling system", the body's ability to receive vital force is enhanced.
The correspondence between the Vortexes and the key organs of the "energy-controlling system" is demonstrated in Figure One.
There are seven Psychic Vortexes in the body: Vortex "A" is located within the forehead; Vortex "B" is located in the posterior part of the brain; Vortex "C" is in the region of the throat at the base of the neck; Vortex "D" is located in the right side of the body above the waist line; Vortex "E" is located in the reproductive anatomy, and is directly connected  with Vortex "C" in the throat; Vortexes "F" and "G" are located one on either knee.
Vortex "A" is the pineal gland.
Vortex "B" is the pituitary gland. The pituitary is a very small gland, it is about the size of a pea. Its situation is within the head at the base of the brain about midway from front to back. Its condition has a marked influence on the gonads.
Vortex "C" is the thyroid gland. This gland is in the neck, just above the collar bones. It is closely related with every action which takes place in the pelvic, it stimulates the adrenals and the gonads as well.
Vortex "D" is the Liver and the Adrenal Cortex. The liver maintains a function which is essential to the life and activity of the cells of the brain and adrenal cortex."
Vortex "E" is the gonads and ovaries. The sex glands or glands of reproduction (in the male) are called gonads. They are closely interlocked with every other function of the human body.
Vortexes "F" and "G" are very mysterious and relate to the muscular aspects of the rites.
Using the correspondences we can take a look at the rites to observe their function on the glands.
Stand erect with arms outstretched. horizontal with the shoulders. Now spin around until you become slightly dizzy. There is only one caution: you must turn from left to right. (Figure 1)
Effects: It seems that whirling stimulates into great activity vortexes "A", "B", and "E". These have a stimulating effect in the other two "C" and "D". This first rite seems to be the one that awakens all the vortexes but primarily stimulates the pineal / pituitary glands in the head, in turn activating the generative glands. "The pituitary is a very small gland; it is about the size of a pea. Its situation is within the head at the base of the brain about midway from front to back. Its condition has a marked influence on the gonads." (HSOVAR)
The thyroid in the neck is also activated along with the liver and adrenal glands.
Both Vortexes "A" and "B" are in the brain, which plays a most vital role in the acquisition of energy. It is no wonder the skull has often been thought to be the challis of vital force. "Since in a bipolar mechanism, the electrical current must flow from areas of higher to areas of lower potential, it is necessary to cite such facts as may tend to support the conception that the cells of the brain are the principle source of the electric energy that coordinates the body and to show how the direction of the fabricated current is established." (TPOL)
In Ruth Drown's conception of the ether the brain is the main receiver of the ether, which is descending or emanating into the physical world constantly creating and recreating the body. There is a mysterious connection between ether and electricity. Electricity has been considered as decayed ether by many borderland scientists in the past few decades. The brain points to the mysterious connection between the ether and electricity. "The electric current, therefore, would pass from the highest potential within the cells through the zones of lower potential in the axons and nerves toward the points of lowest potential in the glands and muscles to be stimulated." (TPOL)
The activation of Vortex "C" at the neck, stimulates the thyroid glands. "In the higher terrestrial animals the rise of the thyroid gland coincides with the rise of mental and bodily energy." (TPOL) By simple stimulation the glands will release energy and begin to recreate a larger supply for the next demand. This way each simple short routine gradually builds up a huge force over time. It cannot be rushed. It is a slow gradual toughing and rejuvenation of the limbs of the tree of life. We will find more on information on Vortex "C" when we look at the Fifth Rite.
The region of Vortex "D" contains the liver. " . . . The liver maintains a function which is essential to  the life and activity of the cells of the brain and adrenal cortex." This rite awakens this vortex slowly; it will become much more activated later.
Lie flat on the back on a rug. Then place the hands flat along side the hips. Fingers should be kept close together with the fingertips of each hand turned slightly toward one another. The feet are then raised until the legs are straight up. If possible, let the feet extend back a bit over the body, toward the head but do not let the knees bend. Then slowly lower the feet to the floor and for a moment allow all muscles to relax. Then perform this rite all over again.
Effects: Further stimulating into action the Seven Vortexes.
HSOVAR: Primarily this simple movement cares for the distended abdomen from which so many suffer and which is the cause of so much loss of vitality and virility. The region most affected by this movement is the muscle sheath covering the lower abdomen. The second rite influences the hardening process of the abdominal walls.
Kneel on rug, place hands on things, and lean forward as far as possible with the head inclined so that the chin rests on the chest. Now lean back as far as possible; at the same time the head should be lifted and thrown back as far as it will go. Then bring the head up along with the body. Lean forward again and start the rite all over.
Effects: This rite is very effective in speeding up vortexes "A", "D", and "C", especially "E".
HSOVAR: " . . .it strengthens those spinal erector muscles that have so important a function in guarding vital nerve centers and procreative sources."
The third rite is for the small of the back and all the procreative forces housed within the pelvic girdle. We see physically how this rite builds up the pelvic region. It is in the head movements that stimulate Vortex "C" the thyroid gland. Vortex "D" is stimulated by the combination of the head movement with the stimulation of the pelvic region and lower back. Vortex "D" is the liver and the adrenal glands.
George Crile demonstrates a connection between  the thyroid gland, the adrenal gland and gonads in the pelvic region. "The Thyroid. This is not in the pelvic region at all, but in the neck, just above the collar bones. But it is closely related with every action which takes place in the pelvic never the less, for it stimulates the adrenals and the gonads as well." (TPOL) By gentle stimulation the Five Rites transform and vitalize the glands and organs of the body. Vortex "D", the liver and adrenals that are interdependent upon each other for their growth are strengthened. " . . . The liver maintains a function which is essential to the life and activity of the cells of the brain and adrenal cortex." (TPOL)
The etheric formative forces that are constantly reconstructing our bodies can flow much easier through a body that has utilized the Five Rites to increase vitality. "As the liver is an organ with a very high functional activity its semi permeable membranes also are rapidly broke up and have to be replaced, and it also may depend upon some other organ for the essential lipid molecules.'S7e postulate therefore that these molecules for the semi permeable membranes of the cells of the body might well be supplied by the adrenal cortex. The liver in part and the ductless glands in part maintain the structure of the cells."
Sit on the rug with feet stretched out in front. Then place the hands along side the body. Now raise the body and bend the knees so that the legs, from the knees down, are practically straight up and down while the body, from the shoulders to the knees will be horizontal. Before pushing the body to a horizontal position the chin should be well down on the chest. Then as the body is raised the head should be allowed to drop gently backward as far as it will go. Next, return to a sitting position and relax for a moment before repeating the procedure. When the body is pressed up to the complete horizontal position these every muscle in the body.
Effects: This will have a tendency to stimulate vortexes "F", "G", "E", and "C".
HSOVAR: " . . .It stimulates all the vital sources, reactivates the glands, tones up the muscles which surround the pelvic girdle and helps, put you in good condition all over."
The fourth rite stimulates all the procreative forces and reaches the lumbar region of the spine. Vortexes "F" and "G" have far reaching energetic potentials. Stability is imparted from the knees, but the stain on the muscles creates a huge electrical reaction. Placing the chin on the chest again stimulates Vortex "C" This tones the gland and causes a secretion of its hormone which gives the body an increase in energy. "The sources of sustained energy are primarily the hormone of the thyroid gland." (TPOL)
Place the hands on the floor about two feet apart. Then, with the legs stretched out to the rear with the feet also about two feet apart, push the body, especially the hips, up as far as possible, rising on the toes and hands, at the same time the head should be brought so far down that the chin comes up against the chest.
Next, allow the body to come down to a 'sagging' position. Bring the head up, causing it to be drawn as far back as possible.
HSOVAR: The tucked head has an important effect on the glands in the front of the neck. This rite exerts a stimulating effect on the muscles surrounding the small of the back, the great nerve centers, and cause a gentle stimulation to pass through all the procreative sources. The fifth rite stimulates the entire pelvic basin, the gonads, the thyroid, the thymus, and the pituitary gland.
The fifth rite stimulates Vortex "C" in the most efficacious manner. While all the vortexes are spinning, one supporting the other, we can glimpse the subtle energy works of the human body. George Crile, that pioneer of borderland science, showed that the thyroid gland was indeed the master key to the subtle electrical nature of man. "The unique effect of their thyroid hormone upon mental and emotional activity can now be explained be the demonstrated fact that the thyroid hormone increases the percentage of radiation in the short wave or ionization field and the immediate effect of this would be the of increasing the electrical potential of the brain. This increased electrical potential would confer upon the brain a corresponding increase of mental and emotional power." Our experience of life, all our emotions and mental process are dependent upon electricity. That subtle electricity that comes into the glands from the ether as it passes through the nervous system of the living being. "In the higher terrestrial animals the rise of the thyroid gland coincides with the rise of mental and bodily energy." (TPOL) The stronger we can make Vortex "C" the more electricity we can generate in our bodies. "The thyroid secretion through its control of oxidation governs the electrical conductivity, electric capacity, and electrical potential of the tissues; that is, the thyroid gland governs the capacity of the organism for work." (TPOL)
"We may then sum up this consideration of brain thyroid gland corroboration in shifting the short wave reaction of the brain as follows, (a) The Thyroid hormone specifically increases the percentage of short wave radiation, (b) This increase in short wave radiation is due to the effect of the thyroid hormone on nitrogen metabolism. (c) As the thyroid hormone shifts the wave emissions toward the short or powerful end of the spectrum, and as the brain and nervous tissue are especially affected by the thyroid hormone, it would appear to follow that the brain and other units of the nervous system are speeded by the thyroid hormone. (d) Man has a relatively larger thyroid gland than any other animal, and greater mental, emotional, and physical activity. He owes these characteristics to the relatively large development of the brain, which, collaborating with the thyroid gland, produces the required amount of powerful short wave radiation.
Vortex "C" receives attention in all five rites. Its ability to radiate energy to the brain and other parts of the nervous system is the key to the subtle energy works of the human body.
The great secret of the Lamas was rediscovered by George Crile: "The state of mind and the state of consciousness are a result of radiation and electrical potential." The Eye of Revelation by Peter Kelder is not just a fairy tale but a transmission of an ancient electrical, etheric technology. By practicing the Five Rites one seems to have the potential of increasing their bodies ability to capture, create, and use the vital forces that underlie the amazing field of vibrations we call life. The Vortexes are the spinning etheric substance underlying the electrical activity of the brain and glands. These rites work on the very foundations of our beings.
The EYE OF REVELATION is upon the world.
1. Kelder, Peter. The Eye of Revelation. Vista, Calif: Borderland Sciences Research Foundation, 1975. Print. [Saddle-stitched edition, available while supplies last through BSRF: <#B0093, "The Eye of Revelation" >]
2. Crile, George W, and Amy F. Rowland. The Phenomena of Life: A Radio-Electric Interpretation. New York: Norton, 1936. Print. [Available in our standard xerographic format: <#B0062, "The Phenomena of Life" >]
3. Raux, Emile. Hindu Secrets of Virility and Rejuvenation. Denver, Co.: Basic Science Fellowship, 1939. Print.