Advanced Yoga Practices
Lesson 65 - The Pineal and Pituitary Glands
Date: Fri Jan 2, 2004 2:09pm
Q: When I do sambhavi as instructed, I can feel a pull coming forward in my brain, and a sexual sensation down below like you said. Does this connection have something to do with the pituitary or pineal gland?
A: That is great you are feeling the connection between sambhavi and below. Something good is happening. There is no doubt the pituitary and pineal glands are involved in the process of human spiritual transformation. The spinal nerve passes near both of them, and sambhavi affects them both directly. We will begin learning another advanced yoga practice in a week or two called, “kechari” which also acts on the pituitary and pineal glands, as well as many other aspects of our physiology and neurology.
The pineal gland is located in the middle of the head near where the spinal nerve turns forward. If you point your fingers into your head above the ear holes at the level of the temples, you will be pointing right at it. The pituitary gland is located between temples, sitting in a bony structure above the nasal pharynx, the large cavity going up above your soft palate.
Awakening ecstatic conductivity in the spinal nerve awakens the connection between the pineal and pituitary glands, and this corresponds to the opening of the third eye, the opening of inner sight. It is a complex process involving the entire nervous system. Someday science will unravel all the biochemistry involved in the human transformation to enlightenment.
For now, we will do best to consider such intricacies to be “under the hood,” much the way it was suggested we regard the chakras in an earlier lesson. Otherwise, we risk getting too involved with the internal details and lose focus on the simple procedures of practice that promote the opening of the nervous system to divine experience.
Our concern in advanced yoga practices is with the main controls that influence the complex machinery inside, coaxing the nervous system and all the biology to a higher level of functioning – naturally giving rise to sustained pure bliss consciousness and ecstatic experience in daily life.
If you are a doctor, biologist, neurologist, or just plain curious, all of this will be fascinating stuff. If you decide to do some research on the internal workings of the enlightenment process, it would be best to avoid doing it during practices. Better to stick with the main controls during flight. Then, feel free to reflect on the machine’s inner functioning to your heart’s content after you have arrived back at the landing strip.
The guru is in you.