Exploring the Physiology of Spirit
How do black holes, consciousness and the evolution of the human brain help us understand our need to seek the meaning of life?
Can a guru or system answer the ultimate questions of life like, ‘where did we come from’, or ‘where do we go after death’? Does anyone really know for a certainty ‘who’ we are and ‘why’ we are here? Questions like these are often what initially prompt us to go on a spiritual or healing journey.
My own interest in the evolution of the human brain lead me closer to the spiritual path. Initially, the information I found was purely Western theory. As I began to explore how the brain and consciousness are related, I also began meditating and studying Eastern philosophies.
In my search I’ve met students and teachers who feel that the original quantum theorist was The Buddha. And others who pointed out how even before the Buddha, the ancient yogis of India and Tibet had also penetrated the secrets that quantum physicists are only beginning to explore in the last couple of centuries. Other masters, including The Christ, have also taught from metaphysical levels that can only be explained, if at all, by quantum theory.
Are quantum theory and metaphysics related? Perhaps, yet metaphysics is vaster than systems you can find in one of its components, Law of Attraction, and especially as it is taught today. It’s easy enough to find any number of watered down theories of quantum mechanics that Western Law of Attraction gurus use to explain their concepts. But I hope you don’t stop there without also taking a holistic look by including mythology, psychology and physiology in your search.
There are many ideas postulated on the evolution of the brain itself. Any may help explain how this magnificent organ may relate to the potential for realization or divine consciousness in man. But rarely have I found a blending of Eastern thought with physiology that induces me to search further, more inwardly that is.
I’ve found this fascinating idea of the physiology of spirit explained in part in this video documentary (my affiliate link). In one section it addresses this philosophy from the point of view of a Himalayan Master of our own time, Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath, of the ancient Nath yogic lineage. He lyrically explains the ancient teachings on, among other things, the physiology of yogic experiences, or how spiritual phenomena relates to physical areas in the human brain.
Brahma’s Cave in Outer and Inner Space
For example, he says that the ancient sages believed that a miniature cave of Brahma resides in the 3rd ventricle, which is in the center of the human brain. In Vedic culture, ‘Brahma’ is the Father aspect of supreme or ultimate Divinity. And Gurunath explains that this is the replica of the black hole in space called ‘Brahma’s Cave ‘.
Gurunath also explains the role of the corpus callosum, a physical area found deep within the human brain. For eons the ancients reported having seen the corpus callosum in meditation, calling called it ‘the Hamsa swan’.
Most spiritual teachings and healing philosophies agree that the pineal gland, residing between both hemispheres of the brain, closely associated with the 3rd eye or ajna chakra. Science has obserbed that the pineal is a partially dormant gland. However, founder of Theosophy, H. P. Blavatsky, and psychopharmacology researcher, Rick Strassman, have each suggested that the third eye is actually the pineal gland.
This concept may be supported by the evidence of cells in the pineal that are called pinealocytes, closely resembling the photoreceptors of the eye. Also, some scientists believe that the pineal excretes trace amounts of dimethyltryptamine or DMT. DMT is theorized to be a factor in unexplained phenomena like dreaming, the near-death experience, meditation, or hallucination. It is also present in some plants, and is synthesized and ingested for its psychodelic properties.
The ancients call this 3rd eye center the “shiva netra”, or eye of shiva. In deep meditation, the Hamsanath yogi sees the shiva netra, which is just in front of the black hole of the human brain known as the cave of Brahma. Gurunath explains that there is a ‘scintillatiing white star” within the center of the “shiva netra”. The ancients called this spiritual star the “kutastha chaitanya”.
From ancient times, yogis who practiced meditation have penetrated this star, the “kutastha chaitanya”. In that ‘no-mind’ state, the yogi enters the “unmani avasta”, also known as the state of “bhav samadhi”, “sabikalpa samadhi” or “nirvikalpa samadhi”. In this consciousness, the soul is raised in vibration to rest with pranic or spiritual energy in the Hamsa swan, the lateral ventricles in the brain.
Gurunath teaches that as human consciousness evolves into divine consciousness, and as the human brain itself develops, this divine physiology becomes vaster. He says that as the brain’s texture refines, consciousness becomes more and more beautiful. He believes that spirituality is important in that the 100 billion cells in the human brain are in process of uniting with the 100 billion stars in our galactic system.
Gurunath teaches that as these go beyond the galactic system, the yogi merges into “the wonderful state of supernal splendor of niranjan nirvana, kaivalya samadhi, the Nirvana.” Could this be the science of yoga’s explanation for ‘going to heaven’ or ‘ascending’?
Gurunath says that while the yogi’s physical brain and body can not stay long in an expansion of Nirvana, he does eventually enter its ultimate stage. That is when, he says, the corona radiates in his brain cells and their subtle fibers, or tubes, light up with “divine effulgence”. This is how its radiant splendor goes on to spread its aura “far beyond the earth system, way into the galaxies”.