Analysis of Breath
The kuṇḍalini has two channels on the left and right sides of the spine called the Iḍā and the Piṇgalā. The prāṇa enters these channels through the breath and an analysis of the breath gives an indication of the strength of the prāṇa. The breath/prāṇa is an indicator of the vāyu tattva, which is linked to the transit of the Moon in the nakṣatras.
The breath should be examined every morning (on awakening) to know the results of the day as well as at the time of examining charts/praśna.
If the breath is favourable, it promises good food, health and monetary benefits. If the breath is unfavourable, adverse results will follow.
Table II Adverse Results
Nature of Evil
8 Consecutive Days
|Sun||Body pain/Health||Death/Calamity like death of guru or elder relative|
|Moon||Quarrel||Calamity to children/junior relatives|
|Mars||Death (self/relative)||Imprisoned by enemies|
|Mercury||Distant journeys (difficult)||Severe illness or death|
|Jupiter||Calamity (country/people)||Danger to guru|
|Venus||Failure in undertaking||Financial hardships/loss of land|
|Saturn||Financial loss, loss of valour, crops, land and litigation||Ruin of home and death of wife|
Table III Svara Śāstra
|Bhūta||Length of Breath||Planet||Nostril|
|Pṛthvi||Houses, Coronation, Success in all work|
|Jala||Wells, Tanks, Marriages, Relationships flourish|
|Agni||Enemy, Wound, Ulcer, Fire, Fall from Height|
|Vāyu||Thieves, Travel, Change of Residence, Horse rides, Elephants|
|Ākāśa||Mantra initiation, Temples, Dīkṣa, Possible bad health|
Use Pañcāṅga for various results after determining the tattva of the breath, vāra for strength, tithi for relationships/children, yoga for spirituality, nakṣatras for prāṇa/mana and karaṇa for work.
If the querist is on the same side as the breath of the astrologer, the results are good and if on the other side, the results are bad. What is good/bad shall depend on the nature (tattva) of the breath.
The left breath is favourable when starting anything like a journey before entering a house. Suṣumnā is best during meditation and prayers.
In queries related to sickness, the right breath is good for the male and the left for the female patients. Inhaling at the start of query is good and exhaling is bad. If the querist is on the right side, it is good if the patient is male and on the left it is good if female. If all factors indicate good results, it indicates quick recovery. If only the breath is good, then the recovery will be gradual, if only inhaling occurs, then the treatment is effective. If only the querist is on the correct side, then the doctor is effective.