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The endocrine glands and the chakra system

topic posted Thu, June 5, 2008 - 1:10 PM by  Ryan
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This is an odd but interesting website on supposed connections between the endocrine glands and the chakra system. There is some pseudo-science but it is worth reading imho. The bibliography cites a few articles about the various proposed regulatory functions of the pineal gland, some of which are interesting. www.lila.info/document_view.phtml


I've been looking for traditional sources (ie old Indian or Tibetan documents) that connect the endocrine glands to the chakras. I haven’t been able to find anything.

As far as I can tell, yogins and tantrics of previous centuries were unaware of even the existence of the endocrine glands.

If you know of any old Indian or Tibetan texts that mention a connection between the glands and the chakras -please- either post here or send me a private message.

Thanks,
Ryan
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  • "As far as I can tell, yogins and tantrics of previous centuries were unaware of even the existence of the endocrine glands."
    with all do respect this is completely not true. There are anceint sanskrit words for all of the endocrine glands. I have different names for a few glands from different sources. Pineal gland -Sahasrara Granthi, Brahma Granthi. pituitary gland -Maha yoginii Granthi, Anterior Pituitary gland - Vishnu Granthi, Posterior Pituitary gland -Shiva Granthi. Thyriod gland -Brahspati Granthi /Kantha Granthi, Parathyriod gland - Braspati Upagranthi. Thymus gland - Rudra Granthi, Pancreas - Kloma Granthi. Adrenal glands - Vrukka Granthi, Testes - Vrushana Granthi, ovaries - Antah Phala. These sources include my Guru, my sanskrit teacher, and my Ayurvedic teacher. The ancient Tantrikas were well aware of the close connection between the endocrine glands and the Chakras, almost to the extent that the nerve plexi and endocrine glands were the physical part of the structure were as the chakra was the physico -psychic, and psycho-spiritual part of the same structure. The lotus petals of each chakra has one of the letters to the sanskrit alphabet, adding up to 52 in all. Each one corresponds to a certain mental/emotional propensity, is Sanskrit these are called vrttis, each vrtti corresponds to a particular glandular secretion as well, from endocrine glands and sub glands. For example: Adrenaline = "fight or flight" the associated vrtti is called: Bhaya (fear) and the sanskrit alphabet letter is "pha", this is a vrtii in Manipura chakra. The reason that there is not a whole lot of info out there on this stuff is because this has been secret knowledge passed down from Guru to disciple for thousands of years. At least the Tantric practice part, the anatomical part (names of the glands) is known in Ayurveda .
    • The term granthi means knot not gland. The granthis are places where the nadis cross or are entangled.

      I have never seen any traditional documents that claim that there is any connection between the glands and the granthi.

      >the anatomical part (names of the glands) is known in Ayurveda .

      If this is so, and there really is a traditional connection between the granthis and the glands it should be pretty easy to point to a text which says that Brahma Granthi = X (Sanskrit name of the pituitary gland).

      If this really is a tradition, there should be some textual evidence for it. Perhaps you can ask your guru, Sanskrit teacher, and Ayurvedic teacher about textual sources. I'd definitely appreciate the effort if you are willing to do that.

      Heck, right now I would be happy if you could supply evidence that even ayurveda was familiar with the existence and location of the endocrine glands. There was no ultra-strict secrecy surrounding ayurveda in the same way there was around tantra. So, it should be quite easy to find evidence that they knew of the glands (if they really did know of them).

      Thanks in advance,
      Ryan
      • Ananta,

        Sorry if my previous reply was overly skeptical in tone. I deeply appreciate the detailed information you posted on the connection between the granthis and the endocrine glands.

        I was surprised by this post both because it differed from the understanding of granthi presented in most yogic and tantric texts and because I have been unsuccessful in locating anything concrete about the glandular system in tantra or Ayurveda.

        So, the apparent skepticism was more a reflection of this surprise than doubting what you said.

        In any event, I apologize for the tone of my last post and am grateful for the information. Any additional information (especially textual sources) would be greatly appreciated!

        Warm Wishes,
        Ryan
        • Dear Ryan, it is well known by students, disciples, and teachers, that the text alone is not enough, a realized person or knowledgeable teacher to interpret or translate the texts is required, get my point? Dr. Lad explained in detail that granthi was gland (endocrine gland) however it was also made clear that there are multiple slightly different meanings for a single sanskrit word, for example granthi may mean gland anatomically but in spiritual traditions it may have a slightly different meaning. Are you suggesting that I ask dr Lad if he was sure that granthi means gland next time I see him at the National Ayurvedic conference? If I can find any quotes in his book I'll copy them and post it, same goes for the classic ayurvedic text, but Dr. Lad quotes them directly and the quality of the translation depends on the translator not the text, he is the authority. As far as my Guru is concerned, he left his body in 1990, but you know, all scriptures come from a realized master, and he is as much of an athority as the vedas or tantras, so as soon as I find some quotes in his scriptures I will post them as well.

          The intersecting points of the nadis is where the chakras are, ida, puingala and susumna, so you must be implying that granthi is another name for chakra, there are other names for chakra as well, for example, Ajna chakra =chandra mandala = Shahi Mandala, and the corresponding granthi is Mahayoginii Granthii which translates to pituitary gland. Official source: "Yoga psychology", and "Microvita in a Nutshell" by P.R. Sarkar (Shri Shri Ananda Murti)
          shop.anandamarga.org/books/s...ogap.htm
          • Re: The endocrine glands and the chakra system

            Fri, June 6, 2008 - 10:54 AM
            >get my point?

            I do get your point . But surely you can see that the mere assertion that a secret oral tradition exists can’t be seen as much in the total absence of supporting evidence.

            >Are you suggesting that I ask dr Lad if he was sure that granthi means gland
            >next time I see him at the National Ayurvedic conference?

            Yes, that would be fantastic. If you have his email address, I would be happy to ask him myself. When you ask him, make sure you clarify that you are asking about Ayurveda as it was practiced 100 (or more) years ago. As I am sure you are aware, Ayurveda has picked-up a wealth of information and ideas from Western medicine. Just because ayurveda -now- makes a particular identification doesn’t mean it made the same identification a century ago.

            > If I can find any quotes in his book I'll copy them and post it, same goes for the classic >ayurvedic text, but Dr. Lad quotes them directly

            That would be great.

            >so as soon as I find some quotes in his scriptures I will post them as well.

            Fantastic. Thank you.

            >so you must be implying that granthi is another name for chakra,

            No, not exactly. There is a granthi at every chakra but those are not the only granthis.

            >Official source: "Yoga psychology", and "Microvita in a Nutshell" by P.R. Sarkar (Shri
            >Shri Ananda Murti) shop.anandamarga.org/books/s...ogap.htm

            I’ll check these out.

            Thanks for you help,
            Ryan
            • Re: The endocrine glands and the chakra system

              Fri, June 6, 2008 - 11:14 AM
              I was kind of joking when I said i'll ask dr. Lad again about the glands because I have already been in class with him for 3 years, 3 to 6 hours per day and he said many times that Granthi means endocrine gland.( he doesn't give his email out either, but you can call his institute) It doesn't matter what the ancient scriptures say, do you know sanskrit? what matters is who translates them, and dr Lad is as much of an authority if not more then any scholar who translated the Ashtaunga hridayam or Charaka samhita or sushruta samhita, and has books made from these translations, no matter how old it is, just because something is old doesn't mean it has more authority then a newer translation.