The ida and pingala principles also apply at the pranic and mental levels of being. They represent the two distinct forces within the human environment. In a sense, they represent the positive and negative aspects – the ebb and flow of human existence. They do not represent two specific psychic passages as is often understood, but rather the total pranic and mental currents. Ida represents the mind and pingala represents the pranic body.
The Chinese, thousands of years ago, developed the concept ofyin and yang. These two principles correspond exactly to the ida and pingala principles. The Chinese also developed the healing system of acupuncture based on the flow of prana within the body. Modern researchers in Russia have photographed these pranic flows, calling the energy bioplasma. This energy is also used in the science of psychic healing (sometimes called spiritual healing). In all these cases it is the pingala aspect of man’s psychic being that is being utilized . . . that is prana.
The mind corresponds to the ida aspect of man’s psychic realm. It is within this ida aspect that man can develop the so-called supernatural powers such as clairaudience, clairvoyance, telepathy, etc. These powers are merely a part of the vast potential that lies within the grasp of each human being. The negative repercussions of prematurely unfolding and utilizing these powers for selfish ends will be discussed later.
It should be remembered that the mental and pranic forces in man, the ida and the pingala on a psychic level, are inextricably interrelated. The mind has direct repercussions and influence on prana and vice versa. It is only for convenience of explanation that this division is made; don’t take it too literally or seriously. This also applies at other levels. Try to regard all aspects of man, physical, pranic and mental, as being inseparably joined and fused to form a whole unit. Try not to become caught in the net of misconceptions by considering that these aspects are watertight, independent departments.
The pingala is associated with action, while the ida is associated with thought. This tendency towards a predominance of thought or action is related to the predominant flow of breath in the left or right nostril, in the same manner that the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are intimately related to the same flows.