The Power of Shushmana
Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. – May 12th, 2001 – Espanola, NM, USA
The ida, pingala and shushmana are our essence. 3000 years ago the energy channels of the ida, pingala and shushmana were known as the human body’s support system. We understand the ida and pingala through their relationship with the left and right nostrils, but the shushmana is not understood. The shushmana is considered to be the central nerve inside and outside the spine.
It is compulsory to know truths now, not at the time something happens. We try to develop ourselves through education, but we have never tried to develop timelessness. You must know when an avalanche is going to come. Ifthe avalanche is on you, there is nothing to know. You must know before time.
When we are fully developed as human beings, our life goes smoothly, calmly, quietly and peacefully. The Hand ofGod takes care of our routines. Things happen, but before the time, we will know they are going to happen.
Our sensory system, our sixth sense, senses the possibility and alerts us. That is the power of shushmana. The shushmana is your basic power, not guns, not cannons. These are symbols. War is a symbol—in the exercise to kill, you become Lord Shiva. Shiva kills, and when you become Lord Shiva, you kill. It is in you.
God is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahaysh (Shiva)—to generate, organize and deliver or destroy. These three facets are in everybody.
Nanak said, ‘The legs shake, the eyes do not see in spite ofthose big glasses, and your head bends over a cane,”
Old age comes upon us automatically. But if your shushmana is alive, your sensory system will survive. And
this sensory system is so powerful that it can pick up strength from everywhere—from trees, from grass, from stones. You have a most ultra-modern manufactured system in you. When you realize it, and you know that you are going to die, you can die when you want to.
A new man will be born, a sensory human being who will not live by the five senses but by the sixth sense—knowing the Unknown. But the sixth sense is not sold in the bazaar. The sixth sense is alive when a challenge tells you to leave yet you hold your ground, when you are asked to fall apart and you do not. Determination is a result of calling on your sixth sense.
God appeared before a man doing sadhana, “Son, I’m very happy with you. Let’s go to heaven.” He replied, “No. Let me finish sadhana, then I’ll see.” That is determination. That is desirelessness—when you attract everything and nothing attracts you.
There is no need for knowledge. Why carry a library on your head? Real knowledge is found by challenging yourselfto be par excellence. In meeting this challenge, everything going on inside you is straightened out. Meet your challenges head on! When you feel like you are dying, you are conquering death.
When you are battling imbalance in a kriya, the spine is forced to adjust to its originality and the shushmana becomes totally alive and vibrant, causing spinal serum to go into the skull, completely changing the old serum.
When you reach a stage of self-control and self-reliance, and have absolutely conquered yourself the brain issues endomorphine, and there is no pain. It is the biggest trip you can enjoy. Then you can command the elementary universe around you. Ifyou say “I want this,” it will happen. When you are told, “Do this for me, “and it is impossible to do, but you do it, in this “doing” the psyche gives you excellence.
You think you are “this.” When you realize you are more than just “this,” you become able to conquer the self and win. The purpose of life is winning. Victory! Fateh! Fateh is the way of life. You must win.