Holy Wind: In the skin at the tips of our fingers we see the train of wind

[This Navajo saying is one of many traditions that refers to the "wind, breath" felt on the fingertips and on the top of the head, at the time of one's Spiritual Birth or Union with the Divine.]

It was the wind that gave them life. It is the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow we die. In the skin at the tips of our fingers we see the train of the wind, it shows us where the wind blew when our ancestors were c r e a t e d.


[A most interesting discussion based upon Holy Wind in Navajo Philosophy follows:]

"The Holy Wind

N'ch'i is normally translated as wind, although this does not adequately convey the totality of the concept associated with the word for the Navajo. N'ch'i refers to the air, the atmosphere in its entirety, when still, and when in motion. It is conceived of as having a holiness and powers that are not acknowledged by European based cultures. The term could perhaps as well be translated as Holy Spirit. The translation Holy Wind Spirit has been suggested{*}.

Because n'ch'i suffuses all of nature, it is responsible for giving life, thought, speech and the power of motion to all living things. N'ch'i is also the means of communication between all elements of the living world. The n'ch'i enters (and leaves) humans through the whorls on their fingers and toes and the whorl pattern in the hair on the top of their heads. It sits on the tips of their tongues allowing speech, which indeed is carried by air. Small n'ch'i sit at the ears of the Din' advising them on the proper actions. Those who repeatedly ignore this advice are abandoned by their n'ch'i. These n'ch'i also report back to the Holy People [diyin din'] on the behavior of the earth surface people, therefore enforcing morality.

N'ch'i was one of the original Holy People [diyin din'] to emerge into this World with First Man ['ts' hastiin]. N'ch'i lives in the four cardinal directions [da'n'ts''''g''], as do the light phenomena, Dawn [Hay''k], Midday Sky [Y'k dihi], Twilight [Nahootsoii] and Darkness [Chahahee]. The N'ch'i was instrumental in the creation of the Holy People [diyin din'] and their instruction. N'ch'i entered Changing Woman [Asdz n'dleeh'] to give her life.

For the Navajo [Din'], n'ch'i is believed to enter at the moment of conception. Its movement and growth produces the movement and growth of the fetus. When the baby is born, with its first cry, taking in air by itself, the surrounding N'ch'i is added to the child and it becomes a complete being. The growing child is believed to be under the influence of the N'ch'i all around him. The N'ch'i is breathed in at all times. His growth is governed by the N'ch'i. Speech and the ability to stand upright and to maintain balance are also attributed to the N'ch'i. The N'ch'i enters and departs a person through the lungs and the whorls mentioned before.

The final act in Blessingway [H'zh'j'] is to stand up and breathe in the air at Dawn [Hay''k] to reinfuse the individual with the Holy Wind. This is true of other ceremonials as well."

{*}This translation was suggested by Oswald Werner at the 1972 Pecos Conference in Flagstaff, AZ.

This discussion is based upon Holy Wind in Navajo Philosophy by James K. McNeley ' 1981, University of Arizona Press, and The Main Stalk, A Synthesis of Navajo Philosophy by John R. Farella '1984 John R. Farella. University of Arizona Press.


[An additional view of "spirit, breath, or wind" is expressed by author White Deer of Autumn.]

"We are all familiar with the soft spot on the top of a newborn's head. It pulsates, almost like breathing. Many Native Americans believed that this pulse was a soft-sounding rhythm that allowed the infant to maintain direct communication with the Great Mystery. Some believed that the spirit which entered the new body, and which was still part of the Mystery, entered through this opening. At death, it left through this same door. Of course, for the child's protection, the soft spot hardened quickly. Later, the Indian child would discover his voice and would learn that he could reestablish that same communication with the Great Mystery through prayer and singing."[1]

[Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi's explanation follows:]

"When the foetus is about 2/3 months old in the mother's womb, the column of rays of consciousness emitted through the all-pervading Divine Love, passes through the brain to enlighten it. The shape of the human brain being prism-like, the column of rays falling on it gets refracted into four diverse channels corresponding to the four aspects of the nervous system:

1)Parasympathetic nervous system
2)Sympathetic nervous system(right)
3)Sympathetic nervous system(left)
4)Central nervous system

1) The set of rays that falls on the fontanel bone (apex of the head known as Taloo) pierces in the centre and passes straight into medulla oblongata through a channel(Sushumna). This energy, after leaving a very thread-like thin line in the medulla oblongata, settles down in 3 1/2 coils in the triangular bone placed at the end of the spinal cord (Mooladhar). This is known as 'Kundalini'. The subtle energy enters through the centre of the brain (Sahasrar Brahmarandhra)and precipitates on its way in six more centres. The gross manifestation of this subtle energy in the "Sushumna" channel of the spinal cord is termed as "Parasympathetic nervous system" and "chakras" are expressed as plexuses outside the spinal cord....Later when ego and superego bloat up like balloons and cover our brain at the apex of the left and right sympathetic nervous systems, the fontanel bone gets calcified and the all-pervading vital force of the Divine gets cut off completely."
(Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi from a pamphlet - Sahaja Yoga: A Unique Discovery".)

[Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi tells us that within each human being at the base of the spine in the triangular bone called "sacrum" is found a "residual power of pure desire", called "Kundalini". This Kundalini, lying dormant in the os sacrum in three and a half coils, is also called as "wind, breath, Serpent Power and Holy Ghost".

At the time of Self-Realization, (also called in various religious traditions as Baptism or Second Birth, Redemption, Moksha, Mukti, Enlightenment, Resurrection), the awakened Kundalini rises and "in the skin at the tips of our fingers we see the train of the wind.". This wind, breath or cool breeze is the actual manifestation, sign, or proof of the Holy Ghost.]

[In Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi's words, what happens at the time of Baptism, or Second Birth is that:]

"The Kundalini rises through a very thin line of Brahmarandhra. In the beginning only a hair-like thing rises, it pierces through. In some people, of course, in a big way it rises also. And then it pierces this fontanel bone area which is a real baptism, real. Today only people felt the cool breeze coming out of their heads. Can you do that by jumping, or by paying money? They felt the cool breeze in the hand. It's written in the Bible, even in the Bible very clearly, that it's the cool breeze. Cool breeze is the sign of the Holy Ghost. You start feeling the cool breeze in your hands and you start feeling the cool breeze on your head. This is the actualization.

Of course, you people don't read other books which are very good, like Adi Shankaracharya. People don't even like the mention of his name who has really and clearly said that it is the cool breeze, the chaitanya, is to be felt like cool breeze in the hands. They do not want that you should know the truth. And this is the truth that when you get your realization, you have to feel the cool breeze in your hands yourself. You have to judge yourself. I'm not going to tell you. It is you who has to see, it is you who has to feel. And then you have to grow and you have to know all and everything - all the secrets of Divine Science. You become the master then, you are the guru.

You are the Spirit, and you should get it. It's your own which is given to you. I have nothing to do about it. I'm just a catalyst."

(Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Maccabean Hall, Australia on March 22, 1981)

[So is everyone who is born of the Spirit (going to feel the Divine Wind - R'ach, Qi, Prana, Ruh, Pneuma, Spiritus) John 3.8]

"Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man born be born again,
He cannot see the Kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him,
How can a man be born again when he is old?
Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Jesus answered: Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man born of water and the Spirit,
He cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.
That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of Spirit is Spirit,
Marvel not that I said unto thee: Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof,
But cannot tell whence it comes and where it goeth:
So is every one that is born of the Spirit."

John 3:3-8

"The Water of Life is firstly the River of Cool Vibrations emitted from the Primordial Divine Energy (Adi Shakti.) It has been identified in the scriptures as the Wind of the Holy Ghost (the breath of the Pneuma of the Greek fathers) or the Holy River Ganga falling down from Lord Shiva's head. They are also the Chaitanya of Shri Shankaracharya. At the moment of Self-Realization, the subject can indeed feel these vibrations as a cool wind, or, depending upon the force, as a cool river flowing into the fingertips and later his hands and his whole being. At the stage of God Realization the Water of Life, referred to as 'amrit' or nectar, is felt as a shower of indescribable bliss pouring down from the Sahasrara, into the central and autonomous nervous systems.'

Gr'goire de Kalbermatten, The Advent
The Life Eternal Trust Publishers, 1979, p. 25-6.

"Even So Will The Winds Of Resurrection Blow

It is Allah who sends forth the Winds so that they raise up the Clouds,
And We drive them to a Land that is dead,
And revive the earth therewith after its death:
Even so (will be) the Resurrection!

surah 35:9 Fatir (The Originator of Creation)
Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'an

The Koran:Chapter XXXVI. Verse 65 Sura Yasin

"That Day shall We set a seal on their mouths, but their hands will speak to Us, and their feet bear witness, to all that they did."


In the Hindu Scriptures:

Shri Gnyaneshwara describes the manifestation of Kundalini awakening: "The Life-wind emerges out of the Kundalini and creates a cooling sensation in the body internally and also externally".


From the Jewish Scriptures:

"The Zohar, too, mentions the sacred "breath" in connection with the subtle body (sephirotic tree): A breath which comes from the future world shakes the branches of the Tree of Life which spreads the fragrance of the future world in this world and brings the holy souls alive.. These souls come up waking each other...and the Tree of Life rejoices." ("The Zohar" III, 173 1 in "Le Livre de la Splendeur," pages de livre de Zohar choisies par Edmond Fleg, trad.par J. de Pauly, ed.J.C. Lattes, Paris,1980, our trans.)


"It is a difficult subject to talk about Adi Shakti because it's not easy to understand that Adi Shakti is the power of Sadashiva. Sadashiva is the God Almighty. She is His breath, as they some people call it. Some say She is the desire and some say that She is the entire power of Sadashiva and Sadashiva cannot do anything without Her powers." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Adi Shakti Puja, Cabella Italy, May 25, 1997)

"In many different traditions the perception of the nature of God has been described by individuals that claimed to have God experiences, as being accompanied by a breath-like feeling in ways that seem similar to the cool breeze experience in Sahaja Yoga. Whether it is called Chi (Chinese), Ki (Japanese), Prana (Hindus), Ruach (Hebrew prophets), Ruh (Sufi saints), Pneuma (Greeks), or Spiritus, the Latin word from which the English word 'Spirit' is derived, this Breath of Life has the same meaning in all of these languages and diverse cultures. Chinese, Christian, Arabic, Indian, Greek, and contemporary writings describe the experience of the divine as a mysterious wind. This daily Divine Wind (R'ach, Chi, Ki, Prana, Ruh, Pneuma, Spiritus) is proof that you are now taking part in the Last Judgment and Resurrection, the promised eschatological salvation which promises both bodily resurrection (kundalini awakening) and spiritual immortality (moksa).

Now that time has come. The Messiah has delivered the Good News of His Kingdom. The Last Judgment and Al-Qiyamah (The Resurrection), the ultimate test of validity and truth of organized religions, has been declared by the Shakti. Those who believe and take part in the Great Event ordained for all humanity are promised both bodily resurrection (kundalini awakening/born of the Spirit) and spiritual immortality (moksa/salvation). They will begin to feel the Cool Breeze (R'ach, Chi, Ki, Prana, Ruh, Pneuma, Spiritus) of the Spirit (Shakti/Ruh/Tao/Mother) flowing out of the hands and head (Brahmarandhra) upon Self-Realization, which over time becomes a daily experience. Sooner or later, this Ruach (Breath of God) will be felt daily for the rest of your life, a constant reminder to those taking part in the Great Event to live righteously on Earth."


[1]White Deer of Autumn.The Native American Book of Life.Hillsboro, Oregon 97124-6074.Beyond Words Publishing, Inc.1992.ISBN 0 941831-43-4 (vol.2)p.18

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