The pineal gland is situated in the posterior part of the brain. This small gland is only five millimeters in diameter. A very important, fine, sand-like tissue surrounds it. The pineal gland is a small tissue of a red-grayish color. This small gland is intimately related with the sexual organs. The pineal gland secretes certain hormones that regulate the whole process of evolution and the development of the sexual organs.
Conventional science assures that after these hormones have achieved their purpose, then this gland degenerates into a fibrous tissue. They state that after the total development of the sexual organs, the pineal gland is no longer capable of secreting any hormones.
Descartes assured us that this gland is the “seat of the Soul.” The Orientals assure us that this gland is a dormant “third eye.” When the occidental medicine of the world discovered that this gland is only a red-grayish tissue situated in the posterior part of the brain, then it rejected the affirmation of Descartes and the Orientals. It would have been better not to have created scientific dogmas and to have studied instead all the concepts in an eclectic and didactic form.
The yogis of India assure us that the pineal gland is the window of Brahma, the Diamond Eye, the polyvoyant eye, that through some special training, gives us the perception of the Ultra.
Occidental science should study these concepts of the oriental yoga. Occidental science is not the whole science. It is urgent also to study oriental science. We need a total, integral culture.
The microscope allows us to perceive objectively that which is infinitely small. The telescope allows us to see the infinitely grand. If the pineal gland allows us to see the Ultra of all things, then we should study the oriental yoga and develop that wonderful gland. The yogis of India have practices through which one can obtain a special superfunction of the pineal gland. Then we perceive the Ultra. To deny this affirmation of the oriental yoga is not scientific. It is necessary to study and analyze.
The oriental sages say that sexual potency depends on the potency of the pineal gland. Now we can explain to ourselves the scientific basis of chastity.
There is no doubt that all the great Biblical prophets were great pinealists. Scientific chastity combined with certain practices permitted them to see the Ultra of Nature.
Gnostics state that the atom of the Holy Spirit is found within the pineal gland. Biology is resolved to investigate all these things. The Orientals affirmed that in the pineal gland is found the lotus flower of a thousand petals. There is no doubt that this is the crown of saints.
Human beings of great intelligence have their pineal gland highly developed. It has been discovered that the pineal glands of cretins are atrophied.
The great phenomena through which the masses become fascinated, so common in India, is only possible when the authentic Fakir has the pineal gland full of great vigor.
The blood directly absorbs the secretions of the endocrine glands. The blood bears all the secretions of the endocrine glands to other organs and glands that then are forced to be pushed in a major effort to a more intense work. The word hormone comes from a Greek word that means “to excite.” Indeed, the hormones have the power of exciting the whole organism and obligate it to work.
The secretions of the endocrine glands also have influence over the mind. We now see why the Hindustani dedicate themselves to control the mind. Through our mind we can regulate our hormonal functions.
Some Hindustani sages have remained buried for many months without dying.
Biology cannot remain indifferent to all this. Biologists need to investigate all these wonders of Asia.
Mr. Emmanuel Kant admits a “nissus formativus” to our physical body. The oriental sages believe that the “nissus formativus” is a fluidic body that is found in contact with the Grand Sympathetic Nervous System and with the fluid nervous system. There is no doubt that this fluidic body is the Astral Body mentioned by medieval doctors. The human mind and all those purely psychic principles are within the Astral Body.
The senses of this Astral Body seem to bloom like lotus flowers from the very essence of the endocrine glands. The lotus of a thousand petals, mentioned by yogis of India, is a psychic sense of the Astral Body.
The special development of the pineal gland allows us to perceive the Astral Body and its psychic senses as lotus flowers bloom from the endocrine glands.
Medical science plays with the mechanism of phenomena, yet it does not know its vital depth. The special development of the pineal gland allows us to see the very vital depth.
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