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In the plural, the name given in yogic and Tantric physiologies to the hidden ‘channels’ (conventionally 35 million of them), which are thought to pervade the subtle body and link the cakras. They provide a conduit for the energy or life-force (prāṇa) that animates the human body. The three most significant are the piṅgalā, the iḍā, and the central channel of the spinal cord, the suṣumṇā nāḍī. See also kuṇḍalinī.

Subjects: Hinduism — Buddhism.

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