Prana and Vega

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    Jaimin Barot

    What are the differences between prana and vega? How do they interact with each other?
    Vega refers to six kind of urges described in Gauidya literature: those pertaining to words, the mind, anger, the tongue, the stomach and the genitals.

    Ashish Dalela

    Every part of the body has a tendency to enjoy, due to the influence of ananda tendency. You can say that every part of a body has its own purpose. So the body is described in three ways as parts, functions, and purposes. Each part can perform different functions, and each function can fulfill different purposes. You can think of the body as a society of individuals in which each part has its own goal. The BG describes these senses as horses, which are individual entities and can run in different directions. They have to be controlled and made to work in a coherent fashion. This control is provided by the mind and the intellect, which are described as the reins and the charioteer. But because there is a purpose in each sense and part of the body they are pulling the mind and the chariot in different directions. Another analogy is that of a man with many wives who pull him in different directions. So the main point is that vega is a purpose in each part of the body. The purpose is not just in the mind, but every part. Prabhupada writes in one verse that lust resides in the senses. So we should not think of senses or body parts as ‘dead’ matter without purpose. Every part of the body has a purpose and it is pulling in a different direction. Prana is the mechanism by which this purpose is being converted into activity or function.

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