According to yogic teachings, one of the major functions of the pineal is to vibrate and control the nucleus projection of every cell of the body. Wow, that is one powerful little gland, and this gives us some insight to how it controls the cells, by vibration. Obviously western scientists only studied the chemical aspects of the pineal, but its key action is the vibrations it emits. Which makes sense in that it is hollow, filled with liquid, and its shape would provide direction in its projection of frequencies. What direction is this cone pointed? Right to the top of the head, our crown, the seventh chakra, the highest frequency energy vortex in our energetic chakra system. Master yogis also refer to the seventh chakra as the 10th gate. We have nine physical openings into and out of our bodies, but the crown is the energetic opening to the Universe. They taught that this is the center of our spiritual growth, our connection to the cosmos and our highest self. This is where we realize our infinite nature, our vastness, unity and connection to everything, and the elevation of consciousness. The seventh chakra corresponds to the color violet, which in the color spectrum has the highest frequency, the shortest wavelengths, and the most powerful projection of electro-magnetic signals. When we pray and meditate, we project from this chakra center out into the cosmos our prayers and intentions. We also receive from the cosmos light, love, and wisdom through this center. This is our cosmic communication control center in the macro relating to the cosmos and how we are connected to everything. And in the micro, that it is controlling the nucleus projection of our cells and giving us the experiences of knowing our true nature.
It was not only the master yogis who had great reverence for the pineal gland. Throughout our history the image of the pinecone appears in many spiritual traditions. The staff of the Egyptian God Osiris is shown with a pinecone at the top. It appears in many hieroglyphs found in Egyptian temples and tombs. The Masons have the pinecone symbol shown in a position of great respect and reverence. The Catholic Church uses it extensively, a scepter held by the pope has a pinecone symbol at the top, and located in the center of an interior Vatican courtyard is a large sculpture of a pinecone. The caduceus, the ancient symbol showing two serpents intertwined in a spiral pattern moving up a staff to face a pinecone at the top. This is an especially powerful and symbolic image because in eastern philosophy the Kundalini energy was described as a serpent that spiraled up the spine to the pineal gland. I must confess this does raise questions for me. How did these ancient traditions associate the pineal gland with a pinecone, which is the female seed of conifer trees? And are we just stretching to make the association of these symbols with the pineal just because it physically resembles a pinecone? How could these different traditions over time and distance have such similar reverence for this symbol? I can only conclude that they separately, through the wisdom and insight of the mystics and high priests, had the intuitive awareness to “see” the source of their spiritual experiences. The ancient yoga masters had no anatomic knowledge of the pineal gland, but they did know that when specific mantras were chanted, when pranayam breathing patterns were done, and yogic asanas performed, dramatic changes occurred in the middle of their heads.
Going back to western science, an interesting discovery explains some of this. The cells within the interior of the pineal gland are very similar in structure to the cells of the retina inside the eye. They are sensitive to light! Obviously this is part of the pineal glands function of regulating our internal timepiece and sleep patterns. Could this also be the source of our insight, where the intuitive wisdom emits, projects the feelings, sensations, and images of expanded consciousness. When we meditate and quiet our minds, slowing down brain activity, we open ourselves to our higher self. With eyes focused up to our third eye point, we see our infinite, vast self and realize we are not human beings in search of spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings in search of human experiences.
Himat Singh Dayvault, KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and NCBTMB Certified BioSync Bodyworker.