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The Spinal Cord, or spinal marrow, fills the spinal canal in the vertebral column or 

" backbone." It is a long mass of nerve tissue, branching off at the several vertebrae 

to nerves communicating with all parts of the body. The Spinal Cord is like a large 

telephone cable, and the emerging nerves are like the private wires connecting 


The Sympathetic Nervous System consists of a double chain of Ganglia on the side 

of the Spinal Column, and scattered ganglia in the head, neck, chest and 

abdomen. (A ganglion is a mass of nervous matter including nerve cells.) These 

ganglia are connected with each other by filaments, and are also connected with 

the Cerebro-Spinal System by motor and sensory nerves. From these ganglia 

numerous fibres branch out to the organs of the body, blood vessels, etc. At 

various points, the nerves meet together and form what are known as plexuses. 

The Sympathetic System practically controls the involuntary processes, such as 

circulation, respiration and digestion.

The power or force transmitted from the brain to all parts of the body by means of 

the nerves, is known to Western science as "nerve force," although the Yogi knows 
it to be a manifestation of Prana. In character and rapidity it resembles the electric 

current. It will be seen that without this "nerve force" the heart cannot beat; the 

blood cannot circulate; the lungs cannot breathe; the various organs cannot 

function; in fact the machinery of the body comes to a stop without it. Nay more, 

even the brain cannot think without Prana being present. When these facts are 

considered, the importance of the absorption of Prana must be evident to all, and 

the Science of Breath assumes an importance even greater than that accorded it 

by Western science.

The Yogi teachings go further than does Western science, in one important feature 

of the Nervous System. We allude to what Western science terms the "Solar 

Plexus," and which it considers as merely one of a series of certain matted nets of 

sympathetic nerves with their ganglia found in various parts of the body. Yogi 

science teaches that this Solar Plexus is really a most important part of the 

Nervous System, and that it is a form of brain, playing one of the principal parts in 

the human economy. Western science seems to be moving gradually towards a 

recognition of this fact which has been known to the Yogis of the East for 

centuries, and some recent Western writers have termed the Solar Plexus the 

"Abdominal Brain." The Solar Plexus is situated in the Epigastric region, just back 

of the "pit of the stomach" on either side of the spinal column. It is composed of 

white and grey brain matter, similar to that composing the other brains of man.

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