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(e) kaupeena: The shorts without a stitch

consists of two strips of cotton cloth, each about 25 by125 cms (for the well-built adult male) one worn around the loin with a peculiar knot, called "brahma-knot", at the left side front and other worn between the legs with the former strip. This is a simple and better suited shorts for the yogic practioner, both male and female.

The anterior abdominal wall is divided into nine regions by two vertical and two horizontal planes. The vertical, right and left lateral planes pass through the mid-inguinal points i.e. a point on each inguinal ligament mid-way between the anterior superior iliac spine and the pubic symphysis.

The spermatic cord descends in front of the pubis from this aperture to the scrotum in the male. In the female, the round ligament of the uterus descends to the labium majus.

It is the inguinal canal through which the testis descends from within the fascial lining of the abdomen to the scrotum. The canal therefore contains the duct (ductus deferens), the blood and the lymph vessels and nerves of the testis. Together these constitute the spermatic cord.

The knot is tied over the mid-inguinal point. The sensory impulses transferring from the T12 and L2 are suppressed by mechanical compression around the waist by the strip of the cloth worn tightly around the waist. The constant mechanical pressure is put by the knot over the mid-inguinal joint, compressing the spermatic cord and the associated sympathetic nervous plexus. By compressing the spermatic cord it is possible to sublimate sexual energy and urge.

It is interesting to note that the yogic scientists proposed a theory about the semen. According to them, the semen, which combines the seminal fluid secreted by seminal vesicles and the sperms produced by convoluted semiferous tubule in lobule in the testis, is formed by the utilization of large amount of bioenergy. By creating the need for the production of semen for frequent enjoyment of sex, man will be fast losing the limited bioenergy found in him. Its non-production and conservation of the naturally produced semen would benefit the individual in the following way:

The bioenergy spent in the production of semen is directly conserved and the same will be turned into another energy ojas. "Ojas" means vim, vigor and virility. During the course of constant japah, ojas is again turned into tejas, which means lustre, brilliance and majesty.

Loss of semen also means loss of praanan too, since each time semen gets discharged, a spark of praanan also gets discharged along with it. Just as hemoglobin is mixed with oxygen and becomes oxyhemoglobin and is carried to each cell, praanan also mixes with every drop of semen and becomes retas, and gets wasted, whether the spermatozoon impregnates the ovum or not. But remember, every drop is potentially capable of impregnating the ovum, causing conception.

The knot has one more important role to play. In the state of samaadhi, the body does not tolerate anything upon it. Nothing should touch the body. The whole of the organism would be united upon one point at that moment, the saadhakaa himself could unknot kaupeena by pulling either of the ends of the knot (since both the ends are projected upwards). In another situation when the saadhakaa loses himself in samaadhi without the knowledge and control, in order to bring him down to consciousness, the knot must be deknotted, so that he may come back to consciousness.

Thus the kaupeena and the knot performs wonderfully with the saadhakaa. Wearing a loose shorts is a potential health hazard. Walking produces the constant friction to the generative organ, which will unnecessarily be erecting thus causing lots of waste of energy-both nervous and electro-chemical. It should be held tightly under check, not excessively but tenderly. Again, people are found to seen to handle their organs (a most awkward habit indeed) constantly causing it to erect. All this is competently avoided by the constant use of kaupeena- a short without stitches.

The wearing of kaupeena is mandatory for both the females and the males. Teenagers below the age of 16 are exempted (if need be), from wearing kaupeena; instead they are allowed to use tight shorts.

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