citta vayavas chit-kriya-yutah sakhayor-dvyai sakti mulaka
chitta-vayavah : the mind and the vital airs
cit kriya yutah: they are endowed with consciousness and the activising force.
sakhayoh dvayi: they are the two branches
sakti mulaka: the root cause of energy or power
The mind and the vital airs are the two branches with thought and action as functions that eminate from the same root.
Upadesa Saram Verse 12:
“Mind and breath manifesting in thought and action, branch out from a common source, Atma Sakti (Aham Spurana).”
The mind is the conscious aspect, the power of objective knowing, thinking (Jnana Sakti) where as breath or life force (Prana) is the power of doing or action (kriya sakti).But the original power Aham Sphurana is like a trunk of a tree having mind and prana as two branches. So mind and prana are interrelated. The imaginary power of the mind comes to a stand still if breath is controlled. Likewise if mind stops imagining completely whatever is the reason breath comes to a standstill. Prana supplies energy to mind for thinking and to the body for it’s maintenance. When mind is strayed if we control the breath, immediately it feels suffocated, stops imagining and comes back to the present. If due to self-enquiry thought process collapses in the spiritual heart the breath is controlled. The existence of the mind depends upon it’s identity with something gross. In self-enquiry because we pay our entire attention on the source of mind identity with nonself including all adjuncts is nullified, so attraction to nonself does not exist and in such a state of being there is direct experience of nonexistence of the mind (naiva manasam).The ego, the thinker appears as a real entity because of our continuous identity with the nonself. This identity is broken when we pay attention only to “I” thought excluding all other thoughts. Then “I” thought is deprived of it’s identity with all other thoughts and perceptions it normally identifies with. Then the “I” thought start to subside in the spiritual heart and gets dissolved in it.