Our world is fast approaching a 10,000 year period in the great world cycles or yugas that is known as Sat Yuga. This is a special period promised by Krishna at the end of His last incarnation. During this period of Sat Yuga the Laws of Nature are supportive of a human physiology that will live for thousands of years. Already there are individuals who are undergoing the subtle transmutations necessary to structure such a physiology that mimics the Absolute Body of the Residents of Goloka. The topic of this article is to explore the changes in DNA that will be necessary to support this new style of functioning for the body.
According to conventional science, the DNA of every cell of the physiology has 2 active strands, that when fully extended may reach 6 feet in length. This double helix configuration commonly twists around upon itself to form an "x" called the chromosome, and there are 23 pairs of chromosomes. For the body of the citizens of the expiring age, known as kali yuga, this collection of DNA is sufficient to provide a brief lifespan commensurate with the need of the times. However, citizens of the dawning age of sat yuga will be required by the need of the times to live much longer. What changes must take place to support these greatly extended lifespans?
The first and most important and fundamental transformation that is now taking place in some individuals to support greatly extended lifespans involves the integration of the physical body with its four other non-physical bodies. We all have these five bodies, but in the vast majority of the population at this time, the four subtle bodies are not integrated with the physical. It is this lack of integration of the five bodies that is the root cause of the brief lifespans we see in the world today. The physical body literally exists cut-off from the true source of its vitality and therefore, like a leaf fallen from the tree, soon withers and dies. Hence, the importance for everyone to begin immediately to integrate the physical body with the four subtle bodies.
There is a distinct step that everyone who is interested in occupying a relatively immortal physiology must take to initiate the integration of the five bodies. This step is to begin the Satyug Kaya Kalpa Programme. Once this step has been taken a strong thread runs through the five bodies firmly connecting them, and the process of transmutation of ungrounded emotional and mental energies in the subtle bodies may commence. With each transmutation the integration of the five bodies grows stronger and stronger and the DNA of all the bodies undergoes dramatic changes.
The physiology that has attained full integration with its four subtle bodies is in outward appearence very similar to the current run of human bodies. However, internally it is quite different. The relatively immortal physiology does not have most of the internal organs found in the common human body of today. The spinal column does not end but turns up the front of the body to join at the neck and form a complete circuit. The heart and lungs are replaced by a very large nerve ganglion or brain that serves to connect the physical consciousness with the vijñanamaya kosha and is the seat of "knowing". The abdominal organs are replaced with a second large ganglion that connects with the manomaya kosha as the seat of "thinking." The pelvic organs are replaced by a third ganglion that connects with the pranamaya kosha and serves as the chief governor of the physiology. The brain in the head connects with the ânandamaya kosha as the link to support Brahman Consciousness on the physical plane.
The entire circulatory system is absent because the individual cells do not require physical substances for food and in their metabolic processes do not produce waste. Each cell has greatly enhanced nervous system connections and derives the energy it needs directly from the pranamaya kosha via a channel that is approximately 50% of the size of the cell. Every cell appears to have a large hole in it and it is through this "hole" that prana flows into the cell. Due to this large non-physical hole in every cell, the weight of the relatively immortal body is approximately 50% of a comparable-sized mortal body.
To structure a relatively immortal physiology, changes on the level of the DNA must take place in the vijñânamaya kosha. When something happens in the vijñânamaya kosha to change the DNA, the DNA present in every cell of the physical body does not immediately change because the DNA is a physical chemical. The change in physical cellular DNA takes place during mitosis. The animation at the right (created by Nicholas Meyer, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Iowa) shows the mitotic cycle.
Before the cell enters the mitosis phase, it first undergoes a synthesis or S phase where each chromosome is duplicated and consists of two sister chromatids joined together by a specific DNA sequence known as a centromere. Centromeres are crucial to segregation of the daughter chromatids during mitosis. The first phase of mitosis is known as the prophase, where the nuclear chromatin starts to become organized and condenses into thick strands that eventually become chromosomes. During prophase, the cytoskeleton (composed of cytoplasmic microtubules) begins to disassemble and the main component of the mitotic apparatus, the mitotic spindle begins to form outside the nucleus at opposite ends of the cell.
Below are a set of pictures which show a complete mitotic cycle in 9 phases with a brief explanation of each phase in the process:
The whole process of mitosis takes between 14 and 20 minutes to complete and when finished the two cells will have identical sets of 46 chromosomes. Of greatest interest to us is phase 3 or prometaphase in which the 23 pairs of chromosomes begin to organize for the eventual split. It is during this transformation that the DNA can change and take on any new qualities that may be dictated by changes in the vijñânamaya kosha. These changes take place as a result of the transmutation of ungrounded emotional and mental energies.
Transmutation, which is carried on by Lord Vishnu, changes an emotional or mental energy into another form - just as a chemical reaction changes one physical substance into another. When this transmutation takes place, it makes possible a slightly different style of functioning for the entire set of bodies. The DNA in the vijñânamaya kosha changes to accomodate this new style of functioning and this change percipitates down into each succeedingly grosser body.
To observe and document changes in DNA as a direct result of changes in vijñânamaya kosha, one must examine the DNA of cells that have replicated after the event and compare it to the DNA before the event. This is no small task due to the complexity of the DNA. There are 50,000 genes in the chromosomes and each gene has a specific DNA code of consisting of combinations of the four chemical bases: cytosine (C), guanine(G), adenine(A), and thymine(T) in combination with a sugar molecule and a phosphate group (see illustration on the right) that yield more than 3 billion chemical base pairs. Any one or more of these 3 billion codes may be involved in the change.
The human physiology of Sat Yuga has 12 strands of DNA, instead of the 2 normally found in Kali Yuga physiologies. In each successive yuga, the number of strands of DNA declines, along with the expected lifespan of the body. With the Krishna Golden Age of 10,000 years rapidly approaching, it is imperative that everyone who wishes to enter this period of Sat Yuga have the required 12-strand DNA physiology. Only Sat Yuga physiologies will be able to survive in the rare and pure environment of this Sat Yuga. It takes about 3 years to undergo this transformation, so time is of the essence now. Kali Yuga is collapsing and Sat Yuga will soon arise from the ashes to greet all who are prepared to enter.