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    ?In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for Spirit and Breath is precisely the same: Ruach. "In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth... the Spirit-Breath of God was stirring the waters."
    ?In the New Testament, the Greek word for Spirit and Breath, as used by Jesus, is precisely the same: Pneuma. "And Jesus breathed on them, saying, receive the Holy Spirit-Breath."
    ?In Taoism and the martial arts that developed from Taoism, the energy of the warrior, Chi, is carried in the Breath.
    ?In Yoga and Hinduism, Breath is essential in healing and cleansing mind and body: it carries the cosmic force of Prana.
    ?In Buddhist meditation, the mind touches its original Buddha-nature by centering on the flow of breath. This practice brings Samatta (unity of mind-body) and Vipassana (insight into the true nature of existence).
    Please explain how breath is a universal principle that unites the religions of the world.

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    The answer to this question is going to depend on your worldview. From a purely material point of view one might say that mankind has always been fascinated by breath. One can imagine our ancestors thousands of years ago watching a baby being born, seeing it take its first breath and then giving a healthy scream. That would have been amazing and inspired a reverence for breath. The fact that breathing is necessary for life, consider near drowning experiences or watching someone be strangled to death, would have increased respect for this "natural" function. Add to all of this the experience of watching someone take their ...

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    The solution discusses how to breath in world religions.