In 3 of the 108 upanishad (namely Hamsa, Dhyanabindu, and Varaha)
it is written that the jiva,
the individual soul,
utters Ham-sa mantra
21,600 times in one day and one night.
21,600 breaths in one day
7,884,000 breaths in one year
631,130,400 breaths in 80 years
(including the 19 leap year extra days)
We could measure the passing of time with our breaths.
We could keep count of breaths, not years.
Breathing keeps us alive.
And when we die,
breathing changes and exits our body.
dear like a sister-in-performance-art
dear like a timeless fellow jiva
I want to offer you one of my breaths
and wish you HAPPY BREATH-DAY.
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