In the human body there are nine openings or gates through which one perceives all the sense experiences of the outside world. These are: the two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, the mouth, the anus and the sexual organ.
There is also a tenth gate, called the Brahma Dwara (the Door of Brahma), which leads to mystical or transcendental experience and realization. During mundane, everyday experience this gate is closed - all perception comes through the other nine gates. In naumukhi these nine gates are temporarily closed. This prevents external perception and helps to open up the tenth door.
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