akṣiṇī nāsike āsyam
iti pañca puraḥ kṛtāḥ
dakṣiṇā dakṣiṇaḥ karṇa
uttarā cottaraḥ smṛtaḥ
paścime ity adho dvārau
gudaṁ śiśnam ihocyate
akṣiṇī—two eyes; nāsike—two nostrils; āsyam—the mouth; iti—thus; pañca—five; puraḥ—on the front; kṛtāḥ—made; dakṣiṇā—southern gate; dakṣiṇaḥ—right; karṇaḥ—ear; uttarā—northern gate; ca—also; uttaraḥ—left ear; smṛtaḥ—understood; paścime—on the west; iti—thus; adhaḥ—downward; dvārau—two gates; gudam—rectum; śiśnam—genital; iha—here; ucyate—is said.
Two eyes, two nostrils and a mouth—all together five—are situated in the front. The right ear is accepted as the southern gate, and the left ear is the northern gate. The two holes, or gates, situated in the west are known as the rectum and genital.
Of all sides, the eastern is considered most important, primarily because the sun rises from that direction. The gates on the eastern side—the eyes, nose and mouth—are thus very important gates in the body.
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