The Life Principle, the breath of Life. The occultist believes the following statement: "Life we look upon as the one form of existence, manifesting in what is called matter, or what, incorrectly separating them, we name Spirit, Soul, and Matter in man. Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of Soul on this plane of existence; soul is the vehicle for the manifestation of spirit, and these three as a trinity are synthesized by Life, which pervades them all." [358
In Hinduism, Prana is the infinite matter of which energy is born. It is not, as is commonly misunderstood as being air, or the breath, of the human body. The incorrect assumption that Prana is breath arises from flawed knowledge arising from the practice of Pranayama, in which the control of Prana is achieved (initially) from the control of one's breathing. The breath or air is merely a gateway to the world of prana and its manifestation in the body.