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Yoga, is as old as antiquity. On Dec 11,2014, The 193-member U.N. General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’…..Yoga is the only exercise which addressed the complete human being—in terms of body mind and spirit.
Narendra Modi said “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change”
“Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being.”
Why June 21st ?
On June 21st the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north pole. The summer solstice occurs during a hemisphere’s summer. This is the northern solstice in the northern hemisphere.
Practically the longest day is when the latitude of the sun ( declination ) is same as the latitude of your home. The sun then is directly overhead at noon , provided your home is between the tropic of cancer and tropic of capricon. The sun then rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west.
From the perspective of yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima. According to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, in the yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva, the first Guru, is said to have begun on this day.Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.
BELOW: Indian PM Modi doing YOGA
Lord Shiva is the first Yoga teacher. Shiva’s first student whom he gave the secrets of yoga was Maharishi Shukracharya , when he got pleased with his severe penance.
Yoga, a 6,000+-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India (Bharat), aims to transform body and mind. Yoga is an Indian physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline. There is a broad variety of schools, practices and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism (including Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism) and Jainism. The best-known are Hatha yoga and Raja yoga
The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic circles, which are also credited with the early sramana movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads and Buddhist Pāli Canon, probably of third century BCE or later. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali from first half of 1st millennium CE is one of a key surviving major texts on Yoga. Hatha yoga texts emerged around 11th century CE, and in its origins was related to Tantrism.
Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy
Goal of Yoga
The ultimate goal of Yoga is moksha (liberation) though the exact definition of what form this takes depends on the philosophical or theological system with which it is conjugated.
According to Jacobsen, “Yoga has five principal meanings:
- Yoga as a disciplined method for attaining a goal;
- Yoga as techniques of controlling the body and the mind;
- Yoga as a name of one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana);
- Yoga in connection with other words, such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” referring to traditions specialising in particular techniques of yoga;
- Yoga as the goal of Yoga practice.”
According to David Gordon White, from the 5th century CE onward, the core principles of “yoga” were more or less in place, and variations of these principles developed in various forms over time:
- Yoga as an analysis of perception and cognition; illustration of this principle is found in Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and Yogasutras, as well as a number of Buddhist Mahāyāna works;
- Yoga as the rising and expansion of consciousness; these are discussed in sources such as Hinduism Epic Mahābhārata, Jainism Praśamaratiprakarana;
- Yoga as a path to omniscience; examples are found in Hinduism Nyaya and Vaisesika school texts as well as Buddhism Mādhyamaka texts, but in different ways;
- Yoga as a technique for entering into other bodies, generating multiple bodies, and the attainment of other supernatural accomplishments; these are described in Tantric literature of Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as the Buddhist Sāmaññaphalasutta;
Marmas (PRESSURE POINTS) were vital points on the human body, which could snuff out life or disable in an instant . Yet, the same marmas could revive a dying man too.
Knowledge of marmas in now almost dead with only a few pretenders claiming knowledge . Kalari marmas are part of Yoga.
Singer Madonna went into hardcore Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and the whole western world suddenly took notice .
Yes Yoga does wonders for the body . But its effect on mind and spirit is far greater. No other physical form of exercise does so much for the BODY as yoga Blood has a pump called heart. The lymph fluid does NOT have a pump. Yoga drives this invisible pump..The western world of medicine and surgery, has come to know about the human body’s lymph node system only 60 years ago. Ayurveda has documented it 6200 years ago .
Yoga is NOT about twisting yourself like a pretzel to stretch and limber up. It had the amazing capability to boost your immunity to almost all diseases, and to help you to recover fast from existing ones. This works like magic, as it has everything to do with your body’s lymph system. No other exercise on this planet addresses the lymph node system.
In the West , due to the type of hormone injected non vegetarian food they eat, women suffer needlessly from breast tumours and uterus problems. This category must pay special attention to this post .Main stream science and medicine has NOT caught up yet with the Lymphatic system.
The Lymphatic system.
A good yoga teacher is an expert in the lymph system . He can have one look at you, and tell you what is wrong with you. This science is so exact. It is a shame to see middle aged women suffering from excessive bleeding, cramps and PMS. The lymphatic system in your body is a series of connected nodes, ducts and organs that play a vital part in your immune system. Whatever Yoga does NOT address, the Ayurvedic massage addresses. This is why a Yoga teacher in Kerala was always an expert in Ayurveda.The human arteries are like a two-lane highway bringing nutrients, oxygen and fluid to the body part. The vein is a one-lane highway taking away the used blood, and the lymphatic channels are the other one-lane highway draining away the lymph fluid. Two lanes in together, but two out lanes separate out. Blood is responsible for collecting and distributing oxygen, nutrients and hormones to the entire body where lymph is responsible for collecting and removing waste products left behind in the tissues. Plasma leaks out of the capillaries to surround and bathe the body tissues. This then drains into the lymph vessels.
Below: Get your lymphatic system pumping so that you’re firing on all cylinders.
The circulatory system processes an average of 20 liters of blood per day. Roughly 17 liters per day of that gets reabsorbed directly into the blood vessels. The primary function of the lymph system is to provide an accessory route for these excess 3 liters per day to get returned to the blood.So colourless lymph is essentially recycled blood plasma. The biggest lymph vessel is the thoracic duct, which empties back into the blood circulation. At the cellular level, the lymphatic system is a pathway through which fluid flows from the intercellular spaces into the blood.
The lymphatic system has vessels just like our circulatory system, but DOES NOT HAVE A PUMP LIKE THE HEART for the circulatory system . In order to clear the “lymph” (the clear extracellular fluid that is collected by the lymphatic vessels and filtered by the lymph nodes), the lymphatic system must be pumped manually. Lymph is a clear fluid that travels through your body’s arteries, circulates through your tissues to cleanse them and keep them firm, and then drains away through the separate lymphatic system.
Lymph nodes are the filters along the lymphatic system. Their job is to filter out and trap bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, and other unwanted substances, and to make sure they are safely eliminated from the body.Each cell is nourished by the nutrients, oxygen and proteins that flow across the walls of capillaries into the interstitial fluid. There is a dynamic balance between the forces that help those nutrients to first exit the capillaries, and then get reabsorbed back into the blood stream.The lymphatic system, because of its physical proximity to many tissues of the body, is responsible for carrying cancerous cells between the various parts of the body in a process called metastasis. The intervening lymph nodes can trap the cancer cells. If they are not successful in destroying the cancer cells the nodes may become sites of secondary tumors.
Lymphatic blockages can result in a swelling at the lymphatic node junctions. This condition results in providing a breeding ground for viruses and pathogenic material. The lymph system acts as a reservoir of infection, churning out billions of infected immune-system cells that eventually spill into the blood stream, where they travel to other parts of the body.
Up to ten times as much virus may reside in the lymph system as in the blood.
Lymph vessels run through the body in much the same way blood vessels do. The capillaries of the circulatory system leak the plasma and nutrients into the tissues of the body to feed the individual cells. Most of that fluid is not returned to the circulatory system, but rather stays in between the tissue layers as interstitial fluid.This fluid is filtered into the lymph vessels and travels back toward the heart where it will be returned to the circulatory system. When the interstitial fluid enters the lymphatic system the fluid is called lymph.
Lymph nodes lie in specific locations along the lymphatic vessels and perform vital functions for the body’s immune system. 6000 years ago, Ayurveda and Yoga realized that many lymph nodes are situated near the region around the joints. Humans have approximately 500-700 lymph nodes distributed throughout the body, with clusters found in the underarms, groin, neck, chest, and abdomen. All lymph vessels lead to lymph nodes. Lymph nodes can be as small as the head of a pin, or as big as an olive . Half of the lymph nodes in the body, are located in the abdomen, and many are in the neck.
The movements of the limbs and positions held during Yoga , help to act as a pump to move the lymph through the system. They are located in clusters around the knee, groin, elbows, shoulders and neck. Lymph nodes are also found in the central abdominal and chest area to assist with lymph drainage around the vital organs.Every Yoga movement take this into account. This is why Yoga must not be self inflicted. Because the lymph doesn’t have a heart to pump it so good circulation of the lymphatic system depends on getting proper stretching exercise and yogic inverted postures which use gravity.
Human lymph nodes are bean-shaped and range in size from a few millimeters to about 1–2 cm in their normal state. Fats are evacuated through lymphatic vessels. These vessels are located in virtually every area of the body where fats may accumulate. The functioning of the immune system is stimulated through increased lymph flow.The additional flow carries more antigens to the lymph nodes, thereby increasing antibody/antigen contact. This has been found to help with chronic or subacute inflammatory processes — chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disease, bronchitis, sinusitis, amygdalitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, arthritis, acne and eczema. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked or begins working slowly then it effects all of the body. All of the toxins that your body will normally throw away will then be soaked into other organs and can cause other harmful health conditions, including obesity.
The Ayurvedic lymphatic drainage massage works with the filtering and cleaning of the lymph nodes, starting at the arms and legs and moving towards the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are gently stimulated, encouraging them to discharge their contents throughout the lymphatic network, facilitating the removal of lymphatic waste from the body. Approximately 70% are superficial lymphatic capillaries located just under, the skin. The remaining 30%, which are known as deep lymphatic capillaries, surround most of the body’s organs.
THE DEEP ONES CAN ONLY BE STIMULATED BY YOGA – NOT EVEN BY MASSAGE .
Lymphatic drainage massage ( use sesame or virgin coconut oil ) has a positive effect on the following conditions:–
Fluid retention – puffy ankles, legs, eyes, and abdomen.
Arthritis and rheumatism.
Assistance for migraine, headaches, and MS
Constipation and digestive disorders.
Sinusitis and hayfever.
Recurring infections – colds, flu, ear or chest.
Skin disorders – acne, scleroderma, eczema and psoriasis.
Wearing a tight compression garment during yoga exercise also provides resistance to further stimulate the lymph flow. This acts like wringing a wet towel. Like body inversions and head stand exercises, twists offer your body new ways to remove toxins and flush important lymph around the entire torso.
Yogic asanas to aid lymph flow includes neck rotation, shoulder shrugs, ankle pumps, leg slides, shoulder blade squeezes etc. Yoga diaphragmatic breathing and many yoga positions open up the chest cavity, while poses like shoulder stands, enlist gravity to help lymph fluid get where it is supposed to go.
Surya namaskar is done for deep Lymph node drainage. Surya namaskar can increase lymph flow 20 fold. Two-thirds of the lymph is produces in the liver and intestines.
The main idea of doing Surya Namaskar is to do sun gazing. This is done when the altitude of the sun is low and the UV effect on the eyes is less.
Because the lymphatic system is a closed pressure system and has one-way valves that keep lymph moving towards the heart, when one turns upside down like in Shirshasan , the entire lymphatic system is stimulated, thus strengthening your immune system.
Lymph fluid is relieved from the legs and ankles and with regular practice prevents the buildup of fluid in the legs and feet. Usually gravity is pulling us down and compressing our bodies, yet when we do inversions this process is completely reversed. So instead of working against us, gravity is working for us by decompressing our bodies and reversing the flow of the lymphatic system, which does NOT have a pump.
Yoga asanasas help to shift lymph fluids around your body in ways that you would not ordinarily be able to achieve in daily life .
Inverted yoga poses are particularly beneficial to the white collar office workers who have occupations that require prolonged sitting still . These work positions increase the occurrence of fluid build up in the blood vessels and lymphatic channels of the legs.
With light yoga inversions, swelling, discomfort and other chronic conditions can be alleviated. Finally surface lymph drainage massage and yoga asana deep lymph fluid channeling if done properly can cause obese people to lose weight and dimpled cellulite–it is more or less a miracle. .
Kalari marma knock out points can permanently damage certain NON-RETURN valves of the lymphatic system, when means the enemy goes home bloats up and dies.
YOGA MASTERS HAVE A HUGE AURA. PEOPLE WHO CAN READ AURAS CAN FILTER OUT FRAUD YOGA GURUS FROM A DISTANCE.
Yoga has timings. You cannot get up at midnight and start doing yoga. Like how the aerobic Zumba dancers swing their asses arount at night
The ancient Vedic seers knew this 6000 years ago. Magnesium and potassium live normally within the human cell, and sodium and calcium are found outside. During the day sodium sneaks into the cell, taking a hydrogen ion with it, which is acidifying. In order to buffer this acidity, which is toxic to the cell, calcium also moves in.
This has the effect of displacing potassium ( by sodium) and magnesium ( by calcium ) which is pushed out of the cell. At night the opposite takes place and potassium and magnesium move back into the cell, pushing out the calcium and sodium, which takes the hydrogen ion with it. This has the effect of cleansing the cell, so you should wake up bright and refreshed.
Surya namaskar needs the rising sun at low altitude. The solar wind at dawn, charges the earth’s magnetic field, and stimulates the pineal gland. This is the best time to meditate , chant and sun gaze as the level of Ultra Violet rays is too low to harm your eyes. At dawn, the negatively charged pineal and the positively charged pituitary combine their essences to create a “light in the head”.
Pranayama ( deep breathing ) floods the Pineal gland with oxygen, to make it resonate. If you are right handed you must breathe in via the left nostril. The reddish grey pineal gland is located in the geometric center of the brain. It is located directly behind the eyes.
In Vedic times 10000 years ago, at the banks of the Saraswati river, the crystallised pineal gland of the great Masters was said to be the size of a lemon, and this with evolution, spiritual pollution and change in breathing patterns , has now been atrophied to the size of a very small pea.
In Mahabharata war of 4000 BC, Sanjaya , with awakened Kundalini and 12 DNA strands , sits hundreds of miles away from the scene of battle and gives the blind King Dhritarashtra a blow by blow account
This gland can be activated by activated by sunlight ( sun gazing ) , and also by sound resonance ( mantra chanting ) during Surya Namaskar. . It controls the various biorhythms of the body.The pineal gland calcifies with age and melatonin production correspondingly decreases.When the pineal gland does not receive sunlight, it secretes Melatonin, which induces sleep, increases blood sugar, craze for food, leading to obesity, fears
Stop gazing directly at the sun when you feel uncomfortable and resume when you feel you can look again. This timing must be built up day by day. When you do Surya Namaskar, you must be bare footed and if possible be bare chested. Being bare chested increases the sex hormones.
Stillness or steadiness of the eyes is not required, and so you can blink . Do not wear any lenses or glasses while sungazing. Have the firm belief that the sunrays in our eyes are of immense benefit and will not harm you . As the days pass and you are able to look at the sun for more time, you will find find that you don’t eat too much .Physical and mental diseases will start getting cured. Each day more energy blockages will be dissolved. 70 to 80% of the energy synthesized from food is taken by the brain and is used up in fueling tensions and worries. With a lack of mental stress, the brain does not require the same amount of energy as before.
As you proceed in sun gazing and as your tensions decrease the need for food intake goes down. Hunger comes because of energy requirements of the body, which is a must for its existence. Food is not a necessity for the body to function, only energy is.You develop a corona of energy around you. As this energy field becomes stronger, diseases don’t harm you. The sun is the force of all life, and staring at it can infuse the body with large amounts of energy. Sun gazing also has the added advantage of getting vitamin A and D during the 1-hour safe period window.When sunlight enters the brain, through your eyes , your good qualities come into appearance replacing negative ones. Eyes receive the entire spectrum of the sunlight while sungazing, which is distributed to the different parts of the body by the brain on a need per basis. Sungazing causes the secretion of “feel good” hormones serotonin beta-endorphins, and dopamine.
Hunger comes because of energy requirements of the body, which is a must for its existence. Food is not a necessity for the body to function, only energy is. . For many people, eating seems like a good solution when there’s nothing better to do.Ancient Vedic scriptures tell us the quickest way to charge the bodies cells is by sungazing. Take away the sunlight and all life on earth would soon perish. Deprived of sunlight, man loses physical vigor and strength and will develop a disinclination for activity.
Feed two animals the same diet but keep one in a dark closet and allow the other to be out in the sunshine. The animal that’s kept in the closet will be weak, stunted and die prematurely.Fruits and plants have the ability to trap and store sun energy. We get our energy from eating fruits , veggies and plants.
Surya is one of the principal vedic deities. He is pictured as riding across the sky on a chariot pulled by seven horses. Seven horses and the seven colors of light for each of the seven chakras. The pineal gland (third eye) is equipped with photoreceptor cells.
The rays of the sun with seven VIBGYOR colors have a cure for all kinds of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and others. During surya Namaskar, the pineal secretes not only DMT, but other peptides as well that have psychoactive effects. Vitamin D directly from the sun, is an excellent healing agent.Surya namaskar needs the rising sun at low altitude with a grateful frame of mind.
The solar wind at dawn, charges the earth’s magnetic field, and stimulates the pineal gland. This is the best time to meditate , chant and sun gaze as the level of Ultra Violet rays is too low to harm your eyes.
At dawn, the negatively charged pineal and the positively charged pituitary combine their essences to create a “light in the head”.
During the Mahabharata war 6000 years ago, it was a terrific scene to see two opposing camps do Surya namaskar and then pick up their weapons.
Serotonin receptors are activated by DMT and serotonin receptors regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, pupil diameter. DMT is a small molecule and is a brain food that is rapidly transported across the blood brain barrier. Infrared light is not visible to the human eye, it can be felt as heal.
Far Infrared (FIR) penetrates below the skin and increases blood flow and improves white blood cell function. FIR light helps remove toxins from the body and speeds the healing of tissues. FIR increases the metabolic rate and stimulates the hypothalamus. Infrared lights are used to warm newborn infants in hospitals. Far infrared helps burn calories and reduce obesity. Improved blood flow to the lymph reduces inflammation. FIR can remove a wide variety of metals from the body, including lead, arsenic, mercury, copper, cadmium, urea, nicotine, and the residue of prescription drugs.The amount of serotonin produced by the brain was directly linked to prevailing sunlight duration. A person low in Serotonin will be inclined to consume greater amounts of sugar in an attempt to increase Serotonin production and this may lead to sugar addiction.Sunlight exposure decreases adrenaline and noradrenalin levels, reducing their stressing effect, and releases endorphins, which promote the feeling of “well-being”. It also increases vitamin D level. The principal male hormone, testosterone, is known to be produced by the effect of sunlight on the skin.
Melatonin levels decreased in some of the blind patients when they were exposed to light, even though they couldn’t see that light. But when the researchers blindfolded these patients and then turned on the lights, melatonin levels did not drop. Those findings suggest that although their eyes could not sense light in the normal way, they still were somehow regulating the release of melatonin, providing absolute evidence that the eyes are involved in functions other than vision.Sunlight has the highest ratio of near-infrared light at sunrise ( Surya Namaskar time ) when the ultraviolet and blue radiation are scattered while red and infrared are passing through the atmosphere. That’s why the sun is red at these moments, which are the best for improving the vision.Near-infrared wavelengths can boost the activity of mitochondria, the crucial powerhouses in cells. When the sun is high in the sky with plenty UV in the light, the eyelids act as filters, letting only the infrared light to reach the retina. Blood exposed to infrared light had less blood cell aggregation (clumping together) which would free up more surface area of red blood cells to transfer nutrients and oxygen to tissues.
Surya Namaskar increases cardiovascular fitness. This is a a combined measure of a number of different parameters, such as resting pulse, rise of pulse after exertion, blood pressure lying and standing, rise in blood pressure after exertion, and time for pulse rate to return to normal after exertion. Sunbathing also increases the ability of the lungs to absorb more vital oxygen, as well as the blood’s capacity to carry and deliver it. Oxygen deficiency has been readily linked to a host of illnesses and discomforts ranging from chronic fatigue to cancer.Sunlight speeds up the clearance of toxins from the body several times. It catalyses digestion. Pathogenic bacteria is destroyed by sunlight. Before the advent of antibiotics people used sunbathing and sungazing. Vitamin D of sunlight prevents colon cells from proliferating and prompts them to change into more mature cells which are less capable of becoming cancerous. The same process occurs in breast, skin and prostate cells. Exposure to natural sunlight increases the number of the white blood cells in the body. The main white blood cell increased the most is the lymphocyte. It is the lymphocyte that plays the leading role in defending the body in an invasion by bacteria and foreign organisms.
Because the lymphocytes increase in number after a sunlight exposure, their products of defense, the antibodies like gamma globulins, also increase in the blood. This increase of lymphocytes and gamma globulins greatly increase a person’s ability to fight infections.
The lymphocyte is also capable of producing a substance called interferon. This substance has the ability to stop the reproduction of viruses. The ultraviolet light in sunlight increases the enzymes that metabolize toxic chemicals and help to remove them. There are receptor sites for vitamin D on cancer cells that appears capable of converting human leukemia cells back into normal cells. Vitamin D produces a thirty percent improvement in body’s conservation of proteins. The ultraviolet rays from the sun convert skin oil to vitamin D. Sunlight lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood stream in humans Infertility is associated with low vitamin D. Vitamin D supports production of estrogen in men and women. PMS has been completely reversed by addition of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Menstrual migraine is associated with low levels of vitamin D and calcium.
The excess of melatonin cause alcoholism and whitens the skin. When melatonin was injected into rats turned them into alcoholics. People from northern countries have increased melatonin, during the winter time, due to the weak sunlight, and that’s the reason they have a particular preference for alcohol..
Women with a calcified pineal gland (associated with a low production of melatonin) have a significantly greater risk of developing breast cancer. Breast, prostate, skin and colon cancer have a strong association with low levels of D and lack of sunlight. Most men will develop prostate cancer if they live long enough and lack of vitamin D is a major cause.
Men who live in colder climates have a higher incidence of prostate cancer because they get less sunlight. Vitamin D inhibits the growth of new, undesirable blood vessels that tumors require for nutrient supply and growth.
The world is coming back to Hinduism– it took this quantum age to understand 7000 year old shepherd’s verses , right? These divine Vedic verses were handed over orally and learnt by heart from 30000 BC to 5000 BC.
The ancient Indian Dvau Bhuja Karanam has now been stolen and patented by the immoral west as “ Super brain Yoga “.
Pranayama— where you exhale twice as long as inhale — IS MORE ABOUT DUMPING OLD EXPERIENCES, RATHER THAN MERE OXYGENATION OF BLOOD.It is always starts with the left nostril for right handers – for left handers it is vice versa ( no book on pranayama talks about this ) .. Left handed people have their sub-conscious in the left lobe of the brain.
Breathe in the new , breathe out the old. Pranayama—inhale and exhale with awareness— long exhales with the sound of MMMMMMMMMMMM.
Humming boosts level of nitric oxide—this in turn ups the oxygen intake by 98%, the biggest secret . Ordinary breath is a mere 4%.
It is amazing Nitric oxide was discovered by Indian yogis 11000 years ago. For re-inventing this a Nobel prize was given 2 decades ago. nitric oxide is necessary for-
- Destruction of viruses, parasitic organisms, and malignant cells in the airways and lungs by inactivating their respiratory chain enzymes.
- Regulation of binding – release of O2 to hemoglobin.
- Vasodilation of arteries and arterioles (regulation of blood flow or perfusion of tissues).
- Inhibitory effects of inflammation in blood vessels.
- Hormonal effects. Nitric oxide influences secretion of hormones from several glands (adrenaline, pancreatic enzymes, and gonadotropin-releasing hormone)
- Neurotransmission. Memory, sleeping, learning, feeling pain, and many other processes are possible only with NO present (for transmission of neuronal signals).
Obviously, during mouth breathing it is not possible to utilize one’s own nitric oxide which is produced in the sinuses. The mouth, was created by Nature for eating, drinking, and speaking. At all other times, your trap should be shut. When there is lack of oxygen in your blood , you living to a small percentage of your potential.
Endurance exercise can increase oxygen utilization from 10 to 20 times over the resting state. This greatly also increases the generation of free radicals, which can cause cancer.
Metabolism, or, more accurately the metabolic rate of the cells, sets the demand for oxygen. At rest, a human consumes about 250 millilitres of oxygen each minute. With exercise this rate can be increased more than 10-fold in a normal healthy individual, but a highly trained athlete may achieve a more than 20-fold increase..Muscle can do more work, but beyond the aerobic scope they must revert to anaerobic metabolism, which results in waste products, mainly lactic acid. Various mental processes in old people are also found to be improved by breathing oxygen. Any slowed induction of protein synthesis, as from lower oxygen intake, with age is a factor in the deficits of learning and memory of old people.70% of toxins in your body are released by exhalation— rest by sweat, defecation and urine— surprised? The mind is intimately connected to your breathing. Deep breathing triggers the lymph, your body’s sewage system which will give your cells more efficiency. It keeps the blood fully oxygenated.
Breathe in the ratio 1/4/2.
Because oxygen is vital to life, the body and brain are extremely sensitive to even very small reductions . This is why exercise must be done at least ONE hour after a meal or oxygen required for digestion is used by muscles leading to indigestion and cramps. Stress, fear and anxiety causes muscles to contract and blood vessels to constrict. When blood cannot be transported freely through the body to provide oxygen, and antibodies and to carry away and dispose toxic wastes, illness sets in.
Mind is non material , but it works in partnership with communicator molecules. With every thought mind moves atoms of hydrogen, carbon , oxygen and other particles in the brain .Knowing the connection between breath and consciousness, the ancient yogis devised PRANAYAMA to stabilise energy and consciousness. All that vibrates in this universe is the cosmic personality and prime mover Prana, potent in all living beings and non-living beings — heat, light, gravity, magnetism, vigor , power , vitality,life, spirit.
When a man is contented and happy , he has more Prana inside him. Anxiety vanishes entirely when you are one with the rest of the universe. When your mind is disturbed the fundamental energy Prana leaks . Pranayama just reverses the process.
Yoga says that longevity depends on slow diaphragmic breathing. People who do Pranayama regularly have quieter nerves , less lethargy , better sleep and lower BP. It prevents accumulation of Uric acid which gives joint pains.Fluctuations of mind are controlled and hence Pranayama prepares you for meditation.
Pranayama was created by the vedic sages who lived on the banks of the river Saraswati in 9000 BC.Sage Agastya had taught Surya namaskar to Lord Rama just before his fight with Ravana in 4300BC. asically you are greeting a new day with a grateful heart. It is done in open air.
The benefits are:–
1) You raise your consciousness
2) Develop inner peace
3) Rekindle your drooping spirit
4) Detoxification of body and mind
5) Your face glows –balance of mind, body and spirit.
6) Mental clarity and concentration
7) Raise your immunity
8) Reduces biological age.
9) Centring yourself and stoking your inner flame
10) Gratitude and communion with self
11) Awakening at cellular level, improves metabolism, burns fat
12) Expansion of perception
13) Physical exercise , stretching, flexing of spine. Removes stiffness of joints and ligaments.
15) Good sleep at night.
16) Miraculous delivery from disease -physical and mental.
17) Your skin is cleansed by sunlight and you have less BO. Clears eyesight too.
18) Improves body posture.
19) Drives away phobias.
At the end of Surya Namaskar you must do Shavasana.
Lying down thinking of peaceful nature, to get into the Alpha brainwave mode.
Pattabhi Jois starts his classes 10 ten Surya Namaskars. Singer Madonna learnt Astanga Yoga from Pattabhi Jois. Madonna chanted the opening Ashtanga chant on her Ray-of-Light album, and also played an Ashtanga teacher in the movie The Next Best Thing.Like the name itself suggests , Surya Namaskar has to do with the sun and hence the Pineal gland.
This super conducting resonator has mystical powers.Once the third eye ( pineal gand ) is developed it is far more powerful than any of your 5 human senses. If you understand SURYA NAMASKAR which is done at dawn , as soon as the sun rises, it is nothing but sun gazing while doing yoga.
Ancient Indian Maharishis had the ability to go on either isde of the narrow 5 bands of human senses. By resonating their huge pineal glands with their 12 strand DNA they could transcend the limitations of space time. They firmly believed that the invisible below the quantum screen gives rise to the visible.
What does Ashtanga Yoga do for you?
It improves the feel good factor giving you a natural high, reduces stress , increases vitality, improves strength and flexibility , improves immune system function, improves blood and lymph circulation, eliminates body toxins, strengthens the cardiovascular system , improves digestion, metabolism and hormone production, gets rid of depression and anxiety , reduces mind chatter, improves concentration, builds patience , gets rid of obesity and sloth, balances body- mind- spirit, and keeps diseases away .
Ashtanga Yoga stimulates the Vagus nerve and the Amygdala to cure many disorders conveniently branded as genetic disorders by modern medicine—just because they do NOT have a clue.
T Krishmacharya the guru of Pattabhi Jois, stimulated his Vagus nerve and Amygdala to stop his heart beat and control involuntary muscles.
Below : T Krishnamachari.
He cured Lord Irwin , the Viceroy of India from severe mental ( Bipolar ) and physical ailments ( kidney ) . He was about to go back home, when someone told him about Yoga guru T Krishmamachari. Grasping at the last straw he summoned this Yogi to his bunglow in Simla and arranged for a room. Within six months Lord Irwin was free of all his ailments ( considered as genetic ) and he was grateful to this Yogi, who did NOT charge any fees.
Lord Irwin led a full life and died a normal death at a ripe old age– 34 years later.
The Vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the human body. It extends from within the brain on a winding road throughout the body down through the intestine. The Vagus nerve also, just so happens, to be the only nerve in the body that is present through each one of the 7 Chakras. Besides output to the various organs in the body, the vagus nerve conveys sensory information about the state of the body’s organs to the central nervous system. Vagus nerve regulates the chemical levels in the digestive system so that the intestines can process food and keep track of what types of nutrients are being gained from the food that is taken in. It keeps the digestive tract in working order, contracting the muscles of the stomach and intestines to help process food, and sending back information about what is being digested and what the body is getting out of it. Stems cells are directly connected to the vagus nerve. Activating the vagus nerve can stimulate stem cells to produce new cells and repair and rebuild your own organs.
By activating the vagus nerve, you can control your immune cells, reduce inflammation, and even prevent disease and aging! Vagus Nerve can be activated and stimulated by Yoga — and worked with energetically through chanting mantras, divine geometry like Sri Yantra and longitudinal wave frequency.Vagus nerve acts as the mind-body connection, and it is the cabling behind your heart’s emotions and gut instincts. Without the functions of the vagus nerve, you would find it difficult to speak, breathe, or eat, and your heartbeat would become extremely irregular.
An underactive vagus nerve can lead to a condition called gasteroparesis. This condition leads to nausea, heartburn, stomach pains, spasms in the stomach and weight loss due to the digestive system having too little of the chemicals it needs to break down food. An underactive vagus nerve can also lead to a dropping heart rate.Scientists have discovered that artificial Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), through electrical impulses via a surgically implanted pacemaker like device, shows promising results in reducing depression, anxieties and conditions such as epilepsy and obesity.
We are just scratching the tip of the iceberg here, as vagus nerve in conjunction with amygdala stimulation can do wonders. Vagus nerve is stimulated when we feel empathy. When we connect with someone else’s emotions and feel for them, the Vagus nerve gets stimulated. Vagus nerve is attached to emotions, and hence the right lobe of our brain.
The parasympathetic system is pretty automatic and not within that “conscious” control. Sometimes you need to step back and “allow” intelligent conscious morphogenetic energy to flow the way it normally would if you didn’t put up a fight or flight.
Human Beings have an Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) that is the body’s automatic regulatory system of nerves and controls that do all the background tasks that keep the body operating. The ANS is comprised of three separate subsystems, the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and the Enteric Nervous System (ENS).The Parasympathetic Nervous System is responsible for many of our resting functions such as lowering heart rate, increasing digestive & gland activity and sexual arousal, the Sympathetic Nervous System is mainly associated with modulation of hormones and neurotransmitters relating to “flight or fight” responses.When things in our life become ‘second nature’, like driving, typing etc they are effectively processed through our ENS rather than our CNS. The cerebrospinal system is the organ of the conscious mind and is the channel through which we receive conscious perception from the physical senses, and exercise control over the movements of the body.
While the cerebrospinal or central nervous system (CNS) has the brain as its control center, the ENS has a ganglionic mass in the belly known as the Solar Plexus, often referred to as our second brain, as its central processing unit and it is in this coprocessor that most of our everyday tasks get executed from.
The vagus nerve is the most important element of the parasympathetic nervous system (the one that calms you down by controlling your relaxation response).When an athlete is said to be ‘in the zone’ and performing at near perfect levels, it is because they are practically and literally almost unconscious and functioning entirely through their ENS.The Vagus nerve is responsible for speech, swallowing, keeping the larynx open for breathing, slowing heart rate, monitoring and initiating digestive processes, and modulating inflammation, among other actions.
The vagus rerve arises from the medulla in the brain and passes through the skull down within the chest cavity where it branches off in multiple directions to innervate organs and muscles. 85% of the nerve fibers are devoted to sending information from the organs/gut back to the brain.The Vagus nerve also relays information to the brain from what is known as the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). The ENS is our “second brain” controlling the digestive process; it is made up of over 500 million neurons that surround the digestive tract. it is called a second brain because it can function independently from the brain if the Vagus nerve is severed.
Different postures that are adopted during Ashtanga yoga exercise helps in releasing pressure from the delicate nerve fibers. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) activates anti-inflammatory pathways that work in the digestive tract. VNS to be a possible treatment for chronic depression in people that didn’t respond to any other treatments . Defects in the normal functioning of Vagus nerve may impair the normal control mechanisms that modulate the gastric acid secretion.
By deep breathing, you activate the vagus nerve and bring balance between your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system rn, nausea and weight loss.
All this was known to Ayurveda more than 6000 years ago. The 108 marma points of Kalari and Ayurveda were mostly to stimulate the Vagus nerve and the Amydgala.. Pranayama affects the amygdala.The amygdala is the most sensitive structure and most active structures in the brain. It uses more blood than any other part of the brain. We humans are conscious creatures because we have more amygdala nuclei.
The amygdala has in turn been implicated in nearly every psychiatric disorder. We don’t have animals with mood swings, and OCD , right?The amygdala has a substantial role in mental states, and is related to many psychological disorders. Children with anxiety disorders tend to have a smaller left amygdala.
Larger amygdalae allow for greater emotional intelligence, enabling greater societal integration and cooperation with others.There are functional differences between the right and left amygdala. Electrical stimulations of the right amygdala induce negative emotions, especially fear and sadness. In contrast, stimulation of the left amygdala mostly induces happiness. The left amygdala plays a role in the brain’s reward system. The amygdala is the seat of emotion. Psychopaths lack emotion. They lack empathy, remorse, guilt. Brain scans of psychopaths show a deformation in the amygdala compared to non-psychopaths.
It is the amygdala which jolts our bodies in fear, form emotional memories, helps us feel our dreams and can shape the effects of certain stress disorders and phobias.The two amygdale sit on the horn-like tips of the hippocampus. They work with our sympathetic nervous system to put the body in a state of “fight-or-flight”. The amygdala has an important role in memory. It reminds us, for better or worse, of past situations.Since it is so emotional, the amygdala is responsible for those persistent thoughts and extra mental baggage we wish we would forget. It nags us with recollections of painful or shocking events. So when a woman jumps out of her skin with a terrible shriek at the sight of a rat – its is just an example of her amygdala in action!
Stimulating the amygdala by meditation and Pranayama can help you enter a psychological state of flow. Activating the amygdala in a positive way stimulates higher order mental processes. This can improve creativity and intelligence while elevating positive emotion.there are also links ( which can be modified ) between homosexuality and the connectivity of the amygdala to the rest of the brain.Homosexuality depends on hormonal factors operating during fetal life and NOT genetics.No baby is born a homosexual. While the amygdala is almost fully developed at birth, the prefrontal cortex does not mature until early adulthood.
Damage to the amygdala can thus result in behavioral deficits such as autism, post traumatic stress syndrome, child abuse, alcoholism, etc. The amygdala is not only sensitive to physical hurt but also to emotional hurt. So it is involved in both the basic emotions such as pain, pleasure, fear, disgust, surprise, and anger but also in social emotions, viz., shame, guilt, love, embarrassment, envy, jealousy, and pride.
In this state you can easily overcome problems and disregard distractions. Being in flow on auto-pilot results in single-minded focus and joy that comes from losing yourself in productive activity. Trivial issues don’t slow you down when you are actively engaged and living creatively.The amygdala plays a central role in generating fear in response to external threats. The amygdala receives sensory information from two separate pathways: a short route and a long route.
Like all sensory information, the message is first routed to the thalamus. Then information is sent directly to the amygdala (short route), which produces a fast reaction to the situation. Other information travels from the thalamus through the cortex (visual, auditory, prefrontal, etc.) and then to the amygdala (long route). The cortex evaluates the situation, assigns it a meaning, and if the meaning is threatening, then the amygdala is informed and produces the appropriate response.Gay women and gay men are more likely to be left-handed. The right amygdala is also linked with taking action as well as being linked to negative emotions, which may help explain why males tend to respond to emotionally stressful stimuli physically.
The left amygdala allows for the recall of details, but it also results in more thought rather than action in response to emotionally stressful stimuli, which may explain the lack of physical response in women. Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.
Astanga Yoga increases our GABA levels , which reduces stress. GABA levels and mood are positively affected by yoga practice. Low levels of GABA are linked to depression and anxiety. GABA is the major neurotransmitters in the central nervous system, and especially in the cerebral cortex, which is where thinking occurs and sensations are interpreted.
GABA is made in brain cells from glutamate, and functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter – meaning that it blocks nerve impulses. Glutamate acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter and when bound to adjacent cells encourages them to “fire” and send a nerve impulse. GABA does the opposite and tells the adjoining cells not to “fire”, not to send an impulse.Without GABA, nerve cells fire too often and too easily. Anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, seizure disorders, and numerous other conditions including addiction, headaches, Parkinson’s syndrome, and cognitive impairment are all related to low GABA activity. The less GABA, the more nerve transmissions occur. Depressed and bipolar patients to have lower levels of GABA in their blood plasma.
“The lower knowledge is the knowledge of the phenomenal world. In reality it is ignorance, for it does not lead to the Highest Good. The seer of the Upanishads asks the aspirant to acquire both the knowledge of the relative world and the Knowledge of Ultimate Reality. When by the pursuit of the former he fails to attain true freedom and immortality, he cultivates the latter.
” Mundaka Upanishad Mantra, 2.2.11, 5000 BC
Modern medicine has never looked on the human body as a whole like a Ayurvedic physician. Allopathic has divided up the body into several part s – the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the cellular system, the digestive system, the endocrine system, etc. They do NOT understand the concept of body mind and spirit, which the ancient maharishis envisaged in all their wisdom.
Meditation is an exercise of the mind and is a part of yoga . What physical exercise is to the body, meditation is to the mind.
Silencing the body is easy, but silencing the mind is difficult in this modern age. Silencing is about grace, harmony and tranquility. Exhaustion is NOT tranquility. In the modern age people get stressed, and they need to still the mind–the chattering monkey, which remains entangled in the past and the imagined future, but never in the present. Meditation is about holding your mind to the present. The aim of every form of meditation is to still the mind, or you cant purify it and get rid of deep rooted negativities , which affect your health and even give you severe migraines. Meditation is a surgical operation of your subconscious mind to remove and discard negativity / ego and improve tolerance, grace and kindness.For a layman– you are stressed when your hands feel cold, your heart rate, breathing, and muscle tension increases. The result is that your immune system goes for a toss and you get depressed or burnt out.. Depression is a weird feeling of loss .
Meditation teaches you to look inwards, with awareness , within yourself and know the true nature of all sensations, and loosen the stranglehold of habits and vices.. He scans his own body and sees where the stress and tension is.He just witnesses , he does not react. His mind does not control him, rather he controls his mind. It is a universal remedy for all universal ills.
Let me talk about Vipasana Meditation-
Find a quiet place to sit for 15 minutes. place where you can sit comfortably, undisturbed, for at least 20 minutes. Background noises like the sound of a car horn or a ticking clock should not be considered hindrances, and in fact can be legitimate objects of mindfulness. Don’t wear earplugs . Wear loose clothing and be bare feet. Sit with your back and head held straight. You may sit on the floor or in a chair. Keep your eyes closed. If you must move, notice how and why you are moving.Simply be mindful of in-and-out breathing. You may feel that your breathing is too short, too long, too gentle or too heavy. Do not try to control it. Stop judging. Just let it be, let it settle by itself as you watch. It is the process of watching which is the meditation, not what you are watching.
When you become distracted, gently refocus your attention on your breathing. Keep watching. Just breathe… As the abdomen rises, observe the motion from beginning to end with your mind. When the abdomen falls, do the same. That’s it. Just keep watching the rising-falling movements. You don’t have to do anything to them. Just know the movements without judging or describing them. Restrict your attention to what is occurring in the immediate present moment. Don’t think about the past or future— don’t think about anything at all. Let go of worries, concerns, and memories. Empty your mind of everything except the movements occurring right now. But don’t think about the motions; just know them.
In insight meditation the aim is not to think, but only to know.
As the abdomen expands, say the word “rising” in your mind. When it contracts, say “falling.” Continue to note rising, falling, rising, falling, from one moment to the next. Ninety-percent of your attention should be on the actual movement instead of on the label. The aim in Vipassana is to know the object itself, not the word. The abdomen should not be visualized. You only have to know the movements. Be sure to breathe naturally; don’t try to control the breath in any way. A mental note identifies the object in general but not in detail. For example, when a sound pulls your attention away, label it “hearing” instead of car horn,” “voices” or “barking dog.”If an unpleasant sensation arises, note “pain ” or “feeling” instead of “knee pain” or “my back pain.” Then return your attention to the primary object. When aware of a fragrance, say the mental note “smelling” for a moment or two. You don’t have to identify the scent.
The motto is: “Focus and forget it,” or “know and let go.”
Healing is NOT a physical process, rather it is mental. Mind can wipe mistakes off the DNA blueprint and destroy any disease that has disturbed the design. DNA’s ability to repair itself is affected adversely when a person is in depression.Meditation experiences silence, and is devoid of drives, wishes, fears , thoughts and emotions. Afterwards when the mind returns to its usual level of consciousness, it has acquired some freedom to move.. Grace and peace are the hallmarks of a healthy non-delusional mind in a healthy body.. The happiness is stable.
We have 5 senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste and feel. God has given us narrow bandwidths which became even more narrow as our original 12 strand DNA , NIL junk, became degraded to 2 strand , 97% junk. Probably it is good as stress has become too much in modern times and we do NOT want an overload of sensory inputs.
The ancient Maharishi with 12 strand DNA and a king sized pineal gland could use his body into most amazing uses.He could become invisible, he could zap you with a mental blow, he could put his hand into steam , he could see auras and know what you are worth by just looking at you ( no need for written/ oral exams ), he could teleport his virtual body ( by the way levitation is NOT the human cadaver jumping up and down ), – –he could do telepathy , is a stinking place he could neutralise the smell , he could see the entire electromagnetic spectrum, he could smell better than a blood hound, he could hear beyond human audio range , he could see complex math as a 3D fractal graph–, he could read akashik records , he could ingest poisons , he could feel your aura and tell what is ailing you etc etc.
Many Christians and Muslims think that prayer can substitute for meditation. Sorry ! The former is a petition to God, and the other is a detached observation of one’s own mind, and its processes.
In the modern world, ancient Vedic meditation is used as a non-religious technique for relaxation and stress reduction for long-term psychological improvements. Meditation is done to purify the mind and gain insight. It abstracts the self from conscious thought, and frees the mind from feelings that cause stress and suffering.It fosters creative intelligence, raise consciousness, and enables fuller use to be made of mental potential. The spiritual aims are peace of mind, wisdom, and, ultimately, a state of enlightenment or self-realization. It is a form of natural healing, and helps people cope with anxiety, depression, and drug dependence.
The attention is focused on monitoring the breath, and noting thoughts crossing the mind, without any judgement or attempt at control, but as a silent and detached witness. If the mind throws up distractions, the meditator returns to simply observing the breath each time the distraction happens. A relaxed and unhurried attitude is important, since slowing down and observing the mind to see how it works is central to the philosophy behind meditation.Using the mantra technique, the meditator concentrates on a mantra to banish intrusive thoughts and thus achieve progressively quieter levels of thinking until thought itself is transcended. Mantras are essentially in Sanskrit being a divine language.The subtle vitalizing frequencies of mantras activate psychic energies and awaken our intuitive faculties. The purpose of meditation in modern times is to destress, to stop the destructive mind chatter, for some time in a day– to STILL THE MIND.
WHEN YOU STILL YOUR MIND, NO CHEMICALS ARE PRODUCED. The brain must not be allowed to pump in destructive F&F ( fight & flight ) chemicals into your body, which will shorten your life.The reason why people remain mired in negativity is because of the beliefs they have inherited over time. Beliefs are subconscious .We can use our conscious mind to observe ,to introspect and dip into the subconscious where our beliefs are embedded , in order to eliminate it. You can meditate, to rewrite these negative programmes that cause you misery.
During meditation thinking is separated from perceiving, so that the individual can stand apart from the emotional self. Indians use meditation to purify the mind and gain insight. Meditation again, is a detached observation of one’s own mind, and its processes, after squelching the 5 senses.In the modern world, meditation is used as a non-religious technique for relaxation and stress reduction. The spiritual aims are peace of mind, wisdom, and, ultimately, a state of enlightenment or self-realization.
Chanting mantras have an effect of banishing intrusive thoughts . It does a fantastic job of stopping hyperventilating, and slowing down your breathing.
Next time you hyperventilate out of panic just try a simple mantra like-
OM NAMO NARAYANAYA or OM NAMA SHIVAYA or HARI OM
There are now thousands of peer-reviewed scientific papers which explain yoga’s efficacy as a healing modality for diseases as varied as cancer, depression, diabetes, and cardiovascular failure.Yoga has never been patented to make money – it was never ever meant to be that way. Yet we find many selfish Gurus patenting their own weird type yoga which does more harm than good. There is BAD KARMA involved and these jet setting Gurus who are sponsored by R controlled UN , with hundreds of branches all over the world , will learn , sooner than later.
The EVIL PHARMA is terribly upset that an ancient Yoga could easily replace billions of dollars’ worth of medications, surgeries, and even chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Silencing the body is easy, but silencing the mind is difficult in this modern age. Silencing is about grace, harmony and tranquility. Exhaustion or being drugged out of your mind is NOT tranquility.In the modern age people get stressed, and they need to still the mind–the chattering monkey, which remains entangled in the past and the imagined future, but never in the present. A person stops thinking either when he is dead or when he has realised.When your ego powered mind is chattering like a monkey or the angry sea, you miss the truth. Truth can be communicated only in silence. For this deep silence you need to have harmony between the mind, body and spirit.
Shambhavi Mudra synchronizes the 2 brain lobes to create inner balance.
When the left and right sides of the brain , are in balance the human DNA generates scalar waves.
When two energy fields exactly cancel out each other the 5th dimension is accessed which is all pervasive and has the power to heal.He is now in touch with higher levels or higher dimensions of functioning. He will have emotional stability and level headed approach to problems which confront him. This is a fast, amazingly simple, drug-free method of stimulating neural pathways in the brain.
All right, now let me talk about practicals.
Wear loose fitting clothes which does NOT constrict you in any way. Sit on a smooth surface , in a comfortable meditation pose . This is to eliminate sense of touch / feeling.Put your thumbs in your ears and palm your eyes with your middle and fourth finger.
Now do OM CHANT with an audible MMMMMMM ( for production of Nitric oxide ) .
You will feel intense vibrations inside your ear — the cochlea spiral passage resonated to 7.83 hertz ( OM frequency and also earth’s heart beat frequency ) and your brain produces NITRIC OXIDE .
Now select a silent, NOT so bright, cool place space, where there are NO strong smells . This is to prevent any input of sense of hearing/sense/ smell . If you can even feel the clock ticking-put ear plugs –only if you are a beginner.Keep the head, shoulder and spine upright and straight. And place the hands on the knees in (Jyana Mudra).Upright is to keep the spirit level in the inner ear at equilibrium so that your brain lobes get balanced and synchronized.
Shut your eyes. No need to be cockeyed .
Simply be mindful of in-and-out diaphrgmic breathing where you stomach rises and falls. You may feel that your breathing is too short, too long, too gentle or too heavy. Do not try to control it. When you become distracted, gently refocus your attention on your breathing. Restrict your attention to what is occurring in the immediate present moment.When you feel you have blocked out all ahara ( feed ) via your senses of smell, sight, hearing and feeling , take a deep breath where you fill your lungs only 90 % and hold it . Put your tongue on your upper palate and tickle it for just 2 seconds and stop.Now start exhaling VERY slowly while keeping the tip of your tongue stationary on the roof of your mouth.Don’t think about the past or future— don’t think about anything at all. Let go of worries, concerns , and memories. Empty your mind of everything.
To be frank you cannot think even if if want to —I can challenge you on this .
Do this 3 more times . This means you inhale again , hold your breath and do the same thing.
Later on you do NOT need to hold your breath and you can do this procedure for LONGER TIME , without ear plugs and your eyes open against a blank far away wall of your room.Do this exercise 5 times a day. You must NOT have a full stomach. You can drink some water before you do this.
This is it ! so simple so fast , right?
India gave this planet prayer, mediation and mantras.
Meditation is NOT prayer !
Prayer silent or loud in vernacular , is NOT the same as chanting mantras in Sanskrit !! If you do meditation the right way , you mind will NOT control you –rather you will control your mind.You are stressed when your hands feel cold, your heart rate, breathing, and muscle tension increases. The result is that your immune system goes for a toss and you get depressed or burnt out..Depression is a weird feeling of loss. . DNA’s ability to repair itself is affected adversely when a person is in depression.
Depressed people must keep a poster on the wall.
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DEPRESSED ABOUT ?
Meditation experiences silence, and is devoid of drives, wishes, fears , thoughts and emotions. Afterwards when the mind returns to its usual level of consciousness, it has acquired some freedom to move..Grace and peace are the hallmarks of a healthy non-delusional mind in a healthy body.. The happiness is stable. A true yogi does NOT need to play with king cobras in front of an audience or drive a Hummer at high speed.
Yoga is always done in a grateful frame of mind , to thank the universal laws, which sustain this planet. If you translate any mantra you will find gratitude woven in its warp and weft.
There are cannabinoid receptors in the amygdala. The amygdala has in turn been implicated in nearly every psychiatric disorder.Mental patients damage themselves further by taking the toxic chemical medicines of evil pharma. Lab rats are NOT conscious creature like human beings. The mental research is all in the wrong direction.
Yoga crunches the skeletal muscles unlike other form of exercise .The best part is that the body uses its own weight
Skeletal muscles can perform extreme feats of strength for a few seconds but are much less capable during prolonged activity. Most of the extra energy required during bursts of activity ( like a short sprint ) cannot come from the oxidative processes because they are too slow to respond.
Instead, the extra energy comes from anaerobic sources: (1) ATP already present in the muscle cells, (2) phosphocreatine in the cells, and (3) anaerobic energy released by glycolytic breakdown of glycogen to lactic acid.Skeletal muscle contraction enables our joints to move and allows us to engage in physical activity and exercise. Glycolysis is a form of anaerobic metabolism. Glucose, obtained mainly from intramuscular glycogen stores, is metabolized to lactic acid under conditions of short duration, high intensity exercise when oxygen supply is limited.
Glycolysis provides ATP more rapidly than oxidative metabolism. Hydrolysis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) provides chemical energy required for the mechanical work of skeletal muscle contraction. Mind you, ATP was discovered by an Indian named Yellapragada.Because the supply of ATP within muscles is small, metabolic pathways that lead to resynthesis of ATP must be activated to keep pace with demands for continued muscle contraction. These pathways are either anaerobic (without oxygen) or aerobic (oxygen required).ATP is synthesized from adenosine diphosphate (ADP) with energy provided by phosphagens, anaerobic glycolysis, or oxidative metabolism.
If aerobic is Brahma ( Tamas ) , anaerobic is Shiva ( Rajas ) , with Vishnu ( Sattva ) acting as a mediator . Dance of the opposites with a mediator is DVAITA Vedanta.
There are two anaerobic power systems available to the body:—
The Adenosine Triphosphate-Creatine Phosphate (ATP-CP) system, and The anaerobic glycolysis/lactic acid system. The ATP-CP system is used for efforts lasting less than 10 seconds; while the anaerobic glycolysis system powers efforts longer than 10 seconds, lasting up to a few minutes
Anaerobic training is achieved through: speed and power training Anaerobic training increases athlete’s lactate tolerance the size of the fast twitch muscle fibres.
A higher anaerobic capacity enables an athlete to: Perform at a higher intensity over a specific distance—and, when required maintain a high intensity for a longer period of time
Usain Bolt is a 100 metres world champion because he does ANaerobic training – the Adenosine Triphosphate-Creatine Phosphate (ATP-CP) system.While running 400 metres his body switches to the anaerobic glycolysis/lactic acid system. A marathon runner—after breasting the tape takes his victory lap in a totally different mode.
Both the Anaerobic and aerobic systems are utilized during training and athletic performance.
Both the anaerobic and aerobic power systems are important to the athlete and each needs to be trained to optimize their athletic performance All muscle work is powered by ATP. Muscles use ATP as an energy source.ATP is created in essentially two ways. One is by aerobic metabolism using oxygen carried in the bloodstream. This is a sure and steady way to create virtually unlimited sources of energy; however, it has a limit on how fast it can work.The athlete has to ensure that they train both power systems to maximize their athletic performance. The anaerobic system is utilized in all-out efforts of exercise lasting up to 50 seconds.
The aerobic system, also known as aerobic glycolysis, powers continuous steady state exercise for longer time. Aerobic training increases aerobic capacity through adaptations to the athlete’s oxygen transport and utilization systems.Aerobic glycolysis is dependent upon the athlete’s aerobic capacity, which is their functional capacity for oxygen transport (i.e. distribution of oxygen rich blood to body tissues) and utilization (i.e. ability of muscle to use available oxygen to produce energy.Trained marathon runners have a greater ability to quickly deliver oxygen to the working muscles which increases the ability to use aerobic metabolism at a higher exercise intensity.During intense power exercise, such as fast 100 metres sprinting or lifting heavy weights, muscles rely on anaerobic metabolism, which can only produce a certain amount of energy at a time, unlike the aerobic metabolism system, which can produce energy over hours like for a marathon runner .
In the aerobic system energy (ATP) is produced through Pyruvic Acid and Lipid/Protein fragments entering the Kreb Cycle and the Electron Transport Cycle. Creatine phosphate (CP) is stored in larger amounts than ATP and can rapidly resynthesis ATP anaerobically. Breakdown of CP within skeletal muscle occurs quickly during high
Glycolysis is a form of anaerobic metabolism. Glucose, obtained mainly from intramuscular glycogen stores, is metabolized to lactic acid under conditions of short duration, high intensity exercise when oxygen supply is limited. Glycolysis provides ATP more rapidly than oxidative metabolism.
The cardiovascular system is limited in its ability to quickly deliver blood and oxygen to the working muscles. Because of this, during high intensity exercise, ATP is also provided by anaerobic metabolism that don’t require an ongoing supply of oxygen. Anaerobic pathways can provide ATP immediately, but they also have limited stores that need to be refilled after they are used up.
Yoga is far better than tai chi to improve balance and prevent falls in older adults. Poor Chinese oldies do NOT even know why they do tai chi.
Below: Tai chi does NOTHING for the aged , like Yoga- to reduce inflammation and help out in urinary incontinence.
Yoga is a low impact exercise and that is why it is great for senior citizens with joint problems.
Yoga understands that that the heart is more than just a pump for blood . The heart sends messages to the brain, and the brain obeys.Real yogis can stop the heart at will. T Krishamachari was chosen by Viecroy Irwin only because he could stop his heart or make it flutter fast and this impressed him.The heart can inhibit or facilitate the brain’s electrical activity. I read in the newspapers a couple of day ago that it takes 3 months to heal a broken heart . Increasing the energy of the heart and thymus helps to address the emotional issues associated with a ‘broken heart.’When our thymus is compromised, we go on a self destructive path . It damages the immune system which can no longer fight off viruses or bacteria . Anything the western doctors do NOT know that claim that it is genetic disorder or that the immune system is attacking the body cells. Yes- the dog ate the homework , we know !
An amazing nervous system intrinsic to the heart consists of more than 41,000 neurons which allow the heart to learn, feel, sense, remember, and even make functional decisions without the full consent of the brain. People who know the art of quartz crystal dousing of the heart chakra know about this.
Asanas of yoga , pranayama and meditation, shore up the the heart’s intelligence instead of that of the mind. The psychological benefits of yoga is unknown to western medicine. Today modern doctors know that yoga can heal the mind by dissipating stress, jealousy, anxiety, fear and negativity.
Yoga is the only exercise to have the headstand to increase the flow of blood to the brain. Yoga asanas channel blood flow to internal organs selectively. People who have suffered years of severe migraines found yoga reducing the number of attacks and the pain. Some has migraines stop completely.Yoga lowers blood pressure and pulse rate. This is a sure indication of your health getting better and this is NO pseudo science. Asanas increase oxygen flow to body cells. Yoga improve conditions of irregular heart rhythm. It has been proved in western hospitals by sheer statistics that yoga makes brain stroke recovery faster .Yoga reduces sodium levels and increases level of red blood cells. For diabetics it helps reduces blood glucose levels. Western women know how Yoga relieves discomfort associated with menstruation and menopause.
Women who want natural delivery of children go to yoga centres. Women do NOT want caesarian delivery any more. Babies born by cesarean section are six times more likely to be sensitive to dust mite allergens than babies born naturally.
The Babies who are born via C-section have a different microbiome in their gastrointestinal tract. A microbiome is what scientists use to describe the bacteria communities that reside in humans, whether it’s in our mouths, on our skin or in our digestive system. In human beings, bacterial cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1. These bacteria are important — we couldn’t exist without them.
In the womb, babies are sterile. When they go through the birth canal, they get exposed to the entire bacteria population of their mother’s vaginal and GI microbiomes. Through this exposure, their own immune systems learn the difference between good and bad bacteria — i.e. what to fight off and what to use. READ THIS PARA A THOUSAND TIMES.
Now you know why the west is inundated by allergy problems. Our ancient maharishis knew of all this thousands of years ago. In Hindu culture when a baby boy is born, the father does NOT handle the boy till the 16th day. In ancient days , on the 16th day , the father will get up before daybreak, and take a bath in clean water infused with a few drops of ganges river water ( for bacteriophages ) . He will then squeeze a few drops of water from his Kudumi into the baby’s mouth. Only then he will lift the child and cuddle and kiss him for the first time.
Digression: Bacteriophage, is a virus, any of a group of viruses that infect bacteria—it literally means “bacteria eater”. A British bacteriologist by the name of Dr Ernest Hankin found that colonies of cholera bacteria that thrived in ground water quickly died in Ganges water. Even today the polluted Ganga that kills pathogens twenty-five times faster than any other river. Bacteriphages can eliminate the bacteria in the water.
Below: Bacteriophage from Ganges river
The water wrung out of the wet Kudumi is charged with human spirit , basically scalar energy. This is also a method to introduce some bacteria from the father into the baby. The mother has already transferred her body bacteria while doing NATURAL delivery.
Yoga does NOT require any equipment and special clothing / footwear .. It does NOT need weights or exercise equipment. You can do yoga anywhere under the skies.
It is a great boon for prisoners. They can come out healthier than they went in, even with the meager prison food. When a situation occurs, a normal person will react to the situation either positively or negatively. On the other hand, a yoga practitioner will accept the situation calmly, analyze the situation with a calm and composed mind and try to learn a lesson from it instead of reacting to the situation in a negative way.Yoga is self-regulating, so you’ll find the more complex poses too hard to maintain if your circulation is not up to the mark. But as you stick with it you’ll notice that you can do more poses, and that you can hold them longer without getting tired. This is a sign that your circulation is improving!The benefits of good blood circulation can range from being less likely to have a blood clot to being more likely to get and sustain a hop –nay- erection .As you tone and build lean muscle, your metabolism increases .You burn calories in the act of performing the poses. Once you get into yoga you automatically eat healthy foods .
Your body mass gets reduced. Students of yoga get all the answers in a meeting as the increased blood flow leads to better memory and perception.Yoga has the ability to lower blood sugar levels. Yoga holds the power to transform our minds as much as it does our bodies. Yoga improves dexterity and hand to eye coordination . You get more creative and imaginative.
When yoga can help people manage bipolar disorder , homosexuality kaun sa khet ka beet root hai ? Yoga has the ability to help you to evolve . A person evolves physically and spiritually when connected with yoga.The more you practice yoga, the more life comes under control.
Yoga is NOT like taking a walk or being a weekend warrior in the gym. Nobody will do yoga one day and leave it the next. It is an evolution and does not happen overnight. The more one continues yoga, the more one will evolve. The results makes yoga appealing . It is a happy exercise.
No yoga student tries to show off like a person in a gym trying to show off his biceps and six pack. The results are from within. By yoga hormones can be controlled and when hormones are in balance, the body mind and spirit is in balance. No other exercise impacts the hormones as yoga In the west they have done statistical yoga experiments on patients with atrial fibrillation12 (irregular heartbeat)—a condition in which the upper chambers of your heart quiver chaotically, with huge success .
Yoga increases energy, alertness , mental clarity and and focus by improving circulation of oxygen and nutrient rich blood . This improves improves your posture which directly affects your breathing by increasing our oxygen levels and energy.Improved functioning of you immune system, thyroid (metabolism), circulatory and respiratory systems will result in fewer sick days, decreased vulnerability to infections and improved sleep patterns. In the west , the doctors recommend officially yoga to combat hypertension and high blood pressure in patients with heart disease. When the endothelium ( lining of the blood vessels ) becomes irritated, it becomes a contributing factor to cardiovascular disease . Yoga has the ability to reduce stress hormones such as cortisol can help ease tension on the lining to decrease risk of heart attack or stroke.
Shirsasana ( head stand ) uses gravity to drive the blood where it lacked flow. Good blood flow to the head makes you look younger.Blood that concentrates and passes through the location of the thyroid gland massages and stimulates it. The thyroid secretes thyroxin which controls the metabolic rate of the body. Systems of the body are free from gravitational pull reversing the effects of aging and rejuvenate the whole system as all the organs, limbs. Headstand improves your mental clarity.Included in the physiological benefits are the drainage of blood and lymph which are held in reserve in the legs. Any inversion, when the legs are held over the heart, helps to move stored fluids into the core for oxygenation, filtration and elimination of metabolic /cellular wastes
Shirsasana the “king of all asanas” because of its positive effects on your body, mind and spirit. Freshly oxygenated blood stimulates your pituitary and pineal glands to calm and revitalize your mind. Sirsasana strengthens your lungs and helps relieve colds, cough, sinusitis, sore throat and asthmaThis upside-down pose aids digestion, especially if you are suffering from constipation. You can lengthen your spine and ease pressure on your lower back. Sirsasana deepens and calms your breathing because of the increased pressure on your diaphragm.It causes the breath to slow down, the blood absorbs more oxygen, which benefits your brain and inner organs as it nourishes cells and tissues.
Shirsasana brings your attention to alignment and balance. By rooting firmly in your foundation, the crown of your head, you can lengthen your spine and ease pressure on your lower back. Engage your neck muscles to relax your jaw and vocal muscles. As a heating pose, shirsasana prepares you for back bends.
Asanas should be practiced slowly and held for a certain period of time in order to affect the glandular secretions of the endocrine system ..
Without yogic intervention, the thymus tends to shrink as we age.
The thymus gland, located behind your sternum and between your lungs, is only active until puberty. After puberty, the thymus starts to slowly shrink and become replaced .Thymosin is the hormone of the thymus, and it stimulates the development of disease-fighting T cells. The thymus gland will not function throughout a full lifetime, but it has a big responsibility when it’s active—helping the body protect itself against autoimmunity, which occurs when the immune system turns against itself Therefore, the thymus plays a vital role in the lymphatic system (your body’s defense network) and endocrine system.
Before birth and throughout childhood, the thymus is instrumental in the production and maturation of T-lymphocytes or T cells, a specific type of white blood cell that protects the body from certain threats, including viruses and infections. The thymus produces and secretes thymosin, a hormone necessary for T cell development and production The thymus is special in that, unlike most organs, it is at its largest in children. Once you reach puberty, the thymus starts to slowly shrink and become replaced by fat. By age 75, the thymus is little more than fatty tissue. Fortunately, the thymus produces all of your T cells by the time you reach puberty.
Thymosin stimulates the development of T cells. Throughout your childhood years, white blood cells called lymphocytes pass through the thymus, where they are transformed into T cells.
Once T cells have fully matured in the thymus, they migrate to the lymph nodes (groups of immune system cells) throughout the body, where they aid the immune system in fighting disease.
Though the thymus gland is only active until puberty, its double-duty function as an endocrine and lymphatic gland plays a significant role in your long-term health.
Kurmasana ( tortoise pose ) stimulates the Thymus gland – just one of several asanas.
Yoga stretches the muscles and ligaments . Poses held for a minute can be stressful. But the practitioner remains calm during this uncomfortable period.
It is this deliberate and cheerful calm during discomfort or even pain that create yoga’s greatest neurobiological benefit.
Before, the stress response in the nervous system is triggered reflexively by discomfort and disorientation. The twisting of your spine, the lactic acid building up in your straining muscles, the uneasy feeling of being upside down, the inability to breathe free , are all different forms of discomfort and disorientation.All this tends to lead reflexively to anxious thinking and activation of the stress response in the entire nervous system. However, just because this response is automatic, does not mean it is necessary. It is, in fact, just a habit of the brain.
One of the main purposes of yoga is to retrain this habit so that your brain stops automatically invoking the stress response.
Under any real stressful circumstance you can attempt the same calming techniques: breathing deeply and slowly, relaxing your facial muscles, clearing your head of anxious thoughts, focusing on the moment. Applying these techniques to real life is what yoga is all about Yoga pays attention to the present moment and calms the mind. Over time you will start to retrain your automatic stress reaction, and replace it with one more conducive to overall well-being.Yoga cuts out emotional eating. You stomach is bloated like a balloon yet you want to raid the fridge Stress causes binge eating. People eat when frustrated, lonely or bored.
Food not only meets the basic physical need but also social, emotional and psychological needs . Emotional eating is when you eat for reasons other than for hunger.
Over time, compulsive overeating usually leads to obesity. Obesity, in turn, causes numerous medical complications, including:
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Certain types of cancer
Joint and muscle pain
Accumulation of visceral fat correlates with insulin resistance, whereas subcutaneous fat deposition correlates with circulating leptin levels
Leptin tells your body it’s full and ghrelin stimulates appetite. When you don’t sleep, they get all out of whack—this makes your leptin levels decrease and your ghrelin levels increase. This is why fatsos must have good sleep. The fatso eats unconsciously – he loves to raid the fridge even when his stomach is bursting full .Ghrelin and leptin act on the brain via the hypothalamus . Leptin is secreted primarily in fat cells, as well as the stomach, heart, placenta, and skeletal muscle. Leptin decreases hunger. Leptin tells the hypothalamus that we have enough fat in the kitty , so we can eat less or stop eating.
For weight loss — the more leptin the better. Both insulin and leptin resistance are associated with obesity, and impairment of their ability to transfer the information to receptors is the true foundational core of most all chronic degenerative diseases.Diet and exercise are your top allies when it comes to improving insulin/leptin sensitivity, and yoga, can do that just as well as other forms of exercise.
Yoga can help you kick big-time stress . Yoga gets you to quiet the mind, and it also gives your body an outlet to release energy blocks that may have you stressing out even more . Peace of mind is a state of mental and emotional calmness, with no worries, fears or stress, and yoga helps you to achieve this state.When you start practicing yoga you’ll be releasing pent up energy that could prevent you from falling asleep, and sleeping soundly once you do get to sleep. Yoga helps relax your nervous system, which is the part of your body responsible for restful sleep or a night of tossing and turning.
Regular yoga has shown to be associated with making better food choices. It creates an awareness of the emotional sensations associated with hunger and eating, which is attributed to the mind-body connection gained from practicing yoga.With its ability to lower blood pressure and heart rate as well as improve respiration, yoga provides you with the means to deal with and resolve anxiety and depression without resorting to expensive medications.Yoga boosts memory and improves concentration. It is the perfect way to clear your mind and calm your senses. You are able to remember things, concentrate, and perceive much better. . Yogis have better moods, better anger control, and enhanced mindfulness. Yoga’s mental aspect brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “blissing out.”
Yoga reduces the effects of traumatic experiences. Many white soldiers come to India during vacations to use spirituality and surgically remove negativity inherited from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Patients who suffer from this mental illness frequently experience nightmares and flashbacks, to name a few of the symptoms. They are unable to have proper REM sleep.
Modern medicine has NO effect on the underlying factors of PTSD. Most are immune to the mindless approaches of modern medicine.
When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it.
People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.
PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes.
Yoga has been shown to be completely effective in reducing or eliminating PTSD symptoms, according to the American Psychological Association.
Yoga is the ONLY counterattack against the ravages of PTSD.
Participants who had gained long-term yoga practice have greater cortex volume than control participants who had not practiced yoga.
Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life – in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic you are. Yoga is THE ONLY WAY to calm a mind plagued and ravaged by guilt, jealousy, fear , greed , anxiety , revenge etc.
Our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and similarly unpleasantness or restlessness in the mind can manifest as an ailment in the body.
The mind is constantly involved in activity – swinging from the past to the future – but never staying in the present. Some are addicted to staring into the rear view mirror.
The present is food on the table. The past is shit in the sewage tank. The future is unknown.
By simply being aware of this tendency of the mind, we can actually save ourselves from getting stressed in a falthu manner.
Yoga and pranayama helps bring the mind back to the present moment, where it can stay happy and focused.. Yoga can help improve your relationship with your spouse, parents, friends or loved ones, which has been damaged by ego and mind games ! A mind that is relaxed, happy and contented is better able to deal with sensitive relationship matters.
Yoga and meditation work on keeping the mind happy and peaceful. There is a hidden benefit for a strange bonding with the yoga students who attend classes with you. This bonding coming out of sub-conscious acceptance lasts a lifetime. This is far better than having a beer club buddy.
Below: In the yoga class such is the camaraderie that bank balance , looks , age , skin colour , sex etc does NOT matter. They have shared laughter , social outings and rip-roaring picnics -like small children. Kindness and grace prevails ( for a change ).
This is the mission of this blog site . To make you experience the joy of your own being . To make you place your own conscience on the highest pedestal. To make you trust the GOD within you.
People who are plagued by guilt do NOT have good REM sleep.
Why is REM sleep so important?
Yoga and meditation have the power to improve your intuitive ability and gut feeling. This you have to experience yourself. Don’t take my word for it . When you strengthen your body / mind/ spirit connection , magic happens- you deal with your own emotions .There are some cocky character who say that they are COOL CATS. They say that stress drips off them like water off a ducks back ( one of them is an orangutan anchor on TV ) .Stress is usually thought of as an innocuous condition that can be ignored, but it does wreak havoc on your body. Apart from releasing harmful free radicals, it also damages the body’s immunity and leaves you tired , irritable and snappy.
Here’s where yoga comes in like the knight in silver armour. Not only does yoga help calm the mind but also helps beat the ill effects of free radicals and helps build your immunity.
There is nothing on this planet better than Yoga for stress management.
B.K.S. Iyengar wrote in his book “Light on Pranayama”.
He has told the truth even though he does NOT have a technical mind .
QUOTE : Bhastrika means bellows: the air is forced to come in and out of the lungs, similar to the work of the bellows. In other types of pranayama an inhalation influences the length, quality and rhythm of an exhalation, but in bhastrika it is an exhalation that dictates force and tiempo.In bhastrika an inhalation and an exhalation are done with an effort. Sound produced during this pranayama is similar to the sound of the bellows.Both these pramayamas (kapalabhati and bhastrika) activate and strengthen liver, spleen, pancreas and stomach muscles, as well as improve digestion. They dry up sinuses and stop a runny nose. They cause a sense of happiness.
Notes and warnings:–
- Bhastrika generates prana that in its turn activates the whole body. As too quick kindling blows up an engine or a boiler, as too prolonged bhastrika endangers the lungs and exhausts respiratory system because the process of breathing is too intensive.
- As the sound decreases, stop and start again, or lessen number of blow-throughs and cycles, or make a pause in a practice for one day.
- Make a pause in your practice when you feel irritation or tension.
- Stop the practice when the sound of an exhalation is incorrect or blows-through do not go properly. Any forced action leads to injury or nose bleeding.
People with weak body constitution or limited capacities of the lungs should not try to practice bhastrika or kapalabhati, as their blood vessels and brain may run risks.
The following people should not practice pranayamas:
а) women, as forced blows-through can lead to prolapce of abdominal organs and the uterus, and breasts may get weak and get flabby;
- b) people suffering from deseases of eyes and ears (for example, pus in the ears, retinal detachement, glaucoma);
- c) people with high or low blood pressure;
- d) people suffering from nasal bleeding, intensive pulsation or pain in the ears.
If anything of the mentioned above happened to you, stop the practice immediately for several days. Then try again, if the symptoms persist, it means that the practice does not suit you.Many people have a wrong understanding thinking that bhastrika pranayama awakens kundalini-shakti.Authoritative books affirm the same concerning many pranayamas and asanas, but it is far from the truth.There is no doubt that bhastrika and kapalabhati refresh the mind and agitate it for activity, but if people think that by that they awaken their kundalini, in a result thay can damage their body, nerves and brains.
Many old people while doing hyperventilation on their beds have died and their deaths have been pronounced natural.
Hypoxia (also known as Hypoxiation or Anoxemia) is a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supplyHypoxia is an insidious killer. There is a tendency for euphoria to develop while motor skills and reasoning abilities deteriorate.
Hyperventilation may be described as a respiratory rate excessive for the body’s oxygen requirements. It may be voluntary or involuntary and can occur in relation to many different activities Hyperventilation may be obvious, as in the case of children preparing to compete in underwater swimming, or it may be covert as for example when the respiratory rate increases from a required 12 per minute to an excessive 15 per minute and remains elevated for a prolonged time.
Whatever the cause the results are the same. Carbon dioxide, the most potent stimulus to respiration, is blown off in excessive amounts. The PACO2 falls and respiratory alkalosis develops. The cerebral vessels become constricted .
You feel drunken dizzy, a coldness and tingling around the lips and a feeling as though there was a band around the head. Nausea may be present. Peripherally there is vasodilatation and stimulation of sensory nerves causing a sensation of pins and needles in the hands and in the feet.If hyperventilation continues carpopedal spasm develops and the subject may become unconscious and develop frank tetany. With the breath held the carbon dioxide levels build up once more and the symptoms disappear in reverse order
Obviously such a chain of events can lead to an accident. This has been documented in some incidents in young fighter pilots or untrained private pilots who have inadvertently flown into bad weather and have kept the microphone button depressed, broadcasting their breath patterns up to their final moment.
Hyperventilation is excessive ventilation of the lungs, beyond what is required to achieve normal arterial blood gases. Hyperventilation has little effect on arterial pO2 and almost no effect on oxygen saturation which is nearly 100% under normal circumstances. Its main effect is to lower pCO2 and produce a respiratory alkalosis.A secondary hypocalcaemia also occurs as calcium dissociation is shifted towards the unionised, bound form. In the lungs, oxygen from inhaled air is exchanged for carbon dioxide from the blood. This process takes place between the alveoli (tiny air pockets in the lungs) and the blood vessels that connect to them.
When a person hyperventilates, this exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide is speeded up, and the person exhales too much carbon dioxide. This lowered level of carbon dioxide causes the pH of the blood to increase, leading to alkalosis.Hyperventilation is the cause in unexplained accidents. If one considers the symptoms of hypoxia and hyperventilation it will be seen that they are very similar. As it is imperative in the air that no mistake be made, the treatment for both is to breathe 100% oxygen and to reduce the rate of respiration.
YOGA AND PRANAYAMA , ALLOWS ONLY DEEP DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING .
Diaphragmatic breathing decreases the work of breathing by slowing your breathing rate. It uses less effort and energy. Diaphragmatic Breathing is a way of interrupting the “Fight or Flight” response and triggering the body’s normal relaxation response When the diaphragm contracts, in conjunction with the intercostal muscles, it lowers the pressure in the thoracic cavity. This enables air to enter the lungs.When breathing out, the diaphragm relaxes along with the intercostal muscles, allowing air to leave. Air may be forced out faster by increasing abdominal pressure using the tranverse abdominis muscle.
75% of the people on this planet do wrong type of breathing- their chest rises as the intercostal muscles contract. Yet, the stomach is drawn in by activation of the tranverse abdominis muscle and the diaphragm is not engaged Whilst this might present a more pleasing profile in a mirror, it reduces the volume of oxygen available by only partially expanding the lungs. These people die faster.Due to rapid more shallow breathing, the chest does not expand as much as it would with slower deeper breaths and much of the air exchange occurs at the top of the lung tissue towards the head. This results in “chest” breathing.You can see if you are a chest breather by placing your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your abdomen. As you breathe, see which hand rises more. If your right hand rises more, you are a chest breather. If your left hand rises more, you are an abdomen breather.
Chest breathing is inefficient because the greatest amount of blood flow occurs in the lower lobes of the lungs, areas that have limited air expansion in chest breathers. Rapid, shallow, chest breathing results in less oxygen transfer to the blood and subsequent poor delivery of nutrients to the tissues.
With regular practice you will breathe from the abdomen most of the time, even while asleep. The diaphragm is a large muscle located between the chest and the abdomen. When it contracts it is forced downward causing the abdomen to expand. This causes a negative pressure within the chest forcing air into the lungs. The negative pressure also pulls blood into the chest improving the venous return to the heart. This leads to improved stamina in both disease and athletic activity.
Like blood, the flow of lymph, which is rich in immune cells, is also improved. By expanding the lung’s air pockets and improving the flow of blood and lymph, abdominal breathing also helps prevent infection of the lung and other tissues. But most of all it is an excellent tool to stimulate the relaxation response that results in less tension and an overall sense of well being.By getting more oxygen into your lungs, and then into your blood stream, your muscles will have more “fuel” and the heart will need to beat less quickly and with less effort. When this occurs, the amazing and complex interplay between the brain and the various hormone-producing parts of the body (like the adrenal cortex) will change and smaller amounts of stress hormones will be released.
The liver and kidneys will then be able to “catch up” with all of the stress hormones in the blood stream and the fight or flight response decreases and then ultimately stops.
Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange — that is, the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. Not surprisingly, this type of breathing slows the heartbeat and can lower or stabilize blood pressure.
Yoga increases GABA levels in the brain. Low GABA levels are associated with depression. Low GABA levels are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Yoga increases GABA, a get-calm chemical .
People who did regular yoga had significantly more GABA, and had increased mood and decreased anxiety, than those who didn’t do the practice and walked instead.
More than 40% of the synapses in the human brain work with GABA and therefore have GABA receptors.
GABA is classified as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, as opposed to excitatory neurotransmitters. GABA slows down neuron firing. Other neurotransmitters – adrenaline, nor-adrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, glutamate – have an excitatory function, i.e. they stimulate neuron firing.Most of the substances used to relieve anxiety – alcohol, cannabis, tranquilisers – get their effect through boosting GABA in your brain. The EVIL PHARMA sells GABA supplements for anxiety and insomnia .
When GABA is taken orally, GABA levels in the brain do not increase, because the substance itself cannot pass the blood-brain barrier and enter the central nervous system.In humans, GABA is directly responsible for the regulation of muscle tone. Helps you relax and handle stressful situations more easily. Teaches you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy where you want it to go , and be in the moment.
Yoga means to be in perfect tune. Your body, mind and spirit work in harmony. When you fine-tune yourself to such a point where everything functions so beautifully within you, the best of your abilities will just flow out of you. When you are happy you have unbound energy Happiness is about equilibrium or dynamic balance between your body, mind and spirit. – for life is a combination of spiritual, intellectual and physical aspects. People who do yoga do NOT sweat the small stuff.
Using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, it has been proved that meditation changes the physical structure of the brain..
Using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, it has been proved that meditation changes the physical structure of the brain..Meditation abstracts the self from conscious thought, and frees the mind from feelings that cause stress and suffering. It fosters creative intelligence, raise consciousness, and enables fuller use to be made of mental potential.The increased gray matter in the meditators’ brains should make them better at controlling their attention, managing their emotions, and making mindful choices.
The brain you have today is, in part, a reflection of the demands you have placed on it. People learning to juggle, for example, develop more connections in areas of the brain that anticipate moving objects.Medical students undergoing periods of intense learning show similar changes in the hippocampus, an area of the brain important for memory. And mathematicians have more gray matter in regions important for arithmetic and spatial reasoning.
The spiritual aims are peace of mind, wisdom, and, ultimately, a state of enlightenment or self-realization. Meditation and yoga is a form of natural healing, and helps people cope with anxiety, depression, and drug dependence.If you practice focusing attention on your breath or a mantra, the brain will restructure itself to make concentration easier. If you practice calm acceptance during meditation, you will develop a brain that is more resilient to stress And if you meditate while cultivating feelings of love and compassion, your brain will develop in such a way that you spontaneously feel more connected to others.
The attention is focused on monitoring the breath, and noting thoughts crossing the mind, without any judgement or attempt at control, but as a silent and detached witness. If the mind throws up distractions, the meditator returns to simply observing the breath each time the distraction happens A relaxed and unhurried attitude is important, since slowing down and observing the mind to see how it works is central to the philosophy behind meditation.
7.83 HZ or the ALPHA frequency is the gateway that leads into deeper states of consciousness. Most people are in an alpha state during the short time immediately before they fall asleep and when the conscious nervous system switches over to the subconscious.The “alpha state” is where meditation starts and you begin to access the wealth of creativity that lies just below our conscious awareness Alpha is also the home of the window frequency known as the Schumann Resonance, which is the resonant frequency of the earth’s electromagnetic field.
When we intentionally generate alpha waves and go into resonance with that earthy frequency, we naturally feel better, refreshed, in tune, in synch. It is, in fact, environmental synchronization.
Experienced meditators and yoga experts feel greater compassion. Yoga and meditation reduces anxiety and aggression among prison inmates
Using the mantra technique, the meditator concentrates on a mantra to banish intrusive thoughts and thus achieve progressively quieter levels of thinking until thought itself is transcended. The subtle vitalizing frequencies of mantras activate psychic energies and awaken our intuitive faculties.A racing mind deprives you of sleep. Yoga and meditation helps to calm down the mental chatter and free yourself from the constant loop of thoughts that keeps you awake at night. Mantras still the activity of thought and helps you find a deeper level of consciousness. You will believe in Mantras only if you see a video of the mind boggling perfect geometric patterns, sand will form on a tonoscope ( cymatics )
A potent Vedic Gayantri Mantra ( 5000 BC ) —
Bhur Bhuva Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo yonah Prachodayat
(OM) OM (Dheemahi) We meditate (Bhargo) upon the Spiritual Effulgence (Varenyam Devasya) of THAT Adorable Supreme Divine Reality (Savitur) the Source (Bhur, Bhuva, Svaha) of the Physical, the Astral and the Heavenly Spheres of Existence. (TAT) May THAT Supreme Divine Being (Prachodayat) enlighten (Yo) which (Nah) our (Dhi Yo) intellect (so that we may realise the Supreme Truth).
During meditation thinking is separated from perceiving, so that the individual can stand apart from the emotional self. The reason why people remain mired in negativity is because of the beliefs they have inherited over time. Beliefs are subconscious.We act in the way we do because we are not aware of our beliefs and the feelings that these beliefs generate. That is why it is important to obeserve yourself and look within. We can do it. That is why we are different from animals.We can use our conscious mind to observe ,to introspect and dip into the subconscious where our beliefs are embedded , in order to eliminate it. You can meditate to rewrite these negative programmes that cause you misery. To be a mystic or a seer is not the same thing as being a spectator on the fence. Mysticism provides an escape from a life of uninspired existence. It magnifies man and gives him a hope and destiny to fulfill.
In the modern era the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action. You cant sit in a place , speak very little and call yourself a sage .
Above: The sign of OM is the sign of Hinduism. OM is the first and foremost of all mantras. Mantra is the sound body of consciousness. OM is the sound of Cosmic Energy and contains all the sounds in itself. All Hindu Sanskrit mantras start with OM and end with OM. OM surcharges the innermost being of man with vibrations of the highest reality. The human ear can discern only a very narrow band between 20 Hz to 20000 Hz. The rest in inaudible. This is why NO cosmic sound can be heard by the human ear. These cosmic sounds were heard by rishis in their spiritual trances which broadened their sense spectrums. The earth vibrates at 7.83 Hz and so does OM. The primordal vibrations of atoms and molecules is thus represented by OM. When 2 vibrating systems are in resonance with each other, a rise in the amplitude of the waves take place. In our case, the brain and the global electric circuit resonance leads to a rise in amplitude in the waves dancing in our brain. Rise in amplitude causes a rise in our consciousness energy. Chanting OM produces a sonorous vibration like the buzz of a mighty transformer. The vibrations produce scalar waves which calms the mind. The MMMM humming boosts the production of Nitric oxide in the body. This was known to Indians and documented 7000 years ago.
Yoga is 100% enmeshed with Hinduism. Christian and Muslim religious leaders have claimed that the practice of Yoga violates the core tenets of Christianity and Islam owing to its unmistakably Hindu content.
If so keep away — FU#K OFF !.
It is IMPOSSIBLE to divorce yoga as divorced from Hindu spirituality for extracting the benefits. Hinduism is all about spirituality . Rest are all religions. Christianity and Islam organised violence first. Indian societies knew no violence despite having more than 3000 languages and hundreds of gods.Hinduism was developed along spiritual lines, NOT religious lines—the reason why 800 years of slavery could NOT stamp out this amazing way of life.. Hinduism was developed along spiritual lines, NOT religious lines—the reason why 800 years of slavery could NOT stamp out this amazing way of life..
At the heart of Hinduism remains mans’ essential quest for union with the Absolute supreme the brahmAn. In addition to tradition and moral order, it also signifies the path of knowledge and correct action ( Dharma ).
The Hindu spirituality tradition , unlike other religions — has always concerned itself with the “human” situation rather than the “our religion “ situation. Under the doctrine of karma, the ability to make choices remains with the individual-and NOT what is being told as gospel in a holy book .
Ask the Jews—they will say India is the only place where they never got persecuted over thousands of years—they always ran here for refuge.
The reason ?
This country had denizens steeped in spirituality — NOT religious bigots. Hebrew religion and Hinduism co-existed.Yet today foreign funded Indian TV calls all Hindus bigots –what a joke !.
The Mahabharata (Shanti Parva 349.65), – Bhagavad Gita of Sri Krishna occurs, states: “Hiranyagarbha is the original knower of Yoga”
Brihadyogi Yajnavalkya Smriti XII.5 portrays Hiranyagarbha as the original teacher of Yoga. Bhishma in the 6000 year old Mahabharata (Shanti Parva 300.57) speaks of a Yoga teaching “established in many Yoga Shastras.” Hiranyagabha ( golden embryo ) Yoga tradition is a Vedic tradition.
Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras is only referred to as a compiler, not as an inventor of the Yoga teachings. He himself states, “Thus is the teaching of Yoga” (Yoga Sutras I.1) Patanjali lived 5500 years ago and NOT 2200 years ago as written by the white invader. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, is composed of a total of 195 sutras or aphorisms ( wisdom packed words ) .
These sutras are structured around four padas or chapters:
Vibhuti Pada and
The Yoga Sutras are not a philosophy but a step by step method to become aware of one own being. Each Sutra is compact and needs a great deal explanation as it’s nature and depth of psychological content.
Patanjalis Yoga is concerned with liberation through meditation. The first chapter is “Samadhi Pada” a state of evenness where one is total and centered in one self without distractions. In this chapter the Yoga, the modifications of the mind, “Samadhi” and the concept of “Isvarah” God are explained.
The second chapter “Sadhana Pada” is the practice of a Yogi.The chapter starts with a the base conditions to start Yoga ” Tapah Svahdyaya Ishvarpranidhanani Kriyayogah” Austerity, selfstudy and surrender of the ego is Yoga of action. Patanjalis definition of Yoga of action is Kriya Yoga. Patanjali Yoga is even known as Raja Yoga, the Yoga of understanding and transcending the mind, consciousness is Raja or the king.
“Ashtanga Yoga” Eight limbs of yoga is the heart of Patanjalis Yoga system.
There are five major afflictions of the mind of which “Avidya” ignorance of ones own being is the root cause of all afflictions. These are explained in the second chapter “Samadhi Pada”.
Yama (personal discipline)
Niyama (social discipline)
Asana (discipline of body posture)
Pranayama ( rhythmic breathing exercises)
Pratyahara (inward withdrawal of the senses)
Samadhi (total awareness and evenness”Sama” of ones true self without conflicts)
The third chapter, “Vibhuti Pada” is concerned with Yogic Powers.
The fourth chapter ” Kaivalya Pada” is the last in the Yoga Sutras . The difference between the mind, consciousness and witnessing and the soul are explained.
Below: You can appreciate the greatness , only if you realise that when Yoga was in full swing in India, the white man was running around naked, doing GRUNT GRUNT for language
अथ योगानुशासनम् ॥१॥
atha yoga-anuśāsanam ||1||
Yoga in the here and now: an introduction to the study and practice of yoga ||1||
When you are in a state of yoga, all misconceptions (vrittis) that can exist in the mutable aspect of human beings (chitta) disappear. ||2||
तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम् ॥३॥
tadā draṣṭuḥ svarūpe-‘vasthānam ||3||
For finding our true self (drashtu) entails insight into our own nature. ||3||
वृत्ति सारूप्यमितरत्र ॥४॥
vṛtti sārūpyam-itaratra ||4||
Lacking that, misconceptions (vritti) skew our perceptions. ||4||
वृत्तयः पञ्चतय्यः क्लिष्टाक्लिष्टाः ॥५॥
vṛttayaḥ pañcatayyaḥ kliṣṭākliṣṭāḥ ||5||
There are five types of misconceptions (vrittis), some of which are more agreeable than others: ||5||
प्रमाण विपर्यय विकल्प निद्रा स्मृतयः ॥६॥
pramāṇa viparyaya vikalpa nidrā smṛtayaḥ ||6||
insight, error, imaginings, deep sleep, and recollections.
प्रत्यक्षानुमानागमाः प्रमाणानि ॥७॥
pratyakṣa-anumāna-āgamāḥ pramāṇāni ||7||
Insight arises from direct perception, conclusions, or learning that are based on reliable sources. ||7||
विपर्ययो मिथ्याज्ञानमतद्रूप प्रतिष्ठम् ॥८॥
viparyayo mithyā-jñānam-atadrūpa pratiṣṭham ||8||
Error arises from knowledge that is based on a false mental construct. ||8||
शब्दज्ञानानुपाती वस्तुशून्यो विकल्पः ॥९॥
śabda-jñāna-anupātī vastu-śūnyo vikalpaḥ ||9||
Imaginings are engendered by word knowledge without regard for what actually exists in the real world. ||9||
अभावप्रत्ययालम्बना तमोवृत्तिर्निद्र ॥१०॥
abhāva-pratyaya-ālambanā tamo-vṛttir-nidra ||10||
Deep sleep is the absence of all impressions resulting from opacity in that which is mutable in human beings (chitta). ||10||
अनुभूतविषयासंप्रमोषः स्मृतिः ॥११॥
anu-bhūta-viṣaya-asaṁpramoṣaḥ smṛtiḥ ||11||
Recollections are engendered by the past, insofar as the relevant experience has not been eclipsed. ||11||
अभ्यासवैराग्याभ्यां तन्निरोधः ॥१२॥
abhyāsa-vairāgya-ābhyāṁ tan-nirodhaḥ ||12||
The state of yoga is attained via a balance between assiduousness (abhyasa) and imperturbability (vairagya). ||12||
तत्र स्थितौ यत्नोऽभ्यासः ॥१३॥
tatra sthitau yatno-‘bhyāsaḥ ||13||
Assiduousness means resolutely adhering to one’s practice of yoga. ||13||
स तु दीर्घकाल नैरन्तर्य सत्कारादरासेवितो दृढभूमिः ॥१४॥
sa tu dīrghakāla nairantarya satkāra-ādara-āsevito dṛḍhabhūmiḥ ||14||
Success can definitely be achieved via sound and continuous practice over an extended period of time, carried out in a serious and thoughtful manner. ||14||
दृष्टानुश्रविकविषयवितृष्णस्य वशीकारसंज्णा वैराग्यम् ॥१५॥
dṛṣṭa-anuśravika-viṣaya-vitṛṣṇasya vaśīkāra-saṁjṇā vairāgyam ||15||
Imperturbability results from a balance in the consciousness, and when the desire for all things that we see or have heard of is extinguished. ||15||
तत्परं पुरुषख्यातेः गुणवैतृष्ण्यम् ॥१६॥
tatparaṁ puruṣa-khyāteḥ guṇa-vaitṛṣṇyam ||16||
The highest state of imperturbability arises from the experience of the true self; in this state even the basic elements of nature lose their power over us. || 16||
This absolute knowledge is engendered incrementally by divination, experience, joy, and ultimately the feeling of oneness. ||17||
विरामप्रत्ययाभ्यासपूर्वः संस्कारशेषोऽन्यः ॥१८॥
virāma-pratyaya-abhyāsa-pūrvaḥ saṁskāra-śeṣo-‘nyaḥ ||18||
The other state of insight, which is based on persistent practice, arises when all perception has been extinguished and only non-manifest impressions remain. ||18||
भवप्रत्ययो विदेहप्रकृतिलयानम् ॥१९॥
bhava-pratyayo videha-prakṛti-layānam ||19||
Some people are born with true insight, whereas others attain it via a divine body or oneness with nature. ||19||
श्रद्धावीर्यस्मृति समाधिप्रज्ञापूर्वक इतरेषाम् ॥२०॥
śraddhā-vīrya-smṛti samādhi-prajñā-pūrvaka itareṣām ||20||
And then there are some for whom trust, determination, memory and divination lay the groundwork for insight. ||20||
The goal is achieved through intensive practice. ||21||
मृदुमध्याधिमात्रत्वात्ततोऽपि विशेषः ॥२२॥
mṛdu-madhya-adhimātratvāt-tato’pi viśeṣaḥ ||22||
This practice can be light, moderate or intensive. ||22||
The goal can also be attained via submission to the concept of an ideal being (ishvara). ||24||
क्लेश कर्म विपाकाशयैःपरामृष्टः पुरुषविशेष ईश्वरः ॥२४॥
kleśa karma vipāka-āśayaiḥ-aparāmṛṣṭaḥ puruṣa-viśeṣa īśvaraḥ ||24||
Ishavara is a special being that is unaffected by the obstacles of the spiritual aspirant (klesha), specific actions and consequences (karma), or recollections or desires. ||24||
तत्र निरतिशयं सर्वज्ञबीजम् ॥२५॥
tatra niratiśayaṁ sarvajña-bījam ||25||
Ishavara is unmatched and is the source of all knowledge. ||25||
स एष पूर्वेषामपिगुरुः कालेनानवच्छेदात् ॥२६॥
sa eṣa pūrveṣām-api-guruḥ kālena-anavacchedāt ||26||
Ishvara is each and every one, and is even the teacher of the first ones; he is unaffected by time ||26||
तस्य वाचकः प्रणवः ॥२७॥
tasya vācakaḥ praṇavaḥ ||27||
OM is a symbol for ishvara. ||27||
तज्जपः तदर्थभावनम् ॥२८॥
taj-japaḥ tad-artha-bhāvanam ||28||
Repetition of OM (with this meaning) leads to contemplation. ||28||
ततः प्रत्यक्चेतनाधिगमोऽप्यन्तरायाभवश्च ॥२९॥
tataḥ pratyak-cetana-adhigamo-‘py-antarāya-abhavaś-ca ||29||
Through this practice, the immutable self is revealed and all obstacles (antaraya) are removed. ||29||
व्याधि स्त्यान संशय प्रमादालस्याविरति भ्रान्तिदर्शनालब्धभूमिकत्वानवस्थितत्वानि चित्तविक्षेपाः ते अन्तरायाः ॥३०॥
vyādhi styāna saṁśaya pramāda-ālasya-avirati bhrāntidarśana-alabdha-bhūmikatva-anavasthitatvāni citta-vikṣepāḥ te antarāyāḥ ||30||
These obstacles (antaraya) (illness; inertia; doubt; neglect; sloth; desire; blindness; a lack of goals; irresoluteness) obscure that which is immutable in human beings (chitta). ||30||
दुःखदौर्मनस्याङ्गमेजयत्वश्वासप्रश्वासाः विक्षेप सहभुवः ॥३१॥
duḥkha-daurmanasya-aṅgamejayatva-śvāsapraśvāsāḥ vikṣepa sahabhuvaḥ ||31||
Suffering, depression, nervousness, and agitated breathing are signs of this lack of clarity. ||31||
He who practices assiduously overcomes these obstacles. ||32||
मैत्री करुणा मुदितोपेक्षाणांसुखदुःख पुण्यापुण्यविषयाणां भावनातः चित्तप्रसादनम् ॥३३॥
maitrī karuṇā mudito-pekṣāṇāṁ-sukha-duḥkha puṇya-apuṇya-viṣayāṇāṁ bhāvanātaḥ citta-prasādanam ||33||
All that is mutable in human beings (chitta) is harmonized through the cultivation of love (maitri), helpfulness (karuna), conviviality (mudita) and imperturbability (upeksha) in situations that are happy, painful, successful or unfortunate. ||33||
प्रच्छर्दनविधारणाभ्यां वा प्राणस्य ॥३४॥
pracchardana-vidhāraṇa-ābhyāṁ vā prāṇasya ||34||
The goal can be attained through breathing exercises involving holding your breath before exhaling. ||34||
विषयवती वा प्रवृत्तिरुत्पन्ना मनसः स्थिति निबन्धिनी ॥३५॥
viṣayavatī vā pravṛtti-rutpannā manasaḥ sthiti nibandhinī ||35||
– Or by contemplating things and impressions, which promotes mental stability and consolidation ||35||
विशोका वा ज्योतिष्मती ॥३६॥
viśokā vā jyotiṣmatī ||36||
– Or by contemplating the inner light that is free of suffering. ||36||
वीतराग विषयम् वा चित्तम् ॥३७॥
vītarāga viṣayam vā cittam ||37||
– Or if what is mutable in human beings (chitta) is no longer the handmaiden of desire. ||37||
स्वप्ननिद्रा ज्ञानालम्बनम् वा ॥३८॥
svapna-nidrā jñāna-ālambanam vā ||38||
– Or through knowledge that is derived from a nocturnal dream. ||38||
– Or through contemplation (dhyana) of love. ||39||
परमाणु परममहत्त्वान्तोऽस्य वशीकारः ॥४०॥
paramāṇu parama-mahattva-anto-‘sya vaśīkāraḥ ||40||
A person who attains this goal has mastery over everything, from the smallest atom to the entire universe. ||40||
क्षीणवृत्तेरभिजातस्येव मणेर्ग्रहीतृग्रहणग्राह्येषु तत्स्थतदञ्जनता समापत्तिः ॥४१॥
kṣīṇa-vṛtter-abhijātasy-eva maṇer-grahītṛ-grahaṇa-grāhyeṣu tatstha-tadañjanatā samāpattiḥ ||41||
Once the misconceptions (vritti) have been minimized, everything that is mutable in human beings (chitta) becomes as clear as a diamond, and perceptions, the perceived, and perceiver are melded with each other. – One builds on and colors the other. This is enlightenment (samapatti). ||41||
तत्र शब्दार्थज्ञानविकल्पैः संकीर्णा सवितर्का समापत्तिः ॥४२॥
tatra śabdārtha-jñāna-vikalpaiḥ saṁkīrṇā savitarkā samāpattiḥ ||42||
In conjunction with word and object knowledge, or imagination, this state is savitarka samapatti. ||42||
स्मृतिपरिशुद्धौ स्वरूपशून्येवार्थमात्रनिर्भासा निर्वितर्का ॥४३॥
smṛti-pariśuddhau svarūpa-śūnyeva-arthamātra-nirbhāsā nirvitarkā ||43||
Once all previous impressions (smriti) have been purged and one’s own nature is clearly perceptible, then only the object of contemplation emanates light. This is nirvitarka samapatti. ||43||
एतयैव सविचारा निर्विचारा च सूक्ष्मविषय व्याख्याता ॥४४॥
etayaiva savicārā nirvicārā ca sūkṣma-viṣaya vyākhyātā ||44||
If the object of concentration is of a subtle nature, these two described states are known as savichraara and nirvichara samapatti. ||44||
सूक्ष्मविषयत्वम्चालिण्ग पर्यवसानम् ॥४५॥
sūkṣma-viṣayatvam-ca-aliṇga paryavasānam ||45||
An object can be subtle to the point of indefinability. ||46||
ता एव सबीजस्समाधिः ॥४६॥
tā eva sabījas-samādhiḥ ||46||
All of these states of consciousness are called sabija samadhi. ||46||
If you regularly experience the clearest of the four aforementioned states known as nirvichara samapatti, then you are about to experience a state of absolute clarity. ||47||
ऋतंभरा तत्र प्रज्ञा ॥४८॥
ṛtaṁbharā tatra prajñā ||48||
– Then consciousness will be filled with truth. ||48||
श्रुतानुमानप्रज्ञाभ्यामन्यविषया विशेषार्थत्वात् ॥४९॥
śruta-anumāna-prajñā-abhyām-anya-viṣayā viśeṣa-arthatvāt ||49||
Consciousness is characterized by a special relationship to the object. This relationship exceeds the bounds of knowledge that is received and followed. ||49||
तज्जस्संस्कारोऽन्यसंस्कार प्रतिबन्धी ॥५०॥
tajjas-saṁskāro-‘nya-saṁskāra pratibandhī ||50||
This experience gives rise to an impression (samskara) that supplants other impressions (samskara). ||50||
तस्यापि निरोधे सर्वनिरोधान्निर्बीजः समाधिः ॥५१॥
tasyāpi nirodhe sarva-nirodhān-nirbījaḥ samādhiḥ ||51||
Nirbiija samadhi is attained once even these impressions have become tranquil and when everything has become tranquil. ||51||
तपः स्वाध्यायेश्वरप्रणिधानानि क्रियायोगः ॥१॥
tapaḥ svādhyāy-eśvarapraṇidhānāni kriyā-yogaḥ ||1||
Practice characterized by rigor and vigilance toward itself, without attachment to the outcome, is known as kriya yoga. ||1||
समाधिभावनार्थः क्लेश तनूकरणार्थश्च ॥२॥
samādhi-bhāvana-arthaḥ kleśa tanū-karaṇa-arthaś-ca ||2||
If your practice is aligned with your goal (samadhi), the obstacles along your spiritual path (klesha) will disappear and ultimately you will reach your goal. ||2||
अविद्यास्मितारागद्वेषाभिनिवेशः क्लेशाः ॥३॥
avidyā-asmitā-rāga-dveṣa-abhiniveśaḥ kleśāḥ ||3||
The obstacles along the spiritual path (klesha) are as follows: a lack of insight (avidya); identification with the mutable (asmita); the belief that happiness (raga) or unhappiness (dvesha) result from outer circumstances; deep seated anxiety (abinivesha). ||3||
अविद्या क्षेत्रमुत्तरेषाम् प्रसुप्ततनुविच्छिन्नोदाराणाम् ॥४॥
avidyā kṣetram-uttareṣām prasupta-tanu-vicchinn-odārāṇām ||4||
A lack of insight (avidya) is the source of most kleshas (obstacles) and can be latent, incipient, full fledged or overwhelming. ||4||
अनित्याशुचिदुःखानात्मसु नित्यशुचिसुखात्मख्यातिरविद्या ॥५॥
anityā-aśuci-duḥkha-anātmasu nitya-śuci-sukha-ātmakhyātir-avidyā ||5||
A combination of the eternal and transitory, purity and impurity, joy and suffering, or the mutable and immutable in human beings are all referred to as a lack of insight (avidya). ||5||
Confusing the immutable core with the transient shell is referred to as identification with the mutable (asmita). ||6||
सुखानुशयी रागः ॥७॥
sukha-anuśayī rāgaḥ ||7||
The presumption that happiness depends on external circumstances is referred to as desire (raga). ||7||
दुःखानुशयी द्वेषः ॥८॥
duḥkha-anuśayī dveṣaḥ ||8||
The notion that pain and suffering are caused by external circumstances is referred to as aversion (dvesha). ||8||
स्वरस्वाहि विदुषोऽपि समारूढोऽभिनिवेशः ॥९॥
svarasvāhi viduṣo-‘pi samārūḍho-‘bhiniveśaḥ ||9||
Anxiety (abhinivesha) arises spontaneously and can even dominate your entire existence. ||9||
ते प्रतिप्रसवहेयाः सूक्ष्माः ॥१०॥
te pratiprasava-heyāḥ sūkṣmāḥ ||10||
This burden (klesha) should be nipped in the bud. || 10||
ध्यान हेयाः तद्वृत्तयः ॥११॥
dhyāna heyāḥ tad-vṛttayaḥ ||11||
Medidating (dhyana) on that which we wish to overcome eliminates such misconceptions that arise from human mutability (vritti). ||11|
क्लेशमूलः कर्माशयो दृष्टादृष्टजन्मवेदनीयः ॥१२॥
kleśa-mūlaḥ karma-aśayo dṛṣṭa-adṛṣṭa-janma-vedanīyaḥ ||12||
Obstacles (kleshas) are the breeding ground for tendencies that give rise to actions and the consequences (karma) thereof. Such obstacles are experienced as visible or invisible obstacles. ||12||
सति मूले तद्विपाको जात्यायुर्भोगाः ॥१३॥
sati mūle tad-vipāko jāty-āyur-bhogāḥ ||13||
The outcome of these circumstances is manifested by a person’s station in life, longevity, and the extent to which they achieve happiness. ||13||
ते ह्लाद परितापफलाः पुण्यापुण्यहेतुत्वात् ॥१४॥
te hlāda paritāpa-phalāḥ puṇya-apuṇya-hetutvāt ||14||
The outcome of an action is felicitous or infelicitous depending on whether the foundation is successful or unsuccessful. ||14||
परिणाम ताप संस्कार दुःखैः गुणवृत्तिविरोधाच्च दुःखमेव सर्वं विवेकिनः ॥१५॥
pariṇāma tāpa saṁskāra duḥkhaiḥ guṇa-vṛtti-virodhācca duḥkham-eva sarvaṁ vivekinaḥ ||15||
Suffering is caused by change in the outside world, as well as impressions, desires (samsakra), misconceptions (vritti) and conflict. Suffering is omnipresent for those who have the capacity to differentiate. ||15||
हेयं दुःखमनागतम् ॥१६॥
heyaṁ duḥkham-anāgatam ||16||
But future suffering can be avoided. ||16||
द्रष्टृदृश्ययोः संयोगो हेयहेतुः ॥१७॥
draṣṭṛ-dṛśyayoḥ saṁyogo heyahetuḥ ||17||
For identificaiton of the true self (drashtu) with that which is mutable is the cause of suffering. ||17||
प्रकाशक्रियास्थितिशीलं भूतेन्द्रियात्मकं भोगापवर्गार्थं दृश्यम् ॥१८॥
prakāśa-kriyā-sthiti-śīlaṁ bhūtendriya-ātmakaṁ bhoga-apavarga-arthaṁ dṛśyam ||18||
Objects and situations in the physical world can be characterized by purity (sattva), unrest (rajas), or inertia (tamas); they are physical or etheric and result in short term pleasure or long term redemption ||18||
विशेषाविशेषलिङ्गमात्रालिङ्गानि गुणपर्वाणि ॥१९॥
viśeṣa-aviśeṣa-liṅga-mātra-aliṅgāni guṇaparvāṇi ||19||
Physical objects exhibit the following states: determinable; unspecific; symbolic; beyond symbols ||19||
द्रष्टा दृशिमात्रः शुद्धोऽपि प्रत्ययानुपश्यः ॥२०॥
draṣṭā dṛśimātraḥ śuddho-‘pi pratyaya-anupaśyaḥ ||20||
Only the true self (drashtu) sees; it is immutable, although seeing is based on accurate perception. ||20||
तदर्थ एव दृश्यस्यात्मा ॥२१॥
tadartha eva dṛśyasya-ātmā ||21||
Physical objects can only be deemed to such if perceived by the true self (atma) ||21||
कृतार्थं प्रतिनष्टंप्यनष्टं तदन्य साधारणत्वात् ॥२२॥
kṛtārthaṁ pratinaṣṭaṁ-apy-anaṣṭaṁ tadanya sādhāraṇatvāt ||22||
Once an object has fulfilled its purpose, it does not disappear but instead remains in existence as such for others; for the object is valid for all. ||22||
स्वस्वामिशक्त्योः स्वरूपोप्लब्धिहेतुः संयोगः ॥२३॥
svasvāmi-śaktyoḥ svarūp-oplabdhi-hetuḥ saṁyogaḥ ||23||
The sole purpose of linking the mutable with the extant is to recognize the true enduring form. ||23||
तस्य हेतुरविद्या ॥२४॥
tasya hetur-avidyā ||24||
The root cause of identification with the mutable is a lack of insight (avidya). ||24||
तदभाबात्संयोगाभावो हानं तद्दृशेः कैवल्यम् ॥२५॥
tad-abhābāt-saṁyoga-abhāvo hānaṁ taddṛśeḥ kaivalyam ||25||
When a lack of insight (avidya) disappears, this identification likewise disappears. Once this identification has completely disappeared, liberation (kaivalya) of the true self (drashtu) has occurred. ||25||
विवेकख्यातिरविप्लवा हानोपायः ॥२६॥
viveka-khyātir-aviplavā hānopāyaḥ ||26||
The capacity to make distinctions (viveka) and uninterrupted insight are the path to this goal. ||26||
तस्य सप्तधा प्रान्तभूमिः प्रज्ञ ॥२७॥
tasya saptadhā prānta-bhūmiḥ prajña ||27||
This path to insight has seven steps. ||27||
योगाङ्गानुष्ठानादशुद्धिक्षये ज्ञानदीप्तिराविवेकख्यातेः ॥२८॥
yoga-aṅga-anuṣṭhānād-aśuddhi-kṣaye jñāna-dīptir-āviveka-khyāteḥ ||28||
Through practice of these limbs of yoga, impurity is overcome and wisdom and an enduring capacity to make disinctions are achieved. ||28||
यम नियमासन प्राणायाम प्रत्याहार धारणा ध्यान समाधयोऽष्टावङ्गानि ॥२९॥
yama niyama-āsana prāṇāyāma pratyāhāra dhāraṇā dhyāna samādhayo-‘ṣṭāvaṅgāni ||29||
The limbs of the eight-fold path are as follows: respect for others (yama) and yourself (niyama); harmony with your body (asana), your energy (pranayama), your thoughts (dharana), and your emotions (pratyahara); contemplation (dhyana); ecstasy (samadhi). ||29||
अहिंसासत्यास्तेय ब्रह्मचर्यापरिग्रहाः यमाः ॥३०॥
ahiṁsā-satya-asteya brahmacarya-aparigrahāḥ yamāḥ ||30||
Respect for others (yama) is based on non-violence (ahimsa); truthfulness (satya); not stealing (asteya); non-covetousness (aparigraha); and acting with an awareness of higher ideals (brahma-charya). ||30||
जातिदेशकालसमयानवच्छिन्नाः सार्वभौमामहाव्रतम् ॥३१॥
jāti-deśa-kāla-samaya-anavacchinnāḥ sārvabhaumā-mahāvratam ||31||
Showing respect for others without regard for social station, or for place, time, or circumstance in all spheres of this respect is a great virtue. ||31||
शौच संतोष तपः स्वाध्यायेश्वरप्रणिधानानि नियमाः ॥३२॥
śauca saṁtoṣa tapaḥ svādhyāy-eśvarapraṇidhānāni niyamāḥ ||32||
Cleanliness (shaucha), contentment (santosha), self-discipline (tapas), learning from yourself (svadhyaya) and accepting your fate (iishvara-pranidhana) automatically translate into the practice of respect (niyama). ||32||
वितर्कबाधने प्रतिप्रक्षभावनम् ॥३३॥
vitarka-bādhane pratiprakṣa-bhāvanam ||33||
Uncertainty concerning implementation can be overcome via orientation with the reverse. ||33||
वितर्का हिंसादयः कृतकारितानुमोदिता लोभक्रोधमोहापूर्वका मृदुमध्य अधिमात्रा दुःखाज्ञानानन्तफला इति प्रतिप्रक्षभावनम् ॥३४॥
vitarkā hiṁsādayaḥ kṛta-kārita-anumoditā lobha-krodha-moha-āpūrvakā mṛdu-madhya adhimātrā duḥkha-ajñāna-ananta-phalā iti pratiprakṣa-bhāvanam ||34||
Violent thoughts (himsa) induce unending suffering and ignorance. In such cases, it makes no difference whether you’re the perpetrator, the person who gives the orders, or the instigator; or whether the thoughts are provoked by greed, anger, or delusion; or whether small, medium or large scale action is involved. This is why orienting yourself toward the reverse is helpful. ||34||
अहिंसाप्रतिष्ठायं तत्सन्निधौ वैरत्याघः ॥३५॥
ahiṁsā-pratiṣṭhāyaṁ tat-sannidhau vairatyāghaḥ ||35||
Once a condition of durable non-violence (ahimsa) has been established, all enmity will be abandoned in your environs. ||35||
सत्यप्रतिष्थायं क्रियाफलाश्रयत्वम् ॥३६॥
satya-pratiṣthāyaṁ kriyā-phala-āśrayatvam ||36||
Once a state of truth (satya) has been permanently established, each statement will form the basis for a truthful result. ||36||
अस्तेयप्रतिष्ठायां सर्वरत्नोपस्थानम् ॥३७॥
asteya-pratiṣṭhāyāṁ sarvaratn-opasthānam ||37||
Once non-stealing has been permanently established, all riches will be available. ||37||
ब्रह्मचर्य प्रतिष्ठायां वीर्यलाभः ॥३८॥
brahma-carya pratiṣṭhāyāṁ vīrya-lābhaḥ ||38||
Performing each action with an awareness of a higher ideal (brahma-charya) engenders tremendous strength. ||38||
अपरिग्रहस्थैर्ये जन्मकथंता संबोधः ॥३९॥
aparigraha-sthairye janma-kathaṁtā saṁbodhaḥ ||39||
The permanent reign of non-covetousness (aparigraha) engenders knowledge concerning the goal of earthly life. ||39||
शौचात् स्वाङ्गजुगुप्सा परैरसंसर्गः ॥४०॥
śaucāt svāṅga-jugupsā parairasaṁsargaḥ ||40||
Purity (shaucha) results in the abandonment of physicality and the cessation of physical contact with external things. ||40||
सत्त्वशुद्धिः सौमनस्यैकाग्र्येन्द्रियजयात्मदर्शन योग्यत्वानि च ॥४१॥
sattva-śuddhiḥ saumanasya-ikāgry-endriyajaya-ātmadarśana yogyatvāni ca ||41||
Also the capacity for clarity, cleanliness, cheerfulness and intentness, as well as mastery over the senses, ultimately give rise to self realization. ||41||
An attitude of contentment (santosha) gives rise to unexcelled happiness, mental comfort, joy, and satisfaction. ||42||
कायेन्द्रियसिद्धिरशुद्धिक्षयात् तपसः ॥४३॥
kāyendriya-siddhir-aśuddhi-kṣayāt tapasaḥ ||43||
Through self discipline (tapas), mental impurities are destroyed and the body and senses take on supernatural powers. ||43||
स्वाध्यायादिष्टदेवता संप्रयोगः ॥४४॥
svādhyāyād-iṣṭa-devatā saṁprayogaḥ ||44||
Self-study and reflection on yourself (svadhyaya) brings you into contact with the desired ideal. ||44||
समाधि सिद्धिःीश्वरप्रणिधानात् ॥४५॥
samādhi siddhiḥ-īśvarapraṇidhānāt ||45||
By accepting your fate (ishvarapranidhana), you achieve self knowledge (samadhi) and supernatural power (siddhi). ||45||
Practicing yoga with strength and in a relaxed manner gives rise to harmony with the physical body (asana). ||46||
The key to success in this regard is practice with effort, which becomes progressively easier, combined with deep contemplation (samapatti). ||47||
ततो द्वङ्द्वानभिघातः ॥४८॥
tato dvaṅdva-an-abhighātaḥ ||48||
This results in a victory over the duality of life. ||48||
तस्मिन् सति श्वासप्रश्वास्योर्गतिविच्छेदः प्राणायामः ॥४९॥
tasmin sati śvāsa-praśvāsyor-gati-vicchedaḥ prāṇāyāmaḥ ||49||
Once harmony with the physical body has been achieved, through interruption of the movement engendered by inhaling and exhaling you attempt to harmonize your energy (pranayama). ||49||
बाह्याभ्यन्तरस्थम्भ वृत्तिः देशकालसन्ख्याभिः परिदृष्टो दीर्घसूक्ष्मः ॥५०॥
bāhya-ābhyantara-sthambha vṛttiḥ deśa-kāla-sankhyābhiḥ paridṛṣṭo dīrgha-sūkṣmaḥ ||50||
Exhalation, inhalation, retention, technique, time and number must be very precisely regulated over a lengthy period. ||50||
बाह्याभ्यन्तर विषयाक्षेपी चतुर्थः ॥५१॥
bāhya-ābhyantara viṣaya-akṣepī caturthaḥ ||51||
The fourth pranayama technique ultimately transcends breath retention after exhaling or inhaling. ||51||
ततः क्षीयते प्रकाशावरणम् ॥५२॥
tataḥ kṣīyate prakāśa-āvaraṇam ||52||
The veil covering the light of the true self then vanishes.
धारणासु च योग्यता मनसः ॥५३॥
dhāraṇāsu ca yogyatā manasaḥ ||53||
And the mind develops the capacity for harmony with thoughts (dharana). ||53||
स्वविषयासंप्रयोगे चित्तस्य स्वरूपानुकारैवेन्द्रियाणां प्रत्याहारः ॥५४॥
svaviṣaya-asaṁprayoge cittasya svarūpānukāra-iv-endriyāṇāṁ pratyāhāraḥ ||54||
Harmony with the emotions (pratyahara) is achieved when the senses cease to be engaged with external objects and thus that which is mutable in human beings (chitta) becomes similar to true nature. ||54||
ततः परमावश्यता इन्द्रियाणाम् ॥५५॥
tataḥ paramā-vaśyatā indriyāṇām ||55||
Thus do you gain supreme mastery of your senses. ||55||
देशबन्धः चित्तस्य धारणा ॥१॥
deśa-bandhaḥ cittasya dhāraṇā ||1||
Harmony with your thoughts and the ability to concentrate are attained by aligning the mutable aspects of humankind with a specific subject. ||1||
तत्र प्रत्ययैकतानता ध्यानम् ॥२॥
tatra pratyaya-ikatānatā dhyānam ||2||
Allowing your thoughts to flow in an uninterrupted stream results in contemplation (dhyana). ||2||
तदेवार्थमात्रनिर्भासं स्वरूपशून्यमिवसमाधिः ॥३॥
tadeva-artha-mātra-nirbhāsaṁ svarūpa-śūnyam-iva-samādhiḥ ||3||
Insight (samadhi) occurs when only the subject matter of the orientation shines forth without any being affected by the person in question. ||3||
त्रयमेकत्र संयमः ॥४॥
trayam-ekatra saṁyamaḥ ||4||
The three processes of dharana, dhyana, and samadhi, when taken together, are the components of meditation (samyama). ||4||
तज्जयात् प्रज्ञालोकः ॥५॥
tajjayāt prajñālokaḥ ||5||
Mastery of this meditation gives rise to absolute knowledge of all that can be perceived. ||5||
तस्य भूमिषु विनियोगः ॥६॥
tasya bhūmiṣu viniyogaḥ ||6||
This meditation is carried out in the three aforementioned successive steps. ||6||
त्रयमन्तरन्गं पूर्वेभ्यः ॥७॥
trayam-antarangaṁ pūrvebhyaḥ ||7||
These three steps are more internal (anga) than the previous steps. ||7||
तदपि बहिरङ्गं निर्बीजस्य ॥८॥
tadapi bahiraṅgaṁ nirbījasya ||8||
However, these three steps are still external compared to ultimate knowledge (nirbija samadhi). ||8||
व्युत्थाननिरोधसंस्कारयोः अभिभवप्रादुर्भावौ निरोधक्षण चित्तान्वयो निरोधपरिणामः ॥९॥
vyutthāna-nirodha-saṁskārayoḥ abhibhava-prādurbhāvau nirodhakṣaṇa cittānvayo nirodha-pariṇāmaḥ ||9||
That high level of mastery called nirodhah-parinamah occurs in the moment of transition when the rising tendency of deep impressions, the subsiding tendency, and the mutable nature of humankind (chitta) converge. ||9||
तस्य प्रशान्तवाहिता संस्कारत् ॥१०॥
tasya praśānta-vāhitā saṁskārat ||10||
The tranquil flow of transition to tranquility gives rise to a new impression (samskara). ||10||
सर्वार्थता एकाग्रातयोः क्षयोदयौ चित्तस्य समाधिपरिणामः ॥११॥
sarvārthatā ekāgrātayoḥ kṣayodayau cittasya samādhi-pariṇāmaḥ ||11||
The transition to insight (samadhi-parinama) is characterized by the mutability in human beings (chitta) becoming progressively less scattered, whereas the tendency toward consolidation increases. ||11||
ततः पुनः शातोदितौ तुल्यप्रत्ययौ चित्तस्यैकाग्रतापरिणामः ॥१२॥
tataḥ punaḥ śātoditau tulya-pratyayau cittasya-ikāgratā-pariṇāmaḥ ||12||
The transition to one-pointedness, or ekagrata-parinamah, is the transition whereby human mutability (chitta) becomes perfectly balanced between arising and subsiding. ||12||
एतेन भूतेन्द्रियेषु धर्मलक्षणावस्था परिणामा व्याख्याताः ॥१३॥
etena bhūtendriyeṣu dharma-lakṣaṇa-avasthā pariṇāmā vyākhyātāḥ ||13||
This explains the transformation of relinquishment (dharma-parinama), characteristics (lakshana-parinama) and states into material elements of the senses. ||13||
शानोदिताव्यपदेश्यधर्मानुपाती धर्मी ॥१४॥
śān-odita-avyapadeśya-dharmānupātī dharmī ||14||
Past, present and future tasks are all based on one and the same foundation. ||14||
क्रमान्यत्वं परिणामान्यतेवे हेतुः ॥१५॥
kramānyatvaṁ pariṇāmānyateve hetuḥ ||15||
Distinctness in transformation (anyatvam-parinama) are based on differences in the sequence ||15||
परिणामत्रयसंयमाततीतानागत ज्ञानम् ॥१६॥
pariṇāmatraya-saṁyamāt-atītānāgata jñānam ||16||
Meditation (samyama) on the three types of change (parinama-traya) gives rise to knowledge of the past and future. ||16||
शब्दार्थप्रत्ययामामितरेतराध्यासात्संकरः तत्प्रविभागसंयमात् सर्वभूतरुतज्ञानम् ॥१७॥
śabdārtha-pratyayāmām-itaretarādhyāsāt-saṁkaraḥ tat-pravibhāga-saṁyamāt sarvabhūta-ruta-jñānam ||17||
The name, task and experience associated with an object are interconnected. By meditating (samyama) on the distinction between these three, we attain knowledge (jnana) concerning the form of expression of all living beings. ||17||
संस्कारसाक्षात्करणात् पूर्वजातिज्ञानम् ॥१८॥
saṁskāra-sākṣātkaraṇāt pūrva-jāti-jñānam ||18||
Through meditation on our impressions (samskaras) comes the knowledge (jnana) of previous incarnations. ||18||
प्रत्ययस्य परचित्तज्ञानम् ॥१९॥
pratyayasya para-citta-jñānam ||19||
Meditation on the thoughts of another person gives rise to knowledge (jnana) of their mutable being (chitta). ||19||
न च तत् सालम्बनं तस्याविषयी भूतत्वात् ॥२०॥
na ca tat sālambanaṁ tasya-aviṣayī bhūtatvāt ||20||
But we learn nothing from the true nature of another person, for they are not an object that can be perceived. ||20||
कायरूपसंयमात् तत्ग्राह्यशक्तिस्तम्भे चक्षुः प्रकाशासंप्रयोगेऽन्तर्धानम् ॥२१॥
kāya-rūpa-saṁyamāt tat-grāhyaśakti-stambhe cakṣuḥ prakāśāsaṁprayoge-‘ntardhānam ||21||
Through meditation on the form of one’s own physical body, it becomes possible to impede the capacity that renders the body visible. This precludes a connection between light and the eyes and renders the body invisible to others. ||21||
सोपक्रमं निरुपक्रमं च कर्म तत्संयमातपरान्तज्ञानम् अरिष्टेभ्यो वा ॥२२॥
sopa-kramaṁ nirupa-kramaṁ ca karma tatsaṁyamāt-aparāntajñānam ariṣṭebhyo vā ||22||
Meditation (samyama) on foreseeable and unforeseeable causes and causal relationships (karma) gives rise to knowledge (jnana) concerning fate. ||22||
मैत्र्यदिषु बलानि ॥२३॥
maitry-adiṣu balāni ||23||
Meditating on love (maitri) and the other positive attitudes (see ys 1.33) engenders the necessary strength. ||23||
बलेषु हस्तिबलादीनी ॥२४॥
baleṣu hastibalādīnī ||24||
Meditating on strength itself engenders the strength of an elephant. ||24||
प्रवृत्त्यालोकन्यासात् सूक्ष्माव्यावहितविप्रकृष्टज्ञानम् ॥२५॥
pravṛtty-āloka-nyāsāt sūkṣmā-vyāvahita-viprakṛṣṭa-jñānam ||25||
Meditating on the source of the inner light gives rise to knowledge (jnana) of subtle, concealed and remote entities. ||25||
भुवज्ञानं सूर्येसंयमात् ॥२६॥
bhuva-jñānaṁ sūrye-saṁyamāt ||26||
Meditation (samyama) on the sun gives rise to knowledge (jnana) of the ethereal and physical worlds. ||26||
चन्द्रे तारव्यूहज्ञानम् ॥२७॥
candre tāravyūha-jñānam ||27||
Meditating on the moon (chandra) gives rise to knowledge (jnana) concerning the arrangement of the stars. ||27||
ध्रुवे तद्गतिज्ञानम् ॥२८॥
dhruve tadgati-jñānam ||28||
Meditating on the polestar engenders knowledge (jnana) of its constellation. ||28||
नाभिचक्रे कायव्यूहज्ञानम् ॥२९॥
nābhicakre kāyavyūha-jñānam ||29||
Meditation on the energy center of the navel (nabhi chakra) gives rise to knowledge (jnana) concerning the arrangement and structure of the physical body. ||29||
कन्ठकूपे क्षुत्पिपासा निवृत्तिः ॥३०॥
kanṭha-kūpe kṣutpipāsā nivṛttiḥ ||30||
Meditation on the pit of the throat (kantha kupa) causes hunger and thirst to cease. ||30||
कूर्मनाड्यां स्थैर्यम् ॥३१॥
kūrma-nāḍyāṁ sthairyam ||31||
Meditation on the energy in the spine (kurma nadi) engenders steadiness. ||31||
मूर्धज्योतिषि सिद्धदर्शनम् ॥३२॥
mūrdha-jyotiṣi siddha-darśanam ||32||
Meditation on the light inside the head engenders contact with the masters (siddhas). ||32||
प्रातिभाद्वा सर्वम् ॥३३॥
prātibhād-vā sarvam ||33||
Meditiation on intuition engenders knowledge about everything. ||33||
ह्र्डये चित्तसंवित् ॥३४॥
hrḍaye citta-saṁvit ||34||
Meditation on the heart (hridaya) engenders knowledge concerning human mutability (chitta). ||34||
सत्त्वपुरुषायोः अत्यन्तासंकीर्णयोः प्रत्ययाविशेषोभोगः परार्थत्वात्स्वार्थसंयमात् पुरुषज्ञानम् ॥३५॥
sattva-puruṣāyoḥ atyantā-saṁkīrṇayoḥ pratyayāviśeṣo-bhogaḥ para-arthat-vāt-sva-arthasaṁyamāt puruṣa-jñānam ||35||
Outer enjoyment (bhoga) arises from a failure to distinguish between the physical world and the true self, which are very different from each other.
Knowledge (jhana) of the true self (purusha) arises from meditation (samyama) on matters concerning the true self rather than external matters. ||35||
ततः प्रातिभस्रावाणवेदनादर्शास्वादवार्ता जायन्ते ॥३६॥
tataḥ prātibha-srāvāṇa-vedana-ādarśa-āsvāda-vārtā jāyante ||36||
This results in intuitive hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting and smelling. ||36||
ते समाधवुपसर्गाव्युत्थाने सिद्धयः ॥३७॥
te samādhav-upasargā-vyutthāne siddhayaḥ ||37||
These powers are of secondary importance to those who have attained knowledge (samadhi), but are nonetheless feats for materially oriented individuals. ||37||
बद्न्हकारणशैथिल्यात् प्रचारसंवेदनाच्च चित्तस्य परशरीरावेशः ॥३८॥
badnha-kāraṇa-śaithilyāt pracāra-saṁvedanācca cittasya paraśarīrāveśaḥ ||38||
Relinquishing the causes of attachment to the physical realm and gaining knowledge of the energy channels engenders the ability to enter into another body. ||38||
उदानजयाअत् जलपण्खकण्टकादिष्वसङ्गोऽत्क्रान्तिश्च ॥३९॥
udāna-jayāat jala-paṇkha-kaṇṭakādiṣv-asaṅgo-‘tkrāntiśca ||39||
Gaining mastery over upward flowing energy (udana-vayu) severs contact with mud, water, thorns and the like; whereupon the yogi levitates. ||39||
Mastery over metabolic energy (samana-vayu) engenders inner fire. ||40||
श्रोत्राकाशयोः संबन्धसंयमात् दिव्यं श्रोत्रम् ॥४१॥
śrotra-ākāśayoḥ saṁbandha-saṁyamāt divyaṁ śrotram ||41||
Meditation (samyama) on the relationship between space and the power of hearing engenders the divine power of hearing. ||41||
कायाकाशयोः संबन्धसंयमात् लघुतूलसमापत्तेश्चाकाश गमनम् ॥४२॥
kāyākāśayoḥ saṁbandha-saṁyamāt laghu-tūla-samāpatteśca-ākāśa gamanam ||42||
Meditating (samyama) on the relationship between the body and space and contemplating (samapatti) the lightness of cotton engender the ability to move through space weightlessly. ||42||
बहिरकल्पिता वृत्तिः महाविदेहा ततः प्रकाशावरणक्षयः ॥४३॥
bahir-akalpitā vṛttiḥ mahā-videhā tataḥ prakāśa-āvaraṇa-kṣayaḥ ||43||
Meditating on unimaginable external thought waves gives rise to maximum disembodiment. This in turn lifts the veil on the true self. ||43||
स्थूलस्वरूपसूक्ष्मान्वयार्थवत्त्वसंयमात् भूतजयः ॥४४॥
sthūla-svarūpa-sūkṣma-anvaya-arthavattva-saṁyamāt bhūtajayaḥ ||44||
Meditating on the outer manifestations, true nature, underlying principle, temporal sequence, and purpose of something engenders mastery (jaya) of the physical elements (bhutas). ||44||
ततोऽणिमादिप्रादुर्भावः कायसंपत् तद्धरानभिघात्श्च ॥४५॥
tato-‘ṇimādi-prādurbhāvaḥ kāyasaṁpat tad-dharānabhighātśca ||45||
This mastery engenders the ability to make the body appear to be extremely small, as well as attainment of an absolutely physical body and its indestructible integrity. ||45||
रूपलावण्यबलवज्रसंहननत्वानि कायसंपत् ॥४६॥
rūpa-lāvaṇya-bala-vajra-saṁhananatvāni kāyasaṁpat ||46||
The perfection of the body includes beauty, gracefulness, strength, and adamantine hardness. ||46||
ग्रहणस्वरूपास्मितावयार्थवत्त्वसंयमातिन्द्रिय जयः ॥४७॥
grahaṇa-svarūpa-asmitā-avaya-arthavattva-saṁyamāt-indriya jayaḥ ||47||
Meditation (samyama) on the process of perception, its actual form, your I-ness, and the purpose of your life engenders mastery (jaya) over the senses. ||47||
ततो मनोजवित्वं विकरणभावः प्रधानजयश्च ॥४८॥
tato mano-javitvaṁ vikaraṇa-bhāvaḥ pradhāna-jayaś-ca ||48||
This results in quickness of mind, liberation from the sense organs, and mastery (jaya) over matter. ||48||
सत्त्वपुरुषान्यताख्यातिमात्रस्य सर्वभावाधिष्ठातृत्वं सर्वज्ञातृत्वं च ॥४९॥
sattva-puruṣa-anyatā-khyātimātrasya sarva-bhāvā-adhiṣṭhātṛtvaṁ sarva-jñātṛtvaṁ ca ||49||
Mastery of feelings and omniscience can only be attained through knowledge of the difference between the physical world and the true self. ||49||
तद्वैराग्यादपि दोषबीजक्षये कैवल्यम् ॥५०॥
tad-vairāgyād-api doṣa-bīja-kṣaye kaivalyam ||50||
Non-attachment (vairagya) even from that omiscience destroys the foundation of all dysbalances (dosha) and results in liberation (kaivalya). ||50||
स्थान्युपनिमन्त्रणे सङ्गस्मयाकरणं पुनरनिष्टप्रसङ्गात् ॥५१॥
sthāny-upa-nimantraṇe saṅga-smaya-akaraṇaṁ punar-aniṣṭa-prasaṅgāt ||51||
When the celestial beings beckon, the yogi should avoid forming any attachment to this complacency, since this contact can reinstate undesirable attachment. ||51||
क्षणतत्क्रमयोः संयमात् विवेकजंज्ञानम् ॥५२॥
kṣaṇa-tat-kramayoḥ saṁyamāt vivekajaṁ-jñānam ||52||
Meditation (samyama) on the moments and their succession give rise to knowledge (jnana) that is born from discernment (viveka). ||52||
जातिलक्षणदेशैः अन्यतानवच्छेदात् तुल्ययोः ततः प्रतिपत्तिः ॥५३॥
jāti-lakṣaṇa-deśaiḥ anyatā-anavacchedāt tulyayoḥ tataḥ pratipattiḥ ||53||
This gives rise to knowledge of distinction between two similar objects that are not normally distinguishable on the basis of their category, characteristics, or position in space. ||53||
तारकं सर्वविषयं सर्वथाविषयमक्रमंचेति विवेकजं ज्ञानम् ॥५४॥
tārakaṁ sarva-viṣayaṁ sarvathā-viṣayam-akramaṁ-ceti vivekajaṁ jñānam ||54||
Knowledge that is born of discernment transcends all objects, all beings and all time. ||54||
सत्त्वपुरुषयोः शुद्धिसाम्ये कैवल्यम् ॥५५॥
sattva-puruṣayoḥ śuddhisāmye kaivalyam ||55||
Liberation (kaivalya) comes when parity between the physical world and the true self (purusha) is attained. ||55||
जन्मओषधिमन्त्रतपस्समाधिजाः सिद्धयः ॥१॥
janma-oṣadhi-mantra-tapas-samādhi-jāḥ siddhayaḥ ||1||
Supernatural powers (siddhis) arise from birth, drugs, mantras, austerity, or yoga (samadhi) ||1||
जात्यन्तरपरिणामः प्रकृत्यापूरात् ॥२॥
jāty-antara-pariṇāmaḥ prakṛty-āpūrāt ||2||
Physical transformation engenders inner transformation of the form of existence. ||2||
निमित्तमप्रयोजकं प्रकृतीनांवरणभेदस्तु ततः क्षेत्रिकवत् ॥३॥
nimittam-aprayojakaṁ prakṛtīnāṁ-varaṇa-bhedastu tataḥ kṣetrikavat ||3||
However, outer causes are not sufficient to bring about inner change, which can be likened to a farmer removing a sluice gate so as to allow water to irrigate his rice field so that rice can grow there. ||3||
The mutable self (chitta) is engendered solely by identification with that which is mutable. ||4||
प्रवृत्तिभेदे प्रयोजकं चित्तमेकमनेकेषाम् ॥५॥
pravṛtti-bhede prayojakaṁ cittam-ekam-anekeṣām ||5||
While the forms may manifest in various ways, the mutable essence (chitta) is the underlying principle of these many forms. ||5||
तत्र ध्यानजमनाशयम् ॥६॥
tatra dhyānajam-anāśayam ||6||
In the various manifestations, the impression engendered by contemplation (dhyana) is free of influences. ||6||
कर्माशुक्लाकृष्णं योगिनः त्रिविधमितरेषाम् ॥७॥
karma-aśukla-akṛṣṇaṁ yoginaḥ trividham-itareṣām ||7||
For a yogi, the law of cause and effect (karma) is neither white nor black, but is threefold for others. ||7||
ततः तद्विपाकानुग्णानामेवाभिव्यक्तिः वासनानाम् ॥८॥
tataḥ tad-vipāka-anugṇānām-eva-abhivyaktiḥ vāsanānām ||8||
In accordance with this law of cause and effect, the fruits ripen that correspond to the underlying desires (vasanas). ||8||
जाति देश काल व्यवहितानामप्यान्तर्यां स्मृतिसंस्कारयोः एकरूपत्वात् ॥९॥
jāti deśa kāla vyavahitānām-apy-āntaryāṁ smṛti-saṁskārayoḥ ekarūpatvāt ||9||
Even if modality, place and time cease to exist, the continuity of wish and consequences remains, for remembrance (smriti) and impressions (samskaras) are part of the same being. ||9||
तासामनादित्वं चाशिषो नित्यत्वात् ॥१०॥
tāsām-anāditvaṁ cāśiṣo nityatvāt ||10||
The continuity arising from wish and reality has no beginning, for the will to live is eternal. ||10||
The continuity of wish and reality arises from supporting factors and external objects. If they disappear, the continuity arising from wish and reality likewise disappears. ||11||
अतीतानागतं स्वरूपतोऽस्तिअध्वभेदाद् धर्माणाम् ॥१२॥
atīta-anāgataṁ svarūpato-‘sti-adhvabhedād dharmāṇām ||12||
The past and future exist inherently. Tasks (dharma) arise from the changes. ||12||
ते व्यक्तसूक्ष्माः गुणात्मानः ॥१३॥
te vyakta-sūkṣmāḥ guṇa-atmānaḥ ||13||
These characteristics are manifest or subtle, physical or spiritual ||13||
परिणामैकत्वात् वस्तुतत्त्वम् ॥१४॥
pariṇāma-ikatvāt vastu-tattvam ||14||
The uniqueness of change comprises the essence of everything. ||15||
वस्तुसाम्ये चित्तभेदात्तयोर्विभक्तः पन्थाः ॥१५॥
vastusāmye citta-bhedāt-tayorvibhaktaḥ panthāḥ ||15||
That which is mutable in us (chitta) takes various paths to the same object, perception of which thus differs from one person another . ||15||
न चैकचित्ततन्त्रं चेद्वस्तु तदप्रमाणकं तदा किं स्यात् ॥१६॥
na caika-citta-tantraṁ cedvastu tad-apramāṇakaṁ tadā kiṁ syāt ||16||
Nor does an object depend on that which is mutable in human beings; for if it did, then what would happen to the object if it were not perceived? ||16||
तदुपरागापेक्षित्वात् चित्तस्य वस्तुज्ञाताज्ञातं ॥१७॥
tad-uparāga-apekṣitvāt cittasya vastu-jñātājñātaṁ ||17||
However, whether an object, situation or person is understood or misjudged depends on the emotional preconceptions and the expectations of that which is mutable in human beings. ||17||
सदाज्ञाताः चित्तव्र्त्तयः तत्प्रभोः पुरुषस्यापरिणामित्वात् ॥१८॥
sadājñātāḥ citta-vrttayaḥ tat-prabhoḥ puruṣasya-apariṇāmitvāt ||18||
The true self can always observe the misconceptions (vritti) in that which is mutable in human beings, because this pure self (purusha) is not in motion. ||18||
न तत्स्वाभासं दृश्यत्वात् ॥१९॥
na tat-svābhāsaṁ dṛśyatvāt ||19||
As that which is mutable in human beings is not inherently identifiable, it is a perceptible object. ||19||
एक समये चोभयानवधारणम् ॥२०॥
eka samaye c-obhaya-an-avadhāraṇam ||20||
Nor can both the mind and the illuminating process be cognized simultaneously. ||20||
चित्तान्तर दृश्ये बुद्धिबुद्धेः अतिप्रसङ्गः स्मृतिसंकरश्च ॥२१॥
cittāntara dṛśye buddhi-buddheḥ atiprasaṅgaḥ smṛti-saṁkaraś-ca ||21||
That which is mutable in one human being (chitta) being perceived by another mutable human being (chitta) would be as absurd as perception perceiving perception, and would result in confusion of remembrance. ||21||
चितेरप्रतिसंक्रमायाः तदाकारापत्तौ स्वबुद्धि संवेदनम् ॥२२॥
citer-aprati-saṁkramāyāḥ tad-ākāra-āpattau svabuddhi saṁ-vedanam ||22||
Unlike the characteristic of that which is immutable in human beings, the true self is unchangeable and can thus achieve full knowledge and self knowledge. ||23||
द्रष्टृदृश्योपरक्तं चित्तं सर्वार्थम् ॥२३॥
draṣṭṛ-dṛśy-opa-raktaṁ cittaṁ sarva-artham ||23||
The actual purpose of that which is mutable in human beings (chitta) is to see close up both the observer (drashtu) and the observed object. ||23||
तदसङ्ख्येय वासनाभिः चित्रमपि परार्थम् संहत्यकारित्वात् ॥२४॥
tad-asaṅkhyeya vāsanābhiḥ citram-api parārtham saṁhatya-kāritvāt ||24||
This human mutability (chitta) has countless wishes of every description (vasana). But it has another purpose – namely to establish a connection between the outside world and the true self. ||24||
विशेषदर्शिनः आत्मभावभावनानिवृत्तिः ॥२५॥
viśeṣa-darśinaḥ ātmabhāva-bhāvanā-nivṛttiḥ ||25||
For he who has experienced this unique vision (darshana), the desire (vritti) for self fulfillment vanishes. ||25||
तदा विवेकनिम्नं कैवल्यप्राग्भारं चित्तम् ॥२६॥
tadā viveka-nimnaṁ kaivalya-prāg-bhāraṁ cittam ||26||
Then the power of discernment (viveka) will be strengthened and all that is mutable in human beings (chitta) will take the path of liberation (kaivalya). ||26||
तच्छिद्रेषु प्रत्ययान्तराणि संस्कारेभ्यः ॥२७॥
tac-chidreṣu pratyaya-antarāṇi saṁskārebhyaḥ ||27||
This viewpoint is breached by preconceptions (samskara), whereupon other impressions arise. ||27||
हानमेषां क्लेशवदुक्तम् ॥२८॥
hānam-eṣāṁ kleśavad-uktam ||28||
These preconceptions are eliminated as described previously for spiritual burdens (klesha). ||28||
प्रसंख्यानेऽप्यकुसीदस्य सर्वथा विवेकख्यातेः धर्ममेघस्समाधिः ॥२९॥
prasaṁkhyāne-‘py-akusīdasya sarvathā vivekakhyāteḥ dharma-meghas-samādhiḥ ||29||
Attaining genuinely deep insight even engenders constant imperturbability and discernment (viveka). This state is referred to as dharma megha samadhi. ||29||
ततः क्लेशकर्मनिवृत्तिः ॥३०॥
tataḥ kleśa-karma-nivṛttiḥ ||30||
Then the concept (vritti) of spiritual burden (klesha) and cause and effect (karma) will be completely removed. ||30||
तदा सर्वावरणमलापेतस्य ज्ञानस्यानन्त्यात् ज्ञेयमल्पम् ॥३१॥
tadā sarva-āvaraṇa-malāpetasya jñānasya-ānantyāt jñeyamalpam ||31||
Then all veils and uncertainty fall away. Knowledge that can be gained is nothing compared to the infinity of knowledge. ||31||
ततः कृतार्थानं परिणामक्रमसमाप्तिर्गुणानाम् ॥३२॥
tataḥ kṛtārthānaṁ pariṇāma-krama-samāptir-guṇānām ||32||
In this way is the purpose of change accomplished and all change (krama) in the physical realm (guna) comes to an end. ||32||
क्षणप्रतियोगी परिणामापरान्त निर्ग्राह्यः क्रमः ॥३३॥
kṣaṇa-pratiyogī pariṇāma-aparānta nirgrāhyaḥ kramaḥ ||33||
The experience of a sequencing process of moments and changes comes to an end, thus making change (krama) a real experience. ||33||
पुरुषार्थशून्यानां गुणानांप्रतिप्रसवः कैवल्यं स्वरूपप्रतिष्ठा वा चितिशक्तिरिति ॥३४॥
puruṣa-artha-śūnyānāṁ guṇānāṁ-pratiprasavaḥ kaivalyaṁ svarūpa-pratiṣṭhā vā citiśaktiriti ||34||
Liberation (kaivalya) fulfills the goal of the true self (purusha); matter (guna) is transcended. The true nature of being and the force of absolute knowledge are then revealed. ||34||
In swara yoga, prana or energy is circulated in the body through a system of nadis or pathways, of which the three most important are known as ida, pingala and sushumna. These three flow up the spine, ida and pingala coiling around sushumna at the centre.Ida terminates at the upper opening of the left nostril, pingala at the upper opening of the right nostril, and sushumna at sahasrara chakra at the crown of the head. Ida is known as the lunar nadi because its activation produces calmness and a feeling of well being. Traditionally, the colour is blue.
Pingala is known as the solar nadi because its qualities are heat and dynamism. Its colour is red.
Sushumna is the synthesis or spiritual nadi which becomes active when ida and pingala are balanced. Its colour is gold.
There is a direct correspondence between the states associated with the activation of ida, pingala and sushumna nadis and the parasympathetic, sympathetic and central nervous systems respectively.When we breathe in through the left nostril, ida nadi or the parasympathetic nervous system as well as the right hemisphere of the brain are stimulated. When we breathe in through the right nostril, pingala nadi or the sympathetic nervous system as well as the left hemisphere of the brain are stimulated. When the breath is equalised through both nostrils, the brain and the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are balanced. Then a state of equilibrium is achieved in the central nervous system and the state of meditation dawns as the sushumna awakens.
Modern Lateral thinking taught in Management schools is lifted from the ancient yogic method of PRATIPAKSHA BHAVANAM .
There is NO knee jerk reaction like an idiot – only willful choice of a sage . Every action is pro-active and grounded IN THE MOMENT . This is the message of Bhagawad Gita.
A yogi is trained to recognize negative thoughts, feelings and habits , and refocus energy onto positive thoughts, emotions and activities .A yogi keeps away from self pity for it will interfere with mature positive action. He can make peace with his past by conscious contemplation so that he does NOT mar his present .A yogi does NOT jump into conclusions . Nobody can make him jump into the bandwagon. He does NOT bow to precedent. He will NOT get pre-occupied with stuff over which he has zilch control. He does proactive change by seeking out reasons for change rather than waiting for them to arise. He can deal with change as a matter of heart as well as the head.
Change demands energy. Hours of worry will drain your energy. The path through change is rarely smooth or predictable. The first need is to recognise the need for change and let go of old ways. He can build inner awareness of the need and impact of change. He drops his ego. He admits to himself if he has made mistakes in the past. His new way is not to be judged as better/ worse or right/ wrong. They are simply new and need to be learned practiced and judged on their merits.
Yoga has given him a sense of autonomy and self direction. He forges the hinges of destiny on his own terms. He rarely seeks the comfort zone. He seeks new balance and direction. He can establish new attitudes and beliefs .
The Yogi uses his free choice and does NOT sweat the small stuff. He will NOT short sell himself . He knows how to let go at the right time.
Happiness is a victory lap of positive forces over negative forces in your life. A yogi can weed out negative thought. Freedom from want is his greatest liberator. The gambler who waits for one more throw of the dice is not exactly liberated.
A yogi is free from worry, compulsive thinking , negativity and pathetic clinging . He can put himself in another person’s shoes to view from another perspective-laterally. He does NOT engage in tunnel vision . His is NOT stuck in microscope mode— he can pull back his lens at will and go to telescope mode.Of course he is NOT a dim-wit. He can use pain for feedback. He uses pain as a message from the universal forces. He can follow his emotions but he know when to control them. He knows that an easy and calm mind can only be attained when emotions are allowed a safe expression.He can separate his pride from the situation in hand. He does NOT take things personally and get hajaar hypersensitive.. He does NOT swell on nasty remarks . He is able to ignore run down battery torches who endlessly challenges the sun.He has the innate ability to move on after grieving. He does NOT get mired in self pity . He is NOT the crying type. He sees possibilities in every problem. He can enjoy even a uncomfortable moment and then give a moonh todh full blooded shot. The Gita teaches us to give full blooded shots.
The yogi has grace under pressure. He does NOT expect too much .He does NOT concentrate on what he does NOT have. He can count his blessings.He does NOT break his own word to himself consistently. He is NOT addicted to emotional drama, hysteria and cynicism. . He does NOT seek happiness at the expense of anothers deep unhappiness – even if it were his enemy..The yogi can take another lateral view, and reframe his perspective on the situation. He is flexible .
Pratipaksha Bhavanam is a method that helps us catch these destructive and distracting thoughts, and redirect our minds back toward the yogic path. This is done by actively cultivating thoughts of the opposite nature when a destructive thought arises.
The human brain has 2 lobes—left and right. The left side is used by all and sundry in short the bhartical–nay- VERTICAL THINKERS– the right lobe by yogis who are capable of LATERAL THINKING.
Lateral thinking recognises that the approach to a problem is never as important as its solution. It cares two hoots for logical thinking . The tool of insight is a creative gift called yogic lateral thinking. The good part is that lateral thinking can be learnt—you need not be born with it. Vertical thinking using the left lobe of the brain is all about being right and logical at EVERY sequential step—it blocks all illogical pathways. Lateral thinking is more concerned with the wealth of thoughts .
A lateral thinker is never satisfied with the ADEQUATE beaten track. He does not drill his tunnel though logical steps to his goal—rather he will leap frog—opening new pathways. His last few steps is the one which will make his venture a success.
Pratipaksha Bhavana opens doors .By creating the opposite thought and reflecting on the possible consequences of our thoughts, words, and deeds… we are instantly given more options for thinking, feeling, and behaving.
The much touted and admired EQ of this century is about being right at every step. They can never understand the concept of a back swing. The misunderstood and much maligned IQ+HQ with its tinge of madness is all about being right only at the end. Sometimes the genius will move to an untenable position to find a tenable solution. We used Pratipaksha Bhavana when sent our rocket to Mars. The rocket went the opposite way first. The satellite went the reverse way and catapulted around another planet to achieve the escape velocity.
Pratipaksha Bhavana does NOT allow you to stare at the rear view mirror of life. You can at the most give a darting glance. No self delusions , no distorted interpretations, no selective perceptions. No keeping one leg in the past and one in the future , to piss on the present. Slow down maaan , give it a second thought—INTROSPECT is the message.Pratipaksha means opposite and bhavana means contemplation . By cultivating an opposite or positive thought when we are in the throes of emotional turbulence, we pave the way for self-healing.
Patanjali is simply asking us to replace anger with compassion, violent thoughts with peaceful ones, hate with love, feelings of tension and stress with a sense of relaxation and contentment.
Pratipaksha bhavana assists us with spiritual transformation and self-realization. The emotions of love, peace, contentment and compassion are the natural state of our souls. When we centre and align ourselves , we move to deeper levels of consciousness and grace.
With Yogic deep diaphragmatic breathing , we take in the good and eject out the bad. Release any negative emotions or inner turbulence with every exhalation, as you continue contemplating the sacred joy and beauty of every inhalation. As you practice the substitution process of Pratipaksha Bhavana, the negative will gradually dissipate and lose its force and momentum. The positive will begin to assert itself—it is just a matter of time and patience. With sustained practice, as you go on developing the positive within yourself, the negative becomes sublimated and, to your surprise, soon vanishes.
When you attend old alumni meets , you can notice how little some people have changed. The bullies still remain bullies. They subconsciously try to bully the same people whom they bullied 40 years ago. They still have all the negative traits and characteristics that they had when they were teenagers. The same fears, attachments, ego and assumptions continue; they are only veiled.
Below: The practice of Pratipaksha Bhavana can help one to activate the IDA NADI parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response) promoting homeostasis and healing. The parasympathetic system of nerves is concerned with nourishing, healing and regeneration of the body.
The sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are antagonistic. The sympathetic nervous system ( PINGALA NADI ) may be roughly likened to the gas pedal of a car. The parasympathetic is more like the brake. Pratipaksha Bhavana helps you to slow down. The sympathetic system, however, always takes precedence, because it is concerned with one’s survival.
To promote balance and healing, the goal is to keep the sympathetic system turned off as much as possible. This allows the maximum healing to occur. Simple ways to do this are to rest, relax and think happy thoughts. As soon as you think fearful or angry thoughts, or become too physically active, the body shifts into a sympathetic stance.
Pratipaksha Bhavana is a simple and direct way of keeping our minds calm and our hearts open – meditation achieves this. Instead of indulging in the misery of our thoughts we can change the channel and connect to something positive.
If the negative thought is a withdrawal from our innate peace of mind, then the positive response is an instant deposit. Pratipaksha bhavana adequately deals with the negative triggers as they emerge. This can deal effectively with pedophile psychopathic tendencies of homosexuality..
“When presented with disquieting thoughts or feelings, cultivate an opposite, elevated GRATEFUL attitude. This is Pratipaksha Bhavana.”
Yoga nourishes the intervertebral discs and the menisci discs of the knee
Only Yoga can move the SYNOVIAL FLUIDS around and nourish it.
Synovial fluid is the slippery liquid in joint systems that along with hyaline cartilage, allows smooth, painless movement of the bones. Synovial fluid is found in joints like the knees, hips, and elbows where more free movement of the bones is allowed.
The few joints that do not have synovial fluid are the discs between your vertebrae in your back and both sacroiliac joints in the back of your pelvis. Consequently, movement of these joints is more limited than the others. Synovial fluid is also essential for delivering nutrients and oxygen to the hyaline cartilage which don’t have any sort of blood supply.The various poses in yoga allow this fluid to flow to different part of your body and with regular practice can increase the smooth flow of synovial fluid to your joints and make you move around more smoothly.The isometric poses of yoga train the smaller muscles surrounding our joints to endure more pressure and make us work them harder in order to stabilize ourselves
Our joints are built to support us as we carry extra loads now and then but excess fat to the point of obesity has been proven to cause earlier and more serious joint problems in individuals throughout their lives. Yoga along with a healthy diet can help you shed excess weight that is putting more pressure on your joints and inhibiting your movements.
No other form of exercise can isolate and concentrate on the muscles surrounding joints like yoga can while promoting healthy flow of blood and synovial fluid throughout the body. Even if joint problems are already getting the better of you there are still many poses that can be done on the floor that allow you to increase fluidity and loosen up the joints.
Yoga improves balance for stroke survivors. When you have old parents you must know , all these highly polished modern tiles you put in your home are very slippery. You want to impress others , you want others to gape at your home. You don’t release that your home is for you to live in safely.
One fall and the aged hip bone breaks , due to useless modern foods. Studies have proved that yoga practice of as little as twice a week had improved balance as well as less fear of falling.
Yoga has NO barriers. It does NOT matter how old or young you are. It does NOT matter of you are a supreme endurance athlete or a fat couch potato. The body uses its own weight. The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection.
“No pain, no gain” is NOT the yoga way. If it hurts, stop !. Every ancient yoga teacher was a Ayurvedic physician too.
Our ancient texts talk about Swara Yoga. There is a nasal cycle which is influenced by our central nervous system . There are times when we can breathe more easily through the left nostril and another analogous period for the right nostril.
This is connected with changes in cerebral hemispheric dominance which was proved with EEG recordings showing that higher activity of the right brain hemisphere results in easier breathing through the left nostril and the higher activity of the left brain hemisphere results in easier breathing through the right nostril and that this cycle changes every 60 to 180 minutes. This has been proved in many countries independently.
When we breathe more easily through the left nostril, the functioning of the right brain hemisphere is more pronounced and dominant than the left. Easier breathing through the right nostril, on the other hand, means that the left brain hemisphere is currently dominating. When we can breathe equally through both nostrils there is some kind of balance between left and right brain hemisphere functions and throughout the nervous system. This occurs mainly in the time of dawn, midday and sunset when the vital energies of nature are at their strongest.
We all have a right brain lobe and a left brain lobe. For a right hander the left lobe is the Conscious lobe and the right brain lobe the Subconscious brain lobe.
Conscious = induction+ deduction ( determines what is to be done ).
LEFT BRAIN LOBE ( for right handers ) : Numbers, written language, reasoning, spoken language, scientific skills , RH control
Subconscious = only deduction ( no thinking , draws conclusions, does not care for right or wrong, gives the power to do the job )
RIGHT BRAIN LOBE ( for right handers ): Insight, 3D forms , art, imagination, music, left hand control.
he conscious mind can be engaged 100% in giving bull or deep thinking or day dreaming while the subconscious keeps the car safely on the road
Below: Ida- right brain lobe – sub-conscious. -left nostril/ body -parasympathetic nervous system-creative flow – feminine -moon – blue
When you need to calm down, when your mind is chattering or when you can’t go to sleep, try left nostril (Ida) breathing. Take your right hand and, with your fingers outstretched, block off your right nostril by putting gentle pressure on it with your right thumb. Keep the rest of your fingers straight and pointing up towards the sky; the fingers act like antennas for the “cosmic” energy that surrounds us all.
Below : The Sushumna nadi runs from base of the spine to the crown of the head. Located at the centre of the spinal cord. Passing through all the seven chakras, it connects the Muladhara to Sahasrara chakra. It is the way for Kundalini if awakened. Colour silver
Below: Pingala , left brain lobe – conscious – right nostril/ body- sympathetic (fight or flight nervous) system- masculine -sun- red.
The sympathetic nervous system, dominates one side of the body and at the same time the parasympathetic nervous system dominates the opposite side. SNS and PNS, is clearly connected to the daily rhythms of the neuroendocrine, cardiovascular and insulin systems, as well as to the secretion of stress hormones, cateholamines, which also show an alternate dominance in the left and right side of the body, and that this left-right pattern is also tightly coupled with the natural rhythm of the nasal cycle
The secrets of channeling breathing to influence the brain were documented 7000 years ago. By practising the alternating breathing through the left and right nostrils we can naturally balance the functioning of both brain hemispheres .
The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), lead to rest, conservation and restoration of energy and thus to a reduction in heart rate (HR) and blood pressure, a facilitation of digestive processes and the elimination of waste products. It is an opportunity to rest, repair and consolidate As a whole, the autonomic nervous system is understood as a `housekeeping’ system which ensures our smooth functioning and adaptative responses to different situations in the outer and inner environment, and it is controlled primarily by the hypothalamus.
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) prepares us for an increased level of activity and the fight or flight response, which includes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac output, a diversion of blood flow from the skin and splanchnic vessels of the internal organs to those supplying the skeletal muscles, increased pupil size, bronchiolar dilation, contraction of sphincters in the digestive system, and metabolic changes utilizing fat and glycogen.
The sum total of these changes is to enable us to be maximally physically fit, to see and perceive most clearly and be ready for an explosive muscular action with a reduced tendency to bleeding in case of injury, with one purpose in mind – to fight or to flee, and save our skin.
Of late the nasal cycle is of considerable interest to ENT specialists and neurobiologists and it has been found to strongly correlate with a number of modifications of bodily functions, such as the relative EEG predominance of the contra lateral brain hemisphere, rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep patterns , verbal and spatial cognitive processing and the release of endocrine agents such as noradrenalin, a potent stimulator of the sympathetic nervous system.
The ancient yogis knew which part of our nervous system is more dominant in a given moment and they instructed their students to how to benefit though conscious breathing effort. NEVER EVER by hyperventilation , but by deep diaphragmatic breathing. If at all bhastrika pranayama was used it was just to willfully break a cycle. The ancient yogis could influence the functions of different brain centres.They knew how to increase PERCEPTION just by a breathing cycle. They could slow down their hearts by a breathing cycle I will give you a brief hint on how to do all this Yogis know how to selectively stimulate brain hemispheres through alternate nostril breathing. Breathing through the left nostril stimulates the right brain hemisphere and the parasympathetic nervous system.
This is connected with a slowing-down of the heart beat and consequently greater stroke volume of the heart . A greater volume of blood is pumped out of the heart per beat, as a consequence of lower heart rate.
Breathing through the right nostril stimulates the left brain hemisphere and the sympathetic nervous system. This results in accelerated heart beat, higher blood pressure, greater consumption of oxygen by the body cells and constriction of the blood vessels of the skin , thus preserving body temperature . This is how yogis can be totally oblivious to extreme weather conditions.
Catecholamines are hormones, which regulate many body functions and are secreted upon stimulation of the sympathetic nervous impulses. Catecholamines trigger the release of glucose and fats (as energy sources) that are stored within the body. They also cause constriction of the blood vessels and increased blood pressure, heart rate and strength of heart contractions. Additionally, they dilate the bronchi, increase the basal metabolism of the body and mental activity and promote the body’s capability to coagulate blood.
Have you ever wondered why you have two nostrils instead of one?
The pineal gland and the pituitary glands must vibrate in resonance to create a field. This is represented by Samudra manthan in Hindu mythology, where mount Meru is used to churn the oceans for Amrit or Ambrosia in a to and fro movement , representing vibrations..
Serotonin has the same chemical structure as this hallucinogenic substance Soma. The pineal gland produces Pinoline, ( 6-methoxy-tetra-dydro-beta carboline, or 6-MeO-THBC ) . Pinoline also resonates with the very pulse of life 7.83 Hertz, the pulse the DNA uses to replicate, and which has been measured to be emitted from the brains and hands of all successful healers, regardless of belief or faith.
OM king mantra is 7.833 hertz. Resonance can vibrate the pineal gland, to release Neurotransmitter seratonin, melatonin, DMT, etc. Pineal DMT is the chemical messenger which links body and spirit. The hormone Melatonin, induces sleep, while Serotonin, keeps you happy and in a balanced mental state of mind.
At the time of death Seratonin and Melatonin in the brain breaks down to Dimethyltryptamine or DMT, C12 N2 H16, just after the oxygen stops circulating. This is the moment for the ultimate DMT trip. You see your whole past life as FRACTAL divine geometry.
To the spiritual eastern mind, the story of SAMUDRA MANTHAN produces amazing acts of faith like the Kumbh Mela , which has been going on for 6000 years. Tamas and Rajas are conscious of each other.
Alternate nostril breathing (as in nadi sodhan pranayama) balances the functioning of the left and right brain hemispheres , improves spatial orientation and spatial memory (left nostril), improves verbal expression (right nostril) and cognition .
When we lower the frequency of the heartbeat we allow our heart to rest a little bit longer than usual between two consecutive contractions. This additional resting allows the heart to be filled with larger quantities of blood and to contract with greater strength, thereby strengthening the heart muscle and maintaining it in better condition.
Tantric text Shiva Swarodaya is also called Swara yoga which implies the “science of one’s own breath” . The script starts with the conversation between Parvati and Shiva, where Shiva starts introducing the scripts and explaining about the need for maintaining secrecy and also stating astrological value of the text.
Its fundamental application is to realize the breath as being the medium of cosmic life force, through practising “Swara Yoga” .
Shakti ( Parvati ) asks Lord Shiva:
- 1. Which knowledge bestows perfection?
- 2. How was the universe created?
Q.3. How does the universe change and dissolve?
Q.4. Who determines the universe?
Lord Shiva responds: Creation takes place due to tattwas (subtle essences), is sustained by them and finally dissolves into them. Tattwas are the origin of the universe. There is one birthless, formless supreme existence from which evolves akasha (ether), from which comes vayu (air). From vayu originates tejas (fire), from tejas apas (water) and from apas prithvi (earth). These five elements are spread throughout the world. Creation is formed and sustained from them and again merges back into them as the subtle process of creation continues ceaselessly.
What is swara? The science of Swara is the secret of all secrets and reveals the essence of all benefits. This science is the crown jewel of all knowledge. It is the subtlest of all subtle knowledge. It is easy to understand and based on truth. To the atheist it is a wonder, to the theist, the base (verse 11, Shiv Swara Udaya)
Who may have the knowledge? It should be given to one who is peaceful, pure, well behaved, dedicated to the guru, determined in mind, grateful (verse 13) The glory of Swara The power of swara overcomes enemies and joins friends, obtains wealth and glory (verse 22)
O Lady of beautiful face, all sacred books, moral stories, learning and Upinashads are not beyond the knowledge of swara (verse 25)
If you have knowledge of Swara, it is not necessary to consult the date, stars, days, planets, gods, conjunctions of stars or disorders of humours, phlegm, bile, wind, before starting any project (verse 29)
The teaching should not be revealed simply to answer someone’s questions, but by one’s own self, by one’s own intellect in one’s own body (verse 28)
Among subjects that the texts on Swara discuss are the placement, location and function of the nadis, Yoga sadhana, description of auspicious/ inauspicious nadis according to the day, rules of the five tattwas, Zodiac signs according to the day and night, the appropriate direction of travel, reverse situations, fulfilment of desires-
Shiva explains auspicious acts during the flow of ida nadi, successful acts during the flow of Pingala nadi, characteristics of sushumna nadi, eight-fold division of elements or breath, predictions and divination, places of the five elements in the body, how to get gain and prosperity, prediction and indicators of death, attainment of psychic powers through the knowledge of swara..
This book is divided into 24 chapters in which Parvati, wife of Shiva asks about all aspects of life. She starts with a prayer and obescience to the Lord (Iswara) and then asks about all manner of things to which Lord Shiva answers that everything depends on swara; that “If breath is going out and coming in, there is life and if the movement stops, the body perishes.” She continues asking about the nature of the universe, the origin of the embryo, the origin of swara, and all sorts of details about swara, knowledge of the tattwas, on food, sickness, war, dreams and death and many other topics.
Shiva answers Parvati’s questions patiently and fully and goes on the tell her all about swara saying that “for all beings, breath is only the base.” These include techniques for managing the planetary effects and the moon’s phases and avoiding the negative influence of the planets and astral forces, through altering the breath flow or swara in the nostrils, manipulating and controlling the breath or the breath flow through each nostril. We can alter our destiny by being more auspicious, and realising, and eventually attaining the harmony and the Highest Consciousness.
There are three modes of breathing- flow from left nostril, flow from right nostril and flow from both the nostrils. The last mode is generally for a short duration when breathing switches from left to right and vice versa. Mode of breathing can be checked by examining air flow while exhaling.
All our actions can be classified into three main categories; physical, mental and spiritual; which are respectively presided by the above three modes of breathing.
Breathing through the left nostril ( ida nadi ) stimulates the right hemisphere of brain, and breathing through the right nostril ( pingala nadi ) stimulates the left hemisphere.
Breathing through the left nostril is connected with higher intraocular pressure and breathing through the right nostril lowers that pressure Intraocular pressure is created by the continual renewal of fluids within the eye. The intraocular pressure is increased in glaucoma.
Below: Breathing through the left nostril stimulates Ida which relates to the moon and the parasympathetic nervous system, breathing through the right stimulates Pingala, relating to the sun and sympathetic nervous system. Ida nadi is associated with the rest and restorative system of the body, whereas the pingala nadi is associated with the fight and flight response.
As each rises up the back and neck and over the head, the nadis meet in the ajna chakra, or ‘third eye,’ and then drop down into the nose, the ida nadi terminating in the left nostril ( right brain lobe ), and the pingala nadi terminating in the right nostril ( left brain lobe ).
Using electroencephalograph monitoring, modern science has recognised the benefits of balancing and harmonising the two brain hemispheres. Dominance of the two hemispheres change about every ninety minutes this in turn relates to a dominant nostril side for breath to flow.
If the left brain is dominant the right nostril is dominant and vice versa, the dominance of the brain has an influence on which is the dominant nostril. What’s also been discovered is this works the other way, changing the dominant nostril will affect the dominance of the brain hemisphere so equalising the breath will also balance the brain, creating the harmonious effect we achieve in Nadi Shodana.
The flow of prana within the sushumna nadi represents the awakening of kundalini, but in almost all people prana only flows within the ida and pingala nadis, representing the duality of human consciousness.
Ayurveda has recorded that human health is dependent upon the natural, balanced flow of prana within the pingala and ida nadis. This balance ensures the proper function of the autonomic nervous system, and the resultant effects in the body.
Pranayama starts with the left nostril always. The benefits of left nostril breathing are numerous including sharper, clearer focus of the mind, and a deep, full relaxation or sleep. In the Yogic tradition, left nostril breathing has been used to break vices and habits, which usually take 21 days .
Protein scientists will NOT understand the 72000 nadis. Nadi literally means ‘flow or current’. In the Nadis are NOT nerves but energy rivulets composed of astral matter through which consciousness flows. Like the chakras ( energy transducers ) they are not located in the physical body, though nerves of the physical body can be considered as their corresponding physical manifestations.
Prana ( life force energy ) flows through the Nadis . When the Nadis have become purified the aura of the yogi increases as can be detected by a Kirlean camera. The other signs are lightness of the body, brilliancy in complexion, increase of the gastric fire, leanness of the body, and along with these, the absence of restlessness and ego.
QUALITY / IDA / PINGALA
Guna / Tamasic / Rajasic
Breath / Left nostril / Right nostril
Temperature / Cold / Hot
Sex / Female / Male
Quality / Mental / Physical
Colour / Blue / Red
Energy / Negative / Positive
Nerves / Parasympathetic / Sympathetic
Planet / Moon/ Sun
If you watch your breath you will find that it is usually flowing more in one nostril than the other. Again, if the left nostril has a greater flow of air, then ida nadi is predominant. When the flow is greater in the right nostril, then pingala is predominant. If the flow is equal, then sushumna is ruling.When the right nostril is flowing, then vital energy is more active, allowing the individual to do physical work, digest food and so on. The mind is extroverted and the body generates more heat.
When the left nostril (ida) is flowing, mental energy is dominant, the mind is introverted, any kind of mental work; thinking concentration, etc., may be undertaken. Ida nadi also flows mainly during sleep.
The primary aim of hatha yoga is to bring about a balance of flow between the prana in ida and pingala, (ha = sun, tha = moon).
To do this the body is purified by the six techniques known as the shatkarmas. As per swara yoga, in a day the flow of air through the left nostril should predominate for about twelve hours and through the right nostril for the other twelve hours.
If pingala flows, the body will be restless; if ida flows, the mind will tend to think too much. In human physiology, the two nadis correspond roughly to the two halves of the autonomic nervous system – the sympathetic and parasympathetic.
Pingala coincides with the sympathetic nerves, responsible for the stimulation and acceleration of activities concerned with the external environment and the deceleration of the organs which tend to utilize a lot of energy internally. The sympathetic nerves speed up the heart, dilate the blood vessels, increase the respiration rate, and intensify the efficiency of the eyes, ears, etc.
The parasympathetic nerves directly oppose the sympathetic nerves, for they reduce the heartbeat, constrict the blood vessels, and slow the respiration so that the individual becomes introverted. The flow of prana in ida and pingala is completely involuntary and unconscious until yogic practices control it.
A Swara yogi realizes cosmic consciousness through control and manipulation of breath The ancient 7000 year old Sanskrit texts mention 72,000 subtle channels through which prana flows, the dominant flow of prana occurs within the ida and pingala nadis, two channels that course upwards on either side of the spine from their origin within the kanda or ‘bulb’ in the sacral plexus.
The ida and pingala nadis relate to the activities of the parasympathetic and sympathetic divisions of the autonomic nervous system, respectively.
Surya Bhedana when breathing in through the right nostril and Chandra bhedana when breathing in through the left nostril. Breathing in takes air down to the lungs which will produce suction in the eustachian tube.
Most adults will suffer Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to some extent during their lives. Blocked ears can be painful and can temporarily impair hearing. The most common causes include colds, air travel, sinus infections and impacted earwax. There are exercises you can try to unblock your ears.The ear comprises three main structures: the inner ear, the outer ear and the middle ear. The middle ear contains three tiny bones, known as the stirrup, the anvil and the hammer. These conduct sound from inside the eardrum to the cochlea – a fluid-filled cavity within the inner ear.There is also a small tube connecting the middle ear to the back of the throat. This is the Eustachian tube, which is normally closed but opens briefly when you yawn or swallow. A blocked ear usually occurs when the air pressure in the middle ear becomes negative due to a malfunctioning Eustachian tube.
Negative pressure within the middle ear causes the ear to feel blocked and may make sounds seem muffled. This problem is most commonly caused by allergies, a head cold, sinus problems or injuries due to atmospheric pressure.
To clear eustachian tube of bad ear:-
Close nostril with finger on side of good ear
Breathe in through nostril on side of bad ear
Close nostril with finger on side of bad ear
Breathe out through nostril on side of good ear
Repeat, always breathing in on bad ear side and out through good ear side.
Use MMMMM humming sound for Nitric Oxide effect.
To maintain this balanced flow within the nadis, Ayurveda applies a number of techniques including nasya, jala neti and nadi shodhana Nasya, which involves the application of a few drops of a herbal oil Anu taila into each nostril, which is then inhaled into the nasal passage.
Oil has a unique property to penetrate through obstructions in the body, and in the form of nasya the oil helps to break up and loosen excess kapha or ‘phlegm’, which can then be easily expectorated. When you meditate the inner ear spirit level must balance . You cannot tilt your hed while meditating. The inner ear gives the cycloid spiral space curve motion.
Let me burst a bombshell – reveal a deep ancient secret . Vedic seers used the inner ear method for bending space time. Melatonin resonates into DMT- the spirit molecule that bends space time.The inner ear acts as a spirit level for the human body to achieve balance, Tight rope walkers walk across great heights including the Niagra falls with eyes blindfolded. The inner ear cochlea is filled with liquid. Microscopic hairs called cilia project out into this liquid and they release a chemical neurotransmitter when stimulated.
The cochlea looks like a small snail. When the head moves, so does the fluids, inside the cochlea like a spirit level. A sound wave is a longitudinal wave–a series of compressions and rarefactions.. Higher the frequency, higher the perceived pitch.
SCALAR WAVES ARE LONGITUDINAL WAVES.
SANATANA DHARMA HAS LONGITUDINAL SCALAR WAVES AT ITS CORE .
In the Kerala system of martial arts Kalari ( basically deadly sword fighting ), as 5 year old kids we were taught by the gurikkal how to upset the spirit level of the cochlea to immobilise a stronger and heavier opponent.
ONCE YOU UPSET THE SPIRIT LEVEL OF THE BEST FIGHTER ON THE PLANET YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT TO HIM AT WELL , HAVE A CUP OF TEA BETWEEN SESSIONS OF “TOYING AROUND” WITH HIM .
Kung fu was first taught in China by Bodhi Dharma , a Kalari expert from Kerala.
The word yoga finds its roots in Sanskrit, which means “to yoke” the body, mind and spirit together into one by intertwining breathing practices and exercises.. Sanskrit ( Malayalam ) root YOJ meaning “to yoke or join together.”
Hatha yoga and Raja yoga are two forms of yoga. . Hatha yoga deals with the well-being of the physical body and includes all the asanas for body and mind benefits. . Pranayama comes under Hatha yoga. Ha means “sun” and tha means “moon.” –this addresses Ida and Pingala.
Raja yoga deals with spirit and mind . It helps to get inner peace, meditation or dhyan, relief from stress which is the biggest problems in today’s life.
The different postures or asanas include:-
Inverted, or upside down postures.
EVERY THING IN THE LIST BELOW IS SUPPPORTED BY ENOUGH SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND STATISTICS.
Improves lung capacity
Improved immune function
Improved sexual performance
Prevents premature ejaculation.
No need for body perfume, you smell good naturally, due to profuse perspiration
Improves flexibility and joint mobility.
Increases blood circulation.
Improves REM sleep.
Increased muscle strength and tone
Improved respiration, energy and vitality
The maintenance of a balanced metabolism
Cardio and circulatory health
Improved athletic performance
Protection from injury
Gets body to proper alignment
Revives atrophied tissues and tendons
Improves metabolism and reduces obesity
Chronic pain disappears when entire body is toned.
Increases lean muscle.
Increases lung capacity
Boosts energy levels.
Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Stabilises the endothelium – lining of the blood vessels
Relief from lower back pain.
Gives glowing skin
Gradually your breathing slows down
Chest breathing becomes belly breathing
Reduces atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
Improves body posture and hence prevents back pain.
Stretches, tones and strengthens remote body muscles.
Burns visceral fat leading to weight loss.
Boosts immunity at cellular level.
Alleviates menstrual problems and cramping.
Reduces sports muscle, tendon, ligament injuries.
More powerful sexual orgasms.
Increases body awareness
Releases lactic acid buildup.
Increases range of motion in the joints.
Helps develop motor skills for kids.
Improves circulation of blood.
Helps to prevent loss of bone density (osteoporosis).
Improves lymphatic functioning.
Helps prevent hardening of the arteries.
Improves digestion and elimination processes
Helps to detoxify the body.
Improves endocrine functioning
Improves reaction time.
Improves symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
Makes female labor shorter and easier.
Reduced food cravings
Calms the nervous system for the whole day
Makes you more relaxed
Keeps you in the present .
Gives greater through control.
Increases mental clarity.
Improves concentration and focus.
Expands imagination and creativity.
Elevates mood and feelings of contentment.
Increases mental strength, or willpower.
Improves symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders
Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Improves learning efficiency.
Improvements in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Reduces symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Fosters a healthier body-image.
Improves emotional control
Improves self-control for better choices .
Prevents knee jerk inappropriate reactions
Increases positive emotions.
Decreases negative emotions. (Fear, frustration, jealousy , worries.)
Improves the mind-body connection.
Improves relationships with others.
Decreases feelings of loneliness (senior citizens whose children have deserted them )
Increases sense of emotional healing and well-being.
Increases ability to handle disappointment and adversity.
Improves intuitive abilities.
Increases sense of community. (When yoga is practiced in a group setting.)
Makes you more conscious of your breathing.
Encourages self learning.
Stimulates the energy centers of the body.
Increases ability to manifest positive experiences in daily life.
Discovers sense of purpose or meaning in life.
Creates a sense of being more in-tune with one’s inner consciousness.
Leads to a greater sense of connectedness to others and the world.
Develops a sense of connection to a greater cosmic force
Fosters a sense of gratitude .
Leads to a sense of fulfillment.
After a while you no longer just practice yoga – you live it.
Lowers levels of adrenaline, cortisol, and catecholamines (all responses to stress.)
Improves sleep and decreases symptoms and occurrence of insomnia
Elevates brain gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels.
Keeps away anxiety
Develops intuitive powers.
Keeps you in the zone.
Long-term diabetics suffer from nerve damage due to constant high sugar levels that the body struggles to balance out. The nerve damage leads to the slowing of nerve impulses, decreased sensation, and numbness of the feet. When you follow a regular yoga schedule, your body commences responding to insulin that helps immensely in the reduction of blood glucose and it is also an excellent way to fight stress.
Marma Vidya of Shukracharya is the science of awakening the 108 marmas for yoga and healing. It involves manipulating the flow of prana in the body via yoga asana and or pressure on marma points . It is the highest stage of training within Kalari, the indigenous martial art of Kerala. .older than the Parashurama system.
The 108 marmas are also referred to as the points of prana, found within the subtle body. Marmas are also referred to as minor chakras. Though they are identical in structure to the seven great chakras, they are found throughout the body rather than on the sushumna nadi (psychic channel) of the spine.
An advanced Kalari Master can disable or kill his opponent merely by touching the correct Marma point. However, this is taught only to the most promising and level-headed persons to discourage the misuse of the technique.Marma points are grouped according to the region of the body, Arms-22 points; legs-22 points (11 per lib); abdomen-3 points, chest – 9 points, back – points, head and neck- 37 points. The marma points are also grouped according to muscles – 10 points; tenders/ligaments – 23 points, Arteries – 9 points, Veins, joints – 20 points bones – 8 points. Traditionally marma points are grouped in to 3 categories: those on the legs and feet, (sanakha marma : on the trunk (Madhayamanga marma ): neck and head (jatrurdhara marma ).
The heart, forehead and throat are the most vulnerable areas of the body, whereas the areas on the arms and legs are less vulnerable to severe injury. When imbalances exist in the body, the Marma points become sore, but through Marma Abhyanga therapy, balance can be restored.
Marma abhyanga not only relieves back pain, stiffness and sports injuries but also stimulates various bodily organs and systems.
Prana is a form of vital energy. Prana pervades each and every corner of the body, and it nourishes, guides and controls the functioning of the cell and systems. When these marma (junctions) are affected or ruptured, the organs linked with prana channels become starved with lack of prana and some organ becomes diseased, crippled or paralysed or depending upon the quantum is of prana being lost, it may lead to slow or sudden death.
They are classified for better understanding according to the physical components:–
Mansa marma – muscle
Sira marma – vessels conveying body fluids and impulses
Sanyu – tendons
Asthi – bones
Sandhi – articulate points specially bone joints
The marma are also grouped on the basis of their similarities in the features particularly on the basis of vulnerability: Sadhya Pranhara Marma:- Sadhya means sudden or immediate. These marma are vulnerable for the loss of life immediately after injury or insult
Kalantara Pranhara:- Kalantara means after the lapse of some time, Pranhara means loss of life. After infliction to these marma, loss of life results gradually after some time.
Vishalyaghana:- Vishalya means being the foreign body removed. This category of Marma is named on its surgical importance. Vishalyaghana indicated death being the foreign body removed. When injured the person survives as long the foreign body remains in place.
Vaikalyakara:- Vilkala means deform or cripple. Along with their ability to kill, however, comes an ability to heal. Wounded kalari fighters were nursed back to health with marma therapy. Practitioners used marma-point massage to stimulate healing in areas that corresponded to the soldier’s injuries.
If a warrior suffered a blow to the small intestines, for example, the marma point on the back of the calf, which corresponds directly with the upper intestine, would be massaged to trigger a healing flow of energy to the injury.Eventually, Ayurvedic physicians around India learned of the technique’s powers and brought kalari masters into hospitals to teach the art.
Marma-point training is mandatory for Ayurvedic surgeons. The Kalari gurukkal personally checks out any damage to ligaments after a training session.
Yoga has NO barriers. It does NOT matter how old or young you are. It does NOT matter of you are a supreme endurance athlete or a fat couch potato. The body uses its own weight. The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection.
“No pain, no gain” aint the yoga way. If it hurts, stop !. Every ancient yoga teacher was a Ayurvedic physician too.
Losing fat by yoga is NO idle boast. Medical studies have been done with every sort of modern equipment. For belly obesity medical evaluations at 3-month intervals, with subcutaneous and visceral fat were measured between the L4 and L5 vertebrae with a 16-detector helical computer topography (CT) abdominal scanner.
Stress in the body causes cortisol levels to peak and this in turn leads to lean muscle breakdown and the accumulation of fat in the abdominal region. There are three main stress busters: sleep, slow breath rate, and exercise- with a liberal dose of relaxation in between, only yoga understand this .
Running like a prick ( or a twat as the case may be ) on the tread mill does little. Many people think that getting the heart rate up through jogging is a good way to lose weight. Modern research shows that this is a misconception, and it is not a good way to lose weight at all. It can make a stressed nervous system even more exhausted, and lead to adrenal fatigue.
Below: Uneven pace on the tread mill – gives more results .
What is much better for weight loss is getting the heart rate up for a very short burst and then dropping it right down, then getting it up and then dropping it down. This is what ancient yoga achieves..
In between bouts of Surya Namaskar you chill . You stand still with gratitude in your heart with palms together and eyes closed for a few moments moment. Then repeat it again, perhaps this time making the pace a little faster. Continue a few rounds like this and you will have your heart rate at an optimum level; without the tiring and jarring effects your body gets from jogging Many people have food matter (meat ) blocked up in their colon. This makes them bloated and it makes them feel like a piece of sh#t. . They fart like mad. Severe bloating can appear as obesity. Eventually if left untreated it can poison the blood and leads to disease.
It is better to be a vegetarian when you do yoga, and better to have an empty stomach . Ancient Ayurveda says that ‘disease begins in the gut.’ Some people who consume a lot of rare beef steaks struggle with a constipated colon . They should NOT do any inversions for this reason, because the putrefied blood will rush to the higher organs and it will disturb the mind.There can be women who look slim but whose abdominal cavity is densely padded with unhealthy visceral fat. Fat cells that accumulate around the organs in the abdomen are much more active than the ones found in subcutaneous fat. They secrete molecules that cause inflammation.
There is a correlation between systemic inflammation and heart disease, diabetes and atherosclerosis, which means that more visceral fat increases our risk to develop these diseases. – 30 minutes of daily yoga routine, visceral fat disappears twice as fast as subcutaneous fat.Body heat to burn fat is achieved by drawing the chin towards the chest in forward bends, thereby lengthening the femoral nerve and the spinal nerves as in Surya Namaskar. This heat burns up and purifies visceral (deep) fat and subcutaneous (superficial) fat.
If the body is too acidic (low pH), then the body will attempt to protect itself from the acid by storing fat and using it as a buffer. This is extremely dangerous because the visceral fat (the kind inside the organs and blood vesicles) accumulates within the veins and arteries, narrowing the passage available for the blood and gradually obstructs the activity of the blood vessels.
As a result, the heart is forced to overwork just to maintain the blood circulation. If this continues to happen then the heart gets exhausted and a heart attack occurs. This is known as arteriosclerosis. So the pH balance of the body is extremely important. The ideal pH balance is about 7.35. And most people struggling with their weight are too acidic.
People in modern offices stare at computer screens for long hours. Some of these offices do NOT even have windows to allow natural light in ( flouting the laws of the land ) .They often feel rushed to meet deadlines and busy schedules. They breathe stale, central air-conditioned air instead of fresh, clean, oxygen-rich air. if the nervous system is under stress then it will set of a chain reaction in the rest of the body. The body needs to be relaxed and soothed. This requires finding the right balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which only yoga can deliver
People at the age of 60 know that their body is NOT flexible anymore. This would have never ever happened if they had done yoga at least twice every week in their past . Health is wealth. All the money in your bank is NO use unless your health is good. It is NOT too late—for yoga admits people of all ages, with various conditions .
Even if you struggle with conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis (MS), or chronic back pain that limits your mobility, there are exercises that can help. Yoga is a mortal enemy of inactivity which causes certain muscles and tendons to become weaker , thus causing pain and stiffness.
The yoga teacher can guide them to a good start. Within a few weeks you can expect to gain flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips. As we age, flexibility naturally decreases, which leads to pain and immobility. Yoga can ameliorate this irreversible process.
Yoga teachers offer routines specifically designed for certain conditions, such as arthritis or back pain, so you can look for a program that fits your specific needs. This why a good guru is a must. He has the experience to know your condition.
सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Saha Nau-Avatu |
Saha Nau Bhunaktu |
Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai |
Tejasvi Nau-Adhiitam-Astu Maa Vidvissaavahai |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
1: Om, may God protect us both (the teacher and the student),
2: May God nourish us both,
3: May we work together with energy and vigour,
4: May our study be enlightening and not give rise to hostility,
5: OM, Peace, Peace, Peace.
YOGA DOES NOT WORK, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SENSE OF GRATITUDE – THIS IS WHY SANSKRIT MANTRAS ARE RECITED BEFORE AND AFTER YOGA
There is a new disease on the block. Too many people now suffer from back pain by sitting for long hours at a computer, which can cause tightness and spinal compression. Yoga introduces you to meditation techniques, while sitting in front of your computer , such as watching the breath and how to disengage from your thoughts.
Yoga teaches you NOT to piss on the present – because you are addicted to staring at the rear view mirror of life. Yoga allows you only darting glances at this rear view mirror , only to draw lessons. You will ALWAYS leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.
Yoga requires you to be grounded to mother earth.
Earth’s electrons are the ultimate antioxidants, acting as powerful anti-inflammatories. Ideally you should be in direct contact with the Earth, rather than separated from it by a rubber mat. If this is impossible walk on wet green grass immediately after the session.Your body is capable of generating electricity. Electricity allows your nervous system to send signals to your brain. These signals are actually electrical charges that are delivered from cell to cell, allowing for nearly instantaneous communication. The messages conducted via electrical signals in your body are responsible for controlling the rhythm of your heartbeat, the movement of blood around your body, and much more.
Your biological clock even uses electrical activity in order to help keep your circadian rhythms in order. You are, quite simply, an electrical being. If electrical activity stops in your body, you cannot survive.
“When your body needs to send a message from one point to another, it opens the gate. When the membrane gate opens, sodium and potassium ions move freely into and out of the cell.
Below: Grounding helps thin your blood by improving its zeta potential, which means it improves the energy between your red blood cells.
It takes about 75 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your bloodstream and transform your blood. Hypercoagulable (thick, slow-moving) blood contributes to chronic inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can’t get to your tissues. Grounding’s effect on blood thinning is clear and real.
Colloids are held in suspension via a very slight negative electrical charge on the surface of each particle. Like charges repel each other. This charge is called zeta potential. Blood is a colloidal solution, and all blood cells have a slight negative charge.
Zeta potential is a measure of the electrical force that exists between atoms, molecules, particles, and cells in a fluid. Zeta potential’s strength determines the amount of material (nutrients, wastes) that fluids such as your blood and lymph can carry Increasing the electrical force in the solution allows the fluid to dissolve and hold more material. In this way, more nutrients can be carried throughout your body and accumulated deposits of waste can be removed.
When the zeta potential is too low, blood begins to coagulate. This is a condition known as intravascular coagulation. Blood becomes a sludge that is increasingly difficult for the heart to pump, and decreasingly effective at performing the usual functions of blood. “Blood sludge” is widespread in the population (more than half the population will die from heart problems). Blood is in constant motion at constant temperature and the pH of blood is fixed at 7.35 to 7.4, but its concentration of electrolytes is not fixed, and the electrolytes directly affect the zeta potential.
When you walk barefoot on the Earth, there’s a transfer of free electrons from the Earth into your body that spread throughout your tissues. The effect is sufficient to maintain your body at the same negatively-charged electrical potential as the Earth. This simple process is called ‘grounding.’
The Earth carries an enormous negative charge. It’s always electron-rich and can serve as a powerful and abundant supply of antioxidant and free-radical-busting electrons. Your body is finely tuned to “work” with the Earth in the sense that there’s a constant flow of energy between your body and the Earth. When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet.
The effect is sufficient to maintain your body at the same negatively charged electrical potential as the Earth. This simple process is called “grounding” or “earthing,” and its effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of. Grounding relieves pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, enhance wellbeing, and much, much more.
When you wear rubber- or plastic-soled shoes, however, you are effectively shielding yourself from this beneficial influx of electrons from the Earth.
Below: Mata Amritanandamayi has hugged more than 33 million people — basically GROUNDING and CENTERING
Tour de France, athletes including Lance Armstrong used an earthing recovery bag to speed recovery and increase sleep quality while on this endurance race.
An earthing mat can be used under your arms or feet while on a computer to reduce the amount of EMFs you are exposed to.
As long as the Zeta Potential (ZP) of the system remains constant, the fluidity (viscosity) of the system will also remain constant. But if the ZP of the system is progressively lowered by the introduction of cationic electrolytes or polyelectrolytes, then the stability of the system will undergo progressive changes – from simple agglomeration to fluid gel formation – and finally to a rigid gel.
The minerals MUST be taken with the water in order to be effective, because intravascular coagulation is also related to insufficient water intake. Potassium works better than sodium to reduce intravascular coagulation, in fact too much sodium in the diet is part of the problem. To increase your zeta potential you must avoid aluminum. Aluminum is used in water treatment plants to cause materials to settle out of solution. It does this by reducing the zeta potential.
In your body aluminum does the same thing, causing coagulation of your blood, and deposits and plaques in your arteries, brain and throughout your body. Aluminum is found in municipally treated water, cooking utensils, vaccinations, non-clumping salt and baking powder, antiperspirants, antacids, drugs (read the label carefully), soft drinks and other canned goods where the plastic liner has cracked during sealing, and in other unexpected places. Better to have your beer from bottles . Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in many studies. Hilly Billy Yanks did NOT have the Alzheimer’s epidemic before the advent of soft drink aluminum cans. Aluminum induces neurochemical changes.
Abnormal accumulation of aluminum has been found in at least four sites in the AD-affected brain Aluminum leached into food and accumulates in the body, it can lead to osteoporosis .
One of the most common signs of excessive aluminum accumulation is hypercalcemia or high calcium levels in the blood. Calcium plays an important role in contracting muscles, releasing hormones and ensuring that your nerves and brain function properly. High calcium levels, however, can interfere with these processes.
People who have kidney disease store a lot of aluminum in their bodies. The kidney disease causes less aluminum to be removed from the body in the urine. Aluminium foil is only for cold foods–not for grilling etc –as leached aluminium will make food toxic. Foil can be used to retain heat of cooked food.
Aluminium toxicity causes – constipation, colic, loss of appetite, nausea, skin ailments, twitching of leg muscles, excessive perspiration, loss of energy, irritability and poor memory, slow learning ability, osteoporosis , weak muscles, seizures, and fits.
Aluminium is commonly found in:-
Tap water where aluminium sulfate is used in the water purification process and not all of the aluminium is filtered out.
table salt to prevent caking,
bleaching agent to whiten flour.
Whether we suspect aluminium toxicity or not, we should all discontinue the use of aluminium cookware and avoid it wherever possible. Alzheimer’s Disease came along after Hilly Billy Yanks people started using aluminum cookware.
Many water treatment facilities commonly use quantities of aluminum (alum) as a standard procedure, for removing sediment when treating the drinking water supply just prior to fluoridation. Fluoridated water activates dormant aluminum. This is the reason why most Yanks are NOT SO BRIGHT
When the human body is electrically grounded to the earth, random static charges and foreign electromagnetic fields immediately bleed off into the earth.
Below: Free radicals are unbalanced molecules that are missing an electron—these molecules wrench away electrons from the outer orbits of other stable molecules- causing a cascade effect. . The effects from free radicals can be explained in terms of rapid and violent reactions occurring as electrical charges are redistributed amongst the reacting molecules. When grounded to the Earth, there is a transfer of free electrons into your body from the Earth itself.
The earth’s surface has a negative electrical charge which becomes a constant source of free electrons for our body. These free electrons neutralize the positively charged free radicals that are largely responsible for the present epidemic of inflammation and inflammatory diseases.
Below: Now you get the drift why EVIL PHARMA is aggressively marketing INSULATED yoga mats.
The negative electrical charge that the body attains when electrically grounded to the earth is exactly what is needed to raise zeta potential to its optimal level In a modern study by cardiologists/ electrophysiologists found that 40 minutes of Earthing raised zeta potential of the blood by 270%, restoring the zeta potential to its natural level..
Hypercoagulable (thick, slow-moving) blood contributes to chronic inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can’t get to your tissues.
Walking barefoot can help ameliorate the constant assault of electromagnetic fields and other types of radiation from cell phones, computers, and Wi-Fi. Grounding facilitates the formation of structured water in your body.
Grounding also calms your sympathetic nervous system, which supports your heart rate variability- this in turn promotes homeostasis, or balance, in your autonomic nervous system. Wearing leather-soled shoes will allow you to stay grounded with the Earth, as will walking barefoot.
The following surfaces will NOT ground you:–
Rubber and plastic
Tar or tarmac
Earthing is the best practice, and that consuming antioxidants is “definitely a drop in the bucket compared to what earthing by mother earth can do. The free radicals that we build up throughout the day are positively charged, and the surface of the Earth is negatively charged.
We get our vitamin D from the sun and our oxygen from the trees, and our healing negative electrons from the ground
OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS BEHIND EARTHING:
Improves REM sleep.
Lowers stress by reducing stress hormones
Normalizes biological rhythms including circadian rhythm
Improves blood pressure and blood flow
Relieves muscle tension and headache
Lessens menstrual and female hormone symptoms
Speeds healing of bed sores
Can eliminate jet lag
Shortens recovery time from athletic injury
The nasal cycle is regulated by the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the ANS. Unilateral sympathetic dominance produces vasoconstriction and decongestion in one nare, while a simultaneous parasympathetic dominance exists in the other, producing a vasodilation and congestion of that nare, thereby reducing airflow.
Hypothalamus directly influences the sympathetic innervation of the nasal mucosa. A lateralized vasoconstriction on one side of the brain and the relative dilation of blood vessels on the other causes the central mechanism to regulate the alternating dominance of the cerebral hemispheres.
Modern science scoffed at ancient Yoga . Then one fine day they invented EEG and were surprised to see that ancient Indian scriptures on Ida/ Pingala alternate nostril breathing were 100% right. A double slit experiment proved that CONSCIOUSNESS mentioned in our 7000 year old Vedas and Upanishads were 100% right.
The shell shocked German Quantum scientists discarded their Bibles in the nearest dustbin and started reading Bhagavad Gita. They wrote down in their wills that they want to be cremated and NOT buried. This is what happens when truth dawns.
We move and live within a vast spectrum of electromagnetic vibrations that continually communicate with our life structure. All of the planets and most of their moons have fundamental frequencies, which align exactly within our spectrum of prominent brain-wave rhythms.
The body reverberates with the wind of electromagnetic Light; every cell listens to the drumbeat and sings its own unique chord, inducing resonant vibrations throughout the quivering cellular molecules.
People who POOH POOH astrology devised by ancient 12 strand DNA Maharishis are pathetic morons—
Schizophrenia is associated with greater left cerebral hemisphere dysfunction and depression and other affective disorders are associated with greater right hemisphere dysfunction. Greater EEG amplitudes of one brain hemisphere correspond to predominant airflow in the opposite nostril. The nasal cycle is known to be regulated by the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
Forced nostril breathing in one nostril produces a relative increase in the EEG amplitude in the opposite hemispher EEG experiments have provided fool proof evidence for rhythms of alternating cerebral cortical activity during sleep, which are coupled to the phases of REM (rapid eye movement) and non REM sleep cycles.
This rhythm of the Central Nervous System (CNS) demonstrates a tight coupling of the brain to the nasal cycle, where greater EEG amplitudes correspond to enhanced airflow in the opposite nostril.
This is why people who breathe through the mouth do NOT have REM sleep and are NOT SO BRIGHT.
7000 year old yogic literature describes alternating breathing rhythm ( Ida/ Pingala ) with suggested period alignment with the external planetary and cosmic cycles.
Enhanced cognitive performance was correlated with forced breathing through the opposite nostril, and forced nostril breathing exercises produce a shift in the dominance of the EEG amplitudes in the two hemispheres. Forced nostril breathing can alter cerebral activity. Increased EEG amplitudes proved enhanced mental activity.
Yoga does ISOMETRIC exercise – without need of any equipment- by using body weight alone .
Below: Yoga includess ISOTONIC exercise also so that contractile proteins are addressed
sometric and isotonic exercises both build muscle. The difference is that isotonic exercises involve contracting muscles while moving the joints around. Isometric exercises involve contracting the muscles while keeping the joints still. You can find examples of both in yoga,
Yoga asanas stretch and hold- it causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look. Muscles are challenged as the mind and body have to work together simultaneously to hold a position or continue a succession without giving up. Breathing, posing, moving and increasing flexibility happen all together at one time, which solicits a new level of discipline in your mind and body.
Isometric exercises are one of the best ways to build core strength. Isometric, stemming from the words “same” and “length,” simply translates to holding one position without moving. Power yoga uses isometric exercises along with other postures that are designed to make the core and back stronger. Flexibility and balance stem from your core, so it is very important to train this area of the body.
An isometric exercise involves static contraction of a muscle without any visible movement in the angle of the joint. The length of the muscle and the angle of the joint do not change, though contraction strength may be varied. Isometric exercise or isometrics are a type of strength training in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction . Isometrics are done in static positions, rather than being dynamic through a range of motion.
In an overcoming isometric, the joint and muscle work against an immovable object. In contrast, in a yielding isometric, the joint and muscle are held in a static position while opposed by resistance.
This is in contrast to isotonic contractions, in which the contraction strength does not change, though the muscle length and joint angle do. An isotonic contraction is one in which the muscle maintains the same tension as it shortens.
Suryanamaskar is isotonic
Isotonic contractions come in two varieties: concentric and eccentric. In a concentric contraction, the muscle shortens when its tension is greater than the force opposing it, such as your biceps does when performing an arm curl. In an eccentric contraction, the force is greater than the muscle tension, causing the muscle to elongate; this happens when going down stairs or sitting down in a chair, as the effects of gravity add to the opposing force.
Isometric exercise can be done anywhere using your own body weight. NASA has researched the use of Yoga ( STATIONARY isometrics plus MOVING isotonics ) in preventing muscle atrophy experienced by astronauts as a result of living in a zero gravity environment. Contractile proteins are what cause muscles to contract and give them their physical strength .
Two types of protein in your muscles, actin and myosin, contribute to the basic mechanisms of isotonic contraction. During this type of contraction, thick strands of myosin and thin strands of actin slide over each other, producing shortening in each individual muscle cell and the muscle as a whole.
During isometric contraction, your muscles keep their normal length rather than shortening or lengthening. An example of this kind of contraction occurs when you hold a weight in front of your body in a fixed position. Without your resistance, the weight would drive your arms and hands downward.
Each posture, or asana, is held for a period of time and synchronised with the breath. Generally, a yoga session begins with gentle asanas and works up to the more vigorous or challenging postures. A full yoga session should exercise every part of the body and should include pranayama (breath control practices), relaxation and meditation
Osteoporosis – a condition characterized by weak, thinning bones that can lead to serious fractures.
By practising just 10 minutes of yoga daily, participants with osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis) built their bone density back up into the normal range, while several participants with osteoporosis improved enough to be re-classified as having the milder osteopenia. Yoga helps every which way. When all is lost yoga is the answer. From helping cancer patients recover from chemotherapy, to helping arthritis sufferers regain mobility in their joints, it can provide symptom relief when nothing else seems to work.
Below : Suryanamaskar was designed to maintain calcium balance and strengthen your bones. Suryanamaskar is done in early morning sun . The UV rays falling on your skin at this time are beneficial in building Vitamin D.
Calcium is required for making healthy bones. Calcium cannot be made by the body. The body gets the calcium it needs through the food you eat. If you do not get enough calcium in your diet or if your body does not absorb enough, your bones can get weak or not grow properly. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium endogenously , when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone . Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen.
In addition to its well-known involvement in calcium balance and bone metabolism, vitamin D has a number of other physiological roles, including maintaining muscle strength, modulating immune function, and regulating blood pressure.
Vitamin D functions to help regulate cellular differentiation, the biological process by which cells become specialized for a specific function. Due to these physiological functions, vitamin D has been implicated in protection against muscle pain and weakness, certain autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and even some forms of cancer.
Remember, your skin makes vitamin D from the ultra-violet light (UVB rays) in sunlight. Your body is able to store the vitamin and use it later.
Yoga poses are meant to train the body to be healthy and supple. Consistent practice and application will result in improved posture, and an increased sense of balance, with head, shoulders and pelvis in proper alignment.Additionally, unlike many other forms of exercise, yoga helps stretch and strengthens both sides of the body equally Proper body alignment and good posture, which helps maintain the natural curvature of the spine, is an important part of reducing or avoiding lower back pain.
Awareness of the body through yoga increases with practice. In theory, specific positioning and repositioning not only limbers the body, but also trains people to understand the limitations of their body. An increased awareness acts as a preventative measure, in that the individual will know what types of motions should and should not be avoided.
Back pain is associated with the way our bones, muscles and ligaments in our backs work together. The classical definition of Yoga as a discipline to control the whirlpools of the subconscious The Patanjala Yoga Sutra consists of short succinct Sutras that run together as if they were making up a garland of pearls on a string.
The Sutras were always kept short as they were intended to be learnt, memorized. Patanjali has arranged all the Sutras in a deductive and logical manner with numerous cross references to various important concepts such as the Kleshas, Karma, Antaraaya, Siddhis and Gunas etc.
Patanjali deals with the concept of Samadhi classifying it into numerous levels and sublevels. The lower state of Samprajnata (that which is obtained through cognitive thought) is sub-classified into four levels in 1.17 as:
- Vitarka – obtained with deep contemplation on gross thought
- Vichara – obtained with deep contemplation on subtle thought
- Ananda – obtained with deep contemplation on inner eternal bliss
- Asmita – obtained with deep contemplation on ‘that’ which defines one’s individuality from the universality.
The ancient Indian method of school ( gurukul )is different from the Western method.
The concept of the Divine is dealt with by Patanjali in verses 1.24-1.26 where he stresses the importance of the Pranava and its Japa. The Pranava OM ( AUM ) is the first and foremost of all Hindu mantras.
Mantra is the sound body of consciousness. OM is considered as the sound of Cosmic Energy and contains all the sounds in itself. The spiritual efficacy of Om is heard, not by the ears but by the heart ( 7.83 hertz )
Patanjali says “tasya vachahah pranava” – the vibrational sound of the Divine is the Pranava (1.27).
The Pranava consists of the three sacred sounds (Nada) that may be expressed as:
- The Akara Nada– the AAA sound representing creation
- The Ukara Nada – the OOO / UUU sound representing sustenance and
- The Makara Nada – the MMM sound representing dissolution.
OM has been lifted by every other religion.
Judasim ( SHALOM ) was founded by disgraced Namboodiris. Jesus ( AMEN ) studied in Kodungallur university. The Koran ( 786 ) was edited at Cheraman Perumal mosque in Kodungallur.
Patanjali details the four-fold external manifestations of these internal obstacles (1.31) as:
- Duhkha: pain/suffering
- Daurmansya: despair/ depression
- Angamejayatva: tremors
- Svasa-Prasvasa: irregular respiration
This underlines the importance of YOGIC DEEP DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATING to remove obstacles.
Patanjali advocates the adoption of positive attitudes (1.33) such as Maitri (friendliness towards those who are at ease with themselves), Karuna (compassion towards the suffering), Mudita (cheerfulness towards the virtuous) and Upekshanam (avoidance and indifference towards the nonvirtuous).
In 2.50 Patanjali describes the different varieties of Pranayama such as the external (Bahya), internal (Antara) and the stupefied (Stambavritti). He explains that Pranayama practice is regulated by the location (Desha), season (Kala) and rhythm (Samkya) making it either to be deep (Dirgha) or subtle (Sukshma).
He tells us that Pranayama enables our mind to attain fitness for the higher aspects of Yoga that begin with Dharana (dharanasucha yogyata manasah-2.53). It also facilitates a reverential vision of the Divine light by destroying the veil of ignorance that is preventing us from having such a vision (tatash kshiyate prakashavaranam-2.52).
beathe in the new , breathe out the old.
Pranayama—inhale and exhale with awareness— long exhales with the sound of MMMMMMMMMM
Humming MMMMMMM boosts level of nitric oxide—this in turn ups the oxygen intake by 98%, the biggest secret .
Ordinary breath is a mere 4%.
It is amazing Nitric oxide was discovered by Indian yogis 11000 years ago. For re-inventing this a Nobel prize was given to a white man 2 decades ago.
Patanjali describes Pranayama that is a bridge between the external and internal worlds.
Patanjali defines Pratyahara in 2.54 and 2.55 as the “withdrawing of the mind from the sensory engagements”. Just as a tortoise withdraws its limbs into its shell, the senses cease to function as soon as the mind (the main energy source for sensory function) starts the journey inwards.
What is Pratyahara ?
Just as a healthy body can resists toxins and pathogens, a healthy mind can ward off the negative sensory influences around it. If you are easily disturbed by the noise and turmoil of the environment around you, or jolted out of your mind by every small pothole of stress on the street of your life, practice pratyahara.
Without it, you will not be able to meditate.
There are higher levels of Pratyahara.
Prana- pratyahara — control of prana . Karma-pratyahara — control of action, mano-pratyahara — withdrawal of mind from the senses. These are beyond the scope of this post.
Patanjali starts off the third Pada giving definitions of the three internal aspects (Antaranga) of Yoga, namely Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
What is Samadhi ?
Samadhi is sleepless sleep.
Turiya is beyond Samadhi. The ancient Maharshis understood the staggering scale of the human mind.
The ancient Vedic Maharishis wanted to go beyond nature and realize the transcendental nature of man. They dared to take up this challenge and the Upanishads are the unique record of the methods they adopted, the struggles they undertook and the victory they achieved in this astonishing adventure of human spirit .
The sages who discovered them had depersonalized themselves in the search for truth. Unlike modern Western philosophers who lift ideas without any understanding and patent it in their names. They had the choice to utilize the leisure either to conquer the pleasures outer world or the painful passage to the inner. With their mental gifts, they had turned their mental energies to the conquest of the inner world rather than of the world of matter and life at the sensate level.
In the 7000 year old Upanishads we get a glimpse into the workings of the minds of the great ancient Indian thinkers who were unhampered by the tyranny of religious dogma of men who became brokers of Gods or Gods themselves , burnings at the stake, political authority, pressure of public opinion, seeking truth with single-minded devotion, rare in the history of thought.
These Indian sages were not satisfied with their intellectual speculations. They discovered that the universe remained a mystery and the mystery only deepened with the advance of such knowledge, and one of the important components of that deepening mystery is the mystery of man and consciousness. The Upanishads became aware of this truth, which modern science now emphasizes.
The state of absorptive super-consciousness (Samadhi) is expressed by Patanjali as an omnipresent state when the mind loses itself and the object alone shines without differentiation (tadeva arthamatra nirbhasyam swarupa shunyamiva samadhi-3.3).
Patanjali defines Dharana as the process of binding consciousness to a point, place, region or object (desha bandhah chittasya dharana-3.1). He defines Dhyana as the state when there is a steady and continuous flow of attention and concentration on a point, place, region or object (tatra pratyaya ekatanata dhyanam-3.2).
Grace and peace are the hallmarks of a healthy non-delusional mind in a healthy body.. The happiness is stable.
BELOW: WIDSOM OF PATANJALI
Patanjali describes Siddhis that include: ( mind you this was at a time when the white man was doing GRUNT GRUNT for language )
– Mind reading (3.19)
– Invisibility (3.21)
– Going beyond the senses (3.22)
– Fore knowledge of time of death (3.23)
– Great strength (3.24)
– Elephantine strength (3.25)
– Clairvoyance (3.26)
– Subtle knowledge (3.27)
– Knowledge of the inner stars (3.28)
– Knowledge of the movement of stars (3.29)
– Knowledge of the arrangement of body systems (3.30)
– Power to go beyond hunger and thirst (3.31)
– Power of great steadiness (3.32)
– Vision of Siddhas (3.33)
– Knowledge of everything (3.34)
– Knowledge of mind (3.35)
– Knowledge of pure consciousness (3.36)
– Divine sensations (3.37)
– Transmigration (3.39)
– Levitation (3.40)
– Great effulgence (3.41)
– Divine hearing (3.42)
– Extreme lightness of body (3.43)
– Removal of the veil of ignorance (3.44)
– Mastery over the five manifest elements (3.45)
– Attainment of Anima and the other seven Siddhis (3.46)
– Perfection of body (3.47)
– Perfection of sensory apparatus (3.48)
– Mastery over the primal cause itself (3.49)
Initially only kalari masters knew the 108 marmas. Later on in their old age some Kalari masters started practicing Ayurveda and this secret skill merged with Ayurveda , though NOT in full .
What was transferred was the skill to heal and NOT to kill or cripple.
An ayurvedic massage is known as Marma abhyanga . This is NOT some Bangkok type happy ending massage. Marma abhayanga massage promotes healing , releases physical and emotional blockages , eliminates toxins, relieves back pain, stiffness and stimulates various bodily organs and systems.
Prana is a form of vital energy. Prana pervades each and every corner of the body, and it nourishes, guides and controls the functioning of the cell and systems.
When these marma ( critical junctions) are affected or ruptured, the organs linked with prana channels become starved with lack of prana and some organ becomes diseased, crippled or paralysed or depending upon the quantum is of prana being lost, it may lead to slow or sudden death.
They are classified for better understanding according to the physical components:–
Mansa marma – muscle
Sira marma – vessels conveying body fluids and impulses
Sanyu – tendons
Asthi – bones
Sandhi – articulate points specially bone joints
Shirodhara is the king of all healing treatments, basically surgery of the subconscious mind to amputate negativity, and to expand your consciousness.
WHEN DOING YOGA ASANA GROUND YOUR BODY IF POSSIBLE TO NEUTRALISE FREE RADICALS — WHEN DOING MEDITATION / PRAYER/ PUJA SIT ON INSULATED KUSHA GRASS MAT
Below: 6000 years ago, when the rest of this planet did GRUNT GRUNT for language check out what Krishna told Arjuna about a Yogi.
Sanskrit verses in audio – in their language .
Yoga includes a yogic diet. You cannot eat and drink whatever you want if you opt for yoga.
The modern Western diet sickens all with its overload of meat, salt, bad fats, white sugar, white flour, and its deficiency of living foods. Leaky gut is a condition that occurs due to the development of gaps between the cells (enterocytes) that make up the membrane lining your intestinal wall.
These tiny gaps allow substances such as undigested food, bacteria and metabolic wastes, that should be confined to your digestive tract, to escape into your bloodstream — hence the term leaky gut syndrome.
Once the integrity of your intestinal lining is compromised, and there is a flow of toxic substances “leaking out” into your bloodstream, your body experiences significant increases in inflammation.
Also, your immune system may become confused and begin to attack your own body as if it were an enemy (autoimmunity).
Most often, leaky gut syndrome is associated with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s ( Jew disease ). We are mostly exposed to LECTINS from GM wheat ( gluten ) ,beans and humpless cow dairy products.
Leaky gut can cause digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas and abdominal cramps, but it can also cause or contribute to many others you may not, such as fatigue, skin rashes, joint pain, allergies, psychological symptoms, autism and more.It’s a vicious cycle because once your digestive tract has been damaged, it allows various gut contents to flood into your bloodstream where they wreak havoc on your health.
The key to preventing this lies in altering your diet to eliminate the offending foods — including sugars ( processed / HFCS ) and GM grains — as well as introduce healthier ones that will support a proper balance of bacteria in your gut.
Swami Ramdev’s contribution for Yoga
Baba Ramdev who had been appointed as Brand Ambassador for Yoga and Ayurveda, by BJP government in Haryana, had spread knowledge and awareness of the spiritual, intellectual and most importantly health benefits of Yoga from caves to common masses in each and every corner of the country. Patanjali Yogpeeth which is running under the guidance of Baba Ramdev, will train Physical education instructors(PTIs) and degree holders in physical education (DPEs) to organize yoga training camps in all government and private schools . Patanjali Yogpeeth experts will also organize training camps in Haryana, ahead of International Yoga Day.
Maria Wirth had said that Swami Ramdev is the main person to be given credit for revival of Yoga in India. Further Maria added that he had given international recognition to Yoga and Patanjali Yogpeeth by organizing International conference on ‘Yoga for Health and Social Transformation’ in jan’11 and again in 2013, in which about 2000 delegates had come and attended them. At the conference, some 25 scientists shared their research on yoga. Prestigious institutes were represented, like Harvard Medical School, Oxford University, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which entered into collaboration with Patanjali University, and several more
so to conclude
SO KEEP CALM AND DO YOGA