Wednesday, January 30, 2008
THIRD PARTS OF BLOG
TITBIT OF YOGA and VEDANTA
Concentration is the essence of all knowledge. Nothing can be done without it. Ninety percent of thought force is wasted by the ordinary & common people, and they are constantly committing blunders. The trained men never make a mistake. When your mind is concentrated and turned back, all the ability within you will be your servants, not your masters. The ancient people concentrated on the internal world and developed the science of yoga. Yoga is controlling the senses, will and mind. The benefit of its study (science of yoga) is to learn the control on self instead of being controlled. The mind seems to have layer on layers. Your real goal is to cross all these intervening strata of your being.
Science of pranayama
You breathe in and out with the help of two nostril, namely left nostril and right nostril. The Almighty has provided the two energy source in each nostril such as moon (Chandra) property to the left nostril and sun (Surya) property to the right nostril. The moon has cooling, cold, calm, crisp and being composed in nature. In addition it has the other properties of being aloof, tranquility. When you are in grip of hot (burning, blazing, baking, blistering) effect, you need to activate the Chandra nadi (left nostril) to balance these effects. Another effect of heat (Surya) is to make you ill tempered, irritated, scorching, roasting and anger effect, you need to activate the left nostril to over come the hot effect of Surya (right nostril) nadi.
When you feel severe cold, you need to create heat effect such as to keep you warm, to ignite the sense of heat, to kindle the flame of warmness. Also, to enjoy the excitement of the moment and strong desire of doing some thing, you have to activate the right nostril (Surya nadi) to achieve the desired result. You need to activate the right nostril for proper planning and project activity so that action oriented work is implemented.
Titbit of yoga and Vedanta
In twenty-first century, people are very busy. The Vedantic prescription to tackle the busy life has been explained under the topic “Why Vedanta for everyone”. It inspires you to live more than hundred years (full span of life). To achieve this, verses of Gita such as “yuktahar viharasyacha…” gives the account of energy (life) during energy gaining activity and energy loosing activity. They have to be balanced to maintain the healthy life. The better approach shall be to have more energy gaining activity than the energy loosing activity. For example, more sleep than required, excess food, uncontrolled enjoyment activities are the energy loser; where as balanced diet without excess intake, deep sleep for required hours and happiness in the life are the energy gainer. Vedanta suggests taking the help of Yogic practice for keeping the energy stock much more than required in day-to-day life.
In addition, the titbit concepts of yoga and Vedanta will work as “the first aid tools” for interim measure. This tool will energize the life battery system. The interesting information of regular yogic practice will save lot of time and will make you to get freshness with the help of titbit of yoga and Vedanta.
Therapeutic aspects of pranayama for disorders:
Based on the basic science of Pranayama and experience gained in the process of practicing the same, certain therapeutic experiences have been arrived. You may do the further experiments and come to the conclusion, might be little different. However, the variation in experiment will not be more than ten percent. The basic science of Pranayama is based to tackle heat, bile, gas and cold effect in nerves (Nadis) connected with two nostrils known as Chandra nadi (Left Nostril), Surya nadi (Right Nostril) and susumna.
Health tips –
If cough, heat and gas are there, removal of the same could be done by using nostrils. For example, if cough is more [means left nostril more active] then balances the right nostril by activation. When heat is felt more [means right nostril is functioning more], the left nostril to be activated to get cleared. Similarly, if gas or air is more in the body system, it means there is a block in susumna. Clear the susumna nadi by a) balancing the left and right nostrils, b) with the help of nadi shodhan or anuloma viloma Pranayama, c) with the help of meditation, which can balance the left and right nostrils as well as susumna.
In brief, Left nostril provides the cooling or chill effect if working for long time and the Right nostril provides heat effect if functioning for long time. With the help of two nostrils function, the benefit of the pranayama can be achieved provided both are cleaned. The following therapeutic aspects of Pranayama could be utilized for the different kinds of situations, moods in order to get freshness:-
(a) Lethargic attitude – Early in the morning when you get up from the bed, you feel lethargic, less energetic and yawning mood. This is because; the right nostril breathing could have dominated for long time and you would have got disturbed sleep. The remedial aspect is to activate the left nostril breathing and compensate for the loss with the help of normal pranayama. If left nostril breathing is more, there is a bound to have passive nature and lethargic mood.
(b) Cold – There could be the blockage of right nostril. Left nostril could have worked longer time. The remedial aspect is to activate the right nostril breathing to provide the hot effect. It is interesting to note that this remedial aspect may not work for a person who has inner body heat in nature. He may feel the cold effect (having inner body heat), the right nostril breathing will be bad, as the same process will add the heat to the body. In this case better go for the cooling Pranayama even during cold effect.
Cooling Pranayama – This Pranayama balances the inner body temperature and cleaning the nerves related to Ear, Nose and Throat (E.N.T.). The E.N.T. portion meet at a gland known as tonsil (Vishuddhi Chakra) where the connecting passages of the Ear, Nose and Throat meet. This gland is also known as a gatekeeper and it checks any kind of viruses, bacteria’s and germs of the diseases. This work like pollution control measure for the liquid, air and solid to be taken by ear, nose and throat. If this gland is strong, it would not allow the disease and bacteria to enter inside. If it is weak then there is no check by the gatekeeper and you get affected because of change in environment, season and temperature. That is why, this gland is very important and it has to be activated with the help of Pranayama to remain in a strong condition.
Cooling Pranayama such as Sadanta (with tooth), Shitli (Through crevices) and Sheath Kari (tip of the tongue touching the pallets) pranayama will help to make tonsil to be a strong enough to face any kind of situations.
Cooling Pranayama is based on cooling and heating effect given simultaneously to this gland as nature provides the heat and cold effect to the body to make it strong.
(c) Obesity – Whenever there is a tendency to be in the grip of obesity, there is a domination of left nostril function and blockage of right nostril. As the right nostril blockage exists, the generation of cells or more than the destruction. Because of this phenomenon obesity takes place. In this situation one has to go to right nostril breathing more using complete course of pranayama.
(d) Depression – Many times, you are under depression without your knowledge. This is because you come under the grip of lethargic attitude (tamasik nature) for long time and your breathing is dominated by disturbed by left nostril breathing. To overcome this kind of situation you have to energize the left & right nostril breathing.
(e) Inner Body Heat – This shows that inner organs of the body are hot because of more activation of right nostril (surya nadi). The function of right nostril is generating more heat internally which may compensate if cold effect breathing is more. In case of inner heat you have to activate the left nostril regularly to balance the extra inner heat. Cooling pranayama, suggested earlier could be practiced to overcome the inner body heat.
(f) Fever – Fever is caused because of excessive heat generated during digestion and other functions of the system. Right nostril breathing helps to lower the temperature due to fever.
(g) Anger – When you are more active and functioning vigorously you may fail many occasions. Your loose tempered nature may make you angry. At that moment, right nostril breathing is more active compared to left. To cool down, you should take the help of left nostril breathing.
(h) Insomnia (Sleeplessness) – Whenever the Brain is more active you are energized to work more with alertness. Sleeplessness shows that the brain activity has not subsided to the level required for sleep. In terms of frequency of mind, there could be more than fifteen cycles per second of frequency during sleeplessness. The frequency can be brought down with the help of left nostril activation and sleep may occur. The left nostril (chandranuloma) Pranayama helps to reduce the frequency of mind provided; right nostril might be dominating at that moment.
(i) Generation of Red & White Cells in Body – More red cells are required to carry the oxygen in the blood and in turn they are main structure of the body. Whereas white cells provide the defensive mechanism in the body. Balancing Pranayama (both the nostrils breathe in and breathe out equally) helps to maintain the adequate red and white cells in the body system.
Therapeutic aspects of pranayama for inner core
The four faculties of mind experience different feeling at different levels. For example, mind feels pain and pleasure; intellect experiences lust, attachment and jealous; Self reflects respect & insult and mind stuff stores peace & tragedy. Whenever left nostril is dominating, you may be sensitive for the feeling of pain, attachment, lust, depression and insult. At that moment, you must switch over to right nostril breathing. Similarly, whenever right nostril is dominating, you may feel angry, jealous and mental disturbance. This is because you are more active (Rajsik). At that moment, you should activate the left nostril to balance.
Likewise, the malnutrition of mind could be overcome with the help of both the nostrils breathing known as nadi-shodhan.
The thumb rules are as follows:
(i)Diagnose your breath rate, whether right nostril breathing or left nostril breathing is more.
(ii)If left nostril breathing is more go to the right nostril breathing to over come the feeling of cold, lethargic, obesity and depression at that moment.
(iii)If right nostril breathing is more and you feel feverish, anger, sleepless and tension, you must activate left nostril breathing.
Management tips –
The both nostril (Surya nadi & Chandra nadi) techniques could be used for solving some of the management problems temporarily. For example, (i)Anger represents the result of past moment for which you regret and remain in grief; worry represents the expected result likely to be obtained in future (time yet to come) and lust happens when you are at present moment. They (all the three moments) are known as miss use of time.
(ii)Anger spoils Inter Personal Relation Skills (IPRS), greed spoils financial conditions and lust spoils health.
(iii)Diagnose the activeness of your left and right nostril function. If left nostril working more means you are under the grip of tamas or greed. To balance it, activate the right nostril so that you become Rajsik (passion to the activity). In case of Rajsik (passion), you will be pleased and active and you will possess the feeling of doer ship and enjoyer ship. You will come out from lethargic, inactive, idealness and dull kind of attitude. Those are the properties of being Tamsik (in darkness).
(iv) If right nostril is working more, means rajus (passion) is showing more pleasure and more activity of the work keeping doer ship feeling. To balance this, you have to activate left nostril to achieve tolerance and acceptance. When both the nostrils are working equally more or less you achieve Sattva guna (creative property). That is why, pranayama is recommended to balance both the nostrils so that you retain Sattva guna more.
(v) For maintaining peace in mind – Start deep inhalation with sound of om, while exhalation say your weakness or bad temperaments or malnutrition are getting thrown out.
(vi) For fear removal –Do the same as above while inhalation; while exhalation, say your unrighteous means, negative thinking, fear of death are going out.
(vii) For anger removal – You make a fist in both the hands as you do in the case of Instant relaxation technique (IRT) and get released of anger. IRT is more suitable to overcome anger and jealous. Similarly, Quick Relaxation Technique (QRT) and Deep Relaxation Technique (DRT) are suitable for greed and lust removal respectively.
In brief, when left nostril dominates you go to rest. When right nostril dominates start your activity (karma) more vigorously to achieve success and when both nostrils are working equally, you may go for creative thinking of your profession. Equal working of both the nostril helps you to sit for meditation or to sit for creative work.
Nostril concepts to be observed before interview:
The candidates should avoid two deficiencies while going to face the interview. They may feel nervous system weak. This is because they possess fear, anxiety and worry in the mind whether they are going to be successful or not? Another deficiency will be feeble voice of the candidate that will not reach to the members of the interview board.
The feeble voice indicates two scenarios of the personality of the candidates facing interview, namely (i) They are weak internally and unable to express the clarity of mind (ii) They are very humble. The humbleness of the candidates is judged by the members of the board when candidates are not reacting aggressively at the time of harsh and odd questions. Where as weakness of the clarity of mind is judged if the voice is feeble during the interview. The candidates should keep in mind that the intensity of their speech or conversation should be loud enough to be audible to the members of the board.
The following steps in respect of nervous system are to be followed to get sure success in interview: -
(a) Calm down with the help of yogic breathing (deep inhalation and exhalation by taking five rounds or cycles) with out making sound of inhalation and exhalation to over come the excitement, fear and anxiety.
(b) Use the Chandra nadi (left nostril) if you feel burning sensation, fluctuation of mind, fear and anxiety in your thought. Also, if you are getting irritated and observing negative reaction and getting angry, then activate your Chandra nadi (left nostril) to over come the effect. Even, if you are not excited, better to activate your left nostril more to compose your calmness before interview. This process should be carried out little before you are being called for interview.
(c)Just two to three minutes before of your call, activate the Surya nadi (right nostril) to prepare the warmness and activeness of your mind for facing the challenges likely to be imposed by the board.
(d) During going towards the interview chamber, take the first step with right leg and visualize your Surya nadi (right nostril breathing) more effective than Chandra nadi (left nostril breathing). You need not to bother much for this step of activity as the same will be maintained automatically if earlier processes have been followed while waiting for interview call.
(e) Complete the formalities of bidding the good morning to chairman and the members of the committee. Sit down calmly when chairmen or any member of the committee asks you to sit.
(f) If possible, activate your Surya nadi (right nostril) mentally and keep it alive during interview time.
(g)Answer the question with confidence keeping your right eye contact with the right eye of the chairmen or member who so ever asking the question.
(h) While coming out from interview board say thanks to every one in a disciplined way.
In brief, you are the best judge to feel the movement of air breath in & out and related action to be carried out at that moment. For instance, if you want to be vigorous, powerful and full of glory, generosity, full of energy, majesty, brilliant at work and magnanimity; activate your right nostril to function better than left nostril. This you can judge and experience while facing the interview. Similarly, whenever you are under feverish feeling, passion, pain, suffering and grief at the time of interview, you may take the help of left nostril breathing more than the right nostril to observe calmness.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
ANCIENT INDIAN WISDOM (VEDANTA)
Second part of Science and Vedanta
Difference between scientific and spiritual discovery
Scientific discovery is planned between matter likely to be inert, feeling less, static (jada) and the consciousness, rational, intelligence, spirit & perception likely to be energy or dynamic (chetana). The inert matter is the part of nature or universe where as consciousness is the part of inner instrument (four faculties of mind) in the case of scientific discovery. This kind of experiment between inert matter and consciousness (experimental result between jada and chetana) is carried out by the scientist. That is why, the science is having the dimension of static nature (universe) and four faculty of human mind but the human mind has the limitation as per the spiritual development.
Spiritual discovery is carried out by mystic (rishi). This discovery is also planned between inert matter and spirit (chetana) but at different scale. For spiritual discovery, the human mind is taken as the inert matter (jada). This is because when we close our eyes, we see the darkness inside and darkness is turned as inert (jada) compared to light (chetana or consciousness). The other part of the spiritual experiment is consciousness or vigilance of rationality (chetana or jnana) which is opposite of ignorance and the same is taken from the cosmic intelligence. The spirit (chetana) is also known by different names such as soul, energy and perception.
The main difference between scientific and spiritual discovery remains in the selection of experimental aspects of Jada and Chetana. The scientist takes mind (antah karna) as chetana but the same is taken as jada by the spiritual personality.
Another difference lies towards the inclination of the research for discovery. For example, the scientists are inclined towards the nature or universe to find out the scientific laws hidden in the natural phenomena where as, rishi’s inclined towards Almighty (creator) of the universe to find out the mystic phenomena of the creator which discovers the pure governing laws of the universe.
The third difference between these discoveries is to understand the cause and effect phenomena. The scientist can establish the cause and effect phenomena where as rishi or mystic discoverer can experience the cause of certain effect but cannot be proved on paper. Each and every individual has only to experience.
Who discovers the pleasure or the basis of happiness based on the matter and energy using phenomena existing as natural laws is the scientific discovery where as who discovers the permanent pleasure (sukha) by conducting the experiment using antah karna and beyond existing chetana known as mystic discovery.
Why the Spiritual personality has taken mind as inert matter?
The scientific approach is quite different than spiritual approach. The nature has sound and waves, which have been given the form of language by the minds of human being. As we know the expression given by human mind varies from one person to another and each one cannot be established as truth. That is why scientists require evidence in the form of an experiment, which could be universal. Because of fluctuation in thought, the rishi’s (spiritual scientists) have taken the human mind as inert matter. The seer who has gone beyond the inner instrument (antah karna) and perceived the truth of the universe with the help of space and cosmic energy and the same has been described in Upanishads.
In brief, the scientific discovery can be proved with the help of evidence and experience by the human mind universally where as a spiritual discovery can be experienced by the Jnani (remover of ignorance) by achieving ananda (by establishing good dharma) and love developed by tolerance, acceptance and appreciation.
Scientific experiment is conducted on approachable five bhutas such as light was the main factor for establishing the theory of relativity by scientist Albert Einstein. The theory of relativity states that the total energy is the product of its mass and velocity of light into (x) velocity of light. The mass could be the mass of light. But a spiritual scientist takes the pancha bhuta at the highest dimension (space or akash) to discover the mystic cause and effect. The scientist could not take up the basis of air and a space of pancha bhuta as an element for experimental discovery. The light, which was taken as the basis of Einstein’s discovery, which is readily experienced bhuta of pancha bhutas by the sense organs (indriyas).
How scientist can get benefit of Vedic concept?
Vedic concept makes you aware of your spirit & potential divinity. When you are aware of your spirit and divinity, you will be more benefited than simply using the same with out awareness. It is like this; when you are aware of eating your favorite sweet, you will enjoy the taste of the sweet better than with out awareness of the added adjective “favorite” sweet. Like wise, if you are aware of your own “spirit” and “divinity”, your action will be more fruitful. The same concept, a scientist can use and can see the difference.
What is spirit? It is the flow of energy in your body system and processing the same from body to mind in calm, energized, rhythmic manner with out having any disturbance. For instance, you take up any scientific work where more concentration is required. You have to calm down your body and mind by relaxation to achieve full concentration. That means you withdraw your locked up energy from the knots of your body and muscular system. This can be achieved by loosening your body and muscles. This will make you to calm down the function of your body, energy and mind. It is important to note that you can’t be aware of your breath unless you calm down your system.
Hence, it is the first step to relax your system and calm down with the help of Instant Relaxation Technique (IRT). Next step is to be aware of your breath; which should be rhythmic, deep and slow. The same can be achieved by yogic deep breathing practice. Third step is to feel (by imagination) your potential energy getting energized. When you are aware of your breath, the smooth flow of energy from bottom of spine will move upward direction with out any hindrance and the same is known as freedom of energy flow. That means, while deep inhalation you visualize your energy flow from bottom of the spine to the pituitary gland.
All happens if your breath and mind is at calm. When you achieve this scenario; that means you are ready to utilize your spirit. Hence, spirit is the process of (i) calm down the body, breathe and mind (ii) making aware of your breath which should be deep, slow and rhythmic (iii) feeling freedom of energy flow in abundance. When you are full of spirit, you will achieve good success.
Similarly, divinity is the process of retaining the free flow of your energy and using the same for getting unknown hidden solution for utilization and also for the benefit of planned experiment or action. Because of this, spirit and divinity are interlinked. The spiritual scientists make use of their spirit and divinity for getting answer from the unknown (mystic) sources. The scientist can make use of both (spirit and divinity) in aware condition and can add the benefit of the same in their research.
Factors affecting spirit and divinity
Most of the scientists are free from elements of malnutrition, but few of them holding the deficiencies like blame, criticism and disbelieve among the associates. The healthy criticism on certain concept and theory is welcome; however, criticism, blame and doubts among the associates arising because of jealous, hatred ness and anger are the factors depleting the divinity in them.
The spirit and divinity can be enhanced if scientists develop the Vedic concept like (i) give up the desire of the fruits (ii) know the art of giving (iii) selfless service and (iv) work is worship. They can use the above concepts while conducting the research.
Spiritual scientist can get rid of delusion where as scientist can over come the illusion. This is because of spiritual and materialistic concept folowed by them.