How Mental and Physical Diseases Arise and How They are Destroyed

How mental diseases arise and how they are destroyed?

Sage Vashishtha, spiritual seer instructing Lord Rama on the Methods to obtain Self Realization

In response to Rama’s inquiry about the cause of mental and physical diseases, Vashishtha responds:

“When the fixed Mind is agitated, then this body is agitated. Then there is no proper perception of things and Prana (life force) deviates from its  even path. It will stagger from its proper path like an animal hit by, and reeling from the wound of an arrow. Through such an agitation, Prana (life force) instead of pervading the whole body, steadily, equally and evenly, will vibrate everywhere at an unequal/ uneven rate.

Thereby the Nadis (subtle energy channels) will not maintain a steady position, but will quiver. Then to the body (which is the receptacle of food digested partially or completely), the Nadis are simply death, due to the imbalance/ fluctuation of the Pranas. The food which settles itself down in this body amidst such a commotion is transformed into incurable diseases. Thus through the primary cause (of the mind) is the disease of the body generated. If this primary cause be annihilated at its root then all diseases will be destroyed.

When the intense desires of a person begin to manifest themselves externally and the ignorance in him preponderates, he performs fearful karmas and these in their turn breed bodily diseases. Again, the body is further subject to diseases through such actions as the eating of unwholesome food, living in unhealthy countries, and doing things at unreasonable hours, injuries inflicted, association with the wicked, longing after improper things, evil desires, bad thoughts, the distention and contraction of the orifices of the Nadis in the joints, and the interrupted flow of the beneficial Pranas throughout the body, cause the body to shrink away.  Then these blossom in the form of diseases in the body, waxing and waning- like the floods in a river during the long seasons of autumn and winter. Thus do we see that diseases, primary and secondary arise through the five-fold Bhutas (elements-air, fire, earth, water, ether).

Like base gold, which when placed in the crucible is transmuted through alchemical processes into pure gold, the mind is unfailingly rendered pure through true, virtuous and pure actions and through dependence upon the wise. In the mind purified thus there will be unalloyed bliss. If the mind becomes purified with true Satwaguna (virtuous thoughts/actions), then Prana-Vayu (life force) will begin to circulate freely throughout the body, the food taken in will be digested properly and hence no diseases will arise. If the diseases which afflict this body return to their primal cause, then they are destroyed. Their primary cause being (bad) thoughts, if these thoughts are destroyed, all bodily diseases will vanish.”

An excerpt from Yoga Vashishth, The Art of Self-Realization written roughly around 7500 B.C.E

Some Practical Thoughts on Meditation

Meditation and its benefits have been known for centuries. Its revival also takes place from time to time. It has been a part of everyday life in many eastern cultures and is used for general purposes as well as for specific needs. For some it is a path to reach immortal bliss. For seekers of knowledge, meditative hours have provided sudden flashes of solutions. For many it is a key in unlocking the secrets of human nature as well as understanding the complex hidden secrets of Universe. No wonder it has been used by thinkers, writers, politicians, scientists, mathematicians and also by ancient eastern medicine.

Recently it has been in high light with western medicine, and has been accepted as a supplementary tool for added benefits. It is becoming a popular activity for everyday life with positive and satisfactory results for many. Many more are fascinated by its mystic appeal and seek some sort of magical, out-of-this-world mystic experience.

Meditation is also of two kinds: action and inaction. In one we actively engage in a process which elevates the consciousness to the point of liberating it. Guided meditation is one of the method for it.  In the other we do nothing at all but simply watch the flow of our thoughts in mindfulness and allow the consciousness to liberate and detach itself in silent inactivity.

Some meditation styles, such as mantra repetition, tend to train for focused or concentrated attention, while others, such as mindfulness meditation, tend to expand one’s attention capacities.

What one wants out of meditation is really as important as doing it. How deep one goes in his or her chosen path and with what goals is determined by your own capability and desire. Like anything else, having unrealistic expectations will bring only frustration and dissatisfaction.

I am also like millions of people who were fascinated and curious about it. Took Yoga and meditation classes and read about it as much as I could. I must admit reading and contemplating is my way of sorting out my confusions.

As I came to know more and more about meditation and other spiritual practices I realized that for people like me, choosing an active way of meditation is more suitable. To make it a way of life I have to structure it according to my own needs.

Our life is made up of small things, our problems are everyday life problems and we seek simple every day solutions that we can manage. So before setting up any lofty goals, why not use meditation for improving upon our weaknesses that prevent us from living our day to day satisfactory life.

For instant if I plan to do ten things in a day, but by the end of day only five things get done, with meditative awareness I realize my weakness of overestimating my capability. So as a small goal, I choose to meditate on a chore of my following day activity that either I wish to perform because it is really important to do or I wish to do simply because I like it. Next day I watch my routine to see if I have success. To my surprise at the end of the day I have done everything but the intended task! Since small things do not present matter of life and death choices or urgencies, no harm is done and very easily, without giving in to any sense of failure or frustration, I plan to finish the intended work the next day.  But the fact that I was able to notice my failure tells me that I can improve upon my performance with meditative skills where mind instead of wandering with scattered aims and desires focuses all its energies in accomplishing what I had set out to do previous night.

I still fail and I still work towards improving myself. If the goal is bigger than what I can handle I take time to pray and to seek for added strength until I am persistent and confident enough to finish whatever I have set out to accomplish.This is just a small example of living meditative life.

While sitting quietly with eyes closed to ward off outer distractions is considered the best way to practice meditation. One can use any activity for meditative exercise. Like doing a small sequence of yogic posture or cooking a dish with full attention without the interference of T.V. , phone or any other distraction. With regular practice of meditation in your chosen form, mind becomes calm and attentive and remains undisturbed at its inner core in failure or success.

Meditation is all about contemplating and focusing the attention of mind and guiding it to stay on desired course. More you practice more you can get attuned and balanced in your everyday life and your mind will not betray you in hour of your weakness or at the time of unexpected crises. You would be able to guide yourself with clear discernment in choosing what is important and letting go of the rest.

Kaivalya Upanishad talks about three great tools in realizing your greater self:

Faith, Devotion and Meditation.

Incorporating these in your everyday life is highest form of Yoga.

This Yoga cultivates skill in action and opens door for realizing your highest potential. This meditative yoga is a finest tool available for fruitful and productive living.

Yoga and meditation are not life-denying affairs. One doesn’t have to retire from active life, give up the world and go to hills or become a recluse. It is important to recognize your heart’s call. Though God realization is considered the highest goal of human life in meditation and yogic tradition, many steps need to be taken before to purify our hearts and minds. The discipline of Tapasya (sincere austerity) that one does for God realization starts with small efforts. As Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Geeta:  ‘There is no effort lost in that journey’. Any sincere practice can be used to train yourself successfully for larger goals. So take small steps and watch this ancient knowledge bring positive changes in your personal development and consequently in your life.

Today’s guest article is by Savita Tyagi, who is also my mother-in-law. Below is some information about her in her own words.

“I was born and raised in India and came to reside in U.S. after marriage. It wasn’t until my children grew up that I turned back to my love of reading and writing again. This time medium was a foreign language- English. Somewhere along the way I went back to my roots. Though I mostly write in English, I devote considerable time reading ancient Vedic literature and have come to love Sanskrit verses. To this day this ancient as well as new age poetry draws me with same passion. This fusion and enrichment some times reflects in whatever little I have been able to write and share with you.”

You an also visit her blog at :

And the Nobel Prize goes to….

Nils Wallerius (1 January 1706 – Funbo 16 August 1764) – a Swedish physicist, philosopher and theologian, one of the first scientists to study and document the characteristics of evaporation.

Adityam Hridayam, – A hymn composed in praise of the Sun God, by Rishi Agastya about 7500 B.C in which one of the verses attributes the process of evaporation to the sun.  The verse when translated states- Salutations to him who by his rays, consumes the waters, heats them up and sends them down as rain.

Astronomer John Herschel in his 1883 Treatise on Astronomy: The sun’s rays are the ultimate source of almost every motion which takes place on the surface of earth. By its heat are produced all winds. By their vivifying action vegetables are elaborated from organic matter, and become in their turn the support of animals and man….

Adityam Hridayam Hymn (7500 B. C.): He is self-luminous and sustains all with his rays. He nourishes and energizes the inhabitants of this world.

I Have An Energy Vampire in My Life

Yup-That’s me all drained and sad thinking-“You DEPLETE me.” Can’t you SEE?

Recently I have had the misfortune of having a very negative and cynical person make their way into my otherwise peaceful life.  I’m sure we all at one point or another have had people like that in our lives. I work hard every day doing things to help increase my pranic energies (positive life force) by making meditation, prayers, japa, kriyas, yoga, positive reading etc a part of my daily life. These practices really help uplift me and help me lead a life as ideal as possible. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~Oscar Wilde,Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1893 But with this person, what should be thirty minutes of frivolous and harmless social exchange always ends up with me ending up completely depleted and down and frustrated.  All this person does is pick on me, question every statement I make and pick it apart.  They question all my choices and any decision related to anything as simple as a meal I have cooked to, where I shop and what I buy to family related matters.  Extremely NOSY asks too many personal questions and then tries to give me parenting advice, housekeeping advice and financial advice. Negatively comments on everything.  Only sees negative things.  My house can be spic and span, but if I missed a crumb it will be sarcastically announced out loud.  This person has the talent of turning innocuous topics into a debate and argument and won’t stop until they’ve hammered me and fractured my spirit. They leave happy after feeding off of me while I am left to pick up the pieces again.  Based on this person’s gossip I infer I am just one of many in a trail of (this person’s) victims.  This person takes pleasure in another’s sorrow – keeps highlighting them, picking on them and tormenting them and blaming them- followed by LIFE ADVICE on what they should have done, or should be doing. There is always a better and correct way of doing something and its always THEIR WAY. My first line of defense is –IGNORE. Tried but failed. Second is to talk and make sense. Failed plus draining. Like talking to a wall. Third is AVOID.  This is what I am going to do now.  Just avoid one on one time with this person and continue doing things that bring positive energy and upliftment. When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. ~Henri Nouwen It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out. ~Alexander Pope If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends — you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue. ~Alice Duer Miller When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars. ~Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911 A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad. ~Arnold H. Glasgow  

“The Secret” revealed hundreds of thousands of years ago

In her book-“The Secret” author Rhonda Byrne shared the Law of Attraction according to which we can achieve all desires of health, wealth and happiness based on our thoughts and feelings.

This secret was revealed hundreds of thousands of years ago in the Rudra Gita by Lord Shiva.  Below is an excerpt:

Prayer is the most important medium of spiritual practices. Prayer is the petition asking of something for ourselves; and intercession for others.
To acquire his petition answered, a man need not have to know or to love God or even His image. All that he requires is a burning sense of fulfillment of his desires, coupled with firm conviction that there exists, out in the universe, something not himself, which can be dragooned into satisfying these desires. With the necessary degree of faith and persistence, the chances are that, sooner or later, somehow or other, he gets what he wants. It is the experience of human beings through ages that whatever is sought with firm faith and conviction that God delivers. Whether what he gets, in response to his petition, is morally or materially good or not, only time can say. It may, however, be legitimate for us to pray for anything, which is legitimate for us to desire.

Lord Shiva
Rudra Gita

Resource: astrojyoti.

Different Categories of People

People can be classified into different categories:

The first is the lowest type and is called Asadhu.  He will only see faults in another man.

The second is the mediocre type.  He sees good as well as bad in another person.

The third sees the difference between the good and bad qualities but treat the person in a sensible and proper manner.

The fourth class of people consists of those who ignore faults and take into account only what is good.

But the really great souls are the ones that won’t even look at faults.  They try to enhance even the smallest quality in another person and applaud them for it.

But there is another category  lower than the lowest.  They see faults which do not even exist.

From the Srimad Bhagvatam as translated by Kamala Subramaniam

Spoken by Sati to her father Daksha when he performed a Yagna (sacrifice/offerings)  called Brihaspati Sava and deliberately did not invite his son -in -law Lord Shiva. Daksha performed the yagya with the sole intention of insulting Mahadeva.

The Deluge: Drawing Parallels in Mythology


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Comparative mythology ( under Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0

In one of our ancient scriptures called Matsya Purana (Matsya means fish) there is a story about how Manu (the son of the Sun God) saved Earth upon the instructions of Lord Vishnu.  Lord Vishnu came to him in the avataar of a fish and told him that soon the entire world would be flooded. He asked him to build a ship and instructed to place all living beings on the boat to save them during the deluge guided by the fish avatar. Once the waters receded he would populate the earth. Sound familiar?

Similar flood stories have been found in religious text of other cultures.

Matsya Vishnu Ravi Varma Press

Matsya Vishnu Ravi Varma Press

Resource: Comparative mythology (

Main article: Flood myth

“The Genesis flood narrative is one of several similar flood myths. The earliest known written flood myth is the Sumerian flood myth found in the Epic of Ziusudra.[2] Later and very similar Mesopotamian flood stories appear in the Epic of Atrahasis and Epic of Gilgamesh texts. Many scholars believe that Noah and the biblical flood-story derive from the Mesopotamian versions, predominantly because biblical mythology that is today found in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Mandeanism shares overlapping consistency with far older written Mesopotamian stories of the Great Flood, and because the early Hebrews were known to have lived in Mesopotamia,[14] particularly during the Babylonian captivity.

The parallels – both similarities and differences – between Noah’s ship and that of the Babylonian flood-hero Atrahasis have often been noted. Noah’s ship is a rectangle, while Atrahasis was instructed to build his in the form of a cube; Atrahasis’s ship has seven decks with nine compartments on each level, while Noah’s has three decks, but he is not given any instructions on the number of compartments to build.[15] The word used for “pitch” (sealing tar or resin) is not the normal Hebrew word but is closely related to the word used in the Babylonian story.[16]

The causes for God/gods having sent the flood also differ: in the Hebrew narrative the flood comes as God’s judgment on a wicked humanity; in the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh the reasons are not given and the flood appears to be the result of the caprice of the gods;[17] whereas in the Atrahasis version of the Babylonian flood story the flood was sent by the gods to reduce human over-population, and after the flood other measures were introduced to prevent the problem recurring.”

Astrological Remedies for Life Problems



Today’s article is based on a contribution by Vasant.  He is an engineer by profession, but dabbles in astrology with a focus on astrological remedies as a passion.

It is very common for people in India to seek astrological remedies for life problems.  Sometimes these remedies cannot completely eliminate a problem but they can help alleviate it to a certain degree. We believe in the theory of incarnation and karma and that all suffering as well as blessings are attributed to our karmas in this life or a previous life. These remedies are for pacifying fruits of negative actions in past lives and also improving current or future life.

There is a wonderful website called astrojyoti dot com, which I like to visit often. It is a gold mine of knowledge and information. I found some interesting information which I would like to share. Sage Parashar is known as the father of Indian/Vedic astrology. Once he was crossing a boat when he looked at the sky and suddenly realized that the astrological configuration at the time was highly auspicious for the conception of a child that would be born with exceptionally high intellect.  Thus was born his son the legendary Ved Vyas-compiler of the 18 puranas, Mahabharat, Bhagvad Gita, the Brahma Sutras and Uttara Mimansa.

For general problems and upliftment in life do the following:

Worship to family deity may also solve most problems.  Offer them their favorite flower or food or some thing or even cloth and milk abishekam when you go there.  Go 2 times a year.  Worship of family deity is important.  If you don’t know your family deity, daily listen to kalabhairav ashtakam 12 to 1 in afternoon. You can play it loud on you tube 36 times.(this is temporary solution).




For Rahu/Ketu:

“Rahu gives first and takes later.  Ketu takes first and gives later.”

Offer 2 ghee lamps(if not red flower garland) and pomegranate to Lord Ganesha on Tuesdays ( pomegranate should be placed on his trunk or his body) and 2 ghee lamps or a lemon garland made of nine clean lemons to Goddess Durga on Saturday during last half an hour of rahu kalam period.  It is auspicious and more powerful to pray to Godess Durga after 6 pm at night/after sunset.

Ask the temple priest to keep sweet chocolate on Sai Baba’s lap and distribute to all every Thursday, Visakam and Pusham day for Jupiter problems or problems created by Guru.

For Saturn problems offer food within your capacity to 5 people on Saturday, Ashwinini nakshathram/constellation, Revathy nakshathram/constellation, full moon day and new moon days. .Remember donation should be to an odd number not even number of people.

For Upliftment:

Offer Parajitham flower garland to lord Vishnu on Wednesday and Friday and lotus and Pomegranate to Mahalaxmi on Friday.

If you have debt offer 16 ghee lamps to Laxmi Narasimha on Tuesday and Swathi constellation.  Offer rice flour abishekam to lord Ganesha on Tuesday. May want to check which planet in your horoscope is causing debt and do remedy for that.

Also offer ghee lamp (or 3 canon ball flowers) to Lord Shiva 5 PM to 6 PM on Saturday for Saturn dosha/problems. Canon ball flower should be offered on the body not on leg/feet. Must be kept on avaduyar.

Lord Hanuman can protect you from Saturn related problems not from sin you created in a previous life.  Auspicious time to go to hanuman temple is  gulika kalam of day. Simple offering to hanuman is roasted gram dal.  Priest has to offer it by mantras and feed him with his hands like mother does to child. This is proper way but some priest don’t do this method.(This is a simple hanuman sadhana (offering roasted gram dal).

Only Lord Shiva can cleanse your sins. So offer worship to Lord Shiva Saturday 5 to 6pm. This is for people born on the 8th, 17th, or 26th also for people having Saturn transit.  Also donate food to poor and needy as per your capacity to five people on days mentioned earlier.

Chant this mantra to cleanse sins: Makaral Namah Shivaya 2000 times after lighting lamp in front of Lord Shiva in a temple on Saturday 5 to 6 pm.

For wealth, offer a ghee lamp with kalakand in it to Lord Kubera in the north direction. This does not work during sada sati.but after complete can do this)

Chanting the Gayatri mantra will curb addictions also remove negative karma.  Gayatri mantra is antidote for kaliyug (the current era that we live in) and people who do meditation.

What is Kaliyug?

In Hinduism Kaliyug is the last of the four eras that we live in which is marked by a significant decay in morals and values, an increase in sickness, disease, wars, crimes, natural disasters.

Om Apadamapa Hataram Dataram Sarva Sampadam Loka Bhi Ramam Sri Ramam Bhuyo Bhuyo Namamyaham


Can’t wait to  start chanting this Mantra

The Sanskrit mantra from Ram Rakshaa Stotram:

ओम आपदांपहर्तारम् दातारम सर्वसम्पदाम्
लोकाभीरामम श्रीरामं भूयो भूयो नमाम्यहम


Om AApadaam-pahartaaram Daataarum

sarva sampadaam

Lokaabhiraamum Shriraamum

Bhuyo Bhuyo Namaamyaham


I repeatedly do namaskaar or respectfully bow down to Lord Shri Raam who removes all obstacles and blesses one with all types of wealth.

Originally posted on Mantrarama's Blog:

When i was in college, my friend’s father used to tell me how he would memorize poetry and say verses in his head over and over again.  Apparently, he was worried about many things and instead of letting these worries overtake his mind and create anxiety, he force-filled his consciousness with poetry.  I was raised via South Louisiana where the coffee and Catholicism are brewed strong.  I spent many a young night memorizing Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be ….  all in anticipation of one of the Sister’s beaming a smile at me in holy  first grade approval.  I am no stranger to the rosary, and have come to  adore the images and customs from my childhood, especially Mary.  So, it wasn’t so far fetched for me to start saying Mantras.  Interestingly enough, Malas or prayer beads used to chant mantra are 108 beads, which happens to be exactly double…

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How Yoga Empowers Your Voice

Amanda Clarke

Todays post is a guest article by Amanda Clarke at Gloc Media.

Yoga is an ancient art of restoring peace to the body and mind. It’s calm, relaxing, and a perfect way to wake up in the morning or decompress after a long day. Yoga is typically thought of as a way to strengthen your muscles, so you may not know that yoga is also perfect for those who need good, strong voices. If you’re a singer, an actor working for a voice over agency, or a professor giving lectures multiple times a week, practicing yoga will help strengthen your vocal chords so you can always be at your best.

Yoga is an aerobic activity, which means it’s incredibly beneficial for your lungs and heart. You may not be running, but your body does work hard when it contorts into various poses. The healthier your heart, the lower your risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. Pair that with healthy lungs, and you’ll feel less fatigued after prolonged or rigorous activities, such as singing or giving speeches.

Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama, are at the core of building strong voices. Slow breathing is the most effective for singers, and uses the lower part of the lungs and chest. Just as choirs and vocal coaches often take special care to emphasize proper breathing, yoga instructors guide you in exercises to help you breathe through your diaphragm, allowing you to have relaxed and controlled breaths.

As we spend our days hunched over our computer screens and mobiles, our posture strongly suffers. Yoga restores alignment to the vertical column, which means your body can breathe more deeply and your blood circulates more efficiently. Professionals who rely on their voices also need strong pectoral and abdominal muscles. Regularly practicing yoga with the correct posture tones these muscles, and gives the professional a stronger voice.

If you’re a person who would like to try singing and yoga at the same time, there are classes of voice yoga being offered across the globe. Search the web and see if there is a session being offered in your area. If you want to stick to traditional yoga, that’s all right too. It doesn’t matter if you practice yoga with an instructor or on your own. The bottom line is: the more you practice yoga, the stronger your voice will be.

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