Too much Tejas

Question from one of the readers: Whenever I do tratak for some days i get acne, mouth ulcer and dry lips what is the reason for this symptoms?

Ghee

Ghee in moderation helps increase ojas

Trataka increases tejas or heat in the body. You need to make sure you drink plenty of water and also avoid foods in your diet that increases tejas. So avoid sour and hot spices, chili peppers, sesame, meat, alcohol, onion, garlic, honey, chai, coffee or any other foods, herbs etc that increase heat in body. Consume saunf, mishri, fresh coconut, coconut oil, ghee, dates, rice, wheat, sweet potato, kheer etc in moderation to increase ojas. Eat simple foods that have a watery gravy instead of dry sabzi. soak 10 almonds at night and next day peel and have them with some milk. Also soak sabza seeds in water till they become gooey then add them to sherbets, milk shakes, puddings, desserts etc

Raising your Vibration from Low to High-How to Make the Shift

Bliss and sorrow cannot co-exist. Where there is bliss there is no experience of sorrow. Where there is sorrow, bliss cannot be experienced.Bliss is experienced when you vibrate at the highest frequency. Sorrow, sickness, disease, stress, negativity, pessimism etc. is experienced when you vibrate at a much lower frequency.

If the mind is peaceful and body is relaxed prana will flow freely through the body. When prana flows freely, because there is no resistance within, your vibrational frequency will increase. If you can maintain this uplifted state you will feel positive, happy, forgiving, and grateful. Your face will glow. Body will be free of pain and suffering. You will naturally think fewer and uplifting thoughts and the mind will be peaceful. You will have an overall sense of well-being, peace and positivity without trying to force it.  You will feel drawn to activities, thoughts and people with higher vibration. You will be naturally drawn to healthy fresh foods which is why I don’t want to lecture you on eating healthy or stressing the importance of being around positive people. It will start happening on its own.

Two factors are at the core of increasing one’s vibrational frequency:

  • Think fewer thoughts
  • The few thoughts you have should be positive or neutral

Both can be successfully accomplished through conscious effort and awareness. In order to be positive and to stay positive you have to make a shift.  This shift is not easy because we don’t live in a perfect blissful world where everything is just the way we want it to be. But once you’ve made that positive shift from low to high vibration you won’t be easily dragged down by most everyday lows and stressors. You can make this shift.

The most powerful ways to make that shift and to enjoy lasting results are:

  • Mantra Chanting or Japa: Mantra chanting is very effective if done correctly. If you find it hard to meditate then this might be a great way to get yourself in a meditative state of mind and experience a positive state of mind.

If you don’t feel the emotion of the mantra, chanting it is useless. Each word we understand conjures up an image and a feeling. If I ask you to repeat and focus on these words- fresh sandalwood paste or cool fragrant jasmine flowers you visualize and feel something good. Now chant this all day while doing your chores or while multitasking. You won’t feel anything. You will just mechanically repeat these words.

When I say sapascoffragmine and tell you this is a very powerful and effective mantra so chant it daily. Will you feel anything? There is no image or thought or feeling you can associate with it because you don’t know what it means. (I just made it up by borrowing a few letters from sandalwood paste cool fragrant jasmine  J ).

So when you chant a mantra it is good to know the meaning/significance of each word or at least the gist of it. It is also important to focus on each word and feel it completely which is why the correct way of chanting is to sit down and do it for at least one round of the rosary instead of doing it while driving or doing dishes and laundry, or cooking or whatever mindless chore you are doing. The rosary helps you keep track of how long you have been chanting without distracting you. The more rounds you do the better you will feel. This is why chanting while doing chores is useless, because after repeating a mantra 3-5 times you will get distracted. The whole point of chanting is to improve our focus and concentration; to lessen our thoughts so that our mind is not scattered any more. A scattered mind will make you feel depleted and irritable and negative which can manifest in any form of anger or irritability.

Choosing the mantra: you will either be recommended a mantra (based on your horoscope or a guru depending on what you need at that stage of your life.)

If you pick your own mantra you will tend to be drawn to one based on what you need at that time in your life. Sometimes you will find yourself changing mantras until you find the right one for you. Because you are looking for that which is lacking in you. You are drawn to the vibration of the mantra based on what is missing and very much needed in you at that phase of your life. If you like a certain color it is because you have less of it in you.  That’s when people use color therapy or gemstone therapy, but that’s a topic for another day.

Do at least one round of the rosary. This will come to 108 repetitions. This is just the minimum. But if this is v important to you and you are willing to put in the time and effort for the gains then do at least 3 rounds or 324 repetitions. This will take anywhere between 15 -30 minutes depending on the length of the mantra. The more you do the more you will benefit. Last month I did 10 rounds of a mantra. It took me 2 hours. But after the fifth round I could feel certain sensations and vibrations in my brain. By the end I felt extremely uplifted, strong, positive, confident happy and fearless. I do three rounds daily in the evening and the results are undeniable. I went from feeling a low 2 on the scale to feeling a 10- grounded and positively uplifted; Poised and fearless at the same time.

Withdrawing your senses is a precursor to concentration and concentration is a precursor to meditation. When you chant a mantra (japa) you are withdrawing your senses and working on concentration by focusing on each aspect of the mantra. When you can maintain your concentration it becomes meditation. After several rounds of japa (you will know when) don’t be in a rush to get up. Just sit silently in the moment for a while before you open your eyes and get up.

  • Meditation: 30-45 minutes of regular meditation will help us reduce our thoughts, and uplift and strengthen our mind.  When the ancient seers meditated, it wasn’t to relieve stress.  It was to gain knowledge; Not text book knowledge, but transcendental knowledge. Today meditation is recommended to relieve stress and to uplift the mind. I have shared lots of information on meditation in my previous posts along with their benefits so I will re-post those links for your convenience.

https://yachnayoga.wordpress.com/meditation/,

https://yachnayoga.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/prescription-meditation/

https://yachnayoga.wordpress.com/meditation/meditation-2/

https://yachnayoga.wordpress.com/meditation/i-will-start-meditating-tomorrow/

While meditation or mantra japa will help you make the big shift, the day to day tips below are recommended as an adjunct.

  • When you practice any activity do it with awareness and attention. So if you practice yoga and pranayama, practice with awareness.  Your mind, body and spirit should become one.  If you are mechanically and mindlessly doing the poses but your mind is wandering to all the useless or negative stuff, you won’t get anything out of your session.
  • Spend time in nature.

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    yachna yoga:Spend time in nature

  • Read a positive and uplifting article or book before bedtime.
  • Watch happy shows that make you laugh. Watch educational/inspiring shows.
  • These days our minds are scattered and agitated most of the time. Cut down multi-tasking. Spend less time on social media. With instant messaging, whatsapp, FB etc our minds are scattered in many different directions. Minimize such distractions. Unfollow certain ‘friends’ so you cannot see their posts and place them on the restricted list so they can’t see your posts. This will distance their orbits from the nucleus of your life.

Quick Fix and most effortless methods to improve your vibration when you are feeling very low. Sometimes you might feel really low on energy and down in spirits and in need of a quick fix in.

  • SMILE-it will help diffuse a lot of that negative energy. Just smile. You might feel silly smiling for no reason and might even say-“How can I smile when I’m not happy?” OR “I’ll smile when things are better.” But trust me –smile and things will be better because you will start feeling better. Don’t argue with yourself against smiling. Don’t say anything. Just smile for no reason. When you wake up in the morning just smile without a reason. Set your morning alarm with this positive reminder to SMILE.
  • MUSIC: Play your favorite upbeat music. No sad tunes. Just something that makes you want to get up and dance.  Notice how it quickly alters your mood to a lighter state.
  • Call a friend: Call a friend and talk to them about everything except what’s weighing you down. By the time you are done with the phone call you will feel so much better. But if you just discuss what’s weighing on your mind (especially if these are just repetitive stale thoughts you recycle daily) then you will only feel worse afterwards. So steer your conversation away from anything that will perpetuate your low vibration state.
  • Shopping: Going shopping/window shopping is definitely a distraction that can help you out of low spirits.
  • Watch a funny show or movie

Why is it that the people we care for a lot are the ones who end up hurting us the most?

Why is it that the people we care for a lot are the ones who end up hurting us the most?

When you invest yourself in people you know there is at some subconscious or even conscious level an expectation that your efforts will be reciprocated in equal magnitude. When it is not reciprocated we get hurt.

If you are a naturally giving person by heart and tend to give of yourself, it is best to give your time and effort to other causes, to people who actually need help.

When you give a bag of food and clothes to a homeless person do you ever carry any expectation that one day that homeless person will help you or reciprocate your kindness?

No. Not at all. You don’t even remember the face of the person you helped. You feel satisfied and you move on; there is a feeling of happiness and freedom.

This feeling is missing when you invest a lot of yourself in people you know-friends/family/relatives.  The reality is – They don’t need so much of you. They are quite capable. So there is really no need to be giving so much of yourself to them. Save that part of yourself for those who need you, not those who take advantage of your generosity; OR when helping friends and family adopt a different mentality-that of charity. When you do charity there is automatically no feeling of expectation.

INSTEAD OF HELPING NEEDY PEOPLE-HELP PEOPLE IN NEED.

Two major things will be accomplished by adopting this:

– Emotional freedom and contentment deep down for you, and

– The world will be a better place 🙂

“One is never wounded by the love one gives, only by the love one expects.”
Marty Rubin

The Transcendent Secret Behind Ordinary Phenomena-The Knowledge of Cosmic Interconnection-Panchagni Vidya-

We see people being born and people dying, but we do not know why people are born and why people die. The causes are unknown to us. What is it that compels a person to be born and what is it that forces him to die? We know very well, we have no say in either of these ways. We cannot say this or that in respect of these processes. Nor is there any adequate knowledge of the secret of one’s own experiences. Birth, death and the experiences in life are apparently effects produced upon us by causes of which we seem to have no knowledge.

Wherever there is ignorance, there is also bondage in respect to that subject or that circumstance. When we have knowledge of a thing, we are not bound to that thing, we have a control over that thing. The greater is the knowledge that we have about anything, the greater also is the capacity we have in making it subservient to our own selves. But, the more is the ignorance we have about a thing, the more are we subservient to its laws. The world binds us; the law of gravitation limits us; the law of Nature restricts us, because we do not have an adequate knowledge of these laws. We do not know how they operate and why it is that we have been made subject to these laws. What is wrong with us? We do not know this, though we know that there is something fundamentally wrong with every one of us, on account of which the whole world keeps us in subjection. We are under the thumb of every law in the world. The reason is that we are apparently outside the realm of the operation of this law. We are like exiles cast out into the winds, and the law set around our necks, as it were, compels us to follow its dictates. We cannot overcome the law of gravitation, to give only one instance. We are slaves of this law. We can fall down and we can break our legs; we can get drowned; we can be burnt; anything can happen to us. Our very life on earth is based on and is decided by that law. But this happens on account of certain patent limitations in our life. There is some sort of a finitude in our own bodies and the entire personality of ours. Our fate is the same in respect of any law that operates anywhere. We cannot think things which are not purely sensory or physical; we cannot visualize things which are super-physical; we cannot understand any aspect of reality which is not in space, which is not in time and which is not causally related. And outside the realm of our own organic personality, we cannot have a real knowledge. We are finites, we are bound, we are limited in every way.

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The processes of birth and death, again, are to be explained from this point of view. There is some law which works in some peculiar manner on account of which we are compelled to follow this course known as transmigration. Is anyone prepared to die? But we have no say in the matter. We will die one day or the other. But why should we die? Who tells you that you must die? No one knows this. And if somebody is born, well, it is doubtful if anyone is born due to the personal wish of anyone. There is some force working behind. So is the case with every kind of experience through which we pass. We do not know what will happen to us tomorrow. So much is our ignorance, so that it appears that we are utterly humiliated beings, shamefaced in every way, ignorant to the core and completely subject to the law of forces of which we have absolutely no knowledge.

You know people are born; you know people die. This much of knowledge we do have. And, perhaps, we have also a knowledge that certain actions that we perform are responsible for our births and deaths and our experiences in life. The good that we do brings good experiences, the pleasant ones; and the bad ones produce contrary results. This much of information we have gathered by study, hearing etc. But this is not the knowledge that will liberate us.

We are so ignorant that we think that the child is born from the womb of the mother. We know only that much, but this is the least type of knowledge that one can have about the birth of a child. The child is not pushed out of the womb of the mother, as if by magic. It is a tremendous process that takes place throughout the cosmos. All the officials of the government of the universe are active in the production of a single child’s career. The whole universe vibrates with action even if a single baby is to be born somewhere in the corner of a house. It is not a private phenomenon of a little child coming out unknown somewhere in a nook and corner of the world, as people ignorantly behold or believe. The whole universe feels the presence and the birth of a single child anywhere. So what produces a child is not the father or the mother. It is the whole cosmos that produces the child. The universe is the parent of this little baby. It may be a human baby, a subhuman one or a superhuman form. Whatever be the character of that child, even if it may be an inorganic production, an atom, or an electron, or the composition of a molecule, the birth of it is regarded as the birth of a child, and it is made possible by the operation of cosmic factors. The whole universe is our father; the entire universe is our mother; the universe is the parent. That is the cause, and even if a little liquid is jetted from a pore we would realize that, ultimately, it has some connection with the universal cause of all causes, by a chain of relations.

The Upanishad tells us this secret of cosmic interconnectedness and involution of factors which are unknown to the senses and unthinkable to the mind. There is no such thing as a private act in this world. There is also no such thing as ‘my’ child and ‘your’ child. If this secret is known, no one will say, “It is my son, my daughter.” It is neither yours nor anybody’s. It belongs to that from where it has come. And from where has it come? It has come from every cell of the universe. It has not come from the seminal essence of the father or the mother, as it is believed. It is the quintessence of every particle of the whole of Nature, so that the cosmos is reflected in every body. That is why we say +the macrocosm is in the microcosm. The cosmos is reverberating and is reflected in the little baby. How, then, can you say that it is your child? It is the child of the universe, which is to take care of it; and it shall withdraw it when it is to be summoned back; it projects it when it is to be sent out for reasons which are known to the universal law alone. Here is the philosophical background of the vidya, called Panchagni-Vidya.  The cause of a particular event which is ordinarily regarded as normal, physical, personal, social, visible, tangible, etc., this particular thing, has a transcendent secret behind it. This is the great point made out in the Panchagni-Vidya.

There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, Beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our hearts — Chandogya Upanishad

There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth,
Beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens.
This is the light that shines in our hearts — Chandogya Upanishad

The birth of a human being in this world does not take place in this world alone, exclusively. It takes place in the highest regions first. One is born first in the higher levels in certain degrees of expression, and the impact of this birth is felt in the lower levels until it becomes visible to the physical eye on this mortal earth. Then we say that a child is born, someone has come, and there is a rebirth, and so on. But this someone has not come suddenly from the skies. There has been a complicated interior process preceding, which always manages to escape the notice of ordinary vision. This is the case not only with the birth of a human being, but it is so with the coming of every event in the world. The Panchagni-Vidya is not an elucidation of a single phenomenon merely, namely, the organic birth of a human individual in the mother’s womb. This is only an instance which is to be extended to phenomena of every kind comprehended in the whole of Nature. There is a total activity, in a subtle form, taking place prior to the apparently individual expression of it in the form of experience and perception.

There is a cycle, as it were, a wheel rotating in the form of give-and-take between the gods in the heaven and the human beings here. We give something and we are given back something. Nature gives us what we give to it in the form of our own deeds in this world. We do not get what we do not deserve, and we cannot get, also, what we have not given actually. What we have given, what we have deserved, what we have parted with in the form of a sacrifice, that is given back to us, with compound interest sometimes, according to the law of Nature. Unless there is a harmonious give-and-take understanding between us and Nature, Nature will not give anything to us. If we are too greedy, miserly and selfish, well, everything will be withheld from us. The earth will withdraw her forces. And in the ‘Puranas’ we are told that the earth, which is compared to a sacred cow, withdraws her milk and does not allow men to drink a drop of the milk of her giving, when they are so selfish, self-centered and absolutely averse to the virtue of giving or sharing with others. It is then that we notice an adverse action in the field of Nature. And then there is drought; there is poverty; there is catastrophe; sometimes there can be cataclysm also, as the case may be.

Causes and causes, perhaps thousands and thousands in number, have joined together through the various levels of birth chandogyamanifestation for the birth of this child, all of which is not known to this child. It knows nothing except the little locality where it is born, and all other aspects of its birth in this particular world are forgotten at one stroke due to the association of consciousness with the body in a much intensified manner. The intensity with which the consciousness gets tied up to the body is such that there is a complete obliteration of the memory of past lives, a total ignorance of everything that happened in the earlier incarnations, and there is an attachment to this particular body only, as if that is the only reality—as if there was nothing before, and there is nothing going to be in the future also! The entire chain is forgotten. Only a single link is caught hold of, and consciousness is bound hard to this particular link, and this is the earthly, the physical life of the individual.

When the span of life is finished, there is what we call the death of the body, the extrication of the prana (life force) from the individual embodiment. And these Fires take the individual to the destination to which it is bound after death. 

upanishads3The Five Fires, called the Panchagnis, mentioned here, are not actually fires in the physical sense. They are meditational techniques. The Upanishad here tells us that the whole universal activity of creation may be conceived as such a kind of sacrifice—yajna.  unless we have a practical living knowledge of the various factors that are involved in the process of manifestation, or creation, we cannot be free from the law of manifestation. Births and deaths are parts of the universal process. What we call the universal process of manifestation is inclusive of every event that takes place anywhere, in any manner, including the experiences through which we are passing here in life. The point that the Upanishad would make out is that no event or no experience can be isolated from other experiences. It is a continuity throughout from beginning to end, and births and deaths and other phenomenal experiences are not isolated factors. They are connected to ultimate causes. If we can contemplate the internal connection that obtains between the effects that are visible with the causes that are invisible, then we would be free from the clutches, or the harassments, of these laws which are operating outside us. Things are not what they seem; there is a deeper significance behind every visible process or activity in Nature. Events take place first in the highest heaven, and then their presence is felt gradually in greater and greater density as they come down to the level of more and more grossness and perceptibility and tangibility, as is the case with a disease. The illness does not manifest itself suddenly in the physical body. It happens inside first. Its seed is sown within. There is some kind of event that is taking place in the depths of our personality, and in the recesses of the world. This impulse is manifest outside as some occurrence.

The cause of a particular event which is ordinarily regarded as normal, physical, personal, social, visible, tangible, etc., this particular thing, has a transcendent secret behind it. This is the great point made out in the Panchagni-Vidya.

EXCERPTS: COMMENTARY BY SWAMI KRISHNANADA, DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY ON CHAANDOGYA UPANISHAD

“Hope is what keeps your spirit alive. Expectation weighs it down.”

“Hope is what keeps your spirit alive. Expectation weighs it down.

“Hope is what keeps your spirit alive. Expectation weighs it down.”

But how can you be positive when faced with disappointments?

By knowing that disappointments are part of the learning process.

Hope is a beautiful thing, and it must be kept alive, but expectation is a demand that comes from your ego. It is easy to be positive when things are going well.

The real test is to be positive when life is difficult, when things don’t go your way. That is how you evolve as a person”

~ Laws of the Spirit World

The Miraculous Sudarshan Kriya- For Depression and Anxiety

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Quotes

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Quotes

In today’s post I’ll be sharing something quite personal.  It is difficult, but the reason why I started this blog was not to just share articles that sound great in theory, but also to share personal stories of struggle and solutions I found that helped me overcome these challenges; to help anyone going through similar struggles.

Last September I read an article about a young woman who had suffered from a tumor. After 3 months of practicing the Sudrashan kriya as taught at the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Art of Living program, her tumor had disappeared.  You can read her full story here:

http://artoflivinglifestories.blogspot.com/2011/01/kamlesh-barwal-art-of-living-experience.html?m=1

At the time I had been suffering from severe depression, severe insomnia resulting from traumatized nerve cells, and horrible panic disorder for 7-8 months which started in early 2014. I had dealt with anxiety disorder in the past, 15 yrs ago and had overcome it with the help of Ayurvedic (Indian herbal) medicines.  This time around the problem was exacerbated due to the severe insomnia, leaving me with no respite or temporary escape.  I lost 13 pounds in 4 weeks.  I couldn’t swallow food and had to force food down by washing whatever little I could chew on with some juice or milk or water. Even prescription sleep meds failed to give me sound sleep. My own doctors didn’t handle my case properly.  They were just interested in putting me on a long term anxiety med, which did not address my severe sleep situation that needed immediate help. I had no energy and couldn’t function at all.  I was utterly confused and couldn’t understand what was even wrong with me from a medical stand point. I displayed symptoms that mimicked symptoms of other auto immune and neurological illnesses but all test came back normal. But it kept eating into my subconscious that something was wrong and doctors were taking it too lightly resulting in me spiraling into a deep depression.  Four months of this torment continued, until one of our family friends who is also a doctor prescribed me something to take at night to help with the sleep and anxiety.  For the first time in months I woke up feeling rested mentally and physically. I continued taking the medicine to get to a stabilizing point.  But after months of not being able to function normally I was in a hurry to get back to my normal self. I would get off the medicine and then find that I was back on again which is what (I believe) caused me to develop a tolerance to this medicine.  I had to increase the dosage and even that barely helped me with my sleep. I was still very depressed and hopeless about my condition and worried if it would ever really go away.  I spent a lot of money on things like acupuncture and other therapies hoping and praying they would help.

Two months into my health crisis I had attended an Art of Living Program upon my sister and brother in law’s behest. It was a very difficult period for me as I barely had the strength. A complete stranger (now a friend) who was also attending the program and lived close to me drove me to the center and back 40 minutes away for the 3-4 days. I learned the kriya/technique but wasn’t able to practice it as recommended at the time due to too much weakness.  In June I made a trip to India and sought Homeopathic and Ayurvedic treatment.  The herbal preparations helped pry me out of the deep well of darkness that I was in.  It strengthened my nerves, but the insomnia prevailed and I was still struggling with the decision of whether or not to take the prescribed medicine for insomnia. It was as if my nerves had snapped after being stretched to their maximum limit. I decided to take the prescribed medicine for insomnia and anxiety regularly, but I continued to feel hopeless that this waking hellish nightmare would never end.  The panic disorder symptoms had gone down considerably, but were still present. It was like after some steady improvement with the herbs, my progress plateaued and I was ‘stuck’.

After I read the article about the young woman mentioned above, I told myself I would do the kriya also for a period of 3 months and see if it made a difference. I religiously practiced the kriya without analyzing it or judging it. I noticed a subtle difference the very first time.  It was small but it was there.  For the first time I found myself laughing and cracking a joke in months. As time went by I found that I was returning to normal routines and day to day tasks, laughing, socializing.  Slowly the dosage of my sleep meds went down. After 3 months I stopped taking the meds completely and switched to over the counter milder forms. After a month I stopped even that and survived with just minimal, poor but natural sleep which left me feeling tired. But I continued with kriya.  My nerves are now almost back to their normal state.  I have been getting naturally drowsy and been sleeping at first just 4 hrs/night then 5-7 hrs/night.  Mentally I feel happy, strong, confident and positive like never before. This Sudrashan kriya has really been a blessing, miraculously improving my health.  It is the best gift for people in this time and age when there is so much stress and worry.

I have always been a health conscious person and strived to lead a healthy life, physically and spiritually. But sometime a problem creeps into our life and before we realize it takes over and devours us.  Everything that I had learned and that had helped me in the past just seemed to be having system failures. Meditations, mudras pranayams all just failed. I couldn’t understand why.  Looking back I realize my problem had become too big. I had also stopped my meditation process for several month prior to this, due to a bad job of prioritizing and at the same time I was taking on excessive worry and imagining fearful outcomes. So consumed was I that I didn’t even realizing the damage I was unleashing on myself.

Anxiety disorder and depression carry a lot of stigma in places like India even in this day and age, where people are quick to mock and judge attributing this illness to weakness. It is not considered a real problem by people who have never suffered from it. Sooner or later we all go through it but in varying degrees because sooner or later we all go through some tragic or traumatic life changing event, whether it is a job loss, loss of a loved one, loss of health or financial insecurity.  If the emotions associated with such loss persists for a few months it manifests as depression and panic disorder. No human being is immune to the lows of life.

This ordeal made me more spiritual, more empathetic and compassionate (not that I wasn’t before, but it took me farther and deeper). I leaned heavily for support on my family, parents, sisters and brothers-in-law, mother in law and select friends. They were my rock.  It brought me even closer to the Universal Spirit/God and my loved ones. I read the famous religious texts Ramayan and Bhagvad Puran (as translated by Kamala Subramaniyam) from which I derived immense strength. I am even more hungry for spiritual evolution than I’ve ever been).

If you are suffering from anxiety/panic disorder, depression, stress, excess worry, negative thought don’t be hopeless. There is CERTAIN help.  You will get better. You will laugh again. The dark clouds inside will disperse and the sun will shine again and your world will be a beautiful place once again. Please give this Sudrashan kriya a try.  It’s the BEST GIFT you can give yourself. It is not meditation. Just a technique which involves repeated sets of breathing at different rhythms. Very Simple; Even a child can do it.

Ayurveda ascribes anxiety disorder/depression etc. to three factors:

Poor diet/nutrition, poor lifestyle that increases the element of air/vayu and mental agitation and weakness and also astrological reasons.  In the past I have shared my experience with astrology (not your daily horoscope as printed in magazines and newspapers, but your customized horoscope based on your personal birth details). The shadowy planet called Rahu (the head/dragons head) is responsible for all sickness and disease above the neck which I know now. My horoscope shown to few astrologers by my dad in India and upon my request indicated a severely bad phase of mental stress due to Rahu.

You can read more about the Ayurvedic Approach to Anxiety at this link:

http://drrajeshshrotriya.com/anti-anxiety-drugs-in-ayurveda/

http://ayurveda.md/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=126&Itemid=1

http://ayurveda.md/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=126&Itemid=1

Please feel free to share your questions either in the comment box or privately through the Contact Me form. I’d be happy to help and answer your questions.

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

Oil Pulling Therapy for a Myriad of Diseases

Yesterday I started “Oil Pulling”. I had read about this therapy before, but it wasn’t until my sister persuaded me to give it a try that I started. She and her family recently began this therapy. The first day wasn’t fun, but today was relatively easier.  I shall share any results in a future post. I used my cold pressed unfiltered sesame oil that I purchased from King Soopers.

According to http://www.oilpulling.com/:

Dr. (med.) Karach said the oilpulling(oil-pulling) heals totally “head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. oil-pulling also heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.”

It also describes the correct method:

Step 1: First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of sunflower or sesame oil (or whatever oil you have chosen) into your mouth. We don’t recommend doing this process at any other time. Children can also do this with less quantity of oil provided they have control and practice not to swallow the oil.

(Selection and Questions on choosing the right oil Read Here )

Step 2:
Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (don’t tilt your head back to gargle though). You’ll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Keep swishing.If your jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you’re putting too much into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you’ll feel very comfortable. Pretty soon. There is no right way or wrong way to swish and pull oil. Don’t focus on doing it right. Do it with very natural movement. Do this gently, not vigorously, in a relaxed way for about 20 minutes. If you have the unbearable urge to swallow and if it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon won’t be bothersome at all, just like brushing your teeth.   When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it may become whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used. Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 20 minutes is a general rule of thumb, but you can experiment with this.  If you spit out before 20 minutes. start again, the process is to make the oil swish enough time in your mouth so that it becomes a white thick substance which is an indication of process completion.
Step 3:
As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, Spit the oil out, then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. ( Just use normal table salt). Salt water rinsing isn’t  absolutely necessary, but is very helpful as an antimicrobial and to soothe any inflammation and proven to be effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left out in the mouth.

You can do the oil pulling every morning if you like, or several times a week. Because oil pulling method can be detoxifying, you might want to take a break sometimes. One immediate benefit everyone gets is, whiter teeth, clean mouth . There’s no rule about frequency – judge according to your own experience.

Pl. understand that this process works better in the morning. Don’t try to do this any time of the day. If for some reason it is absolutely not possible for you to practice this method in the morning, you can do this on an empty stomach at any time of the day. Empty stomach means the food is digested completely. Ideally after three or four hours of you taking any food. ( Lot depends on the food you are eating).

The website also lists the diseases that have responded to oil pulling therapy.  You can read about them here: http://www.oilpulling.com/diseasescured.htm

 

 

Anti-Aging and Healing- The Mighty Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is the best antidote for vata or the air related disorders like arthritis, anxiety, depression, insomnia, constipation, gas, bloating, cold feet and hands, impatience, restlessness, nervousness, racing mind,  feeling spaced out, frazzled, all over the place, finding it hard to focus or sit still, aging, wrinkles, dry eyes and old age related conditions. Sesame oil is known as the king of oils in Ayurveda.  It is an important ingredient of many Ayurvedic preparations as it has the ability to penetrate deep into the tissues and is very rich in antioxidants and minerals.

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The use of sesame oil is what helped me begin my healing journey. A decade ago I suffered from terrible anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, nervous energy etc. At the time when I first learned about the benefits of sesame oil, I had the toasted sesame oil variety in my pantry. Although the cold pressed oil is recommended over the toasted sesame (which I realized later), it still helped me tremendously.  Toasted sesame oil has a very strong flavor and smell and can make you feel nauseous.  Cold pressed on the other hand is healthier and easier to use. After some learning and reading I quickly switched to cold pressed sesame oil.Sesame oil will help calm the nerves and relax you. It will mellow you out. If you suffer from anxiety disorders massaging scalp, will help tremendously. If you suffer from cold hands and feet, massaging them vigorously with sesame oil will help increase the pitta factor in your body and bring immense warmth. Night time is the best time for this as sesame oil can relax you and help you get deep sleep. Sesame oil is rich in antioxidants.  It is a great moisturizer for the skin. It fights wrinkles and aging. Gently massaging sesame oil on acne will help dry it out within a few days.  It is antibacterial, anti viral, anti-inflammatory. Dab a few drops to coat the inside of your nostrils to protect from cold and flu viruses. Touch wood, but I haven’t had the flu in 15 years and I never get the flu shot. (Great 😦 now I’m afraid I’m going to pay for bragging). But I am also careful what I eat and how I eat based on the principles of Ayurveda.  I include herbs and rasayans based on my body type. For example I never drink cold, iced beverages in winter. I sip warm water throughout the day and also begin my day with medium hot water.  It aids in proper digestion and assimilation of food.  But my body type is pitta so I have to strike a balance between the two humors through a careful selection of what I cook and how I cook it.  Even during the summer time I consume room temperature or cool foods only. Ice/cold beverages wreak havoc on your digestive system. And in Ayurveda, majority of diseases stem from poor digestion.

If you have a vata constitution, suffer from vata disorders or live in a cold dry climate make sure to include sesame oil in your diet and also use for massaging the face, body and hair. Leave it on for at lest 30 minutes to an hour; the longer the better. You can leave it on the scalp overnight and shampoo off the next day.  Don’t overdo it. (I’m guilty, but that’s how you really learn-through trial and error). Everything in moderation only- ease into it starting with small doses.  Drizzle sesame oil in you soups, dals, breads, rice or any preparations for that matter just before you eat. This will also prevent gas, bloating, cramps, and indigestion. Don’t consume more than a teaspoon/day or you’ll feel like you have a burning fever.

Before you proceed:

  • Find out your body type
  • Follow other measures to make sure you aren’t negating your healing efforts through contradictory habits and patterns.  For example: massaging with sesame oil and then eating a bowl of ice cream or having a cold salad or shake.
  • If you suffer from deep rooted/chronic diseases, seek guidance and treatment from an experienced Ayurveda practitioner. Ayurveda treatment involves several pronged approach which consists of prevention, treatment at the root, cleansing, dietary restrictions etc.

The above is based on my own experience with sesame oil.  You can learn more about other benefits of sesame by clicking below:

According to http://naturalsociety.com/12-health-benefits-of-sesame-seeds-sesame-oil/

  • Promote Healthy, Beautiful Skin – Sesame seeds are full of zinc, an essential      mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also      helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to      sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders.
  • Great      for High-Protein Vegetarian Diet – Sesame seeds offer 4.7 grams of      protein per ounce, giving them a perfect place in a high-protein      vegetarian diet.
  • Sesame      Seed Oil for Oral Health – One of the most prominent benefits of      sesame seeds and sesame oil revolves around removing dental plaque and      boosting oral health. By engaging in an activity known as oil pulling,      which involves swishing oil around in your mouth, you can boost oral      health and even whiten your teeth. One study showcases      the oil pulling benefits on the oral level, where oil pulling with sesame      oil was shown to reduce the amount of streptococcus mutants in both teeth      plaque and mouth saliva, and boost overall health. (Click the next link to      find out what oil pulling is and learn of oil      pulling benefits).
  • Helps      Prevent Diabetes – Thanks to magnesium and other nutrients, sesame      seeds, and especially sesame oil, has been shown to combat diabetes. One      study, published      in 2011 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found      that sesame oil “improved the effectiveness of the oral antidiabetic drug glibenclamide in      type 2 diabetic patients”. Another study concluded      that “substitution of sesame oil as the sole edible oil has an additive      effect in further lowering BP and plasma glucose in hypertensive      diabetics”.
  • Reduces      Blood Pressure – As the above study concludes, sesame oil has been shown      to lower blood pressure in hypertensive diabetics. Additionally, magnesium      has been shown      to help lower blood pressure – and sesame seeds are loaded with      magnesium.
  • Promotes      Heart Health – Further adding to the health benefits of sesame      seeds, sesame seed oil can boost heart health by preventing      atherosclerotic lesions. An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound      known as sesamol, which also harnesses anti-atherogenic properties, is thought      to be one reason for the beneficial effects. According to      GreenMedInfo, sesamol has been shown to “possess over two dozen      beneficial pharmacologically active properties, many of which may      contribute to improving cardiovascular health”.
  • Protects      Against DNA Damage from Radiation – Sesamol, a compound found in      sesame seeds and sesame oil, has been shown in      some studies to protect against DNA damaged caused by radiation. Further,      sesamol has been shown      to extend life in mice treated with radiation, partly by preventing      damage to the intestines and the spleen.
  • Prevents      Cancer – Not only do sesame seeds contain an anti-cancer compound      called phytate, but the magnesium in sesame seeds also harness      anti-cancer properties. One      study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition      found that the risk of colorectal tumors decreased by 13% and the risk of      colorectal cancer decreased by 12% for every 100 mg of magnesium taken in.
  • Boosts      Bone Health – In addition to promoting healthy skin, zinc      has also been shown to boost bone mineral density and bone health as a      whole. One study, published in      the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found a correlation      between zinc deficiency and osteoporosis in the hip and spine area. What’s      more, sesame seeds are a great source of calcium – a known trace mineral      that is essential for bone health and preventing related conditions.
  • Boosting      Digestive Health, Relieving Constipation – Sesame seeds are rich in      fiber, which is known to pave way for a healthy digestive system and a      healthy colon.
  • Provides      Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis – A mineral that is important for      anti-inflammatory and antioxidant enzyme systems, copper is known for      reducing pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Additionally, this      mineral helps provide strength to blood vessels, bones, and joints.
  • Promotes      Respiratory Health, Prevents Asthma – Thanks to the magnesium, sesame      seeds are able to prevent asthma by and other respiratory disorders by      preventing airway spasms.

Read more:

http://naturalsociety.com/12-health-benefits-of-sesame-seeds-sesame-oil/#ixzz2rRZ77orN

http://www.youthingstrategies.com/

The Violet Flame

FotoSketcher - purple flowerThe Violet Flame meditation is an effective tool for healing physical and emotional wounds, healing traumatic experiences from this life or a past life, and cleansing your aura. It can be used whenever you feel low energy, sad, anxious or any such negative emotions. Regular practice of the violet flame meditation makes one feel vibrant and buoyant.

This meditation is believed to transmute negative dense energy into positive high vibration frequency. It is believed that the atoms of our physical and spiritual bodies get clogged with dense negative energy which resides in the space around the nucleus, which in turn slows down the vibration of the electrons.  This can manifest as sickness/disease.  This meditation helps transmute this negative energy into positive energy. In India this negative energy that clogs our spiritual body is referred to as sanskar or impressions or past life memories, wounds or trauma that is left behind in our psyche and has accumulated over several life times.  Pranayam is recommended to help get rid of these impressions so one may rise above them instead of being held back by them and getting stuck in a rut.

“Negative thoughts and feelings create an excess of acid within the body that is too much for our bodies to detoxify. This causes the breakdown of our physical energy systems, disease and illness. The Violet Flame can help heal our bodies on a physical level by removing the negative energy that creates the acidic conditions. It goes to work on the deeper causes on the mental, emotional, causal, psychic and spiritual levels.  On the atomic level, vibration is the speed at which electrons orbit around the nucleus of the atom. Violet Flame Meditation actually changes our vibratory rate, working on the atomic level. When the atoms of our bodies are imbued with negativity, we vibrate slower, at a lower vibration, which causes us to resonate with MORE negativity and actually attract it. We become more dense and coarse, with less light shining within.”

From http://www.wellbeingalignment.com/violet-flame-meditation.html

I was introduced to the violet flame meditation through a fellow blogger over a year ago; prior to that I had never heard of it.  I went online and did as much reading on it as possible.  I found that the methods aren’t all consistent, but the idea behind it is the same. After much reading I finally came up with a good understanding of this meditation.  At first I underestimated this mediation, but after putting it into practice I found it to be one of the most powerful visualization meditation techniques ever.

After regular weeks of practice I started noticing that I could sense inner vibrations merely after repeating the decree a few times.  The meditation begins with saying a payer asking for protection.  It could be prayer to Archangel Michael or depending on your religious beliefs whoever you choose. Ask to be protected during the meditation as it can attract negative entities since negative entities will tend to draw energy from your light. Visualize a tube of bright white light surrounding you and going out several feet around and above and below you. Maybe it fills the entire room around you.

Next ask Saint Germaine, Archangel Zadkiel, Lady Amethyst and Lady Portia to guide you and assist you through the violet flame meditation. The above are considered to be angels of the seventh ray which is the violet ray. Saint Germain is credited for bringing the violet flame meditation to the masses. Continue by repeating a decree out loud.  There are many decrees, but I choose the classic decree:

I am a being of violet fire

I am the purity God desires 

Visualize a violet fire (flames and crackling fire sounds) rising from below you and slowly enveloping you in a 6 ft. radius all around.  The flame is cool and does not hurt you, but helps burn away the negativity. (Some visualize a violet light emanating form the heart and spreading to surround their entire being while others visualize it pouring in through the crown.)

Repeat out loud for about five minutes and ask that the violet flame help transmute your negative energy to positive energy. Something along the lines of:

I ask the violet flame to transmute any and all heavy dense negative energy that is present in my atoms and transmute it to positive energy.  I ask that this transmutation occur in my physical body, my emotional body and my mental body, at all levels, in all dimensions and across all lifetimes the past, present and future.  (Say this out loud).

Visualize the crackling violet flame working on your body at an atomic level. Feel the flames. Do this for several minutes.

Once you are done, visualize the flames getting smaller. Then thank the violet flame and the angels of the seventh ray.  Visualize any excess energy being flushed out through your feet and into the ground.

The violet flame meditation is extremely powerful which you will realize with regular practice.  Although it has been stated that it doesn’t have any side effects, I would strongly recommend one begin and end this meditation with ample grounding techniques especially if you suffer from any ailments above the heart chakra like vertigo, dizziness, headaches etc.  Practice while seated in a chair with your feet touching the ground. If you practice while lying down you will fall asleep without getting a chance to flush out the excess energy that this generates. Maybe not immediately but over some time you might wake up one morning feeling top heavy, spaced out or with a migraine or vertigo.

I have included some links below:

Violet Flame Miracles and Benefits

http://www.violetflamemiracles.com/benefits.htm

The pdf to the Violet flame Meditation.  I found this a couple of years ago, but can’t remember where.

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