There are 8 procedures in Ashtanga Yoga ( अष्टांग योग) mentioned in verse 2.29 in the the Yug sutras of Patanjali, named as Patanjali Yog Sutra. Patanjali was a Hindu Rishi/ Sage, who drew an advanced ,scientific and specific approach to Yog for the benefit of entire humankind. They are Yam (self restraint), Niyam (fixed observance), Asan (specific posture), Pranayam (breath control exercise), pratyahar (abstraction), Dhyan (contemplation), dharana (concentration) , and Samadhi (trance).
Pranayam is conscious respiration of vital force by increasing it’s dimension. Pranayam is actually the expansion of your regular breath in a particular mode, by controlling the speed and depth of breath, between inspiration, holding of breath and expiration. We can expand the amplitude of the breath voluntarily. When we breathe in (inhale), we feel the vital energy force of the universe with a superior consciousness, behold it within us for a while just to replace the negativity inside as and when we breathe out (exhale), we feel that our viscous thoughts, feelings and imaginations are being thrown out.
The power of Pranayam opens the door of our inner eternal power , in such a manner that from the smallest atom to the greatest galaxy in the Universe can be moved from their place.
Pranayam usually consists of three steps-
Purak ( Conscious Inhalation )
Kumbhak ( Breath retention within)
Rechak ( Conscious exhalation)
Purak (पूरक) -means breathing in ( inspiration)- where breath is taken in as the cosmic vital force, scientifically it’s pure and clean oxygen incorporated with our soulful consciousness. Time span is usually 5 seconds.
Kumbhak ( कुंभक) – In kumbhak, this inspired energy in the form of oxygen is retained, so that scientifically it allows the lungs to achieve a longer exchange period. It is the breath retention physically the lungs in expanded position. Kumbhak is both internal and external. Time span is usually 10 seconds.
Rechak (रेचक)- It means throwing out or cleaning. Here we breathe out or expire the viscious or negative thoughts, feelings and imaginations, which are harmful for us in the form of exhaled air or scientifically carbon dioxide. Time span is usually 5 seconds .
In Yogis ( mystics) the time span can be prolonged by practice accordingly.
Actually pranayam helps one to expand their breathing from an individual level to the cosmic level. In other words we can say this energy which is confined to an individual is expanded and connected with the cosmic energy of the universe. and this actually is Pranayam, the extension of our vital force or bringing vitality in our inhalation and exhalation process. It is an essential breathing exercise which helps to improve our concentration and hence our internal power is directly connected to the cosmic power.
Pranayam is also mentioned in verse 4.29 of Bhagwat Geeta. According to it- “Pranayam is trance induced by stopping all breathing” .
We actually incorporate, the Pran (प्राण) , or the vital energy in the cycle of breathing. It is a very simple technique in which we control the breath just to input the Prana or vital life force. It helps us in increasing our energy, bringing ultimate concentration, improves our mental ability, imparts us physical strength, releases stress and negativity and makes a soulful.
Slowly we are able to master the breath at the levels of internal holding, breath retention and external holding. As breathing is an involuntary action, when we start practicing Pranayam, we introduce regular exercise in our breath control, which includes deliberate methods of inhalation, breath retention and exhalation. It is designed and essential for our mental ,physical, spiritual, Universal and cosmic benefits and well being.
Our body always carries a concurrent source of generating thoughts, which we call as mind. Our mind, which if not controlled by us, controls us and overrules us and our personality. This thought simply which we talk with, think with, act with is your internal dialogue. It is that voice echoing within you that waves up your words, thoughts and action. It is continuous all the time, without any control on your thoughts, consciously or subconsciously. (That is another point that being in a thoughtless state is attained meditation.)
Once this thought generating process is disturbed, the person is tagged with a tagline of “disturbed mind”. Thoughts keep on generating and get transformed into the words still in that condition too, but they actually loose your control. This happens only in the condition when your thought process is either negative or too much attached with the worldly desires . As soon as it is detached, your mind does not find a space to control itself, because of lack of peace of mind. That means somewhere you were unavailable to control it and you might have forgotten yourself for the time being , and it started ruling yourself simply by just destroying your character and your personality. See how the internal dialogues starts making a control over you.
So you have to hack and control your internal dialogue system and your thought process simultaneously by involving yourself always in a creative direction, full of positivity and optimism. It should be constructive, creative, positive, optimistic and should carry research and resurgence definitely for the universal peace and growth.
Tratak(त्राटक) in Sanskrit means look/ gaze/ stare.
In Hathyog six types of yogic kriyas known as shatkarma (षट्कर्म) are given.These are yogic purification techniques. They are actually the detoxification techniques of mind and body. It has been explained for the purification and strengthening of mind and body of a human. It’s an open eye meditation which involves relationship between eyes and the brain. It is a practice in which eyes are commanded to still and gaze on the tip of a burning flame or a particular point continuously. It brings energy to the third eye.
It makes the mind calm and quiet, boosts the concentration and memory, increases the inner potential and energizes the brain power. It brings a mental and physical balance in human. It helps in purification of both the internal and external aspects of a willful human being.
TYPES OF TRAATAK MEDITATION- Traatak can be practiced in the following ways-
1. SUN TRAATAK– Early in the morning during sunrise, you have to gaze at the the sun constantly without blinking eyes. Start from a minute or two and may last up to 5 minutes to 7 minutes.
After that close your eyes and do internal traatak. You will see the sun as a bright Sun dot exactly between your Aagya chakra( आज्ञा चक्र) and bright red rays radiating all over your face and for head creating a vibrant aura.
2.MOON TRAATAK- This can be done specially on full moon days. The technique and time duration to do is same as the sun traatak. But during internal traatak you will see a white bright dot like Moon, exactly it’s live imprint, between your aagya chakra, and calm cool rays all over your forehead creating a calm and cool aura.
3.BINDU OR DOT TRAATAK– Take a white piece of paper with a prominent black dot on it. It can be placed over the wall at a distance of 1.5 to 2 feet, the dot just in a straight line with your eyes. Just start gazing it without blinking your eyes, till it starts rolling down in tears. Initially you may take a break for a second and again start focusing on it. Start it from 5 minutes and slowly raise it up to 15 minutes.
4. CANDLE TRAATAK- Place a burning candle in front of you, at a distance of 1.5 to 2 feets. The height should be adjusted such that the eyes and flame are in a straight line. Start gazing at the tip of the burning flame, till your eyes start rolling down into tears. Time, initially should be 5 minutes and should be practiced to last up to 15 minutes.
5. EARTHEN LAMP TRAATAK– Take an earthen lamp filled with cow’s ghee (clarified butter) and cotton strip. Place it at a height where your eyes lie in a straight line at the tip. Ablaze it and start gazing it without blinking your eyes. Initially start doing it upto 5 minutes and then prolong it up to 15 to 20 minutes. Initially it may and if it’s straining ,break it for a while, but try to reduce the frequencies of break. This is the best method of doing traatak. It’s highly beneficial for the kids to improve concentration.
6. PICTURE/ GURU/ LORD TRAATAK- Here you have to place the picture of your Guru or your Lord in front of you and start gazing into the eyes continuously. Time duration is same as above, start from five minutes and make it last up to 15 minutes. Close your eyes and do internal Traatak. You will find the image of your Lord/ Guru in between your eyebrows at the Aagya Chakra. Slowly you will feel the vibrant energy of your Guru inside you.
METHOD OF DOING TRAATAK– Sit on the floor, on a soft and comfortable mat, in Sukhaasan ( folded knees). Take a few deep breaths and relax your body. Close your eyes and make yourself smile. Slowly open your eyes and start doing traatak with confidence and inner strength.
It should be done possibly empty stomach, early in the morning or late at night before sleeping.
BENEFITS OF TRAATAK– It cures dementia, loss of memory, depression, weak eyesight, watering of eyes, burning sensation in eyes, insomnia. It controls thirst and appetite. It boosts up the power and functionality of brain, strengthens and energizes the brain. It raises the internal power and telepathy to miraculous levels. Relieves mental stress, anger, anxiety, headache. Brings freedom from negative thoughts. It brings magically strong will power and highly improved memory. It actually benefits a whole range of mental and physiological functions.
In last blogs we have studied the various aspects of meditation. But now not only the question but also the curiosity arises that what are the benefits of meditation?
Meditation in all aspects is always beneficial to each and every person. There is no any person who has been not yet been benefited by the meditation if ever practiced.
The various benefits of meditation still are classified here just to simplify the understanding towards the various benefits of meditation-
Physical benefits of meditation- It reduces stress, control, anxiety, awakens the body and mind, brings clarity in thoughts, brings driven and controlled emotions and actions, image improvement, worth-enhancement, reduces ageing, makes happy and feel contented, sound sleep, increased energy level, reduces risk of heart stroke, enthusiasm, zeal, zest in life, very high positive attitude towards life etc.
Mental benefits of meditation- It improves and enhances the power of conscious and subconscious mind. The neurones of the brain sites that regulate the power of positivity are triggered. It increases serotonin production that enhances mood.It improves the behaviour, boosts up memory, relaxes the mind and improve its clarity, peace and creativity .It makes you more attentive. You feel a higher self esteem and self worth.
Psychological or emotional benefits –
It develops higher intuition levels, mental power, strength, energy and positivity. Adds new dynamics to the personality, enhances cognitive skills, raises soft skills, makes stress-free and anxiety- free, develops appreciative and creative approach, enhances communication skills, increased confidence levels, fights addictions, calms down central nervous system, balances circulatory system, optimises emotional intelligence, brings self-acceptance, upgrades learning ability, emotional eating is reduced etc.
Physiological benefits of meditation- It increases the immune system, improves the metabolism of the body, lowers high blood pressure, reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the blood lactate level. It decreases the frequency of headaches, treats ulcers, Insomnia, joint and muscle problems, improves breathing and heart rate, lessens respiratory and asthamatic attacks and complications, improves premenstrual and menopausal syndrome, fibromyalgia. It’s effects have been noted better than Morphine in terms of painkiller. It balances the endocrine system etc.
Scientific benefits of meditation- It reduces the free radicals in the body (anti ageing effects). It brings positive changes in brain electrical activity. According to Harvard University neuroscientists, MRI scans show a larger hippocampal and frontal volume of the grey matter concentration in brain of meditators. Gamma waves are generated in the brain. Thicker prefrontal cortex and right anterior insula is seen, larger gyrifications( brain processes information faster), decreased cellular level inflammation, may treat HIV, reduces atherosclerosis, increased brain wave coherence etc.
Psychosocial benefits of meditation- Reduced sense of loneliness, reduces depression, allows to stop smoking, prevents drug addiction, ego-resilience, decreases the sense of isolation, person at social level builds strong interpersonal relationships, creates impressive social connectivity, makes feel compassionate, Optimistic approach, develops strong will power, emotional maturity, stabilized personality, balanced judgements, reduces fears and phobias etc.
Spiritual benefits of meditation- Unites body, mind and Soul, self- enlightenment, relaxation at all levels, deeper intuitions and understandings, deliberate forgiveness, increased acceptance, enhanced brain fertility, dissolved ego, inner peace and silence, depth in awareness, spirituality is awakend,deeper consciousness, discovering the ultimate aim of life, spiritual strengthening, authenticity of life enhanced, value based thoughtful life etc.
Universal benefits of meditation- develops sense of Universal Oneness, decreases the principle of dualism, synchronized behaviour at social level, a balanced and holistic well-being, generation of thought process to work and dedicate at the universal level.
Practice meditation daily.
In previous blogs we have already discussed about the aspects of meditation. Now the question arises what are the exactly proven methods of meditation.
Meditation actually is a part of ancient Indian eternal (sanatan)culture. It has been developed by Adiyogi Lord shiva and has been forwarded to the great Indian sages under whose spiritual blessing we all are surviving.
In due course of time it has been tied up with various religious and cultural practices. It’s actually about creating a sense of calm and being quiet, searching and then finding awareness,raising consciousness and inner (spiritual) power, and finally achieving peace, harmony and blissfulness.
Now a days there are numerous ways of meditation developed by various religions, gurus and paths. People, according to their mindsets and skills find a comfort zone in any of the types.
The only need for meditation- practice needs a soundfree zone/place, the same place, everyday for practice and only YOU.
Meditation for beginners – There are people who have lived whole of their lives, without a single day of known meditation.
They have to choose a place which is free from any type of sound, where they can sit without distraction, daily in the same place. They just have to focus on their breath through praanayaam(प्राणायाम), the cycle of inhalation and exhalation, and stop it still for few moments at your aagya chakra(आज्ञा चक्र), third-eye at pineal gland.
You should start from 5 to 10 minutes and reach it up to 20 minutes for at least 40 days. Soon you will observe miraculous changes and within 40 days you will start meditation and will be habituated to it, let your thoughts come and go. Just watch them quietly and effortlessly.
Meditation for practitioners- Once you start enjoying meditation with all its beneficiaries stated above you walk into the zone of meditation-practitioner’s who start feeling the blissfulness of the soul. In this stage it becomes a necessity for a meditator. They lack something, if they fail to practice it someday ,somehow. You should now start it from a minimum of 20 minutes which you already have achieved and may make it last for an hour for a period of 111 days. Here you have to focus with your semi opened eyes on the tip of your nose. If you find it a bit uncomfortable, in the beginning, just break it for a while. Slowly you’ll be able to do it comfortably and successfully.
In my previous blog ” Know your chakras”, we have gone through the various chakras located in our body. By this period you must attain the fourth Chakra, that is heart chakra.
Meditation for attainers – Now slowly practicing meditation, you have transformed yourself from a practitioner to an attainer. Attainer is one who has started learning and enjoying his or her power of soul. Things and incidents around you have started happening some where according to your wish. You should meditate from an hour to the time you enjoy without any distraction. Now meditation has become an important part of not only your daily routine, but of your life too. Your focus now resides exactly on your Aagya Chakra( आज्ञा चक्र),third eye, easily and stay still without any thought process.
Meditation for kids- A very good cultural practice should be developed in the humankind around the world of developing and nurturing the kids with the daily practice of meditation. The very small kids don’t know to focus on their breath, and easy way is to let them know and learn as a beginner mode or through traatak(त्राटक).
Traatak- It’s an ancient Indian eternal practice of meditation through open eyes. You have to sit in a comfortable mode in your regular place of meditation in a dark room. An earthen or metal lamp of clarified butter or a burning candle should be kept at a height of your eyes. You should focus on the topmost tip of the flame, without blinking your eyes constantly, until your eyes roll down in tears. Initially it will be a bit hard to perform, but slowly you will start expanding the time span from 5 minutes to 20 minutes.
This is an excellent method of meditation for all age groups .
Yes, words have power. As a single word can create or destroy our life, build or break a relationship, unite or divide the families ,societies, nations. Words can begin and end war, words can hurt or heal, design or destruct, motivate or discourage.When a child utters MUM( mother), a flash of vibrant and positive energy spreads around which brings smile, hope and positivity and is definitely diffusive to others also.Words have energy and power hence it has a powerful force. Your words lead to the direction of your mind, body, soul surroundings, environment etc. The reality you inhabit is the outcome of your words actually. It’s a very powerful tool to uplift and heel someone’s energy level and personal vibrations.It’s written in our Vedas that your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits , your habits become your values… which actually is responsible for shaping up our destiny.Words are more powerful than actions as they create thoughts in us and change your mind completely. Words help us to spread the concept, ideas, thoughts and influence the society and world both at work and personal level.Positive thoughts, words and speech can actually redesign and reshape the world much better than it is; where as negative thoughts words and speech has driven the world into depthless dark.Words captivate, ignite, activate, stimulate and power up your thoughts and brain.The Neuroscience behind this is that positive words stimulate the frontal lobe activity of the brain and affects other areas of the brain too . When we speak, the sound waves carry the (spoken) message and create impact on the receptor.A Japanese water researcher and scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto has made studies on water through high speed photography, which shows water reacts to the sound vibrations and affects the molecular structure of water. Positive words showed beautiful geometric patterns and negative words showed distorted and destructed shapes of the water crystals. A negative word increases the activity of the fear centre(amygdala) of the brain. This releases stress producing hormones and neurotransmitters which hinders the functions of brain by bringing a shut down to the logic and reasoning centres of the frontal lobe of the brain responsible for our positive thought process and languages we know, which connects to the motor cortex responsible for your actions. That’s why a series acts.. of thoughts, then words, then actions and finally our parietal lobe of the brain is responsible for the the perceptions. When frontal lobe is affected, parietal lobe too gets affected and hence changes our perceptions and interactions. Hence the cognitive functioning of the brain is affected.Words create us and our surroundings and hence words create the universe. Words and universe both are the centric concentrate of energy and power.If you want to transform your thoughts into actions and reality, word is the only power which will help you, as every word matters. The tremendous power of word can nurture, nourish, inspire, heel, encourage, uplift, love and even can bring lives in the dead ones.Your words, if soulful, can really touch the heart of a person even though unseen. It can change the direction of time and force. It can bring the almighty on the earth. It is only the word that has such an enormous superpower. So be careful while choosing a word, before speaking, as it can affect your entire personal, emotional, psychological, social, universal status and of your surroundings too.
Words are not a mere architectural assemblance of few letters, instead..WORDS ARE VOWWORDS ARE PROMISESWORDS ARE COMMITMENTSOnly those words are powerful which are to be fulfilled and only those words are fulfilled which are generated from our heart and soul.🙂
Vibration is that super energy restored within you, that you have achieved within yourself by keeping and staying yourself positive, in all the pros and cons of your life. The higher the Hfrequency of your vibrations, the lighter you feel in your physical, mental, social, emotional surroundings. You feel strong, clear, firm, positive and hopeful in all the situations. You can easily deal with all your situations at your personal level and hence you feel stronger as a person.
The whole universe is actually a concentrate of energy. We too act on the basis of this energy confined within us, as we are an important and integral part of this universe. Our thoughts generate only at the basis of the frequency of this energy level what we call as vibrations. If our energy level is purest, our thoughts too will be the purest. Purity is actually innocence, just like a small child.
Purer is your soul, purer are your thoughts and hence purer is your energy which is free from grits and so making you lighter and lighter, simply raising your vibrations higher and higher without any efforts.
But in the present world where truth, innocence, commitment, transparency has been lost, a majority of people are suffering from the problem of lowered vibrations. As a human being, we are the best creation of this world as we are soulful and always have the attitude of being connected to the almighty, which is the recurrent source of energy to us. We have the power of self awareness, being thoughtful and meditative.
Present world is full of competition and stress. Even if you feel you are living a normal life, here are the following ways to – – –
Raise your vibrations higher –
1. Drink plenty of water
2. Take a good sound sleep
3. Light nutritious food in your meals
7. A strong desire to give ( donate)
8. Violet light -It has the highest energy, frequency and vibrations ( shortest wavelength) of visible light
9. Firmness in attitude
10. Clarity in vision (focus forward)
10 Facts that lower your vibrations –
- Stress and anxiety
- Being unnecessary judgemental
- Lack of sleep
- Unhealthy food
- Lack of meditation
- Lack of yoga and physical fitness
- Not being conscious (Lack of self awareness)
- Lack of foresightedness
- Negative talks, gossips, criticism (They burn our maximum positive energy)
- Consistant use of electronics and social media
- Living in the past (what is lost, is lost …let it be..God has kept the best for you.)
- Guilt, anger, questions to the dead past. (Your energy wants to give you bigger, bigger and you cry for lower and worse.) This is due to lack of depth in your thoughts and unnecessary attachments.
How to raise your lowered vibrations.
- Stay with happy and positive people and surroundings.
- Deep breath,s s each with a power of confidence.
- Good sound sleep and power nap when ever tired.
- Regular meditation.
- Listening good music and good thoughts.
- Reading good books.
- Ignore and leave bothering people,those who don’t bother you.
- Do your acts of good choice.
- A regular visit and help to the underprivileged, orphans and so on.
- Listening and penning down your own thoughts.
If opens up our vision and lets focus on the better. A higher vibrations opens up our heart chakra so that we feel loved, compassionate,devoted, peaceful, authentic, emotional and sensitively attached to every living being on this planet. We find ourselves nearer to the creator, so feel the higher vibrations of being a preserver.
The four Biological Rhythms are_ *Circadian rhythms_
Circadian Rhythm(CR) is one of the four biological rhythms in the body. This is a natural, internal, biological cycle of physical, mental, psychological, behavioural changes, that the body goes through in every 24 hours and is set by the cycle of Sunlight. It is also known as the body’s master clock /day night cycle/ sleep-wake cycle. We can say it’s a biological process that displays an endogenous oscillation of 24 hours.
The term circadian comes from Latin; the word Circa meaning around (or approximately) and diem meaning day. A few examples of Circadian Rhythms are sleep-wake cycle, the body temperature cycle, the hormones release cycle, brainwave activity, cell regeneration. It plays a key role to determine our sleep patterns, controls the production of melatonin and helps to control our daily schedule of wakefulness, our level of energy and exhaustation. As it runs in the background, it affects all the essential functions and processes.
It is governed by a group of neurons called Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) and located in the hypothalamus region of the brain that respond to light and dark signals. It also stimulates the production of hormones like melatonin, cortisol on receiving signals from various parts of our body and simultaneously alters our body temperature and regulate our metabolism. Melatonin is released more by body at night and is suppressed during the day and responsible for the sleep whereas cortisol is produced more in the morning and hence makes us more alert. Light travels to SCN from the optic nerve of the eyes signalling the biological clock to be awake.
The Circadian rhythms are controlled by the Circadian clocks. They are the autonomous clocks producing rhythms even at the absence of daily signals of environment. They control the circadian rhythms and are present in every cell and every organ.They are biochemical oscillators that play in synchronisation with the daily solar cycle. These clocks tell our brain to sleep, tell our heart to pump, and tell our gut to digest food optimally.
Age is an important factor that influences circadian rhythm in infants,teens, adults, old age. They all experience it differently. Newborns do not have Circadian Rhythm developed until few months. It develops in the coming three months after their birth. Cortisol develops in babies from 2 months to 9 months old and melatonin develops in at about 3 months old baby.Infants therefore wake up and sleep in every 2 hours. Children need 9 to 10 hours of sleep at night. Teenagers have a shift in circadian rhythm known as sleep phase delay. They are active till late night. They need some duration of sleep like children, but melatonin releases later at night in them. Healthy adults have consistent Circadian Rhythm if they owe healthy habits. They need 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night. Melatonin releases before midnight in them. They feel tired in afternoon. Old age if healthy and maintained at it’s maximum, the Circadian Rhythm is mai ntained but due to some health issues it may be disturbed in the old age.
The Circadian Rhythm diet_ It means that we should eat light, healthy, nutritious food during the daylight hours strictly and fast for the remaining 12 dark hours of the day, where breakfast and lunch should be larger compared to the dinner or supper.These patterns have profound benefits as it maintains a healthier blood lipid profile and better blood sugar control and hence due to enhanced metabolism loss in weight, avoiding obesity which is found in people eating late at night.
To track out whether the Circadian Rhythm is properly balanced, following signs should be spotted_
*a complete sound sleep at night of 7 to 9 hours
*fall asleep within 10 to 20 minutes* instead of being restless at night, a deep sleep
*wake up with freshness and well rest.
The harms of a disturbed Circadian Rhythm are_
*sleep disorders( clinical insomnia)
*cardiovascular system disorders
*gastrointestinal system disorders
* lack of concentration
* skin problems
To improve your Circadian Rhythm you have to reset the disrupted body clock, reorganize the regular schedule, increased exposure to sunlight in the morning and nature, maintaining healthy habits, regular work hours (avoid night shifts), physical activities and a chosen lifestyle of natural standard. In severe cases chromotherapy or bright light therapy may be used.
Circadian Rhythm continues to operate even in individuals deprived of light which indicates that the activity of Supracheasmatic neurones is innate.
A Circadian Rhythm is a biological clock but all the biological clocks are not Circadian.
So it’s very much necessary to reset and regulate the Circadian Rhythm because it is helpful to maintain the vitality of our mind, body and hence the soul.
Know yourself series- Part- 4
In last two blogs- “why to meditate?” and “when to meditate?”, we have discussed the various aspects of needs of meditation. But now the question arises, between all the the hustles and bustles, between all the roughs and smoothes, where can we find a suitable, comfortable and best place to meditate, wherever we are. Practically it’s not possible for everyone to find a designed meditation venue with harmony, revitalization and communion.
It’s very easy to find a garden nearby with fresh air, increased oxygen level, chirping birds, blooming buds, glazing greeneries and harmonious interaction with the nature and people around. Finding place in mother nature’s lap is the most secured, serene and peaceful place.
Next we can find a nearby holy place, may be a Temple, Mosque, Church, Shrine or any sacred place with powerful spiritual vibrations and energy, which can easily revitalize our powerful spirit. In all the atmosphere should be serene, calm and positive, where you can sit and fit yourself comfortably and peacefully. If you don’t find such places, better you find an indoor meditation space- like any corner of your home and convert it into a meditation haven. It should be well organised, calm and quite away from noise and disturbances. Your meditation intentions should find the deepest dips in that space. The light, colour, fragrance should add life to your voice of prayer and the deepest meditation.
Rooftops, terrace, balconies, patios, courtyards are better alternative spots to bask either before sunrise or at night, where you can calm down and tranquilize yourself and feel the sense of peace and enjoy the break from the incessant world, as for your own time to know yourself and to discover yourself. This practice should be done daily to experience the concurrent and continuous well-beingness, potent joy, genuine and authentic devotion to attain the state of meditation and hence a feel of being blissful.
You are lucky enough to find places near sea, rivers, streams, waterfalls, hills, mountains, fountains, resorts, sanctuaries. They bring you to a calm and settled state. You like to stick to such places and leave yourself to let flow down in a non obstructed way to raise yourself. Nature’s voice always touches the deepest levels of our thoughts, inner cores of our heart which always is in search of peace and serenity.
Once you are able to attain the state of meditation, place won’t matter a lot as you enjoy the powerful spiritual aura around you, which itself makes a soulful suitable place so that you can meditate anytime anywhere without much efforts and formalities. But for that you should take a regular follow up, everyday, preferably at the same time slowly you will be out of time and other obligations. You will enjoy the meditation anywhere, anytime everywhere and always will find a place where to meditate with powerful and divine vibrations.
Smile is that divine expression which appears involuntarily over your face and reflects your peaceful happiness . A happy smiley face has a hidden power of making others smile without uttering a word or taking up an action .
Smile has a motivational power that brings confidence and fills us with brighter options. It’s not a world famous quote, not an action applied with great efforts, not at all a deed that needs anything. Just when you feel like moving forward, you will get up and start with deep breath and a broad smile. Smile definitely is a sign of confidence and contentment within a person .
If we see the either face of the coin, a smiling person makes others smile too. Its not good to say that smile is contageous as it is a superpower of positivity and confidence. Once you smile you start upgrading your confidence and hence raising your vibrations higher and higher. A smile immediately displaces the sigh inside you deteriorating you every movement. Smile is that powerhouse which adds life to your every cell. In other words it is a vital tonic energy and force that brings a ray of hope and foresightedness in you.
Smile not only improves your face value but it also improves your social value, moral value and a value which is valueless ( cant find a value) . A smiling face is welcomed, trusted and accepted everywhere in the family and society. A smile always drives to stay happy despite of your bag full of sorrows and sighs. Smile lets you not to give up in any situation, any contrast phase. It helps you to breathe up your that intellect which torches up your brain in your darkest hours. Once your intellect is lightened, opened and sharpened ,you can fight up with any contrast situation without any fear or hesitation.
You should smile with all your energy , power and heart. Your effortless smile actually spreads a vibration in your surroundings which affects other’s positively and makes them happy and brings rays of hope, happiness, power and confidence. Smile every day, every time, every moment as your Smile spreads positivity in not only your surroundings but beyond them.🙂
Part- 3 of know yourself series…
In last blog you have read, why to meditate?Once it is clear, why meditation is needed, the next arising question is when to meditate?What is the suitable time for meditation?What is the best time to meditate?
The best time to meditate is when the nature is fresh again, atmosphere is calm, quiet and serene, least is the phonic disturbance(sound) in the surroundings and above all your intention and vibrant positivity to meditate with your refreshed mind. In the yogic system (which has been originated from India and is the father of the meditation system), it has been told that the very early morning hours ,fourth quarter of the night, one and a half hour prior to sunrise is the best time to meditate.This is also known as the Brahma muhurtam or the pre dawn period. However it is the time before sunrise in the area you are located . Indian sages have been quoted to have being meditating for hundreds and thousands of years uninterruptedly , which may be astonishing for the modern world . But it’s true.
The preponderence of positivity and purity has to go through this spiritual experience and explanation. Serenity, peace, positivity and power is manifested during this period. Simply waking up in this time helps us to gain and sustain good health and helps to achieve a healthy peaceful life span. The whole space is filled up with a great vibrant and positive energy that diffuses in you naturally and automatically. It’s an excellent communion of the power of human and nature, body and soul, yoga and meditation.
A human body operates according to the movements of the sun through out the day, which is known as the circadian rythms.
The body finds the best alignment with the nature in the Brahma Muhurtam and hence , an ease and urge to meditate arises during this hours. It may be a daunting task for people who follow an indisciplined and unorganised life pattern and daily regimen.
An important friend chemical known as melatonin is secreted from the pineal gland (third eye/ Sahastrar chakra). This melatonin makes the body relax, reduces the body temperature and lowers the Blood Pressure to the normal level.
At this time Pineal gland is most active and so the melatonin secretion is highest which brings our mind , body and the soul in a single alignment of ease to rise upward and upward through the chakras( Read – Know Your seven chakras).
Once you start rising in this hour and start meditating, you will develop an automatic system to practice it daily. You will start feeling the connection with the Divinity, with the Supreme.
The high level of oxygen in the air, the peace, serenity and divinity in the atmosphere, the soothing cool and calm environment, holds the secret potential of benefitting you, maximum from the nature power. This time quenches your thirst of supreme knowledge and internal peace and happiness. It also removes the stagnation, lethargy and dullness of both your mind and body, and thus helps your soul to illuminate and enlighten with super vibrations.Waking up in this time puts your biological clock in a perfect synchronization with the nature’s clock.
Meditation is actually the eternal integration and powered union of your mind, body and soul.Once you attain the state of meditation and start enjoying it in your inner chores, you are in a state of self attained meditation , which is the ultimate bliss of this life . Hence you should propel and persuade your mind and body to meditate properly.
Part 2 – Know yourself series
Meditation is a self attained state which help us to know ourselves, our aura, our energy level and drives a desire to know beyond what we are in ,definitely, the most possible positive direction and manner. Meditation is our ancient Vedic technique of restoring our energy and bringing it to the convergence with the ultimate and Supreme source of energy, The Almighty .
Why to meditate is not a question alone, it’s a revolution that needs to be raised everyday, every moment. Meditation is that technique of power restoration which brings you to the ultimate state of innocence, where you have known non- tiring efforts to live happily and peacefully, full of energy, satisfaction, contentment, etc.
Just think of a small kid. The innocence,happiness, attraction, cheerfulness, smile, tireless urge to play, the level of energy that child possesses is the ultimate bliss; isn’t it? If you want to feel relaxed and happy you will try to play with the child, if present nearby, rather than doing something else; as the child’s company fills you with energy. Every child attracts you, draws your attention and makes you smile, even though you are in pain and grief .
The conclusion is that the child is in a state of sheer meditation without any efforts, as he is born with and we too are born with it as well. Everyone is born in a state of meditation unknowingly and effortlessly that’s why we are in need of peace and happiness.
As soon as we grow up with start learning worldly rules and push ourselves in unnecessary desires and goals.
In ancient Indian culture, where the vedic system was followed by everyone, meditation was taught right from the childhood as the most essential process of living. This was just not to get deviated from our energy level and learnt to let the energy penetrate through all our chakras. (Read my blog “Know your 7 chakras”) and hence directed to get unified with the ultimate Supreme Power.
Once all our energies are united, all our possibilities and positivities too get united. Then only they help us to turn lighter and lighter, that means free from all the negativities, which actually scatter our energy.
Once we are lighter our vibrations start raising higher and higher. We create an aura around us, which allows the entry of the energy sources (people) only which match them. One day we turn so highly vibrated that any negativity that enters our orbit turns into positivity. That is what we call our company (Sangat= संगत) and hence doublets our energy again, making us much much powerful than we could ever feel about.
Everyday meditation makes us innocent, calm, patient, happy and cheerfuland peaceful. We can realise our power and energy level, that helps us to achieve our self confidence. It continuously balances and maintains us in a state that unites us with the nature and its immense power. It makes us feel and absorb the level of concurrent vibrations, that fill us with radiant smile, happiness, blissful joy and vibrant energy with the continuous urge to raise others too, higher and higher. That’s why we should meditate every day and every moment throughout the life.
Speechless mind is a state of mind which may be attained only after a subsequent and repeated practice. Mind never speaks out, but it is the only driving force to let you speak. It holds the contents in the form of thoughts, which turn into your speech. Even if you are alone, it goes on calculating continuously. If you control your mind, you are speech is controlled and if your mind is uncontrolled your speech too is uncontrolled. But the player is mind. That’s why I have written in my previous blog “Guide your mind“. A guided mind is a controlled mind, disciplined mind and thoughtful mind.
Now the mind is free from all the negativities and manipulations. That means your whole energy now converges in the upward direction, towards the positive direction. The mind if is full of negativity, your soul instinct will continuously resist it to attain positivity and hence the mind won’t find a peaceful state. When negativities exist, our basic positivity will try to nullify it and hence the result will be a zero, in values. We won’t get anything except failures. So the mind should be free from negativities. For that a sustained positive environment should be created with vibrant radiations. Negativities move out speechless and positivity quietly compensate their positions in your mind, in the same way as the darkness of night disappears as soon as the sun rays touch the horizon. A kind of displacement reaction; displacement of negativity with positivity, displacement of fearfulness with fearlessness, displacement of darkness with light, displacement of weakness with strength, displacement of mortality with immortality.
Same way the speaking mind is a mindful of mixed thoughts, positive or negative. Now when the mind is guided, it paves your path upwards, towards positive horizon. Undoubtedly you should be lighter and lighter, without carrying the burdens of negative or stressful thoughts.
In due course we automatically start trimming more and more thoughts, when we move upwards to turn our self lighter.
Slowly we attain a state or a position when the mind turns speechless. A speechless mind is a calm, cool, patient and still mind. Hence, is in a meditative stage. So a speechless mind is a mind, that is established in a state of meditation. Once this state is attained, you need not to practice meditation; instead you are in a state of permanent meditation. You keep on meditating effortlessly while eating, sleeping, working ,moving and in gatherings.
Meditative assemblies do not make you learn meditation. You yourself are the guide to your state of attaining meditation. If you want to achieve it, start practicing a speechless mind. A speechless mind transforms itself into a meditative mind and hence attains the state of ultimate blissful meditation. So a speechless mind makes your personality and aura to speak out soulful speeches where no words are involved. Bring yourself in a state of “Speechless Mind“.
“You are pure, enlightened, and spotless. Leave the illusion of the world and wake up from this deep slumber of Delusion.” – Madalsa
According to Markandeya Puraan (Markandeya Puraan is one of the 18 puraans written by sage Vyasa), Queen Madalsa (मदालसा) was a great, spiritually inclined, highly educated, learned and enlightened woman. She was a great mother and an extraordinary educator. She possessed both beauty and intellect. History speaks that Madalsa’s children were the first to enhance the supreme consciousness and hence became the first sanyasis (renunciants) and yogi (spiritualist).
She was the daughter of the king of Gandharvas named Visvavasu. She was married to the son of Satrujit, named Ritudhvaja (also KuvalayAswa). During their marriage, Madalsa made a bond to king that upto 5 years of their children’s birth, no one would interrupt her in educating and upbringing her sons. The king agreed to it. The couple gave birth to four sons. When the children were in her womb she used to take specific herbs every month and continued till her all three trimesters. She started preaching her children with holy hymns in her womb itself before their birth.
When the first child was born he was named Vikrant( Brave and powerful)by the father king.When the baby was in the cradle mother Madalsa used to sing a lullaby of Jnana(knowledge) which is a set of nine shlokas to calm down the crying baby. This is known as the Madalsa Upakhyan. The child grew up with the words of wisdom and spiritual knowledge and transformed into a young Prince. But he was not at all passionate about the kingdom, instead was interested to move out into the forest to perform a severe penance to clean the path of Salvation. He was allowed to move on to his desired path by the king.
When the second child was born, the king named him Subahu (strong, beautiful and powerful armed ). Madalasa brought her up in the same way, as the first child. She kept him illuminating with pure awakening wisdom and knowledge.He too was not interested in worldly pleasure and moved out in forests for salvation.
When the third child was born, the king name him Shatrumardan( Conqueror of the enemies). During the naming ceremony mother Madalasa could not stop laughing at the name and at her level she was surprised to the king how he could name his sons with such names. The third child was also brought up in, the same way as the previous two.
The king was deeply saddened and constantly worried about his sons giving up the reigns of the Kingdom. So he requested his queen to preach the fourth child in such a way that he takes up his Kingdom and bring it to the utmost fame and prosperity and not to preach the fourth child in the previous manner.
She gave birth to the fourth son and named him Alarka (mad dog). She hummed the song of bravery and valor to transform him into a great king. The king asked the queen, the reason behind naming him so. The queen laughed and quoted as- ” the name is for the sake of communication only, which has been coined by the mortals. The omnipresent is beyond names and forms. By which name can we address him”. So you don’t be happy that you have chosen meaningful names of your three sons.
“Yadi samvyavharartham asannamma prakalpyate, Namni kasmaat alarkhye nairarthyam bhavto matam“.
Vyavhar (communication) is illusion. So we can call this model body made up of five elements , namely, (Earth, Sky, Water, Air and Fire) by any name. So if you think I have named the prince “Alarka”, with a meaningless name, you have misunderstood actually. If everything is meaningless in this world, let it be too so. This was the Vedant taught by an Indian queen to his king.
Alarka was taught Raj Dharm( How to rule with might and justice), Varnashram Dharma( how to treat all the sectors of society), Grihstha Dharma( how to keep a family and it’s tree prosperous, wealthy and happy), Nithya Naimittika Shraddha Dharma, Paarvana Shraddha Dharma, Prashastapratishtha, Sadachar varnan, Varjyavarjya by his mother Madalasa, who made her a righteous, mightious, warrior and intellectual king.
As the Indian Kings did, Ritudhwaj too retired from his Kingdom and moved out to forest (Vaanprastha) to perform the penance and clean the path of Salvation. Queen Madalasa too joined her. But before moving out, she gave her son a ring, in which was hidden a piece of advice in the form of minute letters inscripted in it. The advice was,” if you are not capable to perform , then move out of the society. If you are not able to do this also, then join the sadhus(renunciant), whose company will bring your life on the path of ultimate bliss and salvation. thus he became an erudite scholar, brave warrior and a great ruler. Thus Queen Madalasa has impressed the entire world, as a women of unbound intelligence, and in the entire Indian Vedant society as Yogini( a woman proficient in Yog) and a Brahmavadini mother.
Confidence is not an attire, not a precious rare piece of jewellery, neither a makeup nor a thing which can be bought and learnt in a scheduled class. Confidence is that attitude which not only defines you, not only strengthens you but also develops that aura of positivity which helps you to pave up your path always in a right direction. But the question arises both the positive and negative characters exhibit confidence at almost equal level. They confront each other and stand opposite in their regular wars.
World’s biggest war was fought in Kurukshetra in Bharat, the story for it’s reason lies in the longest epic of the world “MAHABHARAT”. If we go through “BHAGVADGITA”, it describes all the details in 18 chapters as 18 days live text into it. Pandavas and Kauravas where cousin brothers, but when they confronted each other on war floor Pandavas were not even one tenth in number than the Kauravas. But the only thing that was possessed by them was truthfulness, that’s why Lord Krishna stood beside them, though both were friendly and relatives to him. Pandavas were fighting for justice and it is said that यतो धर्मः स्ततो विजयः ; where there is Dharma (truth & justice) there is victory. Only this attitude of being truthful, urge for justice, a strong protest against injustice, continuous abrasion with the wrong, brought a power in the Pandavas which not only made them to stand against Kauravas but also to win the most glorious historical war ever fought. This power is what we call the confidence. No matter where you are? What are the contrast situations? Who is standing with you? How will you fight? Only thing that matters is, how truthful you are?
Now again the grey shade arises to speak out -“I am not wrong”.
Just see that is it bringing a ray of hope, happiness, peace for the needy? Does it wipe tears of the underprivileged? Does it bring justice for which the majority has been waiting since long long way? If yes, step forward with the positive attitude to win what we call as CONFIDENCE.
In day to day life, we battle almost every day at home, at workplace, in society and sometimes with ourself. Battle with ourself is the toughest one which always should have a pre- declared result to win. That is what we call CONFIDENCE.
We learn how to develop, how to grow our confidence. But we have seen innumerable cases where the most ideal characters have lost their confidence and ultimately their most precious possession, their life. This definitely indicates confidence doesn’t stay always even if it has been developed by a renowned trainer or a coach.
This means again, it needs the soulful content for a concurrent supply of divine energy and that is possible only when the person owes a positive vibrant shade. When you are full of positivity then only you can attain a positive confidence and you need to stick to it, Otherwise you will turn manipulative, cunning, calculative. There may be hurdles on your path, show bizz attracting you, flashes to distract you. No matter, move ahead, hold your head high and walk forward with grace and confidence. There is always a divine energy supporting you at your back. Materials may be less, you may lose some fun, frolic and entertainment in your life; but your values will add the real diamonds in your crown.
Confidence I must say is worn by the real fighters, real warriors and real winners .When you wear your confidence, wear it with grace, gratitude, self-esteem and continuous urge to share, to give, to donate, to fulfill. When you wear your confidence, be conscious no one snatches it, defies it or disgraces it. You should wear your confidence as a loyalty, as a responsibility, as a declared Victor.
Wear your confidence as your soul wears your body. Don’t forget if you loose your confidence you may lose this body; which I have already discussed is the temple of your soul.
Wear your confidence because you are the most powerful creature on the planet, Wear your confidence because you are the most beautiful creation of God, Wear your confidence because you are the most important happening that could happen in this world, and just wear your confidence because you have to let many more to search and wear their confidence and hence the Caravan moves on and on and on…..
Mind is that important material part of your life which if not controlled by you, will control you. It’s not an organ that you may dissect and reform. It’s an important essence of your life which turns your thought process in to a set called mind-set. After knowing you thoroughly people learn and interpret your future steps correctly. Because after the development of your mind it follows a path or a direction. The energy form may be positive or negative, but the energy level is equal on a scale, irrespective of the form. The only difference is that one is constructive and the another one is destructive. This is actually responsible for defining and drawing your personality and character. Personality and character are the either phases of the coin, both are complementary to each other. A positive personality or a positive character actually bears a positive mindset and vice versa. And the mind is actually called the “Guided mind”.
A guided mind hears you, follows you and helps you to convert all your thoughts into action. Once it starts hearing you, you become a disciplined and balance personality. It establishes a mode of communication with you. It asks you before doing anything, whether it’s wrong or right; suggest you when you are puzzled or in a state of illusion and follows your every law and order.
But this state is attained after a long toiling and harsh exposures or else in a very refined and defined environment with no ifs and no buts. For a common man it’s a task of hard work. Continuous efforts are needed in a pattern such that the mind may not slip out of your fist.
If you fear of failing, your mind will follow it and start your energy make flowing in that particular direction. If you think of winning confidently, an essence of enthusiasm and bravery flows down your veins and promotes your winning. You Can Win only when you want to win and guide your mind to do so.
If you guide your mind- I can’t ;I won’t be able to do so; I can do everything except this; it will definitely follow it and you may not win.
In general the Horses and elephants of a king or not always on the war floors, but are being trained always. Similarly you should either guide your mind to ask always, “WHAT NEXT ?” before it completes the ongoing task; or to relax it, enjoy the happiness and peace of enchantments. It rejuvenates and regenerates the cells of mind and brings your mind in a state of confidence and contentment. Mind should be guided in a way that it enjoys your presence and company otherwise, it will always drag you down in comparison with others, unhealthy competition and unsatisfaction. It should be your follower, not other’s. Remember that your mind will follow you only if it is guided by you, so, GUIDE YOUR MIND.
Botanical name – Aegle marmelos L.
Common name – Bael, Bale,Bel, Golden apple, Stone Apple , Japanese bitter orange, Bilva(Sanskrit)
Family – Rutaceae
Appearance – It is a citrus tree of 40- 50 feet height, with short thick trunk, trifoliate leaves, and spines .
Availability – Plant is found freely in planes of Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Srilanka, Tamilnadu, Thailand, Malaysia etc.
Ancient Religious belief- In Hinduism, it is a sacred tree with sacrificial importance, never used as fire wood. This tree’s description finds place in Atharvaved (Vedas are the oldest scripts of the world) , Skanda Purana, Brihaddharma Purana, Agni Purana, Padma Purana, Brahma Purana (पुराण), Latareya Brahman, Shatapatha Brahman.
The trifoliate leaves symbolically represent three gunas- Sat( soul, intellect), Raj( Mind, emotions), Tam( Physical, Material), Also Brahma (creator), Vishnu (Nurturer), Mahesh (Destroyer). If it is kept over the head of a person suffering from negativity, it absorbs it and hence helpful in attaining liberation. Manifestation of positive energy from the leaves is wonderful.
Chemical constituents – tannins, feronia gum, flavonoids, aegelin, beta carotene, coumarins
Nutritional facts – Fat 0.2 -0.4 grams( 1/2 gms/ 100 gms), Carbohydrates 28 to 32 grams, Protein 1.8- 2.6 grams ,Water- 55 to 62% ,Sugar, fibre, calcium, Phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Iron, Vitamin A, B,C, Riboflavin etc.
Parts used– leaves, fruits-aromatic ripe or half ripe of 5 to 12 cm with woody shell and fibrous yellow pulp, sometimes whole plant
Wonderful treatments –
• very powerful blood purifying agent eliminates toxins( natural detoxifying agent)
• prevents kidney and liver dysfunction
• fights infections
• skin diseases common in monsoon
• reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases
• instant energy
• builds and repairs damaged tissues and muscles
• powerhouse of Vitamin C
• fights chronic diseases
• reduces risk of high blood pressure
• blood sugar
• laxatives (anti constipative)
• Anti diabetic (controls blood sugar
• fibre rich (Creates bulk, promotes effective cleansing of intestine)
• so gut friendly
• weight loss
• tonic for heart and brain
• anthelmintics (expels parasites from the body)
• hydrates body
• Anti inflammatory
• Arrests secretion of blood
• Prevents and cures scurvy
• Strengthens stomach and promotes its action
• leaves form coating on the stomach mucosa and heals ulcer
• Due to high tannins treats cholera
• Controls lipid profiles and triglycerides
• Reduces blood cholesterol level
• Dietary supplement for weight loss
• removes toxin
• very powerful blood purifying agent natural detoxifying agent
• builds repair damaged tissues and and muscles
leaf extracts can have strong impact on male fertility, inhibiting the creation and mobility of sperm , May lower blood sugar levels. stop use after two weeks before scheduled surgery, may cause stomach upset.
pregnant and lactating mothers should consult an expert before consumption
AVOID – Bruised fruit, fruits with signs of mould
Religious belief – It is a sacred trees of Hindus. In Sri Suktam of Rigved it has been told that Goddess Lakshmi of wealth and prosperity resides in this plant. In the Hindu month Saawan(July-August) it is offered to Shivling the oldest available religious diety in world praised by Hindus.
In the last blog I had explained how a human body is superlative than any other living being, though all of them possess a soul within.
Hereby I am starting with a series of KNOW YOURSELF… Part 1
Today we will know seven super stations of energy within our body, which makes a human strong, willful, pious, mystic and strengthens our receptors to receive unlimited, unbound, unspelled energy from the cosmic world which may turn us into a superhuman, exactly like we were made.
In our body there are energy sacs known as Pranamaya kosh (प्राणमय कोष), vital energy centres. In these sacs there are 72000 Nadis (नाड़ी). A nadi never means a nerve, vein or artery nor can it be found physiologically in the body. But still they exist and have 114 chakras (चक्र) at their major meeting points. Out of them 108 chakras are active. Chakra means a wheel, but these chakras in body are of triangular shape. They are the controller of our body. Out of these 108 chakras, 7 are the main chakras and are of predominant importance in Yogic Sciences (YOGA). Not only these.. they are also responsible to pave our path to the mystic world. This also leads us to renunciation and liberation, and connects us to the Supernatural powers if we are guided properly, either by self or a Guru, the guide.
Let’s start with the details of 7 Chakras…
1. Muladhaar (मूलाधार) Chakra/ Root Chakra/ Foundation Chakra- According to metaphysics, the colour of this Chakra is bright red. Physiologically, it is at the centre of our anal and genital points. It is related with our genital parts, excretory areas, lower limbs. It’s major qualities are food and sleep limitations, exactly like animal, also known as animal behaviour. It is blocked by fear, insecurity, instability, past life’s bitter experiences etc. To heal it, we need to surrender all these negative factors and flow down our fears.
It’s beej(seed) mantra is” LAM”, to be enchanted.
2. Swaadhishthana( स्वाधिष्ठान) chakra/ Sacral chakra– The colour of this chakra is orange. It is located 2 inches below the navel, just above the genital organ. It is related to our urinary and sexual parts, lower areas of kidney. It’s major qualities are to be pleasure seekar, entertainment lover, highly reactive, excessive emotional and the worries. It is blocked by guilt and non- forgiveness. To heal it we need to be guilt- free and forgive everyone, no grudges at all.
It’s beej mantra is “VAM” , to be enchanted.
3. Manipur(मणिपुर) Chakra/ Solar plexus Chakra/ Fire Chakra- This is of yellow colour. It is located just above the naval. It is related with our digestive organs at our back side, kidneys, and connected areas. It gives social ability, interpersonal skills, confidence and above all will power. It deals with.. how receptive we are ??..even after the presence or getting of things, in our surroundings. It turns our intention to be a doer, thus bringing us ego. It is blocked by shame and gastric problems. If it is blocked, one will be non- expressive, non- presentive, with lack of confidence. To heal it we should come out of the shell of shame and improve our interpersonal relationships and communication skills.
It’s beej mantra is “RAMM”.
4. Anaahat(अनाहत) Chakra/ Heart chakra– This chakra is of green colour. It is located exactly in between the chest. It is related to our hearts, lungs, respiratory areas. It binds our body, mind and Soul. It develops the ability of expression, reaction, hope, trust, sensation, outlook, our creative centres of dancing, painting, singing, artistry, to give and receive love, codependency. It is blocked by grief, sadness, loss and one feels low, depressed and ditched, valueless, worthless. To heal it a positive attitude, thought and surrounding is necessary.
It’s beej mantra is “YAM”.
5. Vishuddhi( विशुद्धि) Chakra/ Throat Chakra- It is light blue in colour. It is located near the throat. It is related with our throat region, vocal chords, pharynx, larynx, trachea. It deals with truth, presentations, voice, survival instincts and sense of being powerful. It is blocked by lie. One will be non- expressive with speech disability, stutter or dysphrasia. It is healed by making positive sounds during sunrise at sea shores or simply by chanting “Om”.The person needs acceptance and compassion.
It’s beej mantra is “HAM”.
6. Aagya(आज्ञा) Chakra/ Light Chakra/ Third eye– It is Indigo in colour. It is located in our forehead, just between the eyebrows, slightly above where Hindus apply Tilak aur bindi( a dot of vermillion). It is connected to various parts of brain and eyes .It deals with insight, intuitions,intellect, collective- consciousness, clear and sharp vision towards things, connection to supernatural world, subconscious brain. It is blocked by dreams, illusions, and may cause mental problems. It is healed by peaceful and serene surroundings and wider outlook.
It’s beej mantra is “Om”.
7. Sahastraara( सहस्रार) / Crown Chakra- It is voilet in colour. It is at the top of our head, inactive in most of the people. It is not inside the body. It deals with realisation, liberation, renunciation, ecstatic, mystic and cosmic energy, connection with God. It is blocked by materialistic attachments, which leads to depression, negativity, loss of happiness. It can be healed by serenity, Yoga, meditation, enchantments of spiritual hymns etc.
Knowing ourselves is more than knowing this Universe….
” An immortal idol – soul in your body temple.”
Your belongings, my possessions, your property, my rights, your luxuries, my share, your house, my land…. These are some things, everyday we start with either in thoughts or in conversations. But we never are versed with the fact that today or anyday is our last day… not only this, no one knows that the coming moment is going to be the last for anyone. Over and above all, whatever has been gathered under a piece of roof – either by hard work, dedication, sweat, brain or by being cunning, calculative, power and pride- is not allowed to carry along with, even as a trace of our earnings. Every material has to be left for others.
Then a question arises – Why did we come to the world ?, From where did we come and where have we to go ? If body is left here, then what was it which made it mobile and mortal? The answer is SOUL.
You are you, only till the soul resides in the body given to you. Once it travels further, body is of no use to it. Soul is made up of five matters Earth, Sky, Fire, Water and Air and finally has to be mingled within the same with respect, once the soul has left it out.
Now again a question arises – How to treat our body and our soul ? This question arises in an intermediate matter known as mind. You can say – Body is a chariot drawn by the horses of mind and the soul makes a control over the direction to be travelled. As soon as the control is lost, mind drags you in a direction where you find a zone of comfort, fun, entertainment and superficiality.
So we have to consider ourselves as a soul more than a body and a mind. A blissful soul, a powerful soul, a happy and an enlightened soul. This soul has been allowed to recide in a human body rather than animals, insects and other lower organisms at cellular level. A human body is considered to be the best out of any other bodies in the world because it is blessed with wisdom and intellect.
Your surroundings matter a lot while creating your Aura. Aura develops only on the purification and rectification of soul. A pious soul is humble, innocent, lovable, cheerful and full of energy just like an innocent child. It’s presence brings smile and happiness on your face and tenderness in your heart.
The body (and mind) hence should be free from worldly grits like unhealthy competence, cruelty, being cunning, calculative mindship, being unnecessary possessive and above all, the pride of being a doer. Our food habits, surroundings, thought process, feelings of being a powerful soul will help us greatly in developing our Aura, which won’t allow any negativity to enter us. The body hence is a temple where a powerful immortal source of energy resides as an idol, the soul.
When the time (of purification) is done, soul will leave it and travel to join further the eternal and supreme source of energy – God or according will find another body as rebirth. But our sages have taught us the methods of renunciation and purification, which is our ultimate goal of life. Life is a journey and achieving Moksha is the destination where the travel ends. So start your journey with conscience today without delay and with utmost love and care. 🙂
Out of four important aspects – spiritual, physical, mental and social of a personality or character, mental aspect attributes to the gross mental health and hence affects the overall personality. The Spiritual aspect face the mind must be like horse of a Chariot. It should be controlled by the charioteer and should travel according to his will. “You win if mind wins and you lose if your mind loses”. मन के हारे हार है मन के जीते जीत.
The physical aspect says healthy mind stays only in a healthy body. Body gets energy from the type and quality of food you feed to it. Out of three ‘guns’ Sat ,Raj and Tam; Sat should be the gun or quality your food should owe. What you eat or drink should be definitely vibrated positively.
The social aspects, in the present days , matter is basically with the relations regarding materialistic approaches. It deals with the material graph. Success and satisfaction are totally dependent on it ,and hence an absolute mental failure.
Mental health is what keeps you lightened with connection of Supreme Power. An uninterrupted supply of energy and confidence lets you stand stable in both success and failure as the either faces of coin in your fist. Your mental ability is so vast and wide that in majority it remains undiscovered. But still you should be the ruler of your mind. Mind should not dominate you via dominating your ability and thoughts.
Let success and failure come in life, one after another. Everything is temporary and not going to last forever, just like day and night .Success brings confidence and failure gives you energy to fight even better. Failure definitely gives you a lesson and lets you know about your loopholes, where you may not fall in your future wars. It also helps you to change your style and approach towards your goal.
Now the question arises, what is the best feed for your mental health?
The best feed starts straight from YOU. You are the nearest to it. It resides in you, not you in it .Yoga, Pranayam, meditation, happy pleasant family, energetic friends, relatives and people who are appreciative to you, a regular visit to any divine place of your choice, a light, healthy and nutritious diet in surely a good mood ,your precious memories and future forecasts, your strong tendency to move on and on over all of your better experiences.
Life is a journey not a destination. You have to move on every day, every moment with all your energy, efficiency, motivations, confidence, strength without being stuck to it. Remember,”Darker is the night brighter is the morning.”
Appreciation fills us with positivity, power and confidence. It turns us soulful and blissful, as we too always try to give the best and bring the best out of our surroundings and the people living in it. Appreciation also helps us with faith, truthfulness and confidence in us. It helps us to trust and appreciate others and thus helps us in expanding our horizons and making the world a better place to live in.