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Dr Rai has researched at the Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Hospitals, New Delhi, on the role of Sahaj Yoga in the treatment of psychosomatic diseases.
He maintains that while with the advancement of the medical sciences, infectious diseases have been wiped out and heart and kidney transplants are quite successful, scientists have yet to find an answer for the treatment of psychosomatic diseases which are on the increase in the developed as well as the developing countries. Some such diseases are hypertension, migraine, bronchial asthma, epilepsy and others.
“The doctor of today practicing modern allopathic medecine has entered a stage of superspeciality whereby they appoint separate parts of the body to be treated by a specialist. Due to this approach doctors are not able to view disease as a disturbance to the whole organism. They treat a particular part of the body without taking into consideration the psychological and social aspects of the patients illness”, says Rai. ” One could be physically fit, but emotional problems or social isolation could make a person very sick.”
In this video, we can see Dr. Umesh C. Rai (left), MBBS, MD, FIMSA, Director of the International Sahaja Yoga Research and Health Center, Mumbai talk about the healing miracles of Sahaja Yoga.
Professor Dr. Umesh C. Rai M.D. was the former head of the Physiology Department of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry & professor in various medical colleges in Delhi. He has also authored a book – Medical Science Enlightened : New Insight into Vibratory Awareness for Holistic Health Care.
In this video he describes how he found the cure for essential hypertension, bronchial asthma, epilesy and even cancer through the practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation. Being closely associated and holding important positions in various medical colleges in New Delhi, he had access to laboratories where he carried out his research work with his colleagues and students and was surprised to discover astounding results. He even carried out couple of his medical research on Sahaja Yoga in Russia.
Why those practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation have a wonderful life?
Every time we feel angry or sad our inner energy helps.
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Over the last years it seems we have gone into a constant state of frenzy waiting for the next ‘breaking news’ to shock us and becoming more anxious about the state of affairs in the world and in particular in America. America plays such a big role that whatever happens here will have a ripple effect somewhere else in the world.
While people may not agree with each other on political, economical or social views there are things that we all want and need. Happiness, for one. And Peace. Security. Freedom.
‘Love America’ brings volunteers from all over the world to the US to share the benefits of meditation for free. Here is why they are looking forward to coming to America.
We as a people are so diverse that differences are programmed to happen but despite everything that divides us, deeper down there is much more that unites us: the desire for a happy and meaningful life.
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We discussed this topic at the program in Manchester on the 8th May.
Today the topic was about the right Energy Channel, the channel of our Actions.
Last time we spoke about desires and how they create our emotions and actions. Basically everything that we do comes out of a desire, either from us or someone else. The stronger the desire, the more intense the actions and emotions.
Let’s say I really really want a house with a swimming-pool. I will start thinking and planning a lot how to get enough money, take on a second and third job and work over-hours to make it happen.
Or you are in work and your boss wants you to finish a presentation immediately. Again the planning, thinking and creating starts, this time to fulfill the desire of someone else.
All these actions take the energy of the right Energy-Channel which you see in the chart below as a yellow line.
Both, the left and right Energy-Channel which cater to our emotional and physical actions are represented by the sympathetic nervous-system. The sympathetic nervous-system is responsible for the homeostasis in our body, “to keep things going” and also for our fight-or-flight responses. It is the part of the nervous-system which “acts” and “reacts”. We are sad and tears come into our eyes, we are frightened and our breathing changes, we are angry and our blood-pressure goes up.
So you see, that whatever happens in you, even if it is “just” thinking and feeling, a lot of physical processes are activated, too.
To calm down all these actions we need the parasympathetic nervous-system, which is represented by the white line on the chart below, the Center Energy-Channel. The place where we find the inner peace and silence.
In complete balance we manifest our compassion with our actions. If we are at this place where the left and right Energy-Channels meet, in the center, then all the qualities of both energy-channels are at our disposal. We are in complete control of our actions and emotions.
The Right Energy-Channel, also called the Sun Channel, forms the Ego that allows you to relate to yourself as “me” or “I”. Without it you would not be able to differentiate between you and the others.
Action and planning are the qualities of the right energy-channel but it grows into its full potential when the focus shifts from the “I” to the “You”.
If we are overloaded with work, have to finish ten things at once and on top of it have responsibilities weighing down on us we exhaust the energy of our right energy-channel.
At the same time, when we move into the right-side dimension of our being we move away from our emotions. At the beginning it may express itself in a way that we become more irritable, which later on may develop into aggression and anger if we do not come back into a balance. We become less and less empathetic.
Unfortunately, you have likely encountered many stressed out, irritable and agitated people. This is because it can be difficult to maintain a balance of emotion and action when our workplaces and schools are stressful, aggressive environments.
It can also be difficult to maintain a nurturing peaceful home where these imbalances can be corrected. As a result the negativity, stress and aggression continue to build.
While we usually somehow manage not to cross a line, some people may reach a point where they go so far away from their emotional side that they no longer feel anything at all, even at the sight of someone suffering. Or worse, some may want to make others suffer. The worst expression of an extremely imbalanced right-side is violent behavior and homicidal tendencies.
With the help of the nourishing power of the Divine (which is also the life-force, nature, your Higher Self, reflected as your Spirit… the name does not matter) it is very easy to come back into a balance. This is only possible with the help of the Inner Energy, the Kundalini, the motherly power within us that connects us with the Divine. Here is a video clip where Shri Mataji guides through the meditation to awaken the Kundalini, the Inner Energy.
As the name “Sun Channel” suggests the right energy-channel is creating heat in our body, therefore if it is too active we need to cool it down.
For this you may combine following meditation and clearing techniques which are very helpful to cool down the right side, bring it back into a balance and to enjoy the sense of a deep inner peace and relaxation.
Footsoaking: the video will show you how to do it. It will not only help your energy-system to relax but it also helps your body to detoxify. In nowadays society we are so bombarded with toxins from all sides that foot-soaking is something you should seriously start every day to support your body also on a physical level to throw out all toxins and toxic energies.
Make sure you use the plastic tub only for your foot-soaks and nothing else. While we always rinse the tub after use there may still remain some of the toxins which were released.
This treatment is best done in the evening so that you can rid yourself of all unwanted toxins and negative energies you absorbed during the day.
Ice-pack: if you do not have enough time to do a foot-soak then an ice-pack helps to cool down your overactive right side. It really works wonders!
On a personal note: I bought a very thin gel ice pack and on stressful days at work I tugged it under my shirt so nobody would see it. It truly helped a lot! Just make sure to never put it directly on the skin!
Meditation!: While foot-soaking or having an ice-pack on your right abdominal area (never directly on the skin!) you can do the simple exercise of balancing your left and right energy-channels.
Make sure that in all your meditations you keep focused on top of your head, the connection point to the Divine. Only then the Divine power can easily flow into your energy-system and help you to balance and nourish it. It is the same force, Mother Nature which nourishes and sustains plants, animals etc, basically everything alive.
Introspection: As we have learned, all our actions are the results of a desire behind them. If you feel too stressed, irritated or exhausted look inside what is the desire behind the actions, behind the stress or exhaustion. Some desires may be worth to review but many others we may need for our survival. So sometimes it may help to change our outlook.
I.e. Work is stressful because people are stressed around us and irritated. Instead of reacting and become irritated yourself you can try to bring in your compassion.
In the balance our compassion unites with our actions. In this state whatever we do becomes effortless, we are “in the flow”.
Your love is the greatest power you have. If you can look at irritated and stressed people around you with the new knowledge you have gained, understanding that their right energy-channel is simply overheated and you feel compassion for their situation, the same compassion will radiate out of you and have a direct effect on them.
You yourself will feel more joyful because you enjoy your own love, your stress-level will smooth out and people around you will calm down.
It is said in one of the Upanishads:
“It is not that thou lovest thy son because thou desirest him, but thou lovest thy son because thou desirest thine own soul.
The meaning of this is, that whomsoever we love, in him we find our own soul in the highest sense.
The final truth of our existence lies in this. Paramātmā, the supreme soul, is in me, as well as in my son, and my joy in my son is the realisation of this truth. It has become quite a commonplace fact, yet it is wonderful to think upon, that the joys and sorrows of our loved ones are joys and sorrows to us – nay they are more. Why so? Because in them we have grown larger, in them we have touched that great truth which comprehends the whole universe.”
In the ancient scriptures it is told that by finding our true Self we find the Divine. But for that we need a special light, our inner light to be awakened so that we will be able to see ourselves and understand our true meaning in this universe.
Countless ways have been given to achieve this light. In all cultures, societies and religions spiritual paths were laid out, one more difficult than the other. So it was only available for a capable few to achieve self-realization and with it the transformation into their higher Self.
It is a blessing of this time that a new way has been found where we can receive the awakening of the inner light without the need to give up anything. HH Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi had worked her whole life towards this goal to find a way so that every human being can achieve his own Self-Realisation and when she found it she shared it freely with everyone. It is a priceless gift therefore you cannot pay for it.
“Self-realization can be attained easily if the people have a sincere and pure desire to get their self-realization. It works better for people who are wise, who are more in the center, and it works very fast. Thus you become very powerful and at the same time you understand that you are now glorified and you start behaving in a very dignified and a very sensible manner. This is how a new culture is born and this new culture takes you, in a way, into a new style of life where you become innately righteous. Nobody has to tell you: “Don’t do this” and ”Don’t do that”. It is all achieved through your enlightened attention. This enlightened attention is also full of power. Wherever you put your attention it works, it creates peace, it creates harmony and also it creates a new dimension of collective consciousness.” – Shri Mataji
If you want to get a glimpse of this truly remarkable and inspiring person behind the teachings of Sahaja Yoga then listen to the testimonial of her husband, Sir CP Srivastava.
“When the Kundalini flows into you and fills you up with vitality, you become extremely dynamic and at the same time extremely compassionate, kind and mild. You feel that you are protected and thus you are confident but not egotistical. Your whole personality changes. This is the kind of global transformation which is taking place with such a speed all over that I, myself, am surprised at how it is working out so fast.
Actually, this knowledge existed a long time back but my contribution, if there is any, is that we can now achieve en-masse Realization. Thousands can achieve mass Realization. It is a gift of this time where it was predicted that such a global transformation will take place. The power of Kundalini is the pure desire of attaining your self-hood. If someone doesn’t want to have it, you cannot force him because the Divine respects the freedom of that person.” – Shri Mataji
Sahaja Yoga starts with the awakening of the Inner Energy, the Kundalini, our inner light by which we get connecting to the all-pervading power of the Divine Love. This energy which – when our inner system is completely clear – can be felt as a cool breeze on our hands and over our head was described in all the scriptures.
It is the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost, the Ruh in our hands, the Tao which cannot be described, the quenching water of life of Nirvana, the Rainbow serpent which gives life. It is the water of life, the light within and the wind that comes and goes where it will.
This sacred Energy rises from the Os Sacrum (the sacred bone) along the spine through our seven energy-centers (the seven seals, the seven candles, the seven heavens) to pierce on top of the head where we join the Divine realm.
Before, the seekers of truth had to go through a rigorous and extensive cleansing to achieve the rising of their inner energy and with it their enlightenment.
This makes it the more remarkable that we can achieve the same so easily and immediate but – as we have not cleansed ourselves, yet – only a few strands of this energy come up.
So we still have some work to do by daily meditating and using clearing techniques so that more and more strands of this beautiful, sacred and motherly energy can rise and throw this sacred light on us and our surroundings by which we will start to understand much more than the eye can see.
“First of all, I think this is the most important thing to understand about your own Kundalini, as Self Realization is Self Knowledge and the one who gives you Self Knowledge is this, your own Kundalini because when She rises, She points it out what are the problems on your chakras. Now, we say that it is pure desire, but we do not know what purity means. It means your chaste desire.
It means it has no lust, greed, anything in it. That power is your own Mother and is settled in your triangular bone. She’s your own mother. She knows everything about you. It’s like a tape recorder. She knows everything about you and She is absolutely the Knowledge because She’s so pure. And whatever chakras She touches, She also knows what’s wrong with that chakra beforehand. So She’s quite prepared and She adjusts Herself fully so that you do not get a problem by Her awakening. If any chakra is constricted, She waits and goes on slowly opening that chakra.” – Shri Mataji
The knowledge of the inner subtle system is vast but at the end of the day the experience is more important.
So we point it out again that the daily practice of meditation, using clearing techniques when needed and learning how to manifest the richness of your inner Being on the outside are essential if you want to grow fast into your own true Self.
We all are seekers. Seeking is an essential part of our life and of evolution. It gives us the ability to thrive, it makes us creative and dynamic. Everything, that is alive, seeks. It starts with seeking food and continues to the point where we seek for love, attention, power and so on.
In the last decades a new form of seeking has started, coming out of the understanding that material welfare alone does not make us happy and is not the end of our seeking. Here are some extraordinary stories of such seekers.
Peace in the combat zone – a soldier in Afghanistan
A little greedy moment – from someone who had lunch with Joe Cocker, dinner with Tina Turner and enjoyed the company of Freddy Mercury for a few days
Wonderful pleasure to have this meditation – from a student
I never knew I could feel so much joy – from someone who survived a suicide attempt
Meditation blessed me – Meditation is movement
Benefits I get from Sahaja Yoga – about transformation and personal growth
Living Process – to see the funny side of things rather than get angry
This is the topic we discussed at the program in Manchester on 1st May
The topic of the day was about Emotions:
If you find yourself being depressed more often than not, constantly doubting yourself and seldom feeling good about who or what you are then it is time to look behind the curtains and find out the reason.
Modern marketing is build on keeping us in a state of non-fulfillment where we find ourselves being bombarded non-stop with things which are all targeted to create one desire after the other in us.
Emotions are the product of our desires. First a desire is created and out of it we start acting to fulfill our desire. The reaction to both, our desire and actions create the emotions.
Let’s say I have a desire for a new car so I start looking (the action) for what car it should be. Then I see different cars and they create an emotion (which most likely was triggered by advertisements in one way or the other). Maybe one car does not feel right, the other car is not hip enough and would give me a feeling of low self-esteem, the car that would make me feel really good (the one where I would look like a movie star in it) is too expensive, so another emotion of frustration, depression and/or anger starts. Then I may set more actions to achieve my fulfillment resulting into more emotions according to the outcome of my actions. And maybe I get the right car and I feel very happy for some time but then I realize that my home is not good enough anymore and I should get a better one. And a new cycle starts.
At the end of the day we find out that material desires can never really be fulfilled. If one is satisfied the next one arises and most of the time different desires are acting on us and making us more often than not quite unhappy, because after all we cannot keep pace with the constant suggestions what we should have, what we should be, how we should look like. And the bars are set so high that we never really have a chance to reach them. The best example is when it comes to our looks. Women and men alike suffer from the pressure put on them where the outside becomes more important than the inside.
So we end up in this endless loop of trying to reach something on the outside which is made in a way that it actually can never be quite achieved.
The end result is a constant deep dissatisfaction with ourselves and with what we have which results in constant negative emotions towards ourselves or others who seem to have what we miss and if worse comes to worse we may give up at one point, without any joy left and become lethargic and depressed.
Every emotion creates a physical reaction. Sadness will bring tears to our eyes, depression makes our body lethargic, fear elevates the heart-beat and changes the breathing, the same goes for anger.
All these physical reactions are done by the sympathetic nervous-system. This is the part of the nervous system responsible for our fight or flight reaction but also to keep the homeostasis in our body, the balance. To calm down and relax is the job of the parasympathetic nervous-system.
In Sahaja Yoga-terms the left and right sympathetic nervous-system relates to the left and right channel, marked in the chart below as a blue and yellow line. The parasympathetic nervous-system relates to the center channel, the white line.
To be in control of our emotional and physical activities of our left and right side we need to turn to the center channel where we find our inner peace. If we are in the center we are in control of our emotions and actions. Not only that, in the center we understand the beauty of benevolent desires and actions towards ourselves and others.
Emotional: we become too lethargic and passive; lack of discipline; prone to addictions; self-pity; fear; sadness, depressed to suicidal; we may feel afraid of others; to avoid conflict we may develop more slyness, or become intriguers; we may be more stuck up in the past and reacting to past events not being able to let go; we may have a bad sympathetic attitude towards ourselves; others can dominate and overpower us more easily; we tend to trust others more than ourselves; tendency to indulge into gross practices
Physical: our organs become lethargic and we may develop several disorders due to that like low blood pressure, allergies, fatty liver, muscle disorders, diarrhea, gout, blindness, problems of the joints, weak or complete loss of memory to name some
Activity! To correct a weak left side we have to balance it with the right side. This means activity which develops the ego and pushes the over developed superego back to the central area of the head. So we put more attention outside, on work and action.
Discarding all ideas of self-destruction and self-pity we materialize the emotional side which is attuned to our sustenance. By using the neglected right side we bring the left into balance with the rest of the being.
Meditation, Meditation, Meditation! And some simple clearing techniques.
Introspection: it helps to look inside and see what is the desire behind the emotion. If it creates a negative emotion in me it is worth giving up or transform it into a benevolent desire which brings benevolent emotions towards yourself and others.
Meditation led by Shri Mataji to awaken the Kundalini, the Inner Energy. This is important because it gives you the connection with the Divine and only then can this Divine power flow into your inner system and help you to clear and bring it into a balance.
Meditations to clear both the left and right side. Both have to be addressed because they are so closely linked to each other.
Shri Mataji defines the words ‘Sahaja Yoga’ as the right to be united with the Divine.
Sahaja Yoga Meditation is an unparalleled discovery, it’s always free, and in a short time you will be able to:
a) Meditate without thought.
b) Instantly improve your mood without recourse to artificial stimulants.
c) Diagnose and correct imbalances in your inner chakra system.
Based on ancient spiritual knowledge,this technique was discovered by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. Born with this subtle energy completely awakened, She found a gentle and spontaneous method to awaken the kundalini in others.
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