Friday, October 31, 2008

Drink seven glasses of water in empty stomach

EACH MAN IS A CASE BY HIMSELF Sri Nirmal Ch. Sahu Souvenir - SAMA Conference 2008

Each man is a case by himself because his health problems depend on his entire past, his soul’s need at present and in future. People governed mainly by physical and vital need physical aid of all kinds and we cannot be sure about their cure. Rational people can be explained about all scientific methods including the need to have balance in their food, sleep, physical exercises and medicine. For the spiritual personality, the best of all is to take shelter in spirituality.

There are two ways of curing an illness including skin problems. One consists in putting a force of consciousness and Truth on the physical spot which is affected. In this case the effect produced depends naturally on the receptivity of the person. Sri Aurobindo used to cure his disciples in this way. It was like a hand which came and took away the trouble spot.

In other cases when the body lacks receptivity altogether or is very resistant to spiritual methods doctors have to see the psychological condition of the person. The cause of illness may be vital or mental. If one can act simultaneously upon cause and effect, and the cause is sufficiently receptive to consent to change, then one is completely cured. The patient has to call peace on the spot and increase his faith in The Divine Grace! There is no disease that cannot be cured by Divine Grace.

Skin is the second physical protective layer; the first being the subtle body or the body guard of the body. In both cases punctures are caused by fear, depression, and disappointment which allows the dark forces to enter. The faith on The Divine Mother keeps it (subtle body) intact or repairs it soon. The faith in the part which is open to The Mother helps the parts which are not open. Thus the mind and the vital can help the physical parts — the cells to open to The Mother.

The descent of the Supramental Force (29.2.56) has changed the destiny of earth and men. The Force can change every thing just in one stroke, all for good. We have got to prepare ourselves so that the contact with this Force becomes possible and then to allow it to settle permanently. We shall be free from all diseases, decay and eventually death.

A Wonderful Discovery:-
Skin disease has a direct link with our digestive system. All people suffering from skin diseases have some sort of digestive problem. Thus, if the disorder in our digestive system is set right or at least kept in control the skin problem can be set right or diminished to a great extent, if the problem is not acute.

The Divine Mother has prescribed seven glasses of water in empty stomach. If one finds it difficult to drink seven glasses at a time, slowly and gradually one can increase from one to two and finally arrive at seven. A few sadhaks and sadhikas in the Ashram at Pondicherry have expressed their happiness in the current year 2008 when their digestive problem miraculously disappeared within a few weeks having followed this instruction.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Back To Health Through Yoga by Ramesh Bijlani

Bookmark Treatment and health in Yoga By Ratnadeep Banerji Organiser Home > 2008 Issues > October 26, 2008
Back To Health Through Yoga, Ramesh Bijlani, Rupa & Co., pp 329, Rs 295.00

Ramesh Bijlani has rendered a lucid explication of ‘the too complex and misunderstood aspects of yoga’. After a span of 30 years, serving as a faculty at AIIMS, he took recourse to treatment through yoga. His fervent zeal in the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother led to this book. ‘Integral yoga is a very powerful synthesis of different schools of yoga.’ As Gita says it, ‘yoggasthya kuru karmani’, all actions can be performed with a yogic poise. ‘Yoga is a way of life which facilitates spiritual quest. It is a journey towards perfection.’

The cultural impresario of India, Dr Karan Singh has sufficed his foreword to the book. He mentions, ‘All life is yoga’, thus spake Sri Aurobindo. Yoga accelerates the spritual sojourn by providing a conducive ground of a healthy body and a purified mind. Again P.K. Dave, former director AIIMS in his remark says, ‘yoga doesn’t suffice for calisthenics’ but instead attunes and streamlines the body-mind concord.

Integral Yoga ‘aims at a collective psychospiritual transformation by dealing with the ego, dealing with desires, surrendering oneself, learning to accept diverse situations with equanimity, profess love and involve sincerity. He devotes the chapter ’Demystifying Meditation’ upon the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Asthanga yogas forming the crux of Raja Yoga. Therein he discusses the practice of ‘pratyahara’ meaning sensory withdrawal.

Ramesh Bijlani has devoted an entire section over lifestyle disorders having chapters on certain core areas fraught with attitudinal negligence and distorted habit. ‘The poor back’ deals with the pervasive problem of vertebral column arising primarily due to bad posture. He discusses certain common ailments such as ‘slip disc’ which stands a misnomer for ‘disc prolapse’ wherein there is no disc slipping out instead wearing out of annulus, a tough ring that gives way and ruptures to eject some of its inner jelly like content. He recommends pertinent asanas to fix the problem.

The author has blacklisted gluttony as he has monikered the chapter with ‘the mother of many maladies’ for an inebriated urge to gorge turns disastrous. He lays increased emphasis on increased intake of dietary fibre. He cites an interesting instance.

‘One burfi, one vada, one samosa and a cup of tea are not difficult to have, and would contain about 500 calories. To get 500 calories from apples, one would need about 800 grams of apples, which is the weight of about seven apples. Very few would find it easy to have seven apples in on sitting. Further, because of the tendency of fibre to soak water, it swells up to form a viscous mass. Hence, fibre swells up in the stomach and we feel full’.

Ramesh Bijlani dwells on sleep disorders. He turns the master-key by quoting The Mother, ‘To sleep well one must learn how to sleep’. He analyses the state of deep dreamless sleep and the phase of rapid eye movement (REM). He elaborates on sleeplessness and sleep apnea as well as the repercussions of inadequate sleep. He raises one apt question, ‘what should one do if one is unable to sleep?’. He advises certain prudent strategies and a corrective lifestyle.

Ramesh Bijlani spills some myth-busters. About alcohol doing good to heart, he says that it has not been well-established but alcohol is certainly bad for liver. He adds, ‘wine may do some good to the heart because of its antioxidant content and not because of its alcohol content.

  • It is preferable to get nutrients from fruits and vegetables rather than from alcohol’.
  • He disdains upon sugar intake.
  • About olive oil, he doesn’t attach any special importance in diet while he recommends traditional oils like mustard oil and soybean oil along with small amounts of saturated oils such as butter, coconut oil, ghee or palmoleinas these complement for polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).
  • Spices are a rich source of phytochemicals. ‘A moderate amount of spices help in improving the diet.’
  • About caffeine containing fizz drinks, he quotes Dean Ornish ‘caffeine does not give energy, it borrows energy from the future’. Consumption of such drinks brings ‘temporary alertness and elevation of mood’ instantaneously but after an hour it turns even worse than before.

His lucid exposition with diagrams makes the book an exhilarating account for lay readers and medical practitioners alike to imbibe upon the nuggets of wisdom. His enlisted yogic practices for lifestyle disorders quench the parched throats of ailing bodies. A new path unfolds when the readers troll down the discerning ‘words of wisdom’ to bolster their faith in the maverick yoga and ward off their untoward fears as Sri Aurobindo says,

‘it should take long for self-cure to replace medicine, because of the fear, self-distrust and unnatural physical reliance on drugs which medical science has taught to our minds and bodies and made our second nature’.

This book efficaciously dispels these morbid credos of the populace with profundity to establish that yoga is the finest lifestyle ever devised. (Rupa & Co., 7/16, Ansari Road, Darya Ganj, New Delhi-110 002.)