TOTAKASHTAKAM – for Stress Relief #Spritituality #Hinduism


VIDITAKILA SASTRA SUDHA JALATHE

MAHITOPA NISATKATHI TARTHANIDHE

HRDAYEKALAYE VIMALAM SARANAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||1||

 

O THOU, THE KNOWER OF ALL THE MILK-OCEAN OF SCRIPTURES! THE EXPOUNDER OF THE TOPICS OF GREAT UPANISADIC TREASURE-TROVE! ON THY FAULTLESS FEET I MEDITATE IN MY HEART. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

KARUNA VARUNALAYA PALAYA MAM

BHVASAGARA DUKHA VIDUNAHRDAM

RACAYAKHILA DARSHANA THATVANIDAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||2||

 

O THE OCEAN OF CAMPASSION! SAVE ME WHOSE HEART IS TORMENTED BY THE MISERY OF THE SEA OF BIRTH! MAKE ME UNDERSTAND THE TRUTHS OF ALL THE SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

BHAVATA JANATA SUHITA BHAVITA

NIJABODHA VICARANA CHARUMATE

KALAYESHVARA JIVA VIVEKAVIDAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||3||

 

BY THEE, THE MASSES HAVE BEEN MADE HAPPY. O THOU WHO HAST A NOBLE INTELLECT SKILLED IN THE INQUIRY INTO SELF-KNOWLEDGE! ENABLE ME TO UNDERSTAND THE WISDOM RELATING TO GOD AND THE SOUL. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

BHAVA EVA BHAVANITI ME NITARAM

SAMAJAYATA CHETASI KAUTUKITA

MAMAVARAYA MOHA MAHAJALADHIM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||4||

 

KNOWING THAT THOU ART VERILY THE SUPREME LORD, THERE ARISES OVERWHELMING BLISS IN MY HEART. PROTECT ME FROM THE VAST OCEAN OF DELUSION. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

SUKRTE DHIKRETE BAHIDHA BHAVATO

BHAVITA SAMA DARSHANA LALASATA

ATIHINAMIMAM PARIPALAYA MAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||5||

 

DESIRE FOR THE INSIGHT INTO UNITY THROUGH THEE WILL SPRING ONLY WHEN VIRTUOUS DEEDS ARE PERFORMED IN ABUNDANCE AND IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS. PROTECT THIS EXTREMELY HELPLESS PERSON. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

JAGATIMAVITUM KALITAKRITAYO

VICHARANTI MAHAMANA SASCHALATAH

AHIMAM STURIVATRA VIBHASI GURO

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||6||

 

OH TEACHER! FOR SAVING THE WORLD, THE GREAT ASSUME VARIOUS FORMS AND WANDER IN DISGUISE. OF THEM, THOU SHINEST LIKE THE SUN. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

GURUPUNGAVA PUNGAVA KETANA TE

SAMATAM AYATAM NAHI KO’PI SUDHIH

SARANAGATAVATSALA TATTVINIDHE

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||7||

 

O THE BEST OF THE TEACHERS! THE SUPREME LORD HAVING THE BULL AS BANNER! NONE OF THE WISE IS EQUAL TO THEE! THOU WHO ART COMPASSIONATE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN REFUGE! THE TREASURE TROVE OF TRUTH! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

VIDITA NA MAYA VISHATAIKAKALA

NACHA KINCANA KANCANAMASTI GURO

DRUTAMEVA VIDEHI KRUPAM SAHAJAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||8||

 

NOT EVEN A SINGLE BRANCH OF KNOWLEDGE HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD BY ME CORRECTLY. NOT EVEN THE LEAST WEALTH DO I POSSESS, O TEACHER. BESTOW ON ME QUICKLY THY NATURAL GRACE. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

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Meanings of Some Shapes and Symbols in the Yantra #HDL


Shapes and patterns commonly embedded in yantra include squares, triangles, circles and floral patterns but may also include more complex and detailed symbols

  • Lotus flower = chakras or energy center of the body
  • Bindu, or dot = the starting point of creation or the cosmos
  • Shatkona (Sanskrit name for a symbol identical to the Star of David):Swastika = good luck, welfare, prosperity or spiritual victorySanskrit characters = represent the sounds of a particular chakra, or subtle form of deity
    • An upwards triangle represents the static substratum of the cosmos, spiritual aspiration, the element of fire, or Shiva
    • A downwards triangle represents the creative power of the cosmos, productivity, the element of water, or Shakti
  • Circle = Energy of the element water
  • Square = Energy of the element earth
  • Upward facing Triangle = (when not part of a shatkona) Energy of the element fire
  • Downward facing Triangle = (when not part of a shatkona) Energy of the element water
  • Diagonal lines = Energy of the element air
  • Horizontal line = Energy of the element water
  • Vertical line = Energy of the element fire
  • Point = Energy of the element ether

Yantras are Visual Tools

The geometrical forms of the Yantra activate the right hemisphere, which is visual and nonverbal. The diagrams are essentially thought forms representing divinities or cosmic powers which exert their influence by means of sound vibrations.

They can be illustrated on paper as mandalas or carved onto stone etc, however the most effective substance to carry a Yantra is copper. Copper is a well known super conductor for electricity and cosmic energies alike. It is believed that constantly concentrating on the representation helps to build fortune (positive energies therefore positive potentials), as planets and deities have their peculiar electro-magnetic field which governs basic emotions and karma.

Therefore Yantras are visual tools that serve in meditation either as centering devices or as symbols of the energy pattern of a deity. When a yantra is to be used for worship and the energy is invoked in it, it becomes a symbolic representative of the deity. It actually becomes the deity when you can abandon your analytical, critical attitude and the energy circulates in higher centers.

Yantra Requires a Mantra

A Yantra is always associated with a mantra. Just as the mind is a part of the brain, yet different from it, a mantra is a part of the Yantra. The mantra is the mind consciousness while the Yantra is the form of the deity. It is not a strict rule to chant the mantra associated with each Yantra as the Yantra represent the mantra in a symbolic form and the full effect of the Yantra is obtained by ‘worshipping’ or using the Yantra in your practice.

 

Shree Yantra or Sri Chakra Yantra – The Goddess in the Machine

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The Sri Chakra or Shree Yantra is one of the most auspicious, important and powerful Yantras. It has proven beneficial for almost everyone. It is the source of attaining all worldly desires and fulfilling all wishes through inner cosmic power and mental strength. It is most widely known to be the ‘instrument for wealth’ as it brings about both material and spiritual wealth.

You can push the limits of your growth as the Sri Chakra diffuses any negative energy that stands in the way of your peace, success, affluence and harmony.

Shree Yantra is the source of supreme energy and energy is nothing but another form of element in the shape of waves and rays. This Yantra is highly sensitive as it has magnetic powers. It is a divine store-house of energy which picks up particular cosmic ray waves emitted by the planets and other universal forces and transforms them into useful vibrations. These are then transmitted to the surroundings where the Yantra is placed and destroys all destructive forces within the area.

Directions for Using Your Yantra

A Yantra is a great cosmic conductor of energy. It is an antenna of nature making it a powerful tool to attract or increase harmony, prosperity, success, good health, protection etc. and improve your meditations and concentration.

It is important to have your Yantra activated or energized in order for the pre-programmed purpose and intent to go ‘on-line’.

Focus your eyes and mind at the center of the Yantra to achieve higher levels of consciousness. The Yantra’s color may change over a period of time especially with regular abhishekam, however this does not dilute the power of the Yantra.

  • Place the Yantra on a clean and sacred altar facing the appropriate direction (see below)
  • Do not let other people touch the Yantra.
  • You may desire to perform abhishekam, or ritual anointing, to the Yantra with rose water or milk according to your personal practice-daily, weekly, monthly. Then, rinse it with water and wipe it dry.
  • You may wish to place rounded dots of sandalwood paste on the 4 corners and in the center of the Yantra (sandalwood powder moistened with a small amount of water)
  • Chant the appropriate mantra in front of the Yantra if you desire.
  • If a small size, you may wish to carefully carry the Yantra in your purse or wallet. It is recommended to wrap in a protective cloth such as silk when travelling this way.

How Quickly Do the Yantras Benefits Show?

It can take up to 45 days before experiencing the benefits of an activated Yantra. This is on the conservative side as many feel the effects immediately if their karmic potential is ‘ripe’. Some Yantras work better over the long term as they graduate steadily through their blessing stages. Have patience and faith. Your positive thought vibrations play a key role in the effectiveness.

Yantra Lifespan

There is no limit to the life span of a Yantra and they can last your life time. However, if you obtain a Yantra for a specific purpose, and that desired effect is achieved, then it may withdraw its energy.

Positioning and Placing Your Yantra

Generally a Yantra should be placed in the North, North-West direction, facing South, South-East. The Vaastu Yantra should be placed in the South-West corner facing North-East. Sri Chakra Yantra should be placed in the East facing West. The Kubera Yantra should be placed in the North facing the South or East facing West.

 Two or more Yantras can be place together; however, a Kubera Yantra should always be placed on the extreme left of all others, meaning it should be at the left when we look at the Yantras. Sri Chakra Yantra should be in the exact center of the group. A Ganesha Yantra should be placed at the extreme right side of any group of Yantras.

Please Note

All Yantras are instruments for enhancing potential known for assisting in attracting desired outcomes but they cannot force something to manifest if it is against your karma. For example, if it is not meant to be, someone cannot be forced to fall in love with you, or prosperity or good luck cannot come all at once. When things are meant to manifest for you, a sacred Yantra will help speed up the process and can even potentially help remove obstacles that prevent dreams from manifesting.

Handle the Yantra with the utmost respect and reverence as anything less will immediately reduce or negate its Shakti or energy.

Yantras are much more powerful than a picture or even a statue of a deity and they are used to energize the latter. In India temples, the Sacred Inner Sanctums that house the main deity, the Yantra associated with that deity is placed under the base of the statue to initiate, energize and sanctify the space.

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Symbolic Statues


You can go from one end of the world to the other among middle class group of people, the average person, and you ask them if they believe that these statues are actually divine or have spiritual power in themselves. Nearly everyone will answer no.

  448px-Lord_Muruga_Batu_Caves Statue – Lord Murugan [Malaysia]

Even in the midst of a vast array of this imagery, nearly everyone accepts the fact that it is symbolical and that it represents something that cannot be directly seen. It represents a power in nature which is in itself invisible.

The idea of this type of symbolism apparently arose from man’s study of his own environment.

It gradually dawned upon him that pure life, in its own essence, is invisible. We know it is present because of what it does but we do not know what it is. Therefore, when we begin to study life, we have to do it by examining living things. We are not able to understand the substance of energy or vitality or force but we are able to estimate its consequences.

Therefore, as we look around these in nature, we see an infinite diversity of living things, all of these living things supported by one essential, basic life principle.

Under such conditions, it must become obvious that this life principle has many appearances. It has as many forms and appearances as forms and appearances exist in nature. It is not only represented by picture, it is represented by sound or color.

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Statue – Giant Buddha statue in Seoraksan (Mt.Seorak), Gangwon-do, South Korea

It is represented by mathematical formulas and astronomical observations and it is represented by now a very complex group of chemical and electronic symbols. And yet underneath all of this vast array of symbolism, it is obvious that there is one invisible life principle.

This principle separated from all living things is almost impossible to define. The only way we can define it is to reveal it through its own works.

Our ancient forebears were certain that all creation was a revelation of one principle. Therefore, in order to make a diagram or a picture of this principle, something had to be found that could be equated with everything that exists.

This symbol had to be inclusive enough to reveal the utter diversity of the divine power and yet at the same time sufficiently integrate it to realize or to represent the fact that this divine power was in the ultimate one, an indivisible principle manifesting constantly through utter diversity.

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Statue – Jesus Christ [Rio de Janeiro – Brazil ]

It therefore seemed quite proper to select various symbols to represent this one indivisible but invisible unity at the source of existence. The Greeks have their pantheons of gods, so did the Egyptians and the Latins, the Hindus and the vast mass.

Eight Exclusive Yoga poses for Kids


Yoga is form of exercise that affects both your body and mind. In fact, some yoga asanas have the capacity to cure chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes. So making your kids do yoga from early ages might reap benefits for them later. Some yoga poses help kids in their general body growth and development too. Take the mountain pose for example. This pose of yoga helps kids correct standing posture problems.

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There are some other yoga asanas that are specifically meant for kids. Yoga Poses For Kids To Try

1. Hands To Feet Pose:

Make your kid sit with their legs stretched straight in front of them. Ask them to hold their toes without bending their knees. This yoga asana is an excellent stretching exercise that helps your kids grow taller and improves their blood circulation in the body too.

2. Butterfly Pose:

Allow the child to sit on the floor mat with outstretched legs. Then fold the legs in and join the two feet facing each other.

The butterfly pose is a fun-filled asana that is a great stretching exercise for the thigh muscles.

3. Mountain Pose:

Make your child stand straight and join his/her hands over the head. This yoga pose increases kids concentration, body balance and also corrects their posture defects.

4. Cobra Pose:

Ask your kid to lie flat on the stomach and then lift the upper body by supporting his/her weight on arms. This yoga asana strengthen the spinal cord of the child and also increases flexibility. Apart from that, it helps digest food faster.

5. Swan Pose:

Yours kids would love to imitate a swan and fly away. So make the child lie flat on the belly. Fold his/her legs at the knees and let them raise their upper body by supporting the weight on the arms. Ask the child to look up towards the skies. This pose improves blood circulation in the nervous system making your child more alert.

6. Downward Facing Dog Pose:

Make the child stand on all fours like a dog and bend his/her head downwards. This yoga pose is great for role playing a dog. Apart from the fun, it improves the child’s blood circulation and also strengthens his/her limbs.

7. Triangle Pose:

You too can try this pose along with your kid. Stand with your feet apart. Place your arms up horizontally and then bend down on one side to touch your ankles. This pose of yoga helps the kid’s chest to expand and also stimulates the abdominal organs to function properly.

8. Wood Chopper Pose:

Ask the child to stand with his/her legs apart. Then they can raise their hands over their head and join palms into a ‘namaste’. This pose releases stress from your little one’s system. These are some of the best yoga poses for kids. What else have your kids tried?

The unknown side of Hinduism


Hinduism is a whirlpool of knowledge, that which cannot be understood at first glance. To be a Hindu is not just about being gifted, but it’s an experience we need to live out in accordance with the Shastras.

Walking through a temple might be an overwhelming experience, where we would believe the superior powers are embedded within the deity. Sure enough, but how did this power get there? How did the idol get a life and how are we sharing this power? Or rather…what is this power that we define as “the ultimate truth”?

The power of the stone is not generate within the stone itself but is generated through the mystical diagram that defines the nature of the deity enclosed within the shrine. Various “bija mantras” attributed to the deity are embedded within this mystical diagram. For now this is just a copper/gold plate that carries the lines that define the true nature of the deity.

dwajastambhaThe real play starts at the dwajastambha, the main pillar in front of the temple. The fire of life is ignited along a darbha grass rope that connects the main dwajastambha to the shrine within the sanctum. The dwajastambha itself is a complex flag post, which contains designs all of which are attributed of the enclosed deity. Fire and ghee ignite the life of the mystical diagram placed within the sanctum followed by a series of hymns that are sung rhythmically along the cardinal directions within the shrine chamber. The mystical diagram comes alive when the fire with the burning ghee falls on its metal surface.

After this ritual the deity is placed over the metal plate and sealed to the floor using a mixture known as “ashtabandhanam”. The idol, made of a specific black stone is the carrier of this energy. This energy is maintained and enhanced by constant worship. Worship includes the bathing of the idol with water, milk, sandal wood, fruit mix, honey, oil, ghee and the like. Food is offered in the form of incense, flowers, fruit and rice to the deity.

The inner power of the idol is maintained by constant “pradakshinam” or circumambulation around the main shrine chamber and various prakaras. Only oil lamps should light the interior chamber and electricity is strictly prohibited. Flower garlands should be strung with banana fiber and not thread. Every thing that is offered to the deity is in its purest form. Hence the power of the deity is maintained.

What is the real nature of this “power”?
The nature of this power is strangely electrical, meaning it can produce anything from a mild shock near your elbow to making you shiver if you cannot cope with it.
The point is, we need to be ready to receive this power and for that the body and mind need to be prepared. Hence the various philosophies of detachment and zero desire so that we can concentrate on the Self instead of getting distracted by the world around us.

I know I made this sound really simple but this is belief as it stands today and no, Western science cannot prove this in a hurry.

Mudra’s of Healing


APAN MUDRA


Energy Mudra

With each hand: Place the thumb, middle finger, and ring finger together-extend the
other fingers. When needed, do for 5 to 45 minutes or use three times a
day for 15 minutes as a course of treatment.

This mudra supports the removal of waste materials and toxins from the body, as well as eliminatingurinary problems. The Apan Mudra also stimulates the wood element, which is associated with the energy of the liver and gallbladder.This element also contains the power and pleasure of springtime, of new beginnings, of tackling and shaping visions of the future. In addition,the Apan Mudra has a balancing effect on the mind, which is largely dependent upon a well-functioning liver. It gives us patience, serenity, confidence, inner balance, and harmony. In the mental realm, it creates the ability to develop vision. You need all of this when you lookinto the future, while facing new challenges, and if your wishes are to be fulfilled.

Affirmation
I plant my seeds, care for them, and receive a rich harvest
with God‘s help that I thankfully accept.

Shankh Mudra

Shell Mudra

Encircle the your thumb with the four fingers of your right hand. At the same time, touch the
right thumb to the extended middle finger of your left hand. Together, the two hands look
like a conch shell. Hold your hands in front of your sternum. Do this as often and as long
as you want. Or use it three times daily for 15 minutes as a course of treatment.

When you want to practice this mudra, chant “OM” several tunes. Then listen within yourself, to the silence, for several minutes afterward. This mudra is used during rituals in many Hindu temples. There, the conch horn is blown in the morning to announce the opening of the temple doors. The same applies to our inner temple, in which the divine light shines–it should also be opened. The
Shell Mudra drives away every kind of problem in the throat. It also has a very
calming effect
and leads to collection in silence.

Surabhi Mudra


Core Mudra

The little finger of your left hand touches the ring finger of your right hand. The little finger of your right hand touches the ring finger of your left hand. At the same time, the middle fingers of both
hands touch theindex fingers of the other. The thumbs remain extended

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Do three times a day for 15 minutes. The Surabhi Mudra is very effective against rheumatism
and arthritis. Since these diseases are usually chronic, or at least have existed within
the person long before any outbreak or pain is perceived, this mudra must also
be practiced for a longer period of time.

Shunya Mudra


Heaven Mudra

Bend the middle finger until it touches the ball of your thumb. Lightly press down on the middle
finger with your thumb. The other fingers are extended. Do this with each hand. Do as needed,
or use three times daily for 15 minutes as a course of treatment. This is a special exercise
against ear and hearing problems. The Shunya Mudra can also quickly heal earaches
and almost all diseases of the ear when used for a longer period of time.

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Hearing problems are related to a person who is no longer able to hear or who even doesn’t want to hear. This can be a blessing or a catastrophe. Poor hearing can protect us from unpleasant things or even from disagreeable sounds or information that find their way into us. On the other hand, we can also no longer hear beautiful things. Not wanting to hear is sometimes based on a particular kind of stubbornness that can lead to disaster. Consequently, if we are willing to scrutinize the reason for our hearing problems, this can lead us one step further toward a richer life.The middle finger is associated with the sky (ether). This is the gateway to the higher dimensions-the gateway to Heaven. The ancient myths say, if we want to get to Heaven, we first need to be thoroughly purified. This is why it may be appropriate to “look within” and make amends for old offenses. I know that it can sometimes be very difficult to forgiveanother person; but that forgiveness truly opens up new gateways.

Prithivi Mudra


Earth Mudra

Place the tips of the thumb and ring finger on top of each other, using light pressure. Extend the
other fingers. Do this with each hand. Do as needed, or use three times a day for 15 minutes.

The Prithivi Mudra can eliminate an energy deficit in the root chakra. Whether or not you feel psychologically or physically strong and vital is largely dependent upon this energy. This finger position also intensifies the sense of smell and is good far the nails, skin, hair, and bones. Ifs you feel uncertain of your steps while walking, the Prithivi Mudra can restore your equilibrium and trust. This mudra ‘also activates the root chakra, in which our elemental force resides. We also need stability and nourishment to grow and be effective in our place in the world. The purpose of our lives is to connect with the Divine, which means we must also orient ourselves toward the light and open up like a flower that is being pollinated. For us, this may mean experiencing grace. This mudra can give us everything that we need for a meaningful life. I use it when I feel insecure and need inner stability and self-assurance. Moreover, it stimulates the body temperature, the liver, and the stomach.

Stand or sit on a chair. Keep your feet parallel and their soles flat on the ground. Inhalation: Imagine that you are absorbing Earth energy through the soles of your feet. Guide it up through your legs, back, and throat into your head and far beyond into the cosmos. Hold your breath for a few seconds. Exhalation: Like a golden rain, the energy sinks back to Earth as the renewing force. There is a balance between taking and giving. Now imagine a catch basin in your pelvic floor and let the energy rain flow into your pelvis. Repeat thisa number of times.

Affirmation
The power of Earth gives me secure stability, staying power and assertiveness, self-assurance, and self-confrdence. The power of the cosmos gives me enthusiasm, pleasure, and joy.

Apan Vaya Mudra


Lifesaver: first aid for heart attacks

Bend your index finger and let its tip touch the ball of your thumb. At the same time, the tips of the middle and ring fingers touch the tip of your thumb. Extend your little finger. Do this with each hand.
Use as needed until you feel the effect, or practice three times a day for 15 minutes as a course of treatment. This finger position can have a first-aid function when you use it at the first sign
of a heart attack,. It regulates many heart complications. In an emergency, it can even
have a quicker effect than placing nitroglycerin ,the most frequently used
immediate remedy under the tongue.


Heart attacks, as well as chronic heart complaints, don’t just come out of the blue. Instead, they are an indication that a person’s lifestyle must be rethought and planned differently. This mudra can also be used for the general healing and strengthening of the heart. Heart patients are often so tied up with obligations that they no longer perceive what appears to he “senseless” from the outside. They have no time to relax. They also have a hard time coping with stillness. Something always has to he going on, and they often give so much support to something or someone at work or during their leisure time there is no room for their own needs. Yet, it is precisely these quiet moments that are the ones to nourish our souls.

Kubera Mudra


Dedicated to the god of wealth, Kubera

Place the tip of your thumb, index finger, and middle finger together. Bend the other two fingers
so they rest in the middle of your hand. Do this with each hand. The Kubera Mudra can be
used for a great variety of concerns. 1t doesn’t matter how long it is practiced,
but it does matter that
you do it with intensity.

Many people already know it as the “Three Finger Technique”, use it when they are looking for something specific-a free parking space, a certain dress, the right book, the necessary information, etc. Others use it when they want to put more force behind their plans for the future. It always involves goals that people want to reach, or wishes that they would like to have fulfilled. With the three closed fingers, additional strength is given to the matter and or thought.

It is obvious that something happens when the fingers of Mars , Jupiter , and Saturn join forces.
Putting this mudra to specific use in everyday life is quite fun. It also gives
us inner repose, confidence, and serenity.

The practice is simple. In your mind, formulate your wish or goal very clearly into words. Ask your heart whether this is good for you and whether it enriches your surrounding world. Now place the three fingers together, phrase your wish in a positive way, as you say it out loud three times. Press your fingers together while you do this. The Kubera Mudra opens and decongests, cleanses the frontal sinuses, especially if you draw the air upward while inhaling.

Visualize your goal, your future, or your special wish, in all its colors. At the same time,
develop the feeling as if it already were reality. The thought is the procreative power ,
the same applies to our goals and wishes. It is also obvious that we must
make our own contribution to this process.

Suchi Mudra

First clench both fists and hold them in front of your chest . While inhaling, stretch the right arm to the right and point the index finger upward. At the same time, stretch your left arm to the left. Hold this tension for 6 breaths and then return to the basic position. Repeat six times on both sides.

For serious chronic constipation, do four times a day. For light constipation, repeat six to twelve times in the morning and at noon. When traveling or in acute cases, practice every morning before rising for 5 to 10 minutes while comfortably lying in bed. The Suchi Mudra often helps the first time you do it. If you practice it in the morning at 7, you can usually “unload” before 9. Unwellness, spite, impatience, violent temper, wanting to cling to everything-the cause for all these unpleasant feelings is often full, and therefore stressed, intestines.

Mushti Mudra

 

Bend your fingers inward and place your thumbs over the ring fingers. Do this with each hand. Do as needed, or three times a day for 15 minutes. The Mushti Mudra activates the liver and stomach energy, promotes digestion, and helps cure constipation.

When we show someone our fist, the other person understands this gesture and will react with fear, flight, or counterattack. But this will hardly solve the problem. Unfortunately, this is why aggression is suppressed to the extent that they hardly even perceive it within them. Immediately living out every aggression in a wild way certainly isn’t good either, but neither is suppressing it. Aggression can be reduced when the cause is known.

There is blind fury and righteous anger-but there are worlds between them. The cause of many physical complaints, such as a weak liver, problems with digestion or constipation, tension, heart complaints, etc., are related to suppressed or uncontrolled aggression. Most aggression is based on not being able to say “no,” not being able to set boundaries, letting oneself be driven into a corner, etc. The basic evil is fear. When aggression arises, it should be let out in the foreseeable future. Then look for the cause of the aggression and develop a strategy as to how its trigger can be eliminated. Many problems can be cleared up by discussing them.

Mahasirs Mudra


Large head mudra

The tips of your thumb, index finger, and middle finger touch each other. Place your ring finger into the fold of the thumb and keep your little finger extended. Do this with each hand. Do as needed, or three times every day for 6 minutes.

Headaches have a great variety of causes and can hardly be made to disappear once and for all with one single mudra. Frequently, weather influences or tension in the eyes, neck, back, or pelvis are at fault; or there are problems with the sinuses or digestion. All of this can result in too much energy being focused on the head, and this leads to tension that causes pain in the head. In order to release this tension, it is important to direct consciousness into other body parts abdomen, feet, or hands. The Mahasirs Mudra balances energy, has a tension-relieving effect, and eliminates mucous congestion in the frontal sinuses.

While exhaling, imagine that waves of energy are flowing down from your head through your neck, back, arms, and legs, and leaving through your hands and feet. After a while, imagine that your head is clear, cool, clean, and light. In conclusion, stroke your face with spread fingers and enjoy the feeling for a while.

Affirmation
I have a free, light, clear, and cool head.

Hakini Mudra

Place all the fingertips together. The Hakim Mudra can be practiced at any time. When you would like to remember something, or want to find the red thread again, place your fingertips together, direct your eyes upward, place the tip of your tongue on your gums while inhaling, and let the tongue fall again while exhaling. Then take a deep breath-and what you wanted should immediately occur to you. Moreover, when you must concentrate on something for a longer period of time, could use some good ideas, or want to remember something that you have read, this mudra can be useful. When doing mental work, don’t cross your feet. Sit with your eyes facing west. This mudra can do true wonders, and you should always keep it in the back of your mind in case of an emergency.

This finger position has been researched quite well; it has been determined that it promotes the cooperation between the right and left brain hemispheres. It is also recommended today in memory training. It opens access to the right hemisphere, which is where the memory is stored. This mudra also improves and deepens respiration, and the brain profits from it as well.

To activate the energy of the large intestine, shift the finger contact
by one finger so that the right index finger is on the left thumb,
your right middle finger is on your left index finger, etc.

Detoxification Mudra

Place each thumb on the inner edge of the third joint of your ring finger. Do this with each hand. The important thing is to pamper yourself, and allow yourself rest during this time, while still getting some exercise For three to five days, eat easily digestible bread with herb tea in the morning; for lunch and dinner, have a meal of rice or potatoes and steamed leaf vegetables. Drink tea or water between meals. A potato compress is quite easy to use and practically draws the toxins out of the body. It can be used to support general cleansing by placing it on the liver or any other body parts that hurt. Boil the potatoes in their skins and mash with a fork, wrap in a cotton towel, and place on the body; wrap a warm towel around the body and the potato sack. Leave the compress on the respective spot for about 30 minutes.

During the detoxification days, lie down to rest often. This is the time to use this mudra for supporting the detoxification process. It is important to consider the things, in addition to waste materials and toxins, you are willing to let go of-bad memories, old grudges, bad habits, negative character traits, fears, etc. This will make room for something new.

Affirmation
I entrust my wish or goal to divine protection-and everything will be fine.

Joint Mudra

Left hand: Thumb and middle finger together. Right hand: Thumb and ring finger together.

Do as needed, or four times a day for 15 minutes. In case of illness, the mudra should be done six
times a day for 30 minutes. This mudra balances energy in your joints. It is good with it when
knees are sore after a hike, walking down mountains, or when working too long
at the computer and having an unpleasant feeling in the elbows.

Bronchial Mudra

Both hands:Place the little finger at the base of the thumb, the ring fipger on the upper thumb joint, and the middle finger on the pad of the thumb. Extend the index finger. For an acute attack of asthma, first use this mudra from 4 to 6 minutes and then practice the Asthma Mudra (Number 5) until breathing has become normal again. For a long-term treatment, hold both mudras for 5 minutes, five times a day.

People with respiratory problems often also suffer from inner loneliness,, isolation, sexual problems, and sadness. These feelings are often successfully played down with humor. This naturally causes a great deal of stress so that these individuals are pressed for time and out of breath.


 

It is emotionally important to admit your negative feelings and moods. Be aware that even these feelings are like waves, they arise and then pass on. Such feelings are often a general weakness that is caused by shallow breathing since improper respiration doesn’t build up the inner reservoir of strength. When it is reduced, weakness occurs not only on the physical level but also in the emotional area. Fear, sadness, discontentment, exaggerated sensitivity, are the consequences.

In yoga, every breathing exercise and physical exercise builds up this inner strength and keeps up the energy level (practice for at least 30 minutes every day Sit upright and hold your hands about 4 inches away from your body. When your arms get tired, place the hands on your thighs. Direct your consciousness to the pelvic.

Inhalation:Now direct your consciousness into your abdomen,stomach, chest, throat, forehead, and top of the head. Now hold your breath for about 5 seconds.

Exhalation:Direct your consciousness from top to bottom and count backward from 7 to 1. Wait patiently until the impulse to inhale comes, and then direct theconsciousness back to the top again while inhaling.The pauses after inhaling and exhalingare very important here.

Asthma Mudra

Both hands: Press together the fingernails of the
middle fingers and keep other fingers extended.



In case of an acute asthma attack,
first do the Bronchial Mudra for 4 to 6 minutes. Then use
this Asthma Mudra until the breathing calms down. For long-term treatment,
use these two mudras five times every day for 5 minutes.


During cold weather, never breathe through your mouth because the bronchial tubes will become inflamed and congested.
Try not to be in a hurry because every incidence of stress activates the adrenal glands. Adrenaline promotes the congestion and constriction of the bronchial tubes.Eat a light diet with little meat; meat once a week is enough. No milk products, tomatoes, hot peppers, or kiwi. No smoking should be obvious.

Don’t take medications that weaken the immune system, such as antibiotics.Get enough fresh air by taking long walks. Do yoga or gym- nastics every week and get enough rest. Most people who suffer from breathing difficulties are familiar with inner loneliness (too much detachment from the surrounding world) and/or cannot set boundaries. Consequently, they feel themselves plagued by other people’s duties and problems (too little detachment).

PranMudra Life Mudra

With each hand:

Place the tips of the thumb, ring finger, and little finger together. The other fingers remain extended. As needed, use for 5 to 30 minutes. Or, as a course of treatment, do three times a day for 15 minutes.The Pran Mudra activates the root chakra, in which the elemental force of a human being is found. This finger position stimulates the nourishing energy in the pelvic floor. The Pran Mudra generally increases vitality, reduces fatigue and nervousness, and improves vision.

It is also used against eye diseases. On the mental-emotional level, it increases our staying power and assertiveness, healthy self-confidence, gives us the courage to start something new, and the strength to see things through. Clear eyes are also a sign of a mental outlook emphasizingclarity and a clear mind, which means clearly structured thoughts and ideas. When you do the Pran Mudra you can also put your thumb onto the fingernailsof the other two fingers instead of on their tips. This has the effect of causing both the right and left brain hemispheres to function equally, become active, and mutually complement each other, which is very important for holistic health.

Nervousness is usually a sign of weakness,
of too much distraction and too little inner stability.
The Pran Mudra–combined with a conscious,
slow, and gentle way of breathing-has the effect
of being as stabilizing and calming as a secure anchor.

LINGA MUDRA

Upright Mudra

Place both palms together and clasp your fingers. One thumb should remain
upright; encircle it with the thumb and index finger of your other hand.
Do as needed or three times a day for 15 minutes.

This finger position increases the powers of resistance against coughs, colds, and chest infections. It
also loosens mucus that has collected in the lungs. In addition, it is very useful for people who suffer from respiratory complaints when the weather changes. It also increases the body temperature and is particularly suited for people who don’t develop a fever that is high enough. Fever is important because many bacteria within the body can only be killed when it reaches a certain temperature.

The Linga Mudra can, also help reduce weight. However, for this purpose it must be done with particular care three times a day for 15 minutes. Also drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and mainly eat cooling foods, such as yogurt, rice, bananas, and citrus fruits. If the Linga Mudra is done too long, a feeling of sluggishness and lethargy may occur. This is a sign that you should shorten the length of this exercise and consume more cooling foods and drinks In order to stimulate your immune system and increase body temperature.

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The science of Mudra 

The science of Mudra


 
The science of Mudras is based on the principle that “The root cause of disease is the imbalance and improper co-ordination between these elements and proper balance between these elements is the secret of good health.” The secret of health lies in hands, fingers and Mudras, which can be performed with the help of fingers.

Human body is composed of five basic elements and the five fingers of our hands represents these five basic elements. Ancient Sages discovered the knowledge of Mudras. By touching of hands to each other or folding fingers in a particular way, we can cure any disturbances in these five elements with the help of our fingers, we can keep the five elements in proper proportion, any disturbances in them can be balanced. So that our body become healthy.

The human body, like the Universe, is made up of fusion of five elements. Body’s health depends on the proper balance of these five elements in our body. Mudras help maintaining this balance. Mudras are like control buttons of chetana of our body and their proper study help us not only to control five elements but also to cure many diseases and remain healthy.

With the help of Mudras, we can create particular kind of energy waves in the body, when needed. By creating these waves, the five elements get their proper balance which help man in his physical, mental and spiritual progress. By touching or by pressing our fingers on each other in a particular fashion we can perform different Mudras. There are so many mudras performed for different purposes, as in dance or prayer. Here we are studying those mudras which help us in curing disorder, both of mind and body.

Mudras, Hand Postures

There is a tremendous flow of energy in the hands and each finger represents one of the elements. The roots of all diseases lie in an imbalance of one of the five elements and can be corrected with medicines, willpower and Mudras.

Mudras is a term with many meanings. It is used to signify a gesture, a mystic position of the hands, a seal, or even a symbol. However, there are eye positions, body postures, and breathing techniques that are also called mudras. These symbolic finger, eye, and body postures can vividly depict certain states or processes of consciousness.So mudras engage certain areas of the brain and/or soul and exercise a corresponding influence on them.

How Are Mudras Practiced?

“The hands are the bearers of important symbols, which are still universally understood. With his or her hands, the Indian dancer expresses the life of the universe. The rich symbolism of the dancer’s language of gestures has a greater significance for the mind than words could express . Indian art has the spiritual meaning of the mudras and its perfect expression . The gestures of the deities depicted in Hindu and Buddhist art symbolize and evoke specific mythological occurrences.”

Forming your hands and the fingers as they are shown in the various illustrations. The pressure of the fingers should be very light and fine, and your hands should be relaxed. Sometimes the fingers have a mind of their own, too inflexible, and the hands slip away or tire quickly. The flexibility of the hands has a direct relationship to the flexibility of the entire body. Tension at a certain place in the body, will be expressed at a corresponding area in the hands. Even a person’s age can be determined on the basis of the spread fingers.

In the beginning, there may be some problems in doing some of the mudras with both hands, because, you may first have to arrange and hold the fingers of one hand with the other. Just do the mudra with the one hand for the time being. If the fingers that should actually be stretched curl on their own again, rest them. With time, the tensions will dissolve in the fingers or hand, as well as in the corresponding area of the body. Do the mudra as well as possible and the effect will appear in any case. You will gain more strength in your hands, become more flexible, and will be able to use both hands feeling more refreshed ,flexible and younger.

Treat your fingers in a careful and loving way.
You may not do the mudra as healing gesture,
but do it as a holy gesture.
If possible do the mudras in a seated meditation position-
Take into consideration the following basic principles of meditation technique:

Sit with an upright pelvis and a straight spinal column on a stable cushion. Both knees should be flat on the ground or at the same height if necessary, support the lower knee with a cushion until it is at the same height as the other knee. Let the hands relax on the thighs.Let the shoulders fall back and down in a relaxed way, your chest should be open and free.Pull the chin back a bit, and let the neck be long and relaxed. Breathe in an even, slow, flowing, and gentle way.Never end the meditation suddenly. Vigorously stretch your arms and legs.

 

You can practice the mudras at any time and in any place. Mudras can even be done while in traffic, watching television, or when waiting.. It is wiser to do mudras in a meditative, harmonious mood. Without being stressed and fuming with annoyance, or that you sit in front of the television with your mind on various problems you are facing.

Place your thumb and index finger together and think about something wonderful, it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it lets you float on pink clouds. Now feel the energy that flows from the index finger to the thumb. Doing it again, imagine something terribly sad. Feel the energy of the fingers is it different? There is difference in the quality of energy that flows, in the first instance it is vibrant and electrifying whereas the other is dull and faint.

Breathing, Visualization and Affirmations

The effect of a mudra can be immensely intensified with the breath.
This is why it is very important to know what breathing does.

Pay attention to a symmetrical posture and hold your arms about one inch away from your body. Even this position alone brings a sense of inner equilibrium and harmony as it regulates the activity of the nervous system and hormonal glands. In addition to carbon dioxide, we also discharge expended energy on the subtle level when we exhale deeply.This is why you should always exhale vigorously several times at the beginning of a mudra. Make room for what you want to achieve.

Always lengthen the little pause after inhaling and after exhaling by several seconds. The most important aspect of the breathing process. The inner powers are developed during the pauses-on every level.When you practice a mudra to calm yourself, then slow your breathing.When you practice a mudra to refresh yourself, then inters your breathing. The optimal quality of breathing is achieved when the breath is slow, deep, rhythmic, and flowing.

In the beginning of a mudra meditation, exhale vigorously
several times and then
let the breath become deeper and slower.

First: Focus on your hands and fingers,
notice the gentle pressure where they touch each other;
This centers, creates inner equilibrium, and builds up strength in general.


Second: While inhaling, you can press the fingertips together a bit more
and let go of the pressure when exhaling;
This variation strengthens the will and refreshes.


Third: The other way around and apply a bit more pressure
while exhaling and let go of the pressure when inhaling.
This variation calms and relaxes.

Feel the difference. You may not immediately feel the effect, but it is still
there

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The exteranl circumstances of our lives usually shape themselves according to our imagination andour feelings. The possibility of shaping our inner images is in such a way that we can enjoy life, experience success in our work, and have loving and understanding relationships. Create an unshakable faith and be filled with both fervor and serenity to accompany our self-made images. We need to create little experiences of success for ourselves, since what functions in a small way will also succeed on a larger scale. We can slowly build and develop this confidence. If we can clearly express what we do not want and definitively formulate our wishes and needs, this can already be the beginning of a new order in life.

 

Affirming sometimes more, sometimes less. Time and time again, their astounding
effects have astonishing. It is so simple, and some people even find it a bit naive.
But things that are particularly simple and naive usually have the greatest effective power.

 

The same principle applies to affirmations as it does to visualizations.Say them full of faith, fervor, and serenity. You can say them one to three times, during or after the meditation.You can also pause for a moment during the day and speak your affirmation in a quiet or a loud voice. Make use of this wonderful possibility and talk yourself into what you really want-what is good for you. If you want to get rid of something stubborn, a negation can also be help- ful. Speak it at the beginning, while you are vigorously exhaling. For example, “This hatred or resentment, feeling of guilt, pain, fear, desire to smoke, etc. will immediately disappear and dissolve itself.”

 

Mudras and Music

We all know the healing effect of music. But music is also good for healthy people who are occasionally plagued by weakness or physical imbalances. Since the music used for therapy plays anywhere from three to twelve minutes, and this amount of time corresponds to how, long one holds a mudra, it is obvious that mudras and music can have a wonderful influence on each other. Tension-either physical or mental-emotional can be relieved by listening to the right kind of music. The right kind of music has a calming and relaxing effect, possibly even taking a person into a state of deep relaxation. Stress and tension can also lead to an acute or a chronic state of exhaustion that can be positively influenced by music. If you pay attention to the following points, you can get a lot from using music with your mudras:

 

Consider your own taste in music;
Determine how long the playing time should be;
Listen to the same piece at the same time for at least three days in row;
Listen consciously, and immediately let go of any thoughts that may arise.

Mudras and Colour

Colors influence our minds and our lives on every level. In color therapy, various shades of color are specifically applied to regenerate the organs and glands, as well as to activate the processes of elimination, respiration, and circulation. Colors also influence our moods and every type of mental activity.

Red stimulates the circulation, makes us alert,
warms and relaxes, but can also bring out aggression;


Orange improves the mood, promotes lightness,
stimulates sexuality, but can also stimulate superficiality;

Yellow stimulates digestion, makes us mentally alert, and
lets life appear in a bright light, but it can also be obtrusive;

Green is generally calming; it regenerates on every level,
and gives us the desire to start something new;

Blue is also calming, but this calmness goes deeper and provides
a sense of security; it conveys protection, and symbolizes the
silent yearning for the incomprehensible;

Violet is the color of transformation, change, and spirituality;

Brown is the color of stability and connection to the earth,
but too much can lead to stagnation;

White bears the entire spectrum of the other colors
within itself, containing birth as well as death;

Black is the color of protection, of gathering strength, of retreat,
and of the emptiness that already bears abundance within itself.

There are no “bad” colors. Every color can also be seen in our aura or energy body. When a color gains dominance or is not in its right place, it will initially have an effect on the general feeling of well-being. With time, a health disorder may develop as a result. However, the course of an illness can also be reversed with the help of colors.

You can have some beautiful experiences using color meditations. If you prefer a certain color, it may well be that you need the corresponding qualities. However, if you give too much preference to one color, this can develop into an addiction and the color may harm you. While holding a mudra, you can either visualize a color or concentrate on the color of an object. With visualization the color will then come to life.

Using MUDRAS to Heal Physical Complaints

Your destiny lies in your hands, and this should be taken quite literally. Not only because the hand lines show the past and future of a person, but above all because each finger has its very own functions and power. If you know how to use this power, you can maintain your physical health and mental peace.

How can my illness be improved if I do nothing more than just press together a few of my fingers? Begin to trust and carry out the exercises, the effect changes into astonishment. These are extremely valuable gifts that were given to us from the most enlightened masters of ancient times.

An unhealthy lifestyle usually consists of bad diet, lack of exercise, no fresh air, rest and relaxation, too much stress, worry, negative thoughts and feelings. Practicing the mudras, with a healthy diet, routine rest periods, adequate exercise will lead to an optimal lifestyle. And this is the basis for health. When mudras are used to support the healing of chronic health disorders, they should be as a course of treatment over a long period of several weeks or months to be effective.

Some mudras can also be used as help in an emergency. These should be practised when necessary and only as long as they are required. Sudden complaints are not a coincidence, but are of an imbalanced state that has already flared up within us. Mudra should not be used like a fast-acting medication to subdue symptoms. Get to the bottom of the matter. Meditate-ask inside yourself what this physical attack means for you. Ask persistently and honestly, for then you will also receive an honest answer. Perhaps it won’t be comfortable, but it will have a healing effect in the long run.

Mudras and Healing Emotional Problems

Run your thumb along your fingertips in a gentle and conscious way. This feels wonderful! It’s refreshing for your brain. The brain should be trained like a muscle every day. It has been proved that even after a few days of rest in bed the activity of the brain is reduced. The brain can regenerate very quickly through the appropriate training. Practicing mudras can be called pure brain training. There is a positive influence on the brain waves, particularly when the fingertips touch each other.


Affirmations promote a clear manner of expression, which is a mental power. When a mudra is done with full concentration, and a state of serenity is maintained, cerebral activity is calmed and regenerated. In addition, many mudras synchronize the right and left hemisphere of the brain. This promotes memory, the general ability to recollect, and, miraculously, creativity as well.

Always see the good in your fellow human beings, put the negative
aspects of the past behind you, live completely in the present, and
make the best you possibly can of it. Expect the best from the future
and remain in constant contact with cosmic consciousness-then
nothing will stand in the way of a meaningful and happy life.

Mudras have a wonderful effect on the emotional area of our lives, which includes the soul, our feelings, and our moods.To change oppressive moods, you can do so by changing breathing rhythm accordingly. How one breathe’s can stimulate, calm, inflame, or cool one down. Mood fluctuations, can be largely eliminated within a few days by using mudras.

 

Moods and physical complaints are similar. In order to cure them, we must look for and remedy the cause, which almost always lies within. We should never blame our surrounding world for our moods. Parents, children, partners, colleagues at work-they are only reflections of our inner life. Even if we initially can’t change our environment, we can work on our inner attitude toward the surrounding world, changing it in small steps.

 

Chronic bad moods of any type such as aggression, depression, dissatisfaction and fear can be caused by weakened organs, digestive problems, blood pressure, pain, or other phvsical reasons. As you practice the mudras used for physical healing, these moods may be remedied. Meditation, and affirmation have a positive effect on the mental emotional area.

The Energy Systems

These energy fields are subject to various vibrations. The physical senses are oriented toward one very specific vibration, and this is why we can only perceive this vibration in particular. Ancient yogis could perceive other vibrations, such as those of the chakras energy transformers and the nadis, subtle streams of energy. The Chinese researched the system of meridians. Palmistry, the hands and individual fingers are also associated with the planetary powers in astrology.

The Elements

There is a direct relationship between the hands and the neck since the nerve paths run through the vertebral form in the arms, hands, and fingers. The flexibility of the hands always effects the flexibility of the neck. Therefore, hand exercises relieve tensions in the neck. Moreover, spreading the ten fingers creates a reflex that causes the chest vertebrae to spread out.

The hands and fingers also have an additional direct relationship to the heart and lungs. many people can no longer properly stretch their fingers with increasing age. This shows tension in the heart area, which often indicates the prelude to heart disease or a tendency toward osteoporosis. This slightly crooked hand position also impedes inhalation. The result is that the optimum amount of air is not drawn into the lungs, especially into the lung borders, which promotes contamination in those areas.

Reflex Zones

The hand reflex zones correspond to the foot reflex zones, the massage treatment of which is generally known today. Since some of the organs are only found on one side of the body such as the heart and liver, this is reflected in the hands. Since hands come in different sizes, you may not find the exact pressure point immediately. When you have found the desired point, massage it with your thumb, using light pressure and slow, circular movements. One to 3 minutes are enough.

 

Acupressure

The best-known Chinese healing method. Instead of using needles, the meridians are stimulated with the fingers. The nonexpert can simply press them lightly with the thumb for several minutes to achieve a positive effect. If you have high blood pressure, massage the middle finger from the root to the tip. To counteract low blood pressure, massage the middle finger from the tip to the root. Do the same with the index finger if you have diarrhea or constipation.

Planetary Classification and Palmistry

Astrology and palmistry have always belonged together. The mudras can actually strengthen the hands and the individual fingers, even changing character traits in the process. The little finger is creativity, a sense of beauty, the ring finger, a sense of family, the ability to love, and a feeling of security, initiative. The love of order is found in the middle finger. Intellectuality, individuality, and striving for power are in the index finger. Will, instincts, and vitality are in the thumb. “A great deal is in your hands” with the mudras. Take hold of your life with your own two hands and decide what is important to you.

 

விரதமே மகத்தான மருத்துவம்!


இயற்கை மீதான பேரன்பும் உடல் மீதான அக்கறையும் எந்த வயதிலும் ஒருவரை இளமை குறையாமல் வைத்திருக்கும் என்பதற்குச் சாலச் சிறந்த உதாரணம் நம்மாழ்வார். சிறிய எழுத்துக்களையும் கண்ணாடி இல்லாமல் துல்லியமாகப் படிப்பது, சோர்வே இல்லாமல் பல கிலோ மீட்டர் தூரம் நடப்பது, தோட்ட வேலை, எழுத்துப் பணி, மேடைப் பேச்சு என ஒரு நாளைக்கு 16 மணி நேரம் பம்பரமாகச் சுழல்கிறது நம்மாழ்வாருக்கு. ”75 வயதிலும் எப்படி இப்படி ஒரு சுறுசுறுப்பு?” எனக் கேட்டால், சிறு குழந்தையாகச் சிரிக்கிறார் நம்மாழ்வார்.

”எத்தனையோ வருஷங்களுக்கு முன்னாலேயே, ‘உணவே மருந்து; மருந்தே உணவு’ன்னு திருமூலர் சொல்லிட்டுப் போயிட்டார். இந்த அற்புதமான வாக்கை ஆராதிக்கத் தவறியவர்கள்தான் எண் சாண் உடம்பில் எண்ண முடியாத வியாதிகளோடு அலையறாங்க. வாழ்க்கையில் இரண்டு வகை இருக்கிறது. ஒன்று நோயே வராமல் வாழ்வது. இரண்டாவது, நோய் வந்த பின் வருந்தியபடியே வாழ்வது. முதல் வகையில் இணைந்துவிட்டால், நமக்கு இன்னல்கள் இருக்காது.

‘மருந்து என வேண்டாவாம் யாக்கைக்கு அருந்தியது அற்றது போற்றி உணின்’ என்ற குறளிலேயே நோய் அண்டாமல் வாழ்வதற்கான வழி சொல்லப்பட்டு இருக்கிறது. உண்ட உணவு சீரணமாகிவிட்டதை அறிந்து, அதன் பிறகு உண்டால் அந்த உடம்புக்கு மருந்து என்ற ஒன்றே தேவை இல்லை எனச் சொல்லி இருக்கிறார் வள்ளுவர்.

எதை, எப்போது, எப்படி உண்ண வேண்டும் என்பதே நம்மில் பலருக்கும் தெரிவதில்லை. நாம் உண்ணும்போது முதலில் உணவை விழுங்குறோம். ஆனால், அப்படி விழுங்கக்கூடாது. பற்களால் நன்றாக அரைத்து, கூழாக்கி உமிழ்நீரோடு சேர்த்து உள்ளே தள்ளவேண்டும். இதைத்தான், ‘நொறுங்கத் தின்றால் நோய் தீரும்!’ எனப் பழமொழியாகச் சொன்னார்கள். அளவு கடந்து உணவு உண்பவர்கள் நோய்களை எதிர்கொள்ளவேண்டி இருக்கும். நாம் உண்ணும் உணவுக் கழிவுகள் உடம்பில் உள்ள ஒவ்வொரு செல்லிலும் கொஞ்சம் கொஞ்சமாகத் தேங்குகிறது. இதன் அளவு அதிகரிக்கும்போது நோய் உண்டாகிறது. சரி, அதை எப்படிக் களைவது? இதற்கான சுலபமான வழி, உண்ணாநோன்பு. இதைத்தான் ‘விரதம்’ என்ற பெயரில் கடைபிடித்தார்கள் நமது முன்னோர்கள். ‘நோயிலே படுப்பதென்ன கண்ண பரமாத்மா, நோன்பிலே உயிர்ப்பதென்ன கண்ண பரமாத்மா’ எனப் பாடினார்களே… அந்த நோன்புதான் உண்ணாநோன்பு. இறக்கும் தருவாயில் இருப்பவனைக்கூட உயிர்த்தெழுச் செய்யும் சக்தி உண்ணா நோன்புக்கு இருக்கிறது. இதைத்தான் ஆங்கிலத்தில் ‘தெரப்பூட்டிக் பாஸ்ட்டிங்’ (Theraupeutic fasting) என்று சொல்கிறார்கள். இன்றைக்கு சர்வதேச அளவில் இந்தச் சிகிச்சை பிரபலமாகி வருகிறது. உண்ணாநோன்பு இருக்கும்போது நம் உடலுக்குள் இருக்கும் தேவையில்லாத கழிவுகள் தன்னாலே வெளியேறி விடுகின்றன. உடல் தன்னைத்தானே குணப்படுத்திக்கொள்ள நாம் அனுமதிக்க வேண்டும்.

அடுத்ததாக, எதைச் சாப்பிட வேண்டும் என்பது மிகவும் முக்கியம். நம் உணவில் காய்கறிகள், கீரைகள், பழங்கள் ஆகியவற்றை அதிகம் சேர்த்துக்கொள்ள வேண்டும். ‘வெந்ததைக் குறைத்தால் வேதனையை குறைக்கலாம்’ என்பார்கள். அதாவது வேகவைத்த உணவைக் குறைத்துக்கொண்டு பச்சைக் காய்கறிகள், பழங்களை உண்ண வேண்டும். நான் 35 வயதில் கண்ணாடி அணிந்தேன். 60 வயதில் அதை அகற்றிவிட்டேன். இப்போது கண்ணாடியைப் பயன்படுத்துவதே இல்லை. பொடி எழுத்துக்களைக்கூட என்னால் துல்லியமாக வாசிக்க முடியும். இதற்குக் காரணம் எனது உணவுப் பழக்கங்கள்தான்!” – விழி விரியவைக்கும் அளவுக்கு ஆச்சரியமாகப் பேசுகிறார் நம்மாழ்வார். அடுத்து, மூலிகைகளை நோக்கி நீள்கிறது பேச்சு.

”இயற்கை நமக்குக் கொடுத்த அருட்கொடை மூலிகைகள். நாம் பயிர் செய்யாமலேயே நமக்கான உணவாக சில மூலிகைகளை இயற்கை உற்பத்தி செய்கிறது. உதாரணமாக, பிரண்டை. இதைத் துவையல் செய்து சாதத்தில் குழம்புக்குப் பதிலாக பிசைந்து உண்ணலாம். தூதுவளை, மொசுமொசுக்கை இலைகளைச் சேர்த்து ரசம் வைத்து உண்டால் நாள்பட்ட சளி தீரும். வாய்ப்புண்ணை ஆற்ற மணத்தக்காளி, வெட்டுப் புண்களை ஆற்ற வெட்டுக்காயப் பச்சிலை, அனைத்துக் கும் சிறந்த ஆவாரை, துளசி என மூலிகைகளின் அதிசய ஆற்றல் கொஞ்சநஞ்சம் அல்ல. நம்மைச் சுற்றி வளர்ந்துகிடக்கும் எண்ணில்லா மூலிகைகளை நாம் சரியாகப் பயன்படுத்தினாலே பாதி நோய்கள் காணாமல் போய்விடும்!” எனச் சொல்லும் நம்மாழ்வார், உடலின் மகத்துவத்தையும், யோகாவின் சிறப்பையும் சொல்லத் தொடங்கினார்.

”இயற்கை ஒருபோதும் தவறு செய்வதில்லை. உடல் ஒருபோதும் தன் கடமையை நிறுத்துவதில்லை. பசி வந்தால் உணவு, தாகம் எடுத்தால் தண்ணீர், சோர்வு வந்தால் உறக்கம் என உடல் சரியான சமிக்ஞைகளை நமக்கு கொடுத்தவண்ணம் இருக்கிறது. அதன்படி உணவு, உறக்கத்தை நாம் கடைப்பிடித்தாலே உடலுக்கு எந்தவிதமான சிக்கலும் வராது. பலர் உடம்பு வலிக்காக மாத்திரை, மருந்துகளை உட்கொள்கிறார்கள். வலி என்பது உடம்பு தன் உள்ளே இருக்கும் நச்சுப் பொருட்களை வெளியேற்றும் முயற்சி. அதைத் தடுக்கக்கூடாது.

50 வயது வரை உடம்புதான் உன்னதம் என நினைக்கும் மனது, அதற்குப் பிறகு ஆன்மாவை ஆராதிக்கிறது. ஆன்மா இந்த உடம்புக்குள்ளேதானே இருக்கிறது! அதனால், உடலைப் பராமரிப்பதும் அவசியம். இது இரண்டையும் ஒரே நேரத்தில் பராமரிக்க உதவுவதுதான் யோகா. நான் நீண்ட காலமாக யோகா செய்து வந்தாலும், ‘ஈஷா’ பயிற்சியில்தான் அதை முறைப்படுத்தினேன். தினமும் காலையில் நடைப்பயிற்சி, மூச்சுப் பயிற்சி, யோகா செய்கிறேன்.

ஈஷா யோகா பயிற்சியின்போது நடந்த நேர்காணலில், ‘யோகா செய்வதன் மூலம் நோய்கள் குணமாகும் என்றால், எதற்காக இத்தனை மருத்துவர்களும், மருத்துவமனைகளும் இருக்கின்றன?’ என சத்குருவிடம் கேட்டேன். ‘நாட்டில் தினமும் ஆயிரக் கணக்கில் விபத்துகள் நடக்கின்றன. விபத்தில் கடுமையாக பாதிக்கப்பட்டவர்களுக்கு யோகா சொல்லிக் கொடுக்க முடியாது அல்லவா? அவர்களுக்குத் தேவை, அவசர சிகிச்சை. அதற்காகத் தான் மருத்துவர்களும், மருத்துவமனைகளும்!’ என்று அவர் அமைதியாகச் சொன்னார்.

அவர் சொன்னது உண்மைதான். ஆங்கில மருத்துவத்தை அவசரத்தேவைக்கு மட்டுமே பயன்படுத்த வேண்டும். மாத்திரை, மருந்துகளைத் தொடர்ச்சியாக உட்கொள்ளும்போது, அதுவே உடம்பில் பல உபத்திரவங்களை உண்டாக்குகிறது.

மொத்தத்தில், சரியான பழக்க வழக்கங்களும், உடலைப் பேணும் உணவு முறையும், ஆரோக்கியமான சுற்றுச்சூழலும் இருந்தாலே நோய்க்கு ‘நோ என்ட்ரி’ போட்டுவிடலாம்!” எனச் சொல்லும் நம்மாழ்வார் இறுதியாக இப்படிச் சொல்கிறார் வாழ்வியல் மந்திரத்தை.

‘கணியன் பூங்குன்றனார் சொன்ன ‘தீதும், நன்றும் பிறர் தர வாரா’ என்கிற வரி நம் உடலுக்கும் உள்ளத்துக்கும் ஒருசேர வழிகாட்டக்கூடியது. அந்த வரிகளை மனதில் ஏற்று இயற்கையை வணங்கி, உடலை ஆராதிக்கக் கற்றுக் கொண்டால் வாழ்வின் சிறப்புக்குக் குறைவே இருக்காது!”.

– நன்றி சக்தி விகடன்

 

 

 

 

At the Dawn of Spiritual Enlightenment – Swami Rama


It is not necessary to retire to a monastery to lead a spiritual life. We cannot escape from our inherent longings or postpone our utmost needs. In addition to the primitive urges for food, sex, sleep, and self-preservation, there is a higher urge to merge with God.

We cannot be at peace unless that inherent divine urge is fulfilled.

We all want to experience the all-pervading, omnipresent God from which the entire universe, as well as each individual, has evolved. Direct experience of the truth that each of us originates from God, and ultimately will return to God, makes us secure, happy, and strong.

Today millions of educated men and women are suffering from a lack of purpose. Lacking also in self-confidence, young girls and boys have become victims of dissatisfaction and frustration. Along with a worldly education, we must provide some spiritual education.

Human beings have done research on three levels so far on mind, energy, and matter. Yet we have not found out a way to live in peace, to attain happiness that is free from all problems, pains, and miseries. We study this “ism,” and that “ism.” We go to this church and that temple. We seek advice from this swami and that other yogi. Yet, we have not found the way.

The whole confusion lies in the fact that we do not understand ourselves, and yet we introduce ourselves to others. We are strangers to ourselves yet we get married, have children, have homes, and claim to love others.

That training that helps us to attain a state of happiness free from pains and miseries, is missing from our daily life. Nobody teaches us how to look within, how to find within, how to verify within.

We are taught to know and see things in the external world, but this inner training and knowledge is missing. When we graduate with flying colors from colleges and universities, we find that we are still unsatisfied.

The big questions about life still remain questions:
Who am I? From where have I come? What is the purpose of life? Where will I go from here?

Modern education helps us to understand and to be successful in the external world, the world of means. It doesn’t help us to know ourselves.

To know yourself, you don’t have to go anywhere. If you want to know yourself, you have to follow the path from the grossest to the subtle, then to the subtler, and finally, to the subtlest aspects of your life. You have to search for yourself, because religions do not fulfill this need.

I am not telling you not to follow your religion, or not to believe and trust in your religion. Often religions do not answer certain vital questions of life. Religions tell you what to do and what not to do, but religions do not tell you how to be.

No matter how many temples and churches we build, nothing is going to happen unless we accept one principle—that the greatest of all churches and temples is the living human being.

The scriptures say: “The greatest of shrines is the human body. Look within and find within. There His Majesty dwells in the inner recesses, in the inner chamber of your being.” The day you come to know this, you will be happy. To believe in God is not a bad thing. It is a very good thing, because at least you have faith; but you should not forget that God is within you.

As a part of our educational training, we must define spirituality in its most precise and universal terms. Spirituality means that which helps us discipline our thoughts, speech, and actions, that which leads us toward the center of consciousness, and thereby unfolds our inner potentials.

Education based on such spiritual guidelines will help humanity to become self-reliant, confident, and active in the external world. At the same time, it will enable humanity to broaden its world view, and to become inward to search for the perennial Truth. Only a spiritually based education can bring harmonious balance to our external and inner lives.

Knowledge of theories that prove the existence of God is not as important as learning to discipline oneself, so that God can be experienced directly. Children should be taught how to sit quietly and make their minds one-pointed. Through their calm and one-pointed minds, children can obtain a glimpse of true peace and happiness. We need not force them to believe that there is a God; however, we should provide them with the opportunity to unfold their inner potentials, gain confidence, and become inspired to search for God, according to their own inner tendencies and backgrounds. Children need to cultivate divine virtues within themselves.

That which is purely physical has its limits, like the shell of an egg. Spirituality has infinite horizons and limitless freedom. It is full of knowledge and perennial light, life, and delight. When one is completely detached, one realizes oneself in a wider and deeper relationship with the Universal Being.

When ego becomes aware of something that is higher than ego—the individual spirit, or soul—then spirituality dawns. Spirituality dawns when individuality vanishes.

                                                                                      SWAMI RAMA

The Fire Yogi of Tanjore


The Fire Yogi is a 47 minute documentary exploring a Yogi who has the extraordinary ability to use a unique breathing technique to get into union with Fire. This documentary portrays a rare and unusual Fire Ritual performed by the Yogi and the subsequent chemical analysis of his clothing & physical tests that examine this supernatural phenomenon. The Yogi has performed this Fire Ritual for a total of 1000 days over the last 45 years. The Yogi, weighing a mere 94 pounds (43 kilos), has been able to survive on only two bananas and a mere glass of milk with a few drops of water twice a day for the last 28 years. Many aspects of the Yogi are on the edge of unbelievability, while at the same time highlighting the power and endurance of human mind, body and spirit.

Yogi Rambhauswami, the 63-year-old yogi, claims that in 1975 he stopped drinking more than a few drops of water each day, that two years later he began limiting his daily diet to a banana and a cup of milk, and that he sleeps only three hours each night. By all rights the Sanskrit scholar should be malnourished and dehydrated, but in director and producer Mike Vasan’s documentary, he appears to be a relatively normal, if somewhat slender, senior citizen. Rambhauswami’s real claim to fame, however, is his elaborate fire ritual.

The ritual begins with his taking a bath, then moving on to meditation, pranayama, and a ceremony honoring Ganesha. The fire portion of the ritual is conducted over a sunken pit, into which Rambhauswami offers rice, coconut, sugar cane, and gallons of ghee. As he’s doing this, he goes into a deep meditative state. He enters the blaze and rolls around, protected by only a wool shawl, and remains there, in the fire, for up to 10 minutes at a time.

When Rambhau emerges from the flames, though, there’s little evidence that he’s just been charbroiled. Even his shawl is intact, its preservation credited to a protective aura. The shawl was later tested for fire retardant, and results showed that the material hadn’t been treated.

The Fire Yogi of Tanjore (complete 47 minute documentary video)

 

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