By Yogi Ashwini

Before we move any further in our discussions on the etheric let me reiterate there that the practice of yog has to be an experiential process. The various aspects of body and beyond that are described in this series of articles is strictly on the basis of experience of sadhaks at Dhyan Ashram.Without practice and without dedication to the subject it will all be theory. Be assured that what you read here is a very miniscule aspect of what the complete practice of yog is.

Last week we had introduced the subject of Chakras. These chakras control each and every moment of our life. While we think that it is we who are controlling our actions but it is this etheric “us” which is making us act, think, work, look, feel and experience. Therefore to have a more peaceful and healthy life at the mental, emotional, physical and financial planes it is important to balance our energy centers which in turn will balance us the way we know we are.

Let us first do a quick run-through on what aspects on the physical plane are these chakras having an effect.

The Mooladhar chakra situated at the base of your spine is responsible for controlling the musculo-skeletal system. It is also responsible for all our interactions in the material world. The Swadhishthan chakra located about two fingers above the Mooladhar is responsible for controlling the reproductive system.

Manipoorak chakra situated at the naval controls the digestive and the excretory system and is also the seat of power. A weak Manipoorak chakra is also the reason for origination of fear.

Anahad chakra which is situated at the centre of the chest cavity controls the respiratory system, and the heart. This chakra is also responsible for unconditional love. Vishuddhi chakra situated in the region of the throat is the seat for higher creativity while on the physical it is controlling the thyroids, parathyroids, larynx and pharynx. Artists and people who are in creative fields have a highly evolved Vishuddhi chakra.

Agya chakra situated between the eyebrows in the physical controls the organs situated in the head region. It is also a chakra which is responsible for transformation, being the seat of Lord Shiva. It will be beyond the scope of this article to discuss this chakra in any further details.

So you see how the various aspects of ours are actually in control of our chakras and how important it is to balance them and make them healthy. Sanatan Kriya details Chakra Santulan Pranayam which when practiced regularly brings the body into a state of balance keeping it healthy & disease-free. 

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By Yogi Ashwini

Hope you all have been following the practices and exercises as advised over the past few weeks. Yoga is purely an experiential process. The subtler aspects of various dimensions which we are now stepping into expect a high degree of dedication and regularity in practice.

Last week we had introduced you to the subject of prana and said that prana controls your physical body or the Anna Maya Kosha. This prana is the Force which we see all around us in the form of water that we drink or the food that we eat or the air we breathe. Everything around us in the Universe is prana, which vibrates at different frequencies.

The frequency of the food that we eat or the atmosphere in which we breathe at any given point of time mixes with the frequency of our Prana Maya Kosha (etheric body). These 2 frequencies average out making our own pranic layer subtler or grosser. Have we not felt heavy on entering certain environments or elated and fresher after eating certain kinds of foods? This is the immediate reaction on the physical which this averaging of frequencies has. Clairvoyants at Dhyan Ashram are able to perceive these interactions in the form of change in colours in the Prana Maya Kosha - grosser interactions surfacing as shades of brown and dirty yellows, while subtler interactions making the colours lighter, subtler and more vibrant.

The Prana Maya Kosha is forever communicating with our physical bodies through certain centres in the etheric layer called Chakras. Each and every cell of our physical body has got a chakra associated with it. A chakra is like an exhaust fan, pulling in fresh prana and throwing out used prana moving clockwise and anticlockwise alternately. Just as a set of cells make an organ and a set of organs make a body so does a set of micro chakras controlling a set of cells make a minor chakra which controls an organ in the body and a set of minor chakras make a major chakra.

Last week we had done an experiment to feel the Prana Maya Kosha. The tool that was being used was the Palm Chakra. It is this chakra that is reflected as a Lotus flower in the hands of pictures of evolved beings which bless and the beam of light that is shown coming out of the palms is the prana that is flowing out of this chakra. The colours that are shown are not imaginary because this is exactly what a clairvoyant sees in the etheric world.

There are seven major chakras that control our etheric body. These seven major chakras control our entire physical, emotional, mental and financial conditions through their hyper or underactivity. To lead a balanced life it is extremely important to have all these chakras in absolute balance.

We will be devoting the next few weeks on understanding some very simple but very powerful practices from Sanatan Kriya to balance these chakras. 

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By Dr. Francis Xavier

Sardar Partap Singh is no more. He fought valiantly, in the Second World War, against poverty, against government apathy, but the final war with pain was too much for the aged lion. He surrendered.

Sardar Partap Singh came to me about 2002 when I was OSD to LG. He had a bunch of papers but he was not aware what they were, being illiterate. He told the story of joining the British Indian army as a machine gunner/driver and fighting the Germans in Sudan during WW II. He was taken captive in Benghazi and taken to Germany. There he joined the INA along with many Indian POWs. When Netaji came to meet the Fuhrer it was he who drove the vehicle. He spoke a bit of German to prove he was there. After the war he was again arrested, brought to India for the Red Fort Trials and discharged from the Army.  He wandered about looking for a living. Finally he came to Andamans in the 80s and worked in ATI. He was living in a ramshackle house in D’Oyly Gunj and finding it hard to pay even the rent. He wanted to know if he could get Freedom Fighter status and pension.

I took up the matter with the INA veterans office in Delhi. One Capt. S.S. Yadava was very helpful. He cross checked Partap Singh’s details and confirmed that he was eligible for freedom fighter pension. It was taken up with the concerned ministry and soon Partap Singh started getting a good pension. When he got the arrears he came to me and innocently said, “There’s so much money, I don’t know what to do with it.” It was, of course, just a small amount.

After that he became a celebrity. He was being invited for all state functions. He went to Delhi and met the Prime Minister and the President.  He would always come to my office after each trip and describe to me what had happened there. He was still having problems with getting all the benefits of a freedom fighter. I read in the papers that the Tamil Nadu government had given a rent free flat to a woman INA veteran. I took up the matter with Hon’ble LG and immediately he was allotted a flat in Chakkergaon. He was ecstatic. But he fell for the first time and fracture his leg.  He recovered slowly. His son in law would phone me and tell me if anything was needed.

After I returned to the college we regularly met at state functions. He would fondly embrace me and tell about the family. When I called him for the Netaji Memorial Lecture in JNRM he happily obliged in spite of his feeble health. He was introduced to the gathering who gave him a standing ovation.

When I heard he again fell down I was abroad. I was worried if he could pull through this time. I was about to go to the hospital today when I got Dr Rashida Iqbal’s phone. “The Lion is no more.”

I consider it a great privilege that I got to meet and share the memories of this freedom fighter, who was not even aware of what his rights were. There are many like him, unsung and unrecognised. But in the Islands we were able to take care of him and treat him with respect. 

I will miss Sardar Partap Sing very badly. But his memories will live with me as long as I live. Farewell Sardar Partap Singji, till we meet again.

By Yogi Ashwini

The physical body is not permanent, neither is it what you see in the mirror every day. There is more to it than meets the naked eye.

Our discussions so far in our series have been centred around the physical body, the way we know ourselves as. In our last few articles, we had introduced the word Pranayam which means control of prana. But do we understand the word prana? Have we ever experienced it?

Let us do a small experiment,

1. Sit down in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.

2. Rub your hands together and raise them in front of you at the level of your navel with palms facing each other. Relax your complete body including your palms. Because what we are going to discuss is something very subtle.

3. Take your awareness to the centre of your palms and keeping your awareness there take your hands apart and slowly bring your palms closer to each other. Be aware of any sensation that you may experience in the middle of your palms.

4. Bring your palms close but not so close that they touch each other. Take them apart and repeat the process a few times. Make mental notes of all sensations that you experience at the centre of your palms.

Now slowly open your eyes. Some of you would have definitely experienced something. A sensation of holding something in your palms which is not visible to the naked eyes. When done in a group, and experiences are shared, we will find that these sensations would vary from person to person. What is this sensation?

What we all experienced by way of this exercise is our own self the way we exist beyond our physical. This is our first experience of the world of the spirit. What we experienced was our prana. We all would have seen photographs of evolved beings with a golden aura around their head and a gentle white layer just about their physical body. This is the Pranamaya Kosha, the layer, which you just now experienced.

This Pranamaya Kosha controls your physical body at all times. Sanatan Kriya details certain techniques by which we access the etheric layer and bring it to balance - removing any symptom before it manifests as a disease in the physical. The practice of Pranayam helps you gain control on this aspect of yourself which is directly affecting the Annamaya Kosha or your physical body. This Pranamaya Kosha vibrates at different frequencies for each of us making all of us different from each other. These differences are reflected on the physical, emotional, mental and financial planes. The practice of Pranayama helps you gain control on the movement of prana in the Pranamaya Kosha and must be carried out in conjunction with asanas under the guidance of a Guru.

Next week we will discuss the mechanism by which Pranamaya Kosha communicates with the Annamaya Kosha.

Yogi Ashwini is the Guiding Light of Dhyan Foundation and an authority on the Vedic sciences. His book, 'Sanatan Kriya, The Ageless Dimension' is an acclaimed thesis on anti-ageing. 

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By Yogi Ashwini

Our body is the vehicle to our soul. It is also not permanent and will age eventually. Therefore, it becomes essential that we understand it and strengthen it, so that we may live a longer, balanced and healthy life.

Fast paced modern lifestyles, while having its perks, also brings with it a long chain of health implications, some of which can be life-long. Stress, ruptured joints, weak & bent spines, loss of glow and stamina, are just some of its natural by-products.  It is said that gymming continuously for years can ruin your knees, dry up your vital fluids, and damage your spine.

Yog, as shared earlier is not about rapid breathing exercises, or tying yourself in knots, it is a beautiful journey of the self.

In this issue, we will start by understanding who we are on the physical level, with the very basic rotation of our joints. The basic joint rotations ensure health and longevity of the body by removing the spent prana (the ‘life force’ the runs the entire Creation and our bodies) that gets accumulated at your joints and ensuring free flow of energy in the body.

Sanatan Kriya details six joint rotations starting from the neck, moving downwards to the shoulders, wrists, hip joint, knees and finally ankles. All the rotations are performed with internal awareness, keeping the eyes closed and synchronising the movement with Ujjai breath.

Slowly stand up without leaving the Ujjai Pranayam, start with the first rotation:

1. Neck Rotation

Close your eyes and be aware of your neck.

Now slowly start rotating your neck from right to left. Synchronise every rotation with one cycle of the breath, i.e. inhale in the first half of the rotation and then exhale in the second half of the rotation. But be very careful to move very slowly with complete awareness of every muscle and bone that is being used. Seven clockwise and seven anti-clockwise rotations are enough at this stage.

2. Shoulder Rotation

Keep the first three fingers on your shoulders and once again synchronising with your breath, bring your elbows to join in front of your nose, then up towards the sky, and then stretching backwards, back to the starting position. Seven cycles in this manner and seven cycles in the reverse, i.e., taking your elbows backwards, then up and then joining them in front of your nose. Your awareness should be on the movement of your shoulder.

3. Wrist Rotation

Closing your fist with the thumb inside, stretch your arms in front, at the level of the shoulders and rotate your wrists only, not the fore- arms. Do seven cycles each of clockwise and anticlockwise motion.

4. Hip Rotation

Keeping your hands on your hips, making sure that your head does not move, rotate your hips only, seven times left to right in circular motion and seven times in reverse direction.

5. Knee Rotation

Place your palms on your thighs, dip down slightly at the knees, bring your feet together, keeping your spine erect. Now move the knees together seven times left to right in circular motion and seven times in reverse direction.

6. Foot Rotation

Stretch out your right leg and rotate the foot seven times clockwise and seven times anticlockwise. Then repeat with your left leg.

7. Taad Asana

Stand straight, going on your toes, making sure that your body weight is evenly distributed on both your feet. Be very careful to maintain an even distribution. Once you are evenly balanced then raise both your palms skywards above your head. Maintain this posture for at least five minutes.

Most of you will find these basic rotations very difficult if you are doing them properly. You might also having a feeling of unsteadiness and a strong urge to open your eyes. This is your first experience of state of disturbance within your own self. It also shows how uncoordinated are you with your own physical bodies.

Till our physical bodies are not in a state of balance we cannot think of bringing our mental and emotional states into balance. Of the thousands of people who have been introduced to these basic practices we found that those who have been practicing these basics regularly have experienced a certain level of calmness and balance in their physical bodies. There also has been a definite lowered blood pressure and pulse rate with an increased efficiency.

Those of you who would like to take help to understand the process of each of the practices discussed so far can get in touch with Dhyan Foundation. 

Yogi Ashwini is the Guiding Light of Dhyan Foundation and an authority on the Vedic sciences. His book, 'Sanatan Kriya, The Ageless Dimension' is an acclaimed thesis on anti-ageing.