By Yogi Ashwini

Yoga was documented at least 5000 years ago. We document something at its culmination, not inception, so which means this science was tried and tested for many millennia before that by our ancestors...and till date the concepts and techniques are unchallenged by modern science.Through various practices detailed in Sanatan Kriya, we are trying to access this eternal force and power...which is, and has been.

In the previous article we discussed certain ancient remedies to overcome bad digestion. Let us now take the help of yogic asans to strengthen our digestive system.

Lie down and relax the body. See that there is no disharmony in any joint or muscle. Invoke the energy of the Guru and Lord Ganesh.

Yogic Pose 1

Inhale as you slowly raise your legs above the ground. Bend your knees bringing thighs perpendicular to the ground and calves parallel to ground. Simultaneously, place your palms under your head and raise your head above the ground. Hold the pose for some time. Exhale as you slowly get back to the initial position.  Repeat seven times. After completion of the pose check your pulse, it should not shoot up.

Yogic Pose 2

Inhale and keep hands off the ground in a comfortable position. Hold the breath as you raise the upper body above the ground without the help of your hands. Exhale as you get back to the initial position. There are two ways of doing this. First way by placing the palms under your head and second by keeping both hands in the front. Repeat 7 times dynamically.

Asanas which you do for digestion are usually all dynamic asanas. Relax and bring your breath count to normal.

Yogic Pose 3

Inhale and raise both the legs thirty degrees above the ground, hold the breath as you hold the posture. Exhale and get back to the initial position. Repeat seven times. Synchronize the moves with the breath. Here what you must be careful is the legs are not to go more than thirty degrees, not 60, not 45 and definitely not zero. Just a slight raise.

After the asans lie down in Shavasana. Wait for your pulse to come down to its normal count. When it comes to its normal, you get up gently.

Mail me your experiences at dhyan foundation website. It is advised to learn the correct way to practice the above asans at a Dhyan Foundation center near you.

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. Log onto to www.dhyanfoundation.com for more

The wife told me we had to visit the neighbors this morning. She said we should take a box of sweets along with us.“Whatever for?” I asked, “are they moving out?”

“Their daughter passed her SSC. It is a big occasion for them. Wear your suit!”

“Suit?” I asked, “is she getting married?”

“This is bigger than a marriage.” growled the wife. “She has passed school!”.

I wore my suit and watched my wife drape herself in a silk sari. “Don’t you think we are overdressed?” I asked a little self-consciously.

“She has passed her HSC,” said my wife quietly. “Let us go.”

“Why aren’t they playing any music or having a band outside their house?” I whispered to the wife as we stood outside the neighbour’s house.”

“Everybody does not have to celebrate like you,” said the wife sarcastically. “Some people know how to do it quietly and humbly!”

“I wish we had been humble in our dressing too!” I said ringing the doorbell and then stepping into a room with scores of people, all dressed in black.

“This is the wrong house, somebody has died over here,” I whispered to the wife as I stepped into the mournful room. There were people all over, some were weeping, some were crying softly to themselves and others were holding each other and comforting one another.

“Hide the sweets” I whispered. “What will they think, if they saw us bringing sweets at a moment of such sorrow! Find out who died!”

The wife talked to a few women who were mourning and then started crying herself.

“Who is it?” I asked, who is dead”.

“It is worse than death,” cried the wife.

“What could be worse than death?” I asked desperately.

“Her future,” mourned the wife suddenly bursting into loud sobs and starting off a chain reaction from the other women present.

“What has happened to her future? “ I asked flabbergasted.

“It’s spoilt,” wept the wife.

“But I thought she passed her HSC,” I said confused.

“She did,” said my wife.

“So what’s the problem?” I asked.

“Her marks,” said the wife, “no college will give her admission.

“How much did she score?” I asked, looking round for the father to give him my condolences.

“Ninety nine percent!” sobbed the wife, shaking her head in grief, “and the cut off percentage in all the colleges is hundred. Her future is ruined!”

I put my arms around the father of the girl as I found him, beating his chest in a corner of the room, and tried to comfort him in his moment of anguish.

The wailing in the room grew louder and louder..!

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 “What eese it you are doing Donny?” asked the First Lady looking curiously at her husband, who was tenderly rubbinghis chest. “You been touchin’ yourselffer the last two days? You got an infection or sumtin’?” 

“I’m just reactin’ to the Modi hug!” said Trump, touching his chestlongingly. “Nobody’s ever given me a hug!”

“Well you ain’t the most huggable man!” said the First Lady. “Did you like it, though?”

“Yes!” said Trump, “Quite took me by surprise, one moment he was standin’ next to me and the next moment his hands were all over me!”

“And the cameras show you loved it!” said the First lady a little jealously.

“Yeah I did! Like I said, nobody’s hugged me like that before!”

“That’s what yer shrink said ain’t it? If you’d had a little more hugging, the country would have retained its love!”

“You know something?” said Trump with a shrug, “I like doing things after practisin’ some! You know where I could practice some hugging?”

“You could start with me!” said the First Lady.

“You’re a woman!” snorted Trump, “There’s more things to be done with a woman than jes some huggin’!”

“I know!” sighed the First Lady, “I knew you’d say that!”

“Okay come on woman, I know you’re gonna go into a sulk, but I need some practisin’ even before I start on you. I mean something else I could hug, jes like that man Modi! Truly a great hugger that Indian!”

“You want to hug another woman?” asked the First Lady icily.

“Well not exactly!”

“Whatcha mean by that? You either want to hug a woman or not hug a woman Donny!”

“I mean like a woman mannequin! You know what I mean? Something that won’t turn or fidget or smile while I practice. Damn it woman I’ve never done it in my life. I don’t wanna make an ass of myself, what with all the press ready to pounce on me all the time.  I need some genuine practisin’ like I told you!”

“Well there’s one lady who’s waitin’ fer you to hug her!” said the First Lady coldly, “You could start with her!”

“Where’s she?” asked Trump, flexing his little hands, “I’d love to handle this woman who’s waitin’ to be hugged! Where’s she, quick, tell me?”

“She’s in New York!’ sighed the First lady.

“Yippee!” shouted the President as he jumped into his helicopter. “Just give me her name and address will you?”

“Name’s Liberty!” said the First Lady, “She’s been waitin’ patiently fer you to hug her and give her back to the ‘Mericanpeople..!”

Modi’s come and gone and continuing to hug others all over, but Liberty and the world, still wait for a hug from Trump..!

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By Yogi Ashwini

Hectic schedules and a fast paced lifestyle hampers normal body functions. As a result, whatever one eats rots inside the stomach leading to generation of toxins or 'ama'. This ama interferes with secretion of digestive juices, scarcity of digestive juices hampers expulsion of wastes from the body. What you get is bad digestion and diseases that come along with it.

Early symptoms of digestive problems include eruptions on body, arms or face, whiteness at the center of finger nails and even patches on face or body.

As per yog, human being has not one but four stomachs, namely, the mouth, bladder called stomach, the small and large intestines. An imbalance in any four leads to problems of digestion. In the mouth, saliva is secreted to break down food molecules. For optimum functioning of salivary glands, a simple remedy is to chew every morsel 14 times, this turns the food into a semi-fluid which is sweet. No matter how much hurry you are in, you must count 14 times as you chew your food. Ayurved prescribes a combination of five kinds of salts to catalyse the process of digestion. If you find it difficult to source these five salts, then you may consume Udakvyadhi Choorna, which is a combination of the five salts and certain herbs. In addition to these remedies, there are certain asans detailed in Sanatan Kriya to rekindle the digestive fire. We will discuss them next week.

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. Log onto to www.dhyanfoundation.com for more

By Yogi Ashwini

There is pyramidal structure to creation. Your position in the pyramid is determined by your desire.

Every being is born with a specific desire and matching to that desire finds a Guru. As one holds the hand of the Guru, he/she moves to that level of the pyramid and the desire manifests. The problem begins after, as then, usually the person gets caught in the desire and is unable to move further. So he/she slips, and begins the downwards journey.

The problem of kalyug is that our desires are embedded into the physical, physical is what the majority understands, so even when one sets on a search for Guru, he/she measures him on physical yardsticks – how big is his ashram, how many factories does he own, etc. Beyond that, one is unable to comprehend, missing out on the essence of what the Guru is. In present times one would give more respect to a Math’s teacher than a Guru, for the thought pattern is – ‘At least he will teach me something which I can use”. What the Guru has to offer, hardly anyone can comprehend or has the desire to receive.

Its ok to be embedded in the physical because for majority that is the starting point, but if you have found a guru and are walking his path and over a period of time your desires are still as they were, then you need to think, whether you are wrong or you are in the wrong place.

Long back, a Babaji had come to meet me from Gyanganj (it’s a village enroute Kailash Mansarovar, where many yogis dwell, and who are apparently taken care of by the Chinese government). He was in Delhi for treatment of cancer which was yet to manifest in his body, but which had been intimated to him by his Guru. He told me, that in the forests of Madhya Pradesh, there is a lake of crocodiles where a Mata ji does her sadhna. She is among the few, who in present age has some state in yoga. She lives with the crocodiles who do her no harm, such is her sadhna. I told him, “Ok, then I will go to meet her.”

Babaji replied, “What will you achieve by meeting her? Her sadhna is her state of mind, the level you are at, you will not be able to understand it. It’s her sadhna, if you want to achieve it then just go and sit there. Anything short of that would amount to disturbing her and you will achieve nothing.”

Yoga is not about achieving more in the physical, it is the journey of leaving the physical and achieving sidhhis to go beyond. You need not leave immediately, but the desire to leave should be there in you, then as you walk the path automatically things will leave you and you will realise the ultimate.

Rahim in a couplet explains that bishop, a powerful piece in the game of chess, can never become the queen, he walks diagonally. Even though he kills a lot of powerful pieces, achieves a lot of physical feats, he cannot achieve the ultimate (which is the queen in game of chess). An ordinary pawn on the other hand, only walks straight and has capacity to achieve little in the physical, but if its focus is fixed on the last square, it becomes the queen. Similarly in life, if you have focus and desire for the last square, you too will achieve that. It is Guru and focus on desire for the Ultimate that will take you up the pyramid of evolution, else you will keep going in circles, achieving physical.

When you meet a Guru gradually desires change from lower to higher...As you move up the pyramid of spirituality, the accommodating power at every subsequent level reduces. So there are lesser and lesser number of people around. Like you find very few people in the upper reaches of Himalayas, only a few bodies can survive in that environment. A move up the pyramid is a move away from the base which symbolises physical desire and physical creation. So if you are looking for networking, building contacts, collecting assets, expansion of business, showing off your position in an organization etc, you are actually working on the reverse principle and moving towards the base of pyramid.

The present understanding of the term guru is rooted in the physical with innovative terms like ‘love guru’, ‘business guru’, ‘management guru’ etc becoming popular. Earlier there was just Guru. This is indicative of the wrong thought process and desire pattern of people. Even pilgrimages have turned into picnic spots in present times, where people go in the hope of fulfilling material aspirations. If your desires are rested in the physical, then you need not go to a Guru. Simple charity and service and following the laws of creation is enough to achieve physical desires. Guru is needed when you want to understand what lies beyond, and desire for siddhis of yoga to go out of the ambit of life and death.

The higher you are in the pyramid of spirituality, the greater is the impact of the fall and the more you hurt yourself. The fall takes you to lower dimensions and births, and you fall only if you lose focus and guru’s hand slips away from you. Kabir has said, Kabira Te Nar Andh Hai Jo Guru Kahate Aur. Hari Ruthe Guru Thor Hai Guru Ruthe Nahi Thor.

Gurus don’t ask you for wealth, so it is a risky proposition. When you go to them, you go for your evolution, not to fill their coffers. There has to be a reason to find a Guru, desire should be firm to achieve the ultimate and siddhis of yoga, not for physical gratification and pleasures, but for going beyond.

Guru Purnima is on July 8th. To become a part of Guru Purnima Celebrations at Dhyan Ashram with Yogi Ashwini ji, visit www.dhyanfoundation.com.