MEDITATION CAN CHANGE THE BRAIN April 1, 2008
In Boston, Massachusetts, Dr Sara Lazar has used a technique called MRI scanning to analyze the brains of people who have been meditating for several years.
|She compared the brains of these experienced practitioners with people who had never meditated and found that there were differences in the thickness of certain areas of the brain’s cortex, including areas involved in the processing of emotion.|
|She is continuing research, but she believes that meditation had caused the brain to change physical shape.|
|…“All of these things are just thoughts. And, they will come up in meditation and learning to recognize what they are as thoughts, and let them go, can be enormously empowering for anybody.”…|
|More here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7319043.stm|
Why we need to purify our chakras? March 7, 2008
|The Chakra is a subtle energy center which cannot be normally perceived. A chakra is a center of activity that receives, assimilates, and expresses life force energy.|
|The word chakra literally translates as wheel or disk and refers to a spinning sphere of bioenergetic activity emanating from the major nerve ganglia branching forward from the spinal column|
|The chakras are like batteries. Every day we are exhausting them and every night we are doing recharging. But in one point we are exhausting more then recharging.|
|If we are not taking any action to correct this unbalance, very soon our subtle problem becoming physical problem.|
|The human being has seven major Chakras and these correspond to autonomic nerve plexuses which are explained below.|
|Mooladhara Chakra – Pelvic plexus|
|First Chakra, situated below the sacrum bone.|
|Element: Earth / Carbon.|
|Physical Aspect: Prostrate gland.|
|Qualities: Innocence, wisdom, chastity, sense of direction, balance, joy, purity, auspiciousness, simplicity.|
|Causes of Catch: Sexual excessiveness, tantric & occult practices.|
|In the body the Mooladhara Chakra controls the excretory functions, as well as sexual activity, and exerts a general control on the sympathetic nervous system. When the Kundalini rises, then this centre becomes inactive in the excretion functions but active in the support of the rising of the Kundalini.|
|Swadisthana Chakra – Aortic plexus|
|Second Chakra, situated above the sacrum bone.|
|Element : Fire|
|Physical Aspect : Kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen, lower abdomen|
|Qualities : Creativity, pure attention, pure knowledge, inspiration, power of concentration, aesthetics & arts|
|Causes of Catch :Black magic, false gurus/knowledge, alcohol and drugs (LSD), excessive thinking and planning, bad eating habits, ego oriented life, domination|
|Diseases : Diabetes, blood cancer, kidney troubles|
|On the physical level this center plays an important role in controlling the abdominal organs such as the liver, kidneys and the large intestines. The reproductive organs of the woman are also partly controlled by this center. It also determines the concentrative power of the attention, it’s sharpness.|
|The Nabhi Chakra – Solar Plexus|
|Element : Water|
|Physical aspect :Looks after liver, stomach and intestines, spleen and pancreas|
|Qualities : Sense of generosity, complete satisfaction, peace contentment,, righteousness (Dharma), inner sense of morality, evolution, sense of dignity, good host|
|Causes of Catch: Miserliness, bad eating habits , asceticism, alcohol, drugs, family/ household problems, dominating husband /wife, too much rushing around, worrying|
|In our body this Chakra controls the stomach, the pancreas and many other organs around the solar plexus. Material satisfaction and a sense of a calm arising from a healthy Nabhi Chakra allows our attention to turn to subtler things.|
|The Void (Bhavsagara) Ocean of Illusion|
|Physical Aspect :Digestion|
|Qualities : Principle of mastery (Guru Principle), balanced life, stability|
|Causes of Catch :False gurus/ knowledge, fantasy, fanaticism, black magic|
|Diseases : Habits, laziness, gross attachments|
|The Void, the Ocean of Illusion (Bhavsagara) surrounds the 2nd and 3rd chakras: the Swadisthana and Nabhi chakras. When the Kundalini is awakened the ten valencies (The Ten Commandments) are awakened within. The religion becomes innate, and our whole priorities change. For, the religion in Sahaja Yoga is the ultimate of every religion of any form. It is not limited to one religion, but has the best of all religions. All real religions are leading to one aim, to one goal. That goal is to achieve Self knowledge through our second birth.|
|The Heart Chakra – Cardiac Plexus
Where resides our Spirit (Atma)
|Element : Air|
|Physical Aspect : Looks after heart & lungs|
|Qualities : Creation/ nourishment of antibodies, compassion, pure love, complete sense of security, confidence, auspicious boundaries (Maryadas), joy of the spirit.|
|Causes of Catch : Insecurity, motherhood/ fatherhood problems, fear, Hatha Yoga, atheism, no seeking, inconsiderate behavior.|
|Diseases : Asthma, heart problems.|
|On the physical level the Heart Chakra (also called Anahata Chakra) controls our breathing, the action of the heart and the circulation of blood. This chakra is placed behind the sternum in the spinal cord and produces the anti-bodies till the age of twelve years. These anti-bodies are circulated into the whole body to be ready to fight any kind of attack on the body or mind. If there is any attack on the person, these anti-bodies are informed through the sternum.|
|The Vishuddhi Chakra – Cervical Plexus|
|Element : Ether|
|Qualities : Divine diplomacy, detachment, witness state, collective consciousness, self esteem, pure relationships, connection with the whole, Madhurya (sweetness)|
|Physical Aspect :Throat, neck, mouth, teeth, face, nose, tongue, ears and ankles.|
|Causes of Catch: Guilty feelings, feelings of superiority/inferiority, sarcasm, criticism, lack of witnessing .|
|Situated at the level of the throat, this center controls all our articulation and our communication, the movement of our hands and arms, our facial expression and our speech, as well as the senses of taste and smell. On the physical level it caters for the Cervical Plexus.|
|The Agnya Chakra – (Optic Chaisma)|
|Element : Light.|
|Qualities : Forgiveness, humility; dissolves ego, conditionings, false ideas and misidentifications.|
|Physical Aspect : Pineal and pituitary glands.|
|Causes of Catch : Roving eyes, self-centeredness, hatred, lack of forgiveness, harm to self/ others , self pity, inability to forgive oneself, aggression, egoism, futurism.|
|The Agnya Chakra sits behind the forehead, at the base of the brain, which it controls. When the Kundalini passes the Agnya Chakra, our mental activity ceases, silence and enlightenment takes place. This centre caters for Pituitary and Pineal body which manifest the two institutions of ego and superego within us.|
|The Sahasrara Chakra (Limbic Area)|
|1000 petalled lotus.|
|Physical aspect : Limbic area of the brain|
|Qualities : Integrates all the Chakras, absolute perception of Reality on our Central Nervous system, thoughtless awareness, Niranand|
|Causes of Catch: Doubt in God, Atheism, anti-God activity|
|The Sahasrara Chakra is the lotus of a thousand petals whose physical expression is the thousand nerves distributed under the surface of the skull. It is the integration of all the lower Chakras and their powers. Here takes place the integration and synthesis of all the worlds’ religions. It is our spiritual destination.
The Sahasrara is the tabernacle of the higher synthesis between our consciousness and divinity. To express the glory of this dimension, words (as do thoughts) fail.
Mother Kundalini March 6, 2008
“Similar to opening the doors of the house by using the key, the yogi should open the gate to salvation using Kundalini”. – (Yoga Chudamani Upanishad)
Kundalini means ‘coiled energy’ and it refers to a power which lies in three-and-a-half coils in the sacrum bone called the Mooladhara which is distinct from, and lies above, the Mooladhara Chakra. (It is interesting to note that sacrum if Greek for sacred.)
A pulsation is sometimes seen at this level during Kundalini Awakening. Like the Sushumna, the Kundalini is normally in a potential state. When it is awakened it ascends through the Sushumna, across the void to the top of the Sushumna.
When the Kundalini emerges at this point, Yoga is said to have taken place. Yoga is impossible without Kundalini Awakening.
There are a lot of Historical sources about Kundalini. Kundalini is the power of pure desire within us, a motherly and soothing spiritual energy which lies dormant in the sacrum bone, at the base of the spine. Awakening the Kundalini has been for ages the main goal of all religions and spiritual traditions of the world. The Kundalini gives us the connection to the divine all pervading power. She is the spiritual mother of each and every one of us, who nurtures and energizes our spirit.
She has always been with us and gives us the capacity for love and compassion.
She emits the impulse to search for something higher, for spiritual seeking. She generates the power of pure desire – the power to evolve and to become one with the spirit.
In the Christian tradition, the Kundalini is the Holy Spirit. Her awakening is the true baptism. After the Kundalini has been raised through self realization, it is important to meditate and become thoughtless in order for it to rise again and help clear any of the damage done to the chakras.
The Kundalini is like a tape recorder. It knows everything about you – all your
problems, all your thoughts. It’s been with you for all your previous lives and has an
unconditional love for you. It wants to help you connect with the all pervading power
of God’s love.
This is possible only through Kundalini awakening (self-realization).
The Kundalini can be understood as consisting of many strands of energy. The more
we meditate, the more strands rise and the stronger our chakras and central channel
becomes. When we meditate and become thoughtless our Kundalini rises and begins
to clear any blockages we may have on our chakras.
The Kundalini knows exactly which of our chakras are blocked and informs us through our central nervous system on our fingertips which of our chakras are blocked. Each of our fingertips corresponds to a particular chakra. If any chakra is blocked, the Kundalini works on that chakra until the chakra is cleaned and then rises until it reaches and crosses
through the Sahasrara. This is when yoga is achieved and we unite with the all
pervading power of God’s love
MIND or HEART? March 1, 2008
“He is very sharp.”, “He is very smart”, “He is open hearted”, “He is chickenhearted”.
Should we follow our heart or our mind?
From the medicine we know that when the brain stops the heart can continue working but when the heart stops everything stops.
The ancient scripture Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is clear that our essence Atma/Spirit, Purusha/ is in the heart:
II-v-10: This ether is (like) honey to all beings, and all beings are (like) honey to this ether. (The same with) the shining immortal being who is in this ether, and the shining, immortal being identified with the ether in the heart, in the body. (These four) are but this Self. This (Self-knowledge) is (the means of) immortality; this (underlying unity) is Brahman; this (knowledge of Brahman) is (the means of becoming) all.
Also Bhagavad Gita shows that the Light is in the heart:
13.18. That, the Light of all lights, is beyond darkness; it is said to be knowledge, the Knowable and the goal of knowledge, seated in the hearts of all.
The ancient Indians believe that the man thinking with his heart. May be is a time to realize this.
It might interest you to know that the heart’s electromagnetic field is the most powerful the body produces. It is approximately five thousand times greater than the field produced by the brain. The heart’s field not only permeates every cell in the body but also radiates outside of us. It can be measured up to eight to ten feet away with sensitive detectors called magnetometers.
Now you know the value of healing from the energy of the heart. Now you know the value of love. There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge. No wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem. It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble; how hopeless the outlook; how muddled the tangle; how the great the mistake.A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.
Knowledge of our roots February 29, 2008
A lot of people think that yoga is an exercise or fitness.
They are not aware that their body is working under yoga principles every day. Every day our body and mind are exposed to various conditions and pressure and every night we get recovered. This process is spontaneous but with limited capabilities.
By knowing more about ourselves we will reach new level of awareness and understanding. By knowing more about our roots we can sustain better out tree.
“Nosce te ipsum” – Know thyself