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Friday, January 25, 2008

The Effect of Raja Yoga on Physical Health

In the spiritually "de-magnetised" condition, the soul is completely at the mercy of the surrounding physical and vibrational phenomena, and its life force flows outward and is dissipated. In the body-conscious condition the aging process and deterioration of the cells is accelerated through the hyperactivity of the senses.

In the spiritually "magnetised" condition the reserve occurs. By shunning grossness and remaining in the state of yoga with God, the body and brain cells are rejuvenated as if by some spiritual elixir. The sensory tumult is stilled in the midst of all possible temptations. A fathomless peace descends on the mind which has the remarkable effect of "cooling" or "de-exciting" the sense organs so that they don't impede spiritual progress.

The state of the body is a reflection of the state of the soul not only because of past karmic factors (illness which comes as a result of past negativity) but because of its present state also.

For example, when the emotion of fear passes through the mind, the endocrine system starts pumping adrenalin through the body to prepare it for a surge of energy; to run away in huge strides. It is easy to note the cause-effect relationship between fear and adrenalin. In the same way all of the mental oscillations provoke compensatory secretions throughout the body. Internal rage is accompanied by heavy breathing, fast heart-beats, red face and so on. This relationship between body and soul is the reason most physical diseases spring from a psychological origin. It stands to reason that any lessening of harmful secretions through diminishing emotional causes will promote sound and lasting health.

Of course there are other factors which give rise to health problems; pollution, unhealthy life-style, lack of exercise, wrong diet etc. Through Raja Yoga and its consequent positive lifestyle and through a pure vegetarian diet, ill-health can be minimised. The removal of stress and tension has to be one of the most important advantages. Stress plays a huge part in provoking simple problems like headaches and indigestion, chronic problems like asthma and ulcers, or long-term illness such as heart and respiratory problems or even cancer. Health and order in the soul bring health and order in the body.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Raja Yoga Meditation

A brief experience of Raja Yoga meditation.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Positive Thoughts Create Right Attitude

Positive thinking means we are able to see the shining light even in darkness. It is the key to happiness.

It helps us to be optimistic because whatever comes in our lives has two sides, a dark side and a bright side, like a whiteboard with a black spot.

If we see the whiteboard, we are optimists whereas if we se the black spot, we are pessimists.

If there are wasteful thoughts and I try to battle with them, it is as if I am giving them life and strength.

So we should look at the bright side of things each day and refrain from seeing the dark side.

Take from Self-Empowerment by Bridget Menezes


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