Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pranic Therapy - The Science of Life Energy 11

All the four forces in the Universe - weak nuclear force, strong nuclear

force, electricity & magnetism -are but different manifestations of

that Unitary power which the Vedists call Prana. Using this Vital Energy

to heal is called Pranic Therapy. This article is a continuation of the

earlier article Pranic Therapy Part V.

Integral Life & the Universal Stream of Consciousness, Prana

Never in the integral view developed in ancient India was life regarded

as restricted to certain cellular activities. Rather, life is a Universal

stream of Consciousness known as Prana in the Upanishads &

Consciousness- Force ( Chit Shakti ) in the Tantras. Each living being

represents a centre around which Prana moves at different levels known

as sheaths ( koshas). At the core of this multistoreyed personality

structure is the locus of the Self, known as the Atman.The Upanishads

state that just as the spokes of a wheel are fixed at the hub, so also

Prana and all psycho-physical structures are fixed in the Self. The

Self ( Atman ) is the Master Controller of Life that Western science

is seeking. The Vijnanamaya Kosha ( Intellectual Sheath) & the

Anandamaya Kosha ( Bliss Sheath ) are the sheaths where the light

of the Self is experienced.

The unattached Self, exercises its power through the Will ( known

as Dhrti), which in Yogic psychology is regarded as the dynamic aspect of

intelligence. With the help of the pure Will, a Yogi is able to keep all his

sense organs, all activities and mind under control, says the Geetha.

Acquisition of this pure will is the result of a Spiritual Awakening. This

Awakening, which takes place only through prolonged & intense spiritual

struggles, opens the divine door in the heart. This gives the yogi access

to all kosas or the five sheaths. He gains the capacity to open each kosa

to the stream of the Cosmic Prana. The stream of universal life flushes

out impurities & diseases from the personality system and brings in new

vigour and strength.

The world is overcome, aye even here,

By such that fix their faith on Unity

The sinless Brahma ( Absolute ) dwells in Unity,

And they in Brahma ( Absolute )! ( The Song Celestial )

The Cause all Disease - "Fault of Awarenes"

Intense striving alone can pave the way for this kind of yogic self-

mastery. But an inner alertness & some degree of general

supervision over all his activites such as eating, sleeping,exercise,

response to stressful situations etc can be attained by anyone.

It is failure of this inner watchfulness, known as Prajnaparadha or

"Fault of Awareness ", caused by ignorance and negligence that

makes a person yield to evil thoughts and deeds that is the root

cause of all diseases. .

Of the triune attributes of Nature - Rajas, Thamas and Satwa

( humanity, bestiality, divinity ), both Rajas ( humanity ) & Thamas

( bestiality ) are pathogenic. Satwa is non-pathogenic meaning

that living in rhythm with Nature can save us from diseases.

Charaka Samhita, an authentic treaitse on Ayurveda states

"The disturbance of the three humours are caused by Prajnapara-

dha, produced by the distortion of the intellect, will & memory " .

Some of the aetiological factors are carelessness, lack of alertness,

forgetfulness & misuse of will power.The root cause of most of

the psychosomatic or constitutional disorders is Prajnaparadha,

the misuse of our cognitive and conative faculties. It is our

unconscious way of living, not in conformity with natural law, that

is the primary cause of illness.

Health can be restored by changing our way of living to a Self-

directed style. Hyperacidity, rheumatism, irritable bowel

syndrome and similar disorders are the body's alarm signals

We can bring about integration of the personality if we extend our

Consciousness into the interior parts of the body & bring these

neglected areas closer to the light of the Self. This integration

fortifies our immune system and restores the coordination,

rhythm and balance in the working of the different organs. This

kind of extension of Consciousness can be done in different ways.

Extension of Consciousness by Meditation

The inner awareness which is the result of absorption in Meitation

can be extended into the affected part of the body through concentrative
visualization. If these meditative techniques are practised for some

days, the process of self-renewal & self-defence gets accelerated

and healing takes place automatically

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