YOGA
Yoga is a way of life, an integrated system of education for the body, mind and inner spirit. This art of right living was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago but, since Yoga deals with universal truths, its teachings are as valid today as they were in ancient times. Yoga is a practical aid, not a religion and its techniques may be practiced by Buddhists, Jews,Christians,Muslims,Hindus,and atheists alike. Yoga is union with all. Yoga is a life of self discipline based on the tenets of “ simple living and high thinking “. To the ancient Yogis, the body was seen as a vehicle for the soul, and this is a useful metaphor in the modern context. Just as a car requires a lubricating system , a battery, a cooling system, the proper fuel , and a responsible driven behind the wheel, so the body has certain needs if it is t function smoothly.

THE SYNTHESIS OF YOGA
Over the centuries, four different paths of Yoga (Karma Jnana,Bhakti, and Raja)have developed. They are often likened to four branches of a banyan, or people, tree which puts down roots from its branches and appears to be growing down to Earth from Heaven. Since we each have our own personality, we may prefer one path to another, but a one-sided development is not recommended, as it can lead to an imbalance in the personality. The whole person –heart, intellect, and hand – should be developed simultaneously, so a synthesis of the four main paths is recommended. It is best to have one basis sadhana (spiritual practice) or preferred path,but to draw from the techniques of the others as well.

PHILOSOPHICAL PATH- JNANA YOGA
This philosophical or intellectual approach to spiritual evolution describes the worls as an illusion. Using the two powerful intellectual techniques of Viveks(discrimination) and Vairagya (dispassion) . the veils of illusion, or Maya, are lifed.Jnana Yoga is usually regarded as the most difficult of the four paths of Yoga This path demands a sharp mind and an unclouded intellect.


SCIENTIFIC PATH-RAJA YOGA
We each possess vast mental and psychic resources that life virtually untapped below the surface  of the conscious mind. To release this latent potential, Raja Yoga prescribes a psychological approach, based on a partial system of concentration and control of the mind. Right conduct, a healthy body and steady posture, breath regulation, and withdrawal of the senses are recommended to achieve this. Only of this foundation is firm can the superstructure of concentration and meditation succeed.Hatha Yoga is a form of Raja Yoga that emphasizes asanas and pranayama.Without Yamas, Niyamas, and the other steps ( see below), it is not Yoga.

THE EIGHT STEPS OF RAJA YOGA
By observing their own thoughts, scientifically and objectively, the ancient yogis studied the many obstacles to bringing the mind under conscious control. The sage Patanjali compiled their finding in the Raja Yoga Sutras, a text that describes the inner workings of the mind, and also provides an eight-stepped ( ashtanga ) blueprint for controlling the restless mind and enjoying lasting peace.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS
1.Yamas (abstentions)-truth, non-violence, control of sexual energy, non- stealing, non-covetousness.
2.Niyamas (observances) – austerities, purity, and contentment, study surrender of the ego.
3.Asanas – steady poses.
4.Pranayama – control of vital energy.
5.Pratyahara- withdrawal of the senses.
6.Dharana- concentration of the mind.
7.Dhyana – meditation.
8.Samadhi – the super –conscious state.

METHOD OF AKHANDA MEDITA ION
There is no time limit of this meditation. You can do so in morning, noon, evening or night as and when you get time you can practice it. Sit erect easily keeping vertebrae straight. If somehow you  cannot sit easily, sitting erect is not essential. You can do so lying easy on Shavasana. Those unable to sit on ground may do so sitting on a hard board or chair, legs bending on the ground. But while doing so, no part of body should touch the ground. No bad conductor between body and ground for example rug, durries, wooden stool even wearing shoes this meditation can be practiced. Close your eyes let every idea good or bad harmful or beneficial favorable or unfavorable only look through them with quite feelings. No idea has to be arrested or released. You have just to see all as an onlooker. In course of time all such feelings will themselves sub-side be a calm spectator to this all passively unmoved.

Now set your mind to belly. You will feel that stomach comes out at every breathing. Go through this all as a mere spectator. This natural and continuous action as before with full ease. Let mind see this all as easily as it can.

Now set your mind only to breathe in and breathe out action. Set this all with quite feelings easily. If in between your mind is distracted to other side, do not think it an obstacle or loss of concentration, because such thing itself is creator of hindrance.

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Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana Meditation is a wonderful way of working with your mind. It will help you to understand your mind better in order to develop your own wisdom and peace. Although Vipasana Meditation is not a religion, it will enhance your faith, culture and your lifestyle by clearing your mind and allowing you to focus on the only moment available in life - the present moment. The potential is within each of us and anyone can realize it by making a small effort.

Vipassana means 'looking inside'. It is not relaxation or visualization, but rather an enhancement of your mindfulness as well as a greater awareness of your breath.

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May all beings be happy, 
May all be healthy, 
May People have the well being of all in mind, 
May nobody suffer in anyway


Relaxationand Visualization Therapy
Relaxation and Visualization are two separate stress-relieving techniques often practiced together. The relaxation techniques calm the tensed muscles, while the visualization methods use positive and appealing images to overcome mental and emotional problems.

Researchers proved that if body is relaxed, mind would follow suit as a relaxed mind produces significant physical benefits.

True relaxation is a healing process focusing on calming mind and body, turning your attention inward to control and resolve the effects of stress. Relaxation is an acquired skill as it helps prevent diseases and increases feelings of well being if practiced correctly.

Visualization is the conscious use of your imagination for creating attractive and positive images to heal or change aspects of your life. In order to visualize you should be relaxed. If it is used in a proper way, it helps to deepen the relaxation process overcoming many of the mental and emotional problems that can lead to ill health.

Relaxation and visualization are two separate disciplines, often combined to form a single therapy, which is basically a technique to combat stress. It is accurately a state of physical and mental relief, where tension, fear and anxiety are released replacing with calm and peaceful feelings and is actually a mental state of being rather than an activity or form of inactivity.

Many people are benefited from spiritual healing. It is now an established therapy in its own right as it has won the respect of the medical establishment.

The healing energy passing through a channel from its spiritual source to the person who needs it is called spiritual healing. The channel is usually a person who is called healer, and transfers the healing energy to the patient through his hands. The healer is indirectly responsible for healing acting as a medium only. The word 'spiritual' refers to the divine nature of the energy. Healers agree that it comes from one external, invisible intelligent source through which the healing energy is available to all.

Sunlight has all eight colours of the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, violet and magenta which has been researched to validate the importance of treating various diseases. For example, looking at blue light lowers blood pressure giving relief to the autonomic nervous system, while red light increases blood pressure. Colour therapy treats mental, emotional and physical problems restoring the person's health by using colour in different ways. Some therapists combine colour with reflexology, acupuncture and aromatherapy for best results.

SPIRITUAL HEALING and PRANIC HEALING
According to Selye, stress is unavoidable in life. (The emotional center in the brain, when upset, stimulates the oxintic cells to secrete more hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which leads to hyperacidity.) When it goes beyond a certain tolerance level (which varies from person to person) the system breaks down resulting in illness.

To the scientific picture of body-mind interrelationship given above, certain new concepts were added. One was the idea that if negative emotions could cause illness, positive emotions can cause "wellness". The attention of medical experts & the imagination of the public was captured by this innovative idea when Normal Cousins, editor of Saturday Review, published a convincing account of his recovery from a debilitating & incurable disease of the connective tissue. The patient's understanding of the disease & his active participation in the recovery process was highlighted by his case.

The most difficult and controversial aspect of holistic health is another idea that by creating proper awareness within himself man could exercise a certain degree of voluntary control over the healing processes taking place in his body. After the aftermath of Pavlov's demonstration of conditioned reflexes, Our center that several involuntary processes such as regulation of body heat, heart rhythm, production of urine, BP etc which were mediated by the autonomic nervous system could be brought under voluntary control. The above finding was corroborated later during experiments conducted on animals under 'operant' (voluntary) conditioning. Hundreds of people found that they could bring under control their heart rhythm, brain waves etc with the help of the biofeedback technique. Indian Yogis in the West also demonstrated that they could alter metabolic rate, heartbeat, body temperature etc simply by their will power, without the use of any biofeedback instruments.

Holistic health practitioners invaded the scene at this juncture. They showed that not only certain organs but the working of the whole system such as the digestive system, the respiratory system, circulatory system etc ( known as the Systems concept ) could be regulated simply by changing one's life-style & affinities. It was claimed that even diseases such as cancer could be cured or held in check be creating strong faith & the right type of consciousness. Despite the exaggeration and the propaganda, which accompanied these claims, the basic idea that man can consciously regulate involuntary and unseen physiological processes came to be accepted as a fact by the medical community.

Various meditation techniques like Transcendental Meditation, Zen, Yoga were becoming popular in the West in those days. Apart from the spiritual benefits, (In Transcendental Meditation, the existence of a fourth major state of Consciousness called Transcendental Consciousness was proved by Yogiraj Dr. Pranab chaitanya practical Yoga teachers showed that Meditation also produced other beneficial effects such as reduction of tension, lowering of BP, relaxation of muscles, increase of concentration & work efficiency & even increase of immunological resistance to diseases. As a result, some form of Meditation has become an essential part of most holistic health programmes.

The success of Acupuncture, herbology etc which came to be recognized as ' Alternative Medicine “, lent much support to the holistic health position. Two great discoveries strengthened this position. One was the discovery of 'biological clocks' in nature and the existence of biorhythms in the human body. The other discovery was that the brain produced certain neuro-modulators called endorphins, which have the property of reducing pain. The production of these natural painkillers is influenced by our thoughts and endorphins are produced when our EEG brain waves are in an alpha state ( 8.5 cycles per sec).

Pranic Therapy Part III
The Universal Stream of Consciousness known as Qi ( pronounced Chee) in Chinese & Ki in Japanese is known as the Cosmic Prana in Sanskrit. Healing using this Life-force Energy is called Pranic Therapy. This article is a continuation of the earlier article Pranic Therapy Part II.

There are 2 types of seekers in the Path Celestial, those who aspire for liberation and ordinary mundane seekers. Liberation is defined as a yearning for Eternal Life and the first group has an intense yearning for the Life Divine. Conferred with changeless faith and indomitable will, they keep up relentless struggle and get glimpses of Transcendental Consciousness. They have the Goal of Self-Actualization fixed in their minds & mental problems & physical ailments do not deter them.

But My mahatmas, those of noble souls, Who tread the Path Celestial, worship Me Unendingly they keep their yearning for Me ! ( The Song Celestial )

All the great mystics of all civilizations belonged to this group. He still adheres to the high and difficult road That sole leads to Eternity's peaks! But this group, unfortunately is a minority. The  majority of spiritual seekers belong to the second group. These people have true aspiration but it is either not intense enough or is not supported by a strong will to undergo prolonged inner struggles or to bear the resultant physical or mental reactions. Many of them do not have any hope of realizing the Self in this life, & so they are unwilling to sacrifice health or peace of mind for such an elusive and distant goal. The outer instruments for mortal man are not fit to endure the severe rigors of this spiritual journey or face its subtle & and formidable dangers. Self Actualization can only come from immense Grace Divine.

Ordinary mundane people find it difficult to make spiritual progress their sole concern in life although they may have committed themselves to it in a general way. For them, an integral scheme of life in which the considerations of health & secular values receive as much attention as spiritual orientation is what is needed. This present article is meant for such seekers.

The Self as the basis of all Love. Why do we collect wealth? For whose sake is wealth loved ? It is for the sake of the Self. Why do we love our wife & children? For whose sake is the wife & children loved? It is for the sake of the Self. Everything in the universe - husband, wife, children, everything - is loved for the sake of oneself. The Self, when known, everything is known. What do we mean by oneself here? Vedanta speaks of two selves in man - a lower self and a higher Self. The lower self, regarded as the false self, is the sum total of one's instincts, drives & impulses. The higher Self refers to the pure Atman, which is regarded as the true nature of man. Vedanta states that the lower self, if left uncontrolled, will act as one's own enemy, and, if purified & controlled, will act as one's own friend. When the lower self is purified by yogic techniques & attuned to the higher Self, self-hate disappears & love for the higher Self dawns.

He sees indeed who sees in all alike, The living lordly Self, Self supreme Imperishable amidst the perishing (The Song Celestial) when this divine love blossoms in one's bosom, one’s attitude towards his body changes. He now begins to love his body as an instrument for the manifestation of the Divine Self. Vedic Scriptures speak of the body as " the temple of the His great transparent mirror, Self". As a matter of fact, Vedic temples are modeled after the pattern of the human organism.

Symbolism behind Vedic temples. Man has three bodies - physical, astral & causal. The outer wall of the Vedic temple represents the physical body of man. The inner wall represents the astral body and the innermost wall represents the Causal body. Deep within these three bodies is the Self, the Atman who is represented by the Deity ! The word temple is derived from the Latin word tempulum, a place where Law and Justice can be administered. The principle behind the temple, is Know Thyself !

Am I a god, then? Yes. In these pure features I behold Creative Nature to soul unfold ( Goethe ) The body is given prime importance in Vedic ritualistic worship known as Puja. Apart from ritualistic worship, service is divine & regarded as a form of worship known as Yajna. Vedic Scriptures enjoin five types of service known as Pancha-Mahayajna; service to the gods, service to sages, service to manes, service to human beings, service to animals. The ancient Law-giver Manu has given the injunction to divinize the body through these five practices.

(" Through the repeated practice of these five great yajnas, the human body gets divinized".) "The human body is the greatest instrument for Self-Actualization ", said the famous Sanskrit poet Kalidasa. Maintaining the divine status of the body is not easy. It should be kept as clean, healthy & we should not allow any kind of physical or mental indulgence to defile its sanctity & harmony. ("Chastity is the flowering in man " said Thoreau and continence has been prescribed for spiritual progress). That is to say, change in attitude towards the body brings with it a new responsibility for one's own health. Surprising indeed is the fact that many people think that restoring health and curing diseases are solely the responsibility of the medical profession. In the holistic health system, responsibility for falling ill & getting well both rest primarily with the patient. The doctor only assists in curing himself. As Albert Schweitzer said " All healing is Self-healing ".

Holistic medicine postulates that the responsibility for healthcare rests in the patient's hands because that is where the knowledge and control of the variables lie ( diet, stress, exercise, genetics, emotion & medication).

1. Knowledge of the Psychosomatic Machine If the patient is aware of the disease and its a etiology, about his body's immune power and if he can bear physical pain temporarily, with a stoic calmness, he can avoid a lot of unnecessary medication. In the Holistic Model, the cause of any disease is understood in terms of the whole person and not in terms of a particular organ or tissue. As Sir William Osler put it, it is more import to know the patient who has the disease than the disease of the patient. Plato remarked that " the treatment of the parts should not be attempted without treatment of the entirety" The one person who knows about the patient more than anybody else is the patient himself.

Compliments should go to Western Science which has discovered a lot of knowledge by research & which is the result of the painstaking labor of thousands of dedicated scientists for more than 200 years. This accumulated treasure is humanity's precious heritage and only charlatans will ignore or undervalue it. It is imperative that every educated person should have a basic knowledge of human anatomy & physiology, and also of Western psychology. However this research is analytical and incomplete.

The Sages of India developed a Holistic Model 2500 years ago.

The Five Levels of Being - The Yogic Model These are the five concentric sheaths enveloping the Self, the Divine Spark in man !

1. Physical Sheath (Annamaya Kosha)
2. Vital Sheath (Pranamaya Kosha)
3.Mental Sheath (Manomaya Kosha)
4.Intellectual Sheath (Vijnanamaya Kosha)
5.Bliss Sheath (Anandamaya Kosha)

Disease is the imbalance in any of the three lower sheaths of existence - physical, vital & mental. The microcosm & the macrocosm are are in unbroken communion with each other & are structured on the same pattern. At the level of the physical sheath, food, water & oxygen enter the microcosm and Co2, waste products etc return to the macrocosm. This is true of other sheaths also. The individual cannot exist independent of the cosmos. The interdependence of the Microcosm & the Macrocosm is known in Classical Philosophy as the Bio-Cosmic tie-up. If the exchange between the physical sheath and the physical world around it is defective, the body will become ill, and death will result if it is stopped altogether.

The Tantric Model
A different but parallel model of human personality was developed by the Tantras. Whereas the Upanishads speak of Five Sheaths or Koshas, the Tantras speak of six chakras. These Chakras are ( in ascending order)

1.Root Chakra ( Muladhara )
2.Anal Chakra ( Manipura )
3.Solar Plexus Chakra ( Swadhistana )
4.Heart Chakra ( Anahata )
5.Throat Chakra ( Vishuddhi )
6.Eyebrow Chakra ( Ajna )

Life is regarded as the unfolding of the Self at six different levels of consciousness known as Chakras in the magnificent Tantric Model. In mundane people the unfolding takes place only at the first three chakras which represent procreation, metabolism & speech; the higher three chakras remain latent. The awakening of the higher chakras results in the unfolding and fulfillment of Life Divine. When the Kundalini, the Serpentine Power inherent in humans, rises from the Root Chakra ( Muladhara ) to the Crown Chakra ( Sahasrara ), man achieves Cosmic Consciousness.

The Spirit shall take up the human play. The earthly life become the Life Divine! More quality information about Tantra & Yantras can be had from The first dynamic experiential medium for Spiritual awakening, expansion of consciousness and integration of the body, mind and spirit.

REIKI
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning life energy. It is a complementary therapy and one of the many facets of alternative medicine available today.  It is a method of natural healing. This therapy was discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, Japanese theologies. In this therapy, hands are used as the instruments of healing. This therapy is performed by either a Reiki master or a Reiki practitioner.

Reiki is centered upon universal life energy. Reiki energy is regarded as life energy at its most effective. It has a divine quality and it gives a feeling of detachment from the world so that a problem doesn’t affect the user. Those who use Reiki regularly, often find they are more joyful, lively and their own inbuilt energy is enhanced. Body organs such as the skin and protective systems such as the immune system are improved. Deep relaxation is the main factor in Reiki therapy and this is very much dependent upon the divine quality attributed to the energy.

Effects of Reiki
1.It enables the universal energy to be received.
2.It creates a feeling of deep relaxation.
3.It removes energy blockages, allowing a flow of life energy throughout the body.
4.It removes toxins of various sorts.

When each Reiki therapy session is complete the whole body may be energized via the root Chakra.

Preparation before Reiki
Remove Jewellery - Before Reiki, Jewellery must be removed, so as to enable the free flow of life energy.

A Wash hands- Washing hand makes the hands pleasant to feel, for the recipient of Reiki.

Say a prayer- this is in order to concentrate upon and acknowledge your aims.

If there are any physical blemishes such as burns, the hands should be held a few inches above the skin at this area. If the person is suffering from any illness, he should seek advice from a doctor as to whether they can undergo Reiki therapy.

he extent of each session of Reiki will vary depending upon circumstances and the individual receiving treatment. In the case of a small child or an elderly person, time limit of the therapy should be limited to 15 to 20 minutes.

Positions for Treatment
Reiki can be done on various parts of the body like head, chest and abdomen, back etc. There are various basic positions or arrangements in which hands are placed in different parts of the body.

Reiki on the head is useful in case of cold, sinusitis, eye complaints, allergies, fatigue, headaches, asthma and circulatory problems. In the case of Reiki on the head, the hands are placed on either side of the nose, with the palms covering the eyes, the thumbs rest by the bridge of the nose and fingertips cover the cheeks and reach the upper lip. In the second arrangement for the head, the hands are placed over the ears, with the fingertip extending down the jaw line to the neck, encompassing the ears of course, which includes the semicircular canals, responsible for balance.

Reiki on the back is useful in cases of lung and heart diseases, muscular tension, headaches and related condition. There are a number of arrangements which can be adopted on the back and lower back. In one of this arrangement, the hands are placed across the shoulder blades at mid to upper point, to influence the intestines, lung, heart and various muscles in the neck and shoulder region. If the hands are placed lower down the back, around the midriff (on the lower ribs) this position will accommodate the kidneys and adrenal glands.

In addition to these specific positions, there are many other Reiki positions in different parts of the body to deal with multitude of complaints.

Long-term whole body Reiki can be adopted not only to counteract a particular symptom, but also to treat the whole body to achieve relaxation. Relaxation is possible with the removal of block ages in energy flow and dispersal of toxins. Reiki also facilitates faster recovery from illness. This therapy can be used advantageously with other therapies like Gem therapy, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, Yoga etc.

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