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GAYATRI PRANAYAMA FOR LIFE AND LONGEVITY

16 Jan

The place of Gyatri Chants at home or in the car deck on way to work is inspiring the metro-sexual citizen to establish contact with the divine power, grace and the conscious electric energy which surrounds the mind, intellect, heart and the inner self. It inspires man towards righteous wisdom. The power of the mantra is so great that the chants of Gyatri touches the intellectual field of the person and dispels all negativity and darkness of evil thoughts, false ego and imparts knowledge and spiritual growth bringing in peace, joy, contentment and excellent mental, emotional and spiritual joy. Goddess Gayatri’s relationship through the Mantra is supreme and super-most. Absence of true knowledge makes man unhappy and Gayatri is a supreme truth of existence and divine bliss.

 Ved means knowledge and the four branches of knowledge are Rig, Yaju, Sam and Atharva. The current of knowledge of all living beings flows in the four directions. Rig represents – Welfare, Yaju-Virility, Sam-Recreation and Atharva-Wealth. These are the four faces of Brahma. Through Lord Brahma there is an outflow of four currents of knowledge, knowledge which is called Ved manifesting in these four branches, this is also the secret behind the arms of lord Vishnu. The chaitanya power of Lord Brahma described in the ancient scriptures is called Gayatri, she is the mother of four Vedas and therefore called Vedamata Gayatri.

 Gayatri mantra consist of twentyfour letters and every letter is based on elements. Each and every branch and sub-branch of vedic literature is manifested through these 24 letters. Brahma the creator scintillated the idea of creation and the vibration resulted into shakti. This shakti created jad and chetan. The jad is governed by nature (prakriti) and chetan is governed by shakti which is savitri. Brahma created the material world of the five elements. These elements pervades the entire universe known as prana and the categories of pranatatva are satva, rajas and tamo gunas. These categories of the soul constitute astral (sookshma), causal(karana) and physical (sthula) sharira and all living beings owe the consciousness and existence to this pranatatva. Gayatri has three phases and is called tripada which fulfills the three purposes, spiritual, mental and physical. The powers of Saraswati, Laxmi and Kali are also obtained through Gayatri sadhana, she is the mother of divine powers.

The spine is given a great importance in yoga. Spine is the foundation and the most vital part of the body. Our spinal cord consists of 33 vertebrae according to the medical science and according to the Indian philosophy there are 33 crores of devs and devtas and their powers are found centred in these. So taking care of your spine is taking care of 33 crores of devtas and worshipping them. The three nerve centers which,  are very important in the spine are the ida, pingala and sushmumna, they are nonphysical and belong to the subtle world. Ida deals with the mental energy is the negative force which flows through the left side and called chandra nadi according to modern science referred to as  the parasympathetic nervous system and pingala deals with the life force is the positive energy which, flows through the right side and called the surya nadi and referred as sympathetic nervous system. Electricity is produced when the negative and the positive current meet and when both the currents meet a power  is produced which is called the sushmumna, the spiritual power  the power which resides in the central nervous system. It is like the meeting ofGangaand the Yamnuna and the current which produces through the meeting gives rise to Saraswati. The confluence of these meet is called triveni

Gyatri is triapad Gyatri is triveni and Gyatri is Vedmata. So let us invoke  the powers of Gyatri to cure psychosomatic diseases like blood pressure, stress, depression, insomnia, nervous tension and lack of concentration through the  Gyatri mantra in the form of pranayama  to lead a healthy peaceful life.

Part 1OMBhur Bhuvaha Swaha

Part 2OMTatsaviturvareniyam Bhargo Devasaya Dheemahi

Part 3 Om Dhiya YoNahaPrachodayat

Part 4 OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

In part 1  you inhale through your right nostril blocking the left nostril with the little finger of your right hand, in part 2 you hold the breath inside the body closing the right nostril with the thumb, in part 3 you exhale through the left nostril releasing the little finger and in part 4 you hold the breath outside after a complete exhalation. Repeat the round by inhaling now through the left nostril in part 1 holding the breath by blocking the left nostril for part 2 exhaling through the right nostril in part 3 and holding the breath outside for part 4.

By doing this in a continuous round for five minutes you are able to relax and soothe your nerves, the nerve centers, the physical, psychological and emotional being. This pranayama needs to be done in the morning on an empty stomach after your ablutions and bath. Done every morning sincerely and religiously will show results to you meaningfully in days to come.

Pranayama the fourth and the most important Anga of Ashtanga yoga is a unique universal life-force to gain supremacy of breathing and giving gift to life. The eternal breathing of yoga consists of four parts Pooraka (disciplined complete inhalation) Abhyantara Kumbhaka (retaining the air within the lungs for a proportionate period after pooraka) Rechaka (disciplined complete exhalation) and Bhayakumbhaka ( breath held outside the body for a proportionate period after rechaka). The ratio with respect to each other is fixed as 1:4:2:4.  In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Chapter II verse 50, the world renowned Yoga Guru Shri B K S Iyengarji explains the meaning of this sutra thus “Inhalation moves from the core of being – towards the consciousness. The inbreath is made to touch the five sheaths of the body. Bracing of the in-breath is the evolution of the soul or the ascending order of the purusa. When the self comes in contact with the physical body, inhalation is complete. Here the purusa embraces prakrti. The outbreath moves from the external body towards the seer, layer after layer. It is involution or the descending order of prakrti to meet its Lord, purusa. If the in-breath is the divine union of purusa with prakrti, the outbreath is the union of prakrti with purusa.”

In the fourth chapter of Bhagawad Gita it is said that Pranayama is a kind of Yajna (a sacrificial fire). In this Yajna, it is said that “Prana is sacrificed into Apana and Apana in turn is sacrificed into Prana. In other words, the importance of Pranayama is as much as that of a Yajna. Those who perform Pranayama daily and properly need not do any other rituals because pranayama itself is a Yajna, a highest ritual”.

One who performs the Gyatri sadhana with devotion daily invites the power of the Mother to become pure and get liberated.

 

About the Author:

Carrmine Ireene: 

Author, Yoga Teacher, Consultant & Holistic Healer

Carrmine Ireene is a  yoga teacher and a holistic healer  who has received her training under the direct guidance of Shri Nimbalkar Guruji. A rank-holding teacher of Shri Nimbalkar’s Institution and a practitioner of Shri Iyengar Guruji’s system of yoga, she has to her credit prize certificates, awards & mementos. She is also a follower of Swami Satyananda Saraswatiji’s teachings as well

You can contact her at:

carrmine.ireene@gmail.com

www.carrmineireene.com

PROSTRATE OF A PROSTATE

17 Nov

A visit to a friends place surprised me to see a division of two mattress on one bed with Macintosh spread.  A closer talk and a detailed look had a sad but true tale to tell. Being married for 30 years now, the adjustment and acceptance aspect in a marriage was lacking in this couple’s life. If sex had kept the marriage lively alive and bubbling through various stages, this small fact of the prostate problem had put off my friend so drastically that sex and the sexual organ both became a crime and culprit in her life. A mere bed-wetting and urine dribbling had given a total rejection to the beautiful relationship of marital sex and sexual life that the act of love, love making and sexual satisfaction merely became yesterday’s past and a forgotten future. Both lacked self-confidence to adjust to this changing situation of old-age and the husband made to be given as ‘protest’ because of ‘prostrate’. Life is beautiful to be wasted through the pittance changes of growing years, so if the organ of sex was a joy and pleasure in ‘hay’ days let it not be condemned with in the ‘way’ days. Every man if not all goes through this phase in his life,  the wife should make adjustment to understand and never to underestimate her spouse in his difficult moment.

Definition:

 The prostate is a gland about the size and shape of a large walnut and weighs about 20 grams of the male reproductive system, located in front of the rectum and at the base of the bladder. The prostate surrounds a part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis. The prostatic urethra ends at the external urethral sphincter. It functions as valve mechanism which provide urinary control in men. Its main role in life is to help with sexual reproduction.

PROSTATE CAUSES MORE MISERY FOR MEN THAN JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER STRUCTURE IN THE BODY DIMINISHING THE QUALITY OF LIFE.

 

Symptoms

 The most common symptom is a urinary problem when the need to urinate is more often, especially at night. The trouble may be to start the urine flow and once started, there is trouble stopping it. That the foreskin may be glued shut and when opened urine may trickle out, stop and start again. Depending on the particular disease, there is pain or burning while urinating, chills and fevers, and pain in the lower back, pelvis or upper thighs. There may be watery or brownish discharges from the penis that are different. Sometimes there is blood also being passed in the urine (haematuria).

 

Types of Prostatic disease.

There are three different types of disease which affect the prostrate gland, two of which are benign conditions.

 

  • Prostatitis is the inflammation of the prostate, often caused by a bacterial infection, which are of two types non-bacterial prostatitis and bacterial prostatitis. Doctors divide non-bacterial prostatitis into two categories : Congestive prostatitis and prostatodynia. Congestive prostatitis occurs when too much prostatic fluid, the milky fluid that goes into semen, accumulates within the prostate gland rather than being ejaculated out of the body. Prostatodynia is the term used to describe a condition in which pain seems to be originanting in the prostate, but is much more likely to be coming from the muscles of the floor of the pelvis, from an inflammation in one or more of the pelvic bones, or from a disease in the rectum. Prostatitis can occur in men of any age and generally responds to medication or other treatment.
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement, of the prostate. It’s the most common form of prostatic disease. BPH is around 14% in the men in their 40s, 24% in men in their 50s and 43% in men beyond the age of 60. Research suggests that all men will develop BPH if they live long enough and its being called the disease of the old men.
  • Prostate cancer is a potentially serious disease because it’s malignant condition. Over a period of time, the cancer cells multiply without control, forming too much tissue and invading and destroying healthy cells nearby, and perhaps spreading to other parts of the body. While prostate cancer can occur in men of all ages, 80% of cases occur in men who are 65 or older.

 

Diet

The diet plays a great significance in management of the disease. A well balanced diet will go a long way in curing and rehabilitating the problem. Evidence shows that diet low in animal food are most likely to recover and respond better and faster. The diet should consist of whole grains, rice, vegetables, beans, lentils, pulses and fruits. All meat, dairy products, refined food products, food with synthetic chemicals and preservatives are strictly to be avoided. Fresh and natural food should be a part of the daily diet. Low-cholesterol, low-fat diet should be the set rule. The subject concerned may cut down on fluids in the evening, especially on alcohol and caffeine since they stimulate urination.

 

Role of Yoga

Yoga has been described as wisdom in work and skill in action “Yogakarmasukaushalayam”.  It is a skilful living amongst activities, harmony and moderation.  Yoga is a communion with Brahman (the universal spirit) to secure liberation, to look at life in all aspects evenly.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, chapter I, verses 64-6 says The young, the old, the extremely aged, even the sick and the infirm obtain perfection in Yoga by constant practice. Success will follow him who practises, not him who practises not. Success in Yoga is not obtained by the mere theoretical reading of sacred texts. Success is not obtained by wearing the dress of a yogi or a sanyasi nor by talking about it. Constant practice alone is the secret of success. And this truth is beyond any doubt.”

 The following postures of Yoga will help find a cure to the subject concerned suffering from prostatitis. Jatara Parivartanasana, Salbhasana, Dhanurasana, Baddha Konasana, Janusirasana, Ardha-Matsyendrasana, Mulabandhasana, Mahamudra & Uddiyana.

As sage Patanjali says, “ tivra samveganam asannah” Chp 1.21, which means, “the goal is near for those who are supremely vigorous and intense in practice”.

 So get your man to follow the steps of yogasanas which lead him to the joys of bhogasanas

 

About the Author:

Carrmine Ireene: 

Author, Yoga Teacher, Consultant & Holistic Healer

Carrmine Ireene is a  yoga teacher and a holistic healer  who has received her training under the direct guidance of Shri Nimbalkar Guruji. A rank-holding teacher of Shri Nimbalkar’s Institution and a practitioner of Shri Iyengar Guruji’s system of yoga, she has to her credit prize certificates, awards & mementos. She is also a follower of Swami Satyananda Saraswatiji’s teachings as well

You can contact her at:

carrmine.ireene@gmail.com

www.carrmineireene.com

 

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