Healing of mind, body and soul is part and parcel of Divine
From: "jagbir singh"
Mon Aug 8, 2005 9:55 am
Subject: Healing of
mind, body and soul is part and parcel of Divine Message
believers of the Divine Message,
The healing of mind, body and soul is part and parcel of the
Message to humanity. The topic below titled "Sahaja Yoga
by Dr. Rai is but a few officially recognized trees that
make up the
Divine Forest. These handful of trees have little scriptural
and are for those seeking a healthy life on Earth, not the
eternal life in Heaven. That is why no mention is made that
wishing to heal must meditate on the founder, a prospect
find revolting and thus leave immediately. Who wants to
meditate on a
subtle system teacher and follow strange rituals to cure
But the Divine Message does heal in mind, body and soul
has the backing and eschatological expectations of the
Muslim and Hindu holy scriptures. Only those who are taking
the Last Judgment and Resurrection announced by the Adi
truly understand what i am talking about. That is why i am
on the Divine Mother within myself. i did not become Her
because of "Sahaja Yoga Meditation" by Dr. Rai, which
message of official websites. Most SYs do not see the Divine
for these few officially recognized trees.
Jai Shri Mataji,
About 15 years ago in India, a professor UC Rai accomplished
pioneering work with a technique of meditation called Sahaja
was head of the department of physiology in a well-known
medical school. He himself had suffered serious angina
was surprised to find that this technique of meditation
alleviate his medical condition. Prof Rai, impressed by this
experience, sought to scientifically document the effects of
technique. He set up a multifaceted research project. Part
was a study on the effects of Sahaja yoga meditation on
illnesses such as epilepsy and asthma. Rai's research team
that regular practice of this technique reduced the
severity and duration of his patients' epileptic seizures,
example. Moreover, when Rai taught another group a mimicking
exercise, which resembled but was actually not the real
the same improvement did not occur!
Prof Rai saw that the therapeutic effects were real and
from one patient to the next. Some years later we, a handful
health workers, came across Rai's work. The results in
ranging from asthma to high blood pressure were very
we decided to test this technique under scientific
conditions here in
Australia. This was the beginning of the Meditation Research
Our first goal was achieved when we established the
clinic. The clinic was a non-profit service that offered
in meditation to those patients who felt that this kind of
adjustment would help them in their search for a cure or
their illness. A wide variety of patients were sent to us
different problems; most of them chronic conditions for
was little to offer within the mainstream of medicine.
within a few
sessions of instruction most patients reported improvements.
the toughest cases, to our amazement, remitted completely
diligent practice of the technique.
We recalled the gentleman with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
regime of medication was only partially successful in
daily symptoms of stomach discomfort. With daily meditation
improved dramatically to the point where he had no symptoms
flare-ups of his condition.
The chronic headache sufferer, another success story, came
clinic after several years of enduring a constant headache-
few weeks his headache was gone and his life had transformed
Neil: Taming The
So when Neil arrived in our clinic one day, we were not
to challenges. Neil was a young man of about twenty years of
his mother brought him to the meditation clinic at Blacktown,
working class suburb in Sydney's outerwest.
2 years before he had contracted encephalitis, a viral
his brain tissue which put him in hospital for several
condition so critical at one stage that he was transferred
intensive care unit.
Although Neil did survive, the viral attack on his brain had
subtle scars on this most sensitive of organs. It caused the
to "short circuit" and produce overpowering waves of
signals that spread across his entire brain. This
resulted in severe epileptic seizures. Although the virus of
brain infection had gone it left behind permanent damage
condemned him to a life of violent epilepsy that could
strike at any
Epilepsy is a well recognised complication of brain
this case it had taken a promising and talented student and
him into an invalid. Neil's fits were so frequent, sometimes
two or three times per day, that he could neither resume his
schooling nor keep a job. He was dependent on his parents
everything and hence their lives too had become considerably
restricted by their son's illness.
Like the other patients we advised Neil that his response to
technique would mostly be determined by his own motivation
practice it regularly. We were not the healers in the
Neil was going to learn how to awaken an innate and
healing power within himself. This energy would work
through his meditation to improve his physical, mental and
The research done in India on epilepsy showed that patients
practised the technique consistently experienced reductions
amount and severity of the fits that they were experiencing.
also gave us confidence that Neil could, if he really wanted
this technique to his benefit.
Neil learned the Sahaja Yoga technique quickly and practiced
diligently. The first changes we noticed were in Neil's
eyes lost their usual dullness, they looked clear and
bright. When we
first saw this 19 year old boy he looked like an old man,
over, his face drawn with dark rings under his eyes. Now he
to look young again and the dark shadow that seemed to hang
had gone. After a few weeks he would even come to the class
smile where usually there was only a frown. Neil's progress
obvious to us and it was not too much of a surprise to hear
fits were reducing in frequency.
After several weeks his mother came to the clinic to invite
dinner: Neil had not had a major fit in four weeks, they
planning to go away for the weekend and for the first time
years life was starting to look normal for them!
Successful cases like Neil's and many of the other patients
inspiring for us all but it would not be enough for us to
skeptical medical profession. Medical practitioners want
data. So after more than two years of the meditation clinic
enough confidence and had gathered sufficient evidence to
embark on a
proper attempt to scientifically evaluate the benefits of
It so happened that Prof Rai had also looked at the effect
meditation on asthma during his investigation into the
effect. So we decided to use his results along with our
experience at the meditation clinic as a basis for an asthma
here in Australia.
In consultation with a number of respected Asthma
strategy was devised to compare the effect of meditation
simple relaxation technique: We wanted to know whether there
was something unique about this process or if it was simply
other relaxation technique. Our plan involved selecting a
of people with severe asthma whose condition did not
even to maximum levels of medication. These people were
two groups. One group received regular instruction in Sahaja
Meditation while the other group was taught a popular
technique. Bothe before and then after about 16 sessions the
were assessed and the two groups compared to see if there
difference between the two techniques. The Royal Australian
of General Practitioners funded the project and after18
months it was
We were stunned by the results! Most of us expected that
be little difference, on average, between the groups. So
when we saw
that the performance of the meditation group was between 50%
better than the relaxation group we were very impressed.
Some of the
tests showed us that the meditation not only improved
even modified the disease process itself! This effect was
not seen at
all in the relaxation group.
David: A Breath of
There were many remarkable individual stories within the
project. One of them is David's: We recalled him as typical
old "Aussie Battler". He had suffered asthma since infancy
and it had
had greatly frustrated both his career and sporting
we assessed him prior to his entry to the trial his asthma
was in the
severest of categories. Simply blowing into the spirometer,
used to test lung capacity, caused his asthma to worsen!
sixteen weeks of meditation, which he took to like fish to
returned for reassessment.
At the lung function laboratory we saw a changed man :
function had increased, his symptoms reduced massively and
standard tests that initially placed him in the severest of
categories now indicated that his asthma was now one of the
David told us that his asthma had improved so much that he
sleeping through the night rather than being woken with
was playing sport and had saved more than $1500 in
expenses since he started the programme!
How Does it Work?
How does meditation bring about these sometimes astounding
The "Sahaja Yoga Hypothesis" is that meditation triggers a
within a complex set of nerves that governs the function of
organs of our body, called the "Autonomic Nervous System".
within this system, says the hypothesis, is the cause of
physical and psychological illness. The process of
rebalances this system thereby allowing our natural healing
to revitalise and rejuvenate diseased organs.
Ancient Tradition of
The ancient yoga tradition explains the inner healing
terms of seven subtle energy centres (called chakras) that
within our body. Each of these centres governs a specific
organs, aspects of our psychology and spirituality.
function of these centres results in abnormal function of
of our being (physical, mental or spiritual) that relates to
Meditation is said to be a specific process that involves
awakening of an innate, nurturing energy called "Kundalini".
awakening if the Kundalini causes it to rise from its
slumber in the sacrum bone, pierce through each of the
causing each of them to come into a state of balance and
little like a string threading through a series of beads).
way the chakras are rejuvenated and nourished by the
As the Kundalini reaches the brain and the chakras within it
tensions are neutralised. An inner state of mental calm is
established. This inner silence becomes a source of peace
a fortress that shields us form the stresses of daily life,
more creative, productive and satisfied with ourselves.
Meditation and the
Eastern View of Stress
Meditation is an eastern tool that offers western doctors a
of looking at health. The role of stress in disease is well
recognised by modern medical researchers but, despite the
that has been made in this field, there remains some very
yet unanswered questions. One of those question is "What
stress?". Few of us can easily come up with a good
of "stress" yet, while we don't know exactly what it is, we
intuitively recognise that it is a factor that affects
aspect of our lives!
The Eastern explanation of "stress" is probably one of the
commonsense and practically useful. While you read this see
can "look inside" and apply this perspective to yourself.
says the Eastern perspective, is the by-product of thought.
examine the nature of the thoughts that each of us
moment to moment we will find that they all relate to one of
broad categories: (l) events that have occurred in the past
events that we anticipate will occur in the future. Whether
was an argument with a friend yesterday (past), an unpaid
(future), a deeply troubling childhood experience that has
part of our subconscious (past) or anxiety about the share
(future) we will find that all of these troubling thoughts,
resulting stress that they cause us, to have arisen from
past or future!
Take the exercise a little further. If the vast majority, if
our thoughts emanate from events in the past or future, is
possible to think about the absolute present moment? Most of
admit that while we can think about events in the past (even
moments ago) or events scheduled in the future (even
the future) it is impossible to actually think about the
moment which we are continuously experiencing and is ever
Now think about the stress that we all experience from time
Despite the huge variety of situations that "stress" us they
one thing in common: we have to think about the events
can reduce our sense of wellbeing. In other words thought is
the final common pathway by which all events create stress
The past, comprised of events that have already occurred, no
exists. Similarly the future, comprised of events that have
occur and are therefore undetermined, does not yet exist.
paradoxically, we human beings exist only in the present.
(and its thoughts), since it is comprised only of stuff from
or future, is therefore not real and so the stress that it
is also not real!
If we are beings that exist in the present, we realise that
stress and angst of life emanate from a mind which is the
past/future, we acknowledge also that the antidote for the
illusions that cause stress is to reign in our attention and
on the present moment. There remains a further question: Is
While for most of us focusing on the absolute present moment
virtually impossible it is this razor's-edge of thoughtless
that the Easterner seeks to cultivate and sustain in
vast inner silence of the thoughtless state leaves the mind
uncluttered by mental preconception or past experiences. By
in that space-between-the thoughts one is neither enslaved
past nor confined to a predetermined future. The inner
meditation thus creates a naturally stress-free inner
Examples of Living
in the Moment
Yes it is and most of us encounter living examples of it
Observe closely the next small child you encounter. They
worried lines on their faces, are almost always playing and
themselves, rarely complain about bills, jobs, chores, etc.
happens to have an unpleasant experience it is quickly
life goes on. They are naturally balanced, living in the
stress free beings. None of us have seen a toddler hold a
worry about the next meal or even think about what they did
or will do tomorrow. They are so focused on the present
they are entirely spontaneous, unpretentious and usually
They are in a constant state of effortless meditation.
Living in the moment is not, however, a regression to
is an evolutionary step in which we return to our childlike
and simplicity but in full awareness of ourselves, our place
society and moral role and responsibility.
How does one tap into and sustain a connection with the
moment? How does one escape the brainstorm of mental stress
The research data so far and our experience at the clinic is
compelling evidence. We would all agree that more research
be done to try to understand how this "Sahaja Yoga effect "
Does it work via the Autonomic Nervous System? Is it really
result of an ancient residual energy that exists within each
called Kundalini? Is it possible bring together the most
traditions with modern science? The research programme will
to delve into these important questions. For the reader
say that Sahaja Yoga meditation offers a genuine method by
of us can tame the brainstorm, realise a state of peace and
tranquility and begin to heal our body, mind and spirit.
Dr Ramesh Manocha