Practicing Sahaja Yoga & related health benefits
Meditation’s ultimate aim is spiritual growth. At Sahaja Yoga meditation, this is achieved through the awakening of energy within. This awakening causes an experience of subtle cool cosmic vibrations on the palms of the hand and on top of the head. These vibrations are found to nourish and rejuvenate each and every cell of the body.
This is the energy that also makes it possible to achieve a state of complete mental silence also called ‘Thurya Avastha’. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system. As a direct consequence of this, you become completely calm and relaxed. Such a state has proven therapeutic benefits such as stress relief, increased productivity, mental balance, instilling of positive emotions such as joy, self-contentment and sense of security and also increased emotional intelligence.
Multiple studies have been conducted to research the effects of Sahaja Yoga on physical health. Below is an excerpt from an article published in THE INDIAN EXPRESS on 23 July 1996. “Dr Rai has researched at the Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Hospitals, New Delhi, on the role of Sahaja Yoga in the treatment of psychosomatic diseases. He maintains that while with the advancement of the medical sciences, infectious diseases have been wiped out and heart and kidney transplants are quite successful, scientists have yet to find an answer for the treatment of psychosomatic diseases which are on the increase in the developed as well as the developing countries. Some such diseases are hypertension, migraine, bronchial asthma, epilepsy and others.
“The doctor of today practising modern allopathic medicine has entered a stage of super speciality whereby they appoint separate parts of the body to be treated by a specialist. Due to this approach doctors are not able to view disease as a disturbance to the whole organism. They treat a particular part of the body without taking into consideration the psychological and social aspects of the patient’s illness”, says Rai. ” One could be physically fit, but emotional problems or social isolation could make a person very sick.”
He advises recourse to the ancient Indian scriptures like the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, that mentioned yoga as the most essential technique to keep the body and mind healthy. This is true even today but there is a need for integration that is not merely inner but covers external life as well. “For yoga to be more relevant today, it needs to touch both the physical and mental aspects of health, which is encapsulated in the Sahaj Yoga. This science borders on all that which one is born with” says he.
It is based on our subtle nervous system. The dormant primordial energy is present in every individual in three and a half coils in the triangular bone called “sacrum”- The Kundalini, at the base of the spine. When this gets activated on doing Sahaja Yoga, it ascends and activates one’s six subtle chakras and piercing through Brahmarandhra, it unites with the all-pervading cosmic energy.”And with this actualisation in the limbic area of the brain, subtle cool vibrations start flowing from both palms and the top of the head.
In this vibratory awareness, while one can feel what chakras are blocked, on the other side one can work out the correction of these chakras to cure different diseases. To verify some of the claims of Sahaja Yoga, a systematic research study was organised in the physiology and medicine department of Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Hospitals in New Delhi. The research projects studied were psychological effects of Kundalini awakening by Sahaj Yoga and the effect of Sahaj practise on psychosomatic diseases like hypertension and bronchial asthma. “
Another study conducted in Russia by the Institute of Medical and Biological Kibernetics, Siberian Department, Russian Academy of Sciences compared the brain activities of a group of Sahaja Yoga meditators along with non-meditators during a training session. Upon analysis of the electroencephalographic maps of brain activity, the study found a much lower level of stress and well-correlated brain activity in the Sahaja Yoga meditators compared to the rest of the control group.
Multiple thesis papers on the effects of Sahaja Yoga on one’s health have also been duly approved for the degree of doctor of medicine.