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-Actualisation 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 realising 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 rigours of this spiritual journey or face its subtle & and formidable dangers. Self Actualisation 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 modelled 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-Actualisation ", 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).
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