Of the four forces
in the Universe - weak nuclear force,strong nuclearforce,electricity
& magnetism -are but different manifestations
ofthat Unitary Power which the Vedists call Prana. Using this Vital
Energy to heal is called Pranic Therapy. This article is a continuation of
thee arlier article Pranic Therapy Part I.
Chaos theory of maths tries to find a more meaningful correlation& behavioural pattern in such systems. One of the most fundamental properties of an organism is Homeostasis, the maintenance of afixed internal milieu, especially with regard to body temperature, BP,pH etc.The earlier school of thought regarded homeostasis as health,( Walter Cannon called it "the wisdom of the body" ) & any deviation from it was disease. But Chaos theory revolutionised this thinking &pointed out that health is the flexibility of an organism to respond toany changing environment. Our lungs, heart, liver etc are all designed to deal with frequent changes & health is the flexibility or capacity to maintain this state of chaos at the maximal level of efficiency.
Holistic health does not reject the Western system of medicine in toto.In the case of infectious diseases, nutritional & hormonal deficiencies and bodily defects which need surgical intervention, it follows the Western system. Psychosomatic diseases such as hypertension, peptic ulcer,allergic asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome etc can be treated by Holistic Medicine, it averrs. Holistic health providesa way of life which prevents the reccurrence of some of these ailments.It is more prophylactic, preventive, curative & restorative.
Integral Life is an ancient Vedic ideal. The ancient Rishies ( Seers )believed in the fulness of Life - 100 % materialism & 100% spirituality.They actualised the Unity of Life first - long before they realized theUnity of Consciousness. The unitary principle of life is known a Prana,the Vital Energy. Cosmic Prana is a major topic of discussion in the Upanishads. This Universal Vital Energy flows through invisible channels in the human body known as Nadis. The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad describes Prana as Truth and Brahman as the Truthof Truths. It was during this period ( around 500 B C ) that India developed the Science of Life known as Ayurveda.
An integral view of life far more comprehensive than that of any school of Vedanta was developed by Tantras which arose between the 6th & 9th centuries AD. The Ultimate Reality is conceived of as Chit-Shakti,
Consciousness-Force. Matter, Mind & Self are all regarded as manifestations of this Universal Power which is personified as the Divine Mother. All activities are carried on by the Consciousness -Force
( The Universe is the play and display of Consciousness-Force) & all we have to do is to open ourselves to Her Power through self-surrender and aspiration. This master science was revived by modern Masters like Aurobindo and Ramakrishna.
for activating the body's own self-renewal processes is called
holistic health programme. It may take months or years for the
body to learn new patterns of response and renew itself. And this
programme succeeds only when certain conditions are fulfilled.
He came to the conclusion that along with Life-instinct (
known as Eros ) man had apparently a powerful Death-instinct ( known asThanatos ) which manifested itself as Self-hate & aggressivebehaviour. He showed that not all accidents were really accidents.The accident-proneness of the victims produced by the
unconscious death wish they had cherished was the cause behind someaccidents.Research has indicated enough evidence for vicious &
insidious forms of self-hate in man. We can understand how self-hate operateson the level of the Unconscious if we observe the way many peopleabuse their own stomachs, lungs & other vital organs, and the
way some people bring ruin upon themselves by yielding to drug addiction& alcoholism. This self-hate acts as
an inhibiting factor formost in individuals. Success can be achieved, said Dr Maxwell
Maltz, if this inhibitive factor is removed from the mind. Most
people are unaware of it & drift through life unaware of the self- harm
they do. Some of them wake up from this unconscious drifting and
begin to have a new attitude - an attitude of love, friendliness and peace towards themselves & their
brethren. It actually indicates the dawn of true love for one's higher Self known as the
Atman. Thanatos was known in Vedanta as Thamas ( the destructive
element in man ). Thamas is destructive and self-destructive.
By yogic sadhana alone can this Thamas or Thanatos be destroyed.
Yet till evil is slain in its own home
And light invades the world's inconscient base
And perished is the Adversary force
He ( the Saviour ) must still labour on, his work halfdone! ( Aurobindo )