Never in the integral view developed in ancient
India was life regardedas restricted to certain cellular activities. Rather,
life is a Universalstream of Consciousness known as Prana in the Upanishads
& Consciousness- Force ( Chit Shakti ) in the Tantras. Each living being
represents a centre around which Prana moves at different levels
knownas sheaths ( koshas). At the core of this multistoreyed personality structure is the locus of the Self, known as the Atman.The
Upanishadsstate that just as the spokes of a wheel are fixed at the hub, so also
Prana and all psycho-physical structures are fixed in the Self. The Self ( Atman ) is the Master Controller of Life that Western
science is seeking. The Vijnanamaya Kosha ( Intellectual Sheath) & the Anandamaya Kosha ( Bliss Sheath ) are the sheaths where the lightof
the Self is experienced.
The unattached Self, exercises its power through the Will ( knownas Dhrti), which in Yogic psychology is regarded as the dynamic aspect ofintelligence. With the help of the pure Will, a Yogi is able to keep all his
sense organs, all activities and mind under control, says the Geetha.Acquisition of this pure will is the result of a Spiritual Awakening. This Awakening, which takes place only through prolonged & intense spiritual
struggles, opens the divine door in the heart. This gives the yogi accessto all kosas or the five sheaths. He gains the capacity to open each kosa to the stream of the Cosmic Prana. The stream of universal life flushes
out impurities & diseases from the personality system and brings in newvigour and strength.
The world is overcome, aye even here,
By such that fix their faith on Unity
The sinless Brahma ( Absolute ) dwells in Unity,
And they in Brahma ( Absolute )! ( The Song Celestial )
The Cause all Disease - "Fault of Awarenes"
Intense striving alone can pave the way for this kind of yogic self-mastery. But an inner alertness & some degree of general supervision over all his activites such as eating, sleeping,exercise,response to stressful situations etc can be attained by anyone.It is failure of this inner watchfulness, known as Prajnaparadha or "Fault of Awareness ", caused by ignorance and negligence that makes a person yield to evil thoughts and deeds that is the rootcause of all diseases. .
Of the triune attributes of Nature - Rajas, Thamas and Satwa( humanity, bestiality, divinity ), both Rajas ( humanity ) & Thamas( bestiality ) are pathogenic. Satwa is non-pathogenic meaningthat living in rhythm with Nature can save us from diseases.
Charaka Samhita, an authentic treaitse on Ayurveda states"The disturbance of the three humours are caused by Prajnapara-dha, produced by the distortion of the intellect, will & memory " .Some of the aetiological factors are carelessness, lack of alertness, forgetfulness & misuse of will power.The root cause of most of the psychosomatic or constitutional disorders is Prajnaparadha,the misuse of our cognitive and conative faculties. It is ourunconscious way of living, not in conformity with natural law, thatis the primary cause of illness.
Health can be restored by changing our way of living to a Self-directed style. Hyperacidity, rheumatism, irritable bowel syndrome and similar disorders are the body's alarm signalsWe can bring about integration of the personality if we extend our Consciousness into the interior parts of the body & bring these neglected areas closer to the light of the Self. This integration fortifies our immune system and restores the coordination, rhythm and balance in the working of the different organs. This kind of extension of Consciousness can be done in different ways.
Extension of Consciousness by Meditation
The inner awareness which is the result of absorption in Meditation can be extended into the affected part of the body through concentrative visualization. If these meditative techniques are practised for somedays, the process of self-renewal & self-defence gets accelerated and healing takes place automatically.
The Triune Meditation- ( Physical, Verbal & Mental )
Reverence for preceptors, continence, nonviolence - these constitute
Speaking kind words, adherence to Truth, Self-study - these constitute
Cheerfulness, humility, silence, purity of heart - these constitute Mental
Maintaining Yin-Yang balance
Everything in Life has opposites, Yin-Yang. (Yin is expansion and Yangis contraction ). The most common yin-yang imbalance is stress arousal. Stress arousal increases the adrenaline & cortisol levels which inhibits
the immune system. Stress is misplaced effort & takes away the energyrequired for healing.
Ultradian healing response is the second major yin-yang balance. Everyone and a half to 2 hours , our mind-body goes through a period ofdaydream or slowing called the 'Ultradian healing response'. We are neglecting our healing cycle if we artificially keep perked up with coffee, cigarettes, alcoholism or workaholism. Daydreaming, meditation &quiet time allows us to take advantage of this Ultradian healing cycle.
The foundation of Life - The Superconscient
Modern Psychology & Psychoanalysis deals with the Subconscious &Unconscious. Aurobindo averred that the Superconscient and not theSubconscient is the foundation of life. The Fourfold Yoga is the science of the Superconscious Mind. The mind via meditation opens up to theSuperconscient and healing takes up automatically.
Jung spiritualised Psycho-Analysis and was not an atheist like Freud.Modern psychology is an infant science, rash, fumbling and crude. Init the universal habit of the human mind, to highlight a half-truth andgeneralise it unduly, runs riot here. Freudian psychoanalysis is half-knowledge & half-knowledge is dangerous & can be an impedimentin the realisation of Absolute Truth. Neither the Subconscious (which modern psychology highlights) - nor the Unconscious (whichPsychoanalysis highlights) are the important elements.The Supercon-scious, and not the subconscious ( or the Unconscious ) is the foundation of Life. The science of the Superconscient is Yoga( whose Western equivalent is Free Masonry.) The Superconscientis our evolutionary future as the subconscient was our evolutionary past.