Salt water hygiene for Throat and Sinuses

Yogis teach that gargling daily with mild salt water warmed to body temperature is a a very good preventative for colds.The flow of salt water they say, not only cleanses away unhealthy dirt, pollutants, and microbe-harbouring mucus from the throat and nasal membranes, but enhances the flow of prana  to these regions and aids in keeping the mucus membranes toned and healthy.

“Clearing the throat and nose with a mixture of half a teaspoonful of salt in a glass of tepid water early in the morning, at noon, and just before going to bed, has been found quite beneficial,” says Paramahandsaji in the YSS lessons. Many health practitioners find that non- iodized salt and purified (non-chlorinated) water works best.A number of health researchers  have documented the benefits of using this salt water mixture.Medical studies have found that many individuals– especially those who are chronically susceptible to colds or other sinus conditions–also benefit from the practice of neti, the ancient yogic nasal wash.This practice consists of gently irrigating the nasal passages with the warm salt water mixture.  For this traditional  form of yogic cleansing ,yogis often employ a small water vessel with a spout (some times called a “neti pot”); these can be found at many health food stores, with accompanying instructions.

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Mind- Body Help for the Cold Season

“With the onset of the winter cold and flu season, it’s a good time to take new stock of the mind- body methods effective against nuisances.

Why body and mind? Because Yogis as well as holistic doctors concur that life energy — the true cause of health and vitality–responds to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual conditions. By applying this all round approach, one is best equipped to prevent–  or quickly recover from — the common cold.

Remember,  as Paramahansa Yogananda said, “So long as balanced vitality is maintained by right living, proper diet, and pranayama meditation (life energy control techniques), the body’s own life energy ‘clectrocutes’ disease before it can develop.” His books and Lessons contain many pointers for strengthening  and directing the the healing life force (including his unique Energization Exercises). Here are few that are especially relevant to the cold season. ( Be sure to get a doctor’s help if your condition warrants it.)

Cleanse the Body of Toxins:

Over eating and wrong eating make the body susceptible to illness, by producing an over accumulation of toxins.The life force is weakened, and it is easier for the viruses and bacteria to break through the body’s defences. When  toxins work on the mucus membranes in the nose and throat, we are particularly vulnerable to catching cold.

Reduce your intake of unhealthful foods (such as meat, refined sugar and refined flour). Increase your consumption of vitamin rich fresh fruits, and vegetables– especially citrus fruits, which provide Vitamin C and also are efficient detoxifiers.

Use fasting to prevent and cure colds:

“At least once every  month you should give a throrough house-cleaning to your body by fasting, ” the Guru said. “Do not let poison accumulate in your system. When you suddenly become sick you hasten to pray to God for healing.  Don’t let your self sick.

Fasting with citrus juices is excellent for prevention of colds, but not during a cold, as they produce mucous. To rid yourself of a cold, it is better to fast on other unsweetened fruit juice, Fresh, ripe non citrus fruits and ground raw almonds (unsalted)  may also be taken.

“There is nothing that kills a cold as quickly as fasting,” said Paramahansaji.

“If you can fast twenty-four hours, the  cold usually goes away.” Regular elimination is important. Take a natural laxative during the fast if necessary.

Get Daily exercise:

Exercising regularly also helps the body resist colds and other infections.Those whose health permits should walk, jog, or take some other form of exercise every day until perspiration breaks out over the whole body. This not only eliminates the harmful poisons through the pores of the skin, but raises the body temperature enough to destroy harmful bacteria, in the same way a fever does for a sick person.

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Dedication to Guruji

Dear viewers,

My today’s blog post Cosmic chant is dedicated to our beloved Guruji Sri Paramahansa Yogananda whose birthday is celebrated by his devotees all over the world today!

“As a bright light shining in the midst of darkness, so was Yogananda’s presence in the world,” wrote His Holiness the Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram.”Such a great soul comes on earth only rarely, when there is a real need.”

A song born out of the depths of true devotion to God and continuously chanted, audibly or mentaly, until response is consciously received from Him in the form of boundless joy, is a spiritualized song.

Each of the Cosmic chants in this book has been spiritualized; that is, in various gatherings each song has been sung aloud and mentally until the chanters found actual response from God.

Singers of these songs who want the best results should chant them alone or with true devotees of God, with ever increasing devotion and fervor.

Words that are saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs that have power to remove the rocks of difficulties and to create the change desired.

The five states are —– chanting aloud ——- whisper chanting ——mental chanting —-subconscious chanting —-and superconscious  chanting.

One who sings these spiritualized  songs, cosmic chants, with true devotion will find God- communion and ecstatic joy, and through them the healing of body, mind and soul. Joy is the proof that God has Answered the Devotee.

In this book the majority of the chants are original compositions of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. However, several chants are translations of well- known Sanskrit, Bengali, or Hindi songs in original adaptations by Paramahansaji.

Deliver us from delusion

Think ye in thy heart,

Lotus feet of thy Guru,

If you want to cross The ocean of delusion.

Shaming the white lotus  in purity,

Beyond all duality,

Guru, image of Brahma,

Deliver us from delusion!

—Bengali song.

I Will Be Thine Always

My Lord, I will be Thine always.

I may go far, farther than the stars,

But I will be Thine always.

My Lord, I will be Thine always.

Devotees may come, devotees may go,

But I will be Thine always.

My Lord I will be Thine always.

When I die, look in to mine eyes;

They will mutely say ,

“I will be Thine always,

“My Lord I will be Thine always.”

No Birth, No Death

No birth, no death, no caste have I.

Father, mother, have I none.

I am He, I am He; blessed Spirit,  I am He.

Mind, nor intellect, nor ego, chitta;

Sky nor earth, nor metals am I.

I am He, I am He; blessed Spirit, I am He.

– A translation of sanskrit chant by Adi Sankaracharya

 Ever New Joy

Joy, joy, joy, joy!

Ever new joy, joy!

Joy, joy, joy, joy!

Ever new joy, joy!

Joy, joy, joy, joy!

Sing this chant when you yearn to feel God as cosmic, endless joy.

This book on cosmic chants is available in all the centers of YSS/SRF.

The Most Inspired Books of Mine

I would like to start my new post by wishing all the readers of my blog a very happy and prosperous New year!!! May this year 2013 bring  joy and happiness in your life!!!

Ok let me start with this. How can we say which are the most inspired books? The one which brings joy and inner peace, the one which gives enormous energy,the books which gives good message, the one which makes a change in your attitude etc

In that way I can say  the most inspired books  of mine are Autobiography of a yogi  written by my Guruji Sri Sri Paramahansa yoganada, Miracles happen by Dr.Brian Weiess,  The Celestine prophesy by James Red field, You forever by T. Lobsang Rampa, Message of love (by Bible society of India).

Autobiography of a Yogi

In today’s post I am happy  to share about  Guruji’s  Autobiography of a yogi. I used to wonder how it  could be possible for the saints and yogis to live more than 2000 (Babaji)  or 3ooo (Thirumoolar) years  in the same physical body.  That’s what exactly the chapter on the science of Kriya yoga throws light upon. He says,” Kriya means union with the infinite through a certain action or rite.Kriya is an ancient Science. Lahiri Mahasaya received it from his guru, Babaji who rediscovered and clarified the technique after it had been lost in the Dark ages. “The Kriya yoga which I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century,” Babaji told Lahiri Masaya ” is the revival  of the same science which Krishna gave, millenniums ago, to Arjuna, and which was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples”.

For those of you who are not aware of Kriya yoga, Kriya yoga is a simple, psychophysiological method by which the human blood  is decarbonized and recharged with Oxygen.The atoms of this extra Oxygen are transmuted in to life current to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centers. By stopping the accumulation of venous blood, the yogi is able to lessen or prevent the decay of tissues; the advanced yogi transmutes his cells in to pure energy. Elijah, Jesus, Kabir and other prophets were past masters in the use of Kriya or a similar technique, by which they caused their bodies to dematerialize at will.

Kriya Yoga is referred to by Krishna, India’s greatest prophet, in a stanza of the Bhagavad Gita: “Offering inhaling breath in to the out going  breath, and offering out going breath in to the inhaling breath, the yogi neutralizes both these breaths;  he thus releases the life force from the heart and  brings it under his control.”The interpretation is: “The yogi arrests decay in the body by an addition of life force, and arrests the mutations of growth in the body by apan (eliminating current). Thus neutralizing  decay and growth, by quieting  the heart, the yogi learns life control.”

To be continued………

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5 WAYS TO RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS

Connect with nature:

 Go for a walk in the forest,field of daisies, or wherever you feel like getting a connection with nature.As you learn to connect and appreciate  nature you allow your consciousness to raise up.

Get your body moving:

Exercise and dancing will raise your consciousness by promoting healthy brain wave patterns.

Simple meditation:

Do meditation for 30 minutes.It is an act that will definitely raise your consciousness and allow you to attain greater focus, discipline and develop a deeper joyous connection to life.

Connect through prayer:

The act of simply closing your eyes, folding your hands and saying a prayer will raise your level of consciousness.

Make others laugh :

Being funny and making others laugh is a great way to ease stress and create a more positive outlook in life for yourself and others.

Spirit guides

Who and what are spirit guides? Spirit guides  are metaphysical entities who protect and guides us.  Like positive energy, spirit guides are here to assist us with our goals. Whether it be landing a good job or finding a perfect home, spirit guides aid us in these rudimentary decisions. Spirit guides exit to protect us. Although spirit guides cannot always remove obstacles and problems in our lives, they can guide us to resolve   (e g; doctors, coaches etc; ) But can we see our spirit guides? Usually  our spirit guides simply “are”.They are usually unseen by the naked eye,but given excruciating circumstances  like  near death experiences and great calamities  we tend to interconnect more more fluidly and visibly with our spirit guides.Unlike spirit angels, who come and go as they please, spirit guides are omnipresent. Some spirit guides remain with us for all eternity. A good example of spirit  guides works would be a sudden intuition or thought suddenly entering one’s consciousness. Spirit guides also help us with our creative sides, such as the arts, (music, art, acting, literature, etc) Spirit guides help to heal emotional issues and restore harmony in the lives of many, as well as re uniting the deceased to find closure. 

__by Joseph Schwartz man

BE A CONQUEROR OF SORROW

Sorrow has no being of its own.I t has no objective existence ,but arises rather in the subjective nature of the sufferer.Constantly you affirm sorrow, there fore  it exits.Deny it in your mind and it will exist no longer.This assertion of the self is what i call the hero i man.It is his divine or essential nature.

Yogada lessons

You heighten suffering by imagination. Worrying or feeling sorry for yourself won’t ease your pain,but rather increases it.For instance, someone  wrongs you; you dwell on it, and your friends talk about it and sympathize with you.The more you think of it, the more you magnify the hurt– and your suffering.When someone wrongs you, it is far better to love him spiritually, give him your blessing, and forget it.

—The divine Romance