When it comes to stress and other diseases rising in society, there are many causes. Not just a single one! For example, even for a simple thing like rain to occur there are many factors required – clouds, enough humidity in the clouds, temperature etc.
We asked children to do an experiment: To grow moong sprouts in four different cups: 10 grams in each with a little water to enable them to sprout, all exposed to the same environmental conditions except that all cups were kept in separate rooms. One cup was in a room with Wi-fi, one with Bluetooth, on with an active phone connection running and one in a meditation room.
Within a week, they saw the effect of Wi-fi and Bluetooth on the growth of the sprouts – they turned yellow. Similarly, children grow but some shortcomings will be there with constant exposure. Even if a little shortcoming is there in the early years, it will become a larger shortcoming as they grow up. So, I think there is an effect of Wi-fi and television, and even more is the effect due to disturbances in the circadian rhythm.
Our ancient sages always said we have to respect the Sun. Everything must happen at the right time of the day. The right nostril is the path for Surya nadi and the left nostril for the Chandra nadi. When the sun rises the Surya nadi is activated and when the sun sets the Chandra nadi is activated. After sunset the secretion of melatonin is supposed to take place, but if we are exposed to radiation from computer screens, television, white light etc., then the secretion of melatonin is suppressed, and as a result our sleep is disturbed. If sleep is disturbed, then how will the morning be good? Sleep deprivation makes us short tempered, erratic, and affects our judgement.
So, this is another reason why we are not able to respect time – when to wake up, when to sleep, when to eat and when not to eat. In earlier times, people were taught specific foods should be prepared at certain times, and foods were cooked as per the season. Even a simple thing like the leaf of a tulsi plant should not be picked and eaten after sunset. All these instructions have a scientific backing, but they were made a part of religion so that people would adopt these practices at least out of fear.
When we meditate, the parasympathetic system is automatically activated. When we focus on the heart, automatically the right side of the brain and the left nadi are activated, which are parasympathetic in nature. Because of this, the heart rate and blood pressure come down. It is not that there is a God outside blessing us; automatically our system gets adjusted.
Anger is also a big problem nowadays. If people learn left nostril breathing, ie breathing 10 times deeply through the left nostril with the right nostril closed, automatically their anger will cool down. The left nostril will activate the right brain. Even fasting culture is scientific. Today they call it autophagy, which is cellular deprivation. Many people practise Ekadishi fasting, which too has scientific backing. It is not for making God happy but for maintaining good health.
I will narrate a personal experience: “As a child, I used to study in an Arya Samaj School where they would do havan and shanti patt twice a day. We would dip our two middle fingers in water and touch our earlobes, eyelids, Sahasra Dal Kamal, Kantha chakra, Nabhi chakra, knees and shoulders. These are all acupuncture points and touching them has an immediate effect on our system. When you touch them with water, immediately you become quiet, absorbed inside, and some sort of joy develops in your heart.”
Kamlesh D vPatel is the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga meditation. He is a role model for students of spirituality who seek that perfect blend of eastern heart and western mind. He travels extensively and is at home with people from all backgrounds and walks of life, giving special attention to the youth of today.