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Originally posted 2015-02-14 10:52:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The body of scientific evidence for Sahaja Yoga has grown over the last few years:

  • Asthma research. Dr Ramesh Manocha of the Natural Therapies Unit, Royal Hospital for Women, Australia and others set up a trial to study the effects of Sahaja Yoga meditation. In technical terms, a double blind, randomised controlled trial was conducted. A large group of severe asthma suffers was selected and two groups were established – one practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation and the other a popular relaxation technique. Checks were made at the beginning of the study and then again after 16 sessions of meditation. The study concluded that there are tangible benefits associated with practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation for sufferers of asthma. See (1) below.
  • Hot flushes. Hot flushes are very common for women in menopause and are associated with flushed skin, feeling hot and sweating. A pilot study was set up with ten women enrolled for eight weeks of Sahaja Yoga meditation. Their symptoms were recorded before and after the eight weeks and the results were quite astonishing. All women experienced improvements and 90% of them established a 50% improvement while 60% experienced an improvement of 65-70%, which is typically seen in a hormone replacement therapy program! This study was also completed by Dr Ramesh Manocha – see (2) below.  See Sahaja Yoga Medical Research on hot flushes for more details.
  • ADHD. Another study conducted at the Natural Therapies Unit in conjunction with the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK showed that Sahaja Yoga meditation can result in significant improvements in ADHD. Twenty six children with ADHD, who were aged between four and twelve, participated in a six week program of Sahaja Yoga Meditation in addition to their usual treatment (i.e. some of them were already receiving medication for ADHD) and these were compared to a control group who received no treatment. It was discovered that children who meditated experienced a significant reduction in attention problems, impulsiveness and hyperactivity, as compared to the control group. See (3) below.

This is just a small sample of studies that have demonstrated that Sahaja Yoga can be very effective in treating diseases without requiring the use of medicines.

References:

(1) Sahaja yoga in the management of moderate to severe asthma: a randomised controlled trial, R Manocha, G B Marks, P Kenchington, D Peters, C M Salome, Thorax 2002

(2) A Preliminary Study of Efficacy and Safety of Sahaja Yoga Meditation as a Treatment for Hot Flushes and Other Symptoms of the Perimenopause, Manocha, M, Semmar B, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, in press.

(3) Sahaja Yoga Meditation as a Family Treatment Program for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Children, Harrison, L., Rubia, K., Manocha, R., Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2003, 9 (4), 479-497


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The Void

Void Chakra in Sahaja Yoga

The Void is the centre of self-mastery within us. This centre enables us to remain in a balanced state in spite of the pressures of every-day existence, provided that we stay within the boundaries of certain spiritual laws. These laws can be found in the scriptures of all religions. One example of such a set of laws is the Ten Commandments. These laws are not designed to punish us, but rather to keep us in a state of harmony with each other and the Divine. When the Kundalini is awakened it enlightens this area and we become naturally righteous.

The Void in the subtle system (shown in green in the diagram of the subtle system) represents the Ocean of Illusion, also known as the Bhavasagara. The Kundalini has to cross this ocean to take us out of our state of illusion. This occurred at a symbolic level when Moses parted and then crossed the Red Sea.

Mankind has been very fortunate in that ten great masters have taken their births in order to help establish this principle of self-mastery and righteousness within us. They are: Moses, Abraham, Raja Janaka, Mohammed Sahib,Guru Nanak, Sai Nath of Shirdi, Zarathustra, Confucius, Lao Tse and Socrates.

This centre is associated with the water element and a very helpful cleansing technique is to place one’s feet into a bucket of warm water with a handful of salt and to meditate for a period of time.

Originally posted 2008-02-24 12:06:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Heart chakra

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The Heart chakra has three different aspects:

  • On the left side it is associated with the Spirit. The Spirit is what we truly are. Before we get our Self-realisation in Sahaja Yoga we tend to identify with our body, our mind or our emotions, forgetting our true nature. A poem which describes the Spirit in a very beautiful way is Tad Niskala by Adi Shankaracharya. When we allow our Spirit to manifest in our lives we experience joy, bliss and love. On the other hand, those who go to extremes of physical or mental activities can damage this centre, in some cases resulting in heart attacks. To nurture this centre we need to remain balanced and in a non-reactive witness state. By meditating regularly and asking ourselves “Where is my attention?” throughout the day we can prevent our awareness from being frittered away. The left Heart chakra is affected by our relationship with our mother. Problems in the left Heart chakra manifest as a tingling in the little finger on the left hand.
  • The right Heart chakra is affected by our relationship with our father. This centre, when functioning correctly ensures that we stay within the boundaries of good conduct. Problems in the right Heart chakra manifest as a tingling in the little finger on the right hand.
  • In the centre it is associated with our sense of security. If the left and right centres are affected this also results in the centre chakra being affected.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga:

The Spirit is the only thing that is free within, which has no hangs-up, which has no habits, which does not stick on to anything, is completely detached and emitting joy to us. It is a thing that makes our Spirit, our attention so enlightened. Now enlightened attention, as I said, is not the attention that we understand, that “There’s a light, we see the light,” nothing of the kind. But with this enlightened attention our awareness becomes enlightened, so that we start feeling other people on our hands….

The centre Heart is governed by the Mother of the universe. She gives us the sense of security. When you are at the age of twelve years, you see, the bone that is in front here starts emitting antibodies, it creates antibodies within you till the age of twelve years and then these antibodies are really the soldiers of the Mother of the universe. We call Her Jagadamba in Sanskrit language, and they spread to the whole of the body and wherever there is an attack, they inform each other and they fight it out. These antibodies are created in the sternum bone in the front side of the, we can say, the ribs, where the ribs meet, thoracic region, that part, they stay there, are created till the age of twelve years. Now what happens in ladies specially, they are the mothers also, when their motherhood is challenged, they get a problem.

Originally posted 2008-03-24 22:05:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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