How Can I Live for 100 years!

Param Poojya Gurudev Shri Antdev ji Maharaj reads Newspaper
(2022 AD: A living Master in the Gurumandala at the age 112 years)
This picture was taken at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India in the year 2018

Dear Master AD,

I have read at many places that human body is designed to live for 120 years. We see that now a days people struggle to lead a healthy life even beyond 70 years of age. Further, even if some cross this age they are generally sick, weak and become a burden on the people around them. That kind of longevity, I feel is not worth seeking.

So, my question is: Is it true that human body is designed to live for 120 years? If it is true then can you please guide on how to live 100 years healthy?

– Arun K. M.

Beloved Arun,

You have presented one suspicion and a question. Let me take both the topics separately and in little detail.

CAN A PERSON LIVE FOR 120 YEARS OR MORE

If you asking me, then I being the firm believer of sanatan dharma and ancient wisdom shall tell you that standard human lifespan is 120 years. If you ask me how I arrived at this number then I’ll refer back to ancient Indian Science of Astrology wherein Vimshottari Dasha is most prevalent. Every jataka or individual whose Horoscope is prepared is given a table of Dashas till 120 years from the time of birth. It does not mean everyone will live for 120 years rather one’s possible death can very well be predicted within this 120 years of duration. However, that should not be taken as the upper hard limit. It only means this 120 years should be a standard human life expectancy if every factor that affects the age of jataka has desired optimum strength.

I have personally met some of sages and Yogis who (in my own observation and reading) should have crossed this limit. One very recent example in India is Devraha Baba, who as per legends is said to have lived over 200 years. Even if that is not true he definitely lived well beyond 120 years or may be for about 150 years(?) In our own Gurumandala, Tantra Gurudev Shri Antdev ji Maharaj (in Photo above) in Bairagi Linegae is well beyond 110 years of age. There are so many places on the globe where majority of population lives beyond 100 years. For example there’s this island of centenarians by the name if Ikaria where almost every person (1 out of 3) lives above 100 years.

HUMAN LIFESPAN AS PER VEDAS IS 100 YEARS AND MORE

Each one of us wishes us for a long life and the question would be how much really we can ask for? As a student and teacher of ancient wisdom, it would be natural for me to refer this question to Vedic Rishis. Vedas are one of the most ancient scriptures available to mankind so if we examine the understanding of Vedas then we would know what was actual span of life in the times of Vedic period. In Atharva Veda we find prayers that are made to Sun God asking for certain blessings pertaining to granting us the full span of life. Out of the first eight mantras of 19/67 Atharva Veda, that are directed to Sun God the first one and last one are important as far as complete age (poorna Aayu) of human beings is concerned. The first mantra says –

Jeevema Sharadah Shatam | 1 | O Sun Lord, bless so that I live for 100 years.

The eighth mantra reads –

Bhooyasee Sharadah Shataat | 8 | O Sun Lord, bless so that I live beyond 100 years.

Let us take another Vedic text – Ishopanishad. Especially the second mantra of this Upanishad from Shukla Yajurveda is worth noting in our quest. It reads –

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेत् सतं समाः |
एवं त्वयि नान्यथेतोऽस्ति न कर्म लिप्यते नरे || 2 ||

Kurvanneveh karmaani jijeevishet shatam samaah
evam twayi naanyaTheto’sti na karm lipyate nare ||2||

It translates as “If one wishes to live for 100 years, one should live engaging oneself in Karma (action/activity). The only way through which, one should live is, that despite doing karma one should not cling to (fruits thereof) it (Karma).

See, its saying 100 again!

I personally find it more than convincing that 100+ years is a standard human life which can be further enhanced or reduced based on the quality of our everyday actions and way of living. Lets see what modern science has to say on this.

DOES SCIENCE SUPPORT VEDAS DEPICTING HUMAN LIFESPAN 100 YEARS AND BEYOND

While the average human life span tends to hover around 70 years in current times but that does not mean we are supposed to live only for 70 years. A modern hypotheses that takes DNA damage as a criterion for aging presents the possibility for humans to live as long as 120 years. This DNA damage theory of aging, clearly indicates we humans can successfully live up to 120 years of age provided we do not accelerate DNA damage due to our own self-damaging lifestyles. Is it not in coherence with the Vimshottari Dasha System of Indian Astrology?

Having attended to your suspicion we now move to your question about ‘How’. While scientists are working on DNA repair therapies and modifications in Genes to further enhance the life span of human beings, let us examine what knowhow already exists in systems of ancient wisdom to live that long as mother nature has programmed our bodies to survive.

SECRETS FROM YOGA AND AYURVEDA FOR LIVING BEYOND 100 YEARS

We should keep in mind that this creation itself is the celebration of mother nature therefore our lives should be reflection of the same spirit. Aligning all our physical and mental activities with the nature’s rules shall help us live a life that is free from all the struggles and unnecessary stress. Living thus shall support us in enjoying Radiant health, stay active longer and most importantly stay positive and enthusiastic about life itself.

Let us now discuss few most important factors that contribute to a long healthy life.

LIVING FOR A HIGHER PURPOSE MAKE YOU LIVE LONGER

Accept it or not, there is no real thing like ‘retirement’ from life. In fact aasharam system that was laid down by ancient rishis emphasizes that every phase of life right from childhood-youth to old age must be lived with a purpose in mind. There are four major goals of life human life, namely dharma, artha, kaama, moksha these are called purusharthas of life. For most of people their youthful days are spent in pursuing artha (money and materials required for living) and kaama (fulfillment of desires pertaining to sense pleasures) however the ultimate purpose of this life is to attain an inner state of contentment and joy wherein we fully accept the transient nature of this world, get fully prepared to let go this body and move on (embrace death joyously).

The pursuit of moksha is a continuous effort and while we continue to work on ourselves we must create noble reasons to engage in such activities that are linked to a higher purpose, a goal that is larger than life in itself. Look at the nature, it is here serving and feeding every single life-form in the world. Just like this, by anchoring our nature in sato-guna or benevolence it becomes possible to live for others.

Those who enthusiastically and joyously live for others, they never retire, remain always active – thus live longer!

SMILE ADDS YEARS TO YOUR LIFE – BE HAPPY

Smile is that radiant ornament which a human face has been adorned with by nature. We instinctively smile when we meet other people. Smile is an assurance for others that you are no threat to them. Smile on your face indicates you are happy with your own life. A smiling person is naturally able to spread happiness around. Smile and laughing has been found to a natural booster of our immunity.. Laughter is an expression of inherent sense of humor that declares – not everything happens here with a reason or a purpose; that life is unpredictable.. that this Norwegian research study which took 15 years to show that laughing reduces the risk of heart diseases by 73 percent and 48 percent less risk of death from all causes is laughable (who can laugh for 15 years??) .. that we can fail despite doing everything right.

We need no experts to prove that smiling improves overall feeling but this is the age of scientific temperament and some science-soaked brains would probably require a double-blind research to establish it beyond all doubts that ‘Having food satiates hunger’ (smiles). If you are also one of them and need more proof on how smile can add to our years of life then a research at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan should come to pull you out of your dark hole of ignorance and enlighten you about the ‘power of smile’. This research showed that if you mostly live with no smile at all, you live for roughly 73 years, with partial smile you are most likely to improve your chances to live up to 75 years of age but if you grin is so wide that it has been able to itch deep creases around your eyes then you are most likely to live around the age of 80 years.. Amazing! Isn’t it?

Smile improves our relationships. So don’t just keep yourself limited to the keying-in abbreviations like LOL and ROFL over the chats, in reality keep a broad smile on your face and laugh out loud.. You shall end up adding 7+ smiling years to your life. Its not a joke that laughter has been called ‘the best medicine’ but not the type that is ‘practiced’ in ‘laughter clubs’ rather that which flows from within in response to awkward and illogical situations presented to us in day to day. After all intelligence is not everything, btw intellect too needs rest sometimes!

A genuine smile is also referred to as ‘Duchenne Smile’. It engages all the muscles of your face from lips, cheeks to eyes. If you have forgotten to smile and wish to ‘learn to smile’, I invite you to join any of our programmes there you will be taught the secret to restore your genuine smile.

EAT, SLEEP, SHIT AND PEE WHEN YOU GET THE FEELING

“What is enlightenment?” the curious student of a Zen Master asked.

Master replied “When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep.”

Living with the natural flow is what makes our lives free of struggles, tensions, stress and dis-ease. Life of ease keeps away the disease.

You should have your meals only when you feel really hungry. It helps in proper digestion of the food and also lesser toxins are produced for body to handle. The question might come in your mind, what type of food should I have? Well, vegetarian diet always helps. In some studies a compound by the name of Spermidine has been found to be the extremely effective in stopping senescence of human cells. This anti-aging chemical naturally occurs in whole grain foods. I suggest few superfoods that you must include in your diet every day – Raisins, sprouts especially Wheat germ, Desi Indian Cow milk products, Amla (Indian gooseberry), Aged cheese, seasonal fruits and Chyavanprash with swarn bhasma. Cooking and serving in aluminum pots/vessels should be avoided. This was a bit elaborate opinion on food however its better to be aware. Lets focus on other physiological functions.

In fact all other bodily urges should also be dealt with keeping the same principle in mind. There must be a reason why these are called ‘nature’s call’. These bodily activities are to be carried out keeping an eye on the cycles or the nature. As per Ayurveda stopping the vega (urge to shit, urinate etc.) is a silent killer. Lot many diseases can develop if we engage in this ‘stopping business’. Holding poop or urine in when body is already signaling to get rid of it, affects our health not only by assimilation and absorption of toxins but also because such abnormal response to the body’s natural call affects many physiological functions and health of related organs.

Some of you may still ask, what if I feel hungry all the time or I have to visit loo 5 times a day. The night folks will come back and say “I don’t get sleep at night but comfortably sleep in through the morning till noon” and so on. Look! You are not following nature’s signals here. These anomalies need medical and disciplinary interventions. Better, adopt an active lifestyle. If that doesn’t help check with a doctor. Help yourself and try to align your routine as per the Sun-Moon cycle. Such abnormal patterns can be restored to a state when these would be in sync with the nature’s rhythms leading to health and all round success in life.

PERIODIC FASTING IMPROVES LONGEVITY

Although it may sound like a contradiction to ‘follow the urge’ dictum but great Indian sages have given out these golden rules based on their deep study of every aspect of life.

Fasting has been practised since ages in many religious traditions including Vedic, Sanatan culture. It is not without a reason Hindu Lunar Calendar is populated with so many festivals and fasting occasions. Fasting is associated with inner-cleansing at the level of body and mind but that does not mean you can ignore cleanliness at the outer level. Keeping your body and habitat clean and clutter free helps you live a life that is free of unwanted burdens. Fasting is about the same cleanliness drive being extended to your real home – the body and mind where you live. Are scriptures making it up? No, even modern researches have proven it beyond doubt that conducting oneself through the regular fasting (i.e. once a week) you ward off many diseases and pre-mature aging.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE FASTING REGIME FOR ANTI AGING – CHANDRAAYANA VRAT

Now a days the ‘intermittent fasting’ is being discussed more than it would have ever been in the history of mankind. I am of opinion that people of hunting age would have been ‘suffering’ from this syndrome of ‘intermittent fasting’ due to unavailability of the prey (food) thus out of compulsions were practising intermittent fasting anyways. Jokes apart, in reality by fasting we give rest to our digestive system and allow our body a window in time to expel undesired toxins from the body. It helps rejuvenate our whole body and mind.

While different ways of fasting can yield different benefits one particular method supersedes In some of our self-transformation programmes we use an ancient fasting protocol known as ‘Chandrayana Vrat’. This particular fasting regime is one of the toughest but the most powerful fasting protocol that can be undertaken once or maximum twice in a year for age reversal. It completely rejuvenates your system, re-organizes your energies, cleanses the nadi-system when conjoined with appropriate yogic processes and most importantly it flushes out accumulated diseases from the body with very minor symptoms. If you wish to learn about it, consider attending Practical Shiva Sutras programme, you can understand more about it. There are four types of Chandraayana Vrat, commonly known as Yati Chandraayana, Shishu Chandraayan, Yava Madhya and Pipilika Madhya. Here in the programme (retreat) the most suitable one is recommended after evaluating your spiritual, energetic and physical health.

Whatever be your fasting protocol you must try to observe fast on period basis to improve your longevity.

CONSERVE AND DISCIPLINE YOUR ENERGIES – CELIBACY

Ancient sanatan system of Varnashram provides a framework for every individual to pursue a life that is lived to achieve the highest possible for anyone of us. There are four phases that have been defined as ashrams namely bhrahmacharya, grihastha, vAnaprastha and sanyaas. In may seem as if all the discipline of saving energies is limited to the first phase i.e. brahmacharya ashram which lasts for the first 25 years of age but that is not true. Even in grihastha ashram every person needs to discipline and moderate the sensual and sexual indulgence. So, by way of discipling your senses for all practical purposes even in grihastha ashram you can practise brahmacharya. But the question is ‘Why’? And is brahmcharya (mostly perceived as celibacy) limited to the context of sex?

Well, this question of why men need to save their energies and not pour them out in our pursuit of sexual or sensual pleasures has been meticulously answered in ancient scriptures of Vedic, Yogic and Tantric systems. In these systems the upward movement of sexual energy (and semen) has been linked to one’s capacity development for spiritual awakening. I am not sure if your wish to live 100 long years is for any spiritual goal so the motivation for conservation of semen may not be there at all. However, when we consider Ayurvedic principle of Sapta-Dhatus it may sink in much better. Lets see how?

As per Ayurveda the food that we eat goes through the following series of transmutations and gets converted into 7 dhatus. Those dhatus are –

  • Rasa (Juices that get absorbed through digestive system in the form of plasma)
  • Rakta (part of purified Rasa gets converted in blood and this blood then supplies the nutrition to every cell of the body)
  • Mamsa (further part of processed Rakta then stabilizes itself in the muscles, tissues or flesh)
  • Meda (The Mamsa or various organs then transmutes into adipose tissues, lymph and fat)
  • Asthi (from Meda the mineral and calcium nutrition gets to the skeletal structure as bones)
  • Majja (the bones then transmute into the bone marrow, that fills the bony spaces from within)
  • Shukra (the part of the bone marrow then finally gets converted into semen)

Now, looking at the above sequence where the quantity of every consequent dhatu is dependent on the supply from the previous one shows how precious the shukra or semen is. Further this shukra or semen gets converted into another invisible radiance that is referred to ojas and at physical level it is known as immunity. At mental level ojas means self-confidence, will-power, enthusiasm and creativity. A lot is being discussed about NoFAP amongst the youngsters and youth who have experienced both sides of the coin. The ones who have succeeded in controlling the urge report back how dramatically their lives has transformed. When indiscriminately losing the vital fluid affects the young ones who are in their golden era of youth how would it impact those who have crossed their youth. Needless to say therefore, whether you take it or not but the Ojas is our overall capacity in life. Spend it as less as you can!

It would be unfair to believe that conserving semen is ultimate energy management. Your mind is the place where most of your energies are lost in chaotic thinking and undirected efforts. You must also learn some effective ways to manage and modulate your life-energies. These are pranayama, yoga and meditation etc. It will help you channelize your energies in the right ways for creating a blissful and healthy life and who knows if you did everything right you may live beyond 120 years also!

At the end let me clarify that there is much more that can be said about the subject and I have not covered so many points on disciplining one’s life to be able to keep one’s body strong till the time of departure from this plane of waking experience for as a believer of Principles of Sanatan Dharma, I would prefer to believe that it is immaterial whether we live for 32 years or 102 years, the purpose of living must be fulfilled. A life that is lived aspiring for the highest Goal attainable, is worth it or else what is the point in living for even thousands of years.

Shivoham!

– Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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क्या आप अपने ध्यान के अनुभव हमसे बांट के हमें कृतार्थ करेंगे?

शिवोहम!

प्रिय स्वाति,

ऐसा प्रश्न मेरे देखे तीन प्रकार के लोग करते हैं –

१. एक तो वो जो ध्यान करने के बारे में मन बना रहे हैं और दूसरों के मन-लुभावन, चमत्कारिक अनुभवों को सुनकर (कम से कम वो तो ऐसा ही सोचते हैं) उनका ध्यान करने का विचार पक्का होगा।

२. वो लोग जो अभी ध्यान कर रहे हैं और उन्हें कुछ अनुभव नहीं प्राप्त हो रहे या अनुभवों की तड़ित-प्रभा ने उनकी चेतना और प्राणों को अभी तक पूर्ण-रूपेण झंकृत व आलोकित नहीं किया है।

३. ऐसे लोग जो प्रश्न पूछकर अपनी अभिरुचि को सार्वजनिक कर अपने आध्यात्मिक होने का, या अपनी विद्वत्ता का प्रदर्शन करना चाहते हैं

बिना इस बात को जाने ही कि आप किस मनःस्थिति में इस प्रश्न को कर रही हैं, मैं इन तीनो प्रकार के लोगों के लिए उत्तर देने का प्रयास करता हूँ, जिससे कि आप अपने संदर्भित उत्तर से वञ्चित न रह जाएं।

यदि आप पहले बिन्दु में वर्णित गुणधर्मों से संबद्ध है तो सुनिए मेरा उत्तर –

आप ध्यान का सही अर्थ समझें और फिर अपना मन बनायें न कि उन चमत्कारिक अनुभवों (जैसे प्रकाश का दर्शन, दिव्य सुगन्ध की प्राप्ति, शरीर का अनिर्वचनीय कम्प, अन्तः-प्रेरणा से भौतिक जगत के सम्बन्ध उत्पन्न ज्ञान, सम्भोग के चरम सा अनवरत आनंद आदि) को लक्ष्य बनाएं जिन्हे अल्प-ध्यानी जन कदाचितपाकर गदगद हो उठते हैं और फिर पुनः-पुनः उन्ही अनुभवों की पुनरावृत्ति के लिए सम्पूर्ण जीवन खपा देते हैं। सभी श्रेष्ठ गुरुजन कहते हैं कि बीच के सारे चमत्कारिक अनुभव तुच्छ एवं सारहीन हैं तथा ध्यान का अंतिम एवं परम लक्ष्य है – अपने सच्चे स्वरुप का अनुभव। इस अनुभव के उपरान्त कुछ विशेष घटनाएं होती हैं, उनमे से मुख्य ( दो-तीन ) मैं बता देता हूँ – पहलातो यह होता है कि मृत्यु का भय जाता रहता है, दूसरा ईर्ष्या, क्रोध, अहंकार एवं कामादि आपको गहराई से नहीं छू पाते। तीसरा – ऐसा व्यक्ति क्षुब्ध नहीं होता अर्थात हानि-लाभ, जय-पराजय, निन्दा-स्तुति, यश-अपयश आदि में वह भीतर सम (आनन्द) रहता है

तो अर्थ यह निकला कि यदि आप ध्यान के प्रति आकृष्ट हुई हैं तो कृपया इन तुच्छ अनुभवों के लिए तो इसे बिलकुल न करें।

यदि आप दूसरे बिन्दु से सम्बंधित हैं तो फिर आप के लिए मेरा उत्तर अलग होगा। कुछ इस प्रकार –

एक ध्यान एवं साधना आदि करनेवाले साधक/साधिका को अपने अनुभव किसी से भी साझा नहीं करने चाहिए। ऐसा मैं नहीं कह रहा वरन समस्त गुरुमण्डल का यही कथन है। एक और मनोवैज्ञानिक बात भी है, यदि कोई साधक/साधिका दूसरों से उसके ध्यान का अनुभव सुनने की लालसा लेकर बैठा हो (हालांकि यह आकांक्षा करना नियमों के विरुद्ध है) और मान लें कि उसे किसी ने (परम्परा एवं गुरु-प्रदत्त नियमों को ताक पर रख कर) अपने अनुभव बता भी दिए तो अब जिसने उत्तर सुना उसकी साधना में सब कुछ उलट-पलट हो जाने वाला है। क्यों? वह इसलिए, कि अब वह भी उन्हीं अनुभवों को अपने ध्यान में उतारने का प्रयास करने में लग जायेगा और ध्यान का एक नियम है – अनुभव के लिए ध्यान नहीं किया जाता वरन ध्यान करने में अनुभव होते हैं।

तो अर्थ यह निकला कि यदि आप ध्यान कर रही हैं तो अपने गुरु से बातचीत करें उनसे अपनी समस्या / अनुभव / या जो भी कुछ आप चाहें बतलायें और उनके बताये मार्ग पर चलकर अपना कल्याण करें।

अब अंतिम अर्थात तीसरे बिंदु से सम्बंधित उत्तर

आप मुझसे मेरे ध्यान के अनुभव इसलिए पूछ रहे/रही हैं कि लोगों को (और quora को भी) पता चले कि आप बहुत अच्छे प्रश्न कर सकते/सकती हैं तो सुनिए – क्षमा करें! आप शायद इस तथ्य को अनदेखा कर रहे/रही हैं कि किसी भी अनुभव को शब्दों में कहा नहीं जा सकता। मुझे बहुत अनुभव हुए, चूंकि मैं ध्यान करता हूँ, साधना करता हूँ। आप भी ध्यान-साधना में उतरिये और स्वयं अनुभव कीजिये।

जय अम्बे श्री!

-आचार्य अज्ञातदर्शन आनंदनाथ

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Is there any simple Sattvik tantra, which is not harmful, that I can practice?

Shivoham!

You are asking this question with a fixated view that most of the tantric practices are surely ‘harmful’. So let me first bust this myth around Tantra. Tantra means system of things, functions and way of organizing some elements in a meaningful way that serves a purpose (good or bad is a relative term). If you are from India, USA or any other democratic country you would know what ‘democracy’ it is termed as – Loka-tantra. In the same way our body has many systems such as digestive system, nervous system, skeletal system and you would be amazed to know what these systems are called in Hindi (Sanskrit being the root of it) respectively – Paachan-Tantra, Snaayu-Tantra, Kankaal-Tantra. So you can drop the fear about this word – Tantra. Now we can talk about the Tantra (that you are referring to here).

Tantra is a practical, esoteric system of managing inner and outer energies with a final goal of experiencing the union of Shiva (Existence) – Shakti (Consciousness). Now this system requires a practitioner to follow a way of life, modulate his/her everyday conduct to conserve one’s energies, attain stillness of body-mind while focusing on increasing one’s capacity to be able to resonate one’s inner energies in unison with elements of cosmic-matrix. For this there are innumerable practices and practical systems laid out by ancient Tantra Masters and adepts. Some great authorities on Tantra have commented that there are more than 64 Systems of Tantra.

Whatever the number of Tantric systems be, once you follow a system of Tantra under the guidance of a Master, gradually you get proficient in modulating your individual vibrations with the cosmic patterns. The processes use body, breath, sound, light, power of constellations, Sun, Moon, Fire, Vortices of energies on this planet, intention, mantras, articles, herbs, gems, medicines, sexual energies and yogic practices etc. that are handed out to the student by teacher. The words of teacher are the final authority in Tantra. so by consistently following the instructions of your teacher with faith and devotion there comes a time you can then transcend your limited being. The individual capacities then do not remain limited to the capacities of your sense-organs, individual mind, intellect or power of knowing. Such a perfected practitioner of Tantra becomes far more capable of influencing this visible-perceptible Tattvic-Matrix of elements thus can perform deeds which defy (seemingly so because even these deeds follow certain cosmic laws) the laws of causality (cause-effect).

Now to your question Is there any Sattvic Tantra– No tantra is Sattvik, Rajasik or Tamasik, it is your intent that makes it Sattvik or Tamasik. For example is an electricity generator Sattvic or Tamasik? Well, it depends on how you intend to use it – You can use the available electrical energy to irrigate a field, warm a house, run a ventilator, run a MRI scanner and you can also use it to electrocute a person to death. I would prefer to stick to this example to answer your next question as well.

You subtly ask – Is tantra harmful or dangerous to engage in? Now, tell me if it is dangerous or harmful to build, keep and run an electricity Generator? The answer is – In itself it is not but you must follow the rules and instruction manual, listen to expert’s advice on anything you use so that your own mistake do not harm you.

You ask – Which practice I can do? There are many practices to begin with however before any Tantric Sadhana you must strive to attain 5 things – Nadi Shuddhi, Tattva Shuddhi, Indriya Shuddhi, Mana Shuddhi & Atma Shuddhi.

If you don’t understand what are these cryptic terms and how to do it find a teacher who can guide you in this direction. Never! Never try to attempt any practice on your own without being instructed by a Tantra Master. Thank you for your patience for reading it till the end..

Jai Ambe Shri!

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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प्राणायाम करने का सही क्रम क्या है? सबसे पहले किस प्राणायाम से शुरू करें?

आचार्य अज्ञातदर्शन आनंद नाथ, योग-तन्त्र आचार्य, संस्थापक – द शक्ति मल्टीवर्सिटी

जवाब दिया गया: अभी-अभी

शिवोहम!

प्रिय बन्धुवर,

आपने यदि यह प्रश्न पूछा है तो अवश्य ही आप योग के प्रथम तीन सोपानों (यम, नियम, आसन) को पर्याप्त समय देते हुए उनमे सिद्धहस्त या कम से कम कुछ सफलता प्राप्त हो चुके होंगे, ऐसी आशा करता हूँ। परन्तु यदि ऐसा नहीं किया है तो योग-शास्त्रों में संकलित ऋषियों एवं योगियों के वचनों अनुसार अभी आप प्राणायाम के अभ्यास की अर्हता से वंचित हैं।

मुझे आश्चर्य होता है कि ऐसे लोग जो योग-विज्ञान में एमo एo की उपाधि से सज्ज हैं वो यह कह रहे हैं कि “योग का अभ्यास त्वरा से मन्दता की ओर होता है’ यह तो अति ही हो गई। भगवान पतञ्जलि के योग-दर्शन का मुख्य उद्देश्य ही जब स्वभाव से स्वरुप में ‘स्थिति’ का है और पहले ही सूत्र में चित्त की वृत्तियों की गति के निरोध को योग का लक्ष्य बताया गया है तो जानबूझ कर गतिशीलता में क्यों अपने मन एवं शरीर को झोंकने का प्रयास करने की सलाह दी जाये। और हाँ, प्राणायाम से पहले का सोपान क्या है? उत्तर है – आसन। चलिए अब इसकी भी समीक्षा करें। आसन के बारे में महर्षि कहते हैं “स्थिर सुखं आसन” अरे! ये क्या? यहाँ भी स्थिरता की बात, गति की नहीं!

अब बात करते हैं उन महानुभावों और योगिनियों की जो कह रहे हैं कि आप भस्त्रिका प्राणायाम से प्रारम्भ करें, फिर ये करें फिर वो करें आदि-आदि… देवीयों (योगिनियों) एवं सज्जनो (योगियो) ! आप किस योग-शास्त्र या ग्रन्थ में वर्णित क्रम के बारे में कह रहे हैं? मुझे अवश्य ही बताएँ क्यूंकि मैं योग-तन्त्र का वह शिक्षक (आचार्य) हूँ जो अनवरत सीखने की उत्कण्ठा रखता हूँ। परन्तु मेरे अपने गुरु-परम्परा के प्रचलित अभ्यास एवं किसी प्रामाणिक ग्रन्थ (मेरे पढ़े हुए) में ऐसा कोई क्रम (कि आप भस्त्रिका से शुरू करें आदि-आदि) प्राप्त नहीं हुआ है वरन यह सूत्र अवश्य कहा गया है कि किसी भी प्राणायाम को आप न करें यदि आपकी नाड़ी-शुद्धि नहीं हुई है। परन्तु आप ऐसे तो यह तथ्य मानेगे नहीं तो एक श्लोक का उद्धरण भी दे देता हूँ। आशा करता हूँ योग-शास्त्र की मौलिक भाषा (संस्कृत) का थोड़ा-बहुत ज्ञान आपको होगा ही। तो पढ़िए –

सामवेद की योगचूड़ामणि उपनिषद में वर्णित प्राणायाम साधना के पूर्व की तैयारी की अनिवार्यता के सम्बन्ध में यह श्लोक।

श्लोक कहता है –

यमश्चैव नियमश्चैव, आसनेश्च सुसंयतः |
नाडीशुद्धिम् च कृत्वादौ, प्राणायामं समाचरेत् ||

इस अर्थ यह है – एक साधक सर्वप्रथम यम-नियम पारायण करके आसन में स्थिरता प्राप्त करे। तत्पश्चात नाड़ी-शुद्धि को पूर्ण करके ही किसी भी प्राणायाम का अभ्यास प्रारम्भ करे।

इसका अर्थ क्या निकला? इसका अर्थ यह हुआ कि यदि आपने अब आसन-सिद्धि (एक प्रहर अवधि) तक अपनी यात्रा कर ली है तो अब अपनी नाड़ी-शुद्धि का संकल्प लीजिये और इसमें तब तक लगे रहिये जब तक नाड़ी-शुद्धि के लक्षण आपमें प्रकट न होने लगें। नाड़ी-शुद्धि के लक्षण क्या हैं? इसका उत्तर भी उन्ही शास्त्रों में वर्णित है जिसके ज्ञान का प्रयोग (गलत-सही) कर के दुनिया भर में लाखों की संख्या में सर्टिफाइड योगा-टीचर्स (क्षमा करें उनके लिए मैँ योगाचार्य शब्द का प्रयोग नहीं कर पा रहा हूँ) लोगों के कब्ज़, रक्त-चाप, मधुमेह, घुटने और पीठ के दर्द आदि का इलाज करके करोड़ों कमाने की होड़ में लगे हुए हैं। कोई ही विरला कदाचित ‘चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध’ के लिए योग का प्रचार व साधन करता है। फिर भी यही आपको शास्त्रों में नाड़ी-शुद्धि के लक्षण खोजने का श्रम नहीं करना है तो आप मुझसे व्यक्तिगत रूप से पूछ सकते हैं।

चलिए प्रश्न पर वापस आते हैं। तो यह शास्त्र-सिद्ध वचन है कि नाड़ी-शुद्धि पूर्ण किये बिना कोई भी अन्य प्राणायाम नहीं करना चाहिए और आप पूछेंगे कि यदि शास्त्र के इस आदेश का पालन नहीं किया गया, तो ?

इस पर योग के सभी प्रामाणिक शास्त्र (पुनः शास्त्र पढ़िए) कहते हैं –

हिक्का कासस्तथा श्वासः, शिरोकर्णाक्षि वेदना |
भवन्ति विविधा रोगाः, पवनस्य व्युत्क्रमात ||

अर्थ है – हिचकी, खांसी, दमा, शिर, कान एवं आँख की वेदना (पीड़ा) एवं विभिन्न प्रकार के रोग वायु के व्यतिक्रम से उत्पन्न हो जाते हैं।

एक शिक्षक का कर्त्तव्य है कि वह अपनी क्षमता एवं ज्ञान के अनुसार शास्त्रोक्त ज्ञान का पारायण एवं प्रसार करे सो यह तो मैंने कर दिया। अब आप पहले कपालभाति करें, भस्त्रिका करें या कुछ भी – मैं या जानता हूँ कि इस ज्ञान को स्मरण रखते हुए भी आप अपने व्यक्तिगत निर्णय लेने के लिए स्वतन्त्र हैं।

शिवोहम!

Agyaatarashan Anand Nath

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The Gita: Srimad Bhagwadgita: श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता : Chapter 2:30

I, Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath sa-shaktikaayai bow down at the lotus feet of my first Guru, my revered father Pandit Shri Murli Dhar ji Mishr,  Vidya Guru Kaul Shiromani Shri Shivanand Nath ji, Yoga Guru Paramhamsa Shri Balendu Giri ji Maharaj, Tantra Guru Shri Shri Anta Devji Maharaj, Vama Guru Shri Kaleshwaranand Ji Maharaj and all the compassionate Masters, divine souls of Gurumandala..  I pray for their love, support and guidance always..

Shivoham!

देही नित्यमवध्योऽयं देहे सर्वस्य भारत |
तस्मात्सर्वाणि भूतानि न त्वं शोचितुमर्हसि || 30||

dehI nityam avadhyo ayam dehe sarvasya bhArata
tasmAt sarvaNi bhutAni na tvam shochitum arhasi || 29 ||

dehI—the entity (soul) that dwells within the body; nityam—always, continuous; avadhyaḥ— can’t be killed, immortal; ayam—this (soul); dehe—in the body; sarvasya—of everyone; bhArata—descendant of Bharat, Arjun; tasmAt—therefore; sarvANi—for all; bhUtAni—living entities; na—not; tvam—you; Shochitum—mourn, think; arhasi—should

TranslationO descendant of Bharat, Arjun, the soul that dwells within the body is immortal; therefore, you should not mourn for anyone.

Here, the style of Krishna is little preliminary wherein he is teaching his student by reiterating the same principle in different ways. He is re-emphasizing the key points by repeating them over so that Arjuna does not miss it, in case he was not able to pay attention earlier. It is clearly Masters compassion wherein he is considering the mental and emotional state of the student. Once again he is seemingly repeating the principle of continuity of atmam by calling it dehee – the one who lives in deha (body). He says “This entity (you) and those (others) whom you are going to fight with are not the bodies that you see instead there is this all pervading atman expressing through each of them. And he says this atman is a continuous presence in time-space and beyond, it is ever-existing, can not be killed and is common to everybody (sarvaani bhUtaani). Although as per saamkhya philosophy it should be translated as ‘in each body’. Which would mean one soul per body albeit no changes are to be assumed in the intrinsic quality of soul’s immortality. Whether there be one soul in every body (Vedanta) or one soul per body (Samkhya) it doesn’t allow us to grieve for death of physical body because soul is never annihilated.

You don’t have to believe in Krishna’s words instead analyze your own experiences. None of us is ever had the feeling of being absent (non-existence), even in deep sleep (though upon coming to waking state) recognize our continuity (presence). Otherwise how can we declare ‘I got a very good sleep’. Further none of us has ever had the experience of birth (being born). To our experience it is as if we are present here since eternity (not ‘as if’ we indeed are present here since eternity – we are a beginning-less existence). And none of us has ever had the experience of ‘death’ (non-existence) then what stops us from concluding that we ARE a continuum beyond the body (matter). I should be kidding if I said that this recognition was as easy as stated. It requires a lot of efforts (prayatn saadhakah) on our part to become liberated.

Kaivalya is the name given to the ultimate liberation that a soul can achieve. Kaivalya is reached with Purusha (soul) is able to liberate itself (through proper knowledge) from the clutches of prakriti (primordial force of creation/nature or matter). But an immediate question comes how does purusha gets imprisoned by prakriti. In shaivism it is explained that it all begins with – kama , desire or ichchaa. It is our ichchha (desire) which begins this cycle of creation and then its expansion becomes overwhelming and binding (though this act of getting imprisoned and forgetfulness too has been taken as Shiva’s freedom) upon shiva (the equivalent to Purusha). The jeeva (Nara as per Trika) becomes entangled in this bhava saagar due to this seed of desire (kama or ichchhaa). It is also said that a sadhaka must therefore contemplate over the very nature of knowledge that creates the bondage and suffering of this bhava saagar. Although we have to transcend this faculty of ‘intelligence’ as well yet to begin with we have to begin living intelligently. ‘Intelligent living’ – though a baby-step yet by all means the very first and unavoidable step, towards the ultimate freedom from the sufferings of bhava saagar.

As a child I had come across a book on Bhagwatgita (from Babuji’s personal library of course!) which had some beautiful pictures in the beginning of the text. An image that shook me to the core and gotten permanently etched was of a frightening deep ocean, full of storms, giant-whirlpools and huge violent creatures swallowing every entity that was afloat on its surface. There were men women, children drowning and crying for help. It also depicted a golden boat on which Shri Hari (Narayan Vishnu) was seen rescuing some of these people from drowning. For very long time, till my spiritual journey started whenever this word ‘bhava sagar’ was uttered ‘this’ image used to flash in my mind-space and despite all the horror depicted in that image I particularly focused on the assuring sight of ‘Satchidaanand Shri Hari’ extending his hands to those who were calling out for help. For many years this understanding was real for me and I did think that those who call out to Shri Hari are definitely helped by Him but soon after I was introduced to the concepts of Atma, Brahm, Maya, Manas, Shakti, Karma, Shiva, Ahamkaara etc. I started questioning the content of this image especially the presence and motive of this external rescuer Shri Hari. My limited childish objection to the rescuer’s conduct was – if He is the father of everyone why is he discriminating? Why is he expecting His own children to worship Him and sing His glory to be able to become worthy of such help? He should help everyone of them – alike without any discrimination for He loves them all.

Well.. as I said it was ‘childish’ objection because now I clearly understand what ‘bhava’ really means. In Sanskrit language this word bhava means to ‘become’. And if you contemplate deeply on your own motivations of life you would see – all the suffering arises out of our desire to ‘become’ someone else than we already are. This terrifying ocean is symbolic of kaala or death that is seen as gulping away all that is, over a period of time. ‘Becoming’ is always in future – ‘Being’ is here. Becoming is offshoot of kala (Time) and it is bound to eat up the ‘Being’ (Timeless). We, as all-pervading unlimited consciousness that was beyond birth and death were plagued with the idea/desire (ichchhaa) of becoming (bhava) a man or a woman or someone (limited). We became that and ever since then we are never satisfied (due to our association with this mortal and limited identity of body) in ‘being’ rather continuously trying to ‘become’. Our becoming may have different hues – good or bad, noble or corrupt, rich or poor, happy or unhappy, powerful or poor but we are continuously struggling only to be eaten up by the oceanic time. But the reality is we are always (Sat) cognizant/aware (chit) of the bliss (Ananda) that we truly are. Only we need to seek (become aware of/ have a calling for) the refuge in our own true self. This ocean of time affects (consumes) those who become prey to it by being led by the desires (kabir) of engagement in this world’s pleasures i.e. becoming (bhava).

Krishna says – Arjuna, you are not the body but the embodied and so are all others (enacting or becoming these bodies), this embodied is nityam (continuum) therefore you should not grieve for felling of these bodies or anybody.

That’s all for today..

Shivoham!

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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