Hair Fall and Ayurveda
Ayurveda does miracles in hair fall, and in maintenance of healthy hair and scalp. In this article discusses the causes for hair fall and the steps to prevent loss of hair.”
Normal and Abnormal Hair Fall :- If there is a fall of more than 100 hair strands per day, it is considered as abnormal hair fall, less than that is considered as normal. However, there will be a fall of more than 200-250 hair strands after shampooing which is absolutely normal.
Causes for Hair Fall
• Lack of nutrition and iron deficiency.
• Hormonal imbalance like hypothyroidism, increased levels of androgen, PCOS.
• Scalp infection.
• Adverse effect of few drugs, after chemotherapy, surgery and pregnancy.
• Polluted water.
• Mental stress and stress to the hair by repeated hair colouring, straightening, curling, etc.
• Ayurveda considers vitiation of pitta dosha as the cause for hair fall and premature gray hair. Increased intake of alcohol, tea, coffee, pickles, deep fried, spicy and also fermented foods, excessive anger and stress cause increased pitta in the body.
How to Prevent Hair Loss and Premature Gray Hair
• Eat healthy and nutritious food rich in copper, iron and calcium.
• Avoid aerated drinks and junk foods.
• Increase the intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, milk, amla, pomegranate, dry grapes, dates, almonds and spinach.
Daily Hair Care
• Wash your hair every two days.
• If you live in a highly polluted area and there is more perspiration, do it every alternate day.
• Wash your comb and hairbrush regularly. Never share other’s comb and hairbrushes.
• Use luke warm or room temperature water for hair wash. Never use hot water.
• Always use blunt-toothed combs.
• Gently comb the hair and scalp daily.
• Never do vigorous brushing, as it stretches the hair causing breakage and split ends.
• Combing the scalp is an effective way to relax as it increases blood circulation and spreads the natural oil evenly over the hair strands which keep your hair healthy and also promote hair growth.
• Regular head massage is essential for healthy hair and scalp.
• Apply luke warm essential oils like bhringraj (Eclipta prostrata) etc, and massage the scalp with your finger tips gently.
• Make sure that scalp is rotated under the finger tips with mild pressure placing the thumbs behind the ears.
• Never do vigorous rubbing as it causes unnecessary hair fall.
• Head massage ensures good blood circulation, hair growth, relieves stress and induces good sleep.
• Always use herbal shampoo diluted in water to wash the hair or prepare home made shampoo with shikakai, reetha, alovera,tulasi,methi, triphala,yasthimadhu etc. which removes the dirt, dandruff, without irritating the scalp, retains natural oil, does conditioning and promotes hair growth .
• Harsh chemical based shampoo strips the protein layer and natural oil from scalp and hair making them dry and dull.
Overcome the stress by yoga, meditation and try to have sound sleep.
Reduce Unwanted Stress to the Hair
• Reduce the hair stress by avoiding tight hair styles, pony tails, unnecessary hair colouring, straightening, curling and repeated combing.
• Use natural hair dyes.
• There are various therapies (like shiro abhyanga, shirodhara, shiro lepa, nasya, etc), medicaments, hair growth supplements (like triphala, swamala, etc), hair oils in ayurveda for prevention of hair fall, premature gray hair, dandruff and to get lengthy, thick, lustrous hair.
Stress Healing & Body Cleansing: A miracle of Ayurveda
Fast paced life, skipping breakfast/lunch/ dinners, Chinese/ fast foods/ junk food cultures, busy schedules, sleepless nights, competition & complexity of Today’s World- in this process of hectic growth we subject ourselves to all kinds of unlimited physical & mental stresses.
Besides stress & fatigue, an accumulation of toxins can interfere with the normal functions of the body. After 25 or 30 high levels of toxins, also accelerate the rate of degeneration of the body. The human body is no different to a vehicle, which needs constant care & servicing.
Ayurveda brings about the balance between our physical & mental aspects and helps us to remain naturally beautiful. Herbs of tremendous medicinal values are found abundantly in nature. Ayurveda uses these herbs individually and in special blends to treat every kind of physical & psychological problems.
As the stress builds up, we move towards the lack of confidence and a feeling of inferiority becomes a part of our life. Lest the thorn / the cause/ the toxins/ stress is removed only then the normal healing mechanism of the body is initiated or else it effects the other organs of the body & thus incurable diseases are produced.
Skin, the largest organ in our body directly reveals the energetic level of the entire psychophysical unit; it is a transparent mirror where the movement of the doshas bring about changes also of a radical nature in its biochemical balance. Skin is the expression of our overall state of health; this stress invariably affects it. The diseases of the skin like psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, lichen planus etc. occur due to this stress.
For males as young as 25, multiple late nights and unlimited stress can lead to a diminished sexual desire, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, impotency, low sperm count, semen discharge with urine and the damaging feeling of inferiority accompany with all these sexual problems. The same stress factor in females will lead to low sexual desire, infertility and loosening of breasts etc.
5000 years old ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has a lot to offer for millions of people to combat stress, the effects of which are often associated with skin, sexual health of the individuals. Since times unmemorable, Ayurveda has been advocating many rejuvenating recopies for improving & maintaining good health, which leads to a normal and happy life thus improving the deficiencies without any side effects.
Treatment procedures mainly involve the changing of nutritional protocol & life style by which we can greatly influence our physical, mental & emotional health. While each patient should follow a regimen tailored to his/ her individual needs, the five classical procedures are meant to detoxify the human body- THE PANCHAKARMA CHIKITSA-are particularly beneficial. They are:
1) VAMANA: a medicated emesis therapy cleanses kapha collected in the body & decongests the respiratory tract.
2) VIRECHANA: a medicated purgation therapy, removes toxins from the body that are accumulated in the gastro intestinal tract.
3) VASTHI: cleanses the accumulated toxins from all over the body. It is also highly beneficial in rejuvenation therapies.
4) NASYAM: nasal administration of medicated oils to cleanse accumulated kapha dosha from the head & neck regions.
5) RAKTHA MOKSHANAM: bloodletting using leeches etc effective in haemopathological conditions.
Once the toxins are removed and the body is purified from doshas responsible for causing the diseases then rejuvenation procedures & therapeutic massages are beneficial. Judicious combinations of scientifically standardized drugs having rejuvenating correcting imbalances are administered for the promotion of a healthy normal living of the person.
Rejuvenation procedures include
1. A simple ABHYANGA (Massage) revives body, mind, senses and the soul, increasing energy levels and thus promotes the feeling of well-being. 2.SIRODHARA in which medicated oils are streamed on to the fore head, relaxes the central nervous system, melting away all the stresses & strains.
3. Medicated oil bath-(Sarvanga dhara/ kaya seka) provides the ultimate rejuvenation and increases the circulation around the body.
4.SHIRO VASTI (Holding medicated oil in a Cap over Head)- It prevents and cures hair fall, head diseases and promotes healthy life.
Sound is supposed to be the form of a divinity in various traditions and cultures in the world. The sound being the part of life has been conceived as the real nature of the supreme existence of the God. In the Hindu philosophy there is a mantra in Sanskrit ‘Nada Brahma’ which means ‘Sound is God’. To make it apparent and evident, even the modern science has asserted the idea that the existence of the universe has been integrated with the vibration of the universe. The vibrational energy of any matter has been considered its source of origin. And that vibration comes out of sound. The idea of having the sound of ‘Aum’ or ‘Om’ is also very much popular and highly acceptable even by the credential proofs of the modern science. Having said that it is the sound which is the real source of energy of human being. The effect of the sound in the universe has been found to be very intensive and powerful. Even the animals have been allured and captivated by the energy of the sound of music. Precisely it is the sound that leaves hypnotizing effect on the body and mind not only of human being and animal but also it has been recorded that the trees and flowers which is treated with the music in regular basis have different growth and development. Since the time immemorial, the sound has been the part of human civilization. Coming to this age, it has gained the reputation of having wonderful therapy and practice of healing for many people and practitioners around the globe.
History and It’s Practice
When the history of the sound comes to the discussion on the surface level, it is remarkable to say that the implication and combination of sound has been pooled with the healing even in the present time. While chanting the vedic mantras and conducting the havan and yagya, the sound of bell was also used to intensify the effect of the rituals. Moreover, in the Buddhist tradition the system of bell and bowl has been highly practiced since the inception of Buddhism. Likewise, Christianity also has been following the belief that the real is word and the word is the God or vice versa. When one has to speak a word one has to bring a sound. In this manner, it sounds logical to say that the sound is the form of God. It means to say that the God or that Supreme Self is latent in every creatures which makes the sound. The ideas of sound and its grandeur has been approved by many cultures and tradition in the world. The concept was originated thousands years ago in the form of conch when was used to begin to play both in auspicious and tragic events. The sound of drum was also used to make the cultural programs entertaining and exciting as well as many other musical instrument. All these cultural practices are adjoined and interlinked with the notion that the sound has greater effect to modify or control the mind of a person. It has been used for transferring the signal of the sound to the people’s mind. More than anything else, the sound and its vibration has been very rooted with the human existence. By the implication of the sound, the blockage and bondage created in the energy channel in the body is supposed to wash out and cleanse it. It’s because the sound has healing effect not only in the human body, mind and spirit but the source of existence has been intertwined with the sound and its vibrational and energetic effect in the universe. In this way, the practice of sound healing has made the system and therapy of the healing practice much higher and valuable also because of its link to the source of the existence.
The practice of Sound healing integrates the ancient of practice of Himalayas especially Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet where in the temples and monastery, similar sort of musical instruments or bowels were applied to soothe and sober the mind, body and spirit of a person. The musical instrument like bell are still found in Hindu Temples. The bells are the original and the trail-blazing instrument which widened the potentiality of sound healing bowls practiced and popularized in the modern times throughout the world. The phrase or the practice which has been illustriously renowned in the present periphery of healing called singing bowl therapy is another name of sound healing.
The belief of many religions that the existence was possible because of the sound or the word has been highly associated with the present form of sound healing practiced in the world for healing the complete aspects of a person. The effect of sound has been found very deep with the brainwave and its level. In this regard, the sound leaves the incredible effect in the body and mind to control and confer it for the betterment. The nerves and cells feel the vibration and its circulation run in the body through the medium of sensation and vibration. Based on this idea, sound healing has been the system of therapy which has been implied as the alternative healing therapy all around the world.
How Does it Work?
Instead of dispersing the vibration of the sound in pieces or any certain part of the body, it gives overall and holistic vibration in the physical, emotional and spiritual aspect of our life. A person with the Beta state of mind slowly turns down to Alfa and Theta with the considerable flow and inclusion of the sound which lets him/her dip down in the pond of ecstasy and calmness giving vibrational effect on the holistic aspect of the body. The practice of sound healing assimilates the intentional implication of the sound for complete impression on the every aspect of our being. Through the intentional use of the sound, a receiver has been healed to make whole. The sound healing practice in this regard reputes itself as being the original source of the existence and its strength.
Sound healing has immense impact in taking the mind into the meditative state. It has been one of the greatest practice ever made in the field of healing and spirituality. Ever since the system of healing was started the idea of sound healing in the name of vibration, sound and mantra. The way mantra has been applied to help a person go to the meditative state of mind, the sound also has influential effect on taking the mind into the very trance state indeed. In the practice of sound healing, the sound with help of singing bowl, forks, bells are implied to heal and relief the stress and anxiety of a person creating the harmony and rapport with the vibration of the sound that is brought or produced by the use of different sound healing instrument.
Sound healing has more related with the idea of listening any sort of music which soothes and pacify one’s mind. In the practice of sound healing too one is expected to use some instrument to heal the body, mind and spirit of a person. When one listens the sound which is much common may give the irritating or unbearable impression. However, when one listens some exotic and heartening sound which would take one to the level of hypnotic state and dig oneself into the relaxed and rejuvenated state. In the recent years, the practice has taken the form of therapy in more professional and occupational level. It has been the way of healing people not only at your home by the some monks and priests who would practice these things. Rather it has been the part and portion of career for many people who have been pursuing it as a profession as well as the best way of taking one to the level of awareness and spirituality in a deeper manner.
What is Meditation?
In the Vedic era, the practice of external rituals such fire were replaced by the internal contemplation and meditation. Buddhist texts also writes on meditation as a process for the inner forms of fire sacrifice. One of the most revered scriptures of Hindu called Geeta talks about meditation as a medium to spiritual journey which has to be regulated with satya (truth), ahimsa (Non-violence) and aparigraha (non-possessiveness). The holy book of Vedanta school of Hinduism asserts four ways to reach to the peak of spirituality through purifying one’s mind. They are the path of selfless service, path of knowledge, path of devotion and the path of meditation.
Dhyan literally means ‘contemplation, reflection and profound and abstract meditation’. The word Dhyan has a root of Sanskrit word ‘Dhi’ which means ‘imaginative vision’, the power of knowledge, wisdom and intelligent connected with goddess Saraswati. Meditatoin is considered as an instrument to gain self-knowledge and self-realization in Hindu philosophy.
According to Patanjali Yoga Sutras, meditation has been regarded as the practice of focusing to the certain object for prolonged period of time without any distraction and influence of the thoughts except to the object of concentration. When one concentrates on one object, it is called as Dharana. When the time period of concentration increases it becomes Dhyan. Furthermore, dharana has also been analyzed as the practice of orientation to the same objects still having awareness of its aspect dhyan has denoted as the state when one only remains one-pointedness without having the awareness of the other aspects.
Even though the practice of meditation has been interlinked with many religions and philosophy, the soteriological variation can be found among them. Meditation in Hinduism is targeted to realize the self while the Buddhism practice emphasizes to be the state of void or null. When one realizes the Nirvana in Buddhism, then one realizes there is no permanent self and permanent consciousness where as in Hinduism at the state of Moksha one remains aware of one’s self, realizes the oneness of everything with consciousness, and resembles the universe with the Self and the consciousness. The practice of meditation in Jainism falls in the boundary of Hinduism in that it also favors the idea of ‘self’ and its progressive state of awareness to apprehend ‘Ultimate Reality’. Additionally, Hinduism posits meditation the journey to peaceful and realized mind whereas Buddhism postulates meditation as the idea of travelling to the state of no mind. In other words, it also can be appended as the practice to lead one to the state of perfect equanimity and awareness.
Types of Meditation
When we talk about the types of meditation, the numbers can be hundreds. However, all these meditations have followed one or the other way of procedures i.e. either one-pointed focus to the object or open observation. Drawing the line between these two certain processes, meditations have been developed into various numbers. Meditation asks concentration to the object of meditation. Being completely oriented towards the object of meditation one is supposed to contemplate on it with full awareness to the object. Besides, meditation also walks on the open monitoring manner where one is supposed to observe the situation without being attached it as a pure observe. Once either of these processes is practiced one arrives into the state of effortless awareness. Based on the techniques of concentration, observation and awareness, some types of meditations have been mentioned as follows.
Loving Kindness (Metta Meditation)
Third Eye Meditation
Atma Bichara (Self-inquiry) Meditation
Osho Dynamic Meditation
The word ‘Zen’ has been brought from Japanese language which means meditation. The word finds its interconnection with the Sanskrit word ‘Dhyan’ which means ‘meditation’. The practice of meditation developed in the Mahayana sector of Buddhism is called Zen Meditation. It was incepted in China during the Tang Dynasty as Chan Buddhism. Zen Buddhism focuses on totality, arduous self-control, meditation practice, and awareness into Buddha nature. It also emphasizes to implement the understanding into daily life in relation to the society. However, it less orients to doctrine and verses as a recitation.
The practice of Zen Meditation concentrate on the breathing and the mind. Sitting in any comfortable sitting posture with back erect either in lotus or in half-lotus or kneeling with your hips on your ankles, on a chair or standing with Brahmanda Mudra one starts the practice. As a matter of fact, the word ‘zazen’ which means ‘sitting meditation’. During the practice of Zen meditation one concentrates on the nostril breathing how the breath is being inhaled and how the breath is coming out. During the meditation practice, inward count is applied from one to ten in inhalation and exhalation. Later on, counting can be done once in inhalation and exhalation. The counting process continues until one indulge into the complete meditative states. The meditation practice can be conducted at least for fifteen minutes. Furthermore, another way of practice tries to observe the mind stuffs. It doesn’t try to control the mind rather remains as an onlooker letting the thoughts come and go in its own way.
Vipassana meditation has been associated with the Buddhist practice of meditation. The word Vipassana roots to Pali language which means ‘awareness’ or ‘clear seeing’. It is more about finding the inner reality or true nature of reality in three characteristics of every existence or being called ‘impermanence’ (anicca), unsatisfactoriness or suffering (dukkha), and non-self (anatta). Vipassana meditation was reinstated by Ledi Sayadaw, Mogok Sayadaw which has been allied to Theravada Buddhist tradition was Mahasi Sayadaw popularized by S.N. Goenka. In the system of Vipassana conducted by Goenka, the ten day meditation is started with anapanati for three days, six days for sensation hunting and one day for Maitriya Dhyan.
The practice begins in any comfortable sitting postures especially simple cross leg position keeping the back straight. The chair can also be used but back is not supported by the chair. Focusing on the breathing pattern, one involves into the first stage of vipassana meditation which is called samatha practice according to contemporary Theravada orthodox tradition. However, vipassana movement doesn’t favor the practice of samatha arguing that insight can be developed without the practice of samatha. When one sits in a meditation, one becomes more observant to the breathing pattern in the beginning. The objects of concentrations are of two kinds: one is primary object and another is secondary object. Breathing can be primary object which is supposed to be oriented. In spite of being oriented to the breathing, one’s thought also likely to incline to the secondary objects such as smell, sound, itching etc. through thought, feeling and memory etc. Therefore, one is to try to concentrate only on the sound and scent not being more particular to the source of sound which slowly and gradually again incites one to move the primary source i.e. breathing. Without attachment to any thoughts and sensation of the body one observes them and one develops the concentration which leads to the state of equanimity, peace and freedom.
Having the connection to Vipassana meditation, mindfulness meditation has been brought into the practice with the influence of Buddhism practice of anapanasati. The word mindfulness actually is the translation of ‘sati’. Even though the influence of Vietnamese Buddhist monk and writer Thich Nhat Hanh has been regarded highly significant, the name called John Kobat-Zinn has been perceived as the trail-blazer in the west who initiated the practice of mindfulness in the late seventies. The implementation of mindfulness meditation has not been confined only in the boundary of spirituality and meditation for the sake of inner sadhana rather for the well-being of mental and physical health to bring the positive effect on practitioners’ life. The most profound implication of mindfulness meditation has been in the field of psychology to cure and mitigates the psychological issues such as anxiety, stress, and symptoms of depression.
Mindfulness meditation is practiced with intentionally focusing to the present moment without being judgmental to the situation either internal or external. It is also about the practice of being more focused to the present situation accepting the things as they are. The practice which demands full of awareness and concern to the condition.
It can be practiced sitting in any comfortable sitting posture with back straight, head upright. The orientation of the practice is to observe the breath and feel its rhythm being very aware and concern to the process of breathing without manipulating and redirecting it in our own manner. We completely try to feel how it goes in and comes out being fully aware. Our concentration remains on the way the situation has been going on rather than controlling it. We tend to keep the awareness very keen and conscious. The only time the awareness should be brought into the effect when one has distracted by the external affairs such sound, sensations and thoughts.
Mindfulness practice has been much inclusive in that it can also be practiced while walking and working. It concerns on being more attentive to the present and feel the moment with our cognizant mind. The practice can be applied while walking how we walk and where we feel the pressure during the walk and the sensation of the feet on the ground.
Loving Kindness (Metta Meditation)
Loving Kindness meditation works on being kind, compassionate and empathetic to oneself and others. The practice of Metta meditation has also been related to the Buddhism in Theravada tradition. The Pali word ‘Metta’ means loving, kindness and good will. It is much similar to the contemporary practice of Maitreya meditation which is called as ‘compassionate meditation’. The practice of Maitreya meditation tries to create the harmony, compassion with oneself and to the world.
The practice of metta meditation highlights on arising the warm-hearted feeling of kindness. The process of Metta meditation gets started by developing the warm and loving feeling to oneself. Sitting any comfortable siting posture, few deep breath of inhalation and exhalation calms the mind and heart. Then, one commences the practice with the openness in the heart and positivity in the mind. One becomes completely receptive to the positive feeling and tries to harness the sense of love to oneself. Beginning the sense of love and compassion with oneself, one slowly tries to bring the feeling of love and happiness for nearest ones like family members. During the meditation, with intention we try to arise the feeling of love and affection to the person we are thinking about in our mind and visualizing in our mind’s eyes. Our best wishes and kind regards is expressed by heart and feeling of ultimate love that we can feel. Letting our emotions of adoration, affection and compassion to others, the person with neutral relation is brought in front of practitioners’ mind’s eyes. The practice is heightened with wishes and kindness to the neutral person who has neither been very close to the practitioner nor any relation in your life. However, he/she is there whom one may have been seeing day to day or hearing about him/her day to day life.
The meditation is further dedicated to the person with difficult relation. In spite of having difficult relationship, the practitioner tries to wish and express his wishes for well-being and happiness. The mindset of enmity or rivalry lasts and decreases while the idea and emotions for betterment arises. Even the expression of forgiveness can be added to heal the relationship. The meditation even includes the whole humanity into the practice by wishing the well-being, good fortune, harmony and compassion among the people. Thus the practice of metta meditation tends to include oneself, friends, foes, neighbors, acquaintances, even animals, creatures to the nature and the humanity.
In Hindu system of meditation practice, mantra meditation has been one of the most influential and highly practiced style of meditation. In mantra meditation, a practitioner chants the mantra and meditates on it. The Sanskrit word ‘mantra’ means sacred utterance of words which has not necessarily to be syntactically structured. Mantra has been regarded as having the psychological and spiritual powers which is uttered during the practice of mantra meditation. In the Vedic system of Hinduism, mantra meditation has been an indispensable part of the practice for 3000 years. Even though the association of the mantra meditation has been interconnected or attached to Hindu Vedic system, in Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism even Taoism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism the practice has been some way or the other has been coordinated.
Mantras have certain structures and verses and musical rhythm. During the practice of meditation one sits in any comfortable sitting postures and tries to keep the mind calm and balanced. Even if the mind is chattering hither and thither, the practice of mantra meditation tries to make the mind focused and oriented. Choosing any particular mantra for reciting, one chants it inwardly while trying to bring the balance in the mind in coordination with the breath. The mantra can be repeated for 108 or 1008 times in a single sitting. The beginning stage of the practice the practitioner can divide the mantra into two section if it is long to make one half for the inhalation and the other half for the exhalation. For about 10/20 times one can recite the mantra with sound. Then slowly and gradually, one inclines to the lips movement for another 20/30 times. The period comes when one only is supposed to recite inwardly and feeling the inner sound resonant and powerfully vibrating. The more one delves deeper into the meditation, the more one enjoys the mantra in inner sound and harmony.
Many mantras are practiced in the practice of mantra meditation. Om Namah Shivaya, Hare Ram Hare Ram, So-ham, Om Krim Kaliyaye Namah, Om Namo Narayanaya, Om Klim Atmane Namah are some well-practiced mantras.
It is practiced by uttering the sound or mantra which is conducted two times in a day for 15 to 20 minutes. It is conveyed as non-religious technique for stress-relief, relaxation and self-development by the Transcendental Movement. It has been widely practiced and popularized in the west since 1960s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It has been one of the expansively circulated meditation practice in the west which even includes some well-known celebrities such as Beatles and Beach Boys. However, the practice of transcendental meditation has been much controversial in the west especially in the United States of America where it has been banned to teach in the public schools as it is declared by the court as religious practice. There has been conducted many research on transcendental meditation and its effect on various aspects of life. Nevertheless, it seems to be difficult to confirm either they really work or not. The origin of the practice can be dated back to the Vedic tradition even though the formal teaching or practice of Transcendental Meditation was started by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi since 1955. His guru Brahmananda Saraswati taught him Transcendental Deep Meditation which he later named as Transcendental Meditation. In the recent times, the implication and study of the transcendental meditation has been included in the universities and research centers with hundreds of published research studies.
The practice of transcendental meditation asks you to sit any comfortable sitting posture with eyes closed. Like other meditation practice, it also demands the spine to be straight, comfort in the posture. The implication of sound or mantra is mandatory in this practice. The mantra have been brought from the Vedic Hindu tradition where the names of deities are uttered during the practice. It’s believed that during the meditation the ordinary thought process is transcended by the pure consciousness. The meditation practice which takes beyond the normal state of thought process into stillness, calm, and relax. It is practiced reciting the mantra which is given particularly to each individual practitioner rather than being concentrated and contemplative. The practice focuses on the mantra and normal breathing.
Third Eye Meditation
It is one of the most widely practiced chakra meditations in yogic practice which requires the concentration at the third eye, the point between two eyebrows centre. Keeping eyes closed one is supposed to see on the ajna chakra. After practicing asanas, pranayamas one can imply the practice of third-eye meditation with spine erect, with comfortable sitting posture. Try to rest your tongue on the upper part of the mouth.
Breathe slowly and smoothly in coordination with the concentration at the third eye with the intent of being more focused and aware. The sixth chakra situated at the eyebrows center represents the indigo color which is supposed to imagine during the practice of third eye meditation. When the mind distracts and wanders around, again try to bring your concentration back to the third eye.
The practice can be continued for 10-20 minutes without being stressful and anxious. The orientation rather should be to the sensation on your forehead, the part where third eye center is located. At the time of ending the meditation practice, gently place your palms together still keeping your eyes closed. You can feel the gratitude for whatever you’ve practiced. With the feeling and prayer for the ability to see the truth and realize the wisdom, you will try to place your head to the floor. Then coming up with inhalation, placing your palms on your eyes and rubbing them on the face, you will open your eyes to conclude the meditation.
Chakra meditation is performed with keeping concentration on the certain energy points of the body called as Chakra. During the practice of chakra meditation, a practitioner chants the certain bija mantra associated with each chakra. The practice doesn’t look different than other as far as the sitting and postural alignment is concerned. One is supposed to in any relaxed sitting position keeping one’s eyes closed with spine erect resting the palm on the knees while joining the tips of the index fingers and the tips of the thumbs.
Even though the number has been counted more than hundreds when the number of the chakra comes in the discourse, the most profound and expansively practiced ones have been regarded seven and some say eight including the Bindu Chakra. However, the chakra meditation mostly follows the seven chakras as the process of meditation. The first chakra is known as Muladhar Chakra as called as Root Chakra which is located at the base of the pelvic floor. The Bija mantra associated with this chakra is Lam. Then comes the second chakra called as Swadishthan Chakra cum Sacral Chakra which is located at two fingers width below the navel chants the bija mantra ‘Vam’. The third chakra is Manipura Chakra also named as Solar Plexus Chakra situated at the navel region has been interlinked with the Bija mantra ‘Ram’. The fourth chakra has been named Anahata Chakra in Sanskrit whereas it’s also called in Heart Chakra which is situated at the heart region which recites the Bija Mantra Yam. The fifth chakra positioned at the throat region is called Vishuddhi Chakra aka Throat Chakra which tunes with Bija mantra ‘Hum’. The sixth chakra is Ajna Chakra also popularly known as third eye chakra located at the eye brow centre is connected with ‘Om’. The seventh chakra is Sahashra Chakra also called as Crown Chakra placed at the top of the head also has the same bija mantra ‘Om’ same as Ajna Chakra.
The practice of chakra meditation is conducted reciting these bija mantras at the same time visualizing the certain color associated with the chakras flowing in the regions of the chakra. The practice is much more intensive and strenuous in comparison to many other meditations which mostly focuses on breathing and the sensation of the body.
Kundalini meditation mainly aims to attain the enlightenment in a straightforward manner. The major practice of Kundalini meditation concerns on realizing the state of enlightenment and developing the higher power and siddhis by activating the dormant energy remained latent in the base of the spine in our body. With the idea of stimulating the quiescent energy coiled in the form of a serpent, Kundalini meditation solely centers to the trigger the inactive energy for immeasurable potential remained in the body. The practice of kundalini meditation not only emphases on the chakras and mantras, it also includes the idea of breathing and visualization. It’s very intensive practice which has very deep effect on the physical, mental and pranic body. The effect has been targeted to the intellectual body and the blissful body. The meditation practice oriented in gaining the extraordinary powers also known as Siddhis.
The meditation which is practiced with the support of the music or sound with the aim to realize the internal sound. Starting the journey from external sound of any musical instrument, a practitioner is expected to hear the internal sound which associates one with the Ultimate Sound i.e. Om. The sound of the body and mind is started to be felt while the practice proceeds further. The practice eventually leads one to the state when becomes aware and harmonious with the Supreme Sound of the existence. When once feels that divine sound, the meditation occurs in its real sense. According Nada Yoga, there are two sounds: anahata an internal sound, ahata an external sound. In the case of external music it is conveyed through sensory organs whereas the internal music is felt through the procedure of changing from mechanical energy to electrochemical energy which is felt in the brain as the sensation of sound which is called internal sound. In this manner, the anahata chakra has been considered as the receptive of internal music. The sound that can be realized varies up to nine which is realized with the regular sadhana. There is the process of controlled breathing and focused mind which gives one the way for feeling the internal sound within oneself.
Atma Bichara (Self-inquiry) Meditation
Atma Bichara meditation meditates on the ‘self’. By the practice of this meditation one tends to realize and understand the self. Knowing the sense of self-inquiry and trying to figure out who I am really is the major idea of Self-inquiry meditation. During the practice of this meditation, one is not supposed to find out the outwardly popular connotation of ‘I’ i.e. it is external ‘I’ that is not the purpose of the meditation. It’s rather to know the inner ‘I’ that is very serene and great. Actually, the ‘I’ is regarded as the property or the existence which never ends or begins. It is the search of finding the pure consciousness and true self our own which is beyond the general understanding of who we are as a person, position and personality. The inquiry concerns on getting the information and idea of who we really are irrespective of our intellectual pursuit with logic. It is rather the process of delving into the inner self and internal understanding of true nature. It has to do with experience and conception of the personality in core sense rather than any subjective or discussion and debate on who we are. It’s mostly about trying to related oneself with the deepest and truest existence remained within us. Through the practice of self-inquiry meditation, one goes through the process of natural feeing and beings that is present with you rather than making any effort to find out. Being attentive to the sense of the present, you will be starting to feel the easiness and natural tendency to yourself. The most important practice of the atma bichara is to be here and at the present which is also called sense of being here and natural feeling of being inside. Just try to be aware of the thing that is happening in the body but don’t analyze that. Look the think as an audience but don’t attach to it.
Even though the practice of self-inquiry has been mentioned in the old vedic tradition, it was especially practiced and popularized by Ramana Maharshi, one of the great sages of 20th century including Nisargadutta Maharaja, Papaji, and the contemporary teachers to imply this practice are Adyashanti, Mooji, and Eckhart Tolle.
Osho Dynamic Meditation
With the intention of throwing out the all the barriers and blockage remained between total you and the conditioned you. Osho Dynamic meditation is intended to mitigate the difficulty and psychological hurdles appeared and conditioned in the body and mind. The Osho Dynamic Meditation dedicates to make a person total and with no boundaries of the old and long-standing muddled thought process of the mind.
Osho Dynamic meditation is get started with breathing. With fast and lung breathing, one tries to expel all the bad wastage remained in the form of gas through the breathing practice. It can be continued for 5 to 10 minutes. The first stage of the practice only focusing on the breathing which is exhaled without any certain pattern and form. It should be rather spontaneous and free-flowing. Then one starts to cry, shout, jump and show the physical movements raising the arms stretched up with the sound of ‘Hoo’ ‘Hoo’. In every landing one should concentrate on the sex centre to feel the sensation over there. After a while one relaxes and freezes oneself at the same position trying to be still and without movement. Staying still for few minutes being the witness of the movement and sensation going on one’s body, one starts to enjoy the sound of music to relax and reach to the state of unlimited happiness and ecstasy. Through the celebrated mood of dancing one can enjoy the practice with full-fledged freedom of thoughts and burden.
By the practice of Osho Dynamic Meditation one becomes much aware and releases all the catharsis remained in the body on the one hand. On the other hand, it’s very good practice to recharge and encourage your body and mind. The feeling of openness in your heart, lightness in your body, calmness in your mind can be felt by the practice starts to be felt in life.
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation helps to reduce the stress.
In the workaholic and machine like modern time of busy life where one never tends to free and relaxed, one certainly is prone to stress and anxiety. The lifestyle has been the greater factor which has been arising and enticing the degrading health condition of the people. In this critical condition, the practice of meditation can be the best remedy and application in daily for many people as it takes charges of the nervous systems and emotions of a practitioner. It reduces the stress and mental burden remained in the mind. The amount of joy, peace and enthusiasm get the space which enriches the condition of relaxedness and stability which inclusively supports to condense the level of stress and anxiety.
It soothes the psychological imbalance.
As being the best way to contemplate and realize oneself, meditation has broader range of impression and influence where it also gives wonderful impact on the psychological condition of the people. By practicing meditation, one tends to get relief from psychological disorder in substantial manner. Being the most vibrant part of spiritual path, meditation can be practiced in regular basis to deduce and calm down the upheaval and ups and downs of the thoughts remained in the body.
It develops awareness.
Even though people would love to get the concrete and solid result of any practice, the abstract but deep realization about ourselves and the increasing consciousness about ourselves also can be experienced by the practice of meditation. In this regard, it is not only the practice which gives the physical benefits, it also offers the spiritual awakening and development.
The cognitive sphere is heightened.
The part of cognition and reasoning always doesn’t mean debate and discussion with logic. It also means to discern the better in front of the good for our own life. The situation in life appears with different outlook. One has to undergo different conditions in life. The practice of meditation helps on to observe and figure out the situation in deeper and insightful manner.
Meditation slows the aging.
In spite of fastest growing market of wellness industry and its application, people have not been able to feel the satisfactory and enduring result for aging in comparison to the practice of meditation. By the practice of meditation, the age of a person has been lessen not in biological sense but the way they look physically. It radiates the face and glows the aura of person internally which spreads wider impact into the physical body.
Meditation increases the happiness.
One of the best ways of being happy or remaining happy has been the practice of meditation. People have found it as a good medicine or therapy to develop the sense of happiness in their life. To get rid of many sorrow and sadden situation, people seem to be following the path of meditation. Indeed, meditation works in overall enhancement of a person’s life where one experiences the complete happiness. The condition of the life which tend to burst the state of anger, frustration and depression can be decreased with the practice of meditation which definitely helps to augment the amount of happiness in life. Because of its ability to produce serotonin, it also improves the mood and behaviour which has definitely influence to increase the state of happiness.
Meditation teaches to live a life.
Indeed, the benefits may look fancy or philosophical. However, the practice of meditation brings immeasurable amount of understanding and perspective in life that one indeed starts to live life in real. The life being lived or being sustained has vast rupture. Unless one seems to be mindful about oneself, the world just looks the place of achievement and the way of completing the real sense of life. As a matter of fact, the more one heads to go into the meditation, the more one finds oneself in the phase of living one’s life.
Meditation magnifies the level of observation.
Being an audience and being an observer may not be the same thing. You can be watching something or seeing something for a long time. However, you may not be finding which you can find and understand when you observe the same thing. It means to say, meditation develops the faculty of mind which empowers one’s ability to observe the situation rather than being just the spectators. You start to become an apparent and ardent witness of the situation rather than being a spectator who just watches not being aware.
Meditation develops the concentration, clarity and peace of mind.
Many things are unfinished and unfulfilled to accomplish because of lack of concentration. The miniscule lapse of concentration can cause serious damage in our life. The practice of meditation rather has been the boon to diminish the distraction and chattering thoughts circling around in the mind. It gives soothing effect and meditative mind which allows one to be concentrated to the situation with clarity and peace of mind. One can attain and improve in overall aspect of the life by the practice of meditation which harnesses the concentration.
Meditation helps to enrich immunity power.
The immunity power is the power needed to sustain our physical health. In this regard, the practice of meditation leads you to the condition where you can cope with various health issues such as high blood pressure, anxiety attack, insomnia, headaches. The diseases and deformity of our body can be decreased and cured by the consistent practice of Meditation. Even the habit you tend to develop and the mentality you are likely to flourish would have a significant effect on the life of a practitioner. The meditation has a vital influence to strengthen the immunity power and boost it for the better health and harmony in life.
Meditation helps to have a sound sleep.
The condition of life seems to be derailing as many people have not been able to sleep in a sound manner. In this condition, the practice of mediation can create comprehensive change in the experience of one’s sleep. For the better and sound sleep, the practice of meditation seems to be quite important and influential.
Meditation motivates you to appreciate the life.
When a practitioner meditates it deepens one’s state of mind which leads to the thoughtless and calm state. The perspective of your life gets super height and positive sense that you start to feel enjoyable and appreciable about your own life. The life seems to be the way of enjoyment and bliss rather than the burden and barrenness. Either it is critical or caressing condition, a person starts to immerse with the situation being very receptive and appreciative to the phenomenon of life.
Meditation helps to increase creativity and intuitiveness.
The life of meditation or the way of meditation weighs the heavy power and potentiality that it increases the creativity and intuitiveness including the overall development and enhancement in life. It has wide-spread effect in life that doesn’t only give you the sense of positivity in life but also empowers and enables ones’ creative and intuitive domain.
The word Kundalini derived from Sanskrit language, which literally means coiled. According to Yoga scripture a serpent is coiled at the base of the spine. If we do surgery we cannot find serpent, it carries symbolic meaning. Yoga scripture says at base of the spine (also called Muladhar Chakra) tremendous source of energy lies which is latent or not in awakening form. Kundalini meditation is technique of awakening that hidden energy for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenmentor awakened stage. That energy is subtle and it can be transformed from base of the spine (Muladhar Chakra) to top of the head (Sahasrar Chakra) through spinal cord. Methods can be different such as Yogasanas (Yogic postures), Pranayama (breathing practice), and Mantras (chanting). By purifying Chakras we can achieve health, happiness and creativity.
The 7 Chakras
Ancient seers realized that human being carried a life force with them. They called them the centers of energy, the 7 Chakras. Chakra is a Sanskrit word that literally means ‘wheel’. The life force that moves inside of us in spinning form. This spinning energy has 7 centers in our body, which starts from the base of our spine and ends at top of the head.
All Chakras carry positive programme if we purify respective Chakra, as well as, if Chakras becomes impure it can make us physically and psychologically imbalance. All Chakras have Beeja mantra (seed sound) and colours.
Muladhar Chakra (Root Chakra)
Muladhar is the first of the seven Chakras; Muladhar Chakra is also the densest of them all. The main color of this Chakra is red which the densest colour of all. Muladhar, comes from the words Mula, which means root and Dhara, which means support. This is situated at the base of spine in tailbone area. Muladhar Chakra represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded. If root Chakra gets balance we can get health and happiness otherwise, we may feel physical as well as psychological problems. The Beeja mantra (main chanting) of Muladhar Chakra is LAM. Repeated chanting of this Mantra can purify this Chakra.
Svadhisthan Chakra (Sacral Chakra)
Svadhisthana is the second of the seven Chakras. The literal meaning of Sanskrit word Svadhithan is ‘the place of the self.’ The main color of this Chakra is orange. This Chakra is situated at about two inches below the navel. Svadhisthan Chakra represents our interpersonal ability to accept others and new experiences. If Svadhisthan Chakra gets balance we can get control and balance over emotion, emotional well-being. When we do not balance this chakra we may feel fear of sexual aggression and fear to be serious personality. The Beeja manrta (main chanting) of Svadhithana Chakra is WAM.
Manipur Chakra (Solar Plexus)
The third Chakra Manipur literally means ‘city of pearl.’ The position of the Manipura Chakra is in the middle of the abdomen behind the navel. Manipur Chakra associated with our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. The main colour of this Chakra is yellow. If this Chakra becomes pure we can develop leadership, self-confidence and self-esteem. If this Chakra gets imbalanced, fear of lack of money and feeling of intolerance can be felt. The Beeja mantra (seed sound) of Manipura Chakra is RAM.
Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra)
The fourth chakra is the Anahata chakra, which translates to ‘unhurt.’ This chakra is where our love, compassion and kindness are empowered. The place of the Anahata Chakra is center of chest just above the heart. The main colour of this Chakra is green. If this Chakra becomes pure we can be compassionate, lovable, joyful and grateful. If this chakra could not be balanced we can feel fear to love, lack of love, self-criticism and so on. The Beeja mantra (seed sound) of Anahata Chakra is YAM.
Vishuddi Chakra (Throat Chakra)
The fifth chakra is the Vishuddi chakra, which translates to ‘very pure.’ The place of the Vishuddi Chakra is throat. The main colour of this Chakra is blue. Vishuddi chakra is the centre of science, knowledge and intelligence as well as programme of this chakra is accepting your originality, expressing our authentic voice, speaking our truth and expressing creativity. If this Chakra becomes imbalance one can feel fear to show creativity to the world. The Beeja mantra (seed sound) of Vishuddi Chakra is HAM. Repeated chanting of this mantra, specific yogasana, pranayama and meditation can make pure of this Chakra.
Agya Chakra (Third Eye Chakra)
The sixth chakra is the Agya chakra, which translates to ‘command.’ The place of the Agya Chakra is middle of the eye brows. The main colour of this Chakra is indigo. Agya chakra is the centre of intuition. Through the gift of intuition we can internalize the outer world and with symbolic language we can externalize the inner world. In another, If one can able to active this chakra our lives become transformed. We can get another perception to deal with problems, people, and world. If this Chakra becomes imbalance one can feel fear to trust own heart. The Beeja mantra (seed sound) of Agya Chakra is OM.
Sahasrar Chakra (Crown Chakra)
The seventh chakra is the crown chakra and which is referred to as the thousand-petal lotus chakra. This Chakra is located at the crown of the head. Energy from the Muladhar Chakra progresses upward to the Sahasrara which connects us with the universal energy. It is associated with wisdom, understanding and comprehension. The main colour of this Chakra is purplish white. The Beeja mantra (seed sound) of Sahasrar Chakra is OM. When the energy from the root chakra transform upward to the sahasrara Chakra, we can experience mystical oneness with everyone and everything in nature. In the Sahasrar Chakra there is serenity, joy, celebration and deep peace about life. One can feel selflessness and one can feel deep peace followed by ecstasy. At this stage we can realize the meaning of life.