By Yogi Ashwini

Have you wondered why we like being with some people and why we want to stay away from some?

The reason is simple, anyone who is calm and at peace, or shant creates a serenity around and people feel good in such a person’s company and those who are disturbed, stressed , anxious or ashant create the same disturbance around them thereby giving signals to people to stay away.. The difference is the difference in positive and negative frequencies/ vibrations.

The frequency of the waves that a person radiates directly affect his immediate environment , and the Creation at large and as an equal and opposite reaction the state of the person also gets affected by his/her immediate environment.  Thus, a person who is troubled, stressed, anxious  would spread disturbances into his surroundings, and as its effect he would in turn get more and more disturbed; a vicious circle… and all this would have a chaotic and cumulative effect on the whole environment.

The above clearly tells us as to why the present state of the world is what it is today. We, the selfish beings of today cannot think beyond ourselves and just want peace for the self, failing to understand that if there is disturbance around us how can we ever be peaceful!

But our Vedic rishis had realised that being at peace is possible only if there is peace all around us. They showed us the way to have complete peace, complete shanti, which is not just being at peace with ourselves but to have peace all round -they gave us the beautiful Shanti path. When you are chanting this mantra you are praying that -- first there should be peace in the universe, then our mother earth, then the plant kingdom should be at peace, the herbs and medicines should be at peace, the gods around, and Lord Brahma should be at peace. We should be at peace like all of them. There should be shanti all around.

You can also experience the power of shanti or peace even in this day and age through the Sanatan Kriya and Vedic Havans.

Here I am giving a simple technique from Sanatan Kriya.

Sit in a comfortable position preferably cross legged on the floor.

Closing your eyes pay reverence to your Guru.

Gently inhale and exhale such that your breathing takes on a soft rhythmic movement. Then take your awareness to your Anahad chakra (the chest region). Become aware of the entire Creation in front of you. Feel one with the whole Creation and then chant the Shanti path.  (for correct uccharan of  this mantra visit www.

You can repeat this mantra seven times.

When you get up (make sure you get up very slowly after paying reverence to your Guru) you will carry the peaceful vibrations not only inside you but also around you.

Vedic havans, which are routinely conducted by sadhaks at Dhyan Ashram, are also a very powerful means to experience what peace actually is.

To perform a Vedic Havan: Take a copper bowl/kund, put some cow dung cake in it along with sesame and guggul. Light fire using camphor and give oblations of ghee from a desi cow while chanting the mantras. You may also acquire a ready-to- do-havan kit from Dhyan Ashram

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By Yogi Ashwini

The Sanskrit term ‘sankranti’ translates as ‘transference’ and is used to indicate the movement of sun from one constellation to the next through the year…Our ancients had known the nuances of creation, the motion of sun and the planets, shape, size and location of various heavenly bodies millennia ago. The observance of twelve sankrantis in a year is an apt example. What our ancients also knew, and what majority has forgotten, is the science of energy, the shakti of the various heavenly bodies and the changes in energy pattern of creation as they underwent transition.

Sun or Surya, is a shakti, which is of especial importance to the dwellers of earth. It is the energy, which sustains life on the planet, something which is uncontested by modern science. The brilliance of the sun is an experience which each one of us has had, so brilliant that it is not possible to look at the bright sun with naked eye. The rishis of yore followed the sun. Gita says, you become what you follow. And so the rishis glowed like the sun and had comparable powers as the sun. To quote an example, Rishi Vishvamitra,  who followed the sun and to whom is attributed the Mahamantra Gayatri, is known to have created a parallel universe by chanting this mantra only…

Surya is the devta of gyan, of infinite knowledge and secrets of Creation. He is the Guru to Lord Hanuman and the progenitor of the glorious Suryavansha, in which were born heroes like Manu, King Bhagirath, King Raghu and Lord Ram. Surya existed before religion, and provides heat and light to every entity on earth irrespective of their religion, race or birth. That is, Sun knows no religion. Interestingly, a Western university recorded the sound of Sun and the sound it emits is the sound of om (you may hear it on dhyan foundation website). It is sound which manifests as colors which further manifest into the five elements that constitute everything in physical creation. The rishis of Bharatvarsha, tapped into the sound of Creation and thousands of years ago, gave us the mantra om.

Makar Sankranti was of special significance in the ancient world, for it corresponded with the onset of the apparent northward movement of the sun (uttarayan, in Sanskrit). That it is no superstition is evident from the subsequent naming of southernmost latitude in sun’s trajectory as the Tropic of Capricorn by modern scientists after the constellation Capricornus (Makar, in Sanskrit) in which Sun entered at the point. It marked the beginning of the auspicious period for henceforth the days would become longer and brighter. BhishmaPitamah, of the Mahabharat era, waited for this day to leave his body to facilitate his moksha.

Sun was special not just to Bharatvarsha, but all across the world. The English till date wish each other ‘a sunny day’ every time they greet…The ancient Egyptians worshipped sun as Atum and Horus, Mesopotamians as Shamash, Germans as Sol, Greeks as Helios and Apollo. Roman Empire too celebrated the birth of unconquered Sun on the winter solstice (uttarayan) which coincided with December 25th at the time.

With the shift in earth’s axis, the phenomena of uttarayan has shifted from makar sankranti (sun’s entry into Capricornus, January 15 as per Indian Calendar) to December 22, which is when sun is in dhanu (Sagittarius). These subtle changes in the movement of sun and their impact of various aspects of Creation are routinely observed and experienced by surya sadhaks at Dhyan Ashram and applied through the science of sound or mantras under the guidance of Guru for the benefit of Creation.

For a beginner, I prescribe a simple practice to tap into the energy of sun in transit on the day of Makar Sankranti. At the time of sunrise, sit or stand facing the direction of sun. Pay reverence to the energy of Guru and keeping the awareness of sun at the point between the eyebrows begin with the chant of ram (you may visit for the correct chant). Continue with the chant as you take your awareness to the center of chest cavity and finally to the point of the navel. By now the sun would be visible in the morning sky, a soft pink hue. Offer water to the Sun at this point and close your eyes. Distribute the prana of the sun so acquired in your entire body. After sometime, open your eyes looking at your palms or a green patch. Write in your experiences to me.

A word of caution. Do not look at bright sun directly. Practice under supervision.

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By Yogi Ashwini

The body's immune system and capacity for regeneration are its primary mechanisms for fighting off infections and preserving itself. A strong body has the ability to harness fresh prana from the environment and ward off psychosomatic and physical problems.

Our body is part of nature and keeping it in rhythm with nature by ingesting natural products ensures a disease- free and strong system. Modern medicine works like a suppressant and confuses the brain. Such medicines should be used only in emergencies or when the doctor prescribes them, for short periods only. Intake of chemicals, whether in food or medicine should be treated with great caution. The reason why yoga practitioners rarely fall sick or get depressed is because they use natural products to correct the imbalances in their bodies.

In my book, ‘Sanatan Kriya, The Ageless Dimension’ I have detailed the harmful effects of various products and chemicals we use in our daily lives and also given remedies and kriyas to detoxify and rejuvenate the system.  I quote here a simple recipe of an herbal tea, which is among the many our rishis have used to rejuvenate the body and its systems.

Herbal Tea: Effective against respiratory allergies, this tea is brewed using a mixture of herbs. Take 250 gm of green tea leaves, 50 gm Banapsha, 25 gm Mulethi (licorice), 12.5 gm black pepper, 12.5 gm cinnamon, 25 gm green tulsi leaves, 12.5 gm saunth (dry ginger powder). Mix all the ingredients in a copper or earthen utensil and ensure that there is no concentration of a specific herb in one part of the concoction. Stir well to make sure that the mixture is evenly distributed. Then store it in a glass jar. Take one teaspoon of this mixture in a ceramic or glass cup and pour hot water in it. Cover and let the tea brew for 5 minutes. Sip without sugar or milk. This mixture remains potent for up to 60 days.

It's important to note that herbal teas should not be confused as substitutes for medicines. It is advisable to have your constitution evaluated when you choose to follow an Ayurvedic treatment for your problem. These teas do not serve as a treatment to an ailment if taken in isolation but complement all forms of treatments and medical advice.

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by Robert Clements

Trump-Slump Country..!

It is the year 2030 and a plane flies low over a barren land. Passengers dozing off suddenly hear the crackle of the flight loud speaker system, “Ladies and gentlemen this is your captain speaking, we now fly over what was once the United States of America! I’d advice you to close your shades as scenes below could be quite graphic and most horrifying! The chief flight steward will answer any questions you have!”

“Mrs Jennifer, Mrs Jennifer,” shouts the chief flight steward as she rushes to a passenger, “Here are some tissues to wipe your tears. Didn’t the captain tell you not to look out? You saw people shouting below for bread and water? They think this is a plane bearing food packets for them, but looking at how you all have heartily eaten your meals, there are no left overs we can throw out for them!”

“How did this happen?” asks a horrified passenger in the second row.

“Sir,” says the flight steward reading from a history book and all the passengers listen intently, “This was once the greatest country in the world! Then they elected a man named Trump!”

“Why are all the buildings in ruins? Didn’t he like towers?”

“He used to build towers!” the attendant says quietly, “Then started building anger, fear and hate!”

“Was he the one who imitated a Filipino call centre employee?” asks Mrs Jennifer.

“Yes he did and banned outsourcing of anything outside America!”

“But isn’t that a good thing?”

“That’s what his voters thought!” says the flight attendant sadly, “But they didn’t realise they were being paid nearly four times what an outsourced worker was earning. So America started making their own products, the cost of everything spiralled up and the economy slumped!”

“I believe he stopped immigrants?”

“Immigrants who worked hard and paid taxes, and with no taxes being paid, there was no money to run the country. Trump also started a hate campaign against certain communities and after that no American was safe outside their country! So they couldn’t even leave!”

“Oh the poor things!” shouts Mrs Jennifer as she looks out of the window.

There is a thud as something hits the plane, “Ladies and gentlemen this is your captain speaking, fasten your seat belts as we raise our altitude. That sound was of sticks and stones thrown by the US army!”

“I believe it’s not called America anymore?” asks a little girl.

“No,” whispers the attendant as the sound system crackles, “It’s called Trump-Slump Country..!”

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By Yogi Ashwini

“Death begins in the Colon”!

The Excretory System (Major Organs: Kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra) maintains various body fluid levels and participates in the elimination process of organic wastes through urine. The proper functioning of the excretory system plays an important role in keeping the body in balance. If this waste is not eliminated in proper time, it starts to rot in the colon thereby generating ama or toxins, leading to a state of imbalance and accelerated ageing of the body.

A body exudes a natural glow and radiance if the excretory system is clean and healthy. In the book, ‘Sanatan Kriya Ageless Dimension’, I have outlined not only harmful toxins that we ingest everyday but also rasayans, diets and cleansing techniques that will help achieve a strong & healthy excretory system.

One should avoid being dependent on artificial purgatives to treat constipation and other digestive problems as in the long run they cause damage to the colon. In this article we take forward our series on asanas essential for strengthening the organs, the muscles, and the force which leads to expulsion of waste matter from the body.

For all asanas you need to sit with your legs outstretched, back and neck should be absolutely straight. Keep your eyes closed and internalise yourself as it will help in keeping your awareness on the body part that is being worked upon. Maintain ujjai breathing and synchronise the movement with your breath.

ArdhTitli (half butterfly) - It is a preparatory exercise for loosening the knee and hip joints for various meditative postures like siddha asana, padma asana. It proves to be quite beneficial for people who have difficulty in sitting crossed legged. Place your right foot on the left thigh close to your body. Support the left knee with one hand and ankle with the other. Exhaling, bring the left knee close to your chest. Inhaling, take it down pressing towards the ground. Repeat 7 times. Then move to the next leg. Ardhtitli also prepares the body for sitting in dhyan for long hours.

Purna Titli (complete butterfly) - Fold your knees and bring the feet close to your body facing each other. Hold the toes with your hands while ensuring the back is absolutely straight. Exhaling, raise both the knees and maintain that position till the count of seven. Inhaling, bring them back to the ground, keeping them as close to the floor as possible. Again hold them till the count of seven. Continue with this up down movement like the flapping of the butterfly’s wings seven times. Just like Ardhtitli, this asana  prepares the legs for the padma asana and other postures for dhyan. While sitting in dhyan for long hours there is a lot of tension in the inner thigh muscles. Regular practice of this asana releases muscular tension and improves flexibility. This is quite effective in removing tiredness from long hours of standing and walking too. Avoid if suffering from sciatica and other sacral conditions.

Healthy Tip# Ginger tea is a very effective protection against nausea and digestive problems especially the problems associated with flu arising from the stomach. It scrapes away the collected ama from the intestines and also relieves gastro-intestinal pains.

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