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Dr K K Aggarwal

Prayer for Inner Happiness

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Stress is defined as the physical and mental reaction to the interpretation of a known situation. In absence of a known situation there cannot be a stress. One cannot be stressful for a person who has just died in New York in an accident unless he or she is a known person.

There has to be a right, conscience–based interpretation of the situation as the same situation can bring happiness to one and stress to the other.

The most important consequence of stress, physical or mental, therefore, depends on the right interpretation of the situation.

The interpretation or judgment in the body is governed by chemical reactions and is controlled by the balance of autonomic balance system, which in turn is governed by the interaction of parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.

During the phase of acute stress, when the sympathetic system is predominant, the heart rate and blood pressure increase and a person cannot take correct and decisive decision.

He or she is likely to make mistakes, which can often be detrimental to living. Sympathetic mode is basically the mode of flight or fight reactions of the body.

Right conscience–based decisions can only be taken in a state of relaxed mind when the intention is inserted in the field of consciousness. The relaxed state of the body is the parasympathetic mode, which is healing and is evident by reduction in heart rate, blood pressure and increase in the skin resistance. Most conscience-based decisions will be based on truthfulness, will be necessary and will bring happiness to both the persons and the surroundings.

The yogic lifestyle by which a person learns the dos and don’ts of living, does regular practice of correct postures, daily pranayama and practices regular withdrawal from the outer atmosphere, helps in preparing a state of physical and mental body state, which is more receptive for conscience-based decisions.

Prayers have no value when the mind is not at rest. All of us have participated in hundreds of mourning prayers with two minutes of silence. This prayer has no value if the two minutes of silence is not observed. If prayer is done without it, the mind will remain restless and we will keep on thinking these two minutes are not over yet.

The process of silence does shift our awareness towards parasympathetic state and temporarily we get to be in contact with the memories of the departed soul and we pay homage to him or her. Today a large number of organizations are teaching the process of meditation but the same cannot be taught unless a person practices procedures by which the mind gets relaxed.

The eight limbs of Patanjali focus in detail about premeditation preparations and once that is learned, one can go to the other three limbs which are Dharna, Dhyana and Samadhi.

Yoga asanas are different from exercises. They stimulate and stretch all or one of the seven charkas, autonomic plexuses, and ganglion and ductless endocrine glands. Also during a yogasana, the mind is in the exercise and not wandering here and there.

Yogic exercises at rest are termed yoga asanas and the same yogic meditative exercises with activity are called traditional Indian dances. Western exercises and dances do not follow the principles of yoga. Many international studies have shown that over one–third of the people during their lifetime pray either for their own illness or for somebody else.

All hospitals should have spirituals areas. The prayer and meditation rooms in a hospital setting invariably will provide an arena which will improve patient-doctor relationship and will reduce the rising disputes amongst them in the country.

Deepak Chopra, in his book, “How to know GOD”, he describes seven types of people with different consciousness levels. The first level is people with Fight and Flight response, who either fight or flight an adversity. Second level is people with reactive response, who are fault finders when an adversity comes.

Third, fourth and fifth levels are people with restful alertness, intuitive, and creative responses respectively. These people treat every adversity as an opportunity to do something different and work in the interest of the community.

Finally sixth and seventh levels are the people with visionary and sacred responses. These people are people with wisdom who understand consciousness and treat the microcosm within the body and the macrocosm of the nature as one.

The present Uttarakhand Natural Flood Disaster can be interpreted differently by different leaders.

People who share the fight, flight or reactive response, they would interpret it as if the God is punishing us for our sins.

Those who are in the restful alertness, intuitive or creative response, would think of the disaster as a creative opportunity to create a globalization-based new humanity on the culture or compassion instead of exploitation. Finally those who are with visionary or sacred response might see a link between the turbulence in collective consciousness of the people and the turbulence in nature.

Many theorists propose that the earth is a living biological organism. This is known as GAIA hypothesis. We and other biological organisms are just patterns of behavior in this living biological organism that we call Mother Earth. When we are agitated and turbulent our extended body or Mother Earth reflect that turbulence. In other words, the turbulence in nature and the turbulence in human beings co-arise inter-dependently.

We all know that during full moon, the mind is more agitated than during the new moon. The high tides in the ocean influence the high tides (vata function) in the human body and the human mind.

Many intellectuals have suggested that turbulence in nature can be managed by collective meditation (more than 1% of the population together at the same time) or through rituals by introducing intentions in the field of pure potentiality. This uses the principles of dharna, Dhyana, and samadhi of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This was the original purpose of yagnas which unfortunately today have become as empty rituals as they are not based on basic methodology of true consciousness.

In the last Tsunami episode, not a single dead body of wild animals was found. Elephants broke their chains and ran upto the hills several hours before the earthquake occurred. So did the birds who began to fly away from the affected areas. This only proves that consciousness of animals and the consciousness of the earth are inter-linked. It must be true for the human beings also but we have so severely disturbed our links with the nature that it seems we have no communication with the nature and cannot pick up nature’s warning signals. Many of the tribals also escaped the episode proving their relative nearness to the nature.

All these explanations are valid if you believe that consciousness is the primary force in the universe. You can also interpret the whole flood episode without introducing the concept of consciousness as tectonic shifts in the beds of the oceans and explain the whole thing in purely geological terms.

Some have even suggested that the testing of nuclear weapons and other violent technologies on the beds of the oceans may have accelerated these geological shifts. I think there is truth to all these explanations depending on your level of perceptions.

The present can be considered as a localized pralay involving the element of water. The classic pralay will involve all five elements. If a flood like instance occurs affecting the whole earth, it will be the pralay mentioned in Purans.