Special Column — Yoga


Yogi Ashwini          

Shanti or peace is not something that can be experienced externally. It is something that you experience from your core and it spreads from within you to around you. It cannot be perceived by the naked eye but is just felt by you.

Real strength is not what the eyes perceive. It’s all about inner strength and the secret to this is inner stability or ‘sthirta’. Strength is a very deep and subtle concept and is not just about physical appearance. It is that: which is “sthir”, which is silent, which is pure energy. Just by the strength of one’s “sthirta”, one develops the capacity to draw any kind of force inside. We now give you an intense and very effective technique for building the real strength which is all about maintaining inner silence—the technique of “Sound of the Inner Void.”

“Shaanti” has the effect of calming it down and making it a law abiding cell from a rogue cell. For what is “shaant” can never walk the path of destruction...”

The cell of cancer which initiates the disease in the body is normally considered to be a rogue which deserves the death penalty. However, our rishis differ in their view on this. As per them this is not the criminal or the rebellious nature of the cell but is its “ashaant” nature. Showing this cell the path of love and peace or Shanti.

The concept or the meaning of this simple sounding word ‘shanti’ goes beyond the realms of our imaginations. To imagine that this concept was given a few hundred thousand years back, a time which as per majority of historians was a time when the world was roamed by uncivilised barbarians! It defies a logical mind that how could uncivilised barbarians even imagine shanti? Shanti, the importance of which, even the present day civilised world cannot comprehend. Obviously one need not be a genius to understand who was more civilised.

The concept is based on the assumption that nothing in creation is in isolation and the whole creation is influenced by waves of energy, which interpenetrate all its aspects.

Waves, which a being radiates at all times directly affect his immediate environment and the state of the being is dependent in a major way on its immediate environment.

A disturbed being would radiate disturbed waves which would affect the complete creation generally, and the immediate environment of the source, specifically. Thus, it can be assumed that a person who is in a disturbed state of mind would radiate disturbances in the environment which would disturb his immediate surroundings directly and the effect of that would be that the being would in turn get more disturbed 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.
It is said that the entire physical body is controlled by the brain, and the brain in turn has a simple function, to make the physical respond to the stimuli; the stimuli being even that of a thought. This function goes on 24 hours a day from birth to death. Even during sleep when we think we are at absolute rest, our brain is active keeping the vital functions on in the physical. Every action, we know gives an opposite reaction though not necessarily in the same proportion and these series of actions of the brain are constantly creating ripples.

The key to shaanti is stilling the brain, taking the brain to a state of point zero, when even the movement of eyeballs ceases to exist. This is undoubtedly the most difficult task to achieve. Just imagine the power of the person who is able to sit still in a thoughtless state. Anything is possible for such a being. That is the state when all ripples have died down and the vision is crystal clear. This state of being absolutely still reveals such dimensions as are beyond logical explanation. Even one thought or movement or the slightest of twitch will distort the vision..

—The writer Yogi Ashwini Ji is the head of Dhyan Foundation, Delhi.
For Details contact: ashwiniyogi@yahoo.co.in

June 2012

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