He looks like any other employee of Godrej, but the following article prompted CHANGE to find out more about him. RAJAN JOSHI, Maharashtra Branch (Service), is interested in reading “abstract books?and CHANGE presents his English translation of a book on yoga in Marathi that he read 14 years ago. Rajan practises the “secret?he has translated and is a happier person since healthy living now comes naturally to him.
The Secret of Human Life
mong all living things, the human body is supposed to be the most developed. It is very important for a human being to have a healthy body in order to succeed in achieving his goals. It has rightly been said, “Health is Wealth?
But, unfortunately, man is so involved in artificial living that he has totally forgotten nature. He has forgotten the invaluable gifts nature has given him. Man has invented innumerable medicines and ways of keeping himself healthy. But all stratas of society cannot easily afford medicines.
Shivswarodaya is the science that links
all human beings into a single fact of life. According to this science:
Shivswarodaya is based on the technique of breathing. Nature has given man two eyes, two ears, two lips, two hands and two legs, each for a specific purpose. If any one of these stops functioning or is not there at all due to some deformity, a human being can still survive. But have you ever seen a man with a single nostril? If at all, then that must be an exception, but that person must surely be unhealthy.
Breathing and the Human Body
The process of inhaling and exhaling starts right from the time of birth and ends only at death. It is a non-stop process. Inhaled oxygen and other gases are sent to each cell of the body by the lungs via the blood. Unwanted materials in the form of air are then exhaled out of the body by the lungs.
Very few people know that human beings breathe only with the help of one nostril at a time. The nostrils keep alternating throughout the day.
Breathing through the nostrils is known as Swar. Swarodaya is the science of breathing through the nostrils. There are two types of Swar:
1. Positive (Suryaswar): Breathing through the right nostril is known as Suryaswar. It is considered to be hot. It has the sun, light, day and fire under its influence.
2. Negative (Chandraswar): Breathing through the left nostril is known as Chandraswar. It is considered to be cold. It has the earth, night, moon and water under its influence.
When breathing takes place through both nostrils at the same time, it is known as Sushunma. People who have studied Shivswarodaya advise against doing any kind of karma during Sushunma. Only prayers are advisable. This is because Suryaswar (hot) and Chandraswar (cold) are opposite forces. When both act at the same time, the human brain is supposed to be in a neutral stage. Neither active nor passive (thought processes) work is advisable.
To know which Swar (nostril) is functioning at any given point of time, close one of the nostrils and breathe three to four times. Then breathe through the other nostril. The nostril in which some resistance is felt whilst breathing is supposed to be closed. This Swar regularly changes from time to time throughout the day depending upon our movements. But if for some specific reason one wants to change his Swar, one should apply pressure on the right side of the body. The left nostril (Chandraswar) starts functioning and vice versa. This is because the human body consists of about 70 per cent liquids, and liquids have a tendency to flow towards slopes. Because of this, the side on which pressure is applied contains moist particles in that nostril which make the flow of air difficult. In other words, the Swar on the other nostril starts functioning.
l If, while sleeping, Suryaswar is required, sleep on the left side of the body. If Chandraswar is required, sleep on the right.
l When sitting on a chair, if Suryaswar is desired, cross the right leg on the left and sit slightly tilted towards the left so that the pressure is on the left as well as the right nostrils. If Chandraswar is desired, do the reverse.
l While walking, if you carry some weight (say, a bag) in your right hand, Chandraswar will start. If you intend to have continuous Chandraswar, continue to carry the weight in your right hand.
According to Shivswarodaya, each Swar changes after approximately an hour. If it is found that any of two Swars continue for more than this precise period, it may prove to be unhealthy. Some advisable timings for Swars are:
l During the night it is not advisable to have Chandraswar for a long time.
l In the afternoon, it is not advisable to have Suryaswar for a long time.
l After heavy meals Chandraswar is not advised.
l Always have meals when on Suryaswar.
l Always sleep on Suryaswar.
l Active work should always be done on Suryaswar.
If one is required to do a lot of active work during the day (remaining on Suryaswar for a long time), one should take rest on Chandraswar so as to balance the body temperature.
Man and Woman
Although male and female bodies have biological differences, Swarodaya is equally applicable to both in the same way. Nature has given sun-oriented characters to males and moon-oriented characters to females. When Suryaswar works, males behave more like men. This means that sun-oriented characteristics are prominent. The same is the case when Chandraswar works. Females behave more like women.
Always sleep on your left side so that your Suryaswar works. People sleeping on their right side (Chandraswar) generally have sleepless nights. They also dream more.
Sleep is the dormant stage of the body. When, after thinking and working hard for a long period of time our body feels like taking rest, we start feeling sleepy. The dormant stage is then achieved.
Suryaswar and Sleep
Our bodies get heat from the following sources:
l Consumption of different kinds of solids and liquids
l Mental and physical labour.
This heat helps in the internal expansion of the body caused by Suryaswar. Suryaswar expands the muscles of the body. Expansion in turn helps the proper circulation of blood throughout the body. It also causes a drop in blood pressure, thus slowing down the pumping action of heat. At this stage oxygen consumption is reduced, and thus the production of carbon dioxide, water vapour and other gaseous materials is reduced. As a result, our lungs don’t have to purify as much blood as during the day. They slow down. Our digestive system also slows down because the flow of digestive juices is reduced. Thus, along with all other processes, the brain also enters a dormant stage. This is known as sleep.
The internal expansion caused by Suryaswar makes the flow of food through the intestines easy. Secondly, due to the expansion of the large intestines and the bladder, certain processes do not take place during sleep. For example, the bladder is able to store more urine and urination does not take place during the night (except when the urine stored is more than the capacity of the bladder).
It can easily be proved that sleeping on the left is natural and essential. Also, one feels fresh in the morning due to proper supply of blood to all parts of the body.
In the morning when Chandraswar starts, the internal contraction of the body takes place. Due to contraction of the muscles, the blood is forced to go through a particular path and its pressure increases. This accelerates the burning of oxygen in the blood and the lungs start their function of blood purification at a faster rate. Following an increase in the function of most of the tissues, you wake up in the morning. Waste materials in the body, which slide down easily at night due to expansion of the intestines, are excreted in the morning due to contraction caused by Chandraswar. Thus it is always good to sleep on Suryaswar and get up with Chandraswar.
Chandraswar and Sleep
When one sleeps on the right side of the body, Chandraswar starts automatically. Since Chandraswar is cold, it causes internal contraction of the body. As said earlier, contraction of the internal tissues causes an increase in blood pressure. It makes more blood rush to the brain, which in turn causes sleeplessness and this extra blood pressure to the brain results in dreams. It makes digestion and the flow of food materials in the intestines difficult. Due to contraction of the intestines and the kidneys, you have the urge to pass excreta. If Chandraswar is excessive in the night, it may cause fights, heart attacks, muscular pain, etc. Thus it is not advisable to sleep on Chandraswar.
l People working in night shifts should have their meals early in the morning and their evening meals by 6 p.m.
l People with digestive problems should have their meals early in the morning and light food at night.
l People who have time for a nap should sleep on the left side so that they get sound sleep.
l If such people sleep on Suryaswar during the daytime, it will compensate for the loss of sleep during their night shifts.
l During night shifts people should work on Suryaswar and whenever sleepy or tired, should start Chandraswar. This will release tension and make them feel fresh.
l After sleeping for some time during the day, they should start Chandraswar continuously till sunset.
l Have your meals in the evening when Suryaswar works. This enables good digestion.
The second part of this article will deal with aspects of tiredness and other illnesses.