En artikel från Times of India 7:e April 2009

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living, is comitted to bringing a positive change in the world. Today, on world health day, he shares with the reades some ways to attain holistic wellness.

Only a healthy bud can blossom. In the same way, only a healthy being can succeed. So what’s being healthy? If you are feeling rough inside, then you are not healthy. If your mind is stiff and not calm, you are not mentally healthy. When the emotions are rough, you are emotionally not healthy. To attain a perfect state of health, one has to remain mentally calm, steady, and emotionally soft. The state of health has to flow from the innermost of your being to the outermost, and vice versa. That state is called swasthya in Sanskrit. Swasthya means health. It
also means being in one’s self.

How do we bring good health to our system? First of all, find out for yourself whether you are healthy. Health is (having) a disease-free body, a quiver-free breath, a stress-free mind, an inhibitionfree intellect, an obsession-free memory, an ego that includes all and a soul that is free from sorrow.

The holistic approach of well being includes exercise, breathing and meditation. Breath is synonymous to life. Our life is our breath, our breath is our life. We can say that, for all practical purposes, if someone is not breathing it indicates that there is no life there. The main purpose of meditation, pranayama and related practices, is that they increase prana. Prana is subtler than emotions. When you
attend to the subtlest, the gross becomes alright. You handle the breath, and the body gains good health.

If you’re breath is hot, quivery, shaky, not straight, not easy, youcan predict that you will be sick. The patterns of the breath can tell you about the toxins in the body and if you have observed, you will know that it also tells when you will fall sick.

Have you ever counted how many times you breathe in a minute? Breathing
is the first act of life and it’s the last act of life. In between, the entire life we are breathing in and out, but not attending to the breath. Ninety per cent of the impurities in the body go out through the breath because we are breathing 24 hours a day. However, we are using only 30 per cent of our lung capacity. We are not breathing enough. In one minute we breathe nearly 16 to 17 times. If you are upset it may go up to 20, if you are extremely tense and angry, it could total 25
per minute. Ten, if you are very calm and happy; two to three breaths if you are in meditation. Deep meditation can reduce the number of breaths you take.

See, the mind is like a kite and the breath, a thread. For the mind to go high the breath needs to be longer. You don’t have to take Prozac if you can attend to the breath.

Your breath gives enormous energy and it also helps in increasing the prana. You see, there are four types of energy. Energy from food, energy from sleep, energy through breath, that you can learn through the exercises, techniques such as the Sudarshan Kriya (The Art of Living Healing Breath Technique) which can energise every cell of the body. And then, a few moments of pleasant mind through meditation give a lot of energy. All these are important for our overall well being. We have researched into how the Sudarshan Kriya and Pranayama affect the immune system. The immune system can be boosted by attending to the breath and mind.

If you observe infants, you will be amazed at how balanced their breathing is. They breathe from all the three sections of the body. As they breathe in their belly comes out, as they breathe out their belly moves in. But the more nervous and tense you are, you will do the reverse. When you breathe out your tummy will come out and when you breathe in, it goes in. These things, you don’t have to go to a school or learn from anybody if you have the sharpness of mind. But our mind is so preoccupied with so many things, so many judgements, so many opinions, and so many impressions that we are unable to observe and perceive the refined things in nature. So we need to study. What I would suggest is, take one week off every year for yourself, like you take your car for servicing. During that time, align yourself with nature, wake up with the sunrise, do some exercise, eat proper food (just as much food as necessary), do yoga, and some breathing exercises, a few
minutes of singing, and keeping silence, enjoying the creation. Aligning ourselves with nature, our whole system gets recharged, we feel so vibrant and enthusiastic. And smile more in life. Don’t take things too seriously.

This is where a little knowledge about us, about our mind, our consciousness and the root of distortion will help. Every individual is bestowed with all the virtues in the world. They simply get covered by lack of understanding. All that is needed is to just to uncover the virtues that are already there.

Sri Sri

Här kan du läsa om den Vetenskapliga forskning som gjorts på Sri Sri´s andningsövningar, Sudarshan Kriya m.m. Där hittar du även en vetenskaplig publiserad studie på Sudarshan Kriya från Karlstad Universitet.