Indian Psychology - Power Your Yrana
For mental peace and composure, we need a strong and stable pranic field. Here are ways to do so.
Sattvic and regular sleep
The commentaries on the Yoga sutras record three kinds of sleep, evoking the following responses:
Sattvic sleep: I slept easefully and well; my mind is clear; my intellect is blooming.
Rajasic sleep: I had an uncomfortable sleep; my mind is sluggish; it is confused and unstable.
Tamasic sleep: I slept deep, almost in a stupor; my limbs are heavy; the mind is tired, lazy, and as it were, feeling lost.
Only sattvic sleep brightens the prana field; the other two make it sluggish.
In order to obtain sattvic sleep, these are the primary rules:
- Regular exercise of the kind that energises without tiring, such as yoga postures, and contemplative walking without talking
- Keeping the stomach light, especially in the evenings
- Before going to sleep, inspiring reading – or watching videos that deal with serene spiritual subjects and beauties and harmony of nature
- Prayer before sleeping
- Going to sleep after evening’s meditation
- Falling asleep counting one’s breaths (of which there are many different methods)
- Falling asleep with the remembrance of the personal mantra received in an initiation
- In more advanced stages, learning to convert at least part of one’s sleep into yoga nidra, conscious rest, when the brain produces delta waves but remains aware of the surroundings or, better yet, an interior consciousness
- In yet further advanced stages, practising atmavalokanam, awareness of one’s spiritual self – initially while falling asleep, and later throughout the sleeping period, to experience ananda, bliss of Brahman
- Waking up in the consciousness of the same practices with which one enters into sleep
- One has not fully awakened from sleep until one has had a bowel movement, bathed, done the asanas, corpse position practices, and most important, the nadi-shodhana, also known as anuloma-viloma – the alternative nostril breathing that balances the two hemispheres of the brain
The prana obtained from such a sleep may be used through the day to feel less burdened, discharge heavy activities effortlessly, and to empower the mind to work in an inspired way with acute intuition.
This, in turn, helps the entire immune system to resist diseases, and keeps the mind in a state of spiritual awareness through the activities of the day.
Regular bowel movement
Our prana system is primarily divided into two: prana and apana. Looking at one’s internal organs one finds three kinds of organs:
- the prana organs, those whose movement is upwards, for example, the organs of the respiratory system, making the breath flow towards the nostril.
- prana-apana medial organs, those which are midway between the upwards and downward movement, maintaining the balance between the two, and supplying power to both, for example, the cardiac and the digestive systems.
- apana organs, those whose movements are downwards such as the intestinal and colonic activity, urination, seminal ejaculation, menstruation and parturition.
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