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Aghori, Shiva and Tantra

          The Aghoris are a religious sect in India that worships Lord Shiva, a prominent deity in Hinduism. They are known for their unconventional and ascetic practices, which often involve rituals and behaviors that might seem extreme or taboo to many people. Aghoris believe that by embracing these practices, they can attain spiritual enlightenment and a deep connection with Lord Shiva. Aghori, Shiva and Tantra "I am neither good nor bad, I am what I AM"         Yes,  Aghori practices are a unique and often controversial sect of Hinduism that explores unconventional and extreme methods of spiritual awakening. Kundalini's awakening in the context of Aghori practices is considered a powerful and transformative process.   The Practices - 1. Tapas and Austerities -    - Aghoris believe that Kundalini awakening is a result of intense tapas or austerities. These practices often involve severe penances, fasting, meditation, and devotion to a chosen deity. Aghoris believe tha

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama - Stress Management and Influence on the three Nadi's

     Pranayama, the practice of breath control in yoga, can be a valuable tool for reducing stress and anxiety. One specific pranayama technique known for its stress-reducing benefits is Anulom Vilom, also known as Nadi Shodhana. It is a balanced breathing exercise that influences the human system's three primary nadis (energy channels): Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna. Nadi Shodhana Pranayama  Anulom Vilom Pranayama - 1. Stress Reduction and Anxiety Relief -    Anulom Vilom is often used to calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety. This is achieved through several mechanisms -     Balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems -  Anulom Vilom helps restore the balance between the "fight or flight" response (sympathetic) and the "rest and digest" response (parasympathetic), reducing the body's stress response.    Improved oxygenation -   The controlled and deep breathing in this pranayama technique increases oxygen supply to the brain, promoting

The Scientific Aspects of Nine Days of Devi Sadhna during Navratri

         T he spiritual benefits of Navratri are often approached from a religious and faith-based perspective, and we can also consider the practices scientifically and anatomically to understand how they might offer psychological and physiological benefits. Worship of the Goddess Durga           Here's a day-wise Devi Sadhna (worship of the Goddess) plan with a scientific and anatomical perspective: Day 1 - Devi Shailaputri - Scientific Perspective - Begin with grounding and connecting with the Earth. Shailaputri is often associated with the element of earth. Spending time in nature, barefoot, can help you connect with the Earth's energy and calm your nervous system. Anatomical Insight - Walking barefoot on natural surfaces, known as "earthing" or "grounding," can have physiological benefits, such as reducing inflammation and stress, improving sleep, and enhancing overall well-being. Day 2 - Devi Brahmacharini - Scientific Perspective - Brahmacharini r

The Nine Devi and The Navratri - The Divine Feminine

  When Shakti, also known as Devi (the embodiment of Energy), merges with Shiva - to manifest Rudra - The one who roared. Devi - Fierce and Serene           Navratri, a vibrant and spiritually significant festival celebrated in India, embodies the worship of the divine feminine energy or Shakti. This nine-night festival, dedicated to the Nine Devi (Various aspects of Goddesses Durga), holds a profound place in Hindu culture. It beautifully illustrates the concept of feminine energy and the moon's significance while emphasizing the importance of fasting and devotion to the Devi.       In this article, we will delve into the symbolism, physics, and influence of each Devi in our lives.   The Concept of Feminine Energy in Navratri -            Navratri, a combination of two words, "Nav" meaning nine, and "Ratri" meaning nights, signifies the nine nights of celebration. These nights symbolize the cosmic dance of the feminine energy or Shakti. Hindu philosophy belie

Samyama An Advanced Meditation Technique

Samyama is introduced in the third chapter (Vibhuti Pada) of the Yoga Sutras, specifically in Sutras 3.1 to 3.6. Samyama - A Meditation Technique           Samyama refers to a set of advanced meditation techniques that involve the simultaneous application of Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (absorption or union) on a specific object, idea, or aspect of reality. It is considered a profound practice that can lead to deep spiritual insights and transformation. Here are the steps of Samyama - 1. Dharana (Concentration) - In this first stage, you focus your mind intensely on a chosen object or concept. This requires sustained attention and the ability to exclude all other distractions from your awareness. The object of concentration could be an external object, an internal sensation, a mantra, or even an abstract idea. 2. Dhyana (Meditation) - Once you have achieved a deep and unwavering concentration on the chosen object, it naturally transitions into meditation.

Chandra Bhedi Pranayama - A Healing Breath

           Chandra Bhedi Pranayama is a yogic breathing technique that forms an integral part of the ancient Indian practice of yoga. This pranayama is one of the many techniques designed to harness the power of breath to promote physical and mental well-being. It is essential to understand its existence, origin, and the impact it has on health. Chandra Bhedi Pranayama   Origin and Existence -        Chandra Bhedi Pranayama has its roots in traditional yoga practices that date back thousands of years. The term "Chandra" means "moon," and "Bhedi" translates to "piercing" or "penetrating." This pranayama is believed to have been developed by ancient yogis as a way to balance and channel the cooling energy of the moon within the body.   Technique -      Chandra Bhedi Pranayama is characterized by its specific breathing pattern. To practice it: 1. Find a comfortable seated position, preferably in a quiet and peaceful en