Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bharath Varsha Historical Map

A Map Of Bharat From The Time Of Mahabharat around 6th century. Illustrating the old Kingdoms, Places, Mountains, valleys in Old times with New boundaries Of India. Its Historical accuracy may be questionable, but it helps us to find the Locations of various places mentioned in Mahabharata.

 As Written in the Epic Mahabharata, the Map is illustrated with Historical  settlements in Mahabharata period like Ujjaiyini (settlements in mahabharata period), Malayagiri (Mountains), Meruparvatas (peaks), Kuru(Kindoms/states) etc.
 
You can see the locations of various places Gandhara, Kamboja, Kekaya, Valhika, Sindhu Sauvira, Surasena, Kosala, Kashi Avanti, Surashtra, Vidarbha, Kuntala, Kalinga, Magadha, Videha etc.

Map Of india during Mahabharat times


 



Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Powerful Exercise To Take Away Your Tension

Develop Your Praanic Energy
Sit in Easy Pose with the spine straight. Interlace your fingers and rest your hands comfortably in your lap. Keep your eyes open. Purse your lips and push them out, making them into a straw through which you can suck in air. Continuously inhale through the mouth in powerful, rhythmic strokes (1 second per stroke). Do not take time to exhale. Inhale under your own automatic system. Inhale and keep on inhaling. The exhale will be automatic. Don't worry about the exhale, it will automatically leak out somewhere. That is none of your problem. This kriya will make you sweat and make you a little cold. It is a very youthful process. It will relax you. You are trying to overload the praana.. Don't meditate. Don't close your eyes. Drink the air through the mouth. Do it with your full strength. 5 Minutes Maximum. To Finish: Inhale deeply and calmly hold the breath for 30 Seconds. Exhale and relax. 
After doing this exercise, you will never again be as you were when you walked in. We did it for five minutes. That is all it takes. It has to be done in a very, very honorable manner. It is not a joke. It develops the praana  energy to multi-million cycles. It is a very powerful exercise. It will change you completely. It changes the way you think. It takes away tension.

Before doing this kriya, the mind doubts that the body can continuously inhale for five minutes without a conscious exhalation. That is just the mind. The body finds this very easy to do, once it gets into the rhythmic inhalation. The inhalation is very similar to trying to suck a very thick milkshake through a straw. Have you ever done that? Very powerful bursts of air are sucked in through the mouth and create a rhythmic beat at the thoracic diaphragm. Throughout this exercise, Imagine you are a duck and you are drinking the air through your lips the way a duck drinks water by sucking it up through its bill.

Secret Of Pausing Your Breath

Pausing the Breath Holding or "suspending" the breath is the relaxed extension of the natural pause that comes between the inhalation and the exhalation and again between the exhalation and the next inhalation. When you pay attention to your breathing you will notice that, at each of these times, there is a little pause when you are neither inhaling nor exhaling. This is a time when your body is about to shift gears and it is a time of relaxation and openness, when the body is in "neutral." Yogis exaggerate that pause to create beneficial responses in the body and mind. They develop the ability to extend the length of time that the breath is suspended. This extension is done with a correct combination of calmly holding space in the body while relaxing the action of the diaphragm, ribs, and abdomen. Unless the extended pause is done in conjunction with one of the bandhas, it is not intended to increase internal pressure or external tension. (Think of "holding" the breath in the same way you might gently "hold" a butterfly between your two hands.) 

To hold the breath in on the inhalation 
Inhale deeply and fully. Allow the rib cage to spread open and lift, and then let the ribs, diaphragm, and abdomen hold that position in a relaxed manner. Allow the upper ribs to remain lifted to keep the weight of the upper body from pressuring the lungs and diaphragm. Relax the shoulders, neck, face, and tongue. Keep the spine tall and straight, with the chin pulled in. Hold the breath in only for so long as you can do so calmly. (One technique for extending the time you hold the breath in is to inhale a tiny bit more when you feel the urge to exhale.) Do not strain. 
To hold the breath out on the exhalation 
Inhale very deeply and then exhale completely, using the navel point to press all the breath out. Keep the navel pressed firmly back toward the spine. Let the lower ribs lift and spread, this will allow the diaphragm to become neutral. Let the upper ribs and clavicle be relaxed. Once again keep the spine stretched up straight and tall, with the chin pulled in, keeping your weight lifting upward to lessen the inner pressure. Hold the breath out only for so long as you can do so calmly. (One technique for extending the time you hold the breath out, is to exhale a tiny bit more when you feel the urge to inhale.) Do not strain. The brain monitors the carbon dioxide levels in the bloodstream. When this level becomes too high, the brain will trigger inhalation. 

It does not react to a gain or loss of oxygen. Your ability to hold the breath in or out will improve as your overall Breathing improves. Respect your body's present condition and limitations. If you experience dizziness or disorientation, stop, rest, and proceed later at a less intense level of practice. Through suspended breathing, we are trying to integrate the correct functioning of the body and mind and to gradually recondition the nervous system toward more relaxation, peace, and control. It comes with time and practice. Improvement in breathing proceeds through relaxed, conscious practice. Do not push yourself beyond your capacity. One consolation is that any conscious breathing brings rewards. All we have to do is breathe a little longer or a little deeper than We normally do, and we benefit.

Benefits of Pausing the Breath 
Holding the breath in affects the sympathetic nervous system (the nerves which put the body "on alert" and stimulate us) and can temporarily raise the blood pressure. Holding the breath out affects the parasympathetic nervous system (the nerves that relax the body) and temporarily lowers the blood pressure. "Any time you do not have the answer for something, anything, it doesn't matter what the question is, hold the breath in. The moment you hold the breath in, the body will automatically computerize to survive, and your question is heard with it. It will give you the answer. This is because the breath of life is life itself and everything is a facet of life. There is nothing beyond that." "When you feel very weak and you feel like having bourbon on the rocks or black tea or Coke, whatever, forget about the commercialization. Let's talk about what you can substitute for it by yourself. Breathe and hold. If you know Breath of Fire you are lucky, but you look odd doing it in the market...so breathe in, hold as long as comfortable, and breathe out. Oxygen will substitute for the drug and you will be out of it. How many breaths does it take? Seven. 

If you can inhale and hold for seven breaths, your oxygen will be complete in your circulating blood, and you shall not need what you are longing to have To help quit smoking: "Inhale deep and hold the breath to your capacity, then exhale and inhale again and hold. All that is required to get rid of the urge to smoke is to repeat this breath seven to fifteen times a day for seven to fifteen days. Within that period of time you will make the body's metabolism go through the change to substitute oxygen in place of nicotine. "You can also eliminate the stress that was formerly removed by smoking by putting a few raisins in your mouth and chewing them. The best way to chew raisins is to crush them with your teeth and paste them on your upper palate, and then suck on them." 

"Anytime you desire something and you want to get away from that desire, the basic mantra is 'inhale and hold the breath.' Anytime you hold the breath, desire will disappear ... If you really want to get rid of something very unique and you don't know how, exhale totally and hold the breath out. You can't even think of what you had been desiring, you are cleaned out on the spot, because the link of all life and all desires or no desires is just the breath. As thoughts constantly come to you from the intellect, so come the desires. And the moment you hold the breath, the intellect stops giving you a current of thought. You can't think; you can have a thought, but you can't have a wave, you can't have desire, you can't have emotions, the whole thing stops. "You must understand, what you call living is just the continual vibration of breath coming in and out. Just delay it either way and intellect must immediately stop giving thoughts. Moment the link of thought wave will stop, you won't perceive emotion...so simple. It doesn't take much for you to work on that. Simply you should be conscious of the breath.