Thursday, February 20, 2014

From ‘The Yogi. Portraits of Swami Vishnu-Devananda’ by Gopala Krishna

Don’t try to suppress the sexual feeling ……But we can sublimate it……. When you do asanas, when you do pranayama, when you do japa regularly and with the right diet, without onions and garlic and certain roots which over stimulate the nerves, then sublimation will take place little by little. That’s when the energy starts moving to the upper chakras (psychic energy centers) and reaches the brain. This same sexual energy will now form a creative force, a positive spiritual force. That’s why you see halos around the heads of sages and saints; it is the ojas shakti emanation. If a person has even partial control of the sexual energy, his face is different. He will never get wrinkles. The skin gets very dry and wrinkled when too much of the energy is wasted and made gross in the sexual act.

… says that flexibility of the spine and flexibility of the mind are interrelated. If you keep the spinal column flexible, you’ll have a flexible mind ……

The Science of Seven Cultures
for Quick Evolution of the Human Soul
H. H. Sri Swami Sivananda
….Health Culture
Eat moderately. Take light and simple food. Offer it to God before you eat. Have a balanced diet.
Avoid chillies, garlic, onions, tamarind etc. as far as possible. Give up tea, coffee, smoking, betels, meat and wine entirely.
Fast on ekadasi days (once a fortnight). Take milk, fruit and roots only. Practice yogic asanas or physical exercise for fifteen to thirty minutes. Take a long walk or play some vigorous game daily.

Energy Culture
Observe silence for two hours daily and four to eight hours on Sundays.
Observe celibacy according to your age and circumstances. Restrict the indulgence to once a month. Decrease it gradually to once a year. Finally take a vow of abstinence for life.

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