A few days back there was an
article published in a newspaper about a man who died at the age of 132years.
His body organs were functioning properly at the time of his death.
This news raised many a
different questions such as " What is old age?", " What is youth", " Why does
aging occur ", and whether it is possible to stay ever youthful for ever.
Youth has been defined in many
ways. We will not analyze its many definitions instead we shall discuss these
questions with reference to the human science and Yoga Science.
Man has one universal desire
which is to stay ever young. Man discovered many new ways new medicines,
Herbís, pastes and innumerable ways to keep himself in the prime of his life
Man grows old because his body
cells get destroyed sooner then the body mechanism can repair them.
Physiologists believe that people who waste their mental energy less and give
enough chance to the body cells to repair do not grow old soon. It is believed
that when brain cells become hard and lose their flexibility then man grows
old. When the brain cells become hard their resistance gets reduced. Not only
this manís capacity to bear unfavorable circumstances gets reduced. He loses
the balance between body and mind. It is a known fact that old people become
easily irritable, impatient and lose their temper easily. This is not the
fault of the person. This occurs because of the hardening of the brain cells.
Through Preksha meditation
it is possible to keep our brain cells flexible. Studying the various parts of
the body with great intensity, minutely is Sharira Preksha. Chetanya
Kendra Preksha means meditating on the specific electro-magnetic regions
of the human body such as-
The center of chest
Center of throat
The tip of the nose
The center point between the
eyebrows and center of the head.
By practicing this form of
Preksha and observing each and every cell with great intensity we can unleash
a reservoir of vital energy blood which is enough to keep the brain cells
flexible and healthy. This flexibility of the brain cells not only helps a man
keep young but also destroys his imbalance and instability of mind.
He whose backbone is hard and
D-shaped is old. A person who performs exercises to keep his backbone flexible
and strong will not grow old even at the age of 80 to 90 years. Asanas which
enhance the flexibility of the backbone for example are Pavanmukta asana,
Dhanura asana, Paschimottana asana and Halasana should be performed.
He whose mind is devoid of any
tensions and worries is young. Mental, physical and emotional tension causes
stiffness in the body cells and this stiffness is the main reason for old age.
Oral drugs can heal a man only for a very short time however when used for a
long time they can cause more harm than good.
The way to reduce tensions is
to free oneself of his/her deep rooted bad habits such as ego problems,
jealousy, anger, passions, weaknesses etc. All this is possible only through
The greek philosophers
did a lot of research on the theory of creative evolution. They believed that
the pattern of manís genetic development and evolution is based on his desire
to develop. That highest level of conscious development that has been found in
a man has been actualized by the conscious desire which occurred in a single
sense vegetable to develop itself.
This goes to show that the
world which we see around us is but a proof of that " conscious desire and
Preksha Dhyana is the method of
the development of that will power.
A young person is he who can
live in the present. A young person understands his past but lives in the
present. An important aspect of Preksha dhyana is to live in the present. It
teaches a person how to detach himself from the past or the promises of the
future and to face his life in the present with his full awareness of being at
a point of time with both his mind and body. This in Preksha dhyana is taught
through paying careful attention to the self or observing the body. To live in
the present and observing the various chemical and genetic changes taking
place how the heat is activated observing the movements stresses and pain of
the body is Preksha dhyana in a nutshell.
He who lives in the present can
never grow old because he has learnt the important truth of life that it is
the present which will make the past and build the future so live the present
to the best.
In todayís world a new concept
has been founded that whatever happens, happens due to circumstances. In other
words it is no fault of the person. All the fault is easily dumped on society
or the circumstances. By constantly looking at the other man he has forgotten
to look at himself. The concept of the new generation is to use the latest
technologies and developments to its level best. This materialistic concept
Bhog Vad has reduced social values, and created commercial and industrial
Todayís world has really shrunk
in size because there is an intermingling of cultures and ideologies. A youth
living in such a culture should follow what code of conduct? He is lost to
circumstances. But a youth is one who is not lost in the web of circumstances.
Preksha dhyana is the method to
see oneself it is a method of creating and developing ourselves. We have seen
enough of others it is our turn to see ourselves. And where the reciprocal
counting or the process of knowing oneself begins thoughts get clear as glass,
passions get mellowed down the desire to give to society and family overrides
the desire to receive always, the ability to bear circumstances increases. To
get complete control on oneself in itself is the method to attain ever lasting
From the works of Acharya
Compiled by Vidya Jain