There is a metaphysical angle in all our lives. Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of existence, truth and knowledge. Though I was aware of this to an extent, working with Life Positive has made me even more aware of this angle.
In my case, the first meditation I came across and experienced was Chakra meditation. Till today, this is the meditation I relate most to and do everyday. In Sanskrit, chakra means “wheel”. These “wheels” can be thought of as vortexes that both receive and radiate energy. There are 7 major energy centers in the human body. They run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Emotions, physical health, and mental clarity affect how well each chakra can filter energy. This in turn dictates how pure the energy is that’s emitted from different regions of the body.
Each chakra has a Bija Mantra associated with it. The Sanskrit word mantra consists of the root man- “to think” (also in manas “mind”) and the suffix -tra, meaning “tools or instruments”, hence a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”. So, a Mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of “creating transformation.”
Bija means seed. “The Bija mantras are one-syllable seed sounds that, when said aloud, activate the energy of the chakras in order to purify and balance the mind and body. When we recite the bija mantras, we resonate with the energy of the associated chakra, helping us focus upon our own instinctive awareness of our body and its needs.
The chakras are associated with colours as shown in the diagram above and the following bija mantras
1. LAM – root chakra
2. VAM – sacral chakra
3. RAM – solar plexus
4. YAM – heart chakra
5. HAM – Throat chakra
6. OM – Third eye / Ajna
7. OM – Sahashara / crown
In my case, when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I spoke to my mentor and guru, the late Promila Gurtu, who was in Mumbai while I was in Delhi. She listened to me and my diagnosis and then assured me that I can indeed become better. She told me to work on improving my relationships especially with my father and/or father figures as this is what neurological problems like MS symbolize. She explained that a father figure epitomizes one’s relationship with authority. Whether or not the fact was true, I could certainly relate to this due to certain childhood issues that I had had. Again, the solution is simple, forgive completely and resolve all relationship issues. Whether or not one’s physical issues get resolved, this is bound to make us feel better.
Now, I have healed completely and do believe this is because I worked on myself – in all areas, that of the Body, Mind and Spirit.
As far as the Spirit is concerned, having benefitted a lot from Chakra meditation, I personally recommend a little meditation and the chanting of the Bija Mantras to everyone, as a regular routine, whether or not one has a health challenge.
I have also written a book, that chronicles my recovery from multiple sclerosis.
My book, Dancing with Life, is about affirming the power of life, the power of hope, and the power of strong determination to live life with a purpose. It attempts to give hope and power to everyone, whether or not one has a health challenge.
Most of all, it is a book that aims to convey that one can lead a complete and wholesome life, that MS or any other problem is just a comma in the story of our lives, and not the full stop.
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