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RIght way to Bathe

Now one might wonder whether there’s any method to bathing or taking shower. Yes, there is! And there are FIVE KINDS OF BATHING. Bathing with EARTH/ MUD, WATER, FIRE, AIR, SPACE/ETHER.

EARTH/ MUD BATH

Here either you can cover your entire body with clay except your head or get submerged in earth leaving your head out. If your do this for half an hour to on hour it is good. While applying fine clay on your body or on specific parts either you can cover it with a cloth or leave it uncovered. IF you leave it UNCOVERED temperature is reduced; it has a cooling effect. If you COVER it with a cloth temperature is increased.This practice removes toxins from the body, reduces swelling, relaxes the muscles, removes pain and so on. Now you know why in the akhara people exercise in the mud.

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WATER BATH

WATER BATHING

Normally the water you get for bathing will be slightly less than room temperature. Here one should start bathing by washing and cleaning both your feet first–its under side as well as top portion. Then you should pour water on your legs from the waist down. Then you should pour water on your arms and torso (base of neck to waist). Finally you should pour water on your head couple of times. Clean every inch of your body.

While taking shower also this method should be adopted. Cold water bathing strengthens your body.

One should not bath in VERY COLD WATER. One should bath twice daily and once in rainy season if you have not sweated during the day. Singing while taking a bath is good to balance temperature

WARM WATER BATHING

In warm water bathing also you should adopt the procedure for cold water bathing. This is for the brain to get used to the temperature shift. Warm water bathing removes toxins through the skin and relaxes your muscles. Too much warm water bathing weakens your body. It is best to do it once in a while.

TOXINS IN YOUR BATHROOM

All your shaving creams, soaps, shampoos, cleaning agents everything artificially made by man are TOXIC. WHen you use such thins on your body they seep into your body through the pores on your skin and create all kinds of problems. So dont use such SHITS. For bathing in bharat we traditionally used powdered pulses like green gram and so on instead of soap.

Heating water in HEATERS or MICROWAVES for bathing is NOT GOOD.

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HOW TO DRY OFF WITH A TOWEL AFTER BATHING

First rub your back completely, then your head, then face, then torso, then arms, then legs.

FIRE BATH

It is best to start your day by exposing EVERY INCH OF YOUR BODY including your ANUS  to sunlight. You can do this either while exercising or after bathing. Unless you get enough sunlight certain nutrients are not absorbed in you body. Foreigners understand its importance and lie naked on beaches to absorb sunlight. Best time to sun bath before 9 AM and after 4 PM.

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sadhu with his dhuni

Lighting a lamp in the morning and evening also serves the same purpose. But is less effective than exposing to SUNLIGHT.

KRIYA YOGA is the ULTIMATE FIRE BATH where you bath yourself with inner energy or SUN/ prana.

You can learn about sun gazing here: http://sunyoga.info/.

Even NASA has confirmed sun gazing: http://guardianlv.com/2013/05/nasa-confirms-super-human-abilities-gained/

For learning SURYA KRIYA click:

http://www.ishayoga.org/

https://www.ishayoga.org/hata/teachertraining/surya-kriya/

“Hiranmayena patrena satya-syapi-hitam mukham,

tattvam pusanna-pavrnu satya-dharmaya drstaye.”

“The Truth is concealed by the golden vessel. O Sun! Open the entrance to that cover, so that the Truth that is concealed by you is visible to me, a truthful devotee, by your illuminating Grace.”

AIR BATH

One should expose oneself to breeze either naked or with clothes. NAKED is the best in all the type of baths. Pranayama is another way to clean the air within you but only when the atmosphere is clean. It is not recommended in cities where pollution is high.

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ETHER/ SPACE BATH

Meditation cleans the space within you.

a kriya yogi

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Sadhana – Your Spiritual Homework

Doing your sadhana or spiritual practices is a NECESSITY if you want to gain higher experiences in life. Sadhana is like a SPIRITUAL HOMEWORK to get the top position in the UNIVERSITY OF LIFE. Now many might complain about the homework business still continuing even in life. YES, for you to get proficiency in what you are doing one needs to do homework and Sadhana or spiritual homework is the ULTIMATE HOMEWORK one could possible do.

There are many general  sadhanas one can do and if you get a GOOD GURU he will make you do CUSTOM SADHANAS specially designed for you. I will not go too much into this and it would be better for you to start with any simple spiritual practice so that you can gradually climb the ladder of sadhana and experience the ultimate. A basic spiritual practice is to  visit temples.

If a person takes birth in Bharat which is the SPIRITUAL HEADQUARTERS of this PLANET and if he does not do sadhana he is living a waste life. Here is what Osho says on Bharat:

“India is not just a geography or history. It is not just a nation,a country,a mere piece of land.It is something more:it’s a metaphor,poetry,something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields that no other country can claim. For almost ten thousand years,thousands of people have reached to the ultimate explosion of consciousness. Their vibration is still alive,their impact is in the very air; you just need a certain perceptiveness, a certain capacity to receive the invisible that surrounds this strange land. It is strange because it has renounced everything for a single search, the search for truth.”

It is the only culture in the world where the only goal in human life is to get liberation or mukti. To be free from the very process of life, from every limitation and to go beyond that. This is a GODLESS CULTURE where GOD is seen only as a stepping stone. People were free to worship anything: from cows to snakes, from trees to rock and still attain enlightenment. In other countries people believed ‘GOD CREATED THEM,’ but here in bharat we have created many varieties of GODS over time and thereby  we PERFECTED the WHOLE TECHNOLOGY OF GOD-MAKING. Sadhana is in other words is ‘the technology of god-making.’ That is something isn’t it.

So, start your sadhana!

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The Imminence of Death

Death is a habit of the body and one does not know when we will be over taken by death. However one believes and acts as though one is going to live forever. This is nothing but stupidity. The people that you see today there is no guarantee that you will see them tomorrow. It is this uncertainty that is the HALLMARK OF LIFE.

Fools will carry on with LIFE-AS-USUAL attitude. But the HUMBLE YOGI knows that DEATH IS NOT THE END and that is is only a SMALL PAUSE in the CYCLE OF LIFE that has started since the BEGINNING OF LIFE. He therefore wants to go beyond death and does all things to ensure that it happens thereby wasting no time. He knows that death is nothing but soul  changing its body which is beautifully described in Bhagavad Gita as given below:

वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि।
तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णान्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही।।
As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the “soul” accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.

A simple practice which could help you in the direction of spirituality is: WHEN YOU BEHAVE WITH PEOPLE BEHAVE AS IF YOU ARE SEEING HIM FOR THE LAST TIME. You will never see the person again in life. With such an attitude people will behave in the loving way possible because you will never get chance to repent for wrong doing again.

So please dont waste time in FLIRTING WITH SENSE OBJECTS instead work on your sadhana as no one knows when death would catch up with you.