Your Guide to Birth Control Methods, The Contraceptive Pill & Hormones | Wendy Dumaresq {Podcast #013}

Contraception: Become aware of the various methods out there and become educated about what each contraceptive method is actually doing to the body of yourself, your partner, your family member or friend.

Check out the associated article for a more comprehensive birth control guide.

About Wendy Dumaresq

Wendy Dumaresq is a herbalist and Natural Medicine Women’s Health provider, two times published author, event leader, speaker and Teacher/Healer with nearly three decades of combined study and clinical practice. 

Her mission is to share natural and safe, inspiring and empowering solutions for women of all ages.  She Knows that when you have the support, information and appropriate tools you can hugely improve your vitality, energy and enjoyment of life.

Wendy also incorporates Ayurveda into her work and is an expert in accessing the cyclical charts of females.


In this Episode we Discuss:

 What exactly is “The Pill” and how it works.
Once you learn this, you may alter your choice of it.

“The only pharmaceutical used on people without a health problem.”

Other Hormonal Pharmaceutical Contraceptive Methods 

The history and the current trend of constantly changing the composition of the pill due to associated risks and incidents. 

The highly common trend of an inability to conceive after taking the pill.

Potential side effects and diseases that are associated with The Pill.

The pill as the first line of treatment for teenagers with hormonal symptoms like irregular cycles, period pain and acne.
Even though there are so many effective natural options.

The oral contraceptive pill as masking symptoms and not getting to the root of the issue.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) - A very exacerbated version of PMS.

Taking the pill continuously vs. taking breaks.

The importance of non-hormonal barrier methods of contraception.

The importance of raising contraceptive options with your GP, if you want to be well.

The importance of men being aware in this so they can respect their partner's health.

Natural Birth Control Methods 

Natural Fertility Management
For couples to learn about the lunar cycle and when is safe to have unprotected sex and not.

Why the menstrual cycle is the greatest gift to a woman.

How every period influences, builds and paves the way for the future offspring.

*A couple corrections to the podcast:

The diaphragm is not placed over 'vagina', it is placed over the cervix.

*Special Offer* for Vital Veda listeners who sign up to one of Wendy's courses will be bonus resources such as the "Happy Hormones E-Journal." Must mention Vital Veda for this speial offer.


Resources

Article: Birth Control Guide: Become Educated & Aware of Your Options + The Birth Control Pill by Dylan Smith

Article: Are we overprescribing the oral contraceptive pill to teenage girls? Daily Telegraph - Aug 30, 2017.  by Wendy Dumaresq.

Radiant Woman Book - chart your temp. familiarise yourself more with your hormone cycle.

Free eBook: Get Your Midlife Mojo Back - 8 common Signs of menopause and what to do about it. 

Natural Woman Network

Courses including “Thrive Through Menopause” and “Happy Hormones, Peaceful Period.”

Facebook live with Wendy Dumaresq - Every Monday 12pm, 5-8 mins - “Thrive through Menopause” Facebook page.


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Birth Control Guide: Become Educated & Aware of Your Options + The Birth Control Pill

Many women turn to birth control pills and other methods because they are not aware of the dangers of them and they are not aware that there are safer options available.

We will explore a range of birth control methods, from conventional, chemical and dangerous methods to natural safe methods.

Become educated and well versed in a variety of natural contraceptive methods, to expand the happiness and fulfilment of your sex life with minimal interruptions.

This article is also important for any MAN who cares about the health and sex life of his partner, daughter, sister, family member, friend or fellow neighbour.

Synthetic Birth Control Methods

IUDs (Intrauterine device): Hormonal (Mirena) & Copper Coil (Natural)

How The IUD Works on the Body

The IUD is an internally planted device in the uterus.

Hormonal IUD (Mirena) artificially manipulates your hormones as it contains the steroid drug levonorgestrel into the uterine cavity.

Side Effects from IUDs

IUDs have been shown to cause serious side effects such as:

  • Pelvic infection - especially if you have a pre-existing infection with gonorrhoea or chlamydia. That’s why your doctor should screen for those common conditions before inserting an IUD.
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine perforation (surrounding blood vessels or viscera become injured) which can lead to surgery.
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Yeast infection
  • Weight gain

Even if your IUD is not hormonal (Copper IUD/ Coil) and fitted well, it comes with problems:

  • Irregular bleeding and spotting. Prolonged spotting can lead to iron deficiency.
  • Blocks the channels, causing vata imbalance in apana vata (pelvic floor) which can cause problems down the track like fibroids.
  • Can be a painful installation process that may require painkiller drugs.
  • Can increase period pain and cramps within the one year of insertion.
  • It’s bad for the vaginal microbiome and doubles the risk of bacterial vaginosis, which causes a fishy-smelling vaginal discharge.
  • It might come out. Studies show there is a risk of expulsion which you don’t realise, then you could become pregnant.
  • Pelvic infection
  • Uterine perforation

Pros about IUDs:

  • The IUD, however, has been shown to be more a successful contraceptive method than the oral contraceptive pill (OCP).
  • The hormonal IUD (Mirena) uses about one-tenth of synthetic levonorgestrel hormone compared to the OCP (but still at dangerous levels).
  • It does not completely shut down ovulation, which is important to produce hormones thus feel good!

Conclusion about IUDs:

IUDs are not wise for health.

As a birth control method, it's not as biologically harmonious as fertility awareness method (FAM), condoms, or cervical cap

For hormonal issues like heavy periods, adenomyosis, or debilitating endometriosis pain, the hormonal IUD is a better option than surgery or other types of hormonal birth control, however, there are much better alternatives which one can implement and learn about in a consultation with me.

Patches

Patches are so risky is that you absorb up to 60% more synthetic oestrogen than if you were taking an oral contraceptive. Fortunately, demand for the patch has seriously declined as the warnings have escalated.

Injectable Birth Control

Depo-Provera, or depo-medroxyprogesterone (DMPA), is a progestin that interferes with hormone signalling to prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. A far stronger synthetic chemical that mimics the progesterone your body makes which carries with it a huge number of negative side effects, esepcially reducing bone density.

Spermicides

Spermicides are essentially chemicals that kill sperm by dissolving their outer membrane.

However, they also kill beneficial bacteria and skin cells. Disrupting the bacterial balance in your vagina can leave you more susceptible to yeast infections and urinary tract infections. And it has been proven they add no additional protection to condoms.

The Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP)

Artificially manipulating your hormones with potent synthetic hormones, whose adverse health effects have been well documented for nearly four decades.

Clinicians know it. Women themselves know it because they feel better off the Pill.

16 million American women use birth control pills.
50–80% of Australian women use it at some stage during their reproductive lives.

Sure it is great that The Pill can be medicine for debilitating conditions such as severe endometriosis and very heavy periods, but its widespread prescription to “balance hormones” is illogical. 

What The Pill Does To Your Body

The pill induces a chemical menopause which shuts down ovulation, an essential hormonal production process for mood and overall health.

This works by releasing oestrogen and progestin into your body, preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs. The pill also thickens cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to enter the uterus.

Hormonal Birth Control Does Not Balance Hormones

Prescribing birth control to “balance hormones” is illogical. Birth control does not balance hormones; it shuts them down.

Birth control shuts down ovulation, hence shuts down estrogen and progesterone. It then "replaces" back contraceptive drugs, known as “hormone replacement."

Problem is, this "replacement" is not adequate at all. In fact, the contraceptive drugs are not even hormones and are damaging to the body.

Real hormones are estradiol and progesterone. Contraceptive drugs are molecules like ethinylestradiol, levonorgestrel, and drospirenone.

Contraceptive drugs do not have the same molecular structure as real hormones and do not replace their vital role.

"The Pills" benefit of convenience is largely outweighed by the very serious health risks associated.

Health Risks Associated with Birth Control Pills

They are linked to numerous health risks:

  • Cancer - increases the risk of cervical and breast cancers.
  • Fatal blood clots - double your risk of fatal blood clots and others may increase your risk of heart disease.
  • Thinner bones - lower bone mineral density (BMD).
  • Oral contraceptives can increase your blood pressure.
  • Sexual dysfunction - The pill may damage your libido - permanently - interferes with a protein that keeps testosterone unavailable for women's physiological needs.

Side Effects

Many women also report awful side effects from the pill, which are undoubtedly due to the artificial drugs acting like "hormones" running through your body. These include:

  • Migraines, headaches and nausea
  • Weight gain and mood changes
  • Irregular bleeding or spotting
  • Bleeding of the gums
  • Breast tenderness
  • Yeast overgrowth and infection
  • Thrush (quite common).
  • Birth control pills deplete your body of important nutrients, including Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc.
  • Severe depression, anxiety and mood changes
  • Feeling of congestion in the pelvic area and lower abdomen.
  • Oral contraceptives can also make your baby more vulnerable to allergies when you take OCs for up to a year before becoming pregnant, according to a Finnish study.

A Recipe for Future Infertility

Want to have babies in the future? I recommend stopping using the Pill and other hormonal contraception.

While on hormonal contraception methods, your body loses the ability to secrete its own natural hormones.

So when the time comes and you want to conceive, your body struggles. This is why hormonal contraception is a key cause of  the infertility epidemic.

I see this a lot in the clinic, and it is quite sad to see, as all these couples to want to do it have a baby. Note male infertility is also a big contributor to this epidemic that is under appreciated.

Your Romantic Life Dictated by a Pill

The contraceptive pill may disrupt women's natural ability to choose a partner genetically dissimilar to themselves. A research team analysed how the contraceptive pill affects odour preferences and found that the preferences of women who began using the contraceptive pill shifted towards men with genetically similar odours.

A genetic similarity in couples can lead to fertility problems and ultimately lead to the breakdown of relationships when women stop using the pill, as odour perception plays a significant role in maintaining attraction to partners, researchers said.

Similar to the findings of the study above, researchers found that you are more likely to be attracted to people whose scent is dissimilar to your own. 

And on a much deeper level, it’s alarming that these pills are altering, on a very subtle level, chemical signals in your body.

Using The Pill to Treat Symptoms

If you're using birth control pills for reasons other than birth control, such as to regulate your menstrual cycle or treat irregular bleeding, cysts, endometriosis, acne or skin diseases you are not treating your underlying problem.

You are simply masking it with a potentially dangerous drug.

In these situations, it is essential to balance your adrenal glands, as cortisol levels modulate and control the female hormones - especially progesterone. Book a consultation to balance your adrenal glands, energy, stress and hormones.

In 2007 the FDA approved the first birth control pill to completely eliminate menstruation.

Not only was this pill inadequately tested prior to approval, but the synthetic hormones it contains are also another prescription for disaster for women's health.

But there is an additional concern - long-term suppression of your periods will minimise your blood loss and could contribute to iron overload syndromes that is an overlooked dangerous situation. Elevated iron stores are one of the primary risk factors for cancer and heart disease.

Contributes to Oestrogen Pollution

Synthetic estrogens excreted by women end up in the drinking water supply. This adds to the oestrogens increasingly present all around us, from plastics to canned food and drinks, food additives, household cleaning products, heavy metals, and pesticides, as well as in our waterways as a result of the runoff from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Quench your thirst with synthetic hromnes?

Safe Alternatives for contraception that women can use

Natural Methods

There are two natural methods:

  1. Barrier Methods
  2. Natural Family Planning or Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM), Conscious Sex - a little more complex but definitely achievable, rewarding and empowering. Been around for thousands of years.

Barrier Methods

Copper Coil IUD

See above.
Although better than hormonal options, this still comes with associated risks and side effects, even if fitted well by a doctor.

Male Condoms

Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used correctly. A water-based lubricant will increase the effectiveness; do not use an oil-based lubricant, however, as they break the latex.

Female Condoms

These thin, soft polyurethane pouches fitted inside your vagina before intercourse are 95 percent effective. Female condoms are less likely to tear than male condoms.

Diaphragm

Diaphragms, which must be fitted by a doctor, act as a barrier to sperm. When used correctly with spermicidal jellies, they are 92 to 98 effective.

Cervical Cap

This heavy rubber cap fits tightly against your cervix and can be left in place for 48 hours. Like the diaphragm, a doctor must fit the cap. Proper fitting enhances the effectiveness above 91%.

Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) - Natural Fertility

Not only do these methods assist contracpetion, but they empower you to learn more about your or your partners cycle! This attunes you more to the circadian cycles of you and nature.

The Temperature Method

This is a way to pinpoint the day of your ovulation so that intercourse can be avoided for a few days before and after. It involves taking your basal body temperature (your temperature upon first waking) each morning with an accurate "basal" thermometer, and noting the rise in temperature that occurs after ovulation.

The Mucus Method

This involves tracking changes in the amount and texture of your vaginal discharge, which reflect rising levels of oestrogen in your body. For the first few days after your period, there is often no discharge, but there will be a cloudy, tacky mucus as oestrogen starts to rise.

When your discharge starts to increase in volume and becomes clear and stringy, ovulation is near. A return to tacky, cloudy mucus or no discharge means that ovulation has passed.

There are various devices which help track your cycle and prove to be effective with high accuracy rates.

Withdrawal Method

Not successful enough because even before ejaculation, the penis releases small amounts of semen that can contain sperm.

Tantric Sex or "Conscious Sex"

Not successful enough due to similar reasons as the withdrawal method. Further more, practices like the retaining ejaculation is advanced and more relevant for people who have been doing practices like this since childhood (such as celibate yogis). Although these methods can be learnt and praciticed, caution needs to be taken they can create phyiscal implications on the males prostate and fertility.

Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)

 Some experts claim that breastfeeding protects a woman from pregnancy by curbing hormones that trigger ovulation. However, every woman's body responds differently to the hormonal influences of breastfeeding, so this method is unreliable.

Explore your options.
Become educated about what implications these contraceptive methods have on the body.
Become aware of the associated history and experience in society.
Then empowered with awareness, decide for yourself.

Bibliography
Dr. Joespeh Mercolas content rich website.
Lara Briden - The Period Revolutionary.

Image Credits:

  • feature image - Simone Van Der Koelen
  • cucumber - Charles Deluvio
  • female condom - nig.gov

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Kakamachi (Solanum Nigrum / Black Nightshade) Uses + Jam Recipe

Botanical name: Solanum nigrum
Sanskrit name: Kakamachi
English name: Black nightshade.

Plant Description: This nightshade grows abundantly along the eastern fringe of Australia. It grows like a weed. It also grows in India, Americas and South Africa. It is native to Eurasia.

Pant Identification: The berries grow in clusters. If a plant has only single berries, it may be the poisonous Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), which rarely is found in Australia so don't worry

Parts Used

Berries - The berries are ripe thus safe to eat when they are dark purple/black colour. As with most nightshades, when the fruit is not ripe (in this case, green colour), it can be poisonous.

Leaves - According to Ayurveda, the leaves of Kakamachi is one of the best leafy green vegetables one can eat for health. Fry in ghee to purify

Whole plant - Root, ripe berries, seeds, leaves and stem are used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Health Benefit of Kakamachi

Skin Health - The whole plant is great for the skin(1) although it is slightly heating (usna virya). 

Liver Health - Whole plant is useful for the liver.

Lungs - Lung and respiratory health are one of Kakamachis main uses. The seeds are most useful for lung health.

Voice - Good for voice (singers eat those ripe tucker berries). Check out other methods to improve your voice.

Balances All 3 Doshas - Kakamachi alleviates all three doshas when vitiated(1) and is essential for kapha.

Aphrodisiac and Rejuvenator - The sweet taste (madhura rasa) supports this.(1)

Digestion - Causes easy movement of faeces and other waste products. 

Anti-Oxidant Rich - A group of phytochemicals known as anthocyanins are responsible for the dark blue colour as well as the flavonoids is what makes dark purple coloured fruits and berries high anti-oxidant thus prevent cell damage.

Caution: Only use fresh.

“[Kakamachi] when used fresh is a rejuvenator but used after some days it is poison.”
~ Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, (ch. 7, 243)

This means when you cook the leaves or berries, eat that fresh, don't keep it overtime and eat is later.

Kakamachi Jam Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 500g of fresh ripe kakamachi berries
  2. 400g of quality raw sugar
  3. 1 tbsp of lemon juice

Ideally, harvest your own kakamachi from a bush area that you know is organic and spray free.

Ensure the berries are fully ripe (dark purple/black colour). Don't harvest unripe (green or light purple colour) as that is poisonous.

It is rare to buy the berries commercially. Solanum nigrum is prohibited for trade as a food in Australiaby the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Plus it is more fun and rewarding when you input "more completely" in your creation process.

Method

  1. Remove the berries from the stems with your hands or isolate the berries while you forage them. Remove any bits of leaf and stalk.
  2. Gently wash the berries with fresh water. Careful because these berries are porous.
  3. Place the berries in a heavy-based pan and gently crush with a potato masher or squeeze with your hand, just enough to release some of the juices. Turn the pan on.
  4. Add the sugar and lemon juice to the pan and leave to simmer on low heat. Allow for 5 minutes of bubbles. Keep stirring to prevent the jam sticking to the bottom of the pan.

4.  Cook down for around 20 minutes. Allow about 5 minutes of bubbles to come while simmering

5.  Put the jam into clean jars. The jam will keep in a cool dark place for 1 year. Once opened keep in the fridge.

References:

(1) Caraka Samhita, Sutra sthana, chapter 27.


Grapes (Draksa) – The Best Among Fruits

Grapes are the best among all the fruits and the most wholesome according to Ayurveda.*

Health Benefits

The sweet taste (rasa) and post-digestive effect (vipaka) nourish the physiology with strength - whether it be building tissues and energy for the emaciated and depleted, a juicy aphrodisiac or providing mental strength to brush off negativity and mistaken intellect and rise above anxiety or depression.

I like to use Draksadi Kashayam formula - a decoction with grapes + other herbs to boost mental strength in clients.

Grapes are like white plasma (rasa). Thus, according to Ayurveda’s principle of “like increases like,” grapes tonify and nourish rasa dhatu (plasma, extracellular fluid and lymph + more tissue substances that can't be translated into western medical terms).

Grapes cool you down, thus great for pitta, heated conditions, fever, jaundice, eye health (eyes are a site of metabolism/Pitta), bleeding diseases, burning sensations and is fantastic to quench thirst.

Anti-oxidant - The rich phytochemical anthocyanin gives (especially red) grapes the ability to eradicate harmful free radicals from cells that can cause oxidative stress, leading to all kinds of chronic illnesses.

This makes it a great blood cleanser and blood builder (balances rakta dhatu).

The antioxidant polyphenolic generates anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-cancer activities.

Anti-inflammatory - Messaging molecules (such as interleukin) and pro-inflammatory enzymes (like cyclo-oxygenase) that advance inflammation can be defused by grape intake.

Harvest from Vital Vedas family farm in Northern Rivers region of NSW

It’s unctuousness (snigdha) and liquidity (dravam) helps the elimination of urine and faeces and has a laxative action.

Being tantalisingly sweet and unctuous, it also pacifies vata but not necessarily in the alimentary tract, as it can put out the agni (digestive fire) and is a little hard to digest being so sweet (heaviest taste) and cooling.

It’s secondary taste being bitter also helps respiratory issues like dyspnoea, hoarse voice, chest injury, tuberculosis and can help mitigate the effects from intoxication and delusion (coma). 

Unripe fruits are sour so become harder to digest and actually aggravate pitta and rakta (the blood).

Seedless grapes (Abija draksa) or grapes with very small seeds are harder to digest and possibly are genetically modified, however they mitigate kapha.

Dried grapes (raisins, sultanas) have a similar effect, are easier to digest but have a higher sugar level so caution with people with high blood sugar. They contain a concentrated source of iron and is an important fruit for anaemic people along with figs, dates, papaya, kiwi and pomegranate.

Additional Health Profile & Benefits

  • Grapes are rich in micronutrient minerals like copper and manganese, an essential co-factor of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.
  • Grapes contain the essential hormone and antioxidant melatonin.
  • Grapes contains about 191 mg of the electrolyte potassium per 100 grams.
  • Grapes actually have a low glycemic index and help balance blood sugar.

Grape Juice

For you pitta people, consider fasting on FRESH grape OR pomegranate juice, one day a week, fortnight or month regularly (on the same day cyclically).

Organic grape juice pressed and strained by Vital Veda

References:
* Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbhata and Bhavaprakasa
Dr. Mercola


Elderberry Jam Recipe

Botanical name: Sambucus nigra (this is the common blackish-blue variety).

Plant facts: The tree has hollow stems, which were used traditionally used as a straw to make flute like instruments.

Health Benefits of Elderberry

Elderberries have been shown by scientific studies to cure the common flu. This is more effective when made into a syrup or wine with other anti-bacterial spices like ginger and turmeric. Antiviral components of elderberry fruit extract were tested and found to effectively inhibit Human Influenza A (H1N1 virus) in vitro, possibly by blocking the ability of the virus to infect host cells.

Manages Infections - Can be used in a range of infections.

Anti-Oxidant Rich - A group of phytochemicals known as anthocyanins are responsible for the dark blue colour as well as flavonoids  is what makes dark purple coloured fruits and berries high anti-oxidant thus prevent cell damage.

Brain Health - The phytochemicals also help prevent deterioration of nerve cells in the brain. Preventintoothe all to common vata disorcers of the head like Alzheimer's and dementia.

Nutritious - Elderberries contain 87 percent of the daily value in vitamin C, and high amounts of vitamin A, potassium, iron, vitamin B6, fiber, and betacarotene.

Elderflowers, which bloom in summer, are great for fever - and can be brewed into a tea. Other traditional uses of elder flowers are as external antiseptic washes to treat wounds and as an eye wash for conjunctivitis and eye inflammation.

Elderbery Jam Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 500g of fresh elderberries (not dried)
  2. 400g of jam quality raw sugar
  3. 1 tbsp of lemon juice

Ideally, harvest your own elderberries from a tree that you know is organic and spray free.

Plus it is more fun and rewarding when you input "more completely" in your creation process.

Method

  1. Remove the berries from their stems with your hands or a fork and wash to remove any bits of leaf and stalk.
  2. Place the elderberries in a heavy-based pan and gently crush with a potato masher or squeeze with your hand, just enough to release some of the juices.
  3. Add the sugar and lemon juice to the pan and leave to simmer on low heat. Keep stirring to prevent the jam sticking to the bottom of the pan.

4.  Cook down for around 20 minutes, skimming off and discarding any scum which has come to the surface.

5.  Put the jam into clean jars. The jam will keep in a cool dark place for 1 year. Once opened keep in the fridge.

feature photo by Great British Chefs.


The Enlightened Jesus with Dr. Kenneth Chandler {Podcast #012}

Uplifting Christianity to the high dignity and essence of Jesus’ own and true teachings.

See and experience the deeper and true meaning of these scriptures and teachings which are based on pure consciousness, enlightenment and transcendence.

About Kenneth Chandler

Through careful scholarly detective work, Kenneth has showed the essence of Jesus’ teachings.

Dr. Kenneth Chandler received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas where he specialised in philosophy of science and theory of knowledge.

He taught philosophy and the humanities for twenty years and has lectured at leading universities in Europe, Asia and North America on awakening the full potential of human consciousness. Most recently he was a scholar in residence at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Chandler was raised in a strong Christian family. The skills of careful critical thinking he acquired in his academic career did not cause him to deny his Christian upbringing but led instead to the discover of the deeper meaning of Jesus’ own teaching. He found that Jesus described a kind of experience that is universally valid and that is the true foundation of Christianity.

Dr. Chandler’s discerning scholarly detective work brings to light an aspect of Jesus’ teaching that has been hidden for nearly two thousand years.

He found that the true ground of validity of Jesus’ teaching is the universal experience of eternal pure consciousness Jesus gave his disciples.

Paul helped bring faith to millions of people by focusing on the “sign and miracle” of the risen Christ: but the true meaning and power of Jesus’ teaching is that we too can experience the eternal consciousness that ever knows itself and the Kingdom of Heaven within.

Dr. Chandler’s research has uncovered the universal experience of pure consciousness that is described by the greatest minds of the East and West. This experience is the same across all cultures and is a foundation of well-grounded knowledge.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Kens Project: The Experience of Pure Consciousness

Collecting exact expressions of pure consciousness from the greatest thinkers of the main steam from the east and west.

This includes the Veda of course, but also western intellectual cultural spiritual heritage such as the Greeks, Roman, Dekardt and went right through History of Philosophy right through to the 21st century. Jesus is just one of them.

The Sources of Jesus’ Teaching of Enlightenment

Which is expressed in two basic sources:

  1. The Bible - The teaching of enlightenment is included there. But if you don’t have a clear paradigm of what enlightenment is you don’t see it.
  2. 7-14 gospels written down by his disciples and then lost.

What is exciting is that these teachings are currently now being revealed. These scriptures such as the lost gospels have only recently been discovered, mostly in the twentieth century. 

Jesus’ Teaching of Enlightenment

The experience of Transcending. Described in all traditions.

Transcending and Experiencing Pure Consciousness 

What is transcending?

Deep settling of the activity of the mind which causes our attention to go deeper, subtler and quieter until we remain awake with clear restful alertness to experience pure consciousness which is unbounded, unchangeable, blissful and infinite.

The eternal Light of God - what Jesus called the all-pervading pure consciousness. 

What is Enlightenment?

  • A natural result of developing the full potential of human consciousness.
  • The potential to attain enlightenment is a universal human capability inherent in the human nervous system. Thus, every human being has this capacity to attain enlightenment. 
  • Enlightenment is a state of consciousness that is far more knowing, more vital and more blissful than ordinary waking state. 
  • It provides an ability to act more effectively in the word and achieve excellence in all endeavours.
  • As consciousness develops, one gains a kind of direct knowledge and expanded knowledge of the universal consciousness - the foundation of all life.

An Experience Based Approach vs Faith:

This needs to dominate in religion, then people of all religions will rise above conflict and dogma and live the supreme enlightenment Jesus taught is possible.

When established in the inner light, we know the inner Divine life of Jesus in our own experience.

Paul teachings was a faith approach.

The “Lost” or “Original” Gospels that have now been found.

Approximately 14 lost gospels record Jesus’ true teachings. Transcending and pure consciousness. These were written by Jesus’ own disciples, while Jesus was alive.

Some of them are:

  1. The Gospel of Mary - “how to rest in silence.”
  2. The Gospel of Thomas
  3. The (Secret) Gospel of Mark
  4. John - “The great unbounded one.”
  5. Judas
  6. The Saviour.
  7. Gospel of Mathew

Common aspects and some of the exact same phrases of Jesus’ teachings from these gospels that are also in Vedic texts.

A major difference between the teaching of Jesus and the teaching of Paul (todays Christianity):

Heaven is On Earth. It is not something one acquires after dropping their body and leaving this earth.

“The kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”

Enhancing the collective consciousness with the ability to bring heavenly light and coherence to everyone to eliminate all negative thinking, war, crime, corruption, sickness and all the problems of the modern man.

Jesus’ teaching of Yoga:

“Take my yoke upon you… and ye shall find rest to your souls.”
~ Jesus.
Mathew, 11:29

Yoke from the Greek yugos, which is closely related to the Sanskrit word yoga.

Jesus mentioning “AUM”:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”
John 1: 1-4

Aum is the primordial sound of creation.

The (Secret) Gospel of Mark

St. Clement was well aware that the Secret Gospel of Mark was kept at the Church in Alexandria. Clement commanded in his letter to Alexandria that the priests there:

“deny even under oath [that Mark had written a secret gospel] for one does not have to speak the whole truth to everyone.”

However, Clement privately encouraged people to be initiated in the Mysteries of Christ, for he practiced them. He praised “our sacred mysteries:”

“O Truly sacred mysteries! O pure light! In the blaze of torches I have a vision of heaven and of God. I become holy by initiation. The Lord [Jesus] reveals the mysteries.”
~ Clement of the Greeks, Exhortation of Alexandria.

The reoccurring theme of the Church denying and hiding true principles and teachings in order to protect the Church movement from change. 

The pattern of denying ancient gospels to protect the faith has become Vatican policy.

The Essene Gospel Of Peace

Jesus’ teaching to a group of spiritual men that were living in harmony with nature in a monastic environment. These men were worthy of high teachings, so Jesus taught some high end knowledge. 

“Seek not the law in your scriptures, for the law is life, whereas the scripture is dead…The law is the living word of the living God to living prophets for living men. In everything that is life is the law written. You find it in the grass, in the tree, in the river, in the mountain, in the birds of heaven, in the fishes of the sea; but seek it chiefly in yourselves.”

“Do not wait for death to reveal the great mystery;
If you know not your Heavenly Father
While your feet treat the dusty soil,
There shall be naught but shadows for thee in the life to come.
Here and now is the mystery revelled.
Here and now is the curtain lifted.”
- Heaven is on earth.

“As the sheaf of golden wheat
Lieth hidden within the tiny kernel.
So is the kingdom of heaven
Hidden within our thoughts.”
- This is exactly the language in which the Vedic tradition describes the hiding power (chhandas) of thoughts that covers the subtler heaven within.

“you can then look upon the blinding light of the Heavenly Father, which is a thousand times brighter that the brightness of a thousand suns.”
- Practically the same as the Upanishads, which describe pure consciousness as brighter than a thousand suns.

Jesus’ Teaching of Transcending - The Greater Mystery

Jesus Initiating Disciples into a Transcendental Technique - in my language, he gave them mantras

“I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and that have received them…that they may be one, as we are one.”

John 17: 8-11

“that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may also be in us…The glory which though hast given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.”

Primordial Sounds mentioned in the Pistis Sophia

The Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke depict Jesus as a “sower of words,” referring to the special sounds he gave his disciples.

Mantras - repeating a meaningless sound.

The Pistis Sophia refers to special sacred syllables that heal and lead the the fullness of light.

Book V of the Pistis Sophia begins with him standing together with his disciples in a circle. “turning towards the four corner of the world with his disciple, who were all clothes in [white] linen…he said out loud: “iao, iao, iao.”

Maharishi also spoke of the same three syllables as the three primordial sounds or vowels that contain all other sounds of cosmic intelligence.

  • These three syllables were also recoded in the Gospel of Thomas.
  • The Acts of St. John, another ancient document found in Egypt, describes Jesus standing in a circle with his disciples and delivering a “secret initiation.”
  • The Secret Gospel of Mark affirms a similar initiation.
  • The Gospel of Batholomew also speaks of certain teaching given to the Apostles in a secret by the Lord in the circle rite.
  • Valntinius also mentions the three syllabules.
  • Zostrainos manuscript (found at Nag Hamadi) speaks of “stilling the chaos in his mind,” through a practice which he calls “meditation.”
  • The Gospel of Phillip refers to sacred syllables. 
  • Another ancient manuscript found at Nag Hamadi called the Discourse on the Eight and Ninth tells of a sequence of sacred sounds that initiates repeat in silence. Then after reacting the Divin syllables, the teacher exclaims “I see! I see indescribable depths…I see myself!…I have found the beginning of the power that is above all powers, the one that has no beginning…”

Who was Jesus - A more deep and subtle investigation

Jesus was not only a man who became enlightened.

Jesus is described in the Bible and the Christian creeds as God come down from heaven and made man - meaning he was an incarnation of the Divine. 

The Bible says he “came down from heaven” and was made man.
~ John 6:38

A God who takes human form on earth to save mankind is called an Avatar.

Virgin Birth

Although others say otherwise, it was Matthews gospel in about 80CE that introduced the idea of Jesus’ virgin birth.

“But I came from the places above by the will of the great Light.”
~ The Sophia of Jesus Christ.

Twice Born:

“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
~ John 3:3

Manu Smriti talks about twice-born, “Bhramins.”

When asked how a man can be born when he is old, Jesus answers,

“Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John, 3:5).

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of spirit is spirit.” (John, 3:6)

“Born again” into higher states of consciousness, that is the life of the spirit, then do we enter the kingdom of God. (Cosmic Consciousness).

Each rebirth - to higher states of consciousness - is a total an permanent transformation, a rebirth of the whole body, mind and spirit. This is also called awakening.

Believing - a very superficial thinking. Go deeper. “You to can become one with the father as the father and I are one.”

Shri Shakti Amma Narayani - one of the current avatars today.

Jesus’ “Lost Years”

Where was Jesus between the age of 12 and 30? The Bible says nothing about his life during these 18 years.

There is only one ancient account of Jesus during this time, the Himis manuscript.

A manuscript found in a remote Himalayan monastery in Ladakh says that Saint Issa (the transliterated name for Jesus in the Middle East) left Israel a boy of 13, travelled to India and Tibet to learn the Vedas then taught there for 12 years. It described in some detail how Jesus gained a large following all over India.

The Himis Manuscript said Jesus left Israel because Israeli children during his lifetime got married at 13 for boys and 12 for girls. The young Jesus wanted to pursue a purely spiritual life rather than to be married.

The Dead Sea Scrolls relate that Israel boys at the time of Jesus were married at age 13.

How did a Buddhist author know the marriage age of children in ancient Israel? How could a Buddhist forget to tell of Jesus’ teaching in a way that fits so perfectly with them of the other lost gospels?

in 1887 Nicholas Notovitch discovered this manuscript. He went to the Vatican to publish it but was rejected and offered money not to publish it, for his “loss of time and expenditure.” The pattern of denying ancient gospels to protect the faith had become Vatican policy.

Authenticity - It has been described by ten people who saw it and heard readings from it.

The silk road was very active then. A young man with an aspiration for spiritual knowledge could naturally make this journey.

Sometime in the late 1970s, a group of people travelled to the monastery and bought the manuscript (Himis Gospel) for a large sum of money on the pretext of punishing it. It has not been since. If the manuscript could have been shown a forgery, it would have long since been shown. But it has not, so this adds to the plausibility. It is likely now hidden away in the Vatican secret archives or somewhere it will not “disturb the faithful.”

The Secret Basement Library of the Vatican

Other evidence of Jesus in India:

  • The Acts of Thomas, which belongs to the Catholic Bible, describes Jesus in India and amazingly tells of the activities of Jesus in India.
  • Even Irenaeus wrote a passage that he was in Asia. Probably written off guard.
  • An ancient tomb in Srinagar, Kashmir proclaims it is the final resting placing of You Asaf (the Persian name for Jesus).

Jesus went to Asia after his resurrection, not to outer-space.

Siddhis
Dormant non-local potentials that exist in every Consciousness. 

Where Jesus learnt to walk on water, rise into the air and foreknow future events. 

The creation of a perfected human. The way nature intended a human to be constructed and manifested.

The Bible speaks of Jesus performing siddhis that are described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras - like walking on water rising into the air and foreknowing future events. He probably spent his early years in India learning these.

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How the Teachings of Jesus became Mis-Interpreted and Lost

The essence of his teachings, that was enlightenment, were lost and overshadowed by later apostles who broke away from the movement Jesus established in Israel to teach their own doctrines. 

Christians have been robbed of Jesus’ teaching because of a mistake made by bishops in the late second century. 

Unfortunately, when the manuscripts containing Jesus’ teachings were rediscovered over the past two centuries, they were interpreted through the eyes of Irenaeus of Gaul, who blasts Jesus’ own teaching of enlightenment as a “Gnostic fraud,” around 185 CE. 

Iranaues was a powerful and influential bishop of early Church, a zealous follower of Paul, who had not been initiated into the secret wisdom and certainly did not know it had come from Jesus. 

Iranaues made the teaching of Paul primary and that became the focus of early Christianity. 

Jesus’ own teaching of transcending was hidden and denied and the teaching of Paul was taken as the word of God.

Iranaues also took harsh action to shut down Carpocrates, who without permission from the elders of the church, somehow obtained “the written part of the secret gospel [of Mark]” and famously started imitated people.

The apostle Paul proclaimed that his interpretation of Jesus was revealed by God.

It was Paul who brought the idea that salvation comes through faith (not the case).

The history of Christianity has been shaped by Paul’s interpretation of Jesus, which was written decades after Jesus gave his true teachings. Paul had never met Jesus in person and clashed with other disciples, Peter and James, who Jesus has left in charge of the Church.

Christians still hold to the Paul-Irenaean interpretation of Jesus that has dominated Christianity for 800 years; which is not the original teaching of Jesus.

A Christianity based on Jesus’ own teaching of transcending and enlightenment will be far richer and more divine that the doctrines based on the teaching of Paul and others who came after him.

Without experience of the Light of God to guide them, religions often become embroiled in the kind of narrow sectarian rivalry that is degrading in the sight of God.

Additional quotes and evidence of Jesus’ true teachings:

I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
~ Jesus. John, 8:12.

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
~ Jesus. John, 10:10.

Jesus prayed that we too can become one with God as he and God are one.

“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one.”
~ Gospel of John, 17:22

This passage from the bible says:

  • God has given Jesus a glorified state of life.
  • Jesus has given us (his disciples) the same glorified state of life.
  • Jesus has given us the glory so that we too can become on with God as he and God are one.

We can do greater works still than Jesus has done

“The works that I do he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.”
~ John 14:12

The goal of a true Guru is to not only make his disciple self-sufficient, but so that the disciple can teacher more and be greater than the guru.

Jesus’ Teachings of Joy

Paul teaches that suffering is necessary. That Christinas are obliged to suffer in Jesus’ name as he suffered for us (which he did not).

Not only did Jesus not suffer, but his own teachings are about total fullness and joy for everyone to attain this life:

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
~ John 15:11.

“Peace if my parting gift to you, my own peace, such as the world cannot give.”
~ John 14:27

Life in Accord with the Will of God (Dharma)

I am not myself the source of the words I speak to you, it is the Father who dwells in me doing his own work.”
~ John 14:10

Our individual self is a vessel for the greater intelligence and the laws of nature to perform action through.

For the self-realised person, the Rk Veda says:
“wholeness (Brahma) drives the chariot.”

Regular Prayer vs. True Prayer

Regular Prayer
I’m the unworthy one, petitioning to you supreme being, other thing than me, for perfection.

True Prayer

  • Continue to use me, I am reliable.
  • King David did this in the psalms. He never asked for anything. He was speaking to God as a worthy being as he was going to carry out as a worthy agent of progressive change that which god needed to be carried out in the world.

Moshe (Moses) and the burning bush

A self effulgent bush.
Smoke-less, heat-less, illuminating and radiating light at Moses. It was not a face, it was a bush as an expression of God.

“Remove your shoes" Moshe was told.

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Art of Apostle Paul by Valentin de Boulogne, 17th century.
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The Psychology of a Ninth Month Old Foetus

At this tail end of the pregnancy, the foetus becomes endowed with all its characters - the five senses (gandharsadi), intelligence (buddhi) and the physical anatomy and physiology are basically fully developed.

What the foetus also acquires at this time is an ability to remember it’s past lives. But along with these memories come an overwhelming amount of information.


Put yourself in the bare slimy feet of a 9-month-old foetus. A variety of compendiums start rushing through its mind:

  • Visions of thousands of variegated living forms,
  • The taste of a variety of food and drinks,
  • The taste, sensation and texture of having sucked breast milk from many different species,
  • Having gone through a cyclic process of birth and death, with repeated birth from thousands of female genitals (Yonis) from a variety of species.
  • Memories of sufferings, miseries, sorrow (Dukha), insults and criticism that were not averted and never resolved.
  • Good and bad deeds from past lives cause confusion and clouds the memory in the little foetus brain as it attempts to link these deeds with past sufferings.

Thus, the quality of mental and physical characteristics which are developing in the 9th month of pregnancy depends upon the good deeds of previous births (Purvajanma).


And then...
The moment the foetus passes through the female genitals and contacts with oxygen (Vaishnava Vayu), it forgets even the most painful sufferings and miseries, previous lives and good and bad deeds.

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Himalayan Herbs & The Future of Ayurvedic Products with Dr. Ketan Joshi {Podcast #011}

Medicinal Plants: from Himalayan Villages to the western marketplace.

Astoundingly incorporating Ayurvedic herbs in common food and cosmetic products that you would have never imagined (ice-cream, chewing gum, cosmetics).

About Dr. Ketan Joshi

Dr. Ketan Joshi is a highly experieced food and drink scientist based in England with a PhD in sugar. After years of creating products for corporates, he wanted to do something different. After identifying one of the current global trends "Go Back to Nature," Dr. Joshi set out on a mission to the Himalayas: to bring organic Ayurvedic recipes to the masses.

Dr. Joshi spent years researching the local people’s way of life and came to know them very well. They shared ancient recipes with him, that had been passed down through their families over generations, which they credited for their long life and vitality despite virtually no wealth. Ketan  analysed these herbs at a scientific level and then created the Wise Herb Company.

Ketan has established an impressive Sustainable Initiative for Local Himalayan Families, employing over 1400 small farming families within a 25-30km radius to growing Ayurvedic herbs as well as sponsoring young girls to get educated.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Ketan’s journey from being a Food Scientist and working with big corporates to creating Ayurvedic herbal formulas.

“Back to Nature” - One of the 12 global current trends of the word which Ketan is pursuing.

Where in the world people are still living with nature. There are only 3 or 4 places.

The crisis of the younger generation of mountain farmers uninterested and leaving for the cities.

Processed food and water and our modern lifestyle that has triggered societies desire to “go back to nature.”

Ketan’s Sustainable Initiative for Local Himalayan Families:

He has employed over 1400 small farming families within a 25-30km radius to start growing herbs for him, rather than them growing foods and selling them to the “Himalayan mafia” for next to nothing.

Sponsoring young girls from Himayalan villages to get educated rather than being forced into marriage in their early teenage years.

Wild-Grown - many levels above “organic.”

The purity of the Himalayan farms and lack of pesticides.

The creation process of herbal formulas:

Hand cutting vs. Machine cutting and why Ketan does not use machines to produce his herbal products.
Heat and certain blade fibres from machines kill volatile oils in the plants. Sattva (purity) and micro-biome are healthier in hand-cut herbs.

The stress levels of plants.

Harvesting particular herbs at particular times of the day.

The Wise Herb Company's Herbal Tea Infusions based on Ketan’s observations in the mountains.

How 80-year-old women carry very heavy sacks up mountains at high altitudes.
How truck drivers drive 30-40 tonne trucks through the windy roads of the Himalayas every day for long hours with optimal mental energy.
How 80-year-old men plough fields with oxen all day from 6 am to till the evening.
How 70-year-old men pulled Ketan and his crew out of rivers.

Turmeric - How to increase its bio-availability and absorb the benefits.
Turmeric varies in taste, curcumin level and colour according to where it is grown.

How to tell if the herbs or tea you are buying is legitimate quality:
Triangular tea bags with extra space for stronger infusion of herbs.
A simple at-home test to see if your herbal teas are 100% natural or if it has artificial colours and flavours:
The herbs should expand and swell.

The uncertainty of India, and why Ketan does all his herbal processing himself in England.

Why Ayurvedic herbs are not going to remain a niche industry.
Big corporates are requesting and enquiring Ketan’s help to implement Ayurvedic herbs into confectionary, chewing gum, chocolate, hair gels, sunscreen - common products! They are watching.
This is all because there is a need of the time to go back to nature.

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Why Dinner Should be Your Lightest Meal & Low in Protein

Why do you eat food?

For fuel. Food gets digested (hopefully) to allow the mitochondria (the powerhouses of the cells) to produce ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) which is the energy you require to function in life.

If you use the energy, like in the case of your daily activities, that is great! You are "spending" this “energy currency” well.

If you just go to sleep after eating, because your use of energy drops dramatically during sleep, you don’t have anything to spend this ATP on, you hoard it.

Hoarding is never good. Maintenance attracts destruction. The ATP over-accumulates which increases free radicals, reactive oxygen and mitochondrial damage.

You want to finish eating at least 2-3 hours before bed (before 10pm)

When you re-establish fat metabolism, you may not even require dinner at all (a healthy habit). But as a culture, we have lost the ability to burn fat for fuel. Instead, we are using sugar as fuel, quick injections of stimulants from all sorts of foods - think organic dark chocolate, organic nuts, raisins, coffee etc. If you are snacking for quick hits of energy this indicates that you have lost the ability to burn your calm and stable source of fuel - fat. Have a phone consultation with me to re-establish fat metabolism.

Why Eating a High Protein Meal at Dinner Is a Bad Idea

Protein activates an anabolic pathway called mTOR activation - causes you to build muscles. Of course you need mTOR activated but it should not be continuous.

The primary problem when you eat a heavy dinner is it suppresses an important metabolic process called autophagy (meaning “self-devouring”), which breaks down, processes cells and disassembles unnecessary or dysfunctional components. If autophagy is impaired, this can cause cancer (excess tissue). Excess protein can increase cancer risk.

When a tissue (Dhatu) increases, it can cause tumours.

Mamsa Vrdha Mamsam is an ancient slohka in Ayurveda which means eating “flesh increases flesh.”

Excess protein in some cases can be even more dangerous than excess glucose.

Your agni (digestive fire) is regulated by the sun. When the sun is strongest, ea your biggest meal (lunch). When the sun is down, your digestive strength is low, so eat light.

Scenario: Sleeping After a Heavy Dinner

  • When you sleep on top of a big dinner your heart rate pulse rate, respiratory rate, metabolic rate all slows down which causes food to linger in your system without being digested (ama).
  • You wake up in a state of indigestion with ama deposited somewhere in your body.
  • Then you think that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and you put another truckload onto of that.
  • Then you walk around feeling blocked and inflamed. You create vascular inflammation, congestion, your sinuses are blocked, you are barely awake because you are feeling dull and heavy.
  • You don’t even feel the desire to having a big lunch since you are so out of tune.
  • So add massive doses of caffeine to give you energy which suppresses agni, causes improper appetite and further disconnects you from fat metabolism.

They Call it "Supper" for a Reason

Supper comes from the Old French word souper meaning “evening meal.” That is where we get the name soup from. Supper should be a light supplementary meal, not the main meal. Soup is a great choice.

Tips to Transition to a Light Dinner

  • Have a good, solid warm cooked lunch. Eat that in a relaxed manner to be properly nourished and satisfied.
  • Re-establish fat-metabolism by moving towards three meals a day, no snacks.
  • Learn to "wind-down" from your day with techniques like meditation, pranayama and immersing loving relationships.
  • Incorporate healthy fats in your diet such as ghee.
  • Eat an earlier dinner.
  • Eat whole foods, rather than processed foods.
  • If you eat meat, fish or eggs, only eat at lunchtime.
  • Dinner options: vegetable soup, kitchari, light vegetable dish.

The Importance of How You Eat

Ayurveda stresses the importance of not only What you eat, but perhaps How you eat is more important (unless you are eating crap). Furthermore, you want to have optimum functioning digestion (agni) so that what goes in your mouth becomes a thin fluid essence of nourishment (ahar rasa) rather than a thick toxic congesting fluid (ama).

“Eat late to gain some weight and sleep late to gain some weight.”

Ideally, you should wake up effortlessly, you should jump out of bed. You should also wake up slightly hungry. 

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The Power of Hanuman: Accessing The Superman Within You

While I will share with you a beautiful mythological story, the deeper significance and intended outcomes you can experience from this tale will also be shared.

The Actual Purpose of Mythology

The Gods and Goddesses of Indian “Mythology” are symbols of states of consciousness. Usually states of higher and expanded consciousness which are told in a legendary format. The sequence of the story (legend) triggers a “eureka” experience. This connects oneself with the larger universe, usually experienced in an abstract fashion.

Myth is the story in the collective imagination that explains the infinite mystery of our existence.

Story Of Hanuman

It is told that as a child, Hanuman rose to the skies to catch the sun, thinking that it was a bright and delicious fruit, and wanted to eat it. He rose up to the skies in the direction of the sun to grab that substance and swallow it.

Indra, the ruler of the heavens, was startled at this adventure of a mortal trying to ascend to the heavens and grab the solar orb, so he gave such a blow on the chin of this little boy with his weapon called Vajra (disc) and Hanuman fell down unconscious.

Hanuman’s father, Vayu (wind god) got annoyed at this.

“My son has been treated so badly by these gods…I shall teach these fellows a lesson.” Vayu, the wind god, withdrew himself from all parts, and everyone stopped breathing. Nobody could breathe. There was suffocation and agony everywhere, and even the celestials ran to Brahma (the Creator): “There is some terrific suffering. This wind is very angry. Please go and give him blessing.”

Brahma then blessed Hanuman - “No weapon can hurt this child. Not even the five elements can harm him. Not even celestial missiles except my own Brahmastra can have any effect on him…he shall be invincible and no one can stand before him.”

Hanuman is the Aspect of Consciousness (in everyone and everything) which encompasses:

Cosmic Vayu (Air) manifests into Prana (Life-force)

Not just our physical prana but the prana of our mind and all the vibratory forces in the universe.

Vayu manifests as technological information (data, calculations, communications), light, or electrical force.

Cosmic Vayu links us to the cosmic mind that aligns all minds together in an interconnected network of thought. Hanuman is the most wise and observant. A master who decisively discriminates between the intellect (buddhi) and the inner intelligence (purusha) to reveal the highest truth.

This prana manifests when you connect to the unlimited potentials within us. 

Mastering the Dynamic Power of Yoga

Cosmic Vayu gives flexibility of body, unbounded vitality, stout-hearted will power, motivation and dynamic mind capacity.

Tapping into Hanuman consciousness grants certain yoga siddhis (dormant non-local potentials of perfected human-capabilities that exist in every consciousness). Capabilities like movement, extraordinary perceptivity and mastery of the senses and cosmic energies.

Our highest prana merges with immortal Prana. Dedicate ourselves as Hanuman to Rama, to offer our mortality or temporal existence to the immortal and infinite.

Cosmic Vayu Attunes One to Live in Harmony with Nature

Vayu governs the creation and equilibrium of nature and the universe as a whole.

As the wind blows, so the clouds move and rain.

Vayu moves the sun and moon, which govern the earth through gravity. Cosmic Vayu actually creates galaxies (through smoke clouds).

Hanuman is the conduit of the power of Rama: universal Self who orchestrates all nature. This is true bhakti (devotion).

Incredible Strength

Self-power (Atma Shakti) to realise our higher potential and accomplish what is supernatural and transformational. Fearlessness, self-confidence, daring and boldness to attempt the impossible and succeed.

Established in the field of transcendence, then we can playfully interact with all the energies across the vast layers of the universe.

Access your deeper cosmic energy and Become Hanuman.

Credits:

Bibliography: American Institute of Vedic Studies, David Frawley.
Feature photo: Art by MTM Nataraja
other art: unknown, but thank you.