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.


Jyotish: Vedic Astrology with Anand Mehrotra {Podcast #003}

Jyotish, a profound mathematical sophisticated form of astrology. It describes how planetary patterns at the time of our birth give valuable clues in helping us understand our life’s journey. Through careful analysis of these cosmic influences, Jyotish can help us realistically evaluate our strengths and weaknesses in order to optimise our full potential.

Join expert visionary master teacher and Jyotishi, Anand Mehrotra, as we dispel dogmas, myths and inaccurate perceptions about Jyotish and other aspects of the veda.

Anand reveals to us a great introduction and general overview about Jyotish - “the light of the self.” He recommends specific regimes for you to do during new moon, full moon and eclipses. Anand beautifully expresses the qualities of the core seven planets by relating them with their signifying chakras and deity expressions.


ABOUT ANAND MEHROTRA

Anand is a visionary master teacher, community and thought leader, conscious entrepreneur and Jyotishi (vedic astrologer). Anand was born, raised and still resides in Rishikesh, a holy town by the Ganga river at the foot hills of the Himlayas in North India.

He is the founder and master teacher of Sattva Yoga, a radically holistic, ever-evolving practice that is currently growing rapidly.
He teaches around the world to give wisdom talks, host gatherings, satsangs, meditations, provides Vedic astrology readings, leads Sattva Yoga journeys, retreats and trainings.

Anand leads two non for profit organisations, The Khushi Charitable Society and Sattva Foundation, and has launched several businesses based on sustainable practices and supporting local communities.


In this Episode we Discuss:

  • The role of Jyotish in expanding holistic, all inclusive knowledge.
  • What is Jyotish - the “eye of the veda.” The light of self.
  • “A physician who doesn’t know astrology should not call himself a physician.” ~ Hippocrates. (5:00)
  • The study of the movement and flow of Jeeva (individuality) in time. How to utilise our journey in this time bound expression in the highest manner possible. (8:05)
  • “The Entry” - time and place of birth is a karmic footprint which will provide the information of ones karma.
  • The difference between Jyotish and Western Astrology. (12:55)
  • Rahu and Ketu - Two shadow planets that cause eclipses and balance kundalini. (15:05)
    • Rahu - north lunar node - dragons head. Mind.
    • Creative, expansive. Psychosis.
    • Higher level - Impact, expansion, self actualisation. External.
    • Further - fearlessness, which gives rise to kundalini (infinite potential). Fear constricts us from our infinite potential. Rahu plays on your fears.
    • Ketu - south lunar node - dragons tail. Body.
    • Withdrawing, depressive, chronic illnesses.
    • Higher level - liberation, inner realisation. Internal.
    • Past.
    • Rahu was a chandala. The god split his head but because of his high state of consciousness he was immortal. So the head become Rahu. Tail became Ketu.
    • Snakes are Karayaka (physical expression of energy) for Rahu and Ketu. (18:48)
  • Multiple levels of dreaming. (19:25)
  • When Rahu and Ketu (Ida and Pingala) merge in a balanced state along the spine the sushumna opens. Associated with Kundaliuni Shakti. Potential to awaken your kundalini, your infinite potential. (19:55)
  • Regimen for Eclipses - Optimal uses of energy. Not a time to start business venture. Not creative energy. More of a meditative energy. (20:55)
  • Regimen for No Moon: inward, meditative (23:09)
  • Regimen for New Moon: initiatives, new beginnings, ventures, treatments.
  • Regimen for Full Moon - healing, self-healing. Gathering, collective gatherings, agni-hotras, kirtan, yagya, rituals, pujas, ceremonies. Be with elements, be in nature, especially water element. (23:55)
  • Freeing your bondage and transcending your personal karmic journey to live with the natural flow of time. (25:42)
  • The 7 Grahas (Planets) and their signifying Chakras and Deity Expressions (30:37)
    1. Shani (Saturn) - Shiva - Muladhara (root) Chakra. - Seat of infinite potential. Fearlessness, exploring the great unknown, inwardness, meditative. Shani is the great teacher.
    2. Guru (Jupiter) - Ganesh - Second Chakra. - Playfulness, indulging in wordy pleasures.
    3. Mangal (Mars) - Hanuman and Kartikaya. - Navel Chakra. - Vitality, strength, warrior, strong agni.
    4. Shukra (Venus) - Laksmi and Krishna - Heart Chakra. - Art, creativity, beauty. The brightest start in the sky.
    5. Buddh (Mercury) - Saraswati and Buddha - Throat Chakra - Intellect, mind, wisdom, conceptual knowledge
    6. Surya (Sun) and Chandra (Moon) - Shiva and Skati - 3rd eye.
  • No planet at Brahamsrara (crown chakra) as you are liberated by the burden of living (Jiva Mukta). You can still live in the human body, but you live in dharma free from bondage to karma.
  • Sattisati: 7.5 year transit of Saturn over the moon (37:30) - Saturn is the great teacher which forces you to evolve, grow and expand. It may seem challenging at the time, but this is a purification. There are some which you can change, and you should fully change those. There is some things which you cannot change, which you must completely accept.
  • Gemstones as a supplement to optimise a particular energy. (43:49)

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True Exercise and Real Modern Yoga with Simon Borg-Olivier {Podcast #002}

What are the true purpose and aims of exercise?

What does exercise actually mean?

How do you most effectively reap the benefits of exercise without potentially damaging your physiology?

Is the exercise activity or yoga class that you are attending to actually benefiting your health or is it doing more damage than good?

In this podcast, we investigate the mechanisms of “Hatha Yoga” - the physical aspect of yoga, including the asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath work) as well as exercise and movement in general

Simon reveals basic misunderstanding and misconceptions people have about modern Yoga and exercise based science. He shares correlations between types of movement with the state of your nervous system.

Simon and reveals tips to revolutionise your exercise and yoga practice for maximum vitality, energy and prana (life-force to every cell in your body).


ABOUT SIMON BORG-OLIVIER

Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) APAM C-IAYT has been practicing yoga for 50 years and teaching for 35 years. He has also been a registered physiotherapist for 20 years. Simon is co-director of YogaSynergy, a research scientist and a University lecturer. He has been regularly invited to teach lifestyle, posture, movement and breathing at conferences and festivals internationally since 1990.


In this Episode we Discuss:

  • Simon’s background, teachers and gurus. (3:55)
  • Yoga: The art of learning how not to breathe. (4:46)
  • Basic misunderstanding and misconceptions people have about modern Yoga and exercise based science (10:05)
  • The myth of “No Pain No Gain” (13:48)
  • Excessive exercise preventing weight loss due to excessive sympathetic nervous system activation. (14:05)
  • Nasal breathing vs. mouth breathing. (14:35)
  • Excessive sympathetic nervous system (Flight or Fight) activation. (16:28)
  • Hyperventilation: Wim Hof method, Shamanic healings, Sound healings. (18:13)
  • The Wim Hof Method - an advanced yogic technique that people are missing the essence of.
  • Why Simon had to apologise to those he taught Yoga to 20-30 years ago. (27:53)
  • Health risks of high impact sport and intense cardio (30:41)
  • The real meaning of “cardio” - Good cardiovascular work - improving function of blood vessels, rather than the heart taking all the strain. (31:30)
  • The general global purpose of yoga and physiological purpose of yoga. (33:21)
  • Adapting traditional yoga teachings for the modern western body. (36:21)
  • The danger of headstands for westerners, but natural for traditional Asians. (38:30).
  • Simons current guru: Master Zhen Hua Yang - Shaolin monk, martial arts expert and energy master. (39:37)
  • Simple practices to revolutionise your body to become more “natural” during practice: (42:07)
  • Simple practices to incorporate in your day-to-day life: (48:47)
    1. Active movement.
    2. Move from your core.
    3. Breath naturally.
    4. Move in a fluid way with 3D space.
  • Simon’s philosophy of life: (52:05)
  1. Enjoy life - it’s a choice.
  2. Look after our bodies.
  3. Help other people enjoy life.

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Travel Healthy! Reduce Aeroplane Stress

Aeroplane travel will surreptitiously “suck the life out of you.” It sucks all the moisture out of your body.
With the humidity level in the cabins of most commercial aeroplanes at just 10-20%, and some even as low as 1%!(1), this makes aeroplanes drier than the Sahara Desert! which sits at about 25% humidity.

Take a good look at yourself in the mirror after travelling, especially if you travel a lot. If you are slightly in tune with your body, you will probably realise how much aeroplane travel accelerates your ageing process.

You may be surprised to learn the many risks associated with air travel.

For example, one study shows how bacteria can stay alive and continue to be infectious for more than a week on the armrests, seat pockets, seats and bathroom doors of commercial aircrafts. The dry air is said to contribute to their extra-long life on aeroplanes. (2)

That’s not to mention the health risks associated with jet lag, dehydration, swelling and fatigue.

Altitude Shock = Dehydration & Dryness

Ever wonder why it is so easy to fall asleep in a plane? It is likely because the oxygen has been literally sucked out of your brain as the cabin is being pressurised.

When people flock to mountain towns to hike, ski or for leisure, it is very common for them to get altitude sickness. Even fit athletes who train at altitude can tell the difference when they climb to 3,000 meters. In a plane, this altitude change happens in just a couple of minutes!

Dehydration and body dryness is the most instant result of altitude shock.

If you are flying a lot and your body is repeatedly put through such drastic altitude changes, the effects become chronic. Chronic sub-clinical dehydration will first dry out the outer skin and then dry out the skin associated lymph beneath the skin. When this dries out, lymphatic flow is hampered, compromising its function of draining toxins and circulating white blood cells around the body for immunity.

The good news is, I’ve compiled some effective strategies to buffer these risks. Incorporating just a few simple tips to your air travel routine will help lessen the impact of flying and help you feel more vibrant during and after your trips.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Pre-Hydrate

For 1-2 days before you fly, make every effort to drink plenty of warm-hot water. Approximately 2-3L depending on your body weight. Fresh coconut water is also recommended if in season and local.

On the day of your flight, sip hot water every 10-15 minutes to help further hydrate and support the lymphatic system.

Lubricate

Perform Ayurvedic Self-Abhyanga (Massage) before and after trips or treat yourself to an Abhyanga if available, especially upon arrival.

This will not only counter the dryness but effectively move the lymph and circulate blood. Continue to topically apply oil as a moisturiser on the flight.
Pack a little Ghee as lip balm, or use the massage oil.

Shilajit

Used by Himalayan mountain climbers to gain energy for climbing at heights above 6,000 meters and to help oxygenate at high altitudes. The active ingredient of this ancient herb, Fulvic acid, has now been found by scientists to support oxygen and energy transport. Consider taking this herb around travel days.*

* It is best to take herbs in a therapeutic combination rather than by itself. If taking by itself, have 1 day break every 7 days. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for a proper formulation and prescription. 

Pitta body types take caution as Shiljait is very heating and may aggravate Pitta.

Recycled Air

The Journal of Environmental Health Research reported that air travel increases the risk of catching a cold by 100 times because of the recycled air.

While exposure is unavoidable, we can increase our immunity and decrease our susceptibility.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Nasya

My most prized aeroplane survival tool.

Nasya is an Ayurvedic technique which involves lubricating the nasal passages (responsible for immunity).

Oil to use:  Vital Veda/Raju Nasika herbalised oil formula is superior. Inferior but still effective is Anu Tailia or cold pressed sesame oil.

Method: Tilt the head back and drop 1-3 drops in each nostril every hour so. The aim is to sniff it through the entire nasal passages, and even further up to your brain.
Also pop a couple of drops in your ears to deal with cabin pressure.

Learn about Nasya more here

Immune Boosting Rasayana (Elixir)

Ananda Siddhi Yog
Highly nourishing to the body and boosts immunity, strengthens and repairs all the seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) and gives all the refined nourishment you need for rapid healing. Very good for chronic coughs (strengthens the lungs) and restores physical vitality.
This is superior to Chywanprash.
Take 1 tsp 1-2x/day. Contact Vital Veda to order.

Chywanprash
This trusted and popular Ayurvedic formula supports immunity. This is a classic remedy for supporting frequent travellers and mitigating your risk of catching a cold during a flight.
*Please buy a quality product from a trustworthy source such as Vital Veda or Maharishi Ayurveda.

Jet Lag

Imagine air-lifting a dolphin from the Tasman Sea off the coast of Sydney, Australia to the Indian Ocean by Singapore in just 8 hours. Then, after a quick layover, air-lift that same dolphin to the harbour in Hong Kong in 4 hours.

Would you expect that dolphin to ever re-establish normal migration patterns? If so, how long do you think it might take?

For humans too, this disruption of the body’s normal biological rhythms is very real.

Jet lag can cause fatigue and lead to cognitive decline, sleep issues, and even psychotic or mood disorders.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Daily Ayurvedic Massage

Since your skin has more nerve endings than any other organ, applying herbalised oil will pacify the nervous system. Every square centimetre of the body’s skin is innervated by sensory neurons. These neurones are much happier when fed with herbalised oil, rather than left dehydrated to become irritated and over-stimulated. Learn to do self-massage.

Watch the Sunrise & Sunset

Watch the sunrise and sunset to re-connect with the local circadian cycles. Natures rhythms will enter through the retina of your eyes to regulate hormones like melatonin.
Even if it means pulling yourself out of bed, it’s worth it, and beautiful.

Ashwagandha

Considered by many to be one of the most potent adaptogens, this herb supports the body’s ability to adapt to stress like that incurred by jet lag and prevent you from absorbing the crippling impact.

It is best to take herbs in a therapeutic combination rather then by it self. If taking by itself, have 1 day break every 7 days. Consult a quality Ayurvedic practitioner. I recommend the product Stresscom as a good source of ashwagandha.

Blood Clots

20 million travellers will develop blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) a year.(3)
The risk factors seem to be a combination of sitting still for hours in a pressurised cabin, lymph congestion and dehydration.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Get Up and Move Regularly During Long Flights

  • Walk up and down the aisles more
  • Yoga Asanas - find a more spacious place to do stretches - I usually go near the bathroom, back or front of a section, near the staff stations, exit rows, rows with more leg room, empty business class areas, or my favourite, the muslim praying area.
  • Stretch your neck, rotate ankles, wrists, as much as you can while sitting.

Herbal Support

If DVT is an issue for you, it is important to consult a practitioner to tackle this problem. More complex herbs and treatment are required to dilate the channels.

Rest As Mentioned Above

Hearing Loss

Airline cabins range from 75 decibels in the front of the plane to 85 to 100 in the back. A loud nightclub, for example, roars at about 100 decibels. The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health limits safe noise levels to 88 decibels for four hours. This suggests that there is potential risk of permanent hearing damage during frequent flights that last longer than four hours.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Noise Reduction Headphones

If you are a frequent traveller, consider a set of noise reduction headphones, which reduce noise by about 40 decibels.

Nasya in the Ears

Pop a couple of Nasya oil drops in your ears before flying. Hold the head on each side for about a minute for the oil to sink down deep down into the eardrum.

Constipation

Very common due to jet lag, altitude shock and dehydration.

Swelling

Mainly caused by congested lymph.
Causative factors of lymph congestion are almost all of the idea discussed above, particularly:

  • Constipation dries out the lymph concentration on the gut wall.
  • Altitude shock affects cellular pressure, which is responsible for lymph movement.
  • Sitting still for hours may congest the lymph as their is no movement to pump the lymph and regulate the circulatory system.
  • Dehydration directly affects lymph flow.
  • Jet lag creates stress on the body, which is a major cause of lymph congestion.

Air Travel Survival Tools

Vital Veda / Raju Shodana Vati

Detoxification agent & whole-body cleansing purifier. 3-dosha blanching. Accordingly these herbal pills prepared by the Raju family will support regular bowel motions.

Triphala

Tripahla is a natural bowel toner that supports regular bowel movements. It can be used for short periods of time around travels without dependency. available at Vital Veda.

*Not necessary if you are taking “Shodana Vati.”

Sip Hot Water Frequently

Ensure you have a thermos with you to keep refilling. You’ll make best friends with the flight attendant and perhaps contribute to the revolution of drink hot water rather than cold.

Vata Tea

Since the Vata dosha gets mostly thrown out during travel, a Vata tea can assist in balancing. My favourite Vata tea is from Moksha Ayurveda.

Meditate More

Due to the harsh environment of an aeroplane, meditate as much as you like! It will buffer against jet lag, provide deep rest, and get you through the flight a lot more joyfully. Vedic Meditation is recommended.

Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol

These only dehydrate you further while in the flight.

Tongue Scraper and Herbal Toothpaste

Don’t forget these in your carry on luggage for long flights to scrape away the ama (toxins).

My on-board travel kit. Also includes a thermos and some Vata tea bags.

Don’t just Arrive Alive, Arrive and Thrive!

References
(1) Robert Haru Fisher, http://www.frommers.com/articles/4606.html
(2) http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/news/1656
(3) “The Lancet,” New Zeland, 2003.
Credits: Dr. John Doulliard, Lifespa.com