There are 19 persons on Vaidic records who lived between 300 to 400 years with good health and happiness. These persons were pioneers of Ayurveda, the health science developed by the Vedic scholars. Its basic tenets are sexually and morally disciplined life, more of fruits and vegetables as food having all the five tastes – sweet, acidic, acrid, alkaline and bitter, ordered with increasing importance, and livelihood based on physical as well as intellectual work. The idea was to keep on upgrading the humanity towards super-humanism where every citizen would have been self-disciplined and self-ruled.
But their proposition was not allowed to work by enemies of humanity who wished people to be sick and dependent, easy to rule over and exploitation. These enemies were aristocrats with common people like animals in their considerations. They devised multiple strategies to demean and dehumanize people, and their most powerful concepts came to be God, religion and spirituality which once triggered keep on strengthening through generations. Idea behind this strategy is not to allow people to have independent thinking and reasoning but to go by what someone else considered superior tells them to do. The process that works behind this dependence is faith, just opposite of reasoning. Social order so established was named Brahmanism wherein a class of people, called Brahmans, is considered superior to other people and as mediators between a phantom of God and the people.
Spirituality and Autosuggestion
All individuals are not the same, there are persons who refuse to believe in what they can’t realize through their own minds. Brahmanic strategy for them is spirituality that work at mind level within the person him/herself. The individual is made to believe that a supernatural power resides within him/herself and it may be activated through deep meditation on the self. The result may never come but the hope must continue until eternity to keep the person keep on moving endlessly in a close cycle of thoughts and realizations through a psychological concept of autosuggestion.
Autosuggestion is mental realization by a person what he/she suggests for him/herself. This works universally in a calm environment with none else to interfere. Spiritual guide drops a suggestion in the mind of the subject, and suggests him /her to suggest that for him/herself and realize what is suggested. The realization is often a light seen by the person through closed eye, or it may be anything like that. This is what is called meditation or ‘Dhyanayoga’ in spiritual world.
There are various ways of meditation but the common feature remains loneliness of the person and discussion on the matter with others is prohibited by the guide. Loneliness of a person by itself generates mental disorder in a person, and when the individual is pushed into loneliness frequently for long durations, his/her mind stops functioning on considering anything else other than what is suggested to him by the guide.
History of Spirituality
Spirituality, called Adhyatma, in eastern world was devised about 2,500 years ago during Vedic Era by enemies of Vedic scholars and works through cutting off the person from his/her social order and environment. To strengthen their idea, they misinterpreted Vedic literature written in Vedic Sanskrit through change of word meanings through modern Sanskrit language. Original Vedic meaning of the word ‘Adhyatma’ is to ‘study a subject by a person by him/herself’ through books and other aids like experimentation. This was misinterpreted to mean ‘study of the self’. Similarly, Vedic meaning of word ‘dhyanayoga’ is combining various food-grains (dhanya). Such changes in words, such as ‘dhanya to ‘dhyana’, in Vedic literature are common for expression of multiple subjects in a text which has been the special feature of Vedic literature. Each textual matter deals with more than one subject.
Vedic scholars had realized this misuse of words by enemies, and provided adequate guidance in their literature about dangers of spiritual practices such as ‘dhyanayoga’. Their latest creations have been ‘Bhavaprakash’ by Muni Agastya and ‘Arthashasstra’ by Vishnugupta Chanakya. ‘Bhavaprakash’ deals with the subjects of Ayurveda and history, while Arthashastra deals with economy and Vedic etymology (science of word meanings). For the multiplicity of the subjects, there are no unique meanings of words in Vedic literature but each word has different meanings at different places depending upon other words in its vicinity.
Bhavaprakash on Meditation
Bhavaprakash prescribes that ‘meditation’ causes faster ageing of the practitioner of loneliness. The practice of meditation slows down biological functioning of body organs. This calming down of the body appears to provide relief to the subject person, while it damaging to life for slowly moving the person towards stillness and death.
Slowdown of biological functioning, such as digestion, keeps the food intake within the body for duration longer than the desired normal period, making it stale on the way with generation of bacteria, germs and worms in the stale food within intestines and rectum of the person. Live organisms so generated are named ‘Riddhi’ and ‘Vriddhi’ which block the food and excreta passage. The first symptom of such a blockage is that the person is required to discharge excreta multiple times during a day each time in small quantity. This creates more staleness in the body leading to many other diseases. The ultimate result observed by Vedic scholars is faster ageing of the person practicing meditation.
Other reason of generation of Riddhi and Vriddhi has been found to be consumption of more food-grains instead of fruits and duly cooked vegetables. With higher consumption of food-grains and spiritual practice of meditation, overall result has been gradual reduction in average lifespan of people from the astonishing 400 years to the present of about 70 years. Modern medical science has improved the average lifespan of people by keeping old and sick persons alive but has not contributed to overall health and well-being of the people.
So before you take up any spiritual practice, think in terms of your health, well-being, productivity and lifespan.