Kevala Kumbhaka /Bahya Pranayama

This Pranayama can be done at any number of times in all postures of comforts (sitting cross legged in padmasan, sukhasan) or sitting in chair or even while lying down. It can also be done at any time of the day.There are no restrictions that the stomach should be empty. The only thing that needs to be strictly observed is that the spine must be perfectly erect or without any bend. The procedures followed in this most elementary Pranayama are:

How To Do Kevala Kumbhaka/Bahya Pranayama

  1. Close your eyes and keep your attention on Adnya chakra (brow chakra). Please note that chakras are the points in the body around spine area where the nerve fibers of sympathetic nervous system (Pingala Nadi in Vedic science) and parasympathetic nervous systems (Ida Nadi in Vedic science) form a plexus/joint. It is not an imaginary plexus – chakra is the name given to theses plexuses in Vedic science. When I mention about chakras, majority of people think wrongly that I am driving people to spirituality.  Concentrating attention on Adnya chakra must be observed throughout the duration of this Pranayama. As a matter of fact, this must be strictly observed during all Pranayama exercises. The principal advantage one derives from this is that storms in mind get calmed down to a significant extent.
  2. Try to breathe in and out as slowly and softly as possible. Keep the body relaxed during the entire session of this Pranayama. Easy way to do this is observe your breath regardless of thoughts that crowd your mind. If you observe the breath, the stray thoughts will soon disappear.
  3. In a few minutes, you will be able to achieve most comfortable and pacifying breathing pattern. Make no effort to breathe deeply but ensure that diaphragm muscle is participating in this soft breathing. Best way to ensure and monitor the soft involvement of diaphragm muscle in breathing is to place the palm of the left hand in the region of naval. This will ensure breath awareness in the breathing.
  4. Once this is achieved, you are ready to do Kevala Kumbhaka.
  5. Inhale slowly and effortlessly. Initially this may happen fast but do not bother since with practice it can become significantly slow.
  6. After the inhalation do effortless exhalation. Initially this may also happen fast but do not bother since with practice it can also become significantly slow.
  7. Now do not do the next inhalation till such time that it is comfortable. The pause after the exhalation is called the Bahya Kumbhaka.  In the beginning or during learning stage, this pause (Kumbhaka) may not exceed 4-5 seconds. Do not try hard for achieving longer pause in the initial period. In about week’s time one can easily reach 10-15 seconds pause. The target should be > 18-20 seconds.
  8. Do the next easy inhalation and easy exhalation but once again do not inhale again till such time that it is comfortable.
  9. Repeat the process till any length of duration which is comfortable. It is not necessary to this Pranayama in one sitting. It can be repeated number of times in a day.

The Amazing Benefits of Kevala kumbhaka/Bahya Pranayama

Use timer or stop watch facility available in mobile phones for noting the duration of the external pause (Bahya Kumbhak) can be used, if required. This Pranayama gives the following important benefits.

(1) The slow unforced inhalation enables sufficient time required for the oxygen metabolism reaction and the blood gets oxygenated to a high degree. Additionally the energy generation in oxygen metabolism increases.

(2) The water required for the generation of lymph is produced as per the needs of the body. This is very important for making strong immune system.

(3) The involvement of diaphragm in breathing ensures excellent lymph propulsion throughout the body. Note the lymphatic system does not have any pumping system. The propulsion of lymph takes place in breathing, physical exercises and Yogasanas.

(4) During the exhalation, the lymph vessel is filled up. The pause after the exhalation ensures completion of this process.

(5) The exhalation process of breathing is the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system (Ida Nadi). This ensures total tranquility of mind. The Bahya Kumbhak enhances this tranquility. Inhalation is an activity of sympathetic nervous system which results in energy expenditure. With some practice, one can achieve resting breathing rate of 10-12 breaths per minute.

(6) This Pranayama is extremely useful in removal of blockages in the chakra system. This enables smooth transport of cosmic life energy to the entire cellular and tissue structure of the body.

(7) This Pranayama elevates the state of composure of conscious and the subconscious mind – this can make miracles in the state of physical and mental health.

Once we achieve resting breath rate to about 10 -15 breaths per minute, we are ready to do practice of the conventional and well known Pranayama such as Bhastrika, Kapal Bhati and Anulom- Vilom Pranayama for more than 5-7 minutes at a stretch. In case the resting breathing rate exceeds 10-15 breaths per minutes, these Pranayama can be done in short spells of 2-3 minutes.

Anulom-Vilom Pranayama

This is one of the most effective Pranayama that ensures highly satisfactory health benefits to the practitioner of Pranayama. This Pranayama has been a topic of very high interest of neuroscientists who call it is as alternate nostril breathing exercise. I have discussed in detail about benefits that accrue from this Pranayama.

As per Vedic science, the left nostril corresponds to Ida Nadi (parasympathetic branch of human autonomic system) and is also called Chandra Nadi (the cool Nadi). The right nostril, on the other hand, corresponds to Surya Nadi (sympathetic branch of human autonomic system) and is also called Surya Nadi (the hot Nadi). The steps involved in this Pranayama are as follows:

How To Do Anulom-Vilom Pranayama?

  • Sit with your back straight.
  • Close your right nostril with thumb of your right hand and first do a reasonably strong and slow inhalation by left nostril.
  • After inhalation through left nostril open your right nostril, close left nostril and exhale through right nostril. Without giving any deliberate pause after exhalation through right nostril, perform inhale through right nostril.
  • Now exhale through left nostril.
  • This makes one round of Anulom – Vilom Pranayama. This Pranayama, when starting with left nostril, is also called Chandra Bhedi Pranayama which corrects restless mind and is strongly recommended for highly ambitious and high profile working level people.
  • One can also start with inhalation firstly through right nostril and perform alternate breathing. This is called Surya Bhedi Pranayama. This Pranayama is highly beneficial to people possessed with pessimistic & negative mind set and is also very useful to dull thinking people..Anulom- Vilom Pranayama is extremely useful to people with mental disorders. But it is recommended that these should be done under strict supervision of Pranayama expert.
  • Unless you do this Pranayama as directed, do not do this for more than 10 minutes. With appropriate intensity in inhalation and exhalation, you can do it even for 20 minutes or even more.
  • The main purpose of this Pranayama is to bring perfect balance between the working of sympathetic and parasympathetic components of human autonomic nervous system. With this, the plexuses of these systems, also called chakras receive life energy which controls cellular function in the body. Thus it is very valuable in cancer treatment.

Bhastrika Pranayama

This, perhaps is the most easy Pranayama and can be tried for long spells. Of course some precautions are required to be taken. Lets look at the procedure to practice BhastrikaPranayama :

How To Do Bhastrika Pranayama?

  • Place your left palm on Manipura Chakra (slightly above the naval region).  First slowly exhale with moderate force ensuring that diaphragm goes inwards. Now start slow inhalation wherein your ribcage goes up and volume of air entering lungs is maximum possible.
  • Once the chest is filled up, slowly start exhaling wherein you can feel that abdomen going in. Do not give any deliberate pause after inhalation and feel that whole breathing apparatus moves like bellows of iron smith. Do not bother about the pause after inhalation. Whatever is the natural pause, allow it.
  • Follow your breath (do conscious breathing). If thoughts crowd you, learn to ignore them. Gradually they will disappear if you do such mindful breathing. One can try to achieve breathing rate of 5-6 breaths minute. You can read the blog post How Times Do You Breathe Per Minute to understand the rationale behind slow rate of breathing.

Bhramari Pranayama

Bhramari Pranayama is the most unsung and researched Pranayama. In my humble opinion, this Pranayama is mainly meant for enhancing life energy going to the Pineal gland.

How Bhramari Pranayama Activates the Pineal Gland?

Pineal gland is the most mysterious gland whose function is not fully understood and is a subject of intense research at present. It is at the geometric centre of the brain in a tiny cave behind and above the pituitary gland which lies a little behind the root of the nose. It is located directly behind the eyes, attached to third ventricle. The microscopic examination reveals that the pineal gland is divided into two fine hemispheres. This gland is activated by light and it controls various bio rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with hypothalamus gland which directs the body’s thirst, hunger, sexual desire and biological clock that determines our aging process. There is a strong belief that pineal gland is the connecting link between the physical and spiritual world and also an organ of higher vision.
This pineal gland receives life energy through breath directly.

How To Do Bhramari Pranayama?

  • Close your eyes and put palms of the hand on eyes with index fingers on Adnya (Brow) chakra.
  • Keep the rest of the fingers on the eyes. Do not put any pressure on eyes, just prevent light from entering eyes.
  • Close the ear with the thumb, do not press hard .Do not put your finger inside the ear but, you have to only gently press the  ear cartilage
  • Now do a forced exhalation through both nostrils.
  • Slowly do reasonably deep inhalation.
  • Give a small pause after inhalation.
  • Now slowly exhale through throat making humming Om like sound.
  • Give a small pause and repeat the procedure.
  • This can easily be done for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Do this Pranayama as slow as possible.

There are several Pranayama such as slow and loud Om chanting Pranayama. In Om chanting one takes a deep inhalation followed by very very slow chanting Om during exhalation. If we remember that exhalation is activity of parasympathetic (Ida Nadi) nervous system, we can easily understand that this chanting done correctly will open flood gates of self realization. One should note that Omkar sound is not associated with any religion or god. It is manifestation of Nada Brahma and is pranav mantra. It is neither Hindu, Christian nor Islamic in nature.

One can also note that no human can produce sound during inhalation phase of breathing. So unless you chant this Pranav Mantra with terrible force, the omkar Pranayama is most invigorating.

Kapala Bhati Pranayama

One prerequisite for this Pranayama is your knowledge about your resting heart beat rate. In case you are able to yourself know your resting pulse (heart) rate measure it from time to time   after each of the Pranayama exercise. This is very important especially for Kapala Bhati Pranayama. You should ensure that the number of forced exhalations in Kapala Bhati does not far exceed the pulse rate. I personally recommend one stroke every second in Kapal bhati Pranayama.

How To Do Kapala Bhati Pranayama?

  • Do a soft inhalation.
  • Exhale with moderate force ensuring inward movement of abdomen.
  • An inhalation should happen automatically after exhalation without giving a deliberate pause.
  • Exhale with moderate force.
  • Number of strokes must be limited to one stroke per second which means 60 strokes per minute. Observe energetic vibrations in abdominal viscera. There may be a natural tendency to increase number of strokes per minute. Avoid this by synchronizing your forced exhalation rate with tick of quartz watch.
  • Initially do it for 2-3 minutes and gradually increase it 5-7 minutes (300 – 420 strokes).
  • You can also do this in specified time intervals of 3 minutes.
  • You can easily do this Pranayama for 10 minutes or slightly more at a stretch after obtaining mastery over the process of forced exhalation.

What Happens When You Do Kapala Bhati Pranayama ?

This Pranayam is claimed to be one of the best detoxification exercises in Pranayam. The body with each of the (forced) expirations ejects congestants as well as other toxins in the respiratory system. With this Pranayam the respiratory system as well as the organs below the diaphragm and the encased blood circulation system experience pulsations. The pressure on abdominal viscera from diaphragmatic motion during Kapal Bhati contributes to strong venous blood return to heart. The pressure pulsations as well as the vibrations of the system also cause removal of blockages in the circulation system. The mechanism associated with removal of blockages in the circulation system is similar to the controlling mechanism in “Enhanced External Counter Pulsation” (EECP) technique which is claimed to be a very strong alternative to balloon angioplasty and coronary bypass surgeries. In EECP also, the pressurized cuff mounted on lower legs and pelvis press on the arteries/blood vessels only when the blood is returning to heart- the entire action is computer controlled. EECP is OPD procedure and is totally non- invasive. The medical literature contains lot of success stories of EECP. One can now see that in Kapal Bhati the blockages in the circulation system get removed in addition to detoxification and availability of larger quantity of Oxygen.

Misconceptions and Precautions About Kapala Bhati Pranayama

This Pranayama is one of the most effective Pranayama for the body if done correctly. I have noticed that this Pranayama is strictly prohibited by many cardiologists with an argument that it may promote cardiac arrest or cause rupture of alveoli in lung structure. This is quite untrue provided the practioner of this Pranayama applies intense force in exhalation or does it too fast. One principle which should be followed by practitioner of this Pranayama is frequency of forced expiration does not far exceed heart rate and the depth of exhalation is not excessive to cause collapse of alveoli in lung structure. For that matter the cardiologists forget the fact that tread mill test, when not done appropriately can also result in cardiac arrests.

Sama Vritti Pranayama

In this Pranayama technique we do a very soft inhalation and a very soft exhalation. The breathing rate must be as low as possible.You can read about the effect of the Number of Breaths per minute on the Human body in this article How Many Breaths Do You Take In a Minute. In fact the breathing should be such that nobody can notice the Pranayama being done and it is done for very long periods.Here “Sama” means- Eqanimity and “Vritti” means -Fluctuations of the mind. As the name implies, the practitioner of this Pranayama gains control over emotions, mental stresses, ego, possessiveness,  jealousy and other harmful  feelings etc (that cause blockages in the chakras) through a very soft & slow rhythm breathing. Even sick people can do such a Pranayama with great benefits.

How Many Breaths Do You Take In A Minute?

Lets see the effect of the number of times we breathe per minute on our body and mind.A look at the above figure shows:

Breathing Rate > 30 per min

Breathing rate 30 (or more) breaths per minute indicates hyperactivity of sympathetic nervous system. This is typical of mind state of rage, intense fear, highly negative thinking and even deep rooted depression. You spend more energy in inhalation and entire process of oxygen metabolism is terribly derailed. Continued period of hyper breathing will lead you to complex diseases which we discussed in earlier blog posts. Please recognize this stage and do a deep exhalation or series of them so that your nervous system becomes pacified such that your breathing rate is 15 – 20 breaths per minute. Try further to bring it down to 10 – 15 breaths.

Breathing Rate between 5-10 per minute

The most desirable range in breathing is 5-10 breaths per minute, 10 breaths per minute being the upper limit. This range is called mild and in this range sympathetic and parasympathetic components of autonomic nervous system are more or less balanced. Research shows that at 5 breaths per minute, there is a perfect balance between the components of  the autonomic  nervous system (Ida and Pingala Nadis)

Breathing Rate < 5 per minute

Lesser than 5 breaths per minute causes parasympathetic nervous to dominate over sympathetic nervous system. This is a key step to spirituality. Since spirituality is not the main subject of this blog, we will not discuss it further.

Nature by itself is very soothing when cool wind blows at slow speed, the slow and smooth flow of water in rivers is a treat to eyes but when you have hurricane and floods, the life becomes miserable. This itself should show that natural rhythm of nature (heat, cold, wind and flow in river) is slow. Our breathing should follow the same rule.By consciously being aware of our Breath, we can achieve miracles by healing ourselves.

The Preparatory Steps to Take Before You Start Pranayama Practice

The preparatory steps to enhance the practice of Pranayama are:

  • Understand fully why you need to do Pranayama despite the fact there are medicines capable of controlling severity of the symptoms of the disease.
  • Observing resting breathing rate. If it is high, it indicates stressed state of mind. The target resting breathing must be brought to 10 – 15 breaths per minute; lower it is better. This will not take more than 4-5 days to achieve this if you firmly believe that this step is most essential
  • One of the best methods to attain lower resting breathing rate is to practise Kevala kumbhaka/Soft Bahya Pranayama.

The Three Main Pillars of Good Health: Ahar(Diet),Vihar(Lifestyle),Vichar(Mind Control)

Yogic Science strongly believes that the health of the human being both in mind as well as the body are controlled by three very important factors in our daily life

  • Ahar (diet). the food that one in takes should be non-offending to the body. Although tough at times, it is possible to control diet without being sad about it on long term basis. Regularized eating habits and avoiding irregularly excessive eating habits are very important.
  • Vihar (life style). This means simple way of living without sacrificing modern comforts and means of living. Regular physical exercises play a vital role in keeping disorders at bay.People under disturbed mind/dull mind set develop sedentary habits. They seldom undertake physical activities.
  • Vichar (mind control). This is the most difficult part to control. This is because mind (conscious & subconscious) contains a significant part of a “monkey” mind – always wavering, giving rise to apprehensive/fearful/raging/perverted thoughts.Disharmony in mind is mother of majority ailments. It is however possible to drive out this monkey mind once we recognize it. But it is quite a difficult task that requires significant patience and perseverance .Stable and peaceful mind is a pre-requisite for clean internal environment of our body.

These above factors control the internal environment of the body(digestive, cardio-pulmonary, respiratory and other circulation systems). If this environment is ok, we can have disease free body & mind and would seldom require any medication.

What is the Driving Force Behind all Cellular Processes?

The classical theory of cells primarily deals with molecular biochemistry and the biochemical processes that occur in the cellular world. However, no or very little thought has been given to the fact that all electrochemical processes require presence of electrical energy / alternating electromagnetic (EM) wave energy which cell of its own  cannot generate them. The very fact that the cellular processes stop instantaneously upon termination of life in every living being, does show that there is something more than just biochemistry which drives the machine of the physical body of all living beings including the human beings. The answer to this query i.e. what is that which drives the biochemical unit of living being, is given in the ancient Vedic medical science. The views of the Vedic medical science are also corroborated by the modern research in biophysics.

The Views of Ancient Vedic Medical Sciences on the Energy Based Nature of Reality

Everything in our universe is made of energy. It has been said that we humans are able to perceive only approximately 1% of all the energies that exist. We are able to perceive, through our five physical senses, a limited range of smells, sounds, sights, sensations, and tastes. All of these are perceived via energetic vibrations interacting with our physical sense organs, and thus relaying messages to the brain that we can relate to and understand, based on our understanding of the world in which we live. Thus, our reality is strictly based on our ability to perceive. Unluckily, we are able to perceive only about 1% of what really exists. It is however possible to significantly widen the range of our sensory perceptions through practice of Pranayama Yoga.

Why Cannot You Perceive The Spirit Realm of the Universe?

The reason that we, the normal human beings, are unable to perceive the spirit or energy of all that around us is because of the following reasons.

Our current cultural paradigm is that something is only real if we can perceive it physically. Of course, we know that this is not true, but we have not allowed science to catch up to good sense and intuition. This needs to change totally. It is a very well known fact that we, as human beings, have emotions, conscious mind, intellect etc and any disturbance in them does influence the state of health and yet we, in modern times, do not know where exactly all of them reside.
• It has been estimated by psychologists that on any given day, 99% of our thoughts are exactly the same as the day before. That means that we are stuck in reliving every day a life that seems not to change and hence monotonous. It is therefore no wonder that we are plagued by depression, fatigue, and addictions. Most of these thoughts center or move around worries, fears, doubts and apprehensions. Most of the times, we know that they are baseless and irrelevant but still keep on brooding over them. It is important to understand why are we not bombarded by happy positive miraculous thoughts that can boost our physical health?
• The Vedic medical science states that our mind, consciousness, intellect, in reality exist in physical form and since they are in frequency ranges that are not perceptible to the normal human sensory organs, they are called the etheric bodies. I have come across a very strange case where a heart operated patient, in stage of coma as per the present day definition, recalled that he had the awareness of being alive and was wondering why people around him were discussing about the last rites to be performed on his body. The patient himself, a retired doctor doing honorary service in some charitable institutions had most of the heart arteries blocked but never had any physical symptoms till the day when he felt some discomfort in breathing while climbing the stairs of his flat. He was successfully operated but after one day of his bypass surgery, developed septicemia and then went into coma. After about 10 days in that condition, he gained consciousness despite everybody giving up the hope of his coming back to life. This is the case where the mind and consciousness had overpowered the physical symptoms. The doctor is now back to his honorary services to charitable hospitals
We live in a sea of energy and we ourselves are made of subtle etheric energy. We aren’t a body that has a soul. We are in fact a soul, the densest portion of which is our physical body. Even our body is vibration. Each organ is made of cells, and each cell is made of molecules, which are made of atoms, which are made of protons, neutron, electrons, and other electromagnetic particles spinning in orbit. When we are healthy, we are in a harmonious vibration and the whole organism functions properly. Most of us are not aware of this fact.
• Because we humans have free will, the ability to choose our thoughts, words, and actions, we can use the etheric energy positively or negatively. Each of us is given the ability to create in the sea of energy in which we live, and how we do that determines not only our own life, but the state of humanity and the environment in which we live. We are born with energy, and we die with energy. Everything else in life is impermanent.

ElectroMagnetic Properties of a Cell

Modern cell research shows the living cells possess some astonishing electrical and magnetic properties such as ability for intercellular communications, membrane potentials, piezoelectricity, ferromagnetism, semi conducting etc. The research also shows that various molecules involved in the cellular processes behave as electrical dipoles.

Most of the molecules in the body are electrical dipoles (Beal, 1996). These dipoles electronically function like transducers in that they are able to turn acoustic waves into electrical waves and electrical waves into acoustic waves (Beal, 1996). The natural properties of bio molecular structures enables cell components and whole cells to oscillate and interact resonantly with other cells (Smith and Best, 1989). According to Smith and Best, the cells of the body and cellular components possess the ability to function as electrical resonators (Smith and Best, 1989).

The cells by themselves cannot oscillate. They require some energy for that purpose. The modern medical science has no clues regarding sources of energy that set the cellular assembly in a state of oscillation. The Vedic medical science does explain this.

The aim of this blog is not to glorify the ancient Vedic medical science but to bring out the concepts which modern science is now beginning to develop. It is not clear as whether or not what we presently know about the Vedic medical science is totally what existed several thousand years ago. There are some strong reasons to believe that what we know presently about the Vedic medical science is just the tip of the iceberg. History shows that several highly developed civilizations perished leaving very limited or even no information about the level of scientific and technological knowledge that existed during the tenure of these civilizations.

The research in modern biophysics does corroborate the views of Vedic medical science regarding sources of energy that enable cells and their assemblage to oscillate (vibrate). Thus, before we discuss about Pranayama yoga, it is worthwhile describing the conclusions of the modern research in biophysics. Sadly, for reasons best known to them, majority of the practitioners of modern medical science do not accept these conclusions or views of the ancient Vedic medical science.

Views Of Modern Biophysics

Over a period of one and half decade, extensive research has been carried out in molecular biophysics. It is not possible to cover it in this blog. I, nevertheless, mention some of them which are relevant to us in this blog.

The findings of the research in modern biophysics are summarized as below:

  •  Everything that exists contains molecules which vibrate. These molecules comprise of atoms which, in turn, comprise of protons, neutrons, electrons and various elementary particles. All of these are in a state of continuous dynamic (vibration) motion. The assemblage of such molecules also vibrates and has its own natural rhythm (natural frequency). When it vibrates at its natural rhythm, it has highest energy level (vital energy). This is one of the most fundamental and well known facts in the theory of vibrations.
  •   Current day quantum physics theory tells us that at the sub-atomic level, matter does not exist. There is only a pulsating energy because of photons and lots of empty space around them. These photons too have their own natural rhythm of vibrations.
  •  Our body is made of organs which is an assemblage of enormous number of cells (basic building blocks of the body).
  •  The most basic sub-molecular component of our cell is made up of energy particles/waves, called biophotons. The vibrational energy of biophotons is called “the vital energy/force “
  • State of disease is associated with loss/degradation of vital force of the cell and vital force/energy of the assemblage of cells
  • The vibrations of the biophotons result into some specific patterns of the electromagnetic vibrations of every living organism which is an assemblage of these photons. The organisms, therefore, have their own natural rhythm (natural frequency) of vibrations.
  • The vibrations, when they occur at natural rhythm of the organism, provide the energy transport/switch boarding that is required for every cellular function, including DNA/RNA messengering. If this natural rhythm (resonance) is missed out, the cellular processes derail and diseases appear.
  • The cell membranes scan and convert these vibration signals into electromagnetic events. In these events, the proteins which exist within the cell’s bi-layer change their shape which corresponds to vibrations of specific resonant frequencies. A typical behavior is shown in the figure above.
  • Every biochemical reaction is preceded by an electromagnetic signal. Cells communicate both electromagnetically and chemically and create biochemical pathways that interconnect with all functions of the body.  The modern medical science, unfortunately, considers only the chemical aspect.

The cosmic energy is associated with infinite number of electromagnetic waves of different frequencies which are superimposed on each other. This means that when cosmic energy is received by organ comprising millions of living cells, each of the cells can tap its natural Vibrational Energy from the wide band constituents of cosmic electromagnetic energy field. The theory of biophotons further states that:

A few Sayings of Theory of BioPhotons

  • The definition of life is centered on DNA. At closer inspection, we find that DNA is made up of molecules, which in turn, are made up of sub-atomic particles. We thus end up back at the level of biophotons again.
  • DNA, which is negatively charged molecule, is found to be nothing more than loose strands of deoxyribonucleic acid which is a cluster of molecules attached to proteins. They form the cell’s chromatin nucleus.
  • The DNA having antenna or filament strand like configuration allows the cell molecules to receive and transmit the information of the frequency and amplitude of the electromagnetic waves encountered. The resulting vibration resonance induced reactions then enable formation of messenger RNA (MRNA). This is an extremely important process and equally complex to understand.
  • Once MRNA is formed, it leaves the cell nucleus and attaches to structures as Ribosome. The Ribosomes, using raw material from the cell, produce proteins following the sequence as instructed by the MRNA.
  • The above process, known as transcription, provides the means for the electromagnetic oscillations or the natural frequency oscillations.

All of the above mentioned points show that at absolute level, the body is nothing but a complex electromagnetic field. The biophysicists claim that our thoughts and emotions are also frequency patterns and have a direct relationship on the integrity of our energy field. A disruption in our consciousness can create an area of stagnation or incoherence in our bodies that can derail DNA transcription, suppress T-cell and NK-cell activity, and other immune system functions. All these lead to complex diseases. It has now been possible to photograph the energy field of living beings as well as human beings. One of the photographic techniques used for energy field imaging is called poly contrast interference photography (PIP).

The essence of the modern biophysics research is that the cellular vibrations at its natural frequency, provides the vital power to the cell to carry out various cellular processes and total freedom from diseases. The treatment of a disease should therefore be based on providing healing energy to the affected part rather than just giving drug therapy indiscriminately. Of course, molecular energy contained in a particular drug molecule can provide the required healing energy.

For example, the Paracetamol molecule does provide the energy to the center in the brain that controls the body temperature thereby reducing the level of fever. But it does not do it without bringing side effects which in certain cases could be very dangerous. Also the Paracetamol molecule cannot correct the root cause of the fever and hence it is only a symptomatic treatment.

All the previous discussion about the theory of biophotons is too complex for a common man to understand and digest. It is so because of complex relationship between the biophotons and the DNA/RNA. Vedic science puts the same concepts in a way which is much easy to understand.

Views of Vedic Medical Science on the Energy Aspect of the Universe

In fact what is described above is rediscovery of the facts known to ancient sages not only from India but world over.  The Vedic medical science tells that

  • The entire universe is manifestation of supreme cosmic energy field, the beginning and end of which is not understandable to common / ordinary human.
  • The supreme cosmic energy field is termed as Chaitannya. The gross manifestation of the Chaitannya is the physical form (jad) which can be sensed by five senses of perception (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch). The subtle manifestation of the Chaitannya is termed as Sukshma, not perceptible to normal senses of perceptions.
  • The Sukshma (etheric) bodies are the seats of emotions, intellect, consciousness etc and these bodies interact with physical body to provide the perceptions such as happiness, sorrow, anger, bliss etc.
  • Because of the above mentioned interactions, the physical body does get substantially influenced by what happens in the Sukshma (etheric bodies).

It is not surprising to note our inability to see the entire spectrum of electromagnetic waves in our universe. The figure shows a spectrum as known to the present day science

The Vedic medical science further says that

  • Universe is not just the ordinary three dimensional place as it appears to our naked eyes. As shown in the above figure, it is filled with extremely wide band pulsating electromagnetic fields. Most of these fields are not perceptible to human sensory organs. Their frequencies range from ultra high to ultra low frequencies.
  • Humans have energy bodies (etheric bodies) which surround their physical form and communicate with universal energy fields (Chaitannya). These energy bodies are coupled to various sections of human body through points called the Chakras through which cosmic energy enters human body. Diseases in the body occur when these chakras are either blocked or distorted.
  • These chakras get charged only when life current/life force is established through breathing. The body will receive the universal life energy only when the chakras are charged.