Creation exists in layers, as does our body, and what we see in the mirror daily is just one of the five layers we are made of. Because of avidya (ignorance), we assume this to be our complete self. We keep fretting about an extra inch on the waist, a double chin, unshapely limbs or puffy cheeks, unaware that all these comprise just one fifth of us that is visible to the ordinary person. It is controlled and changed not by physical means, but by our consciousness. Don’t forget creation began from a dhwani, a sound which is the highest consciousness called ‘Om’. Some can see what lies beyond the fifth layer. A yog practitioner can access all layers to effect changes in the physical body. When you wrinkle, grey or become obese, a yogic practitioner sees it much before it is visible in your body. If you were to see what the yogi sees, your nights would be sleepless.
Obesity is a manifestation of negative karmas, thoughts and emotions that create blocks and congestion in our etheric layers, resulting in symptoms of premature ageing and disease. The sadhaks at Dhyan Ashram describe this phenomenon as browns, dirty yellows and greys seen in the aura; a sluggish movement of the chakras as well as thinness in the energy body. These colours and heaviness gradually make their way into the physical body as excess fat. What is worse is what follows—disease, premature ageing and finally blackness. It is visible in the aura much earlier, and in the body, a little later. That these sadhaks know what they are talking about is evident in the statement of Indian Medical Association—“You (clairvoyants at Dhyan Ashram) were able to identify the symptoms from the photographs of the subjects.”
What are these colours? Where is the aura? What does it take to see the aura and predict what is going to happen to us? What is the mechanism behind obesity, premature ageing and disease? Clairvoyance and healing powers are a part of the basic siddhis of yog taught by a proper guru. Anyone who practices yog in the right way would have developed psychic abilities and would become radiant in a disease-free body. Sanatan Kriya is a potent tool to cleanse the body and balance various chakras, after which certain higher centres open up giving the practitioner the access to subtler dimensions.
Yog is a practical subject, its results tangible and physical. These days one hears of yoga courses which claim to make you fit and healthy using certain postures and breathing exercises. While one does feel good after doing such practices, their effects are limited to the physical body and do not touch upon the root of the problem. As a result, the ‘problem’ reappears in some other form and once again one starts looking for a solution and more courses. What you lose in the process is not the heaviness and negativity, but your bank balance!
Here, I would like to warn the reader that yog is not about twisting and turning your body or breathing abnormally; it does not tie you to a particular religion, ritual, lifestyle or diet. Yog sets you free and this can definitely not be given by one who himself is tied in the bondages of maya and charges a fee or seek favours. I have seen cases of people with severe intestinal and neurological problems because of certain diets and regimes prescribed by modern dieticians. Most of these are targeted at arbitrarily cutting down of fat intake, which creates an imbalance in the dhatus that comprise the body, fat or medas being one of them. If you believe in crash-diets, dieticians or sweating it out in a gym, then yog is not for you as these are incomplete sciences and innovations of modern science which are changed periodically causing more harm than good.
Yogi Ashwini is the spiritual head of Dhyan Ashram. email@example.com