Frankfurt city in Germany on a very quiet night of winter cold wind was
whistling, the snow had not yet started; but the signs were clear. The cold icy
wind was blowing on the doors and windows as well as the walls. The buildings
were getting frozen by the severe cold on such night; we were camping at the
residence of Dr. Christina. Sister Christina, her brother, her mother all of
them were long time devotees of Sivanand Ashram. Christina was summoned on
that night for emergency duty. She was a dental surgeon. One very well known T.V.
Artist had tremendous pain in the tooth. The tooth was already weak, it may have
to be removed, but some thing extra may also have to be done. I asked, sister;
you are going alone at such a late night? Should we accompany you? With her
concurrence, her brother and myself accompanied. X-ray was taken out. Tooth was
full of pus and it was found necessary to clean out everything and remove the
tooth. Local anesthesia was given and the doctor caught hold of the tooth; tried
to pull. But the patient shouted out fearfully it was found that the anesthesia
had not affected.
new bottle was opened and more doses were injected but there was no effect.
Still that patient was able to speak out. We could gather that the patient was a
great addict. He used to smoke cigarettes and then proceeded to hashish opium,
and LSD and thereafter he started getting pathedine injections. Scorpions and
serpents even went on stingling him and the addiction had affected him all
throughout his veins in such a way that there was no effect
of the injections for anesthesia.
This is a very preliminary stage. I knew a son
of a doctor friend. He was from a high family He innerly decided
to marry a girl of his own caste studying with him. The
girl was beautiful and curvy; she was clever and hailed from a common middle
class family the boy came from a high family but was very fat. He had an obese
(bulky) body and hardly had any handsomeness. It was a big achievement that he
had passed M.B.B.S. He had no special aptitude for further studies. The father
was well known in the society, he was much honored. The father had two hospitals
with an arrangement to admit 80 indoor patients. Based on all these strengths
the father of the girl got the daughter married to this boy without finding out
her liking. The daughter studied further after her marriage and got the degree
of M.D and D.G.O. She was an expert in gynecology. The husband used to roam
about in the hospital with a stethoscope in hand. Patients did not give their
hand for examination to this doctor. At the consulting room of the wife,
patients teemed like ants. The wife had emergency call for all the 24 hours,
operations, patients and visits. The hubby had to sit
alone and spend life in loneliness. He had a feeling of something missing in
him. Thus separation increased between the two. The doctor tried to throw away
the gloom of apathy by getting addicted to smoking and then proceeded to take
injection of pathedine, initially once or twice in a week and then the habit
increased to daily dose. He went on doing all days and one day suddenly he
We come to hear of
many stories about the addicted persons in our society. In order to meet the
expenses of addiction, they would start theft in their own houses, they will
start selling their furniture and belongings, they will even sell the tins of
ghee and oil and will fall a person to prey to so many bad habits. This is such
a habit that once addicted is sure to be ruined. One cannot say what will he not
do when he feels drawn by the addiction!” Him and the addiction had affected
him all throughout his veins in such a way that there was no effect of the
injections for anesthesia. This
is a very preliminary stage. I knew a son of a doctor friend. He was from a high family He
innerly decided to marry a girl
of his own caste studying with him. The girl was beautiful and curvy; she was clever and
hailed from a common middle class family the boy came from a high family but was
very fat. He had an obese (bulky) body and hardly had any handsomeness. It was a
big achievement that he had passed M.B.B.S. He had no special aptitude for
further studies. The father was well known in the society, he was much honored.
The father had two hospitals with an arrangement to admit 80 indoor patients.
Based on all these strengths the father of the girl got the daughter married to
this boy without finding out her liking. The daughter studied further after her
marriage and got the degree of M.D and D.G.O. She was an expert in gynecology.
The husband used to roam about in the hospital with a stethoscope in hand.
Patients did not give their hand for examination to this doctor. At the
consulting room of the wife, patients teemed like ants. The wife had emergency
call for all the 24 hours, operations,
patients and visits. The hubby had to sit alone and spend life in loneliness. He
had a feeling of something missing in him. Thus separation increased between the
two. The doctor tried to throw away the gloom of apathy by getting addicted to
smoking and then proceeded to take injection of pathedine, initially once or
twice in a week and then the habit increased to daily dose. He went on doing all
days and one day suddenly he passed away.
We come to hear of many stories about the addicted persons in our society. In order to meet the expenses of addiction, they would start theft in their own houses, they will start selling their furniture and belongings, they will even sell the tins of ghee and oil and will fall a person to prey to so many bad habits. This is such a habit that once addicted is sure to be ruined. One cannot say what will he not do when he feels drawn by the addiction!”
The question then
arises whether Science of Yoga can give a new life to these friends. Of course
yes! Why not! If the addict himself wishes to get out of the addiction, there is
nothing impossible at such a juncture. One should not hate the addict, but one
should love and, shower goodwill towards him. If we can create faith in us that
we are his well-wishers, if he once understands and accepts this role of ours,
everything else can be achieved.
going into these details let us understand what is addiction, how is it formed
and to which items can one can get addicted?
is well known the world over that man first forms a habit and then the habit
makes him fall. This type of habit on which we have no control and we may become
a slave to that habit is called Addiction.
in the world has some use or the other; but if our use is ill placed, or it is
misused, then gradually that turns into a bad habit and ultimately results in
addiction. If a man starts consuming some medicine or an intoxicant material
which is not recommended by a doctor but which is put into use by oneself and
gradually it becomes impossible to do without that intoxicant; man feels
obliged to take it; the man completely relies on it. In such a case we term it
as addiction. Such an addict is never welcome in the society. Society drives him
out. Such person frightens the family members, and is neglected by all from all
the sides. The addicted man is left with no other support than the addiction.
INTOXICANTS USED FOR INTOXICATION
1. Beetle leaves,
tobacco, mixture of tobacco and Chuno (slaked lime). Pouches of readymade
tobacco, Gutkhas, scented Supari, cigarette etc. (All these material do contain
one or the other intoxicant to more or less extent).
2. Toddy, Country
liquor or English liquor, alcohol, beer, champagne, triple X, black bull and
opium, brown sugar, heroin, injectables, morphine pathedine, fortwin and others.
4. Use is also made of
capsule mixed in water containing poppy seeds mixed in water.
5. Cannabis products
like hashish and others
6. Sedative hypnotics,
diazepam, mandrex, barbiturates.
7. Cocaine and caffeine.
is no end to this list. As earlier mentioned when the addict is not satisfied by
all these addiction he goes on adding more and more stronger items, ultimately
getting scorpions and serpents giving stings on his tongue.
FOR FORMATION OF ADDICTION
Bad company of friends who have wrong habits.
Family problem or sedentary life having no occupation.
Very strong reason of natural circumstances: (I) People doing overlabour, intensive job; take to addiction to remove feeling of
tiredness. (ii) Person habituated
which unknowingly weakens the sensory nerves. (iii) People who are having no
work and want something to pass
time. (iv) Illiterate
people residing in cold regions.
5. People also form a
habit of addiction as a part of social and
6. Some persons start taking certain medicine, which ultimately
results in addiction.
RECOGNISE AN ADDICT
is not always possible to identify an addict from the outer
signs, on all occasions. It is necessary to get the addict sit with us
peacefully and obtain detailed information. However, there are certain definite
signs, which allow a man to
identify an addict. He can be normally known from the following main
1. Whenever any work is
entrusted to an addict he is found irregular
and normally does not welcome the job. This also applies to education.
2. A nil result both in
a work entrusted and in education.
3. You will find no
connection between one’s behavior and an addict will be going his own way
4. He will be a
spendthrift in spending money
5. An addict is
absolutely careless about personal hygiene and cleanliness.
6. He suffers from
anorexia; he has no liking for eating and drinking.
7. He stammers; his
eyes are found reddish.
8. In the surroundings
of his residence you will find empty bottles, aluminum foils, small pieces of
cardboards or metal tubes, empty
match boxes and injection syringes, injection needles etc.
9. He is
used to desert his old friend circle and joins new associations.
TO HEAL ADDICTS
Search the addict and inspire him to leave the addiction.
Have detailed discussion with pros and cons.
Advise suitably about detoxification
4. After offering
advice follow up with necessary care, take proper care once the detoxification
takes place, and work for rehabilitation in the society
5. Remain ever vigilant
to see that the person does not relapse; proper care and efforts must be
exercised to avoid relapse.
is quite necessary to shower love, goodwill and sympathy if the patient is not
true to himself or till he does not leave his internal wish to restart taking
the intoxicants. If this precaution is not observed, when the temporary self-control
is lifted, the addict returns to the original state violently
with double the strength and speed and gets again bound with the intoxicant.
and every family must be provided with this much medical advice and essential instructions.
psychiatrist may be often consulted, family gathering must be organized,
everyday there should be assembly of the house members, necessary and essential
knowledge of Homeopathic treatment and treatment with essential Ayurvedic or Allopathic medicine should be introduced so that gradually
opium and similar addiction material are consumed less.
addict gets pain in the whole body, he finds the bones aching; he gets diarrhea,
loses sleep, gets anorexia, feels the body lifeless as if it was like a. sack.
He may have nausea, a feeling of vomiting, feel giddy, and get lacrimation. He
forms a habit of getting injected now and then.
detoxification is arranged then the inclination to be without intoxication
hardly persists for a day without eating or drinking intoxicant and in case it
continues longer, it does not go beyond 10 to 15 days.
suffer from trembling of the hands and feet, getting restless and hasty in small
matters, losing the sleep, anorexia as well as idleness, laziness and similar
problems and difficulties. Normally for detoxification of alcohol, benzodiazepin
is employed and gradually the quantum of this medicine is also reduced to a nil
level. This process is not very long. If the addict himself decides to get free
from addiction, this is possible within a period of three to four week. In
addition, diazepam and chlordiazepoxide are also employed. Most of the addicts
of alcohol are normally given a support of disulfiram, but this disulfiram has a
relation similar to that between cats and dogs; when compared to ethyl alcohol.
And therefore, if this is administered the patient suffers from nausea, feeling
giddy, vomiting and in addition many unnecessary and opposite effects are also
felt. An addict leaves an addiction only getting bored and tired of these
SUGGESTIONS TO THE ADDICTS
When you doubt that a certain man is an addict and suffers from
addiction, first meet the friends of that addict and thereafter meet their
relatives as well as the nearest of
his kiths and kins and discuss about the details. Thereafter you should try to
take the addict in personal confidence
and converse with him with very thick friendship and affection.
2. When the addict
accepts his mistake and presents his problem, you should very peacefully listen
to him, thereafter also you should not take any one-sided view never
even indicate the slightest of hatred or dislike towards
the addict. He should have a perfect confidence in you and know that you love
him with all your heart and would not only help him to be free from the
addiction but you would be prepared to offer all types of help required.
3. We can make him
aware of different manner of treatments and detoxification.
4. You should keep
close contact. You should go on inquiring about how the treatment proceeds and
how far he had reached in the treatment. You should also personally verify the
report. You should necessarily offer new life to the addict and help him in all
manners, to get established in life.
5. If unluckily the
addict reverts to the addiction, without feeling the least setback, one should
make honest efforts to help the addict and continue the efforts.
6. You should go on
instilling faith in the addict about the possibility and efficiency of the
7. And the most
important fact to remember is whether the addict is a clean man or not, one has
to welcome him as a human being and extend treatment, care and love, fully
addict gets a wonderful help from Yoga. Yoga has really proved very helpful. It
releases an addict from his addiction
gradually that too, this is achieved with such an ease that the addict hardly
comes to know wherefrom he has inherited the new life. Spring follows the winter
slowly and adorns the whole world. Similarly in the life of an addict
Yoga-abhyas instills new consciousness, new enthusiasm, fullness
and the most important matter is that Yoga-abhyas creates an irrepressible
desire to live his life fully
and gradually the life of an addict becomes more and more lively; and the addict
even does not know about this. He starts getting self-control. It will then be
much easier to explain him and educate him because of the change brought in him.
You will definitely love to meet him. Thereafter you will not approach him
sympathetically but enthusiastically in a friendly manner, full of kindness. You
are then meeting a newborn, a composed and a great man who has strong character.
The training in Yoga-abhyas adds to the self-confidence and the addict will have
courage of looking at the world in face. He will feel the need for correcting
the error. Internal soul force will add to the capacity to correct the error.
There will be a tide of internal consciousness to see that the error is not
repeated and beautiful life resulting from the no error condition will again
fill him with soulful happiness, peace and prosperity.
addict should be trained in Yoga-nidra to see that detoxification is achieved
through the treatment of Yogasana.
with face upward in a bed; keep the hands and feet relaxed. Keep the legs nearby
each other so that they do not touch each other. Keep the hands parallel to the body but at
a distance so that the same do not touch the body Keep the eyes closed. In the
center of the room, one should lie down on a cot. Remaining surrounded by the
four walls listen to the beating of your heart. Remain witness to both your
inhaling as well as exhaling. No breath should either be inhaled or exhaled
without your knowledge.
Now experience that
you are in Shavasana position. The fingers and thumbs of both the legs, soles,
heels front part of the soles, ankles, muscles of calf, knees and thighs,
buttocks waist and back, fingers and thumbs of both the hands, palms, wrists of
hands, the hand under the elbow, biceps of the hands, upper arm, elbows, armpits, all
these are relaxed. They are
peaceful almost as if they don’t exist, they are corpse like.
under navel, stomach above the navel, organs inside the belly, bladder, small
intestine, big intestine are all relaxed peacefully they are composed; they are
without any tension. Experience this condition. Liver, kidney, pancreas, spleen,
adrenal are also without any tension, peaceful, composed and relaxed. Try to
experience this condition. The trachea is clean. There is no pollution. There is
no hindrance. Lungs expand fully
goes up and down properly The vital potential breathing capacity of lungs is
within the range of 2800 cc to 3600 cc. Arteries, veins, heart, valves of heart
are all proper. Heart beats
regularly the incoming clean blood and its circulation is regular. Blood
pressure range is 120/80:
is 16.5 %.
Both triglycerides and
cholesterol are regularly
and absolutely under control. There is regular sleep, no effect of cold, there
is a cough, and proper hunger is felt. Breathing system works very well, there
is no hindrance; you are
completely composed and healthy the bodily health will make you experience
mental health and composure.
raise your right leg; 4” to 6”, stiffen the whole leg and slowly put it
back. Now bring it down very slowly now raise your left leg 4” to 6”,
stiffen the leg and slowly take it back. Similarly right hand should be raised
4” to 6” up from the ground. Close the fist and stiffen the hands, now
slowly place it back on the ground. Thereafter raise the left hand 4” to 6”
above the ground, close the fist and stiffen the hand, put it also slowly on the
ground. Stiffen buttocks. Relax.
Pull the arms inside. Relax. Fill the chest by respiration and expand it,
release the breath feel fully composed. Now tighten
muscles of the mouth and face,
relax. Keep the mouth a
little open, leave the lips loose. Now release the entire body does not move any
organ of the body
witness your breath only your lungs are in complete rest. Breathing and exhaling
is also being achieved with perfect ease. You can now think of the consciousness
within you, now that the body and the mind are perfectly healthy Body is
disease-less, mind is happy you are glowing with the beauty of your soul. You
are feeling completely fresh.
again think of the breath entering your chest. In you
is the entry of clean and composed breath with full freshness and power. Your
consciousness fills you with a new power,
new breath, new zeal and new enthusiasm. You are a big stream of happiness.
are a Gangotri of happiness. Happiness does not come from outside. Happiness is
not outside. Body and mind remain under the wrong impression of happiness
because of the wandering of the senses. If a cloud moves in, the sun gets
covered. There is no reason to think that the brightness of the sun has reduced.
You are completely composed inside. The man, who is in composure, is stoic in
the self. That man is happy you are not unhappy you are not diseased, remember
this. All this is a mental creation. If you think that you are disease-less, you
will remain without disease. You start thinking that you are sick; you will
definitely fall ill. But this is a reflection of disease-less mind. Your mind is
not sick. God surrounds you. God is on the right, on the left, inside, outside
in the front, in the back. God is everywhere. God is equivalent to power,
energy, truth, Shiva, beauty God means -
God means knowledge, brightness and development. Experience that you are fully
composed and healthy Get up slowly with ease and experience composure. Try
this method two to three times in a day; you will surely attain complete
composure and health.
Remember name of any
God in which you have complete faith, while you move about, walk, sit and get
up. Forget the past. Do not worry about the future. Remember God in your quiet
and peaceful mind. God means peace, composure, beauty and happiness. Peace and
happiness are your aims in life. Remember that name which would fill you with
peace and composure in your internal consciousness. If there is no peace inside
you, how can there be peace brought from outside? You are peace personified. You
are a symbol of happiness and enthusiasm. Observe God everywhere
in the planes with green grass extending on long distances
in green field, in the high trees reaching the skies, beautiful streams, open
sky, sunrise, sunset, the chirping of the birds, your sickness will run away
Open your heart before God. Oh God, I belong to you, you are mine, let anything
that is good for me, happen. You are a prototype of
God. If God and yourself are not distinct. God is inside you also. It is
absolutely distinct from sensuality. God is forever; God is truth. You are also
pure, you are intelligence incarnate. Feel this and you will inhabit new life.
In addition you can perform Dhanurasana, Chakrasana
and in addition all the Asanas that you may know thoroughly also perform
Sukhapurvaka Pranayama and Bhastrika in addition to Asanas.
Sukhapurvaka Pranayama, (a) inhale through left nostril (Puraka); (b) retain the
breath (Antar-kumbhaka), (c) Exhale through the right nostril (Rechaka) and (d)
breath (Bahya-kumbhaka). Thereafter inhale through the right nostril, hold the
breath inside, exhale through the left nostril. The ratio of timings a:b:c:d
being 1:4:2:4 respy. If you cannot do anything, breathe in peacefully and exhale
peacefully with every breath experience that it is not air that is getting in
but along with the breath you are inhaling new power, light, knowledge,
brightness and development inside you. When you breathe out, think that you are
distributing to the world around all your happiness, composure, divinity and the
entire Sattvik element going out. Fill the universe with composed and healthy
thoughts, health and composure will return to you thousand-fold. Even if one
continues a routine of Pranayama two to three times a day for ten to fifteen
minutes for one continuous month, one can feel tremendous improvement in health.
Pranayama is a panacea for the health of the mind and the heart. Sit on the
folded legs with the spinal column straight. Thereafter without movement of the
body or the shoulders and with no tension on the face, breathe in and out
rapidly. By doing so the lungs open out. Energy and capacity as well as
alertness increase. That is the reason why the Gita declares that if one
regularly and daily carries out even a little of what is taught to be done, one
will save himself of the great dangers. All these talks are not merely repeated
after reading or writing or cramming up; this is all a knowledge after bearing
actual experience. Hence go ahead and give a trial to the experiment described
herein and enjoy the full happiness of happy life.
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