may be conducting Yogasana classes or meditation classes; one has to start from
residence at 5:00 to 5:30 in the morning. I have moved round America in June,
July, August, September, October, November and December in London as well as
Denmark. But the Americans are of a special bent. In the cars that we overtake,
the drivers young or old, even before the day-break, would be holding giant size
American glasses and sucking coke through the straw in the glasses and they
would be driving with music in their cars playing so loud that it may rend your
eardrum asunder To see these drivers driving is also a special treat.
a times grandmothers visit accompanied by their children, desiring that Swamiji
would show some way What way? Just look at their faces! Their skin!! The face
has so many blots; the face is full of eruption. See there! Under the eyes there
is quite a biggish black lining!!
may ask the youth.... Do you regularly clean bowels daily. He will question....
What’s that? Oh, my friend do you visit latrine daily? Are the bowels fully
cleaned? He replies, of course. You again ask... Everyday...? No, once in
three-four days. In America everything is in grand scale! Food stores. is a Lion
Food Mart. Green chilies are very big. Bananas are very big.
Vimalaben Patel of Houston prepared a pizza and cut it into
eight parts. Eat one and you are full. That’s enough. In our country we have a
Punjabi glass but in America that glass looks small! It is surprising if there
is any control on food. Simple pizza, a pineapple pizza or a cheese pizza. Well,
that is O.K. But everything that is cooked is made from finely ground wheat (Maida)
pasta, spaghetti, enchiladas, bread, cake or cookies; halophania green chilies
and bell pepper, black pepper and ginger etc. If you travel from Delhi to
Haridwar or Haridwar to Delhi there is a motel ‘Chitalgrand’. People like
the cheese pakodas, prepared there in. People drive all the way from Delhi to
eat these pakodas. But here in America this type of preparation is available
everywhere. From St. Lewis to Silver Springs and on all the road crossings, from
lanes and by lanes, the one that endangers peace in the family; ruins money and
stomach is that McDonald depicting the double-arc sign.
Yoga training organizer who provides facility for proceeding from morning
meditation and Yoga classes straight to attend job, catered in the morning
providing doughnut and coke only We requested them to supply tomato juice or tea
and coffee with bananas and apples. But for God sake! Stop the supply of
is not that you are unaware of all these facts. But we are just like Duryodhana,
who knew very well what religion was, but who had no interest in living
religiously He knew very well what was contrary religious activity. But he
didn’t want to quit it. We also are aware of all these but who is to execute
on our behalf?
Shri Dinesh Patel met me in the
corridor of a motel before Satsang was started at Corpus Cristy. “Oh friend,
how do you do?“ He
replied, “Bapaji! Everything is fine because of your blessings.” Then he
talked about various purchases and sales as well as where Niruben and children
had been in London and Europe; where they were at the present moment, when they
will return etc. etc. But I remarked, “Oh friend! How much you have added to
your weight! Look at this round belly!” He replied, “Swamiji, I have to tour
so much that I can’t control the food intakes. I can’t help taking more
rice.” I said, “Do you mean that Swamiji takes very little tours? If I do
not control what will be the result?“ He said, I have already had a by-pass surgery Weight is fifty pounds in
excess of the standard, cholesterol and triglycerides are in super high
proportions. Blood pressure is also extra super high. But whenever I go to fill
in the gas in the car I have to consume at least one packet of potatoes wafers!!
sum up let us remember that we are either our own friends or our own enemies.
One of the main reasons of hyperacidity is gluttony A man must eat just enough
to fill half his stomach; one fourth stomach should be filled with water and
remaining one fourth be kept empty for the gas. But whenever we eat something we
just seem to feel that this could be our only last chance in the life! So let us
fill to our heart’s content! The well-known AHMEDABAD ornament manufacturer
Suvarna Mahal and Jay ornaments brothers, Prakash Soni and Kirti Soni whose
wives always complained, “Swamiji, if some guest arrives and we serve
breakfast, guest go on talking and we don’t know when they start eating but
these two brothers, we wonder, would empty their dishes at the earliest! If
people exercise some control by remaining aware of their eating habits people
will never have hyperacidity. Very strong acidic juices get prepared in the
stomach. They help in digestion of food. These digestive juices are known as
gastric juices. These types of gastric juices continuously get manufactured in
the body and they excite the vagus nerve situated in the internal glands. Many
reasons are responsible in allowing these types of juices to be produced in
extra quantity this vagus nerve is a part of a para-sympathetic nerve. If this
gastric juice of acid gets produced in extra proportions it harms internal wall
of the stomach to a very great extent. When this happens there are ulcers found
in the walls of the stomach. Thus hyperacidity and formation of ulcers are
complementary to each other.
possible that acid secretion may be less yet there may be ulcer formation and
alternatively acid secretion may be much more than required yet there may not be
ulcer formation. However both the conditions make a man suffer and the peace as
well as happiness is lost and health will be
adversely affected and is harmful in the long run. Besides gluttony, the use of
extra condiments, more than necessary chilies, eating more fried items, paucity
of salad and fibers in the food, and not consuming milk and curd, dislike of
consumption of fruits, to eat at odd hours, to eat without proper chewing, to
eat hurriedly, to eat while talking, to eat as if you are not to get it again,
to eat even before the first intake of food gets digested and insufficient
exercise or not exercising at all are the additional reasons responsible for bad
addition to above mental ill-health, mental uneasiness, mental harassment,
feeling tired, tobacco chewing as well as smoking and habit of alcohol are also
responsible for hyperacidity
people whose life is sedentary and those who are very irregular in their food
habits and in addition to these conditions those who do not take any type of
exercise, such people do get hyperacidity.
uneasiness, mental tension, tiredness, or smoking to a great extent and drinking
produces hyperacidity Compared to ladies, males suffer from this difficulty
much more. Ladies hardly suffer from hyperacidity till they are regularly
is possible that female natural hormones may be responsible for this and ladies
may be saved from hyperacidity thereby Those having their blood group ‘0’
are more susceptible to hyperacidity
As mentioned earlier those
persons who take more of fried and spicy food and take more condiments are more
susceptible to acidity it is more important to see how you eat than what you
eat. Those who eat after enough of chewing, the food gets mixed with the liquid
saliva produced in the mouth and such mixed food then reaches stomach. Such
people hardly suffer from acidity So many people who eat food, which is slippery
and smooth, so that hardly they chew it; such people always get ulcers. The
principle food of people of Assam, Bengal, Orissa, Manipur, Mizoram and south
India is mainly rice. They get ulcers to a greater extent whereas people from
U.P, Himachal, Punjab, Hariyana or Delhi get less problems of ulcer besides
those people who eat very fast and without chewing the food sufficiently, suffer
from this problem.
those who gulp down food without chewing sufficiently, those who eat at
irregular hours and those who eat slippery food have to suffer from hyperacidity
OF THE AILMENT
a man having disease of hyperacidity suffers from pain in the stomach. The form
of this pain in the stomach, the time at which occurs and its nature is always
of a special type. This type of pain is felt on the right side of heart and
under the lower ribs. This type of pain starts slowly and gradually, sometimes
aftei the food is taken and gets reduced only if, either one vomits or takes
some scientific medicine for this purpose. The common signs of this pain are
burning sensation in the heart, vomiting sensation, nausea, feeling giddy and
the actual vomits. If the illness is chronic and if the necessary treatment for
the ailment is not taken there is a possibility of heamatemesis (vomits of
medical as well as surgical treatment is beneficial to the patient. Medical
treatment undertaken with care definitely cures the patient and results are also
very good. If one bears the following points in mind the medical treatment of
peptic ulcer, it will be easy to diagnose and cure the disease:
Mental as well as physical rest.
Complete care about food.
3. Habit of taking medicine regularly
This is possible only through Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation.
the disease has just started and is in an initial stage there seems no need for
physical rest. But when the disease has gone out of control then a period of
rest; doing no labour, is allowed in a perfect manner, it is likely to
contribute in a big way in the treatment of the disease.
IN FOOD and PRECAUTIONS
very first important thing to keep in view while serving the food is that the
patient should be served 3 to 4 times in small proportions. It is absolutely
essential to ensure that the patient does not fill his belly like a glutton.
Food should be taken in small measures; one should eat peacefully chewing
thoroughly It is very essential to ensure that there is little oil and
condiments in the food. In the event of the diseases having gone out of control
or those patients who have a tendency to get hyperacidity, they should eat
easily digestible and fibrous food, which is fully cooked and steamed. Food that
is not easily digestible like meat, fish, eggs should not be taken at all.
cure for the problem of hyperacidity is being sought after from ages by use of
Antacids only The form, color and the covering of medicines go on changing, but
it only contains world known medicine “Antacid”.
is true that in addition to these antacids, now we have started receiving
medicines in the market, which have prolonged effect. Any medicines taken have
to be repeated after 6-8-16 or 24 hours duration, that is after the period for
which the effect remains active.
If ulcers are formed in stomach to a larger extent and perforations occur, operation is compulsory if cancer is suspected, only treatment is an operation. And if medicines prove ineffective surgical help may be called for.
are umpteen treatments in science of Yoga to see that one’s desire for food
improves, digestion of food consumed improve, one to control effect of strong
acids, that are produced in the stomach.
and old alike should all form a habit of sitting in Vajrasana from five, ten to
fifteen minutes after every meal like breakfast, mid-day meal and evening or
night meals. This adds digestive power and thereby flatulence does not occur Gas
as well as constipation doesn’t result. Then you can completely eliminate the
main cause for production of acids.
sitting in Vajrasana sit with two legs kept underneath both knees kept
together in the same fashion as Muslim friends sit for their ‘Namaj’. Keep
both the thumbs of both the legs touching each other; the heels should be kept
spread out with buttocks placed between the heels. Do not sit with two feet
placed one over the other. In the initial stages you may not be able to sit for
a long period. However if you sit on a sofa set or on a mattress or on a
grass lawn so that the ground under the feet does not hurt, then it will be
possible to gradually form a habit. Going on increasing the period up to 15 to
20 minutes initially, you will surely be able to sit for longer periods together
(Fig - 40-1) Vajrasana
(Fig - 40-2) Vajrasana
in Padmasana. Bring both the hands on the back. Hold the wrist of the left hand
by right hand. Now go on exhaling and go on bending forward slowly Let the
forehead touch the ground. Try to hold breath outside. Do not use force in this
exercise. Keep the forehead touching the ground for the period that you hold the
breath outside. When you raise the head, go on inhaling slowly In this process
the Apanvayu under the navel and the Pranvayu above the navel assume the
position of Samanvayu.
of the Pranvayu above equalizing, that is becoming Samana, the process of
digestion is performed properly and perfectly
vaishvanaro bhootva praninam dehamashritah
Pranapana samayuktah pachmami annum chaturvidham I
Fig - 41
Sleep with face facing the ceiling. Keep the back on ground.
Bend both the knees of the both legs keeping them pointing upwards towards
ceiling and parallel to each other, slightly away
from the buttocks and not touching each other but in a composed manner.
Concentrate mind on the navel. Remain a witness to the process of inhaling and
exhaling. Breathe in as slowly as possible. Exhale as slowly as possible. Ensure
that each breath is inhaled very peacefully and remaining fully aware (see
this process all the organs in the belly feel relaxed. Ample supply of blood
reaches the organs. The control of breathing adds special capacity to the
working efficiency of the internal secreting glands.
SHITALI PRANAYAMA -SHITKARI
this Pranayama is practised before the sunrise it is more advantageous. Sit with
crossed legs. Make around tube by bending the tongue and inhale through mouth,
exhale through the nose. If you cannot make a tube of the tongue then bend the
front end of the tongue on the back side, on the top of the rear tongue. Keep
the two rows of teeth touching each other and inhale with a sound like 51.. .si.......
Either one of the above two methods of Pranayama should be performed at
least 20 repetitions.
Pranayama has great effect on dyspepsia. This Pranayama is capable of reducing
the burning sensation caused by strong acid liberated in the stomach.
Shitali Pranayama (Fig-42)
Shitkari Pranayama (Fig—43)
the early morning drink 8 to 10
glasses of tepid water having half a teaspoonful of salt added to water.
Take 7 to 8 glasses quickly This should be taken on an empty stomach.
Thereafter bend forward and press the belly or put in two fingers in the neck
behind the tongue so that all the water would be thrown out in a torrent (see
acid gets washed out due to this process and one saves oneself from getting
not either eat or drink anything at least for a period of one hour after this
process. You will feel much hunger after one hour, when you should take food
which will not spoil your digestive system.
addition, performance of Bhujangasana, Shalbhasana, Bhastrika Pranayama,
Jalandhara bandha, Suryanamaskara, and Shavasana regularly, proper control of
in-take of food, the control of the wandering tendency of mind, high standard
of working of the internal secreting glands definitely brings in happy and
composed health. But the main point that is essential is to remain regular and
carry on Yogaabhyas of whatever variety we undertake, daily and patiently for
a prolonged period and along with Yoga-abhyas we should have necessary treatment
of medicine and control of food. There is nothing impossible in the world! What
is required is our conscientious effort!
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