Know Your Gurus – Part II
Swami Ramdev Unveiled
I quote below a few gems from Ramdev’s ‘Yog-sadhana o Chikitsa rahasya’ (Yogic practices and treatment)
# As per the philosophy of Jainism, Yoga is the emancipation of the soul. At the same time, mind, speech and all the physical faculties are also known as Karmayoga. (Page 1)
# The ideal time for taking the morning food or breakfast is between 8 and 9 in the morning. It is better to take fruits and light drink. (Page 5)
# People above the age of 50 years should not eat anything in the morning.
# The ideal time for taking the morning meal or lunch, is between 11am and 12 noon. One can extend the time up to 1pm. but beyond that is a strict NO.
# Again the best time for dinner is 7pm to 8pm.or at the most to 9pm. No food is recommended after that.
(Till the middle of the last century, the average life-span of an Indian was approximately 50. Today it is 70. Medical science has progressed tremendously and so has our concepts on lifestyle. Our concept of healthcare has undergone a drastic change too. Nowadays we find a number of politicians and intellectuals, who have crossed 80 and are still active and efficient. They take well-balanced breakfast and go about their daily chores. Their active presence in society proves the theory of ‘no breakfast’ wrong.
The timings fixed for food-intake and physical health may have no connection at all. In ancient times, when people used oil-lamps or no lights, it was customary to finish off day’s work including dinner as early as possible. Now in this jet-age, with electrical and electronic wonders to help us in every sphere of life, days and nights have lost their earlier differences. Eating and sleeping habits have changed too. Look at the Bollywood heroes. Night after night of continuous shooting, sleeping till late, then going to the gym, eating balanced food, and wow! Their fitness and health are envied by all. In the western countries, people believe in heavy breakfast before going out for work and a very light lunch. Still they are healthier than an average Indian. After this, should we still stick to the age-old yogic prescription?)
# While eating, one should maintain silence and keep praying to God while chewing the food carefully.(Page 22)
(Our political leaders and industrialists call for important meetings where they discuss serious issues over lunch or dinner. It is a custom to call for eminent guests for luncheon where discussions get priority over the exercise of eating. Let us hope the followers of gurus like Ramdev do not stop interacting with each other over the dinner table and kep praying instead. )
# Before you start eating, pronounce ‘OM’ or utter the Gayatri Mantra and wash your hands three times. Why? How does it affect the mind or body? No answer is given by Ramdev.
(The great good Lord has given us food and sustenance, and therefore, before you start eating, thank him once-this is the noble thought behind the advices of such Gurus. According to them, God arranges for everything we have in this world, so one need not think that our efforts have any effect whatsoever. Everything is pre-arranged and provided for. We need to remember that the Yogis who promote such ideas themselves leave no stone unturned to propagate their philosophies.)
# Non-vegetarian food destroys our subtle and soft feelings-like love, kindness etc.( Page- 5)
(Just recall the Gujarat riots. Thousands of members of a certain vegetarian community turned into beasts overnight. They killed, looted and raped. They burnt alive thousands of their own countrymen with mindless, irrational cruelty. Ramdev-ji has no idea that this kind of mass frenzy has nothing to do with food. It is lack of healthy cultural environment, lack of proper knowledge, absence of a rational system of education and socio-economic background.)”
Swami Ramdev has offered many such directives in his books which according to him are worth following in order to have a healthy mind and body. For example-one should always bathe in cold water, it is better to use rough, handmade cotton towels after bath etc.
# Through the yogic path, you can find god.
#You cannot be a yogi without practicing celibacy.( total abstinence from sexual acts)
# You should not eat, hear or see things that arouse sexual desires.
# Eight things one should desist from, in order to become a Brahmachari (ascetic saint):– sports, eating alone, talking about worldly gains, giving public speeches, looking with amorous desire, touching and sexual intercourse.
# Lust and anger are two things that take away our physical strength and beauty in a very short time.
# The chief aim of our life is to worship god.
# One should know when to tell a lie-e.g. to save a cow or to save a Brahmin. In an ashram, a temple, a musjid, a gurdwara or in a church, one should tell the truth only. In the court or law or in connection with business ventures, untruth may be allowed.
# To purify your mind, soul and intellect, only way is to follow the path shown by the saints.
# God gives us beauty, youth, riches and affluence in abundance, much more than we ever need.
(Let us not forget that 70% of the population of India is poor by any standard. 30% are below the poverty line, who do not get shelter, food, drinking water, health-care or education. To say that god has given them more than they require, is a crime.)
Swami Ramdeb has similar instructions on Tapasya , Pranayama,– how to practice meditation and various breathing exercises, and Mudras,–various hand movements (as in dance), which can cure all diseases including asthma and cancer. For example-Vayu Mudra can cure arthritis, spondilytis and even stroke. Shunya Mudra cures or eases thyroid and heart problems. Surya Mudra relieves tension, improves digestion. There are about a dozen such remedies and cures with the help of moving the five fingers of our hands.( of which there are illustrations in his book).
Curing diseases by pressing one’s palm or feet
It may sound curious, but Guruji has written in the book published by him about a novel method of treating ailments. Totally nonsensical anatomical pictures are given of the human palm, where various parts symbolise parts of the body, for example-the base of the forefinger and middle finger denotes the eye. The middle of the sole of the feet symbolises the heart and the kidney, etc. Pressing these parts for 30 seconds to 2 minutes can cure the diseases as told by Ramdev. There is also prescription for growing hair on bald heads by rubbing the fingernails of two hands against each other, and many such ludicrous theories.
These gurujis first gain popularity by lecturing and demonstrating on T.V. channels, then start publishing glossy books and pamphlets and finally go on to establish Ashrams on acres of land.
A glimpse of the subscription rate at Swami Ramdev’s Ashram
1. Ordinary membership- Rs.11000
2. Honored membership- Rs.21000
3. Special membership Rs.51000
4. Life membership Rs.100,000
5. Reserved membership Rs.251,000
6. Founder membership Rs.500,000
Be a member at your own risk! ! !