But in tapas it is a juice secreted by hypophysis cerebri. It
is a nector, an intoxicant, highly exhilarating, and soothing.
What happens after its secretion is that the practitioner goes
into a sleepy mode owing to its intoxicating quality. One is
always likely to succumb to its charm and lose consciousness,
and then sleep for hours on end; deluding him into believing
that he was deeply meditating!
happens quite often over a period of time. The result of the
secretion of soma is multiple: mind becomes calmer and
happier. Nervous excitement comes down. Body gets a peculiar
shining. One gets less argumentative and always in contented
mood. IQ increases. Mind becomes capable of perceiving issues
of life in a better way. In fact, soma means manas.
Madhu is a next major secretion . It boosts tapas
tremendously. It is felt as a thick liquid, like honey. In
fact, madhu means honey. The psyche of the saadhakaa gets
hightened. Mind acquires special powers to see the past and
peep into the future. It acquires what is called vaakshuddhi.
That is whatever one spells verbally is likely to come true
immediately. One may get into samaadhi, a state highly talked
about in yoga literature. Not so really. One matures in yoga
and becomes highly responsible, diginified and charismatic.
His words ring the truth. He gets yogic visions - both audio
and visual. Intellect improves. The upward journey of praanan
nears its destination. It is secreted by the hypophysis
Before the introduction of amruta, it is necessary to present
Aatman: From Life Finite To Life Infinite
is strange but true that until the modern era man studied the
universe and yet did not care to investigate his own body. His
study of the universe over the centuries yielded him enough
knowledge. He perfected a technology so potent that through it
he could show truely amazing results. Innumerable discoveries
and inventions reinforced his belief that science and
technology are truly great. Thus material sciences could
develop faster than the sciences meant to study his own body.
Science studies matter. Majority of scientists by training
think and talk in terms only of matter and material reality.
Science distinguished primary qualities of objects from
secondary qualities. The primary qualities are measurable. The
secondary qualities are form, color, smell and beauty which
are not measurable. The primary qualities, separated from
secondary and expressed in mathematical language, brought
science to humanity. Rene Descartes also separated body and
Science and technology have changed the course of life for the
modern man. It has granted him so many benefits that he is
tending to overlook a few possible bad spots found in them.
Science is always viewed with awe and wonder.
Well, does man and his body fit in here? The so-called
benefits granted by science and technology, though
commendable, have not rendered him real service. In the wake
of benefits come fearful prospects of a nuclear war, rippling
diseases and painful death. Modern man is supplied with so
much that he is enjoying them less and less. He has fear in
his mind and is sick in his body and mind. In fact, he is
What is life after all? How many of us care to think for a
while? But think we must, if only because we are endowed with
mind meant for thinking. Man today knows much of the extenal
world, but his own body and mind remain unknown to him.
Really, man is unknown.
Medicine is the only
science that cared to investigate the biological aggregate we
call man. The science of medicine has a long past but a short
history. Only six pioneers are widely known: Hippocrates,
Aristotle, Galen, Vesalius, Pastuer and perhaps Harvey. With
different branches, medicine could achieve tremendous
progress. In their quest of understanding the living man, they
cut open the dead body, they found out its structure and
imagine its functioning. The technique of surgery has taught
them the body functioning as nothing before. Here in medicine
also, as in other sciences, emphasis was laid on the material
side of the body, neglecting the mental side.