12. The Sounds That Help (The Ten Point Way to Health)

12. The Sounds That Help (The Ten Point Way to Health)

The Sounds That Help

“The Ten Point Way to Health (Surya Namaskars)

by

Shrimant Balasahib Pandit Pratinidhi (B.A.) Rajah of Aundh

Edited with an introduction by Louise Morgan

First Published: 1938

It will be noticed that the length of the mantras is increased towards the end of the found of Namaskars. This is to give longer periods of rest and normal breathing, so that one never gets out of breath no matter how many rounds are done.

As a matter possible general interest we explain the method used by many of adding to the mantras the twelve names of the sun in the Sanskrit language, which gives a further lengthening of the period of rest and further help from the practice of speech.

These names of the sun are :

Mitraya Namah (‘friend of all, I bow to thee’).

Ravaye Namah (‘praised by all, I bow to thee’).

Suryaya Namah (‘guide of all, I bow to thee’).

Bhanave Namah (‘bestower of beauty, I bow to thee’).

Khagaya Namah (‘stimulator of the senses, I bow to thee’).

Pushne Namah (‘nourisher of life, I bow to thee’).

Hiranyagarbhaya Nahma (‘promoter of virility, I bow to thee’).

Marichaye Nahma (‘destroyer of disease, I bow to thee’).

Adityaya Nahma (‘inspirer of love , I bow to thee’).

Savitre Nahma (‘begetter of live, I bow to thee’).

Arkaya Nahma (‘inspirer of awe, I bow to thee’).

Bhaskaraya Nahma (‘refulgent one, I bow to thee’).

The following abridged method of using the names of the sun is suggested as being suitable for Christians, Hindus, non-Hindus, Parsees, Mohammedans, and members of any other faiths alike :

Use om once or twice or more with each repetition of sounds.

Precede each name of the sun with one mantra, two names of the sun with two mantras, four, with four, and twelve with all six mantras twice over.

A round accompanied by these vocal exercises will take about eight minutes.

Before closing this chapter, we should like to say a few words on the subject of our ancient learning.

In these days, dominated by machine-made experience, people who have lost confidence in their own creative powers are fond of railing at the ancient culture of their race, whether it be Indian or any other.

Many are swayed by the fallacicus argument that had their ancient civilization been good and sound, they would not be reduced to their present deplorable condition.

On the other hand, those who study our ancient heritage and are fully aware of its value seem unable to make their teaching acceptable by presenting it in terms of modern medical and hygienic science.

It took Coue to teach us the virtue of Japa, or constant meditation upon a certain idea, or Haddock to instruct us in the importance of will-power, or William James to enlighten us on the significance of mental control. Any one who reads the works of these men even cursorily and compares their teachings with those of ancient Indian sages will not fail to be struck with wonder at the resemblance.

Quite unarmed as they were with the mechanical appliances available to modern science, our sages made many discoveries far in advance of their time.

It may be news to most of our readers to be told that the catheter is mentioned in the Atharva Veda, the date of which cannot be later than 3000 B.C., and that the surgeons of the time of the Rigveda should fit up a metallic leg to a woman so as to enable her to move about.

The ancient rishis, or sages, appear to have known something of higher mathematics also. They were very fond of using a phrase which may be rendered : ‘If infinity be subtracted from infinity, the remainder is infinity.’

There is a story in the Puranas that Soma married the twenty-seven daughters of Daksha and that four of them brought forth the four planets –Mars, Mercury, Jupier, and Venus, The great astronomer Bentley read in to these marriages a concealed reference to the conjunction of the Moon with the several planets in those constellations. Bentley’s calculations were checked by Hindman, and it may now be asserted that the Puranic story refers to astronomical phenomena which tool place within the course of sixteen months about 1424 and 1423 B.C.

We learn from the testimony of Green historians that at the time fo Alexander the Great there were vaidyas, or physicians, in the Punjab who could successfully cure cases of make-bite ; these Alexander was perforce compelled to engage when his Macedonian physicians confessed their inability to deal with such cases.

We could give many further examples of ancient Indian truths, which have been independently discovered by modern scientists, but this is hardly the place to do so.

Brahmans have been, rightly or wrongly, charged with deliberate concealment of their wisdom. It is not for me to examine the justice of this charge, but it cannot be too deeply impressed that nothing would give us a greater happiness than to see the entire world enjoying the fruits of our ancient civilization.

 

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