14. Tuberculosis (The Ten Point Way to Health)

14. Tuberculosis (The Ten Point Way to Health)


“The Ten Point Way to Health (Surya Namaskars)


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

Edited with an introduction by Louise Morgan

First Published: 1938

We shall give another complete chapter to the second great scourge of mankind-tuberculosis. We use the term in the sense of pulmonary or lung tuberculosis.

The germ-theorists hold that consumption is caused by microscopic germs, called tubercle bacilli, because whenever any part of the body is attacked by tuberculosis vast numbers of these germs are found in ti. But at the same time they admit that people with sufficiently strong resisting power cannot be affected by these germs. Then is follows that if the resisting power be increased there would b no fear of these bacilli-hence no consumption. An increase in one’s disease-resisting power can be attained by Surya Namaskars.

Only when the soil is first prepared upon which the tubercle bacillus can thrive will its depredations become noticeable.

Germs of various kinds, such as those of diphtheria, typhoid, malaria, or tuberculosis, are found in the throats or spittle of healthy persons. The average dweller in a city breathes and swallows millions of disease germs. Some succumb, others resist.

We therefore wish to emphasize with all the power we possess that if you have acquired and retained vigorous health and resisting power by doing Surya Namaskars, you need not be afraid of germs.

It has been estimated that one-fifth of the humar. race succumb to tuberculosis.

‘The greatest brains of the medical profession have sought a specific remedy for year. They still seek it. Humanity waits.’

The habit of sleeping out of doors at night and living out by day does not bring about the results sought for, though it helps considerably to cure and prevent consumption.

The only infallible remedy for the cure and prevention of tuberculosis lies in the correct method of breathing.

The expression ‘deep breathing’ is generally taken to mean filling one’s lungs with air with a view to increasing their capacity. But the secret of deep breathing is not so much in the method of inhalation as in that of exhalation. The manner of exhalation as expounded by all of our authorities, such as Patanjali, Yajnavalkya, Vasistha, Hata-Yoga-Pradipica, Amrita-Bindu-Upanishad, and other, is to exhale slowly through the nose only and to press in or squeeze the stomach as far as one can do in order to expel all the toxin-laden air from the lungs.

Most modern American and European authorities on deep breathing agree with our principle and method of exhalation.

‘ Just consider,’ observes Dr W. R. Lucas, ‘what deep breathing will do for you. No matter what your physical troubles are, deep breathing will help to overcome them. It helps to cure cold feet by bringing more oxygen into the blood. It helps to drive away constipation by giving internal massage to the bowels. It helps to overcome torpid liver by the exercise given to that organ. It helps to cure rheumatism by securing enough oxygen to burn up some of the foreign deposits in various parts of the body. It costs nothing and has only good after-effects.’

The amelioration and cure of consumption and the prevention of pneumonia depend as much on the air you exhale as on the air you inhale.

You will notice how this scientific method of expalation is adopted in Surya Namaskars. In performing one Namaskar one has to squeeze or pull in the stomach three times to secure complete exhalations.

You thus do automatically as many as seventy-five deep breaths in performing one round of twenty-five Namaskars. In four rounds of Namaskars, which an average man or woman can easily do within thirty minutes, you actually complete three hundred deep breaths, i.e. three hundred full inhalations, three hundred holdings of breath, and three hundred complete exhalations !


14. Tuberculosis (The Ten Point Way to Health)

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