9. Our Own Experience (The Ten Point Way to Health)

9. Our Own Experience (The Ten Point Way to Health)

Our Own Experience

“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

When young we studied wrestling under Imam Uddin, a well-known professional wrestler from the Punjab. We also practiced Jor, Baithaks, and Indian clubs, but , in accordance with the accepted doctrines of the old school of wrestlers, we used to cat unnecessarily fatty foods, and thus put on an excessive amount of fat.

In 1897 we read about Sandow, a famous physical culturist. We purchased all his apparatus and books, and for fully ten years practiced regularly and continuously according to his instructions, with the result that the chest measurement remained the same, while that of the waist and abdomen showed a marked reduction. Since 1908 being influenced by the example and advice of our esteemed friend Shrimant Sir Gangadharrao, Chief of Miraj, we have been doing Surya Namaskars every day with mantras and Vedic hymns, and the result has been a most remarkable lightness of body, buoyancy of mind, and a general feeling of youthfulness, which must be experienced to be understood. But the highest benefit of all is that during the past twenty-one years, we have been absolutely free from fevers and other ailments, and have never even suffered from a cold or cough, which is rega.”ded as inevitable even by medical men. But the most surprising proof of the stamina and resisting power of the body acquired through Surya Namaskars lies in the fact that, though we submitted to plague inoculation no less than four times, we had no fever and experienced no sort of muscular pain sufficient to prevent us from doing our daily Namaskars.

We submit that this twenty-seven years’ experience and study have qualified us to state with a measure of authority that of all the systems of physical exercise, Surya Namaskars stand first and foremost in promoting bodily and mental health and in endowing one with an equanimity of mind, which remains unruffled even under the most trying conditions.

In the circumstances, it may be of interest to know the daily programme which at the ago when most men ‘sit about’ in a kind of mental and bodily torpor, we follow with all the vigour and joy of youth.

We rise each day at 3.30, with a sense of welcome for the work before us. Until 6.15 the time is spent in bathing, exercising, and morning worship. Exercise includes an hour’s Surya

Namaskars and a brisk climb up a hill six hundred feet high.

Our schedule them proceeds more or less as follows;

6.15-7.30. Breakfast with Ranisahib and

7.30-9.30. State affairs.

9.30-10.30. Painting while listening to the

reading of newspapers.

10.30-11.30. Dinner.

11.30-12.30. Reading.

1.30-3. Literary work.

3-6 official work. Correspondence, disposing of petitions, examining routine work of the secretaries, superintending sculptural, block-making, and other works, and so on.

6-6.30. Evening worship.

6.30-7.30. Evening meal.

7.30-8.30. Reading to the Ranisahib and children.

8.30-3.30. Sleep, which comes within five minutes of resting the head on the pillow, and is sound and dreamless.

This has been our diet for many years, and was worked out after persistent trail :

Breakfast. Two cups of cow’s milk, warm and fresh from the udder, and a little cream mixed with honey.

Dinner. About eight ounces of boiled whole brown rice (rice with hull only removed and not pearled or polished) ; between two and four ounces of whole – wheat bread ; a little pulse, one or two raw or cooked vegetables without condiments ; a little milk or milk products, such as curds, butter – milk, ghee ; fruit and nuts.

Supper. The same as dinner, but much less in quantity.

All fried articles are generally excluded from our dictary.

We drink fresh, cool, spring water, scented with some fragrant flower, as rose or jasmine. We never drink water at meals but always an hour after meals, and whenever we feel thirsty between meals.

Many ignorantly think that if a sufficient quantity of beverages other than water be consumed, water as such may be dispensed with. There could be no greater fallacy. It must be emphasized that from a therapeutic point of view there is no substitute for pure water.

We cat nothing between meals, not even fruit. All stimulants and narcotics, such as tea, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, and so on, are absolutely avoided.

In addition to regular daily exercise and a wholesome frugal diet of vital foods, we practice frequent fasting-complete or partial.

 

9. Our Own Experience (The Ten Point Way to Health)

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