In Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna: Krodhaat bhavati sammohah sammohaat smritivibhramah | smritibhramshaat buddhinaasho buddhinaashaat pranashyati ||2-63||
(From anger comes delusion, from delusion a lapse of memory, from lapse of memory there is destruction of buddhi, and from destruction of buddhi person is destroyed.)
Krishna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, gives Arjuna the gyan of deta
chment (vairagya) from the fruits of war, to stay untouched from the attachments of anger, jealousy, resentment, grief etc., for the body is perishable, as it is one has to die… attachments only expedite self-destruction. Whenever you do anything with extra passion or attachment, it is equivalent to anger, because body reacts same way—the metabolic rate shoots up, resulting in faster pulse and rapid breathing. These are also the symptoms of a person who is dying.
Says Sanatan Kriya, that cell which is the basic unit of life, comes with a limited force. Every time the cell divides during metabolism, new cells are born which are weaker than the previous cell. That is, our batteries are not rechargeable and the process of ageing or destruction of body cannot be reversed. Anger and other hyper-emotions increase the metabolic rate of cell leading to faster ageing. The key to health and longevity is in slowing down.
Creation is a sum total of positive (devik) and negative (asuric)—positive that aids creation process, and negative that destroys it, both are necessary for the movement of creation. Silence, stillness, stability, shanti are properties of positive forces; hyperactivity, unrest, anger, etc. of the asuric forces. A hyperactive body is in possession of the asuric forces, which instil negative thoughts and tendencies paving way for destruction of the body and spiritual devolution. History abounds with examples of how asuric forces try to disrupt all processes of growth and evolution of an individual and community, asurs were known to cause hindrance in yagyas, kill innocent animals and beings, and prevent acts of general good. When asuric forces (like anger) take possession of the body, the person misses his/her spiritual goal and wastes his/her birth and life, fast moving towards destruction. Influence of asuric forces cloud the mind and takes it away from spirituality/devik forces. The hyperactive are normally far away from spirituality acts like yagyas and meditation and create a scene if a member of family indulges in all this.
The Vedic seers were masters of creation, and thousands of years ago, when according to Western historians, the world was inhabited by barbarians, they gave us the concept of shanti (peace) and balancing of chakras and various elements. Chakra santulan pranayama is an effective tool to maintain balance and peace, says Sanatan Kriya. The Vedic masters were well aware of the consequences of emotional arousal and hyperactivity, and also gave us the shanti path to stabilise not just every cell in the body but each and every aspect of creation, of which the body is a reflection. Whenever you are angry, just close your eyes and take ten deep breaths, follow this with the chant of shanti path.
Om dehi shantih antariksham, shantirprithvi, shantiraapa, | shantihi aushadhaya, shantirvanaspatayah, shantivishvavedah | shantibrahma, shanti saama, shantirshantiriva dehi shantiredhi | shanti sarvagyam shanti sarvagyam shanti sarvagyam | om dehi shanti shanti shantih om (Let there be peace in the universe, on earth, in waters, in herbs, in trees, in the eternal gyan of creation, in Brahma. Let there be peace in me and in everything. Let peace be everywhere.)
But be warned, the concept of shanti will not be understood by those with asuric bent of mind. Practice of Sanatan Kriya ensures this balance comes even in the body of people of asuric vrittis.
(Yogi Ashwini is the spiritual head of Dhyan Ashram. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)