Commonly asceticism means just disciplined and simple lifestyle characterized by abstinence from worldly pleasures for the purpose of pursuing spiritual goal. It may sound hard, unnatural and joyless, but it is not meant to be so – and definitely it doesn’t include self torture. When one attains inner satisfaction through meditation practises, asceticism becomes quite natural process due to lack of interest for worldly pleasures.
Partly asceticism is a result of collective effort to use best means to gain spiritual progress. Regular life habits, meditation and simplicity make actually the daily routine smooth, and helps to upkeep good health. These habits are learnt easily in retreats and training courses where everyone follows the same schedule and rules. There is also scientific evidence of the benefits of yoga practises that one may call ascetic.
Bhante Gunaratana, Buddhist nature of asceticism
According yogis waking up for so called Painja Janya at five in the morning is considered to be beneficial for meditation practises. World is still quiet, the calm vibration helps to enter meditative state. As a result memory is better and concentration more sharp during the whole day.
Scientists consider that waking up early keeps the body more in tune with the circadian rhythms of the earth, which leads to deeper restorative sleep. Improving Sleep: A Guide to a Good Night’s Rest, by Harvard Health Publications.
Students who are morning people maintain higher grades. The extra time makes it possible to plan and engage in regular practises such as meditation and exercise, that brings more joy and health. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20080609/early-birds-get-better-grades. …………………………….
Eating garlic or onion is prohibited in yogic sentient diet. According to both yogis and Ayurvedic doctors, onion and garlic agitate the nervous system and mind, and definitely harm concentration. It tends to overstimulate the mind and then crash it down.
According Dr Beck Dsc, the sulphone hydroxyl ion in garlic penetrates the blood-brain barrier, and is a specific poison for brain cells. Dr Beck discovered this when he was the manufacturer of EEG feedback equipment. They had to give people instructions not to take garlic before the test, because those who had eaten garlic looked clinically dead on an encephalograph. Also when Dr Beck was in flight test, they were instructed not to take garlic 72 hours before flight, because garlic would double or triple the reaction time. According him even a study at Stanford found that garlic is a poison. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xft0CLkgLpE. Eating Garlic Is Very toxic for the Body, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGMbAQNXlCY
Yogic Half Bath is a simple system of refreshing the body several times a day. It calms the vagus and other nerves, stimulates blood circulation and the lymphatic system. Half bath can be done as a regular habit before eating, sleeping, meditation and asanas, as well as when emotionally “heated”.
The system of half bath takes just few minutes: Go to the toilet and wash genitals with cool water. (Paper is not also otherwise enough to keep the parts clean.) Wet the legs from the knees down to the feet, and the arms from the elbows downward. Splash cool water into your face, eyes and nose several times. (You may leave the nose and eyes until someone shows how to do it.) Cool the navel, neck, and behind the ears. When taking whole bath, start by pouring water over the navel area, then your body is more prepared to receive cool water all over.
The vagus nerve originates in the brain, travels down the from the neck, to the digestive system, heart and lungs. This nerve is a major player in the parasympathetic nervous system; the ‘rest and digest’ part.
Scientists advice how to tone the vagus nerve: Washing your face with cold water; slowing diaphragmatic breathing and humming. Meditation causes a significant rise in vagal tone, and obviously Pranayama more so, as vagal tone is even measured commonly from breathing rhythm. http://darouwellness.com/the-vagus-nerve-how-inflammation-can-be-controlled-by-the-brain/ .………………………..
Mushrooms take their energy from decaying matter instead of photosynthesis as plants commonly do. Mushrooms are considered detrimental to meditation, and even as a food they consume the energy from human body.
Interestingly athletes take cordyceps mushrooms to get energy and muscles. I don’t know how to explain this controversy between yogic and common beliefs. It may be that mushrooms help more effectively to take up energy from the high protein diet that the athletes usually consume.
Herdsmen in ancient Tibet noticed that their yaks became energized when they grazed on cordyceps sinesis. It sprouts from the body of dead caterpillar. Mushrooms contain heavy metals, they are the last on food chain, not live food; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRWWXSNyxaU ……………………
Alkaline, sentient and chlorophyll-rich food is recommended in a yogic diet to support overall vitality and healthy lymphatic system. It has a positive effect on the mind too. According to a study conducted in Gambia by a team from the British Medical Research Council, babies conceived on rainy leafy season enjoyed much longer, healthier lives, and were dying seven-times less prematurely than those conceived in grain season. Mother’s green diet activated even the genes and the immune system of their babies. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34222452 ………………
Yogic guidelines recommend one day fasting twice a month without water, according the cycle of the moon. Just as the moon effects the tides, it also affects the liquids in our bodies which are 65% water. During fasting the whole digestive system is able to recuperate and clean itself, which thus destructs less the mind. I think scientists have common understanding that moon has effect on our bodies and minds.
Fasting, massage and relaxation have been well researched commonly. When asanas are done, it is a regular habit by yoga practitioners to do quick self massage and relaxation. What comes to sexual restriction – only four times a month for family people – the present loose sexual orientation in the society might not courage research on that, but something at least is done; Having too much sex can make you unhappy study finds.
Body hair has an important role in regulating the body temperature, glands and the lymphatic system. The parts of the body with most lymph nodes are near the places where body hair is growing. If the hair is removed, these lymphatic nodes tend to become over active, having corresponding effect in the thyroid gland. At young age the pubic hair grows in order to regulate the increasing energy and heat in the body. Removing armpit hair often results in more sweating.
A study by Anderson Cancer Centre concluded that women who shave their armpit hairs are ten times more likely to develop breast cancer. Armpit hairs protects the body from various toxic substances – and provide larger surface area for evaporation of sweat. http://www.searchsikhism.com/hail-hair/human-hair-a-biological-necessity. Some surgeons have also noticed that shaving prior surgery actually increases infections. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/07/pubic-hair-has-job-stop-shaving
Body hair follicles provide a necessary environment for certain skin microbiome. Some of them help to regulate the body temperature and some to fight off infection. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1225152. Should You Shave Your Pubes? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46LU6AxB1go …………….
According yoga psychology pineal gland is very much connected with spiritual development and the subtle spiritual experiences produced through meditation. Dr. Rick Strassman proposes that the pineal gland produces DMT, a natural psychedelic. DMT relates to melatonin affecting primarily our dream state… which is like slipping into other parallel realities. When DMT is synthesized in a laboratory, it emits massive bursts of coloured light.
David Wilcock says that presence of light sensing proteins in the pineal gland may be a cause for visual events on “third eye” similar to psychedelic and near death experiences, and dreams. Also as planetary frequency is accelerating, third eye allows to see into other realms more easily.
Sources; http://www.collective-evolution.com/?s=DMT. A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc9koIn9CQo. P.R Sarkar; Biopsychology of Yoga, and Yogic guidelines.
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