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“Personality is the brand image of an individual” to quote from the contemporary management concepts. Personality in a person’s life has more to do with his internal nature rather than his external appearance. Yes. Conquering of internal nature has the greater voice in the making of a sustainable and credible personality of a person. Immaculate character, receptive brain, extraordinary power of retention, undivided prolong focus, presence of mind, good common sense, absence of ego, reasonable self-esteem, discipline, positive attitude, marked composure, never-say-no attitude and gigantic will power constitutes an impressively holistic personality of a person. Everything else is secondary. People across the world are flabbergasted by the Indian wisdom which is indomitable and matchless in the field of Personality development, leadership skills and many more coveted aspects of human abilities. Thanks to our upstanding and outstanding saints who have penned hoary yet fadeless volumes of wisdom and great treatises in those areas. They sacrificed their comforts of life by living in caves, mountains and forests but in return gifted to India a kingly offering in the form of their legacy i.e. monumental life sketch and revolutionary sacred writings.
From among the numerous techniques of personality development that lay scattered in the countless holy books of India, one which has stood the test of time is “Pranayama”. Apt understanding and practice of pranayama awakes one to the Brobdingnagian factory of soul-power lying moribund within him. Pranayama is a very ancient technique, to keep oneself at the pinnacle of mental, physical and moral health, invented by the perspicacious saints of primeval India. Rhythmic breathing is of course a part and parcel of pranayama but not the end all and be all of it. Pranayama in fact is made up of two words, ‘prana’ and ‘ayama’. ‘Prana’ is not merely, as many people think, the breath; ‘prana’ has a very broad connotation i.e. all the forces and energy in the universe, including motion, gravitation, friction, body functions, nerve currents, thought process etcetera. In the words of Swami Vivekananda, ‘the sum total of all forces in the universe, mental or physical, when resolved back to their original state, is called Prana.’ The second word ‘ayama’ means control. Hence, one who has understood and controlled prana can interchange the positions of stars and moon, can drink an ocean, can become a trillionaire, and can affect almost any change.
All sorts of diseases small and big catches hold of a person whose ‘prana’ or life force is weak. Owing to the weak ‘prana’ or life force, the body organs turn feeble and inefficacious. They cease functioning properly, resulting in weak body cells and improper blood circulation. This in turn results into the creation of baneful liquids in and malfunction of heart which culminates into untold diseases. And needless to say, that a person with bodily malaise or physical debilities lags behind in the race of manifesting an all-round personality. It is therefore very obvious that diseases don’t bother to the person with strong ‘prana’ as much as they bother the person with weak ‘prana’. It was through pranayama that the yogis of India used to be in their pink for hundreds of years.
In the pre-historic India when there was neither paper nor pen and the electronic gadgets were obviously unthought-of, how do you think the Vedas and Upanishads were transferred from generation to generation down to the era of paper invention? The voluminous wisdom in esoteric Sanskrit verses and hymns were transferred by the process of listening, memorizing and narrating. Can you imagine the capacity of the human brain? How could those monks retain such gargantuan information and recite the same on demand, that too word by word? The answer is pranayama. Allow me to validate my premise by quoting the personal opinion of Sri Aurobindo – the mystic philosopher of India – on the glory of pranayama. “Pranayama, Sri Aurobindo recites, sets the Pranic – vital – currents free and removes dullness of the brain so that the higher consciousness can come down. Pranayama does not bring dullness in the brain. My own experience, on the contrary, is that the brain becomes illumined. When I was practicing Pranayama at Baroda, I used to do it for about five hours in the day, – three hours in the morning and two in the evening. I found that the mind began to work with great illumination and power. I used to write poetry in those days. Before the Pranayama practice, usually I wrote five to eight lines per day and about two hundred lines in a month. After the practice I could write 200 lines within half an hour. That was not the only result. Formerly my memory was dull. But after this practice I found that when the inspiration came I could remember all the lines in their order and write them down correctly at any time. Along with these enhanced functionings I could see an electrical activity all round the brain, and I could feel that it was made up of a subtle substance. I could feel everything as the working of that substance.”
It is therefore prudent on the part of our youth and others to learn the high-powered technique of pranayama which is empirically experienced and thoughtfully propagated by heroes like Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi, and Swami Vivekananda etc.
Pranayama thus has hidden within it the most sought-after wings which you always wanted to give to your dreams. It has hidden within it the running pool of limitless possibilities which you can rightfully tap and shape your destiny as you please. Don’t build castles in the air, they say. Well, I encourage the youth to build castles in the air because the coveted methods of pranayama have hidden within them the fairies and angels who will invisibly give foundation to the castles which the youth have built in the air. There is nothing under the sun which you can’t accomplish only if you are prepared to pay the necessary price it comes for. The price is courage to begin and perseverance to persist. The essential motivation has to come from within you in order to attain greatness, and that motivation will bring with it an impressive overhaul in your current personality.
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