Deep Breathing


Life-consciousness in homo-sapiens, is dependent upon the various motions in the body. Innumerable cells in the brain, are constantly & continuously engaged without interruption, in the work of the production of electrical potentials. Even in sleep, the process goes on un-interrupted. This was known to scientists as early as 1874. The studies of Hans Berger, gave conclusive evidence in 1929. Motion occuring in the brain is necessarily stupendous, compared with other motions in the body. Therefore, it is necessary to search other motions in the pursuit of ‘Sadhana for Peace of Mind’.

The motion of the heart, is linked with exasperation. The effects of respiration are felt both externally and internally. It will therefore be possible to fix a sadhanafor peace, based upon these findings. Therapists are recently recommending ‘deep breathing’. Dr. Bye Frolov, a Russian expert, has praised the peace obtained through the medium of respiration, in his book ‘Work and the Brain’. In the abovesaid book, he has also mentioned the therapy of breathing, as practised in China. In India too, Patanjali, in this connection has done the deep analysis and education.

Procedure : To practise this method, a particular time in a day should be alloted. Sit straight with legs inter-locked. Both hands be placed on the knees. The spine of the back, should remain in a straight line from above, downwards. Part of the body above the neck, should be in the same line with that of the spine. Keeping the spine straight, concentrate on ‘expiration’ [then other exercise of nasal and allied diseases are not contemplated]. Sometimes, it is recommended to keep the eyes half-closed [i.e. half-open]. But this is not necessary as a must. There is no objection to keep the eyes totally closed. Concentrate your mind on the process of both expiration and inhalation [see figure]. This process should be done very slowly , without any hurry. In the begining, one should say to oneself, “There is expenditure of energy due incessant work. I am consciouly cultivating a habit to conserve this wastage of energy. Energy thus conserved, will give me fresh impetus to my work.”

In the begining, it will be found difficult and irksome to concentrate the mind, because faith is not to be disturbed due to the noises in the surroundings. In such an event, mind should be directed to ‘listen’ the rhythm of respiration. Gradually, one will have a peaceful experience of mind merging with the process of respiration and then at rest.

As indicated above, God or Faith are not components in this method. Device of identifying the mind with the expiration and inhalation, is a built-in and self-evident one. Anybody can experience this, easily. Many a thinker have practised the beneficial effects of this experience. By this method, health and peace are the rewards, offered particularly for those having a mental frame like frank; cruel , but touchy in affection.


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