Preksha Dhyana: Perception Of Body: [0.2] Introduction

Published: 02.02.2010
Updated: 02.07.2015

Regular meditational practice is an efficient tool, both for healing and maintaining good health. Modern scientific research has now established that there is no denying the fact that sick people do get well by harnessing the psychic forces through mental imagery. In fact, a new discipline called psycho-neuro-immnunology has entered the field of modern research. The body's natural defence mechanisms against infection,contagions,toxicity and other pathological disorders constitute the immune system of the body. Immunology, thus, means scientific study of body's defences and resistance to infection etc. The new discipline, therefore, is the study of inter-relations between the immune system, the brain and the psychical forces probably hidden in the subconscious portion of the mind.

Innate Immunity

Lymphocytes are the principal cells of the innate immune system. They operate in close association with the phagocytes which can engulf and inactivate micro-organisms. The bone-marrow, the thymus, spleen and some lymphoid nodules produce the lymphocytes. The production, activation and immune response is a highly complex process involving finely balanced relationships between many organs of the body.

Neuro-immunologists have, after elaborate study of men under stress, established that the immunity can be seriously affected by one's mood and attitudes,and there is a significant lowering in the functioning of the system under stress. Conversely,deep relaxation and sustained cheerfulness improve both the qualitative and quantitative efficiency of the system.

Apart from the researchers many eminent doctors as well as general practitioners agree that meditation and deep relaxation can cure and prevent any number of psychosomatic diseases. Concentrated perception of body - Śarīra Prekṣā - produces a more balanced equilibrium between the sympathetic and parasympathetic components of the autonomic nervous system which is ultimately responsible for the homeostasis in the body.

Improvement of physical health without the use of injurious drug,though a valuable benefit, is not the chief objective of meditation. It is a tool for awakening and developing one's conscious reasoning and thereby modifying one's attitude and behaviour to be truly worthy of a human being.

Deep-level consciousness is an innate aspect of human wisdom and has an elevating effect on human personality. Unfortunately, the modern way of life has considerably weakened this ability and one has come to believe that he can function satisfactorily without awakening and activating the inherent deep-conscious abilities.

To become acquainted with one's own body is an essential medium of spiritual advancement and self-awareness. Perception of body is a technique of becoming acquainted not only with the gross physical body but also with the mysteries of the subtle (taijasa) body and the supersubtle body (karma-śarīra). After this, it is not difficult for the practitioner to reach and be acquainted with his deep-level consciousness. On the other hand if one thinks that one could reach the spiritual self without properly understanding the significance of the flow of vital energy in different parts of the body, it would be a mere imaginary achievement.

Practice of perception of body is, thus, an essential step for acquiring not only physical goodness but reychical goodness also.

Jain Vishva Bharati
Ladnun-3 41 306 (Rajasthan) Edited by: Muni Mahendra Kumar © Jain Vishva Bharati Fourth Edition: September, 1995 Typeset by: 
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