Holistic Detoxification through Kriya Yoga

 The human body extracts energy from the food supplied to it through various metabolic functions. This energy is used to rejuvenate, to repair damaged cells and to keep

 
the body vibrant with life. However, these life-sustaining metabolic functions produce solid, liquid and gaseous waste. If this waste is not eliminated from the body, it becomes a breeding ground for various ailments and diseases.
 
The human body flushes out toxins through respiration, perspiration, urination and defecation. Respiration is the only eliminative process that goes on uninterruptedly whereas other eliminative activities take place at regular intervals. Thus, breathing alone does a considerable share of the cleaning task. Our body throws out 70 per cent of toxins through the breathing process alone. This shows the role played by breathing in keeping the body-temple free from undesirable waste.
 
The practice of kriya, accomplished through deep-breathing techniques, multiplies the rate at which the body eliminates toxins. The heart’s function is to keep oxygen-rich blood supplied to the entire body. If these toxins are not removed from the body, oxygen supply to various parts of
 
Holistic Detoxification through Kriya Yoga
 
 
the body is hindered and their work capacity and efficiency decreases.
 
Our brain cells cannot survive for more than four to five minutes without oxygen. The growth, efficiency and function of the brain depend on a good supply of oxygen. The practice of kriya oxygenates the whole body and keeps it suffused with a surplus of life-sustaining oxygen. It boosts the brain cells and keeps the body ever vibrant with life and energy.
 
Mental Detoxification: We end all our prayers by thrice repeating the words “peace.” This is done to seek the blessing of the Divine to keep away the troubles of the body, mind and soul. Man has three aspects to his personality and concomitantly three-fold sufferings.
 
The word “sawasth” (healthy) has a deeper connotation than the one understood by common man. It is a composite of the two words: swa + sthiti, which means established in self. All our mental troubles start when the mind instead of being centripetal becomes centrifugal, moving away from the center of consciousness. Amrit Bindu Upanishad describes two states of mind: pure and impure. A mind overloaded with the dross of worldly desires becomes impure. When it is anchored in consciousness, it is purified.
 
Strain is nothing but force exerted on an object when it moves away from its center or natural state. The more the mind moves away from the center, that is, the soul or consciousness, the weaker it becomes and is infected with various troubles. These troubles of mind are given various names like stress, strain, anxiety, depression, insecurity and nervous breakdown.
 
The practice of kriya yoga returns the mind back to the soul, which empowers it with divine will and strength. Just as a
 
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piece of iron kept in the fire acquires the heat and color of the fire, the mind sheltered in the soul acquires its omnipotence.
 
Spiritual Detoxification: The whole universe is composed of matter and consciousness and the three modes of matter known as sattva, raja, tama. Our soul and the supreme soul is covered by these three modes. Human beings, therefore,
fail to see the soul and God in their full glory. Tama casts the greatest darkness on the brilliance of the soul; it gradually
 
tapers off into raja and sattava. The latter is the thinnest screen on the soul and is like smoke on fire, while raja, the next covering, is like dust on the mirror; tama is like skin over the womb and completely hides the soul’s luminosity. These three progressively grosser coverings on the soul need to be removed to manifest its full power and effulgence. The regular practice of kriya yoga, a technique par-excellence in all spirituality, removes these three coverings and the soul manifests its real nature before the kriya yogi.