Medical research into the benefits of Sahaja Yoga meditation. 4/6

Medical research into the benefits of Sahaja Yoga meditation. 4/6


What about the effects on your health? This is a very interesting study from Doctor
Ramesh Manocha from Australia and he tested 350 Sahaja Yoga meditators, and he compared
them to a group of people. A mixed group who practice all sorts of meditation. Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation – and so
on – and the Australian norm – and the norm consists of thousands of people. What he found is the Sahaja Yoga meditators
were better in their general health, in the social function and in their mental health. They weren’t better in their physical function
but that’s because Sahaja Yoga is not a sport. Then he tested what is it that makes them
better? So he tested: Is it the hours they meditate? Is it the amount of mantras they say? Is it how many meetings they attend? Nothing was related to the benefits other
than one thing. That was the frequency of the mental silence. So, this is what works. And here you see the National Average, here
you see people who meditate but they only become thoughtless less than once per month. They have no benefit. Here are the ones who are thoughtless once
or twice per month. No benefit. But here are the ones who are once or twice
thoughtless – and you see they are significantly better in their mental health than the National
Average. Here are the ones who are once or twice per
day thoughtless – they are also much better, and the ones who are thoughtless several times
per day, have an amazing mental health, as you can see here. So in conclusion, it’s the state of mental
silence which works. Nothing else. But what this means also, it means if you
meditate, you need to find a meditation which teaches you how to achieve the state of mental
silence, otherwise you have no health benefits. He found exactly the same on general health. So this is physical and mental health so exactly
the same. This is the average – these are people who
are thoughtless several times per day, a significant improvement of their general health and so
on. And then here, the same, if you meditate for
years and you never go thoughtless, you may also not have benefits so you have to try
a bit harder to get there. Then he measured exactly the same on a questionnaire
which picks up anxiety and depression in the population. What he found is the Yogis were significantly
less distressed on this questionnaire, so they were far less likely to be anxious and
depressed. Again, the benefits were associated with the
frequency of the thoughtless awareness. So here you can see those who are several
times per day thoughtless, they are in the very low risk category so these people will
never become depressed or anxious. Then it goes down, so the less often you achieve
thoughtless awareness, the less protected you are against depression and anxiety. This is a study by Simon Gulocheiki where
he looked at the personality of Yogis vs personality of non-Yogis. He found that the meditators are significantly
less depressed, significantly less neurotic, have less paranoid thoughts, are less anxious,
and less difficulties in identifying and expressing emotions. So these are the long-term effects. So in conclusion, Sahaja Yoga meditation has
a significant effect on your health, but the benefits are associated with the state of
mental silence, so that’s the key thing and that’s what you should be aiming for. The more often, the better. Now, what are the effects on the illness?