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The Enlightened Life presents a collection of seven meditation lessons written by Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind to enable the seeker to find his own source of Truth though the daily practice of concentration and meditation. Dr. Thind explains that ignorance is the dark night of the soul, a night without stars or moon; it is the field in which all difficulties grow, in which all passions and weaknesses are born. The sage’s quest is for himself and within himself. He advances continually in the spiritual life by remaining carefully self-gathered within, and sees the gleam of true light there, which dispels all outer darkness. Whoever wishes to know the Truth must sound the depths of his own heart. The eternal cannot be seen, so long as mind in not as rest. The force of attention, properly guided and directed toward the Inner Life, allows us to analyze out soul, and will shed light on many things. The force of the mind resembles scattered rags; concentrate them, and they illumine everything. This is the sole source of knowledge we possess; to attain this knowledge there is only on method--concentration and meditation. In The Enlightened Life Dr. Thind offers the wisdom and guidance of a true sat-guru in the profound practice of meditation. For, as he often said, “Real action is done in moments of silence; there every battle is won before it is fought.” ISBN: 9781-932630-76-3
Born in the holy city of Amritsar and educated at Khalsa College, Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind arrived in the United States in 1912 and became a great teacher of purest spirituality, whose legacy continues to inspire truth-seekers to this day.
During his early years in the lumber mills of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Thind was active in the Gadar movement, helping to secure the same liberty for Indians at home that he and other immigrants sought in America.
After a brief stint in the U.S. Army during World War I, he embarked on a lifelong career of lecturing and writing that would eventually reach millions of truth-seekers worldwide.
At the same time, he fought for—and eventually won—American citizenship, a struggle that included a “landmark” Supreme Court case with a most regrettable outcome.
In the 1950s Dr. Thind, or “Doctorji” as his students lovingly called him, began to publish—nearly a dozen books in his lifetime, with more than a score available today. In them he set forth the profound philosophy of Spiritual Science, a tested method of uniting the individual soul with its ultimate Creator, which he insisted each person must do for himself.
This long-awaited biography, including dozens of rare photographs, traces the footsteps of Dr. Thind’s remarkable life, outlines the core principles of his teachings, and examines his legacy through the personal recollections of students and family who knew Doctorji first-hand.ISBN: 978-1-932630-75-6
Surely there’s nothing wrong with you . . . . . . . . . . ..that reincarnation wouldn’t cure. ISBN: 978-1-932630-69-5
The Bhagavad Geeta and Sukh-Mani Sahib (of Guru Arjan) “The Consoler of Mind” are strongly recommended for divine Understanding. Also, “Radiant Road to Reality”
This lecture was a five minute speech given at the opening session of the World Fellowship of Faiths at the second Parliament of Religions, held in the Morrison Hotel, Friday, August 27, 1933, Chicago, Illinois. Religion is not a command from without, but a growth in ourselves. It is a being-becoming , growing in life from within like an endogen, drawing substance also from without. Religion is to be in tune with the infinite. It is the budding forth of the lotus of the heart, the correspondence with the environment of the soul, the opening out of the fountains from within, the setting a flow of the waters of life that proceed from the throne of the Most High.
Every human being is a Sikh, a learner, and he or she should be proud of being a Sikh, a disciple who seeks to know his Master through the aid of the grace of the Teacher—the Lord God. The holiest name of God is Wahiguru—the wonderful Teacher. A man is known by the god he worships. The God a Sikh adores is the Most High Knower and Changer of Hearts, the Light of all Lights, who teaches through love and compassion and constant care and help and protection. The Sikh prays simultaneously to the Lord and the guru; he tells the God-guru his difficulties and troubles, and he is at peace. Having prayed, he walks on and forgets to think about the results of his prayer. If He answers the call, well and good; if He does not, still well and good: His will must prevail and be accepted. God knows best. And the Sikh can and does pray at any time and every time, with his head covered, shoes put off, and hands folded; standing by the road, in the temple, on the battlefield, in his home. He prays at a birth, at a death, at a marriage, at a parting, before meals, after meals, and on any and every occasion. Sometimes is not a full prayer, but just an uttering of te divine name Wahiguru—the Wonderful Teacher—all knowing, all protecting.
A child’s mental faculties should be cultivated as early as possible, and a child should be taught early the difference between knowing a thing and thinking or believing it. Training if a child’s understanding is far more important than acquiring mere academic erudition. Judgement is more important than reading, and learning is of no use if the understanding be not with it. Train the understanding , the judgement, and reason, and the training of all other faculties will be included in the process. India’s method is to develop the goodness, truth, and beauty that lie latent within each and all, and thus to form an independent , self-sufficient individual and foster the idea of inner freedom. To form high character and to teach the young to take a pleasurable interest in observing and forming correct judgments on many questions with which they meet in everyday life is precisely our object in mind-training.
No educational system can be called right which does not involve the exercise of judgement and call into expression the positive and divine nature of the child, so that evil will have less room to expand.
---Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind
“For Monarchs of Minds and Parables for the Multitude”
Inner Circle Classwork Blessed Truth Seeker and Friend of Humanity
To wait with earnest devotion upon a master with receptive mind and eager heart to know the truth, is to be his disciple.
To be his disciple is to become an instrument of his energy. Intense desire is to become an instrument of his energy. Intense desire
to be of assistance to ever-growing number of human beings and a willingness to renounce all false ideas in order to realize the
knowledge of reality---it is this state of mind that brings the assistance of a teacher. “When the disciple is ready, the master appears.”
The light that shines above the brow of an aspiring student is recognized by the true teachers, who can tell his position in nature and
and evolution by the brilliance of his aura. The teacher demands nothing, but gives disciples a new conception of a higher and more
expanded consciousness.ISBN: 978-1-932630-62-6
Most religions are like a combination salad: they are made up of a number of evergreen virtues, a choice set of handsome dogmas, a little oil-of-beauty, a few slices of wholesome philosophy, seasoned with the salt and pepper of good works, favored with the dressing of prayer, garnished with an attractive ritual, and served by a polished waiter called a priest. This may have some value as a cleansing diet, but the Bread of Life is not in it. When the hungry soul contacts the Audible Life Stream, then and then alone does man enter upon life everlasting. And only the does he experience perfect love from above, vibrating through every fiber and pore of his being.
"We need the Word of God to break up the sluggishness, the weariness, the inertia of the moments in our life that are our very own.” Light and love could not pour into us unless we were built of both light and love and so could draw both from the depths of life’s ocean by native attraction to the Nam—their source and strength. Nature is organizationally a magazine of incompatibilities. Man, never realizes God until he can experience this consciousness of the Nam, working in the ups and the downs of life and world, which removes all inner resentment and rebellion. Then he surrenders and feels at home in every situation. In the Nam is the profoundly wise duality of our inmost spirit, constructed for our immortal career for us in progression. ISBN: 978-1-932630-58-9
Subtitle: How to be Spiritually Shock-Proof in a Disturbing World In this powerful short work, Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind extols the virtues of Na¯m meditation and describes its power to lift mankind from its earthbound state and unite us with the indwelling God. To Dr. Thind, life is an adventure. “All things worthwhile in life…are adventures in which the human spirit goes out to experience the realities of life.” But in so doing, we encounter not only pleasure and happiness, but also hardship and suffering, which are equally essential to the human experience. The true path lies not in denying these, but in transcending life’s inevitable ups and downs by uniting them through meditation on the Na¯m. Indeed, it is our “adventure” in the world of opposites that gives the human spirit the strength and vitality it needs to complete its own fulfillment. Sansa¯r Rogi Na¯m Da¯ru, literally translated as “Mankind is sick; Na¯m is the medicine,” is Dr. Thind’s diagnosis, prescription, and prognosis for mankind. “The goal of all science and scholarship is the glorious spiritual communion with the indwelling Lord of our own life.… Only through communion with the Living Word can the body heal its hurts, the mind outgrow its doubts, the heart conquer fear and sorrow and rise victorious over the dolor’s of death. Progress, more progress, ever upward and Godward, is the magical panacea for all our ills.”
In order to make rapid spiritual process and to attain to greater mental heights, we must learn to 1 – Breath Right, 2 - Drink Right, 3 – Eat Right, 4 – Exercise Right, 5- Sleep Right and 6 – Think Right, and 7 – Act Right, and 8 – Live and Love Right, and let go the fruits thereof.
---Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind
Our diet is mainly a revealer, an indicator, of our innate nature, our constitution, habits of life and thought. Character is not determined by diet, but diet is determined by character. When man is reformed, refined and resurrected by the light of truth; when high ideals have held him; taken possession of his mind; when his soul loves purity to such an extent that impurity and uncleanness in food have become obnoxious and offensive to him; then a real reform is instituted within him, which will endure ad grow to the end of time. No arbitrary methods, no force from with-out ever brings “change of heart” from within. It must be born there or it will be unreal. I do not care what you eat so long as you, the partaker of food, are the same. All food will be converted into yourself. If you are impure, you will extract impurity from the finest food. “Out of the same flower the bee extracts honey, and the spider poison.” If you are sensual, all food will nourish your sensuality. If you are pure enough you may ear pork and not become swinish – but you will have to eat such things with your eyes closed and conscience asleep.
Health outweighs all other blessings, and regular breathing and gland exercises are worth a host of physicians.”
—Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind
The Benefits of Breath: “Health Is the Best Wealth”
Breathing is the very root of your life; it is vital. It is important, therefore, that you do it properly. No habit pays bigger dividends and pays them so promptly as complete breathing, maintaining strength and suppleness in all the sixteen vital organs of the body. It is the source of your health, your cheerful spirits, your feeling of youth, your energy, and your relaxation.
A body that functions at its peak is a blessing to its owner. Health is so much higher than all other values that soul can build its grandeur and glory upon it alone. No relationship can long be maintained without health, and no health without harmony of vital bodily, mental, and emotional functions. If you know how to regulate and synthesize mind-processes, you can cure disease completely.
The art of complete breathing is fundamental in your task of acquiring relaxation. It releases the nerve centers from the extensive tension that afflicts them. Correct and complete breathing has a tremendous effect on maintaining the harmony of body, mind, and emotions. It brings full relaxation. Only the relaxed mind is open to ideas. A deep breath helps break every fear or sinking spell.
The exercises in the new DVD, The Science of Breathing and Glands, 2nd Edition, comprise teachings that have been practiced for thousands of years in India, Persia, Egypt, and Ancient Greece. Originating in India during the Vedic period, more than 10,000 years ago, they represent some of the oldest philosophies in the world. They were perfected by ancient saints and yoga masters, who received this knowledge intuitively from the divine, and have been passed down from master to student for centuries. Originally this was a secret science, but today these same exercises are practiced as an integral part of any yoga class, in both the East and here in the West.
Building upon the success of the first edition of The Science of Breathing and Glands, the second edition includes three new exercises and comes with a fully revised and expanded booklet of explanatory notes and detailed instructions for each exercise.
The Science of Correct Breathing: “The Nerves Are the Man”
To know man, it is necessary to understand why it is that he needs air to breathe; and to know the air, we must understand how it relates to the life of man.
Without breathing, man cannot live. Breathing is the process of taking in vital energy and removing waste products from the body and mind. The chemical basis of life is essentially an oxidation of tissues. Oxygen carbonizes the lung tissue, and a fire follows the meeting of oxygen and carbon in the lung cells as surely as in the stove, and where this fire is kept constantly burning, it is impossible for bacilli and the cohorts of death to exist.
Shallow breathing, on the other hand, means that the waste material in the body is not burnt up, and the result is fatigue, or a lack of zest for living. The blood, filled with toxins, gets heavy, lazy and causes poor circulation.
Any impediment to respiration checks development, both mental and physical. When your personal rhythm is disturbed, it harms you physically, mentally and emotionally. Nervousness is simply disturbed breathing rhythm. A tense person never has the same amount of courage as the relaxed one. Conversely, the person whose breathing rhythm has the longest pause is the one least likely to break down under the strain of action. All competition is strain, and all cooperation is mutual gain.
Indeed, the breath-force or prana is the final cause of all the manifested forces of nature. Practical study and rigid training in the Science of Breath and nature’s finer forces through the unfailing psychotherapeutic methods demonstrated in these exercises will help all nerve, gland, and functional disorders and derangements, adjusting them through simple and natural methods.
These exercises are built on the comprehension of the law of radiation of magnetic currents and of the psychic potencies or force-centers found in all bodies, and upon their relationship to the cosmic force-centers and currents of the solar system and the universe. Our bodies are subject to the same rhythmic laws as is the Earth itself in its revolution around the sun, and the solar system around the galaxy, and the galaxy around the universe.
Much of the esoteric side of the Science of Breathing and Glands is based upon this well-known principle of nature. By falling in with the rhythm of the body, the yogi manages to absorb a great amount of prana, which he disposes to bring about the results he desires.
Meditating on the Breath: “Throb Thine with Nature’s Throbbing Breast”
As the breath enters your body and as it leaves the body, watch it, not breathing unnaturally but assuming the role of the witness to life’s function inside you. Watch as it comes in and out. You will notice in a short while that you will have a consciousness that you are something above life itself.
Later on you will have the feeling of hearing the beating of the inner throb within you. As Emerson says, “Throb thine with Nature’s throbbing breast and all is clear from East to West.” There is no such a thing as hearing the inner throb. Later on, some people close their eyes and ears, and they hear an inner hum inside them and they concentrate on that inner hum until they are totally lost in it. This gives a consciousness of being a witness, an observer.
Yogis seek to attain the state of universal consciousness through meditation and rhythmic breathing, and these exercises will do much toward developing this universal consciousness in those who earnestly and faithfully practice them.
The Exercises and Their Benefits
- Simple BreathExcellent breath to improve the liver and spleen.
- Vitalic BreathHelps in regulating weight for those who are overweight or underweight.
- Dynamic BreathBest exercise for those whose hearts are weak and vitality low. Helps in controlling emotions.
- Lung-Strengthening BreathGood for everyone, especially consumptive or tubercular people. Excellent for ex-smokers to restore the lungs to full function, and especially designed to stimulate the air sacs in the lungs.
- Beauty BreathExcellent for all who are bald-headed or who wear glasses. Keeps the face free from winkles, benefits the tongue, teeth, and tonsils, and keeps the thyroid and pituitary glands in good shape. Enriches the supply of blood.
- Constipation BreathPromotes health of prostate, brain, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, spleen, stomach, intestines, and pancreas, and eliminates constipation.
- Insomnia BreathKeeps the body’s cells in perfect condition by eliminating dead cells and stimulating the action of live ones. Strengthens spinal fluid.
- Solar-Walking BreathCharges the solar plexus with breath. Charges the sixteen electrical batteries of the body (i.e., the glands). Eliminates fatigue.
- Lunar-Walking BreathQuickly oxygenates the entire bloodstream. Man dies for lack of oxidation. Relieves swollen veins and hardened arteries.
- Vibratory BreathThe longevity of the physical man directly depends upon the digestive and the creative brains, and their hundred percent health and integrity. This exercise keeps these two parts in perfect shape and form. It also straightens out the spinal column and gives it electrical vibration. Strengthens the pancreas, enabling it to mobilize starch better. Improves the power of hearing.
- Pineal Gland ExerciseFor good constructive thinking and its healthiest reflection. A vital body vitally needs this vital gland.
- Vagus Nerve ExerciseControls heart action and life waves. Strengthens the metabolism.
- Adrenal Gland ExerciseExcellent for kidneys, suprarenal and adrenal glands, spleen, liver, and lymph nodes. Keeps these vital organs in excellent health.
- Parathyroid Gland ExerciseFor bronchial and neck glands. Bronchial tube troubles will eventually leave and the throat will be in excellent condition.
- Adam’s Apple ExerciseEnergizes the entire abdominal region. Speakers and singers will most appreciate this exercise. Renders the voice soft, beautiful, flexible, and powerful.
- Dog ExerciseExcellent for eyesight, thyroid gland, solar plexus, and sex glands.
- Rejuvenation ExerciseA tonic for the entire body. Varicose veins will vanish. All brain congestion is cleared, making the thinking better.
- Regeneration ExerciseFor control of sex organs. Sex organs will be divinely strong and under moral control.
- Plough PostureStrengthens generative and abdominal regions.
The Effects of Using These Breathing Exercises
The exercises in The Science of Breathing and Glands bring stimulating pressure to bear on important nerve centers, which in turn stimulate and energize the entire nervous system and send an increased flow of nerve-force to all parts of the body. By practicing these exercises as a way of life, the student of breath can increase the circulation in any part of the body by an order from the will, and in the same way he can direct an increased current of nerve-force to any part or organ, stimulating and strengthening it.
Practiced devotedly, respirotherapy, or the Science of Breathing and Glands exercises, helps remove all ailments. These exercises are wonderful for developing the lungs, muscles, ligaments, air sacs of the lungs, and all parts of the body, and are especially effective against chronic conditions.
These corrective exercises, combined with selective diet, help cure the following conditions: constipation, dyspepsia, sleeplessness, melancholy, nervous exhaustion, headache, piles, heart disease, neuralgia, sinus troubles, diabetes, hysteria, consumption, obesity and underweight, sterility, and impotence. They result in definite improvement of circulation, digestion, assimilation, and elimination. In these ways, complete breathing can even arrest the process of aging itself—the mother of all chronic conditions.
Breathing and Other Disciplines
Complete breathing enhances all it touches, and it is an invaluable aid to all other health and fitness practices.
Rhythmic breathing improves the efficacy of all healing modalities by several hundred percent, in that it increases the flow of nerve- and breath-energy to the site of healing. A knowledge of the Science of Breathing and Glands is a great asset to any health practitioner.
Likewise, yoga instructors, fitness professionals, and personal trainers will, through these exercises, become more aware of the truths and myths surrounding the art of breathing, as well as of the related conditions affected by proper or improper breathing. This will allow them to better teach and guide their students and clients.
“All life on Earth is breath. All else on Earth is death. Breath is the flywheel of life: its dynaspheric finer forces, sanely used, add years to life and life to years.”
—Dr. Bhagat Singh ThindISBN: 1-932630-48-1
Glands and Gladness Vitamins & Vitality "Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life" The air we breathe is the atmosphere that surrounds us, if it be foul and filthy our health is impaired., be it good and wholesome, we are favorably healthfully affected by it. There is a mental atmosphere in which we live, which gives color to our lives, though often unseen affects us no less for grief or gladness, for moral exaltation or diabolical degradation. Nothing exerts so great an influence on our Psychial organisms as the moral atmosphere which we breathe. The atmosphere moulds the mind, discipline can overcome a nasty environment add to the nicety of an already nice surrounding and make it more conducive for human growth and goodness. The Ideal Life of those who we love and look up to either adds to our weal, or by the illusions we are rocked to our foundations, and by woes done to death or phoenix-like we rise from our ashes a new-born god to be directed and governed from now on by Truth and Truth alone, leaving our mental childhood behind us; and see things as they really are from now on. Now study this booklet and learn how to acquire Radiant Health. -Dr. Bhagat Singh ThindISBN: 978-1-932630-50-3
A philosophy of remorse and resignation, an ascetic code of ethics, the denial and despair of all that man’s heart has ever wanted, a defeatist attitude of otherworldliness and world-weariness, constitute an insult to the infinite intelligence of the universe, a veritable sin against ourselves and the beautiful world in which we live, and which has a claim on us. We believe in the Infinite Power, and so we also believe in His Worlds. We are not placed here to deny Him and His World but to know Him, know ourselves and our world, and fulfill His truths in all them; to probe the secrets of earth and analyze the meaning and mysteries of Heaven; and to know the truth about ourselves---the truth that sets men free and establishes them in their own nature. ISBN: 978-1-932630-57-2