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It indeed is amazing to see the Yogis roaming or meditating happily, with absolutely no or little clothing to protect them from severe cold, in the high altitudes of the Himalayas. Similarly, they may be seen bearing the unbearable heat of the scorching Sun in the desert areas, without any sign of physical discomfort.
The aforesaid Yogic technique may be called the Yogic Temperature Controlling Technique or the YTCT.
The above-mentioned behaviour of the well-accomplished Yogis is in sharp contrast to the other ordinary Maanavas (humans) who can’t tolerate the heat or the cold beyond a certain degree of the temperature.
Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee’s scientific theory and explanation
The Yogis are able to bear the extreme cold or the heat due to their long years of the Yogic practice involving controlling their own mind which releases a particular hormone which may be called the तापमान नियंत्रक रसायन (Taapmaana Neyantraka Rasaayana) or the TNR which in the English language translates as the Temperature Controlling Hormone or the TCH.
The Yogi starts feeling that the temperature around is exactly opposite to the actual temperature prevailing around. Somewhat same way that the frozen lumps of the ice exist in polar areas despite the hot blazing Sun in the sky.
At the time, the Yogi is fully concentrated on the third eye centre or the pineal gland.
The pineal gland is the command, control and communication
seat of the mind through which all the physical affairs of the Maanava body are handled. Rene Descartes, the famous philosopher, believed the pineal gland to be the “principal seat of the soul”.
On receiving the command or the feeling for a change in the body’s temperature from the Yogi, the mind activates the TNR or the TCH.
Although the activation of the TNR/TCH is easily achieved by the seasoned Yogis yet even non-Yogis who can focus fully on the third eye centre can do it, also. You can slowly develop this ability through regular practice of the Yoga such as the Meditation if your focus is not sharp at the moment.
How the TNR works?
In the Yogic terminology, the TNR acts on the Vyaana Vaayu. The Vyaana Vaayu is prevalent in the whole physical body.
The Vyaana Vaayu acquires the temperature that the Yogi wishes to be. The whole physical body swiftly changes its own temperature to the temperature existing in the Vyaana Vaayu.
It is the same air that exists in the physical body of any Maanava. But, it plays five different specialised functions in five different parts of the Maanava body. Hence, the same air or the Vaayu is categorised into five following different subtypes: Praana Vaayu, Apaana Vaayu, Samaana Vaayu, Udaana Vayu, and Vyaana Vaayu.
Different Vaayus have different roles to perform.
For example, the Praana Vayu brings in the fresh Oxygen (O2) and expels the toxic Carbon Dioxide (CO2) through nostrils.
The Apaana Vaayu ensures the smooth downward functions such as the excretory.
The Samaana Vaayu prevails around the navel centre. It generally results from the combination or the mixing of the Praana Vaayu and the Apaana Vaayu. It is perfect when the Praana Vaayu and the Apaana Vaayu mix fully with each other in which case the digestive system becomes perfect, too.
The perfect digestive system ensures perfect digestion of the food material and the consequent benefit of the optimal production of the body-building nutrients and the energy.
In simpler non-yogic terminology, we may say that the TNR acts either directly or releases a TCH in the whole physical body. The TCH causes the body constituents such as the cells, tissues, muscles, organs, nerves, veins, etcetera to feel the temperature ordered or dictated by the TCH.
It is well-known that the brain triggers the release of different types of hormones during different emotional states.
The pineal gland is known to secret the Melatonin hormone. The production of the Melatonin hormone in the evening is associated with the decrease in the body temperature. The increase in body temperature is observed with the stopping of the Melatonin hormone in the morning.
Also, in the Allopathic medicine system, many medicines/drugs such as Amoxycillin and Potassium Clavulanate Tablets (Augmentin 625) are reported to have chemical side effects such as creating a chilling effect on the patient’s body wherein the patient starts shivering badly and feeling intense cold with abnormal high fever.
It is to be pointed out here that there are many wrong perceptual realities or misconceptions prevalent about the Yogic body temperature change.
For example, some people think wrongly that the brain gives direction to the body to feel the existence of a certain desired level of temperature and then only the Maanava body changes to the level of the temperature dictated by the brain.
The factual reality is that it is the triggering of a TNR/TCH that causes the chemical changes in the physical body. These chemical changes in turn induce the temperature desired by the person.
The Hypothalamus, anterior pituitary gland, thyroid, and thyroxine have been found to regulate the body temperature in an interconnected functional mechanism.
The pineal gland does affect the regulation of the pituitary gland.
Interestingly, the phenomenon of the YTCT is at work even when a person uses the Visualisation technique to feel nice about one’s own self or the surrounding environment.
As the Original Father of the Indian Healing, the famous Bharatiya saint Preevrajakaachaarya Paramahansaa ShreematSwaamee Negmaananda Jee Saraswatee has said in his famous Bangla language work “Yogi Guru”, and included in the “Yogaanka” (GPPN 616, and ISBN 81-293-0048-6, published by highly respected Gita Press Gorakhpur in the twentieth century), “Imagine something sour placed on your tongue when the thirst becomes unbearable. One must imagine something cold on body’s becoming hot and something hot on its becoming cold.”
So, the next time you feel uncomfortably hot in the summer or while on a safari in the Sahara desert, unbearably cold while on the Antarctica or the North Pole, recall this scientific paper and do give a genuine try to the YTCT!
~ Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee
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