Sukhasana or Simple Cross Legged Sitting Posture in Yoga Practice

Sukhasana is an asana sitting in a simple cross legged position. It is widely advocated for Yoga Practice of Elderly Persons. One can sit in this position for any length of time, but if one practices this pose for a longer time, one should be sure to alternate the cross of the legs in between. In fact, as a child one might have naturally sat in the Sukhasana being happy, relaxed or playing. However, as one gets more used to sitting on chairs or sofas than on the floor, the Sukhasana may not feel as easy as before. However one can get the body used to this easy yoga pose once again, with regular practice.

The Sukhasana is a comfortable, sitting yoga pose that is ideal for meditation. In Sanskrit, Sukh means ease, happiness, peace or relaxation and this pose is aimed at providing all of it. There are many physical, emotional and mental benefits associated with this pose by physically strengthening back, hip, knees and ankles; emotionally amplifying the state of serenity and tranquillity, and promoting inner calm reducing fatigue; and mentally stabilizing the thought process by eliminating stress and anxiety.

The yoga practitioner should relish the opportunity to sit quietly, enjoy the warmth or coolness of the air around, the gentle awareness of the breath as it pours in and out, and the ability to rest the mind in the fullness of the present moment in Sukhasana or Simple Cross Legged Sitting Posture in Yoga Practice.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Yoga Practitioner

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Savasana or Corpse Pose in Yoga Practice

Savasana or corpse pose gets its name from the recumbent posture of a dead body. It is a position of rest and relaxation, and is usually practiced towards the end of a yoga session.

Savasana is an asana of yoga practice lying on the back, the arms and legs are spread and the eyes are closed. The whole body is relaxed onto the floor with an awareness of the chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath. The asana is released by slowly deepening the breath, flexing the fingers and toes, reaching the arms above the head, stretching the whole body, exhaling, bringing the knees to the chest and rolling over to the side and after a short time and a slow inhalation, the practitioner takes a seated position.

Savasana brings a deep, meditative state of rest, which may help in the repair of tissues and cells, and in releasing stress. It helps reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and insomnia.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Yoga Practitioner

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Shirdi Sai Baba Encouraging Good Thoughts to Fruition

As described in Chapter XVIII & XIX of Shri Sai Satcharita, “It is interesting to note that how Sai Baba encouraged good thoughts. You have to surrender yourself completely to Him with love and devotion and then you will see how He helps you, through out.

Some saint has said that, when you get a good thought, immediately after awakening from sleep, and if you develop the same afterwards during the day, your intellect will be unfolded and your mind will attain calmness. Hemadpant wanted to try this. One Wednesday night before going to bed, he thought “Tomorrow is Thursday-an auspicious day and the place, viz. Shirdi is so holy; so, let me pass the whole day in remembering and celebrating Ram-naam”, and then, he slept off. Next morning when he got up he remembered without any effort, the name of Ram and was much pleased. After finishing his morning duties, he went to see Baba with flowers. When he left Dixit Wada and was passing by Buti Wada he heard a beautiful song, that was being sung nicely by one Aurangabadkar in the Masjid, before Baba. The song was “Guru-kripanjan payo mere bhai” etc. by Eknath, in which he says that ‘he got collyrium in the form of his Guru`s grace which opened his vision and made him see Ram, in and out, in sleep, dream and waking state and everywhere’. There were so many songs but why was this song particularly chosen by Aurangabadkar, a devotee of Baba? Is this not a curious coincidence arranged by Baba to amplify the determination of Hemadpant to sing unceasingly Ram-naam during the day?”

All saints agree and lay stress upon the efficacy of uttering Ram`s (God`s) name, in fulfilling the ambitions of the Bhaktas and in protecting and saving them from all calamities.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai Baba devotee

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Going the Distance while Growing Old

It has been a time span of 6 years as on March 1, 2014, since I retired from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on attaining the age of superannuation i.e. 60 years of age on February 29, 2008. I have travelled the distance of 6 years in my post retirement life and grown older by 6 years becoming 66 years old.

To many people, growing old seems like the end game of chess; life winding down in a series of small moves with lesser pieces. As I age, I have discovered this is not true. Growing old is a game of verve, imagination and excitement. The ageing game is a sport for which childhood, youth and maturity are no more than a preparation. Its scope comes as a surprise. It expands my life at a time when I apprehended to diminish. It demands an excellence that no longer seemed necessary. It asks me to surpass what I did at peak of my powers.

During 2008 and 2009, I developed Yoga and Spirituality as ways of my life. I created the blog Yoga and Spirituality in 2010, nurtured it in 2011 and got it established in World Wide Web in 2012. During 2013, I succeeded in rejuvenating my life by means of Yoga and Spirituality. The freedom I got from public and professional activities on my retirement from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on February 29, 2008 since last six years is disciplined by practicing Yoga and Spirituality in my post retirement life.Through the blog Yoga and Spirituality I have crossed the boundary of District and State to National and International level going the distance while growing old.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Bangalore, India

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Discussion on my Visit to United States of America during my Odisha trip

We (I & my wife Sailasuta) left Bangalore, India by flight on Visitor Tourist Visa on July 29, 2013 and arrived in New York, U.S.A. on July 30, 2013. We stayed with our second daughter Gayatri & son-in-law Saikrishna (on Working Visa status), grandson Arnav & granddaughter Maulika residing in New York , USA for the months of August and September 2013. During our stay in USA, we visited New York City, Washington D.C. & Niagara Falls USA. We left New York, USA by flight on October 1, 2013 and arrived Bangalore, India on October 2, 2013 where we are staying with our son Debashish and our first daughter Shibani, son-in-law Sunil & our granddaughter Snigdha after my retirement from Orissa State Govt Service.

I left Bangalore on January 19, 2014 by flight on my Odisha trip and arrived Bhubaneswar, Capital City of Odisha same day forenoon. I visited Bhubaneswar and different places of Bargarh District during the months of January & February 2014. I met my relatives, friends and old colleagues during the trip. It was my first meet with them after my visit to United States of America. Naturally all had curiosity to interact with me to know my experiences about US visit. I had to narrate them beginning from obtaining Visitor Tourist Visa, Flight Journey, Time Zone Variation, Food Habits, Culture, Civilization, Places Visited showing soft and hard copies of my Photo Album, American Currency etc. up to returning to India. I had an interactive talk with students and staff on ‘America Diary’ in Project Upper Primary School Budamal Sohela Dist Bargarh held on February 12, 2014. I have since returned back to Bhubaneswar on February 22, 2014 and scheduled to return to Bangalore on evening flight on February 25, 2014.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Communicating in World Wide Web through Internet during Odisha trip

Since my retirement from the post of Chief District Medical Officer, Bargarh on February 29, 2008 and residing outside my native state I have several times visited Bhubaneswar & Bargarh district during last six years. However I had the opportunity of communicating in world wide web through internet during Odisha trip for the first time in January 2014 which is continued in February 2014 casually from Bhubaneswar & Bargarh district by posting quotes, posts with photos and health magazine in Facebook as social networking website for my friends, relatives & public who are users of Facebook.

During the personal interaction with my friends, relatives and old colleagues I had the pleasure of discussing annual report for 2013 on Yoga and Spirituality by the website WordPress.com published in review page of the blog of Yoga and Spirituality.The World Wide Views of the blog Yoga and Spirituality by readers of more than 100 countries have been highly appreciated by readers & comment authors in Odisha.

I take this opportunity to publish my 115th article but 1st to be composed, drafted & posted from Odisha herewith.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Bargarh,Odisha

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Extraordinary Greatness of Shirdi Sai Baba

Saibaba_Shirdi

As described in Chapter VII of Shri Sai Satcharita, People benefitted immensely by having Baba`s darshan. Some became hale and hearty, wicked people were turned into good ones. Leprosy was cured in some cases, many got their desires fulfilled; without any medicine being put in the eyes, some blind men got back their sight and some lame ones got their limbs. Nobody could see the end of His extraordinary greatness. His fame spread far and wide, and pilgrims from all sides flocked to Shirdi. Baba had his ‘Asan’ near the Dhuni and always rested there. He sat there in meditation, sometimes without a bath.

He used to tie a small white turban on His head and wear a clean Dhotar round His waist, and a shirt on His body. This was His attire in the beginning. He first practised medicine in the village; He examined patients and gave medicines. He was always successful and He became famous as a Hakim (doctor). A curious case may be narrated here. One devotee had his eyes quite red and swollen. No doctor was available in Shirdi. The other devotees took him to Baba. In such cases other doctors would use ointments, anjans, cow`s milk and camphorated drugs etc. Baba`s remedy was quite unique. He pounded some ‘Beeba’ (some Carpus Ana Cardium, i.e. marking nuts) and made two balls of them and thrust them on in each eye of the patient and wrapped a cloth-bandage round them. Next day the bandage was removed and water was poured over them. The inflammation subsided and the pupils became white and clear. Though, the eyes are very delicate, the ‘Beeba’ caused no hurt but removed the disease of the eyes. Many such cases were cured; this is only one instance in this regard.

Shri Satchidananda Samarth Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jaya.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai Baba devotee

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