By Bal Ram Singh
While Yoga has picked up throughout the world, especially after the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day, its true meaning and the practice is being realized only slowly.
Major schools of thoughts in India are known as darshanas, which are derived to mean “to see”, and those who can practice them are known as seers. It is an extraordinary feat to see things as they are, that too without any tools and technologies.
The Ashtanga Yoga described in Patanjali Yoga Sutras are laid out in the form of aphorisms, requiring elaboration not just for understanding the meaning but also expanding those meanings to apply to the various conditions in a pedagogically sound way.
It is important to examine the Ashtanga Yoga, their elements, their sequence, and their practice appropriately to avoid confusion, and to ultimately obtain self-realization. Of the Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi, we are examining the Yama, the very first element of Yoga.
As pointed in the last article, the current system of Law being marketed as the uniformity of treatment is misleading as illuminated by an encounter between a bunch of lawyers and a scientist, both being accepted as standards in modern society, yet both defying Asteya, albeit scientific violation of Asteya as a response to the Asteya intrinsic in the law.
Plaintiff Lawyer (PL): Okay. Let me ask my question using the word nucleotide and DNA instead. Is it your opinion that your test results do not require that there be nucleotide differences in the DNA among the samples you tested?
Defense Lawyer (DL): Object to the form. Outside the scope. Asked and answered. He’s already stated he did not do any genetic analysis. He’s been very clear about that.
The Witness: It’s true. I think – to begin with that question, I would have to have done something and looked at data to explain the behavior. I did not do any of that. I just did only the overall organism behavior or some biochemical analysis.
PL: So your opinion has nothing to do with whether the DNA of the samples is the same or not?
DL: Object to the form. Misstates his testimony.
The Witness: All I’m saying is that it may or may not. I’m just not offering a blank answer to it. That’s all.
PL: Do your tests require that there be differences in the DNA between the samples?
DL: Object to the form. Asked and answered now multiple times. Outside the scope.
The Witness: Well, I guess I would have to go back to my original idea to involve the origin of the universe. Let me explain this, because I’m not just trying to deflect the question. Genes that we are today looking at, genes are one of the factors that people think makes us whatever we are. These genes vary, there are random mutations, and that has connection to the time, when there was a Big Bang. The lights are still coming from that event billions of years ago.
And some of the molecules, micro-molecules, get affected. And they get affected when they are excited by the lights, when they are traveling from the Big Bang, they are deflected with other particles. There are two types of lights, a left circularly polarized light; and a right circularly polarized light. Both of them when they come together, make plane polarized light, just only in one direction, otherwise there are infinite directions that light comes in. But this polarized light, left circularly polarized light, right circularly polarized light interacts differently with different molecules, including nucleotides.
And depending on this interaction, the nucleotides have their chiral behavior. And during that time, if some light hits it when it is in the excited state and if there is a stability of some kind, then it causes mutation.
So I’m not just trying to make this as a point here. Indeed if I have to say relationship of behavior to nucleotides, then of course everything is connected to that Big Bang and that light that is differentiated between left circulated polarized light and right circulated polarized light that comes and hits different molecules, including nucleotides, or anything around the nucleotides, and that will change their behavior. So yes, from the origin of the universe to today, it may have a connection somewhere in the middle of it.
One needs to figure it out directly with experiments!
Balram Singh is a Professor and the President of the Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, researching Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedic education, and Vedic social and political traditions. He is also an adjunct faculty at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.