THE WAY TO PEACE:PURIFICATION OF ENVIRONMENT
Pure environment fills a man with bliss;
Then shine upon him forever the alpha rays undimmed!
Unclean environment makes for rising melancholy;
There doubtless beat mostly the beta vibrations!
The task of conveying the atom up to the soul,
The cycle of leshya tirelessly performs
Q.From the purity of the aura or the cycle of feeling,
mental peace ensues. Who experiences this bliss? Does only the man to whom peace
has come experiences it, or is it possible for another man also to have some
understanding of it? Is there a parameter to measure mental peace or mental
Ans. There exist many old ways of measuring the tranquillity of the mind or its
agitation. A man's facial expression or his conduct does indicate whether he is
at peace or lost in confusion. In the modern age many scientific devices have
been developed to assess a man's inner condition. Electrical machines take a
graph of the vibrations in the brain and on the basis of such graphs, the state
of peace or disquiet can be ascertained. The mental condition of an individual
can also be known on the basis of cerebral vibrations during sleep or the
Tranquillity is found where the environment is clean and there is a
preponderance of alpha rays. In other words, wherever the vibrations of the
alpha rays are active, there can be no disquiet. Mental agitation or gloom are
symbolised by beta-vibrations. Alpha vibrations and mental peace are found only
in a clean and pure environment. When the environment is defiled, there are no
alpha vibrations, nor mental peace. With the help of electrical devices it is
possible to study an individual's state of mind or his environment and to
determine whether he is at peace or in turmoil.
Q.How do we determine in what kind of environment does a particular individual
live? What is an individual's state of mind? Where are to be found the alpha
vibrations and which man is happy or unhappy? What is the utility of knowing all
Ans. Many times a man is mistaken in understanding his own defect. A man cannot
himself see his own weakness, but others are able to grasp it immediately. A
sick man goes to a doctor. Such a visit has two objectives--a correct diagnosis
of the disease and its treatment. However, some patients, after getting their
disease diagnosed by one doctor, seek another diagnosis from a second doctor, or
even from a third. Their purpose in later visits is not to get any treatment,
only to verify and confirm if the diagnosis made by the first doctor is correct.
But even for this they are required to consult two additional doctors. It is
certain that the patient will not get himself treated by the 1ater physicians,
still consultation is done with them for his mental satisfaction. However this
makes it clear that the diagnosis and the treatment are two different things. To
know is one thing, and to suggest a remedy quite another.
It is only after knowing the defects of the soul that a way of purifying it is
sought. That indeed is the objective of the biofeedback system. Experiments in
this connection are in progress at many places in the western countries. With
the help of an instrument an individual's state of mind is known. His voice
reveals many of his habits. Any man could call himself a great meditator or
sadhak, but the instruments clearly reveal how deep his meditation is and what
stage his sadhana has reached. This information is not meant to ridicule him,
but to suggest ways of making further progress. Experiments with auto-suggestion
etc., are a step in this direction.
The essence of this statement is that the diagnosis and the treatment cannot be
separated. If they are separated, desired results wouId not accrue. Similarly,
the diagnosis of feelings is made on the basis of the aura. After a correct
diagnosis is made, the process of transformation of feelings is initiated with
the help of preksha and anupreksha (concentration of perception and
contemplation) etc. These experiments have been tried and tested. Those
participating in these exercises with devotion and regularity, have experienced
a change within themselves.
Q.Karma is the cause of the defilement of the soul. Is there a method of
forestalling the effect of karma, so that the soul remains unaffected and pure?
Ans. The soul and the karma---between the two lies the bridge of leshya. Without
crossing this bridge no atom of karma can reach the soul. The Jain Agamas
contain an elaborate treatment of this subject. It may even be asserted that
about 25 percent part of Jain Agamas deals with leshya. The more shabby, unclean
the leshya is, the more defiled and perverted the soul would be. Therefore, the
purity of the soul is dependent upon the purity of leshya or the aura.
Q.What is the method of making Leshya pure or good?
Ans. We just mentioned the biofeedback system. After ascertaining facts through
this systems the right kind of feelings can be evolved. When the impact of good
feelings is felt by the karma-vibrations, nirjara (the dissolution of past
conditioning) takes place. With the dissolution of past conditioning, feelings
become pure and karma-vibrations are refined. With the refinement of
karma-vibrations, pure feelings arise. It is possible to keep leshya pure
through the purification of feelings, conduct and behaviour.
The development of feelings like humility, steadfastness simplicity and
non-greed, etc. makes leshya good, and when leshya is good, these feelings
develop. In a way this constitutes a cycle. Now what kind of aura has a
particular man? Apart from the information acquired through the electrical
devices, a man's behaviour also is revelatory. Conduct marked by cheerfulness,
tranquillity, patience, tolerance etc., is a proof of good leshya, whereas
peevishness, impatience, insolence, etc. are culminations of unclean and
Q.Which feeling is the culmination of which leshya, can be known on the basis
of one's conduct and it is possible to change an inauspicious feeling. Why are
then no experiments done with the students? Their contumeliousness has become a
big problem in the world of education. Is it possible to give a new direction to
these students through preksha dhyana?
Ans. It is this work which is sought to be accomplished in schools and colleges
through the Science of Living. The Science of Living is an experimental system
for bringing about a transformation of feelings. It is a part of preksha dhyana.
With this objective in view, a shivir for teachers was held at Tulsi Adhyatam
Needam of Jain Vishva Bharati in the last month of 1980. In that shivir, some
exercises of asanas, pranayama and meditation were established. If, along with
academic instruction, the children are also made to practise the Science of
Living, it could bring about an extraordinary change in their character, outlook
and conduct. But then this exercise must continue for forty minutes every day
for the whole session to yield any useful results.
Q.Has the programme of training in the Science of Living been pursued in
certain schools and colleges? If yes, what were the results?
Ans. Initially, this programme was organised in 12 selected schools in 12
districts. Training was imparted in the practice of asanas, meditation, etc.
Generally, the teachers and the students in all these schools evinced great
interest in this experiment. The programme lasted a full session. Now a report
is under preparation by the N.C.E.R.T. Only on the basis of that report, would
the future plans be finalised.