late 90's and the early part of the 21st century have been dominated
a sudden reawakening of interest in natural therapies. Often
considered esoteric they are much sought after today.
of the most effective and continuously sought after treatment is
Pranic Healing. Since time immemorial learned luminaries in various
civilizations have been aware of prana, and mention its use in
healing. Paintings of saints and deities surrounded by a glow of
light show that people knew about the energy surrounding the physical
body and depicted it thus.
is pranic healing? The energy surrounding the physical body is
referred to as prana. It is referred to differently in different
languages like Ki in Japanese and Chi in Chinese. This vital energy
or "aura" is something which is possessed by all living
beings. To provide a proof of the presence of this energy most pranic
healers tell their patients to try this simple test. Keep both your
hands horizontal, with the palms facing each other. Now slowly rotate
the hands, as if imitating the running of a train, in the clockwise
direction at least 15 times. Without breaking continuity do the same
movements in the anti clockwise direction another 15 times. Stop and
bring the palms towards each other in the same position. One can
instantly feel the presence of an energy level between the palms.
This aura is invisible to the untrained eye but can be seen by
persons with clairvoyant abilities. However, Kerlian photography has
managed to capture this luminous energy surrounding a person through
high frequency photograph, providing the ultimate proof of the
existence of aura.
system believes that all living beings have two selves -- the
physical self and the energy that forms the exterior cover. The two
are said to be intertwined and intrinsic so much so that the energy
is often referred to as the "etheric twin". To be hale and
hearty both the energy and the physical self need to be harmonious. A
problem with the physical self affects the energy and vice versa
resulting in a disease. The disease before attacking the physical
self has to enter the energy level. So it is possible to come across
the disease months before it is physically manifested.
healers try to cure the disease by clearing or cleaning the energy
systems. The system comprises 11 major chakras (corresponding to the
vital organs) in the body. These are Basic Chakra (located at the
base of the spine), Sex Chakra, Meng Mein Chakra (located
approximately at the back of the navel), Navel Chakra, Spleen chakra,
Solar plexus chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Ajna Chakra,
Forehead chakra and the Crown Chakra. These are termed as the major
chakras. Each chakra has its own position and it controls a set of
organs. There are other minor chakras of the body as also the nadis
that correspond to the blood vessels.
very interesting question that is bound to cross the mind of the
reader is who are these healers. They are actually normal people,
leading very normal lives. They range from social workers,
housewives, teachers, doctors and managers. Many of these persons are
converted skeptics. A very interesting healer I met was a surgeon
called Dr. Sandeep. According to him any system is accepted as
healing if it satisfies the three dictates: diagnose (able to
pinpoint the problem /disease); provide relief (in any form --
permanent or temporary to the patient) and lastly, the results can be
reproduced i.e. it is not a miracle that happens only once. And this
system offers all the three. What helps him, is his ability to scan
the patient without having to touch or take him through a Cat scan /
healers are taught to mentally scan the body and in the process
identify the various flaws. Ranic Centers conducts courses where
these skills are taught. These skills can be acquired by anyone with
dedication and perseverance. Another healer, Yogam, a lecturer at
Delhi University, feels that every person should learn this art of
scanning and do the basic course, as it helps a person understand
many things and find inner peace. Even when the person is suffering
from a disease which is not curable, his attitude to the problems
becomes much more positive and accepting.
is the healing all about? The patient is then made to sit on a
chair, with palms kept in the receiving mode -- open, and asked to
relax -- meditate -- with or without closed eyes. The healer first
scans the patient -- his aura, the chakras and the nadis. In a
healthy person all the chakras are balanced. In case of a
malfunction, these chakras are clogged and congested with pollutant
air. The healer cleans the chakra and reactivates the chakra with
fresh vital energy. These actions are all performed externally. The
healer uses his hands for these movements. A bowl of water with sea
salt added to it is placed near the patient. The unwanted energy thus
removed is put in the water. Sea water has the property to absorb the
bad energy and prevent it from spreading. After treating a patient,
the healers wash their hands with Isopropyl alcohol (same as what
alignment done by the healer may not be permanent and in a couple of
days if it is not repeated the chakra can come back to its original
position. The number of sittings and time period however vary
depending on the magnitude of the disease. All these processes are
done without touching the patient. This system tries to cure the
problem from its root. Mrs. Manchanda, a social worker, was cured of
acute arthritis after continuous treatment of 3 months. Today, she is
also a healer.
system can be used to heal, alleviate a large number of ailments
ranging from brain tumors, stomach disorders, ulcers, skin diseases
to mental ones like depressions, schizophrenia, mental retardation,
etc. Certain do's and don'ts however, have to be followed by the
patient -- abstaining from meat, cigarettes, alcohol. Not washing
hands for 12 or more hours after receiving healing. In certain cases,
the problem might not be physical but emotional. Deep rooted fear,
hate or extreme emotions if kept suppressed for a long time can also
manifest itself in the form of physical pain. In most healers'
opinion, the mind contributes about 60% to all ailments.
at times, counselling and meditation can help reduce these tensions.
Similar experiences are recounted by other healers. What needs to be
understood is that it does not promise a cure in all cases. Where it
is not possible to cure, it tries to reduce the pain and sufferings.
Also, there are many problems which have their bearings in the doings
(deeds and actions) of the previous birth. These problems are termed
as Karmic. In most cases these have to be endured and cannot be done
away with 100%. It also has the same limitations as the other forms
of medicine i.e. it cannot save a man from dying. There are certain
things which are part of nature and destiny and the healers are not
supposed to interfere or try and stop it.
alternate therapy is definitely worth a try. These words come from a
confirmed cynic, me, who was cured of a lumbago problem in a couple
Healing Foundation of Delhi located at Akshay Pratishtan School,
Sector D Pocket III, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110 070 Tel: 6138836/37
It conducts both healing and courses for learning
Pranic Healing, which is done on the lines of the techniques
developed by Master Choa Kok Sui. Healing is done between 11:30 am to
5:00 pm The 11:30 am - 1:00 pm session is open to everyone. The 1:00
- 5:00 pm session is by appointment only.
When going for the first
time the patient can consult in the morning session and then fix up
the appointment with a particular healer for the afternoon session.
The courses for healing are in three stages and are conducted over
1. Basic course for pranic healing ( a 2 full day
session) cost Rs. 1,250/- held twice a month.
2. Advanced Pranic
Healing (also a 2 full day session) cost Rs. 1500/- held every month
3. Pranic Psychotherapy ( a full day session) cost Rs. 1500/-.
Held once every 2 months.
The cost is for the entire session and
inclusive of lunch, tea snacks and course material. The Foundation
can be contacted for the exact details of the schedule. Healing is
also conducted at Sri Balavenugopalakrishna Temple, R-2,
Institutional Area, Alaknanda, New Delhi- 110 019 on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday between 5:30 to 7:30 pm.