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Rasa Vigyan: The Science of Inner Emotional Engineering and Conscious Living

Has we ever thought, in true terms, that who we are, what we are made of, why we behave the way we always behave. How ours characters and personalities built-up? How our emotions do work within us? One moment we Love, second moment we laugh or we cry or we feel sad or happy. We just act or react but we usually never ask ourselves that Why we, always become a victim of mood-swing(s) and become helpless of our such inner emotional fluctuations /changes?

There could be an endless series of questions, which we usually don’t ask to ourselves. We simply live on and on in same pattern of habits, actions and never ask ourselves the reason behind our inner psychological behavioural patterns. Our relationships goes on toss, we lose the most loving ones. In worst case scenario, we go to doctors and ready to pay hefty amounts to Psychologists but not ready to actually see inside of our self our own inner projections & reflections of life.

We are made up of emotions and different existential elements of life. In Hindu culture, it is every human beings desire to get Moksha or Nirvana, so that one should get free from all the worldly affairs of the life for once and all and never again become a victim of this vicious circle called Physical life. They want to cross the ‘Bhav-Sagar’ of life means the ‘cosmic ocean of emotions’. Bhav also means ‘happening’ or ‘Occurring’. In the given context, Bhav denotes an unbreakable chain of thoughts and emotions which is happening/occurring in our inner subtle world.

We usually know our inner psychology either as moods or emotions or thoughts, or ideas or opinions or memories of past and imaginations for future but ancient Indian research has gonemore deep and has brought out a subtlerlevel of core energy behind our emotions, called ‘Rasas’.

The Sanskrit word Rasa means “the essence of emotion,” as well as having more literal meanings such as “taste,” “water,” “juice,” “essence,” and ultimately “bliss.” Rasa is the subtlestkind of energy that is partly physical and partly mental in existence. It importantly abridges the connection between body and mind that affects our thoughts and emotions. As entire universe is made up of energy, Rasa has the same affecting tendency for us as the gravity affects our body. Rasa is the genesis of all that is inside and outside, the state of feeling of both the self and the universe.

Types of inner bodies

As per Yog-Sutras coded by ancient sage ‘Patanjali’, we are manifestation of 5 levels of different bodies, duly named as below:

1

Annamaya Sharir

Physical body Made of food and all earth-water elements.
2

Pranamaya Sharir

Pranic Body

Made of ‘Prana’, life force.
3

Manas Sharir

Mental and Emotional body

Covers all Rasas, emotions, thoughts,memories, desires, ideas, opinions, collection of information etc.

4

Vigyanmaya Sharir

Psychic Body This is our process of thinking/wisdom/true intelligence.

5

Ananadmaya Sharir Centre of being Self

Aatman, Self, Samadhi, Turiya

Ancient Indian tradition recognizes below nine principals as chief ‘Rasas’ of life that relates quite clearly towards our moods & emotions (our third body) :

 

Original Sanskrit Name Nearest English Meaning Related Emotions
Shringara Love Beauty , aesthetic Sentiment, Devotion
Hasya Joy Humor, Laughter, Sarcasm
Adbhuta Wonder Curiosity, astonishment, Mystery
Shanta Calmness Peace, Relaxation, Rest
Raudra Anger Violation, irritation, stress
Veerya Courage Heroism, Determination, Confidence
Karuna Compassion Pity, sympathy, dullness, sadness
Bhayankara Fearful Terror, anxiety , nervousness, worry
Vibhatsa Disgust Depression, Dissatisfaction, Self-pity

Above nine emotions can be further segregated into Rajas, Tamas and Sattva emotions. Only ‘Shanta’ is the ‘Sattva’ one, while Raudra, Karuna, Vibhatsa, Bhayankara are ‘Tamas’Emotions in nature. Tamas emotions have a quality to made us shrink, heavy, possessive and ego centric. On the other side, Shringara, Hasya, Adbhuta and Veerya are four emotions, which are ‘Rajas by nature and made us expanding, lighter, open towards others, inner bliss.

All the emotions are interconnected or interwoven with their partner emotions. If Rajas emotions are touched, then they bring other category of emotions too at front. Same way, if any of Tamas emotion is happening, it will start juggling the other related emotions too. This interplay of all different emotions is called, ‘Bhav-Sharir’ or ‘Emotional Body’.

Once we understand that none of the action can go beyond our emotional line, then we can also understand that emotions doesn’t come up alone, they come up as ‘Vichara’, in English called, ‘thoughts’. Thoughts have no limits. They just belong to their connected emotion. This thought level happening inside us is called, ‘ManasSharir’ or ‘Thought Body’.

Somewhere, behind both the layers of thought body and emotional body, we are seeing everything and contemplatingabout right or wrong, good or bad, beautiful or ugly, this process is simply called, ‘Understanding’, ‘thinking’or our ‘Intellectual body’.

When we call something as our inner emotion, it has some gravity, some force. This force, which is subtle in nature, is independent and has its own free will of movement.

Rasa is the essence of a set of emotions and moods that belong to the same “family.” When a Rasa is present for some time, its energy affects the body and mind in such a way that one of the members of its family of emotions is manifested.

Rasas are themselves clearly defined as core energies of the connected or resulting emotions (Bhavas). They can be said as core emotional energies which manifest itself in otherrelated varieties of emotions and their understanding is affected by personal and cultural backgrounds.

Whether, it is our home or office or we are with our family, friends or office colleagues, our behaviour, emotional maturity with them helps us in living a conscious relationship with everyone. To be able to understand the beauty of life outside, we have to cultivate the art of understanding the beauty of inner being.

At AkaalYoga School, we discuss such pearls of wisdom in length and details with our fellow travellers who visit us as students as our retreat guest.

CONCEPT OF EMOTIONAL FASTING AS ‘TRUE SADHANA’

A great mystic and philosopher of Armenia named Gurdjieff once said that, ‘Conscious faith is freedom, emotional faith is slavery and mechanical faith is foolishness’.

‘A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering’.

Likewise, Buddha in his very first discourse after enlightenment also said that, “Life is a pain, a sorrow.”

We as Humans, the highest known race amongst all the past and present creatures of this planet, have earned and created everything to make ourselves busy and happy and still creating more and more in search of some core happiness called, ‘ultimate bliss or ‘joy’. We have written big scientific scriptures and found the subtlest most core of the life but not able to keep ourselves in the relaxing state of being which is desireless, thoughts and emotions free. To understand that basic reason behind this dissatisfaction in life, we would have to touch the core of our inner being.

As per ancient Indian traditions, there were two types of paths for Yoga-Sadhna, one for people who are living and working among the family & society and second for those who left everything and world to work on their own inner journey. Rasa Vigyan, was an art and science, equally important for both types of seekers.

 

Rasas are the core of our emotional being and they are like a variety of colours. All colours have their own presence and beauty. We can-not deny any and we should not too but it is also important for us to understand this chaos, this internal emotional drama which leads our whole life and manipulate us from living the life as the most beautiful experience for ever. Unless we see every emotional turbulence, shift and changes with awareness and make our self aware of our internal monologue, it is very hard to understand self and others. Living with awareness is something we call, ‘Conscious Living.’

 

Rasas are the essential and core driving force of our existence, hence, Rasa Vigyan as a subject is needed to be learned and understood to apply it in our daily habits and patterns of life, to have the least control over them. This learning practice is called ‘Rasa Sadhana or Emotional Fasting’.

Emotional Fasting offers increased control over the Rasas through:

• Understanding the relationships between different Rasas, and between Rasas and the body and various aspects of life.

• Exercises that teach Rasa control and increase real understanding of each Rasa, through a kind of emotional fasting.

Rasa Sadhana is “Rasa-fasting” in the sense that it includes fasting from or on specific emotions.

For example, we first promise ourselves that for a day or a week or longer we will not get involved with one of the less desirable Rasas, such as Anger, Fear, Sadness, or Disgust. When the emotion surfaces it will not be suppressed, but properly analyzed; that alone will render it largely powerless. With the aid of some specific techniques that often involve the body, the energy of the Rasa can be more fully dissolved. The promise made in the Sadhana will provide us with the willpower to do so in any case, because to fail means to hurt the ego and when the ego gets involved the Rasa stands no chance. Through such regular exercise, we rapidly learn that we really can master these emotions quite effortlessly.

Rasas are the essence of our emotions that exist in both the body and the mind. The tantric tradition recognizes nine Rasas that represent our basic emotions: Love, Joy, Wonder, Courage, Calmness, Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Disgust. A study of the Rasas provides us with an objective language for examining our emotions and increasing our emotional intelligence. Those who practice Emotional Fasting learn to overcome negative emotions in order to pursue better health, enhanced spiritual growth, and enduring happiness.

Our emotions are continuously affected by the interplay of our senses, the elements, food, and the life force in our body.

At AkaalYoga, our mentors, have evolved techniques in the form of practical physiological and philosophical tools from tantric and ayurvedic traditions, to work out on all hidden emotions so that one can intelligently see and interface with them.

We discuss the nature and purpose of each Rasa and how we can strengthen or weaken one Rasa through another. We also offers ayurvedic cooking guidelines and daily routines for balancing sensory input and strengthening emotional health, including fasting from negative emotions as well as how to energize positive ones. As we master our emotions through the practice of Rasa Sadhana, we gain true control of our lives and our relationships with others.

FREEDOM FROM EMOTIONAL BLOCKAGES

At AkaalYoga, as we already discussed that how deep the science of emotions happens and works, hence, to live a happy and healthy life, it is important to get free from our old stucked emotional energies. These energies do lie within our body at different sections and affect our life sub-consciously, while living or dealing with others. In our 6 days freedom from emotional Blockages retreat, participants will learn and undergo effectively designed techniques which duly work on physical & psychological bodies. Techniques includes different pressure and massage points in our body, usually at the back side and lower body parts, like hips, thighs, calves, toes, shoulders, chest, arms, lower back, etc. These techniques help in dilution and releasing of our stucked emotional energies and allow a free flow of blood circulation, an effective nervous system, an easy and light body. With emotional blockages release out of the body and eating our very light ayurvedic cooked sattvik food, participants do see a huge change in their body and go deeper in their yogic and meditation practices. Like Rasa Vigyan and Emotional Fasting, our techniques on, “getting freedom from emotional blockages” is one of the specialty of our Yoga Teacher Training Courses at Rishikesh.

Daily Program (Summers)

5:30 am 6:00 am Shatkarma
6:00 am 7:00 am Meditation/ Silent Walk
7:00 am 8:00 am Mud Pack and Enema
8:00 am 9:30 am Morning Asana Practice
9:30 am 11:30 am Breakfast and Rest
11:30 am 12:30 pm Class on Rasa Vigyan and Emotional Blockage Treatment
01:00 pm 04:00 pm Lunch and Rest
04:00 pm 04:30 pm Massage / Hot & Cold Therapy
04:30 pm 06:00 pm Evening Asana Practice / Steam Bath
06:00 pm 07:00 pm Meditation
07:00 pm 08:00 pm Dinner

Note: Schedule is subject to changes without prior information.

Price

At AkaalYoga, we charge 400 Euro for our 6 day retreat on Rasa Vigyan, Emotional Fasting and freedom from Emotional Blockages, this also covers your food and accommodation. In case, you just wish to attend our retreat for attending our classes and learning the techniques (No food and accommodations on us), the price will be 350 Euro.

NOTE – It is pertinent to note that AkaalYoga School, is not a clinic or treatment center. We do not treat or work on Mental Traumas or on any acute or chronic physical or psychological problems. This retreat is designed to discuss about emotional substance of life and to bring out a more mature outlook towards our emotional well-being. One must decide to participate in this 6-day retreat with an intention of relaxing and rejuvenation.

 

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May 2019 06/05/2019 – 11/05/2019
13/05/2019 – 18/05/2019
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17/06/2019 – 22/06/2019
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April 2019 07/04/2019 – 12/04/2019
14/04/2019 – 19/04/2019
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May 2019 06/05/2019 – 11/05/2019
13/05/2019 – 18/05/2019
Starts From 400 EUR
June 2019 03/06/2019 – 08/06/2019
17/06/2019 – 22/06/2019
Starts From 400 EUR
July 2019 01/07/2019 – 05/07/2019
15/07/2019 – 19/07/2019
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