by Global Good News staff writer
28 October 2007
Dancing for good health: that sounds like fun! Recently Maharishi Colleges of Vedic Medicine have acknowledged the value of Indian classical dance for health and have incorporated Vedic Dance Therapy into their training programmes for prevention and cure. On 7 September, 2007 Dr Walter Molk, Deputy Minister of Health of the Global Country of World Peace, discussed the value of Vedic dance in promoting health.
At that time, Dr Molk also introduced Dr Urvashi Shrivastava, the new Head of Vedic Dance Therapy for Maharishi Colleges of Vedic Medicine.
Dr Urvasi gave a sample performance of Vedic dance, demonstrating the subtleties of the art. Her performance was exquisite, exhibiting her expertise in Vedic dance. Each movement was imbibed with silence and deep feelings of devotion. Her dance seemed to perfectly integrate all levels—from the deepest level of Being, the field of total transcendental silence, to tender emotions, expressed in her eye movements and subtle gestures, to the powerfully dynamic energy of her body, moving with fluidity and ease. Watching Dr Urvasi’s performance, the audience was uplifted, transported into a private world of soft, quiet beauty, simplicity, and dynamic unity.
Dr Molk explained that Vedic dance is not only an art, but has a therapeutic effect because it develops a high level of mind-body coordination. This skilled form of exercise is soothing and relaxing to the body. More importantly, Vedic Dance cultures a high level of integration between physiology and consciousness.
In Vedic Dance, the entire body moves as one wholeness. All the parts of specific gestures and expressions come together to create a wholeness which is more than the sum of the parts—a unity of body and pure consciousness. Every physical movement is carefully directed by the dancer’s consciousness.
The graceful motion of the body is poised in specific traditional gestures, which change rapidly in harmony with the music and rhythmic beat. This delicately powerful motion expresses the infinite silence of Transcendental Consciousness combined with infinite dynamism of physical movement. This fine mixing of silence and dynamism mirrors the infinite silence and infinite dynamism at the basis of cosmic life and enlivens higher states of consciousness. Living higher states of consciousness supports perfect health.
His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has brought out the importance of perfect mind-body coordination for living higher states of consciousness and enjoying perfect health. Maharishi describes the state of enlightenment as a state perfect integration of infinite silence and infinite dynamism.
Another way of describing the perfect integration of silence and dynamism is to say that consciousness and physiology are one unified whole. In the state of enlightenment, consciousness and perception has become so refined that one appreciates one’s physiology as being made of consciousness. Then every move is a wave of bliss consciousness.
In Maharishi’s Vedic Science, Maharishi describes how physical matter is, in reality, a more congealed form of consciousness. In one of Maharishi’s books, Maharishi Forum of Natural Law and National Law for Doctors, Maharishi explains how self-referral consciousness, in knowing itself, sets up reverberations, which build into the frequencies of matter, including the human body. To summarize briefly, when self-referral consciousness knows itself, it creates a conceptual relationship between knower, process of knowing, and the known.
All three are just one unified field of Transcendental Consciousness, knowing itself; however there is an appearance of three. This illusory relationship causes reverberations, or waves of consciousness, as silent, unmoving consciousness interacts with itself.
These unmanifest reverberations of silent Transcendental Consciousness are known as Veda. Veda is the waves of Total Knowledge, total Natural Law, at the basis of all creation. These reverberations of Veda then build up to form the frequencies of matter and energy, which comprise the universe, including the human physiology.
This understanding from Maharishi’s Vedic Science, that the physiology is essentially consciousness, has been supported by the research of His Majesty Maharaja Nader Raam. Maharaja Nader Raam showed that there was an exact correspondence between the books of the Veda and Vedic Literature and different parts of the human physiology. This research underscored that the human physiology is essentially nothing but Veda; and Veda is nothing but the reverberations of consciousness.
Understanding this unbroken continuum of consciousness, ranging from pure abstract silent consciousness to the dynamic, manifest frequencies underlying the human body, adds richness to the appreciation of Dr Urvasi’s presentation of Vedic dance and to understanding Vedic dance as a modality for achieving improved health.
In Vedic dance, one simultaneously enlivens the entire continuum of consciousness, from unmanifest Transcendental Consciousness to fine feelings, extending to the subtle and strong dynamic motions of the dancer’s torso and limbs. The entire physiology becomes enlivened as a field of bliss consciousness. Every movement stirs the field of bliss consciousness, the field of lively unity. In this state of wholeness and bliss, one enjoys a state of perfect health.
Maharishi has described health as wholeness, the perfect integration of every part of the physiology, mind, emotions, and behaviour. Vedic dance offers a blissful way to achieve better health while growing in higher states of consciousness. We expect that Vedic dance, will be a popular course at Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine.
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