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Yoga, a spiritual exercise , has some physical spin offs.
One such is the stopping of the Heart at will.
But these, a part of Siddhis are proscribed by Patanjali.
Please read my posts on Yoga, under ‘Hinduism,Indian Philosophy”
Realized Souls do not practice this.
Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi used these Siddis like materializing objects from Air’ ,being present in many places at the same time.
When asked to explain why he does these as the Yoga proscribed it, Baba replied,
‘People to day need some thing novel and out of the ordinary to have Faith.
They will be strengthened in their Faith when they see something beyond the Normal.
To strengthen their Faith, I perform these’
Here is an evaluation Report of a Yogi, who stooped his heartbeats by a Cardiologist.
Copy Right material.
Quoted in Public Interest.
To the editor:
Yogis in India have long been reputed to develop a remarkable control over bodily functions. Theoretically, it is believed that all visceral functions can be brought under voluntary control by prolonged yogic training, but perhaps their most fascinating claim has been the ability to stop the heart at will. However, in most instances where this has been investigated so far, it has turned out to be an exaggerated Valsalva manoeuvre in some form, which makes the pulse and heart sounds imperceptible while the heart continues to beat at a slow rate.
Recently we had the rare opportunity of investigation of an altogether different and very interesting demonstration of this supposed yogic control over the heart. Yogi Satyamurti, a sparsely built man of about 60 years of age, remained confined in a small underground pit for 8 days in what according to him was a state of “Samadhi”, or deep meditation, with all bodily activity cut down to the barest minimum. The pit was a 1.5 metre cube, dug out in an open lawn surrounded by the Medical Institute buildings, and was completely sealed from the top by bricks and cement mortar. The Yogi squatted on the floor of the pit with nothing on excepted a light cotton garment. About 5 litres of water was placed in the corner, presumably for drinking but according to the Yogi only for keeping the air humid. An ECG (Lead II) was continuously monitored during these 8 days and various other laboratory investigations were carried out before and after. The ECG leads were kept short enough not to allow any free movement inside the pit.
The 12-lead ECG recorded before closing the pit was within normal limits (Fig. 1, strip A), but a significant sinus tachycardia developed soon after. It increased progressively, reaching a heart rate of 250 per minute on the second day (Fig.1,strip B). At 5:15 pm on the second day, when the yogi had been inside for about 29 hours, to our great surprise a straight line replaced the ECG tracing (Fig.1, strip C). There was no electrical disturbance of any sort even at higher amplification and with different leads. There had been no slowing of the heart or signs of ischaemia preceding this.
The straight line on the ECG persisted till the eighth morning. Then, to our astonishment, electrical activity returned about half an hour before the pit was scheduled to be opened. After some initial disturbance, a normal configuration appeared. Although some sinus tachycardia was still there, there was no other significant abnormality (Fig.1, strip D). The Yogi had informed us beforehand that he would begin to come out of his deep trance or suspended animation after nearly 7 days, much in the same way that a normal person wakes up after a few hours sleep.
When the pit was opened on the eighth day, the Yogi was found sitting in the same posture. One of us immediately went to examine him. He was in a stuporous condition and was very cold (oral temperaturewas 34.8°C). On being taken out of the pit he developed severe shivering and this persisted for nearly 2 hours. A 12-lead ECG repeated in the laboratory subsequently was again within normal limits (Fig.1, strip E).
The Yogi and his admirers felt more satisfied at his scientifically documented proof of a remarkable Yogic feat, while we were left rather perplexed and confused. We were expecting some bradycardia and possible sign of myocardia ischaemia, but contrary to this there was severe tachycardia followed by a complete disappearance of all complexes. Any instrumental failure was ruled out by thoroughly checking the machine and also by the spontaneous reappearance of the ECG on the last day. A disconnection of the leads by the Yogi, quite a likely explanation, ought to have given rise to a considerable electrical disturbance, but there was hardly any. Later on, we tried all sorts of manipulations with leads to stimulate what the Yogi could have done inside the pit (notwithstanding the total darkness and his ignorance of ECG technique), but in every case there was marked disturbance. Therefore, although it is obviously difficult to believe that the Yogi could have completely stopped his heart or decreased its electrical activity below a recordable level, we still had no satisfactory explanation for the ECG tracings before us.
Apart from this, the Yogi had of course endured total starvation, sensory deprivation, as well as the discomfort of a very humid, closed atmosphere for 8 days. We did not pay much attention to anoxia, thinking that sufficient ventilation could occur through the bare earth on the side of the pit. The loss of weight (4.5 kilograms) and other biochemical changes were essentially the same as can be expected in starvation under similar conditions. They certainly discount any remarkable depression of the metabolic rate.
The more optimistic amongst us considered this feat to be a marvellous extension of the “hypometabolic wakeful state of yogic meditation” as described by Wallace and co-workers, and the conditioned learning of autonomic responses in rats reported by DiCara. The sceptics, however, were inclined to take the whole thing as some cleverly disguised trick. But, for the present, we only want to put this interesting experiment on record just as an intriguing and inclusive attempt of a Yogi to demonstrate a voluntary control over his heart beat.:
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Brain Mapping and Artificial Intelligence, a heady mixture for the intellect.
Posting some news on this from the ‘Verge’
Stanford Professor Andrew Ng is bringing back the idea of an artificial intelligence that can think like a person. With Google’s Deep Learning project, he’s creating machines that take a multi-layered approach to information, building up knowledge and figuring out concepts by passing data between various networks that can each recognize a small piece of it. The approach is designed to mimic how the human brain processes information with neural networks, and it’s starting to work — last year, Google’s “brain” figured out how to identify cats in YouTube videos without being told that the concept of “cat” existed.
The second flagship is the “Human Brain Project,” whose goal is to create a detailed map of the human brain. With a sufficiently detailed model, researchers hope they can facilitate new insight into treating neurological diseases, developing medications, and even creating parallel computing systems based on how humans think. Two other finalists, not chosen as flagships, were a plan to promote wearable health devices and a supercomputer that would track economic and social shifts.
Each of the two winning projects will receive €54 million ($72 million) in 2013, distributed over 100 research groups for graphene work and 87 institutions for the Human Brain Project.
Yesterday my Grandson,three years, was asking me why there are only seven colors.
I replied to him about the Rainbow and we see the colors VIBGYOR in our daily Life.
He asked me immediately why there should be Seven Colors in the rainbow , not Two or Ten?
I could not explain him and told him so.
Later I recollected that Indian Philosophy has answer to this one.
The Vaisehika system of Indian Philosophy has a very advanced Atomic Theory.
According to the Vaiśeṣika school, the trasareṇu (dust particles visible in the sunbeam coming through a small window hole) are the smallest mahat (perceivable) particles and defined astryaṇukas (triads). These are made of three parts, each of which are defined as dvyaṇuka (dyad). The dvyaṇukas are conceived as made of two parts, each of which are defined as paramāṇu(atom). The paramāṇus (atoms) are indivisible and eternal, they can neither be created nor destroyed. Each paramāṇu (atom) possesses its own distinct viśeṣa (individuality).
The measure of the partless atoms is known as parimaṇḍala parimāṇa. It is eternal and it cannot generate the measure of any other substance. Its measure is its own absolutely”
So the Atoms of the Perceiver and the Perceived(object) atoms for recognition by respective senses.
We become aware when these two corresponding Atoms get connected.
Knowledge is possible when the one who Perceives is connected to the Perceived.
The fact that we do not see any colors is because of the unused Atoms of the Retina not connecting to The Atoms of the Objects which may contain more colors.
People who have tapped their full potential can see what we can not see.
We, not having realized our potential, can not see more than Seven colors.
Now look what Scientists say on this subject.
(PhD physicist responds) The eye perceives six colors in the rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. (some people include the violet color of Indigo as a separate color.) But there are also colors in the infrared and ultraviolet present as well. The rainbow is caused by diffuse refraction of sunlight in water droplets. The source of the light is the sun’s photosphere. While each atom in the photosphere may emit light at one quantum frequency, the sun is so hot that doppler shifting of the light causes the lines to “fuzz out” so that you see essentially a continuous spectrum of light. The strictly correct answer, would then be, “an infinite number”
“The unseen color aftereffect of an unseen stimulus: Insight from blindsight into mechanisms of color afterimages”
In a breakthrough scientists have just produced the first e film , shot by moving ‘Atoms!!
What we see in the film is 100 Million times larger than the original!
Scientists at IBM have just unveiled the world’s smallest stop-motion film — certified by Guinness — one made by moving individual atoms. What you’re seeing is 100 million times bigger than the original elements.
“We think that that’s exciting and that will drive normal people’s interest in (asking) what is this. What are atoms? Why are we here? What happened? All of these questions that we want people to ask,” he told NBC News.
Smallest stop-motion movie
The movie, “A Boy and His Atom,” depicts a boy named Atom who goofs around with an actual atom during 242 single frames of stop-motion action filled with dancing, a game of catch and a trampoline romp. :
News broke out that Alien Code is found in Human DNA.
The explanation is that the Aliens have implanted this code in The Human DNA.
The DNA codes, “ human genetic code is embedded with a “designer label” that may be an indelible stamp of a master extraterrestrial civilization that preceded us by many millions or billions of years. Researchers Vladimir I shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute, hypothesize that an intelligent signal embedded in our genetic code would be a mathematical and semantic message that cannot be accounted for by Darwinian evolution.”
How logical is this?
There is DNA and it contains Code,Fact.
It has ‘”Simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language,”-Pure Guess work, I would call it fantasy.
Any arrangement must have an arrangement.
If it has no arrangement, you would call it ‘Randomly Arranged”
Would you conclude that Random arrangement is not possible and therefore there is Alien Embedded the DNA?
Right now, you are short of Facts for this assumption, call it a Theory.
Next point is that when you fantasize with no facts to back up, you flaunt it a ‘Scientific Theory’ and it is accepted without any demur!
But present a Fact and say ‘ we can not explain , it might be God’s Way”, then people jump and decry it .
Then all rational Explanations(!) flow.
That there is No God or Principle and those who are mild in approach and even Scientists say.’It is Nature, but not God”
Pray tell me, what is The Nature you are talking about?
Trees, Woods, Forests, Physical Laws?
Your own Science now tells us that there is No Universal Law that operates for All The Universe/s, as there are Multiverse(Quantum).
So which Physical law are you talking about?
Which Tree or Forest or principle?
If it is a Principle, you can not perceive it directly, as you can’t Gravity or Electricity.
The Principle is inferred by its Effects.
When the same point that Reality or Brahman is a Principle, in Philosophy and Hinduism, you call it nonsense?
Now who is talking sense?
I subscribe to the view that our DNA might have been tampered by Aliens or a Superior race.
Bit for different reasons.
A careful read of Erich von Daniken’s Books
Return to The Stars,
- Chariots of the Gods? (Souvenir Press Ltd, 1969)
- Return to the Stars (Souvenir Press Ltd, 1970) ISBN 0-285-50298-0
- Gods from Outer Space (Bantam,1972; reprint of Return to the Stars)
- The Gold of the Gods (Souvenir Press Ltd, 1973) ISBN 0-285-62087-8
- Miracles of the Gods: A Hard Look at the Supernatural (Souvenir Press Ltd, 1975) ISBN 0-285-62174-2
- In Search of Ancient Gods: My Pictorial Evidence for the Impossible (Corgi books, 1976) ISBN 0-552-10073-0
- According to the Evidence (Souvenir Press, 1977) ISBN 0-285-62301-X
- Signs of the Gods (Corgi books, 1980) ISBN 0-552-11716-1
- The Stones of Kiribati: Pathways to the Gods (Corgi books, 1982) ISBN 0-552-12183-5
- The Gods and their Grand Design: The Eighth Wonder of the World (Souvenir Press, 1984) ISBN 0-285-62630-2
- The Eyes of the Sphinx: The Newest Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact (Berkley Publishing Corporation, 1996) ISBN 978-0-425-15130-3
- The Return of the Gods: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Visitations (Element, 1998) ISBN 1-86204-253-5
- Arrival of the Gods: Revealing the Alien Landing Sites of Nazca (Element, 1998) ISBN 1-86204-353-1
- The Gods Were Astronauts: Evidence of the True Identities of the Old “Gods” (Vega books, 2001) ISBN 1-84333-625-1
- Odyssey of the Gods: An Alien History of Ancient Greece (Vega books, 2002) ISBN 978-1-84333-558-0
- History Is Wrong (New Page books, 2009) ISBN 978-1-60163-086-5
- Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials (New Page books, 2010) ISBN 978-1-60163-141-1
have better facts and arguments.
It is branded as Rubbish.
For more, please read my post under Astrophysics
“Calling it “biological SETI”, shCherbak and Makukov argue that the scheme has much greater longevity and chance of detecting alien life than a transient extraterrestrial radio transmission, the ‘Discovery News’ reported.
“Once fixed, the code might stay unchanged over cosmological timescales, in fact, it is the most durable construct known. Therefore it represents an exceptionally reliable storage for an intelligent signature. Once the genome is appropriately rewritten the new code with a signature will stay frozen in the cell and its progeny, which might then be delivered through space and time,” the researchers wrote in the journal Icarus.
They said in order to pass the designer label test, any patterns in the genetic code must be highly statistically significant and possess intelligent-like features that are inconsistent with any natural know process. Researchers said their detailed analysis of the human genome displays a thorough precision-type orderliness in the mapping between DNA’s nucleotides and amino acids.
“Simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language,” said researchers. The scheme includes the use of decimal notation, logical transformations, and the use of the abstract symbol of zero.
They go on to argue that their detailed analysis that the human genome (map here) displays a thorough precision-type orderliness in the mapping between DNA’s nucleotides and amino acids. “Simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language.” They say this includes the use of decimal notation, logical transformations, and the use of the abstract symbol of zero. “Accurate and systematic, these underlying patterns appear as a product of precision logic and nontrivial computing,” they assert.(discovery)
“After comprehensive analysis with the assistance of other scientists, computer programmers, mathematicians, and other learned scholars, Professor Chang had wondered if the apparently “junk Human DNA” was created by some kind of “extraterrestrial programmer”. The alien chunks within Human DNA, Professor Chang further observes, “have its own veins, arteries, and its own immune system that vigorously resists all our anti-cancer drugs.” Professor Chang further stipulates that “Our hypothesis is that a higher extraterrestrial life form was engaged in creating new life and planting it on various planets. Earth is just one of them. Perhaps, after programming, our creators grow us the same way we grow bacteria in Petri dishes. We can’t know their motives – whether it was a scientific experiment, or a way of preparing new planets for colonization, or is it long time ongoing business of seedling life in the universe.” Professor Chang further indicates that “If we think about it in our human terms, the apparent “extraterrestrial programmers” were most probably working on “one big code” consisting of several projects, and the projects should have produced various life forms for various planets. They have been also trying various solutions. They wrote “the big code”, executed it, did not like some function, changed them or added new one, executed again, made more improvements, tried again and again.”