Why is it seemingly so difficult for most of us to avoid physical aging? In the case of those who are indifferent to health and rejuvenation, who smoke, drink, eat junk, and don't exercise, it's understandable. But even those who pay attention to physical and spiritual matters can get the gray hair, protruding stomach, weak eyes, aches/pains, and die relatively young.
A while ago I watched the documentary on Paramhansa Yogananda with a friend who was new to him. She seemed fascinated, but when it was over, her first comment was about his being "fat." Shallow perhaps, but I think she was picking up on the discrepancy between his teachings of the supposed rejuvenative potential of yoga that he practiced and taught from youth, and the condition of his body.
It was said that Yogananda's body, after he passed, showed no physical disintegration for twenty days, and this was evidence of his yogic powers. I would be more impressed if he had been able to rejuvenate himself and live to be more than 59 years of age. Yogananda is just one example, of course. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is another. Passed at 59 of congestive heart failure.
Are we just too locked in to the illusion of time and our own conscious and subconscious expectations of bodily aging? What is the key to unlock it?
"As creatures you are born young and grow older. Yet the animals, as creatures, are not as limited in their experience in that regard. They have no beliefs in old age that automatically shut down their abilities; so left alone, while they do physically die as all creatures must in those terms, they do not deteriorate in the same way."
"Your beliefs about age, therefore, will affect your body and all of its capacities. As mentioned earlier in this book (in the 627th session in Chapter Six), you may become hard of hearing because you firmly believe that this must come with age. You will alter the chemical composition of your body according to your beliefs about its activity through the various portions of your life."
Source: The Nature of Personal Reality (A Seth Book)
answered 28 Oct '16, 09:07
perhaps aging is a
'things as they are'
answered 28 Oct '16, 06:00
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