16 Sep : A retired Director General of Income Tax of India says that give him your terminally ill and dying for few months and he will return them healthy and vibrant.
Mumbai (India) based Vir Balahara, who has been atheist most of his life, found inner-light while working in various senior income tax positions in Government of India in various parts of the country as Indian Revenue Service officer, and started exploring it further. After his about 23 years of self-exploration, he feels that he is now ready to take his mission and “new awareness” globally to help the sick.
Although his technique is complex, but in simpler terms it seems to be based around pranayam (exercising control over the process of breathing). He feels that some hidden force is leading him by holding his hand. He himself appears very vibrant at 63 and thinks that these are the best years of his life. He runs about 15 kilometers a day and calls it “meditation par excellence” and claims that he has more “strength, stamina, positivity and enthusiasm” now than he had when he was 40 when his inner journey began. Balahara, who is reverently and affectionately called “Virjee”, says that his method does not belong to any particular religion or denomination and he wants to take it worldwide once it is proven in India.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded Balahara for his selfless project to bring smile back on the faces of sick. It was highly commendable that somebody like Balahara was willing to share his wisdom gathered after grueling hours of meditation and self-exploration for over two decades and without any mercantile greed, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, added.
Balahara does not want to label himself a “guru” and may accept the term “navigator” for himself. Beauty about the whole thing is that he does not charge any fees. That “inner light” tells me to help the sick for whom all doors have been closed, Balahara points out. “It was mostly journey within”, he tells about his “new awareness” experience. Although the exploration continues, but he feels that it is time now to bless others with the energy and transfer some of his light to them.
Balahara’s goal is to see the happiness and joy returned to the terminally ill and dying and make them energetic and full of life. He says that he will show them a new way of living. He claims that the spiritual journey is very easy to undertake, but the mayajaal (web of worldly illusion) complicates it.
To further his vision, Balahara is organizing a camp at a Lonavala resort, about one hundred kilometers from Mumbai on Pune highway, from October one to three. The camp is already full just by word of mouth and without any publicity campaign and he had to refuse many because of limited facilities available. But he is willing to put seekers on the waiting list for future camps.
This “dhyan shivir” (as he likes to call it) will focus on changing the participants as a whole—physically, mentally, and spiritually. In it, emphasis will be laid on understanding: gross body and its cultivation; five elements and their therapies; subtle bodies, nadis, kundalini and chakras; proper way of breathing and pranayam; senses and their cultivation; mind and its conditioning; space and silence; swar, sound and mantras; meditation and visualization and their techniques.
The idea, Balahara argues, is to bring about a change in lifestyle and thinking of participants so that one gets relief from chronic ailments; remains protected against frequent infections; creates safeguard against day to day stress and its usual consequences like headaches, body aches, blood pressure; remains centered in one’s being and stays cool/calm in flared up situations; avoids resorting to allopathic drugs; and takes problems as opportunities for speedily moving ahead in all spheres of life.
He says that healthy and lively is our normal state and we usually get sick when we interfere with the functioning of our body by consuming allopathic drugs and wrong breathing and food habits. He claims that death (barring accidental cases) does not come until we give up and ask for it. The purpose and end result of all this is that one enjoys life in full (instead of somehow carrying on its burden) and is ready to scale new peaks and meet new challenges, Balahara stresses.