I was quarrelling with my husband at the Düsseldorf train station and my husband walked away. A Ghanian man intervened. He said, “please stop. You don’t understand. There are things in space that drive us”. The way he spoke, softly and so certainly, made me pause. It made me wonder, “what things is he talking about? Our egos?”
In the Bhagavad Gita (The Song of God), Krishna tells Arjun, “the tortoise can draw in its legs: the seer can draw in his senses. I call him illumined.”
How do we become seers illumined? How do we draw in our senses, face reality, and see these many influences in our decision-making processes?
In Sura AL-Fatihah (The Prelude), Mohammed (pbuh) recited, “All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds.”
Is there more than one world? Our lives are almost certainly being conducted within an artificial world powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and highly-powered computers like in The Matrix, as suggested by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX at a tech conference in California.
If we are living in the matrix, then it is probably being generated by a supermind or competing superminds, and surely not something so infantile as the AI we imagine at the moment? So now, the question is – whose mind or minds? How do we come into contact with these different worlds? Is it necessary? To know Allah, it is a part of the process.
Ramadan is a wonderful time to contemplate our inner and outer connectedness, as bio-physicist Candace Pert woud say.
According to Dr. Pert, “the ancient wisdom of the chakra system which corresponds to modern scientific discoveries about the location of neuropeptide-enriched nodal points along our bodies’ longitudinal axis, can help us enter a relaxed state of mind where natural recuperation and recovery can occur”.
Once one can enter into this total state of relaxation where old wounds have been healed (blockages in the nervous system), these other worlds become more accessible. Truly then, before you enage in conflict or before you make any decision, can you consider the energies (worlds) at play.
Around the year 610, when Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) returned home from his first revelation, his eyes shone as he spoke of the sheer beauty and bliss that is Allah to Khadijah, his wife. She asked him, “are Angels real?”
“Very real”, he replied. “In the middle of the night one came to me in all his radiance. I was wrapped in a blanket on the cold floor of the cave. I shivered when the angel called to me, and at first I didn’t know that my trembling was awe, not the cold. I saw a figure arrayed in light standing before me. His voice was commanding, like a soldier who could not be disobeyed, but it was also so gentle that it all but broke my heart. `Recite!´ he ordered.”
Namaz is a wonderful method of relaxing the central nervous system – encouraged through sound (recitation of the Suras), visualisation (geometric pattern of the prayer mat and facing the direction of the Kabbah), discipline and concentration of movement (energy direction) specific to the spine and total submission of the ego to patience and faith in the most compassionate and forgiving supreme being - Allah. In addition to namaz, meditation can also help in clearing mental problems, calming the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system while activating the parasympathetic (bliss, relaxation) nervous sytem, regenerating the mind body soul complex.
There are many recipes available to encourage relaxation. For example, the Global Healing Center suggests chlorella, iodine, oregano oil, apple cider vinegar and beets or beets juice as the top five foods for the pineal gland, which helps one to relax and medidate.
Sprouts also provide some of the highest concentration of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements, amino-acids and proteins, yet are easily digested. They are definitely a nervous system's best friend.
Bread from sprouted wheat or rye but without yeast is a great meal for Sehri. To get recipes for this, visit the website of Sprout People For those without ovens, you might wrap the bread in banana leaves and slow bake them in charcoal.
Sprouted Moong Bean Salad is also a healthy and relaxing treat for Iftar. Try to also include pumpkin seeds in your diet, since they have a myriad of health benefits, such as zinc for immune support, anti-diabetic effects etc.
And most importantly, remember water, water and more water. Stay hydrated. Hydration is the key to relaxing your cells, preventing disease and clearing toxins.