Monday January 22, 2018

Abraham Lincoln believed in teachings of Yoga: Did the 16th US President had a Hindu past as well?

According to Paramahansa Yogananda, Lincoln had been an advanced yogi in the Himalaya in his past life

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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of United States needs no introduction. He has and will always remain an enigma in the eyes of people and his contributions to change the scenario of America’s history cannot be summed up in words. But, what is surprising that there is an uncanny connection between the president of America and Hinduism (that includes yoga as well) is reviewed by Richard Salva (yoga and meditation expert) in ‘Soul Journey: From Lincoln to Lindbergh’.

According to Paramahansa Yogananda, Lincoln was a yogi in the Himalaya in his past life. He died with a wish to unite people and bring racial equality. He incarnated as Abraham Lincoln to fulfil the desire of fighting for humanity and again reincarnated as Aviator Charles Lindbergh. But, Salva is sceptical of the claim.

Never being a church follower Abraham Lincoln argued against church doctrines rather he believed in the deeper teachings of yoga which have the power to give a practical solution to present the problems. Lincoln practised amazing things like lifting boulders, heaving them as a young boy. According to yoga experts, these practices give energy to the body and help to achieve any great tasks.

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Ward Hill Lamon, bodyguard of Lincoln recollected about the prophetic dreams of the President. Dreaming about a funeral in the White House is one of the popular and discussed stories. A great yogi of ancient India taught that perfect self-study makes a person a perfect receiver of the message from Higher Sphere and that prophetic information comes during meditation or when one is in sleep.

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Being curious about Psychics and mediums, Abraham Lincoln started visiting fortune tellers in New Orleans just as the Hindu yogis used to visit the astrologers. After his death, his son Willie and his mother continued this practice.

In 1863, Lincoln declared Thanksgiving as an American Holiday. Richard pointed out an interesting similarity between the President and his Hindu link. He said, “The holiday of Thanksgiving has a Hindu origin. I noticed that President Lincoln repeatedly chose Thursdays – the holiest day in the week for Hindus – as national days of prayer, fasting, and thanksgiving.” Among Hindus, Thursday has the reputation of ‘guru day’.

More than one out of five Americans believe in incarnation. It is believed that The parallel of Lincoln and Lindbergh again making people believe in the law of Karma. Through The Great President, people are coming towards the yoga and trusting on how greatness is achieved through spiritual practices.

– by Priyanka Saha of NewsGram. Twitter: @priyanka140490

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  • Richard Dayanand Salva

    There’s also a new book on this subject: The Yoga of Abraham Lincoln. See: https://www.crystalclarity.com/product.php?code=BYAL

  • Jagpreet Kaur Sandhu

    It’s quite unbelievable.. but yes such conspiracies always has the chance to be true!

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Yoga Face-toning May Compete With Fillers, Face-lifts

"The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of aging," he said in an email.

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Yoga face toning is an effective way of reducing the signs of ageing. VOA
  • Yoga face toning may take over botox and face lifting procedures.
  • 27 participants noted changes in their faces after weeks of this experiment.
  • It is still a matter of discussion if this method can reverse ageing or not.

In his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-ageing treatment: facial yoga.

Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-aged women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks.

Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay
Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay

The results surprised lead author Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

“In fact, the results were stronger than I expected,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s really a win-win for patients.”

Participants included 27 women between 40 and 65, though only 16 completed the full course. It began with two 90-minute muscle-resistant facial exercise-training sessions led by co-author Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga in Providence, Rhode Island.

Participants learned to perform cheek pushups and eye-bag removers, among other exercises. Then they practised at home.

Improvements noted

Dermatologists looking at unmarked before-and-after photos saw improvements in upper cheek and lower cheek fullness, and they estimated the average age of women who stuck with the program as significantly younger at the end than at the start.

Face yoga is a healthier substitute to surgical procedures. Pixabay
Face yoga is a healthier substitute for surgical procedures. Pixabay

The average estimated age dropped almost three years, from nearly 51 years to 48 years.

Participants also rated themselves as more satisfied with the appearance of their faces at the study’s end, Alam and colleagues reported in JAMA Dermatology.

“Now there is some evidence that facial exercises may improve facial appearance and reduce some visible signs of ageing,” Alam said. “Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low-cost, non-toxic way of looking younger or augmenting other cosmetic or anti-ageing treatments they may be seeking.”

The exercises enlarge and strengthen facial muscles to firm and tone the face, giving it a younger appearance, he said.

Happy Face sells instructional worksheets — promising smoother skin, firmed cheeks and raised eyelids — for $19.95. DVDs cost $24.95.

Some skepticism

But not all dermatologists are rushing to promote the videos or the exercises.

Dr John Chi, a plastic surgeon and professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, said the study raises more questions than it answers.

“The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of ageing,” he said in an email.

Chi, who was not involved with the study, said he would recommend facial yoga to patients who found it relaxing and enjoyable but not for the purpose of facial rejuvenation.

“While the premise of facial exercises to improve the facial appearance or reverse signs of ageing is an appealing one, there is little evidence to suggest that there is any benefit in this regard,” he said.

Chi said facial yoga had not been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Asked whether procedures such as face-lifts, Botox and fillers had been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed studies, he replied: “Great question. Attempts to do so have been made in the scientific literature with variable levels of scientific rigour.”

Alam agrees that his study raises additional research questions, such as whether the exercises would work for men and how much time people need to commit to doing the exercises for them to be optimally effective. He would like to see a larger study. VOA