Sunday March 24, 2019

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, Wikimedia Commoms

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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Yogi, Image source: Wikimedia commons

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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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Westerners Adopt Indian Practices, Deny Giving Due Credits

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Man doing Yoga. Wikimedia Commons

Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

Also Read: Climate Change Will Melt Vast Parts of Himalayas: Study

Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)