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The Meditation Research Institute at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama ashram was created in 2005 to bring together the ancient wisdom of the Himalayan traditions and contemporary science. It aims to present the former in a way that is appealing and comprehensible to all people today. The main objective is to document the various meditative techniques of these traditions and to test their effectiveness with scientific tools and methods.

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About the Meditation Research Institute [M.R.I]

 

The Meditation Research Institute at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama was created in 2005 to bring together the ancient wisdom of the Himalayan tradition and contemporary science. It aims to present the former in a way that is appealing and comprehensible to all people today.


Presently M.R.I. is progressing under the guidance and leadership of H.H. Swami Veda and Dr. Mohan Swami’s valuable advice and support.

Our Team:


H.H. Swami Veda Bharati
Dr. Dixit, Dr. Prabhu, Mr. Pravin [Research Scholar]
Valuable Advisors: Dr. Shirley Telles, Dr. Arnaud and other eminent doctors and scholars from our AHYMSIN family.
We also get the inputs from various other eminent scholars working in the same field internationally.

Until 2012 our main focus was on:

1] Community Services like
a] Biofeedback Testing and Training
b] Research
c] Educations

But now we concentrate on research.

What are Bio-Feedback and Our Research Area:

Biofeedback amplifies the tiny signals produced by the body and brain. By analysing these signals with help of the techniques of modern science, it is possible to correlate the meditation or yoga practice with associated neurophysiologic changes in a body.

Science is a systematic and logical approach to discovering how things in the universe work. Science aims for measurable results through testing and analysis. Science is based on fact, not on opinion or preferences. The process of science is designed to challenge ideas through research. It is not meant to prove theories, but rule out alternative explanations until a likely conclusion is reached.

Yoga is a science that deals with body, breath, mind, soul, ultimately the universe itself. It is both practical and theoretical. Yoga science does not tell us what to do and what not to do, but teaches us how to be. Yoga science is a science of life that helps us to know the known and unknown parts of life. It helps us to explore the tremendous potential with us and how to use it positively.

We have at present Seven Research projects:


1] Testing and analysing H.H. Swami Veda for every three monthsTesting and analysing H.H. Swami Veda for every three months: Since from 10th March 2013
We have already written an article on it in the July Newsletter. Also on the 3rd of December in 'Kalyana Mitra’ we had a presentation on it. Preparation for a research paper on it is in process.


2]10th March 2013 Sangha Gathering data analysis of EEG is completed, O2/CO2 analysis still requires refining as the machine itself had some hardware and software interfacing error at that time. Heart Rate Variability data is with Patanjali Yoga Peeth and as per present understanding between M.R.I and Patañjali Yoga Peeth H.R.V. data will be published by Patañjali Yoga Peeth.


3] Cultivating Meditative Voice: During 'Kalyana Mitra ' meeting it has been decided that it can be technically analysed for quality and signal parameters only when the recordings will be with M.R.I. Meeting was attended by the group members associated with this project along with Dr. Prabhu and Pravin from M.R.I.


4] Regular Data Recording on Bio-semi 64 channel, only for those subject recommended by Swami Veda, Swami Ma Radha, Swami Prashant is going on along with analysis. Mostly it is related to 10, 30, 40 days silence meditation.


5] Bibliographic analysis for current research is also underway.


6] Comparative study of various meditation techniques is also underway, but it depends on availability of Subject / volunteer from other traditions.


7] Effects of Meditation using Himalayan Tradition on Neurophysiologic changes are also being researched.

Available Instrumentation and Testing:

1] Bio-Semi 256 Channel EEG recording and analysing system supported by EEGLAB and MATLAB software. Presently, we use on 64 + 8 Channels only.
2] 8 Channel simultaneous data recorder for Bio-Feedback with built in software.
3] iWorks -TA multichannel system for major non-invasion type neurophysiologic measurements.
4] Neuro-trac instrument for E.M.G.
5] Blood pressure, Blood Sugar detector, Hand held E.C.G. Recorder.
6] Myo-Trac - for E.M.G.

Our Achievements:

1] Four papers have been published in international journals.
2] One Ph.D. from France.
3] Recently, Mr. Pravin got the registration for Ph.D and is working on Silence and its Neurophysiologic changes.
4] M.R.I is actively involved in imparting residence teacher training and guests.

Other observations:

Silence meditation does show positive remarkable changes in brain wave, heart rate variability, skin conductance, breathing, blood pressure, body temperature. Recent researches at Harvard School of Medicine shows meditation also have significant changes in gene expressions.

Future Plan:

1] Concentrating on speeding up the projects listed in the seven projects.
2] To publish the papers based on our analysis in international journals and in seminars/conferences.
3] Establishing co-operation with like-minded organizations for mutual benefit.
4] Designing our own protocols and experiments with our instruments.
5] Special test on Swami Veda as per his direction.
6] Encouraging more volunteers to take part in ongoing silence meditation project.
7] Correlating the cellular level changes with our findings of non invasion type.

Conclusion:

Body without breath has no value, and if we have a body and breath but if there is no thinking, then that human being is also of no use. And if there is a human being who thinks, who breathes and whose body functions, that is also meaningless if he/she does not direct all his energies, mind, action and speech according to the purpose of life. Your breath is like a barometer that registers both your mental conditions and physical conditions.

“Whether yoga is studied as a method for preventing or treating disease, as a way of coping with difficult-to-treat or chronic illnesses, or as a way of altering the energy state of the body, it's important to remember that yoga is a way of living and not an isolated technique.” - from How Yoga Come to Rescue by Elaine Lipson with contributions by Alison Ashton

“While many doctors and patients demand proof that yoga really can help certain medical conditions, they risk overlooking yoga's far-reaching benefits. Yoga is a way to get to the source of ourselves. The challenge is not to see yoga as a treatment for disease, but as an opportunity to see something deeper in the self.” - Dr. Elliott S. Dacher


M.R.I.team

 

 

Meditation Research Institute


The Meditation Research Institute at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama was created to bring together the ancient wisdom of the Himalayan traditions and contemporary science. It aims to present the former in a way that is appealing and comprehensible to all people today. The main objective is to document the various meditative techniques of these traditions and to test their effectiveness with scientific tools and methods.

Read more: Meditation Research Institute

静坐研究机构的训练与测试

我为什么设立静坐研究机构(Meditation Research Institute -- MRI)
 
位在Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama(SRSG)斯瓦密拉玛修行者园区学院内的静坐研究机构,是于公元2005年设立,以将喜马拉雅传承自古以来的智慧与现代科学做结合。其宗旨是为了要将喜马拉雅古智慧以现代人皆能理解和欣赏的方式予以呈现。主要目的是纪录各式传承中不同的静坐技术,并利用科学的工具与方法来验证效能。
 
目前我们在这个领域内所提供的内容包括:

Read more: 静坐研究机构的训练与测试

靜坐研究機構的訓練與測試

我為什麼設立靜坐研究機構(Meditation Research Institute
 
位在Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama(SRSG)斯瓦密拉瑪修行者園區學院內的靜坐研究機構,是於西元2005年設立,以將喜馬拉雅傳承自古以來的智慧與現代科學做結合。其宗旨是為了要將喜馬拉雅古智慧以現代人皆能理解和欣賞的方式予以呈現。主要目的是紀錄各式傳承中不同的靜坐技術,並利用科學的工具與方法來驗證效能。
 
目前我們在這個領域內所提供的內容包括:

Read more: 靜坐研究機構的訓練與測試

Dr. Shirley Telles joins the Meditation Research Institute as Scientific Co-Director

Shirley Telles, MBBS, MPhil, Phd (Neurophysiology) has recently joined our Meditation Research Institute as a new honorary and nonresident scientific co-director. Swami Veda confirmed her appointment as effective 11 November 2009 and on 18 November there was a welcoming reception for Shirley at the ashram in which Swamiji was present.

More detail and photos below.

Read more: Dr. Shirley Telles joins the Meditation Research...