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.
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.
1] Community Services like
a] Biofeedback Testing and Training
But now we concentrate on research.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.