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Awaken the Third Eye and Experience Sixth Sense

The Mind of a Mystic written by Dr. Murali Krishna brought my attention to Third Eye. A brain scanning study was done on Swami Nithyananda, 27 year old mystic, by doctors from the INTEGRIS Mental Health and Center for Mind, Body and Spirit, Oklahoma, USA to understand what happens during meditation. As I got Ph.D from Oklahoma State, I became more curious to see the study. The results of PET Scan tests on Swamiji were stunning with brightened activity in frontal lobes even in early meditation stages than normal persons. The frontal lobes are associated with function of intelligence, attention, wisdom and judgment. When Swami went into deep meditation, the dominant hemisphere of Swami's brain was more than 90% shut down as observed by QEEG measuring brain waves. A second amazing aspect of Swami's deep meditation was that the lower portion of his mesial frontal areas lighted up in a very significant way. When Swami was asked what he was doing when mesial frontal areas lighted up, he said he was opening his third eye. The mystical "Third Eye" is associated with both cosmic and inner knowledge and thought to be a place of clarity and peace. The indication is that meditation can activate Third eye.

The brain is the body's most complex organ, containing more than 100 billion neurons, each of them in chemical and electrical conversation with up to 10000 other neurons. Its sheer capacity to process information is astonishing. With meditation practice, Swami's mind – his thoughts, emotions and intellect – control his brain. He can, in a very fluid easy way, shift his brain function and alter his brain waves. The study brought intriguing questions for study. Can we have techniques that will bring balance and peace into people's lives?

Can we invoke a healing response or accelerate healing through specific training? (A Mind Matters columnTM – The Mind of Mystic by R. Murali Krishna). Meditation increases "gray matter" in the brain and nervous system of meditators as observed by MRI scans.

In spiritual parlance, third eye is a very subtle organ. It means 'Soul – Consciousness'. When our third eye of knowledge (Wisdom) gets opened, we start spreading vibrations of peace, happiness and bliss in the entire universe. Generally, human beings find themselves unable to conquer the powerful devils viz., sex-lust, anger, greed etc and thus the third eye is not activated.

The third eye, an inner eye is mystical and esoteric concept, located at the front of the head between the eye brows referring in part to the ajna chakra, sixth chakra also known as brow centre in certain eastern and western spiritual traditions. During intense meditation with closed eyes, one can see bright light at the centre of the forehead. The pineal gland subtle body is occasionally associated with sixth chakra or third eye chakra in Yoga. The third eye symbolizes an enlightened state of consciousness through which one can perceive the world in almost supernatural way. Using your third eye means having greater control over your mind and emotions and a deeper sense of intuition about the world around you. When we meditate, we dip into alpha brain wave. The alpha state is conducive for opening the third eye. Third eye chakra is the center of our psychic power, our Sixth sense. Sixth sense is our internal intuition, our ability to read the past, present and the future. Third eye chakra is strongly connected to our Solar plexus ("gut feelings" centre). If these two chakras are balanced and clear, we tend to cruise smoothly through our life. To open or activate third eye, one need to devote one's life to a spiritual practice that involves practicing mindful awareness on a daily basis. Spiritual undertakings of any kind are a commitment of faith and dedication of focus over a lifetime.

Mindfulness meditation based on Vipassana, Yoganidra and Tibetan meditation is extensively being practiced all over world. There is ample evidence to show that meditation has been associated with decreased stress, decreased depression, anxiety, pain and insomnia and better quality of life. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School started practicing meditation and noticed that she is becoming calmer, compassionate, open hearted and better able to handle more difficult situations. She switched to research in meditation and observed significant changes in the brain. An eight – week mindfulness-based stress reduction programme (40 min per day) showed thickening in (1) Posterior cingulate (involved in mind wandering and self relevance), (2) Left hippocampus (assists in learning, cognition, memory and emotional regulation), (3) Temporoparietal junction (associated with perspective taking, empathy and compassion), (4) Area of the brainstem called pons (a lot of regulatory neurotransmitters are produced). The amygdala (fight or flight of the brain important for anxiety, fear and stress in general) got smaller in meditators. It is a good sign that June 21st has been identified as International Yoga Day by the World community. It has opened flood gates for intensive research on opening of Third Eye by meditation and its benefits to individuals and the community.

               June 10, 2015                                                                   Prof. B.C. Harinath