This article first appeared in our Health Revolution issue of My Green Pod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 24 July 2020. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
Human intellect is sparking like never before in the history of humanity.
Offering solutions that are not logically relevant and that are somewhere else in another life – including heavens and gods – will not work any more. People want solutions here, something they can logically perceive and implement in their life.
If there is a spiritual vacuum – if there is no scientific process for people to experience their inner nature and know life in a larger dimension than the physical things we all do – then I think 90% of humanity will move towards drink and drugs.
Though heavens may crumble, the human longing to experience something more will not dissipate. And it should not.
Transform your chemistry
As there is a science and technology for external wellbeing, there is an entire science and technology for inner wellbeing: this is what yoga means.
Inner Engineering is an effort to bring yoga’s potential to the world, to sweep humanity with a non-religious, non-denominational spiritual movement, delivered in a scientific manner.
Recently, a group of scientists and doctors from Indiana University, University of Florida, Harvard Medical School, University of Southern California and others studied people who have been practising Inner Engineering.
One thing that determines the nature of your experience and your mental and emotional condition is BDNF – brain-derived neurotrophic factor. With these practices, there is a 300% increase in BDNF: emotional balance, sharpness of mind and pleasantness of experience should not be a problem.
There is another dimension to this. Today, marijuana is popular – but the millions of cannabis receptors in your brain and body are there because you are supposed to produce it, not smoke it.
The biomarkers clearly establish that with the Inner Engineering practices, your endocannabinoid production is significantly higher. That means you are stoned by yourself – you do not need outside help.
The impact of the endocannabinoids compared with the cannabinoids that come from outside is very different. You are intoxicated and super-alert at the same time. Additionally, approximately 230 genes, which are fundamentally responsible for one’s immune system, are highly enhanced. This is especially important in these challenging times.
In other words, by doing a few simple practices you can transform the chemistry of your system. If you make yourself into a blissful chemistry, that will be the nature of your experience. Once you are joyful you will have no issue of your own, and will deal with the issues of the world effortlessly.
On the climate crisis
There are many aspects to the climate crisis, but the fundamental problem is soil and water. We launched the Cauvery Calling campaign to revitalise Cauvery River in southern India by helping farmers plant 2.42 billion trees in the river basin, covering one-third of it with green cover.
This could serve as a model for other tropical nations, creating benefits of soil rejuvenation, river revitalisation, carbon sequestering and climate change mitigation while increasing farmer incomes.