RAMBHAU SWAMI – A LIVING EXAMPLE OF THE POWER OF HUMAN MIND AND ITS ABILITY TO MASTER “PRANA”
( kundalini is another name for prana shakti , kundalini is a term originated in Tantra, however, the term used originally in yoga was “prana” , hatha yoga pradeepika integrated the term kundalini with yoga)
In 2002, as a part of quest for Tantrics and Gurus , Mike Vasan , a director and producer, went to Tanjore in Tamil Nadu and met a special Yogi named Rambhau Swami (aged 63 then), who had an amazing power of getting into union with Fire. He developed a complete documentary on the sacred ritual that Rambhau performs, where he sleeps on fire of yagna without getting hurt or burnt. In the documentary video, he shows and explains the unbelievably mystic lifestyle and rare fire ritual of the yogi, Rambhau Swami.
Rambhau Swami’s famous and elaborate fire ritual starts with his holy bath, followed by meditation, pranayama and a traditional ceremony of honoring Ganesha. The fire place of the ritual is a kind of sunken pit, into which Rambhauswami offers wide variety of food and other holy items like gallons of ghee, rice, coconuts, sugar cane, herbal green grass, etc. While offering these, and as the Fire sets ablaze, Rambhau Swami goes into a deep meditative state, covered only by a woolen shawl. He is shown to interact with the fire with his virtual signs, and at times he gets himself into the fire place, sleeping comfortably in union with the fire, without getting burnt or hurt. And surprisingly, even his woolen shawl does not burn in fire, but for few scars here and there, which he says happens when he loses his concentration and connection with fire. He is shown to perform this fire ritual for 14 hours at a stretch without any kind of break in between, and on fasting. After completing the ritual, he breaks it with only 3 sips of water. The yogi also claims that he has performed this special fire ritual for about 1000 days in his last 45 years. And in one instance, he claims he has performed this ritual for 27 days continuously without any break. Rambhau says that with his holy rituals, sacred mantras and deep meditation, he controls his mind and gets into union with the fire; explaining that at that stage, fire becomes his friend and will not hurt him. He gives the complete credit to his Guru who taught him all this. He also says that when he is in normal state of mind, he is just like any other person, and the fire will burn him likewise.
The documentary team, with the help of international standard medical testing, has performed complete tests on Rambau Swami’s body before and after the fire ritual, along with the woolen shawl that he used to cover himself during the fire ritual. The results were unbelievable. Fire tests proved that the woolen shawl was pretty normal, and did not contain any fire-resistant material, but for some traces of fire burns that happened during the ritual. After the ritual and the tests, the shawl was shown to burn in fire as any other ordinary woolen material would do. And Rambhau’s physiology was shown to be different. His kidney function was abnormal, because his daily intake of food was close to nothing. He was also shown to possess high cholesterol on such a low diet – apparently his body seems to be creating cholesterol on its own. The same medical tests were done after 3 weeks of the ritual and results were found to be similar.
These abnormal medical reports and the unusual fire ritual of Rambhau astonished medical experts around the world as they could not explain it scientifically. They did not understand how Rambhau was able to survive on few drops of water per day for more than 28 years. They thought that with his powerful breathing techniques, meditation and unusual body, he is able to create a protective aura around him that safeguards him from getting burnt.
In January 2016 he was invited to the spiritual science research centre at Goa (SSRF) to perform his unique fire rituals. Over a three-day period, He entered the fire a number of times (collectively adding up to approximately over 3 hours in the fire). Very often he was seen putting his hand covered in ghee (clarified butter) into the flames to place wood or fruit. His stamina was also noticeable as along with entering the sacrificial fire, He was conducting rituals the whole day. Moreover, He does all of this while fasting completely and maintaining complete silence.
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