Prana (प्राण, prāṇa) is the Sanskrit word for “life force” or vital principle. In yoga, Indian medicine, and martial arts, the term refers to a cosmic energy believed to come from the sun and connecting the elements of the universe. The universal principle of energy or force, responsible for the body’s life, heat and maintenance, prana, is the total sum of all energy that is manifested in the universe. This life energy, prana (प्राण), has been vividly invoked and described in Vedas.
In Ayurveda, tantra and Tibetan medicine “praṇā vāyu” is the basic vāyu (wind, air) from which all the other vāyus arise. It is analogous to qi. One of the basic tenets of holistic healing is explained by Dr Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, a cellular biochemist who proposed the concept of Resonance archetype morphing, a theory disputed by scientists however the potential of the concept would revolutionize medicine as we know it and label synthetic drug manufacturers and researchers as criminals, therefore their opposition is understandable. Morphic resonance posits that “memory is inherent in nature” and that “natural systems, such as termite colonies, or pigeons, or orchid plants, or insulin molecules, inherit a collective memory from all previous things of their kind.” Sheldrake proposes that it is also responsible for “telepathy-type interconnections between organisms. His advocacy of the idea encompasses paranormal subjects such as precognition, telepathy and the psychic staring effect as well as unconventional explanations of standard subjects in biology such as development, inheritance and memory.
Our cells, like a pigeon that has the memory of its birth place embedded in its consciousness, retains memory of their specific homeostasis and have the ability to return to a predetermined balance given the right environment.
Traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda, TCM, Homeopathy (more recently), balances the pranic potential and cellular biochemistry by returning the cells to their normal balanced state. This is one of the major differences between modern medicine and traditional medicine. Modern drugs act like chemical warfare destroying all in its path whereas Traditional medicine returns the body and soul to a state of balance. When we relate the theory of resonance archetype morphing to biological matter it explains the inexplicable differences in twins as somewhere beyond genetics lies an inherited memory of a different pranic cycle, the resistance of various social groups to artificial insemination (IVF) and millions of aspects of human existence. It also explains why herbs ONLY work when taken from their original BIOTOPE. When it comes to herbs, the recent trend in the past decade or two towards “Organic Farming ” or “contractual farming ” of medicinal herbs has caused me great concern due to the change from using medicinal plants from their BIOTOPE to using “bastard” plants that have no acquired inheritance.
The loss of native environment changes the biochemistry of plants since they are grown in environments alien to their universal presence over millions of years.
The memory of ecological impact, climatic and geographical relationship with the bioactive molecules makes plants valuable as a source of medicine. Removing them from their natural habitat or cultivating them in artificial geographies or climates removes the therapeutic potential of these plants due to a loss of inherited acquired characteristics.
Even more threatening is the potential of these plants causing harm due to the change in their biochemistry which will never been known to humans since we at best can map just a fraction of the chemicals that occur naturally but never the synergistic effect of these chemicals within an established order of natural selection . The presence of certain chemo types displaying biologically important activity is established by nature.
Superimposing the historic knowledge of millions of years into a theoretical acceptance that herbs will behave the same way in different geographies and environments is ridiculous and selling products based on “commercial” interests of “marketing guru’s that come up with fanciful buzz words to create hype in the common man for whom most of these aspects are unknown, is criminal.
For those of us that live by the natural order of the universe, respect for “natural” begins and ends with the acceptance that nature holds a far greater knowledge than mankind will ever unravel in its existence.
We should accept that the environmental challenges caused by our greed for profits and failures to comprehend the amazingly complex set of intercontinental relationships of man and his temporary physical presence is the cause of all our problems. This is a revolution we’re talking about. But it’s not a revolution of aggression , it’s a revolution within the hearts and minds of each of us. The solution is ultimately a very simple one. It consists of waking up to the truth about our world, and then doing our utmost to wake others up.
Creating a healthy and diverse world of free and empowered individuals is an idea whose time has come and we must be freed from the shackles of a Global Elite that impose their will on a world that has become increasingly dangerous physically, spiritual & emotionally. The truth is our most powerful weapon in this struggle, and the truth shall set us free.
Keep nature natural.
You have very aptly professed the importance of using plants grown in their original biotope. Personally, I as a translational medical scientist, fully agree with your viewpoint.
I would be interested in knowing the extent to which it is being practiced in manufacturing herbal medicines in India.
Hi Dr Bathman,
sadly the use of biotope plants is miniscule since they are more expensive and seasonal. Thus most of the companies use commercially cultivated ( Stupid) plants. It also boils down to the fact that most people are in the industry for money and not the tradition, so you cant expect them to care about the science of nature or the sanctity of universal wisdom.