Dr. Harmander Singh
Swadhyaya: Study or Self Observation - A Unique Approach for All Alike Philselfologically

I have done intensive and in-depth research works based on the Swadhaya, and could not find an exact name in English that can give meaning to it. While calling it self-study, the problem was that swa in the Sanskrit is for Self and adhaya is to study. However, it differs from what we know as self-study in English or modern studies and education in general.

As this method is philosophical, scientific, psychological, spiritual, artistic and embracing many other faculties of human knowledge and wisdom, it needed a new name.

After very long deliberation, I gave it a name Philselfology. The Phil is for the philosophy that is origin of knowledge and wisdom, self is the main learner inside us, the child within, (In Indian context, the soul or Atama does not need to learn anything as its beyond human mind)and the logy or logs is the scientific way for learning anything.

Thus, the word Philselfology is based on the Swadhaya.

I have written more than 50 books based on this concept of learning. These are in all genres of English, but focus is philselfological, the Art of Swadhaya.

Its a Vedic term in the Sanskrit language. The word Veda has a meaning, which is Learning Wisdom with observation, and it embraces art of listening, art of reading, art of scientific oratory, and lot more that we know as Classical Music, Dance, Literature, Science, Technology, Philosophy, Math, and many other faculties of knowledge that are present in almost all Indian Schools of Philosophy, Religion, Art, Music and Indian natural lifestyle in general.

It focus on practicing what one knows and thus follow the two very important theories of learning, living and leaving:

1. Theory or Principle of Induction


2. Theory or Principle of Deduction

It helps one to be contributors of knowledge and wisdom, and thus helps to leave using borrowed knowledge, which we know but do not practice.

We as the humans are not computers and thus users of knowledge, and once we learn to be contributors of knowledge, we start to live what we know. It is said that if one says what one does and does what one says, that human is a contributor of knowledge not consumer. Thus, it helps to be a better contributor for greater good and wellness of all.

The following discussion/discourse is about it from the Ancient Methods of Self-study and learning that I usually write as SSA (Self-Study and Learning), this is also called universal method of learning:

How does Swadhyaya show up for you in your life?

What are you studying?

How do you study?

Where is your inner self guiding you to study in your life?

Who are your teachers?

Is study a part of your everyday life?

There is a reason that we are here in this life now and part of that is to learn. Just observing our everyday activities and learning from them Life becomes a classroom. Learning how to look at our hurts, pains and failures we have to opportunity to learn and change the most.

Sometimes we study more formally such as in schools Sometimes we study life itself. How do we contemplate our lives? We must create time for self-reflection. Yoga, Meditation, and chanting reading the ancient sciptures and wanting to know the truth. Self-observation gives you a pause between stimulus and response, letting you have room to breathe, relax, feel, watch, and allow. Items you are pondering may come clear to you during these times of self-observation. or it may take time for truth to emerge. Be open and have the spirit of exploration within you.

Swadhyaya lasts a lifetime ... or all lifetimes

Consider the meaning of spiritual concepts – understanding the underlying wisdom, NOT accepting without question. Expanding knowledge through reading, pondering to understand the scriptures for observation of the self in relation to all life.

It is impossible to practice any of the other precepts without this one. It is taking the time to take ourselves seriously. It is working with our limitations, our shames, our potential, and going deeper into them to progress ourselves into transcendence. If we have any limitations in our body’s, minds, emotions this how spirit tries to get our attention. This is an inner teaching awaiting us. An area of untapped growth awaiting us.

It is through this path that we come to union with Godliness.

Guru Gita says:

Swadhyaya increases inner radiance, mental vigor agility. Its practice is far more uplifting that indulging in futile thoughts and unnecessary mental activity or following worthless tendencies. Swadhyaya embraces all aspects of yoga and grants all its rewards.

Miracle of Love by Paul Ferrini says:

The purpose of your journey here is to discover the Self and leave the persona behind. You are here to find out that the Source of love lies within your own consciousness. You donot have to seek love outside of yourself. Indeed, the very act of seeking it in the world will prevent you from recognizing it with yourself. And if you can’t find love within, you will never be able tofind it in others. You can’t see the light in others until you see it in yourself. Once you see it in yourself, ther is no one in whom you don not see the light. It does not matter if they see it or not. You know it’s there. And it is the light you address when you speak to them.

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Dr. Harmander Singh
15 Things Your Walk Reveals About Your Health By Paula Spencer

Walk into an exam room and a trained eye can tell a lot about you in seconds: Your stride, gait, pace, and posture while walking can reveal surprising information about your overall health and well-being.

"Many physicians are keenly aware, when they see someone walking down the street, what their diagnosis might be, whether their underlying health is good or bad, and if not good, a number of tip-offs to what might be wrong," says Charles Blitzer, an orthopedic surgeon in Somersworth, New Hampshire, and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Find out what the following 15 walking styles may signal about your health.

Walking clue #1: A snail's pace

May reveal: Shorter life expectancy

Walking speed is a reliable marker for longevity, according to a University of Pittsburgh analysis of nine large studies, reported in a January 2011 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The 36,000 subjects were all over age 65. In fact, predicting survival based on walking speed proved to be as accurate as using age, sex, chronic conditions, smoking, body mass index, hospitalizations, and other common markers. It's especially accurate for those over age 75.

The average speed was 3 feet per second (about two miles an hour). Those who walked slower than 2 feet per second (1.36 miles per hour) had an increased risk of dying. Those who walked faster than 3.3 feet per second (2.25 miles per hour) or faster survived longer than would be predicted simply by age or gender.

A 2006 report in JAMA found that among adults ages 70 to 79, those who couldn't walk a quarter mile were less likely to be alive six years later. They were also more likely to suffer illness and disability before death. An earlier study of men ages 71 to 93 found that those who could walk two miles a day had half the risk of heart attack of those who could walk only a quarter mile or less.

Simply walking faster or farther doesn't make you healthier -- in fact, pushing it could make you vulnerable to injury. Rather, each body seems to find a natural walking speed based on its overall condition. If it's slow, it's usually because of underlying health issues that are cutting longevity.

Walking clue #2: Not too much arm swing

May reveal: Lower back trouble

"It's really amazing the way that we're made," says physical therapist Steve Bailey, owner of Prompt Physical Therapy in Knoxville, Tennessee. As the left leg comes forward, the spine goes into a right rotation and the right arm moves back. This coordination of the muscles on both sides is what gives support to the lower back, he says.

If someone is walking without much swing to the arm, it's a red flag that the spine isn't being supported as well as it could be, because of some kind of limitation in the back's mobility. Back pain or a vulnerability to damage can follow. "Arm swing is a great indicator of how the back is functioning," Bailey says.

Walking clue #3: One foot slaps the ground

May reveal: Ruptured disk in back, possible stroke

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Dr. Harmander Singh
India has had a rich tradition of Libraries, schools and higher learning institutions from thousands of years. In the early years of Buddhism; about 5 centuries before Christ, E.I., 2500 years ago, there existed great institutions like Nalanda, Takshila and thousands of other known schools and universities in all parts.

From very early years of Christianity, India had very small Christian communities, especially in Kerala state, but their history records are not quite clear nor evident. Most Christian churches had a convent to cater to the locals.

(Probably one of the main reasons Kerala is one of the most educated state of India and almost at par with Cuba - as THE NO 1 state of most educated people)

But the REAL and notable convents came into existence when the English speaking Scotts, Welsh and Irish came to India in service of British Crown and to "administer" India; which they had started familiarizing through the public limited - East India Co. - which actually was nothing but a post to loot India - by manipulation which later became "COLONIAL imperialism" when British Royals joined the East India Co. as their patrons.

MOST convent schools were established in major Military cantonment areas of India by these new "administrators" for their families in 1850s.

After 1947, we should have closed all these institutions as legacy of foreign imperialism - BUT our "intellectuals" and earlier leaders of business and politics - used these convents to educate their kids - (they considered themselves as continuation of white "sahibs") - in English - and to get a BRITISH education in India.

Many of the brighter kids of these "exclusive" schools were to go to foreign for further studies to come back and "administer" India.
The truth is that this spirit of "elitism" still exists in our poorly and sickly infected "upper" class who are convinced that a "foreign" education is the best.

In 1950s and 60s, the seats to get into the convents became scarce as more and more bureaucrats "richer babus after milking bribes" and "members of elected bodies" in Delhi and our state capitals wanted to send their "bright" kids to these "exclusive" schools. So they invented a new system of PUBLIC schools. Doon school, Delhi's public schools are some examples.

In other words, these new public schools became "exclusive" educational institutions - the NEW Gurukuls for the rich and more-bribe-more-exclusive of Indian society.

My Personal Opinion: We notice that the most of the Ancient Culture is alive because Western People have kept it alive otherwise our modern education system would have put almost everything confined to the library and the Asharama.

For example, the Scouting is practiced worldwide and its an Indian concept of Gurukul, the Ashrama. Sir Baden Powell learned it from Haridwara and introduced to the modern civilization.

We may seem to blame the Convent Schools, but they do in India and abroad is nothing but Ashram System of Education in which Lord Rama and Krishna learned. Most of us may feel to be proud of being a student of a convent school, but laugh at the Ashrama that brought it as modern education. Why we Indians do not learn it is because we are highly influenced by Imperialistic Education System of British India Company.

However, as you are a learned person you can easily understand why we are having some problems as yet to be resolved in our education in general.

We can resolve these together not just as East Meeting West, but also Past Meeting Present. Thanks for sharing very frank and honest observation. Sri Aurovindo and Mother has been great and rest depends upon the future generations. Amen!

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Dr. Harmander Singh
If you were born after 1979, you may have never sent a handwritten letter to anyone. So accustomed to email and now IMing, actually picking up a pen and writing a personal message to someone - not on a sticky note, but on actual stationery - may seem foreign to you.

It's not that technology isn't important. It's a wonderful tool. However, to actually sit down and put a part of you into a handwritten letter, to tell a story and express an emotion to someone important to you, provides a glimpse into who you are. Plus, a handwritten letter can become a cherished possession that the recipient can keep for years to come as a reminder of important relationships, much the way that this woman remembers her grandmother.
Understanding the Importance of Handwriting

The handwritten word has been around for centuries. And, in fact, as recently as the 1700s there were special schools to teach penmanship because, at that time, master penmen were employed to copy official documents such as land deeds, birth and marriage certificates, and military commissions.

However, some people today feel it's a waste of time to teach and grade children on proper penmanship because of the extensive use of computers for our written communication. They suggest that, other than signing documents or the occasional scribbled note, handwriting is an unnecessary practice.

On the other hand, some say that handwriting can actually help develop certain psychomotor skills in children. They argue that the better the handwriting, the better the hand-brain-eye coordination. And handwriting is a still a skill necessary throughout school and college. Many courses require students to take class notes as well as respond to written essay questions during tests. Students who write legibly traditionally receive higher scores.

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Dr. Harmander Singh
While technology takes over some of the heavy lifting, handwriting remains an important part of who we are.

Handwriting has long been a skill that identifies us from each other. Like a fingerprint, our handwriting is unique from everyone else on the planet. Although teachers did their best to get all students to form each cursive letter exactly the same, students always showed their individual cursive style. There was the left-hander's back slant, the cursive-print combination style, the tiny letters, and some illegible examples that only the author himself could discern.

Today the idea of a handwritten composition is nothing more than a fable told to disbelieving students- "You wrote the words? With a pen?" However, according to a article, the loss of handwriting also may be a cognitive opportunity missed. The article explains, "Studies show that the neurological process that directs thought, through fingers, into written symbols is a highly sophisticated one. Several academic studies have found that good handwriting skills at a young age can help children express their thoughts better - a lifelong benefit."

While technology has given the gift of efficiency and accuracy to our writing, it cannot provide a truly personal touch. It is the handwritten messages that we remember most -the stack of love letters, the yearbooks filled with the wisdom of 18 year-old high school graduates, cherished letters of encouragement received during the uncertainty of college, notes of gratitude for kindness shown, and the offer of sympathy and hope to others in times of loss. These are the moments when e-mail just won't do.

The beauty of communication is that there is room for all kinds. As technology helps us communicate more quickly and easily with e-mail and text messaging, there will forever remain a place for the personal and intimate touch that only handwriting can give.

How do we encourage our children to write more? And ourselves!

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