Stress comes in life when there are more desires, ambitions and expectations; and less capacity to fulfil them. Sudarshan Kriya increases the capacity and brings a sense of contentment in life. It increases the six wealths: “Sama, Dama, Uparati, Titiksha, Shraddha and Samadhana” What are they? Sama is a gathered, composed mind. Dama is control over body and a say over senses. Uparati is the ability to enjoy whatever has come in life. Titiksha is forbearance. Shraddha, faith brings stability, totality in consciousness. Samadhana is the resolution of mind. All these increase the capacity, prosperity, freedom in life thereby reducing the stress.
I generally used to blame others for my state of mind, because I had never learned how to handle my own mind and emotions. I found that Sudarshan Kriya is the best way to handle one`s mind. Handling the mind from the level of mind is very difficult. If I tell you “close your eyes and don`t think of dancing monkey.” The first thought that comes is of a dancing monkey, isn`t it? But through breath it is very easy to handle mind. Mind is like the kite and breath is like the thread to handle it. Mind goes in the past and what do we feel?...regret and anger, isn`t it? Mind goes in the future.. “Oh I have to do this, do that.” Then comes fear and anxiety, isn`t it? So, breath is the way to bring this wavering mind in the present moment. See in the present moment there is no stress. What is now? Now? Nothing. We are free and happy now. Free from the regret of the past and worry of the future. In the present we are so relaxed, isn`t it? Where is stress? In the past or future. Where is happiness? Now.
With the practice of Sudarshan Kriya mind remains more and more in the present and is able to experience peace, harmony, focus and enthusiasm. We are so energetic and a very little energy is sapped in the present. Whenever we are worrying or regretting then a lot of ‘prana’ or subtle life force energy is sapped out and we don`t feel good. By living in the present we can handle our energy levels.