By His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati
This article is an extract from the book Practice of Nature Cures, authored by His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati and first published in 1952. The electronic publication of this article on this webpage is with the blessings and kind permission from The Divine Life Society, Rishikesh.
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HOW TO CURE DISEASES BY COLOUR POWER
O BUOYANT RAYS , BORN OF SUN,
VIOLET , YELLOW AND GREEN,
SILENT ADORATIONS UNTO YOU!
FLOW THROUGH ME,
ENERGISE AND STIMULATE ME,
RECHARGE MY WILL,
ENRICH MY INTELLIGENCE,
DISPEL ALL DISEASE3S,
THRILL ME WITH HEALTH,
GIVE ME NEW POWERS AND WISDOM,
CALM MY MIND,
QUENCH ALL FEVERS,
GIVE ME GOOD SIGHT,
TONE MY WHOLE SYSTEM,
CLEANSE MY BLOOD,
SOOTHE MY NERVES AND BRAIN,
FLASH ME WITH INTUITION,
O BUOYANT RAYS, BORN OF SUN!
The irrationality and frequent inconsistencies of the prevailing systems of modern medicine have made man to lose faith in them. More and more we find people are turning to Nature Herself for health and cure. Naturopathy and natural mode of living are becoming popular. Man does not like to take in drugs and medicines. He objects to Allopathy , Homeopathy and Ayurveda. To all such there is a unique system to which there can be no objection whatsoever. This system is called Chromopathy.
Chromopathy or Colour – Cure offers a system of natural cure without the help of any chemical or drug. The human body, built up of cells, is composed of various elements present in certain definite proportions. When this proportion is disturbed and the body is thrown out of balance then symptoms of diseases arise. Colours have been found to process the power to supply such deficiencies in bodily make up and restore the proper balance. Then body begins to function normally once again and health is retained.
Inner disturbance usually becomes manifest as over-heated condition of the system or chill or dryness of the body. In Chromopathy the treatment is directed at these primary complaints. Certain colours increase heat, certain others reduce heat. Some cool and allay dryness of the system. Red and blue are the most important and most generally used colours in chromopathy.
Each colour can be transmitted to the human system directly as a medium or chemical agent. It can be applied to the skin through irradiated oil. It can be transmitted into water, or sugar, which can be taken internally.
The water or sugar is charged by being put into coloured bottles and irradiated in the direct rays of the sun. Passing through the coloured glass, the warm coloured rays of the sun charge the substances (water,sugar or oil) with the particular colour-power.
The time required for irradiation differs in different substances. Water should be exposed to the sun for at least a minimum of 4 hours. Sugar is to be irradiated for at least 2 weeks continuously. Oil (usually gingili or till oil is preferable) should be exposed to the sun for not less than 40 days. The above is the minimum time needed for each substance. If they are kept longer, well and good.
Sugar for internal use, water for both internal and external use and oil is for external use only. The advantage of sugar is that it is dry and can be conveniently carried about in a packet or a small box. It is handy in case of emergency during travel. Also it does not deteriorate. But sugar should not be administered to diabetic patients and those with intestinal irritation. In such cases water alone can be given. Oil is good for application and massage.
The dosage of irradiated sugar and water is ordinarily one ounce (for adults) twice a day, i.e , morning and evening. But treatment will have to be intelligently given according to the degree and intensity of the complaint. In very acute cases comparatively larger doses, repeated at frequent intervals, will have to be given. In minor cases small and fewer doses will be sufficient to effect the cure. In troubles indicating urgent treatment like cholera, snakebite and rabies, frequent and large doses should be administered. Chronic cases require slow treatment. Over-dosage should be avoided.
When light enters a room the walls of which are dark in colour, a considerable part of the incoming light is absorbed by the walls. The person who lives in such a room will be living under a very dark shadow. He will be almost deprived of the influence of light.
On the contrary if a person lives in a room, the walls of which are white or nearly white and hence which reflect , instead of absorbing , a large part of brilliant rays, he will be surrounded by a volume of reflected or diffused light. The absence of a direct sunlight will be in a large degree compensated for.
Sunlight may be strained by placing colour filters or glasses between the patient and the sun. In the absence of sunlight ordinary lamp may be used. A colour light bath is given in an incandescent Light Bath Chamber which has lamps of different colours and scientifically arranged switches. Whatever colour irradiation is needed for the patient, lamps of that colour are immediately fixed on to the chamber. The patient removes his clothing and sits inside the chamber. All the lights are then turned on and the chamber door is closed. The exposure lasts for 5 to 25 minutes, according to the condition of the patient. The wall reflections distribute all the light evenly to all parts of the body of the patient.
INFLUENCE OF COLOUR ON HEALTH
Chromotherapy is colour healing. Colour healing is a divine science. It is treatment of diseases by colour. Live, Love and Serve through colour.
Colour is a Divine Force. Colour is a food. Colour is born of sun power, the great energiser and comforter. Colour offers its comforts and services to man. How soothing is the influence of a green landscape, green pasture and a green curtain!
Light or colour is an actual substance. It is endowed with great power. It imparts power to the object which receives it. It vibrates with a tremendous velocity.
Colour exercises great influence on your health. It has a decided influence on your mental states and sense of well-being.
Colour establishes poise and harmony. It soothes and sustains. It heals and restores. Try to possess the wisdom of colour. Have a comprehensive understanding of the effects produced by the various colours if you wish to obtain successful results with the treatment by colour.
There is psychological influence of colours on account of their associations. Black and sombre colours suggest funerals and so have a depressing effect. Bright colours exercise a cheering influence because of their association with festivity and gaiety. Children jump in joy when they see festoons.
Light-rays are totally reflected by white and totally absorbed by black. Red, blue, green and other colours absorb all the rays except those of their own colour.
Red gives the thermal rays and is a warming colour. Red is a great energiser. It is the father of vitality. Red is heating. It warms the arterial blood and promotes circulation of the blood. It is desirable in cold or bluish conditions. Red is very rich in calorific rays. It is contra-indicated in inflammable and over-excitable conditions.
Red is a nerve stimulant. It is beneficial in chronic rheumatism, bronchitis, dysmenorrhoea, impotency and advanced cases of consumption. It s a great tonic.
Under the red light the red blood corpuscles multiply in the blood.
Red removes dormant or sluggish conditions. Red strengthens will power and courage. Red is useful in curing paralysis.
Spinach, red skinned fruits, red currants , red plums, red cabbage, chillies, etc. , radiate red rays.
Orange is warming and cheering. Red orange is the warmest of all. It is very beneficial in stimulating the blood and the nerves.
Chronic rheumatism, chronic asthma, bronchitis, gout, inflammation of the kidneys, gall stones, epilepsy, cholera and cessation of menstruation are cured by orange.
Orange skinned vegetables and fruits, carrots, pumpkins, oranges, apricots, mangoes, peaches, etc., radiate orange rays
Yellow ray is inspiring, vitalising and stimulating.
Banana , pineapple, lemons, yellow skinned fruits and vegetables radiate yellow rays.
Yellow is an effective treatment for all kinds of leprosy.
Yellow is useful in indigestion, constipation , flatulence, liver affections, diabetes , blind piles, eczema and other skin diseases, stomach troubles, nervous exhaustion, paralysis, eye diseases, stomach troubles, nervous exhaustion, paralysis, eye-disease, syphilis, and impotency. It stimulates the brain.
Green is the king of colours. It is a mild sedative. It is soothing and relieves pain. It is made up of blue and yellow. It preserves and strengthens the eye sight. It exercises a very soothing influence on the eyes and brain. It is useful in inflammations of the womb, hysteria, etc. In sexual irritability and involuntary seminal discharges the green light is used over the back and the lower spine.
Green is beneficial in syphilis, neuralgia, diseases of heart, blood pressure, headache , ulcers, cancer and influenza.
Blue is astringent, refrigerant, cooling, contracting, antiseptic, febrifuge, spasmodic, soporific and anti-inflammatory.
Blue contains the chemical or actinic rays. It is a better sedative than green. It relieves pain. It is a local anaesthetic, too. The blue light is useful in all fevers, skin diseases and old ulcers.
Blue is beneficial in painful menstruation, spasms, headache, toothache, fevers, goitre, hoarseness of voice, typhoid, cholera, epilepsy, hysteria, palpitation, vomiting, purging, dysentery, diarrhoea, jaundice, colic, biliousness, inflammation of the bowels, etc.
Indigo is cooling and astringent. It is a mixture of warming red and cooling blue.
Indigo is useful in pneumonia, bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma, consumption, indigestion, eye, ear and nose troubles, nervous complaints, leucorrhoea, hydrocele and diseases of the womb.
It is a stimulant of the highest ideals. It is stimulative to the intuitive, spiritual nature. Power of meditation increases if you meditate under the rays of the violet light.
Violet increases the red cells of the blood. It produces sleep in nervous conditions. It is useful I acute cases of tuberculosis.
Violet is beneficial in neuralgia, sciatica, epilepsy, rheumatism, cramps, cerebro-spinal meningitis, neurosis, etc.
His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati, served as Dr. Kuppuswamy in the rural rubber estates in Malaya between 1913 to 1922 prior to his monastic calling, bringing not only cures for ailment but also unsurpassed love and attention to the sick and needy.
His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati is the Spiritual Guru and Guide of His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswati, who founded SivaSanta Medical Services in 1981 as a charitable project of The Temple of Fine Arts. SivaSanta Medical Services took on the name to institutionalize the wisdom and contribution of her founder, His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswati and his Master, His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati.