stay cool, gurus tell campaigning politicians
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Concentrate on the base of your
spine, focus on your breath and avoid spicy food. Thus go
the tips from gurus as their politician disciples get into
the heat and dust of electioneering in an Indian summer.
The men who tend to the spiritual needs of politicians are
suggesting restraint and introspection to tide over the rough
and tumble of changing political fortunes.
Vikram Mehta is a Delhi-based vaastu expert, numerologist,
tarot card reader, reiki master, healer and guru of sundry
politicians he declines to name.
He feels that politicians should meditate to cope with the
stress generated by election-related lifestyle changes, campaigns,
cut-throat competition, cutting edge decision-making and the
"They can either meditate or practise 'dhyana samadhi'
(concentration) by focusing on seven 'chakras' - the energy
points in the bodies. They must chant the word 'Om' as often
as possible to relax and tune inwards. The Sanskrit word -
an ancient incantation - generates positive energy,"
Mehta told IANS.
For stability, politicians must concentrate on their "muladhar
chakra" located at the base of the spine. "It makes
the politician stable, and also stabilises the party he represents,"
He explained that the positive energy produced by tuning into
the 'chakra' flows from the politician to the party he is
attached to and to the people with whom he interacts in the
course of his rallies and campaigns.
"The pure energy spreads goodwill, benefits the party
and keeps the immediate environment peaceful," Mehta
The body, said Mehta, has seven chakras - the sahasrara or
the crown chakra, ajna or the brow chakra, vishuddha or the
throat chakras , the anahat or the heart chakra, manipura
or the solar plexus chakra, svadisthana or the sacral chakra
and the muladhara or the base chakra.
"Concentrating on the chakras disconnects the politician
from the world and aligns his vibrations with that of the
cosmos. It breeds impartiality and detachment which allows
him to think objectively," Mehta said, adding it also
reduces errors in judgement.
Meditation master and stress therapist Yogi Anoop, who is
well-known in the Congress fraternity, has been advising his
clients to stay off spicy food.
"Diet should not generate heat or violence because the
politician essentially has to fight verbally with his opponents,
hurl abuses and rake mud during elections. It is important
to maintain emotional balance and restraint in speech so that
even the most provocative of verbal fights comes across as
sweet and non-violent," Anoop told IANS.
Politicians who stick to a bland vegetarian platter and plenty
of liquids during election are less prone to emotional excesses
than those who eat spicy and fatty food on the campaign trails
and in rallies, he said.
"Water therapy (one glass of water or fresh lemonade
every hour), a straight posture and a slow manner of speech
broken with commas, full stops and pauses are the three most
important health and lifestyle tips for poll-bound leaders."
Anoop recommends light breathing exercises and speech training
for politicians during elections.
"For instance, Atal Bihari Vajpayee's slow speech ensured
that he was able to speak longer in contrast to Narendra Modi's
violent burst of energy, facial stress and emotionally charged
speeches which drained his energy faster."
Over the past few years, more politicians have turned to spirituality,
observes Vikram Mehta.
"Attribute it to the media which frequently stresses
the importance of spirituality and alternative healing to
cope with stress. Many politicians seek inner transformation
to present a loving image to the people - to capture more
votes and to connect to their inner selves, which is not always
bad," he said.
Consultant psychiatrist Samir Parikh, the coordinator of the
Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Max
Healthcare in Delhi, said effective and healthy management
of stress ensures better "productivity", even for
"It does not mean that every politician must go for counselling.
An expert can provide unbiased and scientific mentoring or
guidance. After all, politicians are human beings and in the
lives of every human comes a moment which has a crucial impact,"
Parikh told IANS.
The election is one such moment.
(Madhusree Chatterjee can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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