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A Simple and an Effective way, by Kuldip Singh (Cincinnati, OH)

Founder of Sikh faith, 'App Narayan Kaladhar Kalyug mein parhare', showed this world a simple and effective way of  uplifting life just by following disciplines and  'Naam Simran'. Essence of life remains in simran instead of searching GOD thru other difficult means. By reciting BANI everyday one could open heart, steady mind, and connect to infinite conscience. GURBANI provides inner balance, grace, radiance and energy stopping all evil thought forms entering in mind.  Some of the Morale from Guru Nanak Sahibs teachings:

 One who looks on all people as equal, is religious. 
 None is Stranger, no one is enemy. 
 We reap as we sow. 
 Truth is higher than all but still higher is truthful living. 
 Truth is the remedy for all ills. 
 Nanak seeks the blessing of the truthful.  He who conquers his mind, may conquer the world

Mind-Body-Spirit Research

A study at Duke University will be the first in the country to attempt to examine and quantify the value of mind-body-spirit interventions for the treatment of chronic heart failure.  Use of prayer to heal?  Is it possible?   Data and Research only help in establishing controlled studies and scientific proof.  Read more on use of prayer and how it may contribute to a better outcome in cardiac patients.

The DUMC, along with the DCRI, is  involved in the Mantra study.  On July 18, the Medtronic Foundation announced a million-dollar Health Leadership Grant to DUMC. This grant will support the expansion of a program that provides access to traditional, mind-body-spirit, and complementary approaches to medicine for patients with chronic heart failure. The program will be the first in the country to attempt to examine and quantify the value of mind-body-spirit interventions for the treatment of chronic heart failure.

 Brain & Mind: E- Magazine on Neuroscience

Scientists are generally reluctant to combine experimental work with philosophy and usually reject consideration of possible theological implications of their studies. However, a few studies in this field have begun to appear. Saver & Rabin (2) found that clues to the neural substrates of religious experience, near-death experiences and the intake of hallucinogens may be deduced from limbic epilepsy (the limbic system is described as the emotional system of the brain). Ramachandran (3) reported that patients with temporal seizures (the temporal lobe is involved with many complex functions including emotion and memory) sometimes experience God and religious ecstasy during seizures and are intensely religious. Assal & Bindschaedier (4) reported a case of religious delusion in a 39-year-old woman who had suffered a head injury with right temporal concussion 13 years before.

Silvia Helena Cardoso, PhD
Editor-in-chief and founder, Brain & Mind


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