I came across this video on Youtube and feeling interested decided to explore further. This is supposedly a newly evolved exercise routine which promises to improve the practitioner’s cranial capacity. Before clicking play I would like to tell you that 95 % of Indians would already be aware of this exercise… not as Superbrain Yoga but as a punishment or as a prayer to Lord Ganesh (God of knowledge and wisdom).
Western researchers, doctors and teachers are using this technique to enhance brain capacity of their students/ patients. When I was in elementary and primary school it was common for dull students to be punished. What was the punishment??? The under-performing students were made to hold their ears and do sit-ups.. precisely the same technique these researchers are trying to propagate. But I guess the teachers themselves were unaware that this type of activity is actually brain stimulant. One thing I must admire about our forefathers is their ingenuity in carefully camouflaging this procedure as a punishment and hand it down over generations. The same goes with repeating the procedure as obeisance for Lord Ganesh with a prayer for enhancing our knowledge… it actually enhances our brain power.
It is true that we Indians (Hindus) tend to be a little blind when it comes to following religious practices and ignore documenting the science part of it. Those who are exposed to the black or white western thought find it fashionable to deride everything that is associated with Hinduism. These so-called intellectuals have time and again laughed at ritualistic practices such as these, without bothering to find out what is the reason behind the practice.
Well! now this practice is being made popular through research studies (by westerners of course) and one smart scientist will patent the process and say he/ she discovered the same. The claim of Hindus that this was being followed as part of a ritualistic practice will be drowned out by the glare of media spotlight on the scientist and the “discovery” will be praised by Indian atheists, who will blindly owe allegiance to science. And people will continue to look down condescendingly upon Indian (particularly Hindu) religious practices will have a better understanding, I hope.