The perfection of a being, or its instrument, necessarily depends upon the degree of the evolution of the twelve senses. Go through the same procedure with left arm swinging the same twelve times in a circular motion then clench fist and touch the floor in front of you as you did with the right. If the chair proves too high, place a book under the feet that they may be raised to the desired position. When taking this exercise, you may as well use the drawing up of water into the nostrils and throw it out through the same or spit it out through the mouth. Note the current of breath going in and out, with the eyes steadied upon the cent.
In systematic, concentrated breathing, you not only breathe in oxygen for the purification and furtherance of the circulation of the blood, but you also take into your being Ga-Llama, the centralizing life principle, although unconscious of it because of the inability to discover its presence by the aid of any instrument. Originally published by Yale University Press in 1963 as a limited silkscreen edition with 150 color plates, Interaction of Color first appeared in paperback in 1971, featuring ten color studies chosen by Albers, and has remained in print ever since. Shoulders are Thrown gently back and drooping just a little; hands resting upon lower limbs, elbows touching the hip bone, thumbs thrown out in form of a V, fingers drawn out without directly touching each other. The comprehension of all things, whether they be of a religious nature, philosophic, scientific, or otherwise, depends upon the understanding or the degree of development of brain functions, which reveals a sense condition correspondingly. Purity of body will produce purity of mind, and the ideas flowing therefrom will be of an elevating nature. Keeping the mind upon the work before one, entertaining ideas of the highest possible nature pertaining to food values, mastication, and assimilation, we shall find that one-half of the regular ration to which we are accustomed, will satisfy us, gradually decreasing the quantity until the least morsel will furnish all the material required for soil substance by our organic system for the perpetuation of cell formation.
Following the first section of the book is a selection of found texts and images on the belief and history of Mazdaznan, which is pretty interesting. Take walks in the open air and keep your eyes and ears open to everything with which your senses come in contact. O Man, revere the language of the thought, live not in vain nor let thy works be nought; Our God, our God our God is God within. As you get clearer sight, you will know it all for yourselves. As you follow out these instructions you will more fully understand why at present you possess only the Mother Breath, which Breath, being limited, decrees the time of earth life in accordance with the capacity of Breath entertained by the mother at time of conception. There are things we can intrust to others. No weight is to be allowed to rest upon the heels.
Remain self-centered, and endeavor to have a happy feeling and a cheerful disposition by singing or humming a tune or whistling some melody which you like. We love to wander by the river side, there in perfect solitude to draw into our starving nature the sweet breezes of life-giving air currents. Thus it is that a person apparently in perfect health may be called to Abraham's bosom whether prepared or not to meet the Great Gatherer beyond the mystic portals. The physical breath simply retains the oxygen necessary for the purification of the blood, thus relieving it of carbon and aiding in the furtherance of circulation. That peculiar warmth is caused by the generation of electric force in the nervous system, and that cool, fanning sensation felt about the body is the magnetic circles emanating from the inmost soul. Since it is your body, it is for you to become acquainted with its operations. Never enter into controversy, whatever the nature of the subject, whether economic, political, philosophic, scientific, social or religious.
Thus day by day you will lay a foundation that will insure perfect health, long life, clear mind, expanded brain capacity, all of which will make life worth living. By sitting down and concentrating on money we find that it will not come unless we get a move on us to get it, if to get money be our aim. The operator may not understand the multiplicity of the tones or the number required to make the music harmonious, but if the keys themselves are properly tuned he can always learn to operate them—some sooner than others— but they all will learn. They can be acquired by diligent work and concentrating upon their true nature. Do not take it for a half hour after meals.
It will help in concentrating your mind that you may take a more proper attitude in the observation of your labor, but the main point is your taste will become more refined, more sensitive, thus enhancing the sense of smell, which is accomplished in part by the preceding exercise. In, out; in, out; in, out, six or more times; and then when you have emptied the lungs with a long out, you are ready to inhale according to the instructions for the exercise. In this position you will notice that ideas of a drifting nature no longer have a hold upon your mind, and you are in the right position to concentrate, as the whole secret of success in the unfoldment of knowledge lies in the ability to concentrate. Inhale again, which will be the seventh time, you bring arms back again to their original position with fingertips facing but not touching. The first thing you owe to yourself is to tune up the instrument, the body, by such means as will insure immediate results beneficial to your being. You could run up and down stairs all day long and consider it a pleasure, even feel as if you would like to glide down the banister, you are so happy, so light. To make this exercise plainer, so that no one may err, your attention is called to the fact that the Individual Breath requires the inhalation of seven seconds, and the exhalation of an equal period.
While inhaling this Breath of life, with eyes steadily centered upon the object before you, concentrate your mind functions upon the Breath itself, following the current of Breath mentally as it enters the nostrils, along the air tubes into the lungs, and as it expands the chest and diaphragmatic region. When not engaged in manual labor, attend to the cultivation of the mind. Ga-Llama is not the Logos of the Greek, or the spirit of the modern philosopher. The Swiss artist and teacher Johannes Itten was a devout Mazdaznan and its exercises were an essential part of his courses at the Bauhaus. Otoman Zar- Adusht Ha'nish in Chicago at the start of the twentieth century, Mazdaznan was a religion and way of life.
Hope is renewed—you feel once more revived, restored to a nobler consciousness of your being. In this position you will notice that ideas of a drifting nature no longer have a hold upon your mind, and you are in the right position to concentrate, as the whole secret of success in the un-foldment of knowledge lies in the ability to concentrate. Whatever surplus electric force is generated through the work of breathing the system will store in the spleen for future cases of emergency, to supply the demand in time of need. Above all things, do not allow yourself to be given to criticism or to criticise, as all such symptoms are the effects of a deep-rooted disease. As soon as you begin to feel the chair move before you, and your knees show the tendency to get above the floor, release the hands at once from the chair and stop the exercise for that day. There are times when we feel like giving up, and then again times when we feel encouraged, and this encouragement is due to the inspiration received while in a state of relaxation, although we have not been conscious of it. Feet are separated, toes about five to seven inches apart, heels only one or two inches, thus forming the letter V.
The sense of sight plays a very important part in the formation of ideas and judgment. The whole position is perfectly erect, with all the muscles relaxed, but spinal column firm. Think it mentally, first more rapidly, then later on, lengthen the time until you cover the space of seven seconds for each inhalation and each exhalation; then rest one second before repeating. They know they can prove that by their exercising they are developing the muscles as well, although no particular attention to their development is given. Mental depression can exist only when there is an organic derangement, the latter being possible only where there is insufficient intelligence for functional action.
What must be done, then? The study of science will not put your body aright. The training of the body as an instrument of the mind is of the greatest importance for creative man. This Ga-Llama is the very foundation of your existence, and fills all Zarvan Akarana. When it pains you to take long, full breaths, you prove thereby the lack of lung development, and you will have to make it a point to breath more fully oftener during the day, and even such physical breathing cannot be done properly unless you allow your body to be perfectly free from all pressure. It will illumine your mind, warm your heart, set into ecstacy, as it were, your physical functions. The six chapters concentrate on: 1. Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha'nish in Chicago at the start of the twentieth century, Mazdaznan was a religion and way of life.