How meditation controls stress? 

Evolution gifted us many qualities, among them the most significant one is known as stress. During stress our heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and our senses become sharper and many body functions like digestion and etc. stops. These physical changes increase our strength & stamina, fast our reaction time, and enhance our focus to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.

Stress is primarily a physical response. when we feel stressed, internally some changes take place. The body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight or freeze’ mode. Sometimes it is internal. When we have unnecessary thoughts,  imagination, anger, anxiety, illness, diatery problems and etc. Our body releasing  a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical actions. This stress hormones in the long run develop heart disease, diabetes and etc.

Earlier we got no ideas, about how brain functions during meditation. Recent study with the help of new technological instruments researchers  made functional MRI scans in short fMRI on a meditating person and,  found amazing results. 

It has been observed that our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would. 
In Stress reliving meditation,  we are focusing to a single object, or vibration and this eliminates other thoughts and information gathered in our brains,  make us stress free. 

In ‘Joy Tantra Meditation’, exercise is carried on a focus point, which actually blocks incoming thoughts and inward information. This makes the meditation technique an unique mechanism to kill stress instantly. 

Sourced by Anandadhara Stress Management programme, http://www.anandadhara.org/stressm.html

Astral Projection, is a myth? 

Many of us heard about Astral Projection, what is this? In Spiritual world it refers as wilful movement of soul from the sleeping body, and which can perform many unimaginable things like traveling, watching, information gathering, observing and so on. 

Is it really possible to make wilful movement from the sleeping body? There are any evidence of such an incident? 
During British Raj, in India there was a famous Yogi, living. His name was Shyama Charan Lahiri. He was prominent spiritual Guru and famous in all over the world as Lahiri Mahashay. 

He was a senior Clarke in a Railway company. One day, his British boss told him that he was very much anxious to know the news about his wife. When he left London for India, then his wife was sick. Shyama Charan, sat on meditation and travelled to his wife using wilful spiritual movement and found her, that she was sailing to India with good health. After meditation, he told his British boss, that his wife was in good health and coming to India. After this incident the boss’s wife arrived to India, and watching Lahiri Mahasaya she told that, saw him before in front of her cabin on ship deck. This is a well-known story among the spiritual world in India. 

How this astral projection happens, what ancient text described? 
The Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and many other religions believe that, we have two bodies. One is called sthulo Sharir (outer body) and sukkho Sharir (inner body). The person who practices meditation in advance, level can wilfully bring out the sukkho Sharir or tiny body in English from the big or outer body. They can perform the outward movement using nose, top of head,  ear or chest and can venture unknown faster than light. During this phenomenon the body gets stuck,  type of paralysis taken over. It has been instructed that during this, no one is allowed to touch the meditator. If anyone does, then the person in meditation can collapse or even die. 

If any one wants to do this then he or she needs to learn tantra style meditation, which involves imagination, visualization, and maneuvering techniques. Without this sometimes, it happens automatically or accidentally. And without proper knowledge tiny body moves out, and get puzzled. During this period some bad and troubled tiny body can get inside the outer body and disturb the inner system of consciousness. Then he or she performing projection can visualize demon, unimaginable things and this may harm mentally or physically. 
It is always recommended that one should learn Tantra style meditation under a Teacher. A teacher can train the proper ways of Astral Projection, without harming body, soul and consciousness.