Tejas- Light of Life

Posted by on Aug-15-2009

I recently read an article about the light emitting nature of the human body. Human body glows emitting a visible light of low intensity. This intensity too varies during different hours of the day.

The light so emitted is 1,000 times less intense than the levels, which our naked eyes can absorb. It also believed that this phenomenon is common to all living creatures. This is believed to be a byproduct of bio chemical reactions and it is different from infrared radiation.

Japanese scientists conducted experiments to learn more about this light. Five
healthy male volunteers in their 20s were placed bare-chested in front of
extraordinary sensitive cameras capable of detecting single photons, in complete darkness in light-tight rooms for 20 minutes every three hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for three days.

They observed the variations and found the body glow rose and fell over the day, with its lowest point at 10 a.m. and its peak at 4 p.m., dropping gradually after that. These findings suggest there is light emission linked to our body clocks, most
likely due to how our metabolic rhythms fluctuate over the course of the
day. Faces glowed more than the rest of the body. This might be because faces are
more tanned than the rest of the body, since they get more exposure to
The Japanese scientist is now thinking of utilizing the same light emission test to check the health of a person. They believe that a detailed study of this phenomenon can help in determining the health condition of a person, connecting it with the intensity of the light emitted.

The magazines have celebrated this as a great achievement. But little do they realize that, without the help of advanced cameras and other technical devices, Indian scholars had unfolded this truth 1000 of years ago.

Ancient Indian texts details the concept of ‘Tejas’ ( fire and light) and its relation with ‘Athma’ ( soul) and ‘Deha’/ (body). The physical and mental health affect the ‘Tejas’ of a person.

Ayurveda is also inspired by this concept and ‘Tejas’ was used as an indicator and medium to measure physical and mental health and to prescribe an appropriate treatment.

I would only like to say one thing to the Japanese, at this point of time.

You’re late for the show…

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