Updated: Aug 5, 2019
I never anticipated in my wildest dreams that I will go this far. I started my Nirahara journey on April 14, 2019. I am writing this on July 23, 2019. It has been exactly 100 calendar days since I last ate any solid food. This has been the most exciting journey of my life and I am grateful to share it with you.
Let me start by thanking my Enlightened Guru - Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam. Without His intervention in my life, none of this would be possible. My life has been so enriched by Guru's grace that the only way I can relate with my old self is through compassion.
During the last 100 days, I have been re-introduced to my body, my mind, my happiness, what upsets me and what inspires me. The list of changes is long so I thank you in advance for taking the time to read.
1. Physiological Changes
Weight Loss: Let us start with the most obvious one. Weight loss with Nirahara is visible, undeniable, objective and becomes a positive reinforcement for you. Click the picture below for details on my weight loss.
Physical Healing: Your face, skin, hair, muscles, basically your entire body feels rejuvenated. As my guru describes it beautifully, sometimes it feels I have swallowed a joy pillow (in place of an acid pillow which is how it used to feel before Nirahara).
Age Reversal: My parents, wife and even my boss agrees I look at least 10 years younger after Nirahara. Thank God for my grey hair lest I would have to start my career again as a junior analyst. If someone hasn't seen you in a while, prepare for some shocking reactions and disbelief.
More Energy: I still need to fully understand the spiritual-scientific logic behind this. My energy levels have shot up significantly. Part of it is obviously related to weight loss but that doesn't fully explain it.
Less Sleep: There are only so many hours in a day and we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping. My guru says, if you are living without awareness, even during the day, you are only partially awake. After doing Nirahara, my sleep duration has decreased by around 90 minutes everyday!
2. Psychological Changes
Mind on a Leash: I always thought my mind is this solid identity I can do very little about. I was not able to control it, it controlled me. As my Guru calls it, an unenlightened mind is like a tantrum throwing child, always coming in the way of any positive life changes you try to bring about. After 100 days, I feel my mind is like a dog on a leash. I tell it which direction to take and not the other way around. You have to experience this feeling at least once in your life. I am sure there are more exciting higher levels to go from here.
More Intelligence: I think I was kind of smart before Nirahara (My wife would disagree completely here but whose wife wouldn't. They all think husbands are less smart than them. Of course you are right Honey in case you are reading this). After Nirahara, there is an increased level of coherence in my thinking processes. My guru describes it as your TPS coming down (Thoughts per second generating by your mind). This one is hard to explain and more experiential so more examples on this later.
Joy and Bliss: Don't get me wrong, I still display most negative emotions like anger, frustration, self-doubt etc. but the duration for which I hold on to these emotions has reduced drastically. None of these last longer than a few minutes no matter what the cause. Bliss and joy have become the baseline existence and other emotions are like temporary disturbances.
3. Overcoming Impossibilities:
If I had a nickel for every time people told me something to the order of:
"Stop this unscientific nonsense. This can not be done."
"Do you even know how calories work?"
"Do you even know how metabolism works?"
"This can't be healthy for you. Where will you get your nutrients?"
"This technique is fake."
"Your Guru is fake."
"You are fake."
I am joking on the last point. Nobody has said that yet but I know some will be tempted. It is all right. What people do is their Karma. What you do is your Karma.
4. Renewed Self Concept
Self Trust: My mind had let me down so many times that I had completely lost faith in my abilities. It was like death by a thousand cuts. Don't tell anybody this - I even failed on my first attempt at Nirahara. It only lasted 1.5 days. Now it is a completely different ball game. I am reliable and accountable to myself and to others.
Becoming Human: When you don't love and trust yourself, it is very hard for you to do it to others. Only when you start to realize your own potential, you start to see the immense potential in each person. I will turn 35 this year and only now I have really started to deeply experience some basic human qualities such as Love, Empathy, Compassion, Kindness and Acceptance. This also might be a function of TPS (thoughts per second) coming down.
5. Redefined Relationships
Marriage: I will be very honest here. I was super lazy before and my wife did most of the cooking for the family. We both really enjoyed food together but the problem was after too much eating, I would sit like a zombie and not have enough energy to pay attention to what is going on in her life. Our vacations, our travel, our trips to the market, practically our life was dominated by food. One meal to the next, planning and executing. The quantity of interaction as well as quality of the relationship have both flourished after Nirahara
Friendships: You will be surprised how many friends (and family members) are in your life simply because you eat together. They support your over-eating and you support theirs in the name of love and acceptance. After Nirahara only true friends who you connect with at a deeper level will remain around you. Your relationships will no longer be based on emotional dependence but mutual goal of achieving higher quality of living.
With Yourself: Through this journey, I have learnt so much about myself which I never paid attention to before. Most important thing I have learnt is that my personality is not fixed but fluid and I can take control over it and make what I want of it.
6. Three Extra Hours Everyday
Life is Busy: Who has the time? If you are having 3 meals a day and snacking in between, not to mention the time you spend on fantasizing what you will eat next meal, you are dedicating hours of your precious time just on food everyday. And for what - temporary satisfaction which only lasts 4-5 hrs or even less.
What will you do with 3 extra hours a day? In my personal experience, after 100 days of Nirahara, with time saved on meals and sleep, I have an additional 3 hrs everyday. I now have time to meditate, to help around the house, to learn new skills (like creating this website which I hope you like), to interact more with family and friends etc. I am much more available to people around me and to myself. You decide how you want to spend all that extra time.
7. Intense Awareness
Real Gift: This has to be one of the most important benefits and I sincerely think this is the Real gift my Guru intends to give to everyone through Nirahara.
Living in the Here and Now: Your awareness level - your ability to relate with what is happening here and now will increase significantly with Nirahara. I have started to experience what "Living in the moment" really means. I have realized increased Awareness, especially Restful Awareness where there are less thoughts (or no thoughts if you make prayer/meditation part of your daily routine) creates healing energy for your body, mind, being and also for others around you.
Heightened Senses and Fulfillment: Let me explain this with an example. One of my friends recently asked me, "Why should I give up on solid food? I love to eat." The argument makes a lot of sense but let us analyze deeply. If we love the food we eat why is it not satiating us? Why sometimes even after having a full meal of the best foods, we still feel dissatisfied? It is because we do not apply our full awareness even while eating. If you have ever fasted even for a day, you will understand how heightened your senses become to smell and taste. After 100 days of Nirahara, I can say two things - (1) With increased awareness, even simple liquids that I take taste intense (2) Each little sip brings immense satisfaction. The enjoyment I experience from drinking a cup of juice or soup now is more than I used to derive from a butter laden Indian style buffet.
As I walk on this path, I will continue to share my observations along the way. Your time is precious. Thank you very much for reading. I hope this enriches your life.