The 34th Generation Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk – Shifu Rajesh – is the Founder of Damo Shaolin Kungfu School in Delhi. ‘More Qi – Train Harder’ is the watchword of Shifu Kumar who acquired his diksha from the venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin, the current Abbot of the Songshan Shaolin Temple in Henan Province, China. He continues to regularly visit the Shaolin Temple till date to sharpen his skills and enhance his techniques.
The well-thought scheduling of the workshops – on the weekends – Saturdays, was another factor that allowed people to feel more relaxed. The workshops intended to enlighten people about healing lifestyle-related disorders with the practice of Qi Gong. Shifu Rajesh validated the therapeutic efficacy of this traditional martial art form not only by apprising about its 2500-year old lineage in Chinese medicine, but also his own personal research and experience with numerous cases.
Qi Gong is an ancient, time-honoured Chinese health care system. Its practice integrates physical postures and breathing techniques, developed by monks in deep meditation. ‘Qi’ is vital force or breath and ‘Gong’ is skill or achievement. It cultivates the prana or internal energy which revitalizes our organs and provides strength to our Jing (body), Yi (mind) and Shen (spirit). In the long-run, mental abilities like intelligence and memory will improve and physical stamina will get a real boost.
Qi Gong directly impacts the twelve meridians and the major organs of the body. The basis of the exercises is in line with the ancient theories intrinsic to traditional Chinese medicine of the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth) and the five internal organs (heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidney). Various ailments are the consequence of insufficient energy in any organ and by balancing energy, you become free of ailments. Regular practice helps cure chronic diseases like rheumatic arthritis, cancer, white water discharge, sinus, skin disorders, hormonal misbalance, diabetes etc. and bestows you with youthfulness and longevity.
Shifu Rajesh taught Li Ji Jui or the Six Sounds Qi Gong and the 12 Meridians Qi Gong in the three workshops. In the course of the workshops, he made the participants intuitively feel the flow of Qi energy within their bodies. The Six Sounds, in traditional Chinese wisdom, are associated with the six major organs of the body and help cure the disorders related to these organs. These organs further represent the six astrological planets in our horoscope. Therefore, practicing Li Ji Jui Qi Gong not only alleviates one’s physical and mental afflictions but also affects one's social and financial conditions for the better.
The sessions were interspersed with several other Qi Gong forms taught on the sidelines. The tapping techniques, for instance, cure joint aches and improve flexibility. Shifu also told about some vital points located on key areas of the human body like hands, feet, neck etc., which are internally connected to the major organs. Pressing the points enhances the health of these organs.
Open for direct consultation, people discussed their specific health issues with Shifu who delved deep into the problem, diagnosed it accurately and suggested the relevant Qi Gong as the remedy.
The underlying notion of the workshops was in line with the motto of the whole program – to provide an experiential based learning – and make people realize in real time, the healing potential of the recommended treatments.
Everyone meticulously undertook the combinations of steady, flowing movements along with rhythmic breathing under the constant directions by Shifu. Both dynamic and static movements were part of the sessions. Producing prescribed sounds was equally emphasized upon as sound is a crucial principle in Qigong. At the same time, one’s muscles should remain relaxed and the knees stay slightly bent during the movements. The diverse array of body postures have proven effects in aiding to harmonize one’s breath, mind and body. Still positions while focusing on inner breath movement were also taken up separately as a distinct set of practices.