When I was training in India many years ago, whether you were seeing a palm reader, pulse reader, or palm leaf reader to gain insight into your health (future or past), you would always walk away asking how much of that reading was psychic or intuitive.
My Ayurvedic teacher, an expert pulse reader, would routinely tell someone about an injury or fall that took place in their childhood that was related to the seemingly unrelated health concern they were currently experiencing. When I would ask if he was psychic, he would laugh and say no, telling me that intuition is nothing more than the extension of logic.
Recently, neuroscientists at Cambridge University did an experiment with rhesus monkeys to determine if by observing another monkey’s behavior, the monkey could predict its future behavior. Researchers found that monkeys have two sets of neurons for learning. One set is based on what the monkey learns through its own experience and decision-making, while another set is dedicated to learning and making decisions based on observing repeated behavior of other monkeys: these are called simulation neurons.
The monkeys were able to predict the behavior, actions, and decision-making of another monkey simply by observing them. These predictions seemed to be intuitive or psychic, but were in fact conclusions based on observation using the newly discovered simulation neurons.1
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Predictions of the future, intuitive decision-making, or premonitions that help us avert dangerous situations turn out to be very real, very complex, and beyond the extension of logic. The study of intuition has become an area of new scientific investigation that has caught the eye of the Pentagon.
In 2014, the Navy funded a $3.85 million research project to explore military use of intuition and premonition for marines and sailors—something they call spidey sense. The Pentagon has set out to study the sixth sense and spread the powers of intuition through military units to maximize the power of spidey sense for operation use.2
Many soldiers have demonstrated life-saving intuition and premonition on the battlefield. One of the more famous was Vietnam vet Joe McMoneagle, who regularly avoided booby traps, land mines, punji pits, and ambushes with his sixth sense. He ability to avert danger using his intuition gained the confidence of his fellow soldiers and military unit and many chose to follow his lead.
In the Iraq War, Sergeant Martin Richburg used his intuition to avoid being blown up by an improved explosive device (IED). His intuitive sense alerted the soldiers of an impending attack and they took alternative action that saved lives. The CIA and Pentagon have studied these phenomena for decades, but today, with enhanced technology, the research has been re-enlivened.
The Power of Inner Transformation
The Veda of transformation is called dhanurveda or the Veda of the bow. This path offers tools for personal transformation, Ayurvedic Psychology, spiritual growth, and human potential.
As it is the Veda of transformation, it includes knowledge about warring and battle techniques than can elicit a complete transformation in a nation in either the glory of victory or the agony of defeat.
Before Vedic warriors go into battle, they must battle demons and attachments of the mind. Dhanurveda is the Veda aimed at the most powerful transformation of the mind, body, and emotions. The sixth sense or spidey sense is a requirement for a Vedic or spiritual warrior.
It is said that a Vedic warrior trained in dhanurveda is always alert and never able to be caught by surprise. During sleep, they are still fully awake and aware. They cannot be harmed by fire, water, air, metal, or earth—their senses are so intuitive that they always take action to avert danger before it comes.
Their inner peace, calm, and resolve allow right action and the benefit of all to be their driving force, with no attachment to the rewards of victory. Battle is an opportunity to hone the skills of staying centered in the eye of the storm, centered in the Self, not distracted by the battle itself. Being in battle for the right reasons without fear is a technique for reaching physical, mental, and spiritual potential.
In Vedic times, battles were fought for honor, righteousness, and integrity as a way to destroy evil—not for personal power, control, and greed. Before an army can fight for such high values, they must shed their personal attachment to worldly gains.
This is a process of learning to still the mind and function physically from this place of stillness. Training involves techniques like yoga, breathing, meditation, pratyahara, Ayurvedic psychology, critical self-analysis, and physical training techniques of the bow and other battle tools.
All these tools are not to learn how to kill others, but to kill the parts of ourselves that are not real. Killing the unreal, the illusion, is essential before going into battle. Going into battle unprepared and untrained in dhanurveda risks fighting for the wrong reasons—for victory, pride, greatness, and ego!
Our inner battle and outer battle are both aimed at destroying the unreal and non-truthful, while unveiling the truthful. Truth, from the Vedic science perspective, is that which never changes—the field of our own consciousness, a field of pure creative potential that remains silent and joyful inside all of us at all times. As a warrior, our job is to set it free.