“Chandrika, ask me any question from the course. I have prepared for the examination. I am ready to answer any question out of the syllabus.” Mr. ‘J’ said as I was filling up my glass with aromatic drinking water. I looked up perplexed as what to ask. I had not prepared for the exams yet which was going to held after two days. Moreover, I had read only one question by that time.
“Ask me any question, just any question.” He repeated.
I said, “What are different types of kriyas?”
He told, “For nasal cleaning, jalneti (Cleaning with water) and sutra neti (Cleaning with thread), for respiratory cleaning, kapalbhati, for food pipe cleaning, antar dauti. It is of four types plavini, kunjal kriya, agnisara and vastra dauti. Danta dauti (teeth), hrid dhauti (throat), moola shodana (rectum) cleaning are some more.”
He took a deep breath and said, “Abdominal churning, vama nauli, dakshina nauli and madhyam nauli for stomach cleaning. For cleaning of lower intestine, basti.........That’s all!”
“You forget to tell about eye cleaning, trataka.”
“Oh, yes. One is candle gazing.”
“Ya. Frontal gazing, gazing between the eyebrows and nasal gazing, gazing of the tip of nose.”
He repeated frontal and nasal gazing. He seemed to be impressed with my knowledge.
“Bye. I have to prepare for exam now.” I said.
“I have prepared only ONE question which I asked him and the rest of the course I have yet to go through!” I thought. “After talking to Mr. ‘J’, I was suffering severely from examination fever.”