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Efforts to study the energy field (Aura) around objects or people with the help of machines or specific techniques have been going on for the past many years. A well-known study was conducted by the Russian inventor, Semyon Kirlian in 1939, who discovered what is now known as ‘Kirlian photography’. This technique creates an image on a photographic plate by sending voltage through a given object placed on the photographic plate, as seen in the below example.
Later Harry Oldfield, scientist and inventor researched the same technique and presented it in a new and easily handled form. This is known as ‘Polycontrast Interference Photography’, that is, PIP. Among the various energy field testing methods, polycontrast interference photography is known as a very effective method.
We conducted some experiments using the PIP technique with the help of Dr. Thornton Streeter, the founder of Centre for Biofield Sciences, their PIP specialist Dr. Aniruddha Gandhi, and their colleagues. We thank them for their invaluable help in conducting this research.
2. Information on the PIP technique
2.1 Actual use of the PIP technique
In the PIP technique, the object to be studied is exposed to white light that has the spectrum of seven colours (Rainbow spectrum). A specialised video camera takes photographs using various filters that get analysed by special PIP software. This software reveals details about the energy field on and around the object with pictures of varying shades and colours.
2.2 Basic principle about the PIP technique
Through specially developed software, PIP looks at photon (Light) interference and its changes in and around the body. This interference is generated when 100% white light (having all the seven colour wavelengths) falls on the energy field of the object or person. Depending on the density of the energy in the energy field, when the above type of light falls on it, various colour shades are generated as per the characteristics of the energy field. These colour shades are tested by the computer programme. These colour shades generated by the interference are invisible to the naked eye. The innovation is in the computer programming, which allocates a number to each specific grade or frequency of light and then recodes every number into the visible light range so we can see it. PIP uses software on a PC with a video feed and takes a scan of energetic and light interference. An image is generated live on a monitor where signals from the video camera are graded into clearly visible colours. Energy intensity differences can be distinguished that would otherwise be impossible to see with the human eye.
2.3 The different filters used
Various filters are used as per requirement so that certain shades of colour are not reflected in the picture. This makes the remaining shades more prominent. Due to this we can get more information about a specific colour shade, that is, about a point related to the energy field. The commonly used filters are given below along with an example of the picture generated using that filter of the same photograph.
The following image of H.H. Dr. Athavale's photograph is generated by using the Black/White filter of the PIP technique
The following image of H.H. Dr. Athavale's photograph is generated by using the PIP filter of the PIP technique
The following image of H.H. Dr. Athavale's photograph is generated by using the Monet filter of the PIP technique
The following image of H.H. Dr. Athavale's photograph is generated by using the Landscape filter of the PIP technique
2.4 Nature of information available from pictures generated by the PIP technique
In this technique, we study the energy field on an object and the surrounding energy field that is reflected as colour shades. The colour shades reflected in the picture generate change as per the filter used. The colour shades that indicate positivity (or positive vibrations) or negativity (or negative vibrations) depend on the filter used. In our experiments we focused on the comparative significant change in the negativity and positivity in the energy field on the object and surrounding energy field between a comparable control and the object or subject to be studied. The interpretation of the colour shades generated in the pictures changes as per the filter used. However the interpretation of the colour shades in the pictures generated by the first three filters used in this experiment (PIP, Black/White and Monet) is roughly the same. For example, the orange and red colours indicate negativity; whereas yellow, pink, green and blue signify positivity. In the pictures generated by the landscape filter, the brightness, contrast and presence or absence of black spots are the criteria considered when analysing the pictures.
3. The PIP set up and working
The complete PIP system comprises of a scanning environment including full spectrum light, a video camera to capture the image, a computer capable of running the PIP software, and a connection (lead) between the latter two components.
The general setting of the room where the experiment is conducted is as follows.
- The entire room is painted in white with a matte finish, an FSL (Full Spectrum Light, having rainbow spectrum) angled towards the subject with the high end about 2.65 meters high from floor and closest to the subject, and the low end 1.9 meters high at about a 35 degree angle.
- A uniform matte white raised platform for the subject to stand on; with the approximate dimensions of 10 cm x 52 cm x 52 cm; marked with a central line and position for the subject's feet to maintain standard clinical parameters.
- Subject about 2.25 meters distance from the camera.
In all our experiments, the pictures were taken without changing either the physical positioning or settings (e.g., aperture, speed, etc.) of the camera.
The experiments were conducted at the Centre for Biofield Sciences, Maharashtra Institute of Technology campus, Pune, India.
We used the PIP technique to compare the energy fields on and surrounding objects used by a Saint (H.H. Dr. Athavale) and comparable similar objects bought from the market, objects attacked by negative energies and comparable similar objects, pictures of Deities drawn by seekers under the guidance of H.H. Dr. Athavale and commercial pictures of corresponding Deities. We also conducted studies to compare the energy fields on and surrounding body parts such as hair, nails, handwriting, photographs of seekers at various stages of spiritual progress.
After analysing the pictures received using the various filters, we took the help of our subtle-knowledge section to understand what was happening in the spiritual dimension in the process. The following is an example of such a question.
In the comparative study of the picture of Deity Shiva made by seekers under the guidance of H.H. Dr. Athavale and a commercial picture of Deity Shiva, the energy surrounding the picture made by seekers showed an increase in positivity in the photographs taken using the PIP and Monet filters compared with the commercial picture. However, the reading of the photograph of the same picture taken by the Black/ White filter showed reduction in negativity, not more positivity, compared with the commercial picture as in the first two filters. What is the reason underlying this?
The answers given by the subtle-knowledge section enlightened us on a variety of topics. We will be sharing this knowledge in the article series on these experiments.