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The Benefits Of Reiki Therapy

Updated on August 03, 2016
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Rajan is a major in Botany and Chemistry. Has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years of his career breeding layer & broiler parents.

About Reiki Therapy

Reiki is a Japanese healing therapy that heals the body by reducing stress and promoting relaxation. The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words.

  • Rei, meaning Universal or Higher power
  • Ki, meaning Life force energy

So, it can be said that Reiki therapy is, in fact, the transfer of spiritually guided life force energy.

This transfer of energy is done by the "laying on" of the hands and thus this therapy can also be called healing touch therapy. Reiki therapy channelizes this life force energy into the Chakras (the body's principal energy centers), through the hands.

Some Reiki practitioners, however, do not place their hands on the body of the clients but keep them some inches away from the body and let the energy flow.

Though Reiki has a spiritual connection, it is not a religion. It does not require faith in it for it to work.

Mikao Usui - The Founder Of Reiki

Mikao Usui - The founder of Reiki
Mikao Usui - The founder of Reiki | Source
Chujiro Hayashi
Chujiro Hayashi | Source

Branches Of Reiki & History Of Reiki

There are 2 main branches of Reiki.

  • Traditional Japanese Reiki
  • Western Reiki

The main difference between these 2 branches is that Western Reiki relies more on the systematic placement of hands while Traditional Japanese Reiki involves use of intuitive skills in knowing where to place the hands.

Reiki was developed by a Japanese named Mikao Usui in 1922. While undergoing a 21 day Buddhist training course, Isyu Guo, Mikao Usui is believed to have been endowed spiritual powers and knowledge by way of some mystical revelation. He called this Reiki.

One of Usui's students Chujiro Hayashi, developed his own system of Reiki, based on the original Usui Reiki but made simpler, both in teachings and techniques. He laid more emphasis on physical healing.

Hawayo Takata, a Japanese American was initiated into Reiki by Chujiro Hayashi and after she became a Reiki Master, she returned to Hawaii and set up various clinics teaching and treating people all over the United States. To her goes the credit of spreading Reiki in the West.

To make Reiki more understandable and agreeable to the Western world, Takata modified the Traditional Japanese Reiki and developed the Western Reiki.

The 7 chakras

The 7 Chakras
The 7 Chakras | Source

Reiki Attunements

Reiki is a simple technique to learn. In fact, Reiki is not taught in the traditional sense of the term as it is transferred from the teacher or master to the student by a process called "attunement". Attunement is a process of passing on a special ability that enables the student or learner to tap into the infinite life force energy of the Universe or Higher Power.

Reiki Levels

There are 3 levels or degrees in Reiki going from level 1 to 3. Each attunement leads to a higher level of healing.

  • Level I or Shoden in Japanese

It is a one day class and is the foundation for all other levels of Reiki. Basic hand placement positions for self treatment and treating others are taught in this level.

A number of attunements are given to the students. The students are made to give self treatment and others in the class as well.

The attunement received is permanent. After completing level I, a Reiki practitioner can treat himself and others with Reiki.

  • Level II or Okuden in Japanese

One has to apply for advancement to level II but the Reiki master has to be confident that the student is ready to move on to this level.

In level II Reiki, Reiki symbols are taught and their meaning explained. It is necessary to kniow how to draw them and know the power each one has.

The student also receives attunements which raise his power of healing. In this level, sending distance healing with the use of symbols is taught and after achieving level II one can send distance healing to friends, family even animals.

Some teachers suggest that there should be a 3 months' experience of treatment with Reiki after achieving level I. At the minimum, a student should have at least a 3 week experience of treating with Reiki, after reaching level I.

  • Level III / Master Level or Shinpiden in Japanese

After completing this level a student achieves the Reiki Master status. This level empowers one to have the full Reiki energy at one's disposal. A Reiki Master can attune other people to Reiki as well as teach the 3 levels.

This level takes a much longer time to achieve which may be from a few months to over a year. After achieving this level Reiki becomes an integral part of one's life.

There are 2 types of Master Reiki.

  • Master Teacher - One who teaches (attunes) Reiki and practices Reiki (treatswith Reiki) as well.
  • Master Practitioner - One who only practices Reiki (treats with Reiki) but does not teach Reiki.

Reiki Benefits

Reiki can heal the physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual aspect of a person. It can treat both acute and chronic disease. However, in case of terminal illness, Reiki treatment can give peace, relieve pain and offers a better quality of the remaining time.

Reiki improves inner harmony and balance and promotes a feeling of well being, reduces stress and enhances relaxation, makes immune system strong, increases energy levels, improves blood circulation, cleanses internal organs, speeds up recovery process after surgery or illness, aids in better sleep.

Reiki can be used to heal simple conditions like injuries, headaches, pains, colds and benefits in the more severe ones like addictions, asthma, AIDS, heart disease and cancer.

Concluding Remarks

In conclusion, it can be said that Reiki therapy can safely be taken by anyone irrespective of age or health condition,a believer in this system or a non believer from any strata of society. It can also be taken along with any other treatments or medicines being taken.

No special equipment is needed to give or take Reiki therapy. No force or concentration is required on the part of the patient.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

What Is Reiki

Reiki Hand Positions

Reiki Symbols

How To Perform A Reiki Attunement

© 2013 Rajan Singh Jolly

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      You aced this one as usual, Rajan.

      There are some Masters who divide Reiki in 3 levels and then a MAster's level. I am currently working on my Master's.

      Voted up and sharing it across.

      Useful and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Wonderful hub! Sharing this!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Ruchira,

      You are right, some masters do make the reiki learning a 4 level affair. Glad to know you are into your Master's level. Appreciate your visit and sharing. Thanks.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Audrey,

      Glad you like this info on Reiki. Appreciate the visit and share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never heard of this; thank you for enlightening me my friend. Excellent hub!

      blessings,

      bill

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Bill,

      Glad to offer you some new info. Appreciate your visit. Have a nice day my friend.

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      D Shannahan 4 years ago from Everywhere Man!

      rock on brother

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Interesting to find a therapy for both physical and spiritual benefits. "Simple technique" and "no special equipment" are a plus. Thanks for sharing.

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      As always, I am drawn to your subject matter, Rajan! I enjoy reiki and find it extremely relaxing. There is much I need to learn about it, however, and your hub was helpful in the regard. Best Regards,

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. Actually I had learn about reiki before. I usually use symbols for healing. I found something great about Reiki from this hub. Start from the history, Reiki levels and the benefits of Reiki. I also enjoy the videos. Good job, brother. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      I have a big admiration for Japan and it's culture even if they 're still a lot to learn actually. I never heard before about reiki for example...

      thanks for the hub Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ D Shannahan - thanks and have a wonderful day.

      @ Msdora - glad you found it interesting and useful. Thanks for visitingand have a gud day.

      @ Graham - nice to have your feedback. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice day.

      @ prasetio - thanks for such kind words my friend. I appreciate your visit and nice to know you enjoyed the hub. Have a great day.

      @ Mike - feels good to have provided you some useful info and really appreciate your stopping by and commenting. I do hope you have a wonderful day.

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      Harsha Vardhana R 4 years ago from Bangalore

      Long back, I had undergone 2 courses . But practice faded over time.

      Your hub inspires me to revise!

      At least "Just for today" principle, I would start immediately

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Great hub Rajan, very informative and interesting. I have learnt something new from this. Thanks for sharing. VOTED UP and Shared

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Great hub rajan, we used to have a girl in our office who would do reiki on us in the dinner hour to relax us, it was really good, voted up and shared! nell

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Dilip - thanks for reading and sharing.

      Nell - Good to know Reiki worked for you. Thanks for the visit and share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Dilip - thanks for reading and sharing.

      Nell - Good to know Reiki worked for you. Thanks for the visit and share.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome tips here Reiki is a unique way of relaxing and feeling good., and has so many benefits I didn't know of thanks for informing me.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Nice job on this Hub. Very informative. I'm going to look into this further for health issues I have.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Very interesting hub rajan. I knew nothing about Reiki before reading this. Thanks. Up and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This really explained a lot to me about reiki. I have had a few treatments. Actually several years ago when I had a painful leg..And it really helped. thanks for the great explanation. Voting up and sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Yes Devika, Reiki is a simple way to stay well. Thanks for reading.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Yes Devika, Reiki is a simple way to stay well. Thanks for reading.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Yes Devika, Reiki is a simple way to stay well. Thanks for reading.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @Rebecca,thanks for stopping by. I hope you give this therapy a try.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ GTF - thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the info.

      @ Carol - I hope you do keep up the practice of Reiki. Does not take much time everyday. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thank you you so much for this education in Reiki, an alternative therapy of Japanese source. I have heard of this and spoken to someone who submits to this therapy. She has been quite satisfied with the results.

      I am always interested in the information you share with us, rajan, it is wonderful....UP+++

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Paula,

      Reiki is an effective alternate health therapy and I'm glad to have a positive feedback from you regarding its benefits. Thanks for the compliments and I appreciate your continued support to my hubs.

      Have a nice day!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am a big believer in proper balance in the body's life force and energy. After reading this, it appears this is the basis for Reiki. I found this very interesting Rajan.

      True balance of mind, body and soul.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Reiki is about balancing these three aspects of a person's existence. Thanks for stopping by.

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      alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'd heard about reiki but was quite unfamiliar with it. Thanks for the introduction. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Aurelio. Glad to know you found this useful.

    • loksmi 3 years ago

      I've undergone the first level training, but I've not practiced it then. Do you practice Reiki regularly, Rajan? I just want to know if we can really treat someone else using Reiki. It is said that WE CAN. I just need someone who can confirm this with their own experience.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      No lokmi. I haven't been able to practice it much now but it is very much possible to treat. Thanks for reading.

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      Healing Herbalist 3 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      My husband was sick for months, and the doctors could not find what was wrong. He went for a reiki treatment, and got better. He is now a reiki master! Great hub!

    • loksmi 3 years ago

      thanks :)

      It's not that I don't trust Reiki. I'm just too curious to know and it would be exciting to see it in real when someone gets cured. I'll soon start practicing Reiki again

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ cloverleaffarm - this is so good to hear and am glad for you! Thanks for stopping by.

      @ loksmi - you have the answer in cloverleaffarm's comment. It does work. You just need to get practicing it now. Thanks.

    • loksmi 3 years ago

      @rajan yes :)

      @cloverleaffarm thank u so much for confirming the effectiveness of Reiki :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks loksmi.

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Quite similar to the hub I published in 2008. Still, some good information here so voted up. Are you attuned to Reiki yourself?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Sue. I'm not practicing Reiki regularly now though I wish to.

      Appreciate the visit and comments.

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      It never goes away Rajan. You could just pick up where you left off. Thanks for visiting my hubs.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Sue. I will. It's just that I've hard pressed for time for a while now. So thoughtful of you. I appreciate it.

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      This is a well written and informative Hub! I heard about Reiki a while back from a friend who has had some success with treatments. I wanted to try it, but was not sure exactly how it worked. Now I have a much better understanding. Thanks for sharing, I voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Lisa, it's good to know this hub made you understand what Reiki is all about. Thanks for the read and vote.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Rajan, as with all your hubs this one is filled with so much good information. I have heard about Reiki and have friends who are involved with it as teacher and patient both.

      Thank you for this enlightening hub, though I have heard much about it I didn't know that much about it. You have provided that background. Your selection of videos is a perfect compliment to a perfect hub.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Mary,

      It is good to know this hub have been both interesting and useful in that it has enhanced your understanding of Reiki. Thanks for reading and appreciating.

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      Excellent, useful information regarding Reiki therapy. Once again you have provided readers an invaluable education, Rajan.

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      Healing Herbalist 3 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      When my husband fell ill, Reiki is the only thing that made him better. The doctors gave up on him. He is now a RMT, and I am working on my masters. It's a great healing modality. Wonderful hub. Voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @LKMore-thank you.

      @cloverleaffarm-this is a great input and should set at rest many apprehensions about the effectiveness of Reiki. Thank you.

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      Kristi Niedzwiecki 2 years ago from Western Chicago Suburbs

      Very concise and informative. I just wrote my little Reiki article, but I like how you organized the information. Thank you

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks ChiGym. I'm glad you liked the presentation as well.

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      Harsha Vardhana R 2 years ago from Bangalore

      Thank you, Rajan!

      Today, one of my friends called me (after a long time) and informed me about a Reiki Course! I have decided to register and attend and practice sincerely!

      15 years ago, I had cleared 2 levels but didn't continue the practice after I got some quick benefits!

      May I request you for your blessings for my course and sincere practice!

      Regards,

      Harsha

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I wish you all the best for this course and hope you complete it successfully. Practice is most important in Reiki. Keep at it Harsha.

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      Rebecca 2 years ago from USA

      I am looking into courses myself now! I'm having a session next week first though. This was a great hub, very useful and informative.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bishop55, glad you could find info here that you could use. I appreciate your visit and comments.

    • swetagrawal 2 years ago

      I had taken attune reikibefore 15 years but not practise should I take the attunement again or practise is enough

    • Carla 2 years ago

      I felt the info on Reiki was well done. I have been a Master for 14+ years and have received many benefits for myself as well as working with clients.

      The Reiki symbols r still considered, for traditional Practioners. To be sacred. I'm ways a bit disturbed when I see people freely giving these out. That was not the intention of Dr. Usui nor any of the persons he personally attuned.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Added to my understanding. Thanks for this effort.

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      mbwalz 24 months ago from Maine

      This is a good over view of Reiki. I am a level 2 healer. My only concern (and you would not have known) is your inclusion of the video showing the sacred symbols. While they are meaningless to the un-attuned, they were never meant to be made public, but reserved only for those who practice Reiki. But thank you for your intelligent and thoughtful presentation.

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      MizBejabbers 19 months ago

      I was glad to read the comment about the 4 levels because although my training was several years ago, I was certain that I'd had 3 levels of training. Because the symbols got so complicated I never have finished memorizing them for the 3rd level so I can proceed on to my masters level. As a result, I basically practice on second level right now. I wish I'd learned this when I was young and my memory was nearly photographic.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      MizBejabbers, It is a 3 level training though some make it 4.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      mbwalz, thanks for stopping by. I agree these symbols were kept a secret for a long time but like everything the net has made them universally known. However does it make a difference in its efficacy? What's your view?

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      Shaloo Walia 11 months ago

      Reiki has always intrigued me and this hub provided the answers to many of my questions. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 11 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Am I glad to hear that, Shaloo? It certainly makes me happy to see you found answers to some of your questions in this hub. Thank you so much for appreciating.

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