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Daily Prayachchit for Five Slaughterhouses At Home

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Such a level of sensitivity Sanatana Dharma teaches. 5 places at every home work like a slaughter houses. Dharma considers these actions as bounding. Imagine the Karmic impact of animal slaughter. Unfortunately mindless ignorance of modern Indian has no solution 🙁.

Due to Tamas of Kaliyuga, sacrifices and prayachchit are forgotten. Forget about animal slaughter, day to day slaughters in kitchen are enough to cause obstacles in spiritual journey. Cause of many Tamsik actions around us.

Pati-Patni should become more alert about their actions and perform their duties to avoid karmic consequences.

Small but critical duty. Take care. Spread it in your sensitive family. This is the way we can turn pages of Kaliyug into Satya yug 🙂. there is no magic wand but our karma 🙂. (Y)
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तासां क्रमेण सर्वासां निष्कृत्यर्थं महर्षिभिः ।
पञ्च क्ल्प्ता महायज्ञाः प्रत्यहं गृहमेधिनाम् । । ३.६९[५९ं] । ।

In order to successively expiate (the offences committed by means) of all these (five) the great sages have prescribed for householders the daily (performance of the five) great sacrifices.

अध्यापनं ब्रह्मयज्ञः पितृयज्ञस्तु तर्पणम् ।
होमो दैवो बलिर्भौतो नृयज्ञोऽतिथिपूजनम् । । ३.७०[६०ं] । ।

Teaching (and studying) is the sacrifice (offered) to Brahman, the (offerings of water and food called) Tarpana the sacrifice to the manes, the burnt oblation the sacrifice offered to the gods, the Bali offering that offered to the Bhutas, and the hospitable reception of guests the offering to men.

पञ्चैतान्यो महाअयज्ञान्न हापयति शक्तितः ।
स गृहेऽपि वसन्नित्यं सूनादोषैर्न लिप्यते । । ३.७१[६१ं] । ।

देवतातिथिभृत्यानां पितॄणां आत्मनश्च यः ।
न निर्वपति पञ्चानां उच्छ्वसन्न स जीवति । । ३.७२[६२ं] । ।

He who neglects not these five great sacrifices, while he is able (to perform them), is not tainted by the sins (committed) in the five places of slaughter, though he constantly lives in the (order of) house (-holders).

But he who does not feed these five, the gods, his guests, those whom he is bound to maintain, the manes, and himself, lives not, though he breathes.

All verses from Chapter 3 of Manu Smriti

Yagnopavit, GUT Microbes, Vagus Nerve

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Gut, Vagus nerve and mind cotnrol
Gut, Vagus nerve and mind cotnrol

We discussed this last week. We are guest and they are host. They control our lives and we facilitate.

How could they send messages -> Using vagus nerve.

How do you control messages? By controlling vagus nerve.

What can help to control vagus nerve so that you are always in good mood? Yagnopavit (जनेऊ). When we encircle ear during urination or passing stool, we control Vagus nerve. And by that we control internal movement of GUT so no excess Apana Vayu is exchanged with environment.

Yagnopavit and Vagus nerve
Yagnopavit and Vagus nerve

“Microbes have the capacity to manipulate behavior and mood through altering the neural signals in the vagus nerve, changing taste receptors, producing toxins to make us feel bad, and releasing chemical rewards to make us feel good,”

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About VAgus nerve

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Gut controlled mind
Gut controlled mind

The vagus nerve supplies motor parasympathetic fibers to all the organs except the suprarenal (adrenal) glands, from the neck down to the second segment of the transverse colon. The vagus also controls a few skeletal muscles, notable ones being:

Cricothyroid muscle
Levator veli palatini muscle
Salpingopharyngeus muscle
Palatoglossus muscle
Palatopharyngeus muscle
Superior, middle and inferior pharyngeal constrictors
Muscles of the larynx (speech).

This means that the vagus nerve is responsible for such varied tasks as heart rate, gastrointestinal peristalsis, sweating, and quite a few muscle movements in the mouth, including speech (via the recurrent laryngeal nerve). It also has some afferent fibers that innervate the inner (canal) portion of the outer ear (via the auricular branch, also known as Alderman’s nerve) and part of the meninges. This explains why a person may cough when tickled on the ear, such as when trying to remove ear wax with a cotton swab.

Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?

http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/08/116526/do-gut-bacteria-rule-our-minds

In an Ecosystem Within Us, Microbes Evolved to Sway Food Choices

A Power Struggle Inside the Gut

Bacterial species vary in the nutrients they need. Some prefer fat, and others sugar, for instance. But they not only vie with each other for food and to retain a niche within their ecosystem – our digestive tracts – they also often have different aims than we do when it comes to our own actions, according to senior author Athena Aktipis, PhD, co-founder of the Center for Evolution and Cancer with the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF.

 

The Hindu(Sanatana) respect for food offering Organisms

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Prayer to Forest Devata
Prayer to Forest Devata

There is age-old argument by meat consumers. Plants also have life.
Yes, true. They too are living beings. So, it is important to treat them like living beings.

Pluck not the growing flower or a fruit at the beginning of growth. And never destroy or uproot them ever like you kill animals.
Pluck the dead ones or almost on death-bed. And before plucking, get a permission from Vanaspti devata.

A truly devout Hindu would never ever heedlessly injure the slightest object that had life. Slaughter is a distant reality. A tree is as much a manifestation of the divine wisdom as the man himself is. Devas engaged equally in the creation process of a flower, fruits and other parts of the trees.

When we through thoughtlessness or ignorance or arrogance of being superior organism, injures these divine works, incurs anger and the ill-will of elemental workers (Devas).

Therefore, a Hindu (=Dharmik) in plucking a flower or cutting a twig, prays to the supreme and asks the permission of the industrious devata(s) who have manifested divine wisdom in different forms. He does not only recognize divine labour and appreciate their work but also asks for goodwill and blessings.

आयुर्बलं यशो वर्चः प्रजा: पशुन् वसूनि च।
बह्म प्रज्ञां च मेधां च त्वं नो देहि वनस्पते॥

“O’ Forest Lord! Give us long life, strength, fame, with Brahma, lustre, progeny, cattle and riches too. Give us O’ lord supreme! Wisdom, divine and intelligence!”

Every morning begins by chanting this during teeth cleaning using twig.
Habits changed with time. Twig was replaced by dead toothpaste and plastic brush. Chanting forgotten. With time progression, due to disconnect from mother nature, we became insensitive at core.

Result? Rampant killings, of both humans and animals. Least we consider plants and trees here. There is no scope for prayer and respect in animal slaughter or cutting trees. Yes, uprooting jungles is same as animal slaughter for me. Living animal and live tree – both are wealth generators. When dead, they are curse to repay for many births.

There is a solution. Bring back old habits back in routine. Teach your kids to recite above mantra before plucking anything from plants and trees. Use twigs for teeth cleaning. Recite this mantra.

Get connected with mother.

Vedic Studies and Oral Education by Prof H B Dave

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Vedic Studies and Oral Education by Prof H B Dave
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Its been 14 years I passed out from Computer Engineering Department @ DDIT, Nadiad.

Feeling so left out as I could not utilize expertise of my HoD Prod H B Dave in the field of Vedic Studies. Had I came across this then, my journey would have been different!

My deepest gratitude for the towering figure in computer science for his love and research in Veda!!

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Veda and Oral Tradition

1. Extreme importance is attached to the oral tradition as far as Vedas is concerned because of its contents and intended use. In order to benefit in any way from the text of Vedas (especially the first three), it is necessary that the mind of the reciter (and listener) should be in meditative state, what I shall call Alpha state for want of better word in English.

2. During such Alpha state EEG would exhibit high value of alpha
rhythm. Normal waking brain exhibits Beta rhythm.

3. This requires, at least in case of a beginner (Ma.navaka) that
his/her eyes should be closed. But then he/she can not read!

4. With eyes open, unless you are very advanced meditator, it is very difficult to achieve Alpha state.

5. The process of reading (which requires eyes open) and deciphering the written or printed text is a very complex operation which involves large parts of Cerebral Cortex. Compared to that the auditory inputs (either heard or self-spoken) require much less processing at Cerebral Cortex. If the Vedas are to be understood, the activity at Cerebral Cortex should be minimized.

6. Thus if you are studying the text of Vedas for purposes other then the one for which they were meant, you can go ahead and study from a written or printed book, but not if you are a beginner and /or want to derive the benefits as intended.

http://list.indology.info/pipermail/indology_list.indology.info/2000-February/020324.html

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Being Dharmic(धार्मिक) : Live Symbiotic Life

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Relation between I and my bacterial friends (Bacteria residing on my body)
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symbiosis

The term biologists use for our relations with Bacteria is ‘Amphibiosis’. A symbiotic relationship that under certain circumstances can be helpful and other circumstances can be harmful, with the helpful and harmful aspects referring to either host or symbiont.

The term we use for this “Dharmic Relation”. In dharmic relation, each participant is following own dharma. Own duty towards the integrity of the cellular complex called ‘Body’. Sometimes, cells forget their duty. When cells forget duty, it is important for rest of the dharmic*** body cells to purge them. Sometimes, bacteria(s) do not do their duty so immune system flush them from body. Sometimes, by accident or bad habits of ours, non-compatible life forms enter into body. For example, कृमि worms. Most of the times, such non-compatible disturbances happen when our ego “I” forgets to perform duties. For example, eat food anytime of the day. Now this disturbs the digestion cycle. So cells are are over-stressed. Some of them die prematurely. To purge them, bacteria play role. And we call it bacterial infection. Except us, with free will, everyone else in the nature has instinct driven will or in other words, mother nature drives them. So they always remain धार्मिक. It is our Ego who has to remain धार्मिक to maintain the optimum body state. We can do it by following local culture since it is evolved life routine to maintain symbiotic relation with others in same environment.

***Dharmic (धार्मिक) = The one who follows own dharma.

*** What is dharma?
Dharma has the Sanskrit root dhri, which means “that which upholds” or “that without which nothing can stand” or “that which maintains the stability and harmony of the universe.” Dharma encompasses the natural, innate behavior of things, duty, law, ethics, virtue, etc. Every entity in the cosmos has its particular dharma — from the electron, which has the dharma to move in a certain manner, to the clouds, galaxies, plants, insects, and of course, man.

Putna, Krishna and Gau

Krishna fighting against Putna src: Google search
Krishna fighting against Putna
src: Google search

Each story has hidden meaning if we learn to decipher. There is popular story known in our cutlure about Avtar Krishna and Demon Putna. And how baby Krishna kills the demon Putna.

The word “Pūtanā”, broken as “Pūt” (virtue) and “nā” (no) means “devoid of virtue”. Another explanation derives “Pūtanā” from “Pūta” (purifying), thus meaning “she who purifies”.Putana (Sanskrit: Pūtanā, lit. “putrefaction”) is a Matrika, who is killed by the infant-god Krishna.

In reality, Putna is a childhood sickness. Often due to post-delivery stress, mother’s milk become vitiated and imbalance of Dosha (Kapha, Pitta, Vayu balance) happens. More often in the case of first time mothers. If child’s mother cannot feed (in case of Krishna, mother was not able to feed), foster-mother feed. If this foster-mother’s intentions are not good, has no love for the child, milk becomes poison. And Putna arrives to kill or hamper the growth of the child.

Due to drinking such milk, infant’s body’s Vayu is aggravated and so infant suffers from Lack of sleep, diarrhea & constant thrist and constant crying. That is Putna.

If not taken care, infant dies. This is one of the primary cause of infant mortality.

Baby-Krishna could survive such vitiated milk. And that is how he killed the Putna!

How?

Solution: घृत ghee (COW GHEE)

” पिप्पली त्रिफला चूर्णं घृत क्षौद्र परिप्लुतम l
बालो रोदिति य: तस्मै: लेढुम दद्यात सुखावहम ll ” ( योग-रत्नाकर – द्वितीय खंड – बालरोग चिकित्सा )

Pippali and trifala churna with ghee and honey.

Needless to mention that Krishna was living with Nanda the Cow expert. So he must have got this treatment immediately. And since he took birth with perfect body, it was easy for him to fight against poisoned milk.

Things to take care:
1) Never give ghee and honey in same quantity i.e. 1 ml ghee + 1 ml honey = this is not preferable.
2) Purity of the sources. Ghee prepared from ethically procured milk and prepared by churning. Honey procured ethically without harming bees.

This is the reason, feeding mother should never take stress of any kind. She should be always cheerful and stress-free. Her food should be rich and wholesome prepared by someone who has highest love for both newly became mother and infant. And so post-delivery, new mother prefers to live with her mother. 🙂

वसुदेवसुतं देवं कंसचाणूरमर्दनम् देवकीपरमानन्दं कृष्णं वंदे जगद्गुरुम्|

Vegetarian Diet And मुनि Dharma

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Vegetarian Diet And मुनि Dharma
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MuniDharma

Reading Ramayana and Mahabharata clears many Grihasthi doubts. Try to read the original source and भाषांतर/टिका in मातृभाषा . Lot to learn.

Your diet changes with your terrain and end-goal. Here is something suggested by Lord Rama.

Book II : Ayodhya Kanda – Book Of Ayodhya

Chapter[Sarga] 20

Rama approaches his mother Kausalya to inform her of the calamity. Kausalya on hearing the news, faints. On recovering, she laments in the most grevious tones to Rama.

चतुर्दश हि वर्षाणि वत्स्यामि विजने वने |
मधु मूल फलैः जीवन् हित्वा मुनिवद् आमिषम् || २-२०-२९

“I shall live in a solitary forest like a sage for fourteen years, leaving off meat and living with roots, fruits and honey”.

Please note:

– Living like a sage
– leaving off meat
– living with roots,fruits and honey

Instead of wasting time in Veg vs Non-veg debates, strive food suitable for your innate prakriti, available locally, helping you to achieve end-goal (dharma).

Word मुनि is important. It is related to immunity. In highly dynamic environment of Jungle, middle of ample kills available, Bhagwan prefers vegetarian diet. Why? 🙂

Nitya Karma (Life Routine) : Even Avatar Performs it

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I know: No one is perfect. Not me too. But..How many of us strive to align life routine with the what Avtar once followed? How far we are from the goal? Setting life routine is a mandatory pre-condition for any sort of Sadhana.
 
ब्राह्मे मुहूर्तमुत्थाय वार्युपस्पृश्य माधवः।
दध्यौ प्रसन्नकरणं आत्मानं तमसः परम्‌॥
एकं स्वयंज्योतिरनन्यमव्ययं
स्वसंस्थया नित्यनिरस्तकल्मषम्‌।
ब्रह्माख्यमस्योद्भवनाशहेतुभिः
स्वशक्तिभिर्लक्षितभावनिर्वृतिम्‌॥
अथाप्लुतोऽभस्यमले यथाविधि
क्रियाकलापं परिधाय वाससी।
चकार सन्ध्योपगमादि सत्तमो
हुतानलो ब्रह्म जजाप वाग्यतः॥
उपस्थायार्कमुद्यन्तं तर्पयित्वात्मः कलाः।
देवानृषीन्पितॄन्वृद्धान्विप्रानभ्यर्च्य चात्मवान्‌॥
धेनूनां रुक्मश्रृङ्गीणां साध्वीनां मौक्तिकस्रजाम्‌।
पयस्विनीनां गृष्टीनां सवत्सानां सुवाससाम्‌॥
ददौ रूप्यखुराग्राणां क्षौमाजिनतिलैः सह।
अलङ्कृतेभ्यो विप्रेभ्यो बद्वं बद्वं दिने दिने॥
गोविप्रदेवतावृद्धगुरून्भूतानि सर्वशः।
नमस्कृत्यात्मसम्भूतीर्मङ्गलानि समस्पृशत्‌॥श्रीमद्भा. १०/७०/४-१०॥
 
भगवान्‌ श्रीकृष्णजीने ब्राह्ममुहूर्तमें उठकर हाथ-पैर धोकर जलसे आचमन करके सब इन्द्रियोंको प्रसन्न करके मनको प्रकृतिसे परे आत्मामें लगा दिया अर्थात्‌ आत्मध्यान करने लगे। वे केवल, स्वप्रकाश-उपाधिशून्य, अविनाशी, अखण्ड, अज्ञानरहित और जगत्‌की उत्पत्ति तथा नाशका कारण जो अपनी शक्तियाँ हैं, उनके द्वारा ही जिनकी सत्ता समझमें आती है, ऐसे श्रीकृष्ण ब्रह्म नामक अपने ही सच्चिदानन्दमय स्वरूपके ध्यानमें मग्न हो गये। तदनन्तर सत्पुरुषोंमें श्रेष्ठ श्रीकृष्णजीने शुद्ध जलमें स्नान करके पवित्र वस्त्र पहने और विधिपूर्वक सन्ध्योपासनादि नित्य-क्रिया और अग्निमें हवन करके वे मौन होकर गायत्री मन्त्रका जप करने लगे। फिर सूर्य उदय होनेपर श्रीहरिने खड़े होकर सूर्यका उपस्थान किया, पश्चात्‌ अपने ही अंशरूप देवता, ऋषि और पितरोंका तर्पण करके उन आत्मवान्‌ स्वरूपस्थित परमात्मा श्रीकृष्णने बड़े-बूढे और ब्राह्मणोंकी पूजा की। इसके बाद आपने ब्राह्मणोंको वस्त्र, आसन और तिलसहित तेरह हजार चौरासी गौएँ दान दीं। आप प्रतिदिन ही इतनी गौएँ दान दिया करते थे। उन गौओंके सींग सोनेसे और खुर चाँदीसे मँढे हुए थे, गलेमें मोतीकी मालाएँ…
 
Lord Mādhava would rise during the brahma-muhūrta period and touch water. With a clear mind He would then meditate upon Himself, the single, self-luminous, unequaled and infallible Supreme Truth, known as Brahman, who by His very nature ever dispels all contamination, and who through His personal energies, which cause the creation and destruction of this universe, manifests His own pure and blissful existence.
 
That most saintly of personalities would then bathe in sanctified water, dress Himself in lower and upper garments and perform the entire sequence of prescribed rituals, beginning with worship at dawn. After offering oblations into the sacred fire, Lord Kṛṣṇa would silently chant the Gāyatrī mantra.
 
Each day the Lord worshiped the rising sun and propitiated the demigods, sages and forefathers, who are all His expansions. The self-possessed Lord would then carefully worship His elders and the brāhmaṇas. To those well-attired brāhmaṇas He would offer herds of tame and peaceful cows with gold-plated horns and pearl necklaces. These cows were also dressed in fine cloth, and the fronts of their hooves were plated with silver. Providers of abundant milk, they had each given birth only once and were accompanied by their calves. Daily the Lord gave many groups of 13,084 cows to the learned brāhmaṇas, together with linen, deerskins and sesame seeds.
 
Lord Kṛṣṇa would offer obeisances to the cows, brāhmaṇas and demigods, His elders and spiritual masters, and all living beings — all of whom are expansions of His supreme personality. Then He would touch auspicious things.
 
Wake up at 4 AM?
Concentration in self?
Bath in fresh pure water?
Sandhya?
Homam?
Gayatri Japa?
Tarapana?
Poojan?
Gau dan?
 
Sadhana? Hmmm 🙂 🙂 Delusion? Illusion? (Y)

Food Mess without Sanatana Food Duties

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Food For Cow
Food For Cow
Food For Cow

Our culture has highest morals set as long as food management is concerned. Because we consider food as sacred as our God. Without food, there is no life. Without food, there is no civilization. This land was known as land of abundance. We used to serve food to entire world.

Here is the quote from scripture:

मोधमन्नं विन्दते अप्रचेता: सत्यं ब्रवीमि वध इत्स तस्य।
नार्यमणं पुष्यति नो सखायं केवलाधो भवति केवलादी।।

ऋग्वेद के इस मंत्र में तो यहां तक कहा गया है कि धन-सम्पदा का अकेले भोग करने वाला व्यक्ति पाप का ही भोग करता है। अकेले भोग करने वाला व्यक्ति तो व्यर्थ ही अन्न, धन आदि सामग्रियों को प्राप्त करता है क्योंकि ऐसे व्यक्ति के लिए उसकी अपनी सम्पत्तियां ही मृत्यु का कारण बन जाती हैं। ऐसे व्यक्तियों का धन न तो सत्यवादी विद्वानों का पोषण करता है और न ही उसके आपत्तिग्रस्त सम्बन्धियों का। वैदिक काल से इस मंत्र का उच्चारण सामूहिक भोज के बाद किया जाता रहा है।

(English Summary: Your wealth is useless trash if you earn just for own sake. All your such wealth becomes reason for your premature death. Such wealth never helps the society in despair and hence useless. We chant this mantra after serving free food to needy)

Before planning for own meal, we plan for cow’s food, dog’s food, birds’ food. We arrange food for them before we eat.

Now, cows eat leftover food from dustbins. Street dogs also fight for sanitary napkins in trash. Birds still get it because someone told our selfish junta that if you feed the birds, you get good fortune! 🙂 You know…greedy give and take! 🙂. No ulterior motive!

We have hoarders who sale staple food at unimaginable prices! Our milk comes from torture cycle setup by dairy.

Society was never in such food mess before as we are currently. God bless our kids. (Y)

Vitthal is the center of worship

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Do you know why you can still find lakhs of devotees participating in Dindi procession?!

Simple reason : Vitthal is the center of worship.

Urban Pop-Guru craze won’t sustain the Kala blows. No man-made interest for community can sustain the Kala (TIme) blows.

Think about it. Keep Vitthal in the center. For the sake of Dharma.

Aashadhi Ekadashi is here. Much needed Hindu Unity won’t happen by social media. Come on the roads. Participate in mass events. If you are bright dynamic young man, demonstrate! Keep the rituals alive! That is the only way of unity!

॥ विठ्ठल विठ्ठल विठ्ठला ||

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