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Childhood, toys and psychological impact

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Toys and Development
Toys and Development

What is common among breath [prana], time, sun, horse and the Universe?

They all are वेगवान. All of them has गति. They are not static. Their speed is their hallmark.

In Sanskrit, one word describes all of them: अश्व.

And so when you read : अश्वस्य भूषणं वेगो | Speed is the glory of Horse (Ashwa), one can correlate all above entities and their respective speed.

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad begins by describing the sacrificial horse as representing the entire universe: ‘its head is the dawn, its eye the sun, its breath the wind, its trunk the year’.

The Ashvamedha sacrifice is the celebration of ‘victory over time’, ‘Synergy with Prana’ and ‘Seamless interplay of inner universe with external universe’.

It is good idea to introduce toy horses (if real ones not possible) to your kids and let their growing imagery is filled with full of vivid visuals of horses. Let there be mock interplay with अश्व. It will psychologically prepare his senses and mind to cope up with speed of the Prana, Time and the Universe when initiated for learning and later in subsequent ashrams.

Soul harvesting : direct and indirect

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There are two types of soul harvesting. One is direct where people work for religious conversion and by mocking and insulting local belies. Another is indirect where so called intellectuals reject rituals and faith and call for abolishing all rituals. The former is visible  but the later is silent poison intellectuals inject in mass around them, preparing them for soul harvesting.

Indian Hindu men pray as they prepare to immerse an idol of Hindu god Lord Ganesha in Amritsar on September 17, 2010. Hindus bring home Lord Ganesha idols in order to invoke his blessings for wisdom and prosperity at the start of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthy (birth anniversary) festival. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Hindu men pray as they prepare to immerse an idol of Hindu god Lord Ganesha in Amritsar on September 17, 2010. Hindus bring home Lord Ganesha idols in order to invoke his blessings for wisdom and prosperity at the start of the ten-day long Ganesh Chaturthy (birth anniversary) festival. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Selective mockery by popular media
Selective mockery by popular media

कामैस्तैस्तैर्हृतज्ञाना: प्रपद्यन्तेऽन्यदेवता: ।
तं तं नियममास्थाय प्रकृत्या नियता: स्वया ।।20।।

Those whose wisdom has been carried away by various desires, being prompted by their own nature, worship other deities adopting rules relating to each.(20)

यो यो यां यां तनुं भक्त: श्रद्धयार्चितुमिच्छति ।
तस्य तस्याचलां श्रद्धा तामेव विदधाम्यहम् ।।21।।

Whatever celestial form a devotee craving for some worldly object chooses to worship with reverence, I stabilize the faith of that particular devotee in that very form. (21)

अन्तवत्तु फलं तेषां तद्भवत्यल्पमेधसाम् ।
देवान्देवयजो यान्ति मद्भक्ता यान्ति मामपि ।।23।।

Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet. (23)

Not all of us are on same mental plane. Some of us tend to worship deity. Many worship god-men. By worshiping God-man preaching principles of Sanatana dharma, large mass of Bharat, by one or other way, still believe in Upavas, Ayurveda and other life-oriented sanatana practices. Of course, they are not perfect in their practices but as Krushna said in Gita, endowed with such faith he worship that particular demogod/Godman and obtains through him without doubt his desired enjoyments as ordained by myself. Anyhow, veiled by his Yogamaya (divine potency); he is not manifest to all. Hence these ignorant folk fail to recognize him, the unborn and imperishable Supreme Deity. But still, via so called agents of God, they are on the path of self-realization by imperfect implementation of sanatana practices.

For example, irrespective of their supreme imagination of Guru, irrespective of their Guru’s reality, millions are awakened to follow Sanatana ways. Imperfect, we all are. Don’t make fun of imperfection. You too were there few births apart.

 

Nation governed for the people, by the people

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All of us seek Nation governed for the people, by the people (प्रजा-आधीन राजा,राष्ट्र-प्रेमी प्रजा).
Let us assume that we get such system, by hook or crook. System is in place. Do you think, it will go on forever? If yes, I think you are living in some lunatic plane.

Ethical conduct of citizens play vital role to nurture and preserve any ideal political system envisioned.

Ethical conduct needs to be induced in citizens. If this ethical conduct is induced out of fear of the law, it won’t last for long because of humans inherent tendency to protest again slavery.

For self-governed system to stay on for time immemorial, we also need to work hard to establish self-governed morality, rooted in love for Nation and understanding of swa-dharma. To establish self-governed morality, character-building of subjects remain unavoidable job. That is where parenting, educating, military-training will play important role.

My suggestion to all patriots is to work for strengthening of both legs together i.e. Desh and Deshi-bhakt. Let there be no gaffe in achieving this goal.

Seasonal PadaYatra(पदयात्रा) vs Marathon

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Padayatra

While running, walking, cycling in any form is useful, your intention makes a lot of difference subtly.

Basically, all our activities can be सात्विक,राजसिक,तामसिक. सात्विक being best.

Do you run for self-satisfaction and Personal achievements (marathon run time tracking for example) (राजसिक)? Or because you are high on drugs and the running gives wicked pleasure (तामसिक) ? Or you run for the sake of dharma (तीर्थ यात्रा, भक्ति फेरी – सात्विक)?

Of course, does not matter much in mundane life we live now.

But a point worth pondering upon!

Every year, at different point of time, in different seasons, people in villages, go for तीर्थयात्रा, पदयात्रा प्रवास.

Thousands of pilgrimage start walking towards Pilgrimage site and planning to reach at temple by Full moon mostly.

It is ideal way to celebrate वसंत/Spring. You burn excessive cough accumulated during winter. You spend healthy time with near and dear ones. You remain in nature! And since they walk with the faith, they rekindle strength to their faith!

No wonder, they are healthier then counterpart in cities where citizens hardly walk or run.

And while they walk, they keep the flame of dharma alive in all villages they visit on the way! 

Point is: Walk, Run, Cycle, Trek – do whatever you can. Do. In Nature. Every spring. Life habit. Make it a ritual. Ritual that you never forget to perform.

 

Sanatana Dharma: Your occupation is for your Moksha

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Occupation is for Moksha
Occupation is for Moksha
Occupation is for Moksha
Occupation is for Moksha
Occupation is for Moksha
Occupation is for Moksha

Artist in Bharat is no ordinary man. He or she is Sadhak by tradition and temperament, spiritually on much higher plane than a commoner.

साहित्य संगीत कला विहीन: , साक्षात पशु पुच्छ विषाण विहीन: ||
तृणम न खाद्न्नपि जीवमान: , तद भाग देयम परम पशुनाम ||
अर्थात

जो मनुष्य साहित्य , संगीत अथवा किसी भी अन्य कला से विहीन है , वो साक्षात पुंछ और सींगो से विहीन जानवर की तरह है । यह जीव घास तो नहीं खाता पर अन्न से जीता रहता है । ऐसे मनुष्य को परम पशुओं की श्रेणी में रखना चाहिए ।

Everyone had equal opportunity for self-realization. It was last 1000 years slavery that had created higher status for Brahmin and lower status for Shilpi, Chitrakar and others (and that is also limited to few regions only).

In Sanatana dharma, your occupation is for your salvation. All had equal opportunities based on their proclivity.

We have turned साहित्य into cheap Chetan Bhagat type novels, संगीत into degenerative chaos and कला as Bollywood. And so there is no peace and salvation in the society.

In reality, we all are not Brahmin, Vaishya, Kshtriya or Shudra. 🙂 Mleccha is the term. Confused and not focused. Engineers go for MBA. MBA starts selling vegetables. Doctors run restaurants. 😀 Together, we appreciate cheap attempts of cricket and Bollywood as art! 😀 😉 Claps!

There was no growth and GDP but there was peace and stability. 🙂 We now have GDP and growth but no peace. Think about it. What type of world we are planning to give as legacy? Not even 1% improvement?

The Vishnu Experiment : Chanting Name on Different Events

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http://www.natha-yoga.com/YANTRA/Vishnu%20yantra.jpg

Experiment for faithful(s). Agnostics can try. Self-proclaimed atheists may ignore.

Vishnu is the sustainer force. While you are in grihasthi (Age 25 to 50), you must sustain self for the benefits of society. It is your dharma.

Chanting Vishnu Name and imagine him in his different form for different situation work very well. Chant it daily morning.

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विष्णोः षोडशनामस्मरणम्
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औषधे चिन्तयेद्विष्णुं
भोजने च जनार्दनम् ।
शयने पद्मनाभं च
विवाहे च प्रजापतिम् ॥१॥
Think of Vishnu while taking medicine, Janardana while eating¸ Padmanabha while lying down (to sleep) and Prajapati while getting married.

युद्धे चक्रधरं देवं
प्रवासे च त्रिविक्रमम् ।
नारायणं तनुत्यागे
श्रीधरं प्रियसंगमे ॥ २ ॥
(Think of) Chakradhara while fighting, Trivikrama when you are away from home, Narayana while giving up your body and Sridhara when you meet with those whom you love.

दुःस्वप्ने स्मर गोविन्दं
सङ्कटे मधुसूदनम् ।
कानने नारसिंहं च
पावके जलशायिनम् ॥३॥
(Think of) Govinda when you get bad dreams, Madhusudana when you are in trouble, Narasimha when you are in a forest and Jalashayee when you are caught in a fire.
जलमध्ये वराहं च
पर्वते रघुनन्दनम् ।
गमने वामनं चैव
सर्वकार्येषु माधवम् ॥४॥
(Think of ) Varaha incarnation of the Lord when you are in deep water, Raghunandana (Sri Ram) when you are on a mountain, Vamana when you are on the move and Madhava in all your activities.

षोडशैतानि नामानि
प्रातरुत्थाय यः पठेत् ।
सर्वपापविनिर्मुक्तः
विष्णुलोके महीयते ॥५॥

Those who chant these sixteen names of the Lord after waking up in the morning will be rid of all sins and will be honoured in Vishnuloka (Vaikuntha)

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विष्णुर्विक्रमणात्’ (महाभारत उद्योग पर्व ७०/१३) इति व्यासोक्तेः He is Vishnu because he moves(spreads) in all directions – vide words of Bhagavan Vedavayasa quoted above.

वेवेष्टि व्याप्नोतीति विष्णुः देशकालवस्तुपरिच्छेदशून्य इत्यर्थः One who pervades everything, unlimited by space, time or object is Vishnu विशतीति विष्णुः Enters (विशति) (all living beings as the indwelling spirit), therefore the Lord is known as Vishnu. shruti also says ‘तत्सृष्ट्वा तदेवानुप्राविशत्’ having created the world, He entered it (as the jivatma)

रोदसी व्याप्य कान्तिरभ्यधिका स्थितास्येति विष्णुः
व्याप्य मे रोदसी पार्थ
कान्तिरभ्यधिका स्थिता ।
क्रमणाद्वाप्यहं पार्थ
विष्णुरित्यभिसंज्ञितः ॥ ( महाभारत, शान्ति ३४१/४२-४३)
O Arjuna ! since my abundant effulgence is spread in the whole of this earth and the skies or because I have unrestricted movement in all directions, I am known as Vishnu

What is your nature like? Swine or Swan?

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What is your nature(स्वभाव)? Swine like or Swan like?
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Some people have swine tendency of interacting with environment. Like swine, they cannot distinguish between mud and matter of concern and intake everything. They read everything. They watch everything. They talk on everything. Good, bad, grotesque – don’t matter to them. Perceptions created by muddy inputs – don’t matter to them. They love to remain chaos and diseased state. Mutations are normal conditions for them.

Strikingly different, unlike swine, some have Swan tendency. They are skilled in identifying pollutants and stay away from pollutants. They remain in company of good. They ignore bad. They have discrimination power.

**How do you eat? Like swine (Fast food, trite food) or swan (Satvik ,pure, fresh and nutritive food, irrespective of tastes)?

**How do you breathe? Like swine (irregular, unscientific) or like Swan (Rhythmic, scientific, accordance with nature of respiratory system)

**What do read? Like swine (anything, junk newspapers, gossip crap on page 3) or like swan (editorials, research papers)?

**What do you watch? Like swine (anything and everything that comes on channels, Cricket (or Football) or like Swan (Selective, helpful, light entertainment which cannot carry your mind out after watching)?

Intake determines perceptions. Enquire before intake. Like swan, unlike swine.
An endless science, as we know, is grammar.
And life is short; the hindrances are many.
Essentials keep, leaving the non-essential,
As swans drink up the milk, but leave the water
-पंचतंत्र

” By him who is free from passion what is to be left [i. e. Nature] is left, and what is to be taken [i. e. Soul] is taken; as in the case of the swan and the milk.”‘
– Samkhya aphorism

“Others see not the difference when water is mixed with milk, but the
swan at once separates the milk and the water; so too when the
souls are absorbed in the supreme Brahman, the Lord,-the faithful,
who have received the Guru’s words, can at once draw a difference between them.”
-Tattva Muktavali

श्रेयश्च प्रेयश्च मनुष्यमेत: तौ सम्परीत्य विविनक्ति धीर: |
श्रेयो हि धीरोभिप्रेयसो वॄणीते प्रेयो मन्दो षोगक्षेमाद् वॄणीते ||
-कठ उपनिषद्

Both the good (Shreyas) and the pleasant (Preyas) approch the man. The wise man pondering over them, makes his choice. The wise(Swan) chooses the good (Shreyas) in preference to the pleasant (Preyas). The fool (simple-minded swine) for the sake of worldly-being prefers the pleasant (preyas)
-Katha Upanishad

This is the reason; iconography of Maa Saraswati – goddess of knowledge – is not completed without swan – the discriminative ability described by Bhagwad Gita.

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The aquatic bird swan lives on lakes that abound in lotuses, and subsists in a measure upon the underground stalk of the lotus plant (such a stalk is called bisa), whose joint (granthi), when crushed (bhagna), exudes a juice designated by the word ksira, which is also a common name for milk. Thus the bird, as it floats on the lake, may be said to drink ksira or milk out of water.

Indian Art of Story Telling : Instructors For The World

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Do you care to read Panchtantra/Ramayana/Mahabharata for your children? If you won’t, your children will miss important brain circuits’ development via recursive tales of ethics and dharma and you will be known as most stupid parents of 21st century!

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If you don’t care about this part of history (Science of Tales and Fables), you will not only miss chance to reaffirm glorious past in mind and strive to reach at such summit again but you will also miss potential self-development (Physical, material and mental) which would have been possible by reading mighty poems and tales.

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Hindu achievements in ethico-didactic poetry branch of literature establish once for all their intellectual superiority. It is this part of their literature that has made its way to the remotest corners of the Europe and America.

The King of Persia, Khusro Nausherawan (531-579 AD) sent his physician, Barzoi, to India in order to translate the fables of the Panchtantra from Sanskrit to Pahlavi.

The indigenous complex Bharatiya story telling, tale within tale, is greatest invention in the field of literature, connecting, rather dull bunch of words to science of brain and mind.

The indigenous complex Bharatiya story telling, tale within tale, is greatest invention in the field of literature, connecting, rather dull bunch of words to science of brain and mind.

**** Attention for pregnant women *****:
In last trimester, maximum focus is on brain development and weight gain. In brain, new neural connections formation is happening rapidly. During this time, read Mahabhrata and Ramayana loud. Your child in the womb will get engaged in recursive tales of Maha-kavyas. This will help them to develop razor sharp memory and intellect. i.e. मेधा बुध्धि.

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Why reading Ramayana and Mahabharata during pregnancy?
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Many friends make fun of me or ignore my advice when I suggest them to read Mahabharata or Ramayana during pregnancy. At least for last 3-4 months of pregnancy.

Why?

Last 3 months are when brain formation happens rapidly. Last 3 months are when senses are developing to the perfection. Last 3 months are when child’s senses start their initial communication with the world.

So what?

I don’t want my child to become religious fanatic! I want him/her to be secular! 😀 सर्व धर्म समभाव!

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This is nothing but utterly screwed ignorance.

Ramayana and Mahabharata are not mere stories! They are stories within stories within stories!! Like Movie inception or like movie Interstellar!

When your child in womb is introduced to such recursive tales, it stretches developing brain to the level best! Brain’s success depends upon how many connections neurons can make with each other. Recursion of tales, as it is there in most of Hindu scriptures, helps in brain development. Better the brain is developed, better it can support the mind. (Modern medicine says that mind is an outcome of brain but as per Hindu scriptures, mind is separate entity, supported by physical body i.e. brain)

 

Sacred Grove : Lost tradition, lost microbial diversity, lost Prana

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Distribution of Sacred Grove
Distribution of Sacred Grove

Every community of pre-British India had social responsibility to grow and protect groves. They were called sacred groves. There used to be rules defined for accessing these forest wealth. Not everyone can go and chop tree. Not in all seasons. Not all trees. All based on mutually agreed intuitive pro-synergy rules. These rules are sacred rules, considering groves alive and part of respected extended family for all.

What happened then?

We were brainwashed by education and having commune with Nature was taught as primitive and idiotic. Disconnected! There is no one to protect the groves. Now the same movement of brainwashing going in deep forests.

‘Sacred groves’ represents a traditional effort to conserve biodiversity. They are rich patches of undisturbed forests and serve as a natural habitat for many endemic, rare, primitive and economically valuable organisms representing a micro-level biodiversity hotspots.

Bacteria native to the pristine niche of sacred groves showed better plant growth promoting activities as compared to isolates from disturbed forest as well as type strains implicating the importance of sacred groves and their potential role in microbial diversity conservation.

Groves are प्राणवर्धक. Growing food without groves? It is nothing but highly unscientific way of greed-based industry. It cannot be called Agriculture (कृषि). Soil cannot grow प्राणवर्धक food without groves, without biodiversity. Without biodiversity, food lacks प्राण. Without प्राण, who can survive? Of course, we can survive. But like a dead body with little प्राण and anything worth to contribute in universal यज्ञ.

Read this paper to know more:


https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280737139_%27Traditional_Sacred_Groves%27_an_ethnic_strategy_for_conservation_of_microbial_diversity

‘Traditional Sacred Groves’, an ethnic strategy for conservation of microbial diversity


‘Sacred groves’ represents a traditional effort to conserve biodiversity. They are rich patches of undisturbed forests and serve as a natural habitat for many endemic, rare, primitive and economically valuable organisms representing a micro-level biodiversity hotspots. In this study, Bacillus spp. and related genera characterized from native soils of the pristine sacred groves of Meghalaya, India revealed dominance of Bacillus, Paenibacillus, Lysinibacillus and Viridibacillus. All the isolates exhibited good plant growth promoting traits when screened for traits like phosphate solubilization, 1-aminocyclopropane-1- carboxylate deaminase and catalase activity, production of auxin, siderophores, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia. Bacteria native to the pristine niche of sacred groves showed better plant growth promoting activities as compared to isolates from disturbed forest as well as type strains implicating the importance of sacred groves and their potential role in microbial diversity conservation.

Conclusion

Sacred groves are of great research value in in situ
conservation of biodiversity. Understanding the
potential roles played by sacred groves in in situ
biodiversity conservation, it would have greater
appeal if efforts are diverted to inventorize the
existing biodiversity, especially the species that
might be of economic importance or facing
extinction. The present study is the first report on
the indigenous aerobic endospore-forming Bacillus
and related genera from the pristine and undisturbed
sacred groves prevalent in the tropical belt of
Meghalaya, India. The observations lead to the
conclusion that Bacillus and related genera isolates
obtained from the sacred groves exhibits stronger
activity and more PGP traits than the disturbed forest
isolates indicating their strong potential as candidates
for promoting plant growth in agriculture and also the
important contribution of sacred groves as a rich
source of economically valuable microbes hence
signifies the relevance of ethnic strategy and efforts
for conservation of these pristine forests

 

 

Durva Ashtami : Grass Sacredness and Health benefits

Durvashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month. Durva Grass, an important item in Hindu ritual, is worshipped on the day.

Pujas and rituals are offered to Durva grass. Fruits, flowers, rice and other usual pujas accessories are offered on the day. It is believed that observing this Vrata will help in the long life of children.

Our culture is a culture of Aranya or Jungle. In this culture, making of a man and sustaining his life is possible only when we are constantly in touch with nature.

When a child enrolls with the Gurukul, no matter whether he learns engineering or medicine or any other skill, he or she has to go into nearby sacred groove/jungle for collecting wood. They also have to play a role of cowboy and go with the cattle on grass lands.

In Hindu rituals, the durva grass plays an important role. Rings made of the grass are often worn before starting either the ritual of homa — offerings to fire — and puja. It is considered as purification impact on Muladhar chakra (Ganesh).

In Veda, three grass are mentioned.

  • Kusa
  • Darbha
  • Durva

They play important role in rituals and day to day life.

Some of the Atharva Veda hymns glorifying grass are compiled here:

“Driving away foes and casting them beneath me, mount with the strength of the mighty ones, O Darbha!” –

“Achieve heroic deeds with Darbha, wearing this Darbha never let thy soul be troubled.”

This is just a summary. If we do in depth research, we can find more detail about importance of grass.

Unfortunately, the development model of modern India does not like grass lands. They sell them to corporates for new wave of industrialization.

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It is not some bacterium but Prana. Grass is powerful Prana storage who captures Prana’s different forms from Sun. The grass that can store maximum prana is powerful medicine.

This is the reason, rituals which demands healthy pranamay sharir of the performer, has grass as essential element.

If we talk about Durva grass, The plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, burning sensation, haematuria, wounds, conjunctivitis, headache, skin diseases, stomach problems and general debility. The whole plant is medicinal according to Hindhu medical God Dhanwantari who gave to the world the science of Ayurveda. The plant is medicinal when used both internally and externally. It helps to stops bleeding increases the amount of  urine excretion and checks dysentary. this plant also serves as medicine for treatment of skin diseases , diabetes , urinary tract infections ,blood disorders . In siddha system of medicine karuka grass is used to detoxify the body.

In short, durva and other sacred grass, helps your prana to maintain purity and stability which leads to tridosha balance. It can solve issues in muladhara like

  • Irregular periods
  • Indigestion
  • Blood issues (immunity, skin)

Here is the research paper which talks about potency of grass as medicine:


Research


Microbe found in grassy field contains powerful antibiotic

One bacterium, from a grassy field in Maine, produced a compound with powerful abilities to kill a variety of other bacterial species, including many human pathogens. Moreover, these pathogens failed to develop resistance to the compound: There were no surviving individuals that had evolved to withstand its attack. (Resistance usually develops when a small percentage of microbes escape an antibiotic because of a mutation and then those bacteria multiply.) Lewis initially took this total devastation as a discouraging sign—the mark of “another boring detergent.” (Bleach, after all, is a strong antibiotic, but it’s a little tooeffective at killing any surrounding cells.) However, it turned out that the new compound, which the group named teixobactin, was not toxic to human cells in a dish.

And it showed other qualities of a good antibiotic, the team reports online in Nature. On bacteria growing in lab dishes, it outperformed vancomycin, a drug long relied upon to treat the obstinate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), by a factor of 100, Lewis says. In mice infected with MRSA, injections of teixobactin led to a 100% survival rate at lower doses than vancomycin.

The compound isn’t effective against so-called Gram-negative bacteria, increasingly feared in hospitals for their resistance to existing drugs. But the authors suggest it could be of great value to people fighting MRSA, tuberculosis, and infections with rare-but-nasty Enterococcusbacterial strains that aren’t responding to available drugs.

 

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