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Why Prachodayat?

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Prachodayat

प्रचोदयात् – प्रेरयेत् – May he inspire!

In Hindu scheme of life, one of the most profound Idea that I love most is: initiation of young and novice, at his/her onset of matured age of 5-7-9-11 (based on जन्म वर्ण or innate constitution) to Maa Gayatri.

You or me don’t initiate the kid! It is Maa Gayatri, who continuously shapes आधिभौतिक देह from age 0 days to age 5-7-9-11. And when the subject is ready, she initiates the novice into a systematic life. Disciplined life. One more opportunity opens up for self-realization, highest knowledge.

प्रचोदयात् the final word of the Gayatri Mantra, rounds off the whole mantra, and completes the request we make to Maa. If there is any inspiration needed for life, may he inspire!!

प्रचोदयात् is about drawing inspiration from the center, from the source. Draw inspiration and be the inspiration.

यो देवः सवितास्माकं धियो धर्मादिगोचरः|
प्रेरयेत् तस्य यद् भर्गः तं वरेण्यमुषास्महे||

‘जो सविता देव हमारी बुद्धि को धर्म में प्रेरित करता है उसके श्रेष्ठ भर्ग (तेज) की हम उपासना करते हैं।

We meditate on the excellent light of the deva called SavitA who directs our intellect towards the ways of dharma.

Raag Malhaar?Are you crazy? Humbug! Stupid!

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Malhar

Old note written decade ago.

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Raag Malhaar?Are you crazy? Humbug! Stupid!
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“Hey! Look at this poster.Moment it is sensed that season’s Rain is delayed,we will see festivity on classical singer’s face.You know this classical music fraternity exaggerates and lives in delusion.” I said while looking at Shiv Kumar Sharma’s malhar concert poster in music college.

“Why do you think so?”

“Take popular example. They say, it rains when someone sings technically perfect Raag Malhaar.”

“What is wrong in it?”

“Have you ever seen rain pouring out when someone sung Raag Malhaar? I put it on my iPod several times during summer but it never rains.lol.”

“My dear friend,you heard it right, it does bring rain.It showers rain of rare human emotions inside you when you sing/listen it with devotion(Give more emphasis to this word ‘Devotion’ It can fall into endanger feelings of ardent love.In hindi you call it ‘भक्ति’. Most of your generation laugh loud at Bhakti and Bhakt but never mind, you too will understand science behind it soon.Stay tuned with nature(prakruti)). Don’t expect rain outside if you cannot feel rain inside. If our sensitivity is not developed enough to pour out rain inside, we must not expect rain outside.And must avoid marking every puzzle as ‘humbug’. Remember? You,now being ardent follower of Yoga,declared ‘Yoga’ humbug 10 years back?”

“Hmm…”

“If you fail to understand social/life puzzle mentioned in your scriptures,do try to solve it with the help of current science. If you fail to solve it, do experience it at least. भक्ति is one such science calling for research papers as well as ardent भक्त.

यदन्तरं तद् बाह्यं यद् बाह्यं तदन्तरम् |
Let what is inward turn outside, let what is outward be within.

Let uprightness be the nature & see the magic.Learn to live hypocrisy free life and see the magic. Be who you are all the time and Nature will surely pour rain for you. My challenge to you. If you will perform selfless sadhna,you will be able to help yourself for inner rain of emotions and Raag Malhaar will serve you best.Details about sadhna and bhakti, some other day. We are late for our appointment with dean.”

“Ok.Thank you once again.”

It rains inside first. Rain outside is easy then.

Superiority of Hindu Laws: Manu,Yagnvalkya,Jaimini,Gautam

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भारतीय इतिहास – 101 : Superiority of Hindu Laws
Laws of Manu,Yagnvalkya,Jaimini,Gautam etc
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When you talk about establishing Hindu Laws in Bharat, secular jaundiced eyes with half-baked knowledge of ancient laws, will stare at you with contempt.

Here is what learned professor of Law, practicing British Laws under British administration, has to say about Hindu Laws and why we must thrive to study our laws in 1941, make them relevant as per current times and get them implemented in our Nation:

“The Hindu system of jurisprudence is awell-developed science. It is as old as humanity itself. It is the store-house of ancient wisdom. inherited from hoary sages, saints, philosophers and thinkers whose ideals were the loftiest, whose ideas were derived from imperishable Vedas and who can literally be described as the torch-bearers of learning and knowledge to the rest of the world, as it then existed. It is thorough, complete and self-contained. The systems of law that followed Hindu Jurisprudence have not, even to the present-day reached the borders of its eternal height; presumption of any one of them having surpassed it in excellence or completeness is simply ludicrous. In point of comprehensiveness, the Hindu Law in its various branches occupies a fairly high place among the systems of ancient jurisprudence.

In the first place, its conception of legal liability is very perspicuous, and in spite of its retention of the eighteen divisions of topics of litigation, as described by Manu, its growth has not been stinted, the various aspects of juridical relations developing equally within its orbit as in other systems of law.

Secomily, the administration of justice is clearly actuated by a high sense of duty and a very lofty ideal of the law-givers regarding the functions which they had to discharge; they were moved by the higher ideal of DHARMA which in one of its phases looks up to revelation, and in another, looks forward to the permanent welfare of the entire sentient world.

Thirdly, keen logicality, subtlety of discrimination, analytical skill and mathematical accuracy in defining legal conceptions are its special traits, the refined rules of ratiocination of Gautama and the principles of interpretation of Jairnini are too well-known to need any mention.

Lastly, the reason-ableness of the rules has been kept in view all along the line so that they may not be detrimental to the interests of the community at large. ”

– 1941, Kashi Prasad Saksena, M.Sc. LLB, Advocate and professor of Law at DAV college, Kanpur, Author of ‘Muslim Laws and lawyers’

His realization has more credit than sick-seculars since he had studied and practices all types of laws.

Cultural uproot (कुल-देश धर्म नाश) leads to decrease in mental and physical health

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What you are performing now, is not your best potential. Man’s best potential is observed where suitable culture and rituals are observed.

For our unlimited quest of urbanization, we uproot humans in mass. And hence, we compromise with their potential.

Tribals are forced to leave land and migrate to cities so that city can get cheap labor. After tribal, now it is farmers’ turn. For elites of the world, this is best way to do population control. Uproot the mass and they will, like uprooted plant, die gradually, naturally.

“Once separated from their lands, tribal peoples begin to lose the traditions, skills and knowledge that together weave the tapestry of identity; thus follows a profound decrease in mental and physical health.”


Research


On the ‘wild’, human imagination and tribal peoples

How the western concept of the wild and conservation policies have affected tribal peoples

Today there are an estimated 120,000 protected areas worldwide, covering nearly 15% of the world’s land surface. Conservation is undoubtedly vital when the biological diversity of the planet is so threatened. But the sorry backdrop to these statistics — the story that is overlooked in the desire to preserve the ‘wild’ — is one of intense human suffering. For in the creation of reserves, millions of people — most of them tribal — have been evicted from their homes.

In India, hundreds of thousands of people have already been displaced from parks in the name of conservation, while in Africa mass evictions from protected areas have taken place, including the Batwa ‘pygmies’, who were forcibly moved from Uganda’s Bwindi Forest in order to protect the mountain gorillas and the Waliangulu people of Kenya, who once lived in the Tsavo Park area. ‘This variant of land theft is rapidly emerging as one of the biggest problems confronting indigenous peoples today,’ says Stephen Corry of Survival International.

For tribal peoples, it matters little whether the theft of their homelands has been for conservation or commercial reasons. Dispossessing indigenous owners for conservation may appear more benign, but for tribal peoples the consequences are similarly catastrophic. Once separated from their lands, tribal peoples begin to lose the traditions, skills and knowledge that together weave the tapestry of identity; thus follows a profound decrease in mental and physical health.

Lands are equally ‘divorced’ from the indigenous owners. 80% of the world’s biologically rich areas are the territories of tribal communities who, for millennia, have found ingenious ways of catering for their needs and maintaining the ecological balance of their surroundings. Such sustainable principles are evident in the health of the Amazon: much of the rainforest that lies outside tribal reserves has been denuded, whereas within indigenous areas it largely remains intact. Similarly, the only remaining rainforest on the Andaman Islands is found within the Jarawa peoples’ reserve. It is often precisely because ‘wild’ places have been looked after by their indigenous guardians that they have been chosen by conservationists as reserves.

http://www.survivalinternational.org/articles/3174-wilderness-the-human-imagination-and-tribal-peoples

 

Wood Usage : Wise vs Moronic

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Wood used to be collected in ancient India. Iron tools were used only for those trees which had completed life and are dead. Iron tools were banned for cutting any living healthy trees. (There are still few communities in Rajasthan who follow this ritual)

Though we are intelligent enough to invent mechanical wood cutters, we did not. Such a destructive technology was always avoided.

Only collected wood was used for fire rituals and daily routine use.

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Sign of moron society:
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We boast for our technological prowess. We buy a cutter and mindlessly cut all trees. In addition, consumers of this wood are never connected with the jungle. They are mindless consumer parasites.

This is because we no more consider nature sacred. We feel that humans are superior and must rule the earth by consuming her resources like a parasite. We no more include prayers in school! (Yes! This was shocker when my friend shared it yesterday! There are some pseudo-secular schools who don’t have prayers in school routine!) Once you disconnect kids from nature, they will never have respect for nature. No respect, no duties. Morons!

Most Critical Duty : Being Selfless and Passing the Baton at Right time

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Baton

Pass on the action item to appropriate executor. That is how, you can live several lives paralleled.

For example, you have an idea about Education. But you are not in position to propagate it in society due to some limitations. Find out pious educationalist in your vicinity, befriend him and work hard to convince him about your ideas. If ideas are genuine and your new friend’s heart too is genuine then he or she will act as change agent and bring envisioned change in society. Simple, humane and faster!

Why do you need your signature(credits) on all accomplishments? Learn to connect social dots. Drop your Ego and bring stargazed wonders into reality via pious change agents.

 

सामवेद गायन Vs शास्त्र अध्ययन :Many paths, One Goal

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Many times Intellectuals ask me: “how would ignorant men from remote corners of the Bharat are enlighten without studying shashtra? ज्ञान and भक्ति – Both are essential.”

First of all – ज्ञान has nothing to do with learning Sanskrit or learning spiritual texts.

ज्ञान is the essence. Core of self-realization. Your study of spiritual texts is mere one way of it. You need it because your Prakriti in this birth is designed for it. Many others don’t need it. That does not mean they will never receive ज्ञान.

साम प्राणं प्रपध्ये |

सामवेद गायन और उपासनाका विषय है| ईश गुणोंके गायन एवं ईश उपासनासे प्राण का बल बढ़ता है| भक्ति with Guru’s blessing is enough for many in the path of self-realization.

Many paths, one goal. Choose (or let Guru choose) based on your innate disposition for this birth.

Western Philosophy vs Bharatiya Tattvagyan

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Philosophy in Bharat is not a dry subject. तत्वज्ञान as correct word, demands much more than intellectual feat. Logic is secondary, experience is primary. No तत्वज्ञानी in pavitra Bharat Bhumi is considered authentic unless he is also a Yogi. A yogi does not merely talk or write. He lives life as per realization of तत्वज्ञान. Not only faith, experience of God. No intellectual pastimes. No pointless contemplation of reality. Personal realization is the base for integration with reality. Immediate contact with being.

Give priority to अनुभव सिद्ध knowledge and not information overload.

त्रिलोक Protection : Fundamental of Education

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त्रिलोक or Three worlds are given to each one of us. Our own universe. The physical body universe, the pranic energy universe and the mental universe.
 
To hold (Protect/Preserve/maintain) त्रिलोक is fundamental tenet of education.The wooden top will continue as long as there is a thrust. But while the movement is going on, it is important to hold the top. Balance the top. Or else, its movement will stop prematurely.
 
Any school or parents teaching this? How to hold? ब्रह्मचर्य? Once the kid passes age 6-9, he or she should be taught, how to hold the body. Gayatri mantra diksha? जनोइ?उपनयन? If not taught, their tops will disturb other tops’ movements. 🙂 That is the chaos we are in. 🙂 No one is taught to hold. And so we trespass in others’ worlds, create chaos there, invite complex karmic bondage. And the cycle goes on…
 
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Do we really hold our body? Our universe? धारण is very critical duty. To hold, to protect, to preserve, to maintain. We are given entire universe to take care but we fail miserably. And we talk about Yoga and Peace and all. smile emoticon
स दाधार पृथिवीं दिवं च – The one who is real brahmchari, holds the world (i.e. follows dharma and participate in dharma).
 
“Universe is within” is very easy to talk. Sweet, lucid and delusive. But to really hold the universe within, one must acquire mental and physical Brahmcharya.
 
ब्रह्मचारीष्णंश् चरति रोदसी उभे तस्मिन् देवाः संमनसो भवन्ति |
स दाधार पृथिवीं दिवं च स आचार्यं तपसा पिपर्ति ||1||
अथर्ववेद: काण्डं 11-5

Householder (गृहस्थ) , Fasting and Science

Fasting

रसस्य मनसश्चैव चञ्चलत्वं स्वभावतः ।
रसो बद्धो मनो बद्धं किं न सिद्ध्यति भूतले ||
– Hatha Yoga Pradipika

By nature, रस (अन्नमय कोष + प्राणमय कोष) and mind (मनोमय कोष) are unsteady: there is nothing in the world which cannot be accomplished when these are made steady.

And so उपवास, ब्रह्मचर्य are essential tools for self-realization.

From initiation at age 6 (it varies for different persons) to the end of Grihasthi, first absolute ब्रह्मचर्य, followed by Grihasthi’s उपवास & ब्रह्मचर्य, helps in making रस & मन stable. Helping in self-realization by performing own duties towards the world.

Think about it.

Most fasting vows and व्रतs in local culture of this land are for householders (गृहस्थी). Very few days of the year when elderly and children observe fast.

Why?

Married couples are backbones of the healthy Nation and society. Middle age (25-50) is the age of performing duties. Married couple in this age has several responsibilities. Taking care of children, taking care of elderly, taking care of society and local community, taking care of mother nature, earning livelihood etc. All these activities are energy intensive. On the other hand, excessive eating, mindless indulgence in entertainment etc are doubly energy consuming activities with zero productive inputs towards duties. Duties are for spiritual progress of an individual (And so marriage is important fabric of the society).

If major chunk of energy source is consumed in eating activity, all other duties suffer due to lack of agility and liveliness. Full dedication is not possible. And so to conserve vital energy to perform duties towards self, family, society, various restoration activities are prescribed in term of vows, व्रतs and उपवास.

Also, this is the age when body’s general tendency is Pitta. Fasting helps in balancing excessive pitta. So we can have healthy, fresh, sickness-free days to dedicate for family, society and nation.

There are spiritual benefits but I prefer not to share them here 🙂. They better should be experienced.

Our digestive track is most exploited area of the body. Stuff anything and everything, anytime! 😀
 
Fasting allows the digestive organs to have a deep, physiological rest, and the energy saved goes to self-healing and self-repairing.
 
Maximum energy goes into deconstructing food in digestive track. Skipping meal helps in diverting this energy to other housekeeping jobs like eliminating dead cells, performing cremation of toxins, dead cells, damaged tissues, tumors and abscesses.
 
Fast is no more part of our so called modern life style and so elimination process never triggers or triggers very less. Result? -> Cancer, High Cholesterol, Weaken heart, weaken digestion, rapid aging
 
Keep aside your rationality. Follow carefully planned calendar of fasting and experience wonder!
 
“Two times have been appointed by the deities for human beings to take their food, viz., morning and evening. During the interval one should not eat anything. By following this rule about eating, one is said to observe a fast.”
– Mahabharata
Stop eating at odd hours. Control your instincts.
Also, fasting does not only mean controlling physical food instincts. It also means control over all perceptions we imbibe i.e. Visual, auditory, smell etc. Be minimalist on fasting day.
1) Two meals per 24 hrs
2) Every 15 days, (Good if you can fix Ekadashi) do complete fast.
 
Do you fast? Or make fun of those who fast? 🙂
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Research
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http://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/abstract/S1934-5909%2814%2900151-9

Prolonged Fasting Reduces IGF-1/PKA to Promote Hematopoietic-Stem-Cell-Based Regeneration and Reverse Immunosuppression

Highlights

  • Prolonged fasting downregulates a IGF-1/PKA pathway in stem cells
  • Prolong fasting protects hematopoietic cells from chemotoxicity
  • Prolonged fasting cycles promote HSC self-renewal to reverse immunosuppression
  • Inhibition of IGF-1 or PKA signaling mimics the effects of prolonged fasting

Summary

Immune system defects are at the center of aging and a range of diseases. Here, we show that prolonged fasting reduces circulating IGF-1 levels and PKA activity in various cell populations, leading to signal transduction changes in long-term hematopoietic stem cells (LT-HSCs) and niche cells that promote stress resistance, self-renewal, and lineage-balanced regeneration. Multiple cycles of fasting abated the immunosuppression and mortality caused by chemotherapy and reversed age-dependent myeloid-bias in mice, in agreement with preliminary data on the protection of lymphocytes from chemotoxicity in fasting patients. The proregenerative effects of fasting on stem cells were recapitulated by deficiencies in either IGF-1 or PKA and blunted by exogenous IGF-1. These findings link the reduced levels of IGF-1 caused by fasting to PKA signaling and establish their crucial role in regulating hematopoietic stem cell protection, self-renewal, and regeneration.

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