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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.

Purpose of Human Birth

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यो विद्यात सूत्रं विततं यस्मिनोताः इमा प्रजाः।
सूत्रस्य सूत्रं स विद्यात सविधान ब्रह्मण महत ।

सूत्र के सूत्रको समजना & आत्मसात करना – यही तो मनुष्य जीवनका अंतिम प्रयोजन है|

प्रजाओं में पिरोये सूत्र के सूत्र को जो जानता है वह ब्रह्म महत को जानता है ।

“One who knows the drawn-out string whereon all these creatures are strung, one who knows the thread’s thread, knows the Great Brahman”

You are in human body because you are given opportunity to realize the thread behind all life pervading threads.

In your local rituals, wherever you find thread (सूत्र) , remember this profound thought and realize the presence of सूत्रस्य सूत्रं.

Key is चरित्र निर्माण

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व्यवहारकुशलता is primary trait of pious character.

व्यक्तित्व के विकास में व्यवहारकुशलता का अपना एक विशिष्ट स्थान है | दुःख इस बात का है, कि आज व्यवहारकुशलता को गलत अर्थों में ले लिया गया है | आज जो चतुर, चालाक, चापलूस, चपल और चाटुकार हो, उसे व्यवहारकुशल समझा जाता है | इस गलत धारणा का निराकरण सर्वत्र होना चाहिये |

जो मन से मनन किया गया हो, वही वाणी से बोलें | और जो वाणी से कहें, उसे ही कार्यान्वित करें | आज सब कुछ उल्टा हो गया है | अब स्थिति यह है – ‘मन की बात मन ही राखे, कहे वही जो जग मन भाये |’ कितने ही वायदे कर ले जुबान से, पूरा एकहु करे न कराये’ || यह स्थिति डिप्लोमेसी तो हो सकती है, व्यवहारकुशलता नहीं | व्यवहारकुशलता का एक मूलभूत सिद्धान्त यह है, कि सबसे प्रीतिपूर्वक, (अर्थात् निष्‍कपटता के साथ), धर्मानुसार, (अर्थात् उचित अनुचित को ध्यान में रखते हुये) वरतना चाहिये | व्यवहारकुशलता का मापदण्ड इस बात में है कि जो कहा जा रहा हो, वह व्यवहारिक हो, और क्रियात्मक रूप से व्यवह्रत‌ किया जा सके | वचनबद्धता और सही चीज का सही ढंग से, सही समय पर क्रियान्वन व्यवहारकुशलता के अभिन्न अंग हैं |

Hindu Way of treating plants

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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.

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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.

Learn सखत्व from Water(H2O)

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“पानी अपना रास्ता कर ही लेता है|” – “Water always makes its way out.”
 
Water molecules can find their own way because their bonding has intense सखत्व (Friendship). This bonding helps them to find out a way. H2O molecules are सहह्रदयी.
 
Why this example?
 
There are N numbers of problem modern life style has. Solutions demand group efforts. Community responses. Individuals cannot walk further like an isolated water drop.
 
So what baby steps we can take?
 
1) Find like-minded water droplets. And walk together in local environment. Together, there will surely a way out.
2) Share experiences so that like-minded water droplets in different regions may get hints and they too start finding way out. Of course, locally. There is no imitation scope.
 
So my presence in FB : I am sure, there is not mass change possible. 99% will ignore as they are not सहह्रदयी. To create impact on non-सहह्रदयी, one needs to be in the form of Sea. 🙂 We are not sea yet. So, baby-step is to become rivulet out of individual dammed droplets and then flow towards the sea. Those who are adamant to connect (which 99% are), will submit sooner or later.
 
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Channelize energy in finding next droplet with same urge to become sea one day in this or some other next birth and nurture that relation. I personally work only with 2-3 droplets and we adjust our life to create strong flow ahead.

Panchayatan Puja

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Fire has power of Tapa, Vital Air has power of motion, Sun has power of light, Moon has power of coolness, and Water has power of peace. These are primary Devatas, working day and night at our disposal.

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This is eternal model of self-purification, mass-purification.

तप: (अग्नि) – कायिक,वाचिक,मानसिक exercise.
हर: (वायु/प्राण)- स्थूल दोषोंका हरण, removing weaknesses.
अर्चि (सूर्य) – Worship/Sadhna/Upasana – Concentration/Meditation on God/God’s characteristics
शोचि (चन्द्र) – सूक्ष्म दोषोंका हरण – Remove mental weaknesses
तेज (आप) – तेजन – sharpening Godly living

Take for example process of making weapons. They follow the same process in factory.

Five forms of five Devatas in our body:

अग्नि – वाणी – वाक् – Speech
वायु – प्राण – Vital air
सूर्य – नेत्र – Eyes/Seeing
चन्द्र – मन/ह्रदय – Mind/emotions
आप – रेतस/रक्त/शुक्र – Blood/Vital fluid

Purify all of them. Start your day with purification. Maintain it throughout the day!

Lanka vs Ayodhya

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What is difference between Raam ‘s Bharat and Ravana’s Lanka?

Bharat had abundant of Natural forest/Natural landscapes. Lanka had naturalized(Make more natural or lifelike) forest.
Look around you. What do you see most? Artificially grown lawns/Golf Course(Modern Asoka Vana) or Natural green pastures for cows?
We are living in Lanka. And we want to call it Raam Rajya 🙂

How is your life? Natural or Naturalized (Inspired from Media driven green campaigns)?

संन्यास is not Escapism

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There is a awareness among youth about culture, rituals and gau. It is welcome sign. But, I observed spiritual institutions and gurus pursuing youth and asking them to join their organization and devote entire life.

This is worrisome.

If we are really believers of the culture of the land, we must not divert youth from their sva-dharma. Making them अपत्नीक and wasting productive and re-productive energy. Side effect of this forceful Sanyas is unethical practices we often hear in news.

Instead, we must inspire them for successful grihasthi. Teach them that, working for society is just one aspect of grihasth and self-interest is important; it is pertinent to distinguish between legitimate self-interest and pure selfishness. One must not live selfish life but remain alert for self-interest.

Remember this from Rigveda before you get carried away by these so called spiritual gurus working hard for selfish motives.

परि चिन्मर्तो द्रविणं ममन्यादृतस्य पथा नमसा विवासेत् ।
उत स्वेन क्रतुना सं वदेत श्रेयांसं दक्षं मनसा जगृभ्यात् ॥२॥ ऋग्वेद: सूक्तं १०.३१

Let a man (or woman) ponder well on wealth and earn it by the path of moral law (or truth) and with humility. Let him (or her) take counsel with his (or her) own conscience and heartily gain justifiable (or upright) prosperity.

Prosperity is important. Do not waste youth behind hollow and delusive spirituality.

The verse makes it quite clear that earning wealth is certainly allowed, but one has to ponder well (pari chin) over how it has to be earned, by the path of moral law or truth (ritasya pathaa), and not by dishonest means. It has to be earned with humility (namasaa) and not arrogance, since success depends on the grace of God and one owes it to the society of which one is a member for making it possible. Consulting one’s own conscience (kratu) also is important in deciding the ways in which it is earned. Once these qualifications are kept in mind, one can earn wealth heartily (manasaa) and gain justifiable or upright (daksham) prosperity (shreyaamsam). This is not all. The Rigveda goes further and adds one more condition to earning wealth, that of sharing. In the same Mandala as the above, we have the following verse:

मोघमन्नं विन्दते अप्रचेताः सत्यं ब्रवीमि वध इत्स तस्य ।
नार्यमणं पुष्यति नो सखायं केवलाघो भवति केवलादी ॥६॥ ऋग्वेद: सूक्तं १०.११७

The one who is not conscientious earns food in vain. I tell you the truth, it is like his (moral) death. One who supports neither the learned and the good nor his friends and consumes all by himself, earns only sin.

Even, The Gita teaches the same thing; by taking care of each other,reach the highest welfare.

देवान्भावयतानेन ते देवा भावयन्तु वः ।
परस्परं भावयन्तः श्रेयः परमवाप्स्यथ ॥३- ११॥

The idea is that there is a certain overlap between approach to spiritual progress as well as material progress.

The ethical qualities necessary for a respectable success in this world are also the same as required for spiritual progress.

Earning purusharth (dharm, arth, kam, moksh) is dharma of young age (grihastha aashram). Do not run away from responsibilities. Earn prosperity by ethics – use it for spiritual progress.

Sanyasin are born, never designed here by human efforts. And if some guru is brainwashing, alert 🙂.

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