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धातु पाठ and meaning of यज्ञ

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धातु – roots with their meanings
पाठ – memorization by recitation
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धातु पाठ is essential exercise in Sanskrit learning. If you do it regularly, one can decipher multi-layer meanings of different terms. Beauty of Sanskrit language is that the words never disconnect from the meanings of the roots (धातु). All meanings of the word are interconnected. One of the meanings of word यज्ञ is ‘अध्वर’. अध्वर = Process in which slaughter is not to be performed.

Since अध्वर represents one of many aspects of यज्ञ, not performing slaughter for यज्ञ is also integrated thought of यज्ञ.

To offer dead animals to Agni (like Antim Sanskar) is different than to kill organism and offer it.

Market Driven School Produces Consumers, Not Citizens

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Most modern schools/colleges/universities do regular marketing. Some of them sponsors TV programs (for example Amity university). Some of them claim building successful global competitive career for millions. What a tragic state of education! Molding childhood into utilitarian adulthood! And we complain about environment and global climate changes? Unless we stop producing consumer machines in human forms, there is no silver lining. I see community teaching, private apprenticeship as solutions for future. A middle way before we see emergence of Gurukul system.

Why Vedic Education?

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Even without formal gurukul education,some of us will walk on path of आत्मसाक्षात्कार. Don’t you see many around? Don’t you have many examples from last century’s history? From Swami Vivekananda to Aurobindo! So many examples!

Then why Gurukul education?

Ask yourself, is mere Individual’s journey, a goal of education? No!! It is about sustaining the civilization by fine-tuning at mass level, for their birth proclivities and essential non-destructive contribution to the world!!

Mere spiritual journey is not the goal. (As many sects’ run schools promote).
Mere bread-earning skills is not the end goal as modern education imparts.

Education is for man-making. Exceptions don’t count much.You take birth with X type of कर्मिक् and संस्कार baggage, our education system is powerful enough to help you contribute to वैश्विक यज्ञ. That is the power of Vaidik Education!

Dinner Etiquette and So called Secular setup in school : धर्मनिरपेक्ष vs धार्मिक

धर्मनिरपेक्ष vs धार्मिक

Modern school’s secular setup acts worse than chemically loaded food toxins.

Instead of eating with scientifically superior method (eating by hands), this secular setup will force your kid to always keep arrogant distance from food, all in name of etiquette!

You pay hefty sum as fee! Don’t you? At least, raise voice against such secular insanity and stop nonsensical alien practices!

The so called secular setup at school and home force children to learn robotic ways of eating. Whereas, धार्मिक(s) go by mother nature’s instruction. Difference? Between man and God. Be on God’s path. Be धार्मिक. Read this article: http://voyagegroupin.quora.com/Vedic-Wisdom-behind-eating-with-your-hands-Scientific-Benefits?ref=fb

DON’T BE A MORON PARENT. BE WISE> User common sense.

Why teaching Panchang first to kids? All Infectious Diseases Are Seasonal

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“Teach पञ्चांग to kids.”

“Why?My kids know enough of days, months & season.”

“That is तिथि, वार.What about नक्षत्र, योग और करण?”

“Who cares?”

“Your body cares! Despite your numbness and arrogance, your body cares about तिथि, वार, नक्षत्र, योग और करण as it follows the natural cycles! Biological clocks prefer your intervention to tune it to the change! To the level of नक्षत्र, योग and करण! We need it because we don’t live in jungle! Sheer artificial setup we live in, disturb body’s cycles. Knowledge, understanding and sense of तिथि, वार, नक्षत्र, योग और करण , make life easy for adjustments to the season’s minor change!”

“What if I don’t care!”

“We better have term insurance 😉 To me, more chaotic life we have, minute seasonal changes knowledge we should have! 🙂


This was my conversation with a good friend. Here is an additional info why we must train our kids in आकाश दर्शन and reading panchang!

Below research says, all infectious diseases are seasonal. When your kid is sharp enough to understand the changes around, which are now more abrupt and random ever in history of mankind, they can alter life routine (food, sleep, exercise) effortlessly.


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Mark Your Calendar: All Infectious Diseases Are Seasonal

https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/mark-your-calendar-all-infectious-diseases-are-seasonal

She found seasonality occurs not just in acute infectious diseases like flu but also chronic infectious diseases like Hepatitis B, which depending on geography, flares up with greater regularity certain times of the year. Preliminary work has shown that even HIV-AIDS has a seasonal element, thought to be driven by seasonal changes in malnutrition in agricultural settings.

The paper describes four main drivers of seasonality in infectious diseases. Environmental factors like temperature and humidity regulate seasonal flu; in vector-borne diseases like Zika too, the environment plays a role in the proliferation of mosquitos. Host behaviors such as children coming into close proximity with each other during the school year are a factor in measles. Ecological factors such as algae play a role the outbreak of cholera. Seasonal biological rhythms, similar to those that govern migration and hibernation in animals, may also be a factor in diseases like polio, although more research is needed.

“Seasonality is a powerful and universal feature of infectious diseases, although the scientific community has largely ignored it for the majority of infections,” says Martinez, an assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences. “Much work is needed to understand the forces driving disease seasonality and understand how we can leverage seasonality to design interventions to prevent outbreaks and treat chronic infections.”

शैक्षणिक देशाटन : Missing chapter of modern education

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भवेद्विर्य्वति विद्या गुरुवाक्त्र्समुदभावा |
अन्यथा फलहीना स्यन्निविर्यर्प्य्तिदुख्खद |
अर्थात गुरु द्वारा अर्जित विद्या ही वीर्यवती होती है और वास्तविक सुख प्रदायिनी होती है | नहीं तो , विद्या फलहीन और अति दु :खदायिनी होती है | इसीलिए हर मानव को अपने जीवन में गुरु को प्रथम स्थान देना चाहिए

First and foremost aspect of education is to establish relation with Guru from heart. And that is only possible at his home, in jungle, without any societal vices around.

Once this is achieved (in 3-4 years, from age 8 to 12), and when Guru knows that Shishya is ready to take on higher studies, something beyond Guru’s limitations or Gurukul’s boundary (Only true Guru can accept own limitations), important aspect of education starts : शैक्षणिक देशाटन या विश्वामित्र परंपरा!

Yes, it is critical aspect missed in modern education. If you don’t travel across the nation, how can you understand issues of the land?

विश्वामित्र परंपरा

मधुलुब्धो यथा भृंगः पुष्पात्पुष्पान्तरं व्रजेत् |

ज्ञानलुब्धस्तथा शिष्यो गुरोर्गुवर्न्तरं व्रजेत् || ८९||
Just as a honeybee flits from one flower to another in search of honey, so also a disciple desirous of acquiring spiritual knowledge goes from one Guru to another till he acquires it.

No Guru feel insulted when students go for higher knowledge. In fact, Guru should know own limitations and suggest students to Guru with higher knowledge and skills

वनवास in Ramayana and Mahabharata are not mere outcomes of human weaknesses. They were needed for mass awakening. Nationwide travel is needed for all leaders.

Btw, तीर्थाटन / तीर्थयात्रा /वन यात्रा – There are different ways by which Pravas is prescribes. वसंत ऋतू is ideal as it is good time to burn excess cough by यात्रा.

After leaving Sandipani Gurukul, Shri Krishna called 1000 days seminars in Himalaya for all kings, experts and scholars of the nation. It was where seeds of war were prepared.

More is written here:

तीर्थाटन / तीर्थयात्रा /वन यात्रा – There are different ways by which प्रवास/travel is prescribed. वसंत ऋतू is ideal as it is good time to burn excess cough by यात्रा.

जिन्होंने भारत में भ्रमण ही नहीं किया, यहाँ के कोस कोस में बदलती रुत का अनुभव नहीं किया….. यहाँ के आचार-विचार-व्यवहार को समझने की कभी चेष्टा नहीं की…
ऐसे लोग अब हमें बताएंगे, कि हमारा समाज कैसा है……. हमारा दर्शन क्या है…?

Rama, Krishna, Shankracharya…we have examples from all ages.

यो न संचरते देशान् सेवते यो न पण्डीतान् |
तस्य संकुचिता बुधिर्धृतबिन्दुरिवाम्भसि ||

यस्तु संचरते देशान् सेवते यस्तु पण्डितान् |
तस्य विस्तारिता बुधिस्तैलबिन्दुरिवाम्भसि ||

Those who do not travel (for the cause of self-realization) and do satsang with different regions’ experts (Pandits of different fields), their intellect is like a drop of clarified butter in water, limited, narrow, strictured.

Those who do travel (for the cause of self-realization) and do satsang with different regions’ experts (Pandits of different fields), their intellect is like a drop of oil in water, -mingled with water, expanded, broader.

Sanatana Dharma and Importance of Yatra (Mission Oriented Travel)

We must bring back this aspect of education back. This is very much needed between age 12 to 16. A critical time when a teen mind needs to realize value of his future contribution to society. It will pretty much give direction to his life-mission.

 

Parent? Go back to jungle or send kids to forest-school (गुरुकुल)

ForestGurukul

GUT microbes is a buzz-word in medical fraternity of western world. It is welcome sign as they are unlearning useless DNA dogma and mindless antibiotic treatment practices.

In Bharat(India), child development is intervened in वर्णाश्रम धर्म. Everyone was following it 100 years back. And it was very reason why we were never worried about health by minor details like GUT microbes.

वर्ण & आश्रम were potent tools to take care and nurture पंचकोशीय बंधारण. As soon as you hit the age of Upanayan, you are sent to forest for learning. It is very essential.

In many countries, they are shifting schools to forest. Forest-school is growing concept in finland, japan and US. (Google it to know  more).

Our गुरुकुल शिक्षण happened in forest. Forest and cows were prerequisites. Both act as प्राणवर्धक & प्राण-संवर्धन.

When GUT-microbes of growing kids are not taken care (unfortunately, me and many in my generations missed it. Present generation of urban kids are missing it. Present generation of rural kids also miss it due to urban influence but they are still in good position compare to urban kids), adult life is miserable, feeble and weak.

Why Worry about Children’s GUT health?

The role of gut microbiota in early life and its impact on gut health and subsequent diseases remain unclear. There is a lack of research and awareness in this area, especially in the Asia‐Pacific region, including Malaysia. This paper reports the position of a Malaysian Working Group on some key issues surrounding gut microbiota in early life and its role in gut health and diseases, as well as experts’ stand on probiotics and prebiotics. The group reached a consensus that certain factors, including elective caesarean; premature deliveries; complementary feeding; use of antibiotics, prebiotics and/or probiotics; and exposure to the external environmental, have an impact on gut microbiota in early life. However, as evidence is lacking, especially from the Asia‐Pacific region, further studies are needed to understand how gut microbiota in early life affects subsequent diseases, including allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and infantile colic. Lastly, although beneficial in acute diarrhoeal disease and probably allergic eczema, probiotics (and/or prebiotics) should be used cautiously in other gut dysbiotic conditions until more data are available.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jpc.13640

Check the GUT microbe-perspective.

Answer hints for

  1. Why forest based gurukul for age 7 to 16
  2. Why cows in school?
  3. Why even naturalized urban school garden is not enough?

Research


Switching from an Urban to Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle may Increase Diversity in Children’s Gut Microbes

An international team of researchers has shown that immersing city dwellers in the traditional lifestyle and diet of a rainforest village for two weeks increases the diversity of the visiting children’s—but not the adults’—gut microbiota. In a small pilot study published this week in mSphere®, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, the team shows that the immersion visit did little to shift the adults’ skin, oral, nasal and fecal microbiota.

“We wanted to look at the question of whether microbiota change during a drastic, radical change of diet and lifestyle,” says Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, a microbial ecologist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey who led the study with microbiologist Monica Contreras from the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research. “In this village, there was no market economy, no bodega, no Coca-Cola—so this represented a radical shift in diet from a high percentage of processed foods in urban places to zero processed foods and an all-natural diet.”

Dominguez-Bello, along with researchers from New York University and two Venezuelan institutes, took advantage of a visit planned by five, city-dwelling adult visitors—and two of their children—to live among an indigenous Yekwana village in the Bolivar State of Venezuela for 16 days. The village has a hunter-gatherer-gardener lifestyle and diet.

Typical fare includes cassava (a starchy, high-fiber tuber), corn, various wild fruits, including plantains, pineapples, and berries, fish, and small amounts of game meat and eggs gathered from wild birds. Visitors had two meals a day that consisted of soup with a bit of fish or meat. The rest of their diet consisted of “all-day snacking on cassava with fruit” says Dominguez-Bello. The visitors also bathed in the river without soap and followed the natural circadian rhythms of their hosts.

“The diet contains very little animal protein and it’s very, very high in fiber and very low in fat,” compared to Western diets, says Dominguez-Bello.

While it is known that people with traditional diets have higher gut microbiota diversity compared to those with urban diets, it was unknown if urban dwellers could shift the diversity of their microbiota higher simply by following a traditional lifestyle and diet. In the gut, a high diversity of microbes is considered a sign of good health.

Traditional people eat diets rich in unprocessed plant material, which are much more chemically complex compared to processed foods. The smorgasbord of chemicals acts as fuel for a higher variety of microbes. Traditional people use less antimicrobial medicines and compounds in daily life, which might also contribute to their increased gut microbe diversity.

During the 16-day visit, the researchers collected samples from the visitors’ skin, mouth, nose, and from a fecal swab. Age-matched samples were also collected from villagers. The samples were sequenced and compared.

Surprisingly, none of the adult visitors’ microbiota shifted significantly during the visit, while the two children’s gut microbiota trended toward a higher number of total microbial species present. Although these results were not statistically significant and in just two subjects, the researchers saw this as interesting nonetheless, given the children’s ages of 4 and 7.

Up to now, it was thought that children’s gut microbiota become stable and more ‘adult-like’ by the time they reach 3 years of age. “This indicates that the window for maturing your microbiome may not be 3 years of age, but longer,” says Dominguez-Bello. Her team plans to do a larger study with 12 children participating in an “immersion summer camp” to a traditional village.

Because the children’s gut microbiota exhibited more plasticity, these results raise an interesting possibility that urban children who eat a more traditional, high-fiber, low-fat and low-processed diet early in life might cultivate a more diverse set of gut microbes. Conversely, adults may have a limited response due to their low microbiome plasticity.

Dominguez-Bello was not terribly surprised that the adults’ gut and other microbiota changed so little: “If you take traditional people and bring them to New York, give them antibiotics and McDonald’s to eat everyday, it’s not surprising that they lose diversity,” she says. “But if, as an urban dweller, you’ve already lost that gut microbe diversity and you move to a high-diversity diet, maybe you cannot ‘bloom’ diversity because you simply don’t have those microbes present anymore.”

https://www.asm.org/index.php/newsroom/item/7458-switching-from-an-urban-to-hunter-gatherer-lifestyle-may-increase-diversity-in-children-s-gut-microbes

Season driven common Sense : Out of Syllabus

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Commonsense

Does your kid’s school teach local language phrases, popular cliches and poems? Do they teach Gujarati calendar? (They don’t. On the other hand, they teach rhymes written for European culture :D. What a cultural tragedy! )

Does you kid learn same from grand parents? (Difficult as grand parents are also brainwashed by same education system)

What do they miss? Essential life event markers. Common sense.

For example:

શ્રાવણ માસે કાકડી,ભાદરવાની છાસ,
તુરિયાનું સેવન કરે,તાવ કરે ઘરવાસ.
(Translation: Those who eat cucumber in Sravan month(July-Aug), butter milk in bhadarva month(Aug-Sep), and turiyu during monsoon (June-July-Aug-Sept), invites fever (Viral/Bacterial))

ઉની ઉની રોટલીને કારેલાનું શાક.
(Translation: During monsoon, eat fresh and hot chapati with
squirting cucumber shabji)

” મૂળા, મોગરી, ગાજર, બોર, રાતે ખાય તે નિશ્ચે ઢોર…!”
(Translation: Those who eat vegetables like carrot,radish pods,jujube etc in dinner, are dumb animals!)

Now since we, and our kids are kept aloof from this common sense, we will eat anything and everything in all seasons! Like animals! Murder of common sense!

Why do you pay so high fees to schools who cannot even impart common sense? 😀 😀 I will rather prefer not to send my kid to such school. If school is failure, why do you wait? Why can’t you cut your time spent behind mindless entertainment and divert it to learn common sense?

Think about it. If we embrace common sense taught by local culture, we can save billions of medical bills every year.

Solution:
1) Keep your child connected to mother tongue. Always speak in your mother tongue at home
2) Do not ignore your grand parents common sense advice
3) Get connected with sources from where you can upgrade your common sense

Information Obsession vs Environment-Sensitive

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NatGio

What is the use of knowing length of river Nile and area of Amazon Jungle when I never visited jungle next door or never had a bath in river flowing at doorstep?

Grass lands around you are turning desert and you want your kids to know Sahara?
Forests are cut daily in million hectare lands but you want your kid to do project on Amazon? 😀
Cows are slaughtered next door but you want your kid to do project on Zebra? :O
Chemical pollution is rampant, penetrated in your food, water and air but you want your kid to learn about Hawai island? 😀

How many times did you write to pollution control board about blatant misuse of laws by industries?

Get Real. Don’t live in illusion created by Mass Media. Don’t succumb to imaginary distant world. Start worrying about local. It is local that will protect you.

Schools should do field trips to worse polluted area and ask students to submit reports to Govt and beloved Modi ji 🙂 But schools are busy in AC classrooms and making multi media presentation

My Ideal Temple : Temple is not mere prayer place!

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Temple

Do you know why Japan is more admirable Asian country than anyone else?

They never neglected their roots and yet walked on the path of innovation.

On the other hand, we only learned to mimic the west.

This is what I envision as a temple (Read my 2-3 days posts on temple)

You do all you want to do for the good of the society but always keep temple in the center. It is the magical force to keep the noble task going

Read more here how Japan’s innovation stems out from temples! [1]

#MyIdealTemple

विद्यालय मंदिर नहीं,मंदिर विद्यालयके लिए है|
गौशाला मंदिर नहीं,मंदिर गौशालाके लिए है|
चिकित्सालय मंदिर नहीं,मंदिर चिकित्सालयके लिए है|

मंदिर was/should be social-economic foundation for any lofty selfless सर्वजन हिताय community work.
Without मंदिर as foundation, no social-economical activity will sustain for long term. Yes, you may see some short-term spikes.(NGOs – not their fault that they don’t know about this concept) But not like 100+ years of traditions as we used to have for many known and unknown temples.

Think about it. Why so?

Temple2 Temple

Your genes (in turn your environment) suggest you food preference.[2]

Genes also suggest which deity/God you should worship.
Your personal deity, इष्ट देवता, कुल देवता,कुल देवी, ग्राम देवता!

The one with whom your mind can connect effortlessly and get nourished by their blessings! The way food bless us if we follow the suggested local food by region and season.

**One God for all is an insult to genetic and environment diversity.**

Similarly, ‘All Gods are same’ is also not perfect sentence. Yes, the common sameness of consciousness does pass through all of us but that does not mean this fabric has different colors at different places!

[1] Robotics classes in temples: Tradition and innovation in Japan

Robotics classes in temples: Tradition and innovation in Japan

[2] Genetic and environmental influences on food preferences in adolescence

Conclusions: Food preferences had a moderate genetic basis in late adolescence, in keeping with findings in children. However, by this older age, the influence of the shared family environment had disappeared, and only aspects of the environment unique to each individual twin influenced food preferences. This finding suggests that shared environmental experiences that influence food preferences in childhood may not have effects that persist into adulthood.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4962164/

 

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