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Chaitra Navaratri and Salt Regime

Change in native calendar month, change in season at our doorstep.

Chaitra or चैत्र is here. If you alter your food as per season, healthy life is normal event. Possible.

LowSaltMonth

अलोना or अलवण or अलोण or आलुणी or अलूण or अलणी or અલુણ means food with no salt.
 
चैत्र Chaitra month is beginning of the summer. In summer, one should reduce salty food intake. In fact, more liquids compare to solids should be included in diet.
 
To break the last season’s diet, culture prescribes fasting. From Today, for 9 days, many followers of culture of the land will observe fast.
 
Salt (Not just NaCl but all types of salt) has tendency to absorb heat or cold. So to avoid heat strokes in extreme summer, it is good to maintain salt intake.
 
If you want to try : Try 1 day without salt every 15 days this month (2 days). Observe अलोण.
 
6 gm salt is adult daily requirement. We consume much more than that. Reduce overall intake. Fast food, wafers etc. 🙂 Kids below 3 needs 2 gm [1] but they eat anything and everything as parents are least bothered. 🙂 Unknowingly, we invite heat stroke!
 
Happy new year!
 
[1] http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1138.aspx?CategoryID=51&SubCategoryID=167

How much salt is good for me?

We all need a little bit of sodium because it helps keep your body fluids at the right concentration and is needed for muscle and nerve activity. Salt (sodium chloride) is the main source of sodium in the UK diet, but the majority of us eat much more salt than we need. Eating too much salt over time is linked with high blood pressure, which can lead to serious problems such as heart disease or stroke.

Salt recommendations

On average, adults in the UK eat about 8.1g of salt (3.2g sodium) a day.  This may not sound like much, but to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, it is recommended that adults should not be eating more than 6g of salt (2.4g sodium) a day.

Salt intakes should be much lower than this for babies and children. Babies under 12 months old should have less than 1g of salt a day. The daily recommended maximum amount of salt children should eat depends on their age:

  • 1 to 3 years – 2g of salt a day (0.8g sodium)
  • 4 to 6 years – 3g of salt a day (1.2g sodium)
  • 7 to 10 years – 5g of salt a day (2g sodium)
  • 11 years and over – 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium)

Holi Kab Hai (होली कब है)?

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How to celebrate Holika Dahan Katha vidhi

In rural Bharat, festivals still receive good amount of attention. We really don’t need to ask this question in rustic Bharat that होली कब है? You start noticing the changes in environment. You follow Hindu version of calendar (panchang). Your community start preparation for the upcoming festival. If it is Shiva Ratri, preparation begins a week before. For Holi, a month before. For Diwali, two months before.

We really don’t need to ask: होली कब है?

Holi kab hai? Must ponder upon value of festivity. Have we lost it (The essence and importance of festivity) in a race of having long weekends? 🙂 Think about it!
 
I see no specific charm for festivals nowadays. Long weekend hai? To accha hai…nahi to Holi pe mein kya karuga? 🙂 Everything is global :D.
Shopping + DJ + Crackers + Dining out = Any XYZ festival in urban India 🙂
 
The diversity, individual’s involvement and associated joy is …where are they? 🙂

 

 

Deepawali Churning: Pre-requisites for being blessed by Maa Sita

From this Deepawali to next Deepawali, strive to be micro version of Hanuman at least. So that Maa Sita can bless.

Maa's blessings
Maa’s blessings

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Pre-requisites for being blessed by माँ सीता
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राम: अयोध्या रक्षक, सीता पति
अयोध्या : ह्रदय
हनुमान : प्राण
सीता: कुण्डलिनी
लंका : मूलाधार
At the end of the war, Ram accepts the seat @ अयोध्या. The citizens of Ayodhya host flags on every house. Rama returns to his paternal palace in Ayodhya. Sugreeva orders four of his monkeys to bring water from four oceans in jars given to them. Some monkeys brought water from five hundred rivers, as also from the four oceans for the purpose of the ceremony. Vasishta along with other brahmins as priests caused Rama to be consecrated with that water. The virgins, ministers, warriors, merchants, the four gods as well as other gods sprinkled sap of all kinds of herbs on Rama. Vasishta and other priests officiating the coronation-ceremony adorned Rama with an auspicious and charming crown. Then, Rama gives away presents to the priests as well as Sugreeva and Angada. Rama presents a pearl-necklace to Seetha and Seetha presents that necklace in turn to Hanuman.

How to identify the Hanuman, the Bhakt, the Sadhak of Maa?

तामिङ्गितज्ञः सम्प्रेक्ष्य बभाषे जनकात्मजाम् |
प्रदेहि सुभगे हारन् यस्य तुष्टासि भामिनि || ६-१२८-८१
तेजो धृतिर्यशो दाक्ष्यं सामर्थ्यं विनयो नयः |
पौरुषन् विक्रमो बुद्धिर्यस्मिन्नेतानि नित्यदा || ६-१२८-८२

Looking at her, Rama who was acquainted with the gesture of another spoke to Seetha as follows: “Dear Seetha! Give the pearl-necklace to a person, with whom you are pleased and in whom the following viz. sharpness, firmness, renown, dexterity, competence, modesty, prudence, virility, prowess and intelligence are ever present.”

Ram is benevolent. He will give away everything based on your capacity. But the gift from Maa is for only Hanuman.

Who is Hanuman?
हनुमान = प्राण that has following present: तेज,धृति,यश,चतुरता,शक्ति,विनय,निति,पुरुषार्थ,पराक्रम,उत्तम बुध्धि

May this Deepawali, you cultivate/revive at least micro version of Hanuman in self! Be प्राणवान! पवनपुत्र हनुमान!साक्षात् अग्नि!

Deepawali Manthan: Wake up dormant senses! (Light(Oil lamps), noise (Crackers) and sweets )

Shayani Ekadashi to Prabodhini Ekadashi (10 Nov, 2016, Sunday) (also known as Dev Uthani Ekadashi and Devutthana Ekadashi) – This 4 months period is dormant time for Deva(s) and so senses don’t work with their full efficiency. This part of the year is for penance and accumulation of wealth.

Time to Wake up Dormant Senses
Time to Wake up Dormant Senses

Prabodhini Ekadashi also known as Devotthan Ekadashi, is the 11th lunar day (ekadashi) in the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month of Kartik. It marks the end of the four-month period of Chaturmas, when god Vishnu is believed to sleep. It is believed that Vishnu sleeps on Shayani Ekadashi and wakes on Prabodhini Ekadashi, thus giving this day the name “Prabodhini Ekadashi” (“awakening eleventh”), Vishnu-prabodhini (“awakening of Vishnu”) and Dev-Prabodhini Ekadashi, Deothan, Dev uthav ekadashi or Dev Oothi ekadashi (“god’s awakening”). The end of Chaturmas, when marriages are prohibited, signifies the beginning of the Hindu wedding season. And that begins by divine wedding to Maa Tulsi with Bhagwan Vishnu.

To wake up the dormant senses, fire plays vital role. Deepawali is critical festival. At least those who live in 6 seasons cycle, must observe it to break the sensual fast.

Light(Oil lamps), noise (Crackers) and sweets – All are needed to break the 4 months fasting and withdrawal of senses like how tortoise withdraw senses. Depawali ritual artifacts and events (oil lamps, crackers, sweets, meeting each other, pooja) help dormant senses to wake up.

With Prabodhini Ekadashi, starts 8 months productive time of the year.

Deepawali to Prabodhini Ekadashi – Wake up dormant hibernating senses
Prabodhini Ekadashi to End of Hemant Ritu – Purify and recharge senses
Shishir and Vasant Ritu – Engage in all creative, productive tasks (including progeny planning)
Grishma – Season for rest and preparation for yet another 4 months dormancy.

Deepawali Manthan : Celebration of Victory

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Victory Celebration
Victory Celebration

 

Festivals at my motherland were never announced randomly as ‘Days’ but were designed for specific purpose. Historical stories associated with Diwali – festival of lights, depicts that it is one unique festival associated with National glory and celebration of societal goodness(सात्विकता) win over asuric forces. Diwali was never designed to celebrate personal wins/glories…Following stories clearly tells that Diwali is national festival to celebrate Nation’s win over evil forces.

-Lord Raam completed 14 years exile with glorious win over asuric forces and returned back on this day.
-Lord Krishna killed Narkasur on this day.
-Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan mountain
-Return of Pandavas after 12 years exile.

What do you think? Why did Pandava or Raam go to Jungle?For pastime and fun/family picnic/outing like we plan trips to Thailand/Dubai/Europe with family? Think about it. They were on mission to eradicate darkness of clouded psyche of majority of their Nation who were living animal type life. Wherever they went, they transformed local people. (For more details, read Ramayana and Mahabharata)

Therefore, Diwali is National Winning celebration. Day when we must celebrate our Nation’s win. Day when we must celebrate our efforts for Nation Building.How many hours did we spend for nation building since last Diwali? As a part of our dharma duties, it has to be at least 1/4th of year i.e. 365/4 = 90 days = 3 months worth time (remaining 3/4 is reserved for our personal life)

युयुत्सु – combatant forever. Rarest of the rare fight for dharma, most for material gain and few mighty fight for Ego (Ahmankar).
On Deepawali night, it is the first one who returns home victorious.
 
Best wishes for year long battle with self. Be युयुत्सु for sustaining dharma.

Deepawali Churning : Home Cleaning, lime wash and Immunity

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Today morning, I observed some caring guardians doing lime wash on tree trunks so thought to share significance of annual whitewash here.

Like us, trees around us too, pass through low immunity stage after monsoon.

If they are lucky and blessed by caring guardians, annual limewash (चूनो) and saffron chalk /Ochre wash (गेरू) acts as immunity booster for them.

If trees are part of natural setup i.e. Jungle, mother nature takes care of them. But in artificial urban/rural setup, we need to take care.

Annual limewash
Annual limewash

Combination of limewash and saffron chalk wash protects trees from insects and termites.

This ritual is not only limited to trees.

As per traditions, before Diwali, after Navratri, not only trees, annual limewater wash (whitewash) at home was norm. Lime protects us from pathogens proliferated after monsoon as immunity booster. Unfortunately, lime is replaced by dangerous chemical paints who impairs our nervous system by VoC( Volatile organic compounds). Foolish modernity! Costly Emulsion Painted walls does not show only our wealth status but also our ignorance about medicinal value of limewash 🙂. At least in bedroom and Kitchen, we should do whitewash every two years if annual is too much hassle.

Before the advent of chemical-based treatments, traditionally, lime water was being poured into the dug out soil to enhance its anti-termite properties. The annual lime wash done in villages even today is believed to discourage termites from climbing up the wall and destroy the wooden members. However, lime has comparatively shorter effective life – So annual whitewash.

Break your modern life illusion and go back to traditions. It will save your wealth which you can divert for greater societal causes and better health is added benefit!

Deepawali Churning: Who is getting consumed?

Burnout syndrome

Getting Consumed
Getting Consumed

 

Life span is limited. Ideally, one can stretch it up to 100 years. With our present life style, it is shrunk to 60s or 70s. Keeping this limited life in mind, every year, Diwali presents us two options related to light/fire.

Be a oil lamp that consumes life’s impurities and spreads the light of knowledge – a life spent in search of self by different ways – research, reading, meditation, running, exercise, work, family etc.

Or be a burnt out matchstick – a state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by one’s professional life and its chronic stresses. Dead and gone in 60 seconds.

Work-life balance. An internal flame to improve self, to live pious life, to live life for self-realization, to live selfless life, to live healthy and happy life. Think about it. How do we want to live life?

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Herbert Freudenberger, a New York psychoanalyst, coined the term “burnout syndrome” in the early 1970s to describe a state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by one’s professional life and its chronic stresses. In response to mounting task loads, the wretch piles on the hours at work, pulling late nights at the office, ignoring exercise, and skipping meals or eating unhealthful fast food on the run cancel personal commitments to family and friends. Sooner or later the work efficiency declines, with poor concentration, fewer creative ideas, self-dissatisfaction, and lagging self-esteem and anxiety about failure, and depression. Some may seek solace in alcohol or pills. Some even attempt suicide.

Herbert Freudenberger used this term to describe the consequences of severe stress and high ideals experienced by people working in “helping” professions. Doctors and nurses, for example, who sacrifice themselves for others, would often end up being “burned out” – exhausted, listless, and unable to cope. Nowadays, the term is not only used for these helping professions, or for the dark side of self-sacrifice. Anybody seems to be at risk: stressed-out careerists and celebrities, over-worked employees, or homemakers. “Burnout” has become a popular term.

Save yourself from being “burned out”. Happy Diwali.

Whom to Follow in Kaliyuga? Media, Medium or Traditions?

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Media against Hindus
Media against Hindus

Most of us, we the Sanatani(s), believers of Bharat Bhumi, are under the garb of toxic delusion. Often confused. Often surrendered to brainwashing techniques. Often raising stupid questions. Often raising trivial issues in own rituals.

What is the prescription for such chaos?

अथ यदि ते कर्मविचिकित्सा वा वृत्तविचिकित्सा वा स्यात् ये तत्र ब्राह्मणा: सम्मर्शिनो युक्ता आयुक्ता अलूक्षा धर्मकामा स्युर्यथा ते तत्र वर्तेरन् तथा तत्र वर्तेथा:|
– Taittireeya Upanishad

“In case you have a doubt as to how you should perform a particular action or as to how you should conduct in a particular situation] then the conduct/behavior of the noble minded living in that place/time will be your guide.”

“if there is in you any doubt regarding rites and any doubt regarding conduct, you should conduct yourself in those cases in such a way in which those Brahmanas who may be living there, who are competent to judge, dedicated (to good deeds), not led by others, not cruel and are lovers of virtue, conduct themselves in these cases.”

Seek shelter in the company of pious selfless performers. Follow their actions and you will be good.

Following living as per ancestors’ prescriptions is not supersition or ritual but sublime form of desh-bhakti. When you follow their instructions for living, you are connected with Maa, mother nature, Bharat bhumi. You will be taken care by Maa, without any doubt.

Celebrate Diwali / Navratri / Beej / Teej as your father demonstrated..,as your grand father taught you…as you society/Jati/ Varna used to celebrate…simple solution to combat all secular menace in your path

Karwa Chauth and the Sharad Moon : Detoxification Rituals

Detoxify! Chauth
Detoxify! Chauth

Karwa Chauth? Why and how? And why only females?

Sheer reason why I invest time defending rituals is their ageless existence. I have belief that if something is not based on sanatana rules, it cannot live in limited imaginations of human minds. If it remains live for countless generations, there is some truth behind it. It is injustice, not to find the truth. Many fake rituals and ideologies come on surface and fades away in 50-60 years.

If we say, we are followers (or mere believers as following has become difficult) of Sanatana dharma, we are the one who believes in mind (मन), body(शरीर) and soul (आत्मा) or {M,B,S}.

{M, B, S} of individual living in संसार gets polluted often like painter’s gloves who paints. Periodic detoxification of {M, B, S} is important for longevity and vitality of life. So, we have two Navratris. One of them becomes more critical because it is followed by 4 months long gloomy and cloudy, Sun-less monsoon.

Best way to detoxify body is by regularizing metabolism and adjust it with season change. Fast helps here.

From वर्षा ऋतु to शरद ऋतु is quantum leap for human organs and mind. Suddenly, there is change in appetite. मंद जठराग्नि becomes active. To control effects of this seasonal quantum leap, fast helps. Diet pattern change helps.

Time from Navratri to Diwali, is the time to perform detoxification regain back health (Sharad Purnima); longevity (Karva Chauth); fertility (Ahoi Ashtami ), wealth (Dhanteras) and inner happiness (Diwali) so that individual and family can enjoy life invigorating शरद ऋतु , हेमन्त ऋतु, शिशिर ऋतु and वसंत ऋतु until another Navratri cycle of detoxification. शरद ऋतु , हेमन्त ऋतु, शिशिर ऋतु and वसंत ऋतु – These are the seasons when {M, B, S} help performing 4 prarabdha (धर्म,अर्थ,काम,मोक्ष) as nature is in supporting role for majority area of the land.

Why focused on females? They are full of creative energy. Due to monsoon, their reproductive cycle hampers and become irregular. Fasting, moon and looking at husbands face helps prolongs Reproductive Life Span and menopause is delayed as much as possible [1][2][3]. Delayed menopause means active life for couple for long.

Since during monsoon, life-force become dormant and slowed-down, it is not a right season to plan for progeny. It is time of abstinence. Karva Chauth is nature’s green signal for generation planning.

But since, we now see everything with superficial rationalism, we find these rituals legacy of patriarchal society. I have tried to give few hints. It is up to you, to know this subject in depth.

In summary:

• Prolonged fasts during monsoon helps to balance slowed-down digestive power
• Specific fasts are prescribed for seasonal changes
• Fasts works on physiological balance of reproductive system
• Moon works on mental plane
• Regular fertility cycle means delayed or on time menopause [4].
• Early menopause (due to irregular fertility cycles led auto-immune disorder) means an increased risk of overall mortality, cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, psychiatric diseases, osteoporosis, and other sequelae. Can family life remain stable with all such sufferings? No. Leave aside your superficial rational mind and do fast 🙂 (1 in 20 women hit by early menopause : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2012021/1-20-women-hit-early-menopause-Doctors-baffled-rising-numbers-40s-affected.html)
• Only advance and culturally superior civilizations think about respecting seasonal changes and live accordingly.

[1] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090827141340.htm
[2] http://www.sciencemag.org/content/326/5955/954.abstract
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9448525?dopt=AbstractPlus
[4] http://womenshealth.gov/menopause/early-premature-menopause/

Navratri : Potent time of the year for spiritual cure

Navratri
Navratri

Abuse of nature’s law upsets the human system and ends up in disease like cancer. It is again the nature, the foremost physician who brings the cure.

To cure to various layers of the body, different treatments are used in Ayurveda. To cure the shukshma sharir (Google: “Panchkoshiy sharir” to know more), to cure the body layers other than physical body, various spiritual healing ways are prescribed.

Some of them are:

(1) Yagna
(2) Mantra Chanting
(3) Bhakti Yoga
(4) Meditation
(5) Yoga asanas, mudras and pranayamas.

Post-monsoon, to avoid epidemics, it is important to cure all-pervading cosmic consciousness embodied in our body. Above mentioned ways help in it.

Duplicity (A fraudulent or duplicitous representation) of modern Indian is hilarious. Since Yoga is famous in west, they don’t mind doing it. Other forms of spiritual healing are not popular so they make fun of them.

In reality, spiritual healing is integrated treatment. Only Yogic exercise or breathing exercise does not work. Mass level healing by bhajans, garba, mantra jap is also needed.

But there is no remedy for foolishness and ignorance of our age. So let the arrogant foolish Indians live in la la land(delusion). For slaves and fools, there is no alternative – they suffer and can never enjoy life fully…May God bless them.

Those who have faith and are ready surrender self to mighty mother nature, will in return have healthy life. They should engage in mass healing during Navratri time.

One such way is Yagna. Navratri is a potent time to perform Yagna. Our PM talks about Jan Andolan about Swacch Bharat (स्वच्छ भारत). Performing Yagna in this season purifies environment from नर्कासुर(s) grown in monsoon. It is biggest social duty one must follow during Navratri time. Yagna/Homam purifies both Atma/Self and environment.

But where is youth busy? In voyeur sessions at Garba ground – annual ogling season. Don’t tell me that all of you at garba ground are for Bhakti! 😀 (Though I appreciate those who genuinely are doing garba as spiritual sadhna)

स्वच्छ भारत does not only mean brooming the streets for selfie 😀.

Who will clean the Air? Who will clean and make environment spiritually healthy?

Must see this PPT by Subodh Kumar ji

अ‍ॅग्निहोत्र /होम भारतवर्ष की वेदों द्वारा विश्व को सब से उत्तम और महत्वपूर्ण विज्ञान के अनुसंधान की देन है.
पाश्चात्य विद्या के प्रभाव से बहुत से आधुनिक युवा अग्निहोत्र की उपलब्धियों को अंध विश्वास मानने लगे हैं |इस दिशा में आधुनिक काल में अक्कलकोट के ऋषि परांजपे द्वारा होमा का जो प्रचार और अनुसंधान कर के विश्व भर में सब पाश्चात्य देशों में जो अग्निहोत्र का सफल प्रचार किया है, वह अतुलनीय है. वेदों में अग्निहोत्र की सब उपलब्धियों को एक ही स्थान पर बड़े उत्तम ढंग से कैसे दिया है, आप स्वयं पढ़े | यहां यह भी बताना आवश्यक हो जाता है कि आधुनिक विज्ञान के अनुसंधान के अनुसार यह सब अग्निहोत्र के लाभ पूर्णतया विज्ञान सम्मत पाए गए हैं |

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