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Preparation for Upanayan (उपनयन संस्कार) : Introduction to Rishi24 (ऋषि-२४)

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Gayatri

Last year when I visited local Ayyappa Temple with my son, we had vivid experience about how still some people still holding the dharma bastion in this chaotic times.

What an enchanting experience! I must say, down south, we have preserved the ritual sacredness much better than rest of Bharat in general. I could show little Kerala outside Kerala to my son

Ayappa

My son, listening to Ganesh Gayatri and Durga Gayatri, asked pertinent question. To answer him, I had to do home work.

His question: “Why are they chanting different version of ‘Prachodayat mantra(s) i.e. Gayatri mantras? Why do we chant Gayatri for different God? (આ જુદા જુદા પ્રચોદયાત મંત્ર કેમ બોલે છે? એવું કેમ? પ્રચોદયાત મંત્ર કેમ બોલવાનો?)”

🙂

So entire year, so far, I spent time researching on Maa Gayatri. My friends doing research on same also helped. Exactly after a year, we unveiled another layer of detail about Gayatri mantra and Gayatri chanda.

We visited Gayatri Shakti Peetha in our city. Little unknown and unexplored Sadhana Sthala in city. A place where 24 Rishis who had vision of individual syllable are established.

What I realized is that, this is how Maa Gayatri needs to be introduced to kids and prepare them for Upanayan. Unless and until they realize various tenets of life principles, they won’t realize the value of Gayatri mantra दीक्षा.

And we fail in this introduction, we compromise with kid’s potential. Don’t wait till Upanayan. Build enough stage and foundation for Upanayana.


From the book गायत्री का हर अक्षर शक्ति स्रोत

More here : http://literature.awgp.org/book/gayatri_ka_har_akhshar_shakti_strot/v1.1


गायत्री मंत्र में 24 अक्षर हैं। इन्हें मिलाकर पढ़ने से ही इनका शब्दार्थ और भावार्थ समझ में आता है। पर शक्ति-साधना के सन्दर्भ में इनमें से प्रत्येक अक्षर का अपना स्वतंत्र अस्तित्व और महत्व है। इन अक्षरों को परस्पर मिला देने से परम तेजस्वी सविता देवता से सद्बुद्धि को प्रेरित करने के लिए प्रार्थना की गई है और साधक को प्रेरणा दी गई है कि वह जीवन की सर्वोपरि सम्पदा ‘सद्बुद्धि’ का—ऋतम्भरा प्रज्ञा का महत्व समझें और अपने अन्तराल में दूर दर्शिता का अधिकाधिक समावेश करें। यह प्रसंग अति महत्वपूर्ण होते हुए भी रहस्यमय तथ्य यह है कि इस महामन्त्र का प्रत्येक अक्षर शिक्षकों और सिद्धियों से भरा पूरा है।

शिक्षा की दृष्टि से गायत्री मन्त्र के प्रत्येक अक्षर में प्रमुख सद्गुणों का उल्लेख किया गया है और बताया गया है कि उनको आत्मसात करने पर मनुष्य देवोपम विशेषताओं से भर जाता है। अपना कल्याण करता है और अन्य असंख्यों को अपनी नाव पर बिठाकर पार लगाता है। हाड़-मांस से बनी और मल-मूत्र से बनी काया में जो कुछ विशिष्टता दिखाई पड़ती है वह उससे समाहित सत्प्रवृत्तियों के ही हैं। जिसके गुण-कर्म स्वभाव में जितनी उत्कृष्टता है वह उसी अनुपात से महत्वपूर्ण बनता है और महत्वपूर्ण उपलब्धियां प्राप्त करके जीवन सौभाग्य को हर दृष्टि से सार्थक बनाता है।

इन सद्गुणों की उपलब्धि को लोक शिक्षण सम्पर्क एवं वातावरण के प्रभाव में से भी बहुत कुछ प्रगति हो सकती है। किन्तु अध्यात्म-विज्ञान के अनुसार साधना उपक्रम द्वारा भी इन विभूतियों में से जिसकी कमी दिखती है, जिसके सम्वर्धन की आवश्यकता अनुभव होती है उसके लिए उपासनात्मक उपचार किये जा सकते हैं।

जिस प्रकार शरीर में कोई रासायनिक पदार्थ कम पड़ जाने से स्वास्थ्य लड़खड़ाने लगता है, उसी प्रकार उपरोक्त 24 सद्गुणों में से किसी में न्यूनता रहने पर उसी अनुपात से व्यक्तित्व त्रुटिपूर्ण रह जाता है। उस अभाव के कारण प्रगति-पथ पर बढ़ने में अवरोध खड़ा होता है। फलतः पिछड़ापन लदा रहने से उन उपलब्धियों का लाभ नहीं मिल पाता जिनके लिए मनुष्य-जीवन सुरदुर्लभ अवसर हस्तगत हुआ है। आहार के द्वारा एवं औषधि, उपचार से शरीर की रासायनिक आवश्यकता पूरी हो जाती है तो फिर स्वस्थता का आनन्द मिलने लगता है। इसी प्रकार गायत्री उपासना के विशिष्ट उपचारों से सत्प्रवृत्तियों की कमी पूरी की जा सकती है। उस अभाव को पूरा करने पर स्वभावतः प्रखरता एवं प्रतिभा बढ़ती है। उसके सहारे मनुष्य अधिक पुरुषार्थ करता है—अधिक दूर दर्शिता का परिचय देता है, शारीरिक तत्परता और मानसिक तन्मयता बढ़ने से अभीष्ट प्रयोजन पूरा करने में सरलता रहने और सफलता मिलने लगती है। सत्प्रवृत्तियों की इसी परिणित को सिद्धियां कहते हैं।

गायत्री के 24 अक्षर :—

1-तत, 2-स, 3-वि, 4-तु, 5-र्व, 6-रे, 7-णि, 8-यं, 9-भ, 10-र्गो, 11-दे, 12-व, 13-स्य, 14-धी, 15-म, 16-हि, 17-धि, 18-यो, 19-यो, 20-नः, 21-प्र, 22-चो, 23-द, 24-यात् 24 अक्षरों से सम्बन्धित 24 कलाएं :—

(1) तापिनी (2) सफला (3) विश्वा (4) तुष्टा (5) वरदा (6) रेवती (7) शूक्ष्मा (8) ज्ञाना (9) भर्गा (10) गोमती (11) दर्विका (12) थरा (13) सिंहिका (14) ध्येया (15) मर्यादा (16) स्फुरा (17) बुद्धि (18) योगमाया (19) योगात्तरा (20) धरित्री (21) प्रभवा (22) कुला (23) दृष्या (24) ब्राह्मी 24 अक्षरों से सम्बन्धित 24 मातृकाएं :— (1) चन्द्रकेश्चवरी (2)अजतवला (3) दुरितारि (4) कालिका (5) महाकाली (6) श्यामा (7) शान्ता (8) ज्वाला (9) तारिका (10) अशोका (11) श्रीवत्सा (12) चण्डी (13) विजया (14) अंकुशा (15) पन्नगा (16) निर्वाक्षी (17) वेला (18) धारिणी (19) प्रिया (20) नरदता (21) गन्धारी (22) अम्बिका (23) पद्मावती (24) सिद्धायिका सामान्य दृष्टि से कलाएं और मातृकाएं अलग अलग प्रतीत होती हैं। किन्तु तात्विक दृष्ट से देखने पर उन दोनों का अन्तर समाप्त हो जाता है। उन्हें श्रेष्ठता की सामर्थ्य कह सकते हैं, और उनके नामों के अनुरूप उनके द्वारा उत्पन्न होने वाले सत्परिणामों का अनुमान लगा सकते हैं।

समग्र गायत्री को सर्व विघ्न विनासिनी—सर्व सिद्धि प्रदायनी कहा गया है। संकटों का सम्वरण और सौभाग्य संवर्धन के लिए उसका आश्रय लेना सदा सुखद परिणाम ही उत्पन्न करता है। तो भी विशेष प्रयोजनों के लिए उसके 24 अक्षरों में प्रथक प्रथक प्रकार की विशेषताएं भरी हैं। किसी विशेष प्रयोजन की सामयिक आवश्यकता पूरी करने के लिए उसकी विशेष शक्ति धारा का भी आश्रय लिया जा सकता है। चौबीस अक्षरों की अपने विशेषताएं और प्रतिक्रियाएं हैं—जिन्हें सिद्धियां भी कहा जा सकता है—इस प्रकार बताई गई हैं—

(1) आरोग्य (2) आयुष्य (3) तुष्टि (4) पुष्टि (5) शान्ति (6) वैभव (7) ऐश्वर्य (8) कीर्ति (9) अनुग्रह (10) श्रेय (11) सौभाग्य (12) ओजस् (13) तेजस् (14) गृहलक्ष्मी (15) सुसंतति। (16) विजय (17) विद्या (18) बुद्धि (19) प्रतिभा (20) ऋद्धि (21) सिद्धि (22) संगति (23) स्वर्ग (24) मुक्ति।

गायत्री के समग्र विनियोग में सविता देवता, विश्वामित्र ऋषि एवं गायत्री छन्द का उल्लेख किया गया है, परन्तु उसके वर्गीकरण में प्रत्येक अक्षर एक स्वतंत्र शक्ति बन जाता है ।। हर अक्षर अपने आप में एक मंत्र है ।। ऐसी दशा में २४ देवता, २४ ऋषि एवं २४ छन्दों का उल्लेख होना भी आवश्यक है ।। तत्त्वदर्शियों ने वैसा किया भी है ।। गायत्री विज्ञान की गहराई में उतरने पर इन विभेदों का स्पष्टीकरण होता है ।। नारंगी ऊपर से एक दीखती है, पर छिलका उतारने पर उसके खण्ड घटक स्वतंत्र इकाइयों के रूप में भी दृष्टिगोचर होते हैं ।। गायत्री को नारंगी की उपमा दी जाय तो उसके अन्तराल में चौबीस अक्षरों के रूप में २४ खण्ड घटकों के दर्शन होते हैं ।। जो विनियोग एक समय गायत्री मंत्र का होता है, वैसा ही प्रत्येक अक्षर का भी आवश्यक होता है ।। चौबीस अक्षरों के लिए चौबीस विनियोग बनने पर उनके २४ देवता २४ ऋषि एवं २४ छन्द भी बन जाते हैं ।।

ऋषियों और देवताओं का परस्पर समन्वय है ।। ऋषियों की साधना से विष्णु की तरह सुप्तावस्था में पड़ी रहने वाली देवसत्ता को जाग्रत होने का अवसर मिलता है ।। देवताओं के अनुग्रह से ऋषियों को उच्चस्तरीय वरदान मिलते हैं ।। वे सामर्थ्यवान बनते हैं और स्व पर कल्याण की महत्त्वपूर्ण भूमिका प्रस्तुत करते हैं ।।

ऋषि सद्गुण हैं और देवता उनके प्रतिफल ।। ऋषि को जड़ और देवता को वृक्ष कहा जा सकता है ।। ऋषित्व और देवत्व के संयुक्त का परिणाम फल- सम्पदा के रूप में सामने आता है ।। ऋषि लाखों हुए हैं और देवता तो करोड़ों तक बताये जाते हैं ।। ऋषि पृथ्वी पर और देवता स्वर्ग में रहने वाले माने जाते हैं ।। स्थूल दृष्टि से दोनों के बीच ऐसा कोई तारतम्य नहीं है, जिससे उनकी संख्या समान ही रहे ।। उस असमंजस का निराकरण गायत्री के २४ अक्षरों से सम्बद्ध ऋषि एवं देवताओं से होता है ।। हर सद्गुण का विशिष्ट परिणाम होना समझ में आने योग्य बात है ।। यों प्रत्येक सद्गुण परिस्थिति के अनुसार अनेकानेक सत्परिणाम प्रस्तुत कर सकता है, फिर भी यह मान कर ही चलना होगा कि प्रत्येक सत्प्रवृत्ति की अपनी विशिष्ट स्थिति होती है और उसी के अनुरूप अतिरिक्त प्रतिक्रिया भी होती है ।। ऋषि रूपी पुरुषार्थ से देवता रूपी वरदान संयुक्त रूप से जुड़े रहने की बात हर दृष्टि से समझी जाने योग्य है ।।
मूर्धन्य ऋषियों की गणना २४ है ।। इसका उल्लेख गायत्री तंत्र में इस प्रकार मिलता है-

वामदेवोऽत्रिर्वसिष्ठः शुक्रः कण्वः पराशरः ।।
विश्वामित्रो महातेजाः कपिलः शौनको महान्॥ १३॥
याज्ञवल्क्या भरद्वाजो जमदग्निस्तपोनिधिः ।।
गौतमो मुद्गलश्चैव वेदव्यासश्च लोमशः॥ १४॥
अगस्त्यः कौशिको वत्सः पुलस्त्यो मांडुकस्तथा ।।
दुर्वासास्तपसां श्रेष्ठो नारदः कश्यपस्तथा॥ १५॥
इत्येते ऋषयः प्रोक्ता वर्णानां क्रमशोमुने ।।

अर्थात्- गायत्री के २४ अक्षरों के द्रष्टा २४ ऋषि यह है-
(१) वामदेव
(२) अत्रि
(३) वशिष्ठ
(४) शुक्र
(५) कण्व
(६) पाराशर
(७) विश्वामित्र
(८) कपिल
(९) शौनक
(१०) याज्ञवल्क्य
(११) भारद्वाज
(१२) जमदग्नि
(१३) गौतम
(१४) मुद्गल
(१५) वेदव्यास
(१६) लोमश
(१७) अगस्त्य
(१८) कौशिक
(१९) वत्स
(२०) पुलस्त्य
(२१) माण्डूक
(२२) दुर्वासा
(२३) नारद
(२४) कश्यप ।।
— गायत्री तंत्र प्रथम पटल

इन २४ ऋषियों को सामान्य जन- जीवन में जिन सत्प्रवृत्तियों के रूप में जाना जा सकता है, वे यह हैं- (१) प्रज्ञा (२) सृजन (३) व्यवस्था (४) नियंत्रण (५) सद्ज्ञान (६) उदारता (७) आत्मीयता (८) आस्तिकता (९) श्रद्धा (१०) शुचिता (११) संतोष (१२) सहृदयता (१३) सत्य (१४) पराक्रम (१५) सरसता (१६) स्वावलम्बन (१७) साहस (१८) ऐक्य (१९) संयम (२०) सहकारिता (२१) श्रमशीलता (२२) सादगी (२३) शील (२४) समन्वय ।। प्रत्यक्ष ऋषि यही २४ हैं ।।

Cartoons on TV is not Story Telling!

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Cartoon
Parents of 21st century are groomed to believe that cartoons are great way to educate. So they introduce passive, one-way cartoons to children at very early age. And parents help kids to become addicted of the TV. Once the cartoon on TV becomes norms, cartoon goes and every other junk replaces it as kids grow. So teen-age kid will not only watch cartoon but also all junk.
 
Complete waste of potential minds.
 
We Indians have rich legacy of oral education culture. Real education and learning happen face to face, in human to human narration.
 
Humans simply aren’t moved to action by “data dumps,” dense PowerPoint slides, or spreadsheets packed with figures. People are moved by emotion. Results repeatedly show that our attitudes, fears, hopes, and values are strongly influenced by story. In fact, fiction seems to be more effective at changing beliefs than writing that is specifically designed to persuade through argument and evidence.
 
The psychologists Melanie Green and Tim Brock argue that entering fictional worlds “radically alters the way information is processed.” Green and Brock’s studies shows that the more absorbed readers are in a story, the more the story changes them. Highly absorbed readers also detected significantly fewer “false notes” in stories—inaccuracies, missteps—than less transported readers. Importantly, it is not just that highly absorbed readers detected the false notes and didn’t care about them (as when we watch a pleasurably idiotic action film). They were unable to detect the false notes in the first place.
 
So not only storytelling but which story you pick up is also critical. Take care.
 

The Dark Side of the Modern Food

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If you can’t pronounce It, Do you still want to eat It? 😀
 
This is called कलियुगी माया! 🙂 Toxic influence of toxins!
 
The problem is, most processed foods have a laundry list of ingredients similar to that of a can of paint. It’s not as simple as adding a little sugar to canned bisque or lemon juice to a scone mix.
 
Take a look at the list of ingredients from the strawberry flavoring of a milkshake served at a zip-through restaurant:
Amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamylvalerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl Nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerbate, heliotropin, hydroxphrenyl-2butanone(10% solution to alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbone, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl slicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobulyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, sore rum ether, g-undecalctone, vanillin, and solvent[1]
 
[1] Schiosser E. :Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, New
York, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2001

Father, Oxytocin and Parenting

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Fathers are now industrial slaves. They are also entertainment and personal gratification slaves. Hardly get time to gel with kids. Forget about bonding. So oxytocin is always in scarce in blood.

For men, oxytocin function is less important, but it does have a role to play in moving sperm. It also appears to affect the production of testosterone in the testes.
A recent oxytocin study found that it is an important chemical messenger that controls some human behaviors and social interaction. It is oxytocin that triggers the bond between a mother and an infant, and it may also play a role in recognition, sexual arousal, trust and anxiety. Some research shows that the hormone may affect addiction and stress as well.

No wonder why so many teens now display anti-social behaviour. Autism or autism like symptoms are rampant.

First 5-7 years are very critical. If you want your child to grow as sensible citizen, shower your love, as much as possible.


Research


Intranasal oxytocin, but not vasopressin, augments neural responses to toddlers in human fathers

Fathers given boosts of the hormone oxytocin show increased activity in brain regions associated with reward and empathy when viewing photos of their toddlers, an Emory University study finds.

“Our findings add to the evidence that fathers, and not just mothers, undergo hormonal changes that are likely to facilitate increased empathy and motivation to care for their children,” says lead author James Rilling, an Emory anthropologist and director of the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience. “They also suggest that oxytocin, known to play a role in social bonding, might someday be used to normalize deficits in paternal motivation, such as in men suffering from post-partum depression.”

The journal Hormones and Behavior published the results of the study, the first to look at the influence of both oxytocin and vasopressin — another hormone linked to social bonding — on brain function in human fathers.

A growing body of literature shows that paternal involvement plays a role in reducing child mortality and morbidity, and improving social, psychological and educational outcomes. But not every father takes a “hands-on” approach to caring for his children.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0018506X16304457

Most Dangerous Ads : By children, for children

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Any Ad that exploit children is sick and eunuch effort to sell products. TATA Sky’s new Ad series is such example. It is instigating children against parents (मम्मी कहतीहै टीवी मत देखो…see how fool my mom is)

What TV can teach, you can easily demonstrate. Benefit of you replacing TV is: You interact with child for more time. More time your spend with your kid, better brain growth happens. This is biological truth. If you do not agree with this, all the best 🙂.

In some homes, Kids love TV more than spending time with parents. I can sense the reason behind it: Parents are disinterested spending time with kids and are more interested in their own entertainment. Before this repeat with your family, take care. If you see loss of affection for you from kids, you have difficult old age 🙂 😉. And you deserve difficult old age! 😛

 

Fear-led supplements vs Life-loving wholesome food

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There are 3 ways ahead if you are nutrient deficient.
 
1) Local wholesome food
2) Exotic non-local food (non-veg in grassland)
3) Supplements
 
Only first one is non-destructive, self-sustaining, totally healthy.
 
In second model, there is a chance of contraindications as it is not your native food. If not short term, surely long term old-age issues.
 
Third one is mere placebo. You spend money and get no real benefits except few cases like folic acid. You also create digestive track torture due to extra digestion of chemicals!

In a well-nourished child with a properly functioning immune system, viral infections are typically subclinical or exceedingly mild. Malnourishment, in particular vitamin A deficiency, is a primary cause of poor outcomes. One of the most effective ways to ensure that a viral illness runs a mild or benign course is to provide children with adequate stores of vitamin A prior to exposure.

Instead of putting efforts in providing our children, future citizens, proper diet, we either submit lives to FEAR (Vaccines) or EGO (Post-viral-attack medicines).

Learn to set priorities right and save unnecessary hurdles in life.

Infection prone monsoon comes only after we have had enough Vitamin A rich mangoes 🙂

Mother nature is very kind. She always want to see her kids flourishing, achieving life-goals.

What if I missed the early childhood parenting bus?

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One friend asked: What if parents did not take care about proper diet & karma while planning for child?

If you observe increasing juvenile crime cases , one thing will be common : Parental neglect in early childhood!

Well, child will have irregular tendency based on tridosha balance/imbalance of both parents, tridosha impact of season and Jiva’s last birth’s karma.

So? No hope thereafter?

Eternal laws are not so rigid. Maa Kali bestows everything you desire, provided you put efforts. From physical birth onward, altering fate of a child, demands focused efforts from parents.

As Charak Bhagwan says:

त्रिविधं बलमिति- सहजं, कालजं, युक्तिकृतं च|

Strength is of three types – congenital, time-effected and acquired. Congential is that which is natural to the body and mind; time-effected is due to seasonal variations and age factor. Acquired one is produced by proper application of diet and exercise.

So it is possible to acquire desired बल by will and efforts except overcoming congenital defects (due to parents carelessness or past life karma) which we cannot alter at will. Such weaknesses, we should accept with whole heart and train child to live best life with those weaknesses. Sometimes, with right supports, kids can do wonder. And I am sure, mother nature is kind enough to instill at least one strength in us to live life best 

There is still scope till the age 20 (when brain’s major neuron formation activity is completed).

Hint is in altering environment: From right food to right friends to right Guru/Guide!

Keep reading. Will share details on this site.

Brain & Mind Development : Why Gadget-free childhood?

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Mind is a process.मन or to think or ‘minding – the process of thinking’. A Process that keeps Brain on the top busy, generating billions and more currents daily. A process can never be silent. A process will always be tense; a process means a turmoil. And mind is always moving from the past to the future. The past goes on being a burden on it, so it has to move into the future. This constant movement creates another tension within you. If you become too much conscious about it, you may go mad. Society trains your capacity into an actuality, it gives you a mind. That is why a Hindu has a certain mind and a Mohammedan has a different mind. Both are men, but their minds are different. A Christian has a different mind… These minds are different because different societies have cultivated them with different purposes, different goals. And so Child development is very important Nation building activity.

There is another process that goes on in heart. It is process of bliss. You can experience it only when you can slow down process of minding. Let Bliss work at higher priority than mind and feel the difference. If you read seer-scientist Patanjali’s Yoga, he begins with the same i.e. cessation of mind. Get the hint and work upon it.

Babies’ brains need stimulation to develop their full potential. Their best learning is from being highly attuned to human stimuli—interacting with your face, voice, and touch. Singing, talking, and reading to babies are all ideal ways of stimulating their senses.

Human stimuli without humans is not possible.

And what do parents and teachers do?

1) Video games, mobiles, tablets, laptops and TV consumes most of the productive time
2) Schools introduce digital mediums for teaching

Period of brain development is limited. Senses develop within first 10-12 years. Do not limit your kid’s potential. Keep them away from media and digital mediums. Educate their school management about neuroscience and ask them to get rid of tablet teaching asap. It is foolish technological fad, that’s it. No real long term benefits. Do not surrender to system for the better future of your kids and their society in future. 🙂 Take care.

Not only your child! Society’s child, Nation’s child!

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There is a fashion of putting new born child pics on social network. Parents call newborn as ‘My child’!

Dear parents,

Not only your child! Society’s child. Nation’s child. Mother Earth’s child! Don’t forget to instill National fervor, in between your selfish possessive love impulses for newborn. Train them to live selfless life.

Your friend,
Marut
=================
” Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.”

Kahlil Gibran

Parenting Ignorance : Fruits and Fruit Juice

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Nothing worse than buying food labelled as ‘Healthy food’ by continuous bombardment of advertisements  during prime TV time. It is parental laziness who present processed fruit juice to kids as healthy food.

You are not helping your child bus killing his/her future! Read what American Association of pediatrics suggest about fruit juice intake in kids.

We have warned readers 5 years back about this habit:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152818388784762&set=a.476649199761.254188.501739761&type=3&permPage=1

Our habits reflects our collective intelligences as a society, as a family and as an individual.

Since cancer-colas are continuously losing their popularity in last decade, new trend is emerging in our society and that is to drink juice. In juice, more artificial juice than a natural one.

Good that youth is ignoring colas but it is not yet best choice as alternative.

What do we lose when you drink juice and not eat fruits?

Fiber. The high fiber content of a whole orange helps the body properly process the high fructose content of the juice. The fiber actually blocks some of the sugar from being absorbed, which makes the orange more nutritious for the amount of calories it contains. The fiber also makes a whole orange much more filling than the juice (it’s far easier to consume several glasses of high sugar orange juice than several whole oranges). If you eat a whole orange you’ll also be more satisfied and less hungry for calorie-dense, nutritionally-deficient food later on.

In addition to the benefits of the extra fiber in the pulp, a whole orange contains numerous health promoting micro-nutrients that aren’t found in the juice alone. One of the most researched is a flavanoid called hesperidin, which is concentrated in the pulp and inside of the peel. Hesperidin shows promise as an anti-inflammatory, in lowering blood pressure, and in promoting healthy cholesterol. One animal study also found that a diet rich in orange pulp increased bone density!

Another mindless habit?

Fruits are already having less nutrients due to chemical farming, chemical processing. Why do you want to make them more deprived of benefits by drinking juice?

Artificial juice – NEVER EVER. Natural Juice – only to avoid dehydration during summers.

Always prefer fruits over juice.

We also wrote extra sugar havoc :

Fruit juices and ice creams during all illnesses – this is not always desired.

This may increase chances of infections.

Hint: High intake sugar vs weak digestive fire

No genuine ayurvedic doctor prescribes it. Superficial allopathy doctors do. And self-proclaimed doctor relatives of patient do it always as for them, fruits mean vitamin C 😉 And ice-cream is medicine for acidity

Processed Food, Sugar & SuperBug Bacterial Infection


Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations

Historically, fruit juice was recommended by pediatricians as a source of vitamin C and as an extra source of water for healthy infants and young children as their diets expanded to include solid foods with higher renal solute load. It was also sometimes recommended for children with constipation. Fruit juice is marketed as a healthy, natural source of vitamins and, in some instances, calcium. Because juice tastes good, children readily accept it. Although juice consumption has some benefits, it also has potential detrimental effects. High sugar content in juice contributes to increased calorie consumption and the risk of dental caries. In addition, the lack of protein and fiber in juice can predispose to inappropriate weight gain (too much or too little). Pediatricians need to be knowledgeable about juice to inform parents and patients on its appropriate uses.

Conclusions

  1. Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits for infants younger than 1 year.

  2. Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits over whole fruit for infants and children and has no essential role in healthy, balanced diets of children.

  3. One hundred percent fresh or reconstituted fruit juice can be a healthy part of the diet of children older than 1 year when consumed as part of a well-balanced diet. Fruit drinks, however, are not nutritionally equivalent to fruit juice.

  4. Juice is not appropriate in the treatment of dehydration or the management of diarrhea.

  5. Excessive juice consumption may be associated with malnutrition (overnutrition and undernutrition).

  6. Excessive juice consumption is associated with diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal distention, and tooth decay.

  7. Unpasteurized juice products may contain pathogens that can cause serious illnesses and should be given to children cautiously, if at all.

  8. A variety of fruit juices, provided in appropriate amounts for a child’s age, are not likely to cause any significant clinical symptoms.

  9. Calcium-fortified juices provide a bioavailable source of calcium and often vitamin D but lack other nutrients present in human milk, infant formula, or cow milk.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/05/18/peds.2017-0967

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