Sanskar

Sanskar

Ramayana and Sandhaya Upasana

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sandhay

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विश्वामित्र’s संध्या prescription for राम
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Many young friends question, why should I follow daily worship routine? The संध्या?

I do meditation. I feel good. I do Yoga postures. I feel great. I do breathing exercise and feeling supreme.

Then why mundane manual procedures?

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That is the problem with us. Without experiencing, without realizing impact, castigating स्वधर्म.

संध्या is not feel-good factor. It is स्वधर्म. It is your duty towards the world. It is you कर्तव्य whenever you possess the human body.

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प्रभातायाम् तु शर्वर्याम् विश्वामित्रो महामुनिः |
अभ्यभाषत काकुत्स्थौ शयानौ पर्ण संस्तरे || १-२३-१
कौसल्या सुप्रजा राम पूर्वा संध्या प्रवर्तते |
उत्तिष्ठ नर शार्दूल कर्तव्यम् दैवमाह्निकम् || १-२३-२
तस्य ऋषेः परम उदारम् वचः श्रुत्वा नृप नरोत्तमौ |
स्नात्वा कृत उदकौ वीरौ जेपतुः परमम् जपम् || १-२३-३
कृत आह्निकौ महावीर्यौ विश्वामित्रम् तपोधनम् |
अभिवाद्य अति संहृष्टौ गमनाय अभितस्थतुः || १-२३-४

At dawn after that night the great saint Vishvamitra spoke to the legatees of Kakutstha, Rama and Lakshmana, those that are sleeping on a grass bed.

“Fortunate is Kausalya to beget you as her son Rama… get up oh, tigerly-man, eastern aurora is emerging, daytime tasks towards gods are to be performed.”

On hearing the benign words of the sage those valorous and best ones among men got up, bathed, and on offering water oblation they mediated upon the supreme hymn, namely Gayatri.

On performing their dawn time duties those two stalwarts, Rama and Lakshmana, enthusiastically presented themselves before the ascetically rich sage Vishvamitra for further journey, duly venerating him.

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While I talk about importance of SAndhya, some half-baked rationalists, who never waste opportunity to blame our scriptures for male-dominated pro-male society, raise their voice 😉 🙂

For them, here is the SundaKand

संध्या काल मनाः श्यामा ध्रुवम् एष्यति जानकी |
नदीम् च इमाम् शिव जलाम् संध्या अर्थे वर वर्णिनी || ५-१४-४९

“The ever youthful one with the best complexion, Seetha interested in the rites of Sandhya time will definitely come to this river with the auspicious water for Sandhya rite.”

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Don’t waste life in useless intellectual analysis.

First and foremost: Act. Realize. That is when real interpretation of scriptures will dawn in you.

Against the Electric/Gas Cremation

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Electric/Gas crematorium
Electric/Gas crematorium
Electric/Gas crematorium
Electric/Gas crematorium

“Are baba…fire is fire. Be it fire from wood or from electricity. Fire is fire. Don’t think too much. It is good that at least cremation happens.” said my atheist friend after reading my previous posts on cremation.

” If plastic is burning nearby, how long can you tolerate the suffocation? you cannot sustain for long. After all, it is fire. Fire is fire is fire. right? On the other hand, you enjoy the fire by dung and ghee with all herbs. Experience of fire burnt using plastic or electricity or dung cakes or wood is consumed by senses and experienced by Jiva. And your Jiva rejects the unfavorable fire, even when it is not attached to body i.e. dead.

An LPG flame burns at 1980°C continuously, electric flame at 1100 °C. Our body is not just us but billion+ microbes. From the time of death to body at pyre, they were doing their job to consume to useless body. In modern furnaces, we also kill these microbes. Fire from wood and dung slowly catches up. Dung+wood method gives them enough time to relocate. And the organic compounds generated from body as smoke are food for them.”

The Role of the Unconscious and Hindu Rituals

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From कर्णवेध संस्कार (Ear-Boring – It is not restricted to females only! ) to यज्ञोपवीत (जनेऊ) (Again! Not restricted to specific caste and gender! It is for all!), our rituals play important role in controlling and managing Vagus nerve.

I have shared here often how Microbial flora of our GUT controls our mind and thus our actions. (And why गणपति पूजा is must for students and married )

We have also discussed ample times, connection of प्राणमय शरीर in driving our physical actions.

Why body posture maintenance is critical for correct blood flow and pressure. (Search pathway of Vagus nerve to understand this)

Vagal Nerve Pathway
Vagal Nerve Pathway

Vagus nerve is key highway route in physical body.

Do read this to add some more insights about importance of Vagus nerve.

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The Polyvagal Theory and the Role of the Unconscious

The Polyvagal Theory and the Role of the Unconscious

A new scientific theory, though, looks at how the autonomic nervous system changed as reptiles evolved into mammals. Over time, organisms developed new unconscious ways of interacting with their environment, each more complex than the last. However, rather than shedding the old circuits, mammals retained those, giving people three distinct ways of responding unconsciously to environmental cues.

At the heart of this model is the vagus nerve, a key component of the autonomic nervous system that runs from the brain to the heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and other abdominal organs. Part of this nerve is also closely linked to the cranial nerves that control vocalization (speech in humans) and facial expression—both key parts of human social interactions.

Unlike other nerves in the body, the vagus nerve has two branches, which has given this theory its name—the Polyvagal Theory. This concept was first proposed and later developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to the polyvagal theory, the vagus nerve has two branches but includes three distinct circuits that define the ways in which organisms can respond to their environment. The most recent development in the vagal nerve occurred in mammals. This resulted in a close link between the nerves that control the facial muscles and vocalization with the vagus nerve—which regulates the heart, lungs and other internal organs.

The vagal circuits activate in a hierarchical fashion—from newest to oldest. In addition, each circuit can override the others. The newest circuit—which is unique to mammals—promotes social interactions through a calming effect and the stimulation of speech and the facial muscles. The next older circuit is the traditional fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system. The oldest—which activates in extremely dangerous situations—can cause a person to freeze or faint.

 

First 100 days, Sanskar and Gut Immunity

First 100 days (~4 months) are critical. We Indians only do निष्क्रमण संस्कार after 100 days. After 100 days in home, we take out child and introduce outer univese, The Sun, The moon, Trees, River, Lake and of course relatives.

निष्क्रमण संस्कार इस संस्कार का फल विद्वानों ने आयु की वृद्धि बताया है- निष्क्रमणादायुषो वृद्धिरप्युद्दिष्टा मनीषिभि:।ये संस्कार शिशु के जन्म के चौथे चा छठे महीने में किया जाता है। सूर्य तथा चंद्रमा आदि देवताओं का पूजन कर शिशु को उनके दर्शन कराना इस संस्कार की मुख्य प्रक्रिया है। हमारा शरीर पृथ्वी, जल, अग्नि, वायु और आकाश, जिन्हें पंचभूत कहा जाता है, से बना है। इसलिए पिता इस संस्कार में इन देवताओं से बच्चे के कल्याण की प्रार्थना करते हैं।

जन्म के चौथे मास में निष्क्रमण-संस्कार होता है। जब बच्चे का ज्ञान और कर्मेन्द्रियां सशक्त होकर धूप, वायु आदि को सहने योग्य बन जाती हैं। सूर्य तथा चंद्रादि देवताओं का पूजन करके बच्चे को सूर्य, चंद्र आदि के दर्शन करना इस संस्कार की मुख्य प्रक्रिया है।
यूंकि बच्चे का शरीर पृथ्वी, जल, तेज, वायु तथा आकाश से बनता है, इसलिए बच्चे का पिता इस संस्कार के अंतर्गत आकाश आदि पंचभूतों के अधिष्ठाता देवताओं से बच्चे के कल्याण की कामना करते हुए कहता है-
शिवे ते स्वां द्यावापृथिवी असंतापे अभिश्रियो।
शं ते सूर्य आ तपतुशं वातो वातु ते ह्रदे।
शिवा अभि क्षरन्तु त्वापो दिव्या पयस्वती:।।

अर्थात् हे बालक! तेरे निष्क्रमण के समय द्युलोक तçाा पृथिवीलोक, कल्याणकारी सुखद एवं शोभास्पद हों। सूर्य तेरे लिए कल्याणकारी प्रकाश करें। तेरे ह्रदय में स्वच्छ कल्याणकारी वायु का संचरण हो। दिव्य जल वाली गंगा-यमुना आदि नदियां तेरे लिए निर्मल स्वादिष्ट जल का बहन करें। (via https://goo.gl/XQvDJc)

Nishkraman Sanskar
Nishkraman Sanskar

The first 100 days are crucial.

During this 100 days, child is groomed in known प्राणिक signatures of mother and other family members. No strangers please. Read Man is known by the company he keeps : We all have individual microbial cloud to know more. This helps child to acquire only known healthy familiar bacteria!

So primitive that they keep Desi Gau’s gobar and mutra at all Sanskar ceremonies. So that their infants get Gau mata’s blessings and build foundation of healthy प्राणमय शरीर.
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“And our study emphasises that in that first 100 days the structure of the gut microbiome seems to be very important in influencing the immune responses that cause or protect us from asthma.”
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Oh Hindus? So primitive they are! They know very well how to avoid Asthama and other immune disorders ! So primitive and fanatic. 🙂

Reclaim and revive dharma!


Research


Children exposed to 4 key bacteria are less likely to develop asthma, study finds

http://www.sciencealert.com/children-exposed-to-4-key-bacteria-are-less-likely-to-develop-asthma-study-finds

Children who acquire four kinds of gut bacteria in the first three months of their lives can be protected from developing asthma, according to new research.

The four bacteria, called FLVR (Faecalibacterium, Lachnospira, Veillonella, and Rothia), are naturally acquired by most babies through exposure in their home surroundings. However, some infants miss out, and it’s those children who are at most risk of developing asthma, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

“And our study emphasises that in that first 100 days the structure of the gut microbiome seems to be very important in influencing the immune responses that cause or protect us from asthma.”

Early infancy microbial and metabolic alterations affect risk of childhood asthma

http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/7/307/307ra152

Asthma is the most prevalent pediatric chronic disease and affects more than 300 million people worldwide. Recent evidence in mice has identified a “critical window” early in life where gut microbial changes (dysbiosis) are most influential in experimental asthma. However, current research has yet to establish whether these changes precede or are involved in human asthma. We compared the gut microbiota of 319 subjects enrolled in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, and show that infants at risk of asthma exhibited transient gut microbial dysbiosis during the first 100 days of life. The relative abundance of the bacterial genera Lachnospira,Veillonella, Faecalibacterium, and Rothia was significantly decreased in children at risk of asthma. This reduction in bacterial taxa was accompanied by reduced levels of fecal acetate and dysregulation of enterohepatic metabolites. Inoculation of germ-free mice with these four bacterial taxa ameliorated airway inflammation in their adult progeny, demonstrating a causal role of these bacterial taxa in averting asthma development. These results enhance the potential for future microbe-based diagnostics and therapies, potentially in the form of probiotics, to prevent the development of asthma and other related allergic diseases in children.

Science and Timing of Naming Ceremony

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Namakaran Science
Namakaran Science

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नामकरण विधि has many purposes. It is important to give name to Child based on his/her birth chart.

Modern Shakespearean morons will say you: “What is there in name?” but there is actually many things in name.

Today I would like to talk about purpose of name in medical examination.

नामकरण-संस्कार is a fifth Samskara in a raw. As per Rishi Parasara, 11 days after birth for Brahmana, 13 days after birth for Kshtriya, 15 days after birth for Vaishya and 30 days after month for Shudra is a purification period i.e. अशौच period. In modern medical parlance, this is the time, when newborn body flushes out meconium and amniotic fluid which it has consumed in womb. Once this is flushed out, sterile Gut is slowly getting colonized and actual digeston is getting activated. This takes time for different genetic constitution (Brahman, Kshtriya, Vaishya, Shudra).

Once digestion is properly activated, नामकरण is performed. Name is fixed based on Nakshtra and Birth Rashi. Seasons changes based on Samkranti of the Sun. Based on the time of conception and season at that time and location of the birth, Rashi is decided. Name indicates mental and physical constitution of the Child.

So when you go to true Ayurvedacharya at any point of time in your life, based on your name, he will perceive your Prakriti. And all subsequent observations are based on first observation.

There are other benefits too of having proper name (Some other time, some other post) but it is good to follow this practice and name your child as per Rashi.

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