चैत्र धाता : Why Season driven living?



As per Srimad Bhagavatam 12.11.27-49, there are 12 adityas. 12 forms of Sun. In the month of Chaitra, Sun is in form of Dhata.

Dhata means धारण करनेवाला , धारण करनेमें मदद करने वाला |

Sun in this month inspires creation. It is time of the year when winter crop is out from farms. Monsoon is not yet here. Instead of taking another crop and exploit mother earth, it is advisable to let the ploughed earth exposed to sun, as much as possible.

During this time, sun will foster earth for yearly replenishment of prana tattva. From Chaitri Navaratri to Akshaya Tritiya.

On Akshaya Tritiya, farmers start preparation for next crop. Till then, they do not disturb critical prana-replenishing activity by nature.

This is also ideal duration for progeny planning (This is my observation) after Vasant, after holasthak -(We consider all seasonal transition time inauspicious as during this time, our efficiency is at lowest state). Since the sun is in the form of creator, he will shower best possibility on newly wedded couple. Till now, farmers family plan marriages in this season. Unlike modern times where couple get wedded now for enjoyment and lust but not planning for progeny, our culture has given specific times for best progeny.

Chaitra is one such month. Childrens conceived in this month are generally having pitta/rajasik prakriti due to Sun’s blessings. (This is again my observation. No scientific proof available :))

Ram Navami is ideal day for family planning.

धाता कृतस्थली हेतिर्वासुकी रथकृन्मुने।
पुलस्त्स्तुम्बुरुरिति मधुमासं नयन्म्यमी।।1।।
धाता शुभस्य मे दाता भूयोऽपि भूयस:

जो भगवान् सूर्य चैत्र मास में धाता नाम से कृतस्थली अप्सरा, पुलस्त्य ऋषि, वासु की सर्प, रथकृत यक्ष, हेति राक्षस तथा तम्बुरु गन्धर्व के साथ अपने रथ पर रहते हैं, उन्हें तथा हमारा पुन:-पुन: कल्याण करें। धाता सूर्य आठ हजार किरणों के साथ तपते हैं तथा उनका रक्त वर्ण है।

As described, dhata gives heat of 800 rays. Need to go in detail of this. Dhata’s color is blood – this possibly means, let the soil be suntanned until it becomes रक्त वर्ण.

We need to do more research and find out importance of अप्सरा,ऋषि,सर्प,यक्ष,राक्षस and गन्धर्व associated with Dhata.

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.


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!

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)

चैत्र : Month for Purification and Immunity Boosters


Month चैत्र / Chaitra is at our doorsteps. Time of the year when mother nature is in her full bloom mood! The highest possible signs of productivity.


For larger part of the Bharat, it is new year! New beginning!

Each moment is auspicious.

चैत्रामसि जगद्ब्रह्म ससर्जु प्रथमेहानि I
शुक्ल पक्ष समग्रन्थु तदा सूर्योदये सथि II
प्रवर्थया मास तथा कालस्य गणनामपि I
ग्रहान्नागा नृत्हून्मा सास्वथ्सरा न्वथ्सराधिपान् II

Neem tree is called ग्रामीण औषधालय. It is solution for all possible summer issues.

निम्ब शीतों लघुग्राही कतुर कोअग्नी वातनुत।
अध्यः श्रमतुटकास ज्वरारुचिक्रिमी प्रणतु ॥

अर्थात नीम शीतल, हल्का, ग्राही पाक में चरपरा, हृदय को प्रिय, अग्नि, वाट, परिश्रम, तृषा, अरुचि, क्रीमी, व्रण, कफ, वामन, कोढ़ और विभिन्न प्रमेह को नष्ट करता है।


Chaitra Navratri Time Window (21st March to 29 March 2015) : This is the only time of the year when one should drink neem juice. During this time of the year, neem gets new leaves. Like other Navratri that falls in later part of the year, this too is healthy navratri. Time to strengthen body for next 6 months.

From Chaitra to until full bloom monsoon, do datun (twigs) using neem twigs.महर्षि वाग्भट के अष्टांगहृदयम में दातून के बारे में बताया गया है। वे कहते हैं कि दातुन कीजिये | दातुन कैसा ? तो जो स्वाद में कसाय हो। कसाय मतलब कड़वा और नीम का दातुन कड़वा ही होता है और इसीलिए उन्होंने नीम के दातुन की बड़ाई (प्रसंशा) की है | In this season, we need bitter rasa, as much as possible. I have discussed many benefits of datun in the past (links in comments of this post)


Those are wise, who can keep religious boundaries aside and embrace changes in their local environment. Irrespective of your religion inclination, witness seasonal changes, celebrate natural diversity blessed to your land of origin i.e. भारत and use local customs for healthy living!

Wish you great चैत्र month of विक्रम संवत २०७२ (2015)!! Be prepared to welcome new changes in the environment! 7 days to go!

Hemant : Season of Purification and Strength Building


We are on the verge of yet another season of this year. हेमंत ऋतू. Season of strength building.

हेमंत ऋतू


Storage time for body. संचय. संग्रह. Save fire and strength for next 6 months (3 seasons – Winter (शिशिर), Spring(वसंत), Summer(ग्रीष्म)).

Not only physical strength but also mental strength.

वसंत is a season of procreation in Nature. And it reflects in human minds too.

This season (कार्तिक & मार्गशीर्ष or Nov/Dec) is a preparation period for ideal procreation time (Family planning) of the year i.e. वसंत. Due to Monsoon(वर्षा) and Sharad (शरद) seasons, body’s biological rhythms have become irregular. In female, menstruation cycle is generally disturbed during months of monsoon and sharad. And so this is the reason why marriages are prohibited during this time. After Prabodhini Ekadashi, Dev Uthani Ekadashi (3rd Nov 2014 for this year) , marriage muhuruts are prescribed. And again during end of the हेमंत and start of शिशिर (Dec-Jan) is an inauspicious time so no marriage is planned due to seasonal changes effects on body.

During हेमंत , husband and wife should purify their body by regulating food habits. This is ideal time to go on tirth yatra. In modern parlance, plan trips to trekking in jungle. Spend more and more time with Nature. You should have planted flowering plants during monsoon so that they bloom during this time and you can have mental tonic every day. Observing flowers to bloom creates procreation thoughts in couple planning for progeny.

What food should we eat during हेमंत ?

1) Eat sweets. पाक & पकवान.
2) Today is Akhshay Navami (1st Nov 2014). Eat कद्दू or pumpkin. कद्दू is वीर्य वर्धक, वातहर & पित्त regulator. It resolves constipation. It regulates fire in body. It nurtures brain. Very essential to remove mental problems. Mental disorders can be cured. Since excessive vayu is removed, possibility of joint pain during peak winter is reduced. So eat pumpkin Today and in हेमंत season.
3) Tulsi pooja. Tulsi also cures mental disorders. Tulsi also works as वातहर and पित्तहर. Have Tulsi leaves and seeds as prasad. Tulsi seeds are used to increase reproductive strength. Since Sweet food is need of Winter, Tulsi and pumpkin balances problems caused by excessive sweet taste.
4) सीताफल, अमला,बोर,टमाटर, गाजर

We begin this season with Sweet food. Sour follows sweet. Salty follows Sour. This balances tridosha and helps us to store energy and nutrition for next 6 months.

Happy Hemant!

Deepawali Churning: Season Driven Bodily Fire

Season Driven Fire
Season Driven Fire

From Grishma to Sharad, bodily fire is of मंद (low) intensity. Just like the hidden fire in this charcoal picture with this post. It is burning but at low degree.

To re-kindle the fire in already burning dung cakes, you need to refuel it.

Deepawali is the festival to help bodily fire. By all sorts of perceptions, we ignite the dormant fire once again. This ignited fire helps us in winter. This ignited fire helps us in maintaining productive/creative pursuits of life.

Ritualistically successful Deepawali (which is end of 4 months of Tapasya) ==> Full blossomed वसंत (spring)

Act now, experience fruits in Spring.

But I hear fake rational arguments and utterances.

1) Why do we need oil lamps every where if they are about spiritual light
2) Rituals are waste of oil and ghee😀
3) Sweets means diabetes 😉 😀

Same rationally biased minds will talk about philosophy of mind and all. They will accept impact of mind and perceptual inputs. But fail to understand importance of rituals in maintaining perceptual significance of all physical activities associated with festivals!

These are nothing but outcomes of toxic delusions (normal in Kaliyuga)

If you cannot understand rituals, follow them blindly instead wasting time in fake rational logic. 🙂 (Y) It will be good for you, family and society! Intellectual gymnastics of debunking rituals and staying away won’t help anyone. It is waste of intellect!
Importance Fire in Ayurveda

Agni is innumerable because of its presence in each and every dhatu paramanu (cell) of the body. But, enumeration of the number of Agnis varies in various classical Ayurvedic texts, as shown below

Charaka has mentioned about 13 Agnis. Jatharagni – 1, Bhutagni – 5, Dhatvagni – 7 (Ch.Chi.15/38).[13]
According to Acharya Sushruta, five types of Agnis are illustrated, viz. Pachakagni, Ranjakagni, Alochakagni, Sadhakagni and Bhrajakagni. However, there is an indirect reference of five Bhutagnis underlying in the brief description made to the transformation of food stuff. (Sh.Su.21/10.)[14]
Vagbhata has described different types Agni, viz. – Bhutagnis – 5,– Dhatvagnis – 7, –Dhoshagni – 3 and– Malagni – 3.
Sharangadhara has recognized five pittas only (Pachak, Bhrajak, Ranjak, Alochaka and Sadhak) (Sha.Sa.Pu.Kh.-5/32).[15]
Bhavamishra has followed Acharya Charaka and Vagbhata (Bh.Pu.Kh.-3/169,180).[16]
Agni has been divided into 13 types according to the function and site of action. These are:

Jatharagni – one Agni present in the stomach and duodenum.
Bhutagni – five Agni from five basic elements.
Dhatwagni – seven Agni present, one in each of the seven dhatus.
Accordingly, they are classified into three groups, namely Jatharagni, Bhutagni and Dhatvagni.

Jatharagni is the Agni or bioenergy present in the Jathara (stomach and duodenum). According to Ashtanga Hridaya, Jatharagni, the seat is grahani (duodenum), so called because it withholds the food for a certain time inside the Amasaya (stomach) to facilitate digestion. In the opinion of Dhanvantari, it is the Kala known as “Pittadhara,” situated at the entrance of the Pakvashaya (intestine) and acting as a bolt to the door of the pathway/channel of food. It is responsible for the duration of life, health, valour, ojas (essence of the dhatus), strength of all the bhutagni and dhatvagni. The strength of the grahani is from Agni itself, and the strength of Agni is from grahani. When the Agni undergoes vitiation, grahani also gets vitiated and produces diseases (As.Hr.Sha.3/50-54).[17]

Jatharagni is considered to be the most important because each and every nutrient that one ingests first comes to the Jathara and is subjected to the action of Jatharagni. Jatharagni digests the food materials that consist of the five basic elements and transforms it for utilization by the respective Dhatus paramanus (tissues).

Jatharagni is also responsible for separation of the food material into the essence portion (PRasad) and the waste products (kitta) in our body (As.Hr.Su-12/8).[18]

Jatharagni is directly related to Dhatvagni or bioenergy in the cells and their metabolic processes, with ultimate tissue metabolism or Dhatu-Paka process. All the Dhatvagni depend on the normal, healthy state of Jatharagni. If the Jatharagni is hyperactive (Tikshna) or hypoactive (Manda), it will cause an excessive or retarded action of the Dhatvagni. This disturbed action ultimately leads to various disorders. Jatharagni is the main important Agni that controls the function of all other 12 Agnis. All the Agnis are totally dependent on the status of Jatharagni (Cha. Chi. 15/39-40).[19]

Jatharagni is also classified into four categories according to its performance of digestion in the human being (Cha. Chi. 15/51),[20] namely Vishamagni, Tikshanagni, Mandagni and Samagni.

According to Hareet Samhita, Samagni depends on whether the Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) are in normal stage. When the Pitta is higher than normal, the condition is known as Tikshnagni. When Vata and Kapha are higher than normal, the condition is known as Mandgni.

Samagni: The Samagni digests and assimilates food properly at the proper time. This thus increases the quality of the Dhatus (supportive tissues of the body). Persons having Samagni are always hale and healthy.
Vishamagni: This type of Agni changes between digesting food quickly and slowly. When this Agni is affected by the Vata Dosha, it creates different types of udargata roga.
Tikshnagni: Tikshnagni means very quick/very sharp/very fast. Tikshnagni is a state of very quick digestion of food, regardless of the type of food. Acharya Shushrut states that when the power of digestion is increased from normal to above normal, food digests very quickly and produces hunger or the desire for food. When food is digested, the throat, the mouth cavity and the lips become dry with a burning sensation. This condition is known as “Bhasmak Roga” according to Ayurveda.
Mandagni: “Mand” means slow. The meaning of the Mandagni is slow digestive power or digestive capacity. Those who are having Mandagni eat very little and are unable to digest the smallest amount of food. Dhanvantri says that Agni digests the least amount of food in the greatest amount of time.
Bhutagni is the one that is present in a basic element (Bhutas). There are five Agnis in each of the five basic elements, namely – Parthiva (earth), Apya (water), Tejas (Agni), Vayavya (vayu) and Nabhasa (akash).

Each and every cell in our body is composed of the five mahabhutas or five basic elements. Naturally, each cell (dhatu paramanu) consists of these five Bhutagni also. All the nutrients in this world that we eat also consist of the same five basic elements with their respective Agni or bioenergies. Thus, they are completely similar with respect to the five basic elements with their Bhutagni in our body cells as well in all the outside nutrient, that we ingest for the nutrition of our body. Acharya Charak has mentioned that the five Bhutagni digest their own part of the element present in the food materials. After the digestion of food by the Bhutagni, digested materials containing the elements and qualities similar to each bhutas nourish their own specific bhautika elements of the body (Cha. Chi. 15/13, 14).[21] These Bhutagnis act after the Jatharagni present in the stomach and duodenum, acting on the food and causing their disintegration. In the modern physiological perspective, the action of Jatharagni can be equated with the digestion in the stomach and duodenum, and the action of the Bhutagni can be equated with the conversion of digested materials in the liver.

All the seven Dhatus (seven element tissues of the body) contain their own Agni to metabolize the nutrient materials supplied to them through their own Srotas.

Rasagni present in the Rasa Dhatu.
Raktagni present in the Rakta Dhatu.
Mamsagni present in the Mamsa Dhatu.
Medagni present in the Meda Dhatu.
Asthyagni present in the Asthi Dhatu.
Majjagni present in the Majja Dhatu.
Shukragni present in the Shukra Dhatu.
Each Dhatvagni or the bioenergy present in each Dhatu synthesizes and transforms the essential Rasa Dhatu required for that particular Dhatu or cell from the basic nutrients present in the AnnaRasa or essence of the diet that we consume. Each Dhatvagni has got a speciality to synthesize and transform the constituents suitable to its particular Dhatu. This action is a sort of selective action. Acharya Charaka has mentioned the fact that that the seven dhatus that are a support of the body contain their own Agni, and by their own Agni they digest and transform the materials supplied to them to make the substances alike to them for assimilation and nourishment (Cha. Su. 28/15).[22]

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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.

RRitU Sandhi Kala

Sandhi Kala
Sandhi Kala

7 days before and 7 days after the junction of two consecutive seasons are the limit during which time the food of one season is to be gradually changed to the of succeeding season, for abrupt change without giving the digestive organs time to accommodate the change in diet, will cause diseases. This is not rocket science. Careful and sensitive outlook towards life can reveal it easily.

Are you dharmic (those who believe in Nature’s unshakable principles) or modern fools who eat Mc Burger and Pizza 365 days (with Cancer Cola)?

There is a progressive lassitude of the body from the end of winter, which reaches its maximum in summer. The energy of body progressively increases after summer and reaches its maximum in winter.

The digestive organs share this outer organic activity in general with other organs, hence the necessity of taking food of different tastes and quantity in each season.


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?


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.

Navaratri Manthan : The Beast Within And Seasonal Spikes

The Beast
The Beast


We ,more or less, all are beasts in human form. Two qualities that restricts us becoming human are Anger and Lust. No worship, no meditation, no sadhana will bear fruits unless these two beasts are alive in you. Sacrifice them.

कामः क्रोधौ द्वौ पशु इमामेव मनसा बलि समर्पयेत।
क्रोधौ विघ्नकृतो बलि दत्वा जपं चरेत्॥

– महानिर्वाणतंत्र

काम & क्रोध – दोनों विध्नकारी पशुओका बलिदान करके उपासना करनी चाहिए|

’इन्द्रियाणि पशूनहत्वा’-

इन्द्रिय रूप पशु का वध करें ।

And we ignorant actually sacrifice animals 🙁

Although anger and lust can become active any time of the year, during monsoon, changes in our environment are such (mainly lack of Sun exposure) that they intensify these two beastly qualities. Observe around – why there are so many revolutions/agitations in the month of August. 🙂Why monsoon is deemed as season of lust by Bollywood? 🙂

It is स्वभाव or nature of this season (seasons when दक्षिणायन of the sun happen) to spur आसुरी शक्ति of human mind during this time.

And नवरात्रि is the time when we can worship eternal form of Energy to suppress beasts within.

In fact, there are 5 Navratri(s) in one year but we hardly pay attention to celebrate even two major Navratri(s) Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri.

Since परम्परा of identifying beasts like काम & क्रोध् and scarifying them for the greater good of the society does not happen, we have living beasts around. Pervert pedophiles to rapists to murderers to suicide attempters.

राम (ह्रदय सम्राट – अयोध्या निवासी – The one that rules our heart) – सीता ( शक्ति trapped in Muladhara chakra but freed by राम , हनुमान & वानरसेना ) , हनुमान & वानरसेना ( महाप्राण & मरुतगण i.e. micro organisms living in body) – they all together can control beasts of mind.

Happy Vijaya Dashmi! 🙂 Celebration of success of killing beasts within!

Deepawali, Crackers and Earthen Lamps


Wish you all healthy, wealthy and fun-filled Diwali preparation :).

I do not support high decibel noisy crackers but I certainly suggest sulphur rich crackers + castor oil lamps to purify environment harmlessly. Must if you are living in village growing monsoon crops.

It is much better pest control and epidemic control than toxic pesticides and antibiotics needed to cure humans in post-Autumn time.

Please read below note by Dhongi Baba :
Diwali, the festival of lights is around the corner.

We live in the Kalyuga and every Yuga brings with itself its own parvartri, it’s own inherent nature, it is but natural that in Kalyuga we have the rise of Tamsik parvarti (the demonic attitude) and we discard traditions which are for the betterment of the society, the environment and the health and well being of the people.

The Rishis (holy men) of Sanatana Dharma were not just run of the mill holy men, they were individuals who had carried out a lot of in depth and exhaustive research on various topics, it would be futile for this mad man to go on about Algebra, Trigonometry etc which and many more were gifts of these Rishis to us.

Diwali is not just a festival of lights to just mark the return of Lord Ram from his exile. It is also a festival which marks the autumn month in India.

Every change of season brings with it a lot of climatic and other environmental changes which are then countered by the diet and changes in lifestyle. This was very well known to the great Rishis of Sanatana Dharma.

India is an agrarian society and the main food crop is rice; apart from the Northern states of Punjab and Haryana where rice is not the staple diet, the rest of the country has rice as its staple diet, as in rice is used daily.

Now during the autumn months in India because of the change in weather there is abundance of an insect called the ‘tiny leafhopper’ of the cicadellidae family. These insects feed on plant sap and can transmit plant-infecting viruses and bacteria. They are also a serious threat to the standing rice crop (paddy) This family of insects if not controlled and let to multiply causes serious damage to the paddy crop and then as a further result then give rise to another types of insects which then cause various diseases and flus to humans and also harm cattle and the plants.

So what can be used to control these insects? Sulphur, Yes Gandhak (In Hindi/Sanskrit) So how do we then get this sulphur in the environment? Spray it on the plants as if do not have enough chemical sprayed on the plants already, spend millions if not billions by hiring choppers to spray these chemicals all over the country? And when this spraying will be done it will still be sporadic as how do you cover each and every nook and corner of the country’s land? The effort and cost required would be astronomical. Hence the fire crackers are used, they all have sulphur and there was hardly any corner in the country where people did not use crackers on Diwali days and lit small oil lamps.

Why diyas (oil lamps)? Because the vapours from the oil lamps then go and mix with the environment and get rid of the excess sulphur in the environment, very well planned I would say, wouldn’t you?

The sulphur fumes are light, they rise fast, they rise and mix with the natural gases in the environment and envelop the lower strata of atmosphere thereby eradicating most of these insects, however the oil lamps vapours are heavier and stay lot lower and by the time harmful residue of the sulphur fumes settle down they then are controlled by the oil vapours. A win-win situation?

Moreover the clay oil lamps (diyas) are bio-degradable, they are not like the harmful plastic flashing lamps which are harmful in every which way for the environment.

Also thousands of people and mostly not very affluent people depend upon the fireworks industry and the oil lamps for a living, do not harm their living which is the most environmentally friendly occupation.

Please do not discard and get rid of your customs and traditions just because a certain business lobby says it is harmful for the environment, please do not dilute the culture which is a result of thousands of years of wisdom!

You want to know what is bad for the planet? Cattle farming, yes rearing animals for food is the biggest cause of pollution and food scarcity on this planet! The billions of watts of energy spent on fancy lights that are lit on Diwali for a couple of days in India and then lit for more than a month if not two in all of Europe and the western world for the commercial festival of Christmas, to mark Christmas shopping and sales to boost the retail revenues every year cause a lot more pollution, the slaughtering of thousands if not millions of animals for various religious festivals, let it for Id or for the Hindu festivals is bad for the environment, the unmarked increase in the usage of pesticides to control the insects cause pollution, the marking of new year by most of the western countries by having fire work displays of huge magnitude in every city and town cause pollution. The cultivation and cutting and transportation of so called Christmas trees world over cause a lot more pollution. The artificial rearing and slaughter of hundreds of millions if not billions of turkeys over the Christmas period causes a lot of pollution. The list is endless.

Please do not get rid of your customs and traditions, they are not born of some commercial tactics, they have a lot of meaning which is good for this planet.

One last thing before this mad man ends his rant, I hope and pray to all the ladies, Please do observe Karwa Chauth festival, do not call it Karwa Chauth if you do not want to, do not do it for your men if you do not want to, call it something else, but please do observe the fast, it is very good for your health and is related to your menstrual cycles and your hormonal well being. I wish and pray that may we all be granted wisdom to analyse the benefits and ill effects of our actions. May we all be steady on the path of Karma.

ॐ श्री महालछ्मयै च विदमहे विष्णु पत्न्यै च धीमहि
तन्नो लछ्मी प्रचोदयात् ॐ ||

“Om Shree Mahaalachhmyai Ch Vidamahe Visshnnu Pat`n`yai Ch Dheemahi tan`no Lachhmee Prachodayaat` Om”

Om Prem Shaanti

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