Entertainment Context: Passive or Active


Without any bias, try to contemplate on types of entertainment available to us in limited life period.

Passive vs Active.

Passive = your passive involvement. Outside fence. To clap and cheer. And if it is on TV, you cannot even feel the gist fully. More Ads than ever. Disconnect between mind and physical activities. Mind is over-used. Body- underutilized. No balance.

Active = you participate. You are on the ground. Your active involvement is required.

As we do SWOT analysis for every minute thing in professional life, do it for entertainment.

Keep sentiments and your passion aside. Be rational.

Which is better to spend life for? Isn’t life limited and precious?

3 hrs for passive cricket or football (or even Kabbadi on TV) or 3 hrs play with kids and friends?

Role of sports and exercise in child planning


There is popular song in gujarati. Its lyrics goes like this:
“દીકરો મારો લાડકવાયો દેવ નો દીધેલ છે..” (My son/daughter is blessing of Deva).
do we realize what the word देव/Deva mean here? What are the qualities of Deva?
देव is derived form of दिवु धातु. So देव’s characteristics are tapped in meanings of दिवु dhatu.
As per Panini’s grammar, दिवु is क्रीडाविजिगीषाव्यवहारद्युतिस्तुतिमोदमदस्वप्नकान्तिगतिषु
1) क्रीडा – The one who consider life as a play is DEVA
2) विजिगीषा – The one who has winning attitude is DEVA
3) व्यवहार – The one who is excelled in communication, conducts, commerce, customs, civility is DEVA
4) द्युति – The one whose life is bright is DEVA
5) स्तुति – The one who can praise others(humans, animals, nature) genuinely is DEVA (Genuine praise is very vital part of positive psychology! Those who have studied HR subjects, must be knowing this)
6) मोद – The one who is constantly working for establishing delight in society/ecosystem
7) मद – The one who is able to take pride of self and at the same time can sacrifice it.
8) स्वप्न – The one who has dream/a lofty selfless goal to be meditated on for betterment of mankind
9) कान्ति – The one from whose life, spiritual splendor is constantly radiating.
10) गति – The one who is constantly changing, गमनशील.
The first character of Deva is क्रीडा . If we wish our next generation being blessed by Deva, playing sports and doing exercise is very critical before child planning! Then only it will justify the song lyrics! 🙂 Think about it! Share with teens and newly wedded couples planning for child!
We wish strong Bharat but we hardly work on it. Our present youth is trapped in web of delusion. For them, physical activity matters but as a passion. And it comes with all vices that consumes their body and mind. Many of them even stay away from any form of physical activities and are stuck in gadgets and entertainment obsession. This results into catastrophe, not only in their life but also in all upcoming generations.

May be, that is how decay of genes and strength happens in Kaliyuga.

If you wish your traits to be saved and pass on to next generation, play. Play and exercise for the sake of worship of your body. Not as passion or show-off or status-symbol. For the sake of selfless worship of body that matters not only for your existence but also for well-being of future generations!

Why bother about future generations!

Because they are the custodians of dharma! They are the ones who will protect dharma! And sustain life here and otherwise!


RNA-Dependent Intergenerational Inheritance of Enhanced Synaptic Plasticity after Environmental Enrichment


  • Exercising male mice pass a cognitive benefit to their offspring

  • This phenomenon is mediated by altered expression of sperm RNA

  • Levels of miR212/132 in sperm play a key role in this intergenerational effect


Physical exercise in combination with cognitive training is known to enhance synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory and lower the risk for various complex diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. Here, we show that exposure of adult male mice to an environmental enrichment paradigm leads to enhancement of synaptic plasticity and cognition also in the next generation. We show that this effect is mediated through sperm RNA and especially miRs 212/132. In conclusion, our study reports intergenerational inheritance of an acquired cognitive benefit and points to specific miRs as candidates mechanistically involved in this type of transmission.

Does physical activity influence the health of future offspring?

Study finds an intergenerational benefit

Physical and mental exercise is not only beneficial for your own brain, but can also affect the learning ability of future offspring – at least in mice. This particular form of inheritance is mediated by certain RNA molecules that influence gene activity. These molecules accumulate in both the brain and germ cells following physical and mental activity. Prof. André Fischer and colleagues from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Goettingen and Munich and the University Medical Center Goettingen (UMG) report these findings in the journal Cell Reports.



Team Sports : Essential Life-Recreation’s Ancient Roots


मनोरंजन – मनको रंजित करनेके प्रक्रिया. मानस एवं रंजन संस्कृत के इन शब्दों से व्युप्तन्न मनोरंजन शब्द का अर्थ है, मन की प्रसन्नता| बौद्धिक तथा शारीरिक श्रम के बाद मनुष्य मन ही मन थक जाता है| उस समय जैसे शारीरिक थकान मिटाने के लिए विश्राम और कुछ खाने की आवश्यकता होता है| वैसे ही मन की थकान मिटाने के लिए मनोरंजन की जरुरत होती है| मनोरंजन वास्तव में मन का ‘टानिक’ और शरीर के लिए संजीवनी सुधा है| सच तो यह है कि यदि मनोरंजन न हो तो मनुष्य और पशु में कोई अन्तर ही न रह जाय|


A friend was asking: what is best way to turn youth productive? Save them from depression and suicidal mentality?

Bring them to sports ground!~ Real मनोरंजन is replaced by toxic life-consuming मनोरंजन ! Introduce them to sports! Team sports!

Recreation is important for all. If there is any मनोरंजन activity which is open and accessible to all, irrespective of age, gender and race, it is sports. Esp. team sports.

Roots of प्राणवर्धक team sports is very old. When we claim origin or existence of Hockey during Krishna’s time, self-hating Indians suffering from inferiority complex , will mock it.


Sports: Bhagwad Gita perspective

Take any Indian native sports, it is all about team and prana movements. All body parts are used. Unlike modern games where either hand or leg are focused.
How wonderful that in me, the infinite ocean of consciousness, waves of jivas (individual souls) rise, sport for a while and disappear according to their nature.
~ Yoga Vasistha Sara VI.8
क्रीडा – कोई भी कार्य जिनमें नियमों की संरचना हो और जिसको आनन्द प्राप्ति के लिये या कभी-कभी शिक्षा प्रदान करने के लिये किया जाता है, क्रीडा या खेल (game) कहलाता है।

Life is a wonderful game! Play it boisterously!

And you realize ‘Life is a game’ only when you play real sports on ground! 🙂

That is how Krishna made army out of Gokul youth! By playing hockey!

For them, here is the research talking ancient roots of team sports.


Team sports have ancient roots

Competitive team games in which men test their mettle against others are universal across the world, and may have deep roots in our evolutionary past. Among hunter-gatherers, these games enable men to hone their physical skills and stamina, assess the commitment of their team members, and see how each performs under pressure. All these activities suggest motivation to practice skills involved in lethal raiding, says Michelle Scalise Sugiyama of the University of Oregon in the US, lead author of a study in Springer’s journal Human Nature.

Play behavior in humans and other animals is thought to have evolved as a way to develop, rehearse, and refine skills that are critical for survival or reproduction. Chase games, for instance, build stamina and speed, which is helpful for evading predators. Similarly, play fighting is believed to develop skills used in actual fighting. Although many animals play fight, only people do so in teams. The study’s findings suggest that team play fighting is not a recent invention of agricultural societies.

For the purposes of this study, Scalise Sugiyama and her colleagues researched how widespread indigenous forms of coalitional play fighting were among hunter-gatherer societies, and whether these games rehearse motor skills used in lethal raiding. This type of play involves the use of coordinated action and non-lethal physical force by two opposing teams, each of which attempts to attain a predetermined physical objective, such as scoring a goal, while preventing their opponents from doing the same.

Scalise Sugiyama and her colleagues analyzed the early ethnographic records of societies described as hunter-gatherers in Murdock’s Ethnographic Atlas. Although play (or its absence) was not commonly or extensively documented by early ethnographers, Scalise Sugiyama and her colleagues found information about hunter-gatherer team contact games for 46 of the 100 culture regions in the atlas that contain hunter-gatherer societies.

Activities using sticks to hit objects (and sometimes people) were the most common game type, followed by games involving kicking and games similar to rugby. The researchers also found many instances of activities involving running, grappling, parrying and throwing. These physical skills mirror those used by hunter-gatherers when raiding other groups. Scalise Sugiyama says that coalitional play fighting may have served as a practice ground for learning how to coordinate striking, blocking, kicking, dodging and projectile-throwing maneuvers amongst coalition members, all in an effort to increase the chances of success and reduce the chances of injury during potentially lethal raids.

“Interestingly, mock warfare was found in 39 per cent of culture clusters and boys’ mock warfare in 26 per cent. This suggests that motivation to engage in coalitional play fighting emerges in childhood,” says Scalise Sugiyama.

The safe confines of a game did not only have physical benefits but provided an opportunity to work as a team. Men learned to anticipate, monitor and strategically respond to the actions of their opponents, and continuously assess situations as both sides tired or lost combatants.

“Periodic participation in such games during childhood, adolescence, and early to middle adulthood provides individuals with opportunities to viscerally assess the aggressive formidability and commitment of their own and—when played with neighboring groups—other coalitions as their composition and skills change through time,” explains Scalise Sugiyama. “The widespread evidence for such games among hunter-gather societies suggests that the motivation to engage in them is a universal feature of human psychology, generating behavior that develops, rehearses, and refines the coalitional combat skills used in lethal raiding.”

Reference: Scalise Sugiyama, M. et al (2018). Coalitional Play Fighting and the Evolution of Coalitional Intergroup Aggression, Human Nature DOI: 10.1007/s12110-018-9319-1

Truth of American Professional Sports


Indian Organized Sports Industry (Cricket, Kabbadi, WWF and wherever corporates have started investment) is working on Western model of sports entertainment.

While we call these leagues “sports,” they are in fact businesses. Their business is entertainment. The NFL, for one, has actually argued this fact before the Supreme Court as recently as 2010. Being “entertainment,” the leagues are legally entitled to do what is needed to entertain their audience, such as the creation and promotion of certain “storylines.” Despite arguments to the contrary, this makes the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL on par with Roller Derby and Professional Wrestling.

In India, Sachin argued with IT dept calling his Cricket career as entertainment 😉

Here is the interesting take for those who are interested to know more about scripted sports entertainment.


The Undeniable Truth as it Relates to Professional Sports

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