Sun Worship and Healthy Heart



For those service sector white collar workers who hardly spend an hour under the sun.
Solution for healthy heart is not vitamin D supplement pills but sun exposure!
Daily, at least three times (sunrise, noon, sunset) – spend time with the Sun, by worshiping it.
Do Surya Namaskar early morning. Unless there is exposure to the sun and there is physical activity with mental focus (chanting The Sun’s name), heart will remain weak. Mere continuous exposure to the sun at any time of the day (like people do at beaches) without any physical activity and mental focus – won’t help much.
Every morning – at least 15 minutes of Surya Namaskar. Do it for 90 days and experience magic in life.

सूर्य = प्राण
प्राण = Cellular intelligence, organ intelligence.

Not only heart, all organs will thank you for this little help by surya namaskar.


New study finds vitamin D3 improves heart function

A daily dose of vitamin D3 improves heart function in people with chronic heart failure, a five-year University of Leeds research project has found.
Dr Klaus Witte, from the School of Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, led the study, known as VINDICATE.

He said: “This is a significant breakthrough for patients. It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness – known as heart failure. These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients.”

Vitamin D3 can be boosted by exposure to sunlight, but heart failure patients are often deficient in it even during the summer because older people make less vitamin D3 in response to sunlight than younger people. Vitamin D3 production in the skin is also reduced by sunscreen.

The study, which was funded by the Medical Research Council, involved more than 160 patients from Leeds who were already being treated for their heart failure using proven treatments including beta-blockers, ACE-inhibitors and pacemakers.

Participants were asked to take vitamin D3 or a dummy (placebo) tablet for one year. Those patients who took vitamin D3 experienced an improvement in heart function which was not seen in those who took a placebo.

Changes in heart function were measured by cardiac ultrasound. Heart specialists measure heart function by taking an ultrasound scan of the heart (known as an echocardiogram) and measuring how much blood pumps from the heart with each heartbeat, known as ejection fraction.

The ejection fraction of a healthy person is usually between 60% and 70%. In heart failure patients, the ejection fraction is often significantly impaired – in the patients enrolled into the VINDICATE study the average ejection fraction was 26%.

In the 80 patients who took Vitamin D3, the heart’s pumping function improved from 26% to 34%. In the others, who took placebo, there was no change in cardiac function.

This means that for some heart disease patients, taking vitamin D3 regularly may lessen the need for them to be fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a device which detects dangerous irregular heart rhythms and can shock the heart to restore a normal rhythm.

सूर्य नमस्कार Every Day


A friend dropped a message:

“Pranam sir, hope with goddess grace you must be doing good. It is always enlightening to read your posts, I am lucky to have you in my friend list, thanks to one of my friend for letting me know about you. I find myself fortunate now. And sir, your posts are making difference in my life, hope you will keep on writing. Sir, I wrote in my message about the skin problem, that I was suffering from. It was innate, you advised to follow certain things and was helpful in a big way, especially the surya namaskar.”



So what exactly worked here? Neither me, no my guidelines but my friend’s determination and श्रध्धा. I was mere instrumental. Otherwise, this remote medium is not so powerful to create personal impact.

सूर्य is प्राणदाता. प्राण is cellular intelligence. सूर्य नमस्कार is not exercise. It is प्राण साधना.

Skin problems are वात disorders. दूषित प्राण (incompatible प्राण) affect Vayu most and quickly. This is the reason, we have maximum Vata disorders compare to Kapha or pitta disorders.

आदित्यो ह वै प्राणो रयिरेव चन्द्रमा रयिर्वा एतत्
सर्वं यन्मूर्तं चामूर्तं च तस्मान्मूर्तिरेव रयिः ॥ ५ ॥

अथादित्य उदयन्यत्प्राचीं दिशं प्रविशति तेन प्राच्यान्
प्राणान् रश्मिषु सन्निधत्ते । यद्दक्षिणां यत् प्रतीचीं
यदधो यदूर्ध्वं यदन्तरा दिशो यत् सर्वं प्रकाशयति
तेन सर्वान् प्राणान् रश्मिषु सन्निधत्ते ॥ ६ ॥

स एष वैश्वानरो विश्वरुपः प्राणोऽग्निरुदयते ।
तदेतदृचाऽभ्युक्तम् ॥ ७ ॥

विश्वरूपं हरिणं जातवेदसं
परायणं ज्योतिरेकं तपन्तम् ।
सहस्ररश्मिः शतधा वर्तमानः
प्राणः प्रजानामुदयत्येष सूर्यः ॥ ८ ॥

सूर्य नमस्कार everyday.

Day-night cycle, Neural Signaling and Sandhya


In my culture, it is advised to provide ablations to the sun three times a day. It is known as त्रिकाल संध्या. Sunrise, noon and sunset.


Life on Earth follows the rising and setting of the sun. Daily cycles have been found in animals, plants, fungi and even bacteria. For humans, sleeping and waking as well as hormone levels, body temperature and cognitive performance, follow a daily cycle.

Such a wonderful code of execution associated with movement of the sun. When you spend time with the Sun on transition times, I am sure the mental focus helps to switch on and off bodily daily cycles.

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that different groups of neurons, those charged with keeping time, became active at different times of day despite being on the same molecular clock.

Experiment and experience.

The biological control for these daily cycles is known as the circadian clock. In animals, a master circadian clock in the brain helps coordinate most of these body rhythms, including the sleep-wake cycle.

Scanning fruit fly brains helps understanding of neural signaling involved in some circadian behaviors

The biochemical basis of the circadian clock has been conserved through evolution. It involves a small number of “clock proteins” whose levels go up and down in a controlled manner once a day.



Shedding light on the day-night cycle

Scanning fruit fly brains helps understanding of neural signaling involved in some circadian behaviors

Life on Earth follows the rising and setting of the sun. Daily cycles have been found in animals, plants, fungi and even bacteria. For humans, sleeping and waking as well as hormone levels, body temperature and cognitive performance, follow a daily cycle.

“The influence of our circadian rhythms can be substantial – for example, some of us are night owls and others are morning larks,” said senior investigator Paul Taghert, PhD, professor of neuroscience. “It’s important to understand how such fundamental timing information is translated into actual neuronal signals in the brain that control daily rhythms, including rhythmic behavior.”

The biological control for these daily cycles is known as the circadian clock. In animals, a master circadian clock in the brain helps coordinate most of these body rhythms, including the sleep-wake cycle.

The biochemical basis of the circadian clock has been conserved through evolution. It involves a small number of “clock proteins” whose levels go up and down in a controlled manner once a day.

To answer that question, Liang performed whole brain scans of living fruit flies every 10 minutes for 24 hours. Fruit flies are widely used in circadian research because the clock in each fly’s tiny brain is represented by only 150 time-keeping or so-called pacemaker neurons, making it much easier to dissect than the clock in larger animals. Even in mice, for example, the circadian system involves about 20,000 pacemaker neurons in a part of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus.

The experiments measured calcium levels inside pacemaker cells to assess the cells’ activities – higher calcium levels indicate higher levels of neuronal activation. Unexpectedly, each pacemaker group displayed a distinct phase of activity.  These activity patterns were sensitive to environmental signals, such as day length, and also to the circadian clock. The researchers found that one specific group of pacemaker neurons was active about four hours before the fly’s morning peak in activity, and another specific group was active about four hours before the fly’s evening activity.

“Essentially, groups of neurons decide to take different parts of the clock,” explained Holy. “One group says, ‘We’ll be active in the morning, to make the fly active that time of day,’ and this other group of neurons says, ‘Even though our molecular clock is peaking here in the morning, we’re going to wait to be most active until later on in the day.’”


Sun Exposure (Light Therapy) : Cure for Depression

Have you ever heard farmer practicing environment-centric farming depressed? 🙂
Depression was rare in India. But with advent of AC offices and rising service industry (now even schools are AC! :D) , exposure to the Sun is reducing drastically. Welcome mental disorders!!
3 times a day, spend time with entire world’s father, the Sun. Sunrise, noon and Sunset.

Light exposure improves depressive symptoms among cancer survivors

Light therapy decreased depressive symptoms and normalized circadian rhythms among cancer survivors, according to new research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai presented today at the American Psychosomatic Society in Denver, CO.

Researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Northwestern University in Chicago, University of Iowa, University of California in San Diego and Reykjavik University in Iceland randomly divided 54 cancer survivors into a bright white light or a dim red light group. Participants were provided with a light box and asked to use it for 30 minutes every morning for four weeks. Depressive symptoms and circadian activity rhythms were measured before, during and three months after completing the light exposures to determine the effectiveness of light therapy.

“Depressive symptoms are common among cancer survivors even years after treatment has ended,” said Heiddis Valdimarsdottir, PhD, Associate Professor of Oncological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and lead author of the study. “This interferes with overall quality of life and puts survivors at risk for poor outcomes including death.”

Patients exposed to the bright light experienced improvement in depressive symptoms while those exposed to the dim red light experienced no change in symptoms.

“Our findings suggest light therapy, a rather non-invasive therapy, may provide an innovative way to decrease depression among cancer survivors,” said William Redd, PhD, Professor of Oncological Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and co-author of the study.

Most patients face some degree of depression, anxiety, and fear when cancer becomes part of their lives. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 4 people with cancer have clinical depression.

“The good news is that depression can be treated, and bright light therapy is a potentially effective new treatment option,” said Dr. Valdimarsdottir.

Who is Mitra (मित्र)?


Who is mitra?


मित्रो जनान यातयति बरुवाणो मित्रो दाधार पर्थिवीमुत दयाम |

मित्रः कर्ष्टीरनिमिषाभि चष्टे मित्राय हव्यंघ्र्तवज्जुहोत ||

पर स मित्र मर्तो अस्तु परयस्वान यस्त आदित्य शिक्षति वरतेन |

न हन्यते न जीयते तवोतो नैनमंहो अश्नोत्यन्तितो न दूरात ||

अनमीवास इळया मदन्तो मितज्ञवो वरिमन्ना पर्थिव्याः |

आदित्यस्य वरतमुपक्षियन्तो वयं मित्रस्य सुमतौ सयाम ||


1. Mitra orders people to do their work. Mitra upholds earth and
heaven. Mitra oversees the people without winking. Make the
oblation containing butter for Mitra.
2. O Mitra, son of Aditi, that mortal becomes happy, who follows
your laws. (He) is neither killed nor won, who is protected by you.
Sin does not enter him either from near or from afar.
3. Without disease, happy, walking among the best place of earth,
firm-kneed, following Aditya’s laws, we want to stay under the great intellect of Mitra.

Surya Namaskar : Controlling Genes with Light


Didn’t we discuss? Spend at least sunrise and sunset with the mother nature? Do Surya Namaskar? Play in the field. That is how the original source of light can help you activate life-supporting genes and deactivate life-decaying genes.

Think about it! Take care!


Controlling Genes with Light

“This technology should allow a scientist to pick any gene on any chromosome and turn it on or off with light, which has the potential to transform what can be done with genetic engineering” said Lauren Polstein, a Duke PhD student and lead author on the work. “The advantage of doing this with light is we can quickly and easily control when the gene gets turned on or off and the level to which it is activated by varying the light’s intensity. We can also target where the gene gets turned on by shining the light in specific patterns, for example by passing the light through a stencil.”

Why Sunworship? Prana Upasana



I often get genuine queries about Surya-Upasana & Homa.

Why Brahmcharya? Why Surya-Namaskar? Why प्राण उपासना / प्राणायाम? Why moderate eating? Why regular fasting?

Here is the reason.

अपश्यं गोपामनिपद्यमानमा, च परा च पथिभिश्चरन्तम। स सध्रीचीः स विषूचीर्वसा न आवरीवर्ति भुवनेष्यन्तः॥ (ऋग्. 1-164-31)

“मैंने प्राणों को देखा है- साक्षात्कार किया है। यह प्राण सब इन्द्रियों का रक्षक है। यह कभी नष्ट होने वाला नहीं है। यह भिन्न-भिन्न मार्गों अर्थात् नाड़ियों से आता जाता है। मुख और नासिका द्वारा क्षण-क्षण में इस शरीर में आता है और फिर बाहर चला जाता है। यह प्राण शरीर में वायु रूप में है पर अधिदैवत रूप से यह सूर्य है।”

It is प्राण that sustains the अन्नमय कोष (Physical body). It is प्राण that manifests good bacteria as modern medicine describes. It is प्राण that is immune intelligence. It is प्राण that is power-house for cells.

Preserve by reducing waste (Maithun, Eating, Over-indulgence of senses)
Store by Upasana, Pranayama, Exercise.

The caveat is, Prana in our outer-body, our environment is consumed by the toxic pollutants in air, water and food. So very little Prana remains for us.

More than any yuga, this is the time when we must cultivate habit of preserving Prana and efficient way to store it.

Sun Worship



कालेनोदेति सूर्यः काले नि विशते पुनः |
The sun rises in time and again sets also in time, so should all who are dependent on him.

Are we sync with father sun’s movements? Sleeping time? Wake up time? Meal timings? Resting time?

Prana shakti keeps our body complex nurtured and sickness free. 6 months of uttarayan clear sky is favorable time to do Sun worship and get blessings from him, including prana shakti.

आदित्यस्य नमस्कारं ये कुर्वन्ति दिने दिने |
जन्मान्तरसहस्रेषु दारिद्रयं नोपजायते ||

The people who bow down to the Sun (perform SUryanamaskArs)everyday, poverty does not arise intheir lives for thousands of births. (The people who are punctual in their duties like Sun, never become poor.)

Sickness is a state of poverty. Irrespective of sect, religion and spiritual inclination, this is wonder exercise that gives clarion call to all body cells and put them in motion again, everyday.

An energetic way to start a day.

He is all pervading thread among all sentient beings and non-sentient things. His change in movement affects us. Embrace the change!

मकर संक्रांतिकी शुभकामना!

Why Surya Namaskar is ideal Vyayam : Energy Cost and Cardiorespiratory Changes



While most of us see exercise as a tool to remain fit and healthy, most people don’t fully understand how these different types of exercise elicit very different responses within our bodies. A basic understanding of how our body uses energy during different forms of exercise is critical for designing an effective exercise program.

For me, ideal exercise is that which keeps body in balance, well within the range of lactate or anaerobic threshold and exerts a moderate stress of cardiorespiratory system. The middle path. No extreme. One can increase one’s limit or the middle path, step by step.


As per research performed Defense Institute of Physiology & Allied Science, Delhi, Surya Namaskar fits well for both energy cost and cardiorespiratory stress.


Energy cost and cardiorespiratory changes during the practice of Surya Namaskar.

Surya Namaskar (SN), a group of Yogic exercise consists of a set of twelve postures which is practiced by some of the yoga practitioners. The present study was undertaken to observe critically the energy cost and different cardiorespiratory changes during the practice of SN. Twenty-one male volunteers from the Indian Army practiced selected Yogic exercises for six days in a week for three months duration. The Yogic practice schedule consisted of Hatha Yogic Asanas (28 min), Pranayama (10.5 min) and Meditation (5 min). In the Yogic practice schedule 1st they practiced Kapal Bhathi (breathing maneuvers) for 2 min then Yogamudra (yogic postural exercise) for 2 min, after that they took rest until oxygen consumption and heart rate (HR) came to resting value. Subsequently subjects performed SN for 3 min 40 seconds on an average. After three months of training at the beginning of the fourth month subjects performed entire Yogic practice schedule in the laboratory as they practiced during their training session and experiments were carried out. Their pulmonary ventilation, carbondioxide output, Oxygen consumption, HR and other cardiorespiratory parameters were measured during the actual practice of SN. Oxygen consumption was highest in the eighth posture (1.22+/-0.073 1 min(-1)) and lowest in the first posture (0.35+/-0.02 1 min(-1)). Total energy cost throughout the practice of SN was 13.91 kcal and at an average of 3.79 kcal/min. During its practice highest HR was 101+/-13.5 b.p.m. As an aerobic exercise SN seemed to be ideal as it involves both static stretching and slow dynamic component of exercise with optimal stress on the cardiorespiratory system.

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Controlling Genes By Light : Prana, Sun and Cellular Intelligence



If light turns genes ON and OFF, is it not pseudo science to engage in gene modification (GMO food, Cancer treatment by gene injection etc) ?

The real issue with depleting crop yield or faulty immune system or increasing crop diseases or human sicknesses is not genes but Environment – The sunlight refractions in form of alien inorganic chemicals around.

There is certainly lack of प्राण around. And that switches OFF many vital genes.

Do Surya Namaskar daily. Spend time with the mighty father Sun everyday. Sunrise and Sunset. Do Homa/Agnihotra daily. And see the difference.

Zebu cattle, our Gau mata, has Surya Ketu Nadi. Let her graze the land freely and she will absorb Prana from the Sun and restore it in the soil so that we get Prana from the food.

Light = प्राण = सूर्य = Cellular intelligence.


Controlling genes with light

New technique can rapidly turn genes on and off, helping scientists better understand their function.

Although human cells have an estimated 20,000 genes, only a fraction of those are turned on at any given time, depending on the cell’s needs — which can change by the minute or hour. To find out what those genes are doing, researchers need tools that can manipulate their status on similarly short timescales.

That is now possible, thanks to a new technology developed at MIT and the Broad Institute that can rapidly start or halt the expression of any gene of interest simply by shining light on the cells.

The work is based on a technique known as optogenetics, which uses proteins that change their function in response to light. In this case, the researchers adapted the light-sensitive proteins to either stimulate or suppress the expression of a specific target gene almost immediately after the light comes on.

“Cells have very dynamic gene expression happening on a fairly short timescale, but so far the methods that are used to perturb gene expression don’t even get close to those dynamics. To understand the functional impact of those gene-expression changes better, we have to be able to match the naturally occurring dynamics as closely as possible,” says Silvana Konermann, an MIT graduate student in brain and cognitive sciences.

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