For last 50 years and more, greed-centered chemical farming created unprecedented amount of stress for soil and crop grown upon it.
What you eat, you become. Stress is new normal condition. There is invisible confusion and chaos everywhere. No one is at peace. There are peace-shops flourishing everywhere. Spiritual business is all time hit.
“More and more of the world’ crops are facing salt stress with high salt in soils (also known as salinity) affecting 20% of the total, and 33% of irrigated, agricultural lands worldwide, “ said Professor Persson, from University of Melbourne, Australia, formerly at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology.
“By 2050 it is estimated that we need to increase our production of food by 70% to feed an additional 2.3 billion people. Salinity is a major limiting factor for this goal as more than 50% of the arable land may be salt afflicted by the year 2050,’
“It is therefore of great agricultural importance to find genes and mechanisms that can improve plant growth under such conditions. “
The team has identified a protein family that helps plants to grow on salt, and outlined a mechanism for how these proteins aid the plants to produce their biomass under salt stress conditions. The work was published today in the journal Cell.
“Plants need to make bigger cells and more of them if they want to grow and develop, “ added Prof Persson.
“Unlike animal cells, plant cells are surrounded by a cellular exoskeleton, called cell walls which direct plant growth and protect the plant against diseases. Importantly, most of the plants biomass is made up of the cell wall with cellulose being the major component.
“Hence, plant growth largely depend on the ability of plants to produce cell walls and cellulose, also under stress conditions, and it is therefore no surprise that research on cell wall biosynthesis is of high priority.”
This is loose translation of late puri shakracharya sri bharati krsna tirthji’s explanation
‘Sanatana’ means ‘nitya’ or Eternal. For Bharat, dharma is ‘Sanatana’, eternal. In any other language, there is no word to represent Dharma. In English, there is word ‘Religion’ but it cannot substitute word ‘Dharma’ fully. Word ‘Religion’ is so limited and narrow-minded translation that eternal gist of ‘Sanatana’ is lost when it is used as synonym. Sanatana Dharma is so unfathomable that it not only covers subjects related to this life but a continuous time-immemorial living.
In scriptures, ‘Dharma’ is described as ‘धारणात् धर्म’ (There are many interpretations but essence remains same). धर्म is that which sustains the society, protects the society from decadence, downfall and destruction. Whereas ‘Religion’ is strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny. Religion may lead to superstitions, delusions and tunnel vision but Dharma cannot. For example, Veda does not mere prescribed अध्यात्मिक/spirituals discourses but they also suggest ways to prosper in material worlds.
Let us try to understand word ‘सनातन धर्म’ by different yardsticks.
1) In Sanskrit grammar, word ‘सनातन धर्म’ is having षष्ठी-तत्पुरुषसमास i.e. ‘सनातस्य धर्म इति सनातनधर्मं’. Like how Christ is part of Christianity, Buddha is part of Buddhism, सनातन is part of सनातन धर्म i.e. सनातन धर्म is being governed by the सनातन i.e. नित्य तत्व/परमात्मा. It is not man-made, man-prescribed dharma but God-made, God-governed, God-prescribed, eternal dharma. Since Dharma has closest meaning in ‘Religion’, it is natural tendency to compare ‘Dharma’ with ‘Religion.
Take any religion of the world. It can be classified in two categories 1) Those who were there in ancient times and not practiced currently 2) Those that were not there in ancient times but are being practiced in present times. सनातन does not fall in this category for very reason that it carry i.e. नित्य or eternal. It was there in ancient times and it is here right now, very reason why life still prevails in turmoil times.
2) ‘सनातन धर्म’ is eternal not only because it is created and prescribed by almighty but also because it remains eternal from formation of universe to destruction of universe and beyond. If we understand word ‘सनातन धर्म’ by कर्मधारायः समास, it means ‘सनातनश्चासौ धर्मश्च’ or dharma which stays forever.
This does not mean ‘Religion’ equivalents of ‘Dharma’ are fraud or false. Since they are influenced by one or another person, and controlled by sects, they die out.
3) Another way to interpret ‘सनातन धर्म’ is (again कर्मधारायः समास )
This means, ‘सनातन धर्म’ is eternal, not only because it was prescribed eternal almighty or it is eternal but also because those who follow सनातन धर्म, also become सनातन or अमर or immortal.
To understand this, we will have to look for comparative analysis of civilizations and Nations of the past. Greece, Rome, Syria, Persia and many such nations were powerful and having hold on Earth but they all are vanished with time. Mighty military, abundant wealth and mass – they had everything but not a power to make people Sanatana. Despite turmoil of many millenniums, it is this land, land of Bharata, that has sustained life and the credit goes to people’s varied but steadfast belief in following eternal dharma principles.
4) To understand meaning of 3rd point (Dharma that makes followers immortal), we need to understand meaning of word सनातनयति.
सनातनयति – सनातनं परमात्मस्वरूपं प्रापयति इति or Dharma which helps followers to attain God.
This is the nature of सनातन धर्म. The one prescribed by eternal nature, is eternal and helps followers to become eternal by realizing existence of the eternal almighty. To understand and implement सनातन धर्म in life, scriptures are written by ऋषि-द्रष्टा in their deep communion with eternal. They are torchbearers. Whenever, they are not followed, society invites destruction, sooner or later.
य: शास्त्रविधिमुत्सृज्य वर्तते कामकारत: । न स सिद्धिमवाप्नोति न सुखं न परां गतिम् ।।23।।
तस्माच्छास्त्रं प्रमाणं ते कार्याकार्यव्यवस्थितौ । ज्ञात्वा शास्त्रविधानोक्तं कर्म कर्तुमिहार्हसि ।।24।।
Having cast aside the injunctions of the scriptures, he who acts in an arbitrary way according to his own sweet will neither attains perfection nor the supreme goal nor even happiness.(23) Therefore, the s
cripture alone is your guide in determining what should be done and what should not be done. Knowing this, you ought to perform only such action as is ordained by the scriptures. (24)
– Bhagwad Gita
||धर्म एव हतो हन्तिधर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः||
Dharma destroyed, destroys; Dharma protects, the protected.
अहं च त्वं च राजेन्द्र लोकनाथौ उभावपि | बहुव्रीहिरहं राजन् षष्ठीतत्पुरूषो भवान ||
A beggar says to the King, “O King! Both of us are Lokanathas. However, if I’m BahuvrIhi compound, you are ShaShthi TatpuruSha!” laaoknaaqa: can be analysed into a Bahuvrihi compound as laaok: naaqa: yasya sa: – he whose patrons are the people, a beggar. The same compound, analysed into Shashthi tatpurusha, would be laaoksya naaqa: – the Lord of the people, the King.
At least शुण्ड-long breathing. That is when one can transcend Muladhara and uplift self from gross existence. It will take 1000 births to reach their with current pace. 🙂
Right one to balance the stupor ones.
Left one to balance hyper active ones.
At least शुण्ड-long breathing.
How long the शुण्ड should be?
We will take reference from Shiva Swarodaya.
When we talk about Prana and breathing, it is more than air flowing through nostrils. It is about subtle flow. If you can master your breathing, you can realize the flow of Prana. And flow of prana is reflection of Aatma
So by realizing flow of the prana, one can also reach one step closer to self-realization.
If you ever take time to observe the breathing, you will notice that respiration takes place by one nostril at a time. Either left or right will be active.
It is breathing that takes hints from cosmic Prana and instructs individual prana. From sickness to healing, breathing controls the fate.
It will take entire book to explain this in detail but we will focus on length for this note.
When you are examining alternate breath, at different time of the day, you will also notice change in the length of breath. Sometimes it is longer, sometimes shorter.
Distance is measured in ‘Finger length’
The natural length is 7-12 fingers.
During the state of emotions/excitement – 12-36
Singling – 16
Eating – 20
Sleeping – 30
Exercise – 36
When there is control over length, there are siddhi(s).
Expiration within 1 finger for continuous period = detachment
Expiration of breath within 2 finger – blissful state
Poetic abilities when it is 3 finger length
5 fingers control gives foresight
Each cycle of breathing is also affected by 5 elements of which body is made. Each tattva has different influence on the breathe. Each tattwa causes the air to flow from different angle and point in nostril. Even length of the breathe varies based on influence of the tattwa.
Flow from center of the nostril
Duration : 20 minutes
Duration : 16 minutes
Duration: 12 minutes
Duration : 8 minutes
Duration 4 minutes
So when we worship Ganesha, we actually correct Earth element influence. It is the longest flow for one cycle of Swara/Breathe. (Active breathe flows from one nostril for 60 minutes. Out of which, Earth element has influence for 20 minutes.).
Earth element + Active Swara (Right or left) + Length of the trunk as per the Sankalpa of the Sadhana + Practice of breathing while chanting/japa
I will cut this note short and stop here and let readers contemplate on it.
More in upcoming notes.
Shiv Swarodaya – Pandit Sridhar Shivalal Hindi translation
While being obese is boon for pregnancy, it is curse otherwise. Why?
1) Why do pregnant mothers increase fat in last trimester with the help of changing patterns of healthy bacteria in mother’s intestine (#marutMicrobes )?
2) Why OBESITY is prominent in our times?
“यन्मांसां स्वागि्ना पक्वं तन्मेद इति कथ्यते॥
तदतीव गुरु स्निग्धं बलकार्यतिबृंहणम्॥”
Meda or Fat is a perfectly ripe; mature flesh (मांस). (One of 7 dhatus). It is ripen by the Fire of the body. It is full of fire. It is in fact, fuel. Raw fuel. Besides satisfying energy needs of the body, it provides stability/firmness to body. Shock absorption.
In last trimester of pregnancy, baby has fragile bones and organs. It needs protection from unforeseen external accidents. During this time, brain is under development and demands super flow of energy.
the use of aspartame increases the exposure to its metabolites methanol/formaldehyde and phenylalanine, and is reported to provoke headaches, nausea and allergic reactions, especially in the case of vulnerable persons. Its widespread use should therefore be re-evaluated by the Commission and the relevant scientific committees, taking into account all available data and respecting the precautionary principle. A historical evaluation is required as there seems to be evidence that original studies did not prove the safety of aspartame.
“At every point in the fertility process aspartame destroys, beginning
with the gleam in Mom and Pop’s eyes: It ruins female sexual response and
induces male sexual dysfunction. Beyond this aspartame disrupts fetal
development by aborting it or inducing defects. And if a live child is born,
aspartame may have heinously damaged the DNA of the baby, cursing future
Secular schooling teaches that those with beard, retired to jungle, living primitive life, are rishi(s).
Ask your siblings, children, nephews, nieces, young friends about Rishi and they will reply their imagination about Rishi like this:
*Rishi lives in jungle
*Rishi lives in temporarily created raw houses created using wood, clay and leaves.
*Rishi wears tree’s leaves and tree skin
*Rishi sits on deer skin
*Rishi had long beard and mustache since they don’t know how to shave
*They were not wealthy and powerful and lived by begging.
In short, संन्यास आश्रम dominates when we describe Rishi. That is so limited understanding!
Who is ऋषि?
साक्षात्कृतधर्माण ऋषियों बभूवुः | – यास्क
जो धर्म का साक्षात्कार करवाए वह ऋषि है |
In our body, our senses are ऋषि as they help us in realizing dharma based living. Sharper the senses, better the realization of dharma.
In this physical world, all those individuals, who helps you, helps society for common goal of self-realization, is Rishi.
‘यस्य वाक्यं स ऋषि: या तेनोच्यते सा देवता |
One whose experience is recorded, is a Rishi and the object of his experience is Devata.
Strength and virility is sign of ऋषि. They cannot be weak and timid.
In rigveda, Rishi Vashishth says:
मा अहं मृण्मये गृहं गमम् | – 7-81-1
“We don’t live in weak clay houses!” (Weak body/Weak society)
बर्हन्तं मानं सहस्रद्वारं गृहं जगम| 7-88-5
“We live in big house with thousand portals(doors)”
धरुवं यशश्छर्दिरस्मभ्यं | 7-74-5
“We live in home with strength and stability”
So far study of books written on Vedas suggest that every single hymn of Rugved talks about interconnectedness and unity of the universe. So if above verse describes homes, it is related to our Body as ‘Home’, Physical Home where we live and Earth as Home.It may be ideal reality for us but it is very normal routine for Rishi and his times!
Rishis cannot be weak, unorganized and barbaric as described by teachers, textbooks and media.Rishis were scientists with incomparable intellect. Rishis were mighty warriors with incomparable body. They knew how to live in nature harmoniously and that doesn’t mean that they did not know how to build strong clay houses! Clay = Old fashioned, Living in Nature = non civilized are myths and we must break it otherwise coming generation would never feel like going in and learning from Nature. Forget about respecting and learning from Rishis. Due to this nonsensical, thoughtless and superfluous image presented to school children by parents and teachers, children can never connect with image of real Rishi!
Who Rishi? What is his power?
The real MAN who can stand against दानव,राक्षस and असुर. In history of Bharat, whenever Dev and/or Aarya kings became pale and weak by mental strength of fighting, Rishis came forward to start people movements, fought against evil forces and re-established पूर्ण-स्वराज्य.
आ यद वाम ईयचक्षसा मित्र वयं च सूरयः |
वयचिष्ठे बहुपाय्ये यतेमहि सवराज्ये || – Rigveda 5/66/6
सूरयः – Allow only scholars, experienced and established person of excellence to contest election. Reject everyone else. Use Right to Recall if we have made collective mistake of sending wrong person.
वयचिष्ठे – Candidate/Govt must work for welfare of all by keeping balance check on national security and integrity in mind
बहुपाय्ये – Majority’s vote should be final, abolish pseudo majority exists in coalition politics.
मित्र – Selfless candidate, 100% devoted to nation, no self-interest adn NO PERSONAL LIFE AS WELL.
When no one was ready to fight against Ravan, it was group of Rishis who create necessity for fight and inspired Dashrath to start AshwaMegh yagna.
What was AshwaMegh yagna? Nothing but conference on National integrity and security arranged by ऋषिगण, sponsored by Ayodhya state (Gokul/Dwarka/Indraprasth in Krishna’s time).
Then the deities along with celestial beings, siddha-s, i.e., the souls that obtained salvation, and also other esteemed sages who by now are the residents of Heavens have duteously assembled in the firmament to receive their part of the oblations. [1-15-4]
Those deities who procedurally assembled there in that congregation then spoke to Brahma, the creator of worlds. [1-15-5]
“Oh! God, the demon named Ravana is torturing all of us with his intrepidity, as you have blessed him, and we are unable to control him. [1-15-6]
“You have given boon to him appreciating his ascesis and oh, god, with high regard to that boon of yours we are tolerating all the cruel acts of Ravana from then onwards [1-15-7]
“That malevolent Ravana is tormenting all the three worlds, hating the functionary deities of cosmos, and always desires to assail Indra, the king of all the functionary deities of universe. [1-15-8]
“That invincible one is further self-conceited by the boons you have accorded, and he is overbearingly torturing the sages, celestial beings like yaksha-s, gandharva-s, asura-s, and like that even the Brahmans. [1-15-9]
“The Sun-god will not verily parch Ravana, the Air-god will not puff at his sides, and on seeing Ravana, the lord of the undulating waves, namly the ocean will not pulsate either. [1-15-10]
“Thereby, there is a great panic for all of us from that demon with an awesome look, hence oh, god, it will be apt of you to give a thought for his elimination. [1-15-11]
And under the rule of Dashrath, process of killing Ravan started. What are the steps to eliminate evil?
“In case of fighting against corruption, top down approach has less chances for success compare to bottom up approach, provided you have patience.
Top down approach : Become crowd of frustrated citizens, Protest, Topple Govt, Replace with new corrupt breed and the cycle goes on
Bottom up approach : Become group of alert citizens and educate each other for civic duties and rights, Replace corrupt govt, Have Right To Recall with you
Aggressive and ignorant झुंड/भीड़ cannot bring revolution.Alert and educated समूह can, will.”
Under the expert guidance of ऋषिगण, leaders of different states decided to support Dashrath(Nominating him as Prime Minister, like in Chanakya’s time, Chandragupt received support) Everyone was given tasks.ऋषिगण started their work as soon as clarion call was given.King Dashrath and his allies too started the movement. Since Ravan was fully confident that मनुष्य(आर्य) are weak and cannot kill him, he had no trace about Dashrath’s preparation. But he did have threat from Rishis and their work so he often sent his army to destroy Rishi’s work.
Here are the measures taken by ऋषिगण
All ऋषि went into different directions after Security Conference held at Ayodhya
They resumed their universities with focused goal i.e. to destroy Ravan Rajya and establish Raam Rajya (Remember, this is Dashrath’s time! Raam and others sons have not seen world yet! Before inviting Raam like personality on Earth, lot of ground work was being done by ऋषिs)
They started preparing तरुण/तरुणी in their ashram. They integrated new courses in Gurukul related to weapon research and mandatory military training for all students (Later during Raam’s vanvas, he was gifted many weapons by different ऋषिs. Read Ramayana for details)
ऋषि कश्यप’s bastion was meeting place for all. कश्यप’s gurukul was known to decide future strategies.
ऋषिs went into most interior part of Bharat to identify प्रतिभा, train them and asked to be prepared for Raam’s visit.
Here are the measures taken by Dashrath
He sent Raam on तीर्थ यात्रा at the age of 16(!) to let him know and understand the dire situation of आर्यवर्त.
Raam was sent to Rishi Vasshisth Asshram for preparation
Again when Raam was ready, he was summoned to do nationwide awareness program (The final clarion call before final battle!) – We call it वनवास. Can’t we rationally judge that how can Noble King Dashrath and his family deport their beloved son on whom they rely heavily to kill Ravan? Story of Kaikai to force Dashrath to send Raam in jungle is nothing but Rishi Valmiki’s expertise to weave then social issues and let common mass understand the value of evils in family and become aware of them.
Raam spent 14 years of his youth, travelling across nation, meeting people of different clans, groups and states, awakening their soul, making them bold and powerful, gathering support. (In his task, great psychiatrist and warrior Hanumaan helped selflessly!)
From Ashwamegh Conference to killing of Ravan, it took innumerable(Too numerous to be counted) man hours in 48 years of तपस्या!
गृहस्थ ऋषि is the most sublime possible archetype (Something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies) gifted by culture(संस्कृति) of our motherland. More गृहस्थ ऋषि(s) society can produce, mightier the Nation will become. When we use गृहस्थ prefix for ऋषि, it does not mean ऋषि will downgrade his living as per ordinary गृहस्थ (Having attachments for Sansar and Sanaric vices) but quite reversal of it, ऋषि demonstrates perfect detached living. This is very critical subject of research. Experiment and document this archetype in present state of universe.
Dr. XYZ is first XYZ and then Dr. XYZ is inherent nature and being Dr is unavoidable duty. Similarly, गृहस्थ ऋषि is first ऋषि and being गृहस्थ is unavoidable duty. If you become ऋषि, you can become गृहस्थ and yet remain unaffected by सांसारिक illusions. That is the purpose of producing गृहस्थ ऋषि(s).
With life progression, गृहस्थ ऋषि will become संन्यासी ऋषि. Swa-Dharma changes with age, prefix changes with time but inherent nature remains same i.e. Being ऋषि.
Gotra means lineage. We Sanatani(s) trace our ancestry to seven rishis. We call ourselves Rishi putra.
So does this imply a belief in exclusive lineage? The answer becomes clear when you read in the Vedas that the seven rishis reside in the brain as far as आधिभौतिक plane of the Universe matters!
The primal rishis are the senses, or cognitive centers. The rishi lineages or Gotra simply celebrate the association of one dominant sense or another in the family’s ancient history.
Do SAdhana, work hard, discover your father, Rishi within and live life to sustain the world.
As per Puranic statements, Motherhood is the essential trait of divinity. अदिति is the eternal archetype of motherhood. She is ideal mother. She is great mother of devout, mighty and powerful, unaging, spacious, protecting and cleverly guiding. In Vedas, wherever Aditi is mentioned, her function has been to tenderly look after the living beings. She is the mother that child look ups up for allaying its fear. She is the mother to whom Aryan takes refuge for protection. Her motherhood gives her a natural sway over her children. Rishis depicts Aditi to bestow on men and Deva(s) all the tender care and protection which they(Rishi(s)) themselves received from her. She is the one who release men from guilt of sin and this is very much her nature as her name suggests. अदिति – अ-दिति unbinding, freedom, boundlessness.
अदिति – ७ मरुत पुत्र. In her womb, there was Indra too. He divided 7 Maruts into 7 so they became 49. In them, the मरुत्प्राण, one who represents Water or Earth element is गणपति. The one that represents Vayu or Agni, is महावीर हनुमान. In this way, गणेश & हनुमान are “मरुतो रुद्र -पुत्रास:” i.e. Rudra’s son.
Worship of Rudra (Shiva) is incomplete without worshiping his sons Hanuman and Ganesh.
Barring some past karma impact cases, majority cases of infertility are self-creation.
गणपति Out= Bareness IN
Who is गणपति?
The one that protects गण.
Where do गण live in body?
Where is मूलाधार ?
Who destroys मूलाधार?
Our food, out habits, our modern life style.
A recent health survey revealed some startling facts — a whopping 46% of Indians, between the ages of 31 and 40, require medical intervention to conceive as one or both partners suffer from fertility problems. 
This is side effect of changing pattern of professions. More and more youth are not employed in sedentary job profile. They sit in front of computer for more than 8 hrs. This is bound to happen. On top of it, add regular alcohol, smoking, drugs.
Worship Ganesha and Maa Parvati. He is lord of fertility. She is shakti related to fertility. His seat in our body is Muladhar chakra. Energy center that governs area where reproductive organs rests.
Ganesha has pomegranate in his hands.Pomegranate in Sanskrit means Beejpur, literally; replete with seeds.It implies prosperity and fertility and is related with both Bhoomidevi (the earth goddess) and Lord Ganesha (who is also called Bijapuraphalasakta, or the one fond of the many-seeded fruit).
When you meditate on them, they activate dormant energy centers in your faulty reproductive organs and helps you to regain divine power of reproducing.
Side note: Just after worshiping Ganesha for 10 days, we will soon worship Maa Parvati for 10 days in Navratri (Mind you! It is most potent time of the year to worship maa Parvati!)
Eat Pomegranate in this season.This fruit is linked with fertility, birth, and eternal life, because of its many seeds.
In modern science lab, a significant decrease in malondialdehyde (MDA) level and marked increases in glutathione (GSH), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and catalase (CAT) activities, and vitamin C level were observed by regular intake of Pomegranate.Consumption provided an increase in epididymal sperm concentration, sperm motility, spermatogenic cell density and diameter of seminiferous tubules and germinal cell layer thickness, and it decreased abnormal sperm rate when compared to the control group. 
One common cause of infertility is obesity. Pomegranate intake reduces fat.Many of the beneficial effects are related to the presence of anthocyanins, tannins, very high levels of antioxidants, including polyphenols and flavonoids.
Cherish your culture. Celebrate festivals connected with mother nature. Do not just celebrate festivals for fun. Try to follow spiritual instructions and worship God’s different form as per seasonal changes. Indwelling God will surely keep you healthy to perform your worldly duties towards self, family and nation.
I know our tendency. anything related to God, ignore. Though this post is about Lord Ganesha, I did not put his picture so that many of you read it 🙂.
Happy Aanand Chaudash! May we submerge Power of Ganesha in our body and each cell becomes Ganesha 🙂. Best wishes.
When you next time eat this wonder fruit, do remember Lord Ganesha. Its effect will increase manifold! (Trust my words and experiment!)
गणेश चतुर्थी to गणेश चतुर्दशी : Here is your yearly chance to contemplate on ageless doubt “Who am I?” and strengthen self-belief.
Happy Festival!Best wishes for your ultimate joyous conversation with self!
Season’s Rain has done his job.
Seeds for new beginning are already sprouted.
Welcome to lord of beginning in our heart. May we become live example of गणपति.
During monsoon, our digestive power remains very low and so there are high chances that GUT remains polluted. So just when the monsoon is on the verge of end, we worship गणेश for 10 days.
गणपति resides in GUT area . And to worship him, we generally keep fast. Fasting clean the GUT and transforms it from GUTTER into Heaven. So clean GUT means right decisions, right actions and in real sense गणेश acts as विध्नहर्ता.
The part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus is known as GUT. This is reservoir of microbes. Critical digestive processes happen here.
In Ayurveda, this place is considered as मूलाधार चक्र.गणपति resides here. Ayurveda considers body beyond physical body and energy layer is one of such layer, प्राणमय कोष. Energy @ मूलाधार चक्र is responsible for person’s intelligence, valor and many other traits. And Ganapati resides here. He controls all activities.
Now, modern science says, GUT is our second brain. 🙂🙂 We use this second brain as gutter. We eat anything and everything. Creating highly polluted environment. So second brain hardly works. 🙂🙂😉😛
Moral of the post: Do not make fun of your rituals under the influence of media, TV, Bollywood and some so called rational authors. If you do not understand a bit, still follow your culture. There are ample hidden benefits.
When you meditate on मूलाधार by chanting ganapati atharvashirsha, unique mental and physical state emerge. In modern science language, you actually help your second brain to work well.
Antibiotics disturbs this area most. This is the reason I advocate alternative use of controlling bacterial infection and not antibiotics. As it directly affect our emotions and thinking capacity.
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Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being
Technically known as the enteric nervous system, the second brain consists of sheaths of neurons embedded in the walls of the long tube of our gut, or alimentary canal, which measures about nine meters end to end from the esophagus to the anus. The second brain contains some 100 million neurons, more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system, Gershon says.
This multitude of neurons in the enteric nervous system enables us to “feel” the inner world of our gut and its contents. Much of this neural firepower comes to bear in the elaborate daily grind of digestion. Breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and expelling of waste requires chemical processing, mechanical mixing and rhythmic muscle contractions that move everything on down the line.
Thus equipped with its own reflexes and senses, the second brain can control gut behavior independently of the brain, Gershon says. We likely evolved this intricate web of nerves to perform digestion and excretion “on site,” rather than remotely from our brains through the middleman of the spinal cord. “The brain in the head doesn’t need to get its hands dirty with the messy business of digestion, which is delegated to the brain in the gut,” Gershon says. He and other researchers explain, however, that the second brain’s complexity likely cannot be interpreted through this process alone.
“The system is way too complicated to have evolved only to make sure things move out of your colon,” says Emeran Mayer, professor of physiology, psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). For example, scientists were shocked to learn that about 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus, carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around. “Some of that info is decidedly unpleasant,” Gershon says.
The second brain informs our state of mind in other more obscure ways, as well. “A big part of our emotions are probably influenced by the nerves in our gut,” Mayer says. Butterflies in the stomach—signaling in the gut as part of our physiological stress response, Gershon says—is but one example. Although gastrointestinal (GI) turmoil can sour one’s moods, everyday emotional well-being may rely on messages from the brain below to the brain above. For example, electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve—a useful treatment for depression—may mimic these signals, Gershon says.
Given the two brains’ commonalities, other depression treatments that target the mind can unintentionally impact the gut. The enteric nervous system uses more than 30 neurotransmitters, just like the brain, and in fact 95 percent of the body’s serotonin is found in the bowels. Because antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) increase serotonin levels, it’s little wonder that meds meant to cause chemical changes in the mind often provoke GI issues as a side effect. Irritable bowel syndrome—which afflicts more than two million Americans—also arises in part from too much serotonin in our entrails, and could perhaps be regarded as a “mental illness” of the second brain.