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Squatting position : Ancient Wisdom, Modern Necessity

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Laborers/Villagers/Generation before Toilet seat don’t get fat stomach. Officer-goers, armchair-intellectual do get. One strikingly different habit? Squatting.

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Seven Advantages of Squatting
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[1] Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete. This helps prevent “fecal stagnation,” a prime factor in colon cancer, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
[2] Protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
[3] Securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation, contaminating the small intestine.
[4] Relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
[5] Uses the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining. Chronic straining on the toilet can cause hernias, diverticulosis, and pelvic organ prolapse.
[6] A highly effective, non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids, as shown by published clinical research.
[7] For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare one for a more natural delivery.

Health Benefits of the Natural Squatting Position

by  JONATHAN ISBIT

Ancient Indian Spectrometer

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There is a manuscript of Maharsi Bharadvaja titled ‘Amsu-bodhini’ (with a commentary of Bodhananda) at the library of Oriental Institute, Vadodara (Baroda). In the introductory passages, it is said that in the original text of Bharadvaja, the aphorisms of ‘Amsu-bodhini’ are divided into twelve chapters having one thousand sections. In order to make it understandable, Bodhananda wrote a commentary on it. Actually the available manuscript is the first chapter of the work, having a commentary over the first 50 aphorisms of Maharsi Bharadvdja.

The title of this chapter is ‘Srstvadhikarah i.e. the Evolution of the Universe. Description of aphorisms in first chapter describes creation of Solar system. Study of this manu-script concludes,

1. the nature and properties of the ultraviolet, visible and infrared radiations were well known in Ancient India,
2. they knew the properties and methods of preparation of materials useful in such radiation studies and
3. presumably also knew the theory and practice of this and other four types of spectrometer.

Guduchi Benefits, Idea of Green Tourism

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Disconnect with essentials (food,water, herbs) is painful for क्षेत्र (body). Present FMCG sector is faulty economy because it widens this disconnect and hence less healthy society. Even if you purchase something (other than life essential items which are not grown locally) from local vendor, it is good habit (on both seller and buyer part) to inquire and keep source in mind (and keep check on it. Be connected with source.). It has its own psychological benefit. Think about it. Will discuss sometime in future when idea is ripe again.

Tinospora spreads new wings in monsoon. This (post monsoon, post sharad) is good season to revere and seek help of this divine herb.

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“Columbin, tinosporaside, 4-hydroxy-3-methoxy benzyl, tetrahydrofuran, jatrorhizine, palmatine, berberine, tembeterine, tinocordifolioside, phenylpropene disaccharides, choline, tinosporic acid, tinosporal and tinosporon”

When these chemicals are bundled together, they have miracle effects on your क्षेत्र (Body). like a good and sensible farmer constantly think and act for replenishing क्षेत्र with nutrients, we should also take care of क्षेत्र in our possession i.e. our पञ्चकोषिय शरीर.

When this bundle of chemicals is packed by nature, it is different in constitution at different place. We identify is as Amrta in Sanskrit. Tinospora (English), Giloy (Hindi), Amruthaballi (Kannada), Cittamrtu (Malayalam), Amrutha valli, Seendhil kodi (Tamil), Thippatiga (Telugu), galo (Gujarati).

Tinospora is divine herb. Mixer of Pungent (Katu), bitter (Tikta) and astringent (Kashaya) tastes. Post-digestion, it gives Sweet (Madhura) taste. It alleviates three Doshas (Tridoshahara), mainly relieves Pitta. Promotes strength (Balya), appetizer (Agni dipani). It cures fever (Jvara), eliminates metabolic wastes & toxins (Ama), morbid thirst (Trt), burning sensation (Daha), diabetes (Meha), anaemia (Pandu), jaundice (Kamala), skin disorders (Kustha), gout (Vata asra).[1][2][3][4]

Some modern researches extend its boon-periphery to benefits like Radioprotective and anti-oxidant. [5][6][7][8]

So? Find our sources, find our Authentic Ayurvedic doctor and prepare medicine for entire family.

Here is an idea: Why can’t we develop real form of green-tourism? Design a treasure-hunt trips in vacations. Family trips. (Best if possible on cycle or foot) One at the end of each season. Explore areas where this medicine (and many such herbs) grow in abundance. Connect with the source as a selfless friend. And remain healthy!

Mind you, if modern pharma companies try to invade idea and sell you Amrta in packed bottle, it carried no value! Essential part is missing! Real essense is in urge to heal self (Read here : https://www.facebook.com/marut.mitra.5/posts/278289388962643 ) and that cannot be develop by purchasing medicines from mall or medical shops.

[1] Tinospora cordifolia is proved to be Immunostimulant in HIV patients (Kallikar et al., Indian J Pharmacol. 2008)
[2] Caraka Samhitha, Chikitsa Sthana, 3/299
[3] Ethanolic extract of stem and leaves of Tinospora exhibited significant antipyretic activity in experimental rats (Vedavathy and Rao, 1991)
[4] Aqueous and alcoholic extract of Tinospora showed that it is good anti- hyperglycemic agent in experimental animals with induced diabetes by different diabetogenic agents (Puranik K N et al., Biomedical Research 2008)
[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=20932729
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=21350610
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=21042467
[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=12587720

It is not birth that makes a king

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There are misconceptions propagated in our society that in ancient times of Bharat, Nation-states were always ruled by son of the King. This is not complete truth. Selection of successor was never exclusively birth based. As Kalidasa described precisely in this verse of raghuvaMsham.

अथेतरे सप्तरघुप्रवीरा ज्येष्ठम् पुरोजन्मतया गुणैश्च।
चक्रुः कुशम् रत्नविशेषभाजम् सौभ्रात्रमेषाम् हि कुलानुकारि ॥ १६-१

“Then, the other seven brave princes of the Raghu family made Kusha – the eldest both by his being born first and by his possessing virtues…”
The king is honored because of his qualities. It is not birth that makes a king. He is not respected so much because of his ancestry, as for his prowess, strength and valor. There were of course instances where seat of king was claimed by mere birth. But we are not talking about failed states or average states. When we look at the history and learn the lesson from it, we must thrive for best of it. And the best is, selection of King by qualities.

To support Kalidasa’s words, we have Allahbad Pillar inscription which records that Samudra Gupta was chosen among other princes of the family who were rendered crestfallen.

Conclusion:

It is half truth when someone says that only Qualities are important and not Varna. Similarly, it is also half truth when someone says that only birth is enough to decide Kingly qualities.

Best way to summarize: Out of all Kshtriya clans, the most powerful (full of Kingly traits) becomes the King with Praja’s (Citizen’s) consent.

Tsunami of poisonous perceptions

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विषय or attachment for subjects kills by mere thinking about it.

Eating fast food for the sake of hunger is different than craving for fast food. The later kills absolutely as it attacks the mind. And it is mind that manifests body, be it healthy or sick.

विषस्य विषयाणाञ्च दूरमत्यन्तमन्तरम्
उपभुक्तं विषं हन्ति विषयाः स्मरणादपि

The disparity between ‘viSha’ (poison) and ‘viShaya’ (sense object) is enormous. viSha kills on consumption; viShaya kills just by reminiscing (Thinking).

Fast food, Fast entertainment, Fast life
Poison loving generation? Felo-de-se (Societal suicide)?

 

Xenobiotic Toxins, Ginger and Virechana

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A xenobiotic is a foreign chemical substance found within an organism that is not normally naturally produced by or expected to be present within that organism. It can also cover substances which are present in much higher concentrations than are usual.

In Ayurveda, we have concept of आम/Ama. It is manifested due to several reasons (Read this note for detail: https://www.facebook.com/marut.mitra.5/posts/452328781558702)

Now, on top of Ama generated due to operational inefficiency of body or environment, we imbibe tons of toxins in form of modern drugs, pesticides and chemicals in air and water. All Xenobitocs.

Ama or Xenobitocs are toxin of both endogenous and exogenous origin. In this way Ama and Xenobiotics share similar qualities. Both Ama and Xenobiotics are tough for spontaneous elimination. They need a special pathway and intervention that facilitates the elimination.

If they are not eliminated timely, they obstruct Prana flow and hence bodily intelligence. Results in sickness of greatest intensity of pain i.e. Cancer.

The method of elimination of ama and Xenoblotlcs can be assessed only with the aid of Ayurveda concepts. Modern biochemistry explains the elimination of polar Xenobiotics (water soluble) through urine. But the method of elimination of nonpolar or lipophilic Xenobiotics can be possible only by Ayurveda. That IS as fat cannot be eliminated from urine, but can be brought to intestine and then eliminate by virechana and so on.

Two wonder boons of mother nature helps best here: Ginger and Garlic.

Many communities ( Jains, Swaminarayana for example) in Bharat traditionally don’t eat garlic and ginger as they think that they are of Tamasik nature. If you want to do survey, do it. They suffer from cancer, joint pain most. Amount of Ama and Xenobiotics have increased manifold but there is absolute absence of GArlic and Ginger in their. This results in cancer, arthritis and many Vata disorders.

Take care. Eat Ginger and Garlic moderately as per your Prakriti, age and season. Ask your grandmother, she will have all ideas about ginger and garlic usage.

Environment, not genes, at work

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“A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food.”

Most GMO apologists are using 20th century science of genes to prove their points. Reductionism and over-mechanized compartment-wise study of organism has led science world to the great delusion of Gene centric control of the organism.
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Part 1 : Environment and NOT Genes shape our life
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Biologists know this very well: “Embryo development (ontogeny) depends on developmental gene regulatory networks (dGRNs), but dGRNs depend on preexisting spatial anisotropies that are defined by early embryonic axes, and those axes are established long before the embryo’s dGRNs are put in place. DNA sequences do not specify the final functional forms of most membrane components. Still less does DNA specify the spatial arrangements of those components. Yet their spatial arrangements carry essential ontogenetic information. The fact that membrane patterns carry ontogenetic information that is not specified by DNA poses a problem for any theory of evolution (such as Neo-Darwinism) that attributes the origin of evolutionary novelties to changes in a genetic program—whether at the level of DNA sequences or dGRNs.”[1]
In short, development of new cells depends more on Membrane Patterns than genes at the center. Membrane Patterns are formed based on epigenetic factors and cell-cell communication.

Unfortunately, we are taught in Biology that genes control us ever since Watson and Crick proposed Genes dogma. So there is apathy and doubt related to epigenetic factors (Non-genetic factors controlling and shaping our lives) not limited to stress-free mind, stress-free social environment, natural habitat, pets, animals, plants – they all play a role in helping us regaining healthy state back.

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Part 2 : Plants, yield, immunity
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Now, let us come to plants. Let me cite example of popular Green Revolution hero IR8 variety of rice. Plants like IR8 succeeded in protecting humanity against global famine and were hailed as part of the “Green Revolution” in agriculture. How, we will see shortly.
In the meantime, however, the yields from IR8 have declined by around 15 percent, and the cultivation of this previously very promising plant is no longer seen as worthwhile.

The dwarf rice variety lacks an enzyme that is required for the production of the plant growth hormone gibberellic acid; without gibberellic acid, the rice plant remains short but strong and high-yielding. Although nothing has changed in the genetic makeup of the IR8 rice plant in the past 50 years, its yields have declined continuously.

Do you want to know the reason why?

Change in environment. Global increase of CO2 made IR8 to produce continuously declined yield. After all, the current concentration of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is 25 percent higher than in the 1960s.
Using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (generally known as thale cress), the researchers were able to observe that a higher carbon dioxide concentration results in the unblocking of the capacity of dwarf plant to form gibberellic acid. The carbon dioxide appears to have the same growth-stimulating effect as that triggered by the gibberellic acid. Thus, in the experiment, the dwarf plants gradually lost their advantage and increasingly resembled the control plants. [2]

Despite having genes, IR8 is impotent. As I shared in part 1 of the note, it is not gene but the environment (epigenetical factors) that controls the organism)

Apart from CO2 , many factors work. Modern Agri science knows this very well but since they want to do business, they don’t reveal this fact to the world and govt(s).

So when GMO varieties will be introduced, Seller Company will come up with specific environmental conditions to maintain. And to do that, farmers will have to buy their fertilizers and pesticides. In some cases, despite all of this, yield will fail as no one has control over Mother Nature and so company will blame farmers for not following instructions. 😀
Bt Cotton in Gujarat has ruined many farmers and Monsanto blamed farmers for not following the procedures! 😀 [3]

Need of the hour is not to introduce yet another fancy variety of seeds and controlled environment goodies (Pesticides, Fertilizers, Processes to bankrupt farmers so that they sell everything and invite corporate farming where they can participate in slavery) but to stabilize environment, purify soil and bring back diversity which can give yield in abundance naturally. I see Bos Indicus emerging as Kamdhenu once again for this task.

[1] Membrane Patterns Carry Ontogenetic Information That Is Specifid Independently of DNA – Jonathan Wells, Biologic Institute, Redmond, Washington, USA. Bio-complexity journal

[2] http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/160/4/1781

[3] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/bt-cotton-ineffective-against-pest-in-parts-of-gujarat-admits-monsanto/article183353.ece

Blood’s Memory : mother smoked, detectable five years later

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Recently I came to know from my friends in metros that smoking in young females is increased manifold. Worrisome future ahead.

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Blood is water at the core. Water (or Specialized water called Blood) is the closest epigenetic medium for cells. Water carries memory of not only smoking but all your legacy (Not just DNA!). That is how you and me exhibit so many traits of our parents and grandparents.

And this is the reason that role of mother is critical in maintaining right habits, diet – before even couple plan for child.

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If you are planning child in upcoming spring (the best time to make love), start preparing your body now. Regularize routine. Stop non-healthy food. Stop anti-body habits. Be at peace for at least 3 months before you plan for child. No stress, no anger, no lust, no greed, no jealousy.


Research


Blood From Small Children ‘Remembers’ Prenatal Smoking Exposure

–Molecular evidence that mother smoked during pregnancy is still detectable five years later

The findings, published online in the journal Environmental Research, offer strong evidence that environmental exposures that go as far back as the womb may continue to remain in the body and potentially affect someone’s health for years after birth. They also suggest that with further research it could be possible to detect exposures to other potential toxins during pregnancy that are less evident such as to chemicals in plastics, undetected infections or contaminants in drinking water.

Ultimately, the hope would be to link these exposures to chronic diseases such as autism, obesity or heart disease to better understand how diseases develop and possibly help prevent them.

“If you have a blood sample, you may be able to ask research questions that you could never ask before,” says study leader M. Daniele Fallin, PhD, the Sylvia and Harold Halpert Professor and Chair of the Bloomberg School’s Department of Mental Health. “Smoking is one thing. But if this turns out to be possible for other kinds of exposures, this could be a paradigm shift.

“We have long known that the body is an accumulator of past exposures – evidence of lead exposure lives on in our bones, for example. But we did not know that something as easy to collect as blood could contain evidence of exposures not only during your life but prenatally. That’s what makes this so compelling.”

For this new proof of principle study, Fallin and her colleagues did an analysis of epigenetics, molecules that are not part of the DNA sequence but sit on top of it and regulate which genes are turned on and off when and where in the body. Two years ago, another group of researchers looked at newborn cord blood and found that the amount of an epigenetic mark, known as DNA methylation, at 26 locations on the genome, was correlated with whether that baby’s mother had smoked during pregnancy.

For this study, Fallin and her colleagues took the experiment a step further. They tested the blood of 531 preschoolers from six different sites in the United States and also spoke to their mothers about whether or not they smoked during pregnancy. They again analyzed methylation patterns at the same 26 locations in the genome and found that 81 percent of the time their test was able to accurately predict prenatal smoking exposure. It was not previously known whether this epigenetic signature would still be around as many as five years later, but the blood still contained this molecular memory.

It is possible, the researchers say, that the signature is also related to exposure to secondhand smoke after birth, but that would not account for all of it since at birth — before they could be exposed to secondhand smoke — those whose mothers smoked while pregnant already had the signature.

STOP Fear Mongering Children

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“यहाँ से चालीस-चालीस कोस दूर तक जब रात में बच्चा रोता है तो माँ कहती है बेटा सो जा नहीं तो गब्बर आ जायेगा|”
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Being a parent, I often observe other parents, so to learn from them. One common thing I observed is that many parents engage in fear mongering to serve the purpose (to make the child sleep or the feed the child etc).

This is highly insensitive practice.

As per Charak Samhita (The Ayurvedic Authority Scripture)

“न ह्यस्य वित्रासनं साधु तस्मात्तस्मिन् रुदत्यभुञ्जाने वाऽन्यत्र विधेयतामगच्छति राक्षसपिशाचपूतनाद्यानां नामान्याह्वयता कुमारस्य वित्रासनार्थं नामग्रहणं न कार्यं स्यात् |” [1]

“Never ever engage in fear mongering. Even if child does not eat, cries and does mischief, do not engage in fear mongering. Never use imaginary characters like भुत, राक्षस,पिशाच,पूतना etc to threaten them. Do not show them shadows as भुत, राक्षस,पिशाच,पूतना”

This practice subconsciously kills their inborn fearlessness and will lead to mild to severe mental issues in adult life. Avoid. This is the challenge of being parent. Learn creative ways to convince child and not the shortcut i.e. fear mongering or threatening. Such parenting will lead you to loss at the end. Take care.

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Fear mongering (or scaremongering or scare tactics) is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end. The feared object or subject is sometimes exaggerated, and the pattern of fear mongering is usually one of repetition, in order to continuously reinforce the intended effects of this tactic, sometimes in the form of a vicious circle.


 

Reference


[1] http://peterffreund.com/Vedic_Literature/charaka/charaka_sharira.html

About Interstellar and the Ancestral Help

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न देवा दण्डमादाय रक्षन्ति पशुपालवत् |
यं तु रक्षितुमिच्छन्ति बुद्ध्या संयोजयन्ति तम् |
(- महाभारत)

God is not one who will walk behind guiding you like cows with a stick. But God gives intelligence (to solve problems by oneself) to one whom god wishes to protect.

(Thank you Aparna ji for sharing this quote)
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Like how Murph was guided by her dad from fifth dimension (Gravity anomaly), all our forefathers too influence us, in positive or negative manner, based on their innate nature. Like Murph’s library (information) ghost, there is parental influence on our personality. I understand it as ‘Pitru Rina-पितृ रुण’ or relation with forefathers which influences our thoughts and actions.

Not only forefathers, singular consciousness or God guide us. All our thoughts, insights, inspirations, opportunities, situations in favor of societal transformation, selfless actions are sent to this universe from the other world. Who sent it? “They” as movie interstellar talks about.

Some of us use words like ‘Genetic imprints’ or ‘Heredity’ to explain forefathers influence. But in my understanding, this exchange of information does not happen just on physical plane, like it is shown in movie, but is a subject of mental plane. To receive potent hints, we must first clean and condition our minds so that we can receive the hints, decipher them (Like Murph did) and use the wise advises for the welfare of the family, society and the universe.

There are several rituals in the culture of this land (Not sure about other cultures, there may be similar rituals. Subject of research.), to purify mind. Most popular is Yoga. It helps in mind purification which can lead to life sustaining actions. Mind becomes more receptive for deciphering guidance sent from fifth dimension 🙂. It is different thing that rituals have become mechanical, devoid of real purpose.

I do not deny scientific way to explain interstellar. But this is also interesting aspect if you wish to ponder upon. Think about it. Even if you are non-believer or atheist, forefathers influence does impact. Think about it. Take care. (Y)

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