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Virtuous life vs Fate

Life - Virtues vs vices
Life – Virtues vs vices

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There is often a question mark on fate-estimating science i.e. Jyotish that why everything for everyone is never turned reality?

आचार्य शुश्रुत gives precise answer => Sadachar सदाचार – leading a virtuous life : This is the key.

ततो ग्रहांस्तानुवाच भगवान् भगनेत्रहृत्।
तिय्यग्योनिं मानुषञ्च दैवञ्च त्रितयं जगत्॥

Those families where noone performs यज्ञ for Devata and Pitru, where Brahmans, Saints , Guru and Atithi(s) are not welcomed, where charity does not happen, where virtuous living is not demonstrated, all 9 Grahas can afflict the children.

Further, he adds:

“कुलेषु येषु नेज्यन्ते देवाः पितर एव च।
ब्राह्मणाः साधवो वापि गुरवोऽतिथयस्तथा॥
निवृत्तशौचाचारेषु तथा कुत्सितवर्त्तिषु।
निवृत्तभिक्षावलिषु भग्नकांस्यगृहेषु च॥
गृहेषु तेषु बालांस्तान् ग्रहा हिंसन्त्यशङ्किताः।
तत्र वो विपुला वृत्तिः पूजा चैव भविष्यति॥
एवं ग्रहाः समुत्पन्ना बालान् हिंसन्ति चाप्यथ।
ग्रहोपसृष्टा बालाः स्थुर्दुश्चिकित्स्यतमास्ततः॥”

Those who don’t clean body by water after meal/urination/passing stool, those who left duties prescribed by scriptures and Kula(s), Graha(s) can take them over and can cause even death.

In summary, those who are leading life by the yardstick of dharma, fate is easy to overcome.


Beyond Chanakya Cliches


It is now fashionable to quote Chanakya’s wit in board rooms, meeting rooms, debate rooms, to exhibit borrowed information and show off intellect with the help of legacy. Nothing wrong in it as far as it is followed by speaker in his life. If it is not followed, words won’t create impact and the wit-verse becomes mere pastime.

If you say, you don’t just quote Chanakya but also follow his advice in life then you must follow his advices in totality.

Here is one of his advice for seeker, learner and leader.

“The underground water is pure. A wife loyal to her husband is chaste. A king dedicated to religion is always just and merciful; above all a celibate’s life is sacred forever.”

Selective reading, selective learning won’t help. Learn in totality.

Three habits and Vata Balance

Three tasks if you prefer to perform daily, you will be able to keep you and family’s old age preserved for long. In fact, you may die young as Vata remains stable. (Deranged Vata is sign of old age)

Grinding, churning, milling.

Natural exercise + Fresh raw material

Grain Flour, spices and Makkhan (and ghee, butter milk) – these three should be consumed fresh.


Vayu Devata , Brahmcharya and disorders

Silent Aging
Silent Aging
Vayu Devata riding deer
Vayu Devata riding deer
Understand Prana
Understand Prana

Generally I do not discuss this topic but I think it is important to discuss as many columnists lately wrote in support of disgusting personal habit. (Chetan Bhagat ilk).

As per Ayurveda, our body is maintained by Kapha, Pitta and Vayu. Vayu takes care of input/output functions. All our mental abilities depend upon stable Vayu in body. Elimination of waste is also important and it depends upon the force of the vayu.

Balloon takes shape based on air filled. Asthi or bones take shape as per vata’s seat in it. With growing age, this vata deranges and body deforms. No cream can hide aging deformity. You can only slowdown aging by positive life norms. Sadly, more and more Indians are now under vata prakop irrespective of season.

Orgasm demands high contribution of vata. With excess sex(even thinking about it), you loose vata in bones and elsewhere. Further accelerating aging. Youth under the media and cinema is under toxic indulgence state. So like all other addictions, this addiction is contributing in rapid aging of youth.

Food is contaminated with chemicals so more Apana Vayu is wasted in purging them out. Overtime working for it!

Stress is of highest level in modern society so body’s compromised functioning generates more toxins. Again too much work for Apana Vayu.

Celebrate your porn-rights with weak, timid and aging generations.

In all youth gathering I attend or observe from distance, I see waste of demographic dividend. 🙁

Some armchair intellectuals compare Indians with other western countries and defend excessive indulgence by saying that if this is so destructive, why western countries are successful?

These guys forget major role played by weather. Weather here (tropical) consumes faster than the cold weather. So change in habit gives different output here and elsewhere. Apply common sense.

{Vayu devta rides on deer. Those who have vayu in control, can control its deer-like swiftness and timidness.}

Toddler and Punishment : धर्मं & प्रायश्चित्त

Punishment and children
Punishment and children

No other species punishes its offspring. They encourage innovations and mistakes as these are the stepping steps on the natural growth process.

Discipline in our culture was never to mold children as a obedient worker of the system but for the self-realization of fellow human being in our child. What is happening now is, in name of discipline, we are making children slaves of the system.

If discipline (यम,नियम and other tenets of Yoga) are introduced at right age, no punishment is needed. Each child is special and has different mental growth. Each one of them become ready for अष्टांग योग (१) यम, २) नियम, ३) आसन, ४) प्राणायाम, ५) प्रत्याहार, ६) धारणा ७) ध्यान ८) समाधि), the ultimate self-discipline. Some children are ready at age 5, some at 7, some at 9 and very few at age 11 (popularly known as YAgnopavit Sanskar). Till then parents and teachers must not interfere with their learning. We can only protect them from self-harm.

Even after demonstrating them self-discipline during student life, if they do not follow it as an adult, punishment comes at the last resort. Before punishment, several rounds of प्रायश्चित्त.

Punishment or दण्ड is really a last resort for adult. Never for innocent and growing children.

Take care.

Punishment doesn’t
solve the problem;
it intensifies it.

PS: Punishment led Childhood : Reason why so many of us demand harsh punishments for rape and other crimes. 🙂 No one wants to prevent the crimes. 🙂

Original post by Jagannath Chatterjee ji

Research: Food commercials influence children’s food choices

Many a times, parents argue with me that, after all, Cartoon network is innocent entertainment!
What parents ignores is: Flood of Advertisements! Will you please listen to pediatricians?
While ideal child development should be season driven and innate prakriti driven, large part of human society is raised by Television 🙁
Entertainment Driven Growth
Entertainment Driven Growth

The Influence of Televised Food Commercials on Children’s Food Choices: Evidence from Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Activations

Stephen W. Pruitt, PhD, Oh-Ryeong Ha, PhD, J. Bradley C. Cherry, JD, Timothy R. Smith, MD, Jared M. Bruce, PhD, Seung-Lark Lim, PhD

Food advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry, with approximately $1.8 billion annually aimed at children and adolescents, who view between 1,000 and 2,000 ads per year. Some studies have shown that there is a relationship between receptivity to food commercials and the amount and type of food consumed. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied the brain activity of children after watching food commercials and found that the commercials influence children’s food choices and brain activity.

The researchers found that, overall, the children’s decisions were driven by tastiness rather than healthfulness. However, taste was even more important to the children after watching food commercials compared with non-food commercials; faster decision times (i.e., how quickly the children decided whether they wanted to eat the food item shown) also were observed after watching food commercials. Additionally, the ventromedial prefrontal cortices of the children were significantly more active after watching food commercials.

Food marketing has been cited as a significant factor in food choices, overeating, and obesity in children and adolescents. The results of this study show that watching food commercials may change the way children value taste, increasing the potential for children to make faster, more impulsive food choices. Notes Dr. Bruce, “Food marketing may systematically alter the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of children’s food decisions.”

Who really forced British to quit?


Our Brave forefathers in Naval Services, inspired by Subhash Chandra Bose INA’s heroic tryst with destiny, wrote with their blood a new chapter in the history of our freedom struggle. NO THING CAN WIPE OUT THE MEMORY OF those five historic days which shook the very foundations of imperial rule in India.

And you were taught that Mr. Gandhi & his team gave you freedom! Re-read real history and know your real HEROES!

RIN mutiny
RIN mutiny

If you want to know, who really gave you freedom, dedicate your Today for reading this.

1) RIN 1946 – Book by victimized RIN Ratings, Oct 1954 (Part)

2) THE RIN strike by a group of victimized R.I.N. Ratings (1954) (Full) (Google Docs, 20 MB)

3) RIN : 1946 (References and guide for all) by Biswanath Bose (Google docs, 48 MB)


Following India’s Independence in 1947, generations of Indians have been taught that the real heroes of the Freedom Movement were Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, with grudging respect paid to Sardar Patel. Subhas Bose is all but forgotten. Even worse, he is the victim of a propaganda campaign by the Nehru Government and its successors that runs along the following lines: (i) Subhas Bose was an ineffective dreamer who played an insignificant part in the Freedom Struggle; and (ii) anyone questioning the official ‘truth’, including the account of his death, is some kind of a crackpot. The following passage by Surjit Mansingh in the Historical Dictionary of India illustrates both:

“Many Indians, especially in Bengal and Maharashtra, refused to believe [in his death in an air crash]…, perhaps because of a deep seated need to believe in an immortal hero, a saintly warrior king, even a Kalki or a future incarnation of Vishnu who would return to the nation when needed.” And later, writing about Subhas Bose himself: “…the Bose cult has not died despite his lack of a broad political base or solid political achievement when alive.”

So, according to Mansingh, who incidentally is a JNU professor and a former fellow at the Nehru Museum and Library, Subhas Bose is nothing but a cult figure who did little when he was alive. While this happens to be the ‘official’ (read Congress-Communist) line, not many historians today are prepared to buy it. Probably the most distinguished historian to highlight Bose’s real contribution was the late R.C. Majumdar. In his monumental, three-volume History of the Freedom Movement in India (which the Congress-led by Maulana Azad tried to suppress), Majumdar provided the following extraordinary information:

“It seldom falls to the lot of a historian to have his views, differing radically from those generally accepted without demur, confirmed by such an unimpeachable authority. As far back as 1948 I wrote in an article that the contribution made by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose towards the achievement of freedom in 1947 was no less, and perhaps, far more important than that of Mahatma Gandhi…” The ‘unimpeachable authority’ he cited happens to be Clement Attlee, the Prime Minister of Britain at the time of India’s Independence. As this is of fundamental importance, and Majumdar’s conclusion so greatly at variance with conventional history, it is worth placing it on record. (See Volume III, pp. 609-10). When B.P. Chakravarti was acting as Governor of West Bengal, Lord Attlee visited India and stayed as his guest for three days at the Raj Bhavan. Chakravarti asked Attlee about the real grounds for granting Independence to India. Specifically, his question was, when the Quit India movement lay in ruins years before 1947, what was the need for the British to leave in such a hurry. Attlee’s response is most illuminating and important for history. Here is the Governor’s account of what Attlee told him:

“In reply Attlee cited several reasons, the most important were the activities of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose which weakened the very foundation of the attachment of the Indian land and naval forces to the British Government. Towards the end, I asked Lord Attlee about the extent to which the British decision to quit India was influenced by Gandhi’s activities. On hearing this question Attlee’s lips widened in a smile of disdain and he uttered, slowly, putting emphasis on each single letter-”mi-ni-mal”.”
“The Government of India had hoped, by prosecuting members of the INA, to reinforce the morale of the Indian army. It succeeded only in creating unease, in making the soldiers feel slightly ashamed that they themselves had supported the British. If Bose and his men had been on the right side-and all India now confirmed that they were-then Indians in the Indian army must have been on the wrong side. It slowly dawned upon the Government of India that the backbone of the British rule, the Indian army, might now no longer be trustworthy. The ghost of Subhas Bose, like Hamlet’s father, walked the battlements of the Red Fort (where the INA soldiers trial was going on), and his suddenly amplified figure overawed the conference that was to lead to independence.[1]”

[1] The Last Years of British India, Cleveland, World Pub. Co., 1964, by Edwardes, Michael p. 106


भारत राष्ट्र – एक अमर संकल्पना

When we think of the Bharatiya Nationhood, it at once appears to be unique and distinctive in its essence and form from the concepts of other peoples on the globe. All other nations are more like flies on the wheel of Time or the cycle of ‘life and death’ but not Bharat.

भारत - महाभारत
भारत – महाभारत


All nations’ of the world have all been, very much like human beings subject to the law of birth, life and death. No nation is known so far to have escaped this law of nature except one and that is Bharat. In spite of ceaseless efforts to discover the secret, the birth and the beginning of Bharat have defied all the great research scholars. Cast a glance around and ask if there is in existence any nation elder or older than Bharat.


Bharat is the oldest nation born and yet alive on the surface of this globe. A large number of younger nations appeared on the horizon, shone for a while like meteors and disappeared for ever in the oblivion. The records of their civilisations are now the histories of short-lived nations.


  • Where is that Greece of the omniscient Aristotle, and his worthy disciple Plato who gave science and philosophy to Europe?
  • What happened to the Greek nation whose two proud heroes Philip and Alexander claimed to have conquered the world declaring impudently that they only were born to rule and the rest of humanity to serve them as slaves?
  • What is the fate of that Rome of Caesar which once infused self-confidence in Europe and conferred on it the famous laws?
  • Where are also those other Christian nations of old times which under the plea of saving the humanity and in the name of non-violence ran rivers of human blood on earth?


The truth is all those have been swept off; and now purely materialistic nations nurtured on the principles of Capitalism and Communism have arisen in places of the old ones, The Russia of Zar is no more. It has been metamorphosed into a completely new State. There is China our neighbour. She has lived almost as long as ourselves. But the China of old was Buddhist till yesterday. The spirit of the Buddhist China was a gift of Bharat. Having accepted Communism as her ideology, the Chinese Nation has undergone a total conversion. It will have to be admitted without any reservation that as much a new nation has sprung up in China as the old one has been buried.


It is on this account and in this sense we affirm that all the old nations of the world have disappeared from the surface of the earth. Only Bharat has survived defying death or change.


It may be asked what is the meaning of births and deaths, the rise and fall of nations? For in cases of all those nations which have disappeared and died, are not the lands, the seas, the people still existing?


Does not the humanity inhabiting those various> territories on earth inherit the blood of their forefathers? Why and how can it then be said that a nation is dead or that a new one is born? An individual has his individuality. A nation has its national spirit and character. It is called its ‘अस्मिता’, the essence or the spirit. It is the particular characteristics which distinguish one thing from the other and their consciousness that is called the ‘अस्मिता’ the soul of a thing. ‘अस्मिता’ is a quality of only a sentient being which has consciousness and knowledge. The nature of the soul and spirit of one nation which distinguishes it from other nations is then the ‘अस्मिता’, as the essence of its nationhood. There must be a common current running in every individual of the national society. It is in the existence, affirmation and manifestation of this ‘अस्मिता’, that a people rise to full nationhood.


It is only the community of people throbbing with the sense, sentiments and the spirit of oneness which deserves to be called a nation.  When such a community or the people living in a distinct piece of land abandons their distinguishing consciousness of the spirit of unity and oneness, ‘अस्मिता’, then indeed the nation is said to have committed its suicide. It soon dies and disappears.


After such a forsaking of the spirit, when the people adopt new forms and formulas of life then the  nation is said to have been converted or changed. It may be that such a transformation of a nation may lend it a newer spirit and splendor a while. Such a nation may accelerate its progress. But that does not refute the fact that the old is dead. When it is said that the European nations from the days of the Greek history to the Zardorn have died, our meaning is clear. It is in this sense that we claim Bharat which had to face many a death-struggles, has survived with its spirit and soul unchanged.


The soul and spirit of the Bharatiya people today are exactly what they have been through thousands of years past (However small in number, spirit is alive!). It is in the same unbroken spirit and thought that the people of Bharat are continuing their course of life. For instance, the regard and sentiments which the ‘Cow’ inspired in the people of Bharat in the days of Atharva Veda, and then in the days of Mahabharat, milleniums of years back, persist to this day in this middle of the 21st century. If the President is to be considered as the true representative of the people of a nation, then it is apparent that the President of Bharat, who carries in his heart the same high regard and reverence for the sacredness of the ‘Cow’, as, the Rishis of the old times or the kings and common people of the Mahabharat days, represents the sentiments of the people. It is an indication that the nation is unchanged.(If he has no reverence for Cow and promoting slaughter, throw him out of office!)


Rama and Krishna worshipped the river Ganga. That very sentiment persists in the Hindu society of the present times. In other nations the relics of history become show pieces in their museums. But in India today, the whole society carries in its thoughts and actions all those sentiments and feelings with which the ancient forefathers were inspired thousands of years back. There is nothing like a relic or a forsaken idea in India. Even narrow minds and parochial personalities who get themselves encased in their territorial  or provincial prides and prejudices have unreservedly admitted that the spirit of Bharatiya nationhood has persisted since the prehistoric ages right up to the present times in an unchanged unbroken form and current. This persistence of the essence of Bharatiya nationhood which is a miracle according to some is a patent fact. It is for this reason that we consider our past to be worthy of becoming a sure and unshakable foundation for the future. It is the firm conviction of our gifted prophets that the Providence has bequeathed this national heritage to the people of Bharat for the saving of humanity.


Imbued with this belief an individual born in this land identifies himself with every particle on the surface of the earth. It is this spiritual identification with the Universe, a psychic consciousness of oneness that is the essence of our nationhood. The spirit which the word ‘Arya’ inspired the Aryas of the Vedic age to carry the message, and the mission of ‘Aryanising the humanity’ (civilising the universe), also continues to enthuse our great thinkers and heroes of today.


–    बालशाश्त्री हरदास (Savarkar’s associate)


अस्मिता is profound Sanskrit word which cannot be translated to any other language. When word ‘अस्मिता’ is led by word ‘राष्ट्रिय’, it becomes sparkling source of living energy. It is a common current running in every individual of Nation society. It conveys that society has faith in land, pride for their legacy and confidence to progress ahead with very same cultural base. It is proof of immortal  Nation ‘भारत’.


If you don’t have ‘राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता’, you probably cannot connect yourself with I-ness of Nation. You fail to associate your identity with National identity. Bunch of individuals, without ‘राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता’, is not Nation.


Nurture राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता, in you, in your family, in your society, in your friends, in your colleague. Demonstrate. Exhibit your own example.


To Nurture राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता, study and put Vedic Culture in action, in your life. Demonstrate!


May Bharat live forever. May we thrive hard to expect & emerge return of super-heroes. May we live like micro-version of these super-heroes who kept भारतीय अस्मिता alive since time immemorial.


Return of तिलक, बाल गंगाधर तिलक.

Return of स्वामी, स्वामी रामदास.

Return of राम, परशुराम.

Return of वीर, वीर शिवाजी.

Return of गुरु, गुरु नानक.

Return of नेता, नेताजी सुभासचंद्र.

Return of आचार्य, आचार्य चाणक्य.


वंदे मातरम| अस्तु|

Depression and Turmeric


Turmeric has many benefits. One of them is that it can work as anti-depression medicine. Robin Williams could have avoided suicide if he was given Turmeric as medicine. Cancer is a cell level depression and identity crisis. Turmeric is emerging as best alternative medicine for cancer treatment.

Curcumin oil in Turmeric can do wonder. What you get from market is devoid of curcumin. It is first extracted and then powder is packaged for selling. So turmeric you use in kitchen may not work as per expectations. For curcumin rich turmeric, you will have to sacrifice your leisure time, travel across villages, meet farmers and find best source. I can help.

It is also not good idea to consume extracted curcumin (as modern pharma is planning to sell soon ) alone as magic is in whole turmeric and not in isolated curcumin.

So when you get time from your delusion that modern science is superior, start following your local food habits and avail benefits of healthy living.

Read this abstract as proof:

Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Curcumin, an active ingredient of Curcuma longa Linn (Zingiberaceae), has shown potential antidepressant-like activity in animal studies. The objectives of this trial were to compare the efficacy and safety of curcumin with fluoxetine in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Herein, 60 patients diagnosed with MDD were randomized in a 1:1:1 ratio for six weeks observer-masked treatment with fluoxetine (20 mg) and curcumin (1000 mg) individually or their combination. The primary efficacy variable was response rates according to Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, 17-item version (HAM-D17). The secondary efficacy variable was the mean change in HAM-D17 score after six weeks. We observed that curcumin was well tolerated by all the patients. The proportion of responders as measured by the HAM-D17 scale was higher in the combination group (77.8%) than in the fluoxetine (64.7%) and the curcumin (62.5%) groups; however, these data were not statistically significant (P = 0.58). Interestingly, the mean change in HAM-D17 score at the end of six weeks was comparable in all three groups (P = 0.77). This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Children: Language learning and social activities


Parents must not use shortcuts. Stories on tablets, cartoons on TV are not useful. If you want your kid to learn and excel in multiple languages, let there be more opportunities for social interactions. Your babies demand your time. Human interactions. Even if they cannot speak full words and sentences, speak with them! Communicate! Gestures, expressions and surprises! Tablet and TV cannot give gestures and expressions!

“We found that the degree to which infants visually tracked the tutors and the toys they held was linked to brain measures of infant learning, showing that social behaviors give helpful information to babies in a complex natural language learning situation,” Kuhl said.

“Our findings show that young babies’ social engagement contributes to their own language learning – they’re not just passive listeners of language,” Brooks said. “They’re paying attention, and showing parents they’re ready to learn when they’re looking back and forth. That’s when the most learning happens.”

Babies’ brains show that social skills linked to second language learning

Study reveals 1 in 3 babies has used a smartphone or tablet before their first birthday

Study reveals 1 in 3 babies has used a smartphone or tablet before their first birthday

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