Is food only for nutrition? Do we cook for the sake of getting nutrition only?
Can we maintain good health just by eating right nutrition?
🙂 I think No. Magic is in process – the way you cook, how often you cook, for whom you cook, with what intention you cook , with how much love and affection you cook!
One benefit of cooking daily that I see is being with your kitchen doctors. Now you may not have read about this before. Please read it once.
1) All Indian spices used in traditional cooking are Ayurvedic herbs.
2) These spices herbs carry unique medicinal property.
3) When you use them in Fire, air and water based cooking, their nano-particles are present in air.
4) Unknowingly, cook inhales it and essential herbs reach to body cells via shortest pathway i.e. inhale -> Blood stream, unlike normal way i.e. Eat -> Digestive track -> Blood stream.
5) We also use Ghee and Oil in cooking. They act as anti-oxidants and reduces body’s oxidative stress i.e. slows down ageing
Two caveats here is:
High temperature cooking breaks essential vitamins and fatty acids. Not good. What is optimum temperature? Well, you will find all detail by googling but my yardstick is to compare it with Cow-dung burner.
Avoid microwave and oven cooking.
2) Purity of Ghee and Oil
If ghee is not pure (Procured from Gau shala where it is produced by manual churning of milk procured from mother Gau using all ethical ways or if oil is refined, it will have less long chain fatty acids and more short chain fatty acids.) At high temperature, they become free radicals and instead of helping us, it can accelerate oxidation of body and makes aging rapid.
Pure Ghee and unrefined oil has long chain fatty acids. Enough to work as nano-particle medicine.
Despite two caveats (which can be taken care), it is better than eating processed food.
So if family cooks together daily, they all get benefited by above mentioned benefits.
Do not ask proofs from me. Experience yourself. Experience is best proof. What is shared here is based on common sense.
Yes, you read it right. LED is silent IED (explosives). It destroys, not only body but also mind. Inviting mental disorders. No wonder, we are turning into society of zombies!
Light pollution is one of the most rapidly increasing types of environmental degradation. Its levels have been growing exponentially over the natural nocturnal lighting levels provided by starlight and moonlight.
“White” light bulbs that emit light at shorter wavelengths are greater suppressors of the body’s production of melatonin than bulbs emitting orange-yellow light, a new international study has revealed.
Melatonin is a compound that adjusts our biological clock and is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-cancerous properties.
Migration from the now widely used sodium lamps to white lamps (MH and LEDs) would produce an increase of pollution in the scotopic and melatonin suppression bands of more than five times the present levels, supposing the same photopic installed flux. This increase will exacerbate known and possible unknown effects of light pollution on human health, environment and on visual perception of the Universe by humans
The fact that “white” artificial light (which is actually blue light on the spectrum, emitted at wavelengths of between 440-500 nanometers) suppresses the production of melatonin in the brain’s pineal gland is already known. Also known is the fact that suppressing the production of melatonin, which is responsible, among other things, for the regulation of our biological clock, causes behavior disruptions and health problems.
Photic regulation of melatonin in humans: ocular and neural signal transduction.
Light is a potent stimulus for regulating the pineal gland’s production of melatonin and the broader circadian system in humans. It initially was thought that only very bright photic stimuli (> or = 2500 lux) could suppress nocturnal melatonin secretion and induce other circadian responses. It is now known that markedly lower illuminances (< or = 200 lux) can acutely suppress melatonin or entrain and phase shift melatonin rhythms when exposure conditions are optimized. The elements for physical/biological stimulus processing that regulate photic influences on melatonin secretion include the physics of the light source, gaze behavior relative to the light source, and the transduction of light energy through the pupil and ocular media. Elements for sensory/neural signal processing become involved as photons are absorbed by retinal photopigments and neural signals are generated in the retinohypothalamic tract. Aspects of this physiology include the ability of the circadian system to integrate photic stimuli spatially and temporally as well as the wavelength sensitivity of the operative photoreceptors. Acute, light-induced suppression of melatonin is proving to be a powerful tool for clarifying how these elements of ocular and neural physiology influence the interaction between light and the secretion of melatonin from the human pineal gland.
Melatonin-suppressing light is “dangerous only if we expose ourselves to it during the hours when we should be in the dark. So what is the use of it during day time? 😀
So while we are embracing govt promoted cheap LED program, unknowingly we are inviting future IED blasts for huge population (since it is subsidized)! Sleep disorders led psychopaths, cancer and life-style diseases due to hormonal imbalance – is it not explosively enough to destroy society?
Govt in democratic country runs on populist measures. So such steps are expected from them. As an Individual, you save yourself. We really don’t need days when darkness would become luxury and there will be shops selling darkness hours ! 🙂
If you have growing children at home, reduce home lighting post sun-set. Bare-minimum light. No LED!
Online friend asked this query recently. Why fat increases after marriage?
Old note on same topic.
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.
Some supporting research papers for obesity and reproduction links.
Obesity and infertility.
Fertility can be negatively affected by obesity. In women, early onset of obesity favours the development of menses irregularities, chronic oligo-anovulation and infertility in the adult age. Obesity in women can also increase risk of miscarriages and impair the outcomes of assisted reproductive technologies and pregnancy, when the body mass index exceeds 30 kg/m. The main factors implicated in the association may be insulin excess and insulin resistance. These adverse effects of obesity are specifically evident in polycystic ovary syndrome. In men, obesity is associated with low testosterone levels. In massively obese individuals, reduced spermatogenesis associated with severe hypotestosteronemia may favour infertility. Moreover, the frequency of erectile dysfunction increases with increasing body mass index.
The adverse effects of obesity on conception and implantation
Whilst many multiparous women are obese (body mass index >30 kg/m2), obesity has been associated with impaired fecundity; however, the mechanism which links obesity to reduced fertility remains to be fully elucidated. Obese women, particularly those with central obesity, are less likely to conceive per cycle. Obese women suffer perturbations to the hypothalamic–pituitary–ovarian axis, menstrual cycle disturbance and are up to three times more likely to suffer oligo-/anovulation. A fine hormonal balance regulates follicular development and oocyte maturation, and it has been observed that obesity can alter the hormonal milieu. Leptin, a hormone produced by adipocytes, is elevated in obese women, and raised leptin has been associated with impaired fecundity. Obesity impairs ovulation but has also been observed to detrimentally affect endometrial development and implantation. The expression of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is regulated, in part, by weight, and so obese women with PCOS often have a more severe phenotype and experience more subfertility. Obesity also impairs the response of women to assisted conception treatments. Weight loss through lifestyle modification or bariatric surgery has been demonstrated to restore menstrual cyclicity and ovulation and improve the likelihood of conception. In this article, we will discuss the effect of obesity upon key reproductive mechanisms and its relation to fertility treatments.
What is solution for mid-life early Vata disorder?
There are many solutions. Some of them are listed here:
1) Surya Namaskar every morning.
2) Worship Hanuman ji
3) Abhyang – Tel malish daily before taking bath (45 mins before) – Sesame oil AND Head malish after taking last meal of the day, before sleeping.
4) Fasting on Saturday
5) Turmeric and Ginger – include as medicine. Esp. during monsoon.
“I am not this body. I am aatma. Why do you put pressure on physical aspects of health so much? I can meditate and take care of self.”
“What about billion body cells and trillions and more microbes? They rely on you. Don’t live in delusion. Be sensitive about your responsibilities. You must take care of them. And about being aatma? What do you do to take care of your aatma? Any Yama niyama? Don’t fool yourself. Spiritual progress start from bottom up approach. Take care of physical body. When your physical body is in rhythm and all cells and microbes are regularly taken care, go to next step i.e. Prana. Then Mamomaya and so on. There is no shortcut. It is ok to realize that you are aatma but you must act from bottom up otherwise it is mere delusion.”
Do you have time-luxury or you are done providing material luxury to your children?
As per one study, Children who spend time with their fathers have a higher IQ ! What about those unfortunate urban children whose dads are always busy in career pursuits? Dad leave for the job when children are sleeping and dad return home in night when again children are sleeping! No school or teacher or nanny or toys or games can fill in this vital gap of father’s presence! And same applies to mothers! Do not escape by buying some toy for your children. Spend time as they want more of your presence!
Take care. Spend as much possible time with your children! You are what you are because your parents cared so much of you!
Children who spend large amounts of time with their fathers have higher IQs, according to a new study.
Strong fatherly involvement in their early life can also improve a child’s future career prospects, the research shows.
The researchers warned that it was not enough for parents to live together, but that a father should be actively involved in a child’s life to benefit their development.
The study looked at more than 11,000 British men and women, born in 1958.
The more effort a father invests in his children, the smarter they are as kids and more successful as adults, new research shows. And highly educated fathers make even more of a difference than less educated dads, all things being equal.
“It’s not [just] about having dad around, it’s about what kind of dad he is,” says Daniel Nettle, a psychologist at the University of Newcastle, UK, who led the new analysis, based on surveys of more than 10,000 children over half a century.
Having meal used to consider sacred activity in local culture. It used to be considered critical so people used to eat by sitting on the floor and enjoying food fully.
So when someone is eating, there used to be helping hands to serve them. At special days like marriage, family members take care of all guests (Atithi(s)) and serve them food with love. They feel pride in contributing sacred meals of near and dear ones.
Now we arrange buffet and guests have to arrange queue like criminals do in jail. No respect for guests. It is different thing that guests also have no respect for host in most cases 😀
Guests eat standing and get engaged in talks. Eating happens as background process as neglected task. No self-respect.
• Due to lack of attention to food, enough secretion of stomach acids and enzymes does not occur -> lead to indigestion -> sickness in near future
• Due to standing position, Apana Vayu (The downward force described in Ayurveda) is deranged. -> lead to indigestion-> sickness in near future
• Always be seated while eating.
• Give complete focus to food. Talks can wait. Gossips can wait. Cell phone can wait. Food cannot wait.
5 patents for cow urine. But colonial mindset of Indian physicians won’t allow to use this harmless medicine. Govt policies will never re-educate farmers to save Gau and seek her blessings for farming. It is now job of awakened citizens to reach out to farmer community, educate them and support them!
This is just a urine. All her blessings are super boons for society (Gobar, milk, ghee, dahi, butter milk)
Disappointed to see new govt’s dismal attention for such a critical issue i.e. conservation of Bos Indicus i.e. Indian Cow breeds i.e. Gau mata.
Here is the lab analysis of Gau mutra collected as per standard procedure (i.e. Desi pure breed, stress free living, enough grazing, good sleep)
When you ask this question to arrogant educated Indians, who proclaimed being rationalist/atheist etc (which is btw, fashion only. ), they will quickly response : “Yes, why not. Indians must be freed from religious following”.
What a fatal error of judgement!
I personally don’t like many modern day Gurdoms. I really feel pity for the followers but I will never make fun of them. (Yes, I will criticize their Guru(s) as and when needed )
Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet. (23)
Not all of us are on same mental plane. Some of us tend to worship deity. Many worship god-men. By worshiping God-man preaching principles of Sanatana dharma (however pseudo or half-baked it is), large mass of Bharat, by one or other way, still believe in Fasting (Upavas) , Ayurveda and other life-oriented sanatana practices. Of course, they are not perfect in their practices but as Krushna said in Gita, endowed with such faith he worship that particular demogod/Godman and obtains through him without doubt his desired enjoyments as ordained by myself. Anyhow, veiled by his Yogamaya (divine potency); he is not going to be manifest to all. Hence these ignorant folk fail to recognize him, the unborn and imperishable Supreme Deity. But still, via so called agents of God, they are on the path of self-realization by imperfect implementation of sanatana practices. (Mind you, I only talk about those who are still on the path Sanatana and not those who are acting like Abrahmic institutions )
For example, irrespective of their supreme imagination of Guru, irrespective of their Guru’s reality, millions are awakened to follow Sanatana ways. Imperfect, we all are. Don’t make fun of imperfection. You too were there few births apart.
Instead of making fun of our brothers imperfection, put efforts in helping them, to get a vision of supreme. Get divya chakshu for yourself first and help others.
If you think certain godman is threat to the society and you know dharma better than him-who stops you? Have you ever worked with mass? Did you approach them? Have you ever tried? No ? Then shut your mouth and watch the show.
With this post, I wanted to highlight that, as discussed in Gita, as per our ingnorance and knowing balance, we strive for center of faith.
So many of us associate self with demigods/pseudo-demigods and humans. By mocking them, we will not solve their self-realization path-Conundrum. Best, if we can work with them, those accessible in our life.
Second point is: These Gurus/Sants, irrespective of their personal weaknesses, keep mass aligned to mechanical processes of sanatana dharma. We should not ignore this contribution. If we work in this mass semi-exposed to dharma, it is easy to align citizens to various forms of dharma.
When external forces are hell-bent on breaking India, we must remain united. Our internal conflicts must not become collective weakness.
Unfortunately, we have become so fragmented and divided that breaking us by our own beliefs is now very easy. 🙁
Take care. Work hard for the sustenance of the eternal dharma.
There is nothing greater than guru, nothing greater than guru, nothing greater than guru, nothing greater than guru.
Shiva is the instructor. Shiva is the instructor. Shiva is the instructor. Shiva is the instructor.” – Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati, V, 63.
This Sanskrit text, attributed to Siddha Gorakhnath, is divided into six chapters called Upadeshas.
Gorakhnath takes a comprehensive view of the nature of human individuality and analyses its constitution from the yogic standpoint. He conceives the human organism as consisting of
(I) the material body called Bhuta-plnda,
(2) the mental body, described as Antahkarana pancaka or five-fold antahkarana,
(3) Kula.pancaka or five-fold Ku!a.
(4) Vyakil-pancaka or five-fold Vyakti,
(5) Pratyakha-ka,ana.pancaka or five-fold perceptible determinant causes,
(6) The system of the Nadis,
(7) Dasa.Vayu or ten Prana.Vayu or vital forces, forming the vital body.
(1) The gross material body :— The Bhuta pinda (or Bhautik .pinda), i.e. the material body, is constituted of the five gross material elements, purposefully organised by the Creative Will of Brahma with the Life-power and the Mind-power immanent in the organism. In different parts of the organism, however, different elements appear in more conspicuous proportions. In bones (asthi), flesh (mãmsa), skin (twak), tissues (Nadi) and hair (roma)—i.e. in all the solid parts,—the element of Bhumi or Prithwi appears predominantly, and Gorakhnath speaks of them as the five gunas (perhaps in the sense of special manifestations) of Bhumi.
In the liquid substances of the body,— such as, saliva (lara), urine (mutra), semen (sukra), blood (sonita) and sweat (sveda),— the element of Ap or Salila appears more conspicuously, and they are called the five gunas of Ap.
Hunger (kshudha), thirst (trishna), sleep (nldra), lustre (kanti) and sloth (âlasya) are conceived by Gorakhnath as physical phenomena, in which there are special manifestations of the clement of Tejas. According to him, these phenomena occur on account of the varying functions and influences of Tejas or Agni in different parts of the living body.
Movement (dhãvana), fidgeting (bhramana), expansion (prasörana), contraction (ãkuncana) and suppression (nirodhana) are bodily phenomena, which are chiefly determined by the element of Vdyu and are therefore called Gunas of Vãyu.
The phenomena of physical attraction (raga), repulsion (dwesha), fear (bhaya), shame (IaJJa) and callousness (moha) are regarded as the special manifestations of the clement of Akasa and are accordingly described as the five Gunas of Akasa.
Thus the Mahayogi describes the gross physical body as constituted of the five gross bhutas and as possessing twenty-five gunas mentioned above.
More to continue.. (From the book mentioned in image)
Tomorrow is Guru Purnima. A day to respect highest possible intellect, Guru’s intellect, Vyasa Intellect.
This is first day of 4-months(चातुर्मास) Tapa that we should pay attention to.
Using Sanskrit words in other languages is successful marketing paradox in Indian context. In one way, you want more and more to know and speak these words and on the other hand, we forget to convey real meaning and hence what remains in mass mind is corrupted meaning of original word. With a mind, full of such corrupted clouds, it becomes difficult to become real Guru or Shishya.
So who is Guru in modern parlance?
– The one who come up with mindless concept of words and visuals, without in-depth experiments. i.e. Ad Guru, Marketing Guru etc
– The one who knows how to earn money, irrespective of ways and source of earning i.e. Biz Guru
– Guru in school/colleges are weak and timid. They take drinks with students and dance on ‘Munni/Chameli’ songs
– Guru in school/colleges have no respect since they sell their information (Mark my word ‘information’. Information is not knowledge). No better than prostitutes.
अधिगत तत्व:| शिष्य हिताय उध्यत: सततम्|
One who has realized the truth and is ever striving for the good of the seekers who approached him. Guru is the one who create environment for seeker to realize the truth.
In ideal life, चातुर्मास is a time to stay close to Guru. Yearly spiritual conference for 2-3 months. Guru and Shishya, stays together, with very little movements. They contemplate together on different versions of truth by respecting पूर्ण in each other.
Finding Guru is not a job of Shishya. You don’t find Guru, Guru finds you. Till then, I invite Bhagwan Ved Vyasa at home and worship him for next 2 months.
On this day, we should prepare Vyasa Pitha *, invite Bhagwan Ved Vyasa and remain in his छाया for next 2 months. May he bless us! Meditate in front of Vyasa Pitha. Daily. Same time, same place, for 2 months.
This day is not just to pay reverence to our Guru but trigger another attempt to आत्मसात गुरु भाव |
It is time to spend more time in this तप. Time to walk on ऋषि पथ.
भद्रम् इछन्त ऋषयः स्वर्विदस् तपो दीक्षाम् उपनिषेदुर् अग्रे |
ततो राष्ट्रं बलम् ओजश् च जातं तद् अस्मै देवा उपसंनमन्तु ||1|| – अथर्ववेद: काण्डं १९, सूक्त ११
It is message for intellectuals of the Nation that emergence of Nationhood is not trivial phenomenon. This Nation and National fervor for her was nurtured by great sages by performing dharmik rites since time immemorial. Don’t waste your skills and invest them for Nation to respect hard work of these sages(लोकनेता ऋषि अत्रि,वशिष्ठ ,व्यास etc).
सबके हितचिन्तक आत्मज्ञानी ऋषिओ ने सृष्टिकी उत्पतिसे अब तक अपने *तपसे राष्ट्रिय भावना,बल और सामर्थ्यकी उत्पति की| ज्ञानी लोग उस राष्ट्रसेवको के सामने विनम होकर राष्ट्र सेवा करने लगे|
* तप = live selfless life for the upliftment and empowerment of mass by imbibing National spirit in them and channelizing their energy in Nation building, dedicating and surrendering life for Nation. Follow on their path. Penetrate yourself(or clone of ऋषि who can do तप) in every nook & corner of the Nation. Prepare citizens who can resist anti-national at the cost of own life and time. Let critical mass emerge as soon as possible and topple corrupts from top. Let there be another Mahabharata.
It is time to spend more time in this तप. Time to walk on ऋषि पथ.
* Concept of Vyasa pitha(व्यास पीठ) i.e. Seat of Vyasa, is about व्यास विचारधारा/ideology and not about व्यास /Vyasa as a person. Only those are entitled to speak from व्यास पीठ, who believe in व्यास’s ideology. And as a listener, one must focus on व्यास ideology/विचारधारा and not the embodiment of it who represents व्यास ideology/विचारधारा for particular time. It is psychologically folly to put person ahead of Idea. Idea is eternal, not person.