If child labor is illegal, then why employing children to sell useless products and mass-brainwashing children/society as slave is legal?
Observe. Majority ads now employ kids for one or another way.
In 2008, an estimated 17 million children watched the Superbowl with their families. Alongside the football, they also watched a number of highly creative and engaging ads for beer and alcohol.
In India, kids watch IPL and condom ads together. In one of the multiplex in city (Inox group), toilet is covered with condom ads. You cannot go with kids to restrooms.
The marketing of adult entertainment to children has been, and continues to be, an ongoing issue between government regulators and various media industries. In a report released in 2000, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took movie, music and video games industries to task for routinely marketing violent entertainment to young children. Subsequent reports since then have shown that although advances have been made – particularly within the video game industry – there are still many outstanding concerns relating to the frequency that adult-oriented entertainment is marketed to children and the ease with which many under-age youth are able to access adult-rated games, movies and music.  Specific areas where the FTC is calling on entertainment media to improve on include restricting the marketing of mature-rated products to children, clearly and prominently disclosing rating information and restricting children’s access to mature-rated products at retail. 
Kids represent an important demographic to marketers because in addition to their own purchasing power (which is considerable) they influence their parents’ buying decisions and are the adult consumers of the future.
According to the 2008 YTV Kids and Tweens Report, kids influence:
Breakfast choices (97% of the time) and lunch choices (95% of the time).
Where to go for casual family meals (98% of the time) (with 34% of kids always having a say on the choice of casual restaurant).
Clothing purchases (95% of the time).
Software purchases (76% of the time) and computer purchases (60% of the time).
Family entertainment choices (98% of the time) and family trips and excursions (94% of the time). 
Fact 1: The average child sees nearly 40,000 commercials a year, about 110 a day. 
Fast 2: Children under seven are especially vulnerable to marketing messages. Research shows that they are unable to distinguish commercial motives from benign or benevolent motives. 
Fact 3: More and more Ads now demo Children with VETO power (Parents? Who are they to take out decision attitude)
When you apply common sense to fact 1,2,3 and paint a picture – you derive a ugly picture of society. Keep your family out of this trend/mess.
 Poulton, Terry. “ ‘Kidfulence’ on family spending strong: YTV Report.” Media in Canada. February 22, 2008.
Our generation has a habit of living in self-denial. Any suggestion from elderly in family or shashtra is primitive, nonsense and worth ignoring. Anything that comes from mighty west, media and entertainment industry, is modern and progressive.
Due to this weakness of blindly following west in all aspects of life, we have made our life miserable.
Our food habits, sleeping habits, enjoyment habits – all are altered and consuming our lives rapidly.
For example, food staples and food-processing procedures introduced during the Neolithic and Industrial Periods have fundamentally altered 7 crucial nutritional characteristics of ancestral humankind diets: 1) glycemic load, 2) fatty acid composition, 3) macronutrient composition, 4) micronutrient density, 5) acid-base balance, 6) sodium-potassium ratio, and 7) fiber content.
Ask your doctor; if he is intelligent and sensible, he will agree with above 7 points.
In the United States and most Western countries, diet-related chronic diseases represent the single largest cause of morbidity and mortality. These diseases are epidemic in contemporary Westernized populations and typically afflict 50–65% of the adult population, yet they are rare or nonexistent in less Westernized people.
So, when we don’t care much about our diet, we should be ready for all kind of degenerative diseases.
To save yourself and future generations, avoid collision of your ancient genome (your heredity) with environmental changes. In short, eat what your grandfather was eating. Live in environment where your body fits best.
Keep children away from processed foods like cold drinks, chocolates, biscuits, wafers, pizza, burger, cake. ZERO TOLERANCE.
Most important : No gym, no exercise will help if you are addicted to modern food habits i.e. processed food, restaurant food, tea, coffee, cigarette, alcohol
Many Indians now blame their culture for the decay of their civilization. Many of them put world religions in the same category of dharma.
I call it, utterly myopic and ignorant view. Dharma is not religion so you cannot compare dharma-shashtra with Bible or Quran. If you really want to compare, compare सम्प्रदाय to world religions. Dharma is global context, whose subtext all religions are. Some of them mirror the dharma with perfection while some cannot/don’t want. Sustenance is a function of how well your local culture has mirrored dharma.
This civilization is dharma based civilization. As long as dharma is sustained in remote pockets, be it tribal belt, cow-belt or Himalaya, civilization will stay here.
Yes, it is human nature to deflect from dharma. And it is obviously reflected in their terrain.
धारणाद्धर्ममित्याहु: धर्मो धारयते प्रजा: |
यस्याद्धारणसंयुक्तं स धर्म इति निश्चय: ||
The word “dharma” is derived from verb “dhaaraNa”. it is “dharma” which holds society together. Hence if something is able to hold people together, no doubt it is dharma.
आधि psychic disorders and व्याधि physical illnesses, are sources of sorrow. Their avoidance is happiness; their cessation is Freedom. What do you seek? Shortcut to freedom? Not possible. Learn to avoid आधि psychic disorders and व्याधि physical illness first. Eat good, exercise, socialize, spend time with mother nature, raise children, take care of parents, sleep well and when you think you are now capable of avoiding आधि and व्याधि , learn to seek freedom.
And to avoid आधि and व्याधि, we need कर्मकांड, to observe the perfection in our thoughts and actions.
Anogenital distance (AGD) is the distance from the anus to the genitalia, the base of the penis or vagina.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are used as solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials. They are often part of food packaging material.
Prenatal phthalate exposure impairs testicular function and shortens anogenital distance (AGD) in male.The median concentrations of phthalate metabolites that are associated with short AGI and incomplete testicular descent are below those found in one-quarter of the female population of the United States, based on a nationwide sample. These data support the hypothesis that prenatal phthalate exposure at environmental levels can adversely affect male reproductive development in humans. Situation is worse in country like India where there are no regulations related to plastic quality.
Depopulation is not an overnight goal for rulers of the World Economy (You should judge who all I am talking about) . They want to make it natural process. Over the next 2-3 generations, we will see the effect.
Junk food/Furnitures/Cleaning agents with endocrine disrupters (i.e. estrogen) -> Decrease in Anogenital Distance among Male Infants (Distance between Anus and Penis) -> Infertility -> Natural depopulation
SAVE YOUR CHILD! Stay away from Junk food, plastic, furniture polish, oil paints etc.
1) Always cook and serve naturally grown food to kids. As much as possible. Don’t use plastic bottles, containers. No matter how good quality they are, leaching is unavoidable.
2) Keep Tulsi plants at home. Spend time with her daily. Train kids to folow you. Tulsi has potential to keep your body toxic-free.
3) Always spend free time in nature. Garden, farm (where no chemicals are used for farming), jungle, mountain, rive
4) Do Surya Namaskar daily,. Train kids to do same once they cross age 7-8
5) Keep children away from chemicals used in paints, polish and cleaning agents.
Decrease in Anogenital Distance among Male Infants with Prenatal Phthalate Exposure
Prenatal phthalate exposure impairs testicular function and shortens anogenital distance (AGD) in male rodents. We present data from the first study to examine AGD and other genital measurements in relation to prenatal phthalate exposure in humans. A standardized measure of AGD was obtained in 134 boys 2–36 months of age. AGD was significantly correlated with penile volume (R = 0.27, p = 0.001) and the proportion of boys with incomplete testicular descent (R = 0.20, p = 0.02). We defined the anogenital index (AGI) as AGD divided by weight at examination [AGI = AGD/weight (mm/kg)] and calculated the age-adjusted AGI by regression analysis. We examined nine phthalate monoester metabolites, measured in prenatal urine samples, as predictors of age-adjusted AGI in regression and categorical analyses that included all participants with prenatal urine samples (n = 85). Urinary concentrations of four phthalate metabolites [monoethyl phthalate (MEP), mono-n-butyl phthalate (MBP), monobenzyl phthalate (MBzP), and monoisobutyl phthalate (MiBP)] were inversely related to AGI. After adjusting for age at examination, p-values for regression coefficients ranged from 0.007 to 0.097. Comparing boys with prenatal MBP concentration in the highest quartile with those in the lowest quartile, the odds ratio for a shorter than expected AGI was 10.2 (95% confidence interval, 2.5 to 42.2). The corresponding odds ratios for MEP, MBzP, and MiBP were 4.7, 3.8, and 9.1, respectively (all p-values < 0.05). We defined a summary phthalate score to quantify joint exposure to these four phthalate metabolites. The age-adjusted AGI decreased significantly with increasing phthalate score (p-value for slope = 0.009). The associations between male genital development and phthalate exposure seen here are consistent with the phthalate-related syndrome of incomplete virilization that has been reported in prenatally exposed rodents. The median concentrations of phthalate metabolites that are associated with short AGI and incomplete testicular descent are below those found in one-quarter of the female population of the United States, based on a nationwide sample. These data support the hypothesis that prenatal phthalate exposure at environmental levels can adversely affect male reproductive development in humans.
Every onset of winter in North India see smog for almost every year in last decade. And the blame goes to Diwali! Second blame goes to Agricultural crop residual burning in Punjab and Haryana. And by the time we cry for it, smog subsides and we continue with our daily routine.
No one really is bothered about industrial waste pollution! Continuous illegal burning of industrial waste!
Manusmriti prescribes in chapter 4: “Do not throw any sort of impurities in the fire.”
Can #CleanIndia possible with illegal burning of industrial waste/urban waste? Will PMO India take strict legal action against all those industries as a part of #cleanIndia mission? I doubt. If they do, my tons of best wishes and support for them.
During winter, many of us will share the suffocating air due to burning of Tyre and plastic in vicinity to avoid extreme cold. It is important to stop this nonsense as a part of vision of #CleanIndia.
Many municipal workers set fire on dustbins to avoid collecting them. All sort of chemicals, plastics and rubber get burnt in it. Can we stop it?
#CleanIndia does not only mean cleaning the places with broom and uploading selfie. What about claiming right of having fresh air by cleaning air pollution caused by illegal burning of waste?
In all my notes, I insist festival driven life. Each उत्सव/पर्व comes with alteration in life routine. ChaTha pUjA is no exception.
We do not see same person with same outlook every time. There is no generalization. If you happen to know that the fellow traveler in train is CEO of fortune 500, your response would suddenly change.
It is natural for human mind to alter perception based on the information we receive for others.
For persons, we change our outlook for better communication. When we do same for our interactions with nature, we can communicate with nature in best ways and deserve best returns in terms of spiritual progress and physical stability.
When we see nature, our outlook should also change as per season of the year. For Sun, we have 12 different archetypes to revere. One for each month.
In each month of the year, it is a different aditya who shines. As Indra, Surya destroys the enemies of the gods. As Dhata, he creates living beings. As Parjanya, he showers down rain. As Tvashta, he lives in the trees and herbs. As Pusha, he makes foodgrains grow. As Aryama, he is in the wind. As Bhaga, he is in the body of all 0living beings. As Vivasvana, he is in fire and helps to cook food. As Vishnu, he destroys the enemies of the gods. As Amshumana, he is again in the wind. As Varuna, Surya is in the waters and as Mitra, he is in the moon and in the oceans.
चैत्र शुक्ल पक्ष से हिन्दू अपना नववर्ष प्रारंभ मानते हैं। इसी चैत्र में धाता सूर्य, कृतस्थली अप्सरा, हेति राक्षस, वासुकी सर्प, रथकृत यक्ष, पुलस्त्य ऋषि और तुम्बुरू गन्धर्व के साथ यात्रा संपन्न करते हैं।
So when you do Surya Namaskar in चैत्र, concentrate on धाता सूर्य. Pray धाता for wellbeing of everyone. Pray धाता to give your strength to contribute in various yagna. Pray धाता to consider you as his son.
And when month changes, change your perception about सूर्य to realize his seasonal changes.
Isn’t it primitive culture where Sun = Sun every day? Poor Indians, they are moving from rich knowledge to dumb reductionist generalization.
One more New Year Indians celebrate is in कार्तिक month. In कार्तिक, सूर्य is in विष्णु form. छठ पूजा विष्णु पूजाही है| Unless you concentrate on human form of सूर्य, it is impossible to imbibe his well described scriptural characteristics.
It is विष्णु-सूर्य who will instill new fresh प्राण after उग्र स्वरुप of वर्षा (वरुण,इंद्र) & शरद(विवस्वान,त्वष्टा). Soon, Vishnu will wake up on Prabodhini Ekadashi. This is preparation for प्रवृतिमय उत्तरायण पर्व series.
Here is the detail of 12 Aditya(s) and their associates as per Srimad Bhagavatam 12.11.27-49.
Vishnu as the sun-god, Asvatara as the Naga, Rambha as the Apsara, Suryavarca as the Gandharva, Satyajit as the Yaksa, Visvamitra as the sage and Makhapeta as the Raksasa rule the month of Urja.
Now comes validity of different forms of Surya by shallow modern science, learning to cope up with rich Sanatana Dharma.
Sunshine matters a lot to mental health; temperature, pollution, rain not so much
Sunshine matters. A lot. The idea isn’t exactly new, but according to a recent BYU study, when it comes to your mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most.
Your day might be filled with irritatingly hot temperatures, thick air pollution and maybe even pockets of rainclouds, but that won’t necessarily get you down. If you’re able to soak up enough sun, your level of emotional distress should remain stable. Take away sun time, though, and your distress can spike. This applies to the clinical population at large, not just those diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
“That’s one of the surprising pieces of our research,” said Mark Beecher, clinical professor and licensed psychologist in BYU Counseling and Psychological Services. “On a rainy day, or a more polluted day, people assume that they’d have more distress. But we didn’t see that. We looked at solar irradiance, or the amount of sunlight that actually hits the ground. We tried to take into account cloudy days, rainy days, pollution . . . but they washed out. The one thing that was really significant was the amount of time between sunrise and sunset.”Therapists should be aware that winter months will be a time of high demand for their services. With fewer sun time hours, clients will be particularly vulnerable to emotional distress. Preventative measures should be implemented on a case-by-case basis.
“Mark and I have been friends and neighbors for years, and we often take the bus together,” said Lawrence Rees, a physics professor at BYU. “And of course you often talk about mundane things, like how are classes going? How has the semester been? How ‘bout this weather? So one day it was kind of stormy, and I asked Mark if he sees more clients on these days. He said he’s not sure, it’s kind of an open question. It’s hard to get accurate data.”
A lightbulb went off in Rees’ head. As a physics professor, Rees had access to weather data in the Provo area. As a psychologist, Beecher had access to emotional health data for clients living in Provo.
“We realized that we had access to a nice set of data that not a lot of people have access to,” Beecher said. “So Rees said, ‘Well, I’ve got weather data,’ and I’m like, ‘I’ve got clinical data. Let’s combine the pair!’ Wonder Twin powers activate, you know?”
The duo then brought in BYU statistics professor Dennis Eggett, who developed the plan for analyzing the data and performed all of the statistical analyses on the project.
Several studies have attempted to look at the weather’s effect on mood with mixed results. Beecher cited four reasons why this study is an improvement on previous research:
The study analyzed several meteorological variables such as wind chill, rainfall, solar irradiance, wind speed, temperature and more.
The weather data could be analyzed down to the minute in the exact area where the clients lived.
The study focused on a clinical population instead of a general population.
The study used a mental health treatment outcome measure to examine several aspects of psychological distress, rather than relying on suicide attempts or online diaries.
Sunshine on my shoulders: Weather, pollution, and emotional distress
Seasonal changes in sun time were found to best account for relationships between weather variables and variability in mental health distress. Increased mental health distress was found during periods of reduced sun time hours. A separate analysis examining subjects’ endorsement of a suicidality item, though not statistically significant, demonstrated a similar pattern. Initial results showed a relationship between pollution and changes in mental health distress; however, this was mediated by sun time.
Culture of our land is culture of introspection and rich observation. We have many realized souls since time immemorial who equated human body as reflection of the outer universe. Whatever exists in our world outside, is present in our body. With the central role given to the notion of equivalence between the microcosm and the macrocosm, it is natural to assume that the Vedic people had found many connections between biological and astronomical processes. The most fundamental biological rhythms are matched to the periods of the sun or the moon.
For example, a daily cycle of activity observed in many living organisms, including humans, is called circadian rhythm.
This circadian rhythm is not the 24-hour one related to the motion of the sun but rather the 24 hour 50 (aka 24.50 cycle) minute one according to the period of the moon, since each moonrise is 50 minutes later than the preceding one. We share this approximately 24-hour-50-minute clock with monkeys and other non-humans.
This 24.50 cycle was discovered by modern science mere 40 years back but scriptures of Bharat described it since eternity. As per Ayurveda, it is subtle body or Mind, that governs our activities. New seeds of actions are sown in mind which becomes Action in real world based on will of the soul. So it is important to keep mind healthy. And Mind is called Moon in scriptures. Like Moon, Mind too follows 24.50 cycle (circadian rhythm). So for healthy mind, it is advisable to sync Mind’s activities with outer Moon’s 24.50 cycle.
How can we sync Mind’s movement or subtle rhythm with the Moon’s (and all rest of the planets, including the Sun)?
By following daily moon rise (Astronomy based calendar and not the Gregorian calendar) and sync our activities based on moon’s cycle.
What does it mean to follow Astronomy based calendar?
Tune your daily activities based on Tithi, Var, Nakshtra, Moon’s movements, planet movements. Follow life routine based on panchang.
I often get arguments when I talk about such wonderful and vast knowledge hints in our scriptures. Arguments like:
“Oh you are so communal” 😀
“Oh, you mean, to live as per superstitions?” 😀
What to answer such lame and irrational arguments?
May Maa bless them 🙂 Living life as per Prakriti’s orders is not superstition or communal but wise and humble responses to changes governed by mother nature and to live life with minimum obstacles in our spiritual goal i.e. self-realization. Real science if you keep your ego aside 🙂 Good year ahead!
PS:Note is written based on reading of Shri Subhash Kak’s papers
There is a new trend emerging in food and nutrition domain in India. Eat Natural. Eat Raw. 🙂 Like last 100 years, this too is blind mimicry of the west.
To me, it is like employing illiterate to do specific skilled job. Or expecting spiritual discourse from animals.
It is simply impossible for a subject to justify the task given, without grooming him/her for the job and lack of conducive environment.
Similarly, cooking is a critical process of making raw food सुसंस्कृत (grooming). Denial of cooking processes forever is not a wise decision.
And so I prefer: Follow local food cooked by local methods. Wherever you are!
For example: तड़का
तड़का is important for certain type of food. छौंक जिसे तड़का (पश्चिमी भाग) या बघार (दक्षिणी भाग) भी कहते हैं, मुख्यत: भारत, पाकिस्तान और बांग्लादेश में विभिन्न व्यंजनों को पकाने में प्रयोग की जाने वाली एक विधि है। छौंक लगाने में घी या तेल को गर्म कर उसमें खड़े मसाले (अथवा पिसे मसाले भी) डाले जाते हैं ताकि उनमें समाहित सुगंधित तेल उनकी कोशिकाओं से निकल कर, उस व्यंजन जिसमें इन मसालों को मिलाया जाना है, को, उसका वो खास स्वाद प्रदान कर सकें। छौंक को किसी व्यंजन की शुरुआत या फिर अंत में मिलाया जा सकता है।
शुरुआत मे लगे छौंक में अमूमन खड़े मसालों के साथ साथ पिसे मसाले और नमक भी मिलाया जाता है जबकि अंत में लगे छौंक में अक्सर खड़े मसाले ही डाले जाते हैं। शुरुआत में लगा छौंक अक्सर सब्जी पकाने में प्रयोग किया जाता है, जबकि दाल, सांबर आदि व्यंजनों में इसे अंत में मिलाया जाता है।
This is not just to make food tasty as above wikipedia paragraph says! It is essential संस्कार for the food.
Mainly this तड़का संस्कार is needed for protein rich food like dal(s) and fresh vegetables. They both can disturb Vayu (Air movements in body) in our body. disturbed Vayu is the biggest cause of sickness. There are more than 120 sicknesses due to Vayu derangement. To avoid this, तड़का is critical. (Fermented food like Dhokla, Idli without Tadka is not good for health!)🙂 ) (Even when you are eating last day’s chapati(s), you crush it, do तड़का and mix it chapati crush (वघारेली भाखरी). This is to avoid increased Vayu of stale food)
And this is specifically for Tropical region like ours! In Europe, you can eat raw Salad! But since our dietitians and doctors are trained by European textbooks, they also prescribe RAW Food! What a mental slavery! Salad is not for hot humid India! All PIZZA joints now sell Salads 😛 and we eat it too! 😉(Y)
Do you care to read Panchtantra/Ramayana/Mahabharata for your children? If you won’t, your children will miss important brain circuits’ development via recursive tales of ethics and dharma and you will be known as most stupid parents of 21st century!
If you don’t care about this part of history (Science of Tales and Fables), you will not only miss chance to reaffirm glorious past in mind and strive to reach at such summit again but you will also miss potential self-development (Physical, material and mental) which would have been possible by reading mighty poems and tales.
Hindu achievements in ethico-didactic poetry branch of literature establish once for all their intellectual superiority. It is this part of their literature that has made its way to the remotest corners of the Europe and America.
The King of Persia, Khusro Nausherawan (531-579 AD) sent his physician, Barzoi, to India in order to translate the fables of the Panchtantra from Sanskrit to Pahlavi.
The indigenous complex Bharatiya story telling, tale within tale, is greatest invention in the field of literature, connecting, rather dull bunch of words to science of brain and mind.
The indigenous complex Bharatiya story telling, tale within tale, is greatest invention in the field of literature, connecting, rather dull bunch of words to science of brain and mind.
**** Attention for pregnant women *****:
In last trimester, maximum focus is on brain development and weight gain. In brain, new neural connections formation is happening rapidly. During this time, read Mahabhrata and Ramayana loud. Your child in the womb will get engaged in recursive tales of Maha-kavyas. This will help them to develop razor sharp memory and intellect. i.e. मेधा बुध्धि.
Why reading Ramayana and Mahabharata during pregnancy?
Many friends make fun of me or ignore my advice when I suggest them to read Mahabharata or Ramayana during pregnancy. At least for last 3-4 months of pregnancy.
Last 3 months are when brain formation happens rapidly. Last 3 months are when senses are developing to the perfection. Last 3 months are when child’s senses start their initial communication with the world.
I don’t want my child to become religious fanatic! I want him/her to be secular! 😀 सर्व धर्म समभाव!
This is nothing but utterly screwed ignorance.
Ramayana and Mahabharata are not mere stories! They are stories within stories within stories!! Like Movie inception or like movie Interstellar!
When your child in womb is introduced to such recursive tales, it stretches developing brain to the level best! Brain’s success depends upon how many connections neurons can make with each other. Recursion of tales, as it is there in most of Hindu scriptures, helps in brain development. Better the brain is developed, better it can support the mind. (Modern medicine says that mind is an outcome of brain but as per Hindu scriptures, mind is separate entity, supported by physical body i.e. brain)