How can I know my prakruti? whether I am Vata, Pitta or Kapha or mix of them?
To know Prakruti, we must know that पञ्चमहाभूत responsible for each dosha.
In your environment, try to be with different forms of nature. Be sensitive. Spend time with nature daily. Maa speaks language of silence. Listen her carefully. Connect your billion+ body cells with Maa. Surrender to her. Worship here daily.
There are signs and ways documented to know someone’s Prakruti but I prefer being with self and seamlessly submerge in the Universe daily to realize own Prakruti. It is good way restore balance of tridosha while realizing nature of self.
We are at war-front. Great war against perception-management.
The TV came on its own as an instrument of perception-management during past many war events. Instruments such as printed pamphlets, books, radio broadcasts, the telephone and the fax, the E-mail and the Internet are good for the hard aspects of psywar for alienating the people from their state and for discrediting the state in the eyes of its people and the world, but have only limited use for the soft aspect of projecting the power or group behind the psywar in an attractive light and creating a desire to emulate its culture, ways of life etc. It is here that the value of the TV as a medium comes. Through a sophisticated production and projection of programmes, one can create in the minds of the targeted audience, particularly the urban-based elite and youth, an uncritical admiration of the Western societies, soften their prejudices towards the West and evoke a desire to imitate them. Sections of the targeted audience lose faith in their own society and culture.
Read last line with more emphasis ==> “Sections of the targeted audience lose faith in their own society and culture.” ==> This is time to hit hard on people’s psyche. Once they lose faith in their own society and culture, it is easy to mold them as controlled slaves. This is where TV plays monster role.
Do you know why more and more urban youth now castigate their own culture, calling their tradition savage and barbaric?
Read next paragraph carefully.
Writing in the “Washington Quarterly” of summer 1995, Gerald Segal, Senior Fellow, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, said: “It is only when Hong Kong-based consortia began satellite broadcasting of foreign and Chinese soap operas and international sports that the satellite broadcasts were watched by many millions of people on a regular basis. The fact that the BBC World Service TV was carried on the commercial satellite gave it greater penetration of the market, but persistent anecdotal evidence is clear that the viewers (in Asia) were picking up Western values mainly from the entertainment and only in passing from “talking heads” (talk shows) discussing human rights. It was “Baywatch”, “Dallas”, “Beavis and Butt-Head” or “Kung-Fu” episodes that were watched by most people and precisely because they were so much more attractive than more cerebral television, such programmes were more effective in undermining state retention of authority and control over values.”
He further said: “When Rupert Murdoch, well-known for his outspoken criticism of Asian and especially communist authoritarians, dropped BBCWSTV from his Hong Kong-based STAR TV because China warned that its presence put at risk the entire venture, many saw the move as an uncharacteristic pre-emptive kowtow to communists. But, by removing the overtly political message and continuing to provide soap operas about conspicuous consumption and loose morals, STAR was actually beginning to do far more damage to the authority of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Marriage is one of the longest rituals of Hindu tradition. Demands healthy state of body and mind. Marriage is the time when young male and young female begins new journey together. Journey of love with so many critical duties towards future children, parents, society, Nation and mother Earth.
To perform all these duties, it is important to have healthy body and mind. Rituals (chanting mantras, taking vows, taking blessings of elderly, receiving wishes from all well-wishers) help in purifying mind. Ritual ingredients nourishes body. Like Turmeric.
Even if you are so called rationalist or intellectual, you are bound by rules of nature. It is always wise to respect them. Keep aside your rational arrogance. 🙂.
Whether you believe it or not, turmeric will do its job.
Turmeric paste ceremony is defacto ritual of Indian marriage, irrespective of caste, region and language.
What is the purpose?
To glow skin so that good photographs are captured? 😀 ;lol. No.
Anti-XYZ (Anti viral, anti bacterial, anti cancer, anti fungal) protection?:D Turmeric’s many “ANTI-“ usages are already known to us. Simply logic is: It improves immunity of bride and groom. Prepares them to handle stress of long rituals. No.
These are all supplementary benefits.
Real purpose is: To balance tridosha. Turmeric can balance Tridosha of body. In earlier times, Marriage ceremony used to be critical milestone of life. Couple decides to start Samsara. Grihastha life. Grihastha life is backbone of society. They have to take care of family, society and entire Nation. All their actions play critical role. They have to be healthy and balanced. So Turmeric Paste Ritual. (Now marriage is a license to do unlimited SEX! Right? That is what I hear in social circles)
They may plan for child too. It is super critical to be in balanced dosha body while planning next generation. This is to give Jiva who is going to enter in life form, a best possible body constitution to perform karmic duties and avoid doshic sufferings throughout entire life. So Turmeric Paste Ritual.
Not only before marriage, before planning a child at any point of time in marriage, one should use turmeric paste ritual for a week before planning night.
Even before starting any new venture of life, use turmeric paste for a week.
So communal and superstitious ritual, right? 😀 Wait and watch, world will soon adopt this. (These educated fools who condemn Indian rituals deserve lack of benefits of them and sufferings. So ignore their mockery 🙂 )
Unfortunately, this ritual is now performed for only fun sake. To click yellow pic and upload them in Facebook. 🙂
PS: If you really want to do charity, provide real curcumin rich turmeric to all poor couples as marriage gift and explain them benefits. Ask them to use this ritual before planning child. We will get more healthy next generation. Cases of polio and other diseases will reduce in slum area. Birth defects will be reduced.
Durvashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month. Durva Grass, an important item in Hindu ritual, is worshipped on the day.
Pujas and rituals are offered to Durva grass. Fruits, flowers, rice and other usual pujas accessories are offered on the day. It is believed that observing this Vrata will help in the long life of children.
Our culture is a culture of Aranya or Jungle. In this culture, making of a man and sustaining his life is possible only when we are constantly in touch with nature.
When a child enrolls with the Gurukul, no matter whether he learns engineering or medicine or any other skill, he or she has to go into nearby sacred groove/jungle for collecting wood. They also have to play a role of cowboy and go with the cattle on grass lands.
In Hindu rituals, the durva grass plays an important role. Rings made of the grass are often worn before starting either the ritual of homa — offerings to fire — and puja. It is considered as purification impact on Muladhar chakra (Ganesh).
In Veda, three grass are mentioned.
They play important role in rituals and day to day life.
Some of the Atharva Veda hymns glorifying grass are compiled here:
“Driving away foes and casting them beneath me, mount with the strength of the mighty ones, O Darbha!” –
“Achieve heroic deeds with Darbha, wearing this Darbha never let thy soul be troubled.”
This is just a summary. If we do in depth research, we can find more detail about importance of grass.
Unfortunately, the development model of modern India does not like grass lands. They sell them to corporates for new wave of industrialization.
It is not some bacterium but Prana. Grass is powerful Prana storage who captures Prana’s different forms from Sun. The grass that can store maximum prana is powerful medicine.
This is the reason, rituals which demands healthy pranamay sharir of the performer, has grass as essential element.
If we talk about Durva grass, The plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, burning sensation, haematuria, wounds, conjunctivitis, headache, skin diseases, stomach problems and general debility. The whole plant is medicinal according to Hindhu medical God Dhanwantari who gave to the world the science of Ayurveda. The plant is medicinal when used both internally and externally. It helps to stops bleeding increases the amount of urine excretion and checks dysentary. this plant also serves as medicine for treatment of skin diseases , diabetes , urinary tract infections ,blood disorders . In siddha system of medicine karuka grass is used to detoxify the body.
In short, durva and other sacred grass, helps your prana to maintain purity and stability which leads to tridosha balance. It can solve issues in muladhara like
Blood issues (immunity, skin)
Here is the research paper which talks about potency of grass as medicine:
Microbe found in grassy field contains powerful antibiotic
One bacterium, from a grassy field in Maine, produced a compound with powerful abilities to kill a variety of other bacterial species, including many human pathogens.Moreover, these pathogens failed to develop resistance to the compound: There were no surviving individuals that had evolved to withstand its attack. (Resistance usually develops when a small percentage of microbes escape an antibiotic because of a mutation and then those bacteria multiply.) Lewis initially took this total devastation as a discouraging sign—the mark of “another boring detergent.” (Bleach, after all, is a strong antibiotic, but it’s a little tooeffective at killing any surrounding cells.) However, it turned out that the new compound, which the group named teixobactin, was not toxic to human cells in a dish.
And it showed other qualities of a good antibiotic, the team reports online in Nature. On bacteria growing in lab dishes, it outperformed vancomycin, a drug long relied upon to treat the obstinate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), by a factor of 100, Lewis says. In mice infected with MRSA, injections of teixobactin led to a 100% survival rate at lower doses than vancomycin.
The compound isn’t effective against so-called Gram-negative bacteria, increasingly feared in hospitals for their resistance to existing drugs. But the authors suggest it could be of great value to people fighting MRSA, tuberculosis, and infections with rare-but-nasty Enterococcusbacterial strains that aren’t responding to available drugs.
I was having worried conversation with concerned parent last evening. The topic was about raising kids in this chaotic environment. How to overcome or balance toxic influence of the environment we have around.
Thought stream of discussion:
1) There is always darkness beneath the oil lamp. It may spread the light but in her periphery, there is some form of darkness.
Similarly, we all are nothing but forms of biological and mental fire, the basic element. We are here to spread the light. To help others.
Then who will take care of darkness beneath me? (While I selflessly take care of others as my societal duty, who will take care of my family? My kids?)
2) Answer lies in image 1, picture 2. Lamp is never lighted individually. Lamps are lighted together. I take care of you, you take care of me. I nurture your kids, you nurture mine.
After certain age, when kids are reaching puberty, they seek role model. As a parent, it is our duty to hook themselves with role model (A closest lamp within community) who can remove the darkness (ignorance of the child). Your best friend, your brother, your sister. If the child gets the lamp at right age, be relaxed. There will be no impact of toxic influence of society (darkness around)
3) Like image 1 picture 3, education (schools+parents+family+friends) should do their duty of kindling light in all kids. This is missing in our lives nowadays.
In my experience so far, sports ground is a best school and sports coach, a better lamp for kids. This is possible only when everyone in friend circle are regular at ground. 🙂 Life is a play and to make that realize, ground is the best forum.
संग & सत्संग (company of good families and friends) is critical aspect of child development.
This Diwali, lit flock of lamps together, with friends. 🙂
देवतागण गीत गाते हैं कि स्वर्ग और मोक्ष को प्रदान करने वाले मार्ग पर स्थित भारत के लोग धन्य हैं । ( क्योंकि ) देवता भी जब पुनः मनुष्य योनि में जन्म लेते हैं तो यहीं जन्मते हैं ।
The men born in the land of Bharat, the gateway to heavens and salvation , are more blessed than the Gods themselves- so sing the Gods.
अत्र ते वणयिष्यामि वर्षं भारत ! भारतम् ।
प्रियमिन्द्रस्य देवस्य मनोर्वैवस्वतस्य च ॥५॥- Mahabharat, Bhishm Parva, 9.5Bharat is Devbhumi, loved by Devas;so does your body, in shape of Bharat, is loved by Devas.
I reiterate this example again and again for intuitive minds to envision Nation driving factors..
1) Imagine Rashtra as an organism. For example, Bharat is a human species (as her geographical shape resembles to human body). Each organism has her own way of working. Humans live life different than dogs or dolphins.
2) Imagine States as organs of organism. Each organ has specific way of working. A defined goal to serve the body.
3) Imagine individual cells as citizens. They too have defined goal to serve the body as per their skills and inclination.
So, American model cannot work for Bharat. Bharatiya model cannot work for China. Yes, we may learn from each other but absolute copy-paste won’t work. Dog cannot transform into human. Human cannot become dolphin.
So when we talk about Nation driving factors. We must empower individual and from this bottom up approach, Nation should be run. Between individual and Nation, each macro identity i.e. taluka, district, state – act as per local organic environment. Everyone with single goal – To serve the Nation.
Bharat shaped Human body or Human shaped Bharat – Both are land of Devas. This is the only place on earth where life can be effortless when lived by dharma. No struggle against nature, no struggle against other creatures. Weather is well-defined. Seasons are mostly in rhythm (except our times when we have disturbed them). Most favorable place for birth and death experiments.
If we claim our bharatiya identity, the ideal way of running this entity, is to live like Deva.
What is Deva’s way?
देव is derived form of दिवु धातु. So देव’s characteristics are tapped in meanings of दिवु dhatu.
As per Panini’s grammar, दिवु is क्रीडाविजिगीषाव्यवहारद्युतिस्तुतिमोदमदस्वप्नकान्तिगतिषु
1) क्रीडा – The one who consider life as a play is DEVA
2) विजिगीषा – The one who has winning attitude is DEVA
3) व्यवहार – The one who is excelled in communication, conducts, commerce, customs, civility is DEVA
4) द्युति – The one whose life is bright is DEVA
5) स्तुति – The one who can praise others(humans, animals, nature) genuinely is DEVA (Genuine praise is very vital part of positive psychology! Those who have studied HR subjects, must be knowing this)
6) मोद – The one who is constantly working for establishing delight in society/ecosystem
7) मद – The one who is able to take pride of self and at the same time can sacrifice it.
8) स्वप्न – The one who has dream/a lofty selfless goal to be meditated on for betterment of mankind
9) कान्ति – The one from whose life, spiritual splendor is constantly radiating.
10) गति – The one who is constantly changing, गमनशील.
भारत तंत्र should be designed to produce Deva and support दैविक जीवन. We are not meant for capitalism and socialism and communism.
As per Panini, it is साप्तपदीनं सख्यम्॥ – A relation accomplished through seven-steps, seven commitments for each other.Marriage is one form of friendship.
In Atharva Veda, Atharva calls Varuna as his सप्त-पदी मित्र.
आ ते स्तोत्राण्य् उद्यतानि यन्त्व् अन्तर् विश्वासु मानुषीषु दिक्षु |
देहि नु मे यन् मे अदत्तो असि युज्यो मे सप्तपदः सखासि ||9||
समा नौ बन्धुर् वरुण समा जा वेदाहं तद् यन् नाव् एषा समा जा |
ददामि तद् यत् ते अदत्तो अस्मि युज्यस् ते सप्तपदः सखास्मि ||10||
Mahabharata also concurs सप्त-पदी friendship. (Vana Parva 260.35, 297.23)
सप्त-पदी needed to be observe under the witness of Fire, fire of individual, fire of local environment, fire of universe. In Ramayana, Raam and Sugriva friendship was considered Agni-Shakshi friendship)
“He who has gained the one born in Raghava-s dynasty as friend, to which sacred fire bore the witness, such a being like me is estimable among his relative, more so among his kind-hearted friends… [Kishkindha Kanda 4-8-4]
What are seven commitments that you must have with all your best friends (सप्त-पदी friends including wife) ?
ॐ एकमिशे विष्णु: त्वा नयतु ।
First step for sap or food.
ॐ द्वे उर्जे विष्णु: त्वा नयतु ।
Second step for strength
ॐ त्रीणि राय्स्पोशाय विष्णु: त्वा नयतु ।
Third step for vows(vrata)
सखा सप्तपदा भव ।
सखायौ सप्तपदा बभूव ।
सख्यं ते गमेयम् ।
सख्यात् ते मायोषम् ।
सख्यान्मे मयोष्ठाः ।
At the end, be my friend for life. You have walked seven steps with me; be my friend. We have walked seven steps together; let us be friends. Let me get your friendship. Let me not part from your friendship. May you not part from my friendship.
Sinuses are of various types. A wide channel containing blood; does not have the coating of an ordinary blood vessel is one type of sinus. The carotid sinus is a dilated area in the bifurcation of the common carotid at the level of the superior border of thyroid cartilage. The carotid sinus is sensitive to pressure changes in the arterial blood at this level. The carotid sinus contains numerous baroreceptors which function as a “sampling area” for many homeostatic mechanisms for maintaining blood pressure.
In short, this area of body maintains blood pressure. This area is situated head and neck. The position in which you hold your body plays a major role in maintaining your blood pressure. Good posture could help keep blood pressure levels normal while bad posture could increase it. Posture is the position in which a body is held upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. And good posture involves training a body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and spine during movement or weight-bearing activities.
New age service sectors fetched dollar salaries for young Indians. As a side effects, we also invited life-style diseases. High Blood Pressure now very common in 30-some professionals. Hours spent hunched over a computer raise blood pressure. Hours spent with bad posture raise it severely. Great dollar effect! Face it. Realize this: We go to our desk job each day, sit with a poor posture for nine hours, deadlines looming and have clients or a red faced boss breathing down our neck. Inevitably we end up stressed with tight neck muscles and after many years, blood pressure through the roof.
• Take small breaks if your job demands continuous work on computer/desk after every 30 mins
• Do head and neck exercises daily.
• Do Surya namaskar daily
• During break, do deep breathing
• Maintain correct posture. ZERO TOLERANCE.
• Adjust and correct chair height and position by trial and error.
Minding your posture is about more than just looking pretty/handsome! So, look after your posture. There are more benefits to a healthy spine than you might expect!
For last 50 years and more, greed-centered chemical farming created unprecedented amount of stress for soil and crop grown upon it.
What you eat, you become. Stress is new normal condition. There is invisible confusion and chaos everywhere. No one is at peace. There are peace-shops flourishing everywhere. Spiritual business is all time hit.
“More and more of the world’ crops are facing salt stress with high salt in soils (also known as salinity) affecting 20% of the total, and 33% of irrigated, agricultural lands worldwide, “ said Professor Persson, from University of Melbourne, Australia, formerly at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology.
“By 2050 it is estimated that we need to increase our production of food by 70% to feed an additional 2.3 billion people. Salinity is a major limiting factor for this goal as more than 50% of the arable land may be salt afflicted by the year 2050,’
“It is therefore of great agricultural importance to find genes and mechanisms that can improve plant growth under such conditions. “
The team has identified a protein family that helps plants to grow on salt, and outlined a mechanism for how these proteins aid the plants to produce their biomass under salt stress conditions. The work was published today in the journal Cell.
“Plants need to make bigger cells and more of them if they want to grow and develop, “ added Prof Persson.
“Unlike animal cells, plant cells are surrounded by a cellular exoskeleton, called cell walls which direct plant growth and protect the plant against diseases. Importantly, most of the plants biomass is made up of the cell wall with cellulose being the major component.
“Hence, plant growth largely depend on the ability of plants to produce cell walls and cellulose, also under stress conditions, and it is therefore no surprise that research on cell wall biosynthesis is of high priority.”
This is loose translation of late puri shakracharya sri bharati krsna tirthji’s explanation
‘Sanatana’ means ‘nitya’ or Eternal. For Bharat, dharma is ‘Sanatana’, eternal. In any other language, there is no word to represent Dharma. In English, there is word ‘Religion’ but it cannot substitute word ‘Dharma’ fully. Word ‘Religion’ is so limited and narrow-minded translation that eternal gist of ‘Sanatana’ is lost when it is used as synonym. Sanatana Dharma is so unfathomable that it not only covers subjects related to this life but a continuous time-immemorial living.
In scriptures, ‘Dharma’ is described as ‘धारणात् धर्म’ (There are many interpretations but essence remains same). धर्म is that which sustains the society, protects the society from decadence, downfall and destruction. Whereas ‘Religion’ is strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny. Religion may lead to superstitions, delusions and tunnel vision but Dharma cannot. For example, Veda does not mere prescribed अध्यात्मिक/spirituals discourses but they also suggest ways to prosper in material worlds.
Let us try to understand word ‘सनातन धर्म’ by different yardsticks.
1) In Sanskrit grammar, word ‘सनातन धर्म’ is having षष्ठी-तत्पुरुषसमास i.e. ‘सनातस्य धर्म इति सनातनधर्मं’. Like how Christ is part of Christianity, Buddha is part of Buddhism, सनातन is part of सनातन धर्म i.e. सनातन धर्म is being governed by the सनातन i.e. नित्य तत्व/परमात्मा. It is not man-made, man-prescribed dharma but God-made, God-governed, God-prescribed, eternal dharma. Since Dharma has closest meaning in ‘Religion’, it is natural tendency to compare ‘Dharma’ with ‘Religion.
Take any religion of the world. It can be classified in two categories 1) Those who were there in ancient times and not practiced currently 2) Those that were not there in ancient times but are being practiced in present times. सनातन does not fall in this category for very reason that it carry i.e. नित्य or eternal. It was there in ancient times and it is here right now, very reason why life still prevails in turmoil times.
2) ‘सनातन धर्म’ is eternal not only because it is created and prescribed by almighty but also because it remains eternal from formation of universe to destruction of universe and beyond. If we understand word ‘सनातन धर्म’ by कर्मधारायः समास, it means ‘सनातनश्चासौ धर्मश्च’ or dharma which stays forever.
This does not mean ‘Religion’ equivalents of ‘Dharma’ are fraud or false. Since they are influenced by one or another person, and controlled by sects, they die out.
3) Another way to interpret ‘सनातन धर्म’ is (again कर्मधारायः समास )
This means, ‘सनातन धर्म’ is eternal, not only because it was prescribed eternal almighty or it is eternal but also because those who follow सनातन धर्म, also become सनातन or अमर or immortal.
To understand this, we will have to look for comparative analysis of civilizations and Nations of the past. Greece, Rome, Syria, Persia and many such nations were powerful and having hold on Earth but they all are vanished with time. Mighty military, abundant wealth and mass – they had everything but not a power to make people Sanatana. Despite turmoil of many millenniums, it is this land, land of Bharata, that has sustained life and the credit goes to people’s varied but steadfast belief in following eternal dharma principles.
4) To understand meaning of 3rd point (Dharma that makes followers immortal), we need to understand meaning of word सनातनयति.
सनातनयति – सनातनं परमात्मस्वरूपं प्रापयति इति or Dharma which helps followers to attain God.
This is the nature of सनातन धर्म. The one prescribed by eternal nature, is eternal and helps followers to become eternal by realizing existence of the eternal almighty. To understand and implement सनातन धर्म in life, scriptures are written by ऋषि-द्रष्टा in their deep communion with eternal. They are torchbearers. Whenever, they are not followed, society invites destruction, sooner or later.
य: शास्त्रविधिमुत्सृज्य वर्तते कामकारत: । न स सिद्धिमवाप्नोति न सुखं न परां गतिम् ।।23।।
तस्माच्छास्त्रं प्रमाणं ते कार्याकार्यव्यवस्थितौ । ज्ञात्वा शास्त्रविधानोक्तं कर्म कर्तुमिहार्हसि ।।24।।
Having cast aside the injunctions of the scriptures, he who acts in an arbitrary way according to his own sweet will neither attains perfection nor the supreme goal nor even happiness.(23) Therefore, the s
cripture alone is your guide in determining what should be done and what should not be done. Knowing this, you ought to perform only such action as is ordained by the scriptures. (24)
– Bhagwad Gita
||धर्म एव हतो हन्तिधर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः||
Dharma destroyed, destroys; Dharma protects, the protected.
अहं च त्वं च राजेन्द्र लोकनाथौ उभावपि | बहुव्रीहिरहं राजन् षष्ठीतत्पुरूषो भवान ||
A beggar says to the King, “O King! Both of us are Lokanathas. However, if I’m BahuvrIhi compound, you are ShaShthi TatpuruSha!” laaoknaaqa: can be analysed into a Bahuvrihi compound as laaok: naaqa: yasya sa: – he whose patrons are the people, a beggar. The same compound, analysed into Shashthi tatpurusha, would be laaoksya naaqa: – the Lord of the people, the King.