It is gross delusion majority humans exhibit. Whatever is visible, is only considered as pollution. For example, air pollution – you notice only when there is black smog suffocating you. Noise pollution – you notice only when your sleep is hampered by the neighborhood DJ party. We hardly pay attention to silent pollution. Light pollution.
Our body is designed to remain sync with cycle of Sun and Moon. But we now hardly give any respect to bodily rhythms.
Necessity is mother of invention. Post-industrialization, mankind has disturbed human body’s circadian rhythms (A daily cycle of activity observed in many living organisms which depends on Sunrise and Sunset) severely by including post-sunset activities under artificial lights. There is 24×7 work culture now. Effects are inevitable. You see many among us with memory loss in young age. So it became necessity to invent memory supporting tools (From To Do list to modern smartphones)
Result? Slow but gradual degradation human mind’s strength like memory.
Imagine a time of last century when we started using artificial light. Amount of stress entire human race went through. I suspect, some of the historical endemic events were due to industrial leap events. Altering circadian rhythms by flood lights is one of them.
For modern urban resident, there is wealth arrogance. I pay my utility bills so I will keep them on, as long as I want!
Who is worse affected?
Our toddlers. Their rhythms. Their growth.
Artificial night lighting is expanding globally, but its ecological consequences remain little understood. Animals often use changes in day length as a cue to time seasonal behavior. Artificial night lighting may influence the perception of day length, and may thus affect both circadian and circadian rhythms.
Keep low light post sunset. For you, your kids and the birds in neighborhood. Respect natural bodily rhythms. Once in a month, spend a day or two in dark. No lights or very very low lights. Experience and embrace the darkness of the night.
1) Keep low light at home after sunset
2) Avoid artificial lights at work (I know this is difficult but critical 🙁 )
3) At least spend time in nature during sunrise and sunset
4) Make sure your kids sleep early (so that they avoid artificial lights for long)
5) If you really need light post sunset, keep it minimal. Best if you can keep desi ghee lamps or light of that intensity. ZERO light during sleep!
Have a look at few research papers related to light pollution.
Is artificial lighting making us sick? New evidence in mice
Environmental 24-hr Cycles Are Essential for Health
Along with eating right and exercising, people should consider adding another healthy habit to their list: turning out the lights. That’s according to a new study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 14 showing many negative health consequences for mice kept under conditions of constant light for a period of months.
“Our study shows that the environmental light-dark cycle is important for health,” says Johanna Meijer of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. “We showed that the absence of environmental rhythms leads to severe disruption of a wide variety of health parameters.”
Those parameters included pro-inflammatory activation of the immune system, muscle loss, and early signs of osteoporosis. The researchers say that the observed physiological changes were all indicative of “frailty” as is typically seen in people or animals as they age. But there was some more encouraging news, too.
“We used to think of light and darkness as harmless or neutral stimuli with respect to health,” Meijer says. “We now realize this is not the case based on accumulating studies from laboratories all over the world, all pointing in the same direction. Possibly this is not surprising as life evolved under the constant pressure of the light-dark cycle. We seem to be optimized to live under these cycles, and the other side of the coin is that we are now affected by a lack of such cycles.”
Light pollution alters the phenology of dawn and dusk singing in common European songbirds
Artificial night lighting is expanding globally, but its ecological consequences remain little understood. Animals often use changes in day length as a cue to time seasonal behaviour. Artificial night lighting may influence the perception of day length, and may thus affect both circadian and circannual rhythms. Over a 3.5 month period, from winter to breeding, we recorded daily singing activity of six common songbird species in 12 woodland sites, half of which were affected by street lighting. We previously reported on analyses suggesting that artificial night lighting affects the daily timing of singing in five species. The main aim of this study was to investigate whether the presence of artificial night lighting is also associated with the seasonal occurrence of dawn and dusk singing. We found that in four species dawn and dusk singing developed earlier in the year at sites exposed to light pollution. We also examined the effects of weather conditions and found that rain and low temperatures negatively affected the occurrence of dawn and dusk singing. Our results support the hypothesis that artificial night lighting alters natural seasonal rhythms, independently of other effects of urbanization. The fitness consequences of the observed changes in seasonal timing of behaviour remain unknown.
Prana (प्राण) is gross form is Vayu with intelligence. When we destroy biodiversity, we make various forms of प्राण free radical. And with that, we invite unforeseen future of community sickness. From Ebola to Zika, this is primary reason.
In a recent study titled “Has land use pushed terrestrial biodiversity beyond the planetary boundary? A global assessment” , researchers notes: “Ecologists found that grasslands, savannas and shrublands were most affected by biodiversity loss, followed closely by many of the world’s forests and woodlands. They say the ability of biodiversity in these areas to support key ecosystem functions such as growth of living organisms and nutrient cycling has become increasingly uncertain.”
Land use and related pressures have reduced local terrestrial biodiversity, but it is unclear how the magnitude of change relates to the recently proposed planetary boundary (“safe limit”). We estimate that land use and related pressures have already reduced local biodiversity intactness—the average proportion of natural biodiversity remaining in local ecosystems—beyond its recently proposed planetary boundary across 58.1% of the world’s land surface, where 71.4% of the human population live. Biodiversity intactness within most biomes (especially grassland biomes), most biodiversity hotspots, and even some wilderness areas is inferred to be beyond the boundary. Such widespread transgression of safe limits suggests that biodiversity loss, if unchecked, will undermine efforts toward long-term sustainable development.
The Nipah virus in South Asia, and the closely related Hendra virus in Australia, both in the genus of henipah viruses, are the most urgent examples of how disrupting an ecosystem can cause disease. The viruses originated with flying foxes, Pteropus vampyrus, also known as fruit bats. They are messy eaters, no small matter in this scenario. They often hang upside down, looking like Dracula wrapped tightly in their membranous wings, and eat fruit by masticating the pulp and then spitting out the juices and seeds. 
The bats have evolved with henipah over millions of years, and because of this co-evolution, they experience little more from it than the fruit bat equivalent of a cold. But once the virus breaks out of the bats and into species that haven’t evolved with it, a horror show can occur, as one did in 1999 in rural Malaysia. It is likely that a bat dropped a piece of chewed fruit into a piggery in a forest. The pigs became infected with the virus, and amplified it, and it jumped to humans. It was startling in its lethality. Out of 276 people infected in Malaysia, 106 died, and many others suffered permanent and crippling neurological disorders. There is no cure or vaccine. Since then there have been 12 smaller outbreaks in South Asia. 
And to preserve biodiversity, no global program will help. We must act locally. Educate fellow community homes.
As per Ayurveda, in tropical weather like most part of India has, eating leafy vegetables in daily meal is not preferable.
1) Vegetables demand high अग्निबल (जठरअग्नि & धातुअग्नि).क्षय of digestive fire.
2) It disturbs प्राणमय कोष and accelerates अपान वायु movements.
3) Derangement of Vayu means early aging. Weak bones, weak eyes and grey hairs.
Those who are prescribing more and more leafy vegetables have somehow their base in western science originated in cold regions of the Earth. For them, अपान acceleration and high अग्निबल (जठरअग्नि & धातुअग्नि) is required for proper digestion and stool passing.
In Bharat, if you do not have luxury to eat vegetables, it is perfectly fine! Our main food is: दाल, रोटी, पराठा, चावल, peas, beans, lentils.
And if you really want to eat vegetables, follow following suggestions:
1) Use fresh vegetables. Fresh = प्राणवान so प्राण supplement for digestion process
2) Use only ripen vegetables. Not so old and not so infant.
3) Wash vegetables 2-3 times. Use salted water to clean.
4) Do not refrigerate vegetables. Use fresh. Zero tolerance.
5) Cut vegetables only during cooking. Do not use pre-cut vegetables.Do not keep cut vegetables for more than 1 hr.
6) Do not over-fry, over-cook. Half-baked is fine.
7) Always use multiple vegetables together to balance eachother’s dosha
8) In different regions, there is tradition to add सेव,कोफ्ता. It is good.
9) User all kitchen masala as per need in cooking.
10) Boiled is better than fried. Even soup or juice is better.
Those who live in like minded social group, have advantage of distributed cognition. We Indians call it वर्ण & जाती. Unfortunately, such natural advantage of superior group decisions are sacrificed by caste-ism and various other -isms. Modern education brainwashed us to believe that वर्ण & जाती are curse upon us. In reality, they actually protected us against so many incursions we faced in last 1000 years. Now since we hate them, we are unknowingly inviting collapse. 🙁
Learn from nature:
The society you live in can shape the complexity of your brain—and it does so differently for social insects than for humans and other vertebrate animals.
A new comparative study of social and solitary wasp species suggests that as social behavior evolved, the brain regions for central cognitive processing in social insect species shrank. This is the opposite of the pattern of brain increases with sociality that has been documented for several kinds of vertebrate animals including mammals, birds and fish.
“By relying on group mates, insect colony members may afford to make less individual brain investment. We call this the distributed cognition hypothesis,” said Sean O’Donnell, PhD, a professor in the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences who led the study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
– See more at: http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2015/June/Social-Insect-Distributed-Cognition/#sthash.ISvkxMSG.dpuf
Imagine you have balloon full of deadly gas in one close room. When the balloon is burst, can you restrict gas so that it does not pervade in the room and contaminate this local ecosystem? And possibly not suffocate and kill the organisms inside room?
We cannot control. Can we? No. We cannot.
प्राणमय कोष is always explained by comparing it with physical form gases. But in reality, it is subtler than imagine. Life movement of Vayu, Prana cannot be controlled. Mind can control, the layer above i.e. मनोमय कोष. But we cannot control the non-self प्राण, प्राण of our environment until we become one with the universe by intense Sadhna. 🙂 .
Now following things will be easy to understand.
1) You must do your शरीर पूजा in the morning, during sunrise. प्राण that is available at this time, cannot be present during next 24 hrs.
2) Over-indulgence in Sex or multiple sex-partners means uncontrolled exchange of प्राण. Chaos, violence and unimagined results for each individual involved.
3) Architecture of House is important because once the walls and windows and doors are fixed, movement of Prana remains same forever. And its nurturing capacity.
Now it is official. Obesity is rampant in rural India. It only gets worse in urban India. In many ways, Indian lifestyle and dietary habits are extremely unhealthy. It is extremely carbohydrate and sugar rich. Green vegetables and fruits form only a miniscule part of the diet. The failure is at all levels:
1. No awareness that Indians are eating an unhealthy diet.
2. Lack of fitness culture. It is only now the Bollywood is introducing the trend of toned and glamorous body. Sadly, it would be a long time before this much needed trend reaches rural India given that much of India is still very conservative where showing off one’s body is frowned upon.
3. Shortage of healthy food such as vegetables, fruits, dairy products, etc. Very few Indians even realize that fat-free milk which is ubiquitously sold in India is terrible for health because it is packed with sugars.
4. The urban pastime seems to be eating at restaurants and watching mega serials. In Chennai, I am disappointed to see that even residential neighborhoods have been converted into restaurants and every street is packed with those.
This is a ticking time bomb which would drain Indian economy. Do you eat more than two thin chapattis in a day? Do you eat sambar rice + rasam rice + curd rice? Do you add sugar to anything at all? Shame on you. Anything more than 50 g of carb/day is very harmful. Two thin chapattis or a really small cup of cooked rice alone provide it. If you’re eating anything more, you’re eating unhealthy. You’re also preparing yourself for an early and inglorious death. You are being irresponsible because you don’t realize that your children would pay the price for your unhealthy lifestyle.
In marriage, we should seek complement (not ‘compliment’ 🙂 ) in each other. If my wife and I share same taste, same inclination and same capability, there is no growth for each other. Successful marriages celebrates complements. To be complement of someone means to make other self complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to. Being complement nurtures sense of fulfillment.
Very true. Superb! So sweet! That is how we should choose better half!
Part 2 – So called communal non-sweet truth
Gotra means lineage. We Sanatani(s) trace our ancestry to seven rishis. We call ourselves Rishi putra.
So does this imply a belief in exclusive lineage? The answer becomes clear when you read in the Vedas that the seven rishis reside in the brain as far as आधिभौतिक plane of the Universe matters!
The primal rishis are the senses, or cognitive centers. The rishi lineages or Gotra simply celebrate the association of one dominant sense or another in the family’s ancient history.
So if someone get married in same lineage, सगोत्र , he and she miss the chance of being complement! And very purpose of spiritual progress by Grihasthi is forfeited as dominant sense in both wife and husband will consciously or subconsciously strive for competition and not the complement.
Of course, it is different thing that our blood is corrupted to the core in past 2500 years. But that does not mean, we mock the tradition. Corrections are always welcomed.
Few days back, I had discussion about how sex exchanges vital प्राण and why multiple-sex partners is physical, mental and spiritual stress. I also discussed such uncontrolled indulgences as root causes of fatal sicknesses, not limited to cancer, AIDS and immuno-suppression.
Recollect that post with the concept of Gotra. Before marriage, you (bride) have Gotra from father but after marriage, since you live life with the environment shared by another Gotra, you slowly develop inclination for the new family’s strengths. Your Gotra changes. Some new hidden potential emerges with legacy from biological parents. गृहस्थ maturity for both bride and groom. That is the time when mother of the groom hands over or share the home-management to/with newly wedded bride.
What I wrote above is highly superficial but common sense. More research and realization required. 🙂
Such a wonderful way of living gifted by our forefathers! Alas! 🙁 We now act like a generation of rational fools. 🙁
इमां खनाम्योषधिं वीरुधं बलवत्तमाम् । ऋग्वेद: सूक्तं १०.१४५
“What I dig is very potent herb to increase strength.”
Excuse my faulty translation but there are interesting dots to connect.
1) शारीरिक & प्राणिक बल are necessary to earn पुरुषार्थ (धर्म,अर्थ,काम,मोक्ष) and perform our duties towards the Universe with least errors.
2) In my understanding, when grown in soil nurtured and kindled with Prana(प्राण) by gobar, mutra and butter milk of Desi Gau, Vegetables from कंद वर्ग (the ones that we dig) grows in the epicenter of rich Pranic environment. And this Prana is not Raw Prana like other vegetables and fruits get from the Sun by photosynthesis and external environment. It is digested Prana or churned prana. Churning prana makes its potency manifold. So they are full of प्राणिक बल. Since they are the roots, they have most possible essence of all physical nutrients.
3) कंद वर्ग’s vegetables is main food for ऋषि पञ्चमी. That means, to nurture the ऋषि अंश settled at our subtle senses can realize their full potential with the help of कंद वर्ग.
4) In most cases, you dig them only when they plant completes its life cycle. For example, I dig my turmeric only when all its leaves are dried and gone.
Keep an eye on seasonal कंद वर्ग vegetables and include them in your meals. Of course, nothing worth without Gau mata.
जामवंत के बचन सुहाए। सुनि हनुमंत हृदय अति भाए॥
तब लगि मोहि परिखेहु तुम्ह भाई। सहि दुख कंद मूल फल खाई॥
House-building is an expression of civilization, but only an expression. Culture and civilization are more intrinsic. Highly developed saints have lived a simpler life and dispensed with many things which are counted among necessaries by civilized people.
Reference of houses in the the Veda is marvelously excellent.
“We lay the strong foundation of a house which is well-ventilated, beautiful with parts symmetrically corresponding to each other and measured or enclosed all round”
“Its main four parts are store-house, kitchen, bed room and drawing room.”
House is the center of the house-holders’ universe. My home is center of my universe. Bhuvanasya nabhi. Center of universe is to realize center of life. For healthy spiritual journey of husband-wife, home-building is important exercise.
“O husband and wife, we design for your habitation a house wherein sun-rays come plentifully. Here in such a well-ventilated house can dawn upon you the divine light whereby you may realize the super most stage of God.”
Physical openness leads to spiritual openness. A good well-ventilated and hygienically built house is the fittest abode for Godly and spiritually advanced persons. The house is not only an enclosure of bricks and stones but a place where the members of the family regulate their habits and advance step by step towards the spiritual Goal of life.
Goal is understood. Next, what material to use to build center of the universe.