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Pranayam is serious matter, not meant for weekend learning

A friend asked correct procedure of doing Pranayam.
I am learner. Not expert. So I cannot justify the answer in near future.
However, from my experience, I would like to note two points.
1) Pranayam is serious matter. It is not mere a procedure to improve health or well-being.
2) The way many Pop-Gurus are teaching different Pranic techniques at mass level, I don’t agree with them and won’t suggest such instant employment of body for selfish short term health benefits. In long run, incompatible Pranayama methods (against your body prakriti) can cause death too.
If not death, it can cause severe health and mental issues. I have seen it. Experienced it. 🙂
So if you are thinking to begin with Bhastrika or Kapalbhati, wait. Pause. Read third point and decide. It is not some aerobic exercise that anyone can start at any age at anytime. These prescribed versions of pranayamas demand several regimes and strict life routine. Many of us cannot follow them in present chaotic life.
3) Instead of directly jumping into intricacies and complex procedures of prescribes ways, I prefer simple way to begin.
Here is what I do and suggest to any genuine seeker.
Sit comfortably, preferably on a padded/carpeted floor or yoga-mat, and close your eyes. Some of you may feel a wave of subtle energy rise up along your spine.
Keep the body completely relaxed.
Breathe normally and keep the mind engaged in observing your involuntary breathing.
Think that you are not the body but only the pure air which is the gross manifestation of Prana (Life Energy).
Let your body be relaxed and free to do whatever happens, just observe your involuntary breathing or any physical or mental activities (kriyas).
If you find yourself getting distracted by random thoughts do not try to suppress them, instead, direct your attention back to your involuntary breathing or kriyas if they are occurring.
Try this daily for 3 to 18 minutes or more. Do not open your eyes unless you feel the urge to
Try to follow this for at least 90 days without break. Befriend your eternal friend, mitra Prana. 🙂 Meanwhile, contemplate on word “Prana” or प्राण. Do try to realize how प्राण drives our life.
And then try some complex techniques.
What is Prana?
प्राणो वा अमृतं |
प्राण अमृत है |
Nectar that keeps us alive.
The whole world is embodied in Prana.
Pranayam is not just about controlled breathing. It is about preserving and maintaining Prana. Breathing is mere one way of doing it.
More next time…

Dharmic Unity of like-minded : Learn from bacteria


मनुष्य -> यज्ञ -> संगतिकरण -> संघ शक्ति -> इष्टकामधुक्
Human -> Selflessness -> Service for national unity -> union strength -> Progress

सहयज्ञा: प्रजा: सृष्ट्वा पुरोवाच प्रजापति: ।
अनेन प्रसविष्यध्वमेष वोऽस्तिष्टकामधुक् ।।3.10।।


संघ शक्ति कलियुगे..युगे युगे…The division of labour is more efficient than a struggle through life without help from others – this is also true for microorganisms.

This Sanatana dharma. Since it is eternal principle, all in nature follows it. Microbes are no exception.

Only, we humans, believe in delusion of survival struggle. Nuclear families, mono-crops, needless consumption, slavery, natural resource loot, pollution in third world countries etc.

Community living is the future. Helping each other is the future. Not for some profit mirage but real time help to each other.

The scientists worked with bacteria that were deficient in the production of a certain amino acid and therefore depended on a partner to provide the missing nutrient. Bacterial strains that complemented each other’s need by providing the required amino acid showed a fitness increase of about 20% relative to a non-deficient strain without partner. This result helps to explain why cooperation is such a widespread model of success in nature.


Division of labour in the test tube

Bacteria grow faster if they feed each otherThe division of labour is more efficient than a struggle through life without help from others – this is also true for microorganisms. Researchers from Research Group Experimental Ecology and Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and their colleagues at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany came to this conclusion when they performed experiments with microbes. The scientists worked with bacteria that were deficient in the production of a certain amino acid and therefore depended on a partner to provide the missing nutrient. Bacterial strains that complemented each other’s need by providing the required amino acid showed a fitness increase of about 20% relative to a non-deficient strain without partner. This result helps to explain why cooperation is such a widespread model of success in nature.

India : On the way to surveillance state



Suddenly there is a demand to install CCTVs everywhere. Even last Delhi election was fought with this demand as election promise. Justification given and promoted by media are also well received. We want to decrease the crimes! 🙂 🙂

Will CCTV solve the issue? Can you prevent crimes by CCTVs?

The West and China are now practically surveillance societies – where, with facial recognition software, police officials will be able keep most of the people under surveillance.

Did complete CCTV coverage stop crimes in US and China?

No. It did not stop crimes but it did convert nation into police state.

Do these activistas want to turn India into a Police State?
Do they want replace a concerned citizenry with a domineering police force?
Instead of citizen vigilance, these activistas want us to believe that the police can do a better job. Really?

As the data in the graphic shows (Links in comments), this is neither true – nor logical. If a few rapes are committed in moving vehicles, will we stop vehicles from moving? Or men from moving? Or women from moving around!

Just to remind you all: US of A has largest prison population. The US prison population at more than 20 lakhs (2 million) is travesty of justice and humanity. The US competes with China and the erstwhile USSR, (the largest totalitarian regimes) in the world, with its rate of incarceration.

More than 1 in 100 American adults are behind bars. One in nine black men, ages 20 to 34, are serving time, as are 1 in 36 adult Hispanic men. Nationwide, the prison population.

Do we really want to become society of zombies controlled by police state?

Solution lies somewhere else. Think about it.

Reference links


Rape Metrics: A Global Comparison

India on the way to police state

Viral Infection : Sign of resilience, sign of life : Zika Virus kills Cancer cells

Zika Cancer
I am not doctor but based on study and observation, I once told to my friends group that viral infections are indicators of healthy immune system. Don’t avoid them. Just take care of soothing and fast recovery.
Cancer is a stage indicating death. The last bastion for death to take over this body. Even dead-body flourishes like cancer after death. Difference between cancer and death is, presence of life/prana with body.
Old notes on : viral infections

Zika virus kills brain cancer stem cells

Virus potentially could be used to treat deadly disease

While Zika virus causes devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses, it one day may be an effective treatment for glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine shows that the virus kills brain cancer stem cells, the kind of cells most resistant to standard treatments.

The findings suggest that the lethal power of the virus – known for infecting and killing cells in the brains of fetuses, causing babies to be born with tiny, misshapen heads – could be directed at malignant cells in the brain. Doing so potentially could improve people’s chances against a brain cancer – glioblastoma – that is most often fatal within a year of diagnosis.

Not only your child! Society’s child, Nation’s child!



There is a fashion of putting new born child pics on social network. Parents call newborn as ‘My child’!

Dear parents,

Not only your child! Society’s child. Nation’s child. Mother Earth’s child! Don’t forget to instill National fervor, in between your selfish possessive love impulses for newborn. Train them to live selfless life.

Your friend,
” Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.”

Kahlil Gibran

Why care for Body? Why exercise? Why Surya Namaskar?


Why care for Body? Why exercise? Why Surya Namaskar? Why Cow milk? Why Organic food? Why research? Why Swadhyay? Why Satsang? Why Empowerment of others? Why care for nature?

One answer for all questions.

The way universe (संसार), perceived by senses, is different than who ‘I’ is, body, senses, mind and intellect too are different from ’I’. So it is ‘I’’s duty to remain engaged in their nourishment and sustenance.

कर्मयोगी considers all of them(Universe, Body, Senses, Mind, Intellect) as subjects to be served selflessly. That’s why nourishing them is necessity of धार्मिक living. To keep Body/Mind/Senses/Intellect/Universe healthy and fit, is प्रभुसेवा. It is part and parcel of स्व-धर्म.

Emulsifiers and Processed Food

Show me one processed food item which does not have emulsifiers! Yes, show me one such product which is designed for long shelf life, polished look and structure that last for long and has no emulsifiers.

There are no such products. None. All processed food items contain one or another Emulsifiers. An emulsifier is a molecule in which one end likes to be in an oily environment and the other in a water environment. To make an oil-in-water emulsion, such as mayonnaise, droplets of oil molecules are surrounded by the oil-loving end of the emulsifier molecules.

Invite stress for digestive track who will have to work like your slave and then…one fine day…collapse!

Why such compulsive laziness that we don’t want to cook food for self, same life whom we love a lot?

One habit change and observe the magic. STOP eating processed food.




Widely Used Food Additive Promotes Colitis, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, Research Shows

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, afflicts millions of people and is often severe and debilitating. Metabolic syndrome is a group of very common obesity-related disorders that can lead to type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular and/or liver diseases. Incidence of IBD and metabolic syndrome has been markedly increasing since the mid-20th century.

The term “gut microbiota” refers to the diverse population of 100 trillion bacteria that inhabit the intestinal tract. Gut microbiota are disturbed in IBD and metabolic syndrome. Chassaing and Gewirtz’s findings suggest emulsifiers might be partially responsible for this disturbance and the increased incidence of these diseases.

“A key feature of these modern plagues is alteration of the gut microbiota in a manner that promotes inflammation,” says Gewirtz.

“The dramatic increase in these diseases has occurred despite consistent human genetics, suggesting a pivotal role for an environmental factor,” says Chassaing. “Food interacts intimately with the microbiota so we considered what modern additions to the food supply might possibly make gut bacteria more pro-inflammatory.”

Addition of emulsifiers to food seemed to fit the time frame and had been shown to promote bacterial translocation across epithelial cells. Chassaing and Gewirtz hypothesized that emulsifiers might affect the gut microbiota to promote these inflammatory diseases and designed experiments in mice to test this possibility.

The team fed mice two very commonly used emulsifiers, polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulsose, at doses seeking to model the broad consumption of the numerous emulsifiers that are incorporated into almost all processed foods. They observed that emulsifier consumption changed the species composition of the gut microbiota and did so in a manner that made it more pro-inflammatory. The altered microbiota had enhanced capacity to digest and infiltrate the dense mucus layer that lines the intestine, which is normally, largely devoid of bacteria. Alterations in bacterial species resulted in bacteria expressing more flagellin and lipopolysaccharide, which can activate pro-inflammatory gene expression by the immune system.


Factory Farms : Biggest water destroyer across the world



As a vegetarian, I am worried about chemical farming and its impact on planet and her habitats and I have started taking affirmative actions, ever since I realized the mistakes.

As a meat eater, what are you doing? It is more ecologically dubious eating habit in present parlance of factory animal raising for meat compare to vegetarian habit.

Are you brave enough to sacrifice taste buds for the larger interests of future generations? Or at least think about ecologically cohesive way?

Mind you, this is not about veg vs non-veg debate. It is about habits that contributes in ecological stress.

The Dark Side of the Modern Food

If you can’t pronounce It, Do you still want to eat It? 😀
This is called कलियुगी माया! 🙂 Toxic influence of toxins!
The problem is, most processed foods have a laundry list of ingredients similar to that of a can of paint. It’s not as simple as adding a little sugar to canned bisque or lemon juice to a scone mix.
Take a look at the list of ingredients from the strawberry flavoring of a milkshake served at a zip-through restaurant:
Amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamylvalerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl Nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerbate, heliotropin, hydroxphrenyl-2butanone(10% solution to alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbone, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl slicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobulyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, sore rum ether, g-undecalctone, vanillin, and solvent[1]
[1] Schiosser E. :Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, New
York, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2001

Holding hands can sync brainwaves, ease pain

This paper will help you uncover amazing science behind many traditions we have.
Why no hand-shake with strangers?
Why multi-partner sex is disaster?
Why Namaste is better than hand-shake?
Cover all rules where are not allowed to touch others or prescribed to offer hands.
The key is प्राण-विनिमय! Take utmost care about Pranic-exchange(प्राण-विनिमय) you have with others. It is not always soothing!

Just the two of us: Holding hands can ease pain, sync brainwaves

Key takeaways

  • Holding the hand of a loved one in pain can synchronize breathing, heart rate and brain wave patterns.
  • The more empathy a comforting partner feels for a partner in pain, the more their brainwaves fall into sync.
  • Increased brain synchronization is associated with less pain.

The study is the latest in a growing body of research exploring a phenomenon known as “interpersonal synchronization,” in which people physiologically mirror the people they are with. It is the first to look at brain wave synchronization in the context of pain, and offers new insight into the role brain-to-brain coupling may play in touch-induced analgesia, or healing touch.

Goldstein came up with the experiment after, during the delivery of his daughter, he discovered that when he held his wife’s hand, it eased her pain.

“I wanted to test it out in the lab: Can one really decrease pain with touch, and if so, how?”

He and his colleagues at University of Haifa recruited 22 heterosexual couples, age 23 to 32 who had been together for at least one year and put them through several two-minute scenarios as electroencephalography (EEG) caps measured their brainwave activity. The scenarios included sitting together not touching; sitting together holding hands; and sitting in separate rooms. Then they repeated the scenarios as the woman was subjected to mild heat pain on her arm.

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