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Food Organic, Packaging Plastic?

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One of my social media like minded friends, Bimal Das ji, asked valid question. Indian market is now flooded with so called organic products. It is different thing that, common mass is not aware about real meaning of organic food. And packaging still attracts better than quality. So all so called organic food is sold in plastic packaging. Sometimes, I wonder, how come organic food has long shelf life when the material used to pack will degrade its prana rapidly.

What is the impact of packaging material used to carry organic food?

It certainly has impact. Negative impact. Both packaging and storage.

Ghee, Honey, Jaggery – always in glass bottles. Preferably no sunlight exposure. Chinai mitti as option.

Fruits, vegetables and grains transport in hemp bags.

 

Bimal Das ji responded

“Plastics no because polymers, additives and plasticisers leach into food which are mostly carcinogenic .

Glass and mitti jars were only packing containers before , however they are fragile, heavy and may cause transportation loss.

There is scope for research in this field. Till then use local and refill your own containers from neighborhood shops as before.

Local pickles, dairy products, bakery products all were there, let us bring them back.”

Here is the interesting option shared. Link by @james bong on FB

Hemp Fiber for Food Packaging

Hemp Fiber for Food Packaging

While hemp fiber is classically associated with being as a textile fiber such as for t-shirts, there are many other uses. Of course not all hemp fibers are textile grade, such as those that are the stalks from hemp seed crops. Consequently, a European research project is unpacking the properties of hemp into natural, renewable & biodegradable food packaging. And we’re not talking about rough burlap bags or paper forms. It’s a true plastic and is commonly referred to as bioplastic since it’s not derived from petroleum.

The Traysrenew project in the European Union (EU) was a multi-year project involving a consortium of manufacturers drawn from across the supply chain with researchers from Spain and England. The goal was to produce food trays for poultry products that are cost effective, renewable, and higher performance than their conventional counterparts which are made of Polystyrene (PS) or Polypropylene (PP). The food trays would be made from biopolymers which are derived from bast fiber plants including hemp and flax. The poultry sector was chosen due to its high volume, being that it produces approximately 11 million tons of meat annually in the EU, with an average per capita consumption of 50.6 pounds (23 kg) each year.

The interest on this kind of green packaging is being driven by both the industry and consumers. Manufacturers want lower costs and increased shelf life; consumers want fresh and safe food available in addition to products that reflect their values.

 

 

You want your kid become super hero?Do you live in community?

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All parents want their children to become superhero. At least better than them. Sometimes, they want their children to pursue their own out of reach dreams. In short, parents spend maximum efforts behind own children. And majority of them fail.

That’s where we misunderstand parenting. Parenting is community duty. We should parent, not only our child, but also parent other children in society. Child needs multiple mentors for overall development. You and your family are not sufficient. Mentors are not school teachers. Mother Nature first rank of mentor. Your best friends, maternal uncle/aunt, paternal uncle/aunt, all relative grands and you two – they represent second line of mentors. His/her friends are third. Teachers next.

Think about it. Experiment.

Healthy Laws (Man-made and Sanatana) for Healthy Society

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For my successful public life, I need healthy laws. Unfortunately, I don’t have it.
For my personal life, I have healthy laws (they are called eternal laws or सनातन स्व धर्म).Unfortunately, I don’t follow them.

Lack of implementation healthy public laws (HPL) -> degradation of National Character.
Lack of implementation of healthy eternal laws (सनातन धर्म) (HEL) -> Degradation of personal character.

HPL = Healthy Public Laws = Right to Recall, Transparent Complaint procedure, Jury system etc.
HEL = Healthy Eternal laws = (सनातन धर्म = 8 principles of Patanjali, Krishna’s Gita – This does not include fake spiritual Gurus.)

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Suppose, we have bad HPL implementation as well as bad HEL implementation -> This is current situation. Wicked National character. Wicked individuals. I don’t count exceptions like you who are reading this. You are good at implementing HEL and may good at HPL too but majority are not.

Suppose, we have good following for HEL but we ignore HPL -> Weak National character, weak personal character since individual cannot perform his/her public duties rightfully so even if they are good at HEL, bad HPL won’t give them good living.

Suppose, we have good following for HPL but we ignore HEL -> Strong National Character but weak personal character. This weak National character shouldn’t be ignored as they have tendency to degrade good HPL.

lever cell cannot work well if Body fails. Body cannot work if lever cell fails.

HPL cannot ignore HEL. HEL cannot ignore HPL. We need eternal efforts in both i.e. HEL and HPL. National character building as well as personal character building. If ignore any of them, your dream of eternal mighty civilization will vanish.

Any political movement(National refinement), without support of spiritual movement(Individual refinement), is destined for premature collapse.
Any spiritual movement(Individual refinement), without support of political movement(National refinement), is fake movement producing weak followers at the most.
Spiritual movement without health movement is destined for collapse.
Political movement without education movement is also destined for collapse.

Politics + Spirituality + Health + Education = अभ्युदय

In fact, HPL is zoom-in version of HEL and HEL is micro-version of HPL. Ignore one of them and you (and your National identity i.e Bharat Maa) remain in slumber forever

Word Pollution and generation of day-dreamers

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I was overwhelmed by amazing numbers. 550,000 books were published last year! 20000 per day! And that only published books! Add million and more blogs! Unpublished drafts! Man! Words everywhere…

In between, I had conversation with a friend. It is from unfinished book I started writing in 2010.

“For whom your life is consecrated? Dreams or drudgery?”

“Dreams.”

“Obvious remark. As expected. Are you sure? Is it not your illusory perception? Just like other 98 who also think that they are dedicated dreamers and achievers. Better you drudge and make some good fortune for 2050.”

‎”Maharishi Patanjali, one of the greatest scientists of this land, once said that when you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be. I am such dream achiever. I don’t drudge. I don’t live for earning mere bread-butter. I have a purpose and a path to create.”

“Aha. Patanjali quote! You are good at repeating rhetoric and indulging into wordy noise.”

“Sea of words? Wordy noise?  Don’t underestimate Patanjali words!”

“What are words? Permutation and combination of alphabets.”

“Yes. And permutation and combination of words make sentences. Sometimes meaningful and many a times totally garbage. What patanjali said is meaningful and inspiring. They are conclusions of his experiments!”

“How many of such words you imbibed in life so far?”

“Millions…may be billion or more.”

“Try to understand. I don’t deny Patanjali or his conclusion. I am talking about wordy pollution you and your generation is facing. You need to understand the difference. Words are not life. Words are mere food for your nervous system. Words fulfill your ego, satisfies your intellectual urge. Mere accumulation of words, wealth of billion or more words you posses in your memory bank is nothing but weight of your brain until they teach you way of living and growth. Patanjali’s conclusion is meaningful for you only if you experience it. Same way, your dreams are meaningful only if you become part of it and execute them in reality.”

~ From “Life of corporate prisoners”

There is no good plastic

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First refrigerator was introduced with set of toxic gases for cooling. As soon toxicity was exposed and realized by mass, more toxic gases were introduced. And now they claim it being really green gas! 😀   This is how half-baked technology rule the world.

Same is the case of plastic. Whenever I have talked about plastic issues, complacent urban educated Indians reply : Oh! Not to worry, we use best quality BPA-free plastic! 😀

What a grand illusion!

“Twenty years ago, researchers made the accidental discovery that BPA had leached out of plastic cages used to house female mice in the lab, causing an increase in chromosomally abnormal eggs. Now, the same team is back to report that the array of alternative bisphenols now used to replace BPA in BPA-free bottles, cups, cages, and other items appear to come with similar problems for their mice.”


Research


Replacement Bisphenols Adversely Affect Mouse Gametogenesis with Consequences for Subsequent Generations

Highlights

  • Replacement bisphenols are structural BPA variants with similar biological effects
  • Common bisphenols are germline toxicants that induce meiotic effects in both sexes
  • Genotoxic bisphenol exposure effects may persist for several generations in males
  • Environmental contaminants can undermine science by affecting data and conclusions

20 years ago, accidental bisphenol A (BPA) exposure caused a sudden increase in chromosomally abnormal eggs from our control mice [1]. Subsequent rodent studies demonstrated developmental effects of exposure with repercussions on adult health and fertility (e.g., [2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]; reviewed in [10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17]). Studies in monkeys, humans, fish, and worms suggest BPA effects extend across species (e.g., [18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30]; reviewed in [31,32,33]). Widespread use has resulted in ubiquitous environmental contamination and human BPA exposure. Consumer concern resulted in “BPA-free” products produced using structurally similar bisphenols that are now detectable environmental and human contaminants (e.g., [34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41]). We report here studies initiated by meiotic changes mirroring our previous BPA experience and implicating exposure to BPS (a common BPA replacement) from damaged polysulfone cages. Like with BPA [1,2,5], our data show that exposure to common replacement bisphenols induces germline effects in both sexes that may affect multiple generations. These findings add to growing evidence of the biological risks posed by this class of chemicals. Rapid production of structural variants of BPA and other EDCs circumvents efforts to eliminate dangerous chemicals, exacerbates the regulatory burden of safety assessment, and increases environmental contamination. Our experience suggests that these environmental contaminants pose a risk not only to reproductive health but also to the integrity of the research environment. EDCs, like endogenous hormones, can affect diverse processes. The sensitivity of the germline allows us to detect effects that, although not immediately apparent in other systems, may induce variability that undermines experimental reproducibility and impedes scientific advancement.

“The ability to rapidly enhance the properties of a chemical has tremendous potential for treating cancer, enhancing medical and structural materials, and controlling dangerous infectious agents,” the researchers write. “Importantly, this technology has paved the way for ‘green chemistry,’ a healthier future achieved by engineering chemicals to ensure against hazardous effects. Currently, however, regulatory agencies charged with assessing chemical safety cannot keep pace with the introduction of new chemicals. Further, as replacement bisphenols illustrate, it is easier and more cost effective under current chemical regulations to replace a chemical of concern with structural analogs rather than determine the attributes that make it hazardous.”

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(18)30861-3?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0960982218308613%3Fshowall%3Dtrue

Being local is the first boon

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There is saying in my culture i.e. “If you travel, from our village, to every 13th village, there is change in dialect.”

If you want to observe, go and check it out. You will notice this fact.

Like change in language, constitution of community also change. Environmental changes cause these variations. Air changes. Food changes. Water changes. Terrain changes. With all these changes, our way of treating humans also change. Medicines change. Treatments change.
So unlike modern medicines. One magic solution for all! How crappy! How foolish!

Go local. Eat local food. Treat local. Protect your surrounding first before writing here and there about global climate change. Act local.

Dr Sunil Verma : भारत_में_पैकेट_बंद_दूध: आओ हम सब मिलकर जहर पियें!! भाग 2

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Part 2 of Article : https://www.facebook.com/skv.green.oxford/posts/1713409982119652?__tn__=K-R

#भारत_में_पैकेट_बंद_दूध: आओ हम सब मिलकर जहर पियें!! भाग 2

मूल लेख: डॉ श्री सुनील वर्मा
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बाबा सही कहते हैं – भेड!

सुनो, मेरा आलेख “भारत में पैकेट बंद दूध: आओ हम सब मिलकर जहर पियें!!” पढ़ कर कुछ भेड़ों ने क्या क्या कहा –

कोई बोला तथ्य गलत हैं, परन्तु पलट कर सही तथ्य पेश नही कर पाया|

कोई बोला ऐसा तो इंडिया में नहीं होता, हो ही नही सकता |

एक स्कूल के मास्टर जी तो, जो आज तक शायद प्रोटीनेक्स के डिब्बे के पाउडर को ही प्रोटीन मानतें है बहस पर उतर आये – कि मेलामाइन और प्रोटीन का क्या लिंक | मेलामाइन मिलाने से प्रोटीन कैसे बढ़ जायेगी और वो मुझे प्रोटीन दुबारा जाकर पढने का ज्ञान देने लगे |

मैंने उन भेड मास्टरजी को बहुत समझाया कि मास्टर जी मेलामाइन में प्रोटीन नहीं होती पर उसमें नाइट्रोजन होती है भरपूर 67% |

और मिल्क में प्रोटीन टेस्ट करने का FSSAI द्वारा जो तरीका approve है उसे कहते है Kjeldahl method | और इस मेथड में मिल्क में उपस्थित प्रोटीन को डायरेक्ट नहीं नापा जाता वरन इसे नापने के लिए पहले दूध की प्रोटीन को कुछ केमिकल जैसे सल्फ्यूरिक एसिड मिलाकर आर्गेनिक नाइट्रोजन में तोड़ा जाता है और फिर उस आर्गेनिक नाइट्रोजन की मात्रा को आगे के स्टेप्स में नापा तौला जाता है|

जितनी भी नाइट्रोजन आई उसको 6.38 से गुणा कर दिया जाता है और यही मानी जाती है मिल्क में उपस्थित प्रोटीन की मात्रा |

और शैतान खोपड़ी इस टेस्ट को गच्चा देने के लिए दूध में डायरेक्ट नोन प्रोटीन नाइट्रोजन का सोर्स जैसे कि मेलामाइन, यूरिया खाद इत्यादि मिला देता है, ताकि प्रोटीन एस्टीमेशन का FSSAI का मानक टेस्ट Kjeldahl method गच्चा खा जाये और दूध में प्रोटीन न होते हुए भी प्रोटीन की रीडिंग खूब आये |

पर उन भेड़ जी को ना तो मानना था ना वो माने उलटा हमारी ऑक्सफ़ोर्ड की डिग्री को कोसने लगे|

भाई मास्टर जी ऑक्सफ़ोर्ड ने आपका क्या बिगाड़ दिया आपको नहीं समझना ना समझो, ना पढो आगे बढ़ लो| और बहुत लोग पढ़ भी रहे हैं, समझ भी रहे है और चिंतन भी कर रहे हैं|

तो मित्रों, आगे चले…..

वैसे सबकी ईगो को संतुष्ट करना संभव नहीं होता, पर जो बेचारे आदत से मजबूर है कि अपने लोगो की नहीं सुणनी सिर्फ गोरी चमड़ी की सुननी हैं, वो सुने –

5 सितम्बर 2018 की प्रेस ट्रस्ट ऑफ़ इंडिया की न्यूज़ है – WHO ने कहा है कि “भारत में अगर दूध में मिलाये जाने वाले खतरनाक जहरों की तुरंत रोकथाम नहीं की गयी तो वर्ष 2025 (अर्थात मोदी जी के तीसरी बार प्रधानमंत्री बनने तक) भारत में 87% सिटीजन अर्थात लगभग सौ करोड़ लोग कैंसर जैसी खतरनाक बीमारियों के शिकार हो जायेंगे!!” गूगल करके ढूंड लो इस न्यूज़ को आप लोग|

और इन 87% बीमारू लोगो में मिलावट करने वाले और उनके खुद के बच्चे भी होंगे, और मिलावट का दूध पीने वाले भी!

पूरे देश को एक साथ ख़त्म करने की साजिस है यह, अभी भी वक़्त है समझ जाओ मेरे भाई!!

मेलामाइन तो बस एक जहर है जो मैंने बताया, इसके अलावा भारत में दूध में मिलाया जा रहा है कास्टिक सोडा दूध को पानी, यूरिया, मेलामाइन इत्यादि डालने के बाद अधिक झागदार बनाने के लिए!

वही कास्टिक सोडा जो कपडे धोने की साबुन में मिलाया जाता है | इसका एक कण भी लैब में कोशिका के ऊपर गिर जाए तो यह कण गोली की तरह छेद करके अन्दर घुस जाता है और कोशिका को फोड़ डालता है |

सोचिए, नन्हे मुन्हों के पेट में यह कास्टिक सोडा जाएगा तो क्या होगा ? अल्सर हो जायेंगे पेट में!!

और भारत में दूध में डाला जा रहा है यूरिया!

हाँ जी यूरिया खाद! वह भी मेलामाइन का छोटा भाई है इसमें से भी नाइट्रोजन निकलती है जो फर्जी तरीके से प्रोटीन की ज्यादा मात्रा का आभास कराती है और प्रोटीन टेस्ट को गच्चा देती है |

प्रोटीन टेस्ट तो गच्चा खा जाता है भाई | पर आपका पेट तो गच्चा नहीं खायेगा ना !! यूरिया नीचे ऊपर हर तरफ के छेदों में से निकलेगा बाहर|

और सुनो – एक लीटर दूध में 700 mg यूरिया FSSAI ने लीगल कर रखा है ! गूगल कर लो !

मतलब अगर पहलवान जी ने डेढ़ लीटर दूध पी लिया तो 1 ग्राम यूरिया खाद रोज उनके शरीर में लीगली पहुच गयी!

वो भी तब अगर दूध FSSAI के मानकों के अनुसार खरा दूध है और अगर खरा नहीं है तो कितनी यूरिया गयी किसी को नहीं पता!!

और आपके दूध में मिलाया जाता है हाइड्रोजन proxide| जी हाँ वही हाइड्रोजन proxide जिसे कान में डाला जाता था पहले जमाने में कान साफ़ करने के लिए !

झूम झूम कर झाग उबलने लगता था कान में से और उसके साथ कान का मैल बाहर!

हाइड्रोजन proxide को शैतान खोपड़ी मिलाता है दूध को ज्यादा दिन चलाने के लिए ताकि वह सड़े नहीं ! यह H2O2 आपके पेट में जाकर जो झाग उठाता होगा न, वो आपका पेट ही जाणता है !

और आपके दूध में मिलाया जाता है फोर्मलिन! जी हाँ, वही फोर्मलिने जिसमें आपकी जीव विज्ञान की प्रयोगशाला में छोटे छोटे मरे हुए कीड़े मकोडो मेढको को preserve करके रखा जाता है कांच की बोतलों में|

फोर्मलिन की थोड़ी सी मात्रा भी कोशिका के ऊपर पड जाए तो उसकी मेम्ब्रेन प्रोटीन में क्रॉस लिंकिंग हो जाती है और कोशिका मुर्दे की तरह अकड जाती है और मर जाती है!

शैतान खोपड़ी फोर्मलिन इसलिए मिलाता है कि दूध में उपस्थित बैक्टीरिया मर जाएँ और वह अनंत काल तक पकैट में न सडे! बस बिकता रहे !

मैंने खुद देखा है आपने भी देखा होगा कि कुछ ब्रांड का पैकेट बंद दूध गरम न करो तो शाम तक फट जाता है और कुछ ब्रांड ऐसे होते हैं कि बाहर भी छोड़ दो चार दिन, कुछ नहीं होगा दूध नहीं फटेगा |

ऐसा क्या जादू है इस दूध में? जादू नहीं मेरे भाई, इसमें फोर्मलिन है !

इस फोर्मलिन ने दूध के सारे बैक्टीरिया को मार दिया है, अब जब यह तुम्हारे पेट में जायेगा तो तुम्हारे पेट की कोशिकाओं को चुन चुन कर मारेगा|

फोर्मलिन लगते ही वो ऐठ कर अकड जायेंगी मुर्दे की तरह | और फिर स्लोली स्लोली तुमको हो जायेगा अपेंडिक्स का दर्द, अल्सर और आंत का कैंसर!!

जहाँ तक मेरी जानकारी है इस फोर्मलिन की मानक अभी तक FSSAI ने decide नहीं किया है!

और वो जो रेत में सर देकर जी रहे हैं और कहते हैं कि हम तो पीते है पैकेट का दूध – हमे कुछ नही होता | सुने –

वर्ष 2012 की FSSAI की ही रिपोर्ट है, गूगल पर ढूंढ लो | उन्होंने खुद पुरे देश से 1791 सैंपल दूध के उठाये और पाया कि सिर्फ 31.5% sample FSSAI के महान मानको के अनुसार थे और बाकी के सब (68.4%) भगवान् बागड़ बिल्ला साईं महाराज असेंबली ऑफ़ गॉड के भरोसे थे, अर्थात उन में पेल कर यूरिया था, मैलामाइन था, फोर्मलिन था और न जाने क्या क्या था !! व्हाइट पेंट भी था, हां वही दीवार पर पोतने वाला उजला उजला पेंट।

इसका मतलब 1० में से 3 लोग तो आज FSSAI का मानक धारी दूध पीता है इंडिया, और 7 लोग जहर वाला दूध पीता है इंडिया !! इस सात में आप और आपके बच्चे न हो, यह जरुरी तो नहीं !

पोस्ट बड़ी हो रही है| मैंने प्रॉमिस किया था कि मैलामाइन का समाधान बताऊंगा | समाधान तैयार है परन्तु भारत में बिकने वाले दूध में और क्या क्या जहर मिला हुआ है यह न बताता तो कथा अधूरी रह जाती |

आगे की कथा, समाधान के साथ – अगले भाग में !!

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What is your being grounded quotient (BGQ)?

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Grounded

For me, picture 1 is not sign of luxury but display of extreme poverty. Picture 2 is real comfort! Real luxury is when you have enough time to sleep on it and observe open sky! 😉 Not because I am against modernity but because it is sheer display of foolishness. Your back is not designed for such comforts! Your spine is designed for rough and natural surfaces!

sleepingonfloor

When did you last sleep on the floor? When did you last lay carefree on the bare soil? Barefoot walking?

Mark my words – this will next wave of luxury medicine. Or mandatory medicinal prescription.

Be grounded. Go, sleep on the floor. Get rid of insulation between you and the soil, mother!

Earthing. Try it. You will find yourself more light and tox-free.

 

पुत्रगोष्ठी – Making of Ganesa and Essential Life Lessons

Ganesa

One thing I always followed in my relation with my son : Never enforce anything. Nothing. Let there be demonstration, slow and steady exposure to idea and concept. Give enough time and space for digestion.

He is 5+ now. More observations, varied questions. For last 5 years, he did not demand to establish Ganesa Vigrah at home. He enjoyed visiting different pandals and observe shapes and sizes.

This year too. Day 1 went into visiting relatives and friends sthapana. But in evening, there was question : Why not at our home?

Day2 : We started with our first attempt to give shape to our Ganesa. What did we use? We collected clay from the shore of Maa Narmada few months back.

What is planned for day 3 : Give appropriate colors so that a divide vigraha emerge from it. And yes, don’t fall in modern trap of calling it Idol or Statue! This is Vigraha(विग्रह). मूर्तिसे देवता स्थापन! तत्त्व स्थापन! जल स्थापन, पृथ्वी तत्त्वसे!

Day 4  to Day 10 : We will recite and memorize गणपति अथर्वशीर्ष. We will observe and note down different forms and their characteristics. And this will continue for next 5 years.


You may bring most beautiful vigrah at home but don’t miss to prepare one at home by self. Your involvement. Family’s involvement. Your vigrah is your prana representation. Reflection of your muladhar.
 
This (गणेश चतुर्थी to अनंत चतुर्दशी) is the open window of the year where mother nature naturally allow you get rid of excessive toxins built during varsha ritu due to मन्दाग्नि(low digestive fire with uncontrolled food habits).
 
1) Food during this time will help. Modak and Kheer, pomegranate
2) Devotion to Shri Ganesa will help. गणपति अथर्वशीर्ष
3) Spending time with clay will definitely help as it is पृथ्वी तत्त्व’s trait to absorb toxins from body. Plus, vigraha making yields concentration and attentive mind, result is observed in body cleansing. Stabilize Vata prakop.
 
Your imperfections in vigraha making will inspire you to correct the foundation. Foundation is in learning different art forms.
 
There is interesting conversation between King Vajra and Sage Markendya in Vishnudharmottara Purana about it.
 
King Vajra wants to learn art of Idol making.
He seeks guidance from Sage Markendya.
And Sage prescribes him to learn following art in sequence to become master of Idol creator.
 
Vocal music (Reciting Vedas) => Instrumental Music => Natya Shashtra => Chitra Kala (Painting in 2D) => Becoming sculptor
In short, it is important to realize cosmos, to express it so potently so that seekers can connect with God by concentrating on divine play captured in Idol.

 

तत्त्वसे गणपति : Why Ganesh Puja first? Part 1

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ganesh

Why any ritual or new work begin by worshiping Ganesh?

This is excellent question. There are several ways to answer this. I will attempt first way here. May गणेश देवता bless.

We are inseparable part of this universe. यथा पिंडे तथा ब्रह्मांडे. So essentially, we are also nothing but made up of पञ्चमहाभूत. आकाश, वायु, अग्नि, जल, पृथ्वी. Mind you, don’t compare them with element table modern science teaches. People do so and consider Vedic knowledge as primitive. But that is not the case. These 5 तत्व are 5 forms of the universe. Five states in which any living or non-living things exist.

These five states emerged from eachother.

आकाश -> वायु -> अग्नि -> जल -> पृथ्वी.

Don’t even compare jala with water you see around or prithvi with the Earth, out habitat. All these five states represent entire universe and not just the Earth or water.

Each element is represented by Ishwara.

आकाश – विष्णु

वायु – सूर्य

अग्नि – माँ शक्ति

जल – गणेश

पृथ्वी – शंकर

Ok, fair enough. But this doesn’t answer the question. If this is the sequence, we should either worship आकाश(विष्णु) or पृथिवी(शंकर). Why गणेश?

To answer these question, few more questions.

  • What is essential for successful execution of any karma/action?
    1. Less or zero obstables
  • What is prerequisite for successful execution?
    1. Strength & intelligence

As such there is no difference in any form of Ishwara but we can’t deny their specialties. Jala tattva has special characteristics to help us manage intelligence decisions for obstacle-free karma and that too by remaining calm and peaceful. Even during the most turbulent war or most intense intellectual work, subject remains calm and peaceful when the work is started by remembering, worshiping and resonating Jala tattva i.e. Shri Ganesh.

Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t begin your prayers or actions by worshiping some other form of Ishwara! For humans, it is natural to begin worship by worshipping Ganesh as our existence is centered around him.

How he is in center?

In Yogic Sadhana, there is process called चक्रभेदन and it starts with the first chakra, the base chakra i.e. Muladhar. It is foundation of the organism’s existence.

Each living entity has center-of-gravity or देह-मध्य or नाभि. As per scriptures, देह-मध्य is where मूलाधार or abode of गणेश is. For humans, it is near GUT. For animals, in heart. For birds, in stomach. For trees, it is roots. For all living and non-living beings, देह-मध्य varies and so place of गणपति. Based on the place or the host, गणपति’s name, form, color, vehicle and decoration changes. So there are infinite forms of गणपति based on variations in प्राण combinations of each object (living or dead) has.

For trees, microbes play critical role at roots. For us, in GUT. This is no coincidence. Where there are मरुत गण, there is गणपति.

First and foremost thing we can do to Ganesh Pooja in human form is to maintain proper posture. 🙂 Right posture means stability of प्राण in देह-मध्य.

Second, we can keep our GUT clean. Modak made from Desi Cow ghee helps here in this season. 🙂

Note: देह-मध्य शुचिता (cleansing of center of the body) is important post-monsoon. We can prepare Modak (GUT cleaning mental and physical actions) for us but who will take care of trees and plants? Desi cow’s gobar, milk, ghee, mutra are their Modak.

1) Do प्राणायाम
2) Do conscious breathing. Regulate your Prana.
3) Strive to become जितेन्द्रिय

 

 

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