In Ideal Village level setup, all professionals, farmers, barbers, potters and all, they rest during the month on Shravan. Entire village at standstill, occupied in one or another form of Sadhna. Bhajan, Kirtan, Homa and all. No work and no travelling.
This is season of Vata Prakop. Natural tendency of Vayu to remain Pradhan in your body. Pradhan and not stable.
Shushrut Samhita notes about travel :
“The vital Vayu becomes enraged or agitated by excessive riding on horses, camels or elephants. Enraged Vayu = Diabetes.”
In our times, it is excessive car-driving and travelling.
Someone should do statistical study of Indian drivers & Mumbai local train commuters.
Rest during Shravan helps Vata to remain stable. Bhajan and Kirtan will keep mind stable and focused so Vata derangement due to mind won’t happen. Rest from work will keep mind free so no more mental stress.
What is happening now?
Since we do not respect seasons, we do not take seasonal breaks from work.
The average full-time worker in the United States spends almost 26 minutes commuting to work. Same situation in Indian urban areas. Even worse if you are in metro.
In America, nearly 1 of every 15 people in the workforce is employed in the trucking industry, including over 7 million truck drivers on our roads. Same or worse in India.
Compared to the general population, the prevalence of diabetes is 50 percent higher and 87 percent of truck drivers have hypertension or pre-hypertension, compared to the national average of 58.3 percent (JOEM 2009).
In addition to psychological stress, commuting can affect overall health. Longer commutes are associated with less physical activity, lower cardiorespiratory fitness, higher rates of obesity, and elevated blood pressure. Automobile commutes are associated with higher levels of stress than active (walk or bike) commutes.
Forget about Shravan month, we hardly take any break. We hardly have option to work from home or work for self. Working for big corporation means some amount of compulsory commute.
Daily commute means : Never ending derangement of Vayu. Come the monsoon and it becomes worse.
You don’t want to consider prescriptions and then cry for diabetes?
Take rest during Shravan. If you are taking annual vacation, this is right season to rest.
American Crisis – Health of our Nation’s Truck Drivers
In America, nearly 1 of every 15 people in the workforce is employed in the trucking industry, including over 7 million truck drivers on our roads. Due to an unhealthy lifestyle and lack of good nutritional options while traveling, truck drivers are categorically one of the unhealthiest populations in our country. Indicative of the challenges facing this population, the average life expectancy of drivers is 61 years (Global Insight May 2005). Statistics from the National Institute of Health show that more than 50 percent of truck drivers are obese, compared to the national rate of 26.7 percent. Compared to the general population, the prevalence of diabetes is 50 percent higher and 87 percent of truck drivers have hypertension or pre-hypertension, compared to the national average of 58.3 percent (JOEM 2009). These health issues place a toll on families, impose a financial burden on employers and have created regulatory challenges for the federal government due to the related safety issues on our roads.
In U.S., New Data Show Longer, More Sedentary Commutes
Increased Global Travel
In 1980, it was estimated that 227 million people crossed international borders on airplanes. By the year 2012, international tourist arrivals reached an estimated 1,035 million people. This was a four percent increase from 2011 (UN World Tourism Organization, 2013).
In the same way that ancient caravans and seagoing vessels carried illnesses from city to city, modern transportation systems do the same thing, only at a vastly greater speed. According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), by 2030, the number of people crossing international borders is expected to increase even more, exceeding 1.8 billion per year (UN World Tourism Organization, 2013).
An example of this rapid diffusion could be seen in the early 1990s, when a particularly dangerous strain of streptococus pneumoniae, first detected in Spain, was subsequently tracked to have spread throughout the world within only a few weeks (NIE, 2000).
Increased international travel is also believed to have played a major role in the spread of HIV/AIDS. Some virologists suspect that the HIV virus originated in West Africa. Some evidence suggests that the virus was present there, at very low levels, for perhaps as long as one hundred years before the disease reached epidemic proportions and was officially isolated by scientists in 1983 (Krause). And with the building of the trans-continental highway from Point-Noire, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) to Mombasa, Kenya, came vast new opportunities for the spread of the disease. Epidemiologists speculate that truck drivers along this highway carried the virus into the general population.