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Fail often, fail early

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Never take shortcuts. Fail often, fail fast. In Hindu culture, we call it manthan. Churning. Churning results in nectar. Finetuning is necessary.

Mistakes

https://www.baycrest.org/Baycrest-Pages/News-Media/News/Research/Making-mistakes-while-studying-actually-helps-you

When learning something new, there are instances where trial and error helps rather than hinders, according to recent findings by Baycrest researchers.

Contrary to popular belief, when a person makes a mistake while learning, it improves their memory for the right information, but only if the error is close to the correct answer, according to a study published in the journal, Memory.

“Our research found evidence that mistakes that are a ‘near miss’ can help a person learn the information better than if no errors were made at all,” says Dr. Nicole Anderson, senior author on the paper and senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute. “These types of errors can serve as stepping stones to remembering the right answer. But if the error made is a wild guess and out in left field, then a person does not learn the correct information as easily.”

These findings could help with improving education for not only younger adults, but also late-life learners.

Sabrimala Apathy and Self-hate of Hindus

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In picture, you see two popular Hindu images mocked and ridiculed by no one but Hindu themselves for at least 50 years! Why so?

Two stream of thoughts were popular in last 100 years.

1) So called rational mind due to modern education. This mind never got exposure to subtle aspects of life i.e. Prana and Mind. For them, all Hindu rituals are superstitious. Not needed. I am ok with you being atheist. But who gave you rights uproot others from their belief!

2) So called वेदांती mind (No disrespect for all. But this is the mistake we make, even after studying Vedanta!). For them, rituals and all, not needed when you READ (NOT REALIZE) about आत्मा & परमात्मा! Reading is not realization. But this is difficult to grasp for exclusive readers! And suppose you are advance sadhak and don’t care of rituals, why do you actually uproot mass who is not ready! This angers me most!

Thanks to these two stream of thoughts prevailing in Hindu society, slowly, society was uprooted from Shastra prescribed ways of living. But since they still have Hindu psyche, they got connected to new-age spiritual GURUs. They too prescribed the same (of course, that is how you can increase your reach.)

In this context, it is no surprise for me to see disrespect and insult of Ayappa Swami’s temple rituals and rules.

अमित शर्मा ji wrote very well:

अन्यथा न लीजियेगा परंतु ये रुदन पश्चाताप कम पाखण्ड अधिक लगता हैं।
क्या परम्परा आज प्रथम ही खण्डित हुई हैं?

बंधु! परम्परा माता तो उसी दिन से निरन्तर रुदन कर रही हैं जिस दिन से हिन्दू कहलाने वालों ने स्वेच्छाया अपने मस्तक से तिलक मिटाकर और अपनी शिखा अपने हाथों काटकर फेंक दी थी।

अपनी परम्परा माता के अश्रु रोकने का प्रबन्ध प्रथम करो तिलक-शिखा धारण करो।

इतना करने मात्र से स्वयं में तेज प्रकट होगा, असुर स्वतः पराभूत होंगे।

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Dry January benefits : Western Science’s shallow approval for इन्द्रिय संयम

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Although, this is not a great example to explain control of senses but enough to begin understanding of it. Even shallow implementation of sense control for worse habit, can yield result. Imagine the feat of human lives when they realize real value of sensocial control and practice it effortlessly.

Shri Krishna, in Bhagwad Gita, in Adhyay 2, establishes value of sense control very well. What happens when we don’t have sense control.

ध्यायतो विषयान्पुंसः सङ्गस्तेषूपजायते।
सङ्गात् संजायते कामः कामात्क्रोधोऽभिजायते।।2.62।।

क्रोधाद्भवति संमोहः संमोहात्स्मृतिविभ्रमः।
स्मृतिभ्रंशाद् बुद्धिनाशो बुद्धिनाशात्प्रणश्यति।।2.63।।

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Most blunders in life are due to lack of control over senses. When I say, lack of control, most of us equate it to sexual control. It is more than that! Consider all sensorial inputs to your body!

On the other hands, it is only God’s blessings that you taste little success despite lack of sense control. It won’t go on forever!


Research


https://www.sussex.ac.uk/news/all?id=47131

How ‘Dry January’ is the secret to better sleep, saving money and losing weight

New research from the University of Sussex shows that taking part in Dry January – abstaining from booze for a month – sees people regaining control of their drinking, having more energy, better skin and losing weight.  They also report drinking less months later.

The research, led by Sussex psychologist Dr Richard de Visser, was conducted with over 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018. The results show that Dry January participants are still drinking less in August. They reported that:

  • drinking days fell on average from 4.3 to 3.3 per week;
  • units consumed per drinking day dropped on average from 8.6 to 7.1;
  • frequency of being drunk dropped from 3.4 per month to 2.1 per month on average.

Dr Richard de Visser, Reader in Psychology at the University of Sussex, said:

“The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August people are reporting one extra dry day per week.  There are also considerable immediate benefits: nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five lose weight.

“Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn’t manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole month – although they are a bit smaller. This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January.”

The University of Sussex research showed that:

  • 93% of participants had a sense of achievement;
  • 88% saved money;
  • 82% think more deeply about their relationship with drink;
  • 80% feel more in control of their drinking;
  • 76% learned more about when and why they drink;
  • 71% realised they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves;
  • 70% had generally improved health;
  • 71% slept better;
  • 67% had more energy;
  • 58% lost weight;
  • 57% had better concentration;
  • 54% had better skin.

 

Tulasi : Mother or Just another miracle herb?

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I often tell my family that we really don’t need to pluck tulsi leaves daily unless there is emergency in terms of sickness.
 
Do you know why? 🙂
 
Plants are hyper intelligent. They love us more than we care for them. Just worship Tulsi daily and spend at least 15 minutes with her. Observe her and generate thoughts about her glorious form. That’s it. She is intelligent and most caring to cure your unforeseen sickness. Her fragrance is most potent medicine.
 
Oh…but self-declared social reformers in mass media (news channels, movies etc) will tell you that this Tulsi Worship is blind faith :D. You don’t need it to reach to God :D. Wrong number. 😀
 
Mother Tulsi’s fragrance is real. Her touch is real. Her cure is real. Her medicinal values are real. And now the evidences suggest that she indeed has mind that can take actions!
 
Draw your own conclusion. Whom to follow? Childish illusion questioning by self-declared reformers or rock solid science? 🙂
 
Trust your grandmother’s ritual ,Worship Tulsi daily and remain healthy forever or keep questioning fanatically and stay away from real benefits of rituals. (Y) 🙂
 
Isn’t it our shortsightedness to confine Tulsi pooja in the religious dogmas? Free it from religion. Spending time with mother is a great boon to mankind!
 
Read this:
https://www.minds.com/blog/view/391659021179817984/groundbreaking-documentary-mind-of-plants-proves-hyper-intelligence-of-plant-life

United by dharma, decentralized for actions

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If you are Sanatani, working for dharma, successful? Decentralize and become identity-less. Or be ready for being digested by आसुरिक forces.

Hint: You will be nominated for awards. You will win few. And then someone will be planted in your larger than life organization like dimak to destroy you.

Or

You will be trapped in false cases, will be sent to behind the bar. Harassed and neutralized or killed.

Need of the hour is : Decentralize. Remain undercover, underdog. आसुरिक शक्ति don’t see small tribes as threat. We have huge task to make critical mass realize value of dharma. Until we achieve it, remain behind the scene.

If we are really dharmic, there is one common thread that connects us always : dharma. We will unite in no time whenever needed. But avoid show-off. Avoid personal milestones. Avoid महत्वकांक्षा of being leader of all. This is not a right time. You are born in a time where you may die without any glory written against your name! But remember : Biggest glory is how true you are to self, to your God! Silently, work hard. Unite when there is call.

Hindus at Holy places

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Visiting Shaktipeeth and Jyotirlinga is one of the fundamental common trait among Sanatanis, irrespective of pantha, varna and desh.
 
I was at Ambaji for last 3 days. Ambaji is an important temple town with millions of devotees visiting the Ambaji temple every year. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas.
 
Just 8 km away from Ambaji near the Origin of the Vedic Virgin River Saraswati, there is an ancient temple of Shri Koteshwar Mahadev, attached with a Holy Kund and the flows of river Saraswati from the Mouth of Cow Gaumukh, incurved in a rock. As per a legend there was an Ashram of Rushi Valmiki, the author of Ramayana, near Valmiki Mahadev temple and the King of Mevad, Maha Rana Pratap had renovated this holy temple.
 
It was great and deep experience, conversing with Shiva-Shakti for 2 days until I caught 4 men bathing in Kunda next to Gau-mukh.
 
All NRIs. Janoi-dhari. Ogling on passer by female devotees. Talking about how they spent $1200 on striptease show last Christmas in Vegas.
 
That is how the trap of Kalabhairav works. Easy shortcut money corrupts the psyche. When you are from Bharat bhumi, And dwija, it corrupts you absolutely and lead to destruction.
 
What a waste of time, place and human birth! 🙁
 
Every time I visit Ambaji, it reminds me sad fact that the temple is still under govt control :(. And we have BJP govt at center! 🙁 And money donated by millions of devotees is not handled for dharma!
 
Anyway, if you plan to visit western Bharat, do visit Maa @ Ambaji and Shiva @ Koteshwar. Gujarat- Rajasthan border.

शास्त्र प्रेरित लोकपरंपरा vs Market driven celebrations

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परंपरा or following traditions is abhorred by new-age Indians. They argue that, why do you blindly follow age-old rules?

But these same idiots are blind followers and addicts of entertainment, cricket and many more modern addictions, including planned and designed festivals 🙂

Unlike their life-degenerating blind following, परंपरा (s) are life-sustaining routines.

I advocate blind following. Yes, why waste time in unnecessary rational analysis? First follow, experience and then use rational tools to glorify them.

Act first. Even blindly! They (परंपराs) exist even after 1000 years of slavery because they work magically! 🙂

Unity in diversity and not synthetic unification

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Law of varied friends and prosperous community: You are living in healthy society if you have 10 friends and all of them are from different backgrounds – teacher, carpenter, farmer, technologist, administrator, leader, doctor, engineer, scientist etc.

Unity in diversity is winning formula, unification(make everyone same, or living with certain status crowd) not.

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Rishi’s way is to make us run on the path of dharma

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In dark, rainy, stormy night, in an hour of stillness and dead slumber, a thief entered the treasure-room of a peaceful family, and stole away all precious metal and property, and in the mad joy of his possession ran aback over twenty miles of wet ground, and betook himself as quite safe from tile grasp of the owner. But the light dawned, and the owner awoke in full consciousness of his stolen property. Fearlessly and resolutely’ but in entire calm of his mind, he began the track and slowly but surely reached the rendezvous and seized the thief with the treasure which he had appropriated.

This is but mere metaphor.

I have nothing to do with the stealth and with the property, but with the indelible, unmistakable footprints, not of a thief, but of a Creator on the frame of the universe, the wise man, who has his intellect illumined by universal benevolence, bent upon finding out the first cause, begins his inquiry, and, slowly but steadily tracing Nature back to its source, halts at God.

There the inquisitive and penetrative faculties of the intellect are cooled to satisfaction, and lie in peaceful repose in the enjoyment of the treasure thus found. To such a mind, what are the different objects of this universe? They are the footprints of Deity, the postmarks tracked by the divine rays of wisdom along their path of action.
– Pandit Gurudatt

Take the untrod path and blaze the trail by unveiling footprints of nature, the ultimate
guide.

What do Rishis do when they are invigorated with the light thus received?
Do they write books to document their experience? No.
Do they debate to prove their superiority? No.
Do they go online to type and share? No.
They walk the untrod path as a trailblazer, to share their bounty with their fellow-brethren, the whole race of mankind. And rest of the world documents it as dharma-shashtra of their time.

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Each and every sound can be a mantraM, to be meditated upon. but for that one needs to understand the acoustics of the mouth, vibrations of sounds, meaning of the letters of the language. specially in sanskrit each letter sound has a meaning.

e.g. the first consonants
क (ka) means – brahmA, viShNu, kAmadeva, agni (fire), vAyu (wind), sUrya (sun) etc.
ख (kha) means – sky (khaga = those that move in the sky = birds), heaven, senses of perception, field (farm), void
ग (ga) means – gandharva (celestial singers, dancers), adjective for gaNesha (gaN gaNapataye namaH)

Every plant has some medicinal use. even the poisonous ones have use in fighting venom.

Everyone has some qualities that they can contribute to the society. we are all born with some innate nature and acquire skills. we all are doing some karma all the time! even the so called bad karma doers can be used positively. police uses ex-criminals to help them find new ones. a master lock-picker may help a security company to make better locks?

In all this what is missing? what is lacking?

A yojaka,the one who manages, connects, enables, organizes. one who properly ‘connects’ the ‘parts’ to make the ‘whole’ functional at its best.

Hiding head in the sand, is suicidal

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To know and realize the right and yet not acting is more fatal than being eternally ignorant. Most spiritual movements and organizations, our education, modern self-centered society, help mass realize the issues but don’t really empower them to take actions in personally capacity.

At the end of the day, take best possible actions for survival as per देश, स्थल, काल & परिस्थिति, out of all possible options and always strive for ideal local living. your single step for change may guide next generation for multiple fearless steps in same direction.

To regret later for inaction due to lack of will, is an insult for life gifted to us.

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