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Cultural Disruption : Food Worship to Instant Food

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The idea of instant food was not invented by popular American cartoon family, The Jetsons who used to eat mere pills as food, but it is an inevitable fantasy in a culture desperate to do everything faster.

One by one, upper class to higher middle class to villagers, to bottom of the pyramid, we are slowly being conditioned to change our food habits, forced to adapt “gobble, gulp and go.” culture. German philosopher, Ludwig Feuerbach said in 19th century that ‘We are what we eat.’ And so root cause of majority societal problems is, life style in general and eating habits in particular.

Today, most meals are little more than refuelling pit stops. Instead of sitting down with family or friends, we often eat solo, on the move or while doing something else—working, driving, reading the newspaper, surfing the Net. When families do eat together, it is often at fast-food joints like McDonald’s, where the average meal lasts eleven minutes.

The acceleration at the table is mirrored on the farm. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides, intensive feeding, antibiotic digestive enhancers, growth hormones, rigorous breeding, genetic modification—every scientific trick known to man has been deployed to cut costs, boost yields and make livestock and crops grow more quickly.

Our उत्सवs are varied and so frequent in nature. There is special food item associated with each major उत्सव. This food is indication of food habit change as per season.

What I have observed it, Indians now celebrate major festivals like Diwali,Navratri,Uttarayan with more fanfare but with major flaw and that is synthetic unification of ways and means of celebration.

Festival -> Fire crackers -> DJ party -> Fast food

Thats it! No variation, no change! What a miserable way of celebration!

How can someone eat same food in all seasons? 🙂 Isn’t it against the Natural tendency of body? And we(we= society) complain about diseases 🙂

If it is winter, body has special needs. In monsoon and summer as well.

Do not forget that, this is the same land where once taking meal was considered as divine ritual. Days are not far when we will have to return back to roots, out of sheer uninvited intolerable misery in lives of billions.
Eating is ritual. Go slow, enjoy, and say big THANKS to all who participated in presenting food dish to you, from farmer, to Nature to cook. If you can’t offer prayer due to your delusional modern and global attitude, at least say THANKS to cook!

You, me and death of our biodiversity

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You, me and death of our biodiversity
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The possible link between biodiversity and human health has been tossed around for a while. We have been saying this loud for centuries! Re-read Ramayana and Mahabharata with this perspective. Amazing biodiversity and its impact on humans is discussed at great length!

What is वर्ण व्यवस्था? Nothing but results of rich biodiversity impact on humans. Still prefer to live in cementing box type so called luxury apartments? To remain connected with the roots, soil, her diversity is critically important!!

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“We live at the crossroads of three global megatrends, three barreling and intertwined juggernauts of modernity. The first is the massive migration of humanity to the world’s cities. I grew up in a small town, walking deer trails beneath the shade of maples and oaks. Now I live with my kids in a city where the path beneath our feet is ever more likely to be paved. My story is our story. By 2050, two-thirds of all humans on Earth will live in cities.

The second is the loss of biodiversity. Species are disappearing, both from the places where we live and from the earth as a whole. If our hairy ancestors were to visit our cities and suburbs, they would wonder how the escalators work, but they would also question where the plants and animals have gone. What have we done with all the birds? Some, like the Carolina parakeet, are just gone. Others live on, but at a distance—geographically removed from our daily lives, far away from the majority of people.

And then there’s the third trend—the one that, at first glance, seems not to belong with the others. The prevalence of allergies and chronic inflammatory diseases among urban populations in developed countries has skyrocketed in recent years. Incidences of asthma, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and even depression (which can have an immune component) are on the rise.”

The parallels in geography and timing between urbanization, the loss of biodiversity, and the rise in immune-system problems raise an intriguing—and troubling—question. Could our distance from nature and our chronic immunological discontent be related? Some now say . . . yes.

Think Radically. Act Radically.

Must READ

Letting Biodiversity Get under Our Skin

Child Development and Quantum Leap

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Quantum leap = a sudden large increase or advance in the physiological state of the universe.

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Our body is a reflection of the Universe. Macrocosm is reflected in microcosm.

During childhood, many such Quantum leap events happen in physical body. It is part of development of Annamay Kosh. Result ? Seasonal sickness. Viral infection.

If you are relatively serving healthy mental environment to kids (no stress, no conflict, no loud noise, sound night sleep, fresh air), you should not worry much about Quantum leap events. They are good for them. They purge toxic outcomes of sudden growth triggering events.

Only events to worry about are events with stressful past. For example, kid could not sleep well for continuous three nights. Kid consumed toxic food (pale cooked long time back or chocolate or biscuits). Rest of the minor hiccups are needed for their growth.

“Diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defences of the body. We call them diseases, but in fact they are the cure of diseases.” – Hippocrates.

Above is not completely true for adults in aging phase i.e 21+. We adults generally experience Quantum leap events of decaying. 🙂

PS: I am not medico professional. These are my observations.

Manu Smriti and Colonial Influence

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मनु स्मृति and its colonial translation
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What more should we expect from translations of Manu smriti who translate ‘मनु स्मृति’ as ‘the code of Manu’. With this colonial, abridged and lethargic translation known across the scholastic world that malign मनु स्मृति as lowly, narrow minded and racial treatise cannot give you right idea of ancient Bharat’s sociology. For that, you must start your inquiry from roots.

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मनु,मानस,मानव – all share same philosophical root i.e. मन or to think or ‘minding – the process of thinking’. Manu’s code, therefore, is a treatise of social relations for living beings who has special faculty called मन i.e. मानव धर्म शाश्त्र – A treatise (शाश्त्र) of social relations (धर्म) among beings endowed with power of reasoning (मानस).

मनु स्मृति lays emphasis on reason, the thinking faculty, in the ordering of man’s social relations. It stands for a planned society. It is scientific technique and not mere congeries of consistent concepts.

Beauty of this code of conduct is that it can be readily studied from different stand-points. A student of philosophy may be interested in finding Manu’s strict adherence to Vedic thoughts. A student of astronomy can find Manu’s treatise as reflection of cosmology. A student of ethics can derive abstract ideas of virtue and justice. A student of history may imagine society of past that is represented in मनु स्मृति. A student of medicine finds prevention of diseases. A student of sociology finds image of prosperous society.

Pity is that so many so called intellectuals limited themselves to colonial and vested interest based translations and interpolation and termed this treatise as communal and narrow minded. No one wants to give fresh thoughts.

How far did you go to understand this treatise and modernize it for 21st century?( Remember, as a part of your dharma(धर्म), you must spend 25% time of the day in Nation Development (Rest is reserved for personal life अर्थ(earning),काम(recreation,sports, family life),मोक्ष(rest,meditation and sleep))). If you consider yourself smart and intelligent then this can become your best tool to start with. Understand and experiment.)

Maa Tulasi : Maa Ganga At your Home

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Any name given to place or person represent their Prakriti (Ideally). It is our limited understanding that we limit word ‘Ganga’ with physical flow of water from Gangotri to Bay of Bengal. Ganga denotes specific prakriti of the place/panch mahabhut. It flows in our body too, from head to heart (I gave you hint. Go research on it).

Ganga = Self-healing
Ganga = Dosha balancer
Ganga = Toxicity reducer
Ganga = Anti-aging

Gau mata is potent to flow Ganga wherever she is served and worshiped. Gau mutra is Ganga swarup.

Tulsi mata is potent to architect Ganga whereever she is worshipped. In her presence, air, water, soil becomes Ganga swarup.

Plant Tulsi at home. Worship her daily. Get blessed with Maa Ganga.

तुलसी विपिनस्यापि समन्तात्पावन स्थलम्।
कोषमात्रं भवत्येव गंगे यस्येव पायसः।।

अर्थात्- तुलसी वन के चारों ओर एक कोस अर्थात् दो मील तक की भूमि गंगाजल के समान पवित्र होती है। स्मरण रहे कि रोग किटाणु नाष की गंगा जल में अपूर्व शक्ति है। उसमे कोई कीटाणु जीवित नहीं रह सकता और इसलिये गंगाजल कभी सड़ता नहीं। भगवान के पंचामृत भोग प्रसाद में तुलसी का ही उपयोग किया जाता है। मरते समय तुलसी पत्र मुख में डालते हैं। तुलसी की माला पर किया हुआ जप श्रेष्ठ माना जाता है, तुलसी पंचांग द्वारा विनिर्मित एक ही तुलसी वटी द्वारा अनुपान भेद से समस्त रोगों का उपचार हो सकता है। तुलसी में रोग-नाषक शक्ति प्रचूर मात्रा में है। चरक के अनुसार यह हिचकी, खाँसी, दमा, फेफड़ों के रोग तथा विष-निवारक होती है।
भावमिश्र ने तुलसी को हृदय रोगों में लाभकारी(beneficial), रक्त विकार को दूर करने वाली औषधी बताया है। सुश्रुत ने भी इसे रोगनाषक, तेजवर्धक वात-कफ-षोधक, छाती के रोगों में लाभवर्धक तथा आन्त्र क्रिया को स्वस्थ रखने वाली औषधी बताया है।

Child Development without Quality time?

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How much quality time you spend with kids? Watching TV together, or having meal together, or working on laptop and talking with them or replying whatsapp and talking with them – they are not quality time! You share kid’s time with other non-humans and humans!

Quality time means fully engrossed with children. Maximum eye contacts and minimum distractions. Deep conversations. Skills grooming. Demonstration of live-values.

According to one survey, parents in america and americanized parts of the world (under mindless globalization mimicry) spend 40% less time with children compare to 1970 and before.

Hmm..and what is that 60% time? Hopping from one event to another. One mall to another. One multiplex to another. One TV serial to another. Dad on smart phone, mom on tablet and kid on gamin station, all together. Just a feeling of being together…but living in own virtual world.

This negligence is fatal for mental development. The scars of neglect remains forever. Kids won’t share but they slowly start ignoring parents. This is when family intuition suffers most and it is well-reflected on society too.

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Brain bases of social pain are similar to those of physical pain[1] . This is because, ultimately, brain reports all external interaction feedback to जीव via मन using senses. Pain is pain, whether mental or physical. Social aloofness, social exclusion, being Outclassed – they are equally painful suffering as physical injuries are.
So? Why nuclear families? Why urban alienation? Why plastic smiles? Why selfish relations? Visit trauma center nearby to realize physical pain of survivors of fatal accidents. Why force same trauma in form of socially disconnected societies?

The neural link between social and physical pain also ensures that staying socially connected is a CRITICAL need, like air, food and water. Given the fact that our brains treat social and physical pain similarly, should we as a society not treat social pain differently than we do currently? We don’t expect someone with a broken leg to “just get over it.” And yet when it comes to the pain of social loss, this is a common response. We don’t deliberately break our own leg and invite suffering. And yet, when it comes to living, we send children to daycare or baby-sitter and parents to old-age homes. Imagine pain we cause to embodied जीव(s)!

Who is best teacher to teach social bonding? None other than mother gau!

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सह्रदयं सांमनस्यमविद्वेषं कृणोमि व: |
अन्यो अन्यमभि हर्यत वत्सं जात्मिवाघ्न्या ||
(हे मनुष्यों ! हम आपके लिए हृदय को प्रेमपूर्ण बनाने वाले तथा सौमनस्य बढाने वाले कर्म करते हैं.आप लोग परस्पर उसी प्रकार व्यवहार करें, जिस प्रकार गौ अपने बछड़े से स्नेह करती है.)

येन देवा न वियन्ति नो च विद्विष्ते मिथ: |
तत कृन्मो ब्रह्म वो गृहे संज्ञान पुरुषेभ्य: ||
(जिसकी शक्ति से देवगण भी विपरीत विचार वाले नहीं होते और आपस में द्वेष नहीं करते है. उस सामान विचार को सम्पादित करने वाले ज्ञान को हम आपके घर के मनुष्यों के लिए प्रयुक्त करते हैं.)

– अथर्ववेद

Go observe how mother Gau cuddles her offspring. That level of love and care your kids seek! Don’t ignore them!


Research


[1] Does Rejection Hurt? An fMRI Study of Social Exclusion

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/302/5643/290

A neuroimaging study examined the neural correlates of social exclusion and tested the hypothesis that the brain bases of social pain are similar to those of physical pain. Participants were scanned while playing a virtual ball-tossing game in which they were ultimately excluded. Paralleling results from physical pain studies, the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) was more active during exclusion than during inclusion and correlated positively with self-reported distress. Right ventral prefrontal cortex (RVPFC) was active during exclusion and correlated negatively with self-reported distress. ACC changes mediated the RVPFC-distress correlation, suggesting that RVPFC regulates the distress of social exclusion by disrupting ACC activity.

 

Toxic Chemicals and Your child’s brain

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Toxic chemicals can affect children either (1) directly, by damaging brain cells, or (2) indirectly, either (a) through epigenetic changes (many of which occur during pregnancy) or (b) by mimicking naturally occurring hormones, and thus tipping a delicate balance.
Children are particularly vulnerable to toxic exposure for two reasons: (1) their brains are growing and changing rapidly, particularly the younger they are, and so there are many more “processes” going on daily that can be potentially altered and (2) because their bodies are small, thus the same amount of toxic chemicals equates to higher percentage of body weight, the smaller the child.
The younger the child, the greater the risk of toxic exposure, with pregnancy being a particularly critical time.

Please read more here:

Toxic Chemicals and Your Child’s Brain

August 6, 2015

 

http://www.healthychild.org/toxic-chemicals-and-your-childs-brain/

Kids, Entertainment, Marketing and Exploitation

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If child labor is illegal, then why employing children to sell useless products and mass-brainwashing children/society as slave is legal?

Observe. Majority ads now employ kids for one or another way.

In 2008, an estimated 17 million children watched the Superbowl with their families. Alongside the football, they also watched a number of highly creative and engaging ads for beer and alcohol.

In India, kids watch IPL and condom ads together. In one of the multiplex in city (Inox group), toilet is covered with condom ads. You cannot go with kids to restrooms.

The marketing of adult entertainment to children has been, and continues to be, an ongoing issue between government regulators and various media industries. In a report released in 2000, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took movie, music and video games industries to task for routinely marketing violent entertainment to young children. Subsequent reports since then have shown that although advances have been made – particularly within the video game industry – there are still many outstanding concerns relating to the frequency that adult-oriented entertainment is marketed to children and the ease with which many under-age youth are able to access adult-rated games, movies and music. [6] Specific areas where the FTC is calling on entertainment media to improve on include restricting the marketing of mature-rated products to children, clearly and prominently disclosing rating information and restricting children’s access to mature-rated products at retail. [7]

Kids represent an important demographic to marketers because in addition to their own purchasing power (which is considerable) they influence their parents’ buying decisions and are the adult consumers of the future.

According to the 2008 YTV Kids and Tweens Report, kids influence:

Breakfast choices (97% of the time) and lunch choices (95% of the time).
Where to go for casual family meals (98% of the time) (with 34% of kids always having a say on the choice of casual restaurant).
Clothing purchases (95% of the time).
Software purchases (76% of the time) and computer purchases (60% of the time).
Family entertainment choices (98% of the time) and family trips and excursions (94% of the time). [0]

Fact 1: The average child sees nearly 40,000 commercials a year, about 110 a day. [1]
Fast 2: Children under seven are especially vulnerable to marketing messages. Research shows that they are unable to distinguish commercial motives from benign or benevolent motives. [2]
Fact 3: More and more Ads now demo Children with VETO power (Parents? Who are they to take out decision attitude)

When you apply common sense to fact 1,2,3 and paint a picture – you derive a ugly picture of society. Keep your family out of this trend/mess.

[0] Poulton, Terry. “ ‘Kidfulence’ on family spending strong: YTV Report.” Media in Canada. February 22, 2008.

[1] Kunkel, D. 2002 “Children and Television Advertising,” Handbook of Children and the Media. Eds. Singer, D., and Singer, J. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
[2] http://jbd.sagepub.com/content/26/6/529.abstract
[6] Federal Trade Commission (2009). FTC Renews Call to Entertainment Industry to Curb Marketing of Violent Entertainment to Children. http://www.narm.com/PDF/FTCReport_1209.pdf
[7] Ibid.

Fast Food and Estrogen Storm

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Our generation has a habit of living in self-denial. Any suggestion from elderly in family or shashtra is primitive, nonsense and worth ignoring. Anything that comes from mighty west, media and entertainment industry, is modern and progressive.

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Due to this weakness of blindly following west in all aspects of life, we have made our life miserable.

Our food habits, sleeping habits, enjoyment habits – all are altered and consuming our lives rapidly.

For example, food staples and food-processing procedures introduced during the Neolithic and Industrial Periods have fundamentally altered 7 crucial nutritional characteristics of ancestral humankind diets: 1) glycemic load, 2) fatty acid composition, 3) macronutrient composition, 4) micronutrient density, 5) acid-base balance, 6) sodium-potassium ratio, and 7) fiber content.

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Ask your doctor; if he is intelligent and sensible, he will agree with above 7 points.

In the United States and most Western countries, diet-related chronic diseases represent the single largest cause of morbidity and mortality. These diseases are epidemic in contemporary Westernized populations and typically afflict 50–65% of the adult population, yet they are rare or nonexistent in less Westernized people.

So, when we don’t care much about our diet, we should be ready for all kind of degenerative diseases.

To save yourself and future generations, avoid collision of your ancient genome (your heredity) with environmental changes. In short, eat what your grandfather was eating. Live in environment where your body fits best.

Keep children away from processed foods like cold drinks, chocolates, biscuits, wafers, pizza, burger, cake. ZERO TOLERANCE.
Most important : No gym, no exercise will help if you are addicted to modern food habits i.e. processed food, restaurant food, tea, coffee, cigarette, alcohol

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More fast food diet –> More processed and GMO Soy in diet -> More estrogen -> More feminine men and girlish boys in society + cancer promotion and reproductive problems + childish adults

Dharma is Not Religion, shAshtra is Not Scripture

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Many Indians now blame their culture for the decay of their civilization. Many of them put world religions in the same category of dharma.

I call it, utterly myopic and ignorant view. Dharma is not religion so you cannot compare dharma-shashtra with Bible or Quran. If you really want to compare, compare सम्प्रदाय to world religions. Dharma is global context, whose subtext all religions are. Some of them mirror the dharma with perfection while some cannot/don’t want. Sustenance is a function of how well your local culture has mirrored dharma.

This civilization is dharma based civilization. As long as dharma is sustained in remote pockets, be it tribal belt, cow-belt or Himalaya, civilization will stay here.

Yes, it is human nature to deflect from dharma. And it is obviously reflected in their terrain.

धारणाद्धर्ममित्याहु: धर्मो धारयते प्रजा: |
यस्याद्धारणसंयुक्तं स धर्म इति निश्चय: ||

The word “dharma” is derived from verb “dhaaraNa”. it is “dharma” which holds society together. Hence if something is able to hold people together, no doubt it is dharma.

Hold it.

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