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Hanuman, Sadhana And Siddhi

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Hanumannatak
Hanumannatak

हनुमन्नाटक संवत १६२३ में संस्कृत भाषा मे रचित कवि हृदयराम द्वारा रचित भगवान राम के जीवन पर आधारित धार्मिक ग्रन्थ हैं। श्री बाली के अनुसार हृदयराम पंजाबी थे, तथा उनके “हनुमन्नाटक” को गुरु गोविन्द सिंह सदा अपने साथ रखते थे। इससे सीखो में भी बड़ा सम्मान हैं। पूरा ग्रन्थ लगभग डेढ़ हजार छंदों में समाप्त हुआ हैं। “हनुमन्नाटक” में हनुमान का चरित नहीं, अपितु भगवान राम का जीवन वृत्त, जानकी-स्वयंवर से लेकर राज्याभिषेक तक प्रस्तुत है।

There is one scene in this play where Ravana ponder upon burning Lanka that how come Hanuman, A Rudra Avatar, can burn creation of Rudra Bhakt?

Ravana Uvach
Ravana Uvach

Then he replied to self: “My 10 faces worshiped 10 forms of Rudra but the 11th one could not be worshiped.”

Hanuman is 11th Rudra.

Siddhi-focused SAdhna? Avoid.

There is no full stop in Sadhna. Keep walking on the path.

Science (Ayurveda) vs Pseudo-Science(Modern Pharma)

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What is science?
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Study of the physical and natural world using theoretical models and data from experiments or observations.
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What is pseudo-science?
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An activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions
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Let me share two examples here. You decide, what is science and what is pseudo-science.
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Example 1
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In the 1950s two new drugs became available to treat common problems in pregnancy. One was thalidomide and the other was diethylstilbestrol, otherwise known as DES.

These were drugs that were considered safe for pregnant women and had actual or purported benefits.Between 1957 and 1961, thousands of women were prescribed thalidomide. In 1960 it could be purchased over the counter in Germany without a prescription.

At least ten thousand to twenty thousand babies were born with serious birth defects, mostly involving limb development, with shortened or missing arms and legs, as well as anomalies of the pelvis, eyes, and ears. Many defects were lethal.
A drug proven safe based on so called scientific studies failed miserably.

DES is similar story. Google and read about it.

Science or Pseudo-science?

DES
DES

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Example 2
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Turmeric
Turmeric

From time immemorial, Turmeric is prescribed by Ayurveda as life enriching drug. There is no side effect reported so far. When used as per prescriptions, it surely gives results.
There are at least 1000+ such prescriptions by Ayurvedic texts.
Science or pseudo-science?

Only educated arrogant will live in self-denial mode.

Art of scientific study is not in transforming natural phenomenons into complex formulas and patents but to simplify them to the level that it becomes common sense and anyone can use knowledge to live happy life.

Ayurveda passes this test. Modern medicine fails miserably.


About DES


“clear cell adenocarcinoma (cancer of the cervix and vagina), birth defects, and other developmental abnormalities in children born to women who took the drug while pregnant; increased risk of breast cancer, higher risk of death from breast cancer; risk of cancer in children of mothers taking the drug including raised risk of breast cancer after age 40; increased risk of fertility and pregnancy complications, early menopause, testicular abnormalities; potential risks for third generation children (the grandchildren of women who took the drug) but they are unclear as studies are just beginning

 
Studies in the 1950s showed the drug was not effective at preventing miscarriages, premature labor, or other pregnancy complications.”
 

Today’s panacea, Tomorrow’s poison

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In this information age, I have seen common public feeling more powerful and educated. So they become their own doctors. For common sicknesses, they take decisions for self and family members without consulting doctors. And these decisions are not about home remedies but allopath medicines!

One thing we all miss is: No chemical-drug come without side effect. Some of them come with severe side effects. So it is not worth to take them often. Instead, design your life routine, food, habits in such a way that you don’t really need medicines.

For pain relief, headache, mild fever, stress, depression etc, I suggest you to never take medicines in haste. Even when doctor prescribes, take second opinion.

vioxx img src: http://blog.cleveland.com/business/2008/03/vioxx.jpg
vioxx
img src: http://blog.cleveland.com/business/2008/03/vioxx.jpg

Vioxx (Rofecoxib) was a pain relief drug.Ads for Vioxx features Olympic gold medalists Dorothy Hamill and Bruce Jenner. Vioxx was prescribed to more than 20 million people. It was in market for more than 5 years!

And later it was found that it increased risk of heart attack and stroke; linked to about 27,785 heart attacks or sudden cardiac deaths between May 20, 1999 and 2003.

🙂 So take care. It is always good to rely on natural remedies, your kitchen pharmacy for common cold, low grade viral infection, pain, stress, depression, headache etc. (Y) And never become your own self-appointed allopath doctor! 😀

Take care. Prevention is the only cure in this era. Be regular in routine, be stress-free and save yourself from unforeseen sicknesses.

Img src: http://prescriptiondrugs.procon.org/files/1-prescription-drugs-images/vioxx.jpg
Img src: http://prescriptiondrugs.procon.org/files/1-prescription-drugs-images/vioxx.jpg

35 FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs Later Pulled from the Market

http://prescriptiondrugs.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005528

 

 

 

Super Hero : Dharma vs Rest

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Super Hero : Dharma vs Rest
Super Hero : Dharma vs Rest

Western Superhero -> “I am capable enough of doing everything. I can save the world. I am center of the universe. I can destroy all evils.”

Our Superhero -> He takes the driver’s seat. He navigates. He directs. He inspires. He believes in collective actions. He believes in awakened mass. To his best friend, he says: “Do not become a coward, O Arjuna, because it does not befit you. Shake off this trivial weakness of your heart and get up for the battle, O Arjuna.”

Rama was capable to slay Ravana alone but he did not. He did Nation-wide Van-yatra, awakened the mass, took their help and collectively fought.

Look at the go-vardhan picture. It is not just Krishna that is participating.

This universe runs by collective actions. Even Avatar demands it.

So when your child is raised by the stories of Batman and Superman, it is difficult to instill this valuable learning about collective actions. And child may develop false delusion of super-ego.

I would any day prefer stories of Rama and Krishna over Batman and Superman.

Visual Perceptions and Toddlers

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Little boy sitting in cardboard box, hiding his face with hands
Little boy sitting in cardboard box, hiding his face with hands

One thing I noticed about toddlers:

If you ask them to close eyes, they will first deny. And if they agree and do it, closed eyes last for few seconds. Hardly for a minute. This is despite they spent 9 months in eternal darkness.

Imagine the vacuum they feel in darkness! They do not want to compromise their growth by shunning visual perceptions. Every second is critical learning.

And we parents waste these critical visual moments by exposing them to TV, Mobile, Video games…🙁

Let there be vivid live experiences. Let there be Nature maximum and minimum virtual visuals.

Probiotic food, Rama, Ravana and Dussehra

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Probiotic food, Rama, Ravana and Dashera
Probiotic food, Rama, Ravana and Dashera

In all ages, we need Ravana to rise so that we realize value of Rama (Life force in us). The faithful Vanar Sena (Microbial world who is known as मरुत गण (सेना) in Sanskrit and their leader मरुतनंदन or मारुतिनंदन हनुमान) of Rama, make sure that Rama wins over Ravana in all ages and times.
वानरसेना or मरुत गण helps Rama to re-establish life force in Lanka (Gut in our body) so that life can survive.

Antibiotics, pesticides, hormones, X-ray, CT-Scan, Irradiation of food for long shelf life, GM food are 10 faces of modern Ravana of our times. It has helped us to re-establish value of Rama and वानरसेना in our life. You see people talking about probiotic food often now in social circles (online and real life)

This is important time when we re-establish Rama Rajya in our body by wiping out Ravana (Antibiotics and alike toxins) with the help of वानरसेना (Microbes).

So it is our critical duty of train वानरसेना and help them realize their real potential.

How?
By avoiding anti-microbe food. By taking pro-microbe food. By using Pro-microbe methods to grow food.

Who can help?
Gau mata -> Gobar, Ghee, Dahi, Milk, Urine = All are full of healthy microbes and potential breeding ground for microbes.

Almost all communities in India have some festival around the spring season that revolves around “stale food”. This overnight stale food is purposely kept at room temperature and often gets sour, but the custom is not to reheat the stale food and eat it for all meals the next day (शीतला सातम/શીતળા સાતમ in Gujarat). This has been a great way to introduce the body to the coming season’s probiotic as well as pathogenic microbes through overnight food. The probiotic bacteria help build good immunity, boosting gut flora, and the inoculation with pathogenic bacteria in small numbers prepares the immune system for seasonal illnesses by switching on the Immunoglobulin M protein, a basic antibody, as the first immune response.

Notably, this overnight meal is eaten on a day called Sheetalshashthi by Bengalis and around the same time of the year, by Marathis and Sindhis as well. It is supposed to bring immunity from small pox infections. MaaSheetala is considered the goddess who treats small pox and this ritualistic consumption of fermented food is interesting in this regard.
Sindhis call this festival Satam around the shrawan month and the stale food is called kanbo and includes fried fritters of the sweet and savoury variety. Mithila Brahmins also eat overnight stale daalpoori, kheer, sattu, badiyan (dried lentil cakes) and drink the extract of a herb called chirata, which is an immunity boosting agent. The association of this ritual in different communities with immunity is also notable.

Apart from the ritualistic consumption of probiotic foods, almost all communities in the country have something cooked or prepared regularly that helps build up probiotic flora. These are mostly the foods that are fermented with the expertise handed down through generations, involving recipes that are woven around the availability of some fresh produce, scarcity of some other in a particular geographic location.
The popular breakfast dish of puffed rice (murmura) or poha is good probiotic food too. The rice products are made after parboiling paddy and sun drying it for a few hours before either beating it flat to make poha or roasting it in sand to get puffed rice. The rice ferments partially after parboiling and retains the microbial flora, getting superior food value as well as partially digested proteins and carbohydrates.

At the end of monsoon season, we celebrate victory of Rama over Ravana on Dashera (meaning: You survived entire year as healthy being with the help of वानरसेना or Microbial world . Now it is easy for you realize value of your festivals. Such a great epic poem which can give these hints about life! Should we not teach this to kids at school? Ramayana and Mahabharat are not for one religion. They are books of humanity. Real Indian, irrespective of religion, should read Ramayana and Mahabhrara to their kids.

To celebrate real Dashera, we must stop anti-microbe practices in society. Stop antibiotics. Stop floor cleaners. Stop Coca cola. Stop chemically processed food. Stop GM seeds. Stop pesticides. Protect Gau mata. Promote Gau-prasad (Gobar,Urine, Dahi, milk, ghee) based farming. Include live pro-biotic food in diet. Enjoy Dashera with really healthy life force (Rama), by killing Ravana in environment, within body and in universe.

Read this further:

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/ferment-food-for-the-gut-45574

 

Cow: Prasad Culture vs Economic exploitation

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Prasad Sanskruti
Prasad Sanskruti

As long as cow-keeping in India matters, we consider cow as mother and whatever she provides, is prasad.

There is no exploitation as long as you are groomed to accept cow-produce as is. As soon as you compare mother with economoc benefits, exploitation starts.

Try to understand प्रसाद संस्कृति.

I call गौमूत्र,गौमय (गोबर) & गौदुग्ध as प्रसाद.

प्रसादस्तु प्रसन्नता |

प्रसाद = That which brings जीव in state of प्रसन्नता. प्रसन्नता = Lack of illness.

गौसेवा से उत्पन्न प्रसन्नता को प्रसाद माना गया हैं and Not all dung, mutra, milk are प्रसाद.

If you want to see magical cure by गौमूत्र,गौमय (गोबर) & गौदुग्ध, begin गौसेवा.

Without selfless गौसेवा, गौमूत्र,गौमय (गोबर) & गौदुग्ध can not act like a प्रसाद. They may be full of physical benefits but can not be called प्रसाद.

Who is potent enough to receive प्रसादम्?
रागद्वेषवियुक्तैस्तु विषयानिन्द्रियैश्चरन् ।
आत्मवश्यैर्विधेयात्मा प्रसादमधिगच्छति ।।
परंतु अपने अधीन किये हुए अन्त:करणवाला साधक अपने वश में की हुई, राग द्वेष से रहित इन्द्रियों द्वारा विषयों में विचरण करता हुआ अन्त:करण की प्रसन्नता को प्राप्त होता है ।।
But the self-controlled practicant, while enjoying the various sense-objects through his senses, which are disciplined and free from likes and dislikes, attains placidity of mind.

गौ माँ से मशीन बन गयी…पर भक्तजन सोते रहे..मशीनसे मॉस बनी…फिर भी..सोते रहे…and they expect magical cure. Take care. Reverse this societal psyche as soon as possible.

Light, Sleep and Stress

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One more study supporting several of my hypothesis. Why Surya Namaskar in open air during sunrise or before sun rise ? Why Homa?  Why Sandhya? Why meditation in low light and no artificial light? List goes on. All depends upon light. Monochromatic light vs polychromatic light. Natural light vs artificial light. Visible light and the invisible ones. I already wrote two notes on negative impact of LED.

Issue is, we have become so numb in our fast life that, we don’t sense the interplay of पञ्च-महाभूत ! Not even life-degenerative impact!

Light Spectrum
Light Spectrum
University Of Oxford Study

Lighting colour affects sleep and wakefulness

A research team from Oxford University have shown how different colours of light could affect our ability to sleep.

The team exposed mice to three different colours of light – violet, blue and green. Based on the existing data about the role of melanopsin in sleep, they expected that the blue light would induce sleep fastest as the wavelength of the blue light (470 nanometres – nm) was closest to the peak sensitivity of the pigment (around 480nm).

However, it was green light that produced rapid sleep onset – between 1 and 3 minutes. Blue and violet light delayed sleep – the onset of sleep taking between 16 and 19 minutes for blue and between 5 and 10 minutes for violet.

Dr Peirson said: ‘The results meant that mice exposed to blue light had less sleep than those exposed to violet and green light. We confirmed the effect by testing mice using green and blue light at a time when they would usually be less active.’

To investigate the role of melanopsin, the team performed the same test on mice lacking the pigment. For these mice, the colours had opposite effects – blue caused rapid sleep onset, while green and violet significantly delayed sleep, showing that melanopsin is necessary for the substantial wavelength-dependent effects of light on sleep.

The researchers also found that while exposure to all three colours of light increased the level of corticosterone stress hormone in ordinary mice, blue light caused a much higher rise. In mice without melanopsin, the response to blue light was greatly reduced. Blocking the effect of corticosterone reduced the sleep-delaying effect, suggesting that the production of this hormone in response to light actively inhibits sleep.

Dr Peirson said: ‘This study shows that there are different pathways from the eye to the brain – one directly regulating sleep and the other increasing arousal. Melanopsin has a more complex role than previously thought, affecting both pathways. This is the first time that it has been shown to regulate adrenal stress responses.

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2016-06-09-lighting-colour-affects-sleep-and-wakefulness

http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002482

 

Why me? Why not Chain Smoker?

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Addiction - Smoking or otherwise
Addiction – Smoking or otherwise

I often receive this query/doubt : “Why me? Why not chain smoker?”

So will Maggi kill me? Smoking or Alcohol?

No. Damn, no addiction kills you. Physical substances are weak enough to summon Death.

I am least bothered about death. I won’t get engaged in fear mongering like modern medicine who links death with all sicknesses and pretend to defeat death. That is sheer illusion.

Addictions depletes Prana. With depleted Prana, we invite numerous medical conditions. With such conditions, we cannot perform our duties towards the universe well. Cascading effect may results in more severe form of destruction.

Addiction cripples mind. Tamas increases exponentially with each intense level of addiction. Tamas leads to adharmic actions. Actions against the natural laws. Again inviting destruction.

So – No to Maggi. No to Smoking. Or anything activity that causes harmful addiction.

Such doubt arises because modern medical science fails to provide 360 degree view of life. Modern medicine’s naive correlation of cancer with smoking is responsible for this.

Remember, having right food, right habits, is for your personal life. For your wish to live dharma-bound life! We cannot compare with others as there are several factors playing role! It is not as easy as modern medicine correlates!

Why chain smoker does not suffer from cancer and some innocent people with healthy life routine gets the cancer?

Ayurveda considers several factors responsible for Cancer. Some of them are:

1. Unwholesome diet (mithya ahara) – Food, water, air
2. Unwholesome regimen (mithya vihara) : Addictions, Late nights, Workholic
3. Trauma (abhigata) = stress, both physical and mental.
4. Irritation – Chemicals in food, water and air. Overstress on certain organs due to addiction.
5. Genetic (anuvanshaja) – unplanned, nonseasonal, accidental pregnancy.

Now, look around. How many so called healthy persons have access to wholesome food? They may be following wholesome regimen (point 2) but what about stress they accept at work and at home? Any control over birth prakriti gifted by parents?

This is the reason, many times, chain smoker lives full life and so called healthy person dies by cancer.

Every human being genetically possesses the cancer-ability of tissues. Such cancer-ability, as a biologic feature, is normally distributed. All humans can, thus, develop cancer, yet only some of us do. This depends upon the fact that to express cancerability, a human being must cross a certain threshold of physical, mental stress which can cause the identity crisis/resource crunch at individual cell level or collectively at organ level or at multiple organs.

This is the reason we sometimes see relatively healthy person inflicted by cancer and a chain smoker living cancer-free life as everyone has different threshold to handle cellular stress based on inborn Prakriti , ability to cope up with rapidly changing food/sleep patterns and past life karma.

Layman’s observations about curing cacner.

As I shared, major factors are in our environment. Even after your so called regular life, if cancer comes at doorstep. It must be due to environmental stress or nutritional stress.

1) Change your environment. Shift to more natural place. A village in jungle at riverbank? Ideal!
2) Alter your food. Eat more and more chemical-free wholesome food.
3) If your life routine is chaotic, regularize.
4) Take supporting herbs. Tulsi, Turmeric, Ghee, mutra, gobar (desi bos indicus cow) – all can help in reducing cellular stress and purging cellular trash (tumor elements). But if your source of cancer is genetic, they will have difficult time in cure.

Many times, we see sudden deaths. Relatively healthy person, dies with sudden stroke and heart attack but many chain smokers live long. Why so random?

As I discussed several times in past, it is your environmental interaction (includes food and water intake, entertainment, habits, place of work, place of living, family, friends, colleagues or anything that is not you) which decides your life. Some chain smokers living long is pure environ blessing. Not some heroic self-esteem case. 😀 They anyhow compromise life-efficiency due to addiction led hardwired circuits in brain.

This is the reason, company your keep, food you eat, place you work matters a lot. 🙂

“Of all diseases, physical and mental, the causes, in brief, are three, viz., adverse correlation, absence of correlation, and excessive correlation, of Time, Mind, and the objects of the senses.”

Time:
1) seasons, months, fortnights, weeks, days,
2) infancy, youth, manhood, and decrepitude

Time, mind, and the objects of the senses ‘have relations with each other and one another. When the harmony of these relations is disturbed, the result is disease.

A person in a certain season or a certain age may do that with impunity which in another season or another age may be productive of harm.

Record keen observations about your own body and ask: Are time, Mind, and the objects of the senses rightly correlated? No? Go, see your kindhearted Doctor who doesn’t treat patient for earning and get it corrected.
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Research[See reference section] conclusion reads.

Weekend is here: Spend more time with family. And sometime with self. More time in nature. Healthy interactions. Farm, jungle, river, garden… (Y)All your interactions with outer world put prints on your heart…your life-clock. 🙂

 


References


Environment and Diet leave their prints on the heart


 

“The findings deepen our understanding of the genetic changes that can lead to heart disease and how these can be influenced by our diet and our environment.”

The study originally began investigating the differences in DNA methylation found in the human heart. Researchers compared data from a small number of people with end-stage cardiomyopathy who were undergoing heart transplantation, and the healthy hearts of age-matched victims of road traffic accidents.

DNA methylation leaves indicators, or “marks”, on the genome and there is evidence that these “marks” are strongly influenced by external factors such as the environment and diet. The researchers have found that this process is different in diseased and normal hearts. Linking all these things together suggest this may be the “missing link” between environmental factors and heart failure.

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/environment-and-diet-leave-their-prints-on-the-heart

 

Cow Milk and Prebiotic Medium

Everyone is talking about probiotic food nowadays. Sadly, this awareness is mostly limited to two jargon 1) Probiotic 2) Prebiotic

Let us try to understand, what they are!

Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in gastrointestinal (GI) tract and are beneficial for their hosts and prevent certain diseases.

Prebiotics are non‐digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and activity of probiotic bacteria in the colon. All dietary prebiotics and/or dietary fiber provide the physiological and beneficial effects and, therefore, are considered as essential nutrients.

In post antibiotic obsession era, everyone is now praising microbes. But no one is talking about microbes sustenance medium. Healthy bacteria survives when their environment is potent to provide them continuous nutrition.

Prebiotic – this is where desi zebu cattle milk plays wonder. It is potent prebiotic.

Probiotic benefits
Probiotic benefits

गौर्धयति मरुतां शरवस्युर्माता मघोनाम |
युक्ता वह्नी रथानाम || (ऋगवेद ८-९४-१)

गौ माता दूध पिलाती है, उस दूधसे संतृप्त हो मरुत वीर रथसंचालक (वेगवान) बनते है|

As you read translation, only desi Gau mata’s A2 milk is potent enough to provide them driving force ( रथसंचालक). If such potent medium is not provided (like many Vegan friends find alternative solution in Vegan Dahi made up using coconut or badam or any other nuts) to them, health bacteria may die soon, before reaching to their destination i.e. GUT. Dead probiotic means more danger for digestive track! More efforts to clean the track! Acidity! Ulcer!

Probiotics promote gut health through stimulation, rather than suppression, of the innate immune system. Our first lines of defense are digestive chemistry and innate immunity.

For a probiotic to work it must arrive alive in the colon. They arrive alive only when they have enough food while travelling and are acid proof (Protected from gastric acids). It has been recommended that food containing probiotic bacteria should contain at least 10^6 live micro organisms per g or mL at the time of consumption to have protective effects such as maintenance of normal intestinal micro flora, enhancement of the immune system, reduction of lactose intolerance and anti-cancer activity.
Along with that probiotics should resist the natural barrier of high acidity and bile content in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and show their survivability and activity in the colon.

Only Desi Gau milk based fermentation has both powers. (Do your experiments if you have doubts).

Which Desi Gau milk?

या शर्धाय मारुताय सवभानवे शरवो.अम्र्त्यु धुक्षत |
या मर्ळीके मरुतां तुराणां या सुम्नैरेवयावरी || Rugved – Book 6 – Hymn 48 – Verse 12

Translation
Gau who provides immortal nectar milk for powerful self-illuminating Marut(s); the one who provides happiness/comfort to swift-footed(quick runner) Marut(s), that divine Gau comes to your home only by glorious efforts and actions.

Gau mata can give such nectar milk only when she is worshiped by brave men doing selfless glorious acts for society. Gau seva for selfish motives is not desirable. So if you purchase milk from professional gau shala, you will still will not avail full benefits of nectar. You first need to worship Gau mata whose milk you want to avail. Without worship, you cannot connect with her. Without connecting with her, it is not possible to receive her blessings.

Krishna with Gaia
Krishna with Gaia

Krishna is Krishna due to Gau Mata Seva and Worship. Do we follow him? 🙂

Fundamental fallacy in dairy model is: disconnect between mata and son. Mother can foster best prasad (milk, urine, dung), only when she is taken care best! Factory model of dairy don’t yield benefits described here.

 

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