What has been deliberately suppressed by the Western Scholars rooted in the Eurocentric Anti-Hindu tradition is that the Keladi King Basava Bhupala produced the first ever Encyclopedia of the World in any language, Sivatattva Ratnakara in Sanskrit in 1699—29 years before the first Encyclopedia in English by Ephraim Chambers in 1728 and 52 years before the first Encyclopedia in the French Language by Denis Diderot in 1751.
The Sansrkirt Encyclopedia of Basava Bhupala published in 1699 was in no way less detailed or less verstile than the encyclopedia of Ephraim Chambers in English published in 1728 (London) or Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers of Denis Diderot in French published in 1751 (Paris).
Here is something about water from this encyclopedia.
This encyclopedia narrates the following facts:
 Formation of clouds,
 direction of rainfall, and its Characteristics Effect of air on clouds and rainfall
 Rain forecast Ground Water,
 Correlation between the plants and water bodies Types of water and its quality Collection and preservation of potable water
Formation of clouds according to the author the formation of cloud takes place due to the union of water particles, fog, air, and fire (heat produced due to friction or difference in temperature) and pours down to ground in the form of rain, with the air pressure, they pour water about six months with the intension to do welfare to all the beings on earth. It is almost in the same manner the rainfall of a Water Year, is accounted as Monsoon (June to November) and Non Monsoon (December to May), of six months each. If the rain fall happens on Deepavali, Tuesday or on Sunday it will not be good. The forecasting of rain should be calculated for a period of 15 days only.Clouds formed in the night will rain in the day time and vice versa. Clouds formed in the East will bring rain to West, and the West to the East. There are 9 types of clouds. Viz., Avarta, Samvarta, Pushkara, Drona, Kalika, Kaala, Neela, Vaaruna and Vaibhava (Verse No.93 to 97).
Ground Water Resources
Soils that are having different colours like brown, white, sand, quartz, contain water inside. It gives the clue which the author knows about the absorption and retention capacity of water by such type of soils. He gives many examples to confirm his view. If the colour of the soil turns from white to yellow, at a depth of three and half feet at the Western side and if there is a termite, there will be water at a depth of about 12 1/2 ft. The Banyan tree having more twists and termite towards its Northen side,about 18 feet of water will be available in that place.
Along with 9 types of classification mentioned above, the author especially mentions the natural mineral water called Narikelajala (tender coconut). By drinking this water, the person gets the required mineral content like potassium, to the body instantaneously. The earth having the quartz and copper contents, the taste of water will be bitter, brown or white or blue colour which leads to hardness of water.
The pure quality of water mentioned above should be collected in vessels of copper, well washed three times before use. King should drink this water by using Gold vessels only. The common people can collect the water and use it from the earthen and copper vessels. The mouth of the container should be closed with white muslin cloth. Water should be collected before the sunrise and it should be filtered before storing.
In modern times the water quality is classified by its parameter contents like Ph, Electrical content, Mineral Contents, and Bacterial analysis etc., based on its utilities in Agriculture, Industries, etc.,
whereas in the ancient times, it was classified according to the source of origin.
Animal Sacrifice – More myths, less facts
As per Nighantu, Yajna has 15 meanings.
यज्ञ:| वेन: | अध्वर: | मेघ: | विदथ: | नार्य: | सवनम् | होत्रा | इष्टि: | देवताता| मख: | विष्णु: | इन्दु: | प्रजापति: | धर्म इति यज्ञस्य |
In Sanskrit, all meaning-bundles like above, carry one thing in common i.e. Theme. They all represent similar theme in different situation, on different planes (आधिदैविक, आधि-भौतिक, आध्यात्मिक).
This post is about Animal sacrifice so we will consider word most nearest to meaning ‘Sacrifice’ and bypass other meanings.
इष्टि: – Sacrifice to fulfill others’ wish, fruits. पश्व इष्टि – wish for group’s, troop’s, community’s welfare and act upon fulfilling their wish. i.e Selfless work for society without society’s knowing about it.
वस्य इष्टि – seeking or desire for the better i.e.for welfare. When we understand this word on भौतिक plane, it means to engage self in such activities which can bear good living to mass. Sacrifice your wealth, your things for others. For physical and mental health of mass (Family, Neighborhood, Village, Nation), our seer-scientists (ऋषि) gave us some rituals called यज्ञ.
In यज्ञ, we sacrifice certain items whose resultant fire is potent enough to provide mental and physical health to mass within short time. Our topic is about Animal-sacrifice so we will not go in details and benefits of this ritual.
When the ritual is about physical and mental health of mass, it must employ such elements for sacrifice to sacred fire which can bring positive impact. चरक is indisputable authority in health science. Read what he says:
आदिकाले खलु यज्ञेषु पशवः समालभनीया बभूवुर्नालम्भाय प्रक्रियन्ते स्म । ततो दक्षयज्ञं प्रत्यवरकालं मनोः पुत्राणां नरिष्यन्नाभागेक्ष्वाकुनृगशर्यात्यादीनां क्रतुषु पशूनामेवाभ्यनुज्ञानात् पशवः प्रोक्षणमवापुः अतश्च प्रत्यवरकालं पृषध्रेण दीर्घसत्रेण यजता पशूनामलाभाद्गवामालम्भः प्रवर्तितः तं दृष्ट्वा प्रव्यथिता भूतगणाः तेषां चोपयोगादुपाकृतानां गवां गौरवादौष्ण्यादसात्म्यत्वादशस्तोपयोगाच्चोपहताग्नीनामुपहतमनसां चातीसारः पूर्वमुत्पन्नः पृषध्रयज्ञे| (चरक -चिकित्सास्थान -एकोनविंशोऽध्यायः-४)
Charak says, originally Animals were brought to place of sacrifice to receive best benefits (Their presence was solicited as they were part of local universe/environ) and not sacrifice them in the ritual. Later, people started ignoring their (Animals) presence and its impact on ritual fruits, and started killing cows in name of sacrifice. Due to these killings, other animals in surroundings go haywire. Panic all over. As a result, अतिसार type indigestion illness spread in society.
This is very common agony among activists.
“How do I change other people’s behaviors? I know what they should be doing, but they are not doing it!”
“Is behavior really what you want to change? Don’t you want to make them understand first, their role in critical change their motherland seeks? Change their value systems, and their narrow self-centered beliefs, no? Their mindsets, no?
If you change their mindsets, people will behave differently and this may well lead to behaviors you had not expected but that could be even better than what you were hoping for…
Change their mindsets. Pinch hard to reach commoners heart, the linchpin way.”
*Linchpin : A pin passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position, to keep Dharma wheel of Bharat in position.
Those who don’t spare single chance to spit venom against culture of this land, under media influence, must read the Ramayana first.
The vices we see in society and label it as typical Indian society, is not because of foundation of dharma-based education! It is damn modern education!
Show me one single individual, passed through तपोवन शिक्षण process and having biased mindset about women!
Read this single gem from Ramayana and get rid of false notion about your own roots!
It is not just a movie Bahubali where Rajamata was shown ruling the state! It was alive in all families where Ramayana was recited! Females were always respected as ruler of the home!
आत्मा हि दारास्सर्वेषां दारसङ्ग्रहवर्तिनाम्।
आत्मेयमिति रामस्य पालयिष्यति मेदिनीम्।।2.37.24।।
This shloka told by the great Vasishtha maharshi Himself, is a priceless gem. “In Indian culture, there is no difference between a husband and wife. Hence, may Seeta rule this kingdom in place of Raama, who is leaving for the forests”.
In this series, we will talk about ideal and achievable aspects of Education, that are missing in present education.
I talked about infrastructure, I meant the luxury that parents and kid seek from school once they pay 1 lakh per year.
सुखार्थी त्यजते विद्यां विद्यार्थी त्यजते सुखम् ।
सुखार्थिन: कुतो विद्या कुतो विद्यार्थिन: सुखम् ॥
जो व्यक्ति सुख के पिछे भागता है उसे ज्ञान नही मिलेगा ।
तथा जिसे ज्ञान प्राप्त करना है वह व्यक्ति सुख का त्याग करता है ।
सुख के पिछे भागनेवाले को विद्या कैसे प्राप्त होगी ? तथा जिसको विद्या प्राप्त करनी है उसे सुख कैसे मिलेगा?
तपोवन = विद्यासे तप्त होने, वन आवश्यक है
A newly wedded friend asked me:
“What a would-be father should take care? There are ample guidelines for would-be mothers but hardly anything discussed about father’s regime.”
He is right. As a society, we focus more on mother as our superficial grooming by popular narratives teach that..father’s job is over at conception. This is utterly shallow.
Father’s job starts very early, along with mother, when they decide to have baby. There are several aspects. From food to sleep, many prescriptions. But there is hardly anything talked about environment and surroundings.
In past, we talked about post-pregnancy impact of Environment here:
Here is the research that talks about impact of home environment full of chemicals on male fertility. Infertility is extreme but safe for future of humanity as there is full stop. But faulty and weal fertility with mutations – that is my concern. Our environment, especially, urban environment, plays devil’s role.
Chemical pollutants in the home degrade fertility in both men and dogs, study finds
New research by scientists at the University of Nottingham suggests that environmental contaminants found in the home and diet have the same adverse effects on male fertility in both humans and in domestic dogs.
There has been increasing concern over declining human male fertility in recent decades with studies showing a 50% global reduction in sperm quality in the past 80 years. A previous study by the Nottingham experts showed that sperm quality in domestic dogs has also sharply declined, raising the question of whether modern day chemicals in the home environment could be at least partly to blame.
In a new paper published in Scientific Reports, the Nottingham team set out to test the effects of two specific man-made chemicals namely the common plasticizer DEHP, widely abundant in the home (e.g. carpets, flooring, upholstery, clothes, wires, toys) and the persistent industrial chemical polychlorinated biphenyl 153, which although banned globally, remains widely detectable in the environment including food.
We also checked in below research that, father’s genes play role in motherhood intensity!
In short, father’s role is as important as mother’s role is!
Shri Krishna’s prescription (Mahabharata – अनुशासन पर्व)
What is the solution then?
There are two things prescribed by Shri Krishna in Mahabharata.
- तप/साधना – Penance
- अरण्य निर्वाह (Stay in forest or natural surroundings or visit to natural surrounding daily for tapa)
पर्व: अनुशासन पर्व – दान-धर्म पर्व
भीष्मजी की आज्ञासे, भगवान् श्री कृष्ण युधिष्ठिरसे महादेवजीके माहात्म्यकी कथामें उपमन्यु द्वारा महादेवजी स्तुति प्रार्थना , दर्शन, वरदान एवं स्वयंके दर्शन प्राप्तिका कथन| जाम्बवतीकी पुत्र इच्छा|
Upon Jambavati’s request, what did Shri Krishna did?
He went to Himalaya for Tapa at Upamanyu’s Ashram.
What was there at Ashram?
It was full of flora, fauna and animals! Natural music of water streams, birds and forest!
Vital hints. A would-be father must strive to live in such environment. IF not possible 24×7, weekly? Spend more and more time in nature while you start thinking about a progeny.
The second aspect of it is: Doing tapas in such natural environment.
What kind of Tapas?
- Strict Food regime
- Specific Hand and leg movements. If anything that comes close to this in my understanding, is internal Chinese martial art. Qigong.
Erle montaigue, my master of internal fighting/healing arts says:
However, if you are serious about gaining Internal Power, then you will have to at least go on a food and sex fast, not forever, but for a period of time, enough to allow your body and mind to become unclogged.
Even the humble 36 hour fast is far too drastic for most modern Westerner people who have been eating junk food most of their lives and the mind shock is just too great so they give up long before only 36 hours has been reached. They give excuses such as “I have to work and I need energy”, or “I feel really ill” etc. So, you do it when you do not have to work hard perhaps at the weekend. Even this short fast will have an effect upon your Inner Power, allowing for the beginning of your change to happen. The more you do your Taijiquan of course will also have an effect in that it will happen sooner, the longer you have been practicing.
I have personal experience with this kind of Internal Power and its gathering. I cannot begin to write about the ‘strange’ things that have happened just after a fast and even months after. Even when I go back to my normal eating routine (which is pretty bland anyway), the short fast keeps things happening for some time after. As I have always said, you must be doing a great form of Internal Martial Art, not some watered down version, flapping the arms in the breeze, dancing etc. And you must be in a state of complete balance when you perform your Taijiquan form for instance. And you cannot get that without one of the major original forms of Taijiquan, not some shortened version. If you have a good form of Taijiquan, one that will get your motor started as far as Internal Power is concerned, then once it is gathered, it’s just a matter of putting it into gear by investing in loss with a short 36 hour fast, only taking pure water from one evening to the morning of 36 hours later. You will feel ill and many weird things will happen in your mind. But once attained, the short fast will become a part of your life and will not be so difficult.
Understand Tapas as explained by Pt Shriram Sharma Acharya
Internal Power, real one, is Tapasya.
Now, to sum up entire note:
- Take care of environment selection. Spend more and more time with mother nature. More diverse nature. Full of variety of trees, plants, birds and animals.
- Regularize food intake. Do Ekadashi fasting at least. Rely on fresh raw food or freshly cooked food.
- Do body movements to regularize all five kosha(s).
Call it tapasya and pray Shiva for best progeny.
I can understand reductionist myopic view by non-Indians but can’t really digest educated Indian’s same materialistically restricted view about life.
Ask any educated youth and for them human birth is mere one night mistake! If there is no family and peer pressure, many of them will prefer to avoid marriage and procreation. If this is not the lowest state of society, what else could be?
On other hand, due to toxic food habits and stressful life, we have rampant infertility all around. If it is not infertility, deformities.
In the era of sperm donation banks, father’s role is reduced to mere seed-giver. This is so narrow and ignorant view!
Here is the interesting paper discussing father’s role in mother-child relation.
Maternal care boosted by paternal imprinting in mammals
A father’s genes are no longer thought to just provide a blueprint for the growth and development of their children, with research by Cardiff University finding that paternal genes affect the type of care a child receives before they are even born.
The placenta transports nutrients to the growing foetus during pregnancy and gives off hormonal signals in the mother’s bloodstream to establish and maintain a successful pregnancy. As well as being involved in nurturing the baby throughout the pregnancy, the placental signals are thought to be important for programming a mother’s behaviour, preparing them for their new role as a parent.
Professor Rosalind John, from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, said: “We have shown that the genes from the father, expressed in the placenta, can alter the hormonal signals to the mother, ultimately influencing how the mother will behave towards the baby after birth.
“We found that if the father’s gene causes an increase in these hormonal signals then the mother will spend more time caring for their offspring. But mothers exposed to lower levels of these signals will spend more time on housekeeping tasks.”
Changes in the mother’s priorities during gestation and after birth are critically important for the wellbeing of the new baby and their lifelong health. Women who do not undergo these changes may struggle to develop a maternal bond with their babies. Babies that do not receive high quality maternal care early in life are at higher risk of neurodevelopment disorders and more likely to develop mental health issues when they grow up.
“Our previous work has reported that a similar placental gene is linked to prenatal depression, and we are currently asking whether similar gene changes are associated with poor quality maternal care in the Grown in Wales Study,” added Professor John. “More work must be done to further our understanding in how this works in humans.”
When you see dead animals on the side of the road, are you tempted to stop for a snack?
Does the sight of a dead bird make you salivate?
Do you daydream about killing cows with your bare hands and eating them raw?
Then why ignorantly eating and consuming animals to satisfy taste buds? Why inviting unwanted karmic curse? Be more vigil about what you intake. Even vegetables and fruits – should be eaten by taking care of not harming plants and showing genuine reverence for them. At their(plants) mercy, we are alive.
Studies in western countries have shown that on average, vegetarians have smarter children, suffer significantly lower rates of chronic disease, obesity and dementia, and live longer than their meat-eating counterparts.
If we really are feeling pain of our society, including all poor and rich, shouldn’t we show them mirror and inspire to alter food habits and align them to local environment? Eat what mother nature is capable to grow in your surroundings.
”You must not use your God-given body for killing God’s creatures, whether they are human, animal or whatever.” (Yajur Veda 12.32.90)
If your fellow travellers are ignorant, it is not their fault; it is you who are at fault of not reaching out to them!
Senile Dementia and Meat Eating
Age concern for meat eaters as new study suggests links between meat-eating and senile dementia.
Meat-eaters may be more than twice as likely to develop senile dementia as their vegetarian counterparts, according to the findings of a study conducted at California’s Loma Linda University
Dementia is widely recognised as a major medical, social and economic problem in developed countries where the over 65s account for an increasingly high percentage of the population. In the UK, around 20 per cent of the total population are aged over 65. Some five to seven per cent of the over 65s are estimated to suffer moderate or severe dementia; while mild, early and borderline demented states affect 10 to 50 per cent.
Research has suggested a link between diet and dementia; and it is possible Alzheimer’s Disease and the similar Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT) may involve an infectious component which is spread by an infectious mechanism.
Researchers from the Department of Preventative Medicine at Loma Linda University investigated the relationship between >animal product consumption and evidence of dementia in two cohort substudies. The first involved 272 age and postal area matched Californian residents: 68 vegan, 68 lacto-ovo-vegetarian and 136 meat-eaters (described as ‘heavy’ meat-eaters, consuming meat more than four times weekly). The second substudy included 2,984 unmatched subjects residing within the Loma Linda area. All participants were enrolled in the Adventist Health Study.
In the matched substudy, it was found subjects who ate meat were more than twice as likely to become demented as their vegetarian counterparts. and this increased to three times as likely when past meat consumption was taken into account. No difference was observed between the lacto-ovo-vegetarians and vegans.
The unmatched substudy found no significant difference in the incidence of dementia in meat-eaters and vegetarians. It is suggested that this was due to the unmatched study being unable to detect the effects of ‘heavy’ meat consumption. this in turn suggests it is possible that there is minimal or no difference between the incidence of dementia in vegetarians and occasional meat-eaters (less than four times/week). Delayed onset of dementia in vegetarians was detectable in both substudies. In the unmatched substudy only one person who had been vegetarian for 30 years developed probable dementia before the age of 75, whereas nine meat-eaters did. A similar trend was observed in the matched substudy.
The hypothesis that animal-product consumption may be linked to senile dementia has previously been proposed by Alzheimer’s researchers. The findings from this preliminary study support their views and indicates further research is warranted.
Giem, P. et al (1993) The incidence of dementia and intake of animal products: preliminary findings from the Adventist Health Study.
Neuroepidemiology v. 11 p.28-36