In this world of darkness…

In this world of darkness it is only the light that illuminates and the darker the night the brighter the stars. It is only the darkness that allows one to see light as the light by itself is blinding.

 

What is happiness? It is only temporary sensation based only in perception. It is part of duality. It is dual as all of the emotions are of mental construct. They are all modifications of the mind, mental images that exist in the mind. If there was a light bulb in a tank of water, if the water is made to be moved, it will make all sorts of patterns from the light that would be changing constantly. Is the light bulb changed? No, it remains the same, it is only the water that is creating the perceived changing of the patterns and what is seen. Does the light go out? No, it remains the same light only the movement of the water creates any perceivable change in the luminosity of the light. What happens if the water comes to stillness? The light illuminates clearly without refraction or modification. This is the emotions. They are changeable, moveable. The mind is known to be kshipta or constantly distracted or all over the place. It is just one of the five states of mind (from yogasutra 1.1 commentary by Vyasa). It takes a sadhana to move from this state of mind.

The modifications of the mind are of 5 different kinds, some of them neutral or painful. There are neutral modifications which evoke no painful reaction like if you were to be walking down a trail and have a rock come into your perception, it would most likely evoke no response in your consciousness. (There are those of us out there that give everything meaning and make perceptions evoke emotions, think about it… this is all just lower mind stuff) This is seen as neutral because of its non-evoking quality. Then there are the others, all qualified as painful modifications. The obvious ones are of some horrific sight where the mind qualifies the scenario and a response is evoked. This is where it gets tricky though. Those pleasant responses are also of the painful type. It is only our ignorance, our darkness that veils what lies beneath the response of happiness of joy.

In real yoga, the faculty of discrimination or viveka is developed and we are not blinded by the illusions of the lower life that makes us perceive pleasure in our experiences. It is our ignorance that makes us run after our desires of being happy or fulfilled by experiences. If someone actually has any sort of real yoga life or knowledge this is one of the first things that is developed. If our inner eye is developed we see that all these pleasurable experiences are nothing more than painful ones. Pain does not need to be active to exist in the experience. all of these painful experiences fall into a category called kleshas. Raga and dvesha, repulsion and attraction. Either of these will end in pain. There is a saying in india about money. When you don’t have it you need and want it, when you have it you need to guard it and due to the expense of what material it brings into your life, you want and need more.

Experiences are of two types, inner and outer. The outer is had through the direct contact of the senses with the outer world of objects. The inner are those which have no contact with the outer world through senses but are formed in the lower mind using sensuous perception that come from information of past, that has been stored and are reproduced either correctly or incorrectly but both are of sensuous contact with the sense organs previously.

Yoga only starts with the control and suppression of the lowest kind of modifications. This is determined only of the level of the consciousness of the individual’s development as the question would be asked how would you be able to suppress what you don’t have understanding of or consciousness of? It is useless to try to work with any modifications of the higher levels as those are dealt with only in samadhi.

Pratyahara is one of the main steps of yoga. The direction of the senses inward. you can see clearly why this is so important now. It is through the sense organs that we create all the modifications and responses in the busy mind. They all are painful if they evoke any response. Happiness and the over zealous drive for it in this time we are in, is it really all it is cracked up to be? Maybe there is more. Something beyond.

It is only a hungry man that needs food. It is only a thirsty man that needs water, and it is only an unhappy person that needs happiness.

In the same vain, you only have the attention to something do to the lack of it. This is duality. If you have the realization you are lonely, you desire to be around someone else. It is only because of the fact that one is lonely that they need to be around another person. In the stillness, the contentment, in the present moment, there is no need because there is no loneliness or unhappiness.

When someone is not in Self, they are splintered, in pieces. That lack of being whole or in Self creates that lack or attention to a lack. There’s never any fulfilling this lack as it is based only in those attraction and aversions and will only bring more pain of separation.

This is not only yoga but you find this in pretty much all philosophies of India. Aham Brahma-asmi or “I am brahman” is one of the great sentences. Aham is the witness-consciousness. Anything witnessed is by implication grosser than the witnessed. The witness is by implication the most subtle. It is concerning the self being realized. It is saying that I am not the ego, I am more than that. I am not the mind. It is beyond the identification of ego to anything but the realization that the Self is actually “Brahman” the unmanifest, god.

Happiness now looks pretty pitiful, huh? What about the plight of running after that happiness (what is one really running from?), looks never ending and never attainable now as it is just a perception that will only bring it’s opposite when the lack of wholeness is realized. What a downer that is gonna be.

Aananda is translated to bliss. Ananda, funny enough means no bliss or lack of. Next time you see that written in some Western yoga article you will forever be in a state of shagrin at their ignorance. Bliss itself is a big tricky character in today’s world. It is attached to sales to by products that are supposed to bring you joy and happiness. We have ignorantly thought bliss to mean happiness when it is actually that state where the water is still in that tank with that light bulb. It lacks happiness. but don’t worry, it also lacks unhappiness. They both do not exist in that state. What is left is utter bliss. Problem with all of this is that has to be realized. Faking does not make it here. Infact, it bring in more ignorance. This is why there has been this wisdom handed down in a complete form in what IS actually real yoga as well as the other living philosophies/sciences of Maha Bharata….. Great India.

 

 

 

Budhi

Budhyate anena iti budhi. The phenomenon of the intellect in which knowledge is gained.

It is a evolutionary principle in the manifestation from the primordial infinity. Matter is originating from the infinite pool of primordial energy of the unmanifest. Different different combinations and mutations of the derivatives give rise to different different basic elements for an organism. Budhi becomes the link between pure self and object.

The Budhi in perception is of two types; from memory and from senses and logics. When the faculties of Budhi are examined, we see all the higher mental functions of the human being are included in it. By the study of these factors, one will also come to know the principles of the universe and its phenonomen. Neither self nor Budhi can independently be the subject in knowing. Knowledge is possible only by blending of both and mistaking of the two for a single subject. Non Discrimination between self and intellect remains the essential precondition of all individual experiences. Transcendence is the path to eliminate that error, it is the proper discrimination between self and intellect. Valid knowledge then is only possible when the self is capable of seeing itself as different from the intellect. A liberated individual is one who is aware of such discrimination and yet is qualified enough to attain valid knowledge by transcending such discrimination. Budhi is the decisive capacity. This capacity is only that of a personality in its baseline normalicy. The health of a person allows them to discriminate the beneficial and the non beneficial or the good and bad. It also allows the person to then decide what what to do and what not to do. These two functions of Dhi and Dhriti are the two faculties of Budhi. A person with good discrimination will be less prone to disease due to the lifestyle they live due to the choices they make every moment. (this states volumes about the Western culture) The physiology of the mind works by the senses grasping whatever information through prana to the mind. The mind does the collection and then the information has its final interpolation or criticism by the buddhi. This is the primary function at the level of the mind. The faculty of budhi later criticizes the perceptions for further development of ideas regarding the perception. Any imbalance of these faculty or the function of them is due to their misuse in either underuse, overuse or misuse them. This imbalance leads to disease. So that little bit of chocolate cake isn’t gonna hurt you, huh? It goes much further and much more subtle than the actual cake. 

 

 

What is it to be a teacher of anything from Indian or Vedic science

Today we are riddled with Yoga teachers who have all paid $3000 to $5000 to have a standard 200 hour course certification in what certifies them to become a teacher of yoga. This is also the case in the education of Vedic Astrology, Ayurveda, and pretty much everything in the Pseudo spiritual realm today in the Western world. There is also 500 hour courses in Yoga so I do not want to exclude that there are courses that actually have more hours. There are also courses that have less as well. So the first question is, what can actually be taught in 200 hours? Second, what is someone going to learn in 200 hours? Third, how in the world is someone going to teach something as vast as any of the Vedic sciences with only that amount of time studied. This puts the 500 hour trainings into the same small dust bin as well when you have any knowledge of what the depth of these sciences are. This, people, is what you have teaching your yoga classes. Truth. How is this at all acceptable? Why is it then that these people band together to make what they do seem like a valid field? This is not to bash them but more to say what is really going on out there. The BS is as thick as it gets and with this the actual knowledge is as thin as it gets.  

Below, I have included a portion of an article that was written in a Vedic Astrology magazine. I believe that this in itself explains the problem of what is the popular and biggest educational trend in the modern world. There are very very few yoga teachers that have done any study with a real guru in the classic texts. There are some who have gone to India and done asana practices with big name teachers, and the rest (most) are left with going around to classes and using what other teachers have taught to fill their hour to hour and a half class with exercise never actually knowing much of anything of what yoga is, yet standing firm on the fact that they do and then writing articles on the popular ezines on the net. You find this huge lack of integrity much less in the Vedic Astrology world because it is not as easy to just BS your way thru things but it is growing there as well. It is probably more vast as yoga or ayurveda in its complexity and detail.  

 

“This is the toughest part where you come in. It is easy to blame that manuscripts are hidden or in libraries and sanskrit scholars are so egotistical that it is difficult to get any work done out of them. But still few Sanskrit scholars have translated some works and are we studying things the way shastra is to be studied? Let us see how shastra was taught not so long ago by an example. Shri Paresh Desai one of our esteemed writer comes from a Parampara, his father was the legendary Ravindra Desai, family astrologer of the biggest industrialist in India at that time, owner of Mafatlal Company. Mr Ravindra Desai learnt astrology from Gurukul in his home town in Gujarat and then from Banaras. First he was asked to mug up 15 classics and only after that the Guru started teaching the students wherein the Guru would give reference on these classics e.g. references on Adhi Yoga from all the classics that they had mugged up and then taught what works and what does not with the logic behind the yoga. So both mugging and understanding the classics and also experience of the Guru came to be learnt. Then you would go deeper into each classic say for e.g. Brihat Jataka and you would be asked to read all the 40 commentaries on it and then you would be asked to think on each verse to grasp its meaning and then test it practically. For e.g. the most revered astrologer Suryanarayan Vyas of Ujjain whom Dr Raman used to regularly consult when he wanted the charts of Nehru family members always used to say that Laghu Parasari is the Gita of Astrology/Bible of Astrology. This work of 40 verses looks easy but if you go Real Deep you would find it extremely confusing. But you would surely realize that the whole of practicing astrology is in Laghu Parashari hence every scholar has attempted to write a commentary on it. In recent times a close friend who is from Gujarat, India known for his stunning predictions has done some original work on Laghu Parashari but still it is a short coming and is not well explained in his work due to lack in command of English language. What is needed today is clarity in thoughts of writers, to explain classical verses in a precise and clear cut language.  

 

…Then the process of learning goes to experience, after you have studied all the 40 sub commentaries on Laghu Parashari or such ancient works is the process of hunting down experts all over India who have practiced those techniques mentioned in those verses for minimum 20 years. The Last Book of Astrology insists on 18 years. Why 18 years we don’t know? Earlier we tried to do Fit-o-logy that every student of astrology does by bringing in some mystic element to each statement or event of one’s life and thought that 18 is near the cycle of Saturn (19 year dasa) but that is one’s own thinking. The thing is Mentor having spent decades travelling all over India and burning huge amounts of wealth realized with experience that unless one learns a method from an astrologer who has practiced ‘Professionally’ that technique for 18-20 years it is no use learning and adding confusion to one’s mind. He is obstinate about this part and won’t budge having burnt his bridges many times earlier. The advantage that he gained was he would know who in which village of India is an expert in Yogini Dasa, who is on Kalachakra Dasa, who in Bhrighu Astrology and who in Padanathamsa Dasa, who in Chara Dasa and so on. Who is good in longevity, who in marriage timing, who knows nakshatra well and so on. Trust us, this experience in each technique/subject/text is to be gained ‘Directly’ sitting for days/years in front of each teacher and not from that teacher’s article. In an article not even 20% of the technique comes out – this is the hidden truth that nobody tells you nor did anyone tell us until we experienced. The problem is people are giving lectures and writing articles on a technique of astrology without spending 18 years in that technique. Ideally one must not write a single article before he has spent 30-35 years in astrology studies…. …Most in modern India learn from books of modern authors and somewhere down the line most knowledge is not passed on from available classics to the books of the modern authors. This is a huge problem and after 3-5 years of the study one realizes that one should read only classics. after reading one or two classics the student who’s Saturn might not be strong will go back to modern authors or search for Gurus on the net or classes or courses for easy learning. Unfortunately there is no easy way out and you must develop a habit of revisiting those classics every year, reading them again and again otherwise the mistakes in ones learning that has happened in the last 100 years of astrological magazines and books will happen to you and who will suffer your clients and your bad karma will only increase, your remedies on yourself will not work. Coupled with this the need of the hour is to bring more classics in English including tooth-combing each classic as we read, otherwise one’s whole life will be a waste by not understanding the most basic fundamentals of astrology….  

 

…What is important is for us to admit that we don’t think so in our lifetime we would be able to make such kinds of predictions; their knowledge is lost, not documented in books, not encouraged by publishers and organisations that existed even then due to politics. This knowledge still existed it seems just a few decades back but how can today’s Paramparas (traditions) who claim to be 800 years old and having the experience of 800 years cannot make such predictions. People like Panditji never bothered to set up shop outside their house or create a website, they lead simple lives and did not indulge into marketing and PR, their predictions spoke about their knowledge. Just of the cup, Mr Saxena is the father of modern author Shanker Adewal who has written many books published by Sagar Publications. But then astrology is so vast that it is not possible for any father to dish out his complete knowledge and experience to his own son even if willing within a lifetime…”  

 

18 YEARS or bad karma…..  

 

Today’s new age spiritual revolution is nothing more than taking short term workshop after workshop and certification course after certification course from random people with who knows what real authorization to teach. Just because they have a name means nothing. More so, most are new ways of the western marketing and creative ways or new styles and systems. It truly adds up to no more than doing an online course in brain surgery thru Phoenix University. This is the way that education has gone in the entire United States and also most 1st world countries around the world unfortunately. In Petaluma, California there is a place that was giving a 6 week certification that gave the participant a certification in Ayurveda as well as Panchakarma. Many people I know have studied two weeks with a “Shaman” and because he certified them, they now are shamans too. I know people just want to help and it is getting crazy out there but don’t you see the darkness in all of this? parading as light?    It has also become a mainstream cliche’ to say “you are your own guru.” From the basic understanding of the fundamentals of ALL vedic knowledge there has to be a teacher of knowledge that has walked the path with experience, there are teacher qualifications along with qualities and teaching abilities. These qualities of a teacher are dealt in detail by Charaka in Vimana section. The teaching and learning in between teacher and disciple has peculiar angle. These angles are studied in multidimensional methods instead of Western models of vertical or horizontal.

 

The first instance of the knowledge transfer is said as “Brahma Smrutva”, which means the Brahma recollected. The knowledge known is recollected but not the unknown. How come it is possible? The former is the knowledge learns knowledge in single dimension. The later explanation is from present day science states that the genes are imprints of the past and recollects the entire saga of the human. Only what is to be done is decoding from the genetic junk. The second dimension lies with two, i.e. learners and teacher. There after the object comes in third dimension of knowledge. Fourth dimension is always the time. The time bound to role always and understanding the time replay (which is not possible) is possible in forth dimension. Very few may be able to demonstrate this in a plank second. The recollection becomes personalized so it may not be a dimension if knowledge. If we consider with in frame – it can be a personalized first dimension. The models of learning are either vertical or horizontal. Surface knowledge or wide application in different faculties is learned in horizontal knowledge. On the other hand the knowledge of an individual topic or object perceived with vertical knowledge. To understand how a herb acts in different disease is vertical and the use of herb in different areas like as food, as fuel, as medicine, or in spiritual, etc. goes as horizontal knowledge.
A person who teaches or instructs, especially as a profession called as instructor in terms of teacher. According to the present day, a teacher who follows a text book should be a comprehensive text designed to focus on skills that employers (knowledge managers) demand in today’s workplace; i.e. thinking, listening, composing, revising, and editing.
Adau Gurvasrayam… Adau gurvasrayam: “To enter into the spiritual life, first thing is first of all to accept a guru.”
A human life should be engaged inquiring about the Absolute Truth, and he should inquire from a person who, who has heard about the Absolute Truth from a realized person. Therefore it is called sruti, parampara, disciplic succession. One just like Vyasadeva is hearing from Narada. Narada is authorized. He has heard from Brahma. Brahma has heard from Krsna. So this is the parampara system, disciplic succession. We should hear from the sampradaya-acarya by disciplic succession. As Krsna recommends in this Bhagavad-gita: evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh [Bg. 4.2]. The Bhagavad-gita is one of the main texts of Yoga.
Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum eva abhigacchet [MU 1.2.12]. You… To understand the Vedas, you must approach a guru. Otherwise, you cannot understand. Just like it is forbidden that without becoming a brahman, nobody should read Vedas. Because he cannot understand unless one is qualified brahman, unless one has approached another qualified brahman who knows, there is no question of understanding Vedas. Just like Max Muller translated Veda. What does he know about Veda? All such kinds of translation, understanding, is useless. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum eva abhigacchet (MU 1.2.12). Abhigacchet means “He must!” There is not that “I may go or I may not.” No, you must. If you really serious in in Vedic knowledge or Vedic sciences, you need a real parampara.
Saying you are your own guru is a huge western arrogance much akin to saying you are god. Without a teacher you would have been able to count to ten, much less know what ten is.
Learning from real guru from a real lineage will give someone a vast knowledge of an experience of the knowledge as all of the vedic vidyas are experiential if not more than they are physical. The course of long term study give a relationship to something steeped in tradition. This tradition is not just entwined in myths but with the depth of knowledge it gives, it unwraps what the ordinary person would not be able to see as anything other than nonsense. Most of the knowledge lays between the lines of the ancient texts. They do not read like a Western text book as much as the teachings of them are in any linear fashion the modern mind understands. The parampara, gives you the key into this world.
So who is teaching yoga today? Is it found in the trendy sweat shops called trendy names linked to yoga? Really? Really? What is it to be a teacher? Are our qualified teachers qualified by anything other than a money making certification giving business? Just some questions to think about. What is it that you are really getting? What is it to be a teacher, a vaidya, an acharya? Where is the integrity in saying you are a teacher of something that has the depth of the cosmos with only a short course certification that fit into the weekends, not to disturb your schedule?
If you have any doubts, read the Kathopanisad http://www.imperience.org/Books/kcv8chap_22.pdf
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April 14th Lunar Eclipse in Virgo, the Blood Moon with Mars Retrograde

The Sun is Atma. It is the nourisher. The giver of all life. It is Purusha. It is the most obvious thing in the sky. It is what give all light and illumination to our universe. It is the lord of the day. It is a ball of burning-exploding gas, burning the karma of all the universe. The Moon is the Jivatma or the individual self. The mind and the emotions, the illusory self. It has no light of its own but reflects the light of the Sun, the Soul. It is the lord of the night. Eclipses indicate an interruption of the energy of these luminaries and hence are deemed as important events for life on Earth. The effect of an eclipse on each individual is different and depends on their particular position or placement of luminaries at the time of birth. It does not have the same results for everyone as many generalized and superficial systems give out. This is calculated accurately by Sanskrit-based Jyotisha which correctly astronomically maps the coordinates of the heavenly bodies of the solar system at the time of birth using the Vedic soli-lunar calendar. Typically the effects last for six months if the eclipse is of particular significance to an individual, whereas it can last for a year if relevant to a country. If and how an eclipse affects an individual is a specific and detailed calculation and is in itself a vast, vast subject.

 Whereas eclipses and their effects have been feared by most traditions and cultures, meditators patiently wait for such moments to come forth. This is because the depth and power of meditation increases manifold during an eclipse. While it is not recommended, by all Sanskrit literature, to be out and about undertaking worldly chores or exercise (yoga class) during an eclipse or running around outside trying to see it, such an event brings an excellent opportunity for enhancing one’s spiritual practice. Regular and persistent practice of meditation can be made to culminate in a new level or the attainment of a special result, a siddhi, from an eclipse. From this perspective, a total eclipse is a greater opportunity to excel in meditation, while a partial eclipse is somewhat less of an opportunity but nevertheless still not worth missing.

 In North America, this total lunar eclipse on Monday night has a penumbral period of just over five and a half hours and an umbral period of about three and a half hours. In all, there are four phases depicted by five time junctures (see first weblink). The central time period of the total eclipse lasts an hour and a half (about 90 minutes) and is the most auspicious! For example, in the Pacific Time zone in the USA, the penumbral portion starts roughly at about 10pm on 14th April and ends at about 3:30am on the morning of the 15th. The more important umbral eclipse lasts from about 11pm on the night of the 14th until about 2:30am Pacific Time. The most important total eclipse phase starts at just past midnight until 1:24am with the peak eclipse in the middle of these times. Such details can be deciphered from NASA website. Remarkably, on the same night Mars (which is currently retrograde with respect to Earth) will be closer to Earth than it has been in several years. This full moon of 14th/15th April is also known as the blood moon because it will turn sunset red like the red planet itself.

For a meditator to gain the maximum benefit, Sanskrit literature and tradition states to fast for 12 hours before of the penumbral start time for a solar eclipse and fasting 9 hours in the case of a lunar eclipse. This is, of course, difficult if not impossible to practise with the modern lifestyle besides the denial of any importance given to it, especially on a work-night. However, some of the other aspects of preparing for an eclipse could perhaps be done, such as fasting during the entire penumbral period (which includes the umbral portion) and even abstaining from drinking water during the eclipse. One can drink just enough water ahead of time so that the spiritual practices during the eclipse are not interrupted. 

It is traditional among those who follow the eclipse routine to take a wash (a shower) right at the onset of the penumbral entry and then take another shower at the end of the umbral period before the end of the penumbral period. The two showers are associated with two changes of fresh clothes. Sleeping after the second shower would be a normal routine. Similarly, breaking the fast after the shower is also okay.  

The meditation (with eyes closed!) is better practised without directly watching the eclipse. Pregnant moms are strongly advised to stay indoors and avoid catching a glimpse of the eclipse or going outside during the hours of the eclipse. This upcoming lunar eclipse allows for an indoor meditation lasting about three and a half hours coinciding with the umbral period. Out of this period, the 90 minutes in the middle are the most important and intensive. Therefore for those planning to meditate during the eclipse or preparing to intensify their existing meditative introspection, please plan your practise to maximize the overlap with the period of the total eclipse (the central hour and a half of the umbral portion). One might need to extend the meditation time by repeating one’s usual meditation practice a number of times. In that case, repeating a sequence an odd number of times (such as thrice) is better than an even number. However, the depth and quality is more important than mere repetitions.  

 

In Pacific Standard Time:

Shower at 10pm
Put on fresh clothing, preferably white
Start total fast at 1 PM, no water as well.
Mandatory meditation from 11:30pm to 1:30am, best to be in deep meditation already by 11:30pm
Shower again after 2:30am, before 3:30am
Put on fresh clothing
Break fast if needed
Sleep

Cow Dung uses and used for centuries.

The cow dung is utilized for fields, plants as fertilizer. The cow dung is used for gas plants. The cow-dung is an efficacious disinfectant and often used as fuel in lieu of firewood in India. Cow Dung is antiseptic. Not only is it free from bacteria, it does a good job of killing it. Dried dung is odorless, and produces a slow, even heat. Additionally, smoke from a dung fire keeps flies away and acts as a mosquito repellent. If packed on the outside walls of a house, cow dung acts as an insulator, keeping heat out in the summer and holding it inside in winter.

 

“NEW DELHI // Their dung blocks nuclear radiation, their milk makes children more obedient, touching them can lower blood pressure – just three reasons given for the introduction in Madhya Pradesh of the toughest penalties in India to protect the cow.” – The National

 

 

Indian scriptures tell us that the cow is a gift of the gods to the human race. It is a celestial being born of the churning of the cosmic ocean. Guias the cow is called in Hindi, is symbolic of Earth itself (similar to Gaia,the Greek goddess of earth). It follows that the cow represents the Divine Mother that sustains all human beings and brings them up as her very own offspring. Much as a mother shows the highest mark of affection for her young, the passion of the cow for her calf is just as legendary and often referred to in Indian literature.

The ancient texts describe how the gods run to the assistance of a devotee like a cow hastening to feed her calf. The cow is even more than a mother in the sense that it fulfills all the needs of her children as well. It is in this conception that the cow is understood as Kamadhenu.

In Hindu belief, One should never show disrespect for cows in any way nor should one feel any repugnance towards the urine and dung of a cow because these things are also pure. When cows are grazing or laying down relaxing one should never disturb or annoy them in any way. Cows should never be killed in any type of sacrifice or slaughtered in any way for food as the killing of cows constitutes the most heinous of all sins in existence.

 

 

Panchagavya

Cow Urine has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. http://jpsionline.com/admin/php/uploads/198_pdf.pdf

According to Sushruta Samhita, Cow urine is bitter, pungent, hot, easily digestible, strengthens the brain, cure cough. It is destroyer of colic, stomach pain, constipation, itching pain, eczema, and mouth diseases. It destroys Vitiligo, Leucoderma, leprosy, basti rog. It cures eye diseases. It cures Amebiasis, dysentery, diarrhoea, all problems due to gas, cough, swelling, stomach diseases, is antibiotic, jaundice, spleen enlargement, ear diseases, asthma, constipation, anemia are fully cured. Amongst all urines, cow urine has maximum qualities. Thus, only cow urine should be used.

Aryabhishaka states Cow urine is Tura, bitter, pungent, salty, hot, digestive, stimulates appetite, laxative, increases bile, little sweet, helps motion, uproots faults in the body. It cures cough, Leprosy, colic, stomach diseases, anaemia, Leucoderma, Vitiligo, pains, piles, eczema, asthma, digestive track toxins, fever, constipation, inflammation, mouth diseases, skin diseases, female diseases, dysentery and mutravrodha.

Bhavaprakasha states, Qualities of Cow urine are hot, pungent, salty, bitter, with a salty lesser rasa, it increases appetite, helps in growth of fine brain tissues, reduces mucous and air, increase bile. It cures stomach ache, gas problems, other stomach diseases, eczema, eye diseases, and all mouth diseases. It cures Leucoderma, Vitiligo and Leprosy. It cures cough, breathlessness, jaundice, anaemia, dysentery, joint pains. It kills all harmful germs and bacteria. By drinking cow urine only cures all diseases. It is beneficial for Liver, swelling, inflammation, stomach diseases, constipation and piles. If put in the ear then it cures all ear diseases. It destroys urinary diseases, Increase in toxins, muscle disorders and many other diseases.

Panchagavya, an organic product has the potential to play the role of promoting growth and providing immunity in plant system. Panchagavya consists of five products viz. cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd (yogurt), and ghee. When suitably mixed and used, it has miraculous effects. Ancient Ayurvedic scriptures such as Bhela Samhita, Kashyapa Samhita, Charaka Samhita, Sushrutu Samhita, Gada Nigraha, Rasa Tantra Sara all speak highly about the divinity and significance of Panchagavya in human life. It is stated that consumption of Panchagavya results in removal of physical and mental disorders and is an enhancer of prana, physical strength, and life span. Regular consumption of panchagavya results in the removal of poisons from the body, healing of food addictions, cure from side effects of alcohol, tobacco, and atmospheric pollutants, and it strengthens the immune system.

 

 

The burning of cow dung as disinfectant is nothing new, because this procedure is a common custom in the Middle East still today. Even, in hospitals in some countries of Southern Europe, the cleansing of rooms by burning cow dung was well known. Cow dung contains a substance which has a disinfecting effect and reduces pathogenic bacteria. Many ancient cultures used cow dung in order to fight various illnesses. In many books about European folk medicine references to cow dung as a means of healing can be found.

Fields of application about the use of cowdung in folk medicine can be studied in “Vergleichende Volksmedizin“ (Comparative folk medicine), second volume, by Dr. Hovoraka and Dr. Kornfeld (Edition Strecker & Schröder, Stuttgart 1909):

“In case of diphtheria the patient is given cow urine to drink and he is put in wraps of cow urine and cowdung. Against wheezing and coughing as well as in cases of internal ulcers cowdung is mixed with fresh butter and this mixture, still warm, is put on the chest. In case of colic, furnace of intestine and other illness, and all complaints of abdomen that are accompanied by intense pain, the pressed out juice of cow droppings is given to the patient. In case of colic, furnace of intestine and other illness, and all complaints of abdomen that are accompanied by intense pain, the pressed out juice of cow droppings is given to the patient

 

 

Vedic scriptures know a further, very interesting quality of cowdung.

After the disaster of Tschernobyl, a group of scientists in Yugoslavia experimented with the Vedic fire technique, Agnihotra. They were able to confirm that after burning the required components in the copper pyramid radioactivity is reduced in the immediate vicinity.

 

 

Cow Urine and Cancer:

http://www.greenpharmacy.info/article.asp?issn=0973-8258;year=2010;volume=4;issue=1;spage=29;epage=35;aulast=Jain

 

 

Uses for Cow Dung:

Medicine - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/1485776/Cow-dung-becomes-a-cure-all-in-India.html and http://www.cowurine.com/research.html

Insect repellent - http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Cow-poop-repels-mosquitoes-224576671.html

Fertilizer -

Shampoo and facial products - http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-soaps-shampoos-from-cow-urine-1594589

Soap - http://worldcowgirl.wordpress.com/tag/hinduism/

Dish Cleaners - http://swadeshiproducts.in/Cow-Products/DISHWASHING-POWDER

Tooth powder - http://www.gomataseva.org/Danta-Manjanam-Tooth-Powder

Eco Concrete – makes a material like concrete but is cool in summer and maintains heat in winter http://inhabitat.com/one-brick-two-bricks-lets-use-poo-bricks/

Gasoline – 1.4 milliliters of gasoline is extracted from 100 grams of cow dung http://articles.latimes.com/2006/mar/04/science/sci-briefs4.7

Cancer cure – New Science Magazine reports dairy farmers are five times less likely than the general population to develop lung cancer.  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10489178

Electricity: - http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/08/29/harnessing-the-hidden-power-of-cow-manure/

Cow Dung Multi – Acre Biogas Project in Fresno California – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3334856/California-converting-cow-dung-into-biogas.html

Cow Dung Plan for Housing Energy in UK - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_east/7177652.stm

Cow Dung Biodigester – Ethiopia
-http://www.capetocape2012.com/2012/10/05/using-the-energy-of-cow-dung-to-produce-ethiopias-national-food/

Cow Dung Factory China - http://www.technologyreview.com/news/421771/chinese-project-puts-cow-dung-to-work/

Compressed Gopar Gas - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Proposal-to-generate-compressed-gobar-gas/articleshow/1466709793.cms

Batteries - http://tinpahar.com/article/242

Cow Dung Incense - http://www.careforcows.org/news/cow_dung_incense

Panchagavya Soap - http://www.handmadesoapsindia.com/panchagavya-soap.html

 

Dung available from one fully grown cow/ bull is around 5.4 tonnes per annum. Dry dung will be around 54. x 0.30 = 1620 kg per annum. This is equivalent to 712 kg of dry wood. This amount of wood comes from 6 large trees.

In Vedic culture there are 16 samskaras. These samskaras are meant to put a person in right state of consciousness or mind. In performing all the samskaras actually cow dung is required. So in absence of dung the vedic culture cannot exist.

Most of ayurvedic medicines are to be prepared on slowly burning cow dung cakes. Without using the dung cakes the medicines don’t get proper medical properties. Ayurveda cannot exist without cow dung and urine. If such medicines are made on fire coal or electricity, as most are today, then it is like running a gasoline vehicle on kerosene. It can’t work properly. It may work but not to the levels of which it would if the proper fuel was used. Similarly ayurvedic medicines need to be prepared in the proper manners to have proper effects. (see this article on ghee for a better understanding of this conundrum.. http://trueayurveda.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/real-ghee-real-qualities-real-effects/ )

For for hundreds of years mid wifes in Indian villages had been using cow dung fomentation on pregnant women, small babies, and postpartum women.

Cow dung has so many many uses that the modern world has not even come to understand.

 

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