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.
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 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
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.
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:
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
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
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.
An ancient system from Vedic antiquity which invokes the Sanskrit tradition of soli-lunar calendar calculation to determine the time of the new year and the timing of auspicious transitions. This calculation yields a dynamic calendar with several checkpoints for adjustments already built in. Modern astronomy confirms the validity and accuracy of this dynamic calendar. Nevertheless, with respect to our modern solar calendar, this soli-lunar dynamic time frame keeps on shifting and thus the new year start date varies based on the position of a particular new moon.
The soli-lunar new year begins this coming Monday on the day after the upcoming new moon. This transition is based on the rhythms of nature and cycles of time as they relate to the movement of heavenly bodies, including lunar asterisms and the zodiac. The synergy effects make it pertinent that we synchronize our affirmations and routines based on the cosmic time calendar given to us by the extant Sanskrit literature and its calculations. The soli-lunar calendar maps the diurnal rhythms with respect to luminaries and planets in deep space while the movement of these heavenly bodies retains a relationship with our breath. During one regular breath by a human being, the heavenly bodies move in space by one minute of arc, obviously related to the rotation of earth. Thus the affirmations made during these transitions of key space-time coordinates become more meaningful. The Sanskrit-based soli-lunar calendar is the daily prāna (life-force energy) calendar mapping the biorhythms and linking our breath with cosmic movements.