Rtu (seasonal regime) as per authentic Ayurvedic texts

Did you know what is happening in the environment is more important than the individual? This is another reason why the Western ayurveda’s Vata, Pitta, and Kapha diet plans are bogus. If a Kapha person was to follow a Anti Kapha diet all year around they will destroy their immune system and the strength of their body by not eating kapha building foods in wintertime. Understanding that the Western Ayurveda’s focus is a very self absorbed look at simplified Ayurveda states volumes. Below is the Seasonal regime as per the main texts of Ayurveda. Notice in absolutely none of them does it state that Vata is high in the winter and that pitta is high in the summer. By understanding what is written below one can only then take this template and apply it to the environment in which they live. in my experience, the seasons are atmospheric and affect everything on that level while local environments are only affecting from a baseline of the higher atmospheric environment first.

Even in Albuquerque, New Mexico when i was in school at the AI, I experienced vata high in the summer and diseases of vata being predominant then. never once did i see any Pitta problems with people around me unless they already had major pitta problems. Only come September did pitta diseases raise their heads proving that even New Mexico follows the same seasonal template as stated by all three of the main texts of Ayurveda.

Rtucharya (Seasonal Regime)

Hemanta and Shishira Ritu Charya
ASTANGA SANGRAHA CHARAKA SAMHITA SUSHRUTA SAMHITA
HEMANTA RITU
8.    The sun and the wind which is mixed with smoke, dust particles, dew, forms a turbid layer in all directions.
2. The cool air of the nature causes romaharsha(horripilation).
3. Trees like lodhra, priyangu, punnaga, lavalee appears beautiful with flowers.
4. The fish are concealed inside the rivers which are covered with a layer of snow on the top.
5. The water in the well and river are warm to touch.
6. The animals like elephant, goat, buffalo, horse, pig and birds like crow etc become arrogant or wild.
 

Regimen:-

 
1. Because of nature’s cold air the body heat gets collected inside the jathara(stomach) and increases the agni(digestive fire). So one should eat naturally guru(heavy),  brimhana(nourishing) foods and drinks. If these types of foods are not consumed  the strong agni starts burning the dhatus and causes dhatu kshaya. Due to the dhaatu kshaya and coldness of the  nature the wind gets aggravated(vata prakopa). 1. Due to the contact with external cold wind the body heat goes inside and increases the jatharagni(digestive fire) which becomes capable of digesting guru(heavy) food in terms of guna(quality) and maatra(quantity). If the required food is not supplied it starts digesting the dhaatus and causes vata prakopa. This aggravated wind when combines with coldness of nature gets aggravated further. 1. In hemantha ritu the wind is in aggravated condition due to the cold, dry and mild sun rays. Due to effect of the cold the jatharagni(digestive fire) in the koshta attains a pindeekrita form(attains  form of a ball) and goes further inside. And causes rasadi shoshana(dries up the rasa etc dhatus). So to prevent the vata prakopa one should take snigdha(unctuous) food.
2. Snigdha(unctuous), madhura(sweet), amla(sour), lavana(salt) tasting foods should be consumed by the individuals. 2. One should take food which consists of  snigdha(unctuous), amla(sour), lavana(salt) taste. 2. Should take lavana, kshaara(alkaline), thikta, amla, katu, ahima(warm) foods and drinks. Sarpi(ghee), thaila(oil) should be taken plenty.

Teekshna(strong) drinks can be taken.

3. Meat soup of the meat of vileshaya(animals living in the burrows), prasaha(birds), audaka(animals living in water), aanupa(animals of marshy land) should be consumed plenty. 3.Meat soup  of meats of aquatic animals, marshy animals, bileshaya(animals living in burrows), prasaha(birds) and meat of the animals which have more fat should be taken. 3. Shaaka(vegetables), dadhi(curd), ikshu vikruti, new and flavoured shaali, soup of the meat of prasaha, aanupa, kravyaada, vileshaya, audaka animals processesed with madhura, thikta, katu, amla, lavana taste, tila, masha  should be consumed
4.Foods prepared with guda(jagary) and flour(pistha) should be taken along with madya(alcohol), masha(black gram), ikshu vikriti(various preparations of sugarcane), ksheera vikriti(various preparations of milk), vasa, thaila(oil), navaodana(new grains). 4. Madira(alcohol), seedhu(spirit distilled from molasses or rum) can be taken along with honey as anupana.Ksheera vikruti(various preparations of milk), ikshu vikruti(various preparations of sugarcane), vasa(fat), thaila(oil), navaodana(new rice) are taken internally. 4.  Madya(alcohol) and prasanna (spirituous liquior)can be consumed.  Food and drink that is baladayaka(nourishing) should be consumed by the persons who desire a good nourishment(pushti) of their body.
5. One should undergo vyayama(exercise), udwartana(powder massage), abhyanga(oil application the body), swedana(sudation), dhoomapana(medicated smoke inhalation), anjana(collerium) and aatapa(exposure to sun rays). 5.One should practice abhyanga(oil applications), utsadana(cleaning the body with perfumes ), moordhni thaila (oil application on the head), jhentaka sweda(inducing perspiration in a heated chamber) and aatapa(exposure to sunrays). 5. Should apply oil on the body and do avagaha(tub bath)  in lukewarm water.
6. Luke warm water should be used for the shucha(personal cleanliness). 6. Should use warm water for washing.
7. One should sleep in the room which is built under the ground with a fire place. 7. Should live and sleep in bhoomigraha(a under ground room)or garbha gruha(an inner room of a house).

Travel in a vehicle which is closed in all four sides.

6. Should sleep in an inner room of the house.

The sleeping room and the vehicle should have  the heated charcoal to keep the surrounding warm.

8. The mattress should be made up of kutha(kusha grass), kambala(wool). 8. Should cover the body properly with a pravara(a cloak or an upper garment) which is made up of kusha grass, silk, wool. The same should be used to cover the mattress and the seat cussions. 7. Silk cloths should be used to spread on the mattress as well as to cover the body.
9. Before sleeping one should apply the paste of kumkuma or agaru on the body and should wear light and warm clothes which are dried in the dhoopa(sun). While sleeping one can hug a well nourished woman. 9. Should smear thick layer of  agaru paste on the body and wear guru(thick) and warm(ushna) cloths.

One should sleep hugging a  well built woman who has smeared agaru paste on the body and has  well developed breasts.

One can indulge in sexual intercourse.

8. Apply the paste of agaru on the body.

Should sleep hugging a woman who has well developed body.

One can indulge in maithuna(sexual intercourse) also.

 

Apathyas:-

Avoid taking vata aggravating foods, laghu(light) foods and pramitaahara(less quantity of food).

Avoid exposure to pravata(stormy wind or current of air).

Avoid taking barley water(udamantha).

Avoid divaswapna(day sleep) and ajeerna(indigestion).
SHISHIRA RUTU CHARYA    
Because of the excess megha(clouds), marut(wind), varsha(rains) there will be excess cold and dryness in the nature. So one should follow the Hemanta rutu charya in shishira rutu also.  In this rutu along with the dryness generated by aadana kala the coldness is also more due to the clouds, wind and rains. So it is adviced to follow the hemanta rutu charya in this season also.

One should live in a house which is warm and nivata(not windy or sheltered from air).

One should avoid taking  katu(pungent), tikta(bitter), kashaya(astringent), vatala(wind aggravating), laghu(light), sheetala(cold) food and drinks.

Same as hemanta rutu charya.
Vasantha Ritu
ASTANGA SANGRAHA CHARAKA SAMHITA SUSHRUTA SAMHITA
1. The wind blows from south direction.
2. The sun rays show copper colour.
3. The trees like kakubha, amala, kimshuka, ashoka starts showing new leaves and bark.
4. The singing of kokila(cuckoo) and alikula(bees) makes the environment pleasant.
5. The shleshma(kapha) which was collected in shishira ritu gets melted due to strong sunrays and depletes agni(digestive fire). This causes many diseases in vasantha ritu. 1. Due to the coldness of the hemanta rutu  the kapha  gets solidified in the body. The warmth of vasantha rutu  aggravates it and causes many diseases.
 

Regimen:-

1. Vamana(emisis), dhoomapana(medicated smoke inhalation), gandoosha(gargling), navana(nasal drops) should be done using strong(teekshna) medications. 1. The kapha which was collected in shishira ritu gets liquefied due to the strong sun rays, suppresses agni(digestive fire)  and causes many diseases. So vamana etc procedures should  be followed. 1. Vamana(emisis) etc therapies indicated for kapha  should be adopted.
2. Should undergo vyayama(exercise) and udwartana(powder massage). 2. Should follow vyayama(exercise), udwartana(rubbing and cleaning the body with fragrant unguents), dhooma(medicated smoke inhalation), kavalagraha(gargling), anjana(collerium). 2.Vyayama(exercise), anjana(collerium), teekshna dhoomapana(inhalation of medicated  smoke using hot or pungent  drugs),kavala(gargling) are indicated in vasanta rutu. In order to expel the kapha collected in hemanta rutu procedures like shirovirechana(nasal drops), vamana(emisis), niruha vasti(decoction enema), kavala(gargling) etc are indicated.

Apart from this niyudha(fighting), adhwa(walking), shila nirghata(breaking stones) etc types of activities are also recommended.

3. Should move around/ accompanied by good friends and beautiful women. 3. One should enjoy walking in the gardens and forests.

Enjoy the company of a woman.

3. Utsaadana(cleaning the body with perfumed powders) and snana(bath) , moving around in the garden or forests, enjoying with vanita(women)  are indicated.
4. smear chandana and agaru paste after bath. 4. Smear  chandana or agaru  paste on the body.
5. Should drink asava, arishta, seedhu, maardweeka, maadhava which are kept in different shaped vessels with pictures of sahakara(mango tree) and kamala(lotus) on them. 5. Drink dosharahita(non polluted) seedhu(rum) and maadhweeka(liquor distilled from the madhuka flowers).

Yava, godhooma(wheat), shaarabha(deer), shasha(hare), yneya(black antelope), lava(type of quail), kapinjala(the tittiri bird) meat are used in food.

4. Madhwasava, arishta, seedhu(spirit distilled from molasses), maadhweeka(spirituous liquor distilled from the flowers of the tree called madhuka), maadhava(fermented products made of honey) are indicated for internal use.
6.  Water boiled with musta, shunthi or kshaudravaari(water mixed with honey) are used for drinking. 6. Use lukewarm water for washing etc. 5. Sukhoshna jala(luke warm water) is indicated for all types of use.
6. Shashtikanna, yava(barley), madhu(honey) mudga(green gram), nivara(rice growing wild or without cultivation), kodrava(aspecies of grains eaten by poor), meat soup of  vishkira(cock), laavaa(quail) are recommended.

Vegetables like patola, nimba, vaartaka or tikta(bitter) tasting vegetables are indicated. Teekshna(hot), rooksha(dry), katu(pungent), kshara(alkali), kashaya(astringent) foods are indicated in general. The foods should be koshna(warm), and adrava(not liquid).

8. Avoid guru, sheeta, snigdha, amla, madhura food and drinks and  divaswapna(day sleep) 7. Avoid  guru, amla, snigdha, madhura, food and drinks.

Avoid divaswapna.

7. Avoid madhura, amla, lavana, snigdha, guru, drava(liquid) foods.

Avoid divaswpna(day sleep).

Greeshma Rutu Charya
ASTANGA SANGRAHA CHARAKA SAMHITA SUSHRUTA SAMHITA
1. The earth is extremely hot in all directions due to forest fire (davat) kind of extremely hot sunrays.
2. The wind blowing from nairutya(south-west) direction brings little relief.
3. All animals feels as if they are suffering from fever due to the hot sun, wind and sweat.
4. Due to the heat the pond water dries of and their banks looks high. The water of the river and pond are polluted by elephants and buffaloes.
5. The trees do not give any shade as their leaves have fallen off. These trees are now covered with dry barks and dry creepers.
6. In this season the sun absorbs the unctuous qualities from the living beings as well as from the nature.
Regimen:-
1. Should drink pleasant and fragrant panaka(beverage) and mantha(drink prepared by churning) which are stored  in new mud pot with plenty of sita (candied sugar). 1. The unctuous properties of the body are absorbed by the strong sun rays. So one should take sweet, cold, liquid, unctuous food and drinks.

Cold mantha(a drink prepared by churning) along with sharkara(candied sugar) should be taken.

1. Drink cold and flavoured panaka(beverage)or mantha(drink prepared by churning) with candy sugar.
2. Take madhura(sweet), sheeta(cold), drava(liquid) foods and meat of  jangala animals and birds.

Take shali, ksheera(milk), ghrita(ghee), draksha(grapes), narikelambu(tender coconut water), sharkara(sugar).

2. Ghee, milk, shali are used.

The meat of jangala(wild) animals and birds are advised.

Ghee, sweet taste, liquid and cold properties should be included in the food.

At night drink milk which is made sweet with candy sugar.

3. To get cool air use tala vrunta(fan) To get cool air keep sprinkling cold chandana water on the fan. Use a fan(talavrunta) to get cool air.(tala means palmyra tree)
4. Wear garland of kamala and utpala. 3. Wear the garland of mukta(pearl), mani(precious stone). Wear garland of kamala and utpala.

Smear chandana lepa on the body.

5. Wear a thin bracelet of fibrous root of lotous.
6 Walk around the lake/pool/well, near the river in the forest along a woman who has smeared chandana lepa on the body and enjoy the cold air. Walk in the forest or garden which has cold water and flowers. Walk by the sides of pond, river,well.

Walk inside the forest.

7. Wear light and pleasant cloths . Wear light cloths.
8. Sleep in a place which has artificial fountains in the daytime and at night should apply karpoora or chandana  and sleep under the sky on a mattress which is covered with fragrant flowers. Should sleep in the sheetagruha(cold room) in the day time and at night should apply chandana lepa on the body and sleep under the sky on the terrace of the mansion. The mattress should be covered by freshly pluck flowers.

Before sleeping apply chandana lepa on the body.

While sleeping the cool air should touch the body.

Alcoholic drinks should be taken in very small quantity with plenty of water or completely avoid.
Apathya:-
Avoid vyayama(exrcise), atapa(sun), katu(pungent), amla(sour), lavana(salt), ushna(hot) food and drinks.

Avoid alcoholic drinks (madya) or should drink very little quantity with plenty of water. The excess and concentrated liquor causes shosha(dryness), shaithilya(weakness), daha(burning), moha(loss of conciousness).

Avoid sexual intercourse.

Avoid maithuna.

Avoid lavana, amla, katu tastes in thefoods.

Avoid exercises.

Avoid exercising, maithuna, ayasa(work which causes tiredness).

Avoid ushna, parishoshi(drying) and agni gunayukta(hot property) tasting foods and drinks.

PRAVRUT RUTU CHARYA
ASTANGA SANGRAHA CHARAKA SAMHITA SUSHRUTA SAMHITA
Regimen:-
1. Once the heat of the summer reduces one can start indulging in guru,lavana, madhura, amla tasting foods, meat soups, koshna jala(luke warm water), ghee, brimhana(nourishing), slightly abhishyandi foods.
2. Practice all vata pacifying measures like niruha vasti etc, to control the vata prakopa that has occurred in greeshma rutu.
3. Take yava, shashtika shali, godhooma, new rice.
4. Should live in the center of the large or palatial building or mansion. Should sleep on a soft mattress.
5. Arishta, asava, maireya are used carefully in the ay time and the same should be avoided in the night.
Apathya:-
Avoid river water, rooksha, ushna, foods, udamantha, vyayama, atapa, divaswapna.
Avoid new grains, rooksha, sheeta ambu(cold water), saktu(barley fried and ground)
Avoid water which is polluted with the urine, stools, saliva of different animals.
Avoid antariksha jala(rain water collected from the sky) of this season.
Varsha Rutu Charya
ASTANGA SAMGRAHA CHARAKA SMHITA SUSHRUTA SAMHITA
1. The wind blows from the vaaruna direction, so all the greenery starts growing.
2. The sky is covered with Indra neela coloured clouds.
3. Due to heavy rains the steps of the ponds are immersed in the water. The river gets filled up and appears like oceans. The ground is not properly visible as it is covered by rain water.
4. Sounds of clouds, peacock, frog etc are heard.
5. The earth appears as if it is decorated with indragopa(a kind of red or white colored insect), vidyudhota(a flash or lustre of lightning)
6. One can see green plants, grass, shileendhra(fungus) all over. One can also see the plenty of kutaja flowers.
 

Regimen:-

1. Due to the effect of the aadana kala the body as well as the agni becomes weak. In varsha rutu it gets affected further by rains, humidity, water, amla paka and the doshita jala(impure water). So it is adviced to undergo purification procedures followed by vasti karma. 1. In the adana kala the body and the agni(digestive fire) becomes weak. The moisture, rains, amla vipaka of water makes this agni further weak. Due to this weak agni wind etc doshas gets vitiated very easily. 1. The increased humidity in the nature makes the agni weak which in turn vitiates vata etc doshas.

Due to the effect of clouds, cold wind and cold water plants are in their tarunavastha(young or tender) and have amla vipaka(sour vipaka).So one should not do excess exercise.

2. Yusha(soup) of purana shali(old rice), godhooma(wheat), yava(barley) can be taken. 2. Yava, purana shali, jangala mamsa, samskruta yusha(processed soup) should be taken to protect the weak agni. 2. The food should be natisnigdha(not very unctuous), nati rooksha(not very dy), nati ushna(not very hot) and should have deepana qualities.
3. Madiraa(spirituous liquor), arishta, madhweeka  can be taken mixing with little quantity of water. 3. Madhweeka, arishta should be taken with honey in very little quantity or drink boiled and cooled water from mahendra(rain water)/ kupa(well)/ sarasa(pond). 3. Drink boiled and cooled water mixed with honey.
4. Divyajala(rain water) or water from kupa(well), chaundya(pond) or sarasa(lake)should be used after boiling. 4. The food and the drinks should be processed with honey.
5. One should adopt kleda hara(which depletes moisture) and vata hara food and drinks. One should eat parishushka(dry), laghu(light), snigdha(unctuous), ushna(hot), amla, lavana tasting foods. 5. In order to pacify the vata dosha one should take amla, lavana and snigdha foods on the days which have more rains and wind. 4. To reduce the moisture and to balance the doshas one should take kashaya, thikta, katu tasting foods and alpadrava(less liquid) foods.
6. Foods processed with honey are also good in this season.
7. Praghrsha, udwartana (powder massage), snana, dhoomapana are to be practiced. Paste of sugandha dravyas(fragrant drugs) are to be applied on the body. 6. Praghrshana, udwartana, snana and gandhamala dharana(wearing perfumed garlands) should be followed
8. Should live in a place which is protected by reptiles, moist, cold, wind, drizzle (sheekara), mosquito, rats etc. The living room should be warm(should be kept warm with the help of fire). 7. Should live in a dry place. Should wear light and clean cloths after bath. 5. One should avoid the exposure to humidity, so should live in a house which is built above the ground level(vihayasi). It should have a fireplace to keep the room warm.

The room should not be windy.

Use thick blankets to cover the body while sleeping.

9. Should wear cloths which have different designs and should wear different types of garlands around the neck. 6. Apply agaru lepa on the body while going out of the house.
10. Should travel on elephant.
 

Apathya:-

Avoid nadijala(river water), udamantha(barley water), divaswapna(day sleep), atidrava bhojana(liquid food intake), maithuna(sexual intercourse), exposure to cold or frost(tushara), padacharana(walking), vyayama(exercise) and exposure to sunrays. Avoid the intake of  udamantha, nadijala(river water),

Avoid the daysleep vyayama, vyavaya.

Avoid exposure to frost and avashyaya(drizzle), sunrays.

  Avoid excess vyayama, jalapana(drinking water), gramyadharma(sexual intercourse).

Avoid the exposure to drizzle and sun.

Avoid divaswapna and ajeerna.

Sharad Rutucharya
ASTANGA SAMGRAHA CHARAKA SAMHITA SUSHRUTA SAMHITA
1. The sky is mostly covered by white colored clouds. The strong sunrays reach the earth through the clouds.
2. On the earth one can see water mixed  mud(panka) here and there.
3. The earth looks like as if it is decorated with kasha, saptahwa, kumuda, shali.
4. The nature shows reddish brown colouror tawny colour(babhru varna) and looks clean. The rows of krauncha birds can be seen in the sky.
5. The ponds appear clean and clear. The fishes hide in between the kamala plants. The waves created by the movement of the hamsa birds are obstructed by the kamala plants.
 

Regimen:-

1. The body which was affected by the coldness of vatsha rutu and which has sanchita pitta, attains the prakopavastha when it is touched by the strong sun rays. 1. The body which was effected by the coldness of vasha rutu, when comes in contact with strong sunrays of sharad rutu the pitta prakopa takes place.
2. Tiktaka grita pana(drinking ghee processed with bitter drugs), virechana(inducing purgation), raktamokshana(blood letting) are recommended. 2. Tikta ghrita pana followed by virechana and rakta mokshana. 1. Tikta grita pana, virechana, raktamokshana are practiced to expel the pitta which is collected in varsha rutu.

Follow all pitta pacifying measures.

3. The food and drinks should be laghu(light) and sheeta(cold) qualities and should have kashaya, madhura, tikta taste. 3. Food and drinks should have madhura, tikta taste,laghu(light), sheeta(cold), and pitta prashamana(pitta pacifying) property. 2. The food and drinks should have kashaya, madhura, tikta taste.
4. Shashtika shali, godhooma, yava, mudga, sita, madhu, patola, amalaki, draksha, jangala meat should be used internally. 4. Shali, yava,godhooma are recommended.Meat of lava, kapinjala(tittiri bird), yena(a kind of black antelope), anurabhra(a ram) sharabaha(a young elephant), shasha(rabbit) can be used internally. 3. Shali, mudga, ksheeravikruti(various preparations of milk), ikshu vikruti(various preparations of sugarcane), honey, and jangala meat soup are indicated for internal use.
5. For drinking the pond water should be used. The pond water of this season is equal to amruta(nector) because it is heated in the day time by sunrays and cooled in the night by the moon rays and its poisonous effects are removed by agastya star. This water is clean and delighting. 5. Use hamsodaka for snana(bath), pana(drinking), avagaha(tub bath). It gives effects like nector(amruta) 4. The water which is cleaned by moon rays and agastya star, with the qualities like sweet, sheeta(cold), shuchi(clean), clear like sphatika(crystal) and prasanna (pure or limpid) should be used  for all purposes.

Should take bath in the pond which has kamala, utpala flowers.

6. Should wear clean and light clothes.

Should apply sheeta usheera lepa on body and enjoy the moon rays in the terrace.

6. Wear clean cloths and garlands.

In the night expose the body to moon rays in the first half of the night.

Apply chandana lepa on the body. Wear light and clean cloths perfumed with karpura(camphor) and chandana(sandalwood).

Wear garland of white flowers.Should enjoy the moon rays in the first half of the night ((pradosha).

Drink seedhu.

 

Apathya:-

Avoid dahi(curds), vasa(fat), thaila, teekshna madya(alcoholic drinks), atapa(hot sun), kshara(alkali), purovata, divaswapna, tushara(dew/frost) and eating full stomach. Avoid vasa(fat), thaila(oil), meat of audaka(animals growing in water),anupa(animals living in marshy land), kshara(alkali), dahi(curds), divaswapna(day sleep).

Avoid the exposure to sun, avashyaya(drizzle), pragvata.

Avoid amla, teekshna, ushna, kshara food and drinks.

Avoid divaswapna, atapa (exposure to sun), ratri jagarana(staying awake till late night) and maithuna.

What is your paradigm? Are you WEIRD?

I have been writing for quite some time about how the paradigm of the Western/Modern world is its own world. It bases all of its knowledge off of this platform, how can it not. Its sciences are based upon this. The blindness of its people is only due to this. It is like water and there is no comprehension or awareness of it to the fish that swims in it.

Example:

Wikipedia is based off of consensus. It is not based off of truth of anything. What is the belief of the masses. And the masses go to it as if it is correct knowledge.

If you are from a culture that is based off the material world, the eternal, a sociopathic society, based in subjective importance and self absorption, what is the baseline for normalcy? Where is that line drawn.

I am reminded of a quote from Jiddu Krishnamurti: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Western medical science continues has lowered the bar as to what is considered healthy. According to the CDC, two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. (notice both of these links have in use the BMI calculations. More on that in a second) Now that the average body weight average is higher than what it was when most of us were kids, the perception of what’s normal is also changed. The average American is 23 pounds heavier than his or her ideal body weight. If we equate “normal” with average, it’s normal to be fat.

BMI (body mass index) which is the basis of what western medical science employs to tell if one is considered obese or not is not only a wrong way to look at health and they also have changed what the “normal” is.

It was changed in 1998. Prior to 1998, the old criteria, the average woman — with a height of 5 feet, 4 inches (1.6 meters) and weighing 155 pounds (70 kilograms) — was considered overweight.

Under the new definition post 1998, that weight drops to 145 pounds (66 kg). A person at the same height who weighs 175 pounds (79 kg) would be considered obese.

Someone who is 5 feet, 10 inches (1.8 meters) tall and weighs 185 pounds (83 kg) was considered overweight under the old guidelines. Now, for the same height, 175 pounds (79 kg) is overweight and 209 pounds (94 kg) is obese.

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This is the normal absurdity of the Western world. The calculation is for height and weight which does not take into consideration what ones weight is made of at all. If some one is 15% body fat of 68% body fat, it does not matter. Their weight remains the same.

Then guidelines are created from this. Absurd. and if you do not care to be educated or knowledgeable, all you get in the trickle down is the superficial information in that paradigm and then life is based upon that. This is that rock dropped into the still pond and the ripples that are created by it. The entire paradigm is then based upon this.

The research article below is a good explanation of this in the world of psychology and how it is based upon a paradigm and also how the Western paradigm has created its own markers based in itself.There is much more out there that does not fit the paradigm. The “normal” thought is of anything that does not fit the paradigm is wrong, but this is not the case. Without knowing the paradigm that anything comes from one is blinded from the knowledge of that paradigm and one is limited to their own view only.

The following article starts out with the story of an aboriginal tribe’s rite of passage for a boy. From a Western view this looks absurd but without comprehension of the paradigm does one have any validity in judging it or even speaking of it? Anything they will say is based upon their own paradigm. And what is their paradigm?

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.180.2160&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Abstract: Behavioral scientists routinely publish broad claims about human psychology and behavior in the world’s top journals based on samples drawn entirely from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD) societies. Researchers—often implicitly—assume that either there is little variation across human populations, or that these “standard subjects” are as representative of the species as any other population. Are these assumptions justified? Here, our review of the comparative database from across the behavioral sciences suggests both that there is substantial variability in experimental results across populations and that WEIRD subjects are particularly unusual compared with the rest of the species—frequent outliers. The domains reviewed include visual perception, fairness, cooperation, spatial reasoning, categorization and inferential induction, moral reasoning, reasoning styles, self-concepts and related motivations, and the heritability of IQ. The findings suggest that members of WEIRD societies, including young children, are among the least representative populations one could find for generalizing about humans. Many of these findings involve domains that are associated with fundamental aspects of psychology, motivation, and behavior—hence, there are no obvious a priori grounds for claiming that a particular behavioral phenomenon is universal based on sampling from a single subpopulation. Overall, these empirical patterns suggests that we need to be less cavalier in addressing questions of human nature on the basis of data drawn from this particularly thin, and rather unusual, slice of humanity. We close by proposing ways to structurally re-organize the behavioral sciences to best tackle these challenges.

THE NATURE

More on Rasayana and Ayurveda in General

The 7 dhatus formed in same sequence, rasayana makes dhatus better
if consume rasayana, saara will increase (superior tissue)

each dhatu has saara improved, is richer, +ojas increases
(most vital part of dhatus is material called ojas)

ojas: bala, overall biological strength, immunity is a small part of it

3 kinds of bala:

  • sahaj: by birth
  • kaalaj: acquired by effect of time or time of day (most in the morning <+kapha>, least in the evening <+vata>)
  • yuktikruta: through planned intervention (food, rasayana) artificially

2 kinds of ojas

para ojas: subtle, small amount, located in heart (if injured, death), life sustaining

apara: 8 drops, gross (anjali is the measurement, though ayurveda doesn’t measure things)

ojovyapad: early reversible disorder, disorder that is easy to correct, earl stage of bala disorder

ojavisransa: dislodgement; you have enough immunity, but it’s dislodged (all immune disorders), the body attacks itself. Rasayana will not help. Pancha karma is the only way. Body must be cleansed properly as per the individual…. Preparatory, Cleanse itself, then rejuvenation. Western cleanses see none of these properly or for the individual.

ojakshaya: more advanced stage, depletion, rasayana w/o panchamarka

Rasayana:

By age:

  1. Balya: suppleness of children under 10 years (second decade is the period of growth)
  2. Vruddhi: growth, from 11 to 12 years
  3. Chhabi: beautiful person 20-30 (according to skin)
  4. Medha: brightness, intelligence by 40 (after 40 no more intelligence, then experience) <brahmi, shankapushpi will slow loss of medha>
  5. Twak: skin, at 40 skin becomes different. May not have wrinkles, but skin starts deteriorating
  6. Drushti: eyes; at 60, people need glasses
  7. Shukra: at 70, virility, potency is lost
  8. Vikram: by 80, pain, knee joint pain, physical ability decreases
  9. Buddhi: by 90 process/power of thinking, dementia
  10. Karmendrya: by 100, need help walking, need a stick

Nutrition and agni-specific:

  • Brain-specific (medhya rasayana): Brahmi, vacha, shankapushpi
  • Heart-specific (hrudya): arjun
  • Skin (twakchya): haridra, bakuchi, kumari (aloe), manjista
  • Eyes (chakshusya): triphala, jotishmati, amalaki, shilajit
  • Lactating mothers (stanya): shatavari, methi
  • Virility (vrushya): kapekachi, shilajit, ashweganda, musta
  • For children: Chavanprash, vacha, amla, swarna (gold) (swarnaprasha: gold stick with vacha on it for immunity), swarnagritti (ghee with gold)
  • Brahma rasayana: like chyavanprash, but more for brain function (brahmi, amalaki, haritaki, honey)
  • Yastimadu rasayana, heals tissues
  • Medhya rasyana: shankupushpi (best), yastimadhu, guduchi, madhukaprana

* Trikatu: helps medicine penetrate the tissues (sharp)

* Pippali is being added to modern drugs and antibiotics, doubles effectiveness

(the mention of these above does NOT give you ideas of just ordering them and taking them!!!!!!! Read the following to see how much diagnosis is required)

Rasayana can be taken life-long, but common practice says to take for a few weeks, stop, then start again. (6 weeks get benefit, medicine accumulates, let it get out of body)

If you want full effect of rasayana, go through panchakarma first. (agni and srotas need to be strong and clean)

Other considerations when choosing rasayana:

  • Rasayana should be taken at very young age and middle age. Then your old age is smoother. Not a remedy for old age.
  • Then consider which season you are in (sheeta rasayan in summer, ushna in winter)
  • Prakriti: pitta, kapha

Combinations of drugs used for safety and efficacy. Multiple action. (Single drugs typically used for research, when treating patients, usually have combinations.) (No drug interactions in ayurveda, only in chemicals)

Chapter 30 of Sushruta Samhita on herbs and categories.

Ex: Vaajikarana drugs: strengthens sexual functions, virility, productive, happy. All in this category have some kind of rasayana effect, strength of a horse (vaaji = power = synonym of shukra).

  • Kapikachu most common.
  • Improves quality of progeny, future race
  • Some increase semen production (reproductive tissue +), some increase flow of semen, sperm count
  • Also elevate the mood, induce happiness (treatment of depression, especially in elderly)
  • Shodhana applied before vaajikaran
  • Chapter 26 Sushrut Samhita (in charak=chapter 2)

Diagnosis:
6-fold exam

  • Taking history
  • Physical examination
  • Apply 5 senses (modern doctors use scopes and other technologies to enhance the indriyas)

Examine patient (rogi) and disease (roga) separately. Examine patient as a human being.

  • know the basic character of the person, temperament, background, status of health
  • examine the disease

10 factors to be examined:

prakruti (most important), physiology, psychological makeup (emotions, memory, intelligence) <don’t mix of features of aging or disease with prakruti>

label #1 dosha in your mind (which is at number one, most prevalent), then #2, then #3 (and how close together they are or disparate)

If you correctly identify vata, pitta, and kapha, you will have no problems. For example, kapha has big body frame – cannot have big bones w/o kapha.

Easiest way to examine disease=8-fold examination: Nadi, mutra (urine), mala (waste), pulse, eyes, face, tongue (kapha: large, flabby, toneless tongue, teeth marks on side, no tone/pitta tongue has tone/vata: dry, winded, furrows, thin)

Diagnosis doesn’t just talk of disease, but of the person. Not always necessary to give a name to every disease. (May be that this or that dosha is up.) In every disease there can be many situations with different types of treatment. (cancer)

Pulse:

  • Vata: crawling pulse, snake on the floor, light
  • Pitta: force is pitta (Mandugati), frog, jumping
  • Mixtures of pulses is highly likely and possible

Samprapti: (pathogenisis), full interaction of dosha, dhatus, and seat of disease.

  1. Atura prakruti: individual’s prakruti
  2. Desha prakruti: where the patient lives
  3. Vyadhi prakruti: prakruti of the disease (dosha, dusya, adhisthana, srotas)
  4. Agni bala: strength of agni
  5. Oja bala
  6. Name

Principles of treatment:

  1. Nidan-parivaijan: causal elimination (just eliminating the cause may be enough to avoid having to do treatment if early on)
  2. Dava-vyaphashray Chikitsa (divine therapy)
  3. Yuktivyapashray chikitsa: most important therapeutic treatment, logic/planned, rational, follows the fundamental principles
  • Two main wings of chikitsa: sanshodham and sandhaman
  • 1) sanshodham – purification of body channels, bio purification ; Large number of cells break every day, but body repairs.
  • This is the reason panchakarma evolved, samsrota (this is the more common term, pancha karma is a newer term)
  • Body reacts to any blocked channels or alien things, genesis of auto-immune diseases
  • Before treatment, patient is given preparation to prepare.
    Three parts:Purva karma (preparatory): langhan, deepan, pachan, sneha, svedana
  1. a) give deepan and
  2. b) pachan as medications for a few days to promote agni and brief langhan)
  3. c) then sneha (external oil massage and medicated ghee internally – 24 different ways to prepare ghee described in the texts)
  4. d) svedana (heat)


Reason?

Srota blockages are fat-soluble so they can be removed. Otherwise, patient can’t be purified. “all cells vomit” every cell releases its toxins. Cell membranes made of fat with hard pillars. When oleated, the cell membrane becomes softer. With svedan it becomes softer still. In virechana, the cell squeezes and toxins come out gross to subtle level. Cholesterol doesn’t increase with extra ghee, decreases once vamana occurs. Pure ghee (medicated for the individuals predicament) is the safest, 5-7 days. (vasa for vamana, triphala for virechana). After, give svedana in form of steam bath 5-7 days depending on prakruti (if pitta, less time).

1.pradhan karma (main treatment), paschat karma (post treatment)

2.  sanshaman — balancing the doshas) loss of integrity in srotas come because of stress, dietary habits, routine.

3. aushadhi (drugs), anna (diet), vihar (lifestyle and exercise); eliminate the cause of the imbalance

4. Satvavajay: psychotherapy, divert mind from evil to good factors, talks to patient and diverts from harmful to healing, manipulation of mind Quantum effect: if someone wishes or prays something, person will feel it. (not psychological or religious)

Vyamyamshakti: (strength of fitness) if good you can add in exercise at the proper time, if it’s poor, no exercise can be added.

Sattvapariksha: good mental stamina, two with pain and swelling (aama vata) one has weak mind, the other of strong mind. Don’t prescribe painkillers to the one with the weak mind; needs something to sustain mind and nervousness. All painkilling drugs are poison for kidney and liver.

What is a Rasayana?

What is rasayana?

From Charaka: Method of preventing aging and disease. The one which removes the aging and disease.

Two lines of original shastra about rasayan:
Rasayan is the main way to get the best dhatus. Transform dhatu to better quality. Each cell of body improves.

When we make diagnosis of disease, prescribe drugs, lifestyle changes, and rasayana.

Our life is time-bound. Not eternal. Even after we die, sense of life continues. Yet the human race wishes to live longer, healthier.

Ayurveda not just science of life, but science of longevity: Charaka begins talking about achieving longer, healthier life.

Future of medicine = health, life…that will take care of disease (this was the thinking of ayurveda originally). Ayurveda becoming more and more relevant.

Rasayana not for disease, it’s for health and longevity. (two words: rasa + ayan. rasa is a taste, first dhatu, but means nourishment in context of rasayana. Ayan: to make available, circulating.)

3 things involved in nourishment:

  • relevant nutrient in the food (rasa)
  • agni
  • circulation (srotas important so tissue nourishment can take place)

Any rasayana remedy will have an impact on all 3 of the above, in some way.
Enrich plasma. Lead to better nutrition to dhatu
1. longevity 2. delayed aging 3. Vyadhikshamatva – better mind power (pure mind) leads to rejuvenation (kaya kalpa)

Ex:
Shatavari: more rasa-promoting rasayana
Gugguli: srota-promoting rasayan. Not nutritious. (Used to reduce weight, cholesterol, improves micronutrition.)
Pippali one of best rasayanas — no rasa: but improves agni. So nutrients processed better in the system. Pure mind

3 mechanisms of nutrition:
(3 dimensions of the same process, not separate, part of a continuum)

  • kedar-kulya nyaya:
    Kedar
    (small plot of land, tissues) kulya (irrigation channels, like blood vessels) nyaya: nutrient has to reach kedar is so tissue get nutrients <rasa=pool of nutrients that goes to dhatus (not rasa dhatu)>
  • khale-kapot nyaya:
    only operates after first nyaya. Harvesting ground (khale), kapot (birds, 7 kinds, each picks up with they need) selective uptake, because of each dhatu’s agni has to pick up the right nutrients
  • ksheer-dadhi nyaya:
    Transform into body tissue. Protein in food vs. protein of muscle is different. Ksheer=milk, dadhi=yoghurt. Tissues selectively pick up own requirement (some tissues mis-select; ex: muscles pick up too much asti—get calcified). Bhuta agni rasyana will help. (fresh ginger, amalaki, pippali, vacha (calamus ), pushkar mool )

Rasayan isn’t just herbs or drugs, it’s a way of life. Not just medicine.

  • Aachar rasayan: lifestyle rasayan–speaking truth, prayer, positive thinking, peaceful mind
  • Ajasrik rasayan: food-based—milk, nuts, veggies
  • Aushadhi rasayan: Herbs, minerals (enrich plasma, promote agni or srotas)
  • Divya rasayan: very special kinds of herbs, makes superman (developed for gods, not humans) hair turns from gray to black, more handsome, teeth not falling out

Classification of rasayana

According to purpose
Amya:

  • Kaamya rasayana:
    to promote quality of life for a normal person to become more healthy, prolong life/prana
    a) pranakamya:
    longevity for normal person; examples: amalaki, chavanprash
  1. b) shrikamya:
    beauty, luster, appearance (shri=beauty from health); examples: haridra, manjista, triphala, swarna, loha, bakuchi (things that improve the glow of the skin)
    c) medhakamya: brain function, medha (metal capacity), buddhi (dhi, dhritti, smriti – grasping, understanding, recall); examples: brahmi, shankapushpi
  • Namittik:
    1) as per scope of use; for a diseased person to fight disease. Two examples:
    a) sheelajit: for diabetes (prameha), not to reduce blood sugar or fight the disease, but given to promote health of diabetes so that person can handle disease (insulin has more side effects, insulin is a protein and will develop kidney nephritis)
  1. b) turvarak: for all skin diseases (kustha), including leprosy/anti-leprosy
    2) as per method of use:
    a) vatatapik: exposure to air and sunlight (casual outdoor regimen)
    b) kutipraveshik: intensive indoor regimen rasayan therapy. Remain in a kuti (hut or chamber); three layers highly protected. Remain for 3 months, special food, lifestyle. Undergo panchakarma beforehand. Not very common and hardly even possible today, but ayurveda claims this is the only real rasayana.

Rasayana more a remedy during young age to prevent aging process. Especially in children.

Refer to: Charaka samhita chikitsa, chapter 1

Purusham, purusha vikshya

 

  • Content of use:
  1. Achar: lifestyle; can be independent but these two work together (achar and ajasrik)
  2. Ajasrik: food-based
  3. aushadi

divya: divine rasayana transforms into supermen.

Change

Regardless of age or circumstances in life, we can be sure of one thing — life will change. Each moment differs from the preceding moment and is distinct from the instant that follows.

Sometimes we experience great joy in this change, as we watch a bud blossom into a beautiful flower. Yet other times we feel deep sorrow; our flower withers away to nothing. This life is a pendulum which moves us from joy to sorrow again and again.

We might wonder, is there no way to stop this pendulum?

Maybe there is something else?

Maybe it is a different perspective.

See, the inability to deal with change comes under another name. It is called trauma. To try to live a life living in the consistency of it or looking for what is consistent is a traumatized life. Every moment is a new one. Time (kala) rules all.

This also means everything does not have the ups and downs that most people thrive upon. That means no drama per se.

If one were to live life in a manner in which there was no need for anything to be as they want it to be, everything is seen and experienced as it is.

Your Nervous system and You as a Vessel

Most of us live in a world that is completely over stimulated by the modern world of today. The condition of your nervous system has an impact on what you are. At the end of your day, if you are over stimulated, you get in a condition that takes keeps one out of one’s self. It disconnects one from everything. It makes you live from the mind. The condition maintains, your sleep is deprived and affected. Your activity in the material plain is affected.

There is a way to live being a being, not a doing, that allows one to maintain being a soul in a body rather than a mind in its self absorption of concepts.

A walk in the natural world, sitting under a tree, lying on the earth, all of these and more maintain one being, being grounded and connected and living in all that is.

The condition of the nervous system is one’s responsibility. One is responsible for their own container.

One is a container. The family one belongs to is also a container. The city one lives in is another container. The culture and society one lives in is also a container. All of the container’s one lives in, influences ones being.

If one was to be able to stay connected to all that is, being grounded, being connected in relation to nature and ones environment, the material world is an appearance, a manifestation, a representation. It has fixity and is substantial and paradoxically, but not really, it is a manifestation and representation. When one stays connected to it one starts to experience what it is a manifestation of. It is a luminous quality that then will become ordinary as a normal everyday experience. This is opposite to the Westernized life. It is also what indigenous tribes live in constantly in all sorts of cultures. It is a timeless state where mind does not exist in. It is a natural state. It is not an enlightened state, it is ordinary. It can seem like a state like enlightenment from the eyes of a naive Western person. It is living with all that is.

It is a state of being in a relatedness to the natural world. It is not a state that is maintainable in a Western busy life as that is one in the mind and of stress and strife and personality. I ism. In the state of being in relatedness, the entire reality changes. It is not a Western or modern reality. It does not prevent one from doing what needs to be done in a life but it changes the reality of what that means. Therefore the experience of the planet changes. Sensitivity is highly heightened. This is different from a stress out and ungrounded sensitivity that is based in an imbalance and based in un-groundedness and mindfulness.

This experience of being takes the first step of taking responsibility for the state of ones nervous system. If one is over worked, over stressed, worried, anxious, and/or over stimulated, the nervous system does not allow one to be in this experience. To unwind and calm down the nervous system, when it finally opens up (the body opens up, the skin opens up, the senses open up), what seems extraordinary is actually quite ordinary. If one then experiences what is out side one oneself at this point, and having that as ones one going experience, reverence happens. Living in this state of reverence allows one to not be tortured by ones own noise, doubts, fears, insecurities, ambitions, confusions, etc…. and maybe , just maybe, that is what one may want…..

Funny thing also is that the body will naturally heal as well.

But none of this is a concept of the mind, and none of it is a common experience that is experienced by the mundane.

Misunderstanding of the caste system and mind blowing scientific DNA proof

The rigid caste system that we think of today when it is mentioned has only been around for around 1900 years. The knowledge of this misunderstanding may shed a little light upon what the caste system (caste system is the wrong nomenclature) really is and what it was about and why it was in place many many many years ago.

We today look at the caste system as discrimination. This is the lens we look at the world through. Can we even step out of our own bias and see things for what they really are without our dirty lenses casting the view of the modern world upon it? This is an article from that very lens. http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/globalcaste/caste0801-03.htm

What is amazing if one was to realize beyond their limitations of opinion, is that th word varna is not the same as the word jati. The word varṇa is derived from vṛ meaning to cover, screen, conceal, surround or obstruct and refers to all that people attach to themselves due to family, profession or club. It includes colors, symbols, implements and everything that shapes the outward appearance, figure, shape. It can refer to a class of men, tribe or order.

The terms varna (theoretical classification based on occupation) and jāti (caste) are two distinct concepts: while varna is the idealised four-part division envisaged by the above described Twice-Borns, jāti (community) refers to the thousands of actual endogamous groups prevalent across the subcontinent. A jati may be divided into exogamous groups based on same gotras. The classical authors scarcely speak of anything other than the varnas; even Indologists sometimes confuse the two.

Interesting as well as a sidenote is that all classical tantra teachers were not Brahmins yet the Tantric texts were written by Brahmins.

Interesting findings in modern science about the caste system and genetics

Extracts from “What DNA Testing Reveals About India’s Caste System” by Dan Kedmey:

The collective bloodlines at the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India’s leading genetic-research institute, pose a unique riddle for researchers. On the one hand, geneticists can trace nearly all bloodlines back to two ancestral groups, one hailing from Africa, the other from Eurasia. These groups mingled, married and swapped genes. A mixture of their genetic material can be found in nearly every person on the subcontinent today.

But at some mysterious point in history, these braided bloodlines began to fray. The population divided along linguistic, religious and tribal lines, to the point where it separated into 4,635 distinct genetic groups. Europe and Asia look positively homogeneous in comparison, says Thangaraj. He and his collaborators at Harvard Medical School wanted to know when exactly the Indian melting pot stopped melting.

Their finding, recently published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, made waves when it was revealed that genetic mixing ended 1,900 years ago, around the same time the caste system was being codified in religious texts. The Manusmriti, which forbade intermarriage between castes, was written in the same period, give or take a century.

Thangaraj says the study shows only a correlation between the early caste system and the divergence of bloodlines, and whether one caused the other is a debate better left to historians. Nonetheless, it puts a stake in the ground, marking the moment when the belief that one should marry within one’s own group developed into an active practice.

He also doesn’t want the early signs of a caste system to overshadow another finding of his study — how completely the population mixed 2,000 years ago. He points to the Paliyar tribe in the foothills of southern India. Their villages are inaccessible by car, and outsiders cannot visit them without a government permit. “They’re still in the forest,” says Thangaraj, “but still they have some affinities with other groups. At some point in time, everybody was mixed.”

Wireless Technology………

RESONANCE is a sensational eye opening documentary which reveals the harm we are doing by existing in an ocean of man made wireless frequencies.

Preview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuFoaNnTFJM

Two billion years ago life first arrived on this planet; a planet, which was filled with a natural frequency. As life slowly evolved, it did so surrounded by this frequency. and Inevitably, it began tuning in.

By the time mankind arrived on earth an incredible relationship had been struck; a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend.

Research is showing that being exposed to this frequency is absolutely integral to us. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronizes our circadian rhythms, and it aids our immune system and improves our sense of wellbeing.

Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are filled with them too. Our cells communicate using electro magnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions, using frequency waves. Without them we couldn’t exist for more than a second.

This delicate balance has taken billions of years to perfect. But over the last 25 years the harmony has been disturbed. and disturbed dramatically.

Mankind has submerged itself in an ocean of artificial frequencies. They are all around us, filling the air and drowning out the earth’s natural resonance.

To the naked eye the planet appears to be the same. But at a cellular level it is the biggest change that life on earth has endured; the affects of which we are just starting to see and feel.

Whole film:

https://vimeo.com/54189727

Oh My God!!! part 2

After reading the part one of this post, this following should not be shocking at all. The fact is that these pharmaceuticals are affecting you as well as everyone else. In the future we will see how much. If homeopathic doses of herbs work, there is no denying that much larger doses in the water you drink and bathe in are going to affect you. How is the Western science to research the effect of something that is of epidemic size?

Realistically, this means the drugs found include a witches’ brew of antibiotics, antidepressants, blood thinners, heart medications (ACE inhibitors, calcium-channel blockers, digoxin), hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone), and painkillers. Scores of studies have been done since. Other drugs that have been found include caffeine (which, of course, comes from many other sources besides medications); carbamazepine, an antiseizure drug; fibrates, which improve cholesterol levels; and some fragrance chemicals (galaxolide and tonalide).

Think about it.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115883/drugs-drinking-water-new-epa-study-finds-more-we-knew

Pharmaceuticals in drinking-water

(This is a summary of the key findings, recommendations and conclusions of the WHO technical report on Pharmaceuticals in drinking-water and the inputs of additional expert peer-reviewers)

Background and scope

Pharmaceuticals are synthetic or natural chemicals that can be found in prescription medicines, over-the-counter therapeutic drugs and veterinary drugs. Pharmaceuticals contain active ingredients that have been designed to have pharmacological effects and confer significant benefits to society. Pharmaceuticals can be introduced into water sources through sewage, which carries the excreta of individuals and patients who have used these chemicals, from uncontrolled drug disposal (e.g. discarding drugs into toilets) and from agricultural runoff comprising livestock manure. They have become chemicals of emerging concern to the public because of their potential to reach drinking-water.

Occurrence of pharmaceuticals in drinking-water

The ubiquitous use of pharmaceuticals (both prescribed and over the counter) has resulted in a relatively continuous discharge of pharmaceuticals and their metabolites into wastewater. In addition, pharmaceuticals may be released into water sources in the effluents from poorly controlled manufacturing or production facilities, primarily those associated with generic medicines.

Following advances in the sensitivity of analytical methods for the measurement of these chemicals at very low concentrations, a number of studies found trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals in wastewater, various water sources and some drinking-waters. Concentrations in surface waters, groundwater and partially treated water were typically less than 0.1 µg/l (or 100 ng/l), whereas concentrations in treated water were generally below 0.05 µg/l (or 50 ng/l). These investigations suggested that pharmaceuticals are present, albeit at trace concentrations, in many water sources receiving wastewater effluents.

The presence of specific pharmaceuticals in a water source will vary from place to place depending upon the type of pharmaceutical and the extent of discharge into water bodies. Key factors include the pharmaceuticals prescribed, used or manufactured in the area and the size of the population in the catchment. The occurrence and concentration of pharmaceuticals in receiving water sources, which are the primary pathway into drinking-water, are dependent on dilution, natural attenuation and the degree of wastewater treatment applied.

Risk assessment of pharmaceuticals in drinking-water

There are currently few systematic monitoring programmes or comprehensive studies available on human exposure to pharmaceuticals from drinking-water. Therefore, a key challenge in assessing the potential human health risk associated with exposure to very low concentrations of pharmaceuticals in drinking-water is the limited occurrence data available for the diverse group of pharmaceuticals in use today and their active metabolites.

However, several approaches for screening and prioritizing pharmaceuticals for human health risk assessment for exposure through drinking-water have been published in the peer-reviewed literature. These approaches usually apply the principle of the “minimum therapeutic dose” (also known as the “lowest clinically effective dose”) or the acceptable daily intake, in conjunction with safety factors or uncertainty factors for different groups of pharmaceuticals, to derive a margin of safety, or margin of exposure, between the worst-case exposure observed or predicted and the minimum therapeutic dose or acceptable daily intake.

Current observations suggest that it is very unlikely that exposure to very low levels of pharmaceuticals in drinking-water would result in appreciable adverse risks to human health, as concentrations of pharmaceuticals detected in drinking-water (typically in the nanogram per litre range) are several orders of magnitude (typically more, and often much more, than 1000-fold) lower than the minimum therapeutic dose.

Control measures and risk management

Concentrations of the vast majority of pharmaceuticals in the water environment can be reduced through natural processes (e.g. adsorption onto sediment, solar photodegradation and biological degradation) or during subsequent drinking-water and wastewater treatment processes.

Despite their unique pharmacological properties, pharmaceuticals respond to treatment no differently from other organic chemicals, with removal rates depending on their physicochemical properties and the treatment technology being used. Conventional water treatment processes, such as chlorination, can remove approximately 50% of these compounds, whereas more advanced treatment processes, such as ozonation, advanced oxidation, activated carbon, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis, can achieve higher removal rates; reverse osmosis, for example, can remove more than 99% of large pharmaceutical molecules.

Funding for any water safety improvements, like any public health intervention, draws on limited resources that need to be carefully allocated with due consideration of their beneficial impact. However, implementing additional specialized and costly drinking-water treatment, specifically with the intention of reducing trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals, is not considered necessary at this time, as the human health benefit would be limited.

The most appropriate approach to minimize the presence of pharmaceuticals in drinking-water and reduce human exposure is to prevent or reduce their entry into the water environment as far as reasonably practical. This can be achieved through a combination of preventive measures, including enhanced communication to the public on rational drug use and disposal of pharmaceuticals (e.g. avoid flushing unused drugs down the toilet), education for prescribers and systematic drug take-back programmes.

However, in line with the water safety plan principle of control of contaminants at the source, it would be appropriate to investigate improvements in wastewater treatment to remove pharmaceuticals and other potential contaminants of concern from their main route of entry into the water environment.

Monitoring of pharmaceuticals in water

In the absence of regulatory mandates, routine monitoring for pharmaceuticals in water sources and drinking-water on a national basis would not be desirable except in cases where local circumstances indicate a potential for elevated concentrations (e.g. manufacturing facilities with uncontrolled effluent discharge upstream of a drinking-water source). In these circumstances, investigative monitoring of, for example, surface water, groundwater and wastewater effluent can be undertaken to assess possible occurrence levels and exposure; if necessary, screening values can be developed in conjunction with an assessment of the potential risks to human health from exposure through drinking-water.

Based on the results of this risk assessment, an evaluation of possible control options could be considered as part of a water safety plan. Practical difficulties associated with implementing monitoring programmes for pharmaceuticals include the lack of standardized sampling and analysis protocols, high costs and the limited availability of the analytical instruments required to measure the diverse range of pharmaceuticals that may be present.

Investigative surveys should be tailored to local circumstances, taking into account existing wastewater and water treatment processes and pharmaceuticals (and their metabolites) that are commonly prescribed, used or manufactured within the catchment area of concern. Such studies should be carried out with appropriate rigorous quality assurance and verification and designed to confirm whether drinking-water is a significant risk.

Knowledge gaps

Although current risk assessments indicate that the very low concentrations of pharmaceuticals found in drinking-water are very unlikely to pose any appreciable risks to human health, knowledge gaps exist. These include the assessment of risks to human health associated with long-term exposure to low concentrations of pharmaceuticals and the possible combined effects of mixtures of pharmaceuticals.

Although the margins of exposure are substantial, it would be of value to ensure that these margins are adequate for possibly sensitive subpopulations and to better characterize health risks, if any, from long-term, low-level exposures. In addition, future research should focus on developing methods or protocols for prioritizing pharmaceuticals in the context of an overall risk assessment for all drinking-water hazards.

Summary

Currently, analysis of the available data indicates that there is a substantial margin of safety between the very low concentrations of pharmaceuticals that would be consumed in drinking-water and the minimum therapeutic doses, which suggests a very low risk to human health. Based on this finding, the development of formal health-based guideline values for pharmaceuticals in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Guidelines for drinking-water quality is currently not considered to be necessary.

Concerns over pharmaceuticals in drinking-water should not divert water suppliers and regulators from other priorities for drinking-water and health, most notably microbial risks, such as bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens, and other chemical risks, such as naturally occurring arsenic and excessive levels of fluoride.

Oh my god!!!!

Over Prescribed America

Vegetable Soup

Great for Spring and early summer

Ingredients
1-2 cups chopped celery
5-6 medium tomatoes cubed
1 zucchini thinly crescent sliced
2 quarts water
1/4 cup mini spaghetti noodles
¼ tsp ground clove powder
2-3 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp asafoetida
1½ tsp cumin powder
2-3 tsp salt to taste

Directions
1. Heat olive oil in a 4 quart soup pot on medium-high heat
2. Add asafoetida, then add cumin seed powder and fry
3. Add celery and tomatoes and cook until they cry, then add water and continue to cook
4. Puree in a blender
5. Add zucchini
6. In another pot, boil water to cook mini spaghetti according to the packages instructions and then drain
7. Add pasta to the soup and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes
8. Sprinkle with clove powder at the end

Your experience, the Western mind/paradigm

Just follow the popular advice
And my cousin the snake.
There’ll come a time when your godlikeness
Will make you quiver and quake.

Read this one to the end…….

Ones experience is only to the level of their knowledge.

A person’s experience is limited to their knowledge, it is a capacity, much like a bucket and there are different sizes. Many different sizes of buckets.

Paradigm:
The english language, Western english, not even a proper British english but coerced and manipulated as per time and the state of the society. A destructive language, whether you believe it or not.

Linguistic relativism is that the language a person speaks has an influence on a person’s cognition perception and how the experience the world.

The mind and paradigm in which one lives, much like water and a fish. The fish does not know water although it is the paradigm it lives within. The water is created by the language that one lives in, the culture. Yes, it is a modern culture. The Western culture, the American english speaking culture. The culture of superficiality. It destroys detail, depth, and wisdom. This is the world we live in today. They have even excepted a lower form of english slang as a legitamate language (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebonics). We have even deteriorated to the language of text messages as a form of communication…. LMAO (http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/textmessageabbreviations.asp) Even in small places in India the youth change the way they pronounce “Schedule” from the British english to the American english because it is cool, it is better, only because they have rejected their own culture and their own roots and heritage. A hatred of them self. This due to movies and the superficial world of reality TV and internet, where nothing is actually real. Also here in India, tattoos are now becoming cool. Funny how they were in the heritage of the culture and had meaning as the woman would have tattoos done on their arms. Now the “sleeve” tattoo is becoming popular as well as tribal tattoos due to Western movies. Like tribal has anything to do with India in that form. It is just the media influence of the Western world. The only meaning behind it is to look cool and be popular, superficiality, much like the Western world. Opposite of their heritage and the depth of it.

Depth of language:
The sanskrit language 52 letters in a vocabulary that is not only based in frequency and mathematics but is beyond your wildest dreams if you would only have the chance to be blessed with studying it or even having a glimpse at the depth and detail that its bar with letters hanging off of it hides. Metres, chandas, its all stuff beyond a language that destroys depth before one can even start to comprehend. Do you really think a language that has 52 letters can ever be translated to a language with 24 letters? Just on a basic superficial logic it is impossible. Then to have any realization that just being able to transliterate the words does not even come close to even starting to be able to unfold the depth to the language.

The texts, all coded. Nope, not even being able to read sanskrit will you actually be able to read texts like the vedas. You can go online and get translations into english but they mean nothing. They are all coded within their mathematical rules. Detail. In the chandas, the first three words in the first set are unto themself. They do not mix with the second set or third in meaning or in any other way. This way they keep their context and meaning. Then each of the six sets, the same. The words remain in their context and hidden unless the knowledge is known to be able to read it in this way. The depth of meaning is kept but then lost to one that does not understand the several ways that sanskrit is written in. Much like music takes a musician to understand.

Have a gander at this video for a very basic understanding:

chandas

From the Western paradigm’s arrogance we get titles of articles like this

( http://www.umassd.edu/media/umassdartmouth/centerforindicstudies/newsletter_fall04.pdf ) and then you have to understand the entire article is also written from the western paradigm as well.

Sanskrit texts focus on the power of both speech and the writers who have mastered speech. Given this, we can understand why the ancient Indians placed such importance on preserving the Vedas as precisely as possible: speech was powerful, and holy speech deserved to be preserved exactly as it was first said.

With this in mind, the ancient Indians began devising ways to preserve the Vedas exactly. Plain memorization could never be enough, for distortions inevitably slip in. Instead, they eventually realized that a rigorous description of the form of the poems would help preserve their shape over time. This description evolved into the formal study of meter. Both meter and the study of meter are called chandas.

Unlike the grammatical tradition, which became very complex, the metrical tradition was quite simple. We are quite sure that there were older works on Vedic meter, but none of them have survived. Indeed, one of the oldest authors we have on record, by name of Piṅgala, talks about both Vedic and Classical meter, meaning that he likely lived some time after Pāṇini. His Chandaḥśāstra, literally “the rules of meter,” is almost certainly part of a longer tradition. Unfortunately, most of that tradition is lost to us today.

The fundamental unit of a poetic composition is the akṣara, or syllable. Several akṣaras are arranged into a pāda, or line, with fixed length. pādas are arranged into a group called a vṛtta, or stanza. Together, thesevṛttas form an actual Sanskrit work.

And back to those books that you are reading, they aren’t sanskrit texts are they? Nope, translated ones? Nope, just the latest book by someone writing about something that has to do with those texts, maybe? A feel good book that is maybe being considered deep knowledge? Probably. How watered down do you think those books are since the actual sanskrit is not able to be translated?

Next, lets consider the sanskrit texts that are translated into english or even worse, the books that are written by a westerner who doesn’t have the education or authority or even experience of what that topic is (because of limitations of paradigm and lack of stepping out of their own) to write a book on the topic. So as we see, the internet is a resource for information. Not knowledge, not wisdom, information only.

Concept of time:
I believe that in the west much of everything is quite misunderstood and mostly from a subjective nature which in my experience is only ego and ones own experience based in ones own experience, far from truth. Soul or atma is passive. opposite to the western ideas of what fills someones soul or is their souls delight. the soul experiences the karma it has from past lives and it is only the mind that creates meaning. This is but superficial to the deeper understanding of it all. It is also at the basis of how astrology is founded upon. As western astrology is based souly (pun applicable here) off the sun and that is only part of the equation as it takes the mother to actually create anything. You find this mistake deeply embedded into everything including the paradigm of time itself where the gregorian calendar is based off the seasons, a purely egocentric view of the universe and with the addition of the moon, being the completion of the duo of mother and father, is needed for any correct vantage point on anything. hence the solilunar calendar and time based upon the stars rather than seasons of the earth alone. It states volumes and is in every nook and cranny of the Western minds paradigm.

This is also a culture that lives the existence of being able to turn their watches and clocks forward or backward and adjust a whole society/reality on it.

For an example of more of the superficial reality of the concept of time in this paradigm, ones birthday is not actually when they celebrate it by way of the gregorian calendar. The moon phase which is nature and mother has nothing at all to do with it one’s birth? Only when the moon is in the same phase and the sun is in the same sign would the birthday be”in reality of the universe” and time created by the universe. Space is what creates time? The sun is what creates the seasons. Once again, think there might be alittle more to the equation?

This is in alignment with all the thousands and thousands of texts written in the Indian culture going back far more than others and all based in nature and not of mans manipulative mind.

You also find this in other ancient cultures.

Concept of Soul:
The western understanding of soul is only ego. At least this is what it is taken as when you look at the language that is used around it. Soul’s desire. Set your soul on fire. Soul  Like when is some one not their soul or even on their path? Since they only have what is??? Just more of the disconnection created by Descartes and others of the same lot back then. Enough said on that one.

To simplify everything is to lose what makes beauty and also makes truth.

Arrogance of Western Science:
Western science is based in proving only by empirical evidence. Problem is empirical evidence is highly flawed as there is not any reality in which it can truly exist except a very limited form of duality and there is so much more than that. Ayurveda for example cannot be tested or researched by empirical methods of analysis as it is opposite to it and the entire paradigm cannot exist within those limited boundaries. A person is an individual, what they eat as well as eat as well as where they live as well as the depth of their sleep and a slew of other factors go into what makes them.

Take an herb for an example, an herb that is grown in one part of the world verses another will have different characteristics so the same say (another new Western “superfood”) turmeric will act differently as per where it was grown as well as a slew of other factors. Take a tsp of turmeric and test it on 100,000 people will give 100,000 different results which is why Western empirical evidence always has a ratio of how an herb or chemical acts on a group and why it is a majority based system. Only killed 1/10 of the people tested? Okay by the FDA for public use then. What more is the timing of the dose take. The same herb taken at different times throughout the day will have different effects on the one individual, not to mention the different effects on the 100,000 persons depending upon the plethora of factors that make them that individual. Also, what substance it is taken with, i.e. hot water vs cold, pomegranate juice, milk, or ghee or many other delivery vehicles also makes it function different/work differently and the details go on. This is Ayurveda or actually only a single part of it. It is a science that understands those details and works within that paradigm. It cannot fit in the small paradigm of western thought and science. In fact, this is all of the vedic sciences. Vast and opposite to the Western paradigm. They are sciences based in the foundation of understanding non dual as well as dual and how manifestation from unmanifest to matter happens. How to put this in such a limited box of the western paradigm of gross simplification and subjective experience and empirical knowledge? The last question to throw the wrench into western empirical research methods is, Hey! Prove you have a mind.

On the turmeric front, if you consider what I just explained and then read this article, you might get how this overwhelm of western so called health information even has tried to take the ancient ways and popularize them but it is still just a western view and it so much is missing what is right before its eyes. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/01/10/health-benefits-side-effects-turmeric-vs-curcumin/

You just pop a pill of it or drink their tea and wallah your going to have that list of benefits that they mention, right? Are we idiots? Because from where I am standing, from my knowledge base, this article, it only shows that we are.

Just more sales. Just more selling of fear and your need to consume more to be okay.

I try to explain this paradigm thing by using a quote that comes from one paradigm. Say it is a quote that comes from the dharmashatras of vedic times and then is read out of context by a common modern day Westerner. They will only be able to give it whatever meaning they want to give it from their paradigm. It cannot be understood from a western paradigm except in its own view which destroys what it actually is.

The need for self will in the Western Paradigm:
The part that is the hardest for the western view of thinking is their need for choice. There is self will and choice but it is so very limited. I use the analogy of a surfer surfing a huge wave and one standing on the beach viewing it. the surfer looks all in control and with such grace and choice. If that viewer was to then take a helicopter up in the sky above and look down they would see this giant ocean with these small waves all in line and all moving in toward the beach. The surfer barely perceptible is a dot and unmoving except for the wave it is on and the waves movement toward that beach. This is jyotish.

In jyotish, one can see someones past life and the karma that has given to their rebirth. One can see their mind and how they function and see the world. One can see their actions and how they will choose to move in this world. The matter of growth is another very small piece. As there are the places that someone can grow, they are limited. There is manipulation of all of it when their is the knowledge to. Most of the manipulation is through divine connection which I have found the Western paradigm to have quite an aversion to for its obvious aversion to religion and anything bigger than itself. That is the paradigm. But once again, those manipulations works like clock work and is what mantra is all about. All of it based in sound and frequencies and mathematics and exacting. It unfortunately takes all of the subjective stuff and makes it look as it is, just opinion or ones experience based in their own level of knowledge.

The dramatic and fatalistic side of the western paradigm then says well then why do anything? That is just nonsensical and also ego.

If one has a small aeroplane, one can use it to fly around hillsides, country roads, and enjoy beautiful scenery of hills, valleys, villages, trees, green pastures, fields and lakes. The true purpose of the airplane is to get away from all those things, soar high and fly in the sky. One not knowing it may only fly low around on roads, enjoy the scenery and may even feel proud of what he is able to do with his airplane. One knowing what the airplane is really for may still be unable to fly because he does not know how to fly.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part.

No, didn’t write that, some other guy did.

 I might say that jyotish and ayurveda and all the vedic sciences are, i believe, infact not useful anymore though. As humanity is degrading (a deeply adharmic world arises) and the need for the individual to fight for equality (subjective desire) is destroying all of duality and how nature functions. It is actually behind much of all the darkness I could point to today in the world. Dogs and cats are not wanting to be the same. Men cannot have babies…… yet.

All of this is seen in easy vantage of just how our food is no longer seasonal and our youth does not even know what a tomato looks like (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGYs4KS_djg). Nature is being destroyed and the nature of how things work and act along with it. As all of the ancient texts explain time, we are in the ending cycle, it is getting darker, not brighter as that one is a hard gulp to swallow. Heading toward the pralaya or final destruction where it all starts all over again in the vast larger cycle of what is.

But wait there is a huge set of fools out there that say different (https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=ascension+what+happened+why+did+it+not+)

Some how, we are only worried about our own little cycle, and not even getting out of the one cycle that we exist in at this moment, this lifetime. How egotistical and of limited consciousness really. It is even the focus of all of those spiritual books your reading. Are they working?

I would say that predictions and seeing in jyotish is probably vastly different now that is was say just 100 years ago. The earth has changed and humans have destroyed nature to the point where disease has grown to be more powerful that what Ayurveda can deal with. Where extending the life in a lowest denominator of quality has now also poisoned the air water and foods of the planet.

A question of level of perception

An experience:

A friend and his wife from school were wanting to get pregnant but they could not. They consulted and as well another friend of theirs who does allopathic medicine and specializes in IVF coincidentally. In the end they did not want to take the time to do ayurveda to cleanse their systems and made jokes about how could having 20 loose stools in a day make them able to have a child. This of course would the usual response from an Indian national as this is how Ayurveda is looked at in India in reality. Three or four generations back, it was a bit different I would suppose. Also, this whole experience could not actually happen in the West because who are you going to go to for this in America? Anyone there with any sort of education of real Ayurveda to a level to work with childbirth? Look around even ask around.

So after ridiculing Ayurveda, they went thru the allopathic IVF procedures. After all sorts of treatments in preparation and everything she had 5 eggs inseminated and 3 of them died within the first 3 months and another after 5 months then the last after 6 months. The amount of money was not that much as it was only $4000 usd here in India and would have been 10 times the amount at least, in America. In the end, the amount of pain that she went thru, the amount of being treated like a piece of meat instead of a human, the amount of damage that the treatments did and now she still has to do injections of pregnazone or something like that daily. All of it so stupid and painful.

From my view and ayurveda. #1 their state of health did not allow them to have a child whether it was beeja dosha from their parents or from their own diseased living it is still their karma that they could not have a child. With this they decided to not go thru natural ways of cleansing the body but to try to force the body with Western unnatural science to have a child, (the uterus not in a state of health to hold the process, the eggs not healthy enough to conceive, and/or the sperm was diseased)….. the nice thing about western medicine is that a human does not need to take responsibility for themselves or even know anything about themselves which is great because without knowing one cannot take any blame for what they do.

Obviously, they still are not healthy enough to have a child and even through trying to force they could not. The damage done with the western meds have now put them in a place where even Ayurveda probably could not help them if they were to try.

This is the world today and it is getting number and dumber, not better and brighter.

My comments are not just about Ayurveda, as ayurveda is not going to solve the worlds problems. Its a bigger problem. A much bigger problem.

Now here is the question, would you tell the couple that are wanting to have the child that they are responsible and explain the entire thing in detail as it would teach them about health, how to live healthier, as well as bring them responsibility rather than the opposite which is the prevailing attitude of human beings today? Would you try to have them see or would you let them continue their diseased lives in their oblivion?

Its a hard question because prevailing thought is of the Western mind where for a disease we take a pill rather than any recognition of what it is caused by (our life…. lifestyle and intake) and let us remain unconscious and irresponsible.

The second story is similar but more about the question I just gave.

A man and his wife had IVF done and had twins, which is common if you look at the statistics. Turns out both girls have autism. Well. So where do we start, again. Beeja dosha (this is a defect in the seed, an imbalance from the very start) given to the children through the unnatural fertilization process. Going against nature. Beeja dosha that the parents could not conceive the same as the last story but now they have created two lives of diseased children (which is also their karma) that can probably not even be corrected by Ayurveda. So would you tell them that they have created this and given their children autism by going against nature? Because of you don’t you are enabling them to continue on in their lives harming themselves and now their children by way of their ignorance and disease state not to mention also harming others by their actions in the world? Yes, it is their karma but would you explain to them their karma?

I think I have discussed pragnaapardha enough in past posts. Also the results. Also that the mind and perception is just as diseased as the body is. I have used the same analogy that Yoga, Ayurveda, Upanishads, Vedanta, have I forgotten anyone, that a jaundiced person sees thru yellow jaundiced eyes. Their perception of the world is skewed in the direction of the disease. Everyone is like this.

But If you did say something, would you not be going against modern world thought (highly diseased and disease forming), which has to dominate to the point where you would be thrown in jail possibly if you did. Same as witches being burned to death and people being executed for believing that the world was actually round and not flat in times past.

In other words…. kali yuga. Ignorance prevails.

Silence is golden (Mouna Vrata)

Mouna is silence but not just not talking. It is a silence of mind. Mouna is not scribbling on a chalk board instead of talking to communicate. It is the total and lack of creating mind pollution. It is amazing the benefits of just taking one day a week away from that life and being completely silent, no communication what so ever. It is amazing at what one starts to perceive, what one starts to comprehend. Silence is then to preserve that memoria Dei which is much more than just ‘memory’. It is a total consciousness and awareness of God which is impossible without silence, recollection, solitude and a certain withdrawal.
Holding the tongue (mouna), vowed observance (Vrata), sacred knowledge (Sruta), austerity (Tapas), reading (Adhyayana), the observance of rules pertaining to one’s caste (Sva Dharma), exposition of Shastra (Vyakya), living in solitude (Rahas), recital of mantra (Japa), and Samadhi all lead to moksha.
Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.
The first monk said, “Oh, no! The candle is out.”
The second monk said, “Aren’t we not supposed to talk?”
The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?”
The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak.
On that same note…….
Three monks who had taken vows of silence were permitted an annual reprieve during which one monk was permitted to speak at the end of each year of silence. At the end of the first year, the first monk was allowed his opportunity to speak, where upon he said “The soup is too hot.”
Another year elapsed, and it was the next monk’s turn. The monks turned their attention to him, whereupon he said “The soup is too cold.”
Another year elapsed; it was the third monk’s turn. The assembled monks turned to him, whereupon he said “The soup is neither too cold nor too hot. However, it is too salty.”
By the fourth year, the Abbess had posted a notice that it would be she who would speak at the end of that year. The assembled monks were particularly alert to hear the esteemed Abess give her speech. One could hear the sound of a butterfly’s wings in the silence which enveloped the hall. Whereupon the Abess said “There will be no more of this quibbling about the soup.” 

response ability

There are no external causes to anything. Everything, every situation, is in our life because we have brought it due to our karmic make up, something inside us. In this way, the mind can be a dangerous thing and it’s understanding and control is the key to peace.

Gardens need to be weeded, not once-in-a-lifetime, not once in a year, but they need very regular weeding. Negative thought processes, self-defeating internal dialogs need to be caught and removed before they manifest suffering in the environment. Depending on the strength of an affliction, remedies can be performed to open the movement for the karmic tendencies to be cleared.

People act as if there is a world out there that they don’t have an influence on us. Everything you think, and how you think, how you see the world, generates the world that you live in. Everything is inside, everything outside is just a reflection. There are layers and levels of the mandala of your life. In jyotish, the planetary energies work first inside your psyche, then your body, then your family relationships, and then your worldly interactions. How you interact in your world is first an internal, then moves to an external. 

Some people may blame others for their issues, but there is no reason to blame anything, that is just the karma. To understand the root cause as karma is not meant to disempower, it is meant to stop blaming other things and create growth in the present. In fact, it does not disempower but rather gives a sense of liberation, freedom. It brings one to the present. Anything that a person blames, is just an excuse which only leads to being stuck in the karma. Being responsible for one’s karma allows forward action which creates forward motion in life. Not being responsible for one’s karma is not being responsible for one’s actions, nor the consequences of their actions. If you get this, you can see the level or age of maturity this corresponds with. 

It doesn’t matter what your father did, or your mother and what she did not do, or why the wife did that, or how bad that guru did something to someone. What matters is the actions that are being taken from the present moment forwards. We need to except what has happened, because of what it is. Denial of what it is, is unconsciousness. Acceptance is coming to terms with your karma and allowing the attention to be in the present.

It’s the things we don’t see that impact us the most.

To be able to see and help others, we must help ourselves first. You have to see where you can get over your own stuff, and then you can help others with theirs. In the end of this process what you’ll find is that life is much too complex to help others with their stuff. An individual has so much individuality that they must find their own way to raise their awareness. Without a template or understanding one is only placing one’s own issues on to another as one’s reality is their own and not someone else’s nor is it their path. 

When one reaches a place of being still, one is only then able to see their issues clearly. In the daily constant bustle of mind stuff of desires and expectations as well as one’s own story, there is no clarity. The endgame of the path always comes down to acceptance of what is. It allows us to be in the present and to let go of what our own issues are and forgive. It is never to try to change what is further with manifesting or trying to find joy or happiness.

It comes simply down to forgiveness. Forgiveness is only letting go of our own expectations and our own creation that we press on to another. Forgiveness ultimately just comes down to forgiving oneself, not even others, but oneself since the entire interaction is that of one’s own doing in one’s past karma.

It is a very strong person that is able to realize this and also a very strong person that is able to forgive. Taking things personally, our own expectations, impressing those upon others, only create situations for forgiveness to take place.

From this forgiveness there’s a realization of those impression of our own expectations upon others. Our own issues come to light. From this place stillness is had. When there is stillness there is relating, deep relating, and the other is seen. From this place only one is able to respond.

Pongal

 

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Pongal is a rice dish in Tamil Nadu, and Sri Lanka. In Tamil, the root pong or pongu means to ” boil over” or “spill over”.
Ingredients
2 cups split yellow mung dahl
1 1/2 cup sona masoori rice
1/2 tsp ghee
2 tsp chopped curry leaves
3 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
1 cup cashew nuts pieces
1/2 – 1 tsp cumin seeds
salt to taste

Directions
1. Boil the rice and dahl in a pressure cooker. Turn off at one whistle.
2. Remove lid, add salt, and let boil a little bit more, then turn off heat.
3. In a large kadhai or pan melt the ghee.
4. Add whole black peppercorns, cumin seeds, curry leaves, and ginger and fry.
5. Add whole cashew nuts and fry.
6. When cashews are a little brown add rice and dahl and fry all together.

How simple, how tasty.

 

Use and pronunciation of a mantra

I frequently run into Westerners/modern worldly people that believe that saying a mantra in any way is okay, and that pronunciation etc. is not important. They believe that it is only their intention that matters. If this were so there would not be a known manner of how to correct or undo the use of a mantra incorrectly.

The following is The instructions on how to undo the wrong use of a mantra.

If out of ignorance and incorrect mantra has been practiced for sometime, then it should be discarded immediately. This is done by worshiping the deity of the mantra by reciting the mantra in reverse order 1008 times. A water vessel is placed in the Sarvatobhadra Mandala and concentrated with the favorite item of the deity. The Deity is worshiped inside the pot. Then a fire sacrifice is performed with 108 oblations of ghee etc.

Finally, the following prayer is made as the mantra is written in the reverse order of it syllables on the palm leaf.

This is the translation:

Without considering it’s suitability I have committed errors in how I have worshiped you with this mantra. This is agitated my mind and it is parade that the evils of this wrongdoing be eradicated. May the sins be washed away and welfare and prosperity accrue with the sanctifying devotion.

After this the palm leaf is tied on the head and the water in the pot is port on the head. Again, the palm leaf is untied and placed inside the pot that is filled with water and is thrown in a river.

In response to those westerner saying that it is only intention that matters, the question remains then why bother saying it at all or using a diety’s name from a different culture without understanding the science properly?

What is maybe a better example, what if someone was to mispronounce your name constantly? Or even if someone was to call you Fred would you respond or answer? All in ones intention is only showing how self absorbed ones perspective of the universe is.

What’s in your mantra?

What makes up the Vedic Knowledge basically

The Vedas are the oldest books in the library of man. The truths contained in all religions are derived from the Vedas and are ultimately traceable to the Vedas. The Vedas are the ultimate source to which all religious knowledge can be traced. Religion is of divine origin. It was revealed by God to man in the earliest times. It is embodied in the Vedas.

The Vedas are eternal. They are without beginning and end. An ignorant man may say how a book can be without beginning or end. By the Vedas, no books are meant. Vedas came out of the breath of the Lord. They are the words of God. The Vedas are not the utterances of persons. They are not the composition of any human mind. They were never written, never created. They are eternal and impersonal. The date of the Vedas has never been fixed. It can never be fixed. Vedas are eternal spiritual Truths. Vedas are an embodiment of divine knowledge. The books may be destroyed, but the knowledge cannot be destroyed. Knowledge is eternal. In that sense, the Vedas are eternal.

 

Shruti is vedas. Shruti is what was heard by the rishis, basically gods word and what was heard while in deep meditation. This is the vedic mantras. The revelation. The word as it was revealed. It was later that all the vedic knowledge was given the name shruti since it was passed from guru to disciple by recitation. The guru would recite a mantra to the disciple and then the disciple would recite the mantra and the mantra now belonged to the disciple. There were no books at that time. We are not so blessed to have access to this. The entire veda was given this way. In fact, some Brahmin families still have their family name connected to their lineage that stated the family’s title….. Chaturveda for example is a family last name that meant the members of that lineage, that family knew four vedas, Chaturpadyai… is the same. Trivedi is a family name that means they knew three of the vedas. Mukhapadyai, the foremost of the learned. The tradition was to memorize the Vedas as a Brahmin child. Their minds were not encumbered by so much of the stuff of modern life today.

 

Smriti is that what is recollected or remembered. The Bhagavad Gita is smriti.

 

There is Samhita which is the Hymns of the vedas.

Brahmanas are the texts that held the knowledge of the padoti or the systems of worship.

Aranyak is the stories of the rishis that lived in the forest or the Himalayas.

The Upanishad is the synthesis of the philosophy.

 

Each Veda had the four parts of Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad. They all were separate works.

 

The Puranas all of these are collected together. They told the story of the Rishi who went off into the forest = Arnyak. Perform this puja = Bramana. In that Puja he sang this hymn = Samhita. Which then evolves into the discourse on the philosophy = Upanishad. The Purana was a collection of all of this in an attempt to translate all of the the Vedic knowledge for the common people of that era. The knowledge was collected together and put into one synthesis which had a story line and also taught the puja and taught the philosophy and it taught the hymns. The Puranas were written to popularise the knowledge of the Vedas. They contain the essence of the Vedas. The aim of them is to impress on the minds of the masses the teachings of the Vedas and to generate in them a higher devotion to God, through concrete examples, myths, stories, legends, lives of saints, kings and great men, allegories and chronicles of great historical events. The sages made use of these things to illustrate the eternal principles. The Puranas were meant, not for the scholars, but for the ordinary people who could not understand high philosophy and who could not study the Vedas. Neophytes in the spiritual path are puzzled when they go through Siva Purana and Vishnu Purana. In Siva Purana, Lord Siva is highly eulogised and an inferior position is given to Lord Vishnu. Sometimes Vishnu is belittled. In Vishnu Purana, Lord Hari (Vishnu) is highly eulogised and the inferior status is given to Lord Siva. Sometimes Lord Siva is belittled. This is only to increase the faith of the devotees in their particular Ishta Devata. Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu are one. The best among the Puranas are the Srimad Bhagavata and the Vishnu Purana. The most popular is the Srimad Bhagavata Purana. Next comes Vishnu Purana. A portion of the Markandeya Purana is well known to all Hindus as Chandi, or Devimahatmya. Worship of God as the Divine Mother is its theme. Chandi is read widely by the Hindus on sacred days and Navaratri (Durga Puja) days which just passed.

 

The Epics were another synthesis. They told the epic story that would have the characters that would be the archetypes with the lineage and their kingdom. Throughout it the characters would be met with , Rishis, Saints and wise men or even avatar and manifestations of God that would give the wisdom, the wisdom of the pujas, and the hymns and the philosophy that is connected. The entire genealogy of India is held in the Mahabharata. The cream of the Upanishads are in the Bhagavad Gita. You will find almost exact word for word verses of the Keno Upanishad, Katha Upanishad, and Chandogya Upanishad in the Bhagavad Gita. Cut and pasted.

 

The seven Rishis knew all the vedic knowledge. Veda vyasa later classified and categorized the vedic knowledge into Rig Veda the knowledge of hymns, Yajur Veda the knowledge of sacrifice, Sama Veda the knowledge of song, the Atharva Veda knowledge of the perfection of life. when they past the knowledge on to their disciples it was broken down into shakas or branches. These branches got smaller and smaller as they moved further from the root. They developed into Gotras or lineages which is the dispensing and evolution of vedic knowledge and its branches. Traditionally there was 51 Gotras and 49 shakas or branches (7 rishis with 7 Shakas). Each of the branches had a theme or philosophies from the gross philosophy to the most highest idealist philosophy which all were included in the Vedas.

 

The 6 philosophies:
Nyaya -logic, written by Sage Gautama. It consists of 537 Sutras in five chapters. It helps in obtaining an intimate knowledge of topics like Prameya, Pramana and other items of learning. It deals with the analysis of the mental process of knowing.

Vaiseshika – which is supplementary to Nyaya, was written by Sage Kanada and it consists of about 373 Sutras in twelve chapters. This science helps us to get a clear knowledge of the six-fold type of existing things like Dravya (money), Guna (Sattwa, Rajas, Tamas), Karma etc. The metaphysics and logic of both are more or less the same. This science recognises the scripture.,

Sankhya -attributed to Sage Kapila, explaining that the world is real, balanced by intelligence, activity and matter. The goal of life according to this Sastra is to get absolute freedom from the three kinds of miseries from the knowledge of the difference between Prakriti and Purusha.

Yoga – explains the practical side of Sankhya. Sage Patanjali is the author of the text on this branch and it consists of 194 Sutras in four parts. Control of character by control of body, mind, intellect etc., forms the subject matter of the eight-fold steps taught in this Sastra. It is also known as Raja Yoga.

Purva Mimansa, Uttar Mimansa – explains the Karma (or Purva) Mimamsa and Sharirika (or Uttara) Mimamsa or Vedanta. Sage Jaimini composed the first which consists of 12 chapters. Sage Jaimini has also written the Upasana Kanda in four chapters.

 

There are also four Upa-Vedas or subsidiary Vedas; Ayurveda (science of life and health), Dhanurveda (science of war), Gandharva Veda (science of music) and Arthasastra (science of polity).

 

and six Angas or explanatory limbs, to the Vedas;

Siksha of Maharshi Panini (Phonetics)…. because the treating of sound pitches, like Udatta, Anudatta, Swarita, Prachaya, Hraswa, Dirgha and Pluta of the vowels with the consonants appearing in the Vedic text. A knowledge of this science, especially in the context of the use of the Mantras, is said to be absolutely essential. Defective pronunciation will bring contrary or even harmful results. Kinda obvious, or this science in itself would not exist in the first place.

Vyakarana of Maharshi Panini (Sanskrit Grammar), Chhandas of Pingalacharya (Prosody metre), Nirukta of Yaska (Philosophy or etymology), Jyotisha of Garga (Astronomy and astrology), Kalpas (Srauta, Grihya, Dharma and Sulba) belonging to the authorship of various Rishis.

 

 

Vedas Rig Veda Krishna Yajur Veda Sukla Yajur Veda Samaveda Atharva Veda
No.of original
Recensions
21 85 17 101 9
Available Branches or Shakas Shakala Taitireeya
Mitrayani
Katha
Kapisthala
Swetaswetara
Kanva,
Madyandina
(Vajasanya)
Kauthuma,
Ranaayaneeya,
Jaimineeya
Pippalada
Saunaka
Brahmanas Aitaraya, Kaushitiki (or Shankhyayana) Taittireeya (Samhita)
Taitireeya
Sathapatha Panchavimsa,
Shadvimsa,
Samavidhana,
Aarsheya,
Mantra,
Devatadhyaya,
Vamsa,
Jaimineeya
Gopatha
Aranyakas Aitaraya,
Sankhyayana
Taitttireeya Brahadaranyaka
Upanishads Aitaraya,
Kaushitiki,
Bhashkala
Aitaraya,
Mahanarayana,
Mitrayani,
Katakha,
Swetaswetara
Isavasya,
Brihadaranyaka
Chandogya,
Kena
Prasna,
Mundaka,
Mandukya
Shrouta Sutras Aswalayana,
Shankhyayana
Apasthamba,
Baudhayana,
Hiranyakesi,
Bharadwaja,
Vaikhanasa,
Vadhoola,
Manava,
Varaha
Katyayana
(Paaraskara)
Khadira,
Latyayana,
Drahyayana,
Jaimineeya
Vikhanasa
Grihya Sutras Ashwalayana,
Shankyayana
Manava,
Apasthamba,
Baudhayana,
Hiranyakesi,
Vaikhanasa,
Katha
Kaatyayana
(Paaraskara)
Kadira,
Gobhila,
Gautama,
Jaimineeya
Kaushika
Dharma Sutras Vasishtha Apasthamba
Baudhayana
Hiranyakesi
—– Gautama —-
Upaveda Ayurveda Dhanurveda Dhanurveda Gandharvaveda Artha-Sastra

 

 

About sanskrit:

Everything is sanskrit is written in metres.

The Seven main Chandas (loosely translated as Metres) are;

  • Gayatri: 3 padas of 8 syllables containing 24 syllables in each stanza.
  • Ushnuk : 4 padas of 7 syllables containing 28 syllables in each stanza.
  • Anustubh: 4 padas of 8 syllables containing 32 syllables in each stanza. This is the typical shloka of classical Sanskrit poetry
  • Brihati : 4 padas (8 + 8 + 12 + 8) containing 36 syllables in each stanza.
  • Pankti : 4 padas (sometimes 5 padas) containing 40 syllables in each stanza.
  • Tristubh: 4 padas of 11 syllables containing 44 syllabes in each stanza
  • Jagati: 4 padas of 12 syllables containing 48 syllables in each stanza.

There are also more which are multiplicities of these basically.

The main principle of Vedic meter is measurement by the number of syllables. The metrical unit of verse is the pada (“foot”), generally of eight, eleven, or twelve syllables; these are termed gayatri, tristubh and jagati respectively, after meters of the same name.

 

In Vedic sanskrit there are four criteria, The meaning, the metre, the rhyme, and the tonality (which is bhava and the length of each syllable)….. of every word. maybe you may get from this the depth and how sublime this is. There is vedic sanskrit of today which has only meaning metre and rhyme. Compared to modern poetry and writing?????? With all of this, you can see how the time of Kali yuga is upon us and that the intelligence is less that what it has been in the past.

 

This knowledge is exhaustive. It is deep. It goes in every nook and cranny you can think and nooks and crannies that you could not even think of. There is way more than what I have mentioned above. There are also texts of the Kalas. Some of them that are known are:

Akshara laksha. The authorship of this science is attributed to Sage Valmiki. All kinds (325 to be exact) of mathematics including modern geometry, algebra, trigonometry, physics or applied mathematics; minerology, hydels; the method of measuring air, heat and even electricity; geography etc., are said to have been treated. This work comprehends earlier discoveries by Sage Kashyapa, Ganapati, Soorya, Brihaspati, Jaimini, Hanuman and others. This work consists of 50 chapters. The first half deals with mathematics and the second half is about the Shaktis that make up the world.

The next science of importance is Sabda Sastra. One Kandika Rishi wrote this. It deals with sounds, echoes of moving and non-moving objects in creation. It also deals in five chapters with capturing or mechanically reproducing sounds, measuring their pitch, velocity, etc.

Sage Sakatayana is the author of Lakshana Sastra, or the science of determining the sex in animate and inanimate creation. Babhru Muni has written about Kanya-Lakshana in which 32 marks are indicated for chastity etc. Sage Garga has written on Sakuna Sastra, the determination of good and bad effects from the sounds of birds, words of human beings etc. (in other words, omens).

Shilpa Sastra is said to have been written by Sage Kashyapa and it consists of 22 chapters. 307 varieties of Shilpas including 11 types of constructions like temples, palaces, halls etc., are detailed. Earlier writers on this subject are Viswakarma, Maya, Maruti, Chayapurasha, etc., whose thoughts have been incorporated in the above.

Supa-Sastra deals with the science of cooking. One Sukesa is the first author of this science. 108 varieties of preparations, from condiments and pickles to sweetmeats, cakes, puddings, and 3032 kinds of dishes meant for people living in different parts of the world are mentioned.

Sage Rishyasringa is credited with writing a comprehensive treatise on the science called Malinee Sastra which consists of flower arrangements, making garlands, bouquets, hair-do’s in various styles for women, writing love messages on flower petals to convey to beloveds in codes. This work consists of 16 chapters.

The science of Kala or Time was written by Lord Karttikeya. Its division into definite periods, their classification into auspicious and inauspicious moments, the deities that preside over each are dealt with in this work.

Samudra Raja, or the Lord of the Ocean is the original author of Samudrika Sastra. He noted down the auspicious marks on the body of Lord Vishnu while the latter was resting on Aadisesha in the ocean. This science was later developed by Sages like Narada, Varaha and Mandavya and Lord Kartikeya. Palmistry belongs to this sastra.

Aswini Kumaras are credited with writing the science of Dhatuvada which, in 7 chapters treats of natural as well as artificial Dhatus or primary substances, their combinations and transmutations. Alchemy or converting copper into gold etc. is dealt with in this work.

The science of poisons or Visha Sastra is said to have been exhaustively written about by Aswini Kumaras. This treats of 32 kinds of poisons, their properties, their preparations, effects and antidotes.

Bhima is credited with having composed the science of fine arts called Chitrakarma Sastra. It consists of 12 chapters and expounds nearly 200 kinds of drawings. There is a section in which students are taught to recreate the figure of a person after seeing a single hair or nail or a bone of that person.

One Malla is said to have composed a comprehensive work on Malla Sastra which deals with 82 kinds of gymnastics and sports necessary for preservation of health and athletic activities and 24 kinds of infantry warfare where hand to hand combat is involved. This work consists of 3 parts.

The revered Valakhilyas are credited with writing the science on Parakaya Pravesha i.e., entering into one body from another body, and it teaches 32 kinds of Yogas and the eight-fold Siddhis (super-human capabilities), Anima, Mahima etc.

One Agnivarma has written exhaustively on the science of horses, their auspicious marks, their physiology, breeding, training etc. Similarly, one Kumaraswamy has written exhaustively on Gaja Sastra (about elephants). He has given 16 methods to test various marks on the bodies of elephants.

Sage Vatsyayana has composed a work on Ratna Pariksha or testing of gems (precious stones). His analysis shows 24 characteristics of gems or precious stones, natural and artificial ones; their forms, weights etc are discussed and classified into categories. 32 methods of testing them for genuineness are also described.

Veerabahu, the lieutenant of Lord Subramanya, is the author of a work on Mahendrajala or the science of magic. It teaches how illusions, like walking on the water, riding in the air etc., are made.

Sage Vyasa is said to have composed a work on Artha Sastra consisting of three chapters, in which he teaches 82 ways of earning money, even while leading a righteous life.

Sage Agastya is credited with the composing of Shakti Tantra consisting of eight chapters in which Mulaprakriti, Maya etc., and 64 kinds of external Shaktis of bodies like those of the Sun, Moon and Air, Fire etc., are explained and their particular applications are also given. Atomic fission or nuclear science appears to form part of this science.

Sage Matanga is credited with composing a science called Soudamini Kala by which all phenomena could be attracted through shadows and even ideas. Also taught is the science of photographing interiors of mountains, earth etc.

Authorship of the science which is about the clouds, is attributed to Sage Atri. This work deals with 12 kinds of clouds, their characteristics, 12 kinds of rains, 64 kinds of lightnings, 32 varieties of thunderbolts etc.

In a work on Yantras by Bharadwaja, he explains about 339 types of vehicles useful in travelling on land, 783 kinds of boats and ships to be used on water and 101 varieties of airships, by use of the Mantra, Tantra, and artificial means and those used by semi-divine beings like Gandharvas etc., are also explained.

The Crazy western ideas of health and diet

Early 1900’s had the Tapeworm diet where you would literally give yourself a tapeworm to lose weight. Sounds carzy today right? Not really. Just as crazy thinking goes into todays dieting as well.

The Christian diet where the book “Pray Your Weight Away,” which was published in 1957. The best-seller set the trend for future titles such as “I Prayed Myself Slim” (1960), “Help Lord,” “The Devil Wants Me Fat!” (1978) and “The Weigh Down Diet” (1997), which advised readers not to confuse physical hunger for what was really spiritual hunger. In 2002, Don Colbert, M.D., published What “Would Jesus Eat?”

Calories don’t count’, 1961 book by Herman Taller, this diet said that it didn’t matter how many calories you ate as long as you didn’t eat any carbohydrates and began each meal with a shot of safflower oil.

In the midst of all the dieting pills of the 1970’s, 1972 brought the Atkin’s diet which only found its popularity in the 90’s then later Dr. Atkin’s fell on ice after a heart attack and broke his hip. From an Ayurvedic vantage point this would be obvious with the excessive intake of meat and fat which would only lead to the stress and excessive tissue built of the heart. Eating muscle builds muscle as a general rule. The excessive intake would cause a depletion of asthi dhatu or bone tissue which would be the reason for the break when he fell. Also from a Western viewpoint the diet was controversial because it advocates eating as much high-fat food as one wants, which Western studies show lead to heart disease.

The Beverly Hills diet, in 1981, was next and the public ate it up while the doctors told of the horrors of it. It was seen to be “perhaps the worst, entry in the diet-fad derby,” they stated that excessive fruit consumption can cause diarrhea, dehydration, and in extreme cases, “the blood pressure can drop low enough to interfere with the circulation of blood and the person can die.”

1980s also brought the high discipline dieting with the Scarsdale Diet. Calorie restricted to 1000 calories, two-week high-protein, and low-carb. Author Herman Tarnower, M.D., had claimed that by going on and off the diet every two weeks, followers could lose up to 20 pounds per week without any long-term deprivation of any vitamins or minerals.

The early 90’s brought the cabbage soup diet.

As the insanity grows we see the Baby food diet in 2010.

The lemonade diet, or Master Cleanse developed by Stanley Burroughs, the diet allowed only lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. Nearly 70 years later from its inception, people are still blindly trying it.

There is the 5:2 diet,

The Special K diet,

Juice fast,

a raw food diet,

calorie counting using mobile phone apps,

the grapefruit diet

Weight Watchers,

the all famous cottage cheese diet,

Paleo diet,

5-Factor plan,

Blood type diet,

The China Study was written by T. C. Campbell and T. M. Campbell. which suggests that eliminating meats and dairy from the U.S. diet would lower the incidence of disease.

And there is so many many more that I have not even mentioned………

and they will continue.

Marketing, sales, based on fear.

We see today the endorsement of diets being more by celebrities and the masses just follow blindly. We also see a trend of people following other people lives stories and the journey of the person (and today it is just people, not with any actual education to come from but just their experience) which pulls people in. A healing journey. A struggle and fight and a win which then the other individual want to be part of or wants them self. Scary.

With all of these diets, it is the same. It is a religion. Nobody can tell a person that is doing any of these diets any different (like how bad a diet might be, say like the diets above that the Western Doctors even stated were not safe) and the person on the diet must share with everyone how wonderful the diet is and share their experiences trying to sell it to their friends.

Bottom line is that the need for a diet in the first place states the lack of any proper knowledge of health in the first place and the horrific way that is the norm when one is not “on” a diet. 

Any way you look at it you change the way you live, sleep, eat…… your body will respond, good or bad. Do you/we know what that is though?

Just by staying up late at night one will lose weight. They will also dry out and cause other imbalances. By just waking up earlier than the sunrise one will lose weight compared to if one sleeps in. The later one sleeps in after the sun comes up the more the functions of the body slow and become heavy and clogged. One would experience this in that cloudiness that is unshakable if one sleeps in late.

If one’s life is sitting in a chair all day and then coming home to sit in a chair and watching TV, just simply changing and being more active will make them healthier.

If one eats heavy food (nutrient dense foods fall into this category) all the time simply eating less or learning what is lighter food will change the body as well as affect the mind. (gluten intolerance comes from this)

None of this is rocket science.

and then the topper of it all with the all popular fad of today, the gluten-free diet……. there is truth in everything right? the fact that there is a parody of this in this video below says enough.

Venkateswara Suprabhatam

Venkateswara Suprabhatam

Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati, also known as Venkataramana Murty, is regarded as the last incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is hard to find a household in south India where the hymns in praise of the lord are not recited. The Tirumala Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh attracts millions of visitors every year. It is also one of the most well maintained and managed temples with online reservations for visits and Poojas.

SRI VENKATESWARA SUPRABHATAM
(Early morning wakeup prayer)
1. Kousalya supraja Rama poorva sandhya pravarthathe
Uttishta Narasardula karthavyamdhaivamanhikam .
Meaning : O Rama, son of Kausalya, the sun is about to rise in the eastern skies; please arise to offer the early morning oblations.

2. Uthishtothishta Govinda Uthishta Garuda dwaja
Uthishta Kamalakantha trilokyam mangalam kuru.
Meaning : Arise O Govinda the holder of flag with Garuda emblem; Cast aside your sleep to bestow your protection and solace to the Universe.

3. Matahas samastha jagatham MaduKaitabareh
Vaksho viharini manohara divya murthe
Sriswamini sritha jana priya dana seele
Sree Venkatesa dayite tava suprabhatham.
Meaning : Sri Lakshmi, mother of the world, you reside in the heart of Mahavisnu; O beautiful one that captures the attention of the minds of humans, O bestower of all benefits to those who fall at His feet, O dear and beloved one to Lord Venkateswara, I offer these morning Pranams to you.

4. Tava suprabhatam aravinda lochane
Bhavatu prasannna mukha chandramandale
Vidhi Sankarendra vanithabhir archite
Vrisha saila natha Dayite Dayanidhe!
Meaning : O Devi, good morning to you whose eyes are like the lotus and the bright face of the full moon; the consorts of Brahma , Sankara and Indra pay their respects to you the ocean of mercy dear to the Lord of the Vrishabadri.

5. Atryadi sapta rishayah samupasya sandhyam
Akasa sindhu kamalani manoharani
Aadaya Padayugam archayitum prapannah
Seshadri sekhara vibho tava suprabhatham.
Meaning : O resident of Sehadri, the seven holy rishis headed by Atri, having performed their morning sandhya, are at your feet offering beautiful lotuses and the waters of heavenly rivers, please receive them.

6. Panchananabja Bhava Shanmukha Vasavadyah
Trivikramadi charitam Vibhudas stuvanti
Bhashapathih Patathi vasara suddhim aarat
Seshadri sekhara vibho thava Suprabhatham.
Meaning : All the Gods from Brahma, Shiva, Shanmukha and others are praising your TriVikrama avathara, Brhaspathi, the Purohita of Devas is reading out the Panchangam (almanac), O Lord may this morning be glorious.

7. Eeshat prapulla sarasee ruha narikela
Poogadrumadi sumanohara palikanam
Aavati mandam Anilas saha divyagandhaih
Seshadri Sekhara Vibho tava suprabhatham.
Meaning : O Sehadri vasa, the morning scene is beautiful with the tossing of water lillies, cocoanut trees and transplanted young paddy fields, the morning breeze is blowing carrying pleasant smells, good morning toyou

8. Unmeelya netrayugam uttama Panjarasthah
Pathrava sishta kadaleephala payasani
Bhuktva saleelamatah Keli sukah patanthi
Seshadri sekhara Vibho tava Suprabhatham.
Meaning : O Venkateswara, the temple parrots are singing pleasantly after having tasted the fruits, payasa in your Puja vessels and quenching their thirst; I pray for a good morning to you.

9. Tantree prakarsha maduras swanaya Vipanchya
Gayat yanantha charitham tava Naradopi
Bhasha samagram asakrit kara chara ramyam
Seshadri Sekhara Vibho tava Suprabhatham.
Meaning : With his melodious musical instruments Sage Naradais singing your endless stories set to music and dancing to the enchanting music with lovely hand gestures, may this morning be beautiful.

10. Bringavali cha makharanda rasaani viddah
Jangara geetha ninadhais saha sevanaya
Niryatyupanta sarasee kamalodharebhyah
Seshadri sekahra Vibho tava Suprabhatam.
Meaning : O Lord of Seshagiri, the swarm of bees from the lotus flowers of the nearby tank have come out after tasting the honey and carrying makharanda pollen, waiting for your Darshan.

11. Yosha ganena varadadni vimatyamane
Goshalayeshu dadi manthana teevra goshah
Roshat kalim vidadate kakhubhascha kumbah
Seshadri sekhara Vibho tava suprabhatham.
Meaning : O Lord, the milk maids are churning their curd pots and are singing; the two sounds are competing with each other. May this morning be glorious to you.

12 .Padmesa mitra satha pathraga thali vargah
harthum sriyam kuvalayasya nijanga Lakshmya
Bherininadhamiva bibhrati teevranadham
Seshadri sekhara vibho tava Suprabhatham.
Meaning : The friends of the beesare trying to steal away the bluish brightness of the flowers and the sound of the drums. May this morning be glorious to you.

13. Srimannabhishta varadakhila lokhabando
Sri Srinivasa dayaika sindho
Sri devata griha bhujantara divyamurte
Sri Venkatachalapathe tava suprabhatham.
Meaning : O Srinivasa, bestower of all desired boons, closest kith and kin of the universe, ocean of compassion, O Lord of charming beautiful form in the abode of the Gods, let this morn bring glory to you.

14. Sriswami pushkarinika plava nirmalankah
sreyorthino Hara Virincha Sanandanadyah
Dvare vasanthi vara vetra hatottamangah
Sri Venkatachalapathe tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : Having taken their holydip in the Swami pushkarini, Gods like Brahma and Siva and sages such as Sanandana are waiting at the door for your Dharsan with their hands raised holding the rattan cane (for controlling the crowds). Glorious morning to you.

15 .Sri Seshasaila Garudachala Venkatadri
Narayanadri Vrishabhadri Vrishadri mukhyam
Aakhyam tvadiya vasateranisham vadanti
Sri Venkatachalapathe tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : Glory to you O Venkatesa, whose abode is described incessantly in the Holy books, variously as Seshachala, Garudachala, Venkatadri, Narayanadri, Vrishabahadri and Vrishadri.

16. Sevaparah Siva Suresa krisanudharma
Rakshombunatha Pavamana Dhanadhi nathah
Baddanjalif pravilasan nija sirsha desah
Sri Venkatachalapathe tava suprabatam.
Meaning : O Lord! desirous of serving you, Siva and Indra with their heads bowed and Kubera the lord of wealth and the protectors of the eight directions (Dikpalakas) with their hands tied in front in reverence are waiting for you.

17 .Dhateeshu te Vihagaraja mrigadhiraja
Nagadhiraja gajaraja haydhirajah
Swasvadhikaramahimadhikam arthayante
Sri Venkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : Venkatesa, seeking your benevolent look of approval Garuda and other leaders of your retinue are jostling for your first look to enhance their supervisory authority. Good morning to you.

18 .Suryendu Bhauma Budha Vakpati Kavyasowri
Swarbhanu Ketu divishat parishat pradhanah
Tvaddasa dasa charamow atidasa dsah
Sri Venkatachala pate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : O Lord, the over lords of the nine planets, (Sun, Moon, Mangala, Budha, Guru,Shukra, Sani, Rahu, Ketu) are ready waiting to offer you their service.

19 .Tvat pada dooli parita spuritottamangah
Svargapavarga nirapeksha nijantarangah
Kalpagamakalaniah aakulatam labhante
Sri Venkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : Your devotees having been purified by the dust of your feet, are serving you with intense devotion forgetting their real interest in Moksha and doubting whether they could get this opportunity in their next birth or not.

20. Tvad gopuragra sikharani nirikshamanah
Svargapavarga padaveem paramam srayantah
Martya manushya bhuvane matim aasraaynte
Sri Venkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : O Venkateswara, people who came interested in Moksha samrajya look at the Vimana (crown) of your temple and want to serve you in this earthly abode forgetting what they came for.

21. Sri Bhoomi Nayaka dayadi gunamrutapte
Devadideva jagadeka saranya Moorte
Sriman Anantha Garudadhibhir architangre
Sri Venkatachala pate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : Morning wishes to you Srinivasa; You are the lord of the Mother Earth (Bhumi), you possess innumerable auspicious qualities like compassion, Lord of all Gods, the only refuge of the universe and waited on at your feet by Nityasuris (eternal companions) like Ananta and Garuda. Good morning.

22. Sri Padmanabha Purushottama Vasudeva
Vaikunta Madhava Janardana Chkrapane
Srivatsa chihna saranagata Parijata
Sri Venkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : O Padmanabha, Purushottama, Vasudeva, Vaikunta, Madhava, identified by your insignias of Srivatsa and the disk (chakra) in your hand, You are like the heavenly Parijata tree in granting the wishes of those who surrender at your feet. Good morning to you.

23. Kandarpa darpahara sundara divya murte
Kanta kuchamburuha kudmala lola dhrishte
Kalyana nirmala gunakara divya kirte
Sri Venkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : Your divyamangala vigraha is so beautiful as to vanquish the pride of Manmatha (Cupid), You are renowned in the Worlds for your blemishless auspicious qualities and you cast your blossoming eyesight on the fine parts of Mahalakshmi. Good morning to you.

24. Meena krite kamatakola Nrisimha varnin
Swamin Paraswatah Tapodhaa Ramachandra
Seshamsa Rama Yadunandana Kalki rupa
Srivenkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : O Venktesa you have helped the world by your ten avatars like Matsya, Kurma etc. Good morning to you.

25. Ela lavanga ganasara sugandhitirtham
Divyam viyat sariti hema ghateshu poornam
Dhrutva adya vaidhika sikhamanayh prahrishtah
Sri Venkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : O Venkatachalapati, brahmins with vedic chants are waiting upon you with pots of Akasa Ganga water scented with cardamom, clove and other spices. May this be a glorious morn to you.

26. Bhaswanu deti vikachani saroruhani
Sampoorayanti vihagih kakubho vihangah
Sri Vaishnavas satatam artitha mangalaste
Sri Venkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : The sun has risen and flowers have opened their petals; the chirping of birds is echoed from all directions. Sri Vaishnavas are waiting singing your praise. Let this morning be glorious to you.

27. Brahmadayas sura varas sa Mahrshayaste
Santas Sananthana mukhas tava yogi varyah
Dhamantike tava hi mangala vastu hastah
Sri Venkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : O Venkatesa, Gods like Brahma, sadhus and yogeeswaras like Sanaka and Sanantana, are waiting at your gates bearing auspicous Pooja materials. Morning glory to you.

28. Lakshmi Nivasa niravadya gunaika sindho
Samsara sagara samuttaranaika seto
Vedanta vedya nijavaibhava bhakta bhogya
Sri Venkatachalapate tava suprabhatam.
Meaning : O Lord the abode of Lakshmi, the ocean of good qualities, the only boat to cross the ocean of Samsara, the true knowledge sought by Vedanta (Upanishads), the lord of true glory enjoyed by devotees,glory to you.

Ragi Dosa

Ingredients for Ragi Dosa:
Ragi flour – 1 1/2 cup
Urad Dahl/Split Black Gram – ½ Cup
Green chillies – 2 to 4 chopped
Rice – 2 tsp
Salt
Ghee
Instructions:

Soak Urad Dahl for 4 to 8 hours. Grind to a batter and add the Ragi flour and mix well. Add water if the batter is thick, it wants to be pretty thin. Keep it in a warm place to ferment for 5 to 6 hours. An oven with a pilot light is perfect. They stay about 100 degrees. Heating an oven then turning it off and placing the batter in a container with a blanket or towel around it works but an electric blanket around the batter in a container is also a solution I have used. If you live somewhere warm, your lucky. Anyway you make it happen, the heat is what allows the batter to lightly ferment.

Gently fold the chillies and salt into a dosa batter. Batter should be thin.
Pour 1 ladle full of the above batter onto a hot dosa tawa.
When it is brown in colour, remove it. No need to flip and cook the other side.
Ragi Dosa is ready.

Serve with coconut chutney or sambar or both!

Mint Chutney 2

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Ingredients :

1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 medium Onion chopped
1 medium Tomato chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp grated Coconut
Salt to taste
Pinch of Turmeric

To roast:
1  1/2 Tbsp Channa dahl
2 Red chilis
1/2 tsp Oil

To temper:
1 tsp Mustard
1 tsp Oil
1 tsp Urad dahl
1 stem of curry leaves
Pinch of Asafetida powder

Heat a pan with oil and cook the tempering items above
Then add channa dahl and red chili and roast till dahl turns golden brown.
Add mint leaves to it and cook until the mint leaves cook down
Then add the onion and tomato and fry till onion turns transparent and tomatoes turn soft
Add the turmeric, coconut, and salt
Put it all in a blender after it cools with a little water according to your desired consistency

Mint Chutney

So easy……

Image result for mint chutney for dosa

Ingredient:
2 bunch mint
1 bunch coriander
6 cloves garlic
1 thumb ginger
4 green chillies
2 tbsp pomegranate seeds – anardana
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt
• blend all the ingredients in a blender

Gajar Halwa

Gajar Halwa
Ingredients
  • Carrot – 1 Lbs Grated
  • Milk – 1 Quart
  • Sugar – 1 Cup
  • Ghee – 5-6 Tbsp
  • Cardamon – 8 Crushed
  • Finely Chopped Nuts… almonds are preferred but cashews also are nice
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan, add in 3 Tbsp of ghee. Add in the carrot and cook for 4 mins or until soft in medium high flame.
  2. Once the carrot is soft, add in the hot milk and sugar. Stir occasionally until milk cooks up. This takes a while.
  3. In a separate small skillet, roast the nuts then add them and the cardamom.
  4. Cook until the milk is completely absorbed and cooked and serve it warm.

Bottle Gourd Recipe

 

Ingredients

1 medium sized bottle gourd/opo squash/long gourd
1/2 cup grated onions
2 chopped green chillies
1 tbsp ghee
2 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
a pinch of garam masala powder
1 tsp Amchur/dried Mango powder
2 tsp lemon juice
a pinch of turmeric powder
chili powder to taste
salt to taste

Method
Peel and grate bottle gourd, put in pressure cooker with 1 tsp water and steam for 1 whistle/pressure release
Cool and drain out all water by pressing the boiled gourd into a colander or strainer
Heat the ghee in a pan, add onions and garlic and saute
Add the turmeric, green chillies and salt and saute for about 2 minutes
Add the boiled gourd, mix well and cook for 3 minutes
Add the dried mango powder, mix well and cook for another 1 minute

Serve hot.

Kali Yuga q and a

This is a post that is created in a new way. It is a conversation that came up around the last post on Kali Yuga. I am posting it because i thought the questions and material presented was very clarifying and others might learn from it. The previous post can be found here:

Q:

So the remedy of the Kali Yuga age is to take refuge in the practice of Dharma, is this correct? Is the practice of Dharma according to the Vedic scriptures the same as the Buddhist texts? The only correct practice is to generate positive Karma as this is all a result of the previous Karma generated? All will happen as it will happen and yet we can, as individuals, make decisions if we are not yet over whelmed by the influence of the age of the Kali Yuga?

A:

What a fantastic question.

There are different individual dharmas. Dharma does not mean duty as we are taught in the Western world. It is lost in translation or untranslatable as most words in sanskrit are and it means so much more. It is law of nature in the way of right and also rites. It is a life and debt and karma all spun into it as well. It is righteousness or living to a code, a deep understanding that is past the mental. The different dharma is obviously because there are different people and they have different paths. Not everyone has any chance of becoming enlightened just the same as you do not see everyone rushing out to become a monk, do you? Who has the ability to do that? But yet everyone is running out to claim to be a yogi. Where is the dharma? Doing what is righteous above and beyond the individual is part of dharma. Dharma is ones religion and life path. It stems from ones father. Dharma has four legs: Tapaḥ – austerity, in Kṛta yuga only, Śaucam – purity Kṛta + Dvāpara yuga, Dayā – mercy Kṛta, Dvāpara, Treta yuga, and the last Satyam – truth in all four Yuga.

In a bit of prep work to go deeper…… a little insider knowledge….. there are four yogas. Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga,  and Raja yoga. This is obvious if you read any of the literature that is authentic on yoga and not Western. Vivekanada wrote a book on each that are available on the web here: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Complete_Works_of_Swami_Vivekananda and a definite must read if you want to get into more authentic knowledge. The reason for the four is basically because there are four castes in the caste system which the caste system has a very bad rap in modern thought. The castes or varnas are Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras. Read and think about this.

So that would be part of the entry into understanding dharma as well. What is ones life?

There are dharma shastras that are accessible on the web as well although you really need a guru to hand you the knowledge other wise the texts just sound like religious fanaticism sometimes to a Western uneducated mind. Without the fundamental knowledge and understanding of nature and everything some, a lot of it will sound like nonsense or patriarchal or sexist or whatever ones own biases and personal beliefs want it to sound like to make them validated.

Venus/Shukraacharya, who is signifior of pleasures of the external, has one. Shukra Niti is the name. Look it up. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/160730/Dharma-shastra
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YI, the Western world is not really the greatest place to look up and understand stuff from different cultures. Specially Indian with the depth and untranslatable language to ours. 

Basically though, to give you the purest knowledge of the karma question…. doing any karma will create another karma. The only way to burn the karma is to be out of society, do pujas, homas, real meditation, real mouna (not just maintaining silence verbally but silence of the mind as well), mantras as per ones karma to modify ones karma as seen in one’s chart, yoga, and other paths and actions. Live life as your every action is in respect to god. Whatever god you want. Of course, “live your karma” is a common (stupid) phrase in the Western spiritual circles, but obviously, when are you not living your karma? I have a whole post or several on the blog that explain yoga and how it is about the burning of karma.

Doing good is a bias most of the time. Good is dependent upon the level that it is viewed from. Perspective. It is subjective. If you were to do good by saving someones life and then they go out and murder someone, that karma IS hooked to you. Many Swamis and people will say it is not. That is just speaking to the mundane masses. Ripples are ripples and if you started it, it is part your responsibility. Is Einstein not responsible for the atom bomb? Not his Karma? Really? Simple way to judge….. did he not have remorse? There you go? Karma. If he has any thoughts with judgement based on the actions performed it has karma.

The reality of it is that most everyone out there has been doing the same stuff from lifetime to lifetime. They just repeat their mistakes or sins which are then the reason for their rebirth. I know that the popular thought in the masses is that one is growing and learning so much, not so true. Same situations, same players. My father is also a father of mine from a past life. This shows between him and I in both of our our charts. Not with my mother. So there is debt to pay there with my dad. The fact that this exists in each of our charts is fact to the repeat of the karma, things were not settled or burnt out. karma was created or not fully ended. For example, in my pastlife, as per my jyotish chart, I was not necessarily the greatest guy. Was into the same mystic esoteric path (repeating the same karma) and did not use my powers in the most positive way and was terrible with women. Lots of karma there because of that. This all shows in my chart. Due to that, this lifetime I have suffered my karma with a flaw in the time of my birth being born on Krishna Chaturdasi, which is a sin in itself and leaves the native (me) generally with relationship problems until that karma is finished. There is obviously more detail to all of this, but that is a perfect example of how in the chart that shows my past life, it shows my karma for this birth and the present life birth shows how that karma is unfolding. And sure enough, massive relationship karma in my life that i have gone thru. Not fun. To know it is my own doing…. that is the kicker.

The purest way to get rid of the karma is life of a sanyassi. It is a full renunciation of the worldly life in total. Now who has the balls for that? Much less the karma? Not an easy path. In fact, the hardest.

The more knowledge the greater the experience. The greater the experience the more responsibility or respond ability. The better the choices you make. And I just explained jyotish. :) It is just the map of ones individual spiritual path and how to burn ones karma. If one doesn’t know what ones karma is, how does one navigate it? blindly?

The less knowledge the less responsibility one takes for their actions.

Q:

I seriously love these conversations. It seems to be a great honor to even have access to the “lowest” class yoga: Bhakti. That description sounds beautiful to me. I will absolutely look up that link and read about that. This is like wandering through a maze.

If you still have my chart, would it say what my karma is?

I can understand how saving the life of a murderer hooks the person into the karma. I understand the interdependence thing. I do not understand (except at death) how people work so hard to be independent. We would die in a very short time if we ever achieved that independence and I have learned to be quiet about my thoughts on that LOL. And I am not a strong enough person to give up the worldly life of my attachments to my children, grandchildren and my dogs :) so I constantly work on balancing the attachments with the interdependence and it’s exhausting at times.  But I am taking your advice and working through all of this as it is presented to me.

Guru….still wondering and waiting on that.

It’s interesting to read about Buddhism and I could be way off base but it seems to have been birthed in the Vedic origins? The different branches and traditions seem to fit the cultures of the countries they are practiced in. It also seems a kindness of dumbing it down for the western minds is extended.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and share with me.

A:

Buddhist knowledge originated from Vedic knowledge and India. Of course, it is all the same stuff basically. And of course some readers of this will get inflamiation from reading this and their own bias. It was just changed here or there. Jainism and Buddhism were created at a time due to the oppression of the Brahmins on the rest of the varnas….. ego and greed……. oppression. It is against all that they stand for, ironically. Adharmic. lol. Both Jainism and Buddhism were only a way for everyone to have access to god and spirituality.

Q:

Oh thanks!  As I was reading about Buddhism I was thinking this is to me like kindergarten Vedic knowledge. And I LOVED it LOL. Exactly the level my brain could actually make some comprehensions. So as I was reading more about the branches, the Sakya tradition was the easiest for me to understand. Then got the creepy feeling that initiations and Lamas and Geshes have their own issues and not everyone is what they seem to be either. So so sad.  But found a Buddhist nun writings very clear and yet challenging.

So that is very good to know why it seemed familiar to what you have already taught me.

A:

Yes, in that explanation of the castes and how it was all set up to run a perfect society, everything is beautiful. Doesn’t exist anymore. I could write a book on all of this stuff. It is beautiful and also heart breaking. But everything is explained in the Vedic knowledge in a very detailed and unbias manner. We can simply bring the same truths into modern society and see that highest crime rates are in the blacks and mexican and whatever… neighborhoods. (not being racist, although some may think that this is) Those that do not have (lower income) are predestined to be part of their environment. Karma. It is just as it is. We have this ridiculous notion that everyone should be equal in the western and modern world. Homogenization mentality. It destroys everything, nature, knowledge, everything. Of course when one is rich, it does not mean they are a good or better person…. does it?

It is all ones karma. To be born in whatever environment and be consumed in it or to move out/away from it. A poor black boy growing up in a slum to luckily (lucky stars that is) be a hollywood celebrity movie star…. or a silver spoon white boy growing out of his elitist/entitled environment…….. or not. (also not saying all rich people are elitist or have entitlement issues, just an example) All of it comes down to karma of the past life and what you do with it this life. Someone in the slums of Mumbai, India does not have the same potentiality as someone born into an affluent family in the US. Just sayin.

Yes, your chart shows everything, not just your previous life karma and this life but everything. Your purity, your impurity, your strengths your weaknesses, everything.

Independence from everything and everyone is a sanyassis life. You disown everything. Your family, your parents, your body, and live in seclusion. One does not die shortly after doing this. Life is actually free. This is the deepest and most serious. It is hard for most of us to imagine what it is.

What you stated about not being strong enough to let go of the attachments to family and stuff just shows how difficult the path is and how what a different world it is from. It does not even make sense in the modern world. Yogis are the same. This is why I squeak and squeal on the blog about all the BS in the Western world of “yoga”, its western exercise only.

Guru will come if one has the karma or does the proper mantras and sadhana.

Yes, it is a kind of compassion to dumb this stuff down for the western cult (lol) who then take their 1% and blow it up to to pretend it is 100%.

There is a ton to this all, it is a maze, your are right and mind numbing at times. Between learning the authentic knowledge to only the shallow depth that I have access to and then dealing with the modern western world of opinions and subjectivity is insane making at times.

Jyotish is the most difficult thing I have ever studied. Seriously. I get so frustrated at times I wanna quit and then have extreme moments of the a-ha epiphanies. What I would say is the biggest thing, it has clarified who I am as a human in this time and place as well as my path in this lifetime. Understanding of the creation of the Universes and all manifestation and my place and part in it. It has brought me much, much closer to god. Experience wise, a pure experience of god, not a word or concept of something, but actual experience. I feel blessed. But it is also a curse, then seeing what all this stuff is turned into in hands of the uneducated and unexperienced who think they are teachers because they have done a certification course. Lol. But that is all obvious from my posts now, huh? :) This stuff is esoteric and will not be accessible to anyone and everyone. Esoteric is esoteric by nature.

Q:

The caste system within the context of cause and effect makes sense. The caste system in the context of being politically correct does not. So I guess it’s what perspective people chose to look at it that creates acceptance or conflict. Along with compassion vs. no compassion.

The independence is possible without a quick death but for me, I know it would take so much preparation on my part. So much learning. It can be done and you obviously are very well prepared to do this!  I’m only now learning about my own personal bias and distorted views and getting that in order. It’s slow going but every single time I realize, ” oh, wow!” that is really a wrong view point and it is going to create a giant world of chaos I let it settle in. I’m not the most patient person :). It took forever to be ok with cutting off ties with people that absolutely love love the Kali Yuga age lifestyle. I had to rewire my own brainwashing that I’m being offensive or harmful or causing harm or being nasty by refusing to have anything to do with that lifestyle, even if it was just sitting on the sidelines and observing.  Saying I’m not ok with it was a huge problem for me. And for a while I had to go to the other extreme distorted view of having anger and hatred for those people. Now I’m fine being neutral towards them and the compassion for them is starting to grow without being ok with what they chose. That was and is rough. So I do see that complete independence is the most liberating of all but I’m so not anywhere near prepared for being able to accomplish that. That’s ok too and I’m learning to be patient.

If you really want to know how deranged my thinking was, it all clicked with that snake/rope analogy. The person walks into the dimly lit room and sees a rope on the ground and picks it up. The light comes on and the rope is not a rope but a snake. A normal person would throw the snake down as a reflex. I actually held the snake and spent decades wishing the snake to be a rope while it bit the hell out of me. Now that is truly my own issue and no one else’s. The snake is only being a snake and my wishful thinking was the real problem. So I’m kind of liberating myself on an internal level piece by piece. Maybe one day I can do this on the external level as well.

I’m actually so very grateful for the compassion of the Buddhists to offer the opportunity to learn at the level I can understand. And I am very grateful for your patience and perseverance. This is all so very intensely deep and a treasure. It’s all worth it.

A:

Lol. How wonderful.

In every way the vedic “plan” was for a perfect society based on spirituality…. all a much higher comprehension of life and exactly why i have said that none of this is of any use today in the modern world where everything’s values are backwards.

As I said, I can write volumes with stories and examples.

You might see in your story of how personal bias is what is the derangement. Understanding of how things are on a higher level is the only thing that is freedom from all of this. The larger the view, the more acceptance of it all because it is seen for what it is.

I would tempt you to read Vishnu Purana. Understand that this is an ancient text that is then translated into english. An impossibility to do with any correct translation. So much is lost in it but it is what we have. H.H. Wilson is a okay translation, can find it online with a search.

Q:

I was wondering if you could put a puzzle piece in play. It says that Dharma Shastra provides the solution/resolution to every problem in family law. So here is the dilemma:

If the woman is accepting of her position as a woman, behaves like a woman and enjoys and performs the duties required of the woman and the man (guardian) abuses the woman and takes advantage of her position. What is the solution? In the Christian church the woman is also under the protection of the man. The same Scenerio in the Christian church is the woman is to take the abuse and go to church and pray that God will deliver her, go back home and smile and take more abuse. And I mean abuse, not just ego offenses. Mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

I am curious because I know the Christian law and I know the legal law of the world. I am curious of the Dharma Shastra  law.

Also,

Is this all really so simple that this was my karmic debt to be paid once I was capable of doing so? Because the odd thing is that once the man was bored with the abuse it was over and he still floats around looking for the next thrill. Just wondering. This is the perfect time in humanity to accomplish this repayment. So my worst enemy would then actually be my greatest teacher. Hmmmm.

A:

You rock. Yes. The answer to the abuse would be karma. What happens in the mundane really is just all karma. What matters is how one is in it. For exact Dharma laws around it you would have to look at the texts. Understand that the Western view of the Hindu religion and how women are treated is not what it really is. There are no goddesses in the Hindu religion huh? Just because it is a totally different paradigm we judge it by our own Western values and paradigm. We think that we know what is right for humanity. Hilarious. There are some lecture i have been meaning to check into. I do not know how they are but you may find them interesting. Just because they are Oxford, does not mean that they are correct at all. http://www.ochs.org.uk/lectures/by-topic/81 You can obviously see by the topics that they are around Womans rights, which was not an issue before the time we are in. So the issues of today are being put on the ancient texts, so funny and interesting. Put it this way…. Sun is Father and Moon is Mother. Is that wrong because the sun has all the light and the moon reflects it only? So funny.

Q:

THANK YOU!  The hardest part for me has been trying to understand the why of all the crap.  That reason is totally understandable and acceptable.

Now I can finally have that light bulb shine a bit brighter.  LOL

A:

Welcome.

Q:

No really really THANK YOU. I am thinking of how difficult this must be for you. You already know the reasons and the whys. You don’t live or interact within a culture that accepts anything that isn’t politically correct. I’m not joking or exaggerating the abuse. But when viewed from the perspective of “gee how did I like it dished out on me?” It makes me sad and very remorseful of how much pain I inflicted on someone else. It doesn’t make me want to get revenge but really try so much harder to gain good merit. Lesson learned. I have no clue how you would ever even approach someone to consider the abuse they are receiving is exactly what they dished out and view as a blessing to burn that karma up. Wow! You have an expert guidance skill and I appreciate that gift.

A:

Love this for you. Yes, exactly. Hard to swallow when you have the realization you have done it to yourself, even if it is in a different lifetime. Welcome to a place of much much higher experience of all that is.

Kali Yuga

First, please understand that the term “Kali” in Kali Yuga should not be confused with the name of the Goddess Kali. They are two different words. The name of the Goddess means “time”. The “kali” of the yuga means “black, dark, strife, discord, quarrel or contention”.

The four Yugas are in the proportion 4:3:2:1.
1. Krita Yuga (fortunate age; also called Satya Yuga)
2. Treta Yuga (age of three parts)
3. Dwapara Yuga (age of two parts)
4. Kali Yuga (age of darkness)

Each Yuga has a dawn (Sandhyá) and a twilight (Sandyásana) period, each a tenth of its length.

“The rishis, measuring time, have given particular names to particular portions of time. Five and ten winks of the eye make what is called a Kastha. Thirty Kasthas make what is called a Kala. Thirty Kalas, with the tenth part of a Kala, make a Muhurta. Thirty Muhurtas make one day and night. Thirty days and nights form a month, and twelve months form a year. Persons well-read in mathematical science say that a year is made up of two solar motions, meaning the northern and southern. The sun makes the day and night for men. The night is for the sleep of all living creatures, and the day is for work. A month of human beings is equal to a day and night of the departed manes. That division consists in this: the light half of the month is their day which is for work; and the dark fortnight is their night for sleep. A year is equal to a day and night to the gods. This division consists in this: the half year for which the sun travels from the vernal to the autumnal equinox is the day of the gods, and the half year for which the sun moves from the latter to the former is their night. Thus, an earth year is but a day for the Devas. Calculating by the days and nights of human beings about which I have told you, I shall speak of the day and night of Brahma and his years also. I shall, in their order, tell you the number of years, that are for different purposes calculated differently, in the Krita, the Treta, the Dvapara, and the Kali yugas. Four thousand celestial years is the duration of the first or Krita age. The morning of that cycle consists of four hundred years and its evening is of four hundred years.

“Regarding the other cycles, the duration of each gradually decreases by a quarter in respect of both the principal period with the minor portion and the conjoining portion itself. These periods always keep up the never-ending and eternal worlds. They who know Brahma, O child, regard this as Immutable Brahma.”The Mahabharata, Shanti Parva, 231.21-22

“The learned say that these 12,000 celestial years form what is called a cycle. A thousand such cycles form a single day of Brahma. The same is the duration of Brahma’s night. With the beginning of Brahma’s day the universal entities come into being. During the period of universal dissolution the Creator sleeps in Yoga meditation. When the period of sleep expires, He awakes. What is Brahma’s day covers a thousand such cycles. His night also covers a thousand similar cycles. They who know this are said to know the day and the night. On the expiry of His night, Brahma, waking up, modifies the indestructible intelligence by causing it to be overlaid with ignorance. He then causes Consciousness to spring up, whence it originates Mind which is at one with the Manifest.” The Mahabharata Shanti Parva, 231.29-32

In calculating the duration of the different yugas, there are a few differences between the Puranas, otherwise their descriptions are all the same. The Brahmanda Purana 1.2.29.31-34 specifically states that Krita or Satya yuga is 1,440,000 human years in length, Treta-yuga is 1,080,000 years, Dvapara yuga is 720,000 years, and Kali-yuga is 360,000 years in length. The Linga Purana 4.24-35 also agrees with this except for Treta yuga, which it says is 1,800,000 years in length. These figures are correct when we leave out the conjoining at the beginning of each yuga and the ending of each yuga periods.

When explaining the various measurements of time, the Vishnu Purana Book One, Chapter Three and the Srimad Bhagavatam 3.11.19, along with the Bhagavad Gita 8.17, the Vayu Purana Chapter 57, and Bhavishya Purana Brahma Parva, 2.86-107, and others, such as the Mahabharata as quoted above, also all agree on the measurements of the durations of the yugas.

To relate these durations to history we need an actual date, and this is supplied by the Hindu astronomers. They agree that the Kali Yuga began at midnight between February 17 and 18, 3102 BCE. With this we can calculate that the transition to the Krita Yuga will occur around 427,000 CE.

bhAgIrathy uvAca
he nAtha ramaNaSreStha
yAsi golokamuttamam
asmAkaM kA gatiScAtra
bhaviSyati kalau yuge

“Ganga said: O protector, Supreme enjoyer, on your departure for the perfect abode, Goloka, thereafter what will be my situation in the age of Kali?”

zrI-bhagavAn uvAca
kaleH paMcasahasrANi
varSANi tiSTha bhu-tale
pApAni pApino yAni
tubhyaM dAsyaMti snAnataH

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Remain on earth for five thousand years of Kali yuga. Sinners will deposit their sins in you by bathing.”

man-maMtropAsaka sparzAd
bhasmibhutAni tatkSaNAt
bhaviSyaMti darzanAc ca
snAnAd eva hi jAhnavI

“By the sight, touch and bathing of one who worships Me by My mantra all those sins will be at once burnt to ashes, O Ganga.”

harernAmAni yatraiva
purANAni bhavaMti hi
tatra gatvA sAvadhAnam
AbhiH sArddhaM ca zroSyasi

“There will be chanting of the name of Hari and reading of the Bhagavata Purana. Reaching such a place, attentively hear.

purANa zravaNAccaiva
harernAmAnukIrtanAt
bhasmibhutAni pApAni
brahma-hatyAdikAni ca

“Sinful reactions including the killing of a brahmana can be nullified be hearing the Bhagavata Purana and chanting of the names of Hari in the manner of devotees.”

bhasmibhutAni tAnyeva
vaiSNavAliMganena ca
tRNAni zuSkakASthAni
dahaMti pAvako yathA

“Just as dry grass is burnt by fire, by the embrace of Vaisnavas all sins are burnt.”

tathApi vaiSNavA loke
pApAni pApinAmapi
pRthivyAM yAni tIrthAni
puNyAnyapi ca jAhnavi

“O Ganga, the whole planet will become a pilgrimage site by the presence of Vaisnavas, even though it had been full of sinners and sins.”

madbhaktAnAM zarIreSu
santi puteSu saMtatam
madbhaktapAdarajasA
sadyaH putA vasundharA

“In the body of My devotees remains eternally the purifier. Mother Earth becomes pure by the dust of the feet of My devotees.”

sadyaH putAni tIrthAni
sadyaH putaM jagat tathA
man-maMtropAsakA viprA
ye maducchiSRbhojinaH

“It will be the same in the case of pilgrimage sites and the whole world. Those intelligent worshipers of My mantra who partake of My remnants will purify everything.”

mAm eva nityaM dhyAyaMte
te mat prANAdhikAH priyAH
tad upasparza mAtreNa
puto vAyuzca pAvakaH

“Those, who everyday meditate only on Me, are more dear to Me than My life. The air and fire become pure simply by their indirect touch.”

kaler daza-sahasrANi
madbhaktAH saMti bhu-tale
ekavarNA bhaviSyaMti
madbhakteSu gateSu ca

“For 10,000 years of Kali such devotees of Mine will be present on earth. After the departure of My devotees there will be only one varna (caste).”

madbhaktazunyA pRthivi
kaligrastA bhaviSyati
etasminnaMtare tatra
kRSNadehAdvinirgataH

“Devoid of My devotees, the earth will be shackled by Kali. Saying this, Krsna departed.”

Brahmavaivarta Purana 4.129 Verses 49 – 60

The above is supported in 4.90.32-33:

kalau daza-sahasrAni
haris tiSThati medinI
devAnAM pratimA pUjyA
zAstrANi ca purANakam

“Lord Hari will stay on this earth for the first ten-thousand years of Kali-yuga. For that time the deities of the demigods will be worshiped and the Puranas and scriptures will also be present.”

tad-ardham api tIrthAni
gangAdIni su nizcitam
tad-ardham grAma-devAz ca
vedAz ca viduSAm api

“For half that period the Ganga and other holy places will be present. For half that period the village temples and the Vedas studied by learned brahmanas will be present.”

According to the Vedic scriptures, our current age, is Kali-yuga and is one of spiritual darkness, violence, and hypocrisy. Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.31 records Kali yuga as having begun when the constellation of the saptarishis (the Great Bear constellation of Ursa Major) passed through the lunar mansion of Magha. Hindu astronomers/astrologers have calculated this to have been 2:27 a.m. on February 18, 3102 BC. This took place some 36 years after Lord Krsna spoke Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna.

All of the scriptures teach that during the 432,000 year age of Kali, humanity deteriorates. Humans begin to kill animals for food. They fall under the spell of intoxication. They lose all sexual restraint. Families break up. Women and children are abused and abandoned.

Increasingly degraded generations, conceived accidentally in lust and growing up wild, swarm all over the world. Political leadership falls into the hands of unprincipled rogues, criminals and terrorists, who use their power to exploit the people. Entire populations are enslaved and put to death. The world teems with fanatics, extremists and spiritual artists, who win huge followings among a people completely dazed by hedonism, as well as by cultural and moral relativism. “Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, physical strength and memory diminish with each passing day.” Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.1

The saints and sages of ancient India describe the people of this age as greedy, ill-behaved, and merciless. In this age merely possessing wealth is considered a sign of good birth, proper behavior, and fine qualities. Law and justice are determined by one’s prestige and power. Marriage ceases to exist as a holy union, men and women simply live together on the basis of bodily attraction and verbal agreement, and only for sexual pleasure.

Women wander from one man to another. Men no longer look after their parents in their old age, and fail to provide for their own children. One’s beauty is thought to depend on one’s hairstyle. Filling the belly is said to be the only purpose in life. Cows are killed once their milk production drops. Atheism flourishes. Religious observances are performed solely for the sake of reputation.

The Linga Purana describes the human race in Kali yuga as a vain and stupid people “spurred on by the lowest instincts.” They prefer false ideas and do not hesitate to persecute sages. They are tormented by bodily desires.

Severe droughts and plagues are everywhere. Slovenliness, illness, hunger and fear spread. Nations are continually at war with one another. The number of princes and farmers decline. Heroes are assassinated. The working classes want to claim regal power and enjoy royal wealth.

Kings become thieves. They take to seizing property, rather than protecting the citizenry. The new leaders emerge from the laborer class and begin to persecute religious people, saints, teachers, intellectuals, and philosophers.

Civilization lacks any kind of divine guidance. The sacred books are no longer revered. False doctrines and misleading religions spread across the globe. Children are killed in the wombs of their mothers. Women who have relations with several men are numerous. Predatory animals are more violent. The number of cows diminishes.

Linga Purana says that in Kali yuga, young women freely abandon their virginity. Women, children, and cows – always protected in an enlightened society – are abused and killed during the iron age. Thieves are numerous and rapes are frequent. There are many beggars, and widespread unemployment. Merchants operate corrupt businesses. Diseases, rates, and foul substances plague the populace. Water is lacking, fruits are scarce. Everyone uses vulgar language.

The men of Kali yuga seek only money. Only the richest have power. People without money are their slaves. The leaders of the state no longer protect the people, but plunder the citizenry through excessive taxation. Farmers abandon living close to nature. They become unskilled laborers in congested cities. Many dress in rags, or are unemployed, and sleep on the streets. Through the fault of the government, infant mortality rates are high. False gods are worshiped in false ashrams, in which pilgrimages, penances, charities and austerities are all concocted.

People in this age eat their food without washing. Monks break their vows of celibacy. Cows are kept alive only for their milk. Water is scarce. Many people watch the skies, praying for rain. No rain comes. The fields become barren. Suffering from famine and poverty, many attempt to migrate to countries where food is more readily available. People are without joy and pleasure. Many commit suicide. Men of small intelligence are influenced by atheistic doctrines. Family, clan and caste are all meaningless. Men are without virtues, purity or decency. Visnu Purana 6.1

Does this not sound exactly like what we have today? here is other texts…

Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda, Srimad Bhagavata-Mahatmya
Sri Narada replied, ‘I came here considering the earth to be the best of planets. Although I travelled to Puskara, Prayaga, Kasi, Godavari, Haridvara, Kuruksetra, Sriranga and Setubandha, I could not find peace in any of those holy places. At present, Kali yuga the friend of irreligion, has completely afflicted the whole earth. Now truthfulness, austerity, cleanliness, mercy and charity are nowhere to be seen. The fallen living entities take pleasure in telling lies and are simply engaged in filling their bellies. They are lazy, less intelligent, unfortunate, and always disturbed. Those who are called saintly are actually pretenders. Though they appear renounced, they accumulate wealth, women, and paraphernalia for sense pleasure. Women rule the family and the brother-in-law is the consultant. People sell their daughters out of greed, and husbands and wives always quarrel. The holy places, asramas of saintly people, and rivers are under the control of the yavanas, who are against Vedic religion. They have destroyed many temples and therefore yogis, siddhas, jnanis and religious people are not to be seen. The processes of liberation are completely burnt to ashes in the fire of Kali yuga. In this age people sell grains in the market, the brahmanas charge fees to teach, and women thrive by prostitution.

“Thus witnessing the defects of Kali yuga and wandering over the face of the earth, I reached the bank of the Yamuna where Lord Krsna had performed various pastimes. O best of sages, please hear about the wonder I saw there. A beautiful woman was sitting in a dejected mood while two old men lay unconscious in front of her breathing very quickly. While trying to bring them to consciousness, the young women would sometimes cry. At times she would look around as if searching for her protector, the Super soul. She was served by hundreds of women who were fanning and trying to console her. I saw this whole scene from afar and out of curiosity went near them. Upon seeing me, the young lady stood up and spoke very piteously. She said: “O saintly person, please stay here for a moment and dispel my distress. Your auspicious vision destroys the sins of materialistic people. By your words I will get relief from misery and become peaceful. Only by great fortune can one get darsana of a person like you.”

I inquired, “O virtuous lady, who are you and who are these two men lying here? Who are these ladies serving you? Please explain the cause of your distress in detail.”

The lady said, “My name is Bhakti, and these two are my sons Jnana and Vairagya. By the influence of time they have become old and decrepit. These women are the holy rivers, such as the Ganges. They have come here to serve me. Although I am directly being served by these ladies, still I am not peaceful. O sage, whose only wealth is austerity, though it is well known, please hear my story carefully and grant me solace. I was born in the land of Dravida, in South India, and I grew up in Karnataka. I was respected in the state of Maharastra, but when I came to Gujarata, I lost my youth. Rogues influenced by Kaliyuga broke my limbs and for a long time I remained in that condition and thus, along with my sons, I have become very weak and impotent. Upon coming to Vrndavana, I regained my youth and beauty, but my two sons, who are lying here, are still old and tired. I will leave this place and travel to foreign lands, but I feel sad owing to the plight of my sons. We always remain together, so why is it that I am young and they are old? It should be that the sons are young while the mother is old. I am astonished by this and so I lament. You have mystic power and are most intelligent, therefore, please explain this to me.”

Narada said, “O chaste lady, from within my heart I see the cause of your misery, therefore I advise you not to lament. Lord Hari will shower all auspiciousness upon you.”

Suta Gosvami said, “The best of sages, Sri Narada, understood the reason in a moment and said, ‘O beautiful lady, hear attentively from me. Because of this ruthless age (Kali-yuga), good behaviour, yoga, and austerities have all become lost. People are addicted to cheating, irreligious behaviour, and are like the demon Agha, sin personified. At present, saintly people are unhappy and demonic people are enjoying sense gratification. Under these circumstances, if an intelligent man maintains his fortitude, then he is considered a scholar. By and by the earth is becoming a burden for Lord Sesa. At present it is not even worth seeing, what to speak of touching, and I see no auspiciousness anywhere. Everyone neglects you and your two sons. Because of worldly attachment to sense gratification, people are blind. Owing to their negligence,, you have become decrepit. It is only due to the glory of Vrndavana that you have become young again. This land is very auspicious because devotion always dances here. However, your two sons are being neglected and thus their health is failing, but by the touch of Vrndavana they remain asleep and breathing.”

Bhakti said, “Why is it that King Parikshita did not kill this sinful Kali yuga? Because of Kali yuga all objects have lost their essence. Why does the most merciful Lord Hari tolerate irreligion? O sage, please remove this doubt. I feel pacified by hearing your sweet words.”

Narada said, “O auspicious young lady, now that you have asked, please hear me with attention as I explain everything and thus relieve your misery. Kali yuga took control and started obstructing auspiciousness the day Lord Krsna left this planet for His abode. When King Parikshita travelled on earth, conquering all the kings, he met Kali, who fell at his feet and took shelter of him. The king, who understood the essence of things just like the bumble bee, decided not to kill him because that goal which is not attainable by penance, yoga meditation, or samadhi, is easily attained in Kali yuga simply by performing hari kirtana. Although the king knew that Kali yuga was useless, he spotted this one essential good quality, and understanding that this would make the living beings happy, he spared him. Because humanity is engaged in irreligious and immoral acts, everything has lost its essence. All objects, including the seeds of the earth, are ineffective. The brahmanas, being gre edy for wealth, are performing Bhagavata katha in peoples houses and therefore the essence of katha is lost. Immoral, atheistic, and sinful people have begun to reside in the holy places, causing the influence of those places to be lost. Those people whose hearts are always filled with lust, greed and anger make a show of performing austerities, thereby causing the essence of penance to be lost. Because people are unable to control their mind, they have taken shelter of greed, pretence, and immorality, and have given up the study of scriptures, causing the influence of jnana-yoga to be lost. Moreover, the pandits, or scholars, are only expert in producing children and enjoying sex like buffaloes. They are no longer expert in the process of liberation. Furthermore, there are hardly any Vaisnavas coming in bonafide sampradayas and there, everywhere all objects have become ineffective. This indeed, is due to the influence of Kali and is not the defect of anyone else. Therefore, a lthough the lotus-eyed Lord resides near by, He tolerates this.”

Suta Gosvami said, “O Saunaka, hearing these revealing words of Sri Narada Muni, Bhakti was very surprised. She replied, ‘O saintly person, you are very glorious and it is my good fortune to have met you. Within this material world, association with a saintly person is indeed the cause of all perfection. Just by once meeting you, Sri Prahlada, the son of Kayadhu, conquered Maya, and by your mercy Dhruva Maharaja gained the Dhruva planet. You are the personification of all auspiciousness. I offer my obeisances unto you, the direct son of Lord Brahma.'”

Parasara Smriti
2. Expound, son of Satyavati, the law, which is for the good of mankind, in the present Kali age; and the practice of purification, such as it ought to be.
11.-15. Vyasa having said “All are well,” thus interrogated him: “If thou art aware of my reverence for thee, or from affection, thou affectionate to persons revering thee! Expound the law to me, for I am, father, an object of kindness to thee. The rules of law expounded by Manu have been heard by me, and those by Vasishtha and by Kasyapa, and by Garga and by Gautama and by Usanas; the laws of Atri and Vishnu and Samvarta and Daksha and Angira and Shatatapa and Harita and Yajnavalkya, and Katyayana and Prachetas and Apastamba; and the laws of Shankha and Likhita,
16. All these laws have been heard by me as they were expounded by thee; they embody the sense of the Veda; (they) have not been forgotten by me. They are the laws for the four ages, the Krita, the Treta, and the rest, forming parts of this Manvantara.
17. All laws arose in the Krita age; all have vanished in the Kali age. Expound a part of the rules of conduct fit for the four castes, such as are common to all.
22. In conformity to the character of the age, the rules of law suitable for men differ from age to age. The rules for the Krita differ from the Treta rules; the Dvapara laws are not identical with the Kali rules.
23. Self-mortification is the rule in the Krita age; knowledge is said to be the same in the Treta; in the Dvapara, they say sacrifice to the gods to be the sole rule; and charity alone in the Kali age.
24. For the Krita are suited the laws of Manu; for the Treta, those by Gautama are prescribed; for the Dvapara those by Shanka and Likhita; for the Kali, those by Parasara are prescribed.
25. In the Krita, one should quit a country itself; one should quit a village in the Treta; in the Dvapara one should shun only the particular family; but in the Kali, one should shun the perpetrator alone of an offence.
26. In the Krita sin is incurred by one who converses with a sinner; in the Treta by one who touches the sinful man; in the Dvapara by taking the sinner’s food; in the Kali by a sinful act alone.
27. A curse in the Krita takes effect the moment it is uttered; in the Treta it does so in ten days’ time; in the Dvapara, in the course of a single month; in the Kali, however, it takes a year.
28. In the Krita the donator himself comes up to the donatee and makes the gift; in each succeeding Treta age, the donatee is invited and the gift is made; in the Dvapara, the gift is made to one who asks for it; in the Kali, however, gifts are made in exchange for service done only.
29. Excellent is the gift made on coming to the donee’s side; the gift after invitation is of the middling kind; gift to a suitor is of a low character; but gift for service rendered is fruitless.
30 – 31. Religion has been overthrown by irreligion; and truth indeed by that which is false; kings have been overpowered by thieves; males have been subdued by females; the worship of fire is dying out; respect to superiors is ceasing to be seen; and maidens are becoming mothers: this is what invariably happens in the age of Kali.
32. Life in the Krita has its seat in the bones; in the Treta it has its seat in the flesh; in the Dvapara the blood is the seat of life; in the Kali, however, life is dependent upon food and the like.
33. Special are the rules of conduct for each cyclical age; and the regenerate castes are guided by the rules that govern the age; no censure can attach to them; for the regenerates conform to the spirit of the age.

Mahanirvana Tantra
Now the sinful Kali Age is upon them, when Dharma is destroyed, an Age full of evil customs and deceit. Men pursue evil ways. The Vedas have lost their power, the Smritis are forgotten, and many of the Puranas, which contain stories of the past, and show the many ways which lead to liberation, will, O Lord! be destroyed. Men will become averse from religious rites, without restraint, maddened with pride, ever given over to sinful acts, lustful, gluttonous, cruel, heartless, harsh of speech, deceitful, short-lived, poverty-stricken, harassed by sickness and sorrow, ugly, feeble, low, stupid, mean, and addicted to mean habits, companions of the base, thievish, calumnious, malicious, quarrelsome, depraved, cowards, and ever-ailing, devoid of all sense of shame and sin and of fear to seduce the wives of others. Vipras will live like the Shudras, and whilst neglecting their own Sandhya will yet officiate at the sacrifices of the low. They will be greedy, given over to wicked and sinful acts, liars, insolent, ignorant, deceitful, mere hangers-on of others, the sellers of their daughters, degraded, averse to all tapas and vrata. They will be heretics, impostors, and think themselves wise. They will be without faith or devotion, and will do japa and puja with no other end than to dupe the people. They will eat unclean food and follow evil customs, they will serve and eat the food of the Shudras and lust after low women, and will be wicked and ready to barter for money even their own wives to the low. In short, the only sign that they are Brahmanas will be the thread they wear. Observing no rule in eating or drinking or in other matters, scoffing at the Dharma Scriptures, no thought of pious speech ever so much as entering their minds, they will be but bent upon the injury of the good. Mahanirvana Tantra 1.37-50

But since the men of the Kali Age are full of greed, lust, gluttony, they will on that account neglect sadhana and will fall into sin, and having drunk much wine for the sake of the pleasure of the senses, will become mad with intoxication, and bereft of all notion of right and wrong (61).
Some will violate the wives of others, others will become rogues, and some, in the indiscriminating rage of lust, will go (whoever she be) with any woman (62).
Over eating and drinking will disease many and deprive them of strength and sense. Disordered by madness, they will meet death, falling into lakes, pits, or in impenetrable forests, or from hills or house-tops (63-64).
While some will be as mute as corpses, others will be for ever on the chatter, and yet others will quarrel with their kinsmen and elders. They will be evil doers, cruel, and the destroyers of Dharma (65-66).
I fear, O Lord! that even that which Thou hast ordained for the good of men will through them turn out for evil (67).
O Lord of the World! who will practise Yoga or Nyasa, who will sing the hymns and draw the Yantra and make Purashcharana? (68).
Under the influences of the Kali Age man will of his nature become indeed wicked and bound to all manner of sin (69). Mahanirvana Tantra 1.61-69

O Vararohe! know that when Vedic and Puranic initiations cease then the Kali Age has become strong (47).
O Shive! 0 Peaceful One! when virtue and vice are no longer judged by the Vedic rules, then know that the Kali Age has become strong (48).
O Sovereign Mistress of Kaula doctrine! when the Heavenly Stream is at some places broken, and at others diverted from its course, then know that the Kali Age has become strong (49).
O Wise One! when kings of the Mlechchha race become excessively covetous, then know that the Kali Age has become strong (50).
When women become difficult of control, heartless and quarrelsome, and calumniators of their husbands, then know that the Kali Age has become strong (51).
When men become subject to women and slaves of lust, oppressors of their friends and Gurus, then know that the Kali Age has become strong (52).
When the fertility of the earth has gone and yields a poor harvest, when the clouds yield scanty rain, and trees give meagre fruit, then know tha t the Kali Age has become strong (53).
When brothers, kinsmen, and companions, prompted by the desire for some trifle, will strike one another, then know that the Kali Age has become strong (54).
When the open partaking of flesh and liquor will pass without condemnation and punishment, when secret drinking will prevail, then know that the Kali Age has become strong.
Mahanirvana Tantra 4.47-55

Coincedentally, the same yuga cycle timing is found in Babylonian, Chinese, and Icelandic as well as about 26 other ancient cultures.

Now alot more really needs to be understood.

In Kali yuga, knowledge is only at 25% maximum when compared to 100% in krita yuga. In each yuga knowledge is lost by a quarter. Also understand that knowledge is stable and unmoving. It is truth. If it changes it is not truth and we are talking about vijnana and this is mundane and material knowledge. This shows that the capacity of the human is actually deteriorating. There is a difference between types of knowledge. There is aparavidya (mundane) and paravidya (spiritual knowledge). If there are 12 levels of to complete mundane knowledge of everything and a PH.D level would only be the 4th level of 12 levels. In Kali yuga, only 1/4 of the knowledge is possible. There are exceptions for the very few blessed and brilliant ones but still not much further than the 4th level. This states the availability of comprehension of truth and also explains the vast amount of scholars trying to prove wrong the timing of the yugas in the ancient texts. if these scholars had the comprehension of what the texts teach instead of taking them as concepts, there would be no reason to try to prove the texts wrong, experience would be obvious.

Another piece to understand is that everything is karma. The degradation is karma itself. There is no stopping it, as so many people living in fear or running away from truth out of fear would like to or from the small ego self one thinks they have control of their destiny. The actions that all of us have taken collectively over time continue the karma and the de-evolution. The only thing that can be done is on that individual level. One can live righteously in dharma. This is, coincidentally, the teachings in all of the vedic knowledge. But I find dharma is a very misunderstood thing in the West. It is not duty but more an entire way of life. Like all the vedic knowledge, it too is in layers and levels.

One more piece in understanding that all of this is karma is understanding that the lifetime you are in and experiencing right now is not your first and won’t be your last. Moksha is not easily attained and certainly not if you are living in and part of an adharmic materialistic culture.

Bottomline is this, for the past 2,700 years we have been moving through Kali Yuga, and this Yuga is supposedly coming to an end in 2025. The end of the Yuga will inevitably be followed by cataclysmic earth changes and civilization collapses, as is historically characteristic of the transitional periods. In a cycle of 2,700 years, our planet is impacted by a series of cataclysmic events for a period of a few hundred years, which brings about a total or near total collapse of civilizations across the world. This is nature. This is all that is. It is just a speck in the whole of things.

Periodically Pralayas (destructions) take place. A destruction comes at the end of four thousand yugas  on  earth.  For  a  hundred  years  there  are  no  rains  and  there  is  widespread  drought. Thereafter, Vishnu uses the rays of the sun to drink and dry up all the waters that there are on earth. Seven different suns appear in the sky and they burn up the three worlds of heaven, the earth and the underworld. The earth becomes as flat as the back of a turtle. The breath of the great snake (Shesha) also serves to burn up the three worlds.

After the three worlds have been burnt up, dark clouds full of thunder and lightning appear in the sky. For a hundred years it continue to rain. The rain puts out the fires that have been raging. From Vishnu’s breath are created tremendous winds and these drive away the clouds. But there is water everywhere. And Vishnu sleeps on these waters. For an entire kalpa he sleeps. The sages then pray to Vishnu for the three worlds to be created yet again.

There are three types of pralaya or destruction, the first being brahma or naimittika. Naimittika pralaya takes place after a kalpa, that is after one of Brahma’s days and after fourteen Manus have passed. Before this pralaya, the earth becomes weak and there are no rains for a hundred years. Vishnu adopts the form of Rudra and drinks up all the water that there is in the rivers, the oceans, the seas and the mountains. The seven rays of the sun manifest themselves as seven different suns. These suns burn up the three worlds. Not only is bhuloka burnt up, but bhuvarloka and svarloka are also destroyed. There are dark and thick clouds everywhere. For a hundrd years it continues to rain. All is darkness. For a hundred years the winds blow. And Vishnu sleeps on the waters that are everywhere till the worlds are created again.
The second type of destruction is known as prakrita pralaya. The three basic gunas are, as you know, sattva, rajas and tamas. Their perfect balance is known as prakriti. At the time of destruction when prakriti becomes assimilated into the paramatman, that is known as prakrita pralaya. The third type of pralaya is known as atyatika pralya. This refers to the disppearance of three types of distress, adhyatmika, adhidaivika and adhibhoutika. Adhyatmika distress consists of physical and mental ailments like fever and sadness. Adhidaivika distress is that due to the elements, such as coldness and heat. Adhibhoutika distress is that which humans face from other livings beings, such as ghosts and snakes. At the time of atyantika destruction, these distresses also disappear.

Tawa Idly Recipe

Tawa Idly Recipe (perfect for Spring)

Ingredients for the Idlys:

  • Normal Rice: 1 Cup
  • Split Black Lentil: ½ Cup
  • Poha (rolled rice): ½ Cup
  • Salt – To Taste
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Salt

Tawa Tadka

  • Ghee – 4-5 Tbsp
  • Onions – As Desired
  • Karam Podi – 4 Tbsp (a Andhra style preparation similar to gun powder, recipe below)
  • Coriander – 1 Tbsp
  • Salt

Instructions
1. Wash twice and Soak the rice and dahl for 8 hours. I tend to do this around lunchtime so that at night before going to sleep I can create the batter and let it ferment over night.
2. After they have soaked for 8 hours, blend the rice and dahl and 1/2 cup of poha in a blender to a semi smooth paste using as little water as possible.
3. Add the salt and blend more.
4. Set this batter in a warm place to let it ferment for 5-6 hours. (overnight is fine)
5. After it has fermented or in the AM, heat a couple of cups of water in your idly cooker/idly pot/pressure cooker.
6. Oil the idly trays with oil. Mix well and add that to the trays.
7. Place the trays inside the cooker (if using pressure cooker, take off the weight/the whistle) and steam for 7 mins in med-high flame and another 7 mins in med-low flame.
8. Let them stand for 5 mins. Take a spoon and take out the idlys.

1. For the tawa tadka, heat a pan/tawa.
2. Add the ghee, karam podi, onions, salt, coriander and stir well.
3. Once the mixture is cooked for a minute, place in the idlys for 2 mins, then turn them, then cook for another 2 mins. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Recipe for Karam Podi
1 tsp Ghee
5 Garlic Cloves
1½ Tbsp Coriander
2 Tbsp Chana Dahl
1½ Tbsp Urad Dahl
10 Dry Red Chilis
1/2 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
10 Curry Leaves
1/4 tsp Hing
3 Tbsp Tamarind
1/2 tsp Methi
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds

In a pan, add the ghee and add all the other ingredients and slow roast it until its well roasted, don’t burn it with too high of heat. Let it cool then grind to a coarse powder.

Knowledge vs Information and what is just plain bullshit

Bullshit is unavoidable, for the most part, whenever circumstances require someone to talk. But mostly without knowing what they are talking about. Thus the production of bullshit is stimulated whenever a person’s obligations or opportunities to speak about some topic exceed his capacity of the knowledge of the facts that are relevant to that topic. This discrepancy is common in public life, the mundane world, where people are frequently impelled — whether by their own propensities or by the demands of others — to speak extensively about matters of which they are to some level and degree ignorant. Are there different levels of ignorance?

Closely related instances arise when one is emotionally attached to being correct over the correctness of the knowledge they hold. Other instances arise from the widespread conviction that it is the responsibility of a citizen in a democracy to have opinions about everything, or at least everything that pertains to the conduct of his country’s or his world’s affairs. The lack of any significant connection between a person’s opinions and his apprehension of reality will be even more severe, needless to say, for someone who believes it is his responsibility, as a conscientious moral agent, to evaluate events and conditions in all parts of the world although one may have never, most likely have never, actually been there nor experienced anything of that culture that is authentic to that culture, of that culture. 

 There is so much bullshit in this world that whenever I do see something real or genuine I can’t even control myself! 

The Satya Narayana Vrat Katha is the story of the holy Vow to speak and act in truth. Living with Truth bestows every blessing and makes us divine. Sri Ramakrishna has said, “Truth is the most important of all spiritual practices for Kali Yuga”. In fact, it is the last leg left to stand on. 

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