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Dr K K Aggarwal

Samani Rohit Pragya Asst.professor of the Dept.of Jainology and Comparative Religion Jain Vishva Bharati University, Ladnun

“Inner purity leads to the outer purity and the inner impurity leads to outer impurity or disorder. The purity of the emotions, chitta (psyche), and the mind are important factors to have good health and happiness and the impurity of emotions, chitta and the mind are an open invitation to illness and misery. ”

Health and happiness have close connection with emotions. Illness first enters in the world of emotions and then manifest at mental and physical level. Diseases are caused by negative emotions like anger, ego, deceit, greed, fear, hatred etc. Emotional well being results in mental as well as physical well being. Contrarily, any disturbance in the emotional system results in both mental as well as physical illness. Three types of diseases are mentioned in Jain literature. They are Vyadhi (physical), aadhi (mental) and Upaadhi (emotional). In arogya,îthe same way it also mentions three types of health called –   (physical) bodhi (mental) and Samadhi (emotional and spiritual). Leaving aside upadhi if we think only about vyadhi and aadhi, the problem would not be solved because in the presence of upadhi, one cannot experience real health and happiness. Hence, to lead a happy and healthy life, it is essential to refine the emotional world. Transformation of negative emotions in to positive ones through the practice of contemplation helps a person to be free from emotional illness as well as misery and consequently provide health and happiness.

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Eating too much refined white sugar can cause insulin resistance and future diabetes.

Diabetes does not mean that one cannot have desserts forever. While eating too many sugary foods is to be avoided, one can have an occasional dessert, especially if one exercises and otherwise eats healthy. It’s better to substitute brown sugar or jaggery in that case. Artificial sweeteners including stevia, a natural sweetener obtained from plants, are the other options.

Fruits are healthy for diabetics but can’t be consumed in huge amounts, since it contains carbohydrates.

As per Ayurveda, diabetes is a Kapha disorder and diabetics should limit the intake of sweet, salt and sour taste in the diet.

Any fruit or vegetable which is bitter and dark green has antidiabetic properties.

One should combine a bitter taste with a sweet taste when choosing a vegetable or a fruit. For example, one should not combine peas with potatoes but potatoes can be combined with methi (fenugreek leaves) or palak (spinach).

Diabetics are not more susceptible to colds and other illnesses but may have more complications of flu.

Taking insulin does not cause hardening of the arteries or high blood pressure.  Diabetes is not contagious and one cannot get diabetes from someone else.

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As per Ayurveda 2-6 pm in the evening and 2-6 am in the morning is period of Vata or creativity. Most poets and writers would do their creative work at that time of the day especially 2-6 am in the morning.

Vata period is more creative and you are less likely to make mistakes. Four PM in the evening is considered the best time to make a deal, sign a document or to send a confession note.

Apart from the time of the day Vata age is old age and Vata month is rainy season. This is one reason that we always pay attention to the advice of the elderly.

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A combination of weight training and aerobic exercise is the best prescription for overweight patients at risk for diabetes and heart disease. Only aerobic exercise is also as good as it reduces weight and takes inches off the waistlines. Just weight lifting alone has very little benefit.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, people in the weight-training group gained about 1.5 pounds and those in the aerobic group lost an average of 3 pounds and half an inch from their waists.

Those who did both weight and aerobic training dropped about 4 pounds and 1 waistline inch. This group also saw a decrease in diastolic lower blood pressure and in a metabolic syndrome score.

Both the aerobic-only group and the combined-exercise group also lowered their levels of bad triglycerides.

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In India we are not taught etiquettes at school level and we end up learning them by mistakes. Here are a few of then I learnt over the period of time

1. One of my patients got upset because I sat in his patient bed with my knee on the bed.
2. One of my senior got upset in a meet, when he saw me coming without a tie.
3. My boss’s brother in law fired me once when he saw my socks were not matching with the cloths.
4. In my first encounter my boss smiled when he saw me seeking a job with khadi cloth bag, wearing a chapel and wearing khadi cloths.
5. When I went to see the girl for my marriage proposal the girl’s side people were upset after seeing my sandal not matching with my cloths.
6. One of my patients got upset when I leaked information about blood pressure reading to his wife.
7. One of my patients walked out of my cabin when he saw me picking a mobile to listen to a call during a consult.
8. One of my patients got upset in OPD when he was not attended by my resident on time. My resident was late as he was awake the whole night for serious patients. The patient said that it was not his concern. He could not be neglected if he was given a time.
9. My senior got upset when I made my wife sit in the front seat and made him sit in the back seat of my car.
10. One of the executive walked out before signing a deal after he found my hand shake not warm enough.
11. I saw a spiritual guru asking a person who had come from a long distance to go because she found his aura was not good.
12.One of the senior IAS officers got upset when unintentionally a protocol was broken and his junior was made to inaugurate an event when he was also present.
13. I can never forget my college days when people used to tease me as baniya.
14. I can never forgive person who to defame someone put false allegations linked to financial irregularities or character assassination.
15.     I got upset with a patient when he called me at 2 am for a regular appointment, He that all doctors sleep not before 2 am.

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Older people should exercise to build their muscles even into their eighties, according to a review which suggests it will help them with everyday tasks..

Climbing the stairs, housework, walking and even washing was made easier if elderly people worked out two or three times a week, said Chiung-ju Liu of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Indiana University.

People lose muscle as they age, which can make daily chores more difficult. Working out by using small weights or elastic bands can help to rebuild these muscles.

By “walking well”, however, you power yourself around all day using muscles in your bottom, midriff and the backs of your thighs. This brings dramatic, sustainable results.

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Heart Care Foundation of India in association with International Centre for Spirituality and eMedinewS organized a seminar on “Higgs Boson Science and Health”, the first of its kind.

Physics scholars, religious experts and doctors participated in the seminar. The program was moderated by Dr K K Aggarwal, Er Anuj Sinha former Director Vigyan Prasar and Mr A R Mehta.

The eminent faculty included Dr RK Dutta, Dr TV Venkateswaran, Prof CK Ghosh, Prof Amitabh Mukherjee, Prof Ashok Lal, Shri Nitin Srivastava, Mr Anjali Rai Mehta, Dr Rumesh Chandra, Shri Matiur Rahman, Dr Ram Singh Yadav, Dr HK Chopra, B K Veda Vyas, Dr ML Chawla, Dr K Kanwar, Prof Yogesh Kumar, Prof. Mohd Mohsin, Dr BK Singh, Shri Hemant Shah, Ms Jyoti Arora, Head Science Resource Centre, Amity International, New Delhi, Ms Kinkini Dasgupta Misra, Scientist, Vigyan Prasar, NOIDA, Dr D Bhowmik, Addl Prof Nephrology AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr BK Singh, AAI, New Delhi, Dr SK Verma, Shri Biman Basu Popular Science Author, New Delhi, Ms Puneeta Malhotra, Science Teacher KR Mangalam World School, New Delhi, Shri Ved Prakash Sharma, Radium Videomatics, New Delhi, Prof N Jaimini, Director CIE, Delhi University, Delhi, Shri RK Anthwal, Editor Aavishkar, NRDC, New Delhi and Dr Amita Chauhan, Chairperson Amity International, New Delhi.

In his introductory remarks Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, said that as per Vedic philosophy, the body is made up of non matter and the substance which converts the non–matter into matter has been identified as Higgs Boson.

In India, we have different pathies working at different atomic levels. Classical Homeopathy and Bhasma therapy in Ayurveda both work at the level of non–matter. Yoga and meditation also work at the level of consciousness. The identification of Higgs Boson in future may help in dealing with health care in a more positive and productive way.

The key points of the seminar were as below:

  • The Large Hadron Collider has produced the Higgs Boson Particle and this observation has stirred the imagination of scientists and philosophers. The confirmation of the observation will provide the missing links in the Standard Model theory.
  • The Higgs Boson has been the focus of great scientific speculation since it can account for the mass of key components of the universe–planets, stars and humans.
  • Typical ‘candidate’ events, when two high energy photons collide have been observed and this has been a great success of this international experiment at CERN.
  • The grand unified theory that will unite three of the four fundamental forces (weak force, electromagnetic force and strong force) will get a significant support now.
  • Dr Peter Higgs had hypothesized the existence of the Higgs field and the Higgs Boson about 50 years ago and experiments have now verified his theory.
  • The origin of the universe and the few moments after the ‘Big Bang’ has been the subject of intense research and there is excitement because of the data now being generated.
  • Indian scientists and engineers have contributed to the facility in terms of vital equipment, designing experiments and analyzing the data. This is a significant achievement.

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 In Jainism importance is given to the leshya.

 It refers to the state of mind. Our actions reflect the state of our mind.


 A: Six friends went for a trip and got lost on the way. Being hungry they found a fruit tree. His is wat six of them said when they saw the tree.

1.    “Let’s cut the tree down and get the fruit.”

2.     “Don’t cut the whole tree down, cut off a big branch instead.”

3.    “Why do we need a big branch? A small branch has enough fruit.”

4.     “We do not need to cut the branches, let us just climb up and get the bunches of the fruit.”

5.     “Why pick those many fruit and waste them, instead just pick the fruit that we need to eat.”

6.    “There are plenty of good fruit on the ground, so let’s just eat them first.”

 State of mind of these six friends range from destruction of the entire tree to just picking up of the fruits on the ground.

 These six friends’ state of mind represent six types of leshyas.

 1st leshya represents krishna (black) leshya.

2nd  leshya represents neel (blue) leshya.

3rd leshya represents kapot (brown) leshya.

4th leshya represents tejo (red) leshya.

5th leshya represents padma (yellow) leshya.

6th leshya represents shukla (white) leshya.

 The first leshya is the worst and the sixth leshya is the best.

 The first three leshyas lead the health and happiness and last three leads to sickness.

 Our minds run into different states all the times and we have our own choices to make.

 B: Story of King Prasenjit in Lord Mahavira’s time

 One day, King Shrenik on way to pay homage to Lord Mahavira saw a sage meditating with bright glow around him. He bowed down to the sage and continued on his way to the Lord..

 He narrated Lord Mahavira what he saw on the way and asked what would happen to sage if he died at that moment. The Lord replied that he would go to hell.

 Getting confused the king asked the question again that if the Sage’s soul leaves this body just now, where will it go? And the sage replied this time that this would go to heaven.

 The king got confused with two answers.

 At that very moment, drums began sounding in the sky and voices of ‘victory’ were proclaimed. The king asked the Lord, “What is the cause of these sounds?”

 The Lord said, “Oh, king, the sage about whom you were inquiring has acquired omniscience and so the angels are beating the drums and proclaiming the ‘Victory’.”

 The king was confused and so Lord Mahavira explained.

 1.    Before you approached the sage, two of your soldiers diverted his mind by their conversation that his son was betrayed by his entrusted ministers and they were planning to kill him. His meditation was disturbed. He was inflamed with rage, and he lost his mental equanimity. He started mentally to fight. He mentally discharged weapons against the ministers. If he would have died at that moment, he would have gone to the 7th hell.

2.    He suddenly realsied that he was not the King Prasenjit, but a sage. His anger calmed down immediately. He remembered that his purpose of life was equanimity and non-violence. He deeply regretted and repented for acute anger. He ought to have maintained love for all the creatures of the world.  He condemned his mental act. At this state of thoughts if he would have died he would be born in the Sarvarthasiddhi (heaven) as an angel.

3.    Even thereafter, he continued the purification of his mental reflections and gradually reached the stage of ‘Kshapaka’ and attained omniscience.”

Leshysa and the mental state of mind

1.   Krishna(Black) Leshya: These  people practice no compassion or mercy. They have aggressive expressive anger often full of violence. They are full of cynical behavior and ill feeling for others. They are filled with animosity and do not believe in the religion. This state of mind is the worst. After death they go to hell.

2.    Neel (Blue) Leshya: These people are proud, haughty, lazy and unreliable. They are cheaters, cowards, hypocrites and avoid religious discourses. They are only self oriented. After death they are reborn as plants.

3.    Kapot (Brown) Leshya: These people remain sad, gloomy and are fault finders and vindictive. They often self boast, get excited over small matters, and lack mental balance. They remain centered to their own circle. After death they are born as animals.

4.    Tejo (Red) Leshya: These people are very careful about their actions and discriminate between good and evil. They are kind, benevolent, religious, and lead a harmonious life. They mean  business and do only what is required. After death they are reborn as human beings.

5.    Padma (Yellow) Leshya: These people are kind, benevolent, forgiving, observe austerities, vigilant in keeping their vows till last. They remain balanced in both joys and sorrows. They are focused and cannot think of harming others. After death they are reborn in heaven as a celestial being.

6.    Shukla (White) Leshya: These people strictly observe the principles of non-violence, truth, non-stealing, celibacy, and non-attachment. They are trustworthy, treat every soul as if it was their own soul, and do not have any ill feelings even for their enemies. They remain calm even if someone abuses them.  After death they are reborn as a human being or an angel.  Some of them who have perfected this state of mind where there is no more attachment or hatred and treat everyone alike are liberated from the cycle of birth and death. {Source: Jainism Text and personal blessings from the Jain Monk Nay Padam Sagar Maharaj]

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