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Dr K K Aggarwal

Luv-Kush, Shubha-Labha, Siddhi-Riddhi are inseparable pairs of Vedanta. They signify that one cannot get one without the help of the other.

In Luv-Kush, Kush is a symbol of purity and Luv symbolise the spiritual love. To achive love one has to be pure in consciousnes. To acquire love and inner happiness in life one may has to use kush, a herb, in daily life. No traditional Hindu ritual is complete without the use of kush grasses.

Kush is a benevolent satwik detoxifying grass, a symbol of progress and alertness. The word “kushal buddhi” originates from the word kush. In Bhagwad Gita (shloka 6.10) Krishna said that for meditation one should sit on a seat covered with kush grass. The Garuda Purana also described the importance of kush grass in rituals of Panchak death and in cremation of a person whose body has not been found as in natural calamities, by making an effigy of kush grass and completing the rituals. Kush grass is often held in the hands before taking a sankalp. In Ayurveda Kush grass is called desmostactya bipinnata. It is a clean, pure, brittle grass with acrid, cooling, oleaginous, aphrodisiac, and diuretic properties. Kush ke sharbat is a routine drink used by traditional healers of Chattisgarh.

In Riddhi-Siddhi, Riddhi is knowledge and Siddhi the perfection.  One attains obstacle free life (represented by Ganesha) only when one master or tame both knowledge and perfection. Riddhi and Siddhi were the two inseparable wives of Lord Ganesha.  Others symbolize Siddhi as success and Riddhi as prosperity or Riddhi as material abundance and Siddhi as the intellectual and spiritual prowess or Riddhi as prosperity and Siddhi as progress. All are dependent on each other.

Ganesha is said to have two sons, Shubha-Labha, again the two terms are inseparable from each other. Both are written during Dewali on each accounts book. Shubha is auspiciousness and Labha the profit.

Ram Lakshman often spoken as Ram-Lakhan signifies that to be in touch with consciusness (Rama) one has to control the mind with an aim (Mana with a Lakshya).

Other pairs, which are inseparable, are the duals of Rama and Sita, Radha and Krishna, Shiva and Parvati, Brahma and Saraswati and Vishnu and Lakshmi.

In Rama Sita, Rama signifies soul consciousness and Sita as the body. It is true for the Krishma and Radha combination. They also signify the dual character of the nature, feminine and masculine natures.

In Brahma and Sarawsawti, as the dude, Brahma represents creativity or innovations and Saraswati the art of acquiring pure knowledge. Again both are dependent on each other.

Lakshmi and Vishnu are again inseparable. Vishnu or Krishna is the doer and performer. They signify the action in the present. Lakshmi signify the material and spiritual benefits. One can only get the benefits by action in dharma.

Shiva-Parvati is other inseparable word used in Vedic literature. The other is Shiva and Sakti. They represent the true nature of the consciousness, the male and the female energies; the purusha and the prakiti. In terms of computer language they represents the operational and the application software. No computer can run without both of them

Other uncommon pairs are Bharata and Shatrughana of Ramayana. Bharata represents bhakti, devotion and discipline and Shatrughana the victory over the enemy. To win over the Shatru one has to become Bharata.

The pairs of modern post Vedic era are Heer-Ranjha; Laila-Majnu, Sheeri-Farihad, Banti and Babli and Veeer-Jara. They all symbolize human love relationship.


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1.    Maximum sudden cardiac deaths peak in the morning.

2.    Primary arrhythmic event is more likely to occur in the morning because increased adrenergic activity at this time may increase electrical instability or induce myocardial ischemia without heart attack.

3.     Mortality reports of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, of 2203 individuals who in 1983 died an out-of-hospital death from ischemic heart disease one hour or less after the onset of symptoms, showed peak frequency of sudden death between 9 and 11 AM [Circulation 1987;75:131].

4.    Framingham Heart Study: The hourly risk of sudden cardiac death was at least 70 percent greater between 7 and 9 AM than the average risk during the remaining 22 hours of the day [Am J Cardiol 1987;60:801].

5.     Data from the Berlin emergency care system found a peak frequency of ventricular fibrillation between 6 AM and noon; in contrast, asystolic episodes were more evenly distributed throughout the day [Circulation 1993;88:2284].

6.     The morning peak in sudden death is particularly related to the first three hours after awakening and onset of activity [Am J Cardiol 1992;70:65]

7.    Data from the Seattle Fire Department, based upon 6603 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, of which 3690 were witnessed, also exhibited a diurnal variation, with a low incidence at night and two peaks of approximately the same size [Circulation 1998;98:31]. An evening peak at 4 to 7 PM was attributed primary to patients found in ventricular fibrillation, while arrests that showed other rhythms exhibited mainly a morning peak from 8 to 11 AM.

8.    Cardiac arrests also show a weekly and seasonal variation; the daily incidence peaks on Monday and the seasonal incidence is greatest in the winter [Eur Heart J 2000;21:315, Am Heart J 1999;137:512].

9.    One 12 year analysis of 222,265 cases of death from coronary heart disease found that there were approximately 33 percent more deaths in December and January than in June through September [Circulation 1999;100:1630].

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In every traditional gurukul no studies start without chanting the following

Saraswati namasthubhyam
Varade kaama roopini
Vidyaarambham karishyaami
Sidhirbhavatu me sadaa

O Goddess Saraswati, the giver of Boons and fulfiller of wishes, I prostrate to You before starting my studies. May you always fulfill me?

Indian Vedas consider knowledge about self as the supreme knowledge and all tools for the same are considered sacred and divine and must be given respect. The traditional custom is not to step any sacred educational tool.

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Vitamin D Facts

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1. In building bone, calcium has an indispensable assistant: vitamin D.

2. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.

3. Increasing vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis.

4. A small amount of sun exposure can help the body manufacture its own vitamin D

5. Five to 30 minutes of sunlight between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. twice a week to your face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen will enable you to make enough of the vitamin.

6. People with fair skin that burns easily should protect themselves from skin cancer by limiting sun exposure to 10 minutes or less.

7. Food and sun exposure should suffice, but if not, get 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily from a supplement.

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No Aarati is performed without camphor. Camphor when lit burns itself out completely without leaving a trace of it.

Camphor represents our inherent tendencies or vaasanas. When lit by the fire of knowledge about the self the vaasanas burn themselves out completely, not leaving a trace of ego.

Ego is responsible for a sense of individuality that keeps us separate from the Lord or consciousness.

Apart camphor when burns emit a pleasant perfume. This signifies that as we burn our ego we can only spread love and nothing else.

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Over 68 per cent of milk inIndiadoes not conform to the standards set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India as per the govt. in a statement to Supreme Court.

According to the FSSAI’s 2011 survey, the most common adulterant was found to be the addition of water, and the main reason for deviation from the standards was addition of glucose and skimmed milk powder.  Addition of water will reduce the nutritional values and if contaminated can cause health hazards. It also found that in some samples, detergent was mixed.

A PIL alleged that synthetic and adulterated milk and milk products are prepared using urea, detergent, refined oil, caustic soda and white paint which, according to studies, are “very hazardous” to human life and can cause serious diseases like cancer.

These adulterants are hazardous and cause irreversible damage to the organs. As per ICMR detergents in milk causes food poisoning and gastrointestinal complications. Other synthetic compounds cause impairments, heart problems, cancer and even death. The immediate effect of drinking adulterated milk with urea, caustic soda and formalin is gastroenteritis but the long term effects are known to be far more serious.

The health answer is to shift to soya milk, During festive season, especially Diwali as non adulterated milk is often used to prepare sweets it is impossible to get pure milk to drink. Atleast during these days it is safe to shift to soya milk.

Some facts about soya milk

1, Soy milk (also called soya milk, soymilk, soybean milk, or soy bean juice and sometimes referred to as soy drink/beverage) is a beverage made from soybeans.

2.  It is produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them with water.

3. Soy milk contains about the same proportion of protein as cow’s milk: around 3.5%; also 2% fat, 2.9% carbohydrate, and 0.5% ash.

4. Soy milk can be made at home.

4. The coagulated protein from soy milk can be made into tofu, just as dairy milk can be made into cheese.

5. The AmericanAcademyofPediatricsconsiders soy milk a suitable alternative for children who cannot tolerate human or cow’s milk, or whose parents opt for a vegan diet.

6. It is associated with a reduction in low-density lipoprotein (“bad cholesterol”) and triglycerides.

7. It is good for women undergoing menopause.

8. Soy affects bone mineral density.

9. Gout sufferers limit consumption of soy products.

10. It is good for the health of the thyroid gland.

 

 

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“If you wait to be happy, you will wait forever. If you are happy now, you will be happy forever”.

Persons who remain serious have more chances of getting heart attacks. And on the other hand people full of humor die young in old age. Humor in general and laughter in particular are the best medicines. You are incomplete in your dress if you are not wearing a smile on your face.

Humor is a universal language. It’s a contagious emotion and a natural diversion. It brings people together and breaks down barriers.  Hospitals around the world are incorporating laughter therapy programs into their treatment protocols and most hospitals now have humor rooms.

Laughter strengthens the immune system, it makes the cheeks sore and it actually increases one’s intellectual performance and boosts information retention.  Laughing produces endorphins in the body which are natural hormones promoting health.

Happiness is our essential nature. Health is nothing but inner happiness. There is a great interrelationship between our gestures (Mudra) and emotion and both are influenced by each other. If one is inflicted with the happiness of laughter, it is impossible to keep the facial gesture as wrinkled, frayed and tense.

Laughter is a de-stressing therapy. Fear is linked to high blood pressure; anger to heart attacks, paralysis, and acidity and greed and possessiveness to heart failure. These all negative emotions can be kept at bay if happiness is injected within the people. Laughing over much serious matters also provides a relief from the overstressed environment.

It is a proven Mudra of Yoga as well. Laughter is multifaceted, which not only lightens the situation, but also keeps anger, fear, and greed and like evils at bay.

Laughter is good for the heart. Many studies have shown that laughing causes the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to expand and increase blood flow – exactly what aerobic exercise does.

A comedy can be good for people; a stress-inducing movie can have a negative effect on cardiac health. In a study presented in theAmericanCollegeof Cardiology 2005; 20 volunteers watched a 15-minute segment from “Kingpin,” a 1996 Woody Harrelson comedy, and then 48 hours later viewed the opening battle scene from “Saving Private Ryan,” the 1998 movie starring Tom Hanks. After each movie was shown, researchers used ultrasound to measure changes in blood vessel reactivity.  On average, blood flow increased 22 percent after the Harrelson movie, comparable to the increase brought on by aerobic exercise, and decreased 35 percent after “Saving Private Ryan.”

One should try to laugh on a regular basis. Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week, and 15 minutes of laughter on a daily basis is probably good for the heart.

Laughter is good exercise. Laughing 100 times has the same effect on the body as being on a rowing machine for 10 minutes or a stationary bike for 15 minutes. Children laugh about 400 times a day. Adults laugh an average of 15 times a day.

Laughter is like ‘internal jogging,’ a form of exercise that keeps the body and the mind fit. It can give the heart muscles a good workout, improve circulation, increase your pulse rate, fill the lungs with oxygen-rich air and decrease tension.

Artificial or natural, laughter is the best exercise to be incorporated in daily life. It’s the best meditation technique as during laughter you are living only in the present forgetting the worries of the past and anxieties of the future.

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Eating more beans and chickpeas help improve glycemic control and lower total cholesterol and triglycerieds in patients with type 2 diabetes. In a randomized controlled trial, patients who ate at least an additional cup of legumes per day had a greater reduction in HbA1c than patients who increased their insoluble fiber consumption for 3 months as per David Jenkins, MD, PhD, of the University of Toronto in the Archives of Internal Medicine.The diet significantly lowered mean total cholesterol and triglycerides, without any changes in HDL cholesterol levels.

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