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Dr K K Aggarwal

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

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

Kush is a benevolent satvik detoxifying grass, a symbol of progress and alertness. The word “kushal buddhi” originates from the word kush. In Bhagavad 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.

Kush grass is called Imperata cylindrica Beauv. It is a clean, pure, brittle grass with acrid, cooling, oleaginous, aphrodisiac and diuretic properties. Kush sharbat is a drink routinely used by traditional healers of Chattisgarh.

In Riddhi-Siddhi, Riddhi is knowledge and Siddhi is perfection. An obstacle-free life (represented by Ganesha) can be attained only when one masters or tames both knowledge and perfection.

Riddhi and Siddhi are the two inseparable wives of Lord Ganesha.

Some 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 the words are written during Diwali on each account book. Shubha is auspiciousness and Labha, profit.

Ram Lakshman are often spoken of as Ram-Lakhan, which signifies that to be in touch with consciousness (Rama) one has to control the mind with an aim (Mana with a Lakshya). Other pairs, which are inseparable, are 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, the body. It is true for the Krishna and Radha combination. They also signify the dual character of the nature, feminine and masculine natures.

In Brahma and Saraswati, 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 action in the present. Lakshmi signifies 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 Shakti. They represent the true nature of the consciousness, the male and the female energies; the purusha and the prakriti. In terms of computer language, they represent the operational and the application software. No computer can run without both. One is knowledge or the information and the other is energy.

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

In Mahabharata, there is the pair of Nakul (being neutral) and Sahdeva (helping every one). Again they are inseparable. You cannot help unless you are neutral.

The pairs of modern post Vedic era are Heer-Ranjha, Laila-Majnu, Sheeri-Farhad, Banti and Babli and Veer-Zara. They all symbolize human love relationship.

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Explaining cardiac interventions

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For any traffic management, following are the options:

• Placing traffic signals can be equated to dos and don’ts of lifestyle management.

• Posting a traffic inspector on the crossing. This can be equated with clinical cardiologist.

• Diverting the traffic from main road to side roads. This can be equated to opening collaterals by drugs, exercise.

• Hiring an architect to make maps. This can be equated to an angiographer doing angiography.

• Looking for the possibility of widening the roads. This can be equated to balloon angioplasty.

• To prevent encroachment of widened roads to place railing around the widened roads can be equated to placement of metallic stent.

• To prevent mishandling of railing, safety grills are put. This can be equated to drug eluting stents.

• When the roads cannot be widened, flyovers are made, which can be equated to bypass surgery.

• Flyovers can be made by stopping the traffic. This can be equated to open bypass surgery.

• Flyovers can be made without disturbing the traffic, this can be equated to heart bypass surgery.

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Nail Hygiene

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• Nails can harbor dirt and germs and contribute to the spread of many infections.

• Keep nails short.

• Trim nails often.

• Scrub the underside of nails with soap or water each time you wash your hands.

• Clean any nail grooming tools before use.

• Nail grooming tools should be sterilized before use in saloon.

• Avoid biting nails.

• Avoid chewing nails.

• Avoid cutting cuticles as they act as barriers to prevent infection.

• Never rip or bite a hang nail, instead clip it with a clear sterilized nail trimmer (a hang nail is small torn piece of skin next to finger nail or toe nail).

• Infections of the finger nails or toe nails are often characterized by swelling of the skin or thickening of the nail. In some cases these infections may be serious and need to be treated by a doctor.

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The loss of a loved is often painful. The resultant grief makes it hard to eat, sleep and leads to loss of interest in routine life affecting behavior and judgment.

Some can feel agitated or exhausted, to sob unexpectedly, or to withdraw from the world and others may find themselves struggling with feelings of sorrow, numbness, anger, guilt, despair, irritability, relief, or anxiety.

It is well known that disclosing deep emotions through writing can boost immune function as well as mood and well–being. Conversely, the stress of holding in strong feelings can ratchet up blood pressure and heart rate and increase muscle tension.

One can write on a piece of paper, in your personal book, on the open website with nick name or keep it in the mind. One doesn’t have to preserve the emotions and can through away the writings.

In absence of deeply troubling situations, such as suicide or a violent death which are best explored with the help of an experienced therapist, one can choose writing as a way to express out the grief.

• Start writing for 15 to 30 minutes a day for three to four days

• Continue up to a week if it is helping.

• Continue writing for 15 to 30 minutes once a week for a month.

• Writing has stronger effects when it extends over more days.

• Remember writing about grief and loss can trigger strong emotions (one may cry or feel deeply upset).

• Many people find journal writing valuable and meaningful and report feeling better afterward.

• Don’t worry about grammar or sentence structure.

• Truly let go. Write down how you feel and why you feel that way. You’re writing for yourself, not others.

(Source Harvard Newsletter)

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Women beware of heart disease

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More women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.

Over 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented by modifying diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking.

Following may be the warning signals of heart attack

Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.

Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

In presence of any of the above one should not wait for more than five minutes and get to a hospital right away.

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You should be not only positive, different but also persistent. In ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the first is a fish, which indicates to be different in life. The second incarnation is the tortoise, which indicates that you should be different but learn to withdraw when the need arises. The third is a boar which indicates persistence.

The mantra of a successful life is to be positively different and persistent and yet learn to withdraw when the situation arises.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are entirely my own.

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Why is my nose bleeding?

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Nosebleed is a common problem, occurring in up to 60 percent of the general population and is often because of a respiratory illness or dry conditions. Nasal drying is common in the hot summer months because of the extreme temperature and dry air due to use of air conditioners.

Here are some typical reasons for nosebleeds:

• Nasal allergies

• Blowing your nose too hard or trying to remove something from inside the nose • A result of “popping” the ear

• Nasal exposure to chemicals

• Frequent sneezing or having an upper respiratory infection

• Use of nasal spray or a blood-thinning drugs, such as aspirin

• Inhaling air that is extremely dry or cold

• Having recent surgery on the nose or elsewhere on the face

• Breaking the nose or a similar injury

• Uncontrolled blood pressure

Bleeding can be controlled by direct pressure i.e. compression of the nostrils rasping the alae distally so all mucosal surfaces are opposed. Direct pressure should be applied continuously for at least 5 min and for up to 20 min. The patient should be encouraged not to check for active bleeding. Patients who are properly instructed may control their bleeding while the evaluation gets underway.

Other maneuvers include bending forward at the waist while sitting up (to avoid swallowing blood), placing a plug of cotton wool or gauze into the bleeding nostril (sometimes coated with antibiotic ointment), expectorating out blood that accumulates in the pharynx and a cold compress applied to the bridge of the nose.

These maneuvers also should be taught to high-risk patients for use at home. Many ENT specialists recommend initial treatment with two puffs of oxymetazoline to hasten hemostasis.

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Stress is the reaction of the body or the mind to the interpretation of a known situation. Stress management, therefore, involves either changing the situation, changing the interpretation or taming the body the yogic way in such a way that stress does not affect the body.

Every situation has two sides. Change of interpretation means looking at the other side of the situation. It is something like half glass of water, which can be interpreted as half empty or half full.

Studies have shown that anger, hostility and aggression are the new risk factors for heart disease. It has been shown that even recall of anger can precipitate a heart attack.

Many studies have shown that in front of unconscious patients in ICU when doctors talk positive their outcome is better than those in whose presence if doctors talk negative.

The best way to practice spiritual medicine is to experience silence in the thoughts, speech and action. Simply walking in the nature with silence in the mind and experiencing the sounds of nature can be as effective as 20 minutes of meditation. He said that 20 minutes of meditation provides the same physiological parameters as that of seven hours of deep sleep.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are entirely my own.

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