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Negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts

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Darkness cannot be removed physically; it can only be removed by switching light or going into sunlight or lighting fire. Similarly negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts.

In Bhagavad Gita also it has been said that in the period of Uttarayana with longer days, the first half at full moon, in the presence of light or agni, one acquires more positive thoughts as compared in Dakshinayana before Amavasya or no moon or in absence of light.

Bhagavad Gita also says that whatever you think the whole life, you think at the time of death and if the time at the time of death you have positive thoughts, you are likely to get Moksha. That may be the reason why in Hindu mythology it is said that just before the death, we should light a diya or chant in front of agni (fire) so that dying person’s thoughts become positive.

In terms of computer language, it can be explained as – when you open a file repeatedly, it becomes a priority file and comes in search engine on priority as compared to other files.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own)

Negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Darkness cannot be removed physically it can only be removed by switching light or going into sunlight or lighting fire. Similarly negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts. In Bhagavad Gita also it has been said that the period of Uttarayana with longer days the first half at full moon in the presence of light or agni one acquires more positive thoughts as compared in Dakshinayana before Amavasya or no moon or in absence of light. Bhagavad Gita also says that whatever you think the whole life you think at the time of death and if the time at the time of death you have positive thoughts you are likely to get Moksha. That may be the reason why in Hindu mythology it is said that just before the death we should light a diya or chant in front of agni fire so that dying person s thoughts become positive. In computer language it is explained that when you open a file repeatedly it becomes a priority file and comes in search engine on priority as compared to other files. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Darkness cannot be removed physically it can only be removed by switching on the light or going into sunlight or lighting a fire. Similarly negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts. In Bhagavad Gita it has been said that in the period of Uttarayana with longer days the first half at full moon in the presence of light or agni one acquires more positive thoughts as compared to in Dakshinayana before Amavasya or no moon or in absence of light. Bhagavad Gita also says that whatever you think the whole life you think at the time of death and if the time at the time of death you have positive thoughts you are likely to get Moksha. That may be the reason why in Hindu mythology it is said that just before the death we should light a diya or chant in front of agni fire so that dying person s thoughts become positive. In computer language it is explained that when you open a file repeatedly it becomes a priority file and comes in search engine on priority as compared to other files. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Darkness cannot be removed physically; it can only be removed by switching on the light or going from the dark into the sunlight or lighting a fire. Similarly, negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts. In Bhagavad Gita also it has been said that during Uttarayana with longer days, the first half at full moon, in the presence of light or agni, one acquires more positive thoughts as compared to Dakshinayana, before Amavasya or no moon or in absence of light. Bhagavad Gita also says that whatever you think the whole life, you think at the time of death and at the time of death you have positive thoughts, you are likely to get Moksha. This may be the reason why in Hindu mythology it is said that just before the death, we should light a diya or chant in front of agni (fire) so that the dying person’s thoughts become positive. In computer language, it is explained that when you open a file repeatedly, it becomes a priority file and comes in search engine on priority as compared to other files.

The purpose of birthday according to our mythology can be interpreted as follows:

  • A birthday is a reminder of our true purpose in life, towards which our actions should be directed. These are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Dharma is righteousness – doing our duty; artha is righteous earning of the means to do our duty; kama and moksha represent fulfilling of desires and achieving inner happiness and liberation, respectively.
  • Each one of us has three debts to pay in our lifetime. These are: Dev Hrin, Pitra Hrin and Rishi/Guru Hrin. Our body has been given to us by our parents, they take care of us when we are young and so should we as they grow old; this is pitra Hrin. It also refers to our ancestors. Rishi/Guru Hrin is our debt to our teachers who give us knowledge and Dev Hrin is our debt to God, who has given us consciousness.

Pitra Hrin is repaid by conducting the rituals of Shradh usually performed either on Amavasya every month or on the death anniversary or the day of death according to the Hindu calendar.  Teacher’s day on 5th September is the day when Guru Hrin is repaid. We repay our debts to God through pooja and fasts.

 

On our birthday, we calculate how many debts are left to be repaid.

  • When we celebrate a birthday, we light candles on the cake and blow out the candles before cutting it. But this is a western culture. Our tradition is to not blow out the candles, but to ignite them. The burning candles illuminate the darkness. They shed light on the path we ought to travel on and enlighten us. Number of candles should be 100 minus the age lived and not age lived.

So, every year on our birthday, we should contemplate on the year that has gone by and take stock of what all has been achieved or what is left unfulfilled and define new goals for ourselves.

Shradhs in Hindu Mythology

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Shradhs are observed by every family in Indian Hindu culture to seek forgiveness from the diseased person and our ancestors for their unfulfilled known or unknown desires.

Traditionally, people observe shradh either on the day of Amavasya every month or on the day of death anniversary of the diseased person or persons or during Shradh days observed in Chaturmas coinciding with the Hindi Tithi or the date on which the diseased person had died. Shradhs are observed till Mahashradh is observed which is usually at a place near Ganga in Gaya, Pushkar, Haridwar etc.

In mythology, mind is linked with ocean, river or water. Most Mahashradhs are held near sacred water as it requires the process of purification of the mind away from home so that one can relax and not only take one holy bath but also take an internal bath  of meditation and self-confession.  Medically,

 Shradh is a type of an attachment disorder or guilt disorder where either you are attached to the thoughts of the diseased person which keep on disturbing in the day to day life and during dreams or you have a guilt that you have not been able to fulfill some of the desires of the diseased persons and that guilt keeps reminding you all the time in your day to day activity or in the dreams.

Shradh is a way or a reminder to you or your consciousness to fulfill and complete the incomplete jobs and finish up all the pending works. Sometimes doing this job may take time and that is the reason why Mahashradhs are done once or twice in a lifetime for a particular diseased person.

 Whenever a good ritual or ceremony is held, we also seek blessings from our ancestors. For example, before marriage, it is a ritual to do pooja of ancestors and take blessings which only means that we want to get rid of in our mind the self confession and seek forgiveness from our ancestors that please don’t disturb our mind or in emotions at this juncture of our function and we are aware of the pending work which you asked us to do in future.

Typically, a Shradh ceremony involves self confession and pooja of black sesame seeds or consuming black sesame seeds. Black sesame seeds in Ayurveda are known for their quality of absorbing negative energies both external and internal. Once the pending job is over and in the mind of the family or the person all the assigned works are finished, then they usually go to one of the pilgrimages for Mahashradh which is like a Mahapind Daan. Remember people usually say – Ab to mera pind chhod do, which means please stop coming in my dreams and reminding me of my pending works.

Shradhs are also for unknown unfulfilled desires of our ancestors. When I say unknown desires, it means the desires which are unknown to the present family but maybe were known to the past family. This can only be understood by computer module where my soul is my internet server and spirit has the God as cloud internet. Both my internal server and cloud servers will have a social networking page of mine and will also have my page even if my physical body dies. Similarly, all the social pages of my ancestors will be present in the cloud internet. So, unfulfilled desires will always be posted there. People of my family or those who know me can get connected to that page and know that there were some unfulfilled desires which are yet to be fulfilled by my family and that keeps coming to us in the form of message from our friends that you are suffering due to unfulfilled desires which they might have read from that particular page and that is the reason why there is always a forgiveness seeking exercise during Shradh for those known and unknown unfulfilled desires of our ancestors.

The Science Behind Shradhs

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Shradhs are observed every year in Dakshinayana during Chaturmas in the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month. Many rituals are performed to satisfy the unfulfilled desires of our three generations of our ancestors.

As per Vedas every individual has three debts to be paid off, firstly, the Devtas (Dev Rin), secondly of Guru and teachers (Rishi Rin) and, thirdly, of Ancestors (Pitra Rin).  Devtas here from scientific point of view will represent the people with Daivik qualities; teachers the ones who have taught us and Pitra will include three generations of ancestors. ‘Rin’ from scientific point of view would mean unfinished desires or tasks.

The rituals scientifically would mean detaching oneself from the guilt of unfinished task of our ancestors by detoxifying our mind.

Debt means desires of our ancestors which were not fulfilled during their lifetime. The responsibility to fulfill them automatically comes to the eldest son in the family and need to be fulfilled. If not, it reflects as a guilt disorder in the family and clinically may present with loss of wealth, loss of direction and courage and health. The resultant problems faced in mythology were called Pitra Dosh.

To remove that guilt and the resultant mental illness the ritual of performing Shradhs originated. Shradh has many components.

 1. Tarpan: or offering of water to the ancestors while reciting Mantras.

2.  Arpan (preparing food on the day of Shradh what the ancestors used to like)

3.  Brahmin bhoj (offering of Satvik food to Brahmins)

4.  Pind Daan (offering of black sesame, Kusha Grass, Jwar and boil or baked rice) observed by some.

5.  Observing a spiritual holiday or incubation period (taking a break from the routine worldly desires and going to a distant place like Gaya).

6.  Remembrance: Once the unfulfilled desires of the ancestors are over remembering our ancestors every year on the day of their death anniversary.

Scientifically Dakshinayana is the period of negative state of mind (nights are longer than days) and starts from 14th July and ends on 13th January. Chaturmas period (first four months) during Dakshinayana has the maximum negativity in the mind.  Chaturmas has Savan, Bhado, Ashwin and Kartik months.

The negative state of mind in Savan is related to anger and disturbed mind; in bhado to non fulfillment of desires and uncontrolled ego and in the month of Ashwin to guilt because of non fulfillment of desires of others (ancestors) especially during Amavasya.

In the rituals ‘Tarpan’ of Jal is offered to ancestors. ‘Jal’ in mythology means flow of thoughts and offering ‘Jal’ in mythology equates to confession and getting connected.  Tarpan is always done with an aim to purify the mind and wash off the guilt.

‘Tarpan’ is always done after the desires of our ancestors are fulfilled by the person performing the Shradh. ‘Arpan’ is the ritual named for that. Tarpan and Arpan on the day of Shradh means getting connected to our consciousness and informing that all the unfinished tasks are over so that we can get rid of the long persisting guilt trigger from our mind. Offering and making food which was liked by our ancestors on that day is just to remember and pay respect to them.

Confession is only possible in a Satwik state of mind which requires eating of Satwik food for a few days. The ritual of offering Satwik food to Brahmins during the Shradh means making only Satwik food on that day so that everyone in the family is forced to eat Satwik food during Shradhs.

Pind Daan denotes medicinal ways of detaching oneself from the guilt. All the four offerings (black sesame, Kusha grass, Jwar and Boiled or roasted rice) in Ayurveda are mentioned to detoxify the mind and making it Satwik by removing Rajas and Tamas.

If the guilt does not go by repeated Shradhs than one is required to go for a spiritual vacation during Shradh period so that he is away from the worldly desires for a few days before the Shradh and that is what going to Gaya means. This spiritual retreat works like an incubation period to the disturbed mind and gets rid off the disturbed mind and allows the undisturbed state of mind to confess and purify.

The Pitra ceremonies are usually performed either on Amavasya every month (period of most negativity in a month) or on the day death anniversary or the Hindu Tithi (day) of the death of the ancestors coinciding with the day during Shradh days. If the date of death is not known then the Shradh is observed on Amavasya.

Some people perform Shradh for full 15 days and others perform it from the first day till the day of their ancestor Shradh.

It is said that once a Shradh is successfully performed or Gaya Shradh is performed one may not need to go with Shradh rituals thereafter. As once the guilt is over there is no need for further detoxification of the mind. After that the only ritual need to be performed is ‘remembrance” which is usually performed on the death anniversary of the diseased ancestor usually by doing some charity on their names. .

One is not supposed to do good things during Shradh as during this period, the mind is in a process of detoxification.

Spiritual Significance Of Adhik Mass (Purshottam Mass, Malmass)

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1. One solar calendar comprises of 365 days and 6 hours. One lunar calendar comprises of 354 days and 9 hours (difference of 11 days)

2. Adhikmas (Vishnu pooja Month) is created in order to synchronize the solar calendar with the lunar calendar.

3. The duration between one Adhikmas to another Adhikmas is from 28 to 36 months (32.5 months). So Adhikmas arrives every 3 years. The months every year are different. It does not happen between Kartik and Magh.

4. In 2012 Adhikmas is from Saturday 18th August to Sunday, 16th September in the midnight.

5. A lunar month (Hindu) is on average 29.5 days period and the solar month, is 30 or 31 days.

6.The Adhik Maas is added when the Amvasya and the Surya Sankranti coincide (absence of Surya Sankranti).

7. It starts with Amavasya and ends with Amavasya.

8. It’s an extra month so Diwali will come late in that year.

9. It’s a month to be devoted to donations and charities.

10. It’s also additional month for additional sun bath, spiritual fasts and Satwik intake.

11.The period is used for detoxification of the self and hence no good work (marriages, mundan, bringing home a new bride, yagyopaveet) is done in this period.

12. One can equate this period is period of self introspection and to complete all our pending work, detoxify the body if not done in the last three years, get additional sunlight to cover vitamin D3 deficiency and fulfill and complete our CSR commitment by donating charities during this period.

One day someone asked me why Muslims and Hindus fight with each other when they worship each other’s GODS. Hindu worship ALI in DIWALI and Muslims worship RAMA in RAMAZAN.

Diwali and Ramadan both have one thing in common and that is one month of spiritual Yagna.

In Hindu spiritual Yagna, the process starts from first day of Navratri on Amavasya and ends up on Diwali, again on Amavasya. The first 10 days involve intense spiritual practice and the rest 20 days entails receiving its benefits.

The first nine days, called Navratri are devoted to a process of purification and detoxification of mind, body and soul. During this period a person is required to lead a Satwik spiritual life devoting first three days into activities, which reduces negativity in the mind and the body; the next three days he is supposed to indulge in positive behavior and happenings and in the last three days he is supposed to read and learn about spiritual positive things in life.

Respectively, these three phases of purification are symbolized as worshiping the Goddesses, Kali, Laxmi and Saraswati. The spiritual purification process involves eating only Satwik food, one which is offered to God, and following the principles of Satwik lifestyle which are Satwik Ahaar, Satwik Vichar, Satwik Vyavahaar and Satwik Achaar. There is a custom of worshiping wheat and barley grass during this period. They are detoxifying grasses when consumed in the form of juices. The Satwik fast observed during this period helps in cleansing the internal body.

Once the nine days purification process is complete, on 10th day one gets the first benefits symbolized with Vijaydashmi as one conquers on that days a victory over Tamas (Kumbhakaran), Rajas (Meghnad) and Ego (Ravana). The victory over the Ego entails the ruling of Satwa (Vibshishan) and reunion of Mind (Lakshamana), Body (Sita) and Soul (Rama).

As per the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali when one attains an ego free mind one is likely to get benefits over a period of time.

The first benefit is seen on the fourth day after Vijaydashmi, on Sharad Purnima, a day known for health benefits. People on this day gather in the night and eat kheer rich in moon rays.

Again after four days on the day of karvachauth one gets benefit of the longevity of the spouse which gives safety to the family. On this day all married women fast and prey for their husbands.

Four days later on “hoi ashtami” one prays for the longevity of their children. This ensures old age protection for the family.

Four days later again on “dhanteras” one gets the benefit of wealth. On this days people worships silver items. On this day no dealings are done and people spend only to invest of silver and gold items for future needs of the family.

By this time the person, who has indulged in the process of purification, learns the true purpose of his or her existence. The inner ignorance and darkness goes away and one gets the true meaning of wealth and that is inner happiness. The day it happens it is called Diwali where on the day of Amavasya (darkness) one gets internal lighting (Diwali).

Diwali, therefore, is a one-month long spiritual Yagna with nine days of purification and 21 days of acquiring spiritual benefits out of it.

Ramadan similarly involves a deep intense purification process of mind, body and soul. In Christians the similar spiritual purification process is celebrated as Easter.