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Dr K K Aggarwal

Science behind Addiction

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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The three main reasons for any addiction are ignorance, ego and dependence. If you ask people as to why do they smoke, some would say that they were ignorant about its side effects (ignorance), while others would say that doing so gave them a status in the society (ego). And the rest once they began, they cannot leave it and are now dependant on it (dependence).

The treatment of ignorance is based on education the principle of hearing (suno), listening (samjho), understanding (jaano) and action full of wisdom (karo).

Ego can only be treated by proper counseling. The principles of counseling are well described in Bhagavad Gita and involve 18 sessions over a period of time.

Treatment of dependence involves early detoxification followed by counseling and education.

On the 8th Navratri, Enjoy a purified mind

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On the 8th Navratri, Enjoy a purified mind

Maha Gauri is worshipped on the 8th day of Navratri. SHE looks as white as moon and jasmine. White means purity of mind. She has three eyes and four hands. SHE is dressed in a white sari. SHE holds a drum and a trident and is often depicted riding a bull (control over the desires). Her upper left hand is in fearless pose and she holds ‘Trishul’ in her lower left hand. Her upper right hand has tambourine and lower right hand is in a blessing Mudra.

Spiritual mantra on the 8th Navratri

By the 8th day of spiritual detoxification, once gets purity of mind.

Maha Gauri is worshipped on the Eight Day of Navratri. SHE looks as white as moon and jasmine. White means purity of mind. She has three Eyes and four hands. SHE is dressed in a white sari.

SHE holds a drum and a trident and is often depicted riding a bull (control over the desires). Her above left hand is in fearless pose and she holds ‘Trishul’ in her lower left hand. Her above right hand has tambourine and lower right hand is in blessing Mudra.

Spiritual mantra on the 8th Navratri

By the 8th day of spiritual; detoxification once gets purity of mind.

1. Maha Gauri is worshipped on the Eight Day of Navratri.

2. SHE looks as white as moon and jasmine. White means purity of mind.

3. She has three Eyes and four hands. SHE is dressed in a white sari.

4. SHE holds a drum and a trident and is often depicted riding a bull (control over the desires)

5. Her above left hand is in fearless pose and she holds ‘Trishul’ in her lower left hand.

6. Her above right hand has tambourine and lower right hand is in blessing Mudra.

Spiritual message on the 8th Navratri: By the 8th day of spiritual; detoxification once gets purity of mind.

 

Navratri is the detoxification of body, mind and soul. Body detoxification involves Navratri diet containing eating less devoid of cereals. In Navratri diet flour is replaced with Kuttu or Singhara flour; pulses with amaranth or Rajgiri and Rice with Samak rice. Mental and soul detoxification involves practicing Yoga Sadhna as described in nine forms of Durga.
1. In mythology Mata Shailputri is a daughter of mountain king – Himalaya. She is the first among nine avatars of Durga and worshiped on the First day of Navratri.
2. In yogic language it represents the lowest chakra, Muladhara chakra. And the bija sound to chant is LAM in the sacral root area. In allopathic language it represents activation of sacral plexus.
3. The Mother Goddess has a half moon in her forehead & she is holding a trident (trishul) in her right hand & lotus flower in her left hand. She rides on mount Nandi a bull.
4. Bull in mythology represents ‘desires’. On the first day we must let go our desires.
5. Trishul in mythology represents balancing Tamas, Rajas and Satwa
6. Lotus in mythology indicates practicing detached attachment.
7. Moon in mythology means thinking with a cool mind.
8. Shailputri represents the shakti or power of the root chakra, who, upon awakening, begins Her journey upwards in search for the last crown chakra (Shiva).
9. In Navratri pooja on the first day Yogi keep their mind concentrated on Muladhara chakra as the starting point of spiritual discipline or Yoga Sadhna.

What to do on first day
1. Let go your desires
2. Keep the mind cool
3. Practice detached attachment
4. Balance Tamas and Rajas guna with Satwa. or to stay in balance.
5. Concentrate on Muladhara chakra (sacral root)
6. Chant LAM reducing the respiratory rate to 2-4 per minute.
7. In Ayurveda Muladhara chakra represents the earth element.
Gist: On the first day we control (riding), our desires (bull) by balancing (Trishul) the mind with cool thoughts (moon) and practicing detachment (lotus). This can be assisted by chanting LAM focusing on sacral chakra.