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Why do people suffer?

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As per Garud Puran and Hindu mythology, one of the reasons for suffering is the debts of your past birth. Your purpose of life is to face sufferings to pay these debts. The second reason is your present deeds till today starting from birth. If your sum total of bad deeds is more than good deeds, they get added to your previous birth’s debts.

The third reason for suffering is the form of struggle, which you entertain to attain future success. Some people do not call it as suffering.

The last reason for suffering is that some people acquire yogic powers to take on the sufferings of others. The classical examples are Shirdi Sai Baba and Jesus Christ who were known to cure others by adding their suffering to their own account. Most Gods or holy people had suffered in their last time, be it Jesus Christ, Krishna, Buddha or Sai Baba. Only Rishi Munis can remain alive and die at will even after they have paid for all their debts.

Confession

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Confession is one of the many ways of detoxifying the mind. It has its roots in Hindu mythology but today it is mainly practiced in Christian religion as a hardcore ritual. Among Christians one usually goes to a Church and confesses to the Bishop without disclosing his or her identity.

In Hindu mythology, confession is a routine spiritual practice. People can confess to their Guru, to their God in the temple or their mentor. Confession can also be done to a plant (Peepal tree), an animal (dog or a cat) or birds. It is a common saying that taking a dip in Yamuna or Ganga removes all your sins. The dip in water involves a ritual of confessing guilt every time we make a dip.

Giving food to birds is also a way of confession where with each offering one does a confession. The easiest way to confess is 3 minutes of free writing, which can be done every night. One can tear off the paper after writing. This involves writing from the heart and not giving time to the mind to think.

Earlier people used to confess and de–stress their emotions by writing in a diary or making a folder in the computer and writing.

However, the best confession is to meditate, which is equivalent to reformatting the hard disk and removing viruses and corrupt files from our body computer. Meditating with intent to get rid of guilt washes them over a period of time.

Confession involves the process of forgiving and forgetting. Forgiving is at the level of mind and forgetting is at the level of heart.

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

Confession

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Confession is one of the many ways of detoxifying the mind. It has its roots in Hindu mythology but today it is mainly practiced in Christian religion as a hardcore ritual where one usually goes to a Church and confesses to the Bishop without disclosing his or her identity. In Hindu mythology, confession is a routine spiritual practice. People can confess to their Guru, to their God in the temple or their mentor. Confession can also be done to a plant (Peepal tree), an animal (dog or a cat) or the birds. It is a common saying that taking a dip in Yamuna or Ganga removes all your sins. The dip in water involves a ritual of confessing guilt every time we make a dip. Giving food to birds is also a way of confession where one makes a confession with each offering.

The easiest way to confess is 3 minutes of free writing, which can be done every night. One can tear off the paper after writing. This involves writing from the heart and not giving time to the mind to think. Earlier people used to confess and de–stress their emotions by writing in a diary or making a folder in the computer and writing. But, the best confession is to meditate, which is equivalent to reformatting the hard disk and removing viruses and corrupt files from our body computer. Meditating with intent to get rid of guilt washes them over a period of time. Confession involves the process of forgiving and forgetting. Forgiving is at the level of mind and forgetting is at the level of heart.

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

Why do people suffer?

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1. As per Garud Puran and Hindu mythology, one reason for suffering are the debts of the past birth. Your purpose of life is to face sufferings to pay these debts.

2. Second reason is your present deeds till today starting from birth. If your sum total of bad deeds is more than good deeds, they are added to your previous birth’s debts.

3. Third reason for suffering is in the form of struggle which you entertain to attain future success. Some people do not call it as suffering.

4. The last reason for suffering is some people acquire yogic powers to take sufferings of others. The classical examples are Shirdi Sai Baba and Jesus Christ who were known to cure others by adding their suffering to their own account. If you see most of the Gods or holy people had suffered in their last time, be it Jesus Christ, Krishna, Buddha or Sai Baba.

Only Rishi Munis can remain alive and die at will even after they have paid for all their debts.

Why do people suffer?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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1. As per Garud Puran and Hindu mythology, one of the reasons for suffering is your past birth’s debts. Your purpose of life is to face sufferings to pay these debts.

2. Second reasons is your present deeds till today starting from birth. If your sum total of bad deeds is more than good deeds, they get added to your previous birth’s debts.

3. Third reason for suffering is in the form of struggle which you entertain to attain future success. Some people do not call it as suffering.

4. The last reason for suffering is some people acquire yogic powers to take sufferings of others. The classical examples are Shirdi Sai Baba and Jesus Christ who were known to cure others by adding their suffering to their own account. If you see most of the Gods or holy people had suffered in their last time, be it Jesus Christ,Krishna, Buddha or Sai Baba. Only Rishi Munis can remain alive and die at will even after they have paid for all their debts.

Shradhs in Hindu Mythology

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Shradhs are observed by every family in Indian Hindu culture to seek forgiveness from the deceased 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 deceased 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 a 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 deceased 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.

1. As per Garud Puran and Hindu mythology, one of the reasons for suffering is your past birth’s debts. Your purpose of life is to face sufferings to pay these debts.

2. Second reasons is your present deeds till today starting from birth. If your sum total of bad deeds is more than good deeds, they get added to your previous birth’s debts.

3. Third reason for suffering is in the form of struggle which you entertain to attain future success. Some people do not call it as suffering.

4. The last reason for suffering is some people acquire yogic powers to take sufferings of others. The classical examples are Shirdi Sai Baba and Jesus Christ who were known to cure others by adding their suffering to their own account. If you see most of the Gods or holy people had suffered in their last time, be it Jesus Christ,Krishna, Buddha or Sai Baba.

Only Rishi Munis can remain alive and die at will even after they have paid for all their debts.

1.       Why people say that Bili Ka Rasta katna is a bad omen?

This bad omen came into existence long time back in India when plague was very common. The disease used to spread by infected rats. Wherever there were rates, there were cats. Whenever someone travelled and if he found a cat on the way that would mean that the area would have rats and that worked as a warning for traveler to take precautions otherwise he could get plague. Rat is also a sign of poor hygiene in the area where cats are in abundance.

2.   Whenever anyone sneezes we must stop for some time.

 Sneezing librates viral and bacterial particles which can travel a distance of 3-6 ft. They settle down within few seconds. To avoid getting infections, it is said that we must not go near a sneezing person for few seconds.

3.  One should donate Sarson ka tel on every Saturday.

One should not consume oil in excess and whatever is left is donated on Saturday so that one does not eat extra oil on Sunday. Saturday oil massage is also indicated as it helps in healing the body.

4.       Take a bath after visiting or touching a dead body –

After death the infected body may putrefy and release germs. If the person has died of an infection, the body may remain infected till it is burnt off. In a hospital setting we always recommend before and after touching a patient, one should wash hands with antiseptics.  Washing hands before and after touching a dead body is hygienic and prevents many infections.

5.       One should not marry in chaturmas.

In Chaturmas, falling in Dakshinayana; the four months are a phase of negativity of the mind with more unfulfilled desires. Also during this period, the digestive fire is weak; therefore, a person cannot enjoy heavy meals often offered during marriage functions. Worms which come out on the ground can infect green leafy vegetables; therefore, eating salad in this time may be harmful.

6.       One should not eat curd in the night

Not only curd but every fermented food should not be taken after sunset as if is mixed with unfermented food, there will be a mismatch of digestion and a person may end up with acidity or gas.

7.       On Purnima, there are more chances of one becoming lunatic

The word Lunatic came from the word Lunar which means Lunar Cycle. In body our air and water component behaves alongside the high and low tides in an ocean. On the day of Purnima, there are high tides in the ocean. As is the microcosm so is the microcosm is an Ayurveda saying. On Purnima day, blood pressure may rise and the person’s mental behavior may show fluctuations.

8.       When leaving home, it is auspicious to see a bride, Brahmin or religious idol but not a widow

This superstition may have been true in the era when widows were to wear white sarees and had a lot of social restrictions. Most widows used to be in depression. It is said for positive mental health if you see somebody cheerful you will become cheerful and if you see somebody depressed you may also get depressed.

9.       Nails should not be cut in the night

In the night there are chances that you may cut nails wrongly and cause injury.

10.   One should not sweep the house in the evening or the night

Ten percent of the society has Asthma which gets precipitated with dust. In the evening it is likely that more people are at home than in the daytime. Therefore there are more chances of asthma getting precipitated in someone if one sweeps the house in the evening when more people are present.  Another reason is that in the evening, especially, in areas with poor light, there is likelihood that the dust may contaminate food. You may also throw some precious thing due to poor light while sweeping.

11.   Why no hair cutting on Tuesday and/or Thursday?

In Hindu mythology, to maintain some discipline on every day one is supposed to restrain from doing one or other thing. For example, not having sexual relation with the partner on Tuesday, not cutting hairs on Tuesday and/or Thursday, not eating cereals once in a weak on the day of observing fast and not eating rice on Ekadashi. Restrains help in maintaining spiritual discipline.