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Why do we not offer onions to God?

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Anything that grows under the ground is not offered to God. According to Vedic science, anything which is grown under the ground is Tamasik in nature and produces sluggishness, heaviness and extreme aggressiveness. Not only onion, all food products grown under the ground are not offered to God and are not supposed to be eaten during spiritual fasts. People who are spiritually-oriented like monks, rishis, munis avoid underground food altogether. Some people try to convert Tamasik food into Satvik food by slow heating them or by sprouting them or by soaking them in water. This is one reason why boiled potato is eaten during Vrat.

Vedic Science behind Post- traumatic Stress Disorder

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PTSD is a type of stress that lasts for up to 13 days if handled properly and for months or years if not handled after an acute stress. This can be a serious disorder.The reference to mourning a death can be found in the Vedic literature. There is a custom that the grieved partner is made to weep till she or he is overwhelmed with emotions. In fact, all relatives and friends participate in the exercise, depending upon their respective closeness to the deceased.In the antim yatra most relatives join and after that the grieved person is made to sit for 90 minutes every day as a part of the ceremony which either ends on chautha or tervi where again everybody known gather together to end the ceremony. Thereafter, normal activities of life are resumed.In some sections of the society there is also a custom of shaving the head or doing ‘daan’ of hairs and or wearing white clothes.Is there a scientific explanation for these customs? The plausible explanation are many and are based on the observation that a grieved person may go into depression, which if not treated properly may last for months together, or even forever. For example the acute stress after the death of somebody very close will be called acute traumatic stress and the condition Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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

Why do we not offer onions to God?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Anything that grows under the ground is not offered to God. According to Vedic science, anything which is grown under the ground is Tamasik in nature and produces sluggishness, heaviness and extreme aggressiveness. Not only onion, all food products grown under the ground are not offered to God and are not supposed to be eaten during spiritual fasts. People who are spiritually-oriented like monks, rishis, munis avoid underground food altogether. Some people try to convert Tamasik food into Satvik food by slow heating them or by sprouting them or by soaking them in water. This is one reason why boiled potato is eaten during Vrat.

Can death be postponed?

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Yes. If you read Vedic science, it is possible to postpone death. As per Chandoghya Upanishad, death is a process in which first Karma Indriyas die, then Gyan Indriyas die followed by mind, intellect, memory, ego, and then Prana vayu merges with Udana vayu, which then merges with Tejas and finally Tejas leaves to merge with the Sat. That means at every step it is possible to help the body. 1. At the level of Karma Indriyas, the immunity can be strengthened by providing adequate fat and oil based nutrition to the dying person. 2. Karma Indriyas, mind, intellect, memory and ego can be strengthened by giving non-fat based earthy food to the dying person that means maintaining full calories. 3. Prana Vayu can be strengthened by providing liquid hydration and with the assistance of ventilator as and when required. 4. At the level of Tejas, it is possible to postpone death by creating artificial therapeutic hypothermia in which the body temperature is brought down to less than 95, preferably to 89. 5. If the heart has stopped, it is possible to revive it by the CPR 10 technique which is based on the formula – within 10 minutes of death (earlier the better), for the next 10 minutes (longer the better), compress the center of the chest of the victim with a speed of 10×10=100 per minute.

Vedic science behind post-traumatic stress disorder

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Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a type of stress that lasts for up to 13 days if handled properly and for months or years if not handled well after an acute stress. It can be a serious disorder.

The reference to mourning a death can be found in the Vedic literature. There is a custom that the grieved partner is made to weep till she or he is overwhelmed with emotions. In fact, all relatives and friends participate in the exercise, depending upon their respective closeness to the deceased.

After the antim yatra, the grieving person is made to sit for 90 minutes every day as a part of the ceremony, which either ends on chautha or tervi where again everybody known gather together. Thereafter, normal activities of life are resumed.

In some sections of the society there is also a custom of shaving the head or donating hair or wearing white clothes.

Is there a scientific explanation for these customs? The plausible explanation are many and are based on the observation that a grieving person may go into depression, which if not treated properly may last for months together, or even forever. For example the acute stress after the death of somebody very close will be called acute traumatic stress and the condition PTSD.

Vedic Science behind Post– traumatic Stress Disorder

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PTSD is a type of stress that lasts for up to 13 days if handled properly and for months or years if not handled after an acute stress. This can be a serious disorder.

The reference to mourning a death can be found in the Vedic literature. There is a custom that the grieved partner is made to weep till she or he is overwhelmed with emotions. In fact, all relatives and friends participate in the exercise, depending upon their respective closeness to the deceased.

In the antim yatra most relatives join and after that the grieved person is made to sit for 90 minutes every day as a part of the ceremony which either ends on chautha or tervi where again everybody known gather together to end the ceremony. Thereafter, normal activities of life are resumed.

In some sections of the society there is also a custom of shaving the head or doing ‘daan’ of hairs and or wearing white clothes.

Is there a scientific explanation for these customs? The plausible explanation are many and are based on the observation that a grieved person may go into depression, which if not treated properly may last for months together, or even forever. For example the acute stress after the death of somebody very close will be called acute traumatic stress and the condition Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

How to Eat Less And Stay Healthy?

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Vedic science, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Allopathy all talk about eating less to stay healthy. Following are the ways to eat less:

1.      The brain gets a signal that you have eaten only after 20 minutes, therefore, chew every bite of food at least 15 times. It not only provides enough hormones for enzymes but also sends signals to the brain. Therefore, the time spent per meal should be 20 minutes.

2.      The taste buds are only on the tip and side of the tongue. If you gulp food, the brain will not get signals. Eating small pieces and chewing them properly also sends the signals through the taste buds.

3.      The size of the fullness of the stomach also decides how much one can eat. The brain gets signal only when the stomach is 100% full. Therefore, one should not overeat and full the stomach to its size. Also if you eat less and over a period of time the size of the stomach will get shrunken.

Vedic Science behind running Post- traumatic Stress Disorder?

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PTSD is a stress which lasts for up to 13 days if handled properly and for months or years if not handled after an acute stress. This can be a serious disorder.

The reference to grieved mourning a death can be found in the Vedic literature. There is custom that the grieved partner is made to weep till she or he is overwhelmed with emotions. In fact, all relatives and friends participate in the exercise, depending upon their respective closeness to the deceased.

In the antim yatra most relations join and after that the grieved person is made to sit for 90 minutes every day as a part of the ceremony which either ends on chautha or tervi where again everybody known gather together to end the ceremony. Thereafter, normal activities of life are resumed.

In some sections of the society there is also a custom of shaving the head or doing ‘daan’ of hairs and or wearing white clothes.

There is a scientific explanation behind these customs?
The plausible explanation are many and are based on the observation that a grieved person may go into depression which if not treated properly may last for months together, or even forever. For example the acute stress after the death of somebody very close will be called acute traumatic stress and the condition Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Vedic science teaches us the concept of non-violent communication in making one happy and healthy. Of late, we have seen a lot of people commenting on first as to when Sachin Tendulkar should retire and recently whether he should or should not have accepted entry into the Rajya Sabha.

The Vedic laws are very clear that when communicating, one should follow the principles of non-violent communication. We should never give judgments and at the most give our personal opinion when asked for.

The fundamental principles of Vedic science are that before commenting, we should ask ourselves the following questions: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, then one should not indulge in that communication.

When everybody had an opinion on the time of his retirement, Sachin rightly said that when he started playing cricket, it was his decision, and when he should retire would also be his decision. None of the people who were commenting on his retirement were ever involved in his decision to start his entry in the game.

Getting nominated in Rajya Sabha is an honour. It is a political activity if you are getting elected but if you are nominated by President, it is equivalent to receiving Padma Bhushan or Padma Vibhushan.

If Sachin would have said no, another group of people would have commented that Sachin has become egoistic and has refused a national honour.

The principles of Vedic science clearly says that follow what your heart says and not what your mind says or others say about you.

When you see real as unreal or unreal as real medically it is called as illusion. In illusion once you are told about the reality you correct yourself. On the other hand in delusion though one is also away from the reality but stays in that without correcting oneself.

For example a person by mistake thinks a snake as a rope. A psychotic will persist that it is a rope and not snake but the person in illusion will immediate correct himself once he goes near by and actually sees a snake.

Delusion is a disease and hallmark of schizophrenia and psychosis. Illusion is normal phenomenon and quite often-used in mental counseling.  The natural examples of illusion are mirage in a dessert (water illusion); movies are interpreted as one in motion though they are nothing but the continuity of pictures (the illusion of motion) and the story of Tulsidas in Indian history where he mistook a snake as a rope.

Most architects use illusion phenomenon to make the newly build houses look big. This phenomenon is classically understood by the example of four identical lines with two moving inwards and two outwards.

I recently visited two hospitals undergoing construction and renovation work. The first hospital started its renovation from the lobby and made it look like a seven star but all other interior work was less than three stars.  They created an outside illusion of the mind giving a feeling that the whole hospital was having a seven star structure.

The other hospital started their renovation from inside keeping the lobby for renovation at the last. At the first instance from the lobby or at the entrance it looked like a C-grade hospital though actually it had all five star facilities and infrastructure in the newly build areas. The public impression is influenced by the unreal. When it comes to infrastructure the first impression is always the best impression.

The ideal thing is that one should be the same from outside or inside but the process of illusion uses the principle where if one looks look good from outside it seems that one is also good from inside.

The role of plastic surgeons is to make one look good from outside. But the plastic surgeon will never be able to change the inside look of a person which depends upon the mind and soul of the person.

The classical example of this in Vedic science is that of Rishi Ashtavakra who wrote Ashtavakra Gita, a narration of his teachings to Raja Janak. Ashtavarka had eight body curves and looked horrible from physical point of view but had deep knowledge of the subject.  When Durbari of Raja Janak laughed at him and Raja Janak also smiled at him he told Raja Janak that by mistake he has come to a country of chamars where people assess others only by looking at their skin and not the intellect, mind and soul present inside the body.

In hotel industry also the technique of illusion is used by creating seven star lobbies and bathrooms but if you really want to judge the status of a hotel go and see the kitchen and you will be able to decide whether it is a three or a five star hotel.

Not to get influenced by the illusions of the life one should start seeing others from the eyes of the mind and the soul and not from the two physicals eyes.