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Meaningful Coincidences:Synchronicity

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If you meet someone you haven’t met for a long time, stop and talk to him or her. Remain aware of a message from the Universe that they might be carrying for you. Follow the coincidence through, and you’ll be amazed to find where it takes you.

Time and again, we all experience coincidences that have some special meaning or significance, and that appear to defy the laws of probability. Most of us tend to ignore them as something amusing or insignificant.

Today scientists define these coincidences as Synchronicity. In laymen terms, they mean ‘coming together of seemingly unrelated events.’

Deepak Chopra calls ‘SynchroDestiny’ as the inherent Power of Meaningful Coincidence (present in everyone) to manifest ‘Abundance’ in one’s Life. ‘Abundance’ may include material wealth, emotional well-being, spiritual fulfillment, ability to fully experience love and compassion, and feel the joy and being able to spread it to others.

SynchroDestiny is more than a coincidence as it contains a purpose or a meaning, has a direction, and a force of intention. All these come from within us, and each one of us has the power to activate these.

‘SynchroDestiny’ as a phenomenon is not uncommon and is highly significant. Every meaningful  incidence has a force and direction, and it requires understanding and participating in the process of meaningful coincidence. It requires lending our attention and intention in order to bring the process to fruition. When this happens, there occurs a spontaneous fulfillment of desire in the field of infinite possibilities. It is not about waving a magic wand to gratify ego-based desires. It is about something very different – it’s actually the fulfillment of intentions that exist at much deeper levels, and of desires that are based in spirit rather than ego.

To understand the genesis at SynchroDestiny, one needs to know that our lives are truly connected at every moment to the creative power of the Universe (called Brahman in the Vedas). These connections require acquiring a state described in Vedic description as Ritam bhara pragya [Ritam (rhythm), Bhara (full of), Pragya (mind), or in other words a mind full of rhythm]. It represents that state of mind where the thought waves are synchronous with the order of the Universe and where the microcosm and macrocosm are in coherence with each other.

Consciousness or the soul is the silent state of mind with full powers. These powers are hidden under the smoke of mind, intellect and ego which is controlled by the software of action, memory and desires. The interface between the two layers, the disturbed and the undisturbed state of consciousness, is what the ritam bhara pragya is. Once this state is arrived at the intentions becomes powerful and spontaneous fulfillment of desires begins to take place.

In the Vedas, this term is loosely translated as “a state where only truth is known”. It is said that if one can be conscious in this state, a desire can be manifested as it is right at the level of manifestation onto the physical plane. This is also the level where one experiences the Siddhis or supranormal powers as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. By applying attention and force of intention to these coincidences, we can create specific outcomes in our lives.

First Cigarette Of The Day Most Harmful

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Heart patients should avoid smoking and taking coffee early in the morning.

Both smoking and caffeine can acutely raise the blood pressure by as much as 10 mmHg. The rise in blood pressure can be greater in susceptible individuals. The effect is most prominent with the first cigarette of the day in habitual smokers.

In patients with mild high blood pressure, habit of smoking and drinking coffee, elevation of daytime upper or systolic blood pressure can be up to 6 mmHg during winters.

Heart patients, therefore, should avoid taking cigarette, coffee, tea, with or without a cigarette early in the morning.

It was proved that smoking a cigarette in the first 30 minutes after waking up in the morning increases the risk of getting lung cancer by 79%. According to a recent US study, the morning cigarette increases of risk of getting lung cancer substantially.

The cause of this phenomenon has not been precisely determined, but it seems that if we smoke as soon as we wake up in the morning, the smoke and all its harmful components penetrate the lungs. Still, we must remind the fact that those that feel the need to smoke right after they wake up in the morning are hardcore smokers and they smoke more during the day.

The results of this new study are what the doctors advice their patients who cannot manage to quit smoking, to delay the first cigarette of the day for as much as possible.

The Scientific Aspects of Prayer

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It is natural for us to promise or offer to pray for someone who suffers from sickness. So many people believe in the power of prayer that it has now caught the attention of scientists and doctors.

Today most hospitals and nursing homes are building prayer rooms for their patients, based on the principle that a relaxed mind is a creative mind. During prayer, a person is in touch with the consciousnesss, and is able to take correct decisions. Most doctors even write on their prescriptions “I treat He cures”.

Medically it has been proved that the subconscious mind of an unconscious person is listening. Any prayer therefore would be captured by the patient building inner confidence and faith to fight terminal sickness.  We have seen the clasical example of the effect of mass prayer on a person’s health in the case of Amitabh Bacchan’s illness.

“Praying for health is one of the most common complementary treatments people do on their own,” said Dr Harold G Koenig, co-director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health atDukeUniversityMedicalCenter.

About 90% of Americans and almost 100% Indians pray at some point in their lives, and when they’re under stress, such as when they’re sick, they’re even more likely to pray.

More than one-third of the people surveyed in a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine said they often turned to prayer when faced with medical concerns. In a poll involving more than 2,000 Americans,75% of those who prayed said they prayed for wellness, while 22% said they prayed for specific medical conditions.

Numerous random studies have been conducted on this subject. In one such study, neither the patients nor the healthcare providers had any idea who was being prayed for. The coronary-care unit patients didn’t even know there was a study being conducted. And, those praying for the patients had never even met them. The result: While those in the prayer group had about the same length of hospital stay, their overall health was slightly better than the group that didn’t receive special prayers.

“Prayer may be an effective adjunct to standard medical care,” wrote the authors of this 1999 study, also published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. However, a more recent trial from the April 2006 issue of the American Heart Journal suggets that it’s even possible for some harm to come from prayer. In this study, which included 1,800 people scheduled for heart surgery, the group who knew they were receiving prayers developed more complications from the procedure, compared to those who had not been a focus of prayer.

Many patients are reluctant and do not discuss this subject with their doctors. Only 11% patients mention prayer to their doctors. But, doctors are more open to the subject than the patients realize, particularly in serious medical situations. In a study of doctors’ attitudes toward prayer and spiritual behaviour, almost 85% of the doctors thought they should be aware of their patients’ spiritual beliefs. Most doctors said they wouldn’t pray with their patients even if they were dying, unless the patient specifically asked the doctor to pray with them. In that case, 77% of the doctors were willing to pray for their patient.

Most people are convinced that prayer helps. Some people are ‘foxhole religious’ types and prayer is almost a reaction or cry to the Universe for help. However, many people do it because they’ve experienced benefit from it in the past.

If a patient wants to pray and feels it might be helpful, there’s no reason he should not. If he belives that prayer might work, then he should use it.

Statins Lower Mortality in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

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Among patients with AF, those who are taking a statin are less likely to die during 4 years follow-up (28%) than those who are not taking a statin (42%) as per Dr Jason Salamon, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. But statin use was not associated with reductions in all-cause or heart failure hospitalization. There is an inflammatory-mediated process in atrial fibrillation. Statins, which have anti-inflammatory properties separate from their lipid-lowering capabilities, may prevent atrial fibrillation.

Three steps for predicting diabetes

A simple, three questions approach is enough to accurately identify people at risk for type 2 diabetes in the next five years. Individuals who are 55 or older, are obese ( body mass index greater than 30) and have a family history of diabetes have a 20% risk of developing type 2 diabetes over five years of follow-up, as per Dr Harold Bays, MD, of the Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center in Kentucky. Younger individuals with a BMI less than 25 and no family history of the disease, however, have an almost negligible five-year risk (0.3%).

Meditation for Healthy Living

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The fast evolving hi-tech world has disturbed the body, the mind and the environment. It seems people have no time for either relaxation, or introspection. The need for self-analysis, control over the self, and shedding ignorance and practicing the spiritual principles is what is required for perfect health.

Meditation is the primary need for self-realization, which would keep the necessary evils like anger, greed and lust away. Meditation is the best medium to conduct a dialogue with the inner self. Controlling anger, the root cause of heart attack; fear, which propagates high blood pressure; and greed, which induces heart failure – are all possible through meditation.

Reduce Weight First If Facing Infertility Problem

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Both obese men and women can face fertility problems unless they reduce their weight. Reducing weight as the first step can bring back their fertility.

  1. Obese men are more than three times as likely to have low sperm counts compared with their normal–weight peers. A study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility showed that the heaviest men were at triple the risk of having a low count of progressively motile sperms –– sperms that swim forward in a straight line.
  2. Increased body fat can also contribute to lower testosterone levels and higher estrogen levels.
  3. Obese men were also 1.6 times more likely than overweight or normal–weight men to have a high percentage of abnormally shaped sperm.
  4. There is a trend toward increasing likelihood of erectile dysfunction with increasing BMI.
  5. Obesity is associated with a greater risk of impotence.
  6. Obesity is also associated with metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) in women and associated infertility.

World Earth Day organized at DPS Mathura Road

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World Earth Day 2012 – Every Day is Earth Day

World Earth Day organized by Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and Ministry of Earth Sciences

World Earth Day organized at DPS Mathura Road

Flagging the World Earth Day Walk organized by Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and Ministry of Earth Sciences, Military Secretary to the President of India- Lt. Gen. A.K. Bakshi, SM, VSM said that every school child should plant a tree to reduce the problem of global warming in the society.

Talking to a gathering of over one thousand children, Padmashri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, said that one should not use mercury based thermometer and blood pressure instruments. They can be risky to life. Two thermometers are broken each year for every bed in a hospital. For 40,000 beds in Delhi alone, 80,000 thermometers get broken every year and the mercury of these thermometers enters the environment. Each thermometer contains ½ g of mercury meaning 4 kg of mercury is released in the environment every year only from breaking of thermometers in various hospitals in the city of Delhi.

Mercury is toxic and with active and chronic exposure, affects brain and kidney. Acute exposure can cause nausea, blurred vision, painful breathing, and excessive salivation. Chronic exposure can lead to high blood pressure, memory disturbance, vision disturbance, tremors and personality changes. Mercury can cross the blood brain barrier and affect the brain development in the child in the pregnant or lactating women.

Lt. Gen. Bakshi showed concern that in past few years, Delhi is experiencing differentiable shift in the climate like winters are squeezing with each passing year and temperatures staying over 45 degrees C for most part of the year. This scientists world over are attributing to increase in global temperatures. Unless the general public is sensitized and convinced to take measures/adopt environment friendly actions at their work places, in their homes; this trend of global warming cannot be arrested.

Mr. M.I. Hussain, Principal, DPS Mathura Road, said that unless preventive strategies are taken in this area, situation may worsen in the coming years.

Members of Management Committee of DPS Society and Parent Reps: from Nursery to Class XII were also present to celebrate the World Earth Day.

Over 500 school children participated in the walk and on-the-spot competition which included:

Children displayed the following placards and slogans:

1. Do not burn leaves and let them decompose.

2. Walking is the best medicine

3. The least amount of electricity one uses the better it is.

4. Plant trees to save the mother earth.

In addition inter school competitions (Painting, Poetry recitation, AD Mad) were also held.

Health is not only the absence of disease, it is a state of physical, mental, social, spiritual, environmental and financial well-being. One of the most important steps towards acquiring comprehensive health is control of the mind and a direct contact with the chitta or consciousness.

According to the Bhagwad Gita, chitta or consciousness is a state of awareness which is silent, still, ever-pervading, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Stillness of the chitta leads to stillness in the respiration and vice versa. Most Vedic texts lay emphasis on breath control as a pre-requisite for meditation or acquiring spiritual health.

Ramayana describes Hanuman as one who has mastered the process of breath control and who achieved various siddhis.

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and its eight limbs of yoga talk about pranayama as the fourth limb of yoga, after asanas and without which one cannot do dhyana, dharma or samadhi. Yoga Vashishtha, a dialogue between Vashishtha and Sri Ram Chandra talks in great detail about the importance of control of breathing for acquiring spiritual health.

In Allopathic language emotions are controlled by a balance in sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Anxiety increases sympathetic activity and calmness and stillness increases para sympathetic activity. The opposite is also true.

We all know that when we are tense the respiratory rate increases and during sleep the respiratory rate decreases. Therefore, to make the body and mind calm it we can use the technique of slowing down the respiratory rate.

In Vedic texts slower and deeper breathing is called pranayama and the process of putting a gap between inspiration or expiration is called kumbhakam.

Bhastrika and kapal bhati pranayama are not true pranayamas as both involve increase in inspiration rates.

Pranayama, therefore, is a journey from a sympathetic to a parasympathetic mode. According to Yoga Sastras the life of a person is decided not by the number of years he or she lives but by the number of breaths he or she takes during the life span. Reducing the respiratory rate, therefore, increases longevity. By regular pranayama one can reduce the respiratory rate permanently. Pranayama can be done for a few minutes to begin with and can be increased to longer duration over a period of time. Once pranayama is learned the process of meditation becomes easier.

Pranayama can also be combined with various sounds likeOm. These sounds create a resonance in the body and are known to vibrate autonomic plexuses and endocrine glands.

During pranayama, breathing can also be focused on various endocrine glands, Chakras or autonomic plexus. When combined with intent, this breathing is called advanced pranayama or siddhis. Pranayama gives various benefits known as siddhis in Vedic texts.

The basic breath awareness meditation, progressive muscular relaxation, shavasana, mind body relaxation, etc. are all extensions of various forms of pranayama.

The suspension of breath after inspiration or expiration has been given importance in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Practicing it helps going into the meditative phase early.

The concept of pranayama involves practicing breathing exercises over a longer period of time to increase the range, duration and rhythm of the breath so that it becomes deep and subtle.

Mobile Phones Can Spread Infections In The Hospital

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Mobile phones used by hospital healthcare workers are often contaminated with germs, including those that can cause illness in hospitalized.

Quoting a Turkish study published in the BMC journal Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, Dr Aggarwal said that Dr. Fatma Ulger and coresearchers at Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, swabbed the dominant hand and the mobile phones of 200 doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff working in intensive care units and operating rooms and found that 95 percent of telephones were contaminated, often with more than one type of microbe and often with antibiotic–resistant bacteria.

Potentially serious infectious bugs such as staphylococci were isolated from phones in intensive care units.

90% of health care workers said they never cleaned their mobile phones. The investigators recommend routine decontamination of mobile phones with alcohol-containing disinfectants.


Sattchittaananda: The soul characteristics: (Absolute Existence -Absolute Knowledge)

Satt means ‘truth or knowingness’; Chitta means ‘conscious based’; Ananda means ‘bliss or inner happiness’

The soul in Vedic description is described as Sattchittaananda. People in touch with their soul speak the truth, take consciousness-based decisions and experience inner happiness.  The great rishis ofIndiahave described a formula of how to be in touch with your soul and get inner happiness. The formula is based on three questions to be asked to yourself before performing any action

1.   Is it the truth?
2.   Is it consciousness based?
3.   Will it give happiness?

If the answer to all three is ‘yes’, go ahead. In other words, if the answer to any of the three is “no”, do not perform that action. Later on, many dharma groups modified this formula for their own use.

1.  Buddha’s Law of Action summarizes these questions as:

Is it the truth?

Is it necessary?

Will it bring happiness to me?

Will it bring happiness to others?

If the answer to any of the questions is, no do not do that action.

2.         Buddha’s Law of Speech summarizes the questions as:

Is it the truth?

Is it necessary?

Is it kind?

If the answer to any of the question is ‘no’, do not speak

3.  The Rotary four-way test comprises of:

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendship?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

If the answer to any of the answer is ‘no’ do not perform that deed.

4.         Formula of three H: Head, Heart and Hand: Before doing any action ask your head for the choices. Then listen to the heart to give you the best consciousness-based advice and finally order the hand to do the action.

5.         The formula Satyam Shivam Sundram is based again on three questions: Is it the truth; is it God (consciousness based); and is it going to build my inner beauty (happiness).

6.  ‘May I help you?’ is another formula given in Srimad Bhagwat where once you agree to help, you end up with truth, tapa of hard work, purity of mind and daan or charity.

Carotid bruit, an unusual, harsh sound a doctor can hear when passing a stethoscope over the main artery to the brain could indicate an increased risk of heart attack and death from heart disease and stroke.

The sound is caused by turbulent blood flow due to buildup of fatty deposits in one of the two arteries that carry blood to the front and middle part of the brain. It is usually regarded as a possible indicator of increased risk of stroke.

An analysis of 22 studies involving more than 17,000 patients and published in The Lancet found that people with carotid bruits were more than twice as likely to have heart attacks or to die of cardiovascular disease.

However patients who do not have carotid bruit may have other evidence of cardiovascular disease.

Physicians should routinely listen for possible carotid bruits when doing a physical examination of people who are middle–aged or older.

Studies have shown that there is a link between the risk of stroke and of coronary heart disease.

That the soul exists is the main message of Upanishads. According to Sri Sankaracharya, one can sum up the entire message of Vedanta in three crisp aphorisms. ‘Brahma Satyam, Jagat Mithya and Jivo Brahmaiva naparah’.

Brahma Satyam

Brahman is the all-pervasive life principle, life force, or the pure consciousness. It is not the conditioned consciousness, which manifests at the level of the brain and is under the influence of mind, intellect and ego. It is the undisturbed state of consciousness that exists beyond time and space and is the silence between the thoughts.

Consciousness is the ultimate truth, the timeless and transcendental reality. It exists first matter follows after.

If we look at matter closely we find that atoms, electrons, protons, etc. perfect in organization and complete in creation. This can happen only if there is some intelligence at work. Perhaps something existed earlier and has brought about such an orderly and beautiful creation. It has to be a conscious entity. Consciousness alone has to be the first and eternal reality. Everything else including matter is created and is, thus, perishable.

This is Brahma Satyam. Brahman means consciousness and satya means that “which exists in all the three periods of time; – past, present and future and that which transcends time and is thus timeless”.

Jagat Mithya

The word Jagat signifies the entire world, the cosmos, all objects of our knowledge, both gross and subtle thoughts, emotions and energy.

Everything near or far, inside or outside, now or later, good or bad; is part of this Jagat.

Jagat is defined as Jayate gachati iti jagat, i.e. ‘that which is born and dies is jagat’. Birth and death are movements in time and that which is in time constantly changes.

Mithya is that which is not present there in all three periods of time or ‘that which had a birth at a particular time and that which will certainly die at some point of time.

Jagat Mithya implies that the world and everything in it exists for experience and is transient.

Jivo Brahmaiva Naparah

This sutra means that ‘every jiva – the apparent limited and finite entity – is basically the infinite and limitless Brahman and nothing else. Every jiva is basically God himself with a limited identity.

Brahma Satyam

Brahman is the all-pervasive life principle, life force or pure consciousness. It is not the conditioned consciousness, which manifests at the level of brain and is under the influence of mind, intellect and ego.

Remember the Health Windows

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The window for the deadliest form of heart attack called ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) ideally is within 30 minutes for clot-dissolving drug treatment, and within 90 minutes for angioplasty. Window means the period before which the specific treatment should start. Thirty percent of STEMI patients do not get clot-busting drugs. Twenty percent are not candidates for clot-busting drugs and, of these, 70 percent do not get angioplasty.

The window period for the paralysis patient to receive the clot dissolving drug is also 3 hours.

The earlier definition of transient ischemic attack (or mini paralysis) “focal neurologic symptoms of ischemic cause that last less than 24 hours” has now changed to “a brief episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by focal brain or retinal ischemia, with clinical symptoms typically lasting less than 1 hour, and without evidence of acute infarction.” The paradigm shift is so that more and more number of cases can get clot-dissolving drugs.

For a victim of road traffic accident, the window to shift the patient is 10 minutes, called ‘Platinum Ten minutes’ and the victim to get basic resuscitation done in one hour is called the ‘Golden Hour’

Every one cannot be a spiritual seeker.  Infact majority are not interested in seeking spiritual knowledge and they keep themselves busy in the worldly desires. To become a good seeker one need to acquire many qualities.

In Bhagavad Gita Arjuna in a state of disturbed mind sought guidance from Lord Krishna. In Katha Upanishad Nachiketa as a healthy seeker learned the knowledge of life after death from Yama.

Katha Upanishad described in detail the qualities of a seeker in Nachiketa.

The story goes as under”  Vajashrava sage performed a sacrifice in which he was required to give away all his worldly possessions. His son Nachiketa  saw that the cows given in the donations were all old. Such charity was not going to give his father any merits. Feeling disturbed by the inappropriateness of his father’s observance of the sacrifice, Nachiketa asked to whom was he given. The sage ignored him twice, but on third asking, the irritated sage said in anger, “Unto Yama, I give thee.”. Whereupon Nachiketa went to the abode of Yama, and, finding him absent, waits there for three days and nights. Yama on his return offered to grant him three wishes.

Nachiketa wished the following:

1.To be allowed to return to his father alive, and that his father not be angry with him

2. To be instructed about fire sacrifice

3.To be given knowledge about life after death

Yama granted the first wish immediately.  In answer to Nachiketa’s second question, Yama named performance of a special fire-sacrifice after Nachiketa. Before answering the third question, Yama tested Nachiketa, offering him all sorts of worldly pleasures instead, but Nachiketa insists. And then Yama taught him about life after death.

The properties of true seeker therefore are

1.Righteousness and truthfulness: Nachiketa did not agree with his father as his (fathers’ act) was not based on Dharma.

2.Persistence: He waited for three days to meet Yama

3.Compassion and forgiveness: The first boon he asked was to have his father forgiven

4.Intellectual understanding: The fire of knowledge means intellectual understanding

5.Let go off the desires: He let go all his desires and did not get attracted to the worldly offers given by the Yama.

Only after that he qualified to get the knowledge of soul and become a true seeker.


A Slight Move Is All That Matters

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Middle-aged women who move around more in their daily life have lower levels of intra-abdominal fat, a risk factor for heart disease. A minor modification in daily routine: Reducing the time watching TV or increasing the walk time to work can make a difference in the long-term health.

Visceral fat is a hot topic because of metabolic syndrome which predisposes people to diseases.

Intra-abdominal fat, or the fat that wraps around the organs in the abdomen and chest, tends to accumulate at midlife and can contribute to developing diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The fat around the organs is known to be more related to heart disease and diabetes. A woman does not need to appear outwardly heavy to have a potentially troublesome extra “tire” around her organs.

Exercise for long has been known to reduce the amount of intra-abdominal fat.