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Honey excellent for Cough

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A spoonful of honey can quieten children’s’ night time cough and help them — and their parents — sleep better.

When compared to the cough syrup ingredient dextromethorphan or no treatment, honey came out on top. As per a study from Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the results are so strong that one is able to say that honey is better than no treatment and dextromethorphan was not. There is currently no proven effective treatment for cough due to an upper respiratory infection like the common cold. While dextromethorphan is widely used, there is no evidence that it works, and it carries risks.

Honey is used around the world as a home remedy for cough, and might provide a safe, effective alternative to cough medicine. To investigate, the researchers compared buckwheat honey, a honey-flavoured dextromethorphan preparation, and no treatment in 105 children who had sought treatment for night time coughs due to colds. Among the three groups, children given honey had the greatest reduction in cough frequency and severity, and the most improved sleep, as did their parents. Its sweet, syrupy quality may be soothing to the throat, while its high antioxidant content could also be a factor. Honey also has antimicrobial effects. Honey is not recommended for infants younger below one year of age because of the risk of botulism spores.

Work-related Stress can kill

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Job stress raises the risk of heart disease by disrupting the body’s internal systems.

The findings from a long–running study involving more than 10,000 British civil servants also suggest stress–induced biological changes may play a more direct role than previously thought.

The researchers measured stress among the civil servants by asking questions about their job demands such as how much control they had at work, how often they took breaks, and how pressed for time they were during the day.

The team conducted seven surveys over a 12–year period and found chronically stressed workers – people determined to be under severe pressure in the first two of the surveys – had a 68 percent higher risk of developing heart disease. The link was strongest among people under 50.

Stressed workers also eat unhealthy food, smoke, drink and skip exercise – all behaviors linked to heart disease.

In the study, stressed workers also had lowered heart rate variability – a sign of a poorly–functioning weak heart – and higher–than–normal levels of cortisol, a “stress” hormone that provides a burst of energy for a fight–or–flight response.

Too much cortisol circulating in the blood stream can damage blood vessels and the heart.

The Lips of Truth Shall Be recognized For Ever But A Lying Tongue Is But For A Moment

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The sutra from Bible has a very deep significance in day to day life. The truth is ever lasting and always ends up in internal happiness and self realization & in long run always gives you happiness and an all win situation.  On the contrary a lying tongue will only give you a momentarily pleasure but will end up in some difficulty later in life.

Spoken words cannot come back as in the case of a released arrow from the bow. Once lost one cannot get back  his youth, virginity, or respect,  similarly, spoken bad words cannot be taken back and once spoken will create negative waves in the other persons (on whom they were spoken) mind which will persist as repressed thoughts or memory in the people’s mind for ever.  Such bad memories will keep on coming back in the person’s mind causing damage to the personal relationships.

A spoken word is a karmic expression.  For every karmic action there is an opposite and equal reaction. For every negative karmic expression one has to pay the debt either now or in future The law of karma says that every debt has to be paid.

It is always better to avoid indulging into negative language both in spoken words as well as in the mind.  The yoga sutras of Patanjali describe thinking, speaking or doing any thing wrong having the same karmic significance.  We should not only purify our self in actions and spoken words but also in the mind.  If a person keeps negative thoughts in the mind sooner or later the same will be reflected to the outside world.

The momentary pleasure which one gets by “lying” has no spiritual significance as it only satisfies your ego sense or makes you attached to any of the five senses.  The transiant pleasure experienced by the body stimulates a chain of reactions, consisting of action, memory and desire leading to action again, which will only intensify the greed & attachments.

In the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna has given only two examples which works as an exception to such a situation. Any truth which harms others may not be spoken and any lie which does not harm anyone but benefit a few may be spoken.

Truth is the opposite of doubt & it is always better to clear all the doubts from the mind as any repressed doubts can end up into causation of heart attack, paralysis and cancer.

Truth also means taking conscious based decisions as the consciousness will never lie.  While taking any decision one should always ask oneself— Is it the truth?, Is it necessary? And will it bring happiness to me and the people around?.

Lord Krishna is also described as “SATCHITANAND” which only indicates the qualities like truthfulness, conscious based decisions and internal happiness.  The practice of truthfulness has to be  practical over a period of time and made a part and parcel of your daily life. To start with a person may have bad experiences but in the long run truthfulness will always win.

Deepak Chopra, in his book, “How to know GOD”, he describes seven types of people with different consciousness levels. The first level is people with Fight and Flight response, who either fight or flight an adversity. Second level is people with reactive response, who are fault finders when an adversity comes.

Third, fourth and fifth levels are people with restful alertness, intuitive, and creative responses respectively. These people treat every adversity as an opportunity to do something different and work in the interest of the community.

Finally sixth and seventh levels are the people with visionary and sacred responses. These people are people with wisdom who understand consciousness and treat the microcosm within the body and the macrocosm of the nature as one.

The present Uttarakhand Natural Flood Disaster can be interpreted differently by different leaders.

People who share the fight, flight or reactive response, they would interpret it as if the God is punishing us for our sins.

Those who are in the restful alertness, intuitive or creative response, would think of the disaster as a creative opportunity to create a globalization-based new humanity on the culture or compassion instead of exploitation. Finally those who are with visionary or sacred response might see a link between the turbulence in collective consciousness of the people and the turbulence in nature.

Many theorists propose that the earth is a living biological organism. This is known as GAIA hypothesis. We and other biological organisms are just patterns of behavior in this living biological organism that we call Mother Earth. When we are agitated and turbulent our extended body or Mother Earth reflect that turbulence. In other words, the turbulence in nature and the turbulence in human beings co-arise inter-dependently.

We all know that during full moon, the mind is more agitated than during the new moon. The high tides in the ocean influence the high tides (vata function) in the human body and the human mind.

Many intellectuals have suggested that turbulence in nature can be managed by collective meditation (more than 1% of the population together at the same time) or through rituals by introducing intentions in the field of pure potentiality. This uses the principles of dharna, Dhyana, and samadhi of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This was the original purpose of yagnas which unfortunately today have become as empty rituals as they are not based on basic methodology of true consciousness.

In the last Tsunami episode, not a single dead body of wild animals was found. Elephants broke their chains and ran upto the hills several hours before the earthquake occurred. So did the birds who began to fly away from the affected areas. This only proves that consciousness of animals and the consciousness of the earth are inter-linked. It must be true for the human beings also but we have so severely disturbed our links with the nature that it seems we have no communication with the nature and cannot pick up nature’s warning signals. Many of the tribals also escaped the episode proving their relative nearness to the nature.

All these explanations are valid if you believe that consciousness is the primary force in the universe. You can also interpret the whole flood episode without introducing the concept of consciousness as tectonic shifts in the beds of the oceans and explain the whole thing in purely geological terms.

Some have even suggested that the testing of nuclear weapons and other violent technologies on the beds of the oceans may have accelerated these geological shifts. I think there is truth to all these explanations depending on your level of perceptions.

The present can be considered as a localized pralay involving the element of water. The classic pralay will involve all five elements. If a flood like instance occurs affecting the whole earth, it will be the pralay mentioned in Purans.

White sugar as addicting as heroin and cocaine

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White sugar is addictive and the number one cause of heart disease. The sweetener prompt the same chemical changes in the brain seen in people who abuse drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Quoting a study presented at the American College of Neuro–psychopharmacology’s annual meeting, Dr Aggarwal said that evidence from an animal model suggests that bingeing (drinking large amounts of sugar water) when hungry can cause behavioral changes and even neurochemical changes in the brain which resemble changes that are produced when animals or people take substances of abuse. These animals show signs of withdrawal and even long–lasting effects that might resemble craving.

A “sugar addiction” may even act as a “gateway” to later abuse of drugs such as alcohol. The stages of addiction, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association, include bingeing, withdrawal and craving.

In the study rats were denied food for 12 hours a day, then were given access to food and sugar (25 percent glucose and 10 percent sucrose) for 12 hours a day, for three to four weeks. The chemical involved in the addiction on the body is dopamine.

White sugar, white rice, and white maida, the triad of refined carbohydrates are all addicting and related to insulin resistance, obesity and heart disease.

Dakshinayana is the start of negative state of mind

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The uttarayana and dakshinayana are not only time periods mentioned in the Vedic literature but also the state of minds. Uttarayana means a period for a positive state of mind and Dakshinayana a period for relatively negative state of mind.

Dakshinayana is the southern transit of the Sun. The Uttarayana and Dakshinayana period is calculated differently in South andNorth India

Bhagwad Geeta talks about Moksha and liberation. Those who believe in the philosophy of rebirth know that once a soul is liberated at death, a person is not reborn. Those who believe that hell and heaven are in this birth only for them liberation means dying peacefully and without sufferings.

The theory of rebirth is well described in Bhagwad Geeta in Chapter 8.

The gist of Lord Krishna’s teaching is:
1. Whatever you think throughout your life will be your thought at the time of death.
2. Whatever is the state of mind at the time of death will be the atmosphere you will get in the rebirth. For example if your state of mind is in cruelty at the time of death, you will be born in a cruel family. If you are relaxed, thinking of God or Chanting AUM at the time of death, there are chances your soul will be liberated.
3. Fire, illumination, daytime, fortnight before the full moon and uttarayana are the paths for liberation. It means these are the periods / ways for spontaneous positive thinking. And the reverse is for dakshinayana

From mental health point of view, this knowledge can be converted into medical prescription. Uttarayana means satwa, healthy state of mind and dakshinayana means a depressed negative state of mind. Performing and attending to Yagna, sitting in well illuminated lights or exposing oneself to the day sunlight can be an adjunct to depression treatment. During the first fortnight of full moon and during uttarayana, the psychotherapy and counseling invariable will work better and the requirement of drugs may get reduced. The reverse will happen in dakshinayana.

In chakra language , from mooladhara chakra to anahata chakra is the dakshinayana path and from anahata chakra to ajna chakra is the uttarayana path. Those who travel on the uttarayana path travel from anahata chakra. Those who travel on the dakshinayana path start from mooladhara.

The Chatur Mas or Four holy months in Hinduism falls during the period of Dakshinayana. Chaturmas begins on July 11 and ends on November 6. It begins on the Ekadasi day in Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashada and ends on the Ekadasi in the Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartik. It occurs during monsoon season and most important festivals take place during this period. It’s a four month period for observing fast, rituals, pujas and festivals.

Chaturmas has following months

1st Shravan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva, especially the Mondays. Is a month or Vata or air imbalance. The classical song ” Savan ka mahina Pavan kare shor” explains the air imbalance in this month. The vata function in the mind is related to emmotional imbalance.

2nd Bhadrapad is the month of festivals including the Ganesh Chaturthi and Janmaasthmi. The month is again related to Vata or air imbalance. The classical Bollywood song “tere naina savan bhado phir bhi mera man payasa” explains the state of the mind in savan and bhado months. The state of the mind is negative with chances of more non fulfillment of desires.

3rd Ashwin month include, Durga Puja, Navratri, Diwali etc.

4th Kartik and Diwali celebrations end in this month.

It’s a saying to avoid green leafy vegetables in Shravan month, Curd in Bhadrapad, milk in Ashwin and pulses, the split variety in Kartik month.

No marriages or important functions take place in chaturmas for many reasons

1. Firstly it is a period of negative state of mind and hence more chances of divorce
2. For the same reason more chances of infertility
3. Due to rainy seasons more chances of worms on the surface and infesting the leafy vegetables
4. Due to Vata (movement) predominance, leafy vegetables will not be health friendly
5. Due to pitaa (metabolism) suppression the digestive fire will be weak
6. Many people avoid garlic and onion as it can stimulate unnecessary excitements, cause indigestion and distract devotee from pujas and prayers.

Eating more white rice increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, especially for Asian populations.

Qi Sun, PhD, of Harvard, and colleagues, reported in BMJ that patients who ate the greatest amounts of the grain had a 27% greater risk of developing the disease than those who ate the least, and the relative risk was higher among Asian patients.

The glycemic index of white rice is higher than that of other whole grains, largely due to processing.

Sun and colleagues conducted a meta–analysis of four prospective cohort analyses in Asian and Western populations, totaling 352,384 patients with follow–up ranging from 4 to 22 years. During that time, there were 13,284 incident cases of type 2 diabetes. Asians generally had a higher level of white rice consumption than Western populations.

They also found a dose–response effect –– with each increase in rice serving per day, risk of type 2 diabetes rose by 11% (95% CI 1.08 to 1.14, P<0.001).

What is charity?

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Some time back after retuning from a free health check-up camp, I met a processor of Cardiology from Lucknow and started boosting that I saw 100 patients free today.  He said do not get excited.  Charity is a positive, but still not the absolute positive, unless it is done without any motive or done secretly.  He said that you were honoured on the stage, you got blessings from the patients and people talked about you in positive sense.  It was an investment in the long run and not an absolute charity.  When you serve never get honour on the stage by the people to whom you are serving.  If you get that then it is like give and take.  The purpose of life should be to help others without any expectations.

Understanding helping others.

When you help others, it should not end up in harming somebody else. If you help even if it is unconditional, if you end up in promoting no.2 by superseding another senior person who deserves is not a help as the person to whom you are helping will give you one blessing but the person to whom you have harmed will give you 10 curses. Ultimately you end up with minus 8 points.  Helping other means that you should give happiness to you, to the persons you have helped and also to others to whom you have not helped.

Helping always pays.

The difference between an American and Indian model is that Indians always think of now and do not invest in future.  Americans always plans for the future.  When we help somebody, we want that the same person should expect you by helping you when you are in need in a shorter run.  But charity does not believe in that.  Your job is to help others and negate your negative past karmas.  You never know, may be decades later you get a help from a person to whom you helped decades earlier.  Help should never be linked to returns.


OTC drug does not mean it can be taken without doctors advice

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An over–the–counter antacid is often used to relieve mild cases of heartburn or acid reflux. Though they are available without a doctor’s prescription they should be taken only under a doctor’s advice. As per American Academy of Family Physicians

  • There are different types of antacids that work in different ways.
  • One should talk to the doctor before taking an antacid.
  • To manage an ulcer, an antacid may need to be taken in conjunction with an antibiotic.
  • If one needs more calcium to help strengthen bones, one should prefer an antacid that contains calcium carbonate.
  • In some, antacids may have minor side effects such as nausea, headache, diarrhea or constipation.
  • One should read the label carefully to make sure that one is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • People with kidney disease may not be able to take all types of antacids.
  • An antacid may interact with other medications.

Desire, Hatred and Ignorance

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According to Buddhism, the three negative emotions that cause a disease are ignorance, hatred and desire and accordingly physical sickness are classified into three main types.

1. Disorders of desire (Ayurvedic equivalent of Vata imbalance): These are due to disharmony of the wind or energy. The seed of these disorders are located in the lower part of the body. It has cold preferences and is affected by mental desires. In this, the person mainly suffers from the disorders of movement functions.

2. Disorders of hatred (Ayurveda equivalent of Pitta imbalance): It is due to disharmony of the bile. The seed of these disorders is centered in the middle and upper part of the body and is caused by the mental emotion of hate. The person suffers from metabolic and digestive abnormalities.

3.Disorders of ignorance (Ayurveda equivalent of Kapha imbalance): It is due to the disharmony of phlegm, the seed of which is generally centered in the chest or in the head and the disorder is cold in nature. It is caused by the mental emotion of ignorance.

Desire, hatred and ignorance are the main negativities mentioned in Buddha’s philosophy. They are all produced in the mind, and once produced they behave like a slow poison.

The Udanavarga once said, “From iron appears rust, and rust eats the iron”, “Likewise, the careless actions (karma) that we perform leads us to hellish lives.

According to the other scriptures, six afflictions are most troublesome, namely ignorance, hatred, desire, miserliness, jealousy and arrogance. Patience is the most potent virtue a person can acquire. According to the Shanti Deva, “There is no evil like hatred, and there is no marriage like patience. Therefore, dedicate your life to the practice of patience.”

Bhagvad Gita classifies the enemies as KamaKrodhaLobhaMoha and Ahankara; and out of them KamaLobha and Ahankara, are the three gateways to hell.

Prehypertension triples the risk of heart attack

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A person with pre–hypertension, systolic blood pressure between 120–139 mmHg and diastolic pressure between 80–89 mmHg, is more than three times likely to have a heart attack and 1.7 times more likely to have heart disease than a person whose blood pressure is lower than 120/80 mmHg.

Systolic blood pressure is the pressure against the artery wall when the heart beats and diastolic blood pressure is the pressure when the heart is at rest between the heart beats. Normal blood pressure is lower than 120/80 mmHg and hypertension is a blood pressure more than 140/90 mmHg or higher.

Research has shown that if prehypertension is aggressively treated, 45% of all heart attacks can be prevented. Every effort should be made to lower the blood pressure below 120/80 mmHg.

Lifestyle modifications such as weight control, regular physical activity and changes in diet are recommended for people with pre–hypertension. The importance of prehypertension has been listed as one of the top 10 recent advances in cardiology.

I want to live after my death

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In my workshops, whenever I ask the delegates as to how long they want to live. The answer I get from most of them is 60, 70 or 80 years. While answering they forget that they are only talking about the death of the physical body but what about the mental, social, intellectual and spiritual bodies.

It is well known that the soul never dies and so is your Sanskars and good work done. The aim of life should be that one should live even after the death of his or her physical body. It is your good Karmas which keep your memories alive even after your physical death.

It is equally true that even your bad Karmas can make you be remembered after death but that is not the purpose of life. We would like to be remembered as Rama and not like Ravana after death.

In Vedic language your present is decided by your past and your future is decided by your present.  To improve your future you need to work positive in your present.

When you start working positive in your present moment, you will start neutralizing your bad karmas. It is like washing a dirty shirt which will not become stain free in one washing. With repeated washings only it can become stain free. Similarly washing your bad karmas with good karmas will take time.

It is possible that when one start good Karmas one may still suffer as the sum total of past karmas may not have got neutralized by that time.

For example if a dacoit surrenders and wants to live a civilian life he may be pardoned to some extent but may still be jailed for a duration of time. In other word he may be pardoned from death sentence and given life sentence.

As per Bhagavad Gita whatever are your thoughts at the time of death will decide the atmosphere you will get in your rebirth.

It also says that whatever will be your thoughts throughout your life will be your thoughts at the time of your death.

So do not expect that you can acquire positive thoughts at the time of death if you have been thinking negative throughout your life

The gist is to start doing good actions in the present.

3d Projection Technology Was Available In Mahabharata Era

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Three Christie Roadster HD18K DLP projectors were used for the first-ever transmission of live, interactive 3D holograms from London and Montreal to Orlando,Florida from June 17-19, 2009.

The interactive transmission process called Musion Live Stage telepresence offers a new way for people to holographically communicate face-to-face in real time, crossing the boundaries of geographic distance.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s recently used this hi-tech 3D campaign in his election meetings delivering lectures simultaneously at four places. USD 1 million is the cost of 3D holographic projection at one site.

Modi’s speech was telecasted on specially erected screens in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat with the help of 3D holographic technology and satellite link-ups. The BJP leader claimed this was first such election campaign anywhere in the world.

In mythology this technique was available in India. Lord Krishna danced with every Gopi and Radha at the same time

New Mobile phone Illnesses

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Up till now the debate has been whether mobile radiations can cause brain cancer or not. But recently, a new spectrum of diseases related to use of mobile phones has come to the notice of medical profession and it is anticipated that 10 years from now they will take an epidemic shape.

1. Computer vision syndrome: It occurs in 90% of people who use computer for more than three hours at a stretch. It leads to drying of eyes and headache. Prevention is to take a 20 seconds break after
every 20 minutes and look by a distance of 10 feet for these 20 seconds.

2. Blackberry thumb: This is inflammation of the tendons in the thumb leading to pain. This can be prevented by alternatively using fingers while texting on a Blackberry phone.

3. Stiff neck occurs due to constant use of mobile in one hand with neck flexed. It can be prevented by alternative shifting of phone from one hand to another.

4. Cellphone elbow is a pain in the elbow because of the stretching of ulnar nerve because of use of mobile phone in a flexed position. Using hands-free set can prevent this.

5. Nomophobia – It is present in 50% of the mobile users and is a type of mobile addiction. The term literally means, ‘no mobile phobia’, which means that a person always fears losing his/her phone.

6. Ringxiety – It is the anxiety resulting due to not receiving a call in the last 30 minutes. It is present in the 30% of the mobile users.

7. Phantom ringing – It is present in 20-30% of mobile users. You can feel that your phone ringing but when you check, it is actually not ringing.

8. Social site addiction – With the growing popularity of smartphones, one is addicted to Facebook, internet, Twitter and other such applications. These can cause insomnia, fragmented sleep, etc.

9.After TV, Facebook is the number two cause of relational disharmony within the family and is present in 20% of the houses.

10. Smartphone is a cause for parent-child conflict in 30% of the cases. Often children get up late and end up going to school unprepared. On an average, people spend 30-60 minutes in the bed playing with the smart phone before sleep.


  • Electronic curfew means not using any electronic gadgets 30 minutes before sleep.
  • Facebook holiday: Take a Facebook holiday for 7 days every three months.
  • Social media fast: Avoid use of social media once in a week for the entire day.
  • Use your mobile phone only when mobile.
  • Do not use computer for more than three hours in a day.
  • Limit your mobile talk time to more than two hours in a day.
  • Do not recharge your mobile battery more than once in a day.
  • Mobile can also be a source of infection in the hospital setup; therefore, it is disinfected everyday.

Prayer for Inner Happiness

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Stress is defined as the physical and mental reaction to the interpretation of a known situation. In absence of a known situation there cannot be a stress. One cannot be stressful for a person who has just died in New York in an accident unless he or she is a known person.

There has to be a right, conscious based interpretation of the situation as the same situation can bring happiness to one and stress to the other.

The most important consequence physical or mental of stress, therefore, depends on the right interpretation of the situation.

The interpretation or judgment in the body is governed by chemical reactions and is controlled by the balance of autonomic balance system which in turn is governed by the interaction of para sympathetic and sympathetic nervous system.

During the phase of acute stress when the sympathetic system is predominant, heart rate and blood pressure rises and a person cannot take correct and decisive decision. He or she is likely to make mistakes which can often be detrimental to ones living. Sympathetic mode is basically the mode of flight or fight reactions of the body.

Right conscious based decisions can only be taken in a state of relaxed mind when the intention is inserted in the field of consciousness. The relaxed mind state of the body is the parasympathetic mode which is healing and is evident by reduction in heart rate, blood pressure and increase in the skin resistance. Most conscious based decisions will be based on truthfulness, will be necessary and will bring happiness to both the persons and the surroundings.

The yogic lifestyle by which a person learns do’s and don’ts of living, does regular practice of correct postures,  indulges in daily  pranayama and practices regular withdrawal from the outer atmosphere, helps in preparing a state of physical and mental body state which is more receptive for conscious based decisions. Yoga Sutras of Patanajli included them in his asthanga yoga as the processes of Yama, Niyama, Asanas, Pranayama and Pratihyar.

Prayers have no value when the mind is not at rest. All of us have participated in hundreds of mourning prayers each lasting two minutes of silence. This prayer has no value if the two minutes of silence is not observed. If prayer is done without it the mind will remain restless and we will keep on thinking these two minutes are not over yet. The process of silence does shift our awareness towards test and parasympathetic state and temporarily we get to be in contact with the memories of the departed soul and we pay homage to him or her.

Today a large number of organizations are teaching the process of meditation but the same cannot be taught unless a person practices procedures by which the mind gets relaxed.

The eight limbs of patanjali focus in detail about pre-meditation preparations and once that is learned one can go to the other three limbs which are dharna, dhyana and Samadhi. .

Yoga asanas are different from exercises. They stimulate and stretch all or one of the seven charkas, autonomic plexuses, and ganglion and there located ductless endocrine glands. Also during a yogasana the mind is in the exercise and not wondering here and there.

While yogic exercises at rest are termed yoga asanas and the same yogic meditative exercises with activity are called traditional Indian dances. Western exercises and dances do not follow the principles of yoga. Many international studies have shown that over one-third of the people during their lifetime pray either for their own illness or for somebody else.

All hospitals should have spirituals areas. The prayer and meditation rooms in a hospital setting invariably will provide an arena which will improve patient-doctor relationship and will reduce the rising disputes amongst them in the country.