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Did all Gods suffer before death?

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Most Gods and spiritual gurus had suffered in their last days. Lord Krishna had a nonhealing wound, Jesus Christ was crucified, Bhagwan Rajneesh had an infectious disease, Swami Chinmayanand had low functioning heart, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi had heart and pancreatic disease, Satya Sai Baba was put on a ventilator etc.

When they were God–like personalities, why did they suffer in their last days?

The answer to this comes from Vedic knowledge within the concept of rebirth. Vedanta says that the very fact that we are born means that in the last birth we did not attain moksha or liberation. In other words, this means that there were some sufferings yet to be faced. You are born to face those sufferings. When you face the last suffering, there are high chances that that suffering may be your last suffering before liberation.

Most Gods or saints who died in a phase of suffering may mean that they did not attain liberation. A person who dies suddenly or unnaturally would mean that he would have to take rebirth to face more sufferings. According to me, terminal sufferings are good from spiritual point of view.

Pacing Without Leads

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he first leadless pacemaker, less than one-tenth the size of a conventional pacemaker, has been approved for use in Europe. It can be delivered via a catheter into the heart.

There will be elimination of the visible lump and scar at a conventional pacemaker’s implant site. Also there is removal of patient activity restrictions that may prevent the dislodgement or damage to a conventional lead.

Initial results from the first–in–man LEADLESS study presented at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting, showed successful implantation in 32 of 33 patients and performance comparable with traditional pacemakers with leads

Leverage your strengths

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  • Know your strengths
  • According to a British study, only about one–third of people have a useful understanding of their strengths.
  • If something comes easily, you may take it for granted and not identify it as a strength.
  • If you are not sure, ask someone you respect and who knows you well, by noticing what people compliment you on, and by thinking about what comes most easily to you.
  • Strengths which are most closely linked to happiness are gratitude, hope, vitality, curiosity, and love.
  • Strengths are so important that they’re worth cultivating and applying in your daily life, even if they don’t come naturally to you.

Aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer

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People above the age of 50 without excess bleeding risk should take low-dose daily aspirin (75 to 100 mg) as per the current recommendations.

Patients who are more concerned about the bleeding risks than the potential benefits (prevention of cardiovascular events and cancer) may reasonably choose to not take aspirin for primary prevention.

Meta –analyses of randomized trials have shown aspirin to reduce the risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction (Arch Intern Med 2012; 172:209) and long–term aspirin use reduces overall cancer risk (Lancet 2012; 379:1602).

A meta–analysis addressing this combined outcome suggests that aspirin use in 1000 average risk patients at age 60 years would be expected to result, over a 10–year period, in six fewer deaths, 19 fewer non-fatal myocardial infarctions, 14 fewer cancers, and 16 more major bleeding events.

Spiritual Prescriptions: Meaningful Coincidences – Synchronicity

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If you bump into someone you haven’t met for a long time, then it is advisable to 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 has some special meaning or significance, and that appears 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 ‘Synchro Destiny’ as the inherent Power of Meaningful Coincidence (present in everyone) to manifest ‘ Abundance’ in one’s Life. 7l ‘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.

Synchro–Destiny 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.

‘Synchro–Destiny’ as a phenomenon is not uncommon and is highly significant. Every meaningful coincidence 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 Synchro–Destiny, one needs to know that that our lives are truly connected at every moment to the creative power of the universe (called ‘ Brahman’ in 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 you cross into this state, the intentions becomes powerful and one start experiencing spontaneous fulfillment of desires.

In 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 super normal powers as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.

Deepak Chopra in his latest book on this subject describes seven key principles for mastering Synchro–Destiny.

  1. The existence of the Conscious Energy Field: It indicates the presence of an underlying intelligence within and outside the body. The whole universe can be called as an extended part of our body. (Sri Ramanuja, the proponent of qualified dualism). When one lives one’s life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, one has connected to the underlying field of infinite possibilities.
  2. Creating Cosmic Connections: Creating Cosmic Connections means creating a human environment in which Synchrondash;Destiny can take place. In mastering Synchro–Destiny, the ability to create positive human relationships is much more than a tactic or a manipulative necessity, and is rather very fundamental to life, in the same way as ‘gravity’ or ‘having air to breathe’ is fundamental.
  3. Mastering Inner Dialogue: Controlling the disturbed state of consciousness.
  4. The art of Penetrating the Conspiracy of Improbabilities: It means learning to recognize meaningful coincidences and to see them as opportunities rather than just little breaks in your daily routine (synchronistic moments).
  5. Harnessing Emotional Turbulence: Once we understand that the universe really is our extended body, it becomes very clear that negative energy within ourselves is very self –destructive. Emotional Turbulence is a major barrier to the spontaneous fulfillment of desire. Transforming negative energy into a higher level of awareness is the fifth principle of mastering Synchro-Destiny.
  6. Learning to use the Infinite Organizing Power of Intention: Understanding that beyond known forces like gravity or electromagnetism that control the universe, there is a strong internal thought force called ‘intention’.
  7. Celebrating the Cosmic Dance: When you have mastered Synchro –Destiny, and have learned to synchronize your life with the universe itself, you are Celebrating the Cosmic Dance.

Once you follow these principles, the following transformations take place.

o You see the world as an extension of your inner self, as part of the bigger biosphere.
o Through relationships you learn about your non–local self (spiritual, soulful self) and the higher realm that connects us.
o You become aware of when your thoughts are coming from the spirit and when they are coming from the ego.
o You understand the power of intention and how it works.
o You let go of the grievances and resentment which overshadow your spiritual self.
o You value both the masculine and feminine aspects of your being.
o You start appreciating the wonders of the universe and stay alert to coincidences.

SynchroDestiny can be learnt as a procedure that involves gaining access to a place deep within us (restful alert state of consciousness during meditation), willfully recognizing and noticing the coincidences in the daily routine and looking for the message behind them; and using the power of intention to take advantage of them.

It can be learnt in stages:

  • Stage 1: Start seeing coincidences while they are happening in daily routine.
  • Stage 2: Develop an awareness of coincidences while they are happening and take advantage of the opportunities they may be presenting. Awareness translates into energy hence the more attention you give to coincidences, the more is the likelihood for them to happen.
  • Final stage: Become fully aware of the interrelatedness of all things, how each affects the next, and how they all are ‘in sync’ with one another. ‘In sync’ is a colloquial way of saying ‘in synchrony’, which means operating in unison, as ‘one’. This synchrony is choreographed by a great, all pervasive higher intelligence that lies at the heart of nature (Universe), and is manifest in each of us through what we call the ‘soul’. By applying attention and force of intention to these coincidences, we can create specific position outcomes in our lives.

Quotes

“Synchronicity can be defined as a non–causal but meaningful relationship between events or states of mind within the human psyche and events in the outside world. Putting it more simply, we can call synchronicity as the experiences of “meaningful coincidence”. We have all had experiences that we intuitively recognize as meaningful, though we would be hard pressed to explain them in rational terms. In fact, these “meaningful coincidences” are not coincidences at all but spontaneous realizations of the underlying interconnectedness of all things within the Universe.” (Laurence Boldt – Tao of Abundance)

  1. Acausal (karmically connected) Atemporal Non–Local Quantum Mechanics Interrelatedness: (Deepak Chopra)
  2. As Heraclitus put it, “The unseen design of things is more harmonious than the seen.”
  3. James Redfield, in the ‘Celestine Prophecy’, describes the first insight as about following meaningful coincidences. Coincidences, if followed through, are seen as a way of evolving to a higher level of vibration consciousness. When we are in the flow, we experience more synchronous events and hence more pleasure and less pain. The flow of coincidences is our path to higher grounds of evolution.
  4. The Law of Synchronization or the Harmonics of the Universe: It is taught in metaphysics, according to ancient writings…also according to modern mystics, including the respected Carl Jung that everything in this Universe, at any given moment at time is synchronized to everything else all working together, interlocked and interdependent and all related. The inseparable astrology itself is a pure demonstration of this Law.
  5. C G Jung: “We talk about synchronicity when two or more seemingly ‘pure chance’ events coincide to form a connection that has a special meaning for the perceiver.

Smell check, scratch and sniff, a new test for Parkinson’s disease

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Olfactory dysfunction presenting as odor detection, discrimination, and identification is a common finding in patients with early non vascular Parkinson’s disease.

As per a study of 2,267 men published in the Annals of Neurology, an impaired sense of smell could be an early indicator of Parkinson’s disease, occurring up to four years before motor skill problems appear.

In the study decreased odor identification was associated with older age, smoking, more coffee consumption, less frequent bowel movements, lower cognitive function and excessive daytime sleepiness, but even after adjusting for these factors, those with the lowest odor identification scores had a five time greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than those with the highest scores.

Nerve loss and the formation of Lewy bodies –– abnormal clumps of proteins inside nerve cells that are thought to be a marker of the disease –– are known to take place in the olfactory structures of patients with the disease.

An impaired sense of smell could also be caused by impaired sniffing, which may be another motor symptom of Parkinson’s.

Early indicators of Parkinson’s disease are olfactory abnormality, constipation and sleep disturbances.

Besides Parkinson’s disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, malnutrition, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Korsakoff’s psychosis are all accompanied or signaled by smell disorders.

You look at people the same way as you are

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Honest people look at everybody as honest and dishonest people regard everybody as dishonest. It all depends on the type of people you interact with. If you do not take bribe, nobody will come and offer bribe to you and you will feel everybody is honest. If you take bribe then everybody will come to you to offer bribe and you will feel that everybody in the society is dishonest. Never judge people with you personal experience. I recall one of the doctors saying that every doctor takes and gives bribe because he was running an imaging centre and every doctor who approached him asked for a bribe. But he did not take into consideration the doctors who did not approach him.

Eating Out Tips

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  • Curb portions: Always order for one if you are two people and if you are alone set aside some of what is on your plate to bring home.
  • Resist refined carbohydrates.
  • Load your plate with colorful choices at the salad bar with vegetables, fruits, and small amounts of lean protein. Skip the creamy and ranch dressings.
  • Choose dishes that are grilled, roasted, steamed, or sautéed.
  • Don’t be afraid to request a salad, vegetables, or fruit instead of starchy side dishes.
  • In non–vegetarian food, order only fish or seafood.
  • If you decide to have dessert, share it with your dining companion(s).

Science behind regrets

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In a US–based study, dying people were asked about their regrets, if any. The top five regrets were:

  1. 1. I wish I had the courage to live a life I wanted to live and not what others expected me to live.
    2. I wish I had worked harder.
    3. I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.
    4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
    5. I wish I had let myself to be happier.

Regrets are always based on suppression of emotions or non–fulfillment of desires and needs. These need–based desires can be at the level of physical body, mind, intellect, ego or the soul. Therefore, regrets can be at any of these levels.

I did a survey of 15 of my patients and asked them a simple question that if they come to know that they are going to die in next 24 hours, what would be their biggest regret.

Only one of them, a doctor said that she would have no regrets.

Only one person expressed a physical regret and that was from a Yoga expert who said that her regret was not getting married till that day.

Mental regrets were two.

  1. A state trading businessman said, “I wish I could have taken care of my parents.”
  2. A homeopathic doctor said, “I wish I could have given more time to my family.”

Intellectual regrets were three.

  1. A lawyer said, “I wish I could have become something in life.”
  2. A businessman said, “I wish I could have helped more people.”
  3. A retired revenue inspector said, “I wish I had married off my younger child.”

Egoistic regrets were two.

  1. One fashion designer said, “I wish I could have become a singer.”
  2. A housewife said, “I wish I could have become a dietician.”

Spiritual regrets were six.

  1. A Consultant Government Liaison officer said, “I wish I could have made my family members happy.”
  2. A businessman said, “I wish I could have meditated more.”
  3. A Homeopathic doctor said, “I wish I could have spent more time with my family.”
  4. A reception executive said, “I wish I could have spent more time with my parents.”
  5. An entertainment CEO said, “I wish I could have taken my parents for a pilgrimage.”
  6. A fashion designer said, “I wish I could have worked more for the animals.”

In a very popular and successful movie, Kal Ho Na Ho, the hero was to die in the next 40 days. When asked to remember the days of his life, he could not remember 20 ecstatic instances in life.

This is what happens with each one of us where we waste all our days and cannot remember more than 50 or even 20 of such instances. If we are given 40 days to live and if we live every day ecstatically, we can get inner happiness. Therefore, we should learn to live in the present instead of having a habit of postponing everything we do.

We should learn to prioritize our work and do difficult work first or else we would be in a state of constant worry till that work is over.

I teach my patients that they should practice confession exercise and one confession is to talk about your regrets and take them as challenge and finish before the next Tuesday. When working, there are three things which are to be remembered –passion, profession and fashion. Profession is at the level of mind, ego and spirit.

We should convert our profession in such a manner that it is fashionable and passionate. Passion means working from the heart and profession means working from mind and intellect and fashion means working the same at the level of ego which is based on show–off.

Weight gain after quitting smoking does not increase the risk of heart disease

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In a study published in Journal of American Association, researchers from Switzerland have shown that in non–diabetics, weight gain after quitting smoking does not take away the cardiovascular benefits of quitting smoking.

There is a net cardiovascular benefit of smoking cessation despite subsequent weight gain. Smoking cessation is always beneficial for smokers.

People gain 6–8 pounds of weight after quitting smoking. In the study, quitting smoking was also linked with a decreased risk of heart attack or cardiac death compared to smokers.

More about Debts

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Hindu scriptures have talked about three types of Hrin (debts) – Dev Hrin, Pitra Hrin and Rishi Hrin. God or the devtas gave us the consciousness, parents gave us our body and teachers gave us the knowledge or intellect. In Vedic language, our body is a mix of mind, body and soul which can be equated to three Hrins of mind (teachers), body (parents) and soul (Rishi & Gods). In computer language, this can be equated to operational software (God), application software (teachers) and computer hardware (parents).

Anger can be a trigger for Heart Attack or Strok

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A flash of anger may precipitate heart attack or stroke in susceptible individuals within two hours of anger episode as per a systematic review showed by Murray Mittleman, Dr PH, of the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues in the European Heart Journal.

The relative risks estimated in this meta–analysis indicate that there is a higher risk of cardiovascular events after outbursts of anger among individuals at risk of a cardiovascular event, but because each episode may be infrequent and the effect period is transient, the net absolute impact on disease burden is extremely low. However, with increasing frequency of anger episodes, these transient effects may accumulate, leading to a larger clinical impact.

In pooled results of four of the studies, the risk of MI or acute coronary syndrome was 4.74–fold higher in the hours after an outburst. One study evaluated intracranial hemorrhage and showed that the risk was higher in the hour after a bout of anger.

Mediated through increases in circulating catecholamines, increased myocardial oxygen demand, coronary vasospasm, and increased platelet aggregability, anger can cause transient ischemia, disruption of vulnerable plaques, and increased thrombotic potential.

Shiksha and Sabhyata

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Suno, Samjho, Jaano and Karo is the mantra for education and involves not only hearing but listening and understanding and converting understanding into wisdom by doing it practically.

One of the components of education is etiquettes or manners which can be at every level of education. In older era, Rajkumars or princes were sent to Gurukuls for formal education including that of warriorship. They were also sent to Gharanas/Kothas to learn tehzeeb the Lucknawi way where they were taught how to talk to each other and respect others. Their language in typically Lucknawi style used to be ‘we’ oriented and not ‘I’ oriented. Today’s education is more oriented towards ‘I–ness’ or ego and not towards the soul or respect.

In our student days, we were taught that a senior is a senior and needs to be respected. Even today, when we meet our teachers, we take blessings by touching their feet but today’s students believe in shaking hands or saying ‘hi’. There is more and more commercial touch in the teacher–student relationship of today.

Ego makes one rude and arrogant with a mentality full of Rajas and Tamas. Road rage, gang rapes, murders, violence, terrorism are all examples of not learning etiquettes at the right time.

Avoid Drunk or Drugged Driving

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The dangers of drinking alcohol and driving are well known to all. But, it is also important to recognize that taking drugs and driving too can be as dangerous, Drugged driving or driving under the influence of any drug that acts on the brain can adversely affect your, vision, reaction time and judgment and driving skills. This not only endangers your life but also of your co–passengers as well as others on the road.

Tips for safe driving

  • All through the year, especially during the holiday season, take steps to make sure that you and everyone you celebrate with avoids driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Always designate a non–drinking driver before any holiday party or celebration begins.
  • Arrange for someone to pick you up
  • Do not let a friend drive if you think that they are impaired. Take the car keys.
  • Stay overnight at your friend’s place, if possible and drive back home in the morning.

Why is the Garun Puran not read in routine life?

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It is said in Hindu mythology that Garun Puran should not be read unless there is a death in the family. What can the rationale behind this?

One of the philosophies of Vedanta is that one should always talk and think positive and face adversity like a cricketer right from the first ball he faces. He always thinks he is going to score a 100 till he gets out. Similarly, every person should think that he will live up to 100 years until the last moment of death. Once he dies, he is not there to know how many years he lived. It is only the family who would know this. As far as he is concerned, till the last moment, he had been thinking that he would live for 100 years.

It is true that one should plan his old age and write a will in time but that is for the safety of the family and has nothing to do with your life.

Because Garun Puran talks about everything about death, therefore, it is normally recommended that we do not talk about it in routine life.