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Dr K K Aggarwal

Is the time and place of death pre-defined?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Some gurus teach that the time and place of death is predefined while some do not. I personally feel that life and respirations are predefined and not the day and time of death.

It is something like water in a sponge will become empty when every drop of water comes out but it does not matter how much time it takes to come out. It is therefore possible to postpone or prolong the fulfillment of Prarabhdha Karma and postpone death.

As per the Karma theory, unless our Prarabdha Karmas (decided at the time of death and birth) are enjoyed and fulfilled, one cannot die. But once the Prarabhdha Karmas are fulfilled, death is inevitable.

Another unanswered question is can Prarabdha karmas be modified? Fate or destiny may not change, which means one may not be able to prolong the quantity of life but can definitely change the quality of life. The quality of life can be changed by modifying Agami (present Karmas).

Sanchit Karmas can be burnt with the file of knowledge about self. Prarabdha Karmas have to be experienced and Agami Karma can be neutralized by positive and negative Karmas to Zero in the present life.

The last few Prarabdha Karma experienced can thus be slowed down by the net positive result of their Agami karmas.

Best time to sign a deal is at 4 pm

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As per Ayurveda 2–6 pm in the evening and 2–6 am in the morning are the periods of Vata or creativity. Most poets and writers do their creative work during these times of the day, especially 2–6 am in the morning.

Vata period is more creative and you are less likely to make mistakes. Four PM in the evening is considered the best time to make a deal, sign a document or to send a confession note.

Apart from the time of the day Vata age is old age and Vata month is rainy season. This is one reason that we always pay attention to the advice of the elderly.

Navratra is the time when wheat flour is omitted from the diet and substituted it with buckwheat flour or kuttu ka aata.

Buckwheat is not a cereal grain, instead it is a fruit and hence is a good substitute for Navratra fasts where cereals are prohibited.

1.       The flour is extremely high in protein and is a wonderful substitute for those who are allergic to gluten (found in wheat).
2.    Its good for patients with celiac disease as it is gluten-free.
3.   It contains phytonutrient rutin, which lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
4.  It is rich in magnesium, vitamin B, iron, calcium, folate, zinc, copper, manganese and phosphorus.
5.   As the buckwheat hulls are hard to chew, traditionally they are soaked for about six hours and then cooked to make them softer and easily digestible.
6.    It also contains alpha linolenic acid, which enhances HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) and controls LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol).
7.    It is a good source of insoluble fiber and prevents occurrences of gallbladder stones. According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, a 5 % increase in the insoluble fiber intake results in a 10% reduced risk of gall-bladder stones.
8.    Kuttu is 75% of complex carbohydrates and 25% of high quality protein, which makes it an ideal food for weight loss.
9.    As the flour is gluten-free, a potato is used to bind the flour together.
10.  The flour tastes different.
11.   Pooris made of this flour are crunchier than the normal wheat flour pooris.
12.   One should not make pooris with hydrogenated oils or vanaspati as it will take away all the medical benefits of buckwheat flour.
13.    Buckwheat flour however is subjected to adulteration.
14.    Mixtures of rye flour, Indian corn flour, wheat flour, and other ground cereals are often used as a substitute for buckwheat.
15.   Being high in fiber and with low glycemic index it is good substitute for diabetic patients. The glycemic Index for buck wheat is 47 (Low GI foods have a GI value less than 55; medium GI foods have a GI value between 55 and 69 and high GI foods have GI value greater than 70).
16.   The chiro-inositol present in the buckwheat has been identified as the diabetes preventing component.
17.   Asthma symptoms can occur in sensitized children when food allergens such as buckwheat are cooked in a confined area. Both acute and late-phase respiratory symptoms are seen.
18.   Instead of poori or pakodas (fried items) made from kuttu atta (buckwheat flour), eat kuttu ki roti.
19.    One can also prepare idli from the kuttu atta (buckwheat flour) and dosa from the samak rice

20.   Food poisoning may occur if flour left over from the previous year is reused.