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My mother sent me a forwarded email the other day and something about it just stuck with me, so I wanted to share it with you. The original author isn’t known—the following text was found in the billfold of a man named Coach Paul Bear Bryant upon his death in 1982.
The Magic Bank Account
Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules:
The set of rules:
1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend it.
4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it…
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in Ashwaganda, Ayurveda, Cancer, Chyawanprash, Diabetes, Health, High Blood Pressure, India, Living, Neem Oil Tags: Combination therapy, Conditions and Diseases, Diabetes mellitus, Diabetes mellitus type 2, Endocrine Disorders, Health, Infection, Pancreas
By adopting the latest lifestyles many of the people have become prey to several diseases like diabetes. But now people can protect themselves from these diseases by using the latest anti-diabetic drug and it seems that this drug sale is flourishing. This anti-diabetic molecule has for the first time become the largest-selling formulation in the domestic pharma retail market. This latest anti-diabetic drug is also one of the most prescribed too, and it is a combination of glimepiride and metformin and it has dethroned the popular class of anti-infective medicines, led by widely-used medicine brands like GSK‘s Augmentin (a combination of amoxycillin and clavulanic acid) in May reports TNN.
The therapy, which generated revenue of 103 crore in May, is the first diabetes treatment to become the top-selling medication in the country. Even the analysts tracking the market said the anti-infective therapy had always been ranked on top. The primary reason behind the flourishing sales for the anti-diabetic molecule is its faster growth, as well as the anti-infective molecule coming under price control. Sales of Gluconorm, which consists of the combination of metformin and glimepiride, grew by 34.4 percent last month, versus about 4 percent for Augmentin.
AIOCD AWACS vice president Hari Natarajan noted that anti-infective therapies lost values because of price control, while anti-diabetic therapy sales are growing at a faster rate. The anti-diabetes market in India is growing at a rate of 20 percent annually, with metformin and glimepiride combination therapies comprising one-fourth of the market. Over last few years the sales of diabetes molecule have been climbing up and have shown a steady increase month on month from 97 crore in December. According to doctors due to the affordability and effectiveness the anti-diabetes combination is widely used.
“While metformin is the best drug to treat diabetes, combination therapy with glimepiride is required in most cases sooner or later. In India, this combination is most commonly-used since it is cheap and effective. Because of unabated diabetes, increasing use of this combined therapy is understandable”, says Dr Anoop Misra, director of Delhi-based Fortis-CDOC hospital for diabetes.
The sales of Augmentin the anti-infective molecule by GSK have been declining month on month, from 116 crore in 2013 to 103 crore in May this year. According to a market player the growth of the anti-diabetic sub-group as against the other anti-diabetic medicines, could also be attributed to the negative news around widely-prescribed drug Pioglitazone which led to a huge fall in its sales. For the 12-month period ended May 2014, the combination of metformin and glimepiride generated Rs 1142 crore in sales, trailing the Rs 1329 crore amassed by the anti-infective combination of amoxycillin and clavulanic acid.
16 Jun 2014 2 Comments
in Aditya Hrudhayam, Anger Management, Awareness, Ayurveda, Pranayama, spiritual, Sri Chakra, Stress, Sudharsana Yantra, Surya Namaskara, Totakashtakam, Tradition, Yantra, yoga Tags: Kumbhaka, Kundalini, Matra, Prana, Pranayama, Rechaka, Sahasrara, Vayu
Pranayama is regarded lengthy or subtle according to its three components, the external, the internal and the steady; the retention processes are modified by the regulations of space, time and number.
When the breath is expired, it is Rechaka, the first kind of Pranayama. When the breath is drawn in, it is the second, termed Puraka. When it is suspended, it is the third kind, called Kumbhaka. Kumbhaka is retention of breath. Kumbhaka increases the period of life. It augments the inner spiritual force, vigour and vitality.
When the breath is expired, it is Rechaka, the first kind of Pranayama.When the breath is drawn in, it is the second, termed Puraka. When it is suspended, it is the third kind, called Kumbhaka. Kumbhaka is retention of breath. Kumbhaka increases the period of life. It augments the inner spiritual force, vigour and vitality. If you retain the breath for one minute, this one minute is added to your span of life.
Yogins by taking the breath to the Brahmarandhra at the top of the head and keeping it there, defeat the Lord of death, Yama, and conquer death. Chang Devlived for one thousand and four hundred years through the practice of Kumbhaka. Each of these motions in Pranayama, viz., Rechaka, Puraka and Kumbhaka, is regulated by space, time and number.
By space is meant the inside or outside of the body and the particular length or the breadth and also when the Prana is held in some particular part of the body. During expiration the distance to which breath is thrown outside varies in different individuals.
The distance varies during inspiration also. The length of the breath varies in accordance with the pervading Tattva. The length of the breath is respectively 12, 16, 4, 8, 0 fingers breadths according to the Tattvas,Prithvi, Apas,Tejas, Vayu or Akasa (earth, water, fire, air or ether). This is again external during exhalation and internal during inhalation.
Time is, the time of duration of each of these, which is generally counted by Matra, which corresponds to one second. Matra means a measure. By time is also meant how long the Prana should be fixed in a particular centre or part.
Number refers to the number of times the Pranayama is performed. The Yogic student should slowly take the number of Pranayamas to eighty at one sitting. He should have four sittings in the morning, afternoon, evening and midnight, or at 9 a.m., and should have thus 320 Pranayamas in all. The effect or fruit of Pranayama is Udghata or awakening of the sleeping Kundalini.
The chief aim of Pranayama is to unite the Prana with the Apana and take the united Pranayama slowly upwards towards the Kundalini is the source for all occult powers. The Pranayama is long or short according to the period of time, it is practiced. Just as water,thrown on a hot pan shrivels upon all sides as it is being dried up, so also air, moving in or out ceases its action by a strong effort of restraint (Kumbhaka) and stays within.
Vachaspati describes it is Measured by 36 Matras, is the first attempt(Udghata), which is mild. Twice that is the second, which is middling.Thrice that is the third, which is the intense. This is the Pranayama as measured by number.
The place of exhalation lies within 12 Angulas (inches) of the tip of nose. This is to be ascertained through a piece of reed or cotton. The place of inhalation ranges from the head down to the soles of the feet. This is to be ascertained through a sensation similar to the touch of an ant.
The place of Kumbhaka consists of the external and internal places of both exhalation and inhalation taken together, because the functions of the breath are capable of being held up at both these places. This is to be ascertained through the absence of the two indicatives noted above, in connection with exhalation and inhalation.
The specification of the three kinds of breath regulations, by all these three time, space and number is only optional. They are not to be understood as to be practised collectively, for in many Smritis we meet with passages, where the only specification mentioned with reference to the regulation of breath is that of time.
The fourth is restraining the Prana by directing it to external or internal object;Bahyabhyantara-vishayakshepi chaturthah (Yoga Sutras:11,50).
The third kind of Pranayama that is described in Sutra 50 of the Yoga Sutras, is practised only till the first Udghata is marked. This fourth Pranayama is carried further.
It concerns with the fixing of the Prana in the various lotuses (Padmas or Chakras) and taking it slowly, and slowly, step by step, and stage by stage to the last lotus in the head,where perfect Samadhi takes place. This is internal. Externally it takes into consideration the length of breath in accordance with the prevailing Tattva. Prana can be described either inside or outside.
By gradual mastery over the preliminary three kinds of Pranayama, the fourth kind comes in. In the third kind of Pranayama the sphere is not taken into consideration.
The stoppage of the breath occurs with one single effort and is then measured by space, time and number and thus becomes Dirgha (long) and sukshma (subtle). In the fourth variety,however the spheres of expiration and inspiration are ascertained. The different states are mastered by and by. The fourth variety is not practised all at once by a single effort like the third one.
On the other hand, it reaches different states of perfection, as it is being done.
After one stage is mastered, the next stage is taken up and practised. Then it goes in succession. The third is not preceded by measurements and is brought about by a single effort. The fourth is however preceded by the knowledge of the measurements, and is brought about by much effort.
This is the only difference. The conditions of time, space and number are applicable to this kind of Pranayama also.
Particular occult powers develop themselves at each stage of progress.
Three Types of Pranayama
There are three types of Pranayama, viz., Adhama, Madhyama and Uttama(inferior, middle and superior).
The Adhama Pranayama consists of 12 Matras, Madhyama consists of 24 Matras and the Uttama occupies a time of 32 Matras. This is for Puraka. The ratio between Puraka, Kumbhaka andRechaka is 1:4:2. Puraka is inhalation. Kumbhaka is retention. Rechaka is exhalation.
If you inhale for a period of 12 Matras you will have to make Kumbhaka for a period of 48 Matras. Then the time for Rechaka will be 24 Matras. This is for Adhama Pranayama. The same rule will apply to the other two varieties. First, practise for a month of Adhama Pranayama. Then practise Madhyama for three months. Then take up the Uttama variety.
Salute your Guru and Sri Ganesa as soon as you sit in the Asana. The time for Abhyasa is early morning 4 a.m., 10 a.m., evening 4 p.m., and night 10 p.m., or 12 p.m. As you advance in practice you will have to do 320 Pranayamas daily.
Sagarbha Pranayama is that Pranayama, which is attended with mental japa of any mantra, either Gayatri or Om. It is one hundred times more powerful than the Agarbha Pranayama, which is plain and unattended with any Japa.
Pranayama Siddhi depends upon the intensity of the efforts of the practitioner. An ardent enthusiastic student, with Parama Utsaha,Sahasa and Dridhata (zeal, cheerfulness and tenacity), can effect Siddhi(perfection) within six months; while a happy-go-lucky practitioner with Tandri and Alasya (drowsiness and laziness) will find no improvement even after eight or ten years. Plod on. Persevere with patience, faith,confidence, expectation, interest and attention. You are bound to succeed. Nil desperandum Never despair.
The Vedantic Kumbhaka
Being without any distraction and with a calm mind, one should practice Pranayama. Both expiration and inspiration should be stopped. The practitioner should depend solely on Brahman; that is the highest aim of life. The giving out of all external objects, is said to be Rechaka. The taking in of the spiritual knowledge of Sastras, is said to be Puraka, and the keeping to oneself of such knowledge is said to be Kumbhaka. He is an emancipated person who practises his Chitta thus. There is no doubt about it.
Through Kumbhaka the mind should always be taken up and through Kumbhaka alone it should be filled up within. It is only through Kumbhaka that Kumbhaka should be firmly mastered. Within it, is Parama Siva. At first in his Brahmagranthi there is produced soon a hole or passage. Then having pierced Brahmagranthi, he pierces Vishnugranthi,then he pierces Rudragranthi, then the Yogin attains his liberation through the religious ceremonies, performed in various births, through the grace of Gurus and Devatas and through the practice of Yoga.
Pranayama for Nadi-Suddhi
The Vayu cannot enter the Nadis if they are full of impurities.Therefore, first of all, they should be purified and then Pranayama should be practised. The Nadis are purified by two processes, viz.,Samanu and Nirmanu. The Samanu is done by a mental process with Bija Mantra. The Nirmanu is done by physical cleansing or the Shatkarmas.
1. Sit on Padmasana. Meditate on the Bijakshara of Vayu (Yam) which is of smoke colour. Inhale through the left nostril. Repeat the Bijakshara 16 times. This is Puraka. Retain the breath till you repeat the Bija 64 times. This is Kumbhaka. Then exhale through the right nostril very very slowly till you repeat the Bijakshara 32 times.
2. The navel is the seat of Agnitattva. Meditate on this Agnitattva.Then draw the breath through the right nostril repeating 16 times the Agni Bija (Ram). Retain the breath, till you count the Bija 64 times.Then exhale slowly through the left nostril till you repeat mentally theBija letter 32 times.
3. Fix the gaze at the tip of the nose. Inhale through the left nostril repeating the Bija (Tham) 16 times. Retain the breath till you repeat the Bija (Tham) 64 times. Now imagine that the nectar that flows from the moon, runs through all the vessels of the body and purifies them. Then exhale slowly through right nostril till you repeat the Prithvi Bija (Lam) 32 times. The Nadis are purified nicely by the practice of the above three kinds of Pranayama by sitting firmly in your usual posture.
Mantra During Pranayama
The Mantra for repetition during the practice of Pranayama is laid down in the Isvara Gita: When the aspirant holding his breath repeats the Gayatri thrice, together with even Vyahritis in the beginning, the Siras at the end and the pranava, one at both ends of it, this is, what is called the regulation of breath.
Yogi Yajnavalkya, on the other hand, declares thus: â€œThe upward breath and the downward breath, having been restrained, regulation of breath is to be practised by means of the Pranava (!) with due regard to the unit of measure of the Mantra.
This repetition of the Pranava alone, is meant for the Paramahamsa Sannyasins. It has been declared in the Smritis, that ordinary contemplation is to be practised, through the inhalation and other stages of breath-regulation at ones navel, heart and forehead, with reference to the forms of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva respectively. For the Paramahamsa however, the only object of contemplation has been declared to be Brahman. The self-controlled ascetic is to contemplate upon the supreme Brahman, by means of the Pranava, declares the Sruti.
Exercise No. 1
1. Sit on Padmasana.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Concentrate on Trikuti (the space between the two eye-brows).
4. Close the right nostril with your rightthumb.
5. Inhale slowly through the left nostril as long as you can do it with comfort.
6. Then exhale very very slowly through the same nostril. Do twelve times. This is one round.
7. Then inhale through the right nostril by closing the left nostril with your right ring and little fingers and exhale very slowly through the same nostril.
Do twelve times. This is one round. Do not make any sound during inhalation and exhalation. Repeat your Ishta Mantra during the practice. In the second week of practice, do two rounds, in the third week, three rounds. Take rest for two minutes when one round is over. If you take a few normal breaths, when one round is over, that will give you sufficient rest and you will be fresh for the next round. There is no Kumbhaka in this exercise. You can increase the number of rounds according to your strength and capacity.
Exercise No. 2
Inhale through both the nostrils slowly and gently. Do not retain the breath. Then exhale slowly. Do 12 times. This will constitute one round.
You can do 2 or 3 rounds according to your capacity and strength and time at your disposal.
Exercise No. 3
1. Sit on your Asana.
2. Close the right nostril with your right thumb. Then inhale slowly through your left nostril.
3. Close the left nostril with your right ring and little fingers and open the right nostril by removing the right thumb. Exhale very slowly through the right nostril.
4. Then draw the air through the right nostril as long as you can do it with comfort and exhale through the left nostril by removing the right ring and little fingers.
There is no Kumbhaka in this Pranayama. Repeat the process 12 times. This will constitute one round.
Exercise No. 4
1. Meditate that the single letter, the Supreme light Pranava or OM is the origin or source of the three letters A, U and M.
2. Inhale the air through Ida or left nostril for the space of 16 Matras (seconds), meditate on the letter A during that time; retain the air for the space of 64 Matras, meditate on the letter U during the time; exhale through the right nostril for the space of 32 Matras and meditate on the letter M during that time.
3. Practice this again and again in the above order.
4. Begin with 2 or 3 times and gradually increase the number to 20 or 30 times according to your capacity and strength. To begin with, keep the ratio 1:4:2. Gradually increase the ratio to 16:64:32.
Deep Breathing Exercise
Each deep breathing consists of a very full inhalation, through the nose and a deep, steady exhalation also, through the nose.
Inhale slowly as much as you can do. Exhale slowly as much as you can do. During inhalation, observe the following rules:
1. Stand up. Place the hands on the hips, the elbows will be out and not forced backward. Stand at ease.
2. Lengthen the chest straight upwards. Press the hip bones with the hands in downward direction. A vacuum will be formed by this act and the air will rush in of its own accord.
3. Keep the nostrils wide open. Do not use the nose as a suction pump. It should serve as a passive passage for both the inhaled and the exhaled air. Do not make any sound when you inhale and exhale. Remember that correct breathing is noiseless.
4. Stretch the whole upper part of the trunk.
5. Do not arch the upper chest into a cramped position. Keep the abdomen naturally relaxed.
6. Do not bend the head far backwards. Do not draw the abdomen inwards.Do not force the shoulders back. Lift the shoulders up.
During the exhalation observe the following rules carefully:
1. Allow the ribs and the whole upper part of the trunk to sink down
2. Draw the lower ribs and abdomen upwardsâ€”slowly.
3. Do not bend the body too much forward. Arching of the chest should be avoided. Keep the head, neck and trunk in a straight line. Contract the chest. Do not breathe the air out through the mouth. Exhale very, very slowly without producing any noise.
4. Expiration simply takes place by relaxing the inspiratory muscles. The chest falls down by its own weight and expels the air out through the nose.
5. In the beginning, do not retain the breath after inhalation. When the process of inhalation is over begin exhalation at once. When you have sufficiently advanced in your practice, you can slowly retain the breath from five seconds to one minute according to your capacity.
6. When one round of three deep breathings is over, you can take a little rest, Respiratory pause by taking a few normal breaths. Then start the second round. During the pause, stand still in a comfortable position with hands on hips. The number of rounds can be fixed according to the capacity of the practitioner. Do 3 or 4 rounds and increase one round every week. Deep breathing is only a variety of Pranayama.
Author – Swami Sivananda
05 Jun 2014 Leave a comment
in Agriculture, Animals, Conservation, Cyclone, Diasaster, Earthquake, El Nino, Electricity, Flood, fuel, Global Warming, La Nino, Monsoon, Mystery, NASA, Nature, North East Monsoon, ReCycling, Solar Power, SW Monsoon, Water, wildlife Tags: business, Earth, Earth Day, Environment, United States, Waste management, Water scarcity, World Environment Day
World Environment Day – was first established by the UN Assembly on 1972 and it was started celebrating from 1973.
But are we really celebrating the nature and our environment ?
Every March we celebrate Earth hour and we have many reasons to forget that 60mins .Think here !!
Do you know Nearly 4 billion trees worldwide are cut down each year for paper or 35 percent of the total trees cut around the world are used in paper industries. when will we starting changing for better environment ? this is high time for that ..!!
Are we doing enough to come out of water scarcity we are facing ?
Do you agree Water scarcity occurs even in areas where there is plenty of rainfall or freshwater. ?
LISTEN : Water scarcity affects one in three people on every continent of the globe. The situation is getting worse as needs for water rise along with population growth, urbanization and increases in household and industrial uses.
Almost one fifth of the world’s population (about 1.2 billion people) live in areas where the water is physically scarce.
One quarter of the global population also live in developing countries that face water shortages due to a lack of infrastructure to fetch water from rivers and aquifers. Water scarcity forces people to rely on unsafe sources of drinking water. It also means they cannot bathe or clean their clothes or homes properly.
Poor water quality can increase the risk of such diarrhoeal diseases as cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery, and other water-borne infections. Water scarcity can lead to diseases such as trachoma (an eye infection that can lead to blindness), plague and typhus.
Water scarcity encourages people to store water in their homes. This can increase the risk of household water contamination and provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes – which are carriers of dengue fever, malaria and other diseases. Water scarcity underscores the need for better water management. Good water management also reduces breeding sites for such insects as mosquitoes that can transmit diseases and prevents the spread of water-borne infections such as schistosomiasis, a severe illness.
A lack of water has driven up the use of waste water for agricultural production in poor urban and rural communities. More than 10% of people worldwide consume foods irrigated by waste water that can contain chemicals or disease-causing organisms.
Water is an essential resource to sustain life. As governments and community organizations make it a priority to deliver adequate supplies of quality water to people, individuals can help by learning how to conserve and protect the resource in their daily lives.
So Save Water , Save each Drop – it’s Precious than Diamond…!!
Avoid Plastics :
Every year some 45,000 tons of plastic waste are dumped into the world’s oceans. One of the results of this is that up to one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals are killed each year by plastic trash such as fishing gear, six-pack yokes, sandwich bags, and styrofoam cups.
* North Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
Paper cups consume trees, water, and chemicals, and dump them into streams and landfills- they are not re-cyclable. Paper cups are often wax-coated which reduces their bio-degradeability futher. Paper products make up over 40 percent by weight , slightly higher by volume – of this country’s municipal solid waste, by far the largest contributor. Paper Recycling and its role in Solid Waste Management.
Now let’s ask ourselves, are you doing enough to preserve our environment ?
This is not the time to THINK , it’s the time to ACT.
Let’s treat every hour as our earth hour.
Take a pledge to yourself that you will ,
* Save Water
* Reduce paper usage
* Plant more trees.
Will you join this campaign ?
Go Green to make our Earth Smile.
Happy Environments Day
With Inputs – Murali Iyengar
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in Aditya Hrudhayam, Anger Management, spiritual, Sri Chakra, Stress, Sudharsana Yantra, Surya Namaskara, Temple, Totakashtakam, Tradition, Yantra, yoga Tags: Africa, Blaise Compaoré, Burkina Faso, Che Guevara, Deity, DNA profiling, Gurus and Saints, hindu, Hinduism, INDIA, Krishna, Religion & Spirituality, Religion and Spirituality, Shiva, Thomas Sankara, United States
VIDITAKILA SASTRA SUDHA JALATHE
MAHITOPA NISATKATHI TARTHANIDHE
HRDAYEKALAYE VIMALAM SARANAM
BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||1||
O THOU, THE KNOWER OF ALL THE MILK-OCEAN OF SCRIPTURES! THE EXPOUNDER OF THE TOPICS OF GREAT UPANISADIC TREASURE-TROVE! ON THY FAULTLESS FEET I MEDITATE IN MY HEART. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA
KARUNA VARUNALAYA PALAYA MAM
BHVASAGARA DUKHA VIDUNAHRDAM
RACAYAKHILA DARSHANA THATVANIDAM
BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||2||
O THE OCEAN OF CAMPASSION! SAVE ME WHOSE HEART IS TORMENTED BY THE MISERY OF THE SEA OF BIRTH! MAKE ME UNDERSTAND THE TRUTHS OF ALL THE SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA
BHAVATA JANATA SUHITA BHAVITA
NIJABODHA VICARANA CHARUMATE
KALAYESHVARA JIVA VIVEKAVIDAM
BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||3||
BY THEE, THE MASSES HAVE BEEN MADE HAPPY. O THOU WHO HAST A NOBLE INTELLECT SKILLED IN THE INQUIRY INTO SELF-KNOWLEDGE! ENABLE ME TO UNDERSTAND THE WISDOM RELATING TO GOD AND THE SOUL. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA
BHAVA EVA BHAVANITI ME NITARAM
SAMAJAYATA CHETASI KAUTUKITA
MAMAVARAYA MOHA MAHAJALADHIM
BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||4||
KNOWING THAT THOU ART VERILY THE SUPREME LORD, THERE ARISES OVERWHELMING BLISS IN MY HEART. PROTECT ME FROM THE VAST OCEAN OF DELUSION. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA
SUKRTE DHIKRETE BAHIDHA BHAVATO
BHAVITA SAMA DARSHANA LALASATA
ATIHINAMIMAM PARIPALAYA MAM
BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||5||
DESIRE FOR THE INSIGHT INTO UNITY THROUGH THEE WILL SPRING ONLY WHEN VIRTUOUS DEEDS ARE PERFORMED IN ABUNDANCE AND IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS. PROTECT THIS EXTREMELY HELPLESS PERSON. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA
VICHARANTI MAHAMANA SASCHALATAH
AHIMAM STURIVATRA VIBHASI GURO
BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||6||
OH TEACHER! FOR SAVING THE WORLD, THE GREAT ASSUME VARIOUS FORMS AND WANDER IN DISGUISE. OF THEM, THOU SHINEST LIKE THE SUN. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA
GURUPUNGAVA PUNGAVA KETANA TE
SAMATAM AYATAM NAHI KO’PI SUDHIH
BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||7||
O THE BEST OF THE TEACHERS! THE SUPREME LORD HAVING THE BULL AS BANNER! NONE OF THE WISE IS EQUAL TO THEE! THOU WHO ART COMPASSIONATE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN REFUGE! THE TREASURE TROVE OF TRUTH! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA
VIDITA NA MAYA VISHATAIKAKALA
NACHA KINCANA KANCANAMASTI GURO
DRUTAMEVA VIDEHI KRUPAM SAHAJAM
BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||8||
NOT EVEN A SINGLE BRANCH OF KNOWLEDGE HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD BY ME CORRECTLY. NOT EVEN THE LEAST WEALTH DO I POSSESS, O TEACHER. BESTOW ON ME QUICKLY THY NATURAL GRACE. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA
02 May 2014 Leave a comment
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Shapes and patterns commonly embedded in yantra include squares, triangles, circles and floral patterns but may also include more complex and detailed symbols
- Lotus flower = chakras or energy center of the body
- Bindu, or dot = the starting point of creation or the cosmos
- Shatkona (Sanskrit name for a symbol identical to the Star of David):Swastika = good luck, welfare, prosperity or spiritual victorySanskrit characters = represent the sounds of a particular chakra, or subtle form of deity
- An upwards triangle represents the static substratum of the cosmos, spiritual aspiration, the element of fire, or Shiva
- A downwards triangle represents the creative power of the cosmos, productivity, the element of water, or Shakti
- Circle = Energy of the element water
- Square = Energy of the element earth
- Upward facing Triangle = (when not part of a shatkona) Energy of the element fire
- Downward facing Triangle = (when not part of a shatkona) Energy of the element water
- Diagonal lines = Energy of the element air
- Horizontal line = Energy of the element water
- Vertical line = Energy of the element fire
- Point = Energy of the element ether
Yantras are Visual Tools
The geometrical forms of the Yantra activate the right hemisphere, which is visual and nonverbal. The diagrams are essentially thought forms representing divinities or cosmic powers which exert their influence by means of sound vibrations.
They can be illustrated on paper as mandalas or carved onto stone etc, however the most effective substance to carry a Yantra is copper. Copper is a well known super conductor for electricity and cosmic energies alike. It is believed that constantly concentrating on the representation helps to build fortune (positive energies therefore positive potentials), as planets and deities have their peculiar electro-magnetic field which governs basic emotions and karma.
Therefore Yantras are visual tools that serve in meditation either as centering devices or as symbols of the energy pattern of a deity. When a yantra is to be used for worship and the energy is invoked in it, it becomes a symbolic representative of the deity. It actually becomes the deity when you can abandon your analytical, critical attitude and the energy circulates in higher centers.
Yantra Requires a Mantra
A Yantra is always associated with a mantra. Just as the mind is a part of the brain, yet different from it, a mantra is a part of the Yantra. The mantra is the mind consciousness while the Yantra is the form of the deity. It is not a strict rule to chant the mantra associated with each Yantra as the Yantra represent the mantra in a symbolic form and the full effect of the Yantra is obtained by ‘worshipping’ or using the Yantra in your practice.
Shree Yantra or Sri Chakra Yantra – The Goddess in the Machine
The Sri Chakra or Shree Yantra is one of the most auspicious, important and powerful Yantras. It has proven beneficial for almost everyone. It is the source of attaining all worldly desires and fulfilling all wishes through inner cosmic power and mental strength. It is most widely known to be the ‘instrument for wealth’ as it brings about both material and spiritual wealth.
You can push the limits of your growth as the Sri Chakra diffuses any negative energy that stands in the way of your peace, success, affluence and harmony.
Shree Yantra is the source of supreme energy and energy is nothing but another form of element in the shape of waves and rays. This Yantra is highly sensitive as it has magnetic powers. It is a divine store-house of energy which picks up particular cosmic ray waves emitted by the planets and other universal forces and transforms them into useful vibrations. These are then transmitted to the surroundings where the Yantra is placed and destroys all destructive forces within the area.
Directions for Using Your Yantra
A Yantra is a great cosmic conductor of energy. It is an antenna of nature making it a powerful tool to attract or increase harmony, prosperity, success, good health, protection etc. and improve your meditations and concentration.
It is important to have your Yantra activated or energized in order for the pre-programmed purpose and intent to go ‘on-line’.
Focus your eyes and mind at the center of the Yantra to achieve higher levels of consciousness. The Yantra’s color may change over a period of time especially with regular abhishekam, however this does not dilute the power of the Yantra.
- Place the Yantra on a clean and sacred altar facing the appropriate direction (see below)
- Do not let other people touch the Yantra.
- You may desire to perform abhishekam, or ritual anointing, to the Yantra with rose water or milk according to your personal practice-daily, weekly, monthly. Then, rinse it with water and wipe it dry.
- You may wish to place rounded dots of sandalwood paste on the 4 corners and in the center of the Yantra (sandalwood powder moistened with a small amount of water)
- Chant the appropriate mantra in front of the Yantra if you desire.
- If a small size, you may wish to carefully carry the Yantra in your purse or wallet. It is recommended to wrap in a protective cloth such as silk when travelling this way.
How Quickly Do the Yantras Benefits Show?
It can take up to 45 days before experiencing the benefits of an activated Yantra. This is on the conservative side as many feel the effects immediately if their karmic potential is ‘ripe’. Some Yantras work better over the long term as they graduate steadily through their blessing stages. Have patience and faith. Your positive thought vibrations play a key role in the effectiveness.
There is no limit to the life span of a Yantra and they can last your life time. However, if you obtain a Yantra for a specific purpose, and that desired effect is achieved, then it may withdraw its energy.
Positioning and Placing Your Yantra
Generally a Yantra should be placed in the North, North-West direction, facing South, South-East. The Vaastu Yantra should be placed in the South-West corner facing North-East. Sri Chakra Yantra should be placed in the East facing West. The Kubera Yantra should be placed in the North facing the South or East facing West.
Two or more Yantras can be place together; however, a Kubera Yantra should always be placed on the extreme left of all others, meaning it should be at the left when we look at the Yantras. Sri Chakra Yantra should be in the exact center of the group. A Ganesha Yantra should be placed at the extreme right side of any group of Yantras.
All Yantras are instruments for enhancing potential known for assisting in attracting desired outcomes but they cannot force something to manifest if it is against your karma. For example, if it is not meant to be, someone cannot be forced to fall in love with you, or prosperity or good luck cannot come all at once. When things are meant to manifest for you, a sacred Yantra will help speed up the process and can even potentially help remove obstacles that prevent dreams from manifesting.
Handle the Yantra with the utmost respect and reverence as anything less will immediately reduce or negate its Shakti or energy.
Yantras are much more powerful than a picture or even a statue of a deity and they are used to energize the latter. In India temples, the Sacred Inner Sanctums that house the main deity, the Yantra associated with that deity is placed under the base of the statue to initiate, energize and sanctify the space.
02 May 2014 Leave a comment
in Anger Management, Awareness, Career, culture, Education, God, Human Rights, JOB, Life Facts, meditation, Motivation, people, spiritual, Stress Tags: Alcohol, Amerigo Vespucci, Asia, business, Drunk Driving, DUI, Health, INDIA, Milk, Santa Claus, Stop sign, Traffic collision, United States, Victim Memorials and Support
Let’s start by stating a bold claim that you’ve probably never heard before. Upon first hearing this claim, you’ll most likely think it to be ridiculous and absurd, but by the end of this article, you’ll see the utterly obvious truth of it, and you’ll never look at the world the same way again. Are you ready for it? Here it is…
There is no cause of anything.
That’s right. Nothing “causes” anything else to happen… ever. Now let me explain why.
As an example, let’s say that a man needs milk, and he walks several blocks to the corner store to buy it. After purchasing the milk he begins his walk home, but while crossing the street there’s a drunk driver that doesn’t notice the stop sign at the intersection where the man is crossing. At the very last second the drunk driver slams on his breaks, but it’s too late, and he hits the man crossing the street.
Now, with our current mindset, the vast majority of people would automatically say that the drunk driver “caused” this to happen. Or did he?
If we just take a step back in the way we perceive things, we could just as easily say that the man was hit by that drunk driver because cars were invented. Or because the wheel was invented. Or because of the development of technology. Or because somebody figured out how to make pavement for driving on.
Maybe the man was hit because of his neediness for milk. Or because his wife sent him to the store. Or because of his wife’s enjoyment of breakfast cereal. Maybe it’s because people drink milk. Or perhaps it happened because cows exist.
Maybe it happened because the man chose to live in the exact location that he does. Or maybe it was because that was the only house on the market that he could afford, and he could only afford that house because of the job he has, and he has that job because he dropped out of high school.
Maybe he was hit by the drunk driver because of the precise speed in which the man walks, and the exact time he got there. Or because he had to stop to re-tie his shoe lace that had come undone. Or because he didn’t tie them properly when he first left his house. Or because he chose to wear that specific pair of shoes to walk to the store. Or because he chose to buy those exact shoes. Or because he could only afford those shoes.
Maybe it’s because the city chose to install a stop sign instead of traffic lights. Or because stop signs aren’t twice as big. Or because they’re not fluorescent yellow.
What if the whole incident happened because the man decided to walk to the store instead of driving? Or what if it was because the store was built at that location? Or because the owner of the store decided that was a good place to set up shop?
Perhaps it was because the drunk driver was born. Or because the man buying milk was born. Or because either of the men’s parents had sex. Or because his parent’s parents had sex. Or because any of these people ever met each other in the first place.
What if it was because the human species evolved in the manner that it did? Or because life came to be on the planet? Or maybe it was because of the “big bang” (if that’s how it happened). Maybe it’s because the physical universe exists.
It might have been because of the location of the bar that the drunk driver was drinking at. Or because the drunk driver had to be home at a certain time. Or because the drunk driver had to work in the morning. Or because his taste buds like the taste of alcohol. Or because he’s not able to overcome his addiction despite all of his efforts. Or because nobody has taken him to an AA meeting.
The drunk driver may certainly be irresponsible, and maybe he lacks proper judgment, but that certainly isn’t “the cause”. It’s only one tiny minute reason out of a literally infinite and unending number of factors within all of existence. There is no end to the amount of circumstances that come into play, and not a single one of them is the cause of anything else.
So let us repeat the lesson learned… There is no cause of anything… ever. There are only automatic effects and consequences. Everything is happening of its own, as a spontaneous result.
Most importantly of all, if there is no cause of anything, there is nothing and nobody to blame for anything, and if there is nothing to blame, then there is absolutely nothing to be angry about. Everything just is what it is, and we have no choice but to accept it. No matter what’s happing in the universe, it’s perfect, and it can’t possibly be anything but. This understanding literally forces us to fully accept absolutely everything as it is. There is nothing to complain about and we have no choice but to forgive everybody for everything they have ever done, no matter what that might have been.
What a person does, and chooses, is determined by what a person is, and what they are is determined by what they are aware of. Everybody is exactly what they are currently aware of, and what they are currently aware of is based upon an infinite number of factors.
We might all be learning from “mistakes”, but at least we can all be at peace (of mind) with each other as life unfolds. The whole concept of causation is an entirely false ingrained perception that is in everybody’s best interest to let go of. If everybody had this understanding, we would have total world peace because nobody would be acting out of anger, blame, resentment, hate, or fear. Everybody would fully accept, forgive, respect, and love all of life for what it is. And we would no longer need lawyers.
28 Apr 2014 5 Comments
in Aditya Hrudhayam, Anger Management, Gayathri Mantra, God, Goddess Durga, Goddess Kamakhya, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, Lord Krishna, Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, spiritual, Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Stress, Surya Namaskara, Temple, Tradition Tags: Galaxy, Gayatri Mantra, God, Hinduism, Om, Savitr, Vedas, Vishvamitra
Gayatri mantra has been bestowed the greatest importance in Vedic dharma.
This mantra has also been termed as Savitri and Ved-Mata, the mother of the Vedas.
!! Om bhur bhuvah swah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dheemahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat !!
The literal meaning of the mantra is:
O God! You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Almighty, You are all Light. You are all Knowledge and Bliss. You are Destroyer of fear, You are Creator of this Universe, You are the Greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon Your light. You guide our intellect in the right direction.
The mantra, however, has a great scientific importance too, which somehow got lost in the literary tradition. The modern astrophysics and astronomy tell us that our Galaxy called Milky Way or Akash-Ganga contains approximately 100,000 million of stars. Each star is like our sun having its own planet system. We know that the moon moves round the earth and the earth moves round the sun along with the moon. All planets round the sun. Each of the above bodies revolves round at its own axis as well. Our sun along with its family takes one round of the galactic center in 22.5 crore years. All galaxies including ours are moving away at a terrific velocity of 20,000 miles per second.
And now the alternative scientific meaning of the mantra step by step:
(A). OM BHUR BHUVAH SWAH:
Bhur the earth, bhuvah the planets (solar family), swah the Galaxy. We observe that when an ordinary fan with a speed of 900 RPM (rotations Per minute) moves, it makes noise. Then, one can imagine, what great noise would be created when the galaxies move with a speed of 20,000 miles per second. This is what this portion of the mantra explains that the sound produced due to the fast-moving earth, planets and galaxies is Om.
The sound was heard during meditation by Rishi Vishvamitra, who mentioned it to other colleagues. All of them, then unanimously decided to call this sound Om the name of God, because this sound is available in all the three periods of time, hence it is set (permanent). Therefore, it was the first ever revolutionary idea to identify formless God with a specific title (form) called upadhi. Until that time, everybody recognized God as formless and nobody was prepared to accept this new idea.
In the Gita also, it is said, “Omiti ekaksharam brahma”, meaning that the name of the Supreme is Om , which contains only one syllable (8/12). This sound Om heard during samadhi was called by all the seers nada-brahma a very great noise), but not a noise that is normally heard beyond a specific amplitude and limits of decibels suited to human hearing. Hence the rishis called this sound Udgith musical sound of the above, i.e., heaven.
They also noticed that the infinite mass of galaxies moving with a velocity of 20,000 miles/second was generating a kinetic energy = 1/2 MV2 and this was balancing the total energy consumption of the cosmos. Hence they named it Pranavah, which means the body (vapu) or store house of energy
(B). TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM:
Tat that (God), savitur the sun (star), varenyam worthy of bowing or respect. Once the form of a person along with the name is known to us, we may locate the specific person.Hence the two titles (upadhi) provide the solid ground to identify the formless God, Vishvamitra suggested. He told us that we could know (realize) the unknowable formless God through the known factors, viz., sound Om and light of suns (stars).
A mathematician can solve an equation x2+y2=4; if x=2; then y can be known and so on. An engineer can measure the width of a river even by standing at the riverbank just by drawing a triangle. So was the scientific method suggested by Vishvamitra in the mantra in the next portion as under:-
(C). BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI:
Bhargo the light, devasya of the deity, dheemahi we should meditate. The rishi instructs us to meditate upon the available form (light of suns) to discover the formless Creator (God). Also he wants us to do japa of the word Om (this is understood in the Mantra). This is how the sage wants us to proceed, but there is a great problem to realize it, as the human mind is so shaky and restless that without the grace of the Supreme (Brahma) it cannot be controlled. Hence Vishvamitra suggests the way to pray Him as under:
(D). DHIYO YO NAH PRACHODAYAT:
Dhiyo (intellect), yo (who), nah (we all), prachodayat (guide to right Direction). O God! Deploy our intellect on the right path.
Full scientific interpretation of the Mantra: The earth (bhur), the planets (bhuvah), and the galaxies (swah) are moving at a very great velocity, the sound produced is Om , (the name of formless God.)
That God (tat), who manifests Himself in the form of light of suns (savitur) is worthy of bowing/respect (varenyam). We all, therefore, should meditate (dheemahi) upon the light (bhargo) of that deity (devasya) and also do chanting of Om. May He (yo) guide in right direction (prachodayat) our(nah) intellect dhiyo.
So we notice that the important points hinted in the mantra are:-
1) The total kinetic energy generated by the movement of galaxies acts as an umbrella and balances the total energy consumption of the cosmos. Hence it was named as the Pranavah (body of energy).
This is equal to 1/2 mv2 (Mass of galaxies x squre of velocity.)
2) Realizing the great importance of the syllable OM , the other later date religions adopted this word with a slight change in accent, viz., Amen and Ameen.
28 Apr 2014 2 Comments
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Centuries ago, in the earlier yugas, a distressed Rama stood on this earth, in a battle field facing the wrath of his opponent Ravana on one such brightly lit morning, just that the mood was entirely different. As Ravana continued to intimidate him, Rama was not very inclined towards war. It was at this very prime moment that Sage Agastya appeared before him and shared with him a few pearls of divine wisdom. The Aditya Hrudayam is a profound set of verses composed by the Great Sage Agastya and rendered by Rama in his search for the answer to his distress on the battle field.
The meaning of Aditya is synonymous with the Sun, the giver of energy that helps us enjoy all the experiences of life with our senses
Hrudayam relates to the one who shines or dwells in the heart. Hence the consciousness that resides in the heart of Aditya, pulsating with energy is the inner unchanging witness to all thought, words and deeds.
It is believed that by reciting the Aditya Hrudayam, one is blessed with pure thought, words and clean deeds carrying no karma forward and is ensured of moksha. The sun is universal, the brightest light of divinity visible to our consciousness and hence we bow to this light as a sacred form of the supreme for without it, there is no life, no consciousness.
The essence of the Aditya Hrudayam brings about all destruction to our fears and human inhibitions and prepares us for any calamity/unforeseen event in our lifetimes. The Aditya Hrudayam is a catalyst that helps control emotions while experiencing these events and bring them to moderation thereby seeking to achieve greater heights in our hunger for moksha.
The Aditya Hrudayam when literally translated describes the in detail the state of anxious Rama on the battle field when Sage Agastya appears before him. He teaches him the secrecy of divine worship of the sun which in our language translates to the Great Sun having warm rays with golden hues, nourishing and energizing the universe that rises and brightens up the horizon. It is an all encompassing bright light that is worshipped by both the Devas and Asuras.
This light empowers Chandra and Agni and therefore is equal to worshiping the lord of the world. He is the embodiment of all the Gods, self luminous and the sustainer of life. He is Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Skanda, Prajapati, Indra, Kubera, Kala, Yama, Chandra, Soma and Varuna. He is the embodiment of the 8 vaasus, the Sandhyas, the twin Ashwins, the Maruts, Manu, Vayu, Agni, the maker of the seasons and the store house of divine light. He is the Son of Aditi, the inspirer of the senses, the nourished, the one with golden rays, the ever brilliant, the seed of the universe and the maker of the day.
He is the master of 7 green horses, having thousand rays, the destroyer of darkness, the source of happiness, the one who mitigates suffering and the infuser of life into the cosmic egg. He is the store house of riches, like the hiranya garbhah – the one with a golden womb, the illuminator, the bearer of the divine fire, the ever blissful and the destroyer of “cold” [evil minded]. He is the master of the 3 vedas, Rig, Yajur, Sama, he is the sender of dawn, the one who blesses us with rain, the one who crosses the Vindhya range, and the one who sports in the Brahmanadi. He is the giver of heat, adorned with rays and reddish in appearance. He is the Lord of the stars and planets and constellations and the origin of everything in the universe. he is the Lord who appears in 12 forms through out the year [12 months]. Salutations to Him!
He is the great lord who is the presiding deity of the eastern mountains and western mountains. He is the giver of victory, he is joy born out of victory, the golden one. He is the one who subdues the senses whose emergence makes the lotus bloom. The Sun is consciousness, that is seated in all those who live, in all created beings and he remains awake when all else sleeps. He is both the sacred fire as well as the fruits of such divine worship. Sage Agastya tells Lord Rama, Raghava, to sing the glories of the divine sun and conquer all the dangers that befall him; the Sun will not leave him. Concentrate on the Sun, recite this hymn 3 times and you will conquer all your fears and enemies.
Gazing at the supreme sun, Raghava recited this divine hymn and experienced the supreme joy of fearlessness and sipping water thrice; he purified himself and prepared for battle. Thus knowing the impending death of Ravana, Surya, and all the other great gods blessed Rama with victory.
The Aditya Hrudayam, in its divine words encapsulates energy into itself that spread divine vibrations around us as we recite these words. Over a period of time, this regular recital leads us to purify and conquer our inner thoughts and conquer our fears by discarding the desires that lead up to them. This profound knowledge is experienced everyday with the waking of the sun into our lives. It may also be described as the tiny drop of light we light for the Gods when we bow in reverence to them during our daily prayer. This fire is but a small speck, an extension of the larger ocean of flames that make up the great Sun.