Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Navratri (9 nights)

Navratris (9 nights)

Some scriptures, like the Shakti, and Vaishnava Purana reveal that in Hinduism, this nine-day long celebration is observed four times in a year. Sharad and Chaitra Navratri is celebrated by all, while the other two, preferable the Gupt Navratris are observed only by sages and priest.

Hindu religion is a religion of festivals. People celebrate all events those inject life and joy and give opportunity to pray the deities. Navratri celebration is one of such events. Hindu Calendar has 12 months from Kartik to Ashwin. There are four Navratris. Every third month there is Navratri: in Posha, in Chaitra, in Ashadha and in Aswin. 

The two Navratris are considered major, the Navsari of Chaitra and the Navratri of Aswin. Chaitra Navratri falls near Spring Equinox and Aswin Navratri near Autumn Equinox. One after the post Rabi harvesting season and another Kharif harvesting season. Food is life, therefore, the agricultural produces in the farm inject the joyful dance in the body mind and soul. The Posha Navratri falls near Winter Solstice and Ashadha falls near Summer Solstice.

Chaitra Navratri is celebrated for Creation of Life and Sharad Navratri is celebrated for Protection of Life. 

It is believed that Brahma created the universe and it’s creatures with the help of Navdurga (nine powers/energies) during 9 days of Chaitra Navratri. The Navdurgas were saving lives from the evil forces. Lord Rama was born on the 9th day of Chaitra Navratri (Spring). The Navratri of creation is celebrated with fasting and prayers of Navdurga for getting her blessings to grow. Hindu Calendar therefore starts with Chaitra as first month, Gudi Padvo, the first day of the month is celebrated as Happy New Year in some parts of the country. 

The second major Navratri is symbolised with protection of life from the evil forces. It falls in Ashwin/Sharad, the post monsoon time. Sharad Ritu is a mother of many diseases. Many humans die during this season. Therefore, there is a tradition in India to give blessings: शतम् जीव: शरद: There are two stories of victory over evils during this Navratri: When the Tridevas (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) failed to defeat Mahishasura (because of Brahma’s boon) who conquered the Kingdom of Indra, they created Durga (Mahalakshmi) from their powers/energies. She carried the energies of Devas and their weapons, fought with Mahishasura/evil forces the demon for 9 days and killed him. Another victory of Lord Rama (Soul) over Ravana (Ego) after a war of days, killing the demon Ravana (the ego) on the 10th Day.Therefore, Durga’s victory over Mahishasura and Rama’s victory over Ravana are celebrated as Vijayadashami, the 10th day, post Navratri. The Navratri of Protection of Life is celebrated to gain vital energies to fight against the diseases, celebrated with fasting, prayers and dancing. Dance for the good crop and dance for the joy. The season further celebrated as Sharad Purnima (fool moon day) and thereafter, Diwali, the festival of light celebrated on Amavasya/the darkest night, असतो मा सदगमय ॥ तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ॥ मृत्योर्मामृतम् गमय ॥ 

The other two Navratri the Posha and Ashadha are considered secret Navratris in which the sages and Rishis perform some rituals. In Ashadha Navratri, when the sky is invisible due to clouds (mind is in confusion), the Guru preaches knowledge to his disciples and then the parva is celebrated as Guru Purnima on full moon day as mark of prayer of the disciples to their Gurus. 

27 March 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

God hasn’t written our death

God hasn’t written our death

We are made of only one cell. After the fertilisation of the egg, the rapid process of division begins, the egg travels down from fallopian tube and implants in the uterus, an embryo starts growing. With hormone HSG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) produced by the cell, placenta forms. Thereafter, some cells from the embryo and some from the placenta build the body organs and make our full shape of human with all necessary organs. 

So there is one Master cell (blastocyst containing pluripotent stem cell) and thereafter, the tissue specific cells for each unit; cells for making heart, cells for making kidney, cells for making lever, etc, act as building blocks of making the body. It is interesting to note that the cells making heart can’t make kidney. The division of work is very clear. 

It is like building a house, we load plenty of material till the constructions get over. But once the construction completed, we keep limited reserve blocks, tiles etc, in the store room to attend small repairing. Similarly the materials, building blocks of cells are in plenty till we reach the age 20Y. If something gets damaged in young age, the recovery is faster because the body has enough stock of material to take care. But when the damage is bigger, it needs external support or assistance to repair. At 20, the body given to us by God is full of life and without any expiry date. We die due to external factors, our life style, food, environment, nature, accidents, etc. Therefore, the life line of all humans are not equal, some live more, some less. As we grow, we age. Ageing is a disease. In 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, as we progress in life, the building blocks and material support within the body decreases. The recovery slows down. We need more and more external support to recover. And one day, when all the options are closed, we die. Our ancient Rishis were living long by slowing down the process of ageing. 

An Indian Scientist Dr Anand Srivastava MS PhD, (of BHU and settled in US) considered the father of Stem Cell technology, has found out the way to create new building blocks to slow down the damage, stop the damage and reverse the process of damage. When President Reagan died of Alzheimer, his wife Nancy Reagan placed interest in the subject that whether Stem Cell Therapy could have cured her husband. She and Dr. Srivastava then opened the field of research and now the science is ready to treat humans.

The stem cell injected support the repairing and rejuvenation of the damaged organ. It can regenerate the brain cells. If the disease is in the initial stage, it gives great results. Individual’s own cells are used in treating many diseases. It can work on all kind of Autoimmune Diseases (Diabetes Type 1 & 2, Liver disease, Lung Disease); all kind of Arthritis such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Knee problems, Avascular Necrosis, Sports Injuries, Heart Disease, Myocardial Infraction; all kind of Skin Diseases, Spinal Cord Injury, Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Kidney Disease, Crohn's Disease, Scleroderma, Erectile Dysfunction, Vasculitis; Neurological autoimmune diseases: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Autism, Stroke, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, Anti-Aging Treatment, Hair growth, Face lift, etc. 

It can work on blood related diseases like leukaemia, sickle cell anemia, thalassamia, lymphoma, etc. In blood related diseases, the cells of relative or matching cells of other persons are used. 

The most important part in Stem Cell treatment is that it doesn’t carry any side effects. 

Stem Cell treatment can’t give immunity from death, but this regenerative medicine with it’s potential to heal can delay the death and can give better quality of life. Our Rishi and the research of Stem Cell technology has proved that God hasn’t fixed our expiry date. Till life is protected, death can’t come. 

22 March 2018

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Brahma Muhurta

Brahma Muhurta

We are made in God in the form of body and soul combo. All of us are living in four layers of life: Shudra, Vaishya, Kshatriya and Brahmana. When we run after our body or other’s body, we are Shudras. When we run after our mind and it’s desires, we are Vaishyas. When we search for the answer, who am I, the Atma, we are Kshatriya. And when we surrender to the Almighty, the Brahman, मामेकं शरणं व्रज:, we become Brahmin.

After a deep sound sleep of 6-8 hours, when we wake up in the early morning hours before the Sun rise, our body is relaxed, mind is empty without thoughts, the soul is in peace, the world around is at rest and that time when if we dive deep inside with total surrenderness, the Brahmana born. One wing of ‘Love’ with the beauty of outer world/nature and another wing of ‘Meditation’ to be aware of the inner Ocean; one may fly with the wings and transcendent.

Early to rise in the Brahma Muhurta is a beginning of a journey to become a Brahmana, in search of the Brahman, free from the limits of body, mind and soul.

The best time for अथातो ब्रह्म जिज्ञासा।

7 March 2017
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