The epitome of dharma and righteousness, Yudhishtira had to face a tough challenge of Yaksha to save his 4 brothers from the mouth of death. When thirsty Nakul went in search of water and found the crystal clear water for quenching his thirst, he was warned by a voice to answer his questions before drinking the water. Ignoring the voice Nakul went forward to drink the water and he immediately fell down on the ground. Similar situation happened with Sahdeva, Arjuna and Bhima and now all four brothers were lying dead.
Finally Yudhishtira went to inquire about his brothers and got anxious to see their state. Since there were no wounds or any marks of injury on their bodies, Yudhishtira was sure that it is some kind of supernatural power. Soon he heard the voice of Yaksha, “I am Yaksha and I warned all your brothers to answer my questions before drinking the water. But they overlooked my warning and now lying dead.” Yaksha further told Yudhishtira that in order to save the lives of his brothers he need to answer his questions. Yudhishtira realized that it is the Lord Himself who is testing the righteousness of Him and his brothers. He payed his respect to Yaksha and with great humility, he requested the Omnipresent to ask questions and he will try to answer them with the best of his ability. I any case he will abide by his Dharma and Yaksha terms. To test the wisdom of Yudhistira, Yaksha asked may questions and answers to which reveal the great values of life. Most important of them are listed below:
Yaksha: What is weightier than the Earth?
Yaksha: Which is taller than the sky?
Yaksha: What is faster than the wind?
Yaksha: By renouncing what does one become affectionate?
Yaksha: Which is the best wealth?
Yaksha: What is the principal duty of man?
Yaksha: Who doesn’t have a heart?
Yaksha: Where does Dharma reside?
Yudhishtira: Dharma resides in good deeds of human beings.
There were other questions in similar lines covering various other deep and subtle aspects of life. After replying to all the questions of Yaksha, Yudhistira saved the life of Nakul first and Arjuna and Bhima later. Yaksha was surprised and became curious to know the reason behind saving the step brothers before real ones. Yudhistira replied, “I do not differentiate between any of my brothers. Dharma is the priority for me and I will always protect Dharma”. Yaksha was pleased to hear his reply and said, “Because you uphold Dharma victory will always be yours”.
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Why do the priests keep a Shikha or Choti on the head?
Whenever we go to a temple, we find Brahmin priests with a tuft of hair tied up neatly at the back of their head, originating from the top of the head. They keep it very nicely and always knotted. This tuft of hair is called shikha.
This shikha, as per Vedic scriptures, is a symbol of Brahminical qualities and culture which has been imparted to a person undergoing a strict training under the guidance of a bonafide spiritual master who is well qualified in all Vedic scriptures and well placed in the science thorough realisation of the absolute truth.
Science behind keeping shikha:
- Shikha, as per the Vedic shastras originates from the brahmrandhra or the topmost point of the head near the occipital lobe of the cerebrum. This point is the centre of all neural activities and is considered to be the energy bearing point of all the bodily functions.
- Tightening the hair knot right above the suture induces marvelous psychological benefits. It helps in harmonious blood circulation in the brain in normal conditions and augments alertness.
- As described in the yoga-scriptures, it also lends support in increasing mental concentration and meditation. In terms of its sublime spiritual effects, the shikha works like an antenna in the outer domain of the sahasrara chakra (topmost extrasensory centre) to link the individual consciousness with the cosmic consciousness.
- As per the Vedic injunctions, the shikha helps the supreme personality of godhead to pull us from the material world to the spiritual world.
The devotees may forget the Lord but the Lord never forgets them. Similarly Sai baba used to remind his devotees of His presence and offered them blessings. Once Babasaheb Tarkhad, who was a ‘prarthana samaji’ earlier was a humble devotee of Sai baba. His wife and son were also surrendered in the worship of Baba and adored Him judiciously.
Once in summers Babasaheb Tarkhad suggested his wife and son to pay a visit to Shirdi for seeking Sai baba’s blessings. The son was doubtful and didn’t agree to leave Bandra as he was afraid that the worship of Baba will not be performed properly in his absence. As his father was ‘Prarthana Samaji’, it is possible that he would not be able to pay complete attention. After receiving assurance from his father, finally the mother and son went to Shirdi.
According to his promise Babasaheb got up early morning and after taking bath, he prayed to Sai baba and told him- “O Baba! I will worship you exactly the same way as my son has been worshipping you, but please do not limit it up only to bodily labour”. After worshipping Sai Baba, he offered the oblation of ‘mishri’ and then distributed the Prasad. He judiciously worshipped Sai baba for another few days but one day he found that there was no Prasad in the plate and his cook forgot to offer it.
He got perturbed and immediately bowed in front of Sai baba idol and asked his apology. He wrote the entire incident in detail to his son and requested to place the letter in the feet of Baba and ask him to forgive.
This incident happened in Bandra almost during the noon and at the same time when noon arti was going to begin in Shirdi, baba told Shrimati Tarkhad- “Mother I went to your house at Bandra to eat the Prasad but I could not find anything. So I returned hungry.” She could not comprehend the context of Baba’s words but his son understood everything. He wanted permission of Sai baba for returning to Bandra but Baba told him to worship in Shirdi for few days. The son also wrote a letter to his father to explain the incident in Shirdi and requested his father to be careful in future. Both the letters reached next day and the son and father became careful in adoring Sai baba from then.
Our body comprises of three elements Vata (air), Pitta (bile) and Kapha. The element of heat which circulates in our body is termed as Pitta. This Pitta element is responsible for the movement of nutrition and the bodily functions related to balance of body temperature. An equitable balance among three doshas, provide vitality and health to human beings.
But when any one of them is disturbed, it upsets the equilibrium and we stand suffering from variety of diseases. According to Vedic treaties in Vedic astrology, the movement in zodiac and transit effect of planetary influence is largely responsible for such health issues.
Pitta plays a vital role in the movement of nutrition on the body. Pitta forms the major element of importance in the digestive system of human body. As per ayurvedic texts, the number of diseases due to Pitta disturbance are 20 in number since they involve malfunctioning of the digestive aspect of the system.
The Pitta element of the body is divided into five types, each of which is located in different parts of the body. The five types of Pitta are
|S.No.||Subtypes of Pitta||Locations||Actions|
|1.||Pachaka||Lower part of stomach and small intestine||Digestion|
|2.||Ranjaka||Liver, spleen, stomach||Formation of blood|
|3.||Sadhaka||Heart / Brain||Effect on mental function – fear/bravery, calmness / anger confusion / clarity|
|5.||Bhrajaka||Skin||Temperature regulation, sweating, color and complexion|
Pitta element is located in the Liver, which secretes the digestive juices moving into stomach.
Pitta plays important role in regulating the digestive processes in the body and ensure that nutrition reaches to every part of our body.
As per Vedic astrology, there are some planets and their associated zodiac signs which are associated with the Pitta element. The planets and the zodiac signs have fire element as their essential principle and hence, they become pitta planets. They are as follows:
Zodiac signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Scorpio
Planets: Mars, the Sun, Jupiter (secondary), Ketu.
These planets have their central element of support as fire and hence, when they become the Lagna planet or have an effect on the central houses of the Kundali chart, the influence of these planets causes disturbance or regulation of Pitta in the body of the individual. Depending upon their own positions in the Kundali, these planets have their multiple effects on the Pitta element and hence, the effect can be seen in microscopic form.
There are six tastes as per ayurvedic texts, viz. Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Hot and Astringent. The tastes are beneficial for Pitta balancing are sweet, astringent and bitter and the other aggravate Pitta. Diet comprising of sweet, bitter and astringent taste shall be helpful in the balancing of Pitta.
Properties of Pitta:
The physical characteristics of a Pitta person are:
- Frame: Moderate.
- Weight: Moderate.
- Skin: Soft, oily, warm & yellowish.
- Hair: Soft, oily & goes Grey early.
- Teeth: Moderate, soft and bleeding gums.
- Eyes: Sharp, Grey or Yellow.
- Forehead: Moderate with folds.
- Neck: Medium.
- Eye lashes: Small, thin and fine.
- Nose: Medium.
- Voice: High pitch, sharp, moderate & good.
- Speech: Sharp, clear and cutting.
- Nails: Soft and Pink.
- Sweating: Profuse but not enduring.
- Faeces: Soft and loose.
- Urine: Profuse and Yellow.
- Pulse rate: Moderate, jumps like a frog.
- Physical activity: Moderate.
- Sleep: Little but sound.
- Thirst: High.
- Appetite: Good and sharp.
- Joints: Loose.
- Circulation: Good.
- Endurance: Moderate but focused.
- Habits/Hobbies: Likes competitive sports, debates, politics, hunting and research.
- Tendency to contract disease (type): Disease of heat infection, blood and liver.
- Tendency to spend: Spends moderately and methodically.
The mental characteristics of a Pitta person are:
- Mind: Aggressive and intelligent.
- Emotion: Aggressive and irritable.
- Faith: Determined.
- Memory: Sharp.
- Dream Running: Fiery, angry, passionate & swimming.
- Mental nature: Intelligent, argumentative & convincing.
- Neurotic tendencies: Angry, irritable and contentious.
- Temperament: Motivated.
- Positive emotions: Courage
- Negative emotions: Anger.
Signs of increased Pitta in a person:
- Yellowish appearance in urine, faeces, skin, eyes (jaundice).
- Sharp hunger (even more so than usual).
- Sharp thirst (even more so than usual).
- Burning sensations.
- Little sleep, fiery and angry.
Signs of de-creased Pitta in a person:
- Feeling of coldness.
- Glow of texture of the skin goes down.
The methods to balance Pitta are just opposite to the nature of Pitta. The regular use of Indian Cow Ghee helps a lot in regulation of Pitta.
Gem therapy is highly beneficial in regulating Pitta. Based on horoscope analysis, use of stones like Ruby, Yellow Sapphire, Cats eye and red coral can greatly improve Pitta Dosha.
In our ancient literature, there are numerous pujas/yagnas which can be performed for regulating Pitta or other doshas.
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Why we tie mango leaves on threshold of the door?
Whenever there is a celebration in the house, you will see that mango leaves are sewn on a string and are tied on the threshold of the door. Not only main door, but all the doors are well tied with the same. This not only looks beautiful but auspicious too.
As per Indian traditions and Vedic injunctions, Mango leaves are considered to be very auspicious and hence, they are used in Kalash Sthapana and other important Puja procedures. It is also used to purify the place by sprinkling water by a bunch of 5 mango leaves.
The scientific reason behind putting mango leaves are:
- Their wonderful property of warding off harmful bacteria and viruses away. Mango leaves have some aromatic compounds, which not only release wonderful aroma on being crushed or boiled in water but also, when hung in air.
- Hanging them releases various compounds which kill the pathogens away and create a nice and clean atmosphere. This positive atmosphere creates a positive effect on the mind of the individual.
- The green leaves like other plants release the useful oxygen and saves us from the harmful carbon dioxide.
- The mango leaves have been known for their unique traits even during the ancient era in the Hindu scriptures.
- Mango has been revered as the symbol of fertility. God of Love or Lord Kamdeva is also connected with mango leaves in the ancient tales.