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ANGER: It is your choice!

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Anger is temporary state of madness. We are usually angry for what has happened in the past, or fighting with people to change them, or internal war as at times we regret our own faults and become angry on ourselves. The internal disharmony is projected upon others and we carry the baggage with ourselves.

We get angry because people and situation are not working according to us; but here we need to realize that it is actually impossible to change the situation or people around us. We just create bitterness within us and disturb our own thoughts.

Whenever you are angry, stop yourself and ask these few questions:

  • Who is angry?
  • Who is creating the anger?
  • Who will suffer this anger?
  • For how long should I do it?

By intrapersonal communication and self introspection we comprehend that to stay peaceful is in our own hands. Anger is our personal choice and it entirely depends on us that which kind of response we choose. Further we can follow these five basic steps:

“Awareness of the problem that is causing irritation, acknowledge that I am responsible for the irritation or frustration and it’s in my control, acceptance of the fact that I am the creator of my anger, assent by detaching myself from the anger through withdrawing the power given to anger, realizing that I am a peaceful and powerful soul and coming back to my original self.”

 

Get dirty, stay healthy! Why should we eat with our hands?

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Few of us burdened under the weighty words of westernization and globalization are many times compelled to follow few norms, which are against our will and acceptability. Remember those days when mom used to run behind us with a plate and trying to bluff their toddler for feeding them with their own hands. Those heavenly days were mostly cherished by every Indian kid, but here my intentions are to highlight the fact ‘Why were we fed with hands rather than classy cutlery’.

Today we have broken those natural essence and jumped on to the modern ways of society, yet for some ‘eating with hands’ is still in trend. Eating with cutlery is thought to be more modern, hygienic and convenient, however most people don’t realise that there is a rationale behind eating food with your hands.

  • According to the Vedas, our hands are the representation of the five elements of nature.

           Thumb: Fire
Index finger: Air
Middle finger: Heaven
Ring finger: Earth
Little finger: Water

So these elements work on your food by cleansing it and preparing us to eat and digest them well.

  • A certain kind of bacteria resides in our hands, mouth, throat, intestine, gut and rest of the digestive system; that saves us from the outside harmful bacteria. So the pattern of bacteria is maintained when you eat through your hands.
  • In our Indian culture, it is said that “eating food with your hands feeds not only the body but also the mind and the spirit”. Even our Vedas gives utmost importance to this pattern of eating.
  • The satiety value of food enlarges when one eats with hands rather than spoon or fork.
  • Even while we watch television and eat, our complete senses are involved in the process of eating through hands and we engage ourselves in feeling the texture, warmness and taste of the food.
  • As soon as you touch your food with your hands, the brain signals your stomach that you are about to eat. This in turn, prepares the stomach to digest the food it will receive, aiding in better digestion.
  • People who eat with their hands are more conscious about hygiene than others, thus it inculcate the habit of washing hands and staying clean. It also keeps you away from certain diseases.
  • Eating with hands provides you with another level of awareness and your mind, body and soul are indulged in the entire process making you feel full.

So few of these points might encourage you to get back to the original avatar and get your hands dirty, off course when it’s healthy 🙂

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja

The Bright Colour of Wisdom: Yellow and Lord Vishnu

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shubhpuja.comThe beautiful hues in our life play a significant role to describe the exclusive trait of an individual. From darker shades of devilish vamps to brighter shades of the goody protagonist, the colour says it all in our Indian daily soaps. Similarly numerous hues and shades create varying effect in our lives, having their own unique story. The bright and chirpy ‘Yellow’ colour attracts most attention and is one of the three primary colours. This colour connotes varied meanings as per cultures and psychology, and even attributes to Hindu religion.

 Relationship between ‘Yellow’ and Lord Vishnu:   shubhpuja.com

The optimistic yellow colour transmits the wave of spirituality and enlightenment in one’s life. It symbolise the pure flavour of knowledge and learning, and Lord Vishnu being the epitome of limitless knowledge is connected to this colour. It is often said that the yellow attire of Lord Vishnu represents his vast ocean of awareness and spreads the hope of happiness. A yellow flower garland, often witnessed around the Lord’s neck is a symbol of the devotee’s adoration for the Lord and all the genuine desires of His devotees are fulfilled by him. His most popular incarnation as Lord Krishna is also observed wearing yellow attires that clearly portray his optimistic manifestation of cheerfulness and a bit of sensuality.

Other significance of colour Yellow:

Yellow being the most visible colour of the spectrum, has 2.5 times higher peripheral vision than red. The human eye processes yellow first than any other paint. It has a high light reflectance value and therefore it acts as a secondary light source.

Along with the positive side of this beautiful colour it is also associated with cowardice, betrayal, egoism, and madness. Further it is the colour of caution and physical illness (jaundice and malaria). Though most of the nation connotes positive values to this colour, yet Yellow is reserved for ‘Mourning’ in Egypt and Judas wore a Yellow coat when he betrayed Jesus in the Christian tradition.

Holding varied opinion for different individuals, yellow is the bright colour of life signifying happiness. Yellow is mostly worn by people to attract their beloved mate and is usually worn on Thursday to adore Lord Vishnu and receive wealth, success, fame, and happiness as His blessings.

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja

Bidding farewell to the Mortal: Myths regarding the Funeral and End Ceremonies

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shubhpuja.comBirth and end of mortals are a law of nature; everything that has been created by the supreme energy will vanish into it one day. In spite of being aware of it, it’s not easy to let go off someone close to our heart. Yet we have to bid farewell to our beloved ones with a heavy heart. Rituals and ceremonies are performed in both the beginning and end of a soul’s journey on earth to transform the human life into a learning and memorable experience of soul.

The ceremonies and acts involved after death of a human is a sensitive issue among society, often accompanied with various myths and superstitions that need to be dispelled. “Despite the country’s space programme which has sent satellite to Mars, many people in the country still believe in lot of superstitions and evil social practices. There is lack of awareness about scientific temper in the society which is the reason for such superstition,” said by President Pranab Mukherjee in an article published in The Indian Express.

Here few of the myths are considered, justified with facts and scientific reasoning.

 

Why to take a bath right after attending the funeral ceremonies?

Once a person is dead, the body begins the process of decomposition in five major steps including, Initial decay, Putrefaction, Black putrefaction, Butyric putrefaction, Dry decay. As the body loses the ability to fight against bacteria, at times it may prove to be harmful. Since most of the ceremonies are performed near a river, the temperate environment of India makes it more favourable for growth of bacteria. Moreover the scavengers are usually found near cremation grounds that are a major carrier of germs. So keeping the health and hygiene into perspective, bathing proves to be beneficial and it also refreshes the grief struck family members of the dead.

Why are Hindu women not allowed to go to funeral?

To be more clear and precise, none of the source of Hinduism has mentioned about the concept of ‘women are not allowed at the funerals’; in fact at the time of Mahabharata women did take part in the funeral rites. Usually the rituals are performed by the eldest son of the family but if there is no male in the family, then women can also perform those rites. In few of the societies women were prohibited because of the children and other old members at home. Women have a lot of responsibilities at home so the long journeys and the funeral ceremonies may turn to be difficult for them as they can’t stay away from the too long.

Aren’t dead bodies full of dangerous bacteria that can make the living sick?

The microorganisms involved in the process of decomposition are not necessarily disease causing organisms. In one of the Oliver Morgan’s article, he says, “most viruses and bacteria that do cause disease cannot survive more than a few hours in a dead body.” So this is more of a smell and psychological issue rather than health issue. In extreme cases, if the patient is suffering from some contagious disease, then easy precautions like covering the face and hands while handling the dead body must be taken.

Organ donation is against our religion?

As per a report by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Vaishnava and Hindu Studies, most Hindus take the view that after the soul has departed, the body is no more than a machine, and there is nothing to stop the parts being shared with others. In fact Hinduism has mentioned ‘daan’ and ‘dharma’ as niyams in the list of 10 Niyams. So the selfless act of sharing and helping the needy is not against Hindu religion. Moreover most of the major religions approve of the humane act of organ donation. President Mukherjee says, “India has a rate of less than 0.2 donors per one million population. India suffers from organs shortage of gigantic proportions. An estimated two lakh people in our country are diagnosed with organ failure every year, needing transplantation as a life-saving mechanism.

So these are just few of the common myths, which are prevalent among our society that needs to be validated with a proper argument. Awareness is must, especially among the rural sections of the society to get rid of such superficial arguments or rather follow them with a rational approach.

 

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja

The Serene Ambrosial Hours: Brahma Muhurtham

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Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’, a renowned saying is apt for the proper functioning of our body, mind and soul. An empty or distressed mind is the abode of evil energies and in today’s time the irregular living patterns have captivated the human peace and tied them in the dungeons of stress. A man once said, “Jeevan mei uthne ki nahi, jaagne ki avashyakta hai” meaning ‘It is more important to be awakened rather than getting up’. So the perfect moment to attain that state of awareness is during the rosy red hue of the ambrosial hours.

What is Brahma Muhurat?

The serene, calm and peaceful nectar time to experience the oneness with this supreme energy is known as Brahma Muhurat. One muhurat consists of 48 minutes i.e. 30 muhurats every day. Thus Brahma muhurat is said to be the second last muhurat before sunrise i.e. exactly 1 hour 36 minutes before sunrise which is generally between 4:00 am to 6:00 am. This period of dawn is essential for spiritual and learning activities as ‘Brahma’ means knowledge and ‘muhurat’ means perfect timing.

Significance of Brahma Muhurat:

We don’t need a special thanksgiving day in a year to appreciate the wonders of Almighty but live each day as one. Brahma muhurat is the suitable time to feel the beauty of nature and bring peace and freshness to the numerous flooding thoughts.

  • The Sattvika content becomes dominant and imbibes within us by distracting us from the Rajas and Tamas gunas.
  • The flow of Shushmana nadi increases and meditation further activates it.
  • The concentration level reaches its peak and emits worries and tiredness.
  • One is able to reach a higher state of consciousness which is in turn the awareness about the conscious state.
  • According to Bhagavad Geeta, one whose ahara vihara is correct, whose activities and lifestyle is perfect and who sleeps and gets up perfectly will be free from all miseries.
  • The morning powerful energies helps to get rid of 5 moral evils- Kaam(Lust), Krodh(Rage), Lobh(Greed), Moh(Attachment) & Ahankaar(Ego).
  • According to Atharvaveda, a person who gets up in early morning will be free from diseases.

Modern Scientific Review:

  • Brahma muhurat is considered as the rejuvenating time for the human body as the cardiac rhythm of sleeping and waking are regulated.
  • The hormone ‘Melatonin’ is secreted more in darkness, especially during this period which helps to regulate the sexual function of the body.
  • The dusk period is Vata dominating period and Vata dosha is helpful in promoting body movements both internal and external which helps in easy evacuation of bowel.
  • Waking up early helps to resolve foetid smell in mouth, constipation, indigestion, laziness, and so many other body issues.
  • To witness the sunrise, is a healthy act that showers essential vitamins and begins our peaceful day.
  • The five layers of the atmosphere emit maximum energy at this time due to the cooling effect of the atmosphere, and help us to be more energetic.

O traveller get up; it is dawn-it is not right that you continue sleeping. One who awakes, he

finds, One who is asleep, he loses. Get up and open your eyes from slumber and meditate on

your Master.”- Kabir Ji

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja