After the unlimited debates and discussions over meat ban in our country, it’s necessary to revive the age old traditions and sentiments of Indians attached with the ‘sacred cows’. Being an important ingredient of hamburger, and holding tons of nutritional and protein value in terms of cost; yet the other virtues of cows cannot be ignored.
Cow, the ever known symbol of the Earth– the giver and the nourisher; represents the generous attitude and demands nothing in return. It’s a symbol of grace and abundance and inspires the people to adapt the virtues of gentleness and love for nature. Even our own Vedas have an important mention about wish fulfilling cow- Kamadhenu.
The nutritious milk of cow is a source of curing numerous diseases, and an easy remedy of dysentery, inflammation, and so on. To get rid of the problem of obesity, cow’s milk has been proved to be the most effective solution. Along with milk, cow is also a source of cream, yogurt, cheese, butter and ice cream, ghee and buttermilk. It gives entirely of itself through sirloin, ribs, rump, porterhouse and beef stew. Its bones are the base for soup broths and glues. It gives the world leather belts, leather seats, leather coats and shoes and what not.
Even the waste of cow i.e. urine and dung has its own magical qualities. The urine consists of high quantity of sulphur and mercury, which is used in variety of Ayurveda medicines. Cow dung is an effective disinfectant and still used as a source of fuel and manure for plantation.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “One can measure the greatness of a nation and its moral progress by the way it treats its animals. Cow protection to me is not mere protection of the cow. It means protection of all that lives and is helpless and weak in the world. The cow means the entire subhuman world.”
The good fortune and the selfless attitude of the innocent animal is enough to melt the heart of inhumane beings and spare these lovely creatures. Our Rig Vedas also demands us to save the life of this pleasant existence.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja
Being judgemental or framing prior opinions in our thoughts are the common trait of homo sapiens. “Oh my god, I saw his face right in the morning, now my entire day is ruined. I don’t like him at all or I like this in him”; such optimistic and pessimistic thoughts are flying within us the entire day. To halt these constant commenting inside us, our Vedas and spiritual sciences have bestowed us with an easy way. Greet everybody with a smiling ‘Namaste’ and the instant results can be experienced. Here we’ll discuss about the magical effect that this salutation brings in our lives.
Meaning of Namaskar or Namaste:
The word ‘Namaskar’ is a Sanskrit word derived from ‘Namaha’ meaning ‘Not me’. If broken down further, Nam-As-Kar then;
Nam is to pay homage or obeisance
As is to exist or ‘Astitva’
Kar is the doer or the one who creates
Thus the salutation refers to offering gratitude to the divine power within every being, which has created the existence. Here the soul in one acknowledges and pays respect to the soul in another.
Spiritual significance of Namaste:
- The Namaskar mudra is a symbol of combing the goods and odds in a being. The mudra along with uttered word invokes the ‘Akashtattva’ and the ‘Pruthvitattva’, which are the higher level of divine consciousness absorbed by the body.
- The realization of oneness in all beings is expressed by bowing the head down to another revered being. It eliminates the ego and other evil energies, inside and around us.
- As we join our hands, the Sattva frequencies are attracted by our finger tips and transmitted through our thumb, in the entire body that automatically awakes the ‘Anahat Chakra’.
- The salutation attracts the divine consciousness (Chaitanya) and the actual state of spiritual growth depends upon the spiritual emotion (Bhav) of the doer.
Right way to Namaste:
Bend the arms from the elbow upwards and face the two palms of the hands. Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest. The fingers should be relaxed and space should be left between them. Utter the word ‘namaste’ or ‘namaskar’ by bowing the head down and touching the mid-brow region.
Scientific relevance of Namaskar:
Firstly the act of shaking hands is avoided due to hygienic purposes and avoiding contact related diseases like bird flu, influenza and so on. Further physical contact leads to the sharing of energies between them strongly, where the chances of transferring ‘Raja-tama’ (sexual purity) is prominent. Our motive is to increase the ‘Sattvikta’ component and not reduce it. Moreover, the namaskar between two people results in sharing spiritual frequencies between two people through various points in the body, as proven by science and also in one of the research by Ms.Priyanka Lotlikar.
Every time you perform your ‘saadhna’ by joining your hands together, there is a certain gush of energy flow into your body and you transform into a ‘state of giving’ and prosper spiritually.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja
The entire universe is composed of vibrations which produce audible and inaudible sounds, which are experienced by living beings. ‘Shabda Brahmane-nishnata parambrahmadi gachhati’ means the primordial sound which is the base of our creation and source of everything. As one gets immersed in the Shabda Brahman i.e. OM, he enters in to the Parabrahman (all-pervading one-consciousness) automatically. So OM is the prime subject around which the entire creation revolves, it is the permanent truth within which everything exists.
The word OM or often spelled as ‘AUM’ is a three letter word composed of A, U and M; each letter symbolising different state of time.
- A-Waking state
- U– Dream state
- M-Deep sleep of consciousness
As we chant AUM we connect with our true self by which we ultimately connect with the Supreme power. As in the sixth verse of Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna says “Etad-yonini bhutani sarvanitya upadharaya. Aham krtsnasya jagatah prabhavah pralayas thata”. He says that the entire creation is born out of me and it resides in me, and dissolves back into me. Chanting the eternal mantra OM results in the production of a vibration that resemble the original vibration, produced at the time of creation. The sound AUM, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature. Relevance of this word is not only mentioned in Vedas but also in holy Bible, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
- Regular chanting of OM results in the increased efficiency of the cells of the body which can relieve us from the varied health issues.
- The mental and physical energy rejuvenates and positivity is achieved all around.
- Ultimate stress reliever that removes all our mental worries, and relax our body and mind.
- Regulates the hormonal system and improves the digestion.
- It helps in controlling the emotions and instant anger.
- As we regain our peace of mind, increased compatibility and understanding is experienced in our relationships.
Thus the power of chanting OM infuses us with energy that makes us serene and divinity is experienced. Meditating while chanting this mantra leads us to the state of knowing our true self, which explain that soul is immortal and dissolved in the eternal Universe even after the physical body dies.
Scientific method of Chanting Om to achieve results
Scientifically, the correct method to chant AUM is to pronounce A for 3 seconds, U for 5 seconds and M for 6 seconds. As one repeats the mantra for 15 to 20 times, with each passing time the state of deep relaxation will be achieved. So focus on the power of OM and release all your worries by easy meditation.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja