How can we give a Human Being a zero ?

A student studying in Russia says:*

The highest score for most of the exams in Russia is 5.
If a student does not answer any question and returns back his exam paper blank, with no question answered, he gets 2 out of 5.

In my first days at the University of Moscow, I did not know about this system and I was surprised and asked Dr. Theodor Medraev: “Is this fair that a student did not answer any question and you give him 2 out of 5? Why not give him a zero ?

Isn’t that the right way ?”

He answered:

“How can we give a Human Being a zero ?

How can we give him a zero to someone who was getting up at 7 am to attend all the lectures ?

How can we give him a zero since he got up in this cold weather, and used public transport and reached to do the exam in time, and tried to solve the questions ?

How can we give him a zero for the nights he used to study and spent his money on pens and notebooks and bought a computer for studying ?

How can we give him a zero when he left all other life styles and pursued his studies ?

Here my son, we do not give a zero to a student just because he did not know the answer.

We at least try to respect the fact that this is a Human Being, and he is having a brain, and he tried.

Because this result which we give, is not just for the questions in the exam paper, it is also about showing appreciation and respect to the fact that this is a Human Being and deserves to have a score.”

Truly I did not know how to respond. There I knew my value as a Human Being.

Zeros can actually decrease motivation on students, and can quickly destroy them and make them stop caring about their studies altogether.

Once a zero score has been put in the grade book, they need no longer care about that subject and they may assume that, there’s nothing they can do about it.

An excellent message to all the academics, governments, parents and teachers

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Go cotton, be cool!

It’s got it all: versatility, appearance, and natural comfort. It blends well with trends and is at your service all year through. We are talking about a fabric that breathes naturally and pampers your skin. Yes, it’s cotton.

It’s a fiber that weaved a colourful history 7,000 years ago. It may have existed in Egypt as early as 12,000 BC. Fragments of cotton fabrics have been found by archeologists in Mexico 9from 3500 BC), in India (3000 BS), Peru (2500 BC), and in south-western United States (500 BC).

So how come cotton is still cool even when a number o human-made fabrics are being churned out day in and day out? Cotton is lovable for many reasons. It offers natural comfort, easy-care is breathable, absorbent, versatile and fun and fashionable. It comes in many types of too; fade-resistant, stain-resistant, and shrink-resistant. Moreover, it’s a fabric you can wear in summer and winter, it’s comfortable as underwear, sweater, blouse, or even curtains. You can wear in Summer and winter; it’s comfortable as underwear, sweater, bloue, or even curtains. You can wear it at home, to office, gyms, parties, etc.

That’s not all. Althouh many of us go for cotton most often we do not know some interesting, soothing facts about it. May be because once we cuddle up to a warm cotton blanket, its comforting touch is enough for us to forget everything else.

Check out why it is eco-friendly and a healthy choice of people of all ages.

Advantages of Cotton Wear

  • Cotton does not contain any chemicals and therefore is a natural product.
  • Cotton is a renewable resource, and it’s also biodegradable.
  • Cotton makes children less cranky when sweaty (unlike synthetic fibers)
  • For people with seborrheic dermatitis (an excessively dry skin condition), dermatologists always recommend wearing 100 percent cotton clothes for maximum comfort and minimum skin irritation.
  • Unlike synthetics, cotton has superior absorbency and a naturally textured surface that makes it an effective cleanser. Because the fiber can withstand high temperatures, it can be sterilized.
  • Human-made fabrics don’t provide the same ventilation that natural fibers do. Because fungi flourish in dark, moist environments, constrictive, synthetic garments can create an ideal habitat for yeast to multiply. All-cotton undergarments permit air to circulate below the waist. Due to its unique fiber structure, cotton breathes and helps remove body moisture by absorbing it and wicking it away from the skin.
  • The fungus that causes athlete’s foot infection incubates best in a dark, moist environment, so the most important thing is to keep the foot dry. Bulky synthetic socks contribute to feet perspiring more creating the ideal state for fungi to thrive. Nylon and rayon prevent evaporation. Cotton actually absorbs wetness within the structure of the fiber. Water is drawn up through the interior of the fiber, between its various layers or walls.
  • Cotton tends not to be affected by sunlight so it can be used for curtains, tents and tarpaulins that receive lots of exposure to the sun.
  • Cotton can be easily blended with other fibers such as synthetics like polyester.
  • Cotton can be given a coating or a finish to be used in products like heat-resistant fire fighting uniforms.
  • Cotton can be easily dyed various colors because of its highly absorbent property.
  • Cotton is strong and durable with a high tensile strength. As an ideal fabric to launder, cotton is 30 percent stronger when wet, will withstand repeated washings in the hottest water and is free of statis electricity which cause fabrics to cling and soil easily. Cotton fibers also accept the fastest dyes, providing you with vibrant, colorfast yarns.
  • Cotton fiber has soft natural tips from where it is harvested from the seed boll giving a smooth sensual hand, unlike consistent length synthetics that have circular cut edges from being chopped to specific fiber length.
  • Cotton is great for everyday wear. It can be cleansed easily and is incredibly comfortable. Cotton looks good and it is simply wash and wear.
  • Cotton is a wearable ancient fiber. It has great benefits such as good strength, good abrasion resistance, absorbs moisture quickly and dries quickly it is the perfect fiber for any season!

When it comes to good looks, can any other outfit beat the grace and dignity of cotton saree? What do you say?

Do You Know – Interesting Facts

Some you may know; some you may not …

  • FORTNIGHT comes from ‘Fourteen Nights’ (Two Weeks).
  • POP MUSIC is ‘Popular Music’ shortened.
  • MOPED is the short term for ‘Motorized Pedaling’.
  • BUS is the short term for ‘Omnibus’ that means everybody.
  • DRAWING ROOM was actually a ‘withdrawing room’ where people withdrew after Dinner. Later the prefix ‘with’ was dropped.
  • NEWS refers to information from Four directions … N, E, W, and S.
  • AG-MARK, which some products bear, stems from ‘Agricultural Marketing’.
  • QUEUE comes from ‘Queen’s Quest’. Long back a long row of people as waiting to see the Queen. Someone made the comment Queen’s Quest.
  • JOURNAL is a diary that tells about ‘Journey for a day’ during each Day’s business.
  • TIPS come from ‘To Insure Prompt Service’. In olden days to get Prompt service from servants in an inn, travelers used to drop coins in a Box on which was written ‘To Insure Prompt Service’. This gave rise to the custom of Tips.
  • JEEP is a vehicle with unique Gear system. It was invented during World War II (1939-1945). It was named ‘General Purpose Vehicle (GP)’. GP was changed into JEEP later.
    • Coca-Cola was originally green.
    • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
    • The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with Asia, America, Australia, Europe
  • The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • Women BLINK nearly twice as much as men!!
  • You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  • Wearing HEADPHONES for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  • It is physically impossible for PIGS to look up into the sky.
  • The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
  • Each KING in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history.
  • Spades – King David
  • Clubs – Alexander the Great,
  • Hearts – Charlemagne
  • Diamonds – Julius Caesar.
  • What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?
  • Ans. – All invented by women.
  • A CROCODILE cannot stick its tongue out.
  • A SNAIL can sleep for three years.
  • All POLAR BEARS are left handed.
  • BUTTERFLIES taste with their feet.
  • ELEPHANTS are the only animals that can’t jump.
  • In the last 4000 years, no new ANIMALS have been domesticated.
  • STEWARDESSES is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
  • The human HEART creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
  • RATS multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
  • People say “BLESS YOU” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
  • If you SNEEZE too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

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Is your Heart Ok?

HEART DISEASE….whenever we think of it, we visualize chest pain, excess sweating, choking etc. Not everyone needs to have such clear and accurate symptoms. In some people, other symptoms are often normal, such as jaw pain, shoulder pain, fatigue, swelling of the legs and fast heartbeat. Many of them may be related to other diseases, and we think that they are normal. But it is not advisable to entirely neglect and ignore them as not related to the heart. 

Take care of your heart when it is whispering, before it starts screaming!

Sometimes they are more common than the obvious symptoms of chest pain, which are seen from days and months ago. These need to be examined a little deeper. If you are suffering from normal problems, but if they are associated with heart disease, you should be very careful from getting worse and fatal.

Breathlessness

Breathlessness is normal when we do certain activities vigorously. fast and hard things. This is not a big problem. But not always.. Observe what your body is saying, listen to it. Don’t overdo anything. Not only in cases of overweight, obesity, anemia, but many people may also experience breathlessness, which could be related to heart disease. Some people do their daily routine slowly when they experience these symptoms, mistaken these symptoms like tiredness. For example, climbing stairs – which cannot be ignored. Especially, if you are experiencing breathlessness in your daily work, which you were doing easily, do not neglect.

Our breathing and heart pumping capacity are interconnected. If the heart does not pump blood properly, the muscles do not get enough oxygen and lead to breathlessness. If the blood is not circulated and supplied properly to the heart, because of blockages in arteries, this will make the heart to work harder. As a result, the heart muscle becomes thick and hard. Pumping capacity also decreases. The blood in the lungs reaches the heart completely, only when the heart is strong and working properly. Otherwise, some blood remains in the lungs. This gradually accumulates fluids in the lungs and causes breathlessness. Heart valve problems can also be one of the reasons for breathlessness.

Palpitations

Naturally, the heart beats a little faster when walking a little longer or doing difficult things. If you feel a faster heartbeat without specific reasons, it should not be neglected. Do not take it easy, if one has a fast heartbeat when doing easy tasks or relaxing. Various factors contribute to this. Blood leakage in valve problems increases the burden on the heart. This makes the heart beat faster. The functioning of the heart is disturbed by the irregular electrical impulses, which leads to an irregular heartbeat. The heart beats 60-100 times when resting normally. It reaches 160-180 when we run fast, and do very hard things. People with heart diseases and valve problems, experience palpitations, even when they are in rest and relaxing.

Fatigue

This is a symptom of heart disease that is often ignored. In fact, there are many reasons. That is why it is not considered a symptom of heart disease. People think that they have worked hard than normal, that’s why they feel weak or tired. It is normal to feel weak when you work too much, but it is not good, neglecting fatigue or weakness or exhaustion coming up regularly. The heart’s pumping capacity might be decreased, thus does not get enough blood to the muscles. As a result, the supply of oxygen and nutrients decreases. Eventually, blood vessels that transmit blood to the heart do not supply enough blood to the heart muscle. This also slows the heart function. This leads to inadequate blood from other parts of the body or heart muscle.

Abnormal pains 

The main cause of heart attack is the formation of blockages in arteries. The heart muscle does not get enough blood due to these blockages, so it will have to work harder. The person will experience pain, which does not always have to come from the chest. Sometimes the lower jaw pain, neck pain, throat pain, shoulder pain, discomfort, indigestion and the pain in the upper part of the stomach, some also think that as acidity. Women have more symptoms than men. These types of pains are usually ignored, as they do not have any difficulty in the chest. They think that these are common problems. 

Nerves related to the heart, the lower jaw, neck, shoulders, arms and belly nerves, all of these start from the same point in the spinal cord. They are side by side and mixed. Heart pain sometimes expressed as jaw, shoulders, neck and hand pains. They are usually more physically connected. If such pains start when you work, exercise more, and stop in rest or in relaxing, do not neglect such pains. The pains that arise with other problems will not aggravate with physical activity and exercises.

Swelling of legs

It is natural to swell a little when we stand for a long time. But the swelling of the legs often is suspected. Particularly, swelling of legs is coming up, as a new symptom, it should not be ignored. The body’s organs use nutrients and oxygen, through the veins, the blood returns to the heart. If the heart capacity decreases, this process is affected. On one hand, the blood does not come out of the heart completely, on the other hand, blood from the organs does not reach the heart properly. Inflammation of legs begins when the blood from the leg veins to the heart is damaged. Especially in those who have weak heart functioning. Swelling of the legs can also occur in problems like liver, kidney problems, and blocks in the leg veins. This is why many of these are mistaken as symptoms of other problems.

Time to be alert

Treatment is easy if the symptoms of heart disease are detected beforehand. The problems can be anywhere is blood vessels, valves, heart muscle, heart membrane, heart electrical impulses. Treatment depends on the severity of the problem.  

Weakness, other pains, fatigue, swelling of legs, heart palpitation symptoms are found in many types of problems. When should they be suspected to be symptoms of heart disease?

  • Symptoms are worsening with exercise and physical activity, but reduced in rest.
  • When more than one symptom is seen at the same time (e.g. fatigue and swelling of the legs). 
  • Lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, alcoholism.
  • It is advisable to get a regular heart checkup. Only Doctors can check and diagnose the symptoms and the disease. 
  • Not all the symptoms are related to Heart Disease, but be alert and be aware when you need medical attention.

Take care of your heart when it is whispering, before it starts screaming!

Be Happy, Stay Happy, Stay Safe.

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

11 Amazing Health Benefits of Pomegranate

More and more people have started acknowledging the importance and Health benefits of Pomegranates. In this post you can find its nutritional value, how pomegranates help in stomach disorder, dental care, atherosclerosis, in reducing the symptoms of anemia, fighting against cancer cells, for a healthy skin, benefits of Pomegranate peel and so many.

Pomegranate has been used since ancient times to treat a wide variety of diseases. It is in Greek, Hebrew, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian mythology and writings. Around 1500 BC it was used in the treatment for tapeworm and other parasites.

The fruit can be eaten out of hand by deeply scoring several times vertically and then breaking it apart. The clusters of juice sacs are then lifted out and eaten. The sacs also make an attractive garnish when sprinkled on various dishes. Pomegranate fruits are most often consumed as juice and can be juiced in several ways. The sacs can be removed and put through a basket press or the juice can be extracted by reaming the halved fruits on an ordinary orange juice squeezer. Another approach starts with warming the fruit slightly and rolling it between the hands to soften the interior. A hole is then cut in the stem end which is placed on a glass to let the juice run out, squeezing the fruit from time to time to get all the juice.

red round fruit
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Pomegranate seed extract reduces the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease among the elderly. It helps control aging issues like wrinkles and thus, aids youthful and glowing skin. Other than this, it allows a woman to overcome her depression, especially from the menopause period.

Astringent effect on skin and hemostatic effect in the treatment of nose bleeding and hemorrhoids. 

Pomegranate is used as a gargle for sore throat. It cleanses and clarifies oral cavity, throat, esophagus stomach and chest.

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Best fruit for a healthy Heart
Pomegranate juice is a rich source of antioxidants that protect against Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Scientific research found that pomegranate juice had beneficial antioxidant effects on macrophages, implying that it could reduce the development of atherosclerosis in diabetic patients. Pomegranate juice has been shown to contain more antioxidants than most fruit juices, red wine or green tea.

Antibacterial Properties
Drinking pomegranate juice has been shown to have antimicrobial properties against harmful bacteria that can exist in the stomach, such as Escherichia Coli (E.Coli) or Bacillus subtilis, which can cause painful infections.

Important vitamins and Minerals
Pomegranate juice is high in a number of vitamins and minerals, including 40 percent of the recommended daily requirement of Vitamin C. Other essential vitamins and minerals include Vitamins A and E and folic acid. It enhances health and boosts immunity.

Pomegranate seeds – Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy                             346 kJ (83 kcal)
Carbohydrates                 18.7 g
Sugars                              13.67 g
Dietary fiber                    4 g
Fat                                    1.17 g
Protein                             1.67 g

Vitamins                          Quantity      %DV†

Thiamine (B1)                  0.067 mg    6%
Riboflavin (B2)                 0.053 mg    4%
Niacin (B3)                       0.293 mg    2%
Pantothenic acid (B5)      0.377 mg    8%
Vitamin B6                       0.075 mg    6%
Folate (B9)                       38 μg          10%
Choline                            7.6 mg        2%
Vitamin C                         10.2 mg      12%
Vitamin E                         0.6 mg        4%
Vitamin K                         16.4 μg       16%
Calcium                           10 mg         1%
Iron                                  0.3 mg        2%
Magnesium                     12 mg         3%
Manganese                      0.119 mg    6%
Phosphorus                      36 mg         5%
Potassium                        236 mg       5%
Sodium                             3 mg           0%
Zinc                                  0.35 mg      4%

For Healthy Skin
It helps in preventing the formation of skin cancer by reducing the frequency of lesions. It provides relief from minor skin irritations, such as dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.

Anemia
Healthy blood flow can be maintained in the body by consuming this fruit in any form. Pomegranate seed extract supplies iron to blood and thus, help to decrease the anemic symptoms including fatigue, wooziness and weakness and hair fall.

Protects against Arthritis
Pomegranate juice contains an enzyme inhibitor that prevents enzymes from damaging cartilage in the body. It helps to prevent the onset of or even symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.

Pomegranate as a whole
As per Indian Herbal System, all parts of pomegranate including roots, leaves, flowers, rind, seeds and bark are used medicinally. Pomegranate bark and root contains several alkaloids which fight against tapeworms. Pomegranate bark, leaves, unripe fruit, and fruit rind extracts are given to treat diarrhea, dysentery and hemorrhages, whereas powdered flower buds act as a remedy for nose bleeding.

Cancer
Pomegranates consist of an advanced level of antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoids are thought to be effective in counteracting various cancer radicals. The individuals that face a high risk of prostate and breast cancer should start drinking the juice of this fruit, as this will help them to reduce further risk of developing cancer. Regular consumption of pomegranates can reduce the PSA levels in the body and helps to fight the existing cancer cells in the body.

Dental Care
The best benefit of pomegranate is that its juice, along with its antibacterial and antiviral properties help to reduce the effects of dental plaque.

Stomach Disorder
Pomegranates peel, bark and leaves are used to calm the stomach disorder or diarrhea triggered due to any kind of digestive problems. Drinking tea made from the leaves of this fruit helps in curing digestive problems. Pomegranate juice is also used for handling problems of dysentery and cholera.

Prevention of atherosclerosis:
Pomegranates prevent the hardening of the artery walls with excess fat, leaving your arteries fat free and pumping with antioxidants.

What are the benefits of pomegranate peel?
Do not underestimate the pomegranate peel. The peels prevent the breakdown of collagen, and when applied topically, can promote cell growth. They are also helpful in fighting acne and pimple scars. Sun-dried pomegranate peels, when boiled in water, lead to a concoction with several benefits.
Because of its healing properties, pomegranate peels can effectively fight acne, pimples and rashes. The peels are rich in antioxidants and help in keeping bacteria and other infections away. One can take two spoonful’s of sun-dried and powdered peel and add little milk to it and apply it on the affected part. Let it dry for some time and wash with lukewarm water.

What is the most nutritious part of a pomegranate?
Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. The majority of that fiber is found in the white seeds hiding beneath the pockets of juice. It contains 48 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C intake, important for a variety of health functions.

Recent Research
New therapies for preventing cancer may be on their way as scientists have identified components in pomegranate juice that inhibit the movement of cancer cells. The researchers found that the pomegranate juice treated tumor cells that had not died with the treatment showed increased cell adhesion and decreased cell migration. 

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Sources : https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate#Nutrition

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Self-care during Covid-19 Pandemic

Though people have been practicing self-care, the epidemic of Corona virus continues to grow every day rapidly. Not only creating panic among people but also becoming a major factor of concerning day to day survival. 

Once the social spread begins, we have nothing to do with it. We cannot say from where the virus attacks, from whom we get infection. In this case, everybody should take proper self-care as a responsibility. By following social distance, wearing masks, washing hands with soap often, not coming out of home except for emergency work or need, these four things are very important to prevent the virus spreading. So, all of us should take proper self-care as suggested Dr. B. Ranga Reddy, President of the Infection Control Academy of India.

With the onset of the monsoon season, there is always a threat of other communicable diseases. People need to be very careful. Front line warriors who have been battling corona virus worldwide are also affected by this Covid-19. Nowadays, we can maintain our health by following self-care, self-discipline, personal hygiene, and eating nutritious foods that boost immunity.

Corona virus precautions

  • Wash hands and legs often with soap or sanitizer.
  • Usage of face Mask and sanitizers is mandatory in daily life. You can check when and how to use face masks here.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Areas where rainwater is likely to accumulate in the surrounding areas become habitats for mosquitoes and flies. 
  • The areas where the accumulated water becomes stagnant, like in empty drums, tanks, old junk dumping, coolers, two-wheeler tires and flower pots. These should be cleaned and dried from time to time.
  • There should be proper ventilation so that the air and sunlight enter the house.
  • Extra care should be taken in drainage management. 
  • As a result of the rainy season, naturally cold and humid climate is more likely to cause fungal infections. Skin diseases are also susceptible. Precautionary measures should be taken, as long-term illnesses such as pneumonia, asthma, and sinusitis are more likely to be affected by climate change. 
  • It is important to consult a doctor immediately in case of symptoms of cold, fever and cough, shortness of breath are noticed. In many cases, the virus is spreading without the exposure of any coronal symptoms. If symptoms appear early, treatment can be initiated immediately.
  • Drinking water and consuming food should be vigilant when it rains. Diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, jaundice, and cholera can be caused by drinking contaminated and water.
  • Drinking lukewarm water can help prevent diseases. 
  • Eat hot and hygienic foods help to prevent the infection. Consuming contaminated food can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Diseases such as cholera and diarrhea can spread very easily.
  • Wash vegetables thoroughly before cooking with salt and turmeric mixed water.
  • Maintaining personal hygiene, self-care and leading a healthy lifestyle is crucial.
  • Avoid public gatherings, parties, functions, meetings in offices and other places.
  • Maintaining physical distance at grocery stores, malls.
  • Avoiding people with symptoms can help prevent viral fever and infectious diseases from spreading. 
  • In the face of increasing pressure on hospitals and medical facilities, self-care, nutrition and hygiene and self-quarantine, may limit the spread of the virus. People with lifestyle diseases should take appropriate medication, dietary precautions.
  • Meditation and Yoga help a lot to prevent covid-19.
  • If diagnosed with COVID-19, take appropriate steps and strictly following the advice of a medical professional without losing confidence.

So far no proper vaccine has been found for this dreadful disease. May a correct vaccine or medicine be discovered very soon.

May all of us be blessed with Good Health, happiness and longevity. So be it.

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International Yoga Day

On September 27, 2014, the Indian Prime minister, Shri Narendra Modi put forth his suggestion before the UN General Assembly for celebrating the ‘International Yoga Day’. This was endorsed by 177 member states. From then on, 21st June is being celebrated as International Yoga day. The theme for this year is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family. This is because of the prevailing Covid19 conditions.

Yoga is the most invaluable gift of India to the world. It is a panachea and a solution for many human problems.

In simplest terms, Yoga is the control of one’s own mind. ‘Yogah Chitta Vritthi Nirodhah’ says, the great master Patanjali in Yoga sutra 1.2.

Mind can be our greatest friend if it is under our control. It can be our worst enemy if it is out of our control, says Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Geeta.

Our Minds are extremely habit-bound. They are a slave to habits. You can feed your mind on Good habits and be always joyful and prosperous. Or, you can feed it on bad habits and suffer. Mind not only forms habits; but turns some of them into addictions.

Yoga enables you to master your mind and turn it into your greatest friend. The technique for this is simple. Observe your mind consciously. As you observe it, it starts obeying you and becomes your most faithful servant and friend. But, if you fail to observe your mind, it becomes wayward and drags you along into wrong paths. Whether you want to be its Master or its servant is entirely your choice.

In Viveka Choodamani, Sloka 368, Adi Sankaracharya says, “yogasya prathamam dvaaram vaak-nirodhah’, meaning, your entry into Yoga starts with control over your speech. Your words can please you and others. Or, they can hurt you and others. They are entirely your choice. Control over other sensory outputs also comes later.

Whether you are a beggar or a king, you can be happy only if your mind permits you. If Mind is wayward, you will be highly miserable, even if you are the richest and the most powerful person in the world. History has a whole lot of examples to prove this.

Your outside world can be turbulent. Your inside world  can still be calm and joyful. If you are practicing Yoga.

Start Yoga from this moment – says Patanjali. No time to lose!
So, how do we learn yoga?
Undoubtedly, learning Yoga directly from a good Guru is the best way.
But, suppose, your time, location and circumstances do not permit you to go to a good Guru and learn directly from him.

These are also Corona times. Stressful and risky. Stay home. Stay safe. So, how do you learn and practice Yoga now. Some Great Yoga Gurus of India have put up wonderful videos of their own practices with elaborate description, on YouTube. You can learn the easiest of Asanas and Pranayamas by observing these videos and start practicing them.

Do not practice tough Pranayamas and tough Asanas. Start with the easiest ones which you can. Do them, for a comfortable length of time. Do not over extend beyond your capabilities.

These are basic warnings and they apply to the learning of any skill including Yoga.
Stay within your capabilities initially. You can extend them very gradually.

Are Pranayamas and Asanas the only aspects of Yoga?
No. Actually, there are 8 parts of Yoga. These are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.

Yama is the first step and is self purification in Nature. You need to practice (i) non violence – in thought, word and deed (ii) Truthfulness (iii) non-stealing (iv) Brahmacharyam and (v) non-greed.  I won’t explain the details beyond this. But, mind comes into your control when you start practicing these purification steps. Be practical in following these. But, make reasonable efforts.

Niyama, the second part, comprises – cleanliness, contentment, persistence, self study and contemplating on the divine. These are methods of living and prepare the mind for Yoga.

Asana is the Posture or the way of sitting for yoga practice.

Pranayama is the way of regulating your breath. Both these, you can learn from YouTube videos of Great Gurus.

You don’t need to practice elaborate ways of bending the body for Asanas. Sit comfortably with spine erect and easy in Sahajasana, or Padmasana. You can even sit on a chair and practice, if you can’t sit at all sit on the floor.

Likewise, Avoid intricate Pranayamas. Practice Anulom-Vilom, Kapal bhati, Bhramari and Bhastrika. Do them in simple ways. Enough.

Pratyahara involves turning the mind inwards and away from external world. Pratyahara follows after Asana and Pranayama are practiced for some time.

Dharana – is focusing the mind on some worthy goal and follows Pratyahara.

Dhyana – is remaining calm with the mind focused on a specific Goal, for specified time limits set by you.

Samadhi – is the deepest stage of Dhyana. There are different stages in Samadhi.

Do simple Asanas and Pranayamas now. Sit still in Dhyana, focusing on yourself or your goals  for some time. These are enough and great starters for the present

As you practice more and more, your mind starts refining and refining and acquires powers which you never thought that it was capable of.

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga gives you peace. Yoga gives you happiness. Yoga gives you clarity of thought. Yoga gives you clarity of life. Yoga gives you enormous control on yourself. Yoga gives you great physical and emotional health. Yoga gives you wonderful relationships and keeps you away from problematic relationships.

These are the initial advantages of Yoga. Not the final ones. The final ones are infinite. Don’t bother about them now.

As Patanjali says, get into Yoga right now. You will achieve lots of joy and happiness.
I wish you all progress in Yoga.

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How to raise Vitamin D levels

Today Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a major problem for many of us due to the modern lifestyle, sluggishness, lack of physical exercise, processed food. If we visit the doctor, we will definitely know that we are deficient in any of them. Doctors say many people are suffering from vitamin D deficiency. A level of 20 nanograms/milliliter to 50 ng/mL is considered adequate for healthy people. A level less than 12 ng/mL indicates vitamin D deficiency.

The Human body is a wonderful chemical factory. Some thousands of chemical reactions occur in this living body. Most importantly, we need a sufficient amount of nutrients in order to run the metabolism smoothly. Carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals are all essential nutrients for our body. Lack of any one of these shows a severe effect on our body.

We need this vitamin D for a strong Immune system, bone and tooth health. This vitamin keeps Cardiovascular System and Respiratory System active. This vitamin D is essential for the brain and Central Nervous System to be active and immune. Adequate intake of this vitamin may help prevent certain types of cancer. This vitamin regulates insulin.

Vitamin D is also known as Sunshine Vitamin. It is very important than all vitamins. Natural source of Vitamin D is to exposure to sunlight. It is a great gift given to us, free of cost.  Vitamin D is added to the calcium present in our body and helps to strengthen the bone. In addition to this, we need adequate amounts of vitamin D.

Causes of deficiency

  • Lack of physical activity, obesity, and smoking – all contributed to the increase in vitamin D deficiency. 
  • Not taking Vitamin D rich foods
  • No exposure to sunlight
  • Dark skin (Melanin prevents the skin to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight)
  • Usage of certain medication
  • In some medical conditions, the digestive tract cannot absorb Vitamin D adequately.
  • Sunscreen lotions inhibit Vitamin D absorption naturally.

Signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency

  • Fatigue and extreme tiredness
  • Bone Pains and severe back pain
  • Muscle weakness, pains, cramps
  • Frequent mood changes
  • Increased risk of fractures
  • Rickets
  • Arthritis
  • Hair loss
  • frequent infections
  • Unexplained pains
  • Cognitive problems in elderly people

Vitamin D rich foods

  • Fish and fish oils
  • egg yolks
  • fortified dairy products, cereals and juices
  • Cod liver oil
  • Mushrooms

Lifestyle changes that help increase Vitamin D

  1. Regular exposure to Sunlight
  2. Regular exercise
  3. Make sure your daily diet has Vitamin D

Benefits of taking Vitamin D

  • keeps the bones and teeth healthy
  • Increases Immunity
  • Keeps the Brain and Nervous system active
  • Regulates Insulin levels
  • Keeps the Cardiovascular system healthy
  • Prevents certain types of cancers

Vitamin D supplements are given in the form of injections and tablets. But Doctors say that taking a vitamin D supplement naturally has more benefits than taking a vitamin D pill or injection. 

May God bless all of us with good health and a happy life.

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The Power of Silence

SILENCE – The language of the mind. It is a Yoga, a Yagna and it is a Universal language. Rigveda says – Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides. One has to practice the art of silence to be able to understand its power. One who inherits this Yoga of Silence will always be composed and spreads positive vibes all around. One who possesses this quality, attains great power. As the saying goes that “Speech is silver but Silence is Gold”. If one cannot speak ably, amicably, then it is better to be silent.

Silence always express many wonderful feelings, than words. No other language can express the sweetness of Silence. Great messages and inner teachings were passed on in silence by Great gurus and saints like Adi Shankara, Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Chandrasekhara Saraswati Swamy and others to their disciples to spread their teachings and messages. All the wise men listened to their teachings and prophesied in silence and kept them in their hearts. Silence is a major tool for all spiritual and truth seekers.

Power of Silence

To overcome vak-doshas (speaking rudely, lying, gossiping, jabbering), Silence is the best solution. If the mind is focused on meditation and vibrancy it leads to significant transformation. The most pleasing language of the Divine is silence. When humility and listening are connected to silence, the listener’s perception is increased. Silence contributes immensely to the progress of the disciple as evident from the puranas, like Mahabharatha and Ramayana. In Ramayana, Rama and Lakshmana silently followed the preachings and teachings of sage Viswamitra to overpower the demons in the forest.

When the frogs croak in the rainy season, the cuckoo realizes that it is better to be silent, rather than singing during this period. In the same way an erudite person prefers to be silent rather than speaking in the house of fools. In this context, it is proved beyond doubt that in the course of Observation, Research, Discourses, times of prophetic listening, the inquisitor chooses to be silent.

The prayer of silence is glorious. Silence reduces breath and increases longevity, develops internal energy, mental health and boosts confidence.

The importance given to silence in Patanjali Yogasutras is admirable. It reduces rajas, tamo gunas and promotes Satva guna. The key to salvation is silence.

It is proved many times, that in silence, the inner journey begins and many secrets are revealed.

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

Triphala – Therapeutic Uses

Triphala is an Ayurvedic Herbal preparation, a mixture of “Three fruits”. Amla (Indian Gooseberry) [Amalaki – Phyllanthus Emblica] , Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica). As these three fruits are mixed with equal quantities, this is very powerful.

It is used in the Ayurvedic system for the prevention of various ailments. It’s very popular for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

It is the best natural laxative. It eliminates toxins from Liver and keeps it healthy. It cures certain neurological problems. It is useful in treating asthma. Improves digestion. It balances Tri-doshas (vaata, pittha, kapha doshas) and regulates the immune system. 

It is available as Powder (Churnam), Tablets and liquid form also. It can be taken by mixing in warm water, as a Decoction or with honey. The dosage as prescribed by a qualified doctor.

Benefits of Triphala

  • Improves digestion
  • Improves Liver function by removing toxins that cause Liver damage.
  • In cases of Diarrhoea, indigestion – Triphala Decoction is very useful
  • It is very good for eyes, skin and heart ailments.
  • It also helps in hair growth and prevents grey hair and dandruff.
  • Improves Memory power. 
  • Increases Red Blood Corpuscles
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Reduces acidity.
  • Increases appetite.
  • Protects from Stomach and Urinary tract infections.
  • Increases fertility.
  • Prevents respiratory problems and controls if existed already.
  • Keeps the liver very healthy.
  • Eliminates toxins in the body.
  • Keeping large intestine clean and protects against infections.
  • Cleanses the blood.
  • Prevents overweight.
  • Stopping the bacteria in the body from growing.
  • Also prevents cancer. 
  • Keeps blood pressure under control.
  • Controls the allergy.
  • Controls cholesterol levels
  • Triphala has the power to prevent infections.

Triphala has been used in the treatment of many ailments for more than 1000 years. 

Consult your Ayurvedic practitioner and get the maximum benefits of this wonderful formulation TRIPHALA.

 Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

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