Republic Day, Gaṇarājya, and Ganesha!!

-Prof. Bal Ram Singh

Symbolic representation of nature and deities has been a practice throughout the world, but it is extensively used in India. Understanding meanings of such representations requires deep understanding the culture, and also scientific approach of objectivity and unbiasedness.

The culture, traditions, symbolism, language, communications, etc. are living elements of life for people, that includes living under or creating a political system for governance. A majority of the countries in the world today practices of some form of democracy, even in the mode of monarchy, such as Britain. Of course oldest (United States of America) and largest (India) are representative republic democracies. According to Wikipedia (accessed on January 24, 2020), a republic (Latin: res publica, meaning “public affair”) is a form of government in which the country is considered a “public matter”, not the private concern or property of the rulers. The primary positions of power within a republic are attained, through democracy, oligarchy, autocracy, or a mix thereof, rather than being unalterably occupied. 

India became Republic of India (bharatiya ganarajya; भारतीय गणराज्य) on January 26, 1950, when it adopted the constitution of India, the largest constitution document in the entire world. Interestingly, the gaṇa (used in gaṇarājya to mean kingdom or state of gaṇas) in Sanskrit means flock, troop, multitude, number, tribe, series, or class. While gaṇas are variously described in the history and culture of India, referring to them as members of governing assembly, warriors, farmers, etc. Vrātam Vrātam gaṇam gaṇam (व्रातं व्रातं गणम् गणम् ) Rigveda 3-26-6, these all are ultimately derived from or are linked to Shiva gaṇas, Gaṇapati, and Ganesha.

The gaṇas are in fact Shiva gaṇas, and Ganesha being his son was chosen as their leader by Shiva, hence Ganesha’s title gaṇa-īśa or gaṇa-pati, “lord of the gaṇas” (Wikipedia –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva, accessed January 24, 2020).

According to legends, Shiva gaṇas are attendants of Shiva and live in Kailāśa. They are often referred to as the bhutagaṇas, or ghostly hosts, on account of their nature. Generally benign, except when their lord is transgressed against, they are often invoked to intercede with the lord on behalf of the devotee. The Shiva gaṇas also include nāgās, yakśas, pramathis, pisācās, rākśa gaṇas, vināyakas, guhyākas, manuṣya and deva gandharvas, vidhyādharas, and siddhas. Sadhguru describes gaṇas are described as distorted, demented beings. It is said that they had limbs without bones coming out of odd parts of their bodies, so they are described as distorted and demented beings. (Shiva’s Gaṇas – Demented or Celestial? https://isha.sadhguru.org/in/en/wisdom/article/shivas-gaṇas-demented-or-celestial). According to Sadhguru, Shiva meaning the Yakkśaswarūpa (a celestial being), and the gaṇas, Shiva’s friends, were not like human beings, and it is clearly said that they never spoke any of the human languages. They spoke in utter cacophony when Shiva and his friends communicated. They spoke a language that nobody understood, so human beings described it as total, chaotic cacophony. But the gaṇas were the ones that Shiva was really close with.

The bottom line of the description of gaṇas is that it basically addresses a wide group of people from ghosts and globulins to warrior, rulers, and celestial beings, thus essentially expressing the group as everything seen or perceived in the universe. In other words, they represent Shiva himself, who is the lord of expressed physical world, with Brahmā as the lord of the subtle and creative world, and Viṣṇu as the lord of the causal world, to complete the trilogy concept of Hindu tradition. Ganesha being Shiva’s son despite the legend suggesting he was created by Pārvatī alone, and he being appointed as the lord of the gaṇas, it is important to understand the symbolic features represented by Ganesha. Ganesha is the ideal of gaṇas, meaning that gaṇas are supposed to attain the traits possessed by Ganesha. What are the major traits of Ganesha? Let us consider the following features amongst others shown in the symbolic diagram of Ganesha – large stomach, elephant head, large ears, the hidden mouth, long trunk, and mouse as his vehicle. Interestingly he was not referred to as a Gajesha despite having the head of a gaja or elephant), one can proceed to understand the traits/features of Ganesha in the form of symbolism.

The large head represents the use of wisdom in approaching any problem or hurdles, the large ears mean that one must listen to issues of the day as much as possible, the small hidden mouth symbolizes less need to speak, and the large stomach means big churning or digestion of the information received before making any decisions. The trunk represents flexibility and adaptability of one’s personality for efficient operations. Elephant trunk is the only known organ that can perceive an ant on the ground with its subtle nerve receptors, and it possesses such a gross strength that it can uproot a tree. Such a dynamic range of sense and strength can overcome any obstacle in any person or organism.  Finally, the mouse at the feet of Ganesha represents the complete control over one’s mind and desires for success.

Thus, gaṇatantra or gaṇarājya that is celebrated every year on January 26 must remind people of at least India that they need to aspire to the qualities of gaṇas, with the goal of acquiring and achieving the qualities of Ganesha. This will more than anything help people with their trials and tribulations of life and place their nation above all in the comity of nations of the world today!!

Symbols have been the earliest for way of communications throughout the world, and even today’s writings are basically symbols we put together and call them words, and attach meanings to those words in the context of human experience and observations. This is pretty similar to how we put together atoms to depict molecules, like H2O as water. There is solid understanding behind H2O being written as water in Chemistry, and unless one understands that meaning, it makes no sense to an uninitiated reader. Many of the early scripts, such as Indus script, have not been deciphered even today. Interesting, the Devanāgari script reading activates different and more comprehensive parts of the brain that for example reading Roman script, as demonstrated by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies.

To understand the symbols of Ganesha, for any other deity for that matter, is critical to understand the meaning, and more importantly imbibe the values. Thus, Ganesha is not a religious symbol to divide people, rather a universal symbol to unite people from all walks of life.  A nation or the entire world empowered with such self-knowledge can only be prosperous and peaceful!

Jai Ganesha!

Jay Bharat Gaṇarājya!!

Happy Republic Day!!! 

-Prof. Bal Ram Singh, President, Institute of Advances Sciences, Dartmouth, MA, USA and Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU, Delhi, India

2020 की दस्तक की दास्तां….

डा. अपर्णा (धीर) खण्डेलवाल

उमंग से आए 2020 ने जब दस्तक दी…..

तब नवीन जीवन, नई उमंगों, नई उम्मीदों का सवेरा दिखा।

जनवरी से फरवरी तक सरकते-सरकते, एक नया सा जीव दिखाई पड़ा….

यह कैसा जीव था, जिसकी ना राह पता….ना मंज़िल।

जनजीवन कर दिया ठप, उगी यह कैसी किरण….

इंसानियत तो पहले से ही, बंद थी…..इंसान भी अब हुआ बंद।

मार्च-अप्रैल आते-आते घर बने पिंजरे….

और घुट रहे, पक्षी हुए आज़ाद।

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घूमना-फिरना छोड़कर, खेल-खेल में सीखे कई नए अंदाज़….

ज़िंदगी की चुलबुलाहट को, करीब से समझा सब ने आज।

कई घरों में उजाला, तो कई घरों में अंधेरा दिखा….

कहीं दूर हुए दिल…करीब हुए, तो कहीं करीबी दिल…दूर हुए।

कई चेहरों पर मुस्कुराहट दिखी, तो कई चेहरों पर आंसू…..

कई घरों से किलकारियां सुनाई पड़ी, तो कई घरों से दहाड़े।

मई-जून की इस रफ्तार को, पकड़ा जुलाई-अगस्त ने……

त्योहारों की गूंज ने महकाए, कितने रास्ते।

ना चाहते हुए भी सजे बाज़ार, उमड़ी भीड़ भी….

पर ना थी अब वो रौनक, और ना था अब वो प्यार।

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मास्क लगाए उमड़ा था, जनसैलाब….

खौफ को गले लगाएं, पटरी पर सरक रहा था जीवन।

अब ना सावन के झूले थे, ना राखी की वो मिठास….

‘गणपति बप्पा मोरिया’ रह गया, बस बनकर घर की बात।

गरबे की वो धूम, दुर्गा का शक्तिमान स्वरूप…..

पंडालों की जगमगाहट से पहुंचा, virtual platform पर खूब।

डर को समेटे हुए, खुशियों को बिखेरते हुए….

बढ़ रहा था सितंबर-अक्टूबर।

दीयों की रोशनी लिए खड़ा था, दिवाली का त्यौहार…

शहनाइयों की गूंज लिए, सज रहा था नवंबर।

दिसंबर के आते ही, मन में खुशी की लहर फिर से दौड़ी….

लगने लगा, बस यही था 2020 का सिलसिला और कड़ी।

पीछे मुड़कर देखा, तो पता चला….

कितने अस्तित्व इस साल दफ़न हुए और कितने जले।

इस साल ना शादियों की धूम रही, ना रही बैंड बाजे की आवाज़….

ना जन्म का स्वागत हुआ, ना मरण का शोक।

Source of image : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-times/covid-19-is-making-the-big-fat-indian-wedding-smaller-and-leaner-survey/articleshow/78850910.cms

होड़ थी, बस खुद को बचाने की… 

और इसी दौड़ में मिल गया समय खूब, खुद को समझने का।

निराशा से भरे इस साल ने दिखाए, जीने के अनेक नए रास्ते….

‘संतोष’ ही है असली वैभव, अच्छे जीवन के वास्ते।

दबे पांव आए, अनेक रूपों में अवतरित होते हुए 2020 ने…..

कई मायनों में अपने-पराए का भेद समझाया।

पटरी से उतर रहे जीवन को…..

फिर से पटरी पर ठहराया।

जो तो यह समझ पाए, उन्होंने खुशी से 2020 को अपनाया….

जो ना समझ पाए, उन्होंने गम से 2020 को गवाया।

कई संवेदनाओं को लिए, कई हौसलों को दिये जा रहा है 2020…..

समय की चौखट पर, दस्तक देने जा रहा है 2021

2020 की सीख को लिए निरंतर बढ़ रहे हैं हम….

गति जीवन की सदा निर्बाधित रहे, प्रार्थना करते हैं हम।

Dr. Aparna (Dhir) Khandelwal, Assistant Professor, School of Indic Studies, INADS, Dartmouth

विश्व लॉक, जीवन अनलॉक

डॉ. धनंजय भंज

हम मानव विज्ञान का क्या-क्या कर बैठे।

हर साधन में संशाधन का विनाश कर बैठे।

समस्या से परे सिर्फ समाधान को ढूंढे।

बिन जल चातक जैसा बेसहारा हो बैठे ॥१॥

लॉकडाउन मेरे लिए तो नयी सोच का माध्यम बना।

विश्वकल्याण में जीवन समर्पित पीडितों के लिए संवेदना ॥

धन्य है सब भारतवासी जो बने रक्षक देवस्वरूप।

धन्य है मेरी भारतमाता परिवेश को दिया नया स्वरूप ॥२॥

जिन्दगी कभी निराश न थी, शराफतों से उसे गले लगाएं।

प्रकृति माँ की गोद में क्षणभर तो अपना समय लगाएं॥

खुशी के आंसू से भी तन-मन, अधिक उष्ण, अति गंभीर।

कुछ तो कमी कभी न थी, फिर भी जीवन क्यों अधीर?॥३॥

जिस नदी में माँ को पाया, उस गंगा को रौंद दिया।

जिस मिट्टी से लिया अनाज, उसे तो कब से कब्र दिया॥

विकास के नाम विनाश को, किस प्रकार से न्यौता दिया।

कालापानी सा एकान्तवास, जीवन को कुछ अर्थ दिया॥४॥

अब ना धूल, ना कहीं धुंआ, खेत-बागान भी सदा प्रफुल्लित।

गंगा यमुना की बात छोड़ों, समुद्र तट भी प्रसन्नचित्त॥

 शिल्प प्रतिष्ठान, उद्योग जगत, बस-रेल-जहाज कैसे शान्त।

 कोरोना ग्रास ही इन्सा को, सिखा गया क्या इन्सानीयत॥५॥

 परिवेश से प्रेम करें, नद-नदी तो सब अपने हैं।

 प्रकृति से प्यार करें, जीव जन्तु इसके अपने हैं॥

 दुखः के वक्त ये साथ हमारे,  इसी बात को समझाएं।

 परिजनों से दोस्ती जैसी, वैसे धरती को अपनाएं॥६॥

अब तो जाएगा कोरोना, खुल जाएंगे बन्धन सूत्र।

जीवन फिर से सिखलाएगा नैसर्गिक वातावरण-मन्त्र॥

आओ मिलाएं सब सुर, सबका हाथ, सबका मन।

अभी भी समय है  देर नहीं, परिवेश का करें जतन॥७॥

वैद्य-पुलिस-शासन-प्रशासन कोरोना वीर कहलाते।

पर्यावरण का रक्षक बनें, स्वयं को रक्षावीर बनाते॥

एकान्तवास में कवि-चित्रकार, नवीन  सोच से पुनः प्रबुद्ध।

किताबें बने, सिनेमा बनें, परिवेश के लिए हो समर्पित॥८॥

कोरोना लोकडाउन लाया, दिशाहीन गति जीवन लाया।

भूल समस्या सांसारिक सब प्रकृति शरण में बैठा पाया॥

है क्या जीवन? कैसे जीएं? यही बात संभवतः समझाया।

परों के लिए सोचने वाले, किसको-किसको अपनाया॥९॥

परमेश्वर की कृपा धरा में, पुनः संचरित नवजीवन।

प्रकृति प्रेमियों कागज बात, भूल में भी अब करो मनन॥

देश बचाओ, बचे सभ्यता, वसुधा बचे व प्राणिजगत।

नवोदय हो अस्तमित रवि, किरणे सदा हों दिव्य-अमृत॥१०॥

वेदों में निहित, चरक प्रणीत, शास्त्रोल्लिखित सार वर्णित।

आयुर्वेद, गीता, भगवत्-नीति-नियमों का हो पालन ॥

भूले बिसरे सनातनीय परम्परा, फिर बने सहारा।

जीवन बने मधुर, असीम परमत्व को करे मनन॥११॥ 

बाइबल-कुरान-गुरुग्रंथों से प्राप्त करें हम अमूल्य सुधा।

कोरोना-निरोधी अभियान, अब विश्वपटल में हो प्रतिष्ठा॥

सकल जीवन, चराचर हो, हो अथवा नद-वन-निर्झर।

अमृतवर्षा कण-कण में अधूरा  जीवन बने मुखरित॥१२॥

हे करुणेश्वर! करो करुणा, हे मानवजाति! करो यह प्रण।

प्रयासरत हो सफल बनें, कोरोना व्याधि से मिले जीवन॥

आत्म-मंथन से राह ढूंढना नि:सार प्रयास, बेकार खोज।

करुणामय की अपार कृपा से विश्वगुरु फिर भारत आज॥१३॥

विकार मन में अस्थिरता कोरोना जैसी अराजकता।

गुरु-ज्ञान से विश्वबंधुता यह पाठ सिखाए कोरोना॥

जाति-धर्म-व वर्ण भूलकर विश्वनियन्ता शरण में जाएं।

संकटकाल का करें निवारण न प्रयास सार्थक रुक जाए॥१४॥

जीवन क्या है? संघर्ष क्या है?अधूरा संघर्ष बिना जीवन।

कोरोना एक ज्वलंत दृष्टांत, मिटेगी बाधा – मिटेगा बंधन॥

उगेगा सूरज संभावनाओं का, आत्मनिर्भर राष्ट्र का विश्वास।

शिथिल अस्तमित शुष्क-शून्यता प्राण-वाक् अन्नमय वास॥१५॥

Dr. Dhananjaya Bhanja, Life Member, WAVES, India & Sub-Editor, Vishwasya Vrutant Newspaper. 

आत्म–शोधन और आत्म-नियन्त्रण ही है जीने की कला

Dr. Poonam Ghai

आज विज्ञान और टेक्नोलॉजी की तरक्की के कारण इतने संसाधन विकसित हो गये हैं कि मनुष्य के आराम, मनोरंजन और रहन-सहन के ढंग में बहुत परिवर्तन आ गया है। बिजली का उत्पादन कई गुना बढ़ गया है, लेकिन ह्रदय में अंधकार भी उतना ही बढ़ गया है। कभी चिन्तन करिए कि ऐसा क्यों हो रहा है? इसके पीछे हमारी विचारधारा, कुंठित और स्वार्थी सोच, धर्म-संस्कृति के लिए अत्यधिक संकुचित विचार और भी न जाने क्या-क्या कारण हैं। एक स्वस्थ, शालीन और सद्भावपूर्ण जीवन के लिये मानवता को क्या करना चाहिए ? इस पर विचार करने की ज़रूरत है। भौतिकवाद और सुविधावाद के युग में व्यक्ति-व्यक्ति से अलग हो गया है। यही सब विचार मनोविज्ञान की ओर हमें ले जाते हैं। हम जैसा सोचते हैं वैसे ही दृष्टि हमारी बनती है, वैसा ही जीवन हम जीने लगते हैं।

इस सत्य से कोई इन्कार नहीं कर सकता कि हमारे उत्कर्ष के प्रथम एवं महत्त्वपूर्ण साधन हैं – हमारी स्वस्थ और सक्षम ज्ञानेन्द्रियाँ। परन्तु इन्द्रियों का प्रवर्तक है- ‘मन’। मन शरीर का नयन और नियमन दोनों करता है। यदि मन शुद्ध और पवित्र बन जाये तो हमारे जीवन की धारा बदल जायेगी। वैदिक मन्त्रदृष्टा ऋषि इसी बात को यजुर्वेद के शिवसंकल्प सूक्त के माध्यम से कहते हैं –

सुषारथिरश्वानिव यन्मनुष्यान्नेनीयतेऽभीशुभिर्वाजिन इव ।

हृत्प्रतिष्ठं यदजिरं जविष्ठं तन्मे मनः शिवसङ्कल्पमस्तु  34.6

जो मन हर मनुष्य को इन्द्रियों के लगाम द्वारा उसी प्रकार घुमाता है, जिस प्रकार एक कुशल सारथी लगाम द्वारा रथ के वेगवान अश्वों को नियन्त्रित करता एवं उन्हें दौड़ाता है, आयु रहित (अजर) तथा अति वेगवान व प्राणियों के हृदय में स्थित मेरा वह मन शुभ संकल्प युक्त अर्थात सुंदर एवं पवित्र विचारों से युक्त हो।

Just as a good charioteer makes the horses run according to his commands so they go where he wants them too, so too the mind can guide a man towards his desire and by restraining animal instincts lead to that dweller in the heart who is immortal and free of turmoil, my mind may you have good intentions.

इसीलिए भारतीय सभ्यता एवं संस्कृति में कथित जीवन-दर्शन शाश्वत है, त्रैकालिक, सार्वजनीक, सार्वदेशिक माना जाता है। लेकिन वर्तमान में सब कुछ जानते समझते हुए भी एक होड़ मची हुई है, सब कुछ पा लेने की। इसी होड़ ने आज के हालात पैदा कर दिए हैं। हर समय असंतोष का जो भाव है उसी ने कुदरत के साथ छेड़छाड़ करने की हमारी प्रवृत्ति बना दी।

जब आवे सन्तोष धन सब धन धूरि समान

(तुलसीदास)

हर कोई आज कोरोना के डर के साये तले जीने को मजबूर है। हमारे देश भारत में 30 जनवरी को पहला मरीज कोरोना संक्रमित मिला था और 7 मई को यह आंकड़ा 50 हज़ार पर पहुंच गया और आज इन आंकड़ों के बारे में सोचकर भी भय लगता है और लगता है, कि जैसे हम कोई बहुत ही बुरा स्वप्न देख रहे हैं जो जल्दी टूटे और हम अपनी उसी दुनिया मे फिर से आ जाएं। इतने लोगों की बीमारी और मौत एक बार हर व्यक्ति को डरा अवश्य रही है, लेकिन डरने के बावजूद अभी भी हम अपनी कमियों को स्वीकारने के स्थान पर इन सारी परिस्थितियों के लिए अन्य चीज़ों पर दोषारोपण करने से चूक नहीं रहे। मानव जीवन भौतिक, आर्थिक, मानसिक और आध्यात्मिक स्तरों पर बार-बार चोट खाकर भी सबक नहीं ले रहा।  कोरोना वायरस के सामने हम निरुपाय हैं, हमारा विज्ञान और तकनीक भी असहाय हैं।

कोरोना महामारी ने मनोवैज्ञानिक रूप से हमें तोड़ा है और छोटी-छोटी सी घटनाओं का भी हम पर बहुत प्रभाव पड़ा है। मई महीने की घटना है, लॉकडाउन के कारण सभी में किसी तरह भी अपने घर पहुंचने की होड़ थी और कुछ मजदूर इसी आपाधापी में रेलवे की पटरियों पर पैदल ही चले जा रहे थे लेकिन होनी देखिए कि ट्रेन से कुचलकर मारे गए। इस हादसे के बारे में समाचार में बताया गया कि पटरियों पर मजदूर कट गए और चारों तरफ उनकी रोटियां जो रास्ते मे खाने के लिए वे ले जा रहे थे, बिखर गयीं यह घटना मन को व्यथित करती है कि सारी कहानी सिर्फ रोटी की ही होती है क्या? रोटी कमाने ही बेचारे यह लोग परदेस गए और इस आपदा के काल में रोटी के लिए ही चार पैसे कमाकर घर लौटना चाहते थे। लेकिन होनी इतनी प्रबल रही की रेलवे पटरियों पर उनके शरीर का तो अंत हुआ ही रोटी की कहानी भी खत्म हो गई।

यह सब देखकर भी हम लोग कुछ समझ नहीं पाते।  आज हमें कोरोना से बचने के लिए कुछ नियमों का पालन करने को कहा जाता है जो आज के हालातों में बचे रहने का एकमात्र उपाय है और यह हम सभी जान समझ रहे हैं लेकिन फिर भी इन हालातों से समझौता करने की जगह बहुत से लोग सरकार, व्यवस्था, समाज, अपने परिवार और यहां तक कि ईश्वर को भी कोसना नहीं छोड़ पा रहे। भगवान ने ऐसा क्यों किया? यही उनका प्रश्न होता है और यह कभी मनन किया किसी ने कि कुदरत, प्रकृति या ईश्वर भी शायद कुछ सन्तुलन करने के मूड में है अब। इतनी बेईमानी, भ्रष्टाचार, लूट-खसोट, बलात्कार और न जाने किन-किन बुराइयों से भरे हुए इस विश्व को जैसे एक सज़ा मिली है। अपनी लाइफ एन्जॉय करने का जो फंडा लोगों पर हावी हो गया था उसे आज के हालातों ने तोड़कर रख दिया है। रोज कहीं होटल में खाना या बाहर से मंगाकर खाना, घूमना फिरना सैर सपाटे, जश्न क्लब किटी-पार्टी सब पर काफी दिन रोक रही और अब भी अंकुश तो है ही। लम्बी सूची है उन चीजों की जिन पर आज नियंत्रण है लेकिन कोविड-19 से पहले यही चीजें ज़िन्दगी का हिस्सा हो गयी थीं। घर के खाने से दूर एक फोन पर खाना ऑर्डर होता था और होम डिलीवरी होती थी। उस खाने से शरीर को क्या नुकसान थे यह सोचने की फुर्सत ही किसको थी। दलील यह दी जाती थी कि ‘मैं तो बिना बाहर का खाए जी ही नहीं सकता / सकती’। ऐसे लोगों से पूछना चाहिए कि अब कैसे जी रहे हैं? कहने का मतलब वह हर काम जिसे हम सालों से करते आ रहे थे और उसे करने के पक्ष में अपनी बेसिर पैर की दलीलें देते थे, उन्हीं चीजों को आज जब हमसे छीन लिया गया है तो भी हम जी रहे हैं। कुदरत ने हमें अपनी राह पर चलने के लिए बहुत आगाह किया लेकिन हम आगाह होना तो दूर बल्कि और भी इन चीज़ों में संलिप्त होते गए तो कुदरत ने भी अपना करिश्मा दिखाया कि लो जिन चीजों के बिना तुम जी नहीं सकते थे अब देखो कैसे जिया जाता है?

अभी भी लोगों में बहुत सन्ताप और असंतोष की भावना है। सोचिये आज के समय में वे ही लोग ज़्यादा दुखी और परेशान हैं जो सिर्फ अपना देख रहे हैं। ‘स्व’ में रहने की आदत या मजबूरी ने ही हमें दुखी और व्यथित किया हुआ है। प्राचीन काल में हमारी संस्कृति ‘वसुधैवकुटुम्बकम्’ एवं ‘सर्वेभवन्तुसुखिनःसर्वे सन्तुनिरामयाः’ का उद्घोष करती थी। आज भारत की उसी जीवन-शैली को जन-जन की जीवन-शैली बनाना होगा।

वस्तुतः चुनौती से संघर्ष करने का अनुभव कराने वाले कोरोना महासंकट ने हमें सिखाया है कि केवल उपभोक्तावादी संस्कृति से अब जीवन नहीं चलेगा। उसमें आध्यात्मिक दृष्टि लानी ही होगी। अनुशासन से परिपूर्ण आत्म-शोधन और आत्म-नियन्त्रण ही इसकी नींव है। क्यों न हम ऐसा माने कि मानो कोरोना कोई शिव जी का गण है जो दुनिया की सारी बुराई का नाश कर हमें पुनः जीने की कला सिखाने के लिए भेजा गया है ताकि इस धरती पर मानव और प्रकृति के बीच सन्तुलन बना रहे। इससे न केवल हमारा मानसिक तनाव कम होगा और स्वस्थ रहकर हम कोरोना जैसी महामारियों से सदैव बचे रहेंगे। इस समय बहुत ज़्यादा भविष्य का सोचकर अपने को परेशान नहीं करना चाहिए। हम जियेंगे तो भविष्य भी रहेगा और हम तभी जी पाएंगे जब तन और मन से स्वस्थ होंगे।कबीरदास जी की बानी आज के माहौल में बहुत ही सटीक बैठती है-

कबिरा सोच न साचिये जो आगे कू होय।

सीस चढ़ाए पोटली ले जात न देख्या कोय।।

सच में सोचना किस बात का? सिर पर रखकर तो कुछ ले नहीं जाना है सब यहीं रह जाएगा।

Dr. Poonam Ghai, Associate Professor, Sanskrit, R.S.M (P.G.) College, Dhampur, Bijnor

The Fortune of Being a Senior Citizen 

Dr. C.L. Prabhakar

sataminnu sarado anti devahyatra nascakra jarasam tanunam

putraso yatra pitaro bhavanti mano madhyareerishatayurgantoh

“Oh you Gods! A lovely hundred years (Śarad seasons) stand before us with in the given span of lifetime. Kindly, do not trouble our mortal physical frame, until we reach to a certain age. The next generation can take charge and get ready to bear the responsibilities of becoming fathers in turn.”

Rigveda 1.89.9

Ramayana expressed a truth that death is natural to all beings while life and living is change. But if a being lives long breathing (svāsan) healthily then we consider him to be fortunate. In other words, if prāṇa-śakti is live, healthy, it is a blessing and the person would be able to witness many things for long time upon this Earth. Therefore, to grow into the stage of senior citizen for any being born on Earth is Fortunate. Here when Valmiki employed the word ‘Svāsa’ he seems to imply health, active life in the granted span of time. Svāsa is the prāṇa and when it is intact activity could be done with such vigour and enthusiasm. Further we have a prayer to Rudra ‘Prathamo Daivyo Bhishak’ (SYV 16 Ch). He needs to bless us long life followed by assurances of health and detachments of unwanted strings of responsibilities. This would help for all to subsist that period of life to go for gains like: friends, health, wealth, and above all sustained memory. In Camaka prasanga of Yajurveda, we have many articles of life programs enlisted. All of them are lending support for hope and optimistic aspirations for necessary comfort. Thereby our faculties and activity shall not be passive. In principle, we have asked for 35 optimistic desires and conditions to go safe with us until the end of being a senior citizen. There are hundreds of positive desires to stay and be fruitful to us in life. For example, one can see developments in various dimensions of life like, family, profession, contacts, religious and spiritual events and distinctions. Such long life leads to growth into being a ‘Śatāyuṣī’ (of hundred years). Right from the age eighty and more years of age, the person is styled as Śatāyuṣī and there are many āśirvāda mantras Veda and other scriptures to confirm health and peace in the life thereafter for the persons in. Prayer is unfailing measure of attainments being proved a Boon and Bonus.

As we are born and brought up as the child of the creator Prajāpati, Atharvaveda, lends a scope by confirming a blessings thus: to reach the old age. Kalidasa too has given the scheme of life:

Saisave abhysata vidyanam Yauvane vishayeshinam!

vardhake muni vruttinam yogenante tanu tyajam!!

Raghuvamsa 1.8

Which means from boyhood to 25 years, earn knowledge as much as possible. Learn arts and sciences as much as possible further. Growing young (25 to 50 years of age) one would enjoy the pleasures, acquisitions and stabilization for richness and sharing, etc. It is stage to gather wealth and properties and discharge responsibilities in many fronts. While at advanced age from fifty years and more; one has to live like a saint and finally with the practice of discipline of Yoga one to prepare to leave the body at the conclusion of living. Moreover, in old age practice the activities gravitating towards those activities of sages and saints and at end yoking the mind with the Absolute. Later evict the soul from body to attain Emancipation.

The motto of life need be, as Kalidasa continues to advise: whatever riches or wealth amassed, gift away at senior age. For a balanced safety, ‘talk judiciously’, eat fewer amounts of food for health. Thus, prepare for peaceful existence and exit.

Tyaagaya smbhrutarthanm Satyaya mita bhashinam!

yasase vijigeeshunam prajayai gruhamedhinam!!

Raghuvamasa 1.7

Taittiriya Upanishad too exhorts the same in its section on Vedic Convocation (vedamanucyacaryo antevasinamanusasti…). In this manner, on the one hand, we can also follow the instructions provided by our great thinkers and on the other gain indications and measures done profusely from our scriptures for an aspirant course of life at old age.

Moreover, the set of four aims marked for people namely Dharma, Artha , Kāma and Mokṣa constitute as their pastimes. An urge is cultivated to make them fulfilled greatly. Also four āśramas (stages of life) are suggested to individuals keeping reverence to worldly life, past times and workable activities, which are – Bhrahmacarya, Gruhastha, Vānaprastha and sanyāsa. Vānaprastha considers as the high time to go up to Śatāyuṣī. It is a stage to elevate mind and adopt the spiritual practices like Yoga, worship, dhyāna, jāpa, prāṇāyāma and more for peace and complacency. When a person turn older, they have to attend personal upliftment which they could not attend during their age of storm. At advanced age it is necessary to turn to Vedanta and mingle with the divine interest. Yajurveda Chapter 18 opens with the mantra that one has to look for the divya vajas that uplifts the life. Divya vajas are the things that would be of utility, personal, impersonal and universal. This is the most crucial time as the parents are in at the edge of old age which is full of experiences of life and eager to enlighten their next generation.

Every day is precious, a gain and a bonus after certain senior age for everybody. Personal ego need at least be reduced and in its place the divine importance is to be installed. So, to live the age of any senior for long with health and peace one needs ‘śānti karmas’ religiously. They begin from Ṣaṣṭhi purti (60 years) of age and go up to Śatāyuṣī. Every decade, after sixty years all need śānti ceremonies. This involves invoking the blessings of elders, gods and the departed ancestors in the lineage on installment basis. Religious observances (tapas of convenient order) add to the effort of seniority.

The flow of time (Kāla) is like river which never turns back. The clock for a senior person is very important and so one has to be mindful. There is a suggestion that one has to do dharma

Ajara amaravat prajnah vidyam artham ca sadhayet|

gruhita iva keseshu mrutyuna dharma macaretḥ||

Hitopadesa

The verse suggests in the course of life, vidyā and Artha need be earned as though mṛtyu is grasping hairs.

Āchārya Śankara says in one of his stotras advises- ‘please reduce the ego and pride everyday little by little to reach zero level (aharahar va garvam parityajyatam). When ego is removed scope for benefits would be at gain. Here, Śankara hints that it is in our hands to send away ego and negativity from us. Śṛi Kṛśṇa gave the importance to a fact that one should uplift by himself as self is all in all and never self be demeaned.

uddharet atmana atmanam naatmanam avasadayet

atmaivahyatmano bandhuh atmaiva ripuratmanah  !!

Bhagavadgītā 6.8

One has to help oneself to uplift. Never one should demean his own self. Self is the friend to self, but self is enemy to one’s own self. Kṛśṇa means here self-reliance is the formula of happiness and more so when people reach senior age. Relations usually neglect the requests.

Self is noble and personal too. Seniors are at the verge of evening walk of life, meaning exit remains closer. Realizing that, they should monitor their time with care and commitment. They must take assistance only when they should. Kṛśṇa said in the Bhagavadgītā that one should uplift oneself. Such instruction is a mark of wisdom to the people, more so at senior stage since children and relations grow busy in their own way.

When seniors practice Vedāntic way of life, realizing its worth in reality, then they would be near peace and in peace too. This piece will help happy ending, the conclusion of life on earth. For any senior individual, death without any hazels and life with no dependence is desirous.

These two are possible when we turn spiritual and revering the divine. This fortune is obtainable by Yoga, which includes dhyāna and accessories to them. Also, one should adopt the inclination of mind to vote for the sense of vairāgya. The awareness of the body, house and township, etc. need not be bothered at invariably. Truly speaking our body is a Traveller’sBungalow taken for lease for a period. But while enjoying ‘be neutral and uncommitted’ like the lotus leaf in a pond (Padmapatra iva ambhasa). For this way of adopted living the mind is to be disciplined and that is possible through the instructions by a guru and practice of them regularly.

The constant prayer is:’ whatever advancement in age and wealth possessed should be prosperous and helpful owing to the effort which is the form of Yajña. One always need to remember the Upaniśadic truth:

 ‘mrutyorma amrutam gamaya’

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

 move from material problems to ultimate pathway of spirituality and the immortality

When God’s grace subsists life of a senior is a FORTUNE and a true BONUS. It is so because Earth, the bhuloka, is the most beautiful loka of lokas. We have attestations given to us in the works of great sages, authors like Kalidasa, Bana and several others in the world Literature. Added to that there would be scope to wash off follies and sins in order to get higher planes of happiness and Nirvāṇa.

In a nutshell, to live a full period of Senior citizen as granted by the providence is a boon. It should be appropriately employed for personal and universal welfare by controlling emotions. Mind can be managed pleasant by studying relevant scriptures. He would have the scope to experience Bhoga, Bhāgya, Saubhāgya and Mokṣa.

Dr. C.L Prabhakar, Professor, Sanskrit & President, WAVES, Bangalore Chapter

आर्यों का आगमन : हीनता और बँटवारें का एजेण्डा

Sh. Alok Kumar Dwivedi

हरियाणा के हिंसार जिले में सरस्वती और दृषद्वती नदियों के शुष्क क्षेत्र में स्थित राखीगढ़ी, सिंधु घाटी सभ्यता का भारतीय क्षेत्रों में धालवीरा के पश्चात् दूसरा विशालतम् ऐतिहासिक नगर है। 5th September, 2019 को प्रतिष्ठित पत्रिका ‘Cell’ में प्रकाशित शोध An Ancient Harappan Genome Lacks Ancestry from Pastoralists and Iranian Farmersने भारतीय पुरातन ऐतिहासिक विमर्श को नया आयाम प्रदान किया है। राखीगढ़ी से प्राप्त एक नर कंकाल जो कि लगभग 2500 ईसा०पू० का है, के डी०एन०ए० जाँच के बाद Deccan College of Archaeology के प्रो.वसन्त शिंदे तथा डी.एन.ए. वैज्ञानिक डा. नीरज राय ने दावा किया कि हड़प्पा सभ्यता को विकसित करने वाले भारतीय उपमहाद्वीप के लोग थे। आर्य और द्रविड़ सभ्यता में संघर्ष के कोई निशान नहीं मिले हैं। आर्य भारतीय उपमहाद्वीप के थे तथा मोहनजोदाडो, हड़प्पा सभ्यता और वैदिक काल के लोग एक ही थे।यहाँ के लोग ईरान और मध्यएशिया में व्यापार और खेती करने गये थे|

मिथ्या प्रचार का कारण

2018 में इस अध्ययन से सम्बन्धित पहला ड्राफ़्ट निकला था जिसमें बताया गया था कि यहाँ मिले कंकालो में ‘R-1 A-1’ जीन नहीं पाया गया था जो कि मध्यएशिया में पाया जाने वाला एक सामान्य जीन है। यह इस बात को ग़लत ठहराती है कि भारत को संस्कारित, समृद्ध एवं कौशलयुक्त बनाने हेतु मध्यएशिया से आर्य भारत आए अर्थात् यह शोध आर्यों के आगमन के सिद्धान्त (Aryan Invasion Theory) को चुनौती देता है। इस शोध के अनुसार आर्य और अनार्य का भेद निरर्थक है। सभी लोग यहीं के मूल निवासी हैं। औपनिवेशिक युग में भारत में आर्य और अनार्य का भेद कर आर्य और द्रविड़ संघर्ष की बात कर यूरोपीय देशों ने एक ओर भारत में आन्तरिक फूट और हलचल करने का प्रयत्न किया तो वहीं दूसरी ओर ‘आर्य मध्यएशिया और यूरोप से आए’ ऐसा कहकर भारतीय स्थानीय लोगों के असभ्य होने का भी प्रचार किया। उनका उद्घोष था कि मध्यएशिया और यूरोप से आर्य भारत आकर यहाँ की बर्बर और असभ्य स्थानीय अनार्यों को दक्षिण भारत की ओर खदेड़ दिया तथा भारत के उत्तरी भागों में वेदों और अन्य ग्रंथो की रचना कर ज्ञान का प्रसार किया। इस प्रकार यूरोपियों की चाल यह साबित करने की थी कि भारतीय ज्ञान परम्परा एवं मनीषा यहाँ बाहर से आयी है। अंग्रेज़ों ने 16वीं शताब्दी में इंग्लिश ईस्ट इण्डिया कम्पनी के रूप में अपने आगमन को आर्यों के द्वितीय आगमन (2nd Aryan Invasion) के रूप में प्रदर्शित करना प्रारम्भ किया। इस प्रकार अंग्रेजों ने यह प्रचारित किया कि भारतीय लोग असभ्य, बर्बर, अवैज्ञानिक तथा रूढ़िवादी हैं। अतः बाइबिल की मान्यता के अनुसार उनका यह दायित्व है कि वे इन्हें सभ्य बनावें। इसके साथ ही आर्यों के आगमन सिद्धांत के सहारे उन्होंने आर्य-अनार्य, बाहरी वनाम स्थानीय एवं आर्य – द्रविड़ के मध्य संघर्ष को हवा देकर अपनी साम्राज्यवादी प्रवृत्ति को सफल बनाते रहे। पर यह नवीन खोज भारतीय परम्परा, विरासत एवं संस्कृति के उन्नत स्तर को स्थापित करने एवं स्थानीय वनाम बाहरी के आपसी विवाद को समाप्त करने की दिशा में इतिहास को नए रूप में विचार हेतु विमर्श एवं लेखन का अवसर प्रदान करती है।

वास्तविकता

सिंधु घाटी सभ्यता जो (5000-3500) ई०पू० पूरे विश्व की प्राचीनतम सभ्यता मानी जाती है। उसकी विशेषता है कि यह एक नगरीकृत सभ्यता थी।उस समय विश्व के अनेक भागों मे अनेक सभ्यतायें थी- सुमेर सभ्यता (2300-2150) ई०पू०, बेबेलोनिया सभ्यता (2000-400) ई०पू०, ईरान की सभ्यता (2000-250) ई०पू, मिस्र की सभ्यता (2000-150) ई०पू०, ग्रीस (यूनान) की सभ्यता (1450-150) ई०पू० इत्यादि। इन सभी में सिंधु घाटी सभ्यता सर्वाधिक विकसित थी। भवन निर्माण हेतु वास्तुकला, चित्रित धूसर मृदभाण्ड, रथ, आभूषण बनाने की कला, स्नानागार, कृषि का ज्ञान, अनाजों के संरक्षण की व्यवस्था इत्यादि सिन्धु घाटी सभ्यता की उत्कृष्टता को प्रदर्शित करते हैं। इस प्रकार भारत प्रारम्भ से ही विभिन्न क्षेत्रों में अग्रणी रहा है और वेद, उपनिषद, ब्राह्मण, आरण्यक इत्यादि भारत के स्थानीय लोगों द्वारा ही रचित हैं, ऐसा विचार नवीन शोध उद्भाषित करती है। अतः यह अतिशयोक्ति नहीं कि आने वाले समय में Aryan Invasion Theory के स्थान पर Out of India को स्वीकार किया जाने लगे कि विश्व में ज्ञान का प्रचार भारत से ही हुआ। आर्य और द्रविड़ को प्रजाति के आधार पर विभाजित करना भी अब वर्तमान वैज्ञानिक शोध के अनुसार अमान्य है। कैम्र्बिज विश्वविद्यालय के Estonian Biocentre के निर्देशक  Prof. Kivisild T, तातूर विश्वविद्यालय के शोधछात्र तथा ज्ञानेश्वर चौबे ने अपने अनुसंधान में यह सिद्ध किया कि सारे भारतवासी जीन अर्थात् गुणसूत्रों के आधार पर एक ही पूर्वजों की संताने हैं। आर्य और द्रविड़ का कोई भेद गुणसूत्र के आधार पर नहीं मिलता तथा जो आनुवंशिक गुणसूत्र भारतवासियों में पाए जाते हैं वे डी॰एन॰ए० गुणसूत्र दुनिया के किसी भी अन्य देश में नहीं पाए जाते। इस प्रकार आर्य कोई प्रजाति जो बाहर से भारत आए ऐसा नहीं है वरन इसका अर्थ है कि श्रेष्ठ आचरण करने वाला जिसमें श्वेत, पितरक्त, श्याम, अश्वेत सभी लोग शामिल हैं –

महकुलकुलीनार्यसभ्यसज्जनसाधव: (अमरकोश 7/3)

इस प्रकार भारतीयों में उनकी समृद्ध विरासत एवं ज्ञान परम्परा के प्रति हीन भावना विकसित करने का षड्यन्त्र यूरोपियों द्वारा किया गया, जिसके प्रभाव में तत्कालीन बौद्धिक वर्ग भी आ गया तथा जब उसे इस बात का एहसास हुआ तब तक काफ़ी समय व्यतीत हो चुका था तथा अंग्रेज़ पूर्णतया भारत को सभ्य बनाने के आधार पर यहाँ अपना साम्राज्य स्थापित कर चुके थे। अंग्रेज़ों ने इस कार्य को रणनीतिक रूप से अंजाम दिया। उन्होंने यहाँ की शिक्षा व्यवस्था को परिवर्तित कर यहाँ के ज्ञान परम्परा के प्रति लोगों में हीन भावना को विकसित किया।

इसके प्रमाण मकाले की इस बात में है -“मैं भारत के कोने-कोने में घूमा हूँ तथा मुझे एक भी व्यक्ति ऐसा दिखाई नहीं दिया जो भिखारी हो, चोर हो। इस देश में मैंने इतनी धन दौलत देखी है, इतने ऊँचे चरित्रिक आदर्श और इतने गुणवान मनुष्य देखे हैं कि मैं नहीं समझता कि हम कभी इस देश को जीत पाएँगे, जब तक कि उसकी रीढ़ की हड्डी नहीं तोड़ देते और वह है इसकी आध्यात्मिक एवं सांस्कृतिक विरासत। इसलिए मैं प्रस्ताव रखता हूँ कि हम इसकी पुरातन शिक्षाव्यवस्था, उसकी संस्कृति को बदल डाले क्यूँकि यदि भारतीय सोचने लगे कि जो भी विदेशी है और अंग्रेज़ी है वह अच्छा है तथा उसकी अपनी चीज़ों से बेहतर है तो वें अपने आत्मगौरव व अपनी संस्कृति को ही भुलाने लगेंगे तथा वे वैसा बन जाएँगे जैसा हम चाहते हैं – एक पूरी तरह से दमित देश”.

मिथ्या विचार स्थापन का प्रभाव

अंग्रेज़ों की इस कूटनीति के फलस्वरूप हमने अपने ज्ञान परम्परादर्शन, अध्यात्म, यौगिक विधियों इत्यादि के प्रति हीनभावना (Inferiority complex) विकसित कर ली तथा यूरोपीय ज्ञान एवं जीवन-पद्धति को अधिक विकसित मानते हुए उसका अंधानुकरण करना प्रारम्भ कर दिया। इस क्रम में यूरोपीय शक्तियों ने भारत में उपलब्ध संस्कृत ग्रंथो का अपनी भाषा में अनुवाद किया तथा महत्वपूर्ण जानकारियो एवं शब्दों को लैटिन से उत्पन्न हुआ स्वीकार किया जाने लगा। भारतीय वनस्पतिशास्त्र, जड़ी बूटियों एवं विभिन्न आयुर्वेदिक पौधों को लैटिन नाम दिया गया तथा इस प्रकार भारतीय वनस्पतिशास्त्र के ज्ञानपरम्परा की चोरी सर्वप्रथम पुर्तगालियों ने भारत से मसालों के व्यापार के रूप में करना प्रारम्भ किया। मसालों के लिए वे विभिन्न प्रकार के वनस्पतियों एवं पौधों को अपने देश ले जाते, वहाँ पर संस्कृत के अनुवादित ग्रंथो के आधार पर वे उनका प्रसंस्करण कर अपना पेटेंट कराकर सारे यूरोप में अपने नाम से बेचते थे। इसके प्रमाण गोवा में पुर्तगालियों के जाने के पश्चात् वहाँ मिले कुछ अभिलेखों एवं पत्रव्यवहारों के रूप में सुरक्षित हैं। इस रूप में यूरोपियों का प्रमुख उद्देश्य एक योजनाबद्ध तरीक़े से भाषा को लैटिन में परिवर्तित कर एक तो भाषाई उपनिवेशीकरण करना था तो वहीं दूसरी तरफ़ श्रेष्ठ एवं उन्नत विचारों को अपने यहाँ से उत्पन्न प्रदर्शित करना था। इस रूप वे सम्पूर्ण विश्व में अपनी श्रेष्ठता प्रदर्शित करना चाहते थे तथा इसको बल प्रदान करने में ईसाई मान्यताओं ने भी काफ़ी सहयोग किया।ईसाई खोज का सिद्धांत यह कहता है कि यदि चर्च के नाम पर किसी का अधिकरण किया जाता है तो वह चर्च की सम्पत्ति मानी जाएगी। इसी क्रम में वे मानते थे कि सम्पूर्ण विश्व असभ्य और बर्बर है तथा इन्हें सभ्य बनाने की ज़िम्मेदारी उन्हीं की है।

इसी प्रकार 1950 के दशक में जिस जैविक खेती को पिछड़ा माना जाता था तथा यूरिया इत्यादि का व्यापक प्रचार किया गया उसे ही अब रिवर्स इजीनियरिंग के नाम पर अच्छा घोषित किया जा रहा है। भारत में कुम्भ जो की प्रत्येक 12 वर्ष पर आता है को एक अवैज्ञानिक मान्यता के रूप में विदेशियों ने अस्वीकार किया, वैज्ञानिक खोजो के पश्चात् यह सिद्ध हो गया कि यह कुम्भ आयोजन बृहस्पति के सूर्य के चक्कर लगाने के आधार पर मनाया जाता है तथा बृहस्पति सूर्य का एक चक्कर 12 वर्ष में पूर्ण करता है। यूरोप में यह माना जाता था कि भारी धातुओं का शरीर में पाया जाना शरीर के लिए नुक़सानदेय है परंतु भारतीय आयुर्वेदशास्त्र इस बात को लेकर स्पष्ट एवं वैज्ञानिक रहा है कि किसी एक ही धातु के आकार में भिन्नता होने पर उनके गुणधर्म बदल जाते हैं। इसी के आधार पर नैनो कणों को आयुर्वेदिक उपचार हेतु प्रयोग में लाया जाता है। इस प्रकार विभिन्न रूपों में नाम परिवर्तित कर भारतीय ज्ञान परम्परा एवं विचारों की चोरी पाश्चात्य देशों द्वारा की जाती रही है। जॉन कबाँर्ड जिन जो कि ध्यानविज्ञान के संस्थापक माने जाते हैंने विपश्यना को सचेतनता (Mindfullness) के रूप में प्रचारित किया जबकि उन्होंने यह ख़ुद स्वीकार किया कि उन्हें यह ज्ञान सत्य नारायण गोयनका से प्राप्त हुआ जो कि भारतीय थे। इसी प्रकार भारतीय योगनिद्रा को Stanford  के स्टीफ़न लाबर्स ने ल्युसिड ड्रीमिंग के नाम से प्रचारित किया अब स्थिति यह है हम अंग्रेज़ों एवं पश्चिमी लोगों द्वारा दिए हुए नामों से ही अपनी विरासत को जान रहे हैं तथा इसे उन्हीं का मानकर व्यवहार कर रहे है (द्रष्टव्य – Rajiv Malhotra’s Breaking India)।

अतः आवश्यकता है कि हम अपनी संस्कृति, सभ्यता, ज्ञानपरम्परा, व्यवहार इत्यादि के प्रति बाहरी लोगों द्वारा बनाई गयी कृत्रिम हीनभावना का त्याग करें  तथा इसके रहस्यों को समझते हुए आने वाली पीढ़ी को हस्तांतरित करने का प्रयास करें। हमें इन सब के लिए अपनी समृद्ध विरासत एवं ज्ञान विज्ञान की परम्परा को समझकर तथा स्वीकार कर आने वाली पीढ़ी हेतु संरक्षित करने की आवश्यकता है।

Sh. Alok Kumar Dwivedi, Senior Research Fellow, Philosophy, University of Allahabad, Prayagraj

A Spiritual Perspective on Menses (Part-II)

(Continued from Part-I)

– Dr. Athavale & Dr. Nandini Samant

Why is menarche celebrated?

The onset of menstruation, also known as menarche, is one of the most significant milestones in a woman’s life. Though the physiological aspects of menstruation are common across faiths, the social aspects vary. Many faiths across the world, celebrate the menarche in their own unique way.

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Sanātan Dharma looks upon life as an opportunity to make all round efforts to realize God. With menarche, as ovulation begins, conception is now possible. From the perspective of Sanātan Dharma, conception is not just procreation. Conception is important because it gives a jīva an opportunity to take birth and make efforts to move towards Mokṣa. Celebration of menarche imparts a very positive perception of menstruation, and the inherent sense of responsibility towards moral conduct to the young girl.

How can women by avoiding cooking or touching food during menses benefit themselves and society?

Food and water are basic constituents that are absorbed and assimilated at the cellular level. That is why, it is very important that these two components be Sāttvik. During menses, the Raja subtle component in the woman increases. It gets transferred to the food through her touch, thus reducing its spiritual purity. This would affect the entire family adversely at the spiritual level. That is why scriptures advise menstruating women to keep away from cooking activities or touching food cooked for the family and store of water. This is similar to how we do not put salt in milk as this would alter the basic characteristic of the milk.

Subtle picture of food after being touched by a woman during menses

The true measure and analysis of what happens in the subtle (that which is beyond the comprehension of the five senses, mind and intellect) dimension can only be through the medium of the sixth sense. Refer to ‘Subtle picture of a woman during menses’ in the first part of this article. The following is a recreation of the subtle picture based on knowledge perceived by Mr. Nishad Deshmukh, a member of the spiritual research team of Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay.

It is apparent from the subtle picture how and why the inherent Sattva component in the food is reduced after a menstruating woman touches it. As the food gets a covering of Raja-Tama and it gets charged with negative vibrations, divine energy (Śakti) and vital energy are unable to enter it. It is to prevent this loss of positivity in the food.

Universal aura scanner (UAS) of food and water before and after being touched by a woman during menses

In addition to the knowledge given in the scriptures and that perceived by seekers from our spiritual research team. A pilot study was conducted in the Spiritual Research Center of Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay, Goa, on 5 lady subjects having menses using modern scientific equipment (UAS instrument) to study the effect of touch of a woman having menses on food and water. Refer to ‘Universal Aura Scanner study of a woman during menses’ from the first part of this article.

To begin with, we served food in a plate and water in a glass from the kitchen of the Āśram of Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay for the first subject. Care was taken to ensure that the subject did not touch the food and water. We used the UAS to note the readings of the 2 types of negative energies and positive energy in both the food and water served to her. Then we asked the first subject with menses to touch the food in the plate and the glass of water. This contact was for a period of few seconds only. After she had touched the food and water, we repeated the above-mentioned UAS readings of both the food and water served to her. We repeated this for each of the remaining 4 subjects. Each subject was separately served the same food and water from the same kitchen. We then repeated the above experiment with the same subjects 15 days later, when the subjects were in their non-menses phase. The readings are given as under-

UAS readings for food and water touched by women in their non-menses period and during their menses

Conclusions of the experiment

Regarding subtle negative energies : It is our experience of the past 10 years with the Universal Aura Scanner that it is not uncommon to find subtle negative energies in inanimate objects or animate beings. This is because of the overwhelming rise in Raja-Tama in the present times. It is apparent form the above tables that both types of subtle negative energies were completely absent in food and water before being touched by the subjects during the experiments done in their non-menses period and also during their menses. This is because the food and water came from the kitchen of a highly Sāttvik Āśram, where many Saints reside and food is cooked entirely by seekers as their spiritual practice. However, subtle negative energies were found in very high proportion in both the food and water after the subjects touched them during their menses.

Regarding positive energy : It is our experience with UAS studies, that it is not necessary that positive energy be present in inanimate objects or animate beings. However, high positive energy was found in both food and water before the subjects touched them. The reason is the same as explained in the point above. This positive energy in both food and water increased when the seekers touched them during their non-menses period. This is a reflection of the high positive energy generated in them due to their spiritual practice. The exception to this was Subject no. 3, who is deeply affected by subtle negative energies. In her case, the positive energy was found to be marginally decreased after she touched the food and water. When these same seekers touched food and water from the same Āśram during their menses, the positivity in the food and water was completely wiped out in the case of 4 subjects and greatly reduced in the case of Subject no. 2. This study using a modern scientific equipment gives us an objective insight into the extent of detrimental effect of touching food and water by a woman during her menses.

That our sages perceived this more than 5000 years ago, before the advent of any kind of scientific measuring equipment bears ample testimony to their highly enlightened status! Not only this, they devised and implemented appropriate steps at basic day-to-day life activity level to prevent the adverse effect of menses from affecting the spiritual purity of the family.

How can women by refraining from spiritual activities such as pūjā or entering a temple during menses benefit themselves and society?

त्रिरात्रं रजस्वलाशुचिर्भवति । (वसिष्ठधर्मसूत्र .)

A woman will be Ashuchi (spiritually impure) during three (days and) nights (during menstruation).

साध्वाचारा न तावत्स्याद्रजो यावत्प्रवर्तते । (अङ्गिरसस्मृति ३७)

Do not perform any spiritual activities like pūjā, visiting temple, etc. during menstruation.

Women being advised to refrain from spiritual activities during menses is perceived as discriminatory by the modern world. This is simply not so. Sanātan Dharma has prescribed this restriction from the perspective of preventing the woman from incurring harm at the spiritual level, which would affect her at the physical and mental level too. For being competent to perform spiritual activity, shaucha is required at the bodily, mind and prāṇa level. Just as strict hygiene is required to benefit from a surgical operation, so also shaucha is required to obtain benefit from spiritual activities.

Both men and women enter a state of ‘Ashaucha’at various times in their lives such as during birth or death in immediate family. Menses also bring about a state of ashaucha in a woman. How this happens at the level of various kośas is explained –

State of shaucha in women during menses

It is apparent from the above table how the woman becomes incompetent to perform spiritual activities as it is having adverse effect on her due to her ashaucha status during menses.

1.The purpose of any spiritual activity like a pūjā or Yajña is to make the prāṇa to rise upwards. This activates the Kundalini and makes it to rise. During menses, apāna vāyu is activated which moves in the downward direction to bring about excretion of menstrual tissues. So there is a conflict at prāṇa level. This causes an imbalance of dośas (namely Vāta, Pitta, Kapha) as per Ayurveda. This affects the woman at various levels.

2.Every temple has an idol in which prāṇpratiśṭha of that particular deity principle has been done. This means the deity principle has been invoked in the Idol. Hence, it is a place of high spiritual energy (Śakti). Being in a temple causes the prāṇa to rise in upward direction.

As a consequence of the above points 1 and 2,

1.A menstruating woman, in whom the apāna vāyu is activated, would be adversely affected by the upward movement of prāṇa resulting from any spiritual activity. This may not necessarily be apparent in the first instance, but repeated exposure during menses would affect the woman seriously.

2.However, as the adverse effect of spiritual activity on a menstruating woman happens at a subtle level, it may not be apparent to her. This is similar to the fact that most people are not able to perceive the adverse subtle effect of non-vegetarian food on them. Even if the adverse effect is immediately experienced, the woman may not connect the distress to the spiritual ritual or visiting a temple.

3.The Energy generated from spiritual activities is also diluted due to the influence of high Raja in the menstruating woman. The temple, the temple at home, pūjā, Yajñas etc. are sources of spiritual energy and Sattva subtle component. We as individuals and collectively as society benefit and in a way highly dependent on this source of Sattva for our day-to-day as well as overall long term well-being and success. By polluting these sources of spiritual energy and Sattva with the Raja in a menstruating woman, we are effectively destroying our basic sources of spiritual well-being.

How can we benefit from the advice of scriptures in our present lifestyle?

It has been prescribed from the perspective of the well-being of the woman as well as society at large. However, it could be difficult to follow it in the modern setup with nuclear families, especially where both spouses work outside home. We can still benefit from the advice by understanding the underlying science with an open mind. Based on this understanding, we can see what all we can do to limit the effect of the increased Raja in the woman during menses.

(1) One sound option is to focus on chanting as per our religion of birth or ‘ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय।’ as much as possible during menses, especially during activities affecting the whole family like cooking. This sattvikta increasing measure is an efficient way of reducing the effect of Raja.

(2) It is best to refrain from going to the temples or participating in rituals. We can get the daily pūjā at home done by other family members.

(3) The effect of increased Raja emitted from the woman during menses in the premises can be reduced by sprinkling gomutra with tulsi leaf on all days of the menses and after the 5th day head bath of the woman with menses. For best results, use of gomutra of desi cows, not jersey ones, is recommended.

(4) Having a head bath on the fifth day of menses and adding a few drops of gomutra to the water used for bathing as well as washing the clothes and bedding helps remove the Raja present in the body of the woman and her clothes.

(5) Just as Raja increases in a woman during menses, Raja-Tama increases in both men and women with thoughts of anger, greed, jealousy, lust, laziness, etc. However, most are not aware of this as we are not able to perceive the subtle vibrations which come with regular spiritual practice. Menses is clearly apparent, hence, there is opportunity to take precautionary measures. Chanting as a form of spiritual practice is an effective way for both men and women to minimize the ill-effects of Raja-Tama in our lives from all sources – physical, mental and spiritual. If you cannot practice the whole, practice at least as much as you can.

The Shrimad Bhagawadgītā (2.40) advises-

नेहाभिक्रमनाशोऽस्ति प्रत्यवायो न विद्यते |

स्वल्पमप्यस्य धर्मस्य त्रायते महतो भयात् ||

In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.

(Acknowledgement : Menstruation Practices in Hinduism : What & Why? – A Talk by Nithin Sridhar)

 Dr. Athavale M.B.B.S., Clinical Hypnotherapist & Dr. Nandini Samant M.B.B.S., D.P.M. (Consulting Psychiatrist), Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay, Goa

Countering COVID-19 with Agnihotra and Yajñopathy

(Editorial note: The information presented in this article from literature and personal practice provides food for thought, but perhaps more as a provocative theory of using ancient practices for modern environmental and medical problems. Scientific research to examine these ideas will be essential to apply such information for public good.)

-Sh. Anand Gaikwad

(….continued from previous article)

Vedic sciences have a proven tool/methodology for dealing with pollution problems, plagues and epidemics of all types particularly as a Preventive Care and that is Agnihotra and Yajñopathy (Homa Therapy) as a part of day to day life. Astrality of a field or area as also of the individuals can be improved with purification of Atmosphere. ‘Heal the Atmosphere and healed Atmosphere will heal you’ is the fundamental principle of healing by Vedic Sciences. Param Sadguru Shri Gajanan Maharaj narrated the essence of Satya Sanatana Dharma, i.e., panch sādhan mārg or fivefold path.  Take ‘Yajña, Dān, Tapa, Karma and Swādhyāya’, as your way of life and that is the eternal religion given by Vedas to the humanity.

The Bheshajya Yajña is a part of Vedic Yajña System and is to be performed during the transition period (Sandhi-kāl) of two seasons. Therefore three Bheshajya Yajñas are to be performed as, ’Nitya’ (Regular order) in a year. This is known as ‘Chaturmāsya Esti or Yajña. Change in seasons has impact on plant life, animal life and human life. We generally have cough, cold and fever (Flu-like symptoms) during this time. Therefore our great Sages made Bheshajya Yajña as a part of life. Shri Vasant V. Paranjpe has described ‘Bheshyajya Yajña’ as ‘Medicinal Yajñas’ in his book ‘Homa Therapy our Last Chance’.

Research on Agnihotra  and Yajñopathy

I would like to mention on Agnihotra and Yajñopathy to deal with COVID-19 at least as a Preventive Care (of course in addition to Govt. Guidelines about washing hands, keeping personal hygiene, social distancing, wearing mask in public etc.) and also at least one very relevant and important research study here, which probably may or may not be there  in the aforesaid compilation:

An interesting study of Shri Rahul Ravindran Nair, ‘Agnihotra : A Prototype of South Asian Traditional Medical Knowledge’ indicates as follows:

This study conceptualizes the principles of Agnihotra Yajña. The perusal of ancient and modern literature reveals that the functioning of the human body is impossible without maintaining an energetic continuum driven by sunlight. The seven major chakras existing over the spinal cord help to maintain this energetic continuum. Agnihotra Yajña is proposed to balance the chakra system as a whole by minimizing entropy. Offerings of natural elements to fire lit in a copper pyramid during Agnihotra liberate various volatile compounds having potent pharmacological actions. Attempts were made to enhance the efficacy of fumes by incorporating two to three pieces of coconut endosperm and ‘navadhānya’ (nine grains) to the conventional oblations. This investigation clearly demonstrates that the purpose behind the practice of Agnihotra Yajña is ‘letting incessant flow of energy (life) through our meridian lines and acupuncture points. The volatile organic compounds in smoke were analysed using gas chromatography and masspectrometry method …

… In addition to the ingredients tested, cow ghee is another important traditional ingredient that is poured into the fire. The fumes that are liberated during the combustion of ghee help to protect the respiratory system and facilitate the removal of blood clots and the bacterial infections in nasal passage lungs and veins. Hence daily exposure to this medicinal smoke should certainly have a favourable influence on the health of the mind and body of the person inhaling the fume. In addition, the potent antimicrobial action of the above identified compounds, purifies the air in the place where Agnihotra is performed……

…These electromagnetic waves, together with the chanting of Vedic hymns (unique sonic signals) have potential health benefits. The combustion of offerings in the Agnihotra pyramid is thought to increase PCE/Chi/Prana in the surrounding atmosphere and the intake of this increased quantum of PCE/Chi/Prana by breathing is thought to optimize the alignment of chakras and would certainly establish energy connections between the physical body and the electromagnetic body via the chakra system…..

..In the light of all the above facts, Agnihotra Yajña can be considered as a complementary medicine that removes the energy blocks in the meridians/nādis. In conclusion the ultimate purpose of practicing Agnihotra Yajña is to realize “Life” which means ‘letting incessant flow of energy’ through our body–mind system as any blockage in this flow would cause disharmony and chaos in the system, thus leading to poor health.”

Although the ingredients used and studied in Shri Nair’s experiment are different from the standardized ingredients used in daily Agnihotra as recommended by Param Sadguru; the results, observations and conclusions are important from the point of Yajñopathy for building immunity.

Practical recommendations

Agnihotra

Agnihotra’ as ‘Kāmdhenu’ not only give protective shield against COVID-19 as a preventive measure but also bring health, peace and prosperity to people performing Agnihotra by purifying the atmosphere.

The performance of Agnihotra at sunrise and sunset is a must as this Primary and Supreme Yajña through its Resonance Effect captures many ethers, electricities and subtle energies at sunrise and broadcasts them in the atmosphere for its purification.

While interpreting Rigvedic Surya Sūkta (Mandala 1 Hymn 115 and Mandala 10 Hymn 170) Shri Shyam Ghosh says, ‘The invisible electromagnetic waves of cosmic energy carry the properties of heat, light and sound which manifest when those come in contact with matter’. (Rigveda for Layman-Shatsukta Paridarshanam by Shyam Ghosh).

Article, ‘Corona Pandemic- Aspects and Perspectives’ refer to our active self-movement and our relation with the sun, i.e., our rhythmical system is connected with the sun and its course throughout the day. Agnihotra establishes connectivity between our biorhythm and the biorhythm of circadian cycle of sunrise and sunset and the subtle energies emanating from the sun are attracted even if you are confined to your house.

Yajñayopathy (Homa Therapy)

In addition to performing Agnihotra daily, I would recommend performing daily or from time to time ‘Tryambakam Homa’ for about fifteen minutes in which one is able to offer oblations with Tryambakam Mantra for about 108 times.

ॐत्र्यंबकं यजामहे, सुगंधिंपुष्टिवर्धनम्।

उर्वारुकमिव बंधनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीयमाSमृतात  स्वाहा।।

The oblations to be offered in the sacred fire will be that of pure Cow-ghee fortified and enriched with certain essential oils which have antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antispasmodic properties to deal with pathogenic bacteria and viruses of any type, therefore it is called as ‘Amrut Havi’, this is recommended by Dr. Kamal Narayan Arya, a Research Scientist of Ayurveda and Yajnyopathy. In ‘Panch Mahā Yajña Vidhi’, Swami Dayanand Sarswati said ‘this śloka not only gives beautiful description of Agnihotra but also prescribes guidelines for preparation of Havirdravya (Medicinal, Aromatic, Strength and Energy giving herbs/medicinal substances for giving offerings to the fire). He says:

अग्नये परमेश्वराय जलवायुशुद्धिकरणायच, होत्रं हवनं दानं यस्मिनकर्मणिक्रियते ‘तद्-अग्निहोत्रम्’ सुगन्धिपुष्टिमिष्टबुद्धिवृद्धिशौर्यबलकरैऱ्गुणर्युक्तानाम्द्रव्यांणांहोमकरणेन वायु-वृष्टिजलयो:शुद्धख्यापृथिवीस्थपदार्थानांसर्वेषांशुद्धवायुजलयोगादत्यन्तोत्तमतयासर्वेषांजीवानांपरमसुखंभवत्येव।अतस्तत्कर्मकर्तृणांजनानांतदुपकारतयाSत्यंतसुखलाभोभवतीश्वरप्रसन्नताचेत्येतददाद्यर्थम्अग्निहोत्रकरणम्।

Therefore in preparation of Havirdravya aromatic substances like Kesar, Kasturi, Ghee and Milk-like nutritious and strength–giving products, sweet things like jaggery, sugar, honey and medicinal herbs/plants like somalata, disease curing medicinal herbs/plants /substances be used. The following are the ingredients of this Havi:

Amrut Dhara (Divya Dhara)

This is a preparation of three ingredients i.e. Crystaline essence of Ajwain (Omum-Trychyspermum ammi), Pepper Mint (Mentha spicata), and Bhimseni Camphor (Cinemomum camphora).When all these three ingredients in crystal form are mixed together in a bottle automatically they get melted into a liquid form. It is anti-septic, anti-bacterial and head-ache and pain remover.

Cardamom Oil (Elettaria cardamomum)

Anti-spasmodic-muscular and respiratory spasms, muscle pulls and cramps, anti-bacterial, anti-mycotic, anti-viral, carminative activities. Used in  asthama, whooping cough  and as overall health-booster.

Clove Oil (Syzygium aromaticum)

Chemical constituents are iron, calcium ,potassium, phosphorous, vitamin A and C, minerals, compounds like eugenol, eugenol acetate etc. anaesthetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative and anti-inflammatory.

Cinnamom Oil / Dalchini oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Number of compounds including cinnamaldehyde  which reduces inflammation, anti-bacterial, carminative, anti-microbial, antifungal; suppresses the growth of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi-good for cough, cold, constipation etc.

Malkangani Oil / Jyotishmati Oil (Celastrus paniculatus)

Helpful for concentration and memory-used in Divya MedhaVati. Steam inhalation for treating upper respiratory infections, cardiac tonic, diuretic in nature, low-BP, vigor and vitality.

Almond Oil  (Prunus dulcis  amygdalus )

High in anti-oxidants, vitamin E, protects cells from harmful substances/free radicals, maintains blood-sugar control and heart-health, acitic, formic, linolenic and palmatic acids

Ten ml. of each of the above six oils is to be added to half a kilo of pure Cow-ghee and this fortified cow-ghee is to be offered as oblations to the fire while chanting Tryambakam Mantra. Even if you light a lamp of this Goghrita (Cow-ghee) in your house it will give results; but performing Tryambakam Homa for fifteen to twenty minutes will be better, because the vibrations of Tryambakam Mantra will have the resonance effect for  creating a protective shield.

Ayurvedic Home Remedy

One more home remedy is preparation of a decoction (Kaḍā) as a preventive measure for COVID-19. This Kaḍā is made up of 7-10 fresh leaves of each of Adulsa (Adhatoda vassica), Parijat (Nyctanthes arbortristis), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Bael (Aegle marmelos) and Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) with addition of approx. two grams of each of Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Peepali (Piper longum), Star spice, Sunthi (dry ginger powder),  Cinnamom  powder. Boil all these ingredients into 1.5 to 2 litres of water to make it as a one litre of Kaḍā and keep it bottled. You can prepare a hot drink of this Kaḍā by adding a table spoon of the preparation to one cup of tolerably hot water and take it with lemon and honey. You can sip this hot drink two-three times in a day. You can also add a table-spoon of this preparation to the vapourizer and inhale the vapours, whenever you have cough and cold or you are sneezing. Parijat has been found to be very useful in case of fever and joint pain in cases of Chickungunya. This Kaḍā will be helpful as a preventive measure as well as an immunity booster when combined with Agnihotra and Trambakam Homa.

Sh. Anand GaikwadKrishi Bhushan Sendriya  Sheti  M. S. & Retd. Executive Director/Company Secretary

What Modern Science, Anthroposophy and other Theories have to say about the Emergence and Existence of Corona Viruses?

-Sh. Anand Gaikwad

The Pandemic of new Corona virus SARS-Cov-2 or ‘COVID-19’ has caused unprecedented social, economic, cultural as also political consequences in the lives of people in almost all the counties of the world. At present there is a fierce race amongst all the countries for the search of vaccine/remedial measures for COVID-19, but so far the success seems to be far off, and in fact it is not clear that even after vaccines/therapeutic medicines are made available in sufficient quantities whether COVID-19 in its new form will not keep on returning? WHO has already indicated that, ‘Corona virus’ is going to stay and we will have to live with it, accept it and adapt our life-styles to its existence.

What the Science has learnt and is learning about Corona viruses.

Corona virus is a generic name for a virus that originates in an animal and gets transmitted to human beings. Dr. Sasi Kumar Menon, Associate Professor at Ruia College, Mumbai in his presentation entitled, ‘COVID-19: What has Science Learnt and is still Learning’, finds some similarities between SARS-CoV and COVID-19 and maintains that although Horseshoe bats are natural reservoirs of Corona viruses, there are different intermediary hosts through which they are transmitted to human beings. The slides of WHO Table and Intermediary Hosts from his presentation are given here.

Although in case of COVID-19 the fatality percentage is less as compared to earlier Corona viruses, it is more fearsome; more contagious and fast spreading. Dr. Menon attributes reasons for origin of SARS–CoV and COVID-19 to China to its lucrative Wild Animal Market.

There are Wild Animal Breeding Farms and caged animals in market place that have close proximity with each other including human beings and thus Corona viruses are easily passed on to human beings. Dr. Menon makes an interesting question as to “Whom we should blame for CoVs, BATs or HUMAN Lifestyles?”

This is an irony that despite spending billions of dollars in R&D the Pharma Industry and Medical Profession have not come out with vaccines or effective medical treatments for Corona virus infections which have flu-like symptoms.

The Economic Times Magazine dated 15-21 March, 2020

Anthroposophical View

The Anthroposophical view of COVID-19 supports the view of animal torture as the cause of the spread of this virulent and intelligent virus differently. Shri Josef Graf in his article, ‘Corona virus – Meeting COVID-19 head on with Anthroposophy’. According to him, the origin of COVID-19 is likely due to the debasing of the general Astral Field of the area (and many of the inhabitants themselves) due to the suffering of animals. Massive Factory Farming in China has been degrading the quality of life for animals for a while now.

  • Both the Wuhan lab-work and the local animal meat market contained suffering animals and /or animal meat products.
  • Animal suffering lives in ‘mass meat and eggs’, etc. and is transferred into human Astral Bodies”

In another theory, he revealed that “whenever we have these modern pandemics, they have tended to originate wherever high-tech radiation has been a factor. In this case the first roll out of 5G-Technology is said to have taken place in Wuhan province. The Anthroposophic view is, The Corona pandemic affects humans, and evidently no animals are falling ill (although there may be some exceptions). It thus clearly indicates that it is related to the ‘I’ being. Prevention and cure must therefore also include the spiritual dimension alongside many other things.’

Nature’s Balancing Theory / Absolute’s Correction Theory

There is another theory for the emergence and existence of COVID-19, and that is the ‘Nature’s Balancing Theory’ or ‘Absolute’s Correction Theory’. Dr. Chand Bhardwaj (the Originator and Author of ‘Co-AIM Theory and Practice’, which very briefly means Co-relation theory of Attention, Information and Material) puts this theory as, ‘Jaisi Karani Vaisi Bharani’. Universal Cosmic Order is an intelligent and conscious design, where everything works in a set order. All Cosmic Creation is divine and all beings including animals and humans are three-in-one:

Soul = Attention – Outer expression of Creative Intelligence-connected to its origin Absolute;

Mind = Information of time (past and future events and experiences) -connected to Universal Mind;

Body = Material (elements) – Material body made out of the floating material like our earth and planets (Panchtatva).

The Absolute Creative Intelligence through its Universal Mind carries on the functions of regulation of the Universal Cosmic Order. The correction takes place as per Newton’s third law i.e. ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction’. The Absolute Intelligence and a capable force operate the Universal Mind to enforce the laws of Nature. The animal sufferings through their bodies and mind communicated to the Absolute as a Single Sensor of all senses, as well as Planet Earth’s devastations due to man-made pollution, witnessed by the omniscient Absolute/ Universal Mind; might have set in the correction process to teach a few lessons to the human species. Human beings are threatened by COVID-19 but all other beings and Nature are welcoming this change. Ecological balance and Atmospheric Order are getting set properly. Articles published on Vedic WAVES blog by Aparna (Dhir) Khandelwal, Brig J.S.Rajpurohit, and Raghava S. Boddupalli on this subject highlighting harmony with nature.

Also, quoting few lines of Vi Vienne  in Spain –

“The Earth whispered but you did not hear. The earth spoke but you did not listen. The Earth screamed but you turned her off…….And so I was born. I was not born to punish you. I was born to awaken you……The Earth cried out for help….massive flooding. But you did not listen…..Start caring about the Earth and all its creatures. Start believing in (your) Creator….Signed Corona Virus”

Vedic View

The wisdom of Vedas provides principles, values and guidelines for dealing with problems in life. Dis-harmonized life-styles in conflict with the nature and large scale man-made pollution are the main causes of human suffering and ill-health. Param  Sadguru  Shri  Gajanan  Maharaj said that so long as Agni Upāsana (Yajña) was in vogue Bhārat  Varsha was a rich and glorious country, but with its loss, the spread of slavery, poverty, diseases and epidemics have become rampant and beyond the control of man (हवन पुस्तिका, वेदविज्ञान अनुसंधान संस्था, सोलापुर). COVID-19 pandemic has made world re-examine interconnection between man and nature. ‘Yajña’ and ‘Yoga’ are the two basic concepts of Vedas and Vedic Sciences.

Sarvam Yajñayamayam Jagat

 The whole universe is the process of Yajña

The twin objectives of Yajña are: Vyashti Kalyan and Samashti Kalyan. Vedic Sciences have a lot more to offer for Samashti Kalyan and countering pandemics like COVID-19, but that would need another article to follow.

(to be continued…..)

Sh. Anand GaikwadKrishi Bhushan Sendriya  Sheti  M. S. & Retd. Executive Director/Company Secretary

स्वतंत्रता भारत की सतता

– प्रोफ़ेसर बलराम सिंह

इंग्लिश में है इंडिपेंडेन्स, 

उर्दू में आज़ादी;

अपनी भाषा स्वतंत्रता की, 

दिल मानवतावादी। 

इन का मतलब इन्साइड से,

अर्थ आत्म बल वाला;

डिपेंडेन्स से निर्भरता की,

सभी पिरोएँ माला।

आत्मनिर्भर, इंडिपेंडेन्स,

दोनो जुड़वा भाई;

अर्थ समझ में आ जाये,

फिर कोई नहीं लड़ाई। 

आज़ादी कुछ और बात है,

ज़ादी ज़द से बनता;

ज़द का अर्थ पिटाई होती,

जग ही पीड़ित रहता। 

आज़ादी पीड़ित लोगों की,

है गुहार कहराई;

इसमें रोष ग़ुबार बड़ा है,

बोले और लड़ाई। 

स्वतंत्रता स्वावलम्बन है,

नींव आत्मनिर्भरता;

ऐसा तंत्र स्वयंभू बनकर,

जन कल्याणी बनता। 

भारत की मिट्टी से ऐसी,

परम्परा में जान है;

इसीलिए भारत की गरिमा,

जग में बनी महान है। 

भारत में तो भा का रत है,

भा सूरज की कांति है;

जहाँ के लोग सृजन में रत हों,

वहीं वास्तविक शांति है। 

भारत का ये वैदिक दर्शन,

कला ज्ञान विज्ञान है;

इसी का अनुयायी जग सारा,

भारत तभी महान है। 

विषरि गए ये प्रथा हम अपनी,

चक्रवर्त सम्राटों की;

रक्षा वाट जोहती वसुधा,

हमीं पथिक उन वाटों की। 

स्वतंत्रता दिवस ये पावन,

उसी प्रथा की शान है;

आओ मिल संकल्प लें फिर से,

स्वतंत्रता सम्मान है।

– Prof. Bal Ram Singh, Director, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, MA, USA