Holi: The Feast of Multidimensional Harmony and Divine Love: The Yajna and Yoga for All

Prof. Shive K. Chaturvedi

In the age of prevailing conflicts, confusions, emptiness, and meaninglessness, many leaders of all kinds and creeds-intellectuals, social scientists, physical scientists, theologians, and politicians have suddenly started preaching about the urgent need of harmony and love within this variegated world. The irony is that these words and concepts remain evasive and elusive to most of us. In the absence of real active participation (with mind, speech, and action) in the feast of harmony and love, the entire endeavor of leaders of all colors and creeds appears to be nothing more than a sonorous verbiage-an utter nominalism. Do we have an opportunity for such a feast of inviting harmony and unalloyed love? Yes we do! And that is what the Holi is all about.

The historical origin of Holi is still shrouded in mystery; however, many good indications place it in very remote times, all the way back when Bhagavan Krishna spent his miraculous and divine playful boyhood in Vrindavan, Braj-Bhoomi, India (more than 5000 years ago). Its current traditions and practices appear to have evolved from harmonizing of many dharmic, adhyatmic, social, and folk traditions.

The Holi celebration begins with a bonfire. The bonfire is started by collecting, from every house in the village, the accumulated trash, garbage, and waste. This clean-up act is the reminder of the necessity of cleaning all the physical, as well as mental, spaces where lots of polluting elements have grown out of our material nature, such as uncontrolled sensual desires, anger, delusion, hatred, violence, lust, and greed. People gather around the bonfire and make offerings that might include roasting ears of new, still green barley crops which are still in the fields (this act is a kind of Vedic Yagna), and sing and dance around the fire, with songs, including the chants written in local vernacular. After all, this is New Year’s Day; a day to welcome the most colorful, joyful spring season-the king of all seasons. This is the Holika-Dahan.

In the Braj-Bhoomi, Holi playing is a battle of divine love. Young wives of the village are ready to attack the best men of the village with their sticks. It is time for colors; the wet and dry, all kinds. Everyone has been transfigured; no one is recognizable; the whole Braj-Bhoomi appears to be in great social turmoil, chaos, craziness, and good humor–yet everyone is in a state of great joy. The erotic mood is in full swing, yet within the expanded bounds of ethical and moral norms. People are impersonating Shri Radha and Krishna; the roles have been reversed; the genders gone astray. This continues for a day or two, and then purification and restructuring starts by washing, cleaning up, and donning new clothes.

This is a new beginning. Everyone greets one another with a new promise of cooperation, support, and love for the rest of the year. Radha-Krishna Bhajans (devotional songs) go on with joyful celebrations, with intense divine passion and love (Bhakti Yoga), after all, the Holi of Krishna is no mere intellectual exercise; no mere theory of love, no mere academic play: rather it is Divine Lila that each one of us must actively participate in and play our respective sva-dharmic roles with great passion and joy.

The richness, variety, and beauty of Holi Colors are the metaphors for the colors and the moods of five basic elements of Prakriti (material Nature), the changing world, seasons, and mind-an aspect of Divine Shakti Maya. The new beginning, the adhyatmic renewal for a better future for all must start by smearing out and covering up all worldly, social and physical and mental distinctions and categories. The Holi celebration tends to transcend all the established differences and diversity of varna, caste, color, sex, age, wealth, power, and attitudes. The social destruction and renewal, world pollution and purification, smearing out the diversity to re-enact harmony and unity occur, not only on intellectual planes but it is played out physically and mentally by each and everyone with great joy. After all, it is Holi of Radha- Krishna-the feast of multidimensional harmony and divine love.

Prof. Shive K. Chaturvedi, Los Angeles, California, USA

क्रांतिकारी नारीवाद में सू-फेमिनिज़्म (Sū-Feminism) और सी-फेमिनिज़्म (Sī-Feminism) के भारतीय विकल्प

– प्रोफ़ेसर बलराम सिंह

अंतर्राष्ट्रीय नारी दिवस इस बार सीता जयंती के आस-पास होने से स्वाभाविक विचार आया कि क्या होता यदि सीता नारीवादी होतीं? यदि होतीं, तो किस तरह का नारीवाद प्रतिपादित करतीं? क्या आज का नारीवादी समूह (फेमिनिस्ट ग्रुप) उन्हें स्वीकार करता? ऐसा माना जाता है कि संसार में ऐसी कोई विचारधारा नहीं, जो महाभारत काव्य में न मिले, और उसी तरह विश्व में ऐसा कोई चरित्र नहीं, जो रामायण अथवा रामचरित मानस में न मिले। इस प्रकार नारियों के अनेक रूप रामायण के घटनाक्रमों में दृष्टिगोचर होते हैं। इनमें कैकेयी, कैकसी, कौशल्या, मंथरा, ताड़का, तारा, मंदोदरी, रुमा, सूरसा, सिंहिका, शबरी, सीता, शूर्पणखा, स्वयंप्रभा, सुलक्षणा, मांडवी, उर्मिला, श्रुतकीर्ति, अहिल्या, अनुसूइया, लंकिनी, इत्यादि उल्लेखनीय नारियाँ रही हैं। वैसे तो इन सभी नारियों के साहस, स्वातन्त्र्य, सामर्थ्य एवं समर्पण की अपनी अद्भुत कहानियां हैं, नारीवाद के प्रसंग का यथोचित प्रतिपादन सीता और शूर्पणखा चरित्र से प्राप्त हो सकता है।

हम देखते हैं कि सीता और शूर्पणखा ये दोनों क्रान्तिकारी महिलाएँ थीं। शूर्पणखा ने उस त्रेता काल में अपने मन से विवाह किया था। हालांकि, रावण ने उसे स्वीकार नहीं किया था। लेकिन, उसके बावजूद वह सेना की एक कमांडर, हुआ करती थी, और पूरा दंडकारण्य उसके अधीन था। इसलिए उसने राम को, जब वे  वहाँ पहुँचे, तो ललकारा। तो ऐसी वैसी महिला नहीं थी शूर्पणखा। वह बलिष्ठ थी और अपने क्रान्तिकारी विचारों के आधार पर ही उसने कार्य किए। उसने अपने महाबली भाई रावण से एक समझौते के अंतर्गत उस क्षेत्र का कार्यभार संभाला था, वह सबला थी, अबला नहीं। वह कूटनीति में निपुण थी, रणनीतिज्ञ थी। रूप, रंग, तेवर बदलने के गुण थे, उसके अंदर। खर, दूषण जैसे सेना नायक उसके आदेश का पालन करते थे। और वह यह सब अपने क्रान्तिकारी विचारों के कारण थी। वह स्वच्छंद, मनचली थी। उसके राम या लक्षमण के ऊपर आसक्ति केवल स्वच्छंदता ही नहीं, बल्कि रणनीति को भी दर्शाती है। राम रावण युद्ध की मुख्य पात्र वही थी।

सीता भी कम नहीं थीं, लेकिन व्यतिरेक है। सीता को प्रायः एक अनुसेवी, आज्ञाकारी, समर्पित महिला के रूप में दिखाया जाता रहा है, परन्तु सीता जन्म से ही एक क्रांतिकारी स्वभाव की व्यक्ति थीं। दो घटनाओं से यह पता लगता है – एक कि, राजा जनक ने कहा था कि, ये धनुष शिवजी का है, कोई उसको उठाएगा नहीं। और क्या किया सीताजी ने? पहले धनुष को उठा दिया। अपने पिता की अवज्ञा करके उठा दिया। ये तो दूसरी बात है कि धनुष बहुत भारी था, उठाईं कैसे। लेकिन उन्होंने कहा कि, शिव का धनुष है, तो मैं क्यों नहीं उठाऊँ, मैं साफ करूँगी, मैं उठाऊँगी। और दूसरा, जब राम और लक्ष्मण जब वन जाने लगे, तो कैसे उर्मिला नहीं गईं, कैसे सुमित्रा ने इस बात के लिए लक्ष्मण को मनाया, लेकिन सीता को कोई नहीं मना पाया। बहुत सारे सन्दर्भ कहे गए हैं, जिसमें सीता को प्रकृति के बारे में बहुत ज्ञान था, लेकिन दर्शन की भी वह बहुत बड़ी ज्ञाता थीं, और उन्होंने दर्शन के आधार पर राम से वाद-विवाद करके ये सिद्ध किया कि, नारी का स्थान पति से परे नहीं हो सकता है, खासकर अगर पति विपत्ति में हो तो। इसलिए वह भी एक ऐसी नारी थीं, जिन्होंने क्रान्तिकारी विचारों का आचरण करके अपने जीवन के आदर्शों का पालन किया।

सीता के विद्रोही विचारों की और भी झलक मिलती है, जब उन्होंने अपने देवर लक्षमण की खींची रेखा को भी भिक्षा देने हेतु पार किया, और लंका से हनुमान जी के साथ अकेले आने से इंकार कर दिया था। लेकिन इन विद्रोही कार्यों में भी उनके कर्तव्य पालन की ही छवि दिखती है। लक्षमण रेखा भी पार कर उन्होंने रघुकुल को किसी भिक्षुक को खाली हाथ लौटने के कलंक से बचाने, तथा पापी रावण को दंड दिलवाये बिना हनुमान जी के साथ लंका से वापस आने से इंकार किया था। 

अंत में सीता जी अयोध्या आने के पश्चात् निष्कासन की बात आती है, जिस पर लोग (विशेषतः महिलाएं) बहुत सारी आपत्तियाँ जाहिर करते हैं। वह घटना भी एक सन्दर्भ में ही समझी जा सकती है। भारत की परम्पराओं में खासकर के उस समय की परम्परा में जब राजा सिंहासन पर बैठता था, उसका राज्याभिषेक होता था, तो रानी का भी राज्याभिषेक होता था। सिर्फ राजा का राज्याभिषेक नहीं होता था, इसलिए यह नहीं कहा जा सकता है कि, रानी राजा से किसी तरह से कम हो सकती है। तो राम कौन होते हैं उनको निकालने वाले? अगर उनका भी राज्याभिषेक हुआ, तो ऐसा नहीं हो सकता है।

दूसरी बात यह है कि, उस समय राजतंत्र नहीं हुआ करता था, बल्कि प्रजातंत्र हुआ करता था। प्रजा का जो मूल रूप है, वह आज वाला प्रजातंत्र नहीं है, जिसको लोग कभी-कभी प्रजातंत्र कह देते हैं। प्रजा की एक सबसे बड़ी विशेषता है कि, प्रजा जो है वह आत्मनिर्भर होती है। वह किसी सरकार की नौकरी के चक्कर में नहीं होती, किसी सरकार से उसको कुछ नहीं चाहिए। जब वह आत्मनिर्भर होगी, तो जैसे अभी कुछ लोग गाँव से जुड़े होंगे, तो धोबी, नाई, कारपेंटर, कुम्हार, ये सारे लोग अभी भी नौकरी नहीं करते हैं, और ये अपने जीवन को स्वयं पालते हैं। उस समय राम के राज्य में किसी को नौकरी नहीं करनी पड़ती थी। सब लोग अपनी, जो भी उनके सृजनात्मक भाव थे, विचार थे, कुशलता थी, उन्हीं के आधार पर जीते थे। इसलिए वे पूरी तरह से स्वतंत्र थे, और राम इस बात को मानते थे कि, अगर स्वतंत्र व्यक्ति कुछ कहता है, तो उसे हमको मानना पड़ेगा।

राम की अपनी बात नहीं थी, बल्कि वो इस प्रणाली या व्यवस्था के लिए पूरी तरह से कटिबद्ध थे। सीता जी भी कटिबद्ध थीं, क्योंकि दोनों का राज्याभिषेक हुआ था। धोबी आता है, तो धोबी प्रजा में आता है, और जो भी कहते हैं, जो भी ऐसी बातें होती हैं, सीता जी स्वयं इसका निर्णय लेकर वह जाती हैं जंगल में। अब लोग बोलेंगे कि, कैसे ये निर्णय लेकर जाएँगी जंगल में?

आज के युग में अगर आधुनिकता देखनी है, तो अगर मियाँ बीवी में कोई बातचीत हो जाती है, तो पहले तो माताजी के यहाँ फोन जाता है, मायके में, भाई को बुलाओ, बाप को बुलाओ इनको समझाएँ, नहीं तो पुलिस को बुलाओ। लोग कहेंगे कि, उस समय पुलिस नहीं थी, गुरु तो थे, गुरु के यहाँ जा सकतीं थीं। लेकिन वह गईं कहाँ? जंगल में। उनका बाप झोपड़ी में रहने वाला तो था नहीं। मान लीजिए नहीं बुलातीं, तो राजा था उनका बाप, मायके चली जातीं। लेकिन क्यों नहीं गईं? इससे लगता है कि उनका निर्णय उनका था। अगर उनको निकाला जाता तो ऐसा वो नहीं कर सकतीं थीं। अगर उनका निर्णय उनका था, तो उनके व्यवहार को देखना पड़ेगा। उन्होंने राम के प्रति नकारात्मक एक भी शब्द न तो कभी खुद कहा, न अपने बच्चों से कहने दिया? और अन्त में उनकी मुलाकात राम से होती है, तब राम की बात का विद्रोही भाव से उल्लंघन करते हुए धरती में समाती हैं, ये कह के समाती हैं कि, आगे कभी भी मेरा जन्म होगा, तो मैं आपको ही पति-रूप में पाना चाहती हूँ। आजकल के ज़माने में जहाँ डिवोर्स बहुत बढ़ता जा रहा है, ऐसी नारी जो इतनी यातनाओं के बाद भी अपने कुल की परम्पराओं के आधार पर अपने जीवन को कठोरता से भोगते हुए, अपने बच्चों का पालन करते हुए, मान मर्यादा से रहते हुए और इस संसार से जाती है, वह नारी रामराज्य लाने में, रामराज्य प्रकट करने में सहायक सिद्ध हो सकती है। 

इसलिए,

‘रघुकुल रीति सदा चलि आई, प्राण जाइ पर वचन न जाई।

जैसी कुलरीति को सीता ने पूरी तरह संजोकर अपने आचरण में, अपने चरित्र में प्रकट किया। इस प्रकार सीता का वैदेही नहीं, बल्कि ये विद्रोही भाव ही रामायण की जड़, आधार, एवं सम्पूरण है, और रामायण को सीतायण कहना अतिशयोक्ति नहीं होगी। हालाँकि इस बात के लिए सीता की सम्मति संभवतः नहीं होगी।

आज की महिलाएँ, आज की बहू, बेटियाँ, बहनें, माताएँ व् पत्नियां अगर क्रान्तिकारी नारीवादी बनना चाहती हैं, तो उनके सन्मुख दो सशक्त भारतीय विकल्प मौजूद हैं, एक सू-नारीवाद (सू -फेमिनिज्म), जिसमे शूर्पणखा वाला क्रान्तिकारी, बलिष्ठ, स्वच्छंद, और बराबरी का भाव-विचार व आचरण हैं, तथा दूसरा सी-नारीवाद (सी-फेमिनिज्म), जिसमें सीता वाला विद्रोही, कर्तव्यनिष्ठ, परम्परावादी, व धार्मिक भाव-विचार व आचरण हैं।

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

Women Shaping the World as ‘Mothers’

Mrs. Rati Hegde

One of the most beautiful roles that a woman can play in her life is that of a Mother. It is said that “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”. What is it about motherhood that is so appealing? Is it just about carrying a life within one, nourishing it for 9 months within and then bringing forth life into the world? Or is it about shaping a personality and then giving the civilization a mature individual who can shape other lives in this world? Or is it about prayers and sacrifices which a woman undertakes to give her child the best in this world? In a way, I guess we all feel that motherhood is a little of all this and more.

In the Mārkandeya Purana, we read about the story of Rānī Madalasa, who was the wife of Rājā Ritdhwaja. When she was carrying her first three children and while bringing them up she sang to them verses which illumined the children about the true nature of their Atman. On growing up, the children went on to do Tapasyā and became realized souls. The Rājā worried about the future of his Prajā and he requested Madalasa to give thought to them too. When she became pregnant with the fourth child, Madalasa sang songs of valour so that he would imbibe the qualities of a great warrior and enable him to protect his kingdom and make it prosperous. She also taught him to look at other women as his mother, to care for his subjects and become established in Dharma and Viveka Buddhi. This boy, Alarka, grew up to be a righteous king and a mighty warrior.

In the Māhābhārata, we come across the story of Yayati and his wives Devyani and Sharmishtha. Sharmishtha sacrificed every pleasure known to her as a youngster, to satisfy her father’s Guru Shukracharya’s daughter, Devyani. Her son was Puru who was the youngest son of Rājā Yayati. When Yayati wanted to continue with enjoying the pleasures of life despite his nearing old age, he was told that if any of his sons would exchange his youth for his father’s old age, Yayati could enjoy many more years of youth. It was only Sharmishtha’s son Puru who intrinsically understood the futile search to satisfy physical and materialistic pleasures of life. He offered to take his father’s old age in return for his youth. After many years Yayati came to the realisation that physical pleasures could never be completely satiated and that the search for uniting the Atman with the Brahmn was the only search worth aiming for. He gave back his youth and the entire kingdom to Puru and blessed him. Puru went on to rule justly for thousands of years.

In the Māhābhārata, we also come across the story of a mother who fell asleep. This normal action of hers caused the loss of her very valiant son’s life. Yes, I’m referring to Subhadra and Abhimanyu.  Abhimanyu learnt about entering the Chakravyuha because he as an unborn baby, paid attention to his uncle Sri Krishna telling Subhadra about the interesting formation of the Chakravyuha. But when Subhadra fell asleep, Sri Krishna did not continue with the secret of coming out of the Chakravyuha because of which Abhimanyu never learnt about it. In the war, he managed to break through the formation and cause great havoc but was not able to come out of it alive. This story is generally used to warn mothers that whenever Mothers are not alert, it spells disaster to their progeny.

Our scriptures also talk about a child who learnt all about the Mantras, the Vedas and other texts while in the womb itself, so well that he could correct his father when he made a mistake. The father was Kahoda and the child was Ashtavakra. Ashtavakra learnt all the Vedas in the womb of his mother Sujata who was the daughter of Rishi Uddalaka. Sujata used to be seated near the place where her father Uddalaka taught everyday and her son learnt the scriptures before he was born. Though he got a curse from his father Kahoda for correcting him, Ashtavakra forgave him because he was a realized soul.

The best example of learning about devotion to Bhagawan comes from the story of Bhakta Prahlada. His mother Kayadhu stayed at the Ashrama of Narada Muni during her pregnancy and she kept listening to the various leelas of MahaVishnu from him. As her devotion to MahaVishnu grew, so did Prahalada’s. In fact his devotion was so unshakable that even when repeatedly threatened with death by his father, Bhakta Prahlada remained rooted in his faith in Bhagawan.

One may have a doubt in one’s mind that the above tales are of those mothers who do not feature in modern history, so maybe they are just tales and not completely believable. The truth is that even in reasonably modern history we see the repeat of these tales in our lives. Meerabai, the great devotee of Sri Krishna was introduced to Him by her mother. Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj became an epitome of bravery and warrior of Dharma because of his mother Jijabai. Adi Shankaracharya was born a realized soul because of the penance of his mother Aryaamba. It is said that Rahul Dev Barman, the famous music director of Hindi films, could understand ‘sur-taal’ even as an infant and hence he was given the nickname Pancham.

Indeed, a mother has in her, the capacity to shape the world through her offspring. It is one of the most elevated roles of a human life because mothers can bring forth a race of humane, wise and caring people if they set their minds to it. The only condition is that they have to align themselves to the positive vibrations that surround us and mold their thoughts to merge with that of a higher self. Human beings feel complete only when they are emotionally and spiritually satisfied. Mothers can play an important role in this by not just caring for the physical self while pregnant and while bringing up their child, but also fill their entire being with good thoughts and devotion to the Supreme One.

Becoming a Mother is important but more important is becoming a channel for good, kind and wise souls to enter our earth.

“Mātrudevo Bhava”.

Mrs. Rati Hegde, columnist and author

गणतंत्र दिवस 2021 और अराजकता

ब्रिगेडियर (डा.) जीवन राजपुरोहित

देश की सेहत ज़रा नासाज़ है।

कोरोना का कहर असर दिखा रहा है,

अर्थव्यवस्था को डरा रहा है,

उद्योग की गर्दन दबा रहा है,

जनमानस को डरा रहा है।

इस साल गणतंत्र दिवस ख़ास था, 

तैयारी पूरी थी, पर आने वाले नहीं थे, 

आगंतुक बहुत थे, पर पाबंदी भी थी।

कोरोना  की धाक इतनी कि,

बोरिस जॉनसन भी आने से मुकर गए।

दिल्ली रानी की तरह सजाई गई थी,

सुंदरता  चरमोत्कर्ष पर थी,

सुरक्षा का घेरा भी कवच मंडल की तरह था,

और दिलों की गरमी  पूरे देश में छाई थी।

उधर साज़िश की तैयारी में,

कौन थे वो  किसानों के भेष में,

बिल संशोधन के नाम पर, ना जाने क्या चाह रहे थे,

किसानों के विकास के नाम पर, लोकतंत्र को डरा रहे थे। 

सत्ताधारी थे या विरोधी, आवाज़ें उनकी बुलंद थीं, 

कुछ समझ नहीं आ रहा था कि,

दिन गणतंत्र दिवस था, या तांडव हैवानियत का।

किसानों का यह हाल, जो पिछले 70 साल में बदल नहीं पाया,

अब उन्हें यह एक बिल अखरने लगा,

संशोधन मंजूर नहीं, पूरे बिल को ही निरस्त करना चाह रहे थे।

किसानों के हाथों उन्हीं की, किस्मत को गर्दिश में झोंके जा रहे थे।

मान लिया, आपको बिल पर ऐतराज़ है, 

कुछ विषयों पर आप नाराज़ हैं।

राजनीति झलक रही, आपकी बातों और व्यवहार से,

फिर भी लोकतंत्र के नाते, आपसे बातचीत का सिलसिला शुरू हुआ।

सोचा था…

सामाजिक सोच झलकेगी,

 भारतीयता,  विश्वास और विकास में लक्षित होगी।

पर यह क्या?

गणतंत्र दिवस पर ही तिरंगे को बदरंग कर दिया,

देश और संविधान को अपमानित कर दिया।

विश्वास दिलाया था कि रैली शांतिपूर्ण होगी,

सभी मिलकर ट्रैक्टर रैली से अपना विरोध प्रकट करेंगे।

शांति दूत बन, किसानों का भला करेंगे,

राजनीति से हट, देशप्रेम से विकास करेंगे।

पर…

आपने तो विश्वासघात कर दिया,

देश में हिंसा फैला, सभी को हतप्रभ कर दिया।

किसानों के नाम पर, विकास और किसानी छोड़,

देश को  देश -विरोधी गतिविधियों से ही तोल दिया।

लगता है आप किसान नहीं, किसानों के भेष में हैवान हो,

किसानों के नाम पर राजनीति कवचित आडंबरी हो।

अगर वास्तव में आप देशप्रेमी हैं, 

देश के सच्चे किसान हैं,

देश पर आपको अभिमान है,

तो…

विरोध की जगह, प्रबोध को जगाओ,

विरोध में इतना धान उगाओ,

विकास में इतना ज्ञान और ध्यान लगाओ,

कि…

विश्वास का प्रकाश हो, सत्यता प्रमाणित हो,

और जो अब तक ना हो सका,

किसानों का जीवन-विकास पूर्ण हो।

और सरकार बाध्य हो, संशोधन की ओर अग्रसर हो।

आओ मिलकर प्रण करें,

तिरंगे की आन को, इसकी शान को, 

कोई छू ना पाए।

यह ना पूछें कि,

देश ने क्या दिया,

बस यही कहें-

मैंने देश के लिए क्या किया।

ये जो भी किसानों के वेश में,

शांति दूत बन किसानों का भला कर रहे।

राजपुरोहित चिंतित है,

ऐसी राजनीति निंदित है।

Brig JS Rajpurohit, Ph.D. Group Commander, Group HQ NCC, Gorakhpur (UP)

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।

Source of Image : https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/quick-take/making-a-circus-of-a-global-pandemic/article31141986.ece

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।

Source of Image : https://www.livemint.com/news/india/overcrowding-in-festive-season-pollution-causing-rise-in-cases-experts-11603982599374.html

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. 

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