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  • 21 Age old wisdoms of ancient India

    Our country “BHARAT” is very different and unique in all respects in whole world. Be it the tradition,culture,history,climate,language,region or religion, India has always set an example of exemplary wisdom and peace since beginning. A lot of changes though has taken place from following rituals to spending life,but there are still people who strictly follow the ancient lifestyle practices that our rishis and ancient Indian scholars used to do. You all might be aware of the things that Iam going to write down below but hardly find time to inculcate these habits in our day to day life.

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    Have a look over some wisdom points from ancient Hinduism custom that might be helpful to many of you living in today’s modern world:

    • People are advised to worship Neem and Banyan tree in the morning. Inhaling the air near these trees, is good for health.

     

    • If you are trying to look for ways for stress management, there can’t be anything other than practicing Hindu Yoga asanas and Pranayamam(inhaling and exhaling air slowly using one of the nostrils).

     

    • Hindu temples are built scientifically. The place where an idol is placed in the temple is called ‘Moolasthanam’. This ‘Moolasthanam’ is the place where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum, thus benefitting the worshipper.

     

    • Every Hindu household has a Tulasi Tulasi leaves when consumed, keeps our immune system strong to help prevent the dangerous H1N1 disease.

     

    • The rhythm of Vedic mantram, (an ancient Hindu practice), when pronounced and heard cures so many disorders of the body like blood pressure, heart disorders and insomnia.

     

    • Hindus apply the holy ash on their forehead after taking bath to removes sweat and excess water from head.

     

    • Women keep Kumkumabottu on their forehead that protects them from being hypnotised.

     

    • Eating with hands might be looked down upon in the west but it connects the body, mind and soul.

     

    • Hindu custom requires one to eat on either banana or palash leaves. This is the most eco-friendly way as it does not require any chemical soap to cleanse it and it can be discarded without harming the environment.

     

    • Piercing of baby’s ear is actually a part of acupuncture treatment. The point where the ear is pierced helps in curing asthma.

     

    • The old practice of pasting cow dung on walls and outside the house prevents various diseases as it is considered natural anti-biotic and rich in minerals.

     

    • Hindus consider drinking cow urine to cure various illnesses. Apparently, it does balance bile, mucous and air and cures heart diseases and also acts like an antidote.

     

    • The age old punishment of doing situps while holding the ears actually makes the mind sharper and is helpful for those with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning difficulties and behavioral problems.

     

    • Lighting ‘deepam’ or oil or ghee lamp in temples and houses fill the surrounding with positivity and recharge your senses.

     

    • Janjam, or the string on a Brahmin’s body, is also a part of acupressure and keeps the wearer safe from several diseases.

     

    • Decorating the main door with ‘Toranamu'- a string of mango leaves; neem leaves and ashoka leaves actually purifies the atmosphere.

     

    • Touching the elder’s feet keeps your backbone in good shape.

     

    • Cremation or burning the dead is one of the cleanest form of disposing off the dead body.

     

    • Chanting the mantram ‘Om’ leads to significant reduction in heart rate and leads to a deeper form of relaxation with increased alertness.

     

    • Hanuman Chalisa, according to NASA, has the exact calculation of the distance between Sun and the Earth.

     

    • The ‘ShankhaDhwani’ creates the sound waves by which many harmful germs and insects are destroyed. The mosquito breeding is also affected by Shankha blowing and reduces the spread of malaria.
  • Know the Yoga Gurus

    June 21st 2016 marks the second International Yoga Day, an event which celebrates the benefits of the centuries old exercise.  Over the years, the entire world has seemed to acknowledge the advantages of practicing yoga. The event’s celebrations witnesses people, students, political leaders practicing and promoting yoga. The fact that yoga emerged from India is no secret, with several teachers, gurus and yogis practicing and promoting it, since time immemorial. We bring to you some of the most famous saints and practitioners of yoga from India.

    1. AdiShankaracharya :AdiShankaracharya was born in 788 AD in a village called Kaladi in Kerala. One of the greatest philosophers of India. Shankaracharya is the main traditional teacher of Jnana Yoga or the “Yoga of Knowledge,” which is usually regarded as the highest yogic path. His great poemSaundaryaLahiri or the Wave of Bliss remains the most famous work of Tantric Yoga and Shakti Sadhana reflecting all the secrets of Sri Vidya, mantra, yantra and tantra.

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    1. Swami Vivekananda :The great soul who was responsible for taking India’s rich tradition and culture to the western world. He is the author of Raja Yoga, a book about "Raja Yoga", his interpretation of Patanjali's Yoga sutras. The book was published in July 1896.It became an instant success and was highly influential in the western understanding of Yoga. His Ramkrishna Mission and Math seeks to promote yoga and its benefits globally!

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    1. Swami Kuvalayananda :Hailing from Gujarat, Swami Kuvalayananda was a researcher and educator who is primarily known for his pioneering research into the scientific foundations of yoga. He started scientific research on yoga in 1920, and published the first scientific journal specifically devoted to studying yoga, Yoga Mimamsa, in 1924. The experiments carried out at the laboratory at Baroda Hospital convinced him that yoga could propagate health and bring about spiritual motivation that could illuminate change in human society. He established the Kaivalyadhama Institute of Yoga at Lonavala in Pune.

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    1. Swami SivanandaSaraswati: A former doctor in Malaysia, Swami Sivananda was immensely influenced by Swami Vishwananda Saraswati. Having learnt yoga, ancient scriptures and practiced sadhna, he founded the Divine Life Society (DLS) in 1936, Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy (1948) and authored over 200 books on yoga, Vedanta and a variety of subjects.

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    1. Swami ChidanandaSaraswati: Born as Sridhar Rao in 1916, had a keen interest in spirituality since a young age, Swami Chidananda joined Swami SivanandaSaraswati and set up Yoga Museum which housed the entire Vedanta philosophy and also a pictorial Yoga Sadhana process. He became the President of Divine Life Society in 1963 when his predecessor took final mahasamadhi.

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    1. Swami SatyanandaSaraswati: Highly influenced by Swami SivanandaSaraswati, Swami Chidananda studied yoga, tantra and Vedanta and kundalini yoga in such a through fashion that he founded the new Bihar School of Yoga in 1963 and became the pioneer of the kundalini yoga practice. Called by practitioners "the yoga of awareness", it aims "to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others.

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    1. Swami Rama: Born in 1925 at a village called Toli in the Garhwal Himalayas, Swami Rama became the holder of the Sankhya Yoga tradition.He is the first of the Yogis who was studied scientifically at Menninger clinic in USA. Scientists wanted to understand how he was able to control his heartbeat, body temperature and blood pressure voluntarily as these are involuntary processes. He is the founder of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy with headquarters in USA and branches in India and Europe.

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