|| LAWS ‘°&°’ RULES ||

MAN – Homo Sapiens – after travelling a long stage of evolution series, has reached this current form which although makes it belong to the Animal Kingdom, yet, is quite superior than the other species and genus present in the said taxonomy.

MAN – a social animal, who strives hard and always maintains to make himself comfortable in society, either by virtue of his qualities, nobilities, extravagances or status.

As mankind has evolved to the current standard of physical embodiment and mental level, similar is human life, which evolves from the stage of being an infant to that of getting matured enough to face the worldly challenges.

In this due course of development from infant to child then to teenager then to youth stage till the stage of retirement, human life is governed by many laws, rules, codes of ethics and compliance, which, being a social animal, everyone is bound to follow or else, he or she falls in the category and classification of that segment where there lies no difference between the most elite specie of the planet with the most inferior specie of the same.

Be it in the mode of education, profession and practice, sports and adventure, habits and etiquette; everywhere there are mentors, incubators and expert method accelerators who whole-heartedly takes the responsibility of shaping the life of any human in the moulds of their so-called certified, accredited and renowned functional tools and method, so that, the person reaches the highest levels of success and enriched stages of life.

All these methods of training, guidance and incubation can be luciferous only if the attendant of the said workshops or programmes or systems devote themselves effectively and stays at par with rules and protocols of the methodology they have opted for.

Starting from running a government till the cremation or burial deeds after death of a person, the entire system moves upon the wheels of rules, regulations, laws and ethics.

To devote oneself or to dedicate oneself for some cause or reason, irrespective of the reason being personal or social, one needs highest standards of mental determination and most importantly, the reason should fit and match with the choice, lifestyle and taste and preference of the person committed to the target.

Once the system or method or goal diverts or deviates from the expectations and preferences of the learner, it perforates and perfoliate all the designs and plans, and, that is the point, where, learners, irrespective of their merits and intellectual levels turns into activists.

As it is said often that THE POWER COMES FROM WITHIN.. it certainly points out to the fact that a person, for better educational, value and social development, requires spiritual development at the early phases of life.

Its true that rules, laws, codes of ethics and compliance are necessary for life; but it should guide life for enriched and enlightened livelihood rather ruling life out of its main motive. ~~ TheSpiritual

Hence, it is necessary to get versed with few spiritual laws and rules, which if gets into the blood and heart, following any type of earthly rules will be very easy and comfortable.

Out of all the above mentioned laws, Law of Karma is having a great importance as it’s impact is very instantaneous and justified. Karma means deed, and the law simply speaks “as you sow, so shall you reap!”

This Law of Karma constitutes of 11 more parts which categorises the segments of the deeds and activities of human.

All these laws teaches and trains a person to be noble, humble, patient, generous, compassionate, honest and modest warding off psychic evils like fear, rage, greed, lust and cruelty.

Persons with the positive qualities and an attenuation and regards for these laws will surely come in resonance with the positive vibrations of the universe and will certainly pave his path towards success.

To conclude, the power lies within a person, rules and laws can just guide a person or restrict a person from doing something wrong or unlawful. These things are not having the power to transform a person as transformation comes from realisation and this in turn comes from values, will and self-confidence.


|| Salutations of GENIUSes to VEDAS & UPANISHADS ||

Almost all of us know about the achievements and glory brought to the scientific development for mankind by never-to-be-born-again scientists, physicists, astronomers, mathematicians and philosophers like Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, W. Heisenberg, Isaac Newton, Erwin Schrödinger, Julius Robert Oppenheimer… All these elite and incomparable legends did all their part to give a boost to better understanding, conception and upliftment to those concepts which were merely a dream for the Human race of their time, such as, Law of Gravitation, Theory of Relativity, Concepts of Quantum Physics, Existence of Metaphysics, Atomic and nuclear phenomena etc. These were just a few hand-picked jewels out of the treasures these personalities have left for us to explore.

But, existence of GENIUS brains, eras before the birth of these aforesaid personalities can’t be denied, and fortunately they were born in India during the Vedic Era.

A huge difference lies between invention and discovery and REDISCOVERY… but the fact is that to accomplish any one of these three an exceptionally superior and functional grey matter is required for which we are bound to salute the elite personalities mentioned before.

Let’s move to the theory of gravitation…

This article of mine is neither having any intention to defame any iconic personality, nor any wish to undermine the effort, hard work and dedication of our ancestors just to bring the reality in front of our eyes from ether, either by discovery or invention or rediscovery.

Following are few accredition and salutations which Vedas and Upanishads received from our worldly geniuses..

Be it Albert Einstein or Nikola Tesla or Issac Newton, none of us are fortunate enough to witness their great works by living in their times; but yet, Stephen Hawking, the genius whose works we know and have witnessed and which makes us proud to claim ourselves to be one of the homosapiens of Hawking’s era, also declared the vastness of Vedas and ancient scriptures.

Hence, there’s nowhere any point to avoid, ignore or abandon the fact that Vedas and Upanishads had something which attracted the attention of such genius brains who are been credited to possess the most smart and intellectual brain of their own time and another fact lies underneath is that to understand and decode those pre-historic scriptures, a stupendously high range of intelligence is required which is not present in most or say majority of us and hence, we substitute our part of creative activities with criticism stuffs whenever any discovery is made.

|| VEDIC INVENTIONS ||~ SAGES were SCIENTISTS °∆° hence proved!!

Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva – these four Vedas projects the advancements, richness and infallible dignity of that Era in fields of Science, Engineering, Medicine, Art & Music, Literature & Philosophy and obviously Dharma; hence forming the rigid pillars providing support and intangible aura of nourishment to a mammoth achievable humane goal called KNOWLEDGE!

As discussed in my previous article , I tried to showcase a droplet out of the ocean of information stored in Vedas, as how certain inseparable and important aspects of Mathematics which are claimed to be lately invented or discovered, were already described in the Vedas dating back to around 2000 BC. Few similar facts related to certain discoveries and inventions during the Vedic Era is something which I would like to share in this article of mine.

Let’s start with VYMAANIKA SHAASTRA formulated by MAHARISHI BHARADWAJ on around 1500 BC and it consists of 3000 shlokas and 8 chapters.

Vymaanika Shaastra was all regarding ‘vimanas’, meaning flying vehicles and covered various descriptions, illustrations and details of topics related to aerodynamics, aerospace technology and engineering, and all these were composed several centuries before December 17, 1903, the day on which Orville and Wilbur Wright invented Aeroplane.

The topics covered include, “definition of an airplane, a pilot, aerial routes, food, clothing, metals, metal production, mirrors and their uses in wars, varieties of machinery and yantras, planes like ‘mantrik’, ‘tantrik’, and ‘kritak’” and four planes called Shakuna, Sundara, Rukma, and Tripura are described in greater detail. The extant text is claimed to be only a small (one-fortieth) part of a larger work Yantra Sarvaswa “All about machines”.

Later since 1914 AD onwards, these scriptures were decoded and rewritten for better understanding and Vymaanika Shaastra became one of the special topics of interest amongst researchers and scientists.

It was just a fraction of glimpses of engineering credentials stored in our most rich and invaluable scriptures, the Vedas. Now let’s take a glance in the accomplishments in the field of medicine whose doctrines are hymnatically embedded in the sacred Vedas.

Medicine, surgery and body analysis and treatment roots their basics from Ayurveda and in the ancient era, Pranacharya Charaka and Acharya Sushruta played iconic roles in these segments whose proof is the compilation and embodiment of Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita.

In this article Charaka Samhita is taken to be the topic of discussion.

Charaka Samhita or Compendium of Charaka is a Sanskrit text on Ayurveda. Although the dates of composition of Charaka Samhita are uncertain, yet, Meulenbeld’s History of Indian Medical Literature dates it between fourth century to second century BCE, while the Dridhabala Revision and completion dates it to the sixth century BCE. Traces of series of hymns of Charaka Samhita is found in Atharva Veda whose compilation dates back to 1000 to 1200 BCE.

This ancient text consists of eight books and one hundred and twenty chapters. It describes ancient theories related to human body, etiology, symptomology and therapeutics for a wide range of diseases along with sections on the importance of diet, hygiene, preventions, medical education, the teamwork of a physician – nurse – patient necessary for recovery to fine health.

The extant text has eight sthāna (books), totalling 120 chapters. The text includes a table of contents embedded in its verses, stating the names and describing the nature of the eight books, followed by a listing of the 120 chapters.

These eight books are ~

  1. Sutra Sthana (General principles) – 30 chapters deal with general principles, philosophy, definitions, prevention through healthy living, and the goals of the text.

  1. Nidana Sthana (Pathology) – 8 chapters on causes of diseases.

  1. Vimana Sthana (Specific determination) 8 chapters contain training of a physician, ethics of medical practice, pathology, diet and nourishment, taste of medicines.

  1. Śarira Sthana (Anatomy) – 8 chapters describe embryology & anatomy of a human body (with a section on other living beings).

  1. Indriya Sthana (Sensory organ based prognosis) – 12 chapters elaborate on diagnosis & prognosis, mostly based on sensory response of the patient.

  1. Chikitsa Sthana (Therapeutics) – 30 chapters deal with medicines and treatment of diseases.

  1. Kalpa Sthana (Pharmaceutics and toxicology) – 12 chapters describe pharmacy, the preparation and dosage of medicine, signs of their abuse, and dealing with poisons.

  1. Siddhi Sthana (Success in treatment) – 12 chapters describe signs of cure, hygiene and healthier living.

The text starts with Sūtra sthāna which deals with fundamentals and basic principles of Ayurveda practice. Unique scientific contributions credited to the Charaka Saṃhitā include:

  • A rational approach to the causation and cure of disease;
  • Introduction of objective methods of clinical examination.

Charak Samhita is a subject of thorough study, analysis and research since last few centuries and many segments of the compendium has been decoded and interpreted for the availability of the resources to general public.

Similar to the Vymaanika Shaastra and Charaka Samhita, numerous doctrines and compendiums forms the integral part of the Vedas, like, Sankhya Darshan by Kapil Muni, Aryabhatiyan by Aryabhatta, Sushruta Samhita by Sushruta, Lilavati & Bijaganita by Bhaskaracharya and Panch Siddhant & Bruhad Samhita by Varahamihira. All these compendiums, doctrines and scriptures reminds of a saying that RISHIS WERE ALWAYS RIGHT!

|| TRANSGENDER ~~ the Mythological Facts and Approach||

Sexual ambivalence has been a recurring motif in figures populating the world of ancient Indian mythology. 

Tales in regional folklore as well as the epic texts refer to both deities and heroes as well as non-divine figures changing genders, or manifesting as avatars of the opposite sex, such as Adhanari or Ardhaniswara, one of Shiva’s most popular avatars who is half-man and half-woman. In Vedic literature, the Kama Sutra, too, has spoken of the various branches of the queer community.

It is worth questioning the state of current society – in this context – when alternative sexualities are only now breaking the taboo; being queer is an idea that is slowly assimilating into the fabric of Indian society, and not without considerable outrage and pushback from those who subscribe to other notions of ‘Indian culture’ either. In spite of these, there have been a slew of events in the recent past that have been tangible steps towards being more inclusive of sexual variance in society, giving us hope that we’re moving towards a future where there is enough empathy in each of us to accept sexual ambiguity without the need to validate it to a T.

Bahuchara Mata is one of the pivotal Hindu deities who enjoys the patronage of the transgender and transvestite community in India, with several different tales in folklore depicting unmistakeable gender transformation and thus, shedding the trappings of heteronormativity. While there aren’t any direct references to homosexuality in ancient Hindu literary texts, there are several to the fluid nature of sexuality.

Daughter of Charan Bapal and Detha, one myth tells us about how she was travelling with her sisters in a caravan when a bandit named Bapiya accosted them on the journey. It was common for both men and women of the charan community to kill themselves when faced with the prospect of being overpowered and killed by enemies; and shedding the blood of a charan was considered abominable. The sisters announced Tragu, a form of self-immolation, upon being attacked and legend has it that they cut off their breasts, with Bahuchara cursing Bapiya to a life of impotency unless he dressed and acted like a woman, and worshipped her for the rest of his days. The underlying message here is simple –  Impotence or genital mutilation are again recurring themes in tales associated with Bahuchara Mata.

Another myth tells of a king who prayed to the Goddess for a son, who was eventually born impotent. The prince, Jetho, dreamt of Bahuchara one day who ordered him to cut off his genitals, wear women’s clothes and become her servant. Bahuchara Mata has consistently, over these stories, appeared as a figure who identified impotent men and commanded them to do this and serve her. If they refused to assume the attire and mannerisms of the opposite gender, they would be cursed in their next seven incarnations to be born impotent, and thus the cult of devotees who worship Bahuchara Mata grew; a community that is required to self-castrate and remain celibate. The stories also speak of the conflict between body and soul that transgenders go through, in search for their gender identity, a story from ancient times reflecting their state of mind.

Hijra: A term used in the Indian subcontinent to refer to the transgender community. 

In yet another of these numerous folk stories, Bahuchara was a princess whose marriage was never consummated. Her husband would, every night, slip away to the forest where he would ‘behave as a woman’ while other versions say that Bahuchara followed him one night and found him having sex with another man. Furious, she castrated him and cursed him, announcing that all men like her husband ought to be emasculated to give them a chance at a better rebirth. This same community of men was also promised protection if they worshipped her. 

A manifestation of the Goddess, Bahuchara is a symbol of immense strength and protection to the kinnar community in all of these stories, regardless of whether the story is about the men getting neutered or her being depicted cutting off her own breasts to save herself from the atrocity of rape; her worshippers are staunch believers in non-violence and consider killing of all animals and creatures a sin.

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While the primary temple of Bahuchara Ma is located in Bechraji town in Mehsana district of Gujarat, India, the goddess is one of the central religious figures amongst hijras, with many homes having small shrines dedicated to her. Seated on a rooster (to symbolise innocence), Bahuchara Mata is often depicted as a woman who carries a sword on her top right, the abhay hasta mudra (‘showering of blessings’) on her bottom right, a trident on her bottom left and a text of scriptures on her top left. 

With the transgender community being recognised in India as the third gender, and the recent election of a hijra mayor, things seems promising and we seem to be moving towards a more inclusive future albeit slowly and not without setbacks. Even as we take these steps forward, though, it is important to remember that it is these stories that have laid the foundation and been a source of strength and faith, a testament to how it is not up to any faction to decide what is ‘normal’ or ‘natural’. 

Much like the story of Nangeli, the 19th century Dalit woman, it is uplifting to discover in ancient Indian history and mythology traces of a community who are slowly regaining their rightful place in our society.

Similar many other manifestations of transgenderalism are cited in ancient Hindu Mythology scriptures like the gender of Buddh or Planet Mercury, gender bias of Lord Arun and Devi Usha, existence of Arjuna as eunuch named Vrihannala in one year Agyatavasa or exile in Mahabharata, the great transgender warrior Shikhandi and many other incidents incurring curses and illusions will be discussed in my upcoming posts.

||Lord Krishna ~~ Pinnacle of Spirituality||••Enhance your Spirituality!

Life nowadays rests upon the very much artificial pillars of sophisticacy and wealth and pleasure  centered activities with the mere intention of attainment of worldy and materialistic pleasure and none of us are having ample time to endow ourselves in the process of Spiritual Enlightenment.

Currently humanity is stuck in a very materialistic civilization which is completely degrading and not at all conducive for the spiritual evolution of the general public.

One of the fundamental causes of this materialistic society is the widespread belief in the completely false theory that life comes from matter. If the people can believe life comes from matter simply by random chance then they can avoid all spiritual considerations completely.

In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna completely smashes this idea by asserting that He is the source of everything and that everything emanates from Him. Bhagavad Gita is so clear but because of the tendency of people to be envious, because they do not want to accept anyone is greater them themselves, they reject these very clear statements of Krishna and try and explain them in some other way.

Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both its origin and dissolution.  (Bhagavad-gita 7.6)
Everything that exists is a product of matter and spirit. Spirit is the basic field of creation, and matter is created by spirit. Spirit is not created at a certain stage of material development. Rather, this material world is manifested only on the basis of spiritual energy. This material body is developed because spirit is present within matter; a child grows gradually to boyhood and then to manhood because of that superior energy, spirit soul, being present. Similarly, the entire cosmic manifestation of the gigantic universe is developed because of the presence of the Supersoul, Visnu. Therefore spirit and matter, which combine together to manifest this gigantic universal form, are originally two energies of the Lord, and consequently the Lord is the original cause of everything. 
A fragmental part and parcel of the Lord, namely, the living entity, may by manipulation of material energy construct a skyscraper, factory or city, but he cannot create matter out of nothing, and he certainly cannot construct a planet or a universe. The cause of the universe is the Supersoul, Krishna, the supreme creator of all individual souls and the original cause of all causes.

These are very radical statements in today’s world. Nowadays ‘educated’ people do not believe in the existence of anything except matter. For them the only thing in existence is the gross material elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether. Some even don’t believe in ether… So they are like children who do not understand how something works. They are in complete ignorance as to the way the world is functioning. And they are worshipped as great scientists and scholars. This is the world we live in. Complete fools in complete ignorance are telling us that there is no spiritual energy, everything is matter, everything is chemicals and that life comes from a random combination of chemicals. 

But we can understand from this verse of Bhagavad Gita that Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the source of all life and all matter. So life~~and also matter~~comes from life. It does not come from chemicals or from a primordial soup… Life and matter come from Krishna. Life comes from life! If we can just establish this fact it will be a great step forward for human civilization. 

O conquerer of wealth [Arjuna], there is no Truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread. (Bhagavad Gita 7.7)
There is a common controversy over whether the Supreme Absolute Truth is personal or impersonal. As far as Bhagavad-gita is concerned, the Absolute Truth is the Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna, and this is confirmed in every step. In this verse, in particular, it is stressed that the Absolute Truth is a person. 
That the Personality of Godhead is the Supreme Absolute Truth is also the affirmation of the Brahma-samhita: the Supreme Absolute Truth Personality of Godhead is Lord Krsna, who is the primeval Lord, the reservoir of all pleasure, Govinda, and the eternal form of complete bliss and knowledge. 
These authorities leave no doubt that the Absolute Truth is the Supreme Person, the cause of all causes. The impersonalist, however, argues on the strength of the Vedic version given in the Svetasvatara Upanisad: “In the material world Brahma, the primeval living entity within the universe, is understood to be the supreme amongst the demigods, human beings and lower animals. But beyond Brahma there is the Transcendence who has no material form and is free from all material contaminations. Anyone who can know Him also becomes transcendental, but those who do not know Him suffer the miseries of the material world.”
The impersonalist puts more stress on “no material form”. But this “no material form” is not impersonal. It indicates the transcendental form of eternity, bliss and knowledge as described in the Brahma-samhita quoted above. Other verses in the Svetasvatara Upanisad substantiate this as follows:

“I know that Supreme Personality of Godhead who is transcendental to all material conceptions of darkness. Only he who knows Him can transcend the bonds of birth and death. There is no way for liberation other than this knowledge of that Supreme Person.”

“There is no truth superior to that Supreme Person because He is the supermost. He is smaller than the smallest, and He is greater than the greatest. He is situated as a silent tree, and He illumines the transcendental sky, and as a tree spreads its roots, He spreads His extensive energies.”

From these verses one concludes that the Supreme Absolute Truth is the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is all-pervading by His multi-energies, both material and spiritual.

So from these two verses of Bhagavad Gita we can understand it very clearly and very conclusively from Krishna Himself that everything–both the living entities and matter–comes from Krishna and that everything is resting on Krishna just like the pearls are resting on a thread. 

So this very simple point (that everything comes from Krishna, that life comes from Krishna, life comes from life) will, if understood and accepted by the general public, take humanity to the next level of spiritual evolution.

|| Lord Hanuman and Shani Dev || ~ Spiritually Significant relationship!

​~Lord Hanuman~is known to be the student of Lord Surya, who gave him knowledge of practicality, spirituality, life and basic duties and principles.

~Lord Shani~is known to be Son of Lord Surya.

~Lord Hanuman~is said to be born from air and is hence called Pawanputra.

~Lord Shani~is said to be born out of Fire.

~Lord Hanuman~ is all over claimed and respected as the troubleshooter and reliever of devotees in pain and trouble.

~Lord Shani~is said to be merciless and is feared by all due to his pain giving attributes. He is also known as God of Justice as mentioned in few Mythological citings and hence doesn’t shows mercy in sentencing his judgements.

In spite of these poles apart characteristics and opposite belief forte, the Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman and Shani Dev are still connected very well to each other. Here follows few tales focussed on their love-hate relationship.

|| Lord Hanuman Breaks Shani Dev’s Proud on Lord Surya’s Insistence ||

After completing his education, Lord Hanuman wants to repay his guru Lord Surya. Though Surya tells Hanuman to go back without repaying him anything, Hanuman insists him to ask for his guru dakshina. This is the time when Lord Surya talks about his son Shani who never listens to him and creates problem for everyone. He asks Hanuman if he can make him mend his ways.

Hanuman then enters Shani Lok and request Shani to return to his father. Shani who is too haughty cannot believe the fact that Hanuman could enter his Shani Lok effortlessly. So, he decides to teach Hanuman a lesson. He then climbs on Lord Hanuman’ shoulder and implies all his energy to put an influence on him. However, much to his surprise, it doesn’t affect Lord Hauman in any way.
In fact, Lord Hanuman increases his size so much that poor Shani is caught between the ceiling of the room and Hanuman’s shoulder. Now that the pain becomes unbearable, Shani requests Hanuman to leave him with a promise that he would never trouble anybody who is a Hanuman devotee, moderating all his effects in front of a Hanuman devotee. Hearing this, Hanuman released Shani Dev from his catch.
Next, Shani dev asks Lord Hanuman for til and tail so that he could apply on him, and get away from the pain. Ever since then it is a normal practice to offer oil and black til in the name of Shani Devta. It not only soothes his pain, but also makes him beneficent towards Ram and Hanuman devotees. This is the reason why every Saturday you see a huge line in every Hanuman temple to visit both Hanuman and Shani devta. People who give an offering of til and tel (oil) to Shani devta on this day are not affected by Shani’s dosh.

|| Lord Hanuman Rescued Shani Dev from the Clutches of Ravan ||

The boon of Lord Shiva and Brahma made Ravana invincible. He wanted a similar fate for his son Meghnath, and so when he was about to be born, Ravana kidnapped all the 9 planets and placed them in the 11th position so that his newborn too could be immortal and invincible. This made him lock up all the planets including the Saturn,that is Shani Dev in a place where it would be very difficult for them to get out.
However, Lord Hanuman reached the place when he was searching for Maata Sita in Lanka after she was kidnapped by Ravana. It was then Lord Hanuman rescued Shani Dev from Ravana. As a thank you gesture, Shani Dev gave a boon to Lord Hanuman that the effect of Shani’s inauspiciousness will never affect him in any way. In return, Lord Hanuman mentioned that none of his devotees should be affected as well. Shani dev obliged. This is the reason why people worship Shani Dev on Saturday and why Shani do not cause adversities to Hanuman devotees.

|| Relation Of Hanuman and Shani ||~SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE

Lord Hanuman’s and Shani devta’s story has a spiritual significance. Every time the Shani who is full of pride and ego meets a humble Hanuman, all the self-centered action is countered by the self-less Hanuman. Likewise, if you counter all your ego, pride and selfless attitude and become as good, humble and helping like Lord Hanuman especially if you are in the Saadhe Saati phase, you are ought to come out of the web successfully. Remember, Shani troubled Hanuman, not once but several times. However, Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman could win each time due to his modesty and humbleness.