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Who dropped the 13th Zodiac sign?

The classical constellations of western astronomy can be traced back to Ptolemy. Almost until the 15th century only 48 constellations were on the list. The interesting fact is the presence of a 13th constellation on this Zodiac. There are only twelve in the Zodiac of today. Who dropped the 13th sign or the constellation? The Sun signs per the modern constellation boundaries are totally broken (check the story below about the development of constellation boundaries). Sun signs were broken during the time of Ptolemy because of the 13th constellation. What can be the reason for the 13th sign on Ptolemy’s Zodiac? Let us turn to the East for an answer. In the past, the astronomers of the Indian peninsula were experts in using the rotations of the Moon as a marker for months. The idea of a lunar month is popular in India even today. The Panchang calendar shows both the lunar and solar months. The length of an year

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The mind and Entropy

Entropy is a word which is popular among scientists. Scientists say that air molecules more chaotically as the temperature rises. On the contrary a crystalline substance has low entropy due to the orderliness among the molecules within a crystal. The word Entropy can also be applied to the human mind. A worried mind is at a higher entropy due to the increased number of thoughts. A relaxed mind has ls thoughts. According to the law of thermodynamics – Entropy in the universe keeps increasing. However, there are zones of low and high entropy within the universe. The Rishi seers of the Indian civilization conveyed the complementary nature of low and high entropy as the metaphor of Agni and Soma. The accompanying web story illustrates this nicely. Scientists are fascinated by entropy in Crystals like a diamond. Crystals in one sense does not follow an important law of thermodynamic. At least, they appear to be doing this. Diamond and charcoal are

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Bed of Nails and Ratha Sapthami

The nail of bed a snake charmers were two popular images which defined India as an exotic destination in the sixties. The Nail of bed drew the attention of westerners, once again, a decade back, this time as a therapy. The New York Times even ran an article about this trend in 2014. During the colonial era, it must have been a great thrill for a Britisher to encounter an occasional ascetic sitting on bed of nails. But, the story of the nail of bed goes back several millennia in the collective memory of India. The Mahabharata text documents in detail the incidents surrounding the decision of the great warrior Yogi Bhishma to lay on a bed of arrows while awaiting his death. Bhishma, the great warrior Yogi had received a boon during his youth to chose the time of his death. In his ripe old age, he fell down from his chariot, with mortal injuries, in the great war.

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Bhramari and Nitric Oxide

Scientists published a finding a few year ago about the power of the paranasal sinus cavities. These cavities supply nitric oxide to the human body, especially when the air in the passage oscillates. Humming is a good way to get the air to oscillate in the sinus cavities. Nitric Oxide is an essential chemical for our wellbeing. This important chemical allows blood, nutrients and oxygen to be delivered efficiently all over the body. A lack of this chemical can lead to diabetes and heart diseases. Recently, a pharma company has initiated clinical trials on Nitric Oxide spray as a preventative solution for Covid-19. Bhramari or the humming-bee breath is popular among Yogis and has been known for millennia in India.. It s a powerful technique to calm the nervous system. This breath is named after the divine mother who used the power of bees to vanquish an Asura named Aruna. This Asura had obtained a boon from Brahma, the creator, that

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Deliberate disorder of the nine Grahas

In many temples in South India, there is an area which is dedicated to the nine Grahas or the luminaries which move in the sky. Murtys or sculptures which represent each Grahas can be in this area. The most striking aspect of their placement is the disorder in the directions which they face. The Murty for the Sun is at the very center. The eight other Grahas face random directions. Is there a logic behind this? Per astrology, the nine Grahas mete out the effects of past Karmas to human beings. People worship the Murtys of the nine Grahas to reduce the effect of negative Karmas. Several centuries ago, the Murtys of eight Grahas would be placed around, in an orderly manner, around the Murty of the Sun at the center. Such an arrangement is still in vogue in few temples even today. There must be history behind how the orderly arrangement gave way to random order. This is related

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Water Offering to the Sun

The tradition of giving thanks to the Sun has continued in the Indian subcontinent over the millennia. There was a time when larger sections of the society recognized the logic behind this tradition and engaged in it. Today we all know, through science, that life on planet Earth can not exist without Sun’s warmth and light. Rishis in the past created a short daily ritual to connect to the feeling of gratitude by remembering the role of Sun. The offering in this ritual is handfuls of water. Water signifies the care and love which nature showers on all creatures. The thanks-giving ritual is very brief but is done thrice a day, namely, at sunrise, noon and sunset. These are considered traditional periods. The first water or Argya offering is ideally offered a bit before Sunrise. The second water offering is done when the Sun is overhead and the third one before the Sun sets. The Argya offering is generally followed

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Mantra and its three focal points

Subtle world of energies orchestrates events in human societies. The complexity of the subtle world matches the diversity seen in the physical world. Devas are energy configurations in the subtle world. They can be controlled by Mantras which are vibrations in human speech. People in the past researched this topic thoroughly and wrote about them. They listed a few rudimentary principles to explain how mantras can be used for the purpose of changing energy patterns in the subtle world. The Rig Veda, the oldest collection of cognized knowledge, contains 10552 mantras or verses which have been grouped into 1024 Suktams. A few of these Suktams continue to be popular even today. Many people memorize them with proper intonations.  However, only a handful of people study the way to harness the full power in them. A famous verse in the Gita text says that  Devas are under the spell of Mantras and Mantras are under the spell of the one who

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Grand Conjunction and Gulikan

There is a grand conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the night sky on December 21, 2020. During such conjunctions, Jupiter and Saturn align on the same side of the Sun. Saturn and Jupiter are two of the largest massed planets in the solar system. Their combined gravitational pull impacts the location of the Sun. The combined gravitational pull of all planets impacts the Sun. Scientists have known from sometimes that the gravitational center of the Solar system is not really at the center of the Sun. They called the gravitation center of the Solar system as the Barycenter. The Sun itself wobbles around this Barycenter. During the upcoming Saturn-Jupiter conjunction, the Sun will move its farthest from the Barycenter. Earlier this year, Scientists discovered a super-accurate way to determine the precise center of our solar system. There is a story in the Puranas about the combined influence of all planets which they attributed to a pseudo planet called Gulikan.

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Matrika Symbolism

Consonants are an important aspect of human speech. We can not imagine a human language without consonants. The ancient Rishis revered the power of consonants through the symbolism of Matrikas. There are seven Matrikas one for each group of consonants. Consonants are grouped based on the position of the tip of the tongue as they are pronounced. There are five groups of five consonants and two groups of four consonants. Brahmi is the Matrika for the first group. She carries the energy of Brahma, the creator. The first consonant in the group is “Ka” which is also the alphabet associated with Brahma per Vedic texts. The five alphabets in this group each represent a Bhuta or a gross element. Maheshwari rules the second group which starts with the Sanskrit alphabet “Cha”. The five letters in this group each represent the subtler counterparts of the gross elements. The Matrika for the group containing which “Ta” is Kaumari. Kaumari carries the energy

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The Other Bose and Poisons

Most folk in India are drawn to Subash Chandra Bose and the conspiracy theories behind his disappearance. Only a few people remember Jagadeesh Chandra Bose who lived decades earlier. He was the first scientists to invent a wireless communication equipment. Marconi used his inventions a few years later and got a Nobel prize for it. JC Bose was also a pioneer in the field of Poisons. He was the first to quantitatively demonstrate the impact of poison on living cells and also on metals. He showed that metals can experience a shock when poison touches them.   Siddhas of South India were way ahead of anyone else in documenting the effect of poisons on metal alloys. They created powerful alloys which would not corrode by using different poisons while creating an alloy.  

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