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Nitric Oxide and Siddhars

Siddhars knew a few secrets about Nitrogen, which modern science has just begun to explore. Three scientists, Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro, and Ferid Murad, received the Nobel Prize in 1998 for a discovery about Nitrogen. They discovered the importance of nitric oxide as an essential signaling agent in the cardiovascular system. Centuries ago, Siddhars cognized the vital connection between the body’s chakra system and the assimilation of bioavailable Nitrogen (Nitric Oxide) from the air we breathe. Chakras supply the body with a unique type of energy, the Prana Vayu. This energy differs from that coming from the air we breathe. Oxygen from the air provides vital energy called ATP to every cell in the body. Prana Vayu circulates throughout the body as oxygen does. Siddhars say that the lungs receive one and a half kilos of Prana Vayu from the blood to draw 525 grams of bioavailable oxygen from the air. The lungs also draw an equal amount

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Purana Lakshana

What makes a text a Purana? Pancha Lakshana

Purana texts are story collections that adhere to a fixed literary format. However, each Purana may offer its unique moral stories, some semi-historical information, and guidance on Puja practices. Amarakosha, a famous grammar text from the fifth century, lists five mandatory requirements or Lakshanas for a story collection to be called a Purana. These Lakshana-requirements provide a deeper insight into the ingenuity of Vyasa in choosing the medium of stories to educate the masses. The following verse from the Amarakosha lists Pancha (5) Lakshana: Sarga, Pratisarga, Vamsa, Manvantara, and Vamsa Anucharita. Vyasa achieved a specific purpose with each Lakshana. This post reviews the purposes in the following paragraphs. सर्गस्च प्रतिसर्गस्च वंशो मन्वन्तराणि च |वंशानुचरितम् चैव पुराणम् पञ्च लक्शनम् || sargasca pratisargasca vaṃśo manvantarāṇi cavaṃśānucaritam caiva purāṇam pañca lakśanam Amarakosha on Purana Lakshana Purana Lakshana 1: Sarga Human beings have a physical body which is a part of material existence. In addition, everyone has an unseen mind-intellect complex. Similarly, the cosmos must have

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Ijya Puja of Ramanuja - Ishti Yagna

Saint Ramanuja’s gift of the Ijya Puja ritual

Saint Ramanuja was a revolutionary Acharya-saint who lived one thousand years ago. He took a keen interest in studying ancient Pancharatra Agama texts. He revised extant temple rituals to fall in line with these Agama texts. Ramanuja also created a simple Puja ritual, the Ijya Puja, which brought the benefit of a fire ritual to a commoner. This post answers the following questions. The Ishti Fire ritual Firstly, the popular word Yagna refers to a Vedic fire ritual. Secondly, Vedic scholars classified Yagnas broadly based on their offerings. Chanting of a mantra that invites or praises a deity accompanies simpler Havis-Offering in an Ishti-style Yagna. Svaha chants accompany the pouring of the Havis-Oblations in an Ahuti-style yagna. Ijya refers to any performance that adheres to Ishti principles. Agama texts explain the logic behind the steps in a Puja. The ancient Agama texts’ authors were Vyasa’s contemporaries. They borrowed procedures from Vedic rituals and adapted them for temple worship. Some authors

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Weak Omkar resonance in the body

Silence is a part of Tapasya in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. What is the purpose of Silence in Tapasya? We hear about the intense Tapasya of Asuras, Rishis, and Devas. They gained psychic powers by maintaining intense Silence for a long time. How do spiritual powers arise in Silence? Silence strengthens the resonance of Om, which is the storehouse of every type of spiritual power. Let us understand how. Firstly, let us know a bit about OM. Three sounds meld seamlessly to create the universal resonance of Omkar, the OM sound. Yoga practitioners worldwide know these sounds to be A, U, and M. Siddhars attribute these three to Omkar being weaker within the body than outside. We can appreciate ancient Yogis’ fondness for Silence when we understand the following. Dissonance arises between A and U when they operate the Pingala and Ida Nadis, which are often imbalanced. Imbalance occurs from many causes, such as blocked Chakras, sluggish Nadis, unprocessed emotions,

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Sun’s Rashmi energies

Life on Earth depends on light and heat from the Sun. This fact is well known. Secondly, for centuries, psychiatrists have understood the connection between severe mental afflictions and the lunar cycle. Thirdly, Astrologers believe that the five innermost planets influence the lives of individuals. Is there any logic behind the second and third statements, with the Sun being the Planet’s only energy source? The Moon and planets only reflect the energy from the Sun! How can they exercise their influence on biorhythms? This article discusses seven Rashmi energy frequencies of the Sun, namely, Sushumna, Harikesa, Vishwakarma, Vishwashrava, Sampad-Vasu, Arva Vasu, and Svarat. Vedic texts connect Soma, the recharging impulse in the universe, with the Moon. Devas replenish their life force by drawing out Soma supply from the Moon during the waning phase. Soma supply is the cause of Devas’ longevity. However, the supply of Soma is limited. The moon must replenish the depleted pool of Soma. Moon can lock

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Hiranya Garbha Suktam - Rik 6

Hiranya Garbha Suktam – Krandasi

The English word cry (Latin Critare) is related to the Sanskrit root Krandas (क्रन्दस्). Krandasi (pronounced Krandasee) is a unique word in the Vedas. It is derived from the root Krandas.  We find this word in a mysterious Rik mantra. This Rik is from the famous Hiranya-Garbha Suktam, dedicated to the supreme being who is a mystery. Hiranya Garbha refers to the cosmic egg which shines like gold (Hiranya). यं क्रन्द॑सी॒ अव॑सा तस्तभा॒ने अ॒भ्यैक्षे॑तां॒ मन॑सा॒ रेज॑मानेyaṃ krandasī avasā tastabhāne abhy aikṣetām manasā rejamāneयत्राधि॒ सूर॒ उदि॑तो वि॒भाति॒ कस्मै॑ दे॒वाय॑ ह॒विषा॑ विधेम ॥yatrādhi sūra udito vibhāti kasmai devāya haviṣā vidhema Rig Veda – 10th Mandala – 127th Suktam – 6th Rik Krandasi is a reference to the pair of Earth and heaven. Rik six of the Hiranya Garbha Suktam uses this word to highlight the conflict between the Earth and Heaven. Tumultuous screams (Kranda/क्रन्द) arise in a war when two factions mesh into each other. Such cries characterize the nature of the

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Idol worship

Those who are against paganism can find Hinduism confusing. Certainly, Hinduism supports idol worship but that is not all. Hinduism caters to the psychologist maturity level of the worshipper. Let us understand this. A Sanskrit poem from the Agni Purana presents a simple context to worship modalities in Hinduism. Any intellectual in India could quote this poem two or three generations ago. The poem explains the thought process behind tying worship choice to psychological maturity. अप्सु देव मनुष्याणाम् दिवि दिवा मणीषिणाम् | बालानाम् काष्ठ लोष्टिषु बुध्दस्य आत्मनि देवता || Agni Purana – modes of worship Water bodies are sacred Famous pilgrimage centers in India are on riverbanks. Firstly, every sacred river has at least one ancient temple. Secondly, large temples in the South which are away from any rivers have a sacred temple-pond. Society revered water resources. Even the uneducated kept waste away from these sacred water bodies. The sacred water-pot Any Hindu Puja ritual begins with a sacred water-pot

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Valakhilya Rishis and Magnetic Poles

Valakhilya Rishis and Magnetic field lines Who are Valakhilya Rishis? Where do we find references to the Valakhilya? Are they connected to Earth’s magnetic Pole? We must understand a few ideas about these Rishis to find an answer to these questions. Is there any connection between these Rishis and the Valakhilya hymns in the mandalas of the Rig Veda? We gather four important facts from the references to the Valakhilya Rishis from Purana texts. Firstly, these thumb sized Rishis meditate upside down. Secondly, these ancient Rishis survive without eating food. They survive solely on air. Thirdly, they follow the Sun from dawn to dusk. In fact, they carry the Sun on his daily sojourn around the Earth. Fourthly, one of the seven Saptarishis, namely, Kratu is their father. Are hints from these four areas enough to understand the metaphor of Valakhilyas? These tiny sized Rishis move with the Sun from dawn to dusk. They survive on air. Therefore, Valakhilya may

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Manu and the Evolution of Sight

Paleontologists suggest an unexpected scenario for the evolution of the eye (how eyesight evolved) in creatures. According to this, the human eye lens mechanism evolved from a rudimentary light sensor in a jellyfish. This evolution began during the post-Cambrian era. In fact, an explosion of species occurred during the post-Cambrian period some 400 million years ago. The maturing of the organs of sight could happen during this explosion.  A flat photosensitive cell found in early organisms evolved through different stages. Initially, it was a pit hole. Then it became a pinhole. Finally, it took the shape of a lens structure. Indeed, the evolution of the eye is unique. Nature reused one group of proteins and toolkits 50-100 times over. Clearly, nature attempted several times to arrive at a decent prototype of the complex human eye.  Vedic literature refers to steps in evolution through the idea of Manus. Interestingly, the name of one of these Manus refers to “eyesight.” Besides, the period of

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What is Soma Juice made of?

What is Soma Juice made of?

Many people asked this question in vain in the past – What is Soma Juice made of? Researchers have studied different plants, mushrooms and other hallucinogens. However, none of these matches the description of the Soma plant as described in the Soma Sacrifice of Veda. This makes us wonder if researchers are on the right track about Soma Juice. The Samba Purana text provides a simplified description of the mantras to the Chariot of the Sun in the Vedas. Let us understand more about the nature of the Soma drink from it. Devas gain sustenance from the Sun Surya or the Sun is the supreme Deva according to those who worship the Sun. In this context, the existence of the other Devas must depend on the power of Surya. They must gain their immortality from the rays of the Sun. One way the Devas gain immortality is from Yajna fire ritual or the Soma sacrifice. The officiating priests extract the

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