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Who dropped the 13th Zodiac sign?

The classical constellations of western astronomy goes back to the time of 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 are broken per the modern constellation boundaries. 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. However, a relaxed mind has less 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. Certainly, they appear to be violating this law. Diamond and charcoal

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Bed of Nails and Ratha Sapthami

Two popular images defined India as an exotic destination in the sixties. They were the nail of bed and snake charmers. The Nail of bed drew the attention of westerners, once again, a decade back, this time as a therapy. The New York Times ran an article about this trend in 2014. During the colonial era, Britishers living in India experienced thrill upon encountering an ascetic sitting on bed of nails. However, sitting on a nail of bed has never been a common custom among Indians. On the other hand, Indians know a popular story about the nail of bed. This story 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

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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. Because humming benefits Nitric Oxide, it is obvious that the Yoga technique Bhramari must also be. Yogis practice Bhramari or the humming-bee breath. Secondly, people knew about this breath for millennia in India. It s a powerful technique to calm the nervous system. This breath is named after the divine mother. She used the power of bees to

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Deliberate disorder of the nine Grahas

    In many temples in South India, there is an area dedicated to the Devatas or subtle energies of the nine Grahas or the luminaries which move in the sky. There, we can usually find one Murty (an idol) for each of the nine Grahas. However, they face different directions as if they have been disordered. The person who invented this disordered arrangement is the Siddhar Idaikkadar ( இடைக்காட்டுச் சித்தர்). Before the time of Idai Kattu Siddhar, eight of the nine Navagrahas stood in a neat circle. Idaikkadar was a sheep herder who attained the status of an enlightened being. Through his Yogic powers, he once foresaw an impending drought. He came to know that the draught would last a long time. He prepared his sheep to eat only the harsh vegetation which tends to grow in parched land. His sheep therefore yielded toxic milk. Idaikkadar prepared his body by consuming this milk. This milk could make anyone else drowsy. Eventually, the draught hit

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Water Offering to the Sun

The tradition of giving thanks to the Sun continues in the Indian subcontinent since millennia. Long ago, large sections of society understood the logic behind this tradition. Therefore they engaged in it with fervor. Today, many of us do understand the basis behind such tradition. However, modern science can give us a partial insight into the way in which thought leaders in a distant past, inculcated respect natural resources among the masses. Through science we know that life on planet Earth can not exist without Sun’s warmth and light. An awe about Sun’s role can kindle respect for life on planet earth and its dependency on Earth’s natural resources.  Vedic seers kept this spark of awe through a simple daily ritual of gratitude. This ritual consists of offering to the Sun, daily. The offering in this ritual is a handful of water or Argya. Any thanks giving ceremony is symbolic and is designed to kindle a delicate feeling within. The

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Mantra and its three focal points

A subtle world of energies orchestrates events in human societies. Besides, the complexity of this world matches the diversity seen in the physical world. Devas are energy configurations in this subtle world. Human beings can access these Devas through Mantras. Further, Mantras are related to human speech at the mental level. Most importantly, a Mantra is a combination of smaller units such as a Bija. These small units are like Phoneme in human speech. They resonates in the human brain, in the mind space.  Intellectuals in a distant past researched this topic. They wrote about their experiences with them. Also, they identified a consistent way of using Mantras to impact the energy patterns in the subtle. The Rig Veda, the oldest collection of recorded knowledge, contains 10552 mantras or verses. These verses are grouped into 1024 Suktams. A few Suktams are popular even today. People continue memorizing them and vocalizing them over generations.  However, only a few study the way

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Grand Conjunction and Gulikan

There was 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. Secondly, their combined gravitational pull impacts the location of the Sun. The combined gravitational pull of all planets impacts the Sun. Gulikan in the Vedic tradition is an abstract energy which can weigh against the combined force of the Sun, the Moon and the planets. What is Gulikan? Scientists have known for sometime that the gravitational center of the Solar system is not really at the center of the Sun. The gravitation center of the Solar system is the Barycenter. The Sun itself wobbles around this Barycenter. During Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions, the Sun moves the farthest from the Barycenter. Earlier in 2020, Scientists discovered a super-accurate way to determine the precise center of our solar system.

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Matrika Symbolism

Consonants are an important aspect of human speech. Certainly, 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. In summary, a consonant appears in a group according to the position of the tip of the tongue during pronunciation. 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”. This alphabet belongs to Brahma per Vedic texts. In addition, 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. Matrika and Ego The Matrika for the group containing which “Ta”

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The Other Bose and Poisons

Indians consider Subash Chandra Bose to be Hero whose actions brought India its independence. However, they think that his sudden disappearance was not an accident. Besides they believe that vested interests conspired to take him out of the lime light. Another Bose who lived decades earlier may also have met a similar fate. Sadly, far fewer people remember this other Bose. Jagadeesh Chandra Bose was a brilliant scientist. He was the first to invent a wireless communication equipment. Marconi used his inventions a few years later and got a Nobel prize for it. Even less recognized is JC Bose’s pioneering work in the field of Poisons. Jagadeesh Chandra Bose 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.  Generally, metals are good conductors of electricity. Besides, during the time of JC Bose, measuring techniques were available to understand the conductivity

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