When you Google the word “mother” you are in for a surprise; while your mind is conjuring scenes of
gentle love and unconditional caring, you ﬁnd that the ﬁrst three links are actually retail shops and businesses with that name. And yet, we can’t discover a more fundamental word in our vocabulary. In fact, almost all languages employ the sound ‘m’ for “mom” - maa (Hindi), mama (Chinese), mamma (Italian), maman (French), mutter (German), mama (Quechua American Indian), to mention a few. And as it turns out, it is also the ﬁrst word that almost all children worldwide utter even before learning to speak. Dr. Pillai has also taught us that the sound “m” allows us to access the fabled midbrain, where inﬁnite powers are stored. But, why do we love our mothers so much? It must be because the pure and unlimited love of a mother is often the very best kind of love that we will ever experience in our lives. And, while we must certainly allow for exceptions, our mother was our ﬁrst beloved in our childhood. In her arms, we felt perfect, lovable, beautiful and nurtured at a very young age. This kind of motherly love has often been equated to divine, pure love. And we want more of this love because, let’s face it; we all want to be loved unconditionally. And for this reason, there isn’t a better place for ﬁnding unbounded love than spirituality. It goes without saying that, as we grow older, we need less caring of the initial kind we can cook our own
food and can function on our own, so we look for more mature forms of love in our friends, our partners, then our children. And in this process, it dawns on us that we, too, are capable of loving others. Of course, even at an adult age, most of us realize that ‘Mom’ is always available for catering to our emotional (and often material) needs. So occasionally, we return to our mothers seeking shelter and comfort. The Divine Mother is also said to be ever available for our pleas and requests to fulﬁll our desires. Across cultures and time, many pray most fervently to the Great Mother, feeling her compassion and support in times of need. Mother Mary worship, for example, is so widespread that even people from other faiths invoke her in a blend of mysticism, which includes all feminine celestial entities. ‘Jai Maa’ is a common Sanskrit invocation and greeting among Indian devotees that means ‘Victory to the Mother’ implying that the power of the Divine Mother’s true love can conquer anything through creation and destruction, fertility and nurturing and her many other attributes. Additionally, spiritual people everywhere hold the notion that a capacity for unconditional, selﬂess love towards all beings is one of the highest achievements on the way to self-realization. And who can better embody this kind of love other than the Divine Mother? Even in ancient Egypt, one of the highest positions in society was held by the mother of the queen-spouse of the Pharaoh (who was himself supposed to be an incarnation of God). This signals that motherhood received high praise even within the populations living on the lands of the Nile. At some point in our lives, we have probably marveled at the staggering depth of love as we observed a woman’s radiant smile as she fussed over her ‘unbeautiful’ (in our eyes) disabled child - a powerful reminder that our senses can never convey the inﬁnity and beauty of motherly love. And before this reason alone, we could bow with gratitude to all mothers everywhere. May they be happy, healthy and free, always.
Author Bio Italian born Lalitha Devi (Donatella Riback) is a yogini and writer. Since 1993, she has been learning Vedic Sciences, furthering her studies while living in India for ﬁve years. After resigning in 2003 from an executive level position in PR, she has been teaching yoga and Ayurveda. Lalitha is a certiﬁed yoga teacher and Reiki master. She has studied Ayurveda with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon and Dr. Vasant Lad. Lalitha is also a certiﬁed Vedic astrologer from the American Academy of Vedic Arts and Sciences (AAVAS) and her Jyotish gurus include: Sam Sadasiva Geppi, founder of AAVAS, Dr. Pillai, founder of AstroVed, Dr. K S Charak, and AstroVed astrologer Valli Wells.
Gold Never Goes Old
Gold Never Goes Old From Goddess Lakshmi to Queen Cleopatra P Venkatesh Think ‘Gold’ and one can’t help thinking about Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth. See any of her images closely and the ﬁrst thing you will notice is the gold coins falling down from one of her hands. The saint Adi Shankara is said to have experienced this himself. Once, when he praised Lakshmi with the hymn ‘Kanaka Dhara’ (means stream of gold), there was literally a rain of gold from the sky. Gold is inseparable from Lakshmi. ‘Hiranya varnaam’ is how Lakshmi is called, for she is the one with the golden complexion. To have gold in your house is to have Lakshmi’s grace. And to have Lakshmi’s grace is to have good fortune in your life.
Golden Law of Attraction ‘Gold attracts Gold’- this divine law to attract good fortune was revealed by ancient mystics of India. Want more gold in your life? Wear everything gold – gold rings, gold bracelets, gold necklaces, and so on. That’s why, gold is considered a priced possession among most Indian families. Not even in their imagination do they think of discarding their traditional gold jewelry. Rather, women of the house take pride in the gold jewelry they receive from their elders and pass it on as heritage to the next generation. ‘Go for Gold’ is also the unspoken mantra in every walk of life. For the explorers who went on expeditions, gold hunting was the chance for glory. For the sportsperson training hard, the gold medal is the symbol of victory and excellence. For the couples exchanging gold rings, gold signiﬁes purity and permanence of their relationship. For the alchemist, gold is the prize of perfecting their art. And, for a King like Midas, gold was an obsession that made him ask for the boon of turning everything he touched into gold. Spiritual Secret of Kings Gold is, undoubtedly, the ultimate sign of royalty. Ask a Vedic Astrologer, and they would tell that gold is
Gold Never Goes Old
associated with the sign Leo. What is the symbol of Leo? Lion. What is the ruling planet of Leo? Sun. One is the king among animals and the other is the king among planets. Kings and Queens are usually depicted as wearing a crown of gold. The crown actually signiﬁes the crown chakra, the energy center corresponding to the top of one’s head. It is the seat of wisdom and enlightenment. If one’s crown chakra is fully activated, it is known to emit a golden color, which explains the golden halo seen around the heads in pictures of Jesus, Buddha, Angels, saints and sages. Thus, gold is also the vibration of spiritual perfection. The crown chakra is associated with the planet of wisdom Jupiter. As per Vedic Astrology, gold is governed by Jupiter. This explains why gold signiﬁes the highest wisdom and divine illumination. Interestingly, the symbol for gold ‘Au’ (Latin, aurum) means ‘shining down’. ‘Gold’ also gets its name from an ancient English word ‘Geolo’ which means ‘yellow’. ‘Geolo’ in turn came from the Sanskrit word ‘Jval’ which again means ‘to Shine’.
Beauty Mantra of Cleopatra Gold is called ‘Swarna’ or ‘Suvarna’, which means good color. It is said that one of the beauty routines of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was that she used to sleep every night with a gold mask on her face. Even today, Swarna Bhasma, an Ayurvedic preparation made of gold, is prescribed for its rejuvenating and anti-ageing properties. Gold also has therapeutic properties. It is used to treat depression, enhance mood, and inspire conﬁdence. While silver is linked with Moon, coolness, and feminine energy, gold is associated with Sun, warmth, and masculine energy. Gold is known to energize the Sun within. TThe solar plexus, the energy center located near the navel, is considered as the inner Sun. It is the seat of personal power, and wearing gold activates the solar plexus. Creation itself is said to have started with gold. The Creator God Brahma, as per Vedic texts, is known to have manifested the world out of ‘Hiranyagarba’ or the golden cosmic egg. Likewise, we can manifest the Golden Age where humanity will reach the ‘Gold’ standard of evolution. Embracing the golden qualities of Truth, Light and Bliss can bring about the true alchemy - the transformation of human (lead) into God (gold).
Author Bio As a communications expert and creative consultant, Venkatesh has designed and executed web campaigns, organized transformational seminars, and produced radio documentaries for global audiences. He has consulted respected NGOs on national-level projects on community radio, climate change and education. He has written over 50 articles on diverse subjects for leading publications.
Introduction to Rishis – The Light Masters
Introduction to Rishis The Light Masters
Maitreyi and Karthik Vishwatejas The name ‘Rishis’ brings to our minds the archetypal image of old men, with matted locks and long beards, sitting in forests or caves in deep meditations. Or, we may think of them as characters in our epics, involved in some spiritual activity, but mostly living in seclusion, away from the society. A Rishi is much, much more than any of these characterizations. To understand the Rishis is to understand the possibilities of Human endeavor, the heights that man can touch, the greatness he can achieve. Rishis are truly the pinnacle of human evolution at all levels-physical, astral and spiritual.
Who is a Rishi? A Rishi is a Spiritual Master who has mastered the Spiritual sciences through his long and persistent eﬀorts. He is a person who has experienced God and because of that experience, is able to manifest God’s qualities in his living. A Rishi is the personiﬁcation of all the Spiritual qualities – Love, surrender, humility, detachment and accommodation. A Rishi’s language is Love. He always radiates Love in his thoughts, words and actions. Whoever comes in contact with him will be touched by this love. The depth of their unconditional love can only be known by experience. A Rishi’s higher experiences make him one of the wisest people in the entire creation. He manifests that wisdom in his living, in his interactions with others and in guiding them. He can understand others and accommodate them completely. He has tremendous patience and expansion. Because of their higher spiritual experiences, the Rishis have access to very rare knowledge and powers that are not available to anyone else. Their wisdom enables them to use these for the welfare of everyone instead of for their individual beneﬁts. Because of their intense love for God, they selﬂessly serve His creation. The most important criteria that distinguishes a Rishi from other spiritual Beings is that a Rishi can absorb, contain and radiate the higher knowledge, Wisdom and spiritual energies in the form of Light directly.
Introduction to Rishis – The Light Masters
Incarnations of the Rishis Rishihood is a spiritual state that is attained after the inner awakening, when the seeker chooses to guide others towards their liberation. A Rishi is free from the cycle of birth and death and though he can go back to his source at any time, he chooses to stay back for the beneﬁt of others. Because he has transcended death, he can continue to live in the same body for thousands of years, without ageing, if that is required for his work. In Himalayas and other places, there are innumerable Rishis who’re in deep tapas for eons, gathering and holding special energies. Yet, there are Rishis who choose to give up their bodies at death and take birth again. The reason could vary from one person to another-it could be to take birth on a diﬀerent earth in another part of creation, or to take birth on this earth itself, in another part of the world, for a diﬀerent purpose. This choice, like others, will be according to the divine plan. All the Spiritual Masters of mankind like Christ, Plato, Swami Vivekananda, Amara, Max Muller, Ramana, and many others were great Rishis. These spiritual giants have also incarnated as important people throughout history, to advance civilization, to establish kingdoms, to invent and discover a thousand useful things, to reform society and to advance the area of ﬁne arts like art and music. They have taken birth as inventors and scientists like Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein to advance the frontiers of science. They have come down as reformers like Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela to serve society and help those in need. As artists, poets, sculptors and musicians like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Mozart, they have added new dimensions to human culture and ﬁnesse. And many times, they have taken birth as ordinary people, not known to many but impacting the lives of those around with their ideal living and personal qualities. At the physical level, these great people may not be aware of their spiritual roots. A Rishi who incarnates in this way, usually connects to the higher realms at a deeper level and brings down very special knowledge in that ﬁeld, which is relevant to the times. He may not manifest all the qualities of a Rishi in that incarnation, as it may not be required too. So, he will often lead a purposeful but contradicting life of a genius, focused on his work, so that the knowledge of his true identity doesn’t disturb his work.
Capacities of the Rishis
Rishis are among the highest beings in God’s creation. The direct Wisdom, Energies and Guidance from the Supreme Intelligence Himself gives them tremendous capacities and enables them to carry out unbelievable feats.
Introduction to Rishis – The Light Masters
Some of their powers are truly breathtaking, which they use only for the execution of God’s work. A few of their capacities are: * Rishis can travel from one universe to another and from one manifestation to another. They can transcend time and space and reach any part of God’s creation. They can even go to the unmanifested part of creation and return. * They bring new knowledge and energies from these places for the beneﬁt of Humanity. Before releasing them to others, they conduct a lot of tests and implement these on themselves and the team of workers under them. After releasing these new energies, they continue to monitor the changes there. * Rishis can communicate with millions at the same time. For example, the Rishi who’s in charge of the works on this earth can communicate with all the people here simultaneously. * They can teleport, bilocate or even multiply themselves into many bodies, depending on the requirement of the work. All the faculties like telepathy, third eye, astral/soul travel and innumerable other Siddhis will be fully operational in them. They use these for the service of others. * Rishis gather a lot of energies over thousands of years of intense Tapas or when they experience God. These energies enable them to create new galaxies and some Masters can even create new Universes. They usually store these energies within themselves and release them at appropriate times, using it for God’s work whenever required. (In the next article, we will reveal the diﬀerent categories of Rishis and the unknown, but notable works accomplished by them in the recent past.)
(Reprinted from www.vishwaamara.com with the permission of the author)
Author Bio Maitreyi and Karthik Vishwatejas are a sister-brother duo working under the guidance of the Rishis for many years, helping individuals in their spiritual growth and transformation. They assist everyone to become self reliant in their spiritual pursuit, with the help of their own Light, Intuition and awakened faculties. Their works involve researching and channeling knowledge on spiritual realities, participating in the works of the Rishis at the astral level, anchoring and reconﬁguring energies on the Earth, and guiding individuals in their spiritual growth through Meditation. The Higher Knowledge from the Rishis and current events of the spiritual world are shared through their website www.vishwaamara.com.
Quotes Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King
Mayapur, the Enchanting Land of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Photos by : Yoga
It is early morning 4.30. The sun rays are yet to touch the land. The devotees with tuft, in saﬀron and white attire rush to the temple, unmindful of the drizzle, where the Mangalarti is to begin, with Guru Ashtakam. The gorgeous decoration of Krishna and Radha with four inner shaktis of Krishna on either side - Sri Thunga Vidya, Sri Chitra, Sri Champak Latha, Sri Lalitha, Sri Visaka, Sri Indulekha, Sri Ranga Devi, and Sri Shudh Devi keeps the visitors spellbound. The devotees, with cymbals and dholak accompaniments, sing and dance with easy steps, backwards and sideways. If the music captivates you, the elegant dance movements rivet your attention. The huge hall vibrates with the music and rhythm. After puja to Tulsi Matha, the devotees shift to the adjoining hall where the sanctum sanctorum of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his prime disciples Nithyananda Prabhu, Advaitacharya, Gadhadhar Pandit and Srivas Thakur is situated. All these ﬁve together are called Pancha Tatvas. The evening Dharsan Arti is also crowded but you enjoy the bhajan in a diﬀerent ambience. The decorations are changed completely. A garland is oﬀered to Srila Prabhupada’s statue, in veneration. The chief priest Jana Niwas Prabhu is from England, settled down here for over forty years. Subhangi Matha, a German lady is living here for nearly the same period. There are many such devotees from several countries who are here for decades. In between the sanctum sanctorum of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Krishna and Radha, is the sannadhi of
Lord Nrisimha Deva, sculpted by a sthapathi from Kumbakonam, according to the guidance of Kanchi Mahaswamigal. There is an interesting story behind the installation of this Ugra Nrisimha. When ISKCON representative met the sthapathi, the latter read a series of versus describing His ﬂame-like mane, His searching glance and his knees bent with one foot forward ready to jump from the pillar. This was the one the representative had in mind and he at once approved it. When the sthapathi approached Paramacharya for his approval, his reply was, “Don’t do it. Your family will be ruined!” When he heard that it was for the Hare Krishna people from Navadwip, he became very concerned. On the way to Mysore, he said, where a ferocious Ugra Narasimha was installed years ago, the worship there had gradually declined and the place had become a ghost town. The whole village was deserted. “Do they want the same Ugra Narasimha for their project?” inquired Mahaswami. “They are very insistent. Apparently they have some problem with dacoits”. Looking at the sketch of the sthapathi, Mahaswami said, “Ah, this is ugra category. But a deity in this particular mood is called Sthanu Narasimha. There are nine forms within this category. They are all ﬁerce. This Sthanu-Nrisimha is stepping out of the pillar. No, don’t carve it. It will not be auspicious for you”. Surprisingly a few days later, Paramacharya himself sent a letter to the sthapathi for some temple renovation work and in a foot note, he had mentioned, “For ISKCON you can carve Sthanu-Narasimha”. But it took months for him to ﬁnd the right stone and when the deity was carved he left it in a thatched shed. Two days later his neighbours ran to him to say the roof had caught ﬁre, but the sculpture was in tact. He immediately informed ISKCON, “Please come and take your deity. He wants to go NOW”. The astonishing aspect was that the police permit, Central Sales Tax Department’s approval and Archeological Directorate’s nod, all were given within 24 hours! However, what surprises one is the place called ‘Narsimhapalli’ where another temple for Nrisimha is situated. (A ‘Palli’ in Andhra or Tamilnadu is ok. But in West Bengal? You might wonder!) Take the boat to cross the river Ganga and you reach Swarupganj, in ten minutes. Hop on an auto and in about forty minutes you reach the temple on the banks of the river Mandakini. It is said that after killing Hiranyakashipu, the Lord washed his hands in this river. The biggest attraction in the Mayapur campus is the Chandroday Mandir where the Pushpa Samadhi of Srila Prabhupada is housed. The important events in his life in life-like images are displayed with details, to which hundreds of visitors throng to see every day. The travel and tour aspects are looked after by Gopijanavallabh Das. A Tamilian, who had served as an executive in Emirates Airlines in Gulf, Das has settled down here with his wife and a child. His wife is the niece of Damodara Dikshitar and she helps him in his desk work. Extremely cordial and well-versed in Tamil, Bengali and English, he looks after the accommodation, too, in the Ghadha Bhavan or Chakra Bhavan. Visitors have facilities like internet café, telephone and fax, shopping area, etc.
Swami Tamilian from Santhome, Chennai, explains the signiﬁcance of the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. His talk is lucid. “Our main problem is Jananam-Mrithyu-Jara-Vyadhi. You have to be a servant of Bhagwan. By chanting Krishna’s name you become His servant. Give up something inferior and accept something superior!” he says.
Gurukulam: Tucked away from the campus, is the Gurukulam, set amidst the forest. There is no electricity here. Only oil lamps are used. The boys have to cook their food, wash the vessels and clean the place. The atmosphere reminds you of the ancient gurukuls we see in mythological ﬁlms. The boys are from diﬀerent countries. The principal is from Czech, now named Preethi Vardan Das. “I came here in 1993. I met a few devotees in Czech and I found them to be happy. I read the whole Bhagavad Gita. When I reached India, I went to Vrindavan ﬁrst, but the devotees advised me to go over to this place. I understood the meaning of life only after coming here!” We met a student from Russia, re-christened Daneshwar Das. He said he has been learning Vedic Mathematics, English, Sanskrit, Yoga and Mantras. “We get up at 2 a.m. We begin our Japa at 3. At 5.30, we would be in the temple for the Arti. The medium of instruction is English.” In a special puja room, you ﬁnd the unusual idol of Narasimha emerging out of the broken pillar. This was found from a well in a Tamilnadu town, when Vidyapoorna Chaitanya toured here. “It is more than 800 years old”, said the priest. A regular CBSE school also functions near the complex and the principal Radhakant Das is from Chennai. Only Sathvik food is served for visitors and those who stay in the guest house. Many life-time members from all over the world come here for a stay to refresh and recharge them. The surrounding villagers too hold the japa-mala in one hand and chant Hare Rama-Hare Krishna even while walking! Mayapur is really fascinating and a stay here certainly refreshes you. It is unlike the other ISKCON temples you see in Bangalore, Chennai or Mumbai. Mayapur is an ideal spiritual retreat centre to relax peacefully in a calm and natural atmosphere and enjoy the tranquility of the Holy Dham.
Author Bio Charukesi is a freelance journalist based in Chennai. He has served a multinational pharma company in various capacities, in diﬀerent locations. He has translated books of Sudha Murty, Gurcharan Das, Devdutt Patnaik, R. Gopalakrishnan, R. Kannan, Peter Gonsalves and other writers into Tamil. He has won prizes for his short stories in competitions held by Tamil periodicals Kalki, Kumudam and Kanayazhi. Author of over a score of books on self-improvement, biography and travelogue, Charukesi has been writing for Economic Times Town Talk column on Sundays a decade ago. Currently, he writes articles and music & book reviews in The Hindu’s Friday Review column.
The Miracle Maker : Lord Ganesha
The Miracle Maker Lord Ganesha
Jacqueline Lord Ganesha is one of my favorite archetypes to call in on a daily basis. He started connecting with me many years ago. He came in so gently and with so much love. It started with chanting his mantra OM GUM GANAPATAYE NAMAHA, 108x for 40 days. I did not own any mala beads so I would write it down on paper each time I chanted. It felt so great chanting this mantra after 40 days, which I decided to do it again for 40 more days. New doors began to open. We moved to a beautiful condo. I began to receive deeksha blessings. I also was doing Ganesha poojas and homas through proxy ceremonies. I then found Swami Ramalinga. Soon after that, I connected with Dr. Pillai’s teachings. New paths began to reveal themselves. Lord Ganesha is the elephant headed archetypal symbol who clears your path, assists you with success and showers his amazing abilities to open all avenues and roads in your life. Whenever you start any new task in your life, chant his mantra 108x times. This will call him in to make sure that the vibration is clear and the energy is aligned and ready for you to start your project or whatever you are doing. His bija mantra;the quantum sound that is just like making phone call to him is Gum; just like chewing gum. Just for your information, there are many mantras for Lord Ganesha. Working with the Gum sound is easy to pronounce and use so that is why I have focused on Gum. Anyone can use this sound and see wonderful results. I wanted to share some amazing Lord Ganesha miracles and all it took was me chanting his mantra, Gum. A few years ago, I shared this sound with my friend. Somehow, she was able to unite an owner with his lost dog through chanting Gum. She told me how amazed she was when she was able to help ﬁnd his dog. Another time, I was attempting to open the doors in my house to the back yard. They were very warped from rain. I began to chant Gum and after only a few times of saying this sound, the door easily and almost eﬀortlessly unlocked. I then chanted again and gently and easily the door closed and was able to lock as well. I was absolutely astounded how smooth the entire process moved while chanting Gum.
The Miracle Maker : Lord Ganesha
Many times I have done my best to open a very tight lid on a jar and I will start to chant. Before I know it, it will open or my husband will come in and ask if I need help. If you cannot ﬁnd something, chanting his mantra, you will ﬁnd the item. I have even not known the address of somewhere and I have chanted the mantra, and suddenly I am right in front of where I need to be. Lord Ganesha is truly a miracle maker. Today, if you are in traﬃc or someone or something gets in your way, simply chant ‘Gum’ and watch his power of making everything smooth swiftly and easily. The English poet William Blake spoke of seeing ‘the world in a grain of sand....and eternity in an hour’. His perception of the world is somewhat similar to perceiving the world in Om and thus in Ganesha himself. Om is symbolically Ganesha himself; as Lambodara, the Big-Bellied One, he contains all universes past and present within him. By reciting this mantra, we aﬃrm our own oneness with the universe – as part of creation, we contain worlds within us.
Author Bio Jacqueline's guides call her a Divine Illumination Encodement Counselor. She is a certiﬁed Faerie Healer and Angel Healing Practitioner, a Reiki Master, a Seraphim Blueprint Healing Practitioner, a Oneness Blessings Deeksha giver, a motivational storyteller, intuitive artist, author, musician, and a six sensory™ psychic certiﬁed with Sonia Choquette and oﬀers Blueprint Encodement Magic Activations. She has an array of healing meditations and wonderful products as well. She is interested in spiritual activities and philanthropic activities. She is also a writer for Om Times Writer’s Community and for Satvidhya Ezine.
Quotes There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein
Can I suppress Burping?
Can I suppress Burping? Dr. Kavitha Barath In western cultures like French, Italian, German, American and British, burping while sitting on the dining table is believed as bad table manner.But in some olden cultures like China and India burping is acceptable while eating. Is it baďŹ„ing?
What is Burping? Burping is a release of gas from the stomach through the mouth. It comes with peculiar sound and sometimes with the smell of previously ingested food.
How does burping come? Burping is created by swallowing of air in to the stomach along with the food or drink, this usually happens while fast eating and drinking. To avoid gas accumulation inside the stomach, our body counteracts immediately and creates burping to expel the gas out. When the gas passes through the esophagus it vibrates the Upper esophageal sphincter (a valve present at the entry of esophagus) and creates a peculiar sound. Usually combination of nitrogen and oxygen air will be expelled while burping. If it comes after drinking soda, soft drinks and other beverages, carbon dioxide will be expelled through the mouth.
What causes unusual burping? If burping is associated with vomiting, acid reďŹ‚ux, bloating or loss of appetite it may be a warning signal for stomach ulcer, gall bladder stones etc.
Can I suppress Burping?
Ayurvedic perspective on burping Ayurveda termed burping as Udgaara , an action by which the body eliminates excess vata (air) from the stomach. Ayurveda states that voluntary suppression of natural urges is the primary cause for diseases. One desirous of preventing his/her body from diseases, should not control natural urges such as Burping, thirst, hunger, vomit, ﬂatus, faeces, urination, sneezing, yawning, coughing, heavy breathing after exertion, sleep and seminal discharge.
What will happen if I control Burping? If burping is controlled voluntarily, Vata (air) get blocked inside the body and creates problems like loss of appetite, tremors, feeling of tightness in the heart and chest, ﬂatulence, cough and hiccup.
What should I do to prevent Burping?
Eat your food leisurely without hurry. If you feel thirsty after exertion, calm down your body then drink ﬂuids without urgency. Burping is a natural sensation that happens to avoid air accumulation, hence do not control it. Now you could understand the fact that why Indian and Chinese cultures accept burping and how much cautious they are.
Author Bio Dr. Kavitha Barath B.A.M.S. serves as Manager, Quality Control Department with Vopec Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. She graduated from Dr. MGR Medical University with an excellent academic track record. She has profound knowledge and experience in Ayurveda and Panchakarma Therapy, and has eﬀectively treated various diseases during her tenure with Ayush Therapy Centre, Chennai. She is also an expert counselor in alleviating disease. During her professional career Dr.Barath has successfully treated many cases of Inter-vertebral disc prolapse, Sciatica, Arthritis and Psychological disorders.
Quotes There is no friend as loyal as a book. – Ernest Hemingway
Can Prayer Satisfy Hunger?
Can Prayer Satisfy Hunger?
Shanthi Durga Pai Birbal was the minister of Emperor Akbar the great, who ruled India from 1560 to 1605 AD. Apart from possessing a sharp intellect, Birbal was also a devotee of Sri Rama. Wherever Akbar went, he used to take Birbal along with him. During one such oﬃcial outing, they had to take the route through a dense forest. In the course of the journey, both were exhausted and decided to rest for some time under the shade of a tree. Meanwhile, Akbar felt very hungry, and wanted to look around the place to ﬁnd a house to get some food. He wanted Birbal to accompany him. But Birbal was in the midst of chanting Lord Rama’s name, and asked to be excused. An irritated Akbar said, “Mere chanting of God’s name will not fetch any food. You have to put in your own eﬀorts”. After saying this agitatedly, Akbar went oﬀ. On the way, he spotted a house and knocked on the door. The people in the house were extremely happy to welcome the emperor and treated him with whatever they had. Akbar ﬁnished his meal and got some for Birbal too. He met Birbal and gave the food packet and said, “See Birbal I told you. It’s my eﬀort that fetched food for both of us and not the chanting”. Without any response Birbal ate the food that Akbar had brought for him. After he ﬁnished the meal, he looked up at Akbar and said, “ I have just experienced the power of Lord Rama’s name. You being the ruler of the land had to beg for food today, while me, a simple man by simply chanting Rama’s name got food without moving even an inch; the emperor himself had brought food for me, that too by begging”. Management moral: You might have a variety of means available to achieve your goals. It is up to you to select the most appropriate one for the occasion and above all, most likely to yield results. And if you ﬁnd that prayer will meet your needs, certainly use it to enjoy maximum beneﬁt.
Author Bio Mrs. Shanthi Durga Pai is a Mathematics graduate from University of Madras and heads the R&D wing of AstroVed.com. She started learning Vedic Astrology from the Panickers of Kerala who regularly conducted Ashtamangalam for the Clients of AstroVed. She personally worked on the Student Astrology project involving the analysis, observations and ﬁndings. Prior to AstroVed, she was working as a faculty and later as Regional Quality Systems Coordinator at NIIT.
Visit to HoPE Learning Centers
Tripura Foundation is Dr. Pillai’s non-proﬁt organization that has several service projects up and running in various counties. He has a great vision for how simple sounds can change the destiny of children. In April, 2014, I had the great joy of visiting two of the Tripura Foundation HoPE Learning Centers in Tamil Nadu (a state in southern India) which include children using simple sounds as part of their on-going program:
Photos by : Parthiban Guruvarajapet (sponsored by Ms. Stacey Lawson of USA) Pattabiramapuram (sponsored by Ms. Jo Magnani of UK) Valli Wells We ﬁrst started with a visit to the Muruga temple at Tiruttani. This is a famous vortex for peace which has been visited throughout the centuries by various saints and siddhas, including the siddha Agastya who is said to have worshipped Muruga here and received the divine gift of the Tamil language. At the end of our visit, we saw some peacocks (a bird associated with Muruga and symbolizing Inﬁnite Light). I looked at the largest peacock and said the word “Mayil” (Tamil word for peacock). He immediately turned toward us and opened his tail feathers to their fullest spread. My guide smiled and said, “Muruga has given you a special darshan!” It was a delightful omen for the rest of the day. The two HoPE Learning Centers we went to are in villages in a rural area which traditionally has had agriculture as a mainstay. However, due to the water levels dropping lower and lower over recent years, employment options in that ﬁeld are becoming greatly reduced. The up and coming generation needs to learn new skills to break out of poverty cycles. I was accompanied by my guide, Mr. Duneshakar, who has himself experienced positive transformations in working for Dr. Pillai’s companies. When I ﬁrst met him several years ago, he was a young and rather shy packing clerk in the Shipping Department of AstroVed. Now he has matured into someone who is a candidate for a Master’s degree and conﬁdently carries a United Nations card showing his involvement in relief work which is a big jump in “status” for him. The children at Guruvarajapet greeted us warmly with ﬂowers and smiles. They had organized a program for us that included dancing, singing, acrobatics, yoga, sharing of science exhibits, mime performances and more. I was impressed with how bright and alert all the children were. If it was not their turn yet to perform, they were sitting patiently and giving their attention and support to the ones who had the spotlight. There was no boredom or mindless chattering or ﬁghting. They were demonstrating great teamwork. The children themselves were serving as emcee, coordinating the music to play and getting the next group ready for their turn. We commended them and their teachers for doing such a good job at this Center as this has helped create a model for other Centers.
Visit to HoPE Learning Centers
In addition to the children’s project, we saw another program at Guruvarajapet for women who are enrolled in a tailoring class. They are learning to sew and make garments which is a skill they can use at home and make extra income for their family. Their instructor showed us the various kinds of stitching and garments the women are learning to make, and the women had sincere messages of thanks for the Tripura sponsors and their heartfelt request for the tailoring class to be continued in their area. This pathway to economic relief is deeply appreciated by the local women. At Pattabiramapuram, we found out it was a local festival day, and some of the children had participated earlier in a kind of “ﬁre walking”, so we admired their courage for that. The ones who had done this had a special thread tied around their arm with a turmeric root. The children greeted us with homemade cards and local ﬂowers, and despite the heat and their earlier exertions for the festival, they rallied to share a happy program with us. Their laughter and smiles were wonderful to see. The Center was clean with evidence of various artwork projects in diﬀerent mediums as well as various lessons in chalk on the walls. The children carried themselves with conﬁdence, and it was clear their teachers are leading them with love. We praised them for becoming positive role models in their area. Dr. Pillai has a passion for feeding people, and we were at Pattabiramapuram in time for the children to have their “snack”, a tasty dish of very healthy mix of cooked channa (garbanzo beans) with some delicious local greens and spices. The children were nicely organized and did not mob for their snack. They waited with patience to be served. Before eating, the children expressed their gratitude, including regular prayers for the Tripura sponsors. This was very touching to watch. I have met the wonderful sponsors Stacey Lawson and Jo Magnani on previous trips to India, and I send them both waves of gratitude from the Centers and add my thanks to them for their generosity in supporting these programs which are simple, yet eﬀective, in truly changing the lives of many in this area.
Author Bio Dr. Pillai has called Valli a Master Astrologer and Master Teacher. She currently does astrological consultations through AstroVed (www.astroved.com/lac) for global clients. She conducts free Weekday Morning Program Planetary Pooja and Time Shaktis Fire Lab (www.astroved.com/morning-program) and a free weekly Vedic Astrology Club call (www.astroved.com/vedic-astrology-club), open to all levels of participants. At present, she lives in India.
Quotes Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. - Mother Teresa
Journey Towards Life
Journey Towards Life
Hariharan When we get up in the morning, we think of how our future will be. Our physique and mind work in unison and here, the 1st house in your birth chart, as per Vedic Astrology, gets activated. Then, we prepare ourselves to start learning with basics and here, the 2nd house comes into picture. We begin to study and the process of learning requires good mind inclination and this positive mind will make one to move towards self-development. The process of studying alone may not be enough for a person and the abilities of a person can be judged with how well you communicate. This sort of communication makes a person more conďŹ dent and thereby you will be able to realize your potential. Learning, communication and self-development are indicated by the planets; Moon, Mercury and Jupiter. Good learning will be possible by means of grasping power, given by the planet Moon. Mercury (Budha) enables a person to learn and communicate freely. This communication is indicated by the 3rd house. Jupiter is the planet for expansion and development. A personâ€™s development starts with the planet Moon and Moon is the main force to judge the fate of a person. Then, the person aspires for comforts and happiness. Comforts and happiness are linked together. If a person gains comforts, then he will be very happy. These comforts and happiness are synonymous with the planet Venus (indicated by the 4th house Sukhasthana). If a person is happy, he will start applying his mind and for this a good amount of intelligence is required and it is indicated by 5th house. The indicator planet for 5th house is Jupiter and without the blessings of Jupiter - a person cannot think to reach beyond capacity. If a person decides to experience self-growth, oďŹ€er service, then the 6th house acts for him. Mars, the planet for swiftness and actions will guide the person to grow rapidly in work. Mars guides a person to grow fast in his/her actions and these actions may sometimes prove to be impulsive and wrong. For example, a person may spend money lavishly and by virtue of these actions, he/she may land in trouble meeting with debts. These debts may make a person experience sorrow and he may fall sick. The combination of weak Mars and Moon may force you to face these problems. After one overcomes these problems and emerges successful in life, one would wish to settle down in married life. This engagement in life will be possible with the blessings of planet Venus which makes a person complete and here the 7th house operates.
Journey Towards Life
After a person gets married, he/she gets a chance to gain new relatives and starts a fresh lease of life. The person will be able to come out of debt with the guidance of his life partner. So, it is true that getting married is very much vital for a person and then only he/she will regain happiness and the stability of life will be long lasting. The longevity of life is determined by the 8th house in the birth chart. After a person gets engaged in personal life, to make it more blissful, the person requires the blessings of ancestors, which is indicated by the 9th house. The balance of your life depends on the actions/deeds done in your previous birth. So, it can be said that the blessings of ancestors will make you overcome diﬃcult situations. For example, if you want to succeed in higher studies or competitive exams, then apart from hard work that you are putting in for the exams, luck is also needed and this can come to you only in the form of blessings. These blessings will come to you, if you have a strong Jupiter in your birth chart. With the blessings of Jupiter, you have a good chance of clearing your competitive exams. Job/Career is indicated by the 10th house. The 10th house is ‘karma sthana’ and Saturn, who is the torchbearer for justice and your work, judges your fate in life. Saturn will give you a chance to fulﬁll all your karmas. If you are able to fulﬁll your work in a perfect manner, Saturn will make you excel in your job. It is not only Saturn which can make your tasks complete on time, but you may also need to possess strong determination and passion to succeed in your tasks. For this, Mars has to be strong in your birth chart. A weak Saturn in your chart will make you think “I will carry out the work tomorrow and you will keep on postponing your work which may not make you progress well”. But, a strong Mars will make you to think, “I am strong enough and I am prepared to face tough tasks - Give me chances”. So, the events that are happening in our life are due to the favorable position of respective planets in a birth chart. Then by working and completing our tasks, we think of how much we will get-you will put a question to yourself- maybe I will get promotion or incentives for my work and this gain, or satisfaction from the gains, is indicated by the 11th house. As in our life, we always need to keep in touch with the gains and work for it. The ﬂow of money that we desire in our life is said to be unlimited. We cannot put an end to it. The ﬂow of money is like a river which is continuously ﬂowing without drain. This ﬂow is indicated by the planet Rahu. A strong Rahu in your birth chart will make you gain more and you will develop a passion to make unlimited money. Passion in yourself is imaginary and not said to be real and this imaginary factor is denoted by Rahu. Rahu will make you drive to the extent of constantly thinking about passion and material desires. At one stage, by seeing all these material desires, you may not feel satisﬁed as whatever you get in the form of gains will be spent the next day. Then how come you will be able to witness complete satisfaction from the desires? It may not be practically possible. Then you start thinking about your future and with huge money that you gain, you may feel as if something is lacking - and that is satisfaction. You may, therefore, lose sleep. This is indicated by the 12th house. While sleeping, you may start dreaming about your life and you will be able to derive wisdom “That there is something beyond all these material desires and it is involving yourself in spirituality, and by this you can ﬁnd answers for your various questions”- this spirituality is indicated by the planet Kethu. Kethu makes you think - it is not only gaining money and desires that can give you happiness and it is something beyond that and only through making yourself devoted to spiritualism, you will witness complete satisfaction and derive continuous blessings from the divine. Finally, this constant involvement in spirituality will shape your life and you will gain the ultimate satisfaction in this life.
Author Bio Hariharan’s journey towards pursuing Astrology was due to the blessings of his ancestors who were Traditional court Astrologers in the palace of king of Travancore four generations back. Intuition was a natural instinct and he developed interest in astrology. He practiced astrology for 10 years and he developed his knowledge in Vedic Astrology, KP Astrology, Numerology, Face Reading, Mundane Astrology, Tarot Card Reading, Sports Astrology.
Monthly Horoscopes Based on Vedic Moon Sign
Monthly Horoscopes Based on Vedic Moon Sign Aries General Overview: The month will support stable energies. Communications should be handled carefully. You may feel the compulsion to attend few social functions this month. Take care of your children’s health. Unnecessary expenses or miscommunication with the opposite gender may create disharmony in the family. Auspicious dates: 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 30 and 31.
Taurus General Overview: Your pleasing communication will help you get things done properly. You will spend good time with your spouse and children and may go to a foreign land for settling down. Family will enjoy comforts. Pending issues on property will get resolved. Physically and mentally you will be in a perfect state. There will be merrymaking, good food and sweets at home and you will have a great time with loved ones. Auspicious dates : 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28 and 29.
Gemini General Overview: This would be a progressive month in all aspects. You may have more responsibilities towards your family. There will be smoothness in personal and professional life. Family comforts will increase. The month is favorable for ﬁnalization of marriage negotiations, entering into new contracts, business or profession. You should be careful of your behavior to avoid conﬂicts with elders or seniors. Spouse may have monetary beneﬁts through career or business. Younger siblings will reach new heights in their life. Auspicious dates: 1, 2, 6, 7, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
Monthly Horoscopes Based on Vedic Moon Sign
Cancer General Overview: This is going to be a comfortable period for you. You shall experience success in endeavors you choose to undertake, and will also earn a great deal of fame. Your attitude will be ﬂexible and you will take criticism in your stride. However, be aware that there are people around you who may be out to undermine you and your work, so learn to distinguish them and then don’t let them come anywhere near you. On the romantic side, you will have many friends from the opposite sex whose company will keep you in high spirits. Auspicious dates: 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
Leo General Overview: You will manage critical situations with talent and intellect. More focus will be on family and home. The economic condition would be better in second part of the month. You will be loveable to all. Contacts will increase and some long journeys with new friends will make you happy. You will attend some functions where your presence will be mandatory. Auspicious functions will take place in the family. You may feel tired due to hectic schedules, so be attentive to your health. Auspicious dates: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 and 31.
Virgo General Overview: Thoughts will cloud your mind and you may ﬁnd it diﬃcult to discharge your responsibilities. Improving your contacts will be beneﬁcial for you. Take precaution against improper transactions with banks. Avoid disputes and showdowns with family members and friends and make sure you take rest and practice meditation to minimize irritability and mental tension. Be careful while driving. Auspicious dates: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16, 21, 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31.
Libra General Overview: You will have to put more eﬀorts to accomplish your personal and professional requirements. Be careful while attending social functions, some of the communications may backﬁre and you may not be able to understand the reason for it. Don’t believe in others too much. Family life will be normal and you will feel more spiritually inclined. Auspicious dates: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26 and 27.
Monthly Horoscopes Based on Vedic Moon Sign
Scorpio General Overview: You will be open to making changes in your life. You will ﬁnd new and very viable options to improve your living space. The time is good to take a trip with the person you love and it will help you in your career. You will improve your contacts through your communication skills. You may meet some of your old friends who are now in high positions socially. Overall, you will experience progress this month. Auspicious dates: 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
Sagittarius General Overview: Overall, this month seems to be a progressive period. Conjugal bliss and long journeys will keep you happy and joyous. Purchase of ﬁxed assets and sanctioning of loan are on the cards. Auspicious functions in family and personal growth will give immense satisfaction. Children`s growth and success may give honor and happiness; minor obstacles in health are seen. New communication and enhancement of social circle is going to be seen this month. Auspicious dates: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 31.
Capricorn General Overview: This month seems to be less favorable. Don’t get discouraged if your eﬀorts fail. Be patient, as you will see good times in the coming days. If you are able to take the right decision at the right time you will proﬁt to a large extent. Your opponents will seek any opportunity to undermine you. Be careful and don’t reveal your inner feelings to them. Your relationship with others is likely to undergo a radical change. Avoid over excitement on trivial matters and stay away from uneasy situations. Auspicious dates: 1, 4, 13, 14, 29, 30 & 31.
Aquarius General Overview: This month will be more or less good. With high energy levels, you will appear to be more attractive, strong and powerful than ever before. You will be able to quickly resolve issues and your capabilities will ﬂourish during this month. There will be a lot of new opportunities for you. Your enemies will try to harm you. But take heart, they will remain unsuccessful in it. Avoid lending money to others because there is remote possibility of receiving it back. Socially it is a period of respect and goodwill; you should attend social functions where your presence is most needed. Auspicious dates: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 26 and 27.
Monthly Horoscopes Based on Vedic Moon Sign
Pisces General Overview: This month will be an average period. Your eďŹ€orts will not be recognized by your superiors. Confusion of mind will give unnecessary losses in personal life. Drastic steps taken by you will give negative impact in profession; additional responsibilities may put you in stress. Social circle needs to be maintained carefully, as some of your circle members may try to blame you for wrong reasons. Respect parents, gurus and teachers and take their blessings for peace of mind. Auspicious dates: 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 28 and 29.
Poetry Love is enough: though the world be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the skies be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder, Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder, And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over, Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter: The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover. - Willaim Morris
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Communication is a Science
Communication is a Science Dr. Baskaran Pillai, Founder, AstroVed Communication is a science, not many people understand the science of communication as it is very complex as you must understand that at some level all communications are miscommunications. What does this mean? You are trying to communicate something, but then there is what I call as ‘listening’ on the part of the other person. ‘Listening’ means you say something and the other person has only a selective understanding about what you are saying. This person listens only to those words you have said which are agreeable to this person. You should always understand the listening that is going on in the other person. There will be people with whom you will be never able to communicate at all because they are full of listening. I don’t want to say ‘full of themselves’ because you are full of yourself as well. So, they are full of listening and you are full of listening. When two people are full of listening which is the innate conditioning of both, then communication is going to be only miscommunication. You have to give some space for listening and then try to understand the other person and try to communicate. As I have said, it is impossible to communicate with some people at all, and with others you don’t even have to communicate. They are going to say ‘Yes, Yes, Yes’ to you. Even before you have put a proposal out, they will say ‘Yes’. They don’t even have to read and say show me the place where I have to sign because they have so much trust. That communication takes place at the level of the heart, not of the head. How clever, intelligent or valuable is the proposal, it is all secondary. Then, there is a communication that is taking place at the level of body language. How your eyes roll and how the other person’s eyes roll and looking into each other’s eyes - these are all very important things to know whether there is communication or not. When you are just talking to another person, by looking at their eyes you can say whether this person is buying into you or suspicious of you. All these things are very important for you to take into consideration, especially if you are in a sphere where you have to interact with a lot of people. The way you can get best results is to be loving, and other person should never ever mistrust you. If you just go with great love, you will succeed. Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. – Robert Browning
Maheshwari S It is great that women are being recognized, given more importance and are able to achieve so much in all aspects of life. In the present times, celebration of Woman’s Day and Mother’s day has become a practice. Many women are in the limelight and they are being awarded especially on these special days. However, Hinduism has always regarded women as mothers in the highest position. It is said - Matha (mother), Pitha (father), and Guru (teacher) are Deivam (divine). So, the mother always stands ﬁrst. The role of a mother is not an easy job, especially in today’s world. A mother has to juggle between diﬀerent roles with her children - a good mother, a good friend, a good cook, a good teacher and being a role model to her children. At each stage of our lives, mothers guide us on our path and they stand as a pillar of support for us. However old we might grow, we deﬁnitely look up towards our mothers. It is a real pain to lose our parents, especially our mother and that too at a young age. I know the pain of it as I have experienced the same and it is still diﬃcult for me to come out of it. My heart goes for all those children who have lost their mother for some reason or the other. It is very important that we do our best to maintain a very loving, caring relationship with our mother and respect her for the life she has given to us and for the identity she has given to us. Many times, it so happens that due to our ignorance, negligence, and attitude, we hurt our mother consciously or unconsciously. Later, by the time we realize and try to make amends, it is too late. That sad feeling or the guilt feeling settles down in our subconscious and it pains whenever we think of our mother. We realize this more when we become parents and we also undergo similar situations. It is always good to cherish the happy and positive moments that we have spent with our mother, the love and cared that she has showered on us, so that we will be able to pass on the same to our children. If we carry hatred or hard feeling towards our mother for some reason or the other, we easily transmit that to our children. Blessings from our mother protect us and guide us towards progress in life. That's why, in Hinduism, it is said that before going for any adventure, for a new job, or before doing any auspicious work, it is important to get your mother's blessings.
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Happy Motherâ€™s Day