Month: September 2015

Exercising our body – 1

Our body is designed to perform a certain amount of labour or activity. What did Jesus say, to eat bread by the sweat of your brow; and what are you doing. With the rise of civilization the amount spent on laboring is becoming nil. Even if we labour it doesn’t give your body a complete workout as much as exercise does. Exercise is an artificial activity to complement ordinary human labor.

First of all no form of human activity can give the body a complete workout as exercise does. It makes the body flexible, develops stamina and strength and other benefits. In Yoga it is said that one should exercise all the muscles of the body ONCE DAILY. A healthy body should be exercised so that it is able to fulfill the needs required of it. So, exercise.

There are different forms exercise as designed by our Rishis to keep our body, energy and mind fit. 1. for general fitness (flexibility and stamina) 2.  for physical culture (strength/ body building) 3. for combat or defense (martial arts) 4. exercising the flow of energy/ prana in the body (Yoga asanas use the body to do it and kriya yoga uses mind to do it) 5. exercising the mind through meditation.

(1)  For general fitness

For general fitness one must make all the joints flexible. There are lots of exercises through which one can get flexibility. You can look for Baba Ramdev’s exercises in youtube. It is best to do a systematic workout. Isha Yoga teaches Upa Yoga, Anga Mardhana and Surya Namaskar for general fitness in a systematic way. Check out the link.

https://www.ishayoga.org/hata/teachertraining/upa-yoga/

Baba Ramdev’s doing dhand/ hindu push ups and bhaitaks/ squatting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd4ddKQLesA

(2) For physical culture

For developing physical culture there was khusti or pehalwani. Khusti includes two things: first, to build the body and gain strength. Second, to wrestle or fight with other pehalwans, this is called malla yudh. Here only the body is used and no weapons. Legend has it that Lord Hanuman after seeing so much fighting and bloodshed by the use of weapons made a rule that one must fight with only one’s body to test strength and to settle disputes instead of killing each others. Isn’t this good? Lord Hanuman is also known as Bajrang Bali which means one who’s body is strong as a diamond.

hanuman meditating
hanuman
krishna wrestling with Kamsa
krishna wrestling with Kamsa

In Bharat khusti is sacred like everything else with a strong moral and ethical sense unlike the american WWE. Gulaam Mohammed or Gama pehalwan was one of the sparkling icons of Bharat’s khusti tradition. This sport still thrives and needs much encouragement.

Gama Pehelwan with a mace
Gama Pehelwan with a mace

For those in Fort Cochin in ernakulam district in kerala T J George aka Minnal George is determined to promote his passion khust through his health club, Cochin Grapplers. This form of traditional exercise is way better than working out in the gym as it has survived for this long. As i said before WHAT IS TRUE LASTS and WHAT IS FALSE FADES.

boy exercising in a khusti akhara
boy exercising in a khusti akhara

Bharat also had a gymnastic tradition known as MALLAKHAMBA in which a pole is used to perform various feats. Mallakhamb is an ancient Indian sport which originated as a complimentary exercise for wrestling, but is now practiced as a sport in itself. The name is a combination of the words “malla” which means athlete or strong man, and “khamba”, which means pole. There are three types of mallakhamb: 1.  with a fixed pole; 2. with a hanging pole, 3. with a hanging rope or rope mallakhamb. Athletes perform a variety of yogic and gymnastic poses which practitioners say helps to develop a healthy and strong body , but also strengthens will power and helps with a composed mind. It is the state sport of madhya pradesh in india. See the genius of the RISHIS. In the picture below see the tall building behind the athletes which shows tradition continuing in modern times. What is true lasts and what is fake fades.

A boy performs a Mallakhamb pose on a pole as others watch.
A boy performs a Fixed Mallakhamb pose on a pole as others watch.
A student practices an advanced Hanging Mallakhamb
A student practices an advanced Hanging Mallakhamb
a girl practicing on a rope mallakhamb
a girl practicing on a rope mallakhamb

Uday Deshpande of Mumbai is considered to be the living legend of Mallakhamb. Here is his website:

http://www.deshpandeuday.com/

(3) martial arts

Now martial arts has been known in Bharat from Vedic times and is known as Dhanur Veda. Its aim is to turn the body into an eye. There are plenty of institutions teaching the martial arts which is called kalari payattu in Kerala. Here this art provides a means for self defense as well as exercises the body. The britishers were so afraid of its deadliness that they banned it in kerala during colonial rule.  And it would be no prejudice to say that all the other fighting systems had its origin in Kalari payattu as bharat was, is, and will ever be the light of the world. By this i do not mean to underestimate other cultures.

a kalari practitioner practicing the urumi
a kalari practitioner practicing the urumi or the flexible sword with multiple blades

Kalari fighting does not leave two men standing. Only one remains–the other is dead, or severely crippled. What i believe is that kalari still uses iron age metals for its weapons and has not progressed since. The urumi shown above is THE deadliest weapon ever made by human hands, before the gun was made, and is both dangerous to the user as well as to the enemies, and it can be worn as  a waist belt too.

Butt since i like refinement, i like the best of other cultures like the japanese sword called katana. This is steel age technology and is an advancement over iron. Do you remember Kill Bill what Hattori Hanso says about the last sword he makes to kill O-Ren. Here’s the dialogue:

Hattori Hanzo:  What do you want with Hattori Hanzo?

The Bride:  I need Japanese steel.

Hattori Hanzo: Why do you need Japanese steel?

The Bride:  I have vermin to kill.

Hattori Hanzo:  You must have big rats if you need Hattori Hanzo’s steel.

The Bride:  … Huge.

Later Hanso says: “I can tell you, with no ego, this is my finest sword. If, on your journey, should you encounter God, God will be cut.”

Also, have you seen the japanese movie Lone wolf and cub or shogun assasin in which Ogami Ittō kills his enemies with his katana and is considered the highest kill count by any one person in a film.

shogun assassin
shogun assassin or lone wolf and cub

This is how i appreciate the best in other cultures (violence not meant). I don’t believe in killing as it leaves the killer behind, and LOVE is BEST as it leaves behind no one. What do you think?

 uma thurman and lucy liu behind the scene in kill bill
uma thurman and lucy liu behind the scene in kill bill

4. exercising the flow of energy/ prana in the body

This is done by doing yoga asanas and kriya yoga. Yoga asana is not an exercise system and it works on several aspects on the body including the lumph system which western science is taking note now. It is mainly used to workout your energy system and is MEDITATION IN MOTION. Kriya yoga also works on your energy system and is a much refined way. For asanas and kriya yoga look below link:

http://www.ishayoga.org/

a kriya yogi
a kriya yogi
(5) exercising the mind through meditation.

Refer the above website.

Shiva Parvati statue at Kailasagiri
Adi Yogi Shiva and Parvati statue at Kailasagiri
a yogi giving his blessings
a yogi giving his blessings

(6) WOMEN AND EXERCISE

Women should also exercise but should not over do it. Too much exercise will ruin the natural shape of their body. Traditionally women were sent to learn classical dances especially bharanatyam which was designed by our Rishis for development of women. What kalari is for men, bharatanatyam is for women. It enhances the grace of the female form without ruining it. It is way better than the BOOTY SHAKE that you see nowadays. This is clearly the work of our genius Rishis. Women should not exercise during periods.

Link on bharatanatyam:

http://www.dhdi.free.fr/recherches/horizonsinterculturels/articles/bharatanatyamyoga.htm

a girl in bharatanatyam dance pose
a girl in bharatanatyam dance pose

IMPORTANT: If you are interested in studying these forms of activities it is best to learn from a proper guru and not from any street vendors. No exercise should be done on full moon and new moon days except walking, bending forward and backward, twisting sidewards once.

How you dress: Women’s Undergarments – 2

UNDERCLOTHES FOR WOMEN

This should probably be one of the shortest pieces in this blog for obvious reasons.

Now tradition is slowly giving way to what they call practicality and with it the timeless ways of old wisdom. See, any clothing which is fastened on to the body causes circulation of blood to slow in that area. Thats why any undergarment and bra should not be worn at least while sleeping.

Now since time is changing if you stick with the old ways you will be looked down upon but there are certain things which can be retained even now. What i am referring to is the traditional women’s lingerie called Onnara which is also called Thaar in the northern parts of kerala. It will be beneficial if any of the readers share how it can be worn and the different styles of wearing (Madithaar and Njori Thaar).

The main benefit of wearing Onnara is it reduces sexual desire because of the pressure on the clitoris and it performs the same role what kaupina does for men. Girls start wearing this garment once they reach puberty while sexually mature boys wear kaupina.

Here are some of the other benefits of wearing Onnara or Thaar

1. If onnara worn properly with adequate tightness, there will be a constant pressure over the lower abdomen which will act like an abdominal binder worn by ladies after delivery to a good extend, and will increase the intestinal movements and help to expel the gas trapped in the intestines without making noise.
2. Due to the same reason explained above, waist will reduce and buttock size will increase.
3. upward pressure exerted by the madi will increase the muscle tone of the genital area and will increase the tightness and the pleasure of rasaleela will increase.
4. When compared with panties, there will be more surface area of the clothe covering the area, resulting in more absorption of the secretions and the area will be kept dry, which will result in less chance of fungal infection.
5. Most of the panties contain synthetic materials which may cause allergy, where as for onnara cotton mundu is used, so chances of allergy is remote.

6.The elastic used in panties cause itching and discoloration in many in the upper part of thigh and around the abdomen, which will not occur with onnara.
7. During periods many onnara wearers are of opinion that it will give better confidence and protection than panty users.
8. Onnara wearing reduces the chances of developing urinary tract infection and uterine prolapse.

9.Those who are having fat thigh the inner part of upper thigh may rub together producing loss of skin and pain due to that as panties can not prevent it, where as if they wear onnara such a problem can be prevented as there will be cloth between thighs which will prevent rubbing of bear skin.

10. Onnara will reduce fat deposition in lower abdomen thereby preventing development of “kudavayaru”

Undergarment during Menstruation

Kaupina which is usually worn by men can be worn by women during her periods if she has to go out. Small pads of cotton clothes can be made and kept inside. This is way better than napkins which can be used only once. Whereas here the pads can be cleaned and reused.

Read how to wear a kaupina here:

  https://lightworker108.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/how-you-dress/

Women’s Dress

In Kerala girls wear pavada and blouse till they reach puberty. During their teenage years they used to wear a half-sari, and one they gets married, the saree. But now this is changing.

pattu pavada, pavada and blouse
pattu pavada
actress-vithika-latest-half-saree-photos
half-saree
kerala woman in a set saree
woman in a saree

Underwire bras are also not good energy wise.

For more on the spiritual aspects of wearing dress read:

  http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-living/how-to-dress/

IMPORTANT: I request the women readers who know how to wear an onnara to share how it is worn.

Drinking Liquids

I don’t know of any other creature on this planet who doesn’t know what to drink, when to drink,  how to drink. Bharat’s and not India’s consciously created culture as well as the live of people all over is being destroyed by people who want to patent every shit that can fetch money. In this process they are destroying the planet, the very piece of life which is sustaining them; and the creatures living here. Have you heard the story of someone cutting the very branch on which he was sitting. Well…this is what they are doing.

We are busy making machines to make our life easier, but does it really help. We want every thing at the touch of a button or even without it by voice commands. By doing so we are becoming weaker by the minute. Have you heard about Albert Camus, he said that a time will come when If someone falls in love with somebody, he will appoint a servant to go and make love on his behalf. This i think is where we are heading if we don’t change our habits.

What to drink

Water at room temperature, fruit and vegetable juices, tender coconut water, sugarcane juice, liquid soups without veggies, boiled rice water, milk of humped indian cows, goats and others, fermented liquids should not be consumed regularly.

BOILING WATER is BEST DONE OVER FIRE. FIRE WOOD IS BEST; GAS STOVER IS BETTER; ELECTRIC STOVE IS WORSE; MICROWAVE IS POISONOUS.

What not to drink

All types of bottled water, juices, and sports drinks, cold and chilled water, tea coffee with crystal sugar, jersey cows milk, powdered drinks, milk made with milk powder, soda, carbonated drinks, alcohol etc. Anything that is unnatural which you can think of.

Anything made by selfish men to make money. See, all the people you know: your politicians, your sports persons, your movie stars have cheated you by misleading us to drink poison. These people are PARASITES who destroy the very people of the country in which they live and supported them. Their RELIGION IS MONEY MAKING and their GOD, MONEY. Nothing more, nothing less.

uncle scrooje playing with money

aamir khan coke ad

shah rukh pepsi ad

shahrukh khan frooti mango juice ad

REMEMBER NOT TO BUY ANY THINGS THEY ENDORSE. These are ARTIFICIAL POISONS. Once you damage your body with these things you wont be able to cure it. Have you seen A SINGLE FILM STAR endorsing like this: come lets drink SUGAR CANE JUICE.

 a sugar cane juice seller

OR THIS
a tender coconut juice seller

By endorsing these they wont get CRORES of MONEY. SO THEY WONT. But know this: these are the things which MAKE YOUR LIFE and not BREAK IT. So CHOOSE WISELY.

Wait! Whats this here:

novak djokovic eating a banana

Rafael-Nadal-eats-a-banana

Do you think these tennis champions are poor enough to eat a banana or is it that a banana is better than than the health and sports others idiots promote. See this:

sachin tendulkar boost is the secret of my energy ad

I really dont think it is his secret nor should it be anyone else’s.

Remember what Morpheus says in the movie THE MATRIX that THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE; ITS FANTASY. I think this dialogue is correct in thins context. MEDIA DECEPTION. see below:

morpheus in tmovie he matrix

IMPORTANT: Hot water and food should not be used in melamin and plastic cups, plates, lunchboxes, water bottles, and the artificial banana leaf in kerala for serving lunch. Hot food stuffs cause these materials to mix with it and causes cancer if injested.

When to drink

When one is thirsty. When your throat feels dry and you long for water. Before meals it is best to have water one to one and a half hours before it, and after meals drink water after it is completely digested. That means after two and a half hours to three hours after meals. Nowadays we can see people drinking water either in between eating and after having a meal: know this that they are SLOWLY DRINKING THEIR WAY TO DEATH.

How to drink

We are sitting in the lap of consciousness, it means that all the elements have consciousness. So we should treat every every element as sacred. It is best to drink water sitting cross legged, you can also stand and drink if necessary but don’t drink while walking and in between talks. If you chant mantras mentally or by keeping a thanking mentality it further energizes the water or drink you are going to have. Now image if there was no civilization how will we drink water–by squatting by the side of the river isn’t it. I think squatting and drinking induces peristalsis.

man drinking water by squatting
man drinking water by squatting

There is something called molecular structure and crystal structure in any element. In water its molecular structure is rigid but its crystal structure changes. This happens due to the environment around water, the intention of the drinker, the intentions of people around, labels on bottles and so on. The picture below shows how the crystal structure changes according to emotions.

waters crystal structue changing according human thoughts
changing crystal structure of water

In yoga it is said that food, sex, excretion and sadhana should be done alone. It includes water as well, so as to avoid pollution.

How much to drink

According to one’s thirst.

Take water in SIPS. Haven’t you heard this: Sips of water is what it takes to keep your kidneys shipshape. And this: ‘drink your liquids and eat your water’? Here eating means to swallow water in sips after mixing with saliva. Our stomach is an acidic place and to keep it alkaline it is best to drink water in sips after thoroughly mixing it with saliva. This makes the water as well as the blood alkaline, which is extremely important. During the day don’t drink water in huge quantities. This should be done only in the morning after waking up. The practice is called Usha-Paan.

Usha-Paan

Here one has to drink 8 anjalis of water (the amount of water you can hold when you cup both your palms) after getting up in the morning, sip by sip mixing with saliva. It comes about less than a litre (measure it for yourself). One can also occasionally squeeze lime into it. This water must be kept overnight in a lota or kalash or a kudam in malayalam as it reduces surface tension of water. It allows water to squeeze into cells and is very cleansing.

 copper lota
copper lota

It is best to store water in pots which is a bigger version of a lota as it reduces surface tension of water. When the weather is cold, rainy it is best to keep in metallic lotas (gold, silver, brass, copper); when it is hot it is best to keep water in clay lotas or pots. Water stored in plastic is not good, glass container is ok when you are traveling, and make sure you have pots at home. No other shape other than this spherical shape reduces surface tension. Rain water is the purest form of water in an unpolluted atmosphere and its shape is spherical too. It is best to collect and drink rain water during monsoons. Also drinking warm water during monsoons is good if water is impure and to maintain body temperature effortlessly. Warm water is absorbed faster than room temperature  water. And chilled or iced water is the WORST.

clay pot
clay pot
women water carrying water pots
women water carrying water pots

Colonially Propped Indian Government run by Nehru had asked American Industrial Designers Charles Eames and his wife and colleage Ray Eames to explore the problems of design and to make recommendations for a training programme. Can there be any further insult to Bharat–the light of the world, where our Rishis once lived. But can we expect any other action?  Following the report, the Government set up the National Institute of Design in 1961.

In the report which they submitted in 1958, this is what they had to say about our lota and pots:

“Of all the objects we have seen and admired during our visit to India, the Lota, that simple vessel of everyday use, stands out as perhaps the greatest, the most beautiful. The village women have a process which, with the use of tamarind and ash, each day turns this brass into gold…. Of course, no one man could have possibly designed the Lota. The number of combinations of factors to be considered gets to be astronomical – no one man designed the Lota but many men over many generations.”

At least they got it right, when they said ‘no one man could have designed the lota’. It was actually designed by our Mahapurushas whose x-ray like eyes could penetrate into the fabric of reality and come up with ingenious inventions causing less damage to nature.

ganesha holding the kalasha on his trunk
see ganesha holding the kalasha on his trunk

When a lota is adorned for specific functions it is called a purna-kalash or complete vessel. It is for purification. One intrepretation of the Purna-Kalasha is its association with the five elements or the chakras. The wide base of metal pot represents the element Prithvi (Earth), the expanded centre – Ap (water), neck of pot – Agni (fire), the opening of the mouth – Vayu (air), and the coconut and mango leaves – Akasha (aether). In contexts of chakras, the Shira (literally “head”) – top of the coconut symbolizes Sahasrara chakra and the Moola (literally “base”) – base of Kalasha – the Muladhara chakra.

The purna kalash is used to specific functions or poojas and even to welcome people.

pranab mukherjee given a traditional welcome at a temple
pranab mukherjee given a traditional welcome at a temple

A kalash or lota with a handle is known a kamandalu. This was one of the accessories of yogis. Now you know that these were not designed by ordinary humans.

shiva meditating
lord shiva with his kamandalu on his left side

In kerala we have modified it with a tapering sprout, it is usually made of bell metal for poojas and is also commonly placed at the entrance of homes for washing the feet before entering. The tapering sprout reduces the quantity of water coming out and is a good water management practice.

pot with a sprout
a kindi

Last but not the least make the best use of water; keep it pure; do not waste it; conserve it, recycle it.

Whatever tips and methods that is mentioned not only in this post but in this blog, forms only a small part of the wisdom that was given by our Rishis which formed a part of daily life in Bharat. If my readers know something other than what is mentioned here, please share. Also learn whatever you could from the members of your older generations in your families, because this collective wisdom if once lost, it will be difficult to regain it.

And since everything could not be mentioned here, for the rest use your reasoning, so that your brain cells gets a good workout.