A convincing explanation on Neivedhyam

Even when I was young I used to wonder about Neivedhyam to God and have asked my parents.. Will God come and eat and even waited curiously to see HIM in action. But then my parents were not able to give me an acceptable explanation. I was just advised to have BELIEF.

Forwarded by : Sapna Rangarajan || Source : Unknown

Offerings...

Here is a very good explanation with which we can convince our kids…     A Guru-Sishya conversation:

The sishya who doesn’t believe in God, asked his Guru this:                 “Does God accept our ‘Neivedhyam’? If God eats away the ‘prasadham’ then from where can we distribute it to others? Does God really consume the ‘prasadham’, Guruji?”.The Guru did not say anything. Instead, asked the student to prepare for classes.

That day, the Guru was teaching his class about the ‘Upanishads’.He taught them the ‘mantra’:”poornamadham, poornamidham, poornasya poornaadaaya….” and explained that: ‘everything came out from “Poorna or Totality.” (of Ishavasya Upanishad).Later, everyone was instructed to practice the mantra by-heart.

So, all the boys started practicing. After a while, the Guru came back and asked that very student who had raised his doubt about Neivedya to recite the mantra without seeing the book, which they did.

Now the Guru gave a smile and asked this particular sishya who didn’t believe in God. Did each of you really by-heart everything as it is in the book? The sishya said: “Yes!! Guruji”, I’ve recited whatever is written as in the book.  The Guru asked: If you have taken every word into your mind then how come the words are still there in the book?

He then explained: “The words in your mind are in the SOOKSHMA STHITI (unseen form). The words in the book are there in the STOOLASTHITI (seen form).

God too is in the ‘Sooksma sthiti’. The offerings made to Him is done in ‘Stoola sthiti’. Thus, God takes the food in ‘Sookshmam’.

Hence, the food doesn’t become any less in quantity. While GOD takes it in the Sookshma sthiti, we take it as ‘prasadam’ in ‘stoola sthiti’.Hearing this the sishya felt guilty for his disbelief in God and surrendered himself to his GURU.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Rules for staying happy in your journey of life

This a very beautiful article written by Late Khushwant Singh. Happy reading.. Stay Happy!!

Forwarded by : Rakhi || Source : Unknown

Happiness

How To Live & Die

I’ve often thought about what it is that makes people happy—what one has to do in order to achieve happiness.

  1. First and foremost is good health. If you do not enjoy good health, you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct something from your happiness.
  2. Second, a healthy bank balance. It need not run into crores, but it should be enough to provide for comforts, and there should be something to spare for recreation—eating out, going to the movies, travel and holidays in the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be demoralising. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one’s own eyes.
  3. Third, your own home. Rented places can never give you the comfort or security of a home that is yours for keeps. If it has garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, and cultivate a sense of kinship with them.
  4. Fourth, an understanding companion, be it your spouse or a friend. If you have too many misunderstandings, it robs you of your peace of mind. It is better to accept the differences than to be quarrelling all the time.
  5. Fifth, stop envying those who have done better than you in life—risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy can be corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.
  6. Sixth, do not allow people to descend on you for gossip. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.
  7. Seventh, cultivate a hobby or two that will fulfill you—gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks, or to meet celebrities, is a criminal waste of time. It’s important to concentrate on something that keeps you occupied meaningfully.
  8. Eighth, every morning and evening devote 20 minutes to meditation or introspection. In the mornings, 10 minutes should be spent in keeping the mind absolutely still, and for listing the things you have to do that day. In the evenings, five minutes should be set aside to keep the mind still and 10 to go over the tasks you had intended to do.
  9. Ninth, don’t lose your temper. Try not to be short-tempered, or vengeful. Even when a friend has been rude, just move on.
  10. Above all, when the time comes to go, one should go like a Person without any regret or grievance against anyone.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

The Holy Grass : Darbha

Forwarded by : Roopa Hebbar || Source : Unknown

Havan

Why Dharba (holy grass) is used as ring during on our auspicious and inauspicious occasions !!..
This article is on one of the practices widely used by Indian Brahmins all over using a Holy Grass named Darbha, Dharbham or Dharbai.

The botanical name is Eragrostis cynosuroides and in Hindi they call this as Kus or Kusha. Brahmins use this Dharbai grass in all functions, auspicious or inauspicious. A performing person needs to wear a ring made of this Dharbham. But many have lost the reason of why it is to be used in the first place.

What I learnt from my father is proved to be accurately correct by a Medicine Practitioner. A Medical Practitioner once visited my home. When the topic turned to many subjects, I needed to tell him about the Holy Grass named Dharbham. When I told him about the usage and the values, he could not just believe my words. So, he took out a bunch of the Dharbham from me, went straight to the clinic to take an X-ray of his palm, by covering his hand with the Dharbham.

To his utter surprise, he found that the grass absorbed about 60% of the (X-ray) radiation!

When the so powerful X-ray radiation can be absorbed by the Holy Grass, why can it not absorb the ill-radiations spread over the atmosphere?
At the time of Solar eclipse or Lunar eclipse,our elders used to keep this Holy grass in all the food containers in the house to protect from radiation of eclipses.

While chanting and reciting some Vedic phrases and verses, one needs to wear a ring made of Dharbham on his right hand ring finger. This is most essential, while performing all the rituals, such as Agni Santhanam, Thiru-Aaradhanam, all sorts of Havans known as Homam etc.

The count of leaves depends upon the function that is held viz. for some functions related to death only single leaf Dharbham is used;                       for auspicious and daily routine a ring made of two leaves is used;           for inauspicious but not death related (i.e.AmavasyaTharppanam,Pithru Pooja etc) a three-leaf Dharbham ring is used. And for the Temple Prayer and Pooja, a four-leaf Dharbham ring is used.

Also, when a fire ritual known as Agni Santhana is performed, these Dharbham are spread all the four sides of the Agni Kundam. Also, during the Eclipse time, these Dharbham are used to cover all food items to protect them from the harmful ultra violet radiation.

Whenever any function is held, firstly they perform a site-cleansing act known as “Sudhhi Punyaahavachanam”. While reciting the selective versus, they hold the Dharbham bunch in their hand and
placing the tip point of it over the vessel containing water. Thus the recited vibration values are absorbed by water in the vessel through the Dharbham.

They found that the Holy Grass known as Dharbham has the highest value in conducting the phonetic vibrations through its tip. Later, they sprinkle the Holy water at every nook and corner of the place, where the function is held. A Dharbham without the tip is considered of no value, as the conductor-type value is lost in it.”

Our Rishis were of  greater knowledge than today’s scientists ,  today’s science is struggling to understand the inventions of ancient Great Rishis..
“Let us save our ancient science and our great heritage ”

P.S : Forwarded by a research fellow and known fellow of our Hindu rituals

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Prayer can do miracles: Pray, pray and pray…

Miracles and prayers goes hand-in-hand. Anything is possible with prayers. Read this beautiful forward and see how miracle happens.

Forwarded by : Roopa || Source : Unknown

prayer

Dr. Mark, a well-known cancer specialist, was once on his way to an important conference in another city, where he was going to be honoured by an award in the field of medical research. He was very excited to attend the conference and was desperate to reach as soon as possible. He had worked long and hard on his research and felt his efforts deserved the award he was about to obtain. 

However, two hours after the plane took off, the plane made an emergency landing at the nearest airport due to some technical snag.
Afraid, that he wouldn’t make it in time for the conference, Dr. Mark, immediately went to the reception counter and found that the next flight to the destination was after ten hours.

The receptionist suggested him, to rent a car and drive down to the conference city which was only four hours drive.Having no other choice, he agreed to the idea, despite his hatred for driving long distances.

Dr. Mark rented a car and started the journey.However, soon after he started, the weather suddenly changed and a heavy storm began.
The pouring rain made it very difficult to see the road and missed a turn he was supposed to take. After two hours of driving, he was convinced, he was lost.

Driving in the heavy rain on a deserted road, feeling hungry and tired, he frantically began to look for any sign of civilization.After some time, he finally came across a small tattered house. Desperate, he got out of the car and knocked on the door.

A beautiful young lady opened the door.He explained the situation and asked her if he could use her telephone.However, the lady told him that she doesn’t have a phone or any electronic gadget but told him to come inside and wait till the weather improved.

Hungry, wet and  exhausted, the doctor accepted her kind offer and walked in.The lady gave him hot tea and something to eat. He was feeling relaxed.The lady requested him to join her for prayer.

But, Dr. Mark smiled and said that he believed in hard work only and told her to continue with her prayers.Sitting on the chair,doctor watched the woman sitting in the dim light of candles as she prayed next to what appeared to be a small baby crib.

Every time she finished a prayer, she would start another one.Doctor felt that, the woman is in need of some help, and spoke to her as soon as she finished her prayers.The doctor asked her, what exactly she wanted from the God, and enquired if she thought God will ever listen to her prayers.
He further asked about the small child in the crib for whom she was apparently praying.

The lady gave a sad smile and said that the child in the crib is her
son who is suffering from a rare type of cancer and there is only one doctor named Mark, who can cure him but she doesn’t have money to afford his fees and moreover, Dr.Mark lives in another far off town.
She said that God will certainly answer her prayer one day and will create some way out one day and added that she will not allow her fears to overcome her faith.

Stunned and speechless Dr.Mark was in tears, which were rolling down his cheeks.

He whispered, God is great !!!!
He recollected the sequence of events:
there was malfunction in the plane, a thunderstorm hit,lost his way;
and all this happened, because, God not only just answer her prayers, but also gave him a chance to come out of materialistic world and spare some time to help the poor hapless people, who have nothing but rich prayers !!!

Always be prepared to do, What God has prepared you for…
“There are no accidental things in Life . Everything happens for a reason”.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

100 benefits of Meditation

Mediation is a powerful tool to connect to your mind,body and soul. You have an exhausting list of benefits below. So, have you started meditating ? Do share your experiences.

Forwarded by : Mani || Source : Unknown

Enlightenment

Here is a definitive list of benefits that meditation can provide you with:

Health benefits:
  1. It lowers oxygen consumption
  2. It decreases respiratory rate
  3. It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate
  4. Increases exercise tolerance
  5. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
  6. Good for people with high blood pressure
  7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
  8. Decreases muscle tension
  9. Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis, etc.
  10. Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms
  11. Helps in post-operative healing
  12. Enhances the immune system
  13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
  14. Enhances energy, strength and vigour
  15. Helps with weight loss
  16. Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
  17. Higher skin resistance
  18. Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease
  19. Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing
  20. Decreases the ageing process
  21. Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
  22. Prevents, slows or controls pain of chronic diseases
  23. Makes you sweat less
  24. Cure headaches & migraines
  25. Greater orderliness of Brain Functioning
  26. Reduced Need for Medical Care
  27. Less energy wasted
  28. More inclined to sports, activities
  29. Significant relief from asthma
  30. Improved performance in athletic events
  31. Normalizes to your ideal weight
  32. Harmonizes our endocrine system
  33. Relaxes our nervous system
  34. Produces lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
  35. Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation)
  36. Psychological benefits:
  37. Builds self-confidence
  38. Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour
  39. Resolve phobias & fears
  40. Helps control own thoughts
  41. Helps with focus & concentration
  42. Increase creativity
  43. Increased brain wave coherence
  44. Improved learning ability and memory
  45. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
  46. Increased emotional stability
  47. Improved relationships
  48. Mind ages at slower rate
  49. Easier to remove bad habits
  50. Develops intuition
  51. Increased Productivity
  52. Improved relations at home & at work
  53. Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
  54. Helps ignore petty issues
  55. Increased ability to solve complex problems
  56. Purifies your character
  57. Develops will power
  58. Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
  59. React more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event
  60. Increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
  61. Higher intelligence growth rate
  62. Increased job satisfaction
  63. Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
  64. Decrease in potential mental illness
  65. Better, more sociable behaviour
  66. Less aggressiveness
  67. Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
  68. Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
  69. Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
  70. Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
  71. Increases sense of responsibility
  72. Reduces road rage
  73. Decrease in restless thinking
  74. Decreased tendency to worry
  75. Increases listening skills and empathy
  76. Helps make more accurate judgements
  77. Greater tolerance
  78. Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
  79. Grows a stable, more balanced personality
  80. Develops emotional maturity
  81. Spiritual benefits:
  82. Helps keep things in perspective
  83. Provides peace of mind, happiness
  84. Helps you discover your purpose
  85. Increased self-actualization
  86. Increased compassion
  87. Growing wisdom
  88. Deeper understanding of yourself and others
  89. Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
  90. Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation
  91. Increased acceptance of oneself
  92. Helps learn forgiveness
  93. Changes attitude toward life
  94. Creates a deeper relationship with your God
  95. Attain enlightenment
  96. Greater inner-directedness
  97. Helps living in the present moment
  98. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
  99. Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
  100. Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
  101. Experience a sense of “Oneness”
  102. Increases the synchronicity in your life

Meditation is also completely FREE! It requires no special equipment, and is not complicated to learn. It can be practiced anywhere, at any given moment, and it is not time consuming. Best of all, meditation has NO negative side effects. Bottom line, there is nothing but positive to be gained from it! With such a huge list of benefits, the question you should ask yourself is, “why am I not meditating yet?”

 

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

The Fable of Porcupine : A great story for any family !!

Yet, another story to reassure : United we stand, divided we fall.

Forwarded by Velu || Source : Unknown

If We Hold On Together

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.
The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered & protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companion.

After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other & they began to die, alone & frozen. So they had to make a choice.
Either, accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together.

They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the warmth & heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best group is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others & can admire the other person’s good qualities.

Better to be surrounded by warm pricks than be frozen in solitude!!!!!!

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Simple and smart ways to spot adulterated food

Generations back, everyone had their own backyard and everything was home grown which used no chemicals or any adulteration items.But now, be it milk, paneer, tea or oil, nothing comes in its purest form. Until the time it reaches you, it is adulterated and it then becomes harmful.. Read on these simple tricks and stay away from adulterated food..

Forwarded by : Lakshmi || Source : Unknown

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES 2

  1. Tea: The chai you are drinking isn’t coming straight away from the Assam fields.
    Fake check: In order to check whether the chai powder is pure, put a teaspoon of it in cold water; if the cold water turns brown then your chai is adulterated!
  2. Frozen peas/green peas: We stock frozen peas in our refrigerators because they come in handy. However, some packets consist of a dye compound called ‘malachite green’, which can trigger stomach related ailments.
    Fake check: Take water in a kadhai and put some peas and stir. If the water turns green, then immediately discard the packet as they are unsafe to consume.
  3. Cinnamon sticks: You can find out if you have bought authentic cinnamon sticks.
    Fake check: Smash the sticks with your hands, if your hands get coloured then they are authenticate, if not then they aren’t.
  4. Turmeric root: Even if you’re crushing the turmeric roots and consuming it, the roots can be fake.
    Fake check: Take a turmeric root on paper and pour cold water over it. If the root leaves colour, it’s a polished one and is impure.
  5. Apples: A polished apple will not keep you away from the doctor, but will take you to one. Did you know that apples are polished with wax to give them a ‘fresh’ look?
    Fake check: To see if your apple isn’t wax covered, take a knife and slowly scrape the skin of your apple. If the knife extracts white, then that’s wax!
  6. Black Pepper: Even pepper can be adulterated with mineral oil!
    Fake check: An adulterated pepper would shine and emit kerosene smell.
  7. Cumin seeds: Cumin seeds (jeera) are very essential part of cooking as we use it in our tadka daily. They can be coloured with charcoal dust.
    Fake check: Crush the seeds in your palm, if your palm turns black then they contain charcoal.
  8. Milk: Our milkman not only fools by adding water to it. Milk can be adulterated with detergent and synthetic milk too.
    Fake check: Mix 10 ml of water and milk in the same proportion. If you notice foam or lather, then the milk contains detergent. To detect synthetic milk, boil the milk. If a yellowish lather forms, then the milk is synthetic milk.
  9. Coriander powder: There could be sawdust in your coriander powder.
    Fake check: Put some coriander powder in the water, the flakes of sawdust will float on water.
  10. Coconut oil: Coconut oil can be adulterated with other cheap oils.
    Fake check: Put the coconut oil bottle in refrigerator, the solidified layer is coconut oil, whereas the liquid oil is an adulterant.
  11. Honey: To find granules of sugar is not a foolproof way to check the purity of honey.
    Fake check: Take a cotton wick and dip it in honey. Then try to burn it. If the wick burns readily then the honey is pure, and if it crackles then it’s not.
  12. Paneer: That paneer in your paneer mutter is not really paneer. It’s starch. Paneer is one of the most adulterated items in our country.
    Fake check: Take water and put a cube of paneer and boil it. Once it cools down, put some drops of iodine solution on it. If the paneer turns blue, then the starch is present in it.
  13. Chilli powder: Did you know you could be eating brick instead of chilli powder? That’s because crushed red brick looks exactly like chilli powder and therefore it is put in your masala.
    Fake check: Put a teaspoon of chilli powder in a glass of water. If the solution emits colour then your chilli powder is adulterated.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

The little white wonders: Idli

Did you know Idli is one of the safest and the most hygenic food? Needless to say, it is the staple breakfast of South India but read on to know about its history and facts.

Forwarded by : Mani || Source : Unknown

[Deeparaya-2008]

Who invented Idli?
It seems to be a funny question but relevant now. The World Health Organization listed Idli as one of the most hygienic and nutritious food. It is the favourite breakfast of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Along with Sambar, Idli nourishes us. Then how it originated? Very interesting to note that, “Idli” is the modified form of “Kedli” of Indonesia.

The story goes like this…fermented food especially Kedli is the most favourite food of Indonesia. Once,a Hindu King of Indonesia visited South India during 8th century looking for Bride. The cooks who had accompanied the King prepared Kedli to serve him. The Indian cooks studied the preparation of Kedli and modified according to their imagination. Originally, the Idli was a preparation of fermented Blackgram pulp but later rice also added to fasten the fermentation process.

In India, Idli originated in Karnataka according to the writing Vaddaradhane of Sivakoty Acharya of 920 AD. It describes Idli as one of the 18 items served to a Brahmachari visited in homes. In Tamil Nadu, the” Ittali” originated around 17th century AD.

Whether imported from Indonesia or invented in India, it’s worth noting that Idli full fills the needs of a fasting stomach. It gives carbohydrates for energy and protein for growth. Its good bacteria generate lot of Vitamin B. An interesting thing is that a person consuming Idli daily will not have head ache, because the black gram has the property to inhibit head ache. The side dish Sambar is one of the nutritious vegetable soup that contains many vegetables, spices, tamarind, Asafoetida etc., which keeps the stomach healthy and prevents acidity and indigestion.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Cholesterol : Untagged from Naughty list

Forwarded by : Mani || Source : Unknown

in the air
Cholesterol is finally officially removed from Naughty List.

The US government has finally accepted that cholesterol is not a ‘nutrient of concern’, doing a U-turn on their warnings. In the meantime of 40 years ,US Drug Industry in connivance with Health Department made over 1.5 trillion US Dollars by selling cholesterol lowering drugs. This fear probably caused death of a million gullible citizen who believe the US drug industry. – comment by Nikki Barri  .

Cholesterol has been on the “naughty” list of nutrients for nearly 40 years, with health officials warning us to stay away from high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries.

“Full-fat dairy products and avocados are high in good fats.” But,US officials have finally given the green light for a U-turn on previous warnings, which means eggs, butter, full-fat dairy products, nuts, coconut oil and meat have now been classified as “safe” and have been officially removed from the “nutrients of concern” list.

The US Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for updating the guidelines every five years, stated in its findings for 2015: “Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day. “The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol, consistent with the AHA/ACC (American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology) report.

“Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

Eggs are no longer on the ‘naughty list’.The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will, in response, no longer warn people against eating high-cholesterol foods and will instead focus on sugar as the main substance of dietary concern.   The 70s, 80s and 90s were the ‘non fat’ years, with the government warning people to limit the amount of high-cholesterol foods in their diets to avoid heart disease and strokes.   But nutritionists and scientists have long been campaigning for the U-turn, which started with introducing “good cholesterols” back into the ‘safe zone’.

US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen said: “It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades”. He estimated that about 20 per cent of cholesterol levels in your blood come from your diet, which means the rest is produced by your liver and is actually needed by the body.

Dr Chris Masterjohn added:“Since we cannot possibly eat enough cholesterol to use for our bodies’ daily functions, our bodies make their own. When we eat more foods rich in this compound, our bodies make less. If we deprive ourselves of foods high in cholesterol – such as eggs, butter, and liver – our body revs up its cholesterol synthesis.”

“Nuts were previously thought to contain too much cholesterol.” Sugar has now been identified as the “worst” food culprit for health problems, with GPs now focusing on weaning patients off the sweet stuff.

Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, who works with group Action On Sugar, says a clamp-down on the food industry is next.   He said: “It’s very clear that added sugar has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever and, contrary to what the food industry want you to believe, the body doesn’t require any carbohydrate for energy from added sugar.   “And we know the food industry have been spiking our food with added sugars. We also know that carbohydrates and particularly refined carbohydrates – so carbohydrates that lack fibre, sugar being one of them – have the biggest impact on insulin in terms of surges of insulin in our body. And insulin is a fat storing hormone.” So, in summary, ditch your skinny latte for a full-fat latte and get some avocados down you.

The Real Truth about Cholesterol :The majority of the cholesterol in you is produced by your liver. Your brain is primarily made up from cholesterol.  It is essential for nerve cells to function. Cholesterol is the basis for the creation of all the steroid hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and corticosteroids.  High cholesterol in the body is a clear indication which shows the liver of the individual is in good health.Dr. George V. Mann M.D. associate director of the Framingham study for the  incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors states: “Saturated fats and cholesterol in the diet are not the cause of coronary heart disease. That myth is the greatest deception of the century, perhaps of any century” Cholesterol is the biggest medical scam of all time. There is no such thing as bad Cholesterol!  Men of science have abandoned truth for money.

Attempting to control cholesterol is a very, very dangerous practice that occurs in every hospital and medical clinic daily.By Ron Rosedale, MD         “Statin Drugs Actually Increase Heart Disease”So you can stop trying to change your Cholesterol level. Studies prove beyond a doubt, cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease and it won’t stop a heart attack.  The majority of people that have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.

THE GREAT CHOLESTEROL SCAM By K.L. Carlson, MBA Cholesterol guidelines have been created to increase pharmaceutical profits, not to improve peoples’ health.  I know from my experience as a pharmaceutical sales representative for a statin drug.  We were trained to emphasize to physicians the new lower LDL guidelines that were ostensibly created by health experts. The truth is the majority of the experts who created the lower guidelines have multiple financial ties to pharmaceutical companies.  One expert was found to have ties to ten drug firms.

OUR BODY NEEDS 950 mg OF CHOLESTEROL FOR DAILY METABOLISM AND  THE LIVER IS THE MAIN PRODUCER. ONLY 15% OF CHOLESTEROL IS BEING  DONATED BY THE FOOD WE EAT.  If the fat content is less in our food we eat, our liver got to work more to maintain the level at 950 mg.  If the cholesterol level is high in our body, it shows the liver is working perfect.  Experts say that there is nothing like LDL or HDL.

Cholesterol is not found to create block any where in human body.  Why does it create block only in heart, where as calcium sediments create Block all over the body .. for example kidney, pancreas. Urinary bladder, gall bladder etc etcJ..NC VIII 2014 has also relaxed the BP target.

Let’s live simple and stress free.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

The unsung hero : Lotus seeds ( Phool Makhana)

We all know Lotus only as our National flower. But do you know, Lotus seeds as a powerhouse of protein? Let’s read more hidden facts of the beautiful flower seeds…

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Phool Makhana (Lotus Seeds)

Phool Makhana or Makhana Phool is a common food item, it is also known as Foxnut, Makhana or gorgon plant. Basically Phool Makhana belongs to a family called ‘Lilly’. Lilly is a flowering plant, that produces starchy white seeds and those seeds are purely edible. This plant is generally cultivated in low land areas of Indian, china and Japan.

These countries have been cultivating this plant since many years to get the seeds. This plant is very well ready in its locations with dry and hot summers and even in cold winters. These seeds can be eaten raw, boiled or cooked in Indian cuisine.

Seeds are collected in late summers and before autumn. These seeds are commonly used as fried or roasted, they get popped up like popcorn. Popcorn seeds of Makhana are highly used to make several variations while using for sweets and other recipes. It contains, 0.9% phosphorus, 12.8% moisture, 0.1% fat, 76% carbohydrates and 0.5% total minerals.

Phool Makhana is easily available in the market . You can get the several branded packets of Phool Makhana. Before buying any packet, carefully check the dates, also check out that product turnover of the store is good enough to purchase any food item.
Benefits of Lotus seeds :

1.Lotus seeds benefit the spleen, kidney, and heart.

2. The seed also has calming properties that alleviate restlessness, palpitations, and insomnia. 

3. Rich in calcium.

4. It is a highly regarded herb for restoring sexual vigor and youthful energy in older men.

5. It regulates blood pressure, relieves numbness and aching near waist and knees.

6. Lotus seeds is suitable for arthritis, helps fighting impotency and premature aging. Makhana is very useful for women during and post pregnancy period.
7. It is also helps your respiratory system, veins and digestion.

8. Ayurveda and Unani (branches of medicine) texts have accepted its aphrodisiac and spermatogenic properties.

9. Popped Makhana contains almost 12% of protein! (Excellent especially for vegetarians!)

10. It reverses the aging process over a period of time…
USES:
1.The seeds of phool makhana are commonly used to make delicious     popcorn, in which you can add flavor of your choice like honey, butter, salt, etc.

2.Phool Makhana is a tremendous curry recipe made by the flower.
It is a very popular food during the fasting.

3.Snacks made with this are extremely healthy, light and digestible.
Mix little bit of oil and spices to enjoy the yummy, time pass snacks.

4.‘Makhane ki kheer’ is the most popular kheer or pudding made in ‘Mithila culture’ of Bihar, India, they use it in the cooking during the festivals and offers to the Lord with love and respect.

STORAGE:
Phool Makhana has a very good shelf life, you can store them in air tight container for many months.Keep them away from the moisture and direct sun light.

MEDICINAL VALUES OF LOTUS SEEDS:
1.The seeds of makhana are highly used in Ayurvedic preparations.

2.It helps in increasing the quality and quantity of semen, also prevents the premature ejaculation, increases the libido and also helps in female infertility.

3.Herbs of phool makhana are considered worth in vajikarnana therapy.

4.Seeds contains aphrodisiac properties,.

5.Makhana helps in Cardiac Protection and builds the action in dysentery and frequent urination.

6.Makhana is an anti-oxidant food item.

7.It can be easily digested by all the age groups.

8.Phool makhana has astringent property, hence it gives relief from diarrhea and helps to improve the appetite.

9.Merely 25 to 30 grams phool makhana is considered as a healthy food/diet for the whole family.

10.Makhana helps in regulating the blood pressure, it also relieves from numbness and aching near waist and knees.

11.This food item is extremely suitable for arthritis, impotence and premature aging .

12.Phool makhana is sweet to neutral in nature. Therefore, helps to detoxify the spleen, reinforce the kidneys and nourish the blood.

13.It is also used for treating the insomnia, palpitations and irritability.

14.Phool makhana is highly recommended for the women during pregnancy and post natal weaknesses.

15.Anti-aging : Fox nuts are rich in antioxidants which works as age lock system and makes us younger for much longer .Fox nuts are effective for individuals with high risk of premature ageing, premature white hairs ,wrinkles and other signs of aging.

16.Diabetes : Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, which is accompanied by high blood glucose levels. It is a result of improper functioning of the pancreas, which secretes the insulin hormone. Fox nut is a sweet and sour seed These seeds contain starch and protein which is excellent for diabetes .
17.Fox nut in alternative medicine :
According to principles of traditional Chinese medicine fox nut is used to strengthen spleen and kidneys. Makhana helps in conditions like arthritis, erectile dysfunction and premature aging. These seeds have antioxidant properties and help in digestion, rejuvenates respiratory system and prevents frequent urination.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.