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We Are All Hindus Now
By Lisa Miller | NEWSWEEK
Published Aug 15, 2009
From the magazine issue dated Aug 31, 2009
America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that's the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu—or Muslim, or Jewish, or Wiccan—nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth. But recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity.
The Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu scripture, says this: "Truth is One, but the sages speak of it by many names." A Hindu believes there are many paths to God. Jesus is one way, the Qur'an is another, yoga practice is a third. None is better than any other; all are equal. The most traditional, conservative Christians have not been taught to think like this. They learn in Sunday school that their religion is true, and others are false. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me."
Americans are no longer buying it. According to a 2008 Pew Forum survey, 65 percent of us believe that "many religions can lead to eternal life"—including 37 percent of white evangelicals, the group most likely to believe that salvation is theirs alone. Also, the number of people who seek spiritual truth outside church is growing. Thirty percent of Americans call themselves "spiritual, not religious," according to a 2009 NEWSWEEK Poll, up from 24 percent in 2005. Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University, has long framed the American propensity for "the divine-deli-cafeteria religion" as "very much in the spirit of Hinduism. You're not picking and choosing from different religions, because they're all the same," he says. "It isn't about orthodoxy. It's about whatever works. If going to yoga works, great—and if going to Catholic mass works, great. And if going to Catholic mass plus the yoga plus the Buddhist retreat works, that's great, too."
Then there's the question of what happens when you die. Christians traditionally believe that bodies and souls are sacred, that together they comprise the "self," and that at the end of time they will be reunited in the Resurrection. You need both, in other words, and you need them forever. Hindus believe no such thing. At death, the body burns on a pyre, while the spirit—where identity resides—escapes. In reincarnation, central to Hinduism, selves come back to earth again and again in different bodies. So here is another way in which Americans are becoming more Hindu: 24 percent of Americans say they believe in reincarnation, according to a 2008 Harris poll. So agnostic are we about the ultimate fates of our bodies that we're burning them—like Hindus—after death. More than a third of Americans now choose cremation, according to the Cremation Association of North America, up from 6 percent in 1975. "I do think the more spiritual role of religion tends to deemphasize some of the more starkly literal interpretations of the Resurrection," agrees Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard. So let us all say "om."
WALNUT – BRAIN
TOMATO – HEART
A TOMATO is red and usually has four chambers, just like our heart. Tomatoes are also a great source of lycopene, a plant chemical that reduces the risk of heart disease and several cancers. The Women's Health Study — an American research programme which tracks the health of 40,000 women — found women with the highest blood levels of lycopene had 30 per cent less heart disease than women who had very little lycopene. Lab experiments have also shown that lycopene helps counter the effect of unhealthy LDL cholesterol. One Canadian study, published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine, said there was "convincing vidence' that lycopene prevented coronary heart disease.
GRAPES – LUNGS
CHEESE – BONES
GINGER – STOMACH
Tests on mice at the University of Minnesota found injecting the chemical that gives ginger its flavour slowed down the growth rate of bowel tumours
BANANA (SMILE) – DEPRESSION
MUSHROOM – EAR
BROCCOLI – CANCER
Bhadrapad Shuddha Ashtami, Kaliyug Varsha 5111
Shame on New Delhi Govt. who has to issue such directive to make mandatory to get license from Competent Authority for performing 'Pooja'. It is duty of Govt. to take care of Law & order in festival season. O Hindus, now time has come to boycott such anti-Hindu Govt. and elect only pro-Hindu candidates in forthcoming elections!
Press Release by VHP Delhi
Hindus in Delhi needs to get license from Delhi Police to perform Pooja or Ram Leela. According to the latest directive issued by the licensing department of Delhi police "The season of festivals is coming soon. It is mandatory to get licence for Pooja from a competent authority". Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) described this directive as Tughlaqui Farman which is not acceptable in our independent country.
The General Secretary of VHP Delhi Shri Satyendra Mohan said that such directives are to hamper hindu festivals in the days to come. These were never even issued by Tughlaque or Aurangjeb. Then, how we could be stopped to perform pooja in independent Bharat which is our fundamental right.
A large number of Durga Pooja committees & Ram Leela Committees are forced to take back their decision to perform Pooja /Ram Leela this year due a very complicated & expensive procedure to get license. The directive says that those who want to perform Pooja have to apply for a license from the city Police. The directive published in many national dailies on Wednesday says that one has to make an affidavit and submit NO OBJECTION Certificate from Local Police, DDA, Traffic Police, Chief Fire Officer, Electricity Inspector, Entertainment Tax Officer etc. Security to be arranged by pooja committees from their own sources should not be less then the airport security in any manner. They have to install CCTV cameras with a 24 hr watching security personnel, DFMDs (security frames), trained male as well as female security guards with metal detectors, fire tender & ambulance should be kept ready for 24 hrs. DDA have also made a lengthy & complicated procedure to get Parks on lease to perform pooja.
Many Ramleela committees show only RAMAYAN TV serial made by Ramanand Sagar on a big frames in the days of Ramleelas. Such committees also needs to get certificate from the film censer board & deposit Rs. 500/- per day in addition to many more formalilies. It is surprising to note that the directive came after the assurance by the Lt. Governor of Delhi to the meeting delegates of Ramleela / Durga Pooja Committes last Monday to withdraw all complications in this regard.
VHP demanded that govt should take all necessary steps to stop such directives immediately and ensure safe, secure & peaceful celebrations in the day of festival to come.
Friday, August 21, 2009
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Date: Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 7:40 PM
Subject: Ayurvedic Remedies of Swine Flu
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Subject: Ayurvedic Remedies of Swine Flu
August 14, 2009
Herbal route to swine flu safety
Durgesh Nandan Jha | New Delhi
Just two drops of these common oils and natural substances can save you from the wave of deadly influenza sweeping the Capital. No, the vaccine has not arrived but the prevention of the illness is prescribed in Ayurveda.
A team of doctors from the Central Institute of Research for Ayurveda and Hospital, Government of India, have come out with simple, people-friendly prophylactic measures like putting two drops of mustard oil in the nostril or wearing a handkerchief on the face with some eucalyptus oil drops put in it.
While the mustard oil applied on the mucous membrane of the nasal passage acts as a barrier for active air pathogens, the eucalyptus oil, popularly known as Nilgiri oil, has a fragrance which is against the very nature of virus.
"N95 masks are for the use of health workers and those already infected by the H1N1 virus. A common man can prevent the infection by applying two drops of mustard oil in his nostrils. The oil will form a layer around the mucosa of the nasal passage. Infectious viral elements cannot penetrate it," said Raakhee Mehra, Assistant Director, Central Institute of Research for Ayurveda and Hospital located in Punjabi Bagh in New Delhi, which comes under the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Mehra said epidemics or Janpadoshwansh (in Sanskrit) have been identified by our ancient medical science - Ayurveda - more than 500 years ago. "It spreads through air, water and food. But application of natural medicines like neem water, turmeric, sandal, giloy, tulsi and honey among others can prevent this by checking the passage of infectious virus and increasing the immunity of the body," she said.
Tamiflu, she said, causes several side effects on children and cannot kill the swine flu virus completely (This has been highlighted by a research conducted by Oxford University researchers). "Tamilflu just suppresses the effects. Ayurvedic medicines have both preventive and curative effects. Using a mixture of honey, tulsi and diloy in the morning prevents from any strain of virus. Materials used in havan like guggul (Commifora mukul), sandle, vach (Acorous calimus) and Jatavansh (Nardicus jatamansi) destroy free radicals moving in the air. Brushing the teeth with a mixture of mustard oil, turmeric and salt increases salivation leading to prevention and ejection of pathogens assimilated during the night," added Mehra.
Principal of Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College Dr Yashin Ahmed said that use of Ayurvedic medicines like giloy have given favourable results in tackling diseases like Chikungunya and dengue fever and will certainly held fight the swine flu. Senior officials associated with AYUSH and research centers said that it was unfortunate that despite the unavailability of vaccine for swine flu and the scarcity of preventive drugs, the central Government was not keen on promoting use of ayurvedic medicines.
"The Government is spending crores of amounts on sample testing kits, procurement of Tamiflu and production of vaccine. But till date, there has been no advisory or efforts asking people to use Ayurveda. The ancient medical science is on the verge of extinction," said an official on condition of anonymity.
It can be noted that most of the Ayurvedic medicines include herbs and other natural products that are cheaper. At some medicine stores selling the medicines, one can even get as many as 60 Tulsi tablets for as little as Rs 60.
CITY REPORTS 16 FRESH CASES
New Delhi: On Thursday, Delhi reported 16 cases of swine flu, of which 13 are indigenous cases.
Three others have history of foreign travel. These include a 14-year old male who arrived from the U.K. a 19-year old male who came here from China and a 17 year old male who arrived from the US. Gurgaon also reported one indigenous case. According to RP Vashishtha, nodal officer for the disease in Delhi, out of 16 cases reported 11 are children. Meanwhile, reacting to the diffident attitude of several private hospitals over starting treatment for the viral infection, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia has said that the hospitals have been guveb 15 days' time to set up specilised wards for the purpose.
"We have given them 15 days to put their system in place and if they do not have it, they will definitely be coming back to us," said Walia. She claimed that the Government has not got any negative reaction from anybody. In a statement, Apollo Hospital had said it cannot put its patients at risk, many of whom are immuno-compromised, by exposing them to the infection. The mortality rate of H1N1 is one per cent in normal population but significantly higher in people who are immuno-compromised. "We are therefore not in a position to provide facilities for H1N1 screening, sample collection and in-patient treatment in our campus for fear of cross infection," it said. SR
Remedy and Effects
1. Mustard Oil -
Acts as barrier for air pathogens.
2. Eucalyptus Oil -
Its fragrance is against the nature of flu virus.
3. Turmeric -
Is anti-bacterial and anti-viral
4. Brushing the teeth with a mixture of two drops of mustard oil, one pinch of salt and turmeric
in the morning -
Increases salivation leading to prevention and ejection of pathogens assimilated during
5. Drops of Rasanjan or Gulabjal ark -
Forms layer around the eyes restricting viral hits.
6. Gugul (used in havan, a sacred purifying ritual in Hinduism that involves a fire ceremony) -
A well known antioxidant that destroys free radicals in the air.
7. Giloy -
Improves body's immunity system
8. Tulsi -
Clears the microcirculatory system and strengthens the body's immune system.
Ayurveda can effectively counter Swine Flu: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Bangalore, Aug 12: Calling upon the people not to panic over H1N1, founder of the Art of Living Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said said 'India has a wealth of knowledge from Ayurveda to counter swine flu.' Sri Sri Ravishankar said 'in addition, our mind also plays an important role in our immunity. Whenever we panic and have fear, our immunity level goes down. Practices like pranayama and meditation play a vital role in reducing panic, fear and keeping ourselves calm. He said independent studies conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences
, New Delhi (AIIMS) and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore (NIMHANS) have empirically proved that practices such as pranayama and meditation boosts immunity at least three-fold.
''If we can integrate these practices in our daily lives along with the simple Ayurvedic remedies
, we can effectively counter swine flu'' Sri Sri Ravishankar said.
Elaborating on this, Dr Manikantan and Dr Nisha Manikantan, senior ayurvedic doctors at Sri Sri Ayurveda centre in the outskirts of the city said in a release here that ''Swine flu invades the body because of a breakdown in immunity and Ayurveda offers simple and effective remedies to boost immunity and build resistance.
Tea made from Laxmi Taru (botanical name Simarouba) leaves, Tulsi, Amla and Amrut (Giloy) acts as an immunity enhancer.
Alternatively and additionally, Ginger and Turmeric powder mixed with either lime juice or honey can also be taken twice a day.
''To counter air-borne swine flu viruses, Sambarani dhoop (loban stems) should be burnt in the house twice a day. Sambarani is a very potent atmospheric sterilser,'' the doctors said.
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