This Gujarat University’s Researchers Say The Gir Cow’s Urine Has Gold In It!

In what could come as a huge boost to the activists campaigning against the slaughter of cows, scientists at Gujarat’s Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU) claim to have discovered gold in cow urine. For now, they claim that the precious metal is found only in the Gir cows that are native to the state.

A team led by Dr BA Golakia, the head of JAU’s biotechnology department, have been carrying out the landmark study for the last four years before they were able to confirm the remarkable finding. As part of the research, urine samples of 400 Gir cows were tested at the Food Testing Laboratory of the JAU.

“We started the research almost four years back and tested cows from different age groups including pregnant cows, calfs, aged cows and the milking ones. The amount of gold presence varied in all of them — from 3 milligram to 10 milligram per one litre of urine to be exact,” Dr Golakia.

He said that they took some time to come to a conclusion as they wanted to see how often the presence of gold was detected in cow urine. The team also conducted tests on the urine of other animals like goat, camel, sheep and buffaloes, but traces of gold were only found in Gir cow urine. But Golakia’s not ruling out that other cows are just aren’t yielding the precious metal in their urine.

“There is a possibility of presence of gold in other breeds of cows as well but then tests have to be conducted at local level in different states,” Dr Golakia said.

However, the researchers have not been able to explain why traces of gold are being found in cow urine.

And there are other benefits, says the head of the project

Apart from gold, cow urine also contains very small amounts of Silver, Phosphorous, Calcium and Boron. Not only that, as many as 5,000 compounds were also found in Gir cow urine, of which 388 have medicinal value.

More than 14 compounds can cure brain-related diseases and 28 compounds can be used in anti-diabetic medicines, claims Dr Golakia.

Saving the cows

Dr Golakia said that the amount of gold can be extracted from 10,000 litres of cow urine is adequate for buying food for the cattle and to ensure their maintenance.

“It will be a huge advantage to people associated with the whole business,” he said.

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15 Interesting Facts About Kapila, Known As The Father Of Cosmology

Kapila was a Hindu sage and founder of the Sankhya school of rationality, which shaped a critical piece of India’s old philosophical legacy. Although it is difficult to trace his life because of unconfirmed and meager records, we know that he was born in 3,000 BCE, and eventually because of his discoveries came to be recognized as the Father of Cosmology.

From what is available, here’s a list of the most intriguing facts about him:

 

1. Kapila was born in 3,000 BCE to the distinguished sage Kardam and Devhuti.

He is thought to be a descendent of Manu. Furthermore, he’s regarded as the grandson of Master Brahma.

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2. He is portrayed in the Puranas as an avatar of Lord Vishnu who came to earth to restore spiritual balance through his teachings.

He is known for instructing a process of liberation known as bhakti yoga.

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3. Some Buddhist writings assert that the Buddha was Kapila in his past life.

There are sources which claim that he fabricated the city of Kapil Vasthu, which is known to be the birth place of Gautama Buddha.

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4. He introduced the world to the Sankhya philosophy, which lays down the principles of the universal world.

Western researchers by and large equate Sankhya with metaphysics.

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5. Kapila’s teachings were initially recorded in the ‘Shrimad Bhagavatam’, a standout amongst the most critical scriptural reports of Vedic belief in a higher power.

Kapila is specified by Krishna in the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ as the most complete being. Truth be told, Kapila’s teachings are cited broadly in the ‘Shrimad Bhagavatam’.

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6. The Sankhya tries to explain the creation of our extraordinary universe and the part played by soul and matter (purusha and prakruti).

It also analyzes the religious power of the Vedas. It is the most seasoned of the Hindu philosophical systems and is viewed as the foundation of Hindu philosophy.

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7. Kapila declared that prakruti, with the motivation of purusha, is the mother of cosmic creation and all energies.

Which further enlightened us that all exist in prakruti not in purusha. And that is liberation where all senses cease and all sense objects are changed.

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8. His spearheading work tossed light on the nature and standards of a definitive soul (purusha), primal matter (prakruti) and creation.

Kapila stated that prakruti is a mix of the three qualities – sattwa, rajas and tamas, and their imbalance in nature gives birth to materialistic desires.

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9. His findings are aimed at making the purusha understand his actual nature and heavenliness, and this purusha is the real spirit and the authentic nature of each person.

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10. Even Sri Krishna talks of the Sankhya as the main theory in ‘Bhagvat Gita’.

It tries to explain how everything that exists on the planet creates some afflictions and distress.

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11. Kapila’s Sankhya is taught in diverse Hindu texts, for example in ‘Mahabharata’ he said, “Acts only cleanse the body. Knowledge, however, is the highest end”.

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12. Patanjali, the creator of the Yoga Sutras and the Mahabhasya, became a follower of the Sankhya philosophy.

The yoga framework advanced in the Yoga Sutras of the sage Patanjali is primarily based on the Sankya philosophy.

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13. His idea of change of vitality and significant discourses on atma, non-atma and the unpretentious components of the universe place him in an exclusive class of expert achievers.

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14. Swami Vivekananda considered Kapila to be the best psychologist the world has ever known and said that there is no philosophy on the planet that is not obliged to Kapila.

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15. There is a mainstream temple near the sacrosanct urban communities of Tirupati and Tirumala, known as Kapila Theertham.

A legend has indicated that Sage Kapila lived there in an Ashram and used to worship Shiva there.

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Top 10 Life Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita

Although a component of the scriptural trinity of Sanatan Dharma, contents of Bhagavad Gita are universal and non-sectarian. The literal meaning of ‘Bhagavad Gita’ is ‘Song of God. Written in the form of a poem, Bhagavad Gita presents the principles of seemingly complex metaphysical science in the simplest form possible. For millennia, it has inspired millions of saints, leaders, scientists, philosophers and ordinary people worldwide. Listed below are the top 10 lessons from the Bhagavad Gita.

10. The body is temporary – soul is permanent:

Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita compares the human body to a piece of cloth. A person should identify not with the body but the real Self within. One should not grieve for growing old or having a disease that cannot be cured. Just as worn out clothes are replaced by the new ones, the soul of a person acquires a new body. Identification with the Self instead of the body helps a seeker to be detached from the limitations of the human body.

Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita

9. Anger causes delusion – be calm:

It is due to anger that a person becomes deluded. As soon as the delusion takes over, his mind loses the power of discrimination. Subsequently, the reasoning capabilities of a person are lost. A person, who cannot reason justly, is destined to be doomed. Thus, anger is the fundamental cause of all sorts of failures in a person’s life. It is one of the three main gates of hell, other two being greed and lust. One must try to sidetrack anger while keeping the mind at peace.

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8. Be temperate in everything – avoid extremities in life:

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that a person is bound to fail in meditation if he does not strike a balance in his day to day activities. Eating too much or too less, for example, is not going to bring you any closer to God. Meditation can help a person overcome all sorrows but he must eat and sleep well, work daily and find time to enjoy recreational activities, too.

Be temperate in everything – avoid extremities in life

7. Wisdom becomes inaccessible due to selfish attitude – open up:

Just as a mirror covered by dust does not reflect images of objects, wisdom, too, gets obscured by selfish attitude. A selfish person cannot perceive the truth as it is when tackling relationship issues in day to day life due to his nature. Whether a person wishes to gain material wealth, succeed in a profession or acquire spiritual wisdom, giving up personal agendas is absolutely necessary to wade through doubts and disappointments.

Wisdom becomes inaccessible due to selfish attitude – open up

6. The Supreme Being is always with you – always:

Mere acceptance of this sublime truth can transform the life of a person. It is the Supreme Being which acts through every living being. Releasing oneself from worries and all other negative emotions is easy by surrendering oneself to the almighty. Since ahuman being is only an instrument in the hands of God, regretting the past or fearing the future is pointless. The natural harmony of mind and soul is restored by recognizing the Omnipresent.

Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita

5. Do not abstain from ‘action’ – it doesn’t help:

Running away from duties is not the way forward. Spiritual wisdom or eternal peace cannot be acquired by forsaking friends or family members. In fact, it is not even possible to refrain from activity while living in the materialistic world. It is therefore advisable to fulfill all duties with utmost dedication. Renouncing various physical actions without subduing the constantly wandering mind is useless.

Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita

4. Equanimity in Actions – be free from the expectation of the outcome:

Most people end up doing a lot less than they’re capable of in their lives. It happens mostly due to the reason that they are either sedated by pleasure or pain. Every act of theirs stems from a wish to get rewards. If Steve Jobs, for example, did not just enjoy ‘working on unique designs and intuitive user experience’, he would have been far less successful. When a person is unaffected by potential success or failure, he is more likely to pour in all his energies in even small day to day actions.

Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita

3. Overcome desires – experience the stillness of mind:

All thoughts, feelings and desires take birth in the mind. Looking deep within one’s own self is not possible without first stabilizing the mind. The mind can be really quite only when a person is free from the countless desires. Just as we can look at the bottom of the ocean only when there are no ripples on the surface, the secrets of mind, heart and soul can only be known when there are no desires on the surface. Stillness of mind can open doors to wisdom, peace and tranquility for anyone.

Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita

2. Do not doubt:

Doubts in the self or an ‘absolute truth’ is the main reason why billions lead unhappy lives on the planet. According to Bhagavad Gita, a doubtful man cannot be at peace in this world or the next. It is important not to confuse this lesson with inquisitiveness which is an absolute necessity for a person to discover his own self. However, the habit of rejecting a philosophy, belief or truth told by a learned man is not productive at all.

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1. Fear not:

What is the greatest fear of humans? Death, we all know it. Lord Krishna tells his friend and devotee Arjuna not to fear death at all. Death is merely a transitional phase. Death can only come to something which is not permanent; that which is real can never die. Whether a person is an ordinary citizen, a soldier or a leader, he must not fear of losing his life, position or wealth. Relationships, wealth and all other worldly objects are just temporary; they are tools to climb the ladder and realize the Self someday. It isn’t hard to guess how beautiful life would be if there is no fear at all.

13 Lesser Known Facts About Patanjali, An Einstein In The World Of Buddhas

Maharishi Patanjali is a sage believed to have lived around 2nd century BCE. Known for his treatise on Yoga, entitled “Patanjali Yoga Sutra”, he was not only an authority on the Science of Yoga, but also a researcher and a specialist with astounding prowess.

His life remains a puzzle for modern day historians, but from whatever little is known about him, here is a list of the most interesting facts:

1. Patanjali’s life has many legends associated with it. One of them is about his birth.

It is believed that he fell (pata) into the hands (Anjali) of a lady, thereby earning the name, Patanjali.

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2. Maharishi Patanjali was the avatar of Adi Shesha – the Infinite Cosmic Serpent upon whom Lord Vishnu rests.

It is believed that once, while watching Lord Shiva dance, Adi Shesha found it unbearable to support the heaviness of Master Vishnu. He asked Lord Vishnu, why this was so.

Lord Vishnu then explained to him that this was due to Lord Shiva’s energy, which he derived from yoga.

That is when Adi Shesha decided to take birth as human form ‘Patanjali,’ to show people the power of yoga.

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3. He is generally considered to be the compiler of the small Sanskrit volume of Yoga Sutras from which the modern practice of yoga is derived.

The Sutras laid out a method of practice by which one can achieve immaculate state free of illusion.

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4. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are rare and one of a kind. Such a book has never been reproduced so far.

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5. Shockingly, the book was compiled in a matter that would never interest researchers. It is dry and blunt.

The purpose was to only interest people of certain awareness and experience to explore the book, ruling out the rest.

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6. Patanjali examined and composed Panini’s book and took his work significantly forward by redefining the Sanskrit Grammar.

He was an extraordinary grammarian and his Mahabhashya or Incredible Critique on Panini’s syntax was authoritative. It is still perused and recognized today.

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7. He is additionally believed to be an essayist, who wrote about the ancient Indian medicine system, Ayurveda.

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8. Maharishi Patanjali, “The Father of Yoga”, gathered 195 sutras, which serve as a structure for incorporating yoga into our day to day lives.

The center of Patanjali’s teachings lies in the eight fold way of yoga. The path demonstrates the best approach to carry on with a superior life through yoga.

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9. He simply comprehended humankind back to front, not as individuals but rather as an aggregate component of the human body, human personality, and human cognizance.

He didn’t leave anything for anybody to say about life.

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10. His first accomplishment, which is not surprising given the stories of his parentage, is his acknowledgment as a genuinely incredible dancer.

Right up ’til the present time dancers in India working in the classical traditions summon him and pay him their regards.

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11. He was also a gifted musician and singer. The veena was one of his most loved instruments and he formed numerous ragas.

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12. He is symbolically depicted in the celebrated half-man, half-snake structure showing that he has transcended the quality of life and accomplished extreme unity, and seen as an inspiration for others to accomplish the same.

Half of his body has been typically made into snake, since he is not seen as a man any longer. He is seen as the very premise of the yogic framework.

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13. The Jeeva Samadhi of Patanjali is believed to be situated in Tirupattur Brahmapureswara Temple.

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 Source : http://topyaps.com/facts-about-patanjali

Weapons used in Mahabharata and with what effect?

The war started on Kartheeka Bahula Amavasya (end of the Kartheeka and the start of the Margasira lunar month), moon on Jyesta star, on Tuesday early morning.

Solar eclipse also happened on that day and this Muhurth was kept by Sri Krishna himself.

As usual Krishna did not directly fix the Muhurta.

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Mahabharata War.

 

Sahadeva fixed it and Krishna manipulated the Solar Eclipse to happen a Day earlier, knowing well it was started on the Day of Solar Eclipse the one who  chooses that date  would win.

Duryodhana was tricked into fixing this date.

This day was not the Amavasya, when Solar Eclipse happens, but a Day earlier.

This Amavasya is called the Bodhayana Amavasya.

 

Asi , Special Sword of Brahma

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Brahma performed a Yagna, when a demon-like being sprang from the midst of the sacrificial fires scattering flames all around.His teeth were sharp and terrible, stomach lean and skinny ,very tall ,slim and very powerful.Simultaneously, the earth started shaking, there were turmoil in the oceans, the forceful winds started howling all around, the trees started falling and being torn apart, and the meteors started blazing through the skies!

Brahma declared: The ‘being’ I have conceived is Asi. It shall effect the destruction of the enemies of the gods and restore the Dharma.Upon this, the creature assumed the form of a blazing, sharp-edged sword, glowing like the flames at the end of the Kalpa.(Shantiparva,Mahabharata)

 

Sudarsan Chakra

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Though Krishna vowed not to bear arms in the mahabharata War, he became angry at the rate Bhishma was killing the Panadava Sena, He bore the Disk on His hand .

As Bhishma Bowed and prayed Krishna reminding subtly that He had vowed not to bear arms Krishna withdrew it.

 

 The elephant/hathi goad or Ankusa (Sanskrit)

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A tool employed in the handling and training of elephants. It consists of a hook (usually bronze or steel) which is attached to a handle.

The hook is inserted into the elephant’s sensitive skin, either slightly or more deeply, to cause pain and induce the elephant to behave in a certain manner.

 

Gandiva, the Bow of Arjuna

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This was given to him by Agni after Ajuna allowed Agni(Fire) to devour the Kandava Forest.

This was kept in the custody of Varuna.

Beside Lord Krishna no one except Arjuna could wield the bow in the mortal world.

 

Khatvanga

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It is a long, club or staff created to be used as a weapon.

It is a divine weapon of polysemic significance and accoutrement of chthonic deities and ‘left-handed path’ (Sanskrit: vamamarga) holy people in Dharmic Traditions such as Shaivism.

 

Narayanastra

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One of the three Great weapons of Mass destruction, others being Brahmastra, Pasupatasta, Narayanstra would destroy anything and the only way to escape its wrath is to drop all the weapons and prostrate before it.

Aswathama used it unsuccessfully and under instructions from Krishna Arjuna had it withdrawn.

 

Brahmastra

 

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Considered to be the supreme weapon that can be possessed. Very very rare. Possessed by many people and used by just one person in the epic. Effects similar to nuclear fallout – areas become barren, people suffer, effect propagates across generations. Use restricted against mortals. Karna planned on using it against Arjuna, but due to several reasons (his mother’s request, his teacher’s curse) could not do so.

Pashupatastra

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Indestructible and irresistible weapon of Lord Shiva that contains the power to destroy all creations. Use prohibited against mortals. Possessed by Arjuna who obtained it directly from Shiva. Never used in the epic..

 

Vajra

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Indra’s all powerful weapon – prepared out of the spine of Sage Dadhichi and used to kill the demon Vritra. Superlatively powerful so much so that most of the weapons are glorified using this as the adjective.

So powerful that, in the Gita, Lord Krishna claims that amongst weapons, he is Vajra

 

 

Vasavi Astra

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Indra’s weapon that was loaned for a one-time use to Karna. Sure to kill the target, no matter what/who it may be. Karna preserved it to use it against Arjuna but was forced by some smart tactical moves to use it against Ghatotkacha instead.

One of the most powerful weapons that appear in the epic, and one of the few that seriously threaten Arjuna.

 

 

Citation.

 

http://thekarna.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/ancient-weapons/

 

http://www.chakranews.com/powerful-spiritual-and-physical-weapons-from-ancient-hindu-texts/2762

 

Image Credit.

http://mahabharathascience.blogspot.in/p/weapons-of-mass-destruction.html

 

Indian culture has a very special significance for Number 108. What does this number represent, and why is it so important?

Indian culture has a very special significance for Number 108. What does this number represent, and why is it so important?

One idea is as follows: In one minute, we breathe in approximately 15 times, in 1 hour 900 times, And in 12 hours 10,800 times, and in a day 10,800 * 2 times. A day consists of 24 hours, and if we set aside half the day for our day to day routines. Then one can spend 12 hours for recitation of one’s God. Therefore, it seems that the maximmum number of times that one can recite “mantra”, or perform “Japa” is 10,800. If one wants to obtain 100% benefit of the japa, then performing Jap 108 times will give you the benefit of 100%. That’s why in a “Mala”, There are 108 beads. It is written in Vedas, that 1 japa or “round” corresponds to 1 mala (which has 108 beads), therefore performing japa of 108 malas will result in 100% benefit.

Astronomically, there are 27 constellations in our galaxy, and each one them has 4 directions, and 27 * 4 = 108. In other words the number 108 covers the whole galaxy.

3) According to Indian scriptures, letter 9 corresponds to Lord Brahma (the Creator of universe). Mathematically, the interesting property of 9 is 9×1 = 9
9 x 2 = 18 (8+1 = 9)
9 * 3 = 27 (7+2 = 9)
9 * 12 = 108 (1+0+8 = 9)

The addition of digits of number 108 is 9, and number 9 is related with Brahma, that’s why 108 is very important.

Desires: There are said to be 108 earthly desires in mortals.

Lies: There are said to be 108 lies that humans tell.

Delusions: There are said to be 108 human delusions or forms of ignorance.

Heart Chakra: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.

Sanskrit alphabet: There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, Shiva and shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.

Pranayama: If one is able to be so calm in meditation as to have only 108 breaths in a day, enlightenment will come.

Upanishads: Some say there are 108 Upanishads, texts of the wisdom of the ancient sages.

Sri Yantra: On the Sri Yantra there are marmas where three lines intersect, and there are 54 such intersections. Each intersection has masculine and feminine, Shiva and shakti qualities. 54 times 2 equals 108. Thus, there are 108 points that define the Sri Yantra as well as the human body. The angle formed by two adjacent lines in a pentagon equals 108 degrees. Pentagon: The angle formed by two adjacent lines in a pentagon equals 108 degrees.

Marmas: Marmas or marmasthanas are like energy intersections called chakras, except have fewer energy lines converging to form them. There are said to be 108 marmas in the subtle body.

Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.

Chemistry: Interestingly, there are about 115 elements known on the periodic table of the elements. Most of those, around or higher than the number 100 only exist in the laboratory, and some for only thousandths of a second. The number that naturally exist on Earth is around 100.

Astrology: There are 12 constellations, and 9 arc segments called namshas or chandrakalas. 9 times 12 equals 108. Chandra is moon, and kalas are the divisions within a whole.

River Ganga: The sacred River Ganga spans a longitude of 12 degrees (79 to 91), and a latitude of 9 degrees (22 to 31). 12 times 9 equals 108.

Astrology: In Vedic astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.

Goddess names: There are said to be 108 major names of the Vedic Gods and Goddesses.

Gopis of Krishna: In the Krishna tradition, there were said to be 108 most important of the gopis or maid servants of Krishna .

1, 0, and 8: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.

Sun and Earth: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.

Moon and Earth: The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.

Silver and the moon: In astrology, the metal silver is said to represent the moon.

Numerical scale: The 1 of 108, and the 8 of 108, when added together equals 9, which is the number of the numerical scale, i.e. 1, 2, 3 … 10, etc., where 0 is not a number.

Breath: Tantra estimates the average number of breaths per day at 21,600, of which 10,800 are solar energy, and 10,800 are lunar energy. Multiplying 108 by 100 is 10,800. Multiplying 2 x 10,800 equals 21,600.

Smaller divisions: The number 108 is divided, such as in half, third, quarter, or twelfth, so that some malas have 54, 36, 27, or 9 beads.

Islam: The number 108 is used in Islam to refer to God.

Jain: In the Jain religion, 108 are the combined virtues of five categories of holy ones, including 12, 8, 36, 25, and 27 virtues respectively.

Sikh: The Sikh tradition has a mala of 108 knots tied in a string of wool, rather than beads.

Buddhism: Some Buddhists carve 108 small Buddhas on a walnut for good luck. Some ring a bell 108 times to celebrate a new year. There are said to be 108 virtues to cultivate and 108 defilements to avoid.

Chinese: The Chinese Buddhists and Taoists use a 108 bead mala, which is called su-chu, and has three dividing beads, so the mala is divided into three parts of 36 each. Chinese astrology says that there are 108 sacred stars.

Meru: This is a larger bead, not part of the 108. It is not tied in the sequence of the other beads. It is the guiding bead, the one that marks the beginning and end of the mala.

Dance: There are 108 forms of dance in the Indian traditions.

Praiseworthy souls: There are 108 qualities of praiseworthy soul.

First man in space: The first manned space flight lasted 108 minutes, and was on April 12, 1961 by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut.

Time: Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.

Speed of Light in the Rig Veda

The first quantitative estimate of the speed of light is seen in Indian vedic scholar Sayana’s commentary on the Rig Veda. It says that sun light travels 2,202 yojanas in the time span of a nimisharda (half a nimisha). The yojana is an ancient unit of length. Arthasastra defines it as being equal to 8,000 dhanus, which is equivalent to 9.09 miles. A nimisha is an ancient unit of time that is equal to 16/75 seconds. Thus 2,202 yojanas in half a nimisha is equal to 189,547 miles per second after conversion. The modern estimate of the speed of light is 186,281.7 miles per second.

 

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This velocity of Light was calculated by Maxwell in the 19th century, but its was actually determined accurately thousands of years before in the Rig Veda. It was further elaborated by Sayana in the 14th century AD in his commentaries on Rig Veda. Indian Almanacs have always calculated accurately the motion of planets, sunset, sunrise, eclipses, etc. without using telescopes or any other machinery.

It is to be noted that Bhatta Bhaskara (probably from the 10th century) made the same statement in his commentary on Taittiriya Brahmana, another Hindu Veda. He says this to be an old tradition.

The fourth verse of the Rigvedic hymn 1:50 (50th hymn in book 1 of rigveda) is as follows:

तरणिर्विश्वदर्शतो जयोतिष्क्र्दसि सूर्य |
विश्वमा भासिरोचनम |

taranirviśvadarśato jyotishkridasi sūrya | viśvamā bhāsirocanam ||

This means “Swift and all beautiful art thou, O Surya (Sun), maker of the light, illuminating all the radiant realm.”

Exlpaining this verse in his Rig Veda commentary, Sayana, who was a minister in the court of Bukka of the great Vijayanagar Empire of Karnataka in South India (in early 14th century), says:

tatha ca smaryate yojananam. sahasre dve dve sate dve ca yojane
ekena nimishardhena kramaman.

This means “It is remembered here that Sun (light) traverses 2,202 yojanas in half a nimisha.”

Note: Nimisharda = half of a nimisha
In the vedas Yojana is a unit of distance and Nimisha is a unit of time.

Unit of Vedic Time: Nimisha

The Moksha Dharma Parva of Shanti Parva in Mahabharata describes Nimisha as follows:
15 Nimisha = 1 Kastha
30 Kashta = 1 Kala
30.3 Kala = 1 Muhurta
30 Muhurtas = 1 Diva-Ratri (Day-Night)
We know Day-Night is 24 hours
So we get 24 hours = 30 x 30.3 x 30 x 15 nimisha
in other words 409050 nimisha
We know 1 hour = 60 x 60 = 3600 seconds
So 24 hours = 24 x 3600 seconds = 409,050 nimisha
409,050 nimisha = 86,400 seconds
1 nimisha = 0.2112 seconds (This is a recursive decimal. The wink of an eye is equal to 0.2112 seconds.)
1/2 nimisha = 0.1056 seconds

Unit of Vedic Distance: Yojana

Yojana is defined in Chapter 6 of Book 1 of the ancient vedic text “Vishnu Purana” as follows:

10 ParamAnus = 1 Parasúkshma
10 Parasúkshmas = 1 Trasarenu
10 Trasarenus = 1 Mahírajas (particle of dust)
10 Mahírajas= 1 Bálágra (hair’s point)
10 Bálágra = 1 Likhsha
10 Likhsha= 1 Yuka
10 Yukas = 1 Yavodara (heart of barley)
10 Yavodaras = 1 Yava (barley grain of middle size)
10 Yava = 1 Angula (1.89 cm or approx 3/4 inch)
6 fingers = 1 Pada (the breadth of it)
2 Padas = 1 Vitasti (span)
2 Vitasti = 1 Hasta (cubit)
4 Hastas = a Dhanu, a Danda, or pauruSa (a man’s height), or 2 Nárikás = 6 feet
2,000 Dhanus = 1 Gavyuti (distance to which a cow’s call or lowing can be heard) = 12,000 feet
4 Gavyutis = 1 Yojana = 9.09 miles

Calculation of the Speed of Light from the Rig Veda:

So now we can calculate what is the value of the speed of light in modern units based on the value given as 2202 yojanas in 1/2 nimisha

= 2,202 x 9.09 miles per 0.1056 seconds
= 20,016.18 miles per 0.1056 seconds
= 189,547 miles per second

As per the Rig Veda the speed of light is 189,547 miles per second.
As per modern science the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second!

Life-changing lessons from Bhagavad Gita

1. Messages from the Bhagavad Gita

Messages from the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest religious books of the Hindus. The Bhagavad Gita reveals the path to the lost, provides clarity to the confused, and wisdom to all. Here are some of the most popular and important teachings from one of the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known…

2. “Surrender the fruits of your actions.”

“Surrender the fruits of your actions.”

When we work keeping the fruits of our labour in mind, we can never really give our best. It’s because we are overly obsessed with the possible rewards. We are worried be our best in it. It also gives us a lot of worries about the result. We may also feel disheartened if our task or action does not yield good outputs. Therefore, just doing our work without really thinking about its result should be our motive. Find contentment in the journey you are on, regardless of the outcome!

3. “Life is a battlefield: Fight boldly”

“Life is a battlefield: Fight boldly”

Even when the walls are crumbling around you and the earth is cracking beneath your feet, do not expect or fear anything. Expectations and fears limit our possibilities.

4. “Our soul never dies”

“Our soul never dies”

Our soul never dies. Even after our death, it continues to exist. It is immortal. It just changes bodies after the death of a person. Moreover, our body is made up of ‘agni’ (fire), ‘jal’ (water), ‘vayu’(wind), ‘prithvi’ (earth) and it combines with them after death.

5. “Accept the dualities of life”

“Accept the dualities of life”

Imagine your most disgraceful moment and then imagine yourself at ease in it, sitting quietly while the leaves of worry float away in the breeze. Feeling sad about your losses will only way you down. Accept your desire without coveting or needing that which you want.

6. “We all have to die one day”

“We all have to die one day”

This world is not immortal. One who takes birth, has to die one day. That is the ultimate truth of this world. Nothing exists permanently. One has to leave this world, even though he wishes not to. No magic can actually help a person to stay forever. Everyone has their set life periods.

7. “Accept the equanimity of life”

“Accept the equanimity of life”

When you see all beings as equal in suffering and in joy, when you are rooted in the oneness of all beings, you cannot love or hate anyone because it is all part of the same thing. In other words, love your enemy as yourself. Refuse to speak badly about those who hurt you or your enemies.

8. “Progress and development are the rules of this Universe”

“Progress and development are the rules of this Universe”

Things may not be the same, the way they used to be. Things and circumstances change. We should neither expect people, nor surroundings, not even society, to be the same. They all change with time. We move ahead. The Universe forgets old things and moves forwards, so do we. We should not stick to one place. That will make our existence much more problematic in this world.

9. “Every action and deed of ours should be dedicated to SuperSoul”

“Every action and deed of ours should be dedicated to Krishna”

Whatever we do in the course of our lifetime should be dedicated to the supreme personality of Godhead. This will always result in giving us peace and satisfaction. One should remember Krishna during every action of ours. This makes us feel God’s presence with us all the time, making all our actions turn out to be positive.

10. “SuperSoul is always there for you”

“Krishna is always there for you”

Krishna is the ultimate support of any human being. Our fellow humans may not care for us or support as or may even leave us in our bad times, but Krishna is always there for us. The person who knows this truth is never really troubled by sadness or grief.

11. “SuperSoul is the supreme”

“Krishna is the supreme”

Krishna is the supreme personality of Godhead. He is the original cause of all causes. He starts everything and ends everything too. He is there everywhere. He is omnipresent and omnipotent. We are just puppets whom he controls. He is divine and transcendental.

12. “Desires come and go”

“Desires come and go”

Desires come and go, but one should remain a dispassionate witness, simply watching and enjoying the show. Everyone experiences desires but one should not be moved by them. They should not bother a person. People sometimes undertake really evil actions because of their desires. One should simply not get caught in the chains of desire.

13. “A mind obsessed with money cannot meditate”

“A mind obsessed with money cannot meditate”

Bhagavad Gita talks a lot about meditation and its importance. Meditation is considered extremely helpful for inner peace and‘sadhna’. Moreover, a person who thinks about making money all the time cannot really engage in meditation. When a person’s mind is not stable and he or she thinks only about money, then meditation would be a failed effort for such a person.

 

 

SOURCE: Speaking tree

10 Facts About The Third Eye All Humans Have But Don’t Know About

Our heads have a small endocrine gland which produces hormones responsible for modulating our sleep patterns. The gland is right at the center of the brain, between the two halves of the brain, at the thalamus joint. The gland is shaped like a cone and hence, called the pineal gland.

Believers say that the pineal gland, once activated to its full potential can let us travel through dimensions, look through the future and have the supreme knowledge of every unknown mystery of the universe. Let’s find out a bit more about this controversial “Third Eye” which may or may not be the gateway to Enlightenment.

1. The significance of pine cone

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The staff of Osiris, the Egyptian God depicts two serpents, intertwined with each other rises up and meets at a pine cone. It is quite similar to the representation of “Kundalini” awakening, a state of enlightenment in Hinduism, where two serpents rise spirally up to the pineal gland.

The magnificent pine cone at the Vatican, the pine cone in the hands of the Greek God Dionysus, in the hands of the Roman Gods, Bacchus, the pine cones in Free Masonic designs and Buddha with a pineal cone at the top of his head – they all have something to say.

 

2. The significance of the gland in the Vedas

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The Vedic energy system, often called the Chakra or the wheel of life, states that the pineal gland is directly linked to the Ajna or the third eye. The Ajna signifies the conscience in Hinduism and and it is that part of the brain which, when stimulated, can be used to achieve powerful feats.

Not only is Ajna the gland that makes the brain sensitive to light and determines our sleep cycle, but it also produces dimethyltryptamine, a psychedelic hormone, symbolized by two lotus petals.

 

3. The Buddhist connection

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The pine-cones in Buddha’s hair is not the only connection with the apparent belief that the pineal gland is the third eye. Quite interestingly, according to MahanayaBuddhism, it takes 49 days for soul to be reborn after death which is the exact time taken by the pineal gland to develop in a newborn fetus.

Scientists have studied brain scans of Tibetan Buddhist monks and found an increased activity in their pineal glands during meditation.

 

4. The pineal gland is an eye according to science

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Ancient Vedic texts and many mystic traditions all over the world have regarded the pineal gland as a third eye.

In 1886, E. Baldwin Spencer and H.W De Graff, two micro anatomists, discovered that the pineal gland has all the features of the external eyes such as the pigmented, retina cells, and it also responds to light directly as well as through the nervous pathways of the external eyes.

 

5. The Shiva Linga is actually the pineal gland

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Contrary to the theory that that the Shiva Linga represents a phallic symbol, many are of the belief that the Shiva Linga actually represents the pineal gland. The pineal gland of the human body is best stimulated in darkness.

Interestingly, the Shiva Linga is also placed in the darkest sanctums of the temples. The darkness is believed to be one of the reasons why ancient Rishis did theirtapasyas (meditation) in caves.

 

6. A blessing for the dark skinned

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Several theorists are of the opinion that people of darker skin color are superior to ones with lighter skin with regards to spirituality because of the melatonin secretion that aggregates melanin causing darker skin.

Prejudices had driven the western world (white dominated)to consider melanin to be of no use but with time, the multinational properties were acknowledged.

 

7. The spiritual drink of the Shamans in South America

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The practitioners of divine healing through rituals and interaction with spirits, the Shamans of Amazonian Peru are known for making an entheogenic brew known as the Ayahuasca, a traditional spiritual medicine.

Many claim that they have learnt the art of making the brew from the plants and spirits of the forest and the brew that causes spiritual revelations are made from plants containing dimethyltryptamine, a hormone produced by the pineal gland.

 

8. Swami Vikenanda and the pineal gland

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A Hindu monk and a Vedic scholar, Swami Vivekananda had mentioned the use of pineal gland while talking about Ojah, which means “strength” or “vigor”.

He says and we quote, “When the Ojas has gone from center to center and reaches the Pineal Gland (a part of the brain to which science can assign no function), man then becomes neither mind nor body, he is free from all bondage.”

 

9. How the pineal gland is calcified

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The calcification of the penial gland will close any doors that could be opened to a whole new realm of spiritual realization. However, artificial food, poor nutrition, bad exercise habits cause the gland to be calcified.

One of the most detrimental elements to the penial gland is fluoride which is present in abundance in the toothpaste we use everyday. Experts also say that contact to cell phone radiation is also a major contributor.

 

10. The conspiracy theory

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It is a common conspiracy theory that that 99% of the world is controlled by 1%. According to the conspiracy theorists, the information that we can actually open our third eye, experience more than we can imagine both physically and spiritually is a threat to the “them” because we will no longer be weak or depressed and will no longer need the consumer products for buying happiness and the healthcare industry will go down as well.

The potential of the human mind is beyond imagination!

Scientific Evidence Thoughts & Intentions Can Alter The Physical World Around U

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Dr. Masaru Emoto, a researcher and alternative healer from Japan has given the world a good deal of evidence of the magic of positive thinking. He became famous when his water molecule experiments featured in the 2004 film, What The Bleep Do We Know? His experiments demonstrate that human thoughts and intentions can alter physical reality, such as the molecular structure of water. Given that humans are comprised of at least60% water, his discovery has far reaching implications… can anyone really afford to have negative thoughts or intentions?

The rice experiment is another famous Emoto demonstration of the power of negative thinking (and conversely, the power of positive thinking.) Dr Emoto placed portions of cooked rice into two containers. On one container he wrote “thank you” and on the other “you fool”. He then instructed school children to say the labels on the jars out loud everyday when they passed them by. After 30 days, the rice in the container with positive thoughts had barely changed, while the other was moldy and rotten.

Is this proof that consciousness and intention can affect the “physical” material world around us? If so, then what are the implications of this?

Masaru Emoto’s Water Crystal Experiments

The hypothesis that water “treated” with intention can affect ice crystals formed from that water was pilot tested under double-blind conditions. A group of approximately 2,000 people in Tokyo focused positive intentions toward water samples located inside an electromagnetically shielded room in California. That group was unaware of similar water samples set aside in a different location as controls. Ice crystals formed from both sets of water samples were blindly identified and photographed by an analyst, and the resulting images were blindly assessed for aesthetic appeal by 100 independent judges. In conclusion, the present pilot results are consistent with a number of previous studies suggesting that intention may be able to influence the structure of water. Here is a photo of the effects direct states of conscious intention has on the structure of water.

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Consciousness has measurable effects on the geometric structure of water crystals. What does this tell us about the nature of consciousness? Is it possible that water is comprised of the same underlying “thing” as our thoughts are? Maybe this is an incentive to give good “vibes” to our food before we eat it. Here is a link to the pdf. file of the original study.

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