Monday, March 14, 2022

EKADASHI FAST



EKADASHI is the eleventh day of the lunar cycle which is 4 days before the Full Moon Day and 4 days before the New Moon Day. This falls every 15 days, twice a month.Fasting on Ekadashi not only means restricting a complete diet but involves standard hygiene practices. Fruits and milk can be taken by a person who is fasting.

Benefits of Ekadashi fast :

1. LONG LIFE
Telomeres are like little caps on the ends of our chromosomes.They protect genetic information from becoming damaged during cell replication.The length of junk DNA decides the age of a person.With each division of the cell, we are losing a part of the telomere. Once this telomere strand is completely used up in cell divisions we reach the end of our Life.
If we reduce the calorie intake, the cell division rate also goes down.Intermittent fasting (once every 2 weeks for 36 hours) can increase the life span.️

2.ATTAIN A MEDITATIVE & CALM MIND
On the day of Ekadashi, the very planet is in a certain state, so if we keep our body light and available, our awareness will turn inward.

3.FOR BETTER DIGESTION
It’s scientifically proven that our body needs rest from digestion.Undigested food( poison)/ excess food turns to poison, fasting release the toxins.Fasting allows the digestive system to adjust, realigned & rejuvenate itself, which is very good for health & mind.

4.TO GET A HEALTHY & ACTIVE BODY
As the moon comes closer to the Earth & pulls the water towards itself by force of gravity.The moon has a strong influence on the water during the above days.We all know that the human body is made up of water( 70 %)and If we eat grains, they absorb water, which can create diseases due to the moon’s gravity attracting the water.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Excerpt from Bhagavatam- Politicians, citizens and civilization


The leaders of the state no longer protect the people, but plunder the citizenry through excessive taxation. Political leadership falls into the hands of unprincipled rogues, criminals and terrorists, who use their power to exploit the people. Entire populations are enslaved and put to death. The world teems with fanatics, extremists and spiritual artists, who win huge followings among a people completely dazed by hedonism, as well as by cultural and moral relativism. 
The saints and sages of ancient India describe the people of this age as greedy, ill-behaved, and merciless. Civilization lacks any kind of divine guidance. It is the age of spiritual darkness, violence and hypocrisy( Excerpt from SB).







Hippies and the Hare krishna movement



The hippies were used to taking drugs and staying high. But Hare krishna movement founder, Srila Prabhupada taught them that the high of the drug comes down the next morning but Krishna consciousness could sustain them forever.


Prabhupada helped them with kirtans, invited them to lectures and soon they became followers of the Vedic culture. Many became full-time volunteers for the institution.
Just as ISKCON found ardent devotees like George Harrison back in The Beatles’ heyday, it continues to attract followers across the world even today.


What is Krishna conscious movement ?



The Hare Krishna movement,(Krishna conscious movement) a  Gaudiya Vaishnavism sect of hinduism  was started in the 16th century by Sri Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu of Bengal (1486-1533). He emphasized the worship of Krishna and believed that chanting the names of God was so powerful that in addition to one's own meditation on them, they should also be chanted in the streets for the benefit of all.

Swami Prabhupada brought the movement — called the International Society of Krishna Consciousness — to the U.S. in 1966. 



When it spread to England, it gained publicity, Since then, ISKCON has established more than 800 centers all over the world and has millions of followers.

Key to the spread of Gaudiya Vaishnava theology in the Western world were Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's extensive writings and translations. These works are now available in more than seventy languages and serve as great philosophical masterpiece worldwide.