Friday, June 15, 2012

In praise of Family life

In praise of Family life

AV4.34  गृहस्थ पालन

Importance of Food

1.ब्रह्मास्य शीर्षं बृहदस्य पृष्ठं वामदेव्यमुदरमोदनस्य |

छन्दांसि पक्षौ मुखमस्य सत्यं विष्टारी जातस्तपसोSधि यज्ञ: || AV4.34.1

Food for humans provides the wisdom to our head; it provides the physical strength to our spine, to protect our interests like a warrior defends the nation. It provides the ability to our stomach to nurture our body like the Vaishya nurtures the community by agriculture & business activities.  On the sides our food enables the poet in us, creative imagination to fly high with wings like birds.  It is (quality of) our food only that endows us with articulate speech ability to spread the word of truth and wisdom in the world.

अदनेनान्नानि- ओदन अन्न ही है . अन्न ही हमारे शीर्ष को – मस्तिष्क को ब्रह्मत्व देता है, अन्न ही हमारी रीढ़ को क्षत्रिय का पौरुष देता है, अन्न  ही हमारे उदर को वैश्य के रूप में समाज को कृषि , कृष्टि , व्यापार द्वारा  समाज की सेवा करने में सक्षम बनाता है. रेतो वा ओदन: - यह अन्न ही है जो ऊर्ध्वरेता हो कर   मस्तिष्क को

कल्पना की उड़ान भर कर एक पक्षी की तरह अंतरिक्ष में उड़ कर एक कवि बन कर  छन्दादि बनाता है, मुख से सत्य पर अधारित वाणी द्वारा यज्ञों के अनुष्ठान से ऊत्तम परिस्थितियों का सृजन  करता  है.

On Pranayaam & Incest

2.अनस्था: पूता: पवनेन शुद्धा: शुचय: शुचिमपि यंति लोकम्‌ |

नैषां शिश्नं प्र दहति जातवेदा: स्वर्गे लोके बहु स्त्रैणमेषाम्‌ || AV 4.34.2

By pranayam one attains purity of mind, a healthy nervous system and better body resistance to degeneration by wear and tear of human body. Better mind control over negative emotions l equanimous peaceful temperament, anger, greed, and control over temptations follows from purification of pranic air by pranayam. 

Thus purified pranic, atmosphere in household  will make it easier. While living in a household with many females around other than wife, self control of carnal desires should be exercised to avoid incest.

Cultured life

3.विष्टारिणमोदनं ये पचन्ति नैनानवर्ति: सचते कदा चा |

आस्ते यम उप याति देवान्त्सं गन्धर्वैर्मदत्व सोम्येभि: || AV4.34.3

By following the rules of Yam and Niyam, their life style & food provides with healthy happy living that is free from deprivations. They devote themselves to cultivate interests and activities that are mark of cultured society leisure activities, such as swadhyaaya- स्वाध्याय, enhancing their knowledge base, fine arts, music, dance, poetry, sculpture etc. to enhance their enjoyment of life.

Sublimation ऊर्ध्वरेत:

4. विष्टारिमणोदनं ये पचन्ति नैनान्‌ यम: प्रतिमुष्णाति रेत: |

रथी ह भूत्वा रथयान ईयते पक्षी ह भूत्वाति दिव: समेति || AV 4.34.4

By properly managing their diets and life style, their vital energy flows upwards to their brain rather than getting drained out and wasted in lower body activities- such as over indulgence in sex and resulting running seminal fluid to waste.

Once the vital energy rises up in human body, human spirit takes wings like a bird to attain great heights in its rise on earth and sky involving itself in greater cooperation and community welfare. 

 (Vedic term for this is oordhwreta ऊर्ध्वरेत:.This is a very important singular Vedic concept exhorting its virtues for mankind. The modern medical science has yet to catch up with this Vedic concept.  According to modern science it is accepted that all human physical faculties of sight, hearing, speech etc. depend on proper functioning of brain.  The chemical composition of grey matter of brain as also prostaglandin and seminal fluid in human body is made up mostly of the same two constituents, DHA (Docosa Hexaenoic Acids) and EPA (Ecosa Pentaenoic Acids). DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found mostly in the brain, retina, and in sperm. It plays an important role in vision. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial because they provide fluidity to cell membranes and improve communication between brain cells. They also reduce the clotting ability of platelets, thus potentially decreasing the incidence of heart attacks and strokes. It also plays a significant role in cerebral development, especially during the crucial period of fetal development and infancy. Human body obtains its supply of these two vital invaluable substances from food. Pregnant mothers transfer DHA directly to the fetus to support rapid brain and retina development. DHA is supplied to the newborn via mother's breast milk.

 Grass fed cows milk and its products like curds, butter, ghee are the only rich sources of Omega3 in vegetarian diets. DHA and EPA also lead to losses of human body fat; a nutrition partitioning effect shifted towards growth of lean tissue and loss of fat tissues; and increased insulin sensitivity.  This is the scientific basis to traditional Vedic belief that a pasture fed cows milk is a nectar- अमृत. This is fully supported now by modern science in praise of grass fed cows milk.)

 Family life is supreme Yagna गृहस्थाश्रम यज्ञ

5.  a एष यज्ञानां विततो बहिष्ठो विष्टारिणं पक्त्वादिवमा विवेश |a

 bआण्डीकं कुमुदं सं तनोति बिसं शालूकं शफको मुलाली |

एतास्त्वा धारा उप यन्तु सर्वा: स्वर्गे लोके   मधुमत्‌ पिन्वमाना उप त्वा तिष्ठन्तु पुष्करिणी: समन्ता: ||b AV 4.34.5

 a The  institution of family , parenting and bringing up children is seen as a selfless service dedicated to community to ensure good for future continuation of a stable civil society, by bearing children and nurturing them to be good citizens.  Simultaneously ensuring health by good nourishment and maintenance of the environment  to the family and community.  This role of a householders activity qualifies it to be the most expansive and supreme among the Yagnas.

b For nourishing healthy food,  sweet like honey  vegetables like yams and tapioca  asparagus growing as tubers underground, and vegetables such as lotus bulbs, stems growing in water should all include in the food for a balanced  diet. For the maintenance of environment house hold kitchen garden and water ponds should be part of family holdings. (Modern science confirms that vegetables growing below ground, such as tubers  Asparagus, sweet potatoes and Yams are extremely rich in antioxidants. Similarly all water born vegetables are extremely rich in minerals.  All highly sweet fruits and vegetables have a High Brix Number) b

Culinary enjoyments

6. घृतहृदा मधुकूला: सुरोदका: क्षीरेण पूर्णा उदकेन दध्ना |

एतास्त्वा धारा उप यंतु सर्वा: स्वर्गे लोके मदुमत्‌ पिंवमाना उप त्वा तिष्ठन्तु पुष्करिणी  समन्ता: || AV4.34.6

Veda in this mantra is enumerating the wide variety of food made from milk and its products such as ghee, honey, and distilled spirits and wines- सुरोदक: that are possible for eating and drinking to provide nutritious, heavenly and sweet enjoyments . 

Clever culinary art

7.चतुर: कुम्भाँश्चतुर्धा ददामि क्षीरेण पूर्णाँ उदकेन दध्ना |

एतास्त्वा धारा उप यंतु सर्वाँ स्वर्गे लोके मधुमत्‌ पिन्वमाना उप त्वा तिष्ठन्तु पुषकरिणी: समन्ता: || AV4.34.7

It is for the clever one to create from the vast store house of vessels full of milk and such products to create preparations for eating and drinking to enjoy heavenly bliss in family.

Our Food

8.इममोदनं नि दधे ब्राह्मणेषु विष्टारिणं लोकजितं स्वर्गम्‌ |

स मे मा क्षेष्ट स्वधया पिन्वमानो विश्वरूपा धेनु: कामदुधा मे अस्तु  || AV4.34.8

Nature has provided the great variety and bounties that can made use of as our food.  But it is expected of us to exercise wisdom in making our food a winner of good society.  We are to milk the ever flowing bounties of nature in a sustainable manner. ( Modern science has come to conclude that only vegetarian diet is  justified on environmental sustainability considerations)

Breast Feeding Collustrum in Vedas

अथर्व वेद 1/12 देवता यक्ष्मानाशन्‌  

Wasting diseases

जरायज: प्रथम उस्रिया वृषा वात्व्रजा स्तनयन्नेति वृष्टया !

नो मृडाति तनव ऋजगो रुजन् एकमोजस्त्रेधा विचक्रमे !! अथर्व 1/12/1

This Ved Mantra is very interestingly describing a very modern topic regarding the medicinal efficacy of colostrums of a new born cow. It is equally applicable as directive in Vedas about importance of breast feeding.

 Colostrums is the pre-milk fluid produced from the mother's mammary glands during the first 72 hours after birth. It provides life-supporting immune and growth factors that insure the health and vitality of the newborn.

Commercial Exploitation of Colostrums of Cows for Human beings is a big modern pharmaceutical  industry.

 Breastfeeding in humans as also for  new born calves provides  natural "seeding" -- the initial boost to  immune and digestive systems --.

Loss of youth & Vigor

In western medicine which gives no importance to ब्रह्मचर्य ,it is observed  that after puberty, the amount of immunity and growth factors present in human  bodies begin to decline. Human body becomes more vulnerable to disease, its energy level and enthusiasm lessens,  skin loses its elasticity, and there is  gain  of unwanted weight and  body looses muscle tone.  The modern humans also live in a toxic environment, with pollutants and allergens all around us. 

Research has shown that Colostrums have powerful natural immune and growth factors that bring the body to a state of homeostasis -- its powerful, vital natural state of health and well being. Colostrums help support healthy immune function; & also enable us to resist the harmful effects of pollutants, contaminants and allergens where they attack us.

Plus, the growth factors in Colostrums create many of the positive "side-effects" of a healthy organism -- an enhanced ability to metabolize or "burn" fat, greater ease in building lean muscle mass, and enhanced rejuvenation of skin and muscle.

It is a very common modern medicine practice to collect colostrums from freshly calved cows to produce medicinal products for boosting disease resistance, and  health promotion tonics  for  sick and elderly humans, specifically in debilitating diseases such as tuberculosis.  New born calves particularly males are immediately taken away for slaughter. Cow’s Colostrums are collected for making medicines for the Pharma industries. Calves in general are fed on an artificial feed called  Milk Replacer.

References to in the above ved mantra Atharv 1.12.1- जरायुजः, उस्रिया, वृषा, स्तन्यन्नेति, वृष्टया,  त्रेधा, are clear references to Colostrums  - first few days milk of a cow just after calving.  Literal meaning of these vedic words are – produce of a just calved cow which is in the process of releasing the placenta, milk giving cow,  shower of milk from the udder and three rumens of a cow having played the important role in giving rise to the extraordinary medicinal value of this early milk of a cow. In this Sookt this is being promoted for curing Tuberculosis, as

the very Dewata of this sookt- यक्षमानाशन्‌


अङ्गे अङ्गे शोचिषा शिश्रियाणं नमस्यन्तस्त्वा  हविषा विधेम !

अङ्कान्त्समङ्कान् हविषा विधेम यो अग्रभीत् पर्वास्या ग्रभीता !! अथर्व 1/12/2

हे सूर्य  आप की और   समीपवर्ती देवताओं  चंद्रमा, नक्षत्रादि तारादि की  दीप्ति  इस जगत और प्रत्येक प्राणी के अंग अंग में प्राण रूप से स्थित है. तुझ  को नमस्कार  करते हुवे हम हवि द्वारा तुम सब को  परिचर्या द्वारा तृप्त करते हैं.

मुञ्च शीर्षक्त्या उत कास एनं परुष्परुराविवेशा यो अस्य !

यो अभ्रजा वातजा यश्च शुष्मो वनस्पतीन्त्सचतां पर्वतांश्च !! अथर्व 1/12/3

हे सूर्य इस पुरुष को शिरोवेदना से मुक्त करो.वह खांसी जो इस के अंग अंग ( संधिस्थलों) में घुस कर बैठा है, उस से भी मुक्त कर,  जो शरीर को सुखा देने वाला पित्त विकार है उस से भी मुक्त कर, जो वर्षा काल मे श्लेष्रोग वात विकार से होता है उस से भी मुक्त कर. सब त्रिविध रोगों की निवृत्ति के लिए वन वृक्षों, वनस्पतियों  द्वारा यह सब रोग दूर हों.

शं मे परस्मै गत्राय शमस्त्ववराय मे!

शं मे चतुभ्यो अङ्गेभ्य: शमस्तु तन्वे3 मम !! अथर्व 1/12/4

मेरे ऊपर के शिरोभूत अङ्ग के लिए, मेरे नीचे के शरीर के लिए, मेरे हाथ पैर , तन सब अङ्गों के लिए सुख हो.