Monday, July 21, 2008

Buen Provecho!

As per Chanakya “The family of a person is indicated from his conduct,his language shows his country and his physique indicate his food”. According to Hinduism, food is a gift from God, it should be treated with great respect. Eating food is “Dev Kriya”. We pary God for the long life. As per astrology the maximum possible human life span is 120 years. But to live long one needs a good food. Our classics has mentioned various rules regarding food. It can be broadly classified as Sattvik(pure),Rajsik(hot), Taamsik(Intoxicated). A person accrue the quality of the food which he eats. As per Hinduism many rituals are associated with food. Food should be eaten in a clean place after performing “Aachman ceremony” to purify the food so that it could be offer to God before eating. Food should be offer to God,ancestors, old members and children first.
Very importantly always face towards North or east while eating. A food acquires poisonous property if one face towards south while eating. Also while eating one should clean its feet and never wear anything on the head. If one violates this rule it is equivalent to food eaten by ghosts. If any guest visit at the time of eating food , it is essential to offer him food first. It is believe that the following Gods-Dhaata,Prajapati,Indra, Agni,Vasus and Aryama- resides in guest when he eat food at the place of host. It is believe that if a guest get back to his home without food then he will take away all the results of good deeds of the owner with himself and leave his sins there at that place. The order of eating food according to taste should be as follows-sweet,salted,sour,bitter. One should eat solid food between two intake of liquids.The first 5 bites of the food are very important because the 5 praans of body namely prana, apana, vyana, udana, samanaya satiates from them. At the time of eating food the mind should be fully concentrated on food itself. Any physical acticity at the time if eating is highly dangerous to health. Food that consumes after sunset looses its nutrition value and it contributes only toxic acids to the body. So next time you go for a party then do take care!!!! Buen Provecho!!! a spanish way to say bon apetite

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Woh Saat Din

My moon is in 8th house, so it is natural for me to have an inborn fear from water since childhood. But my antardasha of 9th lord was strong enough to bring considerable changes in my life. On 16th of 2008 I decided to visit one of the most sacred place ,Haridwar with my family. It was holiday trip. Everyone was amazed in the society when they came to know about that I am going to Haridwar exclusively, that too for 7 days. It was the idea of my wife who is deeply attached with this place since childhood. My trip began with a good note. Kids were too excited to have a glimpse of river Ganga. Till that point I had mixed feelings due to fears which were looming because of water. It was day 2 when a strange things started to happen. It is a custom there to perform aarti of godess Ganga. It began after the sandhya kaal. More than lakhs of people were there to witness it. But they all were standing at the stairs besides river Ganga. Still it sounds unbelievable when I witness the aarti standing in the river at the feet of idol of godess Ganga . I was almost submerged in the water during the aarti. It was so thrilling to participate in pooja along with the family alone. But the story does not ends here. The very next night I saw my ancestors in the dream. In the dream they were trying to convey some message. I woke up in a flash. I was so terrified that I remained disturbed through out the day. After consulting elders I got a solution to my problem .I decided to perform the “Tarpan ceremony” for my ancestors. It is a special ceremony which is performed which signify the pacification of souls of ancestors. I contacted a Pandit. The time was running out because the sandhya period was about to be over and it is not advisable to perform the ceremony after the “sandhya kaal”. The pandit was genuine. He guided me properly. He recited special mantras. It was quite nervous moments for me as I could understand the meaning of them. Lastly he told me a hidden method to perform it while in “Punya Kshetra(sacred places)”. This was really interesting. After that I performed “Deep daan” ceremony. This gave me a lot of satisfaction because ancestors wait for their wards at the 7 punya kshetras to remember them. They came for blessings to their wards. Through dreams they convey their messages. As per Puraans it is very auspicious to do as much charity as possible in that region. According to lunar calendar, in Ashwin month there are 15 days which are dedicated to our ancestors. Also Amavasya tithi is ruled by “Pittras”, the ancestors. One should not forget them on these days. The whole trip was thrilling as every moment I spent there with my ancestors under the divine influence.