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The concluding part of the article on mailerindia.com explains the benefits of eating raw food, the importance of applying tilak, vaastu shastra and various other features of the portal.
THE FIRST part of the article described the information available in the mailerindia portal, which highlights the scientific principles behind the Vedic way of life. Water therapy is described in detail. The portal enunciates ideas about healthy eating.
Every human body is unique and so is every type of food. Every food has its own set of chemicals, and the concentration of it is different in various food sources. No natural food is too good or too bad. Each has its own importance in respect of what it supplies. It is only bad when you stick to a particular food item.
Wild animals, birds and other living beings are healthy, unlike humans, because they eat natural food. Only pet animals and birds, and humans eat processed food and suffer from diseases. The key message is that we have gone too far from Nature and hence from good health.
We have to eat a mixture of different kinds of fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables. Our body is the best judge of what it needs and does not. So the wise way is to supply different food and give the body a choice. It thus takes in only the required nutrients.
The five elements in food should be supplied in the natural form. They should not be contaminated or polluted. Our body is made up of chemicals and all our life processes are due to the interplay of these. Good chemicals react in a good way with our body while the bad ones upset the good reaction and get manifested as ailments. In spite of the toxic chemicals, the body tries to restore its harmony.
We are sadistic in a way. We torture our body and enjoy the pain. Drinking too cold or hot drinks is a way of torturing our body. Can anyone put one's finger into a cold or hot drink for more than 10 seconds? Though hot food first reaches the tongue it gets cooled only to an extent. It passes through the food pipe, reaches the stomach and spoils the digestive juices, thereby impairing digestion. People drinking too much of cold and hot things are prone to constipation and piles.
Soft drinks are the most dangerous and corrode our stomach and intestines, destroying digestive enzymes.
Food is made up of the five elements water, earth (solid matter, the minerals, water (juices), air (the gases), fire (spices) and space. Space is an important ingredient. It is the space we leave in our stomach. We should never overeat or fill our stomach because we will deprive the body of space.
Eating is yoga
The steps of yogic eating are as follows:
Prepare a clean place to sit and eat. Do not eat in a hurry. Eat only if you are hungry. Eat not only for pleasure but also to heal the body. Keep the food ready on a table or floor. Before eating, say a prayer thanking the Lord for the food. Mentally thank all the life forms that contribute to the food. Feel that the food is healing and think while eating it that it is going to heal your disease. Don't talk, listen to music, read, watch TV or think of anything else. Devote your full attention to the food. You are not just eating to provide energy to your body, but also to maintain it. It's food that keeps your body fit. Eat with clean hands and avoid using a spoon or fork. The touch of food stimulates the senses and helps digestion. If food is eaten like this, you will never experience disease.
One who eats one complete meal a day is a Yogi (Yogi is a healthy person).
One who eats two complete meals a day is a Bogi (Bogi is a connoisseur).
One who eats three complete meals a day is a Rogi (Rogi is a sick guy).
One who eats four complete meals a day is a Drohi (Drohi is a mean person wasting food).
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The saying goes that one should eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Queen and dinner like a beggar. This is a wise adage with a healthy truth. Digestive power is at its maximum in the day and decreases as night approaches. Undigested food causes health problems. It stays in the intestines and becomes food for bacteria and parasites. The toxic products these microbes release are absorbed and enter the body, causing disease.
Raw food is better quality-wise; therefore you need to eat less to satisfy your nutritional needs. The heat generated during cooking depletes vitamins, damages proteins and fats, and destroys enzymes which benefit digestion. As you increase your intake of raw food, you feel satisfied and derive energy from smaller meals because raw food has the best balance of water, nutrients, and fibre to meet your body's needs.
Raw food has more flavour than cooked food so there is no need to add salt, sugar, spices, or condiments that can irritate your digestive system or over stimulate other organs. Raw food takes little preparation, so you spend less time in the kitchen.
Eating a diet of raw food can reverse or stop the advance of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. It can protect you from acute diseases such as colds, flu, and measles. Cooking destroys the nutritive value of food. Hence a diet comprising raw food and fruits is ideal because it is natural. What do you do for protein? Protein is no more important than any other element in our food. When people crave protein, it is actually an addictive craving for cooked protein, which does not feed the body. You can get all the protein you need from raw plant food - yes, even fruit has protein. How is that a cow can grow hundreds of pounds of protein flesh from mere grass, which hardly contains any protein at all? It is not protein that is necessary to develop proteins in your body, but the essential amino acids, which are present in raw fruits and vegetables. The mass frenzy on the subject of protein is due to an elaborate media campaign by the meat and dairy industries to push their products. The truth is no one ever suffers from a protein deficiency and certainly no one ever dies from one. But people die of protein poisoning en masse every day. Heart attacks, strokes, cancer and such diseases are the inevitable result of overburdening the body with cooked animal proteins.
The portal explains that without the tilak on the fore head sandhya pooja, deva darshan, tarpan and other religious activities should not be performed.
There are 13 places on the human body where tilak can be placed. The head is the summit of the body with the brain being the axis of the entire body.
According to Hindu astrology, Mesh Rasi or the House of Aries is on the forehead. The Lord of Mesh is Mars and His colour is Red. This is why Red Chandan and Sindoor are placed as tilak on the forehead.
The fingers used for applying tilak are as follows:
At the base of the little finger is Mercury, at the base of the ring-finger is Sun, at the base of the middle finger is Saturn, at the base of the index finger is Jupiter and at the base of the thumb is Venus. Tilak applied with the ring finger and the thumb is beneficial. The Sun represents firmness, brilliance, honour, respect and faith. These are the blessings achieved by applying tilak with the ring finger. Venus is a life and health giving force, the creator of life, the bestower of gentility and politeness. This is achieved by applying tilak with the thumb.
Women should use the ring finger for applying bindi, which should be made of unbroken rice grains. Men should also use unbroken rice grains (akshat) mixed in red chandan and apply the tilak with the thumb. The unbroken rice grains symbolise steadfastness and firmness of the brain and are also a symbol of peace.
Mailerindia.com has done extensive research in the field of astrology, numerology and vaastu sastra and the reader may be able to appreciate the contents only when he reads the articles himself.
The portal contends that vaastu is not a religion but a science. The word `Vaastu' has been derived from `Vastoshpati' used in `Rig Veda' and is meant to provide protection, happiness and prosperity in this life as well as after death.
The Rig Veda says:
Vastshpart Prati Jati Hachasman Tvavesho Atbhivo Bhavatah
Yat Tvameh Prati Natro Jushsvshan No Bhav Dvipad Sha Chatushpade
It is a prayer to Vaastu purusha and means:
Oh God of structures and building, we are your devotees. Listen to our prayer, make us free of disease, give wealth and prosperity, and help the well being of all persons and animals living in the house.
Vaastu is a complete understanding of direction, geography, topography, environment and physics. It is a study that dictates the form, size and orientation of a building, in relation to the plot, soil, surroundings and the personality of the owner/dweller.
Mailerindia.com goes further to state that the nine planets appear to move in the celestial sphere with reference to the stellar constellations known as nakshatra (Stars). There are 27 nakshatras, which are repeated in a Hindu calendar every month. The movement of these bodies, with respect to the nakshatra, are said to control a person's destiny, including his thoughts and deeds, status and prosperity. They have also provided a Vedic calendar wherein one can see the `Panchanga' details for 200 years from 1900-2100 A.D.
The `Discover India' section of mailerindia gives vital information to tourists visiting India.
Health care provides siddha guidance for common ailments.
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