Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 30 October 2017


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Post No. 4351

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Satapata Brahmana is one of the important Brahmanas, part of the Vedic literature. It says,

“Devas, men, fathers (pitrs=departed souls) and Asuras approached Prajapati. One walked after another and asked him in what manner they have to live. He ordains for each.

To ‘the men clothed and bending their bodies’ ,

‘Your eating shall be in the morning and in the evening’.

The devas were told the sacrifice was to be their food.

The fathers/Pitrs were told to eat only monthly in Moon light;

The beasts (animals) can eat whatever and whenever they liked, in season or out of season

To the Asuras he gave darkness and illusion (Tamas and Maya):-

“Neither the gods/devas nor the Pitrs , nor beasts transgress (their several ordinances); some of the men alone transgress theirs. Hence whatever man grows fat, he grows fat in unrighteousness, since he totters and unable to walk because of his having grown fat by doing  wrong. One should therefore eat in the evening and morning; whosoever knowing this eats only in the evening and in the morning, reaches full measure of life, and whatever he speaks , that  is true. Because he observes the divine truth –Sat.Br.2-4-2-6

In Tamil Poetry book Neethi Venba, there is a verse which says, “Yogis eat once a day, healthy men eat twice a day, Rogis eat thrice a day (gluttons, those who want to fall sick; rogam=sickness)  those who want to leave the earth quickly eat four times a day”.


A dispute once took place between Mind and Speech as to which was the better of the two. Both Speech and Mind said, ‘I am excellent’.

Mind said, ’surely I am better than you. For you do not speak anything that is not understood by me (mind).  And since you are only an imitator of what is done by me and a follower in my wake I am surely better than you’.


Speech said ‘surely I am better than you, for what you know, I make known. I communicate’


Both of them went to appeal to Prajapati for hi decision. He, Prajapati, decided in favour of mind, saying to Speech, ‘Mind is indeed better than you for you are an imitator of its deeds and a follower in its wake’.


Then Speech (Vach) being thus gainsaid was dismayed and miscarried. She, speech, then saidt  Prajapati,

‘May I never be your oblation bearer, I whom you have gainsaid’.


Hence whatever at the sacrifice is performed for Prajapati, that is performed in a low voice; for Speech would not act as oblation bearer for Prajapati- Sat. Bra. 1-5-1-8

(My comments: These symbolic stories show that the Vedic Hindus were very literate and they can even use speech and language for conveying some message.)


Here is an illustration of statecraft following the philosophy of Speech and Mind:

“Let him draw the cups of Soma for Indra Marutvat (accompanied by the Maruts), and not for the Maruts likewise. For were he to draw cups for the Maruts, he would make the people refractory to the nobility. He thus assigns to the Maruts a share therin after Indra, whereby he makes the people subservient and obedient to the nobility—4-3-3-10


Gods and evil spirits were originally soulless and mortal They become immortal by putting in their inmost being the immortal fire—2-2-2-8


In their originally mortal condition, they used to live on earth. But the gods grew, it is said, tired of man’s endless petitions and fled—2-3-3-4



The gods abhorred the Ribhus, on account of their human smell. The gods placed two Dhayyas between the Ribhus and themselves because of the human smell of the former- Aitareya Brahmana 3-30


The sun would not rise if the priests did not make sacrifice- Sat. Br.2-3-1-5




Be Exemplary!

The months follow one another as they do because in a certain ceremony one priest follows another:-

“Were to both walk out together, were to both enter together these months would assuredly pass separated from one another; therefore, while out walks the one, in steps the other—Sat Br.3-1-7-11


–subham, subham–


Anjaneya appears in Sacrificial Fire


Research Article Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 31 May 2017


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Post No. 3959


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In my two articles about Soma rasa (please see the links below) I have given the following points:

Foreigners account about the identification of Soma plant is wrong. Had they really identified it, they would have got the patent right and exported millions of bottles of Soma rasa (Soma juice) and made billions of dollars. Even today Muslims of Afghanistan cultivate opium and send them to different parts of the world and make loads of money.


Now I have got more interesting details from Zend Avesta, Zoroastrians Veda, and the ninth Mandala of Rig Veda. Before giving the details let me place some more arguments:

1.We knew for sure that the Vedic Soma Yaga was done for thousands of years. Is there any culture or race in the world which has a narcotic drug like this for such a long time and survived in good health?

2.If it is really a narcotic drug, the community or the race would have had its natural death.

3.Narcotic drugs lead to depression, violence etc. Has any one used drugs and avoided such after effects? In London, every week one youth is shot dead in drug related violence. In the Vedic literature, we have never seen any violence after drinking Soma rasa against one another.

  1. Is there any community in the world who sang about a plant and its juice and preserved the hymns for such a long time?

5.If Aryans came from outside why don’t we see Swayamvara, Mahabharata type of warfare, Asvamedha/Raja suya yajnas, caste systems etc. outside India?


The answer is simple. Soma rasa is not a narcotic drug. It is a rare plant which gave tremendous energy and boosted one’s health and increased one’s life span. It is in Zend Avesta. Vedic Hindus were the sons of the soil. They did not come from outside. When they went out of India they spread their culture.


Read the interesting points given below:-

In the Haoma (Soma) Yasht (hymn), Zarathustra(Zoroaster)  seeing the Haoma (Soma) plant addresses it in these words:

“O man! who art thou? In this physical world, I find you to be best, beautiful and of eternal life” and Haoma answers,

“I am who he wards off disease, squeeze me for drinking and chant my praises”.

In another place it is mentioned those who thus squeezed it and drank the squeezed liquid and chanted its praises are blessed with the best of health and progeny”


The above Zend Avesta verse gives us the following points

1.Soma gives long life 2.Soma gives health 3. Soma helps to get good children and 4. Soma wars off diseases.


I have already given what the Tamil inscription said about it: It purified the mind. In short it gave physical, mental and spiritual benefits.

Now more interesting comes from the three Vedas:

Ninth  Mandala of the Rig Veda contains all the hymns on Pavamana Soma. Nowhere in the world we see Mantras on narcotic drug in a religious book; so it is not a narcotic drug. If it is a drug like this the seers would have condemned it. Moreover, whether they condemn or not, the race would have exterminated itself by this time. But we see a continuous religion, Santana /Eternal religion for over 5000 years without any violence. So it is not a halucinative drug.


The Vedic seers praised the Soma as ‘The King’, ‘the guest’ etc.

Krishna seen in Yaga Fire


1000 year Sacrifice

Foreigners were baffled and got confused when they saw 1000 yearlong Soma sacrifice. They couldn’t understand it. Normally it lasted for 12 years but they talked about 1000 year Yajna as well. Where in the world one drinks drug or alcohol for 12 years and survive? So it was not an intoxicating drug, but a miraculous and a rare herb brought by an “Eagle”. When we read that it was available in Iran (Zoroaster) and in Gangetic and Indus valley (Rig Veda and Yajur Veda) we are amazed at the influence of a single plant on such a vast geographical area. Taittiriya Samhita of Yajur Veda deals with Soma Yaga in Cantos 6 and 8.


Moreover, it is not a drug is proved from the rituals that were practised. Following is the ritual:

The first stage is buying the Soma plant with a  calf which was later snatched  away later from the seller. Because he same sellers bring them back the Soma we knew for sure it was only a ritual and they got good money.


If I am cheated by a business man I would not go back to him and would warn other colleagues as well. Foreigners could not explain why Soma was “brought by an eagle”. They were struggling hard and as usual wrote all the rubbish.


The second stage is it is placed on a cart and taken in procession like a honoured guest. Because they considered it a divine one.


The next stage is the pressing of Soma plant and getting the juice.


In the last stage they gave it to different Gods in cups that were named differently.

Any person who thinks logically knew that it was not a narcotic drug. If it is they would not name different cups and wait patiently. Riots would break out to grab the drug. Moreover, the same kick they could get from umpteen sources such as alcohol etc.


If it is a drug, no idiot would pour it into sacrificial fire and “waste it” for thousands of years. We knew that Soma Yajnas were conducted until very recently but with alternate plants.

If it is a hallucinate substance, 12 year long sacrifices can be 12 year long orgy of drug addicts. So all the foreign accounts are half baked write ups or deliberate propaganda against Vedic religion.


The soma plant increases fertility (YV 6-5-8-5) according to Yajur Veda.

Radha and Krishna appears in Vedic Fire Sacrifice


In the Atharva Veda

The largest number of Atharvana Vedic hymns belong to the category of material well- being which include prayers for long life (100 years), property, architecture, astronomy ,well-being of trees, creatures, animals , for timely rain, avoiding unforeseen injuries etc. This shows their positive attitude.


Muujavat, the mythical home of the Soma plant in the Rig Veda, is shown as a distant place in the Atharva Veda; so by the time of Athrva veda, Soma was not easily available, almost extinct.

With the use of Soma plant we hear only the positive effects. It is unfortunate that the Hindus lost it very long ago.


Confusion about Vedic Soma Plant | Tamil and Vedas

5 May 2013 – Confusion about Vedic Soma Plant Soma was the famous plant used by the Vedic priests to make juice for the fire sacrifice. The whole of Ninth …


Madurai Temple Tunnel and Soma Plant of Vedas … – Tamil and Vedas…/madurai-temple-tunnel-and-soma-pla…

23 Apr 2017 – Madurai Temple Tunnel and Soma Plant of Vedas (Post No. 3844) … Soma Plant. I read your “Confusion about Vedic Soma Plant” article.




Compiled by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 31 May 2017


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Post No.3957



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The benefits of walking could not be enumerated in a single essay.

Dr Mercola has empahsised the following points which is worth reading:



If you want to add seven years to your lifespan, set aside 20 to 25 minutes for a daily walk. This simple habit, which can also arguably be one of the most enjoyable parts of your day, has been found to trigger an anti-aging process and even help repair old DNA.


The research, presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress, followed 69 people between the ages of 30 and 60. Those who engaged in daily moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk or jog, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and strength training experienced anti-aging benefits that could add an additional three to seven years to your life.1


The researchers recommended a 20-minute daily walk to reap these benefits.

As noted by Katy Bowman, a scientist and author of the book, Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement



“Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human.”


As mentioned, walking may help to slow down the aging process, and it works no matter what age you get started. Study author Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, told The Independent:


“We may never avoid becoming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old. We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our nineties. Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function, and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia.”


Harvard Medical School lists out the five benefits of walking as follows:


  1. It counteracts the effects of weight-promoting genes.

Harvard researchers looked at 32 obesity-promoting genes in over 12,000 people to determine how much these genes actually contribute to body weight. They then discovered that, among the study participants who walked briskly for about an hour a day, the effects of those genes were cut in half.


  1. It helps tame a sweet tooth.

A pair of studies from the University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and even reduce the amount of chocolate you eat in stressful situations. And the latest research confirms that walking can reduce cravings and intake of a variety of sugary snacks.



  1. It reduces the risk of developing breast cancer.

Researchers already know that any kind of physical activity blunts the risk of breast cancer. But an American Cancer Society study that zeroed in on walking found that women who walked seven or more hours a week had a 14% lower risk of breast cancer than those who walked three hours or fewer per week. And walking provided this protection even for the women with breast cancer risk factors, such as being overweight or using supplemental hormones.



  1. It eases joint pain.

Several studies have found that walking reduces arthritis-related pain, and that walking five to six miles a week can even prevent arthritis from forming in the first place. Walking protects the joints — especially the knees and hips, which are most susceptible to osteoarthritis — by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them.



  1. It boosts immune function.

Walking can help protect you during cold and flu season. A study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder.So why should not we walk everyday at least for 30 minute.

****                                                                                                      Thanks to Dr Mercola and Harvard Medical School  and all the sites belonging to them /publishing their findings

உடல் ஆரோக்கியத்திற்கு மசாஜ்! (Post No.3921)


Written by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 19 May 2017


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Post No.3921



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திருநெல்வேலியிலிருந்து வெளிவரு ஹெல்த்கேர் மாத பத்திரிகையில் மே 2017 இதழில் வெளியாகியுள்ள கட்டுரை


உடல் ஆரோக்கியத்திற்கு மசாஜ்!


தமிழாக்கம் ச.நாகராஜன்


மசாஜ் ஏன் உங்களின் ஆரோக்கியத்திற்கு நல்லது?

உடலின் ஒவ்வொரு இயக்க அமைப்பும் மசாஜினால் நேரடியாகவோ அல்லது மறைமுகமாகவோ நல்ல விதத்தில் பாதிப்புக்கு உள்ளாகிறது.  மசாஜினால் உங்கள் உடலில் என்னென்ன நன்மைகள் ஏற்படும் என்பதற்கான வழிகாட்டி இதோ:-


எலும்பு மண்டலம் :-


மசாஜினால் எலும்புகள் மறைமுகமாக நலமடைகிறது. இரத்த ஓட்டத்தில் ஏற்படும் மேம்பாடானது ஆக்ஸிஜனையும் ஊட்டச்சத்துக்களையும் எலும்புகளுக்குத் தருகிறது. மூட்டுகளின் இறுக்கமும் வலியும் குறையும். தசைகள் மிகவும் நெகிழ்வுத் தனமையை அடைவதால் மூட்டின் இயக்கம் அதிகரிக்கப்படுகிறது.

தசை மண்டலம்:-


சில மசாஜ் இயக்கங்கள் தசைகளுக்கு ஓய்வையும் நீட்சியையும் தருகின்றன. இதனால் தசையின் இறுக்கமும் தசைப்பிடிப்பும் குறைகிறது.மசாஜ் த்சை உரத்தைக் (muscle tone) குறைத்து தசைகளின் நெகிழ்வுத் தன்மையை அதிகரிக்கிறது. தசைகள் ஓய்வு எடுப்பதன் மூலம் சோர்விலிருந்து மீள்வ்தை விட உடல்ப்யிற்சியின் மூலம் வெகு சீக்கிரம் சோர்விலிருந்து மீள்கிறது.


நரம்பு மண்டலம் :-


இதமாகத் தரப்படும் மசாஜ் நரம்பு எரிச்சலிலிருந்தும் இன்சோம்னியா மற்றும் தலைவலி போன்ற இறுக்கத்தினால் ஏற்படும் நிலைகளிலிருந்தும் நிவாரணத்தை அளிக்கிறது. ஊக்க்த்தை ஏற்படுத்தும் வண்ணம் மசாஜ் செய்யப்பட்டால், அது சோம்பேறித்தனத்தையும் களைப்பையும் போக்கி விடுகிறது.


இரத்த ஓட்ட அமைப்பு :-


மசாஜ் இரத்த ஓட்டத்தை மேம்படுத்துகிறது. இதனால் மந்தமான இரத்த ஓட்டம் நீங்கும். நடமாட சக்தியின்றி இருந்த இடத்திலேயே இருப்பவர்களுக்கு இது ஒரு வரபிரசாதமாக பெரிதும் பயனளிக்கும்.


நிணநீர் மண்டலம் (Lymphatic System)


மிருதுவான மசாஜ் நிணநீர் மண்டலத்தை ஊக்குவிக்கிறது. உடலில் சேர்ந்திருக்கும் கழிவுகளை வெளியே அகற்ற இது உதவுகிறது. மசாஜினால் ஏற்படும் ஓய்வு இறுக்கத்தை நீக்க உதவும். இது நோய் எதிர்ப்புத் தன்மையையும் அதிகரிக்கும்.


சுவாச அமைப்பு:


மசாஜின் போது மிக அதிகமான ஓய்வைப் பெறுவதால், சுவாசம் விடுவது மெதுவாக ஆகி விடுவதோடு ஆழ்ந்த சுவாசமும் ஏற்படும். உங்கள் உதரவிதானத்தை சுவாசத்திற்காக சுவாசிக்கவும் பெருக்கவும் தேவையான சக்தி இதனால் குறைவாகவே தேவைப்படும். பிஸியோதெராபிஸ்டுகள் மார்பில் ஏற்படும் இறுக்கத்தை (செஸ்ட் Chest Congestion) நுரையீரலின் அடியில் கப் இயக்கம் (Cupping movements) எனப்படும் இயக்கத்தைச் செய்வதன் மூலம் அதை அகற்றி விடுவர்.


ஜீரண மண்டலம்:


மசாஜ் ஓய்வை அதிகரிப்பதால் உணவு மற்றும் கழிவுகளின் இயக்கத்தை ஜீரண மண்டலத்தில் அதிகரிக்க உதவுகிறது. இந்த ஓய்வானது ஜீரண மண்டலத்தில் ஒரு சமச்சீர் தன்மையை உருவாக்குகிறது.


சிறுநீரக மண்டலம் :


மசாஜ் செய்யப்படும் போது கழிவுப் பொருள்கள் இரத்தத்தின் மூலமாக சிறுநீரகங்களுக்குச் செல்லும் வழியைக் காண்கிறது. அங்கு இவை வடிகட்டப்பட்டு வெளியேற்றப்படுகிறது.


பெண்களின் இனப்பெருக்க மண்டலம்:

மாதவிலக்கு வரும் போது உருவாகும் பிரச்சினைகளான வ்லி மற்றும் பிஎம்ஸ் (Premenstural Syndrome)  போன்றவை மசாஸ் செய்வதால் அது ஓய்வை ஏற்படுத்துவதன் காரணமாக மிகவும் தணியும். மாதவிலக்கு அறிகுறிகளில் மசாஜ் ஒரு நல்ல நிலைமையை ஏற்படுத்தும்


நன்றி டைய்லி மெயில் மார்ச் 4, 2017.


Strange LUTA Disease in Kashmir! (Post No.3890)

Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 8 May 2017


Time uploaded in London: 21-41


Post No. 3890


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Kalhana, the 12th century chronicler of Kashmir History, gives strange information in his Rajatarangini. He talks about a disease called Luta (meaning Spider). In Tamil also we have a disease called Silanthi (Spider), but it is not a fatal disease.


Here is what Kalhana (Fourth Taranga, slokas 524-529) says,

“At this junction in the principality of Rajah,there arose among the townsmen a calamity caused by the epidemic of Luta.

“The disease is contagious and fatal there owing to a peculiarity of the country and hence the living being who is attacked by Luta is forsaken.

Hearing this King Jayapida planned and brought secretly through his servant the necessary articles to prevent the disease.

By swallowing this, which tended to cause an overflow of bile, his bile was excited and he got fever; by applying the milk of Vajravrksa (tree) he was covered with boils.

His adversary having heard from the mouth of the guards that he was attacked by Luta and thinking that he would no doubt perish expelled him from the country.

In this manner, having crossed with the might of his own intelligence the ocean of calamity he seized the hill fort, which extended up to the sky, as well as the fame of the antagonist”.


Kalhana here explains how the king used the fatal disease Luta and escaped and captured new territory in around 750 CE.

The translator of Rajatarangini M P Pandit says in the footnote,

“ Luutaa= Literally a spider. It is a common belief that a certain kind of spider if it walks over the human body produces skin eruptions, hence a kind of skin trouble – rash and pimples- it is known as Luta.


Vajravrksa = a shrub like Arka, the juice of which if applied to the skin produces eruptions. Kig Jayapida used this to get false eruptions and pretended that he got Luta!

(When he British were looking for freedom fighters in Tamil Nadu, they used to pretend that one of the house holders was afflicted with small pox and hung the margosa leaves (neem eaves) in front of the house. The British were scared of this and never entered the street or the village).


Fatal disease!

And in the Sixth Taranga (chapter) of Rajatarangini, Kalhana says that Kng Kshemagupta died of Luta:

“Thus on the dark fourteenth (Krishnapaksha Chaturdasi) the , while engaged in the case, saw flames emerging from the mouth of a howling she jackal.

“The sight of this produced fear and trembling; he was seized of the Luta disease which fever was the cause of his death.

“With his body covered with eruptions of the shape of the split lentils on the ninth day of bright Pausa (Suklapaksha Navami), in the year 34 (of his rule), he died.

“Ksemagupta’s son, the infant Abhimanyu thereafter became king.”


In the Seventh Taranga

Kalhana says, “Then when Rudrapala died of the Luta disease the other Sahi princes, too, very soon met their end.


In the Eight Taranga

Thus, when some months had passed by, the king as luck would have it, suddenly fell ill suffering from a skin disease.


In another foot note here the translator MP pandit adds, “I am indebted to Vaidyaraj Pandit Ramachandra, my fellow prisoner in the district jail at barely, for the following references to the disease of Luta, Dadakaalasaka (7-1443) and Trsnaa mentioned by Kalahana.

Lutaa- see Astaanga Hrdaya, Sutrasthana chapter 5-verses 6-13.




Muslim Blood, Hindu Blood, Christian Blood- What is the Difference? (Post No.3850)

Written by London swaminathan

Date: 25 APRIL 2017

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Post No. 3850

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Part 2 of Needs of Hindu Patients in U.K.- Talk by London Swaminathan;

I posted the first part here yesterday.


Kalyanji, who worked as a volunteer chaplain in London hospitals, was called once by a Muslim woman, while he was seeing other Hindu patients. Knowing the rules in the hospitals, he heisted for a moment. The Muslim lady, whose child was bedridden, told him, “There is no difference in the blood of a Muslim or a Christian or a Hindu. All of us accept the blood of others when it is needed in the treatment. In the same way, there is no difference in the prayers. God will accept prayer from anyone. Can you please pray for my child as well?”. Kalyanji was surprised and moved. he prayed for the Muslim child as well. I told this anecdote in the group discussion in the training course.

Now I continue with my talk,

“All of you are aware of the case going on in the country where a hospital nurse was sacked for telling a cancer patient that she would pray for him. Hindu chaplains must be careful in dealing with patients of other religions. Unless they themselves call us for help we should not approach them. But a smile and a ‘hello’ would cheer them up.

Someone to Talk to….

Two staff came to a ward and changed the beds and bed linen for half hour joking and laughing loudly, and never said good morning or hello to the patients on the beds.


Patients need chaplains mainly to discuss some matter which they can’t discuss with others. In additions to prayer and other god related matters, slowly they open their heart and discuss personal matters. They even tell you the divisions and fights in the family, fight for the share of property, clashes between husband and wife etc. We tell them to pray for better health first and then to get solutions to all the problems. They can’t such matters with nurses and doctors. They see chaplains as relatives closer than family members. They have so much confidence in the priests.

Organ Donation

Sometimes the hospital staff or the patients consult us regarding organ donations. Whenever I go to deliver talk at the medical colleges in London, the students always ask me questions regarding Hindus’ views on organ donation. This is a grey area where we don’t have clear directive. As a human being I would like to help others by giving my organs to others if I am going to die in the next few days. But neither me nor my sons have signed any organ donation card until today, because of some taboos. Hindus believe the body should be cremated in full. We have umpteen examples of organ donations in our mythology (Kannappa Nayanar giving eye, Vishnu giving eye, Dhadichi giving his back bone to Indra, Dadhaynk giving his head etc.), but not from dead bodies. We know that the body parts are removed when the dead body goes to a funeral director from the mortuary. But voluntarily giving the organisation after death is not found in our scriptures. Even if the meeting passes a resolution today, our authority may be questioned by religious heads in India. So I want meetings like this to discuss it thoroughly and get the seal of approval from Hindu religious heads. Whenever I am asked, I tell them that it is their personal choice.

Hindu Diet

There is a big confusion regarding the diets of Hindu patients. Not all the Hindus are vegetarians; but beef is prohibited by the scriptures. But when a Hindu says that he is a vegetarian, they as whether he is a vegan. The vegan did not exist in our religion. All the sages used Madhuparka (Honey and Milk) according to our scriptures. If someone wants gluten free, lacrosse free diets, that is individual’s choice. I tell the patients and the hospital staff that Vegetarianism means No Fish, No egg, No meat, No poultry; but if the individual wants egg or chicken it is his choice. Fasting is also another grey are.


When they look at the Asians they (Black and White communities) think all are fasting during Ramadan period. They don’t know the difference between Hindus and Muslims. Then I explain to them not all the brown skinned people are fasting during Ramadan. Hindus do fast on different days in a different way.

(Whenever I visit Prisons to see Hindu prisoners, this fasting issue became a problem. Hindu women prisoners fast during Navaratri and Vasantha Navaratri. But the prison kitchen knew only Ramadan fasting. They are not ready to do anything unless one month notice is given. Moreover, I must explain ‘’no Salt no Garlick, no Onion’’ etc)

Unfortunately, if you are a vegetarian, your food choices are very limited. Hindus eat different dishes at home. Those South Indian or North Indian dishes are never available in the hospitals.

Patients Need Hymns


Sometimes the chaplains are asked to give the prayer in writing, particularly in roman script, because of many of the Hindus born and brought up in the country can’t read an Indian language script. Chaplains do this in addition to providing them Ganga Jal (Holy Ganges water), Vibhuti, Kunkum, Hymns etc.


Strange Request

One old bedridden lady suddenly wished to wear saree but he was shy to tell the medical staff. When the chaplain asked her whether she needed anything, she expressed her desire. The Asian nurse readily came forward to fulfil her wish.


Patients have so much confidence in the chaplains. They see chaplains are very reliable. They always have some suspicion about the doctors and nurses. Though the doctors and nurses very good, they wonder how come the person in the next bed came after I came and left within a few days and I am still her. Why? Are the doctors giving me correct treatment? Are the nurses looking after me well? We know that each person is different and the doctors look after their health. So, patients believe in us more than anyone else.


I am sure many of the points raised by me were dealt with by earlier speakers as well. I have summarised the experience of three chaplains in London. I spoke here in my capacity as a volunteer chaplain at the Northwick Park Hospital in London, and Sessional chaplain at two prisons in England and as the Chairman of the Chaplaincy Board at the Hindu Forum of Britain.

Thank You.






Needs of Hindu Patients in U.K.- Talk by London Swaminathan -Part 1 (Post No.3847)

Written by London swaminathan

Date: 24 APRIL 2017

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Post No. 3847

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I was invited to deliver a 20-minute talk on the “Needs of the Hindu Patients in the United Kingdom” on 23rd April at the Health Care Chaplains Training Course held in Swaminarayan temple, London.


Here is a summary of my talk:

“Let me begin with a story. A terminally sick patient was admitted to hospital with serious illness. Doctors told him that his days were numbered. From that minute, he started praying to God piously and intensely and he was lucky to have the Darshan of God. God asked him what he would like to get as a boon. He told God: I am eighty years old now. Doctors say that I would not live for long. I would like to live up to 100 years. God said, “Granted”. He was immensely happy.

Next day, the doctors came to see him in their usual ward round. They reminded him about his condition and told him that they may prescribe some pain reliving medicines because he is going to die soon. He said to the doctors: “Get out; I will look after myself.” Then came the nurses with the medicines prescribed by the doctors (whether the patient wants or not, they write in his case file, please give him XYZ tablets or capsules at this time). The patient said the same to the nurses. Then came the Hindu (priest) chaplain. He told the patient, “ I heard the bad news about your health condition. Don’t worry, I will pray for you”. The patient said the same thing to him. Unfortunately, the patient died within a few days. His soul was angry. When it went to heaven it challenged the God. How dare you finished my life so soon, after promising me 20 more years of life. God smiled at him and said, I sent the doctor, the nurse and the chaplain to help you to prolong your life up to 100 years. You drove them out saying that you would take care of yourself”. Then he realised the mistake of rejecting God’s messengers.



This is to illustrate that there are three key persons in a hospital to look after the needs of the patients. We, chaplains , are one of the links in the chain. We should not over step our limits. our role is to look after the spiritual needs of the patients. Doctors and nurses would take care of the physical needs of the patients. The patient must also understand it.


To illustrate the same point I will briefly tell you the story told by Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. A disciple wanted to learn the highest truth. Then the Guru taught him the great mantras ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ (I am God), ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ (You are That), ‘Soham’ (I am That). He was very happy and went out of the ashram after several years. On that day, a mad elephant was running amuck through the streets. The mahout was shouting to everyone to run for their lives. This person stood just in front of the mad elephant and said, I am Brahman/God; elephant is also a Brahman; why should I run away? The elephant lifted him and dashed him on the ground and went its way. The severely injured disciple met his Guru after several months of treatment. He was angry and shouted at his Guru: How dare you gave me the wrong mantra. Because of you I was hospitalised for several months.


Guru smiled at him and asked him to narrate the full story without omitting a single bit. He did the same. Guru told him, “my dear friend. You have correctly identified the Brahman in the elephant. But there was another Brahman sitting on the elephant and asked you to run for life. Why didn’t you listen to that Brahman/god?” The disciple learnt his lesson.



We must understand our role. The patient also must understand who we are. He must follow what the medical personnel tell him to do to cure his disease. We are not doctors.


Let me get to the points now.


Why do the patients need a chaplain?

The chaplaincy is a new concept for the Hindus. We don’t have Hospital chaplains, Prison chaplains, University Chaplains, Army/Navy/Air Force chaplains in those days. Now we have chaplains employed in all these places. The patients need us to get some moral support. A consultant was admitted to hospital in coma stage. His wife was also a consultant. But they wanted to meet the priest (Hindu Chaplain). My friend Kalyanji, who was the chaplain in the hospital was surprised to know that the patient and his wife were doctors and yet they wanted to see the chaplain. Kalyanji slowly came to know their background and he gave them a picture of Vishnu and they saw it as an auspicious sign. Priest also comforted them with soothing words. She wanted to consult some astrologer to know whether her husband would come out the coma stage and work again as a consultant/ doctor. Though it was not a chaplain’s area, still Kalyanji (chaplain) helped them to get good, positive advice from an astrologer. The fear in them and the faith in God only made them to seek the help of the priest. Fortunately, her husband was completely cured and started working as a consultant (doctor).

This is one example to show even educated people need the help of a chaplain, when they were confused and confounded.


Patient who can’t speak

Once the staff approached our chaplain for help because they were not able to communicate with the patient, who had a throat infection and could not say yes or no to any question. (Body gestures like shaking the head left to right or up and down have different meanings in different cultures). The Hindu chaplain went and prayed by reciting some hymns. At the end of the session he wrote ‘Thank you’ on a sheet of paper and showed it to the chaplain. From that minute on wards the medical personnel used written communication with the patient. Very simple matter; but it did not dawn upon the minds of the staff. Priest/chaplain opened the gates of communication!


To Bury or To Cremate


Once a one year old Sri Lankan Tamil child died in the hospital; The parents were upset and could not take any decision about the disposal of the body. They have to say whether they agree to post-mortem, burial or cremation by the hospital or do it on their own. They consulted me to find out what the Hindu scriptures say about it. I told them that any child under three is buried not cremated according to Hindu customs. But I advised them to consult the elders in his family. The child’s father rang his parents in Sri Lanka and decided to bury the child. When someone is desperate or sad, even the normal faculties of the body are shut. The chaplain can help them to get balance of mind.


to be continued……………………


Water in the Oldest Scripture in the World- Rig Veda (Post No.3805)

Written by London swaminathan


Date: 10 APRIL 2017


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Post No. 3805


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Hindus praised water as God. All the rivers in India are worshipped as goddesses (except Brahmaputra river which has a masculine name). From the Rig Veda to the latest Bharati, every one praised water or rain.


Following is the oldest hymn on water:

To Apas (water)

Rig Veda ( 10-9)

Metre: various including Gayatri metre

Rishi Sindhudvipa (Indus Valley King)

Son of Ambarisha, Indus Valley Civilization Emperor

(also called Trisiras or Tvastri)

Waters! you who are health-giving

give us energy, so that

we may look on great delight (1)

Give us a share of your most

beneficent sapidity/ strong pleasant flavour

like mothers longing with love (2)


So, gladly do we go with you

to the home for which you make us live,

Waters! Give us progeny (3)


Gracious be divine Waters for

our protection, be they for our drink,

and stream on us bliss and happiness (4)


Sovereigns over precious things,

and Rulers over men, Waters!

we seek healing balm of you. (5)


Within Waters – so Soma has

told me – are all healing balms,

and Agni, benign to all (6)

Waters, come filled with healing balm

for the shielding of my body,

so, may I long see the sun (7)

Wash away, Waters, whatever

sin is in me, what wrong I have done,

what imprecation I have uttered,

and what untruth I have spoken (8)

Today I have sought the Waters,

we have mingled with their essence;

approach me, Agni, with thy power,

and fill me, as such, with brilliance (9)


(Date :– Herman Jacobi dates it to 4500 BCE; Max Muller dates it to a date before 1200 BCE up to 5000 BCE)


This is an amazing hymn on Waters. The Vedic people knew the healing properties of the water; the words healing-giving, beneficent sapidity and healing balm show that the Vedic people recognised the hygienic and curative powers of water.


Soma ,here, means personification of the juice

Agni, here, referring particularly to the heat in water.


Hindus had the science of changing water into  a powerful weapon by some magic spells like the one above; they were able to curse or give boons with water. They used Fire(agni) as a witness to all treaties or agreements and they used Water (Apas) for all the curses, boons and giving donations. We couldn’t see such a thing anywhere in the world. In Sangam Tamil literature, we have lot of references to using water for giving donations; but we have very few references to curses in Post Sangam literature. By that time Hindus forgot the magical powers of waters.

Water is Law: Satapata Brahmana (850 BCE):


The Satapata Brahmana, which the foreigners dated 850 BCE, says

“The waters, they are law; that is why when the earth receives waters regularly, everything is in accord with the law. But when the rain fails, the strong victimise the weak, for the waters, they are law.”


Tamil Veda Tirukkural also emphasized this:

“Even as life on earth cannot sustain without water, virtue too depends ultimately on rain”- Kural 20


The life on earth cannot sustain without water – is said by Kapilar earlier in Natrinai (verse 1) which is at least 2000 old.


Hindus used water as similes and in the proverbs.

If something is not reliable and not permanent they say, “It is written on water”. If something is written and preserved in tact they it is written on written on stone.”

The life’s impermanence is compared to the bubble in the water.


Manu Smrti, the oldest Law book in the world, mention God created water first and the life from it. The word for god is Narayana, one who has water as his abode. (Neer is Indo European and and Found in Nereids in Greek. Neer is also found in tail as Tamil and Sanskrit evolved from the same source according to my research.)

Manu says about water:

A man who gives (gifts) water obtains satisfaction/contentment; a giver of food boundless happiness; a bestower of sesame seeds progeny; and a giver of a lamp, excellent eye sight (Manu 4-229)

When it comes to division of property, they say that a piece of clothing, a carriage, jewellery, cooked food, water women, the means of security and a pasture should not be divided (Manu 9-219)

One should not urinate in water, on roads, on ant hill, on the ruins of a temple, a cowpen or a mound of the dead;one should never emit excrement in water (4-45/46/48)


One should not throw urine, excrement, poison, saliva or impurities in water (4-56)

a man should not shed his semen in water (11-174)

A Brahmin should throw his worn out thread water pot, staff, small animal skin bit, belt into water reciting Vedas (2-64)

A Priest is purified Bywater that reaches up to his heart, a king by water up to his neck, a Vaisya by the water swallowed and a Shudra by water touched on the tip of his lips (2-62)


Manu also speaks of the punishment for stealing or diverting irrigation water in chapters (3 and 9)





Miraculous Incidents due to Positive Emotions (Post No.3695)

Written by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 6 March 2017


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Post No.3695



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Miraculous Incidents Due to Positive Emotions From Day to Day Life and History


By S. Nagarajan

Human beings are driven by emotions. Emotion was defined by William James in 1884 as ‘a state of mind that manifests itself by sensible changes in the body’. There are positive emotions and there are negative emotions too.

John A. Schindler in his book, ‘How to Live 365 Days a Year’ says, ‘In any emotion, there are external manifestations- that is, changes one can see exhibited externally on the surface of the body.


Thus negative emotions like anger, anxiety, fear, discouragement, longing etc. induce illness. On the contrary positive emotions like love, joy, hope etc. cures many diseases.

We could read many news from newspapers which are unbelievable.

Here is one such event published in Times of India 4th March 2013 issue.


One Mr Dharmarajan, a 70 – year old Sri Lankan Tamilian, Vavuniya was bedridden due to a prolonged ailment. He has lost trace of his 55 – year old sister.

Thevathu Rukmini Devi was lost for the past 26 years. Suddenly one day he heard the news that his sister is alive. On hearing this news he simply jumped out of his bed and started walking.


When he had almost given up hope of ever meeting his sister, he heard the good news which acted as a tonic and the news acted as a booster shot of energy. His sister was living in Madurai, South India in a refugee camp for many years after escaping from Sri Lanka.



One positive emotion, true love cured his illness when doctors failed.

Such is the power of positive emotion.

Let us go to Indian history. Tavernier in course of his visit to India had chronicled his experiences in a book, Travels, that was first published in 1677 A.D. One of the incidents he mentioned in his book is worth to be noted.



The Raja of Vellore was killed in a battle with the king of Vispur. Eleven of his wives resolved to die with him. On knowing this, the General of Vispur imprisoned all of them together. They told the keeper at the time, ‘Imprisonment is futile. We shall die in three hours’.

After three hours all of them lay stretched on the floor dead, and were gone with their husband, without any mark of violence on their bodies.


It is out of pure love, they sacrificed their life.

We come across one more news published recently in the Times of India dated 25th December 2016.


A couple married for 64 years spent their final few moments together clutching each other’s hands tightly before dying just hours apart in neighboring hospital beds.

Dolores Winstead, 83, and husband Trent Winstead, 88, from Tennessee died in Nashville’s Saint Thomas West Hospital – five weeks short of their 64th wedding anniversary.


Dolores suddenly began to complain of a headache and was taken ill. She has suffered a severe brain aneurysm – and needed to be connected to a ventilator as – in tandem with her husband – her condition began to deteriorate. Hospital staff placed them in the same room and the couple were pictured holding hands next to each other. Dolores died first, with Trent blowing her a kiss when he was told she had passed before then dying himself a few hours later.


Many awe-inspiring incidents as above may be compiled which will make us understand the true meaning of life.

True, positive emotions inspire everybody and create history.

Let us develop positive emotions to make our life richer.



Agni Purana explains Correct Gem for Wealth and Health (Post No.3646)

Written by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 18 February 2017


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Post No.3646



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Agni Purana Explains and Helps You to Select the Correct Gem for Wealth, Health and Prosperity



The Hindu Puranas are of encyclopaedic character. The Puranas prescribe remedies for all types of human problems. There are eighteen major puranas. All are very interesting and informative in nature.

Puranas contain all types of topics. But human nature is to select the best topic for obtaining wealth, health, and an all-round success.

For this we may read Agni Purana which deals with Gems. Chapter 246 of Agni Purana gives you the characteristics of gems.

In ancient days kings are advised by the court priest to wear gems which are auspicious. Thus a king may wear diamond, emerald, ruby, pearls, sapphire, lapis lazuli, moon stone, sun-stone, crystal, topaz etc.

Gems set in gold would confer prosperity and success.

But one has to choose the correct gem suitable for him. For this one has to study his horoscope and choose the gem according to the planetary positions.

Also one has to test the gems before wearing the same.

Inward lustre, free from impurities and good formation are essential for a good gem.

Such gems could be worn.

The gems which are impure, cracked and containing pebbles inside should not at all be selected and worn.

It is commendable to wear diamond. But there is an exception also. Those who are not having child should not wear diamonds. This implies that wearing diamond will delay the pregnancy. So one has to be careful and not hastily wear anything studying the general rules.

Which diamonds are good and how to select them? For this Agni Purana gives perfect answer.

The diamond that could be carried away by water, that is unbreakable, without impurity, of hexagonal shape, has the lustre of rainbow, light and brilliant like the sun is very auspicious to wear.

The emerald possessing the hues of the plume, of a parrot, glossy, radiant, without impurity and containing minute particles resembling powdered gold is auspicious.

The rubies which are got from crystal mines may be used. The best ruby will be extremely red and spotless.

The pearls got from oysters are generally free from impurities. Pearls got from conch-shells are much superior. Rotundity, whiteness, transparency and heaviness are the good characteristics of a good pearl.

A good sapphire can be declared invaluable which shines in the milk, spreads more lustre and tinge of its own color.

The lapes lazuli of red-blue type is excellent and could be used in necklace.

One may verify these characteristics with the help of an expert gemmologist after consulting an astrologer.

It is a customary practice to clean any gem by dipping it in the cow’s milk to remove any impurity before wearing.

The gemmology is a science in itself and one has to take care to study the whole ‘Ratna Sastra’ meaning the science of gems.

Good luck to you all.