HINDUS DID IT, NOT PYTHAGORAS, PASCAL AND COPERNICUS! (Post No.6972)

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 Date: 3 SEPTEMBER 2019
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Post No. 6972

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CHENNAI SEA WONDER!!! (Post No.6905)

The rare sea sparkle, believed to be caused by a high concentration of a micro-plankton called ‘Noctiluca scintillans’ seen at Elliots Beach in Besant Nagar on Sunday.

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 Date: 20 AUGUST 2019  

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Post No. 6905

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When we lived in Madurai , we used to go Rameswaram occasionally. During a trip, we see glowing planktons in sea coast very near Kanchi Shankara Mutt where my father (V Santanam) was giving a talk at the invitation of Sri Viswanathan of the Mutt.

We, brothers, were playing on the sea shore after sunset. We saw some glowing minute creatures and took them in small cups and bottles and brought them to Devasthana choultry where they booked rooms for our stay. But it stopped glowing. Great disappointment!

From the day, I started studying botany in Madura College in 1968, planktons, the uni-cellular organisms that feed the largest creatures on earth, the blue whale, gave me great excitement.

When Kalidasa described ‘Jyotirlatha’, the light emitting tree, inside deep forest I was wonder struck. Because, according biologists, only small fish, frogs, fungi, planktons etc are luminescent or phosphorescent, not big trees.

But when I watched David Attenborough’s

Nature series on BBC, suddenly an idea flashed to me. Kalidasa was right in describing such a glowing tree inside the deep forest. David showed us the glowing caves of New Zealand on TV. Millions of glow worms and fireflies occupy the caves and emit lights like our festival illumination, on and off. So I came to know that glow worms or fire flies occupy certain kind of trees in large numbers. And they emit light. Then I wrote a research article in this blog about ‘my discovery’.

I saw another interesting news item in the Deccan Chronicle this morning (20-8-2019 )about the glowing planktons near Chennai Elliot’s beach. This is of great interest to nature lovers. Please see the news item below:-

DECCAN CHRONICLE, 20-8-19

Chennai: Beach goers were in for a pleasant surprise as they witnessed rare sea sparkle at Elliots Beach in Besant Nagar on Sunday night. Many rushed to the beach to catch a glimpse of the bluish waves hitting the shore.

The colourful looking waves were also noticed in several parts of ECR coastline including Kovalam and Injambakkam beach. Photos and videos of the sparking waves hitting the shore went viral in the social media.

As a spectacle this was quite different from the daily night fireworks at temple festivals in the month of Aadi that just got over. This was a show of colour in the water and as the news spread, more and more people turned up to see the ‘Blue Sea’ lighting up the scene as it kept coming in waves to the shore.

Marine experts were the ones to turn to solve the mystery of this spectacle. They were quick to point out that the magical glow may have been caused by a high concentration of a micro-plankton called ‘Noctiluca scintillans’ in the sea.

The blue glow, is known as ‘bioluminescence’ and caused by Noctiluca Scintillans, which converts their chemical energy into light energy when washed ashore or disturbed. This is not good for marine ecology but the spectators were unaware as they came out in droves to see the sparkling sea.

These blooms could also be linked to massive fish kills following release of ammonia.

The organisms glow a bright blue when disturbed at night. They bloom in areas when there is oxygen deficiency, and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. This could be bad news for the larger marine food web. The phenomenon could be an indicator of pollution in the sea, the experts said.

(Wikipedia–Plankton are the diverse collection of organisms that live in large bodies of water and are unable to swim against a current. The individual organisms constituting plankton are called plankters. They provide a crucial source of food to many small and large aquatic organisms, such as bivalves, fish and whales.)

–subham–

WORLD WONDER IN CHENNAI- OLDEST WORKING STEAM ENGINE!( Post No.6896)

The locomotive was originally shipped to India from England in 1855.

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 Date: 18 AUGUST 2019  


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Post No. 6896

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Nostalgic longing for the Olden Golden Days

When I was a college student in Madurai, I used to walk along the railway line with friends to enter the Madura college through its back yard. On our way we used to pick up the fallen coal bits from the steam engines and throw at each other as part of a game.

When I was a school student in Madurai Setupati High School, I used to sit at the play ground with my classmates and enjoy coal smoke coming from the Goods Shed Railway Yard just behind the school.

My aunty in Madras, now Chennai, used to tease me whenever I entered her house with black spotted white shirt which happened because of my overnight travel from Madurai to Madras. In those days only coal fired steam engines pulled the train compartments.

All those days are gone.

When I came to London I tried to buy ticket for annual steam engine ride from Amersham to outer London destination; the tickets were sold out. Great disappointment!

Money making Ideas

If India restores one coal fired steam engine in every city they can mint money from foreign tourists. They are crazy about it.

Please restore at least one coalfired steam engine train in every town to teach our children the history and development of science.

All these thoughts came to me when I read the news that the oldest working steam engine ran successfully in Chennai on 15th August 2019.

Read the news item taken from the Hindustan Times:–

World’s oldest working steam engine makes heritage run. It’s 164-year-old

The locomotive was originally shipped to India from England in 1855.

The railways conducted a heritage run of a 164-year-old locomotive, which is the world’s oldest working steam engine, to mark the 73rd Independence Day. A heritage special service hauled by EIR-21, the world’s oldest working steam locomotive, was successfully operated from Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam, the railways said on Saturday.

The heritage special with a single coach with railway officials left Chennai Egmore around noon on August 15.  Many rail and steam enthusiasts turned up at Chennai Egmore and Kodambakkam railway stations to see the heritage special.

These steam heritage runs are operated to showcase the heritage value of Indian Railways. The Express EIR 21, which is similar to Fairy Queen in appearance, is 164 years’ old. The locomotive was originally shipped to India from England in 1855. After withdrawal from service in 1909, this loco was kept as an exhibit at Jamalpur workshop and Howrah station for over 101 years.

During this period this loco was in the sun and rain; many parts were corroded, some were missing, some were broken and some were not fit for use.The Perambur Loco Works took the challenge of reviving the engine in 2010.

See the Railways stamps of India

–subham–

LIST OF 150 GREAT HINDU ASTRONOMERS AND 300 SANSKRIT BOOKS ON ASTRONOMY (Post No.6763)

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 Date: 11 AUGUST 2019  


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Post No. 6763

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Nehru Centre, Bombay has published a source book of astronomy. It is an encyclopaedia of Sanskrit works on astronomy. The beauty of the book is that original slokas or hymns are given in Devanagari lipi with English translation from Vedic days until 19th century. It covers only important quotations.

At the end of the book there is a valuable list of about 150 Hindu astronomers and the names of their 300 original works. Some are just quotes from other commentators. Some are details of whole books. It will be a ready reference for research scholars. I publish the informative list below.

This illustrates another important point. From 1140 BCE until a few hundred years ago Sanskrit was the only language that had continuous production of astronomy books. If you take another ancient language Tamil, we have no ancient astronomy book. We have only astronomical references and not whole books. This shows that Sanskrit was never a dead language and it was always used by scholars. About 30 years ago Kanchi Paramacharya Swamikal (1894-1994) composed a Sanskrit poem and it reverberated throughout the world from the United nations Hall through the most famous Carnatic singer MS Subbalakshmi. This list is another proof for the scientific use of Sanskrit language until modern days.

–subham–

–subham–

FIVE THINGS TO BE DONE SLOWLY- GARUDA PURANA (Post No.6642)

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Date: 17 JULY 2019


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Post No. 6642


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Let us continue with Number Five and see the useful information grouped under Number 5

Sanaih kartavyaani –To be done slowly


Vidyaa –Education,
Artha –Acquisition of wealth,
Parvataarohana –Ascending the mountain,
Dharma– Charity
Kaama– Desire

Sanairvidhyaa sanairarthah sanai parvatamaruhet
Sanaih Kamakshi ca Dharma ca pancaitani sanaih sanaih.


–Garuda Purana CIX 46


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Svaasas Dyspnoea


Mahaasvaasa, uurdhvasvaasa, Chinnasvaasa, Tamakasvaasa, ksudrasvaasa.
Pancasvaasaaiti mahordhvachchinnatamakaksudrah —Charaka samhita 19-4
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Sraadha karma Performance of Sradhdha
Nityam –Daily,
Naimittikam –Occasional,
Kaamyam– Volitional,
Vrddhi –At times of prosperity,
Parvanam– Fortnightly .

Nityam naimittikam kamyam vrddisraddhamathaparam
Parva am ceti vinjeyam sraddham pancavidham smrutam
—Maskaribhasya on Gautama Dharma Sutram 10-53

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Sauca –Purity

Satyam –Truth,
Manah– Mind,
Indriyaani graha –control of organs,
Dayaa– Compassion
Jala -Water

Satyasaucam Manah saucam saucamindriyanigraha h
Sarvabutedayasaucam jalasaucam ca pancamam
–Garuda Purana. 113-37

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Sonita gunaah Blood qualities
Visrataa –Fishy odour,
Dravataa– Liquidity,
Raagah– Redness,
Spandanam –Pulsation,
Laghutaa –Lightness.

Visratadravata ragah spandanam laghuta tatha
Bhumyadinam guna note drsyante Chitra sonite

–Susruta sutra 14-9
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Senaadhisaah– Lords of the Army-
Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Chandra, Suurya

Brahma Vishnu’s ca rudrasca chandrasuryo tathaa Raman
Adhiisaah pancasenaanaam vijneyaaha srnu ghadhija
Vaasistha Dhanurveda Samhita
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Sukhasaayinah. –Bestowers of Good Sleep

Agasti, Madhava, Mucukunda, Kaplan, Aastika

Agastirmadhavascaiva mucukundomahamunih
Kapilomunirastikah pancaite sukhasayinah
Rig Veda — Khila portion 
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Silpi Artisans-
Taksa–Carpenter
Tantravaayah –Weaver
Naapita–Barber
Rajaka -Washerman
Carmakaara –Cobbler


Sonita gunaah Blood qualities
Visrataa –Fishy odour,
Dravataa– Liquidity,
Raagah– Redness,
Spandanam –Pulsation,
Laghutaa –Lightness.

Visratadravata ragah spandanam laghuta tatha
Bhumyadinam guna note drsyante Chitra sonite

–Susruta sutra 14-9
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Senaadhisaah– Lords of the Army-
Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Chandra, Suurya

Brahma Vishnu’s ca rudrasca chandrasuryo tathaa Raman
Adhiisaah pancasenaanaam vijneyaaha srnu ghadhija
Vaasistha Dhanurveda Samhita
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Sukhasaayinah. –Bestowers of Good Sleep

Agasti, Madhava, Mucukunda, Kaplan, Aastika

Agastirmadhavascaiva mucukundomahamunih
Kapilomunirastikah pancaite sukhasayinah
Rig Veda — Khila portion 
Xxx

Silpi Artisans-
Taksa–Carpenter
Tantravaayah –Weaver
Naapita–Barber
Rajaka -Washerman
Carmakaara –Cobbler


Sraadha karma Performance of Sradhdha
Nityam –Daily,
Naimittikam –Occasional,
Kaamyam– Volitional,
Vrddhi –At times of prosperity,
Parvanam– Fortnightly .

Nityam naimittikam kamyam vrddisraddhamathaparam
Parva am ceti vinjeyam sraddham pancavidham smrutam
—Maskaribhasya on Gautama Dharma Sutram 10-53

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Sauca –Purity

Satyam –Truth,
Manah– Mind,
Indriyaani graha –control of organs,
Dayaa– Compassion
Jala -Water

Satyasaucam Manah saucam saucamindriyanigraha h
Sarvabutedayasaucam jalasaucam ca pancamam
–Garuda Purana. 113-37

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Sonita gunaah Blood qualities
Visrataa –Fishy odour,
Dravataa– Liquidity,
Raagah– Redness,
Spandanam –Pulsation,
Laghutaa –Lightness.

Visratadravata ragah spandanam laghuta tatha
Bhumyadinam guna note drsyante Chitra sonite

–Susruta sutra 14-9
Xxx

Senaadhisaah– Lords of the Army-
Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Chandra, Suurya

Brahma Vishnu’s ca rudrasca chandrasuryo tathaa Raman
Adhiisaah pancasenaanaam vijneyaaha srnu ghadhija
Vaasistha Dhanurveda Samhita
Xxx

Sukhasaayinah. –Bestowers of Good Sleep

Agasti, Madhava, Mucukunda, Kaplan, Aastika

Agastirmadhavascaiva mucukundomahamunih
Kapilomunirastikah pancaite sukhasayinah
Rig Veda — Khila portion 
Xxx

Silpi Artisans-
Taksa–Carpenter
Tantravaayah –Weaver
Naapita–Barber
Rajaka -Washerman
Carmakaara –Cobbler

–Subham–

–Subham–

Albert Einstein on Cluttered Desk! (Post No.6632)

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Date: 15 JULY 2019
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Post No. 6632


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Whenever I travel on airplanes I never watch movies; I spend most of my time watching the flight path amazing at the height of flight — 36,000 feet at an average speed of 550 miles per hour. I also watch the temperature of minus -45-degree F etc. Other times I sleep or read something. But during my trip to India on July 2019 I came across the issue of The Week (issue date 29 June). There were lot of news items that grabbed my attention. One of them is the Wit and Wisdom page. Here are some interesting quotations: –

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what then is an empty desk a sign?” – Albert Einstein

(My comments- Thanks, Einstein; I was worried about my cluttered desk! Family members always complain about my cluttered desk and cluttered desk top screen on my PC. Now I know I am as intelligent as Einstein!)

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“Everybody was so gaga about Steve Jobs, but I picture him in hell running from demons, who want a selfie” – Jim Carrey blames the Apple founder for the popularity of selfies, quoted in the I newspaper.

(My comment- It is not fair to blame Steve for this; Selfies help us to reduce the population of idiots. Those who are idiots die at mountain cliffs, railway lines, water sources, top floors of the skyscrapers by taking selfies. Like knife, it can be used for both good and bad tasks. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, used it for popularising good things. He took selfies with baby girls (Indians favour boys). When printing machine was invented by Gutenberg , Christian church warned him of bringing Satan into the world. When computers were introduced into banksin India,  Marxist idiots cried of job loses and closed banks every month to stage demos. Popes of olden days banned printed Bibles. Now we laugh at them. So don’t blame Steve for selfies. It will get rid of the idiots from the earth and send them to hell. Long Live Steve Jobs!)

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“Slow is the fastest way to get where you want to go”- Actor Andre De Shields quoted in The Hollywood Reporter.

(My comment- Thanks Andre. Now I know I am on the fastest track. This morning, the total number of hits for both my blogs crossed 11,000 hits per day mark; but I wanted to get 100,000 hits a day;  I will reach my goal, slowly, slowly)

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“People do not change, they are merely revealed” – Writer Anne Enright quoted in the Independent.

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“Time is an illusion. Lunch time doubly so”- Douglas Adams, quoted in The Guardian

(My comment- Very true! I worked for 43 years till my retirement in 2014. Lunch time was a luxury, unobtainable!

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“It is impossible that a man who is false to his friends and neighbours should be true to the public”- Bishop Berkeley  quoted in The Guardian.

(My comment – I am reminded of politicians, particularly, Indian politicians. Most of them are not honest. Their friends expose them when they leave such unscrupulous people and go to another group or political party)

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“I wear my enemies like medals”- Norman Stone quoted in The Sunday Times.

(My comments- Hindu gods did this! The demon under the statue of Nataraja (Dancing Shiva), the flags in the hand of Lord Skanda/ Kartikeya, and the Vahanas/ Mounts of several gods and goddesses are their enemies (demons)!

Xxx Subham xxx

FIVE STRENGTHS (Post No.6625)

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Date: 2 JULY 2019


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Post No. 6625


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Bikshu Vrata – Observances of a mendicant

Asteya- Non stealing; Brahmachaya – Celibacy; Tyaaga – Sacrifice; Alobha- Non greediness; Ahimsaa- Non harming.

Asteyam brahmacharyam ca tyagoalobhastathaiva ca

Vratapi panca bikshunamaimsaparamani vai

–Markandeya Puranam

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Five nailed animals that can be eaten—

Sedhaa- Hedgehog; Godhaa- lizard variety; Kaccahpa- Turtle; Sallaka – Porcupine; Sasah- Hare

Bakshyah pancanakhah sedhagodhakaccapasallakah sasasca

–Valmiki Ramayana- Kishkinda Kanda- 17-37-8

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Result of Enema–Bastibalam-

Sariira upacaya- Physical development; Balam- strength; Varnam- complexion; Aarogyam- immunity; Aayuh – life span

Sariropacayam varnam balamarogyamayushah

Kurute parivruddhim ca bastih samyagupasitah

–Susruta smhita- 35-4

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Balam – Strength

Baahubalam- Strength of shoulder; Amaatyabalam- strength of minister; Dhanabalam- Strength of wealth; Abhijaatabalam- strength derived through birth; Prajnaabalam- strength of knowledge.

–Vidura Niti  5-52

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Pliithadosa—Disorders of the spleen

Vaata- air; Pitta- fire; Kapha- Water; Sannipaata – vitiation of the above three; Sonita- Blood

-Charaka Sutra- 19-4

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Five ‘M’s

Those who are involved in Vamachara worship (anti clockwise)use the  following ‘M’ s:-

Madya – liquor; Maamsa- Meat; Matsya – Fish; Mudraa- Gestures: Maithuna – Sex/ copulation

-Sabda kalpa druma 3-7

–subham–

ADVANTAGES OF STEAM INHALATION -No.4 in Medicine -Part 3 (Post No.6389)

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Date: 15 May 2019


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Post No. 6389

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இந்திரஜால வித்தை செய்யும் உலோகம் கோபால்ட் – ரத்தசோகையை அகற்றும்! (Post No.6217)

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Date: 21 March 2019


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Post No. 6217

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–subham–

Potassium used for Murder and Good Health!! (Post No.6193)

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Date: 14 March 2019


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Post No. 6193

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